The latest episode of the My Hero Academia anime features a scene that looks very different from the original manga it is adapting.
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As reported by Epic Dope, episode 19 of the fifth season of My Hero Academia features a scene where the villain Shigaraki is being subjected to a violent experiment, with the goal of turning him into the ultimate Nomu. In the Kohei Horikoshi's original manga, the full brutality of the experiment is on display, as Shigaraki is covered with many visible, deep wounds as blood sprays out of him and soaks the operating table. In the anime, Shigaraki still writhes in pain, but his wounds are depicted less graphically, and the blood sprays have been replaced with an electrical effect. Animator Ian Zhang, who works on the series, posted his original animatic for the scene to Instagram, which shows that he originally intended to adapt the scene with all of the gore intact, but the scene was changed at some later point during the animation process.
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Response to the changes from fans has been mixed; some see it as an example of unnecessary censorship, while others understand that certain TV broadcasters in Japan have stricter restrictions on violent material than manga publishers do.
My Hero Academia is currently airing the fifth season of the anime adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi's highly successful Shonen Jump manga. The next few episodes of the series will feature a heavy focus on the show's villains, including the previously mentioned Shigaraki, who serves as the primary antagonist to the series' main hero, Izuku "Deku" Midoriya.
In addition to the fifth season of the anime, the third MHA movie, World Heroes' Mission, recently premiered in Japanese theaters and is already breaking franchise records at the box office. The movie sees Midoriya and his classmates Todoroki and Bakugo on the run from the law after Deku is framed for committing a violent massacre. The trio of adolescent heroes travel around the world, recruiting a team of international pro-heroes to clear Deku's name and to stop a conspiracy run by Humanity, an extremist cult that believes the use of superpower-granting Quirks will one day lead to the extinction of all life on Earth. An international release date for the movie has not been revealed at this time, but given the popularity of the series worldwide, it's safe to assume that World Heroes' Mission will make its way out of Japan soon.
The My Hero Academia TV anime series is currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll and Funimation, with the latter two services also offering a simulcast of the current season. The first film in the series, Two Heroes, is streaming via Netflix, while the second theatrical release, Heroes Rising, is available on Hulu. The manga is published in English and distributed internationally by VIZ Media.
Source: Epic Dope, Instagram