Battle Royale

For the novel, please go to Noriko Nakagawa (Novel). For the film, please go to Noriko Nakagawa (Film).

Noriko Nakagawa (中川 典子, Nakagawa Noriko) is a major character in Battle Royale.


Noriko Nakagawa is one of the class of third-year students at the fictional Shiroiwa Junior High School in the fictional town of Shiroiwa (the manga set the town in Kagawa Prefecture). She was not a member of any clubs or groups at school. Noriko had a crush on Shuya Nanahara, whom she admired for his music and charismatic personality.

Friends And Enemies[]

Noriko was a close friend of Yukie Utsumi, Izumi Kanai, Haruka Tanizawa, Yuka Nakagawa, Satomi Noda and Chisato Matsui, together forming a group in the room known as the "Neutral Group".

In the Program[]

Yonemi Kamon shoots Noriko in the leg after she rushes to help Yoshitoki after Yonemi shoots Yoshitoki. Shuya Nanahara made a vow to protect Noriko throughout the game, because he believed Yoshitoki, his best friend, had a crush on her (but over the story Shuya falls in love with her himself). As Noriko leaves the school, she meets Shuya, who saves her from Yoshio Akamatsu. Noriko witnesses Tatsumichi Oki attack Shuya and after the two fall down the hill. She runs after them and finds Shogo Kawada has saved Shuya from Kyoichi Motobuchi after which Kawada teams up with them. Noriko's injury later causes her to collapse with a fever, so Shuya and Shogo take her to an infirmary on the island to rest. When Shuya is injured in his battle with Kazuo Kiriyama, and ends up in the Lighthouse, Noriko stays behind with Shogo. At the end of the Game, when Noriko, Shuya, and Shogo are the only survivors, she helps Shuya and Shogo with the plan to escape. Noriko and Shuya manage to get back to the mainland, and as the book ends, they are wanted terrorists planning on escaping to the United States.


Noriko and Shuya are also given the name of somebody who can help them by Kawada and the two of them stay in hiding at his place for three months.

Just before they leave Japan, Noriko phones her mother on a secured line and though the reader only hears what Noriko is saying to her mother, it is clear that Noriko's little brother has been taken by the police as a way of getting her family to help look for her and it is also clear that her mother has disowned her due to Noriko's own actions. This means Noriko has nothing left in Japan (only in the original English translation).

Then Shinji Mimura's aunt helps them cross over the Pacific clandestinely aboard a cargo ship and land in the United States, where they decide to live in New York City.


  • The name Noriko means "rule, ceremony" (典) (nori) and "child" (子) (ko).
  • Noriko's surname Nakagawa means "middle" (中) (naka) and "river, stream" (川) (kawa/gawa).