Have you ever wondered what the real meaning behind the name “UA” is in My Hero Academia? Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of My Hero Academia, talked a little bit about it.
There has long been a bit of confusion among some My Hero Academia fans about what the name UA is supposed to mean in the original Japanese, but the answer is clear if you know what to look for: the creator of the series Kohei Horikoshi was simply having fun with double meanings, and not just in your native language. In fact, in a blog he explains everything, the secret behind the AU’s name lies in the school’s goal, the heroes.
The meaning of the name “UA” in My Hero Academia
The full name of the Deku school in Japanese is “雄 英 高等学校 (Yuuei High School).” The first two kanji at the beginning of the school’s name, “雄 英,” are spoken as “yuuei”, which sounds conveniently like “UA”. This is clearer in Japanese, but the word for “hero” uses the same kanji: “英雄”, which reads like “eiyuu”.
This means that “UA” is the word hero in reverse! To complete the pun, Horikoshi gave a touch of international flair, although it is often mistaken for a translation error.
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