Characters / Karin

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     Vampires in general 

  • Applied Phlebotinum: Bats. Anything beyond one's normal capabilities, particularly memory manipulation, wide-range surveillance, and, somehow, restraining persons, is done via bats, which appear to be magical creatures rather than natural.
  • Emotion Eater: The vampires of Karin nourish themselves with emotions taken along with the victim's blood. In something of a subversion of the typical portrayal of this trope, they exclusively drain negative emotions (such as despair, pride, or taking pleasure in lying), and leave their victim better off than prior to the bite (albeit a bit weak from blood loss). The effect is only temporary, however.
    • However, in anime, this trope is also played somewhat straight - there do exist vampires that feed on positive traits. Karin's grandmother drains love from her victims and suffered greatly a few hundred years before the show started because of it.
    • In the manga, at least, it's also noted that this isn't necessarily a good thing. Calera drains the ability to lie, which could be dangerous. Before the story started, Henry drained someone's pride, making her needy, according to her boyfriend. He broke up with her.
      • Karin herself (in the manga, anyway) may have inadvertently been responsible for giving one character the courage to go through her underaged prostitution plan. Bit of a shocker when you realize it.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Sure, they are very strong and have their jerkasses, too, but they actually rarely cause harm to humans and prefer hiding from them. They do need human blood, but it is rarely dangerous (they don't suck much blood), and actually blood-sucking can be beneficial to humans when their negative emotions are sucked away alongside blood.
  • Hellish Pupils: Normally vampires have human-like eyes, but when hungering for blood or being angry, they gain cat-like pupils with circle over it.
  • Lethal Chef: Adult vampires are unable to taste anything other than blood, even if they can still digest human food. This makes them horrible cooks, as they cannot taste how they have spiced their dishes. Naturally, this bodes ill for non-awakened vampiric children who still need human food.
  • Life Drinker: Vampires need to be fed by blood, and the more they drink, the slower they age physically. If a vampire drinks only the minimum amount of blood, he/she ages like humans. If he/she doesn't drink enough blood, he/she dries out and dies.
  • Long Lived: If provided with enough blood, a vampire can live for centuries.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause/Dying Race: Vampires generally struggle with low birth rates, usually having only one child per couple if any. Henry and Calera managed to get three, because Calera is of the Armash family line, which Psyche the Re-Fertilizing Goddess is born in every thousand years. Vampires try to increase their fertility rates by using Psyche, whose blood makes an infertile vampire to be able to have babies again. The final chapters of the manga implies that after Psyche was freed, the vampiric race is slowly dying to extinction.
  • The Nose Knows: Vampires have heightened sense of smell. It also explains their aversion to garlic (garlic doesn't actually weaken them, they just find its smell extremely disgusting).
    • In one of the manga omake stripes, Carerra enumerates to her human-nosed daughter the sorts of strong-scented vegetables she is not allowed to bring home. Karin realizes with a start that they are all vegetables that cats are allergic to, and wonders about a possible connection.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Indeed. These are how the vampires in Karin differ from mainstream vampires:
    • The most unique trait of vampires in the series is emotion sucking (see Emotion Eater above).
    • Vampires cannot transform humans into vampires by biting, but instead, vampires reproduce like humans. Human-vampire hybrids do exist, but they are infertile.
    • Adult vampires have a heightened sense of smell, but they have no sense of taste (except what comes to human blood). Unawakened vampire children have normal human senses.
    • Things like crosses and holy water don't affect vampires at all. Driving stakes through their heart does work, although as Karin's parents point out, that would work on anybody.
    • Young vampires (before their vampirism awakens) are biologically like human children, except they get headaches from sunlight. (See more in Puberty Superpower below.)
  • Pointy Ears: Vampires (including young ones and Karin) have pointy ears.
  • Puberty Superpower: Young vampires are like human children (eat human food, have normal senses, etc.), but they get headaches from sunlight, only going out when it's cloudy or night. They also appear to be able to control bats in young age, too, as proven by Ren's flashback. After their vampiric traits awaken in their puberty and they suck blood for the first time, they gain their vampiric powers and weaknesses.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: A vampire who doesn't drink (or in Karin's case give) blood for an extended period of time has a chance to go completely berserk, attacking the closest living thing in a desperate attempt to satiate themselves.
  • Super Strength: Some of them even uproot big trees.
  • Super Toughness: Vampires can take massive hits that would severely hurt a human.
  • Weakened by the Light: Adult vampires get severe burns by direct sunlight. Young vampires (before their vampiric traits awaken in their teens) only get headaches from it, though it is a massive enough headache to make them avoid going out on sunny days.

Protagonists

     Karin Maaka 
Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi (JP), Chelsea Curto (EN)

The 15-16 year old female protagonist of the series: an unusual vampire whose body creates more blood than it can contain, and thus she has to inject her additional blood into bypassers. In fact, Karin actually is perfectly like a human not counting that blood production, and she lacks all vampiric superpowers and weaknesses that her family members have. Karin also prefers living a daytime life, even though that means she is the only one in the household who needs electricity and normal human food besides her non-awakened younger sister Anju. This forces her to do part-time work alongside going to school.

  • Babies Ever After: At the end of the series, she and Kenta marry and have a daughter, Kanon.
  • Barrier Maiden: In the manga, Karin turns out to not just be a "blood creator", but a special kind of vampire named "Spirit of Psyche" that is born when the vampire species is struggling, so the blood Karin produces can bestow fertility in other vampires.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Karin's the sweetest little thing you'll ever meet, but she's still a vampire: push her too far and she slips into her race's 'berserker mode', attacking anyone in reach. She even uses telekinesis during one of these meltdowns, an ability she can't use under normal circumstances.
  • Breeding Slave: In the manga, when Karin's condition as the non-vampire of her family actually was a consequence of being a Spirit of Psyche (a special type of vampire that can bestow fertility in other vampires), she's kidnapped and locked away by another vampire clan, who plans to impregnate her.
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Crash-Into Hello: Happens to Karin and Kenta a few times in the first episode.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: The more excited Karin gets, the more likely she is to trip over something. In full panic mode, she might as well be wearing stilts on roller skates.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Cute Monster Girl
  • Damsel in Distress: In the manga, she's kidnapped by the Brownlick clan, which intends to first have her raped and forcibly impregnated so there will be more Psyche Vampires around, then feed from her blood to rejuvenate themselves — even when that's almost invariably going to kill her.
  • Daywalking Vampire: As a major source of confusion to her family, sunlight is harmless to her.
  • Gag Boobs
  • Give Her A Normal Life: What the Maakas do to the depowered Karin in the manga, by erasing her memories so she can marry Kenta and live normally.
  • Hair Intakes: She has some large intakes that look like cat ears.
  • Hellish Pupils: Karin's eyes become cat-like and turn gold when she holds in too much blood.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Manga!Karin has a HUGE one while captured by the Brownlicks. She can't be blamed, since she has just learned that they plan to have her raped and forcibly impregnated, followed by them draining all of the blood out of her body.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Karin's blood builds up if she doesn't bite to release the excess, leading to explosive bursts of blood from her nose. In the anime, to lower the gross-out factor, this appears as a shower of red flowers. But afterwards, there's still a bloody mess to clean up. The manga just has blood. Of course, the finale of the anime looks like it tries to make up for all that...
  • Identical Granddaughter: Aside from the hair, shorter fingernails, and larger breasts, she's a carbon copy of her grandmother Elda.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: After a while, one might wonder if Karin's body produces an excess of fluids other than blood; she bursts into massive crying jags at the drop of a hat, and is almost always drawn with a runny nose and a trickle down her chin in addition to the rivers of tears pouring out of her eyes.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Kenta.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Her family erases her memories of them so that she can have a normal life.
  • Luminescent Blush: She blushes practically all the time but it's probably due to all the blood she has to hold.
  • Magic Skirt: Somehow, busty breasts and nudity are okay, but panty shots aren't (allusions to them are as far as it gets). Go figure.
  • Nose Bleed: Karin gets nosebleeds for entirely different reasons than what this trope usually implies. She is a Blood Maker vampire, which means that she produces more blood than she needs when she's around her blood preference (unhappy people).
  • Not What It Looks Like: The scene where Karin and Kenta are discovered in a closet together with their clothes off. In reality, they were hiding from a vampire hunter and Karin had one of her nosebleeds, hence the removal of garments. Everybody else who saw them (including said vampire hunter) had different ideas.
    • The times Kenta first catches Karin biting necks. One of the conversations afterwords is hilariously awkward.
  • Please Dump Me: Karin can't get Dogged Nice Guy Winner to understand that she's not interested in him. So she tries going on a date with him and being a total demanding bitch so he will lose interest. It doesn't work.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: More like Red Sclera, but you know when you're in deep shit when Karin has this.
  • Reincarnation: Of Sophia Pistis.
  • Right Behind Me: In the manga, Maki spots Karin giving a lunch to Usui. She and the other girls then demand that Karin tell them all the "juicy details" of her love affair with him. Karin insists that He Is Not My Boyfriend — without success, given her Luminescent Blush. Finally she yells "I Don't Have Feelings for Usui-kun!", just as Usui comes around the corner Right Behind Her.
    • In a splendid subversion of the usual awkward-teenage-romantic-comedy dramatic plot point, practically the next scene has Karin and Kenta talking about the incident, rather than letting it turn into a misunderstanding that could damage their relationship.
  • Romantic Vampire Girl: Maaka is attracted to Kenta.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks just like her grandmother, just with a larger bust and different hair color.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Maaka is the victim of this on many occasions. Here's a memorable one with her (and Kenta's) boss:
    Boss: Are you sure you're okay taking an all day shift?
    Karin: Yeah, it's fine.
    Boss: OH! You're working for that! (he means christmas bonus)
    Karin: I'M NOT DOING IT BECAUSE USUI-KUN IS THERE!!!!
    Boss: ............eh?
  • The Unfavorite: Karin's family have this as a Jerkass Façade. They are later shown to be very sympathetic towards, and protective of, Karin. So much that they'd rather remove themselves from their life than keeping her bound forever to said condition.
  • White Sheep
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Her family's impression on her non-vampiric traits.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Karin's vampire impression for the cultural festival gets rejected.

     Kenta Usui 
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Yahav Rom (EN)

Karin's classmate in her high school and the male protagonist of the series. He eventually finds out Karin's vampire background and is told to keep it as a secret. He lives together with his single mother, Fumio, and due to their poor economy, also Kenta needs to do part-time jobs alongside school.

  • Babies Ever After: After the events of the series, Kenta marries now-memory-wiped-thinks-she-is-a-normal-human Karin, and they have a daughter, Kanon.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul
  • Can Not Spit It Out
  • Crash-Into Hello: Happens to Karin and Kenta a few times in the first episode.
  • Expy: Looks (and acts) quite a bit like Ichigo Kurosaki of Bleach.
  • Face of a Thug: His eyes with small pupils get quite a lot attention. Mostly, he only looks slightly goofy with his face, but he is also capable of pulling really unsettling faces with them. Namely, he could scare away a hostile man who tried to hire Karin to his illegal brothel with a single glare. Also, during the cultural festival in the school, he even acted a pair of creepy eyes in a wall.
    • An omake has it that Kenta's ancestor seven generations back had the same creepy eyes, couldn't make any friends, and became a murderous swordsman. He killed a man with kind eyes out of jealousy, who then cursed the males of his lineage to have the same creepy eyes for seven more generations.
    • The mangaka spends some omake to tell about the difficulties of drawing his eyes (accidental crossed eyes, accidentally erasing the pupils, etc.)
    • However, he at least partially subverts the Beady-Eyed Loser trope, as he is really smart and gets great grades in school. He is poor and constantly hungry, though.
  • Generation Xerox: Age him up, add stubble, bushier brows, and a scar, and you get his father Shusei.
  • Heroic Bastard: His biological parents were never married even if they intended to do so but his maternal grandmother ruined the plans, and he uses his mother's maiden name.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Karin.
  • Nice Guy
  • Not What It Looks Like: The scene where Karin and Kenta are discovered in a closet together with their clothes off. In reality, they were hiding from a vampire hunter and Karin had one of her nosebleeds, hence the removal of garments. Everybody else who saw them (including said vampire hunter) had different ideas.
  • Right Behind Me: In the manga, Maki spots Karin giving a lunch to Usui. She and the other girls then demand that Karin tell them all the "juicy details" of her love affair with him. Karin insists that He Is Not My Boyfriend — without success, given her Luminescent Blush. Finally she yells "I Don't Have Feelings for Usui-kun!", just as Usui comes around the corner Right Behind Her.
    • In a splendid subversion of the usual awkward-teenage-romantic-comedy dramatic plot point, practically the next scene has Karin and Kenta talking about the incident, rather than letting it turn into a misunderstanding that could damage their relationship.
  • Secret Keeper: Partially of his own free will, and partially because Karin's family threatened him with Laser-Guided Amnesia (and possibly worse) if he doesn't. Then he has to become the family's secret-keeper against Karin, after they wipe out her memories of them and vampires.
  • You're Not My Father

The Marker Family

Karin's vampiric family living in a hidden spooky manor in the fictional town of Shiihaba.

Note: The family members of different generations use their surname Marker/Maaka differently. Karin's generation uses the Japanized version of the name (Maaka), while the older generation uses the Western version (Marker).

     Henry Marker 
Voiced by: Hiroshi Matsumoto (JP), Paul John Pistore (EN)

Karin's father.

  • Arranged Marriage: His father, James, just arranged Henry's marriage to Calera without asking Calera's, his son's, or even his own wife's opinion. Henry wasn't amused, but eventually he grew close to Calera.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite Calera having a tendency to belittle and clobber Henry, they are absolutely devoted to each other.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Bumbling Dad: Henry is totally whipped by his wife Calera and mother Elda and his two daughters Karin and Anju. He stills shows a more willful side when he has to save any member of his family, and he won't hesitate to reign in misbehavior on Ren's part.
  • Happily Married: Karin's parents get along fine, with occasional squabbles.
  • Henpecked Husband
  • Good Parents: While Calera and Henry can sometimes be hard on Karin, the moment she truly needs help is the one where they (and especially Henry) leap to her defense.
  • Overprotective Dad: Henry is not exactly thrilled about Kenta's effect on his daughter's life.
  • Papa Wolf: About the only thing that can make him go serious is seeing his kids in danger.
  • Pride: His taste in blood.

     Calera Marker 
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (JP), Chio Su Ping (EN)

Karin's mother.

  • Almighty Mom
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Calera Maaka is an evil shot with a slipper, up to and including charging it with a Battle Aura. And since she's never wearing slippers, it's apparently a Hyperspace Mallet as well.
  • Arranged Marriage: Her father-in-law, James, just arranged Calera's marriage to Henry without asking Calera's, his son's, or even his own wife's opinion. Calera wasn't amused (especially as she had thought that she was brought to James's house just to have time with Mister James, who she greatly liked), but eventually she grew close to Henry and still keeps telling how much in love she is with Henry. This initially lead Karin to believe that her parents were married for love.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite Calera having a tendency to belittle and clobber Henry, they are absolutely devoted to each other.
  • Good Parents: While Calera and Henry can sometimes be hard on Karin, the moment she truly needs help is the one where they (and especially Henry) leap to her defense.
  • Happily Married: Karin's parents get along fine, with occasional squabbles.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The third manga special shows Calera when she was younger — and she's ''cute!''
  • Lethal Chef: Calera is simply unable to cook edible human meals for her children. More or less understandable when you recall that Calera can't really taste human food and doesn't cook or eat it.
    • That was also why Karin became interested in cooking.
  • Lie Detector: She can tell if she's drinking liar's blood or not.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Rich Bitch: Calera loves playing with this trope, although she's rarely downright malicious.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is she Calera, Carrera, Carerra, or perhaps Carla?

     Ren Maaka 
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Jerry Szombathy (EN)

Karin's 21-year-old older brother.

  • Aloof Big Brother
  • Big Brother Bully: Within his first episode, he gives his younger sister two double noogies.
  • Babies Ever After: With Bridget. After Karin fled from her kidnappers (Brigdet's family), Ren was... guarding Bridget by keeping her busy with sex. And he didn't really expect to become a father. Well, given what she wanted to do to Karin, this can be counted as Laser-Guided Karma, too. Ren is the one who is less amused, as Bridget is happy to have a baby and even broke up with her fiancé to start to live with Ren.
  • The Casanova
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Impregnated Bridget when he only planned to keep her too busy to chase an escaped Karin. Also, Bridget is extremely fond of her future baby and wants to start to live with Ren. Ren, being an incurable Casanova, isn't happy about the idea.
  • The Sociopath: He is going by the clinical definition of the term. An inability to empathize, impulsiveness, and a tendency to use charm and manipulation to get what he wants. This could be chalked up to the way vampires view humans overall, but even among his family, these traits seem to be frowned upon, such as when he tried to drink Fumio's blood.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Grandma: His grandmother Elda managed to traumatize him when she awakened last time. Too bad the four-year-old Ren was the only child of the family that time. Elda isn't the gentlest lady when showing her affection.

     Anju Maaka 
Voiced by: Yuka Inokuchi (JP), Marian Elizabeth Spencer (EN)

Karin's 11-year-old younger sister, who is a young vampire who has not awakened into adulthood yet.

  • Big Sister Worship: She adores her sister Karin to the extreme, she also the most openly kindest to her in the family.
  • Collector of the Strange: Collects dolls with mostly sinister backgrounds.
  • Creepy Child: A disturbingly unemotional vampire girl who usually carries around a doll named Boogie who has an unsettling knife and a trapped soul of a man who stabbed 13 people to death and has a collection of creepy dolls.
  • Cry Cute: When Anju and Karin hug after Karin's release, and a few scenes later while begging Kenta to make the now-mindwiped Karin happy.
  • Cute Monster Girl
  • Dark Magical Girl
  • Deadpan Snarker: She and also her favorite doll Boogie.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita
  • Emotionless Girl
  • The Gift: As opposed to her awakened-but-powerless older sister, Anju displays great aptitude for vampiric control over familiars and human memories, despite being unawakened. Naturally, this leads to negative comparisons from the rest of the family, and yet more embarrassment for Karin. Calera and Ren remark that Anju will be "one of the greats" when she finally becomes an adult. She also ends up making the change much earlier than anyone expected.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Hair Intakes: Just like her sister, she has large intakes that look like cat ears.
  • Identical Granddaughter: She looks remarkably like her grandmother Cecilia. In fact, Elda recalls Cecilia's appearance for the first time for years when looking at Anju.
  • Ill Girl: Everybody in Anju's class believes that she has a terrible disease that keeps her mostly at home. It is noted that she only comes when it's cloudy or raining, though.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A fraternal love example. She can get sad that Karin doesn't pay as much attention to her as she would like since she gets too focused on Kenta, but she supports their relationship and claims to be happy as long as her dear sister is happy.
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • Mystical White Hair: A young vampire girl with silver hair.
  • Necromancer: In the manga, in theory. She captured her deceased grandfather James's wandering spirit into a plushie. She didn't initially know the identity of the spirit, though, but she captured the spirit because Karin fears ghosts. This eventually turned out useful, as the Marker family could ask James about the mystery of Psyche. Anju also keeps the spirit of a serial killer in her favorite doll, and her other dolls appear to have sinister backgrounds, too.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Justified, as she is weak to sunlight.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Silver hair, Supernatural Gold Eyes, a vampire, and a mysterious and creepy emotionless demeanor.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She may come across as emotionless and somewhat creepy, but she's actually a sweet and caring girl who deeply cares about her family, specifically her sister.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her golden eyes hint at her vampire nature.

     Elda Marker 
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Denise Tan Shu Fen (EN)

Karin's paternal grandmother, who is one of the most terrifying vampires in the series. Karin is like a spitting image of her appearance-wise.

  • A-Cup Angst: One of the first things she does to her teenage granddaughter is squeeze her breasts and angrily ask where she got them from.
  • Badass Grandma: Elda Marker could be the poster girl for this trope. When Karin is kidnapped, one of her captors starts cowering in terror when he meets her, thinking she's Elda. Not that he reacts much better when he finds out that she's Elda's granddaugter.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Used in a bath scene in the Extra Story 5 in the manga.
  • Broken Bird: Devastated by her family's death during the vampire hunts in the 18th century.
  • Determinator
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Refuses taking support from other vampires (namely, James) for a good time.
  • The Dreaded: All vampire families think twice before messing with the Maaka family because of Elda. Even her own family is terrified of her, especially her own son and grandson.
    • Her husband appeared to be relatively fearless with her, though.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Heartbroken Badass: In the anime, she had no other option but to drain the love of her human lover alongside his blood, causing the guy to attack her, and in the manga she was about to bring some young blood to her husband James, but he just died of dehydration.
  • Never Mess with Granny
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Older Than They Look: Even taking Really 700 Years Old into account, she looks to be about the same age as her teen-aged granddaughter.
  • Skinship Grope: An inverted version was attempted by Cecilia Armash, who basically shoved her bust on Elda's face. Elda wasn't amused.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Do. Not. Threaten. Her. Kids.

     James Marker 

Karin's paternal grandfather and Elda's husband.

  • All Men Are Perverts: Was curious about what Cecilia's bust felt on Elda's face. Later, Elda also states her husband's traits to their grandchildren:
    Elda: Actually... James used to be sort of a womanizer. Indeed, Ren really comes after him in that...
  • Back from the Dead: Sort of. Anju captured his wandering spirit into a plushie, and later the Marker family could talk to him.
  • Big Good: Tried to connect his and the Armash Family's bloodlines so that he and/or his descendants could protect Psyche from the Brownlick Family.
  • Silver Fox: Implied: As a teenager, Calera found James' aged look attractive and even demanded his son Henry to drink less blood so he would physically age similarly.
    • Unlike many vampires, James avoided drinking too much humans' blood, as he didn't want to steal their youth. This caused him to age faster than other vampires. Thus, he eventually died of dehydration into his coffin.

Other humans and half-vampires

     Fumio Usui 
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Meriem Bekka (EN)

Kenta's mother who lives alone with her son. She had to quit high school and start to work in odd jobs. However, she keeps losing her jobs as her male superiors start to harass her due to her beautiful and youthful looks, and the incidents cause scandals wherever she works.

  • Amicable Exes: Eventually, Shusei and Fumio turn out in that way, respecting each other but not entering to each other's lives anymore. This is not a most straightforward example of this trope, though: they became separated due to the actions of their parents, and misunderstandings caused strain between them. When the misunderstandings were corrected, in theory, there was nothing that truly prevented them from being a couple again — except that they had lived their own lives for 16 years, and Shusei even had another kid coming from another woman.
  • Bicep-Polishing Gesture: Done by her when she declares that she "has faith in her body!". She's referring to her work ethic, but thanks to her Hello, Nurse! qualities, it winds up being grossly misinterpreted.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Poor Fumio suffers from this in spades. She's constantly sexually harassed, which results in her losing her jobs rather quickly.
  • Interrupted Suicide: She nearly stepped out in front of a train after encountering an Attempted Rape from her manager and being fired from her current job. Thankfully, Karin and her brother stop her before she went through with it.
  • Older Than She Looks: Fumio looks to be about in her twenties (and at one point is able to pass as a high schooler) despite having a son in high school. She got pregnant near the end of high school herself, but this would still put her in her thirties.
  • Sailor Fuku: Used one in high school, and seeing one gives her warm memories. Later, in the manga, she uses one to disguise herself in a high school girl and to lead the police to an illegal brothel that hired minors as prostitutes.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Fumio keeps losing her jobs when her male bosses keep trying to take advantage of her and she rejects the attempts.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Shusei. Her mother was extremely clingy and didn't want to let her daughter be with Shusei, and she went far when stopping Shusei from seeing her daughter. Neither do Shusei's parents appear to be willing to end up in trouble with Fumio's mother. Unlike often with this trope, they eventually give up their relationship even if the misunderstandings were corrected, because they had already lived separate lives for 16 years.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A. She only does it to keep her son from worrying about her.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She was 16 when she gave birth to Kenta.

     Maki Tokitou 
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP)

Karin's classmate since elementary school.

     Harumi 

A manga-only character. Harumi is a girl seen in early chapters of the manga. When Karin attempted to bite her, she was interrupted by Kenta and in return stole Karin's bag. Fumio finds out that Harumi is selling herself at the local Love Hotel in order to pay for living there after the girl ran away from her family. Eventually, Fumio forces the police to shut down the Love Hotel after posing as a student claiming to be forced into working at the hotel against her will and Harumi was persuaded by Fumio to return to her family.

  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Has tones of this, even if she isn't always the nicest person. She is really happy for having Fumio (who worked as a cleaner in the Lover Hotel) around and wants to go shopping with her.
  • Sailor Fuku
  • The Runaway: Type Unloved Runaway. Eventually she returns back home.

     Shusei Iizuka 
Fumio's former boyfriend and Kenta's biological father.

  • Amicable Exes: Eventually, Shusei and Fumio turn out in that way, respecting each other but not entering to each other's lives anymore. This is not a most straightforward example of this trope, though: they became separated due to the actions of their parents, and misunderstandings caused strain between them. When the misunderstandings were corrected, in theory, there was nothing that truly prevented them from being a couple again — except that they had lived their own lives for 16 years, and Shusei even had another kid coming from another woman.
  • Disappeared Dad: Though he had met Kenta when he was an elementary schooler.
  • Face of a Thug
  • Generation Xerox: Make him younger, remove stubble, bushier brows and a scar, and you get his son Kenta.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Inverted: Shusei does have a nasty scar on his face, but he is more like a jerk than an actual villain. In addition to that, he didn't get in a fight, either: he got it when Fumio pushed him against a metal bar in playground when he was in elementary school.
  • Hidden Depths / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially, Shusei appears to be a really rude and selfish person, but eventually it turns out that he had really missed Fumio and had genuinely wanted to live with her. He was also kind enough to buy some snacks for heart-broken Karin. Shusei is just... rough around his edges.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Fumio. Her mother was extremely clingy and didn't want to let her daughter be with Shusei, and she went far when stopping Shusei from seeing her daughter. Neither did Shusei's parents appear to be willing to end up in trouble with Fumio's mother. Unlike often with this trope, they eventually give up their relationship even if misunderstandings were corrected, because they had already lived separate lives for 16 years.
  • Walking Spoiler

     Winner Sinclair 
Voiced by: Kouki Miyata (JP), James Shubert (EN)

An anime-only vampire hunter.

  • Afraid of Blood: Because, my friend, irony is a harsh mistress.
  • Canon Foreigner: He only appears in the anime.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: There's a very intelligent and brave young man somewhere beneath those robes and blond hair, but you probably wouldn't notice it between some of his stunts, such as staging an accidental snipe hunt and failing to operate in secrecy. This overlaps with The Cuckoolander Was Right with some frequency, though, which leads into some rather jarring moments where his vampire hunting methods actually point him in the right direction.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: For Karin, almost borderlining in Mad Love. The guy just can't get that Karin is not into him.
  • Funny Foreigner
  • Failed a Spot Check: Just how he'd failed to notice Henry had Pointy Ears and was wearing a poofy cravat, nobody knows.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's hardly a 'jerk', per-say, Winner does come across as somewhat insensitive sometimes: notably, he never fails to aggravate Maki by referring her to as "Miss Karin's Friend" rather than her real name. But then he cuts his date with Karin short when Maki gives herself a nasty case of indigestion, saying it would be rather unfair for them to have fun at the water park while Karin's best friend is stuck in the nurse's office.
  • Large Ham
  • Nice Guy: Little eccentric and a touch insensitive at times, but he's got a heart of gold.
  • Vampire Hunter

     Yuriya Tachibana 

A manga-only character. A woman who works in the same restaurant as Karin and Kenta. She is actually a half-vampire who is looking for Karin, or Psyche. Glark is her paternal uncle.

  • A-Cup Angst: A manga extra story reveals she uses a heavily padded bra. She isn't proud of that.
  • Broken Bird: Yuriya is bitter about her half-vampirism and that vampires hate her, because a "half-breed" outed the existence of vampires to a human church a hundred years ago, and they were nearly wiped out, and they see her as a threat. This makes her also reluctant to support Karin and Kenta's relationship.
    • Also, after her father died, her mother struggled to raise her alone, and passed away from the stress. Her first biting victim was someone she loved back in junior high, and, as a result, she was forced to leave town. And? Bridget is especially nasty to her, calling her an "empty doll" and suggested that Yuriya kill herself, but hasn't yet because she doesn't have the courage to do so. Her uncle is the only person she can rely on.
  • Dark Magical Girl
  • Dhampyr: Her father is a vampire, and her mother is a human.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • My God, What Have I Done??: What Yuriya feels when she learns that Karin will will be forcibly impregnated to continue the Spirit of Psyche line, before being killed through blood drain, especially since her assistance in kidnapping her help made it possible, all because she let her bitterness towards her half-vampirism control her actions (Pleasing her Uncle, and being unsupportive of Karin and Kenta's relationship). This eventually convinces to help Karin escape.

     Kanon Usui 

Karin's and Kenta's daughter featured in the final chapter of the manga.

  • Identical Granddaughter: She looks like her great-grandmother, Elda.
  • Parental Incest: First time we see her, she's trying to wake up her father with a kiss. When her mother tries to stop her, she tries to give her a kiss. And when said mother mentions that Kanon's grandmother is coming over, Kanon clearly starts fantasizing about kissing her. Probably justified, due to her nature. After all, she was Sophia, a slave and martyr to the vampire race for thousands of years, until she was freed by The Power of Love and reincarnated in a young girl, who is now Kanon.
  • Reincarnation: Psyche is reborn into Kanon's body after she was freed from Karin's.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The hairstyle is the only way to tell her apart from her mother.

Other vampires

     Glark 

A manga-only character. A vampire living in Osaka and an acquaintance of the Marker family. He is also Yuriya's paternal uncle.

  • Cool Uncle: He protects his half-vampiric niece Yuriya from the hatred of the other vampires. Sure, she is also a useful tool for him, but it's implied that he actually cares for her.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Henry couldn't believe that a gentle vampire like Glark would ever kidnap Karin.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Played with. He does have a rather silly face. Eventually subverted, as his intellectual part in kidnapping Karin is revealed.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He a lot more sympathetic than Karin's other kidnappers, even if his goal is still to have Karin's blood to be used for fertilizing vampires (the Brownlick family especially). Though he does want to take the first bite of the girl and appears to view Karin rather coolly. Later, though, he tries to propose the Marker Family a way to have Karin's blood used in a way that her lifetime would be maximized.

     Cecilia Armash 

A manga-only character and a heir of the vampiric Armash family. She escaped from Europe with Karin's paternal grandparents at the end of the 18th century when the human church hunted vampires. She is also Karin's maternal grandmother. For some reason, the ruling vampiric family keeps the heirs of the Armash Family in control, allowing them little to no freedom. This is because Psyche is born in the Armash family.

     Daniel Armash 

A manga-only character and Cecilia's husband. He escaped from Europe with Karin's paternal grandparents at the end of the 18th century when the human church hunted vampires. He is also Karin's maternal grandfather.

  • Death Bed Confession: On his death coffin, he told his daughter Calera about Psyche.
  • Only Sane Man: Isn't amused about Cecilia's attempt to roughly caress Elda.
  • Overprotective Dad: Freaks out when he sees that his adult daughter Calera has started to wear close-fitting clothes.

     Bridget Brownlick 

A manga-only character. The sole heir of the vampiric Brownlick family. Her family kidnapped Karin in order to first impregnate her (in order to avoid cutting Psyche's bloodline), then consume all her blood in order to become reproductive again. Her family has controlled the Spirit of Psyche for many generations until James Marker convinced Cecilia Armash, whose family produces the Spirit of Psyche every thousand years, to allow her daughter Calera to marry into the Marker family.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Babies Ever After: With Ren. He was... guarding her by keeping her busy with sex. And he didn't really expect to become a father. Well, given what she wanted to do to Karin, this can be counted as Laser-Guided Karma, too. This time, though, she doesn't complain about her karma. Ren is the one who is less amused.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Rich Bitch: Definitely behaves like one.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Brownlick or Braunlich?
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Technically. Her motive to have Karin kidnapped is understandable (to avoid vampires' extinction), but otherwise she is a very mean person. Also, her family is very greedy to get Karin's blood for their own use.

     Noel Ambrose 
A novel-only character. A free-roaming vampire with no territory of her own. Known as "Noel the Outlaw" due to her utter contempt for the vampire assembly, the elders,mand their rules.
  • The Cameo: She was the first vampire to set foot in Japan in the volume 10, Elda special chapter.
  • Charm Person: Excels at hypnotism.
  • The Corrupter: Her blood affinity is "Morals/Ethics".
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Has a cross earring. Noted to be an odd fashion choice for a vampire.
  • It Amused Me: Her sole reason for looking into the Markers is to alleviate her boredom.
  • Lesbian Vampire: While she's ok with feeding on men, only women can sate her other appetite.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She is 300 years old, but still looks to be in her twenties.
  • Speak of the Devil: Mentioning her name at the assembly is considered taboo out of fear that her rebellious attitude could inspire the younger generation to break with traditions.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Noel or Noelle?

Other

     Sophia Pistis 

A manga-only character. Sophia Pistis, also known as Psyche.

  • Barrier Maiden: She is a goddess who was born inside a vampire and was the psyche known as "the fountain of life". For thousands of years she was reborn within the body of a vampire of the Armash bloodline and forced to have a child to continue that bloodline. Once the next member of her bloodline was born she would be drained of her blood to help the other vampires reproduce. Unfortunately as the vampire she was reborn in could not drain the blood of another, they had a limited lifespan and would eventually die, becoming part of Sophia's life essence in the process and forcing her to be reborn in the body of another member of the bloodline.
  • Breeding Slave: What happened basically every reincarnation of Psyche. For thousands of years she was reborn within the body of a vampire of the Armash bloodline and forced to have a child to continue that bloodline. No wonder she wanted to be freed.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: She takes the form of the person that the person who sees her cares most.
  • Girl of My Dreams: Kenta first sees her in his dreams in Karin's form, though later she appears to be capable to appear to him even when he is awake. She also appears to Yuriya, in the form of her mother.
  • Invisible to Normals: Only people who have been in contact with Karin's blood can see her, though many of them just ignore her. She doesn't appear to like that other people than those know about her, and that's why she asked Kenta not to tell the Markers that she is guiding him to Karin after Karin's kidnapping.
  • Reincarnation: She is reborn within the body of a vampire of the Armash bloodline. After her curse ends, she announces that she has forgotten how to go to Heaven, so instead she is reborn into Karin and Kenta's daughter's Kanon's body.


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