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The famous Tokyo based superhero academy "UA" has opened up a branch in Los Angeles, California. We follow a student who's decided to step up and do the right thing... but at what cost?

UA:LA is a non-profit fan-made live-action web series in the world of My Hero Academia. The two parts of the mini-series were released in the summer of 2019. The pilot episode was released in the fall of 2019. All the episodes are made by RivenX3i

  1. UA:LA Part 1 -- My Hero Academia (Mini-Mini-Series)
  2. UA:LA Part 2 -- My Hero Academia (Mini-Mini-Series)
  3. UA:LA Pilot Episode 0 -- My Hero Academia Spin Off


UA:LA provides examples of:

  • Anti-Villain: Stacks does dirty jobs for cash, including unwittingly gathering intel for Veil's villain group, and doesn't show much remorse for having done them. But he only does it because the jobs pay well enough for him to get treatment for his daughter. He also at least briefly entertains the idea to join the adult Hero Course to get income for his daughter's medical needs in a more legal fashion when Backtrack suggests it.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Backtrack does this with his finishing move against Heiki, "Harlem Slam".
  • Enemy Mine: Backtrack and Stacks join together to fight off Heiki and Snapback after Veil tries to have Stacks killed.
  • Fire Forged Vitriolic Best Buds: While it would be difficult to call Backtrack and Stacks friends at the end of the pilot, they at least part on somewhat good terms, with Backtrack stating that Stacks giving back the wallet he stole is them "being even" on favors. Backtrack understands Stacks' motivation for his crimes and suggests the Hero Course to him, while Stacks forgives Backtrack for nearly getting him killed, since Backtrack subsequently saved his life from Veil's gang after the theft gone wrong. He also promises to at least consider Backtrack's suggestion.
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  • Gathering Steam: Stacks' Quirk, 'Multiplier,' works like this. He gets stronger with each consecutive hit he lands, with his power resetting on the fifth hit. He can also withhold the damage boost from his first four hits to add their multipliers to the fifth, making his fifth hit supercharged.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Backtrack's mother died in a Flash Back from this.
  • MacGuffin: The wallet that the villains had Stacks steal. It's implied that the MacGuffin isn't the wallet itself, but some (currently) unknown important information or object in it, since Veil takes or reads something from it and tosses the wallet and its contents away once he gets what he wants.
  • Morph Weapon: One of the bad guys, Heiki, has a Quirk called Cache that allows him to turn any weapon into any other weapon, if it isn't a gun.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Veil commands the other two villains, but doesn't directly participate in the fight. Instead, he uses his "Conceal" quirk to hide the fight from outsiders.
  • The Paragon: All Might, despite only appearing as merchandise. When Heiki mocks Backtrack for being a fan of a hero who is an ocean away and will never be there to help, Backtrack retorts that even if he isn't physically there, heroes like All Might inspire others to do good.
  • Prequel/Interquel: There isn't much information given so far as to the exact time period of the spin-off, since the show takes place an entire ocean away from the main series, with an entirely separate Hero Association.
    • The series beginning takes place an ambiguous amount of time - but not decades - before All Might's battle against All For One. This is because of the implication of Heiki's statement that All Might couldn't physically be there to save Backtrack because he's across the Atlantic. He doesn't say whether that he's retired as well. And the All Might keychain shows his current superhero outfit, meaning it has to be relatively recent timewise.
  • Spin-Off: Of the "Shared Continuity" type, which is what you get when the spinoff is on a different continent. The connecting elements are that the main character is going to the UA LA branch in the Hero Course, the All Might keychain, and the fact that the characters' powers are called Quirks (with it mentioned that Backtrack can't call the cops on Stacks because he doesn't have his hero license, and thus would be arrested too).
  • Super Speed: Snapback can propel himself in quick bursts of speed to maneuver around the battlefield and add power to his punches.
  • Teleportation: Backtrack's quirk, Pinpoint, allows him to teleport to his All Might keychain or anything it is attached to. He can take other people with him when he does this.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His All Might keychain is one of the last things Backtrack has from his mother.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Backtrack and Stacks beat their opponents, injuring them enough that Veil decides to cut their losses since he got what he wanted from the stolen wallet, and his ability allows the villains to vanish from sight. But not before promising that he isn't done with Backtrack.
  • You Have Failed Me: Since Stacks was stopped from successfully stealing a specific wallet unnoticed by Backtrack, Veil orders Heiki and Snapback to kill him.


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