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Shido Itsuka, born Shinji Takamiya

Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese), Saeko Zougou (Japanese, as "Shiori"), Josh Grelle (English), Ryan Reynolds (English, as "Shiori")

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"If people refuse to accept you, I'll just accept you even more."

The protagonist whose actions form the basis of Date A Live. An Ordinary Highschool Student who sees the true face of the supernatural disasters called spacequakes when he ignores an evacuation alarm to look for his little sister. He finds said little sister... leading an organization saving the world by seducing the Spirits destroying it. Shido is the key to their plan, thanks to his ability to seal the power of these Spirits with a kiss. Shido agrees to represent humanity and date the girls without knowing just how tightly his personal history is tied to the Spirits.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Reine claims she can't remember his name, calling him "Shin" instead. She does start calling him by his proper name later on, but never to his face. The reason why she kept calling him Shin is revealed in Volume 17: "Shin" was the name Reine (who was the First Spirit back then, now known as Mio Takamiya) first uttered when he introduced himself to her 30 years ago four months after her arrival into their world. "Shin" turns out to be short for "Shinji".
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  • Accidental Pervert: He gets into quite a few situations with Tohka in Volume 2, courtesy of Kotori's training.
  • Action Survivor: Shido is just a normal guy living in extraordinary times and only becomes badass because circumstances force him to.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Later volumes have him using various Angels, and using multiple powers at the same time.
  • All-Loving Hero: Shido just wants everyone to get along and goes to great lengths to ensure his friends and loved one are happy, even if it means putting his own life in danger. In fact, all the Spirits stood by him simply because he cared that much.
  • Always Save the Girl: Given the genre and premise? A given.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Back when he was adopted by the Itsukas, Shido was withdrawn and rarely emoted, showing signs of suicidal depression. It might have something to with his death and rebirth.
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  • Ambiguously Human: Early in the series, a few characters have considered the notion that Shido might not be entirely human, given that he can seal and use Spirit powers. Further mudding the issue was the revelation that Spirits themselves used to be normal humans. Volume 17 reveals Shido used to be a regular human, until he was killed by Wescott and Mio recreated him as her surrogate child.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Other than his sister Mana, Shido doesn't remember anything about his life before he was adopted by the Itsuka family.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: As "Shiori" in Volume 6. Taken Up to Eleven in certain sidestories and later in Volume 12 where he can use Natsumi's powers to become Shiori beyond mere crossdressing.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: How Shido wins over the Spirits.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Kotori, is his little sister, to the point where Shido ignores an imminent disaster warning to look for her. While her bossy commander mode put him off, he still cares for her deeply.
    • Yoshino has trouble communicating with others without Yoshinon until Shido agrees to become her new "hero".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Towards the end of Volume 7, he pulls an epic one by jumping in Inverse Tohka's way and rescuing Miku, and this along with several other factors prompts her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Bishōnen: Comes in handy when he has to crossdress!
  • Butt-Monkey: The Fraxinus crew punishes him whenever he messes up his training. Punishments involve broadcasting embarrassing moments from his past, penalty games, and the like.
  • The Casanova: The series is entirely about making a Fake Ultimate Hero version of this. Volume 12 plays it straighter, what with him hitting on every single female character in reach.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Using Sandalphon strains his body. His Healing Factor can heal the damage, but it still hurts pretty badly.
  • Chick Magnet: Ratatoskr's trying to make him one.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shido always insists on helping anyone in danger and doing the right thing, even if there is nothing for him to gain. It's a Fatal Flaw, as it can push him into borderline martyrdom sometimes.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Origami points out that Shido calls her by her last name, but Tokha by her first name. She wants that to change.
    Shido: So this means…? Should I call Tohka "Yatogami" from now on? Somehow I can't get used to that…
  • Covert Pervert: Despite his self-control with the girls, it's clear their advances are resonating with him.
  • Death Is Cheap: He's actually died and come back several times. Courtesy of Kotori's Angel. Unfortunately, it doesn't work if he One Hit Killed.
  • Death by Origin Story: As revealed by Volume 19, Shinji died in Shido's origin story, as the latter obtained the former's memories but his personality and attitude didn't change as Mio wanted. Indeed, when Mio dies and goes to the afterlife, she finds Shinji waiting for her.
  • Death of Personality: Shinji really died 30 years ago. Even with Shinji's memories, Shido's identity and personality are unaffected and he is unable to return Mio's affections.
  • Death Seeker: He was this in his younger days, Kotori mentioned to Reine that the feeling of being abandoned was so bad that even after being adopted, for a long while she felt he seemed suicidal. Ironically it was this time of his life that made him sensitive to feelings of sadness, and therefore made him want to save all of the Spirits.
  • Determinator: He takes saving the Spirits very seriously. To reach Yoshino when her Angel goes out of control he pushes his way through a passive barrier of ice shards (which according to Kotori is equivalent to dodging machine gun fire) that is guaranteed to kill a person without Spirit power, and he can't let his Healing Factor heal the damage because the barrier's active component would freeze him solid. His body is charitably described as "raw meat" in the novel.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: An adherent, even though the girls he's looking to save are superpowered Spirits who cause destruction just by appearing. To wit:
    • In the anime, when he tells Yoshino he'll be her hero:
    Shido (thinking): That's right. It doesn't matter if she's a Spirit. There's no way I'm leaving this sweet little girl to fend for herself!
    • Wanting to save Kurumi, whose killed over 10,000 people, and whose next target is Shido himself? Check.
    • Trying to peacefully resolve the conflict between Kaguya and Yuzuru Yamai, who both agree There Can Only Be One? You bet.
    • Wanting to make sure Natsumi is safe from a Colony Drop after she copied his appearance to smear his reputation AND put him and his loved ones through an Absurdly High-Stakes Game? Check.
    • Wanting to save the Inverted Origami who once shot him, tried to kill his little sister for thinking she killed her parents, then tried to kill all the Spirits when she came close to accepting them? Well... Hell yes he will!
  • The Everyman: Common for a Harem protagonist.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Develops the telltale whitened pupils of a Spirit around volume 5, his eyes become more gold in color when this happens.
  • First Kiss: He shares one with Tohka at the end of the first volume. Except that he kissed Kotori five years earlier.
  • First, Second and Third Law of Gender Bending: Shido subverts all three in his Shiori identity. He isn't stuck as a girl because Natsumi's powers can return him to normal; he observes that having different hormones is distracting but doesn't act any different as girl than he did as a boy; and he doesn't prefer it to his original gender.
  • Got Volunteered: Initially against Kotori's plan to date the Spirits to seal them. Turns out to not have a choice, for a variety of reasons.
  • Harem Seeker: A rare case of the Harem Seeker not wanting his harem. He's only dating the Spirits to save the world, as Kotori puts it. When he tries to come up with an alternative, Kotori shoots down his arguments.
  • The Hero: The main character, the center of the Battle Harem and the one with the most serious dedication at keeping the Spirits safe.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Among the many Angels he’s gained access to, he appears to have a predilection for Tohka’s Sandalphon in direct combat.
  • House Husband: Because Kotori is busy at Ratatoskr, Shido is usually the one doing all the housework.
  • I Gave My Word:
    • To Miku after his Big Damn Heroes moment in Volume 7. Him actually keeping his promises is what makes her fall in love with him and do a Heel–Face Turn. Of course, The Dulcinea Effect may have something to do with it...
    • His promise to Tohka not to kiss any other girl, on the other hand can't be kept, because it's the last step in sealing a Spirit's power. Tohka being Tohka means she doesn't equate sealing with kissing until Volume 12.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: The reason he didn't kill Westcott in Volume 18, despite all the atrocities he committed throughout the series (including the death of his previous incarnation Shinji).
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Ellen when he attempts to save Tohka. Even though he survives, Tohka gets Inversed.
  • Indirect Kiss: With Kurumi in the Drama CD.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's a human who can use Spirit powers, not a Spirit. He has good reason to say this since his eyes don't always have the trademark whitened pupils, and his sister Mana has never shown any signs of being able to use spirit powers herself.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: During his galge training early in Volume 1, Kotori threatened to reveal a video of him posing to fire one half-naked. Come Volume 12, the Not Himself Shidou fired a powerful blast from his palms using the Spirit powers trapped inside him.
  • Lady and Knight: The White Knight to the Spirits' Bright Ladies... and Kurumi's Dark Lady.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He has more holes in his memory than anyone else, with Tohka as the sole exception.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: His plan to rescue Tohka? Rush into the building where Tohka was being held captive and search it from bottom to top. Without Miku's assistance and his regenerative powers, he would've been screwed.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • Tohka is at her happiest when together with Shido. When they're separated, she gets upset easily. In Volume 15, it's been shown Shido has been such a major influence on Tohka to the point that losing her memory of Shido was enough to make her Inverse naturally.
    • Origami too. Early interactions make it very clear the two met after shortly after her parents' death, and that she imprinted on him for some reason. He doesn't remember at all. Turns out she met his time traveling future self, who was trying to stop her from Inversing. Unfortunately, his first attempt wound up creating the circumstances that led to her doing so. At the end of Volume 11, she admits that she was treating him as this in the old timeline, but she's going to start loving him for real from now on.
    • Westcott's plan hinges on Shido becoming a crutch to all the Spirits, killing him so they all Inverse simultaneously, and then having Artemisia use her territory ability to plunder the Qlipha Crystal from each of the Inversed Spirits so he can put them into himself, as demonstrated in Volume 13 when she plunders Nia's Qlipha Crystal while the latter has inversed.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His first name means "Samurai's Code", a reference to his loyal personality and dedicated nature.
    • The character for five is right there. The number 11 can be derived from the first character in his given name (士 = 十 + 一 = 10 + 1 = 11).
  • Messy Hair: For most of the series, he carries a mild case of bed hair.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Twice, thanks to Natsumi taking his appearance and screwing around with his classmates.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: To Hiroto.
  • Mysterious Past: We know nothing about his birth parents, his biological sister was a member of DEM when they reunited, and both Phantom and Westcott seems to know something about his real identity.
  • Nice Guy: One trait that draws several of the Spirits towards him.
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Kotori, seeing his real last name is Takamiya, and Mana is his real younger sister. The Itsukas adopted him when he was young.
  • Not So Different: With Tohka. Similar to how Tohka was alone in a world she didn't understand, when Shido was first adopted, he barely responded to anything and Kotori even claimed he looked suicidal. However eventually after a long time, someone was willing to reach out their hand to them and both ended up becoming more cheerful and happy.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Considering that sealing a Spirit's powers causes their Astral Dresses to disappear, and their dresses are manifestations of their power, it means that Shido risks one of these situations ever time he does this.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Tohka sees him about to kiss Yoshino for the second time, just as he was trying to demonstrate what he accidentally did to her the first time! Of course, this is just asking for trouble…
  • Only Sane Man: Considering the company he keeps, it's not really that hard being one.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Dealing with these is the entire plot of Volume 12, as he's somehow become a womanizer.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother abandoned him, his father isn't mentioned, and his foster parents are both working overseas.
  • Physical God: Volume 17 reveals that, thanks to his recreation, he has the potential to become this. His inability to wield multiple Spirit powers at once is only temporary. When he reaches maturity, his power will be comparable to Mio's.
  • Power Parasite: He seals Spirits' powers within himself by kissing them.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Has great make-up skills due to his training as Shiori. He also is a great cook and finds the task enjoyable.
  • Reincarnation: Volume 17 reveals that he is the recreated/reincarnation of Shinji Takamiya, who died 30 years ago protecting Mio, the First Spirit, from Wescott. To save him, Mio absorbed him into her body and carried him in her womb as his surrogate mother. When it was time for her to give birth to him, he had acquired the ability to wield Spirit powers, as Mio intended him to become a Physical God, just like her, thus now making him a human/Spirit hybrid.
  • Say My Name: At least once per volume, usually the name of the arc's focus character.
    • Special mention to volume 1 when he screams Tohka's name after the Fraxinus drops him out the airlock. Recreating the scene is key to undoing Tohka's Despair Event Horizon in Volume 7.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Volume 11 is all about this; unfortunately his initial attempt helped make things go wrong. He got it right the second time... mostly.
  • Skyward Scream: Courtesy of Love Hurts at the end of Rinne Utopia.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Shido is, of course, an Ordinary High-School Student. The necessity to build a harem, though, is baked right into the plot—the danger threatening the world are Apocalypse Maidens called "spirits" who can only be saved by falling in love with him and then kissing Shido.
  • Take a Third Option: Shidou states he cannot stand only having two options; he always works with three in his dating sim training. When limited to two, he forces the third. Just ask the Yamai twins.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Tohka in Volume 1. He would have done this for Kurumi in Volume 4 (while he couldn't heal or cheat death if it hit no less), but Kotori shifted her aim in time. And does it again in volume 11 when he pushes Origami's parents out of the way from one of Origami's laser beams.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Volume 5/episode 4 season 2, Tohka suffers a defeat in battle leaving Shido to watch helplessly as the enemy prepares to carry her away. Wishing he had the power to protect her, he raises his hand helplessly... and a copy of Sandalphon appears.
  • Trapped in Another World: In Memoria Freese's crossover campaign, Ais Catastrophe, he, alongside several members of his harem, find themselves transported into the world of Orario as the result of an unknown cause. It's later revealed that it was the work of a false Kaguya Yamai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Given that he can use the powers of the Spirits he kisses, his level of badassery increases as his harem does. Taken even further when he gains the ability to wield Sandalphon.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Tohka, it's fairly clear that the two have strong feelings for each other, even if neither one has said anything. Considering Shido's experience with girls before meeting her, he may have a case of Cannot Spit It Out.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: When he wields Sandalphon. On one hand, he doesn't have much experience using Spirit powers and he's not even a trained swordsman, so all he can do is swing the sword around like a baseball bat and hope his enemies will run into it. On the other hand, Sandalphon is a magic sword with enormous cutting power, so he can afford to attack his enemies with reckless abandon.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Twice and they both involve Origami:
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In Volume 6 / second half of the anime's 2nd season, he dresses up as "Shiori" to get close to Miku. He pulls it off very well, though Tohka, Origami and even Kurumi see through it at a glance.
  • You Already Changed the Past: Volume 11: His first attempt at changing the future contributes to the exact outcome he wanted to avoid. Surprisingly, the second attempt works and creates a new (better) timeline.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has blue hair, like his real sister.

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