Gakuto Shimazu (島津 岳人)
Gender: ♂ Male
|Blood Type: O|
|Birthday: August 1|
Gakuto Shimazu (島津 岳人, Shimazu Gakuto) is a character introduced in Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai!. He is the muscle of the Kazama Family from the males side as he is both tall and muscular compared to the other guys.He has a strong desire to have a girlfriend, but he only considers girls who are the same age or older than him. His constant streak of failures and near misses to do so are a source of comedy for the family. Despite this, Gakuto never gives up as he believes muscles are what attract women.
Gakuto is best friends with Takuya Morooka and have known each other since childhood. The two of them are constantly seen together, with people making boys love jokes about them which only serves to disgust them both. Both Gakuto and Takuya refuse to lose to each other as men, but get along best regardless.
He works as a butler for the Kuki in the timeskip in Azumi Oshitari's route.
Gakuto has dark brown eyes and short brown hair that is stroked back mainly because he believes it can make him more popular. He has a tall, muscular body and tan skin.
In Kuki's routes, his appearance also changed a bit. He seems to be a bit taller and more muscular and also he wear the Kuki butler uniform. His hair is waxed and more flatten.
Gakuto's own interests in training have led to him and Kazuko Kawakami to get along well. They usually compete to see who gets better grades in the school exams, even though Gakuto follows the guides and notes that Yamato Naoe has made for him, even when Yamato helps Kazuko study.
He also likes to make bets with Kazuko, saying that the one who gets the lowest grades will have to invite the other to any meal they want.
He is also very caring for the Kazama Family even supporting them with what they need and would always shrug it off when shown gratitude.
Even in his early years as a kid in primary school, Gakuto had a strong desire to be popular with girls. This would lead to Gakuto's jealousy towards Shouichi Kazama who was already popular even though Shouichi had no desire to be. One day, Gakuto would openly challenge Shouichi to a fight in order to teach Shouichi not to get too full of himself, much to Shouichi's confusion due to his childlike innocence towards girls. Shouichi agreed regardless, saying he never lost a fight, which Gakuto had never either. Yamato Naoe, Shouichi's best friend then arranged the time and date for the confrontation, to which both participants agreed to. At the field where the fight took place, Gakuto attempted to make the first move, only to fall into a ditch which Yamato had dug beforehand, figuring that Gakuto was the type who only relied on strength and would fall easily to traps. Shouichi then proceeded to attack Gakuto as he climbed out and attacked Shouichi upfront despite already having injuries. During this time Yamato and Takuya would sit on the side lines and apologies for their friends behavior, alongside Kazuko Okamoto who was also a friend of Shouichi. After a while, both Shouichi and Gakuto had become exhausted with both smiling at the result being a draw. Yamato would call this the 'Man's world' as both then began to laugh. The next day, Gakuto asked that he and Takuya play with Shouichi, Yamato and Kazuko to which Shouichi agreed. Kazuko then barked at Gakuto with Yamato saying it was because she was weary of newcomers. Gakuto laughed and called her an interesting creature. This marked the addition of both Gakuto and Takuya into the Kazama Family.
The Kazama Family would consist of Yamato, Shouichi, Gakuto, Takuya and Kazuko for several years up until the fourth grade. The Kazama Family took control of an open field that was very popular amongst the elementary school children. It was an unwritten law that the strongest group, or family, would be in control of it and use it as their base. The Kazama family was undefeated due to Yamato's tactics and strategies, along with Gakuto's and Shouichi's strength and fighting abilities. Takuya was usually used as a diversion in order to break the enemies’ numbers in half, with Takuya leading them into a trap by Yamato's direction and with Gakuto and Shouichi mopping up the divided numbers.
One day however, Kazuko was caught by a group of both fifth and sixth graders, and used her as leverage in order to get the Kazama Family to surrender. With no other option, the Kazama Family surrendered and where then beaten up by their attackers. Suffering their first defeat, the Kazama Family immediately regrouped and planned to get back at their attackers. With all of them being so heavily damaged now, as well as outnumbered, they planned to hire a bodyguard in order to even the odds, with Momoyo Kawakami being suggested. They all agreed, leaving Yamato to persuade Momoyo to help them. Momoyo ended up agreeing on the grounds that Yamato became her underling, and she ended up defeating the fifth and sixth graders the very next day. Momoyo ended up liking the Family and included herself as part of the group.
On their open field, the Kazama Family came across a weird plant, which Yamato Naoe noticed to be a century plant. The group then decided to see the flower when it bloomed, but not before noticing they were being watched by Miyako Shiina. Due to Yamato and Shouichi Kazama confronting her, Miyako Shiina quickly ran away, leaving them confused as to what she wanted. Gakuto quickly noted that Miyako was the Shiina virus and that they were better off staying away from her.
The next day, Shouichi called Gakuto along with the rest of the Family in order to protect the century plant against the storm that was ensuring. Gakuto, along with the others arrived and where able to stabilize the plant as best they could with Miyako's help, despite Gakuto telling her to go back home. Shouichi then allowed Miyako to help, saying the more the better, and had Yamato look after her. The next day, the all arrived at the field to see the bloomed plant with Momoyo Kawakami saying it was ugly. Reiko Shimazu turned up with a camera and the group, including Miyako, took their photo in front of the plant, promising to witness its next blossoming in fifty years. This promise included Miyako, who Gakuto remained weary of due to his being influenced by the school children's view of her as the Shiina Virus. When Miyako became an official member of the group in later time, Gakuto would be told to get over his issues by Shouichi and Yamato, and eventually he warmed up to her and befriend her. Due to the Kazama Family's reputation, harassment for Miyako would stop even though Miyako tends to bring up the harassment herself to people like Gakuto who put her through in order to instill guilt every now and then.
At some point, The Kazama family would be unable to use their field as a hideout and looked elsewhere for a Kazama family hideout. Fortunately, Gakuto's family had a building near the industrial bay area of Kawakami City that was no longer in use as it became vacant when the financial bubble burst. Even though the building was not in use, it was still owned property and the Kazama family would be hired to look after the place, especially since Momoyo was among then, as a part time job. The building would end up being their hideout and the even brought furniture over as well as games, manga among other material. The family would then start a routine for them all to meet at the hideout every Friday. They would even dig up the century plant, and re-plant it at the back of the building in order to keep their life long promise.
When Kazuko Kawakami's foster parent died, Gakuto ended up being extremely emotional and was constantly holding back his tears during the ordeal. Gakuto, along with the rest of the family could easily tell that the relative that was supposed to adopt Kazuko had bad intentions for her. Fortunately Momoyo was able to persuade the Kawakami Temple grandmaster and Momoyo's grandpa Tesshin Kawakami to adopt Kazuko, making her Kazuko Kawakami, bringing relief to the family.
At some point, Yamato, Shouichi and Miyako would move into the Shimazu Dorm, which housed students who went to Kawakami Academy, which was right behind Gakuto's own home. Gakuto would get along well with Tadakatsu Minamoto who also moved into the dorm and was a childhood friend of Kazuko.
KAWAKAMI ACADEMY AND NEW FRIENDS
In the year 2009, Gakuto was placed in the second year Class-F with the majority of the Kazama Family excluding Momoyo Kawakami who was a third year student. In Class-F, Gakuto made a quick friendship with Ikurou Fukumoto who was a fellow pervert alongside Gakuto. Gakuto would end up giving Ikuro the nickname "Yonpachi" due to his memorization of forty eight kama sutra techniques, causing Ikuro to ask everyone to call him by that name with love. He also formed good friendships with the class rep Mayo Amakasu, Mitsuru Kumagai and Suguru Oogushi, and would take an interest in Chika Ogasawara and the home room teacher of Class-F; Umeko Kojima due to his perverted nature. Gakuto would also ask Momoyo out but would be instantly rejected whenever he tried. At this point, Takuya and Gakuto had formed a friendly but sometimes tense rivalry with one another over who was 'better' between the two, with neither of the want to lose to the other as a 'man'.
When Christine Friedrich was first introduced into Class-F by her father; Frank Friedrich, Gakuto quickly asked if Chris had a boyfriend to which her father responded violently that she did not. This would instantly crumble Gakuto's hopes for him and Chris, but he still kept interest in her regardless.
When Shouichi brought up the suggestion that they allow Chris to join the Kazama Family, Gakuto and Momoyo would instantly agree due to their perverted interests. In the end, it was decided to give Chris a test run in order to see how things went. Not long after Yukie Mayuzumi, a first year resides in the Shimazu Dorm, would confront the Kazama family at the Shimazu dorm with a request, which Gakuto assumed to be a confession to him and he instantly said no to, as he was interested in older women. It turned out this was not the case and Yukie then requested to become friends to the Kazama family, offering her services. Shouichi however, said that friends were meant to be on an equal level and that due to Yukie's grovelling he could not allow her to join, saying that Yukie had to ask to become their friends since it looked like fun. Yukie took the opportunity immediately and while Shouichi was amused, he immediately refused, causing Yukie to faint. Shouichi simply chuckled that he was joking and allowed Yukie to become the ninth member of the Kazama family, stating that he found Yukie to be interesting.
At their first Friday gathering at the Kazama family hideout, Gakuto would show Yukie around the place and while Yamato thought the two where close, Gakuto simply stated that there was nothing special and that he preferred older women. Yukie had a liking to Gakuto however, since he reminded her of her father. Not long after, everyone was taken aback when Chris said that she felt the place should have been demolished. Yamato quickly restrained Miyako from attacking Chris, and explained to Chris that people value different things. Yukie then tried to calm things down by asking everyone to calm down, only for Yamato to give her a waring as she was grovelling. Gakuto then noted that friends where on equal levels and that Yukie's grovelling made things weird. As Chris was unconvinced, Yamato would then prove his point by insulting Chris's teddy bear collection. With Chris getting riled up, she soon realized her error and quickly apologized, followed by Yukie. As the situation calmed down to normal, Yukie found the photo of the Family by the century plant, they where then told the story regarding the plant and the promise to watch it blossom again. They then showed the plant had been re planted behind the hideout. Both Chris and Yukie where then invited to watch the next blossoming in forty years, to which they accepted. Gakuto mother Reiko then instantly took the picture with her camera.
As a month passed with the addition of Yukie and Chris, Gakuto's ambition to get a girlfriend would only strengthen, along with his bad luck in doing so.
Abilities and Skills
While not really noticeably because of the martial artists around him he is quite a strong individual. Being a capable fighter in his own right and is able to endure attacks from Christiane Friedrich, Momoyo Kawakami and Kazuko Kawakami, to a high degree. He is capable of defeating martial artists although the approach is just a simple endure and approach tactic.
Extraordinary Strength: Despite Gakuto is not as skilled and battle-experienced as the girls in Kazama Family, he is still pretty strong in his own right. Being able to easily bench press 190 kg and lifting a motorcycle with one arm. During the agave and his own route it has been shown that he can fight off a group of street thugs with ease.
Superhuman Endurance and Stamina: Because of Gakuto's well trained body, he is able to endure a lot of attacks and can keep fighting for a long time. This is shown in Momoyo's, Yukie Mayuzumi's and the Agave Route. In the Kawakami War of Momoyo's route he, while being injured, kept Kokoro Fushikawa's troop busy, while Shouichi Kazama and his group made a safe retreat. In Yukie's route he was able to defeat a Karate expert by enduring his hits and closing in. In the Agave Route, in order to protect Chika Ogasawara he was beaten close to death by street thugs (he wasn't given the chance to move or else Chika would get hurt). Even though he couldn't move, it still took more than a hour to bring him down yet he's still standing.
Fighting Potential: Acknowledged by Momoyo and some martial artists that Gakuto has potential to be a great martial art with "Over the wall" level. Momoyo even said that if he trains himself like a martial artist, his strength would even rival hers.
Handsome Lariat: Is just Gakuto doing a lariat while bragging.
- The name Gakuto means "mountain, peak" (岳) (gaku) and "person" (人) (to).
- Gakuto's surname Shimazu means "island" (島) (shima) and "haven, port, harbor, ferry" (津) (tsu/zu).
- Gakuto is the physically toughest and strongest among the boys in the Kazama Family.
- Despite not being interested in younger girls, Gakuto is actually popular with them.
- In the original Majikoi! upon the ending credits for each of the female main characters, Gakuto still hasn't found himself a girlfriend yet.
- In the original Majikoi! popularity poll for the male characters in the series, Gakuto was ranked #7.