Takushi Ibarado (茨戸 卓志, Ibarado Takushi), also referred to as Taxi Driver, is a character in AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES.
Takushi is a taxi driver, specialising in driving celebrities and entertainers. He has a special relationship with Lemniscate and often drives their talent.
Early Life and Working as a Taxi Driver
Takushi was born in Kawagoe, Saitama in 1964. Throughout his entire life he spoke with a sophisticated and eloquent accent and vocabulary, something he picked up from his parents. At some point in his life, Takushi moved to the city of Tokyo and began working as a taxi driver there. During his work, he retained a habit of listening to the same radio station, and eventually was capable of learning the times for each of its different programs.
Between 2015 and 2019, Takushi began a business venture with Lemniscate, wherein he would be hired to drive their various talents to and from their offices, and even waiting in the office lobby for his clients to arrive. Chief among those talents include Iris Sagan, who is taken back and forth between the offices and her home. Outside of this particular symbiotic relationship, Takushi continued to take in normal taxi clients, in particular during nights.
AA: Tailing after Ota and Iris
On Sunday November 3rd, at around 10:00 PM or earlier, Takushi was making rounds in the area outside the Kabasaki District when he was approached by Mayumi Matsushita. She boarded his taxi car and told him to tail after the Matsushita van, which had been recently hijacked by Ota Matsushita and Iris Sagan (Saito Sejima), and, excited for something akin to a chase film, accepted the offer as long as she paid up front. The two gave chase for half an hour heading down the Koshu Highway in Fuchu City, until at around 10:30 PM, where Ota stopped the van in front of a FamiSto. Takushi parked at a nearby 8-12, to avoid being spotted, while Mayumi went inside to buy Odoroki-man Chocolates. Once Mayumi's purchases were done, the van –now operated by Saito only– took off heading back towards Tokyo, wherein Takushi and Mayumi –believing that Ota was still in the van– gave chase again.
At around 11:00 PM, the van entered the Sejima Residence through the front gate, while Takushi and Mayumi were forced to wait outside. Ten minutes later (11:10 PM), the van –with Saito and So Sejima inside– left the premises, and the chase continued. Thirty minutes later (11:40 PM), Saito drove the van into the Kabasaki District, and despite Mayumi's complaints, Takushi decided to not enter the restricted area, instead parking by the road and waiting for the van to hopefully come back this direction. The date changed to Monday November 4th, and at 12:25 AM the van exited the Kabasaki District and Takushi was able to give chase again. Eventually, the two vehicles arrived at the Ariake District, but in Takushi's interest of avoid being spotted, the taxi stayed too far away from the van and lost sight of it in the Harbor Warehouse District. With the van lost from sight, Mayumi hopped off the taxi and gave chase by herself, and Takushi left the area by himself and already paid.
On Tuesday November 5th, Takushi took a client from Tameike Sanno's studio and drove them to the Lemniscate Office for a brief stop, wherein he decided to wait in the lobby for his client to return, observing an appearance by Magnuspiel in the monitor. At 1:36 PM, Takushi was approached by Kaname Date, who is investigating the events of Sunday night. Date asked him for information about his client, Mayumi, and the different destinations they took that night. Takushi excitedly narrated the events that transpired to him, and after confirming the destination of the Sejima Residence, Date departed from the offices. Once Date had left, Takushi presumably purchased a copy of a magazine titled "Featured: Anyone Can Run A Pyramid Scheme" found in the magazine rack, and then took his current client over to their next destination.
BB: Encounter with Date
In February of 2020, Takushi arrived at the Lemniscate Office for an appointment with a young celebrity, where he waited by the lobby. During this time, Kaname Date (in the body of Hayate Yagyu) and Iris Sagan arrived to visit Mizuki Okiura at the office. When Date saw Takushi, a memory from 3 months past began to spark in his mind, despite never meeting him before*. While Date was speaking with Ritsuko Enshu, exclaiming "Hold me tight!", Takushi chimed in to help, but was quickly rejected. Additionally, Takushi was among the ones who watched in awe as Yankichi Cinema appeared on the monitor screen in the lobby.
Before Date and Iris left the office, the latter seemingly approached Takushi to invite him to a choreographed dance at the Harbor Warehouse District later that afternoon. He agreed, and made his appearance among the other invitees.
|AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES|
|Day 1: sigAI|
|Day 2: saikAI|
|Day 2: meikAI||Day 2: keitAI|
|Day 3: syokubAI||Day 3: gyoukAI|
|Day 3: rihAI||Day 3: gumAI||Day 3: kyuusAI|
|Day 4: youdAI||Day 4: jukkAI||Day 4: syuurAI|
|Day 4: jikAI||Day 4: syougAI||Day 4: kikAI||Day 4: irAI||Day 5: kenzAI|
|Day 5: zugAI||Day 5: seisAI||Day 5: jinnAI||Day 5: dakkAI||Day 5: jutAI|
|Day 5: syokuzAI||Day 5: ihAI||Day 6: kekkAI||Day 5: kokkAI|
|Ota: END||Day 6: hiAI||Annihilation: END||Iris: END||Day 6: sousAI|
|Day 5: ihAI||Day 6: hakAI|
|Mizuki: END||Three Months Later: kassAI|
- According to Date, Takushi is a self-employed taxi driver.
- When Mizuki is explaining the event in which she discovered Manaka Iwai's body a month prior, she states that she took a taxi from the Lemniscate Entertainment Offices as she pursued Renju's car. It's possible that this taxi driver was Takushi himself, due to his connections and frequent travels to the Lemniscate Offices, as well as the concept of a taxi pursuing a separate car being similar to the events described in the Ota Route with Mayumi Matsushita.
- Day 5: Tuesday –zugAI–
- To-Witter Archives Aseton/Crypt of Aseton: May 8th
- Three Months Later –kassAI–
- Day 5: Tuesday –jutAI–