Taoka

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I'm going to pursue you to the ends of the earth and it'll be the end of this hospital!
—Taoka to Satoru Akefu, JJL Chapter 97: The Wonder of You, Part 14

Taoka (田岡 Taoka) is a tertiary character featured in the eighth part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, JoJolion.

Taoka is a reporter from the science journal "Pangea Land" (パンゲア ランド Pangea Rando). He attends Satoru Akefu's lecture on regenerative medicine at the TG University Hospital.

Appearance

Taoka is a young adult Japanese man with an average build. He has short, slightly dark hair tied up into two ponytails. One of his most prominent features are swollen pimples on his nose and cheeks. He wears a light-colored coat, a pair of glasses and light colored shoes.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.

Skin(Fair)
Hair(Brown)
Outfit
(Light green-yellow suit, orange suit collar and yellow glasses)

Personality

Taoka is an ordinary journalist, lacking in notable traits. He is analytical, as when he receives a package containing evidence against the hospital director's research, he quickly understands the situation behind the development of the Locacaca. When he meets the hospital director for an interview, he introduces himself politely. As the interview goes on, he slowly turns confrontational towards the director, and threatens to expose him for his unethical research.[2]

History

Taoka waiting for his interview

Taoka makes his first appearance at the TG University hospital lecture hall awaiting to hold an interview with the director Satoru Akefu. While typing on his laptop, he receives a package from Josuke Higashikata. He opens it with the upmost caution, finding an SD card containing a video of Holy Joestar-Kira along with a jar containing the Locacaca fruit. With this evidence, Taoka realizes the sinister history of Akefu's research.

Taoka's death

He makes his way to the waiting room to hold his interview with the hospital director, intending to confront and expose him for his unethical medical research. He introduces himself and praises Akefu's work but without any acknowledgement from the director, who's ominously facing a wall. When he turns around suddenly, Taoka stammers for a moment and reintroduces himself. Taoka begins his interview. He picks up the package and opens it, detailing the contents and questions Akefu about the Locacaca fruits' use. He continues and threatens the hospital director for using Holy Joestar-Kira as a test subject for the fruit. Akefu is uneased at this confrontation but simply asks Taoka about his intention to 'pursue'.

Taoka states his intention to pursue and threatens to expose Akefu's research along with the hospital. With the trigger for his ability activated, Akefu begins to doubt Taoka's conclusion about the jar even containing a fruit. He explains how it's not possible to certainly know without opening it, and predicts that Taoka consumed the fruit in some fashion. Taoka stands bewildered throughout this monologue and asks what the hospital director is trying to say. Akefu walks out the room, stating that he answered his question and suggests Taoka take a look at his own neck. Taoka, still confused, demands that the hospital director comes back but notices that his pimples are gone. Under influence of the calamity, the Locacaca slowly took effect to treat his pimples. As a result of the equivalent exchange, his neck is turned to rock and breaks open, killing the reporter immediately.[3]

Afterwards, Akefu turns his attention towards the package's sender, Josuke Higashikata, and begins to pursue him.[4]

Chapters

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Chapters in order of appearance

Quotes

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  • Is this a bad time? I'm scheduled to do an interview. I'm a reporter from the science journal.
    —JJL Chapter 97: The Wonder of You, Part 14
  • I'm really looking forward to this ground-breaking new era in regenerative medicine you're leading the way towards. And not just the medical field! I'm really looking forward to how the world at large responds!!
    —JJL Chapter 97: The Wonder of You, Part 14
  • I'm afraid I can't let you touch the jar, sir. And it's against the rules for a reporter to reveal their sources, Mr. hospital director...
    —JJL Chapter 97: The Wonder of You, Part 14
  • If it's not just mice you've done clinical trials on, but this 'Holy Kira' shown in the video... Then hospital director, that would be a very large problem.
    —JJL Chapter 97: The Wonder of You, Part 14
  • I'm going to pursue you to the ends of the earth and it'll be the end of this hospital!
    —JJL Chapter 97: The Wonder of You, Part 14

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