Kōhei Horikoshi Draws 'Ganriki Deku' to Celebrate 1 Million My Hero Academia Movie Tickets Sold

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

My Hero Academia creator Kōhei Horikoshi celebrated one million tickets sold for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film with a special illustration on Tuesday. The image shows Melissa Shields with "Ganriki Deku" wearing their formal attire seen in the film. In the image, Melissa says "That's awesome, Deku!" and Deku repeats it back with "Awesome, Melissa-san!"

"Ganriki Deku" is likely a combo of the anime's protagonist with "Ganriki Neko," a character brand that appears in an omake page in the manga's 19th volume. The omake shows six-year-old Eri, the daughter of a chief antagonist. Horikoshi originally designed an outfit for Eri to wear that was purchased by Shota "Eraser Head" Aizawa that featured Ganriki Neko. The character is supposed to be interpreted as hideous, but the outfit never made it into the manga proper due to space restrictions.

Horikoshi's tweet also mentions how he thought it would be impossible to hand out all one million copies of the movie's bonus manga but the film broke through that barrier.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes broke 500 million yen (about US$4.49 million) in ticket sales its opening weekend. The film earned 71,958,500 yen (about US$655,000) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 1,245,978,300 yen (about US$11.34 million).

Funimation and TOHO hosted a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo on July 5. Funimation will screen the film in more than 400 theaters in the United States and Canada on September 25, 26, 27, 29 and October 2. Screenings on September 25, 27, and 29 will be in Japanese with English subtitles, while screenings on September 26 and October 2 will be English-dubbed.

Horikoshi is credited with the original work, character designs, and as chief supervisor. Returning staff members include director Kenji Nagasaki at BONES, scriptwriter Yousuke Kuroda, character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi, and composer Yuki Hayashi. TOHO is distributing the film. Masaki Suda is performing the film's theme song "Long Hope Philia." amazarashi's Hiromu Akita wrote and composed the piece.

Source: Kohei Hirokoshi's Twitter via Nijimen

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