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My Hero Academia Manga Gets Stage Play Next Spring

posted on by Karen Ressler
My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage to run in Tokyo, Osaka

This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga is inspiring a stage play titled My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage. The play will open in Tokyo and Osaka in spring 2019. Yōtai Mutoyoshi is directing the play.

Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called "Quirks" at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! 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...

Horikoshi launched the superhero manga series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in July 2014. Shueisha published the manga's 20th compiled book volume on September 4. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English digitally in its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and in print. The manga has also inspired the My Hero Academia: Vigilantes and My Hero Academia: Smash!! spinoff manga, both of which Viz Media is releasing in English.

The manga has inspired three television anime series, and a fourth season is in the works. The third 25-episode series premiered on April 7. The My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film opened in Japan on August 3, and has since earned more than 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.46 million) at the Japanese box office. Legendary Entertainment announced last month that it is producing a live-action film for the franchise.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 52

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