Daughter of a celebrated actress and a famous director/producer, Ayumi Himekawa is one of Japan's most sought-after young actresses in the Glass Mask franchise. She is Maya Kitajima's greatest rival.
Ayumi Himekawa is, really, the opposite of her greatest rival, Maya Kitajima. Ayumi comes from a wealthy family that is deeply entrenched in the Japanese entertainment industry. Her mother, Utako, is a celebrated actress, and her father is a famous director and producer. Where Maya's road to success is paved with many obstacles, Ayumi is presented with every advantage. While she does have some advantages, however, she is not content to ride on the coattails of her famous parents. Ayumi is hard-working, noble and determined to succeed honestly in the entertainment industry. Where some young actresses like to prank and tease those they find threatening, Ayumi is far more satisfied competing on a level playing field and never stoops to the kind of pettiness we see from some characters over the course of the series.
While Ayumi is without doubt the more successful of the two in the eyes of the public, she believes Maya to be her greatest competition, particularly in the quest for the lead role in "The Crimson Goddess" -- the franchise's legendary fictional play. Ayumi is often jealous of Maya's savant-like ability to naturally inhabit the characters she plays -- something Ayumi has had trouble with over the course of her career. Since she sees this as one of her own greatest weaknesses, Ayumi has often taken fairly extreme measures to understand the characters she plays, including living on the street and pan-handling in order to understand Tom's motivations in "The Prince and the Pauper."
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