To be able to see when a living thing is about to die.
Hijiri Shinozuka is a main character of Iris Zero, and a student of class 2-6.
Hijiri has messy brown hair and emerald green eyes. He is taller than most of the characters in Iris Zero.
He usually wears sleeves that are too long so that they either fully or partially cover his hands, this is probably to hide the scars on his wrist where he used to cut himself. In the summer he has worn a wristband to hide his scars. In addition to his sleeves, his shirt is usually not tucked in.
Hijiri is a seemingly carefree and laid-back person who is always playing around and smiling. However, he has also been shown on multiple occasions to be to be quite clever and sharp, being able to figure things out and understand situations quickly. He is also quite good at analysing people. He states this is due to his "tenancy and counterplan of the future". He can be a rather secretive person and doesn't talk much about his intentions
Before meeting Toru, he was a very cold person with a "cold flower bud" as his happiness, as seen through Satsuki's iris. This was mainly because of his ability to see when a living thing was near death. It made him realize that everything would eventually die, which made it difficult for him to treasure anything. He realized that some day, even he himself would die, and began cutting his wrist. After meeting Toru, he realized that it was alright to live life out, even if he didn't know what his purpose was. Hijiri is actually very skeptical about the bond that Toru made with Koyuki and the rest of their friends. He seems to believe that their friendship will not last long
Hijiri would never enjoy anything in life, because he knew that everything would die eventually. This made him become a rather cold person. He had a friend named Katagiri, who had a crush on him. When she introduced him to a tutor and he began attending, he met Satsuki Tachibana, and eventually fell in love with her. However, one day, he noticed a butterfly fly beside Satsuki, and began following her, trying to learn her cause of death, while thinking that his purpose to live was to save her.
However, the number of butterflies only increased, to the point that he couldn't even see her face behind all the butterflies. Thinking that she would surely die, he went to the bathroom to cut himself again, but was shocked to see that Toru was there, and that he knew about Satsuki's near-coming death. Toru proposed to him that he would save her with his iris, but he had to stay away from her, because he was also interested in her. Having no hope left, he decides to leave it to him, but later rushes to find Satsuki once Katagiri told him that he was actually an iris zero. Shockingly, when he found Satsuki, there wasn't a single butterfly on her. It was then revealed that Katagiri planned to drive Satsuki into danger using her iris "to see danger" out of jealousy.
Later, Hijiri meets Toru and tells him that he realized what he said about him being interested in Satsuki was a lie, and asks for an explanation. Toru tells him that he learned about his iris from when Hijiri was not watering certain flowers, and that those flowers would eventually die. He concludes that his iris was "to see something's time of death" when he began following Satsuki", and stated two reasons for helping him save her: One was to save someone's life, and mainly because he would attract attention if she were to disappear, as she sits in front of him in class.
After that, Hijiri began sticking close to Toru, despite him being an iris zero, and eventually became his best friend.
Talents and AbilitiesEdit
Hijiri has an iris ability that can "see when something is near its time of death". The closer something gets to death, the more black butterflies gather around that person/thing.
The first black butterfly will come when the first event that triggers a possibility for death happens. For example, if the person were to die in a car accident, the first black butterfly would most likely appear when they get their driving license, and more will come until the actual accident itself.
However, this fate is not unchangeable. If something were to happen that would stop that person from getting into an accident, then all the butterflies would leave once the possibility of death disappears.
- Hijiri is left-handed.
- He prefers rice over bread.
- Nanase asks him to be his boyfriend for the day. 
- When he accepted Nanase's request, Hijiri understood Toru's ordeals with requests from Koyuki. 
|Koyuki Sasamori • Asahi Yuki • Hijiri Shinozuka|