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Kota ( (こう) () くん Kōta-kun?) is the seventy-first chapter of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia.


After Izuku Midoriya, Tenya Ida, Shoto Todoroki, and Katsuki Bakugo destroy the dirt beast, Class 1-A begins traversing the Beast's Forest. However, the journey through the forest to the cabin takes around about 8 hours. Class 1-A arrives at the facility, battered and tired. It is now 5:20 pm in the evening. Pixie-Bob admits that she thought they would take longer to get to the facility; she praises Class 1-A for figuring out her Earth Beasts quickly and easily. Pixie-Bob then commends Izuku, Tenya, Shoto, and Katsuki for taking quick action against one of her Earth Beasts and concludes that they have experienced action against villains. Izuku then asks about the boy, Kota Izumi, and wonders if one of them is his mother. Mandalay explains to Izuku that Kota is her nephew and asks him to say hello to Class 1-A. Izuku introduces himself to Kota.

Suddenly, Kota punches Izuku in his crotch and begins walking away. Tenya goes to check on Izuku and admonishes Kota for his actions. However, Kota harshly replies that he does not want to be with people who want to become corny Heroes. After Kota walks away, Shota Aizawa instructs Class 1-A to fetch their luggage from the bus and put it in their rooms. After doing so, he tells them to go to the dining hall for dinner and afterwards, take a bath and relax. Shota tells Class 1-A that their training begins tomorrow morning.

After fetching their luggage and putting it in their rooms, Class 1-A head to the dining hall and have dinner; they enjoy the delicious food that the Pussycats provide them. After finishing dinner, Class 1-A goes to the hot springs for a bath, one side for males and another side for females, which is divided by a wooden wall. On the boys' side of the bath, Minoru Mineta notes that the bath schedules for the males and females have overlapped and as a result, the females of Class 1-A are also at the hot springs.

Tenya demands Minoru to restrain himself. However, Minoru is unable to contain his desires and begins scaling the wall to look on the other side. As he reaches the top, Kota appears and pushes Minoru down, reprimanding Minoru for his perverted behavior; Minoru curses Kota as he begins falling back down. The females of Class 1-A thank Kota for stopping Minoru; Kota accidentally looks at the Class 1-A females and falls into the males' hot springs from shock. Izuku rushes in using One For All: Full Cowl to catch Kota.

Izuku brings the unconscious Kota to the cabin's office who has passed out from the fear of falling. In the office, Mandalay thanks Izuku for being there to help him. Izuku notes that Kota does not like the concept of Heroes and explains that he along with many others grew up in an environment where they wanted to become Heroes; Izuku is surprised that Kota has a jaded view on Heroes. Mandalay explains that there are people in the world who do not like Heroes and if Kota had a normal upbringing, then he would have grown up to idolize Heroes as well. Pixie-Bob arrives and tells Izuku that Kota's parents (who are Mandalay's cousins) were once Heroes.

However, they lost their lives on the job. Pixie-Bob explains some of Kota's history; two years ago, Kota's parents sacrificed themselves to save civilians from a villain. As a result, they died from a truly heroic death; Kota's parents were praised and celebrated for their actions befitting true Heroes. However, Kota became devastated by his parents' deaths because they meant everything to him. Feeling that his parents abandoned him and chose their jobs over him, Kota started despising Heroes. Pixie-Bob tells Izuku they are aware that Kota is not too fond of her and Mandalay for being Heroes, but since he has no other relatives, he feels obliged to follow them and their orders because he has nothing else. Upon hearing Kota's backstory, Izuku is reminded of his encounter with Tomura and his similar resentments towards Heroes; Izuku begins to understand that not all people have the same opinion.

The next day at 5:30 AM, Class 1-A is outside the training camp cabin. Shota greets his students and tells them that they will undergo reinforcement training and explains that the training camp's purpose is to strengthen their Quirks which will allow Class 1-A to obtain their temporary licenses. Shota tells Katsuki to perform the pitch from the Quirk Apprehension Test. Katsuki throws his pitch; however, Katsuki's pitch records at 709.6 m, which is a minor increase from his last pitch. Some of Class 1-A are surprised by the lack of difference with Katsuki's new pitch as they were expecting it to be immensely higher. Shota explains that Class 1-A have gained much experience and definitely have grown, but the growth has only been emotionally and technical. Shota tells Class 1-A that it is now time to focus on physical growth; he notes they have now realized from Katsuki's new pitch that their Quirks have improved only a little. Shota declares that from today onward, they will be focusing on upgrading their Quirks.

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