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Akatsuki is one of the players trapped in the MMORPG Elder Tale. She is a Human Assassin-Tracker who joins Shiroe and Naotsugu, later becoming one of the founding members of Log Horizon. She was a member of the Akiba Raid Party and of the Shibuya Raid Team. Her Overskill is Shadow Lurk.

In the real world, her name is Shizuka Hanekura (羽倉静はねくら しずか, Hanekura Shizuka?).[4] She is a college student attending Yamazaki Gakuen University.

AppearanceEdit

Akatsuki's Original Avatar

Original appearance

Akatsuki's original avatar in Elder Tale was a tall male Assassin with purple hair and eyes. He wore a long-sleeved purple hooded shirt with dark purple cuffs, armor on his shoulder and forehead areas, brown belted pants, knee-high boots with knee guards and a purple scarf tied around his neck.

After obtaining an Appearance Reset Potion from Shiroe, Akatsuki changed her gender and size to be closer to her real-world appearance. Now, she is a petite female Assassin but with purple eyes and long hair that she ties up in a ponytail. Her clothing is similar to her previous ones, albeit refitted to match her new stature. She now wears a sleeveless purple top, purple arm warmers, brown pants and purple boots.

Even in the real world, she was incredibly petite. She bemoans that even as a college student, people mistook her for a middle-school student and always used her as a cute mascot,[3] something that she despised. In the real world, she has black hair and purple eyes.

PersonalityEdit

Due to her short stature and youthful appearance, Akatsuki is easily mistaken for being much younger than she really is.[5] In the real world, this made socializing with people her age very difficult, to the point that she had no romantic life or even a close friend. Only children and pedophiles were romantically interested in her, and her younger sister gave Akatsuki her hand-me-downs to wear, which damaged her self-esteem. As a result, her appearance and height are touchy subjects.

She is a hard worker who does things tirelessly, just to be recognized based on her competence; in spite of that, her efforts never got proper recognition due to her cute appearance.[3] To escape those preconceptions about her, she created her avatar in Elder Tale to be a tall silent man. With the Catastrophe, however, it was no longer possible to keep that disguise up.[6]

In her efforts to prove herself, she is prone to being too serious, melancholic, and rash. Because he saved her from a "cruel and disgusting fate," Shiroe unwillingly became Akatsuki's "Lord" while she roleplays being his ninja.[7] She comes to develop romantic feelings for him, since he never made assumptions about her abilities based on her looks. However, it's those very feelings that further drive her insecurities, as she feels inadequate compared to his other companions and discovers that one of her romantic rivals is an actual middle-school girl.

Because she has little patience for perverts, she tends to perform flying knee kicks at Naotsugu whenever he gets out-of-hand (which is greatly exaggerated for the anime in order to censor his lines). However, aside from that, the two get along quite well. Isuzu also states that Akatsuki has a hidden sense of humor, and enjoys washing and cleaning.

SynopsisEdit

Prior to the CatastropheEdit

Aka real world

Akatsuki in the real world.

Akatsuki was always smaller than normal and often mistaken for being much younger than she really was. She was so short that her younger sister, Hibiki, referred to her as the younger sister. At one point, a middle school boy in her neighborhood thought that she was his age (she was in college) and confessed to her, an incident that left her bedridden for several days out of despair, and it is implied that pedophiles have also targeted her in the past. To make up for her height, Akatsuki took up kendo to gain more self-confidence. She also raised a dog named Myojo.[8]

At the time of the Catastrophe, Akatsuki attended Yamazaki Gakuen University and lives at home. When Akatsuki was entering college, Hibiki's advice was to become a pet groomer, since she's bad at talking and works better with her hands.[9]

Roleplaying a strong, silent ninja, in Elder Tale, she refused to use voice chat. She was usually a solo player who would only party up for specific quests. It was during these times that she became acquainted with Shiroe, who never suspected that she was a girl.

The Catastrophe arcEdit

Akatsuki's New Avatar

Akatsuki's appearance after using the potion

After being trapped in the world of Theldesia, she quickly realizes that her male avatar was only going to be a hindrance. However, unwilling to expose herself as a female player out of fear of harassment, she instead bode her time in an abandoned building while trying to figure out what to do.

Around five days after the Catastrophe, she sees Shiroe pass by and remembers that he owned an Appearance Reset Potion. After hailing him and Naotsugu down, she finally musters the courage to ask for the potion, shocking both of the men. After she takes the potion, the three of them discuss the situation after the Catastrophe. For the convenience of all three of them, Shiroe proposes that Akatsuki join them, which she agrees to—on the basis that she treats him as her Lord.

To steel themselves for fighting, the trio regularly visit the Archive Tower Forest, a map filled with monsters that attack on sight. Although fighting the monsters face-to-face was difficult at first, they are able to adjust to it.[10] One day, while returning to the Akihabara after a day of fighting and looting, they are beset by the Player Killing guild, Dread Pack. While Naotsugu and Shiroe took on the four members that confronted them, Akatsuki went into the depths of the forest to scout for any hidden members. She finds two Mages and kills them both, preventing them from backing up the main group when her companions end up victorious. Naotsugu, who already killed their Samurai, kills their second Swashbuckler, and Akatsuki kills the leader.[11]

Saving Serara arcEdit

After Shiroe's Party learns about the situation in Susukino and how the Crescent Moon Alliance member Serara is under threat of being enslaved by its ruling guild, Brigandia, they embark on a mission to rescue her. After fighting through the Depths of Palm, they arrive in the city and quickly take note of the city's atmosphere. While Shiroe went to the designated meeting spot with Naotsugu guarding the entrance, Akatsuki is ordered to keep an eye on the city. She reports that Brigandia's men were on the lookout for them, causing Shiroe and Serara's guardian, Nyanta, to decide to face the guild in a one-on-one match.

During this time, Akatsuki remains hidden, biding her time until the enemy dropped their guard so she could take out their healers. However, witnessing Nyanta, Shiroe, and Naotsugu's cohesive teamwork, without even having to speak to each other, causes Akatsuki to doubt her own abilities.

Round Table Alliance arcEdit

Upon the group's return to Akiba, Shiroe finds the resolve to throw away his history with guilds so that he could start his own, which he calls Log Horizon. Akatsuki, Naotsugu, and Nyanta are its first three members, and they launch their "campaign" to revitalize Akiba in conjunction with the Crescent Moon Alliance. For the most part, Akatsuki spends her time in reconnaissance, keeping tabs on the Hamelin members and capturing their names so that Shiroe could later blacklist them on the day of the Round Table Conference.

On the day of the conference itself, Akatsuki is kept on guard to make sure that the kids in Hamelin were successfully retrieved. However, she misses Shredder, so he is able to access the main guild hall while the rest of his compatriots could not. When Minori and Tohya are attacked by the furious man, Akatsuki comes to their rescue, gracefully kneeing the man and freeing Tohya. When he grabs her by the collar and demands to know where she is, she simply calls Shiroe and asks him to blacklist him, adding insult to injury by saying that Shredder's face matched his name. With that, he is kicked out of the building and lands outside, where Naotsugu and several other companions were waiting for him.

Summer Training arcEdit

Akatsuki is present when Maryelle throws a fit over going to the beach. After Shiroe finds a resolution, she is seen cowering from Henrietta inside Log Horizon's guild house, as the latter had prepared a summer dress for her to wear. When Serara talks to Nyanta, both she and Naotsugu listen intently for Serara's reaction. When a messenger from Eastal arrives, however, and Shiroe is selected as one of the representatives to go to the Ancient Palace of Eternal Ice, Akatsuki decides to accompany him there. Much to both of their distaste, Henrietta tags along to "observe, "definitely not" to force Akatsuki into the aforementioned dress. Akatsuki ends up wearing said dress at the ball held by the Lander nobles, and shyly asks Shiroe if she looked strange.[12]

Fallen Guardian arcEdit

Akatsuki, now level 91, visits the guild Amenoma in search of a better sword. Much to her shock, she learns from guild master Tatara that the sword which she wanted, on top of being too expensive for her, was already sold to someone else. Faced with the reality that she was still only a second-class Assassin, she goes off to a forest and observes members of the Black Sword Knights train together, wallowing in her misery over her own incompetence. She wishes to acquire an Overskill, which she overheard several members talking about, but thinks that it is beyond her because she rarely participated in Raid Battles that would give Secret scrolls that would improve her skills.

On Shiroe's request, she accompanies Maryelle, Henrietta, Serara, and Rieze in accompanying Rayneshia and guarding her. She is mostly silent throughout the engagement as Maryelle throws clothes on Raynesia and forces her to dress up, empathizing with the Princess. Occasionally she speaks, but usually only to reprimand her companions. As she watches, though, she feels a pang of jealousy towards Raynesia and Rieze, both of whom she deems to be more beautiful than she is. After they leave, Henrietta and Rieze are shopping for food together when Rieze mentions that Akatsuki had been watching D.D.D's training sessions as well. Despite having only known the Assassin for half a month, Rieze could tell that Akatsuki was feeling depressed, while Henrietta, whom Akatsuki had confided in, understands that she had a lack of confidence in her skills. In the early hours before dawn, Akatsuki patrols the city, having decided not to return to her guild house in order to track down the murderer who had been killing several Adventurers over the past week. Hoping to learn more about Overskills and perhaps witness some major battle guilds fighting him, Akatsuki wanders about, thinking about her relationship with Shiroe. Her jealousy towards Minori becomes eminent as she starts criticizing the younger girl in her mind, but she catches herself and feels guilty for thinking about her that way. In the end, she decides to stay at the inn rather than return to the guild house.[13]

After Rayneshia hears the truth about the murderer being a Royal Guard from the Kunie clan, it turns out that Akatsuki, who had been sitting in the waiting room, heard everything as well by using her Tracker skills. Now with a hint regarding the murderer's capabilities, she goes off to find and combat him, unaware that Soujiro and the West Wind Brigade had already entered in combat with him. However, while leaping from branch to branch, she overhears the battle and decides to join the fray. Her attacks are futile against the murderer, oftentimes missing or dealing little to no damage, but Soujiro's attacks keep the murderer from focusing on her. Even with Nazuna's help, both fighters were aware that it would do little to nothing against an opponent of such caliber. Despite this, Akatsuki yells at Soujiro to run, but he refuses. He performs several movements and radiates an air that Akatsuki doesn't quite understand, before she realizes what he was doing -- he was showing her his Overskill. While deflecting some of the murderer's attacks, he teaches her the secret of Overskill, which was to practice endlessly and to never give up. Soon, the barrier that Nazuna had erected before escaping collapses, and even with Soujiro's Overskill, the two Adventurers are killed.[14][15]

She ends up on Mare Tranquillitatis, where she runs through the streets of Tokyo from her memories until she reaches the sandy beach. There, she sees Shiroe, who had himself died in the Abyssal Shaft raid. After a small conversation with him, she vows to make up for her previous lapses and revives in the Akiba Cathedral. She requests the others to help her, and after receiving a stern lecture, takes a step forward to become stronger and stop the murderer.[16][17]

Aka-mary encounter

Akatsuki and Maryelle encounter Enbart Nelles

As part of Rieze's strategy, Akatsuki and Maryelle were the focus of the raid, luring Enbart Nelles through the city, with the other members providing support at certain milestones to counter one of Nelles' raid boss abilities.

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Shadow Lurk (click to animate)

During the battle with the murderer, Akatsuki accidentally developed the Overskill, Shadow Lurk, which combined her Assassin and Tracker skills to create clones of herself as long as she held her breath; however, near the end of the raid, her blade is broken during an attack. In response, Tatara handed to her Haganemushi-Tatara, the other powerful kodachi Akatsuki had been eyeing, which she reforged to aid the Assassin. With it, and with Nelles frozen by Rieze's aerial attack, Akatsuki destroys Byakamaru and defeats Nelles, putting an end to the fiasco in Akiba. Afterwards, she joins the others for a slumber-pajama party in the Watermaple Consulate.[18] She goes outside, alone, and thinks about how she misses Shiroe when he calls her, about to return to the Abyssal Shaft raid himself.[19]

Homesteading the Noosphere arc Edit

Along with the rest of her guild, Akatsuki participates in the Shibuya Raid Party.

Other MediaEdit

Chain ChronicleEdit

Akatsuki was an acquirable character in the mobile game Chain Chronicle during the limited-time collaboration.

Log Horizon: New Adventure LandEdit

Main article: Akatsuki/SNG

Akatsuki makes several appearances in Log Horizon: New Adventure Land. Her first SR version could be acquired by preregistering for the game. Since the release of the game, several other versions of Akatsuki have been released.

Avabel OnlineEdit

Along with several other Log Horizon characters, Akatsuki has a skin on the Japanese version of the mobile RPG Avabel Online, seen in her first season outfit and Round Table uniform.[20]

Notably, her height does not change to match her stature in Log Horizon, making it possible to finally have a tall Akatsuki.

EquipmentEdit

Volume 1:Edit

Akatsuki's item 3
Kiln-Turned Tenmoku Sword:[窯変天目刀] A black ceramic blade with a beautiful pattern running down its length. The black glaze keeps it from reflecting light, making it easier to conceal. This item is produced by aficionados. During the Akiba Raid, it was broken and replaced by Haganemushi-Tatara.
Akatsuki's item 2
Black Costume of Eternal Night:[常闇の黒装束] Ninja clothes in colors that melt into the darkness. Equipped with a special magical power that raises the abilities of the person wearing them in proportion to the darkness of the surrounding area. It's standard to use them with darkness spells or night-vision equipment.
Akatsuki's item 1
Heliotrope Hairpin:[ヘリオトロープの髪留] An ornament that raises your luck values and magical defense. Has an effect, voluntarily activated, that destroys the pin but fans the Hate of the monsters in the area. In the language of flowers, heliotrope means "faithful heart, devoted love."


Volume 5:Edit

Light-purple Small Long-sleeved Kimono
Lilac Kofurisode: A pale lilac-colored kofurisode with a cool pattern of scattered Chinese bellflowers. An original product from Yamato clothier Komachi, which makes its home in Akiba's production guild neighborhood. Komachi crafts its own traditional clothing, such as kimonos and furisodes, which are scarce in the world of Elder Tale.
Rouge of True Redness
Cinnabar Rouge: A pale pink lip rouge. Instead of being in stick form, it's the old-fashioned type you paint on with a fingertip. There are brighter colors and sparkling, iridescent types as well, but this one is about as much as Akatsuki can manage.
Wind Chimes of the Wind Dragon
Wind Dragon's Wind Chime: A furniture item created by the artificer guild ANTIQUE. Wind Dragon scales are used as the chimes. Akatsuki uses this wind chime as a doorbell.


Volume 6:Edit

Haganemushi-Tatara: A reforged version of Meito-Haganemushi. Tatara specially customized this dagger to fit Akatsuki. The flavor text reads: "A legendary short sword that causes any armor it strikes to instantly rust away, earning it the name Haganemushi, or ‘metal-eating bug’. Any blade it clashes against grows duller with each blow." Tatara reforged the sword and added to the flavor text: "May this serious and righteous girl never fall to the wrong path; May both the sword and the girl support each other; to fight against evil curses and the suffering of the world."

TriviaEdit

  • Akatsuki means 'Dawn' or 'Daybreak' in Japanese.
    • In Chinese, her name is 曉 (Xiǎo). While it retains the original Japanese meaning, it also doubles as a pun because it is pronounced the same way as the Chinese word for small (小).
  • Akatsuki shares a birthday (July 7) with Elias Hackblade.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Log Horizon Anime: Season 2, Episode 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 5, Chapter 5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 5, Chapter 2
  4. ログ・ホライズン完全設定資料集 2015, Page 022
  5. Log Horizon Anime: Episode 3, The Depths of Palm
  6. Log Horizon 3: Chapter 3
  7. Log Horizon Anime: Episode 1, The Apocalypse
  8. http://lhrpg.com/lhz/i?id=1282
  9. "渋谷の大学に通う女子大生。進学のきっかけは妹さまから「おねいちゃんは口下手だから動物の美容師さんとかがいいと思うよ。手に職だよ」というアドバイスだとか。" Twitter
  10. Log Horizon Anime, Episode 1: The Apocalypse
  11. Log Horizon light novel: Volume 1, Chapter 3
  12. Log Horizon Anime, Episode 11: An Invitation from Eastal
  13. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 2
  14. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 3
  15. Log Horizon 2 Anime, Episode 5: Christmas Eve
  16. Log Horizon 2 Anime, Episode 6: A Lost Child at Dawn
  17. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 4
  18. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 5
  19. Log Horizon 2 anime, episode 8: Akiba Raid
  20. http://avabel.jp/landing/loghorizon

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