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"No casualties or dropouts allowed. At least, not on any battlefield where I set foot!"
— Kikoru during the Secondary Selection Exam

Kikoru Shinomiya ( () () (みや) キコル, Shinomiya Kikoru)[2] is the tritagonist of the Kaiju No. 8 series.

She is the young daughter of Defense Force Director General Isao Shinomiya and a member of the Third Division.[3] After Tachikawa Base was destroyed,[4] Kikoru was transferred to the First Division.[5]


Kikoru is a petite young girl with long blonde hair styled in two ponytails on the sides, decorated with two black bows, and big green eyes. She is fairly short and possesses a rather skinny yet athletic physique.[2] Considering her overall appearance and her hairstyle, she resembles her mother Hikari Shinomiya very much.[6]

On duty, Kikoru wears the usual combat suit of the Defense Force along with her usual arsenal.[7] Her casual attire consists of a long grey dress.[2]

When Kikoru was a child, she had slightly shorter hair with the same hairstyle as today.[8]



Kikoru appears as an arrogant and prideful girl,[2] very confident in her ability to look down on people and humiliate those she deems inferior without second thought.[3][9] Kikoru is also a very persistent and determined person, working hard to constanly improve herself and becoming stronger and more useful whenever she can. Even towards superior officers, she still manages to show her confidence, although in a much more polite and less arrogant way.

Despite this more evident trait, Kikoru deep down cares about her comrades and does whatever in her power to avoid casualties or injuries whenever she's on the battlefield. She is also a loyal person, showing gratitude towards Kafka Hibino for saving her, and keeping his secret. Even if it's hidden by her proud and unafraid nature, she cares for her allies well-being and goes as far as needed to ensure their safety or simply to support them.

It is revealed that Kikoru used to be very fond of her parents' work as Defense Force members, and this brought her to desire to join the Force herself. However, every since her mother's death, Kikoru grew a hidden yet large sense of insecurity that brought her to push herself to get stronger and stronger, in order to keep the promise made to Hikari. This, in tandem with Isao's overly high expectations on Kikoru, cause her to constantly feel the need to get stronger to avoid the death of anyone around her. Her relationship with her father and everything regarding her family as a whole seem to make her insecure and hesitant, easily breaking down in despair. This feelings obviosuly increased ever since Isao's death too, with her wishing to get stronger again due to living the same trauma twice.

Kikoru appears to be very polite and professional when speaking to higher ups and superiors, being probably used to speaking to military officers due to her upbringing.

Powers & Abilities[]

Overall Abilities: Kikoru is the daughter of director general Isao Shinomiya and a prodigious talent. Due to her being ranked third in terms of power, she is given her own personal weapon which is only giving to captains and vice-captains.[10] Keiji Itami states that Kikoru has improved very much and watching her on the battlefield reminds him of her mother, former Captain of the Second Division of the Defense Force, Hikari Shinomiya.[6]

  • Expert Combatant: Kikoru is highly skilled in killing kaiju, such much so that she is granted her own personal weapon.[10] She has shown increased combat prowess after joining the First Division.[11][6]
  • Enhanced Strength: Kikoru's strength, when wearing her Defense Force suit, is enough for her to effortlessly lift a car with one arm.[2]
  • Enhanced Speed: When wearing her uniform, Kikoru can run way faster than most of her peers, with them struggling to follow her pace.[9]
  • Enhanced Endurance: Kikoru's suit is resistant enough to avoid a shot from Kaiju No. 9 from killing her, although the shot can still tear the suit through.[8] Despite being severely injured from No. 9's powerful attacks, she is able to stand and continue fighting.[6][12]
  • High Release Force: Despite being a rookie, Kikoru is initially able to release 46% of her combat suit's power on her first try, which Soshiro Hoshina states is platoon leader-class.[7] She further improves her strength after marksman training, capable of releasing 55%.[13]

Fighting Style[]

After receiving a battle axe from the Defense Force, befitting her aggressive and high-handed personality, Kikoru displayed a remarkable mastery in the Squadron-Style Axe Technique (隊式斧術, Tai-shiki Ono-jutsu).[10] She uses this combat style for close-range battles and her proficiency gives her enough power to easily defeat durable kaiju[10] and injure kaiju as powerful as Kaiju No. 10, although drastically consuming her stamina and energy.[14]

  • Number One: Falling Thunder (1式: (らく) (らい) , Isshiki: Rakurai): The first application of the Squadron-Style Axe Technique. By pulling the trigger on the axe she creates a shockwave that releases backward, resulting in a vicious axe chop from above.[10]
  • Number Two: Water Skimmer (2式: (みず) (きり) , Nishiki: Mizukiri): The second application of the Squadron-Style Axe Technique involves sending a shockwave forward only at the moment of the impact, for a powerful and clean cut.[10]
  • Number Three: Half-Moon (3式: (はん) (げつ) , Sanshiki: Hangetsu): A brutal rotating axe chop.[10]
  • Number Six: Daruma Dropper (6式: (だる) (まお) (とし) , Rikushiki: Daruma Otoshi): An attack consisting of four rotating horizontal chops, going from the head to the legs of the target. The attack takes his name from the Daruma doll.[12]


  • Combat Suit: Kikoru wears the usual combat suit on the battlefield.[7]
  • Respirator Mask: Kikoru wears a respirator mask in combat.[9]
  • Handgun: Kikoru carries a handgun for long-ranged attacks, equipped with a torch and a laser sight.[11]
  • Battle Axe (destroyed): Ever since proving her worth to Mina Ashiro and Soshiro Hoshina, Kikoru carries a big battle axe (marked AX-0112) made out of the uni-organ of a Honju that was subjugated two years ago in Shinagawa. The axe is equipped with a trigger that, when pulled, releases a shockwave through an electric current.[10] The axe was destroyed during her third encounter with Kaiju No. 9.[12]
  • Rifle (formerly): Before being given her signature axe, Kikoru would use a rifle.[7]


  • Kikoru's last name Shinomiya contains the kanji for "four" (四, shi) and "temple, shrine, palace" (宮, miya).


  • Kikoru likes to exterminate kaiju, black tea (especially Darjeeling tea), and big dogs.[1]
  • Kikoru's personal weapon was supposed to be a giant sword, but the author decided an axe for an higher contrast between the rugged weapon and her character.[15]



Third Division
Mina Ashiro
Soshiro Hoshina
Ebina Platoon
Ikaruga Platoon
Itakura Platoon
Nakanoshima Platoon
Takao Platoon
Akari Minase · Hakua Igarashi · Toma Takanashi
Other members
Konomi Okonogi · Bakko
Former members
Aoi Kaguragi · Haruichi Izumo · Iharu Furuhashi · Kikoru Shinomiya · Leno Ichikawa · Kafka Hibino
First Division
Gen Narumi
Eiji Hasegawa
Shinonome Platoon
Rin Shinonome
Kikoru Shinomiya · Kafka Hibino
Families and Civilians
Shinomiya Family
Isao Shinomiya · Hikari Shinomiya · Kikoru Shinomiya
Kanji Nagamine · Sebasu