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English name: Harry Wilder
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Nicknames: Takagi-kun (Sato)
Takagi-niisan (Ayumi)
Statistics
First appearance: Manga: Chapter 171
Anime: Episode 21
Appearances: Chapters: 241
Episodes: 270
Movies: 13
OVAs: 5
Specials: 8
Openings: 24
Closings: 5
Keyhole number: Volume 20
Actors
Japanese voice: Wataru Takagi
English voice: Doug Burks

Wataru Takagi (高木 渉 ,Takagi Wataru) is a police sergeant and detective from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Criminal Investigation First Division.

Background Edit

Wataru Takagi is a relative newcomer to the Tokyo Police force, having been a junior member by the time Shinichi Kudo first established his reputation as an impeccable junior detective. He first met Shinichi's alter ego Conan during the investigation of the murder of actress Isami Nagakura, accompanying Inspector Megure and helping to expose the trick with the identical rooms.

Ever since his joining the force, Takagi (like so many of his other colleagues) has harbored romantic feelings for Miwako Sato. While Sato appeared to have taken a liking to him as well, Takagi was easily discouraged by the way she dealt with other male colleagues, including their superior Inspector Megure (though in that case it was more a daughterly affection to a father figure, since Sato's father had died when she was very young). In time, thanks to several severe incidents - and despite the interference of the other officers in the Department, chiefly Ninzaburo Shiratori -, their professional relationship grew more personal, and finally Sato and Takagi shared their first kiss after he had been hospitalized in the course of a difficult case.

Personality Edit

While he is initially self-conscious and bumbling, Takagi is a dedicated member of the Tokyo Police Force and shows promise as a good officer as the series progresses. He is one of the officers who trusts Conan's judgment the most, listening to him at case scenes to find important evidence and sometimes even letting Conan take the lead in their investigation (the case with Miwako handcuffed to the wrong suspect in the bathroom being a good example).

Takagi has a strong intuition and sense of justice, and is very honourable. He has a strong drive to protect others, partially based in his profession as an officer, and partially based on a self-sacrificing trait in his personality. He is always very polite, even when alarmed, and defers to the judgment of his partner Miwako Sato not only because she is his senior, but because he truly respects her.

His hobbies are playing the maracas and following the international wrestling scene, being a fan of wrestlers such as Brusier Brody and Keiji Mutoh, and recognising a move that Ran does as the "Shining Wizard," a finishing move of Mutoh's.

Plot overviewEdit

Prior to Manga AppearancesEdit

Actor's Apartment Case (Manga: 170-172; Anime: 102-103)Edit

Takagi makes his debut in the Manga series.

Treadmill Murder Case (Manga: 208-210; Anime: 146-147)Edit

This is the first case to show detective Takagi’s romantic affection for a female police officer. It serves as an important turning point in the plot of Detective Conan, as it marks the beginning of one of the most significant love stories in the entire series.

In this case, Takagi is tasked with the mission of recording the Detective Boys' testimonies regarding the events at the Blue Castle. Just as they're about to begin, the children notice his untidy clothing and wonder if he doesn't have a girlfriend. Agasa offers to introduce to him his cousin's granddaughter, but Takagi awkwardly declines, stating that he has already had someone that he likes, right before detective Miwako Sato enters the room. Takagi keeps blushing, and his unnatural manner in front of Sato makes the Detective Boys think that she is really his girlfriend. However, both of them denies that this is true. Takagi wonders why Sato didn't go to assist Inspector Megure in the bank robbery case, and learns that the bank manager, together with his wife, will arrive at the Police Headquarter. Sato asks Takagi whether he has heard anything from her friend Yumi. He silently recalls Yumi's words, about what Sato told her when she was drunk, that the person she likes is someone from the first investigation division, who may very well be Takagi himself.

The bank manager, Keizo Masuo, comes by himself and decides to call his wife. During the phone call, Takagi and the others suddenly hear the wife's scream. He, Sato, Conan and Keizo rush to Keizo's house and find his wife's dead body. The person to be in charge of this murder case is Inspector Ninzaburo Shiratori, a police officer who has just been promoted recently. When Sato sarcastically suggests that Shiratori may as well consider her "a possible wedding match", Takagi misunderstands and begins to suspect that the person whom Sato said she has feelings for is none other than Shiratori. He keeps thinking of unreal scenarios with Shiratori and Sato being together, and isn't able to fully concentrate on the case.

Later, with the help from Conan, the trick and the identity of the killer are uncovered, and the case goes to an end. After turning down the invitation of Shiratori, Sato invites Takagi to go out and have ramen for dinner, to which he accepts happily. Unexpectedly, a drunken Megure comes up and asks them to go for a drink with him at the bar, and Sato immediately approves of the idea despite the invitation to Takagi earlier. Because of this, Takagi suddenly suspects that Sato's love interest is in fact Inspector Megure, and declines the offer.

The case ends with a depressed Takagi lying on the table and being unable to do anything, even though he still hasn't taken the Detective Boys' testimonies yet.

Innocent Suspect Case (Manga: 231-233; Anime: 156-157)Edit

Sato's Father Case (Manga: 267-269; Anime: 205-206)Edit

Police Escort Murder Case (Manga: 296-298; Anime: 240-241)Edit

Sato's Omiai Case (Manga: 328-330; Anime: 253-254)Edit

Parade Bomber Case (Manga: 366-368; Anime: 301-302)Edit

Serial Bomber Case (Manga: 369-373; Anime: 304)Edit

Missing Ring Case (Manga: 404-406; Anime: 358-359)Edit

Takagi's Last Case (Manga: 450-452; Anime: 390-391)Edit

Jewel Robber's Suicide Case (Manga: 484-486; Anime: 401-402)Edit

Group Date Kidnapping Case (Manga: 511-514; Anime: 431-432)Edit

Fake Wedding Case (Manga: 535-537; Anime: 449)Edit

Sato's Ring Case (Manga: 576-578; Anime: 487)Edit

Hammer Man Case (Manga: 625-627; Anime: 530-531)Edit

Whistling Killer Case (Manga: 670-673; Anime: 534-535)Edit

Overnight Deadline (Manga: 804-808; Anime: 681-683)Edit

The Life-Threatening Broadcast of Love (Manga: 804-808; Anime: 681-683)Edit

Takagi is kidnapped by a mystery man misunderstanding he is Wataru Date who makes his daughter suicide. Police officers including Superintendent Matsumoto and Inspector Megure find their way to save Takagi with Conan's help. Sato saves Takagi on time before the bomb under him exploded.

Relationship analysis Edit

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Miwako SatoEdit

His affection for Sato is a driving force of his character development. While his insecurity and comical outside interference regularly get in the way, he slowly manages to win her heart through his dedication, honesty and sincerity - traits Sato had also admired in her late colleague Jinpei Matsuda. Sato finally kisses Takagi after he has been severely wounded while protecting others.

Conan EdogawaEdit

Takagi has come the closest of any of the Division One members to finding out Conan's true identity. In the Tokyo Tower Bomber Case, while they waited for the elevator bomb's clock to run down to give the final clue to stop the greater crime, Shinichi, as Conan, told Takagi that he would answer Takagi's questions about his real identity "on the other side." Thus far, Takagi is the only character who does not already know Shinichi's secret identity to bluntly ask Conan, "Who are you, really?"

Detective ChibaEdit

Takagi and Chiba always work together on murder cases. Chiba is also the only male officer in their department who has had no obsessive crush on Sato, and in fact supported Takagi in his romantic endeavors on several occasions.

Wataru DateEdit

Date was Takagi's mentor and close friend who passed away in a traffic accident. As the pronunciation of his name was the same as Wataru Takagi's, Takagi and Date were nicknamed "the Wataru brothers" (ワタル・ブラザーズ).

Name origin Edit

Takagi's full name and kanji comes directly from his voice actor Wataru Takagi. Created for the anime, the character was originally an unnamed police detective, but during one recording session Chafurin (Inspector Megure) read the line "You, what's your name?" to the character, and Takagi adlibbed the response "It's Takagi, sir!", and he has been referred to as such ever since.

References Edit

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