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Yamaoki Kaoru
山沖 薫
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Nickname Grand Duke of Rochefort
Age 57
First Appearance Kagebōshi-hen
Portrayed By Wakamoto Norio

Yamaoki Kaoru (山沖 薫) is a new character who was introduced in Kagebōshi-hen of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Dai Ni Kan "Sō", and later appeared in the other Kizuna arcs as well, namely Kagebōshi-hen, Tokihogushi-hen and Miotsukushi-hen.

Character Summary

Kaoru is the chief inspector of Kakiuchi Police Station, and the boss of Minai Tomoe, and Fujita Shingo work for. He's also the fiancé of Tomoe's sister, Minai Madoka, who is a fellow police officer at the traffic department of the same police station. Since there is a 30-year age gap between him and Madoka, their marriage is delayed due to Tomoe's opposition. Despite all this, he's on good terms with his subordinates, including Tomoe, and it is shown that his feelings toward Madoka are genuine. In Kagebōshi-hen, Tomoe accepts their marriage shortly before her death, and at the end of the arc, Kaoru and Madoka finally marry and the two of them has a child. The child' name is not known, but Madoka said that if they have a girl, she'll name her after her deceased sister, therefore it's more than likely that their child is named Yamaoki Tomoe. After his retirement, Madoka and Kaoru move to a small village in the countryside.

While his history with Ōishi Kuraudo is unknown, it is shown that the two of them share a similar mentality and they are old friends. Just like Ōishi, Kaoru was also friends with Tomoe's and Madoka's father, Minai Yūsuke, therefore it's possible that the three of them worked together in previous investigations.

As of 1983, both of his parents are alive and they live in the countryside. Due to unknown reasons, Kaoru's relationship is not exactly good with them and they rarely talk, but otherwise they tend to meet up now and then.


Kaoru is shown to be an easygoing and kind person person. Despite being engaged to Madoka, he often visits Angel Mort (along with Ōishi), mostly due to his sweet tooth despite his age and to feast his eyes on the young women in revealing uniforms.

He is shown to deeply care about his subordinates, and at the end of Kagebōshi-hen, he still laments that he was unable to catch Tomoe's murderers. Thanks to his father like and kind personality, it is shown that he's on good terms with everyone working at Kakiuchi Police Station.


Kaoru is a slender and tall person with short brown hair and dark brown eyes. Due to his age, he already has a few wrinkles on his face. He's always seen wearing a standard police uniform: a light blue shirt and dark blue pants with a black belt.