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On Pirate Isle where I was raised, we have a saying... "A true man never makes excuses for his shortcomings". And, going by that saying, you've got quite a ways to go.
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— Aika to Valuan Admiral Vigoro

Aika (アイカ[1]) is one of the main protagonists of Skies of Arcadia

AppearanceEdit

Aika is a brown-eyed redhead who wears her hair in two long, stiff braids. During the brief periods when she takes her hair down, it is soft and straight. Aika's clothes are a pair of goggles which she wears perched on top of her head, blue pendant earrings (identical in shape to Fina's), a pendant of a face (resembling Destra) around her neck, a brief yellow dress, dark shorts (which bear a passing resemblance to Japanese school bloomers) and a pair of leather boots similar to Vyse's. She also wears a large yellow leather glove on her left hand, which is her boomerang hand (implying she's left-handed), and a blue "utility" pouch on the back side of her belt. Unfortunately, her physical beauty has attracted unwanted advances from Admiral Vigoro of the Valuan Armada. Aika is 17 years old, the same age as Vyse and Fina.

Bio & StorylineEdit

Aika's childhood alternated between happiness and tragedy. Her parents were killed when she was a small girl, and for a time she was kept by the Dyne family as a foster daughter until she was old enough to take care of herself, when she moved back into her family's old home. When she was a very young girl, Aika fell into the well on Pirate Island and was rescued by Vyse; as a result of the trauma of this fall she has never learned to swim. When she was ten years old, she got into serious danger while helping out with a rescue mission, and this situation resulted in the crescent-shaped scar under Vyse's left eye. Aika feels guilty about Vyse's injury, but Vyse doesn't blame her for it.

Skies of ArcadiaEdit

Aika has been friends with Vyse for her entire life and the two fight well together. She also becomes fast friends with Fina. Aika has problems with authority figures, including Captain Dyne, but comes into her own when she, Vyse, and Fina strike out on their mission. Although Aika shows signs she may have more than friendship with Vyse, such as showing extreme worry when they got separated when the Little Jack was damaged and kissing him on the cheek during a night time conversation on Crescent Isle, she never makes it more explicit.

SkillsEdit

Aika's fighting style is aggressive, using her boomerangs in long arcing curves against single opponents. Her magic is very strong, though not quite as strong as Fina's, and she has an especial affinity for spells of the Red Moon, which she learns more quickly than others. She is also the quickest character with the most agility, letting her unleash her attacks and magic before opponents have much of a chance to retaliate. Noticeably, all of Aika's S-moves are named after letters of the Greek alphabet. Her S-Moves involve wide attacks against groups of foes, especially powerful against weaker enemies, and are powered by the Red Moon, making them fire based.

Valkyria ChroniclesEdit

Valkyria Aika

Aika as she appears in Valkyria Chronicles.

Aika makes a cameo appearance in the PlayStation 3 game Valkyria Chronicles as an optional playable character (along with Vyse and Fina). She is voiced by Grey DeLisle in the English version.

In the game, she is named Aika Thompson and is a Scout in Squad 7. Uniform and weapons aside, she looks identical to her Skies of Arcadia counterpart, albeit a bit older. Other references to her SoA counterpart include quotes such as “If you die on me, then I'm taking all your treasure!" and "I ain't scared of the dark! ...just ghosts...".

Unlike Vyse and Fina, Aika never appeared in the anime adaptation.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Aika's hair style is similar to that of Pippi Longstocking.
  • Aika bears some resemblance to Batchii from the anime Rokumon Tengai Mon Kore Naito and Sticks the badger (Sonic Boom 2014) Sticks also has a head shaped like a boomerang and uses a boomerang as her main weapon.
  • Aika's appearance is very likely inspired by Dola from Castle in the Sky especially the portrait of Dola from her youth seen in her cabin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://esoarcadia.org/gallery/

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