Shin is one of the deuteragonists in the manga series Sakamoto Days. He is an ex-hitman and an employee at the supermarket Sakamoto's. Shin is an old partner of Tarou Sakamoto. 5 years after Sakamoto quit, Shin was sent on a mission to kill him. Though he tried to kill Sakamoto, Shin was repaid in kindness and saw exactly what made Sakamoto leave the organization behind. Having failed his mission, Shin returned to his boss to plead that Sakamoto be left alone. He saw the things that were worth protecting and how much they meant even to the point of offering his life in place of Sakamoto's. Sakamoto helped Shin quickly after listening in on the conversation. Shin joined the Sakamoto family soon after and now works as a store clerk at Sakamoto's awaiting his next adventure with his partner and the rest of the Sakamoto Family.
Shin is a slim, young man of medium height. He has blonde, medium length hair and black eyes. His first appearance shows Shin in an open leather jacket along with a plain tee, baggy dark pants and bright tennis shoes. He later appears often in his work attire consisting of a collared dress shirt, a pair of slacks, and a green apron. His attire tends to vary as the chapters continue but keep the same basic green apron pattern.
Shin has shown a variety of his characteristics as the manga has proceeded. Shin is very calm and collected in serious situations. He is well experienced in combat and adapts decently to situations he finds himself in with Mr. Sakamoto. Shin constantly searches for information around him whether it be his clairvoyant abilities or his perception. When not in the midst of battle, Shin is a bit more carefree. He can be clumsy at times act childish at times. Despite these things, Shin is very caring and loyal especially when it comes to Mr. Sakamoto. He sees Mr. Sakamoto as a role model and admires him much.
Shin is the son of a man named Ando. Ando left Shin under the care of Asakura, a scientist and researcher at the Okutabi Lab, a covert research institute located in the basement of the Okutabi Science Museum. As Shin was under the protection of Asakura, Asakura became a sort of guardian or parental figure to Shin. At the time, Asakura was working on developing superhuman powers. One night, Asakura created some sort of chemical liquid that seemed very promising as the reaction seemed different from the previous failed attempts. He wanted to verify it against past data, so he was frantically trying to find the data and was searching for it all around the room. At this time, Shin had woken up from thirst and saw the beaker containing Asakura's liquid experiment. Shin thought that the beaker contained water and drank it just as Asakura turned around to face him. Shin then proceeded to vomit out all of the liquid he drank as Asakura enquired about his condition. Later when Asakura and Shin were taking a bath, Asakura was thinking that the experiment was a failure as Shin didn't see any different and thought that it didn't matter since Shin was fine. As he was thinking about all of this, Shin told Asakura that he was not fine and said that the liquid tasted terrible. Shin had just read Asakura's mind. The experiment had been successful and Shin had gained the ability to read the minds of others. He had gained the ability of clairvoyance. At first, Shin was thrilled that the experiment was a success, but the other researchers at the institute gradually started avoiding Shin due to the fear that Shin he would read their minds. Around this time, Asakura also started noticing what was happening and decided to research and make a drug that would reverse the clairvoyance. Hearing about this, Shin angrily asked Asakura why he wasn't happy even though his project had finally succeeded. to this, all Asakura could think about was how sorry he was that he had gotten Shin mixed up in his stupid research. Shin told Asakura that his research wasn't stupid. He said that he was fed up of the gloomy lab and he left the lab.
He then went on to become a hitman and partner of Tarou Sakamoto. He currently works as a store clerk at Sakamoto's shop.
Friends and Comrades
Shin was formerly a partner of legendary hitman,Tarou Sakamoto during Sakamoto's hitman days. He now works as an employee, with Sakamoto as his boss, in Sakamoto's shop.
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Lu Xiaotan is the daughter of a Triad Family. She currently works alongside Shin as a store clerk at Sakamoto's and can be considered a part of the Sakamoto Family.
For more information, visit the main article: Lu Xiaotan
Being a former hitman himself, Shin has skills that he learned from being a hitman. They are quite similar to Mr. Sakamoto's skills but not as advanced. Due to being a part of the Sakamoto family, Shin must restrain himself from killing anyone.
Clairvoyance: Shin has the ability to read the minds of others as long as they are within his 20-meter radius. He can pick out specific people due to their emotional state. In order to use this correctly, Shin must tune into a person's mind as if he is a radio limiting him one person at a time. This has become a useful ability to predict enemy's future moves as well as gain intel for situations he may need them in. Clairvoyance has also been used as another sense for shin whenever he needs it for example actually seeing into the future. However, this ability has proven ineffective when he can't see his opponent or if they are faster than him and he can't focus on them. It is currently unknown how Shin gained this ability.
Hitman Skills: Shin seems to be well adapt with fighting knowing various techniques. He is well skilled with fire arms having good aim as well as exceptional hand to hand combat skills. He also appears to be handy at using non lethal traps such as smoke bombs. These skills have also given him a heightened sense of observation. This includes his skills of perception, his knowledge of lethal points and non lethal points on the human body, and martial art skills which we plan to see in the upcoming chapters.
Strength: Shin seems to be in excellent shape being capable of handling multiple groups of enemies and perform task which are usually difficult to the average human. This includes lifting heavy items, knocking out opponents with one hit, and dealing serious damage when needed.
Agility: Shin has shown his skills of his speed. In Chapter 8, we are shown examples of his speed and evasiveness on a rollercoaster against a hitman planning to attack Sakamoto. Shin's reaction speed is high allowing to dodge many basic attacks. This includes dodging things that are moving at high speeds. His speed also allows him to make hasty and quick decisions when he is short on time to think.