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For the real Sou, see Sou Hiyori

Shin Tsukimi (月見(ツキミ) (シン), Tsukimi Shin?), better known as Sou Hiyori, is one of the 20 chosen to participate in the Death Game. He is a self-proclaimed job-hopper.

Appearance

Shin is a young male described as frail. He stands with poor posture. He has fluffy, light teal hair with slightly darker teal eyes.

Shin's outfit consists of a green beanie, a pale brown long-sleeved shirt tucked into khaki pants, and a purple jacket. His pants are held up with a brown belt with a gold buckle. Shin also wears a pink-orange polka-dotted scarf with tassels. The polka-dots are colored in a stripped, reflected pattern of peach, pink, and dark brown. He has also been shown to wear light brown fuzzy boots.

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

Personality

At first introduction, Shin is generally friendly but a bit standoffish. He's secretive due to being distrustful of the other participants. Despite this, he helps everyone discover secrets about where they're trapped.

Shin is canny and intelligent, but due to his suspicious nature, he has a habit of jumping to negative conclusions, especially in regards to Sara. He cannot comprehend Sara's charisma and is both resentful and envious of how she manages to gain the others' trust.

Survival is his main priority, and with knowledge of his survival rates that were provided by the organization, his previous personality (he presumably used to be a truthful person as suggested by his name) snaps and warps to what he believes would better serve his continued existence. This also means lying to achieve whatever ends, and skillfully at that.

He is a skilled computer hacker and appears to care for Kanna Kizuchi, during the attractions Sub-Game and onward. To watch over Shin, Kanna takes up the habit of sleeping in the same room as him and they appear to grow close during this time. Regardless, Shin has no problem tricking and manipulating her or the others to ensure his life is safe and his plans are realized.

However, despite begging Sara for help during the 2nd Main Game, he is devastated if Kanna is chosen to die instead of him. And enacts what he believes is justified retribution on Sara, psychologically tormenting her with a twisted version of the Joe AI.

If he is chosen instead, Shin demonstrates empathy and compassion within his dying moments; Accessing the Joe AI for Sara to find and reach some closure.

When his plans or calculations fall through, Shin tends to break his friendly facade. He generally keeps a calm callous tone when speaking, but has shared glimpses of what he might've been like outside the Death Game. When he was excited about potentially escaping the facility he lets his guard down slightly, even to Sara, who has the option to give him a high-five and have him unthinkingly reciprocate.

History

This section requires expansion with: Death Game. (Jan 2020)

Background

Growing up, Shin's parents spoiled him. As an adult, he felt a certain level of exasperation over it even as he felt he should express more gratitude toward them. He became a freelancer (though in what is not explained, but in some of Nankidai's twitter sketches it's implied that he may have worked at a convenience store[4]) even as he claims to be a job-hopper in order to have a semblance of independence.[5]

In chapter 3, it is revealed through Shin's AI that Shin had known the true Sou Hiyori in high school, and from what his AI has stated their relationship seemed to have been abusive in nature. When asked about Sou, Shin's AI refers to Sou as his "scary friend" and that Sou enjoyed seeing him scared and restless.

Shin's AI before the death game seems a lot timider than the Shin we meet during the death game, whether this is his true personality or just a reaction to his abuse is currently unknown.

The Death Game

I was on the way to my usual part-time job at a convenience store. It’s a bad part of town… and I was aware of how dangerous it could be at night… But the night shift wages are good… so. Suddenly, someone attacked me. I can’t remember what else happened then.
— Response to "Memories before arriving"
Doappu

Shin's shadow beginning to torment him.

Shin supposedly was kidnapped on his way to a part-time job at a convenience store in the bad part of town. He woke up in the Black Room on the second floor of the facility. There, Sue Miley introduced herself. She explained the survival rate of all the participants to a nausea-inducing degree and Shin's position of dead last with a whopping 0%. The information psychologically cornered him to the point his personality cracked. He threw away his sense of self as Shin Tsukimi and adopted Sou Hiyori's name. This event was Shin's First Trial.

Afterward, he met the other surviving participants and presented himself as a timid and gentle person. He partnered up with Sara, who he would've known to have the highest chance of survival of the Death Game, in exploring the first floor. During the course of investigations, he kept a wary and jealous eye on Sara who easily gained everyone else's trust.

When Sara gets trapped in the Blue Room with Joe, Keiji, Q-taro, and Kai, he leaves to supposedly find a way to get them out of the room. However, he never returned. Later after the events of the Russian roulette, Keiji and he meet up and find the Hidden Room in the back of the Cafeteria. There he finds Kai's laptop and later finds what he believes to be incriminating e-mails about Sara being involved in the Death Game.

But, before he found those e-mails, all the participants are made to play the Second Trial where, as a "practice round," they have to vote for someone using their voting tablets. The tablets were distributed to them by Miley who had revealed herself to the rest of the participants. Where everyone voted for themselves (except Nao for different reasons), Shin is implied to have also voted for Mishima. With three votes, Mishima received the majority vote and is summarily executed as an example. Later, Shin would try to pin this vote on Joe.

Relationships

Kanna Kizuchi

Shin and Kanna establish a friendship similar to that of a younger sister and older brother. Before the first Main Game, Kanna finds the Sacrifice hidden by Shin but is informed that it's dangerous and trades cards with her. He also helps her form a strategy for the Main Game. Due to this, she is put into his debt and lies about being the Sage to help push the belief that Shin was the Keymaster.

After the first Main Game when Shin fakes amnesia, Kanna insists on watching over him. From then on, she follows him and stays by his side, even sleeping within his room. Because of her, the two gained an alibi when Mishima's monitor was broken. She also shows him to her Trial Room where he finds a phone on the ground that her sister held in her last moments and changes the message, the original one created to corner and torment Kanna. If Kanna is alive, she reveals that she knew from the start that Shin had written the message rather than Kugie, aware of how he cares about her.

During the second Main Game, Shin figures that Kanna has the Sacrifice and tries to lead the majority of the votes to her. However, the latter reveals that she isn't the Sacrifice, having to repeat herself when Shin nervously asks if she's sure. In the final vote, he begs for Sara's vote, stating that if she votes for Kanna he will never forgive her. If Kanna dies, Shin is enraged to the point of swearing to kill Sara and everyone who voted for her.

Despite their closeness, Shin is aware that if Kanna were the Sacrifice and has received the most votes, she wouldn't have chosen him to leave with her. In return, Kanna is aware of just how many times Shin has manipulated her into doing things for his own gain and survival. Albeit they have their flaws, the two are ultimately close and do everything in their power to protect the other.

Sou Hiyori

Shin and Sou are shown to have history, having met when Shin was still in high school. The two hung out a lot, even if Sou had scared Shin on multiple occasions. Shin's AI explains that he felt afraid of him, all the while Sou enjoyed watching Shin seeing him restless. He also explains that he learned a lot at his house, not going into detail and explaining what he learned. Later on, he found out that Sou wasn't even a student at his school. Their relationship is inferred to be very abusive with Shin considering Sou to be nothing but an enemy. Shin tells Naomichi that he dislikes him so much that he views him as he views Sara, an enemy who deserves little to no kindness and who feeds off of the weak.

Sara Chidouin

To be written

Appellations

Person What they call Shin What Shin calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Sara Sou ソウさん, Sou-san? Miss Sara
Sara
サラさん, Sara-san?
サラ, Sara?
Joe Sou ソウさん, Sou-san? Joe ジョーくん, Joe-kun?
Keiji Sou ソウ, Sou?
月見 真くん, Tsukimi Shin-kun?[6]
Keiji ケイジさん, Keiji-san?
ケイジ, Keiji?
Shin (self) ボク, Boku?
Gin Loner 陰キャ, Inkya?, lit. "negative personality, asocial type"
ソウさん, Sou-san?
Gin ギンくん, Gin-kun?
ギン, Gin?
Kanna Sou ソウさん, Sou-san? Kanna カンナちゃん, Kanna-chan?
Q-taro Sou ソウ, Sou? Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q-taro san?
Reko Sou
Beanie
Beanie guy
ソウ, Sou?
ニット帽, Nitto-bō?, lit. "Beanie"
Miss Reko レコさん, Reko-san?
Alice Sou
Sou Hiyori
Shin Tsukimi
ソウ, Sou?
ヒヨリ ソウ, Hiyori Sou?
日和 颯, Hiyori Sou?
月見 真, Tsukimi Shin?
Alice
Gonbee
アリスさん, Arisu-san?
ゴンベエさん, Gonbē-san?
Mishima Sou ソウさん, Sou-san?[7] Mishima ミシマさん, Mishima-san?[7]
Nao Sou ソウさん, Sou-san? Miss Nao
Nao
ナオさん, Nao-san?
Kai Sou ソウさん, Sou-san?
ソウくん, Sou-kun?
Kai カイさん, Kai-san?

Person What they call Shin What Shin calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Kurumada Sou ソウ, Sou?
Hinako
Ranmaru
Mai
Anzu
Hayasaka
Megumi
Kugie

Person What they call Shin What Shin calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Miley Sou Hiyori 日和 颯, Hiyori Sou? N/A N/A
Ranger Sou Hiyori ヒヨリ ソウ, Hiyori Sou? ノエル, Noeru?
着せ替え人形ノエル, Kisekae ningyō Noeru?
Safalin ソウさん, Sou-san? ハンナキー, Han'nakī?
Gashu Sou Hiyori 日和 颯, Hiyori Sou? Gashu ガシュー, Gashū?
フロアマスターさん, Furoamasutā-san?, lit. "Mr. Floormaster"
Sou Shin シン, Shin? Sou Hiyori ヒヨリソウ, Hiyori Sou?

Trivia

  • His likes are listed as soup and futon in his character profile.[3]
  • The kanji that makes up his first name is , shin?, lit. "truth; genuineness".
  • The kanji that make up his last name are , tsuki?, lit. "moon" and , mi?, lit. "see".
    • The first kanji, , tsuki?, lit. "moon" contrasts with the first kanji of Sou Hiyori's last name, , hi?, lit. "sun".
  • He has a 0% chance of winning the Death Game, the lowest among all the candidates.
  • While naming Midori in Chapter 3, Part 1, Shin is one of the only survivors of the First Trial that does not generate a reaction from him, the other being Mishima.

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. What Is The Legal Drinking Age In Japan? You Would Not Expect The Answer. Medium (July 17, 2018). "Sou" is on the list of those approved for drinking in the bar.
  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.
  4. https://twitter.com/nannkizum/status/976827089637728257
  5. 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. Introduction: "Ideas, huh… I’ve got none. / I apologize for arguments right away, so not that… Haven’t even left enough impression on anyone to be hated by someone. / Some days I think that I don’t show enough gratitude to my parents, but… / They just spoil me so much… Man… I’ve gotta become independent already…" -Response to "Ideas about the incident"
  6. Chapter 2, Part 2. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. May 21, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Island Existence: Mishima's Story. Your Turn to Shine: Island Existence (キミガシネ番外編 ~生存島~) by Nankidai. December 20, 2019.

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