|As Himself | Crossdressed|
|Japanese Name||Takanashi Sōta|
|Height||1,72 m (5"8)(S1 & S2)|
1,75 m (5'9) (S3)
|Birthday||January 13th (Capricorn)|
|Base of Works||Wagnaria Resturant|
|Partner(s)||Inami Mahiru (Girlfriend)|
|Relative(s)||Shizuka Takanashi (Mother)|
Kazue Takanashi (Sister)
Izumi Takanashi (Sister)
Kozue Takanashi (Sister)
Nazuna Takanashi (Sister)
Toru Minegishi (Brother-in-law)
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Japanese Voice||Jun Fukuyama|
Kenichi Suzumura (Drama CD)
Souta Takanashi (小鳥遊 宗太 Takanashi Sōta), also known as Kotori (小鳥) in his cross-dressing persona, serves as one of the main protagonists in Working!!. He is a 15 year-old high school student who works at Wagnaria Resturant as a newly recruited waiter at the start of the series.
Takanashi is a lean, slim yet athletic slightly tan-skinned young man with dropped brown-colored hair that has bangs falling down to his eyebrows, sienna-brown eyes and round-shaped glasses, although when he cross-dresses, he doesn't wear them.
Takanashi's main waiter clothes consist of a long sleeve, buttonless pure white polo, with a black bow-tie tied around its collar and placed front of the neck, and is tucked with long black pants. When Takanashi is seen after work, he wears a black blazer-style Japanese uniform- his school clothes.
Takanashi's appearance drastically changes where his brown hair is hidden underneath a long, pink-colored wig with shaggy bangs across his forehead, his skin tone becomes lighter due to foundation and his bust is bigger than usual.
Takanashi wears a uniform similar to the other waitresses in Wagnaria, which includes a white blouse with a stand collar, a black ribbon tied into a bow around his neck, a black pleated skirt, and dress shoes. He also wears a pair of black nylon pantyhose.
Takanashi has an absolute obsession with cute little things, which is his original reason for working at the restaurant, as Popura Taneshima had recruited him. This obsession started from his siblings due to all being older than him (except Nazuna Takanashi and being taxing to him; hitting him, embarrassing him, unable to do anything without him) that causes him to hate older people. As such, he considers any woman and child over 12 a hag or ugly, and dislikes them, but shows love and compassion to young children and small cute things. This often gets people to think he is a lolicon. For Takanashi, it relatively gives him relief from stress whenever he is in eccentric situations with his co-workers in Wagnaria.
Takanashi is very responsible person. He works very hard on his jobs, barely being absent to his shifts. He balances high school, housework and the part time job all at the same time, and is very dependable on both his co-workers and siblings. Although he is blunt and a bit strict at times, as such telling Mahiru Inami harsh words due to her being violent to him, and scolds Aoi Yamada when she's not working, Takanashi is actually kind in person, despite the fact that he hates older people.
Although he may not look like it, but Takanashi is completely oblivious when it comes to love, specifically, Inami's feelings toward him. For example, when he gave Inami hairclips as a White Day Present, and then dating her. Initially this was because he is concentrated in curing Inami's phobia, but in further seasons, Takanashi begun realizing his feelings, that because of this, annoys him a lot and is dishonest about it.
Takanashi also has a grudge over cross-dressing issues, mainly because he spent much of his childhood clothed with his sisters' hand-me-downs looking like a girl, and then he crossdresses again when he helped Inami various times.
As a child, Takanashi frequently uses his sisters' clothing, that spent much of his childhood dressed as a girl. Despite his protests to Shizuka Takanashi, she enjoyed the sight of him as a girl so much that she refused to buy him male clothes. At some point (presumably when their mother was away), he managed to get male clothes and began dressing normally.
When he was 4, Kozue Takanashi bought him a rabbit doll, which he still has and it is one of the few cute things in his room.
Takanashi's most notable equipment is his hand extender. Afraid of Mahiru Inami might punch him, he is using it, mainly for holding her hand or giving things. After Inami accidentally broke it, he bought two of them. He uses only one of it though.
Souta's family is the reason for his obsession over cute things, as they are all larger and tend to be mean to him. However, he likely feels a parental role for them, as he cooks meals, does household chores and manages their funds.
Although Souta lives with his four sisters, they do not live with their parents. Since the three oldest sisters are older than twenty, they are allowed to take care of Souta and Nazuna Takanashi. It was revealed that Takanashi's father passed away and Shizuka Takanashi is occupied with work to the point of being unable to see them. The siblings hate meeting their mother, as meeting Toru Minegishi (whom none of them wanted to meet at all) was considered a far better alternative to meeting their mother. Given that her treatment of them, with the exception of Nazuna, is far from normal parenting behavior, their dislike is well founded.
His eldest sister. Souta is wary of her law book, as she has a tendency to throw it at him.
His second older sister. Souta tends to spoil her, due to her weak body and inability to do anything by herself. He cleans her room almost daily due to the buildup of rejected drafts she throws around, and often drags her around the house when she feels too weak to move.
Kozue is Souta's third older sister who is extremely embarrassed by her in public and he has little patience for her drunk antics and her want for his love/comforting. He often abandons his co-workers to her when she shows up at Wagnaria, although he will scold her if she becomes too carried away.
His younger sister. Nazuna is the only sibling Souta expresses his affection for openly, but as she is 12 and the same height as him, quite often thinks of her growth with despair. She often helps him with household chores, manipulating her other sisters and giving him advice whenever Souta has particular trouble with them.
Takanashi's initial relationship with his androphobic co-worker was a strained one, due to the punching that he only survived due to his durability. His first compliment to her was forced; however, over the course of the series, he has developed feelings for her, which caused him some stress. First, he resolved his feelings by equating her to a cute, savage dog that he was training. He, however, realized that his feelings were not the same, after becoming jealous over Kirio and frustrated that she didn't want to stay with him to cure her androphobia. Since he has managed to restrain her punches, he has since considered her cute as a person and has developed romantic feelings, which causes him some stress due to his adherence to the love of small things . He has become aware of his feelings, which triggered his mother's return to their home, and asked Inami out on a date after suffering pressure about what his mother might do. In the conclusion of the series, Souta and Inami become a couple.
Takanashi is obsessed with cute things, and therefore, has a deep affection for Taneshima. Even though she is over 12 years old, Takanashi makes an exception for her because of her petite stature. However, he claims that his feelings for Taneshima are innocently paternal, and thinks of her as a water flea, someone who can't defend themselves, so he must defend them himself. He is seen constantly throughout the series calling her cute and adorable, so there might be a possibility that he has feelings for her. But this is very unlikely since he calls every little thing like that, but Taneshima is the only one to be always at Souta's side. So it is to be expected that he calls her cute and adorable more often than others. Furthermore there are several scenes that prove he doesn't have any romantic feelings for her and only sees her as a friend and a little child.
Kyouko accepted Takanashi at first because he was the new recruit, however, after Takanashi asked about Kyouko's age, and she told him that she was 28, he called her old. From then on, Kyouko has had a grudge against Takanashi, and will do anything to wear him out such as doubling his shifts, or cutting back his hours. However, over the course of the series, Takanashi has been slowly getting back into Kyouko's good graces.
Satou, like all the other workers, helps Takanashi whenever he is confused about something. Satou is also the only person Takanashi thinks is normal in the restaurant.
When Takanashi first saw Yachiyo, he thought that she was beautiful, but strange for carrying around a katana, but then learned in episode three that she carries it around because her family owns a blade shop. Yachiyo often helps Takanashi whenever he is confused.
Souma and Takanashi are good friends and share the pain of Inami's punch. However, Souma often uses Takanashi's dark secret to get him to do work for him.
When Takanashi first met Yamada, he immediately saw through all of her lies and didn't like the fact that she didn't tell the truth. Because he can see through her lies, he is the only one in the restaurant that knows Yamada's real story. He also notices, along with Satou, that Yamada slowly steals from the restaurant bit by bit. Yamada also breaks all of the plates and glasses, making her slow everyone down. Takanashi tries to work through all of Yamada's secrets so he can expose her for who she really is.
Souta dislikes Kirio, being more rude to him than most and not being afraid to use self-defense to hurt him. Originally, this was due to Kirio's liking of Mahiru Inami and Souta's jealousy for whenever he interacts with her, although he refused to admit he's jealous. More recently, Kirio's teasing of Souta's feelings for Inami are the trigger for his violence against Kirio.
Like all his elder sisters, Souta dislikes Toru to the point of wanting to beat him up and he is embarrassed by the fact that they were formerly brothers-in-law.
- "Senpai, you're so small and cute!"
- "I LOVE THESE KINDS OF CREATURES!"
- "You're so cute, Inami-san!"
- The name Souta means "religion, sect, denomination, main point, origin, essence" (宗) (sou) and "thick, big" (太) (ta).
- His alias crossdressing name Kotori means "small" (小) (ko) and "bird, poultry, fowl" (鳥) (tori).
- Souta's surname Takanashi means "small bird" (小鳥) (taka) and "play" (遊) (nashi).
- Takanashi's dark secret is that when he was little, he dressed like a girl since he got all his hand-me-downs from his sisters. Therefore, he looks like a girl in all of his childhood photos and Hiroomi Souma often uses this secret against Takanashi.
- Popura Taneshima often goes to Takanashi first when someone calls her short, but he never helps because he always says that she's better short.
- Takanashi is always called "Katanashi" by Popura since she is so bad with pronouncing names. He tried correcting her once but with no avail, he has now accepted the name for only Taneshima.
- Takanashi made a cameo in the first episode of WWW.Working!!.
- Working!! Anime season 3 episode 4