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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.

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.

MHA: DEKU’S FATHER

“I am your father.”

Darth Vader, Star Wars

I just had a disturbing idea regarding My Hero Academia. I believe that All For One, the most powerful and sinister supervillain in Japan, is Deku’s biological father. Since the start of the series, Deku’s father has been notably absent from the story. Supposedly, Deku’s father has been “away on business”, according to Deku’s mother. However, I think Deku’s father has not been absent from the story at all. Thanks to Doctor Ujiko, All For One acquired a quirk called Life Force, which greatly extends his longevity, which has allowed him to remain active for over a century. I think throughout his long life, All For One has undergone many names and aliases in order to remain hidden. Doctor Ujiko, who also has the Life Force quirk, has done the same thing in order to conceal his identity. Perhaps, while assuming the name of “Hisashi Midoriya”, All For One thought posing as a wife and husband would make it easier to cover his tracks from All Might. One must remember that Doctor Ujiko was the exact same doctor that Deku and his mother went to see when Deku was a child. The doctor revealed that Deku was quirkless, but I think there was more to it than that. The fact that Ujiko was the physician that claimed Deku was quirkless means that All For One was involved. All For One is infamous for stealing the quirks of others and making them his own. Maybe Deku did have a quirk after all, but All For One discreetly took it from him. That would mean that Deku had a quirk that threatened All For One so greatly that he had to strip him of it. Maybe Deku inherited the All For One quirk and All For One himself saw Deku as a threat to his plans. If All For One is Deku’s father, the fact that he was absent in the story could also be connected to when he was weakened by All Might. There is a delicious sense of irony to All Might taking Deku under his wing because he would unwittingly make the son of his mortal enemy his successor. This would be similar to how Tomura Shigaraki became the apprentice of All For One since Shigaraki was the grandson of a One For All wielder. If All For One is Deku’s father, was Deku’s mother aware of her husband’s true identity? If this theory is true, All For One may have sired Deku, but he was never Deku’s father in bond. All Might has been more of a father figure to Deku than Deku’s own father has been. All Might was the one who bonded with Deku, raised him in the ways of the superhero, and supported him every step of the way. I look forward to seeing if this theory is true in future chapters.

MHA: THE NEW LEAGUE OF VILLAINS

“Such is the nature of evil. Out there in the vast ignorance of the world it festers and spreads. A shadow that grows in the dark. A sleepless malice as black as the oncoming wall of night. So it ever was. So will it always be. In time all foul things come forth.”

Thranduil, The Desolation of Smaug

After Deku’s fight with Lady Nagant, it was revealed that All For One wasted no time in gathering a new army of followers after breaking out of Tartarus Prison. During his one-man crusade, Deku has fought and defeated a number of these new acolytes and was saved from the latest one by his classmates. All For One recruited these supervillains and sicced them on Deku in order to erode Deku’s stamina and willpower. However, I think these escapees are just the beginning.

Tartarus Prison was home to the worst of the worst when it came to supervillains. All For One also liberated inmates from half a dozen other prisons, resulting in ten thousand criminals rampaging across Japan. According to Hawks, even though thousands of supervillains are now free, only Lady Nagant posed a significant threat to Deku. However, as proven by Lady Nagant, All For One can compensate for these supervillains’ relative weakness by giving them additional quirks. Also, like Lady Nagant, All For One can cover his tracks by setting up an explosive failsafe to prevent his minions from leaking information.

However, I think the recent escapees are just the beginning. Like Doctor Ujiko and Gigantomachia, I think All For One has other powerful followers from his glory days that have gone into hiding after he was weakened by All Might. Now that hero society is crumbling and All For One has returned to power, it is the perfect opportunity for these minions to come out of hiding. This would raise the stakes even higher than before.

One thing to consider is who will ultimately become the true leader of these creatures of darkness. For the moment, these supervillains follow All For One, but that could change if the vestige of All For One loses control over Tomura Shigaraki. If Shigaraki overthrows All For One’s vestige and kills All For One himself, will the supervillains follow Shigaraki? Considering Shigaraki could reach 100% and become stronger than All For One by the time he wakes up, I think it would be easy for Shigaraki to exert his authority over these supervillains. One way or another, the formation of this new League of Villains will herald the next stage of the new age of darkness.

MHA: A BROKEN HEART

As Deku prepares to fight his own classmates, my thoughts drift to Ochaco Uraraka. Throughout last chapter, we got to see her reaction to Deku leaving UA and his burden as a wielder of One For All. She looked neither sad nor angry, but deadly serious. It is no secret that Uraraka is secretly in love with Deku yet has been reluctantly to confess her feelings to him. Now, she is forced to fight the boy she loves in order to save him from himself. On the outside, she may seen serious. However, I bet she is struggling to keep herself from breaking down emotionally after seeing Deku in such a decrepit and wretched state. Uraraka has made it her mission to be the kind of superhero who saves other superheroes. Now, with Deku losing himself, Uraraka may be about to get another chance to save Deku when he needs saving the most. This may be when she finally confesses her love for Deku in an attempt to make him come to his senses. I guess we’ll find out in future chapters.

MHA: A QUIRK AWAKENING

“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”

Supreme Leader Snoke, Star Wars

Once again, I am noticing a sense of parallelism between Deku and Tomura Shigaraki. Earlier in the series, Shigaraki fought Gigantomachia for months without rest. Then he had to fight Re-Destro and his Meta Liberation Army shortly afterwards. After experiencing so much exhaustion and mental strain, Shigaraki’s Decay quirk experienced an awakening where its full power was unleashed. At the same time, Shigaraki regained his lost memories and remembered why he became a supervillain in the first place. This resulted in him being liberated in every conceivable way and took the first step to reach his full potential as a supervillain. I think we are about to see something similar happen to Deku in future chapters. Like Shigaraki, Deku has pushed himself to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion after fighting nonstop for over a month. Now, he is about to fight his own classmates in Class 1A while running on fumes. At the beginning of the fight, I think Deku will get the upper hand, but his friends will overwhelm him when his stamina is spent. That is likely when One For All undergoes its own awakening just as Shigaraki’s Decay underwent an awakening. When that happens, Deku might finally complete One For All in its entirety. It may also be when Deku is reminded of why he wanted to be a superhero in the first place. While Shigaraki’s quirk awakening instilled fear, I think Deku’s will inspire hope. This will likely be when Deku reaches his breaking point and comes to his senses.

MHA: DEKU VS CLASS 1A

The following contains spoilers from chapter 319 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

As Deku remains focused on his one-man war against All For One/Tomura Shigaraki’s minions, his mind drifts to the hope that he would smile with his classmates again after defeating the supervillains. However, Deku has overestimated his friends’ enthusiasm with his crusade and underestimated how worried they are about him. After finding out the truth about Deku’s burden as a One For All wielder and getting answers from Endeavor and Principal Nezu, Class 1A have agreed to hunt Deku down and bring him back to UA. They refuse to let him fulfill his destiny alone. Throughout their time together, Deku and his classmates have formed a strong bond as both friends and comrades-in-arms. Deku thought isolating himself from them would keep them out of danger, but he underestimated how strong their bond was. If Deku will not stop his warpath and accept their help willingly, his classmates are hellbent to pound some sense into him. What Deku is about to receive from his classmates is a serious case of tough love. It is obvious that Deku has become so much stronger since the last time he fought Bakugo, but he is running on fumes and is on the brink of exhaustion. To make matters worse, Deku is outnumbered nineteen to one. Initially, I think this fight will be like when Mirio Togata mopped the floor with Class 1A, but the fight will turn against Deku due to his stamina mental fortitude being all but spent. His friends do not want to fight him, but they will fight him for his own damn good. I have a feeling that Deku’s classmates will use the memories they had with Deku as weapons in an attempt to get through to him.

MHA: A SELFLESS HERO

It is common knowledge that Deku is selfless in the extreme. It is one of the reasons All Might chose him as the next wielder of One For All. Even the vestiges of One For All have acknowledged this fact. It is good that a true hero puts others before himself, but there is a limit to this concept. It turns out that Deku’s selflessness is a double-edged sword. While his selflessness allows him to excel as a superhero, it makes him completely disregard his own well-being. This has been on full display in recent chapters with Deku’s one-man war against supervillains. After fighting supervillains and rescuing civilians nonstop for over a month, Deku’s physical and spiritual health has been deteriorating with each battle. Even though he is exhausted, starving, and mentally drained, Deku disregards all of it and pushes forward. Now, his selflessness is working against him. If he does not stop and rest, his mind and body are going to reach their breaking point.