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- "Wow, I guess I've been getting stronger."
- —Momiji in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Momiji is Ryu Hayabusa's apprentice and the Dragon Shrine Maiden of the Hayabusa clan.
She is the keeper of the Dragons Eye, a sacred jewel that is said to hold the spirit of a mighty dragon. In times of great danger, it is her duty to ensure that the jewel makes its way to Hayabusa, as it enhances the power of his Dragon Sword.
- See also: Momiji's costumes
Momiji is a young Japanese lady with amber eyes and long black possibly knee length hair tied in a topknot style ponytail. Like most of the other DOA girls, she has a very voluptuous body and is well endowed. She is mostly seen in a relatively modest outfit with a white kunoichi top with red ribboned edges that expose her side and front cleavage and red kunoichi styled pants that show the sides of her outer thighs and have tassels hanging in the back with black Japanese style heel boots worn at the bottom over the pant sleeves.
Her other outfits consist of several ones she wears from Ninja Gaiden, including her secondary jumpsuit outfit and leather variant of her main costume, as well as other ones added as DLC. In Last Round, she is able to wear her hair cut into a short blunt bob cut, and in Xtreme 3, she gains the option to wear her hair down, although it falls to bottom length and is somewhat shorter than what her hair should realistically be when worn down. She can also be seen with her hair down in Last Round in the Fairy Tail DLC, where she dresses as Kagura.
Momiji is a very gentle and caring young woman who is seen by the Hayabusa Village children as an older sister figure, whom they look up to.
Like her mentor, Ryu Hayabusa, Momiji has a strong will and refuses to accept any vulnerabilities and trains extensively to become one of the deadliest warriors in the Hayabusa Village.
In combat she is very reserved and polite, wishing to try her best against her opponent, considering it an honor to meet and combat them. After a match she is very polite; she can be seen thanking her opponent before walking away gazing up, reflecting on getting stronger without any bragging, and she sometimes says better luck next time to her opponent politely whilst kneeling close to their side while also complimenting them in a match via her normal taunt.
Momiji (紅葉) in Japanese means "autumn leaves".
Momiji is the last of the Hayabusa clan's shrine maidens and Hayabusa's apprentice. After saving her from falling at hands of the Black Spider clan, Hayabusa taught her how to fight, in order to survived herself as the last maiden of their clan.
A prodigy in the ninja arts, Momiji has grown to be an exceptional kunoichi in her own right. Enamored with his convictions, Momiji shares Hayabusa's perceptions of virtue and justice, only resorting to deadly violence against her clan's enemies. She looks up to her master with pride as both a mentor and an undying ally, and Hayabusa is equally proud of his disciple and sister-in-arms, having her accompany him on missions.
It is also implied that she trained and participated in the fifth annual Dead or Alive Tournament at Hayabusa's request.
Rachel seems to have a friendly relationship with Momiji and she forms working partnerships with her very often as she helps her out on her journey.
Momiji has a friendly relationship with Ayane; the two help each other and formed a working partnership since they first met in the Ninja Gaiden storyline. Momiji calls Ayane's name during a tag match.
Kasumi and Momiji's relationship is not determinated, despite both girls being ninjas and having full respect for Ryu Hayabusa. However, Momiji does call out Kasumi's name during a tag battle.
It is unknown if Momiji has met Hayate, but she can call his name during a tag battle.
Mai Shiranui Edit
Despite being a guest character, with an unknown relationship to Momiji, Mai does call out Momiji's name during a tag battle.
- See also: Momiji's command lists
Despite borrowing a few moves from the other ninja characters, Momiji's play style is quite different and distinctive, particularly for her ability to double-jump and perform airborne attacks. Her move set is less diverse than the other ninja, but she compensates with good speed, easy execution, and a wide range of safe moves, making her one of the easiest characters for beginners to pick up and deadly in the hands of experts. She is also a good character to attack from mid to long range distances.
She has single-jump and double-jump stances that can be entered from certain strikes, throws and holds to give more options, and has a weaker but easier variant of Hayabusa's Shoho-Izuna throw, called the Junyo-Izuna, which can form her most damaging juggle if used in an area with a ceiling following a critical burst. She also has two ways to perform her power blow: one from her neutral stance and one while double-jumping.
Dead or Alive seriesEdit
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (playable, 2015)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (playable, 2016)
Non-Dead or Alive appearancesEdit
Ninja Gaiden seriesEdit
Dynasty Warriors: StrikeforceEdit
Momiji makes a guest appearance in PlayStation 3 version of Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce. She is an NPC that offers three different quests to the player. If the player manages to complete all of the challenges she gives them, they earn the right to wield her Heavenly Dragon Naginata in battle. Its attack pattern is similar to the Polearm move-set that appears in the game but with its own unique special attacks taken straight from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.
Warriors Orochi 3Edit
Momiji also appears in Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, the WiiU port of Warriors Orochi 3. She is added with fellow new character Shennong, as well as along side the characters from the Japan-only PSP port of the game, Seimei Abe and Rachel. Her special stage is the Hayabusa Village merged with Wan Castle. She also appears in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, an updated version of Warriors Orochi 3 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In Popular CultureEdit
Momiji appears alongside Hayabusa in the fan-made CG series Dead Fantasy created by Monty Oum.
She and Ryu debut in Dead Fantasy V and her main opponent is both Kairi and her nobody, Naminé, from the Kingdom Hearts series.
With Oum's death, the series' future is uncertain.
The following are the music themes used for Momiji throughout the series.
|"Fuga ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~"||Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (default theme)|
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (default theme)
- See: Momiji gallery
- Despite being a ninjutsu practioner like all the shinobi in the series, Momiji also uses principles of aiki-jūjutsu as well, making her the only shinobi in the series to use a different fighting style.
- Even though she was added to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, it is unknown whether she participated in the tournament or not. Her profile on the official game website, however, states that she does enter in order to test all that she has learned.
- Several of Momiji's techniques, such as double jumping and air-charged attacks, come directly from her gameplay in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. The air-power blow is taken from her ultimate technique and her prayer beads can be used in combat.
- Momiji's English voice actor is also the current English voice of Tina Armstrong.
- Momiji is the first Ninja Gaiden character to appear in the Dead or Alive Xtreme sub-series.
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