My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Some violence, cursing in teen-centered anime.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 28 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some messages on teamwork and the importance of working together for the benefit of everyone rather than only being out for yourself. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. Characters are basically archetypes. The teen girl characters, while emerging as heroes in their own right, often appear in skimpy clothing, and are objectified by two of the teen male characters. 

Violence

Cartoon violence throughout. Explosions, fighting with assorted superpowers (fire, ice, brute strength, etc.), machine guns, punches, kicks. Character shot and killed, some blood. Another character shot and injured, shown bloody and bruised. Burning building with people inside, some peril. Lead character shown verbally bullied by his school rival, who calls him a "damn nerd." 

Sex

Teen female characters often appear in skimpy clothing: halter tops, short skirts. Two teen boys frequently remark on the girls' looks and appearance. One of the teen boys, afraid to commit a heroic act, is told that if he succeeds, girls will flock to him, and he's then shown running at full speed while chanting "Harem! Harem! Harem!" over and over again. 

Language

Occasional mild profanity: "bastard," "damn," "hell," "weak-ass." A rival of the lead character calls him a "damn nerd." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief shot of cigarette smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Academia: Two Heroes is a 2018 anime in which heroes-in-training must work together to rescue hostages from villains who have taken over a building on a floating island. Cartoon violence throughout, including characters getting shot and killed, blood, explosions, car chases, a burning building. The girls in the movie wear skimpy clothing -- revealing halter tops, short skirts and shorts. One of the heroes-in-training is motivated to save the day when he's told that girls love heroes and once he's shown to be heroic, he'll have a harem; he then chants "Harem! Harem! Harem!" repeatedly while running off to stop the bad guys. Occasional mild profanity ("bastard," "damn," "hell," "weak-ass"). One of the heroes-in-training, who yells at everyone around him, calls his rival a "damn nerd." Bad guys smoke cigarettes. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOliviaReviewsIt January 3, 2021

More than Just "Two Heroes"

MHA: Two Heroes is a FANTASTIC movie. Protagonist Deku boards a plane with his mentor All Might to attend a hero expo, where the two will meet one of Might... Continue reading
Adult Written byLexiGarcia August 25, 2020

Not as Bad as it Seems

The rating for this movie assumes that there are no positive role models. This is a movie based around superheroes and saving people. There are plenty of positi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGena H. April 19, 2020

Super great movie!

I'm a fan of MHA, and this movie DID NOT disappoint. I absolutely loved this movie. There's violence and some swearing, but most teenagers should be f... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySoulEater_Evans15 August 5, 2020

Awesome Movie!

This movie is a lot more appropriate than the show itself, but I still wouldn't recommend it for younger kids. Swearing wise, there's crap, b*stard, a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES, All Might is a superhero who shares a quirk with Izuku Midoriya, aka Deku, a student at the U.A. High School Hero Course. The two travel to I-Island, a floating island where scientists research quirks. All Might is reunited with his old friend, Professor David Shield, who lives on the island with his teen daughter Melissa. As Melissa shows Deku around the island, he discovers that many of his classmates happen to be there as well. Meanwhile, All Might seems to be losing his quirk and his superhero power, and asks Shield to keep it a secret. That evening, everyone attends a formal party. As the party kicks off, Deku and his friends are running late, and when they arrive, they discover that the villain Wolfram and his henchmen have taken the party hostage. Wolfram and his henchmen take Shield and his assistant Sam to break into the island's vault to gain access to a headset that maximizes the power of an individual's quirk, an invention of Professor Shield's. Now, Deku, and all his friends and rivals from the Hero Course must find a way to get up to the 200th floor of the building, reclaim the building's security system, and rescue the hostages, while also finding a way to restore All Might to his original superhero glory. 

Is it any good?

When establishing shots of Las Vegas are presented with the caption "California" in the opening scenes, you know you're in for some bizarre anime, and this movie delivers the weird. My Academia: Two Heroes has an anime cast of thousands, story threads galore, and a central narrative that is suspiciously similar to Die Hard. There's peril and melodrama, angsty superheroes-in-training, good versus evil. It can be overwhelming and chaotic at times, but the movie manages to stay entertaining, even for those who aren't the presidents of their hometown anime fan clubs. 

The climactic battle scene between Deku and his friends and Woflram and his henchmen reveals that all the chaos and potential confusion in trying to keep all the characters and their stories straight pays off. Somehow, you know who these characters are, what they do, and what "quirks" they have, or don't have, or earned, or are losing. The result, somehow, strikes an effective balance between action and character development, fight scenes and internal conflict, and positive messages about finding your own talents (aka "quirks") and developing them to the best of your ability. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about anime. How does My Academia: Two Heroes compare to other anime you've seen? 

  • This is based on a popular manga series. What would be the challenges in adapting a movie based on printed work? 

  • How are women often presented in the movie? Do they get to be as heroic as the boys? 

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