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There's nothing wrong with getting stronger in your own way. We all fight the Neighbors together. Everyone will say 'thank goodness Kō is strong' when they see you.

Tatsuya Kuruma to Kō Murakami, in Suzunari First.[1]

Tatsuya Kuruma ((くる)() (たつ)() Kuruma Tatsuya?) is a B-rank Gunner and the captain of Suzunari First.

AppearanceEdit

Tatsuya Kuruma Design (manga)

Kuruma is a light-skinned, slender young man of average height. He has medium-length, wavy light brown hair and black eyes with slit irises. In terms of clothing he shows a marked preference for collared cardigans[7][8] or sweaters[9][10] worn over a simpler shirt.[7][9][10]

Kuruma's uniform consists of a forest green shrug jacket with vertical black stripes on the sides of the sleeves and horizontal black stripes around the collar. The jacket is split in two parts, covering Kuruma's arms, shoulders, and part of his ribcage and back on either side. The two sections are connected by the collar, two thin straps on the front and one on the back. Border's logo is emblazoned at the top of each sleeve. The uniform is completed by a black shirt with one vertical green line running along each side, beige pants and brown boots that reach up almost to Kuruma's knees.[11]

PersonalityEdit

Kuruma stands out among Border agents for his kindness and consideration, which cause others to be naturally drawn to him.[12] He gave proof of his altruism when he spontaneously cycled in the rain to meet with Tetsuji Arafune in order to put Kō Murakami's mind at ease about the former's decision to stop being an Attacker.[13] He is very forgiving, impossible to anger,[14] and keen on avoiding conflict.[15] He will always attempt to support the people around him when they need it.[1][9][10] Despite his popularity and wealth, he remains humble.[9][14][12]

Kuruma used to be timid in battle, growing visibly anxious on numerous occasions during Aftokrator's invasion.[16][17][18] However, he appeared more steadfast in the subsequent rank battles,[19][20][21] which Kei Tachikawa hypothesized to be the result of the invasion changing him.[22]

RelationshipsEdit

Kō MurakamiEdit

Kuruma inspires[9] and supports Murakami.[1] About eight months before Suzunari First's match against Nasu Unit and Tamakoma Second, Kuruma did not hesitate to cycle in the rain to meet with Arafune in hopes of alleviating Murakami's slump.[13] His actions and words caused Murakami to see his Side Effect in a new, positive light.[1] Despite being overwhelmingly more powerful than his captain, Murakami deeply respects Kuruma.[23] In combat he will prioritize Kuruma's safety over his own regardless of strategic advantage.[24] Kuruma addresses Murakami by his first name without appending an honorific,[9] whereas the Attacker uses his captain's surname followed by -senpai,[25] and in general speaks to him with deference;[16][9] nonetheless, the two are friends and hang out with their other teammates in their free time.[26]

Taichi BetsuyakuEdit

Betsuyaku deeply respects Kuruma,[27] who in turn looks after his very clumsy teammate and routinely forgives him for the accidental havoc he wreaks, including the destruction of his beloved aquarium of tropical fish. It was Kuruma's patience in the face of the loss that earned him Batsuyaku's enduring loyalty.[14] He gifted the Sniper his hat as protection, taking the idea from Yōtarō Rindō's helmet, a thought which Betsuyaku greatly appreciated.[28] Like Murakami, Betsuyaku will not hesitate to put himself at risk to ensure Kuruma's safety no matter the circumstances.[24] The three and Kon hang out together in their free time.[26] Betsuyaku addresses Kuruma by his surname followed by the honorific -senpai,[29] while Kuruma uses the Sniper's first name, without honorifics.[30]

Yuka KonEdit

Kon hangs out with her teammates in her free time, suggesting they are on friendly terms.[26] Kuruma often has to calm the Operator down when Betsuyaku's shenanigans frustrate her. He addresses her by her surname followed by the diminutive suffix -chan.[29]

Hiro KitazoeEdit

Kuruma is known to have been a positive influence on Kitazoe, having contributed to making him more empathetic and respectful.[31] Kuruma refers to Kitazoe by his nickname followed by the honorific -kun.[32]

Tetsuji ArafuneEdit

Eight months prior to Suzunari First's first match against Tamakoma Second, Kuruma already knew Arafune well enough to know that he would not change classes out of frustration. Arafune's agreeing to meet with him seemingly without knowing the reason first might also suggest that they had a pre-existing relationship.[13] However, Kuruma was unaware of the former Attacker's ambition to develop a master theory to mass-produce Perfect All-Rounders, which greatly impressed him.[33] Kuruma refers to Arafune by his surname followed by the honorific -kun.[8]

Nozomi KakoEdit

Kako and Kuruma are of an age.[34][2] They seem to be friends, since Kuruma has tasted her fried rice on multiple occasions.[35]

Hisato SasamoriEdit

Kuruma and Sasamori are probably on good terms with each other, since the former addresses the latter by his first name, appending the honorific -kun.[36]

Yūma KugaEdit

Kuruma was very impressed with Yūma's score against Murakami after their first ten-round match, especially in relation to his young age.[37] He immediately agreed with the Attacker that the ace of Tamakoma Second would be a big enough threat to require the power of the whole unit to suppress safely.[7]

Tamakoma FirstEdit

Kuruma is awed by the power of Tamakoma Triggers, which translates to admiration for their users.[38] Since the building of Suzunari Branch is close to that of Tamakoma Branch, Suzunari First and Tamakoma Second do joint defense duty on occasion.[39]

QuotesEdit

  • (To Kō Murakami) "There's nothing wrong with getting stronger in your own way. We all fight the Neighbors together. Everyone will say 'thank goodness Kō is strong' when they see you."[1]
  • (To Taichi Betsuyaku) "Hold out until Kō comes over!"[40]
  • "Compared to humanoid Neighbors, Nasu is nothing!"[21]
  • "Hit...!!"[41]
  • (To Murakami) "Even you can lose sometimes. You'll win next time. Right, Kō...?"[9]
  • (To Murakami) "C'mon, Kō. The two of us are taking on Kageura Unit!"[42]

TriviaEdit

  • "Tatsuya" (達也?) means "to be a master/accomplished".
  • He likes aquaria and macaroni gratin.[43] His favorite instant noodles flavor is tomato, although he generally lets Betsuyaku have it.[44]
  • Kuruma is lucky enough that he has never felt sick after eating Kako's fried rice.[35]
  • His assault rifle resembles an NCM Assault Rifle.
  • The author gave Kuruma the epithet "bait boy" in the character profiles of Volume 7, referring to his role in taking down Lamvanein,[18] and has joked that his hair will grow curly like Buddha's (a nod to his kind personality).
    • Ashihara has compared Kuruma, character-wise, to Yūta Miura, joking that all the latter lacks is Kuruma's wealth.[45]
  • His English voice actor, Michael Adamthwaite, also voices Kei Tachikawa.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 World Trigger Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 95 (p. 6) and Episode 43.
  2. 2.0 2.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 165 (p. 12)
  3. World Trigger Manga Chapter 169 (p. 5)
  4. World Trigger Manga Chapter 172 (p. 6)
  5. World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 14)
  6. World Trigger Manga Chapter 168 (p. 7)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 8)
  8. 8.0 8.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 3)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 World Trigger Manga Chapter 103 (p. 2)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 175 (p. 11)
  11. Chapter 190 Color Cover
  12. 12.0 12.1 World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 125)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 World Trigger Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 95 (p. 2-3) and Episode 43.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Volume 7 Character Profiles
  15. World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 9-10)
  16. 16.0 16.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 45 (p. 1)
  17. World Trigger Manga Chapter 54 (p. 18)
  18. 18.0 18.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 60 (p. 15)
  19. World Trigger Manga Chapter 100 (p. 9-10)
  20. World Trigger Manga Chapter 101 (p. 6)
  21. 21.0 21.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 102 (p. 11)
  22. World Trigger Manga Chapter 103 (p. 11)
  23. World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 127)
  24. 24.0 24.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 102 (p. 4)
  25. World Trigger Manga Chapter 97 (p. 1)
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Daisuke Ashihara: Q135: Do Border agents visit and play with their friends on their squad outside of missions? A: There are squads that do, and squads that don’t. Kako Unit, Suzunari First, and Suwa Unit look like they would all go out together.
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 135
  27. World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 128)
  28. Daisuke Ashihara: Q90: Why is the genuinely evil Taichi always wearing a hat? Is there any meaning to the fact that it has ears? A: Seeing Youtarou’s helmet, Kuruma bought it for Taichi as he worries over Taichi’s clumsiness. Taichi cherishes and wears it all the time.
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 90
  29. 29.0 29.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 9)
  30. World Trigger Manga Chapter 96 (p. 4)
  31. Volume 13 Character Profiles
  32. World Trigger Manga Chapter 168 (p. 11)
  33. World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 4)
  34. World Trigger Manga Chapter 81 (p. 9)
  35. 35.0 35.1 Daisuke Ashihara: Q98: Has Kuruma or Ninomiya died from Kako-san’s fried rice? A: Kuruma has good luck so he’s never been out, Ninomiya doesn’t want to die so he never takes the challenge.
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 98
  36. World Trigger Manga Chapter 129 (p. 4)
  37. World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 7)
  38. World Trigger Manga Chapter 132 (p. 1)
  39. World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 3)
  40. World Trigger Manga Chapter 100 (p. 10)
  41. World Trigger Manga Chapter 102 (p. 13)
  42. World Trigger Manga Chapter 167 (p. 10)
  43. World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 124)
  44. Daisuke Ashihara: Q87: What is Kuruma's favourite instant noodles flavour? A: It is tomato flavor, but since Taichi loves that he doesn’t eat it himself.
    Source: Border Briefing File, Question 87
  45. Volume 17 Character Profiles

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