Meat Buns (The Scoop on UA Class 1A)

Season 4’s opening for My Hero Academia has a different feel to it. As a character we sense that Deku is stepping into his own power and fully embracing One for All (just not at 100% yet lol). He’s further along on his path to becoming the next Symbol of Peace, and he, along with his classmates, are working diligently to become heroes capable of saving people with a smile.

Anyone who knows me IRL, knows I detest projecting false images, or pretending to be different than you are (because ideally everyone should be their true selves and feel their own feelings without a mask), but after hearing All Might and Deku in an earlier season discuss how a hero smiling (especially All Might) puts people at ease and feel at peace, I get it. Hence the reason he says, “It’s fine now. Why? Because I am here!”


Like the previous seasons of My Hero Academia, the first episode was a brief overview and synopsis of Deku, All Might, and UA from the first three seasons. It hit the major points, and even gave a nod towards the film, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. I thought they used a clever tactic by presenting the summary as background to the media, Juko News, trying to get an All Might article. With his retirement, there’s general unease, and an All Might article with new insight would be profitable.

In walks reporter Taneo Tokuda.

He has a hunch that “You’re Next!”(as declared by All Might after his final battle against All for One) wasn’t a threat to other villains, but actually a shout out to his successor that it was his time to carry the torch. Taneo is not alone in picking up on this, last season Bakugo and Deku both knew All Might was speaking to someone in particular, not to the villains. Which reminds of the line “give me my one chance to grab the torch and properly hold it” from the remix from My Shot (Rise Up Remix) from the Hamilton Mix Tape line courtesy of Busta Rhymes

But back to My Hero Academia! Under a false pretense Taneo comes to UA to interview the students. After scolding Mineta for his usual perviness, their homeroom teacher Aizawa, has the students meet the reporter who is there to supposedly write an article about their happy dorm life (more like Taneo invited himself in before Aizawa was ready to introduce him but eh).

Are you doling out punishment Aizawa?! The line starts after me, ahem.

Perceptive as usual, Aizawa can tell something is up with the reporter.

Keeping up the charade, Taneo observes the UA students, and is with them as they have breakfast, and live their usual lives. Some students love it (especially those with sparkle who have laser belts), but others hate it.

Taneo has always gotten good stories due to his instincts and he suspects All Might has a successor, and that individual is in class 1A. For obvious reasons he does not think it’s Bakugo (see image above).

Meanwhile, All Might is returning from a doctor’s appointment and stops at a shop for food and finds out he has a fan club!

Since All Might’s fight with All for One was televised, the public knows his true form so the privacy he once had is no longer a thing. But he seems to be handling it well. And so far the public has been positive in their response and appreciative of his hard work as the Symbol of Peace.

Now that All Might has all the meat buns, he brings them to Deku to share with his classmates.

Good thing there aren’t any pesky reporters hanging around to catch moments that weren’t meant for the public…

“You’re Next!”

Sir, I can neither confirm nor deny that.

Taneo’s dad was saved by All Might!

I really want some meat buns now…

This is my first time watching an anime episode “live”, I usually prefer watching shows a season at a time, at my leisure (perhaps “my bingeing” would be more appropriate). But MHA is one of my favorites, so I may stay current instead of waiting for the end.

I was very impressed with Hulu, they had the first episode of season four available early this morning. I look forward to watching the rest on their site. I tried watching on VRV, since I can watch all of Crunchyroll’s shows on there, but the episode might be exclusive to their Crunchyroll platform? I was unable to watch on VRV (at least this morning).

While this post did include some spoilers, I hope you’ll watch the entire episode to learn more about the article that’s posted by Juko News and enjoy the other moments from the first episode. Looks like the next episode will have the UA students doing work studies and learning more about the new villain Overhaul.

UA Room Competition

Since Staz didn’t care for Fuyumi’s room (see earlier Blood Lad post) it made me think of the room competition they had at UA, when class 1A moved into the dorms on My Hero Academia. I’m sure Staz would’ve deemed them more interesting than Fuyumi’s! Okay maybe not Uraraka or Ojiro’s rooms.

My favorite rooms were Todoroki and Deku’s! Enjoy their rooms below! If you haven’t already, watch the episode “Moving into Dorms”, Season Three, of My Hero Academia if you want to see all of the contestants.

Don’t be embarrassed Deku! Not only is All Might amazing, and a great mentor, he’s The Symbol of Peace!

Mineta immediately knew where to look in Ojiro’s room (he didn’t find anything). Ahem. Anyways I think the girls were most excited about seeing Todoroki’s room…

Okay baking desserts in your room gave you an unfair advantage Sato! But we know it wasn’t an intentional bribe lol. Even if you didn’t see this episode, I’m sure you can guess who won the room competition.

Blood Lad


I just started Blood Lad, and I am enjoying it; the humor, the characters, and the story. The main character, Staz-san, is a vampire and he is the Territory Boss. He is the leader of that part the demon world.

You’d think as a Territory Boss, and vampire, Staz would be a terrifying presence. While he is incredibly powerful and strong, he’ll only fight when he absolutely has to. Staz is an otaku, obsessed with the human world, video games, manga, anime, and figures. He’s pretty content staying at home and enjoying his collection.

Some elements of the Staz character reminds me of Yato from Noragami. They both come off as slackers but their strength of character is very evident when they are engaged with the world around them.

A human girl stumbles into the demon world, specifically Staz’s territory. Since he is in charge, one of his lackeys Deku, calls to tell him about the human and follows the orders to bring her to Staz’s place (of course Staz first asks where is his DVD). Staz is a nervous mess coming up with topics of conversation and deciding what to wear.

It’s love at first sight. At least on Staz’s end.

Sir, please calm down! We just met! You don’t even know my name yet! You’re too intense!

Of course he’s asking her questions about video games (I’m guessing it was Final Fantasy?)

Unfortunately (or fortunately, because Staz was giving off some major “about to be a stalker vibes”) she gets eaten by a plant.

Now she is a ghost, and she is stuck with Staz (never mind, being alive was the better option). He vows to bring her back to life. He’s not sure how, but he’s adamant about doing it.

He’s polishing her bones, so they’ll be ready for her resurrection. But she doesn’t like that he wants to store them by his game console.

Fuyumi (the human girl/ghost) tells Staz about the portal she accidentally entered from the human world. After confirming the portal’s location (and because Staz needed shampoo), he takes her to a restaurant so she can get a medical clearance. The owners, Saty and Mamejirou, are able to see all with their third eye. Since his dream girl is a ghost now, Staz wants to make sure she can make the trip.

Meanwhile, Fuyumi is enamored with the cuteness of Mamejirou.

Staz really wants to visit the human world. Earlier he did not want to go because of the sun and leaving his otaku collection, but his vow to Fuyumi and his desire to grow his otaku collection prevailed.

Just where does the portal lead exactly? And how did Fuyumi accidentally enter it? Oh because it’s in her room, her closet to be specific. And it looks like her room is about to be judged…

While in her town Staz enjoys the sights and is a total tourist, taking photos of everything. He’s fascinated by everything in the human world. He was only…a little embarrassing?

Fuyumi is understandably distraught being back at school knowing she’s no longer alive. Plus Staz sprayed everyone (including her dad!) with his spit (diluted in water since it lets him control people), so they all think they saw Fuyumi at school yesterday when she was actually in demon world. And no one thinks it’s weird that she is a ghost, or didn’t bring her books to class today. Fuyumi is forlorn and wants to disappear. As she is becoming more and more translucent, and despondent, Staz feeds her some of his blood to stop her from fading away.

When Fuyumi became a ghost, Staz thought he wasn’t attracted to her. But maybe his initial feelings were more than physical attraction. Later in the hall, he wonders why he was compassionate towards her, then has a realization.