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When you have to save someone, they're usually in a scary situation. A true hero saves not only their lives, but also their hearts... That's what I believe. So no matter how scary things get, give 'em a smile, as if to say, "I'm a-ok". The people in this world who can smile are always the strongest.
Nana Shimura to Toshinori Yagi in "One For All"

Nana Shimura ( () (むら) () () Shimura Nana?)[1] was the seventh user of the One For All Quirk, All Might's former mentor, and a close friend of Gran Torino.[2]

Appearance

Nana Shimura Full Body (Manga)

Nana in the Manga.

Nana is described as a beautiful woman with a tough demeanor. She was a fairly tall woman of slender yet voluptuous frame, and at the same time, she was well-built, as befitting a One For All user. She was fair-skinned and had a small mole below her bottom lip, centered to the right, and sharp, intelligent eyes with long eyelashes. Her hair was dark and straight, kept shoulder-length with the exception of a clump of short bangs hanging above her forehead, and was usually styled in a half-up-half-down bun.

Her hero costume consisted of a dark, sleeveless bodysuit with a high collar, yellow elbow-length gloves, and white knee-high boots. Around her waist was a belt with an angular golden buckle, a small cape attached around the back which hung down to her knees, and over her shoulders was a longer cape, buttoned to the shoulders of her bodysuit.[3]

Personality

Nana Shimura's smile

Nana's signature smile.

Nana was a kind woman with a strong sense of justice. She believed that a true hero should smile, no matter how grim the situation, since people who needed to be saved needed not only to have their lives protected but also their hearts; she showed great empathy and emotional resilience.[3] Furthermore, she was a loving mother to her son before she died at the hands of All For One, and was shown to be compassionate, nurturing, and supportive of him. However, to her own son Kotaro's perspective, she was rather sinful. In an episode of a flashback of Tomura's childhood, he comes across a picture of Nana in his father's room along with his sister, Hana. When Kotaro found out about the discovery of the picture, it is revealed that Nana abandoned young Kotaro due to her own incapabilities and consequences from her hero life as she could not take care of him properly. Nana did this of course for Kotaro's well being, but it ended up the other way. Kotaro apparently loathed his own mother for leaving her own family.

Although she initially regarded Toshinori Yagi’s desire to be a symbol of peace as somewhat crazy due to him being Quirkless, she nonetheless brought the matter up with her trusted friend Gran Torino. She subsequently took Toshinori as her student and successor, which is a testament to her openness and belief in the potential of others.

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Nana's abilities are largely unknown, however, she is regarded as a great Hero by powerful individuals, such as All Might and Gran Torino. She was not strong enough to defeat All For One.

Trained Muscles: Usage of One For All requires the user to have strong muscles, as One For All is a lot to handle and could cause the user's body to be blown apart if they don't possess the necessary strength of the body.

Quirks

Float (浮遊 Fuyū?): Nana's Quirk granted her the ability to suspend herself in mid-air. It is currently unknown if she was able to maneuver herself while levitating.[4]

One For All (ワン・フォー・オール Wan Fō Ōru?): Transferred to her from the sixth user, Nana's second Quirk allowed her to stockpile an enormous amount of raw power, allowing her to significantly enhance all of her physical abilities to a superhuman level. This results in unbelievable levels of strength, speed, agility, and durability.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Relatives

Nana
   
   
Unnamed man
   
   
Chizuo
   
   
Mako
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kotaro
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nao
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hana
   
   
Tenko

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
23. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Absent
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
26. Chase Down the Leader Absent
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Absent
29. Unaware Absent
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Absent
31. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Absent
33. Shinso's Situation Shadow
34. Victory or Defeat Absent
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs Uraraka Absent
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
40. Emancipation Absent
41. Fight On, Iida! Absent
42. Final-Match Time Absent
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off Absent
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
46. Bizzarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
47. Struggling Absent
48. Getting the Knack Mentioned
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock it Off, Iida! Absent
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Iida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Mentioned
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up! A Tale From the Past Absent
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Iida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Absent
87. Clash Absent
88. All For One Absent
89. All for a Certain One Absent
90. Reach Out Absent
91. Symbol of Peace Absent
92. One For All Flashback
93. One For All's Ember Flashback
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Pictured
96. Home Visits Absent
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Absent
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Absent
192. The Todoroki Family Vision
193. Vestiges Vision
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies Over U.A. High! Flashback
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand When It Counts!! Absent
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Absent
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Absent
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Absent
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Absent
210. The One For All Dream Mentioned
211. That Which Is Inherited Absent
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Absent
214. Our Brawl Absent
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Absent
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion Absent
217. The New Power and All For One Absent
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Absent
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Absent
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Absent
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Flashback
228. Wounded Soul Absent
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Absent
230. Sad Man's Parade Absent
231. Path Absent
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Absent
233. Bright Future Absent
234. Sense Destruction Absent
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Flashback
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
238. Liberation Absent
239. Successor Absent
240. Power Absent
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. You Could Be More of a Hero than Anyone Absent
255. Hero Hopeful Absent
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Flashback
258. Friends Absent
259. A Quiet Beginning Absent
260. Life's Work Absent
261. High-Ends Absent
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be With You Guys!! Absent
264. One's Justice Absent
265. Villains and Heroes Absent
266. Happy Life Absent
267. Flames Absent
268. Scramble! Absent
269. The Three of Us Absent
270. Inheritance Vision
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Flashback
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Mentioned

Trivia

  • Her names contain the kanji for purpose, will, determination, aspiration, ambition ( shi?), village ( mura?) vegetable ( na?) and what ( na?).
    • Additionally, "nana" (七) is the Japanese word for "seven", a reference to her being the seventh One For All user.
    • "Nana" is also a common nickname or term of endearment for a grandmother in several languages, referencing her being Tomura Shigaraki's literal grandmother as well as two 'generations' of One For All user before Izuku.
    • Nana is currently the only known female user of One For All.

Quotes

  • (To Toshinori Yagi) "When you have to save someone, they're usually in a scary situation. A true hero saves not only their lives, but also their spirits... That's what I believe. So no matter how scary things get, give 'em a smile, as if to say, "I'm a-ok". The people in this world who can smile are always the strongest."[3]
  • (To Toshinori Yagi) "Take more pride, Toshinori! You're not like the others who're born with what they have. You worked hard to win your power!"[3]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 91 (p. 19).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 57 (p. 11).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 92.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 257.

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