|First Lieutenant Tsurumi will scold me!
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Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ienaga was generally seen as extremely beautiful and captivating woman with black hair that was tied off in a bun with hair strands hanging on either side, long defined eyelashes, full red lips and a mole on the right side of her lower lip.
Due to the amount of work she put into her appearance, she enchanted various men with her looks alone.
She was commonly seen wearing a long black Edwardian dress with a collar and white embroidered flowers, complimented with a necklace. While undressed, she was shown to have a flat chest with a typical tattoo of an Abashiri convict.
Ever since confronting Saichi Sugimoto and hearing that her youth is the result of her self-delusion, she gained wrinkles around her eyes, implying that her pristine exterior started to crack.
After Ienaga was captured by the 7th Division, she would often wear a white medical coat.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Ienaga was formal, put together and polite, especially around the hotel guests, and addressed others respectfully. She used her medical background in order to carry out dismemberment and torture on those whose looks she wanted to obtain. She was extremely narcissistic and put appearance above everything, to the point of torturing and eating 'attributes' she desired to possess. She didn't feel remorseful over her actions and believed to have found the answer to staying young and beautiful forever. She acted extremely cold towards her victims, only caring about what she can take from them.
Ienaga was also a longtime fan of the arts.
Background[edit | edit source]
Ienaga was born in Mikawa province, in modern day Aichi.
Ienaga was assigned male at birth and, while still in Abashiri Prison, she presented as a man. Sometime after her escape from the prison she transitioned and since then presented as a woman. It's likely that her looks were achieved by her unusual medical methodic: she murdered her victims and consumed the desirable parts to keep her youth. She practiced a Chinese healing diet in which one eats a part of animal's body that corresponds to their own afflicted body part, except she did this with her human patients.
Sometime in the past, due to her interest in art, she met the counterfeit artist Chouan Kumagishi through an art dealer.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In a cabin that Hijikata's group is staying at, Ienaga is recuperating from her wounds as Ushiyama is feeding her. She listens silently the whole time as the other members of the group talks about Noppera-Bou and his motives in Japan.
Ienaga and her group heads to Yubari where they run into Sugimoto's group inside the Edogai store. As tensions begin to flare up between the two parties, Asirpa's stomach begins to rumble loudly, interrupting the heavy mood there. Upon hearing this, Ienaga asks if she should make some food for everyone and that they should continue the conversation at the table, to which Sugimoto exclaimed that she is still alive.
Shiraishi questions Ienaga if the meat she prepared is safe to eat, and she says that she made them from horse intestines, which causes Kiroranke to spit out the food due to his policy of not eating horse meat. When Hijikata expresses concerns about how to distinguish the fake skins from the real ones, Ienaga says she may know someone who could help them, and tells them about a counterfeit artist named Chouan Kumagishi.
Some time later, several people head out to the mines in order to confirm Sergeant Tsukishima's status while Ienaga, Hijikata, and Ogata stay at the Edogai store to find some clues. Suddenly, a Molotov cocktail is thrown into the store, lighting the place on fire. Ienaga attempts to flee the store but Ogata tells her not to go out as she'll be shot.
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|Ienaga looks for a way out of the store but the windows all have bars on them, which prevents her from doing so. Just then, she is surprised by Ushiyama breaking the bars off as she had returned with Sugimoto and Asirpa, the former entering the store to assist Hijikata and Ogata. Ushiyama pulled her out of the store and the two groups begin fleeing the burning store. Back in the town of Yubari, Hijikata says that he and Ienaga will go meet up with Nagakura and Shiraishi, while Ushiyama and Ogata go with Sugimoto and Asirpa.
They were able to regroup with Nagakura, Shiraishi, and Kiroranke and began to make their way towards Tsukigata. Ienaga says that it would be difficult to openly talk about the tattooed skins with the guards watching them, and Kiroranke suggests that Shiraishi sneak inside since he had broken out of Kabato Prison before. But Hijikata says that there is no need for that as Nagakura has some connections there and could arrange a private meeting. When Nagakura asks if Shiraishi knew Kumagishi, he begins to tell them all about his past in Kabato Prison and how he met Kumagishi. They find a spot to make campfire and eat some food as Shiraishi continues to talk about his time in Kabato Prison. By the time Shiraishi had finished telling his story, Ienaga had already fallen asleep. The next day, they set out for the town of Tsukigata.
When they finally reached Tsukigata, Ienaga accompanied Nagakura to Kabato Prison to meet with Kumagishi. Upon speaking to the warden there, Matasuke Ooshima, they find out that Kumagishi had died last spring, having been shot while attempting to escape during outside labour. The both of them rejoins the rest of their group and discusses about what they should do now that Kumagishi is dead. They decide to continue their journey and head to Abashiri Prison.
They settle in an inn in Tsukigata where Kiroranke says it's a big deal that they were able to find out about the fake skins so quickly. However, Hijikata says that if they have no way of distinguishing them, then it makes little to no difference. Nagakura and Ienaga laments over Kumagishi's death and their loss before admitting that they have no other choice but to depend on Shiraishi. Ienaga expresses his disbelief that Shiraishi would be so crucial to their plans.
The next day, Hijikata reports to the rest of his group that Shiraishi has been captured by the 7th Division and they ponder on what they should do. When Kiroranke expresses his optimism and says that Shiraishi may be able to escape on his own, Ienaga says that Shiraishi could be killed and skin as of this moment. When Nagakura says that if he ends up being locked, and that it could take months for him to escape, Hijikata tells Ienaga and Nagakura to wait in Tsukigata for Sugimoto and head to Asahikawa together while he and Kiroranke go and get Shiraishi back.
Once Hijikata and Kiroranke returned from their mission and informed the rest of them that they had failed to rescue Shiraishi, everyone thought about what to do before deciding to leave Shiraishi to his fate since they already had a copy of his tattoo. However, Sugimoto refuses and says that he wants to save Shiraishi and pulls over Suzukawa, saying that they could use his skills as a con artist.
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Abilities[edit | edit source]
- Cooking: Ienaga was a great cook that could easily prepare dinner for a large group of people.
- Surgery: Long time ago, Ienaga used to be a renowned doctor. After she started practicing her cannibalistic methodic and indulged in her "torture hobbies", she expanded her knowledge and was able to perform a complicated brain surgery that no other doctor in Japan would be able to do.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- Syringes with poison
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Kano Ienaga has an associated gallery here.|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ienaga liked meat dishes but disliked shrimp.
- Ienaga may be based on numerous personalities:
- H. H. Holmes, an American serial killer and con artist who owned a building with traps and secret passages to trap and kill his victims. Unlike Ienaga, Holmes' hotel located in the third floor was never open for business, instead the first two floors used for retail and apartments were used to lure his victims with job and rent ads.
- Serial killer Ed Gein, who was known for collecting body parts of his victims, having an obsession with female flesh and making suits out of their skin.
- Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian noblewoman and prolific serial killer who bathed in women's blood in an attempt to stay young forever.
- Ienaga was shorter than Kazuo Henmi, Inkarmat and Shiton Anehata, about the same height as Shinpachi Nagakura and taller than Asirpa.
- Ienaga was lighter than Nagakura, about the same weight as Henmi and heavier than Anehata.
- In 2018 Golden Kamuy All-Stars popularity poll Ienaga ranked 26th, gaining 1 632 votes. 
- Ienaga's birth name was Chikanobu (親宣).
- Kano's surname Ienaga means "house, home, family" (家) (ie) and "eternal" (永) (naga).
References[edit | edit source]
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|Warden||Shirosuke Inudou †|
|Staff||Toshiyuki Kadokura ☓ • Tokishige Usami ☓|
|Convicts||Fusatarou Oosawa † • Heita Matsuda † • Kanjirou Kasahara † • Kano Ienaga † • Kazuo Henmi † • Keiichirou Sakamoto † • Keiji Ueji † • Kiichirou Wakayama † • Kiyohiro Suzukawa † • Maiharu Gansoku • Matsuo Tsuyama † • Michael Ostrog † • Noppera-Bou † • Shiton Anehata † • Soroku Funabashi † • Takechiyo Gotou † • Tatsuma Ushiyama • Tetsuo Takarai † • Tetsuzou Nihei † • Toni Anji • Toshizou Hijikata • Waichirou Sekiya † • Yoshitake Shiraishi • Youichirou †|
|Main Group||Kantarou Okuyama • Kirawus • Rikimatsu Ariko • Shinpachi Nagakura • Tatsuma Ushiyama • Toshiyuki Kadokura • Toshizou Hijikata • Toni Anji|
|Previous Members||Hyakunosuke Ogata • Kamezou † • Kano Ienaga †|
|Associates||Kenzou Tamoto • Kiroranke † • Takuboku Ishikawa • Yoshitake Shiraishi|