|Japanese Name||志伸 あきら (Shinobu Akira)|
|Voiced by||Japanese: Tomo Muranaka|
Akira Shinobu is one of the original characters of the 2017 mobile game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record
- Eye colour: Light blue
- Hair colour: Gray
- Soul Gem: Blue diamond on the back of her left hand
- Weapon: Metal arm guards
- Wish: "All those people...Save them". Akira made this wish after finding people trapped in a witch's barrier, when she was injured by familiars.
- Witch form:
- Japanese pronoun: boku (ボク)
- School: Sankyoin Educational Academy
A Magical Girl who looks, talks, and acts like a boy. She was raised and trained alongside the boys at her father's karate dojo. Akira is known as "The Troubleshooter of Sankyoin," because she can't say no to someone in need.
Akira dreams of an event in her past where she was attacked by a witch's familiar. Akira wakes up and sees Sasara Minagi. Sasara explains she's out for a walk, and asks Akira what she's doing. Akira says that an old man from around the area lost something in the park and asked her to look for it. Sasara says that's expected for the "Troubleshooter", and says Akira's desire to help others is an admirable trait. Akira says she just has a hard time turning down people if they ask her for help. Sasara says that makes Akira like a knight.
Sasara asks if Akira found the item, but Akira says she couldn't find it and dozed off while taking a break. Sasara offers to help and asks what the item was. Akira says it's a cane. Sasara asks how you lose a cane, but Akira says lost canes are "surprisingly common". Sasara asks if the cane was red. When Akira says yes and asks how she knows, Sasara explains she saw some children playing with a red cane. Sasara and Akira head to find the children.
Akira narrates that this is the story of how she became a magical girl, and how it connects to another one. She says that her father runs a karate dojo, and passed on to her these important words: "To know what's right and fail to do it is to have no courage!" Akira explains that she thinks of herself as more like a guy, even using masculine speech patterns, possibly because she grew up training alongside only men. Her father is perfectly fine with this habit, though Akira thinks that's just because her father wanted a son to begin with. However, she says she learned a lot from her father. In a flashback, Akira's father says she should always help those in need, lest she regret not reaching out when it's too late. Because of how her father raised her, Akira says it's in her nature not to ignore someone who needs help.
Akira narrates that the first time she helped someone was when she was six. She helped a woman from the neighborhood find her lost purse. Ever since then, people from around her neighborhood have asked Akira for help, and she could never say no. That's when she picked up the nickname "Troubleshooter". When she started middle school, even her classmates asked her for favors. Akira felt that the unending requests made every day pretty tough. Then one day, Akira received a request from a girl, asking if she can be her bodyguard.
The girl explained that she always felt someone was following her when she walked home from school. The girl begged Akira for help, and Akira asked if she was good enough. The girl claimed that there aren't any boys she felt comfortable asking for help, and her father had work. The girl said that Akira's karate is strong, though Akira claimed she has a long way to go. However, Akira still agreed to help. The girls left the school and walked together through a park. Akira asked if that place was where the girl felt like she was being followed. The girl said it was just up ahead, and then went silent.
Suddenly the girl revealed the actual reason she brought Akira here: She wanted to give her a love confession! A shocked Akira pointed out they're both girls, but the other girl didn't care. The girl admitted that she lied about having a stalker, but Akira said she was relieved the girl wasn't in danger. Akira admitted that she didn't "know a lot about that sort of thing" and politely rejected the girl's confession. The girl said she understood and apologized for lying. After she thanked Akira, the girl left on her own. Akira narrates that it was a sort of a sad way to part. She also says she regrets letting the girl leave alone that day...because shortly after that day the girl vanished.
When Akira learned the girl disappeared a few days later, she immediately blamed herself. She speculates on what happened if she left with the girl, or if she gave her a different answer. Akira spent the next few days searching for the girl. Finally she returned to the park and retraced the girl's steps when she left Akira that other day. Akira wondered what the girl's feelings were. She also wondered if she was really alright with the answer she gave the girl. Suddenly, Akira stepped into a witch's barrier.
Akira is accosted by a familiar and quickly runs away. She soon found a crowd of people standing around with blank looks on their faces. Suddenly Akira saw the girl she was looking for. Akira told the girl they needed to go, but the girl resisted. The girl kept muttering that it was fine and she will just stay here. When Akira asked what's wrong, a voice called out and said the girl was marked by a Witch's Kiss, and is now held prisoner within the barrier. The voice reveals itself as Kyubey, who explains to Akira about witches, familiars and magical girls. Akira narrates that she wouldn't have believed any of it if she wasn't in this situation.
Kyubey explained that if Akira killed the witch and her familiars she could save the people trapped in the barrier. He offered her a contract, but Akira said it was too sudden. Suddenly Akira is attacked by familiars, who knocked her around like a doll they were playing with. Akira felt they were on a level even her Karate couldn't reach. Kyubey again offered a contract to Akira. An injured Akira made the following wish: "All those people...Save them". Akira then turned into a magical girl, destroyed the familiars, and rescued the victims - just as she wished for. The next day, Akira found that none of the victims remembered the incident. Akira wondered if it was because of her wish. She asked Kyubey if they all forgot because she saved them, and Kyubey said it was possible.
Akira asked Kyubey if there were more witches out there, and Kyubey said she only destroyed familiars. Akira then said she had to defeat the witch they came from, and asked if that's what a magical girl does. Kyubey said it was her destiny to defeat witches. Akira narrates that this how she started her life as a magical girl. Knowing that witches existed, she felt the importance of her father's words about doing what's right.
After becoming a magical girl, Akira started to patrol Kamihama. If she heard about a trouble or incident, she would follow it in case it was caused by a witch. One day, she heard about people disappearing and while investigating, ran into a familiar. However, Akira had not transformed into her magical girl form and was caught off guard by the familiar's speed. Akira tried to transform, but dropped her Soul Gem. The familiar's attack then prevented her from retrieving it. Akira then decided to run, hoping to circle back and grab her Soul Gem when there was an opening. However, when she left the barrier she suddenly fell unconscious.
When Akira woke up, she sees a shocked girl asking if she's alright. The girl introduced herself as Nanaka Tokiwa, another magical girl. Akira narrates that Nanaka was chasing the same familiar she was. Akira wondered why she collapsed, and Nanaka said she found Akira unconscious when she arrived. Akira then noticed her Soul Gem was present. Nanaka explained she found it and picked it up a moment ago. Akira thanked Nanaka and prepared to transform, but Nanaka then told her to wait. Nanaka said they should withdraw, since Akira fell unconscious. Akira reluctantly agreed. Akira narrates that Nanaka seemed gentle at a glance, but even back then she was already feeling how intense Nanaka could be beneath the surface.
A few days later, Nanaka asked Kyubey what happened, and told Akira that she collapsed from a lack of magic. However, Akira felt fine. Nanaka then called Akira, asking for a favor. When they met again, Nanaka asked Akira to duel her. Akira protested and asked why Nanaka wanted to fight her. Nanaka said it was because Akira was weak, as she had outright collapsed earlier. Nanaka then said she will prove how little potential Akira had, and that once Akira lost, she will quit hunting witches and live an ordinary school life. Akira said that as she's from a family that runs a Karate dojo, she can't ignore what Nanaka said. Akira then claimed she's not a pushover and will fight witches. Nanaka said that was wonderful, and the two girls began their duel.
After some fighting, Nanaka ended the duel. Akira said they haven't finished, but Nanaka said she understood Akira's true strength. She then apologized for her harsh words earlier, claiming she was only trying to see how strong Akira's resolve was. When Akira asked why, Nanaka pointed out that Akira had collapsed, and so Nanaka had no way of knowing how well Akira was capable of fighting. Nanaka then claimed there was nothing to worry about, and Akira was strong enough to associate with her. She then invited Akira to work together as a team.
Akira said the offer was too sudden, prompting Nanaka to announce that she was very troubled and that she couldn't fight witches by herself. Nanaka then said she heard Akira never abandons someone in need. Akira said that wasn't fair. She narrates that Nanaka eventually won her over. In the present day, Akira returns the lost cane to the old man. Akira thanks Sasara, who says it was nothing. Akira narrates that after she met Nanaka, she met a bunch of other magical girls, and is still meeting more. She wonders how many magical girls are in Kamihama.
Akira then tells Sasara that she has to go to a meeting at Akira's place. Akira said it has something to do with Kamiahama's real estate. Sasara asks if Nanaka's going into the business, but Akira doubts that's what it is. The girls wish each other goodbye and depart. Akira narrates that Nanaka has her sights set on something different from the rest of them, and she always preoccupied with those thoughts. Akira then narrates this is just the story of how she and Nanaka met, and that she'll talk another time about the rest of the story. Akira wonders if she's being used by Nanaka.
(Akira's story is continued in Nanaka's Side Story.)
Akira also appears in Natsuki Utsuho's side story, and cheers Natsuki up when she's feeling down.
- The characters of her last name mean "will" (志) and "shin" (伸), respectively.
- Her illustrator is "Ochau" (Pixiv)
- The reason why her Soul Gem is on her fists (her primary weapon), is because her illustrator did not know that Soul Gems were souls.
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|**Unique to Akira Shinobu**
She was taught from childhood that the power of martial arts is "for giving a helping hand to those who need it". She was raised to gain strength through those principles, and that is why she can sport her black belt at this young age.
Damage DOWN [V] (Single enemy / 1 T)
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Damage DOWN [VI] (Single enemy / 1 T)
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|Between helping the needy, karate practice and Witch hunts... Everyday life can kick my butt kinda hard! But back in my room it's my time. I can read girly manga or romance novels with my stuffed animal and dolls. I gotta watch the new episode of the drama I recorded too! Will those two get together this time..?!||「困っている人たちを助けたり、空手の稽古や魔女との戦いetc…|
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Damage UP [VI] (Self / 3 T)
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|Four girls who were led by chance to meet on the brink of misfortune.
They gather their blades together for the sake of confronting and defeating a common enemy. Although they were born and raised differently, there are definitely points where they overlap. They will push forward until the target is destroyed, an alliance of revenge.
共通する敵を倒すために、刃を揃えて立ち向かう 生まれも育ちも違うけれど、重なり合う点は確かにある 標的を滅するまで突き進む、復讐の同盟