My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
|My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising|
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|
|Hepburn||Boku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVIE: Hīrōzu: Raijingu|
|Directed by||Kenji Nagasaki|
|Written by||Yōsuke Kuroda|
|Based on||My Hero Academia|
by Kōhei Horikoshi
|Music by||Yuki Hayashi|
|Box office||$29.9 million|
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. The events of the film take place after the Endeavor Agency arc in the My Hero Academia manga. It is also intended to be the last film adaptation for the franchise.
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The League of Villains escapes in a truck while transporting a man in life support. Dabi, Spinner and Mr. Compress try to hold them off, but the truck is eventually destroyed by the No. 1 Hero, Endeavor. But, the League members were revealed to be copies made by Twice. As Endeavor and the No. 2 Hero, Hawks, search the truck to find nothing but an empty life support capsule. The man in the life support, Nine, regroups with his team of super-powered villains, who plans to create a society where Heroes and Villains don't matter and people with the strongest Quirks will rule over the people with weaker Quirks.
U.A. High's Class 1-A has been sent to the remote Nabu Island as part of a safety program, which amounts to minor deeds for the islanders as the island is virtually crime-free. One resident, Mahoro Shimano, requests help when her little brother, Katsuma, is missing; Izuku Midoriya conducts the search. However, it turns out Mahoro was with Katsuma the entire time to show her brother that heroes aren't as useful as they are claimed to be.
Meanwhile, Mahoro and Katsuma's father is attacked by Nine and his party. Nine, whose Quirk is the ability to steal and possess a maximum of nine Quirks, an ability granted to him by All for One, steals his Quirk. He tries to use the stolen Quirk to cure an illness in his body, but realizes it is incompatible with his blood type. Nine learns about the man's children and surmises their genetics would have produced a more useful variant.
Back on Nabu Island, Katsuki Bakugo confronts Midoriya about his Quirk, One For All, an ability of immense strength, passed onto him by the legendary hero, All Might. The conversation is interrupted by Katsuma, who claims a villain is on the island. Bakugo quickly moves to the island's remote peninsula, with Midoriya chasing behind. He discerns that the "villain" is just a harmless illusion brought on by Mahoro's Quirk, who was trying to show her brother how ineffective heroes can be.
The next morning, Midoriya finds Katsuma outside the class' hero agency and realizes that Mahoro is merely trying to discourage her brother from becoming a hero due to how dangerous the line of work can be. Katsuma notes how ineffective his Quirk is in combat but still wants to be a hero that can save people.
Nine and his gang arrive on the island and destroy all the ships and communication towers. Class 1-A learn of the invasion and split up to stop the villains and escort the islander residents to safety. Half of the class is able to defeat Mummy, but the other half is no match for Chimera. Nine eventually finds the children and confirms Katsuma possesses the Quirk he's after, but Midoriya intervenes before he can steal it; however, he is proven to be no match for Nine. Before Nine can kill Midoriya, Bakugo is able to find their location thanks to Mahoro creating a big illusion of an injured Midoriya. He gets into a fight with Nine but is still no match against him. Nine then uses his original weather manipulation Quirk to summon a massive lightning strike on the two of them, before collapsing in pain from over-exertion. Slice comes to his rescue and the villains make a temporary retreat.
Class 1-A regroups and formulates a plan to deal with Nine and his multiple Quirks while taking care of the evacuated islanders. The island's health professionals are unable to treat Midoriya and Bakugo, so Katsuma uses his Quirk Cell Activation to both heal and strengthen them. The class determines the best course of action is to split up the remaining villains and wear down Nine until backup arrives.
With the islanders relocated to an isolated peninsula with an abandoned castle, the class begin their attack on the villains. Slice and Chimera are defeated, but Nine incapacitates the rest of them. Midoriya and Bakugo resume their fight with Nine, who starts to feel the side effects of his disease. When the two of them get the upper hand, Nine breaks through his limits and goes all out with his Weather Quirk, severely wounding Deku and Bakugo. Seeing no other way to defeat their foe, Midoriya transfers the power of One For All into Bakugo, while he himself utilizes the leftover embers of its power, allowing them both to reach 100% of its power. After an intense battle, the two ultimately defeat Nine, but Izuku's One For All disappears after using the last remaining ember.
As the military and professional heroes arrive, having been alerted by Hawks after receiving notice of Yaoyorozu's distress call, All Might finds an unconscious Bakugo and weakened Deku. All Might realizes that, somehow, One For All retained itself within Izuku's body, with the transfer into Bakugo being interrupted. All Might theorizes that the other previous wielders of One For All wanted Izuku to remain as the sole successor of the sacred torch. Elsewhere on the island, Tomura Shigaraki, the leader of the League of Villains, appears and finds a weakened Nine, killing him with his Decay Quirk out of spite.
With the island fully restored, and Nine's gang apprehended, the class spends the rest of their scheduled time to fix up the island before being sent back home. Midoriya and Bakugo, who has no memory of being given One For All, says one last goodbye to Katsuma and Mahoro, as Katsuma is reminded by Midoriya that he too can be a great hero one day, with a promise to see him enter U.A. in the future.
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. 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. 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. 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". On September 26, 2019, it was announced that Mio Imada had been cast as Slice, and Yoshio Inoue had been cast as Nine. On November 11, 2019, Weekly Shōnen Jump revealed that Kohsuke Toriumi and Shunsuke Takeuchi had been cast as villains Mummy and Chimera respectively, and on December 6, 2019, it was revealed that Yuichi Nakamura would voice Hawks.
Toho released the film theatrically in Japan on December 20, 2019. 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. The film also received 4D screenings across 81 theaters in Japan on January 24, 2020.
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. Manga Entertainment announced that it would release the film in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with the theatrical release from February 26 and 27, 2020 in both English subtitled and dubbed. 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, with a wide release on March 12, 2020. Funimation provided MX4D screenings in select theaters in the United States, and Madman provided 4DX screenings in Sydney with the English dub.
As of March 12, 2020[update], 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.
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. The film remained 3rd for the second weekend, dropped to 4th in its third week, dropped to 7th in its fourth weekend, and left the top 10 in its fifth weekend, though briefly rising to 9th in its sixth weekend before leaving the top 10 again. The film surpassed My Hero Academia: Two Heroes during its ninth weekend.
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.  It went on to debut to $5.1 million in its opening weekend (a five-day total of $8.5 million), finishing fourth.
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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on eight critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". American audiences polled by PostTrak gave it an average 5 out of 5 stars, with 73% of people saying they would definitely recommend it.
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". 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." 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. 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."
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