Membership: At least 9 unidentified Japanese youths;
formerly Leiko Tanaka

Purpose: Cheap drugs, easy sex and casual violence

Affiliations: Yakuza

Enemies: Kiyohara Industrial Complex, Masters of Silence (Inazuma, Kaminari, Kaze), their own parents

Base of Operations: Tokyo, Japan

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#147/4 (early February, 1994)

History: (Marvel Comics Presents I#147/4 (fb)) - All members of the Shitei-Otaku left their lives as salary man or cram-school students to become part of this biker-gang. For some time nobody stood up against them and people became afraid of going out into the nights of Tokyo.

(Big Hero 6#1: Go Go Tomago) - At some point Leiko Tanaka became part of the gang, but she eventually arrested during a botched robbery of the Kiyohara Industrial Complex.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#147/4) - The time was 3:47 AM on another Saturday morning in Tokyo. The Shitei-Otaku ran through the streets on their motorbikes when suddenly the Masters of Silence appeared on the street in front of them. They knew them, but they didn't respect them and attacked the Masters of Silence. The Masters of Silence weren't so easy to take down and after the first Shitei-Otaku member fell, the fear began to rise in the rest. Their fear didn't stop them from attacking again with Uzis, chains and bats, but after a short fight only the Masters of Silence remained standing. The last surviving member tried to run away, but the Masters of Silence cornered him and they told him that they were hired to kill them by the people they brought unendurable shame. The last Shitei-Otaku knew in the second of his death, that the parents of himself and the other Shitei-Otaku had hired them.

Comments: Created by Len Kaminski, David Cullen & John Stanisci

This story occurred before the Masters of Silence met Tony Stark and Iron Man in Iron Man I#281. Go Go Tomago (Leiko Tanaka) as a member of the Shikeo-Otaku and their connection to the Yakuza was revealed in Go Go's profile in Big Hero 6#1 (November, 2008).

Profile by Markus Raymond


The Shitei-Otaku have no known connection to


Shikei-Otaku: Marvel Comics Presents#147, barcode side, p9, pan2

Last updated: 06/23/04.

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Marvel Comics Presents#147 - early February, 1994