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Kotoha Hanaori (花織 ことは Hanaori Kotoha) is Shinken Yellow (シンケンイエロー Shinken Ierō) of the Shinkengers. She is a pure-hearted girl who worked in a bamboo shop. Her sister, Mitsuba Hanaori, was originally intended to become Shinken Yellow, but when she became ill, Kotoha had to replace her.
Kotoha, obedient and skilled at martial arts, commands the element of earth as Shinken Yellow. Yet, for all her skill, Kotoha is extremely hard on herself, primarily because she believes that she is stupid and an unfit replacement for Mitsuba. The other Shinkengers try to dissuade her from believing so, though she refuses to believe it. Her acknowledgement of her faults were strong enough that she was immune to the power of an Ayakashi who used the internal negative feelings against themselves, with Kotoha's will so strong due to her self-loathing that she was unaffected by its power. It's only after Mitsuba sends her a letter, telling her that she is the true Shinken Yellow, that Kotoha begins to accept herself as a true Shinkenger.
Kotoha is very selfless and kind; her kindness caused Matsumiya, a young plutocrat, to fall in love with her. Her selflessness was highlighted when she pretended to loathe Matsumiya, pretending her desire for his hand in marriage was fueled by greed. When her soul was stolen, she was glad that she was the only one among the team to have had this happen to them.
Kotoha has great respect for all the members of the group, especially Mako and Takeru. Kotoha admires Mako as a female, stating that she is pretty, intelligent and can cook (apparently oblivious to the fact that Mako is a terrible cook). Kotoha looks up to Takeru and always shows respect to him. Because of this, Kotoha feels quite uncomfortable when she poses as Matsumiya's fiancée, with Takeru acting as her butler.
Kotoha and Chiaki are the youngest Shinkengers, with Kotoha stated being younger than Chiaki. Because their similar age, they have a strong bond. In fact, several episodes focus on their relationship. Kotoha and Chiaki experience some tension because he dislikes how she readily believes that she is stupid, and he accidentally hurts her feelings. Chiaki later apologizes, and Kotoha tells him that she admires his straightforwardness.
When one is feeling stressed, one will try to cheer the other up. Kotoha is Chiaki's staunchest supporter and readily goes along with his plans, despite how reckless they often are. When her soul was stolen, Chiaki, out of all them, was troubled the most by this event. He was the first to go seek the Ayakashi that had stole Kotoha's soul and he was the first to consider becoming a Gedonin in order to enter the Sanzu River in order to find said Ayakashi.
Goseiger vs. Shinkenger
To be added
Months after wiping out the last of the Gedoshu, Kotoha fought alongside not only her own team, but every single Sentai ranger in existence, against the Empire of Zangyack when it attacked the Earth in the Great Legend War. After fighting against hundreds of Gormin and their Zgormin commanders, Akarenger noticed the fleet moving towards them and gathered all the Rangers together and gave them the order to sacrifice their powers to wipe out the first invasion's armada.
Farewell Space Pirates
After the Zangyack's final defeat, Marvelous returned the Ranger Keys to their original owners. It is assumed Kotoha and her team have their powers back once again.
Super Hero Taisen
Kotoha, alongside her team (Shinken Gold and Princess Shinken Red were absent), among the majority of the Super Sentai heroes, was caught up in the "Super Hero Taisen" incident which eventually resulted in the Super Sentai teams and Kamen Riders joining forces to defeat both Dai-Zangyack and Dai-Shocker. Ironically, the Shinkengers were acquainted with the Great Leader of Dai-Shocker, Tsukasa Kadoya, also known as Kamen Rider Decade, having encountered him before when he visited their world. During the final battle, she is seen fighting a Shocker Combatman and Arch Orphnoch.
Super Hero Taisen Z
Kotoha, having been sent by Gai Ikari, appeared in Space Sheriff Gavan Type-G's spaceship, Dolgiran, to help Geki's assistant Shelly (who shared a resemblence with Kotoha) hack Gavan's Transformation Space System in order for Geki to be able to transform into Gavan Type-G again to battle Space Shocker.
Later on, the five-man Shinkenger team appeared as part of a force of Sentai and Rider reinforcements led by Akarenger and Kamen Rider #1 that came to assist the Sentai and Riders of recent years who were overwhelmed by the revived monster army of the Space Crime Syndicate Madou. The combined forces of superheroes were able to turn the tide against the Madou army. They lined up and used their various finisher attacks to destroy the revived monsters.
After Demon King Psycho was destroyed and the battle was finally over, the Shinkengers appeared standing on a cliff with all the other heroes who appeared to help, to say goodbye to the heroes of recent years before taking their leave.
Zyuohger vs. Ninninger
Shinken Yellow appeared with her team among the first 38 Super Sentai whom collectively empowered Wild Tousai Shuriken King in its fight against the titanic Gillmarda, granting the Ninningers and Zyuohgers the power to perform the Zyuoh Ninnin Super Sentai Burst which destroyed Gillmarda with the combined power of all 40 Super Sentai.
Chou Super Hero Taisen
Video game appearances
Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross
Shinken Yellow appears with her team in Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross.
- Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow: to be added
- Kotoha Hanaori/Super Shinken Yellow: to be added
Super Sentai Battle Base
Shinken Yellow is among the vast pantheon of Rangers which are available in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base, with her Super Shinkenger form being available as well.
Super Sentai Legend Wars
Shinken Yellow appears with her team among all Sentai in the mobile game Super Sentai Legend Wars.
- "Super Disc!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
Appearances: Episodes 36, 41 & Goseiger vs. Shinkenger
This form of Shinken Yellow appeared in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Returns: Special Act when the Shinkengers became the "Forest Animal Sentai Shinkenger" within Ryunosuke's revolving lantern illusion.
Legend Sentai Devices
Super Change (スーパーチェンジ Sūpā Chenji): A Change (チェンジ Chenji) card that initiates the transformation from Gosei Angel to Super Goseiger. Unlike the other Gosei Cards, the activation call for this card is "Super Tensou!". In Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku, this card was used by Gosei Yellow to allow Shinken Yellow to become a Super Shinkenger without using the Inromaru.
The Shinken Yellow Ranger Key (シンケンイエローレンジャーキー Shinken Ierō Renjā Kī) is Kotoha Hanaori's personal Ranger Key and what became of her powers after she, along with the rest of the 34 Super Sentai sacrificed their powers to end the Great Legend War.
This key along with the majority of the Ranger Keys were collected by the Red Pirates and later used by the Gokaigers. The Shinken Yellow Ranger Key was mainly used by Luka Millfy (Gokai Yellow), who used it to fight as Shinken Yellow.
- When the Gokaigers became the Shinkengers in their fight with Action Commander Shikabanen and his Zangyack force.
- When the Gokaigers became the Shinkengers in their fight with Deratsueigar of the Imperial Guard.
- When the Gokaigers became the Shinkengers to take down Action Commander Osogain's Zugormin.
After Zangyack were finally defeated, the Gokaigers gave the Ranger Keys back to their rightful owners. It is presumed that Kotoha received her key and became Shinken Yellow once more.
Behind the scenes
Kotoha Hanaori is portrayed by Suzuka Morita (森田 涼花 Morita Suzuka), who later portrayed Shelly in Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie and Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Missions 31 and 32. As a child, she was portrayed by Ayu Matsuura (松浦 愛弓 Matsuura Ayu). As Shinken Yellow, her suit actor was Miwa Hashiguchi (橋口 未和 Hashiguchi Miwa), her sub was Sanae Hitomi (人見 早苗 Hitomi Sanae).
- Kotoha is the only one of the core 5 who’s parent never appeared in the series.
- Emily - Power Rangers counterpart in Power Rangers Samurai. See comparison page. & Power Rangers Super Samurai
- Shinken Yellow at the Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O official website
- Shinken Yellow at the Dice-O Wiki