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|“||I... I'm not Yoshinon. I'm Yoshino. Yoshinon is my best friend.||”|
|Birthday||March 20th |
|Age||13-14 (Physically) |
40 (Actual Age)
|Relatives||Nagisa Himekawa (Mother)|
|Novel Debut||Volume 2|
|Anime Debut||Episode 3 (Cameo) |
Episode 4 (Actual Appearance)
When Yoshino first appeared in the series, she encountered Shido. To him, Yoshino seemed to be a lost child wandering around in the rain. The next time they met, Yoshino fell under attack from the AST and ran away. During the third time, Shido made the decision to save Yoshino from herself and the AST. This decision was because he discovered that Yoshino was an incredibly kind child who didn't want to hurt even the people who were attacking her.
After having most of her power sealed by Shido, Yoshino started living in one of Ratatoskr's living quarters on Fraxinus temporarily before she moved down to the apartment complex next to Shido's home. Yoshino is currently practicing, with the help of Ratatoskr, how to speak for herself, or to be more precise, how to talk without the aid of Yoshinon.
Yoshino has the look of a young, cute girl at about 13 to 14 years of age with blue eyes and long curly blue hair. She wears a short white dress under a large green raincoat that has a tail with a pink ribbon attached to it, with a pair of rabbit-ear hood and holds her rabbit puppet, Yoshinon, in her left hand. Her preferred form of clothing appears to be sundresses along with boots that match her raincoat. After her Spirit power was sealed, she starts wearing a one-piece dress and a sunhat given to her by Reine. Yoshino's height is stated to be 144cm, and her three sizes are B73/W55/H78.
In the concept art for her inverse form, her hair turns white. She can be seen wearing her spirit form hoodie with a black color scheme and a small drape-like shirt that covers her cleavage. It also appears to have sharper ears in comparison to her normal hoodie. Yoshino also wears an eye patch over her right eye. On her left arm, the Yoshinon puppet has been replaced with the Yoshinon Junior puppet.
Yoshinon is a mischievous white rabbit puppet that Yoshino always holds in her left hand. Yoshinon's right eye has a black button with a brown band that resembles an eyepatch, while its left eye is a tiny red dot. The eyepatch is because Nagisa ran out of material to create the right eye. It has an orange and yellow collar around its neck. It is often wearing a miniature version of Yoshino's current outfit.
Yoshino is described as being a shy yet kind young child and is far more passive compared to most of the other Spirits, never even fighting back against the AST despite them constantly trying the kill her. During her first appearance, Yoshino was withdrawn to the point of being unable to articulate full sentences or express herself well, instead having her alter ego, "Yoshinon," speak for her. However, while this certainly wasn't a healthy way of living, it did at least help keep her mental state somewhat stable. On the other hand though, whenever Yoshinon was separated her, the normally quiet spirit would completely lose her composure and even showed willingness to resort to violence to get her puppet back.
Like the other Spirits, Yoshino's mental state can also be displayed through her powers. During her debut, her powers would constantly cause it to rain, symbolizing how sad and lonely she was. Similarly, whenever Yoshinon is separated from her, Yoshino would unintentionally freeze her surroundings, showing how unstable she is without her alter ego.
Throughout the story after Shido sealed her powers, Yoshino slowly begins to improve her communication skills and learn how to integrate herself into society. Not long after starting her rehabilitation, she becomes able to converse with others without relying on Yoshinon. She later also becomes more open and daring in her interactions, especially after befriending Natsumi. During the Spirit's battle royale, the threat of losing Shido caused Yoshino to finally go all out, bravely facing her follow Spirits. All of this growth culminates in her taking off Yoshinon of her own will and confessing to Shido.
"Yoshinon" is Yoshino's alter ego that appears in the form of a puppet speaking through ventriloquism and was created to help her bear the hardships of being hunted by the AST. The Yoshinon personality only exists within the puppet; when the two are separated, Yoshinon becomes dormant. However, both Yoshino and Yoshinon don't seem to know this, causing them to believe the puppet is alive and not understand what ventriloquism means.
Since Yoshinon was created to be the shy Yoshino's ideal "hero", the puppet's demeanor has a far more of an outgoing and outlandish demeanor compared to the latter. Subconsciously, despite having lost her memories, Yoshino based the personality of the puppet off her mother Nagisa, who told her the puppet was a symbol of her always looking after her daughter. Yoshinon has shown to be brutally blunt, to the point of unintentionally insulting others on occasions. She is also very teasing, especially during her first appearance, to the point that she came off as being arrogant. Yoshino will occasionally cover her mouth when she teases her about her feelings for Shido. However, misguided as she might be at times, Yoshinon has shown to truly care for Yoshino's best interests.
26 years ago before regaining her memories, Yoshino was a sickly child raised by a single widowed mother. Due to her illness, Yoshino spent most of her life in the hospital. For Yoshino, the narrow hospital room and window was the entire world that she had known. One day, her mother Nagisa presented her a rabbit puppet called Yoshinon, who would act as a symbol of her mother always looking out for her when she was busy with work. Yoshino then planned to make a junior puppet representing herself to give to her mother. However, Nagisa would later die in a work related accident. As she was crying over her mother no longer visiting her, Yoshino's illness grew worse to the point where she had difficulty even breathing. Mio then arrived and gave her a Sephira Crystal. By doing so, this cured Yoshino of her illness and she disappeared from the hospital afterwards.
Like most Spirts, Yoshino often appeared in the world through spacequakes, though she also sometimes appeared silently, without causing a spacequake. When she appeared in the world, her Spirit powers would, whether she wanted to or not, cause it to rain. Because of this and the spacequakes which she caused, Yoshino had very little to no contact with others. Instead, she constantly had to run away from the AST, who were always trying to kill her. However, despite the AST attempting to kill her, Yoshino never fought back because she did not want to hurt others. All of this caused Yoshino to become withdrawn and very lonely. In her loneliness, Yoshino unconsciously used the puppet on her left hand and ventriloquism to create another personality to keep her company named Yoshinon. Yoshinon embodied the person she wanted to be, strong and not afraid to speak her mind. Eventually, Yoshino even stopped talking for herself and instead let Yoshinon speak for her.
- Light Novel
- Volume 2-4, 6-22
- Date A Live Encore 1-11
- Date A Live Material 1-2
- Date A Live Another Route
- Volume 5
Powers and Abilities
Yoshino has the ability to manipulate all three states of water in her surrounding area, although generally this is shown in the solid state. Before her sealing, Yoshino would inadvertently cause a heavy downpour whenever she appeared. She usually only uses her powers for defensive purposes due to her kind and shy nature. Being a passive Spirit, Yoshino is very agile when running and hiding against her enemies and her Astral Dress has enough defensive power to block an AST missile barrage. However, she is a potent fighter when properly motivated, winning the Spirit battle royale after defeating four other Spirits (although Kurumi surrendered after losing enough Reiryoku to sustain Rasiel, and Origami was ambushed after being exhausted from her prior fight). Learning of Yoshino's victory surprised Kotori because of her passive nature, but Kotori had no doubt that Yoshino had the strength to win.
Armor mode: Shiryon (
Her Angel, Zadkiel, is a huge puppet about three meters in length that resembles Yoshinon. In the anime, Zadkiel has two forms. The first form resembles Yoshinon but is a lot bigger, with one red round eye and an eyepatch, large sharp teeth, and white skin. In this form, Zadkiel has the ability to absorb water from the ground and air and release it in the form of freezing air that acts similar to liquid nitrogen. Yoshinon is also able to talk through the puppet and acts as a limiter to suppress the Angel's powers so that it doesn't end up killing anyone. Zadkiel's second form appears to be its true form, this form also resembles Yoshinon but is even larger than when Yoshinon becomes Zadkiel. The second form is larger than a building and does not have an eyepatch. This Zadkiel has the same powers as the other but its strength receives a significant boost. Zadkiel is manipulated via strings from two holes in its back. Yoshino usually keeps her hands inserted in these holes, but she can use the strings to remotely control the puppet for sneak attacks. Zadkiel shrinks in size after Yoshino's sealing.
At her full power, Yoshino is capable of creating a large blizzard dome that extends to 10 meters. The dome automatically reacts to Reiryoku or the Maryoku fueling AST's CR-Units. Origami notes that she is capable of freezing things without substance, like the Territories generated by Wizards. Kotori even compares the intensity of her ice storms to being constantly targeted by a barrage of shotguns.
Yoshino's Astral Dress is also deceptively durable despite its appearance. It is capable of enduring gunfire from AST that would otherwise be fatal. Shido also notices that her Astral Dress doesn't seem to get wet as normal clothing does during the rain, something which he theorizes is due to a special property of an Astral Dress.
When using Shiryon, Yoshino fuses with Zadkiel, gaining an ice armor over her Astral Dress. Her powers over water and ice increased to the point where the surrounding area becomes frozen. Shido remarked that she looked like she was wearing Zadkiel. Usually, her hands in this form are equipped with mittens, but for combat purposes she can switch to large gauntlets that contain icicle claws. 
- (To Shido Itsuka) "Yoshinon is… …my ideal… …yearnings of… …myself. Unlike me… …not weak, unlike me… …not hesitant… strong and cool…" 
- (To Shido Itsuka) "…………I……hate, painful things. I also hate……scary things. Surely, those people too……whether its pain, or scary things, I think they……don't want it too. That's why, I……" 
- (To Natsumi) “I was…..a little happy. At this time, Shido-san and the others would go to school so………….I can talk a lot with Natsumi since you have come here………….that’s what I thought. Also, err……..W-we……are friends so……….” 
- (To Kotori Itsuka) “That’s……….Perhaps, the way to befriend Nia-san is to give her more time, I think. If we face her precisely, I think she will be able to understand Shido-san’s natural goodness.” 
- (To Shido Itsuka) “Shido-san already helped us……….If we draw what Shido-san did up until now straightly, Nia-san will like Shido-san too…………I’m sure…………!” 
- (To Shido Itsuka) "--Shido-san. I love you. Since the time you saved me, I've always loved you...! This feeling won't lose to anyone else...! Not even to Kotori-san! Not even to Origami-san! And--not even to Tohka-san! 
- Yoshino's voice actress, Iori Nomizu, sang the 2nd and 3rd ending themes: Save The World & Save My Heart, as well as being a member of sweet ARMS who sang the opening theme, Date A Live.
- Yoshino made a small cameo in Episode 3 outside the arcade Shido and Tohka entered.
- Yoshino has the "Four" character in her name (「四」糸乃). This refers to the fourth Sephira on Kabbalah's Tree of Life: "Kindness”.
- Her given name also contains the kanji for "string" (糸, shi?) and the possessive particle (乃, no?).
- Her surname contains the kanji for "ice" (氷, hi?), "bud" (芽, me?), and "river" (川, kawa?).
- Her angel Zadkiel's name means "Righteousness of God."
- The name of Yoshino's Astral Dress is 'El' which means 'God', but also implies "The divine one" or "The mighty one'. The dress's armor mode, Shiryon, translates to "armor" in Hebrew.
- Yoshino's design is based on a "jungle girl" which means a "fairy-like female that lives in the forest".
- In Date A Live Tsunako Art Book SPIRIT, an extra illustration was made detailing Yoshino's appearance in her Inverse Form.
- Her favorite things are cute hats, and her least favorite are crowded spaces. 
- Yoshino's Astral Dress was initially cat-themed rather than rabbit-themed.
- As an anthropomorphic disaster, Yoshino represents cold weather damage to crops.