‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’: Is the New Movie Canon?

My Hero Academia recently concluded its fifth season, but the anime is giving fans something to look forward to while they wait for season 6. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission arrived in Japanese movie theaters in August 2021, and it comes to the U.S. in October. The film promises to bring fans an action-packed adventure centered on Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki. Will it be considered canon?

‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ is the anime’s 3rd movie

The movie poster for 'My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission.' It shows Deku and his classmates in the middle, with a pyramid on the left and a cityscape on the right.
Official poster for ‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ | Crunchyroll

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is the anime’s third movie, following on the heels of 2018’s My Hero Academia: Two Heroes and 2019’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising.

Like the other two films, this one promises to implement some of the latest developments from the anime. Similar to the series’ Endeavor Agency Arc, World Heroes’ Mission will closely follow Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki. However, the story doesn’t appear connected to the anime in any way.

Per Crunchyroll, the synopsis teases a villain who doesn’t appear in the anime or Kohei Horikoshi’s manga. It also features a surprising storyline about Deku, one that certainly wasn’t teased in the previous season:

“When a sinister organization threatens to wipe out all superhuman powers, the fate of the world is on the line. With two hours until the collapse of civilization, Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki manage to work as a team, but there’s still one problem. Deku’s on the run for murder.”

Is ‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ canon?

Judging by how My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission diverges from the anime’s main storyline, it doesn’t seem the movie will be considered canon. That’s in line with the previous two features, neither of which had any impact on the overarching plot.

Although My Hero Academia films tend to fit into the anime’s timeline, they’re rarely ever mentioned in the show. That’s something they have in common with older Dragon Ball movies and the majority of the Naruto films.

While My Hero doesn’t seem to be taking a canon approach with its movies, some anime are beginning to. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train adapted events from the manga, and they’re so important to the plot that Demon Slayer Season 2 is rehashing them in episodic format. Likewise, Dragon Ball Super: Broly was canon.

When does the new film come out?

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Even if My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission isn’t canon, fans will flock to theaters to see the new movie. It grossed more than $29 million in Japan to date, and its international release will likely be greeted with similar enthusiasm. According to Funimation, the film broke records with its performance already. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising did the same when it came out.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission arrives in U.S. theaters on Oct. 29. It releases the same day in Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. However, moviegoers in Australia and New Zealand can head out to see it on Oct. 28.