Applicant Info◎ Name:
Plurk: usagisquaredCharacter Info◎ Character's Name:
Noboru Gongenzaka◎ Character's Canon:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V◎ Character's Age:
14 (Potentially 15; birthday unknown)◎ Canon Point:
Episode 51◎ Background/History: Here!◎ Is the character a hacker and/or do they have a sixth-sense?
While it can be argued that Gongenzaka has a certain sense for other's presence due to the events of a one off duel, I will say 'No' for now, for that same reason.◎ Personality:
Gongenzaka is one that the fandom could describe as a 'large teddybear', for a number of reasons, chief of which is his kindness. Strong and bulky as he appears, he is one who finds needless fights absolutely 'unforgivable!' (as he himself would say), viewing the targeting of weak to be dishonorable and 'unmanly'. He may not view pity as a strong trait, but one can certainly not say he isn't sympathetic to those who are in danger somehow, sticking his neck out to protect those he cares about without question, and often becoming so wrapped up in worry for those people that it affects his personal judgment significantly.
As a student of the 'Gongenzaka Steadfast Style Dojo', there is a particular regimen and set of beliefs which have further shaped Gon's personality; he is one who believes in a steadfast spirit, unflinching in the face of what comes--as noted above, there are times when this falters, namely moments where he becomes consumed by worry for his friends (largely Yuuya)--but beyond this, Gongenzaka is able to remain sternly focused on what is important, observing and learning in a fight so as to counter skillfully. He trains diligently to hone his strength and spirit, and when he feels that there is not enough to be found from solitary work, he is humble enough to realize that another person--even a rival, or former opponent--who has displayed great strength is one from whom it is worth honorably requesting assistance and tutelage. Such exchanges are not treated lightly either; his respect is such that he will literally bow to his knees as he makes such a rare request, an incredibly strong motion where he is from.
Steadfast and firm as he is in his beliefs, he is thus also flexible; recognizing his own faults and preparing to accept them in order to make effort to overcome them. He also seems to enact good judgment surrounding the flaws of others close to him, to an extent; he recognized that Yuuya's own attitudes after the canceled duel against Reiji were in poor taste for example, and thus, further realizing that Yuuya's teacher in dueling, Shuzo, wished to duel sense into Yuuya, did not intervene, even aiding Shuzo in the act. Furthermore, looking upon the practices of his own duel school, he recognized that their current methods could not remain exactly the same over the course of time, making efforts to not only train himself but also create a technique that meshed into the existing style fluidly.
In addition to his steadfastness, there is a strong belief in acting as a 'true man', fighting 'man to man' 'fair and square', with no holding back regardless of the opponent--as he himself states, to pity the opponent or hold back against them is to show a lack of respect for them, which is reflected in his deck--it is 100% composed of monster cards, reflecting his personal emphasis in trust and belief in both friends, and in his own deck. He holds great care for the rights and opinions of others, with even deeper care for those close to him. What matters most is the emotional and physical for Gongenzaka after all, with the well-being of his friends placed far ahead of his own. Even his speech carries this--others have noted that his phrasing and speech patterns can occasionally be thought of as 'old man-like', while in the more general sense, his emphasis on the importance of honorifics carrying a strong effort to respect and extend politeness to others.
This sense of care toward others can perhaps backfire on him; he has been shown to be quite selfless in a team match, defending his partner against otherwise unfair strikes without flinching, and then with his own loss passing the baton to them with absolute faith. He has even taken pillars across his back for the sake of his friends, and while his strength has shouldered this damage thus far, there is no doubt that he would risk his very life or even sacrifice it if it meant the chance his friend would survive.
As serious as Gongenzaka is, he is also an impressively emotive person. Seriousness has its place after all, and very often outside such situations--and even, to an extent, during--his expressions are wild and varied. Speaking for the 'serious' aspects, Gon's expressions of sternness or dedication can be misinterpreted by some as anger, his eyebrows furrowing deeply, and his face drawn tight. True rage, for Gongenzaka however, carries with it volume--moreover, it would be against his very dedication to 'Steadfast Style' to simply let loose and run wild; unless already provoked into panic, Gongenzaka channels his anger into his actions, into his dueling and into what is right. He speaks firmly, never backing down--and as for what could draw his ire to begin with, it is most certainly going to be matters tied to the honor or wellbeing of his friends and their associated belongings (such as You Show, Yuuya's school), or matters of dishonor
as displayed by others (Notable examples including the behavior of Ankokuji Gen, or in a more obvious case, the one who pursued You Show relentlessly to clear their own name of mud, 'Akaba Himika').
As noted, these are still his more 'serious' traits. Speaking on Gongenzaka's actions toward his personal, and more emotive self, he has been seen easily becoming flustered and irritated over matters that rudely catch him off guard, before swiftly calming himself from the shock. In such states, he occasionally stutters his words, or perhaps even loses them completely out of shock alone--examples of such cases are first where he was referred to as an outsider in response to the offer to aid You-Show in a demonstration match (an example of his flustered state, likely because the most on the line was his own excitement--which left him protesting as he was forced out the exit), and then later when the same term was used to shut him out from a competition to decide to school's fate (which notably bears the question of honor attached to it, and is a case where his fluster was accompanied by stuttered and red-faced protest).
In addition to fluster, he expresses excitement, and elation, openly. Beyond a wide smile, events which are particularly moving--such as the recovery of a friend, a friend's success over an absolutely pivotal match, or scenes of dramatic exchanges of strength or will--even bring Gongenzaka to tears, with him often specifically pulling Yuuya close for a crushing embrace if the matter concerns him directly. Not to say that he does not have more muted ways of displaying this excitement--in the very same moment as one such crushing hug, he had, seconds prior simply smiled proudly, shaking hands with his friend. Such a smile is one that he displays almost constantly as he watches his friends duel to their fullest, both out of the desire to cheer them onward, and the recognition that they themselves have a burning spirit driving them in that moment.
For all that he cries in moments of emotional movement or happiness, he does not seem to cry when he is sad; if anything, his sadness is the quietest emotion he displays, seen in silence, and it may as such in fact be that we have not seen him properly sad
--each time it can clearly be seen, the emotion is coupled with panic, sprung through worry for his friends, or perhaps even shame for himself and his own perceived weakness.
Weakness, to Gongenzaka, is 'unforgivable' within his own practice. As noted far above, he will go so far as to humbly request instruction from his enemy if he feels that their knowledge and strength is the key to moving on, and he would certainly not push the matter if the request were refused (at least not beyond, if at all, a slight protest). His exclamations, serious or not, carry volume and presence with them, many of them speaking of typically 'masculine' traits--such as a burning spirit, a look in a duelist's eyes; a "request of a fellow man", a steeled heart, and so on. In some ways, particularly coupled with his ever constant 'I, the man, Gongenzaka!', this manner of speaking can be seen as almost antiquated, and certainly dramatic, but they are things which Gongenzaka speaks of with no shame, meaning every word from the bottom of his heart.
In summation, Gongenzaka has a heart of gold, and a soul of iron. He is fiercely protective of his friends' honor and well-being, fighting for them all while respecting their true strengths. He recognizes where their strengths may falter, actively making motions (passive or otherwise) to help them overcome this; he recognizes incredibly where interference or space is needed, and acts upon these decisions whole-heartedly. More importantly he is able to identify where his own strength is also lacking, bearing the humility needed to ask others for assistance. He has little patience for acts of brutishness and dishonor, and treats his opponents with respect by battling with all his power, responding to such 'unforgivable' acts with a determination to overcome those people in a proper fight, with his words uttered as firmly as his stance upon the ground.
To those close to him, he expresses great joy over their success, often moved even to tears by their words and actions--he even pulls his absolute best friend for crushing hugs at various times, though a handshake is the more (ahem) 'manly' of options he uses in serious context; to cheer on his friends however needs no such holds barred however, and he will openly proclaim his support for them. While he can grow momentarily flustered when confused or caught off guard (one notable instance being when his attempts to make sense of a dire situation between three others consistently ended with no sense at all), he does his absolute best to make sense of the situation before him and adapt to it, remaining absolutely steadfast in the face of adversary. True, he may falter in this due to concern for his friends--to a near fatal extent in fact, with such worries absolutely consuming his focus--but in the end, he believes in his friends as much as the monsters in his deck; carrying for them an unwavering faith that always pulls through.◎ Powers/Abilities:
Incredibly strong (albeit within human limits). Able to draw cards with enough force that gusts of wind blow back against whatever stands within a 10 foot radius (This is not enough to blow someone over, but the clothing responds as if someone were walking through a strong gale). Seems to have a higher than average level of pain tolerance, given that he withstands a shocking blow by merely gritting his teath and 'bearing with', where all others went so far as to have the wind knocked out of them and collapse.◎ Weapons & Other Special Inventory:
Duel disk and deck; the duel disk projects a solid vision hologram from the cards; specifically in this case 'Solid vision' means a hologram that can bear presence and cast a shadow, but otherwise causes minimal harm beyond perhaps a sting or shock. (Notably, within Gongenzaka's series, anything that does more than this outside the presence of a solid vision field
--which a duel disk cannot create on its own--is referred to as causing 'real damage' for this reason.)
The cards in his deck include Synchro monsters, which--given his tutalage from an LDS student, would be summoned with similar 'energy read-off' (Though how relevant this fact is to Cerealia itself is unknown, as within the series there has been little more to a 'strong reading's meaning beyond 'it's strong'.)CEREALIA-Specific◎ Element:
Earth (STEADFAST AS A MOUNTAIN
Touch -- He seems to be fairly physical; so while he's certainly observant, Touch still feels better for him than sight.◎ Seven Character Traits:
[Humble - Protective - Honorable] [Selfless - Worrying - Panic-prone] + EmotiveSamples◎ First-Person Sample:
[The feed opens to a rather imposing looking young man, his arms crossed, and legs similarly positioned. Evidently, he has the Cerevice hovering at a steady height, and the camera picks up not only on him, but a few objects set upon the ground. One looks to be a deck of cards, with a single white/silver edged one flipped face up. The other is some sort of other device, which, next to the Cerevice, seems almost bulky in comparison.
That is not what is important here. Gongenzaka faces the screen, and with a clear voice, begins.
To those of you who have found 'Duel Monsters Cards' within the 'ViViD' game, you may have noticed that some appear to resemble this. [He holds up the silver one.
] This is a 'Synchro' monster, and they cannot be summoned without proper care.
[The card is set back down, and he closes his eyes.
] ...That in mind, it has come to my attention that aside from I, the man Gongenzaka, there has been no one else with pre-existing knowledge of these cards...there have been others of my world experienced in Fusion, or XYZ summons, but none for Synchro.
Therefore! [Oh- He's gotten quite loud all of a sudden, a fire in his eyes.
] To those who wish to learn these ways, I, the man Gongenzaka, offer whatever instruction you need! Come to this location with your cards, and ready your spirit!
[.........It........................it's just a card game isn't it..?
He's so fired up about this...
]◎ Third-Person Sample:
It is...different, in some ways, and yet in others the same. The sparseness is similar; in his own home, there was little of note within his bedroom after all. A futon for sleeping, closet for clothes, and then a small table upon which important things such as his deck and duel disk sat. Most training supplies remained within the dojo his family ran, after all, and so beyond what was needed outside this--papers, and books for school, as an example--there was nothing.
Yet there was more in the apartment, even without the 'holo-gm' active. Desk and chair instead of small table and cushion. Bed, side table, and this was only the bedroom. It was an apartment after all, which meant all the necessities of life, and all the things that a bedroom on its own did not require, and the basic furnishings of a 'western home'.
When it came to it in Gongenzaka's opinion, the apartment here was still yet 'plainer'. There were no touches of life to its appearance, no small additions or collections to give the character of the owner. He placed his duel disk and deck--both of which had of course been on his person when he arrived, and both of which, of course, yet remained just as important as ever--onto the new side table, and, staring at the lamp found himself closing his eyes in silence.
Supposedly, that 'holo-gm' could be used to manipulate this room if he provided enough credits. Or rather, he could get furnishings and similar, and go from there. Sitting on the bed and crossing his legs however--an odd feeling, given the difference between the futon he was used to, and the mattress he had been provided--he found he could not think of a way to make this apartment truly feel like 'home'.
Perhaps he would start to change the room's appearance after all, later. If at least to make it a little more familiar, with wooden floors and tatami mats, seat cushions and lowered tables in the place of what was provided. Perhaps he could do that, and slowly add in those things that spoke of home.
His arms crossed however, he sighs. To dwell on what has happened and what now occurs is to become stagnant and succeed in nothing. It would be to spit on the faces of the momentarily lost--and what a strange thought that is, momentary, and yet it gives enough hope at least that he can one day see the faces of his father and friends, friends beyond the small few that made it here, again. It would be to hold no respect for their hopes, their dreams, their futures that had been so swiftly torn from their hands...
If any were to enter the apartment now, it would seem as if Gongenzaka were meditating. Perhaps he was--with his hands now held flat, palm to palm, and his eyes closed shut as if in slumber. As he meditates on these matters of the familiar and otherwise however, he can at least tell himself this; he cannot allow himself to be consumed by grief for what has happened.
He must focus, absolutely, on instead preparing for what could yet come.◎ Is your character retaining any previous game memories?