The hit anime series My Hero Academia just returned for Season 3 over the weekend. If you’re interested in catching up on the show but feel intimidated by being two seasons behind, don’t be. Its premiere, “Game Start”, acts as a perfect entry point for newcomers while also offering a catch-up on the story so far for returning viewers. The downside is that there wasn’t much in the way of new reveals for die-hard fans who were hoping to see the next chapter in the story of Deku and his fellow students at U.A. High School. Mild spoilers follow below.
Season 3 finds the superheroes-in-training on summer break from school, but don’t expect any of these overachievers to take their foot off the pedal. Each of them is focusing on continuing their efforts to become the world’s greatest heroes, to prove themselves worthy despite the haters, and to compete with each other in order to stay one step ahead of the competition. Oh and there’s also the external threat of Shigaraki and his league of villains, but the bad guys don’t factor in too much in this opening frame. Nope, it’s all sunshine, swimsuits, and fierce competition.
If you haven’t been watching My Hero Academia, this Season 3 opener should serve as a great primer to gauge your interest. It’s kind of a condensed version of the first two seasons. Fair warning: You will have the big moments of Seasons 1 and 2 spoiled for you if you start with this episode, obviously, but the upside is that it really hammers home the important turning points of the story so far. You’ll see how Deku gained his powers and the respect of his fellow students. You’ll understand why certain members of U.A. have either a contentious rivalry or a sense of reverence when it comes to others training alongside them. In other words, “Game Start” is like CliffsNotes for My Hero Academia.
Perhaps most importantly, and easily the funniest bit of the Season 3 opener, is the roll call that runs down the students of Class 1-A and their abilities. They really do go through each and every student here by way of a recap in order to re-familiarize viewers with the extensive cast of characters. The joke comes when homeroom instructor Eraser Head starts to run through the Class 1-B roll for a fellow teacher before he’s, thankfully, interrupted by the newly arrived students. The award for “funniest scene” is a toss-up between this moment and the climactic reveal of just who is going to win the swimming race at the episode’s end.
But other than that, My Hero Academia‘s Season 3 premiere is best viewed as a catch-up for old and new fans alike. It’s nice to get back into the MHA mode, but I don’t think I’m alone in saying I can’t wait for Season 3 to get going in earnest.
Are you watching the new season of My Hero Academia? What are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments!