Sometimes with popular series, when the author starts branching out into side series’, it can get a little overdone. My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions started out what felt like the fan fics they basically are but entertaining. This does mean you need to know at least something of he main series; in this case, I do. Volume 2 of the Team-Up Missions spin-off continues that effect but it’s not nearly as entertaining. Why? Because the scenarios and combinations just aren’t all that interesting, and in some cases just dumb.
For example, Present Mic and All Might doing a radio call advice show; the two heroes constantly trying to synch their responses is eye-roll inducing, and when the caller identities are basically revealed, that part and the consequences are just annoying because it’s all so improbable and stupid. If the parties involved would have just done the mature thing and maybe tried some reasoning, the whole idiotic series of misunderstandings could have been voided. It’s not even funny.
Equally for example, a random mix of main characters and side characters getting sent to train, trying to find meaning in the training, and then finding out the training wasn’t even training. There’s a second variation of this theme that could have worked given that’s it’s almost a parody , but it ends up so convoluted that again, it’s not all that entertaining.
The one story that almost does work, and at least isn’t annoying, is when two side characters who don’t get a lot of attention in any of the other series until pretty far in get paired up for a mission that is basically let’s have the high school students try to survive elementary school students. This story is pretty predictable in what happens and how it turns out with lessons learned and warm fuzzy whatevers.
Overall, I think the author ran through most of the good and entertaining bits in the first volume. Maybe volume 2 here is just sophomore slump, but we’ll have to see.