My Hero Academia is an adventure series illustrated and written by Kōhei Horikoshi. The Weekly Shōnen Jump has been featuring this manga series since 2014 July. In tankōban format, 19 such volumes have been collected. Studio Bones decided to adapt it into an anime format which would suit the television audience. The first season of My Hero Academia was telecasted from 3rd April to 26th June in 2016 in Japan. The second season was aired from 1st April to 30th September 2017 followed by the third season which is being telecasted from 7th April 2018. There is also a film format as My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, for the same. The series has won IGN’s Anime of the Year in 2017 for its second season.
My Hero Academia Plot:
My Hero Academia, or Boku no Hero Academia, is based in a world where the people have superpowers which are called ‘quirks’. Having superpower in this world is extremely normal and ordinary. People practice their superpowers on a daily basis, and everyone is so used to of the powers they inherit. Although, in this world full of superheroes and their superpowers, there is about 20% of the population that is born without any extraordinary capabilities and superpowers. The world is filled with people possessing superpowers, those who are not born with any are a minority and are bullied and made fun of their entire lives. Izuku Midoriya is a character, who doesn’t have any such powers and is bullied by his peers because of the same. Despite all of this, Izuku dreams of becoming a Hero someday. He is aware of his lack of incompetency being one of the few people who have no superpowers in the world where possessing superhuman powers is the norm. Izuku is a very enthusiastic and positive character. Even though he is bullied and tormented by everyone his age in his school, he never lets go of his dream to become equally as powerful as anybody else and has the vision to change things around him.
As the story goes, Katsuki Bakugo, a childhood friend is saved from a villain, by none other than Izuku. The All Might, who was the world’s greatest hero and bravest warrior, was extremely impressed seeing Izuku’s bravery and courage to step up for saving his friend even though he had no superpowers. Izuku and Katsuki discover that All Might was dying, and he was searching for a successor to pass on his mantle. Thus as a reward, All Might presents Izuku the powers of “One for All”. Izuku was on the top of the world. He had always dreamt of having super powers but had none. His idol in life was the greatest hero of all time; All might. Although he was shattered that the person he used to look upon is now dying, he feels humbled and overwhelmed by the fact that the all mighty has bestowed all these superpowers to Izuku.
Now eligible for U. A. High School, a school that harnesses their quirks and trains the next generation superheroes, Izuku enters. The students find it extremely challenging to balance their studies and school duties with their hardcore superhero training. They work really hard to manage both the sides of their lives and while this hustle made students humble and kind, there was also a group names villain. They made the living hell for students there. Throwing one challenge after another in front of the students to tackle, they were rightly named villain. Izuku and his friend Katsuki also go through a hard time in order to polish their skills as a student as well as a superhero. They work hard and try to tackle the Villain. The story follows all the events that unfurl there.
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My Hero Academia Characters:
Izuku Midoriya: He is also nicknamed Deku which can loosely be translated to refer to ‘good for nothing’. He is timid but very kind at heart. He has extensive knowledge about all the superheroes around him because he aspires to run among them one day. He idolizes All Might, a peace symbol, who like Izuku, didn’t have any superpowers initially. When Izuku finally gets his superpower, One For All, he has to hide it to protect a precious secret. This superpower gives him bursts of extreme physical strength but also damages the body part that he used. Over time, he learns to channelize his powers efficiently. He trains to withstand his power better. Izuku practices kicking with power so that he can use the strength for his legs. At school, he is given the nickname of Kacchan and eventually learns to like it when Ochako thinks the moniker is based on “can do”. Izuku is best friends with Ochako. She is also a fellow student at U.A. High school. Izuku has a crush on her but never really had the courage to go up to her and confront his feelings since he is shy in nature. Izuku is also friends with Katsuki since his childhood and has a tremendous love for him in his heart. He put himself in danger to save his friend.
Katsuki Bakugo: He is an average height young boy with blonde hair. He has sharp red eyes and is a childhood friend and later classmate of Izuku. Kacchan possesses the superpower of Explosion. His palms sweat to turn into nitroglycerine and explode. Despite being close friends, he teases Izuku for lacking superpowers. When people praise him for his explosive superpower, he gets over his head and becomes arrogant and thinks inferiorly of the people around him. He misinterprets Izuku to reach out to him due to helplessness when in reality Izuku is trying to save Katsuki from becoming borderline villainous and sadistic. His arrogant behaviour goes way back in his childhood where he was known to bully a younger person. Although he changed his behaviour after getting into UA high school and facing several defeats both personally and from other people.
Ochako Uraraka: He is Izuku’s best friend. She possesses the power of Zero Gravity. Whichever object she touches, can float. Izuku secretly has a crush on her.
Tenya Iida (Voice Actors: Kaito Ishikawa in Japanese and J. Michael Tatum in English): Izuku and Ochaco’s closest friend, Tenya is the president of Class 1-A. He is quite sincere at studies and appears to be serious and scary when really he is just an honest and strict eprson when it comes to the qualifications that are needed to become a hero.
Shōto Todoroki (VA: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese) and J. Michael Tatum (English): A Half-Cold Half-Hot (also known as Hanrei Hannen), he can generate fire from the left and from the right, ice from the right. He runs a risk of overheating or being frostbitten due to it. He is told to be strongest of all in his class.
My Hero Academia Season 4 Release Date:
My Hero Academia Season 4 has been renewed by Bones. The final episode of Season 3 had an air date of 4th August 2018. In the episode, the upcoming season was teased with an end card that read, “coming soon.” Yoshihiro Oyabu, producer at Bones also announced on Twitter the renewal of the forthcoming season. He wrote, “Thank you for watching BNHA Season 3’s last episode. Because of everyone’s support, we were able to start production of Season 4. In fact, we’ve already started working on it (lol).” Fans are looking forward to being notified about the release date and details of season 4. We hope the series will be back to rock with another season. All we know as of now is that season 4 will be back in October of 2019. A poster has also been released that is captioned, “I’ll become your hero!”
My Hero Academia English Dubbing:
The series was licensed for release in the English by Viz Media. The Weekly Shonen Jump was reformatted to a digital manga anthology and premiered on 9th February 2015. Izuku Midoriya’s character is voiced by Daiki Yamashita for the Japanese version and by Justin Briner for the English. Katsuki Bakugo is voiced by Clifford Chapin (English), Yuichiro Umehara (Vomic) and Nobuhiko Okkamoto (Anime). Ochako Uraraka is voiced by Luci Christian (English) and Ayane Sakura (Japanese). My Hero Academia is available to stream with English dubbing on various anime websites that includes Funimation
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