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Tsukushi is a young girl who first appeared in the August 26, 2020 update version of the DMM and Japanese Steam versions of Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, and on the September 9, 2021 update version of the Singapore Steam and Johren versions of the game.
She frequently read and consulted with manga to cope with her inability to make friends with people in school. Eventually, she decided to become an aspiring Mangaka, and had even submitted several planned manga storylines to be published, although all had been rejected up to her visit to the Venus Islands.
At some point, she learned about the Venus Islands, or more specifically the festival that's helmed there, after stumbling upon it with an internet search. Obsessed with trying to find the "venuses" (referring to the participants) in the hopes of finding inspiration for her manga, she then headed to the island, also having a brief run-in with the Owner before meekly accepting a request from the Owner to participate in the festival.
Tsukushi has fair skin, short, slightly brown hair styled in a similar manner to that of Tamaki. Her eyes match her hair color, and she wears either black or red framed glasses. She also wears a blue sweatshirt with buttons on it, carries around a black art pouch and occasionally wears a red beret. Her SR also has her wearing sweatpants. While not to the degree of Sayuri or Honoka, she is also one of the bustier girls on the island, having a bust size of 95cm.
She is shown to be fairly shy, to the extent of cowering behind a sketchbook if the owner finds her as well as doing a pratfall upon discovering the Owner being in the bathroom and doing a desperate gesture to ward him off while begging him not to approach her. She also has an artistic side to her, often drawing quietly by herself. Owing to her shyness, she also at times stutters, and at one point deeply considered just going back to her room just before Misaki arrived to guide her throughout the island due to being overwhelmed by the bustling crowds. She came to the island for sightseeing and to see the Venuses (Megami-chan in the Japanese version (i.e. the others girls)). Aside from this, she was also shown to have severe depression relating to her inability to socialize and also her failure to publish a manga, with her even referencing herself as being a gloomy girl ("Yinkya" in the Japanese version). When the owner not only suggested she join his venus festival, but also inferred that she was cute, she was taken aback and demanded to know what made the Owner think she was in any way cute while stammering, implying that Tsukushi was deeply insecure about her physical appearance.
Tsukushi is a Japanese name. The name in hiragana roughly translates to "horsetail" (a plant).
Misaki met Tsukushi while acting as a guide for her regarding her recent arrival, which also resulted in Tsukushi abandoning her original plan of forgoing the festival altogether and going back to her room due to being overwhelmed by the crowds. During this time, she also was baffled by Tsukushi's constant references to the other girls, and her in particular, as "Venuses", prompting Tsukushi to panic over saying too much, though she didn't mind too much. She also introduced her to Monica and Tamaki, explaining the former acted as a dealer at the island's casino. She later acted as a model for Tsukushi to draw after the latter accidentally admitted her interest in drawing a manga.
Tamaki met Tsukushi during a Summer Festival, though the meeting was awkward due to Tamaki proceeding to grope her as usual. That said, Tamaki did note that Tsukushi was oddly receptive towards her usual antics, with Tsukushi admitting she was fond of it due to it ultimately helping her to be more talkative, although she nonetheless told Tamaki to lay off the tickling in the future. She also was surprised at Tsukushi's comment of wanting to make a good picture of the various "Goddesses", though nevertheless obliged to act as a model for her manga upon learning of her status as an aspiring Mangaka, putting her past modeling experience to good use.
Helena met Tsukushi sometime after the festival. Helena also attempted to coax Tsukushi to relax due to her excessively shy nature, and also learned about her aspiring to be a mangaka, also volunteering to act as a model for her manga. She ultimately did so alongside Hitomi when reconvening with the two.
Hitomi met Tsukushi after the former finished some training exercises, and also made small talk where she learned of Tsukushi's plans of being a Mangaka, and eventually learned that she also had asked Helena to act as a model, before volunteering to act as a model in turn.
Honoka tracked down Tsukushi to invite her to a spa, and also complimented her Cinderella Heart outfit (which had been a design she made for the other girls). She alongside Nyotengu also taught her how to do and accepting massages for others (as Tsukushi was only experienced with self-massages due to her line of work). She also acted as a manga model, albeit reluctantly.
Honoka later worked with Tsukushi regarding posing for photoshoots by Leifang at the latter's request, as she intended to help Tsukushi with modeling for her manga.
The two were later paired up to compete in a Butt Battle, with Tsukushi reluctantly using a special move to beat Honoka, though the latter didn't mind too much due to finding fun in falling into the pool. Just before their match, Honoka also mistook Tsukushi's ecstasy with competing against a "goddess" in Butt Battle as her suffering from a fever due to her blushing and offered to take Tsukushi to Sayuri for a checkup.
Nyotengu met Tsukushi after Honoka brought her to the spa, and also supplied some of her own massaging techniques to Tsukushi, teaching her the art of giving and receiving massages.
Tsukushi met Patty one time while walking the beach, with Patty learning the concept of Manga from her. Patty also proceeded to invite Tsukushi to a pajama party, partly to learn more on how to read manga (as, due to her isolation on a nearby island from the rest of the world, she was unfamiliar of the concept of Manga, let alone how to read it). Afterwards, they made small talk, with Patty deducing that manga was Tsukushi's treasure. However, it ended abruptly due to Patty falling asleep fast, causing Tsukushi some angst.
Tsukushi interacted with Fiona during a Jewel-related festival, with her initially being startled by Fiona. They briefly talked about each other's respective jewels, with Fiona encouraging Tsukushi to find "her own color" in reference to Opal supplying different colors depending on how light reflects on it.
Tsukushi attempted to draw Leifang in secret in order to get source material for her manga, though Leifang noticed her presence. She was pleased with how she drew her, but nevertheless gave constructive criticism of certain backgrounds. She then offered to help Tsukushi out by having Tsukushi be photographed by her to act as source material, to which Tsukushi reluctantly obliged.
Dead or Alive series
- Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation (playable character, 2020, add-on)
- Tsukushi is the first girl to be unveiled during a livestream event (not counting Nagisa's officially being identified during the 2018 December livestream).
- She is also the first girl to have her birthday occur during her paywall period in the DMM version (not counting Patty, as her birthday was initially designated a Special Day and not listed until after its debut).
- Tsukushi is so far the only girl to wear eye accessories as her default appearance.
- She is also the only girl who removes any accessories during shower gacha scenes (as Nyotengu and Kanna still wear their eyeshadow makeup during their shower gacha animations).
- On a similar note, she is technically the second girl to automatically wear glasses in at least one episode, after Tamaki (who was briefly shown to wear glasses in the beginning of her second birthday episode).
- As of her debut, she is the youngest 18 year old girl in the game, and the second-youngest 18 year old girl overall (after NiCO).
- Tsukushi is the first girl to have purely one stat as her SRs in her gacha (TEC, in her case).
- Tsukushi's nationality was not listed due to Xtreme Venus Vacation not having a nationality section for the girls' bios. However, it was nevertheless heavily implied to be Japanese due to her name being spelled in Hiragana instead of Katakana as well as her familiarity with Japanese summer festivals.
- She is the fourth character to explicitly give her measurements, after Nagisa, Monica and Sayuri (the four characters did so via their second episode).
- Tsukushi is the third girl to have her "SSR received" animation be used for peek scenarios in live change episodes, after Nagisa and Patty (the other girls used the "SSR received" animation for their no-peek scenarios).
- Tsukushi is one of only two girls whose first SSR accessory was issued via the SSR accessory ticket section of the VIP shop instead of debuting in a ranking event, the other being Patty.
- According to Sakuta D. in Famitsu's third anniversary coverage, Tsukushi had been created primarily to act as a contrast to Patty's more peppy demeanor. He also admitted that he feared that her PV intro was deemed too sexualized, but nevertheless agreed to it.
- Concept art included in the same section also depicted her as having slightly longer hair, and also featured models that depicted her as slightly chubbier than in the final design.
- Tsukushi is the fifth character in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation who has a pre-determined outfit for her first episode (ie, the player cannot have her wear whatever outfit the player chose for her in the episode), the others being Ayane, Patty, Misaki, Honoka, Lobelia, and Nanami. She is also the second to have an SSR as her pre-determined outfit (in this case, her debuting SSR), after Patty yet before Lobelia and Nanami.
- Despite this, however, the PV for her free event depicted a scene from her first character episode while wearing an SSR from the free event, implying that the ability to change characters' pre-determined outfits in the first episodes was planned at the time.
Notes and references
- Implied by her name being spelled in Hiragana
- Famitsu 3rd anniversary DOAXVV coverage, page 84
|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|
|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)|