|Full Name:||Kotori Monou|
|Family:|| Kyougo Monou † (father)|
Saya Monou † (mother)
Fuuma Monou (brother)
Kamui Shirou (significant other)
|Japanese:|| Mamiko Noto (TV series)|
Junko Iwao (Movie)
|English:|| Michelle Ruff (TV series)|
Larissa Murray (Movie)
Kotori, in the first parts of the series, has been a kind and cheerful girl not affected with her dark and superior memories. She first appears as a dream seer that foreseen Kamui's return. She was very happy when Kamui returned and wanted to ask many questions to Kamui why he left. Kamui tried to get rid of her because he didn't want his childhood friends to get involved with him. She collapsed after he spoke harshly to her.. She considers herself useless everytime because she can't do anything to help when their father and mother dies. When her father dies, she collapsed and when her mother dies, she has a fever.
Kotori meets up Kamui in the library and Kamui learns about her wish to be an Indigo dysmate. And even grant Kotori's request to watch her brother play on the league. She tends to collaps easily because of exhaustion and depression. After Kyougo's funeral, she met up with Kamui and got involved with his fight with the Sakurazukamori and collapsed again. Soon after, she woke up and saw the temple flooded with Tokiko's blood after giving birth to the second Shinken and never waking again. After that, she was crucified and killed by Fuuma in the CLAMP campus.In episode 17, she meets up with Kamui in a dream and told him that Kamui would be able to protect Fuuma and turn him the way he is before and he shouldn't give up hope because the future isn't still decided.
Kotori's name means 'Small Birds', made up with kanjis 小 - Ko (small) and 鳥 - Tori (birds). It only exhibits her as a fragile one like a small bird and also her ability to know and talk with small birds. Her last name Monou means 'Raw Peach'.
Kotori appears in the very start of the series as a dream seer, a power that even she wasn't aware of and hadn't been fully awakened that power. CLAMP designed her as somewhat, 'a giver of hope' despite of the conflicts that is happening around Tokyo. That mades her concept as a weak and somewhat fragile type. She has few resemblance with her mother Saya Monou but she isn't that hyper like her mother. Her hair reaches until her hips and light brown in color and her bangs are also wavy like her hair does. She happens to be a little smaller than Kamui with an estimated 5"2 in height. The linings and inking made on her are too much thin and tip ball points are used that made her much fragile than any CLAMP characters like Sakura from TRC and Suu from Clover.
Kotori is indeed a fragile and has a weak heart. CLAMP features her as one of the weakest character they made when it comes to mental and emotional sickness. But Kotori is powerful enough to be a Dream seer best than Hinoto, Kakyou and her mother indeed. Dream seers considers her as a girl that hasn't fully awakened her powers and she sees dreams not her own will. Kotori suffers a Congenital heart illness since young and with that she isn't allowed to be surprised or experience deep depression. Kotori is just a simple girl that longs for Kamui's presence and her mother's love. She is indeed a good child and her mother tells her that she was too good and that she is like her mother, a person that extend too much love to a person that even she knows that person doesn't deserve that much love.
Kotori is indeed weak, emotionally and mentally. She wasn't even able to possess superhuman powers like the other characters that involves high jump and healing. Nevertheless though, she has a power that everyone was afraid of, a power to overcome any other dream seer's dreams, but she herself wasn't aware of it. She sees the future on her own free will unlike any other dream seers that sacrifice something or force themselves to see one. Unlike any character as well, Kotori could communicate with other living things especially the birds. One time in the manga, when she was with Kamui, birds play with her and one bird falls on top of Kamui's head and she told him that the bird was worried about him because he thinks about many things too much.
Kyougo as a father wants no other thing for his children. He loves Kotori and Fuuma very much and he worries that they would bear the same burden as their mother does. He always hopes that Kotori and Fuuma will not end up with the same destiny like the family residing in the Togakushi Shrine and find ways to change it for his children.
Saya is Fuuma and Kotori's mother. Saya dies before the series started and she had been one of the most influential character. It was Saya that has the power to be a dream seer that her own daughter inherits from her but as she said to Tooru before she dies that Kotori is much more powerful than she is. Kotori was extremely close to her mother. When she found her mother's body torn apart, Kotori was forever haunted by what she seen.
When Fuuma found Kotori in shock, he repeatedly tell her that that person (their mother'body) wasn't their mother. He tell Kotori that their mother wasn't torn to pieces and that she died from an illness. Despite Fuuma's efforts, Kotori would sometime have flashbacks or breakdowns of what really happened to their mother. Eventually, Kotori suppressed her memory of her mother's death.
When Kotori saw Tokiko's body remains, Kotori remember with horror what happened to her mother. She went into a comatose state and lost her ability to think rationally. In the dreamscape, Kotori was reunited with her mother's spirit. Although overjoyed to see her mother, Saya revealed to Kotori the truth. Horrified that Saya never loved her husband and the one she truly love was Kamui's mother Tooru, Kotori was sadden by this revelation. Saya confirmed this by explaining to Kotori why she died on that day. Kotori was in disbelief and tried to remember the moments her mother was always so happy with her father. Before disappearing, Saya tell Kotori that she is very similar to her than she believe; Saya sadly tell Kotori that she would die for the one she loved.
For Kotori, Fuuma is her older brother that she loves and a person that carries the burden in taking care of her. But for Fuuma it isn't. But still, they shares a very close relationship despite all the things that happened, but Fuuma also happens to be Kotori's murderer in the end. Despite this, Kotori still loved her brother and bear no ill feelings toward him.
See also: Kamui Shirou and Kotori Monou
Kotori is Kamui's childhood sweetheart. Kotori worries much about Kamui and even said that it will be alright for her if Kamui doesn't care about her but in exchange he should take care of his self.
Kakyou KuzukiEditKakyou is the first dream seer that meet and befriends Kotori and tell her that she herself was a dream seer, a person that sees the future through their dreams. It was also from Kakyou that Kotori was able to avoid the death of Kamui by controlling her dead body and meet Kamui again in a dream before her soul ascend to heaven. Before leaving for the afterlife, KotorI thank Kakyou for his help and ask him to deliver her brother her last message. Kotori's last words to Kakyou left a profound effort on Kakyou; although he sadly wondered whether this is true: that the future is not yet decided.
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Kotori only make a small cameo on Tsubasa Chronicle and no other series. She appears as one of the many people reading in the Central Library and residing in Recourt country.
- I had a dream where Kamui come back. (Episode 1: A Reunion)
- Embarassed of childhood friends, huh? (Episode 2: A Nightmare)
- It will be alright with me if you forced me away but never let me worry this much about you. (Volume 2: Overture)
- She choose her own destiny by shattering down instead colliding with Earth.
- She never awaken as a "true" dream seer
- She represents the Tarot card, The Lovers.
- In the anime ending Fuuma is seen with a little bird. This is likely an allusion to his sister.