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My Hero Academia's Horikoshi is 1st Foreigner to Win Korean Comic Award

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Horikoshi's manga inspired 3 anime series, film

The official Twitter account for Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga revealed on Sunday that South Korean company Seoul Media Comics awarded Horikoshi with the "2018 Manga Creator Award." Horikoshi is the first foreigner to win the award.

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 magazine in July 2014. Shueisha published the manga's 22nd compiled book volume on Monday. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English digitally 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. A fourth season is in the works, and will premiere in October. The 25-episode third series premiered last April. The My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film opened in Japan last August, and has since earned more than 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.46 million) at the Japanese box office. Legendary Entertainment announced last October that it is producing a live-action film for the franchise.

Source: My Hero Academia's Twitter account via Yaraon!

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