Akira Himi[1] (氷見 あきら, Himi Akira), also known by her Duel Avatar name Aqua Current (アクア・カレント, Akua Karento), is a Burst Linker who once worked as a bodyguard, partnering with low-level players who are low on Burst Points in return for their identities. She was also once a member of the Black Legion, Nega Nebulus. After the ISS Kit, incident she rejoined the Legion.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Akira is shown not to reveal many of her emotions but is very straightforward when she speaks to other people. Because of her information-savvy nature, she is often regarded as Nega Nebulus' intelligence specialist.

Background[edit | edit source]

Not much information has been revealed about Akira, except that she is a bodyguard that helps level two or lower burst linkers in raising their points to a safe amount. However, in return, she records the Burst Linker's real world identity.

It is later revealed that Akira was originally a level-7 member of the element-themed executive group of Nega Nebulus known as "Elements". Akira represented the element of "Water". However, after the failed Nega Nebulus attack on the Imperial Palace, Akira sacrificed herself to save her comrades, ending up in Infinite EK at the altar of Seiryuu, the East of the Four Gods. As a byproduct, she fell prey to Seiryuu's Level Drain and had her level reduced to one. After this incident, she left the legion to become a bodyguard known as "The One", named after her level.[2]

It is later revealed that Akira is the parent of Blood Leopard.[3]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Himi Akira in the Real World

Akira is a young girl with short, brown hair that she wears down. She has yellow eyes and wears red framed glasses. Her attire consists of a white turtleneck sweater with a gray coat on top. She has been noted to have an androgynous appearance with an air that was neither distinctly male nor female, similar to her symbol of "water".

Plot Outline[edit | edit source]

Return of the Black Snow Princess (Side Story)[edit | edit source]

After Haruyuki uses most of his points to level up to level two, Taku advises him to join up with a bodyguard to raise his points. Haru goes to meet Akira when Haru accidentally trips over her and realizes that she is «Aqua Current» once he sees her bag's content. After realizing who she is, Akira decides to help Haru regardless and prepares to find opponents for the two of them. She decides to challenge a pair that is level four and three.

After entering the match, Silver Crow sees Aqua Current for the first time. Then, their opponents, Sand Duct and Nickel Doll appear. Aqua Current tells Crow that they will each take an opponent and reveals information about Nickel Doll's abilities. She then engages in a fight between Sand Duct who uses his Sand Blaster technique on her. However, she appears unaffected by it as she states that her body is composed of water rendering his technique ineffective. After regrouping with Crow, Sand Duct comments on that their teamwork is poor compared to his and Doll's. Current and Crow decide to work together. Crow is hit by Sand Duct and Nickel Doll's collaboration attack. Aqua Current then goes into the attack and is absorbing Nickel Doll's electricity stating that her body is made of pure water which acts as a perfect insulator. Silver Crow is then able to land a finishing blow to their opponents.

The match ends, and Haru regains some points. Akira then challenges Haru to a match to test him. He considers her as a friend and won't attack her which is exactly what she wanted to test and is happy that he is someone that can be relied on. However, she tells him it is too soon to know her and erases his memory of her identity with the Memory Leak ability.

Signal Fire at the Water's Edge[edit | edit source]

During the third battle between Silver Crow and Wolfram Cerberus, this time in a Battle Royal, Argon Array ambushed the two duelers. However, Aqua Current interfered in the nick of time, using the water of her body to refract Argon Array's lasers. This gave Haruyuki time to attack Argon Array from the back using his newly acquired skill Optical Conduction, forcing Argon Array to retreat. After this incident, Aqua Current met with Kuroyukihime and Haruyuki in the real world, thus rejoining Nega Nebulus.

Archangel of Savage Light[edit | edit source]

Before the attack on the ISS Kit main body, Kuroyukihime deemed it necessary to first rescue Aqua Current from Infinite EK at the Castle gates. In order to dive into the Unlimited Neutral Field, Aqua Current increased her level to "four", thus ridding her of her nickname of "The One".

The members of Nega Nebulus, along with Blood Leopard and Scarlet Rain of Prominence, launched a joint attack on the East Gate of the Castle. There, Silver Crow flew Akira out from her position at Seiryuu's altar. However, one of the stray level-draining orbs started to fly towards the attacking Nega Nebulus group. However, Blood Leopard took the hit and, using all of her stored up points, safely ran to the edge of the bridge. Thus, the "Aqua Current Rescue Mission" was a success. Here, it is revealed that Aqua Current and Blood Leopard were parent and child.

The End and the Beginning[edit | edit source]

During the Midtown-Tower assault, Aqua Current paired up with Black Lotus, Sky Raker, and Ardor Maiden to attack the ISS Kit main body. At the forty-fifth floor of the Midtown Tower, they ran into the ghost of Red Rider. However, before the four Nega Nebulus executives could get a proper explanation, Red Rider was taken over by the ISS Kit main body and began to attack.

While Kuroyukihime attacked Rider with her blades, Aqua Current provided ranged support from the back. Aqua Current shot parts of her water armor at Rider's eyes, temporarily blinding him.

Immediately after the ISS-controlled Rider was defeated, the ghost Rider appeared once again. Finally, with the ISS Kit temporarily subdued, Rider began to explain the situation. After Rider was killed by Black Lotus at the meeting two years ago, a certain Burst Linker had created a copy of Rider's soul. Two years later, the Acceleration Research Society loaded the Rider-copy into the ISS Kit main body, which took the form of a giant eyeball. Then, using Rider's "Arms Creation" ability, the ARS began to mass-produce the ISS Kits. Rider then explains that if the ISS Kit main-body was destroyed, then he could activate the safety on the distributed ISS Kits, thus disabling their function. At this point, Rider's time ran out and the ISS Kit main body re-activated. However, before Rider disappeared, he asked the Nega Nebulus legionnaires to thank the second Red King for him.

After the short conversation with Red Rider, the ISS main body re-activated and began to attack the four Burst Linkers. In the battle against the ISS Kit main body that followed, Aqua Current played a large role in destroying the main body's core using her "Phase Trans - Keen" Incarnate ability. She also used her other Incarnate defense ability, "Phase Trans - Adamant", to defend against the main-body's attacks. In cooperation with Black Lotus, Sky Raker, and Ardor Maiden, they succeeded in defeating the ISS Kit main body.

After the ISS Kit main body was defeated, Red Rider enabled the safety function on all of the distributed ISS Kits, thus removing the Kits from the Accelerated World.

White Legion Arc[edit | edit source]

Aqua Current took part in the assault against the Oscillatory Universe during the Territories for Minato III. She was also a part of the group that was trapped in Glacier Behemoth's "Last Glacial Period" and Snow Fairy's "Brinicle".

Avatar[edit | edit source]

Network Avatar[edit | edit source]

Akira's Network Avatar

Akira's virtual character design is an otter with brown and white fur. It has the same red framed glasses that she wears in real life and also wears a small red tie.

Duel Avatar[edit | edit source]

Aqua Current has the unique characteristic in which the attributes of her duel avatar depends on the duel stage. In normal stages, her armor takes the liquid form of water, giving her the appearance of a "water elemental". In contrast, in extremely cold stages such as the "snow" stage, her water freezes, changing her appearance to that of an "ice elemental". Each form has its own unique abilities and characteristics.

Using the Incarnate ability "Phase Trans", Aqua Current can freely change the state of her armor. Kuroyukihime has noted that Current has five variations of the Incarnate ability. However, only two of them, "Keen" and "Adamant", are known.

Water Elemental Form[edit | edit source]

Akira's "water elemental" form is her default state in the Accelerated World. In this form, her avatar has a slender body with two pigtails and two glowing blue eyes. Aqua Current can shift her shape at will, having the ability to control the flow of her water armor. For example, she can allocate parts of her armor to different tasks. However, if parts of her armor's water are lost, she has to absorb water from the surroundings, taking the time to purify it.

Aqua Current's "Water Elemental" form

Electrical Resistance: Because the pure water of Aqua Current's body contains no impurities whatsoever, her armor is a perfect insulator. This unique characteristic makes her completely immune to any sort of electrical attack, as shown in her interactions with Nickel Doll.[4]

Particle Resistance: Aqua Current's has complete resistance to particle attacks. As shown in her battle against Sand Duct, she simply absorbs particle attacks into her water, redirecting the particles back at the attacker.

Light Refraction: Aqua Current can use the water from her body to create a large, floating cube in front of her. If used correctly, the floating cube can refract and deflect light attacks. This ability was first used to defend against Argon Array's lasers.[5]

Hydro Auditory: If Aqua Current's water in mixed with foreign liquids, everything in the foreign liquid is included into her auditory information. Thus, by sacrificing a small amount of her water armor, she can "hear" information from her surroundings. When used in stages such as the "Sewer" stage, she can detect enemy movement from across the map.

Ice Elemental Form[edit | edit source]

Aqua Current's "Ice Elemental" form

In this form, her default liquid water form changes to ice. The change to this form, which turns her usually watery arms into sharp ice katars, allows her to make physical attacks. She also gains the ability to shoot jets of water that freeze to create sharp "ice javelins", giving her a limited source of ranged-attacks.[6]

However, by changing into her "Ice Elemental Form", she loses many of her defensive capabilities, such as her resistance to particle attacks and electricity. She also loses her "Hydro Auditory" ability. In summary, her "Water" form is defense oriented, while her "Ice" form is more attack oriented.

Appearance wise, her body changes to look more sharp, adopting a more "icy-blue" color as well. In addition, she gains armor plates created from ice.

Steam Elemental Form[edit | edit source]

According to Kuroyukihime, within the Volcano stage, Aqua Current's water armor turns into steam. Using this high-temperature steam, Aqua Current can carry out ranged attacks.[7] However, Aqua Current has not yet personally used this form; thus, no other information is known.

Special Moves[edit | edit source]

  • Maelstrom: Aiming her hands in a strange pattern, water is collected as a stream to create a water sphere. Then shot off as a water jet stream, before becoming a massive current stream, capable of taking out a target & large forces in a straight shot, some of which get swept away or toss out. This move is very similar to Sky Raker's "Swirl Sway".

Incarnation[edit | edit source]

  • Memory Leak: A move where from her glowing eyes & vibrating water motion, seem to create a hypnotic message into the brain, allowing Aqua Current to tamper with a target's memory both by the Duel Avatar which will effect the person in the real world. The subject's memory is locked so anything they remember will be blocked until the user undoes the technique.
  • Memory Free: A counter-measure technique which seems to undo those that underwent Memory Link & had their memories locked away where they couldn't remember something or someone.
  • Phase Trans: Using this ability, Aqua Current can freely make the change from Ice <-> Water <-> Steam. According to Kuroyukihime, there are five variations of this ability. However, only two of them, "Keen" and "Adamant", have been described.[8]
    • Keen - The Keen Pattern gives Aqua Current light ice-armor and sharp ice-katars. This "mobile attack" form allows Aqua Current to engage in fast-paced close combat.
    • Adamant - The Adamant Pattern gives Aqua Current heavy ice armor, greatly improving her defensive abilities. This ability was first shown in the attack against the ISS Kit main body.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the BD 8 Volume, it is revealed that Aqua Current and Blood Leopard are Parent and Child as well as real-life cousins.
  • Aqua Current allegedly also has a "Steam" phase along with "Water" and "Ice"
  • Aside from "Phase Trans - Keen" and "Phase Trans - Adamant", Aqua Current also has three more "Phase Trans" forms.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Accel World Light Novel Volume 13
  2. Accel World Light Novel Volume 13
  3. Accel World Light Novel Volume 14, Chapter 2
  4. Accel World Light Novel Volume 10
  5. Accel World Light Novel Volume 13, Chapter 1
  6. Accel World Light Novel Volume 13, Chapter 1
  7. Accel World Light Novel Volume 15, Chapter 6
  8. Accel World Light Novel Volume 15

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