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Kaori (カオリ) was Tetsuo Shima's love interest. Her role slightly differs from the manga, but her personality remains constant as that of a shy and timid girl.


In the anime, she sides with Tetsuo despite his reckless behavior. In the confrontation between Tetsuo and members of the Clown Gang following his escape from the hospital, she was harassed and badly injured by them.

During the climax of the film, when Tetsuo started his uproar over Neo-Tokyo, she recognized him through news on TV and follows him. His powers manifested and caused his body to warp and expand into grotesque proportions, engulfing her into his flesh and was crushed to death.