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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 who manages the Support Course Development Studio.

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 still acknowledges her inventiveness and productivity.

It is revealed that Higari is something of a loner who prefers time to himself and enjoys the company of his inventions rather than other people, although he still cares for his fellow colleagues and students.

Synopsis

U.S.J. Arc

Power Loader rescues Mashirao.

Tenya Ida 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 accompany 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 his plan and passing the practical test.[5]

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

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 after school 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]

Endeavor Agency Arc

At some point, Power Loader becomes fed up with the increasing amount of Mei's inventions, so after discussing the matter with Principal Nezu, he decides to use his Quirk to create an underground storage unit to have somewhere to put them all. However, he ends up getting carried away during his excavation and creates a room for him to relax, a home theatre, and a racetrack for his prized car collection. Even better, he ends up finding a natural hot spring which he renovates by adding a changing room. Power Loader then came up with the idea to create a subterranean training ground for the hero course students, although he digs a bit too close to the surface, causing Tenya Ida, Mezo Shoji, Fumikage Tokoyami, Koji Koda and Eijiro Kirishima to fall into the labyrinth.

The boys were attacked by laser-firing monkey dolls created by Mei, outrun a large boulder, and nearly fall victim to an out-of-control Dark Shadow. After seeing them on the security cameras, Power Loader decides to place gym uniforms and towels in the hot springs for them so they can dry off and change after relaxing their stress and fatigue away. Nezu finds out about Power Loader's labyrinth and goes down to greet the boys, he then fabricates a lie that the underground dungeon was a closed off survival training area, which he had been surveying in a decision on whether to have it demolished or not. The principal ends up escorting the boys out, having them promise not to speak a word of the labyrinth to others, while also giving them permission to visit Recovery Girl so Tenya could have his wound healed.

Power Loader then meets with Nezu and apologizes for getting carried away. The principal suggests opening the labyrinth up as a resting area for U.A.'s staff, Power Loader has trouble interjecting, but Nezu reveals that he was only joking, as he knew that Power Loader wasn't the best with socializing and enjoys his privacy. In the end, the principal allows Power Loader to keep his underground resting area which could also serve as a place for him to devote himself to his work in solitude. Although Nezu does order that he improves its security so that an incident with the boys won't happen again, while also telling Power Loader that he would visit his hot spring on occasion.[7]

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.[1]

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
Wits
 
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, Ida! 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 Flashback
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. Results' 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
U.A. Traitor Arc
335. Zygotes Absent
336. Villain Absent
337. A Disposable Life Absent
338. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part 1 Absent
339. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part 2 Appears
340. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part 3 Absent
341. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part Minus 1 Absent
342. The Extreme Quiet Before the Storm Mentioned

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 1
1. Izuku Midoriya: Origin Absent
2. What It Takes to Be a Hero Absent
3. Roaring Muscles Absent
4. Start Line Absent
5. What I Can Do for Now Absent
6. Rage, You Damn Nerd Absent
7. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
8. Bakugo's Start Line Absent
9. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Ida! Absent
10. Encounter with the Unknown Absent
11. Game Over Absent
12. All Might Absent
13. In Each of Our Hearts Debut
Season 2
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
15. Roaring Sports Festival Appears
16. In Their Own Quirky Ways Appears
17. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy Appears
18. Cavalry Battle Finale Absent
19. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
20. Victory or Defeat Absent
21. Battle on, Challengers! Absent
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Appears
24. Fight on, Ida Absent
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
26. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students Absent
30. Climax Absent
31. The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain Absent
32. Everyone's Internships Absent
33. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
34. Gear up for Final Exams Appears
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Appears
36. Stripping the Varnish Absent
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Absent
Season 3
39. Game Start Absent
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
41. Kota Absent
42. My Hero Absent
43. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Absent
46. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
47. All For One Absent
48. Symbol of Peace Absent
49. One For All Absent
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
51. Moving into Dorms Absent
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Appears
53. The Test Appears
54. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
55. Class 1-A Absent
56. RUSH! Flashback
57. Rescue Exercises Absent
58. Special Episode: Save the World with Love! Absent
59. What's the Big Idea? Absent
60. A Talk about Your Quirk Absent
61. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
62. A Season for Encounters Absent
63. Unrivaled Absent
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Absent
65. Overhaul Absent
66. Boy Meets... Absent
67. Fighting Fate Absent
68. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
69. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
70. GO!! Absent
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Absent
73. Temp Squad Absent
74. Lemillion Absent
75. Unforeseen Hope Absent
76. Infinite 100% Absent
77. Bright Future Absent
78. Smoldering Flames Absent
79. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
80. Relief for License Trainees Absent
81. School Festival Absent
82. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part Absent
83. Gold Tips Imperial Absent
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
85. School Festival Start!! Appears
86. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
87. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
88. His Start Absent

Trivia

  • Higari's name contains the kanji for "to bury" ( mai?), "island" ( shima?), "dry" ( hi?), and "hunting" ( kari?).
    • 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?).
  • According to Higari's Volume 12 profile:[8]
    • Higari likes cars.[9]
    • Horikoshi finds drawing Higari's costume/armor quite difficult.
    • Horikoshi describes Higari as a prodigy who can create support items with self-assurance.
    • Higari has a complex over his short height.
  • 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."[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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: School Briefs V.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 12.
  9. My Hero Academia: Ultra Archive: The Official Character Guide.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 101 (p. 11).

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