Blu-Ray Review: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

After a successful cinematic run late last year My Hero Academia: Two Heroes finds its way home onto Blu-Ray (as well as DVD) via Manga Entertainment UK. What can one expect from the Blu-Ray release? Well lets take a look and find out.

Synopsis:

Deku and his friends take on a daring rescue operation when villains hack into I-Expo—the world’s leading hero item exhibition. All Might is trapped by their sinister plan, and his best hope for saving everyone lies in the new generation of heroes.

Our View:

Taking place shortly after the events of the second season, but crucially before the third season, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes follows the story of Izuku Midoriya (i.e. Deku) and Yagi Toshinori (All Might) who find themselves travelling to I-Island for an expo that showcases the scientific creations of scientists and support-staff technicians. I-Island is a technological marvel whereby the latest scientific creations, both in every-day and hero-life, are made and this expo is to allow the public – and special ‘preview’ attendees, of which Midoriya and All Might are a part of, to see the creations first hand.

Unbeknownst to Midoriya this visit to the expo is not for exploring the latest creations; but instead it is to allow All Might to reunite with an old friend and comrade; David Shield, who is a scientist at the facility, and in turn his daughter Melissa Shield, who is attending I-Island as a student. This is where My Hero Academia: Two Heroes becomes more than a ‘film’ and part of the ‘bigger picture’ as we get to learn about All Might’s past through flashbacks and stories.

In this case David Shield was All Mights partner during All Might’s stay in America during his younger days, which is why all of his attacks are based on American locations (Detroid, California and Texas), and as such David helped create the suits that All Might has worn during the countless decades of service as a Hero. Ironically all of this is summarised by Midoriya; but it wouldn’t be My Hero Academia without him fan-boying over a part of All Might’s past.

Interestingly that’s not all either as David is also aware of All Might’s limited time in ‘Hero Form’ and as such does some investigation into All Might’s current status and the disappearance of his One for All powers. To have this discussion brought up here is a welcome surprise and further cements the fact that My Hero Academia: Two Heroes caters to fans of the TV Anime rather than being a cinematic cash grab. For the uninformed All Might was heavily wounded during a fight five years ago against All for One and since then All Might cannot hold his hero form for more than a few hours and this time limit has since become lower when All Might ‘passed on’ his ‘One for All’ quirk to Midoriya during the first season.

The result of All Might losing his power is not just a fundamental part of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes; but it also becomes a heavy talking point within third season – and as such it feels that this movie was helped to bridge the gap between the second and third season as well as deliver the characters we know and love to the big screen during its cinematic outing. Speaking of characters whilst All Might and David are reminiscing over past endeavours Melissa shows Deku around the facility and in doing so all notable characters from UA High, such as Katsuki Bakugō, Ochako Uraraka, Tenya Iida, Shōto Todoroki, Momo Yaoyorozu, Eijiro Kirishima, Minoru Mineta, Kyōka Jirō and Denki Kaminari, are all introduced in varying comical ways.

Bakugō, Todoroki and Kirishima are introduced through a Hero Challenge while Uraraka, Yaoyorozu and Jirō find themselves encounter Midoriya and Melissa while strolling around the expo – much to the annoyance of Uraraka who is clearly [not] jealous. All of these characters play an important role within My Hero Academia: Two Heroes but sadly not everyone manages to get that ‘screen time’ one would have hoped. Asui Tsuyu (i.e. Froppy) fans for instance will be disappointed to learn that she only makes a brief appearance. A perfect explanation is given, as only those with a ‘preview’ badge could attend the expo BUT everyone from Class 1-A of UA High does get some screen-time; so you’ll find your favourite character on screen at some point.

Regardless once these notable characters have assembled the real film can begin and it’s here where the ‘hero action’ we come to love from the franchise begins to bear fruit. In this case a villain organisation has infiltrated I-Island and locked it down by using the security systems that are designed to protect those on the island. Everyone is held as a hostage, including All Might and the Pro-Heroes that have gathered, and as such it is now up to the students of Class 1-A of UA High, as well as Melissa Shield, to rise to the occasion and disrupt this enemy threat. From here its one constant dash to the control centre that manages the security system and along the way our characters must over obstacles, including villains, by using their abilities and skills learned at the academy.

It’s a never-ending thrill ride that sees each of the characters abilities highlighted on screen; but it’s so much more than that. Little details and traits brought over from the TV Series, such as Kirishima and Bakugō’s friendship as well as Todoroki’s unwillingness to use his fire are brought to big screen; further reinforcing the fact that this is a film catered to fans of the anime material.

Extras:

Although the movie may make you go “PLUS ULTRA” the selection of supplementary content on offer is nothing to get excited for; as the only inclusion is “The Making of a Hero” feature which sees the English voice cast provide an overview of the film and their experiences with working on the film. Naturally it is an interesting insight into the life of a voice actor but it doesn’t anything more than what we already know. It is a shame that promotional materials, for both Japan and English, are not available; but fortunately they are not included on North American and Australian releases so all three regions receive the same content.

In addition to this feature we also have three UK centric trailers for other Manga Entertainment UK releases. In this case trailers for Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us, Dragon Ball Super: Broly the Movie and Darling in the Franxx – Part One appear before the disc menu and can be skipped. Sadly you have to manually skip each trailer rather than pressing the home/title screen button; but it is better than being unskippable.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50
Region: B
Running Time: 1:35:49
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes acts as both a stand-a-lone story and a continuation to the events of the first and second seasons of the anime by introducing new characters while remaining faithful to the events of the source material. In this case Deku and All Might travel to I-Island to experience a preview of the expo which sees new inventions being demonstrated however at the same time a group of villains invade the event and take the heroes captive. With the heroes restrained, and hostages in danger, the students of Class 1-A of UA High take it upon themselves to raise to the occasion and help those in need.

Naturally I won’t spoil the entirety of the film; but a few surprise plot twists lead to a rather inventive ending that sees All Might and Midoriya team-up to fight the mastermind behind this scenario. As one would expect it is a fight filled with emotion and drama but more so than that it’s a fight that will leave you shouting PLUS ULTRA at the screen; even more so now that you can do it from the comfort of your own home (rather than a cinematic showing).

Animated to the same standards of the TV anime and using the anime material to build up its own story My Hero Academia: Two Heroes offers everything you could ever want from My Hero Academia and at the same time so much more. Everything you loved about My Hero Academia is here and it gets better with this Blu-Ray release of the film. Firstly we have English and Japanese audio language, both of which are provided in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio for that added cinematic experience, while the English Subtitles (and signs) are fully removable.Naturally this is all ‘standard stuff’ when it comes to Blu-Ray releases; but as a self-authored Manga Entertainment UK release it does come as a big surprise. Previously self-authored releases have been hit with some form of issue; but for this release we have nothing but praise.

The film, subtitles, and audio are all presented consistently and the menu navigation is both simplistic and use friendly. The inclusion of ‘Making of Hero’ bonus feature is also a nice addition and something that could have easily been left off (as it has happened in older self-authored releases). Unfortunately we do not receive any Japanese (or English) promotional materials but neither do any of the releases in America or Australia so everyone receive the same content and we are not missing out on anything.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes was spectacular at the cinema and this Blu-Ray release retains that positivity with the some added bonuses.

Score: review-stars-5

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook Blu-ray on the 8th April 2019 in the UK via Manga Entertainment UK.

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.

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