WARNING: The following contains constantly updated spoilers for My Hero Academia Season 5, now streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation. If you are not caught up, stop reading now.
The fifth season of My Hero Academia premieres Saturday, March 27. Season 4 introduced the supervillain, Overhaul, who planned to rid the world of superpowers -- known as Quirks -- using the Quirk-erasing power of a young girl called Eri. Lead protagonist Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, along with some of his fellow classmates from hero-training school, U.A., rescued Eri and defeated her captor, but not without the loss of Pro Hero, Sir Nighteye, and star pupil Mirio Togata's Quirk to one of Overhaul's Quirk-erasing bullets.
The season wrapped up with a major battle between the new Number #1 and #2 Pro Heroes, Endeavor and Hawks, and a high-end nomu, an artificially-engineered terror. This set the stage for a comeback from the (now) Quirk-erasing bullet-armed League of Villains, headed up by Shigaraki Tomura -- protege of Big Bad, All For One, whom Izuku, the holder of One For All, must defeat.
Created by mangaka Kōhei Horikoshi, the hit anime's source material began its ongoing run in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2014, while the animated adaptation started airing two years later. The series' success has turned it into a multimedia giant around the world, with spinoff manga, light novels, video games and movies, as well as its continuing television series, earning it both fan and critical recognition as one of the genre's most exciting new titles.
Animated by studio Bones, My Hero Academia's fourth season concluded last June. A fifth season had already been confirmed prior to this in April's #18 of Shonen Jump, and the news was reiterated at the end of the Season 4 finale. A trailer released last December announced Season 5's premiere date while streaming services, Crunchyroll and Funimation, where the four previous seasons can be watched both subbed and dubbed, will be adding new episodes on a weekly basis.
Keep up to date on one of the biggest names in shonen, including its release date, trailers, featurettes, plot and news, right here on CBR's My Hero Academia Season 5 Hub Page.
MY HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 4 REVIEWS & RECAPS
- My Hero Academia: Season 4's Best Fights, Ranked
- My Hero Academia Season 4’s Action-Packed Ending, Explained
- My Hero Academia: Fat Gum Is the Best New Hero of Season 4
- My Hero Academia Stars a New Era (Without All Might)
- My Hero Academia: Who's In Season 4
MY HERO ACADEMIA CHARACTERS
Creator Kōhei Horikoshi's superhero cast encompasses the students of U.A, its Pro Hero teachers and a wide number of professional heroes and villains at large. The series' central characters -- Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Shoto Todoroki and more -- are all part of U.A's prestigious Class 1.A., but they have rivals nipping at their heels in Class 1.B., not to mention the 'Big Three' on campus: Mirio Togata, Tomaki Amijiki and Nejere Hado, all introduced in Season 4. Stewarding them are the likes of the larger-than-life All Might and the lesser-enthused Eraser Head. But these Pros are often drawn out of the classroom and onto the battlefield when villains like Overhaul and Tomura Shigaraki are about, the latter of whom is set to make a big comeback in Season 5. Check out the links below for more on some of these returning characters.
- My Hero Academia: All Might Is Anime's Captain America in More Ways Than One
- My Hero Academia: The 5 Scenes That Changed Izuku Midoriya Forever
- My Hero Academia: Shoto Vs. Bakugo Would Go VERY Differently Today
- My Hero Academia: 10 Ways Eri Has Changed Since Her Introduction
- My Hero Academia: Mirio Is Less Powerful Than You Think
MY HERO ACADEMIA THEORIES, RUMORS & FACTS
As one of the biggest shonen properties on the block, My Hero Academia's anime return is one of the year's most anticipated. Those keeping up with the source material will have some idea of what Season 5 will entail already. Those that aren't are eager to find out for themselves, and there's been plenty of speculation on the subject -- as well as general digging into the story's finer details -- leading up to the premiere.
- My Hero Academia: Eri Could Become the Heroes' Next Recovery Girl
- My Hero Academia: Some Heroes Don't NEED To Fight Villains
- My Hero Academia: What Kind of Sidekick Would Deku Have?
- Ochaco Uraraka Is Basically the Hinata Hyuga of My Hero Academia
- My Hero Academia: Why EVERYONE Is Underestimating Koji Koda