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My Hero Academia: How to watch and read the superhero anime and manga in order

Go Plus Ultra with our watch order for the incredibly popular My Hero Academia anime!

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If you’re an anime fan, it will have been impossible to miss the cultural phenomenon that My Hero Academia has become. Since its debut in July 2014, Kohei Horikoshi’s manga has run for more than 350 chapters and spawned video games, films, and, of course, a highly successful anime series. With a clever blend of Western comic and manga tropes, the series has gone on to sell more than 85 million copies worldwide.

My Hero Academia is the story of Izuku Midoriya, an aspiring hero in a world where 80% of the population has some form of superpower, usually called a Quirk. The only problem? Izuku was one of the few born without a Quirk. His bravery catches the eye of All Might, the world’s strongest hero, who agrees to pass on his incredible power to the young man. The legacy of that Quirk, known as One for All, puts Izuku at the heart of a battle for the future of the world.

There are some incredible characters in My Hero Academia as Midoriya joins the prestigious Hero Course at UA, a school specializing in training heroes. It isn’t just the manga and anime to keep track of, however. There are also three different spin-off manga and multiple films to slot into the increasingly crowded timeline. If you’re not sure where to start with this anime phenomenon, here is how to watch and read My Hero Academia in order.

How to watch My Hero Academia in chronological order

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Unlike most Shone anime, the films of My Hero Academia are considered canon within the anime series even though they don’t adapt any content from the manga. Characters will occasionally reference events from these films in later episodes, though they seldom have a huge impact on the plot of the episode. Still, if you want to have the full picture of My Hero Academia’s world and events, you’ll need to watch them in the correct order.

How to watch My Hero Academia in release order

The easiest way to watch My Hero Academia is in release order. Because the OVAs are generally self-contained, they are often slotted between episodes that aired earlier in the year. You can skip them without missing out on the plot but they’re perfect for fans who need an extra episode or two to tide them over between seasons.

  • My Hero Academia Episodes 1-13
  • My Hero Academia OVA 1 – Save! Rescue Training!
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 14-22
  • My Hero Academia OVA 2 – Training of the Dead
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 23-38
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 39-51
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
  • My Hero Academia OVA 3 – All Might Rising: Note that this is a prequel episode that expands on the material in the Two Heroes film.
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 52-72
  • My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 73-88
  • My Hero Academia OVA 4-5 – Make It! Do-or-Die Survival Training, Parts 1 and 2
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 89-106
  • My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 107-113
  • My Hero Academia OVA 6 – Departure: Note that this is a prequel to the My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission film.
  • My Hero Academia OVA 7 – Hero League Baseball
  • My Hero Academia OVA 8 – Laugh! As if You Are in Hell
  • My Hero Academia Episodes 114-138

How to read My Hero Academia in order

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Compared to the anime, the manga of My Hero Academia is already primarily in chronological order. However, there are three spin-off manga titles to keep track of that have been released alongside the main series. The only one that takes place in a specific period is the Vigilantes spin-off, which serves are a prequel to the main series.

The best reading order for My Hero Academia is:

  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
  • Deku and Bakugo: Rising – Note that this is a two-chapter spin-off manga that centered on Izuku and Katsuki during their second year of middle school.
  • My Hero Academia
  • My Hero Academia – League of Villains: Undercover – Not that this is a manga prequel to the My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  • My Hero Academia Special Spin-off: Endeavor’s Mission – Note that this is a manga prequel to the My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission film.
  • My Hero Academia: Smash!! – This is a non-canon comedy manga that takes place at various points throughout the manga.
  • My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions – This is a spin-off manga that sees characters from UA Class 1-A paired with other student heroes and the occasional pro-hero in supplemental adventures.
  • My Hero Academia: School Briefs – This is a light novel containing slice-of-life scenes from Izuku’s days at UA High.

Where can you read My Hero Academia?

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Those wanting to read all of My Hero Academia are in luck: the vast majority of the manga is available through the Shonen Jump app from VIZ Media. This includes:

  • My Hero Academia
  • My Hero Academia Vigilantes
  • My Hero Academia Smash!!
  • My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions
  • My Hero Academia: School Briefs
  • My Hero Academia – League of Villains: Undercover
  • My Hero Academia Special Spin-off: Endeavor’s Mission

Unfortunately, unless you can read Japanese there isn’t anywhere to read the Deku and Bakugo Rising manga spin-off. It has never had a release outside of Japan.

Where to watch My Hero Academia

Shigaraki in Season 1
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The bulk of the My Hero Academia anime is all on Crunchyroll exclusively, including the OVAs. However, if you want to watch the films, you will have to go further afield. You can stream Two Heroes and Heroes Rising on Amazon Prime for an additional fee. Oddly, no streaming service offers the most recent film, World Heroes’ Mission, so you’ll have to purchase a physical copy of it to watch it if you missed it on the big screen.

What’s next for My Hero Academia?

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As one of the most popular ongoing series on the planet, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the anime plans to continue adapting the source material. Season Seven of the My Hero Academia anime was confirmed in March 2023 when Season Six finished airing. However, there is currently no official air date confirmed. Most fans speculate that the Spring 2024 season is the best bet, but nothing is set in stone yet.

There are persistent rumors that My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is getting its own spinoff around the time the anime picks up again, but there haven’t been any announcements about this yet. Until this or any of the other spin-off manga have any adaptations announced through official channels, it is best to take these rumors with a grain of salt.


My Hero Academia continues to be incredibly popular around the world. If you’re still on the fence about it, here is exactly why you should be watching My Hero Academia. And if you fancy some more shonen anime to sink your teeth into, check out our One Piece watch guide and Dragon Ball watch guide.

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