ADHKJAHDLIARNAKJHDFIUASFH OH MY FUCKING GOD I JUST HAD AN EPIPHANY
LOOK AT THIS, Y’ALL REMEMBER AIZAWA’S CAT CAFE CARD?!?!
OKAY, OKAY, OKAY SO I was thinking back to when I was homeless and how I would spend literal hours at cafes, libraries, and fast food diners and OH MY FUCKING GOD IT makes so much sense I think Aizawa found this cat cafe while he was homeless and looking for safe, quiet, places to spend his time. He was spending any free time he had in these cafes while he was homeless after graduating (I can’t find the manga panel of him sleeping on the ground with his suitcase next to him, but it’s somewhere on this hellsite) and probably developed a routine that he still follows (along with still using a sleeping bag instead of a bed, living very minimally, eating lots of quick, processed, easily portable meals and jelly packs, not caring what others think of his appearance, etc.) I personally also still have habits and lifestyle routines from when I was homeless. Like, I really hate sleeping in regular beds now, I sleep with my mattress straight on the floor, with a mattress cover, and two small blankets. If I get too hot I kick one off, if I get too cold I burrito up or put on extra layers of clothes. I really can’t stand sleeping with a comforter and bed sheets. I keep everything minimal or reusable and don’t like having a lot of stuff in my living space or just in general, I don’t care so much about what others think and can go outside looking like shit without feeling horribly self-conscious like I was before, etc. And who else do we know that does “weird” things like that??? Oh my fucking god it makes so much sense. All of his “strange” behaviors make so much more sense if this Homeless Hero theory is true. When he was a young hero with nowhere to go he found rest and refuge in this cat cafe. It must have acted as a sort of therapy and gave him some peace and comfort after his loss. I mean he was obviously already fairly different when he was younger, but it seems like the “strangeness” ramped up after the incident with his friend and becoming a pro (trying to avoid super heavy spoilers). OH MY FUCKING GOOOOOOOOD-