With supervillains on the rise and an all-powerful superhero going into retirement, a new generation of superheroes must fast-track their training. Sent to the remote and relatively safe Nabu Island, these rookie superheroes find themselves doing menial tasks like fixing tractors, finding lost children and carrying old ladies with back problems.
Evil villain Nine (voice of Yoshio Inoue) has been hunting the Quirk, a superpower that will allow him to regenerate again and again and give him unstoppable power. He heads to Nabu Island to steal the Quirk from young Katsuma (voice of Yuka Terasaki).
The small band of would-be superheros must fight off a league of supervillains who are determined to destroy the island, take over the world and become unstoppable.
Jealousy; power struggles; children separated from parents and fending for themselves; violence as a means of solving conflict; the need to prove self-worth
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising has frequent violence. For example:
- There are high-speed car chases in which cars and individuals are shot at, cars smash and explode, drive through fire and plummet off cliffs.
- Numerous fight scenes involve hitting, punching, kicking, screaming, strangling, squeezing heads and brains, stabbing and shooting.
- Lightning storms suddenly descend over cities, blasting electrical currents to earth and setting buildings on fire.
- Katsumo’s father is left unconscious on the ground after Nine tries and fails to steal the Quirk.
- One villain controls an army of mummified creatures, which attack the young heroes. One hero is captured and temporarily turned into a mummy. Another is nearly crushed by large boulders being thrown his way.
- One villain shoots flames from his mouth; one has long hair that can turn into blades; and another has laser beams that cut and slice.
- The heroes must contend with flying rocks, catapults, cannons, forcefields, fiery tornadoes, lasers, knife-like talons and claws, demon creatures and acid.
- A villain lifts a little girl off the ground and strangles her in an effort to get her brother to give himself up.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Nudity and sexual activity
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising has some nudity and sexual activity. For example, one hero wears a revealing outfit that shows a lot of cleavage and leaves the centre of her chest exposed. This is highlighted several times. In one scene she bends over, and her very small mini skirt rides up to show her underwear.
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising has some coarse language. For example, there’s frequent use ‘damn’ and ‘dammit’ and occasional use of ‘hell’, ‘bastards’, ‘idiot’ and ‘crap’.
Ideas to discuss with your children
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is an animated Japanese superhero action adventure based on a manga series. The animation is fairly basic and viewers will need to be able to speak Japanese or quickly read subtitles to follow the story. The movie is most likely to be enjoyed by anime fans and mature audiences.
These are the main messages from My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising:
- Sharing can make you stronger and sometimes help you accomplish the impossible.
- Teamwork can help you out of trouble.
- You don’t have to have superpowers to be a true hero.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include responsibility, integrity, teamwork, dedication, persistence and selflessness.
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the real-life consequences of:
- believing that you are the best and don’t need help from anyone
- taking what doesn’t belong to you and having little regard for the feelings and lives of others
- putting people down out of fear or your own personal insecurities
- destroying lives, property and places in pursuit of a personal goal
- sending young people off to practise skills without leadership or support.