I am currently reading the My Hero Academia manga series and getting caught up. Right now I'm on Chapter 35 of this series (so I'm about halfway there give or take) and, excuse my language for a moment but… Holy Fuck this is one of the most fun and engaging manga series I've read in a LONG fucking time. I mean… Admittedly I was kind of destined to like this series given that I'm a big time fan of superheroes and comics in general… So to combine Western style comic books with Japanese Shonen manga style was pretty much just a recipe for win as far as I'm concerned but... Oh my God I love this series so much... When I'm up to date with this series I can very easily predict that this will be one of the highlights of my week along with One Piece. So far in these 35 chapters Horikoshi has done a really great job of establishing most if not all of the members of the class and given me at least some reason to care about most of them. I wouldn't say that any of them are as well fleshed out as anyone from One Piece or World Trigger yet (another highlight of my week) but the fact that Dekku is already one of the most likable Shonen protagonists I've seen in quite some time and that other characters like Bakugo, Uraraka, Iida, Todoroki, Asui, Yaoyorozou, Kirishima, Mineta, Kaminari, Tokoyami, Kyoka have all managed to establish themselves as at least reasonably interesting characters after only 35 chapters is just amazing to me.
It's just... Whenever I'm reading this series I always feel like I should be able to find things that are wrong with it and to be critical of it but... Ride now I'm just riding the high of this series and just having so much fun with how overjoyed I am to have what I believe to be the perfect "East meets West" comic, with this series being such a great way of taking the superhero stories I've loved so much and putting them in the form of the Shonen manga that I've also loved so much. I'm just so happy to have this manga because in a weird way I feel like I've been waiting for something like this all my life and now it's finally here. So once I'm up to date with this bad boy you can bet that I'm going to be popping in each week to talk about this series and I feel confident I'm going to have the same enthusiasm and love for this series that I've had before.
Oh... And the anime that's coming out? Can't wait for that either... And I should probably address the fact that before this series Horikoshi created Barrage for Shueisha... I actually read every chapter of that series which wasn't hard because there were... Only 15 of them... :sad: I was actually kind of heartbroken that that series somehow didn't catch on while crap like Bleach and Fairy Tail can put out hundreds and hundreds of chapters and I wondered if there was any justice in the world? Well... Maybe there was... I mean the craptastic series are still putting out loads of chapters but... At least Horikoshi got his second chance (or third apparently he also did Omagodoki Dobutsuen apparently which I didn't read but also heard good things about) and apparently Japan finally realized how brilliant he was... So maybe there is some justice in the world of manga after all? Now all we need is to get Bleach cancelled and all will be right with the world. Please let 2016 be the year... Please if there is a God...
But My Hero Academia is great and I look forward to a 2016 with that, One Piece and World Trigger to keep me company and wash the taste of Bleach away. I actually think Shonen Jump is the best it's been in a while due to those three series and others. Looking forward to 2016 with all of them.