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Kiyomi Azumabito (キヨミ・アズマビト Kiyomi Azumabito?) is an ambassador of Hizuru and an ally to the Eldians on Paradis Island.

Appearance

Kiyomi is a middle-aged Asian lady. She has small facial features, thin eyebrows, and black hair neatly kept in a bun. Kiyomi is around average height. When fulfilling her ambassador services, she usually wears the traditional Hizuru kimono, though she still dresses formally otherwise.

Personality

Kiyomi's greed

Kiyomi's greed manifesting as drool

Kiyomi is sympathetic to Eldians, as shown when she chose to cover up Udo's mistake of spilling wine on her kimono, saving him from the other ambassadors.[1] She is also a calm and secretive individual, playing along with Willy Tybur's festival and even congratulating him despite knowing what is to come.[2]

Like many from the Azumabito family, she is sensitive to money. She is easily bought to ally herself with Paradis Island after hearing about its iceburst stone reserves from Zeke Yeager. The mere thought of wealth causes her to salivate.[3]

Despite her greed, Kiyomi claims to have strong sense of pride for the Azumabito family as seen by her desire to protect Mikasa regardless of the Azumabito's investments in Paradis Island.[4]

Story

Marley arc

Kiyomi meets with Zeke

Kiyomi meets with Zeke

Some time between 850 and 852, Kiyomi meets with Zeke Yeager, who explains how he wishes to restore his ancestral homeland of Eldia and how helping him would in turn benefit Hizuru and the Azumabito family. She is skeptical at first, but Zeke offers her vertical maneuvering equipment that he has personally procured. The iceburst stone that fuels it is a uniquely powerful resource that Hizuru would be able to take advantage of and make it a powerful nation once again.[5]

In 852, Kiyomi visits Paradis with a diplomatic delegation from Hizuru where she discovers that Mikasa Ackerman is the last descendant of a son of her nation's shogun clan, from which the Azumabitos are also descended. She calls the passing of the family crest by Mikasa's mother to her daughter, and Mikasa's intentions to pass it on to her own children, a noble act.[6]

Kiyomi explains her arrangement with Zeke to the Paradis military, drooling as she talks about the island's resources, though she promptly cleans up when one of her aides points it out to her. She then outlines the three processes by which the island can be saved. Her part is in the second process. Hizuru will work with Paradis to bring its level of technology up with the rest of the modern world. She estimates that it will take fifty years, which is why Paradis will need their queen to inherit the Beast Titan from Zeke and bear as many royal children as she can in her remaining thirteen years. This will hold the rest of the world at bay until their technology can catch up.[7]

Udo and the Hizuru ambassador

Kiyomi pretends that the wine spill was her own fault

In 854, Kiyomi attends the party the night before the festival in Liberio. She meets Udo, one of the Warrior cadets, when he accidentally spills wine on her kimono. Understanding that he would quickly get in trouble for this, she warns him not to make a scene and passes off the spill as her own mistake.[8]

The following day, she visits Willy in the backstage area where he is preparing for his stage production. She passes off her visit as simply wanting to see his face and calls him a brave man, a fact her family knows well. Kiyomi tells him that she hopes he fulfills his duty without incident, but after she leaves, she tells her escort that it is time for them to go, and she does not stay to watch the production.[9]

Kiyomi goes to Paradis Island and is greeted by Darius Zackly. She congratulates the nation of Eldia on its victory at Liberio and comments on how it is an honor to have the head of the state welcoming her. Kiyomi then tells about what she brought to the island, a plane which uses iceburst stone as fuel.[10]

Kiyomi fears for the Azumabito family's fate

Kiyomi fears for the Azumabito family's fate

Kiyomi is present during a tense Paradis military meeting. After Pixis dismisses the soldiers, he goes to her and apologizes for having to see this exchange and asks her to stay by the harbor for her own safety. Kiyomi responds with hoping for Eldia's victory. She gets ahold of Mikasa Ackerman and tells her to escape on the Azumabitos' ship in case something happens. While appreciating the concern, Mikasa vows to stay and fight. Kiyomi goes over how if the "rumbling" does not succeed, it would spell the end for the Azumabito family, as Hizuru would leave them out to dry. She laments the stigma of her family becoming greedy and scheming foxes, but still holds the pride of their clan and assures Mikasa of her desire to protect her.[11]

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