My Hero Academia has just been announced. According to Deadline Hollywood the company Toho is responsible for distributing the film in Japan. The film is to be produced by American based company Legendary, with the help of producers Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter alongside Ryosuke Yoritomi. who represents the manga company that publish My Hero Academia.
For those who don’t know, My Hero Academia is a popular manga series released in 2014 that was later adapted into an anime. The franchise has gained incredible popularity both in Japan and America. The story of My Hero Academia follows a young boy named Izuku Midoriya, who lives in a world where everyone is born with a super power called a quirk, which has led to a rise in both super heroes and super villains. Midoriya wants to attend UA High School, an academy that trains kids to become super heroes, but unfortunately he is one of the few people who is born quirkless, that is until he meets the world’s number one hero and Midoriya’s personal idol, All-Might, who bestows his powerful quirk onto Midoriya. The story then follows Midoriya as he tries to fit in at UA, make friends, fight villains, and learn what it means to be a hero all while trying to gain control his new powers.
In recent years, American live action adaptations of Japanese anime and manga have been seen as controversial. A lot of these anime based movies have been criticized for white washing like Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, and even older ones like Dragon Ball Evolution. Also. since the failures of movies like Full Metal Alchemist and Attack on Titan, anime fans are often pretty skeptical of live action adaptations regardless of what country is making them.