Despite demanding and receiving an apology from My Hero Academia mangaka Kohei Horikoshi over what was a perceived reference to Japanese war crimes committed during World War 2, outraged readers of My Hero Academia have now directed their anger towards the fact that some of the characters in the superhero manga share birthdays with real-life, historical fascist figures.
On February 8th, Twitter user @Object501 shared an image showing that Katsuki Bakugo, Endeavour, Shigaraki Tomura, and Midoriya “Deku” Izuku shared birthdays with Adolf Hitler, Imperial Japanese officer Kenji Doihara, World War 2 Japanese naval commander-in-chief Isoroku Yamamoto, and the establishment of the controversial Japanese Communist Party, respectively, emblazoned with the title “My Fascism Academy”:
— じゅんじゅん (@Object501) February 9, 2020
As of writing, the above tweet has gained over 17,000 retweets and 26,000 likes.
Despite the rampant support for these associations, there are no specific demands being made of Horikoshi, making these comparisons appear to be a case of fans attempting to find the smallest source of fuel for an outrage mob.
YouTuber Hero Hei believes this new “grievance” against Horikoshi is just a way to bombard the My Hero Academia creator.
Hero Hei states, “There are people outraged with Horikoshi in South Korea, in China, and in the West. And those people have now found that they can bombard Horikoshi on Twitter.”
He added, “And if they get enough people giving him backlash he might apologize and change the content. If there is anything they don’t like in the show, in the anime, in the manga, if there is anything they don’t like in the show they can now organize together, bombard Horikoshi with hate and attempt to get him to change things because he’s done that now. He has changed the content to their demands and apologized to them.”
What do you make of this new complaint about Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia? Do you agree with Hero Hei that by previously apologizing he’s opened himself up to this type of bombardment moving forward?