Characters: Nabari No Ou

This page lists the characters of Nabari No Ou and their associated tropes.

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    Banten Village 

Miharu Rokujou

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)
The apathetic 14-year old protagonist of the series. Although Nabari's most powerful secret art, the Shinrabanshou (lit. All Things in Nature), is literally written into his body and he is venerated by all of Nabari's ninja as king, Miharu cares little about his gift's profound merits. His only goal is to inherit the family's okonomiyaki store.

  • Birds of a Feather: Seemingly the basis of his friendship with Yoite; both are jaded, withdrawn stoics (at first) fighting a war with little personal meaning to them. Miharu even calls Yoite "another me."
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Uses his charm to get out of bad situations.
  • Dynamic Character: In later chapters, lots of characters remark on how much more open and "alive" he's become.
  • Emotionless Boy: Starts off the series with a very muted, apathetic personality. He becomes much more expressive over the course of the series.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Doesn't want to have anything to do with the world of Nabari.
  • Lack of Empathy: One of his defining traits at the beginning of the manga.
  • Picky Eater: Miharu lives on a diet of mostly sweets and liquids, which would explain why he weighs all of 77 pounds.
  • Say My Name: Says Yoite's name a lot, though given his subdued nature it's less loud than the the typical example. Becomes a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in the manga's last chapter when he calls Yoite's name as they reunite, and repeats it while gazing at the scar on his hand after they separate.
  • Scars Are Forever: The scar Miharu gets on his hand from stopping Yoite from killing Yae Oda is brought up again at the very end of the manga.

Kouichi Aizawa

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)
One of Miharu's classmates, Aizawa is the leader of the school's Nindou club. He's actually an owl with a human heart who was made immortal by a previous hijutsu user. He and Shijima both want Miharu to free them from the "curse" of immortality.

  • Adorkable: Particularly when around Raimei.
  • Badass Bookworm: Aizawa Kouichi seems like a mild-mannered and well-spoken young man often taken aback by his friends' quirks and isn't the best at ninja techniques...except when push comes to shove, he becomes a cool, level-headed, and actually professional ninja who doesn't hesitate to kill, brainwash, and do whatever it takes to free himself from the curse of immortality, even if it means siding with the enemy village.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: While he apparently isn't evil, he's certainly more ruthless than he first appears, and he's definitely planning something behind his team's back. Plus, he's immortal, and not exactly human.

Tobari Durandal Kumohira

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Eric Vale (EN)
Miharu and Kouichi's 25-year-old teacher in the front world. Born in Ireland, he was forced by his grandfather to go to Japan and learn to become a ninja. Among the Banten ninja, Thobari is the most vehement dissident against Miharu using the Shinrabanshou, instead advocating its permanent seal.

  • Afraid of Needles: Thobari's irrational fear of vehicles of all sorts. Apparently he used to be an award-winning choirboy in Ireland, but being forcibly brought over to Japan in an airplane traumatized him so much he became tone deaf.
  • Butt Monkey: He can't ever seem to catch a break.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Partially Irish.
  • Failure Knight: His devotion to Miharu is partially because of his guilt from failing to seal the Shinrabanshou 10 years ago.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's morally unable to take a life, which makes it hard for him to protect Miharu. Multiple characters call him out on this. He finally gets over it by killing Hattori in the anime and Fuuma in the manga.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not protecting Akatsuki, Asahi, and his grandfather and failing to seal the Shinrabanshou. The guilt from this incident weighs pretty heavily on him, compounded by the fact that he's the only person who remembers what happened.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards his students.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Averted: Kumohira is partly Irish, and he does have blue eyes, but with dark hair instead of blond.
  • Oireland: Averted: Kumohira averts almost all of the typical Oirish stereotypes, including drinking.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: His personal moral code won't let him kill anyone. While this makes him one of the more honorable shinobi, it also complicates his mission to protect Miharu.

     Fuuma Village 

Raimei Shimizu

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (JP), Kate Oxley (EN)
The female lead of the series. She is a samurai of the Shimizu clan and has sworn to kill her older brother Raikou, who annihilated the clan 5 years ago.

  • Genki Girl: She's energetic and friendly, but does have her angsty moments.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Saraba's Femme and Juuji's Neither.
  • Tsundere: She's a minor example, but she still retains aspects of a Type B around Kouichi, Miharu, and Kumohira.

Kotarou Fuuma]]

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP), Sonny Strait (EN)
The leader of Fuuma Village. He loves women as he claims that if he had the power of the Shinrabanshou, he would turn the Fuuma Village into a paradise where all the world's women are in love with him.

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Flamboyance aside, he's a competent leader and can be quite the Manipulative Bastard. He's also the Big Bad and has been manipulating everyone in order to get the Shinrabanshou.
  • Camp Straight: Wears a big white bow in his hair, teases male characters and invades their personal space, and talks in an exaggerated, flowery manner...but he also wants to turn Fuuma village/possibly the entire ninja world into his harem.
  • For Science!: In stark contrast to Tobari, he's willing to sacrifice the lives of his own men to achieve his goals and willing to kill countless others to gain the power of the Shinrabanshou.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Proves himself soulless by killing a four-year-old.
  • Large Ham: He has very flamboyant mannerisms.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It turns out that Fuuma's been tricking, playing with and manipulating everyone from the very beginning.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He desires the Shinrabanshou because he wants to possess its female spirit, whom he affectionately calls "lovely Shinra".


Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Luci Christian (EN)
Fuuma Kotarou's second-in-command.

  • Big Sister Mentor: They're not related, but she does help Raimei train and look out for her.

Juuji Minami

Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama {JP), Trina Nishimura {EN)
A 12-year-old medical ninja.

  • Motor Mouth: She talks a lot, particularly when she's nervous.
  • Ship Tease: It doesn't go anywhere, but she's noted to have a small crush on Miharu.


Tojuro Hattori

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Kent Williams (EN)
The leader of the Iga clan and the Kairoushuu. His ideal is to change history and achieve equality among humans with the Shinrabanshou. Hattori takes in many outcasts, offering them a place in the Kairoushuu. Despite this kindness, though, Hattori has little qualms about eliminating those who oppose him.

  • Big Bad: Seemed to be anyway. In the anime he is one; in the manga...
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Looks like the Big Bad of the series but it's actually Fuuma


Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
Often seen in the company of Hattori, Ichiki is The Leader of Kasa. Ichiki is always seen dressed in a traditional kimono and appears to be blind.

  • Affably Evil: Is nice enough to thank her boss for his help as he lays there dying—after she stabbed him.


Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Joel McDonald (EN)
A 16-year-old ninja who uses the Iga's kinjutsushō "Kira", a technique that shoots the user's ki into the target's body and controls it from the inside out, causing the target's bones to break or their body to completely explode. The cost of using this technique is the loss of the user's life force. When Yoite is introduced, he has only a few more months to live.

According to Word of God, Yoite and Miharu are the series' two protagonists despite Yoite's absence after his death.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Subverted. the reader (and even most characters, apparently) start out believing that Yoite is a boy. Later it turns out that he's actually... intersexual. It doesn't really matter in the long run, though, and isn't gone into in much detail, only the readers now know another reason for his angst and identity issues.
  • Badass Longcoat: Yoite is almost never seen without some sort of thick, black coat. He won't take it off, even if it's the middle of summer or if he's soaking wet.
  • Big Eater: Yoite can be seen eating huge amounts of food in the background of various scenes. He'll eat just about anything since his Kira skill is robbing him of all his senses, and has already taken his sense of taste.
  • Berserk Button: Being called an Emo Kid, in the dub.
  • Blessed with Suck: Kira is a huge advantage in battle, but is also Cast from Lifespan.
  • Broken Bird: Due to his abusive childhood and the fact that he's going to die soon.
  • Cast from Lifespan: The Kira technique is powered by Yoite's Life Energy.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Works a lot on his own, including his request to Miharu. Unlike some of his teammates, he doesn't care about Kairoushuu's mission at all; rather, his greatest desire is for his wish to be granted.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a smile in both the anime and manga.
  • Handicapped Badass: Regularly faints, always coughing his lungs out, can barely hear or see by chapter 50. Not that his opponents can tell.
  • Hates Being Touched: Though he ends up allowing Miharu to touch him sometimes, "'Don't touch me" is easily the phrase he says the most.
  • Hermaphrodite: We don't learn the specifics, but Kazuho says he's "neither male nor female." It's taken by his parents and Yoite himself as another sign that he's cursed and shouldn't have been born.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: One symptom of Yoite's condition.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Yoite reveals to Miharu that he didn't really ever have his friends as hostages because he didn't want them to die with him if he ever died unexpectedly.
  • Nice Hat: Yoite's giant cap. Some fans have called this series "The Hat Anime." He loses it surprisingly often for something so iconic, though.
  • The Quiet One: Actually gets tired from talking for a few minutes since he's used to being silent
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on his neck from when his parents tried to kill him.
  • Shinigami: Called one by multiple characters. Flashbacks reveal that he was called this even before he obtained Kira; family members (possibly his parents) claimed he was a shinigami who had killed his mother.

Kazuhiko Yukimi

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)
A 27-year-old ninja. He acts as a squad leader on field missions and is a freelance writer in the front world. He claims to hate kids and calls them "brats".

  • Abusive Parents
    Thobari: Are you an elementary school student?
  • Boring but Practical: Yukimi doesn't do very many fancy ninja techniques or amazing physical feats. He does, however, have a gun.
  • Child Hater: Self-claimed. It doesn't stop him from being a Papa Wolf, though.

Kazuho Amatatsu

Voiced by: Yui Kano (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)
Yukimi's younger sister and Yoite's personal physician. Despite her medical license, she currently works at a sushi restaurant.

  • Cool Big Sis: She acts like one towards to her brother and also to Yoite.
  • The Medic: Treats Gau, Raikou, and Miharu in addition to Yoite.

Raikou Shimizu

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)
A 20-year-old samurai of the Shimizu clan. When he was fifteen, he single-handedly massacred his entire clan, with the exception of his sister Raimei. This action was actually vengeance against his uncle and his gang, who murdered his parents in a coup d'Útat to take over the clan.

  • The Dragon: Was Hattori's right-hand man at one point.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Manages to drive his car into a river on his first try.
  • Failure Knight: His decision to save Gau despite his being from the surface world stems from the regret he felt from not saving his best friend five years ago.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Raikou is convinced that Gau won't wake up from his coma because he doesn't want to see his face. Which might be justified if it was anyone else, but it's Gau we're talking about here...
  • Must Make Amends: After accidentally causing Gau to fall into a coma, Raikou does everything in his power to find a way to save him, including reading tons of medical books and going to Alya Academy in hopes of using Daya on Gau.
  • One-Hour Work Week: He apparently has a job making paper in the "front" world.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Murders people on a regular basis for misusing ninjutsu for crimes like stealing.
  • Samurai: Like Raimei, a self-styled one.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Just look at any outfit he's ever worn in the course of the series. Seriously, any of them.

Gau Meguro

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Raikou's extemely devoted partner. He assists Raikou with his responsibilities to the Kairoushuu, usually compiling reports and taking samples from their targets.

  • Adorkable: Due to his Hot-Blooded personality and hero worship of Raikou, combined with being something of a Keet.
  • Butt Monkey: Often on the receiving end of Raikou's physical abuse.
  • Tender Tears: Cries when he meets Raikou for the first time, when Raikou tells him about his past, when he gets slashed by Raikou, when he intervenes in Raikou and Yukimi's fight, when he calls Yukimi on the cellphone, when Raikou gets stabbed, etc, etc...
  • Tsurime Eyes: Has slanted, cat-like eyes, although they get a bit droopier through Art Evolution.
  • Undying Loyalty: Completely devoted to Raikou. He only disobeys him once, and was willing to die as punishment for that.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The most idealistic member of Kairoushuu. He believes they're changing the world for the better and can do so even more using the Shinrabanshou.
  • Yes-Man: Gau is described as being "Raikou's little yes-man". So much so, that Kazuho and Yukimi are both taken-aback when Gau absentmindedly expresses doubt in front of Raikou on his course of action.

     Other Characters 

Shijima Kurookano/ Shiratama

Voiced by: Kei Shindo (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)
A mysterious member of the Alya Academy Student Council who seems to know more than she lets on. She's actually a cat with a human heart who was made immortal by a previous hijutsu user. She and Kouichi both want Miharu to free them from the "curse" of immortality.

  • Cats Are Mean: She's notably more ruthless than Kouichi, an owl, is.
  • Hellish Pupils: At times. Presumably because she's not completely human.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Ironically one of the oldest characters in the series.


Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

Hanabusa Seki

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Leah Clark (EN)
Thobari's girlfriend. She's completely uninvolved with the world of Nabari and treats everyone (including enemy ninjas) kindly, much to Thobari's horror.

  • Older Than They Look: She's 40.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts like one towards Yoite and Miharu.
  • Team Mom: Looks after and feeds every character she meets, including Fuuma in the manga.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: By virtue of being Team Mom and probably the nicest character in the series. The "core of steel" part shows through when she thinks Yukimi might take her hostage; she offhandedly comments that it probably wouldn't work on Tobari.

Yae Oda

  • Action Girl: She appears to be rather skilled in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Telepathy: Can look into other people's minds. Sometimes results in Mind Rape, even accidentally.

Tsukasa Koudou

A boy Yukimi meets while saving a cat. He's actually Yoite's younger brother, from back when Yoite was named "Sora Koudou."
  • Abusive Parents: They treated him better than Sora, but still threatened to "make it like you never existed" if he was kind to Sora and tried to make him attack his brother. He tells Yukimi he's estranged from them and is living on his own.
  • My Greatest Failure: Regrets not being able to help Sora.
  • Nice Guy: Very open and friendly. He also seems to have been the only person who was kind to Sora.