✿ sayuri akano ❞
17 ✧ she/her and they/them ✧ november 20 ✧ scorpio ✧ lesbian
❝ Looking at the moon thoughts of a thousand things fill me with sadness— but autumn's dejection does not come to me alone. ❞
— Ōe no Chisato
— Ōe no Chisato
proxy of inari-okami, representative of autumn and the element of earth, and resident of kashima, saga prefecture.
sayuri naturally gives off the sort of cool, detached air that lends itself to her reputation as the ice queen of the cast. she rarely shows her emotions on her face, if at all, and cracks a genuine smile maybe once every blue moon. twice, if she's in a really good mood. it's sometimes hard to tell if she has genuine difficulty expressing her emotions, or just doesn't see the point in it. the answer? it's a mixture of both, honestly.
etiquette does comes naturally to her though; she wears it like a second skin, keeping others at a comfortable distance with vague smiles and idle chit-chat. oh, i've been doing well. (i haven’t been inspired in weeks) and how about yourself? (i don’t want to be here) ah, the weather is lovely today. (it's dreary outside as usual). she prefers more passive roles, and likes to observe others as if she were watching a play unfold on a stage.
contrary to what most people seem to think, sayuri is simply a neutral person and not necessarily cold so much as distant and quiet. some of her aloofness does stem from an innate haughtiness, however. she tends to steer clear of people who don't manage to hold her interest. on top of that, she's got a dry, sarcastic sense of humor that doesn't always sit well with others.
an avid reader and writer, sayuri's very intellectually inclined and usually game for debates and discussions about all sorts of esoteric subjects. she's shrewd, perceptive and has a knack for seeing right through people, but isn't too great at truly empathizing with others. people are simply interesting to her at best, little more than subjects to be studied and dissected.
suzumi: hey look at all those sheep!
sayuri: (looking at people) i see them....
occupation: an aspiring writer who wants to work in either editing or translating.
voice: anzai chika as reina from hibike! euphonium.
backstory: the only child of a police superintendent and an executive editor, sayuri grew up in a household where work came first and family came second. she was a quiet, introverted child, preferring the company of books to people. even in preschool, sayuri liked keeping to herself.
sayuri's withdrawn nature proved to be both a magnet and a repellent in middle school, much to her detriment. her calm disposition was often perceived as curt, standoffish even, the sort of rude disinterest that invited dislike. over time, sayuri was ostracized by her peers, reduced to a mere shadow in the classroom-- so be it, she decided.
she poured herself into her schoolwork, seeking privacy in the library: the one place where she could hide herself behind piles of books, writing to her heart's content when inspiration struck. words were safer. if she couldn't control certain things about herself, such as the tone of her voice, or perhaps the subtle twist of her mouth, then she would at least make an honest attempt to express her thoughts and feelings through the written word. as long as she could give shape to the universes in her head, then it didn't matter if she had no audience.
sayuri saw high school, where she was surrounded by new and unfamiliar faces, as an opportunity to reset and distance herself from a reputation that no longer preceded her. she consciously tried changing her demeanor, making half-hearted attempts at befriending others. she even tried dating a few boys here and there, relationships that quickly fizzled out since she wasn't the slightest bit straight.
when inari-okami selects her as a proxy, sayuri's overjoyed at the prospect of becoming someone special and rising above the ordinary and mundane. she adjusts to the idea far quicker than some of the other proxies do. she sits on one end of the spectrum, viewing her role as a heavy, god-given responsibility whereas katsuya sees it as something fun, like a fantasy role-playing game; suzumi is the balance between them, practicing a good degree of wariness wherever she goes.
akano masahiro is sayuri's dad, whom she looked up to as a child. the superintendent of kashima police station in saga prefecture. masahiro has a strict, no-fun-allowed sort of personality that developed after his promotion. nowadays, he comes home late and just goes straight to bed unless he remembers to eat the dinner sayuri left out for him.
akano kaori is her mom. sayuri resembles her mother when it comes to their faces, but she has her father's calculating eyes. kaori is an executive editor of a successful publishing firm based in fukuoka. she is honest, sincere, and perceptive. a calm and composed woman with an eye for detail and a quick-witted mind. sayuri confides in kaori much more than she does with masahiro.
fujiwara hideki is sayuri's cousin. he has a sly streak and a silver tongue. cunning and knowledgeable. sayuri looks up to him, and sometimes seeks his advice when it comes to dealing with people.
fujiwara hanako is hideki's wife, a skilled practitioner of ikebana. serene and calm. she tends to takes hideki's shenanigans in stride, but keeps him in check.
nagase suzumi is the part-time florist who manages to catch and hold sayuri's interest. you can read the full story of their relationship on suzumi's page!
yuugen, which has an ensemble cast of nine people from different parts of japan.
sayuri wields a naginata that she uses to manipulate the earth itself. while she isn't as physically strong as some of the others, she has high spiritual power and thus boasts an advantage on the celestial plane.
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