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Yuri NakamuraEdit

Yuri Nakamura
Yurippe
Name in Japanese 仲村 ゆり
Romaji Translation Nakamura Yuri
Nickname/s Yurippe
Debut (Anime) Episode 01
Debut (Light Novel) Track Zero Chapter 01
Debut (Manga) Heaven's Door Chapter 01
Appears in Anime, Light Novels, Manga
Voice Actor (Japanese) Harumi Sakurai
Voice Actor (English) Brittney Karbowski
Personal Info
Gender Female
Is Living? No
Affiliation/s Afterlife War Front (Leader)
Final Appearance Episode 13

Yuri Nakamura (仲村 ゆり, Nakamura Yuri) is the founder and leader of the Afterlife-based school organization Shinda Sekai Sensen. She leads the campaign of a number of students who fight against God, whom they blame for their cruel fates.


AppearanceEdit

Yuri is a girl with short purple-colored hair and aqua-colored eyes.

In the events prior to founding of the SSS, she wears the default school uniform, consisting of a white polo shirt under a sandy brown blazer and a short black pleated skirt. After she founded the SSS, she issues a different uniform to its members including herself, with features similar to a typical sailor fuku uniform. The uniform has a blue collar and skirt and a dark pink ribbon for girls.

She also wears black thigh-highs and she adorns her hair with a hairband with a yellow/green ribbon dangling on the right side. At times, she wears a white beret, most usually in operation briefings.

PersonalityEdit

Yuri possesses the characteristics of a charismatic leader, as her determination and her ability to stay calm even in difficult situations always gives her the respect of the rest of the SSS. She is also very intelligent and able to understand situations and make snap decisions. However, she can be random at times, as she once involved newly-recruited Otonashi in a conference on whether the name of their club is to be changed. Occasionally, she lets out a large haughty, ojou-sama-esque laugh whenever events go her way. Yusa once comments she sounds like a villain.

Her nickname is "Yurippe", a nickname suggested by Hinata because his mother has the same name and he felt strange calling her that. Almost all of the known SSS members only call her by her nickname (except Otonashi and Iwasawa).

Also, she is not afraid to make necessary sacrifices, usually involving her subordinates' deaths since she is fully aware that they will recover from being "dead". Despite this, she feels responsible for the lives of her subordinates and is badly affected by their loss.[1] When it became obvious that a situation has arisen where death (or conditions similar to death) is permanent, she assumed the burden of fighting alone and attempted to ensure everyone else is safe [2] even if she knows that it was pretty much suicide.

BackgroundEdit

This section contains content from the Angel Beats! anime series. Yuri is the eldest of four siblings, with two younger sisters and one younger brother. They lived with their parents in a middle-class residence.

When their parents leave the house for personal business, a group of robbers broke in their house and attempted to rob the house. Unfortunately, they do not know where the family's valuables were, and they turned to Yuri, as the eldest, to take them to their prized possessions; otherwise, they would kill off her siblings at ten-minute intervals. Unfortunately, she failed to save her siblings.

It is still unclear how Yuri ended up in the afterlife, but after a short confession with Otonashi, she makes certain that nobody who commits suicide makes it in the afterlife.[3] Nonetheless, her failure to save her siblings becomes her inspiration to incite a rebellion against the "higher being" who is supposed to take over the afterlife (which she assumes is God) and those who "work" in its side, which she assumes Tenshi to belong, as she assumed that her position as a regulator of order is due to her working for God. Her inital viewing of Tenshi's Hand Sonic ability also served to mark her, in Yuri's mind, as something supernatural or extraordinary.

PlotEdit

Yuri, like most of the people inside the school complex, is a student who is to undergo the curriculum designed by the school for them to move on from regrets in their life. However, her past causes her to turn against the school, and this starts her founding of the Shinda Sekai Sensen

The Spark of the RebellionEdit

This section contains content from Angel Beats! Track Zero.

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Yuri drags Hinata, a newly-admitted student to the Afterlife School, to her plans of luring God, which is her primary mission. Although she presents an inhumane approach to attain what she wants, she reconsiders her plans by Hinata's request.

Eventually, Yuri and Hinata become involved with an incident that causes them to discover the nature of the Student Council President's ability. She describes it as supernatural and thinks that she might be linked with God somehow. This marks the start of Yuri's attacks on the Student Council President, now called as "Tenshi".

The First GunshotsEdit

This section contains content from Angel Beats! Track Zero. Their first encounter with modern weapons such as guns turned out to be a genuine experience for Yuri. Despite Hinata's warnings and her personal experiences with having someone injured by a gunshot, she still pursued the source of the gunshots — a fellow student named Chaa — culminating in a duel which Tenshi abruptly ended.

Chaa later agrees to join her mission, appearing to have a certain romantic interest to her (much to Hinata's initial shock), and there, Yuri learns from him how to create things in the afterlife from dirt. However, they are still unable to learn how to craft weapons, and so upon their descent to the underground tunnels Chaa discovered, they are unable to prepare themselves from the dangerous being that lived in its bottommost level: a mysterious girl named Shiina.

A Need to Join ForcesEdit

This section contains content from Angel Beats! Track Zero. Yuri and Hinata — away from their companions Chaa and a new recruit named Ooyama — unexpectedly face Shiina on their quest to find another student named Noda, whom they just found wandering around in the underground. Since they are lacking vital weapons to defend themselves against Shiina, Yuri and Hinata retreat, with Hinata suffering terrible injuries from being a decoy. They later regroup with Chaa and Ooyama, and after barely managing to restrain Shiina, they head back to the surface to plan a follow-up attack against Shiina.

Although initially they were surprised by Shiina's emergence on the surface, Yuri successfully pulls off a team maneuver, defeating Shiina with some help from Hinata.

Later, with Noda tagging along with them, Yuri asks Shiina to join her crusade against God, which she agrees to hesitantly, and it is there that the Afterlife Battlefront is officially formed.


The Rebellion ResumesEdit

This section contains content from the Angel Beats! anime series. An unknown period of time has passed since the first day of the Afterlife Battlefront, and Yuri's assault against Tenshi continues, although it has become a chore that even Yuri has experienced lack of interest in taking it seriously at times.

In one of her operations to assassinate the Student Council President, Yuri stumbles upon a boy named Otonashi, who like many of the students in the afterlife have no idea about the current conflict. She witnesses Otonashi's "death" in the hands of Tenshi and rushes him to the infirmary, where he eventually recovers. She then acts as Otonashi's guide in the afterlife before he decides to join the Afterlife Battlefront.

Operation DescentEdit

One of the primary concerns of Yuri involves the safety of the students who work under Chaa and the weaponry specialists in the Guild, a subdivision of the Afterlife Battlefront. In one of their routine trips to restock supplies, she initiates Operation Descent.

Guild discovers that due to the presence of Tenshi inside the Guild's compound, and Yuri must lead the SSS into the lowermost level of the Guild while surviving the traps laid for Tenshi. Only Yuri and Otonashi are left standing after Operation Descent, and they made it out alive, with Tenshi buried along with the entire base of the Guild. Yuri later oversees Guild's migration back into the Guild's old headquarters.

The Angel's True NatureEdit

Yuri soon pushes through plans to know more about their enemy. She orders SSS's computer hacker Takeyama to extract information from Tenshi's computer, but Iwasawa's disappearance in one of Girls Dead Monster's performances also unlocks a bigger revelation: that students of the afterlife can disappear on their own, even without Tenshi's direct intervention. Takeyama eventually reports his findings to Yuri, and the SSS discovers that their enemy is in fact gifted with powers that she herself crafted.

With this new insight on their enemy's nature, Yuri plans on dethroning Tenshi from her position as Student Council President by sabotaging her test papers. It turned out a success, with Tenshi's failures in all subjects enough grounds for dismissal from her position. However, it caused an unexpected turn of events to take the SSS by surprise.


Ayato Naoi, the Rebellion's NemesisEdit

By orders of the faculty, Ayato Naoi replaces her superior Tenshi (whose real name is Kanade Tachibana) as the Student Council President and immediately presents himself as a leader with an iron fist. He orders all of the members of the SSS to serve detention time, but this does not faze Yuri and the SSS. In fact, Yuri plans to test the limits of Naoi's intervention while trying to find out more about Naoi himself.

A battle soon broke out between the SSS (except for Otonashi, who is detained with Kanade due to an unrelated event) and Naoi and his personal army of NPCs that he hypnotized to do his bidding. The battle ended with the blood of the Afterlife Battlefront soaking the sports field, but Otonashi manages to rescue everyone by confronting Naoi face-to-face.


The Kanade Rescue MissionEdit

Without the duties of a Student Council President, Kanade becomes a simple part of the entire school body. While Yuri is still uncomfortable with Kanade's presence, she allows her to join the SSS in some of its activities. In one of those activities, Kanade displayed the ability to produces clones of herself, a mysterious new ability that none has witnessed before.

The SSS later discover that the clone that Kanade created has gone rogue, and has abducted her after an intense battle that severely injured the original. Yuri soon realizes that the Harmonics skill that Kanade created was bugged — allowing clones to multiply itself indefinitely — so she is forced to rescue Kanade and fix the problem before it makes the afterlife a dangerous place for the SSS.

The rescue mission brings them back again to the Guild headquarters recently destroyed and with the help of Yuri's previous tweaking with Kanade's computer, the Harmonics clones were reintegrated, leaving Kanade to a battle that only she must face. The SSS soon performs additional fixes to Kanade's computer under Yuri's orders.


Shadows in the AfterlifeEdit

Yuri's secretary Yusa reports of an unusual object that attacked Ooyama inside the school grounds. Described as a "Shadow", it begins to attack members of the SSS and was initially suspected to be Kanade's doing. However, Yuri later finds out that even NPCs are vulnerable to their newest foe.

In order to warn everyone about the new threat to the SSS, Yuri organizes a meeting for all of the members of SSS. There, she exposes that Otonashi is planning with Kanade behind her back, but she now considers moving on an option, realizing that being devoured by the Shadows is a worse fate than disappearing. While she leaves everyone to think about what they need to do, she moves alone in finding out the culprit behind the existence of the Shadows.


Yuri's Greatest EncounterEdit

Yuri returns to the old base of Guild, and finds herself overrun by a mass of Shadows. Although she fought to the end, she eventually becomes an NPC for a short period, only to fight her way back into her old self with the help of Otonashi, Kanade, Hinata and Naoi. Yuri soon continues on her march towards the computer room where the Shadows originate, and she finds an NPC who talks about the program Angel Player and its creator. When the mysterious NPC offers her the chance to become God herself, she violently refuses by destroying all of the computers in the room, and after feeling fulfilled for the first time in her life, she loses her consciousness.


Final DaysEdit

Three days after the last Shadow disappeared, Yuri joins Otonashi, Kanade, Hinata and Naoi in a makeshift graduation ceremony after waking up from a long sleep. After a short period of antics between the last five people in the afterlife, Yuri expresses her disappointment for treating Kanade badly throughout her stay in the afterlife.

As a last gesture for Kanade, she embraces her and turns to everyone else with a wave before disappearing.


AbilitiesEdit

  • She carries a silver Beretta 92 as her general weapon but uses a CheyTac M200 for sniping in episode 1 and a TDI KRISS Super V Vector submachine gun in episode 12 initially but switches to a CQB-R after receiving it from Chaa. Besides using firearms, she also excels in hand-to-hand combat, carrying at least 2 short knives at the back of her belt.


TriviaEdit

  • Her main character design is inspired by Yukiko Amagi from the game Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4. Yukiko is Jun Maeda's favorite character in the said game.
  • Yuri looks very similar to Haruhi Suzumiya, a similarity that raised criticisms with many fans of Haruhi at the release of the series.
  • She is the only SSS member to match Tenshi in close combat.
  • She calls everyone by their first name, except for Otonashi, Hinata, Naoi and Iwasawa.
  • It seems that she always says negative remarks on Hinata, or sometimes hit him.
  • Yuri was a contestant of the voting contest Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 but lost to Shana in the first round of the main tournament.
  • She 'borrows' an archery club uniform and equipment and fires a arrow with a challenge letter to Chaa but due to her inexperience with a bow the arrow lodges in Chaa's forehead.


ReferencesEdit

  1. Angel Beats! Episode 02
  2. Angel Beats! Episode 11
  3. Angel Beats! Episode 04