Takajo greatly respects Suguru and views him as a dear friend. After that loss to Suguru, Takajo was motivated to become even stronger. When it's time to choose a high school, he turned down all other offers just so he can come to Kamakura High to be on the same team as Suguru. It was later revealed that throughout his high school years, he always possessed the mindset that they will play together on the same team and win. Even after Suguru's death, Takajo is often seen recollecting his past encounter and conversation with Suguru.