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Taka is the animal companion of prosecutor Simon Blackquill, a hawk who often perches on his shoulder. Blackquill uses Taka in court to harass his opponents and witnesses, as well as deliver various items and relay information involving the cases Blackquill is involved in. According to Blackquill, Taka lives just outside the District Court.

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During the trial of Jinxie Tenma for the murder of Rex Kyubi, Taka harassed Apollo Justice to prevent him from using his bracelet, which Blackquill considered "cheating". The prosecutor would eventually see its utility and allow its use during Athena Cykes's trial for the murder of Clay Terran.

During Bucky Whet's trial for the murder of Taifu Toneido, Blackquill summoned Taka and gave him some money to buy alcoholic manju buns. This was done in an attempt to knock out three of the alters of Uendo Toneido so that a fourth alter would show up.


Taka possesses considerable intelligence and has a very close bond with Blackquill, often performing commands without having to be asked. He is capable of buying and bring manjū to court. Despite being used to intimidate people, Taka does not actually attack people unless he is commanded to do so or he is very hungry.


Taka is a brown hawk with tan and black stripes on his wings and tail feathers. He has yellow and black eyes, feet, and beak. He wears a black and white handkerchief around his neck.


  • Japanese - Gin (ギン):
    • May be a play on kīn (キーン), an interjection in Japanese that is onomatopoeia for a piercing ringing noise, possibly in reference to the cry of a hawk. With different kanji (ぎん), "gin" is Japanese for the metal silver.
  • English - Taka:
    • "Taka" (タカ) is the Japanese word for a hawk or falcon. According to Localization Director Janet Hsu, this choice is a holdover from a undisclosed scrapped plot point.[1]


  • As Japanese falconry, known as Takagari (鷹狩), was a symbol of nobility and warrior spirit for samurai, having a pet hawk is yet another samurai-like quality of Simon Blackquill.
  • Although his species is not stated in-game, Taka appears to be a species of hawk in the genus Accipiter, due to the distinctive thick black and white barring on the tail, the tail length, size, facial markings, and full breast streaking. Due to the games' original setting being Japan, he is most likely a juvenile Northern Goshawk(Accipiter gentilis), but could also potentially be a Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus).