What a ride!
Got a lot of thoughts bouncing in my wacky little brain. Thoughts about this chapter, the series as a whole, whether we’ll see the Skycrawler again. But, first let me say I’m happy. I’m happy I got to enjoy such a well thought out, well-written series. Happy this manga series ended on a hopeful note. Happy My Hero Vigilantes ended on its own terms. But yeah, I’m sad to see it go.
Let’s jump in. This chapter’s great! It did a great job updating us on the fates of the main and supporting characters while delivering a typical fun Vigilantes chapters. Koichi’s massive debt and impending lawsuits keeping him out of Japan (and away from All For One and what happens in the series) makes sense. It also sucks. The guy saved Pop, the Police and medical professionals at the hospital and he gets slapped with lawsuits? Bleh! The price of being a vigilante finally caught up with Koichi, but at least he’s now a hero. So, good for you, Skycrawler!
I love Koichi saving the plane. That’s his thing. He helps people. But now he does so on a massive scale. His Skycrawler costume’s cool too! I like the nods to Captain Celebrity’s costume. Koichi receiving the New York All Might hoodie reminds us where he came from. That now matter the outfit, he’ll always be an All Might fanboy.
Huge props to Captain Celebrity and Makoto trying to help Koichi win over the people of New York. Some have stated C.C. could’ve just translated for Koichi, but he wanted the public to see his sidekick as his own person. It’s safe to say the good captain was in on the plan and let Koichi save the day instead of answering the Mayor’s call for help himself. Look, he and Makoto tried, okay? These things happen. Honestly, I’m surprised Koichi’s popularity didn’t sky rocket from basically saying he’ll bust up Wall Street’s fat cats. You can tell My Hero Vigilantes is written by people from Japan in that regard, ha!
Pop Step. While it would’ve been nice seeing Kazuho in New York with Koichi, I can understand it’s probably too early for her to travel abroad. She likes Koichi. Koichi likes her. Guess we’re leaving it at that, for now. I’m pleased Pop moved to another city and restarting her life. I hope she continues with her singing career. Koichi achieved his dream. Why not her? Also, did Miu move to the same city or is she just visiting? Just a random thought.
Knuckleduster. His fate feels bittersweet to me. Sure, he’s protecting Naruhata while Koichi’s gone, but I’d hoped he’d leave vigilantism and just take care of his daughter. Okay, she’s an adult now and she’s dating Soga, so maybe that’s a no go. I’m just sayin’ I want some kind of life for Iwao other than patrolling Naruhata in his battered body.
So, yeah, a great final chapter to a brilliant series. Guess that’s it, everyon—
Are you f-ckin’ kidding me? That’s the last page?! What the hell does that mean? Is it just a promo for My Hero Academia? A hint Koichi’s returning to Japan to help in the main series’ final battle? Let’s be real here. Koichi’s story isn’t finished yet. We don’t know if Koichi will win his lawsuits; we didn’t see Koichi and Pop together in the final chapter and KD’s still destroying himself in an effort to protect Naruhata. There’s more to their lives left to see. Much more. And I’m not just talking about Koichi appearing in My Hero Academia. Could we get a sequel series? Maybe a series about U.S. heroes with Skycrawler cameos? A team-up OVA between Deku and Skycrawler? A future movie featuring the two? There’s no way this franchise ends without Izuku and Koichi meeting, right? RIGHT?!
This was a wonderful chapter to a wonderful series! The way I gauge a series is whether I feel it was worth my time. That answer is a big Yes! My Hero Vigilantes is one of the most solid manga series I’ve ever read. It’s not the best, just a good, enjoyable story. And that’s more than enough for me. Thank you Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court for sharing this story with the world. And thank you, Kohei Horikoshi, for not eating the chicken salad sandwich I left in the fridge. What? You did? Screw you, dude!