- In chapter 70 he downright states that his power could destroy the world, if he doesn´t pay attention.
- Kumagawa will also win Medaka's heart. Zenkichi will become an Unlucky Childhood Friend. At least he has the miser for backup.
- Confirmed, by chapter 92. Well, the part about Kumabawa becoming Vice President, anyway. No news about the other part yet.
- Could possibly be Zenkichi's reason for wanting Kumagawa's arm band.
- Think about the number line. The Abnormals are the super positive, while the Minuses are the super negative. Right smack in the middle of them? Yeah, Zenkichi could be the zero, neither positive nor negative. (Ok, that sounded better in my head.)
- I agree with you on the 'Normal' part. But he is not right smack Normal. I'm more of the opinion that he is a 'special' Normal, in that he is BOTH super positive and super negative at the same time, leading to others thinking/feeling that he is a 'Normal'. Otherwise, its kind of hard to explain the door incident when it switched back to his DOB when he tried to enter...
- Further expansion of this theory is that he could keep up with Medaka's power leveling, be one of the first to meet the minuses, etc. Why is that so? Either he has abnormal luck, in which case, he would be list either an abnormal or a minus, or he's what I'm guessing: At the same time an Abnormal and a Minus, so everyone can only understand him as a Normal, when he is actually Normal, because he is 'Abnormal/Minus' to the extreme.
- How exactly is he an Abnormal and a Minus at the same time, though? Especially since being a Minus/Abnormal seems to depend a lot on personality. For example, Munakata's power is basically the urge to kill, which is technically a minus, yet he's an Abnormal. Kumagawa can heal, but he's so damn evil he's a Minus. How does Zenkichi emulate superpositive and supernegative at the same time?
- Sidenote: All Pluses and Minuses are classified as Abnormals. Plus/Minus is a sub-catagory.
- He may be a "neutral", in that he neutralizes abnormal powers. He might even be able to touch Mukae's hand without it rotting him.
- Confirmed. He starts out as a normal but then becomes a zer0 later on after acquiring the skill devil style which nullifies plot armor from Hanten.
- Confirmed. It was Ajimi.
- And he can remember Hinokage!
- Fridge Brilliance: Why can Zenkichi fight back against Oudo's body control command to kneel, despite being a Bad Ass Normal? He's a Zero — an anti-abnormal, of course. How can Medaka do the same thing? She copied Zenkichi's abnormality, of course. How is Medaka going to fight against the -13 class? With the same powers, of course.
- Chapter 85 reveals the name of Shiranui's abnormality is "Real Eater", the actual effects of her "eating" Hinokage has yet to be determined.
- Add this theory with how it's said that the personality shapes the ability, considering how Hinokage's Mister Unknown becomes Theme Song, maybe her skill can manipulate somebody such that the skill would change.
- Well actually, it seems to run in the family. She can, in a similar way to Ajimu, trade someone's ability with another one.
- Partly confirmed in chapter 179 where it's revealed that "Real Eater" is a skill that alters other skills and and in the process also rewrites a persons personality. It's more appropriate to call her a "Personality Eater".
When Zenkichi and Medaka met each other the first time, Medaka possessed no personality and Zenkichi was in an age, where children start to create this imaginary friends. Somehow, Medaka adopted Zenkichi´s idea of his "perfect" friend and became it! This is why Medaka is so idealistic: She is an ideal herself, a personification of Zenkichi´s own dreams as child. While Zenkichi grew up and start to saw the flaws of his ideals (and became a little cynic), Medaka kept her sometimes childish naive personality. Still, she is dependent on Zenkichi, as we see by her complete breakdown, whenever Zenkichi was close to death.
That´s said, it is not Zenkichi, who protects Medaka´s ideals. MEDAKA is the true guardian, always trying to uphold the ideals, even Zenkichi became to doubt, which allows Zenkichi to develop an realistic, but still optimistic view on the world.
- He actually did have Encounter when he was a kid - at least, by the time he met Shibuki.
- He probably did always have it, it just wasn't developed enough yet for him to control.
- could possibly be the current Bigger Bad
- Similar to the WMG involving Medaka. Ajimi has the Orange And Blue Morality for a eldritch horror. But unlike Medaka in the WMG she is not benevolent.
- Since he is kind of a Butt-Monkey, and there's been some lack of focus on him
- Confirmed as of Chapter 115. He doesn't seem to take being in last place well, and now he may be recruited by Ajimu
- She had to trade All-Fiction to give Kumagawa his Book-Maker back, so presumably she can't just give other people skills as she wishes and can only swap skills. She has Zenkichi's original ability now and perhaps this would become integral to the plot later on.
- That, or the author REALLY likes the AB blood type, even by Japan's blood type-obsession standards.
- It's probably because any other blood type is too "Normal" for most of the characters.
- Zenkichi as a child generally seemed extremely cheerful and optimistic. While you could dismiss it as simple maturity, he still seems to advocate the ideals that he once gave to Medaka. Knowing Isin, it may connect with this current Zenkichi vs Medaka arc
- Not necessarily in the "meticulously plans out the entire plot" way, but more in a "what? My story's not doing so well so I should change the genre? Fuck you, I'll show you genre change" way.
- The first part is simple enough: take the original premise, file off the romance subplot into standard characterization and then apply Medaka's sheer ridiculousness to the typical fight arc.
- Part Deux: Deconstruct/subvert/parody the shit out of that change. It's not just a shonen/fighting manga: it's a shonen/fighting manga where the main plot is to make people into shonen/fighting characters. Don't give then special abilities through "devil fruit" or "soul reaper/hollow/full bring" or "ninja magics" inherent to the setting: straight up call them "Specials" or "Abnormalities."
- Part Tres: Just keep at it, raking in both that sweet, sweet shonen fandom and those who enjoy a good vicious parody, and everyone in between.
- Part Shi: Here's the pay off. After all of this, after introducing the most mind bendingly broken character yet (to be certain, give her quadrillions of abilities), after going this far... flat out say the entire journey up to this point has been worthless. No one grew. No one achieved anything. But now that the characters know this, they can progress. You know what's really important now? What'll finally get everyone to where they need to be?
- That goddamn romance subplot you dumped way back at the beginning. Fighting? Who needs it, the main heroine can never be beaten. Making friends? They're already friends, and no one's actually really trying to antagonize anyone. No, what needs to be address is the UST in the main characters. And it'll be address in the most over the top, deconstructionist/reconstructionist/weirdest way you can pull off, capping off a truly ridiculous series.
- This, my friends and fellow tropers, is Nisio Isin's grand plan to screw with everyone. It does not necessarily need to be maliciously based. Hell, it could have even been planned from the beginning. But the important part is outlined above: turn a typical shonen tale into a twist, non-ecludian mess. Ouroboros that thing up. It's a slice of life/romance, then battling, then a parody, then a deconstruction, then a reconstruction. Finally, it's a romance arc again. And always, always, make it self aware and ridiculous.
- Part Five: Profit.
- I applaud you sir. I had a similar theory, but your explination sounds better.
- This seems to be a theme in Nisio's works. Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari...fighting is ultimately meaningless in them too.
- Seems like that.Sukinasaki is a downright Creepy Child who has proved to be somewhat evil and manipulative in the one-shot already, and seems to be an old enemy to Kumagawa himself, who was, by the time they met, the pre-Big Bad. Would that make her a Bigger Bad character? Well, about this, I don't know. Also, she's got a quite broken Abnormality, as she can brainwash and control everyone by using her cards(except, of course, Medaka and Najimu).
- As for the Big Bad Najimu Ajimi, well, let's see... Immortal?Check. Has an overwhelming number of different powers?Check. Can negate her enemies abilities?Check. Can read other people's minds?Check. Can be anywhere, anytime? Check....In the end, Najimu is one of the most evident game breakers in manga history, possibly. There's no possible way she can be defeated in a battle against the characters, except maybe for Medaka, as she already mentioned. As a matter of comparation, Kumagawa was able to erase the world with his ability, and couldn't beat her. The best he ever could do was to seal her powers, an act that has been apparently losing its effectiveness...This way, she's going either to change her ways and leave the main cast alone(which can really happen, if Medaka bests her both in arguments, or in the election), or win, and then in a would-be quite spectacular twist, resign from her victory, and leave. But battle-wise, she's physically invincible.
- Partly Jossed, as Sukinasaki is revealed to be quite a nice individual by the end of her chapters, completely averting the image of Manipulative Bastard she has created in the one shot. Najimi really ends as The Unfought antagonist. She wins in the end, but in the end "resigns" her victory, deciding to leave in a pretty bombastic fashion
The Sheer amount of fourth wall breaking on her part, and the implications that the entire plot is a product of her imagination turned into reality very strongly suggests that Najimi is both the Author Avatar and a Self-insert genderbended version of Nisio himself.
To put it another way since he can resist abnormal and minus abilities these things will always have diminishing returns when used against him when he starts to invoke his power through determination always instead of sometimes. And other examples of his not-normal abilities like how he has a borderline harem because of his inexplicable ability to use heart or the fact that he atracts wierd people so he's destined to always have contrived coincedences only instead of a chance of it not happening it will always happen.
Presumably, Ajimu has fought Ishiko thousands of times, give or take a few hundred, over both their existences. And Ajimu apparently lost every single one of them. Now, it would make sense that a few of these fights ended in her death. And it would make sense that out of her quadrillions of skills, one of them would be able to defy Ishiko's and bring her back to life.
- Iihiko doesn't have a skill and Hanten'in mentioned that Ajimu was never outright killed by Iihiko before.
- More or less Confirmed by the last chapter of the Manga. The note that Ajimu leaves on her card from the Hundred Flowers Run Arc is an invitation to play again, and everyone else seems to take this as absolute confirmation that she's still alive. Not that many of the characters ever believed she really could die anyway.
- Not exactly hallucination, but still make-believe games. In the epilogue, it even states they lost their powers when growing up, "as if they didn't need them any more". Why? Because they were actually a huge group of anti-social kids (often highly gifted kids, who can't connect to others of their age) who couldn't make friends (it's said quite often that both Abnormals and Minuses have troubles with that) who instead make up fantasy stories, and then start connecting with each other over them.
- He is an extra-dimensional being similar to Leliel. Attacking what appears to be his 'real body', is only attacking a shadow-form, which is why it'll fail. You need to be able to perceive and interact with higher dimensions to attack his real body.
- A form of chaos magic. She may have quadrillions of powers, but thinking she has fine control over such seems absurd, even by the manga's standards. She uses them in the form of a shotgum blast, where she may have a vague idea of what she wants, but little control of the exact end result.
- They're both nigh-omnipotent brunette with yellow ribbons in her hair. Ajimu's long forgotten the SOS Brigade and has probably recreated things a few time. However, she's drawn to Zenkichi because of his similarities to Kyon...