Standing at 5'5, Ai is a somewhat short guy, but that doesn't seem to ever bother him. While other boys his age were growing muscles beyond belief, Ai simply stayed small but more lithe and toned then anything; his physique also stayed this way due to his practice in Kung-Fu and Tae-Kwan-Do. As well, despite being called a 'nerd' and 'bookworm' by others, Ai's physique and apperance are very well kept; he makes sure his face and skin are clenan of any oil or marks, and takes care of his hygiene, even more so then any male would. Ai is usually seen in school wearing more reserved clothing, simply wanting to finish schooling like a normal person, and believing that it would bring less attention to himself for transfering in the middle of the school year; long sleeve sweaters or cardigans is what he usually wears, with neatly made hair, and a pair of glasses, which usually enforces the nerdy nice guy look onto him, which only increases the bullying and rumors against him. However on days that he's off for free time, Ai's style in clothes changes dramatically, becoming more free spirited and fashionable like when he was back home. Even people that see him wihout his glasses are surprised that it's Ai; others have even gone to say that he's more handsome and good-looking then they intially believed, due to perceiving him as the stereotypical 'nerd' or 'bookworm' that they see at school.PERSONALITY:
Ai is a rather kind individual. He likes helping others when they need it, or simply likes to be polite and would ask someone how their day is. He can be a bit lazy on some ocassions, but that's rarely seen by people, unless either he's really bored, or really doesn't want to do something. He's also very chivalrous, wanting to do anything to help people when he can, such as when others need help at school, or if others were being bullied like he was. However, he can be somewhat shy or quiet when people approach him, just because he is still new to America, and doesn't know many people in the area. However, if you ask him a few questions, or talk with him he'll begin to open up as time goes on. He'd even be more surprised and talkitive if people happened to know about his music career; it's a subject he's passionte about, and is always willing to talk to others about it, and what the experiance is like.ORIENTATION:
Bookworm-eque with dashes of Nice Guy and Transfer StudentPOWER THEME:
Elemental Manipulation of Fire. Ai has the ability to conjure up fire from thin air, which he can use for many advantages. From simple uses to lighting his way in a dark area or needing to light a fire, to using his skills to throw balls of fire towards enemies, Ai's powers are only limited to his imagination, and the training that he puts himself through in order to control his powers correctly. He has limits however, such as not being able to walk through fire or to control giants eruptions of flames right from the get-go; as well, he can become exhausted after using too many powerful moves, which could result in his powers needing a cool down, which would result in Ai having to use his quick thinking and training in kung-fu and martial arts to keep him going in fights until his energy is recharged.
-Can convert spiritual energy from his body, and expel it through his limbs or others means as fire.
-Can use this energy to warm up his own body heat in case of freezing conditions; this requires itense concentration. CHARACTER FLAW:
-His powers are controlled by his current emotional state and mind setting. In order to fight properly and to keep his powers under control, Ai has to be in a state of mental peace in order to use his powers effectively; if he were to use his powers while he were angry or frustrated, his powers could go out of control, with his manipulation of fire causing devastating effects in the environment and those around him. As well, his mind has to be mentally trained for much more advanced moves, or to use more advanced techniques, such as creating walls of fire or, even barriers to keep enemies away.
-Sometimes his powers doesn't always work the first time. He still has trouble starting up his powers when needed to, but finds that keeping a calm mind tends to help through the process.
-His powers can take a toll on him, since using mental energy and focus can only last for so long. In these cases, Ai's powers may fade for a short time, resulting in him having to use regular kung-fu and tae-kawn-do against enemies until his powers recharge.
-His flames will become weaker and less powerful when wet, and being fully engulphed in water will render his powers comepletly nullified until he dries off.
-His ability to control elements makes him inhuman, but his body is still human in nature. Therefore, he can still be hurt by anything that could easily kill a human, and still has the same amount of strength and energy as any man does.
-Ai's flaw personally however is that he can be seen as someone that can be stepped on; not literally, but figuratively. Being a nice guy, Ai usually has a hard time saying no to people. He can
say no, but being the Nice person that he is, he can't seem to do it too often because he doesn't want anyone to hate him or think he's flaking on them. This usually causes Ai to get teased or bullied by others into doing things for them, with rumors or talks of him behind people's backs.
-Another flaw that Ai has personally is being somewhat naive. He is by no means dumb or stupid, however due to being born in Japan, and only being in America for about one year, there are still some phrases or things that people talk about or say to him that he doesn't seem to understand. He usually gets embarrassed by having to ask others what they mean, which is why he is usually seen with some sort of book in his hand, or off to himself reading; like people say, reading is knowledge, right?BIOGRAPHY:
Ai was originally born in Tokyo, Japan with his stay at home mother and his father, who worked as a stereotypical business man in the heart of the city. His life was normal, having to help his mother around the house as he went to school, however he always seemed to get bullied by other kids, mostly because of his somewhat effeminate looks and younger sounding voice. While other kids went through puberty and had gotten muscles and lower voices, Ai had gone through puberty just like any other child, but didn't seem to get the qualities that most boys his age had. He grew muscles, but was more toned then anything else, and his voice still stayed the same as when he was in junior high, younger sounding then what he had imagined. Despite all of that, Ai continued to stay positive despite those inconsistencies, and ended up making a few good friends and enjoying his days at school, however becoming a bit more isolated as time went on. Being told to channel his anger and sadness in some form of art by his encouraging mother, Ai took to different school activities to help try to find some sort of niche for him to channel all of the frustrating thoughts in his head. After trying over and over again, one of his friends suggested music, and took him to one of the local karaoke bars that they went to often to talk and hang out at. After a few rounds, Ai found from his friend, as well as others that had heard him, that he had a knack for singing, and after some encouragement from his friends and parents, entered into a local singing contest.
Despite the students that bullied him, and the thoughts he had of his isolation, Ai managed to win the contest, and was given a short term contract with a music company to release a single. Taking to the music industry, Ai was able to release a few singles that gained popularity in both Japan and in America, but after four years in the business, plus being away from school for so long, Ai had felt he had matured enough to step away from the music business to go back to finish his education, and to start with a fresh new outlook. At the age of 18, he persuaded his parents to let him study abroad in America for a student exchange program for highschool, and with their permission, Ai began his journey. No longer the boy that got teased or a popular music artist, Ai was just a regular boy once more, now on his way into highschool; the change couldn't have made him happier. Even if people were to use him or others were to recognize him, Ai simply wants to finish school and start his life with a fresh start.Miscellaneous:
-Loves to sing and write his own music
-Took Tae-Kwan-Do and Kung Fu while in Japan for self-defense purposes. As well, Ai meditates on a weekly basis if he's ever stressed or in need of relaxing.
-Since he's always seen with a book, it's pretty safe to assume that he's the Library Assistant for the school. He's usually seen putting away books or helping other students if they need help finding something in particular.THEME SONG: UNLIMITED by Aoi Shouta
"Yeah, that's what I thought, pretty boy. Kneel on the ground like the bitch you are!" A group of males voices all laughed at the comment, as one lone boy laid on the ground below them, breathing rather heavily, small specks of blood staining the ground that he was on. His eyes prickled with tears as a hand came towards his abdomen, wincing when he felt pain from simply touching the area; there would be a bruise there for sure...
There was no one else around, no one to help. If anyone was even nearby Ai was sure they would avoid the situation at any cost, considering five of the football team's best players at the school were beating up on a first year. No one would even touch that scenario with a ten foot pole, which meant Ai was all alone, taking all of these punches and kicks with a grain of salt. This had been going on for the last hour since school had ended; Ai had been beginning to make his way out of the school when three of the football team's players had jumped him, forcing him to follow them to the back of the school, only to be greeted by James Martin, Third Year student and Quarterback of the team.
Ai knew in an instant where the situation was going to go.
"You better get that assignment done faggot, or else you'll be getting broken bones tomorrow." He could barely hear the insult towards him as he heard loud footsteps begin to walk away from his bruised and somewhat bloody form, as Ai watched the group finally leave after they had their fun; was it even fun for them? He didn't know, but all he knew was that this was all going to hurt the next day. Once they had all finally left, he groaned as he sat up, leaning against the somewhat uncomfortable surface of the school building's wall, taking heavy breaths as he did so.
How did this all happen again...?
Oh yeah, he remembered; this guy was apparently so dumb and lazy, that he couldn't even get his own homework done. Even the most simplest of assignments he couldn't do, which prompted him to ask favors of Ai, little study sessions or help on exam studying. At first, Ai was fine with helping James, thinking of it as helping another student with a problem they had, but the favors began to escalate. Everyday he would need something, a paper done, an exam with flashcards needed to be ready; after finally having enough of Jame's stunts to make him do his work, Ai refused to help James anymore, realizing that he was simply using his knowledge to make him do his work. It turned out not to be the smartest of plans however, even after Ai had told the Principal of what James had done, finding out from others that he had been making students do his assignments for other classes. Getting suspended for a whole month, Ai found out from today that what he had done was the right thing, and the wrong thing.
Even if James was suspended from school, it wouldn't stop him from following Ai every chance he had, plus his buddies on the team still went to school. Ai would be getting harrased by them for weeks to come.
"Maybe I should just keep my mouth shut..." Ai groaned out, wincing when he gave a small laugh; it hurt to laugh, that was good to know. Slowly picking up his broken glasses, he began to walk away from the school, on his way to his empty apartment where he lived alone. At least James wouldn't be taking advantage of other students for the time being, and even if he did, Ai would be there to stop him again.
He was like a superhero, saving the masses from a terrible monster.
"Yeah right." Ai muttered lowly, wiping a bit of blood from the side of his mouth. There was no way he could ever be a hero; not in anyone's eyes.