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- "Wow, I guess I've been getting stronger."
- —Momiji in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Momiji is Ryu Hayabusa's apprentice and the Dragon Shrine Maiden of the Hayabusa clan.
She is the keeper of the Dragons Eye, a sacred jewel that is said to hold the spirit of a mighty dragon. In times of great danger, it is her duty to ensure that the jewel makes its way to Hayabusa, as it enhances the power of his Dragon Sword.
- 1 History
- 2 Character
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Gameplay
- 5 Appearances
- 6 In popular culture
- 7 Fighting quotes
- 8 Music themes
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Notes & References
- 12 External links
- 13 Navigation boxes
Along with her older sister Kureha, Momiji was raised to be a Dragon Shrine Maiden. She was tasked with keeping the ancient relics passed down to the Hayabusa village from the ancient Dragon lineage and carrying out the shrine maiden's rites and rituals to purify the world of malicious evil forces. Among the relics that the Dragon Shrine Maidens are tasked with guarding is the Eye of the Dragon, a jewel said to contain the souls of the ancient Dragons. Aside from her duty as a shrine maiden, she was also a role model in her village, playing with the children and mentoring them.
Unlike Kureha, Momiji was spared the fate of her older sister during the Dark Dragon Blade Incident. At the time, Momiji was away from the village on an errand only to come back to a ruined village. She was devastated by the loss of the many lives, especially her elder sister.
Momiji began training under Ryu as a precaution and ended up becoming a skilled kunoichi along with her shrine maiden abilities for the sake of the Hayabusa village. She supports and follows her master whenever he comes around.
New Zack Island
Momiji went over to New Zack Island under the pretense that she was invited there by Ryu Hayabusa, namely to take a break from training and go on a vacation. Although Momiji was largely hesitant to comply, both because such was uncharacteristic of Hayabusa to suggest and she had no familiarity of what to do on a tropical island in the first place, she nonetheless complied.
Eventually, Momiji upon the end of the vacation decided she had fun during this time, and even felt some relief and realized she must have taken training too seriously. She then realized that the temporary owner of the Island was the one who wrote the invitation in Hayabusa's name, and made clear the owner should not dare try to use Hayabusa's name to trick her again.
The Sixth Tournament
Momiji is a kunoichi (female ninja) from Hayabusa Village, and the last Dragon Shrine Maiden. She is beloved by the village children and acts as a big sister figure to them. Hayabusa began training Momiji in Ninjitsu when she was discovered to have a natural talent for fighting. She will be joining the tournament again in order to try out hand-to-hand combat and to put what she's learned to the test.
Momiji went over to the Venus Islands, this time on her own accord, mostly because of her hearing about the Venus Festival that was practiced on the Island to see if her training under Hayabusa paid off. However, she had very little idea as to what the Venus Festival actually entailed other than it possibly alluding to the Roman Goddess of the same name. She eventually met the Owner and became his partner. Although she was largely reluctant after learning that it was about strength and beauty, she nonetheless agreed since it allowed her an excuse to continue training.
- See also: Momiji's costumes
Momiji is a young Japanese woman with fair skin, amber eyes and long black hair tied in a topknot style ponytail. She is mostly seen in a relatively modest outfit with a white kunoichi top with red ribboned edges and red kunoichi styled pants that have tassels hanging in the back with black Japanese style heel boots worn at the bottom over the pant sleeves.
Her other outfits consist of several ones she wears from Ninja Gaiden, including her secondary jumpsuit outfit and leather variant of her main costume, as well as other ones added as DLC. In Last Round, she is able to wear her hair cut into a short blunt bob cut, and in Xtreme 3, she gains the option to wear her hair down, although it falls to bottom length and is somewhat shorter than what her hair should realistically be when worn down. She can also be seen with her hair down in Last Round in the Fairy Tail DLC, where she dresses as Kagura.
Momiji is a very gentle and caring shinobi who is seen by the Hayabusa Village children as an older sister figure, whom they look up to.
Like her mentor, Ryu Hayabusa, Momiji has a strong will and refuses to accept any vulnerabilities and trains extensively to become one of the deadliest warriors in the Hayabusa Village. Her extreme dedication to her training was such that she at times has a tendency to over-train herself, as can be inferred with her ending in Xtreme 3. Likewise, she's also versatile enough to include other aspects as part of her training, which is best demonstrated in Xtreme Venus Vacation where she participated in the Venus Festival largely because it was an alternate method of training, as well as her giving a similar reason for providing healing softening beauty treatments to girls.
She is very polite, even to her opponents, saying to them before a match that it is an honor to meet and combat them. After a match she will thank her opponent or even wish them better luck next time, rather than gloating like many other fighters. However, a slightly mischievous side of her is revealed in her taunts, which have her yawning cutely or sarcastically gasping and complimenting her foe's performance.
Largely because she grew up in the mountains, she's fairly unfamiliar with standard hygiene products such as soaps and lotion treatments, as demonstrated in Xtreme Venus Vacation.
Momiji (紅葉) in Japanese means "autumn leaves".
Momiji is the last of the Hayabusa clan's shrine maidens and Hayabusa's apprentice. After the death of her sister and the massacre of the Hayabusa village during the Dark Dragon Blade incident, she trained under the protege of Ryu Hayabusa.
A prodigy in the ninja arts, Momiji has grown to be an exceptional kunoichi in her own right. Enamored with his convictions, Momiji shares Hayabusa's perceptions of virtue and justice, only resorting to deadly violence against her clan's enemies. She looks up to her master with pride as both a mentor and an undying ally, and Hayabusa is equally proud of his disciple and sister-in-arms, having her accompany him on missions.
It is also implied that she trained and participated in the fifth annual Dead or Alive Tournament at Hayabusa's request. Likewise, she also heeded "Hayabusa's" request that she go on a vacation, although she did think it was uncharacteristic of him to suggest such (before eventually realizing that the Owner was the one who invited her using his name).
Although they have highly contrasting personalities, Rachel seems to have a friendly relationship with Momiji, perhaps due to their common aim to protect the innocent. They form working partnerships very often and help each other out on their missions. They have a full tag alliance and seem perfectly in synch with one another, proclaiming "Evil, begone!" together in unison for their tag intro. After a match, Momiji says the match goes to them and Rachel voices her approval as they both gaze at each other with respect and admiration for one another.
Kasumi and Momiji's familiarity is not specified, despite both girls being ninjas and having full respect for Ryu Hayabusa. However, Momiji does call out Kasumi's name during a tag battle. In Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3, it is seen they are close at the very start of the vacation, both bearing 3 musical notes (maximum closeness). In addition, in Venus Vacation, she also had Kasumi aid in a New Year's Card photo session, the latter as one of the models alongside Marie Rose and Kokoro, and even took a fortune with her for the event and commented on the shinto shrine.
Although it is unknown whether Ayane and Momiji have actually met, Momiji calls Ayane's name during a tag match. It is likely they have met somewhere around Ninja Gaiden game series where they are one of the supporting and playable characters there.
In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the two met each other and can be partners in the game. In Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, Hitomi seems to get along well with Momiji, with it being implied that they act as training partners. Momiji also helps with cooking, although it's implied that Momiji's slightly inferior to Hitomi in regards to the skill. Momiji also had to quell an argument between Hitomi and Leifang regarding what to serve as the meal for the first anniversary of the Venus Islands' opening (as they wanted Western-style meals and Chinese food to be served, respectively), ultimately reaching a compromise by suggesting they serve both as well as Japanese food (the latter being Momiji's own preferred food option).
In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the two met each other and can be partners in the game. In addition, In Xtreme Venus Vacation, she had her alongside Kasumi and Marie Rose act as models for a New Year's Card photography session, and also provided her with a fortune for the event. Kokoro also interviewed her regarding a questionnaire for the Naked Truth (albeit after Kokoro's more awkward reaction to her about to take a bath). Momiji also admits she admires Kokoro since, although she acts like a big sister to most of the girls on the island, she exudes a lot of innocence as well, and also offered that Kokoro bathe with her similar to the other girls at her village, implying she viewed her like a little sister.
In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the two met each other and can be partners in the game. In addition, in Xtreme Venus Vacation, when meeting up with Helena, she pondered about a rumor about the latter, related to her differing personas on TV and reality, and eventually requested adopting makeup for the Venus Festival, with Helena even allowing her to do makeup sessions during a Pajama Party alongside Misaki to teach them.
In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the two met each other and can be partners in the game. In addition, In Xtreme Venus Vacation, she had her alongside Kasumi and Marie Rose act as models for a New Year's Card photography session, and also helped teach her about some customs about Yoko life.
It's unclear how and when they met, although Honoka is familiar with Momiji. The two of them can be partners in Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3. During either the second New Year festivities at the Venus Islands in the DMM version or the aftermath of the first anniversary in the Steam version, Honoka alongside Luna was hand-picked by Momiji to act as Mikos (shrine priestesses) for the event, including handing out fortunes, and as such were told to greet the newcomer, Nagisa.
Misaki had some respect for Momiji, as evidenced by Misaki wanting to work with her and Hitomi in exercising with them. However, she ultimately regretted it when she learned the full nature of their exercise.
Momiji and Luna seemed to get along very well, although Momiji was slightly embarrassed at having to do a Pyon pose at her request. They also worked together with a spa event, including going to the Jungle to get the necessary ingredients for the various lotions.
Tamaki and Momiji briefly befriended each other largely due to their common high regard for Helena. However, Momiji eventually became a bit more nervous about Tamaki after an incident where Tamaki not only photographed her, but also tore her dress during an implied groping attempt. She also was a bit irritated when Tamaki jokingly claimed that she wished to be pampered like a little sister despite Tamaki being older than Momiji by a year.
In Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, Momiji had to quell an argument between Hitomi and Leifang regarding what to serve as the meal for the first anniversary of the Venus Islands' opening (as they wanted Western-style meals and Chinese food to be served, respectively), ultimately reaching a compromise by suggesting they serve both as well as Japanese food (the latter being Momiji's own preferred food option). Momiji also was paired up with Leifang to host the festivities for Setsubun, the former mentoring the latter on what the holiday entails, although she did end up horrified when Leifang beat up a "demon" (heavily implied to be the Owner) rather than cast beans at it to drive it off (the latter of which was considered customary for the holiday).
Nagisa met Momiji when the former reluctantly accepted a job as a Miko shrine priestess for the New Year's Festivities. After making small talk regarding Momiji's (more revealing) Miko outfit, Nagisa was then directed by Momiji to two other girls wearing Miko shrine outfits (referring to Honoka and Luna), and after she returned upon handing out several fortunes to the people on the island, she then proceeded to pull the tag to Nagisa's fortune.
Momiji was tasked by the Owner to give Kanna a tour of the island to welcome her to the premises, officially because she was an expert at the island, though it is implied that the Owner chose her specifically because she was capable of quelling her if things got out of hand due to prior experience with playing with kids at her home village (much to Kanna's chagrin upon learning this). During the journey through the island, however, Momiji hit a setback when Kanna encountered Nyotengu, and was forced to mediate their feud, ultimately doing so after beating the two in a game of tag via the loser granting a wish by the winner.
During Halloween, Kanna also went to Momiji's room trying to find the Owner, although after she learned that Momiji had hid the Owner, she then made her dress up as a witch to go trick or treating.
She met Momiji when about to compete with Fiona in regards to rock climbing, with Momiji training her on how to rock climb, having expertise in the field due to her origins as a Dragon Shrine Maiden.
- See also: Momiji's command lists
Despite borrowing a few moves from the other ninja characters, Momiji's play style is quite different and distinctive, particularly for her ability to double-jump and perform airborne attacks. Her move set is less diverse than the other ninja, but she compensates with good speed, easy execution, and a wide range of safe moves, making her one of the easiest characters for beginners to pick up and deadly in the hands of experts. She is also a good character to attack from mid to long range distances.
She has single-jump and double-jump stances that can be entered from certain strikes, throws and holds to give more options, and has a weaker but easier variant of Hayabusa's Shoho-Izuna throw, called the Junyo-Izuna, which can form her most damaging juggle if used in an area with a ceiling following a critical burst. She also has two ways to perform her power blow: one from her neutral stance and one while double-jumping.
The following are Momiji's official stats as listed in the games.
|Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3
Even though she doesn't have any friends in the beginning, Momiji is very friendly to everyone on the island, especially Kasumi, and like Hitomi doesn't get lonely, grumpy, or bored on any day. She is a recommendable partner in case the player doesn't have one yet or got rejected by the other girls. While the player's character is Momiji, it is noticeable that certain girls in the game that decrease their friendship notes to 1 due to boredom, loneliness or shyness (e.g. Kasumi, Leifang, Misaki, and Nyotengu) will decrease much slower, especially Nyotengu, which means Momiji has a lot of time to befriend them before their friendship notes turns to one.
In beach volleyball, Momiji has a good amount of power to hit the ball quite hard and has great speed to reach the ball. She is a bit slow in recovery when she gets hits by the ball, but she is also good in defense/blocking as she can jump very high. Overall, she is a fairly well-balanced character in beach volleyball.
Dead or Alive series
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (playable, 2015)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (playable, 2016)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation (playable, 2017)
- Dead or Alive 6 (playable DLC, 2019)
Non-Dead or Alive appearances
Ninja Gaiden series
Momiji made her debut in Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, and later in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. In Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Momiji is a playable character in the Ninja Trials and Chapter Challenge modes. She can be obtained either by downloading her free DLC pack (Wii U version) or by completing Day 5 in the story mode (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC versions).
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce
Momiji makes a guest appearance in PlayStation 3 version of Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce. She is an NPC that offers three different quests to the player. If the player manages to complete all of the challenges she gives them, they earn the right to wield her Heavenly Dragon Naginata in battle. Its attack pattern is similar to the Polearm move-set that appears in the game but with its own unique special attacks taken straight from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.
Warriors Orochi 3
Momiji also appears in Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, the WiiU port of Warriors Orochi 3. She is added with fellow new character Shennong, as well as along side the characters from the Japan-only PSP port of the game, Seimei Abe and Rachel. Her special stage is the Hayabusa Village merged with Wan Castle. She also appears in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, an updated version of Warriors Orochi 3 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In popular culture
Momiji appears alongside Hayabusa in the fan-made CG series Dead Fantasy created by Monty Oum.
She and Ryu debut in Dead Fantasy V and her main opponent is both Kairi and her nobody, Naminé, from the Kingdom Hearts series.
With Oum's death, the series' future is uncertain.
The following are the music themes used for Momiji throughout the series.
|"Fuga ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~"||Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (default theme)|
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (default theme)
Dead or Alive 6
- See: Momiji gallery
- Despite being a ninjutsu practitioner like all the shinobi in the series, Momiji also uses principles of aiki-jūjutsu as well, making her the only shinobi in the series to use a different fighting style.
- Even though she was added to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, it is unknown whether she participated in the tournament or not. Her profile on the official game website, however, states that she does enter in order to test all that she has learned.
- Several of Momiji's techniques, such as double jumping and air-charged attacks, come directly from her gameplay in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. The air-power blow is taken from her ultimate technique and her prayer beads can be used in combat.
- In Dead or Alive 6, her Break Blow is based on her Art of the Crimson Lotus ninpo spell from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.
- Momiji's English voice actor is also the current English voice of Tina Armstrong.
- Momiji is the first Ninja Gaiden character to appear in the Dead or Alive Xtreme sub-series.
- In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, she sometimes mentions Sanji.
- Rachel and Momiji were initially excluded from Dead or Alive 6, with Shimbori stating that his reason for this was because they hailed from Ninja Gaiden. However, both were later added as DLC characters.
- Unlike prior DLC characters in the game, however, they do not appear in story mode.
- Momiji replaced Sayuri in the White Christmas ~ Snowy Island ~ event episodes in the Singapore Steam version due to it being released before Sayuri's formal debut. Momiji being used instead of Sayuri is most likely because she shared a similar older sister archetype to the latter.
- In Momiji's gravures as well as her 2021 Bouquet Dahlia PV trailer, Momiji was reading a book titled "Beach Side Lovers", implying that she's a fan of romance novels.
- One of Momiji's hairstyles, her bobcut, gives her a passing resemblance to her late sister Kureha.
Notes & References
- Name printed on Momiji's Gym Clothes for Team attire in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation.
|Playable||Kasumi • Momiji • Hitomi • Helena Douglas • Marie Rose • Honoka • Nyotengu • Kokoro • Ayane|
|Post-DOAX3 Exclusives||Misaki • Leifang|
|PC Exclusives||Luna • Tamaki • Fiona • Nagisa • Kanna • Monica • Sayuri • Patty • Tsukushi • Lobelia • Nanami • Elise|
|Games||Beach Volleyball • Blackjack • Butt Battle • Poker • Pool Hopping • Tug-of-War • Beach Flags • Rock Climbing • Roulette|
|Other terms||Gift Giving • Pictorial Scenes • Pole Dancing • Stats • Swimsuits • Virtual Pictorial • Zack Dollars • Girl Mode • Owner Mode|
|New Zack Island|
Casino • Hotel • Niki Beach • Pool and Poolside • Sports Shop • Tranquil Beach • Zack of All Trades
|Achievements • Costumes • Downloadable Content • Item Collection Datasheet • Merchandise • Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers • Transcripts (Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 and Scarlet/Venus Vacation)|