Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Don't Make The Same Mistake I Did, Son": Connor Togashi

Sanae Dekomori, Kumin Tsuyuri, Shinka Nibutani and Rikka Takanashi. Nibutani and Takanashi are the grandmothers of Leafa Spirit cornerback Connor Togashi.

"Don't Make The Same Mistake I Did, Son": Connor Togashi

By Satsuki Ranjou
Spirit News
October 5, 2073

Leafa Spirit free safety Naoto "Connor" Togashi is a man that wears his heart on his sleeve. He believes that honesty and trust are tantamount to a person's collective success. So when his father Rik told him about his decision to play on the offensive line for the Iowa Hawkeyes, he decided that he would not make the same mistake he did in not playing for the Mitakihara Magi and making Connor grandmother, Rikka Takanashi, then an offensive coordinator for the Magi, alive.

"My father emigrated to Australia and settled in Devonport, Tasmania, to work as an electrician and live a simple life after getting injured early in his pro career," Connor said. "I learned about my grandmother Rikka and my grandfather Yuuta. and the love they had for each other. I never got to meet my grandparents until I was about 13 and I decided to visit Canada on holiday. I sometimes get in touch with them via long distance video just to update them on things.

"But my dad, he told me this as I decided to play gridiron as a free safety, 'don't make the same mistake I did son. Don't make the mistake of playing for a team that is not a powerhouse and will never win a national championship. I made that mistake when I spurned Madoka for Iowa, and I don't want you to make that mistake as well.'

"I learned about Leafa College from an information workshop that took place in downtown Devonport. The staff there were really nice, cute looking girls with thick-rimmed hipster glasses. I thought to myself: a college with hipsters? I am so in. Once I decided to begin the application process, I decided to choose a club to join. Turns out, I had a hunger for gridiron and found out that Leafa College was holding tryouts for the gridiron team. I made the cut and it was a whirlwind first year.

Rinko Kusaki, Yuuto Amakawa and Himari Noihara. 
Rinko and Yuuto are the parents of Maribelle Mutsu Amakawa, Connor Togashi's wife.

"But being away from my father meant that I needed to find my own piece of mind. Some company, some...respite. It was here at Leafa that I ended up finding my wife, Maribelle Mutsu Amakawa. Yuuto Amakawa and Rinko Kuzaki are her parents and they moved to Australia when Mutsu was just three years old. Mutsu, who is the embodiment of the ship from World War II, according to her, often recalls the adventures that his dad had with Himari Noihara, a shady catgirl with a license to thrill. After things didn't work out between Himari and Yuuto, Yuuto instead married Rinko and that was when Mutsu was born.

Maribelle Mutsu Amakawa, the wife of Connor Togashi.

"I get inspired a lot from Mutsu. She's very independent, free-spirited, sociable and so on. If it weren't for Mutsu, I wouldn't be making a promise to wear my heart on my sleeve every time I head into the real world. 'Fair dinkum, you promised your old man you wouldn't be a bloody idiot and miss joining the new best college football team in college football, right?' Mutsu told me one day last August, 2072, I believe.

"Then I said, 'Are you kidding me? Going somewhere other than Leafa to play gridiron in Oz, is just, for lack of a better term...overkill.' She got a good laugh out of that, and we had a few root beers afterward. It's times like these that I thank the Good Lord and Madoka that the Leafa College is here to make the sport of gridiron a thing Down Under."