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Yukari Hirai
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Name in Japanese 平井ゆかり
Rōmaji Translation Hirai Yukari
Debut (Anime) Shakugan no Shana Episode 01
Debut (Light Novel) Volume I
Debut (Manga) Chapter 01
Appears in Anime, Manga, Light Novels
Voice Actor (Japanese) Masumi Asano
Voice Actor (English) Ashleigh Ball (Geneon)
Alison Viktorin (FUNimation)
Personal Info
Gender Female
Age 16 years old
Class Torch (past)
Human (present)
Affiliation/s Misaki Municipal High School (student)
Status Active

Yukari Hirai (平井ゆかり, Hirai Yukari) is a student in Yūji's class at Misaki Municipal High School. She becomes a Torch and has her existence filled by Shana.

AppearanceEdit

Yukari torch

Yukari as a Torch

She had dark-colored hair with two small ponytails tied up either side of her head. Some fans identify that she has a somewhat similar look to Shana's. The only difference would be the eyes, the pigtails and the hair length.

PersonalityEdit

She had a very upbeat personality, was kind and quick to help others out, but becomes very melancholy and silent when she is a Torch. Her novel counterpart is a sombre and shy girl, as compared to her livelier anime counterpart.

BackgroundEdit

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PlotEdit

Friagne ArcEdit

She dies when Friagne's Rinne Marianne appears on her way home, essentially killing everyone in the vicinity of the attack, except Yūji, who is rescued by Shana. Shana makes a Torch of Yukari, and everyone who was involved, that same day. Unfortunately, her flame burns out on the next day and her existence disappears as a result.

Before she disappears, however, Yūji attempts to give her the best last day of her life, and persuades Ike to hang out with her. They take a photo together, but Yukari's image fades from the photo when her flame burns out. Her last moment in her life is when she sits on a hill watching the sunset, apparently her favorite view.

Shana then uses the remains of Yukari's existence to shift the perception of others' identification of Yukari Hirai as herself, so others recognize her as the new Yukari Hirai, as if Shana had been so all along.

Creation of Xanadu ArcEdit

Yukari is revived by Yūji, who uses Kazumi Yoshida's memories of Yukari combined with the Torch existence of Yukari retrieved from Shana to restore her existence with the spell he received from Lamies.

RelationshipsEdit

Hayato IkeEdit

In the anime, she loved Hayato Ike.

Yūji SakaiEdit

In the light novel, it is suggested that she had a crush on Yūji. The fading of her existence teaches Yuji some very valuable lessons about both the world around him, and his own inability to affect it.

QuotesEdit

  • (Yukari's final words): "I like this scenery."

TriviaEdit

  • When Shana took her existence, everyone, including her parents, should have pertained Shana as Yukari Hirai (such as when Shana stayed at Junko Ōgami's house and interacted with her parents). However, there were no mention of her parents or her living arrangements, and Shana lived in Yuji's house most of the time.
  • In the manga, Shana stated that Yukari's parents were also torches and they would probably have disappeared like Yukari.
  • It is hinted that Yukari's parents also became Torches in the novel.[1]
  • Masumi Asano, Yukari's Japanese voice actress, also does the voice of Nina in the Shakugan no Shana Drama Disk.
  • Yukari has the same Geneon English voice actress as Kimiko Nakamura.

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