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- "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore, be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh"
- — Hifumi's favorite saying from Matthew 24, Verses 42-44
Dr. Takano is not given sprites in the original visual novel. He is depicted in various adaptations as having gray hair and glasses.
Dr. Takano was kind-hearted and compassionate, having helped Miyoko when she called him even though he never even knew she existed.
He's very dedicated to Hinamizawa Syndrome research and considered it his life's work. Dr. Takano truly believed that his work would make him revered as a god and worked hard to make that day come. Even when his research was blown off, the doctor believed it was his fault and strived to improve it.
Hifumi Takano was a military surgeon working for the Japanese army during World War II and had made many advancements in synthetic food and drink. He became good friends with Colonel Koizumi after he learned they were from the same hometown. One day in 1940 he found that several soldiers were acting very erratically, soon discovering that it was all caused by a parasitic virus. He named this virus Hinamizawa Syndrome, as all of the infected soldiers originated from the namesake village. Dr. Takano saw military applications in this disease and did tons of research, believing he had made a groundbreaking discovery: he believed that parasites could be the answer to every idea and religion humans have ever had after seeing the connections between Hinamizawa Syndrome and the Oyashiro-sama faith. He also theorized the existence of a queen carrier parasite keeping the virus under control within the confines of the village and assumed that the queen carrier dying would cause chaos by making every infected person undergo terminal symptoms. Dr. Takano drafted countermeasures that would become the basis for the Emergency Manual. He then asked the SDF to fund his research but they rejected him, citing the need for an instant-acting weapon to win the war. Unbeknownst to him they actually were interested, but they didn't want him to research the disease because Hinamizawa Syndrome was the likely cause for the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, and it would cause foreign relations problems if this knowledge was made public.
Dr. Takano was also the mentor to Takemitsu Tanashi and would adopt his daughter Miyoko Tanashi after his death, saving her from an orphanage. Miyoko would change her name to Miyo Takano in honor of him and assist with the doctor's research.
Even after the war ended Dr. Takano still wanted funding to fully pursue research into Hinamizawa Syndrome, with Koizumi arranging a meeting with other professors so he could present his findings. However they also rejected him, believing his queen carrier theory was nonsense and that there was no such thing as parasites that could control human minds. Blaming himself for his failure, the devastated doctor continued to do research for years and eventually contracted acute dementia. Dr. Takano felt he could no longer pursue his research correctly and attempted suicide by jumping off of his hospital roof. He survived but fell into a coma, with Miyo implied to have ended his life by pulling him off of life support. The late doctor's family soon appeared to claim his belongings, though they never touched his study. Wanting to prove Hinamizawa Syndrome research legitimate and immortalize him as a god, the adult Miyo Takano inherited Dr. Takano's notes and pursued research in his place.
Some of the TIPS are Bible quotes from Hifumi, which are signed as "Hifumi T."
The prologue features Dr. Takano speaking with Miyoko about parasites and the effect they may have on society if it were proven that they influenced every ideology known to man. He later speaks with Koizumi and talks about his research, having connected Hinamizawa Syndrome with the religious beliefs of the village. Dr. Takano finally presents his research to various bureaucrats but they dismiss it as nonsense and leave.
At the very end, Irie is said to publish an article about Hinamizawa Syndrome in the future, mentioning the late doctor's name in it.
- Saikoroshi-hen features an alternate world where after WWII, Dr. Takano opened the Takano Clinic in Hinamizawa and became a village celebrity, with a stone monument built in his honor. Dr. Takano passed away later and the clinic was restored by Dr. Yamamoto.
- Hifumi (一二三) consists of the Kanji characters "one", "two", and "three", while Miyo (三四) consists of the Kanji characters "three" and "four".
- "I am Miyoko Takano (高野 美代子). Hifumi Takano's granddaughter. ...Maybe it should be 'Miyo Takano' (高野 美代) instead. ...That's what my grandfather sometimes calls me. I want to succeed Hifumi's spirit. Since his name counts from one to three... I want us to share that "three" and be the fourth in his line. Today, my name changes. I wrote that new name in the mirror. Miyo Takano (高野 三四). What a wonderful name for the new me."
- — Miyoko Takano's inner monologue in Matsuribayashi