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VIZ Media Acquires Publishing Rights for My Hero Academia

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My Hero AcademiaVIZ Media has announced the acquisition of its newest title with the addition of My Hero Academia to its manga publishing catalog.

My Hero Academia is a new work from Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of Barrage. His new series is rated “T” for Teens and will launch in North America in August 2015 in print and digitally across all territories serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App. The title will also be available internationally from select VIZ Media content partners’ proprietary digital platforms.

My Hero Academia is currently serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, which is published in Japan by VIZ Media parent company, Shueisha, Inc. The ongoing series also appears in the digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, which is published by VIZ Media on the same day as the Japanese counterpart with simultaneous, multi-territory global release.

The series is set in a world where 80 percent of the population manifests extraordinary superpowers called “Quirks” at age four and heroes and villains battle it out everywhere. Becoming a hero means learning how to use your power, and the place to do that is at U.A. High’s Hero Program. 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.

“We’re excited to launch full volumes for the popular My Hero Academia, fresh from the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Though a cruel twist of fate makes life hard for aspiring hero Izuki, he is positive he’s destined for something greater, and fans will cheer for Izuki on his journey as his life changes forever when All Might bestows his superpower upon him!”

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