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Dive into the electrifying realm of superpowers and heroic dreams with our curated list of anime like My Hero Academia.

In a world where quirks define destiny, My Hero Academia unfolds the inspiring journey of Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, a Quirkless boy determined to carve his path as a superhero.

Guided by the legendary All Might, Deku’s ascent to becoming the world’s greatest hero is a testament to the ultimate underdog story.

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For those enchanted by the gripping narrative of My Hero Academia, we present a lineup of five anime that seamlessly blend action, heart, and compelling characters. 

From the adrenaline-pumping sports battles of Haikyuu!! to the imaginative world of Ranking of Kings, each recommendation promises a unique adventure that resonates with the spirit of Boku no Hero.

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Experience a sports journey resonating with the tenacity and spirit of My Hero Academia through Haikyuu!! This anime resonates with MHA’s themes of determination, growth, and the relentless pursuit of one’s dreams.

In Haikyuu!!, the parallels between Deku and Shoyo Hinata become evident as they navigate their respective worlds.

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Deku’s struggle to control his quirk mirrors Hinata’s challenge of overcoming physical limitations, particularly his shorter stature. Both characters face adversity, with Hinata often underestimated due to his size.

However, the unwavering mindset and dedication to self-improvement define both Deku and Hinata.

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Through sheer hard work and perseverance, these protagonists rise above their initial setbacks, proving that true strength comes from within.

Ranking of Kings

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Embark on an extraordinary journey with Ranking of Kings, where the resilient spirit of Bojji intertwines with the essence of My Hero Academia’s Deku.

In this captivating tale, Bojji, a little prince who is deaf and deemed naive, mirrors Deku’s underdog narrative as he strives to become the greatest of kings despite facing societal criticisms.

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Drawing a parallel between My Hero Academia and Ranking of Kings, the theme of succession and the challenges faced by Bojji echoes the skepticism surrounding Deku’s ability to fill All Might’s shoes. 

In a world where Bojji is considered an unlikely heir to King Bosse, similar to Deku’s initial reception as the successor to All Might, the stories converge in portraying protagonists who redefine expectations.

Gurren Lagann

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In the world of Gurren Lagann, embark on an epic journey similar to My Hero Academia. The charismatic Simon pursues the challenge of living up to the legacy of his idol, Kamina.

Among the main characters in our selection of anime like My Hero Academia, Simon bears the weight of monumental expectations, echoing the challenges faced by Deku.

In both My Hero Academia and Gurren Lagann, the protagonists are thrust into the daunting task of shouldering the dreams and aspirations of their predecessors.

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While Deku grapples with becoming the next symbol of peace, Simon continues Kamina’s goal of exploring the vast surface world.

The thematic resonance continues as both series emphasize the power of hope and resilience. Much like My Hero Academia, Gurren Lagann underscores the importance of perseverance—advocating that as long as you keep moving forward, your goals can be within reach.

Assassination Classroom

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In Assassination Classroom, an essential supporting character parallels My Hero Academia’s iconic All Might.

Both anime feature outstanding teachers, All Might and Koro-sensei — leading classes with distinct goals — heroism in My Hero Academia and assassination skills in Assassination Classroom.

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Nagisa and Deku, two seemingly unremarkable boys, share a typical journey of defying expectations and ascending to the top of their classes.

Both aspire to follow in the footsteps of their influential teachers, displaying analytical minds through the meticulous notes they keep, be it Nagisa on Koro-sensei’s weaknesses or Deku having a deep understanding of different Quirks.

Hunter x Hunter

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Both anime share the foundation of a super-powered world—My Hero Academia boasts a population with quirks. At the same time, Hunter x Hunter introduces Nen users, equivalent to possessing superpowers.

The intricate hero systems in both series add another layer of similarity. In My Hero Academia, aspiring heroes enroll in institutions like U.A. High School, while in Hunter x Hunter, individuals seeking to make a difference must pass the rigorous Hunter Exam to join the esteemed Hunter Association.

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Once licensed, these individuals can venture into the world, aiding those in need—a reflection of the heroism prevalent in My Hero Academia.

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Hunter x Hunter, like My Hero Academia, weaves a tapestry of personalities and alliances, setting the stage for monumental clashes between good and evil.

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