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Celebrates the idea of embracing all humans, rather than trying to save the world by eliminating a particular group. Believe in yourself, and don't give up on becoming a better person. Work hard to achieve your goals. Teamwork is also a strong theme.
Positive Role Models
Rody starts out as a thief but seems to have reformed by the story's end. He sometimes seems like he's about to give up or make the wrong move, but he learns to work with the heroes and helps save the day. Deku is shown as someone who's selflessly devoted to helping others and to working to improve himself so that he can better do that.
The characters are known as "Japan's greatest heroes." Half of the larger super-team consists of women, but the main focus is on the male characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Anime characters are speared with arrows and pierced with lasers. There are oozing puddles of animated blood, drops/smears of blood, ad bloody wounds. Frequent fighting, throwing weapons (blades, arrows, etc.), punching, smashing, slamming, etc. Some guns and shooting. A bomb causes many bystanders to mutate and die. Scenes of widespread panic. Explosions. Buildings falling. Characters falling from high places. Scary creatures.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male characters briefly shown shirtless. Brief scenes of female characters wearing revealing costumes.
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Several uses of "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "butt" (in English subtitled version); "damn," "hell," "bastard," "ass," "crap," "idiot," "scum," "stinks," "whack job," "moron" (in dubbed version).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes take place in a bar; bottles displayed. Quick shot of a hypodermic needle injecting something.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission is the third feature-length movie based on the popular manga/anime series about a team of Japanese superheroes. Violence may be animated but is still quite strong, with characters getting bloody wounds after being shot with an arrow and zapped with a laser; pools of oozing blood and blood smears are also shown. There's lots of fantasy fighting, some of it very intense, with characters raging and slamming and bashing with all their might. There are explosions, and innocent bystanders are killed. Language includes "damn," "hell," and "bastard." Male characters are briefly shown shirtless, and some costumes are form-fitting and/or revealing. A couple of scenes take place in a bar, with liquor bottles shown. In the United States, both an English-dubbed version and a Japanese-language version with English subtitles are available. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Likable characters, positive messages, small doses of humor, and swift, swirling animation will make this superhero anime a must-see for longtime fans, as well as a good entry point for newcomers. The secret weapon of My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission is new, instantly lovable character Rody (pronounced "Roadie") Soul. A sly, charming rapscallion dressed in a patched up-shirt with a smart tie, coat, and gloves, his rooster-tail hair kept back with a headband and propped-up sunglasses, he's a charming thief. He keeps the movie's material from getting too serious, but he also gives it its heart. His "quirk" is delightful; it's a little pink bird named Pino who always expresses Rody's true emotions, even when he's lying or trying to be cool. In essence, can't lie.
Deku comes across as a little too good and selfless here, and his pet theme -- not giving up -- is hammered home a few too many times, but his friendship with Rody feels genuine. The rest of the battalion of characters show up just enough to be useful without being confusing to newcomers, while the story manages to make its twists and turns painless enough to follow. The action scenes are fluid and rhythmic, although very fast-paced and sometimes strobe-like. The battles often ramp up into higher and higher doses of adrenaline, letting loose in "kablammo" moments that can rattle speakers. But with its message of embracing all kinds of people, rather than hating and fearing, My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission really takes flight.
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