In the season three finale of My Hero Academia, fans were properly introduced to “The Big Three,” or the top students of U.A. High School. In fact, much of the episode focused on U.A.’s top student Mirio Togata and his superhero ability or quirk. But that isn’t what caught the eyes of some fans, who took issue with the depiction and appearance of Nejire Hado.

These fans took issue with Nejire Hado’s bust size. They claim that she is overly sexualized using creator Kohei Hoikoshi’s original drawing as a comparison. But some fans were also upset about how another character, Minoru Minetra leered at Nejire.

Check out some of the comments below:

ComicBook’s Kofi Outlaw would write, “My Hero Academia couldn’t have picked a worse week to start exploiting a female character.” He also describes her character design:

“Not only is Nejire drawn with a much bigger bosom in the show, the anime actually gives some perverted indulgence to the alteration, courtesy of Minoru Mineta, who is shown clearly leering at Nejire’s big chest.”

Kofi seems to be in the minority of fans about Nejire’s design. Many were ecstatic about how full of life she is:

One fan called out Outlaw’s article criticizing Nejire’s design.

Now is there a problem with Nejire Hado? Many fans of anime will admit that Japanese animations have for as long as I can remember taken great liberty with not only the female form, but the male form as well. More often than not, they exaggerate certain features to an extreme. This isn’t anything new by any means. It’s one of the common tropes associated with anime.

In fact, one of the core themes of the first season was seeing the symbol of peace and justice, the superhero All-Might, slowly lose his powers and only be able to maintain for a certain period of time before returning to his weak form.

All-Might

The reason you see exaggerations is because of old cultural stylistic issues of Japanese theater. An exaggerated facial feature, speech pattern, even bust are all there to give certain cues to the audience about what they’re watching. My Hero Academia makes great use of this throughout all of its characters, but especially young Midoriya. His emotions are on full display through exaggeration.

Faces of Midoriya

It’s something you only see used in comedies in the West. Just watch something like Space Balls and take count of how exaggeration is used. In Anime, it’s not limited to just comedy.

The importance of exaggeration of acting both in the physical and emotional sense, in the story, can be traced back to the old Kabuki and Noh theaters. Dialogue, movement, and appearances were all heavily exaggerated. All of which acted as markers of importance to the story.

So when the Japan creators started to create their own animated shows and entertainment the cultural habit just transferred from one medium to the next. Just look at this photo here. What do you see? If drawn out this would be an anime, right?

Kabuki-theatre

Unfortunately, it seems some fans have forgotten that this attribute is one of the cornerstones of the genre.

What did you think of Nejire Hado’s debut in My Hero Academia?

 

 

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Jorge Arenas is a Governmental Affairs Director working in the Southwest. If Starfleet were real his career would be in a much different place. Currently, he specializes in all things Star Trek. He loves DC but has a soft spot for Deadpool. When not writing you can find him on World of Warcraft. Battle.net, ID-PassStage6#1707

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