There have been many popular entries in sword anime. Perhaps the most recent to gain recognition is My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia), which aired in the summer of 2016. With the second season currently airing in the spring, attention has been reignited toward this superhero themed anime.
The show’s main protagonist Izuku Midoriya has risen to the top of popular shounen character rankings for his realistic portrayal. In the first season, he struggles with being unable to have any superpowers in a world where nearly everyone has one. His one goal is to become a hero like his idol All Might. Despite his years of analyzing the actions of heroes, he remains the joke of his peers. Through a series of fortunate events, this changes when he encounters All Might who sees potential in Izuku after noting his bravery. After rigorous training, Izuku gains the power of All Might much to his elation.
It is not all sunshine and games for Izuku just yet in this ninja anime. He must now not only deal with the curriculum of the best hero academy, but also learn to control his newfound power. As he does not have the years of experience of handling a superpower, Izuku must rely on his knowledge and wit to overcome his obstacles. It is here that the young superhero becomes relatable to the viewer. Izuku demonstrates time and time again that the real power to excel and save others lies deep inside beyond any superficial power.