|Affiliation||Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist|
|Team||Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist|
|Academy Grad. Age||7|
|Chūnin Prom. Age||9|
|Jōnin Prom. Age||17|
|Hiden Techniques||Three-Day-Moon Secret Art: Winds of Destiny, Change|
Sixteen-Day-Old Moon Secret Technique: Translocation Ceremony
|Nature Type||Water Release|
Samurai Sabre Technique
Slash of Heavenly Wings: Matter is Void
Ayano Kisaragi (如月=綾乃, Kisaragi Ayano) is a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. Lazy and free-spirited, Ayano charges outrageous fees for her teachings, yet will not stand those being ripped off by others. Ayano's attitude and appearance of a drunkard masks her incredible skill. Ayano trained in the Land of Iron as a teenager, picking up the Samurai Sabre Technique from the samurai there. She goes by the monkier "Suijin" (水神, "Water God").
Ayano has shoulder length brown hair with an slim forelock of hair at the top of her head, and she has heterochromia, with her left eye green and her right red, in addition to long, beautiful eyelashes. However, there is now a large scar over the right half of Ayano's face and over her eye, which is constantly shut as a result. Her hair spikes near the back of her head in three thin medium-length spikes in the middle that point down slightly, and falls just past her neck. Her bangs are parted in the middle with most of her hair splayed to the right side with two locks of hair in-between her eyes, and two locks of hair extend from the sides of her face down to her shoulders. She also wears a pair of silver rimmed glasses. When questioned by Hikari as to why she still wears spectacles when she is blind in her right eye, Ayano responded "I still have bad sight in my left, don't I?". Ayano wears dark-red hakama with an orange flame pattern at the bottom of the legs, along with bandages wrapped around her chest. She also wears geta, and black fingerless gloves with red cuffs.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Ayano is described as a "fun person to be around" by Hikari Nakajima. She is loud, rude, cheerfully ignorant and aggressive in battle. She uses crude, foul language. While she is a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, she prefers to downplay her skills and tends to tell stories which are exaggerated. She is also laid-back and playful, often prone to teasing and flirting with men, regardless of their physical appearance, this is due to her age, as she is "past marriageable age", and has anxiety about getting older and becoming less attractive.
She also has low tolerance towards insults about her age, as she was angered when Hikari called her an "old hag" by mistake, and beat up Touma while Eienrai possessed his body and insulted her. Ayano enjoys fighting, sports, smoking, and drinking. Ayano has a great love, bordering on addiction, for sake, so much that she is often seen drinking directly from a large sake barrel. She started drinking from the age of seven, and her drinking amount has grown to the point that when she blackmails Gai into letting her move in with him, that ninety percent of Gai's pay goes down her throat, and he had to take up seven extra jobs to conpensate. This said, she is one of the few people that genuinely scares Gai.
Ayano constantly tries to prove her strength to others. Due to her reckless nature, any fight Ayano involves herself in usually ends with widespread destruction, intentional or otherwise. Ayano tends to get too close for comfort around other people, even complete strangers, as a contrast to Hizashi, who has a fear of being touched. In addition, Ayano and Hizashi have some history together; Ayano feels incredible guilt for "not being there" for Hizashi, though she hides it behind her constantly intoxicated behavior when Hizashi is around her, as Ayano does not want to talk about the incident that made Hizashi "shut her heart off from the world" with her. Ayano and Nika get along very well, and are seen together on many occasions; this is due to their similar personalities.
Ayano's way of teaching is odd. Instead of teaching her protege, Misuzu, her battle style, Ayano merely gives her pointers, and urges her to come up with something unique to herself and herself only. Ayano's relationship with Misaki is a strained one, while once best friends, the two now never miss an opportunity to have at each other. Unbeknownst to each other, Ayano and Misaki are kindred spirits and don't even realise it.
Ama no HabakiriEdit
Ama no Habakiri (天羽々斬, "Slash of Heavenly Wings") is the name of Ayano's sword, which takes the form of an oversized azure cleaver. It allows her to perform a vacuum wave (真空切り, "Shinkuugiri") against her opponent. This vacuum wave can rip through the rumored "eternal flames" of the Amaterasu and devastate a large portion of the surroundings. Ayano claims that Ama no Habakiri is a Sword of Kusanagi, and it can extend its blade to attack from long distances as well as levitate in the air according to Ayano's command.