From her personality to her character arc, My Hero Academia’s Ochaco Uraraka is Naruto’s Hinata Hyuga for a new generation.

My hero academia features more than a few minor characters who could easily be the star of their own shonen series, and that includes Ochaco Uraraka, the girl from gravity. She is one of Izuku Midoriya’s best friends, dazzled by her determination, fearlessness, and courage early in the series. Ochaco strives to be like his personal hero, Izuku, and this can be quite familiar to shonen fans for all the right reasons.

In Naruto, the supporting character Hinata Hyuga had a similar story arc, being a meek girl on Team 8 who looked up to Naruto Uzumaki. Hinata had been born into the noble Hyuga family, but had little to show for it until Naruto lit a fire under her and became a true hero. Ochaco knows how that feels.

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Ochaco and Hinata’s untapped potential

Ochaco Uraraka

Ochaco Uraraka was born in a humble home, in contrast to his classmate, Shoto Todoroki, who had the powerful Endeavor for a father. While it is true that Hinata Hyuga was born into a noble family and Ochaco was not, both girls began their respective stories as total wallflowers, blending into the background when the main character took center stage. Ochaco and Hinata admired their respective protagonists from a distance, and this admiration soon turned into emulation. From the beginning, Ochaco had intended to become a Pro Hero, but how could she achieve it? What does a true hero in the making look like? Ochaco wasn’t quite sure until she saw Izuku in action.

Izuku was born without a Quirk, and now has One For All, along with a determination to dominate it. Izuku is new to the world of Quirks, and Ochaco can tell, but Izuku is determined to make up for lost time by trying incredibly hard, despite the odds, to progress. Ochaco observed all of this and realized that she too can move to the next level and face each challenge with confidence rather than fear and doubt. He came out of his shell immediately and began the rocky path to stardom, taking the good with the bad without losing his enthusiasm.

Hinata Hyuga did the same, and surprised her jonin teacher, Kurenai Yuhi, with a sudden fire in her eyes (and heart). It all stemmed from Naruto’s inspiring display of determination and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Ochaco takes his first big steps towards professional heroism

Ochaco appears behind Katsuki

Many of the UA students are struggling with “can I really do this?” issues, from Eijiro Kirishima and his “boring” Quirk to Momo Yaoyorozu and his minimal combat skills (she was shaken by her defeat against Fumikage Tokoyami). Ochaco was Part of that crowd, but luckily for her, she had Izuku to light the way, and she proved it during the UA sports festival when she took on the top student in her class – Katsuki Bakugo. Ochaco displayed new levels of creativity, courage, and strength despite the formidable odds he faced, truly emulating his hero Izuku every step of the way.

Ochaco’s fierce but futile battle against Katsuki mirrors Hinata’s performance in the chunin exam arc, when she faced her own cousin, Neji Hyuga. Neji, a severe determinist, tried to break Hinata’s will with cruel words until Naruto pulled Hinata out of it with some encouragement. Driven by Naruto’s kindness and the example Naruto had set, Hinata eventually transformed into a true ninja.

She launched a fierce assault on her cousin, using every ounce of her innate Hyuga talent to take Neji down and prove him wrong. Hinata eventually lost the match in the same way that Ochaco was unable to overcome Katsuki Bakugo’s Explosion Quirk, but the result was similar. Both girls proved that they had the courage and courage to face any obstacle and aspire to greatness, and they would never back down again.

Like Hinata, Ochaco continued to train and hone his skill after that early defeat, learning from Gun Head how to perform CQC and defend himself against knife-wielding opponents. Later, Ochaco was part of a team with Tsuyu Asui and Nejire Hado, doing an internship with the Pro Hero Ryukyu. Ochaco had built up serious momentum by then, all in the name of emulating his personal hero Izuku and realizing his own potential. In fact, Ochaco may be in a position to rely only on that impulse and become independent of Izuku’s brilliant example in no time. Hinata did the same in Naruto, building his early progress, inspired by Naruto, to realize his true potential. That’s what a shonen story is all about.

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