My Hero Academia Vol. 3

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Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Kohei Horikoshi
Illustrator: Kohei Horikoshi
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781421585109
Pages: 192

The students are under attack! On a field trip for disaster training, the class of 1A is suddenly swarmed with villains. Split up and in different disaster zones, each group some how manages to survive. Unfortunately, the low level villains they are fighting are just the beginning. A villain covered in disembodied hands is the mastermind, and his giant “Nomu” is seemingly unbeatable. The hero All Might arrives just in time, but Nomu is specifically designed to be able to kill All Might. While he struggles to keep up his muscular image, All Might eventually knocks Nomu literally out of the arena. Sensing defeat, the League of Villains, specifically the warp gate villain and Tomura Shigaraki (the hand villain), escape. After the attack, the students have very little time to recover before the UA Sports Festival. As they enter the festival, Izuku Midoriya is prepared to tell the world “I am here.”

This third installment to the series is even more exciting than the previous two. Now that a central villain has been established, an even darker storyline is introduced and a deeper history to All Might. It also adds some character development with Todoroki challenging Midoriya before the festival, which infuriates Bakugo. It shows more of Midoriya’s quick thinking and evaluation abilities. It also progresses his physical ability with the quirk “One for All." However, it is frustrating how slowly he seems to get control. The one time in this volume that he is able to control it, he did it without thinking, and doesn’t use it for the rest of the storyline, even in the preliminary round of the sports festival. Overall, it is still a good story that makes the reader want more.

*Contains mild violence and mild language