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MHA: SHIGARAKI’S STATUS

“When I found you, I saw what all Masters live to see: raw, untamed power! And beyond that, something truly special.”

Supreme Leader Snoke, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The following contains spoilers from recent chapters of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

A lot has happened to Tomura Shigaraki in recent chapters. He is almost at full power at around 98 % completion. His increased power has enabled him to defeat one of the most powerful superheroes in the world: Star and Stripe. Now, he is participating in another large scale battle with Japan’s superhero community.

During his fight with Star and Stripe, Shigaraki demonstrated a number of new quirks he gained from All For One. The quirks in question are called Heavy Payload, Scatter, Springlike Limbs, Wing, and Reflect. Heavy Payload enabled him to increase the amount of damage he inflicts on his enemies. Scatter allows him to dissipate any projectiles thrown at him. Springlike Limbs enables him to coil his muscles to either increase his physical strength or propel himself through the air. Wing allows him to sprout bat-like wings so he could fly. Reflect enables him to erect a force field that would reflect any attack back to its source. However, Reflect was destroyed during Shigaraki’s fight with Star and Stripe.

Even though he was around 98% complete by the time he fought Star and Stripe, Shigaraki was so badly wounded from the battle that his completion was stalled for a week. Once he recovered, we got to see a new demonstration of his newfound power when he fought the heroes of UA once again. Once more, Aizawa’s power negation was used to negate Shigaraki’s quirks like in the Paranormal Liberation War. However, Shigaraki is not the same as he was last time. During the Paranormal Liberation War, Shigaraki was only 75% complete and the heroes were able to inflict a lot of damage on him while his quirks were negated. Now, Shigaraki is almost at full power and is on a totally different level than before. This was demonstrated when Shigaraki revealed another physical augmentation he received from Doctor Ujiko.

The transformative surgery Shigaraki received from Doctor Ujiko revolved around a concept known as the Quirk Singularity. This theory suggests that quirks will become increasingly stronger, diverse, and unpredictable with each generation to the point in which mankind would not be able to control them and be destroyed by their own power. The surgery Ujiko gave Shigaraki was designed to overcome that limitation by augmenting the human body so it could keep up with the constantly evolving nature of multiple quirks. This was demonstrated when Shigaraki gained strength, speed, stamina, and durability that rivaled All Might. Even without his quirks, Shigaraki was more than capable of holding his own against multiple superheroes at the same time. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the augmentations Ujiko gave him.

A new enhancement involved Shigaraki’s body mutating and adapting in response to the countless quirks that are inside him. This was manifested by him regrowing the fingers he lost during his fight with Re-Destro. During his current fight with the superheroes, Shigaraki’s left hand mutated further by changing into a writhing mass of fingers. The power of this mass of fingers is so great that it can overwhelm and subdue a superhero of Mirko’s caliber. What is even more intense is that this mass can grow and spread until it is the size of a building. Not only can Shigaraki swarm and overpower his enemies with these waves of fingers, but if he uses his Decay quirk with his hand in that state, he can cause a larger scale of destruction than ever could before. Shigaraki can summon this level of physical power while his quirks are being negated, which is bad news for the superheroes.

What is most intriguing is what is happening inside of Shigaraki’s mind. After inheriting All For One’s quirk, the vestige of All For One himself began to gradually take control of Shigaraki’s body. After a month of fighting for control of his body, Shigaraki’s mind began to merge with All For One’s vestige, resulting in them beginning to fuse into a completely different being. This has caused Shigaraki to have an extreme identity crisis because he can no longer tell if he is All For One, Tomura Shigaraki, or even Tenko Shimura. On the other hand, this mental fusion has given Shigaraki the experience and intellect of the original All For One. This has enabled Shigaraki to wield his arsenal of quirks more efficiently with more proficiency. What state Shigaraki’s mind will be in when he is complete is up in the air at this point.

Overall, Shigaraki has come a long way since the Paranormal Liberation War. Even though his psychological fate is still to be determined, his new augmentations and quirks are impressive. I look forward to seeing how he will develop in the future.

A FEMALE WRAITH

We all know about the Nazgul or Ringwraiths from The Lord of the Rings. Wraiths are shadowy creatures that are neither living nor dead. For my upcoming fantasy series, I will be featuring a female wraith who is an omnipresent assassin and all-seeing spy. Like the Nazgul, my female wraith will be dressed in a black hood and cloak. Her face will be a mix between those of Clementine from Overlord and Gin Ichimaru from Bleach, which will consist of eyes narrowed into slits and displaying a mocking smile. This type of face is common amongst anime/manga characters who are tricksters.

UNSTABLE LIVING POWER

“I refuse to carry a king who’s weaker than me and get cut to ribbons with him. If you’re weaker than me, then I’ll destroy you, and take your crown for myself.”

Hollow Ichigo, Bleach

I have noticed that there are various anime/manga protagonists who possess an inner power with a mind of its own. Every once in a while, this sentient inner power would possess the protagonist and give them a tremendous boost in power that gives them an edge in a desperate situation. Such examples include Ichigo Kurosaki and his inner Hollow, Naruto Uzumaki and the Kurama the Nine-Tailed Fox, and Asta and his devil Liebe. As their respective stories progress, the protagonists gradually learn to bring their unruly powers to heel and make them their own. In my new fantasy books, I am planning to give the main character a similar sentient inner power. His struggle to control this power will further contribute to my protagonist’s character development as the series progresses.

MHA: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

“Time? What time do you think we have?”

Saruman the White, The Fellowship of the Ring

The following contains spoilers from chapter 328 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

The latest chapter of My Hero Academia reveals that the situation regarding Tomura Shigaraki is a lot worse than we thought. The intel Stain provided to the superheroes included information about a signal that was being transmitted between All For One’s vestige in Shigaraki and All For One himself during the Tartarus Prison breakout. When analyzed, this signal revealed that Shigaraki needed 38 days to reach his full potential; not two months. Based on the amount of time that has passed since the Tartarus Prison breakout, it has been deduced that Shigaraki will reach his full power at 100% in THREE DAYS!!!

Now, All For One’s plan is starting to make sense. While he and Shigaraki were in hiding, All For One made his assassins think that Shigaraki would be complete in two months. While being interrogated, Doctor Ujiko said the same thing. The assassins were given this “intel” in order to give the superheroes a false lead to follow. Ujiko lied to the authorities because of his undying loyalty to All For One, which outweighed anything the authorities could threaten him with. Since the superheroes were led to believe that they had two months to find and stop Shigaraki and All For One, they were under the false impression that they had enough time to get that done. Instead, they wasted an entire month on a wild goose chase, which gave Shigaraki the time he needed to finish his metamorphosis. By the time the superheroes learned this, it is too late.

The grim truth is that the superheroes have effectively run out of time trying to find and stop Shigaraki. Even if they could find him in time, Shigaraki would be between 98 to 99 percent complete, which is far more powerful than he was during the Paranormal Liberation War. All they can do is spend the next three days making any last minute preparations for Shigaraki’s awakening. All of Japan must brace for impact as the ultimate supervillain starts to awaken in three short days.

MHA: TWO MORE MONTHS!!!

The following contains spoilers from chapter 327 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

An intriguing revelation about Tomura Shigaraki’s status was revealed to us in the most recent chapter. It was revealed that even though Shigaraki was awakened from his surgery before it was complete, he can still stabilize on his own without the aid of his surgical capsule. From the moment he was awakened prematurely, Shigaraki needed two more months before he reached full power at 100% stabilization. It has already been one month since the Paranormal Liberation War, which means Shigaraki requires one more month before he reaches his full potential. The clock is ticking against the superheroes as they try to hunt down both Shigaraki and All For One. The only reason the superheroes were able to disrupt Shigaraki’s surgery was because they had Hawks serving as a mole in the Paranormal Liberation Army. Now, the superheroes no longer have that advantage. Also, All For One has taken extreme measures to cover his tracks and has been several steps ahead since the beginning, formulating plans within plans. It is possible that All For One took even more unpredictable precautions to keep the superheroes off his scent. However, the superheroes have gained an unlikely ally in the Hero Killer Stain, who provided intel to the superheroes regarding Tartarus Prison’s security records. This could mean that the superheroes have a chance to disrupt Shigaraki’s growth yet again. However, I don’t think it will go the superheroes’ way for two reasons. First, the superheroes were barely able to fight Shigaraki when he was at 75% stabilization. If he needs two more months to complete his metamorphosis and one month has already passed, then Shigaraki is already more powerful than he was before at between 80% to 90% stabilization. Second, how do we know the “intel” Stain gave the superheroes was not intentionally leaked to them? What if it is a false lead to make the superheroes go on a wild goose chase to keep them off Shigaraki’s and All For One’s scent? Because All For One is a highly intelligent mastermind with impressive foresight, I would not be surprised if this was the case. If this is true, then it would give Shigaraki more time to complete his transformation. I look forward to finding out how this will unfold as the story progresses.

MHA: HIMIKO TOGA’S THREAT

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” 

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

In recent chapters of My Hero Academia, we got an idea of what kind of defenses the superheroes put in place in preparation of the supervillains’ next move. The hero academies have been turned into evacuation shelters for both superheroes and civilians alike. UA Highschool has drastically upgraded its defenses since the USJ attack to the point in which it rivals those of Tartarus Prison. It has been noted that the defenses of UA Highschool seem to be specifically designed to counter Tomura Shigaraki’s augmented Decay quirk. The previously disillusioned civilians have also begun to reconcile with the superheroes after Deku returned to the academy.

Despite all the preparations they have made, I think the superheroes and civilians are still in danger. Even though Himoko Toga has been MIA since the Paranormal Liberation War, the superheroes believe they have found a way to counter her shapeshifting abilities. The reason for this is because they have deduced the time limit for her Transform quirk. After hearing how Toga’s quirk evolved by copying the quirks of those she turns into, it is likely that Ochaco Uraraka revealed this information to the superheroes after the Paranormal Liberation War. Still, I think the superheroes continue to underestimate the threat Toga presents.

The superheroes are under the impression that Toga will directly try to infiltrate UA herself with her shapeshifting abilities. I think she already has infiltrated the school. However, I think she will use a different strategy, one the superheroes will never see coming. I mentioned before the possibility that Toga will get her hands on the blood of Twice’s corpse. Toga has always said that she wanted to be closer to those she loves by drinking their blood and shapeshifting into them. She saw Twice as a surrogate big brother, which would make him someone she loves. She might acquire his blood from the villain mansion or from a morgue. With Twice’s blood, Toga won’t only assume Twice’s appearance and copy his duplication quirk to resurrect him, but I think she will use it for something far more ambitious. If Toga copies Twice’s quirk after ingesting his blood, the threat that Hawks tried to prevented by killing Twice would return with a vengeance. Not only would Twice be resurrected and be able to unleash his Sad Man’s Parade once more, but Toga could mass produce an army of spies for herself.

With these spies, Toga and a Twice clone could kidnap and kill dozens or hundreds of civilians and make copies of them. These copies would infiltrate UA and be assumed to be normal citizens. With Twice dead, the superheroes will not suspect that his duplication power was being used. When enough infiltrators are in place, Toga and the Twice clone would attack UA from within. It will be like the MHA version of the Fall of Troy.

Overall, I think Himiko Toga is preparing a nasty surprise for the superheroes. I hope we find out what it is in the next few chapters.

THE SCULLERY MAID

In my future fantasy books, the female character who would have the most complex relationship with the main character would be his personal scullery maid. Out of all the main female characters, she has known the main character the longest. Despite being master and servant, they have no sense of formality between them. She is the protagonist’s oldest friend and most trusted confidant, which makes her the protector of all his secrets. Based on this, their relationship is built on mutual honesty. I have loosely taken inspiration from Cinderella while creating this character. In terms of personality, she is like a Dandere anime character, which is quiet, shy, timid, and only opens up to a select few people. In terms of appearance, I have taken inspiration from Masane Amaha from Witchblade. However, my character’s brunette hair will be medium length and her eyes will be silver-colored.

THE BARONESS

The fifth main female character in my future fantasy books will be a young baroness. She will be a member of the most powerful and influential noble family in the kingdom of Gaena second only to the imperial family itself. However, her life before her betrothal to the main character is a sad story. Despite her privileged upbringing, she has had traumatic experiences with her family. When she first meets the main character, she experiences kindness for the first time in her life. As a result, she becomes madly in love with him to the point of obsession. She becomes overly protective of him, determined to have him for herself. This brings her into conflict with the protagonist’s other brides throughout the story. This gives her the personality of a yandere anime character. Fortunately, as the story and her personality progresses, she slowly learns to share the main character with the other brides. In terms of appearance, I drew inspiration from Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach, but I changed my character’s hair style. In addition to a different hairstyle, my character will have black hair that glitters purple like a raven’s feathers.

THE PRINCESSES

Although my main character’s relationship with the high princess will be tense, his relationships with his other brides will be more complicated. Three of the main female characters will be members of royal families in the southern kingdoms of the empire. Although they are betrothed to the main character, they and the protagonist regard one another as childhood friends. Therefore, they marry one another out of duty to their respective families and the empire as a whole. However, as they travel together on their arduous adventure, they start to genuinely fall in love. In terms of appearance, I have taken inspiration from Akeno Himejima and Rias Gremory from Highschool DXD and Rushuna Tendo from Grenadier. This will involve one character having black hair and violet eyes, one character having red hair and blue eyes, and one character with blonde hair and bronze eyes. In terms of personality, I will basing them on the Bakadere, Undere, and Kuudere archetypes for anime characters. The Bakadere will be a charismatic idiot like Sasha Blouse from Attack on Titan. The Undere will act as the main character’s “yes” person and has difficulty thinking for herself. The Kuudere will express little emotion, but will exhibit explosive emotional outbursts when the main character is involved. Overall, these princesses will be an intriguing cast of characters that will add a few more layers of complexity to my protagonist’s love life.

THE HIGH PRINCESS

As mentioned in my previous post, I am thinking modeling my six lead female characters in my future fantasy books on the physical appearance of anime characters I have a crush on. The main female character will be a high princess who is the sole surviving heir of the previous imperial dynasty. Politically, she is my main character’s most powerful and significant bride. Like Eleonora Viltaria from Lord Marksman and the Vanadis, my character will have long silver hair, but her eyes will be aqua-colored instead of red. The reason for this is because silver hair and aqua-colored eyes are the traditional features of House Sylva, the previous imperial dynasty. My character will also be a year older than the main character. In terms of personality, my character will be a tsundere, which is a type of character who is initially hostile to the main character before gradually becoming friendlier to them. She HATES her fiancé and his family for stealing her birthright, but gradually falls in love with him.