Title: My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions, Vol. 1
Author: Yoko Akiyama
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: VIZ Media
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi is one of Shonen Jump’s biggest series in recent years, with the manga going strong and an amazing anime adaptation. With the booming popularity of the series also comes spin-off and side-story manga like My Hero Academia Team-Up Missions Vol. 1, written by Yoko Akiyama who is also an assistant to Horikoshi for the main story.
The plot for My Hero Academia Team-Up Missions revolves around the various characters that are involved in the Team-Up Missions program. The program has been set up as the public has been clamoring for the new generation of heroes after All Might’s retirement. It centers around teaming up hero students from various schools like UA High with other heroes, including pro-heroes, to improve their teamwork.
This particular plot is told through chapters and short stories. Some of which have team-ups such as Deku, Bakugo, and Uraraka, with the No.5 pro hero Mirko having to deal with a punk that has a poisonous quirk that he cannot control and Deku, Bakugo, and Hawks going on an undercover mission while both Deku and the Hot-headed Bakugo have to learn how to work together. One of the more surprising inclusions in the manga is the inclusion of movie characters and the one-shot prequel for the first movie, My Hero Academia Two Heroes.
I think the plot and set-up for Team-Up Missions is exciting. There are many characters in My Hero Academia, each with their unique abilities and powers that could make for very interesting combinations.
This first volume focuses a good bit on Deku for a few chapters where I wished to see a few other characters in action. Still, the idea has a lot of fun potential, and I am looking forward to seeing how this continues in the next volume. The chapters and short stories are also action-packed and have decent pacing with many fun moments and banter in between.
Art-wise this spin-off manga looks great. The characters appear on point, and the pages are also really well-directed in terms of panels making the action scenes look amazing. Given that the artist is also Horikoshi’s assistant, it’s no surprise how the characters excel in design and personality.
My Hero Academia Team-Up Missions Vol. 1 is an entertaining read. I can easily recommend it to My Hero Academia fans who would like to see the various characters team-up.
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