Susumu Takajima

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"Susumu Takajima"
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Born 10/25/1989
Blood type AB
Spirituality Half-youkai
Affiliation KRDF
Nationality American
Marital status Single
Parents Hiroshi Takajima (father)
Miyuki Takajima (mother)
Siblings Hiroki Takajima (elder brother)

Susumu Takajima (高島 ススム Takajima Susumu?), often going by the alias The Real Driller (リアルドリラー様 Riaru Dorirā-sama?), is one of two recruits dispatched to destroy a SPASDOT stronghold in Kozankyo.

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Name origin[edit | edit source]

His first name, Susumu, is a male given name and means "onward" when translated from Japanese. His surname, Takajima, means "high island" when translated from Japanese.

Susumu gets his name from the titular character Susumu Hori from the 1999 arcade game Mr. Driller. Coincidentally, it is reported he got his nickname from there.

Life[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Driller was born as the youngest of two sons on October 25, 1989.

Arrest and eventual drafting into the KRDF[edit | edit source]

On March 18, 2003, at the age of 13, Driller, along with two others, were arrested on attempts to join the Shintoist Province and Scarlet Devil of Team Crimson with an intent of killing non-believers of Shinto in Kozan. Driller pleaded guilty to the case and decided to cooperate with the Kozanese Royal Defense Force as part of his plea, therefore being recruited into the KRDF.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Suspect Seekie: an auto-aiming attack
  • Dragon's Beam: a slower attack

Profile[edit | edit source]

Known as The Real Driller, Susumu is a programmer who once attempted to join SPASDOT, but was arrested for attempting to promote terrorism. After pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with the Kozanese Royal Defense Force, he seeks to find and defeat Jack "Hearthcliffe" Fawkes. His interests include video games, programming, listening to music, and Kagami Ochiai.

Reception[edit | edit source]

The character has been well received by critics. Twitter user @MarkS58399485 gave the character an "A" rank on a tier list of best new original characters.[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Driller shares his birthday with his creator, the Prophet Driller, with a ten-year difference.[2]

References[edit | edit source]