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Nasuverse character
Kohaku
Normal | Melty Blood | Original design
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Japanese name: 琥珀
Also known as: Nanaya (after Hisui Good End)
Broomstick Girl Magical Amber (joke)
Mister Chin (joke)
Aproned Devil (nickname)
Thieving Cat (nickname)
Franchise: Tsukihime
Appears in: Tsukihime
PLUS-DISC
Kagetsu Tohya
Melty Blood / RA / AC / AA
Carnival Phantasm
All Around Type-Moon
Voice actor: Kana Ueda (Anime)
Kari Wahlgren (Anime Dub)
Naoko Takano (Melty Blood)
Character type: Human, (Demon Hunter), Synchronizer
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 12
Height: 128cm (Child)
156cm
Weight: 43kg
Three sizes: B78/W58/H80
Blood type: B
Hair color: Pink
Eye color: Yellow
Bloodline: Fujou

Kohaku (琥珀, Kohaku?, Amber) is one of the five heroines of Tsukihime. Her character image song is Yawaraka na Kizuato (やわらかな傷痕, Yawaraka na Kizuato?), performed by Cocco.

She is the older of the two twin maids in the Tohno mansion. Her name, Kohaku, is the Japanese word for amber, referring to her eye color.

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BackgroundEdit

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Young Kohaku trapped in Makihisa's room
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Kohaku was a member of a branch family of the Fujou clan, but was brought with her sister Hisui to live in the Tohno mansion, because the Fujou clan had a special power of giving others energy. Makihisa Tohno needed this ability in order to keep control of his body. This transfer of energy is strongest though the means of sexual intercourse.

Due to it, as a child she was constantly raped by Makihisa, and unlike the other children, she had to watch them from afar as they played together. Just before Shiki Tohno leaves the mansion to live with the Arima family, Kohaku gives him her favorite ribbon and makes him promise to return it, indirectly begging for him to return.

Some time later, Makihisa decided to give more freedom to Kohaku, but in order to do it, she had to take care of an imprisoned SHIKI (who was imprisoned due to the Shiki incident and the fact Makihisa did not want to kill his son). However, some time later, due to having to keep control of his body, just like his father; SHIKI raped Kohaku. This drove her further into despair and decided to get revenge on the Tohno family. To do it, she twisted and brainwashed SHIKI with her medicinal herbs, all for the sake of her revenge. Some time later, Akiha and Hisui learned of Makihisa's sin against Kohaku, and it depressed them greatly. Akiha freed Kohaku from Makihisa and she became a normal servant. But Hisui was still depressed so Kohaku, seeing her sister's free enthusiasm falter for her sake, promises Hisui that she will "take on her role" until she was cheerful again. Ironically, it is because of those words that Hisui is unable to return to her old self.

Due to her intervention, SHIKI killed Makihisa, which was the reason why Shiki returned to the Tohno mansion.

PersonalityEdit

Kohaku is always seen to be smiling and cheerful, being especially gifted with medicine which she learned from Jinan Sougen. She has a habit of breaking many (and valuable) objects when cleaning indoors. Though she always states that it was not intended, some characters, like Akiha, seems to think otherwise.

She claims to hate Shiki for the silent connection they shared as children (watching one another but never meeting), but it is revealed that she is actually in love with him, and it is in part why she wanted to take on Hisui's role in the first place. Kohaku simply wanted to innocently love the boy named Tohno Shiki, just as Hisui did as a young girl.

AppearanceEdit

Kohaku has short red hair, like her sister Hisui. She wears a blue ribbon at the back of her head and wears a brown Japanese kimono.

Kohaku is able to pose as Hisui during Tsukihime through the use of colored contacts and by drugging her with sleeping pills to keep her out of sight. Kohaku also gives clues as to the difference between them through her speech, as Hisui will always say elder sister (姉さん, neesan?), while Kohaku always says sister (, ?).[1]

RoleEdit

TsukihimeEdit

Arcueid's routeEdit

Kohaku merely appears as a supportive character, who is a cheerful maid who is very close to Akiha.

In the anime, based on that route, Kohaku has a secondary role and she remains as Akiha's cheerful maid. Despite Akiha's cold demeanor towards Shiki, Kohaku knows that in fact Akiha loves her brother very much. After Akiha starts succumbing to her demon blood, she helps her by letting Akiha suck the blood from her breast. Despite Akiha's desire not to involve Shiki in the secrets of their childhood and the Tohno family, Kohaku's (with the help of Hisui) provide Shiki with information about the family at the right moment in order to make him discover who he is.

Ciel's routeEdit

Because the events of Arcueid and Ciel, keep Shiki away from the Tohno mansion, Kohaku simply appears as a cheerful maid and a supportive character. Near the end of the route, she is mercilessly injured and raped by Shiki, whose personality was overtaken by Roa. This causes him to escape from the mansion, afraid that he will be unable to resist the urge to kill.

Akiha's routeEdit

In Akiha's route, she is loyal and devoted to her and helps her after she slowly starts to succumb to her Tohno blood, even letting her to suck the blood from her breasts (something that also happens in Kohaku and Hisui's routes). In Akiha's Normal Ending, Shiki mentions that Kohaku still takes care of Akiha even after she has become a mindless monster. In Akiha's True Ending, after Shiki sacrifices his life to save Akiha, Kohaku and Hisui try to convince her that Shiki is not dead, which she later realizes.

Hisui's routeEdit

""That's right. All of it was something I wished would happen, Shiki-san.""
—Hisui's route

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Kohaku's suicide and death
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In Hisui's route Kohaku plays a much more crucial role. It is eventually revealed that all of the bad things that were happening were indirectly because of her and that she had manipulated everyone in the Tohno mansion over the course of the previous eight years in order to give her life purpose and fulfill her revenge against Tohno family. During the route she begins feeding Shiki drugs, which causes him to question his sanity. She even disguises herself as Hisui. This results in Shiki raping her while she is impersonating her sister. Nevertheless, she continues her manipulations. After the successful fulfillment of her revenge, she decides to kill herself.

In Hisui's True Ending, after Akiha and SHIKI die, she reveals everything to Shiki and commits suicide by stabbing herself in the chest to end her "doll's existence". It is revealed that she feels guilty about letting Akiha die and did not kill Shiki because he gave Kohaku some sort of hope eight years ago, just by looking at her through the window she was trapped in.

In Hisui's Good Ending, she protects Akiha from SHIKI at the last second. Because of this, she feels that she failed to complete her revenge. She then tries to commit suicide by ingesting poison instead of stabbing herself. She is saved by Shiki, who cuts the "lines" of the poison within her. She is left in a coma, but she soon wakes up and seems to have lost her memory (it is implied she did it on purpose). Forgetting her past and what she has done, Kohaku is renamed "Nanaya" by Hisui, and returns as a peaceful maid to the Tohno Mansion.

Kohaku's routeEdit

""Shiki-san...why did you have to return?""
—Kohaku's route

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Kohaku after the Welcome Party
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Shiki returns to the Tohno house, where he is greeted by Kohaku. Like in Hisui's route, he wants to return the ribbon that the quiet girl who watched him from afar when they were young gave him, but he mistakes Hisui for that girl. After drinking all night at his Welcome Party, Shiki goes outside for some fresh air and to cool off. There he talks with Kohaku about the quiet girl, the ribbon and the promise. Kohaku looks at him with concern as she warns Shiki that he will only find suffering in the Tohno house and wonders aloud why he had to return.

Later in the arc, noticing that Shiki is intrigued about the mysteries about his past, Akiha tracks down and kills SHIKI before Shiki even starts having dreams visions of him. Kohaku helps her in doing so.

Hisui reveals to Shiki that Kohaku is the girl who gave him the ribbon in their past. Due to SHIKI's ability of immortality and the nature of Akiha's powers, he transfers the burden of his madness caused by the inversion impulse of his Tohno blood over to her when Akiha absorbs his energy to kill him. After this, Akiha begins to slowly succumb to the Tohno blood, despite her originally being quite capable of controlling it. She synchronizes with Kohaku in an attempt to suppress this, but it is not enough, since she now has SHIKI's bloodlust itself. She begins hunting for victims on the streets at night in SHIKI's place because she can't control herself, with only Kohaku being aware of it.

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Shiki and Kohaku
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Kohaku reveals everything to Shiki and comments that Akiha is out of control. According to her, the only way to stop it is by reciprocating Akiha's feelings for Shiki. However, Shiki refuses to do such thing because he loves Kohaku and returns the ribbon to her. He lies to Kohaku (not revealing that Hisui was the one who told him) by saying that he noticed it because Kohaku already knew of the ribbon promise while Hisui did not. Kohaku cries and decides not to continue with her revenge against the Tohno family. She and Shiki have sex and offers her ability to Synchronize with Shiki so that he can stop Akiha. However, Kohaku tricks him into swallowing a sedative so that she could go by herself, in order to atone for her past actions. Shiki is able to resist the drug and follows her to the school.

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Kohaku in her True Ending
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There, Akiha tells Shiki that the Tohno family has wronged Kohaku to an incredibly degree and everyone, including him, are alljust pawns in Kohaku's plot for revenge. Shiki, however, tells Akiha that he loves Kohaku no matter what she has done, prompting her to attack Kohaku. Shiki is devastated by this and attacks Akiha, but he cannot bring himself to kill his sister. At that moment, Kohaku appears, completely unharmed, telling Akiha to stop because she holds no resentment towards her and she has already forgiven the Tohno family. Akiha realizes that the reason why she did not succeed in killing Kohaku is because she was not really trying.

Kohaku is the only character with only one ending, which is also her True Ending, in which she decides to forgive the Tohno family and goes for vacations with Shiki to the Nanaya forest.

Kagetsu TohyaEdit

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Kohaku in Kagestu Tohya
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""It's needle time!""
—Kagetsu Tohya

In Kagetsu Tohya her plotting manipulative personality is comically exaggerated. She is apparently also a mad scientist. If the player makes a bad choice, sometimes Kohaku would imprison Shiki in the same place SHIKI used to live in order to test her drugs on him. However, Kagetsu Tohya is just Shiki's dream, so she does not act as the real Kohaku would.

In the Flower of Thanatos side story, which takes place in an artificial dream world, she and Hisui live together with Shiki in the isolated Tohno Mansion, where they humbly serve him by fulfilling his every wish. Shiki gradually grows bored of this and starts to seek escape from recurring stereotype of this world. Because of this Shiki will start even periodically raping her and Hisui but without any satisfying result. In the end in order to permanently change something he comes to the final choice between them. Depending on this choice then spends a night of passion with one of them, or both.

Melty BloodEdit

  • Kohaku's ending
  • Maid's ending


Carnival PhantasmEdit

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Kohaku in Carnival Phantasm
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Kohaku has a number of roles in Carnival Phantasm as one of the heroines of Tsukihime. Kohaku's scheming and plotting personality is comically exaggerated as does so her loyalty towards Akiha. She also supports Akiha's relationship with Shiki.

AbilitiesEdit

Kohaku normally lacks any sort of combat capabilities. She is a Synchronizer, which allows her to transfer energy through the exchange of bodily fluids. While it can be done with those of the same sex through a transfer of blood, it is most effective through sexual intercourse with someone of the opposite gender.

During Melty Blood, under the influence of Night of Wallachia, White Len, or Dust of Osiris, she gains the ability to create lots of mechas, such as Mecha Hisui and Mecha Shiki.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tsukihime PLUS-DISC - Geccha

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