Doctor

From Akudama Drive

Ah, nothing beats the feeling of someone's life in my hands!

— Episode 1 - SE7EN


The Doctor (医者 Isha) is a main character of Akudama Drive. Due to killing multiple people and performing surgery on others without their consent, she was classified as an Akudama and given a prison sentence of 432 years.

Appearance[edit]

The Doctor is a tall woman with wavy chest-length pink hair that fades to light blue at the tips, golden yellow eyes and a desirable body shape. She wears glasses with pink glass and black frames. Her eyebrows are noticeably dark, suggesting that she bleaches her hair.

Attirewise, she dresses very skimpily, wearing a dark purple sleeveless, strapless bodysuit with a translucent pink strapless crop top with corset lacing at the front and a matching mini-skirt of the same fabric. She wears a white doctor's coat over this, with a stethoscope as a necklace in addition to her bomb collar and a black belt with a gold circle buckle. She tops this off with wearing thigh-high boots with high heels. She wears her hair tied in a low side ponytail, which usually rests on her left shoulder.

Background[edit]

The Doctor is known for her interesting methods of crime; she will save one life, but kill whoever gets in her way, typically with scalpels or other medical tools. She also has an expertise with chemicals such as tranquilizers. She also alludes to the idea that she gives more sexual favors in exchange for what she wants, displayed when she asks for a smoke from Courier and offers that he, "can have a go" while pressing against him.

Personality[edit]

The Doctor is a mad scientist who toys with people's lives for fun. She has a calm demeanor and tends to tease Courier. She has a habit of messing with her nails, and her favorite foods are wine and cheese.[1] She enjoys power and likes to feel she has control over the life and death of those around her, with this ambition having been stated to have been her main motivation for becoming a Doctor in the first place.

As seen with her betrayal of the other Akudama and her employers (both the Brother and later the Executioners), she does not have any qualms with betraying others for her own benefit and to get what she wants.

The Doctor is also shown to have a murderous streak where she has shown to have a habit of killing anyone for no apparent reason other than a whim, as seen where she was shown to have little to no motivation or care to casually committing mass murder by killing all the passengers in the train or air ship she was taking for no apparent reason other than the fact that they annoyed her. Later as revealed by her, she showed to have no problem with purposefully rigging her first aid treatment on Brawler to subtly kill him due to simply finding him to be "annoying", showing how little she actually cares for others.

As stated by her and observed, Doctor possess a very twisted perception of what it means to be a "doctor", with her believing that as she is a doctor, it is her right and role to "play and toy with everyone's life", this includes her own. This belief being her prime motivation for her highly amoral and sadistic disposition towards others and her lack of regret in any of her actions of operating on people for fun, nonchalantly killing people in scores solely due to boredom or purposefully killing someone due to being annoyed with them.

This belief has been shown to have even given the Doctor something akin to a God Complex, with her ultimate goal being is to obtain the power needed to bend "Death" itself to her will, with her wanting the ability to simply want something to "die" and they die instantly and if she wants them to "live", they live.

It is due to this desire that the Doctor has researched and studied extensively in the medical field for the sole goal of obtaining this "power".

History[edit]

Past[edit]

Not much is known about the Doctor's past other than her being a wanted Akudama, which earned her an estimated sentence of 432 years, making her one of the most wanted Akudama in Kansai.

The Black Cat[edit]

Before meeting the other Akudama at the Central Elevator Hall, the Doctor was inside a train along with other passengers in Kansai. When one of the passengers had a heart attack, she stepped in to operate on him at the same time as she mercilessly killed all the other passengers on board. She then received a request to rescue the Cutthroat from his execution with a total reward of ¥100,000,000. When she arrived at the Police Station, she met the Brawler, Hacker, Courier and later an Ordinary Person purchasing a Black Cat who falsely introduced herself as the "Swindler". Because the Hacker couldn't find her on the Akudama list, she claimed to have tricked the list, which the Doctor found impressive, as she considered her one of her rivals in rescuing the Cutthroat.

Following this interaction, a tank came out firing missiles from the Central Elevator Hall, causing the floor to collapse to the underground prison where they met another Akudama, the Hoodlum, a lower-class criminal who joined them upon hearing about their mission's ridiculously large monetary reward.

Once on the grounds of the execution, the Doctor, along with the rest of the Akudama, started fighting the robots and police officers who guarded the Cutthroat.

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 Doctor'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 Doctor 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.

Outside the underground station, the Doctor started to wonder if the job was even worth it. Meanwhile, the Hacker and Brawler successfully stole a flying bus to initiate their plan. 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.

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.

As the Brawler was fighting the Executioners, the Doctor tried to sneak attack the Execution Division Apprentice but was immediately beaten by having her throat cut open.

However, her presence in the factory alongside the other Akudama after the fight revealed that she escaped alive at some point, which she explained by claiming she "self-medicated". From inside the factory, the Black Cat assigned the Doctor along with the Brawler 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, while the Doctor kept an eye on the countdown. This allowed the Hoodlum to go through and awkwardly succeed in hitting the button, at which point they met with the rest of their group and used the elevator to head to the Shinkansen.

Inside the Shinkansen, the two Executioners once again arrived, trying to stop them one last time. The Doctor, along with the Courier, Hoodlum and Brawler fought back in order to proceed with their mission. 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. After the Doctor provided first aid to the Brawler, who suffered a deep injury to his abdomen during his fight with the Master in the Shinkansen, The siblings made another request to deliver them to Kansai and promised to double the reward.

After saying their farewells to the Hacker, who decided to stay in Kanto, the group stopped and rested at the Abandoned Ward 3. While waiting for the rain to stop, the Doctor started to pressure the Brother to answer her questions, however, noticing his reluctance to answer, the Swindler, upset by the Doctor's behavior towards the two children, stepped in and stopped her by claiming she was "being a bully", at which point the rest of the group agreed that she should leave them alone.

Outside Kansai, the Akudama arrived at the North Side of the Fortification wall where they encountered the Master once again. During their fight, the Doctor ended up getting cut in the abdomen, but she self-medicated again by suturing her abdominal area and escaping with the Swindler and the children to Expo Park.

Once they arrived at the Expo Park, the group found a rocket ship, which the children explained they were planning to board to escape the Earth. As they were preparing to leave, the Doctor revealed herself as a traitor, and allowed Executioners to ambush the Akudama.

The Kansai City Escape[edit]

Having successfully escaped the commotion back at the Expo Park, the Doctor hid in a back alley in Kansai, but the Swindler, who was also located inside the city, was found out, and alerts of her and the other Akudama scattered around. She then encountered the Hoodlum, trying to rest and take drugs he got from a citizen who noticed his anxious behavior, and before he could take them, she walked up to him and announced out loud that he was one of the hunted Akudama, causing everyone to tackle him. Trying to escape, he offered the Doctor his help in exchange for hers by revealing he was tracking the Brother. This pleased her, and she forced him to work alongside her for the time being.

The Doctor and Hoodlum then spent the night together, and she initiated sexual intercourse. The Hoodlum later seemed confused, and asked why she had done it, to which she answered that she was only "being true to herself". The Hoodlum listened to her monologue, until she asked him if he viewed her as a woman, which he could not answer to.

Later, initiating their plan, they stole a flying bus to easily break into the Shinkansen, the Brother's current location and destination. Crashing into the station, the Doctor and Hoodlum ran into the Apprentice, her Junior, the Courier and the Swindler, and attempted to steal the Brother. A manipulated Hoodlum took the Swindler hostage as the Doctor took the Junior hostage, convincing the Apprentice to give her the Brother. In the meantime, however, the Swindler talked to the Hoodlum and tried to make him change sides by reminding him of how he stood up for the Brawler, and how highly the latter thought of him, at which point the Doctor revealed that she had been the one to ensure the Brawler died during his fight against the Master, having purposefully caused the wound she tended to to bleed out.

Legacy[edit]

The Hoodlum started to remember the moments he spent with the Brawler and decided to try and keep up his legacy. Sacrificing himself in the process, he stabbed the Doctor in the neck, ultimately ending both their lives as they wound up being trampled to death by citizens running to the Shinkansen, keeping the Doctor from tending to her own wound in time.

Notable relationships[edit]

Swindler[edit]

The Doctor, believing the Swindler to be an actual Akudama, is immediately wary of her and her methods. Her beliefs are confirmed when the Swindler chooses to defend Brother and Sister from her questioning - as she convinces the group that the Doctor is being a "bully", the latter is taken aback and takes her to the side to clarify that she "sees through her techniques".

Upon betraying the Akudama, the Doctor doesn't hesitate to throw a scalpel in the Swindler's direction in an attempt to kill her, although she doesn't appear to be surprised when the Cutthroat saves her, as she asks her what it feels like be a "protected princess".

When they run into each other again, the Doctor makes it especially clear she cannot stand the Swindler. Calling her a "nauseating woman", she criticizes her manipulative ways and demeanor.

Courier[edit]

The Doctor displays a certain interest in the Courier, although it doesn't seem to go very far. Early on, she bargains for a cigarette by offering him "a go", which he refuses, leading her to question his sexuality, to which he doesn't answer.

She doesn't hesitate to use him as a method of transportation, sitting behind him on his bike despite his disapproval. She appears to have fun commenting on what he does, notably telling him to stop being "such a feminist" when she finds that he isn't aggressive enough towards the Execution Division Apprentice. She tells him the same thing again later on when she finds him working with the Swindler.

Brother[edit]

Critical of his childish appearance, the Doctor appears to dislike Brother as her boss. She often complains about what little information him and Sister give the Akudama but, being that the Swindler took them under her wing, can't question them as much as she'd like.

Upon realizing that he and his sister are immortal, she doesn't hesitate to betray him and give him to the Execution Division, who treat him as nothing more than a gift to Kantō. Displaying a great interest in immortality, she wishes to experiment on him.

Hoodlum[edit]

The Doctor is quick to realize that the Hoodlum is easily to manipulate and turn into a personal lackey. Wanting to use him, she decides to let his "bro", the Brawler, die by poorly tending to his injuries.

With the Akudama's mission over, she easily forces him to work with her by threatening him and reminding him of his visible insecurities. She later on sleeps with him, much to his confusion, and states that by doing so she is simply "being true to herself".

As the two of them attack the Swindler and the Courier in order to take Brother and Sister back from them, the Doctor displays complete trust that the Hoodlum will only do as he's told. In an attempt to belittle him, she reveals the truth behind the Brawler's death, not realizing that along with the Swindler's words of encouragement, it'll give the Hoodlum courage to turn against her.

Brawler[edit]

The Doctor appears to dislike the Brawler, seeing him as nothing but a brute. She refers to him, rudely, as a "dreadlocked gorilla", on which he doesn't comment, not appearing to pay much attention to her. She is quick to notice that the Brawler is immune to her medication and poisons, which upsets her; in order to manipulate the Hoodlum and get him on her side rather than his, she doesn't hesitate to kill the Brawler by falsely tending to his injuries, letting him die of hemorrhage.

Abilities[edit]

Medical knowledge: Befitting of her name, the Doctor is an incredibly skilled surgeon and medical specialist. Despite her sadistic tendencies, she possesses immense natural talent and skills in the medical field that border on superhuman. She has studied and masters all kinds of medicines and remedies, both natural and man made, alongside highly advanced medical procedures from all across the world.

Surgery: The Doctor has surgical skills that go beyond what should be humanly possible. She appears to be capable of healing any wound as long as the person treated is still alive, which includes herself. This is seen when she is able to stitch up and close a deep throat wound inflicted on her by the Execution Division Apprentice, and later upon being able to reattach herself back together after being cut in half at the waist. Similarly, she is able to reattach the Cutthroat's severed legs in very little time.

As a surgeon, she is skilled with a scalpel, which is also her weapon of choice.

Chemist and pharmacist: The Doctor uses drugs of her own creation.

Genetics specialist: The Doctor is also implied to have some skills in genetics and genetic manipulation, as she studies the secret to the Brother's immortality from his blood samples.

Superhuman endurance: The Doctor is shown to possess immense endurance, as she fixes herself up after receiving wounds with no mind for the pain, and manages to survive said wounds for long enough to be able to stitch herself back together. Similarly, she appears to have no mind for the effects of blood loss.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The Doctor's Japanese voice talent, Megumi Ogata, has also voiced two characters in scenario writer Kazutaka Kodaka's main work Danganronpa: Makoto Naegi and Nagito Komaeda.
  • The Doctor's English voice actress, Brittany Lauda, is also the director for the english dub cast.[6]
  • In an interview with Funimation, to the question "which character from Akudama Drive do you believe would survive the longest...?", Kazutaka Kodaka replied that in terms of hiding while killing someone, the Doctor would be the "smartest and cleverest".[7]
    • He added that with Megumi Ogata as her voice, the Doctor was likely to survive, as the characters they voice in Danganronpa are usually "on the surviving side".
  • Renta! hosted a popularity poll in December 2020, in which Doctor ranked 6th with 1342 votes to her name.[8]
  • Her Japanese name, 医者 Isha, literally translates to "doctor".
    • She is, along with the Hacker, one of the only two characters whose name's literal translation corresponds exactly to that of Funimation.
  • In a Tweet published on June 7, 2021, Rokurou Ogaki revealed that the Doctor's past would be revealed in the manga adaptation. He described it as an "outrageous backstory" which he submitted to Studio Pierrot himself. Studio Pierrot validated it to his surprise, describing it as "interesting".[9]

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