MHA Logo

My Hero Academia (MHA) Logo

MHA Logo PNG

MHA: Brand overview

Founded: July 7, 2014 – present
Founder: Kōhei Horikoshi
Headquarters:
Japan
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MHA is the short name of the Japanese franchise My Hero Academia, which revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya. She first appeared in 2014 as a manga published in Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine. Since then (data for 2022), 34 tankobon have been issued. In 2016, Bones Studio created an animated version. Now she is planning the filming of the sixth season. Both the print version and the television adaptation were huge successes with audiences and critical acclaim. Kohei Horikoshi wrote the manga. He wrote and illustrated it.

Meaning and History

MHA Logo History

What is MHA?

MHA is the abbreviation for the Japanese manga franchise My Hero Academia, which first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine. Kohei Horikoshi created the print version, and the animated version was created by Bones. The first of them originated in 2014 (34 tankōbon), the second – in 2016 (includes five full seasons and the beginning of the sixth).

MHA tells about an ordinary schoolboy who does not have any superpowers, although he lives in a world where they are commonplace. That is, all around are superheroes, except for a young man named Izuku Midoriya. Therefore, his life and adventures are the desire to get magical opportunities at all costs and become like everyone else. This is his only goal.

Despite the storyline’s simplicity, the franchise’s theme is quite deep. It answers an incredibly important question: “What makes a person a hero?”. Focusing on it, Kohei Horikoshi continuously searches for the answer, creating several hundred mangas. Gradually, he surrounds the main character with various images to form an alluring environment of interest to readers. So, for example, Fat Gum appeared. He is not just a stupid comic book character, but a harmonious way to maintain a good mood.

The series is released not only in Japanese but also in English. It was licensed for distribution in North America by Viz Media. In parallel, he appears digitally in Shonen Jump. The weekly also presents it in the English version. Regardless of where and in what language the My Hero Academia (MHA) manga appears, it is accompanied by a concept logo. Moreover, the magazine and animation versions have two different logos.

2014 – today (manga)

My Hero Academia Logo 2014 (manga)

The logo for the MHA magazine version originated at the time of its publication. This is a text emblem, all letters in which are in upper case. The inscription is ungrouped into two lines of different sizes: “My Hero” is smaller, and “Academia” is larger. The symbols are colored red and outlined with a thin yellow line. It separates glyphs from black shadows. In the lower word, they are larger and slightly repeat the outlines of printed characters, which is why they look three-dimensional. Curiously, different fonts are used in the first and second rows: in one case, it is an antiqua; in the other, it is grotesque. The letters are slightly tilted back.

2016 – today (anime)

My Hero Academia Logo (anime)

Although the logos use a common color scheme (red, yellow, black), they look different. In the animated version of MHA, yellow dominates: it is the name that is colored with it. Red, in this case, is the background, and black is the border. Moreover, the inscriptions are made in two languages: Japanese and English. At the top are two long rectangles that meet in the middle. On the left is “My Hero,” and on the right is “Academia.” Letters without serifs, with roundings. Below are hieroglyphs. They are massive and bright, also forming an angle in the center.

Font and Colors

MHA Symbol

Both logos are textual, but graphics can still be traced in them. For example, in the form of rectangles and geometric hieroglyphs (in the animated emblem), as well as in the form of a trapezoid (inscription in the printed version of the manga). This design is consistent with the idea embodied in the MHA: even in ordinary things, extraordinary possibilities are hidden.

The logos use simple typefaces with clear contours, bold lines, and massive shapes. In the manga logo, the line “My Hero” is set in grotesque, and “Academia” is set in serif. The visual identity of the animated version is more complex because the characters are made as geometric shapes with softened details and arcuate elements. The top inscription, on the contrary, is simple, with straight letters without serifs. The logo palette is the same and consists of red, yellow, and black. The combination of these colors is well remembered, symbolizing progress, energy, strength, and movement.

MHA color codes

Red Hex color: #ff0000
RGB: 255 0 0
CMYK: 0 100 100 0
Pantone: PMS 1655 C
Middle Yellow Hex color: #ffe500
RGB: 255 229 0
CMYK: 0 10 100 0
Pantone: PMS 803 C
Eerie Black Hex color: #1c1c19
RGB: 28 28 25
CMYK: 0 0 11 89
Pantone: PMS 419 C