Bingo 13: Series
My Hero Academia is a pretty popular well-known manga series; surprisingly it’s main manga spin-off is also quite popular; usually the spin-off is only kinda popular or short-lived. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is kind of a prequel and it’s recently concluded, although I’m not quite to that point myself. Volume 12 definitely seems like it’s part of a final arc though, especially since a good chunk of it is what I suspect is meant to be revealing backstory. I’m guessing that giving a more detailed look at some of the better known figures from the main series like All-Might pre-disastrous injury, Eraser-Head, and a bunch of side-characters like Midnight, Fat Gum, and Present Mike, the idea is to give a look at how heroes are thought of and how the villainy being set up is somehow going to parallel what’s going on in the main series.
Koichi, alter-ego Crawler, is on the run from the heroes in order to be able to protect his friend Pop-Step who is a likely target due to being seriously injured while being mind-controlled by the bad guys. The volume ends with something big and bad being set into motion which will likely all conclude in the final confrontation, etc. This part seems like it’s being drawn out a bit, and the lengthy digression into the past only makes that look more likely; the possible taking down of the one person who is closest to putting things together and figuring out the plot in the past which is probably heading to fruition in the present only supports this possibility, at least to me.
I’m guessing that volume-wise there aren’t too many to go, but that’s going to depend entirely how much more filler and how long the chase goes on before the actual confrontation in which things are finally decided between the vigilantes and the villains. At this point, the series ahs managed the pacing fairly well, so I’m hoping this isn’t going to be one of those cases where it puts off the conclusion unnecessarily, and ends up screwing up the memory of the whole series in the process. Knowing when to quite while you’re ahead is something not all series can do, but I still have some hope for this one.