Asagi Asagiri is a recurring minor character. She was rumored to be the new main character of an upcoming game titled Makai Wars, but the title had been indefinitely postponed; since then, she has become an unofficial mascot of Nippon Ichi, making cameo appearances in a number of games afterwards. Though her character design has stayed consistent in her appearances, her personality has changed considerably in each, appearing as a shy, naive girl, a stuckup, demanding girl, or anything in between, including something along the lines of insanity (which is always broadcasted with a Brooklyn accent). Likewise, her voice (and voice actress) change with each appearance as well. Determined to become a protagonist, she attempts to take over whatever game she is appearing in.
Asagi's first appearance is in Makai Kingdom as a bonus character. By granting the wish "Meet the Next Protagonist" Zetta teleports to her world. When Asagi is surprised by Zetta's appearance, Zetta assumed that the next Nippon Ichi game was going to be a serious drama like Phantom Brave was, and was determined to stop that from happening. After her defeat at Zetta's hands, she becomes his vassal. Gameplay wise, she has a high TEC stat, giving her proficiency with remotes, rifles, and vehicles.
Asagi's personality changes considerably in each game appearing as a shy, naive girl; a stuckup, demanding girl; or anything in between, including something along the lines of insanity (which is always broadcasted with a Brooklyn accent). It's eventually revealed, in Disgaea 5, that this is because when her game was cancelled, she was emotionally shattered and split into countless individuals. So, for all intents and purposes, Asagi is basically her own species, each with their own unique personality, belief, and relationship. However, what the Asagis have in common is their desire to never give up until Asagi gets her own game.
Appearances in the Disgaea series
Asagi appears as a playable character exclusively in the Complete release of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. She can be unlocked after completing the first cycle, and passing the Dark Assembly bill "I Want a Main Character".
Asagi is a monster unit who starts with a decent base movement of 7 (whicn can be buffed to 8 without shoes) and a counter of 4. Despite being a monster, her attack range is 6 and she attacks similar to a gunner. This comes at a cost, as she does not naturally learn any skills and, as a monster unit, cannot obtain skills from mastery. As a result, she naturally has no AoE and only excels at fighting singular targets.
Despite her attack range being a straight line, she can fire diagonally when countering.
“The book thing that cursed me told me I can't leave until I become stronger.”
—Asagi, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Asagi makes her first appearance in the Disgaea series in a Disgaea 2 extra map, where it's revealed Zetta placed a curse on her, forcing her to remain in Veldime until she can become stronger. Defeating her here rewards the player with the Summer Greetings Postcard. This is the only other time her Makai Kingdom sprites are used, which is visible not only in her short height (alluded to in-game), but her attack is with a rifle, and her special, "Magic Shot", has her pull out a Makai Cannon to perform the attack.
In the PSP remake "Dark Hero Days", her Makai Kingdom recycled sprite is again referenced by the Magichange feature (which is implemented from Disgaea 3), Magichanging her into a Crossbow with her sitting on top, making it an "Asagi Launcher". She also appears in "Axel Mode" in her humanoid form as the second chapter's boss. Her humanoid form is also unlockable by leveling Asagi in "Adell Mode" to level 2000 and passing a bill.
In Axel Mode, Asagi appears in front of Axel, Evil Ranger Pink, Actress, and the director of the movie, excited about finally being a main character, but none of them knew if she was really the main character of the movie, not even the director. Axel fights and defeats Asagi and then the director says he will talk with the producers and once he realizes that Asagi was really the main character, he blacklists Axel, as shown in the news. Asagi says in her interview that those who ruined her chance of becoming main character shall be punished.
“My precious game... Where I'm the main character... The game where I'm the main character... Yoooooooooou stole it!!!”
—Asagi, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
She appears in the intro video of Maritsu: Evil Acadamy, for but a brief moment. Her appearance in this game is in an extra map. Here, she supposedly received a game where she's finally the main character, only to have it stolen. She comes to Evil Academy while in her search for her stolen game and while in the Heart Bank, Mao and the gang find her. Mao asks her what's up and she replies by saying that her game was stolen from her. Shortly afterwards, she jumps to the conclusion that Mao stole her game and attacks him. After her defeat, she feels utterly depressed and now believes that her game is lost forever, bursting into tears. Everyone else soon aims the blame on Mao for what happened. Mao then goes over to Asagi and tells her that he didn't steal her game but the Legendary Overlord may have been the culprit. He offers her the chance to come with them since they're in search of the Overlord as well and Asagi happily joins.
During battle Asagi is best with Guns due to that being her best weapon in Makai Kingdom. She also has 2 unique skills, Cameo Star and Magic Shot. Magic Shot has her fire powerful blasts from 2 pistols at the foes and Cameo Star, despite popular belief, has her attack a foe with a Morning Star, a weapon from Makai Kingdom. She also showed up in the in-game trailer for Raspberyl Mode playing Axel's Guitar but at no point actually shows up in Raspberyl mode (much like 99.9% of the trailer).
“Tyrant Valvatorez! Fight me for the main character's position! The winner is the main character! Got it!?”
—Asagi, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Asagi appears as the main antagonist of the post game of Disgaea 4 and is unlocked after being defeated. She is the cause of the abnormal phenomena in the post game events as a result of her attempt to become the main character. She manages to create enough Malice to activate Fear the Great and gains its power. After passing the "Destroy the Root of all Evil!" bill, Asagi can be challenged. Inside Fear the Great, Asagi appears to the main cast, challenging Valvatorez for the main character position. After she is defeated, Asagi decides to leave them but Valvatorez tells her that she can stay with them but she will have to pay for the damage she has caused to the Netherworld. She is recruited after clearing the Post Game. Unlike the other characters, her sprite is still SD (including her portrait) regardless of the sprite settings making her clash with the other character's HD sprites. This is due to her "Not getting the memo", and it is because of this she believes everyone else is wrong. However, an HD version of Asagi was released as DLC on September 20, 2011.
“We're gonna hold a concert right here, right now! For Super Idol Asagi!”
—Asagi, Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Asagi appears in Disgaea D2 as a secret unlockable character after passing a bill to unlock her appearance and subsequently defeating her. With the intent to become a Super Idol, the party encounters a lost Asagi trying to find where auditions are taking place. After explaining to her that the auditions were in fact the party deciding to beat up Lanzarote, the current Netherworld idol, Asagi gets disheartened and runs away. She later appears on stage, declaring that she will make her self-proclaimed debut as a Super Idol. Confronted by an unimpressed party, Asagi breaks down and attacks. After defeating her, she decides to join Laharl to piggy-back off of his popularity, and supposedly usurp his Overlordship; unknowing announcing these thoughts out loud. Like her Disgaea 4 incarnation, she is adept with Guns. This time, her native Evility giving her a chance to attack up to three extra times during a Combo.
“Although you guys have the hearts of demons, you've become friends and allies... You guys are very interesting.”
—Asagi, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance Asagi is briefly seen in the opening credits of Disgaea 5.
A post-game map Double Illusion has multiple Asagis as the boss, with the real Asagi showing up after the battle to finish them off. Upon completion, the player is allowed to create Illusion Asagis, similar to the Mass Produced Kurtis robots from Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days and the Mass Produced Desco clones from Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention.
One can tell if the Asagi is a real or an illusion type by looking at her pose; the real Asagi uses her new idle pose (which is almost similar to the one in Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?) , whereas the illusion version still uses the same pose from Disgaea 4 and Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. Also, the Illusion Asagi cannot use a Combination Attack or the new skills.
In Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Asagi appears in the DLC stage Root of Reincarnation. Here Zed super reincarnates into another world and meets a more timid and pessimistic Asagi who wants to become powerful as a main character and wants to use super reincarnation to do so. Zed challenges Asagi to battle to show her the strength of super reincarnation and accidentally destroys the device she was using to traverse worlds, she then joins Zeds party until she can return to her own world.
In Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? there is an alternate storyline accessed either by collecting ten torn letter pieces or entering the Etna Mode code. In this mode, Asagi is a boss fight for every stage. Her attacks, much like in Soul Nomad, consist of weapons from Makai Kingdom, specializing in guns.
Throughout the game it's shown that due to her constant cameo appearances and lack of her own game, she's become somewhat insane and occasionally lapses into a heavy street accent (similar to the accents spoken in Brooklyn and Boston) brought on by a newly developed, rougher personality. Again, throughout the game's "Asagi Mode", she is trying to gain the position of main character. She is fought multiple times after trying different approaches to become the hero such as hacking the game to make her level 9999, trying to get the monsters on her side, checking out other games such as fighting games with large breasted women and the popular Super Mario Brothers franchise (only hinted through parody) and even going as far as to dress as a Prinny for the last battle.
After defeating "Prinny" Asagi, it's revealed in a cutscene that she had put a bomb into her costume for no real reason, and set it to go off after three minutes. When she can't deactivate it or remove the suit in time, she gets killed in the blast however even after the explosion her corpse is still standing up. After the credits roll, we find that Asagi has now been reincarnated into a black Prinny wondering if now she can be the main character.
There is also a downloadable battle with Asagi's smaller form from Makai Kingdom.
In the sequel, Asagi gets her own mode called "Asagi Wars: The Vengeance of Asagi". She is a Black Prinny in this mode with a White Scarf. Her gameplay is similar to the Normal Mode but she has access to various weapons and has a Stamina Gauge instead of 3 Scarves for life bars, making her game similar to Contra. All of the bosses are replaced with alternate versions of herself.
At the end, Asagi realizes that although she failed to become the main character, she cherishes her friendship with Flonne and thus saves the Netherworld by launching herself into the incoming battleship Yoshitsuna. By doing so, she is given her body back for her heroic sacrifice, and goes on to become the biggest idol in the Netherworld, setting up her appearance in Disgaea D2.
Asagi stars in the hidden fourteenth ending of Disgaea Infinite. This ending is obtained after acquiring all other endings. In it, she is upset at Amazombie, the Netherworld Shopping Channel's mail-order branch of Rosenqueen, for wrongly delivering a package to another dimension. She becomes furious with customer support because the content of this package is essential for her getting her own game. She calls the content of the package "a watch", which is obviously TickTock. She then hops on a giant dragon (the same one from the Tera Fire spell) and screams one day Makai Wars will have its epic release.
Asagi stars as the main character (finally). She is tasked by a goddess to assist in collecting heroes from various Nippon Ichi franchises to help save a parallel world. Notably, This version of Asagi is strongly implied by her actions in the other games to be the one who is playable in Disgaea 1 Complete and Disgaea 5.
Asagi appears as an obtainable character. Variations of Asagi can also be obtained.
Appearances in other Nippon Ichi games
Asagi makes another return in Soul Nomad and the World Eaters. From her speech, it's inferred that under Zetta's training, she has become much stronger, although she may have turned on him. She has also become rather conceited, demanding the hero hand over his/her spot as the main character and calling herself the Queen of Games. Gig refuses to submit, prompting Asagi to display her power by destroying the world. After her defeat, she continues to lament not getting her own game, but Gig is unsympathetic as her destroying the world means they have to restart the game. Winning this extra stage allows for Asagi to be added to any squad, and this stage can be repeated to gain extra copies of Asagi indefinitely, although a new cycle must be started each time due to Asagi's power destroying the world. Her attacks here feature weapons and mechanics from Makai Kingdom such as her use of Guns, Bazookas and Morning Stars as well as her combat skill as leader which involves her summoning the Yoshitsuna Battle Ship.
Asagi appears as a special playable character in the PSP version of Phantom Brave. Seeking to defeat the final boss of the game, she quickly sets her sights on Marona (and her position of main character) once she finds out he has already been defeated.
Upon defeat, Asagi joins the party, transforming herself into a phantom by "messing with the code a bit." She hints at the existence of multiple Asagis.
Asagi appears as the main antagonist of the game's side story quests. She dresses up in various costumes to make herself look like a character from a Dengeki Bunko anime and, pretending to be that character, battles against the Unlosing Ranger. However, she often (if not always) doesn't know everything about the character she is pretending to be and blows her cover at some point. After being defeated, she runs away, leaving the costume behind for the player to use. It can also be inferred that the Laharl, Etna, and Flonne fakes are also Asagi cosplaying. Eventually, after all the Dengeki costumes are obtained, the players are then able to fight Asagi herself and gain an Asagi costume after defeating her.
Asagi appears as a boss within an extra dungeon in The Guided Fate Paradox. Her screaming attracts the attention of Lilliel and Renya. Upon finding out that Renya is God, she blames him for not allowing her to become the main character, and chooses to attack him for "interfering." After being defeated, Lilliel blames Asagi's luck for her lack of screentime. Since an individual needs to be lucky enough for God to hear their wish among millions of others, Asagi's wish simply went under the radar. Renya tries to convince her to work harder without relying on luck alone, but filled with determination, she doesn't hear him. Lilliel says that Asagi has a long path ahead of her.
- I used to have nightmares about being a main character. An overlord beating me up, fighting myself, idol training...
- The Juice Bar reminds me of getting food with my friends after school! It'd be nice if I were a slice of life protagonist...
- Waaah!? Th-That was a big shock... Sorry, I come from a really normal world, so I'm not used to everyone here...
- Maybe people think I'm a Plain Jane because I lack individuality! What if I dressed like a nurse or a shrine maiden!?
- Hmm... So there are main characters that run off to school with a slice of bread hanging out of their mouths...
- See main article: Asagi/Gallery.
- Asagi's personality is inconsistent between titles and changes within each appearance. In Disgaea 5, the Illusion Asagis have the exaggerated different personalities from earlier titles, while the real Asagi has a more serious and stable persona. This may hint that the previous Asagis from each game may have been illusions, and the Asagi appearing in Disgaea 5 is the real one's first appearance.
- Asagi has most character themes associated with any character. She has 5 themes which are "Asagi Metamorphosis", "Asagi Go Fight","Rock Metamorphosis", "Asagi My Love", and "Rockin' Princess".
- prior to 2018 Asagi was the main character, briefly, in the 'Asagi Wars' content for Prinny 2.
- She finally received her own game, Makai Wars, in 2018 for iOS and Android.