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Esther Rosenthal (エステル=ローゼンタール Esuteru Rōzentāru?, 7S: Estelle Rosenthal[Notes 1]) is a magician[1] who first appears in Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator.

EtymologyEdit

Esther was a biblical figure and the main character in the Book of Esther, part of the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Old Testament. A Jewish orphan who became the new wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, she asked the king to rescind an order to kill all the Jews in the kingdom (after the vizier Haman was offended by her cousin and guardian Mordecai not bowing) and won permission for them to kill their enemies.[Notes 1]

Rosenthal is a surname of German and Ashkenazi Jewish origin, meaning "valley of roses".

AppearanceEdit

Esther is rather well-endowed and has blonde hair and green eyes. She has a mole under her left eye. She wears a black cloak over a sleeveless white blouse, which is open on the back, with a red skirt under a large belt. She wears two black ribbons on her temples. Her forearms are covered in bandages and she wears gloves. She wears black thigh-high socks, her legs have leather straps, and her ankles are bound with metal rings.[2] She wears dark underwear.[3]

After her clothes got wet shortly after meeting Accelerator, she wore a nurse's uniform during the incident which followed,[3][4][5] initially wearing her cape over it before giving it to the Huotou, possessing the corpse of Hitokawa Hasami, to cover up its host's body.[4][5]

PersonalityEdit

Esther is shown to be generally kind to people. She is also seen to be completely comfortable when Accelerator walks in on her when she is in her underwear, much to Last Order's chagrin. She values humans and their lives enough that she is outraged when they are exploited in despicable fashions;[3] this is displayed greatly when, despite how they are dead, Esther does not see any of her animated corpses as expendable as she prefers to see no harm come to them.[6]

BackgroundEdit

Esther is the current head of the Rosenthal Family, who have spent 400 years and 23 generations developing necromantic techniques in order to create the perfect golem.[7]

She apparently came to Academy City and was tricked into aiding Hishigata's research on how esper powers resided in the human body. This research later developed in strengthening esper powers by reinforcing the physical body, though only corpses, though this eventually lead to the creation of the Coffins. She would later make friends with Hishigata's younger sister, Hirumi, but she later dies. Esther later resurrects her using her magic but finds out that she had become possessed by the evil spirit of Taowu.[8] Probably aware of the evil spirit's plans of wanting to use Last Order to put a new layer upon the world, make a perfect body and brain,[9] and eventually a perfect esper,[8] She later escapes, determined to get to Last Order.

ChronologyEdit

Toaru Kagaku no AcceleratorEdit

Necromancer ArcEdit

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Ch5-36

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Esther clashing with her pursuer.

Esther first appears while being pursued by DA. While escaping them, she enters a certain hospital and finds herself in Accelerator's room. She attempts to ask him about Last Order, however Accelerator doesn't notice her due to using his power to deflect sound away from him while reading. While she tries to get his attention, her pursuer catch up with her and manage to subdue her. She is later tied up with several belts and gagged. Despite her bonds, she manages to get out during the scuffle between the Anti-Skill and Accelerator who has come to take her away for questioning as she carried a photo of Last Order.[10]

She escapes her restraints during Accelerator's battle with Nishio and the prototype Coffin, and later reappears before Accelerator, in his room, inquiring about the girl on the photo, Last Order.[10]

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Accelerator choking Esther

After a rocky start with Accelerator, she tells him of DA and their plans and later bring him to the warehouse where she was restrained. There, they discover a huge mecha, a Coffin known as the Qiong Qi, and find out that DA's plans are already in motion.[9] Later, Esther performs a magic ritual on Hitokawa Hasami's corpse, in order to put her to rest. While doing so, the curious Accelerator touches the physical form of Hasami's residual memory, allowing him to see how she had died.[3] Esther sucessfully possesses Hasami with her Huotou and closes her spiritual circuit but is interrupted by the arrival of DA operatives who have come to dispose of the body. As a result, the Huotou activates and takes control of Hasami's body allowing her to fight for Esther as she is her master.[6]

When Accelerator stumbled after dispatching the first DA member, Esther asked if he was OK and noticed his head bleeding due to his wounds reopening. As the second DA member tried to escape, Esther attempted to pursue him but he used his blade to bring the ceiling down on top of her, though the Huotou protected her using Hasami's body. Seeing her path was blocked, Esther looked for another way, which the Huotou found. After the Huotou told her to hang on, Esther gave it her cloak to cover Hasami's naked body. It then carried her after their quarry, breaking through a wall and intercepting the DA member as he was escaping the hospital.[4]

AbilitiesEdit

NecromancyEdit

She is a Necromancer,[1] and as a member and the head of the Rosenthal family, can perform Rosenthal family-style necromancy.

She can perform rituals on the dead to help them as they're "pass[ing] through the gates of
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Esther performing a ritual on Hitokawa Hasami's body.

Heaven."[3] An example of this is with Hitokawa Hasami, whom Esther mentions that the corpse would crawl back again even if buried. The ritual involves Esther putting back the wandering "residual memory" of the corpse in order to put her to rest. This requires closing the corpse's "spiritual circuit." Esther places a complex magic circle upon the body of the corpse. Additional magic circles then form upon the floor where the ritual is being made, and a large, vibrant burst of light appears as the spirit is installed. She then "reactivates" her, re-possesses her body with her Huotou, and then closes the spiritual circuit.[3] To do this, she needs the "residual thoughts" as a keyword and then sends the false soul into the body. If the residual thoughts are not controlled, they usually take dangerous form that people sometimes call ghosts.[6]

Slowly, the "residual memory" gathers and forms outside the corpse in the form of a floating brain. If touched, as with the case of Accelerator, the memories of the person can appear in the back of the one who touched its mind, apparently spanning even from birth of the person all the way to their death.[3]

Artificial soulsEdit

The Rosenthal Family make use of artificial souls, also referred to as false soul (偽りの魄 Itsuwari no Tamashii?), which are stored in charms and inserted into corpses to animate them. When summoned, the soul is bound to follow the orders of the head of the Rosenthal family.[11] All of the artificial souls that are used by the Rosenthal family have names based on ancient Chinese figures, due to the influence of the Taoism in their spells.[11]

Esther is currently only shown to have summoned and implanted two artificial souls on corpses, Huotou and Taowu. However, as the only living member present in Academy City in the course of the story, it is presumed that she was the one implanted the artificial souls on the corpses that would eventually come to be used by the Coffins, large mecha that would also bare the name of the artificial souls.

HuotouEdit

The Huotou (禍斗 Kato?), also referred to as the Rosenthal Third Number (薔薇渓谷家参式 (ローゼンタール サードナンバー) Rōzentāru Sādonanbā?) is used by Esther to possess Hitokawa Hasami after her death, presumably the same artificial soul used when her body was used for the Prototype Coffin. Esther uses the artificial soul in her process in “closing the circuits” of a corpse. When put in a corpse it will take a while before the Huotou activates. When it does, it rises by itself and talks in a strange manner, like that of a robot. When in combat it can be both fast and powerful, and as with the case of Hasami, be able to destroy and create a crater on a floor with a single kick. It also automatically tries to protect its master (Esther), and if in danger of being destroyed, tries to protect the “charm” that allows it to move, allowing damage to the corpse if necessary.[6]

TaowuEdit

Taowu (檮杌?), known as Evil Spirit of Numbers (ナンバーズの悪霊 Nanbāzu no Akuryō?) is the evil spirit that possessed Hirumi's body after being resurrected by Esther. Initially, it was thought to be capable of independent and malicious thought unlike Huotou, and unwilling or incapable of speaking.[8] It is later revealed that the spirit has been imprinted with the soul of Esther's ancestor, Isaac, allowing it independent thought and have its own goals.[11]

Armor of the DeadEdit

Armour of the Dead (Anime)

The Armor of the Dead used to protect Hasami.

The Armor of the Dead (死者の鎧 Shisha no Yoroi?) is an armor made from dirt. Esther can envelope her Huoutou with an armor of dirt that not only increases defense but also attack power. To activate this spell, Esther uses one of her magic circles on paper and puts in on the ground where there is a sufficient amount of soil. By Esther's actions however, she apparently needs to continue invoking the spell to provide the dirt for her Huotou's armor. According to her, the spell is just using a Gnome (土精 (グノーム) Dosei (Gunōmu)?, lit. "Earth Spirit") to amplify the defense of the dead and increase its attack power.[12]

Emperor Shun's BladeEdit

Esther has with her a dagger known as Emperor Shun's Blade (舜帝の剣 Shun-tei no Han?). It appears as a dagger with strange marking that Esther uses as a regular dagger, using it to stab people or to escape being tied.[10]

It can be used for a spell known as Spell of Emperor Shun's Blade (舜帝の剣の術 Shun-tei no Han no Jutsu?). The dagger is prepared for the spell by using a ritual where the blade is placed in the center of a magic circle.[8] The dagger is intended to neutralize the artificial souls used by the Rosenthal family on striking their charm and is described by Esther as poison to the likes of the Taowu.[13]

Other appearancesEdit

Toaru Idol no Accelerator-samaEdit

Main article: Toaru Idol no Accelerator-sama

Esther debuts in chapter 6 of the 4koma gag manga alongside Hitokawa Hasami. After Hasami dies after being awestruck by Accelerator's wings, Esther accidentally inserts an artificial soul into her and becomes Hasami's master. From then on, Esther is shown as an unabashed fan of the idol Accelerator being accompanied by her servant Hasami.

Character Art DesignsEdit

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 It should be noted that due to the fact that Esther and Estelle share the same kana (エステル, Esuteru) in Japanese and the thematic naming wasn't fully clear from the start, her name has often been translated as Estelle Rosenthal in both official and unofficial translations, including on this wiki. After the history of the Rosenthal Family and the names of some of her ancestors were revealed (Obed, Isaac and Nathan - names shared with biblical figures), the possibility that it might have been Esther rather than Estelle came to light. This was subsequently reinforced by her character page on the Toaru Project website for the Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator anime.

ReferencesEdit

Rosenthal Family

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