MHA: Who Does Kirishima Have a Crush On?


There are a lot of intriguing characters in the world of My Hero Academia, and many of these are supporting members of the storyline. One such character who has gained traction in terms of his popularity is Eijiro Kirishima, who has stood out as one of the most useful characters both in terms of offense and defense. But while ‘MHA’ has always been about the character’s journey to become heroes, fans can’t help but talk about the romantic lives of the stars, including Kirishima himself. So, who does Kirishima have a crush on?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Kirishima is often shipped with different characters, including Katsuki Bakugo, Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, and Mina Ashido.
  • However, Kirishima has recently admitted that he looked up to Ashido when they were still just in middle school as he saw her as one of his heroes.

The Kirishima ships

We all know that people can’t help but ship the different characters of ‘My Hero Academia’ together because this is quite normal for manga and anime fans. Of course, because there are a lot of characters in ‘MHA,’ it is normal for fans to want to ship the different students of Class 1-A with their classmates or even from the students of the other class. One of the characters fans have been talking about in terms of his romantic interests is Eijiro Kirishima.

Known as Red Riot, Kirishima is a fiery character from Class 1-A and is known for being one of the best students in his offensive and defensive capabilities because he can harden his body and make it rock-like. But while he has always been known for his fiery and enthusiastic personality, fans can’t help but ship him with different characters who somewhat complement his personality.

The first person who fans often ship with Kirishima is none other than Katsuki Bakugo. This is because Kirishima is Bakugo’s closest friend aside from Midoriya. While we all know that Bakugo and Midoriya care for one another, Bakugo seems to like hanging out with Kirishima more because they both have fiery personalities and cool demeanors. And this is why fans love to ship both of them.

Of course, Kirishima has a rival from Class 1-B because they have Quirks that are very similar to one another. Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu is Kirishima’s greatest rival in ‘MHA,’ and that’s because Tetsutetsu’s Quirk allows him to have a body that can turn into steel. This is very similar to the fact that Kirishima can harden his body by turning it into a rock-like state. As such, fans are shipping both of these characters because they are rivals.


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But the female character who fans ship with Kirishima is Mina Ashido. That’s because they are both very enthusiastic characters and are often the most energetic out of all of the members of Class 1-A. On top of that, they have known each other since middle school and are already familiar with one another. But a recent manga chapter allowed us to see hope for this ship.

Kirishima made a surprising confession

While we know there was never an instance in the manga or anime wherein Kirishima seemed to have shown his feelings for a character, we all know there are hints here and there. It is understandable why the author doesn’t focus on the characters’ romantic relationships. Still, we know that he has allowed fans to see some details that point to the possibility of a ship between Kirishima and Ashido.

In one of the later chapters of the manga, Kirishima and Ashido, Shinso took control of Gigantomachia. However, in doing so, he was attacked by a villain. He needed help from Kirishima to get free, only for Red Riot to struggle in that regard. Ashido came to save both of them, as her actions allowed Kirishima to confess that he had always seen her as his hero.

Kirishima held Ashido in his arms as he told her he always looked up to her as one of his heroes. He admitted that he never saw her as a disappointment or a letdown because he always saw her as someone he idolized in the best way possible.

This isn’t the first time Kirishima and Ashido had a moment with one another. We know they both went to the same middle school and have known each other for a while already. They have both worked hard to support one another, as we all know that Ashido has a knack for raising Kirishima’s spirits whenever he is down. We also know that Ashido based her newest Acid Man technique on Kirishima’s Unbreakable form, one of his strongest techniques.

In that regard, Kirishima and Ashido are more than willing to help and support one another because they care for each other, just like how classmates should. But fans do believe that there’s something special brewing between the two.

Will Kirishima and Ashido end up together?

At this point, we aren’t sure whether or not Kirishima and Ashido will end up together because ‘MHA’ has never been about the characters’ romantic lives. The characters’ relationships with one another tend to be secondary to their journeys as heroes. And if the storyline focused on the young heroes’ relationships, it focused more on how they can help one another succeed.


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So, while the Kirishima and Ashido ship is now gaining ground, we can’t say if these two will end up together at one point in the future. There’s a possibility that this relationship can turn into something romantic. But we’re not dismissing the possibility of it turning into something platonic. As such, we just have to wait and see what the ‘MHA’ storyline has in store for us in the future, especially when it comes to Kirishima’s relationships with the different characters in this manga and anime.

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