My Hero Academia -Heroes: Rising- Film's Trailer Reveals, Previews Theme Song

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sumika performs theme song "Higher Ground" for December 20 film

The official website for Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- (My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-), the new anime film based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Higher Ground" by sumika. The site also revealed a new visual for the film.

The site also revealed two new cast members on Wednesday. Tomoyo Kurosawa plays Mahoro (left in picture below), while Yuka Terasaki plays Katsuma (right). The two characters are siblings that Deku and the others meet in Nabu Island, the film's new setting. They hold the key to the story.

The film will open in Japan on December 20. Kenji Nagasaki and Yousuke Kuroda are returning from the series and the previous film as the director and scriptwriter, respectively. Yoshihiko Umakoshi is returning to design the characters, and Yuuki Hayashi is once again composing the musi. BONES is animating the film.

Theatergoers will receive an exclusive short manga by Horikoshi titled Boku no Hero Academia Vol. R (My Hero Academia Vol. Rising) as a bonus while supplies last. The manga will be in a booklet that participating theaters will distribute with a one-million-copy print run. The booklet will also have an extended interview with Horikoshi, character designs, original character sketches for the movie's new characters, and a new cover illustration

Horikoshi designed two original characters for the film named Nine and Slice, voiced by Yoshio Inoue and Mio Imada respectively.

Horikoshi previously teased that the film will be the last one for the franchise, as "there won't be a third film. Probably." He explained that the second film can be described as a kind of a finale for My Hero Academia. That is because its story uses one of the concepts he had wanted to use in the manga's final battle. As such, he proclaimed that the second film will be more "Plus Ultra" than even the first one.

As with the previous My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film, Horikoshi will have overall supervision of the film, and will handle the original character designs.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes opened in Japan in August 2018, and earned 500,320,000 yen (about US$4.49 million) in its first three days to rank #4 in its opening weekend. The movie has since earned more than 1.64 billion yen (about US$14.47 million) at the Japanese box office.

Funimation and TOHO hosted a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo in July 2018, and the English dub version of the film had a red carpet premiere in Los Angeles last September. Funimation then screened the film in the United States and Canada last September and October. The film earned US$5,768,366 in the United States and Canada during its theatrical run, making it the #10 highest-grossing domestic anime film of all time.

Sources: Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- website, Comic Natalie

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