Exclusive: My Hero Academia Clip Shows Deku Meeting Melissa Shield
posted on by Karen Ressler
Funimation streamed a clip on Thursday featuring Melissa's voice actress Erica Mendez discussing the character.
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 English-dubbed, while screenings on September 26 and October 2 will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
Funimation and TOHO hosted a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo on July 5. The film opened in Japan on August 3. It earned 500,320,000 yen (about US$4.49 million) in its first three days and ranked #4 in its opening weekend. It has since earned more than 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.46 million) at the Japanese box office. The English dub version had a red carpet premiere at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on September 13.
Funimation describes the film:
The climactic finals are over, and U.A. is getting ready for the summer training camp. Deku and All Might receive an invitation from a certain person to go overseas to a giant artificial moving city called I-Island. This island, a kind of “science Hollywood” that gathers the knowledge of scientists from around the world, is holding an exhibition called I-Expo showcasing the results of Quirk and hero item research. In the midst of all this, Deku meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa and remembers his own Quirkless past. Out of the blue, the impregnable security system the island boasts is hacked by villains, and all the people on the island are taken as hostages! Now, a plan that could shake hero society has been put into motion! The man who holds the key to it all is the number one hero and Symbol of Peace, All Might.
New characters for the film include David Shield, Melissa Shield, and Wolfram. Melissa is a quirkless girl whom Deku meets on I-Island, and her father David was a friend of All Might in his younger days. David is a scientist who makes hero support items, and Melissa works hard to follow in his footsteps. Wolfram is a leader of a mysterious villain team that aims to overthrow the Hero Society.
Original manga creator Kōhei 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.
Horikoshi drew the "All Might Rising" one-shot manga for the "Vol. Origin" books that were given out to the first million theatergoers in Japan. Viz Media released the 10-page manga for free in English on its website.