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Todo
Todo
Kanji 토도
Rōmaji Todo
Personal Information
Gender Male
Age probably early to mid-twenties
Status
Status Alive
Occupation Bodyguard/Servant to Erika Koenji
Affiliations Koenji Group
Debut
Manga ACT.025
Anime Her Open Wound
Live-action Episode 7 (Live-action)

Todo, aka Sapphire, is one of the three bodyguards or the 'Jewel Troop[1]' of Erika Koenji. Each were chosen by Erika herself and given a bejeweled earring hence the name. Todo is the blonde of the three and is identified as Sapphire due to this being the gem of his earring[2].

Personality Edit

The bodyguards often act as a unit of three, so it's hard to distinguish their individual personalities. But all of them are willing and eager to carry out Erika's whims no matter how cruel, violent, unethical or even illegal they are[3][4]. They even get into the spirit of things by dressing for the part as delinquents when asked to beat Kanae up. It is in this moment we see glimpses of their own individual personalities, for they dress up according to their own fashion sense[4]. Todo wears a bandanna over his long hair along with a black t-shirt covered by a ripped vest and jeans. He also has a belt on with a decorative buckle of a tiger's face and some bracelets[4].

AppearanceEdit

Todo is handsome, wears a nice suit and is impeccable groomed like the other bodyguards[2]. Todo has long blonde hair that reaches past his shoulders which he wears in a low ponytail. He has a middle part with long bangs framing his face. He wears a sapphire earring on his left ear lobe[2].

Background Edit

Not much is known about the bodyguards' backgrounds however it is implied that they must be from a family of some means and only mingle with affluent people for they all are equally appalled at the concept of a commoner like Kyoko[5]. It is implied that the bodyguards have been working for Erika for quite some time for they know her very well and don't question her at all[6][4]. One of them was most likely responsible for breaking into Kanae's middle school to find out what school Kanae had put down for her high school[7].

They seem familiar with Erika's father, Katsumasa, for they mention him several times by name when discussing the incident[8]. This is to be expected for he is the one who most likely hired them to serve and protect his daughter, Erika and is also part of her everyday life so they may encounter him regularly. 

PlotEdit

Curara CM arcEdit

The bodyguards set up a temporary but plush sitting area for Erika while she waits for the audition to start. All of them praise and tend to her. Todo is offering her a selection of petit fours when Erika is distracted by Kyoko and Kanae's conversation. With their mistress' attention on Kyoko the three servants make fun of her commoner ways and back away in horror at 'touching a commoner' which greatly amuses Erika.

All three servants take Erika's bribe money to Director Kurosaki. He scares them and tells them to take a message to Erika that he isn't selling talent if she wants to be hired she has to use her own talent to get the job. The bodyguards relay this to Erika who is furious that her plan failed and demands they go back and try again. They admit they're afraid of the Director and are unwilling to go back which only causes Erika to rage at them over the phone.

Kyoko and Kanae have performed their first act which took many by surprise including Erika who wasn't expecting much. She and the bodyguards approach Kanae who is deep in thought. Erika attributes Kanae's success to luck for what else could it be as she hasn't practiced acting since third grade elementary. Erika reminds Kanae that it's Kyoko's turn to think up a prompt but she wonders has she had any acting experience? Not that it matters because she is really poor! Erika continues to mock Kyoko and her bodyguards are applauding her whilst effusively agreeing with her insults. Kanae gets super angry at this and uses her chair to whack Sakazaki over the head with it as she demands to know why being poor has any effect on talent.

Erika is charging up the hall with Todo and Sayou in tow, determined to see what's so great about Kyoko. All she sees is Kyoko playing 'Best of Friends' with A-ko the chair and agrees that she is really weird. Erika thinks her idea for the reconciliation theme is best but refuses to say the key word 'sorry' for she has never apologized in her entire life and she refuses to do it now even in a script. All her bodyguards agree with her that Erika-sama should not have to say something so low!

The Director approaches the room and spots Erika peering in along with her three servants and wonders what she's doing. She and Sayou visible cringe and immediately snap back into an innocent position. She says she merely got there early.

The Director is cautioning Kyoko and Kanae on getting hurt before a job which he sees as unprofessionalism. Erika and her servants are eavesdropping and a plan forms between them. They will injure Kanae in order for her to secure the role. The servants all lavish praise on Erika for her determination and applaud her. Their auras darken when Erika orders them to harm Kanae no matter what means they have to use.

The bodyguards all dressed up according to their own fashion sense of a 'thug' for this mission. Kyoko and Kanae are bonding as friends on the streets of Tokyo not realizing they are being targeted by Erika and her bodyguards. However whenever the trio or Erika would close in on Kanae, Kyoko would whip her out of harms way in the nick of time. They finally trap Kanae by using their crutches to hold her in place.

A Lotus in the Mud arcEdit

Todo gets annoyed at Kyoko's rudeness for she only recognize Erika through seeing them next to her. The bodyguards are quite distressed at Erika's injuries and current psychological state for no matter what they do she does not seem to respond to anything. They attempt to garner a reaction out of her by teasing Kyoko about her commoner ways, similar to what they did they first time they encountered her at the Curara CM [9]. However unlike last time where Erika joined in on the teasing this time she simply stares without a flicker of expression on her face. This continues to disturb the devoted servants for she is acting so unlike her former self. When Erika actually speaks to Kyoko they all jump in surprise but are so glad to see Erika making progress. They silently cheer her on for they know she wants to ask something but its hard for her and in the end her pride gets in the way[10]. Erika asks Kyoko not to tell anyone especially 'that girl' that she is here. Kyoko guesses that she means Kanae. Erika slaps Mizue-chan back to Kyoko and begins to roll herself away however Todo rushes over quickly to push the wheelchair for her. Kyoko is left wondering why she went out of her way to return Mizue-chan for if she hadn't she would've never seen her. Did she have something else she wished to say?  

ReferencesEdit

  1. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 05, Chapter 26, Page 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 5, Chapter 25, Page 2-3
  3. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 06, Chapter 30, Page 11-12
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 06, Chapter 30, Page 16-19
  5. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 5, Chapter 25, Page 8-9
  6. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 05, Chapter 27, Page 2-4
  7. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 05, Chapter 26, Page 6
  8. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 39, Chapter 239, Page 19
  9. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 39, Chapter 239, Page 7-9
  10. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 39, Chapter 239, Page 9-10

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