There are so many anime fighting games that it's ridiculous so here's an arena fighter based on the manga My Hero Academia.
I haven't played My Hero One's Justice and as far as I can tell from what other folks are saying, My Hero One's Justice 2 is basically an improved version of the original with much more content and a few gameplay tweaks. Therefore, if you enjoyed the original and merely want more content then this is definitely a solid game to get. If you're new to the series like I am then perhaps this review will help you make a decision. Anyway, My Hero One's Justice is based on the Shonen Jump manga My Hero Academia which is a fairly recent franchise so it doesn't have as much history as One Piece, for example. That being said, I find the cast of characters to be absolutely incredible here. There are dozens upon dozens to play as and each one is bursting with unique personality and distinct attributes.
Thankfully, the visuals bring the cast of characters to life with sharp and gorgeously animated character models. One aspect that really pops is their clothing which is super-stylish and intricate. In fact, you can even watch loose bits blow in the wind and flap around. On top of this, the Japanese voice cast is awesome and elevates each character's personality to a new level. Plus, the music is somewhat stereotypical of an arcade-style fighting game yet it's well-done and adds an element of excitement to each fight.
My Hero One's Justice 2's combat is easy to learn and enjoyable. However, don't expect it to be visceral like Dragon Ball FighterZ. Instead, set your expectations to something more along the lines of Pokken Tournament DX. Anyway, you basically mash buttons combined with directions to perform different basic attacks then once your gauge is charged, you can unleash powerful Plus Ultra moves which look awesome. You can also jump, dash, and guard to deal with your opponent's attacks as well as call allies to give you a hand.
Although each character plays very similarly, their Plus Ultra moves are often very different and they're rather hard to gauge unless you memorize them for every character. For example, you may miss even if you have your opponent right where you think the move will land. Also, dashes feel sloppy as they send you all over the place and AI opponents are quite stupid and easily predictable.
Finally, My Hero One's Justice 2 contains loads of unlockables which helps extend its replay value a great deal. For starters, there's a rather lengthy story mode where you play through chapters in between watching cutscenes. However, these are portrayed via narrated manga stills which isn't as engaging as if they were told with fully-animated sequences. Besides story mode, you can try to tackle a huge list of various missions, master arcade mode with each character, and freely battle CPU players, local chums, and online foes. As you play all of these modes, you'll unlock gallery content that includes videos, artwork, music, and voice samples. Last but not least, you can deck out the cast of characters with goofy accessories which is pretty fun but there's no substantial character customization besides that.
As a newcomer to the franchise, I enjoyed My Hero One's Justice 2. It certainly isn't the best arena fighter but what's here is definitely fun stuff. With that said, hardcore fighter fans may find the experience to be quite a tough pill to swallow.
- + Fun combat featuring cool-looking special moves and a huge cast of characters
- + Fantastic anime visuals
- + Loads of unlockables and replay value
- - Special moves can be difficult to gauge and AI is pretty stupid
- - Story could be told better
- - Dashing is rather annoying