Real Name: Asano Rin
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Dojo owner
Affiliations: Manji; Asano Dojo (sole heir and because she is woman, she cannot really inherit),Yaobikuni
Enemies: Anotsu Kagehisa (murdered of her parents) and other members of Itto-ryu (rival dojo)
Known Relatives: Kurose Asano (father, deceased), unnamed mother (deceased).
Base of Operations: Asano dojo, Edo
First Appearance: Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jyuunin) #1
Powers/Abilities: Somewhat adept in some ninjutsu techniques and kendo (Japanese swordsmanship). She is also fairly good at throwing knives, and can fire of several at a time (her "Curtain of Death" or "Flight of the Golden Wasps" attack)
History: When Rin was only fourteen both her parents were killed (and her mother raped first) by rival dojo owner Kagehisa Anotsu and his Itto-ryu school. Rin swore vengeance, and trained for two years to perfect her sword skills and learned "assassin's tricks" in preparation for her vendetta. Then during a visit to her parents' grave, she was met Yaobikuni, a wise-man who heard her tale of woe and advised her to hire "the strongest, toughest yojimbo of them all..."
Wandering the streets of Edo, Rin finally found the yojimbo Yaobikuni was referring to... Manji. Rin's initial attempt to procure him as a bodyguard him failed, as Manji pointed out she was the fifth person trying to hire him to kill without giving him a good enough reason why. Upon being asked what she would give to see her parents avenged, Rin responded by offering Manji her body, "You... you may do with me what ever you want". Manji refused, commenting that Rin reminded him of his younger sister, and sent Rin on her way. A moment later, however, he relented, telling Rin that young girls shouldn't walk around alone, and he'd accompany her back into Edo, stating "Hell, maybe I'll even get the chance to whack one or two on the way."
Comments: Creation of Hiroaki Samura.
Profile by Vesa Lehtinen, with history from Michael Surbrook's site (used with permission).
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
Back to Japanese heroes main page
All images and characters depicted on this site are copyright their respective holders, and are used for informational purposes only. No infringement is intended and copyrights remain at source.