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Characters Appearing in Samurai Deeper Kyo

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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)

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Defied. Other characters assume that Kyo will take the Mibu throne after defeating the Former Crimson King, but he has zero interest. See A God I Am Not below. Kyo and the Shiseiten also aimed to be the strongest in the world, but only Bon actually wanted to rule anything; the others just wanted to fight, and moving up in the world would give them stronger people to fight.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The last few chapters and epilogue make it much more obvious that he cares about Yuya, and it's genuinely heartwarming.
  • 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: He spits blood a few times when badly wounded. When Kyoshiro's body starts to succumb to the Death Disease, it becomes more common.
  • 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.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Mooks seem to forget that Kyo killed over a thousand people at Sekigahara alone, and tend to confront him as though believing he will remember a specific thing he did that earned their undying hatred. This trope ensues.
  • 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 the new battle scars on his body, but "isn't this one from when you hit your head on that pillar?"
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Mahiro believes that Kyo killed her sister, and is determined to kill him and avenge Mayumi's death. After they reach Mibu territory, it is revealed that Chinmei actually killed Mayumi, but Kyo never told Mahiro because he couldn't stop Chinmei and blames himself.
  • 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. Naturally, it was all part of Kyoshiro's plan to make Kyo achieve his full potential.
  • 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.
  • A God I Am Not: Kyo does not give a single shit that he's a Physical God by the end of the story; he says the Crimson Throne is worthless and he doesn't want 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.
  • Hypocrite: Kyo (a Jerkass Tsundere of the highest order who regularly insults his Love Interest and calls her "dog face") yells at Kyoshiro for disregarding Sakuya's feelings near the end.
  • 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 thousands of lives without a 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 escapes any real punishment. Even taking his Character Development into account, he probably should have faced some consequences for his actions... of course, considering he's a Physical God by the end of the manga, it's not like anyone could enforce 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's so strong that Bontenmaru tells Yuya not to look at him because the rage alone could kill her.
  • Last of His Kind: Of the Mibu. It's complicated.
  • Loved Ones Montage: When he fights Kyoshiro near the end of the manga, though it's more about people he's fought and learned from than "loved ones".
  • 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.
  • No Social Skills: Kyo is rude, violent, emotionally challenged (see I Resemble That Remark! above), doesn't even try to understand others, and has no interest in changing any of that.
  • Odd Friendship: His camaraderie with Kyoshiro and Sakuya back when they first met in Edo. Gentle medicine man atoning for past crimes, Seer on the run from people who would use her power for personal gain, and... murderous Blood Knight?
  • 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: 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.
  • The Quiet One: Ironically, given that he's the main character, Kyo is one of the least talkative characters in the series. He might have the occasional monologue or mid-fight banter, but those punctuate long stretches of silence, usually accompanied by other characters talking about the things he's doing. We also almost never see thought-bubbles from him, unlike most other characters.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Shiseiten are either this or his 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.
  • Sealed Badass in a Person-Shaped Can: His soul is sealed inside Kyoshiro at the beginning, and he only has control when Tenro is unsheathed. After Kyo surfaces semi-permanently, Kyoshiro becomes both the sealed badass and the can.
  • 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. The ultimate technique, Koryuu, appears as a golden laser beam from above but takes the form of a highly stylized dragon when shown in detail.
  • 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: His speech is liberally seasoned 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 seems to be Kyoshiro's before we get to know them and find out it's not that simple.
    • Kyo 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.
  • Trash Talk: He doesn't talk much, but most of what he does say is insulting. Especially during fights.
  • 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 Crimson King. He remains absent for a good part of the plot, although his presence is mentioned constantly, and his backstory affects the plot in a very significant way.

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

  • 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.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: He tells Yuya that Kyo cares about her but can't express it because he's the emotional equivalent of a three-year-old. When Kyo reacts like an offended child, Kyoshiro corrects himself and says that Kyo is obviously the emotional equivalent of a four-year-old. It does not help his case.
  • 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 loyalty to the Former Crimson King, and even claims that he agrees with the king's Might Makes Right philosophy. The protagonists later realize that it was all 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.
  • A God I Am Not: He's one of the strongest Mibu in history and a potential successor to the Crimson King, but he left the clan before the events of the story. He instead chooses to live his life as a humble medicine peddler, healing people in atonement for the crimes he committed on the Former King's orders.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the final showdown against Kyo, he inflicts a mortal wound and then switches bodies, intending to die in atonement for the sins he has committed. Subverted when Kyo saves him (though the way Kyo talks, he sounds like he's doing it out of pure spite).
  • Hitman with a Heart: When he served the Former Crimson King prior to the story, he exterminated any threats to the Mibu reign, but the conflict with his gentle nature eventually drove him to flee from the clan.
  • 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 how the Former King had corrupted and controlled him, prompting him to leave 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.
  • 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. Kyoshiro is able to do this because he uses the rare "yin" or "passive" style of combat, which perfectly counters Kyo's active, aggressive attacks.
  • Reluctant Warrior: After fleeing from the Mibu, he never wanted to kill again. He tries really hard to avoid fighting in the first few volumes.
  • 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.
  • Samurai Ponytail: In flashbacks when his hair was longer, and when he takes Kyo's body, which has much longer hair than his.
  • 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 the Former Crimson King's assassin. However, when he sees there's no other way he TRIES, but can't bring himself to do it.

Most of Kyo's fighting-related tropes also 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's a capable fighter. Chickification unfortunately sets in later, because Guns Are Worthless and Yuya doesn't have any special powers.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Badass: She's still not on the level of the other fighters in the anime, but she does kill Saisei alone by shooting her heart from the inside.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Refreshingly subverted. 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.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Her relationship with Kyo has some truly heartwarming moments later in the manga, especially in the last few chapters and epilogue.
  • Badass Normal: In the first few volumes, before guns become obsolete and Chickification ensues.
  • 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.
  • Cool Gun: She has a three barreled pepperpot revolver. She uses it effectively during the first arc, but it becomes obsolete as the plot progresses.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's frequently in danger and someone (usually Kyo) has to save her.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: When she's captured by the Crimson King, he puts her in a skimpy, sheer robe with excessive cleavage showing.
  • It's Personal: Finding the man who killed her older brother motivated her to become a bounty hunter.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She bristles whenever someone implies that she and Kyo are involved, especially early on when she honestly doesn't have feelings for him and he's constantly harassing her.
  • Male Gaze: She's subjected to this almost constantly during the course of the story, even in some moments where things should be more serious.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Wanders into Aokigahara alone and soon gets lost even after Benitora explicitly told her that compasses 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?


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)

  • Blade on a Stick: He starts out with a collapsible, three bladed spear. Later, he upgrades to a trident-esque spear, the Hokurakushimon. It's one of Muramasa's demon blades and among the most powerful weapons in the series, but...
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Shinkage Reverse Eight-Sun is almost as damaging to him as it is to the people he uses it on.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: From early on he is this towards Yuya. Although, towards the end it becomes apparent that he's starting to develop a thing for Mahiro.
  • Doppleganger Attack: Central to many of his moves; a rare non-ninja example.
  • Eyes Always Shut: They usually only open when he's really surprised. Though Yukimura has stated his eyes are just very squinty. According to what he says to Akari, they're the same even when he's sleeping.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The real Hidetada did participate the aforementioned military campaigns. The manga however makes him a master of spear martial arts with magical powers and superhuman abilities on top of that.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He's Tokugawa Hidetada in disguise, running around Japan goofing off and (initially) working with a criminal mercenary gang.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: When he's fooling around.
  • King Incognito: The son of Tokugawa Ieyasu and heir to the Tokugawa Shogunate... masquerading as a simple thug.
  • Mercenary: In his first appearance, as part of the Three Color Gang.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In order to stop forbidden army troopers from interfering in Akira's fight with Tokito, Benitora tears down a wall between them and traps himself alone with hundreds of undead, regenerating soldiers. He's a wreck and has about a half-dozen broken swords sticking out of his back by the time Yuan's family finds him, but he wins.
  • Running Gag: Yuya MUST NOT find out he's the son of Ieyasu.
  • Shipper on Deck: Does this for a number of ships actually, the most prominent being Akira/Tokito. Neither Akira or Tokito reacts kindly towards his "suggestions".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or in this case, pink hair.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's always looking for this from his father, Ieyasu Tokugawa, but it never seems to quite work out.

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 flashback chapter includes a girl who was important to him, 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: He starts out as one of these, being an exceptionally skilled samurai on a similar level to Demon Eyes Kyo despite having no special powers.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: After pestering Anri into teaching him the Sekireigan. The technique brings his speed to superhuman levels, even seeming to briefly stop time. However, Anri intentionally taught Yukimura an incomplete form of the Sekireigan, because human bodies do not have the Mibu resilience required to use it safely.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's this towards his Ten Braves, treating them all as his family. Even Shindara, the former leader of the Ten and the first Sarutobi Sasuke.
  • 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 Sekireigan, or "Eye of the Wagtail". It enables the user to briefly stop time, but causes a Heroic R.R.O.D. 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: To the point where his Body Double is a beautiful girl, and he easily disguises himself as a woman for the Shogun's tournament (Kyo isn't fooled, but everyone else is at first). Not to mention 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 Sekireigan 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 R.R.O.D.: 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: He's very pretty, and quite flirty with both men and women.
  • 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 18 in a flashback. He also looks exactly the same in the final chapter, in which he's 41.
  • Pass Fail: At the Shogun's tournament; not because he doesn't look the part, but because his brother is in the arena.
  • 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 group

  • Blood Knight: All of them. Naturally, they are very impressed by and drawn to Kyo.
  • Five-Man Band: Along with Kyo. Before they split up, they were even less moral and could easily have qualified as a Five-Bad Band.
  • Four is Death: They're one of several incredibly deadly four-person teams in the series.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: In a platonic sense (or in Akari's case, not so platonic), about Kyo. He was a 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.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're wildly different people (a blind former street urchin with ice powers, the head of a powerful Japanese family, the bastard son of a high-ranking Mibu official, and a Transgender shaman), but they work startlingly well together.
  • 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.


One of Kyo's Four Emperors. Kyo found him as a child on the battlefield, the last survivor of a razed village. 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.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Of the Shiseiten, to his chagrin. He's 19, not much younger than Hotaru (22) or Akari (24), but he was only 15 when they split up, and they still treat him like a kid. It doesn't help his case that he is still immature and impulsive sometimes.
  • Badass Normal: Having ice powers usually disqualifies characters from the "normal" classification, but he's a different type. Akira stands out from the rest of the cast because he is the only major character (aside from Yuya) who comes from common lineage and therefore does not have samurai blood. This becomes a major hurdle for him because it severely limits his ability to grow and improve, and he is unable to "speak" with his swords.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Anime only, he joins the final battle in time to freeze Nobunaga and buy Kyo some time.
  • Can't Catch Up: Sort of. He has no "Samurai Blood" and thus has to work twice as hard to get half as strong as those who do. Eventually, even that isn't enough when he reaches his body's limit. Because subconscious powers are linked to samurai blood, he falls behind a bit when Anthony uses his needles to help Hotaru, Benitora, and Shinrei unlock theirs.
  • Child Soldier: A willing and enthusiastic one. Akira was 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: He has two.
    • The first is more self-destructive than deadly: his Inferno's Chill ability allows him to use his own life energy to generate temperatures below absolute zero, destroying tissue on a molecular level so there is nothing left to regenerate.
    • 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 gets him in trouble with Akari on a regular basis.
  • 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 before the fight even starts 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: Invoked. He disabled himself intentionally to gain his "eyes of the heart."
  • Dual Wielding: With swords, one shorter than the other.
  • Easily Forgiven: All of his earlier antagonistic interactions with the heroes are forgotten as soon as he fights with them in the Mibu land.
  • Eye Scream: He encounters a representation of his 15-year-old self in his subconscious when he passes out once. There's blood running down his face from his damaged eyes.
  • 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.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Briefly, after Anthony tells him he'll never be any stronger than he already is. Julian helps him get past it.
  • 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.
    Akira: And then there was that time I disguised myself as a dead body so well I was nearly cremated.
  • Odd Friendship: With Benitora of all people, once they're done endlessly antagonizing each other (though they continue to antagonize each other affectionately).
  • Red Baron: He became widely known as the Twin-Headed Dragon while fighting alongside Kyo and after his disappearance.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Shiseiten and Benitora.


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: Bon usually seems like the most level-headed of the Shiseiten, but when he enters his berserker state, he's completely wild. Hotaru recalls that when the Shiseiten were together, Bontenmaru was like a wild animal who tore everything in his path apart when he let loose. The other Shiseiten (every one of whom is a Blood Knight and One-Man Army on their own) would just get out of his way until he was done!
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He has a lot of fun fighting.
  • Dumb Muscle: His default plan of attack is "hit enemy until it stops moving"; strategy and tactics aren't really his thing.
  • 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Bon is 37, 9 years older than Kyo and over a decade older than the other Shiseiten; before they split up, both Akira and Hotaru were in their teens, and even Akari and Kyo were in their early twenties. He was something of a Parental Substitute for Akira when the latter was a kid, but in the events of the manga they're more like Vitriolic Best Buds, and Akira is still only 19.
  • Large Ham: Endlessly. Let's just say that Norio Wakamoto was a flawless casting choice for the audio dramas.
  • 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 is powerful enough to obliterate Haira's torso on the impact and quickly turn the remaining carcass to dust.
  • 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. His father actually ordered Masamune to kill him while he was held captive by an enemy, because the rise of the Date clan was more important than his own life.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Well, more superpowered worse side.
  • Team Dad: He takes this role in the Shiseiten (especially for Akira), and arguably for Yuya.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's friendly compared to the other three and Kyo outside of battle, but his "beast mode" is decidedly not.
  • 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. Kyo can turn him back by telling him to shake hands.
  • 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.


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 or 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: The aura of his Demon's Breath attack takes the shape of a dark, feather-winged humanoid with a narrow face, implied to be Lucifer. In the anime, he gets a tiger motif and aura.
  • Animal Motifs: Tigers, but only in the anime. A deliberate contrast to Shinrei's dragons.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Ooh, a caterpillar! Oooh, a whirligig! Ooooh, the floor looks different over here!
  • Awesomeness 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: It comes with the Mibu heritage. He's the lightest-built and has the most refined features of the male Shiseiten.
  • 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.
  • Bloody Murder: Keikoku Kien brands Hono Chikewai markings made from Hotaru's blood onto an opponent's body, burning them from the inside out.
  • 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.
  • Brutal Honesty: He isn't malicious about it, but he has No Social Skills and doesn't bother to sugarcoat anything or let people down gently.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: All of Hotaru's dialogue is delivered calmly, even in the middle of deadly battles or when he's horribly injured.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The most ditzy example in the entire manga, only rivaled by Shihodo. The first time Sasuke, Mahiro, and Benitora encounter him, they don't believe he's one 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. More than once, other characters ask how 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 shows respect for Hotaru's personal growth by using his new name, but still calls him Keikoku out of habit sometimes.
  • Double Weapon: A katana with a straight, dagger-like blade protruding from the pommel.
  • Easily Forgiven: When first introduced as Keikoku, he burns some of his own men to death for being unable to hurt Bontenmaru. No one ever brings this up later on.
  • Elemental Rivalry: Invoked; Hotaru chose to learn fire skills because he wanted to be the opposite of everything Shinrei and their father stood for.
  • Eye Scream: In one of Yuan's Genshisho 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 directs his flames with his sword, but almost never actually sets the blade on fire.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When the above-mentioned Eye Scream happens, the angle thankfully obscures the damage to his actual eye and only shows blood running down his face.
  • Gratuitous English: Just like Akira, some of his high tier attacks are in English.
  • Happily Adopted: Yuan's family has considered him their brother since Yuan picked him up, and he eventually returns the sentiment.
  • 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 Bastard: Hotaru is the son of a concubine, disowned and despised by his Mibu father. He's justifiably bitter about all the years his father spent sending assassins after him.
  • Heroic Willpower: Multiple times. Notably, he manages to drag himself to his feet after taking a direct hit from Kyo's Suzaku (though the damage from said attack does swiftly put him back down). His fight against his mentor, Yuan, shows this off most dramatically when Hotaru defies a mind-breaking illusion and turns it back on 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 would go hungry rather than accept food from others. Kyo used to think that the day Hotaru gave up being a loner would be the day he died.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He says what's on his mind, with no filter and very limited awareness of the impact his words may have.
  • 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 wasn't using that. 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 above: 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 this particular pair 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 off 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 intentionally 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, oxygen rushes in and causes an explosive backdraft as the dying ember flares up again.
    • 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.
  • Super Empowering: He powers up Shinrei using Keikoku Kien. Shinrei is able to gain the benefits of Hono Chikewai from Hotaru's blood instead of being destroyed by it because he and Hotaru are half-brothers.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Only in the anime, he has a tiger motif opposing Shinrei's dragons.
  • 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 (after Hotaru stops flat-out hating him), 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.


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.
  • 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 she hugs Santera, whose corrosive spores destroy the buns Akari uses to stuff her top. Akari throws a fit and complains that now she's flatter than Yuya.
  • Cooldown Hug: Does this to a crazed Santera to stop her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was designated male and named Mitarai Tokichiro at birth, and when her powers manifested, she was seen as a freak and a monster. She became bitter and angry, lashing out at the world that rejected her help and eventually finding the Mibu Clan. 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.
  • Fastball Special: During the Shiseiten's battle with the Mibu's regenerating soldiers, she launches Bon directly into the middle of the army when he calls her Tokichiro. Amusingly, Bon is The Big Guy, and Akari does not look nearly as strong as she is.
  • 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.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Her feelings for Kyo subvert this. She was always impressed by his strength, but she fell for him because he never cared if she was a monster or not.
  • Lady of War/Lady of Black Magic: Akari is an elegant and classy lady, but she will not hesitate to kick ass, and her vampiric energy draining is one of the more dangerous powers in the series.
  • Magic Staff: She carries one and channels her shamanic powers through it.
  • Manchurian Agent: When Kyo and company finally confront Hishigi and Fubuki, Hishigi activates the Devil Eye in Akari's hand and it takes over her mind, causing her to attack Kyo and Yuan.
  • The Medic: Akari can accelerate healing by channeling her own energy into an injured person's body. Because of the way her power works, however, she can't heal herself.
  • The Mole: Akari is secretly Ashura, Hishigi's Imperial Guard, who was sent to spy on Kyo. Subverted by virtue of mind control.
  • No Hero Discount: Akari will only heal her companions (other than Kyo) if they tell her a close personal secret. And it must be a new one, every single time. She does offer to heal Yukimura in exchange for a kiss instead of blackmail material, but her motives for doing so are entirely selfish. Incidentally, he complies... and then reveals post-kiss that he swapped places with Kosuke, to Akari's disappointment.
  • 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.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's beautiful, elegant, and one of the strongest and most deadly characters in the manga.
  • 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.
  • Super Strength: Her physical strength is usually displayed in comedic situations, but she's capable of launching Bontenmaru across a room. As Ashura, she's strong enough to knock Kyo off his feet.
  • 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 few moments with Yuya that suggest she may be bisexual.
  • Transsexual: No one makes much of a fuss about the contents of Akari's undergarments, and it is made very clear that she absolutely is 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. He's very distressed by the fact that she's still hot.
  • 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: Subverted. Akari is occasionally viewed this way by other characters, but she is definitely a Transgender woman, not a crossdressing man.
  • You Are Number 6: She was "No. 13" when she was with the Mibu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink, in her case.

     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)

  • Berserk Button: Do not insult or threaten Sanada Yukimura in his presence.
  • Cloning Blues: After finding out that forest-dwellers like himself are Mibu genetic experiments, he struggles with self-worth and worries that Yukimura will see him as a monster. It gets even worse when he encounters the other "rare breed" children, all of whom look like him and have the Crimson Eyes.
  • Cute Bruiser/Badass Adorable: One of the strongest characters in the series as well as one of the cutest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's a rude one, especially toward Benitora. With the Juyushi, he snarks defensively to disguise the fact that he cares about them.
  • 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 R.R.O.D.: He "crashes" if he uses his powers too much.
  • Ninja Brat: Subverted, as Sasuke is very experienced and skilled in battle despite his youth. There's some overlap with Kid Samurai, as he uses swords typically wielded by samurai, but his combat style utilizes more of the agility and stealth employed by 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 Muramasa demonblade Shibien. Sasuke developed the Raikoken before he acquired 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 6: 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: Twin brothers who use synchronized combination attacks.
  • 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

  • Big Damn Heroes: Joins the final battle against Chinmei in time to help Sasuke and Yukimura.
  • Warrior Monk: Has the looks of one, to say the least.

     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's reduced to a Mibu attack dog, and the Elders are way out of his league (Hishigi has to supervise him).
    • Zigzagged. He actually seems to be more powerful in the manga, but the other threats (not to mention Kyo) are so much stronger that his impact on the plot is comparatively minor.
  • 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 Moustache: Had one on his real body back when he was alive.
  • 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 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 (AKA, Nozomu) 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 revives 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.

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. That's presumably true, but he only ever demonstrates water and fire.
  • Expy: His appearance during his fight against Yukimura (long shiny hair, tight pants, and the black markings over his exposed torso, arms, and face) calls to mind Yusuke's demon form.
  • Fake Defector: He left Yukimura and went to the Mibu, claiming it was in pursuit of greater strength and that he had no viable future with Yukimura. He is actually looking for weaknesses in the Mibu clan, hoping to save Yukimura.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After young Sasuke says he's proud to share the name and promises to keep Yukimura safe, Shindara thanks him and is able to die content.
  • Healing Factor: It's so strong that he's believed to be immortal, but it can be overpowered. The anime changes it to a black hole-like defense.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He shields Sasuke from the explosion in Hishigi's lab, which results in a level of damage from which even he can't recover.
    • In the Anime, he saves everyone by using his black hole-like body to absorb the incoming falling star containing the Gate to the Underworld.
  • Master of None: Saizo informs the protagonists that Shindara can use earth, air, water, and fire. However, his water and fire techniques as shown are nowhere near the power displayed by Hotaru and Shinrei, let alone their masters Yuan and Fubuki.
  • Ninja: According to Saizo, he's a Ninja Master, superior to anyone else.
  • Red Baron: Shindara the Immortal.
  • Reverse Mole: The real reason he abandoned Yukimura and the Ten was to infiltrate the Mibu and try to keep Yukimura safe from them.
  • 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 that are said to have the same power he does.
  • Visual Kei: He fits the aesthetic, and this was even his nickname among the author's staff.

Voiced by: Kana Ueda (JP)

  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Tokito's "Crime Monster" serum amplifies the true nature of its users (Kotaro's body turns into a shadow, and Santera becomes a mindless, toxin-spewing monster). Antera expects it to power her up, but it instead resets her to her adult body, which is suffering from an advanced case of the Death Disease. Lampshaded by Antera herself.
  • Cute Bruiser: In her first appearance, she accidentally crushes a man's skull with her bare hand when Bikara calls her an old lady.
  • 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 not only her memories of Mibu life, but also of all the time she spent with the Jyuunishinsho.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to a side comic, she developed Super Strength in order to acquire more sweets (her father said she could have another strawberry daifuku when she was strong enough to pick him up).

Voiced by: Katsuhiro Harasawa (JP)

  • Badass Gay: He apparently fought Kyo for hours at Sekigahara, and nearly overpowers him in the forest before losing.
  • The Brute: Relies on brute strength, but that's all he has in similarities with this trope. Later subverted, as his real trump card is his speed.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: His behavior and speech patterns are exaggeratedly feminine, and he tries to kill Yuya out of jealousy just because she exists in his presence. Unusually for this trope, he's a huge, muscular man.
  • Depraved Homosexual: In the manga. The anime avoids it, making him a narcissist instead.
  • 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.


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 refers to himself as Maro, which appears to be either his real name or 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: He's all about power, using little if any strategy.
  • 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.


  • The Berserker: Like the other four Berserkers, he's relentless in battle.
  • 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: He's an irredeemable monster without a single positive quality. His usual form is obese, ugly, and filthy.
  • 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.

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.


  • 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 is holding throughout the fight.
  • 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.


  • 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 express different tastes.
  • 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.
  • Forced into Evil: He became a Berserker and slave to the Mibu in order to save his daughter Anju (AKA Antera).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: See Forced into Evil above.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: His black trilby, which often hides one or both of his eyes.
  • Noble Demon: He's the kindest of the twelve.

The Fake Mekira


  • Bad Boss: Has no qualms about petrifying Santera after she's defeated by Akari.
  • The Berserker: His title, and he lives up to it with his single-minded viciousness in combat.
  • Bishōnen: Akari thinks he's hot at first.
  • Chain Pain: Fights with what's left of the chains used to restrain him.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Implied, as he wanted to eat Akari's flesh after turning her to stone.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: His left arm is covered in fake Medusa Eyes.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Wants to devour Akari, as her Shaman's meat will sustain him more than ordinary flesh.
  • Meaningful Name: "Me" translates to "eye" in Japanese, referencing the false Medusa Eyes on his arm.
  • No Body Left Behind: He's turned to ashes by Akari's true Medusa Eye.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Constantly insults Akari during their battle, usually calling her a "pervert" and such while being a contemptuous jerk.
  • Smug Snake: He brags constantly about the power of his Medusa Eyes, not realizing that they are defective copies and aren't even close to the power of the real ones.
  • Taken for Granite: What he does to Yuya and Santera with his eyes.

Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP)

  • Body Horror: As one of the forest "failures", Kotaro has a life expectancy of somewhere between ten and fifteen years before his body breaks down. He's fifteen. There's a reason he's covered in bandages.
  • Casting a Shadow: His powers revolve around the manipulation of shadows.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Sasuke's. Though in all fairness, Sasuke thought he was dead.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: You know it's bad when SDK does one of these. After Sasuke defeats Indara, he runs to Kotaro, saying that they'll patch him up and he'll be fine. When he starts to take off the bandages around Kotaro's torso, Kotaro pleads with him not to look. The level of deterioration isn't shown, but Okuni recoils in horror as she realizes that his flesh has rotted.
  • Intangible Man: In the manga, the "Crime Monster" drug changes his body into a shadow form, allowing him to No Sell Sasuke's physical attacks.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he finds out the truth behind that accident.
  • Ninja: The most ninja like in the series.
  • One-Winged Angel: Subverted in the anime, as he can turn into a Ken'yo, but resists every time his body attempts to transform.
  • Shadow Pin: The first demonstration of his powers. It was powerful enough to restrain even Kyo and Yukimura.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Survives the destruction of the Mibu Castle in the anime.
  • Taking the Bullet: Jumps between Sasuke and Indara, and has his throat bit out for his trouble, leading to his death.

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

  • Child Soldier: She's only ten.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's dramatically uncoordinated and often trips over her own feet.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the anime she dies freeing Shindara and Yuya from Akira's Ice Cocoon.
  • 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-year-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.
  • Power Incontinence: She can't control her corrosive spores, so she constantly emits them and damages anything she touches. They flare up even more when she gets emotional or upset.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: She throws herself between Mekira and Akari, shielding Akari and getting petrified by Mekira's fake Medusa Eyes as a result. It turns out that Akari isn't even affected by the fake eyes because she has a real Devil Eye on her hand. Thankfully, Santera recovers.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is extremely shy and easily frightened. The slightest scolding sends her into tears and frantic apologies.
  • 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: The Mibu place Nobunaga's soul in his body, and Nozomu's personality is completely overwhelmed. He does manage to fight it a little, but only briefly.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Former Crimson King had him killed because he learned 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 6: 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.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: She wants to marry her brother after restoring him to power.
  • 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, and the name Goyosei is never used.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Subverted. Some characters (especially Hotaru and Shinrei) will claim that their personal element has an advantage over another, but events throughout the story prove 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.


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.
  • Bishōnen: Exceptionally pretty and elegant, with a dance-like fighting style.
  • Bloody Murder: His "scarlet wyrms" are water dragons enhanced and made corrosive by the addition of Shinrei's own blood. He also makes a sword out of blood the first time he fights Kyo.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Over the course of the story. He starts off smugly proclaiming Mibu divinity, then gets beaten by Kyo, discovers he's been betrayed by Fubuki, gets his ass handed to him when he tries to fight Fubuki, finds out that the Mibu are not gods but are in fact all Artificial Humans with a fatal genetic defect... etc.
  • Cultured Badass: He's very well-versed in Mibu culture, and learned the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu (originally designed as a dance and performed on the Water Stage during festivals) from Fubuki.
  • Dance Battler: Twofold. Firstly, Shinrei's basic form of attack is a dance-like technique that allows him to change the trajectory of his sword strokes just before they connect, which throws off an opponent who can read the path of the blade since the blade doesn't actually go where they expect. 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.
  • The Fettered: He takes strength from his devotion to the Mibu clan, and fights for their honor. Even after turning against the Taishiro and the Former Crimson King, Shinrei maintains that he is serving the Mibu clan's people and restoring what the clan is supposed to be.
  • Generation Xerox: Of Fubuki, not his father. Hishigi says at one point that Shinrei is "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, giving her 60 days before the dragon destroys her heart and kills her. Shinrei dispels the dragon after Kyo defeats him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Among the prettiest of the cast, with long white hair to match.
  • Luke I Am Your Brother: Shinrei is actually Hotaru's half brother, and reveals it during their battle. Subverted because both of them know that they are related, 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.
  • Samurai Ponytail: He keeps his long white hair tied back.
    • Slipknot Ponytail: When Shinrei fights Fubuki, one of the attacks cuts the tie in his hair and it falls loose.
  • 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. 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.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Initially. He subverts it later.
  • 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 exhausted and very badly wounded from fighting Kyo. And the only reason he almost defeats Kyo is that Kyo is also badly hurt from fighting Hotaru and Chinmei earlier.


See Hotaru


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.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: The Former Crimson King gave him the Mibu's immortality, but other than that he has no special powers.
  • 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.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: One moment, he's agreeing to ally with the protagonists; the next, he suddenly goes quiet and drops dead with a sword sticking out of his back.
  • 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 quickly and with minimal effort by Fubuki, but Taihaku had nearly died in battle a few minutes earlier. The exhibit of Fubuki's skill is that he kills Taihaku while standing right next to the heroes, and none of them notice until Taihaku drops dead with a sword in his back.


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: She frequently talks about finding a man, and expresses very creepy interest in some of the male protagonists. 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Her last attack against Akira abruptly ends when her arm breaks off, because her cells are being progressively destroyed by Inferno's Chill and her regeneration isn't working.
  • 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 subverted when Akira easily surpasses her expectations.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's stronger than Saisei and also bustier.
  • Clothing Damage: She can't regenerate her clothes, resulting in gratuitous fanservice.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Saishi's fighting form is a bunny girl. Seriously. Despite the cute appearance, though, her superhuman strength allows her to beat her enemies to death. She doesn't look like a serious fighter, but when she cuts loose... holy shit!
  • 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 while it's exposed by 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.
  • 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, Yoshitsune, and Saisei (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.


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: Tomoe Gozen resurrected and bound to Saishi's will. 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.
  • 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: She's been dead for a couple hundred years, but Akira's final attack severs her soul's last ties to the living world and lets her move on.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She thanks Akira for the respect he showed her and is able to die peacefully, with a final wish for Shinrei to live.
  • 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 into 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, 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)

  • Almighty Janitor: Played with. His rank as initially presented is far from irrelevant, but as the second Crimson Cross Knight, he's much stronger than the Goyosei position implies.
  • 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 Kyoshiro to get out, telling him (while crying real tears for the first time in centuries) to protect Sakuya and not to end up like he did.
  • 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 hippie vibe, but is actually one of the most unstable and sadistic characters in the series.
  • The Fog of Ages: Chinmei's tale about his long descent into madness as the sheer weight of time stripped him of his memories of the woman he loved and ultimately erasing all feeling whatsoever is a horrifying thing to think about.
  • 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, being one of the four Crimson Cross Knights. He also masquerades as Spade, the leader of Tokito's Imperial Guard, 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 when he's Just Toying with Them. When he's serious, he uses a katana.
  • Psycho for Hire: Plays the act of a peace loving hippie, but it quickly becomes obvious that he's actually a vicious, sadistic killer. He even admits that he only feels anything while killing, because The Fog of Ages has caused him to lose almost all of his memories and emotions.
  • Say It with Hearts: Or in his case, glasses-wearing smiley faces.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Inverted; 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 as a group

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 Longhair: Though an omake jokes that it's actually a wig, making Fubuki Bald of Awesome instead.
  • Bloody Murder: He can create powerful, corrosive "scarlet wyrms" by infusing the water with his own blood.
  • 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, aggressively saying he doesn't care if he stays or not. Hishigi always 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: He uses a katana with an ornate cross-shaped hilt, which is quite distinctive and was apparently custom-forged for him by Julian. Sadly, we never learn its name or much more about it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The Mibu Battle Dolls suffer from a genetic defect that is essentially guaranteed to kill every single one of them. Fubuki believes that the Former Crimson King is the only person capable of saving them, and that they will all die if Kyo succeeds in defeating him.
  • 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: His drive to save the Mibu has changed him from a kindhearted leader to a ruthless Well-Intentioned Extremist, willing to kill his own allies if it will further the Crimson King's agenda.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Implied in an omake that he's this among the Taishiro whenever there is a decision or plan to be made. Yuan is disrespectful and regularly goofs off, Tokito is impulsive and childish, and Hishigi is on Fubuki's side but completely apathetic about anything beyond protecting him.
  • Parrot Pet Position: His black cat, most of the time.
  • Pitiful Worms: When Shinrei confronts him near the end of the manga about the fact that he killed Taihaku, Fubuki refers to his subordinates as insects in the palm of his hand and says he will not hesitate to crush those who try to escape his control.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When his Crimson Eyes activate, shit has officially gotten real.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He has been each 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 appears to be the serious, slightly snarky blue oni to Muramasa's friendly, energetic red.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Before stabbing himself in the heart to activate his Deadly Upgrade, he thanks Hishigi for staying with him and says that he wishes for his friend to live. Hishigi has been a deteriorating terminal case for twenty years, and at this specific point in the fight, he's lying helpless in a pool of his own blood.
  • 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.


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. Hishigi has been actively dying for a few decades, and Stopped Caring about the Crimson King's goals a long time ago. The only reason he's an antagonist at all is his Undying Loyalty to Fubuki.
  • 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 — he certainly 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.
  • 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 designed and forged Hakuya for Hishigi because his strength shattered normal swords.
    • One-Handed Zweihänder: Hakuya is huge even by previously established BFS standards in the series. 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: He's tall and lean with refined features, but has a more mature look than the Bishōnen of the cast.
  • Blue Oni: To Fubuki's red in the current timeline, and to Shihodo's in flashbacks.
  • 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. The horror gets even worse as he dies — he has to drag himself to Fubuki because he is literally falling apart.
  • Broken Ace: He's reportedly the strongest Taishiro member ever. He's also Secretly Dying, wracked with guilt due to his failure to save his friends and the horrors of the Reconstruction Project, and an incredibly miserable person in general.
  • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: A contrast to Cloudcuckoolander Shihodo in flashbacks, and Hot-Blooded snarker Yuan in the current timeline.
  • 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 one moment of snark in a flashback, and a couple of snarky comments aimed at Yuan in the current timeline.
    • During his fight with Yuan, he indulges in a little bit 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.
    • In the same fight:
    Yuan: I'm nice and angry now. Just plain steamed.
    Hishigi: What a wonderful coincidence.
    • 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: A flashback reveals that after Fubuki refused to Mercy Kill him, Hishigi promised that he would die protecting his friend instead. In the events of the manga, he places himself between Fubuki and deadly attacks on a regular basis, and has no intention of surviving long enough for the Devil Eyes to take over his mind.
  • 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.
  • Despair Speech: When Fubuki comes to visit him shortly after his Despair Event Horizon.
    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.
  • The Dreaded: 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 fought him and survived. His arrival is usually an Oh, Crap! moment for the protagonists.
  • Driven to Suicide: He was very close in a flashback, before Fubuki told him that he wasn't allowed to die until Fubuki said he could.
  • 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. In the end, he dies in Fubuki's arms after the Devil Eyes have been destroyed.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Up to Eleven. See Rasputinian Death below.
  • 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.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He claims that he's given up on saving the flawed Mibu, and now focuses his experiments on attempting to create an improved species without the current clan's inherent defects. In reality, he never gave up, and kept trying to find a cure until the very end.
  • 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 and fall out, he is covered in disfiguring 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 at a price: 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.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: You wouldn't think it, considering Hakuya's size and shape, but many of Hishigi's attacks are Iaijutsu-based; he attacks on the draw and immediately returns the sword to its sheath. It seems likely that he fights this way because the Death Disease has destroyed a substantial portion of the left side of his body.
  • 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: He has the Death Disease, and everything that comes with it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Akari lives his memories, she finds out how much he cared about her and sees his regrets over the Reconstruction Project. Before the disease and resulting panic, he was a Friend to All Living Things.
  • Light 'em Up: His sword is called "White Night", and he uses light-themed attacks.
  • Light is Not Good: He's an Anti-Villain, but calling him "good" would be a stretch.
  • 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.
    • One of his early scenes shows him saving a low-level Mibu mook from Tokito's sadistic torment by intercepting Tokito's weaponized cards so fast that they appear to vanish in midair before hitting the target.
  • 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's deranged behavior and disheveled 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is known as "the executioner" and "the mad doctor".
  • 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.
    • He survives roughly twenty years of the Death Disease destroying his body and the Devil Eyes eating him alive.
    • In his final battle, Hishigi shields Fubuki from Kyo's powered-up Suzaku, taking the full brunt of the attack with no chance to defend or block.
    • The Devil Eyes that have been keeping him alive die and fall out because their energy is exhausted, which leaves him bleeding everywhere and barely mobile, not to mention the blood he's now coughing up.
    • He somehow comes up with the strength to break out of Yuan's grip, leave his memories to Akari, and form barriers to protect Fubuki and the others before attempting to take Kyo with him in a massive explosion fueled by the last of his energy, which still does not kill him.
    • He drags his disintegrating body to Fubuki's side, rips out his own fucking heart, and implants it into Fubuki's chest. Then, and only then, does he collapse into Fubuki's arms, apologize for leaving him alone, and die.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He unleashes a vicious one on the protagonists after revealing that the Mibu are Artificial Humans that are dying out, triggered by their dismissal of Fubuki's sacrifices for the clan. It's easily the most he ever speaks at one time. He also gives one to Kyo and the True Mibu in general while fighting him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His right eye turns crimson when he gets serious, and it is a massive Oh, Crap! moment for the people fighting him.
  • 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 produced their own doomed Artificial Humans.
  • 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: There's a white streak in his black hair.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: Pre-story, when he finds out he has the Death Disease and hits his Despair Event Horizon, he apologizes to Fubuki for giving up. And his last words are an apology to Fubuki for leaving him alone.
  • The Stoic: Reserved and logical at all times. You can count the times his facial expression shifts from deadpan on one hand.
    • 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.
  • Sword Beam: Many of his attacks with Hakuya take this form. At one point he fires off seven of them with a single swing.
  • 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


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)

  • Because Destiny Says So: Tokito tells fortunes with Tarot cards and claims that people can never change their fates.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: The Hokuto Shichisei appears to be a double-edged sword, but it splits into a Dual Wielding set of narrower blades.
  • Bishōnen: He's delicately-built and very pretty. Though it turns out that Samus Is a Girl, so she's actually a Bishoujo/Bifauxnen
  • Bishonen Line: Tokito is very pretty to begin with, but Akira's power boost forces her to release her full power. This causes her body to grow from that of a 14-year-old into her true form: a tall, stunning young woman with long hair and more mature features (though she's flat enough that Akira still thinks she's a man until the post-fight reveal).
  • Bullying a Dragon: Even the fact that he antagonizes Hishigi and Yuan on a regular basis doesn't outdo his attempt to kill the Former Crimson King.
  • 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.
  • Death Dealer: When he's not swinging around his inherited Muramasa blade, he uses Tarot cards to slice and dice anyone unfortunate enough to cross him. The cards don't factor into his combat style when he's fighting seriously.
  • 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 his Disappeared Dad. Tokito does not take it well and responds by breaking Bon's arm.
  • Dual Wielding: The Muramasa demonblade known as Hokuto Shichisei is actually formed by two swords (Tokai and Tohyou) that can merge into a single weapon.
  • Enfante Terrible: Subverted; she's actually several decades older than her childish appearance suggests, and she can grow into her adult body to fight at full strength.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: A waifish, delicate beauty with a sadistic streak a mile wide and zero empathy for the suffering of others.
  • Fake Memories: Tokito's memories of her real parents (Fubuki and Hitoki) were suppressed and replaced by the idea of Muramasa as her father and a mother she never knew. When the real memories try to surface, she suffers from headaches and disorientation.
  • 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. When he proved to be nothing like Muramasa (vicious, angry, violent), people turned on him and started to assume that he would 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.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: During her fight with Akira, she's forced to use her adult form to escape his "Heaven's Chill" attack and increase her power. She's pissed about it, because she hates her true appearance.
  • Jerkass: Vicious, remorseless, and sadistic. Tokito delights in hurting people and trying to break their spirits with Tarot readings about their inevitable demises.
    • 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 even taking into account her chronological age, 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.
  • Just Toying with Them:
    • When he fights Bontenmaru, Tokito says that he will let Bon and company pass if Bontenmaru can catch him. Every time Bon misses, Tokito inflicts some kind of punishment and kicks up the speed another notch.
    • The fight with Akira starts this way too, with Tokito pretending that Hokuto Shichisei is a single blade and feigning a poor technique that makes Akira think his left side is unguarded. When Akira goes for it, Tokito splits the blade into its true form and stabs him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The first of the Taishiro to make an appearance, Tokito immediately Worfs Bontenmaru and establishes that the Mibu elite are untouchably out of the protagonists' current league. And Tokito is the weakest Elder.
  • 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 (Tokai and Tohyou), referencing 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 her 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.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Kind of. Releasing her full power causes her entire body to age roughly ten years, with longer hair to match.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: An interesting variation. Tokito uses the appearance (and by extension, power level) that she had at the age of fourteen because her adult body looks more like Muramasa, whom she hates because she thinks he was her father and that he abandoned her.
  • 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.
  • Sore Loser: When it becomes clear that Akira has defeated him, Tokito tries to call the forbidden army troops to kill his weakened opponent. Thankfully, Benitora has massacred said troops by then.
  • 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 his defeat.

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.
  • Flat Character: Spade is the only one who has any impact on the plot, mostly because he's Chinmei. 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.
  • Gonk: Club is a short, fat toad-like midget sitting on a peg leg.
  • The Mole: Spade is Chinmei in disguise.
  • Oh, Crap!: Heart, Diamond, and Club when they realize that they have left Tokito's territory and wandered into Yuan's, which results in Anthony attacking them.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Naturally. The theme dovetails with Tokito's own Tarot Motifs.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They serve as this for Tokito, with Spade as The Dragon.
  • Theme Naming: They're named after card suits.
  • 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 powered-up Shinrei, neither of whom has to work hard to do so.


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 after Ian was executed under the pretense of 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 Family: Yuan himself is 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. His 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. Finally, 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.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's funny, enthusiastic, occasionally hammy, and incredibly strong.
  • Book Dumb: Particularly evident while trying to decipher Hishigi's notes. Like teacher, like student.
    Hotaru: Why do smart people use such difficult words?
    Yuan: Makes 'em sound smarter, I guess.
  • The Brute: His initial presentation; of the Taishiro, he relies most heavily on pure force and is the only one who fights hand-to-hand.
    • The Big Guy: After his Heel–Face Turn, he serves as one of these on the heroes' side (arguably replacing Bontenmaru, since Bon has been thoroughly Worfed by the stronger Mibu at that point).
  • The Dog Bites Back: After his siblings are safe from the Taishiro and he is able to rebel without endangering them.
    Yuan: I've cast off the dog's collar, Tokito.
  • Dramatic Wind: When his fight with Hishigi gets serious, his aura seems to create it.
  • 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 his Crimson Eyes manifested in childhood, 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. The blindfold doesn't suppress his power, but it does hide it.
  • 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: After Hotaru defeats him, he takes the chance to fool Fubuki's cat with an illusion, giving his family time to hide so he can turn on the other Taishiro.
  • 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's probably 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: Even more impressive than Hotaru, Yuan is able to effortlessly conjure even the black Demon's Breath flames without preparation.
  • 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. Yuan is blind, but his "Shingan" ability 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: He has the Crimson Eyes, which his mother hid because they marked him as powerful and dangerous.
  • 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.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Fighting Hotaru using only his right foot. He also primarily fights hand-to-hand, despite the fact that his greatest strength is in swordfighting.
  • Taken for Granite: Temporarily, when he fights Hishigi and falls victim to the Devil Eyes.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Zigzagged during his fight with Hishigi. Yuan starts talking shit, and it looks like this is being played straight when Hishigi himself does not immediately 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, but the dozens under Hishigi's bandages are strong enough to petrify him (temporarily).
  • Your Soul Is Mine: He claims he can eat the souls of his enemies. Subverted because his Genshisho 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.


Yuan's mother, who was part of the Taishiro before him. She was framed for treason and executed because she learned the Sendai Aka No Ou's true nature.


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 children, 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.


The original leader of the Taishiro, and among the strongest members in history.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears tiny shorts and a bandeau top, exposing everything from hipbones to bust.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She's an odd one, but underestimating her is a huge mistake. 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".
  • 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: She's incredibly weird and shockingly powerful.
  • 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" and nullifying enemy attacks.
  • Dirty Coward: By her own claim, though the accuracy of that assessment is debatable.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She was in love with the Former Crimson King before he became cold and cruel, and was unable to kill him as he'd asked because of her feelings. It's not entirely clear if they were ever involved romantically. Also applies after his death.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Former Crimson King asked her to kill him if she saw him walking down the path of evil, which she couldn't bring herself to do because she loved him (and still does). It's why she hides in the labyrinth, overseeing her graveyard for the victims of the Mibu Reconstruction Project.
  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: For the above reason of heartbreak.

     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).
  • The Atoner: He regrets his failure to save the True Mibu from their demonic nature, and guides Kyo in an attempt to fix his mistakes.
  • Dark is Not Evil: He looks intimidating and has a darker color scheme, but he's the closest thing this manga has to a Big Good.
  • Expy: He bears some notable similarities to Raizen, being an ancient ancestor of the protagonist who at one point tries to take over the body of said protagonist to fight someone out of his league.
  • Friend to All Children: He appears to Kyo surrounded by cute Mibu tykes whom he happily allows to climb all over him. He also explains that the reason the Mibu became gods in the first place was because he wanted his children to lead happy and untroubled lives.
  • Horned Humanoid: The horns are actually fake and removable.
  • It Amused Me: The reason he even bothered with the above-mentioned horns and "Demon Lord" getup. He takes great pleasure in messing with Kyo.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's heavily implied to be one of Kyo's ancestors, but probably not his actual father.
  • Precursors: He's the first Crimson King.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He and Kyosaburo (the "current" Crimson King before the Former had him killed) are the only Mibu rulers shown who weren't megalomaniacal tyrants.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: His spirit is bound to Tenro and lives within the blade.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He's probably not actually Kyo's father, but he is the only relative we ever meet. He's also ridiculous, wearing fake horns and pretending to be a scary demon lord as a joke. Before he releases Kyo from his pocket dimension inside Tenro, he even sticks the fake horns on Kyo's head.

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.

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. The Former Crimson King is actually Mibu Kyoichiro, the first of the Red Cross Knights, and is himself a construct created by the True Mibu. 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 millennia, he has become overwhelmed by the depravity and violence he witnesses in the human world, and has come 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: He sounds perfectly reasonable and is surprisingly friendly toward the protagonists. At first.
  • 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, attempting to rule in their stead to maintain their legacy. 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: He leads the Mibu and is far and away the most powerful of them.
  • 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.
  • Biseinen: 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 the Crimson Tower crumbles with him inside. 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?: After The Reveal that he is Mibu Kyoichiro, he realizes 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. Later, we discover that his smile hides the pain and madness that have resulted from watching the senseless violence in human society for millennia.
  • 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. Many years later, when 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 the King'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


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".


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.
  • 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

  • Adaptational Villainy: Anime only, he's manipulated by Santera and eventually turns into a Ken'yo which Benitora has to kill.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In the manga, played straight. Not so much in the anime.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Leads a giant army along with the Sanada and Date forces to defeat the Crimson King's blood soldiers in the end.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted by the real Ieyasu, who's pretending to be Hanzo Hattori. Played straight in the anime.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mostly shown in his interactions with his son.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's an asshole and is the first to admit it, but he's genuinely working to form a peaceful Japan.


  • 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: The 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: Her long hair is styled this way.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Nozomu's sister by blood, and therefore Yuya's sister by adoption.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She wears modest robes most of the time, but she does get a nude scene that shows off her beautiful figure. In-Universe, not only Kyoshiro, but also Kyo (and possibly Shinrei) 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 belonged 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. It's eventually revealed that she has only ever loved Kyoshiro, and Kyo was never more than 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 would have defeated the entire Iga Ninja army alone if Sasuke and Benitora hadn't figured out their weapons.
  • 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 "successful" experiments, but actually lower than Sasuke because he's one of the near-perfect "rare breed" that Hishigi has developed.
  • Smug Snake: Maki, who constantly 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, you might want to stop demeaning the person he's devoted his life to.
  • The Worf Effect: They establish themselves and the Mibu soldiers in general as strong enemies by stomping the Tokugawa forces, and then have the effect inflicted on them to show how powerful Muramasa's demonblades can be when wielded correctly.

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.
  • 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 rules over one small civilian Mibu community, he thinks he can win against Kyo. The elite troops encountered after the Goyosei are probably more powerful than he is, and they're faceless automatons.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He constantly sheds a peculiar powder that surrounds the enemy, and then throws sharp needles at them. If the enemy parries, the resulting sparks will ignite the powder and cause an explosion; if they dodge, it will spread the powder over a larger area and make it harder to escape.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His 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.


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 doesn't look it, but he has to be hundreds of years old based on context. He's deeply distressed when he learns that the "grandpa" part 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: He writes and sings ridiculous songs, and talks to and about swords like they're people.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He was Muramasa's.
  • 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: Julian is hugely dramatic, loudly proclaiming his status as the greatest swordsmith in history and even demanding that Yuan praise him for forging the swords that Hishigi and Fubuki are actively trying to kill them with.
  • 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 Hishigi.
    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."
  • Papa Wolf: He's not much of a fighter, but don't threaten his kids. Just don't.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: It's fur-trimmed. And leopard-print.
  • Retired Badass: He is the greatest smith in Mibu history, but seems to have stopped making weapons since his wife's death.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: His gambit to break Hishigi's and Fubuki's swords, which results in a One-Handed Zweihänder through Julian's abdomen. It buys Yuan a chance to attack, but that chance is immediately nullified by Hishigi's Devil Eyes. And then Fubuki resurrects the blades, so the protagonists end up in an even worse position.
  • 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.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Horde of Children: Downplayed; only Angelica can really be called serious, but none of them are even close to dad's Cloudcuckoolander status, and Julian's antics drive Yuan up a wall on a regular basis.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.