Shonen Jumps Announces Conclusion To ‘My Hero Academia’ Spin-Off ‘Vigilantes’

The ‘My Hero Academia’ spin-off prequel manga series ‘Vigilantes’ began publishing on August 20, 2016, written by Hideyuki Furuhashi and illustrated by Betten Court for Shonen Jump. Viz Media began publishing it in English for North America in 2021. It exists in the same universe as ‘My Hero Academia’ created by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has run for 125 chapters, but Shonen Jump recently announced that the series will come to an end.
The story follows a good Samaritan who goes by the Crawler who uses his powers, known as “quirks,” who gets recruited along with social media influencer Pop Step by the vigilante Knuckleduster to battle crime on the streets.
“My Hero Academia spinoff manga My Hero Academia: Vigilantes—written by Hideyuki Furuhashi and illustrated by Betten Court—follows heroes who use their powers to fight villains without a license, and it’s officially getting ready to wrap up its run. Chapter 125 made its way to the Shonen Jump app in English on Friday, and the last page reveals that the final chapter is coming on May 27,” Crunchyroll said on their website.
Shonen Jump shared an image from the penultimate chapter on their Twitter:


Furuhashi described the difference between ‘My Hero Academia’ and ‘Vigilantes’ during a panel at the 2019 Naples Comicon.
“The idea of “what is a hero” is the same in both works, but what changes is the same idea depending on the target,” he said. “My Hero Academia is a shōnen, a genre with a well-defined structure and tropes were, to take as an example, the protagonist always needs to be a good guy. However, in Vigilantes, we can explore the “dark side” of the characters, we can make them do mistakes and the protagonist doesn’t need to always shine as in the traditional shōnen way and this “darkness” can make them emphasize the ‘light’ of the former.”
My Hero Academia Fandom describes the synopsis as follows,
“The manga is about Koichi Haimawari, a young man who despite not being a licensed hero, uses his Quirk to help others. After he and a street performer, Kazuho Haneyama, are harassed by a group of thugs, they are saved thanks to the vigilante, Knuckleduster, who recruits Koichi to become a vigilante himself.”
The manga has been serialized in Jump GIGA and the online magazine Shonen Jump+.

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