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My Hero Academia is helping to fight bullies in a unique way

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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A school is using popular anime My Hero Academia to help combat bullies and spread their anti-bullying message in a rather unique way.

My Hero Academia is a show all about becoming the best you can be to achieve your goals while being selfless and heroic at the same time.

A Spanish-speaking school decided to take advantage of its explosion in popularity and positive message and used it to try and creatively combat bullying.

Reddit user ‘Gatlindragon’ uploaded an image onto Reddit that showed an anti-bullying poster hung up on a wall in a school.

The poster contains images of childhood rivals Midoriya and Bakugo in their old school before being accepted into U.A. High – the prestigious academy for people who aim to become heroes – and it is being used to spread a message of positivity to students regarding bullying.

“If there aren't any heroes to save you, become your own hero!” the sheet reads in Spanish (thanks to Google Translate for the translation). “No more bullying!”

This school used My Hero Academia to stop the bullying. from r/BokuNoHeroAcademia

In the TV show, Midoriya and Bakugo grew up together as children, with Bakugo mistreating his friend because he was born “quirkless” – without any special powers.

When Midoriya suddenly inherits a quirk from number one hero All Might, his childhood buddy starts bullying him even more out of jealousy and hatred, but the hero always makes sure to get through his training “with a smile” as to spread positivity to others.

The message the show sends, especially with younger viewers, is inspiring, so it comes as no surprise that a school decided to use that to spread an anti-bullying theme amongst its students.

My Hero Academia began airing its fourth season on October 12 after a long wait from impatient fans, making this the perfect opportunity for the school to use it to relate to its pupils.

At the time of this article, the anime releases a new episode weekly and is simulcast in both the US and Japan on streaming services Crunchyroll and Funimation.