The history of modern society past World War II goes like this:
With the end of the great war in 1945, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers. The world was effectively split into two, with the Eastern Bloc becoming known for its human rights atrocities. It was mostly the Asian countries that took the full brunt, particularly the Russian-bordered countries of China and Mongolia. The former was known for being close allies with the Soviet Union, though that lead to quite a few problems due to its leader, Chairman Mao, initiating a period of industrialisation in order to turn the People’s Republic of China into a true socialist state. Instead, it lead to the Great Chinese Famine, with disease spreading like wildfire and decimating populations across the provinces. However, just one child born during that period lead to a permanent, drastic global phenomenon.
Qing Qing City
Lan Shi sat in the hospital waiting room, waiting for the results of his wife’s childbirth. The clock ticked dutifully, marching on through time, mocking Lan for every single second that went by. He didn’t want to lose his wife; having been with her for so long now, the thought of her passing made him tear up even now. Wiping away the tears from his eyes, he looked down, praying that she was fine, and that when this was all over, they could all go home and get some food as a family. “Please,” Lan mumbled. “Please don’t take her away from me.”
“Lan Shi? May I have a word with you?”
Lan’s head quickly looked towards the doctor standing in the doorway. Despite his tired, weary eyes, he had a smile reminiscent of the village elder—kind, warm, and welcoming. Good news must have been coming Lan’s way. He could have jumped for joy, but something in the doctor’s gaze was enough to cause him to cease his celebrations and quickly stand up, moving over to him and following into the room. There was his wife—lying peacefully on the other side of the room, fast asleep and snoring ever-so-softly. The sight was enough to make him tear up yet again. His attention was suddenly then grabbed by a bright light shining in the crib in the middle of the two beds. Lan cocked his head to the side, right before the doctor spoke yet again.
“See… I have to tell you that this is truly a miracle. That baby in that crib … That’s the light. He’s shining, Lan Shi.”
The timid man looked into the crib, before opening his mouth in pure surprise. Indeed, the baby in the crib was shining brightly, enough to illuminate the room around them. Lan was shocked at this revelation; he promptly looked to the doctor, stifling a yell of pure surprise. “Doctor? What … What the—what is the reason for my son being so bright? I don’t understand! This is unreal!” Though he was wary at first of the legitimacy of the bright light, he knew as well as anyone else that that light was real, and it was the first child he had ever seen like that.
The doctor pulled Lan aside, sitting down on an unoccupied bed. (A rarity, considering so many people were sick at that time.) He looked at him with a wistful gaze, before speaking softly. “That boy… That boy of yours has a bright future ahead of him, and I don’t mean literally. Such a Quirk is absolutely unprecedented. It might even be the first of its kind.” He shuffled on the hard surface of the bed (mattresses were unaffordable) before speaking yet again as he motioned to the crib. Its light radiated brilliantly. In fact, it was somewhat hurting Lan’s eyes. “I hope that you’ll raise him well, sir. He truly is one-of-a-kind. Hopefully, he’ll have a happy, healthy childhood.”
Lan smiled before looking to the doctor. “I’ll make sure that he has a great childhood… for me and my wife.”
Around that point, “Quirks” had been relatively unknown; in fact, China was the first country to talk about them openly. This lead to a slight rift that may have lead to the eventual Sino-Soviet Split due to Russia wishing to breed more powerful Quirks (a trend soon branded as “Quirk Marriages”), and only a handful were even reported around that period. Some theorised that it was because of a virus carried by mice, which perhaps explains why China was the first country to report a Quirk. However, soon enough, more occurrences of the “Quirk Phenomenon” popped up all around the globe. Powers such as sound manipulation, fire-breathing, telekinesis—all reported, all becoming local and worldwide legends. With all of these becoming quickly commonplace, the world became compared to a superhero comic coming to life. However, all superheroes must have a supervillain, and soon enough, a massive shakedown rattled worldwide society.
Heroism isn’t black and white. Instead, it’s many shades of gray, and Quirks aren’t really known for favouritism. This lead to a massive boom in crime rates—some petty, some grave, some making national headlines. The police at first refused to authorise the use of such dangerous powers on criminals, though this soon lead to the boom of self-proclaimed “heroes” rising to fight crime within their communities. There was massive dispute over whether allowing such powers to be used on criminals were ethical due to the fact that they could so easily kill, though over time, it faded away as the first-ever certified and government-regulated heroes acted within the best interests of justice and righteousness.
However, within the “underworld” of villains, there were reports of a strange, spiky fruit that could supposedly grant the Quirkless Quirks. This fruit, dubbed the “Rokakaka” by some, granted what would soon be called “equivalent exchange”—that is, in which it takes “something” and gives you something of value in return. Some speculated that it was available in some of the more unreachable places in the island of New Guinea, while others said that you only needed to talk to someone made of rock to acquire one. One legend even stated that one of the first villains used a Rokakaka Fruit in order to “steal” Quirks for some unknown reasons, though the legitimacy of that legend is highly questionable.
Alongside that, there seems to have been another legend concerning the Quirk virus itself. Recently, rumours have been spreading about the possibilities of a new “type” of Quirks in the town of Musutafu—though no one quite understands what can cause someone to gain this new type, they are characterised as being immensely powerful in certain circumstances. Supposedly, you know you’ve gained one when you have gone through a high fever, and are able to change even the laws of physics. These new forms haven’t been reported as ostensibly as Quirks themselves have, but tales of the power that some of these new forms of Quirks possess still rock the underworld of these cities. The legend of a man named “Johnny Joestar”, whose records date back to the famous Steel Ball Run in the 19th century, remains a popular story within certain regions of the country…
Thus remains one last segment on the earthquake that has affected Japan on a nationwide scale. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake had lead to casualties across the country, and the Miyagi prefecture was particularly hit hard the most. Though Tokyo (and to an extent, Musutafu) had still been hit considerably hard, the damage that struck that region was still insurmountable, especially so in Sendai—and a town next to that named Morioh had gotten the short end of the stick as well. Morioh isn’t nearly as remarkable as Musutafu; there aren’t as many Quirk users (though the town is famous for rumours regarding the aforementioned new Quirk phenomenon), and no famous heroes have come from there—disregarding Johnny Joestar, who supposedly emigrated there after the Steel Ball Run. However, what rose after the earthquake caught everyone’s attention just as similarly as that earthquake.
Tall protuberances had risen overnight after the earthquake struck, leading to Morioh having a problem with transportation of resources and gas. These “walls” rose a few hundred meters from the coast and seemed to be there as if to protect the town from a threat coming from the sea, though it proved to be a hindrance more than anything. Usually as tall as three meters and as wide as 8 meters, they perplexed researchers who could only identify them as the result of the tectonic plates moving and causing the fault line to raise, stretching ten kilometers across the whole region. Upon these walls were strange holes within them, which the local school children nicknamed “Wall Eyes”, facing towards the sea ominously. No one knows what they came from, nor how they came to be. Much like the Quirk virus and the other aspects of the contemporary world, it is a total enigma.
But this isn’t a story about heroism, nor the effects of an earthquake on a nation. This isn’t a crash course on how Quirks came to be, nor is it a history lesson on why the Rokakaka fruit is detrimental to granting people amazing Quirks at the cost of “something else.” This isn’t a lesson on Wall Eyes and tectonic plates. This is the story of two young men who inexplicably came together within Japan, leading to an adventure so bizarre that it almost seemed untrue!
This is a story about how a man named Josuke Higashikata discovered his own “Quirk”—or perhaps something else altogether?
This is a story about how a boy named Izuku Midoriya overcame the obstacles before him, and grew as a person, inheriting a torch passed down from generation to generation.
This is a story about breaking a “curse,” for all “curses” must be broken in one way or another…