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Kirimi Nekozawa (猫澤 霧美 Nekozawa Kirimi) is the 5-year old sister of Umehito Nekozawa (the president of the Black Magic Club) who visits Ouran Academy in search of her older brother and upon seeing Tamaki Suoh, mistakes him for same.

Appearance

Kirimi is a cute and short girl blonde hair that is styled into pigtails by pink ribbons with bangs going on either side and large blue eyes. She is often seen wearing a peach-pink and white school uniform and, sometimes, a pink nightdress.

Story

Nekokirimi

Kirimi with Umehito

Unwilling to be believe that the "cloaked monster" Kirimi is told is her brother, Umehito (commonly known as Nekozawa), she visits the Ouran campus from time to time to look for him. When she stumbles upon Music Room 3 and sees Tamaki and the Host Club, she mistakes him for her older brother. Tamaki, finding the Nekozawa siblings to be in quite a tragic situation, decides to help Nekozawa overcome his fear of light in order to be more like the "handsome princely" character Kirimi wishes her brother to be by enlisting the help of Renge Houshakuji.

The training is only temporarily successful, allowing Nekozawa to run to his sister's aid when she is frightened by a cat that she encounters in the Ouran gardens in broad daylight. Because of his photophobia, however, he soon collapses; but Kirimi realizes that that the cloaked figure with a cat puppet on his hand is indeed her brother and loves him all the more for his willingness to tolerate that which hurts him to protect her.

On a funnier note, at the end of Volume 08, it is shown that Kirimi has turned into a nearly identical darkness fanatic as Nakozawa where both of them sport dark cloaks and they have their features covered.

Etymology

  • The name Kirimi means "fog" (霧) (kiri) and "beautiful" (美) (mi).
    • When first introduced, Kirimi's name in the manga is mistaken as "kill me" and "creamy" by Hikaru Hitachiin and Kaoru Hitachiin
      • In the anime, her name is said to mean "filet," as in filet of fish.
  • Kirimi's surname Nekozawa means "cat" (猫) (neko) and "marsh" (澤) (sawa/zawa), which is ironic since she is afraid of cats.

Quotes

Upon meeting the Host Club: *Debauchery! There's debauchery here! Yay!

Trivia

  • The complete opposite of Nekozawa, Kirimi is afraid of the dark.
    • As confirmed by her brother, Kirimi does not like animals, especially cats.
  • One of the odder things about Kirimi is her fascination with shoujo manga, which her servants read to her as bedtime stories.
  • When first meeting Kirimi, Haruhi is reminded of Renge because of her knowledge of manga terms.
  • Haruhi's confusion upon hearing Kirimi mentioned is because there is a type of sushi by the same name, giving her the impression that sushi was being discussed.
  • Kirimi and Shiro Takaoji start visiting Tamaki at the Host Club everyday after Tamaki helps them.

Gallery

Main article: Kirimi Nekozawa/Image Gallery
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