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Girl in the dress
Girl in the dress
Personal Info
Name (Kanji) ドレスの少女
Name (Romaji) Doresu no Shōjo
Age 14
Gender Female
Classification Esper
Affiliation SCHOOL (Former operative)
Abilities
Ability Name Measure Heart (心理定規 (メジャーハート) Shinri Jōgi (Mejā Hāto)?, lit. "Mind Ruler")
Power Level Unknown
Media
Debuts

Novel Index Volume 15

Manga Railgun Chapter 43

The Girl in the dress (ドレスの少女 Doresu no Shōjo?) (real name unknown) refers to a character introduced in Toaru Majutsu no Index. A teenage girl who participates in "enjo kosai" or compensated dating for money, little is known about her other than she is an operative of SCHOOL and is acquainted with the ways of the Dark Side of Academy City.

AppearanceEdit

She is described as a beautiful girl in a showy dress with an open back that looks for about 14 years old.[1] She has light colored wavy hair. She wears jewelry on her person. He dress is said to be one would expect a woman from a hostess club would wear.[2]

PersonalityEdit

During missions she is very hostile to those she deems her enemies. However, she has displayed a certain amount of nobleness or mercy within the battlefield to those who are no longer a threat to her, or have gained her respect in the process, as with the case with Shiage and Rikou, the former whom is willingly to face her and Kakine Teitoku in order to protect her from them.[3] She also knows when to fold, as she has shown reluctance when an enemy who she cannot stand a chance against with her power, someone unpredictable with her power like Accelerator.[4] She is also somewhat airheaded, positing a ridiculous question on how Shiage could have disguised himself as a mother, baby, or a baby carriage to her comrade.[1] Outside combat she seems to act a little frivolous, using her showy appearance to earn extra money.

BackgroundEdit

As a member of SCHOOL, she takes part in Teitoku's efforts in gaining an audience with Aleister and negotiating with him, though it is uncertain why.[4] She partakes in "enjo kosai" or compensated dating for money with rich old men. According to her, there is nothing sexual involved - just her providing company to her customers. She states that her customers are looking for relationships that can be bought through money, and that she takes their money and give them some relief with their complexes. However, she does state that it depends on a case by case basis.[4]

ChronologyEdit

Toaru Kagaku no RailgunEdit

Daihasei Festival Arc (Railgun)Edit

Main article: Daihasei Festival Arc (Railgun)

She is with Kakine Teitoku waiting for in a private hotel room when the SCHOOL liaison contacts Teitoku regarding the Daihaseisai Planning Committee, under the orders of the higher-ups, to have the Level 5s do the opening demonstrations for the festival. Teitoku naturally refused the request, but the liaison was quite persistent forcing Teitoku on a rant regarding events such as the Daihaseisai as being for those who still believe in hardwork and hope. And the liaison references Teitoku's preference in using angel wings, saying that he is the type that would appeal to kids and then laughing about it. Teitoku did no take this into stride, he goes berserk and wrecks the room they were in.[5]

When the Boy with goggles arrive he asks what had transpired, to which the Girl explains it to him. Her explanation makes the Boy chortle, but quickly hides it after Teitoku asks him if he was laughing.[5]

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Battle Royale ArcEdit

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Becoming brazen enough after the HsPS-15 Powered Suits left to clean-up Avignon, SCHOOL apparently rebels against the higher-ups and participates in the citywide factional war of underground organizations on October 9[6] in order to gain an audience with Aleister Crowley.

Due to the effects by the assassination attempt on Oyafune Monaka, the security in the Elementary Particle Engineering Laboratory has been disrupted,[7] allowing for SCHOOL to infiltrate it in order to steal the Tweezers. There they are intercepted by ITEM. Apparently not risking a battle, SCHOOL escapes the facility in a station wagon with ITEM close behind.[2] It is unknown how, but the Girl is first seen operating a mobile crane with a wrecking ball to intercept ITEM's car that was chasing the station wagon Teitoku was on. With her skills, she is able to hit the car, pushing it towards a wall. Mugino Shizuri explains to Hamazura Shiage that the ones who are attacking them are SCHOOL, wanting the station to get away. The Girl backs up the mobile crane for about 10 meters as she tries to strike the car again. Seeing this, Shizuri orders Shiage to smash the windshield of the car as it had crush the doors too much. They are able to escape the car just in time as the Girl crushes it with the wrecking ball and later explodes. With the crane's engine apparently stalling, the Girl comes down to go after them personally. Shizuri tells them that they should split up. Shiage asks why she couldn't stay and fight, to which she says that she is after the Tweezers in the station wagon they were chasing, and does not care for subordinates like the Girl in the dress. Furthermore, Shizuri states that the Girl's power is troublesome. With that they leave in different directions. Shiage goes into an alley between buildings but discovers the Girl following him. He continued to run, climbing up an emergency staircase on one of the buildings. Entering a student dormitory, he keeps on running straight through a hallway but then hears a door open behind him. The Girl caught up to Shiage with a small gun in her hand. Shiage then frantically pushes the button to activate the steel shutters between them, used for protection against out-of-control esper powers. The Girl is shocked and tries to shoot at the shutters twice, but to no avail. The both of the looked at each other on the monitor next to them. As Shiage taunts her, the Girl puts away her gun and takes out a 40mm grenade launcher. Horrified, Shiage runs along the hallway again as the Girl launches a projectile towards the steel shutter. Shiage did not fully escape the blast as fragments him and propelling him 5 meters down the hallway. Finding his bearings again, he staggers to run away again and finds himself on a terrace with a three story drop below. Not wanting to face the Girl, Shiage jumps down, exclaiming that being a loser is the best. He later sees a young mother pushing a baby carriage down in the alley. Believing he will crash with the carriage, Shiage helplessly swings his arms and legs around trying to get some distance them. He later lands 15 cm from the carriage. His appearance both shocks the mother and the baby, the former asking who he is, to which Shiage says that he is the kind of hero that falls from the sky. He then says that it is dangerous in their parts and advises her to leave before running down a nearby alley.[2]

When the Girl arrived at the terrace, she only finds the woman and her baby in the carriage. She later calls a comrade, reporting on how she has lost her target. She then says that there is mother and a baby carriage nearby and posits a question that Shiage could have disguised himself as a baby, a mother, or baby carriage. She was later called an idiot and told to die afterwards as a response. She is later annoyed by the fact that she let her guard down as she though Shiage was not too bothersome, and laments on how she should've used her powers from the start.[1]

Later, after Frenda Seivelun betrayed ITEM's location to SCHOOL, she and Sunazara Chimitsu accompany Kakine Teitoku to attack the Private Salon in School District 3. When Shiage returns back to Teitoku after deciding to protect Rikou, he finds her collapsed before him. Here, he is surprised by Shiage's return. He tells Shiage that Rikou did well against him despite having no direct battle power. He tells Shiage that she must've used her search power to try to interfere with his AIM dispersion fields to reverse the flow and take control of his power. He then comments on how if Rikou developed more then she could've become the 8th-ranked Level 5. Having none of it, Shiage tries to use his handgun. But there, the Girl in the dress arrives, where Shiage immediately recognizes as the "Crane Woman" from earlier. As Shiage struggles who to aim at, the Girl then says that he should stop whatever he is doing. With those words, Shiage couldn't move his body. Here, the Girl in the dress used her powers on him, to make him not shoot at them because it is seemingly against his nature. Seeing Shiage's struggle, the Girl comments on how he may be fairly kind on the inside. She smiles and then says that her power Measure Heart she can freely regulate "the distance between people's hearts." She advises Shiage to stop fighting against them, as she has him set-up to make it seem that the distance between their hearts are the same between him and Rikou. He can't shoot her just as much he can't shoot Rikou. Seeing this display, Teitoku begins speaking, saying that the situation made it seem like they were the bad guys. He comments on how Shiage and Rikou, a man and a woman, protecting each other is a moving story, and that it is such a rare sight that he feels that he shouldn't destroy it. He then tells him that Rikou will die regardless of what they do, shocking Shiage. Teitoku kicks the Ability Body Crystal case towards him, and says that she was using the Ability Body Crystal to activate her powers. Teitoku then explains the usage of Ability Body Crystal and on how it affects Rikou. Teitoku tells Shiage that Rikou will not last long in her current state, stating that she'll be fine as long as she doesn't user her powers ever again. As Shiage is frozen in shock, Teitoku tells him that they don't need to kill her if she can; use her searching powers and that he doesn't care if she died or not. The Girl then tells Shiage that she collapsed on her own as she kept forcing on using the Ability Body Crystal in order to fight them, and tells him that none of her would be left if they attacked her seriously.[3]

As Shiage stares them down after their revelation, he manages to press the button for the elevator. As Shiage waits for the elevator, Teitoku wonders if he should kill or let her go. The Girl says that they can just leave her alone as a member of ITEM on the edge of her doom can't stop them. Shiage grounds his teeth after what the Girl just said, despite this he still can't attack her. Teitoku says that it'd be easier to kill her, but the Girl counters by saying that since Rikou used his AIM to mess up his Personal Reality, Teitoku should check up on that. She says that his power going out of control would be much more dangerous than Rikou, and that she would rather not die if an ally of hers went out of control. Teitoko becomes annoyed at being bossed around, but acquiesces to the Girl's warnings. He tells her that they should leave as though checking up is easy they don't have the necessary equipment. At that moment an elevator arrives, at which point Teitoku and the Girl leave, allowing Shiage and Rikou to escape harm.[3]

Afterwards, the Girl in the dress accompanies a male scientist for an entire hour, though there was no sex involved as she just gave him company. She is later paid for her services, though she complains about the scientist not giving her a tip. She later receives a report on how ITEM has been destroyed by in-fighting with Mugino Shizuri being taken out. She later returns to one of SCHOOL's hideouts, where he meets up with Teitoku again. He asks where she has been, to which the Girl immediately complain about scientists not giving her tips and only paying the basic rate. Teitoku wonders and says that an hour isn't very long, but the Girl says that she shouldn't be guilty as they were talking in the hotel room while she flipped through a magazine. Teitoku asks if the Girl doesn't do anything sexual, to which she says that she doesn't need to. She then explains her business to him. She then mentions to Teitoku on the fate of ITEM and Shizuri. This surprises Teitoku, especially with Shizuri apparently escaping his attack on her earlier. He asks on who was the one to have defeated her as Frenda betrayed ITEM and fled (now dead), him defeating Saiai, and Rikou not having a directly battle ability. But Teitoku then trails in his words, realizing that it may have been someone from the subordinate organization. There Teitoku and the Girl recall Shiage back in the elevator hall who was trying to protect Rikou. Teitoku then whistles in praise for him. The Girl then asks about the analysis with the Tweezers. Teitoku answers by referencing on how Aleister seems to know a little too much about thier actions beyond the use of conventional surveillance technologies. He then says that Aleister does so by using UNDER_LINE after having spreading about ten million invisible machines throughout the city. He explains on how they needed the Tweezers to capture the microscopic machines that make up UNDER_LINE and get information out of it. The Girl then asks again regarding the results of the analysis, to which Teitoku laments on how the date in UNDER_LINE it is not enough compared to Aleister. The Girl then asks if he truly must kill Accelerator, to which Teitoku confirms as it is the only way for him to ensure the negotiations with Aleister would go well. Hearing this, the Girl in the dress states that she will not be taking part in a battle against Accelerator, explaining on how his reaction to her using her powers on her would be too unpredictable, and liable to get her killed. Hearing this, Teitoku is not disappointment as he has expected that she wouldn't be much help in the battle anyway. The Girl then looks again on the Tweezers and says to Teitoku that if he has the result then she should tell her as she would like to know they can directly negotiate with Aleister, to which Teitoku agrees.[4]

DRAGON ArcEdit

Main article: DRAGON Arc

She is part of the new team that is established after the events of the Battle Royale Arc. Here she leads the remnants of the Hound Dogs under the order of General Superintendent Aleister to eliminate Hamazura Shiage, as he was supposed to end up dead during the battle royale between the 5 organizations [8]. The first thing that Measure Heart does is restrain her new teammate Kinuhata Saiai while the former Hound Dogs proceeded to track down Shiage. By her own part the Girl in the dress seems surprised that troops are ordered and deployed for the sake of taking out a Level 0 that seems to have no true relevance.

AbilitiesEdit

Measure HeartEdit

Her ability is known as Measure Heart (心理定規 (メジャーハート) Shinri Jōgi (Mejā Hāto)?, lit. "Mind Ruler"), an ability that allows her to regulate "the distance between people's hearts". Seemingly an application of Telepathy, it allows her to set herself at a certain "distance in the heart" with a target, allowing her to be either seemingly close in affection to her target or be distant from them. Reactions to this manipulation varies. For example: in one opportunity, she sets her distance to Shiage to the same value he has to Takitsubo Rikou, at which point Shiage is unable to shoot her, the same way he would not shoot Rikou, despite objectively knowing that the Girl in the dress and Rikou are two different people.[3] The Girl also gives a hypothetical example with Accelerator, stating that he may be someone who would feel betrayed if she uses her power on him and display extreme murderous rage. This means that she has to be careful on in which level she sets herself when facing a target in order to get beneficial results.[4]

Her level is unknown. It is also described by Shizuri, a Level 5, as a troublesome ability.[2]

OthersEdit

Since her ability isn't used for direct combat, she uses a variety of tools and weapons to attack her targets, such as a mobile cane that can slice metal in half, a ladies gun or a grenade launcher. She can also apparently operate heavy machinery like a mobile crane.[2]

QuotesEdit

  • (To an unknown SCHOOL comrade, most probably Teitoku, from Volume 15): "I lost my target. There’s only a baby, a mother, and a baby carriage around here. …Do you think it’s possible that the man disguised himself as a baby, a mother, or a baby carriage?"
  • (To Teitoku, ibid) "A guy and a girl protecting each other like this is such a moving story. It‘s such a rare sight that it makes me not want to destroy it."
  • (To Shiage, ibid) "You don't want your true feelings to be painted over with lies, do you? You should share the joy of living on with that dying girl."
  • (To Saiai, ibid) "It seems the irregular factors known as Kamijou Touma and Accelerator are within the allowable limit of irregularity. That is why they are at the core of the plan. When they struggle, it can be used to the benefit of the plan. I don’t actually know what the plan is, though. Incidentally, Hamazura Shiage is different."

Character Art DesignEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

SCHOOL

Operatives
Number2 Dress Sniper Boy
Kakine Teitoku Girl in the dress Sunazara Chimitsu Boy with goggles

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