Kaoru Hanabishi


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Kaoru-sama (by Aoi Sakuraba)


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Voice Actor(s)

Souichiro Hoshi (Japanese)
Narumi Hidaka (Child)
Dave Wittenberg (English)


Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 1


Aoi Sakuraba (wife)
Kumi Honjo (mother)
Yuji Hanabishi (father)
Aoi's Mother (mother-in-law)
Patriarch of Hanabishi (grandfather)


Kaoru is a tall young man in his early twenties with brown hair and eyes. His appearance overall is very similar to that of his mother's. His back is covered with the scars his grandfather inflicted on him every time he disobeyed the family. Majority of the time, he is seen wearing casual clothes.


His given name 'Kaoru', translates as fragrant as his personality is gentle and kind, something that hasn't changed ever since he was young. He is known for his courteous actions among female characters, which has caused them all (with the exception of Miyabi) to fall for him at some point; however, he can also be abrupt and let them know when something is wrong.

Despite his kindness, Kaoru has a tendency to keep his emotions to himself. This is due to the emotional and physical abuse he suffered under his grandfather while being the heir of the Hanabishi family. After his grandfather burned all of his mother's possessions except the good luck charm he was able to save (for which his grandfather beat him for his disobedience), Kaoru left the family and swore to never return. When he first arrived in Tokyo, he was deeply broken as a result of the abuse he suffered, as well as the fact that he had no-one in the world to call his family anymore, but eventually put a happy facade to hide his pain.

Kaoru is shown to sometimes have perverted fantasies about Aoi and is attracted to her from practically the moment they reunite. Kaoru falls in love with Aoi as he spends more time with her, confessing his love to her when they revisit his old apartment, which reduces her to tears as she wasn't sure how he really felt about her until then. It's then that he confesses to have loved her for quite a while, but had trouble putting it into words. He even goes so far as to say that Aoi is his reason for living, as well as the sole reason he's happy to have been born into the Hanabishi family.


Kaoru Hanabishi, a university student, is the son of Yūji Hanabishi, the head of the Hanabishi Zaibatsu, and was set to take over the zaibatsu after his father retired. His mother, Kumi Honjō, and his father never married, making life difficult for both him and his mother. Kaoru's father died when he was five years old. Since then, Yūji's father, Gen'ichiro Hanabishi, took Kaoru under his wing and began educating him for the eventual succession. Yet Kaoru never felt at home in the Hanabishi family and went into self-imposed exile after his mother's death. Day by day he felt alone, thinking that he was living life with no reason pushing him on.

There was, however, a person who loved Kaoru so much that she had to do whatever was necessary to be with him.

Her name is Aoi Sakuraba. Aoi is the only daughter of the owner of the Sakuraba Dry Goods Store (later renamed to Sakuraba Department Store). Kaoru's family and Aoi's family had expected for Kaoru to marry Aoi, but after Kaoru walked out, the marriage was canceled. Both families had a friendly relationship and Aoi had been in love with Kaoru from the start, which Kaoru was unaware of. The Sakuraba family had already been searching for someone suitable, but Aoi was unwilling to marry someone else and walked out, chasing Kaoru.

Both were freed from their families' affairs, but did not know how to make their living. Miyabi Kagurazaki, who had been looking out for Aoi, offered the two a way for the time being. Aoi and Miyabi would live together in a grand western style summer house owned by the Sakuraba family and Kaoru would live in a house for servants next to it. This would prevent a scandal, much like the one that had made Kaoru's life difficult, as the two would be living separately. But soon, Kaoru's friends, who just happen to be attractive females, took residence in the servants' house, and it quickly became a dormitory and Aoi became landlady of the dormitory.

Kaoru eventually comes to terms with his painful past by confronting the Hanabishis. Later, Kaoru's half brother attempts to gain control of the Hanabishi Zaibutsu by marrying Aoi, but Kaoru meets her father who accepts Aoi's relationship with him, foiling his half-brother's plan. Knowing that his half-brother was suffering the same fate he had (both of them were obeying the family for the sake of their mother), Kaoru informed him that as the previous heir of the Hanabishi family, he acknowledged his half-brother as the next heir. Kaoru and Aoi eventually got married and began a new life together.


  • His given name, Kaoru, means "fragrant."
  • It is stated that his favorite color is blue.
  • His favorite type of hairstyle is short hair.
  • His favorite food is grilled fish.

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