As the third My Hero Academia anime movie, World Heroes’ Mission takes the anime series to new heights with a global adventure that doesn’t lose sight of the show’s thematic core. Confident and bold, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is a gloriously joyful romp with a timely reminder of everyone’s ability to do good.

This go around, the Pro-Heroes, now with Deku, Dynamight, and Shoto among their ranks, are up against Humarise, an anti-Quirk cult led by Flect Turn that plans to wipe out everyone with special powers. With members in all corners of society, Humarise manages to frame Deku for murder, making the race to stop their evil scheme even more fraught with peril.

Thankfully, Deku has company in fellow wanted fugitive Rody Soul, a petty thief who became caught up in everything when his latest score was happening in the wrong place at the wrong time. Between Deku’s unwavering optimism and Rody’s slightly more fraught worldview, the dynamic duo are the perfect anchors for the rambunctious journey that makes My Hero Academia feel more relevant than ever.

A Humarise speech opens the feature, plainly stating its goals and objectives leading into its first successful public attack, using ‘trigger-boxes’, explosive devices that unleash such potent Quirk-gas, the mutations kill most bystanders. Bodies are torn apart and flesh is subsumed in horrific fashion, before we jump to the heroes responding to a potential second bombing.

Multiple teams are deployed around the world, each composed of different brightly coloured, distinctly powered warriors. Controlling the elements with ease, characters flip on-and-off screen with dazzling efficiency, as if part of an elaborate music video. Kenji Nagasaki, who’s led all My Hero Academia anime adaptations so far, returns to direct, and you can feel his well-practiced craftsmanship in every frame.

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This turns out to be a false alarm, but a more conniving scheme starts to become apparent when Deku becomes subject of an international manhunt, with an unassuming Rody in tow. While none of his heroic comrades believe him capable of murder, Deku’s stuck due to Humarise’s tendrils within the law, and Rody incidentally picked up some valuable assets during his morning heist.

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The second act, then, gives way to a buddy comedy movie; a gentle look at our protagonists away from all the glamorous heroics. Rody and Deku have to make their way cross-country without being caught, while Dynamight and Shoto start looking into why their friend has been targeted like he has.

Rody’s impulsiveness and Deku’s honesty make them an easy odd couple, and watching them compromise on taking public transport or communicating with the outside world is incredibly endearing. With Rody’s background, as an older sibling struggling to provide for two younger kids after their father abandoned them, the partnership examines some underlying classism.