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Pleease? I'm already a criminal, what with all the hacking. Besides, as long as I'm with you, Gentle... I'll be happy no matter what happens.
Manami Aiba to Gentle Criminal in "Unbeknownst"

Manami Aiba ( (あい) () (まな) () Aiba Manami?), also known as La Brava, (ラブラバ Raburaba?), is a villain associated with Gentle Criminal. She is a side antagonist of the U.A. School Festival Arc.

Appearance

Manami is a very short young woman with quite a large, round head, compared to her narrow body. She has raspberry pink hair, which she wears up in two high pigtails, wide and thick at the top and thin at the bottom, the ends curved upwards to the sides at her waist, their edges trimmed straight. She has a single bang in the middle of her forehead, swept pointedly to her right, and very large, pointed-down eyes with dark rings on the underside of each, two longer eyelashes to each far side, which take up most of her face. Her irises are oval-shaped, pink in color, and each has two circles between their small pupils and their rims, giving them a rather hypnotic look.

Manami’s outfit is quite elaborate, consisting of a big white bow at her neck, matching the thick gloves she wears, an indigo shirt with large buttons and long, upturned frilly sleeve cuffs, and a pair of white, pinstriped pants which are very poofy, making her legs seem bigger than they are. She sports several heart motifs, such as heart earrings, heart-shaped buckles on the two thin, golden belts around her waist, and a wide heart design over the tops of her legs. She also wears dark tights underneath her pants, over which she wears a pair of shiny high-heeled boots.

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Personality

Manami is a loyal fan and admirer of Danjuro, making sure to record his acts to subsequently post them online, following Danjuro's instructions to interrupt a stream if needed. Despite knowing about his strength and abilities, Manami becomes worried if Danjuro finds himself in potential danger. Manami is in love with Danjuro, as shown through her Quirk, Love.

When Manami was a younger girl, she professed her love to a different boy, telling him that she was completely smitten. She seems to fall in love quite freely and when she does, quite deeply.

Abilities

Hacking Prowess: La Brava has shown herself to be a capable hacker, being able to, when in range, hack into the U.A. security system and accomplish other things that only a person skilled with technology could pull off.

Quirk

Love ( (あい) Ai?): Manami's Quirk allows her to bestow a power boost to the person whom she loves most by telling the recipient how much she loves them. The amount of power her loved one receives increases with the intensity of her love. Manami can only activate her Quirk once per day and the power boost will only last for a limited time.[4][5]

Super Moves

  • Lover Mode (ラバーモード Rabā Mōdo?): When Manami declares her love towards Danjuro, he is granted a power-up for a limited time. The more intense her love, the stronger the transferred power will be.[4][6]

Stats

Power
 
1/6 E
Speed
 
1/6 E
Technique
 
4/6 B
Intelligence
 
5/6 A+
Hacking
 
5/6 A
Manami's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Camera: La Brava uses a camera to record Gentle's robberies and other villainous acts.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Trivia

  • Manami's surname contains the kanji for "together, mutually, fellow" ( ai?) and "place, space" ( ba?), and her first name contains "love, affection, care" ( mana?) and "beauty" ( mi?).
    • The "ai" in Manami's surname is homophonous with the Japanese word for "love" ( ai?), referencing her Quirk.
    • When read together, the characters that make up Manami's surname can mean "market price" or "reputation," and are phonetical of the Japanese word for "partner, colleague" (相番 aiban?).
  • Manami's alias La Brava (ラブラバ Raburaba?):
    • Matches the Japanese katakanization of the novel La Brava by Elmore Leonard.
    • Likely reference to her character theme of love, as it can also be read as "love lover."
    • Means "the brave" or "the fierce" in Spanish, and "the good" in Italian.
  • Manami's birth date is the same as Valentine's Day.
  • Manami's favorite thing is Gentle.[3]
  • Manami's English voice actor, Megan Shipman, also voices Mirio Togata as a child.

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 170.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Official Character Book 2 Ultra Analysis.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 19, Omake
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 178.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 180.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 179.

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