Fans of the superhero manga My Hero Academia know that the anime is coming. New news came yesterday, in the form of a blog post from Funimation Entertainment regarding the anime: They now have the exclusive international rights to the show. Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation, said, "Fan response to this anime will quickly rank My Hero Academia among top anime classics such as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Naruto." Can My Hero Academia meet these expectations? Well, maybe. One thing it has going for it is that it's being produced by the studio BONES. BONES has produced multiple anime hits, including Fullmetal Alchemist, Noragami, and Soul Eater. There are many similarities between My Hero Academia and the three anime mentioned by Fukunaga such as a genuinely good hero who wishes to be more powerful simply for the sake of being the best and strongest hero he can be, and a unique storyworld. I think that My Hero Academia has the potential to stand alongside all of these great anime.
What's It About?
My Hero Academia is, like mentioned above, based of the manga of the same name that is published in Weekly Shonen Jump. Several of the English translated volumes of the manga have broken onto the New York Times Bestsellers List as well. My Hero Academia takes place in a world where 80% of the population is born with Quirks, a superpower that will develop by age four. The hero of the story (pun intended) is Izuku Midoriya, a middle school student who is one of the 20% who are born without a Quirk. Despite this rather huge obstacle, Izuku still wants to be the strongest superhero in the world like his hero, All Might (the big guy in the cover photo). After Izuku preforms a heroic deed, All Might trains Izuku and allows him to inherit his power. Thanks to the intensive training and the help of All Might, Izuku gains admission to The Hero Academy, the world's best hero school. There, he begins to make friends and rivals and prepares to become the greatest hero in the world. My Hero Academia is one of my favorite manga currently published in Weekly Shonen Jump, as well as one of my favorites overall. Personally, I can't wait to see what comes from the anime!
My Hero Academia will be streaming from FunimationNow starting in April in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Ireland.