If you hadn't noticed already, the My Hero Academia fandom is uniting for a celebration. Today is Shoto Todoroki's birthday, and fans wanted to give the character a nice treat to honor him. Now, the anime's crew is getting in on the festivities as one of its animators shared a sketch to celebrate the hero-in-training.
Over on Twitter, Yutaka Nakamura posted a drawing he did to honor Todoroki. The simple drawing is made mostly of line art, but there is some color added to liven up the hero. As you can see below, the character is shown in profile as he looks ahead. Todoroki's arm is braced across his chest to send off an attack, and bits of his red bangs can be seen brushing over his forehead.
Nakamura added a short caption to the drawing. The animator wished Todoroki a very happy birthday, and fans were quick to echo the artist's thoughts.
お誕生日おめでとうございます！ pic.twitter.com/WKTiS7WcOf— 中村 豊 (@sekise10) January 11, 2018
If you are not familiar with Nakamura, you should know the animator is a famous one in the anime industry. The artist currently works for Studio Bones and has provided animation for some top-tier anime titles. Nakamura got his start in 1996 with Neon Genesis Evangelion as a key animator. He also provided work for titles like Cowboy Bebop, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Animatrix: A Detective Story, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wolf's Rain, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Soul Eater, Space Dandy, One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100, and more.
For those unfamiliar with My Hero Academia, the series was created by Kohei Horikoshi and has been running in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump since July 2014. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, who lives in a world where everyone has super powers but 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. The series has been collected into 15 volumes so far, and has been licensed by Viz Media for an English language release since 2015.