It’s clear at this point any fighting is meaningless until Deku arrives. The fight between Tomura, Bakugo, Suneater, Nejire, and Lemillion is over rather quickly. Suneater’s Ultimate Move: Plasma Cannon, in which Suneater unleashes a manifestation of “every single animal,” he’s eaten in a one attack. It’s a cool and flashy attack, boosted by Nejire, and followed by a punch from Lemillion. It does nothing to Tomura. Bakugo attacks Tomura, predicting the movement of the villain. With his increased speed and an analysis of Tomura habits, Bakugo get’s under Tomura’s skin.
Bakugo’s assault appears to have triggered a memory from All For One, specifically of the second One For All user. The second user isn’t named, nor is his Quirk but he resembles Bakugo. The second user was a rebel that fought against All For One at his peak. Suddenly, Bakugo is speaking to a visage of All Might, telling it that he “always wanted to get him to sign his All Might trading card.” If Deku is All Might’s biggest fan, Bakugo is his second. His tough attitude made him off-putting to most and this attitude seems to be the reason he failed to get the autograph. For a while I thought Bakugo would become a villains because his attitude was so bad. His hero worship of All Might that he had from childhood humanizes him.
I predicted in the last chapter review that “someone will died,” in this final arc. I thought it was more likely to be one of the Big 3 or the top five heroes. However, Bakugo is probably the best choice. I’ve come to like Bakugo but I think his death would really have major impact both on the story and on Deku. Most series avoid killing main characters. However, if they killed off Bakugo, a young hero that hasn’t reached his prime yet would be tragic but would make the stakes feel higher. At this point the fight between Tomura and the heroes isn’t interesting at all. Hopefully, Deku will arrive to save the world and this arc.
In One Piece Chapter 1055, Momonosuke makes an interesting point when defending Monkey D. Luffy from Admiral Ryokugyu, if they (the people of Wano) can’t defend themselves after the Strawhat’s leave then they’re doomed. Wano had been under the oppressive thumb of Kiado for decades. As Ryokugyu notes Kiado acted as a “deterrent” preventing the Marines from invading Wano. During this conflict, we see the variety of abilities Ryokugyu’s Mori Mori no Mi devil fruit ability.
Raizo attacks him with Ninpo: Maki Maki no Jutsu: Fire Release at first it seems like the fire is a natural enemy of Ryokugyu’s plant body, it turns out that he’s immune to fire. On top of that he can continuously regrow his branches making the Red Scabbards cutting them off pointless. The fight is interrupted when Red Haired Shanks uses his Haoshoku Haki to stop Admiral Ryokugyu in his tracks. Shanks chastises him for stopping the “new shoots” from changing history. Ryokugyu appears to stand down.
The secrets of Wano
Kozuki Sukiyaki, Nico Robin, and Trafalgar D. Water Law explore “old” Wano from 800 years. Old Wano was submerged after the two walls were erected forcing the citizens of Wano to flee. The Poneglyph is located in old Wano. It’s the third Poneglyph out of four needed to reach Laugh Tale. Sukiyaki says that Pluton, one of the three Ancient Weapons, is located on a lower level. However, in order to get to the weapon the two walls must come down. Despite this Oden still wanted to open the borders which would release the Ancient Weapon. It’s still unclear why he was willing to expose Wano to the dangers of outside world. My best guess is he thought the risk was worth it to have the people experience the rest of the world.
Poneglyphs are an aspect of One Piece universe that I haven’t paid much attention to. Poneglyphs “are massive, cubic steles made of a currently unidentified, indestructible type of stone”. There are three types: Historical Poneglyphs, Instructional Poneglyphs, and Road Poneglyphs. Historical reveals “pieces of ancient history,” Instructional Poneglyphs focus on “instructions and/or clues about the locations of Historical Poneglyphs,” and Road Poneglyphs tells a reader a “detail a location.” The Road Poneglyphs can lead the readers to the location of Laugh Tale. There are only 30 in the world and are considered dangerous by the World Government. I hope the series elaborates on Poneglyphs and their history.
In the second episode of Made in Abyss Season 2, Capital of the Unreturned our trio, Nanachi, Riko, and Reg, explore the sixth layer and find themselves being watched. They encounter some new beasts. The Mizoujack is a frog like creature that are considered “docile.” According to Lyza’s notebook their ” freshly laid eggs are good,” on of the main themes of Made in Abyss is survival. Not just for the humans but all the living creatures in the universe. It’s important to know which beast is prey and which is predatory. The environment is a part of everything’s survival.
Along with the bathroom humor (and realism) Made in Abyss uses food to illustrate how difficult life in the abyss is. The source of the food can be gross but it seems like Riko can always make them edible. Taking her mothers advice Riko and the others eat the eggs of the Mizoujacks. The eggs are round, spiral shaped, and light purple. After boiling them and killing the larva, they continued to move even after Riko fried them. Riko considers her friends at the higher level and she and Nanachi both write letters. They design a vessel to carry them to the surface but it’s comically snatch from the sky by flying creature.
After making camp Nanachi, Riko, and Reg awaken to find someone has entered their cave despite Reg’s trap, and Nanachi’s ability to read force fields. Regardless, whomever or whatever has stolen Riko’s white whistle, Prushka. With Reg’s keen senses the trio is able to track down a village. Along the way the locate a disturbing sight, two dead creatures with hairs from Riko and Nanachi stuffed in their anuses. A mysterious figure follows them watching as the reach the village. Once inside they encounter a number of creatures. One attempts to communicated with them. Majikaja as it’s called, looks to be stitched into a robot made of various materials.
It’s language is clumsy but sufficient to talk to Riko. Majikaja gave me an instant sense of dread. Knowing this series something terrible happened to it and yet I’m curious what occurred and what Majikaja actually looks like. Anyway, it tells them that “a specialist is working on the stone,” and they should “follow”. Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 2 is well paced, further exploring the most dangerous layer, while introducing us to new creatures, environments, and dangers.
My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 23, “Tenko Shimura: Origin,” focuses on the tragic story of the Shimura family. Tomura remembers his childhood. As a 5 year old, Tomura then Tenko, is abused by his father Kotaro. His father enforced the rule to “never talk about heroes.” He forces Tenko to sit outside alone without food. While his wife and her parents question his behavior they never stop Kotaro. Tenko is manifesting his Quirk, Decay. However, his constant itching is assumed to be allergies.
One day his sister Hana shows him a picture of their father with his mother, Nana. She claims to be cheering for him to become a hero, much to his joy. However, when his father finds out he’s furious. Hana lies. Telling her father that Tenko forced her to show him. Tenko is heart broken to be betrayed by his sister. While Hana’s deception is understandable, from Tenko’s perspective it’s traumatizing. His situation is made worst as his father grabs him he begs his family to he him. All they can do is watch. Kotaro tells Tenko that “heroes are people who save strangers only to hurt their families.” Then he slaps him.
He doesn’t have an itch anymore
Kotaro rereads the letter from his mother. She acknowledges that she can’t “do anything motherly,” and understands if he hates her. It’s unfair to argue the Kotaro was abused but I think he would argue he was. His abandonment by his mother caused him to become bitter and become consumed by hatred. A hate he takes out on the son who admires the hero. Tragically, Kotaro is successful in removing his sons admiration for heroes as he grow to despise them and hopes to rid the world of them.
Tenko is justified in his hatred of his father and his useless family. However, he’s cursed with a Quirk that can only be destructive. His Decay ability finally emerges when he’s petting his dog, Mon. By killing his only support (his dog), Tenko panics. He assumes a villain killed Mon. Watching the tragedy unfold was heartbreaking. As Tenko recounts this moment, he kills his entire family from the most innocent, Mon to the most guilty Kotaro. By the time he murders his father he’s no longer Tenko Shimura.
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.