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Inori Mikazuki (朏 依乃里 Mikadzuki Inori) is one of the main characters in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei. She is a shy girl and a member of the Polaris cult.

Profile[]

A beautiful girl with a mysterious aura who goes to the same school as Keitarou and the others.

(Translated from the Hoshiwatashi website).

Appearance[]

Inori has amber eyes and long black hair tied into braids with blue bows at the end. In the Hoshiwatashi teaser image, she is shown wearing a white hat with a yellow 8-pointed star on it and a long white dress with blue cuffs. At other times, Inori wears a school uniform.

Personality[]

Inori is a very quiet and shy girl, getting frightened when non-Polaris members try to speak to her. After Keitarou's attempts at befriending her, Inori starts to open up and speak to him a bit, despite her discomfort. In Hoshiwatashi, Inori shows she went so far as to remember Keitarou's "mute button".

Background[]

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Inori and her mom meeting the Holy Mother

Inori used to live in an abusive household, with her mom often being beaten by her dad. One day, Inori and her mom ran away from home and travelled for a while before meeting the Holy Mother of Polaris. They joined the cult and moved to Hinamizawa to live with other Polaris members, where Inori became friends with Kururu.[1] Inori then started attending the Okinomiya middle school.

Relationships[]

Kururu Isshiki[]

Kururu is Inori's friend in Polaris. Kururu seems very protective of Inori and seems to get in Keitarou's way when he shows interest in befriending Polaris.

Role in the Story[]

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Oniokoshi[]

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Keitarou is confused as to Inori's behavior

Inori is introduced leaving a classroom when Keitarou runs into her and tries to make friends with her. Inori is scared by him and accidentally falls down a flight of stairs. Keitarou goes to help her as Inori mumbles inaudible things while clutching a keychain and giving frightened looks at him. Keitarou asks some nearby girls to help but they stare at him instead.

Keitarou carries Inori to the nurse's office to get her patched up and then tries to make friends with her again. Inori says nothing, and when Kururu and her friends appear, Inori starts speaking to them. Inori leaves the office and gives Keitarou a short bow.

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Inori's keychain

Keitarou notices that Inori left behind her keychain and puts it in his pocket.(Oniokoshi-hen Chapter 1) After school, Keitarou tells his friends about Inori's strange behavior and learns about Polaris, a group that takes in domestic violence victims and refuses to talk to anybody outside their circle. Keitarou later sees Inori and Kururu inside a procession of Polaris cars.(Oniokoshi-hen Chapter 2)

Inori and Kururu go shopping together, and Inori gets harassed by delinquents after being left alone. Keitarou and his friends happen to be nearby and rescue her, and when Keitarou sees it's Inori, he introduces her to the others. Inori thanks them for their help and runs away, leaving Kururu behind to explain her situation to Keitarou's group.(Oniokoshi-hen Chapter 3)

After the Watanagashi Festival, Sakiko's father Kisaku goes missing, and Sakiko assumes Polaris was responsible for it. At school later, a distraught Sakiko vents her frustrations by yelling at Inori and a group of Polaris kids. Inori and the others respond by joining hands and praying, creeping out Keitarou and his friends.(Oniokoshi-hen Chapter 7)

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Inori scratches her throat

Keitarou arranges a picnic event between Hinamizawa and Polaris, hoping to make the two groups get along. Right before the event, several Polaris members including Inori and Kururu break into his house. They tie up Keitarou, murder his grandparents, and accuse Keitarou of trying to "destroy the world". Keitarou tries appealing to Inori, thinking Hinamizawa and Polaris can still understand each other, and Inori says she once saw Keitarou as a shining star, but when other Polaris kids felt stressed whenever they interacted with him, they began to see him as a star of misfortune; Inori starts scratching her throat as she says this. The other Polaris members start scratching their throats as well and set fire to Keitarou's house. Kururu welcomes Inori into the Ring of Stars and gives her the new name of Mirach. Inori and her comrades pray as the house burns down around them, ultimately resulting in theirs and Keitarou's deaths. Police investigation later reveals the Polaris group had left the cult before invading Keitarou's house, meaning Polaris can't be held responsible for the incident.(Oniokoshi-hen Chapter 8)

Hoshiwatashi[]

Keitarou sees Inori exit a classroom and tries to make friends with her, but Inori is scared and falls down a flight of stairs. Keitarou tends to her wounds and is confused by Inori's friends standing by and watching rather than help.

Inori is carried by Keitarou to the nurse's office, where she gets treated for some bleeding and a sprain. Keitarou tries once more to become friends with her, and before Inori can say anything, her friends and Kururu arrive to gather her. Inori gives Keitarou a short bow before leaving.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 1)

At the store, Keitarou sees Inori with her mom and calls out to them, which causes them to drop their groceries in fright. Keitarou helps pick them up and apologizes for causing Inori to get hurt yesterday. As he's leaving, Inori thanks him for everything and exhausts herself as a result. After the Mikazukis drive off, Keitarou becomes more determined to becomes friends with her.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 2)

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Inori and Kururu meet Keitarou after school

Keitarou tries to learn what Polaris kids feel about Hinamizawa by giving them surveys at school, and also gives one to Kururu. Kururu crumples it up in private however, and tells Inori about how suspicious Keitarou's group is before hugging her. The next day, Inori finds a letter from Keitarou inside her locker.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 3) Inori meets up with Kururu and the kids who got surveys earlier and reads out the letter, where Keitarou expresses his desire to better himself and become friends with the members of Polaris. Kururu takes note of Keitarou's value to Polaris and arranges for herself and Inori to meet him in private after school the next day.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 4) Kururu and Inori invite Keitarou to attend the Polaris festival being held tomorrow. Keitarou accepts and meets them at the Polaris settlement the next day.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 5) Keitarou grows close with Kururu and Inori as he spends time with them and Polaris. Inori explains how she knows there are good people in the world, but she's still afraid of interacting with other people. Inori thanks Keitarou for trying to understand her and expresses how she wants to live in Hinamizawa.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 6) After the festival, Keitarou expresses his desire to continue vouching for Polaris and prove that they can get along with Hinamizawa. Kururu and Inori give their support, not wanting to abandon another home.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 7)

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Inori stays with Keitarou and presses his mute button

Shortly after the Watanagashi Festival, Kisaku goes missing and Rika is murdered, leading Sakiko and other Hinamizawans to believe Polaris was responsible for it. They form a mob and storm the Polaris settlement, with Inori and her mother being woken up by Kururu at night to run from the mob and get to the Holy Mother.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 8) Keitarou rushes back to the settlement right when the mob has begun killing people, and saves Inori's group from a Hinamizawan by killing him. They make it to a church, where the Holy Mother and other members have barricaded themselves. Keitarou pleads with the Holy Mother to run away or else everyone will die. Inori's mother then asks Keitarou why he's so concerned about Polaris and claims that Inori's become corrupted because of him. Inori tries to explain, and the Holy Mother addresses her and says that even if she runs away, she'll still be a member of Polaris. Keitarou and Inori then run away to escape, leaving Kururu behind to defend the others from the invading mob.

Keitarou and Inori make it to a back door behind the church, but once they get out they run into Sakiko, who attacks Keitarou and cuts him in the throat. Keitarou and Inori rush back inside and lock the door. As Keitarou dies he pleads Inori to run away, but she stays with him. Sakiko and the other Hinamizawans soon break in and kill Inori with an axe strike to the back of her head.(Hoshiwatashi-hen Chapter 9)

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