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MHA: THE GOD OF DESTRUCTION

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

We learned in recent chapters that the students of Class 1A and Class 1B tried to sedate Gigantomachia before he could reach Tomura Shigaraki. Now, it looks like that plan failed with dire consequences. After escaping the clutches of the students, Gigantomachia switched into a new form before mopping the floor with the surrounding superheroes. Fortunately, the students were evacuated with minor injuries, but the superheroes were defeated and possibly killed by the giant supervillain. Just as I predicted, once Gigantomachia entered the fight, the battle at the mansion became a one-sided massacre.

With the superheroes and students dealt with, Gigantomachia continued his rampage across Japan as he made his way toward Shigaraki. By my count, over twenty cities are in the process of being demolished by both Gigantomachia and the remnants of the Paranormal Liberation Front. By the time Gigantomachia and the Paranormal Liberation Front reach Shigaraki, half of Japan will be in ruins.

One must consider the long term consequences of Gigantomachia’s rampage. Almost every superhero in Japan was involved in the battles against the Paranormal Liberation Front. As a result, many cities were defenseless. The superheroes gambled everything they had in this war and it looks like they are losing big time. Even if they defeat or capture Shigaraki, Gigantomachia can track his scent no matter where they take him, even Tartarus Prison. Worse, the public’s trust in the superhero community was already badly shaken after All Might’s retirement. With so many cities destroyed and lives lost, the public will likely never trust the superhero community again as it is now.

As for the surviving students, I believe their self-confidence in their capabilities as superheroes will be very badly shaken. They used all of their training and best efforts to bring Gigantomachia down and failed miserably. Now, a lot of superheroes are dead, leaving a growing power vacuum in the superhero society. The aftermath of this battle will likely motivate the students to fill the void left by the dead superheroes.

MHA: ALONE AND INCOMPLETE

Warning! The following post contains spoilers from chapter 283 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

We finally get to see the side effects of Tomura Shigaraki’s incomplete surgery. Even with the impressive augmentations his surgery gave him, Shigaraki’s body cannot fully withstand the immense power the All For One quirk accumulated. Although he still can regenerate, Shigaraki’s healing process has slowed down. Despite his initial confusion, Shigaraki shrugged off this inconvenience and continued his assault on the superheroes.

The fact that Shigaraki cannot fully withstand his new power is similar to how Izuku Midoriya initially could not withstand the power of One For All after receiving it. One could argue that Shigaraki’s surgery was his equivalent to the hellish workout Izuku received from All Might before receiving One For All. This is a beautiful example of parallelism that further connects Izuku with Shigaraki. I suspect that even though he had his surgery, Shigaraki still has a long way to go before he is the ultimate supervillain and will have to learn to control All For One on his own. Considering the fact that Shigaraki is a fast learner, I can imagine he can overcome this limitation rather quickly.

If Shigaraki was able to cause this much damage at 75% completion, I can only imagine how much stronger he would be at 100%. That missing 25% was probably what would have allowed Shigaraki to master All For One through the surgery. Now, Shigaraki may need to acquire that missing 25% on his own with practice and willpower. I imagine that once Shigaraki truly masters All For One, he will be an even more overpowered monster than he is now. Only time will tell.

SHIGARAKI’S COMEBACK

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The following contains spoilers from chapter 282 My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

It has been a chaotic chapter this week and a lot has happened. It turns out Aizawa got hit by the quirk-destroying bullet. However, Aizawa, ever the pragmatist, chopped off his own leg before the bullet could take effect. This saved him from losing his quirk, but it has weakened him from blood loss. Izuku was more brutal than usual as he desperately tried to stop Shigaraki. He even resorted to using 100% of One For All, which he is not ready to wield on his own. When the bullet failed, Shigaraki broke free from the superheroes restraining him and tried to crush Aizawa’s skull with his bare hand. However, his attempt was thwarted by the timely arrival of Shoto Todoroki, who blew Shigaraki away with a shockwave of ice. Izuku then proceeded to wrap his Blackwhip quirk around his fists to cushion the kickback One For All would have on his arms before pummeling Shigaraki.

Unfortunately, the superheroes are in big trouble. Even though Aizawa did not lose his power negation, the damage was done. The wounds on Aizawa’s face caused blood to flow into his eyes, forcing him to blink. After keeping his eyes open for so long, Aizawa won’t be able to use his power negation for a while. Weakened by blood loss from his maimed leg, Aizawa has also become unconscious. If Aizawa does not get medical attention fast, he will die from his wounds. For the moment, Aizawa is out of this fight for the remainder of the battle. Even if Aizawa gets a prosthetic leg, it will take an extended period of physical therapy before he is in fighting condition again.

With Aizawa’s power negation out of commission, Shigaraki regained all of his quirks including All For One. Thanks to his regeneration, Shigaraki’s wounds healed up instantly and his stamina returned. He is ready to pay the superheroes back for all the punishment they gave him. To make matters worse, Gigantomachia has finally arrived and about to unleash hell upon the superheroes. If Gigantomachia is present, the Paranormal Liberation Front is not far behind. The superheroes had one chance to bring Shigaraki down when he was most vulnerable. That chance has come and gone. Shigaraki managed to survive the superheroes’ onslaught long enough for his followers to come to his aid. Now that he has regained his quirks, Shigaraki is now ready to unleash his true power upon the superheroes, which includes who knows how many powers All For One accumulated. Due to Shigaraki’s tendency to evolve from his experiences, he will likely take measures to make sure he doesn’t become this vulnerable again, which may include putting a bounty on Aizawa’s head.

All that has happened in this war arc proves that despite the superheroes’ best efforts, they never could quell what Shigaraki represents. There was never any stopping what he was going to unleash upon the world. In the immortal words of Thanos, “I am inevitable!”

PLUS ULTRA SHIGARAKI

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The following contains spoilers from chapter 281 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

Tomura Shigaraki has proven to be a powerful and dangerous supervillain in the latest chapter. He has had all his quirks negated by Aizawa and has taken a serious beating from the combined efforts of Izuku, Bakugo, Gran Torino, and Endeavor. Even after all of that, Shigaraki refuses to stay down and shows no signs of slowing down or tiring despite the amount of damage his body has taken. However, the superheroes are running on fumes as they desperately try to bring Shigaraki down. Endeavor is overheating and Aizawa is struggling to keep his eyes open despite Manual’s efforts to moisturize his eyes. As Gran Torino pointed out, nothing Shigaraki is doing is humanly possible even without his quirks. Gran Torino deduces that Shigaraki’s body has become synthetic due to its physical augmentations, which has enabled him to push himself beyond all human limitations.

Then things become very violent very fast for Gran Torino. Shigaraki grabs and crushes Gran Torino’s leg before slamming him into the ground and impaling him with his bare hands. Gran Torino, who has fought alongside three generations of One For All wielders, is dead. Gran Torino’s death hit Izuku hard as he furiously tries to restrain Shigaraki. Izuku screams that he won’t forgive Shigaraki, but Shigaraki laughs at him by saying he can’t forgive anyone. Shigaraki then slams his elbow in Izuku’s gut hard enough for Izuku to cough up blood, but Izuku fights through the pain. The Dragon Hero: Ryukyu also tries to restrain Shigaraki with her bare hands, but Shigaraki uses his All Might-level strength to break all her fingers. As Izuku is restraining Shigaraki with his Blackwhip quirk, Endeavor prepares to wind up for his final attack. Endeavor has fought so hard and used his flames so frequently against Shigaraki that he only has enough juice for one last attack.

While this is happening, Shigaraki finally deploys one of his quirk-destroying bullets. He uses Ryukyu’s broken hand as cover while he prepares to fling the bullet between her mangled fingers. With the superheroes so focused on him, they won’t notice the bullet being fired between Ryukyu’s giant fingers until it is too late. His target is clearly Aizawa! Aizawa is already struggling to keep his eyes open, but if he permanently loses his power negation, any chance of stopping Shigaraki will be lost. Without Aizawa’s power negation, Shigaraki will be able to unleash his combined quirks once more and the superheroes will be doomed. Izuku is barely able to fight Shigaraki in his quirkiness state and Endeavor is almost out of fuel. If Shigaraki gets his power back at this stage, the game is over.

GIGANTOMACHIA AND RED RIOT

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I came across an intriguing theory regarding Gigantomachia and Red Riot in My Hero Academia. Some fans believe that Bakugo and Red Riot are the mysterious second or third wielders of One For All. You might wonder how that is possible because the second and third wielders of One For All existed long before either Bakugo or Red Riot were born. When looking closely at the vestiges of One For All, the shadows of the second and third wielders do look similar to both Bakugo and Red Riot.

This is due to a possible time travel theory that will allow Bakugo and Red Riot to travel back in time to the first wielder of One For All. Some believe that Eri’s Rewind quirk will evolve to the point in which she could send people into the past. Red Riot’s idol, Crimson Riot, could be his future self as an adult after traveling into the past. The first wielder of One For All may not have figured out to pass on his quirk by himself. Someone must have told him how to do it. Red Riot and Bakugo may show the first wielder how to transfer One For All and the first wielder gives it to either Bakugo or Red Riot.

All For One has hunted down and killed every wielder of One For All in his pursuit of the quirk. If Bakugo is the second or third wielder of One For All, he obviously meets this fate before passing One For All. If he passed it on to Red Riot, Red Riot was clearly beaten by All For One before passing One For All to the fourth wielder. However, I don’t think All For One killed Red Riot and may have taken him alive.

If All For One captured Red Riot, he and Doctor Ujiko could have tortured and mutilated him past the point of madness. As I have learned from when Ramsay Snow flayed Reek, when you inflict enough pain on someone you can get them to do anything. With his mind and spirit broken, All For One and Ujiko must have rebuilt his mind into that of a mindlessly loyal servant. All For One would stockpile quirks into Red Riot to make him more powerful while Ujiko would extensively modify Red Riot’s body to withstand the kickback of his increased abilities. The end result is Gigantomachia!

I kid you not! Fans are speculating that Gigantomachia is Red Riot’s future self! That would be an interesting thing to read about. It would not only connect Red Riot to the second and third wielders of One For All as well as his idol Crimson Riot, but it would connect him to Gigantomachia as well. This would show that Red Riot is a far more important character to the story than we originally thought.

THE END OF GIGANTOMACHIA?

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

When Tomura Shigaraki summoned Gigantomachia, the giant supervillain became hell-bent on reaching his new master. After gathering the commanders of the Paranormal Liberation Front, Gigantomachia easily plowed through several superheroes such as Mt. Lady and Kamui Woods. When it became clear that Gigantomachia could not be stopped with brute force, the students of Class 1A and Class 1B set a trap that has immobilized Gigantomachia.

With Gigantomachia trapped, the students tried to sedate him with canisters of anesthetic. While they did manage to get a canister in Gigantomachia’s mouth, it is questionable if the sedative will even work on him. When battling the League of Villains, it was demonstrated that Gigantomachia can fight nonstop for two days straight and only requires three hours of sleep. That level of stamina must be fueled by one hell of a metabolism! Characters with supercharged metabolisms such as the Flash and Wolverine have proven to immune to any form of anesthetic because their bodies would burn right through them. I think it is the same with Gigantomachia.

Gigantomachia was specifically bred by All For One to be the ultimate bodyguard, which means he is armed to the teeth with an unstoppable arsenal of powers that are meant to protect his master at all costs. Gigantomachia has already proven to be unnaturally strong and durable. Once he gains any momentum, no object can stop him, which is similar to the Juggernaut. I am pretty sure that Gigantomachia’s quirks include immunity to drugs and poisons. If that is the case, then the students and superheroes are in big trouble. The only reason the students and superheroes were able to trap Gigantomachia is because he was holding way back, being careful not to harm his master’s commanders. At the end of the last chapter, it looks like Gigantomachia is not going to hold back anymore. This is hinted when Gigantomachia’s thick jaw opens up into some kind of bony helmet. Hopefully, I will find out what happens soon in the next chapter.

TOMURA SHIGARAKI’S FINAL TEST

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After receiving the original version of the All For One quirk, Tomura Shigaraki is in a state of conflict. He can hear his master’s voice trying to control him, but he has been able to maintain some measure of control. However, I don’t think Shigaraki will maintain control for long. This is probably due to the fact that All For One himself is still alive.

Just as Izuku Midoriya has a connection with the previous wielders of One For All, Shigaraki clearly has a similar connection with his master. While the One For All vestiges guide Izuku, All For One is clearly trying to control Shigaraki and take over his body. Because he is in a state of mental and spiritual conflict because of his bond with All For One, Shigaraki cannot exert the full potential of his new strength. I think in order to make All For One’s voice stop and assert complete control over the All For One quirk, Shigaraki will have to kill his master.

Killing All For One would be Shigaraki’s final test and the only way to truly consolidate his new position as the new king of the underworld. The world is not big enough for the both of them. In Star Wars, the Sith would betray and kill each other and this tradition was most prominent between masters and apprentices. A prime example would be Darth Bane’s Rule of Two, which dictates that there can only be two Sith at any given time, a master and an apprentice. When the master becomes weak, the apprentice overthrows the master in order to become the new Dark Lord of the Sith. My Hero Academia creator, Horikoshi, is a devout fan of Star Wars and has included several references to the Star Wars franchise in My Hero Academia.

All For One has clearly become weaker than he has ever been. Not only was he crippled by All Might, but he has been imprisoned. While being imprisoned, All For One is completely restrained and has guns on him at all times. He is blind and cannot even breathe on his own anymore. All this time, we thought All For One was grooming Shigaraki to be his eventual successor. However, it looks like All For One has been preparing Shigaraki to become a stronger and fitter body for his essence to inhabit. This is similar to what Darth Sidious tried to achieve in Rise of Skywalker.

My guess is that All For One is currently in the process of trying to transfer his essence into Shigaraki, but Shigaraki is maintaining some semblance of control for the moment. My Hero Academia fans have speculated on a prison break story arc in the near future. Due to this, I think Shigaraki will try to break into Tartarus Prison to not only kill his master, but also free every supervillain inside to increase his army further. Once All For One dies, his attempt to take over Shigaraki’s body will be severed and the all For One quirk will truly belong to Shigaraki.

I believe that the progression process of the Shigaraki’s surgery was to prepare him for All For One to take over. When the superheroes disrupted the process, they made All For One’s attempts to take over Shigaraki imperfect and incomplete. That is why Shigaraki is able to maintain some measure of control. The superheroes believe that they were trying to stop Shigaraki from powering up, but they may have unwittingly helped him. By disrupting Shigaraki when he was 75% complete, the superheroes may have interfered with All For One’s plans to take over Shigaraki. That has a sense of irony because the superheroes tried to stop Shigaraki but they inadvertently saved him. With his surgery incomplete, Shigaraki has a chance to fight All For One’s control long enough to sever it during the prison break. When that connection is destroyed, Shigaraki will become All For One’s successor for real. We shall wait and see.

MHA: RULE OF TWO

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Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it.

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I always found the master and apprentice relationship between All For One and Tomura Shigaraki to be intriguing. As Tomura Shigaraki’s character arc progresses, it becomes clear that All For One’s teaching methods have been quite effective. When All For One first took Shigaraki under his wing, Shigaraki was a dirty and traumatized child who was struggling with the fact he killed his own family. ¬†Rather than trying to deter Shigaraki’s destructive and bloodthirsty instincts and impulses, All For One nurtured these traits until they honed into a sharpened edge.

After fifteen years of training, All For One gives Shigaraki his first test, which was to orchestrate the attack on USJ. However, the mission was a failure and Shigaraki’s plan fell apart.¬†While most villains are harsh and brutal towards their minions whenever they fail, All For One was not with Shigaraki. Shigaraki has already learned fear, hatred, and pain from his abusive upbringing. All For One did not need to subject Shigaraki to more. It would have made Shigaraki less willing to be his apprentice, which would have been counterproductive to All For One’s goals.

Instead of punishing his apprentice for his failures, All For One encourages Shigaraki to learn from his failures so that he would grow and develop as a supervillain. One example was how Shigaraki tried to figure out why the public paid more attention to Hero Killer: Stain instead of him. For most of his life, Shigaraki defined his purpose in life as destroying anything he did not like, but he found out that was not enough for him to be the feared villain he wanted to be. After using his mortal enemy, Izuku Midoriya, as a makeshift therapist, Shigaraki not only acquired his own ideology, but also took advantage of the misunderstanding that Stain was working for him so that he could recruit allies to his cause. This was something Shigaraki’s previous self was incapable of doing and is the first fruit All For One’s training produced.

During the Vanguard Action Squad’s attack in the forest, Shigaraki proved to be a more calm and tactical leader than he was before. He did not care if the attack succeeded or failed because the fact that it happened was enough to shake the public’s trust in the superhero society. This demonstrated extraordinary foresight that Shigaraki previously lacked. He even maintained a calm composure when Bakugo blasted him in the face and Shigaraki ordered his allies to stand down because he wanted Bakugo alive for his plans.

After All For One was defeated by All Might for the last time, Shigaraki was left to his own devices for the first time in fifteen years. When All For One threw Shigaraki into a portal so he could escape, he was trying to tell his apprentice that he taught Shigaraki everything he needed to know to survive. With his mentor imprisoned, Shigaraki was forced to grow and develop on his own and he put All For One’s teachings to good use.

When dealing with Overhaul, Shigaraki used the experience to both acquire quirk-destroying bullets and further improve his leadership skills. At this time, Shigaraki’s relationship with his minions also deepens. During the USJ Arc, Shigaraki viewed his allies as expendable game pieces and would threaten to kill them for failing to execute his poorly organized plan. Now, Shigaraki views his minions as extensions of himself and views any attack on them as an attack on him. While Overhaul viewed his allies as expendable assets, Shigaraki’s minions acted more like his friends who shared the same goal as him. Shigaraki even promises them their own unique slice of the cake when they reached the endgame of their cause. Shigaraki even goes as far as avenging fallen allies such as when he gave Overhaul a fate worse than death by stripping him of the usage of his quirk and the quirk-destroying bullets he spent so many years creating. Despite occasional squabbling, the League of Villains were a small yet steadfastly loyal group for Shigaraki to rely on.

Shigaraki’s final test came in the form of Re-Destro and his Meta Liberation Army. After fighting and defeating Re-Destro and his army, Shigaraki evolved to his highest character development yet. He was no longer bound by any moral, emotional, or logically boundaries. He was truly free in every conceivable way, including the strength of his quirk. In addition, Shigaraki learned to instill true fear in others as well as effortlessly inspire many others to follow him. Through this newly forged charisma, Shigaraki became the commander of a massive supervillain army: the Paranormal Liberation Front.

When receiving his surgery from Doctor Ujiko, Shigaraki declared that he would no longer underestimate the superheroes again. He would use Ujiko’s surgery to make sure he always had the upper hand. The old Shigaraki would not be able to think this far ahead or have the patience to undergo months of agony in order to receive his gift basket of powers. When Shigaraki was awakened prematurely, he found his surgery incomplete and his game plan completely compromised. However, he did not panic or scratch his neck like his old self did. Instead, he calmly put on a cape, called Gigantomachia, and engaged the superheroes. To make things more extreme, Shigaraki declared that he intends to become even greater than All For One himself. What was most fascinating is that Shigaraki did all of these things with a big fat smile on his face. This is similar to how his grandmother, Nana Shimura, and All Might would smile while fighting crime. Shigaraki was completely free and the world was his playground.

All of these character developments Shigaraki went through were due to how All For One trained him. While All For One did nurture Shigaraki’s dark instincts, the real lesson he taught his apprentice was how to evolve regardless of the circumstances he was in. Being stripped of his teacher’s guidance forced Shigaraki to grow on his own at a much faster rate. Beating Shigaraki once accomplishes nothing because he will just use that experience to learn and evolve as a character.

MY HERO ACADEMIA: CREATING A MONSTER

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

I have always been fascinated by the evolution of Tomura Shigaraki as a character. When we were first introduced to him, he was a small time thug and man child who did not seem to present a significant threat. Two hundred chapters later, he became a Thanos-level supervillain. However, every villain has a beginning and Shigaraki’s origin story is quite heartbreaking.

Shigaraki’s real name is Tenko Shimura, grandson of All Might’s mentor and the seventh wielder of One For All, Nana Shimura. During her war with All For One, Nana Shimura’s husband was killed in a villain attack. The profession of a superhero gives a person a long list of enemies and those enemies will always target the superhero’s family as a weakness. To prevent her son, Kotaro Shimura, from sharing his father’s fate, Nana was forced to have her son live with a foster family, far away from the crossfire.

Unfortunately, even though Nana’s intention was to protect her son from her enemies, her actions would have dire consequences. Resentful about being abandoned by his mother, Kotaro was traumatized and he violently banned the mention of superheroes in his household. Whenever his son, Tenko Shimura, mentioned superheroes, Kotaro would abuse him. Throughout his upbringing, Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents were kind and loving towards him, but they too spiritually weak to protect him from his father’s abuse. Tenko also had a sister named Hana, who supported his dream of becoming a superhero one day.

One day, Hana revealed the truth about their paternal grandmother to Tenko: that she was a great superhero. Hana even said she would start a superhero team with him. However, Kotaro found out his kids sneaked into his office and found out about his mother. To avoid getting abused herself, Hana betrayed Tenko and threw him under the bus. Kotaro was so enraged that he became even more brutal with Tenko than usual and savagely beat his five-year-old son. This beating resulted in the facial scars Shigaraki would have on his mouth and right eye. Tenko was forced to sleep outside with no dinner with only the family dog for company.

While he was consumed by hatred and despair, Tenko’s Decay quirk activated. His first victim was the family dog, who he was petting when his quirk activated. The dog was reduced to a pile of rotten chunks of flesh. Meanwhile, Hana came outside to apologize to Tenko for betraying him. When she saw Tenko with the disintegrated dog, she ran to the house in fear. Desperate for someone to save him, Tenko grabbed his sister, who was promptly disintegrated. Then Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents came outside when they heard the racket. When Tenko’s hand touched the ground, his Decay rushed towards his mother and maternal grandparents like a tidal wave. Like the dog, Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents were reduced to piles of rotten chunks of meat.

Finally, Kotaro arrived on the scene and was horrified by what he saw. Tenko begged his father to save him, but Kotaro was so afraid that he armed himself with gardening equipment. Kotaro fell back on his abusive behavior and struck Tenko in the head with the gardening tool, shouting at Tenko to stop. This was the final straw for Tenko. To bring a permanent end to his father’s abuse, Tenko attacked him with pure homicidal glee. He gripped his father’s face and shouted for him to die over and over. As Kotaro was disintegrated, the Shimura household crumbled all around Tenko until nothing was left. The itchy intent to destroy that plagued Tenko his entire life was finally appeased. It is as the Joker said: “All it takes is one bad day for someone to go insane.”

Despite the apparent glee he got from killing his family, Tenko was riddled with so much guilt that he repressed his memories of the event along with most of his power. After slaughtering his family and destroying his home, Tenko wandered aimlessly through the city streets. Bloody and traumatized, Tenko hoped someone would save him. However, no one ever helped him because they thought some superhero would save the day. Sadly, no superhero or civilian saved Tenko, resulting in his hatred towards the superhero society as a whole. Instead of a superhero, the most powerful and most sinister supervillain, All For One, saved Tenko and took him under his wing. Shortly afterwards, Tenko was given the preserved hands of his family, which would put all over his body. To label Tenko as his eventual successor, All For One gave him his surname: Shigaraki. All For One also gave Tenko the new name Tomura, which is based on the Japanese word for “to mourn”. This would symbolize the grief Shigaraki would ultimately bring upon the world.

For most of his life, Shigaraki was still the traumatized five-year-old boy he was when he killed his family. However, during his battle with Re-Destro and the Meta Liberation Army, Shigaraki regained his memories and the rest of his power. With this awakening, Shigaraki no longer felt any guilt or regret for killing his family. He would use the memories of his family’s destruction to further fuel his dark hatred rather than let them hinder him anymore.

Overall, Tomura Shigaraki’s origin story was both dark and sad. His family consisted of a sister who betrayed him, a mother and grandparents that were too weak to protect him, and a father who abused him every time he said the word “hero”. It is as Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars said: “Pups who are abused often grow into vicious creatures.” This further adds to Shigaraki’s status as a foil for Izuku Midoriya. While Izuku’s mother supported his dreams of being a superhero, Shigaraki’s family destroyed his dreams of being a superhero. It is ironic because Shigaraki’s father went to extreme lengths to prevent his son from becoming a superhero and now his son never will be a superhero. The Shimura family may have produced a great superhero like Nana Shimura. However, the ultimate legacy of the Shimura family was the creation of the greatest supervillain since All For One.

TOMURA SHIGARAKI’S TRUMP CARDS

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The following post contains spoilers from chapter 276 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

I had my suspicions about the extent of Tomura Shigaraki’s new capabilities and it looks like they have been confirmed. Even with his arsenal of quirks being negated by Aizawa, Shigaraki is still nearly as physically strong as All Might. This is similar to how Aizawa tried negating a Nomu’s quirks during the U.S.J. Arc, but the Nomu still proved to be as strong as All Might. This proves what I suspected about Shigaraki getting physical augmentations to withstand the strain of acquiring his new quirks. Those augmentations not only contributed to Shigaraki’s enhanced jumping abilities, but it also enabled him to physically best both Endeavor and Ryukyu simultaneously. This proves that even without all the quirks from All For One, Shigaraki is still a completely dangerous supervillain and must not be underestimated.

In addition to these surprise abilities, Shigaraki had another ace up his sleeve. It turns out that dozens of other High-End Nomu survived his disintegration of the city. Shigaraki has ordered them to take out Aizawa through a special phone Doctor Ujiko left for him. Even though these High-End Nomu are as incomplete as the previous ones, they are still a great threat to the superheroes’ efforts to stop Shigaraki. It also puts Aizawa in an impossible position. With a broken leg, Aizawa cannot fight anymore. All he can do is provide backup by negating supervillain quirks. Now, he must make a choice. Shigaraki will unleash his accumulated quirks if Aizawa looks away while the Nomus will wipe out superheroes and civilians alike if their quirks are not neutralized. He can negate Shigaraki’s quirks or he can negate the Nomus’ quirks. He can’t do both.

Now, we get to the interesting part. Izuku Midoriya has finally engaged Shigaraki with Bakugo to back him up. With Shigaraki’s quirks negated, this first round will be purely a contest of stamina and strength. At the moment, Izuku can only safely use 30% of One For All and can summon 45 % of One For All in short bursts. However, since Shigaraki is nearly as strong as All Might, I don’t know if that will be enough to take Shigaraki down. In order to stand a chance against this quirkless version of Shigaraki, Izuku will have to use every trick he has whether if it’s his air bullets, Blackwhip, or his Shoot Style. With Bakugo’s Explosion quirk, that should give Izuku’s opposition a little extra kick. Still, Shigaraki has already beaten two of the top ten superheroes with his bare hands, which means Izuku and Bakugo may not be able to stand a chance against Shigaraki in his current state.

To make matters worse, Shigaraki has several other trump cards he has yet to play. He still has some quirk destroying bullets in his pocket that he could use whenever he wants. He has summoned Gigantomachia and ordered him to bring the entire Paranormal Liberation Front to him. When I think about it, the only reason the superheroes were gaining so much ground in the mansion battle was because Gigantomachia did not get involved until he received orders from his new master. Now that Shigaraki’s orders have been given, the mansion will become a one-sided massacre now that Gigantomachia is unleashed. Once those heroes are dealt with, Gigantomachia will come to his new master with an army at his back. The superheroes have already suffered heavy casualties from both battles and I don’t think they will be able to fend off Shigaraki, the High-End Nomu, the quirk destroying bullets, Gigantomachia, and the Paranormal Liberation Front all at once. Overall, the supervillains’ first victory in this war is all but assured. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next chapter.