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Reko Yabusame (八分雨(ヤブサメ) 澪子(レコ), Yabusame Reko?) is one of the 20 chosen to participate in the Death Game. She is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter.

Appearance

Reko is a slender woman with a smaller bust when compared with the other female participants, but taller than average at 5'7". Reko has blackish-brown hair primarily, but lighter brown bangs that frame the left side of her face. She wears heavy black eyeliner with droplet-like shapes drawn beneath her dark eyes.

She wears a sleeveless black coat with a high collar, that separates into several strands at the waist, a gray sleeveless turtleneck top with red and gold accents, gray gloves with accented red parts, a red fanny pack with three zippers, and black pants with red accents.

Reko is seen without makeup for a brief period of time after Alice's death. It's implied that this is due to her crying and therefore, it was washed away, but she revitalizes and starts wearing it again at the start of the second Main Game.

In a flashback, Reko has plain black hair that is still cut short. She dons a pastel pink short-sleeved shirt with a black jacket with red drawstrings, stripes, and zipper. She also wears dark colored jean shorts with roughly cut ends.

Being a participant of the Death Game, she wears a collar device.

Personality

Reko seems intimidating and assertive, appearing rough around the edges, especially in comparison to her milder female companions such as Nao and Kanna. However, she's generally friendly and takes on a sisterly role for those younger than her. She seems to act kinder to those who may be seen as "weak"; this is shown when Reko immediately comforts Kanna when hearing about her sister and treats her more gently. Though, apparently, this was a change to her previous personality before Alice was arrested for murder. Alice also describes Reko as having always been overflowing with talent and charisma from an early age.

However, Reko tends to be quick to panic and is afraid of the dark and superstitious of things like ghosts. She is known for alternating between the masculine pronoun "ore" and the more neutral pronoun "watashi." She has great reflexes and a great memory.

History

Background

Reko has liked music ever since she was a kid; classical, folk, heavy metal... she listened to all of it. Around grade school, she started to compose and write lyrics. Her AI recalls, "People praised me, and my parents were just plain happy."

However, once everybody started to call her a "gifted child", she began to receive more attention. She started to make music that her heart wasn't in, due to her parents wanting attention and "old bastards wanting money."

In middle school, Reko rebelled. She was a rocker, "she made tons of songs nobody ever wanted." But even then, she still received tons of attention. Even her spirit had to give in.

RekosAndAlicesBand

Samurai Yaiba with Reko (front), URSHEEN (left), Alice (back), and STRONGHOLD (right).

Starting from high school, her spirit had died. She didn't even feel angry; her activity "dried up." She had tons of chances to be famous, but she destroyed all of them. Reko was the industry's "problem child." Everybody kept a distance from her. When she couldn't gather members, she borrowed Alice to make a band, eventually getting URSHEEN the keyboard player; STRONGHOLD the bass guitar; and herself RECO for the guitar and vocals; Alice largely worked in the background, though on stage he was on the drums. They formed the band Samurai Yaiba.

At some point in time, Alice gifted Reko bongos.

However, two and a half years ago, Alice murdered Sou Hiyori—which caused Reko to lose her ability to sing any song made by the band, as she was too shocked. Samurai Yaiba then disbanded.

Reko then went and joined her recent band known as Skull Nutz. She played the bongos that her brother gifted her.

The Death Game

I finished a new track, so I had plans to meet with my bandmates… and then this shit happens!!
— Reko's memories leading up the Death Game

Reko had been working on a new song and went to meet with her band members but fell unconscious. She then awoke in her First Trial and survived it, it is unknown what her First Trial was about. She then met with the others in the Lobby. She was restless and assertive, spouting slurs and such about how they had been "abducted by some crazy assholes."

After middle school student Kanna falls unconscious due to the shock brought along from her sister's death, Reko and art college student Nao stay behind. The two sit with her until she awakens and goes missing, causing her, Nao, and Nao's high school professor Mishima to go looking for her. She then finds Kanna and Mishima alongside classmates Sara and Joe. She yells at Mishima for not giving her and Nao a sign that Kanna had been found, but is calmed down almost immediately by Kanna who states that the situation is different that she inferred. She then sits with Kanna and Nao in the Lobby until Sara and Joe call for the others to enter the Pink Room.

She leaves the door open in the Pink Room in case something goes wrong, creating their escape route.

Relationships

Family

When asked about her family by Sara, her AI answers, "...I like my mom. Though she's a little weird. She's affectionate... and I cause her lots of trouble. Yeah, I gotta show my appreciation more." "My old man... Well, he's a good guy... But let's say he gives in to temptation. He's not the most true to his convictions. I hated him for the longest time... But he's woken up now, and gone back to his plain and simple personality."

After Alice got arrested, Reko left music. At the time, she wrote in her diary, which is rare: she wrote that music, the thing she had poured her soul into all this time, suddenly felt like a cold series of notes. She started to wonder if that was how it sounded to people who didn't care about it.

She always thought she didn't care about Alice, and she never listened to him. However, she maybe was a little jealous of her normal brother and acted that way out of spite.

Reko thinks family is important and wants to show appreciation to her parents.

Nao Egokoro

Reko and Nao grow especially close over the period of the Death Game. Reko is restless when Nao goes missing with Mishima's head, her worry even being stated by Keiji when he and Sara find the latter. Reko states that she wants to be friends with Nao and even states that she'll take off her makeup if Nao finds it frightening.

Nao also deems Reko to be a close friend. Evident of their friendship is shown when Alice dies and Reko yells at her and Sara to leave her alone. However, mere moments afterward, she asks Nao to stay with her and returns to the Medical Office with Nao after mourning. If Reko is left alive, Nao will thank Reko for being her friend. If Alice is left alive, after Nao faces execution, she will be seen painting a portrait of Mishima alongside a watching Reko, evidence that Nao also holds Reko to a similar degree as Mishima.

Kazumi Mishima

Reko dislikes Mishima at the very beginning and distrusted him based off of his gender. During the search for Kanna, she scolds Mishima for not letting she and Nao know that Kanna had been found. However, after Mishima's death, she began to come around to him. After learning that Mishima, Joe, and Sara kindly lied to Kanna, she shows regret of her actions of calling Mishima a "nutty professor." On the third floor, Mishima asked of Reko to destroy him because he wanted Nao to stay strong without him. She stated that she could never point a weapon at Nao's teacher and instead punched the monitor, breaking it.

Shin Tsukimi

Reko makes her disliking of Shin very obvious, acting violent as well as cursing at him whenever he's around. When they first met, she mentioned to Sara that she should help Shin out since he seemed weak, implying that she felt worried over him similarly to how she felt for Kanna and Gin. However, during the first Main Game where he showed his true colors, she was quick to lose all trust in him and believing everything he says to be a lie. On the third floor, after an unknown monitor breaks, she immediately believes the one who broke it to be him and goes searching for him. When she finds him unconscious in his room, she grabs him by his collar and furiously yells at him to answer her questions. She distrusts him, expressing her emotions when Kanna insisted that she'd take care of him.

Appellations

Person What they call Reko What Reko calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Sara Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Sara サラ, Sara?
Joe Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Joe
Gaudy guy
ジョー, Joe?
チャラ男, Charaou?, lit. "Gaudy guy"
Keiji Reko レコ, Reko? Keiji ケイジ, Keiji?
Shin Miss Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Sou
Beanie
Beanie guy
Mr. Beanie
ソウ, Sou?
ニット帽, Nitto-bō?, lit. "Beanie"
Gin Big sis Reko レコ姉ちゃん, Reko nee-chan? Gin ギン, Gin?
Kanna Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Kanna カンナ, Kanna?
Q-taro Reko レコ, Reko? Q-taro Qタロウ, Q Taro?
Reko (self) , Watashi?
オレ, Ore?
Alice Reko レコ, Reko? Big bro アリス, Arisu?
兄貴, Aniki?, lit. "Big brother"
アニキ, Aniki?
Mishima Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Nutty professor
Mishima
ヘンテコ教師, Henteko kyōshi?, lit. "Weirdo teacher"
ミシマ, Mishima?
Nao Reko レコちゃん, Reko-chan? Nao ナオ, Nao?
Kai Miss Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Kai カイ, Kai?

Person What they call Reko What Reko calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Kurumada
Hinako Hinako
Ranmaru
Mai
Anzu Reko レコさん, Reko-san? Anzu アンズ, Anzu?
Hayasaka
Megumi
Kugie

Person What they call Reko What Reko calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Miley N/A N/A ホエミー, Hoemī?
Ranger Reko Yabusame レコ, Reko?
八分雨 澪子, Yabusame Reko?
(ニセモノの)レコさん, (Fake) Reko-san?
Ranger ノエル, Noeru?
Safalin レコさん, Reko-san? ハンナキー, Han'nakī?
Gashu N/A N/A Gashu ガシュー, Gashū?
ジジイ, Jiji?, lit. "Gramps"
ヒゲのおっさん, Hige no ossan?, lit. "Moustached old man"
Sou Reko レコさん, Reko-san?

Trivia

  • Reko's former band, Samurai Yaiba, is written as 36雷818 in Japanese, which is a number pun. Notably, 雷 means "thunder".
  • Her likes are listed as her bongos and live concerts in her character profile.[3]
  • The kanji that makes up her first name are , re?, lit. "waterway" and , ko?, lit. "child".
  • She has a 7.7% chance of winning the Death Game.

References

  1. Chapter 1, Part 1. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. August 28, 2017.
  2. Chapter 2, Part 1. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. August 7, 2018. Reko AI
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nankidai (May 30, 2019). Kimi Ga Shine Character Profile Vol. 1 (キミガシネ キャラクタープロフィール第1弾, Kimigashine kyarakutāpurofīru dai 1-dan?) (Japanese). Pixiv.

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