Unboxing: My Hero Academia – Season One (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack) [UK]

Last month Universal Pictures UK announced that it would be releasing the first season of My Hero Academia as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack release within the UK and now a mere month after this announcement this ‘Collector’s Edition’ release of My Hero Academia is now within our grasp. So; what is in this Collector’s Edition set and how does it compare to previous anime-related-products distributed by Universal Pictures UK? The answer is quite a complicated one but you can find out for yourself in our unboxing.

Available from today (15th May 2017) this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack release of My Hero Academia – Season One contains all thirteen episodes (in both English and Japanese with English subtitles) across three Blu-ray discs and two DVD discs packaged inside two seperate amaray cases that slot in to a chipboard artbox alongside a hardback artbook, a character keyring and a student handbook.  In terms of physical content its not exactly as ‘overwhelming’ as previous Universal Pictures UK releases; but with potentially good reason; as unlike Seraph of the End and The Heroic Legend of Arslan, both of which were produced, authored and distributed within the UK by Universal Pictures UK, this release of My Hero Academia is actually a FUNimation UK title distributed through Universal Pictures UK. Basically its the same distribution deal that FUNimation UK have with Anime Limited; except this time the deal is with Universal Pictures UK and that this title has received a Collector’s Edition Combo Pack release.

We could speculate the reasons behind this decision forever; however considering that the DVD discs included with this release of My Hero Academia are PAL (rather than the much preferred NTSC format) its possible that Anime Limited passed on the chance of releasing it under their brand. Naturally this is just speculation; but considering Anime Limited have reverted Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs in to Blu-ray only releases (due to PAL enforcement from licensors) then its a fair possibility.

In any event; compared to previous Universal Pictures UK releases this Collectors Edition set does not feature a lot of physical content – altough it does contain more than the average Anime Limited Collectors Edition set – as inside fans will find a hardback artbook, which features various amounts of concept styled drawning from the anime series, a student handbook, which is simply a thin notebook that fans can write inside, and a keyring of the main character of the series. However; what it lacks in physical content, other than the aforementioned products and the premium art box, of which are the same as the US content due to the copyright/legal lines on them,  it makes up for in on disc content as the Blu-ray discs feature an extensive amount of bonus content that range from promotional materials, mini episodes and recordings of panels from Anime Expo 2016. Receiving bonus content on Anime releases isn’t exactly unheard of; but reciving so much – especially in High Definition – is not something we see often to its nice to see so much included on this release.

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While the packaging and contents of this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack release of My Hero Academia – Season 1 may not be impressive as previous Universal Pictures UK releases special attention have to be given to the presentation of artbox, student handbook, blu-ray sleeves and disc artwork is comendable, with full colour artwork being used throughout; and because FUNimation UK have produced the set – rather than Universal Pictures UK so to speak – the discs replicate the US release and do not feature the Universal Pictures UK standard of release format (such as the blue banner and multiple logos) land the same applies to the disc menu layout as well with the layout being the same as other FUNimation UK releases. Further kudos have to be given to the included O-Card which wraps around the chipboard artbox and displays all of the information for this release on it. Not only does this O-Card keep everything tightly packed together after unwrapping but it keeps the artbox clear of any logos or information – although once again this is probably a cost cutting measure as the artbox is the same one that is used within America.

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Overall this Collector’s Edition release of My Hero Academia – Season One isn’t as overwhelming as Universal Pictures UK’s releases of Seraph of the End and The Heroic Legend of Arslan; but it does have some positive aspects such as the keyring, its artwork presentation and the large amount of on disc bonus content that spans across Three Blu-ray discs (some of the bonus features are exclusive to the Blu-ray). Ideally this Collectors Set is for fans of the series rather than those wishing to experience it from a blind buy; but whether you are a fan or a newcomer this set will offer something for you whether through artwork presentation or on disc content.

My Hero Academia – Season 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack) is now available within the UK via Universal Pictures UK on behalf of FUNimation UK.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

One Response to Unboxing: My Hero Academia – Season One (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack) [UK]

  1. Caspar Rose says:

    Season 1 has also been released on the UK iTunes Store… No extras, just all 13 episodes. I’m assuming with the English Dub.

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