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Funimation Streams 'My Hero Academia' Season 5, Reveals More Spring Shows


There's no need to fear,. because My Hero Academia's fifth season is here! Well, nearly.  International anime distributor Funimation has announced that the new season breakout super-hero shonen anime will stream on its Funimation Now streaming service in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, New Zeland and more. The simulcast season premiere will stream from Saturday, March 27.  It will also be available on Hulu in the United States and on Crunchyroll in all the usual territories.  Funimation will also stream a dubbed version of the series, with the premiere date to be confirmed.

In case you've been living under a rock, My Hero Academia is based on the Shonen Jump hit manga by Kohei Horikoshi.  It takes place in a world where much of the population has superpowers or "Quirks" and superheroes and supervillains are part of everyday life.  The series follows a pure-hearted but naturally quirkless teen named Deku who dreams of becoming a hero as against all the odds he enrols at the superhero academy UA High. The first season of the  Studio Bones' anime adaptation aired in 2016.

Funimation describes the new season:

Class is back in session at U.A High School with Midoriya, Bakugo, Ochaco, and more returning students, promising one of the most intense years between Class 1-A and Class 1-B ever as our heroes-in-training battle it out in school.

 The fifth season of the anime will be kicking off with the Joint Training Arc, which sees Class 1-A and Class 1-B's students pitted against each other in a series of team battles that demonstrates just how much each respective class has grown. The last time we saw the students of U.A High, we were left with many questions. Season five will bring answers and action-packed stories that viewers won’t want to miss out on, including the iconic series’ 100th episode.

MHA is just one part of Funimation's spring line-up. Alongside the previously announced Megalo Box 2 and Moriarty The Patriot part 2, they have also announced a whole new slate of shows for the new season.

First out of the gate is Fruits Basket: The Final Season,  the first episode of which is now available. As the title suggests, the series will bring the popular fantasy romance/reverse-harem series to its conclusion. A simuldub version will also be available at a later date.

Other sequel series this season include the fantasy How Not to Summon A Demon Lord Ω and comedy/ horror/idol anime/slice of life Zombie Land Saga Revenge. Both seasons will also be getting the dub treatment later on. Also streaming is 90s reboot Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART and  Hetalia: World Stars.

Those looking for their isekai fix this season will be well served with The Saint's Power Is Omnipotent and the fabulously titled Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG is Even Shittier than Real Life! There's lots of other bases covered too: vampires in Mars Red, magical girls in Blue Reflection Ray, and fantasy comedy in Combitants Will Be Dispatched and The Dragon Goes House Hunting,

The eagerly anticipated The World End With You: The Animation, based on the cult 3DS and Switch game by Square Enix will also be streaming this Spring.

The titles will stream on Funimation in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland with most titles also available in Mexico and Brazil. They will also stream through Anime Lab in Australia and New Zealand, and on Wakanim in some European countries (availability varies by title). For full info check out Funimation's blog post.

UK based Funimation fans will have a new way to watch them too, as their app is now available on Nintendo Switch in the United Kingdom and Ireland- the first anime streaming app available on the console  Funimation's app is already available on the Switch in North America, and is also available on a range of consoles, smart TVs and connected devices as well as Mobile, Tablet and PC.