HistoryEditKomari used to be rather shy and disliked, to the point of hiding his face behind a book when he stumbled across Midousuji for the first time during middle school. However, after he met Midousuji Akira, he became more confident and embraced his stranger side.
As a young child, Komari was quiet and preferred reading books to playing with other children. One day, Komari glanced up at the raised arm of a boisterous male classmate and became acutely aware of the boy's muscle structure. After this incident, Komari found himself observing the muscles of people around him. Little by little his interest turned into an obsession, and to his confusion and fear, Komari realized this fascination was manifesting in a compulsion to grab people and touch their muscles.
Komari didn't fully understand his feelings, but had a deep ingrained sense that there was something "wrong" about him and his desires. Likening himself to a tatami box, Komari attempted to constrain his feelings and shut them away.
The New Kyoto FushimiEdit
Kishigami is originally introduced as a new member of Kyoto Fushimi who specializes in massaging. However, it is clear from Midousuji's attitude that there is more to Kishigami than meets the eye. This is confirmed when the two of them go to scout out the new Sohoku during their training camp. Kishigami meets Onoda Sakamichi there and is initially unimpressed by him, but is shocked upon feeling his muscles. Before he can touch Onoda again to confirm what he felt, Koga Kimitaka appears and chases him off.
It's revealed that Kishigami has never once practiced cycling with the rest of the club, acting purely as Kyoto Fushimi's masseuse. As such, it's an enormous shock to the rest of the team when Kishigami replaces Hironishi as Kyoto Fushimi's 6th Inter High competitor as per Midousuji's orders.
Izumida and Kishigami race each other for the sprinter checkpoint in a sort of spiritual rematch of the race between Shinkai and Midousuji the previous year.