My Hero Academia officially ended the prequel spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, with its final chapter, and with that finale explained why Koichi Haimawari’s Crawler hasn’t been seen in the main series yet. ‘now! One of the biggest draws of the spin-off series was the fact that it was set several years before the events of Kohei Horikoshi’s main manga series, and fans got to see some of the main series’ professional heroes under a very different day before their full leap into action in the main series. But we wondered whether or not it would work the other way around.
With the penultimate chapter of My Hero Academia: Vigilantes teasing that Koichi is finally becoming a true professional hero after all his years of working as a vigilante, and the final chapter explains that Koichi has indeed become a professional hero. But as for why we haven’t seen him in action in the main series yet, it’s apparently because he’s no longer in Japan at all. If the final chapter is true for his fate in the main series, Koichi was basically forced to move and do hero work in the United States thanks to everything that happened in Naruhata.
The last chapter of My Hero Academia: Vigilantes takes place a year after the penultimate chapter and reveals that Koichi has become the professional hero “Skycrawler” working under Captain Celebrity’s agency in New York. He explains that the fallout from the Naruhata War has led to a number of lawsuits being filed against him. He not only incurred a lot of debt for the damages, but also a lot of potential lawsuits due to his vigilante work. It became so untenable that he had to move to the United States in the meantime.
He’s going through all the same acceptance struggles as in Naruhata, but it’s clear his future as a hero is over in America. This means that the main series’ primarily Japan-focused conflicts have been largely outside of its own scope. If he’s still a professional hero by the time of the main series and still dealing with all the same legal and financial issues as before, it seems like it might not be possible to do so yet. enter the fold of the main series.
What do you think? What do you think of this explanation of Koichi’s absence from My Hero Academia? Are you hoping to see the Skycrawler appear in the main series anyway? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!