Is it the dawn of a new era for Snipers?

Atsushi Hokari about Chika Amatori, in Chapter 87.[1]

Atsushi Hokari (()(かり) (あつし) Hokari Atsushi?) is a B-rank Sniper and a member of Arafune Unit.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Hokari is a light-skinned, tall young man with a lean physique, slanted eyes, and jet black hair cropped in a messy mohawk. His unit's uniform consists of a jet black jacket with turquoise stripes around the raised collar, along the zipper, around the hem and the wrists, and white ones around and inside the raised collar and on the outer side of the sleeves. There are also four white lines, arranged in two columns of two, to each side of the zipper. Above the topmost left white line is the B-rank logo with the unit's position emblazoned on it. The attire is completed by jet black pants and boots.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Hokari is calm and colected person who does not show much emotion, not even when he expresses amazement.[4][1] He has a tendency to use anastrophes when he speaks, but not when he writes e-mails, texts and the like, even though on those occasions he becomes more talkative.[5] In rank battles he does not shy away from using psychological warfare on his friends and turn their insecurities against them,[6] although he was later supposed to apologize.[5]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Tetsuji Arafune[edit | edit source]

Aside from being teammates, Hokari and Arafune are close friends who hang out together.[7] Hokari also introduced Arafune to weight muscle training.[8]

Hisato Sasamori[edit | edit source]

Although during the match against Tamakoma Second and Suwa Unit Hokari attempted to use Sasamori's insecurities to rattle him,[6] the two are actually good friends.[9] In a draft that had to be scrapped due to the page limit Hokari would have apologized to Sasamori via text, commenting that he was growing fast without him noticing and that it made him feel lonely. In response Sasamori would have playfully thanked him for the point.[5]

Chika Amatori[edit | edit source]

Hokari was impressed with Chika's astounding firepower, which he believed could be paradigm-shifting for Snipers,[1] and has taken an interest in her ever since.[9] He was intrigued to learn of her inability to injure others.[10]

Hiro Kitazoe[edit | edit source]

Hokari and Kitazoe are probably close, since the latter did not react when the Sniper jested about not being able to imagine him starving to death.[11]

Hikari Nire[edit | edit source]

Hokari and Nire appear to be on good terms, with her greeting him enthusiastically when they met at Masato Kageura's restaurant. She calls him by his nickname without adding an honorific.[3]

Kōtarō Suwa[edit | edit source]

Although the relationship between the two is unconfirmed, they might be on good terms since Suwa referred to Hokari by his nickname.[2]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • (To his teammates) "Is it the dawn of a new era for Snipers?"[1]
  • (To Sasamori ) "You punk. I'm busy right now."[12]
  • (To Sasamori ) "Shouldn't you be backing up Suwa? Or did they remove you from the action? You're no match for Arafune, after all."[6]
  • "I'm already dead."[13]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Hokari likes chicken meat, fresh vegetables, muscle training and matsuri (Japanese festivals).[9] When he goes to the latter he enjoys participating as well as simply watching.[14]
  • He is considering getting a motorbike license.[15]
  • Hokari's nickname "Pokari" (ポカリ) was created by Kazuaki Ōji[16] before becoming popular among other agents.[2][3]
  • Daisuke Ashihara planned for him to apologize to Sasamori by text for trying to upset him during the rank battle, but the idea was scrapped due to the lack of pages. The text would have read: "Sorry I egged you on★ I feel like you're growing to where you don't need me anymore [T∀T]"[5]
    • Sasamori's reply would have been: "Thanks for the point [^-^]"[5]
  • When asked if the character's frequent use of anastrophe is a habit from when he was a child, the author replied that Hokari ran away from home for a night in the summer of his 3rd year of primary school; the next day he was found and since cheerfully recounting his alleged encounter with aliens, he has been speaking with frequent anastrophes.[17]
  • In Chapter 163 Hokari's name is incorrectly written as "Atsuji".[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 World Trigger Manga Chapter 87 (p. 13)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 89 (p. 18)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 164 (p. 10)
  4. World Trigger Manga Chapter 87 (p. 12)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Volume 11 Character Profiles
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 10-11)
  7. 7.0 7.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 163 (p. 17)
  8. Daisuke Ashihara: Q128: Arafune called Kizaki by his last name 8 months ago but now calls him by first name, did he seek teaching from him or became his disciple for his goal of becoming a perfect All-rounder? A: It seems likely. At that point, Arafune started emulating Hokari and started weight training, so there was the rumor within Border that he "received a muscle baptism".
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 128
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 168)
  10. World Trigger Manga Chapter 164 (p. 5)
  11. World Trigger Manga Chapter 164 (p. 9)
  12. World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 7)
  13. World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 11)
  14. Daisuke Ashihara: Q80: Hokari likes "festivals", but does he just go to them? Does he participate in them? My friend and I have said that he probably shoulders the portable festival shrines. A: He has ridden on top of a portable festival shrine before. It seems he likes both participating and watching.
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 80
  15. Daisuke Ashihara: Q: Is there anyone of 18 and above who has a driver’s license for a car or a bike? A: Aside from Reiji who has already driven in the story, it seems Fuyushima, Azuma, Suwa, Tsutsumi, Kako, and Kakizaki have normal driver’s licenses. The top brass and Sawamura have licenses too. Tachikawa doesn’t as you might expect. Zoe has a motorbike license, and Kage and Tōma have motorized bicycle licenses. It seems Arafune and Hokari want motorbike licenses too.
    Source: Question Corner 15, Volume 20
  16. Kazuaki Ōji's Nickname Collection Spring '20, Volume 22
  17. Daisuke Ashihara: Q81: Is Hokari’s anastrophe a habit since he was small? A: In the summer of his 3rd year of primary school, he ran away from home for a night, and when he was found the next day he said cheerfully, "I met inside a UFO. With the aliens." From that day he spoke in anastrophe. It is unknown what had happened.
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 81

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