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That's right. I got into U.A., my dream school... At U.A., it's always about moving forward! That's what we tell ourselves... Plus Ultra!!
Koji Koda in "Midoriya's Observations"

Koji Koda ( (こう) () (こう) () Kōda Kōji?), also known as the Petting Hero: Anima (ふれあいヒーロー アニマ Fureai Hīrō Anima?), is a student in Class 1-A at U.A. High School, training to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Koji is a tall young man of a wide, muscular build with peach-colored skin. His head takes the form of a rock, which is unevenly shaped and pointed at the top of his head, and his jaw is square-shaped.

His hero costume is a tight yellow suit, only reaching to his knees and elbows, with a large red marking over his torso and at the ends of his sleeves. On his chest, there's a symbol resembling an open mouth, and he wears yellow shoes with red lining.

In preparation for the Provisional Hero License Exam, Koji added two white straps over his shoulders and wears a mask that covers his entire face, with holes above over his mouth so his voice still can be heard when he's using his Quirk. His shoes were swapped out in favor of boots.

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Personality

Contrary to his powerful and brutish appearance, Koji is a very shy and quiet person. As such, he rarely speaks and prefers using sign language to communicate with his classmates, so much so that Kyoka Jiro assumed that he was mute and was greatly surprised when Koji spoke. According to Fumikage Tokoyami, he is very good at keeping secrets. He also hates violence due to his kind-hearted nature.

Koji and Animals

Koji interacting with wild animals.

He appears to enjoy the company of animals, even owning a small rabbit as a pet. With his Quirk, Koji can interact with them in ways others can't. He also owns a few animal dolls and decorations in his room, implying that he likes cute things.

Koji suffers from entomophobia, being deathly afraid of bugs, with the mere sight of them making him scream and run away in fear. However, Koji is capable of putting this fear aside if it means helping his comrades as was shown during the Joint Training arc when he attempted to use bugs alongside Kirishima to take down Jurota Shishida.

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Thanks to the handling he has his Quirk, Anivoice, Koji is a rather versatile hero due to the diversity of abilities found within the animal kingdom. For example, bugs are able to perform sneak attacks from underground thanks to their small size and burrowing capabilities, birds are useful for reconnaissance due to them being flying creatures with great eyesight, etc. And despite Koji's generally shy nature, he is able to work very fluidly in a team of humans and animals alike, showcasing his multifaceted camaraderie.

Koji's control over animals proved vital and successful in various situations such as the First Term Final Exam, wherein he and Kyoka Jiro were pitted against Present Mic, as well as the first stage of the Provisional Hero License Exam, in which he used a large flock of birds to swarm various students from rival schools. During the first round of the Joint Training Battle, him and Eijiro Kirishima launched a collaboration attack on Jurota Shishida of Class 1-B that forced the latter into evading the said assault, implying their combined onslaught would've been effective against someone of his caliber. Soon after, Jurota dubbed Koji as troublesome due to the Petting Hero's abilities, so the feral student decided to capture him first. On Nabu Island, Koji used his control of birds to help Mezo Shoji rescue Mahoro and Katsuma Shimano from Nine. His abilities eventually garnered the attention of Wash, giving Koji the opportunity to intern under the No. 8 Pro Hero, and improve his communication skills.

  • Enhanced Strength: Koji, befitting his bulky stature, possesses a fair amount of physical strength. During the Joint Training Battle, Koji was restrained and hauled away by a Beast-transformed Jurota Shishida, but his struggling made it difficult for Jurota despite the latter's incredibly augmented strength, displaying that Koji is much stronger than he looks.

Quirk

Koji commands the birds

Koji commanding a flock of birds.

Anivoice ( () (もの) ボイス Ikimono Boisu?): Koji's Quirk gives him the ability to command any creature in the animal kingdom by speaking to them. Whatever command he gives, the animal will carry it out. However, he is unable to exert his control if they cannot hear his command. The target must also be a real animal and not merely animal-like. Koji can also exchange information with the animals to find the locations of various people and potential enemies faster.

Koji has been shown to use the quirk effectively with flocks of birds to create a smokescreen of animals and to attack an opponent along with his use of insects to distract and attack his opponents. He has now also overcome his fear of bugs, so he often uses bugs to swarm an opponent with numbers.

As part of his training, Koji engaged in vocal exercises to increase the range of his Anivoice, allowing him to control animals from long distances.

Stats

Power
 
4/5 B
Speed
 
2/5 D
Technique
 
3/5 C
Intelligence
 
3/5 C
Cooperativeness
 
1/5 E
Koji's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
4/6 B
Speed
 
2/6 D
Technique
 
3/6 C
Intelligence
 
3/6 C
Silence
 
4/6 B
Koji's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events

Quirk Apprehension Test Arc

Battle Trial Arc

U.S.J. Arc

U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Final Exams Arc

Forest Training Camp Arc

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Shie Hassaikai Arc

U.A. School Festival Arc

Joint Training Arc

My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising

Endeavor Agency Arc


Trivia

  • According to Koji's profile in Volume 5:
  • Koji's known U.A. data is as follows:
  • Koji and Rikido Sato are currently the only students in Class 1-A without a named Super Move.
  • Koji's surname contains the kanji for "mouth" ( ?) and "rice field" ( da?), and his first name contains "shell, armor" or "high voice" ( ?), and "boss, to rule" ( ji?).
  • Koji's first line of dialogue happened in Chapter 66, 61 chapters after his debut.
  • With his birthday taking place in February, Koji is the third youngest student in Class 1-A, as everyone was 15 when they started U.A.'s school year in early April.
  • For unknown reasons, Koji has inconsistent skin color in manga artwork, usually changing between peach, coral and even gold.
  • Koji's horn apparently grows with age, and is still not fully matured yet.
  • Koji is the only student in Class 1-A confirmed to have a pet; a rabbit named "Yuwai-chan", also dubbed "Kawaii-chan" by Koji's female classmates.

Quotes

  • (To himself) "That's right. I got into U.A. High, my dream school... At U.A., it's always about moving forward! That's what we tell ourselves... Plus Ultra!!"[2]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 66 (p. 17).

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