Hey all, Dani here.
It has been a pretty decent day so far, even though it is still fairly early in the morning. Woke up and moved from the bed to the couch to start a weekend of reading and relaxing. Now I’m just taking a little break from reading, because I need to do a little bit of blog work, but then I also really need to get something to eat.
Anyway, welcome back to my blog, and yet another review post. I’m actually a little bit sad that I binged my way through this series, and now I have to wait who knows long for the release of the fifth volume, which could take a while. Oh well, it will most likely be worth the wait.
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN: 1974713318 (ISBN13: 9781974713318)
Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.
Prose short stories featuring the everyday school lives of My Hero Academia’s fan-favorite characters.
Though U.A. High trains aspiring heroes, the school still holds plenty of normal events, like the school festival, for students from all of U.A.’s educational courses. In an effort to delight and entertain their peers, the students of class 1-A pour their hearts and souls into staging a live concert at the festival. Even if their performance and some other events end up a little quirky, the whole thing ought to be a blast!
Rating: 4.5 stars
This was such a light and fun read. It was so wonderful to just get to see pretty much all of the characters kick back and relax and act like “normal” kids for once. There wasn’t some villain or need for the normal heroic antics. It was just preparing and putting on a school festival for everyone to enjoy.
Yes, there was still a whole lot of action and entertainment throughout. There were all of these small little side quests and behind the scenes complications, which honestly just helped to make the story feel very day-to-day instead of big moment hero journey tale.
One of the big issues I noted in this volume is a translation fail. They kept using break or breaking when they really needed to be using brake or braking. The pronunciation of the words is the same, but the meaning is quite different. Thankfully that only happened in one of the early segments of this book.
Oh man, this particular volume just made me so happy. It was adorable to get to follow Shinso around for a little while and see as he accidentally and purposefully eavesdropped on several conversations while helping the General Studies course prepare for their haunted house.
After that we got to follow the ridiculous mash-up play that is not 100 percent original as the students tried to say it was from Hero Course 1-B. It was honestly pretty darn hilarious, and it was nice to see how easily they were able to improvise and make the performance still work even when there was a lot of behind-the-scenes chaos happening. Also, I still don’t like Monoma.
Then we got to follow the shenanigans happening before the beauty competition, and that was considerably shorter than the play section, but it was still quite enjoyable. We also got to see a couple random situations happen with characters taking over stalls and booths that weren’t theirs, and just some fun U.A. pride.
We also got to see Midoriya and Mirio escort Eri around the festival, and watch Midoriya absolutely dominate at the trivia challenge, which was pretty awesome.
The volume ends with the teachers celebrating a great and uneventful festival, drinking a bit too much, and showing off party-trick talents, ending with Principal Nezu showing up, shutting down the teacher after-party, and giving them all a lengthy lecture.
I’ll just continue to say that I am really enjoying these day-to-day light novel collections, because it really does help to expand upon the stories and characters we already know.
Where to Get a Copy
You can grab your own copy of this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore through IndieBound.
You can also check with your local library.