|Other names||???, Chinchilla, Big Dick, Kamui|
|Occupation||Security agent, detective|
|Affiliation||Republic, Heinous Crimes Unit|
|Weapon||Sig Sauer P226|
Akira (real name unknown) is the protagonist of the Transmitter cases of The Silver Case, as well as #06 white out in The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. Initially a member of Republic, he is later recruited into the Heinous Crimes Unit following their failed mission to apprehend Kamui Fujiwara. The player is asked their name at the beginning of the game, which becomes Akira's name.
Appearance and Personality
Akira's personality is rather unclear to both the characters and the player, and even his name is only a codename. He is a big, intimidating and stoic man, and a very good soldier and investigator. He is never shown speaking, and is stated to be mute due to psychosis from the events of the Kamui mission, though investigation scenes later on imply that he has some other way of communicating. Tetsugoro Kusabi takes a liking to him and calls him "Big Dick", and describes him as looking like a chinchilla. Tokio Morishima, on the other hand, is terrified of him due to associating him with a traumatic experience at the Babylon Shopping Center. Akihiko Ishizuka is impressed by Akira, saying that he's "really got it on", but many others, such as Mokutaro Shiroyabu, find him creepy or talk down to him.
Akira was one of the children who grew up in the Shelter as a stock body for Kamui. His history after this is largely a mystery, and there are signs of his government registration having been deleted. Eventually, he was recruited into Republic by Daigo Natsume, where he was trained in firing bullets for the first time. He stayed on with Republic until Operation Secure Kamui in 1999, a mission of which he was the sole survivor. He was soon after discovered at IMM Hospital by Kusabi and Sumio Kodai, who decided to take him with them due to him being the only witness. He ended up assisting in the Kamui Case despite not being an actual member of the HC Unit; he was later officially hired during case#2:spectrum, as a member of Unit 2 along with Kusabi and Sumio.
After the execution of Kamui in case#5:lifecut, Akira found his way to the Shelter while investigating the TRUMP. As he discovered his past, various characters began referring to him as Kamui, suggesting that he is the next body that Kamui Uehara was going to transfer into. Akira ascended the TV Tower with Kusabi, who changed his mind, telling him that's it up to him whether he becomes Kamui or not. At the top, they confronted Nezu, and Akira shot him, symbolically releasing Akira from his past. After this, Akira met with Tetsu at the Tamura cafe in case#!:tamura, where they talked about the events of the game. Curiously, despite presumably staying on with the HC Unit, Akira is not mentioned to have been involved with any of the cases on the history timeline on the official website.
In 2003, as shown in #06 white out, Sakura Natsume was his new commanding officer. While underground looking for the Joker, Mokutaro Shiroyabu mistakenly believed Akira to be the Joker instead. He shouted at Akira to answer him, but being mute, Akira could not; before Shiro could fire, though, Kusabi interrupted the altercation. Kusabi cleared up the misunderstanding, and Akira and Shiroyabu worked together to go after the Joker. They cornered him at the Hachisuka Dome; however, following the conclusion of the case, nothing is known of what happened to Akira.
Behind the scenes
The name "Akira" is never actually spoken in-game, with the name instead being determined by the player at the very beginning of The Silver Case. However, the name "Akira" is used instead of a user-inputted name in demos for the game, and it is also used in the internal script files, making it an unseen "official" name. In The 25th Ward, Akira is never referred to by name, only as Big Dick. On the case descriptions on the website for The Silver Case, he is only referred to as "you" or "the player".
Although Akira is stated to be mute, in case#2:spectrum he is implied to explicitly communicate information and questions to the Typhoon residents. It is not explained by what method he is doing this. The case descriptions on the game's website also mention a scene in case#5:lifecut in which Akira would apparently speak to Tokio, but such a scene does not actually occur in the game, as the case descriptions contain misinformation on their actual content.