Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia manga could end in a year

The characters of My Hero Academia compete against each other.

La fin est proche. Image: Viz / Shonn Jump / Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in July 2014 and has grown into one of Japan’s most popular manga. This weekend, creator Kohei Horikoshi announced that the manga is entering its home stretch.

Horikoshi released an official statement during a stage presentation at the Jump Festa event held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, outside Tokyo.

“If things are going well, the original My Hero Academia [manga] will achieve its goal, for example, in just a year, ”Horikoshi’s statement read. He later added that he’s not sure if the ending will meet people’s expectations, but he plans to write and draw the final arc sincerely.

“If things don’t go well,” Horikoshi’s statement also said, “I think next year’s Jump Festa I’ll have [Deku voice actor] Mr. Yamashita read the same statement.

Haha. Looks like Horikoshi is aiming to finish the manga in a year, but depending on how things go, it might take a bit longer. Now is a good time to set readers’ expectations and also to give a little breathing room with a somewhat soft deadline. There is nothing worse than hasty and forced endings.

But can you believe the conclusion is on the horizon? It’s still very popular, which hasn’t stopped other mangakas from concluding.

This year, just over seven million copies of the My Hero Academia manga were sold in Japan, a number just behind the fourth best-selling manga series of the year, Attack on Titan. Also this year, Attack on Titan finally ended after 11 years of existence. The year before, Demon Slayer, at the height of his popularity, came to an end. So, if My Hero Academia ends in 2022, it will be three years in a row that the hugely popular and insanely popular manga has called it a day.

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That is, if things are going well for Horikoshi then he enters the final.

Check out Viz’s official English site for the My Hero Academia manga.