Ready Player One

Ready Player One

by

Ernest Cline

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Daito is a Japanese gunter who works alongside his “brother,” Shoto. Daito is intensely private and rejects both the proposition of an alliance with the other top gunters and the idea of meeting Shoto in real life. He is killed when Sixers break into his apartment and throw him off his balcony, framing it as a suicide.

Daito Quotes in Ready Player One

The Ready Player One quotes below are all either spoken by Daito or refer to Daito. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Ready Player One published in 2011.
Level Three: 0035 Quotes

Sorrento had tried to kill me. And in the process, he'd murdered my aunt, along with several of my neighbors, including sweet old Mrs. Gilmore, who had never hurt a soul. He'd also had Daito killed, and even though I'd never met him, Daito had been my friend.

And now Sorrento had just killed Shoto’s avatar, robbing him of his chance to enter the Third Gate. Sorrento didn't deserve his power or his position. What he deserved, I decided in that moment, was public humiliation and defeat. He deserved to have his ass kicked while the whole world watched.

Page Number: 339
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Daito Character Timeline in Ready Player One

The timeline below shows where the character Daito appears in Ready Player One. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Level One: 0013
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...announcing that Wade and Aech are students on Ludus. Before long, two other avatars named Daito and Shoto clear the First Gate within minutes of one another. Wade realizes that the... (full context)
Level One: 0015
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...he stays on the move and won’t  be found. He suggests that they invite Art3mis, Daito, and Shoto to the Basement that evening, and Wade agrees. (full context)
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...I’ve ever seen.” Wade feels jealous of how well Aech and Art3mis are getting along. Daito and Shoto arrive; they are both Japanese avatars wearing traditional samurai armor. Art3mis tells the... (full context)
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...them about the elaborate Oology Division at IOI, with its team of scholars and experts. Daito suddenly grows suspicious that Wade is proposing they start their own alliance. He points out... (full context)
Level Two: 0020
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On the other hand, Wade did find a chance to reach out to Daito and Shoto when he discovered a Japanese-language quest on the planet Tokusatsu. He asked for... (full context)
Level Two: 0023
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...Jade Key. Shoto’s score also rises on the Scoreboard, but there is no change to Daito’s. Suddenly, Daito’s name disappears from the board, and Wade knows he must have been killed.  (full context)
Level Two: 0024
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Wade’s thoughts are interrupted by a vidmail message from Shoto saying that Daito left Wade something in his will. Wade wonders why Daito left a will for his... (full context)
Level Two: 0025
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Daito and Shoto met in an OASIS support group for hikikomori, young people who shut themselves... (full context)
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Shoto gives Wade the Beta Capsule, telling him that Daito wanted him to have it. Wade tries to refuse, but eventually accepts it with gratitude.... (full context)
Level Three: 0030
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...he finds a folder called “Threat Assessments” featuring information about himself, Art3mis, Aech, Shoto, and Daito. He sees that after he fled to Columbus they lost track of him and that... (full context)
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Both Shoto and Daito don’t look anything like their avatars. There is no photo and little information in Aech’s... (full context)
Level Three: 0031
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Wade emails every major news channel with evidence of how IOI killed Daito and attempted to kill Wade. He also attaches the memo ordering the abduction of Art3mis... (full context)