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My Hero Academia ( (ぼく) のヒーローアカデミア, Boku no Hīrō Academia) is a manga written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi and is published in Weekly Shonen Jump. The first chapter was published on July 7, 2014 in issue 32 of Weekly Shonen Jump.

History

Before the series been publishing in Weekly Shonen Jump, Kohei Horikoshi first tested his My Hero Academia ideas in a one-shot that was published within Akamaru Jump in Winter, 2008. On January 26, 2015, Viz Media announced that starting February 9 they would officially translate the series into English in Viz Shonen Jump.

Plot

People are not born equal, a realization that four-year-old Izuku Midoriya faced when bullied by his classmates who had unique special powers. Izuku was one of the rare cases where he was born with absolutely no unique powers. This did not stop Izuku from pursuing his dream, a dream of becoming a great hero like the legendary All Might. To become the great hero he hopelessly wants to become, he now will join the ranks of one of the highest rated "Hero Academies" in the country: U.A. High School. With the help of his idol All Might, will he be able to claim the ranks and become a true hero?

Style

The manga is very Westernized, having a similar style to American comics. It also breaks away from the idea of the cliché shonen main protagonist who is normally very powerful and wild from the start.

Gallery

Weekly Shonen Jump Covers

For Weekly Shonen Jump covers, refer to here.

Japanese Volume Covers

US Volume Covers

US volume 9 my hero academia

Volume 9 cover

Sketches

Reception

Awards and Nominations

  • In January 2015, the My Hero Academia manga was nominated for the 8th Manga Taisho Awards. The awards are for manga that had started the year before and have less than 8 volumes.
  • The My Hero Academia manga won the 2014 Nico Nico and Da Vinci's 'Tsugi ni Kuru Manga' (Next-Generation Manga) Award.
  • In April 2016, the My Hero Academia manga was nominated for the 40th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards; the manga had been nominated for the Best Shonen Manga.
  • The My Hero Academia manga has been nominated for the The 44th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival; the manga has been nominated for Best Youth Comic.
  • In March 2017, the My Hero Academia manga won Best Manga Foreign People Should Be Reading from Sugoi Japan Awards 2017. The awards give recognition to manga that have "potential" to be international hits.[1]

Oricon Rankings and Copies Sold

  • Volume 1 peaked at 7th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold 71,575 copies, as of November 9, 2014.[2]
  • Volume 2 peaked at 6th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 239,566 copies, as of February 1, 2015.[3]
  • Volume 3 peaked at 8th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 254,111 copies, as of April 19, 2015.[4]
  • Volume 4 peaked at 6th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 259,137 copies, as of June 21, 2015.[5]
  • Volume 5 peaked at 9th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 279,414 copies, as of August 23, 2015.[6]
  • Volume 6 peaked at 3rd place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 175,287 copies, as of November 9, 2015.[7]
  • Volume 7 peaked at 1st place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 272,270 copies, as of March 3, 2016.[8]
  • Volume 8 peaked at 5th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 221,235 copies, as of April 10, 2016.[9]
  • Volume 9 peaked at 5th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 197,805 copies, as of June 5, 2016.[10]
  • Volume 10 peaked at 1st place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 208,539 copies, as of September 4, 2016.[11]
  • Volume 11 peaked at 3rd place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 203,825 copies, as of November 6, 2016.[12]
  • Volume 12 peaked at 2nd place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and has sold a total of 440,536 copies, as of March 5, 2017.[13]

References

  1. Sugoi Japan Awards 2017
  2. Japanese Comic Ranking, November 3-9, 2014
  3. Japanese Comic Ranking, January 26 to February 1, 2015
  4. Japanese Comic Ranking, April 13-19, 2015
  5. Japanese Comic Ranking, June 15-21, 2015
  6. Japanese Comic Ranking, August 17-23, 2015
  7. Japanese Comic Ranking, November 2-9, 2015
  8. Japanese Comic Ranking, February 22-28, 2016
  9. Japanese Comic Ranking, April 4-10, 2016
  10. Japanese Comic Ranking, May 30-June 5
  11. Japanese Comic Ranking, August 29-September 4
  12. Japanese Comic Ranking, October 31-November 6
  13. Japanese Comic Ranking, February 27-March 5

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