Blu-Ray Review: My Hero Academia – Season 3 Part 1

The journey to become a ‘true’ hero continues within this first half of the third season of My Hero Academia and this time publishing mantle has been passed to Manga Entertainment UK.  What can one expect to receive from this release and does it continue to deliver the epic story of becoming a hero? Let’s take a look and find out in our Blu-Ray Review of My Hero Academia – Season 3 Part 1.

Synopsis:

Summer is here, and the heroes of Class 1-A and 1-B are in for the toughest training camp of their lives! Braving the elements in this secret location becomes the least of their worries when routine training turns into a critical struggle for survival.

Our View:

Building upon the foundations of the previous two seasons, and of course the feature-length-film “Two Heroes”, this first half of the third season of My Hero Academia raises the bar with Heroes and Villains being pitted against each other like never before. Consistent animation and a progressive story makes this first half of Season three an easy binge-watching experience and one that will make you go PLUS ULTRA for even more. It’s fast, comical and entertainingly fun from start to finish.

Taking place shortly after the events of the second season the Hero Course Students of UA High find themselves whisked away to a Summer Training Camp in an attempt to further enhance their skills. At first this seems like any other Summer Camp, with daily activities and training regimes taking place; but behind the scenes Villains inspired by Hero Killer Stains aggression take action.

In this case never-before-seen Villains make their on-screen debut by locating the secret training facility and separating the Heroes-in-Training with their teachers. It all explodes into chaos and with the ‘real’ heroes out of commission it is up to the Heroes-in-Training to defend themselves and nearby allies from harm. As one would expect it is a battle of survival and with each passing episode we see the students rise to the occasion; with each character being able to show off their abilities and newly acquired skills.

The attack on the Summer Camp is only half of the story as after successfully defending themselves Bakugo is kidnapped by the League of Villains and as such a rescue attempt is made. Initially this rescue attempt is reserved for the main heroes, such as All-Might, but Deku and his group of friends also decide to track him down. The result is a two-pronged attack on the villains, with All-Might leading the charge; but the result of this is non-other-than the debut appearance of All-For-One and an all important battle that will turn the tide for the justice of peace.

Extras:

Just like with past Blu-Ray releases of My Hero Academia, of which were released by Universal Pictures (Season 1) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Season 2), this Season 3 Part 1 Blu-Ray release via Manga Entertainment UK uses disc masters produced by FUNimation and Madman. As a result of this we receive a large selection of supplementary content ranging from English cast Interviews at Anime Expo to Japanese Promotional materials and textless songs.

For fans of the English Dub, of which was produced by FUNimation, then the inclusion of Anime Expo Interviews, Recording Booth Out-takes and Inside the Episode Features give fans an insight into the world of English Dub production and voice actors thoughts on the characters they voice. All of these features provide an amazing insight, with a few laughs along the way, and demonstrates a side of the anime industry that we usually do not get to see.

In addition to these English Produced content we also have the inclusion of original Japanese promotional materials, yet another simply addition we often miss out on, as well as the usual inclusion of textless songs. In short we have a large selection of content to view; and all of this further extends the viewing run time one would usually expect to receive.

For English dub fans it is a strong collection of bonus content and Japanese (sub only) fans are not left out either with the inclusion of Japanese promotional material. Basically My Hero Academia continues to offer a strong selection of supplementary content along with its strong story and animation.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:10:57 (Disc 1), 1:35:28 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

The adrenaline-fuelled action of My Hero Academia continues in this first half of the third season and once again the series continues to build-upon its foundations to deliver an entertaining story filled with action, suspense and titans doing battle. Unlike other Shonen styled shows, such as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Naurto; My Hero Academia continues to excel and this time the fights are real and lives are on the line.

Featuring thirteen episodes My Hero Academia – Season 3 Part 1 focuses on a two-part story split across a small time-frame; which is a big difference compared to previous Seasons which focused on a singular event. It all begins at the summer camp with UA High Students taking part in training exercises until they are attacked by villains inspired by the Hero Killer Stain. This leads to tactical assaults from all angles; and the heroes in training left fighting for their lives. The second part of this set meanwhile acts as a rescue mission that delivers that much promised fight between All-Might and All-for-One. Exciting times indeed, and beautifully crafted.

Naturally this Blu-Ray release is the best way to watch My Hero Academia and Manga Entertainment UK have managed to remain faithful to the original master of this release; by using discs mastered by FUNimation. The result of this is a wide-selection of bonus content, including cast interviews and promotional materials, alongside 5.1 English Dub surround sound track (which sounds absolutely amazing during those intense fights) and the original Japanese audio presented in its 2.0 format. It’s everything you’d expect from a FUNimation Blu-Ray master and works as intended.

My Hero Academia – Season 3 Part 1 delivers a progressive narrative that further expands the world that these characters inhabited and it is presented to the best of its ability in this Blu-Ray release. My only complaint would be the repetitive opening narration by Deku; but this is just a small price to pay for an exhilarating series that gets better with each passing episode.

Score: review-stars-5

My Hero Academia – Season 3 Part 1 will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack from the 13th May 2019 within 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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