「受け継ぐモノ」 (Uketsugu Mono)
“That Which Is Inherited”
One For All consists of Multiple Quirks?!?
The cat is finally out of the bag. I think every manga reader can finally remove the red tape – because we can finally talk about the fact that One For All also passes down the quirks of its previous users. Meaning Deku is actually in possession of multiple quirks. Controversial? No doubt. Personally I was not a fan of this development. That said, Horikoshi definitely planned this out very well – it’s thematically consistent with how One For All has always been described as an ability that stores and stockpiles from user to user. So I would be very reluctant to describe this as an asspull. After all nobody said quirks weren’t part of that equation too.
YoloAlchemist pointed out to me in a comment section sometime back that the story would have gotten pretty dry if it only consisted of Deku running around punching people. You know what, that comment made me change my mind – so props to you. While I wasn’t a fan in the moment of the reveal when reading the manga, as the story continued, I hadn’t thought about how many of the arcs were so brilliant precisely because Deku will be pumped up with all kinds of different skills in addition to what he already has.
With the benefit of hindsight, I’m sure most people would agree this was definitely the correct long-term approach to building the story. So at least that will be very exciting to see going forwards – as he goes through training arcs mastering these new skills and giving him new dimensions to approach fights when he faces tougher adversaries.
Why I Like The Phantom Thief
Monoma revels in playing the villain. But his heart is filled with nothing but heroic justice. We get a glimpse into his underlying thought process – where people had always accused his abilities of being more suited for villainy. Although this really bothered him, he ends up embracing this prejudice and adopts a villainous façade. For me, that makes him so underrated.
It can never be easy to take on a label people unjustifiably assign to you, despite your best intentions. He can be obnoxious. But knowing where he comes from, I reckon it makes him endearing. So for me, Neito completely rocks it – though he goes a bit too far placing Deku under mental duress which caused him to manifest and lose control of Black Whip in the first place.
Thanks to Uraraka and Shinso selflessly throwing themselves into danger’s way, they are able to help bring Deku to his senses. However, even after they avert disaster, the fight goes on. There’s a score to settle between Class 1-A and Class 1-B, with neither being willing to concede the slightest inch in spite of these extenuating developments with Black Whip. I’m pretty hyped to see how this final match wraps up the arc – especially since both sides have revealed their trump cards. Not to mention Deku might be too pooped to put up a fight following his ordeal with the Black Whip quirk – which could very well make this final match anyone’s game to take.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!