Sayaka Araki is 23 years old, works in a hostess club, and is Koakuma ageha's No. 1 ranked model. This manga, drawn by Momoka Kou (Oujisama to watashi) for the first issue of comic ageha, depicts her Secret Origin.
IN THE BEGINNING...Sayaka was never really meant for small town life. "I thought I was just a normal girl, but maybe I stood out." She had a nice boyfriend and a circle of pals had a thing for brand bags. It was an OK way to pass the time. But still, she gazed off into the horizon. "I wondered what Tokyo was like." After graduation, Sayaka tells her parents she is going to move to the big city and attend nail school there.
Soon after arriving in Tokyo, Sayaka goes down the rabbit hole. She gets harassed by one of those scout guys working the street and has her designer handbag stolen by someone wearing a baseball hat and a hoodie. From this point on, there is no more mention of ever going to nail school...
Instead, she breaks up with her old boyfriend and starts to feel bored. That's when one of her friends suggests working as a hostess in a Kabakura. "I think you'd be good at. You're not that busy now and you'd make lots of money."
"At first, I didn't feel right about it. It was like entering a different world." Her new boss tells Sayaka, "Why don't you call yourself Riko while you work here? Here is your personal assistant." His name is Yamashita, and he's gorgeous! "Let's work hard together!"
Although it takes Sayaka/Riko a while to master mixing cocktails, "Little by little, I tried my best. Every day I was busy and made new friends." Her boss tells her she's in the running for the coveted Number One spot at the club. "Even though I wasn't at the top yet, I finally felt some kind of fulfillment doing mizu shobai work."
Then one night in Kabuki-cho, Sayaka has her bag stolen by someone wearing a baseball hat and a hoodie *again*. But this time she bravely fights back and her assailant winds up getting arrested. The street people say, "Wow, you're so strong! You could have gotten stabbed!" and Sayaka knows she's leveled-up. "That was the moment I realized that to live and survive here, I have to be strong and protect myself."
"After drifting from store to store in Kabuki-cho with the name Riona, I took a break. I ended up working in Roppongi. Finally, I started seeing something new that I never saw before." A Wise Old Customer tells her, "It seems like you’ve been enjoying your job recently. It’s been fun to come here to see you."
It may not be on par with the climax of Watchmen, or even the Infinity Gauntlet, but it will have to do: "So many different people come here and I get to see into so many different worlds. This job is so fun! From this day on, I’m going to continue to wear a dress."