Kohta Hirano

Kohta Hirano is a anime/manga character in the Highschool of the Dead franchise
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Kohta Hirano is a second-year student at Fujimi High School and a gun-toting otaku.


Kohta is a fat Japanese otaku, but despite his nerdy looks he spent some time in America, where for a month he was trained by a former Captain of a Delta Force squad in forearms. At Fujimi High School in Japan, Kohta was viciously bullied and his own teacher, Koichi Shidou, took joy in his suffering and encouraged the bullies. After the zombie invasion, he teamed up with several other survivors and he is one of their most reliable fighters with his knowledge of guns.


Kohta Hirano character sheet
Kohta Hirano character sheet

The character of Kohta Hirano is a lead character of the manga/anime series Highschool of the Dead that was written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shouji Sato. The series first began serialization in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age magazine in July 2006. The creators of the series classified characters using role-playing game terminology, and Kohta is described as one of the fighters. Kohta normally wears his school uniform clothes, but with a military flack jacket.

His first appearance was in Hightschool of the Dead Volume 1 CH. 1 "Spring of the Dead", and hisfirst anime appearance was in Highschool of the Dead - Episode 1 "Spring of the Dead". His character in the Japanese series is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, and the U.S. dub produced by Section 23 is done by Mark X. Laskowski. He is the weapons master of the group and has extensive knowledge in firearms.

Kohta is named after the legendary Hellsing manga creator Hirano Kohta. In a popularity ranking held by Dragon Age magazine, four characters from Highschool of the Dead were in the top 10, and Kohta tied for tenth place with Saya Takagi and Gosick character, Victorique de Blois.

Character Evolution

Kohta Hirano's original appearance
Kohta Hirano's original appearance

Kohta's first appearance in Highschool of the Dead gave the impression that he was just a weak willed otaku who kept to himself. He originally paired with Saya Takagi. She advised him to follow her to the woodworking room to change the tools into weapons. Through sheer ingenuity, he attached drafting T-squares to a mail gun for stability in aiming. The would soon team up with a fellow second-year Takashi Komuro's group. He's considered one of the most valuable members of the survivors due to his proficiency with guns. Takashi has said if he would die that the group would not last long without him.

Age: 16

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Height: 5' 2" (158cm)

Weight: 195.8lbs (88.8kg)

Before the outbreak, Konta had spent some time in America and was trained in firearms by a member of the Black Water group who was a former member of the U.S. Army. One of his classmates remarked that he seems to have a history one could only find in a manga character when he mentions that his mother is a fashion designer, his father is a jewelry salesman, his grandfather was a passenger ship captain from another country and his grandmother was a violinist.

Major Story Arcs

Spring of the Dead


Rei Miyamoto with an Armalite AR-10 Special
Rei Miyamoto with an Armalite AR-10 Special

As a human fighter with training from military personnel, Kohta is dependent on weapons to survive against the zombies. His knowledge is invaluable his group of survivors.

  • Nailgun
  • Armalite AR-10 Special

Other Media

HOTD: Drifters of the Dead

Takashi appears in the Highschool of the Dead OVA titled Drifters of the Dead. It was originally released as a Blu-ray and packaged with a special edition of Highschool of the Dead Vol. 7 on April 26th 2011. Kohta and the rest of Team Takashi find themselves on a small, isolated island off the shore of Tokonosu City. After finding a small beach house filled with a variety of bikinis, they take this opportunity for a break from running. The boys search the island for food while the girls enjoyed the water and sun. Kohta got plenty of seafood and a fire was started. Only later did they realize the leaves they had put into the fire were hydrangea. This caused a hallucination in everyone who breathed in the fumes.

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Nobuyuki Hiyama
Mark X. Laskowski
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Name: Kohta Hirano
Name: 平野 コータ
Romanji: Hirano Kōta
Gender: Male
1st manga book: Highschool of the Dead #1
1st anime episode: Highschool of the Dead #1
1st anime movie:
Aliases Koota Hirano
Kota Hirano
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