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My Hero Academia translator reveals why superpowers are called quirks

Published: 9/Mar/2020 0:01

by Brent Koepp


In the massively popular anime My Hero Academia, superpowers are called ‘quirks.’ Now fans might have an answer why as a translator for the manga shed some light on the reasons behind the terminology. 

My Hero Academia has become one of the most popular anime properties in the world. The show’s story about a school that teaches the next generation of superheroes has connected with millions and become a cultural phenomena.

However the series uses the term ‘quirk’ instead of superpowers, which has left some fans wondering why. Now, a translator for the manga has spoken out, and has given some insight to the reasons behind the name.

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The 2016 anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

My Hero Academia ‘quirks’ explained

The story takes place in a world where humans have genetically developed to have super powers called quirks. However the main protagonist of the show, Izuku Midoriya, is born quirkless, but that changes when he meets the number one hero in the world, All Might, who passes on his power to him.

Despite the show explosion in popularity, some fans have questioned why powers were called quirks. Especially since in the Japanese version the word used is ‘Kosei’ which roughly translates to ‘individuality.’

An official translator for the manga Caleb Cook spoke out on the issue by replying to a fan’s tweet on the subject. “Individuality is SEVEN syllables. Long words are death for English manga lettering (splicing everywhere), and this is a term being used over and over.”

While the fan argued that quirk isn’t a common word, the translator pushed back.”Go ahead and Google “quirk”. You get an MHA-related hit in the top 5 results. I respectfully disagree.”

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The official translator for MHA’s Manga explained why the story uses ‘quirk’.

Cook also did a deep dive into the story, and argued that series’ creator Kohei Horikoshi didn’t want to put emphasis on powers being “other-worldly,” but something that many had. “It was a deliberate, creative choice on his party to play it down with the more low-key ‘kosei.'”

The manga translator then put his work into perspective for fans of the series. “There’s so much consideration that has to go into the seemingly smallest choices. A translated work is the sum product of thousands upon thousands of these decisions.”

So it seems that while the word quirk is often seen as a “peculiar habit,” in the context of My Hero Academia it’s meant to be an extension of human behavior. Which makes sense, given most of the world has powers in the story.

In fact, not having a power is seen as being out of the ordinary.  If nothing else, the translator has given fans a peek into the insane depth that goes into words used in fiction.


Demon Slayer cosplayer goes viral as perfect Nezuko in a box

Published: 23/Oct/2020 0:47

by Brent Koepp


A Demon Slayer cosplayer went viral on Instagram after adorably bringing Nezuko Kamado traveling in a box to life. The talented artist creatively transformed into the anime heroine while riding on the back of Tanjiro.

Demon Slayer was the breakout anime of 2019, as viewers around the world became enthralled with its brutally dark world and stylish animation. The series follows the Kamado siblings who are on a quest to avenge their family.

Prolific cosplayer Zekia ‘aru.rinh‘ went viral on social media when she transformed into the show’s lead heroine, Nezuko. The talented artist re-created the character traveling in a box that will be sure to capture hearts of fans.

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The anime heroine travels in a box carried on her brother’s back.

Demon Slayer cosplayer brings Nezuko in a box to life

Early on in the story, Nezuko Kamado is turned into a demon after surviving a brutal attack from a creature. A part of her new powers is the ability to shrink her body. To avoid being seen, the heroine travels in a box that is carried by her brother.

Cosplayer ‘aru.rinh’ went viral on Instagram after bringing the iconic plot point to real life. Photographer ‘muze‘ captured Zekia sitting in a box strapped to the back of an artist portraying her sibling, Tanjiro.

Adorably, her legs hang out of the wooden container as she sits snugly in the box. In the picture’s caption, she explained, “yes i do fit all the way into the box.”

In another shot posted to social media, aru.rinh gave viewers a full look at how detailed her costume really is. She faithfully created Nezuko’s signature pink yukata, including the red and white checkered sash around her waist. Zekia even included the character’s large leg wraps that go into her sandals.

The cosplayer also posed in an up-close portrait photo, and shows off how faithful her look is to the anime. In the series, the Kamado sibling’s eyes turn bright pink after being turned into a demon, which aru.rinh nailed effortlessly as her curly black hair falls on her shoulders.

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Demon Slayer originally made its debut in 2016 as a manga, however found worldwide acclaim after being adapted into an anime by studio Ufotable.

After a year of waiting, the series finally makes its return in the form of the theatrical film Mugen Train. For everything we know about the project, check out our guide here.