Kimi is a character in Love Nikki. She is the daughter of the Apple Federation Apparel Group's president Chairman Schiller, and is the heiress of this group. She works and travels with Joe Brownie, the chief designer of the group.
|“||Kimi's style and attire address her identity as the inheritor of Apple Federation Apparel Group. Overall the style is sharp, simple and elegant, but at the same time intricate in details. This demitoilet only uses black and white colors with lines smooth and simple. The little black bows on the bottom half of the dress and off-the-shoulder design added a hint of liveliness of a young girl.
No wonder that Nikki became a loyal fan of Kimi at first sight.
— Kimi's description in the Time Diary
Kimi is a short teenage girl with pale skin and sharp grey eyes. Her long, silver hair is worn loose and held with a black ribbon. Her short bangs are neatly brushed and layered.
Her normal attire consists of a white dress with black ribbon details, black heels with black string wrapped on each ankle, and a simple pair of earrings.
Kimi is the only daughter of the most rich and powerful businessman in the nation of Apple Federal, the chairman of the Apple Federation Apparel Group. She has lived all her life in the lap of luxury, but has also witnessed how hard her family and their close associate, Mr. Joe, have worked for the enterprise. As such, she's fiercely independent and determined to do what she can for the sake of her family's business and her own self.
Kimi has designed the following:
Kimi was born in the year 662. As a child, she was not used to expressing her feelings just like her father. Her parents both loved her dearly. Her mother thought the world of her, and Kimi's warmest memory was when she helped her modify a design. She also showed promise in styling. Her favorite story was Caelum et Ocean.
She was raised with the expectations of being the heir to the Apple Apparel Group. Some of her early designs include Bright Galaxy, Black & White Galaxy, and Houndstooth, Gem Sandals-Silver, Brilliance, and her Rose-White.
At some point, Kimi used to play with others kids in the welfare house established by her grandfather.
Year 668 Edit
Kimi attended Crescent's funeral, but was uneasy and didn't understand the meaning of death. Her father was broken, but Kimi took his hand and told him of her promise to grow up and protect him.
Year 678 Edit
Kimi went to school for designing at Rawding Academy. Her classmates included Irene and Kevin, who worked on her team for her senior project that was meant to fit the theme "Lifetime Love". Reid, the senior design director, expressed dissatisfaction with her dress only a month before the project needed to be completed, which caused Kimi to question it.
On her birthday that year, May 20th, she discovered that the Apple Apparel Group was going through difficult times. She volunteered to give her own talents for the group, but her father insisted she focus on school. Frustrated, she went to the Children's House, an orphanage at which she used to volunteer with her mother, and began to play with sparklers with the kids there, forgetting her problems.
While she was there, Reid came to visit her, and she unloaded her past and her present difficulties onto him. He could tell she was stressed, so he encouraged her to take a break, but she remembered her promise to her mother and knew she had to do her best at all times to protect her father. She returned to school and showed Irene and Kevin her new design plans for the senior design project, which was inspired by her mother.
Kimi moved into her studio in order to finish the design in time. Her father appeared at the exhibition in disguise, but she recognized him immediately.
Year 680 Edit
At the Designer's Tea Party, Kimi and Joe discussed Nikki, whose performance they had been watching, and agreed that she had a lot of talent. However, Kimi stated that Nikki still had a long way to go if she was to work for the Apple Federation Apparel Group. She then decided to introduce herself to Nikki and asked if she could compete with her with the condition that if Nikki won, she would consider guiding her towards becoming an outstanding stylist. After Nikki did so, Kimi gave Nikki some advice and they had a conversation about what styling meant.
Suddenly, a masked woman appeared and threatened to steal Lunar's designs. After Nikki out-styled her and she left, she dropped a badge belonging to the Iron Rose Stylist Legion. However, Kimi believed the masked woman was not a member of the organization, as the Iron Rose would not have been so rash or bold. After encouraging Nikki to start her journey in the Cloud Empire, Kimi left to attend to business with the Apple Apparel Group.
Kimi later attended the Fantasy Styling Contest in Royal City in order to encourage Nikki, much to the girl's excitement. She predicted that Nikki will win the contest after her experience in Cloud. During the group games, she assessed the competition and gave information about the reward, the opportunity to design the Fairytale Concerto.
The night before North Kingdom declared war on Cloud City, the Apple Apparel Group changed hands from Kimi's father Schiller to his financial officer Charles, and Schiller and Joe disappeared. Kimi and Orlando got into an altercation in which Kimi was shot at, but Orlando took the bullet for her, with it landing in his shoulder instead. He managed to bring Kimi to the outskirts of Lor River City and had Zhu Ruosheng deliver a message to Nikki so that they could meet up.
They reunited in a shack in the forest, where Orlando was attempting to recover from his gunshot wound. He explained the situation, while an agitated Kimi seemed unsure of what to do next, eventually settling on remaining in Cloud. After Orlando made the decision to go back and fight on the side of Apple, who was on the same side of North in the war, Kimi seemed even more distressed, and Nikki attempted to cheer her up. Finally, Kimi made the decision to continue on to Welton in order to discover what had happened with her father, and Nikki, Bobo, and Momo insisted on accompanying her.
Theft of White Blossom Edit
In Welton, Kimi, Nikki, and her friends heard about the White Blossom Banquet almost immediately. Kimi was disturbed by the idea of the precious White Blossom being used as a centerpiece in an auction, since it was a gift from her father Schiller to her late mother Lady Crescent. Even more, she remembered something her father's kidnappers had said that led her to believe they were the ones who took the dress.
Kimi took Nikki and her friends to visit Joe in his art gallery, where he had managed to hide after escaping from the kidnappers, and discussed the situation. Joe and Nikki both believed the White Blossom Banquet was a trap, but Joe agreed to get Kimi invitations so long as Nikki went with her. Kimi asked Nikki to be her date, with Kimi disguising herself as a man.
They arrived at the banquet, and Kimi's disguise held up. However, the reveal that Reid and Charles, the sponsors of the banquet, had the White Blossom brought Kimi to tears. The auction didn't go well either, and with Nikki's help Kimi tried to raise the prices the items were selling for in order to better discover who the high bidders in the room were.
Reid approached Kimi and asked her to dance, and she had no choice but to join him since everybody's eyes were on the pair. They began to dance, but Kimi's hair ribbon fell out, revealing her disguise. Reid quickly kissed her, presumably to hide her face, which caused Kimi to blush.
There was suddenly a blackout, and when the lights came back on the White Blossom was gone. Kimi, Nikki, Bobo and Momo tried to apprehend the person they believed was the thief, Sofia in disguise, but she got away.
The police came to the banquet hall and interrogated the people there, but Kimi could not give her testimony due to being in disguise. Reid covered for her until they left, then apologized they could not find the White Blossom. When he learned of her plans to find a way back into the Apple Apparel Group's treasure room and find out what happened to her father, he expressed frustration that she didn't come to him with her problems. Kimi reiterated that since the issue is with the Apple Apparel Group, she would deal with it herself.
After leaving the banquet, Kimi, Nikki, Momo and Bobo saw a helicopter flying through Welton. They approached it, where Sofia presented Kimi with the White Blossom, saying that Hiber had stolen it and that she was there to return it to its rightful owner. Kimi made the decision to go to the treasure room regardless and use the White Blossom to lure out Reid. Orlando, who was working with Sofia, agreed to accompany her, and they went into the Apple Apparel Group building.
Once there, Kimi and Orlando realized the treasure room appeared untouched. Looking at the security tapes, they discovered that Schiller had left voluntarily rather than being kidnapped. Charles arrived at the building, still claiming to be loyal to Schiller, but he was tackled by guards when Reid arrived moments later.
After learning that Hiber was the true thief and that she was acting under Reid's orders, Kimi no longer trusted Reid, and he quickly confessed to the theft. All of a sudden, the sniper Shade shot a bullet through the window, nearly hitting Kimi before Orlando pulled her back. Charles tried to make a getaway to save the White Blossom and Shade fatally shot him, leading Kimi to realize he was truly loyal to her father the whole time and willing to give his life for him and the Apparel Group.
Shade stole the White Blossom and disappeared into the night, and Kimi made the decision to go to Losol and find her father. On the train, she went over what she knew, such as that it was likely her father's decision to hold the banquet in the first place and that he had likely been under a lot of pressure to give the dress up.
On the way to Losol, Orlando received news that Shade had been spotted around the city, possibly following Kimi's father. Orlando took Kimi, along with Nikki, Bobo, and Momo, to the League Till outpost outside of Losol in order to gather information. While they were there, Kimi realized that their next target was indeed her father, and Orlando bought some time for him by erasing the command from their console.
They narrowly escaped the outpost, at which point Orlando took them to a church and left them under the protection of Azula, a nun with a gun. Things weren't as safe at the church as Orlando had thought, though, as Kimi, Nikki, and Momo were drugged at breakfast the next morning. They woke up, along with White Blossom, on a plane that was set on autopilot to fly to the North Kingdom, and had no choice but to watch it land.
When they got off the plane, they were confronted by Nidhogg, who asked them to hand over the dress. Kimi realized that this was the situation her father had faced before: having to make the decision between giving up the dress and risking the lives of the people she cared about. She agreed to hand over the dress on the condition that Nidhogg return them to Apple safely.
Nikki, however, didn't like this answer, and refused to give up the dress. She challenged Nidhogg to a styling battle, which ended up being less of a styling battle and more of an actual battle when Nidhogg struck Nikki with his sword. Kimi tried to pull Nikki away, but couldn't. Only when Louie stepped in was Nikki taken out of the line of danger, and Kimi and Nikki escaped with Ace and the Iron Rose to their airship.
Rescue of Kimi's Father Edit
Kimi became the chairman of Apple Apparel Group in her father's absence, though she was quick to assert to news reporters that she wasn't the chairman because of her familial ties but rather because she had earned it on her own merit. She was featured in the Amphithea News in an attempt to quash the rumors of the tabloids.
She also spoke to Orlando and learned that while her father was technically safe in the North Kingdom, where he was in the base of the Royal Army in Black Water City, she couldn't speak to him due to the political tensions. Kimi realized that the only way to get her father back was to restore the relationship with Black Water City as a diplomat.
Kimi, having no diplomatic experience, decided that she needed to reach out to others in Apple's government who might be able to help her. She held a charity banquet at one of Welton's hotels in order to network. Her goal was to talk to the Speaker of Apple's government, Mr. Nelson, who she recalled seemed to be a friend of her father's. However, Mr. Nelson proved to be less than agreeable, as he seemed to blame her father for "sneaking away" and didn't want anything to do with Kimi.
She decided to speak to another member of the government, Mr. Baird, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was more open to helping her, though he warned her it would be difficult, and that due to how tightly stretched the government was, that Kimi would have to be the one to go. She decided to give it some thought.
After leaving the meeting with Baird, Kimi noticed Reid going into the congress building nearby. Curious, she followed him, and overheard a conversation between the speaker, Nelson, and the president of Apple. She learned that even though her father and the Apple Apparel Group supported Nelson financially, Nelson had secretly been in communications with the Mercury Group, who were both the reason for her father's situation and for the damaged political relationships in the first place. Her trust betrayed, Kimi left the congress building. She felt frustrated by her own helplessness, needing the assistance of higher-ups to save her father, and thoughts began to take form, a desire to have political power of her own.
With the assistance of Baird, Kimi returned to the North Kingdom, where she encountered Nidhogg for diplomatic purposes. Though she was unable to retrieve her father, it was a step in the right direction, and it made international news through the newspaper run by the Amphithea Group.
Kimi views Nikki as a stylist with great potential, and she encourages her to grow and improve her skill. She becomes one of Nikki's strongest supporters and helps her practice her styling before contests. Kimi speaks very highly of Nikki wherever she goes, and even Joe is surprised by the extent of her praise.
Kimi reveals the extent of her past to Nikki, including her mother's death, her vow to protect her father, and her struggles to remain strong through it all. Nikki responds to this not only by comforting Kimi, but also by promising her that she can rely on her and that she can "always be weak with [her]".
It is strongly implied that Kimi has romantic feelings for Nikki: Kimi prefers Nikki over Joe and the sight of Nikki makes her blush. For Valentine's Day, Kimi and Nikki buy matching pendants that show black and white swans with their necks entwined.
Kimi also seems to care about Nikki's appearance a great deal, and takes matters into her own hands when Nikki wears something she doesn't approve of. She also picks out clothing and accessories for her, and from time to time has even designed clothing for her.
Joe has a high position as the chief designer in the Apparel Group, and because of their business relationship they often travel together. Joe is mentioned to be very popular with women in general and there are rumors that he and Kimi are in a romantic relationship, but they are not: they view one another as close friends and partners, nothing less and nothing more. They designed the suit Flower Tale together.
Kimi and Orlando are close allies and friends. Orlando speaks fondly of Kimi after his styling battle with Nikki, saying that she's the first person Kimi has ever praised highly. When Kimi is almost kidnapped, Orlando saves her, but takes a bullet to the shoulder in the process. They later part ways since he wants to fight for the Apple Federation, whereas Kimi must stay aside for her sake; he returns a short time later, backing her and Nikki up when they face their enemies and especially an assassin named Flynn.
Schiller is Kimi's father and the leader of the Apparel Group. Since Kimi's mother Lady Crescent died when she was very young, he's raised her on her own and to be the competent, hardworking heiress of Apparel. Kimi loves him very much, and she's is extremely distressed when he's kidnapped and she barely manages to run away with Orlando.
Crescent is Kimi's mother, who passed away when she was six. She's said to have been a very active woman who was very well-respected everywhere in Apple for her generosity and kindness. Kimi remembers her very fondly and aspires to be like her.
Reid was the senior design director while Kimi attended Rawding Academy in the year 678. They had a frosty relationship, and Reid was more critical of her designs than he was with the designs of others. However, after a heart-to-heart about their childhoods and the stresses Kimi was under, they were friendly with each other. Reid held Kimi and her happiness in high regard, considering he also gave her a sakura-themed brooch for her birthday and began a tradition of fireworks at Rawding for her.
As an adult and the chairman to the Mercury Group, Reid generally did not interfere with the AAG's business out of respect for her, and she trusted him. However, during the White Blossom Banquet, he pressured her into dancing with him while she is in disguise, and during the dance her hairband fell out and he kissed her, likely to distract her from the theft of the dress that was about to occur. Still, Kimi seemed to believe he has her best interests at heart, saying that "there didn't seem to be a better solution". When she realizes that Reid is the one behind the whole mess with the Apparel Group, she is bitterly disappointed, and she called trusting him "the most foolish thing [she] could have ever done".
- "The best stylist can extract the unique charm from each work infused by any designer, enable the wearer to feel the magic of the clothing, and help them face their life with more confidence.
– Kimi to Nikki, in V1: 5-11 Aim for Best Stylist!
- "And let's not forget, father is still in the hands. These people want to open the Group's treasury. They will not treat him nicely... But even if I go back to the Apple Federation, there is no way I can save father... I have nothing."
– Kimi in V1: 16-8 Reunion in the Forest
- "It's okay, Nikki...White Blossom is indeed important, but what's more important is protecting my friends and family. I won't put your lives in jeopardy over an outfit."
– Kimi in V1: 19-9 Battle of Dawn
- "I can be strong, I can do everything by myself, but I also want to have... a warm hug, a place where I can put everything aside for a short time..."
– Kimi in Brave New World
- "My friends' help is essential, but also be noticed that all the staff choose to believe me not because of friends or my identity as the chairman's daughter. It's only because I'm Kimi. They acknowledge my achievement, they see the positive things I brought to the group, so they choose to follow me and I will not fail their trust. So back to your question, nobody except me can do this, so I am the chairman."
– Kimi in Interview, Brilliant Start Point
- "Prepared you something. Hope it's useful."
— Kimi's envelope.
- "Is everything ok? Maybe we will meet soon after the arrival of this postcard."
— Kimi's envelope once opened.
- "You look troubled. Is there anything I can help with?"
- "It's been a while, you seem to be doing well."
- "The designers at Apple Federation are the best."
- "You have a new design? Let me take a look."
- "Good morning, any arrangements today?"
- "Experience is needed in the learning process."
- "Love of Life', that is the gift for my mom from my dad."
- "The beauty that only exists for a short moment is the most memorable thing."
- "Did you get any inspiration from the dreamland for your design?"
- "There's no short path for perfect work, only through non-stop learning."
- "Daily experiences will eventually become the source for your inspiration."
- "You did a great job at today's tasks."
- "Is the task too hard for you? But I think you could do better."
- "If you persist in finishing tasks, you'll be a great stylist."
- "Those tasks are for you, any problems?"
- "I'll do everything I could to protect Apple Federation."
- "Details, the essential requirement for a designer."
- "My height? I think you can find it in the Fame of Stars."
- "If you want to know someone, it's no use in just reading the Fame of Stars."
- "If you aren't touched by your work, how could it touch others?"
- "You're so rude for what you did!"
- "Please stop."
- "Guard, take this person out of here."
- "How can I help you?"
- "I'm thinking about the new design for next season, keep quiet."
- "I will defend Apple Federation Apparel Group."
- "Possess the strenght to shield the treasures of your heart."
Name by ServerEdit
|China (Simplified)||海樱 (Haiying)|
|South Korea||헤일리 (Hayley)|
|Southeast Asia (English)||Kimi|
Kimi's name in Chinese is Haiying, and 樱 (yīng) means "cherry". It's the same cherry used in the Chinese name for White Blossom, 白樱恋歌 (Bái yīng liàngē) or "White Cherry Blossom Love Song". This is most likely a deliberate reference because White Blossom was the dress her father made for her mother. Her Japanese name, Sakura, is also a nod to this.
- Kimi's special skill is running in 15 centimeter high heels.
Love Nikki Characters
|Main||Nikki • Momo • Bobo • Lunar • Ace • Kimi|
|Support||Royce • Neva • Bai Jinjin • Zhong Lizi • Sofia • Yvette • Fu Su • Orlando • Starlet • Joe Brownie • Mela • Ransa • Debbie • Ming Shuiyuan • Yue Qianshuang • Zhu Ruosheng • Bai Yongxi • Louie • Chloris|
|Side||Annabel • Aron • Kaja • Lisa • Timi • Toto • Vivi • Orange • Mira • Kane • Charbes • Abbey • Summer • Winter • Spring • Autumn • Cali • Lu Yinian • Mayor of Moonlit City • Tuda • Azula • Nora Von Rhein • Nina • Eli • Elaine • Rachel • Agata|
|Antagonists||Nidhogg • Ozeca • Queen Elle • Sherry • Dansu • Qiong • Huo Qizhou • Zhu Yuxian • Reid Mercury • Hiber • Shade • Gray Raven • Peachy • Noah • True King • Lord • Kyle • Cesare • Xiao Zong|
|Other||Queen Nanari • King Sayet • Hostess L • Ancient Pavilion Designer • Countess • Chairman Schiller • Lady Crescent • Charles • Star Seer • Fantasy Envoy • Lakris • Flora • Cloud Empress • Hayden • Yunikina • Eagle • Minor Characters|