Determination, Understanding and Unification: The Battles of My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission

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My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, in theaters now, showcases the up-and-coming “Big Three” in a series of mystifying fights. We’ve seen Deku, Bakugo and Todoroki reach new heights since their training began at Endeavor’s agency, but in World Heroes’ Mission, they take it up a notch.

It all starts when Deku is framed for *checks notes* murder, when a new reign of evil falls upon our favorite heroes, Humarise. In each of their respective tentpole fights in the film, each of these three young powers showcase what they bring to Class 1-A: Determination, understanding and unification.

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They are part of what makes Class 1-A so unstoppable. Among the things My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission does best (which is a lot), we’re spotlighting how these key struggles morph our heroes.

NOTE: Some spoilers ahead for My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. Haven’t seen it yet? You can snag tickets right here.


Where blazing defiance and icy talent meet

Throughout the film, Todoroki shows off his flexibility, but in his final battle, he shows off his moves. At the beginning of the series, we see Todoroki’s internal battle between his fire side and ice side on full display.

In My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, there’s no hesitation. He propels his fire and ice against evil, but quickly realizes he’ll need to be smarter than just using brute force. But what makes this key fight so interesting is that it seems to reflect the self-understanding Todoroki has gained over the course of the series so far.

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No longer holding back for the sake of pride, he’s spent time fleshing out his new, intricate moves. Growth for Todoroki looks a lot like learning from his enemies, as opposed to reacting first. He reads timing and lets the environment help him, rather than morph it for his own benefit.

While we won’t spoil this stellar fight, Todoroki’s ultimate realization comes from understanding the creativity of his powers, its limits and how they can become a force to help him defeat his foes.


A big bombastic battle

Bakugo’s showcase fight with a dastardly duo is, from the start, a clear force to be reckoned with. To see Bakugo’s determination and will, in spite of adversity, was truly amazing to watch, especially as we’ve seen his rivalry rise with Deku in the anime.

Here, the moment we see Bakugo feel like he’s falling behind, his true colors break through. He’s able to think on his toes, and that’s in full display in World Heroes’ Mission. Bakugo is pushed to succeed in spite of what’s directly in front of him or how badly he’s hurt.

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Sure, most of the time, we see Bakugo yelling into the ether, reminding his peers who the real one is in Class 1-A, but one thing he does recognize is when an enemy is trouble, and always keeps his eyes out for an opening.

And this battle is jarring. Bakugo takes hit after hit, swallowing everything blow-for-blow and keeping his composure. You’ll have to check out the film to see it for yourself, but this fight proves that on his path to become the Number One Hero, he’s going to get scathed, be it by pride or by pummeling. But Bakugo’s never been the type to let someone else claim victory.


Mystical mayhem

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll probably realize that Deku’s showcase fight is the final one, and I cannot express how much you’re going to want to get up from your seat to get him an ice pack or two. Because truly, we’ve seen Deku struggle, but our One For All-wielder goes through the most here.

In the anime series, Deku is one of the largest inspirations of Class 1-A, and his classmates are empowered by his drive to keep going, no matter how hurt he gets. And in this battle, we see what the spirit of unity and togetherness can accomplish.

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So far, we’ve watched how Deku’s powers have developed as we learn more about the previous wielders of One For All. Each of their powers manifest in different ways, and we’ve recently watched Deku learn how to use Blackwhip, how he feels more confident in his Quirk, and where he “fits” into the hero world.

For Deku, growth looks like being flexible while rescuing, searching for bad guys or duking it out in hand-to-hand combat. And in Deku’s main fight in this film, we see him gain inspiration from everyone he’s learned from, along with the energy of his classmates working around the world alongside him. Even when they’re not physically near, the trust Deku has for his comrades gives him the needed boost for each Smash.


We can all learn a lot from the “Big Three” in My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. Watching them grow during their time at U.A. so far has been rewarding, to say the least, and watching their battles on the biggest screen possible can showcase how to understand our own capabilities, how to realign and how to express our determination. Most of all, it shows us the glory of coming together for a common goal.

Each battle proves that while missions don’t always go smoothly, we can count on our heroes to bring out the lessons we need the most, when the going gets tough.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is now in theaters. You can get tickets here.

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