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Ise, I love you. Ufufu.

–Akeno to Issei, Volume 7, New Life

Akeno Himejima is a first-year college student at Kuoh Academy and one of the many female protagonists of High School DxD. She is the daughter of Baraqiel, a Fallen Angel Cadre, who is the current Vice Governor General of Grigori and Shuri Himejima, a member of the Himejima Clan. She is Rias Gremory's Queen as well as her best friend. Akeno is one of Kuoh Academy's Two Great Ladies alongside Rias. She is also one of Issei's fiancées.

Appearance

Akeno is a beautiful young woman with a voluptuous figure, very long black hair and violet eyes. Her hair is usually tied in a long ponytail, reaching all the way down to her legs with two strands sticking out from the top and sloping backward, with an orange ribbon keeping it in place.

Like most of the girls at Kuoh Academy, she wears the customary Kuoh Academy girls' school uniform, along with black calf-length socks.

As revealed in the visual book with her data [1], her body measurements are [B102-W60-H89 cm] [B40-W24-H35 in]. Her body weight is [54 kg] [119 lbs] while her height is 168 cm (5 feet 6 inches).

In the anime, during battles, she often transforms her clothes into a traditional miko attire, consisting of a white haori with red accents, a red hakama, and a pair of zōri with white tabi.

When she first revealed herself as a Fallen Angel in front of Issei in Volume 4, she reveals one Devil wing and one Fallen Angel wing. This later changes to six Fallen Angel wings with the aid of two bracelets (no longer required) given to her by Azazel. In True Volume 2, it changes to eight Fallen Angel wings. In this form, it is stated by Yuuto Kiba that she looks like a high tier Fallen Angel; possibly a Cadre.

Personality

She is first seen to be a very elegant and gentle woman, embodying the principals of the ideal Japanese woman: "Yamato Nadeshiko". However underneath her calm atmosphere, she is shown to be highly sadistic in battle and doesn't show any mercy or remorse towards the enemies she slays, casually keeping up her smiling elegant persona over an enemy's death and showing an expression of pleasure and lust upon delivering them pain.

As a result of seeing her mother be killed in front of her eyes and her father being unable to save her, Akeno developed a hatred for Fallen Angels, she has developed a sense of self-loathing towards her Fallen Angel nature, for it was the reason her was mother killed which led her to sever ties with her father, going into exile before being saved by Rias after Akeno's maternal relatives nearly killed her. Due to this reason, she emphasizes with those who have suffered under the hands of Fallen Angels like Issei and Asia, who were manipulated and killed by the Fallen Angel Raynare as she was worried that he would dislike her due to her Fallen Angel nature but fell in love with him after he told her he still liked her. With Issei's help, she was able to overcome the sadness of her mother's death and reconcile with her estranged father, renewing their familial bond. Due to Issei helping her, Akeno's love for him deepened considerably as she confessed her feeling for him.

While she originally had no interest in dating men due to her past, she began to take an interest in Issei, thinking of him as a cute junior and that interest intensified after seeing his determination in the Rating Game against Riser Phenex and his actions during Rias' engagement ceremony, where he defeated Riser Phenex. She has stated that Issei is the first boy she has ever felt such feelings for as she is shown to have a desire to further her relationship with him. She also loves to tease Issei and Rias, as she loves to make Rias irritated by flirting with Issei. Akeno has also stated that she has some masochism in her as well, as she is only masochistic towards Issei in contrast to her sadistic nature in battle. She is shown to be quite vulgar, flirting with Issei as such and doesn't care if Rias knows or saw her doing the act as she tried to have sex with him while also trying to help Issei further his relationship with Rias, but does care enough to not steal him away from her as she even helped Issei confess to Rias. After falling in love with him, she becomes very seductive and is obsessed with having an affair with Issei whenever she finds a chance, which is often interrupted by Rias and some others.

She also has a weak side to her once she removes her mask of being an Onee-Sama, what is left is her true side of "depending" on a man which is generally Issei and her father Baraqiel after reconciling with him. If danger arises to them, she will become depressed or it can also lead to a rise in her tension. The latter occurred when Issei was injured in the Rating Game between the Sitri and Gremory groups, and the former when Issei was thought to be dead in the Dimensional Gap.

Despite being seductive toward Issei and acting like a mature young woman, Akeno is still innocent and emotional towards love and acts like a girl her age whenever she is on a date with Issei. However, this still does not stop her being seductive and flirting with Issei. Despite being seen as calm and clear, Akeno does get jealous like the other girls and will fight for Issei.

History

Akeno is the only child of Shuri Himejima, a Shinto priestess and Baraqiel, a Fallen Angel and one of the leaders of the Fallen Angel organization, Grigori. As a child, Akeno was close to her mother as her father was mostly away on missions and fell into despair when she witnessed her mother's death, blaming Baraqiel for not being able to protect her. After the death of Shuri, Akeno stayed with her mother's relative before being kicked out due to her Fallen Angel blood.

At the tender age of 10, without food or money, Akeno journeyed throughout Japan using her skills to purify evil spirits that she learned from her mother in order to survive, doing so for a year and a half. When she stumbled into a certain town, Akeno indirectly saved a human that was contracted with a Devil from the Gremory Clan. Fearing that the Devil would kill her due to her Fallen Angel heritage, Akeno decided to hide from them. Later, while trying to leave the town, Akeno was suddenly attacked by her relatives from the Himejima Clan who came to kill her. Before her Grand-Uncle Suou Himejima could land the decisive blow, Rias, and her father's Bishop, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, appeared and talked Akeno's family out of killing her with two conditions; first Akeno is to never enter the territory under the Himejima Clan and second, to always stay beside Rias. She then moved into the Gremory Palace where she was taught various things from studies, to how a lady should act as well as deepening her bonds with Rias, becoming her best friend in the process. She had also become acquainted with Sona Sitri around this time.

Upon entering Junior High, Rias received her Evil Pieces and made Akeno her first servant. Two years before the series, she entered Kuoh Academy alongside Rias and helped her in re-establishing the Occult Research Club becoming its Vice-President. Akeno and Rias went to the Kyoto trip during their second year, Rias enjoyed every moment of it, however, they didn't plan a proper schedule and therefore there were places that she wasn't able to visit like the Nijou-jou, Rias was so upset that she stomped her feet at the railway station as Akeno tried to calm her down. Also during their second year, Akeno and Rias organized their club as a haunted house for the school festival, they even used real ghosts as Rias requested friendly Youkai looking for jobs to plan the decorations. This, however, got them in a lot of trouble with Sona who scolded them for using the real thing.

Powers & Abilities

Demonic Power: Despite being a reincarnated Devil, Akeno has great potential in demonic power to where she is on par with her King, Rias. Her prowess is noted to be the strongest among the peerage behind Rias herself, with Riser acknowledging that pre-training, only Akeno could fight on par with his peerage. Her overall demonic power and magic are enhanced through the Bishop aspect of her Queen piece. Later on, she became one of the first three members of Rias's peerage to be promoted to Middle-Class along with Issei and Yuuto. It is stated by Azazel that her power is equal to that of a High-Class Devil. By Volume 21, Akeno's power enhanced to the point of defeating an army of mass-produced Evil Dragons.

  • Enhanced Strength and Defense: As a Queen, Akeno possesses enhanced strength and defense through the Rook trait of her Queen piece, but due to Akeno never resorting to physical confrontations, it's unknown how her physical prowess compares to Koneko.
  • Enhanced Speed: As a Queen, Akeno has the Knight speed enhancement through her Queen piece. In Volume 24, Akeno was capable of evading many of Zhu Bajie's attacks with ease.
  • Expert Magician: Akeno has shown herself to be skilled in the use of magic with her, Rias and Rossweisse being the top magic specialists in the Peerage (before Rossweisse left). Her magic abilities are enhanced through the Bishop trait of her Queen piece.
    • Elemental Magic: Akeno excels in using natural elements such as lightning, ice, fire, and water. She is able to create thunder clouds using her demonic power, making lightning bolts rain down on her opponents. She could freeze Cerberus' flames in an instant and target ice spears at her opponents. In Volume 14, much like her Holy Lightning Dragon, Akeno can also form Asian Dragon made out of fire and ice, sending them at her enemies.
      • Lightning Magic: Akeno originally specialized in Lightning Magic before she began using her Holy Lightning ability. Her strikes were shown to cause immense lasting pain as well as paralysis, at its strongest show to be powerful enough to obliterate a whole building.
      • Fire Magic:
      • Water Magic: Akeno has shown to be able to summon a vast amount of bodies of water, large enough to fill a swimming pool.
      • Ice Magic: Akeno is capable of freezing her target and create ice into spikes and projectiles. She is shown creating a blizzard that instantly freezes even fire.
    • Defensive Magic: She has been shown to be able to use magic to strengthen the power of her defense by focusing on the Rook trait of her Queen piece, to protect herself as well as others from powerful attacks.
    • Teleportation Magic: Akeno has demonstrated the ability to teleport herself and others.
    • Summoning Magic: Akeno has some skill in summoning magic, being able to instruct Asia in its use. She is shown to summon up to six Imp-like familiars that are useful in recon. Her ability to summon creatures was strengthened after she entered the Himejima household and strengthened her Himejima blood, thus allowing her to summon legendary Youkai like Ura and Ibaraki Doujou.
    • Purification: Akeno has the power to purify evil spirits which she learned from her mother. However, since she lacks Senjutsu prowess, her ability is inferior to Koneko's and Kuroka's.
    • Cloth Manipulation: Usually when Akeno needs to use all of her magic power, she alters her clothes into a Shinto priestess attire that gave her the epithet, "Priestess of Thunder".[note 1] She also uses this to repair hers or the clothes of others.
Akeno casting Holy Lighting

Akeno casting Holy Lightning

Holy Lightning (雷光, Raikō): Akeno's signature skill that she inherited from her father: Baraqiel. Akeno combines the power of light and thunder to create Holy Lightning. Akeno can make high-density holy lightning strikes on her opponents.

Akeno Fallen Angel mode

Fallen Angel Mode

  • Fallen Angel Mode (堕天使モード , Datenshi Mōdo): A form that is achieved by condensing her Holy Lightning blood. In this form, Akeno gains six black wings and drastically enhances her Holy Lightning abilities. At first, this transformation required the use of two special bracelets made by Azazel, but as of Volume 17, Akeno is now able to enter this form on her own. In True Volume 2, Akeno's strength increases to the point of gaining eight black wings.
  • Holy Lightning Dragon (雷光龍 , Raikōryū): Due to her constant draining of Issei's Dragon aura, she has gained the ability to shape her Holy Lightning into the form of an Asian Dragon, which can move as if it was alive. It has been shown to be immensely powerful, devouring large fragments of rocks and erasing one of Grendel's fireballs. In Volume 19, Akeno can create five large holy lightning dragons. In True Volume 2, Akeno can shape her holy Lightning into the form of a five-headed Asian Dragon.

Stealth Expert: As mentioned by Issei and Rias, Akeno has developed a skill to sneak behind people without leaving any presence. Rias mentioned that Akeno has learned a skill that allows her to avoid detection from Koneko's Senjutsu sensing ability.

Flight: Being a Devil, Akeno can fly using either her Devil wings or Fallen Angel wings.

Equipment

Bracelets: Golden bracelets engraved with magical characters. An invention that assisted the fallen angelisation of Akeno.

Oni Mask: The Devil mask allows Akeno to summon two six-meter tall demons. One named Ura, the famous evil Oni that became the head of its kind and lived in Onigashima; and second, Ibaraki Doujou, a legendary onigami who served as the right hand of Shuten Douji, one of the Three Great Youkai of Japan.

Quotes

Light Novel

  • "Ara Ara Ufufufu." [Oh my, Oh my (giggles).]
  • (To Issei) "...You said some killing words... After hearing that... won't I really get serious..." (Volume 4, Life 3) [2]
  • (To Issei) "…I’m happy. If I’m together with Ise, surely… You belong to Rias, but even so I will always… by your side…" (Volume 5, Life 4) [3]
  • (To Reya Kusaka) "…Even though I tried to show Ise-kun my determination…Even though I tried to overcome it…by using this hateful power in front of him…I won’t forgive you—Disappear." (Volume 5, End Game) [3]
  • (To Issei) "……Ise……. Thank you…….. –I love you." (Volume 7, Life 3) [4]
  • (To Issei) "Ufufu. That would make it my first kiss, I guess." (Volume 7, New Life) [4]
  • (To Issei) "Ise, I love you. Ufufu." (Volume 7, New Life) [4]
  • (To Issei) "……Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay now. I will live on for the sake of you, Rias and everyone else. I will become stronger with you, Ise. I will be with you forever." (Volume 14, Life 3) [5]
  • "Yes, I understand. I am your [Queen]. So I will be staying by your side all the time. I will be your friend forever. So let me say this.——Thank you, Rias. Please take care of me from now on as well." (Volume 15, Life 2 Scarlet and Crimson) [6]
  • (To Rias) "This experience will be my eternal treasure. Rias, thank you for inviting me to this place. I really enjoyed my time here." (Volume 22, Life 3) [7]
  • (To Issei) "…Truly, I envy Rias. She has such a strong man who can say that he wants to stay together with her forever…" (Volume 22, Life 5) [7]
  • (To Rias) "Rias, allow me to declare this. In the future, I might have Ise’s child before you. No, I definitely will. This I can say with confidence. Ufufu." (Volume 22, New Life) [7]

Anime

  • "Those who even try to lay a hand on my president shall be punished endlessly." (Season 1, Episode 3)
  • "You can rely on me more, you know." (Season 2 New)

Trivia

  • Akeno's birthday is on July 21.[8]
  • Akeno's last name, Himejima, means "Princess Island".
  • Akeno has large breasts due to her Fallen Angel blood, as Azazel mentions in Volume 8 that female Fallen Angels possess seductive bodies.
    • Azazel has stated that, even for a Fallen Angel, Akeno is particularly seductive.[9]
  • Issei in Volume 1 of the novels called Akeno "Yamato Nadeshiko" which means "personification of an idealized Japanese woman", or "the epitome of pure, feminine beauty".
  • In Rating Game fighting-types, Akeno is considered a Wizard-type who is closer to a Technique-type.
  • Akeno inherited her sadistic personality from her mother and her masochistic personality from her father.
  • It was revealed in Ishibumi's other work, -SLASHDØG-, that Akeno is related by blood to Tobio Ikuse as cousins.[10]
    • Tobio's grandmother is a member of the Himejima clan.
  • Akeno, alongside Asia, have the most familiars in the series with both having six each.
  • Akeno uploads videos to DeviTube about Japanese traditional performing arts.
  • Akeno has a driving license.
  • Akeno’s favorite type of man is one who is always smiling.[11]

Notes

  1. This is only for the anime.

References

  1. Dragon Magazine D manual
  2. Light Novel Volume 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 Light Novel Volume 5
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Light Novel Volume 7
  5. Light Novel Volume 14
  6. Light Novel Volume 15
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Light Novel Volume 22
  8. Ishibumi's twitter
  9. High School DxD Volume 8 Life. 5 Hell Teacher Azazel Part 5
  10. SlashDog Chapter 3 Part 2
  11. Dragon Magazine July 2010 issue

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