Book Review: My Hero Academia (Volume 15)


Volume 15 of My Hero Academia covers issues 129-137.

God this series just continues to get better and better. I love it so much. We’re fully into the Overhaul arc of this manga, and this volume opens with Midoriya and Mirio coming face to face with Overhaul and his “daughter” Eri. Though Midoriya wants to save Eri, he and Mirio leave in order to pass on the intel rather than put her in more danger. We learn that Chisaki (Overhaul) is abusing Eri and the forward moving plot for this arc will be the heroes attempt to save her.

I love how as this series goes on, we get the students not only dealing with more adult situations, but being treated as adults as well. We learn more about Sir Nighteye and his relationship with All Might, which is super interesting and has a deep effect on Midoriya. The topic of death is something that’s vaguely touched upon in My Hero, as of course this is a Shonen Jump series aimed at a younger audience base. Still, Nighteye and All Might’s discussion about death and if we can truly change the future is important for most teens and older to read about and ass a level of realness to their relationships with Midoriya.

The main crux of this volume concerns not only the student’s work experience but how their training has prepared them for real life hero situations. We see Tsui and Uraraka working with Nejire Hado, one of the big three, and pro hero Ryuko, as well as fan favorite Kirishima working with relatively new characters Tamaki Amajiki, another member of the big three, and their pro hero, Fatgum. Fatgum is amazing and I love him. Amajiki is every emo girls dream, so I can already see his popularity beginning to grow after this volume.

In Kirishima’s mini arc, he attempts to save Amajiki by jumping in front of him and taking a bullet, knowing his hardening would protect him. Amajiki is shot once before Kirishima can get to him and is totally fine, except for his quirk no longer activating. As that’s happening Kirishima takes off after a villain in a crowded alley in the hopes of evacuating and saving the people there. The Villain injects something into himself and maximizes the power of his quirk to dangerous levels, prompting Kirishima to take words Bakugo said to him to heart, and becoming unbreakable. This is the first time we see Kirishima debuting this move and though he fights valiantly, it’s Fatgum who finally takes the villain out.

Midoriya, Kirishima, Tsui and Uraraka are all called to a specific location for a meeting of some sort, which turns out to be a small advising team set up by Sir Nighteye. He then explains how Overhaul is distributing the drug Kritshima and Amajiki were attacked with to people on the streets, and how it might have something to do with Eri’s power. One drug enhances the power of the person taking it, the other removes their quirk. They wait to collect more intel but as soon as they rod, they suit up and quietly prep to infiltrate Overhaul’s base, but he knows they’re coming.

Two other small things I loved about this volume was Aizawa being involved in the meetings and softening up a bit toward Midoriya. He’s one of the best characters in the series in my opinion, and seeing more of his interactions with the kids is fantastic and shows how much he cares about them. The other great part of this was Midoriya overthinking and withdrawing and Todoroki and Iida making sure he knows they’re friends and they’re there for him if he needs anything, including apparently their lunch. With so much drama with villains and fighting in these volumes, it’s great to see all the students still being friends and teenagers.

This series is awesome. I love it so very much and I CANNOT wait for this arc to be included in the anime eventually.

Title: My Hero Academia (Volume 15)
Author: Kohei Horikoshi
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1974701001

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