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I want to find methods that work for everyone and then mass-produce Perfect All-Rounders. My long-term goals are different from 's.

Tetsuji Arafune to Tatsuya Kuruma, in Suzunari First.[1]

Tetsuji Arafune (荒船(あらふね) 哲次(てつじ) Arafune Tetsuji?) is a Sniper (formerly an Attacker) and the captain of Arafune Unit.

AppearanceEdit

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Arafune without his usual cap.

Arafune is a lean young adult with messy, medium-length brown hair. He is often seen wearing buttoned shirts and leaving the top buttons undone and a black cap with a turquoise visor.[4][5] At Border's HQ he wears casual clothes, such as a skin-tight black shirt and a light-colored sweather he keeps tied around his waist.[4] 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. 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, boots, and the same cap he wears in his casual clothes to keep the sun out of his eyes.[BBF Q139]

PersonalityEdit

Arafune may come initially across as rude due to his habit of not mincing words and his manner of speaking occasionally being coarse, but he is considered a nice guy by other Border agents,[6] and he was seen speaking harshly only to or about his friends and people who would not get upset.[7][8][6] Although he enjoys competition and combat and can be observed smiling before[9] and during rank battles[10] he does not resent agents who best him.[11] When the stakes are real, such as during Neighbor attacks, he is serious, focused and keeps his speech neutral and to the point.[12][13][14][15][16][17] He is very self-confident and ambitious, his aspiration being not only to become the first Perfect All-Rounder since Reiji Kizaki, but also to develop theories based on his experiences to mass-produce Perfect All-Rounders.[1]

RelationshipsEdit

Atsushi HokariEdit

Aside from being teammates, Hokari and Arafune are close friends who hang out together.[5] Hokari also introduced Arafune to weight muscle training.[BBF Q79]

Kō MurakamiEdit

Arafune and Murakami were originally mentor and disciple, but when Arafune reached Master Class he switched to Sniper. Like many others, however, Murakami assumed that Arafune quit because he resented him for surpassing him in only six months. When he found out about Murakami's state of mind, Arafune sent him a video whose aim, despite the Sniper sounding as though he was rebuking Murakami for getting cocky, was to reassure him that he did not hold a grudge against him.[18] The two are currently friends.[19] Arafune calls Murakami by his first name[6] while the latter uses Arafune's surname, the reason being that he thinks it sounds cool[BBF Q74] (implying that it is not because they are not close enough for him to do so).

Reiji KizakiEdit

Arafune appears to respect Kizaki,[20] probably not in small part due to his goal of becoming the second Perfect All-Rounder, Kizaki being the first. Though Arafune originally referred to Kizaki by his surname,[1] but he switched to calling him by his first name[6] when he sought his guidance on how to achieve his goal. The two might have also become closer due to Arafune becoming interested in weight muscle traning.[BBF Q79]

Masato KageuraEdit

Arafune and Kageura appear to be on good terms, with Arafune referring to the latter by his first name and recognizing his superior skill as an Attacker.[6] He is also a regular customer of Kageura's family okonomiyaki restaurant.[BBF Q129] However, Arafune does not seem to be in Kageura's closer circle of friends.[5]

Yūma KugaEdit

Arafune enjoys a friendly rivalry with Yūma, and the two have sparred in solo matches on at least one occasion.[21] Despite claiming to want to teach him humility,[7] Arafune is impressed with the wealth of Yūma's fighting experience.[22]

Shun MidorikawaEdit

Arafune's relationship with Midorikawa is similar to the one he has with Yūma, feigning outrage at his junior getting cocky and challenging him to teach him a lesson. He seems to be closer to Midorikawa, wrestling with him after hearing that he had predicted his defeat at Yūma's hands. For his part, Midorikawa does not shy away from teasing Arafune.[23]

Tatsuya KurumaEdit

When Arafune quit being an Attacker Kuruma seemed to disbelieve that it was because of Murakami, which, together with their organizing a get-together, suggests that he already knew him in some capacity.[8] He was impressed with Arafune's ambitious goal of mass-producing Perfect All-Rounders.[1]

Yuzuru EmaEdit

Arafune gave Ema advice on the matter of the away expedition, possibly suggesting that the two are close enough for Ema to be willing to share his dilemma and his crush with Arafune.[24]

Hikari NireEdit

Arafune and Nire appear to be on good terms, with her greeting him enthusiastically when they met and Arafune smiling back at her.[25]

QuotesEdit

  • (To Tamakoma Second) "Amateurs! You gave yourselves away!"[26]
  • (To various people) "I'll cut you down to size."[7][23]
  • (To Kuruma) "I want to find methods that work for everyone and then mass-produce Perfect All-Rounders. My long-term goals are different from Kō's."[1]
  • (To Murakami) "Hey Kō, sounds to me like you're drunk on your own power. You think just because you beat me, now you're king of the world? You're 'stealing everyone's hard work'? My teaching skills are just that good! Don't be so full of yourself! That crap should be saved until after you beat Tachikawa, Kazama and Kage! All right?"[6]
  • "They don't bite, do they? I don't like dogs..."[27]
  • (To Ema) "If you're so worried about her then go protect her yourself!"[28]

TriviaEdit

  • Arafune likes okonomiyaki (a type of Japanese pancake), chilled tofu salad, action movies, and tea[29] and dislikes dogs.[30]
    • The reason behind his fear of dogs is that he was bitten by a small dog on his right butt cheek for no reason when he was young, leaving a scar that still remains even now.[BBF Q79]
  • He is unable to swim,[30] to the point that he is reluctant to submerge his face.[BBF Q77]
  • He goes to a prep school and is one of the few B-rank agents with good grades.[30]
  • Arafune is considering getting a motorbike license.[31]
  • He erroneously assumed that Yūma had been taught by Kizaki and Yūichi Jin,[20] when in fact his only mentor in Border was Kirie Konami.
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The white stripes are filled in.

  • In the magazine release of Chapter 87, Arafune's uniform is erroneously drawn with the white stripes colored in.[32] This was later fixed in the volume release.
  • The author joked that since he often draws Arafune jumping off buildings, the Sniper chooses them precisely so that he can leap off later.[30]
  • His voice actor, Eiji Takemoto, also voices Katsumi Karasawa.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 4)
  2. World Trigger Manga Chapter 87 (p. 12)
  3. 3.0 3.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 89 (p. 18)
  4. 4.0 4.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 92 (p. 17)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 163 (p. 17)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 5)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 World Trigger Manga Chapter 89 (p. 19)
  8. 8.0 8.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 3)
  9. World Trigger Manga Chapter 88 (p. 7)
  10. World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 2)
  11. World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 4-5)
  12. World Trigger Manga Chapter 54
  13. World Trigger Manga Chapter 58
  14. World Trigger Manga Chapter 59
  15. World Trigger Manga Chapter 60
  16. World Trigger Manga Chapter 129
  17. World Trigger Manga Chapter 136
  18. World Trigger Manga Chapter 95 (p. 1-5)
  19. World Trigger Manga Chapter 93 (p. 1-2)
  20. 20.0 20.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 9)
  21. World Trigger Manga Chapter 94 (p. 11)
  22. World Trigger Manga Chapter 90 (p. 16)
  23. 23.0 23.1 World Trigger Manga Chapter 92 (p. 18)
  24. World Trigger Manga Chapter 163 (p. 17-19)
  25. World Trigger Manga Chapter 164 (p. 10)
  26. World Trigger Manga Chapter 88 (p. 14)
  27. World Trigger Manga Chapter 124 (p. 17)
  28. World Trigger Manga Chapter 163 (p. 19)
  29. World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 166)
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Volume 8 Character Profiles
  31. 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
  32. World Trigger Manga Chapter 87 (p. 14)

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