MHA Ch 400: Fans Label Kohei Horikoshi ‘A Pedophile’ Following Hagakure’s Portrayal

The leaks of My Hero Academia chapter 400 began trending on social media platforms on Sep 13, 2023. But it was for all the wrong reasons.

In MHA chapter 400, there is panel which depicts Toru Hagakure, also known as the Invisible Girl, completely naked following a glitch in her quirk.

Hagakure’s quirk makes her completely invisible, and she usually refrains from wearing clothes, in order to not get spotted and be completely invisible to the enemy (and the readers).

However, in the latest chapter, the above mentioned ‘glitch’ stopped her quirk from functioning, eventually revealing her naked body to the readers.

A section of MHA fans were outraged to see this, especially considering that Hagakure is only around 16-years-old. These disgruntled fans went on to call out the manga’s author Kohei Horikoshi for Hagakure’s naked portrayal, and braded him a ‘pedophile’ and a ‘creep’.

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Just a comment made to stoke fans and ignite a fire?

A twitter user wrote that there was no logical way to explain the glitch in Hagakure’s quirk and that Horikoshi “just wanted an excuse to show her visibly naked”.

Hagakure Portrayal Backlash
Hagakure Portrayal Backlash

Meanwhile another set of fans felt that the outrage on Hagakure’s portrayal was a bit too much, and that some people were just overreacting. Such portrayals were common in the shounen genre and it has been done before by many authors.

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Some even found Hagakure’s portrayal in chapter 400 to be very cute and adorable.

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My Hero Academia chapter 400 will release on Sep 18, 2023 in Japan.

The manga has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters collected into 38 tankobon volumes as of June 2023. The series has numerous spin-off manga, including My Hero Academia: Smash!!, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes and My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions.

The manga received a TV anime adaptation by Studio Bones. Its first season aired in Japan from April to June 2016, followed by a second season from April to September 2017, third season from April to September 2018, fourth season from October 2019 to April 2020, and a fifth season from March to September 2021.

It has also received three animated films, titled My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission respectively. There are plans for a live-action film by Legendary Entertainment.

As of February 2023, the manga had over 85 million copies in circulation including sales of spin-offs.

Source: Twitter