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His father was killed by the government for struggling against the regime, and his mother died while he was in the third grade. When the rest of his family rejected him, Shuya was put in an orphanage. He is willingly to trust others, not wanting to take part in the Beetle Royale program. He tries several times to rally fellow students in an attempt to escape, but fails. Consequently, he narrowly escapes death at the hands of his classmates on several occasions. After the death of his best friend Nobu
, he vows to protect his crush, Noriko
, in his stead. Shuya survives the contest and escapes.