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Is it the dawn of a new era for Snipers?

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

Atsushi Hokari (穂刈 篤 Hokari Atsushi?) is a Sniper of Arafune Unit.

AppearanceEdit

Hokari is a tall young man with a lean physique, slanted eyes and jet black hair cropped in a messy mohawk. His unit's uniform consists in 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. The attire is completed by jet black pants and boots.

PersonalityEdit

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 so on, 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]

RelationshipsEdit

Tetsuji ArafuneEdit

Aside from being teammates, Hokari and Arafune are close friends who hang out together.[7] Hokari also introduced Arafune to weight muscle training.[BBF Q79]

Hisato SasamoriEdit

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.[8] 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 AmatoriEdit

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.[8] He was intrigued to learn of her inability to injure others.[9]

Hiro KitazoeEdit

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.[10]

Hikari NireEdit

Hokari and Nire appear to be on good terms, with her greeting him enthusiastically and calling him by his nickname when they met.[3]

Kōtarō SuwaEdit

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

QuotesEdit

  • (To his teammates) "Is it the dawn of a new era for Snipers?"[1]
  • (To Sasamori ) "You punk. I'm busy right now."[11]
  • (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."[12]

TriviaEdit

  • Hokari likes chicken meat, fresh vegetables, muscle training and matsuri (Japanese festivals).[8] When he goes to the latter he enjoys participating as well as simply watching.[BBF Q80]
  • He is considering getting a motorbike license.[13]
  • 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.[BBF Q81]
  • In Chapter 163 Hokari's name is incorrectly written as "Atsuji".[7]

ReferencesEdit

  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 World Trigger Manga Chapter 89 (p. 18)
  3. 3.0 3.1 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. 8.0 8.1 8.2 World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 168)
  9. World Trigger Manga Chapter 164 (p. 5)
  10. World Trigger Manga Chapter 164 (p. 9)
  11. World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 7)
  12. World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 11)
  13. Daisuke Ashihara: Aside from Reiji who has already driven in the story, it seems Fuyushima-san, Azuma-san, Suwa, Tsutsumi, Kako-san, and Kakizaki have normal driver’s licences. The top brass and Sawamura-san have licences too. Tachikawa doesn’t as you might expect. Zoe has a motorbike licence, and Kage and Touma have motorised bicycle licences. It seems Arafune and Hokari want motorbike licences too.
    Source: Question Corner 15, Volume 20

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