My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is a spin-off series based on My Hero Academia. The series is written by Hideyuki Furuhashi and illustrated by Betten Court.
Recently, the spin-off has been gaining a lot of attention, and the reason is apparent. The latest arc of the series explores the mysterious past of Shota Aizawa before he came to be a hero. The arc gives us a whole new perspective towards Eraser Head and his time at U.A. before he became a solo hero.
Chapter 65 of the shows us Aizawa’s struggle to deal with the fact that one of his best friends, Shirakumo, a character that Aizawa refuses to talk about in the main series, is dead. This death came as a huge grievance to Aizawa. It made him throw himself entirely into his hero training and made him go solo instead of relying on others. This is the beginning of the underground Hero we know as Eraser Head.
Shirakumo was killed by a villain who was introduced shortly before chapter 65. Teachers of Aizawa are concerned about him as he begins to purposely get passing marks in all of his classes. Feeling the need to carry the weight of Shirakumo’s absence, Aizawa increases his training multifold and becomes a loner.
Aizawa was initially planning to open an agency alongside Shirakumo, Present Mic and Midnight. Still, after his best friend’s death, Aizawa threw himself into isolation. He is shown telling his teacher that he is going to focus entirely on anti-villain combat. Vowing to be an independent and off the grid hero, because that’s who he is meant to be.
About My Hero Academia: Vigilantes:
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is set in a superpowered society, where there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stands above all the rest. Not everyone can be a hero, however, and some would use their powers to serve the people without legal sanction. But do they fight for justice in the shadows, or for reasons known only to themselves? Whatever they fight for, they are called… vigilantes.