Chinese, South Korean, and Western people on Twitter demanded an apology from Horikoshi because of the name of One For All’s Doctor being revealed in the manga. They were enraged by the name, “Shiga Maruta”, because they claimed Maruta was referencing the infamous Unit 731 from World War 2.
The Chinese, Korean, and Western, accounts then bombarded Horikoshi with hate and demanded he change the name of the character and apologize. Using hashtags like “Hero_do_not_harm_innocent_people” and “APOLOGIZE_HORIKOSHI”.
The original report is below if you have not seen it yet.
Horikoshi and Shonon Jump did indeed end up apologizing, posting the apologies onto Twitter.
In the below video, I explain why this is troublesome.
He has nothing to apologize for and he now opened the floodgates to potential future hate, as the people outraged know they can now attempt to get him to change things that they may dislike in the series. They succeeded this time after all.
It is understandable that Horikoshi would want to clear up the logic behind the name ( Horikoshi claims “Shiga MAruta” is referencing the character Shigaraki, and playing on the Doctor’s physical appearance as well. ) but he did not need to apologize or change the name to make that clarification. It’s too late for that now though.
All it took was about 24 hours after Horikoshi apologized for people to find something else to be outraged about.
Now they’re claiming that the show should be called “My Fascism Academy”. The reasoning; certain birthday dates of characters in My Hero Academia are apparently shared by historically terrible people.
As you can see the post is already taking off. Over 10,000 Retweets. Over 14,000 Likes. At the time of writing this at least, surely when you read this report, the numbers are even higher.
( Thank you NoriyukiWorks for the news tip ! )
Video discussion of this report;