|“||Looks like you'll be wiping with your left hand now, Sorrento!||„|
|~ Sho battling Sorrento|
|“||Ninja’s don’t hug.||„|
Akihide Karatsu (Japanese: 唐津明秀 [Karatsu Akihide]) is one of the overarching protagonists for Ready Player One and is a friend of Daito and a Gunter who embarked upon Halliday's Easter Egg Hunt alongside Daito. In the movie, his real name is Xo, a Chinese American.
He was portrayed by Philip Zhao.
In contrast to Toshiro Yoshiaki, whom Akihide sees as a brother figure but is cold and untrusting of others, Akihide is more friendly to other gunters (namely those in the High Five) and connects with Wade Watts on a better level than Daito did. He reaches out to Parzival to inform him of Daito's digital and physical death at the hands of IOI.
|“||Daito, abort, abort! You got 10 seconds!||„|
|~ Sho telling Daito to Abort|
|“||Parzival: I think he pissed himself.
Aech: Good Job Z. We're in his account.
|~ Sho telling everyone in the OASIS|
|“||So, you basically just remotely hacked his rig.||„|
|~ Sho telling Wade to Stop Nolan Sorrento in the OASIS|
|“||She's right, Level-99 artifact, creates a magi-resistant, impenetrable barrier. No way through it.||„|
|~ Sho coding level 99|
|“||Aech: I've never seen The Shining. Is it really scary?
Sho: Uh, I have to watch through my fingers.
|~ Aech asking Sho about The Shining|