|Nickname||Tai-chan (By Tsurugi)|
"...can't hear them? I'm ignoring them [Tsurugi's screams]!"
Taishi Touma (塔間泰士 - Touma Taishi), mostly referred to as "Touma-san" is the vice manager of Tokyo's C3 branch.
Not much is known about his past so far. It's revealed that he was the one who "bought" (picked up) Tsurugi Kamiya several years ago.
First thing that is revealed (in Chapter 56) about his past, is that he lived with an abusive parent who called him names like "bastard" or "ashtray". He is seen in a flashback from Tsurugi, where he had picked him up (his parent yelling from outside his room if he dared to pick up a dog, he should just leave the house and things like that). He sat on his bed with little Tsurugi wanting to feed him some bread, but realized that his teeth were broken. So trying give him some milk, he witnesses that he doesn't know how to drink from it. Touma wonders how he had survived that long. When the milk is spilled, Tsurugi licks it from the floor.
He wonders what he and Tsurugi even live for. One day he likely brought Tsurugi to the Tsuyuki family - where he (Tsurugi) seemed to be raised. Even Touma seemed to be welcome at Tsuyuki's house - if he went there sometime to escape his own dysfunctional family is yet unknown - but most likely.
He used to attend the same school as Misono Alicein - in Chapter 53 he is seen in that uniform with a little Tsurugi at his side.
According to Mikuni Alicein, he was the one who broke Tsurugi. And when he meets Junichirou Kurumamori the first time, he is hit in the face by him.
According to himself, he used to be in the same class as Toru Shirota (Mahiru's uncle). He told Mahiru, that he has being abused by his parents and eventually killed them with his own hands by staging an accident.Since then he disguised himself and killed anyone that has gotten in his way.
The first time Touma appears, he is not seen completely, but contacts the C3 trio via phone in order to tell Tsurugi that he will get as much money as he wants if he gets the job done.
The second time he is seen watching the fight between Tsurugi and Mikuni via monitors in a distant room within the C3 headquarters. A young lady appears and tries to tell him that the president of C3 is on the phone but Touma just ignores her. She again tries to get his attention and reminds him that smoking is prohibited here. Touma (who refers to the not lit cigarette in his mouth) now pays attention and claims he is not smoking at all. But then he gets up and leaves the room (probably answering the phone.)
After learning from the president, that they (the president) have to go to London, Touma is informed about Tsurugi having a breakdown. Without hesitation, he goes to the hospital ward (still within the C3 HQ). This is the first time he meets Mahiru Shirota in person. He introduces himself and then talks to Tsurugi. When Tsurugi then says he is 17 years old and calls him Tai-chan instead of Touma-san, Touma recommends that Tsurugi seems to feel a little unwell.
After that Touma is threatened by Yumikage and Junichirou, but doesn't show any fear, just making clear that he is the one in power - not them.
They ask him to give Tsurugi some time off, but Touma just responds how good it is that Kurumamori is back from his "father time". (Which means that he won't allow Tsurugi to take time off). After that he goes to speak to Dr. Yabushi - the doctor of C3 - in order to give Tsurugi stronger medicine.
Once he is alone with Tsurugi, Touma tells him that their relationship is more like family, rather than having a power imbalance. Tsurugi agrees, smiling.
A short time later, the subclass of Wrath commit a jailbreak. Touma calms the upset Tsurugi and assures him that it was just an accident. He sends Tsurugi to annihilate all vampires that escaped - without exception.
Then Touma enters the commanding office - where the C3 members seem desperate because they don't know how to organize the situation (so many have to be evacuated, but only one is free to do so). Touma comes in and orders all of them to help the evacuation, he will take over from here. The members seem to be very grateful and do as he says. Then he uses loudspeaker to make clear, that Kamiya, Tsurugi will take care of the escapees, and should kill them all.
Mahiru crosses Tsurugi's way and Touma tells Tsurugi to fight him too, if he stands in the way. Mahiru wants Tsurugi to understand that he can't use his powers without limits. Touma then tells them that Tsurugi isn't worth anything if he doesn't kill.
Later when the whole building is about to collapse, Touma hurries to save Tsurugi. When he arrives, Tsurugi at first believes, that Touma is only an illusion, but The Mother proves him wrong. Touma reaches his hand out for Tsurugi and helps him to get up - he askes if he is hurt and tells him that they have to escape as soon as possible. When Tsurugi tells Touma about the possible contract with The Mother and that he now suggests, that not he but Tai-chan should become The Mother's new Eve, Taishi shoots her. (It is not certain at this point if she is "killed" since she actually can't die because of beeing a Servamp, but what happens to her exactly needs to be revealed yet)
Not too much is known about his personality but it seems he is really some kind of "bad guy" like Tsurugi says himself.
He doesn't seem to be able to empathize with others, which is seen when he is asked if he could not hear Tsurugi's screams and replies that he does hear them, but ignores them. Same goes for him ordering Tsurugi to kill Mahiru when he comes in their way. He always acts cold and brutal - only caring for his own goal, not about the well-being of others.
Touma doesn't really care about rules other people make - as he smokes although it's forbidden. When his boss (the president) phoned him, Touma was in no hurry at all but let him wait, as if he thought he was one of the most important people.
His appearance is powerful and he seems to be feared in C3 by some. He seems to have a lot of self-confidence, but on the other hand he implies that he might also has some kind of inferiority complex (as he says to Tsurugi "So that we can show what we're worth." This sounds as though he still feels that he has to prove his own worth to himself - but that's only an interpretation.) He describes himself as a "purebred villain".
- Physical Strength: 4/10
- Tactics: 10/10
- Spirit of Cooperation: 1/10
- Mental: 9/10
- Outward Appearance: 7/10
- Amount of Smoking: 9/10
- "Let's kill them! Kill them and return to peace!" (About The Mother's subclass)
- "Now, shall we begin? [...] Kamiya Tsurugi, annihilate them all, don't leave a single one!!"
- "He's not worth anything if he doesn't kill."
- "We finally made it this far. It’ll just be a little longer…until we prove what our lives are worth, won’t it?"
- "……An animal… What are you even living for? You,…and me." (Young Touma, about Tsurugi who licks spilled milk from the floor.)
- Favorite color: Dark grey.
- Favorite food: bitter chocolate.
- Favorite drink: mineral water.
- According to the fan book, his personal parameter is "to smoke a lot" which he scored with 9 (out of 10), his best, however, is "tactics" which he scored with 10. His weakest parameter is "spirit of cooperation" which he scored with 1. (Only Licht scored even worse with: 0)
- Touma smokes.
- His first name is Taishi, and is first revealed in chapter 47.
- Yumikage and Junichirou don't seem to like him.
- He is very tall.
- His kanji means, "Warrior of peace in a tower".
- He seemed to be a good student, as you could see on some of his tests. (He scored quite high.)
- He probably learned to ignore screams in his childhood - when he ignored his parents shouting (later he ignores Tsurugi's screams.)
- His parent used to call him "ashtray" or "bastard"
- He and Toru went to school together.