I like the cute villain girl Toga Himiko for the popular Anime “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)”. She is mentally sick…but lovable enough somehow.

Today I’ll write about the meanings of her kanji name. Thank you so much for the request!


What is the meaning of the kanji name “Himiko Toga”?


When she appeared for the first time, her name was written in Katakana script “トガ ヒミコ”. Japanese people sometimes use this script to show how to pronounce his or her kanji name on official documents.

meanings of kanji name in anime

I’m not sure why it was written in Katakana but I can imagine that the author wanted to hide her quirk at that point.

Meanings of Each Kanji “Toga Himiko”

Well, we found out her kanji name now! “Toga Himiko” looks like this 渡我 被身子 in Japanese Kanji. Whole name looks very man-made. I understood that is for expressing her quirk.

meanings of kanji name in anime

The first kanji of her last name “渡” is kind of complicated. Japanese people use this kanji to say those 2 ways.

  • 渡る (wata-ru) : Cross Over/ Go Across
  • 渡す (wata-su) : Hand Over/ Pass Over

On the other hand the meanings of the second kanji 我 is “Self” and “Ego”.

To understand her quirk, we need to know her first name, too!

The first kanji of her first name 被 (hi) means “Putting On”. Then second one 身 (mi) means “Body”, and the last kanji “子 (ko)” means “Child”. The kanji “子” is very common thing to put at the end of girls’ names like “恵子 (Keiko)”, “明子 (Akiko)” and so on.

So, I say the meaning of her name is like…“Covering up all over my body and hide myself!”. Which makes sense since we got to see her use her quirk for the first time in a recent episode.

Image of Her Name “Toga” and “Himiko” in Japanese

meanings of kanji name in anime

When I hear the word “toga” in Japanese, the first kanji that comes up in my mind is 咎 (toga).  咎人 (togabito) means “Criminal”! (人:Person) Toga Himiko is a serial killer, so I think that fits her.

And this is nothing to do with her personality, but her first name “Himiko” sounds very familiar to Japanese people. That’s 卑弥呼 (Himiko). 卑弥呼 is the queen’s name of aincient Japan that all kids learn about in Japanese history class.

Meanings of Japanese Kanji

If you want to know about other character’s name, just let me know!

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 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Toga Himiko
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Today’s Japanese Kanji Shirt is “Love”! …Toga loves Deku too much.


If you want to know the meanings of any Japanese kanji that you don’t see English subs for in a particular animation or live action movie, tell me “Name of the Show”, “Season and Episode #” and “the Exact Moment (Minute: Second) if it’s available”!

If it’s just Japanese kanji that you see around you, like a shop sign or a tattoo, you can send me the photo as long as you are allowed to take picture of it.

I can’t promise to reply to everyone but I’ll try my best!

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