✪ takako igarashi ❞ "taka"
30 ✧ they/them ✧ afab ✧ april 29 ✧ taurus ✧ pansexual
❝ In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. ❞
— Albert Camus
— Albert Camus
a teacher and guidance counselor at yuei academy.
stubborn as a bull, taka igarashi can be as dense as a rock at times, though there's something quite admirable about their honesty when it comes to both words and actions. taka's the kind of foolhardy person who'll whatever they feel like doing in the heat of the moment (within reason). now that being said, taka can also be rather reckless, often saying and doing things on a sudden impulse - which makes them look, for a lack of better words, moronic.
on the surface, taka comes across as simple-minded and easy to understand, an impression that's worked to their advantage many times. people have readily underestimated them before, only to get caught off guard when taka seized the upper hand. so in fact they'd rather be seen that way, since it makes defying those expectations that much more satisfying. besides, what taka may lack in innate talent, they've made up for it tenfold in perseverance and hard work.
while taka seems to be open about their feelings, their tough exterior hides a sensitive heart. they tend to clam up whenever their deepest emotions are involved, for fear of getting hurt. as taka sees it, to love someone is to create a vulnerable part of themself with the softest and thinnest skin. simply put, taka's scared of allowing others near their core. at the lowest point in their life, taka withdraws from their friends and family; though it takes a while and a couple pushes in the right direction, taka eventually does come around and begin to accept the love and support that had always been waiting for them.
aura guard is the composite of kazuo's 'barrier' and akemi's 'reflection' quirks. kazuo can create powerful, nearly invisible barriers that absorb physical and emitter attacks, while akemi can reflect back attacks that make direct contact with her body.
taka activates aura guard by crossing their index and middle fingers on one hand and concentrating; if they want to create two barriers at once, then they cross their fingers on both hands. later on, taka's output increases to five barriers, which can be maintained simultaneously for a maximum of five minutes. they no longer keep their fingers crossed by this point, relying instead on metaphorically crossing their heart to center and focus their thoughts.
aura guard, despite its name, is not a solely defensive quirk. both an unstoppable force and an immovable object, taka has been known to use their barriers like battering rams, and can slam them into opponents with half a metric ton of force. they can change the shapes and sizes of their barriers as well, though the process drains their energy rather quickly.
their barriers apply force to oncoming attacks and accelerate them in the opposite direction; if you threw a punch at the barrier, the punch would not only be slowed down, but also its force would be repelled right back at you. aura guard is essentially an extension of taka's will and creativity, and ultimately limited by their physical and mental endurance. since aura guard's trade-off is stamina, taka will suffer from extreme fatigue if they overuse their quirk.
junko minagawa as haruka tenoh from sailor moon. low to medium-pitched and husky. speaks smoothly and enunciates clearly.
decades before the era of quirks, the igarashi clan set down their roots by building a dojo known as the tanrenkan (鍛錬館, which means "hardening hall"). tanrenkan began as a dojo for judo and karate, eventually adding self-defense arts such as aikido and jujutsu to their repertoire. when quirks came around, kazuo igarashi stood firm with his beliefs and continued teaching martial arts; only now, tanrenkan would have its doors open to those with quirks as well. presently, the igarashi clan has several established pro heroes and martial artists to their name.
takako igarashi was born on a spring day, kazuo and akemi's second child out of three and the only girl. as the middle child, she was a crybaby, often bursting into dramatic tears over the slightest mishap in a bid for attention. if kazuo and akemi weren't around, then takako would cling onto the next available person. that personally usually ended up being hikaru, her older brother and the eldest child of the family. for the longest time, takako looked up to hikaru and did her best to emulate his personality even though that behavior didn't carry over too well into middle school.
while elementary school was more or less smooth sailing, middle school proved to be nothing short of a nightmare. takako was bullied over everything from her boyish looks to her tall height, but more than anything else, classmates mocked takako's ineptitude with her quirk. even though she could hold her own in a quirkless fight, takako was surprisingly clumsy when it came to wielding her quirk. somehow, the composite was more challenging for whatever reason than kazuo and akemi’s quirks on their own; hikaru and aki both seemed to have it easier than their sister as well.
nonetheless, takako still had hopes of making it into yuei, the top hero academy in the world. even though the bullying had done a number on her confidence, she was determined to follow in her brother’s footsteps and become a hero one day. as such, takako began training intensely with her quirk in the hopes of improving her chances of passing the yuei exams. thanks to all of her hard work and the support of her family, she scraped by and just barely made it into yuei's department of education. now, takako focused her sights on a new goal: the department of heroes.
at some point between their second and third year, taka dropped the 'ko' from their given name to go by 'taka' instead. now that taka felt more comfortable in their skin, they worked harder than ever so they could transfer into the department of heroes. by the end of their second year, taka accomplished that goal with much help and a blessing from their beloved and esteemed kuwaga-sensei.
and so, taka igarashi walked into class 1-A on the first day of third year and enthusiastically introduced themself to their new classmates. as the seating chart would have it, taka found themself sitting in front of one ayahime kanzaki.
the rest, they say, is history.
taka's enormous bear of a father and bearer of the barrier quirk. a stern-looking man whose powerful and intimidating aura belies his kind and soft heart, kazuo is the current head of the family and the grandmaster of the tanrenkan.
taka's mother and bearer of the reflection quirk. a warm, caring woman who'll take any opportunity to "adopt" others, akemi has a hidden aggression that strikes like a viper when she (and any of her family and loved one) is wronged in some way.
taka's older brother and bearer of the barrier quirk. a sly, sharp-tongued sassbucket who graduated from yuei and now works as a pro hero. after what happens to taka, hikaru decides to go into mental health counseling, specifically for other pro heroes.
taka's younger brother and bearer of the reflection quirk. a calm and reliable person with an inclination toward science. aki goes on to study quirk genetics, in order to better understand how quirks manifest in the body.
the first of taka and aya's three children, hisora was adopted by the couple a few years after they married. hot-tempered and sharp-tongued, she embodies her volatile quirk through and through, and takes after hanako, her mother, in temperament.
the second of taka and aya's three children, kyouji, or kyou as he's referred to by family and friends, has the kind of calm demeanor that naturally relaxes all those he encounters. perpetually sleepy, he's a mama's boy to the core with a huge bias for aya.
the third of taka and aya's three children, yurika was named in honor of oniyuri kanzaki, aya's younger sister (and one of taka's two sister-in-laws). bubbly and sweet, yurika exudes a magnetic charm and friendliness that shine warmly through her wide dimpled smile.
the quirkless mother of hisora, hanako found herself backed into a corner after her scumbag of an ex-lover abandoned both mother and child. deciding that adoption would be the best option, hanako gave hisora up-- only to be invited under the same roof as the kanzaki family.
from enemies > rivals > friends > lovers > ex-lovers > friends > lovers again, ayahime kanzaki has been on a roller coaster with taka from day one. the two got on each other's nerves at first and even needed to have a few spars to work out their tension. as the days at yuei passed, aya and taka slowly grew comfortable with one another, developing a mutual trust and respect that blossomed into something much, much more.
taka's best bro from yuei days to their best bro at taka and aya's wedding, hitoka has been a huge pillar of love and support for taka ever since high school. while they inevitably devolve into even bigger morons around each other, there's never a dull moment between them and taka wouldn't trade that for the world.
hitoka's wife and the supermom of their nine otterkittens, emi gets along well with taka. they've confided things in her that they haven't even told hitoka, and she's given them helpful advice that they cherish to this day.
taka's canon is set in the world of my hero academia.
takako (貴子) has the kanji for "noble, child." igarashi (五十嵐) means "fifty storms."
❝ What keeps me here?
Only my heart
That won't give up. ❞
— Gregory Orr, It's Winter
Only my heart
That won't give up. ❞
— Gregory Orr, It's Winter
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