- "Issa admires Nishikado as the head of his family's school and as a ladies' man, so he says it's insolent to be ranked on par with him."
- —Airi Maya to Oto
Issa Narumiya (
Issa was born into a family famous for their flower arrangements, specializing in the "Narumiya Style of Flower Arrangement" (
After joining the Correct 5, Issa and the other members began attending Eitoku Senior High. Spearheaded by Haruto Kaguragi, the group began their "peasant hunts". They would force the poor students to withdrawal.
Issa and the other Correct 5 members first met Oto Edogawa, when she ran in front of their by accident. He later suggested to Haruto that he should make Oto his girlfriend, after she blackmailed Haruto. Haruto took Issa's advice, but it ended in a disaster Later, Issa, Kaito Taira, and Sugimaru Eibi discovered fliers that declared that Oto was a "peasant". Issa recognized her as the girl who ran in front of their car. The Correct 5 made the decision to expel Oto from the school. Issa noticed Haruto's hesitance, commenting that his "butt [was] glued to the chair." Haruto then revealed that he could not expel Oto, causing Airi Maya to go do it herself.
Having missed Tenma Hase rescue Oto, Kaito discussed the details to Issa and Sugimaru later. Issa visited Oto's classroom when she returned from the hospital. He was curious about whether Oto was "the girl who ran in front of [their] car" or not. Issa then told Oto's classmates to not to bully her, before leaving. At one of his monthly demonstrations, Issa was surprised that Haruto did not know about Airi's feelings for him. Issa performed an elaborate flower arranging ceremony in front of a large crowd, including his friends and Oto. He was hoping to meet Megumi "Megurin" Nishidome, but did not get a chance.
Issa was disappointed about not meeting Megumi and called the previous day "a waste of effort". At that moment, Megumi approached Eitoku's gates to return Haruto's wallet. He and the other Correct 5 members had a hard time believing that he accidentally ran into in the resort's bath. In Eitoku's Salon, Issa attempted to flirt with her, but she ignored him. Several days later, Issa and Sugimaru were unconcerned that Haruto had been upset for two days, which annoyed Airi. Issa was happy about Megumi's transfer to Eitoku later that day.
The Correct 5 became concerned when Eitoku students were being targeted for "Eitoku hunts". Issa described the situation as "grave". At one point, the school's gates were vandalized. Oto encouraged the others to start cleaning it off. Issa commented that "it [was] bound to happen again," even if they cleaned it. Some days later, Haruto and Megumi were "over". Issa mentioned that Haruto was too "genuine" to fake a relationship with her. Nevertheless, Issa liked that part of Haruto's personality. Later, Haruto revealed that he knew who was attacking Eitoku students. Issa suggested that they "should wait before acting."
Considered the Correct 5's "handsomest" member, women found Issa extremely attractive. His "down-turned eyes" were remarked as one of his "charming points". He had his short, light hair parted toward the left. Issa also had both of his ears pierced.
Personality and traits
Similar to Haruto Kaguragi's admiration of Tsukasa Domyoji, Issa's hero was the F4's Sojiro Nishikado. Issa strived to be a "ladies' man" like Sojiro and admired him "as the head of his family's school". Sugimaru also labeled Issa, "the Academy's biggest flirt". He had an exceptional talent for flower arranging (ikebana), which his family was famous for. His monthly demonstrations drew huge crowds.
Behind the scenes
- Issa first appears in chapter one of Boys Over Flowers Season 2.
- He is the main character of the three page "Bonus Story", which makes fun of his lack of screen time in the series.
- He shares his last name with Tsukasa Domyoji's cousin Kiyonaga Narumiya.
- Jin Suzuki plays Issa in the drama, Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season.
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