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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.

MHA: GOOD AND EVIL SLEEP

“There are other facilities doing HYDRA’s good work around the world. We will feed them to Captain America and his colorful friends. Keep them off our scent.”

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The following contains spoilers from chapter 298 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

As we delve deeper into the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, we discover things are turning from bad to worse for hero society. In a flashback, before the war started, it was revealed that Re-Destro had Twice make a copy of him to infiltrate the Hero Safety Commission. The Re-Destro copy attacked the leadership of the Hero Safety Commission, including the President herself. Now, the leadership of the agency that manages the superheroes is either dead or dying from the Re-Destro copy’s rampage. This means the superheroes’ political apparatus has been decapitated, which will undermine the hero schools, the concept of the provisional license, the oversight of hero agencies, the pro-hero propaganda, and many other long term problems. Even if the commission is able to establish new leadership and pull itself together, they won’t be able to function as they once did.

It is also revealed that the fall of Tartarus Prison was only the beginning. Tartarus may have been used to seal the worst of the worst, but there are other supervillain prisons scattered across the country. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki raided half a dozen other prisons and released countless more supervillains into the world. With each prison that is raided, the supervillains become stronger and the superheroes become weaker. All For One/Shigaraki’s army continues to grow in numbers and power and it is possible it has surpassed the one hundred thousand strong Paranormal Liberation Front.

Later on, it was revealed that All For One/Shigaraki not only raided the prisons to release the original All For One and grow his army. As the number of freed supervillains increases, the more Japan will be thrown into all-out chaos. With so much chaos, the surviving superheroes will be too busy dealing with the escaped inmates to track down All For One/Shigaraki. After a traumatic day of battling superheroes and raiding the prisons, All For One/Shigaraki and his closest allies found refuge. Among his allies were Dabi, Spinner, Skeptic, and the remaining High-End Nomu. All For One/Shigaraki instructs his minions to watch over him while he slept, which will allow his incomplete body to eventually reach 100%. Spinner, Shigaraki’s most loyal soldier, is worried and no longer recognizes Shigaraki after the vestige of All For One possessed him.

Two days later, we get to see how the superheroes are dealing with the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War. Despite the severity of the wound Shigaraki gave him, Gran Torino survived, but barely. Aizawa was able to get medical attention in time after severing his leg and having one of his eyes crushed by Shigaraki.

Shoto Todoroki contemplates about his unexpected reunion with his big bad brother, Dabi. He acknowledged that he currently cannot match Dabi in a contest of firepower and that Dabi’s blue flames were fueled by his hatred. Considering Endeavor is too broken and guilt-ridden with Dabi’s fate, Shoto knows Endeavor does not have what it takes to deal with Dabi when the time comes. Therefore, Shoto decided that he is the one who needs to take Dabi down and resolves to grow stronger in order to fulfill that task.

As usual, Bakugo is in a bad-tempered mood, which is a good sign that he on the round to recovery from the stomach wound Shigaraki gave him. The other students who were injured during the war have regained consciousness except for Deku, who is in a coma. Deku’s mangled limbs were wrapped in casts and hung on suspenders. All Might sits by his apprentice while the rest of Class 1A make their way to Deku’s hospital room.

I suspect Deku’s coma is more significant than it appears. I think Deku is about to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage through the vestige world while in his coma. Through this pilgrimage, Deku may experience the collective memories of his predecessors, which will shed more light on the history of All For One and One For All. I would not rule out that Deku will unlock the remaining three quirks in One For All while he is in his coma and performing his pilgrimage through the vestige world. Eventually, while All For One/Shigaraki rests, I think Deku will encounter Shigaraki in the vestige world again and we will see the spiritual progression of All For One’s possession. I think once by then Deku will have accumulated enough of One For All’s power to break All For One’s hold over Shigaraki. Even though Shigaraki will be free of All For One’s control, his grudge match with Deku will continue when they both wake up.

Overall, the story of My Hero Academia is starting to take a dramatic turn as the light of hero society becomes increasingly eclipsed by a growing darkness. While the greatest superhero and the greatest supervillain sleep and collect their strength, the world around them will change. When they wake up, the true war between heroes and villains will finally commence. Like All Might and All For One before them, Deku and Shigaraki will battle for the soul of the nation. The Paranormal Liberation War was just the beginning.

A NEW DARK AGE

“Step forward those who will serve! For an army will be raised! The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure! Courts will be convened! Spoils will be enjoyed! Blood will be shed! The police will survive as they serve true justice! This great city . . . it will endure. Gotham will survive.”

Bane, The Dark Knight Rises

The following contains spoilers from chapter 297 from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

The prison break we have all been waiting for is finally happening! All For One/Tomura Shigaraki and his High-End Nomu laid siege to Tartarus Prison. During the siege, we got to see some of the inner workings of how Tartarus Prison operated. Its construction reminded me of the Dante’s Inferno version of Hell; the deeper you go, the more sinister the inmates become. At the bottom of the prison is the Devil himself: All For One!

Throughout the siege, Shigaraki continued to struggle to regain control of himself as the vestige of All For One telepathically coordinated with the original All For One in Tartarus. During their argument, it is confirmed that All For One truly never intended for Shigaraki to be his successor. Instead, All For One had been grooming Shigaraki to become his new vessel and the stronger Shigaraki’s hatred was the more control All For One’s vestige is able to exert. I think by breaking out the original All For One, the final phase of Shigaraki’s transformation will begin.

The link between All For One’s vestige and All For One himself proved to be the chink in Tartarus Prison’s armor. Due to the extensive security systems, All For One would not be able to use his quirks without being gunned down. Also, the prison’s exterior defenses were so impregnable that All For One/Shigaraki would have a difficult time breaching the prison even if his body was at 100% and had Gigantomachia. Only by working in tandem with one another did All For One and his vestige manage to undermine Tartarus’s defenses.

It is not just All For One who has been released. So far, supervillains such as Muscular, Moonfish, and Overhaul have been released. There was also a new female character for the supervillain team who seems to have a form of electricity manipulation. We have also caught glimpses of Stain and Kurogiri. There are also many other supervillains who have been released. In exchange for their freedom, All For One, both in his body and in Shigaraki’s, demands their submission to his will so he can become the ultimate demon lord. The chapter ends with master and apprentice reuniting.

This is really bad news for hero society. After the Paranormal Liberation War, the superheroes’ forces have been severely weakened. Now, All For One/Shigaraki has a new army of fresh troops at his command. Tartarus Prison has fallen and the superheroes have no place to put the detained Paranormal Liberation Front members. The supervillains are primed and ready to deliver the final coup de grace against the already weakened hero society.

The one thing that concerns me is what will become of Tomura Shigaraki. Throughout his character arc, I have grown fond of him despite being a supervillain. If All For One completely snuffs him out and takes over his body, all the character development that Shigaraki went through will become meaningless. Since Shigaraki has become so strong-willed, tenacious, and independent in All For One’s absence, I think he will ultimately overcome All For One’s attempts to possess him. It will be like when Orochimaru failed to possess Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto. I suspect Deku will somehow get involved by entering the vestige world while he is unconscious in the hospital. Despite the atrocities Shigaraki committed, Deku acknowledged that Shigaraki was someone who needed saving. Deku is the kind of person who always comes to someone’s rescue on an instinctual level, which could compel him to try and save Shigaraki from All For One’s control. If Shigaraki can overcome All For One, then he will truly become the main supervillain in the entire series. I hope that is the case and only time will tell.

MHA: THE END OF HERO SOCIETY

“The night is darkest just before the dawn. I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

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

Now that we have gotten a look at the immediate aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, it is time to theorize how this will affect hero society as a whole. Even though the heroes succeeded in suppressing the majority of the Paranormal Liberation Front, the damage is done. Hero society will never be the same again after this war.

For decades, the hero society enjoyed a sense of peace and security under the protection of All Might. However, they have grown far too dependent on this one man. As a result, the rest of the superheroes and society as a whole became complacent. Because of this, All Might became the lynchpin to the stability of hero society. Without that lynchpin, society would implode. This change was inevitable from the moment All Might retired.

When All Might retired after his final battle with All For One, supervillains grew increasingly bolder and the rest of the superheroes struggled to fill All Might’s shoes. Despite being All Might’s successor, Deku was not ready to take his place as the Symbol of Peace. With one disaster after another in a short span of time, the public’s trust in the status quo and sense of security gradually eroded.

The Paranormal Liberation War was the straw that broke the camel’s back. There was so much death and destruction that the public has lost their faith in hero society. Some civilians talked about leaving the country while they still could even though they did not have the money. Even some superheroes cracked under the pressure of their profession, causing them to become disillusioned with the status quo. With this disillusionment, superheroes are planning to resign and find new jobs. If enough superheroes resign, it will weaken the superheroes’ already diminished numbers. Due to this, these superheroes have chosen the worst possible time to quit because things are about to get a lot worse.

Dabi’s revelations about Endeavor and Hawks will also erode the public’s trust in hero society even more. Despite being the Number One Hero, Endeavor had poor public approval ratings. The only reason Endeavor achieved his rank was because he resolved the most cases out of any other superhero except All Might. Now, the truth about what Endeavor did to his family will make his public approval numbers plummet to the degree in which the public will never trust him again. As a combatant and an asset, Endeavor will still be of use to the Hero Public Safety Commission. In terms of public relations, Endeavor is no longer of any use to the Commission and he will likely be forced to step down as the Number One Hero. Hawks is more complicated because Dabi told the public that he murdered both Twice and Best Jeanist. Best Jeanist being alive was a setback for Dabi’s plan, but he still broadcasted footage of Hawks murdering Twice across the entire country. There is no way to sweep that footage under the mat and Hawks would not be in a position to deny what he did. Overall, the public will no longer entrust their safety to a thug (Endeavor) and a murderer (Hawks).

We now move on to another big problem that is fast approaching. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki is about to orchestrate a prison break in Tartarus Prison. Due to being the largest maximum security prison in Japan, Tartarus Prison likely houses hundreds or even thousands of supervillains. These supervillains include, the original All For One, several Nomu, Kurogiri, Overhaul and his Yakuza, Stain, half the Vanguard Action Squad, and many others. Also, nearly 17,000 members of the Paranormal Liberation Front have been detained and are likely on their way to Tartarus Prison. If all those supervillains are released all at once, Japan’s already chaotic state will become so much worse. They will likely be assimilated into the Paranormal Liberation Front and become an even larger army than before under All For One/Tomura Shigaraki’s command. If this happens, the weakened superheroes will not have the strength left to fight them. When the superheroes started the Paranormal Liberation War, they caught the supervillains with their guard down. Now, with this prison break, the superheroes will be the ones caught with their guard down.

With these factors in mind, the future for hero society is looking extremely grim. For now, the superheroes are dealing with the war’s aftermath, which includes saving wounded civilians, assessing damaged buildings, and arresting defeated supervillains. With an army of supervillains about to be released from Tartarus Prison, the chaos we have seen in the latest chapter will become a whole lot worse. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki will not give the superheroes room to breathe. When the dust finally settles, it is likely a new Age of Darkness will rise. It will be a sinister world that has not been seen since the height of All For One’s power.

The fate of the country rests in the hands of All Might’s successor, Deku. However, Deku is nowhere near ready to fill All Might’s shoes. He put up a good fight against Tomura Shigaraki, but his body has been crippled as a result. After his fight with Muscular, the doctors warned Deku that if he punched with 100% of his power two or three more times he would lose the usage of his arms. By my count, Deku punched Shigaraki at 100% a lot more than two or three times with each arm. Even though his limbs with spent, Deku kept pummeling his nemesis. Deku’s legs were also crippled in the fight. Because of his injuries, Deku will be out of commission for the foreseeable future. It is possible that Deku’s wounds will likely be healed by Eri’s Rewind Quirk since she was able to restore Mirio’s phasing Quirk.

His mother was already losing faith in UA’s ability to keep her son safe and was worried about him getting injured. When she sees her son in such a broken state, she will likely pull him out of UA or even try to convince him to not be a superhero. I cannot help but feel as though Deku’s mother may die at some point in the story. The reason I think this is because one of the main motivations for superheroes is family tragedy. If anything happens to Deku’s mother, it will likely motivate him further in taking Shigaraki down.

In addition to being able to safely use 30-45 % of One For All’s basic power, Deku has awakened three of his six additional Quirks: Blackwhip, Float, and Danger Sense. He still has three more Quirks left to unlock and master before he truly controls One For All. Despite putting up an impressive fight against Shigaraki, Deku still has a long way to go before he is fully ready to succeed All Might and become the new Symbol of Peace. Until then, the new Age of Darkness will consume the country, but when Deku recovers from his wounds and masters One For All in its entirety, the spark of hope that went out in recent chapters will be lit once again.

A DARK VICTORY

“I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. It’s frightening. Turns the legs to jelly. I ask you, to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now, it’s here. Or should I say, I am.”

Thanos

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

It has been an intense story arc as the superheroes battled the Paranormal Liberation Front. Now, the latest chapter gives us a glimpse of the immediate aftermath of the war. The results are a lot sadder than I had anticipated. That happy concert the students did in earlier arcs truly was the calm before the storm. Now, hero society has gone to Hell.

On the upside, the superheroes managed to detain most of the Paranormal Liberation Front and a number of key figures. Among those arrested were Doctor Ujiko, Mister Compress, Gigantomachia, Re-Destro, Geten, and Trumpet. With these supervillains apprehended, their rampage has finally been stopped and their military strength has been severely weakened.

Despite the positive aspects of the war’s aftermath, the negative aspects far outweigh the upside. Even though most of the Paranormal Liberation Front has been caught, over a hundred supervillains managed to escape. Among those supervillains who escaped were Himiko Toga, Dabi, Spinner, Skeptic, seven High-End Nomu, and Tomura Shigaraki himself.

The superheroes suffered countless casualties; the exact number is unknown. Easily the most heartbreaking loss was Midnight, who was last seen making a last stand against a mob of supervillains. It turns out she was brutally violated and murdered by these supervillains. Her defiled corpse was found by the Class-1A students, who were already traumatized by nearly getting crushed by Gigantomachia. Seeing one of their teachers in such a state will scar the students for life. Midnight was another longtime friend of Aizawa and Present Mic. They were already angered by the death of their friend Shirakumo and his subsequent transformation into Kurogiri. When they find out that Midnight is dead and learn of the exact nature of her death, it could push them over the edge.

The mass destruction and civilian casualties were extreme beyond imagining; far exceeding anything we have seen in the series so far. Because of these developments, the country is starting to lose whatever faith they have left in the superhero society. Some citizens are even considering leaving the country. Even some of the superheroes are thinking of resigning and finding new jobs, having been disillusioned with the status quo. To make matters worse, Dabi’s revelations about Endeavor and Hawks are already spreading like wildfire. This will add further damage to the people’s fragile sense of security.

Most crucially of all is the fact that Tomura Shigaraki escaped with the vestige of All For One possessing him. Now, at a safe distance, Tomura Shigaraki/All For One orders his remaining Nomu to break the original All For One out of Tartarus Prison. Meanwhile, the original All For One in Tartarus Prison mused that despite a few miscalculations the war unfolded just as he wanted.

Apparently, All For One wanted the war and the resulting chaos to happen so he could break his original body out of prison. That is a brilliant usage of three dimensional chess that would impress Darth Sidious. I can’t help but wonder why All For One would want his original body, which is barely able to function on its own, when he already has a new one in Shigaraki. Could All For One have some kind of plan that involves making Shigaraki’s incomplete body 100% stable? If this happens, will Shigaraki regain control of his body or will All For One take over completely? I guess we’ll find out soon.

With the Paranormal Liberation War complete, we finally reach the long-awaited prison break story arc. With most of the surviving superheroes dealing with the war’s aftermath, Tartarus Prison will be lightly defended. It is not just the original All For One who might be broken out, but every supervillain who has been arrested so far in the series, including all the Paranormal Liberation Front members who were just detained. If these recent arrests are broken out at this stage, it will pour additional salt into the superheroes’ wounds and make their few hard-won victories in the war amount to absolutely nothing. Also, Tomura Shigaraki/All For One will have a golden opportunity to replenish his ranks. With the superheroes weakened and the supervillains acquiring fresh troops, Shigaraki/All For One will be able to strike back at society with a vengeance; effectively delivering the killing blow to superhero society.

Overall, it has been an intense story arc and the aftermath has been sad and heartbreaking. Although the superheroes won the physical battle, the supervillains have won the moral battle. The superhero society is on the verge of imploding and things are about to get a whole lot worse with the upcoming prison break arc. It feels like the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. I look forward to seeing how the story will unfold from here.