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Hikari Kuina
Hikari Kuina.jpg
Information
Japanese name 水鶏 光
Romaji Kuina Hikari
Alias Kuina (クイナ)
Age
Gender Female
Hair Color Black
Eye Color
Status Alive
Specialty ClubsSpades
Family Father (dōjō master)
Mother (housewife)
Occupation Apparels Clerk
Affiliation Player
Beach (No.13 → No.11) (formerly)
Voice Actor
Manga Debut Chapter 16
"A brat who can't live without his parents' protection... is no match of me."
—Kuina in the manga Chapter 25

Hikari Kuina (水鶏 光 Kuina Hikari) is a character first appears in the Beach arc and later revealed to be transgender. Originally, she specialized in Clubs (balanced games), but after facing her troubled past with her stern father, she redefines herself as a Spades (physical games) player.

Story

Before Borderland

Detailed in the manga Chapter 25, Kuina was born to a dōjō master and expected to become his competent successor. In order to relieve the tension between her harsh father and considerate mother, Kuina did her best to perfect martial arts, but was always scolded by her father for not delivering the decisive blow on her opponent. It was at this time Kuina also began putting on makeup. Her mother was aware of this and, unlike her father, encouraged Kuina to follow her own path. Eventually Kuina left her home and received sex reassignment surgery to become female. After that, she got a job as a boutique clerk, in which she states always got herself into trouble. Some time later, Kuina rushed to her mother's hospital upon learning the divorce of her parents and her mother's weakening health, Kuina vowed to take care of her while she remained alive. Around that time, Kuina was sent to the Borderland and is determined to return to the original world to reunite with her mother.

Borderland

Kuina teams up with Chishiya to plan to steal all the cards from the Beach society, because they are told only one person with the complete suit of cards would be allowed to leave the Borderland. When Ryōhei Arisu and Yuzuha Usagi have arrived at the Beach, Kuina approaches them to decide if they are suitable to be their accomplices. Kuina first tries to befriend Arisu by telling Arisu his reason for returning to the original world and warning him not to get in trouble with Aguni's "martial sect". When Arisu finds out the disposed human corpses outside of the Beach, Kuina and Chishiya reveal their plan to him.

Unbeknownst to Kuina, Chishiya only informs Arisu to access the baiting safe which leads to Arisu and Usagi's apprehension. Just before Chishiya is about to leave the Beach with all the cards, Kuina stops him in time to drag him into the Witch-Hunt game. Realizing Chishiya's true colors, Kuina wanders around and learns from An about her plan to analyze the fingerprints in the crime scene. To let An proceed her analysis, Kuina defends her from Last Boss, who is under Aguni's order to kill everyone in the Beach with his katana. Albeit initially hesitated, Kuina recollects her time before transitioning and being trained by her father in the dojo. Kuina successfully disables Last Boss from carrying out massacre, but is no match for Aguni and she is rendered unconscious.

After surviving Witch-Hunt and King of Spades' attack, Kuina joins Arisu, Usagi, Tatta and Niragi to challenge the King of Clubs and wins at the cost of Tatta's life. Knowing Arisu's decision to stop playing any more game, Kuina clears the Jack of Spades alone and reunites with Arisu and Usagi again before the entrance of Queen of Hearts' venue. Like her allies, once the last game has been cleared, after a brief hesitation, she decides to reject the permanent residency and departs immediately. She is last seen accompanying her mother happily in the real world.

Etymology

  • The name Hikari means "light" (光).
  • Hikari's surname Kuina means "water rail" (水鶏).

Games played

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Games played by Kuina
Games played
Unknown Number of Games Ten of Hearts King of Clubs Jack of Spades King of Spades
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