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Kaori (カオリ) was Tetsuo Shima's love interest. Her role slightly differs from the manga, in that she appeared to have been in a relationship with Tetsuo prior to the events of the movie instead of meeting him as a slave, 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 a confrontation following Tetsuo's escape from the hospital, she was sexually assaulted and beaten by members of the Clown gang.

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 which crushed her to death.