|Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka|
|Name Kanji||銛之塚 崇|
|Star Sign||Taurus, the Bull|
|Favourite Subject(s)||Geography, Japanese History|
|Favourite Food(s)||East Asian (e.g. fermented natto soybeans)|
|Club||Ouran Host Club|
|Occupation||3rd-year High School student (Anime) |
1st-year College student (Manga Chapter 72)
|Relatives||Akira Morinozuka (Father - Manga)|
Satoshi Morinozuka (Younger Brother - Manga)
Mitsukuni Haninozuka (Cousin)
Yasuchika Haninozuka (Cousin - Manga)
Yorihisa Haninozuka (Uncle - Manga)
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Seiyū||Kenjirō Tsuda (early drama CDs)|
Daisuke Kirii (anime and later drama CDs)
|Voice Actor||Travis Willingham|
PersonalityEditAs a taciturn person, Mori only speaks when something needs to be said; his intelligence and observant nature taking in much more than many realize, making him a wise advisor to those who seek his counsel. His protective nature extends not only to his best friend and cousin, Honey, but to his friends and classmates, as well. He is extremely well-respected and well-liked by everyone who knows him; however, when tired, he can become talkative and somewhat flirtatious, which surprises those unaccustomed to this side of his personality. Mori is quite loyal and generous, especially in regards to Honey and the female host, Haruhi; this is demonstrated in his willingness to assist them in whatever they need without a second thought and without ever appearing subservient or uncertain of his individuality.
In the anime episode "Mori-Senpai Has An Apprentice Candidate!", 1st-year student Ritsu Kasanoda - the 3rd-generation heir of the Kasanoda-gumi (a yakuza gang), seeks Takashi's advice on making friends because, despite his intimidating appearance, he appears to have many. In Chapter 51 of the manga, Hikaru is shown to stay the night at Mori's home; while there, Mori is shown to be rather blunt in addressing Hikaru's issues.
Mori is born under the star sign of Taurus, the Bull. The positive traits of this sign are generosity, dependability, down to earth nature, patience, independence and persistence; the negative traits being stubborness, indolence, materialism, possessiveness and frugality.
AppearanceEditAs the tallest member of the Host Club (at 6'3" or 188cm), Mori is an imposing figure that is made all the more so by his wild appearance, possessing spiky black hair, dark gray eyes and a darker skin tone than the other Hosts. He is noted to wear the typical Ouran Academy blazer unbuttoned on most occasions, and is rarely ever seen without Honey walking by his side or perching on his shoulders.
Mori's rose color in the Host Club is deep blue. In Japanese culture, blue signifies loyalty; Mori demonstrates this quality when it comes to Honey, his studies, and the Host Club. In Western culture, the blue rose does not occur natually; however, in art, it signifies attainment of the impossible with a secondary meaning of prosperity. Mori's "unattainable" is Haruhi (though this is never directly stated), though he does live a prosperous life and continues to do so in the future as stated in the omake of the manga.
The Morinozuka and Haninozuka family became related from 3 generations ago by marriage. But a long time ago before that, the Morinozuka family are known to serve the Haninozuka family. This kind of explains why Mori always look after Honey because it's on his blood to serve the Haninozuka family.
It's no secret that Honey and Mori are incredibly close; most scenes in which each appears are shared with the other. Honey and he are cousins by marriage and their families have a long-standing joint history. Mori is very protective of Honey and feels responsible for each thing that can (and does) go wrong for him. This can be seen when Honey gets a cavity in the episode, Honey's Bitter Three Days, wherein the loli-boy gets a cavity and must give up sweets. Mori is very strict in limiting candy and cake, but feels that he's at fault for failing to remind Honey to brush his teeth, leading him to pick a fight with Honey in order to make Honey hate him as a means of self-punishment.
Mori's supportive nature of Honey is observed in subtle references and behaviors but is best seen during the episode, The Door the Twins Opened, when Honey discovers that Tamaki has invited both of them to join the Host Club. He tells Mori that Tamaki says, "it's okay for me to like cute things" and "it's okay for me to like cake. I'm not sure what to do." When Mori replies, "Do whatever you want, Mitsukuni. It's no big deal," he shows that his loyalty lies not in family blood ties but with Honey himself. Another telling moment occurs in the manga, just before graduation, when Mori challenges Honey to a duel so he can say what's on his mind without feeling guilty for criticizing his friend. Honey agrees knowing exactly why and what's at stake. Mori wins by catching Honey in mid-air and placing him out of bounds. After winning, he pulls out a list of things that Honey is required to do in college, one of which is to not bring Usa-chan along.
Their relationship sometimes appears to be master-servant in tone, but also is seen to be egalitarian and even sibling-like with Mori behaving like an older brother.
Satoshi is a manga-only character and the younger brother of Mori. Satoshi is shown to idolize his brother, whom he calls Taka-kun; however, apart from the times when Mori is tired and acts "refreshingly," he is radically different from his brooding sibling. Although Mori reciprocates the care that his younger brother shows him, he isn't afraid to correct him when Satoshi acts rudely or misbehaves.
Mori is hinted to have romantic feelings for Haruhi, but it is never truly explored, unlike her relationships with Kaoru and Hikaru. Regardless, there are several instances where his possible feelings show. In the first episode of the anime, when Haruhi finds herself being hugged a bit too tightly by Tamaki, she cries out to Mori for help and he runs to her aid without question. When he lifts her off the ground, he realizes that Haruhi is actually a girl and blushes.
In Jungle Pool SOS!, when Mori is heading into the woods to find Honey, Haruhi tags along. Upon seeing all the snakes and insects, she becomes spooked which provokes Mori to carry her. This is also the first time he addresses Haruhi by name, which pleases her. Later, when surrounded by members of the Black Onion Squad, one of them attempts to take Haruhi from Mori by force - a dangerous notion. Once Honey is located, he compliments Mori on his good work in protecting Haruhi and inquires whether Mori had been lonely without him. Mori, his eyes on Haruhi, replies that he wouldn't necessarily say that.
And finally, in the episode in which the Host Club boys visit Haruhi at her home, Mori gives Haruhi the strawberries from his own pastry, earning him a delighted smile while sending Tamaki and the twins into throes of despair because they didn't think of that first. Haruhi is the only character, apart from Honey, at whom Mori is shown to smile more than once. It should be also be noted that in the Ouran Highschool Host Club manga, listed under his profile, it's stated that because of Mori's nature, it was potential for the two of them to develop romantic feelings for each other.
Hikaru is known to respect Mori and goes to him for advice; staying over at his house in the manga two nights when he and Kaoru have a huge fight. Mori shows genuine concern for Hikaru's feelings and when Hikaru comes to him the first night, he pushes Hikaru into realizing his feelings.
- Tamaki refers to him as the "Wild" type because he tends to act on instinct.
- In Chapter 72 of the manga, he graduates from Ouran, but often returns to visit with Mitsukuni.
- He enters jurisprudence, the study and theory of law, in university, but actually becomes an educator.
- In the later chapters, he raises a chick he names Piyo and also takes in a stray tanuki.
- Unlike Mitsukuni, who is grouchy upon awakening, Takashi becomes unnaturally "refreshing" when tired, growing more talkative, approachable and friendly with everyone. This frightens most of the Hosts.
- Mori's nickname was inspired by the Tahei Mori, an ancient Japanese variation of spear.
- Takashi's character song is named, "Itsumo Soba ni."
- Takashi is shortsighted.
- In the live action drama, he is seen playing the harp, suggesting that he is an amateur musician.
- In Episode 22, "Mori-sempai Has an Apprentice Candidate," he wears a forehead protector like the ninjas in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.
- Also in Episode 22 he, along with the others, cosplay as members of the Shinsengumi, without a specific identity. His guests speculate that he's "Yamazaki," even though he better resembles Sanosuke Harada, as he is seen with a spear; Harada known to be the best spearsman in the Shinsengumi.
- (To Honey, about Renge's burnt cookies) Don't eat that, Mitsukuni! It's bad for you.
- (To the hosts) It was my carelessness that led to Mitsukuni's cavity. I forgot to tell him to brush his teeth before napping - twice.
- (To Honey) Mitsukuni, you've got some cream.
- (To Honey, after the cupcake rant) You're making things worse. Leave them alone.
- (To Haruhi) You like strawberries, right? Here, you can have mine.
- (Several times during the series) Yeah.
- (To Haruhi) Fancy tuna.
|Tamaki Suou • Kyouya Ootori • Hikaru Hitachiin • Kaoru Hitachiin • Mitsukuni Haninozuka • Takashi Morinozuka • Haruhi Fujioka|
|Benio Amakusa • Chizuru Maihara • Hinako Tsuwabuki|