Fan of Anime ‘My Hero Academia’ Saves Woman From Ex-Boyfriend’s Machete Attack

A fan of the Japanese anime “My Hero Academia” is being praised for his heroism and bravery after saving a woman from her ex-boyfriend who aggressively tried to swing a machete inside a Starbucks in California.

Blaine Hodge, a 27-year-old local artist, was the only one who stepped in when people ran after realizing that the suspect was carrying a deadly weapon.

The incident happened at a Starbucks store on Stockdale Highway near Village Lane on Sept. 9, according to 23ABC News.

People are praising Hodge for his bravery and distracting the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Robert Rivas, so that the woman could hide from the attacker.

Everyone else was running away and he was the first person to run straight to the action,” Joe Harris, Hodge’s friend who was at the scene at the time of the incident, told KGET. “He was like, ‘I’m going to stop this guy, regardless if I get stabbed or not. I can’t let this woman die.”

Rivas was eventually apprehended by authorities while Hodge and the victim suffered injuries from the attack. The hero reportedly suffered deep cuts on both his hands and numerous laceration to his arms.

His inspiration to do good probably comes from his favorite show “My Hero Academia,” based on the shirt he was wearing with a picture of All Might (the tritagonist of the series) on it.

Screenshot via YouTube / 23 ABC News | KERO

Other pictures of him wearing similar shirts featuring “My Hero Academia” can also be found on his social media, including Midoriya “Deku” Izuku, the main protagonist of the series.

According to SoraNews24, Japanese netizens were touched by his actions to save the woman:

“Words are easy, but actions are not.”

“It’s dangerous to be influenced by anime.”

“This dude’s amazing.”

“You looked like you were asking for help!”

“I can’t believe he’s a musician!”

Even the title of his album, “Mind of a Hero,” which he is planning to release later this month, also has a “My Hero Academia” feel.

A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help Hodge with his recovery which could last six weeks or longer, doctors said, Bakersfield reported.

Featured Image (Left) via GoFundMe | (Right) via Facebook / Blaine Hodge

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