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Takuma Aoi (青井 拓馬, Aoi Takuma) is a main character in Battle Royale II: Requiem.

History[]

Takuma's father left his family, so he was entirely raised by his mother. Takuma has a short temper and transferred in and out of several schools because he kept getting into fights. Takuma is a member of the rugby team. He is referred to as "Taku" by his friends.

Friends and Enemies[]

He's best friends with Shintaro Makimura and friends with Nao Asakura, Shugo Urabe, Masami Shibaki, Haruka KuzeHaruya Sakurai, Wataru Mukai, and Asuka Motomura.

Before the Program[]

Takuma participated in a rugby game and was angered when the opposing team acquired a point. He graduated and boarded a bus that was supposed to take him and his class on a Christmas trip. While on the bus, Nao tried to get him to sign a commemorative rugby ball, but he refused. He then fell asleep after he breathed in a sleeping gas that was pumped into the bus.

Takuma regained consciousness just as the bus pulled into a military compound; he shook Nao awake and noticed she had a collar on before realizing he was wearing one himself; when the soldiers boarded the bus, Takuma attempted to fight them but was shoved back. Takuma was escorted to a tent where he was given a combat uniform and escorted to a caged classroom; at several points he had to be held back from attacking the soldiers by Shintaro, Nao, and Masami. When Riki Takeuchi was writing the names of the countries bombed by America, Takuma attempted to fight one of the soldiers, but was overpowered and punched in the face and given a split lip. When Takeuchi briefs the students on BR II, Takuma has to be held back from attacking him; when Takeuchi calls his name to retrieve his gear, Takuma charges him but is knocked aside by Shiori Kitano, who is the only student willing to participate. Takuma yells at Takeuchi that they don't have a choice since if they don't agree they'll die; he gets in Takeuchi's face and says that he'll participate, but he'll never listen to adults and the program won't work the way they want it to, before running to the rack and retrieving his gear. When Shintaro is called up to fight, he refuses to participate. As a result, he is shot in the leg by the ATAT leader. Takuma tells Shintaro to cross over to him, but Shintaro refuses and is killed. Takuma runs up to his body and takes Shintaro's ball, which he'd retrieved from the bus, mourning his death. When Kazumi Fukuda’s (Shintaro's partner) collar starts to detonate, she pushes Takuma aside to see if Shintaro's really dead, and Takuma loses the ball. After Kazumi dies, Takuma rushes over to get the ball, but Takeuchi takes it and begins the program.

During the Program[]

Takuma survives Mission 1: "Landing" and ends up in Group A when the class gets separated. During Mission 2: "Retrieve Ammo", Takuma struggles with the gun until Shiori disables the safety; he accidentally squeezes the trigger, firing a volley of bullets that knocks him on his butt and scares the rest of the group. When the group moves to a more intact building for cover, Nao gets shot and falls. Takuma and Shugo go back for her where Shugo is hit with a grenade and heavily injured; the others are able to bring Nao to safety and drag Shugo into cover. Shugo's partner, Miki Ikeda, is hiding in a Danger Zone and, in a panic, runs away from the others; her collar explodes as she runs more than 50 meters away from Shugo and, as a result, Shugo's collar activates; Shugo runs away from the others and says a final goodbye to Takuma, asking him to keep Nao safe; he then faces the Wild Seven snipers and is quickly gunned down. Takuma is devastated when Shugo dies, and abandons his cover to shoot angrily in the open.  The rest of the Wild Seven abandon their posts and leave Takuma's group. Takuma and his group eventually make it to the Wild Seven's stronghold, where Naoki Jo's group meets up with them. During the assault, Takuma accidentally shoots Nozomi Sagisawa, badly injuring her. Ryo Kurosawa and the surviving members of Schwartz Katze lead the remaining students into the building and enter into a standoff with the Wild Seven. A young boy named Toki tries to reason with the group, and most of the students, with the exception of Schwartz Katze (Ryo Kurosawa, Jun Nanami, Naoki Jo) and three others, drop their weapons. Just as it looks as though Kurosawa will allow his group to surrender, an enraged Maho Nosaka shoots and kills Toki. This sparks a quick and brutal gunfight which kills Nosaka and her friend Yasuaki Hosaka along with Shota Hikasa and the remaining members of Schwartz Katze. After their deaths, the collars of Shiori Kitano, Risa Shindo, Mayu Hasuda, and Yuko Natsukawa activate. Shuya Nanahara, the leader of the Wild Seven, orders Maki Souda to activate the EMB. Yuko's collar, being the first to activate, explodes seconds before the EMB can be activated, but the other three girls are saved and the collars are disabled, including Takuma's. Shuya and the others manage to take the collars off, and the Wild Seven expects the survivors to immediately take their side. Takuma and Shiori initially refuse, but after a debate between Shuya and Takuma, he and Shiori eventually relent but don't officially side with the Wild Seven. Nozomi's wounds are too much for her to recover from, and she dies in front of her friends. Takuma is consumed with guilt, and is angered by all of his friends deaths. The ATAT soldiers rally and invade the island, and the surviving students assist the Wild Seven in repelling the invasion. Takuma is ambushed by a soldier, but he is able to shoot and kill him; before dying, the soldier tells Takuma that he too has a family, shocking both him and Nao, who was nearby. Takuma is enraged by the violence and confronts Shuya. When Shuya tries to convince him that he did the right thing and tries to bring him to his side, Takuma tackles him and a fight between the two boys ensues; after Takuma calms down and Shuya explains his side, Takuma joins their side. As the Wild Seven prepares for the impending ATAT attack, Shuya tells the students of a series of tunnels under the island which will bring them to safety, and orders them to leave with the remaining Wild Seven children. Masami, Osamu Kasai, Shiori, and Takuma decide to stay and fight with Nanahara's forces. Shibaki and Kasai are killed, along with the remaining Wild Seven members excluding Nanahara. In the end, only Takuma, Nanahara, and Kitano are left. The three attempt to escape, and are confronted by the ATAT leader; Takuma kills him and the trio prepare to leave. Before dying, Saki Sakurai activates a bomb in the building, and the time has almost run out when Riki Takeuchi appears in a rugby uniform, barring their escape. He is holding Shintaro's rugby ball from the beginning and shows his collar, which activates. Takeuchi questions if it's true that there's only two sides to life and that he wishes he could have played rugby with the students and urges them to escape, after which he leaps into the air and is killed by his collar. In the ensuing chaos, Shiori is shot and killed, and Takuma and Nanahara escape the island. The students who left via the tunnel also escape, and the base is destroyed by the bomb. Takuma and Nanahara survive and head to Afghanistan where they reunite with Nao, Kyoko Kakei, Risa, Mayu, and Haruya. The students choose not to join Wild Seven, and Takuma stays in Afghanistan, presumably for the rest of his life.

Etymology[]

  • The name Takuma means "expand, support" (拓) (taku), and "real, genuine" (馬) (ma)
  • Takuma's surname Aoi means "blue" (青) (ao), and "well, town" (井) (i)

Trivia[]

  • In the Revenge Edition, Takuma attempts to get the rugby ball, but fails because the students keep kicking it in panic.
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