Akiko Kusatsu (草津 秋子, Kusatsu Akiko) is a minor character from Boogiepop and Others. She is a first year student at Shinyo Academy with a crush on Masami Saotome where she later became a victim of his the Manticore who turned her into a human puppet with no emotions.
Akiko's appearance is never revealed in the novels.
In the anime, Akiko is a young girl with a slight tan, short brown hair in a bob haircut, shown wearing the Shinyo Academy School Uniform, as well as her casual clothing.
While Akiko was still alive, she was a normal cheerful girl who fell in love with Masami Saotome and she proved to be gullible when she trusted the boy to take her home after he secretly spiked her drink. After her murder and transformation into a human puppet, she first appeared to be the same as before, but her emotions and self-control quickly broke down and disappeared, and she became a mindless servant of the Manticore.
Akiko was a regular girl, before she went on a date with Masami Saotome, who spiked her drink and took her to the Manticore, who ate her essence and transformed her into a mindless puppet that can only do its bidding.
Boogiepop and Others
Akiko, now having been fully transformed into a lifeless slave, made several of her classmates try the Type-S drug, under the Manticore's orders, in order to get more potential victims. One of the unfortunate classmates was Kyouko Kinoshita.
- The name Akiko means "autumn" (秋) (aki) and "child" (子) (ko).
- Akiko's surname Kusatsu means "grass, herb, weed" (草) (kusa) and "haven, port, harbor, ferry" (津) (tsu).