Oh, that's good! Right from the bottom of your stomach! You're working hard, Tenko!
Hm? What's wrong!? Put your back into it!
Ah, my spirit is decreasing from just having a male speak to me.
What? Losing your focus just like that...? You need to mentally retrain yourself.
Whoa, don't come any closer! I'll destroy you with my sneak attack! I know degenerate males only think about humiliating girls with their deplorable actions!
Hmph...I, Nekomaru Nidai, won't be taken in by an amateur like you!
There's a lot of stuff I gotta tell you! A SHIT-TOOOOOOOON! You've got talent for sure! But you don't have the fundamentals down! You just move your body around however you like... Hmph, you're just like Akane.
So, you're saying you'll train me? Hmph! You're such an arrogant degenerate!
I'll tell you, since you don't know...Neo-Aikido weakness when you interact with males! I'd never welcome a degenerate like you, even as a team manager!
But if you don't sharpen your skills... Your Neo-Aikido will end with you.
Wh-What did you say!? I created Neo-Aikido with Master! If it ended with me, then the art would immediately perish!
If you want to avoid that, then work on your FUNDAMENTALS! I'll come up with a plan for you!
Ugh, a male as my manager... No, I couldn't bear it!
But I must protect Neo-Aikido... What should I do, Master!?
Oh, Sakura... Did you finish your training for the day?
Oh, Nekomaru. Were you watching?
If training's your daily job, then mine is checking in on athletes. It's been a couple years...since we last talked.
Do you remember when we met?
I remember. It was back when we were both training in the mountains, right?
It's hard to believe we'd meet again in a place like this. Actually this place is for the best of the best, so I guess it makes sense you'd be here.
I could see with a single punch that you've gotten stronger.
However, I have still not reached my goal...
The strongest human alive, huh?
There is still an opponent I must defeat. Therefore, I cannot stop training yet...
That single-mindedness of yours... It doesn't change no matter how strong you get. If you want, I'll support you from the sidelines.
Did you come here to offer your talent?
Well...something like that. Just gimme a shout when you need me. Even if it's just while we're both at this academy...I'll help you get stronger.
Today is the long-awaited sports festival! You'll support your friends with all you've got! You're going to be captain of the soccer team! How will you fight!?
I'll pass the BAAAAALLL!!!
So you guys gotta run out to the front. Gundham, Fuyuhiko, you guys'll be our point of attack!
You've both got guts! There's no need to hold back! JUST DO IT!!!
Kehehe... So you will count me as a mere pawn on your chessboard.
But that arrogance amuses me! Very amusing, Nekomaru! I shall leave my fate to you for now!
I'm worried about being up front with this guy...but I'll trust you for now, Nekomaru. If you're gonna be using me...you better not show me any weak shit.
You supported your teammates with everything you had!
I'll stand on the front lines
Usually, I'm just supporting the athletes from the sidelines...but today, I'm one of them.
I'll use my body to pull my team along... Today...THAT'S MY ROOOOOOLE!
So you're my opponent? Oh man, I feel like your spirit alone could crush me.
Hmph...you're talking like you're defeated, but your eyes say you haven't given up yet.
Well, I am the captain. My team trusts me. And I'm gonna do my best.
Understood! Bring it on! I'LL ACCEPT YOUR CHALLENGE!!!
You had a heated battle with Rantaro and his teammates!
Show respect to the other team!
Let's have a good game, fair and square! GET YOUR GAME FACES ON!!!
Nekomaru. I have the deepest respect for how you support others so passionately! I am honored to fight against you! I look forward to it!
Oh! Going up against a guy like you will be as refreshing as taking a huge shit!
Playing against Kiyotaka and his team was as refreshing as you thought it'd be!
Today is the school festival... You decided to do "it" to athletes you've chosen! A promising student is walking by right off the bat... How do you approach them?
I'll show you my secret weapon!
Hah! I was waiting for this day! The day my body would be of use to you!
Oh, it's you, Nekomaru. You may have a secret weapon, but I don't think you should reveal it. Let me guess...your hand? No, your finger. That is where your skill is concentrated.
You were able to tell with a single look... Very impressive. I'll show you this power that has supported many athletes...
I know your goal is to be the strongest human alive...so leave your body to MEEEE!!!
That's fine. I have received your encouragement as manager. My body is normally immune to such techniques. But perhaps, from you...
...You did "it" to Sakura, full force!
Hey...do you play any sports?
None in particular... But I have the talent to excel in any of them.
Ohh... Then do you want to become an athlete?
I don't have any such intentions.
I see... How unfortunate.
You've got a well-balanced bone structure... Your posture shows your physical ability... If you work hard, you could become an athlete that'd leave his name on the world. That's what I think...
With my talent, I could become the best in the world at any sport without needing to work hard.
Best in the world!?
Gah-hahaha! What splendid confidence! I wasn't even thinking that far ahead!
Confidence...? I simply stated the obvious.
Let me tell you one thing... Your talent will only have meaning once you have a goal to direct it towards.
...I have no interest in an obvious future.
The man who seemed like he had a talent for sports, left without getting "it"...
You wanna stop by my booth?
Your booth's specialty is..."it"? It must have to do with your team manager talent, right? You must not be busy if you're bothering me. I'm sure other people need your help.
Well...I knew I'd get turned down.
Hmph... I can tell by looking at you that you're disappointed.
But...it's different from the expression nosy people usually make...
I am a manager. This is the only way I know how to be.
What an awkward guy. I guess I don't mind that, though...
You couldn't get Ryoma to come in...
Your last winter at the academy... Graduation will be here before you know it. There's someone you want to talk to while you still have the chance. It's...
A MAN WITH A STRONG BODYYY!!!
Oh, Gonta. Your body is looking fine today, too! Are you sure I can't convince you to do some kind of sport?
Sometimes Gonta wish he could do sports. But Gonta have hard time remembering rules cuz Gonta not smart.
That's fine. You don't need to play sports to become a pro. You can enjoy them with your friends... Or use them to polish your mind... That's the charm of sports. If you're Tenko's classmate, you should understand that.
Oh... Gonta remember Tenko say she use Aikido to make her mind sharp.
Even if you're trying to become a gentleman, you can cultivate that mentality through sports. In sports, you need to have gentlemanly conduct at all times.
I see... True gentleman must play sports! Actually, Gonta have gentleman friend who is also star rugby player!
Oh, rugby, huh? That's perfect! You'd be a perfect rugby player!
Whoa, sorry... That was supposed to be a casual conversation, but my manager side came out.
Gonta interested, though. If you no mind, can you teach Gonta to play rugby?
I sure can! Leave it to me!
You promised to train Gonta's strong body even more!
A MAN WITH A BURNING SPIRIT!!!
You're not an athlete, so you're not one of the people I normally support... But I've always respected your passion and effort, so I wanted to talk with you.
Nekomaru! Let us have a discussion! But, I must say something that is weighing on my mind. No gym clothes during school!
Gym clothes for manager duties, uniform for classes! You must respect the rules!
Hmph...is that something you can't let slide as a hall monitor? There's a reason for it, though. I need these clothes because I never know when my training with Akane will happen.
Oh! On-the-job training, then? You shouldn't be doing any "training" of that nature in school in the first place!
You were given guidance by Kiyotaka who was fired up as usual...
A MAN WITH A HEAVY HEAAART!!!
Ryoma...I've been worried about you. Sometimes it's necessary to sit back but... I didn't know if I should step in or not.
Hmph... You were right to not step in. First off, I'm not an athlete anymore.
It's regrettable, but...if that's what you think, then I can't stop you. To battle...to win...to stand on the court... I can't help someone who doesn't want those. But your relationship with your manager doesn't end when you step off the court.
Hey...since when were you my manager?
You're right. I'm not your manager. But I was worried about you... Worried about what you'd do after leaving tennis behind.
But it seems like I didn't have to worry. You've had a fulfilling life here the past three years.
...You really think so?
Oh, I can see it. When you first came here, your expression said you'd thrown everything away. Now, even though you've got a heavy burden, you can lift your head and keep on walking... That's the kind of expression you've got now!
Hmph... Is that so? A fulfilling life, huh...? I never thought I'd be able to have something like that now.
You and Ryoma discussed your school memories with each other...
Appearances in Seasonal Events for Other Characters
Today is the sports festival... But you were roughed up by Monokuma earlier! You need to recover in time for the events in the afternoon!
I gotta have him do "it" to me!
Oh, there you are coach Nekomaru!
Ah, Akane. It seems like you're pretty busy today.
I dunno about this sports festival thing or whatever, but I had some good battles!
So, y'know...can you do "it" to me? I've still got some events in the afternoon.
Very well...taking care of athletes is a manager's job. I'll do "it" for you!
...You restored your energy by having Nekomaru do "it" to you!
Your last winter at the academy... But you're just going to spend it like usual! You have some free time after the closing ceremony... What do you do?
It! I need "it"!
Well? I've done "it" to you. Are you satisfied now?
Ah, I feel so refreshed! It feels great when you do "it" to me, coach Nekomaru!
I...can't live without coach doing "it" to me anymore. You'll take responsibility, right?
Hmph, of course a manager will support his athletes.
However...if you need my help from now on, we need to have a formal contract. If that's the case...I'd have you attend tournaments as a gymnast.
Because we're graduating, obviously. We aren't students anymore, so we'd need to continue as athlete and manager.
I don't really get all that... I don't like thinking about hard stuff.
There's nothing hard about it. You become a gymnast and I support you. That's all. If you want to have heated battles or train all the time...I won't stop you. I'll help you. You just need to agree to it. It'll be my job to deal with all the pain in the ass paperwork.
So...you'll fight with me all the time from now on...? Or do "it" for me?
Then...that's fine. I look forward to working with ya, coach.
Hmph, I knew you'd say that.
Now let's stop talking about boring stuff! Let's START! TRAAAAIIIINNNNNIIIINNNG!!!
Today is the sports festival... You're in the relay race. How will you lead your team?
I will hold up the team as the second runner
I'll leave the position of anchor to you, Nekomaru. Normally I am a leader and you are a follower. It will be the opposite of a normal day, but... You are the one on our team most suited to the position of anchor.
Oh! Byakuya...I've received your feelings! I've taught many athletes the basics of running and helped them hone their forms.
I, NEKOMARU NIDAI, will bring victory to this team!
You strengthened your bond with your reliable comrades!
Your last winter at the academy... You're having a Christmas party with your classmates today! You went to buy drinks...but you got excited and bought too many. They're heavy... Why not take a break somewhere?
I'm going to make it all the way back
I-I finally made it back...
Huh? Mikan? You went to buy some things? If you needed a hand, you should've just called for us!
But...this was my job...so I thought I should do my best...
Hmph...even if you're not an athlete, I'll support you. Because you're my classmate.
Nekomaru...thank you so much!
It's not just me. Everyone in our class would've gladly helped out.
Then...from now on, when I need help, I'll just ask everyone. Ehehe...
Hey, you're late pig barf! You've got guts to make me wait!
As punishment...how about you clean the whole place all by yourself? Yeah, and for tomorrow's school cleaning...how about you do that by yourself, too?
Wh-What? Why are you guys all quiet? Hey, cut it out. It's creepy.