Boku no Hero Academia

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Name: Boku no Hero Academia
Abbreviation(s): My Hero Academia, BNHA, MHA
Creator: Kohei Horikoshi
Date(s): July 7 2014 - present (manga), April 3, 2016 – present (anime)
Medium: Manga, Anime, Video Game
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Official Website (JP)
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Boku no Hero Academia or My Hero Academia is a shounen manga series written by Kohei Horikoshi for Shounen Jump. It has three seasons of animation from the studio Bones and an animated movie.

Following the fall of Bleach and the eventual ending of Naruto, many pointed to BnHA as an alternate for one of the spots in The Big 3 from Shounen Jump. Its readership seems strong in both America and Japan, but some theorize that it's placement low in the Shounen Jump's Table of Contents means that it does not have as strong a Japanese readership as American fans have assumed.

The manga's infinite number of characters, expanding from the base ~25 with many of the arcs, makes the fandom even more active as they explore different characters and their relationships.

Canon Overview

In a world where having a superpower (a Quirk) is the norm, Midoriya Izuku has no special powers. He's admired the Heroes who use their Quirks to defeat Villains, but his society does not approve of the idea of a Hero without a Quirk. Enforcing this societal view is Midoriya's childhood best friend turned childhood bully, Bakugou Katsuki. Even while Midoriya calls Bakugou by his cutesy childhood nickname, Kacchan, Bakugou calls Midoriya "Deku," worthless. However, Midoriya's bullied, Quirkless fortunes turn around when he's saved by the Number 1 Hero, his idol, All Might. Although All Might lets slip his big secret in front of the middle schooler--his power has significantly decreased because of a major injury from a Villain battle years before and he can no longer maintain his powered form for more than a couple of hours--it isn't until Midoriya risks his life to spur Heroes into action to save Bakugou that All Might agrees to mentor Midoriya. All Might reveals his other secret: his powers are inheritable, gaining in strength with each new generation, and each possesser of his Quirk One For All chooses their successor.

Midoriya wants to enter Yuuei, or UA, the preeminent high school for teaching future Heroes. All Might puts him through an arduous year of body training cleaning out a nearby trash-filled beach. On the day of the Entrance Exam, All Might gives Midoriya one of his hairs to eat. With the power of One For All granted to him by the hair, Midoriya saves another prospective student, Uraraka, from the large robots which make up the practical exam for Yuuei, but the application of such great force in his body only breaks the limbs through which it surged.

Midoriya is accepted into Yuuei, and so the story introduces the primary cast: the 20 students of Class 1-A with their teachers Eraserhead and All Might. Midoriya struggles to live up to the legacy of All Might, to control his power, and to survive against a rising group of Villains, who seem to have it out for All Might and the students he teaches too.

Major Characters

  • Izuku Midoriya or Deku
  • Katsuki Bakugou or Kacchan
  • All Might or Toshinori Yagi
  • Ochako Uraraka or Uravity
  • Tenya Iida or Ingenium
  • Shouto Todoroki
  • Eraserhead or Shouta Aizawa
  • Eijiro Kirishima or Red Riot

Ships

With the large numbers of characters, there are many variations of ships, especially since there has not yet been any canon examples of romance. Earlier fandom was interested jn the DekuBowl, a friendly competition over ships involving Midoriya. The most common Midoriya ships are Tododeku and Bakudeku, with the most popular het ship being Uraraka/Deku, a ship close to canon given Uraraka's crush on Deku. Bakugou, when not shipped with Midoriya, is most often shipped with Kirishima, but there he also has a fairly popular het ship with Uraraka. Both boys are also parts of fairly popular OT3s: Todoroki/Deku/Iida (Todoiideku) and Deku/Bakugou/Todoroki. On the femslash side, Tsuyu/Uraraka (Tsuchako) and Momo/Jirou are both popular.

Shipping is not only popular for the students of 1A: their teachers also get special attention. Homeroom teacher Aizawa is often shipped with friend and English teacher Present Mic in Erasermic. Aizawa is also shipped with All Might, and in OT3s with Present Mic/All Might/Aizawa and Aizawa/Present Mic/Midnight, another teacher and pro-Hero. All Might is also often shipped with Midoriya's mother, Inko.

Fandom

English-Language Fandom

BnHA is a young fandom, mostly centered on Tumblr and AO3, though it also has some fic on Fanfiction.net and a presence in other fan communities and forums focused on anime.

Horikoshi attended San Diego Comic Con in 2018. [1]

Controversies

The largest fandom controversy is over the acceptability of BakuDeku as a ship, as some in the fandom disapprove of shipping Midoriya with his childhood bully. Another large argument of the fandom is over Endeavour, Todoroki's Hero father with a grudge against All Might. Horikoshi seems to be emphasizing a redemption arc for Endeavour over his forced marriage to and negligence of his wife, driving her to a violent mental break and subsequently putting her in a mental health facility, and his negligence and abuse of his children with a particular focus on Todoroki Shouto. Whether Endeavour deserves any forgiveness or can be redeemed and whether Horikoshi is handling the story well are often up for discussion. However, the theory that Endeavour would be redeemed has been floating around since as early as December of 2017,[2] purportedly first shared on a thread in 4chan's /a/ (anime) board.[3]

Fic Tropes

Two large tropes for the fanfic are alternate Quirks for Deku and Villain!Deku. Many AUs give Midoriya a Quirk from birth, usually one that comes with a problem or which he has to hide during his childhood for some reason, and often Midoriya is still given One For All by All Might. In Villain!Deku AUs, the origin stories for Midoriya's villainy vary, but often he is kidnapped and forced to work by the League of Villains, only to be found and treated mercifully for his still-good heart by the staff at Yuuei--though some fic take a more vindictive route and have him driven to villainy by the poor treatment of those around him, especially Bakugou. Other common tropes are Vigilante or Quirkless Midoriya. With all the teenagers in high school as the primary characters, chatfic is also popular.

Fic and other fan activity also often differentiates between two major friend groups in class 1A: the Dekusquad--Midoriya, Uraraka, Iida, Todoroki, and (usually) Asui Tsuyu--and the Bakusquad--Bakugou, Kirishima, Mina Ashido, Kaminari Denki, and Sero Hanta.

It's fairly common for the character Mineta Minoru to be written out of fics as many fans dislike him for canon's treatment of his sexual harassment towards women as a joke.[4] In such fic, either he never existed in the first place, didn't manage to get into UA, or is expelled out of the class during Aizawa's quirk assessment on the first day. His place in 1A is often taken by the popular character Shinsou Hitoshi, who in canon is placed in General Ed class 1C. Shinsou, who has only appeared during two small sections of two arcs in the manga, is an Ensemble Dark Horse in English-language fandom, where he remains fairly popular.

Fan Theories

A fan theory so popular that it has been almost accepted as fact is the Dabi is a Todoroki theory.[5] Given the information about the Quirk of the last Todoroki sibling, Touya, in Chapter 383, it seems this theory may be close to being confirmed.

It's also popular to theorize about which characte is "the traitor," who at Yuuei is feeding information to the League of Villains. Popular fan theories for class 1A are: Kaminari,[6] Hagakure,[7] and Aoyama.[8] In chapters 167 and 168, Horikoshi even teases the idea of Aoyama as the traitor.

Example Fanworks

Links & Resources

References

  1. Tweet by Shonen Jump, on 22 July 2018.
  2. Anonymous. Endeavor: Not (entirely) What He Seems, posted to Imgur on 17 December 2017.
  3. leinbow. There's an anon on /a/, posted to Tumblr on 19 December 2017. (Accessed 3 November 2018.)
  4. "Alternate Universe - Mineta Minoru Doesn't Exist", Archive of Our Own tag with 416 works. (Accessed 10 November 2018.) Note: some fans' opinions are evident in the canonical's synonymous tags.
  5. lingtosite.Theory: dabi is todoroki shouto's older brother, posted to Tumblr on 16 June 2018. (Accessed 3 November 2018.)
  6. Kaminari is the Traitor, Reddit Theory
  7. Hagakure is the Traitor, Twitter Theory
  8. Aoyama is the Traitor, Reddit Theory