My Hero Academia Vigilante’s manga is finally done with the Endeavor retribution arc, and we’re looking forward to what’s next for the series.
The previous chapter saw the students come back to school after the winter break and show off their new powers and costumes.
However, the most important part of the chapter was focused on Eraserhead and Mic. The two traveled to Tartarus to meet up with Gran Torino, who informed them about a huge reveal related to one of the members of the League of Villains, Kurogiri in my hero academia vigilantes.
But before the story of Midoriya, there was Kouichi Haimawari, an unlicensed hero using his quirk for the betterment of mankind.
While fans might be familiar with only the anime, devotees of the manga are well-versed in the multiple spinoffs that broaden the world of My Hero Academia. That leads us to the point of this article: My Hero Academia Vigilantes needs an adaptation.
My Hero Academia Manga Reveals Vigilantes Connection
As most fans are likely already aware, Kurogiri was the second-in-command of the League of Villains in My Hero Academia before his capture during the Kamino Raid.
Since then, little to no information was provided to us about him until the previous chapter dropped.
In My Hero Academia Chapter 254, it was revealed that Kurogiri is actually one of Aizawa’s best friends, Shirakumo.
Readers of the My Hero Academia manga don’t recall Shirakumo ever being revealed in the manga. However, the My Hero Academia spin-off manga, known as My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, has already focused on him quite a bit.
It also covered the events of his apparent death and showed us how great a hero Aizawa was. Unfortunately, not everyone has read the story already, which is why it has raised a bit of confusion among the fans.
The previous chapter ended with this huge cliffhanger. We’ll likely see more details on Shirakumo and his relationship with Aizawa in the next one. See you guys then!
WHAT IS MY HERO ACADEMIA VIGILANTES?
This 2018 prequel focuses on Kouichi Haimawari, an 18-year-old who wants to be a hero, but because he believes his quirk isn’t good enough, he resigns himself to ordinary life.
However, after a chance encounter with Knuckle Buster, an illegal, unlicensed hero, Haimawari decides to become a vigilante and perform good deeds without a license, which goes against the system designed to help regulate heroes.
The series takes place a few years before the main series and features several familiar characters, including Aizawa, All Might, and Chizome Akaguro, an edgy vigilante who slays serial killers and monsters (in the main series he’s better known as the Hero Killer Stain).
The core trio is Hainawari, Knuckle Buster, and Kazuho Haneyama, a pop star-inspired vigilante with the Leap Quirk.
The story is written and illustrated by Hideyuki Furuhashi, supervised by My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi.
WHY IS THIS MANGA IMPORTANT?
On one hand, the world of My Hero Academia is divided into good and bad, heroes and villains. While this works for the core series, what My Hero Academia: Vigilantes does so well is that it allows the setting to expand beyond that.
The core characters aren’t villains, but they sure aren’t heroes, either. It explores the moral gray area: Do you need to be a licensed hero in order to do good?
While Midoriya and Class 1-A are working through the system, that same system has failed other characters, in one way or another.
Furthermore, it offers another perspective on characters we know from the main series. Most notably, Aizawa, who is given a lot to do here as the hero who tries to bring in the Vigilantes, and Stain, who starts as an idealistic if edgy vigilante executing evil only to become the very monster he sought to destroy.
We hear Stain in the main series talk about his distrust and hatred for mainstream heroes, but this series shows maybe he wasn’t as far gone as we thought. Maybe he was onto something.
My Hero Academia is, after all, a story told through the eyes of a child who grew up idolizing All Might and the very idea of heroes.
The main character is, in many ways, what Deku might’ve been if he never met his idol if that spark for good continued despite never having a Quirk good enough to enter U.A. Academy.
It shows that there is no one way to follow your dreams. Yes, going to school can help you along the way, but you can take another path to your goal.
While you might not have every opportunity that your peers do, you can still make a difference.
This plays into the core of what makes My Hero Academia the series that it is.