It's been a whirlwind of emotions lately, trying to navigate the complex web of relationships in this high-pressure environment. Making friends has never been easy for me, but I've found solace in the few individuals who have managed to break through my tough exterior.

Kanji Ike is like a breath of fresh air in my life. His laid-back attitude and willingness to listen without judgment provide a sense of calm amidst the chaos that surrounds me. I appreciate his efforts to understand me, even when I struggle to articulate my thoughts and feelings.

Haruki Yamauchi, on the other hand, is a pillar of support on and off the basketball court. His quiet demeanor belies a dependable nature that I can always rely on. Whether it's offering words of encouragement during practice or lending a helping hand with schoolwork, Haruki has proven himself as someone I can trust.

Yousuke Hirata brings a sense of tranquility into my life with his composed presence. He exudes an aura of peace that contrasts sharply with my own volatile temperament. Sudou and Ayanokoji Kiyotaka add layers to our group dynamic – their unique personalities adding depth to our interactions.

Despite my outward bravado and confrontational persona, these friendships remind me that vulnerability is not weakness but rather strength in disguise. It takes courage to let others see beyond the facade we present to the world; it takes trust to open up about our fears and insecurities.

In moments when self-doubt creeps in and whispers harsh criticisms into my ear, having friends who accept me for who I am becomes invaluable. Their unwavering support serves as a constant reminder that I am more than just an aggressive competitor – I am also capable of compassion and empathy.

As we navigate this journey called adolescence together, each friend leaves an indelible mark on my heart – shaping me into the person I am meant to become. And for that gift alone, they will forever hold a special place in Ken Sudo's tumultuous yet evolving world.