The My Hero Academia Season 5 release date will be a day where anime fans race to their TV screens at max speed, Plus Ultra! But the question remains: will Boku no Hero Academia Season 5 make fans wait until 2021 for the next stage in Izuku Midoriya’s story?
Already, some anime news leakers are claiming that the fifth season won’t air until Spring 2021 at the earliest. In June 2020, anime news leaker Spytrue claimed that the My Hero Academia Season 5 trailer will be “scheduled for next year.”
Such a wait shouldn’t be surprising considering that some of Studio Bones’ other anime projects were delayed by the effects of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus pandemic. It’s even being hinted that the wait could be longer than Spring 2021. (See the release date section below for more details.)
The My Hero Academia Season 5 anime was confirmed to be in production by issue 18 of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that’s releasing in early April 2020.
The final episode of the fourth season also made the announcement and teased that “a new [deleted] is awaking” for Izuku Midoriya.
Animation studio Bones will produce my Hero Academia Season 5. Bones has multiple sub-studios labeled A through E. Studio C is led by producer Yoshihiro Oyabu, and it works exclusively on the Boku no Hero Academia anime series.
The My Hero Academia S5 opening (OP) and ending (ED) theme song music has not yet been announced.
For those still catching up on watching the anime, the fourth season of the My Hero Academia anime began airing on October 12, 2019. The English dub for the My Hero Academia S4 Toonami premiere started up on November 9, 2019, while FUNimation and Hulu have been providing the international simuldub as the episodes release in Japan.
The fourth season was two cours with 25 episodes in total. A “cour” is a three-month TV broadcasting unit based on the physical seasons, and animes usually have between 10 to 13 episodes per cour.
Therefore, the finale, My Hero Academia S4 Episode 25, aired in Japan on April 4, 2020.
Thankfully, there were no delays. Some anime studios have delayed anime premieres due to the coronavirus outbreak, including the Re:ZERO Season 2 anime, but most of the studios suffering from difficulties heavily rely on outsourcing work to Chinese and Korean studios.
But it remains to be seen whether the Boku no Hero Academia Season 5 release date could be impacted over the long term.
Updated June 12, 2020: Added My Hero Academia 5 trailer rumor.
Updated April 6, 2020: Added 2021 MHA 5 release date rumor.
Updated April 4, 2020: Added My Hero Academia Season 5 anime teaser trailer and visual.
Updated April 2, 2020: My Hero Academia Season 5 anime confirmed in Weekly Shonen Jump! Boku no Hero Academia Season 5 spoilers shifted to a separate article.
Updated March 23, 2020: Added temporary MHA S4 Pro Hero arc spoilers.
Updated March 10, 2020: MHA S4 Episode 25 confirmed to end in Pro Hero arc.
Updated February 28, 2020: Added Heroes Rising timeline analysis in relation to My Hero Academia Season 6.
Updated January 14, 2020: Added release date for My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising in the United States/Canada.
This article provides everything that is known about My Hero Academia Season 5 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
My Hero Academia manga compared to the anime
The story for the anime series is based on the My Hero Academia manga series by writer and illustrator Kohei Horikoshi. When the fourth anime season began airing in October 2019, the manga was already up to My Hero Academia Volume 24 in Japan. By the time MHA S4 finished, the manga was up to Volume 26.
New chapters are released weekly. Historically, the tankobon format volumes are released five times a year in February, April, July, September, and December.
The official English translation by VIZ Media is not too far behind the Japanese release. Volume 23 came out in February 2020. The release date for Volume 24 is June 2, 2020 and Volume 25 is October 6, 2020.
It’s also possible to read the three newest manga chapters in English for free on VIZ Media’s official website.
There is also the spinoff manga series My Hero Academia: Vigilantes by writer Hideyuki Furuhashi and artist Betten Court. Already up to Volume 7 in Japanese (and Volume 6 in English), many fans are hoping the manga will receive a My Hero Academia: Vigilantes anime adaptation in the future.
For more details about MHA: Vigilantes, please see our article on this topic.
Horikoshi discussed the My Hero Academia manga’s ending several times in recent years. In 2017 and 2018, he revealed that he mapped out ideas for the big finale to the entire series, but the Heroes Rising movie ended up using at least one of the major elements.
In the summer of 2018, Horikoshi revealed that he’d considered ending the story with Volume 30, but then he realized that “ending the series at Volume 30 will be impossible.” If the manga stays on schedule, Volume 30 will release in December 2020.
In mid-2018, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda suggested that Horikoshi shoot for ending in 50 volumes. As of late 2019, Horikoshi still hasn’t clarified whether he is sticking to his original target of 30 volumes or extending the plot, but it doesn’t seem like the story is ending anytime soon.
For more details on the MHA manga’s ending, please see our article on this topic.
Overall, My Hero Academia anime followed the manga’s story closely. The anime adaptation has added original content and even some filler recap episodes, but it’s been faithful to the heart of the story.
The pacing has been solid, telling the story at a comfortable pace without making it feel dragged out. So far, anime studio Bones has been adapting two manga chapters for every episode, which is slightly faster-paced than the first season that averaged 1.5 chapters per episode.
The biggest exception is when there are many action-based manga panels. For example, when the UA heroes raided the League of Villains’ hideout to rescue Katsuki Bakugo the ratio of chapters to episodes changed to 3-to-1.
Note: This article was updated after My Hero Academia Season 4 Episode 25 aired in Japan with additional analysis.
The third season covered the three story arcs of chapters 70 through 124. The fourth season covers the manga’s Shie Hassaikai story arc, the longest arc by far with 42 chapters in total. But the fourth season also covered the Remedial Course arc, which is only six chapters, in addition to the U.A. School Festival arc.
But the ending of the fourth season also dipped its toes down into the Pro Hero story arc in order to find a PLUS ULTRA finish.
Episode 1 of the fourth season opened with an original story that served as a recap of previous events. Otherwise, Episode 2 picked up the story with Chapter 125 of Volume 14 by introducing Sir Nighteye and the villain Overhaul. S4 EP 14 finished that story arc.
Episode 23: Let It Flow! School Festival! finished off the festival story arc, while Episode 24: Japanese Hero Billboard Chart began the Pro Hero arc. Episode 25: His Start is named after Chapter 190.
The fourth season ended in the Pro Hero arc by adapting only parts of Chapters 190 and 192. It’s a good stopping point for the fourth season since it has Endeavor fighting a powerful new villain and it features an emotional moment with Endeavor raising his fists.
However, My Hero Academia Season 4’s ending in the after-credits scene was a bit odd since it showed Deku having a nightmare without explaining the context of the situation. It did work well as a teaser for My Hero Academia Season 5, though.
While it sounds incredibly fast-paced to cover an entire story arc in only two episodes it does make sense since those 10 manga chapters are mostly action scenes. The anime didn’t finish the arc since the final three chapters of the Pro Hero arc would work better as the beginning of the My Hero Academia Season 5 anime.
The first season was 13 episodes long, but ever since then, the anime has stuck to the formula of 25 episodes per season. Therefore, the number of episodes for My Hero Academia Season 5 will likely be 25 episodes once again.
The fifth season will likely cover the story arcs that span Chapters 191 through 240. That means that Boku no Hero Academia S5 should pick up again by adapting Chapters 191 and 193 of the Pro Hero story arc. Since there is a small time skip, it would be a good starting point for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 1.
Manga readers who wish to read ahead of the anime can jump straight to Volume 21. Thankfully, the English translation of the book is already out.
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising timeline set during the My Hero Academia Season 6 anime?
The anime series received a second film titled Boku no Hero Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes Rising- (read our review of the FUNimation English dub) that premiered in Japanese theaters on December 20, 2019. The My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising release date in U.S. and Canadian theaters occurred on February 26, 2020.
Oddly enough, the setting of the story of the Heroes Rising movie was significantly ahead of the My Hero Academia Season 5 anime in the overall timeline. In fact, Heroes Rising movie director Nagasaki Kenji has said, “If we take into consideration the timeline of Season 4, this movie takes place quite sometime after the current events in the anime.”
The movie revealed multiple techniques and special moves that Class 1-A develops during the Joint Training story arc in the middle of My Hero Academia Season 5. The relationship between Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo also progressed far beyond what’s been shown in the anime TV series.
But where exactly in the timeline does the movie take place? The film’s main villain Nine is briefly shown from the back in Chapter 222, so that cameo teased Heroes Rising all the way back in April 2019 when the chapter released in Weekly Shonen Jump.
In December 2019, Weekly Shonen Jump revealed the movie’s exact placement in the My Hero Academia timeline. The Cultural Festival arc takes place in the fall, while the Pro Hero, Joint Training, and Meta Liberation Army story arcs are set in the winter. Heroes Rising is set shortly after those events.
But that official info still doesn’t say the exact chapter. Villain Shigaraki’s appearance was also changed in the film, which doesn’t take place in the manga until the Paranormal Liberation Front mission in Chapters 239 and 240 (the end of the Meta Liberation Army arc).
The only major gap in the timeline is in Chapter 258 when Hawks and Twice discuss the events of a four-month-long time skip. Therefore, it’s possible the movie actually takes place during the events of My Hero Academia Season 6.
Boku no Hero Academia Season 5 release date: Is 2021 likely?
As of the last update, Shueisha, Weekly Shonen Jump, Studio Bones, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Boku no Hero Academia Season 5 release date.
The production of My Hero Academia Season 5 was announced by Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, but the premiere time frame was not specified, not even the year. As expected, the production of My Hero Academia Season 5 was also confirmed by the fourth season’s end card, but the exact time frame will not be announced until a later date.
Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when the My Hero Academia Season 5 premiere date will occur in the future.
Thankfully, the Boku no Hero Academia manga series provides enough source material for a quick turnaround by Studio Bones. Arguably, the manga is so far ahead that even My Hero Academia Season 6 is possible to create, already.
It seems unlikely that Boku no Hero Academia S5 will release in October 2020. It’s more likely that the anime could be pushed back to January or April 2021 and that estimate does not event account for whether the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus pandemic affected Studio Bones’ schedule.
Anime news leaker SpyTrue is claiming that the My Hero Academia Season 5 release date will not be in 2020. When asked if that meant a winter or spring 2021 release, SpyTrue replied, “There is a low chance that it will [air] in spring, as well.”
A Spring 2021 release would mean My Hero Academia Season 5 will return to the usual schedule of airing new MHA seasons in April, but SpyTrue is hinting that the fifth season could release in the second half of 2021. We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned!