Hailed as a trailblazer in the manga landscape, My Hero Academia currently boasts over 35 volumes, three spin-offs, multiple anime adaptations and several video games to its name. It is penned and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi and is recognized more as a media franchise than a manga series. Though the web novel is a genre mishmash, it is best described as a “Western superhero comic” leading the pack of best-selling mangas such as One Piece and Detective Conan. It has accumulated billions of fanatics and has over 85 million copies in circulation as of February 2023.
Naturally, these fans are wondering whether Horikoshi has confirmed the My Hero Academia Chapter 406 release date. If you, too, are caught in the dilemma, here are the answers you need to know!
My Hero Academia Chapter 406 Release Date
Kōhei recently revealed that My Hero Academia Chapter 406 is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2023, at 12 AM JST. It will be available in both the Japanese language and English translation on Manga Plus and Viz Media. Moreover, the chapter will be available on Shueisha’s MangaPlus website, and the Shonen Jump+ webpage and application. Though the latter platforms require you to pay a monthly subscription fee, a few chapters are available for you to discover for free as well. The English translation is hosted by Weekly Shonen Jump and will be available on its official website.
Recently, rumours regarding Horikoshi temporarily dislodging the manga gained traction and ever since fanatics are left scouring the Internet for the same. However, with the recent update, these speculations have been proven untrue.
The Inspiration Behind My Hero Academia Manga
In 2014, Kōhei’s manhwa series, Barrage, was cancelled merely after two volumes were published. The author admitted that he was shrouded by grief and was momentarily void of any fresh ideas. Reportedly, he visited his previous short story entitled My Hero and derived inspiration from the same for My Hero Academia. Kōhei then embarked on a journey to evolve his one-shot into a full-fledged web novel. On his mission, he paused several times and retracted most of the time. He conjured multiple story arcs but rejected almost all because he wasn’t satisfied.
Eventually, Horikoshi let his imagination walk down the creative path by blending in each of his fascinations. He was enamoured by Masashi Kishimoto’s manga, Naruto, and based the art on his then-unnamed webcomic. Moreover, he conceptualized the character design after drawing inspiration from American comics such as Spider-Man and Star Wars. He then collaborated with the editor, Hitoshi Koike to streamline his storyline and eventually began serialization of My Hero Academia on July 7, 2014, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Kōhei’s pop-culture-centric manga soon emerged as a trailblazer and was licensed by the Viz Media. With the English translations in motion, the webcomic soon reached a broader audience and established itself as a best-selling manga. The directors, Kenji Nagasaki, Tomo Ōkubo and Masahiro Mukai adapted the manhwa in early 2016 and have released nearly 140 episodes and 9 OVAs. A fourth animated film and a live-action drama is currently being perceived by Legendary Entertainment. However, a concrete release date hasn’t been announced yet.
Kōhei Horikoshi Divulges His Plans Regarding My Hero Academia’s Climax
A year after My Hero Academia’s debut, Kōhei announced the first spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Smash!! By Hirofumi Neda. The second spin-off by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Vigilantes, was released a year later in 2016. The third and final (so far) descendant My Hero Academia: Team-Up Mission by Yōkō Akiyama began serialization in 2019 and has been collected into five volumes as of 2023. In the past decade, Kōhei’s webcomic has served as the basis for nearly half a dozen one-shots. Although the author never expected to witness such tremendous growth and popularity, he still seems hesitant at times.
Originally, My Hero Academia was supposed to be a limited series because the author felt like he did not feel like he possessed “enough stamina” to keep going in the same direction. In 2021, he expressed both admiration and astonishment upon witnessing the comic’s growth trend. During the interview at Jump Festa, Kōhei claimed that “if things go smoothly, the manga will meet its goal to end in one year. If it doesn’t go smoothly, I think [Izuku’s voice actor] Yamashita will be reading out the exact same letter from me at next year’s Jump Festa.”
Soon after, the author mentioned “I feel like I can finally see the goal in sight. It’s a rather strange feeling getting to this point. In the past, I would just be drawing without a single care [for the future], but now I wonder just how many more times can I draw these characters? Change is scary as you grow older. Well, I really shouldn’t dwell on that! Until next volume then!”. However, instead of leading the manga to its termination, Horikoshi began portraying a compelling arc. He admitted that it might “take longer to complete the manga’s final arc than initially expected”. Though My Hero Academia might not be reaching its climax in 2023, it will soon reach its final arc.
What is My Hero Academia Manga About?
Set in an augmented reality where almost the entire population harbours superpowers called “Quirks”, My Hero Academia explores the themes of heroism, adventure and ambitions. It is centred around Izuku Midoriya, a Quirk-less teenager who kindles hope for becoming a hero one day. Despite knowing that he would not be chosen as a hero due to a lack of Quirk, Midoriya chooses to not let his shortcomings dictate his future. Instead, he begins strengthening himself to join the Hero Work-Study internship programme and become a real-life hero. However, he remains oblivious to the fact that the initiative is only open to quirky people.
He then encounters his idol, All Might, the world’s greatest hero, and is chosen to become his successor. Though All Might doesn’t let Midoriya get off the hook instantly, he is confident in the latter’s ability to compete against the League of Villains which is led by his arch-enemy, All For One. All Might then begins training Izuku to combat against the Villains despite his apprentice, Nighteye’s immense disapproval. Midoriya joins the U.A High School for Heroes along with his childhood bully, Bakugo and later on begins interning under Nighteye. Though he is still sceptical of Midoriya’s abilities, he soon realizes the latter’s ability to lead the Heroes.
Meanwhile, the League of Villains is strengthened by All For One’s apprentice, Tomura Shigaraki. Since All For One doesn’t possess any Quirk of his own, he robs others out of their prowesses and strengthens himself. As the intense battle continues, Izuku awakens All Might’s predecessors’ Quirk, One For All, and solidifies his ability to conquer the Villains.
My Hero Academia Chapter 406 Plot
Despite the ongoing battle between Midoriya and One For All, the touchdown remains the relationship between the two. Ever since Horikoshi began serializing My Hero Academia, questions regarding the same have been turning heads. Since both of them are born Quirkless and Midoriya’s estranged father, who seemingly operates overseas, has never tried to sneak into his life, fanatics have conjured a hypothesis. However, it remains to be seen whether Horikoshi will affirm the hypothesis and portray One For All as Izuku’s father.
As for My Hero Academia Chapter 406, the author will certainly focus on Bakugo’s explosive fight with All For One and Izuku’s battle with Shigaraki. The previous chapter disclosed how Bakugo was revived by Edgeshot, another hero, and was about to utilize his quirk, Explosion, and blow All For One. The chapter climaxed with an intriguing cliffhanger in which Bakugo proudly announced that he will “save the day when Deku (Izuku) can’t.” My Hero Academia Chapter 406 will portray a high-octane battle between Bakugo and All For One, finally unravelling the mystery of the latter’s personality.
My Hero Academia Chapter 406 Release Date: FAQs
It is a fantasy manga set in an alternate reality where nearly 80 per cent of the population harbours a unique skill entitled Quirk. My Hero Academia revolves around a Quirk-less teenager, Izuku Midoriya and portrays his journey of becoming a hero.
Kōhei Horikoshi is the author of My Hero Academia manga.
Yes, it has been adapted into an anime by Kenji Nagasaki, Tomo Ōkubo and Masahiro Mukai.
Yes, it is confirmed.
My Hero Academia Chapter 406 is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2023.
You can read the manga online on Manga Plus and Viz Media.