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Must Watch Anime Like My Hero Academia

If you are a fan of My Hero Academia, you probably love the main characters and everything about them. Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, and the rest of the cast are fun to watch, both in and out of costume, as they grow from their mistakes and try to become stronger. Each character is unique and exciting, and they’re all part of the larger cast of My Hero Academia.

This blog will help you find out what anime to watch if you enjoy My Hero Academia.

One Punch Man

One Punch Man is a Superhero anime series based on One Punch Man, the manga written by ONE. The show revolves around likeable characters such as Saitama, a man with superhuman abilities who became bored with his strength and has lost all interest in being a hero. To regain his interest as a hero and challenge himself with weaker opponents, Saitama joins the Hero Association to fight monsters that threaten the earth.

There are many similarities between One Punch Man and My Hero Academia, but that doesn’t mean the One Punch Man is the “poor man’s version.” Both focus on an inexperienced hero trying to find his footing against formidable foes or being a hero. In One Punch Man, our hero Saitama is bored with being so overpowered. 

In My Hero Academia, Midoriya wants to be the number hero and be like All Might. They both go through a bit of a slump at one point in their lives, such as Midoriya learning how to use the “One For All” or Saitama trying to find a worthy opponent or show to everyone that he is a hero.

Naruto

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto with an anime adaptation. The story follows Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the leader of his village. The episodes are centered on Naruto and his friends’ personal growth as ninja and details their adventures and missions.

There are many similarities in the story and Naruto characters’ cast to that of My Hero Academia. Still, the main similarity is that both stories have a protagonist who starts out with no superpower in a world where everyone around them has “superpowers.” 

The protagonist is born into a society where everyone has some form of power, and they are looked down upon as being nothing special. Both have an instructor character who plays an integral role in how the protagonist becomes powerful.

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Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is a popular manga and anime series written by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story follows a young boy named Gon Freecs as he embarks on a journey to become an accomplished Hunter or someone who specializes in finding rare treasures, exploring unknown lands, and hunting down dangerous individuals.

Both series are involved in a battle of good vs. evil, with each protagonist trying to find their way through this world riddled with dangers.

Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 is an anime series that follows the main character, a middle schooler named Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed Mob. When Mob was still in elementary school, he lost all of his emotions because of the trauma he experienced from witnessing his psychic powers for the first time. For years now, he has been determined to become a “delinquent” to suppress his extraordinary powers but has trouble living as one.

My Hero Academy and Mob Psycho 100 have much in common in the main teenage characters, their socio-economic background, and their supernatural abilities. Both protagonists have seen a heavy dose of bullying throughout their life due to the special power they possess that sets them apart from their peers and the psychological trauma that this has created.

Soul Eater

Soul Eater is an anime series produced by Bones Studios for AT-X, TV Tokyo, and various other Japanese television networks. It has been adapted into three manga series, one light novel, and a video game for the PlayStation 2, and a trading card game developed by Bushiroad in 2014.

The story follows the adventures of three human students attending the Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWM). The students at the school are taught to control “Death Scythes” (reapers’ scythes that turn into guns and/or anti-tank cannons) to become a weapon meister.

If you’re new to anime and are looking for a manga or anime that’s similar to My Hero Academia, Soul Eater may just be the perfect title for you. The two series share similarities in their story, character design, and art style. It doesn’t have the same sort of super power-filled storyline, but it does have a darker fantasy atmosphere that’s sure to appeal to My Hero Academia fans.

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Black Clover

Black Clover is an anime series adapted from the same name written and illustrated by Yuki Tabata. The anime is produced by Pierrot Studios, directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara, and written by Shin Yoshida. In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta isn’t able to use any.

Growing up in the church, Yuno was made fun of for his lack of magic and told he will never be a mage. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta isn’t able to use any. Growing up in the church, Asta was made fun of for his lack of magic and told he will never be a mage.

If you’re a fan of the two manga and shonen anime, Black Clover and My Hero Academia, then you’ll find that they have many similarities! From the settings to rivalries with other protagonists such as Asta and Yuno or Midoriya and Bakugo, these two series are similar in many ways. 

Both of the main protagonists have a similar situation in Midoriya’s case, he is quirkless in a world where most people have a quirk, and in Asta’s case, he can’t use any magic in a world where most of the people can use magic.

One Piece

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 1997 and has been collected into 87 volumes. One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gains the properties of rubber after inadvertently eating a Devil Fruit, as he travels the world in search of the ultimate treasure known as “One Piece.”

There are many similarities between One Piece and My Hero Academia, making it difficult to choose one over the other. Both Shonen anime focus on protagonists in their respective worlds who have life-changing events before becoming heroes or pirates.

Their journeys involve training under others, notable mentors ( All Might and Rayleigh ) with a special ability that they wish to harness. The two anime also share significant aspects of the plot, including amazing character growth, intense battles, dramatic rise and fall stories, and comedic relief amid all the drama.

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Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is one of our favorite anime series, based on a manga of the same name. The series was first aired on January 7, 2018. In the story, we follow Tanjiro Kamado, who wants to avenge his family’s death from a demon named Muzan and turn his sister Nezuko back to being a human.

One of the main aspects in common is the protagonist having to let go of their former life to protect those precious people. Both Midoriya and Tanjiro y go through lots of hardships in the early year, but have decent development and become stronger.  

Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 1990 to July 1994. The story follows delinquent junior high school student Yusuke Urameshi, who dies in a car accident on his way home.

He is then resurrected as a Spirit Detective. He is joined by his friend Kazuma Kuwabara and their demon buddy Kurama in the dark dealings of spirits, demons, and humans alike. 

It seems pretty clear that Yu Yu Hakusho has influenced My Hero Academia, especially when you look at how much Midoriya’s character and backstory compare to Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho. I also think that My Hero Academia is influenced by Yu Yu Hakusho in the sense that Midoriya’s character and design are similar to Yusuke Urameshi and the fact that both series have a lot of similarities regarding their plot, superpowers, and main likable characters. 

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Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom is a manga series written by Yūsei Matsui and illustrated by Yūsei Ishida. The series began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2012.

The story follows students’ lives in the worst class of Kunugigaoka Middle School, who are nicknamed “Class E.” The students appear to be typical teenagers, but they have an unusual curriculum: Their only subject is how to kill their teacher, who is an alien named Koro-sensei. An alien character responsible for destroying half of the earth’s moon.

Both Assassination Classroom and My Hero Academia are shounen anime series. Shounen, as the term implies, is targeted at boys. A typical shounen plot features an adolescent protagonist who’s new to their chosen profession but has a natural talent for it; the main character usually goes through various trials from self-doubt to being overpowered to reach a level of success that they’re happy with.

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail takes place in a world filled with superpowers and dangerous creatures, and it centers around a guild of wizards named Fairy Tail. The story follows Natsu Dragneel, a fire-breathing wizard who joins Fairy Tail and other young wizards from around the kingdom. Together they battle dangerous foes and team up with allies to complete missions and protect the human world from monsters.

Fairy Tail and my hero academia are similar since they both have a lot of action, a long-term plotline with some mysteries in the background, and some comedic content to help make things “lighthearted.” 

Their similarities can be seen through their amazing characters. Both series are in a world where people have superpowers/ magical abilities/magic. In Fairy Tail, there are guilds that people go to train their skills and get new superpowers. 

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Tiger and Bunny

Tiger and Bunny is a Japanese superhero anime television series that aired from April 2011 to Sept 2011. It was produced by Sunrise, directed by Keiichi Satou, and written by Masafumi Nishida. The show is set in the fictional Stern Bild City, where crime has been eliminated, replaced with sports entertainment as the popular form of public amusement.

It follows the superhero stories of two characters: Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (aka Wild Tiger) and Barnaby Brooks Jr. (aka Bunny Rabbit).

There are many qualities between Tiger Bunny and My Hero Academia that they share. It’s one of the most popular anime and manga series in Japan as well as worldwide. Characters in these series face issues that are realistic yet likable with a strong sense of justice. Furthermore, both heroes go through different struggles but have an inner strength that pushes them to help others. Another similarity between Tiger and Bunny and My Hero academia is both series have heroes being part of a functional society.

Katekyo Hitman Reborn

Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is an ongoing comic book published by Weekly Shonen Jump. It first appeared on May 31, 2004, in Japan and was published until November 12, 2012.

The first sixteen volumes were published and licensed in English by Viz Media in the United States which they were serialized until they got canceled.

It centers on Tsunayoshi Sawada, a loser who meets Reborn, an infant hitman training him to become the Tenth Boss of the Vongola Famiglia, known mainly as the Vongola Famiglia.

There are many similarities between the two, especially the Underdog story of Tsunayoshi Sawada and Midoriya. One similarity is that both series have a school setting, where people come to learn and train. In both series, the main protagonist starts out as an ordinary person who becomes a hero figure by acquiring magnificent powers or supernatural abilities from their mentor. 

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Many anime and manga series involve martial arts, with the best known being Dragon Ball. However, “History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi” is a little different: it is about an average high school boy who trains in the ways and discipline of karate after being beaten up by some bullies.

The story follows a boy named Kenichi, then comes under the tutelage of an old man named Ryōzanpaku master. He doesn’t hesitate to take Kenichi into his dojo (the Ryōzanpaku martial arts school) even though his martial arts abilities are pathetic.

Both of the manga series have a protagonist who faces low self-esteem personalities. They both make friends during their adventures and grow as people. Both series are about someone who begins the story with something to prove but eventually overcomes all of the challenges and becomes a hero. They both have a protagonist who is considered a “weakling” at first but gradually grows stronger to overcome stronger opponents. Both of the shows feature lots of action scenes and likable characters.

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Written by Charlie

I've watched a lot of anime in my days, but that doesn't stop me from watching more. Whether it be new or old, I'll give it a run-through and tell you what I think about it. We're currently living in the golden age of anime with so many great shows out there to watch.

Some are better than others for sure, but they're all worth checking out at least once. My beautiful daughters also love watching animes...well not as much as their dad does!

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