My Hero Academia: This was the horrifying first sketches of Denki Kaminari, the electrifying student of class 1-A | Spaghetti Code

One of the characters of My Hero Academia Most loved by fans is undoubtedly Denki Kaminari, the powerful student from Class 1-A. The reasons that enthusiasts have for the work of Kohei Horikoshi are many, although the most frequent are the irreverent personality of this hero, as well as his fresh design. But nevertheless, This could not have been this way if the mangaka had insisted on keeping the original design of this character, which is certainly terrifying.


The initial sketches of Denki Kaminari, the professional hero of Musutafu in the Draws of My Hero Academia, were made by Kohei Horikoshi around 2009, shortly before beginning to serialize the manga in the Shonen Jump, but They were not shown to the public until June 3, 2016 with the publication of volume 9 of the manga of Boku no Hero, as one of the extras that accompanied this edition.

Are you sure it’s not a villain? | Image: Shueisha

By seeing this design, from what was written by the same mangaka on the page where they were revealed, we can make it clear that from the beginning Kohei Horikoshi I was thinking of making this character a superhuman with electrical powers:

“In this preliminary design sketch for Kaminari, or rather, before he was ‘Kaminari’, the character was just a guy with a Gift of electricity.”

However, what is quite striking is the appearance that this proto-Kaminari had, because beyond being the handsome husbando that he has become today, we can see that His spiky hair, sinister face, and tight robes further made him look like a member of the League of Villains..

It is fortunate that Horikoshi has rethought the design of this hero | Image: Bones

We cannot imagine any such student wandering the hallways of the Academia U. A., so we think Horikoshi was right to scrap this skin for the hero. However, there is something that attracts us quite a bit about these sketches, that makes us think that it would be great if the sensei recovers them to give life to a powerful new villain. Kaminari’s evil brother, or a new understudy from Tomura Shigaraki? In any case, with that wicked face, anyone could believe that such a villain could go as far as All For One.

And you, what do you think of the first design that Denki Kaminari had?


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