Writer: Hirofumi Neda
Idea: Kohei Horikoshi
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Released: September 4th, 2017
I read My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 4 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.
My Hero Academia: Smash!! Vol. 4 is the latest parody volume to hit the shelves, and you can tell that it had a lot of fun here. Though I feel like this latest volume got even further away from the original plot arcs and just had some fun. For the record, I don’t actually think that’s a bad thing.
It’s hard to take a serious arc and turn it into something silly and crazy without losing something. The last volume showed us that. So I’m glad that this volume had a bit of a looser format. At least, that was how it felt to me.
There are still plenty of jokes to be found, and like the rest of the series, you really have to be a fan of MHA in order to understand even half of them. But it’s all in good fun, and it’s a nice way of relaxing after watching some of the crazier things occur in the main series.