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Asato Tsuzuki

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The Moe, Nice Guy with a massive Sweet Tooth Protagonist of the series. He's worked in the Enmacho Celestial Bureaucracy for 70 years since his death when he was 26.

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

  • Ambiguously Bi: Is very frequently attracted to women, but also enjoys flirting with and teasing Hisoka on occasion.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In the storybook arc. Even Tsuzuki thinks that fem!Tsuzuki looks good.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Tsuzuki has the unfortunate tendency to try to help every suffering person he meets, usually at the cost of personal well-being.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Tatsumi and Watari get accidentally turned on by him when he strips out of his yukata for a bath, The Count has been dogging him for years, Muraki has an unsettling fixation on him, and Hisoka turns Tsundere at the drop of a hat around him.
  • Not So Different: With Hisoka. They were both ostracised, abandoned, and called monsters as children.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Tsuzuki physically stopped aging at 18, lived on until his death at 26, and then worked the last 70 years in the Shokan division.
  • Sexy Priest: When undercover at a catholic school.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: His bright purple eyes are noticed in-story as strange, especially by Muraki.
  • You Are Not Alone: Has to be reminded of this whenever he falls into depression, usually by Tatsumi or Hisoka.

Hisoka Kurosaki

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Tsuzuki's younger, more serious partner.

Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)

  • Abusive Parents: His mother and father locked him in the cellar ever since they found out about his powers. Physical abuse is not touched on, but his mother fervently believed he was a demon. He was disclaimed as her child.
    • Actually, one of Hisoka's flashbacks-presented-as-nightmares features other village children asking him "Did your mother hurt you again?" This implies there was physical abuse, and that it was common knowledge to at least the other children.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Develops feelings for Tsubaki, but also reacts tellingly whenever Tsuzuki teases him.
  • Blessed with Suck: His empathy powers are useful, but can just as eaily make him disoriented or even cause him to pass out.
  • The Cutie: Even (or especially) when he's being tsundere.
  • Kill the Cutie: He is a Shinigami. The cruelty of his death and his suffering before and afterward make it no better.
  • Cooldown Hug: Gives a couple of these to Tsuzuki throughout the Kyoto arc.
  • Covered in Curse Marks: His death-curse is etched all over his body, though it comes and goes at times. It's implied that even thinking about Muraki will cause the marks to appear on Hisoka's body.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Comes across as this in the drama CD when he walks in on Muraki molesting Tsuzuki.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Muraki raped him when he was thirteen and then cursed him to die slowly and painfully over the course of three years. Ouch.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ever since his parents caught wind of his emphatic abilities, Hisoka had been forced to spend an enormous amount of time locked in the cellar of his home for using them. Moreover, it is his empathy that forces him to feel the emotions of others whether he likes it or not. Even after Hisoka becomes a Shinigami, the thoughts and emotions of others—or particularly gruesome visions—could overwhelm him and send his brain into overdrive.
    • Muraki raped him at the age of thirteen and then cursed him to die slowly and painfully over the next three years after Hisoka manages to get outside for the night and witness him murder a woman. Hisoka could have died quickly enough, but Muraki wanted to draw things out. His reason? Because Hisoka was so beautiful, his death had to be 'special'.
  • Declaration of Protection: Has a variation of this toward Tsuzuki. He swears that even should everyone else disappear from Tsuzuki's life, he'll stay by his side.
  • Distressed Dude: Falls into this occasionally.
  • Family Theme Naming: All the members of his family have an aquatic name. Aside from "secret," the character for his first name (密) is more commonly read as "dense."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tsuzuki, although the heterosexual part is up for debate.
  • Ill Boy: Even in the afterlife, he encounters side-effects from his empathy (being in large crowds and/or witnessing a particularly gruesome vision) and curse marks (whenever Muraki is nearby). Hisoka is also extremely sensitive to the sun and he can't hold his liquor well at all.
  • Luminescent Blush: Several times, and usually in response to something Tsuzuki says/does.
  • Meaningful Name: The characters in Hisoka's full name (黒崎 密) translate to "Kurosaki secret" when put together. Considering he spent the majority of his life hidden away in a cellar, that's rather apt.
    • It gets more depressing when you consider it was originally his older sister's name, and all first born girls are killed, implying Nagare would have kept her alive as his "secret" if he could have.
  • Mr. Fanservice: All the girls go wild when he enters the scene.
  • Not So Different: With Tsuzuki. They were both ostracised, abandoned, and called monsters as children.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Begs Tsuzuki not to leave him all alone again when Tsuzuki tries to kill himself. It works.
  • Power Incontinence: Sometimes Hisoka can't control his power to absorb emotions and he passes out.
  • Together in Death: Tries to invoke this with Tsuzuki at the end of the Kyoto arc, at least in the manga, since he can't bear the thought of being alone again. Tatsumi saves them both.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tsuzuki.
    Hisoka: Even if everyone else in your life disappears, I’ll always be here by your side.
  • You Are Not Alone: Constantly has to remind Tsuzuki that he's there for him, even if Tsuzuki isn't receptive to the comfort. Tatsumi actually implores him to stay with Tsuzuki, and Hisoka decides that even should everyone else turn their back on Tsuzuki, he'll always remain by his side.

Chief Konoe

Tsuzuki and the others' boss, the Father To His Men Chief of the Shokan Division.



Seiichiro Tatsumi

Chief Konoe's Sexy Secretary at Enmacho who terrorizes the division about expenses and work. He used to be Tsuzuki's partner.


  • Berserk Button: Hurt Tsuzuki and you will pay.
    • He gets a pretty crazed expression when he promises Tsuzuki he won't let anybody harm Hisoka, too.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He does this to Nagare in Hisoka's stead.
    "Does your house... your land... your tradition mean so much to you? So much that you'd let your own son die without seeking treatment?!"
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Toward Tsuzuki. He implores Hisoka to take care of him after he failed to do so, and during the storybook arc his counterpart character outright states this toward Tsuzuki's counterpart. Keep in mind that the characters in the book share the thoughts and feelings as their real counterparts.
  • My Greatest Failure: Letting Tsuzuki go.

Yutaka Watari

The division's resident quirky Mad Scientist.

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki

  • Nightmare Fetishist: In the dub, at least, he sounds WAY too enthusiastic about murder victims and demons.

Kazutaka Muraki

Everyone's favorite Creepy Awesome Stalker with a Crush Deadly Doctor. The main antagonist of the series.

Voiced by: Show Hayami

  • Badass Normal: Muraki doesn't actually have powers the way the shinigami do, so it's astonishing that he's been able to give them so much trouble.
  • Beauty Is Bad: How many characters who've said that Muraki looks like a white angel have died horribly?
  • Bi the Way: He's in love with Tsuzuki, but also has a long-time girlfriend who the audience has never seen.
  • Big Bad: Especially in the anime, where there's only one arc where he isn't directly responsible for the horrible things everyone goes through.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Hisoka remembers vividly the horrible things he did to him but it's just another day in the life for Muraki.
  • Hero Killer: In a sense. He killed Hisoka but hasn't "killed" any of the shinigami, who are already dead.
  • Karma Houdini: He really doesn't get justice for all of the horrible crimes he's committed.
  • Slimeball: A handsome one, but a slimeball nonetheless.
  • Smug Snake: Driven home by the dub, where his voice has a smugly superior sounding tone to it.

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     Supporting characters 

Saya Torii and Yuma Fukiya

Hajime Terazuma

Wakaba Kannuki

  • Ship Tease: With Terazuma.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only named female who besides Saya, Yuma and Suzaku who appears multiple times and doesn't suffer a gruesome death.

Goshoshin'

Hakushaku

Enma-Daioh

Suzaku

  • Giant Flyer: A huge phoenix.
  • Mama Bear: To Tsuzuki, especially in the Kyoto Arc where she attacks a girl-turned-monster that Muraki sent to kill Tsuzuki with. Unfortunately, this leads to Tsuzuki losing his mind and going catatonic. Lampshaded by Tatsumi, who compares her protectiveness to a mother bird protecting her chicks.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: See Mama Bear above.
  • Undying Loyalty: Taken to the extreme in the Kyoto Arc, where she remains loyal to Tsuzuki even after he loses his mind (something that would normally lead a shikigami to abandon or try to kill their master).

     Supporting human characters 

Maria Wong

  • Driven to Suicide: Committed suicide because of how much her mother used her. Her mother made a deal with Muraki to bring her back.
  • Evil Diva: Appears to be one, though it turns out that she's not exactly "evil".

Maria's stepmother

Hisae Tojyou

Hijiri Minase

Kazusa Otonashi

  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In the anime, she dies offscreen and yet somehow comes back to watch Hijiri's performance, with no explanation. In the manga, she sort of becomes a shinigami (most likely because her True Sight would prove useful), which is explained to Hijiri in the hospital scene (a scene the anime cut her out of).
  • Back from the Dead: Kind of. She's still dead, but now she's a shinigami!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls one to save Hijiri.
  • Infant Immortality: ...is what she doesn't have.
  • Mysterious Waif: A minor example; she was suddenly orphaned, she's being pursuied by a demon, can somehow see its true form and invokes a protective impulse in the main characters.
  • True Sight: Can see the true forms of demons.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After she dies, her soul is brought back and Hisoka promises Hijiri that they'll look after her. She is never seen again afterward. She does appear in a flashback in the anime, though.
    • While she doesn't make an appearance herself, her toys are shown strewn around Tsuzuki's room later on in the manga, they actually are looking after her on a personal level.

Tsubaki Kakyouin

Eileen

Oriya Mibu

  • Affably Evil: The term "evil" only applies because he's allied with Muraki. For the most part, he's polite and amicable, and even gives Hisoka a fighting chance to save Tsuzuki.
  • Friend to Psychos: When you're best bros with Muraki, this is kind of a requirement.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Muraki. This being "Yami no Matsuei", however, the term "heterosexual" should be used very, very loosely.

Saki Shudou

Ukyou Sakuraiji

Kurosaki Iwao

Kurosaki Nagare

  • Abusive Parent
  • Driven to Suicide: Attempted, at least. Fortunately Tatsumi finds him before he bleeds out.
    Nagare, crying: "This time, I thought I could go where Kasane and the children are..."
  • Meaningful Name: The character for "Nagare" (流) stands for "flow," "stream," and "current." He has a water serpent inside of him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In his monologue, he outright states he put effort into becoming someone worthy of the Kurosaki clan. He was pleased when his father declared him heir, since he took it as a sign he was finally accepted by he predecessor.

Kurosaki Rui


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