The students of Class 1-A and 1-B are participating together in joint training, however the first class is surprised by how the second is using their Quirks in battle. The training is intended for the students to understand their own strengths and to reflect on how much they’ve accomplished during their attendance at U.A. High School. For Class 1-A to show they are the better group of students, they turn to Todoroki and Bakugo give them the edge needed.
Volume 22 of the My Hero Academia manga by Kohei Horikoshi goes on sale in North America on December 3rd, 2019.
If you’re in the southeastern United States, you might pass a colourful 2011 Toyota Corolla. If you’re a fan of Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia, chances are you’ve seen this car – either in person or perhaps online. This is Toyota Deku, an itasha dedicated to the hero-in-training Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia.
An itasha is a vehicle that is decorated with images from an anime, manga or video game, usually limited to a specific character (but not always). Many cars are wrapped with images of female characters (known as bishojo), and bright elements from their series or games. Originating in Japan, itasha (which translates into “painful car”) are starting to make appearances in North America, and surprisingly enough, there is a large group of itasha in the southern United States.
Tony Okumura, owner of Toyota Deku, is a huge fan of My Hero Academia, and it shows. The hood is decked out with an image of Shoto Todoroki, Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, and pro hero All Might. On the sides, there’s a huge graphic of Deku mid-punch shouting “Plus Ultra!”, the motto of UA High School. The details are numerous – the rain guards on the windows feature Deku’s mumbling – ブツ. The rails below the doors include Tony’s name and background – A US citizen of Mexican heritage. Right down to the wheels, which are adorned with decals of Deku’s iconic red boots, and the words “Midoriya” and “Plus Ultra” on the tires themselves.
Owning an itasha isn’t cheap; many itasha drivers put a lot of work and care into their vehicles, not to mention designing the wrap and installing them cost a pretty penny. So far, Tony has spent approximately $2,500 USD on the wrap. Toyota Deku isn’t complete yet, as the roof still needs to be covered, along with additional physical improvements to the car itself. Sponsorship is rare, as most costs are paid out of pocket and any logos included in the design are to give credit back to the creators, publishers, and licensees of the series, rather than a form of endorsement or acknowledgement.
Editor’s Note: Nephrus is a financial sponsor of Toyota Deku.
The design itself was done 100% by Tony. The whole car was drawn in Adobe Illustrator using vector art; vector graphics scale much better than a raster image (there’s no pixelation if you look closely). Once the design was finalized, Tony worked with a local graphics shop, CGS Vinyl, to print and perform the installation. Wrapping began with the hood and progressing along the sides and rear as money became available. The roof design is done, but has yet to be printed and installed.
Initial reactions to such a vibrant vehicle might sound incredulous or even disparaging, however, that’s not the case. Passing motorists will sometimes match the speed to snap a picture, roll down their windows and wave, or honk their horns. Even when parked at a gas station or other venue, small crowds gather for photos or give props; one fan actually stopped in the middle of an empty intersection in New Orleans to snap a few pictures with their cellphone. So the response to itasha isn’t always negative.
Toyota Deku has logged many a mile, travelling south to Matamoros, Mexico, and north to Washington, DC, with all places in between from his home base of Birmingham, Alabama. Recently, Tony made an appearance at San Japan, in San Antonio, Texas. So if you see Tony and Toyota Deku, be sure to give them a wave. Plus Ultra!
With the fourth season of My Hero Academia just over a month away, a new piece of artwork was released in Japan today. Funimation shared this visual on their Facebook this morning.
In the image, In the image, student heroes Katsuki Bakugo, Ochaco Uraraka, Shoto Todoroki, Momo Yaoyorozu, Izuku Midoriya, Tamaki Amajiki, Nejire Hado, Sir Nighteye, Eijiro Kirishima, and Mirio Togata pose on a massive “My Hero Academia” word art while a giant All Might stands behind destroyed buildings.
This fourth season is adapted from the Shie Hassaikai story arc from the manga series of the same name by Kohei Horikoshi.
Season four of My Hero Academia airs in Japan on October 12th, 2019.
The students of Class 1-A are hard at working, readying their school for a cultural festival. Izuku Midoriya is also part of the preparations while advancing his training with All Might. A new group of villains make their moves, and Midoriya must now prepare himself before they cause too much trouble for U.A. High School.
Volume 19 of the My Hero Academia manga by Kohei Horikoshi goes on sale in North America on June 4th, 2019.
The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, (which is also Star Wars Day) head on over to your favourite comic store and choose from a selection of popular series — all free!
In addition to classics like Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Canuck and Little Lulu, there’s a few manga up for grabs. This year’s assortment includes:
My Hero Academia & Promised Neverland by Kouhei Horikoshi / Kaiu Shirai, Kouhei Horikoshi, Posuka Demizu from Viz Media.
Pokémon: I Choose You! & Pokémon Adventures by Ryo Takamisaki / Mato and Ryo Takamisaki from Viz Media.
Kino’s Journey by Keiichi Sigsawa Iruka Shiomiya from Vertical Comics.
Street Fighter Sakura VS Karin by Ken Siu-Chong and Omar Dogan by UDON.
Witch Hat Atelier / Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector’s Edition / Magus of the Library by Kamome Shirahama / CLAMP / Mitsu Izumi from Kodansha.
Shortly after the conclusion of the third season of My Hero Academia, a fourth season was announced, but lacked a date. While an official day was not specified, the fourth season of My Hero Academia is scheduled to air October 2019 in Japan.
This season airs much later than the previous season (which began in April 2018) and is likely due to a broadcast conflict.
Accompanying the date was a new visual featuring Izuku “Deku” Midoriya and Mirio Togata.