The following contains spoilers from chapter 291 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
In the latest chapter, Dabi’s nationwide broadcast has gone from bad to worse. Up until now, Dabi’s broadcast was aimed at destroying Endeavor’s reputation. Now, Dabi has taken aim at Hawks as well. Earlier in the story, it was revealed that Hawks’s wings were bugged with small cameras that monitored his every move. Clearly, those cameras were still rolling during the superheroes’ invasion of the supervillain mansion. As a result, they recorded Hawks murdering Twice! Now, that footage is being used against Hawks in Dabi’s broadcast. Also, it was revealed that Hawks ‘s father was a criminal and that information is being shared to the public through Dabi’s broadcast. It looks like in one fell swoop, Dabi has destroyed the reputation of the top two superheroes. Hawks probably didn’t care if he was being recorded since he was so certain the battle would end the supervillains. Now, his murder of Twice is coming back to bite him hard in the butt. With the top two superheroes discredited, people across Japan will lose what little hope they have left in the superhero society.
The following post contains spoilers from chapter 290 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
The biggest character reveal in the series has finally arrived! Dabi is Toya Todoroki, the eldest child of Endeavor and the eldest brother of Shoto Todoroki. For years, fans speculated that Dabi was Toya because of his apparent obsession with Endeavor. Earlier in the story, it was revealed that Toya was abused by his father like Shoto and his other siblings were. Toya had stronger flames than Endeavor, but his body was too frail to handle them. Blue flames tend to be a lot hotter than normal flames and Dabi was always at risk of immolating himself when using his quirk. That further adds evidence to Dabi’s identity as Toya Todoroki.
When Toya was deemed a failure in the eyes of his father, he was discarded in favor of Shoto. Endeavor’s ultimate ambition was to produce a child who was stronger than All Might since Endeavor himself was not up to the task. This led to him abusing his child with brutal training and he would beat his wife when she tried to protect their children from him.
Eventually, Toya was presumed dead from a currently unidentified accident and Endeavor’s family blamed him for Toya’s death ever since. Endeavor also blamed himself for what happened to Toya and even erected a shrine for him in Toya’s old bedroom. Apparently, Toya did not die in that accident, but was physically and mentally scarred before turning into Dabi.
Now, we finally know what Dabi and Skeptic were planning. Dabi was using Skeptic to broadcast a video of him revealing his identity and backstory to the world. It was similar to how V highjacked all the televisions in London in V for Vendetta. Among the people watching Dabi’s video was his mother, Rei Todoroki, who was visibly shocked by what she saw. This is bad for Rei because she was already mentally delicate from being abused by her husband. If she finds out that her eldest son is not only alive but also a mass-murdering supervillain, that could push her over the edge. I would not be surprised if she mentally snaps and commits suicide out of grief. The rest of the Todoroki family will be just as devastated by this revelation and they may become pariahs just for being related to Dabi.
This is also bad for superhero society as a whole. Endeavor is the Number One Hero who people expect to protect them from harm. When the public finds out that their Number One Hero is a thug who not only abused his family but is the father of an infamous supervillain, the public will lose all faith and trust in him. Endeavor may have started making amends for his actions, but it is clearly too late. Dabi is the incarnation of Endeavor’s sins, the demon who will drag him into Hell.
While the public watches and listens to Dabi’s video, Dabi himself reveals his true identity to both Endeavor and Shoto. He washes out the dye in his hair and starts dancing like the Joaquin Phoenix version of the Joker. Endeavor was already blaming himself for Toya’s death and I think the revelation that his actions as a father turned Toya into Dabi will break him.
The monster Endeavor’s cruelty created has come to kill him and burn down everything he built. Endeavor’s power is at its limit and he has been grievously wounded by Shigaraki after being impaled through the chest. If Endeavor was fit and healthy, Dabi wouldn’t stand a chance. Now that Endeavor is wounded and weakened, killing Endeavor would be a relatively easy task for Dabi. All Dabi would need to do is use his blue flames on Endeavor to the point in which Endeavor’s overheating weakness kills him. Since blue flames are a lot hotter than normal flames, I think Dabi can do this very quickly.
The question is how Shoto would react now that he knows his long lost big brother is alive and a supervillain. Would he be emotionally compromised and be slow to fight his own brother? Would his hatred for Endeavor return after seeing what his father’s cruelty has done to Toya? This is clearly a Darth Vader scenario: “I am your father.”
Overall, this has been a long-awaited character reveal and it has exceeded all expectations. In my opinion, Toya Todoroki IS dead and Dabi is all that’s left. This is similar to how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Like Darth Vader, being burned alive apparently played a large part in Dabi’s transformation as a villain.
After watching the war arc progress in My Hero Academia, I am starting to reach a certain conclusion. Before the war with the Paranormal Liberation Front commenced, the public’s trust in the superhero society was deteriorating in the aftermath of All Might’s retirement. For decades, All Might was the linchpin to the superhero society’s success. Now, that linchpin is gone and the other superheroes have been struggling to fill his shoes ever since. In addition, crimes and disasters have been on the rise ranging from Overhaul’s Yakuza and Endeavor’s fight with the High-End Nomu. Each of these incidents have steadily chipped away the public’s trust in the status quo. When the superheroes launched their attack on the Paranormal Liberation Front, they hoped to take the supervillains by surprise before any collateral damage could be done. However, things did not go the superheroes’ way by any stretch of the imagination. Even if the superheroes defeat Tomura Shigaraki and take him into custody, the damage is done and Shigaraki has already won. The superheroes have sustained heavy casualties in the war. Gigantomachia has plowed through over twenty cities across Japan, slaughtering countless civilians in the process. Shigaraki disintegrated a third of Jaku City and displayed his new power for the world to see. Now, Dabi is conspiring with Skeptic to unleash something on the Internet and news broadcasts that could cause more damage to the status quo’s image. Due to these factors, the public will completely lose what little faith and trust they have in the superhero society. Even if the superheroes defeat Shigaraki in this battle, he has already achieved his goal and won the war. The main characters are going to have to adapt to a new status quo that has not been seen since the height of All For One’s reign. It is likely the remaining superheroes and students may be forced into hiding or made to flee the country until they regain enough strength to fight back.
Out of all the supervillains in My Hero Academia, the most mysterious would be Dabi. Dabi seems to possess a darkness that his fellow villains lack. During his interactions with superheroes such as Endeavor, Hawks, and Shoto Todoroki, Dabi seemed to know the superheroes’ darkest secrets. He is like a demon who knows a person’s sins. His usage of blue flames further cements his status as a demon. You know someone is pure evil if they can summon hellfire so easily. Dabi seems to have a greater desire to tear down superhero society than his comrades, even Shigaraki. In the latest chapter, it was revealed that Dabi was collaborating with Skeptic to bring down superhero society. Skeptic is a master of controlling both the Internet and the narrative of a news broadcast. Due to these factors, it is possible that Dabi is using Skeptic to release the superhero society’s darkest secrets to the public. Since Dabi has a tendency to know people’s sins, I think what he and Skeptic have planned is going to cause even more damage to the image of superhero society. The public will lose faith in superheroes due to Gigantomachia’s rampage across Japan and Shigaraki’s destruction of Jaku City, but I think what Dabi and Skeptic have planned is going to be the final nail in the coffin to the status quo. While Shigaraki wants to tear down superhero society through simple destruction, Dabi seems to want to tear down superhero society by twisting and manipulating the narrative. I look forward to finding out more in future chapters.
Due to coming out of his surgery too early, Tomura Shigaraki’s enhanced body cannot withstand the immense power of the All For One quirk and the combined strength of all the quirks it has accumulated. As a result, his body will rip itself apart if he is pushed too far. I have wondered how Shigaraki would overcome this limitation and I think I figured it out.
As we are all aware, the All For One quirk not only absorbs the quirks of others, but can grant quirks as well. With this in mind, Shigaraki may need to get rid of some of the quirks All For One possesses in order to reduce the strain on his body. Due to this, I think Shigaraki will give away some of these quirks to his lieutenants in the Paranormal Liberation Front. Like Shigaraki, the League of Villains members such as Dabi, Himiko Toga, Mister Compress, and Spinner as well as Meta Liberation Army members such as Re-Destro, Trumpet, Skeptic, and Geten will all have multiple quirks. However, due to the number of quirks All For One absorbed, it is likely Shigaraki will still have the most quirks out of all his allies. Plus, I am sure Shigaraki will keep the best quirks for himself.
If Shigaraki does this, not only will he be able to use his new power without any more hinderance, but his allies will become even stronger as they continue their war against superhero society. The All For One quirk has transformed Shigaraki into a walking armory full of weapons for the supervillains to choose from.
Warning! The following contains spoilers from chapter 284 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
It looks like round one of Deku’s and Shigaraki’s grudge match is about to reach its climax. Deku is really pushing himself harder than he has so far. He is using THREE quirks at the same time in a desperate attempt to bring Shigaraki down: Blackwhip, Float, and the base power of One For All. It is clear that using this many quirks simultaneously is putting a serious strain on Deku because his control over Blackwhip is starting to wane. It was revealed that Deku’s left arm was broken when he attempted to knock Shigaraki out with 100 % of One For All. Even so, Deku is not letting that stop him. He is ignoring the consequences using One For All at full power would have on his body and is mindful only of his duty as a superhero.
Deku is not holding back this time. He is so desperate to bring down Shigaraki that he is using 100% of One For All a lot more frequently than normal. It is like when he defeated Overhaul except Eri is not here to heal his wounds. Because of this, Deku is nowhere near ready to unleash that much power by himself. At this stage, Deku can only unleash 30% safely and 45 % of One For All in short bursts without damaging his body. Now, by using 100% of One For All so many times, Deku is drastically increasing the damage that will be done to his body. With his left arm already broken, Deku also struck Shigaraki with his right leg and right arm. By the time he is done pummeling Shigaraki, Deku will only have his left leg intact. However, it is possible that the extreme kickback will cause a lot more damage to Deku’s body than just a couple of broken limbs. My guess is that Deku’s skeleton, muscles, and even his organs will be so grossly crippled that he would be out of commission for the foreseeable future. I doubt even Recovery Girl would be able to undo this level of damage. In order for Deku to get back on his feet, Eri would have to use her Rewind quirk to heal his wounds like she did during the battle with Overhaul.
Shigaraki, on the other hand, is in a different position than Deku. Because of his incomplete surgery, Shigaraki’s regeneration has slowed down. However, even though his healing process has slowed down, Shigaraki can still heal his body. That is an advantage Deku does not have. Also, before Shigaraki’s body started breaking down, his regeneration was working at full power when fighting Endeavor and when Aizawa blinked. With this in mind, Shigaraki’s regeneration may not stay this slow for the remainder of the fight. Instead, I think his healing speed will fluctuate from being fast to being slow. This fluctuation would fit well with Shigaraki’s unstable body. In addition, Shigaraki’s body has already proven to be able to withstand 100% of One For All’s power. Also, Shigaraki has who knows how many quirks stored within him thanks to the All For One quirk.
Overall, this first round between Deku and Shigaraki will result in both characters having their bodies broken. However, Shigaraki can heal his body and Deku cannot. Due to this, Shigaraki can recover on his own while Deku will likely be immensely crippled for a while. With Deku in such a vulnerable state, Shigaraki will probably seize his chance to steal One For All from Deku. Having his body damaged is bad enough, but having his quirk stolen as well would be soul crushing for Deku. In addition to healing Deku’s body, Eri’s Rewind may restore One For All to Deku. Only time will tell as the story progresses.
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.
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.
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!”
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.