Kaneda Shotaro

Kaneda Shotaro is a anime/manga character in the Akira franchise
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The teenage leader of a motorcycle gang in Neo-Tokyo, Kaneda reluctantly finds himself in the middle of a war between the government and a resistance faction.

Origin

 
Kaneda grew up with a troubled youth in the post apocalyptic future in Neo-Tokyo.  His best friend was a fellow troubled youth named Tetsuo Shima. While both had their personal issues Kaneda was always the one to keep Tetsuo's rather violent personality from rising to close to the surface. They both had a passion for motorbikes. and Tetsuo always envied Kaneda, Kaneda had a way not only with ladies but with machines as well, Something that Tetsuo did not have. Their gang rules mentality eventually led to the formation of a motorbike gang known as "the Capsules" (in the Anime they are sometimes referred to also as the Heroics). Thus Kaneda had red leather biker's uniform embroidered with a large Pharmaceutical Pill on the back. 

Storyline


Kaneda's Gang isn't the only gang in Neo-Tokyo. Their Direct Competition/Rivals are a gang of miscreants known only as the Clowns. The Clowns tend to paint their faces and where outlandish outfits. Naturally the two Gangs fight constantly. During one particular night, while Kaneda and Tetsuo are battling the Clowns. Tetsuo wrecks his Bike as it explodes, trying to avoid a freakishly pale blue Child. Kaneda sees the incident and rushes to his pals aid. As it turns out the Child has psychic abilities. And the Japanese government is trying to catch him. Tetsuo and the Child named Takashi are captured by the military's forces. Kaneda and the rest of the "Capsules" are then arrested by the Neo-Tokyo Police. They are then taken into Police Custody for questioning. While waiting (handcuffed) in the lobby, Kaneda unsuccessfully attempts to flirt with a girl named Kei. Once in the Police Commissioner's Office they are questioned forcefully. However Kaneda and his gang only respond with snide, witty, comments, or smirks. The disrespect of authority leads to them being slapped across their faces by the police chief.
 
Kaneda and his gang as well as are released due to lack of evidence. Kaneda also negotiates Kei's release.
 
All the while his good buddy Tetsuo is discovered to have a strong psychic abilities by the military who are running tests on Tetsuo. Tetsuo uses his abilities to escape and meet up with his girlfirend Kaori. Tetsuo and Kaori find Kaneda's Bike and steal it. they are then spotted by the clowns who attack and beat up Tetsuo and attempt to rape Kaori. Until Kaneda and the rest of the Capsule's arrive to save Tetsuo and Kaori from them. Kaneda attempts to help his friend to his feet. But Tetsuo is writhing in pain from a powerful headache. And Tetsuo begins to lash out and threaten Kaneda for no apparent reason. A military van then swerves in and once again captures Tetsuo. ordering Kaneda and the Capsules to "get lost". 
 
Kaneda then makes to conscious decision to go and meet up with Kei, that night. He find her in town on the scene of a radical terrorist group's attack. He then learns that Kei is a member of a rebel group hellbent on stopping the government and their corrupt experiments fueled for war. Kei and the Terrorist accidentally reveal their plans for infiltrating a high tech, military secured hospital to uncover government secrets. Kaneda offers to aid them (knowing that Tetsuo is being held captive in the hospital) as long as the promise to release Tetsuo. The Resistance fighters agree to Kaneda's terms.
 
That very night, that Kaneda and Crew enter the hosptial. Tetsuo is attacked in his sleep by three other psychics that are held captive as well. They intend to kill Tetsuo before he has full use of his power. 

 
Kaneda and Kei run into the Colonel. But there are more pressing matters at hand. Because Tetsuo has become stronger and is attempting the kill the three psychic children. Tetsuo spares the kid's lives in turn for information regarding someone named Akira. The kids give up the information on Akira and his whereabouts reluctantly. Tetsuo escapes in search of the cryo prison where Akira is being held. Kaneda, Kei, and the Colonel arrive to late to stop Tetsuo. But they learn about him heading for Akira from the children. And decide to take off after him, hoping they can reach him before he finds Akira. However the colonel orders that Kaneda and Kei be held until the Tetsuo situation can be resolved.
 
One of the Children explain that Tetsuo finding Akira would be bad news for everyone and helps Kaneda and Kei escape. in hopes that they may be more successful than the Colonel in capturing or at least stopping Tetsuo.
 
Kaneda discovers that Tetsuo has made pit stops along the way to finding Akira. where he killed several of their friends. Kaneda decides that Tetsuo is no longer the same kid he grew up with and that Tetsuo needs to be stopped.
 
Tetsuo in the mean time finds the cryo lab/prison, killing several people on the way. Tetsuo discovers that Akira is no longer alive and that his organs are simply being preserved in jars. All the While the Colonel has declared Martial Law now that Neo-Tokyo has erupted in civil disrupt. The Colonel is the first to find Tetsuo who is now cradling Akira's remains. The Colonel explains to him that Akira was responsible for the destruction of Tokyo back in the 90's and that he has been dead since. and that they preserved his organs for study. Kaneda arrives, angry and wielding a laser rifle. Seizing the moment Kaneda fires rapidly upon Tetsuo while Tetsuo is distracted. The first shot slices deep into Tetsuo's arm. The rest are then blocked through Tetsuo's powers. The Colonel also seizes Tetsuo moment of weakness and uses an orbital laser to sever Tetsuo's injured aright arm. Tetsuo escapes. and seeks Refuge at an old baseball stadium and reconstructs his missing limp using ramshackle bits of material mentally held together. His girlfriend Kaori is the first to find Tetsuo, she tries to comfort and console him and he relaxes a little. but then the Colonel along with Kaneda and Kei arrive and this angers him once again. Attempting to be diplomatic the group pleads with Tetsuo to return the compound. He adamantly refuses the request forcing the Colonel to fire upon him. Then the psychic children show up and protect Kaneda and Kei. When Tetsuo loses all control of himself and begins to merge with Akira and the Stadium. He murders his girlfriend Kaori. The Children realize that to stop Tetsuo the must summon forth Akira, and when they do it creates another explosion. Two of the Children protect the Colonel (whom is the only friend they know) but the third child decides to protect Kaneda, despite the other Children telling him it is impossible and pointless. The Explosion engulfs Tokyo for the second time. 

Kaneda wakes up to find that he Kei are alive and safe. Not knowing where the children or the colonel went. They ride off together on Kaneda's bike.
 
 

Equipment

 
Not much is known about Kaneda's bike, other than the fact that it is faster than most bikes in the city because of its aerodynamic design combined with Kaneda's driving skills. It it adorned with several stickers with various company names on it, almost as if meant to resemble the way NASCAR racers have sponsors all over their car.

Abilities

-Displays Charisma by Charming people
-Good with many types of Vehicles/Machines 
-Displays Courage in the Face of Impossible Odds
-Displays Hand to Hand Skill on pare with peak Military officials
-Stealthy
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Name: Kaneda Shotaro
Name: 金田 正太郎
Romanji: Kaneda Shōtarō
Gender: Male
Birthday: 09/05/2003
1st manga book: Akira #1
1st anime episode:
1st anime movie: Akira
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