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Takaya Sakaki
Takaya Sakaki render
Japanese Name 榊貴 隆也
Romaji Sakaki Takaya
First Appearance Persona 3
Affiliation Strega
Weapon Revolver
Arcana Wheel of Fortune
Persona Hypnos
Japanese VA Nobutoshi Canna
English VA Derek Stephen Prince
"You claim to hunt the Shadows to prevent the disaster they bring, yet countless lives are lost every day without their intervention. The power we wield is not itself evil...you cannot deny that. So why don't you just admit it? You do not wish to eliminate the Dark Hour..."
—Takaya Sakaki, Persona 3

Takaya Sakaki is a character from Persona 3. He is the Strega leader and secondary antagonist in the story.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Takaya has long gray or platinum blonde wavy hair and yellow eyes. He wears a wire like headband, faded and torn light blue jeans with a red, ragged scarf tucked in the back pocket, a studded white belt, and brown boots. He has full tattoo sleeves on both arms, and a small tattoo on his lower back. He is never seen wearing a shirt, jacket, vest, or anything of the sorts. He also looks rather emaciated, commented on in-universe - one NPC thinks he lives on nothing but air, and Junpei calls him a 'freaking ghost'. His age, like the other Strega members, is never revealed, but he appears older than both Jin and Chidori and SEES, perhaps in his early twenties.

Takaya was designed around the concept of "charisma", according to Soejima, particularly in reference to cult leaders who he considers to be "obviously suspicious", yet with their high charisma able to garner support and adoration from others as easily as wealth and power. His first design began as a "cool and handsome" clean-shaven male with combed back hair, but his final design is achieved as Soejima attempted to make him more antagonistic. The revolver Takaya uses is a model of Smith & Wesson Model 500.[1]

PersonalityEdit

Takaya's personality is added during the course of the story. In his first appearance, where he was on a "mission" with his fellow members, he is shown to be cold and indifferent, mocking and pointing at his victim with his gun. When asked by his victim why he is doing this, Takaya says that it is not the victim's concern and even justifies his action by saying that "people hear what they wish to hear and believe what they want to believe".

During his first encounter with SEES, he tells the team that the world is crawling with sin and that there will always be disasters, caused by Shadows or human folly, further reinforcing his negative world view. This, along with his other comments during the game, shows that he is misanthropic. His later multiple assassination attempts (Shinjiro in the female protagonist route if max his Social Link, Ken, Junpei etc.) shows that he has little or no appreciation for the life of others with the exception of Jin and Chidori, although in the end he puts his own life first. This is illustrated when he convinces Jin to stop SEES from advancing while knowing that he is not capable of doing so, also knowing that the Shadows from the lower floors can attack Jin as well.

When confronted by SEES for the final time, Takaya shows a great deal of himself. He simply answers to the questions of the team without any intimidation and also in a very melancholic manner, asking them what they hope to achieve since Nyx is unbeatable. During this conversation, he claims that the future is but an illusion and a soul can be satisfied if it only lives for the moment. He claims that any meaning in life was lost long ago and that humanity actually prays for Nyx's "salvation".

While seen as purely evil most of the game, Takaya's actions and philosophy seems to stem from the fact that he has nothing to actually live for: the fact that he is dying seems to have some impact to his mental state, but his comments in the game imply that he is a bitter and weak-willed man who is simply trying to find some excitement in his short life, and that in fact he is jealous of SEES for their hope and will to live.

ProfileEdit

Persona 3Edit

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Takaya's portrait in-game.

Takaya is the confident and charismatic young leader of Strega. He functions as the Protagonist's foil, leading the rival group of Persona-users and setting himself up as a false messiah. In battle, Takaya uses a five-shot revolver to strike down his opponents. Aside from Aigis and Fuuka Yamagishi, he is the only Persona-user in the game who does not use an Evoker to manifest his Persona, instead summoning it "manually" by clutching his head and falling to his knees. Persona-users in previous games also did not use Evokers, but summoning their Personas never appeared to cause them any pain.

Since Takaya doesn't have long to live, he lives fully for the moment, heedless of the harm he causes others. His dearest wish is to see the world end along with his own life. Though he does have some care for Jin and Chidori, he has no qualms about using either of them as tools. At first, he tries to prevent SEES from killing the twelve Arcana Shadows, since it'll end his Revenge Request website business and his 'powers', and as if he is trying to save the world in his own way. But he embraces death once he realizes their true purpose. Near the end of the game he creates a cult centered around the coming of Nyx as a salvation, with himself as the high priest and Jin spreading rumors around the network.

Persona 3 Movie 13 - Tragedy English *Spoilers*01:48

Persona 3 Movie 13 - Tragedy English *Spoilers*

Takaya kills Shinjiro.

Takaya is seen in-game spying on some of the party's first Full Moon Operations but it is not until the Arcana Chariot/Arcana Justice fight that he encounters them, revealing his hostile intent. His first major impact on the storyline is during the October Full Moon event; he comes across an indecisive Ken Amada about to kill Shinjiro Aragaki. Takaya motioned to execute Ken, but Shinjiro took the bullet for him; Takaya fled as the rest of SEES converged immediately after, and Shinjiro died, awakening new resolve in the hearts of Akihiko Sanada (Shinjiro's foster brother) and Ken.

Following this, he and Jin had their first official battle with SEES during the November operation; the two leapt off a bridge, refusing to surrender, following their defeats. They revealed themselves alive when Chidori led SEES to Tartarus; displeased with Chidori being emotionally attached to his enemy, Takaya shot Junpei, who only survived once Chidori sacrificed her life to save him. Takaya and Jin fled the scene.

Takaya's final defeat occurs when he tries to forcibly stop SEES from climbing Tartarus and facing Nyx. Afterwards he crawls to the top of the tower to witness the final battle. It is unknown whether he survived after the Protagonist sealed Nyx away; if he did, it is likely that he does not have long to live, since he still needs to take the lethal suppressant drugs, and his capacity for evil would've been heavily mitigated by the end of the Dark Hour.

StatsEdit

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 35
Magic 35
Endurance 35
Agility 31
Luck 30
Fortune 53 1500 ?
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty
- - - - - - - Repel Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Pierce Attack Normal attack using the Pierce attribute.
Agidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe.
Bufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes one foe. (10% chance)
Ziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks one foe. (10% chance)
Garudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to one foe.
Megido Deals medium Almighty damage to all foes.
Mind Charge Doubles magic damage dealt next turn. (2.5x damage)

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 45
Magic 60
Endurance 45
Agility 45
Luck 50
Fortune 75 7000 ?
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty
- - - - - - - Repel Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Pierce Attack Normal attack using the Pierce attribute.
Agidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe.
Bufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes one foe. (10% chance)
Ziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks one foe. (10% chance)
Garudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to one foe.
Mahamaon Light: instant kill, all foes (high odds). (40% chance)
Mamudoon Darkness: instant kill, all foes (high odds). (40% chance)
Megidola Deals heavy Almighty damage to all foes.
Megidolaon Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes.
Mind Charge Doubles magic damage dealt next turn. (2.5x damage)

GalleryEdit

Persona 3
 
Takaya close up
Takaya close up
 
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Concept art of Takaya
 
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Takaya's expressions
 
Persona 3 Takaya anime
Concept artwork of Takaya (cinematics)
 
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Takaya as he appears in game
Persona 3 (manga)
 
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Takaya in manga adaption
 
P3 manga Takaya's burnt body after being burn alive by Trismegistus
Takaya after being almost burn alive by Trismegistus
Persona 3 The Movie
 
P3M concept art of Takaya
Concept art from Persona 3 The Movie"
 
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Takaya's character info in Persona 3 The Movie
 
Takaya in Movie
Takaya in Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
 
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Takaya summoning his Persona
Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade
 
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Takaya as he appears in Persona 3: the Masquerade
 
SnK Takaya
Takaya as he appears in Persona 3: the Masquerade -Souen no Kesshou-
Other
 
Takaya costume
Akihiko and Caesar as Takaya and Hypnos in Persona 4 Arena

TriviaEdit

  • His Jesus-like appearance has been the basis of many fan-jokes and fan-comics. It has even garnered him the fan nickname of "Revolver Jesus".
  • Takaya means "respectful one" while Sakaki means "sacred tree". Therefore, his name means "Respectful Sacred Tree". It is noted that he is greatly respected by Jin.
  • His style in summoning his Persona is clutching his head in pain instead of using an Evoker. This trait is shared by Tohru Adachi from Persona 4.
  • Despite the fact that he summons his Persona without an Evoker, Persona 3 Portable mentions him holding one to his head after the battle on the Moonlight Bridge. This may be an error, as in Persona 3 and FES it appears to be his regular gun.
  • In Persona 3 The Movie, it is revealed his experiment number was Subject no. 01A056.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Atlus (2006, 2014). Persona 3: Official Design Works. Kadokawa Enterbrain - UDON Entertainment. pg. 50.

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