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Tohya Hachijo (八城 十八 Hachijo Tōya) is implied to be the real author of forgeries about the Rokkenjima murders since Banquet of the Golden Witch. He appears in the ???? of Twilight of the Golden Witch.
Tohya formerly had auburn spiky hair parted to the side, but now sports short white hair. He is over 180cm, well-built and wears a black suit with a white shirt and green tie. After an unclear incident, he now sits in a wheelchair.
Tohya is an amnesiac. He does not know who he is at first, but eventually developed a sense of identity under Ikuko's care. He later on became interested in the mystery genre. When his past memories returned, he became scared that Battler, his former self, would take over him, thus 'killing' him. Because of this, he had a fit at one point that resulted in him becoming wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Despite his problems with his memories, Tohya felt that because Battler Ushiromiya was inside him, it was his responsibility to meet Ange. He was at the same time afraid that if he met Ange, he would 'die', thus he refused to meet Ange in 1998, later regretting his actions. Tohya was apologetic to the fact that if he had met her earlier, Ange and the Battler inside him might not have suffer for all those years.
Tohya was once Battler Ushiromiya, who survived the Rokkenjima Incident and was found on the road by Ikuko Hachijo. Because of the accident, he suffered brain damage and developed amnesia. He was given the name Tohya because the only thing Battler could remember was his age, 18, and Tohya is spelled with the Japanese characters for 18.
Tohya began to recover his memories as Battler upon hearing of the Rokkenjima Incident from Ikuko, but soon developed a personality disorder; Tohya became unable to think of Battler's memories as his own and feared that one day, Battler's personality may seize control of him.
To cope with his memories, he began writing forgeries about the incident, sharing with Ikuko the alias of "Tohya Hachijo" and "Itouikukuro".
- Ikuko Hachijo (shared pseudonym, companion, friend)
- Tohya Hachijo (pen name) (representation of)
- Battler Ushiromiya (former self)
- Yukari Kotobuki (younger sister, acquaintance, colleague)
Role in the Story
He was taken in by Ikuko who had him taken care of by a doctor. She introduced herself to him and since all he could remember was his age at the time (18), he was named Tohya, since it was written with the characters for 18, until he could remember his name. However, he would take on the name Tohya for the rest of his life. Unable to move his body at the time, for a while, he suspected Ikuko for having him under his amnesiac condition, but concludes that she isn't responsible, as her car had no damage.
As years pass, he lived together with Ikuko in her mansion in an unnamed town and his rehabilitation continued, his body began to move little by little, but he was still unable to find out who he was and as a result, suffered headaches, but as he slowly accepted that he was a new person with the new name of Tohya Hachijo, the headaches became less frequent. Eventually he stopped trying to remember his former self. Even though he was told that the frequency of the headaches may lessen through brain surgery, he declined the offer, despite Ikuko's offer of covering the costs, as he believed that it would harm his past self.
One night, he decided to read one of Ikuko's manuscript, which he finished in one night, much to Ikuko's surprise. He then gave her detailed advice on her work, to which Ikuko praised him for having the talent as a critic and a detective novel writer. When complimented about this, he seemed to remember his past self, fighting and arguing about mysteries, which excited him, but at the same time gave him a headache.
Gradually, his interests shifted from himself to Ikuko as he learned bit and bit about her during the time they have spent together. He spent his days with Ikuko debating detective novels and talking about ideas for new plots. He eventually found satisfaction with his new life with Ikuko.
At some point, Ikuko roped Tohya in her hobbies and spent writing novels together, with Tohya giving ideas and Ikuko turning them into stories with her writing skills she had built up over many years. Tohya notices that his past self had some talent for mysteries and detective novels and the like. At one point, Ikuko informed Tohya about the Rokkenjima Incident, though it wasn't until a few days later that it would cause Tohya to remember his past life.
After they had finished their masterpiece, The Strange Tale of Beatnik Island, they celebrated their success and Tohya suggested to Ikuko to have their book submitted. That night, Tohya woke up from his sleep from drinking too much wine and noticed that Ikuko was on the computer. When he asked her what she was doing and she began showing off her knowledge about the subject concerning the Rokkenjima Incident in great detail, Tohya began having a severe headache, which caused him to fall on the floor and in the process regain his former memories as he tries to call out to Ikuko for help.
- Tohya and Ikuko Hachijo are the only characters with sprites who are never included on the character screen.
- He may be connected to Black Battler, as he knew about him in Forgery no.XXX.
- In Ougon Musou Kyoku CROSS, Black Battler's palette swap matches Tohya's clothes.
- According to Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Episode 8:
- Ikuko and Tohya were going to be married, however Ryukishi07 changed it when female staff members complained.
- Tohya was written the way he was because Ryukishi didn't want to contradict the red truth that Battler was dead. "The reunion of [Ange and Battler] in Episode 8 was written in such a way that it just barely didn't conflict with that red. The body of Battler returned, but the individual of Battler is in a state of denial. He doesn't behave like Battler, and he denies being Battler himself."