general opinion:fall in a hole and die | don’t like them | eh | they’re fine I guess | like them! | love them | actual love of my life
tumblr user @mikunialicein sums up my feelings for him with this image
hotness level: get away from me | meh | neutral | theoretically hot but not my type | pretty hot | gorgeous! | 10/10 would bang hogwarts house: gryffindor | slytherin | ravenclaw | hufflepuff best quality: saved misono’s life by stabbing his own mother, A+ worst quality: everything else, he’s a garbage man ship them with: maybe tsurugi? brotp them with: misono )’: needs to stay away from: everyone misc. thoughts: someone throw that goddamn hat away it’s like an ungodly combination of a fedora and a cowboy hat and i Hate it
Inazuma Walker Volume 4 White Day Special - summary (Apologies for lack of pictures, but they can be found at @shawn-and-aiden-frost-9 under the tag Inazuma Walker and @edgarvaltinas under the tag Inazuma Eleven)
*All prefixes (-san, -chan etc…) are how Hino and Mo address the characters
New Character Contest: Character designs that were created by fans that will appear in the anime and games The girl’s name is Ponko and the boy is called Hyoujo Mo comments his mouth is always like that - it looks like the number three or waves I think the girl character is an actual tanuki that turns into a human They talk about how cute she is; Mo praises the design and Hino says it’s a perfectly created tanuki - a real tanuki They reminisce about the kappas from the original series They also bring up the fact that playing soccer barefoot is dangerous They congratulate the two winning designs, then Hino comments that it’s a wonderful idea that fan designs can appear in the show and games. Mo asks him if he is praising himself (for the idea).
Valentine Event Character Ranking: The Inazuma Valentine’s Event 2017 ran from the 10th-17th of February on Twitter where fans could Tweet chocolate/sweets/food/pictures and ‘give’ them to their chosen character by hashtagging the name of the event and their character’s name. Each tweet counted as one vote. They received about 4,500 tweets and while they’d like to, they can’t show everything so they’ll show as many as possible. They really praise the effort fans took - making their own chocolate, drawing pictures, coming up with their own scenarios etc…
Here are some of the comments about specific characters.
Shindou I think they said he received a lot, and they talked about one of the managers calling him Shin-sama
Gazelle The girl’s message to Gazelle apologised in her tweet since she felt she failed in making her cupcakes. Mo explains the picture of the bar of chocolate surrounded by ice-packs as Gazelle giving a ‘cool/cold’ impression.
Burn Mou explains the tulip theme is because of his hair, according to a lot of fans
Asuto Of course, Asuto-kun’s candy is the sun. Mo says ‘Go for it!’ Is that a catchphrase?
Haizaki It’s a bento rather than chocolate, but it’s wonderfully made, right down to the bangs Mo says this character is well-loved
Nosaka The picture of him on the cake was drawn by hand, Mo seems impressed
Endou The gold Endou-kun figure in one of the photos is a charm, called an o mamori in Japanese, and Endou-kun’s name is Mamoru (same kanji) Mo says looks like an Ikemen/hottie in one of the pictures, and Hino can’t believe it’s Endou-kun but Mo insists it is. She says he looks cool.
Kinako They’re both happy to see Kinako-chan. Mo says she ranked very high. Hino comments that she’s popular in spite of being a girl, and Moe corrects him that it doesn’t matter than she’s a girl - she’s popular regardless.
Midorikawa Hino mentions Hiroto makes an appearance on the top cupcake, then corrects himself that his name has changed to Tatsuya. I think Mo mentions something about using matcha to make green food, Hino adds because he has a ‘green’ image (like his name means green).
Kira Hiroto All of his gifts are gum, not chocolate. Mo says, Happy Valentine! Here’s gum.
Goal Even Goal-san is loved.
Hakuryuu The captions in his picture are Hakuryuu protesting that he doesn’t eat sweet things, while his fan insists by shoving it into his mouth, and he calls her ‘kisama!’. Mo says fans love him because he’s cool.
Ibuki The atmosphere is kind of tense in this picture, like she’s apologising while giving him the chocolate Mou comments he’s popular because he played basketball as well as soccer
Aki Mo says the picture for Aki-chan looks like official art. Hino agrees and I think he says it looks exactly like a picture by a particular artist
Kogure He got frog-shaped chocolate
Wandaba Mo says he gets chocolate because Kidou is inside of him (same voice actor)
Manabe A lot of pictures have homework, and Mo mentions he’s popular
Gojou Mo says Gojou-san is great.
Kageyama Steel-bar shaped chocolate. Hino says the fans have thought this through, and Mo says reluctantly that Kageyama is popular.
Even Hino and Mo got gifts. They once again praise the quality of the gifts, despite fans only having a week. Hino’s happy that the characters are so loved.
Top 10 Character Ranking: Hino comments that even though they only had one week, so many people send tweets. A lot of magazines like Animage already guessed the most popular characters in their last issues, and they bring out one article as an example (for reference, that magazines lists Kazemaru, Fudou, Tatsuya, Aphrodi, Fubuki, Kidou, Gouenji, Endou, Gojou in that order as their guesses). Hino makes a joke about asking people to buy the magazine they showed (Famitsu?).
Kirino - 113 Tweets “I’ve been supporting Kirino since my youth. And he’s still my favourite today.”
Mo says the picture looks really high quality, like something from a real manga or an anime frame, the image of him accepting the chocolate with a smile. Then I think (and I could be wrong) Hino mentions that afterwards he’s going to have a worried look, which is why Mo reacts with ‘kowai, kowai, kowai…!’, meaning scary. (If I’m right, this is because Kirino shows hesitation about being popular with girls/ receiving things like Valentine’s…) EDIT: I’m completely wrong. Hino says the girl who drew the picture should come work for him as an animator lol
Tsurugi - 115 Tweets “Please take my honmei choco*!!! And because you look freezing, please take this scarf too!”
Hino says there was a fair amount of tweets for Tsurugi, and Mo adds because he’s cool. Hino then mentions that Kirino and Tsurugi were the two from Tenma’s story to make the top ten. They talk about the picture and Hino comments he doesn’t think Tsurugi looks cold at all, but he does look embarrassed. Mo says Tsurugi is a tsundere, except in front of his brother - then he acts like an angel.
*honmei chocolate - chocolate given to a boy on valentine’s day out of genuine sentiment
Gouenji - 131 Tweets “The strawberries are fire, the whipped cream is your hair, and the blueberries are what the ball looks like after you make a shoot.” His gifts are supposed to look like his face/image. Mo likes him so she was upset he wasn’t ranked higher, and only got 8th. A letter from the fan says she loves every aspect of Gouenji, from his hair to his face seen from the side to the kanji for his name. This fan loves him so much she can’t express it, and asks him to eat the cake she made if it’s alright.
Aphrodi - 134 Tweets “Kami no cocoa. When you drink it you’ll feel refreshed.” Mo says Aphrodi is a really popular character, loved by everyone. Hino comments on the Kami no Coco. They go to the next picture, and the message reads: “Don’t worry, it’s not Kami no Aqua - it’s Kami no Hot Chocolate!” Hino and Mo feel like these two would be friends, and find it amusing. They talk about how Aphrodi is cool.
Sakuma - 145 Tweets “I’ll be your biggest fan from here on too! I’m supporting you! Do your best as a player for Teikoku and with the new coach!” They talk about the eyepatch bear-chan, and the origami penguins. They mention Sakuma has become captain.
Kidou - 196 Tweets “For White Day, I’d like a written notification for an offer to join Kidou financial group and Teikoku! Oops, you’ve seen my ambition!” Hino says Kidou’s finally appeared. Mo says that while Kidou received a lot of chocolate, they chose the picture which really went all out to include everyone, like the koutei penguins, penguin Sakuma and Genda, Kageyama and even Gojou. Hino says it looks like a wallpaper. Another message from a fan says she made lots of onigiri chocolate, so please eat them with your close friends at Teikoku.
Kiyama Tatsuya (Hiroto) - 226 Tweets “I love Kiyama, who always does his best to believe in his own path!! I’m looking forward to see what you do next!” They talk about the cookies, in the form of Aliea, Ina Japan and even kappas. This fan mention since she can’t cook, she drew a picture. He’s liked no matter what his name. Hino mentions that when this person watches today’s PV, she’ll be amazed, and Mo teases him about praising himself again.
Fudou Akio - 374 Tweets “Akio-chan, act as you did before.” (I saw him called Fudou-chan/Akio-chan on the chat quite a lot too, must be a thing…) They mention he’s very popular, and talk about the bear in the photo dressed as an Inazuma Japan rep.
Fubuki Shirou - 374 Tweets “The white thing is a scarf. I like Fubuki no matter what series.” Mo says the Fubuki-shaped cookies are absolutely adorable. Hino comments that the design is great, right down to the scarf, and Mo says they look like they could be sold as professional character-based cookies. Although the new Fubuki has no scarf.
Kazemaru Ichirouta - 512 Tweets “I’ve supported you since I fell in love with you at first sight nine years ago! In contrast to you cool appearance, you’re so caring and sacrifice yourself for your team, with a warm Inazuma spirit. Do your best in Teikoku too! I’ll continue to support you from here!” Mo says Famitsu (the magazine that guessed the top-ranking characters) and Animage were right, and Hino agrees it’s amazing a character got over 500 tweets, a huge amount. They congratulate Kazemaru.
They both mention they’re curious about Gojou’s rank, then move o to commenting on the top 50 character ranking.
From 50-30 (Character ranking can be found on my tumblr) Even Kageyama’s name is there, in 50th place, with some female and GO characters. And in 33rd place is Hino himself! Before Desarm-san (34th) and behind Fideo (32nd). He thanks fans, as he’s happy, then Mo teases him if he eats all that chocolate he’ll get fat again. Hino mentions Matatagi (36th) and is impressed GO Galaxy characters made it. Hino mispronounces Matatagi’s name (Matatabi?) and Mo teases him that Japanese is difficult.
From 28-11 Both Hino and Mo talk about Minamisawa-senpai (22nd) (they call him senpai) for a little bit, as if they were expecting him to appear. Gojou-san got 21st. Hino looks amused that he’s near Minamisawa-senpai’s ranking. They mention Minamisawa-senpai’s pink phone. Hino notes Sangoku-san didn’t make it. Mo says he was 62nd. They talk about him for a bit, saying he’s very caring, though Hino calls him the ‘keeper who can’t stop goals’ and that there’s nothing really he’s able to stop, no joke. (Translator’s Notes: apologies to sangoku-san) They say it’s a pity Endou is in 11th place, just missing the top 10 Tenma is only 26th, even though he’s the protagonist of GO. Mo assures him tenma is very popular so it’s okay.
They thank everyone again for participating, then say they’ll give their White Day gift - a message from the top three characters.
Fudou’s Message (I’m so sorry, but I had trouble understanding the second part of his message, so I’ll need more time before I can translate it properly!) It seems like you went through a lot of effort to give me unnecessary things. Well, since you went through all that trouble, I guess I’ll accept. But (missing) this isn’t a thank you or anything. What? You want something in return? No way!
Hino smiles and says he’s very rude to fans. Mo says that’s the part of Fudou fans like. Hino wonders if this ‘thank you’ message is really okay… Still, it’s a Fudou-kun-like comment. So that’s Fudou’s ‘thank you’.
Thank you for these wonderful gifts! I have to say something appropriate in response to your thoughts, right? It might be difficult for Atsuya to feel the same way, but he’s not a bad person. Because we’re going to show you cool moves together, stay with us from here on out too!
Hino comments Atsuya made a guest appearance in his picture, then I think they said his ranking was quite low in the top 50. They said Fubuki-kun’s voice sounds genki and confident - he’s a new Fubuki-kun compared to the previous series, thanks to Atsuya.
Kazemaru’s Message That you remembered me like this makes me so happy!! Now I’m running in a new ground… I feel a different wind, with new feelings. But, I have a feeling not good things are going to happen… Whatever happens from here on, I’ll only run forward, without forgetting Raimon spirit! I’m depending on you to support me!
They said Kazemaru-san gave a perfect ‘thank you’.
Another White Day gift is the picture (Kaze, Fubu, Fudou), which can be downloaded from the Inazuma Walker page in many sizes. They talk about the picture for a bit, how all three look cool and Shirou’s doing his special training with his ski board to become like the wind, and Kazemaru-san has his running tracksuit. They said Atsuya’s not in this pic, but he makes his guest appearance in Shirou’s message.
Hino and Moe talk about how fans think so carefully about the InaIre characters, and they’re glad they held the event.
(I’ll upload the second part of the summary about the PV in another post)
Let’s talk about one of my favourite scenes in GO. The scene that made me sit up and think: Wow, Tsurugi’s really become a member of Raimon!
Tsurugi: Kariya o dou omou ka desu ka? What do I think of Kariya… is what you’re asking? Kirino: izen doko ka de aitsu ni atta koto wa nai ka? Haven’t you ever met him somewhere before?
I should start by saying, there’s nothing special about this scene, other than it was when I personally realized Tsurugi had switched to speaking more politely to his senpais.
In Japanese, there is a huge importance placed on politeness. When speaking to upper classmen, teachers, senpai etc. the language you use is more polite than if you were just talking casually with friends. It’s how you show respect, which is hugely important in Japanese culture. Polite language is generally referred to as keigo, and while there are different kinds of keigo I’ll stick to using just one to explain.
The most casual form of Japanese is referred to as plain form or tamaguchi and is used with good friends, kouhai, young children, animals etc. However, it is not very polite to use tamaguchi with senpai or people older than you, as it’s quite disrespectful. Clubs are especially strict about using keigo with senpais.
When Tsurugi first entered Raimon as a Seed, he used plain form with everyone - all of his senpai, teachers… I guess it showed his lack of respect for everyone, painting him as a ‘bad’ guy (Tsurugi not wearing a uniform is another example of his delinquency…).
However, if you refer back to the above scene, I’d like to point out that after the match against Teikoku, Tsurugi became closer to Raimon soccer club. His language changes - while he used tamaguchi with his senpais before, he switched to using keigo ( adding desu, masu to the end of his sentences) to show respect towards his senpais. He also started adding -san or -senpai after their names. I think this shows his character development in a way that unfortunately can’t quite be translated with just subtitles.
Note: Kirino uses tamaguchi, not keigo, with Tsurugi as he’s Tsurugi’s senior by a year. There’s no need for him to use polite language - he can speak casually.
There’s another example of a character switching language to show character development - Aphrodi - but I’ll talk more about that another time.