On Shinso and Aizawa
No, this is not a shipping post.
So I have many feels about episode 20 of Boku no Hero, but one of the things I would like to talk about here, is the relationship between Shinso and Aizawa.
We see that Shinso has made it to the duel phase of the Special Olympics. And while his easily excitable friend is
shouting about how weird it is that Shinso made it this far, Aizawa
is basically sitting there going “I TOLD you guys.”
To Aizawa, the entrance exam was bullshit, because it gave a huge advantage to people with physical quirks. And Aizawa, of all people, should know this.
I mean. A young Aizawa wouldn’t have made it through that entrance exam.
Aizawa is a hero through and through. He has the heart of one. This man pitted himself against an overwhelming amount of
villains, knowing he probably wasn’t going to make it. He literally put his own body between
a coordinated surprise attack and his students in the hopes of giving them time to
And he would not have been able to enter UA if he was their age.
His quirk is to shut off other quirks.
It wouldn’t have worked against the robots of that year’s exam.
Part of what makes the hero business harder for Aizawa than for, say, Endeavour or All Might is that Aizawa’s quirk is very specialised, and there’s nothing physical about it. He basically had to make up a new martial art using the power of
scarves in order to also have a physical component.
There’s a reason that Aizawa is always telling his students not to be a one trick pony and that’s because he had to learn not to be one in order to even qualify as a decent hero. And he knows not everyone has to struggle that hard.
When you have a powerful physical quirk, it’s easy to believe that it will be enough.
So it’s not difficult to imagine that Aizawa recognizes a younger version of himself in Shinso. This is a kid with a Super Powerful quirk, who has some serious trouble finding the right little slot to fit in at UA.
Because that school is not adapted to accommodate his strengths and overcome his specific weaknesses.
There’s a panel in the later chapters
where Aizawa is talking to Shinsho and you kinda feel like they could bond. These two have a lot in
common, after all. They both have some sleep schedule issues, judging by the bags under their eyes, they
both like cats and they share a common perspective on the world of
We don’t really know Aizawa’s background (yet), but it wouldn’t surprise me if he really, truly gets what drives Shinso.
And honestly, I hope he starts mentoring him. Because Shinso deservers better.