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MHA: THE GLOBAL STAGE

“It is the greatest achievement of a teacher to enable his students to surpass him.”

John Kemeny

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.

KENSHIN’S COMEUPPANCE

Even though the anime/manga Rurouni Kenshin is a widely popular story, I did not like the final story arc. Kenshin has fought many detestable villains throughout the story, but there is one that I actually sympathize with and rooted for. That villain was Kenshin’s vengeful ex-brother-in-law Enishi Yukishiro. When Enishi was a child, his sister married Kenshin and was accidentally murdered by Kenshin some time after. Enishi’s sister was his only form of familial attachment and the closest thing to a mother he ever had. Robbed of his sister, Enishi was forced to survive on his own. He had to drink from puddles to stay hydrated and feasted on carcasses in the street to fight off starvation.

At one point, Enishi was saved by a wealthy family, but since his only familial connection was dead and Enishi had lived like an animal for a while, he had no connection to the family who saved him. Therefore, he killed them and stole their wealth as well as discovered a book about a sword style that rivaled Kenshin’s Hiten-Mitsurugi Style: Watojutsu. Lacking a teacher, Enishi taught himself Watojutsu, using the book as a reference. With the dead family’s wealth, Enishi found his way into the Shanghai mafia, eventually becoming the head honcho.

Ten years later, armed with his completed training in Watojutsu and the resources of the Shanghai mafia at his disposal, Enishi was ready to commence his revenge on Kenshin. Enishi recruited other individuals who were wronged by Kenshin and they helped him in a campaign of vengeance against Kenshin and everyone close to him. Eventually, Enishi fought Kenshin for the first time, besting his ultimate technique. Enishi acquired his revenge by faking the death of Kenshin’s beloved, Kaoru Kamiya, by replacing her with a flesh doll in her likeness. Mad with grief, Kenshin entered a catatonic state in a village full of criminals and outcasts while Kaoru was kept prisoner by Enishi. Enishi intended to return Kaoru home as soon as Kenshin died of grief and Enishi’s revenge would be complete.

However, Enishi’s revenge came undone when Kaoru’s friends discovered she was alive and Kenshin woke up from his stupor. Upon learning this, Enishi made up his mind in killing Kenshin instead of making him mentally suffer. Enishi would fight Kenshin again and would lose despite having the upper hand early in their duel. Enishi would end up in the same village that Kenshin was in when he was catatonic.

Overall, out of all the enemies Kenshin faced, Enishi was the one who deserved to win against him the most. Even if it was accidental, Kenshin still murdered Enishi’s sister and forced Enishi to live through a hellish existence. Sure, Enishi may have blood on his hands and his actions as the head of the Shanghai mafia exacerbated it. However, due to his past as a mass-murdering assassin, Kenshin had a lot more blood on his hands than Enishi and his contributions to the formation of the Meiji government indirectly led to a much higher body count. Enishi would have his own comeuppance in due time, but Kenshin was the one being judged in this story arc. Some may say it was not necessary for Enishi to drag those closest to Kenshin in their grudge match, but I disagree. Enishi did not bring Kenshin’s friends into this, Kenshin himself did the day he came into their lives. Kenshin did terrible and unforgivable things while he was an assassin and did he really think there were not going to be consequences for his crimes? When you have wronged as many people as Kenshin has during the Bakumatsu, sooner or later, those individuals will inevitably come seeking retribution. When that happens, any friends Kenshin made would be caught in the crossfire. Kenshin can live in a fairy tale and believe that protecting the innocent and giving up killing would make his sins magically disappear, but all evil deeds stink. You can forget them for a while, but they don’t go away. Based on all of this, Enishi deserved his revenge against Kenshin and it would have been better for the story if Kenshin did not have a happy ending. People with a past as checkered as Kenshin’s don’t deserve a happy ending. It would have been preferable that Kenshin either stayed catatonic or died by Enishi’s hand. It would have been an ideal way for the consequences of Kenshin’s sins to come full circle.

MHA: SHIGARAKI’S FINAL EVOLUTION

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

At the end of the Paranormal Liberation War, the vestige of All For One took over Tomura Shigaraki’s body. As he fled the battlefield, he said that he and Deku would fight again when Shigaraki’s upgraded body was perfected.

The biggest source of hype in the recent story arc revolved around the surgery that Doctor Ujiko gave Shigaraki that would potentially make him stronger than either One For All or All For One. Sadly, Shigaraki was awakened from his surgery a month ahead of schedule at 75 % completion. Even so, Shigaraki demonstrated impressive abilities that allowed him to hold his own against multiple powerful superheroes at the same time. This post will go over what we know about Shigaraki’s new capabilities so far.

Let us start with Shigaraki’s basic physical upgrades. As demonstrated by Aizawa’s power negation, Shigaraki is still a powerful and dangerous supervillain even without any quirks. His enhanced strength has increased to the point in which it is similar to All Might’s. Doctor Ujiko admitted that Shigaraki’s strength is not quite on par with All Might. Even so, Shigaraki was strong enough to physically best several powerful superheroes at once.

Next is Shigaraki’s immense stamina and durability. While his quirks were being negated, Shigaraki proved more than able to take a serious beating and keep on fighting. Even as his body sustains serious injuries, Shigaraki was able to push forward. This endurance is similar to his fight with Re-Destro, but on a much larger scale.

Then comes Shigaraki’s speed and jumping abilities. Shortly after awakening, Shigaraki demonstrated the ability to jump great heights and distances in a single bound. This was due to the enhanced strength of his leg muscles, which is similar to how the Hulk jumps. Shigaraki’s speed is just as intense as his strength and seems to increase when he pushed to his limit.

We move on to Shigaraki’s arsenal of quirks. His original quirk, Decay, has the power to disintegrate entire cities with a single touch. Shigaraki first demonstrated the full extent of his quirk during his fight with Re-Destro. However, this boost came with a drawback where his body would rot as well if Shigaraki pushed too far. After Ujiko’s operation, Shigaraki’s upgraded body combined with regeneration can withstand the self-inflicting nature of his Decay quirk. This will allow Shigaraki to disintegrate larger areas, which was demonstrated in Jaku City where he dusted the city and the surrounding forest.

As a result of Doctor Ujiko’s surgery, Shigaraki was granted the All For One quirk and all the stolen quirks that came with it. Shigaraki’s upgraded body was not only meant to withstand the self-destructive nature of his Decay quirk. It was also upgraded to withstand the strain of all the combined quirks that are within the All For One quirk. The All For One quirk by itself grants Shigaraki the ability to steal quirks and make them his own or grant quirks to others.

So far, Shigaraki has used five quirks that are within the All For One quirk. The first was Super Regeneration, which not only heals any injury he sustains, but also negates the self-destructive side effects of his Decay quirk. When at full strength, Super Regeneration can heal Shigaraki’s body faster than it can sustain damage.

The second stolen quirk Shigaraki used was Search, which allows him to locate up to a hundred people. Search also enables him to see his targets regardless of how many barriers are in the way. It also allows Shigaraki to see his target’s strengths and weaknesses. So, no matter where his target is or what obstacles stand in his way, Shigaraki will be able to find them and use their weaknesses against them.

The third stolen quirk Shigaraki used was Air Cannon, which generates a concentrated blast of air pressure that blows his opponents away. Shigaraki first used this against Endeavor. After Endeavor briefly immobilized Shigaraki’s right hand, Shigaraki was able to fire Air Cannon point blank range at Endeavor’s face. Like All For One, Shigaraki has the potential to combine this quirk with other stolen quirks.

The fourth stolen quirk Shigaraki wielded was Radio Waves, which creates an electromagnetic pulse that shuts down all communication devices within its blast radius. By combining this quirk with Air Cannon, Shigaraki was able to disable the superheroes’ means of communication and coordination. Other than shutting off electronic communication, I do not know if Radio Waves can be used on other forms of technology.

The fifth stolen quirk Shigaraki used was Rivet Stab, which allows him to generate sharp tendrils from either his arms or back. This quirk can be used as a weapon to attack opponents. Shigaraki used this quirk to impale Endeavor and Bakugo like shish kebab. It can also allow Shigaraki suspend himself in mid-air like a humanoid spider so he can keep fighting.

Even though Shigaraki has been granted tremendous powers and abilities that rival those of a demigod, his most powerful weapon was his formidable willpower and tenacity. When Shigaraki woke up, it was revealed that the electric shock he was exposed to was not enough to wake him up from his suspended animation. What woke him up was his unmatchable hatred and tenacity. Even as he took the biggest beating anyone has ever sustained, Shigaraki refused to stay down and kept fighting. No matter how much punishment he took, Shigaraki repeatedly pushed past his limits.

Despite all of these impressive capabilities, we have not seen the true extent of Shigaraki’s power. First, the All For One quirk supposedly contains hundreds or even thousands of quirks to choose from and yet Shigaraki has only used five of them so far. Because he has been using his Decay quirk since he was five-years-old, Shigaraki seems to rely on it too much due to force of habit. Due to waking up from his surgery at 75 %, Shigaraki’s incomplete body cannot keep up with the combined strength of the stolen quirks in All For One. As a result, Shigaraki’s body would tear itself apart if he pushes himself too hard and his regenerative powers slow down significantly. The greatest limitation Shigaraki has is in his own head, where he battles for control of his body with the vestige of All For One. Because of this inner conflict, Shigaraki cannot truly exert the true extent of his new abilities.

Based on all of these powers and their limitations, we have to wonder how powerful Shigaraki will become when his body stabilizes at 100%. When Ujiko woke up the High-End Nomu to fight Mirko, they were incomplete as well. However, as time went by, the Nomu were able to stabilize on their own. I think Shigaraki is going to do the same as the vestige of All For One forces him to rest. As his body rests and stabilizes, Shigaraki’s regeneration will be restored to full strength.

While Shigaraki’s body will reach its full potential with the right amount of time, my main concern is his mind. For the moment, the vestige of All For One is in control of his body, but we don’t know if that will last. I think the vestige of All For One gives Shigaraki the same kind of mental limitation that his childhood trauma did. It messes with his mind and holds back his true power. However, Shigaraki was able to overcome this trauma during his fight with Re-Destro, becoming liberated in every way. I think Shigaraki will overcome the All For One vestige the same way, possibly with some help from Deku in the vestige world.

Overall, Tomura Shigaraki has grown into a highly powerful and dangerous supervillain. He still has plenty of room to grow as a character. When he finally wakes up, Shigaraki’s true power will be realized and unleashed. I cannot wait to see it happen and how it will affect the future battles.

MHA: BROTHER VS BROTHER

“Anger against a brother is felt on the flesh, not the bone.”

African proverb

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

My Hero Academia is starting to have Cain and Abel vibes as Shoto Todoroki and Dabi, two brothers, clash. The way these two sons of Endeavor utilized their quirks could not be more extreme. Despite being at risk of harming himself with his own fire, Dabi possessed immensely superior raw power than Shoto. Shoto is able to cool himself down with ease with the ice half of his quirk, but his fire is inferior to Dabi’s. Also, Dabi is far more experienced with both his quirk and in combat than Shoto. In addition, Dabi is a hardened killer while Shoto has been trained to subdue and restrain. Their grudge match ended with Shoto being completely overwhelmed by Dabi’s blue flames.

However, the blood feud between these two brothers is far from over. Just as Deku is destined to fight Tomura Shigaraki, Shoto Todoroki is destined to bring Dabi down. Because Endeavor is so emotionally and spiritually broken about Dabi’s fate, Shoto realized that his father does not have what it takes to bring Dabi down. Therefore, Shoto has resolved to deal with Dabi himself when the time comes. Unfortunately, Shoto is currently no match for his big bad brother. Both brothers are grievously injured from their brawl, but they will recover and I think they get stronger in their own way. Shoto will train like hell to master his ice and fire while Dabi may gain more quirks from All For One/Tomura Shigaraki. When the final round of their grudge match comes, I predict it will be the biggest superhero/supervillain fight second only to the final round between Deku and Shigaraki.

MHA: DABI’S LIMIT

“I am the god of Hellfire, and I bring you FIRE!!!!”

Arthur Brown 1975

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

Since we were introduced to Dabi, we learned that his quirk has an unusual side effect on his body. In the most recent chapter, it was revealed that even though his flames were far more powerful than Endeavor’s his body cannot withstand the intensity of his fire. The reason for this is because his body is similar to his mother’s in the sense that it is built to withstand extreme cold but it is ill-suited to withstanding extreme heat. This incompatible mixture constantly puts Dabi at high risk of burning himself and has resulted in his many burns and scars. Dabi was the kind of fighter who is better suited to ending battles as quickly as possible. If he is in danger of overheating, Dabi would wield psychological warfare against his opponent until his body cools down.

During the Paranormal Liberation War, we got to see some of the super moves such as Flashfire Fist and Prominence Burn he learned from Endeavor. In addition to these techniques, Dabi engaged in a brutal brawl with his kid brother Shoto. Due to fighting a lot harder than normal, the toll his fire had on his body was harsher than normal. Dabi admitted that he could not longer feel anything and his eyes were producing tears of blood. This is a sign that Dabi’s fresh burns not only caused serious nerve damage but are also making him bleed internally.

Because of his physical restrictions, Dabi is unable to wield his flames at full power without killing himself. Still, even though his blue flames are self-destructive in nature, Dabi is the kind of guy who clearly does not care if his own power can potentially kill him. Dabi seems determined to keep fighting until he turns himself to ash. Sadly, due to the damage his body sustained so far, I don’t think Dabi can keep this up for much longer. However, I think there is a way for Dabi to overcome the limitations of his quirk.

Now that Tomura Shigaraki has the All For One quirk and every quirk All For One accumulated, Dabi can potentially acquire additional quirks that will counter the limits of his blue flames. Not only will this allow him to use his fire at full power, but it will also make Dabi an even more formidable supervillain. I look forward to seeing if this is the case. I will only find out when All For One/Tomura Shigaraki wakes up and is 100% at last.

MHA: STAIN’S QUEST

“I leave this as a declaration of intent so no one will be confused. Number one: Sic vis pacem, para bellum. Latin. The boot-camp sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. Sic vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war. Number two: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. Number three: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy it is necessary to act outside the law-to pursue…natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it’s an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment.”

The Punisher, The Punisher (1989 film)

The following contains spoilers from the My Hero Academia manga. You have been warned.

Now that Stain is free from Tartarus Prison, he is able to continue his crusade against false superheroes. In the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, countless superheroes retired from the massive public backlash. These individuals were superheroes in name only. They wanted to be loved and respected and win fame and wealth, but they had no genuine interest in helping people. Those individuals are throwing in the towel.

However, with Stain on the loose, retiring was probably not a smart thing for these false heroes to do. The reason for this is because their retirement has put a target on their backs. False superheroes are the one thing Stain hates more than anything else. By retiring, these false heroes are revealing their true colors, which will put them on Stain’s hit list.

Thanks to Dabi’s nationwide broadcast, Endeavor has been exposed as a wife beater and child abuser. Due to these revelations and Endeavor’s status as the Number One Hero, it is possible that Endeavor is a major target for Stain. In the past, it was proven that even Endeavor is afraid of Stain. Currently, Endeavor is hospitalized and emotionally broken, which will make him particularly vulnerable from an attack from Stain.

Stain is free and armed for battle as he retrieves his sword. With so many false superheroes exposed, it will be open season for Stain. I fear that in future chapters the streets of Japan will be piled high with the corpses of false superheroes.

I find Stain to be an intriguing character because he is neither a hero or a villain. He is an antihero who seeks to create a more just society and if he has to chop people up to do it is fine by him. He is like a mix between Deathstroke and the Punisher. Even though he is on the hunt for false superheroes, it is possible that he may become an unexpected ally for the true superheroes such as Deku. The reason for this is because Stain hates criminals as much as he hates false superheroes, which could make him a worthwhile ally against All For One/Tomura Shigaraki. Only time will tell as the story progresses.

MHA: RISE OF THE TRUE HEROES

Allow me to give my lord one last piece of counsel, the same counsel that I once gave my brother when we parted for the last time. He was three-and-thirty when the Great Council chose him to mount the Iron Throne. A man grown with sons of his own, yet in some ways still a boy. Egg had an innocence to him, a sweetness we all loved. Kill the boy within you, I told him the day I took ship for the Wall. It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born. You are half the age that Egg was, and your own burden is a crueler one, I fear. You will have little joy of your command, but I think you have the strength in you to do the things that must be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.

Maester Aemon, A Dance With Dragons

Now that so many superheroes are resigning after the Paranormal Liberation War, the stage is set for a new generation of heroes to take the mantle. For generations, most superheroes were just glorified celebrities that craved love and respect from the public, but did not really care about helping people. Those individuals are being culled from the herd due to the mass resignations. With these individuals out of the way, the true heroes will be revealed.

In my opinion, a true superhero is a warrior of justice who is willing to do anything and everything to defeat evil even if it costs them their life. The question is how many of the remaining heroes have what it takes to fill that role. I think the answer has been right in front of us the entire time.

Since the series started, the students of Class 1A have unwittingly been groomed for the role of true heroes. Not only did they undergo serious character development and refined their quirks to a fine edge, but they have more real-life experience with supervillains than any of their peers, even Class 1B. However, despite all those learning experiences, their final test is about to commence. Up until now, the students displayed an innocence that was contagious, but all of that changed after they were traumatized by the horrors of the Paranormal Liberation War. With the country descending into anarchy and the false heroes throwing in the towel in droves, these kids need to let go of their innocence. They need to harden their resolve and prepare to return to the battlefield.

After seeing the death and destruction Gigantomachia caused despite the students attempt to stop him, the students will likely restore their resolve. This experience will likely make them more determined than ever to make sure something like Gigantomachia’s rampage never happens to innocents again. With this renewed resolve, the students will be able to push forward in the future.

The loss of their innocence will serve as the catalyst for the biggest character development of the students so far. They witnessed firsthand what kind of evil they were dealing with and what it would take to combat it. Due to the massive public backlash, it is likely they will not be returning to UA because the school might be shut down. With the school no longer available, the students will need to use what they have learned up until this point to continue the fight. With the Hero Safety Commission dismantled and civilians taking matters into their own hands, the relevance of a Hero Provision License will be rendered moot. With such constructs no longer restraining them, the students will be able to use everything they have to take All For One/Shigaraki and his minions down.

This is one of the main themes of My Hero Academia is the idea of passing the torch to the next generation. The older heroes had their chance in the spotlight and now it is time for some new blood. When Deku wakes up and recovers from his injuries, he will lead his classmates back into the fray and into a world ruled by chaos. From that chaos, the light of hope will be rekindled as true heroes emerge.

MHA: A DARKER STORY

“To them, you’re just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”

The Joker, The Dark Knight

The following contains spoilers from chapter 300 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

The last remnants of the hero society are crumbling in the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War. A few chapters ago, one lone superhero expressed a desire to retire and seek a new profession. That one retirement has multiplied greatly over the past two days since the war.

While Best Jeanist and Hawks were driving around town, they manage to stop a gang of supervillains that were released from prison by All For One/Shigaraki. Under normal circumstances, such a victory would produce joy and cheers. Unfortunately, because the public’s faith in the hero society has been broken, only half the crowd expressed joy at Best Jeanist’s victory. When he asked about why the local heroes did not deal with this gang, it was revealed that all the superhero agencies in the area have shut down and retired from the massive public backlash. Best Jeanist tries deploying his own agency to pick up the slack, but they are too few in number to deal with such a growing problem.

Before the Paranormal Liberation War, Japan was enjoying a period of relative peace and prosperity that was created and enforced by All Might. During this time, superheroes hardly had to deal with any real emergencies on a daily basis. They would get fame, glory, money, and public respect in exchange for being a glorified celebrity who deals with minor crises. Now that All Might retired and the age of peace is over, superheroes are coming face-to-face with the true reality of being a superhero. The definition of the word “hero” is being challenged as society struggles to pull itself together. With so much public backlash and chaos, many superheroes are retiring from the stress. When the going was good, these superheroes stay in the game and were content, but when things go out of control they threw in the towel. This only exacerbates the problem the country is facing with the public viewing the retiring heroes as cowards and fakes. Worse, with the remaining superheroes and police being so severely understaffed, they will not be able to get the chaotic crisis under control any time soon.

With their faith in hero society shattered, the public starts taking matters into their own hands. They would fight back against supervillains with both their quirks and support items. However, without proper training, these civilians only made the damage and casualties worse. The hero Wash may have arrived on the scene, but he arrived too late and was criticized by the civilians for it.

Due to so many superheroes retiring and the country descending into anarchy, this is the perfect time for true superheroes to emerge and fight back against All For One/Shigaraki’s army of supervillains. The false superheroes who only fought crime for money, fame, and glory will be culled from the herd with these mass retirements. In their place will be the true superheroes who are fearless warriors willing to give anything and everything to defeat the supervillain hordes. When it comes to the students of UA, I wonder which of them will step up to the plate and which ones will quit.

This whole situation is exactly what supervillains such as Stain and the Meta Liberation Army wanted. While the false heroes are being weeded out, society has entered a state where they can pretty much do whatever they want with their quirks and virtually no one can stop them. It is revealed that Stain was among the supervillains who escaped from Tartarus Prison. He walks through the streets without a care or worry in the world as a free man. Then he collects his sword and prepares to continue his crusade against the false heroes.

As the status quo crumbles like stale bread, the public pins all the blame for the chaos on one man: Endeavor. As the Number One Hero and All Might’s replacement as the Symbol of Peace, Endeavor became the public face of the hero society. All the chaos, death, and destruction that resulted from the Paranormal Liberation War happened on his watch. His reputation was further ruined by Dabi’s broadcast, who exposes Endeavor as both a wife beater and child abuser. With Endeavor’s failure to contain the war’s damage combined with Dabi’s broadcast, the public now view Endeavor as a pariah.

Endeavor may be physically healed, but he is mentally and emotionally a broken man. After his encounter with Dabi, Endeavor was so grief-stricken and guilt-ridden by his actions as both a father and a husband that be breaks down and cries. He is soon joined by his family, including his wife Rei Todoroki, who wants to talk about Toya Todoroki and how he became Dabi.

As Endeavor is suffering the public’s wrath, something tells me that he will be getting help. While he was with Best Jeanist, Hawks said that he was going to come clean with the public regarding his past. The Todoroki family may tell the public their side of the story as well. These could be a coordinated effort to minimize the public backlash Endeavor is facing. However, even if they tell the public their side of things, it may make things worse for Endeavor instead of better. While it was proven that Hawks did not kill Best Jeanist, the public still saw unmistakable footage of Hawks murdering Twice. In addition to his past as the son of a criminal, Hawks will also have to come clean regarding his status as a murderer. Also, even if the Todoroki family try to tell their side of the story, it will only reinforce the facts that Dabi released in his broadcast. In general, Endeavor is in a lose-lose situation.

Overall, the story of My Hero Academia has taken a far darker turn as a new age of chaos begins. When the story began, we witnessed a time of innocence during the waning days of an era of peace. Now that the peace has ended, that sense of innocence is gone. As superheroes drop like flies either from death, injury, or retirement, a new generation of true superheroes will rise to take the mantle and continue the never-ending war between good and evil. I look forward to how the story will unfold from here.

VILLAINY RISES

Instead of starting from beginning to end in my second superhero book, I have decided to skip to the juiciest part of the story. This is the section when the main supervillain and his minions begin their rise to power. It is the main supervillain and his 42 minions against an army of hundreds of thousands of rioters. If one is to make their debut as a supervillain, it should be done on a large stage. Fortunately, the main villain picks the biggest stage imaginable to make his debut. I will be drawing inspiration from Tetsuo Shima’s rampage across Neo-Tokyo in Akira. It will essentially be the same concept, which is a transcendent being with unmatchable power going on a rampage through a populated area. So far, the villain’s minions have mercilessly launched themselves into the fray. Now it is time for the villain himself to join in and it is going to be explosive. The whole world is watching this unfold and will send ripples across the planet.

SUPERHUMAN PUNKS

I thought of a unique feature to add in my second superhero book. I am thinking of introducing some teenage characters who are part of a superhuman biker gang. Imagine biker gangs fighting a turf war on the streets except every biker has superhuman powers. That would be something that would be more extreme and destructive than a normal turf war. I will be drawing inspiration from the opening scene of Akira, which can be seen above.