Official Translation Spoils Spinner and Shigaraki’s Emotional Moment Again

As My Hero Academia nears its final chapter, it recently wrapped up Spinner’s character development by uncovering the reason behind his unwavering loyalty to Shigaraki. Chapter 427 focused on Spinner and Deku, but it also highlighted Shigaraki’s relatable love for video games.

Despite the changes in dialogue from the fan translations to the official translations, which reveals Shigaraki’s love for video games, many fans feel that this might have detracted from Spinner’s defining moment in the story.

Warning- This article contains major spoilers for the My Hero Academia series.

How My Hero Academia Ruined Spinner’s Emotional Moment

It can be unanimously agreed that Chapter 427 was one of the most poignant and heartfelt installments in the entire series. The main focus of the chapter was on Spinner and the events that led to the deep bond between him and Shigaraki.

Additionally, the passage explicitly highlights Shigaraki’s fondness for video games and his role as Spinner’s first ever friend. The portrayal of Spinner’s inner emotions also adds to the morally ambiguous nature of the conflict between the heroes.

Spinner and Izuku Midoriya shown in chapter 427 of the manga (Image via Shueisha)
Spinner and Izuku Midoriya shown in chapter 427 of the manga (Image via Shueisha)

Despite everything, a significant number of fans believe that the stark contrast between the official and fan translations ultimately detracted from the impact of Spinner’s speech, which was meant to convey the idea that Shigaraki is just an ordinary human who takes pleasure in activities like playing video games.

In the unofficial translations, the precise quote was “He had a passion for playing video games,”which is widely accepted by the fan community as a better representation of Shigaraki’s relatable and humane nature.

Spinner as shown in the anime (Image via Bones)
Spinner as shown in the anime (Image via Bones)

In the official translation, the line “He was a gamer”unintentionally referenced the numerous memes that depict gamers as a marginalized societal group. Some fans have pointed out that this translation may be subject to ridicule and misinterpretation due to its accidental association with the “Gamers rise up”memes.

There have been fans who have noted that this could potentially be misinterpreted, with Shigaraki’s arc being twisted into that of a gamer who rebelled against societal norms. This added an unintended comedic element to the serious Shigaraki and Spinner situation.

Final Thoughts

Tomura Shigaraki as shown in the manga (Image via Shueisha)
Tomura Shigaraki as shown in the manga (Image via Shueisha)

The panel in question is singular, and the tone of seriousness has been upheld in the majority of the other translations throughout the chapter. Chapter 428 is scheduled for release on July 21, 2024, and can be read on Shueisha’s MANGAPlus platform.

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