I just saw the movie in theaters last night and it was W I L D.
I’ve never seen a crowd like that in my life for anything. Sports crowds don’t cheer that much. Justin Beiber concerts don’t get as many screams. Every character from Class A that showed up got wild applause, even Creepy Grape Kid. And All Might was crazy over with this crowd.
As a kid, I remember seeing the first Pokemon movie in 1999, and sitting in a room full of hyper eight-year-old, throwing popcorn at the walls in sheer electric excitement. The My Hero Academia crowd, which was mostly young adults, college age or greater for the first part, was LOUDER. Pikachu got stuffed out by Bakugo.
And I like to think of myself as objective, so maybe the social force of 300 people buying every single joke the movie was selling had an effect, but this was easily the best shonen anime movie I’ve ever seen. (It’s a low bar, frankly, since most films based on a shonen anime TV show whatever frankly suck and maybe two or three are legitimately good.) This was a lot of fun. Huge action scenes, the final battle is hype as fuck, Bakugo kicks the Incredible Hulk’s ass, Godzilla is a super hero, some Metal Gear Solid-esque last minute betrayals, every character got a good moment to shine, Ochaka making a hilarious face when she sees Deku with another girl…
In terms of a theater going experience, 10/10. You won’t have a better time at the movies.