History Characters / SangatsuNoLion

19th Jul '17 2:17:11 AM Bibliotheca
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* TheAloner: He appears alone, lost in his own world, in most of his on-screen appearance [[spoiler:since his hearing disability and his naturally quiet disposition severely impairs his communication with other people.]]


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* OlderThanTheyLook: He's Shimada's age, but appears 10-15 years younger.
18th Jul '17 7:03:13 PM Bibliotheca
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* TheQuietOne: Won't speak unless addressed to.

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* TheQuietOne: Won't speak unless addressed to. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that Souya has hearing disability, which might partly explain why.]]
30th Jun '17 7:38:13 PM Oecchi
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* {{Expy}}: Of [[Characters/YourLieInApril Kousei Arima]] from ''[[Manga/YourLieInApril Your Lie In April]]''. Both are bespectacled teen prodigies in their fields (Rei in Shogi; Kousei in piano) who endure tremendous trauma earlier in their life by suddenly becoming orphaned (though Kousei's father is still alive but is ostensibly absent) and are going through profound cases of depression. They both practically live on their own and only have tangential contact with their remaining families (though in Rei's case, it's his adoptive family). They have mentor/parental stand-ins who are at odds with their depressive state (Kouda as a "father" for Rei, Hiroko as a "mother" for Kousei) and they both find a person that brings the color back into their life (Hina and her sisters for Rei, Kaori for Kousei) by bombarding them with kindness and warmth. They are equally nerdy and awkward, and are considered rather odd by their peers; still they are both unwittingly influential to their peers and are sources of love, respect and admiration from almost everyone they meet. The main difference between them is that Rei is somewhat more aggressive and less courteous than Kousei, and unlike Kousei, Rei is ostensibly friendless between the death of his parents and the beginning of the story.
25th Jun '17 9:30:15 AM Hinooka-Homu
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* HateAtFirstSight: [[spoiler: She undoubtedly took an immediate repulsion towards Kyouko after meeting her for the first time.]]



* AloofBigSister: She's ultimately this for Rei, and maybe to Ayumu too, her biological brother, to an extent, in spite of her downright abusive behavior towards the former in both the past and the present.



* CantCatchUp: Realizing that he can't ever beat his foster brother in shogi and his subsequent lack of skill towards it compared to both Rei and Kyouko made him give up shogi in all it's entirety.
* FragileFlower: He cracked under all the pressure of having to live in a shogi-dominated household. Between Rei, who's had it rough in his life but managed to hold it all together, and Kyouko, whose fiery attitude kept her going in spite of her own issues similar to his and Rei's, Ayumu was the most sensitive of his siblings, and he's usually seen crying or sad-looking in most of Rei's flashbacks too.



* KindheartedCatLover: Adopts a small abandoned kitten he names Ichigo in the chapter focusing on him and is shown to be really affectionate to the point of territoriality towards the feline.



* TheAce: He's ''the'' shogi master, and many people aspire to either be him or defeat him. So far, he's been so unbeatable in shogi, that hopes of defeating him in a match are effectively crushed.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Shimada notes that Souya and Rei are pretty similar in both outlook and playstyle. Their similar appearances, dispositions, and backgrounds in their shogi career heavily reflect this.
* BrokenAce: There are hints that he's this, in spite of his fame and legendary skill in shogi.
* ChildProdigy: Similar to Rei, he also started out as a pro during his middle school years, quickly rising in the ranks of shogi fame until he became untouchable in skill.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: His eyes are perpetually blank, with no light reflecting off of them.
* PerpetualFrowner: Rarely smiles. You can count the number of times he has on one hand, and they probably don't even count as true smiles as far as the definition goes.
* TheQuietOne: Won't speak unless addressed to.
* StoicSpectacles: Like Rei, he's rarely seen without his glasses and he barely changes his downright gloomy expression.
* TheStoic: Rarely emotes and has kept that expression ever since his younger days.




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* TheAce: He's the best baseball player in his team and his fellow players hold him in high regard.
* ChickMagnet: Besides Hina, he seems to have a following of female fans thanks to his sports reputation.
* TheStoic: Rarely changes his perpetually serious expression. The one time he did, it was pretty [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's younger than Rei and is actually Hina's age, but his tall height and mature-looking build make him look older than he's supposed to be.
17th Apr '17 5:18:20 PM Everblaster
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* IllBoy: Despite all of his gusto, Nikaidou is sickly, and takes regular visits to the hospital. His illness is mentioned often by the cast, and it has manifested several times in the story in the form of anemia.

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Despite all of his gusto, Nikaidou is sickly, and takes regular visits to the hospital. His illness is mentioned often by the cast, and it has manifested several times in the story in the form of anemia.anemia.
** It's also shown that he has elimination problems manifested in renal disease, accounting for the possibility that he's not fat, but rather that he's excessively retaining fluids.
17th Apr '17 5:14:36 PM Everblaster
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* NotQuiteTheRightThing: It's shown that Kyouko and Rei both want something that resembles a loving relationship with one another, but the venom between them is just too strong. Rei can barely talk to her without her rousing in anger and spite, while Kyouko cannot get her points across without hurting him.
15th Apr '17 7:33:35 AM Everblaster
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Rei has a tendency to underestimate his shogi opponents by thinking too far ahead, which provides him with heavy doses of humility when they subsequently hand his rear-end back to him. He is an excellent player indeed and a prodigy, but there are people in shogi that are miles ahead of him.
15th Apr '17 6:51:58 AM Everblaster
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* LoveRedeems: Though he is still plagued with self-doubt and trust issues, his love for Hina and her family shows the measure of a man he is by providing the foundation of his newly-found confidence.
14th Apr '17 5:52:10 PM Everblaster
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* HiddenDepths: It's shown that Gotou keeps Kyouko around [[spoiler:because, as his wife is hospitalized, he is in dire need of companionship. He doesn't quite like this, though, as he keeps her at arm's length. Considering how caustic he is with everyone, it's no surprise that no one but Kyouko shows sincere care for him]].
14th Apr '17 5:45:07 PM Everblaster
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* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Though they are in a mutually destructive relationship, it's shown that Rei and Kyouko deeply care for each other in a markedly twisted way and cannot avoid the others' company in spite of having a mountain of regret and resentment between them. Rei cannot close the door on her and Kyouko cannot stop looking for him. Considering how estranged Kyouko is from her own family, Rei is basically the closest thing she has to a familial bond. It's nothing close to good, though; she mostly looks for him to bully him like she would bully a little brother.
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