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Kaoru Mitsuki (later Kaoru Saezima) is the main female protagonist of Garo, as well as one of the central characters in Garo: Makai Senki. She is a normal human and an aspiring artist who was unknowingly dragged into the world of the Makai after being tainted with the blood of a Horror. She would later become an integral part in the entire first series as the love-interest and later wife of Kouga Saezima, the Golden Knight of this timeline.
Kaoru Mitsuki was born from a normal human family; her father being a talented artist who was once saved by the Golden Knight. This inspired his father to create one of his signature works; a picture book called The Golden Knight and the Black Flame. However, her father dedicated too much of his time in his artwork, seemingly abandoning Kaoru's family until her mother's deathbed, and the picture book was subsequently left unfinished. This resulted in Kaoru having some resentment with him until she grew up. Sometime in her youth, she was approached by a hooded man and was given six flowers, unknowingly becoming a vessel used to summon a powerful Horror.
Events in Garo
Kaoru's appears in the very first episode of Garo as an aspiring artist having some of her works exhibited at an art gallery. While very optimistic about this opportunity, the gallery was actually a front by a Horror to lure people in to be devoured. She eventually comes across Kouga Saezima, who was tasked to destroy the Horror, as a potential buyer aiming to purchase one of her paintings. Cornered, the Horror reveals himself and as Kouga defeats it, a trapped Kaoru was stained by its blood, marking her to die after 100 days. While the rule of the Makai Community is for the tainted person to be cut down by the Makai Knight, Kouga spares her, under the premise of using her as bait to lure more Horrors in. In truth, Kouga was searching for a way to purify and save the young woman.
After the botched art exhibit, Kaoru essentially becomes a starving artist and tries to work multiple jobs in order to make a living, as well as try to continue her art pursuits. A recurring theme in multiple episodes of the first series is that Kaoru takes on a series of jobs, only for her to run into Horrors that try to devour her, and then be saved by Kouga, resulting to her place of employment getting destroyed, with her amounting to nothing and having to look for another job. This theme catches the eye of Zaruba, as he states that while being tainted does attract more Horrors, she also has a knack for getting into bad situations and is very much an unlucky person in general. She also constantly dreamt about the picture book that her father made, specifically about its mysterious last page, and usually consulted with her psychiatrist, Karune Ryuzaki.
After several mishaps, Kaoru was forced to move into the Saezima estate after getting kicked out of her apartment, so that Kouga can closely monitor and protect her, giving Kaoru a ring that allows Zaruba to track her and see if she is near any Horror. She also had her encounters with another Makai Knight, Rei Suzumura, after being saved from a group of delinquents, though she was kept completely oblivious about the tension between him and Kouga.
During the episode Ordeal. Kaoru was tasked by a school headmaster to restore a mural of a goddess painted by her father. While Kaoru was attempting to complete the painting, she remembered the times her father succumbed much to his art, and seemingly abandoning his family. Kaoru's resentment grew and while she was adamant that the mural can't be completed, she remembered in her dreams that her father loved his family and dedicated the goddess mural to her wife. She eventually completed the task and became assured that her family did truly love her.
Eventually, she was able to find copies of The Golden Knight and the Black Flame picture book, only to learn that its last page was left completely blank. She also learned that her father was once saved by the Golden Knight, and saw this as a connection between him and Kouga. However, after she learned that she was being used as Horror bait, a tearful Kaoru asks for the ring to be removed, before running off heartbroken.
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- Kaoru Mitsuki is portrayed by Mika Hijii