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I hoped to portray Takato as a very normal, un-exceptional elementary school students. The basic concept for Digimon Tamers is "a normal elementary school student has a great adventure over the span of a year".
This character should not be a stereotypical leader-hero, shouting "Let's go!" at the drop of a hat. But on the other hand, he mustn't be perceived as a weak-willed wimp. He must be full of curiosity, fascinated by monsters and digimon, but also flawed enough that he might brag or exaggerate things in front of his friends --- in other words, an every-day, regular child.
However, this kind of "normality" is unusual in a TV anime main character, and so there is a tendency for Takato to be misinterpreted as "quiet" or "withdrawn". In fact, when I explained my ideas to the producers, I had to emphasize the difference to them again and again.
After I wrote the scripts for approximately three episodes, Mr. Nakatsuru (the character designer) shared some of Takato's preliminary sketches and facial expressions.
I gasped in surprise. There, before me, were pages and pages of the sensitive young boy that I was hoping to sketch out in my upcoming scripts. The pictures were overflowing with an ambition to create a character totally different from the ones in previous seasons of Digimon.
By the time I saw the completed version of the first episode, I looked at Takato -- brought to life by Director Kaizawa 's storyboards and direction -- and saw something alive, not some object that I had created and could be moved about at my convenience. (Of course, it would be a terrible thing if he *had* ended up as such a character.) What I mean is: Takato had become a complete individual with his own personality far sooner than I had expected.