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Nene Kinokuni
Nene Kinokuni
Nene Kinokuni
Kanji 紀ノ国 寧々
Rōmaji Kinokuni Nene
Alias
Personal Information
Status Alive
Birthday
Age
Gender Female
Blood Type
Height
Weight
Family
Cuisine Style Traditional Japanese
Food Forte Soba
Professional Status
Generation 91st
Occupation High School Student
Affiliation Tōtsuki Culinary Academy
Elite Ten Council: 6th seat
Central
Media
Manga Debut Chapter 117 (Cameo)
Chapter 118 (Full Appearance)
Anime Debut
Voice Actor Kana Hanazawa[1]


Nene Kinokuni (紀ノ国 寧々 Kinokuni Nene) is a 91st Generation student of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy and the current 6th seat of the Elite Ten Council.

AppearanceEdit

Nene is an average looking girl with pink eyes and large circular glasses. She has shoulder length green hair that is held behind her ears and her bangs slightly frames her face. She also has two short and thin pigtails, the right side ending just on her shoulders while her left side ends just above her neckline.

She wears a standard Tōtsuki uniform during school.

PersonalityEdit

Nene is extremely taciturn, speaking very bluntly if she even speaks at all. Her personality directly conflicts with Terunori Kuga, who is much more loud and brash, often leading to her to vocally tell him to die or ridiculing his height.[2][3] Like most of the other Elite Ten members, Nene does not see any of the first year students as a threat due to the confidence her superior abilities that got her the seat. Hence, she does not accept challenges from non-seated Elite Ten members.[4] She is a stickler for protocol and managed to scold Rindō Kobayashi into wearing her Central badge despite the latter's initial lazy attitude about it.[5]

HistoryEdit

Nene is the daughter of the prestigious Kinokuni family and was trained from an early age in various Japanese customs from dance, caligraphy, judo, and even using a naginata. Her early childhood saw very little free time outside of school. Yet, she did not mind this as she was fully engrossed on perfecting her skills in Japanese traditions. Overtime, Nene developed a particular passion in creating Soba noodles, eventually becoming her forte. The Kinokuni family has had a strong bond with the Isshiki family, another prestigious family in Japan. As per the tradition of the Isshiki family, their heir is sent to another family to hone their skills. The current heir, Satoshi Isshiki, was sent to the Kinokuni family where he lived with Nene and her family. Though she was happy to interact with someone her age at the suggestion of her father, she quickly became frustrated when she saw Satoshi effortlessly learn nearly all skills taught to her in a short period of time. Due to an unknown event in their past, Nene developed a resentment towards Satoshi that persisted into the present.

Satoshi and Nene at an old Autumn Leaf Viewing

Nene at the Autumn Leaf Viewing

Nene enrolled into Tōtsuki Culinary Academy as part of the 91st Generation and would later attain the 6th seat of the Elite Ten Council by her second year. As a second year student, Nene completed the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp and Stagiaire events in her first year. She expressed surprise at Terunori requesting a Shokugeki with the Elite Ten members at the Autumn Leaf Viewing, signifying that she was a participant in the Main Tournament in the Tōtsuki Autumn Election the previous year.[6]

Before her debut, she alongside other members of the Elite Ten gathered and selected the participants of the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election.[7][8]

PlotEdit

Moon Banquet FestivalEdit

Main article: Moon Banquet Festival Arc

Elite Ten Council members

Nene and the others arrive to meet the students participating in the Autumn Leaf Viewing

Shortly after the conclusion of the 92nd Tōtsuki Generation's Stagiaire event, Nene, along with several members of the Elite Ten was in the stands, watching over Sōma Yukihira after he provoked everyone in the audience.[9] She and the other Elite Ten members attended the Autumn Leaf Viewing so the first year students who participated in the 43rd Annual Autumn Election Main Tournament could formally meet them. When Terunori Kuga suggested abolishing this event, Nene refuted the idea, as the director had asked them to participate. This caused some commotion, but they were eventually interrupted by Sōma, who wanted to have a Shokugeki against them for their seat. Nene immediately refused, as Terunori mentioned that the second years are too busy trying to defeat the people above them.[10] When Eishi Tsukasa began to panic, Nene urged him to calm down.[11] Nene eventually left along with the rest of the Elite Ten, after Terunori explained the true power of an Elite Ten's seat.[12] This meeting only caused the first years' fighting spirits to be kindled.[13]

Nene then participated in the Moon Banquet Festival, setting up a stand in the Uptown Area. She ranked fourth on the first day of the festival, behind several other Elite Ten members.[14]

Central Edit

Main article: Central Arc

After the conclusion of the Festival, Tōtsuki received a shift in leadership as Senzaemon Nakiri was replaced by Azami Nakiri as the new headmaster of the academy. Nene and five of the other Elite Ten Council members voted in favor for the move.[15] For voting in his favor, Nene joined Central as one of its commanding officers.

Promotion Exams Edit

Due to the return of Jōichirō Yukihira who directly confronted Azami to reinstate Senzaemon as headmaster of Tōtsuki, a Régiment de Cuisine battle was established. The battle consisted of the rebel 92nd Generation students and the removed Elite Ten Council members who opposed Azami against the current Elite Ten Council members.

During the first battle, Nene faced off against Sōma. Much to her luck, the theme of their battle, drawn at random by Sōma, turned out to be soba, her forte. Nene displayed her soba making prowess, stunning the crowd. Much to her shock, Sōma was making an honest effort to oppose her, even complimenting his decision to face her using a different method than the one she was using. As her battle against Sōma progressed, Satoshi was similarly facing off at the same time against Julio Shiratsu. Nene confronted Satoshi, stating that she expected him to win his duel so they could have a proper duel for the best 91st Generation student. Satoshi responded that she would not have her chance yet as he believed that Sōma would win the battle.

Cooking StyleEdit

As the 6th seat of the Elite Ten, Nene is the current best 2nd year student of the academy.

  • Soba - While she is well rounded in almost all forms of traditional Japanese cuisine, Nene has a particular affinity with creating Soba.
    • Hand-Made Soba - The skill of creating Soba takes a wide range of skill, especially by hand. If done improperly, the results can be disastrous to the noodle's texture and taste. Yet, Nene has mastered the art of hand-made Soba to the point that she makes no excessive movements when creating it.

DishesEdit

Original Dishes Edit

ClubsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Nene (寧々) is written as a repetition of the kanji for "tranquility" (寧 Ne), as indicated by the iteration mark (々). Kinokuni (紀ノ国) contains the kanji for "chronicle" (紀 Ki) and "country" (国 Kuni).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Food Wars! Original Anime DVD Casts More Council of Ten Members
  2. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, page 11
  3. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 13
  4. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, page 15
  5. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 151, page 17
  6. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 131, page 13
  7. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 37, page 19
  8. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 40, pages 1-3
  9. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 117, pages 14-15 & 18
  10. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, pages 8-16
  11. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 4
  12. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 7-14
  13. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 13-14
  14. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 126, page 9
  15. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 134, page 15

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