Should My Hero Academia Manga Author Take a Break?

By Okami

April 1, 2023

Key takeaways from My Hero Academia manga news:

  • The final arc of My Hero Academia has been a disappointment compared to the previous Tartarus arc, with objectively worse writing, forced character moments, plot lines that go nowhere, and failed attempts at adding complexity.
  • The author, Horikoshi Kohei, is reportedly in poor health and has been taking multiple one or two-week breaks between chapters. Some recent chapters have also been very short, which may not help his health.

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So the final arc of My Hero Academia… well, it has been a bit of a disappointment, to say the least. If you are anime only, you just walked out of the fantastic Season 6 and the Tartarus arc and are all hyped for the finale. I say this with a hefty heart but, that is peak MHA writing. The final arc does not come even close to it. Sure, it has its highlights but overall, the Tarturus arc is far superior to the final arc.

Now, why is that? Well, there are a lot of reasons so I will try my best to round them all up and give some of my thoughts on it in this article. As for the question in the title, I will get to that in a bit. So let’s discuss the My Hero Academia manga today. I’ll start with a little introduction first.

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The main causes for concern

It is pretty clear right off the bat that the writing in the final arc is objectively worse than the previous arc. Weird forced character moments, plot lines that go nowhere, and failed attempts of adding needed complexity. Chapter 383 was a pretty good example of this. What should’ve been a Shinso moment was stolen by Mina out of nowhere. This happens a lot and is kind of frustrating.

The problems are not just related to the narrative, either, the author, Horikoshi Kohei is apparently in poor health and has been taking multiple one or two-week breaks between chapters. A few recent chapters have been very short too; 376 for example was only 9 pages long, half of what a weekly chapter should be. Not to mention, these short breaks won’t help his health either.

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What do I think?

So let me preface this by saying, I am no one important, what I am about to say is something coming from a fan who only wants the best for the series and the author. So there are 2 solutions I can think of for the current predicament of My Hero Academia.

  • Takeย oneย long break – This will allow the author some time to recover as well as provide him with some time to plan out the final arc better. Taking a break for a few months can do wonders for authors, Black Clover is a prime example of this. I really hope the author takes a break like this and comes back fresh. But, I know it won’t happen because of Shuheisha. Pretty sure they are putting a lot of pressure on him to wind up the series. This is not good but, it is nothing new either; just look at Bleach. So the next best thing is

 

  • Release a new chapter everyย 2 or 3 weeksย – Isn’t this what the author is doing already? No. The current breaks are unplanned, last-minute breaks. If he plans according to to say 3 weeks per chapter, that is much more time to work and figure stuff out. Not to mention, it is much more stress-free so he can focus on his recovery as well.

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Conclusion

At the end of the day, I just want a good finale for My Hero Academia. But, the Author’s health comes first and foremost. So I won’t be mad at all if they decide to take a long break. That is all for now though. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here, See ya!

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