Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 27 by Kohei Horikoshi

Hey all, Sam here.

So…I broke my blogging streak. I had two weeks of daily posts and then I had to stop. But I had to stop because we found out that my father-in-law is in the ICU and it doesn’t look very good. We packed a bag and drove back to Ohio so we could spend a few days with him and find out what was going on. His kidneys are failing and it’s starting to cause a backup in other places, but he’s still fighting back. He was making enough progress for them to move him to being able to eat/drink clear liquids, so it feels like a step towards getting better…although we’re also preparing ourselves for the very real possibility that we don’t have much longer with him.

And that’s why I didn’t get my planned posts up the past few days. I’m going to shift those posts to this week instead, and hopefully I can get back to consistency again.

Let’s just go ahead and dive into today’s manga review.

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The confrontation between the heroes and the villains of the Paranormal Liberation Front is about to kick off! With so much at stake, even the students of U.A. have joined the heroes to help in the coming battles. Within the PLF, Hawks continues to play a dangerous game as a double agent, but the villains have fearsome resources of their own, including whatever lurks in the doctor’s lab. Plus, with every moment that passes, Tomura Shigaraki comes closer to his ultimate form… When it all gets started, there won’t be any going back!

My Thoughts

My Rating: 5 stars

I read this in August 2021. I feel the need to say that because my memory on the details of this volume are a little fuzzy. So I went and read some other reviews for this volume, because I can usually expect there to be some reviews that give you a bullet point play by play of the entire plot. Which…that’s a discussion for another time, but seriously, if the review has all the plot details in it then someone can very easily get spoiled. And since this was on Goodreads that I saw these reviews, you can hide the spoiler parts behind spoiler tags. Again, that’s for another time.

The events of this 27th volume of the series coincide with the 6th season of the anime…something my husband and I still need to watch. It’s honestly been a long time since we’ve watched MHA. But this was such an intense read. So much happens. It’s like a roller coaster ride.

Obviously based on the front cover, you can see that there is a focus on Hawks and Twice with this one. But we do get to see a bit more into some of the UA students we’ve followed through much of the series stepping up and doing their part against the Paranormal Liberation Front. This volume also features a little flashback to Hawks as a kid, when he had a little Endeavor plushie, much like how in the beginning part of the series we saw young Midoriya with an All Might plushie. So that was a cute little moment.

Honestly, while it is sometimes annoying that we end up with several volumes that either don’t have at all or barely have the UA students we’ve followed since the beginning, it is also great to flesh out the other stories, and to reveal more about the villains and some of the other hero agencies and such. It helps us to understand all these various sides and groups. For me, at least, it really makes me think about things. Because how many of these villains wouldn’t have ended up villains if society had been a little more accepting and a little less mean to them?

Horikoshi has said that we’re nearing the end of the story he wanted to tell, so I imagine that the next several volumes are going to continue to be action packed and intense. Vol 32 was recently released in English in the US, but in Japan they’ve reached Vol 36 already, so there’s still a bit more to look forward to.

I guess it’s time to buckle up. This is probably going to be a wild ride to the finish.

Well, I do believe that is all from me for today.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I will be back soon with more geeky content.


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