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The official My Hero Academia Twitter account stepped up to the plate today to deliver the first preview screenshots of the two-part Season 5 OVAs that are heading to Japanese theaters later this month, while also loading the bases with a central cast member for each OVA!


First off, the preview screenshots for OVA 1, titled “HLB” (short for “Hero League Baseball”):



And the preview screenshots for OVA 2, titled “Laugh! As if you are in hell”:




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The new cast members are as follows:


Nobuyuki Hiyama (Hiei in Yu Yu Hakusho) as Shishido,

a pro hero who’ll appear in the “HLB” OVA

My Hero Academia Season 5 OVAs Shishido character design


Hironori Kondo (Goyef in So I’m a Spider, So What?) as Mister Smiley,

the main villain in the “Laugh! As if you are in hell” OVA

My Hero Academia Season 5 OVA Mister Smiley character design



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Crunchyroll announced earlier this week that they will be streaming both OVAs sometime this summer after an early premiere at Anime Expo 2022, describing them as such:


HLB synopsis:


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!?



Orcas: Gang Orca, Shoji, Jiro, Kaminari, Mineta, Sero, Shiozaki, Shinrin Kamui, and Mt. Lady


Lionels: Shishido, Ojiro, Sato, Shishida, Shoda, Fat Gum, Kirishima, Amajiki, and Tetsutetsu


Laugh! As if you are in hell synopsis:


Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki participate in internship under the No.1 hero, Endeavor’s agency.


One of their tasks these days is to find a villain (“Smiley”) who draws doodles in the city. However, since the urgency is so low, they let other pro-heroes solve this case.


One day, Smiley draws a doodle on Endeavor’s house! Being furious, Endeavor himself and the 1-A trio go out to get the villain. However, Smiley’s quirk turns out to be something ridiculous but powerful… It is to make anyone who looks into his eyes laugh hysterically!


Can the team capture the villain and stop laughing!?


Source: Comic Natalie, My Hero Academia official Twitter account



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