Battle Royale

Kahoru Kitazawa (北沢 かほる, Kitazawa Kahoru) is a mentioned character in Battle Royale.


Kahoru was the best friend of Takako Chigusa for at least seven years. The two met when they were in elementary school, although by junior high, they were in different classes. Kahoru was a strong-minded girl who once said that nothing, not even hell, could scare her as long as she gave it her best shot.


Kahoru was said to be petite.


  • The name Kahoru is written in hiragana (かほる), which has no special meaning. However, when written in kanji (加保留, 薫, 香, 香保留 or 芳), it could possibly mean:
    • 加保留 - "add, increase" (加) (ka) and "on hold/putting on hold, reservation" (保留) (horu).
    • 薫, 香 - "fragrance, fragrant".
    • 香保留 - "fragrance, fragrant" (香) (ka) and "on hold/putting on hold, reservation" (保留) (horu).
    • 芳 - "fragrant, virtuous, beautiful".
  • Kahoru's surname Kitazawa means "north" (北) (kita) and "marsh" (沢) (sawa/zawa).