Yukikaze as he appears in Ayanami's flashback.
|Aliases||Aitsu (lit. that fellow) (by Ayanami and Hyuuga) |
|Age||Probably in his 20s at time of death|
|Height||Estimated 170cm to 185cm |
|Affiliation||The Barsburg Empire |
Yukikaze is a minor antagonist who once served as Ayanami's Begleiter before Ayanami rose to the position of the Barsburg Armed Forces' Chief of Staff. Yukikaze was killed protecting Ayanami in Raggs Castle. He was one of the four earliest members of the Black Hawks.
Yukikaze is the name of a Japanese destroyer battleship. This name can be ironic in that Yukikaze (the ship) was the only member of its class to survive World War II, whereas Yukikaze (the character) is the only member of the Black Hawks who has not survived.
In the Japanese language, 'yuki' means snow and 'kaze' means 'wind'. 'Yukikaze' means 'windblown snow'.
Yukikaze officially appeared in manga chapter 98. Before that, his appearance had long been debatable. In the pilot chapter Begleiter, when Hyuuga is talking about that Begleiter whom Ayanami confided in, there is a light-haired man seen kneeling beside Ayanami and in the next grid seen fighting back to back with Ayanami in a flashback, that could very well be Yukikaze. However, in manga Kapitel 26, when the snow and wind is blowing, Ayanami remembers a man with black hair and eyes who says to him: "Watashi no ou wa anata dake desu, Ayanami-sama (I have only one king, which is you, Ayanami-sama)". In Japan, many fans believe that this man was Yukikaze (possibly because they think there is a metaphorical hint in chapter 26, as in the Japanese language, 'yukikaze' means 'wind-blown snow', and they suspect that when Ayanami says "Oh, Yuki.." at the time, he means Yukikaze instead of the snow).
In Ayanami's eyes, Yukikaze was beautiful, as Ayanami said "You are also beautiful when you are under cherry blossom petals" in the first drama CD.
In light of manga chapter 98, Yukikaze is about half a head taller than Ayanami.
When shown in the pilot chapter, Yukikaze wears the standard Black Hawk uniform: a black, or dark blue, ankle-length overcoat with golden trimmings on the chest, sleeve cuffs and neck guard. He wears black trousers and knee-length, black, buckled boots and white gloves similar to the other Black Hawks. His uniform has a small half mantle hanging off his left shoulder emblazoned with the Barsburg military insignia and a golden shoulder board on his right.
He also wears round glasses.
|“||The two of them were practically married...||”|
—Hyuuga, explaining Ayanami and Yukikaze's relationship.
In the Begleiter chapter, Hyuuga said that Ayanami and Yukikaze were very close, bordering on marriage, and that Yukikaze cared a great deal for Ayanami, as he "served Aya-tan without a second thought for his own life".
Hyuuga said in the drama "Yukikaze is smiling, saying Aya-tan is a superior who is so stubborn that it's slightly embarrassing". So, it appears that Yukikaze was indulgent of Ayanami.
Ayanami has said that "I have asked my heart countless times but the answer never come.. is it really a bliss for you to have met me?" So, it seems that Ayanami somehow wishes that Yukikaze had never met him (as Yukikaze may still be alive if he hadn't met him, and he wouldn't have left his family and motherland to follow Ayanami to Barsburg when the latter was exiled).
They were clearly close, like good friends and family, as Ayanami said "Since you left me to go to a faraway place, my time has stagnated." Presumably, Ayanami might have harbored romantic feelings for Yukikaze, judging from the way he phrases his meetings with Yukikaze. The specific nature of their relationship is unclear but they definitely cared greatly for each other. Kapitel 98 revealed that Yukikaze was Ayanami's servant and friend even during the latter's childhood, when Ayanami was still a Raggs prince.
|“||That fellow wasn't the only one who cares about you!||”|
—Hyuuga, shouting at Ayanami for refusing to let go of Yukikaze in his mind.
Although they have never been seen interacting during the series, it is probable that Hyuuga has worked with Yukikaze, considering what he has said in Begleiter and the first drama. Some fans speculate that Hyuuga holds a grudge against Yukikaze because his death damaged Ayanami so much emotionally or because Yukikaze was loved by Ayanami and Hyuuga knew he would never have the same bond as they did.
Considering that Katsuragi was one of the original four Black Hawks, it is likely that he knew Yukikaze.
In light of manga chapter 89, because Landkarte disapproves of Verloren's coming to know love and hate after he met Eve, he may also dislike Yukikaze, whom Ayanami loved, for the same reason.
Yukikaze was Ayanami's servant in the kingdom of Raggs. When Ayanami faced persecution for remembering that he is Verloren, Yukikaze fled with Ayanami to Barsburg.
The Begleiter pilot chapter reveals that Ayanami had a Begleiter before he became the Chief of Staff and they were very close.
Later, that Begleiter died defending Ayanami in a battle. He took a sword attack for Ayanami, at the time reminding Ayanami, who had regained Verloren's memory when he attended Dalia Barsburg's coronation party, of Eve's and King Krom's deaths.
Differences in the manga and animeEdit
In Begleiter, Hyuuga says Ayanami's Begleiter died before he (Ayanami) became the Chief of Staff.
In the anime, during the Raggs War, Ayanami was already wearing the spiky epaulet on his shoulder and his uniform had the additional trim which only the field-marshal and chief of staff's uniforms have, so it is probable that Ayanami was the Chief of Staff during the Raggs War, meaning Yukikaze's death should have been before the Raggs War.
However, in the manga Yukikaze died during the Raggs War.
- "I have one and only one king, which is you, Ayanami-sama." 
- In Japan and China, there are speculations that Hyuuga and Yukikaze are related by blood, since if the dark-haired man in manga chapter 26 is really Yukikaze, he resembles Hyuuga a lot in physical appearance.
- In Begleiter, Hyuuga once used "奴" to refer to Ayanami's dead Begleiter. It is an impolite way of referring to someone whom one considers to be of "lower standing" (e.g. younger in age, being your enemy) comparing with him/her. So, Yukikaze may have been younger than Hyuuga.
- If Yukikaze had been a Warsfeil, he would not have died from wounds, therefore this could indicate that he was human.
- Yukikaze is shown using his left hand to hold his sword. So, he may have been a left-hander, like Ayanami.
- Yukikaze is implied to have used two swords like Hyuuga instead of one, because two swords were placed on his grave in Begleiter.
- Yukikaze's death reminded Verloren of Eve's and King Krom's deaths.