|Seiyū||Takuma Takewaka (Season 1) |
Junichi Suwabe (Season 2)
Higa Izumi, aka the Ashikabi of the East, is the Ashikabi who controls the eastern sector of Shinto Teito. He is also the CEO of Hiyamakai Enterprises which owns Hiyamakai Hospital, where he holds the severely ill Chiho hostage in order to blackmail her Sekirei Uzume, having her do his bidding in exchange for Chiho's continued treatment. He has winged a large number of Sekirei himself (at least twelve), and additionally has several Ashikabi (with their own respective Sekirei) that serve under him. The only one revealed to be of any importance to Higa is his close friend and secretary, Kakizaki. Others were bribed into fighting Minato by Higa's promise of help to escape the city during the 4th match of the Third Stage.
Higa later confronted Sahashi Yukari and Shiina, or rather, his Sekirei did, leading to Higa taking Yukari prisoner (also asking her to marry him) but she managed to escape some time later. When Yukari berates him for breaking the rules of the Sekirei Plan, Izumi simply remarks that he has no interest in being associated with such a 'farce'.
During the third match of the Third Stage, he meets Minato, and asks him to join forces against MBI, which he declines, increasing Higa's animosity towards the Northern Ashikabi. Later it is revealed that he treats the "winging" as nothing else than a simple business contract and thus unknowingly reduces the strength of his Sekirei.
Higa is a young gentleman of average height and build, seemingly in his mid-late 20s, usually wearing an elaborate, pure white suit with a white dress shirt underneath the jacket, a black tie, matching dress pants, and black dress shoes. He has short white or blond hair (brown in the anime), and grey eyes. He seems to generally be considered very good looking, seemingly in a somewhat androgynous way, as Sahashi Yukari described him as a handsome bishounen after their first meeting.
Higa usually maintains a stern, serious, and stoic demeanor, and he is shown to be observant towards friend or foe in order to gather information for his own advancement. One of his most prominent characteristics is his known hate and disdain towards Sekirei, and he can be rather amoral, having no qualms about forcing Sekirei apart from his own into obeying him and turning them against each other and even their own Ashikabi, with carefully constructed traps and lies. His motives reveal his intent to use his Sekirei and other allies to wage war with MBI, largely for professional purposes, namely the advancement of his own company. His hatred, revulsion, casual dismissiveness, and condescension towards Sekirei somewhat mirrors Karasuba's similar feelings towards humans, with both seeing the other race as unworthy of their time, and an inconvenient blight on Earth. He doesn't tolerate his Sekirei disobeying him, and seems to derive some semblance of satisfaction from seeing his Sekirei in pain and anguish, as seen from how he treated Oriha in the moments before her termination. He was also shown to have barely registered Oshino and Kujou's terminations, and it was suspected by Mutsu and Mikogami that he chose the aforementioned Sekirei and Oriha for his Third Stage match to deliberately have them terminated, likely for being amongst his weaker, clingier, and more emotional Sekirei. Shi, Sai, and Katsuragi's terminations also seemed to have minimally affected him beyond the loss of assets. He even goes so far as to take other Ashikabi hostage, later forcing their Sekirei to obey him. This makes it possible for him to break the Plan's rules with only minimal traces which could indicate his involvement into the immoral actions he has ordered.
He also posses a silver tongue as he preyed on Shina's insecurities in order to make him compliant, but against intelligent and perceptive individuals such as Minato, Seo, and Mikogami, his schemes (such as a proposed alliance with Minato which would likely end in betrayal) are often exposed for what they are.
During the Third Stage of the Sekirei Plan, it was pointed out by Mikogami that Higa was secretly jealous of Minato. To Higa, it was clear that both of them came from high standing families, but while Higa was burdened with all the "absurdity" of the adult world: his relatives, the family company, and his failure to change or escape his surroundings, Minato lived a basic, carefree, middle-class life, ignorant of his family's importance and status through his parents' findings and contributions. Higa has a loftier societal position, but Minato has more powerful Sekirei and easily gets in his way predominately due to this fact. According to Mikogami, Higa once had dreams apart from what he was forced into, and was likely a better person for it, but he gave up on them for the current "adult" outlook he has. It seemingly wasn't until it was pointed out that this outlook narrowed his vision and hindered him, that he was forced to confront it. This worldview and its consequences were concretely manifested through Higa's loss of Toyotama, one of his strongest Sekirei, to Musubi, one of Minato's strongest, in a match during his ordered raid on Izumo Inn. Even so, Higa and Toyotama's final moments together before her termination display minimal sadness or warmth on Higa's part, merely cold rage at his failure to best Minato's group, and a desire to "get" his terminated Sekirei "back."
During his confrontation with Minato during the Fourth Stage, he admits to having gone through a lot of turmoil and introspection which made him realize his responsibility for his own failings. When he found that Minato did not rely on his familial connections, and actually winged his Sekirei due to good luck, selflessness, and compassion, with no forced winging or nepotism involved, he was so exasperated by the misunderstanding, that he was brought to the realization that for all his intellectual gifts, he had been somewhat blind in his approach to the Plan and life as a whole. Despite this, he is still almost solely focused on his own objectives by the end of the Plan, albeit treating his Sekirei with more civility, leaving it somewhat up in the air as to whether or not he has truly acted on his moments of self-reflection.
- No. 101 Oriha (terminated by Tsukiumi)
- No. 86 Katsuragi (terminated by Musubi)
- No. 40 Shi (terminated by Kazehana)
- No. 31 Sai (terminated by Homura)
- No. 16 Toyotama (terminated by Musubi)
- No. 18 Ichiya
- No. 62 Kaie (terminated by Kazehana)
- No. 85 Oshino (terminated by Benitsubasa)
- No. ? Kujou (terminated by Homura)
- No. 79 Unnamed (terminated by Tsukiumi)
- No. ? Unnamed (terminated by Tsukiumi)
- No. ? Kaiha
Sekirei of other Ashikabi he controls
- No. 22 Kochou serves him alongside her Ashikabi, Kakizaki
- No. 10 Uzume during the time her Ashikabi Chiho was held hostage by Higa (terminated by Sai)
- No. 107 Shiina (during the time Higa held his Ashikabi Yukari prisoner)
Not much is known of Higa Izumi's past except that he is the heir of pharmaceutical company Hiyamakai Enterprises which rivals MBI and thus isn't on good terms with them, to the extent of attempting to block MBI's business ventures, and aligning themselves with other companies that do not approve of MBI's stranglehold on Japanese and international markets. Higa's father and grandfather are shown to have control over the company to an extent that frustrates and restricts Higa, as shown when he finally works up the courage to go against their wishes.
Anime and Manga differences
- In the manga, he runs into Sahashi Minato for the first time during Stage 3. In the anime he's introduced in the hospital, and informs Minato that perhaps MBI could help save Hidaka Chiho.
- In the manga, he kidnaps Sahashi Yukari to coerce Shiina into helping him the same way he's forcing Uzume to do it. In the anime he has largely left her alone, so far anyway.
- While the anime doesn't seem to mention it directly, in the manga Higa's corporation is a direct rival of MBI. He also tasks Seo to hack into MBI's computers and steal data in the anime, whereas it doesn't happen in the manga.
- Sekirei Manga chapter 108
- Sekirei Manga chapter 63
- Sekirei manga chapter 120
- Sekirei Manga chapter 70
- Sekirei Manga chapter 86
- Sekirei Manga chapter 129
- Sekirei Manga Chapter 94
- Sekirei manga chapter 105
- Sekirei manga chapter 127
- Sekirei manga chapter 107
- Sekirei Manga chapter 100