Hinako Shijou (
She is voiced by Ayako Kawasumi.
She was originally modeled after manga title character, Jarinko Chie, who is a brash young woman that fights with sumo moves. After designer's protests, her character was radically changed to instead be a naive but warm-hearted high school girl in nobility. She was intended to fight barefoot, but the idea was scrapped. The tape remaining on her fingers is a tiny remnant of her original concept.
She is also a character who became less popular than expected, perhaps due to the lack of female sumo wrestlers at the time.
Hinako attends in an all-girl school and grew to value sumo's techniques after watching a professional match. Hoping to practice along with her classmates, she tries to create a female sumo club at her school but the idea fails to gain support. Once she hears about the Women Team auditioning for a member, Hinako enters and succeeds in proving her worth by defeating Yuri Sakazaki in a mock match. She continues to appear for their team until The King of Fighters 2003 where she was asked to team with Athena Asamiya and Malin to form the "High School Girl" Team.
Hinako is a kind girl who wishes to prove that girls can also practice sumo. She is somewhat shy, but also a very loyal friend. Although her blond hair and facial features indicate her Russian descent, nonetheless she considers herself to be purely Japanese.
- Ignore Weight - For a girl of her size, she can lift, push and throw men as big and heavy as Maxima, Goro Daimon or Chang Koehan, much like Shermie.
Hinako fights with sumo wrestling. Her fighting style surrounds around takedowns, throws, slaps and even headbutts. All of her moves are named after real sumo moves.
- Come Up Smiling - The King of Fighters 2000
- The Queen of Fighters - The King of Fighters 2001
- You Feel For Me - The King of Fighters 2003
- SHINING・BRAVE! - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
- Hinako Roulette - The King of Fighters 2
- The King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise - on the data select screen. The game was released approximately two weeks before The King of Fighters 2000, making this her very first appearance.
- The King of Fighters XI - background cameo in PS2 version (Esaka Stage)
- The King of Fighters XIII - in the Japan stage, passing mentioned Women Team's story and cameo in their ending
- The King of Fighters XIV - in the Women Fighters Team ending
- The King of Fighters '94: Rebout
- KOF: Maximum Impact 2 - Lilly Kane's Normal Outfit-Variation G
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round - as a DLC costume for Honoka and Marie Rose