My Hero Academia’s return for season 6 is closer than you think, with confirmation that the anime will release on the Fall 2022 broadcasting slate.

It feels like there is an infinite amount of anime series out there that can be considered as ‘popular’ amongst the community and industry.

However, there are only a few ‘mega-series’ that can truly bring in the worldwide audience and attention that My Hero Academia can.

The hit television adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s manga series reached its fifth season finale in late-September last year, after a broadcast dominated by the merging of two story arcs.

Thankfully, fans of the series will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that My Hero Academia season 6 has already been confirmed and that its release has also been shared.

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Confirmation of season 6 didn’t take long

Only a matter of minutes after the finale aired for premium users on September 25th, 2021, My Hero Academia season 6 was officially confirmed to be in production.

The announcement was shared by the franchise’s Japanese website, hereaca.com, alongside a brief teaser video for the upcoming production, see below.

Interestingly, the next season is already being promoted as a major moment in the series’ history, with the official announcement ending with the tag line, “Hero vs enemy, full-scale war is approaching!”

Prior to the official announcement, there had been various rumours surrounding the early-renewal of My Hero Academia with multiple ‘leaks’ trending on social media.

The first reports on season 6 were shared by Japanese news website Ryokutya2089, who stated that a “production decision” had been made for My Hero Academia season 6.

However, the news of a sixth season was by no means a surprising one. The most obvious indicator of a sixth adventure was the availability of source material, with the season 5 finale adapting up until volume 26 chapter 257 of the original manga series.

The good news is that, as of February 24th, 33 volumes have been published in Japan alongside 344 individual chapters, meaning there should be enough source material for My Hero Academia to continue for several more seasons after the sixth broadcast.

Then we have the series popularity; My Hero Academia remains one of the most popular anime franchises in history and Studio Bones’ most lucrative asset.

Considering the domination of the Spring/Summer anime slates last year and the box office success of World Heroes’ Mission, which earned over $40 million, a renewal for season 6 was all-but-guaranteed from a business standpoint.

Now, the next question that fans may have is, what date will My Hero Academia season 6 release online?

My Hero Academia season 6 release date will be in Fall 2022

As confirmed in the official season 6 production announcement, My Hero Academia will return on the Fall 2022 broadcasting slate.

The Fall slate is the period where all scheduled anime titles are broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally, running from October to December 2022.

An October 2022 premiere window was then reportedly re-affirmed in a December issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine which featured My Hero Academia on the cover.

Overall, fans should expect My Hero Academia season 6 to return on Saturday, October 9th or 15th – assuming the series will maintain its typical programming block in Japan.

This ninth-month production cycle is also in accordance with the timeline of previous My Hero Academia broadcasts, which were announced and released on the following dates:

  • Season 1: October 2015 – April 2016 (six months)
  • Season 2: June 2016 – April 2017 (ten months)
  • Season 3: September 2017 – April 2018 (seven months)
  • Season 4: September 2018 – October 2019 (12 months)
  • Season 5: April 2020 – March 2021 (11 months)

Whilst this does indicate that production on individual seasons is taking longer to complete, fans should note that season 5 was hampered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – as well as production of the World Heroes’ Mission film.

Not only would this give Bones enough time to uphold their production quality, but also give the manga series enough time to get far enough ahead so that (potentially) another anime movie can be planned.

In January 2020, anime influencer Yonkou Productions shared a report that stated a total of 10 films are being targeted for the franchise, with “a new movie every year.”

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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