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Colonel Shikishima (敷島大佐 Shikishima Taisa), referred to usually as The Colonel, is the head of the secret government project conducting research on psychic test subjects (including the Esper children, Tetsuo Shima, and formerly Akira). Although he originally appears to be an antagonist, the Colonel is actually an honorable and dedicated soldier committed to protecting Neo-Tokyo from any second onslaught of Akira. He is usually referred to by Kaneda as The Skinhead due to his distinctive crew cut hairstyle.
At one point in the manga, he is stripped of his power and attempts a coup d'état in order to protect Neo Tokyo from the harm that Akira and Tetsuo's power are about to cause. It failed.
After that he tries to deal with them on his own.
The Colonel is known for his distinctive haircut. He is very tall compared to the others. He is mostly seen in a suit but also sports military clothing when necessary.
- In the manga, Shikishima's appearance changes over the course of the series.