Akemi Roppongi (六本木朱美, Roppongi Akemi) is the resident of room 6 of Ikkoku-kan and a major character of Maison Ikkoku.
She is a boozy bar hostess who is usually known to lounge around wearing skimpy lingerie clothings while hanging around Maison Ikkoku; Mrs. Ichinose occasionally complains when strangers are around, but generally the tenants have gotten used to her ways. Akemi lives in Room 6 (Roku) and works a short distance away in a bar named Cha-Cha Maru, where the tenants gather to drink when not in Yūsaku's room. She is known to let some of the bar's male patrons buy her too many drinks, and often comes home from work drunk. Because she works the late-night shift at the Cha-Cha Maru and spends the rest of the night drinking, Akemi always seems to have a sleepy look on her face. She is generally aloof towards both Yūsaku and Kyōko, but she is not above joining Mr. Yotsuya in tormenting Yusaku. Akemi will often display a blatant sexual interest in Shun Mitaka when he is around, even though she is fully aware of his interest in Kyoko. At the end of the series, she ends up marrying her boss, known only as "Master", and lives with him on the second floor of the Cha-Cha Maru.
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At the beginning of the series, Akemi doesn't seem to have much respect for Godai. Often she (as well as Yotsuya and Hanae) don't respect his personal space or his aspirations, often belittling him and going as far as to consider him "her play thing".
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Akemi frequently drinks and parties with both Yotsuya and Ichinose frequently. The three of them often enjoy having fun at Godai's expense, whether it's picking on him, nosing around his private life, or just eavesdropping on his conversations with Kyōko. The three of them seem to have been friends for awhile, and when they're not partying, they often enjoy gossiping with one another. Of the two, Akemi hangs out with Yotsuya more often (likely due to Ichinose also having duties as a wife/mother on the side), often meeting with him in Godai's room even when they're not partying. The two of them also enjoy teaming up to mess with Kyoko as well (and sometimes with Mitaka).
Yotsuya seems to be attracted to Akemi. He seems to enjoy seeing her scantily dressed and he even goes as far as to enjoy peeking on her from a hole in the wall without her knowing. Despite this, she doesn't seem to mind and he never displays any romantic feelings towards her, though they still enjoy each other's company none-the-less.
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Akemi finds Mitaka to be very attractive. She often flirts with him, clings to his arm, and even grabs him and sits him back down to prevent him from leaving. Mitaka is uncomfortable Akemi's advances, especially since they some times become a hinderance towards his desires for Kyōko's affections. Akemi is well aware of Mitaka's feelings for Kyōko, though she doesn't care.
- The name Akemi means "vermilion red" (朱) (ake) and "beautiful" (美) (mi), and her surname Roppongi means "six" (六) (rop), "base, root, origin" (本) (pon) and "tree, wood" (木) (ki/gi).
- She is among the major characters whose name involves a number. Her family name Roppongi means "six trees", which is also the name of a Tokyo district, infamous for expensive hostess bars, therefore she is representative of the number 6, which match the number of the room she lives in.
- Her real age remains unknown, but in the movie Nozomu mentions that she looks like a 30-year-old, which rises Akemi's temper to a great extent. Plus, in the first episode of the anime series, when she sees Kyōko for the first time, she remarks that she is younger than herself, which implies that she's in her later twenties.
- Akemi bares a resemblance to A-ko Magami from the Project A-Ko series, in which the two possess red hair in a similar style.
- Her voice actress provided the voice of Benten, a character from Urusei Yatsura (Rumiko Takahashi's first manga series), and Princess Ori from Ranma ½.
- Her English voice actress provided the voice of:
- Maison Ikkoku - Wikipedia. (Japanese)
- Maison Ikkoku anime; Episode 1
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