Battle Royale

For the novel, please go to Yukiko Kitano (Novel). For the film, please go to Yukiko Kitano (Film).

Yukiko Kitano (北野 雪子, Kitano Yukiko) is a minor character in Battle Royale.


In the English-language manga she is nicknamed Yuki. Yukiko seems to be the more immature, emotionally fragile of the two girls. Yukiko and Yumiko are said to make the same mistakes and make identical creations such as cakes. In Ms. Takata's home economics class in the fourth grade in primary school, the two almost make identical hard-boiled egg creations; Yukiko had darker yolks as she spent more time hard-boiling the eggs. Yukiko was very domesticated, and loved to make cakes for Yumiko. She was very concerned about other people's opinions of her.

Friends and Enemies

Yukiko's best friend was Yumiko Kusaka and she had a crush on Shuya Nanahara.

In the Program

Yukiko meets with Yumiko after leaving the school (due to the fact Boy #7 Yoshitoki Kuninobu had died before the program started, Yumiko is the next person out after Yukiko), and the two make their way to the former tourist information center on the eastern slopes of the north mountain. The two girls chat and discuss who they have crushes on, and realize that they can't bear killing each other. Thinking that many of their classmates must feel the same, they make an announcement over a megaphone, calling for their classmates to meet them and discuss things as a group. The announcements alert Kazuo Kiriyama to their location. Kazuo creeps up on them and shoots both of them with his machine gun. He then finishes off Yukiko with a gunshot to the head with Yumiko being shot immediately afterwards.


  • The name Yukiko means "snow" (雪) (yuki) and "child" (子) (ko).
  • Yukiko's surname Kitano means "north" (北) (kita) and "field, wilderness" (野) (no).


  • This is the only version of Yukiko to die before Yumiko.