My Hero Academia has spent years telling the story of Midoriya and Bakugo, and while it might have started with them as teenagers entering the hallowed halls of UA Academy, the series also gave us brief flashes of their younger years. Now, one of the biggest artists for the Shonen series outside of creator Kohei Horikoshi has shared a new take on Midoriya and Bakugo as toddlers, with the anime franchise currently in its final arc in the pages of its manga.
When Midoriya and Bakugo first met as toddlers, they were far from fighting villains and navigating the halls of UA Academy as a part of the prestigious Class 1-A, but there was an animosity between the two that mostly came from one side. Bakugo was never fond of Deku, with Midoriya actually receiving his hero name as it was used as an insult by the explosive young hero during his bullying days. While Bakugo's temper is still as hot as ever, he's definitely mellowed out when it comes to treating his friends poorly, forging a new bond with Midoriya and the other students of Class 1-A.
Kohei Horikoshi's assistant, Yoshinori, shared this impressive sketch that once again takes us back to the earlier days of Deku and Bakugo, giving the young heroes their future heroic technology that they use to better harness the powers of their Quirks while battling ever-increasing threats in the world of UA Academy:
While the manga for My Hero Academia is is in the final battle of the series, the anime adaptation is set to bring the War Arc to life via its sixth season hitting later this fall. Needless to say, in both arcs of the Shonen franchise, Midoriya and Bakugo play major roles as the fate of hero society hangs in the balance.
Surprisingly, Bakugo routinely takes the top spot for most popular character created by Kohei Horikoshi, beating out Midoriya when it comes to fan-favorite. When the Shonen series comes to a close, it will be interesting to see if Deku is able to surpass Bakugo in the hearts and minds of fans.
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