The male lead in Kimi no Na wa is Taki Tachibana. He is a 17-year-old high school student who leads a hectic life while balancing his studies, a part-time job at an Italian restaurant, time with friends, and aspirations for an architecture career. His way of life changes when he begins to swap bodies in his dreams with a high school girl named Mitsuha Miyamizu who aspired to live as a handsome boy in Tokyo.
Appearance: Taki Tachibana
Taki Tachibana is a young man of average height and build who is regarded as attractive. He has dark blue eyes and brown hair that is spiky and reaches his nape. Due to his impulsive nature, he occasionally wears band-aids. He was initially seen at the start of the movie sporting a plain white t-shirt and a pair of blue shorts. Additionally, a white bandage was visible on his left cheek. He wears a white dress shirt, a striped green tie, a dark blue blazer, dark grey pants with a black belt, and dark blue loafers as part of the required school attire. He dresses in a waiter’s uniform consisting of a black vest, a long-sleeved dress shirt, a black bow tie, and a black apron that covers his pants while he works at his part-time job.
Personality: Taki Tachibana
Taki is typically a good person who works hard and cares about others. He is also helpful, trustworthy, and sensible. Although he is well-organized and generally takes care of things, his busy schedule and creative side—his interest in architecture and art and his artistic abilities—can give the impression that he is unorganised but diligent. He can occasionally be obstinate and is often referred to as sensitive because he loses his temper easily. Since he is depicted with a bandage on his face the first time Mitsuha wakes up in his body, indicating that he was hurt in a fight, it gives the impression that he is impatient and stubborn.
Taki tends to be somewhat impatient and blunt, and when he is anxious or stressed, he often unintentionally blurts out the first thing that comes to mind without thinking it through or using tact. He immediately corrects his speech pattern by following it with what he really wants. Despite being courteous, Taki is very direct, able to stand up for himself and others, and despises being made fun of by others. Mitsuha endures insults from her father and classmates without so much as a whisper of retaliation, but Taki, in her body, ends up hurling verbal (and occasionally physical) jabs instead. He makes good use of his excessive assertiveness when it causes Mitsuha to eventually develop the courage to oppose her father.
Appearances in other media
Taki’s job search is left out of the manga so that Mitsuha’s viewpoint can be included in the epilogue.
- Tenki no Ko
Taki went to his grandmother’s home on August 14, 2021, to assist her in holding the Obon ceremony for his deceased grandfather. He met Hodaka Morishima and Hina Amano there and gave Hodaka some advice on where to look for a present for Hina’s upcoming birthday. Taki and Mitsuha have not yet been reunited at this time.
The Tenki no Ko novel mentions that Taki’s grandmother has a photo of her grandson’s wedding and wears a braided cord on her right hand by the year 2024, though it is unclear whether Mitsuha made it or not. But Makoto Shinkai makes it clear in a director’s interview that he doesn’t care about the various timelines of his works and that Taki and Mitsuha did indeed wed.