5 Things to Know Before You See My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

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By Jonna Miller

Worried about spoilers in the new My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising movie? Good news! You don’t need to be caught up with the show to enjoy the movie.

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Still, we know you might have more questions, so here’s what we can tell you about the movie without spoiling it or the series. This should give you an idea of what to expect.

Really, you don’t need to be caught up

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Just think about it. Why would a studio make a movie that only makes sense to hardcore fans who are caught up with all the manga and anime? They know if they did that, a lot of people wouldn’t go to see the movie.

Trust Studio Bones. They know what they’re doing. The movie is not canon to the manga storyline. It’s an isolated story. But it was written and supervised by the manga’s creator: Kohei Horikoshi. So, while it will appeal to different levels of fandom, the movie respects the manga’s story and keeps the narrative cohesive (and is really freaking good).

As proof of that, the creator revealed the point of time in the canon storyline when the movie’s events take place (after Volume 18 and Season Four Part One in the anime). HOWEVER, the movie does NOT depend on its surrounding events to make sense.

So, you don’t need to be caught up to that point to understand and enjoy the movie.

If, for whatever reason, you still want to be caught up with everything before you see the movie, we understand. May you be protected from spoilers!

Just try not to discourage others from experiencing the movie how they want to, ya? Maybe send them this article so they can decide for themselves whether it’s going to spoil what matters to them.

Everyone gets a time to shine

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Some Class 1-A students don’t always get as much screen time as fans might want. But this movie won’t let that happen!

You’re going to see a whole lot more of those characters who deserve a little more spotlight. There are powers we rarely see in action, team-ups that nobody would expect, and heck, everyone gets a line. Everyone.

This movie is about the class coming together as one, and nobody gets left behind.

There’s a plot twist

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No duh. But what we’re trying to tell you is that you’re about to witness some jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching, holy chips and salsa there’s no way Horikoshi gave the OK for THIS?? kind of stuff.

Basically, remember how we said it’s an isolated story? An isolated story done right will use the opportunity to show fans things they never thought they would see outside of fan fiction. (We’re talking story and powers here, not relationships. Calm down, y’all.)

Speaking of fan fiction, did you know that this movie is based on how Horikoshi originally wanted to end My Hero Academia? He said so himself in 2019. More than an isolated story, this is what COULD HAVE BEEN. It’s almost like it’s a fan fiction he wrote for his own story.

In short, it’s a darn good time.

Only theaters can do it justice

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Seriously, the aesthetic decisions made for this movie were phenomenal. From the animation to the music, Studio Bones put a remarkable amount of effort into this movie and it deserves to be witnessed the way they intended.

We’re also doing everything we can to put this movie in as many theaters as possible, because we know theatrical experiences are rare and treasured in the anime community. If we’re not able to get it into a theater near you, we suggest letting your local theater know you’re interested in seeing these kinds of movies.

All the same cast and crew for the sub and dub

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The voice actors used in the show will have their same roles in the movie. No surprises. Same director, same studio, same everything.

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There are some new characters though, and we’ll be revealing their voice actors on social media as we approach the big day. Stay tuned!

That’s all we’ll tell you for now. Go see My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising in theaters starting February 26 and let us know what you think! And don’t forget, it’s available subbed and dubbed, so be sure to check with your theater which one you’re getting tickets for.

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