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"When I was young, I... I lost someone very important to me. Manaka Iwai, my best friend. One of the only friends I had."
Hitomi Sagan, speaking with Kaname Date.

Manaka Iwai (居和井 愛夏, Iwai Manaka) is a minor character mentioned in AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES.

Manaka was Hitomi Sagan and Renju Okiura's best friend at Eitoku High. She passed away soon after the three of them graduated.

Design[]

TBA

Personality[]

TBA

Story[]

High School Life[]

Manaka Iwai began studying at Eitoku High in 1999 where she met and befriended Hitomi Sagan and Renju Okiura.

She began a secret relationship with So Sejima sometime between 1999 and 2001. Despite Renju and Hitomi's efforts to convince her to end her relationship with So, she did not. She became pregnant in early 2001.

Iris's Birth and Manaka's Murder[]

In early November, soon after Iris Sagan was born, Manaka met up with Renju and Hitomi, and explained that she wanted to speak to So about the baby. Renju warned her not to go, fearing for her and her child's safety. Manaka explained that So had contacted her in the first time in a while, fearing that his mistress's child would endanger his political career. She left the baby in Renju and Hitomi's care, and Renju gave her a GPS transmitter to hold onto in case anything happened to her.

Manaka met up with So Sejima in the Harbor Warehouse District. So told her to move overseas, and offered to pay for everything. As she turned to leave, Saito Sejima ran out from where he was hiding and stabbed her repeatedly in the back, killing her.

So asked Rohan Kumakura and the Kumakura Family to dispose of her body. The Kumakuras took her body to the Okutama Mountains. Before she was buried, Rohan asked them to wait, and removed her right eyeball. Hitomi and Renju later returned to dig up her body. They took her body to the Okiura Fishery Cold Storage Warehouse, where it would be preserved in secret for as long as necessary while they found a way to get revenge against the Sejimas and the Kumakuras. She remained there for 18 years, stored under the hood of a forklift, where Hitomi and Renju would occasionally visit her. One month before the game's events, Mizuki Okiura followed Renju to the warehouse, where she saw Manaka's body and mistook her for Iris.

B: Hitomi's Blackmail[]

Hitomi, desperate to find a way to pay for treatment for Iris's brain tumor, thought of a plan to blackmail So. On the night of Sunday, November 3rd, she placed Manaka's body on the workbench covered by a sheet and called So to the warehouse. So lifted the sheet and was surprised to see Manaka's body after so many years. Hitomi then sent a recording to his phone demanding he pay for her silence and cut ties with the Kumakuras. After So left, Kaname Date entered, lifted the sheet, and mistook the body for Iris. After he left, Hitomi placed Manaka's body back in the forklift.

BB: Rediscovery[]

In the early morning of Tuesday, November 5th, Date returned to the warehouse in search of Renju. He found her body inside the forklift using Aiba's x-ray vision. Believing her to be Iris again, Date passed out. The police later arrived and inspected her body.

The fate of her body beyond this point is unknown.

Appearances[]

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES
Day 1: sigAI
Absent
BRaiN
Absent
Day 2: saikAI
Absent
PaiN
Body Only
Day 2: meikAI Day 2: keitAI
Absent Absent
Day 3: syokubAI Day 3: gyoukAI
Absent Body Only
VaiN VILLaiN
Figure Appears
Day 3: rihAI Day 3: gumAI Day 3: kyuusAI
Absent Absent Absent
Day 4: youdAI Day 4: jukkAI Day 4: syuurAI
Mentioned Mentioned Absent
SWaiN CURTaiN MaiN: 1
Absent Absent Absent
Day 4: jikAI Day 4: syougAI Day 4: kikAI Day 4: irAI Day 5: kenzAI
Absent Absent Absent Absent Body Only
Day 5: zugAI Day 5: seisAI Day 5: jinnAI Day 5: dakkAI Day 5: jutAI
Absent Absent Absent Absent Body Only
SUSTaiN REFRaiN MaiN: 2 MOUNTaiN
Absent Absent Absent Body Only
Day 5: syokuzAI Day 5: ihAI Day 6: kekkAI Day 5: kokkAI
Absent Absent Absent Flashback
Ota: END Day 6: hiAI Annihilation: END Iris: END Day 6: sousAI
Absent Mentioned
CAPTaiN CHaiN
Absent Absent
Day 5: ihAI Day 6: hakAI
Absent Mentioned
Mizuki: END Three Months Later: kassAI
Mentioned
Resolution: END


Gallery[]

Trivia[]

Etymology[]

  • Manaka's first name in Japanese is "愛夏." The character "愛" (ai) means "love," and the character "夏" (natsu) means "summer," making Manaka's name mean "Summer love."

General[]

  • After Date and Aiba discover Manaka's body in the Cold Storage Warehouse, Aiba decides to give her a nickname to identify her, saying "She was all-ice, so let's call her Alice". This is a direct reference to the Zero Escape series, particularly the first two entries, 999: Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Door and Virtue's Last Reward. In 999, an elusive mystery character is referred to as "All-Ice" or "Alice" throughout the story. In the sequel, a character named Alice appears in reference to the mystery character in 999.
    • Manaka's body being frozen solid and preserved for several years, and retaining her physical appearance, is most likely a reference to "All-Ice's" legend within 999, where she had allegedly been kept frozen for millennia.
  • Allegra Clark confirmed on a stream that the voice actress for Manaka is Faye Mata, the same voice actress as Amame Doi.[1]

Navigation[]

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES
Media
AI: THE SOMNIUM FILESAI: THE SOMNIUM FILES DEMORaiNBOW AFFaiR Complete SoundtrackREVERIES IN THE RaiN SoundtrackTHOUGHTS REMaiN BELOW Artbook
Characters
Kaname DateAI-Ball/AibaIris Sagan/A-setOta MatsushitaMizuki OkiuraBossPewterNew Cyclops Killer
Hitomi SaganMayumi MatsushitaRenju OkiuraMamaShoko NadamiSo SejimaMoma KumakuraRohan KumakuraCyclops Serial Killer
#89FalcoBodyguardsTakero MatsushitaManaka IwaiSaito SejimaYakuza AYakuza BNurseReceptionistMermaidTaxi DriverInspector
Locations
Tokyo
Chiyoda District: Police Headquarters (Boss's Office; Psync Room; Interrogation Room) • Sunfish Pocket
Koto District: Harbor Warehouse District (Cold Storage Warehouse) • Date Residence
Meguro District: Sagan ResidenceTiefblau
Minato District: Sejima ResidenceKumakura OfficeIkume ShrineLemniscateCentral Hospital
Near Kabasaki District: Bloom ParkOld Chemical PlantMatsushita Diner
Shinjuku District: Golden Yokocho (Marble)
Other: Fuchu City (Fuchu Prison) • Akikawa ValleyOkutama MountainsEitoku High
Somnia
SINKIN' IN THE BRaiN (Spoiler) • PSYNCIN' IN THE PaiN (Spoiler)
PSYNCIN' IN THE VaiN (Spoiler) • PSYNCIN' IN THE SWaiN (Spoiler)
PSYNCIN' IN THE SUSTaiN (Spoiler) • PSYNCIN' IN THE CAPTaiN (Spoiler)
PSYNCIN' IN THE CURTaiN (Spoiler) • PSYNCIN' IN THE REFRaiN (Spoiler)
PSYNCIN' IN THE VILLaiN (Spoiler) • PSYNCIN' IN THE MaiN: 1 (Spoiler)
PSYNCIN' IN THE MaiN: 2 (Spoiler)
PSYNCIN' IN THE MOUNTaiN (Spoiler) • PSYNCIN' IN THE CHaiN (Spoiler)
Chapters
Red Route: sigAIsaikAImeikAIsyokubAIrihAI
youdAIjikAIzugAIsyokuzAI
Yellow Route: syougAIseisAIhiAIsanpAI
Green Route: gumAIjukkAIkikAIjinnAIihAI
Purple Route: keitAIgyoukAIkyuusAIsyuurAIirAIdakkAIkekkAI
Pink Route: kenzAIjutAIkokkAIsousAIhakAIkassAI
Organizations
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (Advanced Brain Investigation Squad) • Ujisaki Family (Kumakura FamilyKumakura Estates) • Secret Society NAIXATLOZForeign Mercenaries
LemniscateSunfish PocketMarbleTiefblauFamiSto8-12Elgorg
Items
Wadjet SystemEvolverLight Synaptic Nerve Connection DeviceDate's CarShovelForgeOdoroki-man ChocolateGeostationary Satellite X00639
Events
Chemical Plant ExplosionOriginal Cyclops Serial KillingsBreak-In at Sagan ResidenceNew Cyclops Serial KillingsIncident at Minato District HighwayDisappearance of Renju OkiuraOperation: Iris Rescue
Full List of Events

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Allegra Clark's stream talking about Faye Mata as Manaka Iwai (around 2:06:35)
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