Anybody else go completely BONKERS over this part??
Dad-Zawa is 100% REFUSING to give up on his kids no matter how grim it looks!!!
Aizawa clearly sees that clean parallel between Aoyama & Shirakumo, as non-consenting villains unwittingly thrust into a war as pawns.
But I think Aizawa also sees the possibility of himself in Aoyama as well. He he doesn't want a future where Aoyama closes himself off to the world, of losing his twinkle.
As we know, Aizawa is still deeply effected by Shirakumo's death & I can confidently say, I think this is the reason he walks around looking like a hobo. Part of him still feels pathetic & helpless b/c he couldn't save his friend and as a result, he neglects himself.
He focuses entirely on rationing his down time sleeping in a bag, having a completely empty apartment & eating goo packets so he can be ready at a moment's notice for anything.He may be a great hero, but his civilian time is devoid of creature comforts. His emotional life is as empty as his apartment.
Aizawa does NOT want that for Aoyama, especially since he knows how sensitive a kid he is.
This man has lost body parts. He has lost FRIENDS. Had his bones broken. Had his SKULL broken. & He's still showing up to assure his student that It'll be okay, if he trusts his friends.
& How does Aizawa know it'll be okay??
Because the one comfort Aizawa allows himself is his friend, Mic.
i literally just realized the utility of afo using shirakumo’s body to make kurogiri, and then making kurogiri take care of tomura.
guys, shirakumo was a hero student.
most nomu can’t think for themselves or do anything but follow simple commands. the nomu that watched tomura would have to be able to reason, act and speak independent of instruction. that introduces more risk, specifically the risk of that nomu regaining some of its will or even memories of its past life.
guys, most nomu are made from villains. if they suddenly woke up after being mutated against their will and forced to work for afo, they would want to rebel. they would want to do something that would hurt afo.
and tomura would be right there.
if afo had used a nomu made out of a villain, there would be too much risk of retaliation of against tomura if something went wrong. but shirakumo is a hero student, and his reaction would not be to lash out at an innocent child.
he used shirakumo to make kurogiri, tomura’s caretaker, because he needed someone who would take care of tomura even if something went wrong.
honestly horikoshi isn’t smart enough to have done this on purpose, but now i want to know other people’s headcanons about kurogiri’s role as tomura’s caretaker.
"Tomura Shigaraki needs to pay..."
Like mate, what else do you want to happen to him? Any possible torture, his past covers it.
See his family die in front of him? Check.
Kill his family and leave with a guilt so heavy it'd never go away? Check.
Be rejected by everyone at the age of 5 years old for being a monster? Check.
Be groomed / used / manipulated by the worst sadistic man in the whole story? Check.
Have him constantly suffering different injuries and undergoing really painful surgeries and not being able to magically heal at first and then being able to magically heal so he can take almost nuclear explosions and stay alive to stay suffering? Check.
Hallucinate with his past and be constantly surrounded by a physical reminder of how he killed his family and why he is always alone and suffering? Check.
Have no one listening to him like Cassandra from the Greek myths, while people point at him and call him a child who doesn't know better? Check.
Have his friends dying slowly with the years, killed in gruesome ways for a sort of revenge or fucked up justice? Check.
Have his identity stolen and erased while he's giving a new one that emphasize how he's not worth loving and how he brings death to whatever surrounds him? Check.
Stay trapped inside his mind while suffering the equivalent of constant torture? Check.
Have his boundaries violated and not be in control of his own body? Check.
Losing a second time his father figures? Check.
Being neglected and abandoned, living on the streets and on the worst places to be, not having someone to take care of him medically, being denied proper education and socialization with other people? Check.
The closest people to him being basically the dead bodies of dead children and people who were genetically modified to fight with no pain or remorse? Check.
Being unable to properly touch others and not having proper physical contact in years and years? Check.
Not being able to walk normally among others because his appearance would scar them and he'll be rejected? Check.
Having self-destructive tendencies and probably suffering from some undiagnosed mental illnesses, with no proper medication or treatment for it? Check.
Having almost no access to normal activities and being almost unable to leave his home for years? Check.
Become the enemy number 1 of the world, with almost everyone wanting to kill you and just a very few concerned about you or wanting to help you? Check.
He's like 21 years old. You saw the terror AFO generated in the UA kids and the pro-heroes in a minute, imagine living years and years with him. He had no one, because even Kurogiri was a pawn of AFO. He has been in almost total isolation, he has suffered every time of pain, he's been basically trapped in a jail of AFO's own 'till now.
Giving to him any of the treatments above wouldn't be justice, but just being more like AFO. But nooo, Deku is the insane one for wanting to properly help him and save him for at least once in his life.
Sudden thoughts again.
Izuku reaches out to those who remind him of... his family.
People in general tend to reach out and communicate with people whose type they are most familiar and understandable, habitual (family members, first experiences of communication and skills, preferences all come from family at a subconscious level from childhood). Also people are drawn to their opposites, to reflections of themselves in people and to those who have something that a person may consider as lacking.
This is why Izuku is reached to Katsuki - we have been shown this vividly, that Katsuki impressed Izuku with his (coolness, confidence, desire to always win and determination, courage to express himself). Izuku is reached to him because he has something in him that Izuku thinks he doesn't have, so he admires him.
But let's move on to those who are more understandable and comfortable to Izuku.
Let's start with Ochako. Ochako is sweet, cheerful, soft and easygoing. She understands without words, is very observant, and has her own inner core, her own inner strength. And, what is also important, she resembles Inko in appearance: she is also short, has cheeks, and when she started tying her hair into a ponytail, this resemblance between her and Inko became even more evident.
Shouto and Tenya. Two really real friends that Izuku has made. And Izuku is constantly reached to them: either he's with Shouto, or he's with Tenya, or he's with the two of them. Their interactions can be described as comfortable, trusting, reliable, close. And I want to unite these two boys in a resemblance to ... Hisashi, not yet introduced to us Izuku's father. Both boys are serious, judicious, straightforward. Tenya evokes confidence in himself, some warmth appears with him; at the same time, he is quite tall and appropriately built. Shouto, on the other hand, is attracted by others - I have headcanon that Izuku likes his quirk a lot, in particular his part, Fire. It is with the acceptance of this part of himself (his father's legacy, his own dreams) that friendship between these two began. Moreover, Izuku observed and then accepted the changing Endeavor, for him this “new person” has become a dear person, a mentor whom he respects and considers his own. He, after all, is also reaching to the older Todoroki (and perhaps he, too, likes the Fire-quirk bright, shining and hot).
We know that Hisashi has a quirk (Fire Breath) and that Afo is a rather large man with big hands, which he also inherited from his father, Izuku. And if Izuku had a warm relationship with his father, he may well have subconsciously bonded with Tenya and Shouto, who may remind him of his father, giving him something that was dear to him as a child and brought him peace of mind.
What are these!!! They are so funny I’m—
Okay, so there’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while that I’ve (surprisingly) never seen any DFO theorists point out. Everyone knows that Izuku is associated with sheep, in fact, every animal-related art piece Horikoshi has created has depicted him as either as a sheep like this example here:
Or as someone with an implied supernatural connection to one (the only example of this is in the poll art but shhh):
People do acknowledge this, and I see fanart related to it on a pretty regular basis, but I’ve never seen anyone really explore the symbolism of sheep, especially in relation to their historical/cultural juxtaposition with and genetic relation to goats.
Goats are typically considered to be a demonic symbol in Western religion, with the image of the goat often being directly conflated with that of the Judeo-Christian figure Satan. Y’know. Like, the devil. Who you might also refer to as the king of Demons.
It might be a bit too speculative on my part, but I certainly think that with all the demonic references surrounding All For One’s character, you definitely could draw symbolic parallels between himself and Lucifer, especially considering that they both have close, first positive and later antagonistic, relationships with the wise, almost mythically revered “ultimate good” figures of their respective narratives, serve as irredeemable antagonists/ultimate evils, tend to engage in manipulative behavior, and are closely associated with the concepts of sin and corruption (poor Aoyama). Horikoshi also really likes to sprinkle fun little references to Western literature/concepts/media in his work so. Something to keep in mind.
Now this wouldn’t be super interesting on its own. Like. Yeah. AFO could be symbolically represented as a goat. Real interesting bro. But when you consider the fact that Izuku is often depicted as a sheep, things start to get a little more interesting. Because not only are goats and sheep closely related genetically (shoutout to the family group Bovidae and its subfamily Caprinae) but they also have a history of being juxtaposed against each other in Christian-inspired texts and media.
While goats represent sin, agency, and temptation, lambs are symbols of innocence, moral malleability, and humanity, often being led by a more experienced shepherd archetype (hero society/All Might here) without truly comprehending the gravity of their actions. This might tie into Izuku’s budding reluctance to adhere completely to the precedents set by hero society as well as his newfound intention to save villains. Now that Izuku is branching out from authoritative forces, he’s able to express a more fluid and complex morality than in previous chapters, shedding his innocence while retaining moral purity (the sheep in the most recent art had horns, which shows maturity as well as another parallel to goats, who are much more strongly associated with horns than their fluffy cousins).
The idea of equal but opposite is very prevalent throughout bnha, especially when tied to All For One and One For All (it’s literally present in the names, you can’t escape it), meaning that such a clear duality may further aid the AFO/goat connection.
As a recap, AFO may have a connection to goats based on subtext. To my knowledge, Horikoshi has never associated him another animal. Goats and sheep are closely related, and are often juxtaposed in numerous Western cultures.
I may delete this later if I go back and realize I was being conspiracy theory levels of ridiculous here, but for now, thank you for coming to my TED talk.
It’s not worth it
for the vainglory of the demon king
full piece for the @afozine
Me, shaking Aoyama furiously: DID HE OR DID HE NOT HAVE FRECKLES
Imagine Hagakure being 100% a teenager and telling all type of useless gossip to AFO and totally forgetting to give him certain information. And then AFO has to ask her to communicate again wkdhksjdndjdndkfjjdjf
Totally impossible that AFO doesn't know or care about who has a crush on who on class 1-A, because he's the typical villain that uses that on his favor.
Now I'm just really curious: Toshinori interrupted Ragdoll halfway through telling them the PLAN! And she wanted to give important information about (Search). Moreover, I have a suspicion and just a crazy thought, what if she wanted to tell them about Afo! After all, (Search) was checking him in when Afomura flew to Tartarus, which means - Ragdoll had time to look at Afo so that (Search) would remember him. So... what if she wanted to say she knew Afo's real name... and it would be in the story later as “by the way, I didn't have time to say it then, but Afo's real name is....”
Or maybe (Search) was actually registering AFO_quirk, because that's what Afomura focused on. But either way, Ragdoll must have known and seen this quirk for (Search) to remember it.
Sure, it's just a thought, but how typical it would be for heroes. It would be so embarrassing. And if it's also DFO, and if Ragdoll asks “why they have the same last names...” 'I’ll laugh seagull.
Theory: OFA quirk is a way for AFO to gradually create a strong quirk; but also a way for him to bring his brother’s consciousness into a new body. Now they can both be young again. :)
problem of tall people
so i got very inspired by all those mon-chan posts i reblogged like an hour ago probably