The translation I read of the first chapter was pretty bad. What was the deal with the toes on the feet?
"To all visitors from Transylvania looking for the head of Voivode Dracula: Yes, we have it. Yes, he's dead. No, you cannot see it. No, he will not return and invade you again. It has been over thirty years, please stop pestering us."
Ok, 'quirks'/powers are genetic. The quirk gene is linked to a gene that also causes the disappearance of a largely vestigial bone in the little toe of the foot. Someone who has the bone, doesn't have a genetic quirk.
Not terribly important, it just meant they could be fairly sure he was in the 20% of the population that wouldn't get a quirk.
One thing I find interesting is the implication that things got pretty bad after the rise of quirks, dealing with them. There's a quote at one point talking about how technology would be way more advanced if it wasn't for the quarks.
So you have some advanced tech for heroes, but it's actually relatively far in the future, all the chaos and villain fighting slowed things down as they became problem number one.
[SPOILER - highlight to read]: I think All Might is overpowered. He has super speed, super strength, and super durability. His strength allows him to create, basically, a thunderclap that can destroy several city blocks (because it literally did). That's crazy! Anyway, yeah, Midoria and Brat-blast beat him...but that's because All-Might CLEARLY let them win. He could have easily killed them both in a split second of the fight starting.
[SPOILER - highlight to read]: Well, obviously on two fronts there, his job is just to capture/disable the heroes, because killing is a bit much for a test and stopping them from leaving is a win, and he was handicapped.
But yes, All Might is massively powerful ^^ It's kinda scary to think about- Deku, once he fully masters One For All, should be stronger than him.
This is the primary source of "literary conflict" for the main character. Without it, he would be OP and roll over all enemies.
I think the author is making the right choice in having him very painstakingly earn his way to All-Might levels of power. But! It does get frustrating seeing Deku break his shit, completely, every time he goes all out.
I'll also comment that while All-Might's power is the *physically* best, there's stuff like space warping and mental powers. One can be tremendously powerful and still lose, especially if one is inexperienced and makes mistakes.
Is he saying that Deku will have a very strong friend to help him when it gets tough? Or does he mean that Blast-Boy is going to be a wall for Deku to overcome, eventually? I just don't understand what it is that is trying to be communicated.