In Izuku Midoriya's world, most everyone is born with some sort of superpower. Unfortunately for Izuku, he's one of the few without any such power. This doesn't stop him from hoping, and from dreaming of attending the U. A. High School, a school specifically for training superheroes. After showing bravery despite his lack of quirk, the hero All-Might noticed Izuku and starts training him. All-Might reveals that one of the unique things about his gift is that he can pass it on to another person. If Izuku proves himself, All-Might will imbue him with power.
Izuku is sweet and a great main character, with a true heart and honest soul. Each character in the story is multi-faceted: All-Might can only use his power for three hours before he is transformed back into a puny, sickly guy; bully Katsuki has an insecure side to his cocky outward appearance. For most heroes, quirks come at a cost - it’s not just super power that lets them act overpowered forever. This is still a typical school-based story, but it has a great premise, and the world is well thought-out. I also enjoyed just how much is packed into one volume, and how so much happens on a single page. The art style is a beautiful blend of cartoony and detailed. The cover of volume one shows the cartoony elements in the way Izuku is drawn. The mangaka also made some sophisticated artistic choices with characters: All-Might and his puny self have different shading and shape to their eye cavities to demonstrate relative strength and ill-health.
VIZ rates this for Teen, and given that this series happens mostly at a high school with the trials and tribulations indicative of the age group, this age rating is appropriate. There is nothing in the first volume that wouldn't make this suitable for junior high audiences, aside from some fantasy violence.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Superheroes, School-Age, Action Adventure
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