"photos can't lie. They capture the reality, the truth of the moment and expose the hidden secrets people try to hide. The good and the bad. Maybe the can even capture his thoughts and feelings"
— Akihito Takaba in pray in abyss chapter 5
Akihito Takaba (高羽 秋仁 Takaba Akihito) is the main character of the Finder Series. He is a freelance photographer in his early twenties who is shown doing a variety of jobs, from exposing criminal activity to photographing models.
His investigation of illegal activities leads him to meet a businessman and underworld figure named Ryūichi Asami where Takaba later became his lover.
Takaba is a fair-skinned young man with dirty light blonde/silver hair, hazel eyes (blueish-gray eyes in the Animix), a slender build, he is about an inch over the average height of a Japanese man, and he is often described as having a pretty face. Takaba often dresses casually; a t-shirt, a jacket, jeans, tennis shoes, and he is frequently shown carrying his camera with him.
Takaba is a very unwavering person with a cheerful personality. He is described by the mangaka as having a positive outlook on life and does not brood on things. Takaba often finds himself in trouble during the course of the story. This is sometimes due to his own investigations into the world of crime, but also because of his involvement with Ryūichi Asami.
Takaba is also very stubborn, and often disobedient of orders by authoritative figures. His unruly personality is occasionally hindered by how his choices might affect the people around him, showing his caring nature. Although Takaba acts good-humored and boisterous around his friends, being around Ryūichi Asami brought out a range of different emotions in him. After being kidnapped and taken to Hong-Kong by Liu Fei Long, Takaba was shown to have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. However, his recovery from the ordeal displayed the strength of his character.
At the beginning of the story, Takaba was a freelance photographer who had only recently began to work on his own. During his high school years, he was a trouble-making delinquent. But under the influence of his father, he began to aim towards becoming a photographer after graduating. His photography skills were not self-taught, as he had a teacher. Takaba started to live alone in Tokyo after high school. His various photography jobs included magazine pictures, catalog photos and pictures of weddings. He also undertook more risky jobs as an investigative photographer. Through his photographs, Takaba exposed corruption and scandals relating to Japan's criminal underworld.
In addition to his expertise in photography, Takaba has other abilities that he uses while searching for a great scoop. He is fairly athletic, a quality which has assisted him in times of danger. Takaba is shown to be a fast runner and can carry out feats as extreme as jumping from rooftops. He sometimes uses techniques akin to a spy while gathering information for investigative photography jobs.
Fei Long is a powerful Chinese boss who is the leader of Baishe. By the time that he met Akihito, Fei Long has deep-rooted desire to make Asami pay for what Fei Long believes was betrayal on Asami's part which led to the death of his adoptive father which Fei Long held dear in his heart as well as the time that he spent in prison.
Fei Long believed that Asami killed his adoptive father because his adoptive brother told him so, but the truth was that the adoptive brother himself was responsible for their father's death (which led Asami to shoot the adoptive brother for what he did). Ever since Fei Long's father and adoptive father died, Fei Long and Asami have become riv, andand they are currently residing in different countries.
He first meets Akihito when he learns that Akihito has a CD of information that was stolen from Fei Long.
When Fei Long was telling Akihito how he and Asami can't solve their past issues just by a simple talk, Akihito burst into tears saying he's making things complicated by hurting each other. This was the time he saw how beautiful Akihito was inside and how deeply he cares for his friends. By then, he decides to give him back to Asami. When Asami comes for Akihito, Fei Long seems to regret his harsh treatment of Akihito and wishes for them to have met through differemeans,ans but then deludes himself into thinking that they never would have met otherwise.
- The name Akihito means "bright" (明/昭) (aki) and "compassionate" (仁) (hito).
- Akihito's surname Takaba means "tall, high" (高) (taka) and "feather" (羽) (ha/ba).
- Takaba's birthday is May 5, he is 24 years old and he is a Taurus.
- Takaba was born in Kanagawa and he resides in Tokyo.
- Takaba's blood type is O.
- Takaba is an only child.
- Takaba's height is 175 cm tall (5'9").
- Takaba weighs about 60 kg (132 lbs).
- Takaba's shoe size is 27cm.
- Takaba's hobby is playing around with cameras.
- Takaba loves to wear vintage jeans; he can't wear them when he's working since they could rip.
- Takaba's favorite foods are grilled meats, junk food and seaweed salad while his least favorite foods are onions and kousou (a sweet herb).
- Takaba's most treasured possession is a camera that his father gave him.
- Takaba can only understand Japanese, he can't understand English or Chinese.
- Yamane ayano once said that he is an “ultimate masochist”