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Kei (ケイ Kei) (Also "Kay") is one of the main characters of the Akira manga and anime franchise. A young woman whom Shotaro Kaneda meets while on his quest to find his friend Tetsuo Shima. She is a member of an anti-government organization that Ryu and Mr. Nezu are also involved in.


Kei plays a role in connecting Kaneda to the Resistance as she is completely loyal to its cause. In the beginning of the story, she is closely attached to Ryu who claims to be her brother. In the manga she works closely with Chiyoko, a physically strong and resilient resistance fighter dubbed her aunt.

Kei is the one to discover that Lady Miyako was one of the original child test subjects of the government's secret psychic project. Miyako helps Kei channel her thoughts and discovers she is a conduit for the Espers' telepathy.

Film Edit

Kei's role in the Resistance is less explored, throughout the original 1988 Anime, she is extremely loyal to the cause and Ryu. As a member of the Resistance, Key helped Ryu, and the man kidnaps Takashi during a point in the film, and witnessed his full telekinetic powers, before being arrested.

During her confrontation with Kaneda who freed her from the detention facility, he invited her out for tea, but she declined his advances before disappearing once more. After an explosion at a mall, Kaneda saw her running with Ryu and helped her escape certain death after she killed a police officer. She made it to the meeting point, and saved Kaneda's life, when her fellow members of the resistance, wanted to kill him - believing him to be a spy. When Kaneda learned the location where Tetsuo was being held, he offered to help them and staged an escape.

After being chased down the sewers, they hijacked a hovering bike, where Kiyoko channeled through her discovering her latent abilities. After Tetsuo managed to escape himself, she and Kaneda were apprehended by the military and held in a prison cell, where she explained who Akira was.

"Akira is ultimate energy. Humans do all kinds of things in their lifetime right? Discovering things, building things, like houses, bridges, high speed trains, rockets. So where do you think all that energy comes from?"

After the door to the cell was unlocked, they made their way down to the river in which they find Kaisuke. Takashi appears and takes her with him too much of Kaneda's surprise. Kei involuntarily walks down to the river top of the water and went away with Takashi. The Espers use her to object Tetsuo in a climactic battle, unaware of the abilities she can wield. During the battle, she is injured and is rescued by Kaisuke.

When she is with Kaneda and his friend after the fight, sahe begins to realise that she likes being with them and even establishes a close connection to Kaneda. Since then, she stays with them.

After Kaneda experiences Akira, Kei communicates with him which takes him back to his reality. Kaneda awakens to discover that Kaisuke and Kei have survived, and they drive away into the ruins of Neo-Tokyo together.


  • Kei is spelled Kay in early English translations, possibly for familiarity and easier pronunciation.
  • Kei's Japanese name is written in katakana unlike most of the characters in the franchise.
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