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Kawahira (川平, Kawahira) is a character who is mentioned to be a frequent customer of the ramen shop where Future I-Pin works. Future I-Pin is usually caught delivering his ramen when the Ten-Year Bazooka goes off, leaving Kawahira's ramen with soggy noodles.
Kawahira's alter ego, Checker Face (チェッカーフェイス, Chekkāfeisū), is the one responsible for bringing all Arcobaleno generations together and is the one behind the curse on their bodies. He is also responsible for all the Vindice's mangled bodies.
Ten years in the future, Kawahira was known to be helpful to Tsuna and company, sending a Real Funeral Wreath fighter away to protect them from danger. However, as Checker Face, he appears to be calm and collected and fairly confident; he also appears to enjoy toying with the Arcobaleno's emotions, almost in a teasing fashion, as he spoke to them in a cryptic manner, much to the various Arcobalenos' ire. He also appears to be quite perceptive, as he had predicted that the Representative Battle of the Rainbow would attract Bermuda von Veckenschtein's attention and make him want to join. Because of his duty to protect the planet, he tricked and cursed seven people from generation to generation to become protector of Arcobaleno Pacifier as he believed that small sacrifices are necessary to prevent greater ones.
As Kawahira, he has white hair, pale skin, and a pair of round glasses. He typically dons a plain green kimono.
As Checker Face, he dons a mask with an iron hat with a checkered design partially drawn on and a metal eye-mask, as well as a slight smirk on the face. The mask also has a scar on its left cheek and a checkered pattern on its right cheek. He also carries a cane and wears a dark trench coat.
Kawahira, along with Sepira, belongs to a special species that had existed on Earth even before the humans whose duty is to protect the planet with Tri-ni-set. Arcobaleno Pacifiers were first created from the seven stones when only five of his people himself and Sepira included remained. When he and Sepira were the only two remaining members and unable to provide the Tri-ni-set with their own powers, they decided to split the Tri-ni-set into another two sets of seven stones: Vongola Rings and Mare Rings. Arcobaleno Pacifiers and Vongola Rings were given to the humans and Mare Rings kept by Sepira and her Famiglia. At some point, Sepira and Kawahira parted ways due to different opinions; while Sepira wanted to coexist with humans, Kawahira didn't. Since then, Kawahira, as Checker Face, continued his duty to monitor the entire Tri-ni-set and showed himself only to select the successors of Arcobaleno pacifiers.
Through generations, he brought the Arcobaleno together, gathering them as the I Prescelti Sette, which translates from Italian into the "World's Strongest Selective Seven". His gathering of the seven resulted in the gathered people becoming Arcobaleno and being cursed with their baby bodies. When he was first shown meeting with Reborn, he was holding a Clear Pacifier, the pacifier of the Flame of Night that Bermuda von Veckenschtein held when Jager sealed the deal between Giotto and Cozarto (the Vongola and Simon Primo, respectively) for their descendants to not fight each other.
While the Vongola are on the run from the Millefiore with Yuni, Kawahira tells them to get inside and that he would take care of the Six Funeral Wreaths. He then uses illusions from his Hell Ring to make it look like the street is crowded, though Zakuro stops in front of his shop and searches for the group.
When he is threatened to be burned along with his shop, Kawahira uses his illusions to have Zakuro chase after an invisible "murderous intent." Unfortunately Byakuran comes back from one of the parallel worlds and states that he has found where Kawahira and the Vongola are hiding and sends his Six Funeral Wreaths after them. Although Kawahira has helped them out, he quickly leaves claiming that he has a trip to go to, but not before a suspicious Reborn starts questioning who he is. Kawahira merely shrugs it off and leaves before Reborn could ask him more questions. Reborn still thinks that Kawahira is suspicious and states that he doesn't like him somehow.
Checker Face was first shown in Reborn's dream, which seemed as a recollection of the past, his gathering of the "I Prescelti Sette"; however, when they gathered in the dream, they suddenly reverted to their cursed forms, Colonello replacing Lal Mirch and Luce disappearing. He then revealed himself and asked if the Arcobaleno (sans Aria) if they wanted to solve the "Curse of the Rainbow". The Arcobaleno immediately answered with a "yes", except for Reborn. He explains the rules of a fight to determine the strongest Arcobaleno; however, Reborn argues with him for a while, Checker Face preparing to leave as a result, but Reborn then agrees to the fight. As a result of gathering the Arcobaleno in his dream, all the Arcobaleno asked various people for a favor, which was to fight for them. Colonello requested CEDEF's head, Iemitsu Sawada's help. Viper, or Mammon, requested Varia's boss, Xanxus's help. Fon was represented by Hibari, on the condition that he was to be the only representative. Skull approached Enma by feeding two cats that Enma usually feeds, and demanded his help in return. Reborn requested Tsuna and Dino's help, as they were his students. Verde went to Kokuyo Land and demanded Mukuro Rokudo's assistance. Aria, the Sky Arcobaleno, gives up her right to have her short-lifespan Arcobaleno curse to be removed and instead gives it to her daughter from ten years later, Yuni, who enlists Byakuran, the Six Funeral Wreaths, Gamma, Nosaru, and Tazaru's help. 4 days before the fight starts, Wonomichi, Checker Face's messenger, goes to each of the representatives and explains the rules of the battle.
At the end of the first day of the Representative Battle, Checker Face announces the battle rankings thus far through the Rainbow Wristwatches.
At the end of the second day of the Representative Battle, Checker Face announces the battle rankings through the Rainbow Wristwatches and formally introduces Team Bermuda and inducts them into the Representative Battle of the Rainbow.
At the end of the last battle, Checker Face shows up to announce the winner of the Representative Battle and, to everyone's surprise, he reveals his true identity to be Kawahira, the frequent customer to future I-Pin's noodle shop. He then proceeds to reveal this history behind the Tri-ni-set, demonstrates the power of his Dying Will Flames, and reveals that he and Yuni were the only members of their species left. He then prepares to undergo the Arcobaleno change process, but Talbot suddenly intrudes and introduces an object that could supposedly get rid of the necessity of Arcobaleno. Kawahira at first hesitated, but after Yuni convinced that she can see the bright future of the Tri-ni-set, he immediately agrees as he actually feels that if there's another way without sacrifising anybody, he would like to entrust the Tri-ni-set to the future generations. He and the others gathered around the jars and filled it with their flames at the fullest and then removed the Arcobaleno Curse. Afterwards, Kawahira's whereabouts is unknown.
Weapons and Techniques
- Segno Hell Ring: Kawahira, both in the present and in the future, utilizes the Segno Hell Ring to mask his Flame presence to avoid detection.
- Illusions: Kawahira is able to use his Mist Flame to create flawless illusions.
- Mist Flame: Although no other specific techniques if Illusions are excluded, Kawahira has an ostentatiously powerful Mist Flame presence due to the fact that he was of the species that lived on Earth before the humans. It is said to easily be 10 times of even Bermuda or Tsuna's Flame capacity, even while in Ultimate Dying Will Mode.
- Kawahira has been shown to be able to create fake murderous intents. Reborn ponders the ability, but as of yet nothing else has been revealed about it.
- Kawahira is a customer of the Ramen Shop where future I-Pin works, being constantly mentioned by her.
- According to Future I-Pin in Haru Haru's Interview: Dangerous he likes soy sauce ramen, salt ramen, and miso ramen.
- Also according to I-Pin, once every 2 days he orders spicy and once every 4 days he orders chilled Chinese ramen.
- According to Future I-Pin, Uncle Kawahira has been married at least "three times," and apparently has a daughter from one marriage, since Future I-Pin once borrowed a yukata from her.
- In the recent DS fighting game, Flame Rumble XX, he is incorrectly shown to have blond hair.
- In a recent strength poll, Kawahira ranked 15th.