Currently, three of the illustrations for my dinosaur book are complete and there are thirteen more to go. At this rate, I estimate they will all be done in a matter of months. Fortunately, while my illustrator is hard at work, I have other projects to occupy myself with. I am currently working on three books at the same time. One book is my second dinosaur book, one is my second superhero book, and one is my third fantasy book. I have been dedicating roughly one and a half hours a day on each one. So far, I have reached about twenty pages in each book and counting. Who knows? If I keep this up, I may have more than one book ready for publication by the end of the year or shortly into next year. It has been a fun and engaging process and it has kept me busy while my illustrator works. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
“A man can have anything if he is willing to sacrifice. With your birth comes a solemn vow: You will have nothing. Your privilege is the dirt. In the darkness, only ambition will guide you. The oath you swear, the promises you make, they are yours alone. Your freedom will be the wars you wage. Your birthright, the losses you suffer. Your entitlement, the pain you endure. And when darkness finds you, you will face it . . . alone!”
Sith Emperor Vitiate, Star Wars: The Old Republic
Even though Tomura Shigaraki is currently under the control of All For One’s vestige, I truly think he will break free in the near future. The reason for this is because Shigaraki openly said that he wanted to be an even greater supervillain than All For One ever was. I genuinely believe he can accomplish this. You only have to look a couple of story arcs back when the League of Villains battled the Meta Liberation Army. In that one battle, Shigaraki not only defeated the Meta Liberation Army, but he also took over it and all of its resources. This immense accomplishment was so significant that it greatly impressed All For One’s closest followers, Dr. Ujiko and Gigantomachia. Thanks to his victory, Shigaraki had gained a vast army of 100,000 soldiers, Sceptic’s ability to control the internet and the media, Re-Destro’s wealth and connections to industry, command over the formidable Gigantomachia, and access to Dr. Ujiko’s research and Nomu. It took All For One years to accumulate that much power and resources and yet Shigaraki was able to accomplish all of this in a single day. Shigaraki may have lost most of those resources during the Paranormal Liberation War, but I think he can accomplish the same feat again when he awakens at 100% stability. Shigaraki had accumulated so much power and influence and yet he never had a chance to fully utilize it, but I think he will get a second chance very soon. With hero society in ruins and Japan in chaos, the stage is set for Shigaraki to rebuild his power base. When he does and if he gains full control over the All For One quirk, Shigaraki will have a golden opportunity to truly reach his goal to surpass All For One as the world’s greatest supervillain.
While I have not established any actual chapters in my second superhero book yet, I have been making progress with some big scenes. I am currently writing the completion of the main supervillain’s transformation. Now, he is engaging in an army of thousands of enemies. As he fights, one power awakens after another, gradually making him more formidable than he was before. It has been interesting writing these scenes from the point of view of a supervillain, which I normally wrote in a one-dimensional sense in the past. This time, I am adding more depth to the character especially the desperation he feels when fighting hordes of foes.
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
Revelation, Chapter 6, Verse 8
The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
During the Paranormal Liberation War, we got a taste of what Tomura Shigaraki’s new power would look like after his surgery from Doctor Ujiko. However, his surgery was incomplete at 75% and he has not yet reached his full potential. Even so, Shigaraki was still capable of holding his own against multiple superheroes and cause unimaginable death and destruction. If Shigaraki can do all of that in his incomplete state, imagine how much more dangerous he would be when he reaches 100% completion. As hinted by the High-End Nomus, Shigaraki may be able to stabilize on his without the aid of his capsule. It looks like this was confirmed by the vestiges of One For All. Based on what the vestiges say, the future is going to get a whole lot darker than they already are. It looks like if Shigaraki reaches 100%, he will essentially become the ultimate evil. I don’t know if this means that All For One’s vestige will completely take over Shigaraki’s body or if Shigaraki and All For One’s minds merge to form a new being. In any case, this proves that Shigaraki is about to become an even more sinister supervillain. In terms of power levels, the One For All vestiges claim that no one would be able to stop him if he reaches 100%. This could mean that even if Deku can master One For All in its entirety, it might not be enough to take Shigaraki down. It might take the combined strength of all the remaining superheroes to take Shigaraki down. The only reason Deku was able to thrash Shigaraki as much as he did was for three reasons: 1.) Shigaraki’s surgery was incomplete, 2.) Shigaraki was at war in his own mind, and 3.) Shigaraki did not know how to fully utilize his newfound power. When Shigaraki reaches 100%, none of these limitations will remain and it will be a whole new ball game. To make matters worse, Shigaraki has an army of at least ten thousand supervillains he sprung from prison. Overall, the worst is yet to come for hero society as Shigaraki sleeps and accumulates his strength. When he wakes up, it will be Armageddon.
“Well, what are you waiting for? Kick the hell out of me and get your standing ovation.”
“No. Not this time. I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want either of us to end up killing the other, but we’re running out of alternatives. Perhaps it all hinges on tonight. I don’t know what it was that bent your life out of shape, but maybe I’ve been there too. Maybe we can work together. I could rehabilitate you. You don’t need to be alone. We don’t have to kill each other. Let me help you.”
“I’m sorry, but no . . . No . . . It’s far too late for that.”
The Joker and Batman, Batman: The Killing Joke
The following contains spoilers from chapter 305 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
After being tested by the vestiges of One For All, Deku resolved to save Tomura Shigaraki from the influence of All For One. Even though Deku acknowledges that he might have to kill Shigaraki in the end, he has decided to only kill him as a last resort. Until then, Deku is determined to save his nemesis from himself.
While I have no doubt that Deku will manage to free Shigaraki from the vestige of All For One, I seriously doubt that Deku will be able to turn Shigaraki away from the dark side. Deku might be able to liberate Shigaraki from his mentor’s influence, but I am certain Shigaraki will continue their grudge match. Shigaraki is so completely broken that he is too far gone to be redeemed. His hatred toward hero society is absolute. Even if Shigaraki is saved, it won’t change anything between him and Deku.
Due to this, Deku might be able to get rid of the All For One vestige, but he will have to deal with a potentially greater supervillain. Shigaraki stated that he wanted to be an even greater supervillain than All For One ever was. Without the vestige of his master holding him back, he will be able to use his full power without any further distraction. I am pretty sure that Shigaraki will hunt down the original All For One and kill him. Only one of them can be the demon king of the underworld.
I look forward to seeing how the story develops fin the future.
“You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.“
Jor-El, Man of Steel
The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
Since the series began, Deku’s usage of One For All and prowess as a superhero has gradually increased. As the final wielder of One For All, Deku is destined to be far more powerful than All Might ever was. Deku did say that the series was the story of how he became the world’s greatest superhero. Based on what we have seen so far, Deku is well on his way to reaching that title. Here is a detailed list of what he can do so far.
We shall begin with the basic power of One For All, which is essentially an energy aura that explosively augments Deku’s speed, strength, stamina, and durability. When he first used this energy aura, Deku would unleash One For All’s full power through a single body part such as an arm or leg, which frequently caused him to injure himself. Fortunately, Deku was able to overcome this limitation by spreading the energy aura evenly throughout his body, resulting in the creation of a technique known as Full Cowl.
Once Deku invented Full Cowl, he was able to learn how to use One For All’s power in percentages. At first, the percentages were small and slowly grew. For the moment, Deku can safely use 30% of One For All without injuring himself and can summon 45% in short bursts. As time goes on, Deku will continue to learnt to wield large percentages of his power, which will inevitably lead him to be able to safely use 100% like All Might did.
We now move on to the six quirks that have been dormant in One For All. These quirks were the result of the quirk factors of the previous users becoming fused to One For All. Because of One For All’s power stockpiling nature, these quirks have become so much stronger than they were originally. Compared to All For One, One For All has a quality over quantity policy regarding its additional quirks. One For All’s additional quirks may be fewer in number than All For One’s, but they are individually much more powerful.
Deku has shown a tendency to fire air pressure bullets by flicking his enhanced fingers. At first, Deku would injure himself when he used this capability. However, when Deku mastered 20% of One For All and acquired a set of specialized gauntlets he was able to safely summon air pressure bullets without harming himself. This gives Deku a ranged attack, which he will need in his future fights with Shigaraki.
The first dormant quirk that Deku unlocked was called Blackwhip, which allows him to generate black energy whips. These energy whips grant Deku greater mobility and allow him to grapple and immobilize targets. Blackwhip operates in a similar fashion to Spider-Man’s webbing.
The second dormant quirk is called Float, which allows him to levitate himself and others off the ground. In addition, Float gives Deku an advantage during mid-air combat, which was demonstrated by his first fight with Tomura Shigaraki. The full extent of this quirk’s augmented capabilities is currently unknown. If he fully masters it, Deku might be capable of supersonic flight like Superman or telekinesis such as Jean Grey.
The third dormant quirk is called Danger Sense, which allows Deku to detect nearby threats. Since Deku has just got Danger Sense, he has no training or experience in how to use it. Because of its augmented state, it has the potential of giving Deku sensory overload if he does not get the quirk under control. I suspect that when Deku masters Danger Sense, he will become untouchable because he would be able to sense and counter immediate threats with absolute precision. Deku knows how to punch, kick, and take a beating. It is overdue for him to learn how to dodge. Danger Sense is similar to Spider-Man’s Spider Sense power.
Deku has three more quirks that are waiting to be unlocked. Each one is so much stronger than they were in the past. Awakening these quirks is one thing, but mastering them is another. As powerful as Deku is now, he still has a long way to go before he reaches his full potential. I cannot wait to see him in his prime in later chapters.
“I need a new suit.”
“Yeah, three buttons is a little ’90’s, Mr. Wayne.”
“I’m not talking fashion, Mr. Fox, so much as function.”
“You want to be able to turn your head.”
“Sure would make backing out of the driveway easier.”
Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox, The Dark Knight
Since the start of the series, Deku’s superhero uniform has undergone several changes and upgrades. However, even though he constantly receives upgrades, Deku always manages to damage his costume. This is due to the fact that Deku’s usage of One For All keep growing and evolving so fast that his armorers cannot keep up. Recently, Deku’s costume was once again damaged while he was fighting Tomura Shigaraki. Due to this, Deku’s costume is currently not durable enough to withstand his full usage of One For All. Deku has awakened three dormant quirks with another three waiting to be unlocked. Until Deku masters 100% of One For All base power and the other six quirks, his armorers will not know what specifications his new suit will need in order to not only to meet his specific needs but also last after more than one battle. Above are some concept art for potential new suits Deku might receive in future chapters. I look forward to seeing what his new uniform will look like after the recent repairs are done.
“The quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all.”
Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring
The following contains spoilers from chapter 304 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
The latest chapter has confirmed one of the greatest suspicions. It looks like Deku really is the final wielder of One For All. This was confirmed when Deku had a meeting with the vestiges of the previous wielders of One For All. During this meeting, we got to understand the true nature of One For All and why the previous wielders died young.
As stated by the fourth wielder, One For All is ill-suited for someone who already has a preexisting quirk. The reason for this is because One For All tends to burn away the life-force of a wielder who already has a quirk. This causes a sense of overload in the wielder’s body and causes them to age at an accelerated rate. This was the case with the fourth wielder, who died prematurely at the age of 40. Because of this life-draining side effect, the previous wielders of One For All could not use the quirk’s full power.
However, All Might was the only wielder who could use the full power because he was originally quirkless. A quirkless person is a blank slate with no preexisting quirk to hold them back. This makes them immune to the life-draining side effects of the quirk and use One For All as though it were their own natural quirk. This was why All Might was able to wield One For All for 40 years and become as powerful as he was.
Deku is in the exact same situation as All Might because he was originally quirkless as well. The fact that Deku is manifesting the quirks of the previous wielders is not just because of the stockpiling nature of One For All. It is a sign that One For All cannot be transferred anymore. Also, with so many people possessing quirks, quirkless people are becoming a rarity with each year that passes. Since only quirkless people can truly access One For All’s true power, the possibility of Deku finding a quirkless successor is becoming increasingly non-existent. This is another reason why the quirk cannot be passed on anymore.
Overall my theory of Deku being the final wielder of One For All has been confirmed. That makes him One For All’s last chance to bring down All For One once and for all. If Deku falls, any chance of stopping All For One/Tomura Shigaraki will be lost.
“It is the greatest achievement of a teacher to enable his students to surpass him.”
The following contains spoilers from chapter 303 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
Thanks to Hawks, we now have a better idea of the situation with hero society’s current condition. The total number of inmates All For One/Tomura Shigaraki released from the prisons was ten thousand strong, which is about one tenth the size of the full strength of the Paranormal Liberation Front. Even so, these inmates have made the situation more desperate than ever. With so many superheroes resigning all at once, the superheroes do not have the numbers to quell the inmates.
Due to Japan’s hero society all but gone, the Japanese government has started taking drastic action to bring the situation under control. In order to make up the superhero shortage, the Japanese government has made requests from other countries to lend them their superheroes. So, foreign superheroes are now entering the story. This is a serious game changer to the My Hero Academia plot.
Up until now, the majority of the anime/manga’s story has taken place in Japan. The only time foreign superheroes appeared were either the films or the spin-off series. Now, these foreign superheroes are entering the main storyline. Apart from giving Japan’s hero society much needed reinforcements, this is going to have some serious political changes to the My Hero Academia universe and how the global hero society will handle situations such as these.
Sadly, there is a serious drawback to requesting these reinforcements. With the Hero Public Safety Commission dismantled, the Japanese government cannot complete the necessary paperwork. This will stall the deployment of these foreign superheroes, but they will eventually come.
This is a significant development in both Tomura Shigaraki and Deku’s character arcs. At the beginning of My Hero Academia, Deku said that the anime/manga was about how he became the world’s greatest superhero. After the Tartarus Prison breakout, All For One/Tomura Shigaraki said this was the story about how he becomes the greatest demon lord. Now that superheroes from around the world are entering the fray, the global spotlight will be on both of them.
Let us go over what this could mean for Shigaraki. Shigaraki has stated that his greatest desire was to destroy hero society. He certainly has achieved that goal with Japan, but destroying hero society in a single country accomplishes nothing. Before the vestige of All For One possessed him, Shigaraki said he wanted to be an even greater supervillain than All For One ever was. All For One was the greatest supervillain in Japan, but not the world at large. If Shigaraki is serious about wanting to surpass his master, he will need to destroy hero society either in multiple countries or the entire world. Now that other countries are getting involved in the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, Shigaraki definitely has a golden opportunity to become greater than his master. This would give him a worldwide reputation as a supervillain.
With Deku, he also has a chance to surpass All Might and become a greater superhero than him. As far as we know, All Might has a well-established reputation as a great superhero in Japan and made appearances in the United States in his early career. However, All Might was not able to establish a reputation on a global scale. With the eyes of the world fixed on Japan, Deku has all the exposure he will need to prove that he can be a greater superhero than All Might ever was. Sadly, all of this is only possible if Deku can recover from his injuries and we don’t know how or when he will do that.
Overall, the presence of foreign superheroes entering the fray is the perfect opportunity for both Deku and Shigaraki to prove that they can be greater than their mentors. Only time will tell when they recover and awaken. When they do awake, the world will never be the same again.
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.