Warning: Contains spoilers for My Hero Academia season 6, episode 4.The latest episode of My Hero Academia season 6 just proved that the spinoff series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, needs its own anime. In My Hero Academia season 5, it was revealed that Kurogiri of the League of Villains was actually Oboro Shirakumo, Aizawa’s best friend who had been turned into a Nomu after his death. Season 6 recently continued that plot thread by revealing that All For One orchestrated the incident that got Shirakumo killed, the entire incident initially being an attempt to steal Aizawa’s Erasure Quirk. The problem with all of that, however, is that because Shirakumo barely appeared in the story, his character never received enough development to give the audience a reason to care about him.
The issue with Shirakumo’s lack of relevance is why the My Hero Academia spinoff, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes needs to have its own anime. Vigilantes had an entire arc dedicated to exploring Aizawa’s days as a student that was centered heavily around his friendship with Shirakumo. In addition to greatly fleshing out Aizawa’s character, it gave the audience a reason to care about Shirakumo by making him an actual character instead of a plot device for Aizawa’s development. That made the reveal all the more impactful in the Manga, and it’s exactly why Vigilantes needs to have its own anime.
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Explained
As the title would imply, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is a spinoff of the My Hero Academia manga centered around a group of vigilantes dealing out justice in their own way. The series was largely centered around original characters, but several characters from the main series were also involved in varying degrees of importance, with Aizawa being one of the more notable ones.
What My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Revealed About Aizawa & Shirakumo
One arc in My Hero Academia: Vigilantes was a flashback arc to Aizawa’s days as a student, and it did a lot to flesh out both his and Shirakumo’s characters. Aizawa is established as having once been an incredibly meek man unsure of everything he did, but Shirakumo, an energetic and supportive idealist, gave him confidence by helping him figure out how best to use his Quirk. Shirakumo’s support was a big part of how My Hero Academia‘s Aizawa gained the confidence to become a hero, and Shirakumo’s death is even why Aizawa is so strict with his students in that he doesn’t want anyone to suffer the same fate. All of this was covered in the main series, but it worked far better in the manga because readers got a chance to actually see it all play out instead of having it all quickly covered through exposition.
Thanks to its cast, story, and the various ways it expanded on My Hero Academia’s setting, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes has often been stated as needing an anime adaptation, and My Hero Academia season 6 has just proved how true that is. The various reveals about Aizawa and Shirakumo don’t mean much just as they are, but if Aizawa’s backstory from My Hero Academia: Vigilantes had been animated, then they would have had far more impact because the full details of their story would have been conveyed to the audience. Obviously, it’s too late to fix that with My Hero Academia’s anime having already gone past the moments that would have needed it most, but it would still be great to see, regardless.
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