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The best innovators out there... are unconstrained by convention.
Power Loader to Izuku Midoriya in "The Girl Called Mei Hatsume"

Higari Maijima ( (まい) (じま) () (がり) Maijima Higari?),[1] also known as Excavation Hero: Power Loader (掘削ヒーロー パワーローダー Kussaku Hīrō Pawārōdā?), is a Pro Hero and faculty member at U.A. High School.

Appearance

Power Loader is a short, skinny man with a very youthful appearance for his advanced age. He has spiky ginger hair, reaching just past his shoulders, and dull blue eyes, as well as a notably large mouth. His hands appear to be the largest part of his body, disproportional to his rather small frame, and, due to his Quirk, he has an orange L-shaped piece at the end of each finger.

His hero costume consists of a large yellow helmet in the shape of a rectangular excavator claw, the top piece of which protruding outwards to cover his head and most of his face, and the bottom piece left to act as something of a long jaw-guard. He leaves himself shirtless and also wears a pair of large, fingerless gray gloves with metal guards that extend down his arms, as well as a pair of plain cyan pants. When in battle, his helmet is hooked up to a large steel appliance that he sits on and can use for combat as it includes a pair of sizeable metal arms.

Personality

Power Loader is a strict teacher who desires to see his students excel without constraint. He has a love/hate relationship with Mei Hatsume, being easily angered by her carelessness and frequently threatening her with bans from the Development Studio, but acknowledging her inventiveness and productivity.

Synopsis

U.S.J. Arc

Power Loader saves Mashirao

Power Loader rescues the students.

Tenya Iida of Class 1-A rushes to U.A. High School in order to gather Pro Heroes who can save his classmates who are under attack at the Unforeseen Simulation Joint. Power Loader is among the faculty members who accompanies Tenya and Nezu to go to the U.S.J.[2] Once there, Power Loader rescues Mashirao Ojiro from the conflagration zone.[3]

Final Exams Arc

Power Loader is present for the faculty meeting where the teachers agree to change the practical portion of the Final Exams. He is placed against Mashirao and Tenya. He and the other teachers explain the changes to the exam to the students of Class 1-A.[4]

In the third practical test matchup, Power Loader creates dozens of pitfalls in a dirt field that Tenya and Mashirao struggle to cross. Tenya uses his Recipro Burst technique to cross the field faster than the holes form, but Power Loader confronts him halfway across. Using his quick thinking and Recipro Extend move, Tenya sends Mashirao flying past Power Loader and through the escape gate. Afterward, Power Loader congratulates Tenya on a good plan and passing the practical test.[5]

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Power Loader scolding Mei Hatsume

Power Loader reprimands Mei.

As Class 1-A prepares for the Provisional Hero License Exam, students go to the Development Studio to get improvements for their costumes. Mei joins him afterschool and nearly blows up the lab. She encounters Tenya, Izuku Midoriya and Ochaco Uraraka outside in the hallway. Power Loader warns Mei that she'll be banned from the studio if she keeps messing everything up.

Power Loader explains the development process to Izuku, Tenya, and Ochaco. Mei interrupts and has them all try out her gadgets. Power Loader explains despite her wackiness, Mei is the most promising student he's ever had. [6]

Abilities

Costume Development: Power Loader is the teacher responsible for U.A.'s Costume Development Studio. He is a licensed developer and thus has knowledge about creating, upgrading, and maintaining hero costumes.

Quirk

Iron Claws ( (てっ) (そう) Tessō?): Higari's Quirk is that his fingers are tipped with metallic claws that are good for digging/mining through the ground.[7]

Stats

Power
 
5/5 A
Speed
 
3/5 C
Technique
 
2/5 D
Intelligence
 
4/5 B
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Higari's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
5/6 A
Speed
 
4/6 B-
Technique
 
2/6 D
Intelligence
 
2/6 D
Height
 
2/6 D
Higari's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

High Density Weights (Final Exams Arc): Power Loader and the rest of the teachers use these bracelets to give themselves a handicap while they fight their students.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
U.S.J. Arc
12. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Iida! Absent
13. Rescue Training Absent
14. Encounter with the Unknown Absent
15. Vs. Absent
16. Know Your Enemies Absent
17. Game Over Absent
18. Heroes' Counterattack Absent
19. All Might Absent
20. The World of Pros Debut
21. In Each of Our Hearts Absent
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up For Final Exams Appears
61. The Worst Combo Appears
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Absent
64. The Task at Hand Absent
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Absent
67. Stripping the Varnish Appears
68. Encounter Absent
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Absent
99. Goodbye Two-Digit Chapters, Hello Three Digits Absent
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Appears
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Appears
102. On Cloud Nine Appears
103. The Test Absent
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Absent
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Flashback
108. RUSH! Absent
109. Rescue Exercise Absent
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Absent
111. Smoldering Start Absent
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Result's Aftermath Absent
115. Unleashed Absent
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Absent
119. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
120. The Three Absent
121. Second Semester Opening Ceremony Absent
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Absent
170. With Eri Absent
171. Gentle and La Brava Absent
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Absent
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Absent
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Absent
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
177. At the Construction Site Absent
178. The Woman Called La Brava Appears
179. School Festival Start!! Absent
180. Unbeknownst Absent
181. For Someone Else Absent
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
183. Festival All Day Long!! Absent

Trivia

  • Higari's name contains the kanji for "to bury" (?), "island" (?), "dry" (?), and "hunting" (?).
    • Higari (干狩?) could come from shiohigari (汐干狩?) which means "shell gathering at low tide".
  • In beta design, his real name was Higari Maishima (埋島 干狩 Maishima Higari?) and his hero name was "Sinker" (シンカー Shinkā?).
  • Higari likes cars.[8]
  • Power Loader's costume design has several similarities to the Power Loader from the Alien franchise.

Quotes

  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "The best innovators out there... are unconstrained by convention."[9]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 12, Omake
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 22 and Episode 13.
  3. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 13.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 61 and Episode 34.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 67 and Episode 35.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 101 and Episode 52.
  7. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 101 (p. 11).

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