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Hanabi Kitaoji
北大路 花火
Hanabi Kitaoji portait.png
Hanabi Kitaoji
Series Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~
Sakura Taisen 4 ~Koi Seyo, Otome~ ~Koi Seyo, Otome~
Profile
Age 17 (Sakura Taisen 3)
18 (Sakura Taisen 4)
Birthdate May 22nd, 1908
Birthplace France, is three-quarters Japanese and one-quarter French (on her maternal grandmother's side), came to France when she was 3 years old
Martial Talents Kyūdō (archery)
Weapon Built-in Semi-automatic Crossbow, Semi-automatic Bow & Arrows
Characteristics
Gender Female
Height 158 cm (5'2")
Weight 46 kg
Hair Dark Blue
Eyes Deep Green
Blood Type O
Appearances
First Appearance
(Game)
Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~
Last Appearance
(Game)
Sakura Taisen 4 ~Koi Seyo, Otome~
First Appearance
(Anime)
Sakura Taisen: Ecole de ParisThe Flowers of Dawn
Last Appearance
(Anime)
Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris: Spire of Lightning
Media Portrayal
Japanese Voice Yoshino Takamori
English Voice Elise Baughman (FUNimation)

Hanabi Kitaoji (北大路 花火, Kitaōji Hanabi) is a member of the Paris Combat Revue's Fleur Division.

Appearance

Hanabi appears as a young girl with black hair and deep green eyes with white skin inherited from her grandmother in France.

Personality

Hanabi suffered a very strong Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) after losing her fiance in a marine accident that happened during their wedding. Due to that she had a very deep depression and weak will to life. Hanabi even considered in some moments to commit suicide so she could join Philip in Otherworld.

But aside of her fragile spirit, Hanabi was normally responsible and lovely with all the people. Her will to live shined brighter after realizing that she wasn't alone, thanks to the help of Ichiro Ogami and all the members of the Paris Kagekidan. Getting rid of her depression, and having set in the stone her will to protect other people Hanabi turns even more smiley and determined to help people and cheer them as long is neccessary. She serves as the "brains" and "calmer" member of the group, normally being sensible and respectful of other people feelings, as showcased during Erica's chapter where she asked Ogami to not scold her after she ran away due to her breakdown of knowing that Father Leno asked Ogami to tell Erica not returning to the convent.[Contrasting with the overmaturity of Coquelicot, the enthusiastic, clumsy and eccentricity of Erica Fontaine, the rebellious and fiery personality of Lobelia Carlini and, of course, the brute and overdramatic responsibility style of her old friend Glycine Bleumer].

Background

The heiress of the Kitaoji Baron Family in Japan who is 1/4 French from her grandmother's side. A brought-up noble whom all mean address her as the perfect Yamato Nadeshiko. She was dormmates with Glycine Bleumer during her abroad stay, due to the Kitaoji and the Bleumer's relationship. She hardly as any knowledge of her birth country since she was raised on foreign soil since birth, thus she deeply studied towards most of Japanese culture where she became proficient at archery and enjoys literature.

However, Hanabi had a traumatic past regarding her arranged marriage by her father. On the day of their marriage, her fiance named Philip Di Marblanche died aboard a marine accident (detailed as an Italian Army's weapons test misfire in the novel[1]). Ever since, she conceals herself in black costumes and suffers from aquaphobia to which she fears the sea, pools and other water-filled locations.

Upon joining the Fleur Division/Le Chattes Noires, she performs under the stage name "Tatamize Junnes" (french translated for “Yamato Nadeshiko”), and performs her theme dance under the title of “Tatamize Dance”.

In the games

Sakura Taisen 3

Sakura Taisen 4

In films and television

Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris

Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris

Etymology

  • The name Hanabi means "fireworks" (花火).
    • It can also mean "flower, blossom" (花) (hana) and "fire, flame, light" (火) (hi/bi).
  • Hanabi's surname Kitaoji means "north" (北) (kita), "big, great" (大) (o) and "road" (路) (ji), which literally means "North Boulevard" altogether.
    • Kitaoji is derived from "Kitaoji Station", a train station in Kyoto.

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