Kasumi (Dead or Alive)

Kasumi
Dead or Alive character
Kasumi (Dead or Alive).png
Kasumi wearing her new default costume in Dead or Alive 6
First appearanceDead or Alive (arcade) (1996)[1]
Created byTomonobu Itagaki
Portrayed byMari Shimomura ("DOA in Hawaii")[2]
Devon Aoki (DOA: Dead or Alive)
Voiced by
In-universe information
OccupationRunaway shinobi (ninja)[12]
Fighting styleMugen Tenshin Ninjutsu (Tenjin Mon style)[12]
WeaponShrouded Moon (霧月刀)
Wakizashi (Dead or Alive)
Katana and kunai (Ninja Gaiden)
OriginJapan
NationalityJapanese

Kasumi (Japanese: かすみ, also written as 霞, meaning "mist" or "afterglow") is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Dead or Alive fighting game series by Team Ninja and Tecmo (Koei Tecmo). Kasumi has served as the lead character of the Dead or Alive franchise since its premiere in 1996. She was a main character in the first and fifth games of the series and in the film DOA: Dead or Alive.

In the games' canon, Kasumi, also known as "the Kunoichi of Destiny", is a teenage ninja princess who has left her clan, becoming an outcast and is pursued by her younger half-sister Ayane. There are several Dead or Alive player and boss characters who are clones of her. She also guest appeared in various other games, including Team Ninja's other flagship series Ninja Gaiden where she and Ayane play much bigger roles.

Kasumi has become a symbol of the Dead or Alive franchise and is the personal favourite of Team Ninja's founder and the series' creator Tomonobu Itagaki. She has been the subject of various merchandise and was used to promote the Xbox consoles in Japan. Kasumi is a popular sex symbol in video game culture and an iconic ninja character. Due to differences in cultural norms, she has attracted some controversy in the West involving eroticism and the use of underage female characters in video games.

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  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference merch was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  4. ^ "Kasumi Alpha Voice - Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 20 December 2019. A green check mark indicates that the role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of the title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  5. ^ "Alpha-152 Voice - Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 20 December 2019. A green check mark indicates that the role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of the title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
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  9. ^ "Happy Release Day for Dead or Alive 6!! Happy to be back as this ninja beauty!! Kasumi is back!! 😁😁😁". Twitter. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Sakura Tange Profile". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
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  12. ^ a b Dead or Alive 2 game manual (Dreamcast version), page 18.