Battle Royale

For the novel, please go to Haruka Tanizawa (Novel). For the manga, please go to Haruka Tanizawa (Manga).

Haruka Tanizawa (谷沢 はるか, Tanizawa Haruka) is a minor character in Battle Royale.


Haruka seemed to have a really strong and fearless personality she since stood up to Satomi Noda even though she was holding a machine gun. She was extremely loyal to her best friend Yukie Utsumi. She was a kind-hearted girl, was very tall, had short hair, and played volleyball.

Friends and Enemies

She is best friends with Yukie and friends with Satomi, Chisato Matsui, Yuko Sakaki, Yuka Nakagawa and Noriko Nakagawa. Haruka cared very much for Yukie and shielded her best friend with herself when Satomi threatened them.

Before the Program[]

Before Kitano resigned, Class B decided to take a day off and skip school, Haruka included; she attended the basketball game against Class A, and celebrated when Class B won. Haruka decided to go on the class trip; while on the bus, she played patty-cake with her friends, and got frustrated when Masao Hayashida got distracted. Haruka fell asleep after breathing in a sleeping gas pumped into the bus; she was then transported to an island and fitted with an explosive collar.

Haruka, along with the rest of the class, woke up in a classroom in the island’s school. Unnerved by the presence of Shogo Kawada and Kazuo Kiriyama, Haruka rushed over to the window to watch a helicopter land in front of the school. Haruka was shocked to see that Kitano had returned. When Kitano asked the class if they knew the BR Act law, Haruka kept quiet, obviously knowing the law, but afraid to say it aloud. Haruka was horrified upon seeing Mr. Hayashida's corpse. When Fumiyo Fujiyoshi was killed, Haruka panicked and ran for the door trying to escape before running towards the back of the classroom when the soldiers began firing. When Yoshitoki Kuninobu's collar got activated, Haruka ran around the room trying to evade him.

When Haruka's name was called, she grabbed her school bag and ran towards the front of the room; she caught her supply bag and ran out of the school.

During the Program

Haruka is first seen in the program with Yukie and her other friends in the lighthouse. She tries to comfort Yuko, who is visibly shaking from nervousness and leaves to get Yuka from watch. Then, when Yuka dies from eating the poisoned lunch, Haruka suggests that poison was the reason she died. Satomi panics and takes the Uzi. Satomi first accuses Chisato for having cooked the spaghetti, but then Chisato tries to instead pin the blame on Haruka, who immediately denies it as well and starts to blame Satomi despite Yukie's pleads not to.

Noda you murderer!

Haruka (right) hiding next to Yuka's legs during the fight.


Haruka (near the small table), dead, after dying from her injuries.

Haruka accuses Satomi of poisoning the food because she doesn't trust any of them, bringing up how she didn't sleep for the last two nights; Satomi says she forgot her sleeping medication, only for Haruka to yell back that's even more suspicious. Then after Chisato is gunned down, a shootout occurs between Haruka, Yukie and Satomi. Satomi screams that Haruka and/or Yukie managed to graze her arm with the bullets. Haruka calls her a murderer, but Satomi argues back that Chisato tried to grab her gun which made her guilty before jumping on the table and firing at them. Haruka and Yukie shoot Satomi who shoots them back before all three of them collapse, with Haruka dying instantly.


  • The name Haruka is written in hiragana (はるか), which has no special meaning. However, when written in kanji (遥, 春花 or 晴香), it could possibly mean:
    • 遥 - "distant, remote".
    • 春花 - "spring" (春) (haru) and "flower, blossom" (花) (ka).
    • 晴香 - "clear weather" (晴) (haru) and "fragrance, fragrant" (香) (ka).
  • Haruka's surname Tanizawa means "valley" (谷) (tani) and "marsh" (沢) (sawa/zawa).


  • This is the only version of Haruka who doesn't kill Satomi.