My Hero Academia Creator Teases Series’ Upcoming End

My Hero Academia should be done before the end of 2022.

As reported by Shonen Jump News - Unofficial, series creator Kohei Horikoshi has announced that, barring any other unexpected delays or hiatuses, the series should reach its conclusion within the next year. Horikoshi's statement was shown during the series' presentation at this year's Jump Festa, a yearly event put on by Shonen Jump publisher Shueisha. The presentation also featured appearances from the anime's voice cast, as well as the reveal of a new teaser trailer for the anime's sixth season.

The news of the series' end comes as no surprise to fans: Shueisha announced earlier this year that the series had already entered its "final act," and Horikoshi has stated in an interview that the series has already gone on for longer than he had originally planned. The manga has recently begun wrapping up several plot threads, the most notable of which was the long-awaited reveal of the identity of the traitor within UA High School.

The My Hero Academia manga may be coming to a close, but the series' animated entries still have plenty of content left to adapt. The anime's sixth season is scheduled to premiere sometime during fall of 2022, and will focus on the Paranormal Liberation War arc. The Jump Festa trailer for the season shows the two sides of the conflict gathering for the upcoming battle, and once again teases the long-awaited showdown between the series' main hero, Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, and the deadly Tomura Shigaraki.

The series still has plenty of life in theaters as well: the franchise's third and movie, World Heroes' Mission, shattered series sales records when it was released in Japan earlier this year and easily outperformed the series' previous two movies, despite being released at a time when theaters were facing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie performed similarly well during its international theatrical release, becoming only the 11th anime movie in history to earn more than $10 million USD at the American box office.

Fans looking to catch up with the manga should look to VIZ Media, which localizes and distributes the series in North America. Collected volumes of the series are available in both print and digital formats, while new chapters of the manga are released on VIZ's Manga Plus website on a weekly basis. All five previous seasons of the My Hero Academia anime are available for streaming through Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Source: Jump Festa, Twitter

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