My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング, Hepburn: Boku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVIE: Hīrōzu: Raijingu) is a 2019 Japanese anime superhero film, and the second film based on the manga My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi. The film was directed by Kenji Nagasaki, produced by Bones, and was released in Japan on December 20, 2019 and was released in North America on February 26, 2020, earning positive reviews from critics. The events of the film take place after the Meta Liberation Army arc in the My Hero Academia manga, during the two week timeskip. It is also intended to be the last film adaptation for the franchise.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
My Hero Academia - Heroes Rising.jpg
Japanese theatrical release poster
Japanese僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング
HepburnBoku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVIE: Hīrōzu: Raijingu
Directed byKenji Nagasaki
Produced by
  • Wakana Okamura
  • Yoshihiro Oyabu
  • Koji Nagai
  • Kazumasa Sanjōba
Written byYōsuke Kuroda
Based onMy Hero Academia
by Kōhei Horikoshi
Music byYuki Hayashi
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$29.9 million[1][2]

PlotEdit

The League of Villains is being pursued by Endeavor and Hawks, while driving off in a truck carrying mysterious cargo. After destroying the truck, despite failing to apprehend the League members, the heroes find an empty life support capsule. The man inside, Nine, a villain, has escaped and regroups with his team of villains, planning to create a society where those with strong Quirks rule over those with weak ones.

U.A. High's Class 1-A has been sent to the remote Nabu Island as part of a safety program. Izuku Midoriya, the holder of One for All, meets Mahoro Shimano, and her brother Katsuma, residents of the island. Bonding with them along with his rival Katsuki Bakugo, they discover that Katsuma wishes to become a hero, but Mahoro seeks to dissuade him, believing his Quirk to be unsuited for that line of work.

Meanwhile, Mahoro and Katsuma's father, who possesses a healing Quirk called Cell Activation, is attacked by Nine and his party. Nine, who has been empowered by All For One, can steal and possess up to nine Quirks, and steals Cell Activation. As his body cannot handle all of his Quirks without suffering damage, he seeks to use the stolen Quirk to heal himself, becoming near-invincible. However, the stolen Quirk is incompatible with his blood type. Nine surmises that the man's children might possess a better variant of it, and pursues them.

Nine and his gang arrive on the island and destroy all the ships and communication towers. Class 1-A learns of the invasion and split up to stop the villains and escort the island residents to safety. Nine finds the children and confirms Katsuma possesses a superior version of Cell Activation, but Midoriya intervenes before he can steal it; however, neither he nor Bakugo are a match against Nine. Despite this, they force him to retreat due to overusing his Quirks.

Class 1-A regroups and decide to attack the villains head-on, while awaiting the arrival of other heroes. Upon evacuating the islanders, the class defeat the rest of Nine's crew, but are incapacitated by Nine, except for Midoriya and Bakugo. Despite using more of their power, the boys are still no match for Nine. Seeing no other way to defeat Nine, Midoriya transfers One For All into Bakugo, while he uses leftover embers of its power. Together, the two overpower and defeat Nine, but Midoriya's One For All seemingly fades away afterwards.

As the military and professional heroes arrive, All Might finds an unconscious Bakugo and Midoriya. He realizes that, somehow, One For All remains within Midoriya, as the transfer into Bakugo was interrupted, and theorizes that the previous wielders of One For All wanted Midoriya to remain as its successor. Elsewhere on the island, Tomura Shigaraki, the leader of the League of Villains, finds and kills the weakened Nine out of spite.

With Nine's gang apprehended, the class spends the rest of their time repairing damage to the island before returning home. Midoriya and Bakugo, who has no memory of being given One For All, say goodbye to Katsuma and Mahoro, as a determined Katsuma promises to enter U.A. in the future.

Voice castEdit

Character Japanese voice actor English dubbing actor
Izuku Midoriya Daiki Yamashita Justin Briner
Katsuki Bakugō Nobuhiko Okamoto Clifford Chapin
Shōto Todoroki Yūki Kaji David Matranga
Ochaco Uraraka Ayane Sakura Luci Christian
Tenya Iida Kaito Ishikawa J. Michael Tatum
Momo Yaoyorozu Marina Inoue Colleen Clinkenbeard
Eijiro Kirishima Toshiki Masuda Justin Cook
Tsuyu Asui Aoi Yūki Monica Rial
Minoru Mineta Ryō Hirohashi Brina Palencia
Denki Kaminari Tasuku Hatanaka Kyle Phillips
Kyōka Jirō Kei Shindō Trina Nishimura
Mina Ashido Eri Kitamura Caitlin Glass
Fumikage Tokoyami Yoshimasa Hosoya Josh Grelle
Mezo Shoji Masakazu Nishida Ian Sinclair
Yuga Aoyama Kosuke Kowano Joel McDonald
Mashirao Ojiro Kosuke Miyoshi Mike McFarland
Hanta Sero Kiyotaka Furushima Christopher Bevins
Toru Hagakure Kaori Nazuka Felecia Angelle
Rikido Sato Toru Nara Cris George
Koji Koda Takuma Nagatsuka Greg Ayres
All Might Kenta Miyake Christopher R. Sabat
Shōta Aizawa Junichi Suwabe Christopher Wehkamp
Endeavor Tetsu Inada Patrick Seitz
Hawks Yuichi Nakamura[3] Zeno Robinson[4]
Tomura Shigaraki Kōki Uchiyama Eric Vale
Dabi Hiro Shimono Jason Liebrecht
Himiko Toga Misato Fukuen Leah Clark
Twice Daichi Endou Newton Pittman
Mr. Compress Tsuguo Mogami Kent Williams
Spinner Tsuguo Mogami Larry Brantley
Mahoro Shimano Tomoyo Kurosawa[5] Dani Chambers[6]
Katsuma Shimano Yuka Terasaki[5] Maxey Whitehead[7]
Slice Mio Imada[8] Lydia Mackay[9]
Nine Yoshio Inoue Johnny Yong Bosch
Mummy Kōsuke Toriumi[10] Brendan Blaber[11]
Chimera Shunsuke Takeuchi[10] Greg Dulcie[12]

ProductionEdit

On March 23, 2019, a stage event at AnimeJapan 2019 announced that a second My Hero Academia film was planned for a "winter 2019" release, with Kōhei Horikoshi responsible for supervision and original character design.[13] On July 7, 2019, the title and release date were revealed at the "Hero Fes." event, with Horikoshi stating the film would be the last film adaptation for the series.[14] The event also revealed that Bones would be producing the film, with Kenji Nagaski returning as director, Yōsuke Kuroda returning as writer, Yoshihiko Umakoshi returning as character designer, and Yuki Hayashi returning as composer.[15] On October 11, 2019, it was announced that Tomoyo Kurosawa would be joining the cast as Mahoro, Yuka Terasaki would be voicing Katsuma, and sumika will perform the theme song "Higher Ground".[5] On September 26, 2019, it was announced that Mio Imada had been cast as Slice, and Yoshio Inoue had been cast as Nine.[8] On November 11, 2019, Weekly Shōnen Jump revealed that Kohsuke Toriumi and Shunsuke Takeuchi had been cast as villains Mummy and Chimera respectively,[10] and on December 6, 2019, it was revealed that Yuichi Nakamura would voice Hawks.[3]

ReleaseEdit

Toho released the film theatrically in Japan on December 20, 2019.[14] The first one million audience members to see the movie received a bonus manga booklet written by Horikoshi, titled "Vol. Rising", with the booklet containing an extended interview with Horikoshi, character designs and sketches.[16] The film also received 4D screenings across 81 theaters in Japan on January 24, 2020.[17]

Funimation announced that it had licensed the film for English-speaking regions, and released the film in North America on February 26, 2020 in both English subtitled and dubbed formats.[18][19] Manga Entertainment announced that it would release the film in the United Kingdom and Ireland,[20] with the theatrical release from February 26 and 27, 2020 in both English subtitled and dubbed.[21] In Australia and New Zealand, Madman Anime premiered the film at Anime Festival Sydney on March 7 and 8, 2020 in English subtitled and dubbed respectively,[22] with a wide release on March 12, 2020.[23] Funimation provided MX4D screenings in select theaters in the United States,[24] and Madman provided 4DX screenings in Sydney with the English dub.[25]

Home mediaEdit

On March 28, 2020, the film was officially confirmed to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on July 15, 2020 in a "Complete Edition", that includes new scenes not seen during the theatrical release.[26]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

As of March 12, 2020, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising has grossed $15.1 million in Japan, as well as $13.5 million in the United States and Canada, for a total of $28.7 million worldwide.[1][2]

During the opening weekend, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising ranked third at the Japanese box office, earning ¥422 million ($3.86 million) in its first three days, ¥283 million ($2.59 million) of which during the weekend.[27] The film remained 3rd for the second weekend,[28] dropped to 4th in its third week,[29] dropped to 7th in its fourth weekend,[30] and left the top 10 in its fifth weekend, though briefly rising to 9th in its sixth weekend before leaving the top 10 again.[31][32] The film surpassed My Hero Academia: Two Heroes during its ninth weekend.[33]

In the United States, the film made $2.47 million from 1,275 theaters on its first day (topping the box office), and $815,000 on its second.[34] It went on to debut to $5.1 million in its opening weekend (a five-day total of $8.5 million), finishing fourth.[35]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.54/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising sends fans of the saga on an exhilarating adventure that ends the series on a beautifully animated high note."[36] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on eight critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[37] American audiences polled by PostTrak gave it an average 5 out of 5 stars, with 73% of people saying they would definitely recommend it.[35]

Anime News Network's Richard Eisenbeis praised the setting, concept and climax, stating that the climax was "insanely impactful", though criticized the film's position in the My Hero Academia timeline, causing confusion and therefore "[draining] the film's tension".[38] Twwk of Beneath the Tangles agreed about the confusing elements while stating that the film "may not reinvent or add anything new to the genre, but it is fun, fan-pleasing, and above all, meaningful, a heightened and focused tale infused with the characters, superpowers, and heart that series fans have come to love."[39] Daryl Harding from Crunchyroll News praised the animation, stating "the final fight animation was some of the series’ best", but criticized the side-story nature of the film, saying that "the world-ending stakes in it felt lessened" due to viewers knowing the continuity of the series.[40] Patrick Frye of Monsters and Critics said that Funimation's English dub voice actors "nailed their scenes," noting that the "only major drawback is that the villains could have been given more depth, but the real journey was always about the heroes, anyway."[41]

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