Big coat means the best kind of hugs
Let's talk a minute about this:
The main issue with Spinner is how much he is constantly mistaking things, mixing what he thinks he sees vs what is really there. In other words, he idealizes too much and ends up not understanding reality.
Without taking the translation word by word, let's say that Spinner thinks that Dabi is better than him. It's clear to see just in the way Dabi walks away, almost with arrogance, while Spinner stays behind, letting AFO cover his mouth.
We, the readers, know that that's not true. Dabi's goal in life is just a suicide mission and he has lost everything at that point. No family, no one to run to, just his hatred and his burning body. Besides his quirk, which is killing him, Dabi to her possession is the knowledge of how he wants to die, isn't it?
Spinner doesn't understand that. He only sees Dabi's resolution, his insanely powerful quirk, his cool act. Spinner really believes he could never be like Dabi, someone who knows what he wants and has the strength to take it
To admit Dabi has been defeated would mean a total crush of Spinner's beliefs.
Because Spinner's mind has been twisted. He went from believing he could do stuff, it didn't matter if he has a weak quirk or not, to believing he can only achive his goal through power. In this case through physical power (a new quirk) and influence. Ironically, he has become what he wanted to destroy. Do you remember his fight with trumpet? How he hated the man for being a politian using others for his own purpose?
We're seeing the ultimate corruption of Spinner.
Funny how it started with AFO, after they met. AFO couldn't reach Dabi because he grew up with people like him around, someone with power, someone able to manipulate others to his benefit. Dabi saw through AFO in a way Spinner couldn't, because he doesn't know the world he's in, or at least he's not use to the way people with power operates.
In that last panel, the parallel between Gigantomachia and Spinner is just too evident. His face? Eyes with no pupils, mouth wide open, he even looks like he's made from rock, like he's nothing but an empty headed follower of AFO– or in this case, AFO's heir.
Even if he's not aware, he's manipulating those mutants and sending them to die. Just another Trumpet, just another Gigantomachia. The Spinner on the dark panels looks nothing like the Spinner currently fighting. There's a desperation, an edge... He's basically disappearing.
Somewhere along the line, he forgot why he was fighting for. Now it's not even for Tomura, being honest. He is just fighting for a reason to exist, he is just blindly devoting himself for a reason he doesn't understand, a goal he won't reach.
No member of the League of Villains has been this gone, not even Tomura. They are were aware, they all had their focus, their reasons. But Spinner is the most vulnerable to AFO– and here we are.
“There are plenty of things heroes need to protect”
That’s why I can’t lose vs That’s why you can’t win
A sudden crazy thought.
A quirk is a piece of DNA that can be examined and identified if it is in the quirk registry (Nomu's investigation from USJ, which had several DNA according to his quirks that could be identified). There were a lot of quirks in Nomu. Who else has a lot of quirks? In Afo.
❗️Watch out! Pseudoscientific statements! Please don't take it all at face value❗️
According to him, the recipient, when transplanted with the donor's DNA (quirks), subsequently adopts some characteristics both external and personality from the donor. But in his case, Afo has some mechanism of protection against such influences of other people's DNA quirks, so he is of such ordinary appearance, without special and memorable details for others, with his character.
But then it turns out that he has many other DNA (quirks) in him, some of which he constantly uses and which function in the background (the same supposed immortality quirk). However, he must have these other people's DNA, albeit in some sense isolated or recoded into his basic DNA. And as in Nomu's case, the analysis of his blood and DNA will have to identify several (many) other DNA.
There is also a point. Because of the presence of a large number of foreign dna and the insertion of extra DNA strands that do not correspond to its original code, there is a rearrangement and mutation of the organism. We can see this in the example of Kamino with hypertrophy and mutation of his right arm under the influence of a few quirks. But in essence, it's all reflected in the original code, and these chain mismatches and extra couplings may well render the bearer of multiple quirks sterile. And I want to remind you that on the cover of one issue of WSJ Izuku was portrayed as Issumboshi, the Japanese version of the Tom Thumb who was the long-awaited child of his old parents.
And now for the craziest part: What about his direct descendant in the end? With the child? After all, his gamete - the germ cell contains his DNA, and therefore the DNA of other people whose quirks he has taken for himself. Will that part of the other people's DNA be passed on when fertilized? Given that the AFO quirk (DNA) in a sense isolates the external and personal influences of other people (donors of quirks) on its host (recipient), but the operating mechanisms and other applications of donors' quirks must remain, working in the background, right? At least the passive adaptive functions of quirks for the host body: for example, increased heat resistance to fire quirks.
Hisashi has a fire breathing quirk. Consequently, he must have some mechanism to protect himself against his quirk so that his body does not get burned by its own flames. And that defense mechanism could have been passed on to his direct descendant, the child.
My point is - did Izuku have burns? We know that Katsuki bullied him in middle school, setting his clothes on fire and burning his stuff through explosions. But ... if Katsuki used a quirk on Izuku (burned clothes), there should have been burns or burn marks on unprotected and exposed skin areas if Katsuki used his quirk on him. But Izuku doesn't have them. Even fighting Katsuki already in UA, Izuku didn't get visible burns - only abrasions and fracture scars (due to the fact that Izuku as a 2-3 generation quirky person has a less robust body in nature).
Maybe Izuku has some kind of resistance to the effects of high temperatures on his body? Like a passive ability that just works in the background.
In general, what do you think about Izuku inheriting his father's (stolen) abilities in one way or another?
BnHA Ch.353 - Review, parallels & comparisons
Note: I made a post here that explains which characters are at each battleground.
This one had SO MUCH packed into 17 pages! Let’s start with Shoto and Toya, since the chapter opens with them and wraps back around to them towards the end. Clearly, this fight took a lot out of them both. Toya doesn’t say a word, and we don’t get any insight into his mental processes. He’s just…frozen. Pupils gone, mouth stuck in what could be either a smile or a cry for help (or both). His chest seems to be covered in ice compared to the blackened, exposed muscle we saw in the last chapter. Then we have the humming, glowing orb in his chest. I’m pretty sure it’s him healing rather than exploding, and here’s why….
When Nagant exploded, it didn’t start with an orb — it was cracks. Further, AFO had her burst because she had a change of heart. Likewise, when Star & Stripe caused quirks to explode out of Shigaraki, it was because New Order revolted against other quirks. There’s a fundamental mismatch between quirk and will. AFO even says as much in Ch.92 of Vigilantes; that villainy is an imbalance between quirk and will.
Toya was born with everything to become a hero. He wanted to be a hero too, or at least, he wanted to be like his father, whose whole identity is based around being a strong hero. For Toya, becoming Dabi was the mismatch. Putting on the cold, standoffish personality was an act. In reality, Toya is loving, caring, and passionate. We’ve seen him caring about Twice, Toga, and even Shoto (in between trying to kill him). We saw Toya run home after waking from a coma. We saw him turn down AFO multiple times, including this chapter.
I don’t think Toya is developing an imbalance for AFO to exploit — he’s closing the gap between what he wants/needs and his quirk’s power. Shoto didn’t really “defeat” Dabi; instead, Shoto acknowledged that he saw and heard Toya. Shoto validated Toya’s grief and rage, and now the cracks can close. [ETA: I see lots of speculation that Toya will do a Prominence Burn because the orb is making the same noise Endeavor makes when prepping that move. However, it could also be Toya warming back up. As Ujiko said in Ch.350, heat is energy born of living things as they move and THRIVE.]
This is the part Spinner doesn’t understand. He looks at Toya and sees the person who had it all, which is almost exactly how Toya looked at Shoto. Spinner is shocked that Toya’s convictions would “fail,” to the point that Spinner thinks Dabi’s defeat is fake news. But Toya’s convictions didn’t fail. I’m not convinced his worldview changed at all, because his worldview wasn’t wrong. Toya needed to be seen and heard and cared for. And that’s what Shoto did — Shoto agreed with Toya and extended empathy from a hero to a villain.
In the meantime, we see Spinner’s self-doubt and fatalism go into overdrive. He falls prey to AFO because he doesn’t have the inner drive or willpower to resist what AFO offers him. Spinner knows he’s not “a big messiah” and that the LOV is “past the point of no return,” and his only remaining loyalty is to Shigaraki. Spinner’s now fully on board with the mission to destroy it all and “demolish the system.” This is very different from Stain’s mission to establish a “more pure” hero system, so I think it’s (sadly) fair to say that AFO corrupted poor Spinner. I’m going to hold out hope that Shoji will reach him.
Speaking of reaching out, I really loved seeing Tsukauchi support All Might. It’s about time an adult was really truly there for him (although I’m still concerned AFO has his weird alien fingers clawed into Tsukauchi). Plus, the official translation makes their talk sound much more somber and less like a celebration, which sounded out of character, tonally. I also thought Tsukauchi turning the microphone over to All Might recalled Bakugo turning to Iida during 1A’s Deku retrieval.
The leaks really made it sound like the heroes were launching a premature celebration, but I’m glad that’s not the case. I was happy to see Present Mic (YEEEEEAHH!) and Shoji protecting Central Hospital, with Mt Lady and Mina protecting Jakku. Both of those are key locations that AFO would obviously plan to attack so he could reclaim Kurogiri and Gigantomachia. That said, Kirishima’s entrance is a bit weird. I get that he was part of the vanguard appearing through the portals to push the villains into their pods, so he was in the parking lot. But unlike Shoto, who warped with Toya, Kirishima must have stayed back and then warped (?) to Jakku (???). I know that Kirishima and Mina have unfinished business with Gigantomachia, but given the chapter title “Endeavor,” I’m getting Kamino vibes because Kirishima has interacted or been placed near Endeavor twice in Kamino.
Also, the new villain with Fatgum and Aoyama, Kunieda, mentioned Dictator, and Kirishima worked with Aoyama and Hagakure to secure Dictator in Kamino (after Momo and Shoto cuffed him).
Man, I really hope Aoyama gets to use his belly button laser to mow down those flowers. I don’t know what kind of flowers they are, but they look like some kind of lily or amaryllis, maybe even venus flytrap flowers? A variation on Kunieda’s name can mean “country” + “branch”, so something like a nationalist with a plant/branch quirk makes sense. The flower stems are impaling the other heroes/villains, and I’m not sure that Fatgum’s quirk helps a whole lot, so BELLY BUTTON LASER, IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!!!! TWINKLE AND THOOOOM AWAY!!!!
As for “bat of Aesop,” it’s just an insult about how bats “play both sides” and don’t have convictions of their own. Here’s 2 fables involving the deceit of bats:
Alright, now let’s talk Endeavor, because AFO pulls out a classic villain line: Heroes will lose, because they have too much to protect. AFO said the same against All Might; Nagant said the same against Deku when she made him choose between her and Overhaul. With All Might and Deku, the answer was, of course, protect everything (except yourself). AFO came to Kamino to take All Might’s image, pride, and spirit, then to kill him. AFO managed all but the last.
Through Toya, AFO managed to take the same things from Endeavor — his facial scar, his public image, the joy of reaching #1. Interestingly, All Might countered AFO’s mind games like how Shoto neutralized Dabi. All Might agreed with AFO, saying yes, he had many things to protect. He told AFO to go ahead and expose his secret to the world. He admitted he wasn’t the best teacher. But then All Might used those “weaknesses” to explain that he can’t die here, because there’s still too much for him to do. Izuku, in particular, was All Might’s anchor encouraging him to live.
That’s the part that makes me worry a bit about Endeavor here. He had a front row seat to watch All Might in Kamino, and to see All Might struggle afterwards. I hope Endeavor can use AFO’s barbs to motivate himself to keep fighting, because I want AFO to die and I want Endeavor to see Toya and Shoto together. (We know Toya still wants his father to see him, so in this particular case I’m not concerned about a victim being made to face their abuser, as was the case with Eri and Overhaul — plus Eri is a minor).
Will Endeavor rally and realize there’s still so much for him to do to as a father? Is Endeavor aware of how Shoto brought “down” his other son? Does Endeavor know there’s a chance Toya is healing? Or does he think he caused one son to rip apart the other? And…are crazy hand quirks the only surprises AFO has in store for Endeavor?
If You Meet Your Father, Kill Your Father
If You Meet Your Father, Kill Your Father
Izuku is a half-demon mercenary who has survived on his own ever since he lost his mother as a young child. In the middle of a job, Demon Lord Hisashi identifies Izuku as his long-lost son. Izuku scorns this demon who wants to baby him. Hisashi has no idea how to deal with a son with the cherubic appearance of a teenager, the foul mouth of a soldier, and a murderous vendetta against demonkind.
Words: 5627, Chapters: 1/6, Language: English
Series: Part 1 of All for One Gets to be a Real Demon King
Fandoms: 僕のヒーローアカデミア | Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Midoriya Izuku, Sensei | All For One, Shigaraki Tomura | Shimura Tenko
Relationships: Midoriya Izuku & Sensei | All For One, Midoriya Izuku & Shigaraki Tomura | Shimura Tenko
Additional Tags: Sensei | All For One is Midoriya Hisashi, Demon Sensei | All For One, Demon Midoriya Izuku, Alternate Universe - Demons, Alternate Universe - Fantasy, Dragon Sensei | All For One, Sensei | All For One's Bad Parenting, Vault Time, Manipulative Sensei | All For One, Possessive Sensei | All for One, Dead Midoriya Inko, Midoriya Izuku is a Shimura, Big Brother Shigaraki Tomura | Shimura Tenko, Parental Yamada Hizashi | Present Mic, Traumatized Midoriya Izuku, Sarcastic Midoriya Izuku, Crack and Angst, Midoriya Izuku Needs A Hug, But Not from All for One
Read Here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/39153738
Tags: AO3 Feed, FanFiction, AO3 Izuku, ♦, Izuku Midoriya, AFO, Hisashi Midoriya, Tomura Shigaraki, R:T, A:Katydid, Dad for One, Dad Mic, Demon AU, Royalty AU, Dragon AU, Fantasy AU, Angst
so i got very inspired by all those mon-chan posts i reblogged like an hour ago probably
"Don't forget properly dispose of garbage f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶l̶i̶f̶e̶!"
Thinking about AFO basically killing Tomura and Deku think he has failed and AFO going rampant with harming people. But the minute AFO is about to kill Deku something sparks again on Tomura's soul and AFO starts struggling with the overwhelming force of Tomura coming back.
Tomura just keeps repeating not him not him not him everyone who loved me just died but not him not this time I won't let you.
+ bonus for all my endeavor haters :)
why i think sero is going to die :)
From the whole 40 year old macallen to that one panel where Izuku is posing like AFO in a flashback to now AFO showing us he has a fire quirk, feels like Hori may be trying to gently break the news that AFO is Izukus dad before it's explicitly stated
I don't even know what to say to that (actually I do, but it will turn into a happy squeak and a greedy look, because we need more! More hints!)
A fantasy AFO painting I did a while back!
He’s on his way to save his son
chair part 2
He misses hanging out with those weirdos