Boku no Hero Academia Creator Kohei Horikoshi Reconsiders Final Act Plans For The Final Chapter – Okibata

Is My Hero Academia manga ending soon in 2022? Or will the last chapter be pushed back to 2023? This question has been on the minds of fans ever since My Hero Academia Season 6 was released in early fall 2022.

“I feel like I can finally see the goal in sight”, manga series Kohei Horikoshi wrote when volume 34 came out in May 2022. “It’s a rather strange feeling to get to this point. In the past I was just drawing without a single care [for the future], but now I wonder how many more times can I draw these characters? Change is scary as you get older. Well, I really shouldn’t dwell on that!

The original plan was that the final chapter of the My Hero Academia manga would be released around the same time frame as the sixth season of the anime. On December 19, 2021, series creator Kohei Horikoshi revealed that he was planning to end the manga at the end of 2022…assuming everything goes according to plan.

In December 2021, a written message was displayed during Jump Festa 2022 stating that if the My Hero Academia manga “continues to progress smoothly, in roughly exactly one year it will reach its goal.”

The manga creator also revealed in December 2022 that Bakugo will play an important role in the final act of the manga story. Horikoshi hopes fans who love or hate Bakugo will like the story’s ending. As manga readers know, Bakugo faced a life-threatening situation in the August 2022 chapters where fans asked if Bakugo was alive or dead.

However, if progress on new manga chapters doesn’t go smoothly, Horikoshi expected Izuku Midoriya’s voice actor Daiki Yamashita to read the exact same message at Jump Festa 2023 on December 17-18, 2022. .

On October 5, 2022, Horikoshi wrote in Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 45, 2022 that he plans to publish the My Hero Academia manga ending in late 2022.

“At the end of last year, I said the series would be over in 1 year, but it’s already been 10 months,” Horikoshi reportedly said. wrote. “I’m reconsidering it. »

Kohei Horikoshi released this written message during Jump Festa 2022 announcing that the end of the Boku no Hero Academia manga is coming in a year. Photo Credit: Jump Festa 2022 Live Stream

In late April 2021, an interview with series creator Kohei Horikoshi was published in Shueisha’s Jump Giga magazine. He explained that the journey to reach the end of the manga was much longer than expected. However, the manga is still on track for the story ending it determined before the first chapter was released.

On March 21, 2021, Weekly Shonen Jump 16, 2021 announced that the manga was entering the “final act” of the series. Chapter 306 of My Hero Academia was titled “The Final Act Begins (Shūshō Kaimaku)”.

This announcement should not be confused with the final story arc. The first act, or saga, lasted two years and included 9 story arcs. The second act ended after years and also included 9 story arcs. Therefore, it looks like The Final Act will indeed be quite long and won’t end for at least 2 years.

Lately, the manga series creator has been teasing fans that the final act is coming. In 2020, his comments on My Hero Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes Rising- seemed to indicate that the manga’s ending may have been pushed back further in time. Turns out he used some of his ideas for the manga’s climax in the movie.

During Jump Festa 2021, the manga creator Boku no Hero Academia started talking about the “conclusion” of the whole series. In Japanese accounts, there is a four-act structure known as Kishōtenketsu.

  • Ki: Presentation
  • Sho: Development
  • Ten: Twist (complication)
  • Ketsu: Conclusion (reconciliation)

During the Twist phase, the story turns to an unexpected development, and it contains the yama, or climax, of the story. Although the climax of My Hero Academia has not yet been announced, it will have to be contained in the third saga since the creator is already talking about the concluding act.

“I think maybe the manga will be heading towards its conclusion soon, but I’ll make sure you can enjoy it until then!” » Horikoshi would have declared at the end of the panel.

To put that comment into context, Horikoshi once claimed that there would be no third movie. But then a My Hero Academia Movie 3 was officially confirmed to have a summer 2021 release date.

In the past, he had promised fans that the entire manga series would last for years to come, saying in 2016 that he had only released about 20% of the planned plot so far. In late 2017, Horikoshi hatched ideas for the final fight, but stopped short of naming the heroes and villains who will fight in the series’ final story arc.

Horikoshi did not reveal how many story arcs he had planned. In mid-2018, he stated that “the current arc [the hero internship arc featured in My Hero Academia S4] what’s going on [a] objective that will be relevant in the last arc.

Horikoshi also mentioned that the stage story arc had a very important character that he wanted to draw for the end. Ultimately, he wants all of the MHA characters to “come together and move forward in the final arc.”

  • Updated October 7, 2022: The creator of MHA plans to end in 2022.
  • Updated December 19, 2021: Added Jump Festa 2022 message.
  • Updated March 22, 2021: Added My Hero Academia final act announcement.

My Hero Academia Final Act Spoilers

By My Hero Academia 306, the world was shaken. Dozens of heroes died and several towns were destroyed, leading to the death of many civilians. Some heroes have even defected.

All For One attacked Tartarus Prison and freed some of the most dangerous villains. These criminals and Near High-End Nomu attacked another prison, releasing even more villains and criminals.

The general populace became aware of some startling truths and began to lose faith in their heroes. In order to avoid panic, Endeavour, Hawks and Best Jeanist held a public conference to address all allegations and rumours.

The press demands to know One For All’s secret, but Endeavor lies, saying he doesn’t know in order to protect All Might and Izuku.

Tomura Shigaraki and All For One now target Izuku. He leaves letters for everyone in Class 1-A, revealing the secret behind One For All, then disappears, leaving UA High behind.

Fast forward to April and Izuku is now all alone in a town battling bad guys. With Izuku having left the Academy the manga is named after, it certainly seems like the end of the My Hero Academia manga is on the horizon.

The movie My Hero Academia Heroes Rising used the original plan for the end of the manga

And it turns out that the movie Heroes Rising uses concepts he originally came up with in 2017/2018 for the final battle. Caleb Cook (manga translator for Viz Media) released a statement from Horikoshi that discussed these plans.

“In a way, you could say that this movie will be a finale for MHA. Let me clarify: the movie will feature an element that I wanted to use in the manga’s final battle. If you’re thinking, ‘If that’s true, then what’s going to happen with the manga?!’ Rest assured. I’m worried too. The first movie featured All Might and Deku fighting side by side as master and pupil (which is about the coolest thing I can think of), and now this movie has to somehow top that battle. Which puts me in a difficult situation. I can’t imagine anything will top this one, so there won’t be a third movie. Most likely. In short, movie #2 is going to blow the last one out of the water in a MORE ULTRA way, so look forward to it!

Horikoshi “doesn’t say that Movie #2 is literally the last episode/chapter/instance of the series.” What was never made clear is what the story changes mean for the My Hero Academia manga ending.

New sheet for the 2nd My Hero Academia movie
The new My Hero Academia THE MOVIE Heroes Rising poster shows the new villain at the top center. Photo credit: Funimation

Warning: The following two paragraphs contain spoilers for the movie My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising.

Heroes Rising will feature new character Nine as the villain. Similar to All For One, he can steal other people’s Quirks. Nine has already taken eight Quirks, making him the heir apparent to All For One.

It’s possible that Nine (or a villain similar to Nine) was originally planned to be the last villain in manga history. The finale would have pitted all the new heroes of the UA Academy against the League of Villains in a battle of all the next generation. Now that at least one element is in the Heroes Rising movie, where does that leave the manga?

My Hero Academia Volume 30 was originally meant to contain the final chapter

In the summer of 2018, Horikoshi revealed that he had considered ending the story with volume 30, but then realized that “finishing the series at volume 30 will be impossible”. In August 2018, an interview with Horikoshi and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda came up, and Horikoshi was still talking about volume 30 as his goal.

“How many volumes do you estimate the series will be? Oda asked, and Horikoshi replied, “Honestly, I thought around 30 or more would be about right, but I hadn’t really counted at all.” »

Oda also suggested that Horikoshi “shoot for about 50” volumes, but Horikoshi laughed and replied, “Can I really do ten more years…? »

In making this comment, Horikoshi points out that adding 20 more volumes to the plan would mean the ending would be released in 2024, which is 10 years after the manga’s debut in July 2014.

What did Horikoshi mean by that comment? As of volume 30, the manga book includes up to chapter 295 since each manga volume usually consists of around 10 chapters. Volume 30 was released in April 2021 and when Horikoshi released his Jump Festa 2022 announcement, the manga series was up to Volume 32, which includes up to Chapter 318. On October 4, 2022, when Horikoshi started reconsidering his plans, the manga lived up to My Hero Academia Volume 36, which included up to Chapter 362.

Horikoshi may be seriously considering following Oda’s advice. After all, he admitted during the Jump Festa 2022 post that he only planned to end the manga series in the fall of 2022 assuming all goes well. Weekly Shonen Jump also hasn’t announced anything about a final chapter coming soon.

With fall 2022 now here, Horikoshi still hasn’t made it clear whether he’s sticking to his original goal or extending the plotline to 2023. He also hasn’t discussed in interviews. recent news of its progress towards creating a new ending for the manga now that Heroes Rising uses a plot element.

Let’s just hope the My Hero Academia manga ending goes MORE ULTRA beyond our expectations. Stay tuned!