Kohei Horikoshi is taking his manga further and further, despite how horrendous the fifth season of the anime is, but in the midst of this great and curious contradiction, it is time to pay attention a little to the images of My Hero Academia that make the work of this mangaka clear with just a few strokes.
The estilo de Horikoshi it is demarcated by several aspects. In the first place, we cannot ignore the great influence it has on Akira Toriyama, an artist who has influenced basically all the authors who have gone through the Shonen Jump or any other magazine of this demographic.
However, in his style it is also easy to recognize other very diverse authors in the particularities that he himself gives us. Those dense and strong lines, they are very on the side of mangakas What Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond), but also with the narrative mastery of contemporary mangakas such as Yoshitoki Oima (A Silent Voice, Fumetsu no Anata E) it is included Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul, Choujin X)
However, that is not all in his style. It is also impossible to separate it from the style he developed as the author of fanart of Bleach, of course replicating essential parts of the drawing of Tite Kubo (Bleach, Burn The Witch), along with a compositional style that is quite related to Kei you know (Morioyo no Yurikago, Boku dake ga Inai Machi).
As common and familiar as his way of drawing may seem on the surface, Hokrikoshi has developed up to this point a completely unique and stylized style only in his own way, but not only as a cartoonist, but also as a screenwriter, because contrary to many other mangakas , which prioritize one over the other, there is always a fairly clear balance in it.
And there are many notable parts of this one, however, it’s pretty safe to say that his scenes with faces in the first frame, as well as the open shots that represent more than one character, are what he does best.
Those are the images of My Hero Academia that stay in your mind for a long time and in a sustained way, because the script that marks us leads us to a scene where everything we saw before does click instantly. The conformation of scenes and environments always go hand in hand.
We also can’t put aside how much it has improved in that pulse to draw your most important pictures. At the beginning, it was very easy to find somewhat loaded paintings that reflected that need for impact of the manga. Something too common under the guidelines of the Shonen Jump, especially for sleeves starting serialization.
Over time, these types of scenes have given way to much more delicate vignettes and paintings, with a clear sense of the drawing based on its text, but also its context. Inside of the Chapter 309, when Deku takes the initiative to remove the danger of All For One from all his loved ones, we find this page, which is simple, but perfectly encapsulates Midoriya’s complex beginning as a hero, towards a story that became dark and heavy with the pass the years.
This capacity, already quite well expressed and built, is what is guiding the current arc of the manga, which we know is part of the end that Horikoshi himself already has planned not to extend his work beyond two years, at best. cases.
Likewise, the last volumes have seen more changes of styles unknown until now, which again give him that dynamic, dark and strong aura of Takehiko Inoue, but which now cannot be confused with another mangaka. The images of My Hero Academia They are from Kohei Horikoshi and nothing else.