Based on a previous theory of Volcan being past headmistress, I’ve found another clue. It might be nothing. In episode 41 (left), the current headmaster of Wellston’s Vaughn was talking about Rei’s death as vigilante by EMBER after obtaining Unordinary book and used the word ’waste’ of his talent as a high tier. Then in episode 166 (right) Remi as vigilante confronts Volcan about her brother’s death, and then Volcan uses the word ’waste’ to describe what Remi is doing, after finding from Alana that she’s a high tiers too. It doesn’t just reflect Vaughan and Volcan having similar mindset about young high tiers. But can also be a foreshadowing for Volcan (and Arlo’s aunt) returning to Wellston as headmistress to replace Vaughan. It would explain why Arlo previously even in middle school sought the title of King, since his aunt was on the top and wanted to be like her. And when she left; changed “career” probably in law enforcement cover up for being EMBER to “maintain order”, Arlo followed her footsteps
Episode start the next day with Blyke not getting any sleep!! meaning that he went outside as vigilante again (3rd time?!)That would require Isen to sleep in order for Blyke to sneak out! If I were in Isen’s shoe I wouldn’t have slept LOL
Timeline recap: episode 179 Isen published Jokers identity at the end of school day, Kalum’s fate is unknown whether alive or not. In episode 180 Claire start video call with Sera and the panel shows night time. Flashback end up by episode 185 at the same day but late at night. This episode started the next morning with Blyke’s not getting enough sleep.
Remi who’s no longer a queen after a short reign brings the idea of ‘safe space’ in the school, after interviewing many students with Evie. Remi’s idea sound like a club that you would find in high school shoujo manga LOL. Blyke agrees and find it a good idea to keep at least some students out of crossfire, while think about what to do with the rest of the school.
Remi and Blyke make a visit to Isen who’s hiding for some reason in press club. Blyke points out points out how Isen’s lower half is still seen. He ain’t even trying to hide LMAO
Blyke totally knows about the article considering they’re roommate now, but still asking why he’s afraid.
Isen requesting from his friends, if he didn’t survive to burn his laptop. LMAO
Blyke: If John comes for you, we we’ll be here! We won’t let him touch you!
Isen: *flashback to episodes 126, 148, and 154* Hehe, good one.
Whatever happen to Isen he deserves a spinoff for his past or AU. He’s our comedic relief LOL
As predicted, Isen’s sacrificing his life wasn’t for nothing and after one day it significantly reduced the number of fake Jokers.
Then they request Isen to advertise a new club. Isen: ‘Let me make a note. I’ll put it in the next issue, if I’m still breathing by then’. Poor guy LOL
For some reason the approval came from Mr. Keen who’s responsible for school security, don’t they have another facility member responsible for class LOL. Noticed the guy eats an apple almost every time he appears, can’t tell if it had a meaning or because dude has to eat considering his ability range covers the whole school. Also, he can sense strangers who enters school’s property, but not students who go out like Blyke at night while knowing it’s dangerous with all the attacks. Man, this school priority and messed up rules!
Uru chan why do this to us!
Rei is the only one who actually makes Arlo tick LOL
Remi inner monologue about her late brother is just sad.
Remi’s idea is based on micro-level sociology by carrying Rei’s vision and try to make the school better. But rather than unrealistically telling others to be good, she will keep trying to set a good example with an advantage of having numbers unlike Rei who seemed to be selling fantasy. This is a parallel to vigilantes who represent the Macro-level sociology who tried to make change through helping the weak, and it actually worked at the beginning before authority/EMBER started killing them.
Remi want to honor her brother’s memory in school rather than seeking justice.
I knew it! my prediction, more like observation from episode 178 was correct; when Evie asked her ‘how is she feeling?’ And Remi’s response was ‘I’m doing fine’. The truth she isn’t due to everything she’s been through, while she had to bury her personal life considering her brother who John insulted while knowing he’s dead and Remi living with the fact Rei won’t get justice.
Remi’s slip and fall but Blyke catches her and protect her using his new discovered ability. Weird how Remi wasn’t effected by his energy pulse only the falling tables were!
Remi finds Blyke’s new trick impressive, point out how he can ‘repel stuff’. Maybe Blyke can manipulate his aura too who knows.
Remi asks from where he learned it and Blyke gives her a generic answer before running, while Uru chan points on him being a bad liar. LOL
Blyke knows Remi wouldn’t approve of him being a vigilante and poor Remi thinks he moved past what happened.
Scene then change to students talking about Isen’s article. They’re still no gossip about what happened to Kalum like they usually do, since if he was alive and talked it would confirm the news of John being the Joker. So he’s either dead or in a coma. Zeke doesn’t believe John is the real Joker, and wants to prove he’s a cripple. Realistically if a person like Zeke who was already beaten half to death and sent to hospital which what happened in episode 108, a person would think they won’t take a chance even to test it. Though Juni can conform it since she saw John entering school’s cafe in episode 112 before he sent her to hospital. At least it would give Isen an extra day to live.
John had the audacity to ask Claire (and Adrion) if they betrayed him, when he’s the one who betrayed them. ‘He took advantage of us, and treated us like his servants’, and on the top both of his physical and mental abuse! Like-
Claire: ‘He only felt sorry for himself? He still thought of himself as a victim’. THIS, it can be seen in episode 23 John’s flashback of Claire’s smirking as symbolism of her “betrayal” with zero acknowledgment of his own betrayal.
Claire spilling hot tea
She points out how he became worse than the once he hated. How she spent almost TWO years trying to TALK sense into him, and not a single word got through him. Except of what he considers as an “insult” which was ‘monster’ since his priority is how people perceive him e.g. ‘just a cripple’.
Poor Claire, she still blames herself for helping John discovering his ability when it all was his choices.
Claire is the cutest ‘tears stop’ UwU
Sera: ‘It’s not your fault. You don’t need to blame yourself for choices that he made’. THIS, the best thing Sera said. As would Albus Dumbledore said “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Sera: ‘John did change, He enrolled into Wellston as a cripple. Most likely because of you’. Sera said that likely to make Claire feel better, because Claire explained how John play victim and what better than be a cripple rather than mid-tier that would actually blend in the background like Terrence did.
Then Sera follow it with: ‘And back we were friends. He would always preach about equality and treating others with respect’. Uru chan is totally shading LOL and to try and make Claire feel better. Because Sera knows that hair gel/fake John dismissed the friendship of low-tier (Evie and Roland) when he first enrolled in episode 140Evie: ‘He kinda just ignores us’, Roland: ‘don’t forget the way he looks at us too!, It’s really condescending! Like he thinks he’s better than us because he’s friends with the great Seraphina’. And him pursing ONLY the friendship of god tiers like him. E.g. Sera and Arlo.
Claire straight up points out how it doesn’t matter since Sera wouldn’t have called her.
As expected from someone who has seen and went through it all with John for 5 years, Claire didn’t need even to activate her ability to predict how John is acting now.
Claire: ‘Putting your faith in him will lead to disappointment. Trying to talk sense with him will earn you a beating. The John you’re dealing with is a selfish tyrant. He does whatever he pleases. Answers to everything with power and violence’. And that’s why you cut ties with your abuser and focus on yourself.
Sera’s inner monologue: ‘How do I even move forward with this?’. Move on from your abuser, focus on yourself, and be around genuine good people like Evie and Roland who won’t gaslight you for their own benefits.
Claire ask if John defeated everyone at Wellston?. Sera points out that technically he didn’t defeat her. This explain more why Uru chan made Arlo intervene in episode 174 to protect Sera, to give her answer here some weight. Maybe a foreshadowing of Sera vs John, since it’s an old topic been and still discussed forever of whom stronger.
It’s great to see that what John did to Sera didn’t break her confidence, not being a low tier makes her less.
Claire is surprised how ‘Wellston’s Rank One’ doesn’t “act like it” LOL
Sera then explain briefly about her ability being compromised, and she’s working to resorting it. Claire seems confused, so the theory of her being involved with that group went out of the window LOL. Sera then points out that it’s getting late, Claire points out how she didn’t notice, and they should talk again.
It’s funy how Sera thought Claire blunt in episode 180 and after 5 episodes later they end up comforting each other, being genuinely supportive strong girls who empower each other after both survived their entitled self-centered previous sadistic abuser. Love how realistic Uru chan’s writing is, you don’t often read about this kind of storylines in this genre.
Jeez, how they’re even alive!! He basically cut the students in half! A whole massacre
If they lived, that’s some near death experience. Just yikes
Poor Claire, she has one of the worst luck when chosed to befriend someone like that. On the top of blaming herself to school state, since current her blames herself for what happened to those students too.
Curios what past Claire meant with ‘there was no bringing him back’. Did she mean the cripple/low tier who ‘often seemed frustrated and angry’, screamed at her for smallest things like falling cards, and was never shown to be happy with his friends? From episode 181 Or the one who discovered his ability and ends up using it to abuse Adrion as “practice” and beat up Oliver half to death because he still perceives him as a low cripple?
After everything John did to everyone including his own FRIENDS, he had the audacity to say that Claire is the one who turned them against him! He literally beat up people for looking at him and still expected their loyalty!!
Claire calls out on how self-centered John is, never cared about anyone else but himself not even his own friends! Even with Sera he puts himself first even if it meant she get beaten.
Claire: ‘You’re always looking for reasons to hurt others’. That what Isen said in episode 149.
From everything Claire said he didn’t comprehend any of it except the part which she calls him a ‘monster’ which for him is an “insult” and how he’s perceived by her/others. NOT his actions itself which including basically attempt murder, like how beat up Oliver/others for “insulting” him with ‘just a cripple’ or anything that can be perceived similarly, LIKE-. Even with Sera, he only cared about his image and how he would be perceived by her and not his actions itself. It shows how shallow, pathetic John was/is, and reflect how narcissistic he’s.
He literally bashes the poor girl skull
Adrion followed John to the field’s location and after witnessing the aftermath of massacre he calls the police AKA authorities. Those students including Claire would’ve gotten more beaten, if Adrion didn’t call them.
Out of all people he accused Adrion too of “turning on him” after the way he treated him for years!! But somehow, John is the victim of what he chosen to do without any remorse including his FRINEDS!! GIRL BYE
there are two different groups out there attacking high tiers : EMBER, and the ones that attacked Sera (i’ll call it the spying group).
We *know* EMBER is part of the government. I believe it’s to make sure that the hierarchy is respected and get rid of disruptive elements. They use an amplification drug to beat superheroes/high tiers, and give power to middle tiers so that they can use it against low tiers, therefore maintaining order. EMBER elements like Volcan operate alone.
On the other hand, the spying group is made of middle tiers. They operate in groups, and seem to target randomly high tiers and use a disabling drug to suppress someone’s power. And since Sera still doesn’t have her ability back, it seems definitive, which is important to my point. Although both groups are dangerous, I think they are unrelated.
SO that brings me to my point : while EMBER is made to maintain the hierarchy, the spying group is here for the opposite :get rid of it. I think that just like Joker, they are tired of the hierarchy and rules that go with it. In this society, high tiers are oppressing people and have control over everything.
In Wellston, Joker disrupted the hierarchy by beating the crap out of the Royals. That lead to the rise of other Jokers, mid and low tiers, that went get revenge on higher ranking people that oppressed them. What we get from that is that low and mid tiers are tired to be targets. So let’s apply that logic to their society as a whole : low/mid tiers starting to fight back to destroy the hierarchy. If you attack the people in power, and suppress their ability forever (aka. the root of the hierarchy), what do they have left ?nothing. and that’s what they want.
i’m done talking guys, share your thoughts !! what do you think ?
Claire was happy to accomplishing something “incredible” and felt like she had something to be “proud” of! This is really sad, no wonder she blames herself since she helped John to have the ammo to do whatever he wants.
This is Oliver from a year ago whose ability he copied
Claire wonders if the reasons of why not seeing how twisted John is for years and ignored many red flags, because she was “proud” of him. I would say mostly her genuine good intentions clouded her judgment.
Oliver questions the source of John’s ability after beating him up. John’s justification is him feeling “jealous”. Olivier calling John a ‘fraud’ since he used someone else’s ability not his.
Interesting how Uru chan ain’t showing anyone’s ability level
Claire calm John down but then there is parallel to what happened with Kallum in episode 179 before crushing his skull to a wall specifically after calling him “you’re just cripple”. It correlates with John sense of superiority towards low tiers and resentment to his past identity as low tiers to an extent of attempting murder and in the same time wanting to play the victim by pretending to be one.
Oliver adding ‘in my eyes’ to ‘you’re still a cripple’ was anticlimactic and a weird thing to say to a stranger who he wasn’t on good terms.
That moment Claire realised they become just like 1st year middle school bullies.
‘violent and aggressive, looking down on people weaker than us, and abusing them’ It was only John, but Claire probably consider herself an accomplice.
Is that a teacher!! They exist in New Bostin and students are sent to principle office if they were caught!
Since Vaughn’s rules of not allowing school facility involvement, doesn’t care about students well-being unless if someone beaten them half to death, and put the whole school responsibility on Arlo who had to create student body.
Claire ask Adrion if he noticed John acting different lately (asking someone who knew his since they were kids) and says he haven’t. Adrion is either too naive or knows John nature.
Claire points out that John “seems” more aggressive.
John actually got after-school detention!! Then again casually not showing any remorse of going too far.
Claire points out that Oliver had already lost and John didn’t need to go back. Then John basically justifying almost killing Olivar with him talking back. Not f*cked up at all
This reminded me of last episode 181 analysis
‘In a way, he didn’t say it as it should’ve stop being treated in that way or be able to defend themselves. But rather him want to do it too with him questioning ‘while other people get to do whatever they want just because they were born stronger’.
John then question Claire about her new visions (just using her much?!), she says no and tells him to be patient.
Claire wanted to do homework while John skipped to look for someone “to practice against” and “let off steam”. Some readers called Isen a liar in episode 149 when he said John is sadistic prick
Claire was happy to accomplish something “incredible” and felt like she had something to be “proud” of! This is really sad, no wonder she blames herself since she helped John to have the ammo to do whatever he wants.
Flashbacks continues after John discovering how his ability work at the end of last year of middle school. Then after graduating middle school Claire’s visions became little bit more frequent, and informed him every time she had new information to discuss it as a supportive friend.
Note: this chapter is very long, like almost if not more than 50 panels that’s why it’s divided to two parts.
The smug face of John when Claire told him she saw him use different kinds of abilities. Sis, run!
They’re discussing how he sensed Oliver’s (I think this is the 2nd ordinary name in Uno world after John LOL) aura after activating his ability. It was implied that John only sensed his ability ‘for some reason’ that last time and felt empowered, means it didn’t happen before. It reminded me how Remi can sense electricity without activating her ability. Claire conclude it might have to do with imitation.
John casually with “innocent” smile suggest using his ability on his own friend Claire. Like for real sis RUN!
Claire, decline and apparently she can’t control when to activate it. That’s a new one, since every character with ability can activate theirs when they want. E.g. Remi in episode 174 activated her strength in order to be able carry fake Joker or anyone activate to healing level/prevent from dying through their recovery status So basically Claire is a cripple most of the time since she can’t activate her status when she needs it.
Then they come up with Adrion in order to “test” John’s ability
Poor Adrion, he didn’t want to hurt his childhood “friend” after protecting him for years, and now ended up abused by the same “friend” who ‘leeched’ of him, and was laughing after beating him up for a week. John is the only character in the whole story that abuses his own friends from two different schools and that says A LOT how piece of sh*t he’s. Then had the audacity to say they “betrayed” him when he’s treated them like that and later on preach to Sera.
They spent their entire vacation studying different abilities and analysing Claire’s visions. They used books, watched demonstration videos and professional tournaments. I think professional tournaments is for Turf war but on a larger scale maybe international. I thought Uru chan forgotten about Turf war and it was not-so-successful attempt to create something similar to Harry Potter’s quidditch.
High school started and they wanted to put their research to the “test”. Claire point out that high school was different from middle school *you don’t say* LOL
*John deliberately bump into an older/strong student to get his attention like he kept doing with Arlo*
Guess here where he developed his arrogant habit.
‘Better watch where you’re squirt!’ because he’s short, for a second I’ve read it Squirtle LOL
Claire basically became Rocky’s Mickey and helped him train. Tho John is no Rocky
It seems even Claire got hurt too while helping John “train”.
John won his “real match” against Squirtle guy, seems he “challenged” him in an isolated area similar to Turf war location.
Claire describe how John was ‘naturally gifted’ and with her providing him info from his future self, and as a result his ability to grow in alarming rate. By the end of first year of high school John was able to mirror most abilities (hint: not all LOL) without much effort.
Claire: ‘The three of us didn’t need to hide anymore!’
Tho John as a cripple fighting back didn’t seem like he was hiding.
If my math wasn’t wrong, the following events happened the same time: Rei graduating, Blyke and Isen became friends with Remi at the beginning of 1st year of high school. Sera been a queen for a year with Arlo before stepping down probably due to her sister leaving their house.
I don’t know how to break this to you guys but the high tiers are not the villains, and neither is John (as much as I dislike him, he’s not the villain).
The villains are the adults, encouraging a system where the strong are allowed to be violent towards the weak. The school, the mass media, just society in general.
They allow children to run rampant and be violent towards each other, even encouraging it in their stronger children. They will blindly follow because they’ve never been taught anything different, and those who do speak out about the injustices are treated with harshness from both sides (judgemental high tiers and paranoid low tiers).
The adults of this series have failed each and every one of these kids. So if you’re going to call anyone a villain, make it the adults.
May be a little a head of time, but I think you all already know where things are going regarding that John will be horrible to Adrion.
So, I just want to talk about Arlo and Holden in comparison to John and Adrion.
Arlo’s friendship with Holden was always a thing that his fans liked. I think most of us was surprised at how Holden have less restrictions on his behavior towards Arlo more than anyone except for Remi. I think Holden is actually closer. He noticed the change in Arlo’s behavior faster, but I still think Remi will get away with more because simply she will dare to do more.
Anyways. Holden is shown to be comfortable enough to “ criticize “ Arlo. When he said that he used to be more strict. And when he said he’s “ checked out “ when it came to Joker even though when Elaine said he’s become more passive when it came to John - same thing basically- he gave her a death glare.
and he’s the only one shown to be hanging out with Arlo in and outside the school without any business involved. And he even ships Arlo with Elaine 😂
Why is this important? Because Holden is tenth in hierarchy. He’s leauges behide Arlo. There are 8 others for Arlo to get close to. And I cannot help but think that Holden being so low down the line is intentional by Uru.
If Arlo truly cared only about royals he would hang out with any of them. Maybe it’s because they are all a year younger than him, but that doesn’t really matter because: 1- he obviously skips class a lot. 2- he’s not the kind to feel like he needs a friend to hang out with. He obviously chooses too. And no way That Holden was the first to try to invite Arlo to walk with him. What will make it even better if Holden was actually Arlo’s childhood friend ! .
the mere fact that Arlo doesn’t beat Holden up , doesn’t even glare or be mad at him, for basically saying that he’s slipping up. He’s ok with someone way weaker than him being his friend and appreciates his friendship as we saw him try to protect Holden from John when Holden yelled at John by acting as if he’s angry at him and we can see how it in fact pains Arlo to do this !
I love Arlo and Holden’s friendship and how John comes to treat Adrion ( who is weirdly similar to Holden in looks and personality) shined light on it.
The episode starts with an introduction about John’s previous friend Adrion. Apparently they were much older friends since they were kids, way before Claire. Claire pointed out John ability to fightback, Adrion still did his best to defend both of them. Surprised by how Adrion been John’s friend that long while knowing how he abused him too in John’s flashback even though they were old friends.
Sis, red flag right here
Claire talk about how she ‘was content with the way things were’. It reflects her optimistic personality who appreciate what she already has, which again doesn’t correlate with her being “exploitative” and someone with “ulterior motives”. Also It reminded me to our reality were we have no control on our environment or/and circumstances especially in those times with Covid-19, but we have to adapt in order to survive.
Claire point at how John often seemed 'frustrated and angry’ even when they hang out having good time, that’s another red flag. Though he had some point in a sense about what his friends view to what known as normalised in their society. In a way, he didn’t say it as it should’ve stop being treated in that way or be able to defend themselves. But rather him want to do it too with him questioning ‘while other people get to do whatever they want just because they were born stronger’. Which another red flag.
Parallel between what William told Sera in episode 65 and Claire telling Sera this episode.
This can be interrupted as more than one thing, but mostly based on previous episodes and this one. John didn’t/doesn’t accept the reality of his own identity cripple/low tire/powerless and not having the same ‘privileges’ they do. No wonder he was condescending and towards Evie and Roland and dismissed them in episode 140 flashback when he 1st enrolled in Wellston while pursuing not-so-nice high tiers friendship.
From my understanding Claire need to know a person in order for her Clairvoyance ability to work. So saying her having a vision as a low tier about John in the first week of middle school was unlikely considering she was a low tier too. And she had her first vision during their final year of middle school, that’s like 3 years after meeting him. It doesn’t seem she can control about what, when and who exactly the vision about, at least not as a low tier.
When your “friend” screams at you to project their anger and their frustration from something else like cards, it’s one hella big red flag for a start of abusive behavior. Sis for real run keep forgetting this is a flashback
Noticed that the joker card was on the top before it all falls. Wouldn’t call it a foreshadowing since it already happened
He flipped real fast when Claire gave him “good news”, not disturbing and creepy at all.
Claire describe it as a blurry vision about a ray coming from his hand. Then he dismisses her as it was a joke. It implies Claire likely didn’t have before any sort of visions or at least a correct one. Later she finds John training.
Next panel shows John fighting against the other bullies and not backing down like his friends again. Interesting how Claire said what some readers “suggested” Remi to do in season 1 final which’s to “stay down” while taking more beating. John done/ing the same if not worse since he does continue to beat up even after losing consciousness.
Then he copies the purple haired guy ability. I don’t know if it just a coincidence, but John’s eyes signature colour #fede9a is the same as the guy he first copied his ability.
Claire’s vision about John turned to be true, he’s not a cripple. So basically John didn’t know how his ability worked because of its nature. It would explain why his ability on record was 1.2 which’s sign for aura before discovering how to use it. In addition, he didn’t start with high level ability like many thought. Claire then talks about her regret again in telling John about her vision, not knowing she’s basically “gave” him an ammo to do ’whatever he wants’, since she couldn’t still see the signs or know what it would let him be capable of.
Also noticed something interesting, on how John went from living in a small apartment complex with his father to (rent?) a whole 2 story house in well known area.