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

Published: 23/Oct/2019 19:21 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 19:53

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.

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My Hero Academia cosplayer goes viral as fiery real life Katsuki Bakugou

Published: 4/Dec/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp

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A My Hero Academia cosplayer made waves on Instagram after creating the perfect depiction of hot-headed character Katsuki Bakugou. The artist’s explosive take on the protagonist will have fans feeling the heat.

Few animes transcend the level of popularity that My Hero Academia has. Its story about a high school that trains teenagers with superpowers called quirks has become an absolute worldwide phenomenon.

A cosplayer celebrated the franchise by sharing their true-to-life take on popular character Katsuki Bakugou. The artist looks so much like him, it’s almost as if the fiery student has burned his way out of the screen.

Screenshot of Bakugou in My Hero Academia anime season 1.
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The short-tempered student is beloved by fans.

My Hero Academia cosplayer’s perfect Bakugou

While most of the anime centers on main protagonist Izuku Midoriya, the series quickly introduces a diverse cast once the character enrolls at U.A High. One of those is his childhood friend and rival Bakugou. 

Cosplayer Soph ‘sophieriiis’ went viral on Instagram after sharing their mind-blowing transformation into the hot-headed Katsuki. The artist brought the student’s explosive quirk to life with the help of photographer ‘jacob.cr2‘, who captured them posing with flames shooting from their hands.

In the series, Bakugou is able to store up sweat into his grenade shaped wrist guards, which Sophie has faithfully portrayed with life-size props. The artist also perfectly mirrored the hero’s large metal knee pads and neck brace which he uses to protect himself from explosions.

 

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In another stunning shot posted to their social media, the cosplayer re-created an iconic scene from season one of the anime. With both fists extended out, the artist captured the character’s rage which has become his trademark throughout the popular series.

 

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My Hero Academia originally made its debut as a manga back in 2014, however its anime adaptation a fews years later by Studio Bones made it a cultural worldwide phenomena.

The series’ animated fourth arc wrapped up in April, with rumors of season five returning sometime in 2021. Those wanting to catch up in time can watch all episodes on Crunchyroll and Funimation.