Black Cat

From Akudama Drive

The Black Cat (黒猫, Kuro Neko) is a character that appears in Akudama Drive.

Summary[edit]

The Black Cat is introduced as a robotic cat that is being used as a way for the Akudama to communicate with their anonymous boss. It first appears to the Akudama on the grounds of the Cutthroat's execution, which the Akudama are meant to stop from taking place, and is seen by the Ordinary Person who runs after it and because of it, accidentally becomes involved in the mission and introduces herself as the "Swindler".

The Black Cat follows the Akudama and continues to detail their mission as they go.

In Episode 4, upon their arrival in front of the vault, the Black Cat auto-destructs. The vault opens, revealing that its voice belonged to a young boy.

In Episode 7, the young boy details his and his sister's origins. The Black Cat turns out to have originally been a vessel for an Artificial Intelligence meant to monitor him and his siblings. When the Black Cat first auto-destructs after leaving the two siblings inside the vault, the Brother has the capacity to reconstruct it from its ashes.

Appearance[edit]

The Black Cat has black fur, yellow eyes and a red collar around its neck. As an AI, it had a robotic voice similar to that of an adult man. As the Brother, however, it had a robotic version of the latter's voice.

Personality[edit]

As the Brother, the Black Cat appears to be no nonsense, forcing the Akudama into the mission by threatening their lives. It also appears to be exceedingly clever, coming up with a masterplan to bypass the security of the Shinkansen.

The Black Cat is however revealed to originally have been the vessel for an AI. It identifies itself as a teacher to the siblings, and appears to empathize with their struggles, most notably the Brother's, as it claims itself that it was a bad idea to program an AI to have empathy.

It would appear that the robotic cat itself doesn't have a personality of its own, as the AI doesn't seem to conflict with Brother's control upon its reconstruction.

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

The Black Cat is a robot who was originally created to be a vessel for an Artificial Intelligence meant to monitor the Brother, his original siblings, and subsequently the Sister. The Black Cat's role was to act as a teacher around them. Once in the outside world, as a robot, it also acted as a puppet for the Brother, which played a role in gathering powerful and skillful Akudama as part of his plan to rescue himself and his sister from the Shinkansen, where they were trapped as cargo, and to be led to Expo Park.

Gathering the Akudama[edit]

Some time before the events of Episode 1, the Black Cat was sent out by the Brother to contact the Cutthroat and inform him about his mission to have him rescued and to trap his rescuers with bomb collars.[1]

At the start of Episode 1, the Black Cat was seen roaming around Kansai. It later appeared at the Police Station, following the Akudama, before being followed itself by a worried Ordinary Person who thought a cat was just dangerously wandering around the dangerous area, not knowing she would find herself face to face with powerful Akudama. Once the Ordinary Person caught the Black Cat, she protected it for the entire mission, in which she was involuntarily involved from that point on as the "Swindler".

Shinkansen Raid[edit]

Once the execution was over and all the Akudama were gathered, the Courier revealed himself to have been given a different mission from the rest: to deliver a case to the Cutthroat. The latter gladly opened it, and suddenly bomb necklaces had been installed around all the present Akudama's necks. The Black Cat then spoke up for the first time, standing on the Swindler's head. It revealed itself to be a robot controlled by an anonymous mastermind who planned to force the Akudama to participate in a raid at the Shinkansen. The Black Cat proceeded, as they had completed the first part of their mission, to pay the Akudama a total of ¥100,000,000 each, claiming that if the group successfully raided the Shinkansen they would get a total of ¥1,000,000,000.

After having the Akudama steal a flying bus, which the Cutthroat caused to crash into Seven Star Hotel Geisha and Dancing Girls, the Black Cat revealed the details of its plan. The mastermind intended to "steal" cargo from the Kyushu Plant, currently at the Kansai station to be transported to Kanto. While they were discussing the plan, two Executioners arrived to their room and began to fight the Akudama. Along with the Hacker who was carrying it, the Black Cat jumped off the Hotel window in order to escape, and hid at the Abandoned Factory until the others made their escape and joined them. Later, the Black Cat explained the plan further and separated the Akudama into different teams to start the raid by entering the cargo station and activating the emergency city electricity backup.

While the plan was being set into motion, the Black Cat stayed with the Courier, waiting for the right time to enter the Shinkansen.

Once inside, the Akudama encountered the same Executioners once again. While the others were fighting them, the Black Cat continued forwards with the Swindler and Hacker, who helped them break into the cargo room.

When finally they reached the Vault, the Black Cat congratulated the Akudama and disintegrated, leaving behind a key. The Swindler used it to open the Vault, in which she found the siblings. The Brother greeted them, revealing himself as the one in control of the Black Cat.

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Trivia[edit]

  • Renta! hosted a popularity poll in December 2020, in which the Black Cat ranked last with 392 votes to its name.[2]

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Characters
Akudama SwindlerCourierBrawlerDoctorHackerCutthroatHoodlum
Execution Division MasterApprenticeJuniorBoss
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