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Haruka Inokuma
Haruka Inokuma
Name Haruka Inokuma
Kanji 猪熊 遥
Rōmaji Inokuma Haruka
Characteristics
Gender Female
Age 34
Birthday unknown
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color unknown
Height unknown
Blood Type unknown
Personal Status
Relative(s) Aki Inokuma (son)
Jin Inokuma (son)
Husband
Karuta
Level Class A, Dan 7
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 97
Anime Debut N/A
Portrayal


Haruka Inokuma is a former Karuta Queen with exceptional hearing who won four consecutive titles. She is believed to have been able to win more titles, if not for her two maternity leaves.

Appearance

Haruka has short blonde hair and large round eyes. She wears rectangular dark glasses. She also has her own "signature smile", that Kitano-sensei calls "her ingenious grin".

Personality

Relationships

Midori Sakurazawa

Midori was Haruka's challenger in the Queen match four times in a row. However, Midori never beat Haruka. She told Midori that she takes cards as soon as she hears them, and that Midori should do the same.

After Haruka lost to Chihaya, Haruka asked Midori to practice Karuta with her. Haruka says that she refuses to lose without exerting all her effort.

Family

Aki Inokuma

Aki is her oldest child. During the middle of her match, Aki cries saying he wants his mama. He crawls into the room where the match is being held, loudly cheering for his mom.

Jin Inokuma

Jin is her second child. He is still an infant and is constantly breastfed by Haruka.

History

Haruka's parents were also Karuta players. On weekends, they would bring her to the Karuta hall wherein they practiced. This is what made her skillful in Karuta.

Haruka won four consecutive Queen titles, each time being challenged by Midori Sakurazawa. She is believed to have been able to win more titles, if not for her two maternity leaves.

Synopsis

Karuta Style

Nishida compared her to Shinobu Wakamiya, but with better hearing and sharper game sense.

Her karuta has a peculiarity. Unlike most karuta players who rearrange their card formation as their cards are taken off the field, Haruka hardly ever touches her cards, preferring to keep them in place. As further the match gets, her cards become more all over the place. Her opponents have to be more precise in taking her cards instead of sweeping a heap of cards off the field so they usually find it hard to attack her formation.

Trivia

  • Haruka's son, Aki, is also a fan of Daddy Bear.
  • Her maiden name is Chihara (千原). This is why she shares the same dear card ("Chihayauru") with Chihaya.

Quotes

  • (To Midori Sakurazawa) "I'm going to return. My passion for Karuta demands me to."
  • (To Midori Sakurazawa) "I absolutely refuse to lose without exhausting every ounce of the ability and strength I have."

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