Do you suppose that Akira is touch-starved or is he cat-like in his need for personal space? (He was designed to be like a cat vs Souji Seta who's like a loyal dog) Japanese culture doesn't seem to be very-touch friendly, and the fact that he was practically abandoned by his own family doesn't suggest a lot of affection there. And would prolonged skin-to-skin contact like back rubs and massages be too much for him or is it his personal catnip? (dumb ask, but do you think Akira's TICKLISH?? >8D)
> Do you suppose that Akira is touch-starved or is he cat-like in his need for personal space?
Honestly both, if that makes sense. So I think he’s pretty cat-like in physical affection for a little while as he and his S/O show each other their boundaries and get closer to each other, and at that point, Akira is much more touch starved, wanting all the affection he can get while also being subtly possessive, I think. I believe that in public, his physical affection would be very limited, especially since all of the Phantom Thieves aren’t trying to stand out and cause a scene (why have people be suspicious of you?), so holding hands or him having an arm wrapped around their waist or kissing them on the cheek/a quick peck on the lips would be, usually, the most he does (there are exceptions to this, though this is what I believe is normal for Akira and his S/O)
> And would prolonged skin-to-skin contact like back rubs and massages be too much for him or is it his personal catnip?
I think it’s his personal catnip to be frank, especially if it’s his S/O massaging him, he might think it’s better than Kawakami’s (unless his s/o is kawakami and then uhh he thinks its the best??)! Like just start giving him a massage when he’s relaxing or working, anything, and he’ll be under your command haha
> do you think Akira’s TICKLISH?? >8D
On the surface, he might not seem like it, and even then, he isn’t ticklish in normal places. However, if you start to ghost your hands on the sides of his stomach and begin tickling around there he actually is ticklish. This is not recommended unless you want to be pinned down and tickled mercilessly because this boy will not give in and will make you pay for your sins of tickling him