“My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” is the third film of the popular anime series, followed by “Two Heroes” and “Heroes Rising.” To die-hard fans of the anime, a world where 80 percent of people have some or the other meta-powers or quirks is customary. However, this film takes us back to the question we asked in the first episode- why do humans have quirks after all? While “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” doesn’t yet answer the question, it illustrates a mob mentality around the existence of Quirks and a global cult named Humarise.
A global catastrophe strikes when students of UA High are busy with their work studies across several countries in the world. Let’s hop right in to see how Izuku Midoriya and other UA students fill the shoes of Pro Heroes to save the world from a holocaust!
‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ Plot Summary
Humarise is a global cult led by a villain named Flect Turn. The cult advocates the Quirk Doomsday Theory, suggesting that quirks are a disease to human society and will eventually go out of control and lead to an apocalypse. The curse of quirks began with The Shining Baby, who was the first human born with a quirk. Humarise believes that it is up to them to help humans achieve salvation by destroying the 80 percent population and saving the quirk-less minority.
Over the years, Humarise has carried out several holocausts using gaseous Trigger Bombs that stimulate one’s quirks to their extreme, leading to death! The cult is also responsible for smuggling quirk-boosting Trigger drugs through international waters (remember Ochako and Tsuyu’s training with Selkie?). Meanwhile, UA students are busy with their apprenticeship in the following countries:
- Midoriya, Bakugou, Todoroki: Otheon (with Pro Hero Endeavor)
- Uraraka, Asui, and Negire: France (with Pro Hero Ryukyu)
- Tokoyami, Sato, Ojiro: USA (with Pro Hero Hawks)
- Sero, Mineta, Kaminari, Shiozaki: Egypt (with Pro Heroes Mt. Lady and Kamui Woods)
- Yaoyorozu, Tokage: Singapore (with Pro Hero Majestic)
- Tetsutetsu, Kirishima, Tamaki: Japan (with Pro Hero Fat Gum)
- Jirou and Shoji: Japan (with Pro Heroes Present Mic and Gang Orca)
Amidst his work studies at Endeavor Agency, Izuku Midoriya saves a thief named Rody Soul from being falsely framed by the police for mass murder. While the two escape, the police suspect Midoriya for being involved and broadcast him as a globally wanted criminal. The allegations are based on a briefcase stolen by Rody, which allegedly associated with the holocausts. Alarmed by the news, the All-Star World Heroes Association set out to rescue Midoriya and defeat Humarise.
Major Spoilers Ahead
What’s In The Briefcase?
Keeping away from Otheon police, Midoriya and Rody flee to a neighboring country, Klayd. On their journey, Midoriya learns about Rody’s past. Rody is a local thief in Otheon and the only support for his young siblings Roro and Lala. His father, Eddie Soul was forced to become a scientist for Humarise. Consequently, Rody and his siblings were ostracized by society and denied education and legal occupation. Midoriya empathizes with Rody and promises to protect him. Rody has a strange quirk wherein his true emotions are expressed by his pet bird Pino.
Seeing Midoriya get into trouble and fearing the safety of his siblings, Rody decides to turn the briefcase to the police. Unfortunately, their location is revealed to members of Humarise, who attempt to kill Rody. Just in time, Midoriya reaches the spot to help Rody from the repeated attacks of Rogone and Beros. He alerts Todoroki and Bakugou, who reach their location in Klayd and fight the members of Humarise. While Sidero surrenders, Beros kills herself to maintain Humarise’s secret from the police. After handing over the villains to the police, Midoriya, Bakugou, and Todoroki discover a metal puzzle concealed in the briefcase. Rody recognizes the puzzle as his father had once introduced him to a similar one. He solves the puzzle and unravels an information chip.
‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ Ending Explained: Why Does Flect Turn Despite Quirks?
The chip consists of a video by Alan Kay, a former scientist at Humarise who was kidnapped and forced to develop Trigger Bombs. He is the secret whistleblower who tries to alert Pro Heroes across the world about Humarise’s mission. Meanwhile, Flect Turn broadcasts a global announcement that 25 Trigger Bombs are dispersed in several places around the globe and are about to explode in two hours. The announcement, however, is a loophole to get rid of Pro Heroes of the world and shake the power dynamics of society with quirks. After killing the heroes, Flect Turn plans to kill all humans with quirks and create a quirkless society.
To protect not only the citizens but also the heroes, Midoriya, Bakugou, Todoroki, and Rody head towards the Humarise headquarters where there are no Trigger bombs. As the three provisional heroes disperse, each is attacked by monstrous villains: Midoriya by Flect Turn, Bakugou by Serpenters, and Todoroki by Leviathan. While the other two fight villains who keep boosting their powers with Trigger drugs, Midoriya discovers Flect Turn’s quirk. Flect Turn has a unique quirk that reflects other superpowers with the same intensity. His meta power had repulsed every loved one from his life, which made him resent the concept of quirks altogether. At the same time, his power kept reflecting every One For All attack back at Midoriya, making him weak.
Midoriya realized that in a world where superpowers are commonplace, many people have their personal struggles with them. However, overcoming struggles for the greater good makes a hero, and unleashing personal pain to societal agony makes a villain. Midoriya was born without any quirk, and could easily give into Humarise’s ideology to his benefit. Nonetheless, he never blamed the world for his misery and accepted the superpowers as a part of human evolution. He points out that the Quirk Doomsday theory is not scientifically backed, and that quirks are not a disease to humankind. Flect Turn’s ideology is motivated by his weakness, and after several relentless efforts, Midoriya finds his weakness and defeats him. Meanwhile, Rody takes the chip and plants it in Humarise’s central system, thereby stopping the Trigger Bombs from exploding. Bakugou and Todoroki successfully defeat the villains, and once again, UA students save the civilians from massive destruction.
Rody is touched by Midoriya’s faith in his quirk, which he always considered to be lame. After bidding adieu to his hero friend, Rody finds himself a decent job and provides a good life to his siblings. UA students are back to their dorms from their work studies and are wholeheartedly welcomed by fellow students.
Unlike Bakugou’s tactful fight, Midorya’s sequence with Flect Turn lacks strategy, as if the makers conveniently made the villain lose the match without backing it up. While the plot keeps the audience thrilled, the main fight sequence may be a slight disappointment to some viewers.
“My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” is the first film of the anime series whose villains are not involved with the League of Villains or All for One. Fans who watch this anime closely will observe that Humarise’s ideology was the exact opposite of Meta Liberation Army (in season 5) which believed in the free usage of quirks. Both the extreme dogmas disturned societal peace and had to be dealt with by Heroes. The evolution of the supernatural society still remains undisclosed but is definite to be the bottom line of the anime series. Though the film is not standalone, it is a highly recommended watch for the lovers of this anime.
“My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” is a 2021 Animated Action film directed by Kenji Nagasaki.