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Subaru Sumeragi
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (OAV's)

Subaru is the head of the Sumeragi Clan of onmyouji at the young age of sixteen, and is intensely dedicated to his work. Despite this heavy burden, he remains a sweet, naive boy who is devoted to helping those in need.

He is very close to his twin sister Hokuto, and often relies on her for emotional support. He is easily flustered by Seishirou's grand romantic gestures toward him, but holds a great respect for the man, and gradually grows to rely on his support as well.

Some tropes that apply to Subaru:

  • All-Loving Hero: Subaru is an innate compassionate person and will always listen to people's troubles, empathize with them and try his best to help them. It's also demostrated that he holds back his own power when dealing with his cases, as he's afraid of hurting others with his might and prefers to let himself be hit.
  • Angst Coma: He becomes catatonic after Seishirou attacks him.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: The "Start" annex and X1999 reveal that he grow bitter and detached after Hokuto's death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shy, introverted, naive Subaru has his moments. He once nearly broke the arm of a guy who was harassing a blind man.
  • Break the Cutie: Subaru is uncannily innocent and sweet, and suffers more and more as the series progresses. And he hasn't even gotten to X1999 yet...
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Subaru has the bad tendency of focusing too much in helping people that he falls sick very often. And even so, he pushes himself to the limit in order to finish his job. And he's not nearly recovered when he has to jump into another one.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Justified. The gloves are magical talismans which hide him from the man who marked him as a kid. They don't work.
  • Dream Weaver: He can dive into people's dreams and/or consciences, and see/influence them to help the "dreamers" deal with their problems. He uses this power on the raped Midori in the manga for example.
  • Entendre Failure: Subaru isn't very good at getting innuendoes, so unless someone makes the point straight to his face, he will be as lost as a kid. That's why Seishirou is so blatant and and straightforward in his proclamations of love, to the teen's embarrasment.
  • Forgets to Eat: His job and duties consume him and his stomach takes the brunt of it.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Subaru loves animals, and often bonds with Seishirou over the animals at his practice. He yearns to go to college to be a zookeeper — however, his duties as clan head have made that dream all but impossible.
  • Green Eyes: A large, emerald-green pair in the manga/anime that both in-universe and out are considered to be just beautiful.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Hokuto.
  • Luminescent Blush: He turns red as a tomato at the drop of a hat. Particularly when Seishirou starts flirting with him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Subaru" is the Japanese term for the Pleiades. Later on in X1999, it is revealed Subaru is one of the Seven Seals - each Seal being born under stars in the Big Dipper.
  • Nice Hat: A constant feature of the outfits created for him by Hokuto. Especially the memorable black hat with red band worn in his iconic red jacket/black pants outfit.
  • Onmyodo: A practitioner and child prodigy, and comes from a long line of fellow onmyouji.
  • Parental Abandonment: His only shown relative is his grandmother, who lives in Kyoto. Subaru and Hokuto live on their own in Tokyo.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Subaru is introverted, naive, powerfully magical and the head of the Sumeragi family. Meanwhile, Hokuto is extroverted, energetic, fairly Genre Savvy, mostly-a-muggle and the spare child in the family.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He has jet-black hair that frames his face as a teenager and a very pale, creamy skintone. Unless he's furiously blushing, of course.
  • Stellar Name: Like Hokuto and Seishirou, Subaru is named after a constellation — "subaru" is the Japanese term for the Pleiades. Both he (and Hokuto, being his twin) were born under the "north star" - but the literal name went to "Hokuto," who was born first. (See her section for more.)
  • Uke: Absolutely. He's small and very slender, remaining slender even after he reaches his taller adult height with large eyes and a face so pretty he's often mistaken for a girl. His sweetness and the way he gets so flustered around Seishirou just cement the fact.
  • Waif Prophet: Subverted. Though Subaru looks waifish and mild, he is a combat-trained black belt. In volume six, he nearly breaks the arm of some punk who was harassing a blind man, and scares off the rest of the punk's friends with a look.
    • His stature is pretty slight, but his main problem is that he often just doesn't take care of himself (such as forgetting to eat), particularly when he gets really busy (which is all the time).
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Subaru tries to see the good in everyone, and will always try to help those strayed from the path of goodness. Sadly, the world always demostrates that such thing is not easy, if possible at all.
  • Workaholic: Subaru is a workaholic for the sake of other people, and despite claiming his love for animals, not even his dream of being a zookeeper can get above his job. Hokuto always tried to push him into accepting Seishirou's attempts to court him, hoping that Subaru gets to think more about himself.
  • Yaoi Guys: With Seishirou, much to his embarrassment. At least, before the final volume, where this goes horribly, horribly wrong.


Hokuto Sumeragi
Voiced by: Miki Ito (OAV's)

Hokuto is Subaru's elder twin sister, and his loyal emotional support. She is a happy, energetic young woman, and incredibly skilled with her sewing machine. She is nowhere near as skilled as Subaru at magic, but makes up for it with perseverance (and a healthy dose of martial arts).

She wishes only the best for her younger brother, but fears that his tender heart will only bring him pain. She eagerly encourages Seishirou and Subaru's relationship, hoping to make Subaru care about his own needs and feelings. Despite this, she often senses something just a little off about Seishirou...

Some tropes that apply to Hokuto:

  • Action Girl: While only average in spellcasting, she is quite the Badass Normal martial artist.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She and the girl she rescued in the "Smile" side-story grew awfully close, and she even refers to "going on a date with her girlfriend" in a later arc, but we find out in the sequel that she fell in love with a male Dream Weaver when she used her Dream Walker powers on him by accident.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite Subaru being the more powerfully magical of the two. She threatens to kill Seishirou if he hurts Subaru and she's only half-joking.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As it helps her to sometimes play Twin Switch with Subaru and the girl totally rocks it.
  • The Caretaker: Hokuto's life mostly revolves over keeping Subaru healthy, both physically and emotionally. She's constantly cheering him when things go wrong, cooks and cares for him. While her occasional shopping with Seishirou and the "Smile" short story show she has her free time, Subaru is her main concern and will always suffer when he does.
  • Cat Smile
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Seishirou holds her in his arms as she dies.
  • Dream Walker: Revealed to have this power in Manga/X1999.
  • Expy: Hokuto's practically the inspiration for Tomoyo, with her role as The Hero's closest emotional support and wardrobe expert.
  • Fag Hag: She and Seishirou are fairly close friends, and often bake and shop together.
  • The Fashionista: She has an infinite wardrope of flashy, sometime over the top, outfits and she's also in charge of her brother's.
  • Genki Girl: She's always upbeat to keep Subaru cheerful.
  • Green Eyes: Just as beautiful as her twin's, though hers reflect her cheerful persona and hide her deadly-sharp intuition.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Subaru.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Confronts Seishirou and demands that she be killed in Subaru's place. He obliges.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: With Subaru, of sorts. She's his sister, not his love interest, but she's self-sacrificing to the utmost to achieve his happiness.
  • Meaningful Name: Both she and Subaru were born under the north star, so the name could have been given to either of them - but she was born first, and therefore was "the guide." There's more to them being born under a constellation; see Subaru's section for more.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Hokuto is extroverted, energetic, fairly Genre Savvy, mostly-a-muggle and the spare child in the Sumeragi family. This contrasts with Subaru who is introverted, naive, powerfully magical and the head of the family.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her raven hair is cut the exact same way as Subaru's as children and teenagers, and they share the same pale skintone as well.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is an insistent and instant Seishirou/Subaru fangirl despite knowing that Seishirou is dangerous.
  • Stellar Name: Like Subaru and Seishirou, Hokuto is named after a constellation — "hokuto" is the Japanese term for Polaris.
  • Thanatos Gambit: As detailed later in X1999. Her Heroic Sacrifice was actually a gambit to both save Subaru's life and give Seishirou a Last-Second Chance. It backfired horribly.
  • Supreme Chef: She says she's practicing for her future Housewife's life.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She always knew that Seishirou was dangerous, but she could also see that the man was gaining a special spot in Subaru's heart, so she let him get closer to her brother in order to get him to think more on his own needs and desires.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She ships Subaru with Seishirou hardcore even despite knowing better.


Seishirou Sakurazuka
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (OAV's)

Seishirou is a friend of the Sumeragi twins; a warm, kind veterinarian in his mid-twenties. He likes to goof about with Hokuto, and constantly expresses his romantic intentions towards Subaru, to the latter's embarrassment. Despite his playful demeanor, he is a knowledgeable mentor to the twins, and often gives sobering commentary on the state of Tokyo and human nature.

Hokuto suspects him of being the Sakurazukamori, the longtime rival of the Sumeragi clan — Seishirou always laughs the accusations off, as he, of course, has no magic ability...or does he?

Some tropes that apply to Seishirou:

  • Determinator: Very determined to get Subaru to love him back. For more reasons than one.
  • Eye Scream: Takes a knife to the eye while protecting Subaru from a woman suffering a nervous breakdown. The eye is permanently damaged.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Seishirou removes his glasses when he is in "Sakurazukamori" mode.
  • Kindly Vet: He is a kind and caring doctor to all the animals in his care, and often bonds with Subaru over their shared love of animals. This and the trope itself is all a deliberate act on Seishirou's part. He uses some of the animals in his care as sacrificial decoys to deflect the negative splashback that his magic would otherwise cause on him.
  • Love at First Sight: How he claims to have fallen for Subaru.
  • Meaningful Name: Seishirou is named after "Orion", the constellation that appears to chase after the Pleiades, the constellation that gives Subaru his name.
  • Milky White Eyes: After his eye is injured. It's never clarified if his eye is totally missing and thus he wears a glass eye, or merely blinded to the point of being discolored. But more than likely it's merely blinded.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Seishirou's glasses were nothing more than a facade to make him look harmless.
  • Seme: Of course. He's the older, much taller, and handsome man who pursues the innocent, shy and pretty Subaru.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He certainly is very touchy-feely with Subaru, and always knows where he happens to be, and always leaps to his protection. He does literally spy on him constantly with onmyoujutsu, and grows increasingly possessive of him. Of course, he still claims he feels nothing toward him.
  • Stellar Name: Like Hokuto and Subaru, Seishirou is named after a constellation — "seishirou" is the Japanese term for Orion.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Oh yes...
  • Straight Gay: Unless he's goofing around with Hokuto, he has absolutely no Camp Gay mannerisms.
  • Tall Darkand Handsome: He's incredibly good looking both with and without his glasses.
  • Yaoi Guys: He plays this up big time with Subaru.

The Sakurazukamori
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (OAV's)

  • Affably Evil: He's always polite, even with his preys.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He murders people and looks impeccable doing so.
  • Cradling Your Kill: He normally is showed holding his most recent victim to take them to the sakura tree in order to bury them. He also cradled his mother and Hokuto after killing them.
  • Dissonant Serenity: And how!
  • Evil Counterpart: To Subaru as Seishirou and to the entire Sumeragi clan.
  • Kick the Dog: Seishirou uses his veterinary practice for magical purposes - the backlash of his spells strike the animals instead of himself, often killing them in utterly careless cruelty.
    • Also, just as Subaru realizes his love for Seishirou, the latter beats him to a pulp. He simultaneously explains, while breaking Subaru's arm and kicking him around the room, that despite his previous assurances of love he really feels nothing for anyone.
  • Kill the Ones You Love. Inverted. Sakurazukamori are killed by the ones they love the most. It's how the job is passed down.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the greatest examples in all of manga or anime.
  • Noble Bird Of Prey: His familiar is a large hawk.
  • Onmyodo: As expected of the Sakurazukamori and is more powerful even than Subaru and his grandmother. Possibly because he has no qualms of using dark, sinister and brutal magic to get what he wants.
  • Secret Identity: Seishirou as the Sakurazukamori, though it was fairly obvious on purpose from the beginning.
  • The Sociopath: The Sakurazukamori is trained since birth to see humans are mere objects and can't really see the evil in "breaking" human beings.
  • Tall Darkand Handsome: Seishirou is even more terribly handsome when he drops the vet act. Somehow this sinister sophistication is incredibly appealing.
  • Walking Spoiler: Played with. Seishirou's identity was practically an Open Secret.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Seishirou, as a sociopath, literally cannot comprehend normal human emotion. The bet he made with a young Subaru long ago was to see whether he could be made to love someone, and Seishirou claims Subaru failed. Claims.

     Other characters — from the manga 

Lady Sumeragi

  • The Cameo: In X, she and Subaru are still in contact and she worries a lot for his sake. And with VERY good reasons.
  • Cool Old Lady: A more quiet version.
  • Iron Lady: Rules the Sumeragi clan with a hand of steel inside a silk glove. She is a kind person underneath, however.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Very much so.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She wears classic kimonos and appears to be a very graceful lady - but she's incredibly powerful and unwilling to change her ways.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A harsher, older version but still a very proper Japanese lady.

Hashimoto

Midori

  • Angst Coma: She went to sleep and simply didn't wake up.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She and Subaru were friends as kids.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Played with. She said to Subaru in the past that he was not normal in order to get him to notice her, but she didn't knew how close to home that comment was to him and how much it hurt him.
  • Mental World: When Subaru dived into her mind in order to wake her up, he finds himself in a park where little Midori is innocently playing alongside a child Subaru born from her memories.
  • Rape as Drama: She was beaten and raped, and for worse the people around her weren't sympathetic to her plight.

The old man and his daughter Sachiko

  • Elder Abuse: Emotional and Psychological example. Sachiko thinks her old father is a total burden on her middle-to-low class family, which in turn causes a lot of distress to the old man.
  • I Gave My Word: The old man wishes to die so he can stop to burden his daughter, but he promised to his dying wife that he'll live until he has made 100 things to make Sachiko happy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sachiko, when Subaru explains the reason for her dad's death.
  • No Name Given: The old man.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sachiko likes bananas a lot. And her dad is hit by a car while trying to get her some.

Yuuya and his mother

  • Eye Scream: Yuuya's mother crosses the Despair Event Horizon and attacks Subaru with a knife to try extracting one of his kidneys. Seishirou blocks the attack... and guess what happens.
  • Ill Boy: Yuuya, who needs an urgent kidney transplant. His twin sister Maya already died due to the same illness
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While Seishirou would have revealed himself as the Sakurazukamori sooner or later, Yuuya's mother attack on him and Subaru made it happen even sooner.

     Other characters — from the OAV 

Kazumi Asou
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru
  • Break the Cutie
  • Broken Bird
  • Cynicism Catalyst: She's driven to revenge because her beloved older brother was murdered by Shinji Nagumo.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Subverted. She adores her brother's dog which she's taking care of now... but she kills the poor doggie to cast a spell that she wanted to use to punish Shinji.
  • Revenge: Her motivation. It backfires HORRIBLY on her.

Shinji Nagumo
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda

Yamagawa
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera

Mirei
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara
  • Psychic Powers: Post-cognition, alias seeing the past via touching objects with her bare hands. It's said to be a very rare ability among psychics themselves.
  • Lamarck Was Right: It was inherited from her mother.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Very softspoken, sweet and traditional. But refuses to stay put and let more girls be victimized by the Serial Killer, despite how dangerous it is and her mom's Heroic Sacrifice

Satoru Miyazaki
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka

The Subway Killer
  • Bishōnen: When we get to see his face, he turns out to be a gorgeous young man with white hair.
  • Cute Psycho: As a child.
  • Enfante Terrible: He accidentally strangled his little sister to death when he was less than 10 years old.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a black cap.
  • Serial Killer: He murders young women who take the subway alone.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Beautiful white hair. Totally unhinged mind and heart.

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