Takeru's twin sister and his primary reason for joining the Inquisition and the academy. Interacting with her and being unable to do anything for her formed the basis of Takeru's personality in wanting to understand others and pacify his own violent nature. As his only sibling left and direct family, he treasures her and wishes for her to have an ordinary life and places his promise to give her said life as his primary goal for fighting. Even after she refuses his offer to be saved, Takeru strives to save her to convince her otherwise. While Kiseki's feelings for her brother is understandably a romantic one due to only knowing him for all her life, Takeru's feelings of love are simply those of an older brother who couldn't ease her pain for a world that condemned her existence.
Takeru's ancestor and blademaster who imparted the techniques of the Double-Edged Style through merciless training for most of his late childhood. Takeru has his trademark family discipline firmly instilled by him and this is apparent when he addresses Orochi as "master" and usually gets on his knees when he speaks to him. While possibly being the closest person to Orochi, Takeru still remains intimidated as the former's loyalties only lies to the blade. While Takeru has profound amounts of respect toward him, he still primarily views him as an opposition and one of the biggest hurdles that stands defiantly against his own goals. Differentiating him from family to an enemy was Takeru's toughest portion in his duel against him.
Even so, Takeru states that the days he spent training with Orochi and letting loose his natural tendencies in violence were the "happiest days of life", being greeted by Orochi's sarcastic remarks whenever he came back home after a hellish day of training, and awaiting more instructions to become stronger for himself and his sister. As Takeru pieced together that facts that Orochi spared his life, motivated him to deepen his bond with Lapis, and continued to teach him knowing that they would face against each other, he could feel nothing short of immense gratitude.
Takeru's Parents Edit
Takeru fondly remembers his mother and father who he respectively describes being gentle and strict. Even when he caused trouble for others, the only ones he would behave in front of were his parents. His father in particular drilled the fanatic obsession of swordsmanship into Takeru to discipline his nature and regrettably passed down the family's burden that was a father's responsibility to him to kill Kiseki.
35th Test PlatoonEdit
Takeru and Ouka first encountered each other when they were on a similar, single-minded track of life. Takeru wished to change the Inquisition with his abilities while Ouka wished for nothing more than to become an Inquisitor and track her down her family's murderer. The two clashed in the mock-battle trial and Takeru walked away as a changed person who began to consider how others thought while Ouka continued her path to vengeance. Their reunion was uneventful for Ouka where she continued to strive for excellence alone to regain her position as an Inquisitor while Takeru tried to befriend her now that she was in the same platoon. Takeru's insistence on helping her and going as far to say that he acknowledged her revenge and wished to help her fulfill it, being the first person who he used his rather infamous "carry half your burden" line on. While refusing such a nonsensical declaration, Ouka accepted his help and began to grow more closer to others after Takeru overcame the einherjar. Takeru and Ouka mutually referred to each other as their respective "benefactor" where both had a play in the others life to change them for the better.
In the point in time the two reunited, Takeru was at odds with his self but found Ouka's single-track mind something he empathized and related himself with, which was one of the primary reasons for wanting to help her. Ouka's continued support of Takeru's goals after her own vengeance was fulfilled made her the closest person who understood what kind of pain he went through, comforting him when he began to lose his composure after Kiseki refused being saved.
The alchemist Design Child who became kindred spirits with Takeru during middle-school, making her one of his oldest friends. Whereas Takeru was a violent problem child, Ikaruga was reclusive and essentially without any sort of morals due to her upbringing and her interest in the people that "stuck out" had Takeru gain her attention. When faced with his loss against Ouka and being shunned by Kiseki, Takeru confided in Ikaruga and told her nearly everything about his situation with his sister during his tirade over his shortcomings and she helped him try to craft a better attitude to be more accommodating. While he is not a fan of her constant teasing, Takeru's relationship with Ikaruga stands at a middle-ground of understanding, as both rarely talked of their own problems outside of rare occasions and they didn't actively pry into each others pasts.
However, the two understand each other very well to a point where Takeru noticed something wrong with her regular behavior during her departure for the 5th Laboratory. When Kanaria comes into the picture, Takeru becomes the confidant where Ikaruga's doubt over her feelings of responsibility are legitimate and Takeru comforts her into knowing that her feelings are real and she is without a doubt qualified to have worrying thoughts of her "child".
The platoon's ace sniper as well as one of its original members. Usagi's stubborn attitude made it difficult for her to get along with Takeru and Ikaruga but their shared struggle to accrue points made them grow friendlier toward each other as their school year went on. The two shared the pain of being the only two active members in combat before the platoon was reinforced and began to do better. Takeru acts as the primary emotional support for Usagi's anxiety during combat and is reliant on him as her platoon-leader and genuine friend. Like the other platoon members, Takeru treasures his teammates and while he prioritizes their safety above everything, he respects their own intents to help him fulfill his own goals as he had "shouldered the burden" of nearly everyone else aside from anyone in on his own.
A witch that joined the 35th Platoon by special circumstance. While she was unwilling to befriend the platoon, Takeru's apparent indifference toward witches in general had her open up to him first. Takeru was glad to have Mari join the team and befriend others and their relationship grew closer when they attended the Magic Academy during the team's separation. Takeru also holds her in the most admirable light among team in terms of long term goals compared to the others as Mari's focused on relieving the stigma against witches in the world. Takeru's focus on recovering Lapis however had his feelings more occupied with her than Mari however, a fact that she finds irritating given that it was her time to have her own "flags" raised. Mari and Takeru establish early on to have each other be referred to on a first name basis.
Takeru's Relic Eater that was contracted to him under Sougetsu's manipulation. While their circumstances of becoming partners came at an unknown end-game for Takeru, he still treated Lapis as a friend but was initially uncomfortable with her vacant stare and overly-attached gestures. Takeru always appraised Lapis as a high-grade blade but his own nature for swords in general had him be scorned by her when he expressed his interests around her. During the time at the Magic Academy, Takeru was unconditionally made to "woo" Lapis in assuring her loyalty to him by means of romancing her and while he didn't necessarily want to be a stranger to her, he was awkwardly able to do so. Takeru viewed Lapis as a beloved partner and while Lapis herself doubted her own desires to fuse their souls, she was convinced otherwise to be there to fulfill her purpose to realize her master's dreams. When given the choice to save the world at the cost of his existence, Takeru made peace with the idea of remaining alone for eternity as it meant having Lapis' soul fused with his.
The captain of the 15th Platoon and also Takeru's fellow student of Anti-Magic Academy. The two along with Ikaruga were middle school classmates and knew each other the longest out of the rest of the cast. Kyouya's rather belligerent nature meshed well with Takeru's early days of explosive anger and the two begrudgingly respected each other before the latter's increase in tranquility and humility. Afterwards, Kyouya began to hold a grudge against Takeru's complacency and constantly ridiculed him. Even so, Takeru found this lopsidedly abusive relationship endearing as Kyouya was practically the only person outside his platoon that regularly interacted with him by any means. The two become enemies after Kyouya attempted to kill Kiseki and only after the events in Volume 9, after a bloody rematch between the two over the use of the transfer charm, do they reconcile as Takeru sacrifices the method he had intended to save Kiseki with to rescue Akira and Kyouya offers to return the favor.
Takeru held particular contempt toward Nero during his first meeting with her as he deduced that Kyouya's outburst of violence was due to her. However, he began to empathize with Kyouya's intentions and in part, Nero as well with Yoshimizu's life being at stake.
A member of the 15th Platoon and Kyouya's childhood friend. Yoshimizu was the stopper on Kyouya's abusive demeanor and was one of the few people who could effectively calm him down. Takeru and Yoshimizu share an understanding when it comes to Kyouya's attitude and they were well acquainted. Takeru goes to mention that he wouldn't have minded having someone as sweet as her be a part of his own platoon. Later in the series when Takeru utilizes the Transfer charm intended for Kiseki to be used on her, he is unable to properly accept her thanks. Feeling guilty on how she wouldn't have been saved if Kiseki had accepted his means of saving her, Takeru is hesitant to be treated with such kindness from her but she naturally thanks him for doing so for letting her see Kyouya again.
Takeru was initially wary with Nagaru as he was aware of the rumors of her manipulative attitude. This turned into mild annoyance when he and the rest of the platoon were dragged into cleaning up the mess she caused when Ouka was possessed by Mephisto. In the end, the captain 35th Platoon and the only remaining student council member struck a deal to clean up the mess Reima and Mephisto made in exchange for information to help them graduate, as well as learn the secrets that the Inquisition and Sougetsu kept from them. During this time, Takeru was known to apply some light physical abuse for her actions. However, his opinion of her improved in the time of the 35th Platoon's departure from the Inquisition and Nagaru herself had pinned down Takeru's inner turmoil and urgency in trying to save his sister and comforted him.
While starting their relationship in certain hostility, Takeru began taking Kanaria's attitude towards him to be understandably childish as her body did not reflect her true biological age. He took pity on her for being taught under Orochi's difficult training methods and more-so when he identified that she was improperly taught due to her not being part of the family lineage. Takeru sees her as his "junior pupil" and still felt some joy in having someone that knew his struggle to attain strength. He was insistent in having her meet Ikaruga to sort out both of their problems in wanting to see each other.
Fellow squad-leaders in the Heretic Alliance. While starting out their relationship on shaky grounds, the two leaders acknowledge their allies but still remain close to each other as they fight toward the same goal. Yuzuho in particular catches Takeru's notice for her proficiency in close combat.
Takeru's interactions with the captain of the EXE are minimal but Takeru is no exception in being intimidated by Kurogane's demeanor and shows due respect to his authority and power. The two have a fundamentally different view of their goals in saving others. Takeru's reasons for fighting is to not betray the hopes and efforts that he and his platoon worked for to save his sister, and incidentally, the world. His thoughts on sacrifice is thought of as unnecessary and Takeru's pipe-dream of saving everyone comes into conflict with Kurogane, who would gladly sacrifice himself if it meant securing peace and saving the most amount of lives. Kurogane and Takeru came to clashes over the document involving Sougetsu's identity and while Kurogane was adamant in trying to force Takeru and the others to wait out the end of the war, he was convinced otherwise to trust in Takeru and Lapis' trust in each other to not let the world come into ruin.
From the first onset of their meeting to the final moments of the 2nd Witch Hunt War, Takeru, like all other characters in the series, never trusted Sougetsu. While Sougetsu's friendly-enough demeanor and accommodations to the 35th Platoon, as well as allowing Takeru to visit his sister seemed to be in good intentions, Takeru had no good thoughts regarding him. The very first words Takeru spoke towards Sougetsu involved wanting to kick him out of his chair and taking it for himself and while Takeru's violent tendencies have slightly regressed, Takeru refused to ever put himself or his comrades in danger for him. Utilizing his own adopted-daughter to have Takeru contract with Lapis was another crucial moment of judgment Takeru realized that Sougetsu was up to no good. The last straw being Sougetsu's intention to utilize Kiseki to end the world. This hatred however seems all to be part of Sougetsu's end goal however.
While their meeting was under a captor-hostage situation, Mother Goose introduced herself and her intentions for Takeru to be for the greater good and was kind enough to accommodate his time in the Magic Academy. Even with her kindness, Takeru viewed has the leader of Valhalla, and while his perception of their goals change, it didn't change the fact that he would come to clashes with her and Orochi. When Orochi was slain and Takeru was devoured by the Hyakki Yakou, she appeared before him to offer him the power of God's Authority through Lapis and entrusted the duty of saving the world from Sougetsu. While the two had fought, Mother's disposition still remained to save the world at all costs, Takeru accepted the choice to sacrifice himself.
Haunted immediately gained Takeru's ire with the former's brutal arrival ceremony that tore Yoshimizu's body apart and this further amplified with Haunted's acts behind Mari's painful memories. Being responsible for bringing grief to both Mari and Kyouya, Haunted was a top-ranking enemy that Takeru had wished to eliminate. While unknown to him, Kiseki's angered awakening was also directly caused by Haunted inciting her to seek what she wanted most. While Haunted holds Takeru in some twisted regard in being the embodiment of hope and sought to fight him on equal ground, Takeru shares no grandiose, idyllic view to someone who caused so much discord.