Class-Representative of Senior One Class Four
Member of Student Council
|Occupation||High School Student|
|Family and Relatives||Manami Katsura (mother)|
Kokoro Katsura (little sister)
|Seiyuu||Tae Okajima |
(credit as "Soyogi Tōno" in the games)
AppearanceEditKotonoha Katsura has dark purple silky staight hair that extends to her haunch and also has large dark purple eyes. More than just good looks, her body is very slender and matured for her age. One of her figure's most significant features is her extremely busty chest, only next to her mother Manami Katsura throughout the series. Her appearance and manner of dress has varied slightly throughout the games. Because of her gorgeous body, almost all girls (except Sekai) think negatively of her because of their jealousness and think of her as promiscuous and is taking money from Makoto to date her. Even Nanami Kanroji who is very mature think negatively of her and treats her badly. Because all the girls shun her and all the boys are afraid of of her has led her to have an almost non existant social life.
Generally, Kotonoha Katsura is a well-educated, polite and gentle young lady with reserved character. She is so reserved in fact she isn't mentioned to have a single friend before she was acquanted with Sekai and Makoto. Having almost no social life she becomes incredibly dependent and devoted Makoto. But this kind of firmness can be lead to wrong directions, if she feels Makoto is leaving her and cannot be won back, such tremendous sorrow and desperation will drive her into berserk or "yandere" (expressed by her lusterless eyes), and render her to commit suicide or to eradicate those who she thinks stealing Makoto away. Her attachment to Makoto is so great that she refuses to accept that he would ever break up with her. Perhaps linked to her possible murderous side, if Makoto invited her to watch a horror movie with him she's a fan of horror and splatter movies and usually keeps quite about it.
Although the reason is not specified, Kotonoha is very afraid of males, especially scared by being touched by opposite gender, thus renders her and Makoto have some awkward moments at beginning stage of their relationship, as Makoto constantly demands excessive physical contact and gets turned down, situation can be worsened. But then acknowledges fulfilling Makoto's demands of sex is vital to tighten their relationship, Kotonoha will get over her psychological block and offers her gorgeous body to Makoto in order to lock his heart with her, even proactively retaliate to drive her rivals away.
Kotonoha's younger sister Kokoro Katsura, describes her as "someone who comes from ancient times", due to her way of thinking and behavior.
School Days Edit
The Visual NovelEdit
She's first seen by Makoto taking the same train as him. She first meets Makoto after Sekai arranges for them to have lunch to meet and is set to go on a date with him. Depending on the player choices her personality can develop drastically differently, from being her original sweet and caring self to becoming a horny sex freak to a murderous maniac. See endings for more details.
Kotonoha's role in the anime is largely the same, becoming Makoto's girlfriend, only until at the end of episode 3 when Makoto quickly begins to tire of her, and begins getting closer to Sekai. After Makoto tells her he wants to break up, it sends her over the edge, until the end of episode 11, when Makoto had finally realized the damage he's done, and say he wants to be together again with Kotonoha.
In the manga version her role is mostly the same, the big difference is that Makoto breaks up with Sekai because he feels guilty about cheating and he realizes he loves Kotonoha as he begs her to forgive his actions. However, Kotohona is becoming insane due to the betrayal and tries to kill Sekai, but accidentally harms Makoto who jumps in front of Sekai. Makoto ends up in the hospital and traumatizes both Kotonoha and Sekai.
In the Cross Days Game and manga she is also the target of Yuuki's affection. However she does not see Yuuki as more then just a friend as she is already involved with Makoto.
In the manga version Yuuki attempts to help Kotohona and get closer to her all fail. When Yuuki shows Kotohona that Makoto is cheating on her with Sekai she mistakenly believes Yuuki wants to join them in a four-way and Kotohona reveals to Yuuki that she is in a relationship with both Makoto and Sekai. Shocked by this Yuuki runs away. The next time they meet Kotohona becomes aggressive cruel towards Yuuki as she is led to believe Yuuki only dressed as a girl to steal Makoto away from her. Yuuki tries to explain to her his feelings as well as Makoto's true nature but is shotdown by Kotohona who is disgusted by him.
See the sub-page Kotonoha Katsura/relationships
Kotonoha is one of the major competitiors of "who can give the best chocolate to Makoto". She happens to make her chocolate for him with some bizarre and occult materials.
Magical Heart Kokoro-chan!Edit
Kotonoha appears as "Magical Word (allusion to her given name)" to assist "Magical Heart (allusion to Kokoro's given name)" to fight against Docter S. She is seen to wear a very short kilt and a very close-fitting suit, and wields a Japanese blade.
As a good student and an academic girl, Kotonoha enjoys reading and always stays at the library to read books for hours, she also seems to visit bookstores often. Whenever Makoto observed her on the train prior to their relationship, she was nearly always reading.
IaidoEditAlthough not good at sports, Kotonoha is proficient in martial arts, especially Iaido according to her younger sister, Kokoro's statement, which can explain why she can decimate the rivals of Makoto's love with ease (plus the fact that her handsaw doesn't get blood-stained after slicing Sekai's neck). However she says because Otome excels in sports she admits she cannot stab someone like her to death.
Since childhood, Kotonoha has been involved in many activities, such as piano, ballet, Japanese dancing, calligraphy, etc. However all of these were stopped after she got enrolled to Sakakino Gakuen since her mother allowed her to have more freedom if she can enter this school.
Kotonoha is also good at making specialized lemonade for Makoto, which the recipe is learned from her mother.
Kotonoha is not good at housekeeping, especially not good at culinary arts and knitting, but she learns hard for Makoto.
Kotonoha Katsura receives polarized receptions from audiences, many people praise and sympathize her femininity and loyalty to Makoto Ito and categorize her into Nadeshiko Yamato. She also becomes one of the trademarks of yandere characters.
Kotonoha is the most-liked character among all characters of School Days since its release, and keeps this championship in following works. In Japan, she is titled as "言葉樣/Kotonoha-sama (Kotonoha Her Majesty)" by supporters, while in both China and Taiwan she is addressed as "言叶女神 (Goddess Kotonoha)" by supporters.
Due to her reception, Kotonoha Katsura has the most promotion products throughout all (female) characters.
- Her family name "Katsura" means "Osmanthus fragrans" or "Cinnamomum cassia", while her given name "Kotonoha" is a variant of "Kotoba", means "language", "vocabulary", "word" in Japanese.
- The origin of her full name is an allusion to Tarō Katsura (桂 太郎), a general in the Imperial Japanese Army, politician and three-time Prime Minister of Japan, and they share same birthday.
- Kotonoha Katsura has the most various collection of clothes throughout the series, many of them are luxurious brands, and due to her striking good looks and extremely luscious body, she also has the most scenes of fan-service.
- Strangely, Kotonoha Katsura wears glasses in Cross Days, but she also has a keen sight even capable to identify fast-moving objects far away in School Days and Summer Days.
- In a novelization based on the infamous "Bloody Conclusion", written by Runa Okada, it is said Kotonoha Katsura has her first menarche during fifth grade of elementary school.
- The actresses of Kotonoha Katsura's character voice in both visual novels and animation are actually the same person with different names.
- She appears to be very bad at cooking except making her signature lemonade, although has some improvements by time.
- While almost all the characters are somehow related to each other, her family isn't related to anyone (at least nothing is revealed).
- JIVE Fan Book "Cross Days まること 桂言葉グラフィティー", ISBN978-4-86176-773-9.
- JIVE Fan Book "Cross Days", ISBN978-4-87376-338-5.
- JIVE Fan Book "School Days 公式ビジュアル·アートーワクス", ISBN978-4-86176-263-5.
- JIVE Fan Book "SummerDays & SchoolDays Visual Collection", ISBN978-4-86176-330-4.