Kōhei Horikoshi (堀越 耕平 Horikoshi Kōhei) is a Japanese author and artist born November 20, 1986 in the Aichi Prefecture. He studied at Nagoya University of Arts before working as assistant to Yasuki Tanaka.
His works include:
- Tenko (2007)
- My Hero (2008)
- Shinka Rhapsody (2008)
- Oumagadoki Doubutsuen (20102011)
- Barrage (2012)
- My Hero Academia
- Author Appeal: He has a very obvious fixation on hands - several characters in My Hero Academia have Quirks that are activated via their hands (Bakugou, Uraraka, Shigaraki), Midoriya is always breaking his fingers that require close-ups of his hands, Hagakure's hero outfit is literally just a pair of floating gloves and some boots and Shigaraki Tomura even wears several disembodied hands on his person, including one over his face.
- Breakthrough Hit: My Hero Academia proved to be his big hit after his previous two attempts at long runners failed to entice audiences.
- Reclusive Artist: Played with in the same way Daft Punk skirts around showing their faces. At least one image◊ of Horikoshi's face exists and it seems that while he doesn't mind people knowing what he looks like, he prefers that his face be not shown in photos or videos. This◊ is the only official photographic evidence of his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 and this◊ is from an interview some years prior.