- "Technique is a part of strength!"
- —Hitomi in Dead or Alive 6
Hitomi has been practicing the art of karate under her father's tutelage since she was a child, and enters the Dead or Alive Tournaments either to prove her skills or to see Hayate. Either reason, she is determined to win the tournament.
Hitomi was a nikkei, born to a German father and a Japanese mother, and lived with them in southwest Germany where her father ran his own karate dojo. From a young age, Hitomi trained in the art of karate under her father's guidance. By the age of eighteen, she had earned a black belt.
After the events of Dead or Alive, Hitomi found ‘Ein’ unconscious in the Black Forest, after he had been abandoned by the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee, following their failed Project Epsilon. Hitomi took him home, where she and Ein studied karate together until Ein left to enter the second Dead or Alive Tournament to find out about his past, which he had forgotten due to amnesia. During this tournament, Ein regained his memories, remembering that he was really Hayate, a shinobi leader, and returned home to the Mugen Tenshin Village.
Hitomi enters the third tournament in order to test her skills against other martial artists and to prove to her father that she was now a capable fighter, and an independent woman. While working on the Freedom Survivor as a waitress, she reunites with Ein and meets Ayane. When Hitomi asks her if she's Kasumi, the ninja is angered and fights Hitomi. After the fight, Ayane is surprised to find that Hitomi's karate is equal to her ninjutsu. Ein then finally tells Hitomi that his real name is Hayate, and that he and Ayane are ninjas, much to Hitomi's surprise. While on the ship with Ein she meets Jann Lee, who also shares a keen passion for martial arts, and the two share some philosophies about the way of martial arts. However Hitomi gets mad at him for being too hard on opponents after he brutally defeats Leifang.
With Hitomi ranking third place in the tournament, her father lets her leave the dojo, and she moves on with her new life as an independent adult.
Hitomi was later given an invitation for a supposed Dead or Alive tournament that was going to be held at Zack Island. However she discovered alongside the rest of the prior participants that it was a hoax, but decided to make the best of their situation for the two weeks on the island.
When a sudden illness befalls upon her father, the family's dojo goes into despair and becomes afflicted with financial trouble. To help her father, Hitomi enters the fourth Dead or Alive Tournament in an attempt to win the cash prize. During the tournament, she faces and defeats Leifang after a dispute over a cabbage, but the two of them form a friendship afterwards. Hitomi then faces Jann Lee again, after he 'rescues' her from a T-Rex; she finds it "cruel" of Jann to attack the dinosaur, despite its attempt to eat her.
In the DOATEC Tritower, Hitomi eventually encounters Hayate again, and she pleads for him to come back with her to the dojo, admitting that she does not know what to do without him. Hayate tells her that he can't because he is no longer Ein, and the fourth tournament is no tournament at all, but a war. He then asks her to spar for old time's sake to which she happily accepts. After the fight, they tell each other to take care, and Hitomi runs down the stairs and passes Ayane with tears in her eyes.
After the tournament, Hitomi returns home, continuing to live her independent life.
After hearing that the new Dead or Alive Tournament would be held at New Zack Island, Hitomi went to the island to make up for her previous loss, only to fall victim of Zack’s fiendish lying and trickery once again.
Upon hearing about the fifth Dead or Alive Tournament, Hitomi reunites with Leifang and the two of them set off on a journey to train together. While training at a circus that's still under construction, the pair does a friendly sparring match against Brad Wong and Eliot. They are then invited to the tournament by Zack, who does so humorously by launching himself into the air with a human cannon.
Later, Hitomi and Leifang travel to South America to continue their training. There, they spot Jann Lee being recruited by Zack into joining the tournament. Knowing that they need to do their own training, they spar against each other to improve their skills. After the fight, the two of them go separate ways, promising each other to meet again at the tournament. While on her own, Hitomi runs into Ayane, who is trying to find Kasumi's clone. Hitomi asks if she is entering the fifth tournament, to which Ayane says she is not, while chastising her choice of clothing for training. The two have a sparring match, and Ayane leaves to continue her search.
At the tournament, Hitomi defeats Mila in the quarterfinals and Eliot in the semifinals. Before the finals, Hitomi reunites with Hayate, proudly telling him that she needs to win one more fight and she'll be champion. She then asks him if he could spar with her, telling him that her muscles are a bit tight. Hayate accepts and they spar together. After the fight they wish each other good luck, and then Hayate departs with Ayane.
Hitomi is defeated by Jann Lee in the finals, making her the runner-up of the tournament.
Shortly after her recent close-to-victory performance in the fifth tournament, Hitomi heads once again to New Zack Island and once there, she still has concerns about the issue of Ein returning to his real identity as Hayate. Hitomi rapidly regains focus and decides to have some fun before returning to her training for the next tournament.
During the last day on the island, Hitomi finally felt so well about the time enjoyed on the island. She plans to begin her training for the next tournament once she gets back, admitting that this time, she will not lose to anybody.
Hitomi went on a treasure hunt with Leifang and then sparred to see who could win the treasure. However, before they could collect the prize, a tentacle from a giant squid took the treasure, with their being forced to flee the doomed ship.
Some time later, Hitomi brought out some Kshitigarbha statues, presumably as practice to hone her Karate skills, and was in the midst of counting down in German when Honoka appeared and requested that the two spar for the upcoming tournament. Hitomi agreed to Honoka's request, though she warned that she wouldn't go easy on her. Hitomi then beat Honoka, who humbly thanked her and departed, although not before bidding farewell alongside her friend Marie Rose one of the "eins" statues, with Hitomi stating she'll see her at the tournament.
Hitomi also briefly teased Leifang regarding the latter's "challenge letter" to Jann Lee, saying it came across as a love letter, and also worked with Leifang to create some chocolates for their respective loved ones for Valentine's Day. She also encountered Eliot at the museum and briefly sparred with him. Despite losing the fight, Hitomi is impressed by his skills. She politely refuses his offer to help her up and states that she won't lose to him when they meet in the tournament. Indeed at the tournament she meets Eliot again at the quarterfinals and this time she defeats him, advancing to the semifinals. Later she lost to Diego, who went on to become the runner up of the tournament.
Hitomi arrived at the Venus Islands due to wanting to partake in the Venus Festival. However, she mostly was unsure how to do the festival regarding its requirements of "beauty" and "strength". In particular, she wasn't sure how to achieve the "beauty" part. Despite this, she nonetheless resolved to do her best. She met the Owner of the island when baffled as to where she ought to go, and ultimately agreed to be his partner upon learning such was part of the rules.
- See also: Hitomi's costumes
Hitomi is of average height, with a slender and athletic build, she has fair skin, bluish-grey eyes and shoulder-length dark brown hair with a front fringe, normally worn with a pink hairband. Although she usually wears a hairband, she sometimes goes without it, and also has three varying styles including two braids, a ponytail at the back, and a bob cut. Throughout the series, her height and bust measurements have changed, through only by a couple of centimeters: In Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, she is 5'4'' (161 cm) tall with a 89 cm bust; in Dead or Alive 4, she is 5'3''(160 cm) tall with a 90 cm bust, and in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, she is 5'2'' (158 cm) tall with a 89 cm bust.
Her clothing often bears a western appearance, with outfits consisting mostly of jeans, tank-tops, and denim jackets, complete with protective fighter's gloves. A running detail on her jeans is that the back label always bears the initials of the game she's in; for example, in Dead or Alive 4, the label reads "DOA4". Hitomi also sometimes sports her own emblem, usually printed on the front of her tank-top or the back of her jacket. The emblem, in its simplest form, is the shape of an eagle with fanned-out wings. More detailed versions of the emblem show the eagle in greater style, holding a banner in its talons with Hitomi's name upon it. Phrases like "Thanks for the fight" and "My fists are on fire" may also be printed on it.
In Dead or Alive 5, her appearance has been made to be more realistic; her face model has been updated (although her ears and face were modified in the final version due to negative feedback), and her hair is now slightly shorter, with more feathered bangs. Her original outfit now consists of a white tank top with a black bra underneath, with sneakers instead of boots. Her secondary outfit is similar except her denim jacket and yellow tube top(returns in Ultimate) has been replaced with a green letterman-style hoodie with the letter "H".
In Ultimate version of the game, she receives a ponytail as her new hairstyle with short side locks and her hair pulled back with a green barrette accessory. In Last Round, she receives a short bob-cut style similar to Christie but with her same normal fringe and slightly more coiffed towards her face. Her headband is of course prominent in all three of her styles although it may change in DLCs such as her Overalls and Cop DLC.
In Dead or Alive 6 she wears her karate attire as her default outfit as a contrast to her primary casual outfits in the previous games. She wears an off-white short sleeved karate gi which is tucked into her black karate belt with both Germany and Japan flags embedded on the right sash. Underneath her outfit is her white tank top with a small black eagle design on front and a matching off-white karate pants. To complete the outfit, she wears a white headband on her forehead.
Hitomi is a friendly, cheerful and energetic young woman but is also a hard-working martial artist, through-and-through. Her victories have come as a result of a grueling, life-long training regimen as well as a complete commitment to her studies and her art. Not only has Hitomi practiced her techniques, she has studied them, coming to understand the deeper principles behind karate as well as of the art itself. Owing to this, some of her training regiment included doing aerobic exercises for the abs and spine, as well as push-ups 500 times each, which she does even during vacations, with beach volleyball, rock climbing, tree climbing, and running a single lap around the perimeter of the island (called a Nimba run) also being implied to be part of the regiment. In addition, Honoka also implied that part of her training regiment when in her home country of Germany involved fighting bears.
She is very much an honorable competitor and always fights fairly in a match, to do otherwise would bring shame to her name, her martial art, and her father's dojo. Her honorable nature was such that she refused any offers of a differing strategy to win even from friends in activities other than Karate. Often after winning, she will compliment her opponent rather than shame them like other fighters in the series. She is also fair in her dealings with others, treating everybody equally and with the respect that they deserve. She will defend others who are being treated harshly, this is demonstrated when she tried to defend Leifang from Jann Lee.
Despite her Japanese name and study in karate, it appears that Hitomi is acclimated more into the German lifestyle than that of the Japanese, having been born and raised in Germany, often sporting Western attire, and having a relatively close, more visible relationship with her German father compared to her relationship with her Japanese mother, who remains unknown.
Hitomi at times can be extremely naïve, as evidenced by her attacking Jann Lee for knocking out a Tyrannosaurus Rex for being "cruel" to it during the fourth tournament, completely missing how Jann Lee had saved her from being eaten. In addition, when Zack orchestrated a second hoax Dead or Alive Tournament, Hitomi was the only one of the girls who had been invited both times to fall for the same trick twice, with the other girls already having their own reasons for going to the island beforehand (and in the case of Kokoro it being her first time going to Zack's Island). On a related note, she's not particularly adept at challenges that require thinking such as puzzles and riddles, which resulted in her delegating the role of festival leader to Luna in a treasure hunting festival to decipher riddles.
The common kanji used to spell the name Hitomi (瞳) means "pupil", and the name literally means "eye" respectively. Owing to her German nationality in the series, her name is transcribed in Katakana instead of Hiragana.
Hitomi found Hayate in the Black Forest in Germany. After being used for the Epsilon Project, he didn't remember anything so she brought him back to the dojo and named him "Ein". The two trained together since then. Years later Ein departed for the second Dead or Alive tournament, where he recovered from his amnesia. After this, Ein remembered who he was and left for the Mugen Tenshin clan.
Despite Hayate moving on with the Mugen Tenshin, and hardly ever seeing her, Hitomi still had feelings for him; she is the only non-ninja person to have any type of relationship with him. During the third and fourth Dead or Alive Tournaments, Hitomi tried to convince Hayate to go back to Germany with her, but he tells her he cannot return with her having to settle this pleading by challenging her to a fight.
Hayate trusts Hitomi so much to the point that he admits that he is a ninja, which is an important secret to keep. Although she hates to let him go, Hitomi accepts this and allows him to continue his life as a ninja.
Despite all that happened in Dead or Alive 5, they both met again, Hitomi asked Hayate if she could fight with him in a friendly match, which Hayate accepted, after the fight Ayane appeared and Hayate had no choice but to continue his mission to destroy Alpha-152 and Donovan's new organization, MIST, Hayate bid farewell to Hitomi and she looked at him in hope that they will meet again in the future, which they most likely will. The Dead or Alive 6 trivia section entry "Valentine's Day" implies that she still holds some romantic feelings for Hayate, as when asked if she wished to make chocolates for someone, she replied she might as well in case she ever encounters him again.
Both being young, quirky, somewhat naïve and bearing cheerful personalities, Hitomi and Leifang have become close friends and are often seen being playful with each other, such as during their visits to Zack Island. However the two can also be seen engaged in heated battles, sometimes over something as trivial as a cabbage(Dead or Alive 4). Their relationship consists both of friendship and rivalry. In Dead or Alive 3, Leifang showed some animosity towards Hitomi, telling her to stay out of her affairs with Jann Lee despite Hitomi showing care for her. This is one of the first implications of their rivalry. After Dead or Alive 3, Hitomi and Leifang became fast friends due to their keenness in martial arts and closeness in age.
In Dead or Alive 4, they have a fierce battle over cabbage, but they become closer after the tournament is over. During their vacation in Dead or Alive Extreme 2, it is shown how much closer they are becoming as Hitomi allows Leifang to hand feed her strawberries, Leifang allows Hitomi to take glamor shots of her, and the two girls sit together in a tree eating ice cream.
By the events of Dead or Alive 5, they have become close friends, as well as martial arts rivals. They train together, and later spy on Jann Lee as he is initially rejecting Zack's tournament invitation. They have another battle for the sake of preparing for the tournament. After the battle is over, they wish each other good luck in their training and go their separate ways.
Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation also revealed that, aside from their rivalry regarding fighting, they also had a rivalry regarding cuisines, which is implied to have been jumpstarted when the Owner was forced to give a draw regarding a rivalry festival on their cooking skills. Their rivalry came to a head when trying to decide the menu arrangements for the then-upcoming first anniversary of the Venus Island's opening, where Hitomi and Leifang argued about which specific menu choices should be served (wanting Western-style meals and Chinese food to be served, respectively), before ultimately coming to a compromise by serving both meals as well as Japanese food after Momiji attempted to negotiate with them.
According to the trivia entries of Dead or Alive 6, Leifang and Hitomi are "sworn allies" or best of friends, and even made valentine's day chocolates for their mutual loved ones (who are implied to be Jann Lee and Hayate, respectively).
In the third Dead or Alive Tournament, Hitomi meets Jann Lee early on, agreeing that true power comes from within one's self, despite their different martial arts, but gain a certain mutual respect. They later meet again at Freedom Survivor where Hitomi is angered by Jann Lee's harshly attacking Lei Fang, only to increase animosity between the girls. They meet again in Dead or Alive 4, where Jann saves Hitomi from an enraged T-Rex, to her disdain. They seem to respect each others training in the martial arts, seeing one another as a worthy challenge. They met each other in Finals during the 5th Dead or Alive Tournament in which she lost, becoming runner-up.
Their relationship is complicated. Hitomi possibly holds Ayane at a higher esteem, acknowledging their martial arts skills are equal and that Ayane is Hayate's younger sister. The complication lies more in Ayane's perspective, however Ayane is seen slowly warming up to Hitomi due to Hayate's fondness of her.
While working on the Freedom Survivor as a waitress, she reunites with Ein and meets Ayane. When Hitomi asks her if she's Kasumi, the ninja is angered by Hitomi's mistaking of her for a sibling whom she is in "bad blood" with and fights her. After the fight, Ayane is surprised that Hitomi's karate is equal to her ninjutsu. In Dead or Alive 5, Ayane recognizes her in the wild. Hitomi claims to be practicing, but Ayane ponders and then chastises her choice of clothing for training before the two fight.
In Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, they have gained a complicated unity. They now share an opening and winning sequence in their tag battles based on their meeting during the story. Their interactions clearly point out Ayane's denial in accepting Hitomi as her fighting equal, but nonetheless, they co-operate in battle. Hitomi, in spite of her honesty, seems to appear victim to Ayane's cynical attitude: in their opening sequence, Hitomi asks if she is training for the tournament, to which Ayane remarks "Don't make me laugh", although this does not faze Hitomi in the least. In the winning sequence, Hitomi bows and thanks her for the fight, at which Ayane remarks that she has to fight better than that, which doesn't seem to faze Hitomi either. Ayane's remark is possibly based on Hitomi becoming runner up in the tournament and some denial in accepting her as equal in fighting ability.
In Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, Ayane and Hitomi largely got along, with Ayane even asking the latter for advice regarding how to deal with a newcomer.
Hitomi and Eliot met each other in the fifth Dead Or Alive Tournament, although Eliot's comment saying, "It's been a while", suggests they met before in the previous tournament. They met up in the circus under construction, while traveling with Brad. Leifang says they were looking for a practice match, and Hitomi teasingly roars at an embarrassed Eliot, telling him not to go easy on them just because they are girls. He nervously says he wouldn't, with an amused Brad smiling as they spar in a tag match. Hitomi could've been flirting with Eliot, or simply just playing around with him, given her bubbly nature. During the fifth tournament, the two face each other, with Hitomi coming out as the victor.
Hitomi and Tina were briefly acquainted with each other during the 3rd Dead or Alive Tournament. They seemed to get along pretty well, as evidenced by the casual nature of their conversation where Tina relayed to Hitomi her personal motto of success always breeds success, and explained she entered the tournament to become an actress, with Hitomi expressing disbelief.
In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the two met each other and can be partners in the game. In Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, Hitomi seems to get along well with Momiji, with it being implied that they act as training partners. Momiji also helps with cooking, although it's implied that Momiji's slightly inferior to Hitomi in regards to the skill. Momiji also had to quell an argument between Hitomi and Leifang regarding what to serve as the meal for the first anniversary of the Venus Islands' opening (as they wanted Western-style meals and Chinese food to be served, respectively), ultimately reaching a compromise by suggesting they serve both as well as Japanese food (the latter being Momiji's own preferred food option).
Hitomi met Tsukushi after the former finished some training exercises, and also made small talk where she learned of Tsukushi's plans of being an aspiring Mangaka, and eventually learned that she also had asked Helena to act as a model, before volunteering to act as a model in turn.
Koharu met Hitomi as well as Leifang in person shortly after the latter party did three laps around the island. However, she already knew their names and faces by that time by having studied up on them, citing that as being an important skillset for acting as a landlady of an inn someday. Hitomi also related somewhat towards her desire to train in innkeeping, due to her constantly training her Karate skills even during vacations. She also offered to have Koharu train alongside her, although she refused, mostly because her job didn't allow for that kind of training. She also watched with some amusement Hitomi and Leifang get into an argument over cooking, glad to gain some "older sisters."
Amy met Hitomi after her initial failed introduction with Tsukushi. After explaining her current assignment, Hitomi proceeded to help her with her task of researching island attractions, largely due to her experience in exploring the island as part of training for Karate. She eventually convinced them to train via a hike. Eventually, they went to a restaurant on a cliffside afterward, with Amy hoping they'd work together again on a more free schedule.
Dead or Alive
- See also: Hitomi's command lists
Hitomi can be considered the successor to Ein, in terms of fighting technique and statistics. However, Hitomi is slightly faster, compared to Ein's strikes being somewhat more powerful.
Hitomi's fighting style relies on quick, medium-damage strikes and a good mix up game, making her well-suited to an aggressive, offensive play style. She also has throws useful for both punishing blocking foes and resetting the tempo in her favor. Her recovery time frame is also excellent, and her holds and parries make her defensively quite balanced as well, as she has both expert holds to deal heavy damage upon good reads and her parries can help eliminate pressure as they shut down high and mid punches and have follow up attacks as well, which can scare faster opponents into using slower kick attacks instead. As a well-balanced character with simple commands she's very easy to use and well-suited to beginners. Her tell-tale "wind-up" shared with Ein, however, is a popular counter-attack weakness for her. Her "interruption attacks", however (such as the Tsubauchi), are competent in keeping the opponent off-guard, as well as making Hitomi preferable for aggressive players.
While solid, Hitomi does lack in terms of evasion as she has very few crouching lows and her standing lows, while plentiful and used as a mix up from a lot of her strings, are very easy to react to, and easy to jab interrupt. Her speed is also mostly applied to her punches as her kicks tend to be average or below average in speed and execution, and like Ein she's better suited at about mid range but only when dealing with quicker foes up close, but her reset throws and her parries can easily help help her at close range.
Dead or Alive 6 keeps her mostly unchanged, but she's given a few new string enders like her thrice hitting mid to high jab from her high kick, adding more offensive edge to her move set. She's also gained a couple of Ein's moves from Last Round too, making her better suited for playing more defensively and ranged when needed.
The following are Hitomi's official stats as listed in the games.
|Dead or Alive 5 (5+)||5/5||2/5||4/5||3/5||3/5||3/5|
|Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Dead or Alive Xtreme
Being such a friendly, loving character, it is only Ayane who has a hint of un-fondness due to her contact with her brother (Ein/Hayate), out of jealousy. However, this is subtle, and the two are still able to partner with each other fairly easily. Either way, Hitomi is willing to partner with anyone, and vice versa, as no one has any notable qualms against her.
In beach volleyball, Hitomi lacks speed, has little technique, and is not very good at jumping. On the other hand, she has good defense and is very powerful, like Tina. Her spikes, or sometimes even normal hits, can knock an opponent down. Her counters are impressive, and her excellent recovery time combined with quick strikes can quickly incapacitate an opponent.
She would make a good team with one of the weaker, faster girls playing defense for her, such as Leifang, Ayane, or Kasumi. If the player wants a very powerful team, having Hitomi and Tina together would be ideal to continuously knock down the opponent. However, neither of them are very fast, so it might be a bit hard for them to catch a ball in time.
The following are Hitomi's official stats as listed in the manuals for both Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Xtreme 2.
Hitomi is an unlockable character in Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate, in which she can be used in every gameplay mode except Story Mode. To unlock her:
The player must have either a Dead or Alive 3 or Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball save file, then complete Story Mode with Ein on normal difficulty.
Dead or Alive series
- Dead or Alive 3 (playable, 2001-02)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (playable, 2003)
- Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate (unlockable, 2004-05)
- Dead or Alive 4 (playable, 2005-06)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (playable, 2006)
- Dead or Alive Paradise (playable, 2010)
- Dead or Alive Dimensions (playable, 2011)
- Dead or Alive 5 (5+) (playable, 2012-13)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (playable, 2015)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (playable, 2016)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation (playable, 2017)
- Dead or Alive 6 (playable, 2019)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet (playable, 2019
DOA: Dead or Alive
Hitomi (played by Hung Lin) is also featured in the movie, DOA: Dead or Alive. Though not explicitly stated, the scoreboard after four fights shows that Hitomi has been knocked out of the tournament; the other three losers are explicitly shown as Jann Lee, Brad Wong and Eliot, making Hitomi the yellow-clothed male who Helena Douglas defeated.
However, later on you can also see a female fighter in the lobby that appears to be a brunette headed girl with a pink headband and a jean jacket, which is Hitomi's primary costume in the games. Aside from the cameo, Hitomi's sweet and bubbly personality was given to Helena's character in the film.
Non-Dead or Alive appearances
From April 1st to April 30th, 2010, to celebrate the release of Dead or Alive Paradise, Hitomi was featured as a placard girl on Bijin Tokei; an iPhone digital clock application. She appeared at random times at least 10 times throughout the day, holding a placard with the current time written upon it.
Hyakuman-nin no Ninja Gaiden
Hitomi is one of the three rare character cards included for the first Dead or Alive update in the Japan only social game, Hyakuman-nin no Ninja Gaiden. Players can obtain her by logging into their account for the duration of the February event. The full title of her card is "Karate Girl Hitomi".
Hitomi like the other girls of the series, got multiple smaller and simpler figures to promote Dead or Alive 3, Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Dead or Alive Ultimate. She then got 2 more detailed and bigger PVC figures, both produced by Kotobukiya, the first being based on her look on the box art of the Japanese and European versions of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and the other based on Dead or Alive Xtreme 2.
She also has 3 "oppai mousepads" (based on Dead or Alive Paradise, Dead or Alive 5 and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3) and appears on the cover of many DOA merchandise elements during the 2000's, like the best shots series.
In popular culture
Also see: Hitomi on Dead Fantasy Wiki
Hitomi appears as a combatant in Monty Oum's CG movie series Dead Fantasy, where cast members of the Dead or Alive series fight those from the Final Fantasy franchise. Hitomi's main rival is Tifa Lockhart of Final Fantasy VII and the two have an epic showdown in Dead Fantasy III.
She's the only person in the series that didn't enter the battle with any sort of supernatural powers, weapons, and/or magic spells. However, in the third episode, she stole most, if not all, of Tifa Lockhart's Materia and defeated her, giving her some magic for the time being.
Since Oum's death, the series' future is uncertain.
Three years after Oum's death, an animator named Uiyahan created a remake of Oum's Dead Fantasy series as a tribute to him. Hitomi's appearance in the remake is based on her appearance in Dead or Alive 5 and its updates, whilst her main outfit is her second costume from Dead or Alive 5.
- Dead or Alive 3
- Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate
- Dead or Alive 4
- Dead or Alive Dimensions
- Dead or Alive 5
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
- Dead or Alive 6
The following are the music themes used for Hitomi throughout the series.
|"It's to Show"||Dead or Alive 3|
Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate
Dead or Alive Online
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (optional theme)
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (optional theme)
|"Turn On The Lights"||Dead or Alive 4|
Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Dead or Alive 5+
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (default theme)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (default theme)
|"Turn On The Lights Remix"||Dead or Alive 4 (Crash Club)|
- See: Hitomi gallery
- It is most likely that Hitomi was born and raised in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany, due to the Black Forest being found there. It was at the forest where she found a passed-out Hayate.
- Hitomi is the first biracial character of the franchise, as she has a mix of Japanese and German ancestry.
- On a related note, in the Japanese versions of the games, her name is transcribed in Katakana instead of Hiragana despite her name being of Japanese origin, most likely due to her foreign status.
- Hitomi was the first cover girl to replace Kasumi — with the release of Dead or Alive 3, the advertisements were noticeably more focused on Hitomi rather than Kasumi. After this for years she could be considered one of the main girls for the series alongside Kasumi and Ayane, being present in a lot of the marketing, appearing in the cover of the "Best Shots" books, getting her own figure and being arguably the main face of the first Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Paradise, appearing alone in the box art of the games and appearing more than the other girls in the marketing. After the introduction of Marie Rose and Honoka, Hitomi's relevance decreased however and she no longer has this importance for the games, and she hasn't appeared in any of the recent collaborations of the series.
- According to the book DEAD OR ALIVE HISTORY ― Team NINJA FREAKS, during the early stages of Dead or Alive 3's production the idea was to completely change the cast of characters and Hitomi was designed as the new main heroine to replace Kasumi. This idea was scrapped but Hitomi still made it to the final game as a secondary character for the story mostly unrelated to DOATEC.
- Evidenced by her college soccer attire in Dead or Alive 5, Hitomi's last name is possibly Buchfink. Buchfink is a common German surname.
- Hitomi was ranked #4 in TeamXbox's "Top Ten Xbox Babes" in 2004; one place behind Kasumi. She was also featured in IGN's "Videogame Babe of the Day" series in 2006.
- Hitomi owns a red bicycle featured in the Dead or Alive 3 opening and her Dead or Alive 4 ending.
- Due to negative fan reaction, Hitomi's Dead or Alive 5 design was changed. Most notably, her ears were made smaller and her face was made rounder. She is one of only two characters to have to be changed from her first "final design", the only other being Mai Shiranui.
- In Dead or Alive 3 and Dead or Alive 4, Hitomi's occupation was listed as a high school student. However, in the Official Dead or Alive 5 Strategy Guide, she is still listed as a high school student despite the fact that she is twenty years old and wears college attire. This is a misprint.
- A tweet from Tecmo has stated that Hitomi plays in her college soccer team.
- According to the data source from Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, Hitomi's name tag is "HTM".
- According to the fifth event episode for the "Even Gloomy Girls can run into Venuses" arc, "Mustering Up Courage", Hitomi reads manga, and has a personal preference to the romance genre, although she was also fond of the shonen genre.
|Playable||Kasumi • Hitomi • Helena Douglas • Leifang • Christie • Lisa • Tina Armstrong • Ayane|
|Non-playable characters||Niki • Zack|
|Games||Beach Volleyball • Blackjack • Poker • Pool Hopping • Roulette • Slot Machines|
|Other terms||Gift Giving • Swimsuits • Zack Dollars|
Accessory Shop • Bass Island • Casino • Hotel • Jungle • Niki Beach • Poolside • Private Beach • Radio Station • Sports Shop • Zack of All Trades
|"Brazilian Sugar" • "Bitchism" • "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)" • "Do It" • "Fe Real" • "Give Me A Reason" • "How Crazy Are You?" • "If It Don't Fit" • "Is This Love" • "I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend" • "Jesse Hold On" • "Me Gusta" • "Move It Like This" • "Lovin' You" • "Pegaito" • "Sweet And Deadly" • "The Kids Don't Like It" • "This Is It" • "Turn It Up"|
|Costumes • Item Collection Datasheet • Merchandise • Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers • Swimsuit Merchandise|
|Acupuncture • Central Intelligence Agency • Dead or Alive World Combat Championship • DOATEC • Donovan's Glasses|
ID Bracelet • Katana • Nanobots • Needle • Ninja • Nunchaku • Runaway Shinobi • Shuriken • Volleyball
|Ishikari Mountains • South China Sea • Hong Kong • DOA Island • Buddha • Waterwheel • Bamboo Forest • Forbidden Square • Gray Steps • Lab Complex • DOA Compound • Tina's Yacht • Ninja Clan|
|DOA: Dead or Alive Original Soundtrack|
|Playable||Kasumi • Tina Armstrong • Hitomi • Helena Douglas • Leifang • Christie • Lisa • Kokoro • Ayane|
|Non-playable characters||Niki • Zack|
|Games||Beach Flags • Beach Volleyball • Blackjack • Butt Battle • Poker • Pool Hopping • Slot Machines|
|Other terms||Bijin Tokei • Gift Giving • Girls Guide • Pole Dancing • Precious Memories • Private Paradise • Swimsuits • Venus Clips • Zack Dollars|
|New Zack Island|
Accessory Shop • Bass Island • Brilliant Jungle • Hotel • Niki Beach • Poolside • Radio Station • Sports Shop • Tranquil Beach • Zack of All Trades
|Dead or Alive Paradise Kossori Namaroku Voice & Soundtrack CD|
"Paradise!!" • "Sensational Fantasy" • "Beach Bomb" • "Coconut Groove" • "Nitro Funk" • "Violet Eyed Beauty" • "Rewind!" • "Curiosity" • "Boogie Circuit"
|Costumes • Item Collection Datasheet • Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers|
|Playable||Kasumi • Momiji • Hitomi • Helena Douglas • Marie Rose • Honoka • Nyotengu • Kokoro • Ayane|
|Post-DOAX3 Exclusives||Misaki • Leifang|
|PC Exclusives||Luna • Tamaki • Fiona • Nagisa • Kanna • Monica • Sayuri • Patty • Tsukushi • Lobelia • Nanami • Elise • Koharu • Tina Armstrong • Amy|
|Games||Beach Volleyball • Blackjack • Butt Battle • Poker • Pool Hopping • Tug-of-War • Beach Flags • Rock Climbing • Roulette|
|Other terms||Gift Giving • Pictorial Scenes • Pole Dancing • Stats • Swimsuits • Virtual Pictorial • Zack Dollars • Girl Mode • Owner Mode|
|New Zack Island|
Casino • Hotel • Niki Beach • Pool and Poolside • Sports Shop • Tranquil Beach • Zack of All Trades
|Achievements • Costumes • Downloadable Content • Item Collection Datasheet • Merchandise • Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers • Transcripts (Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 and Scarlet/Venus Vacation)|