Kimiko made her series debut in season 1, where she became part of The Boys and the fifth Spice Girl of the group, so to speak. She’s initially introduced as a violent, mute killer, and The Boys are instantly on high alert.
However, Frenchie’s continued insistence on Kimiko’s goodness eventually leads Billy Butcher, along with the rest of the gang, to slowly put their trust in her as well. While Kimiko’s origin story in the live-action adaptation is one of the more notable changes that showrunner Eric Kripke makes to the source material, Kimiko emerges as a pivotal part of The Boys.
The Boys’ official Twitter account has revealed that Kimiko communicates through a unique form of sign language. The account highlights that actress Karen Fukuhara worked alongside a sign language expert to develop her own form of communication. You can catch this cool, behind-the-scenes tweet below:
— The Boys (@TheBoysTV) September 7, 2020
Fans eager to follow Kimiko and Frenchie’s relationship throughout season 2 will need to steel themselves for the long wait. The Boys’ decision to switch to a weekly release format has caused quite a bit of backlash from fans, who’ve taken to the reviews section to express their disappointment.
Still, while waiting for new episodes is frustrating, many may feel it’s worth it to see their favorite characters develop, grow, and slowly learn to open up more, albeit through sign language.