(timeframe – 22 years after the start of im@s anime)
Name: Shijou Takane (四条貴音)
Birthdate: January 21
Hair Color: Silver
Eye Color: Lavender-Magenta
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Three Sizes: 92-64-93
Ethnicity: ½ - Japanese (father) and ½ - German (mother)
Birthplace: Hirosaki, Japan
Current Residence: Shibuya, Japan
Occupation: N/A (stay-at-home-mother, lives off her inheritance)
Family: biological mother (deceased), biological father (deceased), Shijou Mitsuo (adoptive father - deceased), Shijou Akira (adoptive mother – deceased), Kubo Haruto (ex-lover), Shijou Sakura (daughter), Takaharu [nee Shijou] Minami (sister), Takaharu Satoshi (brother-in-law), Takaharu Seiichi (nephew)
Nicknames: Hime-baachan (by both Seiichi and Hanako), occasionally Sakura jokingly refers to her mother as Ohime-sama, Taka-baachan (by Yuuta), Taka-chan (by Haruto), Ne-neechan (Minami's childhood nickname for her)
Personality Traits: Still airheaded and gluttonous to her core, she is no longer as secretive over her life and is more open to others, devotes herself 100% to her daughter, while being rather docile as a parent she can put her foot down if needed
Bio: Leaving 765Pro at 21-years-old, Takane hoped to become something greater than an idol. Within a few months she had a chance meeting with the producer, who also turned out to be the president, of another production company. Kubo Haruto sweet-talked her into joining KuboPro and Takane worked at the company largely as a singer but was talked into during some gravure idol work by Haruto. After joining KuboPro, Haruto continued to charm and seduce Takane which would cause the naïve performer to fall in love with him. Within three months of joining KuboPro, Takane and Haruto began having an affair despite the latter being married and later on having a son with his wife.
Two years later Takane would end up pregnant. While Takane was more than happy over this, Haruto did not take the news as she would have hoped but continued to allow her to perform. During the next two months Haruto began disregarding Takane’s wellbeing and health and scheduled her for vigorous and dance-heavy performances. Eventually the physical demand became too great and Takane became frequently sick, causing him to cancel many of her performances. One last time, Takane tried once again to perform like she used to but ended up pushing herself too hard and landed herself in the hospital after collapsing on stage. During this time Haruto gave her an ultimatum. She could either: have the baby and end her career or just end the pregnancy and keep performing like nothing ever happened.
Takane attempted to reason with him one last time to just let her sing and to remove the dance routines but Haruto refused to change the performance setup. At this point Haruto would go on to tell Takane he was only with her to keep her from leaving KuboPro and that he never loved her. He would go on to berate her saying that a person as stupid as her would never have the ability to be a good mother. Haruto would then void Takane’s contract, effectively firing her, and threatened that if she ever went back on stage through any production company that he would release their affair to the public. Knowing this would tarnish her reputation beyond repair, Takane admitted defeat and permanently retired as a performer.
After having her music career ruined and her heart broken, Takane became an emotional mess and eventually sought the help of her sister. Initially she only wanted Minami to check in on her to make sure she was properly taking care of herself, citing that she knew she wasn’t the brightest person and needed someone there to keep her on track. Minami would instead insist on moving in with her sister to help her through the second half of her pregnancy and after the subsequent birth of the child.
Following the birth of her daughter, Takane’s emotional health improved greatly as she focused her time completely on Sakura and not on her past mistakes. Shortly following Sakura’s birth, Takane reconnected with Hibiki and the two friends stayed in frequent contact with one another. Hibiki would occasionally travel from Okinawa to visit Takane; though Takane has gone to Okinawa to visit Hibiki a few times with Sakura.
When Sakura started kindergarten, Takane inadvertently reconnected with two other 765Pro idols. Azusa ended up being Sakura’s kindergarten teacher. Sakura would make friends with a girl named Hanako, who turned out to be Chihaya’s daughter. Subsequently Chihaya frequently used Takane as a babysitter for her daughter and son if either Haruka or Azusa were not available to watch them. Takane had no problems with this as she loved being with children, though she proved to be a bad influence on Hanako and got the young girl hooked on ramen.
When Sakura goes on to become an idol, due to Hanako tricking her into going to the audition, Takane is supportive of her daughter’s idol career but does have feelings of regret and nostalgia whenever she sees Sakura on stage.
For many years Takane would not tell Sakura anything about her father. It was only after Sakura debuted as an idol that Takane told her everything – from the affair all the way to her birth.
• In addition to retaining her Ophidiophobia, Takane has also developed a mild case of Algophobia (fear of pain) after going through childbirth.
• Despite everything that he has done to her, Takane is still in love with Haruto and still refers to him as Haru-kun.
• Takane dislikes disciplining Sakura, which has caused many arguments in the past between her and Minami over the way she raises her. Takane has proven to be an effective authoritarian when needed to be.
• Takane, after finding out she pregnant, insisted on learning how to fully cook for herself and has become a very good one. During her pregnancy she frequently forced Minami to watch cooking shows with her and had Minami buy cookbooks for her.
• Much to her dismay, during her entire pregnancy Takane was unable to stand the smell or even eat ramen without getting sick.
• In her late twenties, Takane finally began to wear glasses for her nearsightedness.