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Biological Information
Age:Around 30 years old
Character Information

First seen:Manga: Chapter 2

Anime: Episode 4

Last seen:Manga: Chapter 63

Anime: Episode 13

Voice actor (Japanese):Naoki Kinoshita
Voice actor (English):Rick Piersall

Isobe was Kurama´s personal assistant. His biography and personality are completely different between the manga and the anime, with him playing a much more complex role in the manga. While it is never stated directly, it seems likely he gained his position when Kurama's original assistant, Oomori left the Diclonius Research Institute after the euthanizing of his infant daughter, who was a Diclonius.


Are you really sure you're willing to set free, a monster even worse than Lucy?

Isobe, disturbed by the idea of releasing Mariko

Working as a personal assistant to Kurama, this character is rarely addressed by name, but appears in and effects events in many chapters of the manga series, nearly from the start. Along with Shirakawa, his most prominent appearance occurs when he is given charge over Mariko's mission to hunt down Lucy, when Kurama abruptly leaves and Saito is savagely killed by Mariko. After Saito's death, Isobe develops a low opinion of her, feeling that she manipulated Mariko's emotions regarding her parents' love for her. He is also present when Mariko and Nana argue about Kurama without realizing each is talking about the same man. A morally-conflicted man, he feels that implanting the bombs in Mariko's body is inexcusable, but stands ready with the remote control to either temporarily delay the bombs' detonation or selectively blow them up at will. Slicing away the arm that held the remote, Mariko emotionally manipulates him into giving her the anti-detonation codes, and then taunts him before finally beheading him. It can be speculated that knowledge of the fate of his predecessor Oomori and sympathy for his plight made him more open to Mariko's trickery.


Shirakawa! Don't stray from our orders! Our mission is to kill Number Seven.

Isobe, decidedly colder in the twelfth anime episode

In the anime, Isobe is a colder and less complex character, who seems to have no problem using or controlling Mariko (though he is shocked by the method chosen to control her), or even with firing on Shirakawa when she urges restraint at one point, indiscriminately attacking her, Nana and Kouta. In the end, he watches as Mariko and Kurama die together, and is prepared to execute Nana despite knowing how much his late boss loved her. He is killed by Lucy before he can do this.

At the end of the second episode, Kurama and Shirakawa observe Nana before choosing to send her to retrieve or kill Lucy. A man who may or may not be Isobe assists them. Whoever this character is, he has the odd distinction of being dubbed in Japanese, but somehow not in English.

Which Isobe do you prefer?

The poll was created at 05:58 on August 26, 2012, and so far 161 people voted.


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