As My Hero Academia enters its final phase, the story has a lot to answer before Izuku takes on the mantle of world's greatest hero. For one, he and all of Class 1-A needed to root out the traitor at their school, but Izuku never expected the spy to be one of his friends. The manga carefully wove its narrative to surprise everyone with its traitor reveal, and that included faking fans out with a cliffhanger. And honestly, My Hero Academia had most everyone fooled with the bait-and-switch.
The whole thing went down over the past two weeks, and fans admit creator Kohei Horikoshi got them with the twist. It all began when All For One told his lackeys he had some friends, and the scene immediately swapped to a familiar face. A cliffhanger left off with Hagakure as the prime suspect, and My Hero Academia fans ran with the surprise.
Of course, plenty of fans were stunned by Hagakure's appearance as she was not high on the list of likely traitors. Some even grew attached to the idea before My Hero Academia pulled the rug from underneath them. The manga's most recent chapter revealed Aoyama is the real traitor, and Hagakure is the one who learned his secret before passing it on to the rest.
Now, if you have been with the fandom for a while, you will know Aoyama has been a prime suspect this whole time. Horikoshi has laid the seeds for Aoyama's betrayal while juggling the hero's innocence. Now, Izuku is left to deal with the revelation, and fans are still dealing with whiplash from the bait-and-switch.
The clever announcement shows Horikoshi is thinking hard about plot points, and fans are always glad to see as much. The question remains whether Aoyama can redeem himself despite his actions. Given Izuku's track record, fans can see him forgiving Aoyama since he understands how hard it is to be quirkless. And sadly, not everyone can be saved by All Might in such a situation.
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