History Manga / WildAdapter

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* NoExportForYou: Due to the SeriesHiatus, six chapters were never [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes officially]] released in English.



* SeriesHiatus: Due to illness and [[ScrewedByTheLawyers contractual obligations]] after rumoured [[ExecutiveMeddling creative differences]] with its magazine.
30th Sep '15 9:08:32 AM Willbyr
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* AdoptTheDog: Perhaps ''WildAdapter'''s core trope, and coincidentally its central metaphor. Kubota is a weirdly unemotional, sometimes casually and chillingly violent person with minimal human connections or moral compunctions, DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife until he takes in Tokito, "a stray cat", around whom his life subsequently revolves.

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* AdoptTheDog: Perhaps ''WildAdapter'''s ''Wild Adapter'''s core trope, and coincidentally its central metaphor. Kubota is a weirdly unemotional, sometimes casually and chillingly violent person with minimal human connections or moral compunctions, DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife until he takes in Tokito, "a stray cat", around whom his life subsequently revolves.
27th Sep '15 7:33:14 AM Hedgebird
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Volume 7 was released in Japan in July 2015, after a seven-year hiatus.



* IHaveNoSon: Tokito's elderly friend has disowned his {{Yakuza}} son Yoshiro.

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* IHaveNoSon: Tokito's elderly friend Mr. Sato has disowned his {{Yakuza}} son Yoshiro.



* PromotionToParent: Kasai was saddled with teenaged Kubota, and Kubota is disturbed by Kasai's suggestion that Kubota is Tokito's parental figure.

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* PromotionToParent: ParentalSubstitute: Kasai was saddled with teenaged Kubota, and Kubota is disturbed by Kasai's suggestion that Kubota is Tokito's parental figure.
5th Feb '15 9:06:54 AM Hedgebird
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[[caption-width-right:351:2013 Japanese re-release]]



The series originally ran from 2000 to 2008 in ''Chara'', a [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] magazine. It went on [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]] after forty-six chapters due to Kazuya Minekura's poor health, as well as CreativeDifferences between the {{seinen}} tone of the series and the magazine's [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] demographic. It was collected into six tankobon volumes (with five chapters remaining uncollected), published in English in North America by {{Tokyopop}}, and in English and Chinese in Singapore by Chuang Yi. In 2011 the rights to the series were [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-08/kazuya-minekura-wild-adapter-manga-changes-publishers acquired by Ichijinsha]] (home of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''), and serialisation resumed in ''Zero Sum Ward'' in spring 2013.

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The series originally ran from 2000 to 2008 in ''Chara'', a [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] magazine. ''Chara''. It went on [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]] after forty-six chapters due to Kazuya Minekura's poor health, as well as CreativeDifferences between the {{seinen}} tone of the series and the magazine's [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] demographic. It was collected into in six tankobon volumes (with five chapters remaining uncollected), published in English left over), translated by {{Tokyopop}} in North America by {{Tokyopop}}, and in English and Chinese in Singapore by Chuang Yi. Yi in Singapore. In 2011 the rights to the series were [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-08/kazuya-minekura-wild-adapter-manga-changes-publishers acquired by Ichijinsha]] Ichijinsha (home of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''), and irregular serialisation resumed in ''Zero Sum Ward'' in spring 2013.
2013. An OVA of volume six was released in 2014.



** Volume one: May 1995 - January 1996
** Volume five: February - June 1996
** Volume two: January 1997
** Volume three: Summer 1997
** Volume four: Late autumn or early winter 1997
** Volume seven: Spring 1998
** Volume six: 1998, after volume seven

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** Volume one: Vol. 1: May 1995 - January 1996
** Volume five: Vol. 5: February - June 1996
** Volume two: Vol. 2: January 1997
** Volume three: Vol. 3: Summer 1997
** Volume four: Vol. 4: Late autumn or early winter 1997
** Volume seven: Vol. 7: Spring 1998
** Volume six: Vol. 6: 1998, after volume seven



-->'''Kasai''': This is the sixth body we've found that seems to have transformed into a beast - in attitude and appearance - after taking the drug. But he's the only one that died from a gunshot wound. The rest were [[LudicrousGibs exploded into gory little pieces]].

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-->'''Kasai''': This is the sixth body we've found that seems to have transformed into a beast - in attitude and appearance - after taking the drug. But he's the only one that died from a gunshot wound. The rest were [[LudicrousGibs exploded into gory little pieces]].



** Volume one: [[SideKick Komiya]]
** Volume two: Saori
** Volume three: [[IntrepidReporter Takizawa]]
** Volume four: Shimura, [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Anna]]
** Volume five: Shouta
** Volume six: [[TheDragon Osamu]]
** Volume seven: Yoshiro, Kasai

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** Volume one: Vol. 1: [[SideKick Komiya]]
** Volume two: Saori
Vol. 2: [[DistressedDamsel Saori]]
** Volume three: Vol. 3: [[IntrepidReporter Takizawa]]
** Volume four: Vol. 4: Shimura, [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Anna]]
** Volume five: Shouta
Vol. 5: [[TagalongKid Shouta]]
** Volume six: Vol. 6: [[TheDragon Osamu]]
** Volume seven: Vol. 7: Yoshiro, Kasai[[FriendOnTheForce Kasai]]



*** Aversion in-story: Tokito was NamedAfterSomebodyFamous almost at random: actor Tokito Saburo. "Anything but Saburo."

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*** Aversion in-story: Tokito was NamedAfterSomebodyFamous almost at random: randomly NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: actor Tokito Saburo. "Anything ("Anything but Saburo."")



** Volume two: Cold weather.
** Volume three: HeatWave, CicadianRhythm, and [[AmericanHolidays Fourth of July fireworks]].
** Volume four: dead leaves, first snow of the year.
** Volume five: Beginning of the school year.
** Volume seven: Spring rains, gardenias blooming.

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** Volume two: Vol. 2: Cold weather.
** Volume three: Vol. 3: HeatWave, CicadianRhythm, and [[AmericanHolidays Fourth of July fireworks]].
** Volume four: Vol. 4: dead leaves, first snow of the year.
** Volume five: Vol. 5: Beginning of the school year.
** Volume seven: Vol. 7: Spring rains, gardenias blooming.



** Volume 1: Even when he's mid-coitus with a woman, Komiya can't shut up about how cool Kubota is.
** Volume 3: The spooks who bug Kubota and Tokito's apartment get an earful of cheesy yaoi-style seduction scene dialogue improvised to screw with them before destroying the bug.
** Volume 4: Takizawa tentatively asks Tokito what his relationship with Kubota is after Tokito spills his insecurities about Anna; there's a soap opera argument about cheating playing on the television in the background.
** Volume 5: The nude, sleeping Tokito drags Kubota down on top of him after Kubota rescues him; Kubota reflects humorously that it looks bad but he doesn't object.
** Volume 6: Kubota refers to the kidnapped Tokito as his "mate" in the American translation.

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** Volume Vol. 1: Even when he's mid-coitus with a woman, Komiya can't won't shut up about how cool Kubota is.
in the middle of banging a hooker.
** Volume Vol. 3: The spooks who bug Kubota and Tokito's apartment get an earful of cheesy yaoi-style seduction scene dialogue improvised to screw mess with them before destroying they destroy the bug.
** Volume Vol. 4: Takizawa tentatively asks Tokito what his relationship with Kubota is after Tokito spills his insecurities about Anna; there's Anna. There's a soap opera argument about cheating [[CrystalBallScheduling playing on the television in the background.
background.]]
** Volume Vol. 5: The nude, sleeping Tokito drags Kubota down on top of him after Kubota rescues him; Kubota reflects humorously that it looks bad but he doesn't object.
** Volume Vol. 6: Kubota refers to the kidnapped Tokito as his "mate" in the American translation.



** Volume one: the prologue arc. Kubota's first encounters with W.A. while a leader of the Izumo-kai gang, and his social detachment, are seen through the eyes of his second-in-command Komiya.
** Volume two: Tokito, his apparent connection to W.A., and his close, ambiguous relationship to Kubota, are introduced through the perspective of Saori, a runaway whom the Tojou gang believe may be a lead on W.A.
** Volume three: Kubota and Tokito infiltrate a cult that may be a front for the mob and W.A., with the help of Takizawa, a reporter with a vendetta against its leader.
** Volume four: the ''kotodama'' arc. Kubota is the chief suspect in a prostitute's murder, and Tokito, after realising how little he knows about Kubota's past, enlists the help of Anna, another prostitute, to hunt down the true killer.
** Volume five: the flashback arc. Kubota's ten-year-old neighbour Shouta helps domesticate Tokito and observes the slow growth of trust between him and Kubota.
** Volume six: the kidnapping arc. Osamu, Kubota's successor as the leader of the Izumo youth, is ordered to abduct Tokito, to his gang's rapid regret.

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** Volume one: Vol. 1: the prologue arc. Kubota's first encounters with W.A. while a leader of the Izumo-kai gang, and his social detachment, are seen through the eyes of his second-in-command Komiya.
** Volume two: Vol. 2: Tokito, his apparent connection to W.A., and his close, ambiguous relationship to Kubota, are introduced through the perspective of Saori, a runaway whom the Tojou gang believe may be a lead on W.A.
** Volume three: Vol. 3: Kubota and Tokito infiltrate a cult that may be a front for the mob and W.A., with the help of Takizawa, a reporter with a vendetta against its leader.
** Volume four: Vol. 4: the ''kotodama'' arc. Kubota is the chief suspect in a prostitute's murder, and Tokito, after realising how little he knows about Kubota's past, enlists the help of Anna, another prostitute, to hunt down the true killer.
** Volume five: Vol. 5: the flashback arc. Kubota's ten-year-old neighbour Shouta helps domesticate Tokito and observes the slow growth of trust between him and Kubota.
** Volume six: Vol. 6: the kidnapping arc. Osamu, Kubota's successor as the leader of the Izumo youth, is ordered to abduct Tokito, to his gang's rapid regret.


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* IHaveNoSon: Tokito's elderly friend has disowned his {{Yakuza}} son Yoshiro.
* InternalReveal: Kasai discovers Tokito's original identity and what happened to his family. He tells Araki, but not yet Tokito and Kubota.
* JustGotOutOfJail: Yoshiro is welcomed back into the Tojo fold after taking the fall for somebody else in the organization. While he was inside, Kubota killed the heads of the company and new boss Sekiya has taken their place.
* ParentalNeglect: Yoshiro was molested as a kid while his father worked.
* PromotionToParent: Kasai was saddled with teenaged Kubota, and Kubota is disturbed by Kasai's suggestion that Kubota is Tokito's parental figure.
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The series originally ran from 2000 to 2008 in ''Chara'', a [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] magazine. It went on [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]] after forty-six chapters due to Kazuya Minekura's poor health, as well as CreativeDifferences between the {{seinen}} tone of the series and the magazine's [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] demographic. It was collected into six tankobon volumes (with five chapters remaining uncollected), published in English in North America by {{Tokyopop}}, and in English and Chinese in Singapore by Chuang Yi. In 2011 the rights to the series were [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-08/kazuya-minekura-wild-adapter-manga-changes-publishers acquired by Ichijinsha]] (''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''), and serialisation resumed in ''Zero Sum Ward'' in spring 2013.

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The series originally ran from 2000 to 2008 in ''Chara'', a [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] magazine. It went on [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]] after forty-six chapters due to Kazuya Minekura's poor health, as well as CreativeDifferences between the {{seinen}} tone of the series and the magazine's [[YaoiGenre shounen-ai]] demographic. It was collected into six tankobon volumes (with five chapters remaining uncollected), published in English in North America by {{Tokyopop}}, and in English and Chinese in Singapore by Chuang Yi. In 2011 the rights to the series were [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-08/kazuya-minekura-wild-adapter-manga-changes-publishers acquired by Ichijinsha]] (''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''), (home of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''), and serialisation resumed in ''Zero Sum Ward'' in spring 2013.



-->'''Kubota''': "We're seeking spiritual guidance because we're a gay, sex-addicted couple... [[IncestIsRelative who are half-brothers]], [[IHaveNoSon disowned by our family]] after the consummation of [[StarCrossedLovers our forbidden love."]] How's that? [[UndercoverAsLovers Isn't it perfect?]]

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-->'''Kubota''': "We're seeking spiritual guidance because we're a gay, sex-addicted [[LovableSexManiac sex-addicted]] couple... [[IncestIsRelative who are half-brothers]], [[IHaveNoSon disowned by our family]] after the consummation of [[StarCrossedLovers our forbidden love."]] How's that? [[UndercoverAsLovers Isn't it perfect?]]



* HoYay: Kubota and Tokito. Enforced and occasionally invoked: despite the series' {{seinen}} sensibility and lack of [[SubText overt romance]], it did run in a [[BoysLoveGenre BL]] [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys magazine]]. Komiya, [[AmbiguouslyGay Sanada]], and [[DepravedHomosexual Sekiya]] have their moments [[EvenTheGuysWantHim with Kubota]], too.

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* HoYay: HomoeroticSubtext: Kubota and Tokito. Enforced Tokito's relationship is intimate but ambiguous. Though the series was conceived and occasionally invoked: despite ran as BoysLoveGenre, it keeps its central relationship deliberately undefined, to both the series' {{seinen}} sensibility audience and lack of [[SubText overt romance]], it did run in a [[BoysLoveGenre BL]] [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys magazine]]. the characters themselves. Komiya, [[AmbiguouslyGay Sanada]], and [[DepravedHomosexual Sekiya]] [[EnforcedTrope have their moments moments]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim with Kubota]], too.



* TokyoIsTheCentreOfTheUniverse: Downplayed. The setting is the city of Yokohama which, admittedly, is part of the greater metropolitan area surrounding Tokyo Bay, but specific local features, like the port, Chinatown, and U.S. military base, play a role in various plot arcs.



* SeasonalMotif: In the coda, the HeatWave finally breaks while Kubota and Tokito are messing around in echo of a "fireworks festival".
-->'''Tokito:''' The summer was about to burn out like one of our fireworks.




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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The eavesdroppers who bug the apartment, though it's suggested they're from Tojou or Izumo, are never identified after they give up in disgust at getting jerked around by Kubota and Tokito.


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-->'''Kubota:''' Detective...do you believe in ''kotodama''? They say the moment a word leaves your lips, its power is released. But you know...I don't have one true word for you.
* BookEnds: Of Kubota's old Izumo underling Shuji's death, setting up volume six.


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* DisposableSexWorker: Anna's friend Rika, a call girl and drug dealer for Izumo patronised by Shimura, who frequents sex clubs because he has no real relationships. She hits his BerserkButton by calling him "a small man".


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* JerkassHasAPoint: Detective Hasebe, though a DirtyCop himself, is right that Kubota is a punk protected by a DirtyCop uncle and a MysteriousParent, who has literally gotten away with murder. It just isn't this murder.
-->'''Kubota:''' Hey, Detective. You're not wrong, you know. This world is crazy...if it allows people like me to exist.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Why Kou is delivering (presumably) drugs to Rika an Izumo prostitute dealing Izumo drugs out of an Izumo brothel is unexplained. And if it wasn't the drugs, what was it?


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!! Volume Seven
* AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity: Inverted. In his WholeEpisodeFlashback about having Kubota left on his hands as a junior high student, Kasai's HandsOffParenting leaves them with no common interest except {{Mahjong}} and he teaches Kubota nothing but how to make curry and get bloodstains out of clothes.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Yoshiro.
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* AdoptTheDog: Perhaps ''WildAdapter'''s core trope, and coincidentally its central metaphor. Kubota is a weirdly unemotional, sometimes casually and chillingly violent person with minimal human connections or moral compunctions, until he takes in Tokito, "a stray cat", around whom his life subsequently revolves.

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* AdoptTheDog: Perhaps ''WildAdapter'''s core trope, and coincidentally its central metaphor. Kubota is a weirdly unemotional, sometimes casually and chillingly violent person with minimal human connections or moral compunctions, DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife until he takes in Tokito, "a stray cat", around whom his life subsequently revolves.



-->'''Kubota''': "We're seeking spiritual guidance because we're a gay, sex-addicted couple... [[IncestIsRelative who are half-brothers]], disowned by our family after the consummation of our forbidden love." How's that? [[UndercoverAsLovers Isn't it perfect?]]

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-->'''Kubota''': "We're seeking spiritual guidance because we're a gay, sex-addicted couple... [[IncestIsRelative who are half-brothers]], [[IHaveNoSon disowned by our family family]] after the consummation of [[StarCrossedLovers our forbidden love." "]] How's that? [[UndercoverAsLovers Isn't it perfect?]]



** Tokito, Kubota, and Kou appear as Wonder Arm, the mysterious guy, and a good scientist in the {{shonen}} manga [[ShowWithinAShow that Shouta draws]] in volume five.

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** Tokito, Kubota, and Kou appear as Wonder Arm, the "Wonder Arm", "the mysterious guy, guy", and a "a good scientist scientist" in the {{shonen}} manga [[ShowWithinAShow that Shouta draws]] in volume five.



* WeWillMeetAgain: Sekiya [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya makes a point of introducing himself]] to Kubota just before making his TacticalWithdrawal and asks Kubota to remember his name. Kubota doesn't really care.

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* WeWillMeetAgain: DragonAscendant of the Tojou Sekiya [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya makes a point of introducing himself]] to Kubota just before making his TacticalWithdrawal and asks Kubota to remember his name. Kubota doesn't really care.



* BookEnds: The volume begins with Kubota's rescue of Tokito after finding him slumped in an alley. It ends with Tokito finding Kubota in the same position and rescuing him, more metaphorically, from his despair.



* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him'', until finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.
* IFoundYouLikeThis: Tokito wakes up, naked, to a classic UnfamiliarCeiling and a tall dude in glasses offering him soup. Still feeling the compulsion to run from...wherever he escaped from, he bolts, and Shouta finds him collapsed on the playground. Shouta summons Kubota, and the second time Tokito wakes up, Kubota uses the unthreatening Shouta as a go-between.

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* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him'', until finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.
TakeMyHand.
* IFoundYouLikeThis: Tokito wakes up, naked, to a classic UnfamiliarCeiling and a tall dude in glasses offering him soup. Still feeling the compulsion to run from...wherever he escaped from, he bolts, and Shouta finds him collapsed on the playground. Shouta summons Kubota, and the second time after Tokito wakes up, up the second time, Kubota uses the unthreatening Shouta as a go-between.
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* DistressedDamsel

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* DistressedDamselDistressedDamsel: Saori is TheRunaway who's scared to tell her boyfriend [[TeenPregnancy she's pregnant]] and wishes she could simply dissolve out of existence. She begs Kubota for help, and he lets her kip on his couch. She asks Tokito why he bothers to defend her from the yakuza since he's not going to fix the rest of her life, and he irritably points out that it's a lot to ask, and that a parent-to-be should know how to take care of herself. She decides that since she can't just melt away, she'll learn how to live on her own.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Tokito is introduced as Kubota's half-naked, bitching roommate whose craving for snack food Kubota is indulging, but whose name isn't on the door, and who is surprised and annoyed to find Kubota bringing home a girl. Saori finds him [[BrutalHonesty rude]] and [[CrazyJealousGuy weirdly possessive]] of Kubota. She realises later that it's actually Kubota who is deeply possessive [[{{Protectorate}} of Tokito.]]



* TeenPregnancy

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* TeenPregnancyHisNameIs: Saori's boyfriend is a yakuza wannabe who tells the Tojou group that he has connections to W.A. distribution, then overdoses on it. Tojou abducts Saori because they suspect he told her about W.A.
* HoldingHands: Kubota and Tokito hold hands casually in public, in the hospital waiting room and on the street, and generally lack physical boundaries with each other.
* ICanSeeYou: Though Sanada plays no role in the plot, he lets Kubota know that Izumo is keeping tabs on him and Tokito by calling him from across the street.




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* WeWillMeetAgain: Sekiya [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya makes a point of introducing himself]] to Kubota just before making his TacticalWithdrawal and asks Kubota to remember his name. Kubota doesn't really care.
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* AdoptTheDog
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife:

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* AdoptTheDog
AdoptTheDog: Immediately after leaving the Izumo gang, Kubota finds and takes in the W.A.-affected Tokito. Kubota becomes afraid of losing him, holding him at arms' length and keeping back all knowledge of WA and his life in the underworld, until Tokito discovers it for himself and demands that Kubota rely on him as an equal.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife:DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Kasai accuses Kubota of picking up Tokito in the same way Shouta donates to the red feather fund because everybody else has connections with other people, not because he really cares about it. Kubota admits that he doesn't know what he's doing, but thinks he's the one likely to be hurt by it.



-->'''Kubota:''' Yup. He was a complete mess.



* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him''. Finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.

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* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him''. Finally ''him'', until finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.



* LonersAreFreaks: Shouta's teacher has ordered him to keep a journal because he doesn't relate well to his classmates.
* StoryWithinAStory: Shouta draws a {{Shonen}} manga inspired by his first sightings of Kubota, Tokito, and Kou, but struggles with the character of "the mysterious guy" based on Kubota.

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* LonersAreFreaks: Shouta's teacher has ordered him to keep a journal because he doesn't relate well to his classmates. \n In his last entry, he writes that the journal has forced him to face himself, so that one day he'll be able to deal honestly with someone else. Meanwhile, Kubota admits that he was raised in almost total neglect, and has no idea how to allow Tokito to care for him.
* StoryWithinAStory: Shouta draws a {{Shonen}} manga inspired by his first sightings of Kubota, Tokito, and Kou, but struggles with the character of "the mysterious guy" based on Kubota. Shouta consults him about a character who doesn't know what to do with his stray cat, Kubota equally indirectly discusses his own background, and Shouta (whose parents are staying together for his sake without consulting him), convinces Kubota that treating the "cat" as an object to be protected rather than a reciprocal relationship is unfair.
* TiredOfRunning: Tokito enters the story desperate to escape from somewhere he can't clearly remember and is initially afraid of everyone but Shouta. When he finds Kubota's borrowed police file on WA and learns it's fatal, he decides he wants to know as much as possible. When Shouta tells him they have to run from the yakuza, he instead leaps into the fray Kubota has been careful to keep him out of, using the strength of his deformed hand to rescue him.
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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLifeDesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife:
-->'''Kubota:''' To him, nothing was more uncertain than his own existence. That's why he was searching for something to make him feel alive. He just wanted to be able to feel that.
-->'''Shouta:''' But he...didn't know what to do once he got it?



* IFoundYouLikeThis

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* IFoundYouLikeThisIFoundYouLikeThis: Tokito wakes up, naked, to a classic UnfamiliarCeiling and a tall dude in glasses offering him soup. Still feeling the compulsion to run from...wherever he escaped from, he bolts, and Shouta finds him collapsed on the playground. Shouta summons Kubota, and the second time Tokito wakes up, Kubota uses the unthreatening Shouta as a go-between.
* LonersAreFreaks: Shouta's teacher has ordered him to keep a journal because he doesn't relate well to his classmates.
* StoryWithinAStory: Shouta draws a {{Shonen}} manga inspired by his first sightings of Kubota, Tokito, and Kou, but struggles with the character of "the mysterious guy" based on Kubota.



* VillainEpisode

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* VillainEpisodeVillainEpisode
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* AdoptTheDog: After the violent deaths of two stray cats [[spoiler:and Komiya]], and expecting someday to meet the same end himself, Kubota chooses to care for another one: Tokito.
-->'''Kubota:''' "I took in a cat. He's big for a stray. He looks like he'll be a lot of trouble. But he also looks like a tough one. This time I'm thinking I'll be the first to die. . . He felt heavy, that little cat."
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Though Komiya [[HisNameIs loses his sample of W.A.]] in the assault, he manages to drag himself to Kubota's doorstep to deliver the [[FinalSpeech motivational speech]] that drives Kubota out of Izumo.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Kubota's 'job interview' with Izumo requires him to execute the incumbent with a gun that might backfire. He complains about the noise.



* {{Mahjong}}: Kubota attracts the notice of the Izumo gang because he's a mahjong shark.
* PetTheDog: Komiya discovers his devotion to Kubota after helping him to bury a stray cat. Kubota is also literally petting Sanada's dog when he tells him that he likes animals, but isn't interested in people.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Kubota's 'job interview' with Izumo requires him to execute the incumbent with a gun that might backfire. He complains about the noise.
* {{Mahjong}}: Kubota attracts the notice of the Izumo gang because he's a mahjong shark.
* PetTheDog: Komiya discovers his devotion to Kubota after helping him to bury a stray cat. Kubota is also literally petting Sanada's dog when he tells him that he likes animals, but isn't interested in people.
* AdoptTheDog: After the violent deaths of two stray cats [[spoiler:and Komiya]], and expecting someday to meet the same end himself, Kubota chooses to care for another one: Tokito.
-->'''Kubota:''' "I took in a cat. He's big for a stray. He looks like he'll be a lot of trouble. But he also looks like a tough one. This time I'm thinking I'll be the first to die. . . He felt heavy, that little cat."
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Though Komiya [[HisNameIs loses his sample of W.A.]] in the assault, he manages to drag himself to Kubota's doorstep to deliver the [[FinalSpeech motivational speech]] that drives Kubota out of Izumo.]]



* DistressedDamsel



* DistressedDamsel

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* DistressedDamselGoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Aversion. Saori, Kubota, and Kasai all treat it as Saori's wisest course; Kasai mentions that he's done it before.



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Aversion. Saori, Kubota, and Kasai all treat it as Saori's wisest course; Kasai mentions that he's done it before.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Aversion. Saori, Kubota, and Kasai all treat it as Saori's wisest course; Kasai mentions that he's done it before.



* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Takizawa.



* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Takizawa.



* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Kubota refuses to say anything of significance during police questioning (or to Tokito beforehand), in thematic contrast to Shimura.
* ClearTheirName: While Detective Hasebe holds Kubota for questioning, Tokito, Anna, and Takizawa, and independently Kasai and Araki, track down Shimura.



* ClearTheirName: While Detective Hasebe holds Kubota for questioning, Tokito, Anna, and Takizawa, and independently Kasai and Araki, track down Shimura.
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Kubota refuses to say anything of significance during police questioning (or to Tokito beforehand), in thematic contrast to Shimura.



* AdoptTheDog
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife



* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him''. Finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.
* IFoundYouLikeThis
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Shouta asking about the name Minoru on the bracelet Kubota found on Tokito triggers one. [[spoiler:Tokito breaks Kubota's arm as]] Kubota administers a CooldownHug to restrain him, and Shouta is frightened away from their apartment for days.



* AdoptTheDog
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him''. Finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.
* IFoundYouLikeThis
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Shouta asking about the name Minoru on the bracelet Kubota found on Tokito triggers one. [[spoiler:Tokito breaks Kubota's arm as]] Kubota administers a CooldownHug to restrain him, and Shouta is frightened away from their apartment for days.

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* AdoptTheDog
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* HatesBeingTouched: Tokito, in the first weeks of staying in Kubota's apartment, won't let Kubota or Kasai touch him. Touch is the plot's main symbol of Tokito and Kubota's relationship: After Tokito [[spoiler:breaks Kubota's arm]] with his beast hand, he refuses to touch anyone for fear of harming them. Later Kubota refuses to relax his promise not to touch Tokito, for fear of psychologically harming ''him''. Finally Tokito demands that Kubota take his hand.
* IFoundYouLikeThis
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Shouta asking about the name Minoru on the bracelet Kubota found on Tokito triggers one. [[spoiler:Tokito breaks Kubota's arm as]] Kubota administers a CooldownHug to restrain him, and Shouta is frightened away from their apartment for days.



* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Osamu.
* VillainEpisode



* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Osamu.



* MookPromotion: Osamu, Ryuunosuke, and Shuji were Kubota and Komiya's barely-differentiated minions during Kubota's time with Izumo in the prologue arc. In volumes four and six they have names, personalities, backstories, and their own supporting cast, and Osamu and Ryuunosuke have succeeded Kubota and Komiya as Izumo's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and his SideKick.

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* MookPromotion: Osamu, Ryuunosuke, and Shuji were Kubota and Komiya's barely-differentiated minions during Kubota's time with Izumo in the prologue arc. In volumes four and six they have names, personalities, backstories, and their own supporting cast, and Osamu and Ryuunosuke have succeeded Kubota and Komiya as Izumo's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and his SideKick.SideKick.
* VillainEpisode
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