Since the next season of My Hero Academia isn’t due until October of this year, here are ten other great anime series to keep you entertained while you wait.
Since its debut in 2011, My Hero Academia has become one of the most watched anime series on Netflix. And it’s deservedly so, as it has a good comedic atmosphere, knows when to get serious, interesting characters with interesting abilities, and action-packed fight scenes. Aside from that, audiences will likely experience a wide range of emotions as a result of the film’s numerous emotive and “feel good” moments. We will have to wait until October 2019 for the release of the next season. Fortunately, there are a number of anime that are similar to My Hero Academia that you can watch right now. Here are a ten-count.
Updated by Louis Kemner on January 28th, 2020: Because My Hero Academia is such a hit with fans, we’ve given it some more thought and discovered that there may be as many as 10 other anime series in the same vein. There are a plethora of series in the Shonen action subgenre, but we’ve selected five that we think My Hero Academia fans would enjoy. It’s more popular than ever to watch anime, and the Shonen genre only continues to expand. Here are fifteen anime that share a striking resemblance to My Hero Academia.
15. One Punch Man
As a fan of My Hero Academia, you’ll enjoy One Punch Man due of its superhero concept. The superhero Saitama is so powerful he can knock out his foes with a single blow in this manga. If you desire a stable job as a superhero, this may seem like a good thing. However, Saitama is fed up with it. He has no interest in saving the world; all he wants is a challenge. One Punch Man is one of the funniest anime series because of how few people, even his fellow superheroes, know how strong he really is, and how little he cares about or remembers about them.
14. Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
Middle schoolers who are only trying to pass their classes make up the bulk of the cast of this show. Assassinating an octopus-like entity who vows to wipe out the entire planet in one year is their primary mission. As their homeroom instructor, Kuro-sensei helps them improve their academics while also teaching them how to kill him. You have to give it a shot, even if you think it’s crazy. Funny, educational, and occasionally heartbreaking all in one package. Also Kuro-sensei, like All Might, spurs his students to greatness.
13. Hunter X Hunter
This show has so many positive attributes. Hunter X Hunter is one of the best-written anime series ever, following a young kid named Gon as he sets out to find his famous Hunter father. He passes the Hunter Exam, gains a few friends who join him on his quest, grows stronger, and meets some interesting enemies along the way. Friendship is an important part of the story, and the protagonists are always up against opponents that are far more powerful than they are.
12. Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho, the oldest anime on this list, was written by the same person who wrote Hunter X Hunter. Yu Yu Hakusho shares more similarities with My Hero Academia than it does with Dragon Ball, despite the fact that they are both from the same era. An accident in an automobile leaves Yusuke in a vegetative state, but he is restored by the spirit world in exchange for taking on the role of Spirit Detective. When he’s not saving the world, he’s battling evil with the help of his pal Kuwabara and two demons he befriends after one of his missions goes terribly wrong.
11. Tiger & Bunny
Being a superhero in Tiger & Bunny is a real profession. “NEXT” superheroes battle evildoers for hero points they can spend to appear on HeroTV, a reality television show. Ultimately, the goal isn’t simply to save the world; it’s also to make a profit. Barnaby is a young hero who is just starting out, and Wild Tiger is a veteran hero who has had a number of misfortunes in his career. Their relationship is similar to that of Bakugo and Deku. Do you think they’ll be able to work things out and save the day? The only surefire way to find out is to use the provided method.
10. Black Clover
My Hero Academia’s underdog story is one of the show’s most popular aspects. Deku, despite his frailty and lack of personality traits, is adamant on becoming a hero. In the end, he does develop a quirk, but in a unique way. Asta, the Wizard King aspirant in Black Clover, is a nonmagical individual. Once again, like Deku, Asta is given powers that allow him to take on the most difficult of tasks so that he might realize his ambition.
9. Mob Pyscho 100
A kind-hearted little child like Deku, Mob’s protagonist, Mob Psycho 100’s protagonist, has an enormous power that he struggles to control. Mob, on the other hand, isn’t looking to stand out; he just wants to fit in with the rest of his peers. Consequently, he works as a personal assistant in order to gain mastery over his abilities as a self-described psychic. For him, the only thing keeping him from unleashing his strength is the constant presence of trouble. Compared to My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100 has fewer shounen elements, but it still has some entertaining battle scenes.
8. Katekyo Hitman Reborn
Tsuna, the protagonist of this drama, bears an uncanny resemblance to Deku. They’re both physically and psychologically frail, and neither of them has much faith in their own abilities. Their lives are drastically altered, however, when they meet a guy who helps them realize their full potential. However, in contrast to Deku, who aspires to become a mafia boss, Tsuna has little interest in either strengthening himself or becoming a better fighter. Despite the stark differences in storylines, both series have endearing characters, exciting action sequences, and witty banter.
7. Soul Eater
Using a school setting, the teens in Soul Eater learn how to use their supernatural powers against their enemies. So, despite the fact that they don’t wear costumes or proclaim themselves superheroes, they do battle to rescue the planet in exciting ways. It’s a playful show that takes a darker turn when the enemy appears. The personalities and powers of the characters are also fascinating. To defend themselves against enemies, some of them transform into weapons. My Hero Academia’s fluid animation is a great match for Soul Eater’s. The same animation company created both.
6. Blue Exorcist (Ao No Exorcist)
It is same like My Hero Academia and Soul Eater that the main protagonists of this anime travel to an elite school where they are trained in the art of fighting demons. This group of kids, dubbed “exorcists,” is joined by Rin, a demon spawn who has vowed to take the life of Satan himself. It wasn’t until the day that Rin’s foster father was assassinated by his real father that he learned of his true origins. In seeking vengeance for the tragedy that has befallen him, Rin makes some new acquaintances and learns valuable lessons along the way.
5. Little Witch Academia
As you may have guessed, “Academia” is in the title of this anime series as well, and there are numerous parallels between the two. Meet Akko, a sixteen-year-old with aspirations of becoming a witch so she may help others and improve the world. Aside from Shiny Chariot, she is also infatuated with the renowned witch. At the Luna Nova witch school, Akko pursues her dream despite having no evident magic talents; she makes many new friends (and some foes) along the way. And one of the professors at this school has a great story to tell you about..
Even if they haven’t seen or read the show, almost every anime fan has heard of this character. In addition to One Piece and Bleach, Naruto is one of the classic “Big Three” of Shonen (along with Naruto Uzumaki). In order to become the village leader (Hokage) and a legendary ninja who everyone can want to be like, he just finished ninja school. Fans of My Hero Academia will recognize his journey from start to finish, as he rises from obscurity.
3. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
They are adorable rogues on a mission to repair their torn bodies and atone for the great sin of trying to resuscitate the dead using alchemy, even though they are not enrolled in “magic high school.” En route, they become entangled in a nefarious scheme to take over the entire world, complete with an evil villain and his henchmen that could only come from a nightmare. Colorful characters, philosophical concepts, and spectacular magic battles make this anime a must-see.
2. Food Wars
Students at Totsuki Academy, a “magic high school,” learn how to prepare fine cuisine instead of Quirks or alchemy or jutsu. Meet Soma Yukihira, a young chef with a can-do attitude who strives to be as good as his father, a renowned chef. Like Izuku Midoriya, he is a wild and headstrong lead, and he creates as many enemies as friends. He also has a generous spirit and is always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
1. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
If you’ve never seen the anime, chances are you’ve heard of this other well-known name. For three generations, members of the Joestar family have fought evil in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Jonathan Joestar confronts the vampire overlord Dio Brando in 1880s England, while Jotaro Kujo (above) does the same in the 1980s. As the name implies, the characters in this show have physical representations of their fighting prowess, and the stand bouts are a sight to behold. They are some of the most innovative and dramatic Shonen action sequences ever made.