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    Background[edit source]

    When he was younger, Arafune was bitten on his right butt cheek by an unprovoked small dog, bearing the scar to this day. The incident caused him to dislike dogs.[1] Arafune joined Border around two years before Yūma Kuga and Chika Amatori,[2] starting out as an Attacker.[3] His approach to improving, which remain unchanged when he would later transition to Sniper, consisted in watching the logs of other agents of the same position, creating theories, testing them in Rank Wars, and seeking guidance only if after sustained trial and error he was unable to understand what he was lacking.[4][5]

    A little over a year and two months before his squad's match against Tamakoma Second and Suwa Squad,[6][7] Arafune began teaching swordsmanship to Kō Murakami. Less than seven months later Murakami surpassed Arafune in points.[6] Around the same time Arafune reached Master Class as an Attacker and became a Sniper.[8] This caused a rumor to spread among Snipers that Arafune had changed position due to being surpassed by Murakami,[9] whereas, in reality, Arafune had always planned on quitting after scoring more than 8,000 points with his method, his ambition is to become the first Perfect All-Rounder after Reiji Kizaki and to develop a master theory that would allow the mass production of Perfect All-Rounders.[10] He did not share his goal with anyone out of fear that it would sound like an excuse.[8] However, the rumor caused Murakami to fall into depression, leading Tatsuya Kuruma to meet up with Arafune to ascertain the truth. Arafune explained his aim to Kuruma and agreed to send Murakami a video to put his mind at ease.[11] Not much later Arafune also started weight training with Atsushi Hokari.[12]

    Introduction Arc[edit source]

    Arafune Squad presumably takes part in the extermination of all Rads in Mikado City.[13]

    Border Enlistment Arc[edit source]

    Arafune appeared alongside Haruaki Azuma as one of the Sniper instructors on enlistment day. He is surprised that trainee Chika Amatori already knows that Snipers have to run after firing.[14]

    Large-Scale Invasion Arc[edit source]

    Masafumi Shinoda orders Arafune Squad and the other B-rank squads on active duty during Aftokrator's invasion to meet up with Azuma.[14] Arafune, Hokari, and Yoshito Hanzaki take sniping positions while Azuma lures Ranbanein towards them. The Neighbor however blocks their bullets and retaliates. Arafune manages to dodge the attack but his two teammates Bail Out.[15] As he repositions himself after another failed ambush, he observes that Ranbanein seems to leave himself completely exposed to draw in the shots.[16] When A-rankers Kōhei Izumi, Shun Midorikawa and Yōsuke Yoneya are dispatched to assist the B-rank squads against the Neighbor, Arafune warns them that his defenses can withstand Egret shots and might be able to resist Attacker Triggers too.[17] When Ranbanein takes to the sky Arafune manages to damage his Trigger. He jumps off the building to avoid Ranbanein's counter, but the Neighbor waits a few moments before firing a follow-up shot, tearing off Arafune's left arm. The Sniper remarks that Ranbanein's accuracy has increased and that the Border agents can no longer get close to him, but Azuma objects that they must remain on the offensive to force him to show more openings.[18] Following the Neighbor's defeat, Arafune is reassigned to defending the southern area of Mikado City.[19] After the end of the invasion Arafune Squad is the recipient of an Excellent Distinguished Service award.[20]

    B-Rank Wars Arc[edit source]

    Round Two[edit source]

    On February 2, three days before Arafune Squad's match against Tamakoma Second and Suwa Squad, Arafune, Hokari and Hanzaki watch the logs of Tamakoma Second's first rank war. Arafune notes that Chika will be easy to snipe back at if she fires with Ibis and instructs Rin Kagami to gather all the data on the members of Tamakoma Second so that he can memorize their habits. He then wonders which map they will choose.[21]

    When the stage, Cityscape C, is announced, Arafune warns his teammates to watch out for Chika and tells them to go about the match as usual. He spawns to the southernmost point in the map, already wearing his Bagworm. Thanks to Hokari's suppress fire, Arafune manages to slip past Suwa Squad. One of Chika's Ibis bullets explodes right next to him, causing all of Arafune Squad to focus their fire on the gathered members of Tamakoma Second. While they do so, however, the members of the Suwa Squad activate their Bagworms and close in on the Snipers undetected. Arafune's leg is injured by Kōtarō Suwa's sneak attack.[22] Arafune withdraws with Suwa hot on his heels. Arafune draws him in to be sniped by Hanzaki, but Suwa anticipates it and blocks the bullet. He and Hisato Sasamori continue pursuing Arafune while he intercepts Yūma Kuga, confronting him with his Kogetsu[23] and keeping his Bagworm on to conceal the wound on his leg. As he clashes with Yūma he takes note of his opponent's skills and predicts that Suwa will come for both of them. When Hokari blows off Yūma's shoulder in a suicidal attack and the Neighbor activates Grasshopper, Arafune moves in to land the finishing blow, but Yūma feints and cuts off both his legs. He manages to slip away thanks to Suwa opening fire and focusing on Yūma.[24] When Chika devastates the area around her teammate, Arafune snipes at her, picking her off before bailing out himself due to losing too much Trion. He apologizes to his teammates for being unable to defeat Yūma. He reacts with surprise to the announcement that one of Tamakoma Second's upcoming opponents will be Suzunari First.[25]

    Round Three[edit source]

    Arafune heads to the solo rank booths after the match, where he runs into Yūma and Midorikawa. He puts the latter in a headlock for foreseeing his defeat in his commentary and challenges him to a solo match.[26] He greets Murakami when he arrives and the two chat for a little while before Yūma challenges the no. 4 Attacker. Arafune is the first to warn him against doing so, but when Yūma goes through with it, he watches the match.[27] Afterwards he has a match against Yūma himself.[28] A few days later, Arafune Squad wins a rank war against Kakizaki Squad.[29]

    Galopoula's Invasion[edit source]

    During stealth and target acquisition training Arafune is shot in the head by Isami Tōma without being able to retaliate. He finishes the session in 7th place. He is dissatisfied with his result and he approaches Hokari.[30]

    On February 19[31] Arafune is assigned to the half of official Snipers led by Tōma in preparation for Galopoula's Invasion. The Snipers are all stationed on the roof of HQ. When the Idras combined their shields, they begin to focus their fire. Koskero summons dozens of Dogs on the roof, prompting Arafune and Kizaki to fight back with their Attacker Triggers.[32] Together with Midorikawa and Shinnosuke Tsuji they proceed to exterminate the Trion Soldiers, allowing the other Snipers to resume their positions.[33] When the roof is cleared, Arafune Squad, Kizaki and Ken Satori jump off to assist the agents on the ground.[34] As they gain the upper hand, Arafune wonders if Galopoula has more aces up its sleeve.[35] After the enemies retreat, Arafune, together with the rest of the ground forces, remains inside the security zone for a while. He asks Kizaki if they are done, to which the latter replies that they will probably not try anything while there are still Border agents around, but warns Arafune not to lower his guard.[36]

    Round Seven[edit source]

    A few days later Arafune and Hokari run into Yūma, Tōma, Murakami, Yuzuru Ema, Hiro Kitazoe and Masato Kageura at the latter's family restaurant. When they explain Ema's predicament to him, Arafune explains that all Ema needs to do is be selected as a member of the away team to protect Chika.[37] Later, he asks if it is true that she cannot shoot people, and understands that is why she started using Lead Bullet. He listens to Tōma's theory about Chika not wanting to shoot rather than being unable to.[38]

    Round Eight[edit source]

    On the night of March 5, Arafune and Hokari spectate Tamakoma Second's match against Ninomiya Squad, Ikoma Squad and Yuba Squad.[39] When the match starts Arafune comments that Hyuse's spawn position is very unfavorable.[40]

    References[edit source]

    1. Daisuke Ashihara: Q: What is the reason behind Arafune disliking dogs?
      A: Because he was bitten by a small dog on his right butt cheek for no reason when he was young. The scar still remains even now.
      Source: Border Briefing File, Page 296, Question 79
    2. World Trigger MangaBorder Briefing File (p. 270)
    3. World Trigger MangaChapter 89 (p. 18)
    4. Daisuke Ashihara: Q: Did Arafune establish Attacker/Sniper methodology through self-study? Or did he have a mentor for each of them?
      A: It seems he studied the logs, constructed his own theories, tried them out in Rank Wars, and then after multiple trial and error, only the bits he couldn't understand himself he sought teaching for from those more experienced.
      Source: Border Briefing File, Page 296, Question 76
    5. Daisuke Ashihara: Q: Did Arafune transfer to Sniper after Arafune Squad was formed? Or was Arafune Squad formed after he transferred to Sniper?
      A: Forming the team came first. Just after the team formed, they were Attacker, and two Snipers; a composition similar to Miwa Squad.
      Source: Border Briefing File, Page 296, Question 78
    6. 6.0 6.1 World Trigger MangaChapter 94 (p. 6)
    7. World Trigger MangaChapter 95 (p. 1)
    8. 8.0 8.1 World Trigger MangaChapter 95 (p. 5)
    9. World Trigger MangaChapter 94 (p. 5)
    10. World Trigger MangaChapter 95 (p. 5-6)
    11. World Trigger MangaChapter 95
    12. Daisuke Ashihara: Q: Arafune called Reiji by his last name 8 months ago but now calls him by first name, did he seek teaching from him or became his disciple for his goal of becoming a Perfect All-Rounder?
      A: It seems likely. At that point, Arafune started emulating Hokari and started weight training, so there was the rumor within Border that he "received a muscle baptism".
      Source: Border Briefing File, Page 302, Question 128
    13. World Trigger Manga and Anime Vol. 2 Chapter 11 (p. 15) and Episode 6.
    14. 14.0 14.1 World Trigger MangaChapter 34
    15. World Trigger MangaChapter 54
    16. World Trigger MangaChapter 58
    17. World Trigger MangaChapter 59
    18. World Trigger MangaChapter 60
    19. World Trigger MangaChapter 61
    20. World Trigger MangaChapter 83 (p. 11)
    21. World Trigger MangaChapter 87
    22. World Trigger MangaChapter 88
    23. World Trigger MangaChapter 89
    24. World Trigger MangaChapter 90
    25. World Trigger MangaChapter 91
    26. World Trigger MangaChapter 92
    27. World Trigger MangaChapter 93
    28. World Trigger MangaChapter 94
    29. World Trigger MangaChapter 136 (p. 15)
    30. World Trigger MangaChapter 118
    31. World Trigger MangaChapter 123
    32. World Trigger MangaChapter 124
    33. World Trigger MangaChapter 125
    34. World Trigger MangaChapter 127
    35. World Trigger MangaChapter 129
    36. World Trigger MangaChapter 136
    37. World Trigger MangaChapter 163
    38. World Trigger MangaChapter 164
    39. World Trigger MangaChapter 183
    40. World Trigger MangaChapter 185

    Navigation[edit source]

    Border
    Commander in Chief Masamune Kido
    Administration Eizō Netsuki • Katsumi Karasawa • Kyōko Sawamura • Masafumi Shinoda • Motokichi Kinuta • Takumi Rindō
    General Staff Michael Cronin • Raizō Terashima • Seiji Mizunuma
    S-Rank Tsukihiko Amō
    A-Rank Ai Kitora • Asumi Amakura • Futaba Kuroe • Hayato Uno • Isami Tōma • Jun Arashiyama • Kazuma Satomi • Kei Tachikawa • Ken Satori • Kirie Konami • Kōhei Izumi • Kyōsuke Karasuma • Mai Kitagawa • Mitsuru Tokieda • Nozomi Kako • Reiji Kizaki • Ryō Utagawa • Ryūji Saeki • Shinji Fuyushima • Shirō Kikuchihara • Shōhei Kodera • Shūji Miwa • Shun Midorikawa • Sōya Kazama • Takaaki Katagiri • Takeru Yuiga • Tōichirō Momozono • Tōru Narasaka • Yōsuke Yoneya • Yūichi Jin • Yukimaru Ichijō
    B-Rank Atsushi Hokari • Chika Amatori • Daichi Tsutsumi • Fumika Teruya • Hanao Tsukimi • Haruaki Azuma • Hidetaka Kitazoe • Hiro Kitazoe • Hisato Sasamori • Hitoshi Matsushiro • Hyuse • Itsuki Fujisawa • Kai Minamisawa • Kazuaki Ōji • Kazuki Kurauchi • Kazuto Tonooka • Keizō Mamiya • Kō Murakami • Kōji Oki • Kōtarō Suwa • Kotarō Tomoe • Kuniharu Kakizaki • Makoto Chano • Mamoru Tokiwa • Masakuni Hakoda • Masataka Ninomiya • Masato Kageura • Minoru Hata • Mitsuya Koinuma • Noboru Koarai • Osamu Mikumo • Rei Nasu • Rokurō Wakamura • Ryōgo Funabashi • Satoru Hayakawa • Satoshi Mizukami • Seiji Marui • Shinnosuke Tsuji • Shō Motegi • Sumiharu Inukai • Taichi Betsuyaku • Takahiro Ebina • Takuma Yuba • Tatsuhito Ikoma • Tatsuya Kuruma • Tetsuji Arafune • Tokiya Saitō • Tsuneyuki Okudera • Waka Utsunomiya • Wataru Urushima • Yōko Katori • Yoshinobu Kera • Yoshito Hanzaki • Yūichirō Yoshizato • Yukari Obishima • Yukito Otokawa • Yūko Kumagai • Yūma Kuga • Yūta Miura • Yutaka Kashio • Yūya Tsuchisaki • Yuzuru Ema
    C-Rank Fumifumi Saotome • Hidehide Hinoe • Izuho Natsume • Teruteru Kōda
    Operators Aki Hiyami • An Kobayakawa • Aoi Kusumoto • Asami Taya • Asuka Asagiri • Ayumu Hatori • Hana Somei • Haruka Ayatsuji • Haya Kittaka • Hazuki Nanao • Hikari Nire • Kaho Mikami • Karin Yuitsuka • Madoka Ui • Mako Hitomi • Maori Hosoi • Megumi Tokura • Nono Fujimaru • Ren Tsukimi • Rika Rokuta • Rin Kagami • Risa Maki • Rui Osano • Saki Kusakabe • Sakurako Taketomi • Sayoko Shiki • Shiori Usami • Yuka Kon • Yuri Rindō • Yuu Kunichika
    Former Border Agents Akane Hiura • Mirai Hatohara • Tadaomi Kanda • Yūgo Kuga
    Affiliated Personnel Raijinmaru • Replica • Izuho's Cat • Rinji Amatori • Ruka Shinoda • Yōtarō Rindō
    Old Border Agents Hibiki Taira • Ibuki Wakisaka • Kaede Namekata • Kengo Sōma • Kirie Konami • Manabu Kai • Masafumi Shinoda • Masamune Kido • Mato Kujō • Motoki Suzumura • Reiji Kizaki • Rintarō Chihiro • Ryōji Kiriyama • Shin Kazama • Sōichi Mogami • Takumi Rindō • Tetsuya Umesaki • Yūichi Jin • Yuri Rindō
    Squads Arafune Squad • Arashiyama Squad • Azuma Squad • Chano Squad • Ebina Squad • Fuyushima Squad • Hayakawa Squad • Ikoma Squad • Kageura Squad • Kakizaki Squad • Kako Squad • Katagiri Squad • Katori Squad • Kazama Squad • Kusakabe Squad • Kōda Squad • Mamiya Squad • Matsushiro SquadMiwa Squad • Nasu Squad • Ninomiya Squad • Ōji Squad • Suwa Squad • Suzunari First (Kuruma Squad) • Tachikawa Squad • Tamakoma First (Kizaki Squad) • Tamakoma Second (Mikumo Squad) • Tokiwa Squad • Urushima Squad • Yoshizato Squad • Yuba Squad
    Positions All-Rounder • Attacker • Engineer • Gunner • Operator • Shooter • Sniper • Spotter • Trapper
    Branches Hayanuma Branch • Hisama Branch • Suzunari Branch  • Tamakoma Branch  • Wataayu Branch • Yumite District Branch
    Factions Kido Faction • Shinoda Faction • Tamakoma Branch • Factionless Faction
    Triggers Asteroid • Bagworm • Bagworm Tag • Bail Out • Chameleon • Cobra • Connector • Dummy Beacon • Egret • Enhanced Radar • Escudo • Fūjin • Full Arms • Full Attack • Geist • Gimlet • Grasshopper • Hornet • Hound • Ibis • Idaten • Kogetsu (Spear/Gen'yō/Senkū) • Lead Bullet • Lightning • Makō • Meteor • Radar • Raygust (Shield Mode/Thruster) • Salamander • Scorpion • Shield (Fixed Mode/Full Guard) • Silencer • Sōgetsu (Axe) • Spider • Starmaker • Switchbox • Teleporter • Timer • Tomahawk • Trion Body • Viper • Yūma's Black Trigger
     


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