Characters: Samurai Deeper Kyo

Characters that appear in Samurai Deeper Kyo. Note, this series has Loads and Loads of Characters, so this page will take a while to complete.

Spoilers - you have been warned


Tropes that apply to about 95% of the characters

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Demon-Eyes Kyo

The legendary slayer of a thousand men, not to mention the title character. Known as the single deadliest Samurai in the history of the world, Kyo is currently suffering from a tiny problem. He's stuck in the body of his most hated enemy, who sealed away his real body in a hidden location (Mt Fuji, to be exact). Over the course of the story, Kyo must contend with an increasingly outrageous succession of enemies, who range from crazed Samurai out to kill him for revenge or reputation to enemies who are more or less gods. Ultimately Kyo must fight his way through the legions of the infamous Mibu Clan, to which he used to belong, in order to learn the secrets surrounding his origin... or rather, that's why everyone else is going. Kyo maintains that he couldn't care less about that. Kyo fights using the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu school and wields the Muramasa "Demonblade" known as Tenro. By the end of the story, Kyo is without a doubt the most powerful character in the entire series.

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Dan Green (EN)

  • A God I Am Not: Kyo does not give a single shit that he is essentially a Physical God; he says the Crimson Throne is worthless and he doesn't want it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kyo is one hell of a bloodthirsty guy, and though he learns to control his killing intent, it still shows up whenever a serious fight comes along.
  • Berserk Button: Threaten Yuya. Go on. See what happens.
  • BFS: Tenro, of course. It's nearly as tall as Kyo.
  • Blood from the Mouth
  • Blood Knight: A self-admitted case of the highest degree.
  • Bodyguard Crush: He will never admit it, but considering the vast majority of his murderous rampages are triggered by someone threatening Yuya, it's pretty obvious.
  • Covered with Scars: Kyo has been in a lot of fights, and many of his opponents got a few good hits in. His shirtless scenes are evidence.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Whenever he recovers another part of his lost power, this is bound to happen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Heavy on the snark.
  • Dull Surprise: Kyo starts off with two expressions: a Slasher Smile and a bored frown. It gets a bit better as the story proceeds, but emotion is not Kyo's forte.
  • Enfante Terrible: He killed Nobunaga for the first time when he was six.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: At one point, he goes into the history of some of his countless scars. It's Played for Laughs in an omake, when Kyoshiro complains that he understands some of the new scars on his body, but "isn't this one from walking into a wall?"
  • Fighting from the Inside: Normally it's Kyoshiro trying to regain the control of his body. The roles get inverted a couple of times, though. The most iconic one was during the battle against Nobunaga at the Hell's Gate.
  • The Four Gods: The Ultimate Techniques of the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu are named after and shaped like these four, plus the hidden fifth.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Due to sharing a body with Mibu Kyoshiro. Kyo begins as more of a Superpowered Evil Side, but progresses to a full-on Freaky Friday as he gets more deeply characterized. Ultimately, this culminates in...
    • Grand Theft Me: ... Kyoshiro stealing Kyo's body. It was all part of Kyoshiro's plan, of course.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Used to have this with Kyoshiro before things went wrong. By the end of the story, they seem to go back to it.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Played with. Kyo is about as "anti" as a hero gets, so his multitude of scars aren't as jarring as they might be on a less ambiguously heroic character. But the scars on his face are understated, and none of it really detracts from his appearance. For the most part, they just emphasize that he is a massive Badass.
  • Heroic Second Wind: It happens a lot. One of the best examples is how he takes out the two most powerful members of the Taishiro without a scratch. Directly before this, one good hit from Hishigi had put Kyo down for an entire volume.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Only slightly more implausible than the rest of the cast, but still absurd by real-world standards. Fortunately, they're also incredibly awesome.
  • I Resemble That Remark: Kyoshiro tells Yuya that Kyo cares about her but is bad at expressing it because he is the emotional equivalent of a three-year-old. Kyo reacts like an offended child and starts threatening to attack Kyoshiro for daring to imply that he has feelings.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: According to other characters, he used to love Sakuya, but he seems to support her relationship with Kyoshiro and even yells at Kyoshiro for disregarding Sakuya's feelings. Not that Kyo has any right to give relationship advice.
  • Jerkass: Kyo radiates jerkass energy from every corner of his being. And this is when he's being nice. He constantly insults the people he likes, referring to Yuya as an ugly dog and his "Servant #1". Benitora is Servant #2. Again, these are people he likes. People Kyo doesn't like tend to die once he's done insulting them.
  • Karma Houdini: Arguably yes. Kyo has been slaughtering people left and right without restraint since he was a little kid (he was already combat-experienced and able to kill Nobunaga when he was six years old), and has taken the lives of thousands and thousands of people without showing the smallest shiver of empathy or remorse. He treats nearly everyone around him like shit, and early on, he has the obnoxious tendency of molesting Yuya whenever he feels like it. Since he's the hero and apparently most of his victims were worse than he is (debatable), he walks aways scot-free without any real punishment. Even taking in account his supposed Character Development, he probably shouldn't have gotten away with all of that... of course, considering he's basically a Physical God by the end of the manga, it's not like anyone could enforce any kind of punishment on him.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: He throws Yuya into a rock the first time she tries to snap him out of his Demon God state. Leads to My God, What Have I Done?, and Kyo Fighting from the Inside to overcome his demon blood and come back to his senses.
  • Killing Intent: At one point it was so strong it could have killed Yuya had Bontenmaru not protected her.
  • Last of His Kind: Of the Mibu. It's complicated.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kyou" means madness or fury.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: He inflicts this on several of his enemies — sometimes they don't even realize they've received a fatal wound until they fall to the ground in pieces. And then Kyo himself gets one at the end. As everyone has started to run away to escape the falling Crimson Tower, they notice that Kyo is not moving. He's pouring blood from a deep wound in his side, shaking, can't stand — and he's screaming for them to get out and give up on saving him. It takes a Deus ex Machina courtesy of the Shodai Aka no Ou to get him out of that one.
  • Morality Pet: Yuya, occasionally. When he's not being awful to her too.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The first time Yuya tries to snap him out of his Demon God state, he reacts by throwing her into a rock. This leads to him stabbing himself to keep from hurting her, and then finally regaining his mind, apologizing, and healing her before going to finish his battle with the Former Crimson King.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Kyoshiro back when they first met in Edo.
  • One-Man Army: How else did you think he single-handedly slew 1000 men at the Battle of Sekigahara? And that figure is probably multiplied by the end of the series.
    • And he's also stated he was merely out for a walk when the battle was going on. He just happened to be near it, then started kicking ass.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Actually lampshaded by Shihodo, who wonders if Kyo's inability to emote — beyond pride, bloodlust, and anger — is the reason he was incapable of expressing his affections to Sakuya.
  • Physical God: By the end of the series, there really isn't anyone left who can stand up to him in battle and not be curb stomped.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's a massive Jerkass, sometimes to the point of Designated Hero status. The antagonists vary; some of them are indeed polite and affable, though the low-ranked ones tend to be as obnoxious as Kyo or worse.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Shiseiten are either this or True Companions. Maybe both.
  • Razor Wind: The central concept of the Mumyo Jinpu Ryuu school he employs.
  • Red Baron: Everybody calls him "Demon-Eyes" Kyo.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Literal incarnation of this trope, although it is subverted later on.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: The four greater techniques of the Mumyo Jinpu Ryu school. Suzaku summons a giant phoenix that can revive from most counter attacks, Byakko sends out a tiger that attacks the enemy until he's hit, Genbu forms a Beehive Barrier around the user while attacking with energy serpents at the same time, and Seiryuu summons forth a giant dragon made of whirwinds to crush the enemy. Then there's Koryuu, which is apparently a giant laser beam from above but actually takes the form of a highly stylized dragon.
  • Sharing a Body: In the anime, it's a Literal Split Personality, in the manga however it's played straight.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: ... and hilarity ensues.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Has the habit of peppering his speech with profanity, more so when he's talking trash.
  • Smoking Is Cool: With a Japanese pipe.
  • Sore Loser: Kyoshiro defeated him and sealed his body. Kyo is incredibly furious at him for this humiliation and has sworn to kill him no matter what it takes. After reviving Kyoshiro and re-obtaining his true body he considers the score settled.
  • Superpower Meltdown: When he gets possessed by Tenro and awakens a Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: He's this to Kyoshiro before we get to know him.
    • Kyo himself gets one in the finale, and unlike Bontenmaru's silly antics in his beast mode, its played for drama.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Especially in his real body.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: When Muramasa passes down the Ultimate Techniques through an off-screen Training from Hell.
  • Took a Level in Badass: On a regular basis since he doesn't have his real body.
  • Tsundere: God, yes. Heavy on the tsuntsun. He regularly calls his Love Interest dog-face and denies any kind of attraction or care for her for the vast majority of the manga, but when she's in danger? You do not want to be the one who put her there. The final chapter and epilogue also show him being more affectionate with her.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The direct result of someone touching Kyo's Berserk Button.

Mibu Kyoshiro

A kind, perverted and bumbling medicine peddler that starts off as a bounty for Yuya who carries an oversized sword. Later turns out that he shares his body with Kyo and releases him every time he draws the sword. Well.. until that stops working and Kyo takes over his body. As the story progresses you find out he's the "Man with the Cross on his Back" and a possible successor to the Red King. He remains absent for a good part of the plot, although his presence is mentioned constantly, and his back story affects the plot in a very significant way.

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Dan Green (EN)

  • A God I Am Not: One of the mightiest Mibu ever created, and yet he prefers to atone, living his days as a humble peddler.
  • Anti-Hero
  • The Atoner: He resents his murderous past and has sworn to never kill again. It might explain why he chose to become a medicine peddler.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: You can't possibly imagine...
  • BFS: Tenro is Kyo's BFS, but Kyoshiro basically confiscated it when he defeated Kyo at Sekigahara. He rarely uses it, but awesomeness ensues when he does.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Turns out he's even stronger than Kyo was in his true body. Kyo, being the main character, eventually surpasses him, but Kyoshiro is probably second among characters who are still alive at the end.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he grew up he was forced to serve the Former Crimson King as an assassin along with Chinmei, and killed thousands of people in this period.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Normally it's Kyoshiro trying to regain the control of his body. The roles get inverted a couple of times, though. The most iconic one was during the battle against Nobunaga at the Hell's Gate.
  • The Four Gods: He can use the Ultimate Techniques of the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu as well, although in an imperfect form. Thus, he can't execute the Golden Wind.
  • Fake Defector: When he takes over Kyo's body, he feigns to be loyal to the Former Crimson King, and even that he agrees with his Might Makes Right philosophy. However, all was a ploy to push Kyo's buttons and make him achieve his true potential.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Used to have this with Kyo before things went wrong. By the end of the story, they seem to go back to it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the final showdown against Kyo, he switches bodies in order to allow Kyo to win and is left dying for his trouble, revealing his true nature. Averted when Kyo saves him (though the way Kyo talks, he sounds like he's doing it out of pure spite).
  • Hitman with a Heart
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: only slightly less implausible than Kyo's.
  • Karma Houdini: In a way yes, considering that he did kill thousands of people back when he was under the King's service, but at least he showed remorse and spent the remaining years atoning for this, which mitigates his villainy.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: In the first part of the manga, though it was likely part of his Obfuscating Stupidity act.
  • Might Makes Right: Believes this, making him a Hypocrite. Until it's revealed that it was an act to provoke Kyo.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Kyosaburo he realized the error of his ways and left the Mibu clan along with Sakuya.
  • Nice Guy: Even when one knows his past, he's still a nicer fellow than Kyo, the supposed main hero.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His goofy, occasionally-perverted persona is largely to make him seem harmless.
  • One-Man Army
  • Power Nullifier: When he and Kyo fight near the end of the manga, he is able to cancel out Kyo's most powerful techniques with no apparent effort. It's revealed that Kyoshiro uses the rare "yin" or "passive" style of combat, which perfectly counters Kyo's active, aggressive attacks.
  • Reluctant Warrior: At first.
  • Red Baron: The "Demon God" Kyoshiro, first revealed by Okuni.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Turns out he has the Crimson Eyes as well, including the True Crimson Eyes.
  • Technical Pacifist: In his backstory and later on in the series.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Played with. He REALLY wants to do this as a penance for the murders he committed as a Mibu. However, when he sees there's no other way he TRIES, but can't bring himself to do it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist

Come to think of it, most of Kyo's tropes would fit Kyoshiro just fine.

Shiina Yuya

A sixteen-year-old bounty hunter who stumbles upon Mibu Kyoshiro at the beginning of the story. She's looking for the man with the cross-shaped scar on his back who killed her older brother. However, her attempts to turn Kyoshiro in for the reward wind up involving her with the deadly Mibu clan and opening the door on her brother's mysterious past...

Voiced by: Yui Horie (JP), Veronica Taylor (EN)

  • Action Girl: In the beginning, she was a capable fighter. Later, she went under Chickification.
    • Adaptational Badass: Comparatively speaking, in the Anime she kills Saisei alone by shooting her heart from the inside.
  • A-Cup Angst: She isn't flat, she's actually well endowed by normal standards, but she is shown to have the smallest bust size in the series and she isn't happy about that.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted, thank god. At the beginning, when Kyo is at his most dickish, she is not remotely attracted to him. He's still a Tsundere by the time she starts having feelings for him, and he will never stop being a bad boy type, but that's not why she loves him.
  • Chickification: Less egregious than some cases; she never loses her abilities, but with the other characters constantly getting new weapons, employing secret moves, taking their skills to the next level, and generally going Up to Eleven, she gets left behind in terms of power.
    • Not to mention she's always in danger and has to be saved by Kyo or any other male lead.
  • Cool Gun: She has a three barreled pepperpot revolver. She was able to use it during the first half of the story, but it became obsolete as the plot progressed.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: When she's captured by the Crimson King and forced to wear a see-through light robe with massive cleavage.
  • It's Personal: Finding the man who killed her older brother motivated her to become a bounty hunter.
  • Male Gaze: She's subjected to this almost constantly during the course of the story, even in moments where things should be more serious.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Wanders into Aokigahara alone and soon gets lost even after Benitora told her out loud that compass and magnets do not work in the forest. This is something that could get you killed in Real Life as well.
  • Younger Than They Look: Can you believe she's only 16?

Benitora

AKA Tokugawa Hidetada or Kyo's "servant #2." He started out as a member of the Three-Color Gang but joined Kyo's side very early on in the manga. His childish personality hides a deeper side that is no less idealistic; he truly believes that he can protect everyone he cares about.

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

Sanada Yukimura

Kyo's Bishōnen mirror-image, despite having no previous connection to the Mibu and their shenanigans. Ultimately plans to conquer Japan by murdering Ieyasu Tokugawa and restoring the Sanada clan to power.

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Christopher Kromer (EN)

  • Ambiguously Bi: The first time he appears he's fondling a girl's breasts and his special chapter shown that he had an important story with a girl, but many of his interactions with other characters and the way he speaks of Hideyoshi makes him sounds like he could be into guys as well. He even flat out says he loves Kyo in one scene.
  • Badass Bookworm: He and the Former Crimson King spend their entire fight trading and interpreting Confucius quotes.
  • Badass Normal: Starts out as one of these. This trope is a little problematic in Samurai Deeper Kyo because the line between "natural" and "supernatural" barely exists.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's this towards his Ten Braves, treating them all as his family. Even Shindara.
  • Biseinen: Technically, he's a Biseinen due to his age (he's 37), but he fits the Bishōnen aesthetic and looks much younger than the other resident Biseinen.
  • Blood Knight: Very jarring since he's otherwise an affable, cultured samurai with long term plans for the future of his country.
  • Bridal Carry: In the anime, he catches and holds Sasuke in his arms this way.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even his closest servants can't tell when he's serious or not, most of the time.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The "Eye of the Wagtail". It enables the user to briefly stop time, but causes a Heroic RROD if overused. It's stated that the true form of the technique could even kill a human if the limits are exceeded, which is why Anri taught Yukimura an incomplete version.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Doesn't help that he's voiced by one in the Japanese version.
  • Dynamic Entry / Big Damn Heroes: In what is probably Yukimura's greatest Crowning Moment of Awesome, he bursts onto the scene as the Crimson King is about to kill his men, Yuya, and Sakuya. He uses his Seikireigan to cut down THREE Suzakus simultaneously.
  • Graceful Loser: An anime-only scene shows him reacting this way to his historical death. Subverted later on where he survived the siege of Osaka and is leading an army against Benitora.
  • Heroic RROD: When he predictably overuses the Dangerous Forbidden Technique (Sekireigan) that Anri explicitly told him not to use more than five times in a day. It damages his optic nerves and renders him incapable of standing for some time.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Good god, how. Most pictures of the real Sanada Yukimura look something like this. SDK Yukimura is so pretty that his Body Double is a beautiful woman. He himself passes as female when he enters the Shogun's tournament, with only Kyo catching on right away.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Like many of the characters, he's based on a historical figure.
  • Mexican Standoff: One of his fights with Kyo ends with the two of them holding blades against each other's throats. It's one of very few times anyone matches Kyo.
  • Mr. Fanservice: And HOW.
  • Multi-Melee Master: In the anime he's not only a Master Swordsman, but also skilled with a staff and bow when using the anime-only Muramasa Tenguko.
  • Older Than They Look: He's 37, but you'd be forgiven for assuming he's in his 20s or even teens. His current appearance is almost identical to how he looked at 19 in a flashback.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: He has one, the Sanada Ten.
  • Say It with Hearts: A staple of his dialogue. Amusingly, his female Body Double does not do this, and a side comic has Sasuke telling other characters that that's how the Juyushi tell them apart!
  • Shadow Archetype: He's this to Kyo. Their skills are said to be equal (and they are for a while), but their personalities couldn't be more different.
  • The Unfettered: An interesting spin on this trope. He's set his goals and will purse them to the bitter end- however, said goals include making a better world for his friends and allies. In short, he's a subtle and manipulative Unfettered.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: He dresses in drag for the "Shogun's Tournament" arc to conceal his identity. Though making a fairly convincing (if flat) woman, he then proceeds to fail at passing because his brother's in the arena.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Very protective of the women in the story. Kamijyo also once said while specifying Basara's gender that Yukimura would never have done that to a girl.

    The Shiseiten (Four Emperors) 
From left to right: Hotaru, Akira, Bontenmaru, and Akari

Tropes that apply to the Shiseiten as a whole

  • Blood Knight: All of them. Naturally, they are very impressed by and drawn to Kyo.
  • Four Is Death
  • In Love with Your Carnage: In a platonic sense (not so platonic with Akari), about Kyo. He was a Badass Blood Knight of the highest order and they were impressed with how effectively he could kill things, so they followed him for years.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They were Kyo's before Sekigahara, when he still had his original body. Once they reunite in the story proper, they take up the mantle again.
  • True Companions/Fire-Forged Friends: It's clear that they are extremely important to each other, despite their claims that they aren't. Akira especially tries to deny that the Shiseiten are connected by anything except a mutual pursuit of strength, but it's an façade that only becomes more obvious when Bontenmaru is captured by Tokito.

Akira

One of Kyo's Four Emperors. Kyo found him as a child on the battlefield, the last survivor of a village they had razed. Kyo took a liking to Akira when the latter tried to threaten him; despite the fact that Akira had no powers and could be flattened in a split-second by Kyo and his cohorts, he still displayed no fear. Instead of killing him, Kyo took him in as an apprentice.

After Kyo's "death" at Sekigahara, Akira went on with his life, striving to achieve invincibility in battle. When Kyo finally returned, in the body of Mibu Kyoshiro, Akira had drifted so far off that he'd gone and become an antagonist.


  • An Ice Person: Many of his techniques involve the creation and manipulation of ice.
  • Badass Normal: Having ice powers would normally disqualify him from the "normal" classification, but he's a different type. Of all the Shiseiten and even a better part of the cast as a whole, Akira stands out in this respect in that he is the only character (aside from Yuya) who does not have samurai blood. This becomes a major hurdle he has to overcome, because in the context of the story, it means his ability to grow and improve is severely limited compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Anime only, he joins the final battle in time to freeze Nobunaga and buy Kyo some time.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: In the anime, at least when he's acting as Ajira. His hair is actually more reddish in the manga (by the end, anyway. Kamijyo can't seem to decide what color his hair is at first, and it goes from silver/white to blond before finally settling on red).
  • Can't Catch Up: Sort of. He has no "Samurai Blood" and thus has to work twice as hard to get half as strong. And he reached the limit of his growth a ways into the story. Because of this, he can't get any stronger than he is and falls behind a bit when Anthony uses his needles to give Hotaru, Benitora, and Shinrei upgrades.
  • Child Soldier: Happily slaughtering his way through entire battlefields at the tender age of 10.
  • Covered with Scars: He started fighting in huge battles alongside Demon Eyes Kyo when he was a pre-teen. His entire body is riddled with scarring, but the most attention is drawn to the ones on his back.
  • Cradling Your Kill: To Saisei.
  • Deadly Upgrade: More destructive than deadly. The first is his Inferno's Chill ability, which allows him to use his own life energy to generate temperatures below absolute zero. The second does nearly kill him; He uses his Inferno's Chill technique on himself to activate pressure points. This allows him to exceed the limits of his body to fight Tokito — but it also wrecks him, leaving permanent damage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially toward Benitora.
    • It tends to get him in trouble with Akari.
  • Dented Iron: He ruins his body exceeding his natural limitations to fight Tokito. We get the lovely image of his muscles tearing apart and bones shattering under the strain. He says afterward that he will probably never be able to fight again.
  • Determinator: To a degree that stands out even in this manga. He purposely blinded himself in order to achieve another level of perception.
    • See Dented Iron above — he knows from the start that his battle with Tokito will destroy him physically, and that this damage will most likely be permanent, but he doesn't hesitate for a moment.
    • Pretty much the entire point of his character that determination, skill, and spirit can overcome his genetic limits. And they do.
  • Disability Superpower: Subverted in that he disabled himself intentionally to gain his "eyes of the heart."
  • Dual Wielding: With swords.
  • Easily Forgiven: All of his earlier antagonistic interactions with the heroes are forgotten as soon as he fights with them in the Mibu land.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With the Shiseiten, as shown in flashbacks. Also, Benitora.
  • Gratuitous English: His Hell Ghost, Grand Cross and Heaven's Ghost attacks in original Japanese.
  • Misery Poker: Tokito throws a fit after their battle, claiming to have had the worst life ever. Several other characters immediately top Tokito's sob story, but Akira wins with an entire panel detailing his horrific childhood.
    Bontenmaru: The most miserable person should be the one whose own mother repeatedly plotted to have him killed! Who'd that be? Oh, I guess that'd be me! Ain't that right, Akira?
    Akira: Yes, I suppose so. But consider my story. Until I met Kyo, I had nothing to eat or wear. I clothed myself in garments taken from men who died on the battlefield. I scrounged for food, eating items found on the roadside and wild grasses. Thanks to that, I can even stomach partially-rotten food today. I've nearly died three times. Once, I got caught stealing and was beaten to a pulp, but survived only because being arrested saved me from having to find a place to sleep. When I made camp in the wilderness, I would often have to sleep in trees to avoid wild dogs. Of course, if the bandits found you, they'd tie you up and sell you into slavery, so I did learn rather quickly how to feign being dead. Parents? What parents?! Why would I even care to find out who they were? I don't remember them, so it hardly matters. But who really cares about me, hmm?
    Bontenmaru: ... Damn! I don't know how I can compete with that.
  • Odd Friendship: With Benitora, of all people.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Benitora's red. Also occasionally the red to Hotaru's blue.
  • Reverse Mole: He played this role by killing Ajira of the 12 God Shoguns and taking his place.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Tokito. He tries to act indifferently about it, but usually ends up failing miserably.

Bontenmaru

Another one of Kyo's Four Emperors, real name Date Masamune, Bontenmaru is The Big Guy distilled. Huge and muscular, he fights with his bokken - and when the battle drags, he throws that away and wades into the enemy with his fists, tearing them limb from limb. He's not what you'd call "reliable" - one of his first moves was betraying Kyo and Muramasa to Keikoku, but he quickly rejoins the nakama after nothing comes of it.

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP)

  • Adapted Out: All he gets in the anime is a mute cameo in the final episode, and that's that.
  • Animal Battle Aura: The first time he met Kyo he threatened him with a giant beast-shaped aura.
  • Badass Normal: Bontenmaru is the only one of the Shiseiten with no special powers. However, his ridiculous strength, speed, durability, and martial arts prowess makes him one of the strongest in the series.
  • The Berserker: At a glance, Bon appears to be the most level-headed of the Shiseiten. But when he enters his berserker state, he's completely wild. Hotaru has even stated that back in the day, he was like a wild animal who tore everything in his path apart when he let loose, and the other Shiseiten themselves tended to just walk away until he was done!
  • Clean Cut: One of the few aversions in this series; he fights with his fists or his bokken, but both are treated as blunt instruments.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He lost his eye when he was very young, but it hasn't hindered him - in fact, as he explains to Sasuke, he's so used to people attacking his blind side that he's more aware there.
  • Gentle Giant: Big, muscular body? Check. Superhuman strength and endurance? Check. Plays One-Man Army with nothing but a wooden sword and his bare hands? Check. Possesses a berserker mode? Bonus points. Has a soft spot for little girls (not like that!) and reads shojo manga? You bet he does.
  • Good Is Dumb: Has his moments
  • Healing Factor: After being heavily damaged, he can hibernate to regenerate himself in hours.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Bontenmaru is a pseudonym of Date Masamune. "Hero" is debateable (as it is for most figures around that time) but he's definitely historical.
  • Made of Iron: Even moreso than the rest of the cast. His skin so tough it deflects blades.
  • Megaton Punch: His "Star Beast Fist" during Berserker Mode was powerful enough to obliterate Haira's torso on the impact and quickly turn the remaining carcass to dust with one blow.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only member of the Shiseiten (including Kyo) whose name is longer than one kanji (Kyo and Akari are written in one kanji, Akira and Hotaru are writen in Katakana and Hiragana only, respectively), the only one without Elemental Powers, and most notably, the single real historical figure.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Important to his backstory - he killed his father and brother to clear the way for his own seizure of power.
    • However his father at the very least wanted it to be this way. Because the rise of the Date clan was more important than his own life.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Well, more superpowered worse side.
  • Team Dad: Especially to Akira
  • Token Good Teammate: He's friendly compared to the other three and Kyo.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: A side effect of his Berserker Mode has him behaving like a dog. To the point where Shihodo doesn't even realize he's human until he snaps out of it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: His entire "beast mode" bit.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Carries around a bokken as his personal weapon, and is skilled enough to duel with people armed with incredibly sharp swords and still manages to get out with his sword in one piece. However, he seems to be at his top with his bare hands.
  • The Worf Effect: Tends to suffer this when he's confronted by Tokito.

Hotaru

The third member of the Shiseiten to be introduced, Hotaru serves as the comic relief of the four, and by comic relief we mean "moving caterpillars out of the way so they won't be squashed in the middle of a battle". But under the facade of his constant deadpan expression and Obfuscating Stupidity lies a powerful fighter who possesses one of the most versatile fighting styles in the whole storyline.

It turns out that he was also spying on Kyo for the Mibu when they met, and is a member of the Goyosei. But he pulls a genuine Heel-Face Turn after Kyo defeats him in Mibu territory.

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN)

  • Ambiguous Disorder: His social skills are awful, he has zero filter (see him loudly asking Akari if she's had that surgery yet), and he completely does not understand when he has said something inappropriate/upsetting. He is also extremely skilled at the few things he can focus on, and fans on the autism spectrum tend to identify with him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His left arm undergoes some serious trauma in his first appearance — first Bontenmaru shatters it with his Kosoga, and then Kyo cuts it off with Suzaku. Saishi and Saisei reattach it later, and Hotaru forgets that he ever lost it.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Tigers in the anime. In the manga, the aura of his Demon's Breath attack takes the shape of what's seriously implied to be Lucifer himself (in the form of a dark, feathered winged humanoid with a narrow face).
  • Animal Motifs: Tigers in the anime, opposed to Shinrei's dragons.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Ooh, a caterpillar! Oooh, a whirligig! Ooooh, the floor looks different over here!
  • Awesome by Analysis: It's revealed during his fight with Yuan that Hotaru can take any form he's seen and adapt it to his fighting style. Not bad for the resident Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Bishōnen
  • Blood Upgrade: His Chikewai. Later on he learns the Honoo Chikewai, which greatly increases his own power but burns his life away, making it a Deadly Upgrade.
  • Blue Oni: To Akira in the Shiseiten, and to Shinrei in the Goyosei. It's unusual in that Hotaru wears red and his element of choice is fire, and his corresponding red oni both wear blue and use ice and water, respectively.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: AND HOW. To the point that when he first encounter Sasuke, Mahiro and Benitora they don't even realize that he' a member of the Goyosei. Removed in the anime, where he's much more serious.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Kyo defeats him and reminds him that he used to actually enjoy himself with the Shiseiten, Hotaru settles firmly on the protagonists' side.
  • Determinator: They're everywhere in this manga, but Hotaru is exceptional. He is incredibly tenacious, breaking out of Yuan's illusions through sheer willpower, and often continuing to fight even when hopelessly outmatched. Other characters are occasionally shocked that Hotaru can even move with the level of damage he's recently taken.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Yuan gave him the name "Keikoku" when he was a child, but he adopted the name "Hotaru" later in life. When he returns to Mibu territory, everyone he knew there insists on calling him Keikoku, and he corrects them incessantly. Yuan never stops.
  • Double Weapon: A katana with a straight, dagger-like blade protunding from the pommel.
  • Easily Forgiven: When first introduced as Keikoku, he burned some of his own men to death for being unable to hurt Bontenmaru. No one ever brings this up later on.
  • Eye Scream: In one of Yuan's "soul-stealing" illusions, he stabs Hotaru in the eye with the pointy end of a toy propeller.
  • Facial Markings: When using his Chikewai (Blood Painting) and Honoo Chikewai (Flame Blood Painting) to give himself a boost in power.
  • Flaming Sword: Rarely. He usually just shoots flames from the tip of his sword, almost never actually setting it ablaze to hack people with it.
  • Gratuitous English: Just like Akira, some of his high tier attacks are in English.
  • Happily Adopted: Not formally, but he is considered to be a member of Yuan's family, and they all consider him their brother as well.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: He was one of the Goyosei before he left the Mibu and became one of Kyo's Shiseiten. After Kyo's disappearance at Sekigahara, he went back to the Mibu to rejoin the Goyosei, making him an antagonist by the next time they meet. And then he takes up the Shiseiten mantle again after Kyo defeats him, settling on "face".
  • Heroic Willpower: His fight against his mentor, Yuan.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Early childhood abuse was decidedly not hilarious, with the whole "biological father sending assassins after him" thing. Yuan picks him up when he's probably about six and clearly loves the kid, but was still seen whacking Keikoku's head against a wall because the little monster wouldn't stop waving a sword and yelling at him. It's Played for Laughs.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Self-explanatory. The specific technique is called "Fire Wall" (in gratuitous English).
  • Ineffectual Loner: He was so wary of other people when he first joined up with Kyo and company that he wouldn't eat anything that other people gave him. Kyo used to think that the day Hotaru gave up being a loner would be the day he died.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Before his Heel-Face Revolving Door settles on "face", Bontenmaru snaps his left arm in several places, and then Kyo cuts it off. Hotaru barely seems to notice and responds to losing an arm with "I fight with my right". He gets it reattached off-screen and forgets that it ever came off.
  • Nice Shoes: He wears tengu geta (pictured — wooden sandals with a single tall slat instead of the standard two), which require incredible balance to even walk in. He runs around and fights in them. Amusingly, he seems to have chosen them because they make him exactly as tall as his rival and half-brother, Shinrei.
  • No Sell: Shinrei's rhythm-matching skill doesn't work on him, because Hotaru's style of fighting is so mercurial that it doesn't have a rhythm.
  • No Sense of Direction: A contender with Rorona Zoro for being the most triumphant example of this trope. The final chapter has Hotaru getting lost and somehow wandering all the way to China. The epilogue takes this even further, where it's implied that Hotaru ultimately ended up accidentally circumnavigating the entire planet before getting back to Japan. When he gets back, Yuya tries to tell him where Kyo is, even pointing the way, only for Hotaru to immediately head of in the opposite direction.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: A LOT. Possibly.
  • Playing with Fire: He combines flames of various temperatures with his swordsmanship. Ironically he almost never gets fired up under any circumstances, remaining cool-headed throughout the fight.
    • Convection Schmonvection: Even his Demon's Breath flames, the hottest he can conjure, seem to act more like a concussive energy than anything else.
  • The Resenter: He haaates his half-brother, and basically molded himself into anti-Shinrei out of spite when he was young. It's one of the reasons he uses fire (because Shinrei and his house use water) and despises the Mibu in general (because Shinrei is devoted to them).
  • Running Gag: Moving caterpillars out of the way of battle, forgetting something someone told him just minutes ago, being slow to respond, the list goes on.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Even though his head is empty, which he even is aware of, Hotaru can say some pretty darn insightful and deep things. When this is commented upon by other characters, he often has already forgotten what he said and why. The details of two of his attacks are also clear evidence that he's far more intelligent than his odd behavior implies. See below:
    • The first is Kaho Enbu, which he only uses once (in his fight against Bontenmaru in his first appearance). He sets a flame at his opponent's feet and then creates an airtight box around them, which kills the flame and suffocates the person. When the victim breaks the barrier (which is fragile on purpose), oxygen rushes in and causes the still-smoldering ember to explode.
    • Keikoku Kien is a technique that brands the Hono Chikewai onto his opponent's body. Hono Chikewai is a double-edged sword even for Hotaru, as it powers him up exponentially but damages his body as his blood burns. For his opponents, Hotaru's blood is only a weapon, burning them from the inside out.
  • The Unfavorite: Exaggerated. As the illegitimate son, Hotaru was a stain on his father's reputation. His mother was killed and her death reported as a suicide, and Hotaru has had assassins after him since he was a little kid. There's a dramatic contrast in flashbacks between young Shinrei (happy and innocent, world handed to him on a silver platter) and young Hotaru (angry, scarred, clawing and fighting just to survive).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With his half-brother Shinrei, at times to a hilarious degree.
  • You Are What You Hate: Despises the Mibu, despite the fact that he himself is at least half Mibu. Probably has something to do with his Mibu father, you know, sending assassins after him starting in infancy.

Akari

The last of the Four Heavenly Kings to be introduced, and also the most feared of the four (within the group anyways). Playing the role of a shamanic healer, Akari is there to heal any wounds the others may receive during battles, although it comes at the cost of her knowing one of their secrets. That rule however, doesn't apply to Kyo, as she is head-over-heels in love with him, going so far as to make a bet with him where if she ever lands a blow on his face, he will promise to marry her. When she is first introduced to the crew, everyone was surprised as to what could possibly cause Akira, Bontenmaru and Hotaru to cower before her presence. Turns out she possesses monstrous strength, capable of wounding even Bontenmaru (although said strength is for the most part reserved for humorous situations), and can get really riled up when certain buttons are pushed.

Oh yeah, and did we mention she is Transgender?

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP)

  • Adapted Out: She never appears in the anime.
  • Badass: Akira, Hotaru, and Bontenmaru are all afraid of her. You have to be a badass for that.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call her by her birth name or refer to her as a man.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: As Ashura, she develops blades that turn whatever they cut into stone.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As Ashura, when she attacks Kyo.
  • Breast Attack: Played for laughs when, as a result of hugging the corrosive Santera, she ends up with her fake breasts completely destroyed but reacts as if she lost her real boobs and complain that now she's flatter than Yuya.
  • Cooldown Hug: Does this to a crazed Santera to stop her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was named Mitarai Tokichiro at birth, and when Tokichiro's powers manifested, "he" was seen as a freak and a monster. This caused the child to become bitter and angry, lashing out at the world that rejected her. When she went to the Mibu, Hishigi took her in and eventually made her the head of his personal guard, but later he implanted the Devil Eye in her hand and she ran away. She spent some time alone, killing anyone the Mibu sent after her, until Kyo found her and she joined the Shiseiten.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Her glove is one for the Devil Eye on her hand.
  • Fake Boobs: Turns out she's wearing large steamed buns to simulate breasts. She's not amused when this is found out.
  • Gratuitous English: All her attacks.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Kyo restores her back to normal by reflecting the Medusa Eye's own gaze with his Tenro, causing it to be destroyed.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: She is very, very angry with Hishigi for trying to talk her out of saving him. She tells him that as long as someone will mourn his passing, he isn't allowed to choose death for himself.
  • The Medic: Akari will only heal someone, if they tell her a close personal secret.
    • And this goes for each individual time as well.
    • She's also willing to heal Yukimura in exchange for a kiss. He apparently complies... only to reveal that he swapped places with Kosuke, much to Akari's dismay.
  • The Mole: Akari is secretly Ashura, Hishigi's Imperial Guard, who was sent to spy on Kyo. Subverted by virtue of mind control.
  • Noodle Incident: She was the pivot of many dirty scandals in the past, none of which is elaborated upon.
  • Save the Villain: She tries to save Hishigi after the Devil Eyes fail and he collapses. He's not really opposed to the whole death thing at this point, and tries to convince her to let him die.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Akari's original Medusa Eye, which has the power to instantly turn anyone who sees it into ash. Subverted by the fact that Akari refuses to employ it in battle because it is a weapon for indiscriminate murder.
    • On top of that, having a power that can drain life energy itself, Akari is more on the hax side than the other three emperors.
  • Superpower Meltdown: The Medusa Eye causes one, when Hishigi activates it.
  • Trans Equals Gay: Subverted. For the most part, Akari is attracted to men (primarily Kyo, but she flirts with Yukimura and mentions an attraction to Hishigi as well). However, she does have a moment with Yuya that suggests she may be bisexual.
  • Transsexual: No one makes a very big deal about Akari being biologically male, since it's pretty obvious that she identifies as a woman. Her identity and transition were apparently supported when she was a child, likely because shamanistic powers are stronger in females. Kyo does say that the Shiseiten do not allow women to join, which would imply that he does not accept her identity. However, considering he usually uses her chosen name and female pronouns for her, he may have just been making a typically obnoxious joke.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: First as a Funny Background Event when we see her taking a pee from behind with both her hands at crotch level. Later on it happens on a Mibu Elite who gropes her only to end up with a handful of steamed manjuu.
  • Vampiric Draining: Her "air vamp" attack drains life energy. Sometimes overlaps with Life Drain to heal herself (since shamanic healing abilities do not work on the caster), but the skill seems to be primarily offensive.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She's dressed as a woman and wears Fake Boobs, but her Ashura form shows that her body is still fairly masculine. Akari is definitely Transgender, but there are times when she is played more like this trope.
  • You Are Number Six: She was "No. 13" when she was with the Mibu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink, actually.

     The Sanada Juyushi (Sanada Ten Braves) 

Sarutobi Sasuke

Everyone's favorite little ninja, Sasuke was a boy who grew up in Aokigahara until he was found by Yukimura.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Michelle Newman (EN)

  • Badass: Sasuke is the youngest of the Sanada 10, and everyone else is old enough to be his parent. But Sasuke is by far the most powerful.
    • In a rather hilarious example, one chapter features a flashback to an eight-year-old Sasuke sitting in front of a pile of the rest of the Juyushi, having just beat them all in sparring matches and complaining that none of them are strong enough to give him a challenge.
  • Cute Bruiser: One of the strongest characters in the series as well as one of the cutest.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Due to only being 12, Sasuke doesn't have the most masculine build, he can confuse anyone into believing he's a little girl.
    • In the Character Guide Book, there was an entire page dedicated to fan drawings of what Sasuke would look like if he was a girl or dressed up like a girl; Sasuke was shocked to see this and wasn't happy, while Yukimura believes Sasuke would be really cute as a girl or dressed up like one.
  • Hellish Pupils: One of his defining features as a child from Aokigahara; that is, until his abilities as a "Rare Breed" kick in, in which case it becomes a case of Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • Heroic RROD: He "crashes" if he uses his powers too much.
  • Kid Samurai: Subverted in that Sasuke is a very experienced fighter.
    • He's actually a ninja. He uses samurai based swords, but tends to attack in more speed based, stealthy ninja like ways.
  • Ninja
  • Parental Abandonment: At least it seems that way until we find out he's actually a failed creation of the Mibu clan.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is very strong for his size (Antera and Tokito being the only ones who exceed him in this respect) and is shown casually shattering trees or breaking the ground with his bare hands.
  • Power Limiter: His previous swords, including the replica of Tenro he wielded before he gained the Shibien. Sasuke already had the Raikoken before he had the Shibien, but Shibien was the first sword Sasuke could use it with that wouldn't outright shatter from the technique's power.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Manga only.
  • Sarutobi Sasuke: For the obvious reasons...
  • Shock and Awe: Once he gets Shibien.
  • The Stoic: He tries, but it doesn't take much to make him drop it.
  • You Are Number Six: He's #15379 of the "rare breed" experiments.

Kirigakure Saizo
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (JP), Marc Diraison (EN)

Anayama Kosuke
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)

  • Action Girl: She can kill bears with her own hands, though she's not as powerful as Yukimura.
  • Body Double: For Yukimura. It manages to work, despite the obvious difference.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: She may have the same face, hair and clothes as Yukimura, but her Absolute Cleavage and huge boobs marks the difference.
  • Taking the Bullet: Swaps places with Yukimura at one point to save him from Shindara. The aftermath is played for laughs when Yukimura apparently kisses Akari in exchange for healing him... except that it was Kosuke, who kissed her on the cheek.

Yuri Kamanosuke
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Nezu Jinpachi
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Miyoshi Nyuudo Isa & Seikai
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  • Bald of Awesome: Both brothers. They're not called Nyuudo for nothing.
  • Bash Brothers
  • Cool Shades: They wear sunglasses at all times and are horrified when the glasses break.
  • Gonk: They're not really that ugly, but their eyes don't quite seem to fit their faces. There's a reason why they wear sunglasses. Of course, they say they wear the sunglasses because they are the most attractive of the Juuyushi and they don't want to make the others feel bad about themselves. Sakuya thinks their eyes are beautiful, to Yuya's utter confusion.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Sakuya's opinion. Not so much Yuya's.

Rokuro Mochizuki
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Juuzo Kakei
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  • Badass Adorable: Looks like a smiling little nerd, but carries an incredible amount of guns with him and is not shy about using them.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Joins the final battle against Chinmei in time to help Sasuke and Yukimura.
  • More Dakka: Carries a lot of guns

Rokuro Unno

     Oda Nobunaga and the Jūnishinshō (Twelve Gods) 

Oda Nobunaga

The Demon King of the Sixth Circle. Oda Nobunaga was the next puppet being set up by the Mibu Clan to rule Japan. However, history took a major turn when, during Akechi Mitsuhide's attempted assassination of him at Honnoji, a young Kyo showed up and killed him, completely derailing the Mibu's clans for the country. The Mibu took Nobunaga's soul and transplanted it into a new body in a second attempt, only for a grown-up Kyo to thwart their plans again at the battle of Sekigahara. As a consequence, the Tokugawa regime, which carried no allegiance to the Mibu, rose to power. Still not satisfied, the Mibu resurrected Nobunaga for a third time in yet another body, this time sending him to the secret cave at the base of Mt. Fuji, where Kyo's real body rested in hopes of transplanting Nobunaga's demonic soul into Kyo's incredibly badass body. Once again, this plan is headed off at the pass by Kyo and Kyoshiro, with Nobunaga dying yet again. But even this still isn't enough as the Mibu plan to resurrect him again after managing to steal Kyo's body back from where Akira had hidden it. However, Kyo's body is stolen yet again by someone else (later revealed to the Former Crimson King as a favor to Kyoshiro) and Nobunaga's soul is instead implanted into Shatora/Shiina Nozomu. After yet another battle, where Kyo is briefly granted use of his true body by the Former Crimson King, Nobunaga is defeated and killed a final time.

Voiced by: Show Hayami (JP), Michael Alston Baley (EN)

  • Adaptational Badass: He's the Big Bad in the anime, and flattens the anime versions of the Four Elders. In the manga, he basically ends up a Mibu attack dog, and the Elders are way out of his league (Hishigi basically has to supervise him).
    • This is subverted in that he actually seems to be more powerful in the manga. But Kyo is stronger too, so Nobunaga still loses.
  • Arch-Enemy: Ever since Kyo defeated and killed Nobunaga for the first time at Honnoji, the two of them have been arch rivals across all of Nobunaga's reincarnations.
  • Badass: He's the first character shown to have defeated Kyo. And he doesn't even get off his horse.
  • Bad Boss: After he takes over Shiina Nozomu's body, he uses Nozomu's power to resurrect the Juunishinsho that Kyo and the others had killed already. While Kyo is fighting them, Nobunaga proceeds to launch his own attacks through them, cutting them to pieces in the process. Because Kyo dodges, Nobunaga berates his soldiers for failing to be useful in even that respect before destroying them again. When he tries to summon them a second time, they don't answer his call.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: He's reduced to just a head in a jar for a while, but he's not dead and is eventually restored.
  • Death Is Cheap: Is brought back to life no fewer than three times over the course of the series and its backstory. His demonic soul can be transplanted from one body to another. However, depending on the body his soul is put into, his abilities may be weakened or enhanced, which is why his ultimate goal is to take Kyo's body.
  • Demon King Nobunaga: One version of Nobunaga who's apparently the most evil being in existance period.
  • Grand Theft Me: Wants Kyo's real body, which he gets in the anime.
    • Does this to Shatora in the manga.
  • The Grim Reaper: A lot of his techniques involve using the power of the Shinigami.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Yet another historical figure. The real Nobunaga, while brutal, probably was not that evil.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Fear, mostly, according to the fake Mekira, who claims that he and his fellow generals are terrified of him. They also follow him for the power he promised them.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the anime, by the top of the falling Tokyo Tower. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • No Body Left Behind: After the first battle only his head remains. He's not so lucky the second time.
  • Not So Different: While he's vanishing for the second time, Sasuke notices that, in the end, Nobunaga was not so different from them.
  • Scars Are Forever: The burns he received at Honnoji follow him from body to body.
  • Smug Super: For one thing, he congratulates Benitora for getting him off his horse.
  • Taking You with Me: His Desperation Attack Tenma Gokasho, his attempt to kill off Akari, Sasuke and Yuuya. Kyo, however, is able to stop it.
  • The Starscream: Implied that he wanted to use the knowledge of Nozomu's body to turn against the Mibu and conquer them too.
  • We Will Meet Again: He claims this as he is dying for the final time in the manga. Kyo responds that he looks forward to it.
  • When Trees Attack: In the Anime, Shatora revived him in a tree. As a result he can control the whole Sea of Trees to attack and even turns into a giant monster made of trees to kill Kyo.

Shindara
Voiced by: Takayuki Yamaguchi (JP), Ryan Brack (EN)

  • Co-Dragons: With Basara to Nobunaga during the Forest Arc.
  • Deal with the Devil: The mark on his cheek symbolize his pact with the Mibu.
  • Elemental Powers: According to Saizo, he can manipulate earth, air, water, and fire. However he only ever demonstrates water and fire.
    • His ability to use them however is below that of Hotaru or Shinrei, making him more of a Masterof None.
  • Expy: During his fight against Yukimura his long shiny hair, pants and black markings over his exposed torso, arms and face makes him similar to Yusuke's demon form.
  • Healing Factor: Its so strong, he's thought to be immortal. It can be overpowered though. It was changed to a black hole-like defense in the anime.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In order to save Sasuke.
    • In the Anime he uses his black hole-like body to absorb the incoming falling star containing the Gate to the Underworld, saving everyone.
  • Ninja: According to Saizo, he's a Ninja Master, superior to anyone else.
  • Red Baron: Shindara the Immortal.
  • Reverse Mole
  • Sarutobi Sasuke: The original, once the leader of the Sanada Ten, and young Sasuke's namesake.
  • Summon Magic: One of his jutsu creates large illusionary demons who still has his force.
  • Visual Kei: He fits the aesthetic, and this was even his nickname among the author's staff.

Antera
Voiced by: Kana Ueda (JP)

  • Blondes Are Evil: Not all that evil in the end, though her being blonde is justified due to her being a Mibu.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Taking Crime Monster just reset her to her real adult age, causing her to succumb to the Death Disease. Lampshaded by Antera herself.
  • Cute Bruiser: She crushed a man's skull with her bare hand by accident when her companion called her an old woman.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Daddy doesn't want her to be one.
  • Drop the Hammer: Her weapons of choice. Chinese hammers, to be specific.
  • Fille Fatale: In her first appearence she's nearly naked in the bedroom of a openly pedophile samurai and looks at his mercy. The following dialogue with Bikara and Shindara implies that she actually did it on purpose in order to get his estate and goods.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She regains her memories when she turns back into her adult form, but upon becoming a child again she loses them.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to a side comic this is the reason why she got Super Strength.

Bikara
Voiced by: Katsuhiro Harasawa (JP)

  • Badass Gay: Hey, is the same guy who once fought Kyo for hours at Sekigahara and nearly overpowered him in the forest before losing.
  • The Brute: Relies on brute strength, but that's all he has in similarities with this trope
    • Then again subverted, his real trump card is his speed.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: He behaves and talk like a woman, and tries to kill Yuya out of jealousy just because she was there. Unlike many other examples of this trope, he's a huge, muscular man.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Averted in the anime adaptation, where he sounds just narcissistic.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Anime only, he's implied to be the son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Antera. She frequently rides around on his shoulder and, while the two bicker often, it's clear that they are in fact very good friends.
  • Human Popsicle: How he meets his end.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His brute strength and chakrams (an unusual weapon in this setting) are meant to hide the fact that his most dangerous asset is his ridiculous speed.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: After telling the group that he won't attack them while Kyo is asleep he scratches himself on the face with a twig, and reacts by losing his cool and attacking.
  • One-Winged Angel: Only in the anime. He turns into a massive cephalotorax Ken'yo trying to save Antera.
  • Stalker with a Crush: For Kyo.
  • Villainous Valor: In the anime, as soon as Antera collapses for using too much power he immediatly rushes to her side, scolds her for overdoing and tries to save her life by turning into his Ken'yo form with her. When she warns him that he'll only grow weak from absorbing her he still does it, assuring her that he's strong enough for both of them. He then goes berserk when she's killed by Kyo.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In his confrontation with Kyo, Bikara was preparing to use some kind of special technique, but ended up not using it as Shindara showed up to call the fight off. Sadly, we never got to see what that technique was as Bikara was offed by Akira shortly afterwards.

Ajira

Basara
Voiced by: Norihisa Mori (JP), Zachary Alexander (EN)

  • The Archer: He fights exclusively with the bow and arrow.
  • Batman Gambit: His method for fighting in close combat is to fire countless arrows into the air, timing them so that they rain down around him, forming a "shield" whenever an opponent tries to get in close to him.
  • The Dragon: As Nobunaga's pageboy, he's his right-hand man during the Forest arc. In the anime he shares this role with Shatora.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: To the point that the author had to specify that he's a guy.
  • Eye Scream: In the anime Yukimura kills him this way with his own arrows.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In the anime he's outright stated to be Ranmaru Mori.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Fires with ridiculous speed and even more ridiculous accuracy, hitting tiny targets, such as eyes and mouths with several arrows in a single instant and even firing upwards of fifty arrows simultaneously at one time, all with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Once Yukimura's done with him.
  • Oh Crap!: When Yukimura treated his attacks as Annoying Arrows.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the anime, he turns into a muscular humanoid Ken'yo with a grotesque three-eyed head and the ability to shoot arrows from his very body.
  • Rain of Arrows: His Demon-Slaying Barrier will causes this on anyone who approaches him.
  • Smart Ball: In the anime he has the brilliant idea to shoot Kyo with a poisoned arrow in order to weaken him. Too bad Nobunaga prefers Honor Before Reason and chases him away for such behaviour.
  • Third-Person Person: He tends to refer to himself as Maro, which is likely his real name.
    • On the other hand it could be a very antiquated personal pronoun.
  • With Due Respect: He mockingly refers to Akira with the overly-respectful honorific "-dono" and refuses to call him "Ajira", which is his title in the Jyunishinsho. He was apparently close to the original Ajira, whom Akira killed for a Klingon Promotion.

The Fake Haira
Voiced by: Soichiro Tanaka (JP)

  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime not only he's a direct descendent of Nobunaga, but he's also much more fearsome in combat, giving Kyo a hard time thanks to his transformation.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his right arm to Yukimura in no time. He manages to close the wound and keep fighting by flexing his muscles.
  • Bad Boss: After claiming to be A Father to His Men, he stabs one of his own underlings for failing to kill the heroes.
  • BFS: Wields Six of them, called "Houhishoyoku" (Flying Wings of the Peng).
  • The Brute
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems a boisterous and nice opponent at first glace, but he eventually turns into an unlikeable, vulgar blowhard.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Yukimura is fond of this finisher.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the anime he turns immediately into a giant winged Ken'yo with sword-like feathers.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Likes to boast a tad too much, but hasn't got what it takes to back it up.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: He mostly throws his gigantic blades like boomerangs at the target, he can even throw several of them at once.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starting when Yukimura lops off his arm.

Haira

  • The Berserker
  • Bishonen Line: When Haira reveals his true power, he actually slims down into a much more handsome form. Ironically, he considers this form to be ugly as it looks utterly weak by his standards.
  • The Brute: Only relies on physical prowess and is considered the strongest General in this field.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: During the first part of the fight, he forces Bontenmaru to play word games, getting in a hit every time Bon loses one of their exchanges. Bon manages to turn it around by switching to phrase-based games, but it all goes out the window when Haira gets serious.
  • Dirty Coward: Begs for his life when Bontenmaru has the upper hand, only to try another attack as he turns away. When Bon dodges, he's back to whimpering for mercy again.
  • Fan Disservice: Nearly all the other characters shown so far are gorgeous bishonen. Cue to Haira's fat form.
  • Fat Bastard: At first...
  • Frickin' Laser Beam: His Union Core attack. Don't ask how he makes them.
  • Gonk: His original form. Oddly enough, he considers it handsome and is totally repulsed by his battle form.
  • Hulk Speak: He actually use fluent Gratuitous English in the original.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Even more so than the other Berserkers, he never shuts up about how Bontenmaru is "meat" or how he should eat him.
  • Just Toying with Them: Spends most of his fight with Bon going easy on him. According to him, it's because he doesn't want to turn him into mincemeat as he'll like to eat him in a different manner.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his true form, Haira's unbelievably fast and hits ridiculously hard. Bon had to go into his own berserker mode to defeat the guy.
  • Master of Your Domain: According to himself, Haira's power is the strongest among the Berserkers because he has 100% control of all his muscles. Whether it falls into this or Badass Boast is up to the reader.
  • The Pig Pen: In his fat form he even has mold growing on his shirt.
  • Shiritori: At first he challenges Bontenmaru to a game of shiritori where he can use the words as names for his attacks. He's defeated when Bontenmaru starts using idioms instead of words, confusing him.

The Fake Indara, AKA Izumo no Okuni

Known to be a powerful spy and informer, Okuni loves Kyo to the point where making him hate her would just make her happy. Despite joining the Jūnishinshō as the fake Indara, she would not hesitate to give her life for Kyo.

Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP), Deborah S. Craig (EN)

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She plays it straight, having fallen in love with Kyo for his Badassery and ability to kill things.
  • Buxom Is Better: And she's damn proud of it.
  • Faux Action Girl: Despite being a skillful ninja-like spy and member of the Juunishinsho, she barely shows her skills in combat. Even when going all out against Taihaku, she fails to harm him.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Justified as she's supposed to be a spy.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: She always wears her kimono's sleeves nearly hanging off her shoulders to expose her cleavage. How in the world is stays in the exact same position at all times, we'll never know.
  • Important Haircut: Courtesy of Akira, who cut her hair rather than killing her when she offered her life in exchange for returning Kyo's body.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Part of why she fell for Kyo.
    • She gets more than a little creepy with it at times, like when Benitora and Kyo fought a match for fun, and Okuni was sweating bullets, feeling herself up, and depending on the translation, said she wanted to see the winner bathe in the loser's blood.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted. She jumps in front of Nobunaga's sword to save Kyo, believing she will die.
  • Might Makes Right: After Yuya is endangered by Shinrei, she makes a speech to Benitora that essentially can be summed up as this trope.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Okuni's completely fine with Kyo trying to break her neck with his bare hands, so long as he's thinking of her while he's doing it.
  • Razor Floss: Use sharp steel strings as her weapon of choice.
  • The Worf Effect: Yukimura's presence was the only reason why Taihaku didn't butcher her in combat. She's also badly wounded by Yuan and left for dead while trying to sneak into the Mibu's inner fortress. Even later, she's turned into a puppet by the real Indara and forced to attack Sasuke, and Sasuke still knocks her out with ease.

Indara

  • Ax-Crazy: Especially as the fight goes on, though it's pretty clear that she's more unhinged than her colleagues.
  • The Berserker: One that doesn't look like the part... at first.
  • Dark Action Girl: The only one among the Junishinsho who properly qualifies.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: She, unlike the others seems very interested in eating a rare breed like Sasuke.
  • Lady of War: Complete with an outfit who resembles one out of Journey to the West.
  • Mind over Matter: Her secret technique Siren Breath allows her to manipulate people (Kotaro in the past) and even matter like rock and wind. She can even use it on herself, turning her arms into diamond.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She's a petite lady, and yet can swing her giant folding fan with ease.
  • No Body Left Behind: She's completely incinerated by Sasuke's Kirin.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: A giant steel one is her weapon.
  • Slasher Smile: During the latter half of the battle.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Berserker.
  • Verbal Tic: Repeats words constantly.

The Fake Kubira

  • Actually a Doombot: Often employs this trick. In fact, the real Kubira is the little doll he was holding up the entire time.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: His strategy for fighting Kyo revolves around this, using waves of puppets to keep Kyo fighting until his ten-minute time limit runs out. It backfires on him badly.
  • Evil Genius: He fancies himself as the smartest of the twelve.
  • He Knows Too Much: He figured something out about Kyo and Kyoshiro over the course of their fight, which prompts Akira to pull this on him.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the anime he turns into a colossal Ken'yo seemingly made of puppets and machines mashed together.
  • Spot the Imposter: Subverted. He attempts to trick Kyo with two puppets disguised as Yuya, setting up a situation where no matter who Kyo picked, it would result in failure for him. Unfortunately for Kubira, Kyo decides to kill both of them.
  • Whip It Good: His main weapon is actually a Cat 'O Nine Tails made from barbed segments that can slice through rock and shred flesh.

Kubira

  • The Berserker: Subverted, he's the best mannered of the foursome.
  • Child Eater: Claims that, to Berserkers, the sweetest treat is the meat of young girls, just like Antera. Oddly, the other three guys express different tastes.
  • Cool Hat
  • Ditto Fighter: Subverted in that he doesn't turn into his opponent, but instead asks his opponent a question and then transforms into whoever appears in their mind. This leads to a serious Oh Crap! moment when he asks Benitora, Hotaru, and Akira just who they think the strongest is. Their ultimate answer is Demon Eyes Kyo in his true body. The power of the form that he takes fluctuates according to the perception of the person who is fighting him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He became a Berserker and slave to the Mibu in order to save his daughter Anju (AKA Antera).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Reluctantly.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: After Akira damages his arm with Grand Cross and the Inferno's Chill starts to destroy it, Kubira cuts the arm off to save himself.
  • Noble Demon: He's the kindest of the twelve.

The Fake Mekira

Mekira

Makora
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP)

Santera
Voiced by: Miki Machii (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)

  • Child Soldier: She's only ten.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the anime she dies freeing Shindara and Yuya from Akira's Ice Cocoon.
  • Dojikko
  • Face-Heel Turn: She briefly joins Akari and Yuya after the latter manages to calm her. The same happens in the anime, where she's much more villainous.
  • Glass Cannon: On one hand, she's a clumsy ten years old ditz who can be knocked unconscious with a well-aimed slap. On the other hand, she can secrete acidic scales in the air around her so fast that most opponent would end up corroded to death before they can approach.
  • One-Winged Angel: After injecting with Crime Monster she turns into an adult form with butterfly wings and white eyes. Sadly, in this form she's berserk.
    • In the anime, she merges with Ieyasu to form a massive, butterfly-like Ken'yo.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Poisonous Person: Can shed poisonous spores that rot anything in their path.
  • Taken for Granite: Temporarily, during the fight against the real Mekira.

Shatora (manga)

One of the most powerful of the Junishinsho, he was kept behind to reserve his strength the first time they fought Kyo. He is really Yuya's brother, Shiina Nozomu, brought back from the dead as a slave of the Mibu. In the Anime, Shatora is a woman from the Mibu clan and Nobunaga's sister (listed below as she is essentially a completely different character).

Not voiced as he does not appear in the audio dramas

  • Cynicism Catalyst: His murder caused his young, happy-go-lucky sister Yuya to become a bounty hunter seeking revenge against his killer.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When his body is taken over by Nobunaga.
  • Grand Theft Me
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason the Crimson King had him killed. He found the greatest secret of the Mibu clan.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He manages to get control of his body despite being possessed, and takes that opportunity to stab himself and weaken Nobunaga.
  • You Are Number Six: The Mibu designated him "No. 7" of the shamans when he was taken in.

Shatora (anime)

The sister of Oda Nobunaga, she intends to marry him after restoring him to life.
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (JP), Shelly Dean (EN)

  • Anachronism Stew: Migeira uses the powered-up Hajao to show her that chronologically speaking she should have died at Shizugatake with Katsuiie. Upon witnessing said time paradox, she turns into dust.
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Gender Flip: She has an extremely different role from her manga counterpart and is also female. At the time the anime was developed, Shatora's identity had not yet been revealed in the manga.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Nobunaga is understandable, but what did Oichi ever did to you?
  • Royal Rapier: She has one.
  • Villainous Incest: She intends to marry Nobunaga, her own brother.

     The Goyosei (Five Shining Stars) 
Tropes that apply to the Goyosei in general
  • Adapted Out: Chinmei and Taihaku don't appear in the Anime continuity, nor the name Goyosei is used.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Averted. It's shown throughout the story that superiority is determined by the wielder's skill and individual strength rather than their elemental affinity.
  • Elemental Powers: Each of the Goyosei represents one of the five Chinese elements. Also each one (with one major exception) wields powers based on those elements.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They are this to The Taishiro.
  • Stellar Name: As part of their Theme Naming, the Goyosei are named after their respective planets using their old name and removing the -sei (star or, in this case, planet). For example Taihaku is named after Taihakusei (Venus, the Gold Star), Chinmei is named after Chinsei (Saturn, the Earth Star) and so on.

Shinrei

The first of the Goyosei to be introduced. He represents the element of water and wields the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu that allows him to summon waterwyrms, powerful dragons made from water. In addition to this, he can crystallize water to create blades. He is initially the most fervently loyal of all the Goyosei until it is revealed that his mentor Fubuki killed his respected friend, Taihaku. In spite of this, Shinrei remains personally loyal to the Mibu Clan in general but comes to believe that the Taishiro and the Sendai Aka no Ou are the true source of the evil that threatens his clan.

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), John Campbell (EN)

  • A God Am I: He wholehearedly believes the Mibu to be divine. And he doesn't take it well when he finds out they aren't.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: It takes some time for his opponent to figure out the disorienting way he fights, if they can at all. That time gives Shinrei the opportunity to memorize and adapt to their rhythm, allowing him to flawlessly anticipate his enemy's next move.
  • Break the Cutie: He was a sweetheart when he was a kid, talking to outcast Kyo and always professing his determination to protect the people he cared about. After he tried to tell people that the demon child was not evil, his father severely punished him, and he was quickly indoctrinated into the Mibu's A God Am I and Might Makes Right philosophies.
  • Dance Battler: Twofold. Firstly, Shinrei's basic form of attack is a dance-like technique that allows him to change the direction of his swing mid-stroke, which throws off an opponent who can read the path of the blade since the path of said blade changes midway through the swing, catching him off guard. Secondly, even if the enemy figures out a way around the first type of attack, by the time they do so, Shinrei will have memorized their rhythm.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His "scarlet wyrms", dragons created by mixing his own blood with water. These water dragons are corrosive and much stronger than the standard variety, but they're also harder to control and can damage the user.
  • Deadly Upgrade: He has Hotaru use his Keikoku Kien technique to brand Hono Chikewai onto his body, powering him up to fight Fubuki. Subverted because 1) It fails to defeat Fubuki and 2) Shinrei doesn't die.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Kind of. He doesn't really turn because of his loss to Kyo, but because he realizes he has been deceived by Fubuki and begins to see the possibility that Muramasa wasn't misguided in seeing Kyo as his "hope".
  • Elemental Rivalry: He has one with Hotaru, with him using water and Hotaru using fire.
  • Generation Xerox: Of Fubuki, not his father. Hishigi says at one point that Shinrei is "truly the image of Fubuki as a young man." It's likely that Shinrei is related to Fubuki (it's stated that Shinrei's family developed the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu school), but he is not Fubuki's son.
  • Glass Cannon: He has excellent avoidance tactics and can do a lot of damage, but once someone actually catches him he can't take much punishment.
  • Gratuitous English: "Dragon's Red Tears", his strongest technique.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He denies that he's allying with Kyo and company at first, but he is no longer antagonistic after losing to Kyo. He feels betrayed by Fubuki and turns against the Taishiro and the Former Crimson King, but remains loyal to the Mibu clan as a whole.
  • Hollywood Acid: His Red Dragons are made of a corrosive liquid that should melt anything with ease.
  • Honor Before Reason: He has a very strict moral code by which he lives, and sometimes it leads him to do extremely impractical things.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The vast majority of Shinrei's attacks, including all of his named ones, are dragon themed.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Violently butchers the five Goyosei wannabe who tried to poison Kyo and insulted the memory of Saisei and Taihaku.
  • Kiss of Death: Kisses Yuya and at the same time he implants a water dragon in her chest: upon a certain number of days, said dragon will grow wild and tear her heart from the inside. Eventually it disappears as he's defeated.
  • Luke I Am Your Brother: Shinrei is actually Hotaru's half brother. This is subverted by the fact that both of them know this, but each apparently believes that the other does not.
  • Making a Splash: His power is based around water. Originally it was a dance for the Mibu royalty. It can also allow him to manipulate his own blood, but apparently doesn't work on ice (he can still crystallize water to make it solid).
  • Oddly Shaped Sword: His Curved Mirror Broadswords are two short swords with double edged U shaped blades. He can make a good use of them.
  • Oh Crap!: When he realizes that all of the water on the battlefield is under Fubuki's control, including Shinrei's own swords.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hot-headed, easily-angered red to Hotaru's chilled-out blue. Unusually, their color schemes and elements are the opposite of their "oni" types.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His blades are made of crystallized water, and he can make them out of his own blood if required. At one point, after being stabbed, he forms water dragons out of the blood from that injury to attack his opponent. The blades of water are useful when Kyo breaks one of them, because Shinrei can simply reform it. However, their construction backfires when Shinrei fights Fubuki - his mentor and a true master of water - who takes all of the water on the battlefield out of Shinrei's control. Including his swords.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Hotaru, on occasion. Hotaru is horrified when Shinrei asks for his help and asks if Shinrei has lost all of his pride.
  • The Unfought: In the anime, except for the battle against Muramasa.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2 with Hotaru, eventually.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his best efforts and stated talent, he's stomped by Fubuki and rarely wins a fight against anyone significant unless they are already disadvantaged. For instance, he defeats Hotaru at one point, but only because Hotaru is still very badly wounded from fighting Kyo. And it's stated that the only reason he almost defeats Kyo is that Kyo is also badly hurt from fighting Hotaru and Chinmei earlier.

Keikoku

See Hotaru

Taihaku

The leader of the Goyosei. Taihaku represents the element of metal (or gold in the translated version). However, unlike his other comrades in the Goyosei, he lacks elemental powers of any type. Taihaku is by far the most compassionate and benevolent of the Goyosei and a good bit of the cast in general. He is greatly respected by Shinrei and even Keikoku to a certain extent. In his free time, he looks after the children that are considered the failures of Mibu experiments, even though this is looked down on.

It is eventually revealed that he is in fact a mortal human who was adopted into the Mibu by the Former Crimson King, who granted him a Mibu's extended lifespan. After being defeated in battle by Benitora, Taihaku decides to side with Kyo in the others, but is killed by Fubuki.
  • Badass Normal: Lacks the elemental powers of the other Goyosei, but makes up for it with several lifetimes worth of sheer training. As a result, he can swing a sword so fast that to most people he doesn't even seem to move before he cuts them to pieces.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: A bit jarring, since he's human, not a Mibu.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to Benitora, Taihauku decides to join the heroes. Unfortunately, this doesn't last long (see below).
  • Gentle Giant: The largest of the Goyosei, but one of the most benevolent characters in the entire series, and that includes the majority of the main cast.
  • Honor Before Reason: Is deeply conflicted about the Aka no Ou's plans for the world, but see's no hope in rebellion and is trapped by his honest belief that serving the Mibu is the only option he has.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He moves so fast he appears to be immovable when he's actually attacking.
  • Made of Iron: Tanks Okuni's steel strings and later pulls them from his wound and breaks them like uncooked spaghetti as if it was nothing.
  • Morality Pet: The children he looks after. Subverted in that they are not what keeps Taihaku from being evil, but are instead a sign that he is not evil.
  • Nice Guy: Probably the nicest guy in the entire cast, making him a Token Good Teammate.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He's convinced to side with the heroes and is then offed by Fubuki mere seconds later.
  • The Worf Effect: Subverted. Taihaku is killed off rather quickly by Fubuki. This is subverted by the fact that his death is justified by the fact that he had nearly died in battle a few minutes earlier. The demonstration of his killer's skill comes from the fact that Taihaku was killed while standing right next to the heroes without any one of them even noticing until he dropped dead with a sword in his back.

Saishi

The Wood of the Goyosei. Saishi is an attractive looking woman with an impressive bust, dressed in a nurse's uniform (which is perplexing since this takes place in the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate). She, along with her companion Saisei, guard the second of the five gates leading into the Mibu stronghold. In spite of her cute appearance, she is exceptionally cruel and undeniably evil. She enjoys toying with enemy and ally alike. She is armed with the ability to resurrect the dead as extremely difficult to kill zombies as well as potent regenerative abilities that allow her wounds to heal near instantaneously.

After a prolonged battle, it is revealed that Saishi is the only one of the pair that is an actual member of the Goyosei and that Saisei is just the most advanced of Saishi's animated corpses. Saishi is eventually defeated by Akira after he successfully nullifies her regenerative abilities with his ice techniques.

Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (JP)

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Lampshaded by Saishi herself as her regenerative abilities remove any necessity for defensive measures...that is until Akira eliminates them.
  • All Women Are Lustful: All she can think of is to find a man. She also express a lot of interest in the group's males. In the anime, she and Saisei express the desire to play with Kyo and "touch him everywhere".
  • Amazon Brigade: Her zombies are a bunch of half-naked girls in bandages ranging from cute to voluptuous, but despite their looks they still are nigh unstoppable killer machines which can reveal rotten faces when wounded, making their cuteness jarring.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She uses her zombies to get the measure of Kyo, Akira and Bontenmaru's abilities and plan for a future confrontation. However, this is averted as Akira easily surpasses her expectations.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's stroger than Saisei and also bustier.
  • Clothing Damage: She can't regenerate her clothes, resulting in more, gratuitous fanservice.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: She's cut in half twice but regenerates. In the Anime she's defeated when Benitora cuts her in half horizontally so that Migeira can shoot her heart from the gaping hole.
  • Healing Factor: Saishi is able to survive being cut to pieces and regenerates almost instantly. Because of this, she can attack without any regard for her own safety as no attack is likely to hurt her...until Akira gets serious.
    • In the Anime, hers and Saisei's bodies contain a nearly infinite space where the vulnerable heart cannot be reached by conventional weapons. Too bad they're up against two gunslingers...
  • Kick the Dog: She first has Saisei speed up the Water Dragon inside Yuya to hasten her death (only because she didn't like the idea of her being protected by so many handsome guys) and later steps on Saisei's petals after her death while calling her useless.
  • Kill It with Ice: How she meet her end, complete with Literally Shattered Lives.
  • Killer Rabbit: Saishi's fighting form is that of a...bunny girl. However, in spite of her cute appearance, her superhuman strength allows her to beat her enemies to death. In general she doesn't look like a serious fighter, but when she cuts loose... holy shit!
  • Lack of Empathy: Her disdainful reaction to Saisei's death and the reasons why she created her in the first place reeks with this and are the reason why Akira gets mad at her.
  • Male Gaze: During her Shower Scene she brings the attention on a zit which grew on her boobs.
  • The Necromancer: She has the power to raise people from the dead as zombies that are terrifyingly hard to kill. With a little extra work, she can create even more dangerous super zombies that were once famous warriors. Notable examples include Benkei and Yoshitsune and Saisei, who is actually Tomoe Gozen.
  • Oh Crap!: Reacts with utter terror when the ice from Grand Cross prevent her from healing. In the anime she has one when Migeira shoots her heart to pieces preventing her from reforming.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Anime!Saishi gives this vibe.
  • Smug Snake: Is an absolutely twisted bitch who smugly believes she is invincible and can get away with some sick stuff. This only serves to make her defeat all the more satisfying.

Saisei

Saishi's companion. It's revealed during her fight with Akira that Saisei is not actually one of the Goyosei, but another of Saishi's zombies. Her true identity is Tomoe Gozen. She has something of a relationship with Shinrei and is extremely devoted to him, despite being Saishi's puppet. She is ultimately defeated by Akira in battle.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She's just as evil as Saishi in the Anime.
  • Attack Reflector: Her secret technique allows her to form a special space on her abdomen which reflects any attack right back at the attacker with another portal opening on his body. Akira manages to kill her using this principle to stab the portal on his body, thus hitting her instead.
  • Badass: Give this lady her due: without having Saishi's regenerative power she's still able to fight on par with Akira, turn his own secret technique against him and nearly kills him.
  • Back from the Dead: And not very happy about it.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her weapon of choice is a truly gigantic naginata.
  • Breast Attack: In the anime, when Benitora spears her chest he hits squarely in the boob. She then tears the wound open like a broken soccer ball to show off the infinite space inside her body.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Her ultimate technique summons a storm of cherry blossom petals that hit ridiculously hard.
  • Cool Helmet: An awesome-looking samurai helmet filled with ornaments.
  • Dead All Along: She's a zombie, only a better one than the usual types.
  • Deader Than Dead
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • Lady of War: She's the most famous female samurai in the history of Japan. Duh.
  • Male Gaze: She's subjected to this, usually with focus on her bare legs.
  • Petal Power: Her "Zetsu: Hyakkaouran" attack summons a storm of them as she tears the enemy to pieces. When she dies, her body scatters into petals, with a handful of them reaching her beloved Shinrei.
  • The Stoic: Compared to Saishi.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the anime, she absorbs Yuya in her body, allowing Yuya to shoot her heart and kill her.

Chinmei / Mibu Kyojiro

Chinmei is the Goyosei of Earth, which gives him the power to manipulate gravity. This makes him a formidable combatant since it enables him to immobilize his enemies at will by increasing the gravity in their vicinity fly by eliminating the gravity in his own vicinity and do a large variety of tricks up to and including creating miniature black holes. Chinmei looks a lot like a hippie and complements his appearance by speaking a lot about "peace and love." However, this is just a cover for his real personality, as Chinmei is in fact the most evil and sadistic of the Goyosei who revels in the misery and bloodshed that he is able to sow. Chinmei is often referred to as the Joker of the Goyosei, as he is a wildcard that even the Taishiro do not fully understand.

In truth, Chinmei is Mibu Kyojiro, the second of the Red Cross Knights. He was the first Knight created by the Former Crimson King and serves as his special agent and assassin.

In the far flung past, Chinmei was in love with a seer who, like Sakuya, had her heart synchronized with the Former Crimson King. At her request, Chinmei killed her with the hope that the Former Crimson King would die along with her. However, the Crimson King did not die and Chinmei's ability to resurrect her was taken away as punishment. While he presumably works for the Former Crimson King in hopes of one day being able to revive her in return for his service, the truth is that over the millennia he has gradually forgotten everything about her, due to The Fog of Ages that usually comes with being immortal, ultimately coming to wonder if she even existed at all. This caused him to sink into absolute madness where the only solace he could find was in indiscriminate carnage.

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP)

  • And I Must Scream: Chinmei's tale about his long descent into madness as the sheer weight of time strips him of his memories of the woman he loved and ultimately erasing all feeling whatsoever is a horrifying thing to think about.
  • Almighty Janitor: Played with, he's actually much stronger than his initial rank as one of the Goyosei suggests. He's actually one of the Red Cross Knights.
  • Arc Welding: Chinmei is the one who killed Mahiro's sister (Muramasa's wife), leaving her dead body at the scene with Kyo standing over it, just in time for Mahiro to blunder in and assume that the whole thing was Kyo's fault. However, Kyo never denies this, believing that since he wasn't able to save her, it was the same as killing her himself.
  • Ax-Crazy: Probably the most horrific example in the series as killing is the only thing that stimulates Chinmei at all.
  • Death Equals Redemption: As he's about to be absorbed by the Crimson King, he helps Kyoushiro to get out, telling him (as he finally cries tears) to protect Sakuya and not to end up like him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Can use rocks as a shield or as a rain of meteors.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: This is what happens when he cuts "Yukimura"'s clothes... only to be awarded with a delightful sight of Kosuke's bosom. It actually buys her enough time to get away.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When the squad of Mibu soldiers who failed to recover Kyo's body begged for mercy, he promised them that, if they manage to get past a line draw behind him he'll speak to their superior. The soldiers seems to think it's impossible but they all manage to get past Chinmei unharmed... then, as they rejoice, Chinmei slashes them all to pieces without warning.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Gives off a peace loving vibe of a hipster, but is actually one of the most unstable and sadistic characters in the series
  • The Fog of Ages: It's what drove him insane, as the time passing by him is played realistically.
  • Gravity Master: Chinmei's powers allow him to manipulate gravity and even create black holes.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Along with Benitora, Chinmei is one of the few characters to use this. However, it is used to help juxtapose his goofy image with the terrifying reality of his sadistic and twisted nature.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Oda was the first real threat in the series, but this guy made the story Darker and Edgier
  • Made of Iron: Dude lost an arm, got hit by Suzaku, was seriously wounded by Sasuke aided by the Juyuushi and bifurcated by Yukimura, but he only died for real when the Former Crimson King absorbed his flesh and blood.
  • The Mole: He's this for the king within the Goyosei and is actually one of the four Red Cross Knights. He also masquerades as Spade, one of Tokito's four elite, in order to steal Tokito's Muramasa blade.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Gravity powers check, red demonic eyes check, losing your sanity by living for eons check, and a Psycho for Hire check
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Real paper fans, which he uses as weapons. However when he's serious he uses a katana.
  • Psycho for Hire: Plays the act of a peace loving hippie, but it's obvious he's out for killing. He even admits that killing is the only thing that makes him feel anything.
  • Say It with Hearts: Or in his case, glasses-wearing smiley faces.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Inverted in that Chinmei looks his most sinister when we can see what's behind those dark lenses
  • Technical Pacifist: Subverted. He can't shut up about love and peace, but it soon becomes obvious that he's out for blood.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Becomes really deranged near the end, after being defeated by Sasuke.

     The Taishiro (Four Elders) and Imperial Guards 
The current lineup, from left to right: Hishigi, Fubuki, Tokito, and Yuan

Tropes that apply to the Taishiro in general

Fubuki
Featuring undead cat

The current leader of the Four Elders, Fubuki was once Muramasa's best friend, despite usually disagreeing and arguing with each other over everything. He is also the one who taught Shinrei the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu, and is shown to be a skilled Necromancer. Before Muramasa defected from the Mibu, Fubuki was a kind-hearted man who loved life. Now, he acts as the merciless will of the Sendai Aka no Ou, slaughtering everything he sees as a hindrance towards the Aka no Ou's plans for the Mibu. He is also Tokito's real father.

Fubuki is the only one of the current Taishiro whose imperial guard makes no appearance in the story.

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP)

  • The Atoner: After throwing himself onto Shinrei's sword, he says that his plan was always to die atoning for his and Hishigi's crimes.
  • Badass: One of the strongest Taishiro, he manages to hold his own even after Kyo gets yet another upgrade in badass. Not to mention that he flattens Shinrei and Hotaru with ease.
    • Badass Longhair: Though an omake jokes that it's actually a wig, making Fubuki Bald of Awesome instead.
    • Cultured Badass: He used to perform on the water stage at festivals in better times — the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu school was developed as a dance as much as a fighting style.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him/Shoo the Suicidally Loyal Friend: There are moments where it really seems like he's trying to get Hishigi to leave the Mibu, sometimes aggressively saying he doesn't care if he stays or not. Hishigi just reminds him that he vowed to follow Fubuki until the end... even if that path leads nowhere but hell.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Stabs Shinrei and Taihaku in the back, fills the battlefield with mist so Hotaru can't use his fire techniques, has zero qualms about joining Hishigi to subdue Yuan instead of fighting one-on-one, etc.
  • Cool Sword: A large katana with a cross-shaped hilt which is quite distinctive. Too bad we don't get to know its name.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Like his protege, Shinrei, he can use the more powerful "scarlet" water dragons formed from his own blood mixed with water. Because Fubuki is a master, the technique is less dangerous to him than it is to the less-experienced Shinrei.
  • Deadly Upgrade: As the leader of the Taishiro, Fubuki possesses a one-time spell that greatly increases his power. It's a one-time spell because he needs to stab himself in the heart to activate it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: For Tokito, when the Sendai Aka No Ou attempts to kill her.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Like Shinrei's, his attacks are dragon-themed.
  • Knight Templar
  • Making a Splash: A master of the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu, his skills make Shinrei's (already damn impressive) look absolutely tame by comparison.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's not slow except by comparison — he's the only one of the current Taishiro who doesn't fall into the Lightning Bruiser category, preferring to block and retaliate instead of dodging.
  • Mundane Utility: Most people use necromancy to make zombie minions, or bring back loved ones. Fubuki uses it to resurrect dead cats and fix swords. He tried bringing back loved ones, but because the Mibu are Artificial Humans, it didn't work.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He believes that the Sendai Aka no Ou is the only person capable of saving the Mibu clan, and so all of his actions — no matter how horrific the consequences may be — are justified.
  • Parrot Pet Position: His black cat, most of the time.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He has been both at different times.
    • He's the red to Hishigi's blue in the current timeline. Fubuki isn't quite as "red" as some of the others, but compared to Hishigi, he's certainly more emotional and reactive.
    • In flashbacks, Fubuki seemed to be the serious, slightly snarky blue oni to Muramasa's friendly, energetic red.
  • The Necromancer: He can resurrect anything he has a piece of. Even swords. The reason he can't revive the Mibu is that they're all Artificial Humans that dissolve into nothing when they die.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Mibu clan.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Hishigi. They have been close friends for centuries, and whether or not you believe there's more to it, they clearly care deeply about each other.

Hishigi

One of the current Taishiro, thought to be the most powerful ever (considering Muramasa and Shihodo and the rest, this is frightening). Hishigi wields a huge BFS named Hakuya ("White Night") and, when all else fails, his Devil Eyes. Inarguably the most intelligent character in the series. He appears to be reserved and calm at first, but as pretty much the entire cast discovers, he should not be underestimated.

Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (JP)

  • Almost Dead Guy: He has been for a very long time.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The Devil Eyes have been holding the deteriorating left side of his body together. After they are destroyed, he starts literally falling apart, his left arm and leg disintegrating during his dying walk toward Fubuki.
  • Anti-Villain: Type II
  • Badass: He stands out even in this manga. Yuan describes him as an "incredibly efficient executioner", and once says that the reason no one knows how he fights is that no one has ever faced him one on one and survived.
    • Awesomeness by Analysis: During his battle with Yuan, it appears that he's using the same vocal tic that Shinrei does, meaning he has analyzed the way Yuan moves and can match him to evade.
    • Badass Bookworm/Genius Bruiser: He's a little bit of each — sure as hell doesn't look like a harmless bookworm, but he's not especially physically imposing either. Extremely intelligent and described as a genius on a regular basis.
    • Badass Gay: Implied. The level of Ho Yay with Fubuki is truly impressive, and he has some suggestive dialogue with Kyo as well.
    • Badass Longcoat: Black leather with no sleeves and three tails.
    • Handicapped Badass: The Death Disease has pretty much destroyed the left side of his body. He's missing an eye, it's implied that his left arm doesn't work all that well, and he's still one of the most powerful characters in the entire story.
  • Barrier Warrior: He uses them to trap and/or protect other people, rarely to defend himself.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: He rips out his own heart and implants it into Fubuki's chest when Fubuki's heart is destroyed by a Deadly Upgrade.
  • Berserk Button: He never quite loses his cool, but Tranquil Fury ensues when Fubuki is threatened or their sacrifices for the clan are insulted.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He is soft-spoken, reserved, and incredibly dangerous.
  • BFS: Hakuya, the most visually impressive sword in the series.
    • Cool Sword: Julian forged Hakuya specifically for Hishigi because his strength shattered normal swords.
    • One-Handed Zweihänder: Hakuya is huge even by previously established BFS standards. The length of the hilt (not to mention the size of the blade) suggests it's a two-handed sword, but Hishigi's left hand rarely if ever touches it. Possibly because his left arm has deteriorated badly from the Death Disease.
  • Biseinen
  • Blue Oni: To Fubuki's red.
  • Body Horror/Facial Horror: Try not to think about how bad his condition must have gotten before he honestly thought being infested with parasitic eyes was better. The eyes themselves are bad enough — the way the skin around them looks, it's obvious they've done some serious damage to his body. Not to mention the way he dies — he has to drag himself to Fubuki because he is literally falling apart.
  • Broken Ace: He's arguably the strongest Taishiro member ever. He's also Secretly Dying, wracked with guilt due to his inability to save the Mibu, and just generally an incredibly miserable person.
  • Broken Bird: See Despair Event Horizon.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Any time he uses the Devil Eyes. They're a devastating weapon, but they're also the only thing keeping the Death Disease from killing him. If he exhausts their power, he's dead.
  • Cool Mask: Black leather covering the left side of his face. Also acts as an Eyepatch of Power, as it both conceals the Devil Eyes and conserves their energy (they can't be turned off).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's been trying to save the Mibu from the Death Disease for decades, and watched hundreds of people die as he was helpless to save them. By the time he contracted the disease himself, he was so broken that he tried to provoke Fubuki, his best friend, into killing him so it would finally be over.
  • Deadly Gaze: Subverted in that the Devil Eyes are not his eyes, and he can't see out of them. His right eye is red when activated, but otherwise normal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Exceptionally heavy on the deadpan. We only get the "snark" once in the current timeline and once in a flashback.
    • During his fight with Yuan, he indulges in just a moment of Trash Talk.
    Hishigi: I get the feeling you are taking it easy on me, Yuan. Or more likely, your swordsmanship is not as good as you think it is.
    Yuan: Ouch.
    • And in a flashback, after Muramasa and Fubuki have started bickering.
    Shihodo: Aren't you going to stop them, Hishigi?
    Hishigi: They do love to fight.
  • Death Seeker
  • Despair Event Horizon: He hit it hard after implanting the Devil Eyes, saying that he wished someone would just kill him and attempting to provoke Fubuki into doing so.
    Fubuki: I would prefer that my friends survive, no matter what the state may be.
    Hishigi: "No matter the state"? You are cruel and egotistical, as always. I am not like Muramasa. If a manmade creation shows signs of flaws, it means that it does not have the right to exist any longer. I have grown tired and uncaring of my fate, and the fate of the clan. I cannot imagine the peace I would feel if someone would just kill me.
  • Determinator: It's hard to stand out as one of these in SDK, but Hishigi's final battle shows that he is about as definitive as Determinators get.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He collapses into Fubuki's arms seconds before disintegrating.
  • Driven to Suicide: Well, until Fubuki tells him that he isn't allowed to die until Fubuki says he can.
  • Dying as Yourself: He plans to. The Devil Eyes have been trying to take over his mind since he implanted them, and Hishigi has no intention of living like that.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Up to Eleven.
  • The Dying Walk: After the failure of his final attempt to take Kyo with him, his body starts to disintegrate. He still manages to drag himself to Fubuki's side in time to save his friend's life before dying in his arms.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Complete with black clothing. Just look at the picture.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Something of an "entire left side of his body" patch of power. And holy shit, how.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Several on the left side of his face under the mask, many more under the bandages on his torso.
  • Foregone Conclusion: He starts talking about choosing where he will die almost immediately after his introduction. It's really only how that has any surprise to it.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He used to be, according to flashbacks. It was the reason he studied biology.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: After the Devil Eyes die, he is covered in very nasty scars from the damage they've done to his body over the years.
  • Go Out with a Smile: His dying speech to Fubuki is delivered with the only smile we ever see on his face outside of flashbacks.
  • Harmful Healing: Subverted in that he knew his treatment (which isn't remotely healing, really just some borrowed time) would be a Fate Worse Than Death, and he did it to himself anyway. He implanted the Devil Eyes in the left side of his body to stop the Death Disease from killing him, which it probably would have done in a matter of months. This has apparently kept him alive for a few decades, but it's also destroying him — the Eyes are breaking down his body and trying to take over his mind.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His Cool Mask and Badass Longcoat both appear to be black leather.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The last twenty years or so have been both a moral and a physical one for Fubuki. Muramasa tried to convince Hishigi to leave with him, but he stayed. This meant giving up any semblance of a moral code, and knowing for a fact that he would die protecting Fubuki.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: It's not that he can't, exactly, but he won't because of his drive to protect Fubuki. He tries to get Fubuki to Mercy Kill him and set him free of it, calling his friend cruel for wanting to keep Hishigi alive "no matter the state". It also seems likely that if the Devil Eyes succeeded in taking over his mind, this state would be the result.
  • Incurable Cough of Death
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Light 'em Up: His sword is called "White Night", and he uses light-themed attacks.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's capable of moving at a pace that occasionally reaches Flash Step territory, and his BFS can create energy blades described as moving at lightspeed. That's generally accepted to be an exaggeration, but they're still very fast and so strong they can one-shot the main character. And even disregarding his supernatural abilities, his raw physical strength is far out of even Kyo's league before Kyo takes another few levels in badass. Yuan is shocked when Kyo is able to knock him back.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: The Devil Eyes support his deteriorating body, but it's only a matter of time before they either run out of energy or start taking over his mind. He has every intention of dying before the latter occurs, by his own hand if he can't convince Fubuki to Mercy Kill him.
  • Mad Doctor: His nickname, but he's a subversion. He's closer to the Mad Scientist type, though not prone to the typical mad scientist behavior or deranged appearance.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: A variation. Hishigi hates his "masters" (the Former Crimson King and any potential successors) and says he hopes they all die, but he fights for the clan because that is what Fubuki needs, and Fubuki is the only reason Hishigi is still alive.
  • No Sell: Akari's "air vamp" attack has no effect on him.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Even before he started wearing the mask, his hair usually covered his left eye.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He is completely apathetic about fighting for the Aka no Ou; in fact, he flat out says he hopes the king dies. In a flashback, after Fubuki refuses to kill him and demands that Hishigi stay with him, Hishigi responds with, "Your arrogance again... and yet it may be fitting to die as the 'villain'."
  • Rasputinian Death: Let's go down the list here. We've got the Death Disease destroying his body and the Devil Eyes eating him alive before we even get into the fight that actually puts him down. In the final battle in question, Hishigi exhausts the Devil Eyes that have been keeping him alive and they fall out, leaving him bleeding everywhere and barely mobile, not to mention the blood he's now coughing up. He then somehow comes up with the strength to form a barrier to protect Fubuki and the others before attempting to take Kyo with him in a massive explosion. This still does not kill him, and he manages to drag his disintegrating body to Fubuki's side, rip out his own fucking heart, and implant it into Fubuki's chest. Then, and only then, does he collapse into Fubuki's arms, apologize for leaving him alone, and die.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • The Resenter: He despises the True Mibu for creating the Battle Dolls — himself included — in the first place. They are all essentially condemned to a hellish death from inherent defects that the True Mibu failed to correct, and in their desperate fear of this, the Battle Dolls have destroyed other beings and created defective lives as well.
  • Secretly Dying: He has the Death Disease, but it's not revealed until his final battle. The Devil Eyes have been keeping it in check.
  • Skunk Stripe
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: It's very rare, and very bad for the person who provoked him.
  • Stopped Caring: He knows he's dying and that he has no chance of curing the disease that is killing the Mibu clan. Even as he continues to fight for his one remaining friend, he expresses the fact that he has grown tired and uncaring of the cause he's fighting for.
  • Suicide by Cop: Tries to provoke Fubuki into killing him in a flashback.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts this with Kyo in order to save Fubuki. It doesn't kill either of them.
  • Tranquil Fury: Even in his Not So Stoic moments when he is at his most dangerous, he speaks in a very calm manner. He shouts once in the entire series, naturally because Fubuki is in danger.
  • Transferable Memory: He gives his memories to Akari before he dies, so that she can continue researching the Death Disease and hopefully save the Mibu where he failed.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Very attractive. Also extremely mentally fucked.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Fubuki's black cat has a white left ear, which calls to mind the white streak in Hishigi's black hair. In early concept art of Hishigi, the cat in question was seen at his feet.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Fubuki.
  • Villainous Friendship: See Fubuki's entry above.
  • Visible Silence: Find a speech bubble with Hishigi underneath. Chances are it only contains an ellipsis.
  • Worthy Opponent: It's rare that Hishigi looks like he's enjoying himself, but he seems to value an opponent who can actually challenge him, and says that he would have liked to fight with Yuan a bit longer.
  • You Are Worth Hell: His response every time Fubuki tries to tell him to leave the Mibu.
    Hishigi: I vowed to follow you to the end. Even if that road carries us both to hell.

Hishigi's Imperial Guard — Ashura

See Akari

Tokito

One of the current members of the Four Elders, Tokito is the son of Muramasa and wielder of the last Muramasa sword set, Hokuto Shichisei. He views Muramasa's abandonment of the Mibu clan as an act of treachery and despises him for it, openly proclaiming his disdain for the former Elder on numerous occasions. Despite his child-like appearance he is incredibly strong and harbors a terribly cruel disposition towards his opponents.

It is later revealed that Tokito is in fact not Muramasa's son, but Fubuki's daughter. She is ultimately defeated by Akira, which leads to her accompanying the heroes in their attempt to reach the Former Crimson King. During Fubuki's final moments, she is able to meet him one last time and acknowledge him as her father.

Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP)

  • Bishoujo / Bifauxnen
  • Cry Cute: After Tokito loses to Akira and claims that her life is worthless, Bontenmaru goes into his speech about the "animal trails" that people make for themselves in hard times. Tokito breaks down crying, because even after everything she's done to him, Bontenmaru is still trying to make her feel better.
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Despair Event Horizon: Subverted. After losing to Akira, Tokito acts as though hitting one, but gets over it after losing a hand of Misery Poker and gaining some perspective.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Bontenmaru says he feels sorry for Tokito, making the astute observation that Tokito's constant vocal hatred for Muramasa stems from missing said Disappeared Dad. Tokito does not take it well and responds by breaking Bon's arm.
  • Dual Wielding: Her Hokuto Shichisei sword is actually formed by two swords (Tokai and Tohyou) merged as one.
  • Enfante Terrible: Though she can grow into an adult form to fight at her top.
  • Generation Xerox: Played with. Tokito looks like Muramasa did when he was young, and as a child was expected to live up to that shining example. After Muramasa left the Mibu, people suspected that Tokito might betray them. And in terms of personality, they couldn't be more different - Muramasa was a Friend to All Living Things, and Tokito is a sadistic Jerkass. And then there's the fact that she is a girl and not Muramasa's child at all. The looks come from her mother, Hitoki, who was Muramasa's sister.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's very well buried, but does surface eventually.
    • Kids Are Cruel: Tokito is very young compared to the other Taishiro, and the only one who seems to hurt and kill people just because he can.
    • Lack of Empathy: Upon finding that Fubuki has lost to Kyo, and having recently regained the memory that Fubuki is her father, Tokito actually laughs at him. Then Akira points out that Fubuki hasn't just lost a fight — he's dying. Cut to Tokito crying and begging the Former Crimson King to save him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Even before approaching top speed, Tokito is far too fast for Bontenmaru to even touch, and hits hard enough to rip out his teeth and punch holes in him.
  • Meaningful Name: The sword Tokito uses is called Hokuto Shichisei, named for the constellation. In China, the same constellation is split into two, called Tokai and Tohyou, which references the fact that the blade's true form is a Dual Wielding set.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Tokito is small and waifish in physique, but is also capable of punching through Bontenmaru, whose biceps are bigger around than Tokito's waist.
  • Never My Fault: Even as Tokito denounces Muramasa and claims to hate him, he boasts about the power that Muramasa's blood affords him. When he loses to Akira, he throws a fit and claims he lost because his sword was too weak and he inherited weakness from his father. Akira points out that if this is true, Tokito has never done anything on his own.
  • One-Winged Angel: Downplayed. She can grow to a more adult form to fight at full power.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother is dead and his father abandoned him. Tokito is incredibly bitter about this and never shuts up about how much he hates Muramasa.
  • Samus Is a Girl
  • Smug Super: Played with. Tokito is certainly very powerful, but is still definitely the weakest of the current Taishiro lineup. Despite this, he insults Yuan and Hishigi, randomly breaks things to show off how strong he is, and even briefly considers trying to kill the Former Crimson King and take over the Mibu.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She starts following Akira after he defeats her, similarly to how he followed Kyo as a child.
  • The Starscream: For about a second, Tokito considers trying to kill the Former Crimson King, being convinced that the king is just a figurehead and Fubuki is actually leading them already. The king then crushes Tokito's idea of rebellion and reduces him to cowering on the floor in terror... just by looking at him.
  • Tsundere: Toward Akira, and to a lesser extent Bontenmaru, after being defeated.

Tokito's Imperial Guard — Spade, Heart, Diamond, and Club
The four card-themed officers who serves under Tokito as elite troops and subordinates, with Spade being the strongest and closest to Tokito. They're first introduced when they attack Akira, Benitora and Bontenmaru in Tsukikage Castle. After Tokito's defeat, it's revealed that Spade is none other than Chinmei, who infiltrated as the Crimson King's agent in order to steal Hokuto Shichisei.
  • Action Girl: Heart, who is unusually well built and muscled compared to other female characters.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Spade can defeat easily Bontenmaru, Benitora and Akira using his magic tricks and is always well dressed.
  • Gonk: Club is a short, fat toad-like midget sitting on a peg leg.
  • The Mole: Spade really is Chinmei in disguise.
  • Oh Crap!: The three members when they realize that they have left Tokito's area and wandered in Yuan's, which results in them being attacked by Anthony.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They serve as this for Tokito, with Spade as The Dragon.
  • Theme Naming: They're named after card suits.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Spade is the only one who has any impact on the plot. The other three seem to exist initially to establish that the Taishiro's guards are stronger than the Goyosei, and then they are quickly curbstomped to establish that Shinrei's subconscious powers have been released.
  • Wolfpack Boss: Club, Diamond and Heart seems to fight together to boost their chances. Spade is a loner.
  • The Worf Effect: Spade briefly inflicts this on Benitora, Bontenmaru and Akira, though he never gave them the chance to fight back. Diamond, Club and Heart started off inflicting it on Keikoku, Shinrei, Akira and Benitora — only to be defeated first by Anthony and later by a repowered Shinrei, neither seeming to work very hard to do so.

Yuan

Hotaru's mentor and something of a surrogate father figure since he found Hotaru and took him in when he was young. Yuan is one of the current Taishiro, having taken his mother's place after her death. It is revealed later that he and his entire family are essentially prisoners of the Taishiro and the Sendai Aka No Ou due to their mother's "treason".

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP)

  • Anime Hair: Not his hair, technically. The tails of his blindfold appear to be hovering behind him at all times, though they're only expressive when he's comically aggravated.
  • Badass: Yuan is a badass of the highest order — he's a Lightning Bruiser capable of such powerful physical attacks that the force of air moving from his kicks can cut like a blade. He's also the only character shown holding his own against Hishigi (for a while, anyway) before Kyo unlocks another level.
    • Badass Family: Yuan's mother was one of the Four Elders, and his father is the greatest swordsmith in Mibu history (he was Muramasa's master). And then there's Yuan's "personal guard"... AKA eight of his siblings. Some of them are goofy — all of them are badass. Anna even scares Yuan himself. His older brother Anri is the infamous "Tengu of Mt Kurama", who developed the Sekireigan and taught it to Yukimura.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening his family.
  • Blindfolded Vision: His Shingan appears to be as good as or even better than normal sight.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Do not underestimate him because he can't see you. Sword or no sword.
  • Dramatic Wind: When his fight with Hishigi gets serious, his aura seems to be creating this.
  • Disability Superpower: He was born blind, and it is mentioned that his other senses are heightened because of this. His blindness has very little to do with his skill in combat, however. It's not specified if his "Shingan" ability actually allows him to see things or just perceive his surroundings on another level.
  • Easily Forgiven: No one ever brings up the fact that he very nearly killed Okuni. Of course, they might not be aware of it — at the time, she wouldn't have known his name and may not have even gotten a good look at him.
  • Expressive Accessory: The "tails" of his blindfold stick up when he's yelling at Kyo for ruining his Trash Talk speech to Hishigi. It's not expressive when he's actually angry or in serious moments.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Ian made the blindfold for him when he started to display the Crimson Eyes as a kid, because Mibu who displayed the atavistic trait were disposed of if discovered. He is blind, but his blank white eyes gain crimson irises (still no pupils) when he gets serious about a fight.
  • Forced into Evil: He's one of the Taishiro because he was forced into the position after his mother was executed as a traitor. If he hadn't agreed, his entire family would have been killed.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Heroic Second Wind: He's Taken for Granite at one point and appears doomed, but he breaks free when his opponent reveals that he killed Ian. Yuan still doesn't win, but at least he doesn't die.
  • Hurricane Kick: He spends the beginning of his fight with Hotaru using only his right foot, and much spinning ensues.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Oddly enough, he reveals this well after his defeat at Hotaru's hands. While fighting Hotaru, Yuan kept up the pretense that he had no skill at swordplay, even when it cost him the fight (he didn't start with a blade because he didn't think Hotaru had any chance of defeating him, but the fight later became so intense that he wouldn't have had a chance to grab his sword even if he'd wanted to). When Yuan has to go up against Hishigi (who is much stronger, and absolutely will kill him), the kid gloves come off and he picks up a katana, proclaiming himself to be a Master Swordsman. Hotaru is not pleased that Yuan lied about fighting him at full strength.
  • I Let You Win: Hotaru did defeat him... but he wouldn't have if Yuan had used a blade.
  • Just Toying with Them: The beginning of his fight with Hotaru. Yuan starts off saying he can beat Hotaru using only his right foot. And he almost does. When Hotaru finally forces him to use one of his hands, Yuan is supposed to "spin around three times and bark", stakes that Hotaru had previously declared and at which Yuan had laughed. His acquiescence takes the form of three vicious spinning strikes (punch, elbow to the face, and kick), followed by...
    • Make Me Wanna Shout: Yuan deafening Hotaru and sending him flying across the room with one loud bark. This is still Yuan playing around, but it's a devastating attack — by the end of all that, Hotaru's left arm is broken in several places and he can barely breathe because of broken ribs.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Yuan suspects that this is why he was blackmailed into becoming one of the Taishiro — he's a very dangerous enemy left unchecked. He also thinks this is why Tokito is one of them despite being the son of the traitor Muramasa, but it seems more likely that it's because Tokito is Fubuki's daughter.
  • Master Swordsman: At first, it appears that he's a hand-to-hand specialist, and he certainly is deadly enough without a weapon. Later, however, he reveals that his true talent and power are in his skill with a blade.
  • No Sell: Yuan is described as impervious to fire. Hotaru's flames can't damage him, for this reason and because Yuan taught him all of those skills. Until Keikoku Kien... which Hotaru developed on his own, and which burns from within.
  • Parental Abandonment: Ian was killed for learning too much about the Sendai Aka No Ou, and Julian left his family and has been working ever since to set up a way to avenge her.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Promotion to Parent: Shares the role with his sister, Anna.
  • Prophet Eyes: When he takes the blindfold off, it's revealed that his eyes are totally blank. He does have an ability called "Shingan" that allows him to perceive the world around him without any apparent difficulty and can also search beyond the range of normal vision.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Eight of his nine siblings are his personal guard, and he refers to his father as his "henchman". Julian does not approve of the label.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Relative Button: Twice. The first is a Genre Savvy taunt; saying that Yuan's family will be following him into death provokes him into a reckless attack that almost gets him killed. The second time, the same villain suddenly becomes Genre Blind and reveals that he killed Yuan's mother when he already has Yuan beaten. Cue Heroic Second Wind.
  • Taken for Granite: Temporarily.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Zigzagged during his fight with Hishigi. He starts talking shit, and it looks like this is being played straight when Hishigi himself does not attack. But then the other ongoing fight interrupts when Akari whacks Kyo across the battlefield and he topples Yuan.
  • This Means War!: After Hishigi one-shots Kyo, Yuan says he wasn't too invested in who won before, but he's nice and angry now.
  • Trash Talk: Some against Hotaru, more against Hishigi. He even asks if Hishigi only carries his sword for decoration.
  • Token Good Teammate: Ultimately he's this among the Taishiro, though you wouldn't guess so at first glance.
  • Trickster Mentor/Stealth Mentor: To Hotaru, big time.
  • The Unpronounceable: Subverted. His name is very simple, but Hotaru cannot pronounce it and calls him "Yunyun" instead. This is phenomenally irritating to Yuan, who insists that Yunyun is actually harder to say, and it makes him sound like a panda.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. He starts off as a very dangerous antagonist, but he ends up an ally and is pretty friendly in general.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seems to consider Hishigi this, calling him the strongest of the Taishiro and saying he always wanted to know how a real fight between them would go.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: He says he doesn't want to fight Akari partially because she's a girl, but also because he's conflicted about fighting someone with no control over her own actions. He did stomp Okuni earlier, so maybe it's just "would not hit a girl he knows".
  • You Killed My Mother: Yuan loses his shit when he finds out who killed Ian (he knew the Former Crimson King had ordered her assassination, but not who had actually done it). Subverted in that Yuan is not the one who ends up defeating the villain in question.
  • Your Eyes Can Deceive You: He claims that his Shingan is better than normal vision, and once tells Hishigi that he "can't fool these eyes". His blindness also protects him from Kubira's illusions and Akari's Devil Eye.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: He claims he can eat the souls of his enemies. Subverted because this is actually an illusion that breaks the minds of his opponents.

Yuan's Imperial Guard — The "An" Family

Yuan's personal guard is comprised of his eight younger siblings: Anthony, Anna, Angelica, and the quintuplets (Marian, Lilian, Yulian, Kirian, and Erian). Anthony starts off hostile toward the protagonists, but after being defeated by Hotaru he lends them his aid. His powers revolve around light manipulation and acupuncture. The others are never seen fighting — unless you count Anna throwing things.
  • Badass Family: All of them can speak with their weapons and are implied to be stronger than the Goyosei in combat, though Anthony is the only one who demonstrates that. Their mother was one of the Four Elders, and their father is the greatest swordsmith in Mibu history. The oldest brother is Anri, the infamous "Tengu of Mt Kurama", and the second is Yuan.
  • Beam Spam: Anthony's Koryuuha technique involves this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Anthony takes down three members of Tokito's guard right before they can defeat Shinrei, Hotaru, Benitora, and Akira. Admittedly he wasn't doing this with any intention of saving them — he was just punishing Heart, Club, and Diamond for entering Yuan's territory. And he disables the protagonist group with his needles directly afterward.
  • Cool Big Sis: Anna
  • Death Glare: Angelica has one that can cow her siblings instantly.
  • Gratuitous English: Their names are composed of kanji arranged to spell them out.
  • Light 'em Up: Anthony's Koryuuha appears as a Beam Spam not dissimilar to Dragon Ball ki attacks. It's not entirely clear if he's actually using light-based powers or if he's just moving too fast for the others to perceive before their subconscious powers are unlocked.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: There are ten of them overall, nine currently in Mibu territory.
  • Promotion to Parent: Anna and Yuan have been keeping the family together since Ian was killed and Julian left.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of the three male quintuplets' names varies a lot between translations. The above is the spelling as printed in the Tokyopop English volumes.
  • Super Strength: Anna's is Played for Laughs; she's seen ripping the head off of an enormous stone statue and dropping it on Yuan and Hotaru as punishment for scaring her.
  • Theme Naming: Every member of the family has "An" in his or her name, and their names are spelled out in kanji.
  • Training from Hell: Anthony uses his needles to stab the heroes in their pressure points to awaken their true potential and give them a huge boost in power.

Ian

Yuan's mother, who was part of the Taishiro before him. She was framed for treason and executed for learning too much about the Sendai Aka No Ou.

Muramasa

Kyo's mentor, Tokito's father (actually her uncle, rather than "his" father), forger of the legendary Muramasa Demon Blades, and former leader of the Taishiro.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's very friendly, polite, and kind to everyone. But do not endanger anyone he cares about.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Implied, considering all of the animals that hang out in his house.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: For all those who remember Muramasa as a vicious swordsmith consumed with bloodlust.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Due to the Death Disease.
  • Master Swordsman: The first time he's seen in action, he immediately overwhelms Shinrei, who was in the process of handing Kyo his own ass. Muramasa is also a master sword maker; he forged the legendary "Demon Blades", one of which is Kyo's Tenro.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He dies, but of the Death Disease; Kyo's enemies have nothing to do with it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: By Okuni, of all people, after hearing Bontenmaru talk about his relationship with Kyo.
  • Older Than He Looks: As he confirms to Okuni, he's incredibly old despite looking like a Bishonen.
  • Old Master: He can use the four ultimate techniques of the Mumyo Jinpu Ryuu school. Despite his age and deteriorating health, he's still one of only three people Kyo admits he can't handle.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Since he's enlightened, all animals can understand him and live alongside him.

Muramasa's Imperial Guard — Anri

The infamous "Tengu of Mount Kurama", and Yuan's older brother. Anri was Muramasa's personal guard, and left the Mibu with him. He developed the Sekireigan and taught the technique to Yukimura.
  • Genre Savvy: Anri knows damn well that Yukimura is going to overuse the Dangerous Forbidden Technique that Anri explicitly told him not to use more than five times in a day. So he teaches Yukimura an incomplete form of the Sekireigan instead — a form that can still hurt him if he exceeds the limit, but won't kill him.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Following in his parents' footsteps. He has eleven kids, with number twelve on the way.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: His wife is a mortal human.
  • Red Baron: The Tengu of Mount Kurama.
  • Retired Badass: He hasn't done a whole lot of fighting since he left the Mibu, and it takes a significant level of pestering to get him to teach Yukimura the Sekireigan.

Shihodo

The original leader of the Taishiro, and among the strongest members in history.
  • Badass: Kyo, our favorite arrogant Blood Knight who has never admitted he's outmatched at this point, tells Sasuke that Shihodo is one of the few people he "just can't handle".
    • Heartbroken Badass: The Sendai Aka No Ou asked her to kill him if he ever turned down the path of evil. She couldn't do it because of her love for him, which is why she hides in the labyrinth beneath Onmyo Palace. Also applies after his death.
    • Retired Badass: For the above reason of heartbreak.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Julian are two of the most absurd characters in the series, they've been friends for centuries if not millennia, and he's the only one who understands her and laughs at her stupid jokes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her dialogue is peppered with weird euphemisms and esoteric figures of speech, she makes childishly vulgar jokes (usually about feces) constantly, and she might drop her 10,000-pound hat on you if you try to get a straight answer out of her.
  • Cool Sword: Her Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (yes, that one) which she can use to summon clouds capable of eating through enemy attacks.
  • I Let You Win: She takes Byakko's attack without dodging. Kyo is not amused, as he knows she could have and that she's far stronger than she's been pretending during this fight. She says she's just getting old, but when he provokes her further, she wallops him and sends him flying into a stone wall hard enough to smash it.
  • Love Hurts: See Heartbroken Badass above.
  • Not So Different: She tries to pull this on Hishigi in a flashback, saying that he's a coward like her and that's why he's avoiding his moral qualms about the Mibu Reconstruction Project. Hishigi has to take a second before he says that they're nothing alike.
  • Odd Friendship: The same flashback seems to indicate she was closer to Hishigi than she was to Muramasa or Fubuki. No, he didn't have much of a sense of humor then either.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Julian.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Several thousand.

     The Aka no Ou (Crimson King) and The Red Cross Knights 

Shodai Aka no Ou (The First Crimson King)

The progenitor of the Mibu Clan and its first ruler.

The First Crimson King is encountered by Kyo, as he is in fact Kyo's ancestor and the soul of Tenro, Kyo's BFS. The Shodai Aka no Ou merely wanted his people to live lives of comfort and happiness, but ultimately realized that their godlike power only served to lead to their self-destruction, as the fulfillment of all their desires left them with only one source of true stimulation... slaughter through battle, most especially of each other. He grants Kyo the mark of the True Crimson King after Kyo overcomes his demon blood (the very thing that brought about the downfall of the rest of the True Mibu).

Sendai Aka no Ou (The Former Crimson King) / Mibu Kyoichiro

A mysterious figure in the story. His identity, nature and intentions are a mystery throughout much of the story. When the Former Crimson King first appears, he seems to have strangely benevolent inclinations towards Kyo. There are also mysterious hints that he seems to be setting up a competition between Kyo and Kyoshiro to see who will be the legitimate successor to his title.

In truth The former Crimson King is initially presented as one of the last of the True Mibu (Kyo being the other). Kyoshiro and the other Red Cross Knights were created from his flesh and blood to serve as his own corps of secret assassins. However, all of this masks a still greater secret. In actuality, the former Crimson King is the first of the Red Cross Knights, Kyoichiro, and is himself a construct created by the true Mibu. However, when the true Mibu wiped themselves out, the former Crimson King hid his status as one of their battle puppets and ruled over the Mibu in their stead. Over time, he was overwhelmed by the depravity and violence he witnessed in the human world and came to the ultimate conclusion that everything must be destroyed in order for there to be true peace.
  • Adapted Out: In the anime, the Mibu have no King, crimson or not. The same goes for all of the Red Cross Knights.
  • Affably Evil
  • A God Am I: Played terrifyingly straight. He even has the power to create and destroy at will. Subverted at the end when it is revealed that he too is one of the True Mibu's battle dolls, but he's forgotten. He was the closest they ever got to replicating themselves, so his power rivals theirs.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He can use every technique ever developed by the Mibu. Including the Mumyo Jinpu Ryuu.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Badass Bookworm: Initially, he pretends that he is badly nearsighted thanks to countless years of studying books and scrolls. Often quoted Confucius early on in the story.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: That sealed room that had to be unlocked with the four Muramasa swords, the one hiding the secret that cost Kyosaburo, Nozomu and Ian their lives? It contains his still-beating heart, removed from his body years ago. It has the Crimson Cross carved into it, which reveals that he is the first Knight, Mibu Kyoichiro — not one of the True Mibu as he claims.
  • Big Bad: Of the series.
  • Bishōnen: When he stops playing goofy.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In his first non-silhouetted appearance, he talks to pillars and walks into walls, even with his glasses on! However, once he starts getting serious, this goes out the window.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He runs into walls and goes into a daze, but this spacey quirk just makes him appear more disturbing because of his apparent detachment from reality.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. He's already dying when he falls with the Crimson Tower. The fall doesn't kill him, but his body disintegrates when he hits the ground in Shihodo's graveyard.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He gets two.
    • One of his first scenes is when he shows up in the dungeon where Hishigi has imprisoned Shinrei. At first he's just acting silly and weird, and Shinrei has no idea who he is. And then the mysterious stranger walks away, and the impenetrable cell crumbles. This establishes that he's much more powerful than his odd behavior implies.
    • His next scene establishes his viciousness. He starts off spacey and talks to pillars thinking they're Fubuki. Tokito thinks he's ridiculous, believing that Fubuki is leading the Mibu already and the king is just a figurehead. But when the king senses Tokito's thoughts of attacking him, his Killing Intent shows Tokito his own death and reduces him to cowering on the floor, shaking in terror.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Killing Intent: It's so intense that he can make people see their own deaths and paralyze them with fear.
  • Lack of Empathy: His response to Muramasa's plea to help the Mibu Clan is to say he can just make more after they die off, so they can feel free to do so.
  • Light Is Not Good: Dresses in white and acts like a saint at first, but he is not a good person.
    • Dark Is Evil: He has a darker outfit in his final battle with Kyo.
  • Might Makes Right
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It happens after The Reveal that he is Mibu Kyoichiro, and his own realization that he has lost himself in the hatred and destruction in which he has lived for ages. He recalls his heart into his broken body, causing the Crimson Tower to crumble as he dies.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Near the end he kidnaps Yuuya and believes that she's a seer of great power like Nozomu and Sakuya, even though she denies and there was no implication of such a thing in the first place.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In his first real appearance outside of silhouette, he appears to be incredibly near-sighted, talking to pillars and walking into walls. But when Tokito steps out of line....
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Comes to the conclusion that mankind is beyond redemption and decides they must all be wiped out.
  • Stepford Smiler: When he first appears, the Crimson King's appearance is positively goofy. At times he makes it incredibly intimidating.
    • His smile hides the pain of millennia of torment.
  • Synchronization: He does this to Sakuya and Yuya's hearts to deliver one hell of a Sadistic Choice.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when Benitora and Sasuke show everyone his heart, revealing the truth. He screams that he has surpassed the True Mibu, and that they were monsters who deserved to die out.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to save the Mibu clan, but time jaded him into becoming a tyrant who believes in Might Makes Right.
  • Xanatos Gambit: He thinks he has one set up when he pits Kyo and Kyoshiro against each other. At this point, Kyoshiro is in Kyo's body and vice versa. No matter which one kills the other, there will be no True Mibu left, because Kyo is the last and either his soul or his body will be destroyed. They escape it when Kyoshiro reveals that his defection to the King's side was false, and he has always planned to give Kyo's body back to him.

Toudai Aka no Ou (The Current Crimson King) / Mibu Kyosaburo

He was intended to be the Current Crimson King, but was deposed and imprisoned by the previous one for developing the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu (a school designed to be capable of killing God — AKA the Former Crimson King) and teaching it to the renegade, Muramasa. He befriended a young Kyoshiro and introduced him to Sakuya. However, after many years had passed and Kyoshiro had fallen under the thrall of the Former Crimson King, he no longer resembled the kind boy that he once was. Kyosaburo made a last ditch attempt to find the ultimate secret that lay behind the doors in the palace, only to be stopped and killed by Kyoshiro acting on the Former's orders. His death ultimately broke Kyoshiro free from Kyoichiro's power and prompted Kyoshiro and Sakuya to leave the Mibu. Kyosaburo was the third of the Crimson Cross Knights.

Mibu Kyojiro

See Chinmei.

Mibu Kyoshiro

See Mibu Kyoshiro.

     Others 

The Bantoji Brothers

  • Adapted Out: They do not appear in the anime.
  • Asshole Victim: They fully deserve what happens to them.
  • Bash Brothers: Subverted, though the duo fights together, ultimately Banji despises his brother.
  • Drop the Hammer: Banji's weapon of choice and source of his nickname, can crack the earth open.
  • Dumb Muscle: Banji is massive, doesn't look very bright and speaks with a stutter. Though he's not as dumb as he looks.
  • Expy: They can call to mind the Toguro Brothers, as in both cases we have a duo of brother with the elder being tiny compared to the younger.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Toji loses an arm and then is cut from shoulder to crotch in half. Banji is literally chopped to pieces with Mizuchi.
  • Fragile Speedster: Toji is known as the "Wind" because he's so fast that he can backstab you when you think he's in front of you. He can't take a hit, though.
  • Genre Savvy: Banji and Toji knew that the villagers they were asking tributes could revolt, so they brought a lot of mercenaries with them. Also Banji tries this by pointing out to Kyo that, after cutting through all the brigands like that, his blood-stained sword should have lost its edge. Too bad he's talking about an absurdly sharp Muramasa sword.
  • Gonk: Oh my god, yes. Likely to make them even less sympathetic when they're killed by Kyo.
  • Meaningful Name: The "To" in Toji stands for 10, while Ban in Banji means 10000.
  • Oh Crap!: Toji when Kyo avoids his sneak attack and Banji refuses to help him. Banji after realising the effects of Mizuchi on his body.
  • Red Baron: Banji the Iron Hammer and Toji the Wind.
  • Starter Villain: Manga only.
  • Wolverine Claws: Toji's weapon of choice.
  • The Worf Effect: They make Yuya useless in about two pages but are butchered without effort by Kyo.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Banji nearly crushes a kid to teach the villagers a lesson.
  • You Have Failed Me: Unlike the typical setting for this trope, is the dumb-looking brute Banji who pulls this on the smarter Toji when he loses to Kyo and begs for help. After his death he simply states that "Weaklings deserve death".

Jimon

The Three Color Gang
A trio of assassins working for Genma Kido, who's an underling of the Lord (Nobunaga). Benitora used to be one of them.

  • Affably Evil: Shirogarasu is incredibly polite and even apologize when one of his mooks tries to cut down a unique cherry tree.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Genma Kido in the Anime is killed by Okuni before he can even transform.
  • Animal Motif: Scorpions for Kurosasori and Ravens for Shirogarasu.
  • Badass: Shirogarasu is one of the first villains to be a serious threat to Kyo.
  • Bad Boss: Kurosasori kills his own underlings when they fail to hit Kyoshiro. Later Genma steps on Shirogarasu's body and mock him for his failure.
  • Bald of Evil: Kurosasori
  • Beat Still, My Heart: How Genma meets his end in the Manga, thanks to Benitora.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Despite his size, Kurosasori is this, with needles being his only weapon and no real melee technique. He still insist on taking on who he think is Demon Eyes Kyo.
  • Breath Weapon: Kurosasori's Amata Shigyoku secret attack involves spitting thousands of poisoned needles from his mouth.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Kurosasori is killed by Shirogarasu in the manga.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Shirogarasu's illusionary technique is defeated by Kyo's own illusionary technique, Shin.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Shirogarasu's weapon, Kageromaru, is halfway between a sword and a tonfa.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the manga, Genma can Hulk Out with his Dark Battle Aura. In the anime all three of them are Ken'yo and thus capable of transforming into monsters.
  • Petal Power: Shirogarasu's main shtick. His secret attack, Ouka Mugen Kairo (Infinite Cherry Blossoms Corridor) traps the enemy into a storm of petals.
  • Master Poisoner: Kurosasori has several tipes of poisons and use them in tandem with steel needles.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kurosasori.
  • Universal Poison: Subverted by Kurosasori, who fights with four poisons: one which burns the victim, one which causes hallucinations, one which causes deadly spasms and one that melts the victim whole.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Shirogarasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu

Mahiro

  • Absolute Cleavage: A blatant one.
  • Animal Motif: Spiders. According to her, is because female spiders eat their mates, referencing to her crush on Kyo.
  • Anime Hair: Her hair seems to be messy everywhere, as if strong winds are blowing.
  • Buxom Is Better: When Yuya thinks about her being beautiful, the very next thing she thinks of are her huge breasts.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She gets better and better as the story goes on.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her background is simplified in the anime: in the manga, Chinmei killed her sister, and it was revealed many chapters later in the story after her debut. In the anime, the culprit his her boss, a anime-only Spider Ken'yo disguised as a Iga ninja and everything is settled in the very episode she first appear in.
  • Faux Action Girl: The only battle in which she accomplish something is the one against Chinmei. And by accomplish something we mean scratch his face after getting soundly beaten for about two chapters.
  • Honey Trap: Her first attempt on Kyo's life, while taking Yuuya's appearence. Kyo doesn't buy it, apparently because Yuuya isn't that charming.
  • It's Personal: Her vendetta against Kyo and later Chinmei, which ends up with her going all out against him to both avenge her sister and release Kyo from Chinmei's gravity spell.
  • Large Ham: Early on, she's quite melodramatic.
  • Ninja
  • People Puppets: Uses her Kumo no Juubaku to paralyze and manipulate Yuuya to have her kill Kyo.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She's pursuing revenge against Kyo for murdering her sister Mayumi, and refuses to consider the possibility that he didn't do it. She eventually finds out the truth.
  • Scars Are Forever: Said scars being... reddish-purple streaks on her arms.
  • Spiders Are Scary: She can attack by throwing lots of poisonous spiders at once.

Shiina Sakuya

A very powerful woman within the clan who has won the loyalties of many people, including Sanada Yukimura. She can predict the future.

Voiced by: Yukana (JP), Sonja Lingo (EN)

  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kyoshiro.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Played for laughs and subverted, the tea she offers to Yuya looks like bubbling green magma, but the taste is excellent.
  • Damsel in Distress: During the last part of the story, after being captured by the Mibu soldiers.
  • Hime Cut
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Nozomo's real sister, and through that technically Yuya's sister as well through adoption
  • Ms. Fanservice: Altough she wears modest robes most of the time she still gets a nude scene and yes, she's quite beautiful and stacked. In-Universe not only Kyoshiro but also Shinrei and Kyo fell for her.
  • Nice Girl: An incredibly nice person to nearly everyone.
  • Non-Action Guy: She's not a fighter at all, just a seer.
  • Power Trio: Yuya's place as The Chick besides Kyo and Kyoshiro originally belongs to Sakuya.
  • Seer: She has the gift of forseeing the future and read the stars, but she cannot change it in anyway.
  • The Ditz: In the manga
  • The Faceless: Mentioned and appeared in flashbacks very early on, but it's not until the final arc that we get to see what's under her bangs.
  • The Heart: She was this before Yuya
  • Red Herring: Some ambiguous flashbacks and sentences seemed to imply that she was in a relationship with Kyo in the past. Ultimately revealed that no, she only loved Kyoshiro and Kyo was just a friend to her.

Jaki and Maki
Two elite soldiers of the Mibu army sent to kill Tokugawa Ieyasu, they're stopped and fought by Benitora and Sasuke. In the anime they appear instead as part of the troops sent to attack Muramasa, but their role is identical.
  • Bald of Evil: Both guys.
  • BFS: Jaki wields a generic oversized machete, Maki wields a massive crescent-shaped blade with wooden hilts on both ends.
  • Breath Weapon: Jaki's technique, Flamethrower, allows him to puke copious amounts of molten metal.
  • Dumb Muscle: Both of them compared to the other Mibu, but mostly Jaki. Maki instead is quite talkative and seems brighter by comparison, like when he tells Sasuke about his origins.
  • Elite Mook: What they are, and what's worst, they're probably on the lowest level of Elite Mooks in the Mibu Army, and yet the two of them alone would have defeated the entire Iga Ninja army alone.
  • Invisible Jerkass: Maki's power allows him to cancel his presence and appearence, so that he can slip unnoticed in the surroundings to attack.
  • Made of Iron: Jaki is a literal case, as he can turn his body in a metal-like state that not even Hokurakushimon alone can pierce.
  • Oh Crap!: Both of them, before their opponents turn the table on them.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Maki taunts Sasuke about being a failure from the forest, and both of them constantly boast about how powerful they are as members of the Mibu clan. In reality, they're small fry, and not even considered Mibu within the clan itself — they're actually lower than Sasuke because he's one of the near-perfect "rare breed" experiments that Hishigi has developed.
  • Smug Snake: Maki, who costantly taunts both Mahiro and Sasuke and insults the name of the Sanada in front of the latter.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Maki, if the guy you're fighting is about to fry your ass on a molecular level then perhaps you should not insult the guy he holds so dear again...
  • The Worf Effect: Two of them alone trample the Tokugawa forces with ease and shows both Benitora and Sasuke that they have to learn how to control their new trinkets fast.

Kitsunebi
The guardian of the Mibu Citadel outside the castle, he's the first opponent faced by Kyo inside the Mibu Land. He's also the one who reveals to Yuuya that Muramasa has died.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Bakujin'en" (Explosive Powder Feast) is his only technique shown.
  • Due to the Dead: Averted, he has no qualms about calling the recently departed Muramasa an asshole.
  • No Body Left Behind: He's completely wiped out by Kyo's new Mizuchi.
  • Slasher Smile: Under his mask.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Just because he's somewhat important in the Mibu hierarchy he thinks he can win against Kyo. Just remember that probably the elite troops encountered after the Goyosei are more powerful than him.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He constantly sheds a peculiar powder that surrounds the enemy, and then throws sharp needles at him. If the enemy parries, the resulting sparks will ignite the powders and cause an explosion — if he dodges, it will just spread the powder further.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His actual physical strength is pretty dismal compared to other Mibu, but his Bakujin'en technique shows his strategic ability and makes him formidable nonetheless.
  • The Worf Effect: Hey, he was there to show that Kyo did master Muramasa's teachings.

Julian

The greatest blacksmith of the Mibu clan, Muramasa's mentor, Yuan's father, and Shihoudou's best friend.
  • Anachronism Stew: He wears a leopard-print cowboy hat. No, seriously. Yuan likes to steal it.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's deeply distressed when he learns that this has become literal eleven times over due to his son Anri's kids.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Shihodo are ridiculous and have been friends for a very long time (Shihodo is several thousand years old and Julian at the very least several hundred). He's the only one who understands her incomprehensible smoke signals and laughs at her stupid jokes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a pervert and a bad lyricist, but he's the greatest sword-smith ever.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Gratuitous English: Like the other members of Yuan's family, his name is in kanji adjusted to read out as Julian.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries against Hishigi and Fubuki, jumping between them and Yuan in order to get close enough to break their swords. Julian fails to die, and Fubuki "resurrects" the shattered blades anyway.
  • Large Ham
  • Let Them Die Happy: He stops Yuan from attacking Hishigi once he realizes that Hishigi is just trying to get to Fubuki before he dies. It's especially admirable on Julian's part because he has every right and every reason to hate this person.
    Julian: It's the end. Let him go as he pleases.
  • Nice Hat: Again. Leopard-print cowboy hat.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's perfectly capable of slaughtering Mooks, but he's hopelessly outclassed by the major characters. At one point, Yuan starts imitating his father and says something along the lines of, "My wife was an Elder and she kicked my butt."
  • Pimped-Out Cape: It's fur-trimmed. And leopard-print.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Julian takes Hishigi's BFS through the gut in his attempt at a Heroic Sacrifice. Hakuya is easily six inches wide, and would have severed Julian's spine and damaged some pretty important internal organs stabbing him where it did. He survives and seems to suffer no ill effects in the long run — no one even mentions it after the fact.

Migeira

Anime-Exclusive character, Migeira belongs to a secret sect of monk warriors bent on preserving the timeline. His right arm is replaced with a fifth lost Muramasa called Hajao, which he has reforged into a five-barreled cannon.
  • Arm Cannon: Hajao is a five-barreled cannon, formerly a Muramasa weapon which was changed into its current form through western alchemy. In the finale he first upgrades it after absorbing the other three Muramasa Hokurakushimon, Tenguko and Shibien, but later loses it entirely after entrusting the result to Kyo's Tenro.
  • Badass
  • Guest Star Party Member: Joins the heroes as they attack the Mibu Castle in Sekigahara and takes care of Saishi and later Shatora.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He eventually sides with Kyo, the man he sought to destroy in fear he could cause a paradox.
  • Knight Templar
  • Light 'em Up: Hajao mostly attacks by shooting light beams.
  • Mask Power: Never seen with his lower face uncovered.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One is blue, the other is red.
  • Time Police: Essentially he belongs to an order of monks with this purpose. He also seems to know the future, as seen when he reveals to Okuni how she's supposed to become the founder of Kabuki.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted, ultimately he's a good guy.