My Hero Academia Season 5 OVAs “HLB” & “Laugh!” are available. Crunchyroll will stream As If You’re in Hell on August 1, 2022.
My Hero Academia has returned! It’s kind of. These OVAs (Original Video Animations), although they do not add to the overall plot or give any clues as to what is next, are good reminders of My Hero’s best moments. These stories allow you to get to know the main cast, expand MHA’s world, and provide enough superpowered laughs, fun, and humor to make the wait for Season 6 less stressful.
OVAs are no longer what they were. In the 1980s and 1990s, OVAs were popular because they allowed for more mature animation than could be seen on TV. There was an OVA to suit every taste, from violent and gory shows like Bubblegum Crisis or Hellsing Ultimate to experimental ones like FLCL, Gunbuster and epic sci-fi operas such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Most OVAs are short episodes, or bonus features, which are often released on home-video as cool rewards for fans. Shows such as Attack on TitanOVAs were created that expanded the world but didn’t distract from the main plot.
My Hero Academia has already released several OVAs, but none to this degree of anticipation. After receiving a poor reception to Season 5, there was a relaunch. Smash hit filmIt will feature an adaptation of a renowned arc. This is the perfect moment for the show reminding us why we have stayed with it for so many years and preparing us for what’s ahead.
These OVAs are very different. HLB, also known as Hero League Baseball, is basically an episode-long game in baseball between Gang Orca and Lion Hero Shishido. Meanwhile, Laugh! As If You Are In Hell feels more like a regular episode, with Midoriya and Bakugo working with Endeavor in an effort to stop a criminal who makes everyone around him laugh out loud.
Like Jujutsu Kaisen, the HLB episode was a huge success. This episode does not attempt to link to the events from last season. It is mainly an excuse to show how superpowers could affect sports in this part of the world. The end result is basically Super Mario Strikers but with baseball — i.e. It’s a bloody, no-holds-barred battle. Although animation doesn’t reach the heights of the main series it is still able to deliver energy moments of action that highlight the quirks.
This is why this episode is essential for My Hero Academia even though it doesn’t make things move forward. It examines a relatively mundane area of the show’s world, and uses its time to answer the question of superpowers. All the while reminding us who has what power ahead of next season. It is amazing to see the creative and violent ways that the players use their quirks to not only score, but also to make the other team lose. Whether it’s Mineta using one of his adhesive spheres disguised as a baseball to knock out the batter using his own strength, or Gang Orca using his sonar to affect the ball’s movement, or Shishido just throwing the ball so hard it destroys the home base and knocks out both the batter, the catcher, and even the umpire, it’s all delightful, superpowered madness.
Unfortunately, the second episode feels like a retread of old ground, with a focus on a criminal that must stop. The fact that the villain is basically a Joker-like character makes for some hilarious situations where everyone starts laughing uncontrollably. This episode can also be used as a recap of the entire season. It gives us an overview of the characters’ journeys. We see that Midoriya, Bakugo and Todoroki are still doing Hero Work-Studies in Endeavor’s Agency. Also, there are references to the Meta Liberation Army. The episode ends too abruptly and it still feels insignificant.
These OVAs were we really going to need? No. No. It’s unlikely. They can still offer something. These episodes are great for reintroducing the characters and world before the new season. The baseball episode is a wonderful one-off story that I’d love to see more. How do wrestling or football deal with quirks like football? Perhaps we will find out one day.