Legendary Journeys

Akemi was a character on Xena: Warrior Princess. She was a former protege of Xena's, before she committed suicide. She was taken under Xena's wing, after she was kidnapped and Xena saves her. It is her that is the catalyst of Xena's death in "A Friend in Need Part II".


Meeting Xena[]

After the events in Chin, envolving Lao Ma, Xena and Borias wanted to conquer a land even further east called Jappa. She hears of a girl, Akemi, that has been kidnapped and her father, Yodoshi, will give a high reward for her return. Xena thinks that this is the best way to fund her quest to conquer every land from Jappa to Brittania, so decides to rescue the girl. When she finds Akemi and comes face to face with her kidnapper, she negotiates with him and says that she will buy the girl from him, hoping to make an extra dinar along the way. Just before refusing, Borias warns him not to negotiate with Xena, but he doesn't listen. He says that he will not accept money for the girl, so Xena puts the pinch on him and lets him die.

Killing her father and Suicide[]

Akemi, awed by what she has witnessed, is more than happy to travel with Xena back to her father, learning a few things along the way. Xena teaches her new protege fighting moves and wisdom. But, after persuasion, Xena teaches her the pinch and her use of it has catastrophic consequences. She uses it to kill her father, to redeem her entire family--including her mother, siblings and grandparents, all of whom he killed. Xena becomes furious, as she cannot retrieve her money. But then Akemi implores Xena to kill her to restore her honor. Shocked by the request, Xena refuses, so Akemi commits seppuku. She then begs Xena again to restore her honor by beheading her and taking her ashes to the family shrine. Devastated, Xena carries out Akemi's last wish. Later, in the midst of a drunken stupor, Xena stumbles through the town of Higuchi, where she is ambushed by a band of villagers who have banded against her for honoring a girl who commited patricide. Their attack on Xena causes her to drop the urn containing Akemi's ashes into the snow and the wind scatters them. Enraged, Xena sets the entire village aflame and the resulting inferno causes the deaths of 40,000 people.

Asking for Xena's help and Redemption[]

About 35-40 years later, Xena is approached by a traveler who was sent by the ghost of Akemi. He tells her to head for Akemi in Jappa, as she is in need of her skills to defeat Yodoshi. To meet Akemi, she asks a samurai, Morimoto, to kill her. A fight ensues and she is outnumbered and killed. Akemi greets Xena at the teahouse and tells her that Yodoshi is drinking from the Fountain of Strength, and can only be killed by the Katana that was blessed by Harakuta. Meanwhile, Gabrielle is informed that in order to revive Xena after her battle with Yodoshi, she must empty her ashes into the Fountain of Strength before sunset. Gabrielle then ventures to the very top of Mount Fuji, where Yodoshi waits for Xena and where Morimoto waits for Gabrielle. Gabrielle defeats Morimoto with the Chakram and Xena appears and defeats Yodoshi, releasing the 40,000 souls she codemned to eternal torment. Akemi is released along with the souls and is forever grateful to Xena.

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