- "Main characters often have a major obstacle or challenge in their life... In the end, they turn their challenge into their strength, which allows them to be a hero. ...And I certainly don't have the courage to step forward and take control of my life like a hero. In my case... my major fault won't give me any strength at all."
- —Ako Izumi
Ako Izumi (和泉 亜子, Izumi Ako) is a character from the series Negima!: Magister Negi Magi by Ken Akamatsu and a protagonist in Kuro Arashi: The Black Storm. The 5th student on the class 3-A roster, she is a shy athletic girl who works as a school nurse's assistant.
She has a fear of seeing blood, which makes her position as a nurse's assistant seem odd. She has a large scar across her back, which she makes every effort to hide from others and is the source of her low self-confidence, as she believes that the mark makes her ugly and unwanted. The scar may also be connected to her fear of blood.
- Main article: Class 3-A
Ako is usually seen with Makie Sasaki, her roommate, Yuuna Akashi, and Akira Okouchi. She is also the manager of the boy's Middle School Soccer Club, and in charge of class 3-A's sanitation department. She does not consider herself anyone special because of the scar on her back and is one of the better-behaved members of the class, quite a contrast to the more mischievous Yuuna. She has some talent with a bass guitar. Ako had once confessed her love to an older boy but was rejected.
- Main article: Mahorafest
Ako, who never really showed much interest in the 10-year-old Negi Springfield, develops a huge crush on the older, teenage version of him, after taking Age Deceiving Pills and she believes Hegi is his cousin "Nagi". She was so infatuated with him that she immediately invites him to her festival activity, even though she said it was nothing at all.
Negi, in his older form, took Ako out on a date in order to help her relax before the Mahora Festival's live concert. They take part in the Mahora Best Couple Contest and win 2nd place. During this date, Negi encourages Ako to think of herself more as the main character, rather than just part of the supporting cast. This helps her build more confidence in herself, to the point where she almost confesses her love toward the handsome "Nagi" twice. The first time she chickened out by asking him if he liked Japanese squid, (rather than saying that she really loves him), and the second time during the Mahora Live Concert.
She narrowly avoids getting shot by Mana Tatsumiya, who was watching out for love confessions during the festival. Luckily, she ended up only asking for his e-mail address.
Mages vs. MarsEdit
- Main article: Mages vs. Mars