Therestina Kihara Lifeline (テレスティーナ＝木原＝ライフライン Teresutīna Kihara Raifurain?) is the main antagonist of the second arc of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime. She is the granddaughter of famous scientist Kihara Gensei and is related to Hound Dog's commander, Kihara Amata. Like her grandfather, she is obsessed with achieving the creation of a Level 6 Esper.
Therestina is a woman with wavy orange hair which is most of the time gathered into a ponytail. She is shown to have glamorous proportions and is "well-endowed" as well. She also wears a pair of glasses.
In her office attire, she wears a dark-colored coat and a pencil skirt with the same colors. Light brown stockings and white high-heeled shoes complete her outfit.
At first glance, she seems to exude an air of elegance and authority and is also easily approachable and friendly. She also seems to be childish somewhat, having many toys decorated in her office and is fond of a specific kind of candy that comes out of small cylindrical tube where she easily guesses what color it is.
This is all a facade for her true nature: she is truly cold and uncaring of people using them as pawns for the goals at hand, she is also well prepared in situations having installed Capacity Down in a research facility in the event of espers attacking (such as Misaka Mikoto and company) as well as determining the weakness of Mikoto's Railgun. However, she is somewhat boastful of her own abilities and highly unstable, often breaking down in hysterical laughter while parading her plans when things go her way.
BackgroundEditWhen she was younger she was used by her grandfather for the creation of the Crystallized Esper Essence, stating happily that she was going to become Academy City's "dream" which is the achievement of creating a Level 6 and that she was being used a foundation for it. Apparently, she was previously an esper as she used as a part of the experiment, it is unknown if the experiment rendered her powerless, or that she lost her esper abilities in a much later point in her life.
She eventually became a leader of Multi Active Rescue, a peace-and-order organization in Academy City which acts as a response team in high-risk situations. Despite being a high-ranking official in MAR, she is shown to have an interest in childish things, like her occasional consumption of candies and her collection of objects which are favorable for children. Sometime before the events of the Big Spider Arc, she gives Big Spider the Capacity Down that she developed, as a means to gather data from its use against espers.
Toaru Kagaku no RailgunEdit
Level Upper ArcEdit
- Main article: Level Upper Arc
She was first seen as an unnamed character commanding a small group of MAR units after the capture of Kiyama Harumi, clearing debris from the nuclear research facility that the AIM Burst nearly destroyed.
- Main article: Poltergeist Arc
Later she aides Anti-Skill and Judgment with the Poltergeist incidents that were happening around the city with her MAR units under her command. She saves Haruue Erii and Uiharu Kazari during one such incident and gains the trust of Misaka Mikoto and company. She further gains their trust, after saving them once again during another poltergeist incident in Nature Park; she also takes Haruue Erii into their custody, under the facade of observing her.
When Kiyama Harumi and her students were discovered, she takes custody of the children from her. Later when Kiyama Harumi and Kazari offered to give the former's research data on recovering her comatose students, she reveals her true color, and that she is discovered that she is actually the granddaughter of Kihara Gensei, the one responsible for the coma of Harumi's students and that she wants to continue the experiments by using the children regardless of the consequences.
She is defeated by Mikoto and her friends with the support of Anti-Skill and was reported to have been captured for questioning though she seems uncooperative in the interrogation.
Silent Party ArcEdit
- Main article: Silent Party Arc
Therestina Kihara Lifeline is in a prison cell when Mikoto comes to visit her through the influence of Heaven Canceller. Ever a difficult person to deal with, Therestina constantly mocks and belittles Mikoto, and even more so when she hears her asking for her help as she is familiar with the dark side. Therestina asks if she despises the city after discovering the truth within it, to which Mikoto says she doesn't because she has met good people in the city as well, which annoys Therestina. After much whining from Mikoto, Therestina finally acquiesces to Mikoto asking about artificial humans, telling her of Chemicaloids she used to hear of. She then says that those who have created the Chemicaloids are planning to show it to the city in an upcoming event, which Mikoto discovers is the Academy City Research Exhibition Assembly. Therestina, however, warns her that even though she can easily use the fact that she is a Level 5, a valuable guinea pig to the City, she knows not how deep the darkness of those who are not even considered guinea pigs.
She is an esper, as is the reason why she was first used by her grandfather as a test subject for the Ability Body Crystal's First Sample. Despite being an esper, she is shown to be immune to Capacity Down. Since only Level 0 espers (such as Saten Ruiko) can be immune to the device, Therestina's Level is theorized to be 0. This is supported by the fact that she never once displayed any ability. However it should be noted that her suit could have worked as a shield against the Capacity Down.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat - She is skilled enough to easily take down Kiyama Harumi, when she charged at her during a fit of rage.
- Powered Suit pilot - As MAR commander she is a very skilled pilot of a customized HsPS-15 unit. She also wears a personal robotic bodysuit which is more than a match for any unskilled esper, she also pilots a much larger mechanical unit that is probably used for dangerous rescue situations or construction.
- Intelligence - She is also shown to be quite devious, fooling Anti-Skill and Judgment of her true identity for much of her appearances. She used Skill-Out gangs as test subjects for her invention, Capacity Down, which is used to disable espers. She also studied Misaka's ability carefully in order to counter it. Mikoto's signature move, the Railgun, was mimicked by her using a lance-shaped weapon and was intended to be more powerful than the original, though this has been proven to be incorrect.
Character Art DesignsEdit
The evolution of Therestina's looks started after Haimura decided that Therestina was the complete opposite of Harumi's character, as well as his desire not to fall into set design patterns that are common in moe characters. Therestina's design's first draft looks completely different from her final design. In her second draft, Haimura modified her outfit after learning that Therestina would be piloting Powered Suits, but the overall design was rejected. Haimura later redesigned Therestina, after he was given feedback that Therestina should look more like a secretary. Her current design was later finalized after redrawing a rough sketch of her with orange hair. According to Haimura, despite the stark difference between the final and first design, Therestina still looks as an opposite to Harumi.
- A number of fans pointed out her "maniacal laugh" in the last few episodes of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun being similar to a certain character in the anime adaptation of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. In fact, Sayaka Ohara, seiyuu for Therestina, also voiced Beatrice, who shares an equally twisted attitude. Also, they pointed out that the battle between Misaka Mikoto (voiced by Rina Satou, who voiced Ange-Beatrice in Umineko) and Therestina has happened before, in the form of the battle between Ange-Beatrice and Beatrice in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
- Many fans also compare her to Margery Daw from Shakugan no Shana, because they share similar features. Coincidentally, Colleen, the English voice actress of Therestina, also voiced Margery.
- Therestina uses a powered suit equipped with a prototype railgun weapon, which could imply she is somehow involved in the FIVE_Over Modelcase_"RAILGUN" development or backed by its creator.
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