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Yusei Nishida
Yusei Nishida Anime Infobox
Kanji

西田優征

Rōmaji

Nishida Yūsei

Characteristics
Gender

Male

Birthday

November 29

Age

15

Professional Status
Occupation

Student

Personal Status
Status

Alive

Relatives

Yukari Nishida (sister)

Karuta
Group

Mizusawa High School Karuta Club
Suihoku Karuta Society

Level

Class A

First Appearance
Manga Debut

Chapter 5

Anime Debut

Episode 3

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Toru Nara

Image Gallery

Yusei Nishida is a member of the karuta club that Chihaya created. He has been shown to be good at karuta. He is the current president of the Mizusawa karuta club.

Appearance

Yuusei's appearance

Nishida is chubby, and has short, sandy blond hair. He usually has his eyes shut. He wears his school uniform most of the time. Also, he wears plain t-shirts and jeans when he isn't at school. During special tournaments and matches, he wears hakamas that the Ōe Traditional Clothing Shop lets the karuta club borrow.

Personality

Yusei is quite competitive. Despite his aggressive personality and tough attitude, he is loyal to his friends, especially when he's played with them as a team. Both traits show when he gives playing tips to Chihaya and the others. He also really loves pork dumplings. And despite his fat look, he is actually quite athletic. He excel not only in karuta but also in tennis which is seen in the manga and also in the anime where he played very well even though tennis is just a substitute for karuta.

Relationships

Arata Wataya

During his childhood, Arata was Yusei's most notable rival. After losing to him, Yusei stopped playing karuta and turned to tennis.

Chihaya Ayase

She and Yusei met as kids in Shiranami Karuta Society's headquarters; they had a 3-on-3 match against each other. According to Taichi, Chihaya and Yusei seem to be pretty much on par at karuta. She calls him Nikuman-kun (Meat Bun Guy) which really annoys him at first. For him, she is the group's airhead, and changing her behavior is out of character for her.

Taichi Mashima

Yusei respects Taichi greatly as the karuta club's president. He is the only one who calls Yusei by his (family) name.

Tsutomu Komano

He calls Tsutomu Desk-kun (Tsukue-kun). He considers Tsutomu as part of the main team, and didn't like it when he let Tsukuba take his place as the starting member for the group tournament so he and Sumire could spy on the other teams.

Yukari Nishida

Yukari is his big sister who is currently Hyoro's girlfriend. He gets annoyed when she supports Hokuo Academy instead of Mizusawa.

History

He was in a competition against Arata in grade school, but lost to him and got second place. In the anime, it is shown that after losing to Arata, he stopped playing karuta as he no longer won, and joined the tennis club instead as a substitute.

Official Matches Record

Opponents

Tournament

Results

Cards Differences

Important Event

Unknown
(Eikou University High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Win
(3-2)

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Shuryukan)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Win
(4-1)

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Hanasaki Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Win
(3-2)

Unknown

Right after this match, Komano throws a tantrum and left. Taichi showed his leadership here.

Unknown
(Tomihara West High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Semi-final)

Win
(3-2)

Unknown

-

Amakasu Nayuta

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Final)

Win

(3-2)

Unknown

After the match, Hyoro told how he take pride over the trophy.

Unknown

(Takechi High)

High School Team National Championship
(Round 1)

Win

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Fujisaki High)

High School Team National Championship

(Round 2)

Lose

Unknown

-

Mashima Taichi

Saitama Caruta Tournament

(Class B : Final)

Win

+1 Card
(Luck-of-the-Draw)

Nishida noted about Taichi’s personality and Chihaya’s

Sudo Akito

(Hokuo Academy)

Meijin East Qualifier Tournament

(Round 1)

Lose

-20 Cards

-

Unknown

(Shuryukan)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group Match)

Win

Unknown

-

Unknown

(Tomihara West High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group Match)

Win

(3-2)

Unknown

-

Unknown

(Homei High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Semi-Final)

Win

Unknown

During the match, the aircond is malfunction and Taichi is having a hard time. He asked for a towel and Chihaya also gave one to him.

Shiroyama

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Final)

Lose

(2-3)

-13 Cards

Even though Mizusawa lost, Mizusawa still become one of the representative for Tokyo region.

Napa Payakaroon

(Chiba International School Of Information Sciences)

High School Team National Championship
(Group Match)

Win

(4-1)

Unknown

-

Sasaki Makoto

(Yamaguchi Mioka

High)

High School Team National Championship
(Group Match)

Win

(3-2)

Unknown

-

Kawabe

(Shoyo High School)

High School Team National Championship

(Quarter-Final)

Win

Unknown

Before this match begins, Nishida snapped because he felt like Komano had given up in karuta.

Yuube Keiko

(First Akashi Girls’)

High School Team National Championship

(Semi-Final)

Lose

but the team win

(3-2)

-7 Cards

-

Suzuki Kanata

(Fujisaki High)

High School Team National Championship

(Final)

Win

(3-2)

+1 Card

Luck-of-the-Draw

-

Ichimura Mitsuki

(Fujisaki High)

High School Individual National Championship

(Class-A : Round 1)

Win

Unknown

-

Wataya Arata

High School Individual National Championship

(Class-A : Round 2)

Lose

-9 Cards

Nishida realized how much he still need to train the things he lacks.

Karuta's style

Just like others who are from Suihoku karuta society, Nishida's karuta style is defensive karuta style. Nishida mentioned that his defensive karuta style is about taking 10 cards from your opponent field and defend 15 cards from his own field.

Techniques & Talents

Game Flow Sense

Nishida never actually memorizes the arrangement of all the cards in the field or the cards that had been read or not yet. But he 'senses' the flow of the match and predict which part or which card will be read next. This talent of his helps to reserve both his mental and physical stamina, since he won't be too tired concentrating on forgetting the previous cards arrangement and memorizing the new ones.

Synopsis

Quotes

  • (To himself) "Tennis can never replace karuta!"

Trivia

  • Chihaya refers to him as Nikuman-kun which means Meat Bun or Porky.
  • Nishida's nickname Nikuman-kun is a play on his real name "Nishida" -> "Nikuman".
  • Nishida was extremely shocked when he found his sister is dating Retro-kun.
  • He has been playing karuta since he was 5 years old. In Chapter 12, he says he has a playing history of 10 years.
  • In the manga, Nishida joins the Mizushima karuta club before Komano.

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