Hinako Shijo

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Hinako attends in an all-girl school and grew to appreciate the art of Sumo after watching a professional match. After falling in love with Sumo, she tried creating a female sumo club at her school and show that small girls can become skilled at Sumo too, but it failed to gain support. When she heard about the Women Team auditioning for a new member, Hinako applied and proved her worth by defeating Yuri Sakazaki. In KOF 2003, Hinako was asked to team up with Athena and Malin to form the "High School Girl" Team and she accepted. She collects sumo standings and chanko nabe. She's ¼ Russian because of her grandmother, which is also where she gets her blond hair. 

The King of Fighters 2000


The King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, The King of Fighters 2003, The King of Fighters XV, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  Nov. 8th, 2023

Hold on a second, let's get this straight.... A Sumo Wrestler in a fighting game who doesn't wear a topknot and is less than 350 pounds??? I thought the day would never come. Mind blown. ^o^ SNK gets originality points right off the bat with Hinako, since you NEVER see petite little girls using sumo. Now that I think about it, it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense realistically... but she's a no doubt clever and entertaining fighting game design. While her outfit suits her schoolgirl theme very well, I find it slightly boring in some ways. Hinako would definitely benefit from a costume upgrade and some interesting alternate costumes. That said, I'd definitely like to see SNK bring her back in a future KOF title.  

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