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Kunitoshi Joukyuu and Allies/Disciples

Joukyuu is an expert martial artist, renowned for his prowess in the art of grappling and throws. About ten years before the start of the series, the bones in his body were dislocated and relocated overnight by his father, who wanted to teach Joukyuu a lesson about humility.Despite this, Joukyuu still retains the majority of his technical skill in martial arts, as well as his crass, self-serving, perverted nature.

  • Anti-Hero: Joukyuu is one of the few and rare male protagonists that seem more like a villain than an actual hero. Though his actions do always end up saving the day at the last minute, the journey to get there is a completely different story.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Through and through, with the caveat that he has earned the right because he is an extremely difficult opponent to fight. It only gets worse as his body begins to recover.
  • The Cynic: Through and through; he derides traits and ideas such as friendship and fair play, stating that anything goes in a fight and that friends are for weaklings.
  • Flash Step: The Wind and Thunder Step techniques, which are performed by doing a series of ridiculous poses with exacting precision.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may still be ambulatory, but attempting to use too much of his strength at once will cause his bones to dislocate themselves (such as when he used his Raijin techniques against Karasumaru).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's extremely hard to find, but whenever he offers even the slightest bit of advice to his "disciples" or assists them in a roundabout way (such as breaking Mei's fight against Sarutari into rounds, so that she wouldn't be totally decimated in one long brawl), it shows through.
  • Older Than They Look: The primary difference between Joukyuu at 16 and Joukyuu at 26+ is the fact that he's dyed his hair and got some bags under his eyes. Otherwise, he looks exactly the same. He gets rid of the dye by the time he's seen in Aiki S.
  • Power Limiter: The dislocations in his body, which are gradually fixed as the manga goes on thanks to Mei's grandmother or injuries he receives from swords.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: For the most part. He will give an occasional hint, and maybe a demonstration, but that's about all; he's otherwise perfectly willing to let his "disciples" get the snot kicked out of them to figure out what he's trying to teach them.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In comparison to his old self, who had power, speed, and technique; he's kept the last two (and in fact has improved on his technique, since he's been forced to use his strength conservatively). This slowly becomes less of an issue as his body continues to recover.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone (including even the antagonists) call him out on his insane tactics in battle and have all agreed that someone like him shouldn't be allowed to live. Though, with Joukyuu's incredible skill its not as if they can actually pull it off.
  • World's Strongest Man: Even when he's not at 100 % of his fighting ability, there isn't a single fighter shown in the series that has a chance against him one on one. Karasuma and Veronica (who are both super human themselves) where the only ones that could force him to fight seriously and even then, he still wasn't even using his full power. It frightens everyone to think of how overpowered he would be if he wasn't handicapped.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The words "Chivalry" and "Joukyuu" can never be used in the same sentence. The man has absolutely no qualms about beating the living tar out of female fighters that challenge him and makes a point about how martial artists should never let something as gender hold them back.
  • Actually, in the early chapters Kizuki thought Joukyuu was chivalrous when Metera and Hou Mei were able to beat him up and he didn't fight back. Turns out that his body was severely handicapped at that point and he could only use 10 % of his full strength.
  • The granddaughter of the school board's chairman; a third-year student at Juuzenji High. Her grandfather asked her to watch over the school in his absence.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Much like Joukyuu, down to the heavy reliance on throws. Unlike him, though, she can't branch out from throws very much because she doesn't have the build for it.
  • An English teacher at Juuzenji, and one of Kizuki's bodyguards. Uses a pair of modified pistols.
  • Wandering the Earth: Left Juuzenji for a while when she realized that she wasn't strong enough to protect or fight alongside Kizuki. Returns partway through the first arc.
  • A gym teacher at Juuzenji, and one of Kizuki's bodyguards. Uses Kung Fu; in the past, she used her style's powerful internal strikes to compensate for her lack of muscularity, but has chosen to develop her physical strength instead.Joukyuu's cousin and the daughter of Juuzenji's principal. A third-year student, and the top martial artist of the class, she wants to enter Ryobu University, and initially approaches Joukyuu in order to enlist his help in fighting against Kizuki.Joukyuu's first "disciple", trained by him before the story starts, and Daiki Karasumaru's girlfriend. A student at Ryobu University.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She is depicted as an attractive woman with a muscular yet lean and curvaceous build. Usually, she wears a bra-top underneath a short leather jacket that allows her to flaunt her defined and well-toned abs.

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