Takaaki Ishimaru (石丸 高秋 Ishimaru Takāki) is a character who appears in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. He is a former policeman and a Target for the Warriors of Hope's Demon Hunting.
Takaaki is the son of infamous Toranosuke Ishimaru. He is also the father of Kiyotaka Ishimaru and the closest person to him, which is why he became a Captive for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc first motive.
Takaaki is apparently hiding in the Towa Memorial Science Hall.
Takaaki has thick eyebrows like his son, Taka. He also has graying hair and a faint goatee. He wears what appears to be a black trench coat over a white buttoned shirt that also includes a tie. He also wears black pants and brown slip-ons. His pale complexion, gaunt face and the discoloration underneath his eyes imply that he is somewhat ill.
Takaaki appears to be a very serious man. He is not well either mentally or physically and appears to not feel sympathy as he carries a gun with him, intending to kill the Warriors of Hope.
He is extremely nervous around others, due to his father's reputation.
The creators describe him as similar to his son - if one makes a wrong move, they will experience the madness that is his critical sense of justice.
Prior to the Tragedy
Takaaki's father was the Prime Minister of Japan, but he was forced to step down after a corruption scandal. As a result, the Ishimaru family was left mistrusted and in huge debts.
Takaaki worked as a police officer to help support his family, though people complained about letting the son of a criminal join the legal force.
After his father died and his son Taka left for Hope's Peak Academy, Takaaki continued his job and daily life as a police officer in the Apparition Kingdom.
During the Tragedy
Takaaki was captured by the Ultimate Despair and became a Captive for Monokuma's first motive in the Mutual Killing incident of Class 78. He was apparently enclosed in an apartment just like the other Captives.
Takaaki was later freed, only to become one of the people targeted by the Warriors of Hope in Towa City.
To protect himself from them he carries a gun around and he hides in the Towa Memorial Science Hall. His Hit List card was found by Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa in the hotel second floor in Chapter 1.
Later on after Komaru and Toko show Hiroko Hagakure the entry, she promises to send men to rescue Takaaki immediately.
Taka is Takaaki's son. Takaaki seems to love his son deeply. Taka also loves his dad dearly, confirmed by the fact that Takaaki became a Captive.
Takaaki is a target for the Warriors of Hope. They see him as a demon target and will do anything to kill him. Unlike the other targets, Takaaki actually carries a gun with him, intending to kill the Warriors of Hope and the Monokuma Kids.
- Taka's given name ends with the kanji 夏 ka, meaning “summer”. Similarly, Takaaki's given name ends with 秋 aki, which means "autumn".
- The kanji readings for his last name are: 石 (Ishi) - Stone and 丸 (Maru) - Circle, though can also be read as meaning “Perfection”, which may reference to his father's position.
- Takaaki is ticklish on his sides.