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Overview

I will devour you.

— Hisako's intro quote

Hisako (久子 Hisako?, "Eternal Child" or "Everlasting Child"), born as Chiharu (千春 Chiharu?, "One Thousand Springs"), is the sixteenth character of Killer Instinct (2013) and the seventh character of Season 2. She is a naginata-wielding spirit girl who is referred to as an Onryō (怨霊), or "Avenging Ghost".

Hisako made her first appearance at the end of Aganos' trailer, and was officially revealed as a new Killer Instinct character at a PAX East 2015 panel.

Biography Edit

Appearance Edit

Hisako is an pale white-skinned onryō (a Japanese spirit that has been pulled from purgatory to take revenge on the living. An onryō is what can be considered a typical Asian horror film monster). She has long black hair and sunken, dark eyes. When she screams, it can be noted that her mouth grows inhumanly large and it has several rows of razor-sharp teeth inside. She wears a tattered rose pink kimono with white flower decals and a red obi sash around her waist with bottom of the kimono has been torn off at the knees for easier movement and the top of the kimono hangs loose around her shoulders. She wields a naginata with a red ribbon tied around the blade which belonged to her father before his death. She has bare feet that are caked with mud and dirt, and on her left hand she wears some sort of golden trinket. She always has a faint aura of darkness around her that resembles ashes and embers. When her Wrath Meter is full, she "jitters" and distorts the space around her with a ghastly green tinge, making it appear as though reality is shifting and "glitching" like an old video recording (possibly a reference to "Ringu", a J-horror classic).

Based on Kevin Bayliss design, Hisako's retro costume has a slightly short hairstyle and she wears a sleeveless tattered silk red clothes with purple accent, a green obi, a pair of rusty gold shin guards and geta.

Personality Edit

Is it possible to kill what is already dead?

— Hisako's story mode description

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When the dead bear too great of a grudge to ever move on...

Hisako is a twisted spirit obsessed with having her revenge on those who have disturbed her rest - Ultratech. Upon her appearance, she traveled across the globe, defeating all who stood in her way, to fight and defeat ARIA, showing her great dedication and strength of will. When she defeated ARIA, she returned to her resting place, considerably calmed, but was soon called upon again by Yeouiju to aid Kim Wu in her awakening as a savior of the world and now willingly assists the young warrior (though still full of rage, she manages to suppress it and act more rationally). Hisako retains memories of her former life and holds them with fondness, and, even hundreds of years later, still holds a grudge against the invaders who took her life.

Powers & Abilities Edit

In her previous life as the eldest daughter of a samurai, Hisako has retained her fighting abilities with her signature naginata taken from her dying father. She battles with sheer ferocity, but can also perform counterattacks to gain an edge on her opponents and continue the slaughter.

Now revived as a vengeful ghost, Hisako has gained supernatural abilities, such as the ability to teleport by crawling from one spot to another and the ability to possess her opponents and contort their bodies in a disturbing fashion. She can also hideously open her razor-sharp teeth to suck in her opponents towards her so she can attack them.

Because of her extremely slow walk speed, Hisako can be overall described as a patient and defensive fighter, waiting for the right moment for her enemies to slip up so she can punish them with furious blade strikes and slashes.

Killer Instinct (2013) Edit

Story Edit

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Hisako makes her debut in the 2nd Season of Killer Instinct (2013)

Hisako is an Onryō who once lived during the Sengoku period of Japan. Over 450 years ago, a band of renegade soldiers led a raid on Hisako's village and her father (a former samurai) was cut down attempting to stop them. In her rage, she took up his naginata and took his place and killed many of the enemy troops in the process. Even though she too was killed, her sacrifice motivated the other villagers to successfully drive back the invaders. A shrine was erected in her honor, where she was laid to rest. However, in the present, her grave is disturbed by the presence of an organization, awakening her spirit, and she ventures forth to seek vengeance on those who disturbed her rest.

Extended Story Edit

The Everlasting Child:

Main article: The Everlasting Child

Stage Edit

Main article: Village of Whispers
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A place still haunted by dark, anguished memories—and ♫ bloody, bloody rage! ♫

Hisako's stage in Killer Instinct (2013) is the Village of Whispers, set in the ruins of small Japanese village. The scene is filled with an eerie mist and shows a plethora of gravestones surrounded by tall trees. The buildings are in decay and several of the graves are cracked or broken. The ground is muddy and full of puddles from a recent storm. The remnants of a two-story pagoda and two Shinto gates are visible. What appears to be Hisako's shrine can be seen, surrounded by candles and dolls arranged in a macabre fashion.

During an Ultra Combo, the fearsome lightning begins to strike, and the spirits of the slaughtered villagers appear in front of their graves. The ruined pagoda in the background begins to glow ominously.

Stage ULTRA - BURIED: During an Ultra Combo, the victor would send his/her defeated opponent across the stage, then a mass of the ghostly arms begins to grab the defeated opponent, dragging him/her into the depths and disappears; afterwards, the defeated opponent pops out of the ground for a final moment before the victor strikes him/her back into the depths for good.

Ultra Combo: 27-Hits

Ultimate Combo:

  • Hisako crawls towards the defeated opponent before disappearing into the ground; then Hisako grabs ahold behind the victim while the victim's face expressed in horror in the final moment; Hisako then possesses the victim which lifted the victim in the air and fatally crushed every bones inside the victim's body — instantly killing the victim. The camera slowly zooms at the deceased victim before Hisako pops up at the screen for a final jumpscare.

Trivia: During the slow music due to characters not moving, the samples from the Main Theme will play.

Quotes Edit

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"...and they will pay with their lives!"

This was once my home. It was my world. Then the soldiers came. They plundered and murdered... my family... all cut down... and now more have come, stolen from us, robbed our graves... I will hunt them. I will find them. I will take back what was stolen... and they will pay with their lives!

—Hisako in her trailer

Chiharu is a memory of spring.

—Hisako's response to Omen's offer to make her a living girl again

You were born from shadows and to shadows shall return.

—Hisako as she destroys Omen

We don't have time, Kim Wu, for me to explain what I am... or what I might become.

—Hisako's reply to Kim Wu asking what it's like to be a ghost

Trivia Edit

  • The character of Hisako is based on, and a tribute to, the Japanese folklore legend of the Onryō. This concept was popularized during the late 1990s and early 2000s due to the international success of the Japanese horror films Ringu (1998) and Ju-on (2002).
  • The name Hisako means "long time ago" (久) (hisa) and "child" (子) (ko). It can also be translated to "Eternal Child", "Child of an Old Story" or "Auspicious Child" in the Japanese language.
    • It is revealed that Hisako's real name is Chiharu, which means "thousand" (千) (chi) and "spring" (春) (haru). Interestingly, Chiharu is a reference to a character with the same name in the original Ju-on film.
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Hisako is facing the right side.

  • There's a minor error about the Season 3 character select screen in that Hisako's icon is facing right, even though she was placed on right side of the character roster. Character icons on the right side typically are facing left.
  • When it is raining on Thunder's background stage, Devil's Landing, the dirt on Hisako's legs will be visibly washed off.

Gallery Edit

Killer Instinct (2013)

External Links Edit

Media Edit

Killer Instinct (2013) Characters
Season 1 Jago ·Sabrewulf ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sadira ·Orchid ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 TJ Combo ·Maya ·Kan-Ra ·Riptor ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·Cinder ·ARIA
Season 3 Kim Wu ·Tusk ·Arbiter ·Rash ·Mira ·Gargos ·General RAAM ·Eyedol
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako ·Eagle
Killer Instinct Universe
Playable Characters
Killer Instinct Logo HD Jago ·Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sabrewulf

 ·Spinal ·Riptor ·Cinder ·Fulgore ·Eyedol

Killer Instinct 2 Kim Wu ·Maya ·Tusk ·Gargos
Killer Logo copy Season 1 Sadira ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 Kan-Ra ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·ARIA
Season 3 Mira ·Rash ·Arbiter ·General RAAM
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako ·Eagle
Non-Playable Characters and Organizations
Minor Characters The Chairman ·Ryat Adams ·Babylonian King ·The Master ·Yeouiju ·True Tsar
Enemies Mimics
Organizations Ultratech ·Red Eyes of Rylai ·Disavowed ·Night Guard ·The Coven ·The Alliance
Others
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger ·The Lycanthrope's Tale ·The Ice-man Cometh ·Murder of Crows ·The Widow's Bite ·The Firecat's Summoning ·The Quest of the Searing Skull ·Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L ·Glory Days ·Temperance and Vengeance ·Death is no Obstacle ·You and Your Riptor Unit ·The Herald of Gargos ·Peacemaker ·The Everlasting Child ·The Third Degree ·Evolve or Die ·The Dragon Spirit ·The Watchman Of The Gods ·Blood For My Blood ·Flayer Of Souls ·The Reawakened ·Rash's Extended Story ·Arbiter's Extended Story ·For The Queen
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg ·The Watchman Awakes ·Dragon's Choice ·Conflux ·ARIA for Noömorph ·Shadows at Dawn
Gameplay Combo & Counter Breaker ·Ultra Combo ·Ultimate Combo ·Humiliation ·Combo System ·Instinct Mode ·Shadow Meter ·Shadow Moves ·Shadow Counter ·Knockdown Value ·Lock out ·Frame Data ·Character Accessories ·Arcade Mode ·Rivals Mode ·Shadow Lords Mode
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