I never thought it would be so good. In fact, it was so hyped I expected to be disappointed, but I was wrong.
There is one disappointment I’ve come across over the years though, as an observer of the fandom… And that’s the toxic fanbase.
There are plenty of anime shows with toxic fandoms, but
My Hero Academia’s Fandom So Toxic?
I’m not painting the whole fandom this way, it’s not true. There are a lot of positive and good aspects to the fandom.
But… That doesn’t change the dark side of the fanbase, or how far the rabbit hole goes with it.
Let’s talk about it.
This is why
1. Shipping wars
Shipping wars are a common thing in all kinds of fandoms. But anime is one of the most toxic, and famous for its shipping wars.
Someone said it better than I ever could one time. They said: “Fans care more about the fandom than they do the anime”.
I’m paraphrasing but it’s the truth.
I’ve never seen an anime fandom so obsessed with the ships. To the point of the anime itself not being part of the conversation, which is weird.
Let’s start with Ochako Uraraka and Izuku Midoriya. Or Ochako x Deku.
According to the author, he plans to make the
Just not yet.
This makes sense when you consider Deku and Ochako’s interactions in seasons 1,2,3 and 4.
Deku blushes around her or gets nervous. And vice versa. And yet…. There’s a sickening amount of fans who seem to HATE this ship. And it’s not an ordinary kind of hate either.
The hate for Ochako x Deku comes from fans who ship gay characters in
These days there’s an attack on masculinity in the west (mostly USA), and a trend of trying to make straight men gay from a portion of women who have a fetish for it.
These are some of the ones bringing their toxic nature into the
The shipping wars between anime fans stems from Yaoi lovers who ship:
- Deku x Bakugo
- Bakugo x Kirishima
And basically anything that involves boy on boy, or gay/yaoi tendencies.
That’s fine. The whole point of shipping is to:
- Have fun
- Not take things too seriously
And all that jazz. But there are many of these shippers who take things too far.
They start abusing, criticizing, gaslighting, and trying to shame others for NOT bowing down to their way of thinking.
Toxic Yaoi fans make the
Or in other words: arguing, fighting, and trying to force others to pander over some stupid sh*t.
It’s why so many fans avoid the
2. Toxic MHA ships
It makes me sick to even point this out, or share some of the pictures. But I’m gonna do it anyway to make my point loud and clear.
Remember what I said earlier about anime shipping is supposed to be fun? Well, this toxic type of shipping takes out the fun and makes it disturbed and deranged.
Take a look.
All you’ve gotta do is look at these ships, and look at what they’re implying.
Let’s start with Overhaul x Eri.
It pisses me off to even write that but this type of ship in
A man, who by the way, abused Eri in the anime and put her through trauma. The Deku x All Might is another f*cked up ship that if it were a grown man with a little girl, everyone would lose their minds.
What’s worse is the images I shared are considered “clean”, and aren’t even the worst there is as far as explicit ships that are sickening and paedophilic.
Take a look at the “Google” search results for yourself.
Look at those suggestions on Google. It’s so common that Google auto-suggests it, and somehow that’s normal in the
This is the messed up side of the
3. Bullying within the fandom
This is something that’s common in
Fans come into the MHA fandom to e a part of it. Even when they’re new anime fans who got into anime because of MHA.
And then…. The moment an opinion is shared that others disagree with, the bullying starts. And in some cases, that’s followed by being blocked or banned.
I’ve seen it take place, especially on platforms like Twitter.
4. Death Threats
— Krista_Youko (@IPROMISEU4EVER) February 4, 2020
Manga revealed a character, and his name is apparently related to the WW2 war crimes of Japan against Korea and China. (People went their way to make that claim).
— Theo J Ellis (@TheoJEllis) February 7, 2020
And then there’s the “death threats” version of bullying.
In 2020 there was so much controversy with
I covered it here: My Hero Academia Outrage Continues As Fans BURN Manga | #APOLOGIZE_HORIKOSHI
They even went out their way to attack the CREATOR of
It’s not the only big fanbase, and yet it’s one of the few to send death threats and take part in the hoax of cancel culture.
In a separate incident, they attacked the creator for redeeming a certain character. That character is Endeavor, the father of Todoroki.
We all know he got his arc at the end of
Endeavor is known as an asshole of a father, but the thought of having him be redeemable rubbed fans the wrong way so much, that they sent death threats to MHA’S creator.
That pretty much sums it up.
Choosing to be a part of it is your own decision, but this is something to take into account if you do.