The following contains spoilers for My Hero Academia Chapter 359, “Place of Learning” by Horikoshi Kohei, Caleb Cook and John Hunt, available now in English from Viz Media.
Although UA’s Hero Course is the school’s most popular program in My Hero Academia, the school offers two other curricula: General Studies and the Hero Management course. Little is known about the latter, save that it’s home to UA’s brightest and most business-savvy students — but Chapter 359 of the manga shed some light on the course’s content. Although the students didn’t divulge its entire scope, it was enough to realize that the course might require some major restructuring after the war is over.
While UA’s engineers were working furiously to keep the school in the skies, members of the Hero Management course were busy recording everything that was going on in its underbelly. When questioned about their actions, they replied saying that was how they could help the heroes’ cause. As the links between the heroes and citizens, they were in charge of the crime fighters’ public personas. Documenting the most dangerous conflict the heroes had been involved in yet was their way of letting the public know how hard the heroes were fighting, even behind the scenes.
What MHA’s Hero Management Students & Professionals Do
While their jobs might seem trivial in comparison to the Pro-Heroes, they play a uniquely important role in MHA‘s hero society. Their management tasks go past simply being the heroes’ public relations officers. With their expertise, they would be able to assign up-and-coming Pros to hero agencies that would require their skills the most. Hero Management has also been hinted to be involved in securing UA’s Hero Course students’ internships to polish their skills while on the job.
Programs like the Provisional License Exams Hero and Billboard Chart announcements would also fall under the scope of Hero Management. The celebration of top heroes with a hierarchical system would help get the public acquainted with their heroes, as well as fuel support and increase the society’s overall morale. Without word of mouth and proper marketing, All Might’s brand as the Symbol of Peace would never have sparked the universal terror it did among the villains. Most of the Management Course’s endeavors seem to overwhelmingly positive, but here’s why the program needs some major changes.
Why UA’s Hero Management Course Is Outdated
The Management Course’s needed changes aren’t attributed to any incompetence on their part; rather, they may have done their jobs a little too well. The overwhelmingly positive public opinion of heroes only serves to make it easier for bad apples to slip through the cracks. Their passion for creating squeaky clean narratives and appearances also alienates a portion of the public that very rarely get to see themselves represented in the heroes’ ranks.
Heteromorphs, for example, have long been relegated to the shadows; if a member of their community aspired to be a hero, the Management Course’s approach of sanitizing heroes for easier public consumption might force them to censor body parts that might upset citizens with restricting hero costumes — or reduce their public appearances entirely. With a suddenly ailing wife, a permanently scarred son, another “perishing” in a fire of his own making and two other children estranged from their father, a society with a more neutral attitude toward heroes might have realized earlier that some form of abuse was going on in Endeavor’s household.
Reforming hero management would not be immediate, but UA’s forward-thinking administration must have realized the existing Management Course’s curriculum would no longer be viable in the post-war world. Instead of pumping out students who blindly support and uplift heroes, train them to actually manage their charges. Monitoring their behavior, sanctioning those who run afoul of the law and promoting inclusivity with continuous on-the-job training so they could better serve their communities would go a long way to bridging the gap between them and the public.