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    Ryuji "Bon" Suguro 

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese, teenager), Reiko Takagi (Japanese, child), and Kyle Hebert (English)

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Only child and heir of the Head Priest of the Myoo Dharani sect, which got branded as a "Cursed Temple" due to being a victim of the Blue Night. Ryuji is working to acquire both Aria and Dragoon Meister. He also wants to kill Satan, mainly out of a desire to restore his family's temple. He's a major hot head and struggles often to understand others, though he's working hard to overcome his weaknesses.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Averted. He is called "Bon" by his closest friends but that's actually a sign of respect and reference to the fact he's the son of the Head Priest of the Myoo Dharani. Other members use "Ryuji-sama".
  • The Apprentice: Becomes one to Lightning in chapter 71, though his friends claim he's more like the man's manager. Ryuji doesn't disagree, but he's sticking it out anyways at a chance of learning useful stuff.
  • Barrier Maiden: During the Kyoto arc he briefly acted as this to keep the Impure King contained. Rin isn't letting him live it down, either.
  • Badass Bookworm: He can memorize an entire book 21 chapters long, and this means he has an arsenal of Fatal Verses.
  • Berserk Button: Early on, Suguro can't stand that anyone makes fun of his goal of beating Satan.
  • BFG: Later chapters show him packing a bazooka and a bandolier holding several reloads of rockets. It's justified, as he's also pursuing a Dragoon Meister along with Aria.
  • Blush Sticker: It must be seen to be believed.
  • Book Smart: He's a top student in his class and got 98 out of 100 in a test early on.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: During the Kyoto arc, he yells at his father for keeping secrets. For how that went, see Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! below.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Ryuji passes out drunk after one drink when Shura mixes up the drinks... again.
  • Character Development: Starts going through it during the Kyoto arc, drops it temporarily after, picks it up again during the Inari arc, and the following arc half focuses on how he's acknowledged his deficiencies and is taking steps to address them, most notably by becoming the apprentice of high ranked exorcist Lighting, who he feels has the kind of understanding of people that Ryuji wishes to develop.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: While he's Lightning's student in name, others joke about how Suguro is more like Lightning's manager or mom because Lightning is making Suguro take care of his housework and work schedule for him.
  • The Conscience: After becoming the apprentice of Lighting, Suguro witnesses firsthand the sociopathic aspects of the exorcist's personality and he always tries to keep him from going too far. Lightning confesses he doesn't have the ability to sympathize with others and that's why he wants Suguro to act as his moral compass.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Impure King Revival Story Arc sends the cram students to Kyoto, Ryuji, Shima, and Konekomaru's hometown, and in specific his family's past is tied directly into the Impure King. He gets another, shorter bout of limelight when Lightning arrives, resulting in him wanting to become his apprenctice.
    • Later gets a bit more focus as he assists Lightning in his investigation.
  • Delinquent Hair: This plus his Face of a Thug lead to some people (like Rin) to assuming he is a poor student even though he's anything but. He ditches it in ch72 as a sign of his growing maturity. Keeps the piercings though.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Ever since he was young, he defined himself as The Leader, whether it be towards his friends, the Myouda sect, or whoever. However, following the Impure King incident and especially The Reveal that Shima is The Mole, he's begun to realize that isn't necessarily true anymore, and is having a lot of trouble dealing with that. Lightning's reveal of how one doesn't need a great goal to become an amazing exorcist seems to be helping as is him taking Ryuji in as his apprentice.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Rin has taken to calling Ryuji "Princess" since the Kyoto arc, due to his Barrier Maiden status in that arc. Ironically it fits for other reasons; he certainly is a "spoiled princess".
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In chapter 72 he switches to a different hairstyle. He gets rid of the yellow streak, cuts his hair closer, and shortens his bangs. The result is of a mature and sensible look, which fits as he's working towards dealing with his flaws and even shows signs of calming down already.
  • Eye Pop: Didn't seem to take Rin seriously when he said Kuro could change sizes.
  • Face of a Thug: Hair of a thug too. Rin's first thought when seeing him is that he must be as poor of a student as Rin is. Bon quickly proves him wrong, being a very well educated and academic man. In fact aside from his aggressive demeanor, he is about as far from a thug as one gets.
  • Fatal Flaw: His temper and tendency to takes things personal are his greatest flaws and tend to cause disasters when they both go hand in hand during a situation (see Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! below for details). His lack of Street Smarts is another thing that gives him grief (early on, he was incapable of noticing how odd and super strong Rin was, claiming he had no special abilities despite proof otherwise; it takes Rin drawing Kurikara for him to finally get clued in).
  • Foil: Turns out to be one for Yukio. Both are smart scholarship students who have terrible tempers and are admired by others while not being as good as they seem at first. While Ryuji is currently doing his best to work through his flaws and improve himself Yukio refused to face his flaws and is going through an extended crash and burn.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like most Arias he can recite the entire Bible from memory while beating on demons.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has the worst temper of the group and it's his biggest flaw. The calm he shows during certain situations is more of a facade he puts on as his status as The Leader. He's gotten much better in later chapters.
  • Hidden Depths: Rin immediately assumes that Ryuji's nothing but an angry brute. Turns out he's very smart, hardworking, and loves cleaning and meditation, not to mention he's an eloquent reciter. He's still an angry brute.
  • Hot-Blooded: Just like Rin, though he is generally calmer, but this can cause conflicts since they can be too similar in this regard. Not to mention cause him to make mistakes at times since his Hot-Bloodness comes from a bad temper.
  • It's All About Me: An interesting variation; Ryuji's tendency to take things personal means he acts as if everything is done against him if it effects him. For example, Rin being the Son of Satan and hiding it from him, and Renzo's choice involving the Illuminati.
  • It's Personal: Against Satan, for wrecking his family's temple and scaring many people away from it, who believed it to be a cursed place. And it's not the only thing he treats personally (see above).
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Despite the hair dye, he is at the top of his class.
  • Jerkass Realization: Has this happen three times before it fully sticks. First during his debut chapter when Rin saves his life from the Leaper, second during Kyoto arc when a "fight" with Rin puts him in the position of being executed, and then finally during Inari when Renzo throws it into his face how he's been acting rather spoiled this entire time. After the last time, Ryuji has started seriously working on fixing his problems and has started to truly get a handle on his temper.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: First appearance he came across as a straight up Jerkass but ultimately reveals he does care and means well. At the same time, he's quick to take offence, has a serious It's All About Me problem, and makes many assumptions that aren't true on top of his hot temper. In other words, he works as a deconstruction of the concept; just because he means well does not mean he's not being a jerk.
  • The Leader: He really wants to be a leader and at times fulfills the role. Ultimately though, he isn't ready to play that part and Character Development has him admit to it.
  • Morality Pet: Chapter 83 reveals that Lightning wants him to act as one, pulling him back when he goes too far.
  • Multicolored Hair: His dyed blonde hair is shaped like a mohawk, while both sides of his hair are black. He eventually shaves the blonde part off.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • If he hadn't gone after Amaimon with a freaking firework a lot of Rin's problems with the Vatican probably wouldn't have come into play until much later.
    • Takes it even further in the next arc. Him having an argument with his father gives Rin a flashback to his dad's traumatic death. Rin's resulting blow up gets him locked up and set for an execution.
    • On top of that, Rin's awakened insecurities due to that incident makes it impossible to draw Kurikara to defeat the Impure King for a long time. If The Power of Friendship hadn't come through, not only would casualties been much higher (and likely included not only Ryuji himself but his friends and family), Kyoto would have suffered under a terrible demon plague that might have spread even further by the time the Order could defeat or re-seal the Impure King.
  • Not So Different: From Rin and it's lampshaded by Konekomaru and Renzo. Though as time goes on, the resemblance slides away (revealing it to be mostly a facade) and they settle into a more Red Oni, Blue Oni situation. Ultimately, he's more like Yukio.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Adding to his intimidating appearance is his never ending scowl.
  • Playing with Fire: In chapter 27, he inherited the red flames of Gouhaen from his father.
  • The Power of Friendship: He is always trying to keep everyone together and working as a team. This is deconstructed at first since pushing people together is not the way to do it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blunt red oni to Rin's (comparatively) reserved blue.
  • The Rival: Towards Rin for the right for kicking Satan's ass, though this attitude fades over time.
  • Scholarship Student: Because of how expensive his school is, Ryuji had to get this to be able to enter not only the normal classes but be allowed to go to cram school. It's one of the reasons he's so focused on studying.
  • Skunk Stripe: A dyed blond example, since he didn't have it when he was younger. He gets rid of it in ch72 as a sign of his growth.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks like a typical delinquent, but he's actually one of the smartest of the cram school students. Rin is surprized that he gets good scores.
  • Spoiled Brat: Downplayed, but his status as the heir to the Myoo Dharani's position of High Priest resulted in him being coddled compared to his two childhood friends. This results in him being rather sheltered and is partially responsible for his It's All About Me attitude. Character Development has him working through it.
  • Tame His Anger: He starts off as the one with the shortest temper next to Rin. Eventually, he learns to keep his cool and not let his emotions get the better of him.
  • Team Dad: He serves the "stern, yet caring dad" role to the main group. Rin even jokingly calls him "dad" when Suguro says things a father would.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: A textbook dragon to Rin's tiger.
    • Suguro is rather smart, hardworking, and loves cleaning and meditation, not to mention he's an eloquent reciter, and team work means a lot to him, while Rin is lazy, impulsive, tries to solve everything on his own, and usually with brute force alone.
    • At the same time, it's Ryuji who has the Hair-Trigger Temper and his tendency to just use book smarts to solve problems isn't a good thing.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He always had a good heart, but was rude and judgemental to those around him. As the series goes on, he becomes much more cordial and understanding towards others.

    Izumo Kamiki 

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese) and Kira Buckland (English)

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A stubborn, haughty girl with twintails who initially mocked Shiemi. Instant Expert at calling up Familiars, rather skilled in combat. She's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and is a top student in both normal school and cram school.


  • A-Cup Angst: In the Hot Springs Episode, she gets irritated at the sight of a naked Shura and Shiemi being more stacked than her, forcing her to admit that she's wearing a push-up bra.
  • All for Nothing: She's been living the last five years of her life attempting to protect her younger sister Tsukumo from Illuminati and their human experiments. She goes so far as to agree to become the new Nine-Tailed Fox's host because they will use Tsukumo if she doesn't. The cram school students save Izumo, but her efforts were ultimately in vain, because Tsukumo was under the protection of True Cross all along, and when Izumo finally goes to visit Tsukumo, the latter doesn't even remember who she is (justified, since she was three the last they were together). So, for all the trouble Izumo went through, she gained absolutely nothing she was fighting for and loses what few family ties she thought she had left, leaving her unable to do anything but cry over the unfairness of it all to Shiemi.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: When she was a child, Izumo was treated as an outcast at school because other kids assumed Izumo was an Attention Whore who lied about seeing spirits.
  • Ambiguously Bi: The ones Izumo gets the most flustered by are Rin and Shiemi. That's without bringing in her relationship to Paku.
  • Animal Lover: She shows a nice side to cats, when no one's around of course. She seems to be fond of dogs, as well.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: To Renzou, when she finds out he's helping the Illuminati of his own free will. She then tries to follow it up with a Reason Why You Suck Speech, but one sentence from Renzou knocks the fight out of her.
  • Badass Adorable: She can summon two familiars to fight for her (who can in turn summon a tiny, adorable army) and has her cute moments.
  • Bastard Angst: Izumo's father never married her mother and outright refused to meet her and her sister because he hated children. Eventually, Izumo's mother became neglectful once the father started getting tired of her. Because she couldn't handle being abandoned, Izumo's mother was possessed by the Nine-Tailed Fox. She then attempted to murder her own daughters, all while telling Izumo that it was a mistake giving birth to her if her boyfriend would dump her for it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She considers Paku her Only Friend because she was the only girl at her school who never made fun of her for seeing spirits and offered her help whenever Izumo needed it.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Izumo cares greatly for her little sister. She vowed to protect her and is willing to give up her body and be possessed by the Nine-Tails, just so the Illuminati won't do the same to Tsukumo instead. This is exploited. Not only do the Illuminati manipulate her with that, Mephisto does as well, all while Tsukumo is perfectly safe the entire time.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's at the top of her class.
  • Break the Haughty: In her first focus chapter/episode, she loses her nerve and it almost leads to her familiars turning against her.
  • Broken Bird: She decided to never rely on anyone because last time she did she ended up as a prisoner of the Illuminati and being manipulated for years. This left her with quite a few trust issues, to say the least. Her emotional wounds finally start healing by the end of the Inari arc.
  • Broken Tears:
    • In Chapter 5/Episode 7, she cannot help but weep in shame after not only was she called out by Paku for how she'd been treating Shiemi, but was also completely useless in fighting against the attacking ghoul and protecting her friend as well.
    • She completely falls apart at the end of the Inari arc, when not only does her mother die protecting her, but she then visits Tsukumo after five years and she doesn't even remember her.
  • Bust-Contrast Duo: She has a very small chest especially when compared to the well-endowed Shiemi.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Paku went to elementary school together and became friends after Paku helped her carry some boxes.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Does this constantly. Even in Inari with her possessed and most likely going to die she complains. She only didn't do it once, when Rin rescued her from her Byakko, due to her first Cry Cute moment below.
  • Cry Cute: Something harrowing has to occur to break her haughty facade and leave her a tearful wreck.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Towards Kuro or Dog!Mephisto she loses the haughtiness because of the cuteness.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Chapter 52 gives us a glimpse into Izumo's past and introduces us to her mother; a woman who originally loved her children but her depression after her lover told her to (essentially) chose between him and her children caused her to be possessed by the Ninetails Fox, resulted in her trying to kill her own children. She also shirked all responsibility for her younger daughter onto Izumo as well due to her Womanchild self.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Following the True Cross Academy Fesival Story Arc, Izumo gets a lengthy arc centered around her dealing with her Dark and Troubled Past as a possible container for the Nine-Tailed Fox.
    • She later gets some nice bonding time with Shiemi right before things go off the rails again.
    • She and Ryuji were recruited by the Arc Knights to help them go after Drac.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More than willing to let vitriol loose on people, especially Ryuji.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Izumo starts off as the haughty loner of her class. Slowly, she beings to open up to Rin and her other classmates. By the end of the Inari arc, she has fully accepted them as her True Companions.
  • Distress Ball: Has caught this four times so far: First during the exwire exam (getting rescued by Rin), second during the Impure King Arc (getting rescued by Shiemi), third during the festival (getting rescued by Renzo), and finally the Inari Arc is all about rescuing her from the Illuminati. That's right, the snarky Tsundere Ice Queen is the resident Damsel in Distress.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Upon seeing Shiemi about to shed tears for her after hearing the rest of her tragic family life, Izumo lashes out at her, who grew in relative comfort, for trying to sympathize to her situation. Turns out she was crying in relief because Izumo was finally being open to her feelings to her friends.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Eyebrows", from Rin. Izumo gets annoyed when he calls her that.
  • Familiar: Has a pair of very powerful foxes who almost killed her when they saw she wasn't as strong as she seemed. They are later "killed" by Shima when she tries to escape the Illuminati compound and then come back when she begs them for strength after her mother dies. However, turns out Shima just weakened them enough to make it so they were out of the way for a time...
  • Family Theme Naming: Her name is Izumo, her mother is Tamamo and her younger sister is Tsukumo.
  • Foil: To Shiemi since while both are tamers she is outgoing and assertive, as oppossed to Shiemi's shy and passive personality. Even their character designs and hair/eye colors are opposite of each other.
  • Friendless Background: Before meeting Rin, Izumo was never able to make friends with anyone aside from Paku because other kids treated her like a weirdo for seeing things they couldn't.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Going with her Tsundere personality, she has the associated long pigtails. It's another contrast with Shiemi, her foil.
  • Heroic Bastard: She's the daughter of the head of the Inami family and the Kamiki priestess of Inari, who was his mistress. Her parents most certainly were not married even years later when they went on to have her little sister Tsukumo.
  • Hime Cut: She has blunt bangs, cheek-length sidelocks, and long hair in Girlish Pigtails that are as straight and even as a ruler. Fittingly, her family were always Miko tasked with keeping the Ninetails under control until her mother snapped.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: After her mother performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save her daughter's life, a tearful Izumo angrily questions why she decided to act like a mother only at the very end.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Whenever she tries to act like a lone wolf who relies on no one but herself, things go badly for her and needs Rin to save her. It takes a lot of time for her to learn it is fine to ask her new True Companions for help.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While rather rude and blunt to those around her, she's also a genuinely good girl. She encouraged Shiemi (in her own way) when the latter has given up and is the first to defend Rin (and for a while, the only one to stand by his side) when it's revealed that he's the son of Satan and all his other friends are uneasy around him. She's also, as part of her development, slowly scratching the "jerk" part off.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The cynical and aloof Dark Feminine to Shiemi's sweet and naive Light Feminine.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: She didn't really want to make friends aside from Paku, but she is learning to get along better with the rest of the team.
  • Miko: She becomes one in order to perform an exorcism.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother went from being loving but self-centered to outright abandoning her and her sister because her lover didn't want to deal with her kids. This caused her to snap and get possessed by the demon she was supposed to keep s
  • Perpetual Frowner: When she isn't actively being smug, she's frowning. She's been growing out of it.
  • The Power of Love: Heavily hinted that the reason the Ninetails is no longer compatible with her is because she loves her friends and family.
  • Pride: Her biggest flaw, along with her trust issues. The Inari arc shows just how big a flaw it is when it causes Mike & Uke to die and Izumo to willing do something that will probably kill her.
  • Promotion to Parent: She had to take care of her sister when her mother completely abandoned them. Even before that, she was the one mostly responsible for Tsukumo.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not evil, just prideful.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She keeps people at arm's length because some terrible experiences drove her to believe nothing good comes out of relying on people. While she acts haughty and self-centered, she's just scared that people might take advantage of her if she trusts them.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When we get some flashbacks of what her mother looked like before she was possessed by the Nine-Tailed Fox and experimented on by Illuminati, Izumo looks like a younger and flat-chested clone of her.
  • Summon Magic: Her foxes spirit familiars come when she calls them.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: When Shiemi asks her to be her friend, Izumo starts asking for a small favor after another under the excuse that's what friends do. This disturbs even Izumo's closest friend Paku. Since Shiemi is so naïve, she doesn't realize she's been taken advantage of until Rin calls her out on how she's letting Izumo treat her like a servant.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Very aggressive, rude, and short tempered, as well as not afraid to get violent despite only being a Tamer. She also loves shopping, is a fan of romance shojo manga, and has a secret thing for cute animals like cats and dogs.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the Inari arc, she becomes a lot nicer and friendlier with her classmates especially Shiemi as there's nothing holding her back from opening to them anymore.
  • Tsundere: Harsh type, right down to the twintails and thigh-high socks. She's aloof, bossy and arrogant, but on the inside, she's a softie. As part of her Character Development, her deredere side comes out more and more often, generally towards Paku, Shiemi and Rin. It's also justified; Izumo is not prickly for no reason.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Going with her aggressive and proud personality.
  • Uneven Hybrid: She has Kitsune blood, but it's been diluted over the course of so many generations that she's basically human.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Her eyebrows are very thick and resemble dots. Pointed out by Rin who nicknames her "Eyebrows" against her will.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The serious Izumo had a crybaby Womanchild for a mother. It's Played for Drama in this case; her mother was so unreliable that Izumo was forced to grow up fast and had to raise her baby sister practically on her own.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On both receiving and giving ends. Paku gives her one early on for her treatment of Shiemi, and she gives a very mocking one to the other Exwires about their treatment of Rin during her conversation with him on the train to Kyoto.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime and some colored manga pages, she has purple hair.

    Renzou Shima 

Voiced by: Koji Yusa (Japanese) and Brian Beacock (English)

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One of Ryuji's childhood friends from Kyoto. A perverted Buddhist priest with pink hair and entomophobia. The fifth son of his family. As all the spoiler text below suggests, he's much more than he seems.


  • Blade on a Stick: Can use Yamantaka's black flames to change his khakkhara into a spear that burns the souls of anything it cuts.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • To Izumo, when she's chewing him out for betraying them. Particularly notable since he manages to take the wind from Izumo's sails with only three sentences.
    "You got mad? That was unexpected. Afterall, we're the same, you and I."
    • Chapter 67 has him doing this to Yukio, reducing him to a break down after he's gone with only a few well chosen words.
    • Chapter 80 has him continuing the above to Yukio, revealing he's the one who told Mephisto about his suicidal training and instead of that gambit he pulled with Hachiro, he should just join Illuminati.
    • Noticeably averts this in chapter 96 as one look at Yukio reveals he's so far gone that nothing Renzo could say could affect him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is one, but generally for comic relief. Gets his ribs broken after laughing at Amaimon, being told to walk through a bug swamp despite being incredibly phobic, etc.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Takes every opportunity he can to flirt with a woman.
  • The Chosen One: In regards to the Shima family, he's the one who's been blessed with Yamantaka and his black flames. Mephisto outright calls him such in fact.
  • The Corrupter: Is serving as one towards Yukio, as he was ordered to do by the Illuminati. He follows Yukio around in secret and always seems there to push him towards the Illuminati whenever Yukio's morale is shaken. However, at the end when Yukio does his Face–Heel Turn, he notes he wasn't actually really needed as Yukio was so much The Corruptible he basically did it all to himself.
  • Cowardly Lion: His childhood friend Konekomaru was always afraid Renzou would abandon them. However, in the Kyoto arc he came back to save Konekomaru.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • When called to deliver Izumo to the Illuminati, he summons a high-level Wisdom King demon that has apparently been his Familiar since childhood. Later he uses the same flame-based techniques that his older brothers in the Shima clan showed in the Kyoto arc.
    • He appeared to have annihilated Izumo's fox familiars within seconds. It turned out he's The Mole and Double Agent hired by Mephisto and has been faking BOTH sides as part of his cover, and he volunteered.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He said he chose the Aria meister because Ryuji and Konekomaru were pursuing Aria Meisters, despite how the Knight class suits him better with his khakkara. Konekomaru calls him out on this. After his affiliations with the Illuminati and Mephisto were revealed, it looks like he found it working as a spy.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Despite his reveal as a Mole, he maintained his easygoing, laidback attitude, but with that same tone he flat out tells Izumo that he hates everything, and is very comfortable with telling Lucifer that Rin's weakness is his capacity to love humans. He seems okay with sending Izumo to her Fate Worse than Death, and before that, apologizes to his friends and says goodbye to them as if he didn't just kidnap Izumo. Considering his status as a Double Agent, he probably deliberately invoked it.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: He's the Shima clan's and Mephisto's spy in the Illuminati, who have him enrolled in Cram School to spy on the True Cross Order and Izumo in particular. He also may have some genuine loyalty to his classmates, as demonstrated by him going out of his way to spare Izumo's familiars, but at the same time, the Illuminati knows this and sent him to back to spy for them in the True Cross Order, which he seems to do. So really, it's anyone's guess.
  • Fake Defector: Revealed to be The Mole working for the exorcists. He asked for the job.
  • Family Theme Naming: His older siblings are named Kinzou and Juuzou. Later on, we find out his father Yaozou and his late eldest brother Takezou fall under this as well. The middle sibling is also named Gozo, and it fully seems to be something all the guys in his family get.
  • The Gadfly: Renzo shows at times a fondness for teasing and poking people, just so he can laugh.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: While talking to Izumo and being recorded by Illuminati cameras, he said that he hates everything, except ladies. How much that is true is unknown, but Renzou certainly doesn't fit with the usual mound for the Shima family and Myoo Dhra as well.
  • It Amused Me: His entire reason for being a spy boils down to it being fun. Considering he's been merely following family tradition and showed more than once to be unhappy with his chosen role, picking something personally just for "fun" is justified.
  • In Love with the Mark: Downplayed, but Renzo is genuinely attracted to Izumo and might have more than a crush on her. The bonus chapter Kin-nii's Band Has Zero Popularity certainly seems to be a strong hint towards that.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Same as the above, he does genuinely have at least a big crush on Izumo despite claiming to love all women.
  • Last-Name Basis: Even his childhood friends Konekomaru and Ryuji only call him by his last name. When Ryuji does call him by his first name, it's during a very serious moment.
    • An omake reveals the reason for this is that he used to do embarrassing things as a kid and so Ryuji and Konekomaru didn't want to act familiar with him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: His response to Izumo being threatened by Takara is to stop holding back and go all out; but it's all an act...
  • Lovable Coward: Contemplates running away most of the time. But he still ultimately pulls through.
  • Nun Too Holy: Despite being raised in a temple and training to be a monk and exorcist it doesn't seen to stop him from trying to flirt with every girl he meets, especially around Izumo. Lampshaded by Konekomaru...
  • Playing with Fire: He can summon a creature which uses black flames to burn demons and human souls.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: He can summon Yamantaka, but it's a strain and using too much can knock him out for hours.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: He dyes his hair pink to match his outgoing, positive, flirty and friendly persona, much to his father's chagrin.
  • Say It with Hearts: When speaking to freaking Lucifer! While giving him a double peace sign and goofy grin.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: He has used his black flames to form a spear tip, a buzzsaw-like wave and even paper-thin spikes of fire that erupt from the ground.
  • Simple Staff: His weapon of choice, leading Konekomaru to think he would make a good knight meister.
  • Stepford Smiler: Has a happy, cheery demeanor but has expressed issues. In the Kyoto arc he briefly abandoned Koneko to the Impure King because he was fed up with "blood obligation", but ran back to save him. While talking to Izumo and being recorded by Illuminati cameras, he said that he hates everything, except the ladies. How much that is true is unknown, but Renzo certainly doesn't fit with the usual mould for the Shima family and Myoo Dhra. Not to mention appears to on some level despise his deceased elder brother Takezo.
  • Summon Magic: He can summon Yamantaka, a very high-level demon made of black flames. According to Shima, he's been able to call him up since he was a child.
  • Super Strength: From Word of God, summoning Yamantaka increases Renzou's physical strength, allowing Renzou to send Rin flying with a single swipe of his khakkhara.
  • Theme Naming: His older siblings are named Kinzou (not that one) and Juuzou (not that one, either). Later on we find out his father Yaozou and his late eldest brother Takezou fall under this as well. The middle sibling is also named Gozo, and it fully seems to be something all the guys in his family get.
  • The Un-Favourite: He gets berated for his pink hair, kicked by one brother and then hit again before he leaves, is told constantly to watch over Ryuji, his mother threatens him...It's generally Played for Laughs.
  • Walking Spoiler:
    • It's impossible to talk about him without bringing up the fact he's a Double Agent and previously was The Mole.
  • Wham Line: Usually from when he does Break Them by Talking.
    • "Okumura, a piece of advice. From now on, you'll need to be prepared to kill humans if you want to win."
    • "You got mad? That was unexpected. After all, we're the same, you and I."
    • "And it's because I'm an ally, I could you give that advice. You know, the same could be said to you. Shouldn't you consult someone about this matter?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His entomophobia is a recurring personal problem, especially against insect based demons which causes him to either freeze up or enter a blind "flight or fight" frenzy (as seen during the camping trip). If you see him willingly touch an insect (like the moth in the movie) you know something's wrong.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink in his case as well as a dyed version.

    Konekomaru Miwa 

Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese, teenager), Kotori Koiwai (Japanese, child), and Mona Marshall (English)

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The other of the Kyoto trio. He's a short priest with a shaved head and a timid nature. Good at reciting scripture, though not nearly at the level that Ryuji can. He's also the smartest of the team, though it takes time for him to really start speaking his mind and applying his brains properly.


  • Animal Motifs: Cats. His name, his design, his likes, and his dislikes all go along with this.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: At least in Rin's opinion
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His judgment is based mostly on observation, allowing him to suggest prudent actions that turn situations around. It's best displayed in his awesome "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards all the other Exwires, where he reveals just how observant he is.
  • Compassionate Critic: During the battle with the cursed picture in the school gallery, Konekomaru gives harsh yet valid critics about the dysfunctions of his teammates so they understand why they must overcome their personal flaws and learn to work as a team.
  • Determinator: Definitely the physically weakest of the main Exwires, but the guy refuses to give up, especially when people he cares about are in danger.
  • Driven to Suicide: Nearly, when he thought he was going to be eaten by the chimera zombies. He got better.
  • The Generic Guy: Compared to everyone else, Konekomaru is very ordinary. If his classmates weren't who they were (which includes the Son of Satan) he would have ended up as just another exorcist. As is, he's taking levels of badass in response to his surroundings.
  • Happily Adopted: By his best friend's family no less.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Initially the guy basically thought he was useless, but he's been steadily increasing his confidence since what happened with the family portrait.
  • Jerkass Ball: Briefly, after discovering Rin was the son of Satan. It wasn't so much that he became a jerk though, as being straight-up terrified of Rin, to the point where he thought it was dangerous to be around him. He gets better though, following a pretty sweet moment with Rin.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He even carries a cat toy with him in case he sees any strays or Kuro.
  • Mutual Envy: Renzou says that he would like to have no living relatives like Konekomaru so he could just leave the Myoo Dha and live like he would like somewhere else. In response, Konekomaru says he envies Renzou for having a big family and inheriting the high-class demon of black flames. Both joke that they were born into the wrong families.
  • Nerd Glasses: To make him look more catlike.
  • Nice Guy: Polite and kind to everyone. Suguro points out that he has a habit of keeping his emotions buried to avoid hurting other people's feelings.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents both died on the Blue Night.
  • Theme Naming: Let's see, loves cats, drinks hot milk every day, hates being cold. His first name almost literally translates to 'Circle of Kittens'.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: One of the shortest males in the cast and the one with glasses. He's also one of the most book-smart characters seen and the main Mr. Exposition.
  • The Smart Guy: His main role on the team is using his smarts. That's why he's Mr. Exposition.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's got a lot of knowledge and is the only one in the main cast who wears glasses.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The smartest guy of the main group is also the shortest one.
  • Shrinking Violet: In how he tends to keep his feelings bottled up.
  • The Strategist: He becomes and tells his teammates how to better ulitize their skills for greater tactics.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He makes everyone realize their faults in order to improve on them to better their teamwork.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the incident above, he starts making strides in being awesome.

    Nemu Takara 

Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese) and Brianne Siddall (English)

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One of the cram school students. He doesn't talk, instead uses a Bunny Rabbit puppet to communicate rudely to the others.


  • Deep Sleep: Since his puppet said "Nemu go back to sleep" immediately after Takara opened his eyes during the fight with Shima that may mean that he has been sleeping through every cram class, conversation, and event he has been present for so far.
  • Don't Wake the Sleeper: At least his hand puppet seems to think so, since even briefly waking up caused it to tell Takara to go back to sleep.
  • Expy: He is Older Than He Looks, is often involved with toys, and is an Insufferable Genius. Basically, he's Near if he traded being a detective for being an exorcist.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He never opens his eyes, adding to his unusual and mysterious appearance. Justified since he doesn't need to see since he is asleep while his demon possessed puppet controls him.
  • Last-Name Basis: No one ever uses his first name since they don't know him well enough.
  • Marionette Master: An unusual variety of Tamer, able to summon and control dolls. At least, that's what the demon controlling him claims he is.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Nemu can mean "Sleep" and if his puppet is to be believed then in every scene of him so far Takara has been asleep.
  • Red Herring: Incredibly suspicious kid older than the other cram students and possible more powerful than he should be? Gotta be The Mole... except he isn't. Though that doesn't mean he's in the clear, as now the audience must wonder what a "Coordinator" means here.
  • Sleepwalking: In a matter of speaking, since his demon has been controlling Takara's body while he's asleep.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks but when he does it is only through his puppet.
  • Walking Spoiler: Since he's so mysterious and weird, a lot of his information is about his role as the class supervisor working for Mephisto, which gives away he isn't the Illuminati spy as suspected early on.

Puppet

Voiced by: Go Inoue

  • Demonic Dummy: Bonus material reveals Nemu's puppet is a Galatea, a type of demon that possesses dolls. The puppet is actually serving as the host of the demon who is controling Takara.
  • Hand Puppet: It's a hand puppet that looks like a pink rabbit.
  • Jerkass: He's very rude and talks down to the exorcist students like they were idiots.
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