Why do I like the villains of BNHA more than most of the heroes? My major thing in anime, the reason I first got into the genre: CHARACTER DESIGN. Basically, I’m really into character design. I love the idea that you can draw a character and people can look at them and be like “loud boisterous extrovert good guy” or “creepy crusty villain” (Kiri and Shigaraki lol). I always pause whenever we meet a new character so I can decide their personality and role in the story. Anyway, the reason I’m more drawn to the villains in anime is that they almost always have the more interesting character designs.
Let’s take Toga as an example. She looks normal, could blend in with a crowd, but you can tell she’s manic from her wide eyes and misplaced hairs. Deku seems to have unruly hair but it’s just curly. Toga is the only one with hair sticking out, signifying insanity.
Twice looks evil because of his mask. Notice, even the hero suits with masks only have masks that cover their eyes (mina, aoyama, bakugo) but twice has a whole face mask. and it’s in dark colors, which automatically makes me not trust him.
DABI omfg dabi. He looks like SUCH A VILLAIN akjdsjkdf horikoshi is a genius. He has SCARS. like EMOTIONAL SCARS. and whether he’s a todoroki or not (i vote yes but ok) he has these bright turquoise-ish eyes that compliment and shine against his dark purple skin PERFECTLY! He just looks so... empty. devoid of all emotions. BUT here’s the thing, and i know this is intentional: If you take off the scars he’s amazing. not even the way dabi is already, hot and angsty. he looks cute. like deku and kiri and kami and all the other hero bois. he looks like a cute hero, and i can picture him being a fan-favorite. but his scars. i can’t even- wow. his EMOTIONAL TRAUMA/SCARS get in the way of him being A CUTE HERO BOY! fjkdslfjlka holy shit i realized most of this while typing.
SHIGARAKI FUCKIN- ok first this is Horikoshi flexing on us bc he can draw hands- but also OH MY GOODNESS the DESIGN. THE HAND ON HIS FACE. like dabi, this has symbolism bc it’s his FATHER’s hand. you expect me to say “his dad is always with him how cute and sad” well NO. it’s a constant reminder that he killed his family at five. he does it to punish himself. Like his dad is always there, one giant eternal slap in the face. It’s pure beauty the way Horikoshi writes and draws these characters. so no, i’m not rooting for the League. I am in love with the design, though, and I really hope they don’t all die too soon.
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