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     Arata Hinohara

Hinohara is a freshman in highschool. On the first day of school, he saved Nishijima from being mistaken for a groper and apprehended the actual perpetrator and became famous for it. The various sports clubs from school ask him to join because they saw his fast running speed, but Hinohara rejects the offers, still sore from the events from middleschool.

During middleschool, he was in track along with Kadowaki and the two were among the best of the club. When Kadowaki felt like Hinohara refused to go full speed against him, he began to bully Hinohara badly. He left the track club and even stopped going to school, but the move onto highschool was supposed to be a new start.

Unfortunately, Kadowaki ends up transferring to Hinohara's school and the bullying resumes, with Hinohara's famous groper-attack being seen as a set-up to gain fame. When Hinohara wishes to disappear from his world, he follows a voice and trades places with Arata and lands in Amawakuni.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was ostracized by his classmates in middleschool because of Kadowaki's intense bullying. It happens again when Kadowaki transfers to Hinohara's highschool.
  • Always Save the Girl: If there is any female character, he will focus on rescuing her.
  • Badass Normal: Until he obtained the Hayagami, he was a normal kid and it took him some time to take up the mantle of being a capable fighter.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If you push his buttons... you'll regret it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to disappear from his world... he certainly did and was transported to another.
  • The Chosen One: He was chosen by the Hayagami Tsukuyo and destined to revolutionize the government of Amawakuni.
  • The Corruption: A piece of Orochi becomes embedded into his shoulder. When Hinohara loses control over himself and becomes more demonic, it grows. It also throbs when Kadowaki and Orochi are near him.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's simply referred to as Hinohara due to Amawakuni Arata being called Arata.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A heroic example.
  • Hikkikomori: Kadowaki's bullying turned him into one for a while, making Hinohara shut himself up in his room and refusing to go to school or leave the house.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He's aware that Kotoha loves Arata and, when he offers Kotoha a chance to speak to Arata the next time they do, he says he's nice to her because he wants her to be happy.
  • Meaningful Name: Hinohara's first name, Arata, is spelled with the kaku kanji of kakumei and means revolution. Which is exactly what he brings about with his Hayagami.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Kotoha manages to calm him down, Hinohara is horrified to learn that he lost control and not only turned Tsukuyo into a Demon, but that he caused Kotoha to get hurt.
  • Non-Action Guy: He starts the story off as one.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Hinohara continues to wear his school uniform in Amawakuni, even if it may not be the most practical attire for travelling. He sometimes puts on cloaks or is dressed in native clothes by others, but mostly wears his school uniform or sports attire.
  • Your Universe or Mine?: Hinohara realizes that he'll eventually have to choose what to do, after he has rescued Himeou. He could remain in Amawakuni and become the Emperor or he could return to his old life in Japan.

     Masato Kadowaki

Kadowaki went to the same middleschool and track club as Hinohara, but started bullying him after Hinohara let him win a race. His bullying caused Hinohara to eventually change schools. The two meet again in highschool and Kadowaki resumes his bullying of Hinohara and tries to continue it when Hinohara and Arata change places.

Kadowaki eventually gets transported to Amawakuni, too, by switching places with the Six Shou Harunawa. There, the rest of the Six Shou tell him that he has been chosen to be Hinohara's adversary and he gains control over the Hayagami Orochi.

  • Abusive Parents/Parental Abandonment/Parental Neglect: Kadowaki’s mother left him, and his father focuses on work over paying attention to Masato's needs, hits him, and keeps calling him a quitter.
  • Always Save the Girl: Falls into this as he gets closer to Miyabi.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Both actually! His arm was tore off by Ameeno and it turned out that his legs were permanently damaged and steel rods were implanted to enable Kadowaki to move, but it prevent him to exercise agility.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kadowaki absolutely enjoys having Shou to submit to him, even going so far as to torture them and indirectly cause Hinohara to suffer.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Bullying Hinohara all the while making lots of friends and doing great in school. But the facade doesn't last very long.
  • Blatant Lies: Kadowaki spreads various rumors and "half lies" regarding Hinohara in school grounds. It works surprisingly well.
  • The Chosen One: The Six Shou refer to him as the chosen one to defeat Hinohara and force him to submit his Hayagami to him.
  • Defeat as Backstory: To think his role as the archenemy all started because of losing a middle school track meet...
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When he realized that Hinohara slowed down in a race and let Kadowaki win, he yelled at Hinohara for doing so and said the trope. He also hates being pitied, in general.
  • Evil Former Friend: He and Hinohara were good friends in middleschool, until Kadowaki blew his gasket and began to bully him.
  • Evil Gloating: He loves doing it.
  • Evil Is Petty: Kadowaki targeted Hinohara because of his own loneliness and feeling betrayed when he thought Hinohara was looking down on him. Its pettiness really comes out when the full extent of his bullying is shown in later chapters.
  • Eye Scream: :One of his eyes gets stabbed out by Akachi's Okoro.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother left the family, leading to his father physically and verbally abusing him. It's also revealed that his legs were broke before the series started which steel rods were implanted to it, but the damage were permanent which means he cannot run anymore.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a regular bully to one of the feared Six Shou.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Miyabi has been on the receiving end of his temper a few times because of her clueless nature.
  • Handicapped Badass: Kadowaki keeps facing all the misfortunes in this trope, but still capable of fighting and manage to handle his missing limbs, particularly when using Munakata's arm replacement to wield his Hayagami which he manages it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Kadowaki does not care about anyone's wants or needs, except his own.
  • Mismatched Eyes: He gains heterochromia after Akachi stabs one of his eyes out and then places one of his own eyes into the empty space.
    • Magical Eye: His right eye gives him the power to not succumb to Yataka's illusions and he can predict people's movements.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He is the only one who is allowed to defeat Hinohara in any sense of the word!
  • Pet the Dog: He shows kinder moments later on towards Miyabi, Munakata and Kanate, who have become friends and mentors.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Started bullying Hinohara because he took pity on Kadowaki. The bullying became so bad it forced Hinohara to change school.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Kadowaki continues to wear his school uniform upon being transported into Amawakuni himself, stating that any provided clothes would be nothing but 'cosplay'. After thinking about it and realizing that he has no real place in the other world anymore, he has his clothes and other possessions burned, before donning some Amawakunian clothes.
  • The Sociopath: He is this, plain and simple. He only cares about making himself look good, better than Hinohara and has no qualms about killing or using people to his advantages. And when things don't go his way, he complains about never having been loved by daddy.
  • Tritagonist: Arguably the tritagonist after the Aratas. Himezuko Arata's screen-time decrease could indicate Kadowaki getting an upgrade to deuteragonist.

     Imina Oribe

Oribe is a fellow schoolmate of Hinohara's and was among the crowd of onlookers when he apprehended the groper. Contrary to everyone else, she can see Arata as himself and wonders where the real Hinohara has been taken to. She strikes up conversation with Arata about this and learns about Amawakuni and how people end up switching places through the Kando Forest.

  • Badass Normal: Starts off as one, until her Amatsuriki powers work.
  • Badass Unintentional: She managed to save Arata's ass a few times on accident.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Oribe confesses to Arata that she always felt like this. Justified, she is originally from Amawakuni.
  • Foreshadowing: Oribe being originally from Amawakuni is foreshadowed by the fact that she seems to have an unnatural haircolor.
  • Identical Stranger: It's stated several times that she and Kotoha look remarkably similar.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Arata tells Oribe that Harunawa's attack merely knocked her grandfather out. She does find out soon after, though.
  • My Greatest Failure: When she learns that her grandfather did die during Harunawa's demonic transformation, along with six other people, Oribe considers herself a failure and wonders if she could have saved them, had she had control over her Amatsuriki earlier.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother started to ignore her as some point during early childhood. It turns out to be that her mother realized that Oribe was not 'her child' when they stumbled into the place that connected Earth with Amawakuni and a switch occured.
  • The Reveal: Oribe is actually part of Amawakuni and a member of the Himezoku, which is destined to succeed Himeou. She was sent away to keep her safe.
  • This Is My Chair: Oribe claims that the water tower on the roof of the school is her 'reserved seat'. But she will give Arata permission to sit on it.
  • Women Are Wiser: Oribe is quick to pick up on things, like seeing Arata as the way he actually is when others are simply thinking that Hinohara is having a 'mental episode'. It has to do with her being from Amawakuni, too.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Color illustrations depict her with pale green hair.

From Amawakuni:

Team Hinohara

     Arata of the Himezoku

Arata belongs to the Himezoku, the family whose maidens succeed to the position of Himeou in Amawakuni. But no maiden has been born into the Himezoku for the past years and the festival for the succession of Himeou is approaching, so Arata's grandmother tells him to crossdress for the festival. During the festival, Kannagi injures Kikuri-himeou fatally and made Arata out to be the culprit, when he realized Arata's gender. On the run from the authorities, Arata heads into the Kando Forest and switches with Hinohara Arata from Japan.

  • Close-Call Haircut: His ponytail gets cut when dodging Harunawa's Bakuto on Kikoku Island.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The debut cover portrays this Arata to be the main protagonist and the first chapter also focuses heavily on him. It quickly becomes clear that Arata Hinohara is the actual protagonist.
  • Disguised in Drag: Arata had to dress up as a girl for the ceremony, pretending to be a woman of his clan.
  • Oblivious to Love: He really isn't good with it. Even when Hinohara rather unsubtlely asks him what he thinks of Kotoha, he doesn't get the implication.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His grandmother says that Arata looks a lot like she did, when she was younger. She says so, at least. Kikuri says someting similar, when she meets Arata, too.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: His grandmother, Kotoha and Kikuri all mention how pretty Arata is while in a dress; though Kotoha and his grandmother are quite aware that he's crossdressing.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Harunawa's Hayagami strikes Arata's arm and leaves a rope mark on it; the rope mark will eventually cover his entire body, killing him. It disappears when Oribe manages to use her Amatsuriki power properly.

     Kotoha of the Unemezoku

Kotoha has grown up alongside Arata and became his personal Uneme. She loves Arata, but never told him because she knew how he thought about her. When Arata runs into the Kando Forest and switches places with Hinohara, she believes him to be the same and promises to stay by his side. After learning the truth, Kotoha still chooses to stay with Hinohara and help him however she can.

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: From Kotoha to Hinohara, when she is in the form of a child. When she was turned into a little child, she desperately tries to make Hinohara understand that she loves him and says as much. Once things go back to normal, she backtracks and says it was a joke, claiming what she meant was encompassing love.
    • She also does this when she thought Hinohara was going to leave her behind - He realizes later that she's actually in love with Amawakuni!Arata and due to the magic of the Kando Forest, she thinks that Hinohara is her Arata. She continues with the declarations until she finds out the truth.
  • The Chick: She was the only female member of the group, until Mikusa and Rami joined.
  • Cool Down Hug: Hinohara began to lose control when he's first confronted with Kadowaki in Amawakuni and turns Tsukuyo into a Demon, but Kotoha grabbed his arm and begged him to stop, insisting that he is a gentle person.
  • Damsel in Distress: Kotoha needs to be rescued. A lot.
  • Japanese Honorifics: She uses Arata-sama, as a sign of respect and being his personal Uneme and called Hinohara this for a while, when she thought he was the same Arata. When she learned the truth, she chose to use Hinohara's first name and simply calls him Arata.
  • Ms. Fanservice: From her cute apperance that shows off skin, to having her don various clothes - including a sexy outfit through the power of Hayagami Sarae - and said clothes being ripped, she's there for the eyecandy.
  • Oblivious to Love: Kotoha doesn't understand why Hinohara is so nice to her, even when he tells her that he's happy when she's happy.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Towards Arata, thinking he might reciprocate her feelings.
  • Satellite Character: She comes across as this because she is often overshadowed by more powerful female characters and mostly serves the role as the chick of the group and love interest.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: When Hinohara snaps at her for following him and how dangerous it is, she kisses him and insists on coming along.
  • The Medic: Women of the Uneme family have the power to heal other people's injuries, but can't heal their own.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When it's revealed that the Emperor of Hinowa and carrier of Tsukuyo is destined to have a woman by his side, Kotoha becomes increasingly convinced that Mikusa is the one meant for Hinohara.


Mikusa belongs to the Himezoku and has been searching with her Uneme, Rami, for the Emperor of Hinowa. Upon finding Hinohara and his Hayagami, Tsukuyo, Mikusa decides to follow him on his journey.

  • Bifauxnen: She looks very boyish when first introduced and most take her for a guy, at first. When it is revealed that she's a girl, her overall boyish exterior remains. Until she decides that she wants to live as a girl and a Himezoku maiden from now on and begins to wear feminine and slightly revealing clothes, making her look as female as she actually is.
  • Damsel in Distress: Becomes one when she is kidnapped by Isora.
  • Happily Adopted: She was taken in by the chief of the Himezoku tribe.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Once she is more open about being a woman, she gets a lot more fanservicey moments.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Mikusa was raised as a boy, because the daughters of the Himezoku tribe were being slaughtered and doing this kept her safe.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Mikusa is actually a girl and a Himezoku maiden.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Mikusa is quite pretty, when she does decide to look a bit more feminine.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Mikusa eventually wears the deceased Rami's headdress, as a way to remember them by and have their spirit watch over her progress.
  • Women Are Wiser: Mikusa is quick-tempered, but tends to use her head more often than the more hot-headed members like Kannagi and Yataka.


Rami is part of the Unemezoku, just like Kotoha, and loyally follows Mikusa all over the place.
She's infatuated with Mikusa and becomes fierce towards anyone who may harm her.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Most of her clothes shows a lot of skin on the front and especially on the side.
  • Dork Knight: The only time this girl fights is when someone talks bad about Mikusa and then she's prepared to go to war to protect Mikusa's honor.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Don't insult Mikusa or you'll regret it.
  • Plucky Girl: She's rarely seen to be sad.
  • Takingthe Bullet: Rami was killed like this to save Mikusa.



The current princess to govern over Amawakuni.
During the festival to hand her position over to her successor, Kannagi injured her and she was believed to be dead. Kikuri managed to survive and encase herself into a cocoon that stops her injury from getting worse and actually turning fatal. She begs Hinohara to bring all the Hayagami together in Tsukuyo and make it to the capitol to save her.

  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Yataka's weapon shows what a person's "true appearance" is; he was surprised to see Himeou as a beautiful young woman when he used his Hayagami on her. It is one of the reasons why he fell for her is her pure heart.
  • Married to the Job: She had a chance to abdicate her position as Himeou and live happily with Yataka, but when she learned what a brief absence of hers has caused to Amawakuni, she decided to put her duty over her personal happiness.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kikuri instantly regret her decision to elope from her capital and be with Yakata when she found out that the people were massacre at Muroya and all of this happened when she neglected her duty as a Himeou.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks like a preteen, but is actually close to 70 years old.
  • Timed Mission/Your Days Are Numbered: Hinohara must save Himeou before the talisman he and Arata are wearing has gone completely dark.

Team Kadowaki

  • Father to His Men: How he looks at his group who are much younger and inexperienced than him.
  • Gentlemananda Scholar: Serves as a father figure in Kadowaki's party and is always calm and informative in educating his young audience.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To save Kadowaki
  • Papa Wolf: Will go to great lengths to protect Kadowaki And his own son Harunawa


Kanate was thrown into Gatoya, the infamous prison called 'Hell On The Other Side Of The Earth' by Amawakunians. He took on the role of a big brother for Ginchi, when his father was killed and lost sight of his mother, promising to protect him until the two meet again. He gave Hinohara and Kotoha a way to escape Gatoya's isolated location.

He joins them and planned to go along with them to the capitol and save Himeou, but he eventually leaves.

  • Always Someone Better: Kanate gradually feels under performed in comparison towards Hinohara. That's what leads him to develop a bond with Kadowaki.
  • Badass Normal: And he hates it!
  • The Bus Came Back: Kanate re-appears after some time and gains the power of a Hayagami, along with a new look.
  • Dork Knight
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Kanate is a decent fighter on his own, but grows resentful of Hinohara and Kannagi having the power of a Hayagami behind them. On a played for laughs side, he is easily jealous towards Hinohara getting along with Kotoha, whom he has a crush on.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He rectifies his killing of his tribe, including his father and brothers, as this.
  • Sidekick: Used to be one for Hinohara, but as Kannagi gradually aids Hinohara more thoroughly, the more Kanate feels unneeded. Therefore, he switched over in favor of aiding Kadowaki.
  • Put on a Bus: Kanate disappears for a few chapters after killing his tribe.


Miyabi is a new maid that was assigned to Harunawa on the day that he and Kadowaki switched places.
She's clueless and tends to say things that make Kadowaki mad.

  • Damsel in Distress: Kadowaki has to rescue her numerous times due to her klutzy nature.
  • Females Are More Innocent: Her naivete often triggers Kadowaki's homicidal tendencies since she often states what he doesn't want to hear but her innocent and kind nature have caused Kadowaki to become fiercely protective of sorts towards her.
  • Ill Girl: She has some sort of medical condition that requires her to take medicine.

The Twelve Shinshou

The Five Heavenly Shinshou


Kannagi wields the Hayagami of Fire, Homura. He was the one to attack and fatally injure Kikuri-himeou during the festival on behalf of Yataka's orders. He planned to kill Arata, too, but decided to use him as a scapegoat when he realized that Arata was a man.

When Hinohara switches places with Arata, Kannagi was intent on having him get convicted for killing Himeou, but became interested in him when he saw that Hinohara had become the Shou of Tsukuyo. He wanted to take Tsukuyo into his control, though has failed to do so. Kannagi's Zokushou get killed by Akachi as part of his revenge and Homura was taken away from Kannagi.

  • Affably Evil: He's initially presented as an antagonist and chases after Hinohara, but eventually agrees to an alliance out of opportunity, before fully being a good guy.
  • Always Save the Girl: Inverted, he was only going to save Emisu, but failed at that.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Becomes this to the younger members of the group.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Akachi takes Homura away from him early on, leaving Kannagi without it for quite some time.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easily the most hot-tempered out of all the group.
  • Heel–Face Turn: From antagonist that started off the plot to a valid member of Hinohara's group.
  • Ill Guy: His past with Akachi reveals that Kannagi used to have a weak constitution and got sick easily.]]
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: His initial reason for sticking with Hinohara.
  • Kill It with Fire: His Hayagami, Homura, uses fire as its attack.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Kannagi was going to ignore Kugura's Zokushou, but then his wind made a tiny cut on his cheek! He proceeded to beat the living daylights out of him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The poster boy of the manga. He has no qualms about showing off his muscles. Or more.
  • My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save Emisu from the fire that killed her. Turns out he also considers having been unable to finish his escape with Akachi, as well as being unable to really make Emisu happy, to be something he can't forgive himself for.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Pulls one on Akachi, when he killed all of his subordinates.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has burn scars on his right shoulder, although his Hayagami gives him immunity to be burned by fire. The scars come from when he wanted to save Emisu out of the fire, before he had obtained his Hayagami.


Yataka owns the Hayagami Zekuu and was the one who came up with the plan to kill Kikuri-himeou and unlock the seal on their Hayagami. He has an intense dislike for dirt, vulgarity and is dead-set on being a true gentleman and expects his Zokushou to follow those ideales, too. He was intent on getting Hinohara to submit to him and prevent rescuing Kikuri-himeou, but Hinohara managed to come out on top. Yataka wanted to submit, but it failed and so he decides to join Hinohara.

  • Benevolent Boss: He is well-liked by his Zokushou and genuinely cares for them, even letting the newlyweds, Maruka and Okima, have their alone time.
  • Death Seeker: Yataka planned to commit suicide, had Kikuri-himeou's assassination gone off smoothly.
  • Fanservice: Not to the same extent as Kannagi but he gets stripped nearly nude during several fight scenes.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Yataka fell in love with Kikuri, but his heart broke when he thought that she had merely used him. He learned that she was merely putting her duty as Himeou over her personal happiness and Yataka still loves her, despite 50 years having passed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Put him anywhere near Kannagi and the stoic looks for any chance to argue.
  • Men Are Childish: While he is usually the most levelheaded member of the party after joining he is still prone to petty arguments with Kannagi over who is the more superior fighter.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: His Hayagami, Zekuu, can use Utsuo no Kagami (Mirror of the Heavens) to see the 'true self' within a person and even turn them into said image.
  • The Stoic: Inverted. He appears to be this until his comical moments include arguments with Kannagi, his senior, and fear of dirty things.


The Shou and ruler of the Haniyasu territory.
Akachi is the first to make his play at the spot of Emperor in the war for its position and forces Kannagi's Zokushou to submit to his Hayagami, Okoro. He seems to have a personal vendetta against Kannagi.

  • Arc Number: 50 feet, for him. His subordinates must keep a distance of 50 feet to Okoro when he summons it. He also fights Kannagi in a makeshift arena that is 50 feet in diameter. All of it stems back to his days as a slave, when his shackles only allowed him to walk within 50 feet of the shackles' source.
  • Attempted Rape: When some men tried to rape his sister, Emisu, Akachi went after them. His slave shackles prevented him from getting close enough; Kannagi stopped them in his place.
  • Always Save the Girl: Inverted, with only wanting to protect his sister, Emisu.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He was this towards Kannagi, until he learned that Emisu was dead and that Kannagi lied about who was the actual owner of them as slaves]].
  • Cool Mask: He hides his face behind one for a while, before eventually tossing it.
  • Evil Former Friend: Kannagi and he were on friendly terms, even if Akachi was a slave and beneath Kannagi. Things went really downhill between them when he heard Emisu was dead.
  • Go On Without Me/Heroic Sacrifice: Akachi threw Kannagi into the stone elevator with Emisu, allowing the two to escape. He remained behind, to buy them time.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Nobody touches his sister, Emisu! Whoever does, prepare to be killed by Akachi.
  • Scars Are Forever: His face and body are covered in scars. Some came from the abuse he got as a slave.
  • Taking the Bullet: When a sickle was thrown at Emisu, Akachi threw himself in front of her and got hit by it instead.
  • Together in Death: When he submits to Kannagi's Homura, he manages to reunite with Emisu after 132 years of being separated.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Akachi was no problem with killing the pregnant wife of Kannagi's subordinate as an act of revenge.


A beautiful young man that reigns over the Mitsuhame territory and wields the water Hayagami, Nakisawa.
He can control the weather and observe whatever is happening in his territory through the clouds. Yorunami watches Arata as he approaches his palace and is ready to fight him for the position of Emperor.

  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He went so far as to dress similarly to his mother as a sign of respect.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His Hayagami, Nakisawa, is in the shape of a knife. However, he uses it in a shape that turns it fan-like to attack.
  • Making a Splash: All attacks from his Hayagami are water-based.
  • Mommy Issues: The root of his problems lies in his complex relationship with his mother.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: He has a mannequin out of water dressed in his deceased mother's clothes and refers to her as mother.
  • Sissy Villain: His reason for being 'evil' compared to the others is rather weak.
  • Tough Love: This was his mother's stance. She knew that her son would become one of the shishou and that his life would not be easy, so she purposefully was cold and demanding of him, to toughen him up.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Yorunami often made trinkets for his mother to garner affection.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He desperately craved his mother's acceptance.


Kugura rules over the Kasefuno territory and wields the Hayagami Tsunado. He spends his days in his palace protected by a wind barrier and collects the various women to be part of his harem. He has to to meet one that he really likes.

  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Kagura's true form as a child is the source of his angst and frustration.
  • Blow You Away: His Hayagami's elemental affinity is wind.
  • The Casanova: Subverted. He came off as this to the public reception as he ordered every daughter (some his Zokushou kidnapped) to be taken a tribute for his harem. However, this is more to do with Kagura seeking for love and affection from his tribute women to fulfill his loneliness, not necessarily for sexual reasons.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Kugura has no memories of his past. He took up the Hayagami Tsunado when he accidentally came across it and instinctively used it to fight back when his family was being massacred by another territory, injuring himself and his big brother, Eto. The injuries sustained and shock led to him repressing everything.
  • Older Than They Look: He stopped aging when he became the Shou of Tsunado.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Kugura's actual appearance is that of a young boy, but he hates it. He prefers to be seen either in the form of a huge, armored knight to intimidate his opponents or makes himself look like an adult version of his true form. Much to his dismay, the last has a time-limit to it.
  • Tragic Keepsake: An earring-ornament that was given to him by Eto, said to have been important to Kugura's parents. Eto has an identical one, revealing that the two of them are brothers.

The Six Shinshou


Harunawa rules over the Yamata territory and owns the Hayagami Bakuto.
He was chosen by the other Six Shinshou to head into the Kando Forest and he was brought to earth in exchange for Kadowaki.

  • Ax-Crazy: This guy possibly has the highest kill count among the Six Shou.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Harunawa is seen responding to an unknown source as his boss.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Part of an extremely powerful group that is composed of members with different agendas.
  • Black Cloak
  • Blood Bath Villain Origin
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Subverted. Munakata wants to save his son and was shown in despair when he was shown the monster Harunawa had become with Mumei's influence.
  • Evil Albino
  • Evil Gloating
  • Fanservice
  • The Heavy: Shares this with Shimu.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain
  • Monster Misogyny: Harunawa is also sent to Earth on a mission to find the last living female candidate for Himeou and had no problem trying to kill any female that proved to be a successor.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Only because Mumei is ordering it though. He was not originally from Earth and just appears to be following orders instead of having a vendetta.
  • Sadist
  • Stalker with a Crush: Hard to say whether he truly has a crush but he enjoys teasing Oribe in creepy manners. (The way he taunts Arata is also downright creepy as he enjoys mentioning his binds in a seductive manner).
    • Luckily, upon finding Himeou's successor, she is able to hold her own even when Harunawa turns into his demon state.
  • Tattooed Crook: Harunawa has tatoos on his cheek, arms and across his back. And every person he kills with Bakuto earns him another tattoo.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid
  • Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't care about the gender of his victims. Especially since one of his duties is to find the last Himezoku maiden and kill her.


Isora wields the Hayagami Kohaku. He doesn't speak himself, but communicates by having his words appear in writing mid-air. His power of speech and language allows him to manipulate other people or put curses onto them.

  • And I Must Scream: Isora lost his voice when his tongue was pulled out using a searingly hot iron during the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He suffered this for a long time. Isora was beaten and injured by his captures, thrown into the river multiple times to test him as a witch and his tongue was pulled out with a red-hot iron tool.
  • Cool Mask: A small mask that covers his mouth and its burn scars.
  • Hypocrtie: Probably the biggest in the series. Isora hates people who would betray their allies due to a very strong Freudian Excuse, but betrays Kikitsune and actually sold out his entire family to the Inquisition after being tortured.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Isora's continued torture, betrayal from a friend and abandonment from family caused him to admit to being a witch and betray his family by stating that they, too, are all witches.
  • Multiversal Conqueror
  • Salem Is Witch Country: Averted, as it doesn't take place in Salem, but refers to the European witch hunts of the middle ages.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The guy cannot talk but he is able to use telepathy to break his victims.
  • Trapped in Another World: Isora comes from Earth, implied to have been from the middle ages. He was branded as a witch by a supposed friend and the pope went along with it to gain the land assets Isora was going to inherit. Isora was tortured, his tongue pulled out and tested as a witch multiple times, with one of the drowning attempts leading him to be sent to Amawakuni.
  • Villainous Friendship: Too bad Isora does not feel quite as strongly about about his friendship with Kikutsune to rescue him from Kadowaki.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he realizes Kikutsune has lost the battle he quickly abandons him.


Kikutsune rules over the Tsuguchi region and wields the Hayagami Kisaru, which allows him to manipulate sound. He forces loyalty from his Zokushou by using his Kamui to take their eardrums, leaving them deaf and has forbidden music to be played and instruments to be owned in his territory.

  • Bewarethe Silly Ones: Kikutsune's more comedic moments make him come across as a loud, rambunctious teenager that could get along well with everyone else. It removes part of the fearsome image that the Six Shou have, though this doesn't lessen Kikutsune's more sadistic actions.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Part of an extremely powerful group that is composed of members with different agendas.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: His hair is golden next to his dark skin.
  • Evil Gloating: Kikutsune is quick to boast of his superior skills upon meeting the group.
  • Fed to the Beast: This was supposed to be his fate back in ancient Rome, but then Vesuvius erupted and he fell into a crater and landed in Amawakuni.
  • Foil: Kikutsune is this to Kagura in terms of their comical moments and they are both dark-skinned. Though Kikutsune's personality had a dark side to it.
  • Hope Spot: After Hinohara defeats the Kimon inside of him Kikutsune learns that the purified Hayagami of his could restore his eardrums and allow him to hear again]]. Seconds after learning that Kadowaki appears and forcefully submits Kikutsune and his Hayagami by absorbing them into Orochi]].
  • Mr. Fanservice: There's a chapter of him sleeping in bed and walking out shirtless.
  • Multiversal Conqueror
  • Sense Loss Sadness: His Kamui can 'steal eardrums' from people, leaving them deaf. It turns out that Kikutsune is deaf, too, after thugs beat him so badly that they burst his eardrums. As a musician, he was horrified to realize that he couldn't hear anymore.]]
  • Trapped in Another World: It turns out that Kikutsune was originally from Earth, just like Hinohara and Kadowaki. He lived around the time of Ancient Rome and was an aristocratic musician. When a rival musician set thugs onto him and they destroyed Kikutsune's eardrums, Kikutsune took revenge by killing said rival and was going to be put to death for the crime]].
  • Villainous Breakdown: Upon losing to Hinohara he pleads for Isora to come rescue him.
  • Villainous Friendship: Considers Isora his best friend because their respective 'defects' mean that they are the only ones that can properly communicate with the other. Unfortunately, Isora doesn't hold their friendship on the same pedestal.


The ruler of the Iyo territory and wielder of the Hayagami Nouga. Ikisu has control over scents, which allow him to remove the scent of things and to manipulate people with them.

  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Ikisu can easily be mistaken for a woman, at first.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Unlike Yorunami's case, his mother really didn't care for Ikisu at all.
  • Foil: Ikisu share some similarities with Yorunami: both have a effeminate appearance who dresses like their mother, both have mommy issues, and both are easily trigger. The only core difference between them is that Yorunami is more mentally stable and had a mother who did loved him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Ikisu can go from looking serene and calm to enraged in seconds.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Ikisu generally uses Watakushi, a very formal and female way of referring to oneself. He does switch to Boku at times.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: His mother, Mathilde, is this to Ikisu despite what she did to him. Ikisu has to mimic his appearance and behavior like his mother to hide his vulnerable side.
  • Multiversal Conqueror
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Ikisu removed the scent of things in his town, but not the people's sense of smell.
  • Split Personality: Ikisu himself and then his 'Mathilde' personality, seeking comfort and support in each other.
  • Trapped in Another World: Ikisu comes from France. He was a poor boy and took on the lowest of jobs to make money, like chimney sweeping and selling things on the streets, hating the dark, smelly places it took him to. Ikisu wanted to seek comfort from Mathilde, his mother, but was rejected by her]].
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ikisu suffered a heavy mental breakdown after Ameeno beat him into submitting him.


  • Abusive Parent: He mistreated his son, Nasake, very emotionally and physically. Even went so far to literally took out Nasake's eyes from his eye sockets with his tongue in his demon form and ate them.
  • Ax-Crazy: The most violent of the Six Shou.
  • Badass Normal: He may have a Hayagami, but he doesn't even bother to use it. Ameeno is so strong, the only thing he used his Hayagami for was to turn into a demon when fighting against Ikisu and Shimu.
  • Berserk Button: I dare you to call Ameeno a slave in front of his face. You will instantly regret it. Ikisu learned this the hard way.
  • Cool Shades: They cover his blind eyes.
  • Foil: A parallel is drawn between him and Akachi: both of them were once a slave and were known to be very brutal in battle. But with Akachi, he still had a heart and a chance of feeling remorse for his actions. Ameeno is the complete opposite, since he rejoices in all the bloodshed he causes.
  • I Will Tear Your Arms Off: Not Played for Laughs. He literally done this to Kadowaki with his barehand.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Big time for Ameeno. He betrayed Ikisu by destroying his country, beat him up horrifically, and tore off Kadowaki's arm. Later, his comrade Shimu betrayed Ameeno by nuking his country in a similar fashion and defeated him vice versa destroying not only both of his arms, but his legs too.
  • Multiversal Conqueror
  • Scary Black Man: He is intimidating in all sorts of manner, with his height and white tatoos on his dark skin being just part of it.
  • Trapped in Another World: He came from the time of the 19th century when the European countries colonized Africa and Ameeno from a tribe who fought them and captured as a slave.


The leader of the Six Shou and Kadowaki's mentor.

  • Arc Villain: Each of the shou is treated like this with the exception of Kannagi who never fully fulfills the role of villain.
  • The Assimilator: Is the first of the Six Shou to offer Kadowaki a place as a Shou and even grants him ownership of the dark Hayagami.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Part of an extremely powerful group that is composed of members with different agendas.
  • Black Cloak
  • The Chessmaster:
  • The Dragon: Turned out to be this. He followed Mumei who is the twelfth Shinshou.
  • The Heavy
  • Hidden Agenda Villain
  • Multiversal Conqueror
  • Trapped in Another World: Shimu belong from during the time of World War II and heavily implies to been once a Holocaust victim since Hinoharara regonized that his weapon and military forces are somewhat unusually modern for Amawakuni standards.
  • The Stoic: Very emotionless and compose for most of the time, even when he get into arguments with Kikutsune and Kadowaki.

The 12th Shinshou


  • Creepy Child
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Nothing is mentioned of this guy throughout the series and it's believed Shimu is the [[Big Bad]] until he shows respect to this kid. Harunawa is another direct accomplice of Mumei though it's uncertain if Shimu and Harunawa are aware they work for the same boss.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Possibly The Six Shou want to conquer the world they, along with Arata and Kadowaki, are originally from and this guy seems to be nurturing the ideas.

Alternative Title(s): Arata Kangatari


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