Author: Hirofumi Neda
Publisher: VIZ Media
Released: November 4th, 2016
I read My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 2 through VIZ: Media Shonen Jump.
My Hero Academia: Smash is a series intent on retelling the original series that we love so much (My Hero Academia, in case that wasn’t painfully obvious), but with a more…humorous twist. If you haven’t read the original series, a lot of what happens here probably won’t make a lot of sense.
Likewise, if you don’t want to see MHA without it’s more serious edge…this probably isn’t the series for you. It’s a little bit quirky, and a whole lot crazy. Not exactly the series that caught our attention, to put it mildly.
Once again we’re diving back into the parody world of MHA in My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 2. This time around we’re moving forward to the UA Sports Festival, which is arguably where the series started getting really intense.
I do feel like this volume did less direct following of the original script, and more comical rewrites throughout. For example, the Sports Festival is a bit more literal, with a baseball game getting thrown into the mix (rather than competition and series of battles).
There were more insane moments and elements strewn around too, none of which actually happened in the original. I don’t actually think that’s a bad thing – I appreciate that they took the series in a different direction. The first volume was fun, but it also felt like too much rehashing at points.
That was not the case this time around. It was all insane all the time, which is exactly what I wanted from Smash! Oh! Did I mention that Stain is in this volume as well? So if you’re curious about how he looks through a more comical lens, now is the time to check this series out.
Once again I found myself enjoying My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 2. I would argue that this was better than the first volume, so if you’re on the fence, maybe just try jumping in at this point. It couldn’t hurt!