Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 159: Hiromi Higuruma’s sense of judgement

At the end of my last review of Jujutsu Kaisen I assumed Hiromi Higuruma was a soul less mass murdered. It turns out he’s not or at least he use to have morals. In Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 159, “Judgement,” Gege Akutami explores the corruption in the justice system. Higuruma was a public defender, struggling to represent clients against a rigged system. The chapter presents Higuruma as “never changing.” A public servant is disadvantaged in a court that pits independent defense lawyers against the better funded and staffed public prosecutors. Higuruma claims he’s always had a strong sense of right and wrong. He understands the law isn’t impartial, it’s unfair and real people suffer.

Baring witness to this system and it’s consequences takes a toll on public defenders too. Why do they bother? Is there any hope? I’ve heard Japan has a near perfect conviction rate and Gege Akutami claims “99.9 % of criminal trails end in a guilty verdict.” While, that statistic is an exaggeration the point still stands, Higuruma’s clients were “branded guilty from the start.” Outside of court the lives of Higuruma clients aren’t much freer. The police illegally question them and crime is so common that Higuruma suspects that the murder weapon was just “lying around.” His client, Keita Oe works a live-in job for a shady non-profit. They make their employees work without wages, while paying them rent. Their not allowed to own cats, call the police or ambulances.

Oe is found guilty after a appeal

Hiromi Higuruma calls a retrial

Higuruma manages to get Oe an innocent verdict. He’s certain it will be appealed. It is and Oe is convicted and giving life imprison. Overwhelmed, Higuruma calls court into session after an petition for a final ends in disappointment. He claims they’re having a “retrial” as a curse spirit appears behind him. As we know, curses are created from negative human emotions. The criminal court is certainly a perfect source of negative emotions. I suspect that Higuruma will become like Light Yagami from Death Note, using the curse spirit to exact his own justice. Of course this would require Higuruma to have the ability to manipulate curses like Suguru Geto. Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 159 introduces another interesting character with Hiromi Higuruma. It’s possible Yuji will be able to reach him and finally provide some justice.

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 22: The split personalities of Twice

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 22, “Sad Man’s Parade,” centers on the most interesting villain in the series, Twice. What makes him so intriguing is his search for friendship. Normally heroes benefit from comradery but villains only seek selfish goals and view each other as means to a end. Jin Bubaigawara (Twice) resembles Marvel’s Deadpool. He doesn’t break the fourth wall, but has a similar personally. He’s often the comic relief. Twice has been suffering from mental instability since he developed a crisis of identity when he tell who was the original. During this 9-day conflict his clones killed each other leaving only one. Twice was left uncertain whether he was real.

His mask aided him with this issue, at least temporarily. Twice was always lonely. He used his clones to compensate for his lack of friendship. He joined the League of Villains to find some comradery. His desperation causes Twice to trust too easily, causing him to be betrayed often. Skeptic tries to use his awareness of Twice’s mental illness to drive him over the edge. However, it has the opposite effect. Twice realizes that he’s the real Jin and risks his life to protect Himiko Toga. Despite this, Twice’s clones still have conflict over which is the original and remain confused. The one thing that they all have is loyalty to Jin’s friends. These friends are mainly Giran and Toga. With both in danger of dying, Twice has a singular purpose for the first time.

Infinite Doubles: Sad Man’s Parade

Twice uses his Super Move, Infinite Doubles: Sad Man’s Parade, which Jin makes clones then those clones make more clones. Twice and his clones storm the battlefield rescuing his friends along the way. When he finally reaches the tower, he’s defeated by Re-Destro. During this encounter Re-Destro recalls the story of the “Mother of Quirks.” Suddenly, Tomura touches the tower, forcing it to decay. Angry, Re-Destro survives and prepares to fight Tomura.

Top 10 Strongest My Hero Academia Quirks (Part 2)

Check out the first half of this list here.

5. Rewind

Quirk Type: Emitter

A Quirk created as a result of a rare mutation, Eri’s Rewind ability isn’t connected to her family. Eri has the ability to “reverse a living being’s body back to a previous state.” Kai Chisaki claimed that he Quirk was so powerful that Eri could “rewind genetics.” Due to Eri’s current age she lacks control over her ability. Through training with Shota Aizawa, she has developed greater control. Her Quirk can bring back injures and undo them. If she can’t control herself she could erase someone from existence. Rewind’s effects are limited to organic materials.

4. Decay

Quirk Type: Emitter

Tomura Shigaraki’s Decay Quirk is a mutation like Eri’s Rewind. He can destroy anything her touches with his hands. Whether it’s organic material or not, he can revert everything to dust. The Decay effect can function like a chain, spreading from where Tomura touched. If he touches a person, they will need to cut of the infected limb other wise their body will rot. Due to Tomura having to touch with his fingers his Quirk can be limited if he ever lost his hands.

3. Overhaul

Quirk Type: Emitter

Overhaul is a Quirk that’s similar to Tomura’s Decay. However, unlike Tomura’s Quirk, Kai Chisaki’s Overhaul ability let’s him destroy and reassemble. Kai can target specific parts of the human body, destroy it, restore it, or transform it. It’s an instant process and can work on living and non-living things. Kai can form “holes, walls, spikes, and platforms anywhere in his surroundings from a single point.” Overhaul permits Kai to combine two different objects including different beings, allowing the user to use both of their Quirks. In the series, Kai lost his arms after Tomura Shigaraki and Atsuhiro Sako destroyed them. He can no longer use his Quirk. Regardless, it’s one of the most versatile Quirks.

2. One For All

One For All is the current Quirk of Izuku Midoriya. It’s a transferable Quirk that must be willingly given. For this reason One For All cannot be stolen by All For One. One For All allows it’s user to stockpile raw power, enhancing all physical abilities to a super human level. The power can be focused on a single body part or spread throughout the body. If the user already has a Quirk, One For All can increase its power as well. One For All increases in power when transferred from user to user. Izuku is the only user to have access the Quirks of the previous users making his version the strongest. One For All also allows the user to have access to the consciousnesses of previous users.

Despite all this power, One For All has a few limitations. First, the Quirk requires the user to be strong enough to handle it. If they’re too weak the user can be blown apart. One For All can deplete the lifespan of the user if they have another Quirk. It has been speculated by previous users that One For All can be stolen if the collective will of its users are overwhelmed. The assimilated Quirks One For All possess, an unknown Quirk, Fa Jin, Danger Sense, Blackwhip, Smokescreen, and Float are weak on their own but together have potential.

1. All For One

Tomura Shigaraki is the current user of All For One. The Quirk grants the user the ability to steal Quirks from others and use them. Furthermore, the user can bestow Quirks onto others. All For One can combine Quirks, resulting in new and more powerful techniques. Unlike One For All, All For One can absorb more than one Quirk at a time. All For One can render someone a mindless doll if given to a weak host. The effectiveness of the Quirks stolen by All For One is limited by the abilities of the user.

The original All For One user claimed “he did not want to steal Best Jeanist’s Fiber Master, as it required too much training and experience to truly master.” Dr. Kyudai claims that if the “memory” (amount of power of the Quirk) exceeds the “hardware” (the body of the user) then it will cause problem. The amount of Quirks that can be used or stolen is limited by the health of the users body. After All For One absorbed Dr. Kyudai’s Life Force Quirk, the user is granted “agelessness.”

The top two Quirks were always going to be One For All and All For One. I think One For All is overall weaker because it can only gain new Quirks from one user at a time. Furthermore, only the Quirkless can make good use of One For All, which means less than 20% of humanity can use it. With that population declining eventually One For All might become difficult to use.

What do you think? Is All For One better than One For All? What about the top ten?

Top 10 Strongest My Hero Academia Quirks (Part 1)

The first person born with a Quirk in My Hero Academia was the Luminescent Baby. Born in Qing Qing, China, the baby emitted a bright light from their skin. After this moment people began manifesting powers called Meta Abilities. Society broke down as a result of this new era and superpowered criminals started terrorizing civilians. A understandable fear developed that evolved into a prejudice. In response to these criminals, vigilantes started to fight crime. All For One reach the peek of power during this era and used his Quirk to gather followers for his own ends.

When Chikara Yotsubashi was born he faced abuse and discrimination by society. His mother was supportive referring to his meta ability as “just a quirk.” Decades later she would later be credited as “the Mother of Quirks.” With the increased population of Quirk users (80%), society adapted creating the Pro Hero profession. Quirks can be diagnose by the presence or lack of an “extra joint in their pinky toe.” Quirks manifest by age 4 and can be built like muscles and can be overused causing drawbacks. Some Quirks can even cause the users lifespan to be shortened. They’re categized in generally three groups, Emitter, Transformation, and Mutant.

So which Quirk is the strongest? (I will only use Quirks currently in the manga).

10. Creation

Quirk Type: Emitter

The Quirk used by Momo Yaoyorozu allows her to materialize objects from her body. She can potentially reproduce any nonliving object regardless of complexity. Momo must know the “atomic configuration” of the object, then she imagines the parts, materials, then assembles the object. She can choose how much of the object she wishes to use. However, Momo needs time to create her objects. If she’s overwhelmed she can’t make anything. Her object she creates are limited to the amount of lipids in her body and the complexity.

9. Erasure

Quirk Type: Emitter

Shota Aizawa’s Erasure Quirk cancels the Quirk of anyone he looks at. By disabling the “Quick Facture” he prevents Quirk users from using their abilities. He only needs one part of his target’s body in order for his ability to take effect. Shota can target multiple Quirk users at once. This Quirk’s requires Shota to have the physical body in view. Furthermore, Erasure cannot work on mutant type Quirk appendages. Shota suffers from “dry eye syndrome” which limits the length of time he can use his Erasure Quirk.

8. Transform

Quirk Type: Transformation

Himiko Toga’s Transform Quirk grants her the ability to shapeshift into any person whos blood she has ingested. She can create a complete copy of the person (including the voice). She cannot replicate their personality and knowledge. The length of time she can transform is correlated with the amount of blood she consumed. Toga can mold the shape, texture, or “state of dress.” After her “awakening” Toga developed the ability to duplicate the Quirk of the person she transforms into. However, she cannot copy the knowledge of the Quirks she copies. Toga needs to know how the original user activates and uses their powers.

7. Explosion

Quirk Type: Emitter

Katsuki Bakugo’s Explosion Quirk allows him to “excrete nitroglycerin-like sweat from his palms and ignite it at will to create explosions of various sizes.” He can create massive shock waves destroying whatever he hits. Katsuki is largely unharmed by the explosion, though he does experience recoil. The level of power each explosion possess is corollate to how much Katsuki sweats. This Quirk is hindered by cold weather. If he uses his Quirk to much he will develop pain in his arms and shoulders.

6. Half-Cold Half-Hot

Quirk Type: Emitter

Todoroki inherited his Quirk from both his father and mother. He can generate ice, frost, and cold from his right and fire, flames, and heat from his left. Todoroki cannot manipulate fire or ice from external sources but he can create it. Shoto has two means of offense. From his right side he can decrease temperatures and create solid blocks of ice. On his left, Shoto can ignites his left side and generate large scale walls of fire. Overuse of his fire can result in dizziness. What makes Todoroki’s Quirk so powerful is his ice side can be used to counter the consequences of his fire.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 157 and 158: Hakari joins and new players are revealed

In Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 157, Megumi Fushiguro manages to subdue Kirara. He quickly release Kirara and bows. Megumi begs to be heard. Suddenly, Yuji Itadori is knocked outside. Yuji tells Panda and Megumi to not “interfere.” Kinji Hakari begs wailing on Yuji who’s decided that it’s best to take the hits, so Hakari will accept him. Hakari agrees to “listen to his spiel,” as long as Yuji can remain standing. Yuji compares Hakari’s punches to being “hit with a serrated bat.” Jujutsu Kaisen has established Gojo as the standard. However, Gojo himself has suggested that Hakari, Yuta, Megumi, and Yuji have potential to surpass him. Hakari was never going to use the power Gojo suggested but like Yuta we get a small glimpse of it through Yuji’s eyes.

Hakari accuses Yuji of being a tool for Jujutsu High. Yuji agrees. He says that he’s a “cog.” He sees himself as a tool to eradicate curses. Hakari unsurprisingly isn’t impressed. He calls Yuji “boring” and knocks him into the wall. Hakari tells Panda and Megumi to leave, but Yuji has other ideas. Despite being hit three times unguarded, Yuji gets up. Impressed, Hakari agrees to “cut a deal.” In Chapter 158, Hakari is shocked to hear of Gojo’s sealing. Panda casually mentions the death of the Principal. Hakari agrees to help with the culling game. In exchange he wants Jujutsu Regulations changed. Megumi tells him he’s the head of the Zenin clan, even though we know (they don’t) that he and Maki are the only ones left.

Two new players are introduced

It’s likely Maki and Megumi will have to prove the Zenin clan still matters, but I doubt either will want to. Regardless, Hakari and Kirara are on board. Suddenly, a Kogane appears announcing the new rule added by Hajime Kashimo. A Kogane is a “liaison between players and the game,” and is assigned to specific players. This one is assigned to Yuji, which Megumi notes is strange. Yuji shouldn’t be counted as a player yet. Since Kenjaku (pseudo Geto) claimed he “had” Yuji ingest cursed objects (Sukuna’s finger) Yuji is automatically included in the game. Megumi still thinks it’s strange considering Yuji “ingested Sukuna’s finger of his own free will.”

I immediately thought of Aizen’s manipulation of Ichigo in Bleach, which always struck me as implausible. Is Kenjaku capable of that kind of planning? Hajime Kashimo adds a new rule granting players access to a players name, points, rules they add, and current location. They had scored 200 points prior to adding the new rule. Hajime is at least 400 years old considering they suggested Jujutsu Sorcerer’s were “tougher 400 years ago.” Kenjaku has implied that sorcerers were stronger in the past as well. Megumi asks for a list of player with 100 points or more. There’s only one other than Hajime, Hiromi Higuruma, Megumi hopes he can force them to create a rule to free his sister. If they add a rule allowing players to spend points to get out of the game with the condition that a substitute player be brought in.

If Megumi can use himself as the substitute it might work. However, trying to control Hajime or Hiromi seems unlikely. To amass that many points mean they’ve killed a lot of people. I doubt they will have much compassion for Megumi. Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 158 sets up the culling game well and I’m excited for the upcoming chapters.