My Hero Academia combine the genre of superhero anime with that of high school to create something totally new. The protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is an elite student of the UA school in class 1-A, and everyone knows that class 1-A is the most prestigious of all. Everybody wants a place in that esteemed class.
There’s also Class 1-B, the other major freshman class in the heroism department. Students in this class are not seen as often as those in class 1-A, and it is clear that they all see class 1-B as envious rivals of class 1-A. There is a perception that Class 1-B is slightly lower than Class 1-A, and that could be true. Or maybe not.
10 PERK: Students have class 1-A for rivals
Superhero students need more than just exams and study rooms to improve as hero learners. They also need worthy rivals to push them to the next level, and the students in class 1-B have the best possible rivals they could ask for in class 1-A.
My Hero Academia: 5 students from class 1-B who would fit into class 1-A (and 5 who would not)
My Hero Academia: 5 harsh realities of joining the League of Villains (and 5 perks)
On average, students in class 1-A are stronger than those in class 1-B, so students in class 1-B have the opportunity to work hard, close that gap, and realize their strength. true potential down the road. Eijiro Kirishima and Tetsutetsu know it better than anyone.
9 HARD REALITY: Some students in class 1-B make this rivalry unpleasant
Some students in Class 1-B have a friendly and productive rivalry with Class 1-A, but not all. Neito Monoma has a reputation for competing with Class 1-A, and this can empower some of his teammates while annoying and exasperating the rest.
For students like Tetsutetsu and Itsuka Kendo, Neito is souring what is supposed to be a positive and constructive rivalry, and this can make it awkward when the two classes meet. Pony Tsunotori, for her part, hardly seems to be aware of the rivalry, or at least, she barely understands what Neito is saying.
8 PERK: Vlad King is very helpful
Vlad King is the class 1-B teacher and his number one mentor. Fortunately for the students in class 1-B, Vlad King is passionate about what he does, even more than Shota Aizawa, his peer in class 1-A. Vlad King is openly enthusiastic about training his students and cultivating their potential.
Vlad King was even more helpful during the joint training session, when he lectured his students firmly but politely on how and why they failed to defeat the Class 1-A teams. Any apprentice hero would need a teacher like him.
7 HARD REALITY: Vlad King allows bitter rivalry
There is no doubt that Vlad King is passionate about coaching his students, and for the most part, that’s a good thing. However, Vlad King sometimes gets carried away, and only characters like Neito Monoma appreciate it. Everyone else gets mad at him.
In particular, Vlad made openly biased comments about the joint training exercise, and the students in Class 1-A were enraged, especially Mina Ashido and Minoru Mineta. If Vlad isn’t careful, he could inspire his students with a deeply unhealthy and troublesome attitude toward Class 1-A.
6 PERK: They are still UA students
Students in class 1-B sometimes feel handicapped by being in that class instead of class 1-A, as class 1-A and the “big three” are considered the true cream of the crop. But that’s only in the context of the AU school itself.
Speaking more generally, Class 1-B students are far ahead of most young Japanese, yes that being in the US is a huge plus as they attend Japan’s # 1 school of heroes. Even if the students in Class 1-B are at the bottom of the top level, they are still at the top level.
5 HARD REALITY: The industry of professional heroes overlooks them
Heroes-in-training have to get the attention of professional heroes, so that those students can be invited for internships and other opportunities in the real world. The UA sports festival was a good start, and many students were scouted during that time. Most of the most desirable students were from class 1-A, such as Katsuki Bakugo and Shoto Todoroki.
Class 1-B students weren’t totally ignored by professionals, but overall, they didn’t get any serious internships with companies like Gran Torino, Hawks or Endeavor, and that could slow down their progress. Professionals have their eyes primarily on Class 1-A.
4 PERK: The satisfaction of victory
For any student hero, passing an exam or winning a mock battle is satisfying and exciting, but this is twofold for Class 1-B, whose students have the most to prove. Classes 1-A and 1-B sometimes face off in mock battle, and many students in each class score notable victories.
For a student in Class 1-A, winning is routine, but students in Class 1-B get excited by defeating students and teams in Class 1-A, and it can also be very rewarding. The students in Class 1-B were ecstatic when Itsuka Kendo’s team defeated Momo Yaoyorozu’s team, for example.
3 HARD REALITY: Class 1-B has minimal real-life combat experience
Fighting villains and real criminals is not exactly fun, and it is very stressful and dangerous because there is no referee to call off the fight. They are real fights with real interests, and that means survivors can learn a lot and get used to stress.
In any field, real experience always wins out over theory and practice, and Class 1-B is losing out. The students in class 1-A have fought Stain, the killer hero, the League of Villains and even the Eight Bullets, and that puts them well ahead of class 1-B.
2 PERK: Students in class 1-B can learn from experienced students in class 1-A
It is true that the students in class 1-A have more practice and experience in serious fights, but they are also willing to share their experience with the students in class 1-B. Despite the rivalry, these two classes are on the same side against villainy.
Students in class 1-A risked their lives to gain that experience, and students in class 1-B were able to safely learn the same lessons in controlled environments at school. During the joint training exercise, Class 1-B quickly caught up with Class 1-A, even though the students in 1-B had no real experience against the villains.
1 HARD REALITY: Students in class 1-B may feel ignored by other schools
Some Class 1-B students may prefer to remain anonymous for now, especially if they don’t feel strong enough to take on powerful rivals and foes. On the other hand, some Class 1-B students are drawn to rivalries and competition, and must be insulted that so few student heroes pay attention to them.
In particular, students from Shiketsu, Ketsubutsu, and other schools paid their full attention to Class 1-A during the provisional hero license exam and completely ignored Class 1-B. Some Class 1-B students were certainly disappointed when they did not receive the same recognition as their rivals. A strong opponent may be a compliment, but Class 1-B has none outside of Class 1-A. What a disappointment.