The second season of My Hero Academia is in production, and fans of the tv anime are already excited. The first season of the anime adaptation of the popular manga by Kouhei Horikoshi was broadcast in the Spring 2016 season (April-June).
On Friday, October 14, the production company held a screening event called ‘My Hero Academia: Screening of The First Season and A Talk Show vol. 1’ at TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi. The show featured a lot of guests: the main actors Daiki Yamashita (acts Izumi Midoriya) and Nobuhiko Okamoto (Katsuki Bakugou), and Kenji Monji, Kouhei Horikoshi’s editorial assistant at Weekly Shonen Jump.
The event divided all thirteen episodes of the first seasons in three different segments.
The first segment included episodes 1-4 in a no-censorship, high-quality version. Then followed a talk about the anime.
Monji, Horikoshi’s assistant, said, ‘Horikoshi was surprised to know that the manga was decide to be an anime. Since he always wanted to make My Hero Academia into an anime, he was very excited. He was glad that the character designer was his favorite, Yoshihiko Umakoshi.’ The host asked if there was any specific request from the author about the anime, ‘Not much, but he said to express the action scenes powerfully because this anime is focused on the action.’
Yamashita first acted Izuku in the promotion video. He said that he was really nervous because he loved the manga and he knew fans were very excited to see this work as an anime. Horikoshi thought Yamashita’s voice was perfect for Izuku, ‘Oh, this is Izuku’s voice’ on Vomic (voice comic by Shueisha). Yamashita was glad to hear that. Then they started talking about the new anime that will be screened at Jump Special Anime Festa 2016 (JSAF) on Sunday, November 27 and Sunday, December 4.
Horikoshi was in charge of the original story in this anime. Monji commented, ‘I asked Horikoshi to write the summary of the story in a few lines, but I was starting to be worried because it was taking too long, then Horikoshi turned in a 50-page long outline of the manga.’ Yamashita and Okamoto passionately responded, ‘We can feel how much Horikoshi loves that work.’
Okamoto, who just finished dubbing the anime the other day, said, ‘I screamed as loud as possible.’ There are a lot of action scenes in the anime just like all the typical Jump works, and all the characters will have their chance to shine. You shouldn’t miss the screening at JSAF!’
The next topic was the second season of the anime that is already in production. They revealed a few of the storyboards before a video that started with the scene where the students are told about the UA Athletic Festival. The audience cheered when they saw the characters’ determined expressions. The episode of the UA Athletic Festival has a lot of powerful action scenes and is very popular both in the anime and in the manga. Monji said that ‘the first season ended in an unhappy mood with the USJ story, so we tried to make the next one a cheerful, festive school story with many characters showing up.’ They also revealed some storyboards including the new characters from the second season!
The screening event ended with the scene of Bakugou (acted by Okamoto), where he stresses himself to try hard without yelling and threatening people. According to Okamoto, the growth of characters like Izuku and Bakugyou will be evident in the second season of My Hero Academia.
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