My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
My Hero Academia - Two Heroes poster.jpg
Japanese theatrical release poster
Japanese僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ~2人の英雄ヒーロー
HepburnBoku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hīrō
Directed byTomo Ōkubo (Chief)
Kenji Nagasaki
Chief supervision:
Kōhei Horikoshi
Produced byYoshihiro Ōyabu
Kōji Nagai
Wakana Okamura
Kazumasa Sanjōba
Written byYōsuke Kuroda
Based onMy Hero Academia
by Kōhei Horikoshi
Music byYuki Hayashi
CinematographyMasataka Ikegami
Edited byKumiko Sakamoto
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • July 5, 2018 (2018-07-05) (Anime Expo)
  • August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03) (Japan)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$27.5 million[1]

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ~2人の英雄ヒーロー, Hepburn: Boku no Hīrō Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hīrō) is a 2018 Japanese anime superhero film based on the manga My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi. Set between the second and third seasons of the anime series, the film was directed by Kenji Nagasaki and produced by Bones. Anime Expo hosted the film's world premiere on July 5, 2018, and it was later released to theaters in Japan on August 3, 2018, and in a limited release in the United States and Canada from September 25 through October 2, 2018,[2] to positive reviews from critics. The events of the film take place after the Final Exams arc and before the Forest Training Camp Arc in the My Hero Academia manga. A second film, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, was released in Japan in December 2019 and February 2020 in North America.

Plot[edit]

All Might is invited to a summer trip at "I-Island", a man-made island where scientists research Quirks, superpowers that 80% of the world's population has. He takes Izuku Midoriya along as his guest and reminds him not to tell his former partner, top scientist David Shield about their shared Quirk: One for All. After they arrive, they meet Melissa Shield, David's daughter, who hopes to become a scientist like her father.[3]

After a reunion with David, All Might runs tests with him, during which David realizes that All Might's Quirk is nearly depleted. He is horrified, believing that All Might will not be able to keep his role as the Symbol of Peace. Meanwhile, Melissa shows Midoriya around the island, and they run into Midoriya's classmates from class 1-A, who were invited to the island for various reasons. After enjoying the island's events, Melissa invites class 1-A to join a formal party being held with all heroes present. Before the party, Melissa gives Midoriya a gauntlet that allows him to use his Quirk at 100% without getting hurt.

Meanwhile, Wolfram, a villain who had secretly arrived on the island, takes control of the island's security system during the party and threatens to kill its residents. He restrains all of the pro-heroes attending, including All Might, and takes David and his assistant Sam hostage in order to break into the island's vault. Midoriya, Melissa, and the rest of class 1-A are able to avoid being restrained, and decide to fight the villains, and free the heroes, by reaching the top of the building and deactivating the security system. Wolfram deploys forces to stop them, but Midoriya and Melissa manage to climb to the top regardless.

At the top of the tower, they discover that David and Sam orchestrated the night's events with actors. Their goal was to steal back their greatest invention - a headset that maximizes the power of a person's Quirk, which had been locked away to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. David wishes to give it to All Might, so that he could maintain his role as a hero. However, an arriving Wolfram reveals that he is not an actor, but a real villain working with Sam to retrieve the headset for himself. Wolfram steals the headset and attempts to kill Sam and Melissa, but David and Midoriya save them.

Wolfram holds off Midoriya, kidnaps David, and escapes to the rooftop. Midoriya fails to prevent Wolfram from taking off in a helicopter with David, but Melissa takes control of the security system and frees the pro heroes. All Might reaches the roof and stops the helicopter from taking off.

Wolfram then uses the headset to amplify his power, creating a giant metal body with David trapped inside. He overpowers All Might, revealing that he is secretly in league with All Might's nemesis All For One, who gave Wolfram additional Quirks and orchestrated the night's events to demoralize All Might. Lacking the strength to defeat Wolfram alone, All Might asks for Midoriya's aid. The rest of the students soon arrive on the roof and help All Might and Midoriya, who combine their power to defeat Wolfram, freeing David.

As the sun rises, David and All Might reflect on how Melissa and Midoriya are the next generation of heroes and how the world will be in good hands even after All Might's Quirk is gone.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice actor English dubbing actor
Izuku Midoriya Daiki Yamashita Justin Briner
All Might Kenta Miyake Christopher Sabat
Katsuki Bakugō Nobuhiko Okamoto Clifford Chapin
Ochaco Uraraka Ayane Sakura Luci Christian
Tenya Iida Kaito Ishikawa J. Michael Tatum
Shōto Todoroki Yūki Kaji David Matranga
Momo Yaoyorozu Marina Inoue Colleen Clinkenbeard
Eijiro Kirishima Toshiki Masuda Justin Cook
Minoru Mineta Ryō Hirohashi Brina Palencia
Kyōka Jirō Kei Shindō Trina Nishimura
Denki Kaminari Tasuku Hatanaka Kyle Phillips
David Shield Katsuhisa Namase
Ryōhei Kimura (young)[4]
Ray Chase[5]
Melissa Shield Mirai Shida Erica Mendez[5]
Wolfram Rikiya Koyama Keith Silverstein[5]

Production[edit]

On December 11, 2017, Weekly Shōnen Jump announced that Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga would be inspiring an anime film in the third quarter of 2018.[6] Horikoshi is supervising the film, and is credited for the original work and character designs.[7] Kenji Nagasaki is returning to direct the film at studio Bones based on a script written by Yōsuke Kuroda. Yoshihiko Umakoshi provides the character designs for the film, and Yuki Hayashi is composing the music.[7] The film is distributed in Japan by Toho.[7] The film's title and release date were revealed during a stage presentation at AnimeJapan on March 25, 2018.[8] On April 10, 2018, it was announced that Mirai Shida would be joining the cast as Melissa Shield and Katsuhisa Namase would play David Shield, both original characters.[9][10] On June 11, 2018, Weekly Shōnen Jump announced that Rikiya Koyama had been cast as the film's villain, Wolfram.[11] Masaki Suda performs the film's theme song "Long Hope Philia" (ロングホープ・フィリア), which was written and composed by Hiromu Akita of amazarashi.[12]

Release[edit]

Funimation and Toho premiered the film at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 5, 2018,[10] and it was later released in Japan on August 3 of that year.[8] The first one million audience members to see the movie will receive a special book containing manga by Horikoshi titled "Vol. Origin All Might: Rising", as well as character profiles and a "secret dialogue" between Horikoshi and Eiichiro Oda.[13][14] Viz Media later published the "All Might: Rising" manga digitally on September 19, 2018.[15] The film will receive 4D screenings in Japan, premiering on January 11, 2019.[16]

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes has been licensed in North America, Australasia, and the British Isles by Funimation,[10] who premiered the English dub in Los Angeles on September 15, 2018,[17] and a wider theatrical release in 400 theaters in the United States and Canada from September 25 through October 2, 2018.[2] The film premiered in Australia at Madman Anime Festival Melbourne on September 15, 2018,[18] with Madman Entertainment screening a wider release on September 27, 2018, in Australia, and October 17, 2018, in New Zealand.[19] The film premiered in the United Kingdom at Scotland Loves Anime in Glasgow on October 13, 2018,[20] with Manga Entertainment providing a wider theatrical release in the UK and Ireland from December 4, 2018.[21] The film was also distributed theatrically in Singapore and Indonesia through Odex, with limited screenings on October 6 and October 13, 2018, respectively; and wide releases beginning from October 11 and October 17, 2018, in Singapore and Indonesia respectively.[22] The film was acquired by Pioneer Films in the Philippines, with an initial fan screening occurring on October 16, 2018, and three additional advance screenings on October 20, following a delayed wider release, originally slated for October 17.[23] Viz Media Europe acquired the rights to the film for French, German, and Italian-speaking regions of Europe.[24]

Home media[edit]

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 13, 2019, in Japan by Toho Pictures.[25] The release was offered in standard editions, as well as a "Plus Ultra" limited edition.[26] The "Plus Ultra" limited edition contains an original video animation, adapting the "All Might: Rising" one-shot manga by Horikoshi.[27]

In North America, Funimation released the movie on Blu-ray and DVD on March 26, 2019.[28][29] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Manga Entertainment released the movie on standard edition Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray, on April 8, 2019.[30] In Australia and New Zealand, Funimation distributes the film via Madman Entertainment, with the Blu-ray and DVD combo being released on May 8, 2019.[31]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

During the opening weekend, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes ranked 4th at the Japanese box office, grossing ¥500 million ($4.49 million) in three days.[32] The film later dropped to 7th in its second weekend,[33] and later fell below the top 10 in its third weekend.[34] The film sold its one millionth ticket during its fourth week.[35] By the end of its run in Japan as of October 2018, the film grossed a total of ¥1.6 billion ($14.10 million) revealed in 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and official twitter account of My Hero Academia and declared huge hit with total admissions of 1.296 million.[36][37][38][39][39]

In North America, the film was a success, ranking third in the market at its highest despite its limited release. The film outperformed other films in the top 10, earning $1,400 per screen more than other films, and grossed $5,754,556 in box office revenue during its theatrical run.[40][41] The film also grossed US$204,835 in Australia and New Zealand as of November 18, 2018.[42] In Hong Kong, the film grossed HK$870,000 (US$112,081) in its opening weekend, entering the box office charts at number nine during the week ending November 18, 2018.[43] In Argentina and Mexico, ranked eighth on its first weekend of release.[44][45] Worldwide, the film has grossed a total of $19,531,472 as of November 18, 2018.

Critical reception[edit]

Reception from critics have been positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on six reviews.[46] The Los Angeles Times described the film as "a high-energy blend of heroism, comedy, friendship and take-no-prisoners battles", praising Briner's role as Deku, saying "Briner keeps the character likable and believable".[47] Miranda Sanchez from IGN gave a rating of 7.7 out of 10, stating that "My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is fun but lacks interesting stakes", praising the film as enjoyable but criticizing the lack of development within the world of My Hero Academia.[48]

Other media[edit]

A one-shot spin-off manga of My Hero Academia, focusing on one of the film's original characters, Melissa Shield, was published in 2018's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on July 30, 2018. The manga is illustrated by Yōkō Akiyama.[4]

A manga adaptation of the film was released on May 2, 2019, by Homesha under the Shueisha Home Comics imprint.[49][50]

Sequel[edit]

On March 23, 2019, at AnimeJapan 2019, it was announced that a sequel film titled My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising will be scheduled for release on December 20, 2019, in Japan.[51][52] The movie will also release in North America on February 26, 2020.[53]

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