- "Everything else could be perfect... but just one mistake... And suddenly, the entire meal is ruined. The human mind is a volatile and fickle thing."
- — Nagi on Buddy Rapids
Nagi Usui (笛吹 梛 Usui Nagi) is a Player, member of the Wicked Twisters, and a main character in NEO: The World Ends with You. She is a college student who lived in Shibuya before entering the Reapers' Game.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Story
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Relationships
- 5.1 Wicked Twisters
- 5.2 Rival Teams
- 5.3 Reapers
- 5.4 Others
- 6 Etymology
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Battle Quotes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
Nagi is a pale, thin young woman with brown eyes and purpleish black hair. She wears her chest length hair half up, with two small twintails tied with green bows on either side of her head. She wears round, thin-framed silver glasses, a white t-shirt dress, fingerless black gloves, a purple itabag, purple and white striped thigh-high stockings, and green, zippered boots.
Despite being a college student, she is frequently mistaken for being a middle schooler due to her youthful appearance.
Her shirt has the kanji characters 推しが尊い (oshi ga tōtoi) by default. This means "my fave is precious", a common saying among otakus about their favorite characters. Her backpack has a plush, chibi-style keychain of a dark-haired person with a green outfit. Her itabag also sports various rows of round pins depicting the same person in its window. Her itabag also has a heart-shaped pin and a large, chibi style image of her "fave" Tomonami.
- "I have so much to live for, so many games to play!"
Nagi is deeply passionate about her pastimes, devoting all of her time and energy to her favorite games. She plays the video game Elegant Strategy and loves the character Tomonami from it. When she is thinking about her favorite character, she is incredibly passionate. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Nagi lives for her hobbies. While Nagi does mention having friends and family who she has not heard from since arriving in the UG, she wants to return to life so she can read the latest chapter of her game, never mentioning her connections with other people as a motive, showing how she has prioritized her video game over her real-life connections, adding to the "distanced protagonist" theme shared with Rindo and Fret.
Although she seems rather neurotic and a bit "off in her own world" at times, Nagi is quite intelligent and uses a vast vocabulary. Highly perceptive, she is acutely aware of others’ emotions and reading people. She shows disdain and acts coldly toward those she deems superficial and disingenuous, and considers herself an "edgelord" (although she only uses this term in the English localization). This is why she has difficulty getting along with Fret, as she can sense that his cheerful personality is often more of an act rather than truly genuine, although she is unaware it resulted from his emotional pain. Conversely, she is highly compassionate to those she can tell are struggling, and will make efforts to take responsibility and boost morale when her allies are having a difficult time.
Nagi is described as being more of a subdued character who can't assimilate into a social environment as easily as other people. When Nagi is around people that she does not know, she is quite shy and quiet. Despite this suggesting that she herself might be antisocial, she makes concerted efforts to get along with others, and uses everything at her disposal to do so, ranging from her vocabulary to emojis. She understands that other people have their own circumstances and inner worlds better than most, and desires to both get along with and become friends with others where she can. Nagi believes that people should utilize their uniqueness to overcome adversity, and disagrees with Fret's opinion that people should simply stop caring about what other people think of them, feeling it's an antisocial line of thought. She is concerned that imprinting Eiru to stop caring about other people think could cause him become antisocial.
Nagi speaks in a nerdy manner befitting an otaku, such as calling Rindo "Lord Rindo", referring to people she admires as "His Lordship", and ending her sentences in the Japanese version with 'de gozaru', an extremely polite and archaic copula that is mostly associated with historical or crime genres. In the English version, she uses Shakespearean English such as "'Tis" and "'Twas" frequently, and one of her battle quotes is "Have at thee!"
Unlike some of the other characters in the series, Nagi does not have an explicit or defined arc, continuing to love Elegant Strategy after the Reapers' Game. However, she does become disillusioned with her fawning of Minamimoto, who she barely knew anything about and idolized him based solely on his appearance; she stops calling him Lord Tomonami and calls him "Lord Tomonami's doppelgänger". Nagi also grows to respect Fret after learning his burdened past, and keeps in touch with him over EleStra. There is also a photo of her with the group implying everyone has become friends to a degree.
Nagi is a college student who attends school and lives in a dorm in Shibuya. She once attended an Elegant Strategy event called ES Live where she got an exclusive ES pin, has all 25 soundtrack pins, and pins from its Blu-ray box sets, a comic, a not-for-sale pin she won at a contest, and even made some of her own pins.
It is implied she somehow entered the game while on her way to get food. When asked about how she died by Fret, Nagi refuses to go into detail. However, it is later revealed that Nagi does not remember dying, and in fact was brought to the UG by Kubo in the same way as Rindo and Fret. When she entered the Reapers' Game, Nagi knew very little about it, even important information such as how long it lasts. She mentions she came across a Reaper, but she got confused by their explanation.
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On Day 3, Rindo and Fret first hear about Nagi from other Players, who spread word that a powerful new Player has joined but is not associated with any team yet. There is also a rumor the player has an arsenal of pins, but it is really a half-truth as Nagi's backpack contains merchandise pins. The duo decide to take a risk and spend the day looking to recruit them. Eventually, they come across a disheartened and gloomy Nagi who exhibits borderline suicidal thoughts. Nagi uses Dive into Rindo's mind where she hears a lot of his negative towards her, such as calling her a loose cannon. Rindo's Replay ability is triggered, allowing him to eventually find an ES pin which convinces Nagi to join the Wicked Twisters. Upon joining, Nagi is very excited to have people to share her thoughts with. She had previously been very distressed since everyone else had ignored her entirely, and she is relieved to have found people to confide in. She proves herself in combat despite seeming nervous at first, and actually seems to enjoy it a bit.
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In Week Three, Nagi serves as a stabilizing force for the Wicked Twisters. As their oldest team member, she is somewhat more equipped to handle the emotional needs of the others, and becomes a figure to support them through their difficulties. She is often seen talking to Shoka and hoping to help her mental state in the wake of Ayano's death. She also makes a concerted effort to help Fret avoid his sadness after Kanon's erasure, and lends him emotional support despite the two not getting along too well prior. She also grows to understand him in this week and shares her own feelings on humanity. Her philosophy is that the difference between humanity and being inhuman is one's concern with others, whether you brush other people off as irrelevant or make an effort to listen, whether you are callous and uncaring or compassionate and kind, and whether or not one is genuinely a kind person or simply putting up a facade. She uses these ideals to try and better support others and understand people more deeply.
She is also seen throughout the week assisting in various Dives. The most notable of these is when she uses Dive in conjunction with Fret's Remind and Neku's Sync abilities in order to help overwrite the dissonance and save Shibuya and her friends.
Nagi uses a special psych, Dive, to enter into people's minds. It can be used to fight and exterminate the Noise within to bring the afflicted victims back to their senses. During Dive battles, surroundings are different from usual, and the player may encounter Noise with special emotion-based powers. Diving on Normal difficulty or higher will let the player gain rewards based on their battle results.
- Main article: Wicked Twisters
- Main article: Rindo
Rindo initially does not seem thrilled to have Nagi on their team, finding her weird and wondering if she'll even be helpful. Despite his misgivings, the team recruit Nagi, who likes Rindo quite a lot in the wake of him giving her the EleStra pin she wanted. She is respectful towards him and addresses him as "Lord Rindo". Rindo eventually warms up to Nagi after seeing that she can hold her own, and the two become allies and friends. Nagi supports Rindo as the team leader, and frequently lends him advice.
- Main article: Fret
Nagi notices Fret's easy-going conversational style is a facade, and dislikes him for that. Throughout the Game, Nagi tends to ignore Fret or criticize his demeanor and ideas, resulting in multiple arguments. Several times when Fret responds to something she said, she mentions, "I don't believe I was speaking to you." Fret gives her the nickname Nagirl and although she seems bothered by it at first, Fret keeps calling her Nagirl and Nagi does not protest, implying she has stopped caring about it.
As time goes on, their relationship becomes slightly less hostile, but the turning point is Week 3, Day 5. During a confrontation with a false Kanon, Nagi encourages Fret, and in a conversation afterwards, she discusses how she's come to discern Fret's "humanity" and the pain he tries to hide, even expressing admiration at how easily he can hold a conversation with anyone.
After the Game ends, she helps Fret get into Elegant Strategy and use it as a tool to improving his communication skills. By this point, she has started referring to him as "Lord Tosai", signaling their newfound friendship.
- Main article: Minamimoto
Minamimoto reminds Nagi of her favorite character, Tomonami. She acts in an almost fanaticized manner towards him, and seems to mostly like him for the resemblance he shares with her fave. However, he rarely addresses her directly, likely because he views her as a zeptogram. She becomes a bit disillusioned with him when he leaves the group, and becomes upset with him being "out of character" in Week 3, when he harnesses the power of Noise and fights the Wicked Twisters. Minamimoto doesn't seem to care one way or another, and is, as usual, singlemindedly focused on his own goals.
- Main article: Shoka
Like the other Wicked Twisters, Nagi is not initially on good terms with Shoka. However, she was never hostile towards her, and does warm up to her and is happy to have her join in Week 2, recognizing her strength and value as a potential teammate. She is also fairly quick to forgive Shoka's betrayal of the group and is able to pick up on Shoka's inner turmoil. When the group confront Ayano in various timelines, Nagi is willing to try and use her Dive ability to help Shoka save Ayano despite the added danger. She is also willing to provide additional emotional support to Shoka after she accepts Ayano being gone, be it through open conversation or the recommendation of her favorite game, EleStra. Shoka seems to appreciate Nagi's attentiveness, and is notably more polite and open with her than most people, thanking her for her support. The two form a fast friendship and seem to get along quite well.
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- Main article: Fuya
- Main article: Variabeauties
- Main article: Kanon
- Main article: Purehearts
- Main article: Motoi
- Main article: Shinjuku Reapers
- Main article: Shiba
- Main article: Kubo
- Main article: Ayano
- Main article: Kaie
- Main article: Hishima
- Main article: Shoka
- Main article: Shibuya Reapers
- Main article: Kariya
- Main article: Uzuki
- Main article: Coco
- Main article: Neku
Usui (笛吹) contains the kanji for "flute" and "blow" and means "flute player", which is in keeping with the musical naming motif of the Wicked Twisters. Also in keeping with the naming trend of the main cast, Nagi (柳) is written with the kanji for "willow", which shares its botanic theme with various other characters.
- "What an awful affliction..." (Before Diving)
- "Shall I proceed, then?" (Before Diving)
- "Pardon the intrusion!" (Using Dive)
- "Onward I dive!" (Using Dive)
- (Shoka: "Is it time to eat yet?") "A just question!" (0% fullness)
- "And now we feast." (placing order)
- "Positively ambrosial!" (eating loved food)
- "I shan't be ordering that again..." (eating disliked food)
- "I fail to see how my lot could get any worse..."
- "Now, you shall know punishment for hindering my pursuit of happiness. You'll rue the day you mocked me for failing to obtain that ES pin..." (to Rindo)
- "YOU SHALL PAY FOR MY MISERYYYYYY!"
- "The whole "Reapers' Game" is detestable. I give it a -200 out of 10!"
- "Y-you would truly bestow such an incredible gift upon a plebeian wretch like me?" (to Rindo)
- "Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you a thousand times! Were you sent from the heavens?" (to Rindo)
- "What I wouldn't give to bask in his sublimity once more..." (about Minamimoto)
- "How incendiary."
- "Humanity is the difference between making an effort to understand those around oneself, versus viewing them as merely resources to be consumed. Humanity is the difference between trying to understand opinions and values divergent from one's own, versus scoffing and dismissing them as meritless. Humanity is the difference between being fraught with fear when facing others, versus being blithely unconcerned with others altogether." (to Fret)
- "I foresee no difficulties" (entering battle)
- "This seems to be a rather risky endeavour" (entering battle)
- "Perhaps we ought not engage?" (entering battle with low HP/boss battle)
- "Many thanks, Lord Rindo!" (Rindo: "...Nice work.")
- "HRAAAAAHH!" (Rindo: "Uh, is she okay?")
- "---" (Rindo: "Thanks Nagi!)
- "No foes can fell me!" (Fret: "Or me! Don't forget about me!")
- (Fret: "Nice one, Nagirl!") "Uuuuuugh."
- (Fret: "That went pretty well!") "I suppose."
- "GRAAAAAAHH!" (Beat: "Huh? Whatchu say, Pinny?")
- "Time to use my true power!" (Beat: "Whatchu been waitin' for?!")
- "---" (Beat: "Jus' keep it up! Aight?!")
- (Beat: "That all you got, Pinny?") "N-Not "all", per se!"
- (Beat: "Le's turn up the volume, yo!") "Within reason..."
- (Beat: "That was sick!") ("'Twas sick, indeed!")
- "I shall leave it to you." (Shoka: "So then what are you gonna do?")
- "Much obliged, milady..." (Shoka: "Let's just say you owe me one.")
- "Might we be unstoppable?" (Neku: "I sure hope so.")
- (Neku: "Nice one, Nagi.") "Thank you!!"
- "Have at thee!"
- "Most spectacular!"
- "Masterfully done!"
- "Sally forth!"
- "Just doing my job."
- "No need to thank me."
- "We musn't falter!"
- "Our battle is not yet over!"
- "That was an inexplicable success."
- "I request release!" (immobilized)
- "You have my thanks..." (released)
- "The new chapter of EleStra awaits!" (Noise erased)
- "Our demise was nigh." (Noise erased with low HP)
- Nagi was designed by Miki Yamashita.
- The writing on Nagi's shirt changes depending on certain scenes to say different things.
- Nagi's birthdate is July 27th, the day the original game and NEO came out.
- According to the director of NEO regarding the cast's food preferences, Nagi is intended to be a big eater.
- Nagi's outfit was displayed at the Square Enix Cafe.
- Nagi (Day 4): "'Twas not my only misfortune, either. There I was: menu researched, order decided, shop location bookmarked..."
- Reddit post: "I translated Nagi's various shirts"
- Square Enix Cafe photo (model)
- Square Enix Cafe photo (outfit)
- Square Enix Cafe photo (itabag)
|Characters in NEO: The World Ends with You|
|Rindo Kanade • Fret • Nagi Usui • Beat • Shoka Sakurane • Neku Sakuraba • Sho Minamimoto Shiba Miyakaze • Susukichi • Tsugumi Matsunae Fuya Kawahara Kanon Tachibana Motoi Anazawa Koki Kariya • Uzuki Yashiro • Coco Atarashi • Sho Minamimoto Shiba Miyakaze • Tanzo Kubo • Ayano Kamachi • Kaie Ono • Hishima Sakazuki • Shoka Sakurane • Susukichi • Tsugumi Matsunae Aadiv • Aika Kuribayashi • Akari Minamino • Akira Ishiwa • Aoi Kyobe • Genzo Koitabashi • Hirofumi Itoguchi • Hiromu Takahara • Izumi Ariyoshi • Jo Makita • Jun Sonobe • Kana Inada • Keiichi Okada • Ken Doi • Kohei Suzukawa • Linda Watanabe • Mai Iseya • Masaya • Miharu Nakano • Miki Saionji • Miko Yamamoto • Mitsuhide Tojo • Momoko Owada • Naoto Kuwata • Rei Mogi • Renka Sakuma • Rieko Kawahara • Rina Todo • Rintaro Nakagawa • Ryoji • Ryoma Utsumi • Sakura Koga • Sayoko Morohoshi • Shinobu Sato • Sumire Chiba • Suzu Ito • Takumi Miyano • Tamao Sasai • Tomoko Hirasawa • Tomoyuki Kondo • Tsukihime • Wataru Koketsu • Yotsuba Sano • Yudai Miki • Yumi Takita Eiji Oji • Eiru • Hazuki Mikagi • Honoka Kondo • Itsuki Kaneda • Joshua • Ken Doi • MKN • Mr. Mew • Rhyme • Ryoji • Shiki Misaki • Swallow|