VIZ Media Launches the My Hero Academia Manga Series
My Hero Academia is rated “T” for Teens and print volumes carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each. The series is also available digitally via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App and from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future English editions of My Hero Academia, which is ongoing in Japan and also serialized in current digital issues of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, will be published bi-annually under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint.
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere. Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course. But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny.
“My Hero Academia has been thrilling readers of Weekly Shonen Jump and has become the single most requested new series for English publication from the magazine’s current roster,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Readers will be in for a wild ride in this inventive new series that puts a fresh spin on the classic superhero concept. Join the action as a fateful encounter gives young Izuku Midoriya a chance to become part of the next generation of Heroes!”
My Hero Academia creator Kouhei Horikoshi received a Tezuka Award Honorable Mention in 2006, and after publishing several short stories in Akamaru Jump, his first serialized work, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, debuted inWeekly Shonen Jump in 2010. My Hero Academia is his third series to appear in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump.