Kanba Takakura (高倉 冠葉 Takakura Kanba?) is the oldest of the Takakura siblings as the elder "twin" of Shōma, and the oldest "brother" of Himari. In reality he is the biological elder brother of Masako and Mario from the Natsume Clan.
Unlike his younger brother, Shoma, Kanba has a lot of experience in love and knows how to handle women. He cares for his younger sister, Himari, more than anyone else. It is later revealed that they are not related by blood and he is actually the brother of Masako and Mario, whom he must leave to bear the curse of his father and live within the Takakura home. Kanba sacrifices his place in the Natsume clan to allow both Masako and Mario to live a normal life, free of the curse placed on them by their parents.
In the end, Kanba gives up his life for Himari, giving her a chance to live. It is later revealed that Kanba shared the fruit of fate with Shoma. Shoma then shared this with Himari. In the last episode, they both return the fruit of fate to Kanba. After sacrificing themselves, Kanba and Shoma in child form pass by Himari's house as the four penguins follow.
Kanba is flirtatious and charming with women, earning him an infamous reputation as a player among both his ex-flings and his family. While his antics are not shown during the series, one can infer that he's had many excursions with many girls-- to the point that there is a club dedicated to seeing his demise, made up of none other than his many previous girlfriends.
As the most direct and head-strong of the three Takakuras, Kanba assumes the most responsibility when it comes to saving Himari's life. He believes that the ends justifies the means, and thus goes to any length to save his sister-- something that is often questioned by his younger brother, Shoma.
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Kanba and Shoma are twin brothers of the Takakura family.They fight and bicker with each other, but get along and care for each other. For the most part, their rivalry is mostly playful, though there is tension between them. Kanba and Shoma both work together in order to obtain the Penguin Drum for their ill sister, Himari Takakura 's sake. A rift grows between them based on their morals - Kanba is willing to do literally anything to save Himari, but Shoma disagrees with the crimes Kanba is committing. The two of them get into a major fight over it, and it breaks the family up.
At the end of the series, it is revealed Kanba and Shoma are not related by blood. Shoma was the only biological child of the Takakura family - both Kanba and Himari were adopted.
When they were younger, they were symbolically trapped in boxes. The reason for this is because they may have felt lonely, or trapped by society. The two of them were starving to death, but an apple, the fruit of fate, appeared in Kanba's box, meaning he was chosen. Shoma did not receive an apple and resigned himself to starving to death - to be unchosen is to die. However, Kanba does not want to see his companion die and so he splits the apple and reaches his arm out of the box, and Shoma reaches out his arm to take the apple - the two of them share the fruit of fate, and Shoma is able to survive. In the end Kanba sacrificed himself to save Himari and Shoma sacrificed himself to spare Ringo from the punishment of being burned for altering fate. In the new timeline, Kanba and Shoma revert to children and walk by their old house together. They continue walking until they reach the stars.
Kanba is Himari's first older brother. Himari is the most important person in his life - Kanba once told her that she was his entire world, and Sanetoshi describes Himari as Kanba's light and the meaning of his life. They love each other and are willing to sacrifice their own lives for each other. Kanba loves Himari and he is willing to do anything for her to the point of being very obsessive about it. He would hold onto a moving truck or commit crimes if it would help her even a little bit. He gives up part of his life for her in episode 1, and tries to give away the whole thing to save her in episode 12, though the Princess of Crystal doesn't accept.
Similiarly, Himari tries to save Kanba when he sides with the terrorist group for money. She leaves the family and instead of going to live with her uncle, she follows Kanba. When it's clear that words alone cannot save him, she pleads for divine intervention and asks god to give back the gift of life Kanba had given her, at the cost of her own life. In the last episode, she kisses him and his blood turns into fruit. She shares the fruit of fate with him, thus completing the cycle (Kanba shared it with Shouma, Shouma shared it with Himari, and Himari shared it with Kanba.) Kanba makes a final sacrifice for her so that she can live a healthy life, and shatters into glass shards.
Kanba's love for Himari may not be entirely brotherly, It is hinted at throughout the series, starting from episode 1, that he more than likely has romantic feelings for her. In the novel, his feelings for her are more apparent. However, he does not appear to want to act on his romantic feelings and seems conflicted over them.
Kenzan was Kanba's father. Kanba greatly admired his dad and viewed him as a role-model. The two of them shared a close relationship before he disappeared. One day during a typhoon, Himari was sick and the family couldn't get an ambulance out to help her. Kenzan strapped his daughter to his back and ran out into the storm to the hospital. Kanba, wanting to help, followed after him but ended up almost getting hit with a piece of flying glass. Kenzan shielded him from harm even though he was injured himself and had to get a cast for his arm later. Still, Kenzan was proud of his son and praised him, and told him "no storm lasts forever, but if you wait for it to pass, you can't protect the ones you love."
It's revealed later on that Kanba was adopted. His real father died, but he was a member of the same organization that Kenzan was the leader of, and Kenzan considered his father a close friend, so he took the boy in. Kanba believes himself to be regularly meeting up with his parents in a ramen shop, but unfortunately it's just his imagination or he was possibly seeing ghosts - Kenzan and his wife Chiemi had actually been dead for years.
In Kenzan's absence, Kanba tries to step into the father role for both Shouma and Himari.
Kanba's strong love for Himari makes him an easy mark for Sanetoshi to manipulate. Sanetoshi first begins manipulating Kanba by offering him medicine which can save Himari, but the medication steadily goes up in price, forcing Kanba to do more work for KIGA in order to get more money. Eventually Sanetoshi tells Kanba that Himari has built up a tolerance to the medication and that it will no longer work. However, Sanetoshi told him that he would save Himari with magic, so long as Kanba did what Sanetoshi told him which included blowing up a train. Kanba's relationship with Sanetoshi may be similar to the one Sanetoshi had with Kenzan in the past.
The reason for the manipulation is because Sanetoshi wants Kanba to help him end the world, and possibly for his own amusement. He's curious to see how much Kanba can destroy with the power of his love.
At first, Masako was highly interested in Kanba. She stalks him and his exes, and meddles in his life. He warns her to stop it, but she said she won't, because she's a love hunter and he's her prey. She also claimed he made a promise to her when they were children.
The truth is Kanba and Masako are actually biological twins. Kanba was adopted by the Takakura family when his biological father passed away. Masako and their younger brother Mario had gone to live with their grandfather earlier, but Kanba did not join them (he told his biological father to send them away to protect them) and they were seperated. Masako is willing to do anything to bring back Kanba into her life and make him realize that she and Mario Natsume are his real family, not Shoma and Himari, which she calls his fake family.
- ↑ In Episode 07 Shoma (twin of Kanba) reveals his age to Ringo when asked.
- ↑ Official Character page
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