Hibiki Takane (高嶺 響, Takane Hibiki) is a character from The Last Blade game series, voiced by Kyōko Hikami. She is symbolized by a sword that can quickly move to a stop and her official slogan is "Innocent Slash": (純潔の太刀筋 Junketsu No Tachisuji, Chaste Swordsmanship). In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, she was voted as the eighteenth favorite character with a total of 739 votes.
Hibiki is the daughter of Genzō Takane (高嶺 源蔵, Takane Genzō), a renowned swordsmith known throughout Japan during the Bakumatsu era. He had retired to an isolated area in the countryside with his daughter but continued his work with various swordsmen around the country. One fateful day, a silver-haired man approaches Genzō and requests that he forge a new sword. Though the man radiated an aura of pure, unfathomable evil, the master swordsmith finds himself unable to refuse the request. He spends a time of almost 3 months forging this sword, which he dubs the “Yaso Magatsu Hi no Tachi” (八十枉津日太刀, “Blade of Eighty Days Harbored Unwillingly”), detailing the amount of time he invested in the weapon. The labor renders him ill, however, and he is soon permanently bedridden.
He tells his daughter that the silver-haired man was the reason for his condition, and that she should pursue him and the sword that he had forged. With a concerned Hibiki by his side, he utters his last words: “The thing that I saw... that I felt, even you must understand.” Though she was confused by her father’s cryptic request, Hibiki gathers her belongings and leaves in search of the silver-haired man.
Several days later, a man named Hyo Amano stops by, hoping that Genzō would repair his weapon, the “Otokomae”, when he learns of the swordsmith's death, he sets out to find his daughter.
Hibiki has two endings in the game; in one of them she visits her father's grave and decides to improve her swordsmanship which can be gained if the player defeats every opponent they face in Arcade mode with her super moves. In the other ending should the player not use her super moves to finish all opponents, she tells her father that now she has a "companion".
Hibiki has a very calm and shy personality, probably because of the suffering caused by her father's death. Although she wants vengeance for her father's death, she is afraid of fighting and only wants to protect her father's legacy.
Should she become familiarized with her swordsmanship, her personality becomes somewhat more determined, a little confrontational, yet her shyness and hesitation are still somewhat present
Her personality at the ending depends greatly on how the player played: If the player wins perfectly throughout the game, she will become cruel and unsympathy. If the player doesn't win perfectly most of the stages, she will become more cheerful as she finds a good companion.
In Capcom vs SNK 2, her personality somewhat changes greatly to be more aggressive and cold. Her tongue becomes higher and seemingly careless to whoever stops her way. If the player uses the fatal movement as the conclusive slash, she will somewhat become demonic and simply blame the opponent for fighting her. Nevertheless, at some point, she still feels sorrow and guilty for what she has done, showing at her ending that she wonders if she is following her father's wish path.
- Fast Draw - She can draw her sword from her sheath with uncanny speed.
Musō Shinden-ryū is a real style and an anachronism for the game; the style was not founded until 1932. It is a branch of Iaido. Some of her basic attacks bear some resemblance to Ukyo Tachibana's, where it involves frequent quick-draws, dashing-based slashes, as well as some solid counterattacks that require some precision but can prove to be fatal if landed correctly.
In Capcom vs. SNK 2, her Speed Mode 'Custom Combos' AKA the Ranbu Ōgi from Last Blade 2 is given to her as a normal super move. In addition she has slightly different animations for her supers in Capcom vs. SNK 2, with the blood being replaced by sparks.
Hibiki is among the few characters in CvS2 who has a unique winpose, if she defeats someone with her original SDM/Senzai Ōgi, with her hair untied as a result of her attack connecting. It's a visual cue that the landed attack will be fatal for the enemy.
Hibiki via her voice actress sings a song called Silver Phantom in the Last Blade 2 arranged soundtrack.
- Her father is mentioned again in Genjuro's ending for Neo Geo Battle Coliseum and during her appearance in Days of Memories.
- Even if she sees Akari survive her fatal attack through the use of her substitutes, she will still react as horrified as when she kills other opponents.
- Her weapon name and her own name both means "Echo;" whether the naming has a significance or is a coincidence is unexplained.