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Yasuko Takasu

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Name Kanji

高須 泰子

Characteristics
Age

33

Gender

Female

Personal Status
Occupation

Club Entertainer

Relatives

Unnamed Husband (deceased)
Ryuuji Takasu (son)
Seiji Takasu (father)
Sonoko Takasu (mother)
Taiga Aisaka (daughter-in-law)

First Appearances
Manga Debut

Chapter 1

Anime Debut

Episode 1

Portrayal
Japanese VA

Sayaka Ohara

English VA

Karen Strassman

Yasuko Takasu (高須 泰子, Takasu Yasuko), also known as Mirano, is the mother of Ryuuji Takasu.

Personality

Yasuko is a klutzy woman who is never entirely in this world as she is usually half asleep. She refers to herself as Yacchan and claims that she is eternally 23. Despite her childish, air-headed behavior, Yasuko, having gone through a troubled youth herself, proves to have a rather good insight of other people.

Contrary to her laid back attitude, Yasuko is keenly aware of the mistakes that she made in life. She cares deeply for her son and was determined to make sure that he could focus on his education and have a brighter future than her. To this end, she is insistent that he doesn't get a job until after college, even if it means working herself past her limit to support him.

Background

While Yasuko was in high school, she began a relationship with an older man and eventually became pregnant. When she told the man about the pregnancy, he left her for another woman. Her parents insisted that she abort the baby and continue her life, but Yasuko refused, determined to protect and raise the baby. Tensions between her and her parents eventually reached the point that Yasuko ran away, stealing several items that she thought she could sell from her parents, including her father's watch. She eventually gives birth and names the baby boy Ryuuji.

As Ryuuji grows up, Yasuko tells him that she was married to his father, but he died before Ryuuji was born. She did her best to raise Ryuuji so that he doesn't make the same mistakes that she did and has a bright future.

Plot

Yasuko works at a hostess bar named Bishamontengoku where she goes by the name Mirano (魅羅乃) and singlehandedly supports her two-member family financially. However, she has a childish personality and since she works, she entrusts the household chores to Ryuuji Takasu, although she gives him some encouraging advice to help his relationship with Taiga Aisaka. She instantly takes a liking to Taiga and already regards her as a member of her family, getting depressed when Taiga will not appear for dinner. However, she does get angry when woken up too early since she usually comes home very late.

She cares deeply for Ryuuji and sees his potential. To support his dreams, she took on a second job at a bakery so that he wouldn't need to work to support himself through school. However, this work load eventually caused her to collapse, leading to Ryuji secretly taking over for her at the bakery. When Yasuko discovers that Ryuji's been working, he confronts him along with Taiga's mother, who want Taiga to move in with her. Her refusal of allowing him to work eventually causes him to snap at her, and Ryuji runs away with Taiga.

Feeling like she failed her son Yasuko packs her things and moves out of her apartment, leaving Ryuji a note with her parent's address, telling him to move in with them. She also leave his grandfather's watch as proof that he is her son.

Several days later, Yasuko is called by her parents, who tell her that Ryuji was in an accident and is heavily injured. She rushes to her parent's house only to discover that Ryuji is fine and the whole thing was a ploy they had set up to get her to finally make up with her parents. That night, Yasuko admits the truth about Ryuji's father to him (though he had already been informed by his grandparents), and the two make up.

Etymology

  • The name Yasuko means "calm, easy, peace, peaceful" (泰) (yasu) and "child" (子) (ko), which fits her relaxed and care free personality.
  • Yasuko's surname Takasu means "tall, high" (高) (taka) and "ought, by all means, necessarily" (須) (su).

Trivia

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  • Episode 1 shows a picture of a pregnant Yasuko and a man who is implied to be Ryuuji Takasu's father; however, this contradicts the later revelation that Ryuuji's father left when he discovered her pregnancy.
    • This contradiction can be explained as Ryuuji's father staying well into the pregnancy before leaving or as the man in the photo just being a different person.
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