「明るい未来」 (Akarui Mirai)
Horikoshi-sensei likes his world to be hopefully and generally kind. Oh, the villains are heinous, but the battles he creates do not leave oodles of casualties in their wake. You can see this in the casualty report from this altercation: three bystanders, with merely scratches. Part of this is justified by the heroes’ good work, especially Deku—he aimed Overhaul away from the people, minimizing the damage. But Horikoshi-sensei could have made this a world where such efforts were not rewarded, or where they were rewarded with fewer casualties, rather than none. He did not. Deku’s hard work is rewarded, and the body count is low.
But not zero.
I think, for the former to work, somebody had to die. Well—they didn’t have to. It makes it work better, though. Plus it made for such a wrenching moment, for Nighteye to pass away with that smile—that haunting smile—on his face. It shook Deku, and threatened to shatter Mirio. Yet the moment was so powerful and good that I’d hate to have a HeroAca without it, even if wishing for someone’s death to improve the quality of my entertainment feels gholish—yes, even when it’s fiction. But there it is. All the right things were said, the right people were there, and he passed away with a smile. It’ll haunt several characters’ dreams, but at least he went out with his hope intact.
Who gets none of that, though, is Chisaki. Everything he tried, failed. Everything he worked for, taken for Shigaraki’s use. His power, gone. His freedom, likewise. Everything has been taken from him as a result of his actions, and of Shigaraki’s reprisal against him. He didn’t even have the decency to kill him! He left him alive, where he can suffer. Shigaraki’s cruelty is matched only by his effectiveness. He’s being built up as a major threat so well, I love it. This is how you do it! I can’t wait for the two sides to clash again, even as Shigaraki’s moves clouds the heroes’ victory. As it should be. Evil never rests.
Not until you lock it away for good.
Next time, we all grapple with how Eri-chan’s quirk will be functionally unavailable to return Mirio’s quirk to him. My body is absolutely not ready. Godsdammit, why Mirio?! Whyyyyyy!