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Characters that appear in Ga-Rei and its prequel Ga-Rei -Zero-. Beware unmarked spoilers for both.

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    Kensuke Nimura 
Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

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The protagonist. Kensuke is an Ordinary Highschool Student who has had the ability to see ghosts ever since he was a kid. Because of this, he always felt different, but things changed after meeting Kagura.


  • Accidental Pervert: He has typical erotic accidents more than once, such as unintentionally seeing her naked or groping her breasts.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ken-chan, from Kagura.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kensuke's parents run a kendo dojo, and his boisterous father frequently goes on overseas trips to take advantage of foreign fascination with samurai. He considers them an embarrassment and remarks to Kagura that it's better they don't come home.
  • Battle Couple: He and Kagura gradually fall in love as they fight evil spirits together.
  • Cool Shades: When fighting, he sometimes dons a pair of sunglasses.
  • Covert Pervert: He's constantly imagining ecchi situations with Kagura — especially early on — and low-key freaking out about them. The only reason he agreed to join the Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Department in the first place was because a gust of wind gave him a look at her panties.
  • Declaration of Protection: He swears he will protect Kagura several times.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: He's The Hero and the main POV character through the first part of the manga. After he saves Kagura from the Kyuubi, Kensuke's role is significantly reduced as the focus is on Kagura and Yomi/Izumi and Kagura still has to remember him because she lost her memory. From that point on, Kensuke only acts as Kagura's love interest and protector.
  • Disney Death: Setsuna kills him to get the Bane Stone out of his chest. Soon after, Kagura accepts to become the new host of the Kyuubi to resurrect Kensuke.
  • Energy Absorption: As a guardian of the White Priestess, he has the power to absorb and purify spirtual energy.
  • Eye Color Change: When he taps into the Bane Stone shard that Yomi gave him to attack Mitogawa, his sclera turn black and his pupils into vertical slits.
  • Face of a Thug: He's noted to sometimes have a scary appearance, causing a the ghost of a young girl who'd been following him and Kagura on their date to break down in tears.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His main weapon are swords.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: At the start of the series, anyways. He hated being able to see things no one else around him could see and felt like a freak. Meeting Kagura and other people with Spiritual power helped him finally feel normal.
  • I See Dead People: He has the ability to see ghosts and spirits, something that has made it hard for him to live a normal life.
  • Master Swordsman: His father trained him extensively in kendo, and he continues to improve over the course of the series.
  • The Power of Love: Kensuke is capable of channelling his love for Kagura in order to in order to absorb miasma, and can channel it into the Michael Revolution to cut through dimensions... though doing so gives him a temporary bald spot.
  • Ordinary Highschool Student: He's a completely normal high school guy who just happens to be able to see spirits. When his powers put him in danger, he meets the exorcist girl Kagura who then introduces him to her world and lets him join her fight against evil spirits.
  • Reincarnation: He is the reincarnation of Okama Zankuro's apprentice.
  • Scars Are Forever: He gets a scar across his right eye.
  • Shoo the Dog: Done almost literally when he tells the tanuki Team Pet that he should return to the mountains now that Setsuna taking over the Juugondou will make things too dangerous. The tanuki still comes back to protect Kensuke.
  • Soul Power: He's noted to be spiritually powerful enough to see ghosts, which are drawn to him. He resented this ever since he was a child and lashed out at them until meeting Kagura, who is able to exorcise them.
  • Sword Beam: Using the Michael 12, he could channel his spiritual energy into it and fire a blast powerful enough to wound the Tengu.
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    Kagura Tsuchimiya 
Voiced by: Minori Chihara (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

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The heroine of the story. Her spiritual beast is the Ga-Rei Byakuei (which she calls Shirou), an inugami who resembles a large white dragon.


  • Aborted Declaration of Love: In one of the early chapters, she confesses to Kensuke that she likes him only to chicken out and say that Iwahata is the one who likes him.
  • The Ace: After she gets amnesia, she tries out various normal activities like cooking and sports and excels at all of them, garnering admiration from her classmates — as before her amnesia she had been holding back to uphold the masquerade.
  • Action Girlfriend: Meeting her changes Kensuke's entire life and gets him involved in the world of exorcists.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes are brown in the manga while the prequel anime made them blue.
  • Amnesiac Hero: After being freed from the Kyuubi, she has amnesia and slowly regains her memories.
  • Amnesiac Lover: After she's freed from the Kyuubi, Kagura loses her memories, which resets her relationship with Kensuke back to zero. She does remember him near the end of the manga and they become a couple.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: As the host of the Kyuubi, she annihilates a sizable chunk of Tokyo and would have gone on to devastate all of Japan had she not been stopped.
  • Battle Couple: She and Kensuke slowly form into an exorcist couple as they overcome battles together.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When tapping into the full power of the Bane Stone, her sclera turn black with pupil-less irises; though she stops just before fully succumbing to its corruption and becoming an onryō like Yomi.
  • Break the Cutie: The prequel anime is a about a younger, timid Kagura being put through hell. Yomi, the person closest to her, becomes crippled for life because of Mitogawa's schemes and is accused of murdering her cousin. Kagura tries to believe in Yomi and be there for her, but is disheartened when Yomi admits having killed her cousin. Yomi then uses a Bane Stone to heal herself, but is corrupted by it. Kagura has to watch Yomi massacre their allies and her own father. Ultimately, Kagura kills Yomi to put an end to the tragedy, which clearly destroys poor Kagura inside.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Yomi's Cain. They were like sisters to each other and shared a very close bond until Mitogawa gave Yomi the Bane Stone that turned her evil. Yomi killed many exorcists and Kagura's father, leaving Kagura no choice but to kill Yomi. However, Yomi's corrupted soul still came back as an onryo and Kagura had to exorcise her with Kensuke's help. Despite everything, Kagura still loved Yomi and lamented they were never able to live happily as sisters.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She becomes easily jealous when other girls like Shizuru show interest in Kensuke.
  • Closet Key: For Izumi, who realizes she is a lesbian after falling in love with Kagura.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Bits of it are shown in the manga, but the full extent of it is explored in the prequel anime.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She doesn't like to eat century eggs. To make it worse, Yomi would cook them for dinner whenever Kagura lost to her in a videogame.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Kagura has both Yomi and Izumi express an attraction towards her — the later mostly because she's the pseudo-reincarnation of the former.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She's the only one who dares to eat the insects Noriyuki cooks when the group is hiding.
  • Gamer Chick: She aces all the games at the arcade and has a lot of videogames in her room. According to -Zero-, Yomi was the one who got her into this hobby.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Her jealousy over Shizuru trying to take Kensuke away from her makes her overly self-conscious over her feelings for him.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Despite knowing the value of protecting humans from evil spirits, Kagura deep down hated the occupation of the exorcists as she really saw no meaning in her and her allies constantly risking their lives for people they don't even know. That hatred became stronger after the tragedy with Yomi. What Kagura always wished for was a peaceful life where she and Yomi could be together as normal sisters.
  • Identity Amnesia: After the incident with the Kyuubi, Kagura wakes up from her coma with no memories of who she is except for her name.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She gets blue eyes in the prequel anime, showcasing her inexperience and the innocence she would lose after losing her father and Yomi.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: She was forced to kill her beloved sister figure Yomi after the latter was corrupted by a Bane Stone and went on a mass murder spree against the exorcists.
  • Laser Blade: Later on, she gets an energy lance that she pulls out from Shiro's tail.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Yomi said that she could endure anything as long as she had Kagura by her side. Even after losing her adoptive father, her inherence and being crippled for life, Yomi didn't cross the Despair Event Horizon until it seemed like Kagura would leave her for murdering Mei. After her soul was corrupted, it was Yomi's love for Kagura which let her retain a bit of her sanity.
  • Lost Food Grievance: She gets angry at Shizuru for wasting dinner, even if that dinner was a bunch of insects.
  • Love Martyr: To Yomi after her return in the manga. Despite the evil things Yomi did while under the control of the Bane Stone and the fact Yomi is now an Apocalypse Maiden, Kagura does everything in her power to protect Yomi, being determined to not let her sister figure die all over again even if that means becoming an enemy of the Agency. Yomi herself believes she doesn't deserve Kagura's devotion after she has done nothing but hurt her.
  • Mercy Kill: She had to kill Yomi after the latter was possessed by a Bane Stone and massacred many of their fellow exorcists.
  • Ms. Fanservice: No one in the manga has more nude scenes than Kagura.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: When acting as the host of the Kyuubi, Kagura subconsciously wishes for Yomi to return to life. Yomi then manifests as a Split Personality of a girl named Izumi, but poses a great danger due to the miasma Yomi produces attracting monsters and Yomi is meant to become the Black Priestess who will destroy the world. Despite all this, Kagura is determined to not let Yomi's tragedy repeat itself and gives it her all to save Yomi's soul this time.
  • New Transfer Student: She shows up at Kensuke's class as a transfer student at the end of the first chapter.
  • Plucky Girl: High-spirited and always ready to face evil spirits without fear.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: She mainly relies on Shiro for battle.
  • Protectorate: Kensuke's main motivation is to protect Kagura from anything. When Yomi is good, her greatest goal is also to protect Kagura from any danger, including herself.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Setsuna Imawano mortally wounds Kensuke, Kagura releases the seal on her Bane Stone shard and willingly taps into its dark power in an attempt to obliterate her, nearly transforming into an onryō like Yomi had.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Ga-Rei Zero reveals her relationship with Yomi was like this while the latter was still alive, with them bathing together and playing the Pocky game.
  • She Is All Grown Up: As lecherously observed by Noriyuki, in the two years between Ga-Rei Zero and Ga-Rei Kagura went from being a young girl to a young woman; and as a result of Art Evolution continued to become increasingly busty over the course of the series.
  • Shipper on Deck: She actively supported Yomi's engagement to Noriyuki and wanted to see them get along better.
  • Shrinking Violet: In the prequel anime, Kagura is quite timid and unsure of herself as a young teenager.
  • Summon Magic: She has an inugami called Shiro/Byakuei sealed inside her, which she uses to vanquish evil spirits.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: She's a skilled martial artist with superhuman physical abilities.
  • Stepford Smiler: She hides a lot of sorrows behind that smile.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost exactly like her mother did, but younger.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: She killed her Cool Big Sis Yomi in an act of self-defense after Yomi was corrupted by the Bane Stone, killed Kagura's father and then tried to kill Kagura.
  • Synchronization: The chains of Byakuei connect its soul to Kagura's and whenever Byakuei gets injured, Kagura will get hurt as well.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her droopy eyes highlight her cuteness and serve a direct contrast to Yomi's Tsurime Eyes, since Kagura is the younger one and more inexperienced of the two.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Yomi after she's brought back as a Split Personality of Izumi. In spite of all the evil things Yomi did because of the Bane Stone and knowing she could destroy the world, Kagura refuses to let Yomi die again and goes to great lengths to protect her this time.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her father's death at hands of Mei and being rendered quadriplegic by Mitogawa already had Yomi on the border of breaking down. Then Kagura tells Yomi she believes she isn't the type of person who would murder Mei out of hatred, which Yomi doesn't deny because she did kill Mei for killing her father. Shaken by Yomi's silent confession, Kagura cries and leaves Yomi's hospital room. Believing Kagura has abandoned her, Yomi finally crosses the Despair Event Horizon and accepts the Bane Stone from Mitogawa to heal her body. However, the Bane Stone also corrupts Yomi, causing her to go in a murder spree against the exorcists that were once her allies and murders Kagura's father. Kagura is forced to kill Yomi to stop her.

    Shizuru Imawano 
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The daughter of the leader of the Juugondou clan. Since the techniques of her family were banned centuries ago, her family works as a supernatural mafia. Her spirit beast is Kuroford, the second strongest after Byakuei.


  • But Not Too Foreign: She's part-Japanese, part European; being descended from a sect of onmyōji who escaped overseas and got involved in organized crime.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Setsuna's Cain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Her father uses her dying moments to tell her to surrender to the SDCD and live on. In return, Shizuru gets angry at him for only trying to act like a decent father when he's about to die even though he made her and her sister into killers.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Since Shizuru believes she can only rely on herself, she's very unhappy with Kagura saving her from a spirit jellyfish.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She was raised in a culture of organized crime and taught to kill from a young age, molding her into a Social Darwinist with a secret desire for a normal life. She sought to claim the Bane Stones for her father so that he could rule over the world of organized crime, but after he was fatally wounded protecting her from her own sister his last words for her were to live a normal life.
  • Fingore: While trying to help Kagura and Izumi escape the SDCD, she gets the fingers on her left hand cut off.
  • Forced into Evil: She was forced into the role of a Mafia Princess from a young age, and goes along with her father's plans because she feels there's no turning back or redemption.
  • Gratuitous English: She peppers her speech with short English sentences to highlight the fact that she's not from Japan.
  • The Gunslinger: She primarily fights with handguns.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was an antagonist during the first half of the Juugondō arc, but she became an ally and close friend of Kagura and Kensuke after her sister tried to kill her and doing some soul-searching with Izuna.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She confesses to Kensuke that deep down she just wants a normal life free from the death and corruption of organized crime, though she sees herself as too-far gone — at least until her father sacrifices himself to save her and she's taken in by the SDCD.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: According to colored pages and covers, she's either a blonde with reddish brown eyes or white-haired with blue-green eyes.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: After the incident with the Kyuubi, Shizuru leaves Tokyo since the Juugondou is finished and her older sister has disappeared once again, so Shizuru needs to find her own path from now on.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a busty half-foreign girl who blatantly flirts with Kensuke, propositions that he become her "slave" in lieu of her just cutting him open to get the Bane Stone shard embedded in his body, jokingly offering to sleep with him, and opening her shirt to expose her Bane stone... and ample cleavage.
  • New Transfer Student: She transfer to Kensuke's school to get closer to him.
  • Not So Different: Shizuru and Kagura have very similar lives, from being the heiresses of a clan involved in the supernatural and being forced to kill people to having older sisters who turned on them.
  • The Rival: She is initially one to Kagura; taking a liking to Kensuke and flirting with him, while seeking to collect all the Bane Stone shards in order to seize control of the criminal underworld for her father.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Her father made her kill from a young age as part of the family business, which is why Shizuru believes she can't live as anything other than a killer.
  • Tsundere: After her Heel–Face Turn, she acts like Kagura is still her enemy but it's obvious that they're friends.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Like her sister, she has white hair and is a member of a criminal syndicate; though after her Heel–Face Turn it loses this significance.

    Izumi Isoyama 
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A transfer student from one of the schools that were destroyed in the devastation in Tokyo. Her appearance is very similar to that of Yomi's, but according to the agency there is no relation between the two.


  • Ambiguously Bi: Izumi develops a very blatant crush on Kagura and angsts about it during the "Spiritual Consultant" arc. After Kagura rescues her and Yomi from the SDCD, Izumi tells Kagura that while at first she thought she was "turning lesbian" she now knows her feelings stem from Yomi's love bleeding over into her — though she states she has no intention of giving up on Kagura and that she would be OK with being in a relationship with her. However, the epilogue implies she hooked up with Tanaka.
  • Back from the Dead: She was killed during the Kyuubi's attack on Tokyo, crushed by a crowd of panicked civilians. When Yomi was chosen as the Black Priestess, Izumi was revived to become Yomi's vessel.
  • Gayngst: During the "Spiritual Consultant" arc she angsts to Tanaka about her crush on Kagura, wondering if she's strange for liking another girl.
  • Identical Stranger: Her face and name are nearly identical to Yomi's. Turns out she's Yomi's host.
  • If It's You, It's OK: Insists that she's not a lesbian, but admits she would be fine with hooking up with Kagura.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Due to Yomi's feelings for Kagura bleeding over into her, Izumi develops a crush on Kagura. However, when she confesses her feelings to Kagura while the latter is amnesic, she is turned down for Kensuke despite Kagura not possessing any memories of her relationship with him.
  • Ironic Fear: She's initially terrified of ghosts — ironic for someone who's technically dead, and due to Yomi possessing her she attracts them like flies to rotting meat.
  • Morality Pet: She serves as one for Yomi, who would've committed suicide had it not meant taking Izumi's life as well.
  • New Transfer Student: She transfers to Kagura's class after the incident with the Kyuubi since Izumi's old school and home were in what is now a restricted area.
  • Parting Words Regret: On the last day she saw her father alive, they had an argument that ended with her telling him she was going to leave him like her mother did. After the Kyuubi attacked and her father became an evil spirit, Izumi lamented what she said.
  • Sharing a Body: It's revealed that Yomi's soul was implanted into her body, enabling the onryō to sometimes takes control of her.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She easily attracts ghosts to herself. This is caused by the miasma of Yomi's soul inside her body.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When the SDCD casually kill the corrupted ghost of her father right in front of her, she lashes out at them in rage, though the SDCD disregard her protests and insist they're doing the right thing in purging the spirits.

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    Kyōko Mikado 

An agent of the Ministry and heir of her clan.


  • Mystical White Hair: She's got white hair — or at least a wig — signifying her status as the heir of one of the most-powerful onmyōji families in Japan.
  • It's Personal: Goes after an onry! that took out her Shikigami, seeing as an insult to her pride.
  • Paper Talisman: Her weapon of choice are ofuda charms and shikigami, which she can use to create humanoid constructs and deflect attacks.
  • Put on a Bus: She starts out as one of the main characters but is quickly sidelined and returns to Kyoto after the SDCD is shut down.
  • Shipper on Deck: She tries to get Kagura to confess her feelings for Kensuke, and supports their relationship.
  • Summon Magic: She controls Shikigami, which she can use to create constructs to fight with.

    Noriyuki Izuna 
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

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An old friend of Kagura and ex-fiancé of Yomi.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Nori-chan, from Kagura.
  • Altar Diplomacy: He was engaged to Yomi solely because his father wanted a piece of the Isayama family's prestige, and as soon as Yomi was crippled and accused of murder the engagement was cancelled.
  • Animal Eye Spy: He can see through the eyes of his Kudagitsune for purposes of espionage. Thanks to this, he can still see perfectly fine even after he's poisoned by Mitogawa and left blind.
  • Badass Longcoat: After becoming a spirit, he wears a long coat to look cooler.
  • The Beastmaster: He controls Kudagitsune, or spirit pipe foxes, using them for spying and battle.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He had this with Yomi back when she was alive. They would fight, argue and yell at each other no matter how obvious it was that they were in love.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: He's blinded by Mitogawa, but this doesn't slow him down at all and most people don't even realize he can't see.
  • Clear Their Name: When Yomi was suspected of murdering her cousin for status, Noriyuki did everything in his power to prove her innocence. Sadly, he found proof way too late.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He looks and acts like an incredibly sketchy Handsome Lech, yet is a very skilled fighter and an effective mentor to multiple characters.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He's fatally wounded while protecting Yomi/Izumi and dies as she holds him in her arms.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: After taking a fatal hit for her, he confesses to Yomi that he never stopped loving her.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Kagura and other agents don't like hanging out with him because he's such an obnoxious pervert.
  • Friendly Ghost: At the end of the manga, Noriyuki stays around as a ghost after he's killed so he can be together with Yomi who is now Kagura's new Guardian Entity and he still helps the exorcists in missions.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles as he dies after protecting Yomi/Izumi.
  • Guardian Entity: He's bonded to a pack of tube foxes that he uses to gather information and spy on people.
  • Handicapped Badass: He loses his eyesight because of Mitogawa's poison, but he can still put up a good fight by using his foxes as his eyes.
  • Handsome Lech: He flirts with just about every attractive girl he meets, which is a source of annoyance for Kagura but plays into his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass schtick.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Even if he loves to grope her, Noriyuki is an older brother figure to Kagura.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's quite the pervert and likes to grope Kagura's breasts.
  • Magic Staff: He wields a Buddhist khakkhara as a polearm, and can use it to channel his onmyōdō.
  • The Mourning After: He never got over Yomi's death and it had a big impact in his personality.
  • My Greatest Failure: He always regretted not having been able to do anything to save Yomi after the Bane Stone corrupted her.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: After he finds out Yomi has returned inside Izumi's body, Noriyuki refuses to lose Yomi a third time and dies protecting her.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He likes to get touchy-feely with attractive women.
  • Oblivious Mockery: In the prequel anime, Yomi once put on perfume to seem more attractive to Noriyuki. When Noriyuki said he smelled something bad, Kagura said she was the one trying on a perfume, to which Noriyuki jokingly said that she should use less or else she would smell like an old lady. Yomi got so mad that she threw hot coffee at his face.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: His engagement to Yomi was arranged by his father for purely political reasons, but there's no doubt that even if they never stopped arguing, Yomi and Noriyuki loved each other. That their engagement was cut off because of Yomi being crippled was heartbreaking for both of them.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: The reason why his eyes no longer reflect light after his fight with Mitogawa is because he was left blind from the poison.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is killed when the Japanese government decides to assassinate Izumi/Yomi in order to prevent her from awakening to her destiny as the Black Priestess. This pushes Yomi across the Despair Event Horizon again and causes her to embrace said destiny as the Black Priestess.
  • Sinister Scythe: After Yomi turns him into a spirit, Noriyuki wields a scythe.
  • Taking the Bullet: He dies after he saved Yomi/Izumi from a stab meant for her.
  • Together in Death: He gets a more uplifting version of this with Yomi at the end of the manga. Noriyuki dies protecting Yomi and Yomi's soul is purified thanks to Kagura's love for her. Now that Yomi's soul is linked to Kagura's, Noriyuki decides not to pass on yet so he can be together with Yomi as ghosts.
  • The Trickster: His easygoing and cheerful personality, conman tendencies, and lecherous attitude have him called a trickster by many of the other characters, though he's capable of being serious when the situation calls for it.
  • Two First Names: His family name Izuna can also be used as a given name in Japan.

    Mine Mikado 

Head of the Ministry as well as Kyōko's grandmother.


  • I Was Quite a Looker: In her youth during World War II, she was an attractive young woman.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She's a positively tiny middle-aged woman and Koyoko's grandmother.
  • Mystical White Hair: While she's now bald and wears a wig, in her youth she had white hair signifying her mystical prowess.
  • Old Soldier: She was a young woman during World War II, and faced off against Shizuru Imawano's father — who was fighting on the side of the Americans.

    Michael Kohara 
Voiced by: Hirokazu Hiramatsu (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

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A large man from Australia. He is Iwahata's master and the creator of most of the Ministry of Environment's weapons from the practical guns and swords to irons and boilers.


  • The Blacksmith: He practices Japanese swordsmithing.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an eccentric exhibitionist and the weapons he makes can be all sort of... creative. Yet, his skills as an inventor of weapons are top-notch.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He's a tall man with white hair and occidental features, and usually lives in Australia; but he has a Japanese last name, indicating that he's at least partially of Japanese descent.
  • The Hermit: He lives in isolation in the mountains of Japan.
  • Funny Afro: His afro along with his habit of walking around in the fundoshi makes him very funny-looking.
  • Funny Foreigner: He speaks bad Japanese with a foreign accent, frequently mixing in some English words.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's a very well-built man who wears nothing but a fundoshi — traditional Japanese undergarments. This has gotten him arrested for indecent exposure in the past...
  • Naked People Are Funny: He walks around in public wearing nothing but a fundoshi, usually freaking people out. He tends to be arrested by the police for indecent exposure.
  • Powered Armor: He dons a suit of totally-not-Iron Man armor to hold off the SDCD when they try to kill Yomi following her resurrection.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: He gets himself and Kensuke onboard a Ghost Train to force Kensuke to figure out how to properly use Michael Revolution before the train reaches its final stop in the underworld.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: He can turn just about anything — even a clothes iron — into a tool for exorcism.
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    Sozaemon Mikado 

The protagonist of the spinoff Ga-Rei: Tsuina no shou. He's an exorcist for the Kyoto division of the Counter-measure department.


  • Guardian Entity: He can summon a two-headed samurai Shikigami called Shuwaretsu.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While very abravise and aloof, the spinoff makes it clear that he does have a good side and that some of his attitude towards others comes form trauma.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: He advocated for killing Kagura when she became the Kyuubi's host, and for killing Izumi when she was discovered to contain Yomi's soul.
  • My Greatest Failure: Rushed into a fight as a child that resulted in his parents getting killed.
  • Mystical White Hair: Like his sister and grandmother, he has white hair signifying his status as a powerful onmyōji.

Antagonists

    Yomi Isayama 
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

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Sister-figure of Kagura who turned evil because of the power of the Bane Stone. She was killed by Kagura herself and has turned completely evil in her afterlife.


  • Adaptation Expansion: The -Zero- anime greatly expands on Yomi's past, her relationships with Kagura and Izuna when she was human and depicts her Start of Darkness and death in far more detail than the manga ever did, changing her from a standard villain to an immensely sympathetic Fallen Hero.
  • Adoption Diss: Yomi was loved by her adoptive father and he had full trust in her to become a good family head. However, her father's brother disapproved of an adopted child becoming the successor of the Isayama family and he believed his daughter Mei was much better fit for the position. While Mei didn't express her dissatisfaction as openly as her father, she was secretly envious and resentful as she would have been the only heir if Yomi had never been adopted. For this, Yomi was treated coldly and looked down on by her adopted uncle and cousin.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While she pretended that she was engaged to Noriyuki out of obligation to her family, it was obvious she was in love with him despite their constant arguing. However, while she was alive she was very flirtatious towards Kagura — even kissing her to swipe the last bite of Pocky. After her resurrection, her jealousy towards Kensuke's relationship with Kagura so intense that Izumi can feel it; and when confessing her feelings to Kagura, Izumi states that the love she feels for Kagura is bleeding over from Yomi. However, Izumi states that Yomi's love for Kagura is "sisterly" and the one Yomi loves romantically is still Noriyuki.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: She is chosen by the Kyuubi to be the Black Priestess, destined to bring about the destruction of humanity. Sozaemon realizes that destroying her as the Black Priestess would prove to the World that humanity is beyond redemption and instigate the final stage Destruction Program, and has the other onmyōji stand down.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the manga, after being corrupted by the Bane Stone she becomes consumed by bloodlust and hatred, slaughtering those who were once her comrades and maniacally declaring her intent to destroy everything.
  • Battle Aura: As the Black Priestess, she radiates an aura of miasma that intensifies when she's angry.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Happens this quite often thanks to the loose and short seifuku shirt Yomi wears.
  • BFS:
    • As illustrated in Chapter 10, Shishio is a black-bladed nodachi as long as Yomi is tall.
    • After accepting her role as the Black Priestess, Yomi manifests a massive nine-branched sword.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The prequel shows she and Noriyuki argued and fought constantly, both claiming they were only engaged because their parents decided so. Obviously, the two were actually happy they would marry each other.
  • Big Sister Instinct: As a human, Yomi's main priority was to care for and protect Kagura as an older sister. In fact, she wanted to protect Kagura so much that she let her kill her so she wouldn't hurt Kagura. Once she's brought back free from the Bane Stone, Yomi once again does everything she can to protect Kagura. At the end of the manga, Yomi fuses herself with Kagura's soul to save Kagura's life after Byakuei is killed.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: As an onryō and the Black Priestess, she has black sclera, red irises, and Hellish Pupils that accentuate her corrupted status.
  • Break the Cutie: She was a perky and sweet-natured girl until Mitogawa appeared and everything went downhill for her.
  • Breakout Villain: While she was vanquished at the end of the first arc, the popularity of Ga-Rei -Zero- led to her being brought back as one of the good guys.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. Kagura was saddened when Yomi indirectly admitted she killed her own cousin Mei and Yomi was convinced that Kagura would never forgive her for it. However, Kagura was just stunned by the revelation; she still loved Yomi and wanted to be on her side. Unfortunately, being given the impression that Kagura had abandoned her finally pushed Yomi over the edge and made her accept the Bane Stone that corrupted her.
  • Cain and Abel: An extremely tragic Cain to Kagura's Abel. The two loved each other as sisters, but then Yomi had her life ruined by Mitogawa and was corrupted by the Bane Stone, turning her into Kagura's enemy. Kagura was forced to kill Yomi and later, exorcise her after she returned as an evil ghost.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • She has never been fond of seeing Noriyuki flirting with other women.
    • Izumi notes that whenever she looks at Kensuke and Kagura together she feels disquieting jealousy, and after Yomi takes over to save Kagura from the Jinmengyo she quietly whispers that she won't let anyone take Kagura from her again.
  • Cool Big Sis: She was a caring, playful and protective big sister figure who was dearly loved and admired by Kagura before her life went downhill.
  • Cool Sword: In life and as an onryō, she wielded a supernatural nodachi called Shishio, which contained the nue Ranguren. As the Black Priestess, she can summon a seven-branched BFS.
  • The Corruption: At her moment of greatest despair, Yomi accepts the Bane Stone from Mitogawa. It corrupts her soul and turns her into an evil onryo.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In her human life, Yomi dressed in a black school uniform and her spiritual beast is a chimera-like monster with an extremely frightening appearance. Yomi was a truly good and heroic person until Mitogawa gave her the Bane Stone.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • She loses her adoptive father, is rendered crippled for life and mute and her engagement to Noriyuki is cut off because of her condition. The last straw is when she thinks Kagura has abandoned her for murdering Mei in cold blood. Having lost everything and everyone dear to her, she accepts the Bane Stone when Mitogawa offers it to her, which corrupts her soul.
    • She crosses it once again after being brought back in the manga. Seeing Noriyuki getting killed while protecting her causes Yomi to have a breakdown and give in to her fate as the Black Priestess. Fortunately, this time her soul is saved thanks to Kagura's love.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After Mitogawa snatches the Bane Stone from her forehead, Izuna holds her vanishing head in his hands until she completely disappears.
  • Don't Look at Me!: She pleads Kagura to not look as the miasma is trying to corrupt her and turn her back into an evil specter.
  • Doom Magnet: After returning as the Black Priestess, Yomi spreads an aura of heavy miasma around her, which makes specters attack her.
  • Driven to Villainy: Despite the atrocities she commits in the first arc of the manga, Yomi didn't become a villain by choice. In life, she was a very good person and a Cool Big Sis to Kagura. Mitogawa was the one who systematically ruined Yomi's life by manipulating everything so Yomi killed her own cousin in revenge for her father and then her rendered crippled and mute while everyone suspects her of having murdered her cousin for nothing but status. When it seems even Noriyuki and Kagura have abandoned her, Yomi fell into despair and accepted the Bane Stone from Mitogawa to heal herself, but in exchange it possessed her and amplified her hatred for the world that made her suffer.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: After allowing Kagura to put her out of her misery, Yomi embraces her and tells her that she loves her as her precious little sister.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has jet-black hair and pale skin, just to give you a sign that you should be wary around her.
  • Eye Scream: Mitogawa's attack caused her to lose one eye.
  • Fallen Hero: She was a genuinely good person who dedicated herself to being an exorcist and protecting people from evil spirits. Then Mitogawa came along and had her entire life ruined by indirectly causing her father's death and rendering Yomi quadriplegic and mute. She ended up accepting the Artifact of Doom that could heal her paralytic body in exchange of being corrupted by it. Kagura has to kill her to stop her murder spree, but Yomi's soul is still controlled by the Bane Stone, causing her to come back as an onryo who tries to take over Tokyo.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When the Bane Stone took control over her, Yomi could still have glimpses of being herself and wanted to be killed to put a stop to her massacre. In the end, her desire to protect Kagura was what allowed her to fight off the Bane Stone enough to let Kagura kill her.
  • Flower in Her Hair: As an onryo, she has a flower decorating her hair.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: After healing herself with the Bane Stone and getting possessed by it, a naked Yomi goes to kill Mei's father.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: She was a Cool Big Sis who fought to protect people from evil spirits until her father got murdered by her cousin, she was accused of killing her cousin for the inheritance and Mitogawa left her bedridden for life. With all chances of a good future taken away from her, Yomi accepted the Bane Stone that turned her into an evil, murderous spirit.
  • Guardian Entity: After Byakuei is killed by Kirin, Yomi's love for Kagura lets her purge herself of the miasma corrupting her soul and take Byakuei's place to save Kagura's life. In the epilogue, she's shown as a ghost giving Kagura and Kensuke kendo lessons, and going on group dates with them and Izuna.
  • Happily Adopted: She lost her parents at a young age to specters and was taken in by the head of the Isayama family. Yomi loved and respected her adoptive father very much and polished her skills to repay him for his kindness.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Downplayed. Yomi was adopted into a family of exorcists after her parents were killed by specters. She didn't have any natural skill for exorcism, but through sheer effort and training, she became an accomplished exorcist of her own right. However, Yomi grew jealous of Kagura because her linage and talent allowed her to reach Yomi's level very quickly without even half the effort Yomi put in.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She was originally a good person, but was corrupted by a Bane Stone shard and became the manga's first villain. She was "resurrected" by Kagura and became one of the main characters, showing remorse for her past villainy; but after being pushed over the Despair Event Horizon she embraces her destiny as the Black Priestess and tries to destroy the world. In the end, Izumi, Kensuke, and Kagura manages to talk her down, and Yomi bonds with her to save her life after Byakuei is killed.
  • Hellish Pupils: In the manga, her pupils become vertical slits after she's corrupted by the Bane Stone and as the Black Priestess. After divesting herself of miasma, her eyes go back to normal.
  • Hime Cut: Her hairstyle consists of parted blunt bangs, cheek-length sidelocks, and hip-length straight hair. This represented her status as the future family head of the Isayama clan back when she was alive.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: In Episode 11 of Ga-Rei Zero, Yomi tries to cut her own throat and commit seppuku, but cannot due to the Bane Stone. After her resurrection, she attempts to decapitate herself only to be reminded that committing suicide would mean killing Izumi as well, and asks Kensuke to kill her instead.
  • The Lost Lenore: Noriyuki never stopped loving Yomi and her death had a huge impact in him.
  • Love Redeems: At the end of the manga, it's Kagura loving Yomi as her family in spite of everything what purifies Yomi's soul.
  • Merger of Souls: At the end of the manga, Yomi merges her soul with Kagura's to save her after Byakuei dies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When released from the influence of the Bane Stone, Yomi is horrified by the evil things she did, mainly killing her fellow exorcists and trying to take over Tokyo.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Kagura in the prequel anime and after Yomi is brought back in the manga. They share a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship that involved kissing at least once, but their core relationship is that of sisters. Kagura and Yomi are repeatedly stated to be the most important person to each other and their mutual devotion is way more intense than the one they have for their boyfriends.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: She can block Kensuke's blade with her teeth.
  • Oddly Shaped Sword: When controlling Izumi's body, Yomi can summon a seven-branched sword for battle.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: As an onryō, she intended to disrupt Tokyo's reimyaku to summon the Tengu, assimilate it, and destroy Japan.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: As an onryo, she carries around a Japanese parasol to complement her ladylike appearance.
  • Parental Substitute: Yomi started looking after Kagura shortly after the latter lost her mother, making Yomi a mother figure as much as a sister figure to Kagura. Some of their friends even called Kagura Yomi's daughter.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Noriyuki's father asked her father to let Noriyuki marry Yomi, being interested in the Isayama family's influence. Yomi was given the freedom to reject the marriage offer, but she accepted it, claiming it was for the sake of honor and duty to her family. Of course, the truth was that she was very much happy with the idea of marrying Noriyuki. Poor Yomi was terribly heartbroken when she was informed the engagement was cancelled because Mitogawa's attack rendered her quadriplegic.
  • Pet the Dog: She ejects herself from Izumi's body while becoming the Black Priestess so as to not taint her soul with miasma.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her death at hands of Kagura and her return as an onryou are what eventually leads to Kensuke meeting Kagura.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: On the cover of Volume 3 her Bane Stone-augmented onryō form is shown with red hair, as opposed to the black hair she had in life.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Ga-Rei Zero chronicles the story of her fall from one of the Countermeasures Department's top exorcists to the murderous onryō introduced in the manga's first arc, and provided her with such a surge in popularity that she was brought back as a main character.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The cover of Volume 3 depicts her with red irises in her onryō form.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the Bane Stone-corrupted Mei kills her father, Yomi goes berserk and kills her.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Yomi has flirted with Kagura and kissed in the lips while alive as well as expressed jealous possessiveness towards Kagura. However, the love between the two girls is stated to be sisterly.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: In the prequel anime, she's very rarely seen in anything other than her black school uniform.
  • Sharing a Body: She's "resurrected" by having her soul implanted into the recently-deceased Izumi Isoyama, effectively turning Yomi into a Split Personality that takes over when Izumi or Kagura are in danger.
  • Slasher Smile: As an onryō, she was prone to sporting nightmarishly bloodthirsty grins, particularly when confronted by Kagura and Izuna.
  • So Proud of You: In her first death, she told Kagura she was very proud of having her for a little sister.
  • Starter Villain: She's the villain of the first arc in the manga.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She was corrupted by a Bane Stone shard implanted into her by Kazuhiro Mitogawa, which even before her death turned her into an onryō.
  • Suicide by Cop: After being corrupted by the Bane Stone, Yomi uses her last bit of consciousness to give Kagura a chance to kill her.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Her eyes were purple even back she was a human. They suit her all the more when she becomes an onyro and later, the Black Priestess.
  • Together in Death: At the end of the manga, she and Noriyuki can finally be together since now they're both ghosts watching over Kagura and they apparently go on double dates with Kagura and Kensuke.
  • Tragic Bromance: A female version with Kagura. Yomi was like an older sister to her and they loved each other more than anything. Everything went to hell when Mitogawa corrupted Yomi with a Bane Stone. Kagura was forced to fight a corrupted Yomi who let Kagura kill her in order to protect her little sister from herself.
  • Tragic Hero: Yomi's existence was filled with tragedy even after death. Having lost her father, her family inherence, her ability to move and speak and believing to have been abandoned by the two people she loved the most, she accepted the Bane Stone from Mitogawa to heal herself. The resulting corruption leads Yomi to murder her fellow exorcists, including Kagura's father. Yomi is horrified at what she was done, but the Bane Stone won't let her kill herself so she allows Kagura to finish her off. Unfortunately, Yomi's soul is still corrupted by the Bane Stone and she returns as a purely evil onryo. Kagura and Kensuke finally defeat her. Later on, however, she returns as a hero once again after Kagura's wish manifests Yomi as a Split Personality of Izumi. Yomi learns she has been chosen as the Black Priestess who will destroy the world and she concludes a tragedy similar to the one in her human life will repeat. After Noriyuki dies protecting her, Yomi loses it and gives in to her dark destiny.
  • Trauma Conga Line:
    • Ga-Rei -Zero- is about the excruciating story of how Yomi lost everything dear to her in life. Yomi's adoptive father is killed by her Bane Stone-mind-controlled adoptive cousin Mei who takes what was supposed to be her place as the family head and her inheritance, then lures her to a fight. When Mei admits killing Yomi's father, she goes berserk and kills her. Then Mitogawa attacks Yomi, rendering her quadriplegic and mute, and she is accused of murdering Mei to get her status back. Her fiancé Noriyuki is too busy trying to prove her innocence to visit her in the hospital, his father breaks off their Perfectly Arranged Marriage because of her physical condition, and her little sister figure Kagura appears to abandon her after she admits to killing Mei. Then Mitogawa gives her the same Bane Stone, which heals her but its mind-control powers provide the extra push to send her Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and killing her former friends.
    • As if what's shown in the anime wasn't bad enough, her conga line continues in that manga! After being accidentally brought back through Izumi by Kagura's wish, Yomi discovers she's an Apocalypse Maiden which causes her to be pursued by both the Agency and specters that are attracted to her miasma, all while feeling guilty that Kagura is betraying the Agency for her sake. All goes From Bad to Worse when Noriyuki is killed while shielding her from the Four Devas, which causes Yomi to snap completely. She gives in to her role as the Black Priestess and prepares to destroy the world.
  • Tsundere: No matter how easily she got annoyed at Noriyuki and how hard she hit him, it wasn't hard to tell she really loved him.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her sharp eyes serve as a direct contrast to Kagura's Tareme Eyes, reflecting how Yomi is the most confident and assertive of the two, as well as her Tsundere tendencies towards Noriyuki.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
    • After having her entire life ruined and being pushed past the Despair Event Horizon, Yomi accepts the Bane Stone. Its evil influence amplifies by magnitude Yomi's hatred towards the world that made her suffer so much and sends her into a murderous rampage against her former allies. Despite all the bloodshed that she causes, Yomi is incredibly pitiful and tragic to the bitter end.
    • Happens again later in the manga. After returning as a Split Personality of Izumi and finding out she's going to destroy world as the Black Priestess, Yomi clearly doesn't want to hurt anyone again and just tries to keep Kagura safe. After Noriyuki is killed while protecting her, Yomi snaps. In her despair, she accepts the dark power of the Black Priestess and starts the ritual to end the world which she thinks is screwed anyway.
  • You Killed My Father: She killed Mei in cold blood in revenge for her adoptive father, who Mei had killed while under the influence of a Bane Stone and then had the nerve to taunt Yomi about it.

    Kazuhiko Mitogawa 
Voiced by: Megumi Matsumoto (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

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A boy who used to belong to the Agency. He was enthralled by the Bane Stone, hoping to use the Kyuubi's powers to revive his mother, an exorcist who had been previously killed in action. When Lord Tamamo appeared to him in the Vatican's library, he willingly became one of her minions. He was the one who gave Yomi her Bane Stone and later took it away after he was displeased with Yomi giving one to Kensuke.


  • The Ageless: He always looks like a child because of the power of the Bane Stone.
  • Animal Motif: He can summon and transform into a swarm of creepy butterflies, and can sprout butterfly wings to fly.
  • The Corrupter: Mitogawa serves as this to several characters, namely Mei and Yomi, through use of the Bane Stone shards.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the main villain the first few arcs of the manga and of Ga Rei Zero, having masterminded Yomi's corruption in order to gather the Bane Stones, summon the Kyuubi, and resurrect his mother.
  • The Dragon: He serves as one for Tamamo-no-Mae, picking recepticles for the Bane Stone shards in order to determine who will summon the Nine-Tailed Demon-Fox.
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted. He only looks like an evil kid, but he's at least in his late teens.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Mitogawa's goals in serving Tamamo-no-Mae remain a mystery, and during the second half of the Juugondō arc he helps both Kagura's group and the Juugondō — maintaining that he's a neutral party whose goal is to see the rivival of the Kyuubi.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: All he wants is to have his mommy back, so he unleashes the Kyuubi into the world so Tamamo revives his mother.
  • Forceful Kiss: He steals a kiss from Kagura when he brings her and Kensuke to Tamamo's garden.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother was an exorcist who died doing her job. Mitogawa came to hate the entire society of exorcists, believing the dangers of their job and having to keep all secret from the world only makes them miserable. His goal is to create a world where his mother can be alive and exorcists don't have to stay hidden anymore.
  • The Heavy: He's the most recurring villain for the majority of the manga and is responsible for other villains like Yomi and Setsuna since he gave them the Bane Stone. However, he's just following Tamamo's orders.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Everything he did was for the sake of bringing his mother back to life. As soon as his wish comes true, his resurrected mother kills him when she learns of the monster her son is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After all the monstrous things he did in his quest to revive his mother, Mitogawa is killed by her shortly after successfully bringing her back to life.
  • Magical Eye: He replaced his left eye with a Bane Stone.
  • Necromantic: He made a deal with Tamamo to help her find a new host for the Kyuubi in exchange of bringing his mother back to life. It works, but his mother ends up killing him after hearing the monstrous things he did in his efforts to resurrect her.
  • Not Quite Flight: He attaches a big butterfly to his back and uses it to fly.
  • Older Than He Looks: He halted his aging process when he was a kid because that appearance helps lowering the enemy's guard.
  • One to Million to One: He can transform into a swarm of butterflies.
  • Patricide: He killed his own father when he tried to put a stop to his son's evil.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers the left side of his face. It's meant to hide the Bane Stone he keeps in his eye socket.
  • Pest Controller: He uses insect-related magic, mainly butterflies.
  • To Unmasque the World: By summoning the Kyuubi, he wants to reveal exorcists and spirits to the world since he blames his suffering and his mother's death on their world being kept in the dark.
  • Wild Card: He's fine with any possessor of the Bane Stone becoming the new host of the Kyuubei since he only wants Tamamo to grant his wish to resurrect his mother.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's a major antagonist in the manga and prequel anime. His white hair is one of the things that gives away how evil he is.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He picked Yomi as one of the candidates to become the Kyuubi's host, but destroys her by ripping out her Bane Stone — which he had bequeathed to her in the first place — after she fails to unleash the Tengu.

    Setsuna Imawano 

Shizuru's sister, who used to be very close with her. She has a spirit beast, a water-using ogre-like creature called Suiko.


  • Arc Villain: She becomes the main villain of the second arc, seeking to wipe out the Countermeasures Department (and all-but succeeding) and nearly claiming possession of the completed Bane Stone.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When she taps into the power of her Bane Stone shards, her sclera turn black.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's part-Japanese, part European.
  • Mafia Princess: She's the leader of the Juugondō, a sect of onmyōji who escaped overseas and got involved in organized crime.
  • Magical Eye: Her Eye of Satori has a white iris and vertically-slitted pupil, enabling her to read minds.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Most of her European Juugondō subordinates are undead — with many of them being Shout Outs to horror movie monsters like Dracula and Pinhead.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Her goal was to use the Bane Stones to start an eternal war, and sees both her own sister and subordinates as expendable.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She murders her own father to take over the Juugondō.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She is a white-haired gangster who believes that War Is Glorious and wants to start a Forever War.

    Mei Isayama 
Voiced by: Ryouko Tanaka (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)

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Yomi's older cousin and a freelance exorcist. Mitogawa implants a Bane Stone in her, which kicks off the tragedy of Yomi.


  • Ambition Is Evil: Her fatal flaw is her ambition, which her Bane Stone shard drove up to eleven.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: May intervenes when her father tries to persuade Naraku to make her the leader of the Isayama clan, and says that Yomi is a much better choice despite not being blood-related. She later reveals that she did so intending for Yomi to have a tragic "accident" so that she could take over. After she's killed by Mitogawa and is resurrected with a Bane Stone, she kills her uncle under the Sesshoseki's control and later taunts Yomi over it.
  • Canon Foreigner: She's an original creation of the anime.
  • Dying as Yourself: She is freed from the Bane Stone shard's influence just after gloating that she murdered Yomi's father. Her last words are a desperate attempt to explain what happened and plead for mercy that goes unheard as Yomi brutally kills her in a vengeful rage.
  • Flower in Her Hair: A lily flower decorates the left side of her hair.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When her mind is briefly released from the Bane Stone's influence, Mei is horrified that she killed her own uncle to have Yomi's inherence to herself.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: Mei wields a naginata disguised as a parasol.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: He naginata can turn into a pink frilly umbrella just to make her seem more elegant.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair almost reaches her ankles.
  • Reforged into a Minion: She's killed by Mitogawa and resurrected using a Bane Stone shard, leading to her murdering Yomi's father to usurp control of the clan.
  • The Resenter: She hides it better than her father, but the truth is that she resents Yomi for being the successor of family head since Mei would have been the successor if Yomi had never been adopted.
  • Smug Snake: She goes out of her way to be cruel to Yomi and especially Kagura.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After being corrupted by the Bane Stone, she goads Yomi into a vengeful rage by boasting about how she murdered Yomi's father. Immediately afterward, she's freed from its control and attempts to beg for mercy, but Yomi ignores her pleads and stabs her throat.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and a nasty persona.

    Judgement Day 

A group who are meant to be the servants of the Black Priestess. Their goal is escorting Yomi to Naraku and bring about the end of the planet.


  • Black Eyes of Evil: Okama's eyes are solid black, highlighting his nature as an evil spirit.
  • Co-Dragons: They manifested to serve Yomi in her role as the Black Priestess, and guide her towards bringing about the end of the world.
  • The Corruptible: Okama had been a samurai exorcist during the Sengoku Period before he came across one of the Bane Stones and was turned into an onryō, forcing his apprentice to kill him.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: The Land God in a towering man with an impressive white beard and hair, and Hades Shaded skin. He also describes himself as a harbinger of the end of the world.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Okama Zankuro is a man, but is so pretty that he is mistaken for a woman.
  • Enemy Mine: For the interests of protecting Yomi, they form a brief alliance with Kagura, Kensuke, and the other protagonists.
  • Fallen Hero: Okama Zankuro and Hattori Naizou were once exorcists who belonged to the same organization that evolved into the SDCD, but are now extremely powerful onryō.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Impressed by Kensuke's determination even in the face of certain death, Okama has a sudden Heel Realization and sacrifices himself to stop Kirin from devouring the protagonists.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Okama and Izuna hit it off right away, and he and Hattori Naizou are shown having a playful snowball fight with Izuna and Michael in Chapter 45.
  • Physical God: The Land God is an entity born from the will and power of the planet, and reveals that both the Tengu and Kyuubi are the same sort of divine beings. He was even worshipped in ancient times as a god of the land.
  • Master Swordsman: Being an onryō of exceptional power, Okama can draw and wield his sword better than any human.
  • Ninja: Hattori Naizou is a shinobi who wears a Batman-esque outfit.

Classmates

    Tanaka 

  • Casanova Wannabe: He's jealous of Kensuke's popularity with girls, and tries to flirt with Kagura and Izumi to no avail.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: The epilogue implies this to be the case with him and Izumi.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: While he was aware spirits existed, he couldn't see them himself and had no idea Kensuke and Kagura were exorcists. He also remains oblivious to the fact that his father nearly died in a landslide and became possessed by a Bane Stone.
  • Occult Detective: Decides to put Kensuke and Kagura's supernatural abilities to use as Spiritual Consultants, not realizing had until-recently been employed by the Japanese government as exorcists.
  • Put on a Bus: He starts off as a side character for comic relief purposes, but becomes a main character during the Spiritual Consultant arc. However, when things get serious again he's sidelined once more.
  • Shipper on Deck: He supports Izumi x Kagura purely because he thinks Girl-on-Girl Is Hot.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tanaka and his father have a clear family resemblance.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His father is a salaryman who begrudgingly gives it his all despite hating his job — making him vulnerable to being taken over by a Bane Stone. While Tanaka doesn't dwell on it, he does remark to his father that they should spend more time together doing things they both enjoy, like playing rock music.

Spirit-Beasts

    Byakuei 

Kagura's eponymous beast with the form of a dragon-like inugami with chains wrapped around it. He is one of the most powerful spirit beasts on earth. He was sealed in ancient times and has been passed down to the head of the Tsuchimiya family for generations. A lengthy ritual is required to seal Byakuei inside the recipient and Byakuei is never completely released, as he would break free of the seal and devour his owner.


  • Can't Live Without You: Byakuei is connected to Kagura's soul. If Byakuei dies, Kagura will die too. They manage to walk around this at the end of the manga where Yomi saves Kagura by taking Byakuei's place as her Guardian Entity.
  • Eating the Enemy: Kagrua's main method of dispatching monsters is to summon Byakuei to devour them.
  • Extra Eyes: In his Bane Stone-corrupted form he has four eyes on each head.
  • Fusion Dance: Byakuei fuses with the Tengu to become a deity capable of going toe-to-toe with the Asura Kyuubi.
  • Guardian Entity: He is bound to the head of the Tsuchimiya clan, protecting them if they face a monster they cannot overcome on their own.
  • Multiple Head Case: In his Bane Stone-corrupted form he has two heads.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: In his Bane Stone-corrupted form he has two tails.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He's actually an inugami, but due to being corrupted by a Bane Stone he initially resembles a dragon. Once it's removed he's restored to his original canine form.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: He is sealed inside the body of the head of the Tsuchimiya clan, his current host being Kagura.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: After the battle with Kyuubi, he is reverted to a tiny puppy-like form — though he can resume his true form when Kagura is in danger.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He can pull a two-bladed holy sword from his tail, which in Kagura's hands essentially becomes a dual-bladed lightsaber.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: His two-headed draconic form is the result of him being corrupted by a Bane Stone fragment.
  • Reincarnation: He's initially stated to be an incarnation of the Kyuubi that manifested shortly after it was vanquished, though he's eventually shown to be an inugami corrupted by one of the Bane Stones. In the epilogue, Byakuei and Kirin are shown to have been reborn as puppies, curled up together in the form of a yin yang.

    Ranguren 

Yomi's spirit beast, below Shizuru's Kuroford on the Spirit Beast Rankings.


  • Breath Weapon: It can fire lightning from its mouth.
  • Extra Eyes: It has a total of twelve eyes.
  • Nue: It resembles a gigantic twelve-eyed lion with multiple serpentine tails.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: It is sealed into Yomi's katana, Shishio.

    Tengu 

  • Black Eyes of Evil: After absorbing a shard of the Bane Stone its eyes turn solid black.
  • Fusion Dance: He is assimilated by Byakuei, becoming a light counterpart to Asura Kyuubi.
  • Horned Humanoid: It has a massive jagged horn jutting from its forehead.
  • Physical God: It's a god of destruction so powerful it could decimate Japan if it was unsealed.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Consuming a piece of the Bane Stone caused its lips and cheeks to disappear, exposing its teeth.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It was sealed beneath Hibiya Park. Yomi manages to partially unseal it, but it's sealed away again.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: It can fire a massive beam of spiritual energy from its horn powerful enough to slice through buildings like a hot knife through butter.

    Kuroford 

Shizuru's spirit beast, the second strongest after Byakuei. Kuroford was originally sealed within an iron knife until Shizuru drew him out.


  • Nested Mouths: It has a very Xenomorph-esque telescopic inner jaw that it uses to devour spirits.
  • Sea Monster: It's an aquatic beast with a head like a sperm whale, a body like an eel's, and catfish barbels.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: It's sealed in a dagger wielded by Shizuru.
  • Shock and Awe: It possesses electrical abilities, and can fire powerful bolts of lightning.

    Tsuitate Tanuki 

A cute little tanuki who protects Kensuke from his mate, who was corrupted by a Bane Stone. After the death of his mate, he is taken in by Kensuke and becomes something like his pet.


  • All Asians Wear Conical Straw Hats: He wears a tiny kasa hat.
  • Living Structure Monster: He can transform into a nigh-indestructible nurikabe, using it to shield others from danger.
  • The Lost Lenore: His mate was corrupted by a Bane Stone and became an onryō, crumbling away when it was removed. His mate's ghost returns in the finale and they resume their relationship in the epilogue.
  • Team Pet: Begins staying with our heroes after his introduction.

    Kyuubi 

A large monster the size of a city created when the ten pieces of the Bane Stone came together. The might of the creature grants the host unlimited power to grant their hearts deepest wish no matter how impossible it is.


  • Animalistic Abomination: It vaguely resembles a massive nine-tailed fox... except its tails are tentacles; it has scales, making it look more like a dragon; and it is comprised of corrupted spiritual energy so potent that even people without True Sight can see it. It's later revealed to be an entity that plays a key role in the destruction and restoration of the world.
  • The Chooser of The One: Upon creating Naraku, it selects the candidates for the White Priestess and Black Priestess — choosing Kagura due to her being the latest in a long lineage of onmyōji and ties to Byukuei (despite her also being its host at the time, and therefore at risk of death and/or turning into an onryō), and Yomi as the Black Priestess based on Kagura's memories and her having embraced the darkness out of a desire to escape her fate.
  • The Corruption: Its spiritual energy gives those who use the Bane Stone shards superhuman abilities, but corrupts them into onryō unless they take ample precautions.
  • Destroyer Deity: Okama and the Land God refer to it as such when speaking about the Destruction Program and Yomi's role as the Black Priestess, saying it was born from the will of the planet to purify the land of Japan — absorbing the kegare produced by humanity's hatred in order to create a zone of intense miasma called Naraku. The Bane Stones and Tamamo-no-Mae factor into the Destruction Program by corrupting spirits and selecting candidates for the role of the Black Priestess.
  • God of Evil: Mitogawa refers to it as such, saying it devastated three dynasties in India and China — a reference to the legend of Tamamo-no-Mae.
  • Multiple Head Case: After Kirin assimilates the Asura, the Kyuubi is reborn with three heads and six arms.
  • Sealed Evil in a Six Pack: Its power was sealed into the ten Sesshoseki or Bane Stones. The goal of the antagonists — particularly Mitogawa and Setsuna — is to assemble the Bane Stones and summon the Kyuubi to get a wish granted.
  • Shrouded in Myth: It's so ancient that the details of its origin and history have become lost to time and legend, and it's reputed to just be an exceptionally powerful Spirit-Beast when it's actually something much worse.

    Kirin 

A black-wolf from Naraku who acts as Byakuei's opposite.


  • Evil Counterpart: It is one to Byakuei, being a dark canid beast bound to Yomi in her role as the Black Priestess.
  • Fusion Dance: It absorbs the Asura formed from Naraku to become a three-headed version of Kyuubi.
  • Reincarnation: It coalesced from remnants of the Kyuubi after it was destroyed by Kensuke and Byakuei. In the epilogue, he and Byakuei and Kirin are shown to have been reborn as puppies, curled up together in the form of a yin yang.

Alternative Title(s): Ga Rei Zero

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