|Anime debut||Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei) episode 19: "The Grand Melee!! Popularity Contest"|
Kaoruko Himekoji is a character in the Toei Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.
Supported by the chairman of the student council, Himekoji tries to win a beauty contest at her school. When she prevents Miho Nosaka from moving on to the final round by ripping her dress apart, Yugi Mutou gets angry at her and switches to Dark Yugi, who plays a Game of Darkness using the roses she had on her. The two took turns pulling one to three roses from her and whoever took the last rose would lose. Left with 5 roses in the bundle in her hand and Yugi to take from the bunch first, Himekoji confidently thought she would win. Left with a single rose in her hand on Yugi's turn, Yugi proceeded to take the rose in her hair, stating that he never said the roses had to be in the bouquet, but on her person, thus Himekoji was left with the final rose and lost.
After losing the game, Kaoruko sees herself as an aged woman and sees snakes begin to wrap around her wrists. After being called to the stage to accept her prize, she appears with ropes wrapped around her wrist (presumably what she mistook for snakes during the illusion). Pulling them, a bucket of water is dumped onto her head, after which she solemnly leaves the stage to the laughter of the student body.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei) episode 19: "The Grand Melee!! Popularity Contest"