It’s been a while since I actually went out and picked up a shonen series for my shelf. My Hero Academia is among the shows I’ve been watching online and now was the right time to get the Blu-rays.
My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) is a 2016 television anime series based on the manga written and illustrated by Kouhei Horikoshi. The anime was animated by studio Bones and published by TOHO Animation. The anime aired during the Spring 2016 season in April.
My Hero Academia doesn’t really need an introduction since pretty much a majority of the anime community and a lot of regular viewers are aware of what the show is. It’s basically Japan’s take on superheroes and it’s an interesting concept overall. The manga is also part of Weekly Shonen Jump like Black Clover, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and One Piece are.
Licensing-wise, this was the first major anime to be made available in the UK & Ireland through Funimation Now’s streaming service when it first launched in April 2016. Funimation has the UK, IE, US & CA rights for the show with an English simuldub and home video release along the way. The UK & Ireland had a few complications though, as Funimation decided to partner with Universal Pictures for Season 1’s release which was an overpriced mess of a limited edition. Years later, Manga Entertainment and Funimation started to become more friendly to each other (and eventually Funimation bought the distributor) with My Hero Academia joining the distributor for home video. Season 1 was re-released as a regular Blu-ray & DVD set for a lower SRP than the usual.
Released in June 2019, My Hero Academia Season 1 from Manga Entertainment contains the entire first season (13 episodes total) across 3 Blu-ray discs using the Funimation author. The audio options available include the Funimation English dub and original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The white subtitles are unlockable during playback, and the region is locked to B. Despite the three-disc count, the third disc is exclusivity dedicated to on-disc bonus features.
You can order My Hero Academia Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD on Amazon UK.
Languages: English, Japanese
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 16:9 ratio
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Manga Entertainment):
“It’s an exciting age of heroes, where most people develop supernatural abilities known as Quirks. Bright-eyed kids like Izuku Midoriya – Deku for short – dream of the day they become champions of the people. There’s just one little problem standing in Deku’s way. In a world full of heroes, he’s Quirkless. Crushed, but not down for the count, this superhero-fanboy dedicates his time to studying the pros in hopes that he, too, can join a prestigious high school for heroes. In the face of despair, Deku’s courage catches the eye of his ultimate idol, the symbol of justice known as All Might! With special training from the big guy himself, Deku and the talented first-years of the academy may finally have a shot at achieving their dreams. But these amateurs are put to the test of a lifetime when routine training becomes a battle against real villains!”
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Anime Expo 2016: Interview with Kenji Nagasaki & Wakana Okamura
My Hero Academia: Meet the Characters
AnimeFest 2016: Interview with Ayana Nishino
AnimeFest 2016: Artist Sketches
Inside the Episodes 1-13
Textless Opening Song “THE DAY”
Textless Closing Song “HEROES” Ver. 1
Textless Closing Song “HEROES” Ver. 2
Funimation English Simuldub Trailer
Anime Expo 2016: My Hero Academia Panel
Anime Expo 2016: Interview with Christopher R. Sabat & Justin Briner
Anime Expo 2016: Interview with Masahiko Minami
My Hero Academia Season 1 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Manga Entertainment.