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SV: Naomi Kurosawa by Pillar-of-Zereshk SV: Naomi Kurosawa by Pillar-of-Zereshk
MAXING OUT MY 2-CHARACTER LIMIT ALREADY, AWWWWW YEAHHHHH. I thought of this on the way to and from San Antonio yesterday--usually I like to have a balance of male/female characters, but...she's masculine enough to count. :I /KILLED

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Name: Naomi Kurosawa

Age: 25

Height: 5'5"

Occupation: Police Officer

Personality:
Gruff, impatient, and foul-mouthed. Pretty much everything a young Japanese woman is not supposed to be. The fact that she is part Ainu is something she is very proud about--almost militantly so, since the Ainu were and are still looked down upon in Japanese society. In her early teen years, she went against her parent's wishes and got traditional Ainu tattoos (which are taboo in Japan) and earrings to quite literally wear her pride on her sleeve, as if to say "fuck you" to anyone who thought less of her ethnicity.

She didn't do well enough on her entrance exams to get into a good high school, and was ridiculed and ostracized by the other students--and scolded by her teachers--for her tattoos. In response, she developed the tough-guy, indifferent attitude that stays with her to this day. She has a hard time being gentle with people, and doesn't warm up to anyone quickly. She also, contrary to 99.99% of modern Japanese girls, doesn't like cute things, and has little patience for that sort of frivolity.

Loves:
- Senbei with nori
- pretty much any kind of potato chip

Likes:
- martial arts and boxing
- (secretly) ikebana; the art of flower arranging

Dislikes:
- Sweets
- Chatty people
- Crime shows

Hates:
- Racism

History:
Rebellious and wayward as an adolescent, Naomi surprised everyone after finishing high school by deciding to become a police officer--which, in all honesty, is not exactly as much of a dangerous career in Japan as it would be in other countries. However, after serving only a few years, an unprecedented threat suddenly appeared in the streets of Tokyo when other members of the police force began to go missing. When an officer's body finally turned up, riddled with multiple stab wounds, it became evident that a dangerous serial killer was on the loose, and was exclusively targeting law enforcement. Officers began to patrol in pairs for safety, and Naomi grew very close (some suspected romantically so) with her partner, Chikako.

So when Chikako went missing one day after the end of their shift, Naomi defied orders and went to go hunt down the killer on her own. Amazingly, she managed to track him down... And when she called in to report what she'd done with him, the result was a scandal for the Japanese police force. Naomi was arrested and pleaded guilty to murder, and would have been stripped of her badge and thrown in prison, had some strings not been pulled (after all, she did save the rest of the force from a dangerous killer). She is now no longer living in Japan, though she continues to serve as a police officer. Though she is still good at her job, the loss of her partner has made her cynical.

Additional Information:
- Is comfortably bisexual; doesn't seem to favor one gender over the other.

- While on the job in Japan, Naomi typically wore dark lipstick and rolled down her sleeves/wore gloves (which are part of the Japanese police uniform, anyway) to cover her tattoos. Now that she's living on the island, though, where tattoos are not taboo, she tends not to care as much.

- Her earrings are hoops with a small red bead affixed to each.

- Like all Japanese police officers, she is skilled in martial arts, which she has been trained to resort to first, before using her gun.
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Ninjacatmuffin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, what a cool lady! O: I especially love, love, love her design and skills (martial arts?? sign me up). I do hope she enjoys the town.
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you! :) Heheh, I have a thing for drawing martial arts poses, so expect that in the possibly near future~ B)
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Ninjacatmuffin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, that would be totally cool to see! O: Where exactly did she get her training?
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
At the police academy: the Japanese police have a special martial arts called taiho-jutsu ("arrest technique"), developed specifically for their officers. I'll probably put up a video and some pics sometime. B)
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Ninjacatmuffin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, that sounds both awesome and practical. I especially love how it's called "arrest technique"; hmm, I wonder who could use that? *shot*

I'd totally love to see pictures/the video to put it in perspective. I'm glad you took the time to think everything through about Naomi too. It's the sign of a good author if they do research on a topic before using it in their work (I am pretty much a stickler for this, by the way, so props to you).

Also, if you like, I can do a practice RP with Naomi too, if you're not too busy with moving. O: It's 1000% optional though. Just thought I'd ask.
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Heheh, I'll totally put some pictures/video links up as soon as my scanner's back in commission (it's currently packed away)--I wanted to do some ref sketches for Naomi, anyway. B) And thanks, I totally feel you, I'm SO obsessive when it comes to research--/brofist

Sure! :) I am busy, but soon I'll be able to keep up with things more. Would you like to start, or me?
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TheDapperist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG
She is an independent woman who don't need no man. Or woman!
What a cool girl!~
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
LOL Don't tempt me, I might end up drawing a Single Ladies parody--/SHOT

Thank youuu~ c: <3
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TheDapperist Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
pffbtffbttttttt OMG

No problem <333
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pom987654321 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Welcome and *glomps*
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tats!
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Ainu tattoos = best. B)
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like maori tats but just as cool!
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minimoonp Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Well she definately wont be going to the bakery much lol
Nor will enjoy Momoko's company much either >3<

But she looks so cool! I like her tattoos!
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Lmao, probably not, unless a pastry thief shows up. Then she'll probably set up at round-the-clock stakeout there for lack of anything better to do in this town. :I

And thank you! :D
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r-eine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WHOAAA BABE ALERT
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
♫ Bad boys, bad boys, whatchu gonna do, whatchu gonna do when she comes for you? ♪ B)

/KILLED I'M SORRY
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r-eine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AHAHAHAH OH GOSH
LATER WE NEED TO RP
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redleaveshavefallen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH WOW I JUST REEEEEEALLY LIKE THIS CHARACTER WOWIE WOWW. I love tough women. And you research so much and that just always swoon. Gosh. So many cultural notes yesss oh goodness this town is FILLED with racial diversity except over half of them are asian I mean
Do you think she might be pansexual? While bisexual means liking both genders, pansexual means seeing no gender and only identifying people as people, thus the lack of favoritism seen in many bisexuals and also accounting for more leiniancy with transgender/fluidgender/etc. Or she could just be a bisexual with no preference. I just like this stuff a lot tee hee sorry if this wasn't helpful/you knew this already and already knew what you were talking about s orrry

and also WOW I STILL LOVE HER.
A LOT.
FOREVER.

QUIEN LIKES TOUGH WOMEN.

*attempts to think of an RP prompt uhhhhh idk* Do you have any ideas? :'D
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
THANK YOUUU~ u v u Heheh, tbh, I've been studying the Ainu for over three years now, so I didn't have to do too much in the way of new research for this. I love them so much, though; I have to have an Ainu character. :'I And hmmm, I'd have to say probably not--when I say she has no preference, I mostly just wanted to throw it out there that, even though she had a relationship with (or at least feelings for; I haven't quite decided yet how far I wanted to roll with that aspect of her past) her female partner, it doesn't necessarily mean that she leans more towards women than men. Since I gave her some pretty butch-like traits, I wanted to make that clear. XD

I HAD A FEELING WHILE DRAWING HER THAT THEY MIGHT GET ALONG. B)

I can totally start, but fair warning (maybe I should make this a fair warning to everyone): I may not be around much for the next few days. :[

Naomi found herself in bars (or rather, in the case of this island, the bar) a lot more frequently than ever before, these days. It wasn't like she went there every time with the intention of getting drunk or even tipsy. In fact, she spent most of her time staring into her drink or at the wall. She wasn't chatty, she didn't want to talk to the bartender or to fellow patrons, but neither did she want to go home just to do the same thing: stare at a drink or the wall.

The problem was that there was nothing to do in this town. For either her job, or for leisure purposes. Which left her with a lot of time to just sit around and dwell--and if she was going to do that, she'd rather do it in public.

Because at least when she was in public, she didn't have to be confronted with the photo of her partner sitting on the altar, reminding her what she was dwelling on.

In public, she never let on anything about her past or current grievances. Being the only officer in town, she had to keep up some kind of reputation of being tough and dependable--regardless of whether or not a tough and dependable cop was even needed in a Podunk place like this. Since the bar stools had backs, she was able to sit leaning back, legs splayed out before her like those of a man's, one arm draped over the armrest, the other hand tapping soundlessly against the bar as she stared at her glass, eyebrows always slightly furrowed. Her look invited no one to come closer, and yet, anyone who went to the bar when she wasn't on patrol knew that she was always sitting there in that same corner, like an ever-present cypher. A nonentity.

She didn't touch her drink.
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redleaveshavefallen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, it's like how for years I wanted a Spanish character XD It took me maybe two years for me to finally get Quien's design. He was originally gonna be a pervy, pretty boy doctor who hit on everyone while giving checkups. Somewhere along the way that changed....
Ah, I see. ouo Okie doke then.

I SHALL WAIT FOR YOU FOREVER <333

Quien: Quien had taken up going to the bar, since it was one of few places in the rinky-dink town that didn't feel like gentleness and natural beauty were being shoved down his throat (well, most of the time. Most people there were quite chatty, catching up as if they had ever been apart, sometimes singing uproariously. He left on those days). Some days it was fine living in Somnium Vallis, and other days he wondered why it was worth coming.

One day as he entered, he noticed a woman sitting at the bar, with a similar look of dissatisfaction and disillusionment. She definitely didn't look like a happy-go-lucky villager. And that brought a very good first impression.

He sat a safe distance away, putting a chair between them, and ordered some drink he didn't care much for. Then, turning his head only a bit, said nonchallantly, "What's a police officer doing in a place like this?" He coupled it with a raised brow, and his tone of voice emphasized the casuality of the conversation, allowing it to go unnoticed if she preffered it (hell, since when was he the chatty type?).
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
LOL I actually did used to have an Ainu character on another site before, and his initial design was basically the same thing as that...except not a doctor. :I CHANGE IS GOOD. XD

She might not have known that anyone was talking to her if he hadn't expressly used the words 'police officer'. "A whole lot of nothing," she grunted, before glancing over to see who'd impeded upon her little corner-space of solitude.

Snorting, she returned the inquiry, "What's the doctor doing in a place like this?" She knew a lot more officers who frequented bars on downtime than doctors--not that she knew a lot of doctors. But she figured they'd consider it bad for your health or some shit like that.

And of course, she knew the names, faces, and livelihoods of everyone in town. It wasn't exactly difficult to memorize less people than she could count on her fingers and toes--even if she'd never actually met most of them. After the...incident, back in Tokyo, she was very careful about potentially suspicious characters. So if she was going to be stuck in a village where it was possible to know everyone--including anyone who needed to have an eye kept on them--then she sure as hell was going to.
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redleaveshavefallen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pfffft they could have been playboys together XD

Quien: He took a sip of his drink, looking at her with a sharp eye. Since Quien knew he didn't look much of anything like a doctor, he could assume that she had heard of him or seen him around... but how could he have missed someone like her... It made him a bit suspicious, but not enough to be hostile.

"A whole lot of nothing," he imitated, though the answer was true. "And I think I have as much purpose here as you. A little town like this doesn't make me think of the crooks and bums I usually see you guys beating around."

Note: Quien has a thing against most officers. He's seen police brutality before, in the barrios and lower ends of the city, and even if it isn't the norm, it's too much. He knows better than to believe all officers are corrupted, but he also knows not to trust them all outright. And maybe, now and then, a critical word will slip in. Or maybe a bit more than every now and then.
He tries. Kind of.
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
She might have gotten testy with him for being flippant with her, but as it was, she just gave a snort of something almost like appreciation. At least she wasn't the only one dying for a lack of work on this island.

She didn't even get mad at the not-so-subtle jab at her profession--she wasn't so naive as to think that everyone everywhere liked cops. "You wanna talk about police brutality, you best go somewhere else," she said coolly, "We don't have that shit in Japan." No, that didn't bother her. It was the last part.

Finally taking a swig of her drink, she set the glass down so roughly that the ice jumped in it. "Some crooks deserve to be beat around." There was a hard edge to her voice.


((Excellent; I love a little bit of tension in my rps. B) I can't decide exactly how well-informed I want Naomi to be about police in other countries--she has to have a vague idea, but as a rule, the Japanese tend to have a skewed perception of other societies. :I And it's true that in Japan, the police are generally well-respected and aren't afraid to apologize on the occasion when they do slip up--hence why I had Naomi plead guilty to her crime.))
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redleaveshavefallen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quien: "Well, this ain't Japan. You got the wrong island." At least he knew where the accent was from now.

Hearing the 'some crooks [part' even as he knew it was true (there really was a lot of trash calling themselves people), he still help but frown a bit at the comment. After all, not all of them deserved it--and some of them who did, well, a few of them didn't deserve as much of it. Dicipline never needed to be physical; anyone who ever thought inflicting pain could be 'justice' wasn't right in the head.

Still, he didn't quite want to get into that topic, and from the looks of it, neither did she. While he liked a good verbal brawl, and she looked ready to deliver, he'd rather not polarize the one normal looking person around by getting into an argument that was a bit too serious.

((Well, if she's been traveling, she may know more. Plus, not all of them have a narrowed vision of other places, though due to the society, of course its common. But there are still many who travel or have relatives in other places who get a better understanding similar to any other society. That's what i gather from some of my Japanese friends, at least.))
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Pillar-of-Zereshk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
"You're tellin' me," she grumbled, "That's what I said when they sent me here."

If she could hear his thoughts, she would have cackled at the irony. She'd spent hour upon hour training precisely so that she'd never unnecessarily hurt someone during an arrest, would never have to pull out her gun except in the most dire of situations--and in the beginning, she'd agreed that nonviolence was the superior way. All that changed when it became personal. Even having had her revenge, it hadn't scrubbed the images of all the corpses she'd seen of her fellow officers from her mind. One serial killer was enough to ruin her outlook on the entire world.

...Maybe it was actually a good thing that she wasn't working in a big city, anymore.

"So...why ain't you telling me a bunch of bullshit about crop yields and Harvest fairies or whatever?" She inquired bluntly out of curiosity, despite herself, "That's all anyone else 'round here ever talks about."

((Nah, she's never been anywhere outside of Japan except for this island--and I imagine that even within Japan itself, she never traveled much, except maybe to Hokkaido. Actually, I can't decide if I want her to have been born there (that's where the only surviving Ainu communities live) or in Tokyo. :I And hahaha, you have a very kind view. Of course, there are always exceptions, especially in our generation (which is fantastic and gives me tons of hope for the future), but I definitely wouldn't call that the norm.))
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