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Ooji Karasuma
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Ooji Karasuma
Profile
Age 16
Birthday October 28th (Scorpio)
Class 2-C
Characteristics
Height 175 cm
Blood Type A
Hair Black
Eyes Black
Appearances
First Appearance
(Manga)
Plan1 from Outerspace
First Appearance
(Anime)
Episode 1
Last Appearance
(Anime)
Season 2 OVA Episode 2
Voices
Seiyuu Konishi Ryosei (aka Konishi Hiroki)
English Eric Vale
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Ooji Karasuma (烏丸 大路, Karasuma Ōji) is the tritagonist of the School Rumble and the object of Tenma's affections.

AppearanceEdit

Karasuma sports short black hair in the anime, as well as the manga, Karasuma also has black eyes. His trademark hair is short and cropped bowl-cut style. Since he is the main love interest, he is usually seen in his school uniform, but when outside of school he is seen in normal clothing.

Torimaru Edit

Karasuma gets the nickname Torimaru in episode 6 of Season One. Here is the explanation of the relevant joke from MusashiKen's translation notes:
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Karasuma in his kappa raincoat

Chicken and Crow
Yup, another classic SR Kanji joke.
In case you didn't know, Karasuma(烏丸) and Torimaru(鳥丸) may look similar, BUT they are in fact different! The Karasu(烏) in Karasuma means Crow but the Tori(鳥) in Torimaru means Chicken. They are just one stroke different. (Strokes are the lines that make up Kanji and Chinese characters)." [1]

Talents Edit

During the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second semester of School Rumble, it is shown that Karasuma particpated in a band organization created by him, Takeichi Fuyuki, Megumi Sagano, Karen Ichijo, and Tsumugi Yuuki. He is the guitarist of the band while Megumi played as their bassist.

Apart from being proficient at confusing and freaking people out, Karasuma is really good at many other things. The first of them being bicycle racing, as shown in episode #1, where he speeds past both Tenma Tsukamoto and Kenji Harima, a train, and a racing car (an Initial D spoof) while riding a single-gear bicycle.

Number 2 on his list of talents is being unbeatable at playing cards; as his expressionless poker-face is impossible to read.

The next amazing talent he possesses is drawing manga. Unsuspected by anyone, Karasuma Ooji is actually the legendary mangaka known as “Nijou”, whose work is the inspiration of many aspiring artists, including classmate and rival Harima.
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Karasuma playing Guitar

It appears that Karasuma was a good fighter as well, being able to surprise Harima with his fighting ability in Chapter 264. He also possesses amazing physical abilities, as he easily avoids Harima’s staple move, The Hari-Ken Kick (hurricane kick), by jumping up in the air in an awesome back-flip in episode #10.

Other talents include being good at Kanji and being an accomplished snowboarder and skier as seen in the 2nd semester episode #23.

Personality Edit

Karasuma is really quiet, yet interesting character. He seems to be really caring around Tenma, and he also seems like a teacher, always giving out little clues to be found out later, like the moment where he gave Tenma a turtle to find out her true talents.

HistoryEdit

MangaEdit

Despite appearances, Karasuma is not the shy and unapproachable guy he seems to be, and never hesitates to speak his mind on those rare occasions when he has something to say; this makes him the more puzzling and hard to read.

Always kind and considerate, he always seems to care for the well-being of others (namely Tenma Tsukamoto), and his usual thoughtfulness can only be disrupted by his love for curry, which is Karasuma’s favorite food and the true love of his life. {C Even though he gives the impression of being an anti-social loner, he enjoys participating in every event of his class, be it as coach, referee, DJ, or playing with the band. Strangely enough, for some reason he never seems to take part in sports events as a competitor, and usually takes on a behind-the-scenes role, despite his little-known-of physical prowess.

Warning! If you read below, it contains manga spoilers.

The only time Karasuma ever showed any emotions was when he was fighting against Harima in Class 2-C during the last story arc of San Gakki (The Third Semester). He admits that he is in love with Tenma on the verge of being beat up.

AnimeEdit

In the anime, Karasuma is shown to be one of the most non-outgoing students inside his school (next being Kentaro Nara). He is shown to be very quiet or just saying one phrase answers as shown in Episode 8 of the first season of School Rumble. When Kenji Harima asked him if he skipped lunch, Karasuma just nodded instead of giving an yes or a no answer. Also in the same episode, Kenji Harima asked him if he preferred meat & potatoes over curry, Karasuma just quietly answered that he preferred curry.

RelationshipsEdit

Tenma TsukamotoEdit

Despite curry being the true love of Karasuma's life, he does seem to be fond of Tenma. However it is fact that he is in love with her due to chapter 264/School Rumble San Gakki OVA Karasuma yells that he is in love with Tenma in a very expressive way during his fight with with Harima. In chapter 273, Far and Away, he confesses his love to an illusion of Tenma believing it was the real one. Other than that, Karasuma does care for her as in episode 14 of the second semester Harima told him about Tenma's party as a result he ran out with his coat over his head (making his editor believe he was Harima) just so he could be with her.

Best FriendsEdit

The BandEdit

Even though it isn’t really clear whether he does have any close friends or not, Karasuma is well liked by Kentaro Nara and Takeichi Fuyuki, who often spend time with him. He plays in the Band with Fuyuki, Megumi Sagano, Karen Ichijo, and Tsumugi Yuuki.

Kentaro NaraEdit

On the first episode of School Rumble First Semester, it shows that Nara was talking to Karasuma about seeing a ball game on the night before. Also, it also shows Nara talking to Karasuma in the second episode of School Rumble First Semester when Tenma was struggling to leave the girls' bathroom just because Tenma was too embarrassed to leave the bathroom when Karasuma is just across the doorway leading to the girls' bathroom.

RivalsEdit

Kenji HarimaEdit

Even though Harima is certainly jealous of Karasuma’s growing relationship with Tenma, and most likely despises him, Karasuma doesn’t seem to hold any bad feelings towards Harima, even though he seems to know of Harima’s feelings for Tenma; and when Harima tried to fight him, he simply avoided the fight.

ReferencesEdit

  1. MusashiKen's season one translation notes

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