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Artists Alley: Kohei Horikoshi sketches My Hero Academia's Deku

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Syfy Wire Staff
Sep 12, 2018

Ever since its debut in 2014, Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia has proven to be one of the most popular manga series in the world. It’s also spawned an anime series and a theatrical film, which is coming to the U.S. later this month. Prior to My Hero Academia, Horikoshi established himself as the creator of Ōmagadoki Dōbutsuen and Barrage. Now, he is the latest guest on SYFY WIRE’s Artists Alley series!

Naturally, Horikoshi selected Izuku Midoriya/Deku as the subject of his sketch. Deku is the leading character of My Hero Academia, even though he was born without a Quirk (superpower). Thanks to the hero known as All Might, Deku gained a power of his own and enrolled in U.A. High School, where the next generation of heroes are trained.

In our video, Horikoshi largely let his artwork speak for itself. However, he did share a few thoughts with us, which were then translated by an interpreter.

During the early part of the sketch, Horikoshi voiced his preference for inkwell pens when going from thinner to thicker lines. He also briefly touched upon Deku’s character arc in the series, before revealing his initial trepidation about the response to My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, the anime movie that premiered in Japan earlier this year.

“I am a little bit worried, but I did hear that it was introduced at Anime Expo and fans liked it,” said Horikoshi. “So I am a little less worried about it.”

For more from Horikoshi, check out the entire video!