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Hōka Inumuta
犬牟田 宝火 / いぬむた ほうか
Inumuta Hōka
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AKA "The Dog"
• Characteristics•
Race Human
Gender ♂ Male
Age 18[1]
Hair Short, blue
Eyes Green
• Professional information•
Affiliation Student Council's Elite Four
Nudist Beach
Occupation Student Council Information and Strategy Committee Chair
Nudist Beach operative
Rank 3-Star (former)
No-Star (former)
Uniform Three-Star Goku Uniform Probe Regalia (former)
Information Strategy spec Goku Uniform (temporarily, former)
Three-Star Goku Uniform Probe Regalia MKII (former)
Nudist Beach guerrilla uniform (former)
Three-Star Goku Uniform Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled (former)
• Personal information•
Status Alive
Family Akito Inumuta (father)
Unnamed mother
Allies Satsuki Kiryūin
Ira Gamagōri
Nonon Jakuzure
Uzu Sanageyama
Shirō Iori
Ryūko Matoi
Aikurō Mikisugi
Tsumugu Kinagase
Enemies Ragyō Kiryūin
Nui Harime
Rei Hōōmaru
• First appearance•
Anime Episode 1
Manga Chapter 1
• Voice actors•
Japanese Hiroyuki Yoshino
English Steve Cannon[Notes 1]
French Grégory Laisné[2]
German René Dawn-Claude[3]
Image Gallery
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Why can your body move like that in clothes made entirely of Life Fibers? Show me!
—Hōka Inumuta to Ryūko Matoi, Episode 10

Hōka Inumuta (犬牟田 宝火 Inumuta Hōka?) is a main character in Kill la Kill. He is one of the student council's Elite Four. He is in charge of Honnōji Academy's information and strategy committee, aiding the student council by analyzing information via his laptop. He is also in charge of analysis of the Goku Uniforms research in the Sewing Club.

Appearance

Inumuta has a tealish hair color and neat hair. He has a collar-neck suit, which, at the collar, opens whenever he talks. He also wears unique eyeglasses that are tinted blue.

Personality

A hacker and genius, Inumuta cares more for his data than anything else, even willing to lose his position in the Student Council and become a no-star in order to keep the data he collected in his fight against Ryūko Matoi, and is very protective of his laptop. He is extremely sarcastic, often making jabs at people simply because he can. As Mako Mankanshoku unfortunately found out, Inumuta is extremely protective of this data and in turn, his laptop, with any actions that can cause potential damage resulting in him losing his cool and going into a comically portrayed rage, as shown when he threatened to kill Mako when she incidentally tripped and fell with her head against his computer.

Powers and Abilities

  • ​Hand to hand Combat
He is shown to be a highly skilled hand to hand combatant, capable of unleashing a single strike that was precise enough and at the same time, powerful enough to completely disable a student that had been turned into a rampaging monster by a prototype Five-Star Goku Uniform, a kind of opponent which, for all intents and purposes would have been stronger than him; however, it was a prototype. However Inumuta lacks any true combat skills besides this and easily is the weakest in terms of actual strength among the Elite Four, mainly relying on his optical camouflage to perform sneak attacks.

Former Powers and Abilities

Three-Star Goku Uniform:

  • Probe Regalia (探の装 Saguru no Sō?)
Out of all the Three-Star uniforms, this is the most physically restrained one. With this uniform, Inumuta can analyze anything around him and prepare himself accordingly for the situation. His suit contains keyboards, which he rapidly types on, possibility processing the constant feed of data from his experience with his opponents, as the suit can also store data. Supposedly, if he manages to completely analyze his opponent, his uniform allows him to defeat them instantly, though this has only been shown against a student wearing an experimental Five-Star Goku Uniform. His suit possesses an optical camouflage ability, rendering him invisible. The suit also has a maximum processing capacity that, if surpassed, can cause it to overheat. This can be done by attacking the uniform with extremely reckless attacks, as demonstrated by Ryūko.
  • Optical Camouflage (光学迷彩 Kōgaku Meisai?)
Probe Regalia can generate a camouflage cloak, allowing Inumuta to become invisible for an unspecified period of time. It allows him the ability to attack his intended target with impunity, granted the camouflage is not disrupted, which can be done by dealing massive damage to the uniform.
  • Probe Regalia Mk.II (探の装・改 Saguru no Sō Aratame?)
This revamped version of Inumuta's uniform is strikingly similar to his ordinary uniform, although the uniform is now colored light blue and has no curves, making him a polyhedron that resembles data itself. In this uniform, Inumuta can leave behind afterimages while still remaining invisible with his optical camouflage.
  • Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled (探の装・真理究明 Saguru no Sō Shinri Kyūmei?)
The final version of Inumuta's uniform features skin-tight pants, shoulder pieces that also cover his face and chest and a pair of gloves, all of which are black with a light green streaks detailing and connecting the material together. This uniform also sports a pair of large, red goggles and small, wrist-mounted cannons that fire ropes that have been shown to defeat Nui Harime's clones.
  • Probe Regalia.
  • Inumuta using his optical camouflage.
  • Probe Regalia MK.2
  • Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled

History

Since Inumuta was a child, his father has always been out of home, so his mother dedicated herself to supporting their father-less house. In grade school, he developed his interest in computers. Since the time he entered middle-school, he had been living alone, having illegally overwritten his personal records stored in city authority's servers.

Three years before his days at Honnōji Academy, Hōka Inumuta was a freelance hacker genius who aspired to challenge himself. He did this by targeting the Revocs Corporation that belonged to the Kiryūin family and used his hacking skills to bypass their security and send their stocks into free fall. However, he underestimated their capabilities to track and find him and was eventually chased down by their security teams. His undeniable skill at hacking the tightest security in the world, however, led to him being invited to Honnōji by Satsuki, who told him that he would be able to change the real world, instead of a virtual one.

Synopsis

Relationships

As a member of the Elite Four, Inumuta is loyal to Satsuki and does whatever she asks. However in contrast to the other three, Inumuta is the least loyal to her and to some extent the only one Satsuki does not know too well. Despite this, he is loyal to her and never once tries to act against her.

They seem to interact the most of the Elite Four, often teasing each other. Rather curiously, during the Tri-City Schools Raid Trip, members of the film club had arrived to help mere minutes after Nonon encountered trouble, implying he sent members of the club as a precaution, as he was currently in Osaka.

Memorable Quotes

I just didn't want to lose all the data I've gathered up to this point. I don't care at all about winning, what I want is data.
—Inumuta explaining the reason behind his forfeit to Ryūko
The loser is stripped of their Goku uniform, but there's no rule stating they have to be naked.
—Inumuta to Ira Gamagōri after forfeiting his match
Knowing the rules trumps knowing shame, Mr. Disciplinary Chair—oh, forgive me—former Disciplinary Chair!
—Inumuta to Gamagōri, after forfeiting his match
Fascinating. I'll save that retort for future reference.
—Inumuta to Nonon, commenting on her retort to him
If anything happens to my laptop, I swear I'll kill you.
—Inumuta threatening Mako
Why, I got it from you, Miss Snake. The way your tongue flicks in and out, your poison was bound to infect me sooner or later.
—Inumuta hitting Nonon with a snarky remark

Image Gallery

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Trivia

  • Inumuta is the only member of the Student Council so far to have been granted a Mk. II Goku Uniform by Satsuki without its previous version being destroyed. Though it's worth noting that the data he saved was important for Satsuki's plans down the road.
  • When Inumuta finished his Probe Regalia Truth Unveiled transformation, his appearance and hand signs resemble's that of Marvel´s comic superhero Spider-Man.

Notes

  1. Though his birth name is Steve Staley, he is credited as Steve Cannon in many of his work, including the dubbed Kill la Kill. He is also referred to as Steve Stayley and Tony O'Donnell in other work.

References

  1. April Fools 2014
  2. KILL la Kill (fr)
  3. KILL la Kill (de)

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