|Gallery | Relationship | Quotes|
|Relatives||Takasugi Shūsui (son)|
Takasugi Harunari (son)
|Occupation||Board Chairman (formerly)|
|Affiliation||China / Yamato|
|Light Novel debut||Light Novel Volume 4|
|Manga debut||Chapter 41|
He is described as a thin middle-aged man who wears glasses.
He seems rather cold and calculating but highly intelligent. Whenever people objected to his decisions he always had a logical and reasonable-sounding argument ready to reinforce his decisions, which made it hard to argue with him. When there was an attempt to install Hayashizaki Kazuki as Chief Student Council President, it was he who first suggested the Election Tournament. Nearly every student who signed up for this tournament was a delinquent totally unsuitable for the job. It was suspected he wanted to install a puppet he could use to assert total dominance of the school and be in a position to influence generations of Knights, just as the former Headmaster had done. There were several occasions where students were put in danger by foreign operatives who had infiltrated the school posing as students. He continually overruled the Headmaster when he tried to cancel matches when there were signs of cheating by these agents or when the lives of the students were in danger. It was suspected that he was a foreign agent working on behalf of China, which was confirmed during the Civil War.
When Illegal Magicians destroyed Tokyo the government was naturally thrown into chaos. This created gaps in their security and destroyed public records. China took advantage of that by smuggling a number of their agents into Japan to pretend to be survivors. Some of them such as Takayoshi brought their families to make them seem less suspicious. These people over time worked their way into positions of power while maintaining their loyalty to China, in effect becoming sleeper agents.
Of the Magically Advanced Countries China was the most aggressive in expanding their territory. He belonged to a group that basically advocated that Magika Stigma should be deprived all civil rights and freedoms and brainwashed to serve only the government. Not only was this horrid, but could easily cause the 72 Pillars to abandon Japan if it became their policy, which was just the kind of outcome China wanted. Formerly an opposing government faction led by the former Headmaster had advocated for the Stigma to have favorable treatment, holding them in check. But Hayashizaki Kazuki had exposed the many crimes of the Headmaster and his cohorts and they were forced out of power. But this left the door open for the faction loyal to China to assert more influence. Takayoshi was appointed as the new Board Chairman of the National Knight Academy. His goal was to gain full dominance of the school and prevent the beneficial reforms proposed by the new Headmaster from being implemented, as well as to do prevent anything that might boost Kazuki’s reputation and to assist in his assassination.
Volume 4 Edit
An emergency staff meeting was being held. Not only to discuss the parameters for the Chief Student Council President Election, but also to discuss a series of attacks by a figure garbed all in black. No one had died yet, but somehow the attacker was able to avoid being seen on the security cameras. As they finished discussing measures to increase security they got to the main topic. It was quickly agreed to have an election in which the students of both divisions were given an equal vote. The new Headmaster was already thinking up ways to set up the election to be favorable to Hayashizaki Kazuki. With the old Headmaster gone, Mr. Amasaki expected no one to object. But a voice of protest came from the new Board Chairman dispatched from the government. He argued that the divisions had largely been separate and the students didn’t know the students from the rival division that well. Liz Liza Westwood argued someone like Kazuki was well known and popular on both sides. But the new Board Chairman shot down their attempt to pre-select the candidate they wanted. The Headmaster was stunned that this newly appointed Board Charmin was immediately trying to work against him and undermine his efforts. The Board Chairman suggested the candidates should demonstrate their strength and leadership qualities to the students first. To that end he suggests 4-person teams made up of two students from each division compete in an Election Tournament.
The only victory the Headmaster achieved in their debate was that a free and fair election would still be held after the tournament. That way if the person who won did so by underhanded means there was still the chance for the students to reject them. At the meeting where the candidates were decided only three of the 16 candidates were what the Headmaster would consider qualified for the post. The Board Chairman’s twin sons were leading one of the teams. The way the deck was stacked struck the Headmaster as suspicious and he soon realized what the Board Chairman was up to. Unfortunately without proof he couldn’t do anything but encourage the proper teams to win. This would be a particular challenge for Kazuki, as the special rules for this tournament handicapped most of the special skills he and his team possessed.
In the first round, Kazuki’s team won the first match by use of excellent teamwork and strategy. During that match he made an effort to keep Tsukahara Kazuha safe and was able to help her finally find her confidence and display her true skills. Otonashi Kaguya also won her match with a tremendous advantage in power. The third match was won by the twin sons of the Board Chairman, due to them having recruited such powerful allies. Hoshikaze Hikaru won decisively in the fifth match. Kazuki paid attention to the team led by Mibu Akira. This team had Katsura Karin as a member. Though he hadn’t yet told anybody she was the one who tried to assassinate him before, though it would be hard to prove it. It was clear Karin and the other swordsman Hayashi Shizuka had trained the spell casters in martial arts. They were able to use those skills to win the fight without help.
In the first match of the second round, Kaguya is confident. But Kazuki has seen through all their weaknesses and tactics. By working to keep each other safe, Kazuki’s group is able to whittle down their numbers and defeat Kaguya, who officially loses the title of “strongest”. The second match with the twins went exactly as the first round did. The third match became a dangerous affair. Hayashi showed off her ability to piece right through Defensive Magic and didn’t hesitate to seriously injure their opponents. While Hikaru and Charlotte Lieben Frau weren’t inferior in terms of magic, their opponents suspiciously kept getting back up after clearly getting to the point where they should have fallen into Magic Intoxication. It was clear to even audience members they were cheating somehow and the Headmaster said the match should be forfeited. But the Board Chairman accused him of favoritism and overruled him, insisting on proof of wrongdoing.
In the end only Hikaru was left and Hayashi subjected her to a savage beating, severely injuring her. The spectators and referee were so stunned by it they were slow to respond until Kazuki stated calling for them to stop the match. Realizing Hayashi fully intended to murder Hikaru, Mibu was barely able to intervene in time, using magic to finish the match without lasting harm. After the battle, Hayashi was questioned about the method she used to injure her opponents so badly. She apologizes for going overboard and promised to share the technique with the school if their team won, knowing that idea would appeal to voters.
While on a date, Kazuki and Hikaru were attacked by a group of 10 magicians from the school, all were participants in the tournament who had been eliminated. Kazuki believed they were being controlled by Karin and Hayashi, who were spies and assassins working for China. Kazuki had freed them from control. The Knight Order had taken those freed girls into custody and was supposed to investigate the matter. Kazuki had learned from Beatrix Baumgard that Hayashi famously had the power to brainwash people. Her Diva could also grant Divine Protection to allies that would restore their magic power after they were defeated. Unfortunately, in an age where magic could deceive people, Kazuki’s word wasn’t enough proof to arrest them. The Board Chairman was also clearly in league with them.
The day of the semi-finals arrived. Kazuki faces the twin brothers in the first match. They get drawn into Lunatic Labyrinth but are the first team to emerge from it and still be fighting. When Kazuki destroys the sisters’ Union Magic, Ryūtaki Miyabi surrenders. Her sister Shinobu and their teammates were outraged but it turned out she only participated in this to test Kazuki, his character and worthiness as a leader. He had so exceeded her expectations that she kissed him on the cheek and confessed to him, stunning the audience. She urged him to add her and her sister to his Harem.
As expected the most dangerous team won the second match and progressed to the finals. The Knight Order discovered that many of the tournament’s participants had been brainwashed and had been left with no memory of their actions. It also seemed that this brainwashing was also why they had all entered the tournament in the first place. Their behavior had been strange enough to attract the attention of their friends. It seems these girls were among those who were assaulted by that mysterious figure over the past weeks and were brainwashed while under Magic Intoxication. They had also investigated the background of Karin and Hayashi. The Germans had told Kazuki Hayashi was a well known agent, so her identity was probably fake. The final match would be their last chance to assassinate Kazuki. They might end up going overboard and exposing their true colors.
Before the finals a series of exhibition matches were held. This allowed the eliminated teams to display their talents again. It wound up being Kaguya and Hikaru in a battle for third place. Those two had fought many times and as always it ended with Hikaru’s loss. Kazuki had already discussed his plan with the staff. Without proof, the only way to stop those spies was to expose them publically. If he could force them to use their Summing Magic to openly try to assassinate him during the match it would be awfully hard for even the Board Chairman to excuse it. Kazuki also thought it very likely Hayashi had brainwashed everyone on their team, even Karin. Kazuha’s Summoning Magic could free them, as well as cut of that nasty Divine Protection, but they would have to get their opponents to violate the rules first or the match would be forfeit.
Liz Liza-sensei acted as referee. As was the plan Kazuki took grave risks to take on Hayashi and Karin alone. His team displayed excellent teamwork holding the magic users back. He was able to utilize numerous types of magic at once, shocking the audience and frightening Hayashi. She forced Karin to act as her meat shield, who suffered terrible pain as a result. Kazuki managed to attack Hayashi directly and forced them to use their Summoning Magic. Despite the danger the Board Chairman still refused to stop the match, having a logical argument prepared. Kazuha generated a weapon she was able to use to cut off the Divine Protection from the magic users. Though Kōhaku was forced to withdraw due to the damage she took while protecting her. But due to an attack by Mibu, who had never been brainwashed, her weapon was lost before Kazuki could use it to free Karin. Hayashi forced her sister to use a dangerous wide-area attack despite the risk to innocent people. Miō managed to rescue the enemy magicians and Kazuki did the same for Kazuha. In that desperate situation he had only one choice. He apologized to Kazuha before kissing her. Doing a full summoning of her Diva allowed him to disperse all the dangerous magic, free Karin from control and force Hayashi to escape while vowing revenge.
Kazuki had spent the week in isolation with the captured spy Karin. In the end his kindness won her over and she became his ally. He returned to class just in time for the formal vote. Those radical twin brothers had put on an elaborate election campaign in his absence. Kazuki had left his own campaign to his teammates Miō and Kōhaku. The students were called to a meeting where the results would be announced. The sixteen candidates were up on stage with the Headmaster and Board Chairman waiting for the official tally. Kazuki worried about funny business with the vote count. But in the end Kazuki was elected by a wide margin and gave a speech focusing on unity between the two divisions. A few days later the Board Chairman and his entire family had vanished without a trace. That night news reports stated there had been a massive coordinated strike on all Knight Order posts in western Japan by a mysterious force including mysterious Illegal Magicians. All of western Japan had now been conquered by this unknown army and was now under a complete communications blackout.
The former Board Chairman appeared on TV announcing that western Japan was declaring independence and calling itself Yamato. All the politicians with secret ties to China appeared to be involved in this plot and had made an alliance with Loki. They were claiming legitimacy under the banner of the Japanese Mythology rather than the 72 Pillars, which people weren’t necessarily opposed to. By doing so they could maintain the facade that Yamato wasn’t just a puppet state of China. It was learned that all the shrines in western Japan had been destroyed by people claiming they were working for the government, to show their devotion to the 72 Pillars. But the 72 Pillars didn’t demand such things and it was easy to guess the deception. The Yamato guys had fooled them with that simple trick, to drive them into a Wild God state. They used that to turn them against Japan and the 72 Pillars and get them to support a new state based on Japanese Mythology. If they could calm them out of their Wild God state and explain the truth Yamato would fall apart.
Powers and Abilities Edit
He was well past the prime age for magic power.