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Yusei Nishida
Yuusei Nishida
Name Yusei Nishida
Kanji 西田優征
Rōmaji Nishida Yūsei
Gender Male
Age 15 (Freshman in High School)
Birthday November 29
Hair Color Sandy blond
Personal Status
Status Alive
Level Class A
Group Mizusawa High School Karuta Club
Suihoku Karuta Society
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 5
Anime Debut From the Crystal White Snow
Japanese Voice Tōru Nara
Image Gallery

Yusei Nishida (西田優征 Nishida Yūsei) is a member of the karuta club that Chihaya created. He is often called Nikuman-kun (Meat Bun Guy) by Chihaya. He has been shown to be good at karuta.


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.


Yusei hates to lose. Despite his aggressive personality and tough attitude, he learns to trust others. He also really loves pork dumplings.


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

According to Taichi, Chihaya and Yusei seem to be pretty much on par at karuta. She calls him Nikuman-kun (Porky) 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.


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.



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


  • Chihaya refers to him as Nikuman-kun which means Meat Man or Porky.
  • 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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