My Hero Academia Creator Releases Celebratory Art for the New Year

Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of My Hero Academia, shared a new a piece of art in celebration of the new year on Twitter.

The illustration features various characters from the shonen juggernaut such as Izuku Midoriya, Tsuyu Asui, Eri and Mirio Togata in traditional Japanese festival clothing as they seemingly pose for a camera. Eijiro Kirishima can also be seen in the background flexing his iconic hardening quirk to withstand thebite of a new year's dragon, which has an uncanny resemblance to one Katsuki Bakugo and his familiar spiky hair. Shoto Todoroki and Tenya Iida stand off to the side of everyone else's shenanigans as they clasp their hands to pray for happiness in the upcoming year. A drawing of a tiger sits at the top right corner, signifying that 2022 is the Year of the Tiger as per the Chinese zodiac. Translated into English, Horikoshi's accompanying text reads: "Happy New Year! I look forward to working with you again this year!"

To say My Hero Academia has enjoyed immense popularity since it began its serialization in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump in July 2014 would be an understatement, with the manga having more than 50 million copies in circulation as of April 2021.  It follows high school boy Izuku Midoriya, who is born without a superpower or "quirk" in a world where 80% of the population has one. Despite his lack of power, Izuku dreams of attending U.A. High School in order to follow the footsteps of his idol All Might, a hero that possesses the famous "One For All" quirk, by becoming a superhero in his own right. His journey is kicked into gear when All Might passes down his quirk to Izuku after the 15-year-old tries to save his childhood rival, Katsuki Bakugo.

Five seasons of the My Hero Academia anime have aired to date, with a sixth season currently in production for a Fall 2022 release. A new teaser trailer for the upcoming season was released at this year's Jump Festa. The new season of the series will adapt the manga's Paranormal Liberation War arc.  The impending conflict will feature Izuku's latest showdown with Tomura Shigaraki, the villain who is the successor to All Might's rival, the evil All For One.

The My Hero Academia anime can be streamed via Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll and Funimation. Horikoshi's manga is available in English from VIZ Media.

Source: Twitter

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