Shotaro Kaneda is the main protagonist of the Akira franchise. He is the leader of the Capsules. He is also a friend of Tetsuo.
As a child, Kaneda lived in the same orphanage as Tetsuo, whom he befriended shortly after his arrival there. In their teens, they became members of a bike gang called The Capsules, of which Kaneda is the leader.
They are fighting The Clown Gang. During this fight Tetsuo becomes victim of a motorbike accident caused by the sudden appearance of Takashi. After that he gets arrested by government forces. who interrogate them because of the events.