|Shotaro Kaneda, in the movie adaptation of the manga, Akira|
|Birthday:||September 5, 2003|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in|
|1989 Voice Actor:||Cam Clarke|
|2001 Voice Actor:||Johnny Yong Bosch|
Known to other characters by his family name, the 16-year-old Kaneda is the main protagonist of both the manga and its anime adaptation. Other characters, particularly Kaneda's childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, envy him for his brash, defiant, over-confident personality and the custom sports bike he owns. A natural leader, Kaneda heads a gang of young bikers called The Capsules -- named for "capsules" of drugs -- on the streets of Neo-Tokyo.
He befriended Tetsuo when they were young and they remained friends up until the events of Akira. On the night of Tetsuo's accident, Kaneda and the rest of the gang are taken in for questioning. While there, he meets Kei, whom he'll eventually be teamed up with. He's unwillingly been thrown into the middle of a battle between the government and a resistance faction. Not interested in politics, but seemingly obsessed with playing the hero and winning the woman, Kaneda makes it his duty to keep Kei and Neo-Tokyo safe from the maniacal Tetsuo. Even though his goal is to bring Tetsuo down, he can't shake the fact that he was his best friend.
When the movie was released, a full-scale reproduction of Kaneda's bike was made as a showpiece for advertisements. According to "Akira Club," the bike's whereabouts "became unknown" after being sent to England for a publicity campaign.
|Total Length||2947 mm|
|Total Height||1171 mm (including the shield)|
|Total Width||831 mm|
|Seat Height||34 cm|
|Ground Clearance||76 mm|
|Dry Weight||154 kg|
|Type|| Twin Ceramic Rotor |
(Two wheel drive by normal temperature
superconducting motor built in the wheel)
|Electric power supply||power generation by a gasoline engine|
|Highest electricity production||83.0kW|
|Steering||Conventional (fork/steering head)|
|Brakes||ABS (Anti-lock braking system)|
|Electronic Equipment|| Radar for obstacle, |
Auto navigation system