Does My Hero Academia have a machismo problem with its heroines?

After the last death of the series, it seems to be evident that a pattern repeats itself.

Shonen is a definition of demographic, that is to say that the manga published in Weekly Shonen Jump (such as My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super or One Piece), are aimed at children and boys.. For this reason, female leads were absent or simply non-existent, however in recent years there has been a bit of a shift in the right direction (or so we thought).

In My Hero Academia, there have been strong and imposing heroines since the beginning of the series, such as Mt. Lady, Midnight, Uraraka, etc. In fact, Star & Stripe, America’s strongest heroine, managed the impossible and went toe-to-toe against Tomura Shigaraki, the holder of the All For One and leader of the League of Villains. However, like all the other protagonists, their author (or editor or Weekly Shonen Jump team) has ended up erasing them from the franchise..

Even though its devastating power was, in the words of the manga itself, “Superior to All Might“, was not enough to survive another chapter. Only in this year, she and Lady Nagant, the villain who endangered the My Hero Academia Hero Society and the power of izuku Midoriya, they proved to overcome the power of great antagonists and to be disappeared from history before the manga could delve into their characters.

In other less serious cases, there is Mirko, the fifth strongest heroine in Japan in My Hero Academia. She was “knocked out” after facing a large number of Nomu in the War Arc.. It was less bad than Midnight who had an unexplained death offstage… (without further explanation)

Contrary to this, we have Gran Torino, Endeavor or Eraserhead, who have amazing recoveries and continue to be an important part of the history of My Hero Academia.. These characters are the target of the most terrible attacks, humiliations, but they always manage to get ahead. The problem to point out in this shonen troppo is the need to erase women within a series, if it is aimed at a mostly male audience like My Hero Academia.


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This complaint also reaches the UA students

But this shonen troppe does not only affect “the strongest heroines of My Hero Academia”, to a lesser extent it results in the disappearance of the supporting roles of UA students. A clear example of this is the group called “The Big Three”, made up of Nejire Hado, Mirio Togata and Tamaki Amajiki.

While the last two have had a great arc of development; Mirio was a crucial part in the fight against the yakuza and is in a recovery process after the strong fight, Tamaki has shown his crucial role in the war against the League of Villains, to the point that Fat Guy, his teacher, has recognized as a worthy hero to overcome… On the other hand, Nejire Hado took a backseat in the story and her only “major arc” was during the Sports Festival to be queen of the festival, which was her only major conflict.:

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The contrast between the development between the two male heroes of The Big Three and Nejire Hado is remarkable, as it is with the rest of the female heroines in the saga. This does not mean that there are not great efforts within the shonen to promote heroines with whom more people can be reflected, but either by an agenda dictated by the publisher or the complaints of the publicit seems that the female protagonists in manga like My Hero Academia will have the bad luck to disappear sooner or later.

Now, if you are interested in being aware of the current arc of My Hero Academiawe recommend reading the most recent chapters through Manga Plus service. There you can read it for free, both in English and Spanish, as you prefer.

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The final arc of My Hero Academia

Thanks to the efforts of Star & Stripe, the long-awaited My Hero Academia fight has taken an interesting turn. The reason why this fight between Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki is long-awaited because, unlike other action anime series, this will not be a one-on-one battle..

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Kohei Horikoshi, the author of My Hero Academia, has shown us that the most important thing for the final combat will be all the heroes and heroines that have accompanied this protagonist throughout his adventure. Therefore, there may be a revaluation of the heroines within the plot, as has recently happened with Ochako Uraraka.

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