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Don't try to play make-believe with an adult, brat.
—Nene Saikyo
Nene Saikyo
Nene greets Ikki
Kana 西京 寧音
Romaji Saikyou Nene
Profile
Gender Female
Nickname/s Yaksha Princess
Device Beniiro Ageha
Personal Status
Relatives Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Father
Unnamed Stepfather †
Affiliations League of Mage-Knight Nations
King of Knights Tournament
Hagun Academy
Bukyoku Academy (Former)
Team Vermillion
Status Active
Blazer Status
Ranking A-Rank
Physical A
Luck A
Offense A
Defense A
Magic Cap A
Magic Ctl E
Voice Actor
Voice Actor Yuka Iguchi (Japanese)
Hilary Haag (English)

Nene Saikyo is a teacher of Hagun Academy having been hired by her former rival, the current director Kurono Shinguuji. She is the current third-ranked Blazer in the KOK A-League known as the Yaksha Princess. Nene is also one of the three desperados of Japan, along with Nangou Torajirou and Ikki Kurogane.

Appearance

Nene has the appearance and stature of a preschooler, being very small, for her age. She has long dark back length hair, which consists of bangs that cover her forehead. She is usually seen wearing cherry blossom kimono, and an eye-catching red haori, that is too long for her, both low cut and hanging off her shoulder. she also wears clogs, which are heard when she is walking.

Personality

Befitting of her stature, Nene has a child-like personality. She is also sharp-tongued, having no problem making fun of and insulting other people including her own students, although this may be because she is a little absent-minded not knowing that some may take insult to her words. She is also very flirtatious with her students, as seen when she flirts with Ikki. However, when angered she emits an enormous amount of killing intent that causes most people to tremble before her. Few people can withstand her bloodlust such as Ouma Kurogane.

Nene can sometimes be quite dishonest with how she really feels about certain topics, something her friend, Kurono Shinguuji enjoys teasing her about. One of these topics being in regards to how she thinks of her master, Nangou Torajirou.

She is also somewhat lewd and immodest. Her outfit is low cut and exposes her shoulders and a small amount of cleavage, She openly flirted with Ikki and Naseem, partially opening her Haori for the latter even though they were in the middle of a fight. She also constantly groped Stella's breasts during training, so much so that the other girl developed a habit of roundhouse kicking anyone who snuck up on her. 

Beneath all this, Nene has a side of a brutal demon not much different from Naseem Al-Salem, as she capable of killing other people without killer intent because she doesn't value life just like him. After killing her stepfather in a fit of anger when she a child, she found she enjoyed using power on whomever whenever she wanted, becoming a delinquent while she was in middle school. It was because she was so sadistic and violent that she earned the nickname Yaksha Princess. Combine with her immense power, even law enforcement was so terrified of her that they couldn't arrest her out of fear of the destruction she would cause if they even so much as slightly upset her. 

History

At some point, Nene discovered that she had the power to make things float. Later, her mother had remarried to a man who didn't have a proper job and made it a habit to drink alcohol and abuse them. One day, after having her favorite meal, her stepfather got mad at her mother causing him to step on her meal, which irritated Nene enough to hit him where she realized that her true power was gravitational manipulation and ended up killing him.

A year later, her mother unable to handle it anymore left without Nene, who then started getting in trouble earning the name Yaksha Princess and was arrested in her third year of middle school. There she met Nangou Torajirou who offered to pardon of her crimes if she were to train under him and enter school.

Nene, who soon entered Bukyoku Academy, eventually faced off against her rival, Kurono Shinguuji from Hagun Academy, in the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival which ended with her being disqualified for using Hadou Tensei, a technique that could have put a hole in the middle of Japan.

After graduating from high school, Nene starts to join sports tournaments like King of Knights (KOK) a tournament between Blazers, and at one point even joined the Olympics.

Plot

Selection Battle Arc

Debut Battle

Saikyo is seen narrating the match between Stella and Momotani, explaining Momotani's actions on giving up. She is then seen at the reception counter, telling Ikki the rules of the participation match. She then comments on Ikki and Kirihara's match.

Lorelei vs. Raikiri

Nene and Kurono appear during Shizuku and Tohka's match using the Trackless Step on Stella before testing Ikki on his knowledge on the Trackless Step and confirming with Ikki that Shizuku won't be able to break the trackless step.

One Slash

Nene was then seen at a spectators booth, along with Kurono, and other distinguished guests, and had watched as Ikki was able to defeat Tohka with a single swing of his sword.

Seven Stars Sword Art Festival Arc

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Nene uses Jibakujin

Akatsuki Onstage

During the beginning of Akatsuki Academy's invasion, Nene was out of town but Kurono and her had quickly came back when they heard of what was happening at Hagun.

Upon arriving, Nene and Kurono split up, with Nene chasing after Stella and the Hagure sisters. She was able to catch up and save the sisters and Stella by stopping most of the Akatsuki members by using her gravity Noble Art, Jibakujin, with the exception of Ouma Kurogane, who was unfazed by her power. Before she had to fight against Ouma, Reisen Hiraga was able to convince her to allow them to retreat.

After Akatsuki had attacked them, Nene is asked by Stella to train her. She agrees but decides not to tell her anything but instead just keep attacking her and let Stella herself figure things out, to which Stella agrees. During the training, Nene continually attacks Stella for the entire week, with Stella being barely able to keep up with her. Eventually, on the final day, Stella finally awakens the true nature of her abilities, the ability to manipulate the very concept of a "dragon". Nene also notes that what Stella needed, was pride in herself and her own abilities.

Clash Between Two Dragons

After Stella's training, Nene appears as a commentator in the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival. She is the commentator during Stella's match against Ouma Kurogane. During the match, Nene thinks back to her training of Stella, and when Stella gained access to her Dragon Spirit. She then watches as Stella beats up Ouma and win the match.

Dark Clouded Semi-Final

Nene later also commentates during Ikki's match against Amane Shinomiya, which Ikki wins. Later Nene meets Bakuga Tsukikage, and she questions if Tsukikage's abilities are the reason he has joined up with Rebellion, to which Tsukikage doesn't give a direct response.

Vermillion Empire Arc

The Festival is Over

Nene along with Kurono and Tsukikage, meet Ikki and Stella after the finals of the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival. They explain to Ikki and Stella about Desperados and Tsukikage shows them a terrible future, which he has seen with his abilities.

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Nene's confident expression.

Kardia Urban Warfare

Nene later appears during the Battle of Kardia, between Cradleland, controlled by Or-Gaule, and Vermillion, on behalf of the League of Mage-Knight Nations. She saves Stella from Naseem Al-Salem by using Hadou Tensei. After brief banter, Nene freezes Naseem with her gravity manipulation and kicks him through a building. Nene then tells Stella the true ability of Naseem, which is to absorb moisture, just as Naseem rises up from the rubble. Before they can continue their battle, Lunaeyes demands that everyone stop fighting and declares that there will be a tournament held between Cradleland and Vermillion, to decide the fate of the two countries.

Responsibilities as a Royalty

After the announcement, Nene confronts Or-Gaule, who is there along with Lunaeyes. Nene agrees to the tournament, saying that she will persuade the Vice-Leader of the League, Norman Creed, into agreeing to its terms.

As only League members already in the country are allowed to enter, Nene is chosen as one of the representatives of Vermillion, along with Stella, Ikki, Ascarid, and Yui. Nene also tells to Stella, that she needs to greatly improve her strength for the upcoming tournament, as currently, she can't engage Desperados in combat. Stella and the other Vermillion representatives, apart from Nene, decide to head to Edelberg, a mountain in Estonia, where Edelweiss lives, in order so Stella can learn from her. Nene herself heads back to Kardia, as she too needs to hone her skills for the upcoming tournament.

Vermillion's Sword

When Stella and the others return back to Vermillion, Nene tests Stella's strength by releasing an aura similar to the ones Naseem and Or-Gaule had released before. Nene is pleasantly surprised that Stella has indeed grown, being able to repel Nene's aura.
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Nene vs Naseem

Bad News

On the day before the tournament, Nene is seen partying and drinking a lot, which makes Stella worry. Nene though tells her that kids shouldn't worry about adults, although speaking in the wrong direction.

Imperial War Outbreak

On the day the tournament finally begins, both Team Vermillion and Team Cradleland face each other in Lucier, the capital of Cradleland where the tournament will be held. As the tournament starts, Naseem uses his powers to create a large sandstorm that blows everyone, apart from Nene high into the sky. This leaves Nene and Naseem to face each other, their clash creating huge shockwaves and destruction.

Abilities

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Nene's Excessive Awakening

Desperado: Nene is a desperado, a person whose broken the chains of fate that bound them as normal Blazers. As such, she has far greater magic power compared a regular Blazer as she is able to increase it through training. Nene was even able to face a fellow Desperado, Naseem Al-Salem and even exert a demonic aura.

  • Excessive Awakening: In her fight against Naseem, Nene managed to enter the secondary rare form desperados can enter. Due to crossing the border between humans and demons, she attains an enormous boost in power at the cost of losing her humanity, becoming an actual demon. In this form, Nene gains horns on her forehead, sclera turn black, and right arm turns black. Whether or not she is able to access the transformation at will is yet unknown.

Gravity Manipulation: Nene's ability as a Blazer. She is able to create and manipulate gravity making her a Natural Interference Type. Nene is shown to be remarkably versatile with her gravitational powers, as she can increase the gravity around her immobilizing her opponent.

  • Spatial Distortion: Nene is able to distort both space-time around her, deflecting all incoming attacks and projectiles using her gravitational powers.
  • Floating: She can become able to float through weakening the effects of gravity on her.
  • Gravity Energy: Nene is capable of manipulating gravity into a form of energy, which she can use to attack her opponents. This energy can be molded into different shapes.

Immense Strength: Nene has shown to be extremely powerful, despite what her child-like stature would begin to suggest. As one of the top players in the KOK Tournament, where some of the strongest Blazers in the League of Mage-Knight Nations fight against one another. Due to her strength, she can damage extremely powerful Blazers, such as Naseem who is also a Desperado.

Immense Speed: Nene is capable of keeping up with the extremely fast Naseem Al-Salem and delivered a fast series of attacks like Ouma Kurogane's Amatsukaze.

Immense Stamina: In complete opposite to her child-like body, Nene posses enormous stamina and endurance. As one of the strongest Blazer in the world, She can take numerous amount of punishment with minimal damage even from someone like Naseem. In the battle with him, Nene chops her own arm without any response showing high pain tolerance. Even after exhausting winning again him Nene quickly recover enough to help with the battle against Or-Gaule.

Master Hand-to-Hand Combat: Nene has been shown being able to combat other Blazers without her Device, a result of her training with her former instructor, Torajirou Nangou. Even among in the A-League, Nene is famous to be superior at close combat.

  • Trackless Step (抜き足, Nukiashi): Along with his other two disciples, Nangou had taught Nene how to use Trackless Step, which combines her breathing and footwork letting her decrease the distance from her and her target in an instant. However, it doesn't really accelerate her movements, it just makes them difficult to perceive and seeps into their rhythm, the opponent becomes unable to react until too late. Saikyo has been shown as being better than Touka and Momiji in terms of use and able to come close to someone within an instant with this technique.
  • Combat Dance Style: Nene's style of fighting is a mix of her mastery of dance moves and swordsmanship, which doesn't require thought intervention and only uses her senses, allowing her to attack extremely fast. It is also very unpredictable, as it doesn't require a fixed pattern of movement.

Device

Nene Gravity

Nene using Black Sword: Yatagarasu

Beniiro Ageha (紅色揚羽(べにいろ あげは) Beniiro Ageha?, lit. "Crimson Swallowtail Butterfly"): Nene's device consists of a pair of iron fans, which could be the tessen.

  • Jibakujin (地縛陣(じばくじん) Jibakujin?, lit. "Earthbind Formation"): One of Nene's Noble Arts, where she uses her gravitational powers to make her targets 20 meters around her 10x heavier making them fall to the ground. It was later revealed that she is able to increase it to at least 100x.
  • Kokutou · Yatagarasu (黒刀 八咫烏(こくとう やたがらす) Kokutō・Yatagarasu?, lit. "Black Sword: Eight-Span Crow"): Nene's second Noble Art, where she imbues magic into Beniiro Ageha, thus creating blades made out of gravitational power. She is able to also fire them at her opponents as projectiles.
  • Hadou Tensei (覇道天星(はどう てんせい) Hadō Tensei?, lit. "Supreme Heavenly Star"): A dangerous Noble Art, which Nene has long since been banned from using since her match against her former rival, Kurono Shinguuji. This lets her pull debris from outer space and strike in a matter of seconds with cosmic speed, its destructive force can destroy a country.
  • Kokushichou (黒死蝶(こくしちょう) Kokushichō?, lit. "Black Death Butterfly"): Nene launches a wave of gravity from one of her Beniiro Ageha shaped like butterflies, which has power comparable to getting hit by a moving truck.
  • Yaksha Kagura (夜叉神楽(やしゃ かぐら) lit. "Demon God Entertainment"?): A Noble Art Nene developed based on the techniques of her teacher, Nangou. It allows her to circulate the force of the opponent's attack and return it back while in a dance, in a manner similar to Ikki's Madoka. However, Nene can also accumulate the force of multiple absorbed attacks and then release the accumulated force, thanks to the combination of her dance movements and gravity ability.
  • Kanamegaeshi (要返し(かなめかえすし)Kanamegaeshi? lit. "Point Return"): By affecting Calabi-Yau space with her gravity manipulation, Nene causes the things around the area she is affecting to be trapped in the Calabi-Yau space, as the world corrects itself. The technique is extremely powerful and strongest noble art so far, with even Nene herself being unable to stop it once it has been activated.

Trivia

  • Nene and Kurono came from the same year.

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