My Hero Academia reveals new details about the series’ second upcoming anime special, which will be set during the Endeavor Internship Arc.
New details about one of My Hero Academia‘s upcoming animated specials have been revealed.
The official MHA website has announced the second of this summer’s animated specials will be set during the Endeavor Agency arc from the anime’s fifth season. The story for the special will revolve around a new villain, Mr. Smiley, a graffiti artist with a unique Quirk that helps him avoid being caught by the authorities. Mr. Smiley finally goes too far, however, when he vandalizes the home of Japan’s top-ranked pro-hero, Endeavor, and the stern firestarter tasks his many sidekicks, as well as his interns Deku, Bakugo and Todoroki, to hunt down the rebellious artist. New art from the special was revealed, which shows Endeavor along with his trio of interns and one of his sidekicks, the extremely enthusiastic Moe Kamiji.
The Endeavor Arc special will be the second animated special the series will release this summer. The first will be a baseball-themed episode seemingly inspired by the series’ 2022 April Fools’ Day joke, which sees the series’ various pro-hero agencies being reorganized into baseball teams that compete against each other in a Quirk-powered league. Both specials will be screened in Japanese theaters beginning on June 16, and will be released for streaming once their theatrical runs have ended. Details about the specials’ release outside of Japan have yet to be announced.
Both specials are being produced by BONES, the same animation studio that handles the main anime series. In addition to the new specials, BONES is also currently working on the show’s highly-anticipated sixth season, which will be focused on an adaptation of the manga’s well regarded Paranormal Liberation War arc. The sixth season was announced immediately following the conclusion of Season 5’s final episode, with most of the promotional materials for the new season hyping up the sheer amount of superheroes and villains who will take part in the coming conflict, as well as the next long-awaited battle between the series’ protagonist, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, and his evil counterpart, Tomura Shigaraki.
The new season of the anime is scheduled to premiere next fall, but attendees at this year’s HeroFest convention in Japan will get to watch Season 6’s first episode months before anyone else gets to see it.
The first five seasons of My Hero Academia are available for streaming on Crunchyroll, while the original manga is published in English by VIZ Media.
Source: My Hero Academia official website
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