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Juliet Nao Zhang/ Nao Yuuki
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Mai-Otome
First appearance Mai-Otome Episode 2
Voiced by Yuuka Nanri (Japanese)

Marcy Lannan (English)

Affiliation Artai(first), Garderobe(later)
Master Unknown
GEM Break String Spinel
Age ca. 16-17
Mai-Hime
First appearance Mai-Hime Episode 2
Child Julia
Beloved person her mother


Juliet Nao Zhang is a character in the anime and manga series Mai-Otome, as well as in the related Mai-HIME series, where her name is Nao Yuuki. In both the Mai-Hime and Mai-Otome  anime, she is voiced by Yuuka Nanri, who is best known as the vocalist of the group FictionJunction Yuuka and Marcy Lannan.





4th ColumnEdit

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Initially Nao should become Artai's Otome because Sergay saw potential in her an sponsored her at Garderobe but she was chosen to become on of the five Columns, a special group of Meister Otome who work directly for Garderobe and the Founder, Fumi Himeno.




GemEdit

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Chosen late in the My-Otome anime to become the Fourth Column (who might have originally been Mai Tokiha), who answers only to Fumi, Nao is given the Break String Spinel as her GEM.



Robe & ElementEdit

Juliet Nao Zhang retains the ability to form claws with her fingernails, an ability implied to be connected to her being an Otome. In her Pearl Robe, she is capable of splitting the standard Otome staff into her distinctive wires.

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Nao's robe is no different from Shizuru and Natsuki's robes in the sense that all three are
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counterparts to their Childs from Mai-Hime. Nao's reflects Julia's design, giving her a green and yellow Spider-like costume, except that her main weapon is a large claw on her right hand. When her GEM is not activated, her uniform also has an image of a spider at about waist level.Her special attack is called 'Bloody Stripe Circus', a reference to the Stripes Gang. Using Bloody Stripe Circus, she can stabilize her webs and use them as claws. With just one X-mark of this, the attacked will explode. The PS2 game shows a slightly different version of this attack called 'Bloody Stripe Suck': the created webs immobilize the opponent and explode with it.

Mai-OtomeEdit

In My-Otome, Juliet Nao Zhang is one of the Pearl Otome at Garderobe and originates from the nation of Artai, being of the same nationality as Nina Wáng, who is assigned to be her room attendant. Arika Yumemiya is later assigned as her room attendant as well. She dislikes her Western-sounding name and prefers to be addressed by her middle name. She has an intense dislike for fellow Pearl Shiho Huit and enjoys seeing her in awkward situations.

Unlike her bitter Hime counterpart, Nao's personality is more mischievous. She can be quite civil and charming, and is shown to be a caring big sister towards younger Otome, giving them assistance and guidance concerning adult life, one way or another, as she sees fit; though the appropriateness of Nao's le
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ssons leaves a lot to be desired, as shown when Arika considers it appropriate to massage soap over Erstin with her own naked body in the school baths thanks to her "lessons."

Although she is a good student, Nao deliberately held back in order to avoid getting into the Trias, as she prefers to spend time in the city, where she is known as Juliet. She has a gang known as the Stripes, in which she is the only female and is amusingly made of the men her Mai-HiME anime counterpart victimized, the "uniform" including a shirt striped in pink and white.

Exactly what she and the Stripes do on the street has never been divulged fully, but it appears to be for the cause of good. This is evident when Nao seeks out and punishes a person who sold off Arika's uniform. Later, when Miya Clochette's gang attempts to rape Arika, Nao and company arrive to save her and later torture them.
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Her goal in life was to find a rich man and live comfortably. Unfortunately, that path is closed off to her when Nao is chosen to become the 4th Column, one of a special group of Meister Otome who work directly for Garderobe and the Founder, Fumi Himeno. Unlike Nina, Nao does not side with Nagi and instead works with the other Columns to free Garderobe from Nagi's invasion.

In the end, Nao's gang teams up with Natsuki and assists in bringing Fumi back online, enabling the Otome to Materialise again. In the last episode she is seen seated with the other Columns in a dress that resembles a qipao with a spider ornament on the front of it.

Mai-Otome ZweiEdit

Nao makes two appearances in the first episode of the new Mai-Otome Zwei OVA, one at the beginning and another right before the credits roll, though she has no lines. She appears to be traveling in Artai, with members of her gang and one of Mikoto's cats, Jyuubei. In the second episode, she appears briefly when she is visited by Nina. She and the Stripes have set up a base in what appears to be a bar, though Nao comments that she is bored by the lack of activity she has seen lately. She also expresses the sentiment that Artai is a boring country, and that she apparently went to Garderobe to get away from it. In the third episode she travels with Nina to an
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abandoned library in search of a book concerning the entity that has been petrifying Otome, and after making their way through the trap filled library find a cocoon-like chamber. She is hit by the red beam coming from Yuna and her naomachines are being solified. Nao engages in battle with Yuna using her wires, though she is eventually petrified, but not before hooking a wire onto Yuna's weapon that pulls the building down and allows Nina to escape. Note that when Nao materializes her Robe, she licks her hand which is a similar habit her Mai-Hime character possessed.

Nao is restored to normal in the final episode, following the defeat of Yuna.

Mai-Otome MangaEdit

In the Mai-Otome manga, Nao shares with her HiME counterparts a tendency for truancy. It is not stated where she comes from. She is myopic and requires either contact lenses or a large pair of spectacles to see. The Stripes gang is also nonexistent in the manga. Nao is subsequently not seen for a large part of the manga, but after Lena Sayers is sent to Garderobe for medical treatment, the latter falls under her care. Lena had instructed Nao to place her in the Predecessor Core if any serious harm were to come to her, something that was carried out in Chapter 37. In Chapter 39 she saves Manshiro from a combined attack by Kuga and Yuuki, the latter of which she
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Nao Yuuki to the left,Juliet Nao Zhang to the right

proceeds to battle.

The HiME version of Nao is resurrected by Mashiro along with the other HiME with much of the same personality. The main departure for this version of Nao is that she thinks of the HiME Natsuki as an older-sister figure, as opposed to the all-out-feud that was present in Mai-Hime.

The manga version retains the Julia-like Robe of the anime, although how she came about it is not divulged exactly as the concept of Columns is anime-exclusive. It seems to be a privilege of being a Trias member as both Akane and Shiho have their Meister Robes from the anime, but the fact that Chie Hallard still uses the standard Pearl Robe argues against this. Given that the manga has been completed without resolving the matter, this may forever be one of the manga's mysteries. The revived Nao Yuuki bears powers identical to her incarnation originally present in the My-HiME manga, but she also performs a team attack alongside Natsuki Kuga, something which her original incarnation would never have done.

Mai-HimeEdit

In My-HiME, Nao is a middle school student at Fuka Academy and the roommate of Mai Tokiha's friend Aoi. Although she first appears in the second episode, when a rampaging Mikoto MInagi knocks her down, she is not formally introduced until the seventh, as Mikoto's classmate. At first, she appears to be a child prostitute into enjo-kōsai, as she approaches a man who had arranged to meet her over the Internet (where she uses the nickname "Juliet") and they go to a secluded spot. However, before things go any further, she traps the man with the aid of her "Child" familiar and robs him.

She is discovered by Mikoto and they briefly scuffle. Learning of Mikoto's desire to be independent of Mai, her older roommate, and find her brother, she brings the other girl into her morally ambivalent activities. They in turn are caught by Mai and another HiME, Natsuki Kuga, who set free their victim and get into an argument with them. The impending fight is broken up by a drunk Midori Sugiura and Nagi Homura. Nao leaves the area, but not before dropping a set of girders on the others as a parting shot.
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Yukariko's deception of the HiMEs into believing that Nao injured her and the subsequent battle against her is the event that precipitates the Ikusahime Carnival proper. After being blinded in the left eye in episode 18, she swears not to forgive any of the other HiMEs and escapes. In episode 19, she sneaks into the hospital where Mai's brother Takumi is warded and attempts to harm him, explaining that she hates Mai, his sister, because the two of them share similarly tragic circumstances, but Mai is liked whereas she is not. Nao's effort does not succeed as Takumi's roommate Akira Okuzaki - who is also a HiME - rescues him and flees into the forest.

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In Episode 21, Nao captures Natsuki by crashing her motorcycle and holds her hostage, but she is thwarted by Shizuru Fujino, who cuts the cliff side out from under Nao.

Shizuru destroys Nao's Child, Julia, with her own Child, Kiyohime. But before Shizuru can kill Nao, Natsuki defends her , realizing their similar circumstances and feeling sympathy for the middle schooler's lack of companions while growing up. Nao's most important person is revealed to be her mother, who is shown lying bandaged on a hospital bed after suffering a robbery that effectively orphaned Nao at a young age and gave rise to her hatred of men; she told such a story to Natsuki right before Shizuru's arrival. Mrs. Yuuki dies as a side-effect of Julia's destruction, and the horrified Nao suffers a breakdown.

In episode 26, her myriad of date-robbery victims band together to seek revenge against her, but Mashiro restores her powers (and left eye) and she narrowly escapes an ugly fate, also reviving Nao's mother and healing her injuries. She joins with the rest of the re-empowered HiME to destroy the HiME Star, enabling Mai and Kagutsuchi to destroy the Obsidian Lord. After the conclusion of the Festival she becomes a nun at the Fuuka Academy church along with Miyu Greer, an occupation which fans jokingly suspect will not last long.

Child & ElementEdit

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Nao Yuuki's Elements are twin metal claws with red nails. Thin red strings extend from
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them that can be used to ensnare enemies or cut through objects. She has a habit of licking the claws. The nails have been shown to grow longer to fit the situation.
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Her Child is Julia, a green and yellow half-human female spider with a scorpion tail. She is capable of firing sticky webbing.

It is never revealed where Nao's HiME mark is, though very subtly it is shown, located on her right upper leg.

Mai-Hime MangaEdit

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In the manga, Nao's role as an antagonist is much more defined, and her original Key was the leader of the gang who tried to rape Shiho and inflicted an injury on Yuuichi Tate. Her first major act in the manga is an attempted seduction of Tate for blackmail purposes. Julia also appears to be much stronger, as her webs are nearly indestructible and managed to immobilize Mai and Kagutsuchi until Yuuichi freed them. Her character is used to demonstrate the effect a Child's death has on the Key, though Nao shows more concern over Julia. After her Child is defeated by Miyu, it is revealed that a Child can be reborn when Nao forcefully obtains Takeda as her new Key. At the end, she fights Yang Guifei alongside Mikoto and Akira to save the world.






GalleryEdit

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