Fans worried for future of My Hero Academia after controversial chapter - Dexerto

Fans worried for future of My Hero Academia after controversial chapter

Published: 14/Feb/2020 1:54

by Alan Bernal


‘My Hero Academia’ publisher Weekly Shonen Jump and series creator Kohei Horikoshi are facing mounting criticism from fans following a controversial chapter of the long-running manga.

In Chapter 259, published on February 2, a new character called Maruta Shiga sparked outrage as some readers pointed out that he shares a name with a Japanese covert-ops. This historical figure notably experimented on Chinese and Korean prisoners of war during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.

Following this discovery, fans have also noticed that popular character Katsuki Bakugo, among others, shares a birthday with Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler.

The creator and publisher of My Hero Academia apologized following outrage from Chapter 259.

Readers of the manga took to social media to express their grievances about this apparent offense, and “#Hero_do_not_harm_innocent_people” was trending on Twitter for some fans.

Author Kohei Horikoshi apologized for the unintentional connection between his creation and the war crimes on February 3, but he has been silent on the matter since then, leading many fans to question his future with the series.

“By using the name ‘Maruta Shiga’ in chapter 259 of My Hero Academia, I deeply offended a great number of readers,” he said of the matter. “I am truly sorry about this.”

He also added an explanation as to how the character came to be called Maruta Shiga. “The character decided to take part of All For One’s last name (Shigaraki) and make it his own (Shiga),” he explained. “I gave him the first name ‘Maruta’ because he’s round and plump. Any other meaning is coincidental.”

Many fans are concerned about the future of My Hero Academia.

The publisher issued this apology on February 7, after fans had been posting on Twitter using the hashtag “#Apologize_Horikoshi.”

Chinese-based companies Tencent and Bilibili also removed the manga from their platforms, according to an Abacus News report. Bilibili said the move was “in accordance with China’s policies.”

On Twitter, fans could be seen throwing volumes of the manga in the trash, tearing up multiple chapters, and berating Horikoshi online about the issues.

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Fans expressed their ire toward My Hero Academia during the online hate.

The manga industry is known for its incredibly long work hours, giving writers tight deadlines to constantly produce new chapters. With stresses already piling, some fear that this online rancor could result in Horikoshi’s departure.

“I swear, if the Internet becomes the reason why Horikoshi gives up on MHA, I’ll never forgive y’all,” one fan wrote of the controversy.

Those who are sympathetic to Horikoshi have been rallying under the “#WeSupportYouHorikoshi” tag.

The tag was popularized by YouTuber ‘Chibi Reviews,’ who is similarly concerned about the MHA writer, since he’s been “unusually quiet since this all started.”

“I just really hope that Horikoshi is staying strong,” Chibi Reviews said in a video. “Because what’s going on is not right. Even if he made an honest mistake about a name, what’s going on right now is not right.”

Regardless of whether people are supportive of Horikoshi or not, all fans are awaiting further comment from him after the latest developments.


My Hero Academia cosplayer smashes it as Twisted Tea Izuku Midoriya

Published: 14/Jan/2021 18:07

by Georgina Smith


My Hero Academia’s Izuku Midoriya a.k.a. Deku has been recreated perfectly by cosplayer Lorentz iWood, producing both casual and hero looks for the fan-favorite character.

One anime that seems to be an unlimited source of cosplay inspiration is My Hero Academia. The show began airing in 2016, adapted from a manga that was published prior, and since then has gone on to secure a huge fanbase.

The anime features a host of distinct characters who each have their own abilities, referred to as Quirks in the show. The Quirks dictate what abilities certain people have, and it often is tied into aspects of their personality and aesthetic.

Deku from my Hero Academia mid-scene

However Izuku Midoriya did not originally have a Quirk, something that ended up getting him bullied. Despite his lack of ability, he still dreamed of becoming a professional hero, with the anime following his journey alongside a host of other characters.

One cosplayer who recreated Izuku’s iconic look was Lorentz iWood, who took on the challenge of creating a range of different looks for the popular character.

In Deku’s hero look, Lorentz wears his green paneled jumpsuit with darker green strips running down the arms and in geometric formations on the torso. The tops of the sturdy green boots can be seen peeking over his knees, and contrast the chunky red utility belt and stark white gloves perfectly.


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The shaggy green hair and lightly freckled face are a great match for Izuku, and he completed the look with a can of Twisted Tea, a reference to the viral meme which commenters under the cosplay were loving.

Lorentz also showed off a more casual Izuku look with a bold red hoodie and ripped jeans – though he still carried over the air of coolness to both looks. The photos captured by Richard Arcel are stunning, and perfectly showcase the fantastic costume along with the vivid backdrops.


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This cosplayer has clearly put a lot of hard work into Izuku, and the results are absolutely amazing, looking just like the real version of the popular character.