Deku faces an old foe with new abilities
3. Deku’s learning his other abilities
When I first saw the smoke surrounding Deku, I thought it was because of Muscular destroying the buildings. Turns out it was the Quirk of the sixth user of One For All, En. His Quirk was Smokescreen. It allowed him to generate clouds of smoke to blind his opposition. However, En tells Deku that it can backfire. The user can make it difficult for them to see and allow their opponent to “get the drop” on them. Finally, this Quirk has no “offensive potential” and cannot become an “ultimate move.” While some might consider One For All to be broken, I think being stocked with a lot of “weak” Quirks like Float and Smokescreen makes it more balance.
Considering Deku’s tendency to use strategy with his strength, it’s a more suitable Quirk. If you compare this with how All For One collects his Quirk’s (focuses on Power), this contrast can prove to be the difference when they meet. Deku also has Danger Sense and Blackwhip Quirks. These two quirks used together reminded me of Spiderman. Hikage Shinomori used Danger Sense and Daigoro Banjo used Blackwhip. We have yet to see the second and third users, Quirks, but when Deku masters them he will be a force. En’s advice to Deku is to use the Quirks as “tools” to put together in a plan.
2. Trying to understand villains
Nana Shimura asked Deku if he could kill Tomura. Deku’s answer was basically no. He hoped to reach the tortured Tomura. In this chapter, he asks Muscular “why do you rage like this?” Muscular responds that he doesn’t want any regrets. He wants to “indulge in fun” whenever he can. Deku accepts he can’t get through to Muscular and defeats him. The question is, what answer would Tomura give? Assuming he’s in control of his own body at that point. I don’t Deku would kill him but that might not be necessary. Especially if the remaining abilities One For All has stored up could allow him to capture Tomura.
1. The return of formerly incarcerated villains
When Deku and Muscular meet for a second time, I instantly thought of when Gohan encountered Freiza and destroyed him with one punch. It’s useful to bring back past enemies to show how strong the hero has gotten. We don’t know if Muscular has been KO’d, but he’s definitely been used to allow Deku to show off his growth. However, I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to see Grand and Turtle Neck fight. I know that My Hero Academia has a massive roster of heroes, but it would be fun to see other heroes battle. I think the release of all those prisoners could allow the heroes more opportunities to fight. While Dabi may have caused a setback for the hero community, he has also created an opportunity for the upcoming heroes to prove themselves.