What is My Hero Academia Based on?

What is My Hero Academia Based on?

"My Hero Academia" (Boku no Hero Academia) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi. The series is not directly based on any pre-existing work, but it draws inspiration from various superhero and shonen manga genres. Kohei Horikoshi has mentioned some of his influences in creating "My Hero Academia."

The series incorporates elements from classic superhero comics, Western superhero tropes, and Japanese superhero and shonen manga traditions. Some key influences and inspirations include:

  1. American Superhero Comics: "My Hero Academia" takes inspiration from American superhero comics, particularly the superhero culture found in Marvel and DC Comics. It explores themes of heroism, superpowers, and the responsibilities that come with having special abilities.

  2. Shonen Manga: As a shonen manga, "My Hero Academia" follows the conventions of the shonen genre, featuring a young male protagonist who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and achieving his goals. It includes elements of action, friendship, and rivalry typical of shonen stories.

  3. Kohei Horikoshi's Previous Works: Horikoshi's earlier manga works, such as "Oumagadoki Zoo," also showcase his interest in fantastical and supernatural themes. "My Hero Academia" expands on these themes in the context of a superhero society.

  4. Japanese Superhero Tropes: The series incorporates elements from Japanese superhero traditions, including the concept of heroes and villains with distinct abilities and a society that relies on individuals with superpowers to maintain peace.

While "My Hero Academia" draws from these influences, it also brings its own unique spin to the superhero genre, introducing a world where superpowers, known as "Quirks," are prevalent, and individuals strive to become professional heroes. The series has gained widespread popularity for its engaging characters, dynamic action sequences, and exploration of moral and ethical dilemmas within a superhero society.

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