Todoroki is rediscovered by My Hero Academia’s Laugh like you are in Hell

My Hero Academia's Bakugo, Midoriya, and Shoto in Season 5

Two new My Hero Academia Season 5 OVAs will be released before Season 6 starts on October 1 — Laugh as if you are in Hell and Hero League Baseball (HLB), both of which just under an hour of watch time combined.

They will stream on official platforms from August 1, and I had the chance to catch these two OVAs in a special screening during its international premiere in Singapore last Friday, July 22 thanks to anime retail shop Hakken and Mediacorp’s meWATCH.

Laugh as if you are in Hell takes place in Season 5’s timeline where students Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, and Shoto Todoroki are interning with Endeavour’s hero agency.

Spoiler-free review – Why Laugh As if You’re in Hell? This is so refreshing and well worth the watch

My Hero Academia Laugh! As if you're in Hell official movie poster
Credit: My Hero Academia, Twitter

Laughing as if in Hell will make you laugh is guaranteed. Its plot is straightforward, there’s a clear climax, and a satisfying conclusion. You’ll enjoy it, for sure, and wheeze alongside all your favorite characters.

That’s what I mean AllThe characters

OVAs are great because they often place favorite characters in situations that extend beyond the normal storyline. A villain named Mr Smiley isn’t serious enough to be in the main plot, but funny enough to be in a short story.

Imagine a Bakugo laughing uncontrollably, Endeavor stiffening, or a raging Bakugo. Can you imagine? I couldn’t, not before this OVA.

Throughout the screening, the same thought kept repeating in my head, “The voice actors must have had so much fun recording this!”

Compared to the previous five OVAs–which I’ve watched but frankly can’t remember anything about them–Laugh as if you are in Hell will definitely make its mark, and it’s even better if you watch it with friends. No need to work out!

What is the story of My Hero Academia’s Laugh as if you are in Hell?

Warning: Major spoilers if you haven’t watched the OVA Laugh as if you are in Hell.

Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia
Credit: Toho Animation

Endeavor and his agency come across Mr Smiley, a new villain in the town. He’s been vandalizing public property with graffiti and gets away every time by using his quirk on authorities, making them laugh non-stop for two hours.

Endeavor defers it, relying upon other pro heroes for help. Because the threat was low, and lives weren’t at stake, Endeavor continues to push it off. One night, however, when he returned to his Japanese home, he saw that its outer wall had been damaged by Mr Smiley. He was then triggered.

The next day, he activates Deku’s agency with Bakugo, Bakugo, Shoto to track down Mr Smiley. They try again, but they fail to succeed and end up laughing a lot.

Smiley only needs to capture a video of his target to send them into fits. The heroes attempted to circumvent this problem by using robots, but the robot was still affected by his peculiarities. Deku was impressed by him more because he believed he could do a lot with his unique ability.

Endeavor eventually trains Bakugo blindfolded to follow his commands. They almost take down Mr Smiley at the bank before Deku stopped them, for he didn’t want Bakugo to destroy the painting on the wall because he knew it meant something to Mr Smiley.

Deku had done prior research on Mr Smiley. He recognized a part in him. He was a struggling artist who felt that he wasn’t given the recognition he deserved. Deku shared his story and suggested that he not give up. He also showed him the website he created to promote his artworks.

Another group of thieves attacked the bank at the exact same time. After a moment of reflection, Mr Smiley intervened to save the bank. This made the criminals giggle and rendered them unable to complete their robbery.

Catch MHA’s Laugh as if you are in Hell OVA on Crunchyroll and meWatch on August 1.

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