Paris-based VIZ Media Europe has snapped up theatrical, TV, digital, home video and merchandise rights to anime movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes from Japan’s Toho. The deal covers French- and German-speaking territories.
Premiering today at Japan Expo 2018 in Paris, the feature is adapted from Kohei Horikoshi’s hit manga series My Hero Academia that follows Izuku Midoriya, a middle school student who longs for acceptance into a prestigious high school for budding heroes. The only catch is, he doesn’t possess any superpowers and lives in a world where most people already have special abilities.
Published by Japanese book and video game company Shueisha, the manga franchise boasts more than two million copies sold to date in Europe (it’s published in France by Ki-oon), three TV seasons and 26 million views across streaming/VOD platforms. A video game by Bandai Namco will also launch this fall.
The deal follows the recent promotion of Mathilde Le Calvé to VME’s brand and movie distribution manager for EMEA, and the company’s acquisition of the rebooted animated series Captain Tsubasa from Shueisha.