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"The smile she gave in return was beautiful, but there was something about it that seemed… odd."

Nagumo Kaoru, known as Kaoru Nagumo in the localization, is an antagonist in Hakuōki. He is a demon currently in the service of the Tosa domain. However, he is originally from the Yukimura clan, and is Chizuru's elder twin brother.

Personality Edit

In his childhood, Kaoru was naturally protective of his younger twin sister Chizuru. After the Yukimura village was destroyed, he selflessly went to the Nagumo family, pretending to be Chizuru so that they would leave her alone. However, his adoptive family's anger at his deception and the unspecified abuse that followed warped his mind so that he now believes that his hardships are Chizuru's fault. This is exacerbated by the fact that she does not remember him and therefore cannot acknowledge his sacrifice.

Currently, Kaoru is unbalanced, vengeful, delusional, and sadistic. He is willing to go to extreme lengths to cause Chizuru pain, with the intention of demonstrating to her the hell he has lived, and does not care how many others are hurt in the process. Despite this, in certain routes, he claims to love Chizuru, and implies that his reason for depriving her of everything else she loves is so that she will understand his suffering and come to love him too.

Background Edit

Nagumo Kaoru is a fictional character. After the destruction of the Yukimura village, he voluntarily went to the Nagumo family, who were expecting to receive Chizuru instead, and suffered abuse due to his gender. Possibly as a result of this, Kaoru made a habit of crossdressing. Though he is in possession of the katana passed down through the Yukimura family, he does not keep it at his side in his feminine persona.

Sometime shortly before the events of the games, Kaoru became the head of the Nagumo clan. Despite the clan's previous agreement to stay out of human affairs, Kaoru was intrigued by the conflict going on in the Tosa domain and agreed to work with them of his own volition. This decision earned him and his clan suspicion and disapproval from most other demons. After hearing from Tosa spies that the Shinsengumi had taken in someone by the name of Yukimura, Kaoru was overcome with curiosity and went to Kyoto himself in the hopes of finding his sister.

In Hakuōki: Stories of the Shinsengumi Edit

See also: Nagumo Kaoru/Route

Chapter 2 Edit

Kaoru is first encountered when Okita and Heisuke drive off some ronin confronting him. Okita notes his resemblance to Chizuru, but since he is dressed as a female and Chizuru is dressed as a male, Heisuke cannot see their likeness.

Chapter 3 Edit

Okita's route Edit

In Hakuōki: Kyoto Winds Edit

Kaoru's involvement in the plot is largely the same as in Stories of the Shinsengumi, with the following exceptions.

Chapter 1 Edit

Chapter 2 Edit

Chapter 3 Edit

Chapter 4 Edit

Chapter 5 (Okita) Edit

Chapter 5 (Sanan) Edit

Chapter 5 (Sakamoto) Edit

Chapter 5 (Kazama) Edit

In Hakuōki: Edo Blossoms Edit

Hijikata's route Edit

Okita's route Edit

Saito's route Edit

Heisuke's route Edit

Harada's route Edit

Nagakura's route Edit

Sanan's route Edit

Yamazaki's route Edit

Iba's route Edit

Souma's route Edit

Sakamoto's route Edit

Kazama's route Edit

Kaoru dies of a wound Kazama inflicted using Yasutsuna's Demonslayer during the confrontation with Kodo in Edo. Kazama and Chizuru find his body in the ruins of the Yukimura village, and they bury him atop a hill.

In Hakuōki: Sweet School Life Edit

Main article: Nagumo Kaoru/SSL

In the anime Edit

In the musicals Edit

Kaoru is portrayed by Suzuki Hiroki in all his HakuMyu appearances.

HakuMyu Okita-hen Edit

  • "Yoiyami Aketara Asobimasho"
  • "Kyōdai ~ Nite Inai Kai"
  • "THE BEAST"
  • "Kanaetai Yume ga Arukara Part 1"
  • "Kanaetai Yume ga Arukara Part 2"

HakuMyu LIVE Edit

  • "Yaisa! Yaisa! Yaisa!"
  • "Kyōdai ~ Nite Inai Kai (feat. Kodo)"
  • "The Final Battle Medley"

Kaoru is also part of the ensemble in "Kazama Medley".

Gallery Edit

Quotes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Kaoru does not carry a wakizashi.
  • The coloration of Kaoru's feminine clothing directly mirrors that of Chizuru's Eastern outfit.
  • In Hakuōki Otogisoushi, Kaoru's repeated attempts to make Chizuru suffer are toned down to simple pranks and then played for laughs as they backfire.