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Chizuru Kagura
Chizuru Kagura
Chizuru Kagura from The King of Fighters 2003
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Full nameChizuru Yata
BirthdateJune 26; 20 years old
BirthplaceJapan Japan
Height169cm (5'6")
Weight52kg (115 lbs)
Blood typeAB
Family/RelativesMaki Kagura (sister, deceased), Kusanagi (creation)
Job/OccupationOwner of Kagura enterprises, protector of the Orochi seal, sponsor of The King of Fighters '96, '97 and 2003 tournaments
LikesHer pet sparrow, Chee-chan
DislikesUnfairness
HobbiesSleeping, motorcycle racing
Favorite foodSpicy foods (sour, acidic foods)
Forte in sportsMotorcycle racing (same as her hobby)
Measurements (bust, waist, hip)85cm, 57cm, 84cm
Fighting styleKagura style of ancient martial arts

Chizuru Kagura (神楽 ちづる, Kagura Chizuru) whose real name is Chizuru Yata (八咫 ちづる, Yata Chizuru), is a character from The King of Fighters series that made her character debut in The King of Fighters '96 as a mid-boss and the sponsor of the KoF tournament that year. Later, in The King of Fighters '97, she appeared as a normal participant in the year's Women Team. She was created in the image of anime and manga character, Yohko Shiraki, from the Tomorrow's Joe manga series.

Like Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami, she is a member of the clan that holds one of the three sacred artifacts that originally sealed the serpent monster Orochi 1,800 years ago: the Yata Mirror (八汰鏡, Yata No Kagami). Due to the rivals' attribution towards one another, Chizuru is usually the one who has to keep the trio together. They form the Three Sacred Treasures Team, whose endings often entail the canon events of any parties involved.

StoryEdit

Chizuru is the younger of the two heiresses of the Yata clan, the other being her older twin sister, Maki Kagura. As the heiress of the Yata, she was raised as a priestess and was given the duty of keeping the diligent seal on Orochi intact. One night, Goenitz visited their home with intentions to destroy the seal. Maki confronts him, but since the power of their clan can not fight the Orochi without the help of the other two clans and Goenitz's strength as one of the Heavenly Kings was too great, she loses and is mortally wounded. Goenitz destroys the seal and leaves with the satisfaction of a weak but released Orochi. Before her death, Maki passes on the responsibilities of the seal to Chizuru, begging her to join the three clans together once again to defeat Orochi.

Ten years afterwards, Chizuru has become a very successful and prestigious business woman under the family name Kagura. She secretly kept track with the King of Fighters tournaments since it began with Geese Howard, and hosts the tournament in 1996 in hopes of entreating the two other heirs, Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami, to help her replace the broken seal. Though both Kyo and Iori protest, the three of them succeed in their task at the climax of The King of Fighters '97. She hosts another King of Fighters tournament in 2003 with intentions similar to her previous attempt. During the tournament, however, it is revealed that Chizuru was under mind-control by a mysterious puppeteer, Botan, a member from Those From the Past.

Ironically, she ends up using the power of the Yata Mirror for the benefit of the very force she was trying to combat, and fights alongside an illusion of her sister Maki as one of the game's sub-bosses. Eventually, she breaks free from Botan's control and tries to restore the seal of Orochi, but Ash Crimson steals her powers before she can. She survives the attack, but can no longer participate in fights, asking Kyo's self-proclaimed disciple, Shingo Yabuki, to fill her spot in The King of Fighters XI. She keeps in touch with current events and Ash's movements by talking with Benimaru Nikaido. Her powers return when Ash disappears in The King of Fighters XIII.

PersonalityEdit

Having to watch her own sister murdered in front of her, Chizuru took that trauma and focused on sealing Orochi, becoming very serious. After Orochi was sealed, however, she started to lighten up thanks to Mai, King, and King's brother, Jan.

PowersEdit

  • Divination - As a priestess, she can foretell some future events. She can also learn a person's history with said power.
  • Mirror Image - Chizuru can create copies of herself. The copies, when created, may only move, attack and disappear. With little effort, Chizuru can make the copies attack more than once or create more than one copy. She can also switch places with one of her copies, an ability usually used to follow up on an attack from her copies with another attack of her own.
  • Reflector - By the power of the mirror, Chizuru can reflect projectiles.
  • Energy Manipulation - Chizuru can use energy to send enemies away.
  • Seal Powers - With the Yata Mirror, Chizuru can seal her enemy's special powers and abilities for a few moments.
  • Create Shadow - Chizuru can use the power of the Yata Mirror to create shadows of living or dead beings. She used this power in KoF 2003 to create Kusanagi, a shadow of Kyo, and also to create a shadow of her own sister, Maki.
  • Seal - Being of Yata heritage, Chizuru can use her powers to seal Orochi in another dimension.
  • Telepathy - Using the Yata Mirror, Chizuru can speak into other people's minds. She can also temporarily possess people for similar purposes.
  • Teleport - While Chizuru's ability to disappear and reappear in a different location isn't mentioned, Ash gains this ability after stealing her Yata Mirror, as shown in the endings of KoF 2003 and KoF XI.

Fighting StyleEdit

Her fighting style is very soft, with moves that resemble traditional Japanese dancing. She employs her mirror images to perfection, using them to surprise and confuse her opponents. She does not use punches, instead choosing to use wide open-handed strikes. She can trap her opponent with one of her mirror images and strike him the way she sees fit, having both her image and herself causing damage to her opponent at the same time.

MusicEdit

  • Fairy - The King of Fighters '96, '98, R-1
  • Sacredness ~ Fairy - The King of Fighters 2003
  • Afro Culture (Spiritual Tribal Groove Mix) - K.O.F. Dance Trax

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See AlsoEdit

CardsEdit

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SpritesEdit

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