As mentioned previously, Axel is Ren’s main best bud. He’s the Itsuki to our Takumi. The Junpei to our… uh… nameless protagonist with the wild card ability. But hopefully…. hopefully he’s not as annoying as some of them can be (like Junpei (… no offense, Junpei)).
Axel is supportive, goofy, and kind. He also has a thing for Steff.
While Ren is clear-minded and bright, determined to seek the truth, Axel is led along by a sense of adventure and loyalty to his friend.
Though sometimes the best friend types in manga and anime tend to be super high-energy to play off the more stoic main character, this is a trend we hope to avoid. Rather than stocking all the energy and jokes into one character, we hope to spread it out and allow the two to play off of each other like real friends do. More like Goku and Krillin.
What do you think about these “best friend” types? Have any of them ever bothered you?