Fuusuke, Also known as Fuusuke of the Wind (風の風助 Kaze no Fūsuke) or Rat Ninja Fuusuke (子忍風助 Ne-Nin no Fūsuke) is the main protagonist of the Ninku series.
During the war between the Imperial Army and the Ninku Unit, Fuusuke was the captain of the 1st division Ninku Corps. After disbanding from his unit, He sets off to find the remaining Ninku on earth as well as searching for his long lost mother.
Unlike an average twelve year old boy, Fuusuke is extremely small and scrawny with black slick hair. Especially when compared to fellow Ninku Captains, Fuusuke is the shortest and youngest of the entire unit. Despite his size, Fuusuke is more known for his large head and outlandish looking facial features. He has large eyes, a big curved upper lip, a small nose and a long tongue that is usually sticking out of his mouth. With these features, Fuusuke is often compared to the face of a frog.
In the manga, Fuusuke is a bit bigger in overall size, wears a backwards green cap (red on the Vol. 1 Cover), an orange short sleeved collared shirt with the top button undone and small black stripes on the collar and cuffs of his untucked shirt, a black backpack and red shorts with blue and white sneakers. In the anime, Fuusuke's attire is slightly altered. His shirt is tucked in, the collar and cuffs are white, his backpack is blue and wears small yellow and black tennis shoes.
In Ninku Second Stage, Fuusuke is barefoot and does not wear a cap, but instead wears a pair of khaki shorts and a white t-shirt with the latter being absent during the manga's run.
Fuusuke has shown to be a very calm, laid back and curious child, often seen from him holding his hands behind his head as he walks, stands in place and even when sitting down. He is often relaxed in most situations; such as when he was falling down a pit that led to a floor of spikes and poisonous gas, he remained calm and collected as he figured out a way to escape. However, Despite that being his common demeanor, Fuusuke becomes very expressive when emotional along with speaking in two verbal tics when he expresses himself, "zo" (ぞ) and "dazo" (だぞ). Being a former Ninku captain, Fuusuke is mature, collected, well mannered and a good leader despite being a 12 year old boy.
Despite losing his parents at a young age (Only his father in the anime), Fuusuke has grown to be pure of heart with a good sense of justice and morality. If he sees someone in danger, he will do his best to rescue and protect them, even putting his own life at risk; in the anime, Fuusuke valiantly sacrificed himself to Ajirada's soldiers to protect an orphanage. In the manga, he ceased his battle with Hamaji to save a squirrel from a tumbling tree only to leave himself open to an attack.
Fuusuke strongly abides by the Ninku style which when in combat has made him nonlethal and more of a pacifist. When Takeshi found out that Fuusuke was a Ninku user and pointed his gun at him, Fuusuke only asked why he was pointing his gun at him then assured him that Ninku weren't evil, defusing the situation in the process. However, Fuusuke has moments where he has been prompted to murder (Hamaji after being caught in Touji's cloth leaving himself wide open to attack but stopped by Aichou), and when he has murdered someone out of anger (Decapitating the man that had gunned down Kurenai).
Fuusuke is known for is his nearly comical appetite. Throughout a new venture in his journey, he almost always starts it being extremely hungry. Fuusuke has stated that he often eats worth the same as twenty men and will eat anything despite how it tastes. His hunger usually leads him to search for a town to find some type of restaurant or anyone offering money or food and sometimes acquire a part time job to receive money or even just a single meal. However if Fuusuke is currently helping someone in need, he'll simply ignore his hunger and focus on lending a hand.
Although being Jubilant and respectful, Fuusuke has also shown to be blunt and somewhat naive. He is very nonchalant to the point that he tells Shuri's father that his cooking is downright nasty after being fed multiple dishes or when tells Sayaka that despite looking like his mother, her breasts are much bigger in comparison. Fuusuke's naivety and obliviousness mostly stems from him being a very young kid as he harbors the traits of constantly getting lost, not knowing what a "pick up" is or confusion from seeing a middle finger hand gesture.
Fuusuke's Journey and Rihoko Edit
After waking up from a nightmare and realizing that he hadn't eaten for three days, Fuusuke finds Hiroyuki laying in the middle of the road weak and starving. Fuusuke picks him up and sees a motorcycle gang wheeling towards them. Hiroyuki propels them out of harms way with a humongous fart annoying Fuusuke as
well as knocking out a few of the bikers. Fuusuke then walks to a sign and sees that a town is close by, the two then venture forth to the town in order to find food.
Fuusuke and Hiroyuki finally make into town and find a restaurant and enter in hopes of finding someone to serve them. To no avail, Fuusuke then decides to leave until a loaf of bread falls on his head and he finds Hiroyuki on the bread shelf eating all of the bread. The two get into a scuffle while the owner finally shows himself armed with a wooden stick and promptly knocks out Fuusuke for a short time. He is blamed for eating all of the bread and is sent the be strapped to a tree as punishment along with Hiroyuki.
The owner and his wife discuss whether or not if the punishment is suitable for him as well as hearing that former Ninku troops would return to their village. Fuusuke is shocked by hearing Ninku until a young girl comes out and introduces herself to them. Her name was Mika, and she was the owners daughter who Fuusuke quickly befriends before being fed an apple by Mika. Fuusuke asks why her father why they fear Ninku only to be told that they have continuously attacked her village as well as many others to Fuusuke's denial. An elderly couple that have overheard their conversation strongly suggest that Mika had been telling the truth and that if the Ninku hadn't been around, the war would've never begun. Fuusuke continued to disagree, saying that the Ninku had fought for peace and that the Imperial Army were evil.
The argument was then interrupted by the sounds of motorcycles, Mika says that they were the aformentioned Ninku while Fuusuke recognized them as the bikers that he and Hiroyuki saw before. Seeing the gang destroying the town and beating Mika's father, Fuusuke sprang into action but was stopped when Hiroyuki's side of the rope got the two caught by a well. After breaking free from the ropes, Fuusuke found that Mika had been kidnapped by the motorcycle gang then decided to go rescue her.
Following the gang to an abandoned house, Fuusuke and Hiroyuki began walking inside with Hiroyuki knocking out the outside guard with a fart. Fuusuke breaks through a door knocking out two more guards and reaching Mika and another female. He is then caught by the other members and begins running forward as they shoot at him. Fuusuke is presumably gunned down until it is revealed to have used a substitution technique to meet up close with the shooters and begin retaliating. After quickly dispatching the guards and rescuing Mika and the other female, Fuusuke comes face to face with the leader who reveals himself to be Tatsumi, a former Ninku captain.
Fuusuke and Tatsumi then reach lower ground to begin battle. Tatsumi surrounds Fuusuke in flames that are quickly dispatched as he declares Tatsumi's attacks to be weak to be compared to that of a Ninku captain. Fuusuke then attacks him as well as taking down the last of Tatsumi's gang before Tatsumi gets up and attempts to attack him with flame again before they are reflected back and completely backfired with the use of Fuusuke's Fuatsusho before finishing him off with clubbing blows. Fuusuke then reveals himself to Tatsumi as the former Captain of the 1st division Ninku corps.
After the battle, Fuusuke, Hiroyuki, Mika and the other female return to the village to merriment until Mika informs the town that Fuusuke is a Ninku user himself to everyone's shock. Fuusuke is then told to leave the town to which Fuusuke wholeheartedly complies as he turns to leave with Hiroyuki and their new companion Rihoko. Mika then catches up to them and says she believes that he isn't evil and hands the trio bread as they leave. The three are then sailing along a river as Rihoko and Fuusuke properly introduce themselves to each other. Rihoko states that she is looking for her brother: Ninku Captain of the 6th division, Touji.
Reuiniting with Aichou Edit
Fuusuke and co. later arrive at another village in attempt to get a meal, but arriving at the first building, Fuusuke gets thrown out immediately. After Rihoko's plan to get food backfired, the three meet a young village boy named Takeshi who offers them his lunch. Takeshi then states that his village was under siege by Daimyo and that the citizens couldn't be able to share much of their food with outsiders. He then talks about the Ninku and his plans to do away with any that comes in his way much to the silence of Fuusuke. Just then, Takeshi's brothers approach informing him that they got a hold of a high jumping Ninku user that Fuusuke quickly identifies as his old friend Aichou.
Later on, the trio enter an Imperial Army fortress after boarding a Daimyo food truck that had driven to it. The three sneak inside and reach Aichou's cell who they watch him fighting a desk. Fuusuke and Hiroyuki then approach and break him out, only to be spotted by army soldiers. Aichou picks everyone up and escapes by jumping through the window above escaping the fortress and talking about the current events of the army and
the Ninku. Takeshi and his brothers soon approach the four of them aiming their weapons at them after witnessing them help Aichou escape. Fuusuke curiously wonders why Takeshi took aim at him and his friends then reminded him that it was the army's fault that Takeshi was in this situation in the first place. Takeshi and his brothers then quickly took aim and fired at all four of them claiming that he had no other choice only to find that they had used a substitution technique to evade the attack. Fuusuke, Aichou, Rihoko and Hiroyuki would then vanish after Fuusuke parted by saying that Takeshi was a good person for feeding him.The group later observe that the brothers were apprehended by the army for letting Aichou escape, Fuusuke then decided to go rescue them and blamed the empire for Takeshi's actions. Fuusuke and Hiroyuki would then arrive at their cell to break them free but would soon learn that the reason for them being locked up were to lure Aichou and himself back to the lair to be killed. As he walked closer to the trio, Fuusuke was then caught underneath a trap door that led down to a floor riddled with spikes. While falling, Fuusuke noticed a nearby nail that he quickly latched onto to prevent falling to his demise, but the room quickly filled with poison gas. Fuusuke would begin holding his breath until finding a way out. Aichou would fall down a trap door leading to the cellar as Fuusuke took the opportunity to propel himself out jumping off Aichou's stomach as he came face to face with the commander of the fortress, Lee. Despite trying to reason with the commander, Fuusuke engages in a battle with him in which he uses his signature attack: the Fuatsken to pierce through his metal armor and defeat him with ease. Everyone left the fortress and by the time they were far away, the fortress exploded as Fuusuke explained that the poison gas would spread throughout so he started a fire. Fuusuke and Hiroyuki then ran off in victory with Rihoko yelling at him for running off.
Reuiniting with Touji Edit
Fuusuke and co. would travel through the middle of a sandstorm, looking for the next village get rest and would be place in front of one after the sandstorm subsided. Once inside the village's hotel, it is shown to be barricaded by the owner in preparation for a Ninku invasion which led to Fuusuke and Aichou springing into an argument with the owner about the Ninku's true intentions but was abruptly halted by Rihoko. Fuusuke then wonders about the Ninku that the owner was referring to, believing that they were the ones, when suddenly soldiers of the Imperial Army marched in and announced that they were taking every room in the hotel to keep watch over the possible invasion.
Aichou then asks what the repercussions of not leaving their room would be, and when the soldier points his gun at the three stating that he would kill them if they did not comply, Fuusuke instantly swapped the gun with the broomstick humiliating thre soldier as he and his subordinates exited. Fuusuke then says that they couldn't stay much longer as the entire village was surrounded by imperial army soldiers. The imperial army would reenter the room led by the commander, as Fuusuke swiftly told them that they all needed to learn manners as they did not knock. The commander was then angered by Fuusuke and ordered the men to fire, but Rihoko then pointed out that one of the soldiers was in fact her older brother Touji. The soldier claimed that he did not know any of them before giving them the count of three before he and the other soldiers opened fire. Fuusuke, Rihoko, Hiroyuki and Aicho were gunned down and quickly but were quickly transported away from the village as a result of their substitution technique. Fuusuke soon pointed out that Touji counting to three before firing may have been giving him and the others time to prepare the technique stating that he may have a certain reason for being in the army.
Later on, Fuusuke and Rihoko would follow Touji around the hotel into the bathing room where he washed the back of the commander. During the commander's conversation with Touji, he reveals that person that carried out the order for killing of the remaining Ninku was Ajirada, one of the army's great tacticians. Touji then says that his plan for killing the Ninku was a lie then tries to leave but is then shot at leading Fuusuke to then charge in and kick the gun out of the commander's hand. More Imperial Army soldiers then charged in and began firing at the three, leading Fuusuke to use Fushuriken to cut down the pillars in the bath room, falling on the soldiers as the trio made their escape.
The trio then slipped into a forest to plan their escape from the army, but they were instantly surrounded by four tanks charging in at full speed. Touji uses his Fujakshu to dig a tunnel into the ground and escape the forest but into the center of the Army's sight as they quickly fired down on the three. Aichou flies in and makes the save pulling the three out of harms way. With the three Ninku captains reunited, they began to retaliate with Touji using Fujaksho on a large pillar of rock to rain down on the army, stopping the assault. Fuusuke, Aichou and Touji stood mountainside waiting for Hiroyuki and Rihoko to meet up with them, as Fuusuke wondered if they needed to go after Ajirada that would spring up an inpromptu argument between Touji and Aichou.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Being a Former Ninku Captain, Fuusuke is incredibly powerful Having aided the Ninku unit into temporarily subduing the Imperial Army before the disbandment. Even on his adventures to get stronger, Fuusuke is capable of easily taking down bandits, thugs, assassins and soldiers who possess techniques Ninku techniques. Even for his reputation, Fuusuke is often underestimated by his opponents either for his age or having no information of who he is.
At the end of the Anime, Fuusuke absorbs the power of the true Tenku Dragon after his battle with Kochin giving him extraordinary power beyond any one and making him the most powerful Ninku user in the world.
Fuusuke is the former captain of the 1st Ninku division, in which all users of that division primarily use air techniques. Fuusuke can use air at any time and even use opposing air to his advantage such as when he is struck with flames or to ride a current as shown when he, Hiroyuki and Rihoko were inside of a cannon. He can create whirlwinds, redirect wind currents and even use Funasen, A high level and deadly Ninku technique with no noticeable injuries. As a Ninku captain, Fuusuke has shown to use all known rat ninja techniques to their maximum potential. His Fuatsken is so powerful that in the manga it shattered Koshou's ribs and ruptured his organs from within, whereas in the anime, it has shattered through Lee's battle armor which is designed to fend off Ninku techniques. In the anime, his Fuatsho redirected a large bullet that not only looped around to miss Aichou, but missed the army base likely on purpose due to Fuusuke's pacifism. In addition to the manga, Fuusuke's Fushuriken has cut through metal shurikens themselves.
Throughout Ninku, Fuusuke has shown impressive feats of strength despite his very small stature. He has constantly overpowered foes that are many times his size in battle and can carry an incapacitated person like Sayaka miles albeit with strain. He has also shown to pull himself out of the ground with little to no effort after being buried from the waist down.
As a master of ninjutsu, Fuusuke's boastful abilities are his speed, agility and reflexes. He can move so fast that his movement mimics teleportation, dodge bullet fire and lightning and even create near lifelike afterimages of himself. Even when hit, Fuusuke has been shown to use his techniques to get out of harms way such as when Yuka's kidnapper shot him in the head, he was fast enough to use Fubunshin in the anime and a substitution technique in the manga.
Other media appearances Edit
As Ninku has appeared in a few crossovers with other Shonen Jump media, Fuusuke appears more than any other character as the representation of the series. Fuusuke has appeared as a playable character in the Nintendo DS Jump Ultimate Stars featuring Aichou and Touji in some of his Koma attacks. Fuusuke also appears in the Japanese mobile game Jumputi Heroes. His Main Rank is A, Support Rank being B and Global Rank also being A.
- Fuusuke's name in japanese translates to "Wind Helper".
- In an interview, Koji Kiriyama has stated that Fuusuke is his favorite character.
- Fuusuke is heavily based on Sosuke Inukawa, a character in Kiriyama's first manga Sengoku Koshien: Legend of the Nine Dogs.
- Both have similar facial features albeit Sosuke's Tongue is much bigger, his pupils are smaller and he is bald.
- Both are adept in the art of Ninjutsu.
- Despite Fuusuke's playable appearance in Jump Ultimate Stars being first stage, his official render is of a younger version of himself.
- In the manga "Good Luck Girl!" the character Nadeshiko Adenokouji's face takes the form of Fuusuke's to express disappointment.