Niigata Prefecture, Japan, Earth
|Service/branch||United Nations Cosmo Force|
|Unit||Yamato BBY-01 science and technology division|
|Battles/wars||Battle of the Rainbow Star Cluster|
|Relations||Goro Kiryu (father)|
|Portrayed by||Eriko Nakamura (2013-)|
Kiryu is the daughter of United Nations Cosmo Marine officer Goro Kiryu and a mother who conducted field work in cultural anthropology. In her childhood, she accompanied her mother on an expedition to the Amazon rain forest, and visited the Hotel Yamato. Her father's friend and UNCM subordinate, Hajime Saito, bonded with her in a way that she likened to a big brother (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark).
Voyage to IscandarEdit
Kiryu is personally recruited for Yamato's mission to Iscandar by Lieutenant Kaoru Niimi. Among her skills, Kiryu brings an expertise in linguistics, which she uses to translate the Gatlantean and Jirellan languages from Garmillan data and to write Gatlantean translation software for the ship's communication system (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark). During the Battle of the Rainbow Star Cluster, Kiryu is assigned to the Yamato chief science officer's station on the first bridge in the absence of her immediate superiors ("Under a Rainbow Sun"). As Yamato nears home months later, Kiryu works with her fellow science officers to maintain and operate the Cosmo Reverse System being transported from Iscandar ("Memories of the Blue Planet").
The Celestial ArkEditYamato finds itself stranded in a mysterious region of space a month after leaving Iscandar, and Kiryu joins the landing party sent to investigate the planet at the heart of the region. Unknown to her, a Jirel presence on the planet telepathically accesses Kiryu's memories in order to build illusions that confuse and trap the landing party. Pushing through what appears to be the Amazon rain forest to the wreckage of the ancient battleship Yamato, Kiryu and the others find themselves inside a copy of the Hotel Yamato, where they find a Garmillas military team.
As the two groups cooperate on surviving and finding a way out, Kiryu's telepathic connection gradually brings her closer to discovering the secret behind their captivity. She is approached by a Jirel shaman disguised as a Garmillan colonel, who relates to her a metaphorical storybook version of Jirel history. She also hears voices speaking in the Jirellan language that hint at their plans. Eventually, Kiryu discovers Jirellan writing that leads her outside the hotel. She is assaulted by a member of the Garmillan team, but before the situation escalates out of control, the remaining humans and Garmillas follow her out, free Kiryu from her attacker, and are able to uncover the truth.
The shaman breaks the illusions and brings them to a control center for the planet, known as Shambleau. Kiryu reads a Jirellan inscription on the wall and touches one of the controls. Her body is temporarily taken over by Shambleau, and she tells her comrades about its original function as a "celestial ark" built to spread life across the cosmos. Kiryu is released and she collapses, but she quickly recovers and returns to Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark).
PersonalityEditKiryu displays a personal interest in Earth history and past cultures that includes the art of Henri Rousseau, Norse mythology, and ancient seagoing vessels. She also enjoys outdoor summer activities ("The Distant Promised Land"). Despite her wide interests and her intelligence, she is inexperienced and somewhat naive in day-to-day life.
Kiryu connects with Garmillan major Fommt Berger during her time in the hotel on Shambleau, and offers him emotional support in his struggle with a personal tragedy. Her ability to speak openly with him is influenced by her near-perfect resemblance to the major's deceased lover, Melia Rikke. She is able to use this relationship to learn more about the Jirel species. After initially clashing with a Yamato fighter pilot, Sho Sawamura, she eventually builds a friendship with him while the two are trapped in the hotel (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark).