- "As for me, I may be good-looking but I'm not a good guy."
- —Sojiro Nishikado[src]
Sojiro Nishikado (
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early life
- 1.2 High school
- 1.2.1 First love
- 1.2.2 Meeting Tsukushi
- 1.2.3 Start of fall term
- 1.2.4 Rui returns
- 1.2.5 Rift in the F4
- 1.2.6 Teen of Japan
- 1.2.7 Canada trip
- 1.2.8 Junpei incident
- 1.2.9 Enter Shigeru
- 1.2.10 Supporting Tsukasa
- 1.2.11 Helping Yuki
- 1.2.12 Troubles with Tsukasa
- 1.2.13 Helping Tsukasa and Tsukushi
- 1.2.14 Yuki pursuing him
- 1.3 College
- 2 Physical appearance
- 3 Personality and traits
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 References
- 7 See also
Sojiro was born on December 3 as a member of the sixteenth generation of his family to practice the "Nishikado Style" of tea ceremony. He had an older brother named Shoichiro as well a younger brother. Sojiro had an unhappy childhood due to his parents constant arguing. He became friends with Tsukasa Domyoji, Rui Hanazawa, and Akira Mimasaka during kindergarten at Eitoku Academy. They met also met an older student, Shizuka Todo, around this time.
One day, Sojiro met Sara Hinata, whose mother was taking tea lessons at his home. Though she was different from his friends at Eitoku, the two became close friends. They often played together at his home. One time, Sara fell asleep in the storehouse and Sojiro watched her since he did not want to return to his arguing parents. The police were called to find the children. On another occasion, the two children climbed atop the wall surrounding Sojiro's house and fell. He protected Sara from the impact. Sojiro's head had to have four stitches.
By Sojiro's first year of high school, Shoichiro had left the family to become a doctor, leaving Sojiro to inherit the tea ceremony school. Furthermore, due to his father's infidelity, the home became more unhappy. Sojiro began picking up girls around this time, having numerous short-term flings. Meanwhile, Sojiro, Akira, Tsukasa, and Rui became known as the F4. Using their fathers' influence, they were able to control the school and break numerous rules. Partly to amuse themselves, they gave out red cards, signifying their "declaration of war," to those who stood up to them or otherwise annoyed them. Students would usually quit Eitoku shortly after receiving a red card.
Gradually, Sara had become an "oasis" for Sojiro. He felt "calm" around her and let her see a different side of himself. Sara often visited unannounced; one time scaring off a girl Sojiro had picked up. On another day, she visited his room and pretended to be a stuff animal to cheer him up. Sojiro then flicked her forehead, causing Sara to fall back. He caught her head before it could hit a table. Seeing her face, Sojiro suddenly became nervous and quickly began talking of something else. Later, he received a voicemail from Sara asking him to meet her at a building. Sojiro deleted the voicemail and spent the night with another girl. The next morning, Sara came to his house. Sojiro tried to laugh off everything, but Sara cried and told him "Goodbye." Sara eventually sent him a letter explaining that her "one encounter, one chance" was gone.
The F4 first met Tsukushi Makino, when her friend fell down some stairs and landed on Tsukasa. Tsukushi defended her and then accidentally insulted the F4. She was given a red card the next day, but withstood the bullying and challenged the F4 by giving them her own red cards. Sojiro and Akira were impressed by her, thinking her "spunky." They still mused that she would not last long. Later, Sojiro irritated Tsukasa by comparing her to his sister. Some days later, he heard about Tsukasa ordering some guys to attack Tsukushi. Therefore, he was not surprised when Tsukushi kicked him in front of the entire school. Sojiro and Akira later decided to stop bullying Tsukushi, believing it to be Tsukasa's vendetta not theirs. The same day, Sojiro and Rui saw Tsukushi at her job. Sojiro teased her a bit then left with Rui to go to a party.
A day later, Sojiro was eating lunch with Akira when Tsukushi walked by. He invited her to join them. The guys began talking about Shizuka. Tsukushi asked about her relationship to Rui. They revealed that Shizuka was Rui's first love. The next day, Shizuka returned from France and greeted the F4. They then took her to eat and dance. Later, Tsukushi's friend Kazuya Aoike transferred to Eitoku. Tsukasa gave him a red card without asking the others. Tsukushi and Kazuya were chased by bullies into the university's cafeteria, where the F4 were eating lunch with Shizuka. When Rui protected Tsukushi, Tsukasa became angry at him and declared "We're through." Storming out, he yelled for Sojiro and Akira to follow him. A few days later, Tsukasa told the two that they were going to Atami for the summer.
They traveled to Atami on Tsukasa's yacht. Upon arriving on the beach, Sojiro was surprised to see Tsukushi and Kazuya there. Shizuka brought Tsukushi onto the yacht to give her a makeover for that night's party. Sojiro was impressed with her transformation, saying "I knew she'd shine with a little polish!" The next morning, Akira teased Tsukushi and Tsukasa for staring at each other. Sojiro then said "Didn't you see 'em kissing last night?" Later, Tsukushi accidentally walked in on Sojiro and Akira in a room with three girls. They were interrupted again, instead by Tsukasa, whom invited them up deck to eat. The two guys were exasperated with him, leading Sojiro to tell him "No wonder you're a virgin." Tsukasa asked the two to take some food to Rui. Sojiro refused, saying "Will you go make up with already?"
Start of fall term
Tsukasa woke up Sojiro and Akira early for the first day of the fall term. After pulling a childish prank on Tsukushi, he claimed to his friends that she was "hot for [him]." Sojiro and Akira did not really believe him. Later, Tsukasa was asking them if they knew Rui and Tsukushi met in the emergency stairwell, when Yuriko Asai and her friends came up. She said "Tsukushi's in love with Rui," before showing Tsukasa a video of her and Rui. Angry, Tsukasa hit Yuriko when she touched him. Sojiro chastised him for hitting a girl and tried to defuse the situation. When Sojiro put his arm on Tsukasa's shoulder, he said in a low voice "Get your arm off me." Seeing his eyes, Sojiro quickly complied. Later on, he and Akira tried to stop from hurting another student. They shortly realized that he had "snapped" and could not be stopped.
Several days later, Sojiro attended Shizuka's birthday. He noticed Tsukushi when she arrived and recognized her friend Yuki Matsuoka from the sweets shop. Sojiro asked Yuki if she wanted to go out after. Tsukushi quickly steered her away and told him not to hit on her best friend. After Tsukushi beat up a producer, Sojiro commented on her and Tsukasa being "so violent." Following Shizuka's shocking decision to leave her family, Sojiro was impressed by her resolve stating "These other girls are nothing like her." Before her departure, he and Akira attempted to call Rui several times but he never answered. He finally arrived shortly after Shizuka left and revealed that he was going after her. Watching Rui's plane leave, Sojiro said "It's going to be lonely without Rui." Akira assured him that they would see him again.
At school the next day, he and Akira found Tsukasa researching dating from a book. Assuming he was going on a date with a model from Shizuka's party, Sojiro happily exclaimed "So you've finally come around!" He then tore the book in half and they gave him their own, what they thought was better, advice. A couple days later, they heard he went on an "all-nighter" date with Tsukushi which led them to believe they had had sex. When they asked him about it, the two were surprised and impressed by his answers. In actuality, Tsukasa had no idea what they were talking about. The next day, Sojiro spotted Sakurako Sanjo in the cafeteria. She hid behind Tsukushi, when he attempted to flirt with her. Sojiro was perplexed by this reaction, saying "She doesn't want me? Well, there's something new..."
The next day, Tsukushi introduced Sakurako to Sojiro and the others. Sojiro thanked her, saying "She's adorable!" He and Akira were quickly charmed by Sakurako's supposed innocence. Within a day, she was comfortable around them despite claiming to be afraid of men. Sojiro was quick to defend her when she began crying saying "Tsukushi's angry" at her. Sojiro later had sex with Sakurako, after she told him "You're the only one." He was shocked when he learned she had slept with Akira as well and told him the same thing. The next morning, he and Akira discovered Tsukasa torturing some students by hanging them from the roof. Sojiro told him not to cut their ropes or they would die. Rui then arrived unannounced, surprising his friends. The F4 decided to skip class to hang out together.
The F4 heard about Sakurako's past the next day. Sojiro kind of remembered her. That night, they went clubbing. Sojiro commented on Rui, saying "He's a changed man since he got back from France." The next day, the F4 left to go on a trip to Tsukasa's island. Sojiro brought along Hiroko and Noriko, whom he had picked up at a club. Hiroko stayed with him in his room, while Noriko went with Rui. Later that night, Tsukasa woke up him and Akira when Tsukushi disappeared. She told them she was only taking a walk. The next morning, they were at the beach when Kazuya, Sakurako and Thomas arrived. They told them about Shizuka's engagement. Akira and Sojiro voiced concern, but Rui only said "It's all over." The next day, Tsukasa left everyone in the lurch. They were forced to take Kazuya's boat home.
Rift in the F4
- Sojiro: "I'll admit I've slept with a lot of girls who had boyfriends, but I'd never do it to a friend! Never!"
- Rui: "I feel bad about what I did to Tsukasa..."
- Akira: "If you feel bad about it, don't do it!"
- — Sojiro and Akira confront Rui about kissing Tsukushi[src]
When they returned home, Tsukasa told him and Akira about Rui kissing Tsukushi. They subsequently confronted him at school. Sojiro admitted to sleeping with girls who had boyfriends before, but told Rui "I'd never do it to a friend!" Tsukasa eventually stopped his friends to declare that Rui was not in the F4 anymore. Some days later, Sojiro and Akira were a bit annoyed when Sakurako "tagged along" with Tsukasa to hang out. They lost track of the two at some point and headed home on their own. The next school day, Tsukasa announced that Kazuya was replacing Rui in the F4. Sojiro and Akira were not ecstatic about it, but went along at the time. Tsukasa then revealed his intention to have Tsukushi and Rui expelled. Sojiro and Akira tried to talk him out of it at his house, though they were unable to.
The next day, Tsukasa attempted to implement his plan to expel Tsukushi and Rui, but was stopped by his sister Tsubaki. Tsukushi and Rui both offered to leave Eitoku, while Akira also threatened to leave. Tsubaki interrupted the bickering, prompting them to settle the matter with "sports." Rui proposed a basketball match. Prior to it, Sojiro and Akira decided to win and "talk Tsukasa out of this idiocy later." The following day, Sojiro had gotten the word out about the "F4 Showdown," admitting to Tsukushi that he needed "an audience" to "work up any enthusiasm." During the match, Tsukasa, Sojiro, and Akira had an obvious advantage over Rui, Tsukushi, and Kazuya. They were doing well until Tsukasa's jealously got the better of him. Sojiro told him "Don't let 'em push your buttons," which Tsukasa ignored.
At the last second, Tsukasa decided to quit the match. Sojiro and Akira were irritated by his sudden decision, but he disregarded their protests. They eventually calmed down since they still got the outcome they wanted, which Tsubaki pointed out. That night, Sojiro went with the others to Tsukasa's house in hopes of cheering him up once he came home. While waiting, he and Akira learned that Tsukushi and Rui had not slept together yet. They then locked the two in a guest room, promising to unlock it in the morning. Sojiro, Akira, and Tsubaki were discussing the couple when Tsukasa finally arrived. He and Akira nervously tried to cover up what was said. Tsubaki, however, honestly explained the situation to Tsukasa. To the guys' surprise, he took the news well. They were happy that he had "finally grown up."
Teen of Japan
The following morning, Tsukasa talked with Sojiro about Rui and Tsukushi. He told him that he was going to stop fighting over Tsukushi. At school, Sojiro congratulated Tsukasa on "sound[ing] like [his] usual self" when he spoke to Tsukushi. Later that day, Sojiro and Akira asked Rui about his night with Tsukushi. He told them that nothing had happened with Tsukushi, admitting that he could not betray Tsukasa. The next day, Tsukasa revealed to his friends that he was going to New York. They were upset with him, questioning how he would "survive" there because of his weak English. When Tsukushi walked up, Sojiro asked her to convince him to stay. She too became upset, eventually slapping Tsukasa. That night, they held a farewell party for Tsukasa before saying goodbye to him and Tsubaki at the airport the next day.
Four days later, Tsukasa showed up at school unexpectedly. The three guys ran to greet him, voicing their surprise at his quick return. Tsukasa began squabbling with Rui, leading Sojiro to state "Right back to old times" to a laughing Akira. The F4 decided to cut the rest of the day and went out on the town. A couple days later, Tsukushi's house was shown on television after Tsukasa's fight with Seinosuke Amakusa made the news. Sojiro and Akira were surprised that she lived there. Tsukasa suddenly said that Tsukushi was "too poor" and that he wanted to enter her in Teen of Japan to make her a better match for him. Sojiro later ran over to Tsukasa's house after hearing about another competitor. He told him "There's no way [Tsukushi] can win." Tsukasa remained confident about Tsukushi being able to win.
Sojiro went to watch Teen of Japan with his friends and Tsubaki on Christmas. He said "Not good" upon seeing the outfit Tsukushi picked during the first round, though a judge felt differently. She ended up passing to the next, leading Sojiro to suggest giving her a "pep talk" backstage. Akira saw through him, knowing he really wanted to meet Ayano Kurimaki. He did not get the chance to talk to her though. During the second round, the F4 were kept on pins-and-needles during Tsukushi's turn. Towards the end, Sojiro commented "It's a miracle she's come this far." Tsukushi made it the final round, at which point the audience became indignant. Sojiro and the others took up for her, silencing the crowd. At the end of the contest, the F4 congratulated Tsukushi on being the runner-up and winning a special prize.
- Sojiro: "I have a good idea."
- Akira: "What's this good idea?"
- Sojiro: "Are you as sick of watching those two as I am? So why don't we make Tsukasa into a man. Listen..."
- — Sojiro begins to devise a plan[src]
After Teen of Japan, the F4 took Tsukushi out to celebrate. Sojiro encouraged her to say a few words, so she described being happy when they applauded her. Once she left, Sojiro asked Tsukasa if he had a date with Tsukushi for Christmas. He and Akira offered him advice, which only annoyed Tsukasa. The following night, the three guys waited for Tsukasa at his house. They guessed that he and Tsukushi had fought again. Sojiro later came up with an idea to bring the couple together. The next day, he, Akira, and Rui went to Tsukushi's job where they helped sell out the store. She offered them her commission, but Sojiro declined and asked her to go to Canada instead. Though Tsukushi had not yet accepted, Sojiro went ahead and told her family. Tsukasa refused to go if she went, but Sojiro knew he would go anyway.
When Yuriko Asai and her friends tagged along on the trip, Sojiro told them to "get lost" but they claimed "Tsukushi invited us." At Tsukasa's villa, Sojiro and Akira had to stop him and Tsukushi from bickering again. The next day, the two guys watched Tsukasa showing Tsukushi how to snowboard. That night, Tsukushi and Tsukasa were lost in a blizzard after she was tricked by Yuriko. Sojiro yelled at Yuriko and her friends to stop crying. He and Akira then comforted Yuki. The next morning, Tsukushi and Tsukasa returned. When Tsukushi allowed the girls to stay, Sojiro said "Too soft-hearted for her own good." She later asked the F4 for help in getting back at them. Sojiro was in charge of telling a ghost story and then Akira was suppose to jump out and scare them. Noises from the front door interrupted the plan.
The noises turned out to be Shizuka, whom Tsukasa mistook for a burglar and attacked. She was knocked-out for almost a whole day. After she awoke, the F4 and Tsukushi chatted with her. Tsukasa brought up the guy she was supposedly engaged to. She answered "Oh, I turned him down," leading Sojiro to tell Rui "Isn't that great?" The others soon left to give them some time alone. After the trip, Sojiro asked Tsukasa if he and Tsukushi had sex during the blizzard. He told him "Is that any way to talk about love?" Sojiro then said "So you didn't do it." The guys were later hanging out at a restaurant, where Tsukushi also happened to be. Tsukasa ended up attacking one of her friends. Sojiro stated "This looks bad..." as Tsukasa and Tsukushi started to argue. She hit Tsukasa and ran out of the restaurant.
- "You modeled for Treasures, didn't you? I hear that guy, Jun, is a student here. You'd better be careful. There's no way Tsukasa's going to take it quietly."
- —Sojiro warns Tsukushi after Tsukasa disappears[src]
The next day, Sojiro rehearsed what Tsukasa should say in his apology to Tsukushi but he refused. He then told him "Listen, Tsukasa. You're really in big trouble this time." He and Akira recounted what happened during their fight. They then pushed Tsukasa to apologize. Tsukushi ignored him, leading Sojiro to say "She really is mad." Later, Sojiro commented on Tsukasa being in shock from being ignored. He told him and Akira to shut up, saying "You expect me to apologize to trash?" Sojiro said "Well, it's true she's not in our league," followed by several insulting remarks. Someone then shouted "fool" at them, but they never caught the perpetrator. A few days later, Sojiro and Akira became concerned after Tsukasa disappeared. He warned Tsukushi about him being a "loose cannon," before going to find him.
Sojiro searched Tsukasa's house with Akira and Rui. He then received a phone call from Sakurako about Tsukushi receiving a red card. They found Tsukasa outside the front door of his house. He had no idea about the red card. Seconds later, a message was left for Tsukasa to go to Eitoku's old gym alone. The F3 waited anxiously and vowed to get payback. Later at the hospital, the F4 played a trick on Tsukushi by pretending Tsukasa was dead. Sojiro and Akira laughed hysterically. They left shortly to "take care" of the guys whom hurt Tsukasa. The next day, they showed Tsukasa a photo of his attackers beat up with their heads shaved. Sojiro and Akira then started talking about how much Tsukasa loved Tsukushi to let himself get beat up. She said "Tsukasa's sort of like a dog" and ran away
The guys later went to Tsukasa's house after he was released from the hospital. He was still annoyed about Tsukushi comparing him to a dog. Sojiro said "That Tsukushi's a hard nut to crack." Later at Tsukasa's birthday party, Sojiro and the guys were unimpressed by Tsukushi's dress. They took her to Tsubaki to find something suitable. Sojiro explained that Tsukasa's mother, Kaede Domyoji, would view her as a potential fiancée. They would ultimately not be able to marry, so Sojiro asked her to "act the part for today." Tsukushi ended up accidentally causing a scene. Sojiro and Akira tried to cover for her, but Tsukasa's mother silenced them. Rui lied about Tsukushi's father being a company president. Sojiro and Akira backed up the lie. Eventually, Tsukasa and Tsukushi were able to escape the party.
- Tsukushi: "Why did you have to do that for Tsukasa?"
- Sojiro: "It's because you're taking your sweet time! Listen, I know we said Tsukasa had a fiancee. But you can break that up if you want to. You could elope, or something."
- — Sojiro's attempt to help Tsukasa fails[src]
After the party, Sojiro and the others went out to a bar. He wondered aloud about Tsukasa and Tsukushi. They began talking about Tsukasa's mother. Sojiro commented "She's liable to do anything." The next morning, Tsukasa was acting extremely happy. Sojiro and Akira only cared if he and Tsukushi had had sex. He admitted that nothing happened, leading the two guys to say things like "Are you a man or aren't you?!" Tsukasa then hit both of them. The next day, Tsukushi and Tsukasa had a fight at school. After she stormed off, Tsukasa explained to the guys about his mother arranging his engagement with Shigeru Okawahara. They then found Tsukushi, who happened to be with Shigeru. She angered Tsukasa, which necessitated Sojiro and Akira holding him back. Shigeru eventually left with a still mad Tsukushi.
That night at Tsukasa's house, Sojiro declared "I think it's up to us to do something about this," to which Akira agreed. Tsukasa arrived home, soaking wet from the rain and walked by without talking. The next day, Sojiro and Akira asked Shigeru on a date. They eventually ran into Tsukushi. At that point, Shigeru revealed that she was aware of their plan. Afterwards, Sojiro and Akira sat down with Tsukushi. They became upset when she told them "I broke it off with Tsukasa." However, they understood after she told them what happened with Tsukasa's mother. The next day, Tsukushi told Sojiro and Akira about Tsukasa asking Shigeru out. They both had a hard time believing it. When Tsukushi told them "You should be happy for him," Sojiro said "Wasn't it a shock to you?" She did not answer since Kazuya arrived.
Some days later, Sojiro and Akira learned that Tsukushi was now living on her own. Sojiro made a comment "I like the apartments of girls living alone." The guys then invited themselves over, along with Rui. There they were surprised when Tsukasa's mother showed up. She was there to confront Tsukushi about the engagement being called off. Sojiro felt her insulting words went "too far" and took up for Tsukushi. She stood up for herself and forced Kaede to leave. The guys all cheered. Then they talked about what Tsukushi could do to fight Kaede. The idea of Tsukushi and Tsukasa having a child was brought up, but Sojiro dismissed it thinking Kaede might kill her and the baby. Tsukushi slowly realized the impact of what she said. Though she was now nervous, the three guys all promised to support her.
- Tsukushi: "Don't tell anyone, Sojiro! You can never keep a secret."
- Sojiro: "So what are you doing there? I swear I won't tell anyone."
- — Sojiro learns Tsukushi is working as a live-in maid at Tsukasa's[src]
One day, Sojiro and Rui were walking to school when they met Tsukushi, who was coming from the direction of Tsukasa's house. She admitted that she was working there as a live-in maid and asked Sojiro not to tell anyone. Despite his promise, the entire school knew by the end of the day. That night, Sojiro and Akira went over to Rui's house where they role-played Tsukushi and Tsukasa being affectionate. Akira then went on about how this was a "one-in-a-million chance" for Tsukasa, leading Sojiro to ask if he was "bored." He revealed to Sojiro and Rui that his married lover had left him, before deciding that they should go to Tsukasa's place. There they eavesdropped on Tsukasa asking Tsukushi to date him. Once they were discovered, Sojiro stated "I never thought Tsukasa could make himself so clear."
In the morning, Sojiro and Akira heard Tsukasa shout "I did it!" They realized Tsukushi agreed to date him and were elated. At school, they went to Tsukushi's classroom with Tsukasa to pick her up for lunch. In the cafeteria, they left the couple alone and spoke to Kazuya, who said that Tsukushi looked "strained." Sojiro asked "She's forcing herself?" That night, Sojiro and Akira warned Tsukasa about Tsukushi's behavior. He dismissed their concerns. Then Tsukushi came into the room and asked Tsukasa on a double date. He refused to go and stormed off. Sojiro was not surprised and even laughed when Tsukushi said "Doesn't he know the meaning of the word compromise?!" Later, Sojiro and the other guys watched Tsukushi and Tsukasa fight after coming back from their date. Sojiro held her back in an attempt to calm her down.
- Yuki: "I-I'm not pretty. The girl he was with was really pretty."
- Sojiro: "Don't say that. There's no reason for you to humble yourself over a guy like that. Don't say, "I'm not..." You should say, "I am just as pretty as she is. I am going to become even prettier." Don't you thinks those words make a girl seem a lot prettier?"
- — Sojiro gives Yuki a confidence boost[src]
The following day, Sojiro represented his father at a tea ceremony. On his way home, he saw Yuki crying and had his driver pull over. He brought her to his house, where she told him about her cheating boyfriend, Nakatsuka. To cheer her up, Sojiro prepared some tea for her. He compared its bitter taste to love, telling her "A difficult and bitter relationship helps a person to mature." Sojiro then decided that they needed to go "get revenge," explaining "As a fellow playboy, I can't let him get away with it." Yuki directed Sojiro to a night club that Nakatsuka frequented. There she pointed him out to Sojiro who then approached the girl he was with. She quickly dumped Nakatsuka. At that point, Sojiro grabbed Yuki and said that he loved her. Driving the nail into the coffin, Yuki claimed that she did not know Nakatsuka.
Sojiro grabbed Nakatsuka's collar, threatening "If you ever make my girl cry again, I'm gonna pull out your guts through your butt." Tsukasa, whom had just arrived with Tsukushi, knocked him out using a sleeper hold. Afterwards, the four went out to get drinks. Yuki was considerably cheered up, telling them "He won't hurt me again." On their way home, Tsukushi and Tsukasa began arguing so Sojiro slipped away with Yuki. He voiced his frustrations about the couple, before getting an idea. Sojiro grabbed Yuki's hands, saying "Please do it to help me." The next day, Sojiro and Akira greeted Tsukushi. He mentioned Yuki, calling her "really cute." Tsukushi told him "If you get your fangs into, she'll never be able to get back onto her feet." He then revealed that he already had a date with her for the following day.
The next day, Sojiro picked up Yuki and explained his plan about having Tsukushi and Tsukasa follow them on their date to create a "romantic mood." At a nice restaurant, Sojiro called Tsukasa a "good guy" since he "[took] good care of Tsukushi." Yuki then asked him "Don't you take good care of the girl you like?" Surprised for a second, Sojiro answered "I may be good-looking but I'm not a good guy." Afterwards, Sojiro and Yuki went to a hotel where they met up with Akira and Rui. They waited for Tsukushi and Tsukasa to come to their room. When they finally arrived, Sojiro declared "I guess it's better that you're late." Tsukasa soon revealed that his mother had returned. Sojiro and Akira were both concerned, but their attention quickly shifted. It took several moments for Sojiro to notice the girls had left.
Troubles with Tsukasa
- Sakurako: "How's Tsukasa?"
- Sojiro: "He's giving me a headache. That guy is a lost cause without Tsukushi."
- — Sojiro concerned for Tsukasa when Tsukushi leaves[src]
Tsukasa invited Sojiro and Akira to a café the next day. The guys were surprised when he suddenly told him to "stop fooling around" and settle down. They asked him if something happened, but he refused to tell them the details. Annoyed, Sojiro said "You just called us out so you could crow about it?" The next morning, Sojiro was hanging out at school with Akira and Rui when Kazuya walked up. He revealed that Tsukushi was "gone" and had submitted a temporary absence from school. They all went to Tsukasa's house to ask him about it. Sojiro became annoyed with his indifferent attitude. Tsukasa ended up throwing Kazuya across the room and threatening them all to leave. On their way out, Sojiro reflected on Tsukasa's eyes saying "That's how he looked when he was at his worst." Rui replied "It's worse than that."
The next day, Sojiro asked Kazuya and Sakurako if they had found Tsukushi. They both confirmed that they heard nothing. Sakurako then asked about Tsukasa. He responded "That guy is a lost cause without Tsukushi." A couple days later, Sojiro organized a party to "cheer up" Tsukasa. He invited many of their friends, including Sakurako, Shigeru, and Kazuya. Shortly after he arrived, Tsukasa asked Sojiro "Is this why you called me here?" and called the whole thing "irritating." Sojiro became angry, saying "You're the one who's irritating!" Tsukasa then punched him, leading to a full-out fight. The following morning, Sojiro was covered in bandages. He declared to Akira and Rui that he was "not letting him get off so easily." Akira tried to calm him down, while Rui found it amusing and wished he had been there.
Sometime after Tsukushi returned, Sojiro was informed about a guy who was posing as Tsukasa's cousin. He found this "so interesting, [he] just had to join in." As the F4 were telling Tsukushi about the imposter, the same guy walked up. Sojiro and the others were surprised when he revealed he was hired by Kaede. He and Akira stopped Tsukasa from going after her. The guy eventually confessed that he liked Tsukushi and now wanted to cancel his contract. After a few moments, Tsukushi yelled at everyone to "shut up." She left shortly with the guy. Later, the F4 went to a restaurant with Sakurako and Shigeru. The girls started talking about older men, leading Sojiro to joke "Maybe he's already got Tsukushi swept up." An agitated Tsukasa left. Akira attempted to chastise to Sojiro, who said "He needs to be told."
Helping Tsukasa and Tsukushi
- Akira: "He turns into an idiot at the critical moment."
- Sojiro: "You can't tell what Tsukushi's thinking either."
- Akira: "Nothing's so difficult between a man and a woman."
- Sojiro: "All they need to do is spend a night together. Right? Looks like we have to give them a hand."
- — Sojiro and Akira hatch a scheme to bring Tsukasa and Tsukushi together[src]
Later at school, Sojiro and Akira greeted Tsukasa. They were joined by Tsukushi and Kazuya, whom nagged them for not attending classes. Once they left, Sojiro wondered about her and the "fake Kiyonaga." Tsukasa's answer lead Sojiro to say "What, have you finally given up?" He then punched the wall, stating that he would "storm [his] old lady's place" if Tsukushi liked him. Sojiro said "I wish he would." Two days later, Tsukasa asked the guys if they had seen Tsukushi. He then called the police to aid his search. The next day, Sojiro asked Tsukasa if he found Tsukushi. He replied with three different facial expressions. Sojiro and Akira tried to give him advice, but he ignored them. Afterwards, the two guys were discussing Tsukasa and Tsukushi. Sojiro stated "All they need to do is spend a night together."
The next day, Sojiro and Akira arranged for Rui to bring Tsukushi over to Akira's house. Before her arrival, they tied Tsukasa up and locked him in Akira's summer house. The two guys brought Tsukushi there by telling her that they wanted to show her a black rose. They then shut and locked the door. Later that night, Sojiro went to visit Yuki at her job. He bought everything in the store to get her off work early. At a café, he told her about trapping Tsukushi and Tsukasa together and asked if their being together would be a problem. Yuki told him that she would "back up" Tsukushi if she loved Tsukasa even if it effected her family. Sojiro commented that she had became stronger, to which she gave him credit. Realizing her implication, he told her to find a "great boyfriend." Sojiro's date then arrived and he left with her.
Yuki pursuing him
- "Yuki, what is it that you want from me? You want me to date you? You want me to kiss you? To take you to bed? I can do all that, but that's all you'll get."
- —Sojiro rejects Yuki[src]
Sojiro went to Akira's party at his house the following day. He helped all the girls tie their kimono. Later in the garden, Yuki confessed to Sojiro "I like you." He thanked her and said "I like you too," before suggesting they go inside. Yuki insisted that she was being "serious." Sojiro asked "What is it that you want from me?" and essentially told her that he could give her everything except for love. Yuki slapped him, but quickly apologized. She then recalled something he said to her before, which led her to believe he had someone he loved. Sojiro became angry, saying "Don't talk like you know so much." Inside, Tsukushi surprisingly revealed that she and Tsukasa were dating. The next morning, when Tsukushi woke up from fainting, everyone promised to help the couple keep their secret.
That night, Sojiro returned home to find Yuki waiting for him outside. She apologized for slapping him, which he laughed off. Sojiro then explained he never became involved with any girls at school and that she would be "even more trouble" since she was Tsukushi's best friend. Yuki went quiet before asking for the "full course." She gave him her number and then ran off, leaving Sojiro perplexed. The next day, Sojiro was at a bar when he got the idea to "scare" Yuki. He then called to ask her on a date. After dinner, Sojiro invited Yuki to go upstairs to a hotel room. There he began undoing her shirt, but stopped telling her "Don't force yourself." However, after seeing again how serious Yuki was, Sojiro admitted that he was only trying to "scare" her. He then told her about Sara and how he had hurt her.
The next day, Sojiro was asked about Yuki by Akira. He admitted that they went to a hotel but that nothing happened. Minutes later, Tsukushi came up to Sojiro. She asked him to "stop seeing [Yuki] if [he was] just stringing her along." Using an analogy, Sojiro asked what would happened if Kazuya liked her. Tsukushi answered that he was just a friend, to which Sojiro "That's exactly how Yuki is to me." Some days later, Sojiro was wandering around late into the night. He happened to walk up to Yuki, Tsukushi, and Tsukasa close to five in the morning. Yuki asked him to follow her. Once they reached the building, Sojiro realized it was the place where Sara wanted him to go. On the roof, Yuki pointed to the skyline. Two buildings' signs were obscured, reading "I love Jiro." Sojiro first tried to cover up his emotions, before crying.
After graduating high school, Sojiro began to attend Eitoku University with Akira and Rui. During his second year, he attended Shizuka's wedding in France. While continuing his education, Sojiro became the Grand Master of his family's tea school.
Meeting Haruto and Oto
- Haruto: "To be honest, there's a girl I like. I don't want to lose for her sake."
- Sojiro: "That's more like it. If it were just for Eitoku, I was about to tell you to give up and run away. But if that's the case, that changes things. I'm not against it, if it's for a girl."
- — Sojiro agrees to help Haruto[src]
Sojiro was asked to participate in a horseback archery competition held in Kyoto. While practicing, Sojiro met an Eitoku student, Haruto Kaguragi. He told Sojiro that he was entering the "Manly Man Festival" against Tenma Hase and was worried he would "sully" Eitoku's reputation. Sojiro thought his reasons for entering were "lame" until he confessed "There's a girl I like." He then answered "I'm not against it if it's for a girl." Sojiro began helping Haruto with archery, causing his skills improved considerably. Later, Haruto told him that Tsukasa had "entrusted the care of Eitoku" to him. Sojiro laughed and did not believe that Tsukasa would say that. After the festival, Haruto informed him that he only won by default. Sojiro, however, told him "A win's a win." He then advised him to go meet the girl he liked.
The following summer, Sojiro ran into Haruto and Oto Edogawa while at the airport to see off Akira's sisters. He and Akira offered them a ride home. In the car, Sojiro asked if they were dating. Haruto replied "That's in the past." He then invited them over to Akira's house. In the summer house, Sojiro and Akira reminisced about locking Tsukasa and Tsukushi in there. Sojiro suddenly declared "Looks like you're overthinking things again" and then locked the door. They returned several minutes later. Sojiro commented "Something about these two seems different," and teased them by asking if they wanted to spend the night there. After saying goodbye to Haruto and Oto, Sojiro agreed with Akira about them reminding them of the past. Sojiro jokingly said "Those were some annoying times."
Several months later, Rui had Tsukasa come to Japan to see Tsukushi who was briefly back from Los Angeles. The F4 were stuck in traffic while rushing to catch her. Haruto, who happened to pass by, called Oto to hold the plane. Sojiro was surprised to see him but held off talking. After the couple had reunited, Tsukushi told Tsukasa about Haruto and Sojiro introduced Oto, adding "They had a rough time too." The F4 and Tsukushi then walked off to talk before parting ways. Later, Sojiro became friends with Issa Narumiya with whom he shared the "same taste in women." The two exchanged numbers and began hanging out. On one occasion, they went out with Akira. As they walked together, Sojiro asked Issa "Do you think true love really exists?" They then went off to possibly find it.
Sojiro was handsome, much like his friends as they were all called F4 (Flower Four). His natural good-looks attracted women to him. He had short, brown hair that was parted in the middle with little to no styling. His round-shaped eyes were of a slightly darker shade of brown. Sojiro favored comfortable clothing for everyday wear and usually wore nicer clothing for dates. His favorite pieces were a button-down shirt paired with a sweater.
Personality and traits
- "In the way of tea, we say "one encounter, one chance"! It means I mustn't let this moment pass because it will never come again."
- —A pick-up line Sojiro used to use on women[src]
Sojiro was known for being a playboy and was naturally charming to women. He dated often and sought out purely physical relationships with women. His attitude towards relationships stemmed partly from his parents' unhappy marriage. Sojiro sought refuge from his dysfunctional family in Sara. Though they both shared romantic feelings for each other, Sojiro was afraid of being more than friends and ended up hurting Sara. He carried a lot of regret about what happened. After getting closure with Sara, Sojiro went back to dating around but with a different view on love.
One of Sojiro's core values was his loyalty to his friends. Sojiro spent a lot of his time with Akira, with whom he had the most in common. He and Akira were also pragmatic about Tsukasa's and Tsukushi's relationship, though they both eventually supported the couple completely. The F4 were also athletic, excelling at basketball in particular. He, Akira, and Tsukasa were even scouted in junior high. They stopped playing because "It's not cool to sweat."
Behind the scenes
- See also: Category:Sojiro Nishikado portrayals
- First appearing in chapter one of Boys Over Flowers, Sojiro is a major supporting character.
- Sojiro's allowance is revealed to be 400,000 yen, which he uses "mostly for dates."
- Fitting his playboy reputation, Sojiro has the most named romantic partners of the F4.
- Yoko Kamio wrote "Story of an Encounter" from Sojiro's point-of-view. She later wrote that she had "always wanted to write about the life of this playboy."
- The saying, "ichi-go ichi-e" (
一期一会, lit. "one time, one meeting") said by Sojiro in "Story of an Encounter," is often used by adaptations of his character as a sort-of catchphrase.
- Sojiro appears in three arcs of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 and has the most appearances of any of the returning characters.
- He frequently appears in the web spin-off, Cafe de Hanadan.
- Nobuo Tobita is the voice of Sojiro in the three-part audio drama released in 1993 and 1994. Yoko Kamio enjoyed the overall performance, calling the voice actors "very well trained."
- In Hana Yori Dango (1995), Sojiro is portrayed by Kensaku Saeki. It was Saeki's film debut and remains his sole acting credit. His personality is stripped down for the film, not even showing him as a playboy. He and Akira are always shown in each other's company. They first help Tsukasa bully Tsukushi and later tease him about her. Sojiro is the first to compare her to his sister Tsubaki.
- Yoshihiko Akaida is the voice of Sojiro in the anime, Boys Over Flowers (1996) and Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (1997). His manga counterpart is followed closely, which includes showing him as a playboy. His family life is hinted at a few times, such as him mentioning his father in "Be Still My Beating Heart." He mentions his parents again in "The Woman in My Life!," revealing that he expects to have an arrange marriage. Sojiro is usually shown alongside Akira, while supporting Tsukasa's relationship with Tsukushi.
- Ken Chu portrays a version of Sojiro, renamed Xi Men, in Meteor Garden (2001). Xi Men is a player and Xiao You (Yuki) develops a crush on him, like in the manga. His past is explored in Meteor Rain (2001), which features an episode about him and Xiao Geng (Sara).
- Sojiro is played by Shota Matsuda in Hana Yori Dango (2005), Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007), Hana Yori Dango Final (2008), and Hana Nochi Hare (2018). Matsuda's portrayal closely follows the manga, mirroring much of Sojiro's personality. In Returns, Sojiro takes over the leadership of the F4 in Tsukasa's absence. His relationship with Sara is also explored in Returns, though it is somewhat altered. By the end of Final, he has become the head of his father's tea school and an author.
- He is voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu in the video game, Hana Yori Dango: Koi Seyo Otome! (2008).
- In Boys Over Flowers (2009), Korean actor Kim Bum plays a version of Sojiro named So Yi-jung.
- He is played by Mackenyu in the 2016 musical adaptation of Boys Over Flowers. Kim Tae-gyu and Lee Woo-jong rotate the part in the 2017 Korean version. In the musical, Sojiro and Akira both serve as comic relief which changes their personalities drastically. Sojiro being a playboy is also deemphasized. He performs three songs, including "Let's Fall in Love."
- Caesar Wu portrays Xi Men in the Chinese remake of Meteor Garden (2018). In this version, though he is still called Xi Men, it is turned into his family name while his given name is Yan.
- Sojiro is played by Raito Kinami in the Takarazuka Revue musical, Hana Yori Dango (2019). Kinami's version of Sojiro is kept faithful to the original with some inspiration from Matsuda's portrayal. Though still a playboy, Sojiro seems genuinely interested in dating Yuki at the end of musical. He also uses the phrase "Ichigo ichie" several times.
- Thai actor Metawin Opas-iamkajorn portrays Sojiro, named Kavin, in the drama F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers (2021).
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