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|“||Head cool, hot heart.||”|
|Height||183 cm (6' 0")|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lbs)|
|Birthday||October 30th, Scorpio|
|Talent|| Mirage Shot|
|Anime|| Kishō Taniyama|
Sayori Ishizuka (child)
Himuro has slick, black hair that covers his left eye. He has a beauty mark under his right eye. Like Kagami, he wears a ring around his neck with a necklace. He wears the Yōsen jersey with the number 12.
Himuro first appears to be a cool, composed young man with a mature personality. Even as a child he was already very collected and together. He is also kind and courteous to other people, with the manner of a gentleman. His teammates state that he gets a lot of love letters from girls. He is good at making friends and being social, and he is one of the few people who can control Murasakibara when he gets out of hand. He is full of fighting spirit and looks for a good fight in terms of basketball. He doesn't show these emotions very often and gets said that he wears a poker face. He denies this and believes that he just expresses his emotions in his own way.On the flip side, he can be very manipulative and tricky. As Kagami once stated: "Tatsuya looks like the serious type, but he sometimes spares no tricks to achieve his goals as well!".  Himuro displays the same arrogance as the Generation of Miracles and dislikes the fact that despite being the one who introduced Kagami to basketball, he himself is not 'gifted' like Kagami. He is envious of people like Murasakibara and Kagami because of their talent. He also dislikes it when Alex treats him like a kid, stating that he is now stronger than her. He also hates it when he is looked down upon. When Murasakibara decides that their game against Seirin is a pain and decides to sit out, Himuro punches him and breaks down in tears, stating that it drives him crazy when people with capabilities don't fully use them.
The Japanese Himuro was staying in America for unknown reasons and has been there for some time when Kagami moved there. When Kagami had a hard time making friends, Himuro approached him and invited him to play street ball together. Kagami admired Himuro's talent and Himuro taught Kagami how to play basketball. He also told Kagami that making friends comes by showing who he really is. As Kagami grew stronger in basketball, he made more and more friends, with the help of Himuro. His admiration towards Himuro also grew and he saw Himuro as a big brother. To seal their brothership, Himuro bought two matching rings and gave one to Kagami.
Three years later, Himuro graduated and as a result, both he and Kagami lost each other out of sight. They reunited when they were about to play each other in a street ball game, facing each other in different teams. They agree to not hold back and Kagami eventually wins for the first time against his brother. After that, they played every week and they each lost and won the same amount. After 98 games, Himuro told Kagami that if he lost the next game, he won't see Kagami as his little brother anymore, because the big brother is always stronger than the little brother. In the 99th game, Himuro accidentally got his wrist injured. Himuro shot and missed and as a result, Kagami ran for the fast break. He went up for the lay-up, but couldn't bear to win against Himuro and missed on purpose.
This in turn angers Himuro and he ended up punching Kagami. He told him that the next match, they'll bet on the ring that represents their friendship. He said to treat the previous game as a draw, as the game never ended after Kagami had missed on purpose. Himuro told that if Kagami loses the next time, he will have to pretend that they never were friends. But before they had a rematch, Kagami flew back to Japan, with Himuro not able to see him again, until they met in Japan after two long years.During this time, Himuro continued his training with Alexandra and drastically improved his street ball skills. His talent soon became similar to those of the Generation of Miracles.  It wasn't enough however, as Alex still chose Kagami over Himuro as her best pupil, which was met with tears and frustration for him. 
Himuro is first seen in the streetball tournament. He alone defeated Seihō with 32 – 51 and meets Kagami and the rest of Seirin when the match is over. Himuro addresses Kagami as Taiga and says that he didn't expect to see him there. Kagami asks if he's still unemotional and Himuro replies that he just expresses his emotions in his way. Kiyoshi then asks who Himuro exactly is and Himuro answers that he is sort of Kagami's big brother. Kagami recalls and tells their mutual past in the States and when he's finished, Himuro says that they can finally have their final match now.
As the match is about to begin, Murasakibara appears, stating that Yōsen's players can't play in unofficial tournaments, but participates in the match due to Kagami's provocations. After Kiyoshi scores the first points, Himuro establishes the roles of the team with Murasakibara in defense and himself in offense. He then makes the first basket of the team with a slow motion shot. The rain interrupt their game, and Himuro declares that they will settle this later. As a gift to their reunion, he shows a shooting technique Kagami has never seen before, which manages to pass through his block despite his perfect timing. Himuro then bids his farewell.
Himuro and his team manage to pass the third round without even conceding a single point. On their way to the hotel, Himuro encounters Alexandra Garcia, surprised that she is in Japan. She tried to kiss him but he stops her, saying that kissing is too showy in Japan. Going outside, Alex states that she came to Japan to teach Kagami what she wasn't able to in America, but that she will cheer for both her disciples for their upcoming match. Annoyed, Himuro tells Alex to stop treating him like a child. He says that he sees Kagami as nothing more than an enemy and that he is now stronger than her.
Yōsen has to play against Seirin and right before the beginning, Kagami tells Himuro he didn't want their relationship to end in America, but he won't hold back for this match. Himuro is relieved and he'll give his all too. The tip-off is given and Murasakibara already commits a foul by grabbing the ball too earlier, Himuro tells him to be careful next time. Through the first quarter, Himuro's team benefits from Murasakibara's defense with their 2-3 formation. Before its end, Himuro tries to score but Kagami manages to touch the ball. His teammates Okamura and Wei Liu lose the rebound duel to Kiyoshi as the quarter finished at 18-0 in Yōsen's favor.
As the second quarter begins, Himuro is amazed by the new technique of Kuroko. His team then couldn't stop Seirin's attacks and ends the 2nd quarter at 27-18 for Yōsen. At the halftime break, Yōsen coach Masako Araki predicts Himuro will face Kagami. He is delighted, while his ring lies in the locker room.
The third quarter begins and Himuro receives the ball. His opponent being Kagami, he tells him they can go all out now. Himuro is glad and says he'll win. He commences his move by faking a shot, fooling Kagami. Hyuga catches up with him as Himuro is sandwiched with Kagami behind him. But he shoots, with a smooth transition between the stop and the jump shoot, which let his opponents speechless. In a one-on-one with Kagami again, he remembers a conversation he had with Murasakibara. Himuro explained to Murasakibara that he wanted to stop being brother with Kagami. While Himuro began to see Kagami as a rival, their brotherhood was unconsciously holding him back too. Himuro said that he was determined to crush Kagami at his full power. Back to the present, Himuro gloomily asks if Kagami still sees him as a big brother. He then scores with his Mirage Shot. After that, Himuro declares to Kagami that they are enemies and that he has to confront him like he want to kill him. 
To Himuro's disappointment, Kagami is briefly subbed and soon makes his entrance again. Kagami then tells Himuro that's he is done with his poor playing. The match restarts and Himuro faces Kagami in a relaxed-form. Himuro responds by performing two consecutive fakes to distance himself from Kagami but he succeeds to push the ball away and declares to Himuro that the real battle starts now. In a counterattacks, Himuro goes against Kagami and uses his signature shot again. Kagami, who slipped because of the sweat, jumps late to block the shot but surprisingly touches the ball. Himuro watches skeptical.With Murasakibara in offense, Himuro and his team-mates are impressed and relieved to be on his side when he broke the basketball hoop. At one point, he tells Murasakibara to cover the ring instead of trying to reach the ball when Kuroko will use the Phantom Shot. Himuro describes that his technique may have a high trajectory and works differently than his Mirage Shot. Thus, Kuroko wouldn't be able to score but to his surprise, his shot was actually an alley-oop with Kagami who dunked it. Seirin then uses their new defensive formation which put Yōsen on their knees. The whistle marks the end of the third quarter at 47-43 for Himuro's team. Araki however has a plan: the team will use Himuro, the other ace of Yōsen with Murasakibara, to pierce Seirin's defense with dribbling. When he returned on the pitch, Kagami tells him he won't go easy for the last quarter, to which Himuro responds that they will settle this.
After watching the match between Rakuzan and Shūtoku, Himuro acknowledges the power of the Emperor Eye, the 3 Uncrowned Kings and the leadership of the captain Seijūrō Akashi. But as the same time, he wonders if this was the true strength of Rakuzan and think that there is something afoot. He concludes by thinking that their team has infinite potential. 
The afternoon before the finals, Himuro is called out of the blue by Kagami, to talk about what they couldn't because of Haizaki. He tells that he's sorry about what happened to America and he wants them to become brothers again. Himuro cuts him off. He says he is the one who should asks forgiveness and apologizes to Kagami, as he desires them to be playing again as enemies and brothers. He understood he was the one at fault by talking to Alex one night, even if he didn't want to hear it. Himuro apologizes again as he was selfish and caused him a lot of pain. He'll be there to cheer him in the finals to see Kagami become the N°1 player. He leaves a pleased Kagami. 
Together with his team, Himuro comes to watch the final game. During the match-up opposing the "Iron Heart" and the "Herculean Strength", he doesn't agree with the latter way of thinking about strength. But later, Himuro is astonished by the incredible power of Rakuzan's center. Even if Himuro has mocked Nebuya in the past, he wonders if anyone could beat him in strength.
|“||It's just that the qualities of each individual play are too high. He's basically the polar opposite of the free-styler Aomine-kun. Loyal to the basics. Extremely polished orthodox style. It's like an elegant dance.||”|
He is the one who taught Kagami how to play basketball, and it was revealed he has a perfect shooting form. According to Kuroko, he is on par with the Generation of Miracles. Even Aomine could also tell in one glance that he is a quality player, which is notable coming from him. He is, together with Murasakibara, the "double Ace" of Yōsen's team. However, Aomine commented that no matter how good he is, he can only be considered as "Prodigy", not the level of Generation of Miracles and Kise said that he is still not skillful enough to enter "Zone".
FakesEditAfter been taught directly by an ex-WNBA player and train for several years polishing his abilities, Himuro has the ability to create fakes at a pro-level. Himuro can make a fake shot at a level that Kagami and even Aomine fall for it. His agility is so impressive that he can make consecutive fakes (a fake shot, fake to the right and the fake to left) leaving a triple team guard and also everyone in the stadium confused in trying to guess what was real and what wasn't.
- Before the ball reaches the maximum point he throws it above,
- Then he grabs it and throws it again.
To a regular player, this would look like a simple 2 point shot, but with his perfect fakes, everything looks so real, the 1st shot creates a shadow and hides the other.  The shot creates a short timespan between the seen shot and the moment it actually releases. The blocker, often Kagami, tries to block the "first" shot and jumps with that timing. Himuro sets them off by shooting way later. Kiyoshi commented that it's obvious that he has been training on this for several years.
The true advantage of the Mirage Shot is that even when you know how it works, you still can't stop it. Jumping later with the goal of blocking the real shot is useless, as Himuro can see that, adapt and shoot a regular jump shot, to which the blocker will be too late for. If the blocker figures this out and jumps with a normal timing, he can use his Mirage Shot and evade the block. A seen method to counter this, is having two players block him, one who jumps at the proper timing and another who waits, jumps later and cover the second Mirage Shot. Another method is to simply cover both Mirage Shot in one jump, which is difficult because of the player has to leap very high.
- "Keep a hot heart and a cool head, think before you act, and never give up." (to Taiga Kagami) 
- "You and I are enemies right now. Come at me like you want to kill me." (to Taiga Kagami) 
- "No one can touch the Mirage Shot." 
- "Why ? I started playing basketball first. I love basketball more. WHY ISN'T IT ME ? WHY HIM ?" (to Alexandra Garcia)
- "Let me see you become the No. 1 player. Bro." (to Taiga Kagami) 
- He ranked 17th on the second character poll, with 267 votes.
- While Kagami's name is associated with the "tiger", Himuro's name means "dragon". In Chinese mythology, the Azure Dragon of the East and the White Tiger of the West are eternal rivals. This rivalry is further expressed in their surnames: "Hi" means "ice" while "Ka" translates as "fire". These elements, however, does not match the ones represented by the mythological creatures (where metal belongs to the Tiger and wood belongs to the Dragon).
- In the second ending sequence of the anime; you can see Himuro's shadow along with his ring-necklace, while he is with Kagami in the USA. This was before Himuro debuted.
- According to the CHARACTERS BIBLE:
- His motto is "Don’t expect life to be fair".
- His favorite food is pickles.
- His hobby is playing billiards.
- His specialty is juggling.
- Himuro is extremely popular with girls. In the manga it has been mentioned jealously by his teammates that he often receives love letters. In Replace III, Himuro was fought over by two kindergarten girls, both of which wanted to play house with him as their husband/boyfriend. It was also mentioned that he received a love letter from a cleaning lady from their school. Fukui comments of how Himuro's appeal was a little too universal (in other words, he seems to attract all ages).
|Players||Atsushi Murasakibara • Tatsuya Himuro • Kenichi Okamura • Kensuke Fukui • Wei Liu|