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Manga Monday: My Hero Academia Vol 28 by Kohei Horikoshi

Hey all, Sam here.

Happy Monday, everyone. So David started his new job today, and in the meantime, he has taught me how to babysit his 3D printers, which is what I’ve been doing today. The whole 3D printing process is pretty cool, and I’ve loved seeing all of the miniatures and articulated dragons and wyverns and rats and phoenixes and snakes that can be made through the process. I think we’re going to play around with printing some more terrain for our TTRPG campaigns.

Anyway, since we are once again at the beginning of the week, it looks like it’s time for another Manga Monday review. I will start the intro with a little disclaimer on the forthcoming review, because I read this volume in August 2021, and so I may not go super deep into details with this volume’s plot.

Let’s get started.

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 all-out war against the Paranormal Liberation Front continues at the hospital and the mountain villa! Mirko desperately battles High-Ends in order to reach Tomura’s stasis tank, knowing exactly how much is at stake if she fails. At the PLF hideout, Dabi is determined to roast Hawks, but Tokoyami isn’t about to let his mentor fall. Meanwhile, while helping to evacuate the city, Midoriya senses an ominous presence in the hospital… With things going from bad to worse, and the heroes’ forces battered and stretched thin, Midoriya realizes the time has come for him to join the fight, even if it may be his last.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

This has been such an intense arc. Honestly I’ve been so anxious about watching it that David and I haven’t even started watching Season 6 of the anime yet. But we should probably get around to doing that sometime soon, because honestly I need to either watch it or re-read some of these volumes. Or I need to actually take notes when/after I read things for when I inevitably end up reviewing it months or years later. I really need to get better at reviewing things in a more timely manner.

But I do very very much remember that this was another volume that made me love Aizawa. He has been one of my favorite characters for a very long time, and I swear, if he ends up dying, I am going to be devastated! Like, I think we’ve all known that despite the fact that he is tough on the outside, on the inside he is a big ole softy. He cares about his “kids,” his students, and he wants to be there to see them become the outstanding heroes he knows they can and will be.

I think what got me even more about seeing Aizawa take a stand and do his part in trying to hold Shigaraki off, to keep him away from his kids, was seeing how his kids reacted in response to what was going on. We saw a lot of the student heroes stepping up to try and help their teachers and their mentors. They are obviously as big a part of this war as the pro heroes.

Seriously though, watching Deku and Bakugo step in to protect Aizawa and basically declaring that their teachers and mentors have always protected them, and that now it’s their turn…well it just was a beautiful moment.

You know, I miss when these volumes were coming out every other month. Only getting two volumes a year has made it much harder to remember a lot of things, and has definitely made this supposed final arc feel so eternally long. I’m going to be sad to see this series end, but I’d rather have it reach a satisfying conclusion instead of endless ridiculousness and filler to bloat a story that doesn’t need it.

All right, well that is all from me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.


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