Near the end of the year the Best-Of lists are made for many entertainment media, and this time New York Times had a nice surprise for anime fans in theirs. In The Best International Shows, with British “Harrowing Cop Show” Happy Valley, mafia saga Gomorrah, and London-based depression-comedy Fleabag, there’s My Hero Academia ranked at #7.
‘MY HERO ACADEMIA’ Japan (Funimation) In the self-aware category of Japanese anime, this shrewdly written and dynamically drawn series posits a world in which 80 percent of humanity has developed some sort of special powers (not all of them super, and not all used for good). But it focuses on a fanboy who obsessively follows the new costumed heroes while having no abilities of his own — a perfect stand-in for the anime and manga audience.
Other animated shows in their best TV list included Netflix’s Bojack Horseman in their overall list and Adult Swim’s hybrid Dream Corp LLC in their Outlandish list, along with Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights.