Thank you so much for the support! I’m honestly happy that this many people are interested in this blog! Running it has been a fun ride from the very beginning, and I don’t see it ending anytime soon. Also, I reached a moment right now in which I feel like I’m breaking through with my art style and process, and getting closer to what I want to do – so all the more reason to celebrate!!
Even tho I still can’t manage holding my tablet’s pen, my mechanical pencil is slim and light enough to let me draw! Which is why I spent the last few days sketching traditionally - maybe this blog has been inactive long enough to allow me to post shitty pics of shitty pencil doodles too haha
what we’ve seen of kirishima’s backstory so far really puts his entire character into better perspective and makes his dynamic with bakugou even more complex and interesting.
like, when we first meet kirishima officially, he already has a fair bit of confidence. he stands up front during the first hero exercises, and doesn’t shy away from commenting on what’s happening. during the usj arc, he and bakugou are the first people to run towards danger when they try to attack kurogiri.
the middle school kirishima would’ve frozen, but a few months later he’s literally the first of a group of heroes to rush in. whether or not that was a smart move, i have to wonder if kirishima consciously made that choice to prove something to himself, or if whatever changed his mind about applying to yuuei had already changed his initial responses so much.
and the fact that he ends up alone with bakugou– a character who is his opposite in many ways– is significant, too. at usj, kirishima says he wants to rejoin the others, but bakugou pretty quickly convinces him to go after the villains. so i have to think that kirishima initially thinks of the safe route, but then sees brash and overconfident bakugou’s response and thinks “he’s acting how i think a hero should act in this situation.” i mean, by that point it’s an obvious storytelling choice to have midoriya and bakugou present for the big fight. todoroki was more of an unknown variable at that point, but we very quickly learn his importance. but kirishima is the forth person there, and we’re not immediately made aware of his significance, at least not to the same scale as the others.
and it’s also after that arc that kirishima’s attitude towards bakugou shifts. in the first few indirect interactions they have, kirishima is awed or unsure about bakugou– calling him out as erratic during his fight with midoriya, for instance. but after this, kirishima volunteers to be on bakugou’s team during the sports festival, and from then on they’re friendly (or as friendly as bakugou is towards anyone).
so now we’ve pulled back a few months and seen where kirishima was starting from. he had no confidence in his own abilities, and lacked the kind of brash and thoughtless courage that usually characterizes hero-types. but he acquires that courage, and i think that’s a pretty amazing transformation.
contrast that with bakugou, who has no shortage of courage and pride, but who can’t admit his vulnerabilities to the point that they eat away at him and make him dangerously unstable. he and kirishima literally have opposite starting points. one of them has no faith in himself at all, and the other only has faith in himself and nothing else.
bakugou needs someone he’s on equal footing with to help him learn how to have trust in others and allow himself to accept help from them. kirishima gives him that, because bakugou never feels that kirishima is condescending to him. and that’s likely because kirishima’s admiration of bakugou’s courage and convictions is so genuine– he’s been hearing about bakugou’s strength since middle school. but he also has gotten close enough to see bakugou as an actual person, and can therefore understand his feelings.
kirishima needs someone who can build him up and help him believe in himself. at first glance, bakugou might seem like the worst candidate for this, but he’s actually the best. kirishima knows that bakugou is never going to compliment him just to spare his feelings– so when bakugou says that kirishima is strong, or accepts kirishima’s help, he knows exactly how much bakugou’s good opinion is worth. he can believe it, because he knows bakugou is never going to do anything just to be nice.
so kirishima starts out believing in others but not himself, and bakugou starts out believing in himself but not others. they’ve slowly started to meet in the middle, and i think they’ll both be essential to each other’s growth going forward.