My Hero Academia cosplayer's Himiko Toga is in a league of her own - Dexerto
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My Hero Academia cosplayer’s Himiko Toga is in a league of her own

Published: 7/Jan/2020 13:56

by Matt Porter

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Himiko Toga is one of the most wicked villains in My Hero Academia, but one cosplayer was able to show off the cuter side of the bloodthirsty antagonist with their incredibly accurate cosplay.

My Hero Academia follows the story of Izuku Midoriya in his quest the become the greatest of all the pro heroes, taking the crown of his idol and mentor All Might who trains him to use his incredible Quirk, a superpower known as One For All.

The heroes protect the world from the various villains desperate to send the world plummeting into chaos, and none are more sadistic than Himiko Toga, a young girl with a vicious streak and a love of blood.

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Himiko Toga may look innocent, but she has a nasty streak.

Associated with the League of Villians throughout the third season, then joining the Paranormal Liberation Front, Toga Himiko has an obsession with collecting the blood of her opponents, storing it in canisters around her neck.

Himiko doesn’t just keep them for the pleasure though, as she uses the samples as part of her incredible Quirk ‘Transform’. This lets her shape-shift into another person’s appearance once she consumes their blood, although she doesn’t gain their Quirks or knowledge.

When she isn’t draining her enemies dry though, the villain often dresses as if she’s a schoolgirl, wearing a blue sailors top with an oversized beige cardigan and a red scarf tied loosely around her neck. She matches this with a pleated skirt with knee-length socks, and the same brown dress shoes that many children wear when heading to class.

Japanese cosplayer Yuru captured the villain in her street clothes, posing in the same attire as Himiko is regularly seen in before engaging in combat.

Her entire outfit is practically perfect, and is even holding one of the knives that the villain carries around, ready to strike if she sees a hero or a student of UA High.

Yuru has even captured the finer details of Toga, pushing her blonde hair into the same buns that the villain often wears hers in, capturing the scary yellow hue of her pupils, and even showing off the same fang-like teeth that the character has in the show.

My Hero Academia is currently in its fourth season, with Himiko Toga playing a major part in the story as Deku and his classmates continue honing their skills to become pro heroes, all while the shadow of villainy still looms large.

For the first time ever, the show is being simulcast in both English and Japanese, meaning the dubbed version of the show is available at the same time as the normal release.

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Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp

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Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
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The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.