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Kota, about your mommy and daddy, Water Hose... It's true that they ended up leaving you behind. But there were definitively lives saved because of what happened to them. I'm sure someday you'll meet someone, and then you'll understand. Someone who'll risk their life to save you... Someone who will be...
Shino Sosaki to Kota Izumi in "My Hero"

Shino Sosaki ( (そう) (さき) () () Sōsaki Shino?), also known as Mandalay (マンダレイ Mandarei?), is a Pro Hero and member of the Wild, Wild Pussycats.

Appearance

Mandalay is a woman with brown eyes and red hair styled into three bangs going across her face. Mandalay wears a red version of the Pussycat's hero costumes and as part of her costume, she draws red markings beneath her eyes, which resemble cat whiskers.

In her civilian attire, Mandalay dresses in a very reserved fashion, choosing a knee-length skirt, dark leggings, high-heeled shoes, and a turtleneck sweater with a loose collar.

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Personality

Mandalay's personality contrasts with her partner, Pixie-Bob's. While Pixie-Bob is often loud and energetic, Mandalay remains calm and gentle. Even so, she remains just as eccentric and demanding as the rest of her teammates.

Mandalay often shows great concern for others including her nephew Kota, as well as the students from U.A. High. Despite being genuinely caring, Mandalay is not above poking fun at other's expense. She had no problem teasing Class 1-A about how much longer it would take them to cross Beast's Forest than the Pussycats. She extended this to her nephew by pointing out his similar shoes to Izuku.[2]

Abilities

Enhanced Agility: Befitting her cat-theme, Mandalay is very agile, being able to dodge Spinner's attacks while simultaneously striking him.[3]

Quirk

Telepath (テレパス Terepasu?): Shino's Quirk allows her to utilize mental transmission and send telepathic messages directly into people's minds.[4] Shino has displayed the ability to send a message to tens of people at a time. She can send messages, but she can't receive them.[5]

Stats

Power
 
2/5 D
Speed
 
4/5 B
Technique
 
4/5 B
Intelligence
 
4/5 B
Cooperativeness
 
5/5 A
Shino's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
2/6 D
Speed
 
3/6 C
Technique
 
4/6 B
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Command Ability
 
5/6 A+
Shino's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Cat Gloves: Mandalay's gloves act similar to real cat paws, as the claws can be used as weapons to tear and slash at the enemy.

Headphones: The cat ear-shaped headphones of her costume can be used to communicate with the other Pussycats members.

Battles and Events

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild Pussycats Debut
71. Kota Appears
72. Day Two Appears
73. Good Evening Appears
74. Smoke Signal Appears
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Appears
76. My Hero Flashback
77. It's Chaos Appears
78. Whirling Chaos Appears
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheavel Appears
82. What a Twist! Absent
83. Loss 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 Absent
93. One For All's Ember Absent
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
96. Home Visits Appears
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Appears
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 Absent
193. Vestiges 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 Absent
258. Friends Appears
259. A Quiet Beginning Appears
260. Life's Work Appears
261. High-Ends Appears
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 Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Appears
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent
280. Red Riot Absent
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Absent
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent

Trivia

  • Her name contains the kanji for transmit (?) and truth ( shi?), which come from transmission (送信?), a reference to her Quirk.
  • In the anime, Mandalay's relationship to Kota is changed. Instead of her being his aunt, like in the manga, she is instead his first cousin once removed. Water Hose is her cousin and not her sibling.
  • She shares her hero name Mandalay (マンダレイ Mandarei?) with a breed of cat that was itself named after a city in Myanmar.
  • It has been stated that she likes napping.[1]
  • She shares her birthday with Takahiro and X.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 8, Omake
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 184 and Episode 87.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 75.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 72 (p. 5).
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 74 (p. 3).

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