Akane Hasegawa is a character from Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.
- Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers: Major Character
Akane has brown eyes and short hair. She wears a red hair clip and a black school uniform with red details. 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 reality, Akane just outright despises all law enforcement because they failed to investigate the culprit behind her mother's murder, since he is a corrupt politician with former ties with Masayoshi Shido. Zenkichi Hasegawa, her father, did nothing to investigate despite her plea and rarely came home, resulting her to resent her father 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 asked for EMMA's help, 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 for the end of crime. 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 redeemed himself.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
Akane is the daughter of Zenkichi Hasegawa who lives alone in Kyoto. 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.
Some time ago, her mother, a sercetary died in a traffic accident and was covered up as a suicide, leaving no evidence to be found, as the culprit is supposedly dead and left a suicide note saying that he did not do it. In reality, the incident is orchestrated by a corrupt politician who once lobbied for Masayoshi Shido named Jun Owada. When Zenkichi decided to investigate the case, he was sent a death threat that Akane might be killed as well. As a result of this and Zenkichi working at police, she was often home alone during a young age and distrusts her father because she resents all policemen for their failure of investigating her mother's death and believed that Zenkichi has abandoned her.
After the party returns from Fukuoka and 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. (The real Akane actually remained comatose in her bed.) Futaba was the only one who wasn't in the cage because she was too slow to run. 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 instantly release Zenkichi from interrogation, who quickly goes to the Jail alongside Futaba who escaped.
After Zenkichi awakens to Valjean, Shadow Akane reveals herself to be a projection and vanishes, allowing exploration of Kyoto's Jail. The party does not fight any Lock Keeper or return to the real world; instead, Akane is fought immediately at the end of the Jail. Despite this, she does not attack herself or transform, but instead summons cognitive copies of Phantom Thieves to attack. However, the actual enemy fought in-game is a cognitive Joker known as My Dear Joker, which must be taken care by the protagonist alone. Once this is done for, Shadow Akane calls Zenkichi dad once before vanishing, and in reality, she is just lying on her bed all the time, in which she regains her sanity and is actively chatting with her father.
Akane (茜) means "madder," after the madder plant. Hasegawa (長谷川) means "long valley river."
In flower language, Akane represents "Distrust," "Libel" and "Fake charges," symbolizing her distrust towards all justice systems in general.
- Shadow Akane is the only King in the game that is not fought directly in her boss fight.