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 (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.
- 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.