Battle Royale
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For the novel, please go to Kaori Minami (Novel). For the manga, please go to Kaori Minami (Manga)

Kaori Minami (南 佳織, Minami Kaori) is a minor character in Battle Royale.

Backstory[]

Nothing was known of Kaori's life before she was forced into the Battle Royale. It can be assumed that great stress, Kaori will resort to anything in order figure out how to save herself. If Kaori was anything like her novel and manga counterparts, then she loved pop songs, specifically songs sung by Junya Kenzaki.

Friends and Enemies[]

Kaori's best friend was Mizuho Inada. It is unknown if she had any other friends or enemies. She may have been friends with Megumi Eto and mutual friends with Noriko Nakagawa.

Before the Program[]

Before Kitano resigned, Class B decided to take a day off and skip school, Kaori included; she attended the basketball game against Class A, and celebrated when Class B won. Kaori decided to go on the class trip; while on the bus, she most likely chatted with Mizuho. Kaori 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.

Kaori, 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, Kaori rushed over to the window to watch a helicopter land in front of the school. Kaori was shocked to see that Kitano had returned. When Kitano asked the class if they knew the BR Act law, Kaori kept quiet, obviously knowing the law, but afraid to say it aloud. Kaori was horrified upon seeing Masao Hayashida's corpse. When Fumiyo Fujiyoshi was killed, Kaori 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, Kaori ran around the room trying to evade him.

When Mizuho's name was called, Kaori ran up to her and told her that they would always be friends regardless of what happens, which Mizuho tearfully responds she knows before catching her supply bag and leaving the school. When Kaori'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[]

Mizuho and Kaori manage to meetup and survive until they find a life-preserver; in a fit of self-preservation induced panic, the two girls end up killing each other, with Mizuho stabbing Kaori in the stomach with her knife, and Kaori driving her pickaxe into Mizuho's stomach

Etymology[]

  • The name Kaori means "good, beautiful" (佳) (ka) and "weave, weaving" (織) (ori).
  • Kaori's surname Minami means "south" (南).

Notes & Trivia[]

  • This is the only version of Kaori who kills someone.
  • This is the only version of Kaori who doesn't have noticeable acne or wears glasses.
  • This is the only version of Kaori who doesn't go insane.
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