5 Shows to Watch While Waiting for More 'My Hero Academia'
While having to wait for My Hero Academia season 5 is a little annoying, many would say it's better than having to sit through dozens of episodes of filler. It also gives us a chance to get caught up on the other excellent shows out there. Here are 5 great shows to watch while waiting for new episodes of MHA.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
The overlap between the MHA and Voltron fandoms is huge, and for good reason: both provide an amazing cast, gripping action, and drama that rarely slips into useless angst. Voltron is arguably even better than MHA because it avoids the shonen tournament and training tropes, though it does occasionally fall into silly episodic comedy that slows the pace too much.
If your favorite thing about MHA is the characters, you should give Voltron a try. You'll surely become invested in at least one of the six Voltron pilots, and the solid supporting characters are worth cheering for as well.
Yuri!! On Ice
A figure-skating anime might seem like a stretch, but hear me out: fans of MHA's friendships (and more) will fall in love with Yuri!! On Ice's wholesome character dynamics. Yuri is basically older, slightly more tired Deku without superpowers. If you squint and tilt your head, Victor is kind of a sassy bishonen All Might. (Seriously, I could see Victor melodramatically saying "It's alright now, for I am here~!" to announce his arrival at practices.)
The stunning animation brings the figure-skating scenes to life and creates tension in a way that rivals that of MHA's fight scenes. At just 12 episodes, this series avoids filler and can be marathoned in a weekend. Bonus: there's a movie coming out in 2019!
Baccano! is a strange series that bounces between times and places to tell an intricate story of immortals and the people around them. Like MHA, its strength lies in its characters, since even the villains are likable and relatable. Its clever action scenes help it rise above other, similar shows. Unfortunately, this is one series where its short length worked against it; there's truly not much time for character development or epic plot twists.
Hunter x Hunter 2011
While the original anime was also solid, fans save their ravest reviews for the 2011 remake of this classic shonen series. Main character Gon Freeccs can be a little flat at times, but his journey is still a joy to watch. What makes this show a real gem is its collection of supporting characters. Kurapika in particular is a fan-favorite, and his development alone makes this show worth watching for MHA fans. (No spoilers!) Just like MHA, there's an assortment of enemies and rivals that our heroes must deal with as they strive to pass the Hunter examinations.
My Hero Academia is about teens with superpowers in a special academy with a bunch of weird teachers and a not-quite-human principal in charge. Soul Eater is about teens with fantasy powers in a special academy with a bunch of weird teachers and a not-quite-human principal in charge. Both are animated by Studio Bones and are based on long-running shonen manga series.
Ultimately, the Soul Eater anime has a few pacing and plot issues that make it weaker than its manga, and its fight scenes aren't as clever as MHA's. Its lean 51 episodes make it a solid choice to watch until more MHA is aired, though.