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Kaoruko Hanayagi (花柳 香子 Hanayagi Kaoruko) is a character in the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise. She is a second-year student from the Actor Training Department at Seisho Music Academy's 99th Graduating Class.

Granddaughter of the head of a traditional Japanese dance school, this Stage Girl has refined skills in traditional song and dance. Raised in privilege, she is all too reliant on Futaba Isurugi. While she is always smiling, she is more calculating than anyone else. Speaks in the elegant Kyoto dialect [2].

Revue Introduction[]

(From the anime, with Futaba Isurugi)

QLeft.png There is a path we two have walked, one that goes between song and dance...
Yet I have found a straight path, one that rises to the night sky!
99th Class, Futaba Isurugi! I will dash forth with fighting spirit!

99th Class, Kaoruko Hanayagi! I'll have you follow me till the very end!
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QLeft.png 歌に踊りに往き帰り 歩み進んだ二人道
だけどアタシも見つけちまった 夜空にそびえる一本道
99期生 石動双葉 気合入れて突っ走ります

99期生 花柳香子 最後まで付きおうてもらうで
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QLeft.png uta ni odori ni yuki gaeri ayumi susunda futari michi
dakedo atashi mo mitsuke chimatta yozora ni sobieru ipponmichi
kyūjū kyū kisei Isurugi Futaba kiai irete tsuppashirimasu!

kyūjū kyū kisei Hanayagi Kaoruko saigomade tsuki ōte morau de
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【Variations】

Appearance[]

Kaoruko has shoulder-length cerulean-blue hair that she generally wears loose and curled in two even sections over her shoulders with bangs that are parted to the right side with a blunt cut. She has warm gray eyes.

School Uniform
Her Seisho uniform consists of a gray blazer with dark-gray trimming and a gray knife-pleated skirt, a white button-up shirt, a red ribbon tie, and brown loafers, which she wears with black knee-high socks.

Casual Outfit
Her casual outfit consists of a black T-shirt with short sleeves with a white band on them. Over it, she wears a dark-green sleeveless top, which matches her dark-green skirt with two red bands near the bottom. Additionally, she wears a top-knot red headband, and she finishes this ensemble with black combat boots. While in the dorms, she wears an eggplant-colored dress and a short pale-yellow jacket.

Practice Outfit
Kaoruko's practice outfit consists of a black leotard with grey leggings. She wear a white crop top over it.

Revue Outfit
Her revue outfit comprises of a red-violet jacket with golden piping, a standing-type collar with a golden tassel at the joint, pale-yellow turnbacks with golden piping and detailing, pale-yellow cuff flaps with a golden trim, and a golden armband, aiguillettes, and epaulettes over a plain-white button-up shirt with a ruffle collar. Her belt is golden with a golden buckle identical to Futaba's. Her skirt is a very-pale-pink knife-pleated skirt with a purple-pink band near the bottom, a purple-pink ribbon at the back, and a light-blue tulle dress tail. Like all the other girls, she wears black boots with golden trim detailing and a tassel, as well as a red pelisse jacket with golden piping over her left shoulder, held to a red shoulder belt by a golden aiguillette and a golden button. Her weapon is a naginata with an amethyst-colored gem between its collar and spacer.

Personality[]

Upon meeting people, Kaoruko tends to be shy, hiding behind Futaba when possible.[3] Once she becomes comfortable with people, she exhibits a mischievous side and enjoys teasing people when she can. When others tease her, however, she lashes out or refuses to acknowledge it. Around people who she feels understand her, she shows a more vulnerable side and opens up about parts of her that she ordinarily wouldn't.[4]

Due to her upbringing, Kaoruko is highly knowledgeable in many different aspects of traditional Japanese culture, especially traditional Japanese dance, and she is very proud of her abilities. She is also ambitious, as she desires to become the best dancer in the world.[5] She tends to be lazy and inconsiderate, often asking Futaba to do menial labor for her or buy her things when she doesn't want to. At her worst, this results in Kaoruko letting her work ethic go. When Kaoruko does remember her goals, she can work intensely, sometimes to the point of not being able to focus on anyone or anything else.[6]

Background[]

Kaoruko is the granddaughter of the head of the Senka-ryu school, a famous traditional Japanese dance school run by her family. She has been trained in not only Japanese dance but numerous other traditional Japanese arts, as well as English, since a young age in preparation to someday succeed her grandmother as the head of the school. However, she often felt greatly burdened by her responsibilities, and she would frequently run away from home, requiring Futaba to chase after her and bring her back. Every year, Kaoruko would participate in a competition for the best dancer in Japan held among all the traditional Japanese schools, and she would always win.[7]

Educational[]

Middle School
Keian Private Women's College, Junior High Division
Course Experience
Since 2004: Senka-ryu School of Japanese Dance
Since 2005: Japanese Tea Ceremony (Hayami School)
Since 2005: Ikebana (Fusa Ikeno)
Since 2006: Calligraphy (under Suishu Kuwana)
Since 2007: Japanese Incense-Smelling Ceremony (Yamanoue School)
Since 2008: Koto (Mamiko Sagano School of Koto and Shamisen)
Since 2008: English Conversation

Professional[]

Under the sponsorship of Sekizui House
New Association of Traditional Japanese Dance: First Performance ~MIRAI~
Role: Himiko (lead, opening night)
Year: 2015
Venue: Kyoto Theater
New Association of Traditional Japanese Dance: Second Performance ~HARUKA~
Role: Tomoe Gozen (lead, opening night)
Year: 2016
Venue: Kyoto Theater
Event Participation
2014 Traditional Dance Federation of Japan: "Cherry Blossom Viewing Festival", Performer
Awards and Certificates
2015 Japanese Dance Association's New Year Dance Performance: 1st Place
2015 National School Council's New Year Dance Performance: 1st Place
2016 National School Council's New Year Dance Performance: 1st Place
Future
2020: Expected to succeed the Senka-ryu School of Japanese Dance as the 20th Head "Suisen Hanayagi"

Relationships[]

Futaba Isurugi[]

Kaoruko and Futaba are both childhood friends and often Futaba has to play to make fun for Kaoruko. Kaoruko, nonetheless, is dependent on Futaba and she understands that without Futaba, she will never be able to achieve to what she has now. Thus, while Futaba and Kaoruko used to have tensions somehow, they also share a complicated, unique and strong relationship.

Tamao Tomoe[]

Every new year, Tamao and Kaoruko would take part in a nationwide competition to determine the best dancer, where Kaoruko would always win and Tamao would always come in second.[8] Tamao also occasionally studied dance under Kaoruko's grandmother.[9] When the auditions first start, Tamao is so intimidated by Kaoruko's skills that she begs Kaoruko to drop out of the auditions.[10] Kaoruko's harsh refusal to drop out makes Tamao more determined to save the Rinmeikan Performance Department.[11] At the beginning of Performance Festival rehearsals, Tamao declares war on Kaoruko, which fuels both of them to work harder.[12]

Kaoruko never hesitates to point out Tamao's weaknesses, often doing so in a blunt and direct way. At first, Kaoruko is frustrated by Tamao's self-sacrificing tendencies and lack of determination, and she considers it insulting that someone who learned from her family's school of dance is so weak.[13] However, when they fight against each other in the Revue of Canis Major, she acknowledges that Tamao has become more determined[14], and from then on she feels pressure to stay ahead of Tamao in performing[15]. It's implied that Kaoruko tries to keep up with Tamao's doings in the Rinmeikan Performance Association, although she denies this when asked about it.[16]

Revues[]

Anime[]

Live[]

Game[]

Etymology[]

  • The name Kaoruko means "fragrance, fragrant" (香) (kaoru) and "child" (子) (ko).
  • Kaoruko's surname Hanayagi means "flower, blossom" (花) (hana) and "willow" (柳) (yagi).
  • Kaoruko's name relates to "flowers" to accompany Futaba Isurugi's name relating to "leaves".[17]
  • Scriptwriter Tatsuto Higuchi gave Kaoruko a "protagonist-like" name by using many syllables with the "a" sound (ie. ka, ha, na, ya). All of the 99th Class have syllables with the "a" sound in their names, as it gives a stronger impression.[17]
  • With eight syllables, her name is the longest of the 99th Class other than Claudine Saijo.

Trivia[]

  • Kaoruko's favorite gift is konpeito.
  • Kaoruko and Futaba Isurugi's gems in their weapons and Starlight goddess outfits do not match their image colors, but rather are a combination of both of their image colors and match between them.
  • Because Kaoruko and Futaba have the highest intimacy and most openly portrayed affection among other pairs of girls, they are one of the most popular ships in the fandom.
  • Kaoruko has good luck with capsule toys.[18]
  • Kaoruko's weapon is a Naginata, a traditional Japanese spear that was used by female warriors during the feudal eras of Japan.
    • The name of her weapon is "Daffodil", also known as the narcissus flower, which can symbolize narcissism and self-conceit.

Gallery[]

Stage Cards[]

Memoirs[]


Outfits[]

*For Stage Girl Live2D Models, please visit their respective card pages.

Stamps[]

Emblem[]

References[]

  1. First revealed at BanG Dream! & Revue Starlight Store (2018)
  2. https://www.en.revuestarlight-relive.com/character/kaoruko/
  3. Revue Starlight Overture Chapter 4
  4. Hello to Halloween/Story#Part 6
  5. Revue Starlight Anime Episode 6
  6. Hanged Man Rui Akikaze/Bond Story#Part 2 Futaba: Kaoruko and Tomoe's concentration is no joke once they're determined. Which means they've got no room to care about anyone else.
  7. Hanged Man Rui Akikaze/Bond Story#Part 2 Futaba: The traditional Japanese dance I learned, every year during the new year, all the schools would gather. There's a competition for the best dancer in Japan... [...] Futaba: Kaoruko would always win and Tomoe would always be the runner-up.
  8. Hanged Man Rui Akikaze/Bond Story 2
  9. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 01: A New Audition Part 4 Kaoruko: My teacher occasionally teaches Japanese dance classes at Rinmeikan. Kaoruko: We got know each other in passing.
  10. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 01: A New Audition Part 4
  11. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 02: Rinmeikan's Determination Part 3
  12. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 13: Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 4
  13. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 02: Rinmeikan's Determination#Part 4 Kaoruko: Nope. She may not be a true disciple of my grandma... Kaoruko: But I still can't stand that someone who was taught the Senka-ryu techniques would show such weakness.
  14. Starry Diamond Chasing Sirius/Story#Part 5 Kaoruko: So you have changed then. I can sense your resolution — your willpower.
  15. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 13: Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins#Part 5 Kaoruko: If the girl who I thought would always be chasing after me...surpasses me and becomes the "Unknown Lead"... Kaoruko: That's just... Kaoruko: I definitely won't allow that!!
  16. Starry Diamond Chasing Sirius/Story#Part 2
  17. 17.0 17.1 Thank you! Revue Starlight Movie Grand Launch Party Eve Live Broadcast
  18. Devil Kaoruko Hanayagi/Bond Story#Part 2

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