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|“||“Un, I bet you’ve already noticed it, but Spirits are humans that received Sephira Crystals. ──No, I’ve distributed my power to them, that statement would be more accurate? Originally, the word Spirit only referred to me, the First Spirit.”||”|
—Mio Takamiya, to Kurumi Tokisaki
|Birthday||December 25th |
|Hair Color||Pale Blue|
|Novel Debut||Volume 4 (Mentioned) |
Volume 14 (Flashback)
Volume 16 (Actual Appearance)
Mio Takamiya (崇宮 澪, Takamiya Mio?) is a mysterious woman connected to both Shido and Mana's past. She is also known as the Spirit of Origin (始原の精霊, Shigen no Seirei?), due to her existence being the source for the appearance of other Spirits.
The First Spirit was the first Spirit to ever make an appearance on Earth. 30 years before the beginning of the events in Date A Live, she was summoned into the world by Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott, Ellen Mira Mathers, and Elliot Baldwin Woodman through the Spirit Formula gathering all the world's mana into a single point. However, her birth also caused the first spacequake in history at some point of the frontier between China and Mongolia, killing over 150 million people and starting a chain of similar disasters around the world that would last approximately six months.
For much of the series, Kurumi Tokisaki has been chasing after Nia Honjo because of the information she has about the First Spirit. When the two finally crossed paths during Nia Creation, Kurumi requested information about when the First Spirit appeared, why she appeared, and her power, which Nia gave using her Angel, <Rasiel>.
As Mana's memories were starting to flash to her like a camera shutter, she briefly managed to catch a glimpse of Mio's appearance, describing her as a girl with long hair. However, due to Mio's ability to transform, her appearance is never set in stone. When <Phantom>'s mosaic is exposed by Kurumi, she appears identical to her clone Reine Murasame. But, upon emerging out from Kurumi's shadow, she reverts to same appearance she had 30 years ago when she first meet Shinji, which looks like a slightly younger version of Reine.
In the present day, Mio often disguised herself in an elaborate mosaic in order to distribute the Sephira more efficiently. In her Astral Dress, she wears a beautifully elaborate dress with the same transparent color as water droplets. There are flower ornaments, designed like cherry blossoms, around her bosom and in her hair, which are made out of a mysterious material of light. Gold jewelry adorns her neck, shoulders, and torso, the last of which holds her teddy bear in place. In this state, Mio is also barefoot. Her Astral Dress is described to exude a radiance similar to the Northern Lights. Behind her, there is a distorted halo embedded with ten stars. Each time Mio reclaims one of the Sephira Crystals, a corresponding star would glow in the same color as the recaptured crystal. Her three sizes are B89/W60/H87.
When she first appeared in this world, Mio had the mentality of an infant. However, through various exposure to different forms of media, she quickly gains self-awareness and intellect at an astonishing rate. Her relationship with Shinji also gave her key insight into the concept of love. However, after Shinji was shot by Westcott, Mio's personality changes into becoming extremely goal driven and to some extent ruthless, being willing to sacrifice countless humans to purify the Sephira Crystals if it meant achieving her wish to impart her powers onto Shinji.
However, her morality hasn't completely faded away. She willingly saved Kurumi despite being a complete stranger at the time and offered a sincere apology to Kurumi after revealing the truth about Spirits to her. Additionally, by the time she partnered up with Kurumi to hunt Spirits, Mio's demeanor was described as very melancholic, always having a wistful expression on her face.
In her attempt to bring back Shinji, Mio is even willing to sacrifice the Spirits despite viewing them as her daughters, and even erase Shido's identity. However, she openly acknowledges the selfishness of her actions. In her own words, she is too physically strong to commit suicide, but too emotionally weak to move on from Shinji's death. Deep down, she understands that Shido cannot truly replace Shinji, and hoped to create someone powerful enough to put her out of her misery. After coming to terms with this, Mio becomes determined to protect her remaining loved ones, even at the cost of her own life.
The First Spirit was born when Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott, Elliot Baldwin Woodman, and Ellen Mira Mathers used the <Spirit Formula> to gather all of the world's mana in a single location. However, her birth also caused the first spacequake to happen, which destroyed a huge part of Eurasia. After her birth, the First Spirit continuously fluctuated between reality and another dimension that was created as a result of her birth. Because of this, smaller spacequakes would happen every time she appeared in the world, which would ravage the world a few months after her birth.
However, one day after causing a spacequake, she was approached by a boy named Shinji Takamiya, who gave the naked girl his jacket and decided to bring her home with him. Upon arriving in his room, however, Shinji's sister, Mana, entered and immediately demanded an explanation as to why her brother was with a half-naked girl. Shinji tried to explain the situation, but just then the First Spirit sneezed. Mana was about to leave her room to get her some clothes, only for her to use her powers to make her own clothes by copying Mana's school uniform. While living with Shinji and Mana, the First Spirit quickly started to gain knowledge of the real world by reading books, following the radio and watching TV and cassettes. As a result, her vocabulary quickly rose from the level of a baby to be able to perfectly speak Japanese. Shinji decided to give her the name Mio Takamiya, after the day he met her; the 30th. Upon receiving this name, Mio was so overjoyed that she cried.
One time, Shinji took Mio around town and told her about everything that caught her attention. They went to an arcade where Shinji won her a bear plushy in a crane game. This is also where Shinji told her about the feeling of 'like', causing Mio to boldly state that she liked him. Over time, their relationship continued to grow. Mio once walked in on Shinji practicing on asking her out on a date, to which she bluntly replied yes. Around this time, Mana and Mio had also become close friends. One time, Mio visited Shinji's school to deliver an item he had forgotten, with her beauty causing a huge uproar among Shinji's classmates. For their date, Shinji took Mio on a boat trip. There, Mio once again expressed her love for Shinji.
At some point, however, DEM discovered Mio's location, forcing her to go on the run with Shinji. While running, Woodman appeared before them and blocked their path. However, he allowed them to pass after asking Mio if she is happy being with Shinji and she told him that she is. Despite this, however, they were soon confronted by Westcott, who revealed that he had abducted Mana but was willing to trade her for Mio. Shinji tried to run with Mio but was shot in the chest by Westcott using a gun. This, however, caused Mio's powers to manifest in an act of rage, allowing her to escape with Shinji. After successfully getting away, she used her powers to heal Shinji's wounds. However, no matter what she did, he wouldn't regain consciousness. This caused Mio to cry, finally realizing how much Shinji meant to her.
After thinking for a long time, Mio finally managed to come up with a plan to save Shinji. She then kissed him, causing him to turn into light and be absorbed into her. Her plan was to recreate Shinji by nurturing him in her womb before giving birth to him. Her plan was to entrust him with her power so that he could become her eternal lover. Since the body of a normal human is frail to accept all her power at once, Mio only gave Shinji the power to take in the Spirit's power. Then, she divided her power, planting them like seeds into young girls in order for Shinji to gradually take their powers one by one. However, humans were not compatible with the Qlipha Crystals she created, causing them to turn into monsters and go berserk. Therefore, Mio decided to reverse their properties, turning them into Sephira Crystals to make them more compatible. To do so, Mio continuously had the Qlipha Crystals bond with humans, turn them into monsters and finally kill them in order to slowly purify them. Around this time, Mio successfully gave birth to Shinji and left him to be adopted by the Itsuka family.
During the process of purifying the Sephira Crystals, Mio eventually began to grow displeased with the amount of time and sacrifices it took. She thus decided to return to experimentation in hopes of creating fully realized Sephira Crystals straight away and forgoing the entire purification process. In order to create a Sephira, Mio needed to infuse it with an emotion of hers. Until now these emotions had been mostly negative (anger, sadness, regret), so this time she decided to use the strongest emotion motivating her goals: love. At first, it seemed like Mio's gamble had paid off, as she successfully created an untainted Sephira Crystal. However, much to her shock, the crystal then proceeded to take human form, creating a second Pure Spirit.
While initially taken aback by her creation, Mio concluded that this second Pure Spirit was too much of an unknown variable to her plans and had to be eliminated. Sensing her ill intent, the Spirit them summoned her Demon King, only for Mio to easily block her attacks and restrain her using <Ain Soph> before finishing her off by piercing her with her Astral Dress. This destroyed the Spirit's physical form, reducing her back to a Sephira Crystal. Still, Mio knew that she would eventually revive unless she destroyed the crystal. However, Mio couldn't bring herself to kill the only other member of her species and instead, in spite of her earlier judgement, chose to use the girl in her plans, embracing her as her daughter.
At some point, one of the monsters she created attacked a young Kurumi Tokisaki, though she managed to save her. Mio passed herself off as an "ally of justice" and explained that the monster just now was a Spirit, but left out their origins. She then offered her a power like hers to help fight them. Kurumi accepted and she gave her the purified Sephira Crystal containing Zafkiel. Afterwards, Mio and Kurumi became partners and started hunting down Spirits, though the latter remained ignorant to their origins. One day, however, after killing a Spirit, Kurumi took her leave and left Mio with the usual task of cleaning up the body. However, Kurumi returned moments later to invite Mio over to her friend Sawa's place. This caused Mio to be caught in the act of removing the Qlipha Crystal from the body of the Spirit, who was revealed to be none other than Sawa. This revelation caused Kurumi to start transforming into her Inverse Form. However, much to Mio's surprise, Kurumi stopped her transformation by using her fourth bullet to reverse time and return to a moment before she started feeling overwhelmed by despair.
Mio then told Kurumi about her identity as the First Spirit and her plan to purify the Qlipha Crystals into Sephira Crystals by using humans as sacrifices. However, Mio hesitated when asked about her motives. She apologizes and states that she had no ill will towards Kurumi, but she cannot stop until she had entrusted her power to those chosen among humanity. Afterwards, she thanks Kurumi for all of the work she has done so far and tells her to get some rest before causing Kurumi to blackout, erasing all of Kurumi's memories except for the knowledge of how to use her Angel.
Powers & Abilities
As the Spirit of Origin, Mio is the primordial Spirit responsible for the creation of other Spirits. Her power is immense, with numerous characters noting that her full might is the equivalent to a God. It should be noted that the only times she has been injured were due to other characters using powers derived from her own as a source. She was able to easily defeat all the other Spirits in their limited-release Astral Dresses as well as an entire armada of Wizards and airships by herself. In fact, when Nia told Kurumi about her powers, even the Worst Spirit had to admit that she alone will never be able to kill her.
Weapons: Flower, Tree, Seed
Unlike the other Spirits, Mio possesses not just one but three Angels. Her Angels allow her to destroy anything and warp reality to her whim, making various characters comment that the level of her power is akin to a God. As she was summoning her Angels, the other Spirits are overcome with an unparalleled sense of dread, with all of their instincts screaming at them not to fight her.
Ain Soph Aur
Ain Soph Aur (
- Henet (
蕾砲, Henetsu?. lit. "Bud Cannon"): Summons a small palm size flower bud that releases a concentrated energy beam of particles from Ain Soph Aur. Anything that comes in contact with the energy beam will instantly die regardless of any defense.
Ain Soph (
- Anaph (
枝剣, Anafu?. lit. "Branch Sword"): Manifests a branch of Ain Soph to serve as a sharpened blade.
Mio was even able to divide her own power between ten Qlipha Crystals, which she later purified into Sephira Crystals by cycling them through sacrificial hosts, and bestow them onto those she had chosen within humanity. As the source of the power for every other Spirit, Mio hold a degree of authority in regulating the distribution of power between each Spirit. For example, she was able to stop Tohka from fully taking her powers back from Shido. Her Astral Dress can produce bands of light which can instantly remove the Sephira Crystal from any Spirit they pierce without causing injury. From the opposite end of the spectrum, she has also been able to empower all ten Spirits, granting them access to their full Astral Dress despite their powers still being sealed within Shido.
When creating the Sephira Crystals, Mio split off and condensed a portion of the Reiryoku. Along with her power, the Sephira Crystal were imbued with a portion of her emotions as well, with the color being determined by which particular feeling was strongest during its creation. Strong negative emotions like sadness, anger and regret will strengthen the resulting Crystal, but also make it more difficult to purify. When a strong emotion like love was imbued into a Crystal, it produced a pure Spirit like herself. However, Mio herself notes that her power is finite and there was a limit to the number of Sephira she could end up creating. Because the Sephira Crystals are intrinsically linked to her existence, they will disappear after she dies.
Mio's own Sephira Crystal has an immune system that regards any wielder besides herself as a pathogen. Even Tohka, a pure Spirit who could be considered Mio's daughter, was not fully compatible. The immune system takes the form of a gigantic copy of Mio with angelic wings, which has a robotic mind simply devoted to the "pathogen's" elimination. It is as powerful as Mio, and can only be truly harmed by other beings on Mio's level, quickly regenerating from ordinary Angel attacks. It can only be truly destroyed when its human-sized core is annihilated, but doing so is equivalent to destroying Mio's Crystal.
Being the originator of all the other Spirits, Mio has shown abilities that are strikingly similar to theirs. Similar to Origami, she can fire lasers of shining light and even control their direction and teleport. Similar to Kurumi, she can even create an exact clone of herself that serves to help break down tasks. Finally, she has shown to have the Spirits' common ability of flight and to create an Astral Dress. Her Astral Dress is so strong that it can stop attacks before they even touch her, and Tohka was only able to pierce it when she drew from the powers of all the other Spirits, including Mio herself.
Mio also has some abilities that seem to be wholly unique to herself. She can manipulate memories, whether by sealing them to obscure encounters with her or her alter ego Phantom, or restoring them as she did with Shido and Mana's past lives, which the former was unable to properly do himself even with <Michael>. She can heal another person's injuries through her spiritual power. Conversely, she has also applied this ability to herself, instantly recovering from the damage received from Tohka with a wave of her hand. However, her ability to heal only works on alleviating injuries sustained. Similar to Kurumi's Fourth Bullet Dalet, lives that have already been lost cannot be restored.
However, perhaps Mio's most unique ability is to resurrect a person by impregnating herself with them. By kissing a deceased individual Mio can absorb that person into herself and place them in her womb. Afterwards she can give birth, effectively reviving the deceased person as a newborn infant. While undergoing this process, Mio is also able to grant the person she is reviving certain powers.
Aside from all of her abilities as a Spirit, Mio has also displayed an otherworldly level of intelligence. While her vocabulary was initially at the level of an infant, she was able to learn how to fluently speak Japanese in an unbelievably short amount of time through exposure to various forms of media.
- Light Novel
- Volume 16-19
- Volume 14, 20 (Flashback)
- Volume 4, 7, 12-16, 21-22
- (To Shido Itsuka) “——Mio. That's… my name....Un. I’m happy, very happy...I love you. Let's always be together.” 
- (To Kurumi Tokisaki) “——Pleased to make your acquaintance, Kurumi. I am Takamiya Mio, also known as…… an ally of Justice.” 
- (To herself) "——I'll never let you go. I'll absolutely won't make a mistake anymore. So......please wait——Shin." 
- (To Shido Itsuka) "——Shido. You are really a great man. I love you. However, you are still Shin's next life huh?" 
- (To Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott) "But, ah——right, other than that, if this is also the cause of your misery——You, were never the sort of person I would choose." 
- The Japanese character for zero (零) can be derived from Mio's given name (澪).
- Whenever Mio's name is mentioned by Shido or Mana before volume 18, her name is written in katakana (ミオ) instead of kanji (澪).
- The name of her angels Ain (אין), Ain Soph (אין סוף), and Ain Soph Aur (אין סוף אור), mean "Nothing", "Infinity" and "Infinite Light" respectively. The 10 Sephira emanate from Ain Soph, reflecting Mio's role as the creator of the 10 Sephira Crystals.
- Her Astral Dress, Yah (יה), is the first syllable in Yahweh, the primary name of the Hebrew God. It often serves as an abbreviation in Hebrew scripture as the name in its entirety is considered too sacred to write.
- Her techniques, Henet (הנץ) and Anaph (ענף), are Hebrew for "bud" and "branch", representing her plant theme.
- The katakana for Ain is written over a blank space, referencing the word's meaning of "Nothing".
- The name Mio was given to her by Shinji, who named her after the 30th, the day where they first met. The katakana mi (ミ) is a phonetic stand-in for three and the katakana o (オ) symbolizes ∅, which can mean either empty set or zero.
- According to the Afterword of Volume 18, Mio's Astral Dress is based off the concept of a maternity dress.
- Mio's favorite thing is the sea, and her least favorite is parting ways.