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Tatsumi Saiga is the main protagonist from the Speed Grapher anime.

An Intrepid Reporter who used to be a war photographer and is renowned for the quality of his shoots. An interesting byproduct of his job is that he is sexually aroused by taking his photos. Despite being jaded and cynical, he is still passionate about his job and works for a regular magazine. It's during an infiltration mission that he sets foot in the Roppongi Club, a depraved secret society of wealthy hedonists whose primary goal is to indulge in their basest desires.

He ends up captured and is given a Spit-Trail Kiss by a hypnotized young girl named Kagura Tennozou, the club's "Goddess" whose ethereal beauty captivates him instantly. He was supposed to die, but the kiss triggered the "Euphoria Factor" in him instead. Apparently a latent gene that only people known as "Euphorics" have, this virus know grants him the power to make the targets of his photo shoots explode and makes him practically invulnerable to conventional injury. Using his newfound abilities, he escapes, taking Kagura as a hostage.

Both quickly grow close as Kagura comes to her senses. She realizes just what had been done to her and breaks down in tears, begging her abductor to take her away with him, and considering how fucked up her life has been until then, she's got all the reason in the world to wish for that. Saiga decides to free Kagura from the Roppongi club and her unkind mother's clutches.

In the AWA fics, Tatsumi is a student at the AWA Academy.

Appearance

Tatsumi is a tall man with black messy hair, goatee and had dark eyes. He wears a dark-green trench coat over a white dress shirt with black suspenders, black pants and black leather shoes.

Personality

Tatsumi is an Intrepid Reporter who used to be a war photographer and is renowned for the quality of his shoots. An interesting byproduct of his job is that he is sexually aroused by taking his photos. Despite being jaded and cynical, he is still passionate about his job and works for a regular magazine. He's a a bit of a prick, but underneath that he's a genuinely good man.

Abilities

Tatsumi has the power to make anything he photographs explode using various cameras. He also have superhuman durability. His super-powers mean he can't ever take a photo without destroying whatever he's targeting. Which is particularly problematic given that's what he does for a living. Also, overusing his powers is killing his eyes and will eventually send him blind. 

Trivia

  • Tatsumi is the first character from Speed Grapher to be introduced in the AWA fics.
  • Saiga's sense of humour is very dry, to say the least.

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