My Hero Academia is one of the popular comic book series that has attracted many anime lovers over the years. It includes an outstanding depiction of the various characters and the enormous abilities determined by their Quirks. The show is not about action and adventure alone. It also has a fair share of emotional depth, thus defining the series overall.
The anime debuted on the 3rd of April, 2016. Over the years, it has maintained a massive fandom. As of now, the sixth season is in the pipeline. And guess what, the makers have given many revelations about the season’s plot and release. We are here to discuss My Hero Academia and its upcoming season.
Let’s know everything.
My Hero Academia – What is the plot of the Anime?
In a world where many individuals only think about having superpowers, middle-school student Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist, is part of the remaining 20 percent born without any superpower. However, he dreams about being one and also attending the premier Japanese school for aspiring superheroes, UA High.
As fate has it for Izuku, he runs into All Might, the greatest hero. He discovers that his idol is dying. The idol wants to pass on his mantle. His chosen successor is Midoriya. Now, Midoriya inherits all the powers of AII Might and attends UA High, where his idol is training the next generation of heroes. But when a group of villains show up for revenge, Midoriya along with other students of the group feels compelled to either grow faster into heroes or become a burden.
So far, My Hero Academia has successfully released its five seasons, which were received well by the fans.
Is Season 6 of My Hero Academia Happening?
Yes. The fans have already lost their calm and jumped with excitement at this news.
My Hero Academia Season 6 debuts this fall, and the makers claim to bring the anime to a much darker place than before. It means you would have a lot to watch for. Although Midoriya and his classmates have become face to face with the League of Villains, they are yet to find themselves at their full potential and in all-out war.
The new episodes of MY Hero Academia will air this year.
What Happened in the Season 5 of My Hero Academia?
Although the overall reception of the anime has been great by the fans and critics alike, season five was poor when it compared with its predecessors. The previous season of the Anime received mixed reviews. According to the critics and a few fans, the story arcs served as fillers to the show’s overarching narrative.
After watching the trailer of My Hero Academia Season 6, the fans presume that it will make up for the blunders by the previous season. They are keeping their fingers crossed.
Is there any Official Release Date for My Hero Academia Season 6?
Earlier this year, the makers announced that the next season of the anime will be introduced in the fall 2022 anime season. Soon after, at Hero Fes 2022, the next outing received an official premiere date. The anime will return to television on the 1st of October, 2022. The stakes are high, and how!
In the previous season, the fans see a confrontation set-up between the Pro Heroes and the Leagues of Villains. The latter has leveled up since the last encounter happened between the two. They have also made new allies and dubbed themselves the Paranormal Liberation Front. With larger numbers and more than ever strong Quirks, the group poses a real threat to the Pro Heroes. Sadly, All Might is also not around to fight them.
During the ending of season 5, we see Deku awakening new Quirks of his own, but he may not be strong enough to take on All for One just yet or even Shigaraki, for he has more advanced powers. Yet, it seems like his first real attempt at stopping the pair is approaching.
Which Arc from the Manga will Season 6 Adopt?
It has been stated that My Hero Academia Season 6 will adapt the Paranormal Liberation War Arc from Kohei Horikoshi’s manga. The fans have already prepared themselves for the emotional ride.
This portion of the manga highlights a turning point in Midoriya’s story. It brings the whole story to a darker place and shows the stakes of war. Fans can also expect a few character deaths in the coming episodes of the season. However, the main characters will grow.
The viewers are also anticipating plenty of action. In short, there is a lot to look forward to.
Know more About the Season’s Plot
The word about this season adapting the manga’s Paranormal Liberation War has already spread.
The Paranormal Liberation War arc begins with Superspy Hawks and Safety Commission acquiring secret information on an imminent villain attack. In response, the students of UA High join forces with the Pro Heroes. It is the same time when Hawks continues to learn more about the villains. The arc ends up at the point when the heroes can plan an effective assault. But things are not as easy as they appear.
Under the arc, Shigaraki turns the tide by appearing in his final form. This arc is bleak, which means many unfortunate events would take place. We have already mentioned the news of deaths you may have to come to terms with. All these deaths will only encourage Deku to power up his One for All and end the reign of Shigaraki.
Who will We Get to see in Season 6?
Regarding the cast, My Hero Academia has always enjoyed its huge voice cast. As of now, it is uncertain to tell who will return for the upcoming season or who the makers are replacing with the new ones.
Here are some updates about the main characters and the Japanese and English voices behind them.
- Izuku Midoriya: Daiki Yamashita (Japanese) and Justin Briner (English)
- Katsuki Bakugo: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese) and Clifford Chapin (English)
- All Might: Kenta Miyake (Japanese) and Christopher R. Sabat (English)
- Ochaco Uraraka: Ayane Sakura (Japanese) and Luci Christian (English)
- Tenya Ida: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese) and J. Michael Tatum (English)
- Tsuyu Asui: Aoi Yuki (Japanese) and Monica Rial (English)
- Minoru Mineta: Ryo Hirohashi (Japanese) and Brina Palencia (English)
- Momo Yaoyorozu: Marina Inoue (Japanese) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- Fumikage Tokoyami: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese) and Josh Grelle (English)
- Shoto Todoroki: Yuki Kaji (Japanese) and David Matranga (English)
Besides the above-listed characters, there may be more new faces and voices to see and hear as the world of My Hero Academia is likely to expand further. There would be heroes, villains, students, teachers, and other supporting characters.
Can I Watch the Trailer of My Hero Academia Season 6?
The makers have released the Japanese trailer of the sixth season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t contain any subtitles. However, there is still a lot that you can gather from the teaser.
The teaser has received a great reception from the audience as the heroes and villains are seen gathering together with nearly everyone they had hoped to be present and correct. You will also spot some amazing moments in the teaser involving Hawks, Endeavor, Aizawa, and Miruko.
It is a one-minute clip that shows the progression made by season after the ending of the previous one. Everyone is seen going head-to-head to prepare for what comes their way.
The fans are already excited and cannot wait till October to watch everything that the show unveils to them.
Who are the Best Characters of My Hero Academia?
In the last five seasons of the show, we have seen numerous characters doing their high jinks for survival, adventure, and much more. Here is the list of the best ones on the show.
The audience has seen Kota Izumi only in a few episodes during the Forest Training Camp arc in the third season. However, he managed to grow quite a bit as a character in a short span.
Kota is the son of two Pro Heroes who were killed in the line of duty. He is bitter and resentful of the superhero-centric culture. In the initial appearance, he resents the boundless optimism of the hero students like Midoriya. But after witnessing the lengths to which Deku was willing to go to protect him, he changed his tune and gained new respect and understanding for hero work.
Bakugo was initially hated, and he maintained the title of being the worst human being on the planet. The fans called his treatment of Midoriya despicable. But as the show progressed, he was similar to most of the characters. Katsuki turned out to be more than merely another trope.
His battle with his frenemy is considered one of the iconic battles on the show. The character development of Katsuki Bakugo has been nothing less than remarkable. He faced a lot of guilt with the idea that All Might lost all his powers because of him. It was the moment many fans started hating him less.
Endeavor, popularly known as Enji Todoroki, is another favorite character of the fans. He was nothing more than another run-of-the-mill hothead before the limelight put upon him. The twist took place after being the Number One Hero ended up forcing him to address his demons and take over responsibilities that he had avoided for a long time.
One of the best scenes he had on the show was his fight with Nomu at the end of the fourth season. This scene served as a testament to his growth as a character and the lengths he was finally going to justify that he could be out of All Might’s shadow.
Eri is another loved character in the My Hero Academia. She was disowned by her mother after accidentally killing her father owing to her uncontrollable quirk. Eri was then raised by the Shie Hassaikai boss and became the central figure in Overhaul’s plot to make bullets that could destroy the quirks of heroes.
The raid was a huge success, after which Eri was rescued. She now lives in the UA dorms. Initially, she would not trust anybody and wouldn’t even smile. But with time, Eri warms up and opens up to everyone, allowing herself to escape her miserable history.
Throughout the show, we see Endeavor as a compelling character. Well, his son is a step ahead of him. Shoto has had a troubled childhood, which turns this once-chirpy boy into a cold emotionless child who only looks forward to getting stronger on his own terms.
But thankfully, Midoriya finally makes him see the light during their battle at the UA Sports Festival. This character created his own identity, making himself one of the top characters.
The list of the best characters of My Hero Academia remains incomplete without his protagonist. Izuku Midoriya is the lovable lead, and the fans cannot help but root for him. He is the most beloved main character in the anime. That being said, his relative infallibility and boundless optimism make his character arc a bit unbelievable in certain instances.
His growth throughout the five seasons has been phenomenal, and the fans expect more of him in the upcoming one. He made the transition from a Quirkless and hapless dork with no hope of living his grand dream to one of the most promising heroes-to-be of UA. His character is compelling and loved by many.
Know these Interesting Facts about My Hero Academia
Here are some interesting facts about the anime that you might not know.
The Members have Meaningful Names
The creator of the series, Kohei Horikoshi, gave each character in the show a meaningful name. These names are based on Japanese wordplay.
For instance, Tenya Iida’s name comes from idaten, which is a term originating from the name of the Buddhist figure Skanda. It is used to describe someone fast on their feet. Iida is certainly one of them. Another character’s name, Bakugo, comes from ‘Baku’, which means strength or power. Bakugo is an accurate presentation of the name he has been given.
Two Characters in the Show were Originally Men
Tsuyu Asui and Toro Hagakure, the two female characters that we see on the show, were originally created as male characters.
When the creator first conceptualized these two characters, he envisioned them as boys. As a result, Kohei only changed their genders after realizing that Class 1A was predominantly male and had sixteen boys and four girls occupying the seats.
He later stated that he was content with the decision of changing the male characters into the females. The two females stole the show. Furthermore, this idea helped to balance out the rash bullheadedness of the students.
Mina Ashido is Connected to Aliens
Before choosing her hero name as Pinky, Mina Ashudo had earlier settled on Ridley Hero: Alien Queen. It is a clear reference to Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, Alien. According to the fan theory, her character is highly influenced by his successful action flick.
On the show, we see Mina Ashido referring to herself as an alien through her previous hero name. At the same time, she can also secrete a corrosive acid-like-element from her hands. This quality of Mina seems to have been inspired by the Xenomorph creatures from the Alien franchise.
Fans have Designed Bubble and Centipeder
The two characters in My Hero Academia, Bubble, and Centipeder, are designed by fans. Yes, you heard it right.
They were not originally designed by the author. A contest took place for the fans where winners Chiita Abara and Tetsuya Oohara had the chance to create these characters. Abara originally designed Bubble as a 16-year-old student at UA. But to turn her into a supportive hero, the anime made the character a tad bit older.
The Show is often Compared to Naruto
We all know Naruto as one of the most successful and commercially successful anime and manga in the whole industry.
It was a moment for My Hero Academia when Masahi Kishimoto took notice of the series. He compared it to his commercially and critically acclaimed work. He also painted a picture depicting Naruto as he cheered on Izuku. This image shows the passage of the torch from one great anime to another great anime.
One-Shot For Series Came 6 years before the Original Manga Happened
Creator Kohei Horikoshi published a shot in 2008 in the winter magazine of Akamaru Jump. He titled it, My Hero. Interestingly, this single shot became the starting point of the full-fledged series we love today.
He distributed the character all over and renamed it My Hero Academia, with the protagonist renamed Izuku in good health, becoming a high-school student.
Present Mic was Originally an Old Bald Man
If you haven’t noticed this earlier, watch it again. You will see Present Mic wearing headphones. On his headphones is written ‘Hage’. This word means bald in Japanese. On the other hand, his hair will often appear like a wig. Do you know why?
Well, because the character was originally created to be a fat old man. It was only until Hiroskoshi decided that his attributes could get him boring. Present Mic is based on an actual radio DJ, Hizashi Yamada.
Ocacho was Meant to Have Mt. Lady’s Powers
One of the most defining features of Ochaco in the series is the Zero Gravity Quirk. However, it wasn’t always the Quirk the maker had in mind. When looking at his original drafts, this character was supposed to have Mt. Lady’s Quirk known as Gigantification.
She also had Mt. Lady’s hero name and real name, Yu Takeyama. Eventually, he decided to give this identity to the current Mt. Lady. Ocacho is one of the most loved characters on the show. Horikoshi brought this change because he thought Gigantification would be extremely difficult a quirk for the hero-in-training to take care of.
Momo Yaoyorozu is the Smartest Student in Class 1-A
Many viewers may be of the opinion that Momo Yaoyorozu’s biggest strength on the show is her overpowered Quirk that allows her to create anything. But not many know that it is her brainwork that is to be admired.
Momo is the top student in Class 1-A and perhaps the most determined character in terms of achievement. You will often find Momo striving for success despite already belonging to a rich background. She doesn’t give a lot of importance to her richness, after all.
The Quirks on the Show come from Random Things
The power of the majority of humanity in the My Hero Academia world is unique. This combination of power is something not many people may recommend. But do you know these powers or Quirks come from many random things? The author states that he introduced oddities to the characters in the beginning to develop a good story. However, after a while, these quirks are added solely at random.
My Hero Academia also has a Movie
It is a well-established fact that My Hero Academia is one of the most popular anime. The franchise is immensely successful. There are 32 volumes of the manga. It has five seasons already released and is loved by the audience, while the sixth one is releasing super soon. But do you know My Hero Academia has three movies too?
Yes! There are three full-length feature films, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, Heroes Rising, and Two Heroes. Although the creator has stated they are in no way canon to the story, they do add essential characterization to the main cast. These movies are fun to watch.
The most recent movie of the franchise was announced in November. It premiered on the 6th of August in Japan. Internationally, it was released on the 29th of October, 2021. It highlights the plot of the return of the fan-favorite trio – Midoriya, Bakugou, and Todoriki. The movie had decent reception.
Where can I Watch My Hero Academia?
You can stream all the seasons of My Hero Academia online on Hulu. You may also stream its seasons on Netflix.