My Hero Academia is often an escape for fans each week. The heroic story gives millions hope to overcome their situation by going beyond plus ultra. Of course, that doesn't mean every fan is pleased with the story's direction, and the most recent chapter of My Hero Academia proved that. After all, a certain name was revealed for All For One's doctor, and it has international fans rising up.
For those who have not read the latest chapter, they should know the update has sparked the controversy soundly. The whole ordeal began after creator Kohei Horikoshi revealed his name, and it brought up some horrific memories of World War II.
As for the name, the doctor once known as Ujiko is going by a new alias. The man is said to be named Shiga Maruta, a Quirkless doctor who has followed All For One for years now. The name seems simple enough to Western readers, but the Japanese name translates to something controversial.
In Japanese, the name is written out as 丸太, and it has a dark history. The word in their language refers to victims of human experiments during World War II. The unspeakably gruesome acts were done by Japanese forces to those captured during the war including Korean, Chinese, and other foreign detainees. These acts of war saw little consequence once World War II settled, and there are those in Japan who aren't even taught about the grotesque experiments in school. The fact that Horikoshi chose this name for the doctor has rubbed many the wrong way, and you can see their reactions in the slide below.
For now, there is no telling whether the doctor will get a name change, but fans hope it will happen. Others are less determined to see such a change as they believe Dr. Murata's eventual capture in My Hero Academia might bring solace to those still effected by the word's origins. So it is up to you to decide how you feel about this bubbling debate.
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My Hero Academia was created by Kohei Horikoshi for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 2014. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, who lives in a world where everyone has powers, even though he was born without them. Dreaming to become a superhero anyway, he's eventually scouted by the world's best hero All Might and enrolls in a school for professional heroes.
I hope the issue of BNHA Chapter 259’s controversial name reveal of the Doctor is addressed soon. It’s sad to see so many fans delete their accounts or art because they don’t want to support Horikoshi anymore.
Hopefully a public announcement or edit of the name comes soon 😔— ☆オードリーAudrey☆ (@aitaikimochi) February 2, 2020
Horikoshi used the name of the new villain character as "Maruta". I was very disappointed with MHA and Horikoshi. This is a very sensitive problem.— 달리 (@dalli_krbk) February 2, 2020
I think Horikoshi should not be silent about it.
I’m trying to sympathize with the people who’s offended. I understand why Horikoshi did it(if he intentionally did it), but we can’t invalidate other people’s feelings abt it, bc it’s still insensitive to them. I just hope this won’t be Hori’s downfall.— ˚ ✦ . · •. ✧ (@GoGoBeyond) February 2, 2020
I really hope Horikoshi makes a public apology AND changes the name. It was a really ill-adviced, insensitive choice and he cannot stay silent about it— lambda 🍓❄️ frostsmitten (@kirikiribaku) February 2, 2020
This is not about taking responsibility for war crimes against individuals in Horikoshi.He doesn't have to be held responsible for the crime. However, he should not have used the material lightly and comfortably as a subject for manga.— 약정 (@oyzabooom) February 2, 2020
Ok MHA Twitter
Let me get this straight.
Horikoshi giving one of the VILLAINS a name that references a historical figure who did atrocious things that some people in Japan even deny happening
Horikoshi is a WWII apologist
...yeah this is just kinda funny tbh.— Ember Reviews @ Neverending Madness (@Ember_Reviews) February 1, 2020
Y'all a joke.
the doctor's real name reveal has caused a lot of controversy & anger at Horikoshi. There's a few threads explaining why, and while I'm concerned about it, I hope Hori comments on this at some point. For what I've seen Korean fans are not happy, which is understandable#Spoilers pic.twitter.com/J0VLlmZlYi— ᗪEᑕᑕᕼᗩᑎ💚🧡ᗯOᑎᗪEᖇ ᗪᑌO (@ZyKamilyah) February 1, 2020