Hisashi Suo (周防 久志 Suō Hisashi) is the current Meijin (Master) of Karuta. He began karuta in college, and took three years to take the title of Meijin. He has won the Master title five consecutive times, which makes him an Eternal Meijin.
Suo is quite lax when it comes to his college studies. He has been in college for eight years and should have graduated by now, and this fact frustrates his professors.
He has a quiet voice. He is so soft-spoken that when he speaks in front of his class, nobody can hear him. Using a microphone will only make him speak even more softly.
Shinobu is the current reigning Queen of competitive karuta, While Hisashi is the current reigning Meijin, or Master. Shinobu doesn't like him very much; even so, he tends to call her often because he wants to have a match against her.
Suo once asked Chihaya to be his girlfriend.
Taichi became one of his cram school students.
Suo has 28 "one-syllable" cards in the hundred-card Hyakunin Isshu. Suo is a bit faster when his favorite reader, Kyoko Yamashiro, is reading for a match. His style is often described as 'nasty' and 'sick' by many other players for his tendency to trick his opponents into committing faults while playing.
Suo's probably one and only weakness is the illness that caused his sight to be limited. This is noted by Chihaya - after practicing with him, she noticed Suo was a bit slower to take cards set at the edge of the field.
Techniques & Talents
Opponent's Faults Maker
-Suo's specialty, which causes his opponent to commit faults and make his opponent to lose his calm. This style of karuta is deemed nasty and sick by others since it causes others to feel hopeless over their own karuta style, which normally focus on taking opponent cards or defending your own cards. This style requires the speed of one player to make the opponent startled when they are too focused on hearing the syllables. When the opponent is startled, they make mistakes by touching the card that they think Suo is aiming at , thus making faults.
-Suo is notably said to possess the best hearing out of all the characters. He has also noted that for him, there are 28 'one -syllable' cards (this is later corrected by Suo, saying that he only has 27 'one-syllable' cards), showing how good he is in discerning the sounds. However , this varies based on who the reader is, as well as the conditions.
- Suo is very strange.
- His favorite food is sweets.
- In the manga, he mentally claimed Chihaya as his bride.
- There is much hatred for Hisashi Suo.
- His personal favorite idol is Kyoko Yamashiro, whom he affectionately calls "Kyoko-tan".
- He has a collection of reading samples of the Hyakunin Isshu by all 7 professional readers, including one who has not read in tournaments for some time.
- He is an 8th year college student
- He enjoys playing the Piano & Violin
- (To everybody) "Are you a class A player?"
- (To himself, about Chihaya) "I found myself a bride...!"
- (To Chihaya) "Harada-sensei is good. I feel pumped up watching him."
- (To himself) "N-Nico Douga... clap clap clap clap..."
- (To Chihaya) "You're interesting, you know. You're cute, optimistic, not one to lose heart... you have both friends and a boyfriend and you want to become the Queen to boot? You won't."
- (To Taichi) "No. I'm not obliged. To start with, I hate you."
- (To Taichi) "In Karuta there are only 4 ways, right? You take the card, your opponent takes the card, you make a mistake, your opponent makes a mistake."
- (To his students) " Words hold power, and I ask all of you not to forget that."
- (To Taichi) "I thought you were quite admirable. Being among all those people who love karuta from the bottom of their hearts must have been tough for you, since you yourself don’t like karuta. Even though you don’t like it, you still tried your absolute best in it. So I thought that it was admirable."
- (To Taichi) "I don't like Karuta, either."
- (To Taichi) "Although it's called talent, I think of it as simply your speed of starting a fire until you have it burning. Those with 'talent' make the fire catch real quick. But that alone doesn't guarantee how strong your flame will be nor how long it can keep burning."