|Name in Japanese||直井 文人|
|Romaji Translation||Naoi Ayato|
|Debut (Anime)||Episode 04|
|Voice Actor (Japanese)||Megumi Ogata|
|Voice Actor (English)||Greg Ayres|
|Affiliation/s||Afterlife War Front|
|Final Appearance||Episode 13|
Ayato Naoi (直井 文人, Naoi Ayato) is a human who is initially the Student Council Vice President, but becomes Acting Student Council President after Angel is demoted thanks to Yuri's plan to demoralize her.
Naoi is a boy with chin-length dark green hair with fringes swept slightly to the right. He wears the default uniform of the afterlife school which consists of black pants and a white polo shirt worn under a black gakuran (he is the only SSS member in the Anti-Angel Headquarters that doesn't wear the standard 3S uniform). He also wears a variation of a Mao cap, with a dominant dark blue and black color scheme. Whenever he goes on his rounds on the school's classes, he is usually flanked by a small group of students, particularly NPCs.
Before joining the SSS, he is much stricter than Angel was and his first action as president is to punish the SSS for their constant disobedience. He even massacred the SSS after Otonashi and Kanade were sent to the reflection room. Later on, when he joins the SSS, his affection for Otonashi and antagonistic attitude towards the others are used as a constant source of comic relief. He often says negative remarks on others, and then says that with the exception of Otonashi. He also claims himself that he is a God, though the SSS insist that he is not. His victim on hypnotism is mostly Hinata, mainly because Hinata always pick on him.
BackgroundEditIn his living years, Naoi is one of the twin sons of a man famous in the field of pottery. His brother inherits his father's skills in making pottery, while he is left alone in the house usually playing alone. In an accident, he and his brother fell off a cliff and his brother perishes from the fall. Upon his recovery, he made the decision of his life: to replace his departed brother by switching sides with him, telling his father that he is his brother and that he was the one who died in the accident. Upon his recovery period, he undergoes a strict training from his father to assumingly bring him back to his skills in pottery, which in fact, he did not possess in the first place. He did his best efforts and manages to receive awards, though not in the same league as his award-winning brother. Soon, his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was bedridden. Not being able to continue his training, he nurses his dying father as his family's name slowly sank into anonymity
It is not revealed when Naoi arrived in the afterlife, and his first encounter with the SSS is when he has the title of Student Council Vice President. It is also not revealed how he acquired his hypnotism ability. Upon this time, he works under Kanade while he plans on an entirely different agenda: to cease the existence of the said organization.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Using his ability to control the minds of NPCs and normal humans alike, he proceeds to replace Kanade as the acting Student Council President from episodes 5 until 9. It is possible he was using his powers to influence the decisions of the faculty of the school or as the Vice President, simply took over. When he assumes the position of Acting President, he watches over the school's activities with an iron grip, at times using the students to assume order in the school. Yuri, however, witnessed that he is equally cruel to the students as she watched how he assaulted a group of students in the school's rooftop. Naoi does this to prevent himself from disappearing, as his interpretion of the metaphysical laws of the world is similar to the SSS and beating NPCs act to balance out the postive deeds he does as a model student.
Unveiling "God's" PlanEditLater, he issued an order to directly attack SSS; as Otonashi and Kanade share a short sentence before escaping from the school's Reflection Rooms, Naoi, with a small group of NPCs under his control, takes down the remaining members by using NPCs as meat shields which also becomes responsible to their deaths. (It is also implied that the members of SSS experience the pain of death several times because of this and the bloody school grounds can be evidence for it.) Otonashi confronts him and it is there that he reveals his plan: to become God himself. Naoi also says that his plan will be hindered by the SSS, and thus, he needs to force into their minds to "cross over" and pass on. However, he decides to abandon this plan upon his admiration of Otonashi's resolve to live a genuine life and joins the SSS later
Following Otonashi's FootstepsEditUpon his integration into the SSS, he is seen to treat Otonashi with respect compared to the others, whom he avoids calling with their names and instead calls them with less respectful terms. Likewise, his remarks usually target his fellow members, followed up by a disclaimer that "Otonashi-san" is not among those he targeted with his remarks.Then, he uses hypnotism to recover Otonashi's memories. In later events, he volunteers to assist Otonashi in his plan to help the SSS get over their regrets; despite having almost constant arguments with Hinata, he manages to help out, although not as much as how Hinata has helped Otonashi. Eventually, he remains as part of the last people in the afterlife before being the first to disappear in their group.
- When in combat, Naoi uses a pair of Heckler & Koch USP pistols but his main ability still lies with his remarkable hypnotic abilities and his high intelligence. From the banter between Yuri and Naoi, both are close to the same level of intellect.
- Naoi bears a striking resemblance to Naoto Shirogane from the game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.
- His hypnotic abilities resembles the geass Lelouch uses in Code Geass.
- He is the only SSS member in the Anti-angel Headquarters not to wear the 3S standard uniform.
- In Episode 8 Dancer in the Dark, he is the only character to not have his name cried out, to which Yui said she did not know his name.
- During the OVA Stairway to Heaven, he is nearly run over by Hinata and Noda during the dust-cloth race, in which he comments if they were trying to kill someone. Otonashi apologizes with the end comment "they have always acted like this".