"You are a good person, aren’t you?"
A Group of Alders - Alois Kalvoda
from togami’s fifth and final free time conversation:
Byakuya Togami: The head of the family does not have a single, dedicated wife… Instead, he has many, many children with a number of the highest quality women all across the world…
Makoto Naegi: Many children… all across the world?
Byakuya Togami: All of the potential successors are then made to compete against one another, and the victor… is named heir of the Togami Group.
Makoto Naegi: You fight your siblings?!
Byakuya Togami: This generation, there were fifteen candidates in all, both male and female, fighting for the headship… and it was I, the youngest brother, who came out on top. Apparently, that was the first time in the family’s history the youngest had ever taken the crown.
Makoto Naegi: You risked your life? Then what happened to your siblings?
Byakuya Togami: They were killed.
Makoto Naegi: K-Killed?!
Byakuya Togami: Not killed in the physical sense of the word. They were simply exiled. Though exile is pretty much the same as death. They’re now no better than the rest of you failures.
if you’re ever wondering why togami is so absolutely, unshakeable sure of himself, even in a game where the stakes are life or death — it’s because as far as he’s concerned, he’s done this before, against fifteen of the most talented people in the world, and won.
in his eyes — why should he be concerned, when most of the others don’t even understand the nature of the game they’re playing?
i think it adds a lot to his characterization to realize that while he’s arrogant, he’s not nearly so arrogant as you might think.
oh bertholdt you always make such funny faces