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Wakamoto Tetsuko (若本徹子?) is a Witch from Fuso and attached with the Fuso Imperial Navy. She is said to be the strongest Witch of Fuso. Because of the countless sakura marks indicating her shot down count that were added to her Striker Unit, it is frequently mistaken for a pink-colored Striker. This has earned her the alias of "Rosa Bein" (pink legs).

Background

Her awakening as a Witch was early, with her magic power manifesting itself when she was an elementary school student. In 1936, she was admitted into the Maizuru Navy-attached Elementary School to receive training as a regular Witch. During this time, she studied under the "God of War" - Squadron Leader Kitagou Fumika, learning swordsmanship and air battle tactics. In that same period, she competed with (at the time) 1st Class Flight Petty Officer Sakamoto Mio in swords and in the sky, and also had a friendship with (at the time) 1st Class Flight Petty Officer Takei Junko.

In 1937, she first participated in actual combat in the Fuso Sea Incident. While unrefined, she displayed a glimpse of the ace that would appear later. After the incident, she received mothership training and was appointed a Pilot Officer, being selected by the Fuso Navy European Dispatch Fleet to be a member of the Mobile Troops on the Sōryū aircraft carrier.

Abilities

Tetsuko's inherent magic is called Awakening (覚醒, kakusei). It allows her to "unite" with her familiar much more than average Witches, causing changes in her appearance - such as a drastic growth of hair. In this state, her magic power is amplified more than usual and she becomes endowed with a great striking power and extremely high mobility. When using her beloved sword, "Kotetsu" (虎徹), for close-combat in this condition, she has enough striking power to butcher a large-type Neuroi with a single strike. However, it has its demerits - such as the control of magic power by the familiar becoming unstable, the great burden placed on the magic engine and how her own magic power consumption becoming intense, thus making the time it can be sustained in battle extremely short - so caution is necessary regarding its use.

With a single-tracked mind and a little rude in speech and conduct, she used to display a brute force approach in air battles that relied only on talent. But as she accumulated experience, a combat-style that placed merit on a cool observing eye, surprise attacks and "dive and zoom" tactics was established. With this, the chances to employ her inherent magic decreased.

Equipment

Tetsuko took a liking of her old Type 0 Model 21's "102" number and continued to use it even after transferring to other machines. This practice was kept unbroken until the occasion when her Shiden was under repair and she had to use the #53-104 unit in its place.

Her Fuso sword is supposedly a first-rate sword known as "Kotetsu", but the authenticity of this is unknown. It was one of the swords used by Kitagou Fumika during the Fuso Sea Incident. Fumika gave the sword to her in 1938 at the end of the conflict.

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Trivia

  • Her familiar is a Fuso wolf, a species judged as extinct in the early 20th Century. It is unknown if it's an unconfirmed survivor or spiritual existence.
  • Her hobby and special skill is free diving.
  • Incidentally, Takei Junko surpassed her in height in 1944.
  • Her ace archetype is Tetsuzō Iwamoto, Kotetsu "Tiger Tetsu".

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