My Hero Academia might currently be gearing up for its return with Season 6 later this Fall, but the anime has revealed the release dates for a new set of OVA specials that fans will be able to check out this Summer before the anime fully returns! The anime will be making its comeback with the most intense arc to hit the adaptation yet, but thankfully it's got some much lighter plans prepared for the Summer. With the first of these new specials currently airing in Japan, fans in other territories have begun to wonder when they would be able to check out these specials for themselves.
My Hero Academia took the stage with a special new event highlighting some of the anime's future, and with it officially announced that the two new OVA specials now screening in Japan will be releasing around the rest of the world beginning on August 1st (as spotted by @AIR_News01 on Twitter). Fans attending Anime Expo will be able to check out the first of these new specials much earlier than that as part of Crunchyroll's offerings for the convention, but thankfully it won't be much longer for everyone else.
Both My Hero Academia season 5 OVAs ("Hero League Baseball" & "Laugh! As if you are in Hell") begin streaming worldwide on August 1.— A.I.R (Anime Intelligence (and) Research) (@AIR_News01) June 19, 2022
Stage greeting event where this was announced (@ 17:25):https://t.co/xenQMcKqMF pic.twitter.com/4tHyyJuao6
Crunchyroll officially describes the first of My Hero Academia's new OVAs, titled "HLB," as such, "HLB stands for 'Hero League of Baseball' – it is a baseball league founded by pro-heroes who love baseball! It's game day! The last game of HLB championship is between Gang Orca and Shishido's two rival agencies. They form a team ('Orcas' and 'Lionels') to compete. In the world of HLB, there is no rule – using their quirks is of course accepted. However, just when the game is about to finish, they are interrupted by a villain. Who will be the winner of HLB!?"
A synopsis for the second OVA titled "Laugh! As if you are in Hell!" has yet to be revealed, but it has been confirmed that it will be introducing a new villain to the series named Mr. Smiley. He'll be voiced by Hironori Kondo (who can be heard in various Super Sentai projects such as Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger) upon his debut, so luckily it has been confirmed it won't be too much longer until fans outside of Japan will get to see either of these new OVA specials.
My Hero Academia will also be returning this October with Season 6 as part of the Fall 2022 anime schedule, but has yet to confirm a concrete release date as of this writing. What do you think so far? Are you excited to check out these new My Hero Academia specials later this Summer? What are you hoping to see in the new episodes before Season 6 hits later this year? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!