It was revealed on Tuesday by website The Comics Beat on its annual analysis of NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list of 2019 that My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi is the 20th best-selling graphic novel for that year, sold 98,720 copies in the United States alone.
Horikoshi is ranked third among the 2019 top-selling creators as it overall sold 702,482 copies of his My Hero Academia series overall. Other manga creators that were included in the list were ONE, Sui Ishida, Junji Ito, Hirohiko Araki, Akira Toriyama, Kaiu Shirai, Koyoharu Gotouge, and Akira Himekawa.
Based on BookScan’s data, the My Hero Academia manga sold 3,539,031 in the US alone, worth a total of US$49,900,429 in 2019. This is a 38.8% from its 2018 sales.
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While all of us are still in our homes staying safe from the Coronavirus pandemic, we are giving you this good news! For those who are stuck at home and want to rewatch or catch-up on the anime, you can…FOR FREE!
Previously, the popular anime platform Crunchyroll has announced that the episodes of My Hero Academia can be streamed for free on their website. The anime episodes are available for streaming on the following territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Crunchyroll also uploaded a trailer of My Hero Academia Season 4 on their official YouTube channel.
About My Hero Academia
The appearance of "quirks," newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.
Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku's unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might's quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!
Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year's freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
The second film of the My Hero Academia franchise titled My Hero Academia: Hero Rising has earned a total of USD $10 million in the United States. With its earnings, it is officially the eighth of the all-time highest grossing anime films in the United States.
The filmed topped at #1 in the United States box office on official opening day on February 26. It earned USD $2,526,900 on the its premiere day alone, and in USD $806,655 in the next day. On its opening weekend it earned US $5,888,330 officially ranked at #4 in the US box office on its opening weekend.
My Hero Academia was first published in the Weekly Shonen Jump in 2014. The anime adaptation’s fourth season premiered on October 2019. The manga is licensed and officially released in English by VIZ Media with Caleb Cook credited as translator. It is both released in print and digital formats.
About My Hero Academia: Hero’s Rising Film (as Described by Funimation)
“Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope.”
It was stated during the Hero Fest last August by Horikoshi that this movie will be last of the franchise because “there won’t be third film. Probably.” He elaborated on this, saying that the film is a finale of sorts to the series as the battles and story of the film is how he sees the manga’s final battle. He then teased that the film will have more “Plus Ultra” moments compared to the first film. So this is definitely a movie worth looking forward to.
As of this time, it’s still not for certain if the movie will be released for other countries. We will look forward to more announcements soon.
Last year, the My Hero Academia manga won this year’s Harvey Awards for Best Manga. The Harvey Awards is an annual event which gives recognitions for outstanding works in graphic art and comic book categories. The said awarding was held during the New York City Comic Con that happened last October.
The manga series competed against other popular manga works like ONE’s Mob Psycho 100, Junji Ito’s Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier¸ Junji Ito’s Smashed, and Yuhki Kamatani’s Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare.
Other nominations in the Harvey Awards were Tony Valente’s Radiant for Best European Book and Alita: Battle Angel for Best Adaptation From a Comic of Graphic Novel. Unfortunately, both titles did not win the respective awards.
Last year’s winner for the Best Manga in the Harvey Awards went to Nakata Kabi’s popular yuri manga My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness.
My Hero Academia has topped the charts of January’s Bookscan list. The first volume of the manga ranked #2!
The BookScan rankings (which covers about 85% of the U.S. trade print book market) collect data sales from more than 16,000 location including independent bookshops, online purchases, and even popular bookstores like Barnes & Noble. Sales from Walmart.com, comic book stores, and related were not included in the sales count.
Aside from Volume 1 of the My Hero Academia manga, other volumes of the manga as well as other works like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Demon Slayer, Uzumaki, No Longer Human, Persona 5, and The Promised Neverland
Below show the complete rankings:
#2 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 1
#4 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 2
#5 — Akira Himekawa’s The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess volume 6
#6 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 10
#7 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 22
#8 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 3
#10 — Junji Ito’s Uzumaki Hardcover
#11 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 4
#12 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 1
#13 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 20
#14 — Junji Ito’s No Longer Human Hardcover
#15 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 21
#16 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 5
#17 — Hisato Murasaki’s Persona 5 volume 1
#18 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 19
#19 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 18
#20 — Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland volume 13
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