Teenaged mayor of Sakura-shinmachi who inherited the position from her late grandmother when she was only 9 years old. Hime is hot-tempered and overbearing, and wholly dedicated to those around her. Despite periodic bouts of selfish immaturity, she truly wants the best for the town and her friends and will fight to achieve it without compromising her ideals.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hime manages to keep a small suburb running on a day-to-day basis with no more than a single adviser/assistant to help her. She also happens to be a high school student, a mediator for human-youkai relations, and the town's first line of defence against rogue youkai.
Can't Hold Her Liquor: Like the rest of the teenage cast, Hime gets intoxicated very quickly; just one sip of alcohol is enough to make her upset, break down in tears, and eat uncontrollably.
Ice-Cream Koan: Makes up and tries to popularize her own "historical idioms." Everyone just nods and lets the first one pass as if it was actually something profound until Ao, who's heard it from her all day, snaps and demands to know what the hell Hime is saying.
Hime: "As they say, 'The wise monk scoops white jade.'"
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Schoolgirl, mayor of Sakura-shinmachi, and front-line combatant against anything that threatens the town. And everyone loves her for it, because there is no Masquerade requiring the secrecy that normally informs this trope.
The Wonka: Due to her role as the town's protector and her dragon heritage, Hime's position as mayor is both hereditary and for life. As eccentric and goofy as she is, Hime takes all aspects of her job seriously.
Head of the Hiizumi Life Counseling Office, Akina is also the last heir of the Hiizumi family line and the power of Tuning. His office keeps track of the youkai in town and helps them adjust to city life, and acts as an informal team headquarters for the protagonists. His work is full-time, though he is assisted by Ao and Kotoha. Upbeat and optimistic, Akina is the oldest and thus usually the most level-headed and grounded of the core group. He has his moments to the contrary, though.
Anime Hair: Normally not so, but after one or two tunings his hair gets spiky and stands out in improbable ways.
Glass Cannon: Tuning can be used to annihilate nearly any object or entity by sending it into the Otherworld, but it takes quite a bit of time and effort to focus it on a youkai or half-youkai that is trying to tear the user apart, especially since it works by hand contact.
Kamehamehadoken: The form his Tuning tends to take in the anime. In the manga, things mostly just disappear in a flash of light.
Non-Action Guy: To his dismay, as he lacks the strength, speed, and powers of the youkai cast, and because strenuous use of his own power is exceptionally dangerous. He still manages a few Big Damn Hero moments from time to time though, and it is by his power alone that half-youkai can be exorcised.
Power Degeneration: He's not completely immune to the power he channels, as using it too much will send him sliding off to the Otherworld. To prevent this from happening, he needs to periodically re-tune himself with the help of another human.
A half-youkai "Kotodama-user," who has the power to make her words into reality. Kotoha is a high school student and part-time worker at the Hiizumi Life Counseling Office, and a self-proclaimed gun nut. Due to the versatility of her powers, they let her provide a great deal of support for Hime and Kyousuke in a fight —at least until her voice gives out.
Crazy-Prepared: Kotoha's tendency to create "shortcuts" to random things that she finds fun or cool can end up looking like she's Crazy-Prepared. Other times she's completely unprepared, lacking shortcuts for even very basic useful things like band-aids. As for the way she creates shortcuts? At some point she licked those German artillery cannons.
Reality Warper: She can literally conjure anything out of thin air, so long as she can mentally grasp its form and describe it in words. Using her power too much hurts her throat, though, and can lead to laryngitis.
Summon Magic / Words Can Break My Bones: Her Youkai power, which allows her to create objects by naming or describing them. Natural and simple objects she can get away with naming, anything artificial and particularly complicated she must describe. She can also lick an object to assign a "shortcut" word or phrase to recreate it later (such as "Acht-Acht," German for "Eight-Eight," to create the 8.8cm Flak 36 artillery gun). Improper materialization will result in nothing but the words themselves appearing out of thin air.
Supernatural Sensitivity: Half-youkai can sense youkai power, and are able to distinguish humans, youkai, and half-youkai as a result. It provides an important clue when Kotoha and Zakuro sense no youkai power from Lila.
Kind and polite, Ao is a telepathic youkai known as a Satori. A teenager the same as the rest of the protagonists, she foregoes school in favor of working full time at the Hiizumi Life Counseling Office and studying for professional certification. Ao uses her powers to provide support and back-up, preferring to stay out of the way in a fight.
Cat Girl: A type of youkai called a Satori. Her "cat ears" are actually psychic antennae.
Telepathy: And all the attendant uses, though she didn't realize the potential went much beyond mind-reading until Enjin revealed some of his tricks. Mind-reading, projecting illusions into people's minds, even coordinating the others during the fight against Zakuro.
Psychic Radar: Essentially a supercharged version of her regular mind-reading power that probes the minds of everyone within a radius of a few kilometres. However, even using it for little less than a minute will burn enough energy to leave her hungry and exhausted.
Took a Level in Badass: Upon learning that her telepathy can do so much more than read minds. She and Touka drive Enjin off on their own at one point, when he's set on stealing Ao's energy for himself.
Kyousuke is Hime's personal assistant, dedicated to keeping her focused when she'd prefer to slack off, and otherwise manages her lifestyle (or tries to). He is also an oni, with phenomenal strength (that he fears) and a temperamental personality (that he clamps down on, hard). He and his sister Touka were taken into Hime's home when they were children on the run from those who hated and feared youkai. Like Ao, he has taken up employment instead of attending high school.
Badass Bookworm: Hime notes that he should've gone on to college instead of stick with being her secretary, since he likes studying. In addition, reading is one of his hobbies. One bit in the 2008 anime even has him doing detective work, alongside the police.
First Name Basis: With Hime, but only when they're alone. He refers to her as "Oujo-sama" otherwise.
Friend to All Children: The first instance of him smiling in the manga is when he's helping Hime take care of pre-schoolers. One of them even gives him an origami crane, to which he looks genuinely happy.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Assists Hime in her duties as both mayor and protector of Sakura-shinmachi. In addition keeping her organized and focused on day-to-day tasks, Kyousuke also takes it upon himself to make sure that she's properly fed and in good health. He also supervises her training and is a frequent sparring partner.
Immune to Bullets: The first, but subtle use of the above trope is shown when Kyousuke calmly blocks a stray bullet from Kotoha that was aimed at Ao.
Megane: Though, a flashback showing how he and Hime first met shows that he wasn't always like this. This is actually due to Taking the Bullet for Touka when they were younger by shielding her from an attack from a then-fallen Kotoha, and his eyesight getting worse as a result. Though he claimed his sight was already going bad, whether honestly or to get Touka to stop hating Kotoha.
My Sister Is Off Limits: Has not explicitly said this to anyone —*cough*Akina*ahem*— but it's written all over his attitude towards Touka's relationships with others.
In Volume 1, Akina says Kyousuke could easily beat Hime during training sessions without his shackle, but he chooses to keep it on, since he could actually hurt her.
In Volume 3, Kyousuke swiftly gets beaten down by Shinozuka and then knocked out by one of the monster mooks due to the demonic barrier being set up. After it's shut down, Kyousuke defeats them both in a short amount of time.
Finally, in Volume 6, due to being controlled by Zakuro, Kyousuke shows that he could easily defeat Hime even with his shackle on.
Another oni and Kyousuke's younger sister, Touka is far more personable and free-spirited than her strict older brother. She's also a bit clumsy, which causes trouble with her strength. One of Hime's closest friends, as they go to school together and share the same home. Touka has a very blatant crush on Akina, stemming from childhood when he was the first human to treat her and Kyousuke completely without fear. Akina is the only person who hasn't noticed.
Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Like Kyousuke, occasionally has trouble managing her inhuman strength. However, she's also put a lot more practice into controlling it so she can go without her shackle, averting this more as the series goes on.
Made of Iron: Though she specifically hasn't been seen to survive severe hits, the fact that this applies to her brother means it applies to her too.
Took a Level in Badass: It turns out she's been studying aikido with Juri. Readers learn this when she flips Enjin while still shackled, using none of her insane oni strength to accomplish the feat. She and Ao force him to retreat on their own.
Denizens of Sakura-Shinmachi
V Juri F (Victor Juri Frankenstein)
A young English woman who came to Sakura-shinmachi in her teens to study medicine and youkai biology. High-spirited and pretty, Juri's something of a local idol and a familiar face to everyone in town, and all of the younger cast look up to her. She's also highly competent in aikido and through knowledge and technique can match or surpass even the super-strength of many youkai.
Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Yae is obsessed with teddy bears. Obsessed. When Hime ends up with an old mascot costume head that nobody else wanted, Yae gladly takes it off Hime's hands and proceeds to wear it while out at night patrolling the city for criminals.
Meaningful Name: "Yae" comes from "yaezakura," which means "double-flowered cherry blossoms." This comes from Yuuhi's description of the cherry blossom tree he made her from.
Power Limiter: She makes all of them for use in Sakura-shinmachi, and has been since she and Yuuhi put down roots in the area. Yuuhi admits he can't make them nearly so well or as small as she does. She also likes to slip Magic Feathers in among those she passes out.
Reality Warper: To a certain extent within her domain as land goddess of Sakura-shinmachi.
Really 700 Years Old: Several centuries old, at least. She and her brother Yuuhi spent many years wandering as unrooted land gods before settling down in their present domains.
Sleep Mode Size: She rarely uses it, but much like her brother she can take on the appearance of an adolescent to help conserve power when traveling beyond her domain.
Weirdness Censor: One of her specialties. She made everyone forget Hime was a youkai with a spell that would also make them overlook any oddities as "just the way it is," and also hid Mariabelle and her father (who were foreigners in Japan during the isolationist Edo period).
Perky and cheerful, and always with a smile on her face, Rin is the delivery girl for the local ramen shop Houran - a job which brings her by the Life Counseling Office regularly, thanks to Hime's appetite. She is also one of the undead, a Jiang Shi who spent years on the run from people who wanted to destroy her, and she has numerous scars to cover as a result. She was brought to Sakura-shinmachi two years before the series begins, and attends the same school as Hime and Touka.
Covered with Scars: Rin's arms, legs, and back are covered in scars inflicted by those who hate and fear youkai. At first people believed that Zakuro was responsible until Rin explained.
Dark and Troubled Past: She spent years running for her life. Her first friend and the first person she ever felt safe with fell and became obsessed with possessing Rin as a toy. She eventually got away and was brought into Sakura-Shinmachi, but it wasn't a fun time along the way.
Our Jiang Shi Are Different: Though called one, Rin isn't at all like a "hopping vampire" that Jiang Shi usually refers to. Instead of needing a talisman to keep her restrained, instead she needs one to keep her animate (originally a spell written on paper, replaced with a sliver of the Nana-gou with her name on it). She's more like an intelligent zombie that doesn't decompose.
Shidou is a police officer and one of the few adults of the cast not well past middle age. He's frequently seen patrolling around Sakura-shinmachi, either on foot or driving. His job has a bad habit of infringing on his time with Mina and Kana, his foster daughters. He is sociable and polite, and occasionally a source of wisdom for younger youkai, including Kyousuke.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Shidou may be the physically strongest person around, but he prefers to act as a simple cop and care for Mina and Kana, barely getting involved in the greater conflicts facing the town. Shinozuka, who can toss around garbage trucks single-handedly, backed down from confronting Shidou at a few words from the older man. Shidou has even managed to deflect Hime and the Dragon Spear while she was in a full murderous rampage after Enjin stabbed Akina. And he's not using nearly the full potential of his powers, as the later fight with Rokkaku reveals.
Police Are Useless: Shidou is only barely involved in solving any of the more serious problems that plague Sakura-Shinmachi, though he does help out (by acting as driver) during the Thorny Path arc. To be fair, though, most of the stuff they end up facing calls for more than just brute strength (which Hime, Touka, and Kyousuke already excel at). It also turns out the police are very restricted when it comes to youkai-related activities, until they get orders to act.
Mina and Kana are the twin foster daughters of Shidou. They're 5 years old and attend kindergarten in Sakura-shinmachi. Mina is by far the more precocious and outspoken of the pair, with a penchant for mischief. Kana is a very sedate person even when trying to rein in Mina's troublesome behavior, and is strongly empathetic. Mina has light silvery hair and blue eyes, while Kana has brown hair and red eyes (though in black and white, Mina's hair is actually a darker shade of gray than Kana's, and her irises are lighter). Mina also usually goes bare-headed while Kana usually keeps the hood of her coat up.
Little Miss Snarker: Mina. She makes a smart remark about some deficiency of Shidou's in nearly every appearance, just to start with. Give her more screen time and she'll keep going.
Super Mode: Both girls temporarily physically mature to adolescence when exposed to something related to their heritages. Mina is much closer to her mermaid side than vampire, and matures in water. Kana, who is closer to her vampire side, grows briefly after drinking blood strong in magical power.
Cranky and mildly eccentric, Jinroku is a 60-some year old potter who has no intention of letting age slow him down. His manner is gruff and acerbic, and he can find something to complain about with anyone - which everyone knows is just "Uncle" Jinroku's way of showing concern for the other townspeople.
Kiku is Jinroku's wife of many years. She is a bluff, good-natured woman who keeps her husband grounded. She tolerates none of his nonsense and often calls him out as the soft-hearted person he pretends not to be, clearly enjoying his embarrassment.
The proprietors of Hou-Houran ramen shop (formerly Bao Bao Lan in a flashback), where Rin works as a delivery girl and lives in a spare room. They are a husband and wife pair well into middle age, and are as yet unnamed. "Oyassan" (also often called Occhan) is a giant but soft-hearted (and somewhat cowardly) hulk of a man, while "Okami-san" (often called Auntie) is a kind woman with a core of steel. Though Okami-san is about average height, her husband makes her look tiny. They consider Rin the daughter they never had, and are fiercely protective of her.
Childhood Friend Romance: The shop used to belong to Oyassan's father, and they took in Okami-san as a child after she had fallen and been exorcised, much as Okami-san and Oyassan took in Rin when she arrived in town. Fast forward about forty years...
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: "Okami-san" and "Oyassan" are what Rin calls them, basically meaning "boss." Yuuhi has called Oyassan "Yoshi-boy," but it's not clear whether his name is actually Yoshi, or it's an insulting nickname. Others also call them things like "Auntie" or "Occhan" (uncle, or gramps). Even in the credits for the OVA, Oyassan is only known as "Houhouran Shopkeeper."
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Oyassan is massive - tall and broad-shouldered, compared to Okami-san's rail-thin physique and average height.
I Was Quite a Looker: They have a picture up from when they took over the shop. Okami-san, it turns out, was one of the main attractions of the shop and dresses the exorcised Zakuro up in her old work dress as if Zakuro was her own daughter and, as Touka so succinctly puts it, "Occhan's strapping!!"
Kitsune: A flashback showed Akina's grandfather, Hime's grandmother, and Usuzumi Iyo fighting a fallen kitsune who, once exorcised, turned out to be a young Okami-san (and it's known she's not a half-youkai). She definitely has the "kitsune face" design, too.
One of Hime's classmates. Sawaki has a newspaper delivery job. She usually appears in the company of Midoriko and Mizuki, and the three were first introduced in the "One of Six" story arc. As yet undetermined whether she's human or youkai.
Another of Hime's classmates. Her parents own a liquor store, for which she occasionally does deliveries. Appears most often in the company of Sawaki and Mizuki, and is a member of the rhythmic gymnastics club at school.
Hot for Teacher: Has a huge crush on Vice Principal Uzu and even proposes marrying him someday since he's still single.
Though he looks like a barely-adolescent boy, Yuuhi is the land god of Setagaya Ward in Tokyo and also the ward mayor. The older brother of Yae, he wandered Japan for decades with her before they both decided to settle down in the area in the early 1800s. He is usually accompanied by Mariabelle, his assistant and lover. Her presence does not deter him in the slightest from getting "hands-on" with other women. Nor does she intervene when he gets a well-deserved beating for it.
Big Brother Instinct: When Chiaki's reluctance to tune results in Yae getting severely injured, he immediately gets furious.
Chivalrous Pervert: Emphasis on pervert. He's even groped his own sister, joking that the sibling relationship between gods is a looser thing than that of humans.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yuuhi constantly declares that gods like Yae and himself shouldn't interfere with mortal affairs, even to help. He also often insults the men and sexually harasses the women around him. However, when it comes down to people really getting in over their heads, he'll readily give warnings and useful hints, and sometimes even intercede on their behalf. Simply put, Yuuhi cares: he just doesn't want to look like he does because of his pride.
Really 700 Years Old: Yae's older brother, and wandered Japan with her for a long time before settling down to watch over a territory that has become part of present-day Tokyo.
Sleep Mode Size: As a land god Yuuhi is weakened outside of his domain, though appearing as an adolescent boy helps conserve his strength. After settling down as the ward mayor, he remains in this form most of the time anyway because Mariabelle prefers it.
Mariabelle (Victor Mariabelle Frankenstein)
Mariabelle is a young English woman who has in truth been alive for upwards of 200 years now. She appears most often in the company of Yuuhi as his assistant, usually in a variety of frilly, fancy dresses. It's even chances whether any particular outfit is her own preference or Yuuhi's request, given that she also carries a wide selection with her at all times and needs little prompting to pull them out.
Cosplay: Mariabelle likes to dress up in very fancy and fanservicey dresses a lot, and tends to carry some extras around with her.
Elegant Gothic Lolita: One of her preferred modes of dress since it recalls the fashions of her human life.
Really 700 Years Old: 150-200 years old, given that she came to Japan with her father when Dejima was still the only open port for foreigners. Mariabelle and her father's dress and her father's name put them in the early to mid 1800s when they arrived in Japan as well.
Shotacon: Yuuhi keeps his appearance because she wants him to. They even share a bed.
Super Strength: A side effect of her getting revived. But she almost never uses it, due to not being a main combatant. She's strong enough to lift a tree out of the ground.
The Undead: Resurrected by her father Victor Frankenstein, but the magic keeping her alive needs a sponsor in the form of another living person keeping it going. When her father eventually died, Yuuhi took on the role of her sponsor.
Kohime is Hime's 9 year old cousin, and a resident of a neighboring town. She looks up to Hime as a role model and tries to imitate Hime in every way possible. She wants to be mayor of the neighboring town much like Hime and the rest of the Yarizakura line has done for Sakura-shinmachi.
Big Eater: She's trying to keep pace with Hime, after all.
Morino is the mayor of the neighboring town where Kohime lives, and has been so for quite some time now. He has a weak-willed and bumbling exterior which hides a slightly stronger-willed yet still bumbling heart. He's ultimately determined to do the best for his town and people, but can be easily pushed to go too far in trying to achieve it.
Shinozuka is Mayor Morino's personal assistant. He is a reserved young man who feels utmost loyalty to Morino, and considers the mayor's word to be absolute. He is also a half-youkai, originally a resident of Sakura-shinmachi who fell as a child. He felt too guilty over the damage he caused when fallen to remain in the town, and so Morino took him in.
Tomoe is the only hostess of a humble hot-spring inn in Hakone that the main cast visit due to Ao winning an expenses-paid trip in a sweepstakes. Though easy-going and accomodating, she's a powerful inukami that even Yae admits she cannot defeat, despite her small stature.
Sleep Mode Size: Though, unlike Yae, she adopts this form out of preference rather than consciously trying to conserve energy.
The Senate is not a legislative body, but instead an advisory organization in the Tokyo metropolitan region, a possible descendant of the Bureau of Onmyoji. Their purview is magic and the youkai. Membership requires at least a theoretical knowledge of Onmyodo, though practical skill is preferred. As a body, the Senate is concerned first and foremost with the dimensional imbalance between Earth and the Otherworld, and was instrumental in the development of an anti-youkai barrier system that relies on youkai energies to function. Their goal is to banish the Nana-Gou and the youkai from Earth, to keep Earth for humanity.
Fantastic Racism: As official policy, out of concern that the youkai presence on Earth is dangerous and encourages distortions between the dimensions.
The oldest member of the Senate, Usuzumi Iyo is also one of their most capable Onmyoji. He is a hardliner against the youkai presence on Earth, and would happily see them gone. He used to aid Makiharu Hiizumi (Akina's grandfather) and Machi Yarizakura (Hime's grandmother) in exorcising fallen youkai and people, until differences of opinion lead Usuzumi to leave for the Senate.
Anti-Villain: His goal (and that of the Senate in general) is to save the world, but his choice of methods make him about as villainous as Enjin, from the perspective of Hime and Akina. About the only thing keeping him from being a full villain so far is that he has not yet directly acted on his views.
Shidare is the Senate's leading researcher, refining the "mystical" discipline of Onmyodo into a hard science. Shidare is cynical and fairly arrogant, something he considers simply a fair assessment of his abilities, knowing his strengths as well as his weaknesses. He used to be both a police officer and a teacher at university before joining the Senate.
Badass Bookworm: Probably the most powerful Onmyoji in the Senate currently, and their head researcher.
Hot for Student: Shidare used to teach medicine at a local university where Shiina and Juri were his students. He now keeps an image of Juri as his computer wallpaper...
Love Triangle: Part of one with his former students Shiina (who is rather forthright in her attraction towards him) and Juri (who is completely unaware that he is in love with her).
The Gentle Giant of the Senate, Uzu Mifune also serves as the vice-principal of the high school in Sakura-shinmachi where he watches over the young youkai of the town. Uzu is forthright and unflappable, and unafraid of speaking his mind.
Badass Teacher: The vice principal of the school Hime attends, on top of his Senate work and being generally scary and imposing, and a talented Onmyoji in his own right. Being "one step beneath" someone like Shidare is nothing to sneeze at.
Face Death with Dignity: When Akina comes close to tuning him, Usuzumi, and Shidare, he only closes his eyes solemnly.
Jerkass Fašade: Is willing to say and do hard things as a member of the Senate, but can then immediately put the role aside and say something exactly contrary and heartfelt. Probably the most sympathetic of the Senators to the plight of the youkai on Earth.
Shiina is initially the youngest member of the Senate, and the only female member yet seen. She is a former student of Shidare's and now his assistant, having followed him to the Senate instead of going into medical school with her former classmate Juri. She strongly favors a technology-based approach to Onmyodo, having studied it as a science with Shidare.
Hot for Teacher: A former student of Shidare's and now his assistant researcher in the Senate. She gave up on becoming a doctor after falling in love with Shidare and followed him from the university to the Senate.
Super Strength: For no real reason, she is just ridiculously strong. At one point she single-handedly lifts a full wading pool with Mina, Kana, and Ao in it over her head to place it elsewhere.
Murasaki is the youngest and most recently inducted member of the Senate, having been studying abroad until recently in the story. He places considerable emphasis on research for its own sake rather than focus solely on its practical uses like the rest of the Senate and doesn't waste time in gathering more data upon his arrival in Sakura-shin.
Awesomeness by Analysis: At the very least, he's the first to acknowledge that Hime's terrible in unarmed combat and uses this against her. Later, he's able to effectively replicate Tuning and even Tunes Kyousuke.
Bait the Dog: After bumping into Kohime, he simply smiles and helps her up. Then he says he's going "Oni hunting"...
Kick the Dog: Upon meeting Kyousuke, he's happy to show him the pictures he took of Touka while he was "studying" her.
Would Hurt A Girl: Is perfectly willing to dissect Touka and make sure she suffers throughout.
Hiizumi Branch Family
Hiizumi Branch Family
A part of the Hiizumi family and Akina's by-now distant aunts/uncles/cousins, the "lesser" half of the Hiizumi family was sent to the Otherworld centuries ago so they might find a way to improve tuning's success rate from the far side. They returned the Nana-gou in their place, the seven giant sakura trees of the Otherworld that act as guide posts for the passage between worlds. In truth, the circumstances around their tuning are not so rosy and self-sacrificing as it may seem - no Hiizumi volunteered, but they were forcibly sent because the members of the main Hiizumi family decided they were superfluous and possibly even a threat to the main family's control over tuning. The Nana-gou are no favor to the world that tossed the family away.
Enjin Hiizumi is a direct descendant of Enyou Hiizumi, the head of the Hiizumi branch family that was sent to the Otherworld. The branch family was supposedly sent to find a way to make tuning easier and safer from the other side, but Enjin reveals that in truth they were banished simply because they were "useless" and a threat to the main family's dominion over the power of tuning. Enjin took over the body of Ao's older brother Gin, and used it to return to Earth. He now has the powers of a telepathic Satori along with his powers as the heir of the Hiizumi branch family, and a grudge against the main family big enough to consume the Earth.
Onmyodo: The secrets of which were stolen from Shidare's mind, and used to empower his tuning and dropping abilities.
Sinister Scythe: Briefly used one in the finale of the first anime to tear Hime's scarf to shreds in order to try and break her resolve.
Telepathy: The full suite of powers, and from whom Ao steals a few tricks.
We Can Rule Together: Offered to Akina for dominion of both Earth and the Otherworld, since he only has diminished control of the powers of whomever he possesses, so that the two working together would be stronger than just him with both their natural powers.
Vampiric Draining: The powers of his stolen body are slowly waning, so he needs to replenish them by draining power from another youkai. His first attempt is with Ao.
Villains Never Lie: He doesn't need to. Between his stolen powers and other knowledge, he knows quite well how to push people's buttons entirely with the truth.
Enjin: "I just wanted him to know the truth and be distressed."
Zakuro is one of the Youkai Hunters, a group of people who have come into power - usually by having fallen - and now use it to hunt and harm youkai for their own benefit. Specifically, she is a necromancer, with powers over death. She signed up with Enjin, along with the other Hunters, to gain more power from felling in exchange for harassing and destabilizing Sakura-shinmachi. Her particular interest is in Rin.
Dark Is Not Evil: Zakuro worries after her Heel-Face Turn that her powers will tempt her towards misdeed again but is overall a very nice person. Just a very nice person with power over death.
Improvised Golems: Despite the nature of her powers, Zakuro doesn't much deal with corpses. Instead, she "kills" soil (all the microbes, bugs, and plant life in it) and then manipulates that into giant golems.
Necromancer: The powers gained when she became a half-youkai.
People Puppets: One of her tricks after being felled a time or two by Enjin.
Psycho Lesbian: Her obsessive desire for Rin, treating her as a possession and planning on murdering anyone who had ever hurt Rin.
Yandere: After falling she became obsessed with possessing and keeping Rin for herself.
Younger than She Looks: She looks like she's in her mid-20s, and lived alone in the middle of nowhere before she fell a few years ago. And yet she's Hime's age, making her no older than 14 when she was supporting herself entirely on her own.
Lila is the second Youkai Hunter to assault Sakura-shinmachi. She is an accomplished magician with a love for theatrics, and would not be out of place on the stage... if she wasn't questionably sane and willing to work for someone like Enjin. She is also one of the less-destructive of the Hunters, caring little to cause havoc around town and interested only in her target.
Demonic Possession: As a Youkai Hunter. She describes the same experience of falling as Zakuro's, as a blast from the sky like a shooting star in response to a wish (in her case, for magic, while in Zakuro's case, to stay together with Rin). Except not actually. Juri actually saved her from being struck by the bolt of Otherworld energy when they were both children, but eventually forgot about it. Everything Lila does is from her own study of real magic. She's not actually crazy because she fell, she's just always been kind of obsessed with Juri and had no sense of proportionate response.
Magicians Are Wizards: Shown to have a dedicated love of stage magic and related tricks in her youth, which grew into her eventually developing real magical abilities.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The line between which of her abilities are just stage magic and which are outright magic magic can get a little blurry on the lower end of things, though most of her abilities are obviously not simple stage magic.
Pet the Dog: In one of Lila's first appearances, she gives Kyousuke a huge bouquet of flowers for him to give Touka in apology over a fight. Later as part of her Heel Face Turn she helps Juri save Akina from sliding, and produces more flowers for Kyousuke and Touka.
Rokkaku is the third Youkai Hunter to come to town. He is a half-youkai who gained the powers of werewolves when he fell. He is violent, almost feral, and enjoys the destruction and terror he causes, embodying the darkest stereotypes of a predator gone wild.
Our Werewolves Are Different: Distinct from actual werewolf youkai in that he gained his abilities from falling, though his abilities are otherwise the same. He was originally a normal wolf, not a human.
Talking Animal: After being purified by Yuuhi, as he remained a half-youkai wolf.
Iruka is the fourth Youkai hunter to attack Sakura-shinmachi, having arrived at the town to appease the hunger of her sword "Oni-Killer." Though she seems to have trouble keeping her priorities straightened out, she rarely loses sight of her target. This, combined with her honed skill and unique weapon, make her one of the deadliest foes the cast has faced yet.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Stops to admire the bright light from Murasaki's new youkai barrier in the middle of the fight between her and Kyousuke, Kotoha, and Akina.
Ao's older brother, who conspired with Akina and Makiharu Hiizumi to prevent the blooming of the Nana-gou. He volunteered for tuning to find the secrets of the Hiizumi branch family in the Otherworld. What he instead found was the branch family's descendants, one of whom decided to ride his body back to Earth to exact their vengeance.
Fighting from the Inside: Enjin had thought Gin was entirely extinguished, but it turns out if that was the case he wouldn't be able to use Gin's powers. Gin is influencing Enjin as a result, whether willfully or as a side-effect of two souls in one body.
Telepathy: Though not nearly as developed as Enjin's use, if Ao's surprise at the power's varied abilities is any indication.
Akina's late grandfather, and former Oyakume as head of the Hiizumi family. He founded the Hiizumi Life Counseling Office and raised Akina himself after tuning his own son as part of the Hiizumi "stepping-stone" tradition. His empathy and willingness to go to any length to save others left a profound effect on Akina and anyone who knew him. He was once one of the town's guardians along with Machi Yarizakura, Usuzumi Iyo, and Jinroku Yotsuya. The four still cast a long shadow over their grandchildren's generation. Akina eventually tuned him to the Otherworld, again as part of the stepping-stone tradition.
Generation Xerox: Mandated by the Hiizumi family traditions, and a flashback to 40-some years ago shows Makiharu working to protect the town along with a group of friends (including Hime's grandmother) much the way Akina himself does. It's also strongly implied that Makiharu and his peers faced a similar situation to prevent the blooming of the Nana-gou, but it was their own sons and daughters who made the necessary sacrifice while for Akina it's going to be his generation facing it instead of his children's.
Hime's late grandmother, and former Mayor of Sakura-shinmachi. She was soft-spoken yet strong-willed, and powerfully charismatic. She was also as brutally powerful as Hime, combining her youkai strengths with a master's knowledge of aikido. As a result she was, much like her granddaughter, the front line against fallen youkai and other creatures in the town while the others supported her and exorcised the fallen.
Cool Old Lady: Everyone loved her. Hime will probably always be laboring under her shadow.
Generation Xerox: Not evident until a flashback, but Hime is almost Machi's Identical Granddaughter and they have very similar habits and stories - starting as the Mayor at a young age, going out patrolling even as students, favoring a pole or other Simple Staff, and working with a Hiizumi to save the fallen. Justified because in many ways Hime has intentionally patterned her life after Machi's.
Permanent Elected Official: The mayorship of Sakura-shinmachi is a hereditary position, a tradition from the Edo period. She held it before Hime and passed it on.
Token Nonhuman: With Makiharu, Usuzumi, and Jinroku, she was the only youkai in the group - as well as the only woman, though definitely not The Chick.
One of Akina's ancestors and the Oyakume of Sakura-shinmachi two hundred years ago. Though he comes off as lazy and cowardly in regards to his duty of tuning the town's demons, he is actually more than reluctant to take up the burden of the Hiizumi family due to not wanting to part ways with any of the town's residents.
Generation Xerox: Looks exactly like his descendant, but is much less comfortable about being the Oyakume than Akina is.
A former resident of Sakura-shinmachi two hundred years in the past. She fell, but due to Chiaki's unwillingness to tune her, she turned into a half-youkai obsessed with gaining eternal life. This goal led to a relentless pursuit of Mariabelle, an undead woman, as she tried making her way to the town.