It feels like ages ago when I watched My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising with my nephew at the movie theater.
I never watched the first movie before. So, I have no idea what to expect when my nephew asked me to watch the movie with him.
Well, I did watch the anime up to the latest season at the time when the movie came out. So, it wasn’t an issue for me to understand the general premise of the series.
What do I think of the movie? I will say that the movie did a great job at giving us a glimpse of everyone’s ability.
However, I find that the next part of the movie seems to be doing more harm than good.
I’ll share with you what that is in a moment. But suffice to say that the movie is nothing like what you’ve seen in the main story. You can also say the same for the first movie if you have watched the first one before.
So, going back to the movie, should you give this movie a go whether you’re new to My Hero Academia or not?
If you’re a fan of the series, there’s no doubt that you would want to watch this movie despite the movie only serves as a filler story.
But if you’re new to the series, I encourage you to be familiar with the main story first before you attempt to watch this movie.
Sure, the movie does have a brief recap on what happened previously. But if you want to enjoy this movie, then you should get to know the main story first.
What makes My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising so much different than the first My Hero Academia movie and also the main story
While I can’t say much about the first movie other than what was being told to me by my nephew, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is jam-packed with so many action scenes. And it’s way a lot more than the main story and also the first movie.
Yes, there’s nothing unusual for a story like this to have so many action scenes. But this movie seems to be action-oriented 90% of the time.
That means you only have a brief moment of a calm period before the jamp-packed action scenes.
Apart from tons of action scenes, you also get to see the moment firsthand how everyone in Class A being pushed beyond their limit.
It’s not surprising that Midoriya will push himself beyond his limit. That’s what he always does in pretty much all situations. And we already expect him to do the same in the movie.
But seeing Uraraka throwing up after using too much of her power and Aoyama pooping in his pants for the same reason is something that you’ll get to see in this movie.
As much as I enjoy watching a movie that is jam-packed with action scenes, I find that the back-to-back action scenes are way too much for me to handle.
It even makes the next part of the story so exhausting to watch. That was the only time I wished that the action scenes would end soon.
Isn’t that a good thing?
For many people, having a story filled with action scenes for the most part may seem like a good thing. After all, it’s a lot more entertaining to watch than watching two or more people discussing something over a cup of coffee.
Think of the interaction you see in anime like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Kakushigoto. You can also throw Hozuki’s Coolheadedness into the mix since the story is more or less using the same concept.
Depending on the story, having action scenes is necessary. But when you have so many intense action scenes, it only feels so heavy to the eyes, especially for the visual medium like anime.
And that’s the problem with this movie. While it’s necessary to portray everyone pushing themselves beyond their limit, there’s not even a single calm moment for us the viewers to catch a break before we’re moving to the next scene.
It feels tiring to watch since there’s no buffer in between the action. You only get to feel relaxed when those intense battles are over for good.
It changes my perception of writing action scenes for my novel too
For the longest time, I always thought that having a lot of action scenes in my novel is a good thing.
I even thought of throwing any of the characters under the bus in each chapter if it can help with creating tension in every chapter.
Tension means more action scenes. That was my thought process.
But after watching My Hero Academia movie, I realize that I don’t need to do that anymore.
Sure, it heightens the story since each chapter will end on a high note.
But I find that it’s unrealistic to do that.
The character can’t be in a fast-paced situation all the time. It doesn’t make any sense, at least to me.
You can say that you can bend pretty much all the rules when it comes to writing a fictional story.
But the best storytelling tends to be something that still makes sense even if the story takes place in the fictional world.
Any story that doesn’t make much sense will only annoy people even more.
Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing
Just to be clear here that I’m not against a story that is jam-packed with action scenes. I enjoy watching and reading this type of story just as much as seeing a scene with two or more people having a random discussion over lunch.
The only thing that I’m not fond of is having too many action scenes at one given moment to the point that it feels exhausting to watch.
Pretty much all stories that have intense action scenes tend to balance out with something else.
But that’s not the case for this My Hero Academia movie. It feels like the narrative and the action scenes for the movie are out of proportion.
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