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     Mai Taniyama 
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)

A 16 year-old first-year high school student who becomes involved with the Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR) after she accidentally breaks an expensive video camera that was being used by the SPR in an investigation of an old building at her school. In the same incident, she is saved from a falling bookcase by Lin Koujo, who is injured instead; to repay her debt, she fills in for Lin to assist SPR's manager Kazuya Shibuya. After the conclusion of the first case, she is offered a paycheck for her work and a part-time position at the SPR. As the series progresses, it is revealed that Mai has ESP abilities, which include astral projection, psychic dreams and clairvoyance.

    Kazuya "Naru" Shibuya/Oliver Davis 
Voiced by: Yuuki Tai (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

A 17-year-old paranormal researcher and the manager of the Shibuya Psychic Research center. Mai nicknames him "Naru" for his narcissistic (narushisuto) attitude; this nickname generally comes to be adopted by their colleagues. Though appearing cold and critical in front of his friends, he does care for them deeply and earns their trust and respect. Eventually, it is revealed that Naru is actually the famed paranormal researcher and psychic, Oliver Davis, and that he has very strong psychokinetic abilities.

  • All There in the Manual: There are several things about Naru that are either vaguely hinted at or not brought up at all in the anime but are explained fully elsewhere.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Badass Normal
  • Angsty Surviving Twin
  • Battle Aura: In episode 25.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones
  • Bishōnen
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Brutal Honesty: Oh, so much.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Use of his psychokinetic abilities severely taxes his body. The one time he does use it in the series, he collapses and is hospitalized afterwards.
  • The Chessmaster: He plans out pretty much everything without telling anyone. Lin is too used to it to care at this point and the others never get what's going on until it's over.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. He doesn't show it to the degree that Mai does,because he's The Stoic, however it was most noticeable when Mai became attached to Lin when she was first possessed by Kenji in episode 12. Justified as in a pamphlet that the author wrote regarding Mai and Naru's relationship she stated that the relationship between Mai and Naru is that Mai would get jealous when girls become attracted to Naru and Naru would become jealous when male clients become attracted to Mai.
    • "Why don't you keep her company for a while, Dad."
  • Demonic Possession: In the eighth arc.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • First-Name Basis: Towards Mai and Lin.
  • Genius Bruiser: Easily the smartest in the group and the most powerful psychic of them all.
  • Gratuitous English: Actually justifiable given that he is actually Oliver Davis, a young paranormal professor from Britain.
  • Hates Being Touched: As Gene states,in a small short about the daily life of Gene and Naru by the author, Naru wasn't comfortable with physical contact which is why he and Madako and the rest of Naru's family (exception of Lin) like to get physical with Naru to tease him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Naru, nicknamed by Mai on the very first episode from the Japanese word narushisuto, or narcissist.
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Jerkass: Due to his cases of Brutal Honesty, he may come by as this, but deep down is truly a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. A particularly bad case occurred after his Demonic Possession, where he and the team confronted Okubu-sama and seemingly scoffs at the team's failed attempts to exorcise it, but it turns out he actually is strong enough to end it in one blow and was itching to do it, but he has to maintain his cover and doing it is dangerous for his body, so he may be justified after all.
  • The Leader: Doubles as this and The Smart Guy.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Narcissist
  • Mad Scientist: Lampshaded as one in sequel manga Akumu no Sumu Ie by Monk
    • Naru goes on a long rant about his dissatisfaction with the Japanese investigation team to Hirota, a government officer. He sounds like a rightfully angry brother about their incompetence in handling that case up until he snapped at Monk, who tried to placate him, that what he was most angry about was the loss of valuable research of his brother's remains. Mai, Masako and Monk are horrified and dread what Naru would do if any of them died in his vicinity.
  • Mean Brit: As Naru is actually Oliver Davis the famed British paranormal investigator he fits this to a t.
  • Non-Action Guy: Until the end of the eighth arc, at least.
  • Not a Morning Person
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As the series progresses, everyone just ends up calling him Naru.
    • And in the final volume of the manga, SPR discovers that "Shibuya Kazuya" is apparently only an alias for Oliver Davis, a famous British parapsychologist.
  • Power Incontinence: It's revealed that this is why he was forbidden from using his psychokinetic powers.
  • Psychic Powers: At the end of the eighth arc, Lin reveals to Mai that Naru has an outstanding amount of psychic powers, too much for his body to control, and that it was what caused him to pass out after briefly using said powers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Mai's red.
  • Ship Tease: With Mai
  • The Spock
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: The end of the seventh arc suggests this, as he is seen holding an item belonging to Masako, who had been missing, showing that he does care about the others.
      • As someone with psychic abilities, he was using the comb to make sure Masako was okay. Still touching, though.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Teen Genius
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: He may tell Lin his plans, but that's only because he needs his abilities. Except for that, he rarely reveals his plan, and Mai and the others have to figure it out on their own.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Mai according to Word of God, Mai and Naru are canon except that she isn't going to show how they are going to end up together or write an ending with them together as she doesn't do happy endings/romance.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Sometimes it's hard to remember he's just seventeen...
  • Workaholic: Played with. He actually only takes cases that truly interests him, but works his ass off on those he took and is always busy.

     Lin/Rin Koujo 
Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

A Hong Kong-born practitioner of Onmyodo, Lin acts as part-bodyguard, part assistant to Naru before the investigation of Mai's school. A skilled spiritualist with a knowledge of Chinese and Japanese spiritualism and occultism, Lin also brings five bound spirits with him to act as his means of dealing with dangerous threats.

     Ayako Matsuzaki 
Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

An outspoken 23-year-old self-styled shrine maiden whose powers and knowledge often come up short compared to the other practitioners in the earlier arcs. This is due to her powers deriving from tree spirits and SPR's earlier cases being in urban areas. She is also a licensed doctor at hospital, a talented cook and quite wealthy.

     Houshou Takigawa 
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)

An apostate Buddhist monk with a family history of being monks, "Monk" acts as the bedrock of SPR's cases when the cause is finally revealed and an exorcism or purification is necessary.

  • Asian Rune Chant
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Mai.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the third arc, when he saves Naru and Mai from one of the spirits in the school.
    • There are also various moments in which he saves the day with his Asian Rune Chant.
  • The Big Guy: Among the team, his exorcism method is probably the most direct: blow the spirits away with spells. Personality wise, he's also the most lively of the crew. Also, he's physically the tallest of the group, a trait he shares with Rin, and likely the fittest.
  • Bishōnen
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's actually a rock bassist, so yeah, he's not your traditional Japanese monk, but he still gets the job done.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Hidden Badass: Naru even notes that he may have underestimated him at one point.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Monk", by nearly everyone else. He also has a nickname when he's performing with his band, as revealed in the third arc. It's probably an audio pun, since his name (Houshou) only needs one syllable change to make it sound like monk (Bou-san).
  • The Lancer: When Naru was incapacitated, he took up the leadership mantle. Naru also seems to value his input.
  • Lead Bassist: Type D.
  • Nice Guy
  • Psychic Powers: He's a monk, after all. He mentioned that he used to be able to see spirits until an accident during an exorcism made that ability disappear.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Naru/Mai. In episode 11 of the anime, when Masako suggests that they should divide in couples to attract the spirit, he whispers to Mai that it was her chance to get a date with Naru.
  • Team Dad: Labeled as this by Mai.

     John Brown 
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

An Australian Catholic exorcist, John backs up the team with his abilities learned from the Catholic Church to aid in exorcisms of human beings.

     Masako Hara 
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)

A moderately famous TV psychic with actual psychic abilities, Masako is able to see the spirits and entities surrounding a case location, and is able to channel the dead in order to effectively communicate with them.

  • The Chick
  • Demonic Possession: In episode 11, although it's more or a comic relief situation. It is more serious on the eighth arc, when she summons the ghost of a person who was recently killed in order to find out who killed her, and of course, said ghost takes full control of Masako's body to talk to the group.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: It's implied that she has this ability.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Mai.
  • First-Name Basis: She is upset when she realizes Naru refuses to call her (or Ayako) by their first name, but talks to Mai on First-Name Basis.
  • Friendship Denial: As regards her relationship with Mai. She completely changes her mind after the seventh arc, though.
  • Hopeless Suitor: So far, it doesn't look like Naru reciprocates her feelings. Then again, it is Naru who we're talking about, he may not even have noticed she has a crush on him. Made harsher when the truth about Glen was revealed and it turns out that, like Mai, it may not have been Naru she actually fell in love with.
  • I See Dead People: Due to being a medium and all...
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Somewhat made fun of when Mai imagines her going to school in pre-WW2 kimono uniform.
  • Near-Death Experience: In the third arc, a spirit pushes her down the stairs of the school while she was searching on her own. She was found by the others and taken to the hospital by John soon enough though.
    • Not to mention when she's abducted near the end of the seventh arc. Mai finds her and attempts to free them, but is captured too, and both are almost killed by the Big Bad (in a quite horrific way, might be added), but they're saved just in time by Lin.
  • Older Than She Looks
  • Psychic Powers: Seeing and sensing spirits, among other medium powers.
  • The Empath: She's the most sensitive to spiritual presence among the team, and her exorcism method works by communing with the dead and convincing them to depart. Compare this to Monk, whose method causes direct harm to evil spirits.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Yamato Nadeshiko

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