|Debut||Episode 2: The Dream Reader (Anime)|
|Appears in||Afro Samurai (Anime)|
Otsuru (大鶴, Ōtsuru), also known as Okiku (お菊, Okiku), she is a fictional character from Afro Samurai.
Otsuru has pale white skin, knee-length black hair and well endowed breasts. She has a long scar she received as a child, the night almost everyone was killed. She wears a white kimono, a grey obi and white tabi socks and sandals.
When she is introduced, she has once again found Afro in a near-death state (having been blown off a cliff by an RPG fired by Brother 6 and badly poisoned by an arrow in a fight with Soshun); she bandages him and takes him to her home to heal. She and Jinno survived the attack that was meant to claim the Number Two headband from Sword Master, and they were both saved by the Empty Seven.
Apparently, some time after the events at Sword Master's dojo, Otsuru became an agent working for Brother 1 of the Empty Seven Clan. She possesses the unique ability to siphon memories from people as they dream and used this ability to copy down Afro's sword style, which was used to complete the Afro Droid. Otsuru/Okiku was also supposed to kill him should the opportunity ever present itself, but she found herself unable to after having sex with him. She remarks that she still thinks of him as the same innocent boy she knew so long ago, revealing to him that she is actually Otsuru. Brother 2 of the Empty Seven then kills her for failing to carry out her mission and betraying the Empty Seven.
Otsuru apparently had a strong emotional effect on Afro as seen when in Episode five Afro calls out her name twice in his grief over the friends that he has lost.
She is a young woman who specializes in the art of healing, Otsuru is an excellent cook and adores fireworks.