- "Geez, why not go ahead and crush my entire soul while you're at it? Guess I've gotta work on my delivery."
- — Fret to Kanon Tachibana
Tosai Furesawa (觸澤 桃斎 Furesawa Tōsai), nicknamed Fret (フレット Furetto) is a Player, a member of the Wicked Twisters, and a main character in NEO: The World Ends with You. He is Rindo Kanade's classmate from high school. While walking around Shibuya, Fret gradually entered into the Reapers' Game, along with Rindo.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Story
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Items
- 6 Relationships
- 6.1 Wicked Twisters
- 6.2 Rival Teams
- 6.3 Reapers
- 6.4 Others
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Battle Quotes
- 9 Etymology
- 10 Trivia
- 11 References
Fret is a boy with blue, bordering purple eyes and brown hair with blond highlights. His hair is styled in an undercut with most of it brushed away from his face, save for a small section he lets fall down at the front. His outfit consists of a white, v-neck shirt, black vest, gray scarf, red plaid capris, and white shoes. He accessorizes with a black and white wristband, as well as a white, beaded necklace, a thin black choker, two white helix earrings, and a golden earring with two crossing arrows. He has a black snapback cap strapped at his rear.
Fret is a happy-go-lucky and easy-going boy. He boasts the ability to get along with just about anyone and enjoys talking to people. He is also curious, like when he deduced there were different types of Reapers from Uzuki Yashiro saying Shibuya Reapers. Kariya calls it an "inquisitive streak". While he styles himself as a natural conversationalist, he prefers to keep things light, subconsciously avoiding subjects that are too serious. He enjoys walking around town with his buddy Rindo, and sometimes has fun teasing him in a light attempt to draw him out of his shell. He is very outgoing, extroverted, and quick to introduce himself and try to make a friend or ally. Fret is a bit of a fashionista with an eye for clothing, once talking about an outfit being completed. Fret cares about his appearance and takes pride in being thought of as "adorable" and "cute" and seems hurt when thought otherwise.
Unlike Rindo, Fret can be impulsive and tends to speak and act before thinking, leading him to sometimes say and do things that are silly or obnoxious on the spur of the moment, like spending all of his money on pins or scanning Noise without giving Rindo a warning. Rindo occasionally gets fed up with this behavior sometimes, leading to some arguments between the two.
However, Fret is actually secretly very cynical about relationships, feeling no one really appreciates the quality of being "genuine" from people. After a tragic friendship where Fret was hurt, Fret began to try to make himself likable to everyone with an often forced happy attitude, suppressing and sidelining his real emotions like anger and sadness.
It is heavily implied Fret has a crush on Kanon Tachibana, a woman 7 years older than him, with Fret even saying "Daaaaaayum" when he sees her in Another Day and in the main universe, he says he was "serious about her" before her death. Fret wants to trust her, although Rindo does not understand Fret's trust of Kanon and writes it off, suggesting during an argument that Fret would throw himself off a building if Kanon asked. This causes Fret to become upset and offended, feeling Rindo views him like a fool. When Rindo asks about how Fret views Kanon, Fret downplays his feelings, suggesting Fret may not feel comfortable confiding such feelings to Rindo.
Fret admires Kanon, and so she gives him some friendly advice when she becomes upset after he claims he will follow her to the "ends of the earth", saying he "really means it". She notes that Fret says the kindest, most encouraging things, but that they are almost too nice that they start to sound disingenuous, and that it feels he does not really mean what he says. Kanon implores Fret to be genuine not with others, but himself. This causes Fret to re-evaluate the way he talks to others. At the end of the game, Fret decides to play Elegant Strategy, hoping Nagi's favorite game will help him become a better communicator.
Fret once had a male friend. Fret tried to be there for him, asking about his problems, but Fret was unable to help. This friend suddenly disappeared without saying goodbye to him, even though they were supposedly best friends, and it is implied that his friend took his own life. Afterwards, Fret began to wonder what the point of taking anything seriously was, and began to hold serious topics at arm's length.
Fret was also a fan of Eiji Oji and used to read his blog "F Everything", although he mentions he "grew out of it" and that the Prince's apathetic lifestyle did not jive with him any more.
At some point, Fret had a chance encounter with Itsuki Kaneda. Inspired by Fret's easygoing style, Itsuki awakened to his flirtatious side.
NEO: The World Ends with You
On a regular day in Shibuya with Rindo, Fret meets Rindo at the 104 Building which he nicknames "wunafo". Fret gifts Rindo a Reaper Pin. The duo grab lunch together. During their meal, Rindo suddenly becomes being engaged with his phone, and Fret seems somewhat hurt by this, due to Rindo focusing on his phone instead of their time together. Fret learns Rindo has been contacted by his FanGO friend Swallow who is in Shibuya, and points Rindo in the direction of an in-app monster he wanted to catch. Fret encourages Rindo to meet Swallow, but the plan is quickly derailed when they inadvertently enter the Reapers' Game.
Initially thinking the colorful explosions and fighting must be some sort of movie set, the two realize that the danger might be more real than they thought. Rindo is suddenly struck with a vision of Shibuya in ruins, though he snaps back to the present moment. He and Fret attempt to run away, and Rindo feels a sense of deja vu. As they flee, Fret appears to be crushed by a truck thrown by a stray Noise (however, this seems to contradicts the game's logic, and it is unclear if Fret simply phased through it due to being in the UG). As a result, Rindo screams in shock and horror as he is suddenly transported to a green, void-like space. After this, time rewinds, and Rindo is once again standing with Fret in front of the fight. This time, he guides Fret in the opposite direction of the truck and is able to prevent him from getting crushed. After this, they enter the Reapers' Game more directly.
On Day One, Rindo and Fret encounter Shoka Sakurane, who sets up the RNS or "Reaper Networking Service" for them, and Susukichi, who explains scanning and fighting Noise. He solves Day 1's puzzle with Fret, but on their way to defeat the target at Shibuya Hikarie, Fret gets them into an overwhelming Noise fight. Sho Minamimoto rescues them and berates them for their weakness. While Fret idolizes him and thinks of him as a new teammate, Rindo is apprehensive about Minamimoto's help. They defeat the boss, but their team isn't mentioned in the results.
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Fret's unique psych, Remind, jogs people's memories and helps them to remember things they have forgotten. A minigame will start when Remind is activated in which the player must tilt the left and right sticks in the correct positions to reassemble the scattered memory. In the prologue, when Fret and Rindo witnessed a battle between a Player and a Noise, neither Fret nor Rindo could remember what psychokinesis was, until the word came to Rindo. It is possible Fret used his powers to jog Rindo's memory, which would make this the first instance of Fret using Remind, though he would not be aware of this ability until Day 2.
There are ten Threads that give bonuses when worn exclusively by Fret.
- Main article: Rindo Kanade
He has been friends with Rindo for some time, and the two are classmates at the same high school. They often hang out together in Shibuya, and frequent various shops and restaurants together in their free time. They are quick to form a team upon joining the Reapers' Game, and seem to work well together.
- Main article: Nagi Usui
Nagi notices Fret's easy-going conversational style is a façade, and dislikes him for that. Throughout the Game, Nagi tends to ignore Fret or criticize his demeanor and ideas, resulting in multiple arguments. Several times when Fret responds to something she said, she mentions, "I don't believe I was speaking to you." Fret gives her the nickname Nagirl and although she seems bothered by it at first, Fret keeps calling her Nagirl and Nagi does not protest, implying she has stopped caring about it. Despite how Nagi tends to respond to him, Fret still makes his best efforts to communicate with her.
As time goes on, their relationship becomes slightly less hostile, but the turning point is Week 3, Day 5. During a confrontation with a false Kanon, Nagi encourages Fret, and in a conversation afterwards, she discusses how she's come to discern Fret's "humanity" and the pain he tries to hide, even expressing admiration at how easily he can hold a conversation with anyone.
After the Game ends, she helps Fret get into Elegant Strategy and use it as a tool to improving his communication skills. By this point, she has started referring to him as "Lord Tosai", signaling their newfound friendship.
- Main article: Sho Minamimoto
- Main article: Ruinbringers
- Main article: Susukichi
- Main article: Tsugumi
Deep Rivers Society
- Main article: Deep Rivers Society
- Main article: Fuya
- Main article: Variabeauties
- Main article: Kanon
- Main article: Purehearts
- Main article: Motoi
- Main article: Shinjuku Reapers
- Main article: Shiba
- Main article: Kubo
- Main article: Ayano
- Main article: Kaie
- Main article: Hishima
- Main article: Shoka
- Main article: Shibuya Reapers
- Main article: Kariya
- Main article: Uzuki
- Main article: Coco
- Main article: Neku
- "So what are we thinkin' here?" (Using Remind)
- "Let's get down to business!" (Using Remind)
- "C'mon, think!" (Successful Remind)
- "Try to remember!" (Successful Remind)
- "Man, I am starving!" (placing order)
- "Aw, man! that really hits the spot!" (eating loved food)
- "Hey, can't spell "confusion" without "fun", right?"
- "Really grinds my gears that those liars are still winning."
- "For flavor, Rindude! Ya gotta immerse yourself if ya wanna have fun. C'mon! Ye olde treasure await-eth!"
- "Geez, who are you - Doctor Zoolittle?"
- "If Mr. Minami were here, he'd say something like, "We need to biggify our numbers, 'cause math, kid!""
- ""i BiD yOu aDiEu." Gimme a break." (mimicking Shiba)
- "...Daaaaaayum." (seeing Kanon in Another Day)
- "Feel the burn!"
- "Alright! Who wants a piece of Fret?" (entering battle)
- "Ready? Galaxy brain, activate!" (entering battle)
- "No sweat for Fret!" (entering battle)
- "Think we bit off more than we can chew here." (entering battle with low HP)
- "Uh... we sure we can handle this?" (entering battle with low HP)
- "Exquisite timing!"
- "Burn, baby!" (when using Fire affinity pin)
- "How was that?" (attacking)
- "Was that cool or what?"
- "We're on a roll!"
- "It's gonna blow!"
- "Like a boss!"
- "Let's keep it going!"
- "What WILL he do next?!"
- "Ain't no stoppin' us now!" (Rindo:"We got this!")
- "Was that cool or what?!" (Rindo:"Not bad, I'd say.")
- "Did I do that?!" (Rindo:"You sure did!")
- (Rindo: "Got it!") "Nice one, Rindude!"
- (Rindo: "Hey, not bad!") "Just doin' my job!"
- (Rindo: "So far, so good!") "Let's keep it goin'!"
- "Nice one, Nagirl!" (Nagi: "Uuuuuugh.")
- "That went pretty well!" (Nagi: "I suppose.")
- "Thanks for the assist!" (Nagi: "'Twas nothing.")
- (Nagi: "No foes can fell me!") "Or me! Don't forget about me!"
- (Nagi: "An adequate performace.") "That's... like a C plus!"
- (Nagi: "Just doing my job.") "Like a boss!"
- "Booyeah!" (Beat: "Booyaka!")
- "Keep it up, Beat!" (Beat: "I gotchu!")
- "I'm gettin' pumped!" (Beat: "Keep it up, brotha!")
- (Beat: "Keep it up, Fret!") "Will do, Beat buddy!"
- (Beat: "Time to get wild!") "Just not too wild!"
- (Beat: "Follow me, yo!") "Copy that!"
- "Did you see me just now?" (Shoka: "Wasn't watching.")
- "Exquisite timing!" (Shoka: "You're welcome.")
- "That was awesome!" (Shoka: "I was pretty great, wasn't I?")
- (Shoka: "That's my cue!") "Take it away!"
- (Shoka: "Get wrecked.") "Yikes..."
- (Shoka: "That didn't totally suck.") "I know right?!"
- "We're gonna win!" (Neku: "Fret! Focus!")
- "How was that?" (Neku: "Right on time.")
- "Perfect timing!" (Neku: "Nice work.")
- (Neku: "That was pretty good.") "I learned from the best!"
- (Neku: "Nice work, Fret!") "Ha-HA!"
- (Neku: "Alright!") "Perfecto!"
- "Whaddya think?" (Minamimoto: "Not bad.")
- "Nice integration!" (Minamimoto: "How derivative!")
- "Funky Fret and my Mina-man!" (Minamimoto: "Golden!")
- (Minamimoto: "Eh. Coulda gone worse.") "You think so?"
- (Minamimoto: "Don't miscalculate!") "I'll try not to!"
- (Minamimoto: "Follow my lead.") "Gotcha!"
- "It's..." (Everyone: "Showtime!!!") (initiating Killer Remix)
- "Where you going, Rindude?" (running away)
- "The Wicked Twisters are on top!" (Star-rank victory)
His surname uses traditional kanji. "Fure" (觸) can mean contact (as in physically touching), announce, and conflict, while "sawa" (澤) means swamp.
His first name consists of "tou" (桃), which means peach, and "sai" (斎), which is Buddhist in its origins, meaning "religious abstinence" or "purification". Martial arts experts end their name in -sai and has a similarly dated feel. This stern, antiquated forename creates an ironic contrast with his carefree attitude.
His nickname, Fret, could be after a guitar fret. Like Beat, Fret has an antiquated full name and a musical themed nickname. In Japanese, "Fret" is "Furetto" (フレット) which seems to be a combination wordplay on the first letters of both his surname and first name: the "Fure" in Furesawa and the "To" in "Tosai".
- Fret was designed by Gen Kobayashi.
- Fret's appears to be crushed to death in the prologue, although this has been debated by fans as to what happened as this seems to contradict the logic that RG vehicles should not affect players in the UG. This has led to the theory that Fret was unharmed by the truck flipping and never died, and did not answer back due to shock or being unable to hear Rindo while inside the phased through truck. Also a point of confusion is how Noise in the UG could cause a truck flipping in the RG. For more information, see Prologue#Trivia.
- According to the director of NEO regarding the cast's food preferences, Fret prefers his food to be a little out of the ordinary.
- Fret's basic white shoes mirror Rindo's and are supposed to be a visual metaphor for the two friends being connected. The two major protagonists having clothing to represent their connection is similar to how Neku Sakuraba and Shiki Misaki wore yellow wristbands.
- In the Japanese version, Fret occasionally calls Rindo "Rindo-chan".
- Concept art shows Fret's hair may have been blonde or black.
- Fret sometimes says "Kweh?" when he is confused. This is a reference to the sounds that Chocobos make in Final Fantasy.
- In the English localization, Fret mentions someone "acting kinda sus" and that they might be an "impostor". This is most likely a reference to the video game Among Us, where players must find suspicious players who might be impostors. The Japanese version does not reference Among Us or the idea of there being an "impostor", which can be seen as somewhat spoiling a plot twist.
- In the English localization, Fret says, "And I oop!". This is a reference to Jasmine Masters.