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182 cm (6' 0")
Tatsuemon Himekawa (Great-Grandfather)
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He is the son of the head of the "Himekawa Group", a financial zaibatsu, a third-year student and the second member of the Tōhōshinki. Using money to solve his problems, he bribes friends and enemies into his employment, often turning the tables on dissident challengers by co-opting the latter's own friends against them.
Himekawa seems to be a tall student who wears his hair in a pompadour reminiscent of a stereotypical Japanese delinquent and usually wears a Hawaiian shirt and colored sunglasses.
He is shown to be quite handsome without his glasses and with his hair brushed down, which makes him look like a completely different person. In chapter 127, Furuichi calls it his "Super Pretty Boy Mode". It is interesting to note when Himekawa in in his "Super Pretty Boy Mode", his eyes have more detail and colour added. Furuichi once called him "Sexy-kawa" when Himekawa has to wet his hair as he accidentally burned it because of Furuichi.
Himekawa was seen with his hair down when he was practicing for the volleyball match, playing the online game, and got his hair burned while going to the San Marx Private Academy of Fine Arts (chapter).
Two years after his graduation, he no longer keeps his hair in pompadour but instead ties it up. He also still wears glasses.
Due to being the son of the boss of a conglomerate, he is very arrogant and condescending. He views people as trivial and believes that money can solve anything. After losing his gang, and later at St. Ishiyama, his character also evolves in a more positive fashion, and he starts, like Kanzaki, to show some loyalty to his colleagues, even stopping the attack of Mitsuteru Sakaki against an unarmed Kunieda.
He is quite easily the most dishonorable member of the four, using weapons such as stun batons. During online gaming, he does have a sense of honor and plays by the rules, at least until the opponent cheats, to which he plans of giving them their just retribution.
Himekawa is looking at a picture of Hilda while sitting on a couch, next to a couple of girls. He doesnt like the conversation that they are having about Hilda's looks because he "doesn't like girls without class". He says that makes him want to kill. A gang called Team Caras, led by Acid Suzuki, gangs up on them. Himekawa tries to bribe his way out asking them how much it will cost for them to become his subordinates. Suzuki doesnt fall for it, but his subordinates do. They turn against him and capture Suzuki. He tells Suzuki that he will give him one more chance. He tells Suzuki to bring Hilda to him by tomorrow. Himekawa offers to pay for it, and says that there's nothing in this world that wont work for money. The next day, Hilda and Furuichi Takayuki wake up in Himekawa's hideout.
Saint Ishiyama Academy ArcWhile on the roof of Saint Ishiyama High with the other Ishiyama students Oga, Shintarō Natsume, Hajime Kanzaki, Furuichi, and Aoi Kunieda, to fight against the Rokkisei. Himekawa fought against Mitsuteru Sakaki. The next day his name was on the list of Ishiyama students who had been expelled. The only way for the Ishiyama students to not be expelled was to fight against the Rokkisei in a volleyball match. He gets mad when everyone starts talking about his hair getting in the way of the net, so he leaves practice. Yuka Hanazawa and Ryoko Asuka follow him and offer to fix his hair. He comes back to practice without his glasses and his hair down. No one knew who he was because they didn't expect him to be so handsome.
Prince En Arc
Prince En discovers humanity's "revolution" in games and decides to have a little look at what humans have to offer before he destroys it. While En travels through Japan's arcades it is revealed the one En currently plays at belongs to non other than Himekawa.
When Lamia and Furuichi are assigned to search for En, they decide to check every arcade in Japan and eventually search Himekawa's arcade meeting him and other Ishiyama students. Once the whole Ishiyama gang (Consisting of Himekawa, Kanzaki, Natsume, Shiroyama, Tanimura, Oomori, and Hanazawa) are informed of the "Akumano Academy" and that En was their "boss". The gang are determined to find him, but with no leads aside from En's obsession with games, Lamia recalls En mentioning him enjoying online gaming.
Reluctantly, Himekawa invites the gang to a condo he rented and leads all of them to the floor where he holds online gaming apparatus. By chance, they encounter En on a game while Tanimura plays and challenge him. Tanimura beats En in the first few rounds, but is beaten in the last round with her stating the player has changed (Isabella had played in En's place). En then challenges them all to a new game, End of War 4, threatening that even if he would win he would cry nontheless.
Himekawa proceeds to buy the latest softwares and computers systems in order to play End of War 4. Much to his annoyance, no one except Tanimura seemed to have any experience in gaming. After multiple blunders in practice games, they finally challenge En and his wet nurses to a match.
Akumano Academy Arc
When one of the pillar's head challenge Oga to a sudoku match, Himekawa came with his helicopter and helped Oga solved the sudoku. He also called the other members to finish the other games.
During a school day, Himekawa sits in his homeroom lounging about. Furuichi eventually arrives and begins talking casually to the present Tōhōshinki, asking whether Himekawa and Kanzaki have been taking care of their families; when Himekawa inquires about this personality change, he is inquired about Udagawa. This question prompts Himekawa to rise up from his seat and tell Furuichi to step outside into the hallways; Himekawa and Kanzaki then go outside the classroom to confront Furuichi.
Alongside Kanzaki, Himekawa remarks that Furuichi has forgotten how to be respectful towards his seniors. The two third-years then charge toward Furuichi and begin the fight. Himekawa strikes Furuichi with a kick and prepares to follow up with his electrocution baton, but suddenly his wrist is grabbed by Furuichi before he can shock the young individual. Himekawa quickly jumps away and maintains his distance from his opponent; while observing him from afar, Himekawa, who is unable to see the Demon Agiel near him, asks Kanzaki whether both of their attacks have just been blocked simultaneously. While they are talking, Furuichi makes a bet with both men that infuriates the two third-years; enraged, they charge at him equally with the intention to punch him. Himekawa is surprised to see that Furuichi has evaded their attacks by leaping to the ceiling. Afterwards, Furuichi dashes back town to target Aoi, which befuddles Himekawa; when their fight is ready to resume, Himekawa simply looks at Furuichi with confusion over his twisted personality. Suddenly, Furuichi then defeats the two Tōhōshinki simultaneously using an unorthodox technique.
Defeated, Himekawa then watches a subsequent battle between Furuichi and Tōjō, a fight that leaves him astonished by the immense power between both sides. Ultimately, Furuichi ends up victorious against Tōjō which leaves Himekawa nearly speechless.
Himekawa and Kanzaki later search around the city for Furuichi, eventually finding him badly beaten near the river. Angry, Himekawa yells for him not to get his hopes high because he will kill him. The two head down to the grass and see a quartet of bald men about to confront them; annoyed, Himekawa asks who they are. He and the other delinquents from Ishiyama then take down the four. Afterwards, Himekawa turns back to Furuichi, who is now apologizing frantically about his disrespectful actions earlier. Himekawa and Kanzaki darkly tell him that they will not let him off easily and demand that he continues digging his man-size hole, which they late bury him under once he finishes. Despite having their desires granted, both third-years are still angry at Furuichi.
Saint Saint X'mas Arc
While in his homeroom at Saint Ishiyama Academy, Himekawa hears from Yuka about the "real" Santa Claus coming to the high school. He and Kanzaki suddenly inquire more about the incident from her, both stating that they will take away his presents by force when they see him, so they want to know whether he is a strong opponent.
Return to Ishiyama High School Arc
Himekawa returns to Ishiyama on the first day of the new semester. He lounges in one of the buildings' hallways when he notices and greets Oga. As he pulls out his cell phone, Himekawa mentions how there are now over thirty groups fighting for supremacy; moreover, among them are a trio of notable first-years, whom Himekawa names: Fuji, Takamiya, and Nasu. He elaborates further, noting how all of the newcomers are led by rising first-years who now want to take over Ishiyama; therefore, Oga is already their biggest threat. Himekawa then takes his leave while commenting on how Oga might not need to worry about them anyhow. He later passes on this information to Yuka as well.
Himekawa later visits the Kunieda residence where he attends a meeting with his fellow classmates regarding the "Killer Six Elements". When the issue about Yōhei Nasu comes to mind, he remarks that neither Takamiya or Fuji have done anything yet, leaving Nasu as a main concern. Furuichi continues the discussion and soon proposes a battle between Nasu and Oga; Himekawa disapproves of their representative pick. With that said, he suddenly takes his leave, adding that he will work alone for his case. Furuichi warns Himekawa not to rely on only himself thought the Tōhōshinki merely shrugs it off.
The following day, Himekawa goes to a bowling alley with an acquaintance from the Fallen Angels. He discovers that the students from Sōrei and Majōgari have all been defeated by Oga. His acquaintance states that it was inevitable that the latter would be defeated though he also adds that they knew from the start that the Fallen Angels will overthrow Oga anyhow. Himekawa later meets with Takamiya and decides to serve under him, earning himself a King's Crest of his own.
To prove his loyalty, during a snowy day, he challenges Tōjō to a fight and waits for him outside of a seemingly empty building. While he is combing his hair, Tōjō finally approaches him. Himekawa reveals his new allegiance to Takamiya and pulls up his sleeve, revealing a glowing King's Crest underneath. The two teenagers quickly engage in a fight which, after an unknown amount of time, leaves Himekawa victorious though badly beaten. Himekawa later calls Takamiya to inform him about the fight's outcome while holding his bloodied nose.
He heads inside the building and goes into one of the classrooms, taking a seat amongst the members of the Fallen Angels. Himekawa remains silent while his new acquaintances make snide comments about him and his place amongst their group, until Takamiya silences all of them.
Not long after, Himekawa casually watches as Oga bursts through the door with the intention of taking him back with him. He realizes what Oga is referring to and finally speaks out. Himekawa states that he never "betrayed" him and is only trying to gather information on the Fallen Angels, hence his new affiliation; these words are easily taken into account by Oga and he leaves awkwardly. Himekawa tells the other members of the Fallen Angels that Oga is truly a dim-witted person but can be dangerous when it comes to his friends; thus, he suggests that they take Furuichi, as he throws a screwdriver-like object at a picture of the young man.
Himekawa apparently takes action following this meeting and late one night, he kidnaps Furuichi from a convenience store and brings him to the high school, where Furuichi is later restrained whilst unconscious.
When Furuichi later awakens, Himekawa comments about it before mentioning that it is now the second time that he has kidnapped him. Other members of the Fallen Angels then arrive where they discuss whether Oga shall actually come to look for Furuichi. Hearing their conversation, Himekawa immediately says that Oga will come. He then watches silently as Busujima suggests that he fight Furuichi; completely indifferent to the matter, Himekawa simply commences their "first round". He retains his composure even as Furuichi is defeated moments later.
When left alone with Udagawa, he is told not to mind Busujima's bitter attitude towards him. This prompts Himekawa to say that outsiders will always be treated with resentment which includes the both of them. He then listens to Udagawa talk about his relationship with Takamiya and how he is still just someone from the "company". Himekawa suggests that giving Demonic power to the Fallen Angels is another matter relating to the "company", indirectly revealing that he is aware of Demons. He is then told that he thinks more like a businessman than a delinquent, prompting him to laugh that he feels like he has known Udagawa for some time. While they laugh, he then notices that Furuichi has just run away.
Afterwards, when told that his predictions about the King's Crest bearers are turning out correct, Himekawa tells Udagawa that the others of the Fallen Angels believed for it to happen. He then prepares to leave, telling Udagawa that he only desires to fight Oga; despite so, he becomes angered when Udagawa apparently underestimates Oga and sharply scolds him for his ignorance. Himekawa then changes the topic quickly, asking whether his desired item is ready to be used soon. He is then told that it is.
Himekawa and Udagawa then head to the rooftop together. Using a special device, he manages to severe the link between Oga and Baby Beel; the success of the operation startles Himekawa who now understands why it was so costly in the first place. He then apologizes to Oga, telling him that he cannot afford to have Takamiya lose in their fight. As the machine delivers an unusual signal across the campus, Himekawa explains to Oga that it is known as the "Operational Switch". He then looks on as the other teenagers present take charge of the situation; Himekawa smugly agrees with Takamiya when he admits at one point that he won the fight because of him.
Powers & Abilities
Although he has proven to be a powerful fighter, Himekawa uses underhand tactics to prevail, such as having his opponents break their fists by punching a ceramic tile shield hidden under his shirt, or electrocuting them with a shock-baton (both are shown to be useless against Oga). Even for the standards of upper class families, Himekawa is granted extravagant means by his family: he rents several floors of an elite condominium building all for himself (even devoting an entire room for the sole sake of playing video games). His strategic skills prove useful when he clinches a deal with St. Ishiyama's teachers to prevent his and his colleagues' expulsion.
Himekawa is also very good at playing online games and is able to easily defeat any opponent. During Oga's raid at Akumano Academy, it is also seen that Himekawa is very good at solving puzzles like Sudoku. He solved the puzzle in a matter of 5 seconds leading Oga to victory in his first game.
Himekawa has gained an increase in strength from his king's crest, which is seen when he defeats Tojo.
- Shock Baton: Himekawa keeps a shock baton handy at all times. Considered his signature attack, Himekawa simply makes contact with the opponent with the baton, presses the button to activate it and the baton induces over 800 volts of electricity. The sheer amount of static electricity was enough to stun and knock any opponent out cold, however, this proves harmless against Oga as he claims Baby Beel's night time cries to be much worse. In Episode 47, he claims to have upgraded the baton and tripled the output of electricity.
- Devil's Whip: Himekawa upgraded the shock baton and put a whip and is shown electrocuting deliquents of South Chinpara High.
- Pompadour Cannon: Shown as his desperation attack, Himekawa sticks a shock baton into his trademark pompadour which, oddly enough, channels the electricity towards the target he aims at. This attack is shown to be able to hit multiple targets.
Kugayama and Himekawa were childhood friends from the same rich upper class upbringing. After their falling out years before, they meet again when Oga Tatsumi requests him to go to San Marx Private Academy of Fine Arts to find a special portrait, that Beel's father wants recovered, they both won from an online game. However, Kugayama took the painting off Himekawa's hands forcefully years before thus creating the rift between them. Kugayama is also Himekawa's fiancee unbeknown to Himekawa himself other than the fact he had a fiancée. Another fact unknown to Himekawa is that Kugayama is a woman in the guise of a man.
Kanzaki and Himekawa share a bit of a friendly rivalry amongst themselves and use games to resolve their disputes. As the first pair defeated by Oga, who both lorded over gangs of underlings, the pair have a lot in common and became amicable with each other.
The first time Himekawa fought with Oga was when he capturedHilda. Himekawa is often seen assisting Oga in battles. He also entered the volleyball match against Saint Ishiyama Academy's Rokkisei to protect the name of Ishiyama High.
- "There's nothing money can't buy.": catchphrase
- "How much...?": what he commonly asks to bribe opponents.
- "I'm Himekawa, didn't you know?": informing those who do not recognize him without his trademark pompadour
- "How much?! How much do I have to pay for you to come back, huh?!": mourning Oga's disappearance.
- "Damn, that bastard was tough. Oww... Damn it... He took out my front teeth!": During his phone call to the Fallen Angels after his "easy" victory over Toujou
- (To Kugayama) "Money doesn't betray you"
- "In this world, there are things that money can't buy"