destiny of the shrine maiden main character
|Age||16 years old|
|Relatives||Chikane Himemiya (twin sister,manga only)
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Seiyu||Noriko Shitaya (Japanese)
Stephanie Sheh (English)
'Himeko Kurusugawa is one of the protagonists and the main heroine in the anime Kannazuki No Miko. She is The Solar Priestess.
Himeko is a beautiful teenager with very long blond hair. She wears a red ribbon. Her eyes are purple and her height is also medium. She is often shown wearing a school outfit at which consist of a red dress, black stockings and brown boots.
Himeko is a shy, innocent and timid girl who has the sweetest voice out of everyone, but is uncertain of her own worth and abilities. This is mainly because she was orphaned at an early age in an unknown manner after her parents’ deaths. She was initially adopted by several relatives before being moved to other relatives. At school, Himeko seems to have only one friend, her dorm mate Makoto. Despite her timidity, Himeko gradually starts to display great determination and courage. Himeko and Soma are childhood friends.
In her childhood, Himeko‘s parents passed away under unknown circumstance. It can be inferred that before that, her life with them was fairly happy as at the start of episode 3, a flashback reveapls that her father offered to turn a seashell into a pendant. After their deaths, she was raised and abused by unnamed relatives. She ran away and started living in a boarding school. In the manga, Himeko was not actually born in the village and was shipped in with a bunch of other orphans.
In Episode 1, she is woken up by her roomate, Makoto. At school, on the stairs, she almost fell but Chikane caught her. After this, Chikane invites her to the rose garden in the afternoon. Here, Himeko and Chikane had lunch together, took pictures, drank tea and Chikane invited her to her birthday. Himeko tags along with Soma to go shopping and bought Chikane a present. When the Orochi arrived, she separated herself from the others and returns to her room to rescue Chikane's present. She is captured by an Orochi, Soma, and became unconscious. After Soma came to his senses, Himeko receives her solar symbol on her chest and falls, but Chikane catches her. When she became aware, she and Chikane shared a kiss.
In Episode 2, she and Chikane learned about the priestess and when Kazuki revealed the fact that Soma is one of the Orochi, Himeko faints. When she came back to her senses, Himeko remembers Makoto and visited her at the hospital and blamed herself for her injuries. With nowhere to go, she contemplates on leaving the town, and when she talked with Chikane about this, Girochi attacks, but Soma saved Himeko and Chikane.
In Episode 3, Himeko comes to live with Chikane. At school, Izumi and her group act jealous toward Himeko and pushed her down the stairs, but Soma caught her before she fell. Chikane witnessed this and gives Izumi a "look" that made her afraid. Himeko tries to visit Makoto but turns around. They started training but Himeko hesitated and Chikane wound up injured as she protected her. After they spent time together, Chikane promised her that she will protect her. When Nekoko attacks, Himeko is separated from Chikane underwater but Soma arrives in time to save them.
- Hime means 'princess' and -ko is an suffix usually added to the end of an girl's name that means 'child.' So, Himeko means 'princess child.'
- Noriko Shitaya, the woman who voiced Himeko also voiced Ururu Tsumugiya from the anime series Bleach and Moegi from the anime series Naruto.
- She carries the solar symbol on her chest.
- Her English voice actress Stephanie Sheh voices Hinata Hyuuga from the anime series Naruto and Orihime Inoue from Bleach and Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon and Mikuru Asahina from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya, who share some characteristics from Himeko.
- Coincidentally enough Chikane's voice actress Michelle Ruff voices Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach.