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In video games[ edit ] Dead or Alive series[ edit ] Kasumi is the main character   and protagonist of the first two games in the series. In the series' backstory, she was destined to become the 18th Master of the Mugen Tenshin ninja clan when Hayate was left comatose after an attack by their renegade uncle Raidou. Kasumi escapes, defeats her clone and attempts to return to her village; but she is banished because a dishonored ninja cannot rejoin their clan. She is labeled a traitor because leaving the village is punishable by death, and she is constantly hunted by assassins. Kasumi fights her way past Helena and heads for the laboratory to destroy her powerful clone, the Alpha Kasumi fights to the best of her ability, but Alpha escapes in the chaos caused by a Mugen Tenshin attack. Upon spotting Helena entering the blazing helipad, Kasumi risks her life trying to intervene, but Ayane prevents her and saves Kasumi's life seconds before the building explodes. Kasumi returns in Dead or Alive 5 , where she is unable to return to her village, lives on the run and continues to be a target. After defeating her clone, she is attacked and killed by Hayate and Ayane. However, it is revealed that she was an Alpha clone programmed to believe she is the original, while the real Kasumi is in Japan with Ninja Gaiden's Muramasa at a hidden village. Kasumi receives a message from the ninja master Ryu Hayabusa , telling her that Hayate is in danger and she is needed in battle. She reaches the oil platform where her brother is, and discovers a secret laboratory belonging to Victor Donovan 's new organization, MIST. Kasumi finds that he has created several Alpha clones to sell to the militaries of powerful countries. She frees Hayate, who helps her, Ayane and Ryu destroy Alpha and the laboratory. Afterwards, Kasumi decides to find Donovan and defeat him. She is defeated by Kasumi and the project undergoes another phase known as Project Alpha Most of Kasumi's chapters in the story mode of Dead or Alive 5 are actually following her other, unknowing clone. Although not designed as one by the series' original designer and director, Tomonobu Itagaki ,  Alpha is known as a very challenging final boss  in several characters' story mode and the time attack mode in DOA4, and is an especially difficult opponent for slower characters. She returns in Dead or Alive 5,  in which she can be unlocked again as a playable character. She takes on Kasumi's exact form and can also transform into Ayane, Hayate and Ryu during the final battle. She was announced to debut a playable character in the Arcade version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, after which she is going to be made available as downloadable content DLC in console version after with the new character Marie Rose. Unlike the other clones, Phase-4 wants to live as a human being. She has her own, very different  fighting style, which mixes the moves of Kasumi and Ayane. Kasumi is invited to a fourth DOA tournament ; upon arriving she discovers the invitation is a hoax, and she and the game's other characters play beach volleyball. Kasumi also appears in the sequel, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 , and in the portable version Dead or Alive Paradise Blackjack as a blackjack dealer. Itagaki said in , "the fact that we registered this trademark for Kasumi-den should tell you that we have a big plan for it. Other games[ edit ] In the Ninja Gaiden series, Kasumi appears as a playable character in the action game Ninja Gaiden 3: In it, she is armed with a long sword and kunai throwing knives and by default wears hooded black armor with a cape-like blue scarf;  the player can also select three of her costumes from DOA5. Kasumi also appears as a playable character in a minor  role in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Musou Orochi 3 Ultimate, ,   where she suddenly falls through a space-time distortion while pursuing Alpha and arrives in another world wearing her standard costume and armed with a short sword. Crimson Butterfly for the Xbox As Kasumi became more and more kawaii , he decided to make her the lead character. The rest of his team was only half-convinced at first but warmed up to the idea eventually. Her hair has been variously blonde, auburn and red, with hairstyle options including a ponytail, a braid, and loose hair. She wears many types of costumes through the series, including female ninja outfits, feminine casual clothes, Japanese schoolgirl uniforms ,   and bikinis. Commonly, her default and sometimes only, in most of her guest appearances costume has been her blue-and-white "Brilliant Lapis" originally white-and-red, later known as "Immaculate White" , made of a revealing and puff-sleeved Japanese tunic later with swan-themed ornaments , a sash, thigh-high tabi , sandals with shin guards, hand guards with metal wristbands, and a choker. According to IGN , she had the best outfits of the characters in Dead or Alive Ultimate —the expanded compilation of the first two DOA games—in which "she looks great and her outfits are fantastic. Dimensions upset some fans when the game was announced in Maybe it's 20 in America. I'm older now, but year-old girls are still gorgeous. The most difficult, and you don't have to ask, is Kasumi. Kasumi is the face of DOA and the eternal heroine. And for such a popular character like Kasumi, to change her form we really needed a lot of courage and it really was a big challenge. But if we didn't do that, we couldn't make DOA5 and we wouldn't be able to show you anything. IGN called Kasumi "one of the deadliest fighters in all of DOA, because she has surprising reach and can attack from greater distances than the other girls," adding she "is one of the rare characters to come equipped with a blade and with lightning fast attacks, she can take down opponents in record time. Strong stunning attacks, great combinations, and her speed, she's got it all. While she doesn't rely on brute strength to get the job done, she has a dizzying array of quick strikes and more than a few teleportation moves to dazzle your opponents and pull them off guard, allowing you to sneak behind them and attack from the rear, or just confuse them mightily. With good throws to complement her punches and kicks, no player - scrub or master - can go wrong with Kasumi. IGN guide to Dead or Alive 3  IGN described her "a great character for any level of player" of Dead or Alive 2 as "novices will certainly enjoy her easy mechanics, while master players will find some of the most evil combinations in the game with Kasumi. In addition, "to balance her great speed and superb punch-kick combination game, Kasumi also can throw with the best of them. She must be partnered with a good spiker and kept in the back whenever possible. Dead or Alive , which is loosely based on the game series. In it, she was played by Devon Aoki , an American actress of mixed ethnicity who has previously portrayed the ninja Miho in the film Sin City. Itagaki later expressed a preference for a Japanese actress, ideally Kumiko Gotoh, but had no authority over the casting process. She's never been outside the palace walls. She's been very, very sheltered, because she's a princess and that's the way it is Dead or Alive "focuses its pugilistic mayhem on the eye-candy surrounding the mythos of Princess Kasumi". She fights against Leon and wins. Later, Kasumi stabs the villain Victor Donovan with an acupuncture needle. He is paralyzed and perishes in an explosion. In the end, she goes home with her brother despite being a runaway shinobi, but has to fight against her clan with her new friends to be allowed to stay. At the end of the film, Jerry uses some of her moves in a fight. Promotion and merchandise[ edit ] As a DOA mascot character,    Kasumi has been featured in a wide range of merchandise, including figurines, statuettes and action figures that have been released by Tecmo,  Sega,  Kaiyodo ,  Max Factory,  Kotobukiya,       Takara ,  wall scrolls,  and others. One figure was bundled with a special edition of Dead or Alive Paradise for the PlayStation Portable also sold separately  ;  another exclusive figure was bundled with the magazine Hobby Japan in Core Fighters ,  and free downloadable costumes for Kasumi were offered as pre-order bonuses for the full version of DOA5 Ultimate at Amazon. In , Computer and Video Games CVG featured Kasumi as its Star of the Month, calling her "so sexy, and so deadly and so a-lively ,"  also telling the readers they are "bound to fall in love with Kasumi,"  and Sega Saturn Magazine featured her on the cover with a caption stating "Drop dead gorgeous! In , Rob Wright of Tom's Games featured her as one of the 50 greatest female characters in video game history and one of "the video game vixens of today" for being "one of the most powerful—and sexy—ninjas in the world. Sega Saturn Magazine named the "beautiful" Kasumi the "brains" of the first DOA, with Tina being the game's "muscle", and stated bother are "guaranteed to offend sexists everywhere" as she is "easily capable of holding their own against the game's macho male fighters. In a game full of sexy, fatalistic fighters, separating from the pack is a truly impressive feat. And Kasumi has done just that. Kasumi has become a frequent subject of cosplay,  especially in Japan   and including male cross-players  Writing about the character's popularity in cosplay community,  where hers, Ayane's and Leifang's have been the most popular DOA cosplays among the Japanese fans since the s. Her ninja outfit in its various colors is instantly recognizable. She isn't merely in Dead or Alive; she is Dead or Alive. The website opined the character suffered from "the 'jiggle wiggle peek-a-boo factor' for which the series is both famous and infamous", but nevertheless rated her 8. In addition to being gifted as a fighter, she's been graced with one of the finest digital bodies ever. Also, she is a freaking ninja. She has fought her way into the hearts and minds of millions of gamers,"  and also included her among its 11 "hotties in the Xbox universe" in Her huge breasts, flowing hair, and butt-bumpin' volleyball skills represent at least half of what the series is all about. It only helps that she's equally deadly when the fighting portion comes around. Have the ninjas invade China? When you take that to countries outside of Japan, it tends to be very misinterpreted in some cases, people considering it sexist or derogatory, etc. For us, within our culture, we're showing women like that, and we're trying to make them look attractive. We can't help if other cultures in other countries around the globe think that it's a bad representation. Within our nationality and within our national borders, we obviously have morals that we create our female characters from, but within our Japanese sensibilities, we've made those characters the way they are and we're not going to stop doing that. Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi in  Negative reception of the game character included accusations of sexual objectification and a controversy about underage characters. According to Official Xbox Magazine, "the nubile DOA girls have always been slightly controversial, with high-minded types lamenting the gratuitous use of bouncing bosoms. But on Xbox, these criticisms seem to have died away - the sheer brilliance of DOA3's gameplay must have made all gamers, feminists included, realise that Tina, Kasumi et al are actually rather fit.
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