Akira Toriyama, Eiichiro Oda, Takehiko Inoue, Kohei Horikoshi, and Kazue Kato to Judge New English Manga Contest

Japanese company MediBang Inc. and publisher Shueisha have announced that they are launching a special overseas special award for the “Tezuka Manga Contest” in order to find new talent from around the world.

The “Tezuka Manga Contest” (Tezuka Shō) is one of the regular contests Shueisha and Weekly Shonen Jump holds each year to look for new talent for shonen manga, and is named after Osamu Tezuka. Shueisha held the first award in 1971, and holds the contest twice a year. The special oversees award is part of the overall 100th iteration of the contest, and is looking for entries in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean.

The judges for the contest include:

  • Akira Toriyama
  • Eiichiro Oda
  • Kazue Katō
  • Kōhei Horikoshi
  • Takehiko Inoue
  • Tezuka Productions
  • Weekly Shonen Jump magazine’s Editor in Chief
  • Jump SQ. magazine’s Editor in Chief

The same judges are also judging the general 100th award in Japan.

The first prize winner will be published in either the digital or print version of Weekly Shonen Jump, will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, and will receive 2 million yen (about US$18,670). The second prize winner will be published in either the digital or print version of Weekly Shonen Jump, will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, and will receive 1 million yen (about US$9,335). An honorable mention winner will receive 500,000 yen (about US$4,667) and will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo.

MediBang and Shueisha will announce the winners in December 2020.

Contest rules and submission information are available in English on the contest’s website.

Source: ANN

Kōhei Horikoshi Is the First Foreigner to Win Korean Comic Award

The official Twitter account for Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia manga has announced that South Korean company Seoul Media Comics awarded Horikoshi with the “2018 Manga Creator Award.” Horikoshi is the first foreigner to win the award.

Horikoshi launched the superhero manga series in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 2014. Shueisha published the manga’s 22nd compiled book volume on February 4, 2019. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English digitally and in print.

Source: ANN

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is Highest-Ranking Manga on BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels List for September 2018

NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novel list for September 2018 features 11 manga titles:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generatiosn Volume 4 by Ukyō Kodachi, Mikie Ikemoto, and Masashi Kishimoto (#8)
  • Splatoon Volume 4 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#9)
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2 (#19)

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Releases the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film’s Bonus Manga in English

VIZ Media has announced that it has released Kōhei Horikoshi’s “All Might Rising” one-shot manga in English that was originally included in the “Vol. Origin” books that were given out to the first million theatergoers in Japan who saw the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film. The 10-page manga is available for free to those who have a VIZ Media account. The manga depicts All Might’s past and features the character Nana Shimura.

FUNimation Entertainment and TOHO hosted a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo on July 5, 2018. The film opened in Japan on August 3, 2018, and has since earned more than 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.46 million) at the Japanese box office.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Occupies Seven of the Top 20 Spots on the U.S. Monthly BookScan List for June 2018

Manga occupied 13 of the Top 20 spots on BookScan’s June 2018 list, and seven of the 13 are volumes of Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia.

The 13 manga that appeared on BookScan’s June 2018 list are:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 12 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 5 by Sui Ishida (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1 by Kabi Nagata (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 11 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • Splatoon Volumr 3 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#13)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#15)
  • RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Volume 1 (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#19)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 3 by Akira Himekawa (#20)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Welcomes My Hero Academia Creator Kohei Horikoshi for His First Ever Appearance at Comic-Con 2018

VIZ Media proudly welcomes My Hero Academia creator Kōhei Horikoshi for his upcoming North American professional appearance at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, California.

Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction, and pop culture events, and will take place July 18–22, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: comic-con.org.

Kōhei Horikoshi is scheduled to participate in a variety of events during the convention including an official My Hero Academia panel, a joint project by VIZ Media and FUNimation. The panel also features voice actors Christopher Sabat, voice of All Might, and Justin Briner, voice of Deku, from FUNimation’s anime adaptation of the series. The creator will also be a special guest on VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump panel. A pair of autograph sessions are scheduled to take place on-site at the Viz Media booth located in the convention’s Main Hall.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

11:15am MY HERO ACADEMIA Panel Ft. Kōhei Horikoshi – Room 6A
See the creator behind one of the world’s most popular superhero manga and anime. Horikoshi-sensei will share insider details about My Hero Academia and do a live drawing. He’ll also have voice actors Justin Briner (Deku) and Christopher Sabat (All Might) to talk about FUNimation’s anime adaptation at his side to talk about FUNimation’s anime adaptation at his side.

4:00pm Kōhei Horikoshi Autograph Session – VIZ Booth*
Meet the creator of My Hero Academia and receive a personalized exclusive shikishi art board.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

11:15am SHONEN JUMP Panel With Special Guest Kōhei Horikoshi – Room 6DE
The superhero group known as Team Jump will be joined by Kōhei Horikoshi. We’ll be making announcements, having fun with the creator, and giving out tons of prizes. Join us.

2pm Kōhei Horikoshi Autograph Session – VIZ Booth*
You can become a hero. Meet the creator of My Hero Academia before he’s gone.

*Tickets will be distributed the morning of each signing session at the VIZ Media booth. Please visit the booth’s front desk for details.

Manga creator Kōhei Horikoshi was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1986 and received a Tezuka Award Honorable Mention in 2006. After publishing several short stories in Akamaru Jump, his first serialized work to appear in Weekly Shonen Jump was Oumagadoki Doubutsuen in 2010. Barrage and his current series, My Hero Academia, are published in English by VIZ Media.

An instant best seller, My Hero Academia has been adapted into an anime series available from FUNimation; the Season 3 SimulDub™ is currently streaming on funimation.com. Free chapters of the new spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, which is inspired by the popular manga, are currently available on Viz.com.

My Hero Academia Is #4 on the U.S. Monthly Bookscan List for May 2018

Ten manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for May 2018:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 12 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • RWBY: Official Manga Anthology (#6)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 3 by Akira Himekawa (#8)
  • One Piece Volume 86 by Eiichiro Oda (#9)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 4 by Sui Ishida (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 11 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Welcomes My Hero Academia Creator Kohei Horikoshi at Comic-Con International 2018

VIZ Media will welcome My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi for his first-ever North American professional appearance at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018.

Kohei Horikoshi is scheduled to participate in a variety of events during the convention including the official My Hero Academia panel discussion. The panel will feature several notable voice actors including Christopher R. Sabat, voice of All Might, and Justin Briner, voice of Deku, from the anime adaptation of the popular series. The creator will also be a part of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel. A pair of autograph sessions are also scheduled to take place during the show. Event times and additional information will be announced soon.

Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction, and pop culture events, and will take place July 18–22, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: comic-con.org.

Kohei Horikoshi was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1986. He received a Tezuka Award Honorable Mention in 2006, and after publishing several short stories in Akamaru Jump, his first serialized work in Weekly Shonen Jump was Oumagadoki Doubutsuen in 2010. Barrage and his current series, My Hero Academia are published in English by VIZ Media.

My Hero Academia asks… What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere. Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course. But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

An instant best seller, My Hero Academia has also been adapted into a hit anime series available from FUNimation; the Season 3 SimulDub™ is currently streaming on funimation.com. My Hero Academia Volume 13 will be available in print and digital editions in June 2018. Free chapters of the spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, inspired by the popular manga, are currently available on viz.com.

My Hero Academia Manga to Take One Week Break So Author Can Do Research

This year’s 48th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has revealed that Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia manga will take a one week break in the 49th issue so that Horikoshi can conduct research. The manga will return in the magazine’s 50th issue on November 13, 2017.

Horikoshi previously took a one week break in the magazine’s 28th issue in June 2017 and in the 43rd issue in September 2017 due to illness.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Manga Takes One Week Break Due to Author’s Sudden Illness

This year’s 43rd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine didn’t publish a new chapter of Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia manga as planned due to Horikoshi’s sudden illness. While Shueisha printed the issue with a notice that the manga would appear in the issue, the mistake was due to the magazine already being printed before corrections could be made.

Horikoshi previously took a one week break in the magazine’s 28th issue in June 2017 due to illness.

Horikoshi launched My Hero Academia in Weekly Shonen Jump in July 2014, and Shueisha published the 15th compiled volume in Japan on September 4, 2017.

Source: ANN