Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
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Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals

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Japanese: ヴィジランテ -僕のヒーローアカデミア ILLEGALS-
English: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 132
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 20, 2016 to May 28, 2022
Genre: Action Action
Theme: Super Power Super Power
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump+
Authors: Betten, Court (Art), Furuhashi, Hideyuki (Story)


Score: 7.611 (scored by 1811518,115 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22332
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #366
Members: 45,474
Favorites: 1,083

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Living in a superhuman society, it's hard to feel special. Even more so when the spotlight only shines on professional heroes, those legally authorized to use their special powers known as "Quirks" in public for the greater good.

Kouichi Haimawari grew up aspiring to be a hero, but with a mediocre Quirk like "sliding" that ties him to the ground, he soon came to the conclusion that he could only ever admire them from below. Despite this, Kouichi finds contentment in using his Quirk to carry out day-to-day good deeds, such as returning lost items and helping the elderly cross the street.

However, Kouichi's tame life takes a swing into the turbulent when he is rescued from a back alley brawl by "Vigilante," or illegal hero, Knuckleduster. Seeing hero potential in Kouichi, Knuckleduster enlists his help in tracking down the source of a dangerous drug known as "Trigger" that boosts the user's Quirk at the expense of their rationality.

Set in a time before the events of the original story, Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals follows Kouichi as he chooses to don the reputation of a villain and become a Vigilante, operating in the shadow of the law to prevent crimes from taking to the surface.

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Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals was published digitally as an English simulpub as My Hero Academia: Vigilantes VIZ Media. It has been published in print by VIZ Media from July 3, 2018 to October 10, 2023.

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I don't like my hero academia.

That's probably what many people who have been recommended this manga to have said; And don't worry, I don't like it either, but please don't let that stigma become an excuse not to read one of the BEST shonen of recent years.

"This is not the story of the best, it is the story of a group of people who just want to do good and find their place in society"

Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals is EVERYTHING I ask of a good shonen and superhero story; In this review I will not only defend the reason for this fact, but ...
Mar 18, 2023
Mixed Feelings
"I know I don't have a chance of going pro at this point. But still, if only for a second, I just wanna fly."

- Koichi, Chapter 2

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is a prequel series that takes the core themes of My Hero Academia and looks at them from a new focal point. While using a pre-established setting and plot, Vigilantes manages to build its own identity surrounding the world of quirks and heroes. There are a couple of elements that will be hindered due to it originally being published alongside the main series, especially in regards to plot reveals that are reflected in My ...
Dec 11, 2017
Preliminary (15/132 eps)
As a spin-off to one of the most popular shounen of the post-Big 3 Generation, Illegals needs to fill some big shoes. The world of BNHA is large, large enough to accommodate a variety of stories. The author, however, decided to tell the story that could have been the most poignant: the story of illegal heroes. And yet, Illegals' story is not without its share of faults. Despite its adequate illustrations and character designs, Illegals fails where its parent story succeeds, hosting a cast of lifeless characters and a bipolar story.

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