First Lieutenant Akane Yashiro (家城 茜 is the human protagonist of the Yashiro Akane)2002 Toho Godzilla film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, also appearing in a minor role in its 2003 sequel Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. A Type 90 Maser Cannon operator for the JSDF's Anti-Megalosaurus Force, Akane unintentionally caused the death of her comrades in a battle against Godzilla in 1999. Subsequently reassigned to a desk job, Akane was recruited to become a pilot for the Kiryu Squad in 2003, receiving the rank of Second Lieutenant. Despite the odds against her, Akane earned the respect of her squad and played a key role in the battle between Kiryu and Godzilla in Tokyo. By 2004, she had been promoted to First Lieutenant and sought further training in the United States.
- Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
- Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)
- Godzilla Singular Point (TV 2021) [ending]
Akane lost her parents at a very young age and grew up believing she was a mistake and should not exist. Eventually she came to be in the employ of the JSDF On a mission against Godzilla in 1999, Akane accidentally kills upwards of eight members of the JSDF by bumping them into the path of Godzilla. Afterwords, she is retired from technician work to be a librarian in the JSDF archives. Four years after this incident, she is taken out of her desk job to be a part of the Kiryu team. After Kiryu is badly damaged and left, for the most part, inoperable, she climbs inside of Kiryu to control him manually. Throughout the film, she develops a friendship with Sara Yuhara, with whom she shares many similarities.
In 2004, Akane was preparing to travel to the United States to receive further training. Akane was present at a banquet honoring the new team piloting Kiryu, but was very distant from everyone else, and wandered off to Kiryu's hangar. Yoshito Chujo, Kiryu's lead mechanic, followed Akane and spoke to her. Akane told Yoshito that she felt great pity for Kiryu, as she believed he didn't actually want to fight Godzilla. Akane asked Yoshito to take good care of Kiryu, and then left.
- Monster Strike (2013) - Android and iOS [costume]
- Super Robot Wars X-Ω (2015) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - Android, iOS, and PC [voice]
Akane Yashiro in Super Robot Wars X-Ω
- The character Haruka Sakaki from the GODZILLA anime trilogy prequel novels, a Maser Cannon operator whose maiden name is Yashiro, is likely based on Akane.
- Akane Yashiro, Tokumitsu Yuhara, and his daughter Sara appear in the reference-filled end credits of Godzilla Singular Point.
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