The beginning of a new week can only mean one thing: time for new Weekly Shonen Jump! This is where Jacob investigates the latest and greatest in the magazine, telling you what’s worth your time and what’s not. You can find coverage of other series under the tag Jump Time. Here’s My Hero Academia chapter 310.
There was a viral tweet going around last month comparing all of Kohei Horikoshi’s recent art with that of Batman, and the similarities are uncanny: we always knew that he was a big American comic book fan, but that influence appears to have crescendoed as of late. My Hero Academia chapter 310 is yet another example of that.
The fact that Midoriya was carrying out vigilante activities was already explained thanks to previous chapters, but all we saw him do was take down a villain that had escaped from Tartarus. My Hero Academia chapter 310, meanwhile, shows our hero actually saving an average citizen from being killed by a bunch of trigger-happy support item wielders due to her appearance: that’s heroism 101, rather than the kind of shonen battles that the series is traditionally known for. And to top it all off, after this he goes to the top of Tokyo Tower to brood and remark, ‘It’s like we’ve slid back in time to darker days.’
If you replaced Midoriya’s silhouette with that of Bruce Wayne’s in this panel, then I’d probably believe you if you said it was a Batman comic. It’s that similar! Even All Might has taken up a role similar to Alfred, driving around in a flashy car and offering support. Of course, I don’t think the iconic English butler gives out bentos with tonkatsu in them, but there we go.
Comparisons aside, My Hero Academia chapter 310 actually plays an important role in driving forward the plot somewhat. First of all, it is reaffirmed that no one has any leads on where Shigaraki, All for One, and the rest of the League of Villains are, so that’s put aside for now. More importantly, Midoriya declares that ‘Unless I draw out One for All’s full power, I can’t stop any of this.’ Training is paramount.
By ‘full power,’ Midoriya means the Quirks of the second and third wielders of One for All, who are finally introduced in My Hero Academia chapter 310. Apparently, they were part of a resistance group fighting against All for One during his reign of chaos, so they initially distrusted the young hero’s desire to ‘save’ their mortal enemy instead of killing him. Even so, after a few choice words from Yoichi pointing out that the legend of One for All only truly started once they put aside his ties to the arch-villain and saved him, they’re convinced.
We still don’t know what the second and third wielders’ Quirks actually are, but it’s good to see some movement on the plot again after several chapters simply dedicated to setting up the new normal. With any luck, My Hero Academia chapter 310 might even give way to including some more characters in this current arc…
Where’s Ochaco? I hope she’s okay.
You can read My Hero Academia chapter 310 for free via VIZ Media.