Chainsaw Man Online: Character Origins – Kobeni Higashiyama
Kobeni Higashiyama is a former member of Makima’s Special Squad and a Public Safety Devil Hunter. After the intense battle with the Darkness Devil in Hell, she chose to resign from her position.
Kobeni’s Unique Appearance
Kobeni is a small young woman with short brown hair that she ties in a ponytail. Her eyes are brown with white pupils. She has four moles on her face: two under her left eye, one on the lower right side of her mouth, and one on her left cheek. Usually, she wears a professional suit and has two hair clips. During the newbie welcome party, she wore a cute hand-me-down dress from her older sister, which was admired by fellow Devil Hunters.
Kobeni is generally timid and fearful, although she occasionally displays moments of bravery. When faced with the Eternity Devil, she becomes paralyzed with fear and struggles to speak coherently. High-pressure situations often cause her to break down in tears. However, when she enters action mode, she becomes composed and efficient. She demonstrated this by successfully dealing with the Katana Man and Akane Sawatari, forcing them to retreat. Despite her panicked behavior towards her comrades, she feels remorse for her actions and expresses gratitude to those who protect her.
Kobeni deeply cares for her family, even though she was forced into a profession she dislikes to support her brother’s college education. She sends her earnings to her brother and acts as a chauffeur for her family. Although she initially stays in her role as a Devil Hunter for the promised bonus, she ultimately desires to quit. Kobeni is tolerant of Himeno’s affectionate hugs but enjoys alcohol, especially when someone else pays for it. Her hobbies include indulging in delicious food, with ice cream being a particular favorite, despite having only tasted it three times in her life.
Past: Family Pressures and Career Choices
During her childhood, Kobeni’s parents bought her an ice cream once for her birthday. The first taste was so delightful that she ran in excitement, tripped, and dropped the ice cream. Kobeni became a Devil Hunter due to her parents’ pressure to financially support her brother’s college education. She chose this path over becoming a sex worker, despite her desire to attend college.
Physical Prowess and Devil Contracts
Although Kobeni is talented, her timidity often hampers her potential, as noted by Himeno. However, she has showcased impressive physical prowess and skills.
Kobeni possesses enhanced strength, effortlessly severing a man’s arm with a knife. Her agility is noteworthy, demonstrated when she evades the Snake Devil’s tail attack and traverses its body, earning her the nickname “monkey” from the Katana Man. Additionally, Kobeni exhibits exceptional agility while playing Dance Dance Mushroom, achieving a perfect score.
Kobeni has a contract with an undisclosed Devil, keeping its identity secret. This could be how Kobeni is skilled in various areas.
Knifemanship: She wields a knife proficiently, swiftly incapacitating the Katana Man by severing his arm.
Marksmanship: Kobeni displays accuracy and skill with firearms. She severely injures the Katana Man by shooting him twice and forces Akane Sawatari to retreat.
Driving: Possessing a driving license and her car, Kobeni primarily uses her vehicle to chauffeur her family. However, her exact driving skills remain unknown due to an incident where Power crashed the car.
Dancing: Kobeni exhibits exceptional dancing abilities, as evidenced by her perfect score in Dance Dance Mushroom.
While her journey as a Devil Hunter has come to an end, Kobeni’s story serves as a testament to personal growth and resilience. She may be timid at times, but when the situation calls for it, she rises to the occasion and proves her worth.
Kobeni Higashiyama’s character reminds us that strength can come from unexpected places and that even the timidest individuals can face their fears and achieve remarkable things.