So, with 286 and 285 proving my two and a half year old prediction of “AfO is going to body snatch Shigaraki” (from April 2018) right-sort of since I didn’t have any idea as to how the details would work- here’s how and why I was able to predict All for One body-snatching Tomura.
1)that bit of dialogue I reference in the original post from the end of Season 2:
“Make him into the next me.” I took it like “oh…if that’s literal the potato will be taking that body”
2) All for One is the parallel for All Might in this story.
All Might is deeply selfless. He gives his all in heroics and for his students.
Which means, as a result, All for One would be inherently selfish in his goals and towards his “successor.”
Whenever I saw All for One was giving Tomura all this stuff (via the doctor) I was thrown through a fucking loop because it contradicted my reading of the character and I had to reconsider if I’d misread him. Because that is possible.
I mean, I’ve had years to hone this skill, but I can still miss a few clues here and there and make my reading end up wrong.
But 285 and 286 have actually informed me that I had read him correctly.
All for One is so very deeply selfish and his will and his desires will trump even those of his supposed successor.
Because while a lot of folks (myself included)because of Horikoshi’s love of Star Wars like to liken All for One to Darth Vader, he’s actually Palpatine.
The powerful man who corrupts others for his own selfish means and ends and intends to rule forever and body-snatching is something he is willing to do to keep his existence, and his grip on the world intact.
If I were to keep the Star Wars analogy going, it all just kind of falls apart because the other characters in the story don’t have as strong a parallel with Star Wars, so I’m going to stop it there and go back to my main text based points and use other media for parallels.
So, now back to my main point. With what I’ve read from the various textual clues I’ve seen hidden throughout the manga, there was always going to be this result because All for One’s one goal was to get One for All back by any means necessary. When the doctor started giving Shigaraki all these things, the out-of-character generosity of All for One just kept throwing me. With these last two chapters now it reminded me of a quote Gandalf said to Saruman in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,
(transcription–Gandalf: There is only one Lord of the Ring. Only one who can bend it to his will, And he does not share power!)
And that above all is how I’ve always read All for One. Sure, he’ll give and exchange quirks for people, but it was always in exchange for a favor for him. Which was a very Godfather-esque way of doing things.
You know who else gave out gifts to get others to be more amenable to him?
After all, One for All’s half-base component quirk was a quirk that was forced upon the First because All for One wanted to control his brother.
All for One’s “gifts” were also a means of control.
So, everything he ever gave Tomura was always always a way to control him, and now, he’s taken it one step further.