My Hero Academia fans had some good (?) news out of Shueisha’s annual Jump Festa event. Not only was there an announcement regarding the upcoming season 6 of the anime, there was also an update (of sorts) on the manga.
My Hero Academia season 6 will premiere in Fall 2022. While that’s not as specific as I know many of us would like, we were treated to a new teaser trailer. Season 6 will adapt the “Paranormal Liberation War” arc from Kōhei Horikoshi’s manga, which features a literal all-out war between essentially every hero in existence (and many UA students) and what seems like every villain in Japan.
This war was teased at the end of season 5 of the anime, where all of Class 1-A learned that their internships would be going on a “field trip” of sorts, as everyone assembled for the attack. It was certainly too much of a tease for me; I finished the anime late on a Saturday night and immediately grabbed my tablet to pick up the manga where it left off.
It’s by far the biggest arc of the series, covering about 54 chapters in the manga. Presuming that season 6 is a two cours season, the way the past four seasons have been, the Paranormal Liberation War should last the entire first half of the season. It’s also possibly the biggest turning point in the story, which entered what is considered its “final arc” in March.
That brings us to the second bit of My Hero Academia news out of Jump Festa: the manga could potentially be over by this point next year. In a written statement read by Daiki Yamashita (Midoriya), Horikoshi revealed that if everything “goes smoothly”, My Hero Academia will “meet its goal” approximately a year from now. “If it doesn’t go smoothly,” Horikoshi’s statement continued, “I think Yamashita-kun will be reading out the exact same letter from me at next year’s Jump Festa.”
Horikoshi also teased that Bakugou will be getting a “big scene”, one that everyone will look forward to, regardless of whether or not you like the character. Considering some of the moments Bakugou has already have (although, granted, a couple of these have been in the films, and I don’t know if those count), this one has got to be huge.
It’s a bit bittersweet. I only just got into My Hero Academia, and soon it may be over. But I’m certainly enjoying the journey.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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