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Taichi Mashima
TaichiMashima
Kanji

真島 太一

Rōmaji

Mashima Taichi

Characteristics
Gender

Male

Birthday

April 2

Age

18[1]

Height

172 cm (5'7.7")
178 cm (5'10")

Blood Type

A

Professional Status
Occupation

Student

Personal Status
Status

Alive

Relatives

Reiko Mashima (Mother)
Unnamed Father
Rika Mashima (Sister)

Karuta
Group

Mizusawa High School Karuta Club
Shiranami Karuta Society

Level

Class A

First Appearance
Manga Debut

Chapter 1

Anime Debut

Episode 1

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Mamoru Miyano
Ayahi Takagaki (young)

Image Gallery

Taichi Mashima is an all-around student, as he is gifted in both studies and sports. He is one of Chihaya Ayase's childhood friends. His mother is very strict with him, telling him he should stick to activities he can win at. He is part of the Shiranami Karuta Society and is the former president of the Mizusawa Karuta Club.

Appearance

Taichi's appearance

Taichi's appearance

Taichi has messy light brown hair and hazel eyes. He wears his school uniform which consists of a simple white button up shirt, a plaid tie, a brown jacket with the school crest, a black belt, grey dress pants and brown school shoes. When Taichi was younger, his hair was shorter and neater. He is considered handsome. He is also popular with girls.

When he is serious playing karuta , just like Arata with his 'water' aura and assumable Chihaya with her 'fire' aura, Taichi got the 'wind' aura when he's calmly and yet seriously playing karuta.

Personality

Taichi is smart, hard-working and athletic. During his younger years, he was cocky at times but he was also a bit of a coward. His mother has only allowed him to enter in competitions that he can win at. If he loses, he will be scolded by her, but despite this fact he is easy-going and fairly modest.

However, Taichi is somewhat easily disheartened: he considers giving up karuta early on in the series after becoming convinced that he could spend his entire life on the game without ever becoming better than Arata. His confidence builds, however, with his continued participation in the world of karuta, and it is shown that it is his own perception of his skill in karuta that is holding him back.

Taichi's maturity and loyalty are valuable assets to his friends, and he is adept - after a few initial stumbles - at saying to his teammates exactly what they need to hear in moments of stress. He is the "voice of reason" in whatever group he is in, and a wise and kind leader who is not averse to doling out some tough love (particularly with respect to Chihaya).

His memory is also remarkable: he can recite the Hyakunin Isshu without visual aid, and randomize verses without doubling up.

Despite being all said and done, everything he had gained now purely because of his skill, not because of his luck. More like , he never get lucky in anything. Throughout the series, there are more than a few times stated about Taichi's bad luck. Also because of this, he had a hard time to win in a luck-of-the-draw.

Relationships

Chihaya Ayase

Chihaya is Taichi's childhood friend. He has feelings for Chihaya, telling himself he is in love with her. They started the Mizusawa karuta club together.

In the past, it was shown that Taichi had feelings for Chihaya during grade school by often teasing her and getting jealous whenever she was with Arata. He has nurtured those feelings until recently, when he finally confessed his love to Chihaya. Unfortunately, she did not respond to his confession, which discouraged him. He left the karuta club because of this.

Arata Wataya

Taichi and Arata were childhood friends. At first, he didn't like Arata because he memorized the poems in his first try, also he challenged Arata again in a karuta competion and took his glasses to stop him from winning against him. But Chihaya took Arata's place and defeated Taichi. After he admitted that he took his glasses, they went to look for Chihaya. Soon after he began getting interested in karuta and his dream was to become a meijin. They also teamed up with Chihaya in another karuta competition, but lost. Since Arata was sick, he lent his hat to him.

Reiko Mashima

Reiko Mashima is Taichi's mom. Ever since elementary school, she has been very strict and stern, telling Taichi "you can only join competitions you'll win". Currently, Mrs. Mashima is against Taichi playing karuta, saying it's a waste of time and effort. If Taichi does not stay the top student, she will prohibit him from playing karuta.

Girlfriend

Taichi had a girlfriend in the beginning of the series, but her name is not known. She called him 'Ta-kun'. Yet, he has feelings for Chihaya despite this relationship. In Episode 17/Chapter 29 he breaks up with her later, over the phone, in a short, dry exchange. He told Chihaya in episode 1 that he was only dating her because she liked him.

Rieko Oe

Taichi met Rieko at a match where the Oe Traditional Clothing Shop was providing the Mizusawa team with hakamas. She seems to think that Taichi is 'very cute' and always rushes around him to fix his hakama.

Hisashi Suo

He's the current reigning Meijin and also Taichi's cram school's teacher. While everyone in the Karuta world seems to have a scorn toward Suo for his Karuta style calling it 'nasty' and 'sick', Taichi doesn't. On the contrary, he seems to like it by saying that he 'can't help but finding that style fascinating'. They had a rocky start because Taichi claimed that Chihaya was his girlfriend and asked Suo to stop his advances on her, much to Suo's dismay, who used to say he's not obliged to do anything to Taichi because he hates him. Taichi always came prepared with sweets to bribe him with, though, and confessed his lie about Chihaya and cleared the air between them. Suo showed on more than one occasion that he's interested in Taichi's Karuta, interestingly enough calling him a 'nasty player'. Later on when he found out Taichi quit Karuta he told him that he admires him, for even though he doesn't like Karuta he still tried his absolute best in it, and admitted to not liking Karuta either. Suo and Taichi are last seen practicing Karuta together.

History

Taichi used to go to the same grade school as Chihaya and was the smartest in their class. He used to tease Chihaya which led her to attack him. They were good friends, but when Arata arrived, he was embarrassed that he wasn't the only one to memorize the 100 poems. He tried to get Chihaya's attention and threatened to not be her friend anymore if she stands by Arata's side. Because of this, everyone ignored her the next day for associating with Arata.

Glasses returned

Taichi returning Arata's stolen glasses.

He later challenged Arata to the karuta competition they were having at their school. On the day of the competition, his mother was there holding a camera to film him during the match as she believed he would win as usual and tried to encourage him to win. Taichi won all his matches and made it to the final against Arata. In order to win, and not get scolded, he cheats by giving Arata a shaken soda to spray him, in order to make him wash his face and take off his glasses. He steals Arata's glasses while he is washing his face and Arata only catches his small figure. Chihaya and Arata start searching for them, but they don't find the glasses for Arata's match. During the match, Taichi is beating Arata as he switches the cards, but is then interrupted by Chihaya saying that she'll replace Arata in the match. He is eventually defeated by Chihaya and all three of them win an award. Even so, he still gets yelled by his mother and his mother tells him never to participate in a competition that he cannot win at.

After the competition, Chihaya is out looking for Arata's glasses. While she is away, he admits to Arata that he was the one that stole the glasses and hands them to Arata. They later go out to look and call out to Chihaya to tell her that they found them. Chihaya hears them on top of a tree and jumps down on top of them and laughs.

Since then, Taichi along with Chihaya and Arata became good friends and referred to each other in first name basis. They even began to join a Competitive Karuta Club with their teacher being Harada Sensei and participated in a group competition. The three of them then went their own ways in middle school with Taichi going to far away middle school that most students found difficult to be accepted into.

Synopsis

Karuta Style

Taichi's initial style of karuta is all brain, with little body. He makes great use of his mind in karuta matches, reasoning out probabilities and strategies completely in his head, and takes great pride in the fact that he makes few, if any, faults. He considers practicing his swing in front of others "embarrassing", which disadvantages him in the more physical aspect of karuta.
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Taichi practicing swinging

However, spurred on by his desire to compete on par with Arata and Chihaya, he vastly improves in the later part of the manga. He has been called a "monster" once he has self-confidence (by Sakurazawa-sensei, coach of Fujisaki High), and it has been noted by Hyoro that Taichi becomes stronger when Chihaya is not around (Chapter 94).

Notably, when he managed to get to final of his very first Class-A official tournament beating Sudou in the top 8 and Murao in the top 4. He lost to Chihaya in final match but all that witness the match admit that both Chihaya and Taichi are both had proven to be great karuta players. *note that chihaya took a break in top 4 because her opponent forfeit the match, while taichi need to beat Murao for the final spot* . Harada-sensei who watched the match carefully said Taichi is more suited to play defensive style karuta instead of offensive style karuta which Chihaya and Harada-sensei specialized in. Also noted how good is Taichi when he played against Chihaya with an arrangement which is different from his normal one.

In chapter 150, Taichi(who had quit the school karuta club) seen to be playing a lot of matches against Meijin Suou. Also, there's a rumor about Taichi now can hear Suou's quiet and gentle voice, loud and clear now. Showing that he have better and sharper hearing now.

Techniques & Talents

Perfect Memorization

- As the name said, it's the perfect memorization the all the cards position and the cards that had been read and haven't been read yet. Other karuta players may got this skill but not as perfect as Taichi's . Considering Taichi's memorization is 100% , the others only up to 80-90%. However , due to this skill, Taichi tends to make simple mistake since he's still remember the past arrangement of his matches.

-Another application to this skill of his is he can use any other cards arrangement and still can fight normally. Other players can't memorize as good as Taichi so they tends to use a fixed cards arrangement and let their body remember where the cards are and they would commit lots of faults if they used other arrangement unlike Taichi.

Cross-Sweeping Move Neutralizer

-So far , it is seen that Taichi only used this move once against Arata. Obviously , this move is created purposely to negate Arata's fast sweeping technique. This move uses covering and sweeping, which Taichi would first cover the card that would be read , therefore 'kill' the opponent speed and momentum and making him hesitate for a while , then sweep the correct card.

Katana Slash Backswing

-This is actually Sudo's specialty in which the player would go for the opponent's field. Depending on which card that would be read, the player can either go ahead and attack the card or goes back to touch the correct card on player side. This is different from normal kind of backswings because the player need to be slightly away from the side of his hand. As in Taichi case, it would be his right side. By doing so , the player can attack the opponent field and if the correct card is in his side of the field, he can make his hand into knife-like and use a backswing to defend the card. By distancing himself from the his defending side, he can touch the card comfortably and by making his hand into a knife-like stance, will reduce the air resistance and make the backswing faster.

Counter Data Analysis

-Using the data he or Tsutomu collected from his opponent, he would then analyze and think a way to counter his opponent's play. Taichi used this against Chihaya who knows so well in the Yoshino Society Class A match where he used a different cards arrangement from he usually used and proved to be working well considering he lost to Chihaya in that match with just 2 cards difference with awfully exhausted condition. In that match, many can see that a lot of mind tricks involved. He also make and used the sweeping move canceler against Arata which is known for his fast sweeping ability.

Peculiar Defense

-A copy from Emuro's specialty. This technique is used to defense a card even if the swing is delayed or slower. Taichi used this technique against Murao in Yoshino Society Tournament's semi-final. This move is used to sweep cards out of the field. The difference between sweeping move and this move is sweeping move used whole hand to sweep a bunch of cards out, but this move only used 1 finger to sweep the correct card and send it out. The difference would be sweeping bunch of cards will consume more time but sweep just 1 particular card with just 1 finger will reduce the time taken to sweep the card.

Enhanced Hearing

-This refers to the recent chapter of 150 where Taichi managed to hear Suo's quiet voice which is hardly heard by other people with normal hearing sense.

Official Matches Records

Opponents

Tournament

Results

Cards Differences

Important Event

Unknown
(Eikou University High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Win
(3-2)

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Shuryukan)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Win
(4-1)

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Hanasaki Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Win
(3-2)

Unknown

Right after this match, Komano throws a tantrum and left. Taichi showed his leadership here.

Unknown
(Tomihara West High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Semi-final)

Win
(3-2)

Unknown

-

Kinashi Hiro

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Final)

Win

(3-2)

+8 Cards

After the match, Hyoro told how he take pride over the trophy.

Unknown

(Takechi High)

High School Team National Championship
(Round 1)

Win

Unknown

Chihaya fainted. Taichi caught her and leave her to Arata’s care.

Unknown
(Fujisaki High)

High School Team National Championship

(Round 2)

Lose

Unknown

-

-

High School Individual National Championship (Round 2)

Win by default

-

Unknown

(Fujisaki High)

High School Individual National Championship
(Class B : Final)

Lose

-3 Cards

-

Kinashi Hiro

(Hokuo Academy)

Saitama Karuta Tournament

(Class B : Round 1)

Win

+3 Cards

-

Nishida Yusei

Saitama Karuta Tournament

(Class B : Final)

Lose

+1 Card
(Luck-of-the-Draw)

Nishida noted about Taichi’s personality and Chihaya’s

-

Yoshino Karuta Tournament

Lose at Round 3

-

Harada asked if Taichi want to be Class A. Taichi refused by saying “Teacher, I’m not much focused on making Class A as I’m focused to become someone who doesn’t run away.”

Unknown

(Shuryukan)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group Match)

Win

Unknown

-

Unknown

(Tomihara West High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group Match)

Win

(3-2)

Unknown

-

Sasagu Mori

(Homei High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Semi-Final)

Win

+4 Cards

During the match, the aircond is malfunction and Taichi is having a hard time. He asked for a towel and Chihaya was one of girls that gave the towel to him.

Kinashi Hiro

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Final)

Win but the team lose

(2-3)

+2 Card

(Opponent Fault)

Even though Mizusawa lost, Mizusawa still become one of the representative for Tokyo region.

Park Kyung-Seo

(Chiba International School Of Information Sciences)

High School Team National Championship
(Group Match)

Win

(4-1)

Unknown

-

Hayashi Sosuke

(Yamaguchi Mioka

High)

High School Team National Championship
(Group Match)

Win

(3-2)

Unknown

-

Unknown

(Shoyo High School)

High School Team National Championship

(Quarter-Final)

Win

Unknown

-

Nanase

(First Akashi Girls’)

High School Team National Championship

(Semi-Final)

Win

(3-2)

+5 Cards

Kanade injured her finger. Chihaya frustrated over her lost and almost injured her own hand before Taichi stop her.

Emuro Ryoga

(Fujisaki High)

High School Team National Championship

(Final)

Win

(3-2)

+1 Card

Luck-of-the-Draw

Taichi made a vow that he’s fine if his card never be call in other luck-of-the-draw as long his card in this match will be call. And Chihaya injured her finger.

Kinashi Hiro

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Individual National Championship

Win

+18 Cards

The start of Taichi Awakening in Karuta.

Yamashiro Rion

(Fujisaki High)

High School Individual National Championship

(Class-B : Final)

Win

+9 Cards

Hyoro noticed about Taichi link with Chihaya. Chihaya willingly to watch Taichi play rather than Shinobu vs Arata.

Shiroyama

(Hokuo Academy)

Yoshino Karuta Tournament
(Best 16)

Win

+4 Cards

Taichi realized how good it felt to have reliable senpais.

Sudo Akito

(Hokuo Academy)

Yoshino Karuta Tournament

(Best 8)

Win

+1 Card

Luck-of-the-Draw

but Taichi won by taking opponent’s card

-

Murao Shinichi

(Narumo Karuta Society)

Yoshino Karuta Tournament

(Semi-Final)

Win

+5 Cards

Chihaya moved to the final by default because her opponent forfeit. Harada realized that the path for Taichi to grow stronger is defensive-karuta.

Ayase Chihaya

Yoshino Karuta Tournament

(Final)

Lose

-2 Cards

Taichi didn’t get a break before the final and injured(scratched) his hand a bit when collided with Chihaya’s hand. Arata had an uneasy feeling.

Goutoukuji Saneatsu

Meijin East Qualifier Tournament

(Round 1)

Win

+11 Cards

After the match, Taichi meet up with Hyoro and asked him to stop losing to someone like Goutou again cause Taichi acknowledged Hyoro as a good karuta player.

Unknown

Meijin East Qualifier Tournament

(Round 2)

Win

+7 Cards

-

Koishikawa Shuusaku

Meijin East Qualifier Tournament

(Round 3)

Lose

-1 Card

Luck-of-the-Draw

Taichi lost the ‘Chiha’ card which took a toll on his self-confidence. After the match, Taichi watched firsthand about how to use the ‘joker’ detecting talent from Harada

Unknown

Takamatsunomiya Cup Tournament

(Round 1)

Win

+10 Cards

-

Unknown

Takamatsunomiya Cup Tournament

(Round 2)

Win

+7 Cards

-

Unknown

Takamatsunomiya Cup Tournament

(Best 8)

Win

+4 Cards

-

Wataya Arata

Takamatsunomiya Cup Tournament

(Best 4)

Lose

(4th place)

Unknown

Taichi sent the ‘Chiha’ card hoping to take it away from Arata’s field. But unfortunately, the card was never called. Also, Taichi quoted “Since I’m an offensive player, I would part with the I want to get the most, and I would go into the fight with the resolve to take them back no matter what.”

Meijin Suo who was watching closely how Taichi played, called Taichi as a nasty player.

Trivia

  • Taichi's nickname "Matsuge-kun" aka "Eyelashes"(even though the english translation messed it up and made it "Eyebrows") is a play on his real name "Mashima".
  • Taichi is good at all subjects.
  • When Taichi was 13, he was jealous of Arata because Chihaya was bonding with him.
  • Taichi made flash cards to help him memorize the 100 poems.
  • Taichi has recited the 100 poems in random order during a practice karuta match as the reader for it.
  • Rika once asked him if he was a narcissist.
  • Taichi somewhat dreams of becoming a doctor one day, but isn't sure yet.
  • Taichi is more focused on being someone who doesn't run away rather than being in class A.
  • Taichi once thought that karuta is scary while watching Chihaya play against Yumi Yamamoto, an ex-queen.
  • Taichi put Arata in charge of taking care of Chihaya after she fainted in episode 13.
  • Harada calls him "eyelashes" (まつげくん matsuge-kun) because of his long eyelashes, though the English subtitles always seem to mistake this for "eyebrows".
  • Many girls in the anime think Taichi is cute, even Kanade's mother.
  • Taichi's favorite poem from the Hyakkunin Isshu is Poem #16: "Note that though we may be apart, if I am to hear that you pine for me as the Inaba mountain pines, I shall return to you. "
  • In chapter 119, he lied about Chihaya being his girlfriend to Suo (the Meijin), but told him the truth in chapter 122.

Quotes

  • (To himself, about love) "You aren't happy even if you're with them. It makes me nervous. Nothing happened like I thought it would. It isn't fun. But I still want to be with them."
  • (To Sumire)"It doesn't seem right to let a girl choose me. I would rather choose the girl I devote myself to."
  • (To himself) "If Arata were here... If Chihaya were to practice with Arata instead of me, would she become a better player?"
  • (To Tsutomu) "I don't have any talent for karuta either. It's tough, but I still play! I keep losing, but I still play! Because when I win, I feel happy!"
  • (To Tsutomu) "Instead of a karuta genius, I would rather have our new member be someone who puts in effort on the tatami."
  • (To Nishida) "Chihaya never gave up on karuta. Why don't you see for yourself how strong someone can be when they put in the effort? Or are you scared of losing?"
  • (To Chihaya) "As long as you have a smile on your face, karuta will always be fun. That's the truth, Captain!"
  • (to himself) "Chihaya...we'll have plenty of chances to try to become Master and Queen, but we only get to play as a team during our three years in high school."
  • (To Suo) "Do not break with words someone you could not break with your play!"
  • (To Sumire) "I myself have been wondering since I was a kid why was I given this name... My mother does seem like someone who would choose something unconventional and posh for a name, and yet..."
  • (To himself) "I wonder if I managed to get stronger?"
  • (To Chihaya) "I've always, always wanted to become a person who is not a coward."
  • (To Chihaya) "Are you under the impression that I'm made of stone?"
  • (To himself) "Those encouraging words and those days we spent together turned into a curse, and I can't leave it like that. I can't keep living like that."
  • (To himself) “Since I’m an offensive player, I would part with the I want to get the most, and I would go into the fight with the resolve to take them back no matter what.”
  • (To Harada) “Teacher, I’m not much focused on making Class A as I’m focused to become someone who doesn’t run away.”

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