Brawler

From Akudama Drive

The Brawler (喧嘩屋 Kenkaya) is a main character of Akudama Drive. Due to the chaos that he caused in his search for a strong opponent, he was classified as an Akudama and given a prison sentence of 348 years.

Background[edit]

The Brawler is one of the Akudama in the most wanted list. His love for fighting and finding the most challenging enemy to fight against no matter the consequences earned him a sentence of 348 years.

Appearance[edit]

The Brawler is a dark skinned individual with maroon shoulder-length locs. He dons a military green high collared coat, dark cargo pants and black boots. His coat is always unzipped and he is bare-chested underneath. He has a number of ornaments on his person including two different beaded necklaces and several binders on his locs, one of them with a skull face. He has a trimmed goatee and dark, catty eyeliners.

Personality[edit]

The Brawler is an individual with a pure and straightforward personality who believes that power is everything and has no qualms with losing his life as long as he gets to fight a strong enemy.[1] His often violent demeanor matches his strong appearance, showcased through his constant willingness to fight new enemies as well as gestures such as fist bumping his allies as a show of camaraderie. His simple principles can cause surprise among some of the latter, as portrayed by the Hoodlum's amazed confusion in face of his actions, or annoyance among others, as portrayed by the Doctor who dubs him a meathead.

He is a confident man who appears ignorant at times, questioning, for example, such simple concepts as how long 20 minutes last.[2] In his befriending the Hoodlum, who lies about his exploits, he shows to be very trusting of other people, to the point of appearing gullible.

History[edit]

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Past[edit]

Not much is known about the Brawler's past other than him being a wanted Akudama who earned him an estimated sentence of 348 years, making him one of the most wanted Akudama in Kansai.

The Black Cat[edit]

Before meeting the other Akudama at the Central Elevator Hall, the Brawler, having received a request to rescue the Cutthroat from his execution with a total reward of ¥100,000,000, fought many police robots, causing disarray at the Police station. As he arrived at the Police Station, he met the Doctor, Hacker, Courier and later an Ordinary Person with a Black Cat who falsely introduced herself as the "Swindler".

Once they had met up, a tank came out firing missiles from the Central Elevator Hall causing the floor to collapse in the underground prison where they meet another Akudama, the Hoodlum, a lower-class criminal who joined them upon hearing about the mission to interrupt the Cutthroat's execution in exchange for a ridiculously large sum of money. Arriving at the location of the upcoming public execution in the underground, the Brawler started to fight the tank along with the other Akudama.

  • In the manga, the Brawler had made his first appearance earlier in a scene picturing him at a noodles stall, requesting another serving from the vendor. The latter informed him that he was out of noodles, which angered him in spite of his claim that he had already eaten 38 servings. The Brawler grabbed him, complaining, but he was interrupted by the arrival of the Bullet Train on the rails above them.

Shinkansen Raid[edit]

Once the execution was successfully interrupted and as everyone was finally safe, the Courier revealed himself to have a different mission: to deliver a strange case to the Cutthroat. The latter gladly opened it, and suddenly bomb necklaces had been installed around all the present Akudama's necks, including the Brawler's. The Black Cat that had been rescued by the Swindler began to talk, revealing itself to be a robot controlled by an anonymous mastermind who planned to force the Akudama to participate in a raid at the Shinkansen, a sacred place found in Kansai to test them and see everyone's potential during this first phase of their plan. The mastermind proceeded, as they had completed the first part of their mission, to pay the Brawler along with the rest of the group a total of ¥100,000,000 each, sent to their seal e-payment, claiming that if the group successfully raided the Shinkansen they would get a total of ¥1,000,000,000. Although he was not interested in the money, the Brawler accepted the job in order to test his strength during the raid.

Outside the underground station, the Brawler and Hacker stole a flying bus to initiate their plan. Onboard, he properly met fellow Akudama the Hoodlum, who claimed he had an estimated sentence of 50,000,000 years and was one of the most wanted Akudama, which he believed and was greatly impressed by. Inside the bus, the Cutthroat, revealing a strong liking of anything red, pressed all the red emergency buttons, causing the bus to gain maximum speed and crash on Seven-Star Hotel Geisha and Dancing Girls.

Having survived the crash, the Akudama were attacked by the police, but fought them off and killed them. Considering the hotel a proper hideout, the Black Cat revealed the details of its plan to the Akudama. The mastermind intended to "steal" cargo from the Kyushu Plant, currently at the Kansai station to be transported to Kanto. As they discussed the plan, two Executioners arrived at their room and began to fight the Akudama. The Brawler started to fight the Execution Division Master and Execution Division Apprentice with the help of the Courier, but was seemingly defeated by the Apprentice. Having been defeated by the Master, the Courier used his bike to cause a massive explosion and allowed the group to successfully escape the Executioners and hide at the Abandoned Factory. At the Factory, the Black Cat assigned the Brawler along with the Doctor and Hoodlum to push a button located upstairs at the station in order to reach Kanto.

Initiating phase two, the three of them headed to their positions at the elevator station, only to find a barrier blocking their way, keeping them from going any further. In need for a way around it, the Brawler, a proud fist-fighter, found that he could break down the pillars surrounding the barrier one by one, allowing the Hoodlum to go through and awkwardly succeed in hitting the button, at which point they meet with the rest of their group and use the elevator to head to the Shinkansen.

Inside the Shinkansen, the two Executioners once again made their appearance, trying to stop them one last time. The Brawler, along with the Courier, Hoodlum and Doctor fought back in order to proceed with their mission.

  • In the manga, when he felt a wave of fear during his fight against the Master, the Brawler remembered a conversation he had with his grandfather around a humble meal. His grandfather told him that "the moment you get spooked, the fight is over". Visibly younger and with short hair, the Brawler replied that he had many fights under his belt and nothing scared him, when his grandfather suddenly tried to stab him with his chopsticks, which evidently scared him. Pointing that out, the old man added: "it doesn't matter what you're doing. Fear brings defeat."

    Immediately afterwards, he remembered a very similar scene, in which his grandfather wore an eye patch and he himself had aged and grown out his hair. His grandfather repeated the same thing. The Brawler retorted that he "doesn't have eyes to spare", but this time, the old man added: "put your life on the line to win. Because winning is everything in life," to which the Brawler replied: "When I fight... I don't know the word 'fear'."

    Seeing the Master run in his direction, Brawler repeated those words in his mind. Embarrassed with himself, after a short amount of time, he roared and joined the battle again, saying: "when I fight... I don't know the word 'fear.' And yet... I stepped back... It's unforgivable..."[3]

Although he was considering pledging allegiance to the powerful Cutthroat, the Hoodlum was impressed by Brawler and surprised himself by intervening in the fight to help him.

Having successfully fought them off, they finally reached the Vault car, at which point the Black Cat disintegrated, leaving behind him a key. They used it to open the Vault, in which they found two children, a brother and a sister, as such completing the second phase.

Expo Park Escape[edit]

The Akudama successfully finished the Shinkansen Raid and rescued the two children known as Brother and Sister, who revealed themselves to be the masterminds behind the Black Cat. The siblings made another request to deliver them to Kansai and promised to double the amount of money intended. Uninterested, the Brawler initially refused, only to find out the bomb collar around his neck gave him no choice but to continue working for them.

Outside the Shinkansen, the group stopped and rested at the Abandoned Ward 3, waiting for the rain to stop, having left the Hacker behind. As they waited, the Doctor pressed the Brother and Sister to answer her questions, but as they refused, the Swindler requested that she stopped, claiming she was "being a bully". Despite not having intervened earlier, the Brawler agreed that bullying the kids was wrong and sided with the Swindler. On the next day, the group proceeded to the North Side of the Fortification wall where they encountered the Master one more time.

The Master first fought with the entire group, but claiming to have been waiting for this moment, the Brawler stayed behind to fight the Master on his own and let the rest escape. The two of them fought all over the Kansai Contaminated Ward in an all-out fistfight while the Hoodlum, his "bro", who had fainted when he earlier launched him at the Master thinking that he could fight, tried to catch up to him.

  • In the manga, during this fight, the Brawler remembered his initial conversation with his grandfather again. Holding bloody chopsticks in his hand, he was the one to have struck back and stabbed his grandfather in the eye. The latter continued his lesson by telling him that enjoying pain is part of enjoying a fight, and concluded it with: "you only live once. Enjoy fights to the fullest." Smiling to himself, the current day Brawler then said: "Take a good look... old man..." before continuing his attack on the Master.[4]

Both the Brawler and Master were ready to die to give a satisfactory end to this fight, and the Brawler, who was already bleeding out from a wound administrated by the Master during an earlier fight, gave the last of his energy to give the final blow right as his opponent gave his. The two of them successfully killed each other and died on the Old Kansai Bridge.

Legacy[edit]

The Hoodlum arrived shortly after his death, only to stare at his body, powerless. Seeing that the Apprentice had found her Master's corpse at the same time, in an act of revenge, the Hoodlum ran to her to stab her in the eye, using the Master's weapon. He then returned to the group to reveal that the Brawler had passed away.

Later, the Hoodlum, having been manipulated by the Doctor, ambushed the Courier, Swindler, Apprentice and Execution Division Junior at the Shinkansen and threatened to kill the Swindler, but she reminded him of his moments with the Brawler and what he would have done if he were still alive. She mentioned how much the Brawler looked up to him, and his legacy successfully changed his mind, convincing him to turn against the Doctor at the cost of his own life.

In the manga, the Hoodlum's decision was led by a specific memory of a conversation he had with the Brawler, during which the latter revealed to him that he would not mind dying for the sake of a fight with a worthy opponent - in fact, the fact that his opponent could kill him would be the best part. If the most badass fight of his life could be his last, then he would have no regrets. The Brawler flicked his thumb then, and the Hoodlum eventually flicked his thumb up as well, telling him he was "just the coolest". About to die from the Doctor's retaliation, the Hoodlum flicked his bloody thumb up one last time and, visualizing his smile, repeated the Brawler's belief to himself: "there's nothing better than fighting against someone stronger than you."[5]

Notable relationships[edit]

Hoodlum[edit]

The Brawler believed the Hoodlum's false claims of greatness and befriended him as a consequence, assuming they had the same strengths and interests. Convinced that his friend is stronger than he looks, he urges him to participate in fights alongside him, never noticing his reluctance. Oftentimes hyped up by the Hoodlum, whom he's dubbed his "bro", unaware that he is usually doing so to push him to do the dirty work for him, the Brawler's invitations to participate in fights and his compliments in response to his lies are usually accompanied by attempts to psych him up too. Because of that, their relationship is largely represented by loud compliments for one another.

Execution Division Master[edit]

The Brawler and Master have similarities despite being at odds, both possessing an immense desire to fight. Enthused by their duels, the Brawler considers him a worthy opponent; usually the strongest fighter, he is excited to fight against someone who can challenge him. Having similar strength and abilities, the two of them wind up killing the other as the conclusion to their ultimate duel. If the Master mentions "hating people like the Brawler the most", the latter only seems to care about his ability to fight.

Doctor[edit]

While the Doctor expresses a strong dislike for the Brawler, he does not appear to care, and wrongly trusts her to treat his wounds. Unbeknownst to him, she winds up being the one responsible for his death instead of the ultimate challenging fight he had chosen for himself.

Abilities and Equipment[edit]

Unarmed combat proficiency: Befitting of his name, the Brawler is extremely skilled when it comes to hand to hand combat. He is able to defeat multiple police robots with ease despite them being able to easily capture an average person. He is also able to compete with other skilled fighters, such as the Execution Division Master, whom he eventually killed with nothing but his bare hands.

Superhuman strength, speed and durability: The Brawler has what can be described as superhuman strength, with speed and durability that exceed most people. With his strength, he can throw people up into the ceiling with one arm, jump vast distances and uproot gigantic pillars.

The Brawler has also proven to be fairly resistant to pain, being notably able to keep fighting after being stabbed by the Master's energy sword.

Another one of Brawler's apparent superhuman abilities is his resistance to drugs and toxins. This is seen when he is apparently immune to the toxic gas created by the Doctor, as she states that the dosage of it is supposedly strong enough to paralyze an elephant.

Fighting spirit: Besides his superhuman abilities and his fighting skills, the Brawler benefits from a powerful fighting spirit. He enjoys brawling and refuses to run from a good fight. His immense willpower allows him to ignore the pain from his injuries and fight until he dies.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The Brawler's favorite food is meat.[1]
    • In Episode 5, when given the lunch box, the meat he imagined was enormous. He was able to quickly finish it and even asked for seconds.
  • Renta! hosted a popularity poll in December 2020, in which Brawler ranked 9th with 584 votes to his name.[7]
  • His Japanese name, 喧嘩屋 Kenkaya, literally translates to "fighter".
  • Manga artist Rokurou Ogaki published two Tweets on November 29, 2021, to celebrate the Brawler's birthday. In one of them, he mentions the appearance of a younger Brawler and his grandfather in the manga, claiming that he wishes he could draw more stories about these two characters.[8]

References[edit]

  1. This character's gender was confirmed in the official manga adaptation. (Courier) (Brawler) (Hacker) (Hoodlum) (Cutthroat) (Brother)

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