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"Issa admires Nishikado as the head of his family's school and as a ladies' man, so he says it's insolent to be ranked on par with him."
Airi describes Issa's admiration of Sojiro

Issa Narumiya (成宮 一茶 (なるみや いっさ) Narumiya Issa) was a member of the Correct 5 with his friends, Haruto Kaguragi, Sugimaru Eibi, Kaito Taira, and Airi Maya. He was a student at Eitoku Senior High. Once a month he held a flower arranging demonstration, which his family was famous for. His role model was the F4's Sojiro Nishikado.

Biography

Early life

Issa was born on September 9.[1] His family was famous for their flower arrangements, specializing in the "Narumiya Style of Flower Arrangement" (成宮流華道 () ). He also had a gift for the art, which he learned from his grandfather, known as a "national treasure" in Japan.[2]

In elementary school, Issa became friends with Haruto Kaguragi, Kaito Taira, Sugimaru Eibi, and Airi Maya.[3] They met at one of their parents' dinner parties.[4]

High school

After joining the Correct 5, Issa and the other members began attending Eitoku Senior High. Spearheaded by Haruto, the group began their "peasant hunts". They would force the poor students to withdrawal in order to restore Eitoku back to its former glory.[5]

Oto Edogawa

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Issa visits Oto's classroom

"When are we doing it? Looks like your butt's glued to the hair, Haruto... So is that Edogawa girl here yet? If so, then let's get it over with. Haruto?"
—Issa notices Haruto's reluctance to expel Oto[src]

Issa and the other Correct 5 members first met Oto Edogawa, when she ran in front of their by accident.[5] He later suggested to Haruto that he should make Oto his girlfriend, after she blackmailed Haruto. Haruto took Issa's advice, but it ended in a disaster[6] Later, Issa, Kaito, and Sugimaru discovered fliers that declared that Oto was a "peasant". Issa recognized her as the girl who ran in front of their car.[7] The Correct 5 made the decision to expel Oto from the school. Issa noticed Haruto's hesitance, commenting that his "butt [was] glued to the chair." Haruto then revealed that he could not expel Oto, causing Airi to go do it herself.[8]

Having missed Tenma Hase rescue Oto, Kaito discussed the details to Issa and Sugimaru later.[9] Issa visited Oto's classroom when she returned from the hospital. He was curious about whether Oto was "the girl who ran in front of [their] car" or not. Issa then told Oto's classmates to not to bully her, before leaving.[10] At one of his monthly demonstrations, Issa was surprised that Haruto did not know about Airi's feelings for him. Issa performed an elaborate flower arranging ceremony in front of a large crowd, including his friends and Oto. He was hoping to meet Megumi "Megurin" Nishidome, but did not get a chance.[11]

Enter Megumi

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Issa tries flirting with Megumi

Issa: "So? Was Megurin here? The owner's daughter."
Sugimaru: "Megurin? Who's that? Don't know her. Besides, don't you have a girl already?"
— Issa looks around excitedly for Megumi[src]

Issa was disappointed about not meeting Megumi and called the previous day "a waste of effort". At that moment, Megumi approached Eitoku's gates to return Haruto's wallet.[12] He and the other Correct 5 members had a hard time believing that he accidentally ran into in the resort's bath. In Eitoku's Salon, Issa attempted to flirt with her, but she ignored him.[13] Several days later, Issa and Sugimaru were unconcerned that Haruto had been upset for two days, which annoyed Airi. Issa was happy about Megumi's transfer to Eitoku later that day.[14]

The Correct 5 became concerned when Eitoku students were being targeted for "Eitoku hunts". Issa described the situation as "grave".[15] Sometimes later, the school's gates were vandalized. Oto encouraged the others to start cleaning it. Issa took a negative view of the situation, commenting that "it [was] bound to happen again" even if they cleaned it. He still helped though.[16] Some days later, Haruto and Megumi were "over". Issa mentioned that Haruto was too "genuine" to fake a relationship with her. Nevertheless, Issa liked that part of Haruto's personality.[17] Later, Haruto revealed that he knew who was attacking Eitoku students. Issa suggested that they "should wait before acting."[18]

Haruto vs. Tenma

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The Correct 5 give Haruto advice before the second round

"Listen, Haruto. There's a way to lose without embarrassing yourself. Basically, it's to lose as elegantly as you can."
—Issa's advice to Haruto[src]

Haruto was absent from school for a few days, before Issa called Sugimaru's house and heard that they were in Kyoto. He suspected it had something to do with Sugimaru's family's dojo.[19] Several more days later, he learned that Haruto was training to compete against Tenma at the "Manly Man Festival." Upon hearing this, Issa said "we [are] doomed" and wondered what they were going to do. Airi tried to get him and Kaito to "believe in Haruto" without much luck.[20] At the festival, Issa supported Haruto by shouting "just give it your best shot!" Haruto, perhaps inevitably, lost the first round to Tenma. His friends were disappointed, but not surprised.[21]

After the first round, Issa began asking Haruto questions about Sojiro Nishikado, having just learned that they were acquainted. Kaito interrupted to put the focus back on the next round. Issa's advice to Haruto was "to lose as elegantly as [he could]." As such, he was surprised when he ended up winning the round. Haruto won the entire competition, after Tenma did not arrive for the final round.[22] Issa met up with Kaito, Airi, and Sugimaru afterwards. He commented about Tenma's strange behavior during the second round.[23] The following morning, he, Kaito, and Sugimaru picked up Haruto after he had been waiting a whole day for Oto. Issa tried to comfort him by saying "Half the world's population is female. Guys like us have our pick of the litter."[24]

Changes at Eitoku

Issa spent Christmas "juggl[ing] six ladies". On New Years' Eve, he celebrated the new year with the Correct 5. Kaito then made an announcement that "things need to change", referring to Eitoku's rivalry with Momonozono. Issa was in favor of joining forces, saying "that means there [will] be twice as many girls."[25] Following their partnership, Eitoku and Momonozono began holding joint classes. Issa gained a considerable following among the Momonozono girls as did Haruto. He later commented about how Haruto had changed since "he was more the cute type before."[26] Haruto had also began frequenting night clubs with Issa.[4] He later went on the joint summer school, which was located at a beach resort. Issa and others, except Haruto, went on Megumi's yacht the first day.[27]

Upon arriving back to the resort, they noticed that Haruto was not there yet. Issa remembered that he went on a snorkeling tour. He questioned some girls who were on the same tour, but they did not recall Haruto and Oto getting off the boat. It was then suspected that they were left behind in the ocean.[28] The two were eventually saved by Tenma and Airi. Issa suggested celebrating Haruto's "safe return". He declined, wanting to return to Tokyo that night.[29] A few days later, Issa, Kaito and Sugimaru found themselves alone in Hawaii. Airi had wanted to have Haruto's birthday party, though neither ended up going. Issa decided to find some girls, which he was easily able to do within seconds. Sugimaru and Kaito both declined to join him.[30]

Physical appearance

Considered the Correct 5's "handsomest" member, women found Issa extremely attractive. His "down-turned eyes" were remarked as one of his "charming points". He had his short, light hair parted toward the left. Issa also had both of his ears pierced.

Personality and traits

Similar to Haruto Kaguragi's admiration of Tsukasa Domyoji, Issa's hero was the F4's Sojiro Nishikado. Issa strived to be a "ladies' man" like Sojiro and admired him "as the head of his family's school". Sugimaru also labeled Issa, "the Academy's biggest flirt". He had an exceptional talent for flower arranging (ikebana), which his family was famous for. His monthly demonstrations drew huge crowds.

Behind the scenes

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Jin Suzuki as Issa

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Boys Over Flowers Season 2 volume 1, profiles
  2. "Bonus Story", Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  3. Chapter 18, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 55, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chapter 1, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  6. Chapter 2, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  7. Chapter 10, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  8. Chapter 12, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  9. Chapter 13, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  10. Chapter 14, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  11. Chapter 20, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  12. Chapter 21, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  13. Chapter 22, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  14. Chapter 26, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  15. Chapter 32, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  16. Chapter 33, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  17. Chapter 38, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  18. Chapter 42, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  19. Chapter 43, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  20. Chapter 44, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  21. Chapter 46, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  22. Chapter 47, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  23. Chapter 48, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  24. Chapter 51, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  25. Chapter 53, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  26. Chapter 54, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  27. Chapter 56, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  28. Chapter 57, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  29. Chapter 58, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  30. Chapter 62, Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  31. https://natalie.mu/comic/news/273381 (Japanese)