Minami Hokutozai ( (ほく) (とう) 西 (ざい) (みなみ) Hokutōzai Minami) is a pre-petrification human and a former reporter. Originally a member of the Tsukasa Empire, she later joins and helps the Kingdom of Science.

Appearance

Minami is a slim young woman of moderate height with long, yet carefully styled blonde hair that is notably adorned with seashells. She has large brown eyes and soft facial features, with an exceptionally well-endowed and shapely figure.

For clothing, she wears a single short burgundy dress with a small ribbon around her upper body and goes barefoot.

Her seashell headband is hollow and she is able to hide small items within it.[7]

Gallery

Personality

She seems to prefer strong, handsome men with strong conviction as she is enamored with Tsukasa and is heartbroken when he is cryogenically frozen in order to save him. Despite this, she has great confidence in her abilities as a former reporter to determine who will be the best to revive, whether working for the Tsukasa Empire or for the Kingdom of Science.

It seems she is particular with the kind of man she likes and doesn't just focus on looks or strength, as Ryusui's proclamations of her as being beautiful did not move her at all (she even seemed confused but not disgusted) [8] though she did get embarrassed and blush heavily when he was first revived and fully naked. She also reacted with comical disgust and exasperation at Mozu's antics, particularly due to his desire to protect the "cute girls".[9]

She was initially a firm believer in Tsukasa's philosophy of not reviving greedy or rich people, fearing they would plunge the new era in chaos. This was best seen when she did not want to revive Ryusui, though admitted her views of him changed after she got to know him.[10] From this, it is seen that she can alter her perspective of a person after getting to know them.

She is so passionate about being a reporter and photography that she agrees to exchange her last bit of revival fluid in exchange for the tool of her trade, a camera. Once she gains the equipment, Minami wastes no time in reporting Perseus' voyage for America.

On a side note, she seems to love clothing, becoming quite happy when the Kingdom of Science manages to create cloth and being one of the first to purchase a set of clothes for herself. Though oddly enough, she continues to wear the same primitive outfit despite having new attire, not even bothering to wear shoes.

She seems to be emotional, developing a strong attachment to Tsukasa and crying when he is cryogenically frozen for a long time before Senku snaps her out of it with a job. Similarly, she cries when Senku gives her a camera and when a good portion of the Kingdom of Science goes on their voyage, she wants to take a picture to commemorate it, crying because she understands that it may be a long time before everyone meets each other again. She is in tears of joy at Tsukasa's revival and nervously states how happy she is to see him okay.

Minami likes to pry into people's relationships, as she questions Kirisame and Kinro on their status, leaving them flustered. She was excited at the thought of Ruri and Chrome's obvious attraction.

Abilities and Skills

  • Acute Senses: She has good eyesight being able to see from a distance that Senku was holding a machine gun, despite him being in the air in a plane.
  • Linguistic Proficiency: She states as a reporter that she had to learn other languages. Therefore she is fluent in both Japanese and English. She was able to understand and communicate with Dr. Brody during their negotiations for the establishment of Corn City. [11]
  • Researching Abilities: In her worker file, it is stated she is able to hunt down every last detail of the story through her extensive network of connections. Minami herself calls these skills her weapons She uses the knowledge she's gathered over the years well as the one in charge of selecting who to revive during her time in the Tsukasa Empire
  • Knowledge On Others: In her years as a reporter, Minami has come to interview and research all sorts of people. In her time in the Tsukasa Empire, she is the one who selected Yo[12] and Ukyo[13] to be revived, as well as most of the revived Tsukasa Empire members, and once she joins the Kingdom of Science, she is the one who finds the sailor they needed; Ryusui[14].
  • Photography: In her years of being a reporter, Minami has picked up photography as a skill. Minami is seen setting up photo shoots for Senku, trying to find the perfect pose and angle to capture a photo. Minami would continue to take group photos of the Kingdom of Science, as a record. She would organise poses and photo shooting areas for the perfect shot. Minami is often able to capture the moment perfectly within her photos, and built up a large record of photos for the KOS.

Stats

Combat Power
 
1/5 E
Writing Ability
 
3/5 C
Coverage
 
5/5 A
Minami's stats, according to Volume 9

History

Prior to petrifaction, Minami was a very well known reporter, even Tsukasa hearing of her skills. Minami was known for her large network of connections to companies and people, using said network to get every last detail of a case she works on. Minami herself calls her connections and intel on people her weapons. In her worker file, it is stated that Minami takes pride in what she does and would never stoop down and use her sex appeal to get information on a case she's working on.

At some point in her life, Minami would attend a press conference by Ryusui, and would look very displeased with him[14]. This could perhaps be due to his lavish lifestyle of partying and spending, something she would down upon as she states she had to work incredibly hard only for half the money she makes go into things like rent. At another point, Minami interviewed Yo for his skills as a police, and the winner of the baton category in the Police Martial Arts Competition[12]. Minami has also researched Ukyo, as she knows his occupation and his skills[13]. It is assumed that most of the people that have been revived in the Tsukasa Empire have been researched or interviewed by Minami, as she was the one in charge of revivals.

Minami had stated that even in the old world, she was a fan of Tsukasas[15]. It is unknown how the two came to know each other, however it can be assumed Tsukasa has been interviewed by her many times before as he acknowledged her skills and placed her in charge of reviving people for him.

In the old world, Minami owned a camera, which she loved very dearly. When Senku provides her with a new camera, she breaks down crying and thinks about the camera she lost over the 3700 years she was petrified. Her love for this camera is a testament to how proud of her job she is.

On the day of the Petrification, Minami was standing in a large crowd in a city, assumably Tokyo. Upon seeing the light on the horizon, Minami attempts to to grab a photograph of the light, however she is too late in doing so, and is petrified while shedding a tear, believing it to be the end. Over the thousands of years she is petrified, her camera shatters, and is lost along with the rest of humanity[16].

Synopsis

Vs. Hyoga Arc

Minami's first appearance in the manga.

Minami first appears in a flashback about Hyoga's awakening from the petrification. She is content with the way things are, aligned with Tsukasa's goals. Minami states that she's been a fan of Tsukasa from before the fated event.[15]

While Tsukasa shows Hyoga around his Empire, he describes how they are making a better life in the Stone World, rather than the modern times. Minami agrees with this and comments about how the world 3700 years ago was awful, since they were all forced to serve others. She also says how she was a fan of Tsukasa before the petrification.

Age of Exploration Arc

Minami mopes about Tsukasa's fate before Senku approaches her and tells her that he has a job. Moving past her sadness, she asks what it is and he replies that he needs a captain.[17]

While going to a certain area, she recalls a potential candidate for the position, Ryusui Nanami, but tries not to revive him because of his nature. She is amazed when Senku has his allies get to work. While looking through the statues, she finds Ryusui and gives a background on him and suggests they go for someone else. Regardless, Senku ignores her and revives Ryusui.[14]

Ryusui and Gen barter with her for a flask of Stone Formula to free Francois in exchange for a camera.[7]

Once Senku creates a camera, Minami is amazed and thinks on how she lost her original. However, she is shocked to see that Senku made more. She then asks to takes a photo with Senku as the first photo in the Stone World. She is annoyed by Ryusui's comments on buying the photo, but surprised by his noble reasons while Francois states she misunderstood his personality. She and Francois both state Senku should pose after he does so, she tells the stone world members that only a modern timer would know its meaning.[16]

She then uses the camera to document the next year.

Minami wants to take a picture of the Perseus' crew, since she fears that it may be the last, but the others tell her to cheer up. Minami listens and prepares her picture, while lamenting she won't be in it, but Francois reveals that they have anticipated this and created a timer so she can be in it. Although shocked by the preparation, Minami is happy regardless.[18]

She watches the Perseus sail off and is surprised when Ginro jumps after them.[19]

Treasure Island Arc

After the conflict on Treasure Island is done, Minami is with the others at the base when Ruri uses the cellphone to contacts Senku.[20]

New America City Arc

Minami is happy when the Perseus returns and sees that most of the modern timers lost their scars. She is worried for Mirai after the others comically grab her hands, nearly crushing them. She is pleased when Tsukasa is revived, but tells Nikki that she will let him reunite with his sister first. She is pushed into talking to him by Ruri and nervously greets him while blushing heavily.[10]

Minami tells Ryusui not to approach Tsukasa with his recreated invention of currency. She notes while he isn't like the rich people of old times, he may not look good to Tsukasa.[8]

She is very happy at the recreation of the voice recorder, which gives her the chance to report the Perseus' voyage to America to revive the whole world.[21]

Minami later documents the poker game between Senku and Ryusui over which course is quicker to reach America. She is put off by the bets, telling her crewmates they will still have their lives on the line. She soon watches Senku use a unique strategy before he wins.[22]

Minami later questions why Senku is describing Vikings, as Ukyo tells her that he is describing navigation. She is later seen curious as to whether Chrome confess to Ruri.[23]

After the recreation of beer, she is confused by Yo's drunken rambling about shooting Ibara and notes he likes to tell stories.[24]

She is excited when they reach land.[25]

She is stunned to see that America is still petrified. She is confused by Taiju referring to it as a vacation, though does lighten up after Senku brings it is the charm of the latter. Minami stays behind with the crew on the Perseus. [26]

Minami is later present when Dr. Xeno contacts them. Minami remarks on Taiju dressing up, despite it being a call. She watches Taiju talk with Xeno while being told by Senku what to say. After Xeno states that his side has a clear technological advantage, Minami asks Senku what Xeno means and Senku says that Xeno has a factory that can produce mass amounts of ammunition. Taiju acts out that he knew this, as Minami is impressed by his acting. Once Taiju refuses to help Xeno, the talk is over and Stanley Snyder is seen in another plane flying over them. Minami is shocked by Senku announcing plans to face Stanley by building an airstrip on the Perseus.[27]

She remains on the communicators, as a way to hold a civilized conversation while telling Ginro and Homura its worth a shot to try. When Senku creates ice cream, she complains on the stench of some of the items before enjoying it.[28]

She later observed noise from communications, which was Xeno discovering Senku was the science user.[29]

After Senku is grievously wounded by an enemy sniper, Minami is in a panic until Ryusui calms her and the crew.[30]

When Francois translates Senku's plan to send the powerless Petrification Weapon to Xeno and have someone describe its ability, Minami questions if they have someone who could do that. Unknown to her, Gen was the one fit for the job.[31]

She is later seen checking out Kaseki's new invention, she is creeped out by Mozu and Matsukaze's belief on it being a weapon of mutilating the enemy, telling them what it's purpose is.[32]

While Luna and Francois spoke at the bar about Luna dating Senku, Minami looks away in shame after Luna asserts that Senku appeared legitimately interested in her and not merely using her, knowing full well Senku was manipulating her. They also informed her that Senku had actually once married someone for his own ambition and then divorced her, much to her dismay.[33]

She bears witness to the aerial battle between Senku, Ryusui and what appears to be Stanley. Minami notes on Mr. Mangaka being talkative as he describes the battle.[34]

Minami soon notices submarine emerge and enemy soldiers proceed to raid the ship.

She watches Mozu and Matsukaze battle the enemy soldiers, while voicing her disgust of Mozu's antics to Kirisame, particularly due to his desire to protect the "cute girls". She notes he is both strong, calculating but thickheaded. [9]

Much later, she overhears Senku's transmission and hears him reveals the ingredients for the revival formula and his plans to free over a million people.[35]

Minami continued to hear Senku speak with Dr. Brody and listens to him wanting an alliance with the American colony. When Yuzuriha asked who spoke English, Minami revealed her fluency and served as Senku's negotiator with Brody. At first, she was nervous when Brody tried to establish rules but Nikki Hanada stepped in and intimidated him to easing off. Minami watched Nikki inform Brody that their goals align and that if he wants to save humanity, then they're a team. Amused by the girl's ferocity, Brody agrees to ally with them and establish corn city but notes on Stanley's desire to hunt them should he learn of Xeno's capture.[11]

South America Arc

Minami and the others were tasked by Senku to re-power the Petrification Weapon. Under the guise of using it to heal people who are ill or wounded until the doctor is revive, they get the permission of Brody to find a way to dissect the device that Brody permits under supervision. Minami and her allies examine the device together, discussing how best to take it apart. They soon decide they need to find a skilled watchmaker to take apart the device, but don't know where to find one.

After Senku recreated the fax machine, they get directions to find a watchmaker. Minami along with her allies and one of Brody's men then follow the map to the remains of the airport. They revive the CEO, who directs them to their star employee, Joel. They find and revive Joel, who is immediately embarrassed by his nudity in front of the girls. Minami looks unimpressed but comments on his normal reaction to being nude after reviving. They allow him to take apart the device. After being the device, he notes several things about it. Joel describes new parts being the fact that the circuitry is glass or mineral-like, and the core is a diamond. Joel ends up petrified after he restarts it. [36]

Relationships

Tsukasa Shishio

Minami was a big fan of Tsukasa even before the petrification occurred.

She also demonstrates she has romantic feelings for him due in no small part to his good looks, personality, and charisma. In turn, Tsukasa showed deep respect for her abilities as a reporter, remembering to revive her and also having her scout potential people to revive who shared in Tsukasa's ideology. When he was cryogenically frozen, she was genuinely heartbroken, showing her devotion and admiration as being genuine and not just being a shallow fangirl.[17] When he was revived, she was genuinely happy to the point of crying but initially did not rush to welcome him as she didn't want to get in the way of his family reunion of his sister, as she felt family came first. After Ruri pushed her into action, she nervously spoke to him while blushing heavily.[10] While Tsukasa's feelings for her aren't specified, he at the least cares for her and greeted her when she welcomed him back.

Tsukasa Empire

As a fan of Tsukasa and member of his empire, she was shown getting along well with the other members. Even after they joined the Kingdom of science, despite limited interaction, she seemed to have no problem getting along with others.

Senku Ishigami

While she was technically enemies with Senku, due to her allegiance with the Tsukasa Empire and even tried to report his location to Tsukasa during the war. After the war ended and Senku cryogenically froze Tsukasa, he immediately recruited Minami to join him due to her abilities as a reporter. She was eager to prove her capabilities. Senku holds no grudge for her past allegiance and deeply respects her abilities, while Minami in turn becomes loyal to the kingdom of science.[17]

Minami is grateful for being gifted with a camera (even if it was in exchange for giving the last of her revival fluid for Francois, but also asked Senku to do another pose, but in a sexy way). [16]

Even before Senku's group left for Treasure Island, she shows concern for everyone who was leaving for their voyage, and stating that it might be their last time together. Soon later tears of joy when everyone; including Senku; returned to the Kingdom of Science safely.

She was concerned for him after he was sniped by Stanley Snyder.

Ryusui Nanami

When Senku asked for Minami's help in finding a captain for their ship, she immediately remembered Ryusui as being the top candidate but kept quiet and tried tom divert attention away from the topic.[14] However, after Senku found his statute, she admitted he had the best skills but also a difficult personality but Senku ignored her and immediately revived him. While the two don't have much interaction, Ryusui seems to consider Minami, like many other women, beautiful and has faith in her abilities as a reporter. Later, when Ryusui is talking about profits with the other members of the Science Kingdom within earshot of Tsukasa, she takes him away to warn him not to talk that way in front of Tsukasa, who hates people who use others for their own benefit. However, she does acknowledge to him that she was wrong about her impression of Ryusui, demonstrating genuine respect for the man and his abilities.[8] Interestingly, she never falls for his flirtations and seems more irritated by them but not off-put or disgusted.

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Vs. Hyoga Arc
46. Stone Wars Absent
47. Science Vs. Power Absent
48. Blades of Science Absent
49. To the Present Absent
50. Humanity's Greatest Weapon Debut
Communications Arc
51. Sweets for the Stone World Absent
52. Age of Energy Absent
53. Hard Knocks Crafting Club Absent
54. Flickering Blue Jewel Absent
55. Treasure Dungeon Push Start Absent
56. The Treasure Absent
57. Heat Heart Absent
58. Wave of Science Absent
59. Voices from Here to Infinity Absent
60. Angel's Song, Devil's Whisper Absent
61. Stone Wars Begin Absent
62. Double Chase Absent
63. Information Warfare Absent
64. Hotline Absent
65. Call From the Dead Absent
66. Liars and Truth Tellers Absent
67. Full Mobilization Absent
68. Flame of Revolution Absent
69. Steam Gorilla Absent
70. Paper Shield Absent
71. Prison Break Absent
72. Experience Points Absent
73. Top-Secret Mission Absent
74. Fateful 20 Seconds Absent
75. 20-Second Countdown Appears
76. Final Battle Absent
77. The Power of Science Absent
78. That Which Destroys or Saves Absent
79. For This Very Moment Absent
80. Humanity's Strongest Tag Team Absent
81. Fingertip Absent
82. Epilogue of Stone Wars (End of Part 2) Pictured
Age of Exploration Arc
83. Dr. Stone Mentioned
84. People = Power Appears
85. Ultimate Resource Appears
86. Money Appears
87. Senku's Department Store Pictured
88. Wings of Humanity Absent
89. Adventures Absent
90. New World Map Absent
91. Need Bread? Start with Wheat Absent
92. Desire is Noble Appears
93. The First Shot Is Yours Appears
94. The Scent of Black Gold Pictured
95. First Contact Absent
96. Eye of Science Absent
97. The Joy of Leadership Absent
98. Ryusui Appears
99. Kingdom of Science Photo Journal Appears
100. Origin of the 100 Tales Appears
Treasure Island Arc
101. Treasure Chest Absent
102. Perseus, Ship of Science Absent
103. Light of Hope and Despair Absent
104. Men of Forensics Absent
105. The Island's Great Beauty Absent
106. The Secret of Petrification Absent
107. To the Trump Card Science Vessel Absent
108. Two Trump Cards Absent
109. The Great Escape Absent
110. Beautiful Science Absent
111. Science Wars Absent
112. King of Three Dimensions Absent
113. Cryptography Science Absent
114. Silently, Science Pierces the Stone Absent
115. One Second, One Grain Absent
116. Miracle in Hand Absent
117. The Kingdom of Science Strikes Back Absent
118. Silent Soldiers Absent
119. Science Soldiers Absent
120. Top Secret Absent
121. Medusa's True Face Absent
122. Brain-Battle Puzzle Pieces Absent
123. The Battle of Wits' Deal Game Absent
124. The Invention of God and the Devil Absent
125. The Decisive Three-Dimensional Battle Absent
126. A 3-D Strategy Absent
127. Medusa and Perseus Absent
128. Island-Wide Battle Royale Absent
129. Joker Absent
130. Devil's Choice Absent
131. Nasty Crimes Absent
132. The Strongest Weapon Is... Absent
133. Flash of Destruction Absent
134. Commander Faceoff Absent
135. Counting Absent
136. Medusa Vs. Science Absent
137. Last Man Standing Pictured
138. End Of Part 3 Absent
New America City Arc
139. First Dream Absent
140. New World Plots Absent
141. First Team Appears
142. World Power Absent
143. Ryusui vs. Senku Appears
144. Ryusui & Gen vs. Senku & Kohaku Appears
145. Bar Francois Absent
146. Bar Francois: Bitters Appears
147. Science Journey Appears
148. Pioneers of Earth Appears
149. Light Lure in Darkness Absent
150. Righteous Science User Absent
151. Dr. X Absent
152. Doctor Vs. Doctor Appears
153. Science Wars Appears
154. Spy vs. Spy Absent
155. Science Is Elegant Appears
156. Two Scientists Absent
157. Same Time, Same Place Absent
158. Who's the Scientist? Appears
159. Lock On Absent
160. Gunshots Echo Pictured
161. Craft Wars Pictured
162. Down the Earth-Stained Path Appears
163. Multifront Final Battle Pictured
164. Re-Lock On Appears
165. Know the Rules, Make the Rules Appears
166. Ultimate Knight Appears
167. Different Strokes Absent
168. Corn City: Population One Million Absent
169. RISK or HEART Appears
South America Arc
170. Staring Up at the Same Moon Appears
171. Staring at the Same Light Absent
172. Marked with an "X" of Wisdom Absent
173. Earth Race Absent
174. The Specter of the Panama Canal Absent
175. Ultra Race Across South America Absent
176. Net-Breaking Battle Plan Absent
177. Medusa Mechanism Appears
178. Science Scales Mountains Appears
179. Bonds on the High-Wire Absent
180. Sickening Yet Beautiful Absent
181. New World Science Absent
182. Diamond Heart Appears
183. Stone Sanctuary Appears
184. Fort Medusa Absent
185. Lovely Cleavage Plane Appears
186. To Each Their Own Blade Absent
187. Cyber Guerilla Absent
188. What I Once Sought to Destroy Absent
189. Our Dr. Stone Absent
190. Science Transcends Life Appears
191. Divine Scream, Down to Earth Pictured
192. Until We Meet Again Absent

Trivia

  • Minami's name contains the kanji for "North" ( hoku), "East" ( ), "West" (西 zai), and "South ( minami), which makes her initials spell the English word "news".[7]
  • When flashing back to the old world, Minami remembers newspaper names such YoHoo and Gooble, which she could have prehaps written for[14].

References

  1. Dr. Stone Manga — Vol. 9 Volume 9/Extras
  2. Dr. Stone Manga: Volume 19 — Extras
  3. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 191
  4. Dr. Stone Manga — Vol. 1 Chapter 1, Minami Hokutozai is petrified along with all of Earth's Human Population.
  5. Dr. Stone Manga — Vol. 6 Chapter 50, Minami Hokutozai first appearance meaning she was revived that year.
  6. Dr. Stone Manga — Chapter 191, Minami Hokutozai is petrified along with the rest of the world.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 92
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 142
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 166
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 141
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 169
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dr. Stone Anime: Episode 30
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dr. Stone Anime: Episode 31
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 85
  15. 15.0 15.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 50
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 93
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 84
  18. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 10
  19. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 102
  20. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 137
  21. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 143
  22. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 144
  23. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 145
  24. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 146
  25. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 147
  26. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 148
  27. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 152
  28. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 153
  29. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 158
  30. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 160
  31. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 161
  32. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 162
  33. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 163
  34. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 164
  35. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 168
  36. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 177

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