In a press release, Viz Media announced the English translation of another My Hero Academia spin-off manga is scheduled to release next month. Titled My Hero Academia: Smash, the manga reimagines the original story as a comedic sketch-based slice of life.
Smash is the first spin-off series of My Hero Academia, but it was not the first to get an English translation and physical release in the west. The immensely popular third spin-off, Vigilantes (known as Illegals in Japan), was translated into and released in English first, followed by the second spin-off, School Briefs. My Hero Academia’s fourth spin-off, Team Up Mission, has just made its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump (which can be downloaded and read digitally).
My Hero Academia: Smash releases in the US and Canada on August 6. The manga will cost $10 USD / $13 CAN. Of all the spin-offs, Smash is the only one that isn’t canon to My Hero Academia’s story, as it’s just a retelling of the original manga, albeit with a goofy twist.
School Briefs follows the normal, everyday classroom activities of Midoriya, Ururaka, Iida, and the rest of Class 1-A in-between the battle-filled arcs of the main story. You see the students interacting with their guardians in preparation for Parents Day, for example.
Vigilantes follows Koichi Haimawari, an aspiring hero who never made the cut and went on to attend a normal high school. Just as the Superman-like All Might found his Superboy in Midoriya, the Batman-like Knuckleduster finds his Robin in Koichi, training him to use his modest Quirk as a vigilante that illegally investigates the crime of villains that professional heroes can’t or won’t go after. As Koichi gains more notoriety in the city, he and Knuckleduster begin to influence the ideals of other heroes, such as Tensei “Ingenium” Iida and Shota “Eraser Head” Aizawa.
Finally, Team Up Mission occurs in the time period between the third and fourth seasons of My Hero Academia and sees Class 1-A pairing up with professional heroes ahead of the students’ mentorships. Midoriya is partnered with My Hero Academia: Two Heroes‘ Melissa Shield and the two’s natural chemistry make them a fierce crime-fighting duo.