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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. After spending a long time secluded in her home and staring at her computer, she developed dark circles around her eyes.

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 Tobita, 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, as well as her undying admiration for him. Having been grateful for Danjuro taking her in and accepting her, Manami is willing to help him no matter what. She also showed to be angry with Danjuro's lack of recognition, as well as angry at the Hero Killer: Stain for having robbed his spotlight with a video of his backstory.

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. Unfortunately, this also made her sensitive to rejection, as seen by when her crush rejected her letter and even badmouthed her as a stalker. This caused Manami to fall into a deep depression where she became a withdrawn shut-in and even seemed to consider ending her own life. Upon seeing Danjuro's videos however, her hope and energy were both fully restored, with Manami willing to help and accompany him even with the acts of doing so making her a criminal as well.

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. It is stated that she is self-taught, only further backing her skills and intelligence.

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 in order to record Gentle's robberies and other villainous acts and posts them online.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Relationships

Gentle Criminal

Gentle and La Brava are partners, as Gentle commits crimes and La Brava records and uploads them. The two seem to be friendly with each other and exchange their motivations. La Brava also admires Gentle and his ideas, in return Gentle appreciates La Brava's efforts in helping him become a notorious villain. La Brava also has an extreme love interest in Danjuro, a love interest that he seems to have with her as well.

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Absent
170. With Eri Debut
171. Gentle and La Brava Appears
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Absent
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Absent
174. Golden Tips Imperial Appears
175. Morning, the Day Of Appears
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Appears
177. At the Construction Site Appears
178. The Woman Called La Brava Appears
179. School Festival Start!! Appears
180. Unbeknownst Appears
181. For Someone Else Appears
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
183. Festival All Day Long!! Appears
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. 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 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 Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Absent
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, Part 3 Absent
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Absent
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Absent
286. The Ones Within Us Absent
287. Mistake Absent
288. Save Takeo!! Absent
289. Miss Candid and Miss Shut-Away Absent
290. Dabi's Dance Absent
291. Thanks For Going Strong Absent
292. Threads of Hope Absent
293. Hero-Saturated Society Absent
294. Final Performance Absent
295. Tenacious Absent
296. Hellish Hell Absent
297. Tartarus Absent
298. Sounds of Collapse Absent
299. Like Those Tragic Tales Absent
300. The Hellish Todoroki Family, Part 2 Absent
301. The Wrong Way to Put Out a Fire, Part 1 Absent
302. The Wrong Way to Put Out a Fire, Part 2 Absent
303. Top Three Absent
304. Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi Absent
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Flashback
306. The Final Act Begins Absent

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 good" in Italian, and "the brave" or "the fierce" in Spanish.
  • 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: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide.
  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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