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Bob Makihara (ボブ 牧原)Age: 15
Relatives: Chiaki (wife)
Bob Makihara is a young man from South Africa, hence most in the series refer to him as "the foreigner." Despite his heritage Bob is depicted as having blue eyes. He is known for his long dreads, and a muscular build (in fact he is one of the most physically strong characters in the series). Little is known about his past, except that his father was a first lieutenant of the U.S. Navy and he met up with Souichiro Nagi during his 2nd semester in his third year in elementary school and started calling themselves the knuckle bombs. His girlfriend's name is Chiaki, and they seem to really love each other. Souichiro is his best friend, and he also appears to respect Masataka.
Bob seems to enjoy fighting, and is a very skilled fighter. He definitely has better powers of perception than Souichiro, as he almost immediately picks up on the fact that something is different about Toudou academy. He also recognizes that someone much stronger than Masataka Takayanagi and Maya Natsume is lurking around.
Bob frequently doubts his abilities and Maya's training, mainly due to the attention he gets from Mitsuomi Takayanagi. Despite Mitsuomi offering to train him and make him the "sharpest blade in the school," Chiaki convinces Bob to stay with the Juken club. He later seems to regret the decision when he still has to be saved by Masataka despite all the training Maya put him through. Even though he doubts the value of his training he remains with the Juken club.
Martial arts are an expression of power, showcasing the potential of the human body when pushed to its physical limit. It also makes for exciting anime, and allows animators and directors to showcase their prowess as things get heated.