“The night is darkest just before the dawn. I promise you, the dawn is coming.”
Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight
The following contains spoilers from the latest chapter of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
Now that we have gotten a look at the immediate aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, it is time to theorize how this will affect hero society as a whole. Even though the heroes succeeded in suppressing the majority of the Paranormal Liberation Front, the damage is done. Hero society will never be the same again after this war.
For decades, the hero society enjoyed a sense of peace and security under the protection of All Might. However, they have grown far too dependent on this one man. As a result, the rest of the superheroes and society as a whole became complacent. Because of this, All Might became the lynchpin to the stability of hero society. Without that lynchpin, society would implode. This change was inevitable from the moment All Might retired.
When All Might retired after his final battle with All For One, supervillains grew increasingly bolder and the rest of the superheroes struggled to fill All Might’s shoes. Despite being All Might’s successor, Deku was not ready to take his place as the Symbol of Peace. With one disaster after another in a short span of time, the public’s trust in the status quo and sense of security gradually eroded.
The Paranormal Liberation War was the straw that broke the camel’s back. There was so much death and destruction that the public has lost their faith in hero society. Some civilians talked about leaving the country while they still could even though they did not have the money. Even some superheroes cracked under the pressure of their profession, causing them to become disillusioned with the status quo. With this disillusionment, superheroes are planning to resign and find new jobs. If enough superheroes resign, it will weaken the superheroes’ already diminished numbers. Due to this, these superheroes have chosen the worst possible time to quit because things are about to get a lot worse.
Dabi’s revelations about Endeavor and Hawks will also erode the public’s trust in hero society even more. Despite being the Number One Hero, Endeavor had poor public approval ratings. The only reason Endeavor achieved his rank was because he resolved the most cases out of any other superhero except All Might. Now, the truth about what Endeavor did to his family will make his public approval numbers plummet to the degree in which the public will never trust him again. As a combatant and an asset, Endeavor will still be of use to the Hero Public Safety Commission. In terms of public relations, Endeavor is no longer of any use to the Commission and he will likely be forced to step down as the Number One Hero. Hawks is more complicated because Dabi told the public that he murdered both Twice and Best Jeanist. Best Jeanist being alive was a setback for Dabi’s plan, but he still broadcasted footage of Hawks murdering Twice across the entire country. There is no way to sweep that footage under the mat and Hawks would not be in a position to deny what he did. Overall, the public will no longer entrust their safety to a thug (Endeavor) and a murderer (Hawks).
We now move on to another big problem that is fast approaching. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki is about to orchestrate a prison break in Tartarus Prison. Due to being the largest maximum security prison in Japan, Tartarus Prison likely houses hundreds or even thousands of supervillains. These supervillains include, the original All For One, several Nomu, Kurogiri, Overhaul and his Yakuza, Stain, half the Vanguard Action Squad, and many others. Also, nearly 17,000 members of the Paranormal Liberation Front have been detained and are likely on their way to Tartarus Prison. If all those supervillains are released all at once, Japan’s already chaotic state will become so much worse. They will likely be assimilated into the Paranormal Liberation Front and become an even larger army than before under All For One/Tomura Shigaraki’s command. If this happens, the weakened superheroes will not have the strength left to fight them. When the superheroes started the Paranormal Liberation War, they caught the supervillains with their guard down. Now, with this prison break, the superheroes will be the ones caught with their guard down.
With these factors in mind, the future for hero society is looking extremely grim. For now, the superheroes are dealing with the war’s aftermath, which includes saving wounded civilians, assessing damaged buildings, and arresting defeated supervillains. With an army of supervillains about to be released from Tartarus Prison, the chaos we have seen in the latest chapter will become a whole lot worse. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki will not give the superheroes room to breathe. When the dust finally settles, it is likely a new Age of Darkness will rise. It will be a sinister world that has not been seen since the height of All For One’s power.
The fate of the country rests in the hands of All Might’s successor, Deku. However, Deku is nowhere near ready to fill All Might’s shoes. He put up a good fight against Tomura Shigaraki, but his body has been crippled as a result. After his fight with Muscular, the doctors warned Deku that if he punched with 100% of his power two or three more times he would lose the usage of his arms. By my count, Deku punched Shigaraki at 100% a lot more than two or three times with each arm. Even though his limbs with spent, Deku kept pummeling his nemesis. Deku’s legs were also crippled in the fight. Because of his injuries, Deku will be out of commission for the foreseeable future. It is possible that Deku’s wounds will likely be healed by Eri’s Rewind Quirk since she was able to restore Mirio’s phasing Quirk.
His mother was already losing faith in UA’s ability to keep her son safe and was worried about him getting injured. When she sees her son in such a broken state, she will likely pull him out of UA or even try to convince him to not be a superhero. I cannot help but feel as though Deku’s mother may die at some point in the story. The reason I think this is because one of the main motivations for superheroes is family tragedy. If anything happens to Deku’s mother, it will likely motivate him further in taking Shigaraki down.
In addition to being able to safely use 30-45 % of One For All’s basic power, Deku has awakened three of his six additional Quirks: Blackwhip, Float, and Danger Sense. He still has three more Quirks left to unlock and master before he truly controls One For All. Despite putting up an impressive fight against Shigaraki, Deku still has a long way to go before he is fully ready to succeed All Might and become the new Symbol of Peace. Until then, the new Age of Darkness will consume the country, but when Deku recovers from his wounds and masters One For All in its entirety, the spark of hope that went out in recent chapters will be lit once again.