Asuka Tanaka is one of the major characters from the Hibike! Euphonium anime and light novels.
The third-year vice-president of the concert band club. She plays the euphonium and is responsible for roping Kumiko into joining her section. She is a classmate of Haruka and the Bass Section leader, making her in charge of Kumiko, Midori, Hazuki, Gotou, Riko and Natsuki.
In the XP4 fics, Asuka is currently part of the Heroes Coalition and is working as a Solo Hero. She also attends the Vanguard Academy as a student.
Asuka is a teenage girl of above average height, and according to many other characters, she is regarded as beautiful. She has straight and lush black hair, which reaches to below her shoulders, and she has light blue eyes. She wears thin, red circular glasses, which is seen as her trademark.
She usually wears a dark-brown uniform jacket with white collar and a green scarf ribbon, dark-brown skirt with orange lines, black pantyhose and white & green shoes.
Outwardly, Asuka has a highly playful personality, and is also very friendly and caring. Her constant high energy often comes off as extremely childish to the other band members.
However, her humor and lighthearted appearance is merely a cover for a range of deeper emotions that Asuka struggles with and has repressed over many years, some of which stem from her mother's extreme parenting, and from having all contact with her father cut off by her mother. Her bright outer self is also a facade her for true personality, which is much more sly, calculating, and coldly logical. When necessary, Asuka can be extremely manipulative.
Asuka is a Blessed with an unnamed Gift. According to her, she can posses her enemies by staring them directly in the eyes. She is yet to demonstrate this.
- Asuka is the first character from Hibike! Euphonium to appear in the Heroes Coalition fics.
- In the XP4 fics, Miho Nishizumi revealed that Asuka is dating a member of the Triumph Division.
- Asuka plays a Euphonium.