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10 Criticisms of My Hero Academia That Are Completely Valid

Updated October 29, 2020 16.6k votes 3k voters 99.2k views10 items

My Hero Academia is one of the most popular series to appear in the last decade, and there's a lot to love about it. The story is engaging, the art and animation is top notch, and the characters are lovable and interesting. 

But as good as MHA is, it isn't perfect. There are actually some valid critiques of My Hero Academia to be made. Everyone has different things that bother them about the show. For some people, it's the excessive fan service that feels totally out of place. For others, it's the fact that the story set up an amazing world that it hasn't even come close to fully exploring. Maybe you feel like the side characters are underutilized, or have problems with how the quirks function.

The series isn't done yet, so it's hard to judge it completely - but viewers don't wait until a series is over to form their opinions. We can love a series and still acknowledge its flaws, so let's do that for MHA. Vote up the My Hero Academia criticisms that you think are totally valid, and vote down the ones you think are unfair. 

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  • 1. Some Plot Points Seem To Have Been Dropped...And It's Not Clear If They'll Be Picked Up Again

    You guys remember the 'traitor' who was introduced earlier in the series? Well, it doesn't seem like Horikoshi does. Despite multiple arcs concluding since it came up, there hasn't been a peep about it since. 

    This one might be kind of unfair, since the series isn't actually over, and it's entirely possible that Horikoshi will pick up the thread he dropped. But by this point, so many other events have taken center stage that it seems unlikely that the story will ever loop back around to it. In fact, so much has happened that it hardly even seems relevant, even though it was a major hint when it dropped. It feels like the creator is not in control of the narrative, which makes the 'reading as it comes out' experience a frustrating one.

    This isn't the only time it felt like it took way too long to get across key information: as of September 2020 they've been teasing information about Dabi for months, and we still don't really know what happened to Best Jeanist. These are newer plot points that seem more likely to be resolved, but it can be kind of hard to trust the series to actually do that when so many threads have been dropped in the past. 

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  • 2. Minoru Mineta Is A Hot Button Issue

    Minoru Mineta is probably one of the most controversial things about the series. He's a pervert who does things like grope his female classmates, try to spy on them while they're changing, and make inappropriate comments about them. For some viewers, this is funny and relatable. For others, it's gross, offensive, or even deeply upsetting. 

    Regardless of how you personally feel about Mineta, his existence creates two problems. The first is outside the series: Mineta's behavior potentially sends a negative message to the show's intended audience, teenagers with developing brains. Recently, Manabu Sekiguchi created a petition that went viral, which asked Shonen Jump to provide warnings about content that depicts a lack of consent. Arguably, My Hero Academia should also be published with those type of warnings. 

    The second problem is within the series itself. The fact that Mineta is allowed to continue behaving that way with little consequence makes his teachers look incompetent. Considering how strict Aizawa is supposed to be, it's confusing that he lets him get away with it. 

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  • 3. It Doesn't Fully Explore Its World

    The world of My Hero Academia is one with boundless potential. Unfortunately, it doesn't spend much time exploring it. The explanation for how quirks came to be is addressed in like, five seconds. There are so many unanswered questions! What happened in between the time when quirks were first discovered and when they proliferated? What conflicts arose? 

    The story doesn't have to go into as much detail about how power development impacted the world as say, From The New World, does, but it'd be nice if we had a greater sense of history since literally 1,000 years have passed. 

    And it's not just the past, either - it's also the present. We know very little about the world outside of Izuku Midoriya's field of vision - and he doesn't seem to be learning much about it. Again, there are so many questions: is there any variation between quirks in different countries? How does that impact international relations? Do different countries have different laws about quirks usage? Does hero society exist everywhere? We need to know! 

    We're getting new information all the time, so it's totally possible that the end result will feel full, but right now, it feels like an oversight.

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  • 4. Characters Don't Experience Realistic Consequences

    It's irritatingly common for characters in MHA to get away with things that should bear major consequences. For example, when Tenya Iida attacks Stain, his hands are injured, but he never actually experiences any physical limitations as a result. During the Class A vs B arc, he removes the engines from his legs so that he can grow newer, faster, more efficient ones - but we don't get to see him getting by without them. For a character whose major character flaw involves a lack of patience, this would have been an excellent chance for character development. Iida isn't the only character that this applies to - Todoroki and Bakugo should probably have struggled a bit more to stay afloat when taking remedial classes at the same time as their regular classes. 

    There's also the fact that most characters experience repeated traumatic events and bounce back with little consequence to their mental well-being. It's not like we want to see characters be completely destroyed by their experiences - not every show has to be Neon Genesis Evangion - but it'd be nice if a little more attention was paid to the young protagonist's mental health. They're literally at war on a daily basis, so maybe UA should have a counselor instead of just a school nurse? 

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