Hikari Horaki is the class representative of the class that Shinji and the other Eva pilots attend. Like all of her classmates she is an unknowing Eva pilot candidate. She has a bythebook demeanor and takes her responsibilities as class rep seriously. Although she frequently bickers with Toji she reveals to Asuka that she has an enormous crush on Toji but is unable to openly express her feelings to him. She also appears to be Asukas only friend. After the battle with Arael Asuka seeks out Hikari and stays with her for an unspecified time. During a late evening she reveals her inner insecurities to Hikari a testament to their friendship however Hikari appears saddened by the hateful words Asuka uses. Hikari is an accomplished cook who appears to take care of her two sisters Nozomihttps://anilist.co/character/244735/ and Kodamahttps://anilist.co/character/244734/. Like presumably every one of Shinjis classmates Hikaris mother is deceased. In 3.0+1.0 of the rebuild series Hikari is named after a character in the novel The Fascism of Love and Fantasies Ai to Gensou no Fascism by Ryu Murakami. Her name and that of her unseen younger sister Nozomi and elder sister Kodama is also in reference to the names of the trains of the Tokaido Shinkansen line.