My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission Review

My Hero Academia the Movie

Summary of "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission"

Humarace, an organization dedicated to saving "pure humans," triggers a Trigger Bomb in a city, causing all Quirks to go haywire and leaving only those without Quirks unaffected. Faced with this terrorist attack, professional heroes and trainees split into 25 groups to infiltrate the organization's headquarters across various countries in search of Trigger Bombs and the leader, Flect Turn. However, their endeavors in all locations yield no results.

As a precautionary measure, hero groups remain in their assigned countries to monitor and continue the investigation. Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo intern at Endeavor's agency and, with their assigned team, head to the country Otheon, home to Humarace's main headquarters. While navigating the city, the trio encounters a jewelry robbery, prompting Deku to pursue the suspect carrying a briefcase believed to contain jewels. Unfortunately, the police open fire, leading them to escape, resulting in Deku being falsely labeled a fugitive and mass murderer in global news.

As they evade authorities and villains, Deku befriends the suspect, Rody Soul, a boy striving to support his younger siblings, even if it means engaging in criminal activities. However, the initially presumed jewel-filled briefcase turns out to be empty. In the midst of confusion, Deku leaves a coded message for his friends before cutting off communications to avoid tracking.

Meanwhile, Bakugo and Todoroki suspect the briefcase's connection to Humarace, a revelation they cannot convey to Deku. They embark on a search and locate him at the country's border. However, Humarace's plan unfolds with only two hours remaining. Deku, Todoroki, Bakugo, and Rody head to the organization's secret headquarters, utilizing the hidden key in the briefcase to prevent the Trigger Bombs from prematurely detonating.

As they gradually split up during the assault on the headquarters, Deku reaches the deepest room, encountering Flect as the sole obstacle to achieving his ultimate goal. Despite facing limited success due to Flect's Quirk reflecting the same power used against him, with Rody's assistance, Deku focuses on providing him the time needed to deactivate the Bombs, succeeding at the last minute.

The Plot

The storyline takes place during what could be considered Season 5 of the anime, featuring references from episodes within that season. Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo are affiliated with Endeavor's agency, and Midoriya has already gained a certain level of control over the Quirk 'Blackwhip.' Furthermore, the events of the movie are not deemed a pivotal occurrence in the overall anime plot. As a result, even those who haven't watched the animated seasons can enjoy it equally.

Shifting our focus to the plot, "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission" centers around the organization Humarace, whose actions are guided by the "Quirk Doomsday Theory." This theory, devoid of scientific foundations (as mentioned in the movie itself), speculates about the potential downfall of humanity due to the existence and evolution of Quirks over time. I find this notion somewhat plausible for two reasons:

  • "Pure humanity" represents only a small fraction of the world's population, and with each successive generation, their numbers will dwindle, even if humans without Quirks continue to be born. At some point, they could be deemed extinct.
  • The theory posits a combination of Quirks, manifested in individuals with more than one Quirk, which could lead to the world's destruction. I believe this mirrors the Quirks 'All for One' and 'One for All,' two abilities that have exhibited similar potential outcomes.

Digging deeper into the matter of Quirks, specifically 'One for All' and 'All for One,' I sense that both present a threat to society, irrespective of whether they are wielded by a hero or a villain. One accumulates Quirks to the point of being deemed "omnipotent," while the other carries the burden of "heroic symbolism." I believe the latter was starkly illustrated when All-Might engaged in his final battle, leaving the hero world without its 'Number 1,' thereby plunging society into chaos.

Now circling back to "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission." Although I comprehend the theory espoused by Humarace, it doesn't imply my support or agreement. Employing it in such an extreme and dogmatic manner, I perceive it as nothing more than an excuse for a more personal agenda. This aligns perfectly with why the organization is labeled as terrorist—no longer serving as a warning but rather perceived as a direct threat.



"My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission," being a narrative separate from the anime's primary plot, doesn't delve into the development of the main heroes. Instead, the spotlight is primarily on new characters, specifically Rody Soul and the antagonists.

To me, Rody embodies "prejudices." He's a boy who endured significant hardships in his childhood, compelled to lie to others and even to himself. This complexity stems from his Quirk, personified in a small pink bird named Pino, which unveils his true feelings. The character undergoes some "development" thanks to Deku's influence, without succumbing to evangelization.

Regarding Flect Turn, I see him as a symbol of "loneliness." With a Quirk that reflects everything, he was incapable of receiving love from his parents, friends, and the person he loved. Blaming his Quirk, he assumed the leadership of Humarace. Honestly, the character had immense potential but was completely squandered due to his background, turning him into a villain. While I acknowledge that desperation can be a crucial factor in the character, I believe there were numerous possibilities to "enhance" his motivation.

Personally, I viewed Beros' character as a "tool" that, like Flect, was underutilized. She had a strong determination to fulfill Humarace's goal, and I sensed a certain connection with Flect, but she never revealed her own motivation. Upon deeper reflection, I fail to understand how she became so devoted to the organization's goal that she even ended her own life for it. I had hoped for an explanation, but it never materialized. From what was shown, her Quirk allowed her to create a bow with her hand and control the arrows she shot. However, she didn't create the arrows, causing her Quirk to go out of control and result in an accident that Flect experienced and embraced.

Concerning other protagonists like Todoroki and Bakugo, they proved to be the same as always, as I expected since attempting to provide them with development seemed unnecessary. Meanwhile, villains like Leviathan, Serpenters, and Sidero, at first glance, appeared as simple 'mercenaries.' Nevertheless, I believe the first two could have had a background that tied them more closely to the organization.

Technical Aspects

Without a doubt, the standout feature of the movie was the outstanding animation by Studio Bones. While not flawless, I observed some occasional "issues" with the quality of the environments in certain scenes, though nothing major. The fluidity in the action scenes was remarkable, reminiscent of the showdown between Deku and Todoroki at the Festival.

The sound department also impressed me. Although no particular soundtrack left a lasting impression, I believe they served as valuable additions to "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission," effectively enhancing various on-screen events.

Regarding the voice actors for the characters, not much can be said. The version of "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission" that I watched was dubbed in Latin American Spanish, an experience I'm not very familiar with. As someone who generally prefers the original language in anime, hearing the characters' voices in Spanish was a first for me. Nonetheless, I don't think the performances were subpar; they accurately conveyed the personalities and emotions of each character.

Final Thoughts on "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission"

I consider "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes’ Mission" a great film that seamlessly integrates into the overall narrative of the series. However, I also believe the depth of the story could have justified more than a movie, especially concerning the villains, their motivation, and their true objective. I hope these aspects will be explored in the confirmed OVA for this production. After all, it felt peculiar that Flect gave the heroes a chance to win, something that seemed a bit forced, lacking a solid foundation or any signs of remorse.

The showdown between Deku and Flect prompted thoughts of the "paradox of irresistible force." Initially, Flect was an immovable object due to his Quirk of reflecting everything, and Deku was the unstoppable force with 'One for All.' However, considering the cliché of a power-up in difficult moments, the object wouldn't truly be unstoppable. This was a delightful realization. As the battle progressed, it altered my perception, with each character representing more idealistic values. It portrayed themes of "surrender" and "improvement," once again reminding me of the main storyline's goal, with a boy advancing and surpassing even his mentors. The one who could potentially become the symbol of peace, preserving the meaning of "PLUS ULTRA!"

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