Two new OVAs from My Hero Academia will be available to stream on August 1: one focused on baseball, and another focused on a minor villain that Deku and his friends face in the course of their work. Both are great minor adventures that should help make the wait until season six in October a little easier for fans of the show.
The first OVA is the title Hero League Baseball and is the funnier of the two. I’m not into sports, including baseball, but the ridiculous rules and superpowered mayhem this OVA is full of makes it a great time for anyone looking for silly fun. The main trio isn’t in this one, so there’s a nice emphasis on the UA classmates who haven’t gotten as much attention in the past.
The rivalry between Gang Orca and Shishido is hilarious as the two animal themed pro heroes despise each other and decide to test their rivalry through a game of baseball. The two teams are allowed to use their powers as they please, and if anyone is knocked unconscious, they are officially out. This means you can lose by running out of team members, making for a comically violent game of baseball.
All the students on each team get the chance to use their powers in creative ways, which makes the OVA especially interesting. It’s fun to see these characters find new ways to use their quirks, especially in a lighter, more everyday context. This OVA got quite a few laughs out of me, and after the heavier arc that season five followed, it served as a refreshing respite before the story got even darker.
The second OVA is the title Laugh! Like you’re in hell and follows Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo as they work at Endeavor’s agency for their school work. Someone named Mr. Smiley vandalizes buildings, but his difficult quirk makes him nearly impossible to apprehend. This one feels more like an actual side story than the previous OVA as it seemed like it could fit into the series well enough.
The three students try to catch Mr. Smiley, but is struck by his Quirk and ends up laughing for two hours. Watching Endeavor and Bakugo burst into laughter was as disturbing as it was funny, and their voice actors did an excellent job of selling the forced laughs. The group fails to capture Mr. Smiley a few times, which feels a bit repetitive in such a short runtime, but the payoff is worth the journey.
My favorite part of this OVA is that it is resolved through Deku’s kindness and understanding. Sir. Smiley is not like Overhaul or All For One; he is a misunderstood and despondent person who doesn’t really hurt anyone. Showing that understanding and rehabilitation is the ideal way to stop minor criminals is refreshing and appropriate for Deku’s character. I love a good fight in shonen anime, but seeing a calmer resolution can be just as satisfying.
Both My Hero Academia OVAs are worth watching as they entertain while expanding the world that so many have become fans of. They’re little stories that serve as convenient appetizers for the heavier sixth season that’s on the horizon, and I’d happily recommend them to fans of the series.
Like ComingSoon’s audit policy explains, a score of 8 corresponds to “Fantastic”. Although there are a few minor issues, this score means that the art succeeds in its goal and leaves a memorable impact.
Disclosure: Reviewer received a screening link for us My Hero Academia season five OVA’s review.