Ayane is a young shrine maiden in training. She's petite and nearly indestructible. She's Suzu's friend, but also chief rival in just about every aspect of life. One of Ikuto's many suitors.
Ayane is a main character in the Nagasarete Airantou series that was created by Takeshi Fujishiro. The series first began serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine in January 2002.
Her first appearance was in Nagasarete Airantou Volume 1 CH. 1 "Drifted Away", and her first anime appearance was in Nagasarete Airantou - Episode 1 "Drifted to Paradise!?". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Saeko Chiba.