|Native name||島 大介|
August 15, 2178 |
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
|Service/branch||United Nations Cosmo Navy|
Daigo Shima (father, deceased)|
Saori Shima (mother)
Jiro Shima (brother)
|Portrayed by||Kenichi Suzumura|
Daisuke Shima is the Yamato's pilot. He is seen on mars with his best friend and Officer School companion, Susumu Kodai during Operation M, and is present when Princess Sasha of Iscandar is killed in a fatal crash delivering the Wave-motion core for the Yamato. He is picked up by the Kirishima 3 weeks later with Kodai and returns to Earth. He joins Kodai in his confrontation with Admiral Okita and facepalms when Admiral Hijikata talks him down. He joins Kodai in a stolen cosmo zero to confront some Garmillas scout and is subsequently marooned with him when the fighter crashes, near the wreck of the IJN Yamato. ("Messenger of Iscandar")
He is rescued from the fighter's crash sight after witnessing the Yamato use it's main guns to shoot down the orbiting Garmillas Carrier. He is assigned to the Yamato as the ship's navigation officer. As he is leaving his little brother Jiro gives him a good luck charm that his father didn't take with him to first contact. He pilots the Yamato away from Earth after the near hit from a Garmillas Interplanetary Ballistic Missile.("Toward a Sea of Stars")
He is haunted by the memories of his father Daigo Shima, a captain in the Earth Defense Force, who commanded one of the initial ships to greet the Garmillas forces when they arrived in the solar system and was killed when hostilities broke out. His father had reassured him that the "aliens" were friendly.
As a result, Shima harbors bitter hatred of Garmillas. When Susumu Yamazaki breaks his orders of silence and informs Shima that Earth fired first on meeting with the Garmillas, Shima angrily rejects the information and accuses Yamazaki of lying to smear his father.