My Hero Academia is one of the most popular manga and anime series of the modern age. The anime series premiered on April 3, 2016, and is currently in its sixth season, with three movies already released. My Hero Academia has been one of the most popular anime titles for years now, but is it appropriate for your kids? With My Hero Academia being simulcast in the West, we have decided to tell you whether the series is appropriate for kids or not.
My Hero Academia is categorized as TV-14 in the United States; in Japan, the show is listed as being 16+. My Hero Academia is a very family and kid-friendly show and is a typical representative of the shonen genre, which is why there is absolutely no doubt that it is appropriate for all audiences who can follow the plot. Some scenes might be more exaggerated, but they don’t influence the overall tone of the series.
In the paragraphs that follow, we are going to elaborate on this answer and give you some additional information on the show’s content. You’re going to find out whether My Hero Academia is appropriate for children, how scary and gory it is, whether there is sex, nudity, and profanities, as well as what age it is appropriate for. This is going to be your ultimate parents guide for My Hero Academia.
What age is My Hero Academia appropriate for?
As per the official ratings, My Hero Academia is rated as “14”, which means 14 years of age. That standard is defined as follows: This program contains material that most parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age. Japan lists the series as a 16+ one, whereas most other countries have it listed in similar age categories (12-16, depending on the country). No countries have applied a stricter standard for My Hero Academia, which says enough about the maturity of its content.
This means that My Hero Academia is a show that is appropriate for teenagers and older fans. Children under the age of 14 should not be able to watch the series, as there is content that might be inappropriate for them as per the standard. This is the official rating for the show and we are now going to observe how things stand in several different categories.
My Hero Academia: Sex & Nudity
As we could have seen, the series has a very mild level of nudity and some very benign sexual references, but over the course of the series, there haven’t been many such scenes and they were – in most cases – shown in a very comical context. Here is an example of some scenes involving nudity and/or sexual references:
- One brief scene shows some of the female students bathing in a hot spring, but nothing is explicitly shown.
- Some male characters are also portrayed as shirtless from time to time.
- Some female characters wear provocative costumes (e.g. Midnight) and they can be sexually suggestive in their demeanor, but it’s very benign and harmless, usually comical.
- Season 4 contains nudity scenes in some fights.
- There are also some sexual remarks from time to time, but they are also very benign overall.
As you can see, this is really not much, and while some scenes might be a bit suggestive, they are very limited.
My Hero Academia: Violence & Gore
The violence of the fights in My Hero Academia has also been described as mild in general, although there are certain scenes that are above others in this category, which is why certain moments would definitely earn a PG-17 or even MA rating, the number of such scenes is very small and limited overall. The fight scenes are epic, and violence is depicted in the show as per the plot, but it’s nothing over the top and it’s not particularly graphic or gory.
Most of the violence portrayed in My Hero Academia is cartoony and you won’t have any trouble with it, and neither will your children. There are scenes that suggest some deeper violence, but they are mostly comical. As the series progressed, the violence and the fights become more intense, there is more blood and even some morbid elements, but it’s still not over the top and its part of the series’ inherent realism.
My Hero Academia: Profanity
As far as profanities are concerned, they are not heavily featured in My Hero Academia, although they are present. Examples of words that can be heard are “ass”, “crap”, “hell”, “damn”, and “bastard”, and we can hear the word “fucking” in a song from the OST, but that’s about it. Now, this might bother some viewers and it is something that children shouldn’t really repeat, but it adds to the realism of the show, doesn’t it?
First of all, we have to emphasize that the characters of My Hero Academia are teenagers and superheroes who fight and face various threats in their daily adventures, and people don’t really tend to watch their language while they’re fighting supervillains. It would be silly if these characters didn’t curse from time to time, wouldn’t it? This is only realistic and the series adds to it by adapting the language to be appropriate for a specific situation.
So, profanities are certainly present in the show but we don’t think it’s something bad. It simply adds to the show’s realism and it helps the viewers to better understand the characters, the world, and the complete setting. Anything else would be completely out-of-character, which is why we can only praise the authenticity of the show. And, on top of that, they are really not heavily featured and are not severe.
Should you allow your kids to watch My Hero Academia?
My Hero Academia is one of the more child-friendly anime series you can find today. The show focuses on teenage issues and is a typical example of the shonen genre. This is why there is nothing overly exaggerated in My Hero Academia, as all three major categories – sex & nudity, violence & gore, and profanity – are very mild and are not the focus of the series. The series focuses on adventures and the daily struggles of its protagonists.
Such fantasy settings are nothing strange when Japanese art is concerned, and there are many other manga and anime that portray such worlds and that is why the shonen genre is so popular around the world. My Hero Academia is quite faithful to the original material with very little censored or filler content, which is something that deserves praise. So, should you allow your children to watch My Hero Academia?
Well, the official ratings do suggest that children under the age of 14 should not watch My Hero Academia but it all comes down to your parental approach. We at Fiction Horizon honestly don’t think that there is anything bad in watching such animated shows (yours truly has personally grown up watching Dragon Ball, where he was exposed to a fully naked kid Goku, blood, characters piercing other characters’ bodies, and whatnot), and My Hero Academia doesn’t really cross any borders which would make it overly inappropriate for children (for example, there is no cannibalism involved, no mutilations, no torture, no sexual violence, etc.).
Children under the age of 13 might be a tad confused if they cannot follow the plot, but we don’t think that those older than 13 or 14 will have any problems with the show. If your younger children can follow the plot, they can also watch My Hero Academia because they could also learn a lot about friendship and heroism. So, in our opinion, My Hero Academia is appropriate for all ages and for children of all shapes and sizes, so if your child wants to watch it – we absolutely support it!