[[spoiler:In Episode 12, he uses it to destroy the Executioner headquarters for his and the kids' escape, and later removes it from his bike to destroy the last Executioner drone pursuing Brother and Sister. �* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He has maroon colored hair.�* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: He spends his last moments holding off the pursuing Executioner drones so Brother and Sister can escape, destroying all three of them at the cost of his life.]]�[[/folder]]��[[folder:Brawler]]�!!Brawler�!!! [[spoiler:While recovering from his wounds, he finds out about how the mob was handled [[HeelRealization and begins to wonder if both sides really are all that different]], much like Pupil did before. ]]�* MrExposition: They provide exposition into the story's background and history.�* RighteousRabbit: Bunny is presented as more knowledge and accepting of Kanto's policies while his co-star is portrayed as as a hopeless dolt in comparison. He�s the one who fights the executioners the most.�* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: [[spoiler:The biggest and brawniest of the crew, he's the first to die. Their mysterious client-turned-captor has a second task for them, one he'll pay… Osomatsu-kun: Suika no Hoshi Kara Konnichiwa zansu! ]]�** It also manages to [[spoiler:shut down all power in Kanto, which extends to the Executioner drones just as the last one is closing in on Brother and Sister running away from it on foot, giving Courier one last chance to destroy it once and for all. [[KilledOffForReal Unfortunately, his reappearance is short lived. [17] On December 2, 2020, Funimation announced that the series would receive an English dub. �* CuteAndPsycho: His childlike behavior makes him seem rather innocent at times, though it�s well-established early on that he�s a known serial killer.�* TheCoatsAreOff: Rare offensive example. As it turns out, both he and and his sister were part of an experiment on human immortality. Not Akudama Drive. [[spoiler:He's apparently able to see a red halo over Swindler's head that keeps growing bigger and bigger, to the point that he was able to track her down after everyone gets separated after Doctor's betrayal. ]]�* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Downplayed. Akudama Drive (Japanese: アクダマドライブ, Hepburn: Akudama Doraibu) is a 2020 Japanese cyberpunk anime television series produced by Pierrot and Too Kyo Games.Set in a dystopian future in Kansai, the story follows criminals known as Akudama who are pursued by the government though one of them is an ordinary citizen who decides to take a fake identity to survive. Last week’s focus on Swindler didn’t just make her more sympathetic, it painted a way forward for both her character and the story: the rescue of Brother from Kansai’s clutches. [[spoiler:She also reveals that she started the Master-Pupil system to lower their shockingly high casualty rate, banking on the Executioners bonding with their partners and being less willing to throw their lives away. When Master catches up with the Akudama, Brawler fights him willingly, while the others are forced to do so as they try to make their escape. �* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Boss insinuates that she's become this after Master's death. There is the implication that he only protects her so he can kill her later. ]]�* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:After Master's death, she feels this way towards the main group, but especially Hoodlum for taking her eye. ]]�* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:She suspends both Master and Pupil for an unspecified amount of time for failing to capture/kill the Akudamas. 「SE7EN」 It was tricky to know what to expect from Akudama Drive.As an anime project from director Taguchi Tomohisa and original creator Kodaka Kazutaka of Danganronpa fame, a story about a vague dystopian future could go anywhere from retreading the same territory as DR to creating an entirely new oddball story like ‎Death Come True.With the first episode of Akudama Drive, … His only goal in life is to take on anyone who can guarantee him a fight where he can put ''his very life'' on the line. [[NotSoStoic It�s also hinted at that he isn�t completely unflappable outside of work]].�* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:When a thug is about kill Swindler, Courier comes in and takes him out first. Now let’s see what Akudama Drive Episode 10 brings us. ]]�* InvisibleParents: Her family is never brought up when she is seen at her house in Episode 11. The wait for season 1 (Akudama Drive) episode 9 is ultimately over friends! Studio Pierrot's producer Tominaga was my college classmate, so he called me to make an original anime with him. Kenkaya = Fighter (Brawler) 35 years. Unless—and this might. He's comparatively the smarter one between them and is able to trick the HotBlooded Brawler [[MilesGloriosus into thinking he's a incredibly dangerous criminal to gain his respect]], and so often serves to hold back his violent tendencies, such as in Episode 3 when he calms him down over the fact that they can't kill the guards without setting off alarms by claiming there's someone even stronger inside the building that he can fight once they're further in.�* SelfDestructiveCharge: [[spoiler:Armed with Pupil's electric jutte, he charges directly at her fueled by rage and heartbreak over the death of Brawler. Akudama Drive is pure madness. Relation Image Name Episode appearance Type Episodes Year Rating Average Action; main character in: Akudama Drive: 1-5: TV Series: 12: 2020: 6.40 (218): 6.98 (219): vote stats ]]�* BerserkButton: Do not overestimate hacking by thinking it is that easy.�* BigDamnHeroes: He pulls this off [[spoiler:posthumously through a program he left in Swindler's phone]]:�** Just as Courier, Brother and Sister are cornered by the Executioners, [[spoiler:it manages to start an uprising of civilians against the Executioners through ManipulativeEditing of Swindler's death livestream to make it look like PoliceBrutality on an innocent civilian. She's didn�t hesitate to save Courier at almost the cost of her own life ''twice'', and was willing to die trying to get [[spoiler:Brother and Sister to their destination safely despite hardly knowing anything about their situation at the time. ]]�* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:She has a massive freak-out when the civilians throw a massive riot in response to Swindler's HeroicSacrifice. Really brings a certain fight loving criminal named [[Manga/HunterXHunter Uvogin]] to mind, doesn�t it?�* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Hoodlum finds him lying mortally wounded after his battle with Master, and the last thing he does is break into a smile as he realizes that his "big bro" got to see the greatest fight of his life. He instantly regrets it though and mostly just watches, aside from when he knocks Master over the head when he's about to finish off Brawler. '''Voiced by:''' Creator/YoshikoSakakibara (Japanese), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (English)�[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gram.png]] ��Boss is an elderly woman who seems to be the leader of the Execution Division. Yet spiritually they are extremely similar, because Akudama Drive follows the three tenets of Cyberpunk almost to the T. [...] Bad luck doesn't even begin to cover it. ]]�* {{Hammerspace}}: She carries several operation kits worth of scalpels and other medical instruments in her longcoat, as well as dozens of bottles of different chemicals. �* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:She shows herself to the Executioners in the hopes of stalling them while Courier escapes with the children, with the added bonus of livestreaming her death and making it look like PoliceBrutality to turn the public against the Executioners. �* WrittenByTheWinners: Based on their dialogue and how they blatantly praise Kanto, the faction that won the apocalyptic war of the two states, their characterizations are written to teach the present and future generations about who won the war and the wonders they do for Kansai. Female Characters . I guess the same can be said about Hoodlum since he’s only got four years to his name and is just as “normal” as Swindler. [14], The anime was delayed from July 2020 to October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bother and Sister get wounded on occasion when the Executioners attempt to reclaim them, and [[spoiler:when a girl tries to get a closer look at her recently deceased parents, the Executioner at the scene is not afraid to violently toss her aside. Akudama Drive … ]]�* {{Expy}}: His general appearance and initial love for money in the beginning is very reminiscent to [[Manga/HunterXHunter Leorio. ]]�* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[https://twitter.com/kazkodaka/status/1334524926166851585 According to]] [[VisualNovel/Danganronpa2GoodbyeDespair Monomi's]] speculation in Kodaka's weekly roleplay livetweeting, [[spoiler:the growing halo he sees on Swindler is formed from genuine affection. In Kansai, a group of six Akudama carry out missions given to them by a mysterious black cat, while evading the police. !Black Cat�!!! ]]�* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:He's killed by Swindler, the girl he obsessed over and pursued relentlessly to kill. Norimitsu Kaihō, Ryō Morise, Yoshifumi Sasahara, Tomohisa Taguchi. I can tell theres the potential for something great there, but it seemed like episode one danced around it. Berry ; October 15, 2020; Akudama Drive Anime ... the plan, and her record is clean. Roped into the job are an ordinary girl arrested on a minor charge but forced to keep up the appearance of a Swindler, and a low-level Hoodlum who was accidentally broken out of jail during the initial heist. Yumeiro Patissiere: Mune Kyun Tropical Island! That’s right, Akudama Drive, from Studio Pierrot and Danganronpa: The Animation creator Kazutaka Kodaka, is officially getting an English dub! In the ensuing chaos, Brother forces Swindler and Sister aboard the rocket to protect them, leaving himself behind as the rocket launches. Anime, Manga, Top List, Top List 2020 best anime, akudama drive, anime, best anime of 2020, best manga, Deca-Dence, Dorohedoro, Fire Force, Food Wars!, Fruits Basket, great pretender, Jujutsu Kaisen, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Keep Your hands off eizouken, shoukugeki no soma, Top 10 anime of 2020, top anime list ]]�* TheCracker: His primary role in the group. Unfortunately, Courier still suffers a severe wound and eventually bleeds out. ]]�* VerbalTic: Has a habit of clicking his tongue when things don�t go his way. ]]�* {{Tsundere}}: Towards Pupil. ]]�* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:In the confusion of all the citizens trying to board the ''Shinkansen'', he slits Doctor's throat in the way he taught her to kill her, only to get his own slashed in return. She's somehow able to trick the other Akudama that she's also a dangerous criminal like them, and in Episode 3 when posing as a deliverywoman, she's somehow able to easily lie to the guard about the usual girl being sick despite her clear signs of nervousness.�* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: While horrified at first, she seems to get progressively used to the other Akudamas' murderous antics, culminating in her [[spoiler:killing two thugs to defend herself and Sister, something she gets over quickly despite her initial shock, citing that she had no choice. ... Shoyo is called many names due to the fact that of being so small yet such a powerful presence in the court. The ordinary citizen ends up helping Courier in destroying a tank drone. ]]�* EyeScream: [[spoiler:While only the aftermath is shown, she loses an eye when Hoodlum attacks her after he sees Brawler's corpse. ]]�* KnifeNut: Carries around a variety of knives for cutting people apart.�* LackOfEmpathy: Killing innocent people comes just as easy as breathing to him. It doesn't help that Kodaka described him as a "built idiot" and the other criminals take jabs at how stupid he is. After the battle between Brawler and Master, which leaves both of them dead, Hoodlum encounters Pupil and attacks her. [20] Other influences include Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1980) and Mamoru Oshii's film Ghost in the Shell (1995). Both the anime’s direction and the characters themselves move with inhuman quickness, so clustering most of the in-between frames around the key poses seems to be Akudama Drive’s secret sauce. The first season of ‘Akudama Drive’ will stream on Funimation with its authentic Japanese audio and English subtitles beginning October 8, 2020. Akudama Drive stars a bunch of them, most of whom are pictured right above these words, and they are in fact what the Akudama are. Courier -he can deliver any package to the recipient but … ]]�* MsFanservice: Her curves and clothes aside, the camera really loves focusing on her breasts and ass. ]]�* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:He returns in Episode 11. ]]�* ButtMonkey: He's genuinely the loser member of the Akudama, but can get really show it when pushed far.�* CoolShades: He has circular orange glasses.�* CowardlyLion: He's generally a cowardly individual, but when he's inspired by Brawler's (misguided) admiration for him in Episode 4, he's compelled to stay behind with him and Cutthroat to hold the line against the Executioners. ]]]]�* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Zigzagged. Norimitsu Kaihō and Taguchi oversaw the series scripts. Japanese. ]]]]�* ChallengeSeeker: Ultimately, he's bored with how easy it is for him in Kansai and desires to go to Kanto in hopes that it'd be more exciting. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, they're all dead. I lived with criminals, I killed people, and nearly died who knows how many time. This backfires on her as he decides to strangle her with his one remaining arm instead. [19] Kaihō commented that the cast is meant to be rebellious in contrast to similar series where the cast relies on each other. ]]�* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: She gives this speech to [[spoiler:Hoodlum when he holds her at knife point under Doctor's orders. Akudama drive features a large cast of characters that don’t have real names. She also does this to Pupil by forcing her to hand over Brother or risk losing her new partner. !Ordinary Person [=/=] Swindler�!!! There is no denying there is ALOT of differences between these two. This prompts people to try and arrest, if not outright kill, her. [[spoiler:However, most of them died in the first ten episodes. ]]�* {{Expy}}: Like [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc Makoto Naegi]], another character made by Kazutaka Kodaka, Swindler is essentially a [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy completely ordinary]] NiceGirl who, [[BornUnlucky due to incredibly shitty luck]], ends up in a life-threatening scenario surrounded by a bunch of eccentric and dangerous individuals. [[spoiler:Her first kills are her taking out men who threatened her and Sister with the lid of a metal can. ]]�* EmotionlessGirl: She hardly shows any emotions. Akudama Drive is wacky anime trash, coasting on pure style. Akudama Drive Episodes 8 & 9. A manga adaptation is also being written. 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