- Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers: Major Character
Akane has short dark brown hair that has a small red hair clip on the left side and dark brown eyes. She wears a black school uniform with red details and she often wears a pink backpack on her left shoulder.
As a King, her original hair color is paler with red highlights, and has red lipstick. She wears a black mask with a red tear motif underneath her right eye. She wears a black ankle-length tailcoat, long red fingerless gloves, a black and red pleated plaid skirt, black thigh-high socks and red boots. Her Crown manifests as a large top hat with a red stripe and black star. If it's removed, she loses control of the Jail.
During the boss battle she has no form to battle the Phantom thieves, but she can summon cognitive doppelgangers of them. The copy fought in-game is My Dear Joker.
Akane is a huge fan of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, and her room had Phantom Thieves products all over it, many of them which she made herself. She's also a live streamer and is capable of disguising her voice in a manner that resembles Joker's manner of speech while acting as a Phantom Thief.
In reality, Akane just outright despises all law enforcement because they failed to investigate the culprit behind her mother's murder, despite having witnessed it herself. Zenkichi Hasegawa, her father, seemingly does nothing to investigate despite her pleas and rarely came home, resulting her to resent her father to the point that that she refers him by his name and treats him coldly despite his attempt to care for her.
Her personality takes a complete turn after Zenkichi was arrested, and she unwittingly asked for EMMA's help. Due to EMMA's distortions, her resentment towards any and all accomplices of law enforcement becoming outright hatred. As the Phantom Thieves are assisting law enforcement now, she came to despise them as well, incapable of realizing that her own wrath is playing into Akira Konoe's plan to end all crime and pin the blame for his wrongdoings on the Phantom Thieves. She also seems to suffer from delusional thoughts, believing the Phantom Thieves will crush the police instead of assisting them. Once her cognitive Phantom Thief copies are all defeated, she comes into terms with Zenkichi and the Phantom Thieves, recognizing her father as a caring parent who wishes to redeem himself.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom StrikersEdit
Akane is the daughter of Zenkichi Hasegawa who lives alone in Kyoto, although they used to live in Tokyo. She is an avid fan of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and has a live stream channel worth 50 thousand followers. She also live broadcasts the Phantom Thieves incidents to her followers.
Two years ago and a year before the events of Persona 5, her mother died in a traffic accident and was covered up, leaving no evidence to be found, as the culprit is supposedly dead and left a suicide note saying that he did it. In reality, the incident's culprit was a corrupt politician who once lobbied for Masayoshi Shido named Jun Owada, who killed Aoi when he's driving while drunk and subsequently pins fault on his subordinate. When Zenkichi attempts to investigate the case on his own (due to Owada interfering with the police's own investigation), he was sent a death threat warning him that Akane might be killed as well. Because of this, Zenkichi stops his investigation and becomes disillusioned. As a result of Zenkichi's failure to investigate the truth, Akane distrusts her father, believing that he had abandoned her, and has by extention grown to resent all policemen for their failure of investigating her mother's death.
After this incident, Zenkichi and Akane moved to Kyoto where her grandparents are around, where she would often be at home alone. He gave her money and her grandparents gave her food, although she does not leave her room much and doesn't have any friends in Kyoto (due to being too depressed to socialize with her peers). She is now a 3rd year student in middle school. She develops an obsession with the Phantom Thieves during this time, due to their apparent disregard towards the police.
The party first meets Akane when Zenkichi makes a midway stop to Kyoto to meet his daughter. When the protagonist and Futaba started to take her call for Zenkichi, she quickly became furious and believed that Zenkichi was hanging out with other women. When the party arrives to Kyoto despite discouragement from Zenkichi, they spot Akane having a quarrel with Zenkichi in front of her mother's grave, in which they explain that they were just people working with Zenkichi to solve a case. Akane seems to be incredibly disrespectful to Zenkichi, to the point that Futaba comments that Sojiro will become depressed if she treated him like that. The Hasegawas and the party arrive to the Hasegawa residence afterwards, in which the group prepares a curry dish for Akane and give her some much needed company. After a while, the party visits Akane's room where she is revealed to be a Phantom Thief affiocando, with her room being filled with memorabilia and with her hosting her own Phantom Thief-themed live stream.
As Makoto helps Akane study for her highschool entrance exams, she explains that she did see the culprit who killed her mother and nobody ever believed a thing she said. The culprit also blamed the incident to his secretary and forced him to commit suicide. Despite Makoto reassuring Akane that her dad cared for her, she breaks down in tears insisting that he didn't.
After the party returns from Okinawa and Fukuoka arrive in Osaka, Jun Owada and Akira Konoe conspire to use their influence to force the arrest of the Phantom Thieves to cover their tracks. Zenkichi arrested for preventing the Phantom Thieves' arrest, the police emptied the Hasegawa residence for proof. Out of desperation, and feeling betrayed by the Phantom Thieves upon realizing they are working with Zenkichi, Akane asked EMMA to save her, creating a Jail within Kyoto. When Konoe asks EMMA a way to capture the Phantom Thieves, EMMA proposed to him that he should use Akane's Jail as bait, allowing him to use the application to fabricate a distress call in hopes of a resentful Akane changing their hearts. The Keyword for the Jail is "Phantom Thieves," which was mistakenly spoken by Ryuji. Once they enter the Jail, Akane is seemingly found bound on a pillar, only for her to transform into her Shadow clothing and catching the Thieves, except Futaba who narrowly avoids being caught. It turns out that she has been distorted to the point that she no longer trusts anyone, and she thought the Phantom Thieves were betraying her because they assisted Zenkichi and she thought that they hacked into EMMA and killed Shuzo Ubukata. She attempts to "change their heart" only for Sae Niijima to use her influence allow Zenkichi to be released from interrogation, who quickly goes to the Jail alongside Futaba who escaped.
After Zenkichi awakens to Valjean, the apparent Shadow Akane reveals herself to only be a projection of the real one and vanishes, allowing exploration of Kyoto's Jail. Unlike with the other Kings the thieves have face up till that point, Akane does not appear to have a Lock Keeper that requires them to return to the real world; instead, Akane is fought immediately at the end of the Jail. Despite this, she does not attack them herself or transform, but instead summons cognitive copies of Phantom Thieves to attack. Each phantom thief faces their cognitive copy alone (with exception to Zenkichi and Sophia, who instead provide support to the others) with Joker facing his own copy, My Dear Joker. After the battle, Zenkichi and Shadow Akane finally come to an understanding, and she calls Zenkichi 'dad' before vanishing to return to her real self. When Zenkichi checks in on her in reality, it turns out she is just asleep in bed the whole the time, and after her change of heart, she becomes much kinder to her father and the two are now able to converse more easily.
- The name Akane means "" (茜), which is named after the madder plant.
- In flower language, Akane represents "Distrust", "Libel" and "Fake charges", symbolizing her distrust towards all justice systems in general.
- Akane's surname Hasegawa means "long" (長) (ha), "valley" (谷) (se) and "river, stream" (川) (kawa/gawa).
- Shadow Akane is the only King in the game that is not fought directly in her boss fight.