“I have these light bulb moments”: My Hero Academia Creator Kōhei Horikoshi Has a Peculiar Method of Creating Unique Superpowers That’re Nothing Like Marvel/DC

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My Hero Academia Creator Kōhei Horikoshi Has a Peculiar Method of Creating Unique Superpowers That're Nothing Like Marvel/DC

Kōhei Horikoshi is a Japanese manga illustrator acknowledged for creating the manga series Omagadoki Dobutsuen, Barrage, and My Hero Academia, all of which have been featured in Shueisha’s shonen manga publication, Weekly Shōnen Jump.

He is primarily renowned for his acclaimed superhero manga, My Hero Academia, which first entranced fans in the pages of Shonen Jump back in 2014. The manga has amassed more than 13 million copies in distribution across the globe, and a highly prosperous anime adaptation is presently in its sixth sensational season. The official confirmation of My Hero Academia Season 7 has also been made.

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia

Set in a world where superhuman abilities, referred to as “Quirks,” have become commonplace, the story centers on Izuku Midoriya, a young boy born without a Quirk but with a dream of becoming a superhero. His life undergoes a profound transformation when he encounters the world’s greatest hero, All Might, who bestows his Quirk upon Midoriya upon recognizing his potential. All Might also assists him in securing admission to an esteemed high school exclusively designed for the cultivation of future superheroes.

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Have you ever wondered how the writer come up with so many unique superpowers in a world filled with superheroes? Kōhei Horikoshi, the creator of My Hero Academia, employs a distinctive method to craft superpowers that are distinctly different from those found in Marvel and DC comics.

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Kōhei Horikoshi’s Inspiration Process for Superpowers and Costumes

In an interview featured on Anime News Network, when Kōhei Horikoshi was questioned about the inspiration behind the numerous superpowers and character costumes that distinguish his work from American comics, he responded:

It’s momentum. I have these light bulb moments – I don’t spend hours and hours thinking about it. I just get inspired. So for example I’ll be at the convenience store, and I’ll see a roll of clear tape and I’ll think “Hmm, maybe there’s a face in here somewhere”. And it’ll just happen that way.

Kōhei Horikoshi
Kōhei Horikoshi

He clarified by stating that momentum is the key. He never dedicates ceaseless hours to working on something, and everything comes to him automatically, providing an example.

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Creator Kōhei Horikoshi’s Surprising Experience with Bakugo’s Popularity

Further along in the interview, when inquired about a character he formulated that fans responded to in an unforeseen manner. He replied:

Bakugo has been a bit of a surprise. I assumed everyone would hate him, but it’s been the opposite. In the character questionnaires we do, Bakugo comes in #1 most popular.

He further added:

Bakugo has always been the bully, and he ends up going to school with Deku. So I had them in a big fight pretty early on, but through that fight you were able to see Bakugo’s humanity, that he was just a short-tempered kid.

Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia
Bakugo – My Hero Academia

He responded that he presumed Bakugo would be a character universally disliked, but the reactions from fans were quite the opposite.

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Source:Anime News Network

Written by Tanmay Jha