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Akeno Shiranui (不知火明乃)Akeno is not only a mermaid but also a "mermaid examiner". She has the responsibility of deporting all the mer-people who fail to qualify as not only resembling humans but also not arousing any suspicion of their true identities.
When first introduced she had a hostile attitude towards the other major protagonists. This later changes as develops feelings of compassion towards them and also as she finds her "duty" as a Knight-in-training as an excuse used by the final antagonist.
Her name is related to Shiranui Sea and Venus (明けの明星, ake no myōjyō) Venus in the eastern morning sky.