Battle Royale
God, can I tell him one more thing?

–Takako Chigusa's final thought

For the novel, please go to Takako Chigusa (Novel). For the manga, please go to Takako Chigusa (Manga).

Takako Chigusa (千草 貴子, Chigusa Takako) is a minor character in Battle Royale.


Takako was on the track team and was a very fast runner. She seemed to be a very prideful person and had a short fuse; she disliked rumors and people who made excuses. If Takako was anything like her novel and manga counterparts, she might've also been shy or had a solemn attitude toward other people. Takako was known for being the prettiest girl in her class.

Friends and Enemies[]

Takako was best friends with Hiroki Sugimura, and had a crush on him. She also seemed to be friendly with Kayoko Kotohiki, as the two are seen chatting on the bus and cheering together during the basketball game. She found Kazushi Niida the embodiment of the things she despised and greatly disliked him.

Before the Program[]

Before Kitano resigned, Class B decided to take a day off and skip school, Takako included; she attended the basketball game against Class A, and celebrated when Class B won. Takako decided to go on the class trip; while on the bus, she chatted with Kayoko. Takako fell asleep after breathing in a sleeping gas pumped into the bus; she was then transported to an island and fitted with an explosive collar.

Takako, along with the rest of the class, woke up in a classroom in the island’s school. Unnerved by the presence of Shogo Kawada and Kazuo Kiriyama, Takako rushed over to the window to watch a helicopter land in front of the school. Takako was shocked to see that Kitano had returned. When Kitano asked the class if they knew the BR Act law, Takako kept quiet, obviously knowing the law, but afraid to say it aloud. Takako asked Kitano for permission to use the restroom, but he told her to hold it, annoying her. Takako was horrified upon seeing Masao Hayashida's corpse. When Fumiyo Fujiyoshi was killed, Takako panicked and ran for the door trying to escape before running towards the back of the classroom when the soldiers began firing. When Yoshitoki Kuninobu's collar got activated, Takako ran around the room trying to evade him.

When Takako's name was called, she grabbed her school bag and ran towards the front of the room; she caught her supply bag and ran out of the school; she didn't notice Hiroki waiting for her and ran off before he could call to her.

During the Program[]

In the morning, she decided to train and put on a yellow tracksuit, taking a jog through the forest. During her exercise, she has a fantasy or flashback of Hiroki following her on a bicycle, promising to always be right behind her. Finishing her jog, Takako sat on some stairs and wiped the sweat off her face, taking a moment to daydream about Hiroki.

Kazushi appeared shortly afterwards, asking Takako why she is training at a time like this. Rolling her eyes, Takako grabbed her bags and began completely blowing Kazushi off, walking in the opposite direction of him. Kazushi really pushed it when he asked Takako about the rumors stating the two are dating and then proclaimed his love for her, terribly annoying Takako, for she hated rumors with a burning passion. Things hit a climax when he asks her about her virginity and declares Hiroki a coward for not taking it. Takako snaps at him, forcing him to raise his crossbow at her. Enraged but not intimidated, Takako informs him that he's in hot water and that if he continues, she is going to consider this an attack on her life, for she is also taking the game quite seriously.

During their hateful bickering, Takako managed to intimidate Kazushi into firing his bow, although it only grazed her, cutting her right cheek. Infuriated, Takako informed him of why he disgusts her and pulled out her knife, whipping the blade out in a flash. She dared him to come at her, before chasing him into the forest, despite his ranged advantage on her. There, the two have a brief struggle and tumble downhill. Seeing an opening, Takako stabbed Kazushi in the groin twice, and finished him off with a single strike to the chest.


Takako dies in Hiroki's arms.

Heaving from their battle, Takako felt someone's eyes on her and spun around, only to find Mitsuko Souma smiling sadistically at her, raising a handgun to shoot her. Takako snarled and bolted off down the path, but to no avail; Mitsuko managed to land a few shots. Takako managed to survive for at least another half hour, and collapsed when she found a quiet, isolated spot. Believing her time to be short, she calls out for Hiroki and when he appears, she believes someone's playing a cruel joke on her. The two spent a short amount of time reminiscing together, with Takako asking if he had a crush on anyone and more importantly, if it was her. Hiroki told her the truth, which is a no. Disappointed, Takako asked God if she could say one last thing, and complimented Hiroki on his appearance, which she found handsome and cool. He responded in kind, telling her she's the coolest girl in the world. Takako barely managed to thank him before dying.


  • The name Takako means "valuable" (貴) (taka) and "child" (子) (ko).
  • Takako's surname Chigusa means "thousand" (千) (chi) and "grass, herb, weed" (草) (kusa/gusa).

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Takako is one of three characters to have their final thoughts read out. The other two were Mitsuko Souma and Shogo Kawada.
  • Takako is one of three girls to kill a boy. The other two were Mitsuko and Kayoko.