Tokio Morishima is the protagonist of the Placebo reports in The Silver Case and The 25th Ward, as well as a major character in Flower, Sun, and Rain. He is a freelance reporter who lives in the Typhoon apartment complex with his pet turtle, Red.
Tokio is a blunt man, yet one that can be affected by things at times. He is somewhat awkward but sees himself as cool, as represented by the differing portraits between the Transmitter and Placebo chapters. He smokes Placebo-brand cigarettes and loves turtles; aliases he has used online and in publication include "TurtleDude", "McTurtle" and "Taro Turtle". He is also subscribed to an online newsletter about carnivorous plants, showing that he must have an interest in them too.
Tokio is one of Kaoru Hachisuka's children and one of the original Shelter Kids. Near the end of the procedures, he had an emotional outburst that caused the administration to wipe his memories and return him to normal society, where he was adopted. Here, he grew up and began working for a magazine before later quitting and going freelance.
The Silver CaseEdit
Tokio receives an order from S. Inohana to report on Kamui Uehara. Over the course of 1999, Tokio tries to find information about Kamui as well as following the investigations of the Heinous Crimes Unit. He is assisted by his ex-girlfriend Erika Yukawa as well as other contacts on the internet. He soon encounters Akira at the Babylon Shopping Center in the middle of a traumatic experience, and associates him with that experience from then on. During the course of investigations, Tokio is threatened and spied on by the Bat. After just barely escaping the Bat with his life, Tokio flees his home, leaving Red in Erika's care. His actions during this time are unclear, but he did run into the HC Unit during their mission to execute Kamui. Tokio returns to his home near the end of 1999, now contending with numerous "lingering consciousnesses" in his head; a result of acquiring one of Uminosuke Hachisuka's Silver Eyes. He tells Erika to continue taking care of Red as he will be heading away from the city for a while longer.
Flower, Sun, and RainEdit
Following the events of The Silver Case, Tokio researches the creation of the Silver Eyes and discovers their origin. He heads to Lospass Island, arriving on May 2nd, 2001. Later, he meets Sumio Mondo and a hyena on a boat connected to the caverns on Eleki Island. He explains what he discovered about the hyenas and the Silver Eye production, and also claims to be accidentally responsible for the problems with time.
The 25th WardEdit
- Tokio's article in The Lospass claims he arrived on the island on December 31st 1999, but in The Silver Case, he is seen at Jack Hammer on that day shortly before midnight, meaning there's no way he could have actually arrived on that day. This is later shown to be way off in the 2017 update, which shows Tokio arriving on May 2nd, 2001.