“It is the greatest achievement of a teacher to enable his students to surpass him.”
The following contains spoilers from chapter 303 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
Thanks to Hawks, we now have a better idea of the situation with hero society’s current condition. The total number of inmates All For One/Tomura Shigaraki released from the prisons was ten thousand strong, which is about one tenth the size of the full strength of the Paranormal Liberation Front. Even so, these inmates have made the situation more desperate than ever. With so many superheroes resigning all at once, the superheroes do not have the numbers to quell the inmates.
Due to Japan’s hero society all but gone, the Japanese government has started taking drastic action to bring the situation under control. In order to make up the superhero shortage, the Japanese government has made requests from other countries to lend them their superheroes. So, foreign superheroes are now entering the story. This is a serious game changer to the My Hero Academia plot.
Up until now, the majority of the anime/manga’s story has taken place in Japan. The only time foreign superheroes appeared were either the films or the spin-off series. Now, these foreign superheroes are entering the main storyline. Apart from giving Japan’s hero society much needed reinforcements, this is going to have some serious political changes to the My Hero Academia universe and how the global hero society will handle situations such as these.
Sadly, there is a serious drawback to requesting these reinforcements. With the Hero Public Safety Commission dismantled, the Japanese government cannot complete the necessary paperwork. This will stall the deployment of these foreign superheroes, but they will eventually come.
This is a significant development in both Tomura Shigaraki and Deku’s character arcs. At the beginning of My Hero Academia, Deku said that the anime/manga was about how he became the world’s greatest superhero. After the Tartarus Prison breakout, All For One/Tomura Shigaraki said this was the story about how he becomes the greatest demon lord. Now that superheroes from around the world are entering the fray, the global spotlight will be on both of them.
Let us go over what this could mean for Shigaraki. Shigaraki has stated that his greatest desire was to destroy hero society. He certainly has achieved that goal with Japan, but destroying hero society in a single country accomplishes nothing. Before the vestige of All For One possessed him, Shigaraki said he wanted to be an even greater supervillain than All For One ever was. All For One was the greatest supervillain in Japan, but not the world at large. If Shigaraki is serious about wanting to surpass his master, he will need to destroy hero society either in multiple countries or the entire world. Now that other countries are getting involved in the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, Shigaraki definitely has a golden opportunity to become greater than his master. This would give him a worldwide reputation as a supervillain.
With Deku, he also has a chance to surpass All Might and become a greater superhero than him. As far as we know, All Might has a well-established reputation as a great superhero in Japan and made appearances in the United States in his early career. However, All Might was not able to establish a reputation on a global scale. With the eyes of the world fixed on Japan, Deku has all the exposure he will need to prove that he can be a greater superhero than All Might ever was. Sadly, all of this is only possible if Deku can recover from his injuries and we don’t know how or when he will do that.
Overall, the presence of foreign superheroes entering the fray is the perfect opportunity for both Deku and Shigaraki to prove that they can be greater than their mentors. Only time will tell when they recover and awaken. When they do awake, the world will never be the same again.