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Kazumi Yoshida
Name in Japanese 吉田一美
Rōmaji Translation Yoshida Kazumi
Debut (Anime) Shakugan no Shana Episode 01
Debut (Light Novel) Shakugan no Shana Light Novel Volume 01
Debut (Manga) Chapter 02
Appears in Anime, Manga, Light Novels, Game, Drama CDs
Voice Actor (Japanese) Ayako Kawasumi
Akemi Satō (Drama Disk)
Voice Actor (English) Chantal Strand (Geneon)
Brina Palencia (FUNimation)
Personal Info
Gender Female
Age 15 - 16 years old
Height 158 cm (5' 2")
Relatives Ken Yoshida (younger brother)
Unnamed mother and father
Class Human
Affiliation/s Misaki Municipal High School (student)
Status Active
Treasure Tools

Jettatura
Piece of Khamsin's Sabia
Giralda

Kazumi Yoshida (吉田一美 Yoshida Kazumi?) is Yuji Sakai's classmate and a resident of Misaki City. She eventually becomes a rival with Shana for Yuji's affection and is one of the few notable humans from Misaki City who has knowledge of the existence of Flame Haze and the Crimson Realm.

AppearanceEdit

Kazumi has a short brown hair and brown eyes. She is usually seen in her school uniform. In the anime, she is 158cm tall.[1]

PersonalityEdit

Kazumi is a shy, but kind young woman. She is quite modest about her body. She is very polite, usually using honorifics when talking to people. She is soft-spoken.

Kazumi admires Shana for her excellence when it comes to studies and her ability to say what she thinks so easily. However, she overcomes her fear of confessing to Yuji, with a little help from Ike, who unknowingly likes her. She grows more confident and decidedly more direct in her advances after noticing Shana's feelings, proclaiming to her her intent to confess. Kazumi is an excellent cook, often making Yuji bentos. 

BackgroundEdit

Yoshida family

Kazumi and her family

Kazumi's family consists of her unnamed mother, father and her younger brother Ken, who were shown when she was with Khamsin, thinking that they were probably harmed. In the anime, she suffers from anemia[2] and has a dog named Ekaterina.

Plot Edit

Kazumi is fifteen/sixteen-year-old and is classmates with Yuji. She has a crush on him, but is too shy to tell him directly. In the first season, she spends most of her screen time remaining ignorant of Shana's true nature and her actual relationship with Yuji. She grows to be confident in her advances, proclaiming her intent to confess, sparking a rivalry with Shana.

These state of affairs, however, changed after her chance meeting with Khamsin Nbh'w, a Flame Haze, who requested her assistance in his tuning of the distortions in the city. After revealing the truth of the world to her, Khamsin provided Kazumi an eyeglass which can detect Torches after he realized Kazumi was worried if Yuji was a Torch. Kazumi decided to test the eyeglass on Yuji during the Misago Festival, and was horrified to discover that Yuji was indeed a Torch. However, as the battle with Bal Masqué raged on, Yuji revealed that, with the Reiji Maigo, he would not disappear, and Kazumi eventually accepted that near the end of the season. Also she realizes that if Shana can still love even if knowing Yuji is a Torch, she can also.

Kazumi carries a small relic provided to her by Khamsin during their first meeting, permitting her to move within a Seal. Yuji became aware of this in the second season. Also, it is revealed that Pheles gave Kazumi a cross shaped Treaure Tool, which would summon Pheles if there was any trouble happening to Yuji/Johann. The setback, according to Pheles as she gave the Treasure Tool to Kazumi, was that it would take all of Kazumi's Power of Existence, if she used it.

In the beginning of the final season she asks why Yuji returned the letters where he explains that he didn't have anything to say so he thought it was the best way without anyone getting hurt. (This indicates that she was rejected and that Yuji chose Shana over her.)

She was later taken to Seireiden by Snake of the Festival Yuji Sakai to be used as a catalyst to the ritual which would reverse the effects of Khamsin's Tuning (ironically, she was the same catalyst for the Tuning ritual). After Shana, Wilhelmina, Chiara, Seere and the three remaining members of The Four Gods of Earth reached Seireiden, the "Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter" witnesses Kazumi understanding what she needed to do at that time and activates Giralda, calling forth Pheles in the second great battle between the Flame Haze and Crimson Denizens. Luckily for her she doesn't die as it turns out that Pheles had been lying about the Treasure Tool consuming the user's Power of Existence. It is in fact a tool that would allow humans to use an Unrestricted Spell, a feat that is usually beyond human abilities due to their incapability of focusing wholeheartedly on even a simple prayer. It is only with the determination to activate the Treasure Tool even with the promise of a fate worse than death that a human could cast their stray thoughts aside and focus. The real danger of using Giralda is the physical strain it places on the user, a factor which had killed the previous user, who was frail from old age and a hard life. Due to her youth, Kazumi is only knocked out by her exhaustion.

While she sleeps, Johann appears in her dreams with a resting Pheles by his side, showing Kazumi the memory of a location that is of great significance to both him and Pheles. Entrusted with their last words and only child, Kazumi wakes up only to find herself in the company of the Hyakki Yakō, who are employed by Pheles to first transport Shana's company to the Seireiden and now attempt to make their escape from the ocean of fellow Denizens.

Yuji uses her memories to revive Yukari Hirai and to restore order in Misaki City.

RelationshipsEdit

Yuji SakaiEdit

Kazumi is Yuji's classmate. After she worked up the courage to talk to him, the two became quite close friends. Her crush stems from her attraction to his kindess. She confesses her feelings by letter, but is rejected by Yuji. She did not seem entirely upset, stating that she was "...happy as long as he's happy."

ShanaEdit

Kazumi and Shana intially started as rivals in love. The two gradually became closer, eventually becoming friends. She even wanted the best for both Shana and Yuji. In the anime, she said that Shana and Yuji were the two people she cared most.

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TriviaEdit

  • Kazumi was born on September.[3]
  • Like the other human characters of the series, Kazumi's surname is a homage to Japanese politicians; she is named after Shigeru Yoshida, the former Prime Minister of Japan.
  • English voice actress Chantal Strand, who voiced Kazumi Yoshida, also voiced Lacus Clyne from Gundam Seed. Kazumi Yoshida and Shana's English voice actresses, Chantal Strand and Tabitha St. Germain, play a similar love triangle relationship role with Lacus and Flay from Gundam Seed.
    •  Lacus and Kazumi are similiar in terms of character development, although holding contrasting personalities - with Kazumi being shy and withdrawn, and Lacus being more charismatic and straightforward. Initially being naive and pacifistic, but eventually becoming more strong-willed, willing and determined to see their fight through to the end. They are understanding and caring with both friend and enemy alike, willing to reason even with their foes. As Kazumi is in love with Yuji, Lacus is in love with Kira. 

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