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Creator / Kōhei Horikoshi

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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:


  • Animal Motifs: He has a noticeable thing for rabbits. Oumagadoki Doubutsuen has a protagonist who's a large humanoid rabbit. All Might has tufts of hair that point up like rabbit ears, which led to Deku's first hero costume resembling a rabbit due to trying to emulate his hero. Then there's Miruko, whose whole powerset is literally just that she has attributes of a rabbit.
  • Author Appeal:
    • He has a very obvious fixation on hands - several characters in My Hero Academia have Quirks that are activated via their hands (Bakugo, Uraraka, Shigaraki), Midoriya is always breaking his fingers which requires close-ups of his hands, Hagakure's hero outfit is literally just a pair of floating gloves and some boots, and Tomura Shigaraki even wears several disembodied hands on his person, including one over his face. In his own words, he believes that hands are the most expressive part of the body. In somewhat of a Self-Deprecation, his Author Avatar is him wearing a giant hand for a head.
    • He's apparently a fan of Pretty Cure, as he selected Yoshihiko Umakoshi to do the character designs for the anime specifically because he enjoyed Umakoshi's work on HeartCatch Pretty Cure! (amongst other series). He's even done some Pretty Cure fan art in his own style.
    • He's also a sneakerhead and will often draw characters wearing fancy kicks if given the opportunity.
  • Breakthrough Hit: My Hero Academia proved to be his big hit after his previous two attempts at long runners failed to entice audiences.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • While it probably isn't surprising to hear that he was a fan of Shōnen Jump as a boy; Eiichiro Oda opened the question and answer section of One Piece Volume 77, by showing off fan art Horikoshi submitted roughly ten years ago, that subsequently got featured in the 23rd Volume:
      Oda: The same person who, as a boy, submitted this postcard, is now a widely recognized and extremely successful professional mangaka himself!! Not only that, but his work actually ended up being serialized in the Shonen Jump magazine right alongside "ONE PIECE" itself!! This news gives me ecstatic joy. You see, a bit back at the Jump new years event, he himself actually came forward and told me about this. You should've told me earlier, I would've totally rooted for you!!
    • He was tabbed to make a poster for the Japanese release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Mere months later, he took part in a special collaboration event between My Hero Academia and the Marvel Cinematic Universe to promote Academia's third anime season and Avengers: Infinity War, complete with the Academia cast in their own version of the Infinity War poster, and trailers showing Class 1-A fanboying and fangirling over the Avengers.
  • 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: He's proven to be very self-aware of his fixation on hands. In one of the above mentioned interviews, Horikoshi jokingly referred to his obsession as a fetish.