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Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 30 by Kohei Horikoshi

Hey all, Sam here.

Happy Monday once again, everyone. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are heading towards a great week. I’m juggling a lot of reading, blogging, and writing right now, and honestly it’s pretty exciting. Obviously I’ll talk more about all of this on Wednesday for our usual weekly update post. But I’m trying to set up a workable schedule for myself so I set up enough writing time to achieve my writing and editing goals in a timely manner. So I went to Panera to meet up with a friend for a little while…and that’s why this post is coming live a tiny bit later than normal. I didn’t have it all drafted before I went to meet with her.

Anyway, I think I only have one more volume of this series that I own…but I should be going to B&N on Sunday, so I should be able to get any missing volumes then. Either way, I’m still getting close to being completely caught up on the manga volume releases for My Hero Academia. Actually, mentioning the trip to B&N, I should make sure our Manga To-Buy spreadsheet is updated before we go. B&N is having a buy one, get one 50% off sale on manga and anime from March 13-March 26, and it would be a decent time to stock up or catch up on some of our series.

Okay, I’m rambling now. Let’s go ahead and jump into the 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?

Midoriya and Tomura have finally come to blows and the battle intensifies as Tomura tries to steal One For All. The clash extends into the One For All spirit realm, where the previous users and even All For One join the struggle. While the battle for the ultimate Quirk rages, the other heroes and villains duke it out. Ochaco finds herself taking on Toga, who doesn’t want a fight so much as a heart-to-heart? Then, Dabi finally arrives in Jaku City with a shocking revelation…

My Thoughts

Rating: 4.5 stars

Wow…30 volumes. I’ve read series that only have 5 or 6 volumes, some that have 20-25, and of course there’s some of those longer ones that have 80+. Still, 30 seems like a big deal. That’s a lot of work, a lot of years of figuring out a story and characters and cool plots and action sequences or emotional moments and…it’s nice. I can only hope to have a career where I can just keep going like this. Okay, yes, I write novels, not manga, but still. To get paid to be creative is honestly a dream.

I know we’re supposedly in the final arc, but nobody aside from Kohei Horikoshi knows how long the arc will last…and I don’t even know if Horikoshi knows EXACTLY how long it will last. He’s just telling the story and with each piece added to the puzzle the final view becomes more clear. And I know that Horikoshi is also dealing with some health issues, so I sincerely hope he takes the break he needs to feel better. As popular as MHA is and as much as we love the story, I’m sure a good majority of us fans would prefer that he takes care of himself and then finishes the story when he feels well enough to continue.

Okay, well…this volume was a lot. Like, seriously, a lot happened, and I don’t want to try and do a play-by-play or go over a number of the plot points and risk too many spoilers in case someone is reading this review and hasn’t gotten to this volume or watched this part in the anime.

But this volume has things like Dabi’s past revealed, the return of a couple heroes who were out of the action for a little while, and of course there’s more build up on the action and the huge all over the place fight that’s been happening for…how many volumes has this been going on now?

I guess my problem is that there was TOO much going on in this volume. It’s like it bounces back and forth between several different character groupings and little pieces of the bigger action, and it felt like as soon as I got my bearings on one plot thread, we were jumping to a different one. I mean, I guess it is a particularly chaotic moment in the series, so it kind of makes sense.

But I’ve always had difficulty following intense action in manga. There’s just so much detail in the art and it makes it confusing for me to follow. So I definitely need to make time for David and I to watch Season 6, because we still haven’t.

I will absolutely say that the Dabi was not at all a surprise. Myself and a number of others in the fandom predicted this years ago, but it was nice to have it completely confirmed. And one of the hero returns I had definitely expected to happen and had been waiting for. The other one was a bit of a surprise, but I was glad to see it.

All in all, it was a good volume. I’m ready to read the next one, which I will hopefully be doing very soon.

Well, that is all from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and we’ll be back soon with more geeky content.


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