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Akane Soir/Higurashi
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Mai-Otome
First appearance Mai-Otome Episode 1
Voiced by Junko Iwao (Japanese)

Morgan Partridge (English)

Affiliation Cardair
Master Kazuya Krau-xeku
GEM Pure Heart Malachite
Age ca. 16-17
Mai-Hime
First appearance Mai-Hime Episode 1
Child Harri
Beloved person Kazuya Kurauchi


Akane Soir is a fictional character from the anime an manga Mai-Otome. In Mai-Hime her name is Akane Higurashi.She is voiced by Junko Iwao in Japanese and Morgan Partridge in English.





Otome of CardairEdit

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Initially Akane should become Florice's Otome but during the ceremony Kazuya appeared taking Akane with him. When Kazuya was made the new ruler of the country of Cardair Akane was made his Otome.




GemEdit

Akane's GEM, the Pure Heart Malachite.
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Robe & ElementEdit

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She has a Robe that resembles a cat girl. Unlike the Meister forms of the other returning HiME characters rather than the Child of Akane's HiME counterpart.
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Although the exact capabilities of this robe have not been shown in any major work, the PS2 My-Otome game depicts Akane with some sort of beam-generated tonfa (a direct reference to her original Element) capable of creating dangerous wind storms. The game also shows this special attack is named Oriental Magic Typhoon. She is briefly shown wielding her tonfa in the final episode of Zwei.

Mai-OtomeEdit

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In Mai-Otome Akane Soir is the leader of the Trias, the top students at Garderobe, and hails from Cardair. Erstin Ho and Irina Woods are her room attendants and she is in a relationship with Kazuya Krau-xeku, one of the princes of Cardair. She is cautious about going too far physically with him, and becomes conflicted between her dream of becoming a Meister and her love for him. When the King of Florence, Charles Guinel Roy d'Florince VIII,
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comes seeking a new Otome Akane is assigned, and nearly becomes his Otome before Kazuya arrives at the ceremony and elopes with her. It is later shown that Kazuya was taken by Cardair guards right before
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he and Akane could consummate their relationship, and that Akane was arrested by the 5th Column Mahya Blythe in episode 24 and forcefully contracted to Kazuya, the new king of Cardair, with Mahya declaring that she will not let the couple do anything sexual.

Mai-Otome ZweiEdit

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Akane returns in Mai-Otome Zwei as one of the Otome involved in Operation Meteor Breaker in a non-speaking role, and features in Episode 3 with several other Otome in a bathhouse in Artai while the SOLT is taking place. King Kazuya  is with her where it revealed that they haven't given up on their relationship, despite Mahya's repeated foiling of their plans to have sex.


Mai-Otome MangaEdit

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Higurashi to the left, Soir to the right

In the manga she is still one of the Pearls and one quarter of the Trias. She temporarily leaves Garderobe in an attempt to find the missing Kazuya, and was willing to give up her Otome-hood (virginity) to be with him. She changes her mind after learning that he is a member of Schwarz and proceeds to "deal with him" after he attacks Arika and attempts to mate with her using a tentacled SLAVE. She eventually gained the Robe of her anime counterpart, although how this came about was unexplained. 

When the true Mashiro awakens the HIMEs Akane is on of them but is totally different from her Otome-self. The Akane HIME is a dirty, nudy person and emberasses Akane with her appearance.

Mai-Hime ~ Akane HigurashiEdit

In Mai-Hime Akane is a classmate of Natsuki Kuga and works part-time as a waitress with Mai Tokiha and Midori Sugiura at the Linden Baum diner. She is shown to be dating
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Kazuya Kurauchi, Mai's classmate, who also works at the diner. She is also seen text messaging Kazuya during class with her cellphone. It is implied by Chie that Kazuya and Akane have difficult family lives, though this is not elaborated on. In episode 5 an Orphan attacks the bus she is riding on, though Akane manages to escape mostly unharmed. She is timid around Miyu Greer, who was also present at the accident, though the exact reason is not revealed immediately. In episode 8 during the Founder's Day festival Akane takes Kazuya into the woods to tell him something, but is interrupted by Miyu, who asks Akane to help her against an Orphan. Akane then reluctantly summons her Element, a pair of tonfa and her Child - a tiger-like
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creature named Hari - and defeats the Orphan. She asks Kazuya to forgive her and is afraid that he will be terrified, only to learn that he accepts her, and the two share a kiss. However, Miyu reveals herself to be a cyborg sent to gather information on the HiME, and proceeds to kill Hari in front of a
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screaming Akane. Kazuya then collapses and dissolves into green sparks in Akane's arms. Nagi Homura then appears to tell Akane the true price of being a HiME is losing what is most important to her. Rumors begin circulating that she and Kazuya have eloped, and it is through this mistaken impression that Mai begins to wonder about her feelings for Reito Kanzaki.

Akane is later seen in a mental institution screaming for Kazuya by Natsuki Kuga, who eventually rescues her and puts her in a safe place. When the HiME and their loved ones are revived by Mashiro Kazahana Akane is reunited with Kazuya and fights the final battle. At the end of the series she and Kazuya are seen together.

Child & ElementEdit

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Akane wields a pair of tonfa with both an upper and lower part to them as her Element that
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allow her to manipulate wind currents and slice foes with them. Her Child, Hari, resembles a tiger and is able to manipulate wind currents to slash at enemies before drawing them into a vacuum to crush them. In the manga, it was
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shown that Hari is capable of creating a towering spiral of wind that seems to have an abrasive effect on those caught inside (save for the eye of the storm), appropriately named "Love Love Typhoon". On Sunrise's official My-Hime website, the URL for the Child's individual information is written "Hurry". Her HiME mark is located on her left upper back near her shoulder blade.

Mai-Hime MangaEdit

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In the manga, Akane is introduced as a HiME much earlier. Kazuya is her Key, meaning that she needs physical contact with him to summon her Child, though she is too shy to do this for the most part. She rescues both Kazuya and Mikoto Minagi from the three Scale Sisters and the Ori-HiME Squad (respectively) during part of the manga, though the latter occurs "off screen". Unlike her anime counterpart, Akane retains her powers until the very end. During the manga's rendition of the final battle, she serves as the defense of Fuuka Academy and eventually uses her Child to block a beam attack from the HiME Star intended to kill the entire student body, much like in the vein of Mu La Flaga of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

Name originsEdit

  • Akane's Otome surname of "Soir" references the kanji in her Mai-HiME incarnation's name, as both mean "evening" in their respective languages of French and Japanese.
  • Her Child Hari's name is believed to be derived from Harimau, the Malaysian word for Tiger ms:Harimau.

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