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Overview

Kotaro Takebayashi (竹林 孝太郎 Takebayashi Kōtarō) is a student in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, taught by Korosensei.

Appearance

Takebayashi has black hair that is combed over along the sides of his head and he wears round eyeglasses. He looks similar to the persona of manga artist Mizuki Shigeru, enough for Korosensei to be spooked by the resemblance.

His uniform consists of a suit jacket worn over a dress shirt and a black tie, as well as dress pants and dress shoes

Personality

Takebayashi is mostly a quiet person. However, he seems somewhat eccentric in his behavior and stands out as the oddball in the class. He also seems to be clumsy at physical activity, having ping pong balls hit his glasses while playing with others and nearly losing balance in one of Tadaomi Karasuma's lessons.[1][2] He initially wanted to leave Class 3-E and seemed ashamed to be in the class but decided to stay when he realized how much his class and Korosensei cared for him and vice versa. He is also obsessed with anime, at one point stating "A girl isn't a true girl until she loses the third D" implying he likes anime girls more than real women. He also enjoys going to maid cafes.

History

Takebayashi's family is extremely wealthy and elite which has been producing doctors for generations. His elder brothers are all in the University of Tokyo in the medical departments and because of that, there is enormous pressure for him to succeed and since falling to Class 3-E, he is currently considered to be the outcast of the family.

After the assassination of Korosensei, Takebayashi was last seen working with Manami Okuda to expand the medical research based on Korosensei's legacy using revitalizing slime recipes that can make an universal blood which can transfused to any blood type.

Abilities

Analytical Skills: Takebayashi has shown to have quite good observational skills like Nagisa Shiota, but, unlike the latter, Takebayashi is inclined towards statistical data and analysis as opposed to emotional and practical knowledge. His analytical abilities gives him the edge in assassination when calculating the physics and critical weak points as demonstrated during Class 3-E’s baseball practice where Takebayashi has been assigned to gather data on the team’s performance.

Risk Management: When some members of Class 3-E got infected by an unknown virus, Takebayashi disagreed with Ryoma Terasaka's suggestion of taking the infected classmates to a big city hospital because of risk factors associated with the unknown virus and very unlikely chance of an effective anti-virus.[3] While tending some of the infected Class E members, [4] his observation concluded that the unknown virus was likely oral transmission over contamination.

Demolition Expert: Takebayashi is the most proficient demolition expert in Class 3-E. He easily memorizes the usage of explosives when assigned by Tadaomi Karasuma. He demonstrates this ability when he uses a shaped charge to infiltrate the God of Death's complex, using his smuggled explosives set to escape from captivity in Chapter 167 and distracting Craig Hojo with flash bangs.

Academics: In the second semester finals, Taebayashi has the fifth highest overall score at 447.

Relationships

Manami Okuda

Main article: Manami Okuda

Takebayashi and Okuda are the same type and shared the same interest, Takebayashi often teaming up with Okuda when they were still in Class 3-E, for example when they took care of sick students together in the island, or when Takebayashi carried Okuda on his shoulders when they tricked Reaper in captivity, they also united their voices together when choosing side in civil war. It seems that they're actually familiar and often talk to each other, they just did not get enough screentime to show that. Okuda is also the one who looked the most emotional when Takebayashi left Class E in Chapter 77, saying that they had fun during the regular school year too. They are later teaming up to conduct research for the RH- blood type seven years later using legacy of Korosensei. Gaining impression of the superior scientist, they start working on researching it further.

Ryoma Terasaka

Main article: Ryoma Terasaka

After evangelizing to him about maid cafés, they tend to meet up at around noon (to go to one). There is the vibe that Terasaka is revolving in the palm of Takebayashi’s hand.

Gakushu Asano

Main article: Gakushu Asano

Takebayashi views the Asano who excels at everything with admiration, but when comparing the way he cannot escape from his father Gakuho Asano’s bounds, he hopes that one day he can save him.

Quotes

  • (About Ritsu) "Wait... her double Ds aren't real...? I don't have a problem with that... do you?"[5]
  • (In response to Irina Jelavić) Irina: "Hey! What am I to you guys, then?"
    Takebayashi: "Eye candy."[6]
  • (At the school meeting) "The students of Class E, where I used to be, look weak. They weren't good students academically. Everyone else looked down on them. But to me, Class E is the second most comfortable place to be in the world- other than a maid café."[7]
  • (At the school meeting) "I've being lying to myself. I wanted to be powerful. I wanted people to accept me. but my classmates kept coming to check on me, even though I was just dead weight in Class E... and ultimately betrayed them."[7]
  • (At the school meeting) "You're all striving to become true winners accepted by society. You're right to have that goal and I respect you for it. But I want to be an underdog for just a little longer. I don't mind being an underdog. In fact, I'm going to enjoy... going back to a life of waiting... for just the right moment... to attack the powerful."[7]
  • (To Gakushu Asano) "Be someone? Someone like you? Someone who's scared stiff all the time?"[7]

Etymology

  • The name Kotaro means "filial piety, obedience" (孝) (ko), "thick, big, great" (太) (ta) and "son" (郎) (ro).
  • Kotaro's surname Takebayashi means "bamboo" (竹) (take) and "forest" (林) (hayashi/bayashi).

Trivia

  • Takebayashi's best subject is Science while his worst subject is Physical Education.
  • Takebayashi is the only student who has ever decided to leave Class 3-E because of personal reasons. He was nearly deceived by Gakushu Asano and the chairman Gakuho Asano upon leaving the class. He rediscovers his motivation to kill after realizing his former classmates and Korosensei still look after him. Finally, he canceled his decision and moved back to his original class.
  • Takebayashi's favorite food is Omelette Rice.
  • Takebayashi's past club before dropping to Class E was the Computer Club.
  • In the art rankings of Volume 5, Takebayashi was placed 4th among the male students.
  • During the Civil War, Takebayashi and Meg Kataoka were both instantly eliminated after Ryunosuke Chiba and Taiga Okajima sniped them.
  • In the tankobon extras, Takebayashi's statistics were listed as:
    • Physical strength: 1.5
    • Mobility: 2
    • Close-range assassination: 2
    • Long-range assassination: 3.5
    • Academic ability: 4.5
    • Characteristic skill: 4.5 (trivial knowledge) 
  • Takebayashi's school rankings are:
    • First Term Midterms: 87th, 350 points
    • First Term Finals: 7th, 475 points
    • Second Term Midterms: 14th, 446 points
    • Second Term Finals: 5th, 447 points

References

  1. Assassination Classroom Manga: Chapter 20, Page 3
  2. Assassination Classroom Manga: Chapter 26, Page 2
  3. Assassination Classroom Manga: Chapter 61, Page 10
  4. Assassination Classroom Manga: Chapter 63, Page 3
  5. Assassination Classroom Manga; Volume 3, Chapter 22
  6. Assassination Classroom Manga; Volume 5, Chapter 42
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Assassination Classroom Manga; Volume 9, Chapter 79

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Class 3-E
Faculty KorosenseiTadaomi KarasumaIrina JelavićAguri Yukimura
Students Masayoshi KimuraHinano KurahashiYuma IsogaiHinata OkanoHiroto MaeharaMeg KataokaKotaro TakebayashiToka YadaKoki MimuraRio NakamuraNagisa ShiotaKaede KayanoTaisei YoshidaYukiko KanzakiTaiga OkajimaRinka HayamiTomohito SuginoYuzuki FuwaTakuya MuramatsuKirara HazamaRyunosuke ChibaManami OkudaSosuke SugayaSumire HaraRyōma TerasakaKarma AkabaneItona HoribeRitsu
Main School
Faculty Gakuho AsanoKiyoshi Terai
Students Tomoya SeoTeppei ArakiNatsuhiko KoyamaRen SakakibaraGakushu AsanoKaho TsuchiyaKazutaka ShindōKokona TagawaNobuta TanakaChousuke Takada
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