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Kane McDougal (ケイン・マクドゥガル, Kein Makudugaru) is the Bentenmaru's helmsman. While undercover at Hakuoh Academy, he is the advisor to the Hakuoh Academy Space Yacht Club and Marika Kato's homeroom teacher.

AppearanceEdit

Light NovelEdit

Kane is mentioned to be good-looking.

AnimeEdit

Kane has green eyes and light brown hair that extends slightly down the back of his neck.

His standard outfit consists of a blue and red jacket with fur and guards on the shoulders, a black shirt, dark blue and red trousers with a brown belt, brown boots, a loose yellow scarf and a green scarf tied loosely around the waist.

As a teacher at Hakuoh Academy, Kane wears a pale, cream-coloured suit, a white shirt with a black tie, and brown shoes.

MangaEdit

Kane McDougal - Manga Back Cover

Kane on the manga volume's back cover

In the manga, Kane has dark brown hair. He wears a dark suit like the other Bentenmaru crewmembers and a red and blue jacket with shoulder pads, elbow pads and lines down the sleeves.

Personality & CharacterEdit

Kane generally displays a laid back and friendly personality. He will sometimes remark (usually to himself) on some of the slightly crazier antics and situations that happen around him.

BackgroundEdit

Not much is known about Kane's background except that he joined the Bentenmaru's crew at some point, likely after Ririka left the crew to raise Marika [1]

PlotEdit

Recruitment ArcEdit

Kane ~ Scouting Marika

Kane and Misa observe Marika.

A couple of days after their captain's death, Kane was with Misa in a darkened room, observing Marika's flight in the dinghy simulator. He monitored Marika's flight, assuring Misa that she was doing OK. He wondered what Marika was thinking as she was too quick on the reverse thrusters to cut things fine, but she would overshoot at her current rate of decceleration. When Marika utilised aerobraking, he told Misa what she was doing, and recognised Marika checking atmospheric distribution. He commented that Marika was a scary kid. After Marika finished and left, he left with Misa to follow.

While they drove through the city, he wondered if she went home, and was surprised when Misa brought him to the cafe Lamp House. He thought the cafe was old but peaceful. After Misa commented on how Marika learned the specials as soon as she got there, he said that he guessed that made her a good waitress. He sat with Misa as Marika served their orders and drank while the other two were talking.

Kane ~ Completely Harmless

Kane's intimidation tactics.

That night, he and Misa turned up at Marika's house in black mourning attire. Later, he was seated with the others as Ririka and Misa raised their wine glasses to their deceased captain. He was mildly surprised like Marika when the two finished their glasses quickly and laughed before switching to beer glasses. While the other two talked, he remained silent, smiling at Marika when she looked his way. He and Misa were surprised when Marika asked who Gonzaemon was, having expected Ririka to tell her about it.

The next day, he and Misa joined the Hakuoh Academy faculty in order to watch over Marika. He introduced himself to Marika's class as their new homeroom teacher . After disappointing several of the class by saying he was married, Kane introduced Chiaki Kurihara to the class as a transfer student, commenting on how it might be confusing having a new student and teacher but it was nearly summer vacation. After sending Chiaki to her seat, he took attendence.

Sometime later, he enjoyed a drink in the infirmary, telling Misa how nervous he was and how he couldn't imagine how anyone would want to teach at a girl's high school, taking it back when Misa commented that she thought it was every guy's dream. He then asked her if she had checked the student data and on hearing about some of them, wondered what kind of girl's school this was. His interest was drawn by Chiaki's file and her wish to join the yacht club. He commented that she was almost as suspicious as they were and said that the Bentenmaru could look into her while he takes care of her. When Misa asked about the yacht club, he told her they were off for a server check and that Marika was at her job, at which point he realised something very important he had forgotten [2].

After the incident at Lamp House, Kane arrived by car to pick Marika up, let her use his handheld transceiver to speak with Misa at the cafe and then took her back to get her things. The next day, he walked into the yacht club's room and introduced himself to them as their new advisor.

Afterwards, enjoying another drink in the infirmary, Kane told Misa about the yacht club's plans to go on a practice cruise since he had a large ship license, mentioning the sparkle in their eyes when he revealed the fact. He also told her that they intended to go up to the relay station for pre-flight checks over the long weekend and leave after the closing ceremonies. He then looked with Misa at the data Hyakume had sent him as requested. Looking through the Odette II's history, he was surprised by its role as one of the Original Seven and remarked to himself about the fact that a girl's school had a pirate ship.

Kane ~ Ship Inspector

Kane accompanies the yacht club.

During the long weekend, he went with the rest of the yacht club to perform pre-flight checks on the Odette II, ready for the practice cruise. He talked with Jenny a little about the Odette II and its hangar. After the hatch was opened, Kane told her he was going to inspect the outside first and sent the yacht club members inside to begin inspecting their assigned areas. After inspecting the hull and commenting on the thick armour (on a girl's school practice ship), he went inside and went to the main corridor, where he saw several girls busy shuttling crates.

Lilly and Syoko then informed him that the systems they had checked were functioning properly. He told them to continue their inspections and reminded a flailing Ursula of the zero gravity and to calm down as she drifted past. He then made his way to the bridge, having a slightly bad feeling which was confirmed when he got there. After Marika deactivated the alarms, she asked Kane what he was thinking, becoming their advisor and taking them on this practice cruise. Kane replied that her upperclassmen were the ones who suggested the cruise and this was all one lucky coincidence. During the countdown to the reboot, he looked at Chiaki who turned away, and smiled a little. He asked Jenny whether they always boot up their ships this way, to which Jenny replied that they usually do it stand-alone and were doing it a bit rougher than usual as they were updating navigation. Lilly then told Kane he had a visitor to see him. Kane then left the bridge, waving goodbye to Marika on his way out.

On the dock, Kane met with Hyakume, disguised as a worker. When Hyakume asked how his student was getting on, he said that she was a good student and he was impressed, mentioning her piloting skills were not bad either (to which Hyakume noted they must be good for him to say that) though noting that being a captain isn't about piloting skill. He said he was looking forward to the practice cruise [3].

He later turned up with several other yacht club members when Marika's use of the electronic warfare systems tripped the dock's power breakers. Back at the school, he told Misa about the incident and Marika's excuse. He said that the attacking ship had panicked and fled, and that they were probably only looking this time. When Misa mentioned he seemed fairly relaxed, he told her what the yacht club was doing and said that it was best they learn to stand on their own rather than have their new advisor do everything, and that since the finals were coming up, they should give them some room.

Kane ~ Like a Teacher

Kane diligently finishes his work before the day of the cruise.

After supervising several tests during the exams, he was working on a grade sheet when Misa came in to give him a canned drink. When Misa remarked how teacher-like he looked, he told Misa not to make fun of him since he didn't just look like one, he actually was one. He asked if anyone had gone after the Odette II and told her to tell the Bentenmaru to keep an eye out, slightly annoyed when Misa raised her can to the students and their 'hard-working teacher'. He was present at the closing ceremony, adjusting his tie past way through. Afterwards, he and the yacht club assembled on the lawn outside, with Misa last to arrive.

He then addressed the assembled students, saying how some of them would be going into space for the first time and how he was sure the next few days would be quite useful in the rest of their lives.

Kane was present on the Odette II's bridge when the ship was launched from the relay station. Once they cleared the relay station's control space, he congratulated everyone on their good work. As they were reviewing the flight plan, he remarked that these days it was rare to see such a relaxed flight plan. After Jenny said about the advantages, he added that the group needs to constantly monitor the ship and surroundings, a perfect club activity, and told everyone to do their best.

After confirming there were no ships in the surrounding area, the crew attempted to deploy the Odette's masts. When the alarms went off, Kane went to the sail control to ask what was wrong and learned that the upper yard had opened before the main mast was raised and it was now tangled. He confirmed that they had done everything they could to fix it, meaning the automatic systems could solve the problem. After hearing what would happen if they tried bypassing the safety and forcing it up, he commented that not only would propulsion would drop, it would be bad luck to damage a ship right after launch. After checking that they hadn't brought any work pods with them, he told the first years it was time for a spacewalk.

In the airlock, after suiting up (and remarking to himself about modern spacesuits), he contacted the bridge. After confirming their connection, he told them to keep their communication line open and unless he gave specific orders otherwise, they would all use the same line. He added that unless special circumstances, they would use the same line for communications from the bridge. When Jenny asked what would constitute a special circumstances, Kane gave the examples of an emergency they didn't want the spacewalkers to know about or if they didn't want to let anyone know people were outside the ship. He then added he'd leave the decision to them. Hearing the first years messing about, he turned down the volume and remarked to himself about how he had to take half a dozen outside, to which Jenny reminded him she could hear him.

Once the group were assembled, he noticed their decorated spacesuits and thought to himself it was probably Hyakume's doing. He then gave the group instructions to put their helmets on and verify they were airtight, reminding them to turn on their communications as they wouldn't be able to hear anything external and that they sought out their hair as if it got it their way outside they would be able to do anything about it. After putting on his helmet, he contacted the bridge to make sure all the communication channels were open. When the group expressed mild dismay at their actions being logged, Kane told them to put up with it as it was just for a few hours. He then told the group to close their faceshields and once they had verified their suits were airtight, he depressurised the airlock then opened the extra-vehicular workroom.

Kane ~ Emergency Repair

Kane and the yacht club head out.

Kane led the group outside the ship, up along the hull. As they neared the top, he told them not to be surprised by what they saw. After taking in the view of space, they proceeded to the yards. Once there, he contacted the bridge to confirm they could see and told them that as they thought, one of the yards they shouldn't have extended did and got caught. Marika then pointed out the stuck yard to him. Once they were gathered around it, he asked Marika for her thoughts on the problem, to which Marika suggested that they change the bracing angle on the stuck yard.

Kane approved and went on to tell everyone to let slip it past before deploying. He then asked the bridge for what they thought. After the bridge agreed to the plan, Kane told the others to follow Marika's orders and told them to say if they move something, telling Marika to give the order to raise the mast. He then assumed a position on the yard, ready to push.

After the plan was successfully executed and the mast deployed, Kane confirmed that the mast was being raised to normal position and told the bridge that they would do a full inspection then return inside. He then turned his attention to Marika, who was looking out into space. She said that the Sea of the Morning Star was pretty but small, adding that everyone was just a dot in space. He asked if she was afraid, to which she replied she was, but was looking forward to it [4].

Kane was later called up to the bridge by Jenny and informed that an omni-directional scan had picked up three ships with unresponsive transponders. He was surprised by what was supposed to be a civilian's ship's radar and questioned its need for an IFF system as it wasn't a navy flagship. He reviewed the current status and confirmed no ships without transponders. After he was told that one ship passed by at high speed while the others eventually disappeared , Misa mentioned that one of them was the Bentenmaru to which Kane remarked that a pro getting detected by a high school girl is not a good sign. As Misa left, Kane reminded her to keep the infirmary clean.

Kane ~ Ghost Ship

Kane receives a report about a ghost ship.

The next morning, Kane listened to Marika's and Chiaki's report about a ghost ship. After making a remark that a ghost ship was a rare thing to run into, he reassured them and sent them to have breakfast in the cafeteria. After they left, Kane made a call to the Bentenmaru via an encrypted line to inform them of the ghost ship. Later that day, he was on the bridge when a tired Marika came in. He told her they were nearly at the other side of Tau Ceti and that there had been no ghost ships sighted yet. He then left the bridge, telling the others he'd be having dinner and to call him if there was an emergency.

He and Misa were listening in on the club's battle plan discussion from the infirmary. He said the yacht club, despite knowing the situation they were in, were enjoying themselves. Judging from some of the others' circumstances, he mentioned that this was the right place for Marika. He then spoke about Marika's plan, which he pointed out partly depended on luck, had parts which were irrelevant and had all kinds of problems, but when Misa said it was pretty good for a novice's first attempt, he corrected her, saying it was amazing, considering she made it on zero sleep and with no experience, saying she'd be terrifying in a few years. He then said that Marika had made her decision and as the club's advisor, his only option was to feign ignorance until the very end, as well as making sure that his students get back home safely [5].

Kane was in the captain's room near midnight, when the yacht club had assembled on the bridge for the upcoming battle. To make sure they didn't realise that he and Misa were aware of their actions, he turned off the monitors to the infirmary, his room and Misa's room. When Misa came in, he asked her whether no one spotted her and when she asked, told her of the minimal precautions he had taken, and that they should pretend to have been asleep should anyone call them in an emergency. When Misa asked if they would, Kane replied that they would if necessary, adding that Marika makes quick assessments and would call them before things got bad enough that their help were needed.

He then confirmed that the check-in had just been sent and they were nearing the closest point to the Sand of the Red Star, meaning that if Marika was right, the enemy would soon begin its cyber-attack. Almost immediately after he said this, the attack began. The two continued to observe the electronic battle as it occured, becoming worried when the Lightning 11 started firing on the Odette II. When the Bentenmaru and Barbaroosa arrived and opened fire on the Lightning 11, Kane remarked that neither was holding back. After the Odette II returned home safely, he was present in the airport terminal when Marika informed her mother of her decision to become captain [6].

Kane was with Misa when she came to pick Marika up to complete the paperwork and procedures for the Letter of Marque, and at the Kato House afterwards when Ririka was shown Marika's letter. When Ririka wondered if Marika could handle the seven week limit, Kane and Misa remarked that she didn't have much of a choice. They then took Marika to the Bentenmaru to begin her training.

Several days into the training, during a break, Kane asked Marika if she was getting used to it, to which she said it was better than when she started. After asking what she had next, Kane told her to try to stay alive until his class. He was on the bridge when Chiaki arrived to join in with the training (the 'propellant', as Misa referred to her). Seeing Marika's greeting, Kane remarked that 'propellant' was the right word. He supervised various classes for the two trainees.

While the two were outside the ship on an EVA exercise and Misa mentioned how all this wouldn't make one a pirate captain, Kane said it was too late for that now. He commented on how ignorance was fatal and how everyone would die. When Misa commented on how pirates didn't need an honour student captain whose sole skill was doing everything correctly, Kane said she didn't look like a mere honour student to him.

Kane ~ Pointless Death

Kane is mercilessly shot to death by Marika.

When the crew organised a raid on the Princess Apricot for Marika to gain experience, Kane went ahead to the liner to prepare for the swordfight that the client had requested. Disguised as one of the guests, he spoke with some of the other passengers about space pirates. When Marika and the crew boarded the ship, Kane challenged her to a sword duel for the ship's fate, eventually disarming her before being shot and dramatically 'dying in vain'. Later when Chiaki was going to leave, Kane offered to wake Marika up for her so they could say goodbye, but she declined. She asked if he wasn't going to change out of his blood-stained suit, to which Kane replied smiling that he liked hearing people gasp as they saw it [7].

Golden Ghost Ship ArcEdit

Kane - Teacher's Responsibility

Kane and Misa warn Marika.

Some time after Marika's official induction as the Bentenmaru's captain, Kane summoned her to the nurse's office through Mami. Inside, Kane and Misa expressed their worries for Marika's school grades that were increasingly suffering, so they tried to suggest that she quit school only to receive an abrupt refusal.

Later, they received a sudden call from an unexpected employer and subsequently decided to haul Marika from the Lamp House to go to the Bentenmaru.

On board, Kane and Misa slightly reprimanded Marika because of her tardiness apropos of her responsibilities. After that, Kane resumed his piloting duty and eventually guided the Bentenmaru near the crew's target, the Symphony Angel.

The Bentenmaru focused on making sure it did not get hit while the Corback escorts of the Symphony Angel fired their beam cannons. Kane commented on their horrendous aiming, whereas the rest of the crew concentrated their attention on retaliating through electronic warfare and the Bentenmaru's own cannons.

Kane - Unexpectedly Uncomfortable

Kane refuses to escort Gruier.

Ultimately succeeding in their job, the Bentenmaru crew were surprised to discover that someone had snuck onboard the ship. When Marika reached the bridge, Kane confirmed her agitated concerns regarding the intruder while the rest of the crew explained the entirety of the situation. When their intruder/surprise guest was revealed to be princess Gruier Serenity, Marika tried to have her escorted to the bridge by Schnitzer — who promptly refused — and then Kane — who also promptly refused — but ultimately attended to Gruier herself.

Kane and the crew were then formally introduced to Gruier as soon as she arrived on the bridge. Gruier then explained her predicament to the crew regarding the golden ghost ship and immediately after asked for Marika's help. While Marika took care of the situation with Gruier, Kane and Misa returned to Hakuoh Academy as the school doctor and homeroom teacher, respectively.

Kane - Facepalm

Kane expresses his disappointment in failing to lose Gruier.

Days later, Kane hastily met up with Misa and Marika after being notified that the rest of the Bentenmaru crew found something relevant regarding Gruier's plight. The reason he was hurrying was because he was trying to run away from Gruier, who immediately appeared right after he did. Upon their arrival at the airport, Kane prepared the shuttle and piloted it back to the Bentenmaru after the girls got on board. Needless to say, he also piloted the Bentenmaru after boarding while Marika and the others resumed their duties. The Bentenmaru later coincidentally arrived at a battlefield that involved a renegade Serenity Corback-class ship and a few pursuers who were also from Serenity.

As Kane continued to pilot the Bentenmaru, Marika, Gruier, and the rest of the crew contacted the passengers of the fleeing Corback which apparently included Serenity's Grand Chamberlain, Yotof Sif Sideux and one of Serenity's squad commanders, Catherine. Later, Misa asked Kane to confirm the rendezvous with the renegade ship Yotof and Catherine were boarding. The entire situation was resolved right after a parcel was delivered to Gruier, who then handed it to Marika, so Kane and the crew continued to work towards finding the golden ghost ship whereas Marika and Gruier returned to Hakuoh Academy.

A while later, Kane and crew met with Marika, Gruier, and surprisingly, Ririka, to inform them about the new developments about the golden ghost ship. The meeting concluded with the entire crew's (plus Gruier) departure to search for the ship.

Turbulent spatial storms greeted the Bentenmaru during its expedition towards the golden ghost ship. Meanwhile, Kane did his utmost to outmaneuver the lightning bolts that were hurtling themselves at the Bentenmaru. He later continued to pilot the Bentenmaru until the pursuers from Serenity caught up and prepared an assault. In the end, Marika adroitly formulated a plan to escape the pursuers, which depended on Kane's ability to immediately turn the ship around when the Serenity forces were right behind them. After successfully doing just that, Kane remained at the helm until the Bentenmaru escaped the spatial storm through an FTL jump.

Kane - Harsh Maneuver

Kane battles the space-time quake.

The Bentenmaru later encountered another storm, this time one that was considerably more violent. Kane guided the ship in a frenzy while dodging massive turbulence in the form of gravitational surges that originated from a rip in space. He then announced to everyone that he was going to charge in full speed and did so after engaging the final shockwave.

Following the escape from the storm and Grunhilde Serenity's sudden contact with her sister Gruier, Kane led the Bentenmaru inside the golden ghost ship that was actually the source of the spatial fissure.

Along with Coorie, Luca and Sandaime, Kane stayed behind at the Bentenmaru while the rest investigated the interior of the golden ghost ship. When the circumstances between Gruier and Grunhilde were dealt with followed by the reconciliation of the two sisters, Kane joined the rest of the crew aboard the golden ghost ship and later announced their return to normal Serenity space [8].

Hakuoh Pirates ArcEdit

When a bio-container in the Bentenmaru's cargo bay inadvertently released infected cat-monkeys, the entirety of the Bentenmaru crew (except Marika) was rendered physically disabled, which then left Marika no choice but to employ a new crew in order to uphold the conditions set within her Letter of Marque.

Even while Kane and the other members of the Bentenmaru crew were confined in the hospital ship, Ben Casey, they still managed to provide Marika and her new crew, the Hakuoh yacht club, some assistance through various means. From the inception of a user manual for the Bentenmaru to gathering incriminating information regarding Robert Dolittle, Kane and the rest still performed their utmost despite their condition. They were eventually released from the hospital following Marika's consecutive successes in her pirating jobs.

Nebula Cup Arc (Anime-Only)Edit

Pirate Hunter Arc (Anime-Only)Edit

Note:  Since the instances of the switches between Kane and Shane have not been explicitly revealed, it is probably safe to assume that in the following passage, Shane's name can replace Kane's name and vice versa.

At the underground restaurant of the New Okuhama Airport, Kane and the rest of the  Bentenmaru crew beckoned Marika to join them so that they could inform her of the attacks on pirates. Some time after the meeting, Kane picked up Marika from school through a space shuttle and headed for the Bentenmaru while they talked about various things.

With everyone gathered at the Bentenmaru, they quickly prepared for the escort job they were hired to do and shortly after rendezvoused with the Big Catch, the ship they were contracted to protect. Kane remained at the helm while Marika discussed the details of the job with their charge, Captain Stone, while muttering that Marika is similar to her father.

Kane - Anticipation

"Kane" barely reacts to the new arrival.

Eventually, the pirate hunter appeared before the Bentenmaru and the Big Catch, so the predicament present at the time escalated very quickly. While Kane was ordered to keep an eye on the distances between them, the Big Catch, and the pirate hunter, the other crew members began to work on assisting Captain Stone who decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against the pirate hunter. Although, before the Big Catch was almost annihilated, another large ship arrived and essentially pacified the situation. Interestingly enough, Kane did not seem fazed by the arrival of the gargantuan ship, Parabellum — something that Luca took notice of [9].

Kane later helmed the Bentenmaru once more as it departed for the pirate's nest. Along the way, it encountered the pirate hunter, Grand Cross, so Marika directed everyone to their assigned duties. Upon hearing Marika's orders, Kane became so excited about going against the pirate hunter that a small tuft of his hair folded upwards without warning, another thing that Luca took notice of [10].

Note:  At this point it becomes more evident that the pilot of the Bentenmaru since it left the Sea of the Morning Star has been Shane and not Kane, though the crew is oblivious to it. Thus, Shane's name will be used until Kane appears once more or until further clarification. -Spoiler- It should also be acknowledged that most of the crew do not figure out Shane's identity in the following paragraphs.
Kane, Shane - Determination

Shane goes up against the Grand Cross.

The battle went on to show the martial superiority of the Grand Cross, but Shane displayed his prowess as a pilot when he caused the Bentenmaru to evade all of what the Grand Cross had shot at it. In the end, the power of the Grand Cross was too great so Marika had previously told everyone that their objective was to escape via FTL jump. Shane was vital to the plan since his skills were necessary for the plan to work. When the time came, Shane masterfully guided the Bentenmaru into a swift reversal while the Grand Cross fired multiple laser beams at the ship. The FTL jump was eventually realized a moment after the Bentenmaru flew past the Grand Cross which led to its arrival at the pirate's nest.

After he safely docked the ship, Shane stayed inside and assisted Coorie with system repairs while the others mended and upgraded the exterior. As he oversaw the upgrades that were being put into the Bentenmaru, he tried to compliment Coorie's different look but was met with instant denial. Coorie then went on to explain the Bentenmaru's new ability to command an entire army of ships which considerably piqued Shane's interest.

Note:  -Spoiler- Kane's name will be used in the ensuing sections since Hyakume confirms that it is him.
Kane - Robo-Luca Takedown

Kane shoots down Luca's robotic imposter.

Later, Kane was wandering along a shadowy district within the pirate's nest, fully aware that somebody had been following him. He then decided to call out to and confront his followers, who turned out to be Luca and Misa. Their encounter proceeded with Misa shooting Luca in the head which revealed that Luca had been unknowingly replaced by a gynoid for some time. The fake Luca was ultimately destroyed by Kane. Afterwards, Kane was sternly questioned by Misa regarding his recent actions and implied that if he did any harm to the Bentenmaru, she would deal with him. Kane coolly shrugged off her warning and assured her that he knew the consequences. Concurrently, Shane was watching their conversation take place atop one of the buildings [11].

Back in Marika's room, Kane, Misa, and Marika observed Hyakume tinkering with the Robo-Luca. It was at that time that the real Luca showed up carrying big bags of souvenirs, which absolutely stunned everyone present. Later, Kane was approached by Luca who informed him that she encountered Ririka during her travels.

Kane - Consequences

Kane and Shane are handled by Misa.

Afterwards, Kane joined Marika and Misa in a meeting with Chiaki and her father, Kenjo. Following the meeting, Kane and the rest went to the conference hall because it was reported that there had been an intruder.  When the incident with the intruder — Quartz Christie — was dealt with, Kane appeared with Misa before Ironbeard, a Galactic Empire-sponsored pirate just like Quartz. The truth about the switch between Kane and Shane was then revealed after Misa confronted Ironbeard. She dealt punishment upon the two brothers as she literally made them pay for their prolonged deception with their own money [12].

A while later, Kane took control of the Bentenmaru when the showdown between Quartz and the pirate alliance spearheaded by Marika began. He adroitly piloted the Bentenmaru throughout the battle and gave the Grand Cross no chances to overpower the ship. Occasionally, he made brief comments about how strange it was for pirates to have some sort of synergy. Additionally, when the Bentenmaru finally had a direct confrontation against the Grand Cross, Kane boasted that he was a better pilot than his brother Shane after Luca made a remark about his skills.

Following the battle, Kane asked Marika where the Bentenmaru's next destination would be [13].

Abyss of HyperspaceEdit

The day before the beginning of the events concerning Professor Mugen's legacy, as Marika was about to head home from the Bentenmaru after a liner raid, Kane told San-Daime that his remark about the Bentenmaru not having any intense jobs recently would come back to haunt him, before asking Marika what she was planning to do the next day since it was spring break [14]. Kane was present the next day when Marika arrived to find that a client had cancelled and learned of the replacement job, as well as Kanata being on the liner they were to raid [15].

When Marika and Kanata came onto the bridge following the raid, as three military ships touched down behind them, Kane asked Marika what she intended to do and was told to maintain their current course. As the Bentenmaru jumped to subspace, Kane reported the successful transition to FTL. When the Bentenmaru ran into trouble after performing an FTL jump and Marika made the decision to dive to another subspace route, Kane remarked that it was something they hadn't done in a while. Once they were ready, Kane took the Bentenmaru down through the deeper, turbulent region of subspace to the other route, observing the strain on the hull. A little while later, when the others mentioned how it would take them long to get back to the Sea of the Morning Star, Kane said it was fine since Marika was on her spring break. Hyakume then showed him an image taken in the unstable route, and he noticed star-like shadows in the close-up [15][16].

Kane was present as the crew attempted to find the identity of the enemy targeting them. When Schnitzer drew their attention to the ships having being in service for three years and therefore due to be returned to the manufacturers for maintenance, Kane recognized that it meant that the ships should be in their manufacturer's docks. At one point, he and the other crewmembers saw another advert for Rasil Transportation. When Coorie and Hyakume cooperated with the yacht club in finding the culprit behind the mass information theft in New Okuhama City, Kane saw Lynn's method of infecting the enemy's worm with a virus of her own, noting that it was to be expected of 'Cracking O'Lynn'. Following the lead, the enemy was revealed to be the Yggdrasil Group.

When the Bentenmaru was remaining in the proximity of Hrbek Oda while a boarding party investigated Professor Mugen's old ship, Kane told San-Daime, who had asked if they could get any further away from the comet, that they were at the maximum distance for communicating with the captain and that they had to rush in to dock if anything happened. During the exchange of fire between the Bentenmaru and the Yggdrasil ships, Misa asked if there was any way for them to get closer to the Mugen Workshop, Kane told her that the enemy's erratic fire was making it dangerous. He was then surprised by the arrival of the combined Odette II and Barbaroosa, which gave them an opportunity to retrieve Marika and the boarding party. As the Bentenmaru went after the Advaseele to protect it from the Yggdrasil Flawens, Kane remarked on their use of explosives to disrupt subspace the before taking the Bentenmaru down into deeper subspace. After San-Daime screamed to him that they were at their limit, Kane brought the Bentenmaru back up to the surface [15][17][18].

Some time after the incident, Kane was present as the Bentenmaru embarked on another job [15][19].

Skills & AbilitiesEdit

Kane is an extremely skilled pilot, being able to pull off complex, fast, and dangerous maneuvers at the helm of the Bentenmaru [20][13]. As a pirate, he has been well-trained in swordplay[7] and handling firearms [11]. Additionally, he is a qualified educator, evident by the fact that he is knowledgeable enough to have no difficulty mentoring Marika and her class. Apart from school, he also teaches Marika and at one point Chiaki about piracy aboard the Bentenmaru.

RelationshipsEdit

Marika KatoEdit

Kane - Budding Friendship

Kane and Marika's friendship grows.

Despite treating Marika as a teenager, Kane shows his respect for her as a captain. He serves as one of her mentors when she was starting out as a pirate, and the two have developed mutual appreciation for each others' abilities.

Marika has mentioned that she sometimes has a difficult time talking to him since he still handles her like a teenager, regardless of her growth as captain.

He later offers to teach her how to pilot a shuttle so that she wouldn't have to rely on him or the other crew members.

Misa GrandwoodEdit

Misa and Kane have been shown to work well together, one of the reasons being that he is mostly the one who accompanies her whenever a job requires them to leave the Bentenmaru.

Shane McDougalEdit

Kane is has a lot of faith in his younger twin, enough that he would actually risk switching places with him as the helmsman of the Bentenmaru so that Shane could observe Marika on Ironbeard's behalf.

Kane considers himself a better pilot than his brother.

Bentenmaru CrewEdit

Kane is friendly enough with his crew, though it does not seem like he is particularly close with any of them.

Hakuoh Academy Yacht ClubEdit

As the Yacht Club's advisor, Kane tries to do his best to guide his students. Sometimes he even gives them piloting lessons and at one point helped them during the Nebula Cup Arc (though it is currently under speculation that it was actually his brother Shane that was with the club).

It is evident that he is well-liked by the club since the girls cheered when they saw him again during the Three Ships Arc.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sailing 13
  2. Sailing 01
  3. Sailing 02
  4. Sailing 03
  5. Sailing 04
  6. Sailing 05
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sailing 06
  8. Sailing 12
  9. Sailing 22
  10. Sailing 23
  11. 11.0 11.1 Sailing 24
  12. Sailing 25
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sailing 26
  14. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Chapter 1
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
  16. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Chapter 3
  17. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Chapter 8
  18. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Chapter 9
  19. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Chapter 10
  20. Sailing 11

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