- "Whew... I just can't deal anymore. Wish I could curl up and forget all this."
Essentially, Futoshi is a slacker, and is criticized often by 777 because of it. He appears to be somewhat of a scatterbrain as well, forgetting things easily and tuning out people if he is not interested in what they have to say. While his mellow personality allows him to take flak from others in stride, he is not completely carefree, as he seems to bear some repressed resentment against 777 for his hogging nature of the spotlight, which manifests when he is possessed by a Noise.
He is first seen in Shiki, Day 3 where Neku and Shiki learn how to imprint memes, and is integral to the mission for that day, being the one who reactivates the lighting in A-East in order to expose the boss. He is described by 777 as an individual wearing a black tee with a lanyard around his neck.
Futoshi is first encountered while under the influence of a negative Yellow Noise, complaining bitterly about his behind-the-scenes role in the concert crew and expressing a desire to be in the limelight. He appears to be oblivious of the fact that the band members of Def Märch are actually Reapers. Once he is freed of the Noise's possession with the help of Neku and his partner, he is able to recall having an errand to do. Futoshi's easygoing attitude, however, causes him to forget the specifics of his errand, requiring a reminder from a particular meme to buy a fuse.
He is later seen in Shiki, Day 6 as Makoto Miki attempts to give him a Red Skull pin. Humorously, Futoshi ignores Makoto's presence until he evokes the "Come get some hot stuff!" one-liner twice, causing Futoshi to gradually sidle near him and accept one of the pins. He can be seen in Week 2, Day 3 during the Dogenzaka Ramen Wars, where he recalls seeing the Prince mention the spicy tuna roll on his blog as an optional meme to imprint on Ken Doi.
It is unknown what exactly became of him after 777's erasure by the Game Master Konishi, as the apparent loss of the leading rock star may have caused him to lose his job. Nevertheless, he reappears again in Week 3 where he has succumbed to the Red Skull pin's brainwashing like many others.
Futoshi in The Animation has the major distinction of being a Reaper. He first appears in episode 1, Grim Reaper Game. Aside a brief cameo in the background of one of the first shots, he first appears in day 3 when he is possessed by a Mosh Grizzly. He is then freed by Neku and Shiki and he accompanies them to O-East out of gratitude. He has to apologize to 777 for being late and after Neku and Shiki leave to finish their mission. He does not appear for the rest of the season.
- Curiously, his name is never outright stated in the main plot as he is always referred to as the tech. Futoshi's name is finally revealed as an aside in the Another Day chapter, should Neku and/or the Kindred Spirits challenge him to a Tin Pin battle.
- The player can choose to imprint Futoshi with the optional 'cough drops' meme before the 'fuse' meme, which prompts him to purchase Aurora cough drops for 777's sore throat. As a reward, 777 will give Neku and Shiki the Lucky Star pin for their troubles.
- The player can also imprint Futoshi with the optional 'ramen' meme before the fuse meme, which will remind him to finish off the ramen he ordered earlier. However, he will remember his errand and leave before he can eat his ramen. This is necessary to obtain the Secret Report for "Shiki Day 3".
- In the side-chapter This Day Ends with You!, before Neku goes to Molco, if the player talks to Futoshi near the Cosmic Corner shop, he'll refuse Neku's offer to play Tin Pin at first, claiming that he has errands he needs to run, but then says "This is Japan. 'Yes' means 'No'" when Neku starts to walk off, then accepts Neku's offer. The kana for 'No' reads as 'いいえ,' (Read in romaji as ' Īe') while the kana for 'Yes' reads as 'はい' (Read as in romaji 'Hai'), so this might be a referral to the similarities of Japanese 'Yes' and 'No.' Another possibility is is that it is actually about the similarity between No (いいえ romaji: iie） and Good （いい romaji: ii), or the similarity between No (いいえ romaji: iie) and Yeah (ええ romaji: ee).
- In The Animation, it is never confirmed if Futoshi is still just a tech for Def Märch.
- It is not clear what Futoshi's fate beyond the first game is. This is mostly due to uncertainty with the canonicity of The Animation in which, unlike the game, Futoshi was a Reaper. But he only makes an appearance in the first episode. It is not known if he was erased like the rest of Def Märch or was then revived like them at the end of the original story. He makes no appearance in NEO: The World Ends with You
- In NEO: The World Ends with You, a person can be scanned who makes an homage to Futoshi. The person was asked by their boss to pick up a fuse at the store but they are unsure what a fuse is.
|Characters in The World Ends with You|
|Neku Sakuraba • Shiki Misaki • Beat • Joshua • Rhyme • Sota Honjo • Nao 777 • BJ • Coco Atarashi • Koki Kariya • Megumi Kitaniji • Mitsuki Konishi • Sho Minamimoto • Tenho • Uzuki Yashiro • Yodai Higashizawa Aily Ueno • Akira Yoshii • Anna Aoi • Ayu Hamaguchi • Banzai Ayanokoji • Fumi Gotoda • Fumiko Nishimura • Hideki Kikuchi • Hikaru Koike • HT Matsuoka • Jun Odajima • Keiichi Okada • Ken Doi • Kyo • Makoto Miki • Masanori Ito • Miki Kosaka • Nana Majima • Princess K • Rayca Hoshi • Rikako Toda • Sanae Hanekoma • Shigemori Iwata • Shinta Iwata • Tatsuya Omura • Tsubasa • Yoji Iwata • Yosh Ishino • Yumi Sheena • Yuu Narumi Ai • CAT • Eiji Oji • Eri • Futoshi • Itaru Yokoyamada • Ken Doi • Makoto Miki • Mina • Mr. Mew • Pin Prof • Sanae Hanekoma • Shrimp • Shuto Dan • Tsugumi Matsunae • Wizard of Slam • Vice Wizard of Slam|