My Hero Academia Manga has been the seed that planted the chart-topping popular anime series of the same name that has been a household title for animes. Bones took on the torch of producing the My Hero Academia anime series basing it on the Japanese superhero shōnen manga series of Kōhei Horikoshi.
My Hero Academia revolves around the story of Izuku Midoriya, a quirk who is someone born without any superpowers in a world where it is common for one to have superpowers, who dreams of being his very own kind of superhero. The greatest hero of Japan, All Might, who has his own quirk, scouted Midoriya and shares it with Midoriya after he sees potential in him to become a superhero. All Might helped Midoriya in the prestigious school where heroes go for training.
The anime series My Hero Academia is directed by Kenji Nagasaki, written by Yōsuke Kuroda, character designs by Yoshihiko Umakoshi, and music by Yuki Hayashi. It started gracing the screens in 2016 and has been a consistent name almost every year that it releases a new season.
It reached more audiences, thanks to Funimation, who secured various partnerships to make it possible for My Hero Academia to reach great heights and more locations such as United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
My Hero Academia recently announces its return with Season 5. It is expected to have 25 episodes like the previous seasons. It will also reportedly be a split-cour wherein the season will have a break somewhere between the 12th and 13th episode before going for a three-month TV broadcast block in preparation for the second part of the rest of the season.
Now that Season 5 is upcoming, is the material enough for the anime series to base on?
My Hero, Academia anime series is based on the pages of the Japanese superhero shōnen manga series of Kōhei Horikoshi which started as a one-shot My Hero and Horikoshi, the author himself, wanted to turn the one-shot into a series after the end of Barrage.
My Hero Academia published in the Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014 which to date has been collected into 29 tankōbon volumes. It has been published simultaneously in English by Viz Media.
The manga series of My Hero Academia sprung various spin-offs such as My Hero Academia Smash!! by Hirofumi Neda in 2015, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes in 2016, and My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions by Yōkō Akiyama in 2019. The manga series spin-offs are already complete.
As for the manga series itself, to date, it is still ongoing, however, the author said himself "The manga will perhaps be reaching its conclusion soon." While there are still releases upcoming, the series may be ending soon now that it is at its peak already. If it will continue, the author would have to think of what happens as All Might is already retired. It can be a full-on focus on Midoriya and his very own adventures but it’s all up to Horikoshi to decide to be the brainchild of My Hero Academia.
The manga series also got its own light novel titled My Hero Academia: School Briefs by Anri Yoshi. It is being released by Shueisha in their JUMP j-BOOKS. To date, five volumes have been published. The light novel is ongoing as well.
My Hero Academia has been extremely popular that Volume 1 ranked 7th in the Oricon manga chart and Volume 2 placed 6th. In 2019, it has been hailed as the 6th best-selling manga of the year. 2020 has been hard on many but for My Hero Academia, it is a great year as it ranked as the 8th best-selling manga in 2020.
It doesn’t stop there at all. My Hero Academia has been critically acclaimed by various publishers and sites. Anime News Network ranked the first volume of My Hero Academia as B because of its detailed, angular, and tremendously consistent artwork with the touch of self-awareness in its story. Barnes & Noble also lauded My Hero Academia making it part of their list "Our Favorite Manga of 2018."
My Hero Academia also received nominations in recent years. My Hero Academia got nominated in the 8th Manga Taishō in 2015 and the 40th Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category for the following year. It bagged the Sugoi Japan Award and the "Japan Expo Awards" in 2017, nominated under the category of Best Youth Comic in the 44th Angoulême International Comics Festival and Best Manga in the 30th Harvey Awards where it won the title in 2019.
My Hero Academia premieres on March 27, 2021, Saturday, at 5.30 PM JST/ 3:30 AM EST via Funimation.