The creator of My Hero Academia is celebrating the year of the tiger with new art


My Hero Academia shares its good wishes for the New Year in a sketch from the creator of the series, but the characters’ tiger stripes have a hidden meaning.

Creator of My Hero Academia Kohei Horikoshi celebrates the start of what will hopefully be his final year of work on the series with a fresh new sketch that focuses on some surprising characters.

Like some other mangaka, Horikoshi has made a habit of creating and sharing themed sketches to celebrate holidays, and offers a slightly different look at some popular characters. Earlier this year, Horikoshi had shared a sketch of key members of the League of Villains for Halloween and a picture of Ochaco, Bakugo and Todoroki making a little gift delivery with Hawks for Christmas. He also has a sketch for Shonen jump‘s annual Convention Jump Festa, as well as some to promote the publication of the third My Hero Academia Filmed in Japan in August, although most of them were not fully colored.


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The official one My Hero Academia Twitter account published the colored New Year’s sketch that night in Japan. The picture shows the professional hero Fat Gum next to the “Big Three” member Tamaki Amajiki, Eijiro Kirishima from class 1-A and Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu from class 1-B. All characters are adorned with some eye-catching tiger stripe patterns to indicate that 2022 is the year of the tiger according to the Chinese zodiac.

While previous sketches focused on the overwhelmingly popular characters, the New Year’s artwork can scratch some heads. As it turns out, the choice of theme is a bit of a joke: the character of Fat Gum is a hero from Osaka who is also his hometown. Osaka is best known for its extremely successful baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers. Fans often wear tiger stripes to support their team. So if a hero is likely to have tiger stripe clothing, it would be Fat Gum. The three students with him in the picture are the ones who did their working degrees at his agency, which was one of the newest arcs in the anime.

While 2021 was a significant year for the series, especially with the release of the film, it looks like 2022 will really be it My Hero AcademiaIt’s make-or-break year. At the Jump Festa event mentioned above, a message from Horikoshi indicated that he planned to complete the manga by then next year, making a final chapter release in 2022 a real possibility. The idea that the end is so near has made some fans nervous as there are still some storylines dangling, and the manga’s approach to the long-hyped UA Traitor drama has raised some concerns that it might rush through the plot too quickly. On the flip side, Horikoshi also said that if he didn’t finish it by the next Jump Festa, he would be reading the same message, so he also seems willing to go longer than planned if that’s the case history demands . At least for now, fans can wish the My Hero AcademiaOsaka ‘s hero bodes well for the series’ progress this year.

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