|Class||Middle School Student|
|Movie Actor||N/A (Naoki was not added to the film, nor is he ever mentioned)|
|Appearances||Ao Oni Version 3.0|
Ao Oni Novel
|Description||Naoki is Hiroshi 's friend in 3.0, appears in his dream. Mysterious "deceased" student (Novel)|
Naoki is one of Hiroshi's friends in the Ao Oni series. He only makes an appearance in Hiroshi's dream as he "pretended" to be the oni as a surprise for Hiroshi planned by Takeshi. In the novel, he is a mysterious student. He does not appear much till the later series of the Ao Oni novel. Naoki (直樹 Naoki ) is a character who only appears in Ao Oni Version 3. He is also to appear in the novel series, he does not appear in the Ao Oni movie though.
Naoki has black hair and gray eyes. He has been interpreted to wear a white suit, since you can only see his head when he takes off the mask. In the novel, he has alot of diffrences. His hair is navy blue/green and in a bowl cut. He wears a green jacket with a black hood. His pants are black as well. In the 2nd, his back is turned, showing only the backside of him. His hair is darker and so is his jacket. In later debuts, his face was recentlly shown in official art by the illustrator on twitter(japan only).
Not much is known of Naoki's personality, except he seems to be Hiroshi's friend. Though in the novel, he might of been one of those students that were always "quiet" most of the time. From his faciacl expression, he looks meek and very lonesome. His actual personality has not been described in the novel yet.
Ao Oni (Game) Version 3 Edit
Naoki only appears in a scene in the bedroom where Hiroshi has a dream where the Oni enters this room with him and scares him. The Oni says a few words before it then takes its mask off, revealing that Naoki was pretending to be the Oni all along. Then the other protagonists come out, revealing it was an elaborate joke to celebrate Hiroshi's birthday. This was his only game debut, for Naoki is never mentioned in the rest of the game series and it is unknown what he does while his four friends are in the mansion.
Ao Oni (Novel) Edit
Naoki is a former classmate who was killed in an incident right before Shun changed schools. It is rumored that he died inside the jailhouse of the mansion due to the monster's curse. Naoki makes later debuts in the novel series, for more about him is still to be revealed.
- Naoki's sprites are again used for one of the unnamed students from Version 5 and Brian from Kyo Oni.
- A fan portrayal of him is that his hair is black and mess with an ahoge, his eyes are black or purple in a style of a cats', his nails were somewhat like a cats' claws, and he has two sharp canines like a cat.
- An ultimate fan made trait about him was that Naoki loved cats.
- It is also fanmade that Takuro and Naoki have a bitterhand towards each other due to their differences of their favorite animals. But in the novel, it is shown that Takuro might of tricked Naoki into going to the mansion and ended up abandoning him, leaving him to "die".
- It is unclear in the novel if Naoki really did die in the mansion.
- Naoki's character profile was shown with Takeshi and Takuro's for awhile, till it was later removed from the 1st novel's site for an unknown reason. Though a beta design of him is shown in the 1st novel's bonus page.
- It was theorized by some that Naoki's ghost maybe the oni in the novel, this was revealed in a way not to be true.
- In the "3rd" novel, Naoki appears with a new female character named Saya(she is not revealed to most yet, and it is unknown who she really is at the moment).
- Naoki does not make a debut in the film with the other characters. He is the only character of the series that does not make a debut in the movie.