Minami Hokutozai (北東西 南 Hokutozai 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.[4]

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 in chapter 142 did not move her at all (she even seemed confused but not disgusted) 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 in chapter 166, particularly due to his desire to protect the "cute girls".

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. From this, it is seen that she can alter her perspective of a person.

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

Thanks to her time as a reporter, Minami has detailed information about countless people all over the world, allowing her to accurately identify any individual with the most vital skills for the Kingdom of Science. This is best highlighted when she helps identify Ryusui Nanami, whose sailing and leadership skills have proven valuable to the group.

  • 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. [5]

Stats

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

History

At one point, she interviewed the shipping heir Ryusui Nanami and was put off by his nature.

Prior to the Petrification, Minami was the news reporter who spoke to the astronaut Byakuya Ishigami before he launched into space.

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Ryusui and Gen barter with her for a flask of Stone Formula to free Francois in exchange for a camera.[4]

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.[9]

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.

She watches the Perseus sail off and is surprised when Ginro jumps after them.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Minami questions why Senku is describing Vikings, as Ukyo tells her that he is describing navigation. She is later scene curious as to whether Chrome confess to Ruri.[16]

After the recreation of beer, she is confused by Yo's drunken rambling about shooting Ibara and notes he likes to tell stories.[17]

She is excited when they reach land.[18]

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. [19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

She later observed noise from communications, which was Xeno discovering Senku was the science user.[22]

After Senku is grievously wounded by an enemy sniper, Minami is in a panic until Ryusui calms her and the crew.[23]

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.[24]

She is later seen checking out Kaseki's new invention, she is creeped out Mozu and Matsukaze's belief on it being a weapon of mutilating the enemy, telling them what it's purpose is.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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. [28]

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.[29]

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.[5]

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.[7] 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.[12] 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.[7]

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). [9]

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.[8] 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.[13] Interestingly, she never falls for his flirtations and seems more irritated by them but not off-put or disgusted.

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
v  d  e
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
v  d  e
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 Hear 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
v  d  e
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
v  d  e
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
v  d  e
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
v  d  e
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

Trivia

  • Her name means North (Hoku/北), East (Tou/東), West (Zai/西), and South (Minami/南), which makes her initials "NEWS".[4]

References

  1. Dr. Stone Manga — Vol. 9 Volume 9/Extras
  2. Dr. Stone Manga — Vol. 1 Chapter 1, Minami Hokutozai is petrified along with all of Earth's Human Population.
  3. Dr. Stone Manga — Vol. 6 Chapter 50, Minami Hokutozai first appearance meaning she was revived that year.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 92
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 169
  6. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 50
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 84
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 85
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 93
  10. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 102
  11. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 137
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 141
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 142
  14. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 143
  15. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 144
  16. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 145
  17. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 146
  18. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 147
  19. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 148
  20. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 152
  21. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 153
  22. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 158
  23. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 160
  24. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 161
  25. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 162
  26. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 163
  27. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 164
  28. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 166
  29. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 168


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