Koji Koda from My Hero Academia should get more credit for how far he’s come and how far he can go.
My hero academiaThe combat system is based on supernatural Quirks, and some of them, like the legendary One For All or Shoto’s Half-Hot Half-Cold, are ideal for combat. Other UA students have quirks that make them better suited for support roles or even non-combat roles, like the quiet but brave Koji Koda.
So far in the anime, Koji Koda has been a gentle giant who is content to blend in with the background. Still, when considering the true nature of his Anivoice Quirk, viewers realize just how far Koji has come, and it’s clear this character has been underrated.
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How far Koji has come
Koji Koda has been a background character until now, and the same goes for Class 1-A students like Yoga Aoyama, Rikido Sato, and the invisible Toru Hagakure. Despite that, Koji has come a long way in a short time, as have his more prominent classmates Izuku Midoriya and Ochaco Uraraka, and his classmates have taken notice. At first, Koji was shy and not very assertive, and his intense fear of insects contradicted his Gift of animal control. Some viewers may have wondered how Koji got to UA, much less Class 1-A in particular, but the school is not just a playground for powerhouses like Shoto or Bakugo; it is a place to nurture potential.
Koji didn’t make a name for himself during the entrance exams or the UA Sports Festival, but when it came time for the students in class 1-A to confront their teachers, Koji shone. With Kyoka Jiro’s encouragement, he overcame his insect phobia, recalled his sincere vow to overcome any challenge, and found the strength to overwhelm the noisy Present Mic with an ambush of insects that even NarutoShino Aburame would be proud. Encouraged, Koji held the injured Jiro in his arms and carried her through the exit door, allowing them to pass the test.
That momentum continued as Koji continued to add life support to his classmates during his provisional hero license exams. He also trained as fervently as anyone else during his training camp in the forest, raising his voice and calling out to all wild animals. A hero like Koji shouldn’t be shy and quiet, especially with a voice-based Quirk, and Koji knew it. He had the determination and courage to face his fears and shortcomings, and he made remarkable progress, even as a front-line hero. And that’s not even where it shines the most. As a support hero or non-combatant hero, Koji’s full potential is realized.
Koji Koda, Master of Animals
By now it’s clear that Koji is giving his best to keep up with his powerful teammates as a hero, and that’s remarkable in itself. Still, Koji is characterized by a gentle personality and likes to be alone with animals, whether his shyness is a problem or not.
Koji may be better off as a support hero or companion rather than a front-line fighter, and might even serve non-combat roles. It’s not a shame that a UA graduate ends up in a non-combat position, as such roles are vital to society and they probably don’t have enough staff, anyway. Like their classmates Momo Yaoyorozu with her Creation Quirk, and the lowly Ochaco Uraraka, the three of them were able to see their Quirks put to use outside of hero work.
Koji’s Anivoice lets you talk to animals of all sizes and tidy them up, which is more useful than it sounds. In combat, this can distract or injure a villain with sharks, bears, raptors, and more. Smaller animals could provide distractions or even serve as surveillance, providing important information to Koji. While Koji is part of the AU hero program, his Quirk’s practical applications, as an ethical pest handler or zoo keeper, provide him with more than enough outlets to be extremely useful.
If you consider the various movie and television stories that feature characters who can talk to animals, it can be an in-depth look at the various ways Koji could implement his Gift. From ecological studies to animal safety to hero work, Koji Koda’s Anivoice Quirk has many possible avenues where it can come in handy, such as finding and protecting endangered species or keeping animals away from disasters like oil spills. While Koji may have his heart set on becoming a hero, he could always lend his skills to scientists or volunteer workers to help keep both humans and animals safe from the natural world.
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