my hero academia / boku no hero academia

Written and drawn by veteran manga artist Kohei Horikoshi, My Hero Academia premiered in Japan’s legendary Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (home to iconic manga like Dragon Ball and One Piece) on July 7, 2014. In February 2015, VIZ Media began publishing the series concurrently with Japan in its own digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, as well as releasing the series’ collected volumes in print and digitally. An anime adaptation directed by Kenji Nagasaki, written by Yosuke Kuroda and animated by Bones (the studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist and Space Dandy) is currently in its second season and is streaming free on Crunchyroll and also on Hulu and FunimationNOW. The story is similar to shows and comics like Teen Titans, Runaways or Young Justice, though its closest thematic analogue is the forgotten (but awesome) 2005 Disney film Sky High. In a world where 80 percent of the population has some form of superpower or “Quirk,” superheroes are government-employed peacekeepers and celebrities. Middle schooler Izuku Midoriya wants more than anything to be a hero, yet he’s one of the rare “Quirkless,” destined never to develop powers of his own. Despite this, he dreams of making it into U.A. High School, Japan’s national superhero training school.