My Hero Academia introduced the anime community to quirks, heroes, and villains years ago, and because the storyline mainly focuses on UA, the children of Class 1-A remain among our favorites. The group has its own followers, from Izuku to Tsuyu and beyond, and even the class’ second-string stars are important participants in the series. This includes characters like Hagakure, and the author of My Hero Academia is finally addressing the issue caused by the heroine last year.
Last year, a specific piece of cover art startled the community, and we can thank Hagakure for that. After finally seeing the heroine’s character design, designer Kohei Horikoshi was asked to give the girl her own cover. This art would allow fans to see Hagakure without her invisibility getting in the way. However, when the work was released, netizens were taken aback by the high school student’s NSFW cover.
Horikoshi now claims that the art utilized was never intended to be seen by the general population. The artist chose the cover image out of necessity since he was running out of time to ink fresh work for Hagakure.
Here’s what he had to say:
“This color page has nothing to do with the plot, right? That’s because it was like a reference sheet to test Hagakure’s color scheme that I drew years ago and didn’t intend to publish anywhere. But then I ran out of time to draw a new piece and was asked, “Don’t you have any color drawings you can use?!”.Well, I usually don’t care if the color page has to do with the chapter, but in this case, it was quite baffling.”Kohei Horikoshi
That’s all there is to it. The artwork that sparked the scandal was created for research purposes. Due to time restrictions, it was simply chosen and cleared for publishing. Of course, the argument may not satisfy everyone, but fans can rest assured that Hagakure’s suggestive cover was not inked on purpose. And, perhaps, the character will have a better cover in the future.