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Season 3 of the My Hero Academia anime was announced in the 44th issue of the 2017 Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.[1] It began airing in Japan on April 7, 2018, and will run for 25 episodes, covering the Forest Training Camp Arc, Hideout Raid Arc and the Hero License Exam Arc.

Summary

"Summer is here, and the heroes of Class 1-A and 1-B are in for the toughest training camp of their lives! A group of seasoned pros pushes everyone’s Quirks to new heights as the students face one overwhelming challenge after another. Braving the elements in this secret location becomes the least of their worries when routine training turns into a critical struggle for survival."[2]

Production

This season retains the same core staff and studio as the previous ones, except with the addition of Hitomi Odashima being listed as an assistant character designer. At a panel for an event held in October of 2017, the staff revealed that the season was being handled by Bones’ sub-studio C, which had previously worked on the anime’s second season.[3] The sub-studio had already begun production on the season at the time of the announcement.[4] This season will remain in the same time slot that the second season had previously occupied, airing every Saturday at 5:30pm in Japan on the Nippon TV (NTV) and Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV) stations.[5]

Cast

The cast members for the characters introduced in this season of the anime are as follows:[6][7][8]

History

Days before the announcement page in the Jump magazine was released, the final episode of Season 2 confirmed a third season of the anime being in the works upon airing.[9] FUNimation Entertainment announced at its panel at the New York Comic Con on October 5, 2017 that they will stream the season in 2018.[10]

A fan event held on November 26, 2017 confirmed that the season will premiere in April, with the unveiling of the season's first key visual. The visual, featuring Deku, Katsuki Bakugo, and All Might, was drawn by Yoshihiko Umakoshi in order to commemorate the event.[11] The tenth 2018 issue of the Jump magazine further revealed the season's premiere date to be on April 7, 2018. The news of this date was also featured on the wraparound jacket band of the third volume of the spinoff manga, Vigilante - My Hero Academia: Illegals.[12] A second visual for the season, featuring students of Class 1-A facing off against the League of Villains, was revealed on the official website for the anime.[13] The visual was also featured in the Jump magazine’s twelfth 2018 issue. 

The character designs and the cast members for both Kota Izumi and the Wild Wild Pussycats were first officially shown in the ninth issue of the 2018 Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. They had been previously teased by the anime's official Twitter[14], and were fully revealed upon the issue's publication. The eleventh issue of the magazine followed a similar suit, revealing the character designs and voice actors for three villains new to the anime: Mustard, Moonfish, and Muscular. Twice, Spinner, Mr. Compress, and Magne eventually had both their designs and their voice actors announced with the release of the fifteenth issue of Jump.

A promotional video for this season was first shown on December 16, 2017 at Jump Festa 2018, before being streamed on the anime’s official website the very same day.[15] A second promotional video was first shown on television on March 3, 2018 at 5:30PM JST[16], before being streamed on the website.[17]

At a press release on March 5, 2018, Funimation announced that the season will receive an English dub.[18] A trailer, featuring dubbed footage of the first promotional video, was uploaded to the company's YouTube channel on the same day. The dub will simultaneously premiere with the original Japanese broadcast for the first six episodes, like that of Season 2. Funimation also revealed that the season's subtitled broadcast will stream on both Crunchyroll and Hulu.

Episodes

Main article: List of Episodes (Season 3)

This season will run for two cours, or 25 episodes, as confirmed by Funimation on March 5, 2018.[19] The first episode of the series, however, is a recap episode containing anime-original content partially based off of Chapter 49.5.

Story Arc # of Episodes Original Air Date
Forest Training Camp Arc 7 (Episodes 39 to 45) April 7, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Hideout Raid Arc ?? (Episodes 46 to TBA) May 26, 2018 - to be continued

Soundtrack

The artists for both this season’s opening and ending theme songs were announced in the thirteenth issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. [20][21]

Opening Themes

The season's first opening theme is titled "「ODD FUTURE」", performed by Japanese rock band UVERworld. Takuya, the lead member, stated in a message that the song uses the word “quirk”, referencing Izuku’s inheritance of One For All as inspiration for creating it. The song was previewed in this season's second promotional video, and will be released in full on CD on May 2, 2018.[22]

Ending Themes

The season's first ending theme is titled "Update", performed by Japanese singer Miwa. She states in her message that the song is about improving one’s self and being able to see new sights. The full song will be released on CD on May 9, 2018.[23]

Promotional Material

Promotional Videos

Key Visuals

Character Designs

Wild Wild Pussycats

Vanguard Action Squad

Class 1-A

Pro Heroes

Trivia

  • Both UVERworld and Miwa have also performed opening themes for different seasons of Bleach, another highly popular Weekly Shonen Jump title.
  • The second promotional video was released during the airing of Time Bokan: The Villains Strike Back. Time Bokan had previously aired in the same timeslot that this season is currently airing in.

References

  1. "My Hero Academia" Anime Season 3 Planned: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/09/29-1/my-hero-academia-anime-season-3-planned
  2. Official synopsis from FUNimation Entertainment.
  3. My Hero Academia: Episode 14 (Season 2 Episode 1). SakugaBlog: https://blog.sakugabooru.com/2017/04/04/my-hero-academia-episode-14-season-2-episode-1/
  4. Anime Studio Bones Updates on Current Projects, Teases More News For Mob Psycho 100 on October 19: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-10-12/anime-studio-bones-updates-on-current-projects-teases-more-for-mob-psycho-100-on-october-19/.122509
  5. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Premieres in April: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-11-26/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-premieres-in-april/.124396
  6. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Reveals 5 New Cast Members: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-28/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-reveals-5-new-cast-members/.126962
  7. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Adds 3 More Cast Members: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-09/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-adds-3-more-cast-members/.127560
  8. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Adds 4 More Cast Members: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-11/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-adds-4-more-cast-members/.128758
  9. My Hero Academia Anime Gets Third Season: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-09-30/my-hero-academia-anime-gets-3rd-season/.122039
  10. 'My Hero Academia' Narrows Season 3 Release Schedule: http://comicbook.com/anime/2017/10/10/my-hero-academia-season-3-release-2018/
  11. See Reference 4.
  12. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Premieres April 7: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-01-30/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-premieres-april-7/.127106
  13. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Visual: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-02-18/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-reveals-new-visual/.127968
  14. https://twitter.com/heroaca_anime/status/954636621596434433
  15. My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Previews School Trip Arc in 1st Promo Video: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-15/my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season-previews-school-trip-arc-in-1st-promo-video/.125358
  16. Announcement from the official Twitter: https://twitter.com/heroaca_anime/status/969494800801005568
  17. My Hero Academia 3rd Anime Season's 2nd Promo Video Previews UVERworld's Theme: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-03/my-hero-academia-3rd-anime-season-2nd-promo-video-previews-uverworld-theme/.128511
  18. My Hero Academia Season 3 SimulDub Date: https://www.funimation.com/blog/2018/03/05/my-hero-academia-season-3-simuldub-date/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=032018-fn-myheroacademia-s3&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=press-release&utm_nooverride=1
  19. My Hero Academia Season 3 Listed With 25 Episodes: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-03-06/my-hero-academia-season-3-listed-with-25-episodes/.128635
  20. UVERworld, Miwa Perform Themes for My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-25/uverworld-miwa-perform-themes-for-my-hero-academia-anime-3rd-season/.128139
  21. https://twitter.com/aitaikimochii/status/966888542780588033
  22. https://twitter.com/heroaca_anime/status/969845943884333056
  23. https://twitter.com/heroaca_anime/status/971753876519976960

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