「一つ一つ」 (Hitotsu Hitotsu)
“One Thing at a Time”

League of Villains and their Master Plan

The undercover investigation seems to be going well. As we can see, it’s not like the League of Villains fully trust him, excluding him from their important meetings. However, Hawks can use his feathers to eavesdrop and gather the necessary information. To me, it seems crazy that the existing Hero’s Association and USJ’s students will need to deal with over a hundred thousand quirk users who think the existing order needs to be upended. But you will always have these sort of conflicting ideologies, because different people have different values and are motivated by different things. That isn’t to say I condone villainy, but if England losing Sunday’s football final against Italy showed anything, it’s that there’s much to despair about within society.

First we have hooligans storming Wembley, beating up Danish and Italian fans, then leaving piss and smashed bottles everywhere. Then racist bigots think it’s okay to attack or abuse three young men on social media over an important game, yes, but arguably a trivial game in the grander scope of things. What makes me laugh are claims that Rashford was distracted by politics as if making sure starving children are fed one year ago somehow has a negative correlation with a person’s ability to take a penalty in the present. How about the fact Rashford was coming back from an injury and had barely played in the tournament? And I even saw someone proudly claim that it served Gareth Southgate right for trying to force multiculturalism onto England. That one left me speechless.

Many people just lack a sense of perspective or consideration for others – and because they are so selfish that they cannot fathom how someone else could be so selfless, they turn to projecting themselves in accusations of ‘gesture politics’ or assuming there’s an ulterior motive of personal gain. It’s unfortunate that these kind of people exist in the world without a care, and it’s an indication of how an institution like the League of Villains falls within the range of human expectations.

Endeavor – No.1 Teacher???

I think we can all agree that Endeavour is a terrible father. However he proves to be an excellent mentor, which helps explain why he has legions of superheroes who are eager to work for him. Or in the case of Hawks, their loyalty is such that they’re willing to put their lives on the line for him. In an instant, Endeavour understands Deku’s lengthy explanation and identifies exactly what he should be working on – taking newfound aspects of his powers one step at a time until he’s mastered them on a subconscious level. The suggestion seems so simple. Yet the likes of All Might and Gran Torino seem to have passed over it.

To be fair, it’s not like the smartest people or most athletically gifted people make for the best teachers or managers. They might be so talented or possess an instinctive grasp they might not even conceive other people lack certain capabilities. For example, Thierry Henry, one of the most legendary Premier League strikers of his generation coached Monaco AS in France for a stint. But it didn’t work out. Apparently he would get frustrated and play football in training saying ‘Why can’t you do this???’. And it goes without saying that even though he’s been retired for ten years, Henry is pretty much gifted with technical capabilities many elite footballers wished they could have. Sometimes it takes a mentor who has struggled through those same steps to truly comprehend the process.

Having played second fiddle to All Might, yet burning with an aspiration to become the No.1 Hero, Endeavour must have toiled with all his heart to catch up or one day surpass him – which naturally leans into the idea that he must have gone through the same brainstorming and theory crafting Deku has. In other words, he possesses an understanding of Deku which All Might lacks, since All Might despite his hard work is still a freak of nature that defies convention.

Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and catch you all next week!

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