Battle Royale

For the manga, please go to Kazuhiko Yamamoto (Manga). For the film, please go to Kazuhiko Yamamoto (Film).


Kazuhiko Yamamoto (山本 和彦, Yamamoto Kazuhiko) was a kind boy who was going out with Sakura Ogawa. They were considered the most intimate couple in the class. Kazuhiko and Sakura were very insular and the two had slept together a couple of months before the program. They often went on dates in the city, for meals or to the cinema.

He would do anything for Sakura and she meant a lot to him though he often couldn't express it through words as he wasn't very articulate and composition was one of his worst subjects. Kazuhiko was kind and unpretentious despite his good looks and he got on well with girls. Despite this, though, he only had eyes for Sakura.


Kazuhiko was handsome apart from the bridge of his nose that was a little broad.

Friends and Enemies[]

Kazuhiko was going out with Sakura Ogawa but the couple was very insular. Toshinori Oda probably didn't like Kazuhiko because he was handsome and Toshinori didn't like handsome, skilled, poor (or richer than him) or tall people.

In the Program[]

As Sakura left the school she gave Kazuhiko a note which told him to come to the northern tip of the island. He stopped off first to pick some clover-like flowers for her and soon they met. They held hands and talked about their relationship and how futile it was to resist against the government and the program, as Sakura's father was killed by the government (which she had never told anyone). Sakura tells him that she's going to commit suicide so that he can survive as there is only one winner. Kazuhiko thinks about how he can't tell her how he feels but he wishes he could. He does say that if she goes then he will go with her. They discuss their relationship more and then kiss. They're finally interrupted by a rustling in the bush which turns out to be Yukie Utsumi and her group who mean no harm, however Kazuhiko and Sakura jump off the cliffs, dying together.


  • The name Kazuhiko means "harmony, peace" (和) (kazu) and "boy, prince" (彦) (hiko)
  • Kazuhiko's surname Yamamoto means "mountain" (山) (yama) and "base, root, origin" (本) (moto)