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A group of kids who discover the "Ghost Diary" of one of their mothers, who was a powerful exorcist before her death. They mostly goof around, attend school, and battle evil spirits, but they differ quite differently in personality depending on the version you watch.


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    Satsuki Miyanoshita 

Satsuki Miyanoshita

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)

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"It's one thing to mess with me, it's one thing to mess with my little brother and friends...BUT DON'T FUCK WITH MY CAT!"

The main protagonist and daughter of the late Kayako Miyanoshita, descended from a long line of "Quasi-lesbian Ghost Hunters." She possesses her mother's ghost diary, which she can use to send angry spirits to "Spiritual Sleep."


  • Agent Scully: Despite dealing with ghosts on a regular basis, she's often dismissive of the possibility that a ghost is behind whatever strange activity is going on, and only admits to it being a ghost when it's undeniable.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute and perky ghost hunter.
  • Big Sister Bully: She can be downright cruel to poor Keiichirou, her little brother. On the other hand...
  • Big Sister Instinct: Whenever Keiichirou's in danger, she's prepared to to serve a beatdown to any ghost foolish enough to cross them.
    "If you lay even a finger on Keiichirou, I'll kick your ass, you HMO hobo!"
  • Break the Cutie: When she's being hunted by Merry Mary, one of the few times she seems legitimately terrified.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's very close to her dad since her mom's death. Just seeing him injured is enough to make her break down crying.
  • Fiery Redhead: Especially in the ADV dub.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the ADV dub. She's definitely not a nice kid, but she does care deeply for her friends and family.
  • Little Miss Snarker: In the ADV dub, she has a salty attitude and even saltier language.
  • Promoted to Parent: Toward Keiichirou since her mom's death. She's even shown to do the cooking for her family.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Satsuki is this to the point that Hajime even lampshades this in episode 11 by pointing out that if Satsuki attracts anything, it is definitely not human.

    Keiichirou Miyanoshita 

Keiichirou Miyanoshita

Voiced by: Kurumi Mamiya (Japanese), Christine Auten (English)

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"What's a lesbian?"

Satsuki's little brother, who has an undefined mental disorder (at least in the ADV dub) and bonds with the demon possessed cat they've just picked up.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: In the ADV dub, he has some kind of disorder that makes him babble incoherently when emotional.

    Hajime Aoyama 

Hajime Aoyama

Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)

"If you won't think of him and then consider all the Halo playing and monkey spanking I've sacrificed!"

A boy living next door to Satsuki and Keiichirou.


  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He often makes perverse comments towards Satsuki, much to her annoyance, though it's implied the two have genuine feelings for each other.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Often tries to be this for Keiichirou. He doesn't do the best job, however:
    Hajime: Don't you get scared, little guy. You're tough as nails, aren't you?
    Keiichirou: You're hurting me.
    Hajime: You're a goner.
    Keiichirou: (bawls)
  • Chivalrous Pervert: In the ADV dub, just about every other thing out of his mouth relates to how horny he is.
  • Teeny Weenie:
    • Implied by Yuki when they're trying to keep a door sealed in the ADV dub:
    Hajime: Stay there! I'll stand very close behind you!
    Yuki: Well if you're gonna stand close behind me, stand closer, I can't even feel it! And they wonder why I like black men!
    • Amonojaku also implies this.
      Amonojaku: I saw you beating off the other day, tiny. Or should I say speedy?

    Leo Kakinoki 

Leo Kakinoki

Voiced by: Makoto Tsumura (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

"There's some weird red fog at the school and I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico."

Hajime's best friend and an aspiring paranormal researcher.


  • Agent Mulder: Whenever there's some strange activity going on, he's the first one to bring up the possibility of it being a ghost, and he often gives out rumors he's heard as evidence.
  • All Jews Are Cheapskates: When he and his friends arrive at their room at an inn, his first instinct is to check for any money the previous guests might have left behind and to see if there's anything he can steal.
  • But Not Too Foreign: This is implied with Leo, given his name and his character design, which is a collage of "Gaijin" stereotypes.
  • Informed Judaism: The ADV dub makes him and his family Jewish.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: He's a Jewish geek obsessed with paranormal activity.
  • The Millstone: Leo is occasionally the reason why the gang keeps being chased or cursed by the ghosts. A good example happens in episode 14: He almost kills Momoko because he thought it would be a fantastic idea to snap photos where a ghost had died, and said ghost cursed Momoko.
  • Occult Detective: He's an aspiring paranormal researcher who has an interest in ghosts and demons before they become a recurring threat.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Reo was changed to Leo. It's possible that his name was actually supposed to be Leo, considering that it's written in katakana.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to end his sentences with "yeah".

    Momoko Koigakubo 

Momoko Koigakubo

Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

"A dirty slut like you will be the first to burn in Hell if we don't stop that ghost!"

An upperclassman girl the group meets who has special psychic connections to spirits. In the ADV dub, she's also a born-again Evangelical Christian.


  • As the Good Book Says...: She often quotes the Bible.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In all versions, she can be pretty spacey, and is sometimes too oblivious to realize what's going on.
  • The Fundamentalist: She is very pushy with her religion, and quick to condemn anyone or anything that doesn't line up with her beliefs as being wicked.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: In the ADV dub, she makes numerous anti-gay comments, mostly in regards to Satsuki's deceased mother, and mentions volunteering at a gay conversion therapy camp.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At one point, she mentions that there are some crazy religious people out there, not knowing that she is one herself.
  • Ill Girl: Momoko used to be very ill in the past. In fact, she met Kayako right before the latter died because both of them were in the same hospital. This is subverted later on: She becomes extremely sick, but this was because she was hit with a curse from an angry ghost girl, "courtesy" of Leo. He begs the ghost for forgiveness in order to keep her from killing Momoko.
  • Improbable Age: In the ADV dub, she mentions that she used to be a drug user and a slut, and she met Satsuki's mother while in rehab. Satsuki's mother died five years before the start of the series, and Momoko is only twelve currently, meaning she was a drug abusing slut at the age of seven.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: She can sense when spirits are nearby, which she claims is a gift given to her by God after she converted.
  • Not So Above It All: This exchange in episode 5 of the ADV dub:
    Satsuki: (sees Datto running) Nice ass.
    Momoko: *gasp!* Do not lust in your hea—Jesus, you're right.
  • Soul Jar: Momoko is this for Kayako's spirit.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Nearly everything she says has something to do with her religion.
  • Willing Channeler: She occasionally becomes possessed by Satsuki's mother.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is lavender purple, which is commented on by Da Vinci:
    Da Vinci: Let's see. Purple, for your hair. Can't tell this is a goddamn anime.
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    Amonojaku / Kaya 

Amonojaku / Kaya

Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)

"God, you are the four of the ugliest fucking kids I've ever had the misfortune of laying my eyes on, I can't wait for this bitch to kill you."

Satsuki and Keiichirou's cat Kaya, who ends up being possessed by the demon Amonojaku.


  • Cats Are Mean: Amonojaku loves rooting against the kids and hopes they get killed. The normal, non-possessed Kaya, though, is a sweetheart.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Especially when they have a snarky demon possessing them.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Kaya is named after Kayako, Satsuki and Keiichirou's deceased mother.
  • Emotion Eater: In the first episode, Amonojaku starts off as a tiny little goblin-like spirit, but grows into a giant oni-like monster by feeding off of the kids' fear.
  • Expy: Amonojaku is sealed inside a black cat, and his voice in the ADV dub sounds almost exactly like Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Amonojaku initially tries to kill the kids, but after being rendered powerless due to being sealed inside a cat, he starts acting as a sarcastic spirit guide, giving the kids hints on how to defeat the Monster of the Week. Eventually, he stops rooting for the monsters, and the final episode has him perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save them. Thankfully, Kaya survives.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One eye is yellow and the other is green.
  • Noble Demon: Amanojaku is a total jerkass in the beginning, but starts helping Satsuki more and more as the series progresses, even though he still acts like he wants to see her in despair. In one episode, he says that he dislikes humans, but he hates ghosts who harm people on purpose even more.
  • Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: Amonojaku is sealed inside Kaya, rendering him generally powerless, though still retaining his ability to talk.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: He snarks at the kids every chance he gets.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Amanojaku helps the kids with the Monster of the Week, but only because it furthers his own goal of trying to escape from the cat he's trapped inside.
  • Trickster Mentor: Amanojaku actually doesn't like it when the kids learn a lesson from him. He usually isn't trying to teach them anything.

Adults and Other Kids

    Kayako Miyanoshita 

Kayako Miyanoshita

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Marcy Bannor (English)

Satsuki and Keiichirou's deceased mother, who was an exorcist in her youth and responsible for putting most of the ghosts in the series to spiritual sleep. Although her work as been undone by urban development causing the ghosts to be released back into the world, she continues to guide her kids through a journal she left behind with details on how to defeat each ghost.


  • Ambiguously Bi: In the ADV dub, she was a lesbian who got drunk one night and slept with a guy, got pregnant with Satsuki, and ended up marrying due to the pregnancy. However, Momoko theorizes that she was at least bi, which would explain Keiichirou, and she does speak fondly of the sex she and her husband used to have in a letter to her kids.
  • Badass Normal: Almost every ghost in this series was previously put away by her, which she's been doing since she was her daughter's age.
  • Fiery Redhead: Just like her daughter, although oddly enough she's shown to have had black hair when she was a kid.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: The ADV dub portrays her as one.
  • Parental Incest: She expressed attraction to her daughter when Satsuki time traveled through a painting, though like Lorraine McFly, she didn't know any better.
  • Posthumous Character: She passed away five years before the beginning of the series.
  • Spirit Advisor: Not only through the journal she left behind, but she also occasionally takes control of Momoko's body in order to help her kids defeat certain ghosts that are giving them trouble.

    Reiichirou Miyanoshita 

Reiichirou Miyanoshita

Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono (Japanese), Illich Guardiola (English)

"I don't need another goddamn reason, either!"

Satsuki and Keiichirou's father. He works as an engineer for a construction company, and remains generally unaware of the paranormal activity around him.


  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted. He doesn't know anything about the ghosts around him and is more likely to be a victim. However, he does manage to accidentally defeat Babasare at just the right moment, since Babasare can only attack kids who are home alone with no adults around.
  • Parental Incest: Like his wife Kayako, he expressed attraction to Satsuki when she time traveled to when they were kids, though he at least has the excuse that he mistook her for Kayako.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's part of the construction company that's responsible for the urban redevelopment that causes many of the ghosts to be released.

    Mr. Sakata 

Mr. Sakata

Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (Japanese), Tommy Drake (English)

"Damn it, Hadley!"

Satsuki, Hajime and Leo's homeroom teacher. Like most other adults in the series, he's unaware of the presence of ghosts, though he is often threatened by them.


  • Adults Are Useless: He's never of any help when dealing with ghosts, and more often has to be saved from them.
  • Kavorka Man: In the ADV dub, he frequently talks about all the ladies he hooks up with to his students, and actually has sex with one of the teachers offscreen.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He has one in the form of Mr. Hadley, who we never see since the ADV dub invented him.
  • Speed Sex: As Ms. Matsushima puts it:
    "He gets an A in size, but a D in endurance."
  • The Talk: He gives this to the kids after Shirotabi has kids.
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    Ms. Matsushima 

Ms. Matsushima

Voiced by: Yumi Fukamizu (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)

"Power! How hard can this be? All means it broadcasts to ALL the school! And LAID means I'm horny!"

Keiichirou's teacher. She was put in charge of the school's broadcast room after the students running it got spooked by Akane.


  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted. When Akane traps Satsuki in the broadcast room to kill her, Ms. Matsushima breaks the door down with a giant mallet, helping the group save Satsuki and stop the ghost, making her one of the only adults in the series to find out about the existence of ghosts.
  • Extreme Libido: In the ADV dub, she goes on and on about sex, and has sex with Mr. Sakata offscreen:
    Matsushima: (looking at a phallic looking microphone) Ooh, that reminds me, I've got something hard and bent waiting for me.
    Satsuki: God, you're making me sick!
    Matsushima: One day you'll understand the benefits of a good curve.
    Satsuki: Go!
    Matsushima: God, I hope Sakata's curves hard left, that hits my spot like you won't believe.
    Satsuki: GET OUT!
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses.
  • Secret Keeper: Implied by the end of Episode 18, since she doesn't tell Mr. Sakata about the ghost.

    The Principal 

The Principal

Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

The principal of the elementary school.


  • The Alcoholic: In the ADV dub, he keeps booze in his office.
  • Dean Bitterman: In the ADV dub, he's a bitter old grump who doesn't take his job very seriously and usually wants as little to do with the kids as possible.
  • No Name Given: He's only ever referred to as the Principal.

    Mio Imai 

Mio Imai

Voiced by: Manami Nakayama (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

"He used to be my man, but we broke up."

A shy girl who tends to the school's rabbits. After her favorite pet rabbit Shirotabi dies, she uses a spell to bring him back, but at the cost of him turning into a monster at night.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the Japanese version, she's just a shy girl who resurrected her pet rabbit who she saw as her only friend. In the ADV dub, she's a creepy girl who believed she and Shirotabi were lovers.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: The ADV dub turns her into a nutjob who believed she and Shirotabi were in a relationship.
  • Friendship Trinket: She makes cute little trinkets in her spare time, and gives one to Satsuki. However, Satsuki also finds out that she's been making and using them in her spells to keep Shirotabi alive. In the end, she has to use the one she made of Shirotabi in order to put him to spiritual sleep.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She's repeatedly called a freak in the ADV dub since she doesn't have any human friends and has a creepy laugh.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's a shy girl who doesn't have any friends, and brought Shirotabi back to life because she saw him as her only friend.

Ghosts and Demons

    Hanako 

Hanako

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Lesley Tesh (English)

Also known as the bathroom ghost, Hanako resides in the old schoolhouse.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Hanako is based on an actual Japanese urban legend, though the real stories normally have her as working with Akagami Aogami to kill people. This version of Hanako is actually friendly and doesn't intend to hurt or scare people.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She's a little creepy, but she can easily be considered cute too.
  • Friendly Ghost: She doesn't do anything more than scare people, but she doesn't mean to and just wants to be friends. She's also one of the few ghosts in the series to actively aid the kids in taking out the dangerous ghosts.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: At first, she's believed to be the Monster of the Week, since all of the paranormal activity was happening in the bathroom. Turns out she's actually a benevolent ghost, and was just trying to call for help in order to deal with the real villain of the episode, Akagami Aogami.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dark green.

    Kinjiro Ninomaya Statue 

Kinjiro Ninomaya Statue

A statue of the 19th century Japanese philosopher that resides outside the old schoolhouse, but is shown to be alive.


  • Friendly Ghost: Though he scares the kids in the first episode, he doesn't actually do anything to harm them, and he actually helps them to defeat Da Vinci by providing them with incense, alongside Hanako and Jinmenken.
  • Living Statue: The statue is alive.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Is a statue of a real Japanese historical figure. Statues of him are quite commonly found in front of Japanese elementary schools.

    Jinmenken 

Jinmenken

Voiced by: Andrew Love (English)

A dog with the face a middle-aged human man.


  • Advertised Extra: Appears prominently on the DVD box cover alongside the main group of kids despite doing very little.
  • Beast with a Human Face: A bulldog with a man's face.
  • Friendly Ghost: Well, "friendly" is pushing it, since he seems to be a real grump, but he helps the kids beat Da Vinci by providing them with incense, alongside Hanako and the Ninomaya statue.

    Akagami Aogami 

Akagami Aogami

Voiced by: Masashi Hirose (Japanese), Dallas Reese (English)

A ghost that appears from the toilet. He'll ask the toilet's user if they want red paper or blue paper. Answering with either leads to a gruesome death.


    Kutabe 

Kutabe

A kitsune-like spirit that resides inside a set of stone stairs. It grants wishes to whoever makes them while standing on the fourth step, but with horrible repercussions.


  • Faux Fire: It appears during the school play at the top of the stairs as a blue flame.
  • Four Is Death: The fourth step is the magic one that grants wishes and causes disasters.
  • Jackass Genie: It grants wishes, but the wish maker is often killed soon after their wish is granted.

    The Piano Ghost 

The Piano Ghost

Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese), Andy McAvin (English)

A ghost haunting a piano in the old schoolhouse. If one hears him play "Für Elise" four time, they die.


  • Four Is Death: Hearing "Für Elise" four times will cause whoever he's stalking to die.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Not only does he play Beethoven, he looks like Beethoven too, although it's unclear if he actually is Beethoven's ghost.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He was only a few notes away from killing Satsuki.
  • Phone Call from the Dead: If his victim isn't near his piano, he has other ways of making them hear "Für Elise", including playing it over the phone, playing it over the radio, or causing random objects capable of sound to play it, such as a music box. He also uses the phone to trick Satsuki into coming outside by imitating Leo's voice.
  • Voice Changeling: Calls Satsuki while disguising his voice as Leo's.

    Datto 

Datto

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Logan Keslar (English)

The ghost of a boy who was hit by a car the day of the school sports festival, which he had been training hard for. He's able to shapeshift between his regular self and a demonic Horned Humanoid with a scythe.


  • Cute Ghost Girl: Gender inverted. In the ADV dub, Satsuki claims he has a nice butt.
  • Dead All Along: The main group sees him running along the track and don't realize he's a ghost.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He runs barefoot.
  • Four Is Death: He chops off the feet of whoever is in the fourth lane at 4:44 PM.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After befriending Keiichirou, he can't bring himself to cut his feet off, and stops himself at the last second.
  • Heel Realization: Datto stops his evil self from cutting off Keiichirou's legs when he realizes how Keiichirou reminds him of himself when he was alive.
  • Horned Humanoid: His demon form has large bull-like horns.
  • Living Shadow: His demon form travels along the ground as a shadow with his scythe hovering above.
  • Obviously Evil: The fact he's a ghost is pretty painfully obvious, which the ADV dub lampshades:
    Satsuki: Something about that boy from the other day is bugging me.
    Hajime: You mean that he was pale? Almost transparent, with red eyes?
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has noticeably red eyes, which become even more obvious in his demonic form.

    Babasare 

Babasare

A flying hag carrying a scythe who attacks children who are home alone.


  • In the Hood: She's clad in a black hood.
  • Invisible to Adults: She's invisible to people who don't believe in her, but the presence of adults causes her to outright disappear.
  • Kill It with Water: The kids try to kill her with water, though since she's actually powered by fear, these measures only prove temporary.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In the ADV dub, Satsuki regularly refers to her as Barbra Streisand.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and she attacks children.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: She only appears to children who believe in and fear her. Momoko, not knowing anything about her, can't see her when she's chasing Leo, and when Satsuki's dad comes home, she completely vanishes.

    Utsushimi 

Utsushimi

A ghost inhabiting a mirror inside the old schoolhouse. It captures whoever looks at it and replaces them in the real world with a replica who then tries to trap more and more people inside mirrors.


  • Eyeless Face: The replicas it produces wear glasses with eyes that only appear in the lenses, and removing them shows an eyeless face beneath.
  • Machine Monotone: Another sign that someone has been replaced is that their replica speaks in a very quiet, unemotional voice.
  • Mirror Monster: It resides inside a mirror and traps people inside.
  • Mirror Universe: Its victims are trapped in one, and the only way to undo the damage is to point a mirror at another mirror.
  • Sdrawkcab Speech: If a person has anything written on their clothes, it'll be backwards on their replica.

    Datsueba 

Datsueba

Voiced by: Shiho Kikuchi (Japanese), Tomomichi Nishimura (Japanese, true form), Brittney Karbowski (English), George Manley (English, true form)

A deity who oversees the crossing of the deceased across the Sanzu River. She tries to force Leo onto the ferry after he accidentally ends up in the spirit world by accessing a cursed website called Yomi Dash Net.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: At first. She's based on a real figure in Buddhist folklore, which normally depicts her as an ugly old woman. She first appears to Leo looking like a young girl, but then she transforms into a much uglier, oni-like form after Leo refuses to cross the river.
  • Exorcist Head: She spins her head 360 degrees during her transformation.
  • The Ferryman: Tries to get Leo to cross the Sanzu River.

    Shirotabi 

Shirotabi

The deceased pet rabbit of a girl named Mio, who brought Shirotabi back to life in a black magic ritual, but at the price of him turning into a giant demonic monster at night.


    The Taxi Driver 

The Taxi Driver

Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)

"I know what you're thinking. Why aren't I Pakistani or some stoned, dreadlocked Jamaican. Well you're all being racist. Creepy Japanese men can be cabbies too, you know. But women should never be allowed to drive."

The ghost of a taxi driver who died while driving home to his daughter's birthday party. Ever since then, he has ferried lost travelers into Anamaneki, a tunnel where the living have their lives sucked away by the restless spirits within.


  • The Alcoholic: He's portrayed as such in the ADV dub, at least when he was alive.
  • Drives Like Crazy: When he's getting the kids out of the tunnel, he's laughing and treating the whole thing like a game of Crazy Taxi.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After he breaks free of the tunnel's control, he uses his cab to get the kids out.
  • Nightmare Face: He appears normal at first, but turns into his rotted corpse when they reach the tunnel.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the ADV dub, he had sex with a hooker who had AIDS, went to the doctor, found out he was clean, then died in a car accident.

    Merry Mary 

Merry Mary

Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese), Tamara Levine (English)

A possessed doll who infiltrates Satsuki's home and tries to kill her with an army of toys.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Mary decides to spare Satsuki after she remembers the latter cleaned her cheek with a handkerchief:
    Mary: Okay, the spit thing was kind of gross, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Creepy Doll: She's a doll who suddenly appears inside Satsuki's house after she finds her near a trash can.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: It's implied the reason she stalks and tries to torture Satsuki is because Satsuki wouldn't let Keiichirou keep her and called her "dirty and old."
  • Expy: Pretty blatantly of Talky Tina, right down to the alliterative name and communicating by phone.
  • Eye Scream: After she's captured Satsuki, she decides the first game they're going to play is "Pluck it Out".
  • Knight of Cerebus: While she's still quite comical in the ADV dub, she actually manages to terrify Satsuki more than any other ghost. And then there's the fact that she plans to have Satsuki torn apart piece by piece by an army of homicidal toys, which she would've gone through with if the handkerchief Satsuki used earlier hadn't fallen out of her pocket at the last moment.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: When she first shows up, this is how she moves around, but she later drops the facade and moves like a person.
  • Phone Call from the Dead: She communicates with Satsuki through the phone at first, but later on communicates with her regularly.
  • Repetitive Name: Merry, as in cheerful, followed by the name Mary.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She switches back and forth between a high-pitched cutesy voice fitting of a doll and sounding like an angry adult woman.

    The Cursed Nurse 

The Cursed Nurse

A ghostly nurse occupying the hospital where Satsuki's mother died.


  • Creepy Good: She's a floating ghostly nurse with long black hair and a creepy stare. However, once she's actually able to give Satsuki and Keiichirou the letter, her creepiness completely drops and she actually appears quite friendly.
  • The Grim Reaper: What she's initially believed to be. In actuality, she just wanted to give Satsuki and Keiichirou a letter their mother wrote before she died.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her right eye.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair almost reaches her feet.
  • Shinigami: She is implied to be one.
  • The Speechless: Which only adds to her creepiness, since she's unable to tell Satsuki and Keiichirou she doesn't actually mean any harm.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She has long black hair.

    Da Vinci 

Da Vinci

Voiced by: Sho Hayami (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

The ghost of an art teacher obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci who killed himself after his work was ridiculed. He resides inside a painting of the old schoolhouse done by Satsuki's mother when she was a student there, but gets released when Satsuki makes an identical painting. He pulls inside unsuspecting women to paint them, but kills them when he's finished.


  • And I Must Scream: His victims become trapped inside his paintings after he's finished.
  • Dem Bones: He's a skeleton wearing a stereotypical artist's smock and beret.
  • Driven to Suicide: He was originally an art teacher who aspired to be like the real Leonardo Da Vinci, but killed himself when his work was rejected.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The painting he's in is stuck in a time loop, and essentially acts as a portal to the past where Satsuki's parents are still kids there.
  • Horrifying the Horror: When he's resurrected, even the good ghosts of the old schoolhouse are afraid of him. Normally they don't get involved with the main group's attempts to defeat bad ghosts, but this time they make an effort. Hanako, the Ninomaya statue and Jinmenken all provide the kids with the incense necessary for defeating Da Vinci.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The cold open of his episode has him making lecherous comments to his victim.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When he's painting Momoko's purple hair, he remarks "Can't tell this is a goddamn anime."
  • Mad Artist: He captures women to paint them, then kills them after he's finished the painting by trapping them inside.

    Shizuko 

Shizuko

Voiced by: Yukana Nogami (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

The vengeful spirit of a woman who died before her wedding day after being struck by a taxi. She haunts the area where she died, scaring taxi drivers who drive that way at night.


  • Demonic Possession: She takes over Momoko's body and tries to kill her by having her run headfirst into a speeding train.
  • For the Evulz: As Amonojaku puts it, even though Momoko did nothing wrong to Shizuko, spirits like her love sharing their misery with the living and they'll curse them out of sheer spite. However, she backs off when Leo manages to find her wedding ring and the cab driver who killed her, giving her a proper outlet for her anger.
  • Spooky Photographs: She makes her presence known to the main group in a photo where they see a ghostly hand resting on Momoko's shoulder.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She looks about as close to the trope image as you can get.
  • Vengeful Ghost: She's out for blood because of her untimely death. In the end, she manages to get her revenge against the cab driver who performed the hit-and-run.

    Shinobu Matsuba/Yamime 

Shinobu Matsuba/Yamime

Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Taylor Hannah (English)

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"It'll be all right. Just make sure none of you say anything about this. And if you decide you don't like this there's a way to quit in the middle. Okay?"

A classmate of Satsuki's who ropes her into a schoolyard game of casting spells to grant wishes. Unfortunately, she is actually a horrific creature named Yamime, who only wishes to glut on and torment gullible schoolgirls.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: As Shinobu, she's rather haughty, detached and secretive.
  • Alpha Bitch: Satsuki seems to think of her as this with how she runs her little dark magic club. Turns out she's something much worse.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She appears to be a friendly and cheerful girl, if a bit cold and aloof. In reality, she's really a hideously evil creature that enjoys destroying children.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Yamime is one to her true nature.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: As her body continues to become more demonic, her final form gets an eyeball inside of her mouth.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: See that picture there? And that face didn't originally belong to her.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As the game gets scarier, her cheerful demeanor starts to fade, and it becomes more clear that she's just a manipulative monster.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Shinobu's body was stolen years ago by this demon. Near the end, she morphs into a horrible hybrid of her schoolgirl and ghost forms.
  • Jerkass: Amanojaku was very on point when he called her "a ghost and a bitch".
  • Laughably Evil: Despite her horric nature, she still has the persona of a bubbly school girl and gets some pretty hilarious lines, especially the "wish granting" chant.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She manages to be so charismatic that she almost tricks Satsuki into erasing herself.
  • Satanic Archetype: She charms her victims into signing a blood contract by promising them their greatest wishes, and then swallows their souls in darkness, either directly or tricking them into erasing themselves.
  • Smug Snake: She acts like one as she smugly manipulates people to erase themselves.

    Soma 

Soma

The head ghost haunting an abandoned building set to be demolished. It lures in and kills anyone who enters, and controls a variety of ghosts inside the building.


  • Hive Mind: It controls a variety of other ghosts used to lure in victims, including an old man, a seemingly suicidal woman, and a little girl with backwards bending knees.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Stand too close outside the building and it might drop a metal object on you like a pipe or a fence.
  • Murderous Mannequin: Has a bunch of these in addition to its puppet ghosts.
  • When Trees Attack: Its main body takes the form of a tree on top of the building, and all of the lesser ghosts come from it.

    Yuki 

Yuki

Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (Japanese), Lesley Tesh (English)

The ghost of a young girl who drowned in a lake next to an inn in the snowy mountains. She pretends that Satsuki's cousin Miyuki is the actual ghost in a scheme to get Miyuki killed.


  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: She makes loads of comments about black dicks in the ADV dub:
    Black men have larger penises than either Asians or Mexicans do. And I'm a size queen from the word go, you know what I'm saying?
  • Dead All Along: She presents herself as being the sister of Satsuki's still-living cousin, and claims Satsuki's actual cousin Miyuki died in her place.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After she's been put to spiritual sleep, the kids leave some flowers by her grave and express their sadness for her backstory, which causes a gentle snowfall that's implied to be caused by Yuki.
  • An Ice Person: She causes a snowstorm and tries to freeze the main group and Miyuki to death.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is a hint on her actually being a Yuki-onna.
  • Nightmare Face: After she's been found out, her face briefly morphs into a horrifying, rotted mess, before changing again into another version of her face with an creepily wide mouth and glowing red eyes.
  • Race Fetish: In the ADV dub, Yuki explicitly states that she likes black men.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes turn red after she's been found out.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Even though she tried to kill them, the kids still feel sorry for her when they find out about her tragic death and feelings of loneliness, and they visit her grave to leave flowers for her.
  • Valley Girl: The ADV dub turns her into one, with a lot of what she says being about her lust for black men or how she's really popular.
  • Yuki-onna: She's a ghost who lives in a snowy inn, and this is also where her name comes from.

    Akane 

Akane

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese), Alice Fulks (English)

The ghost of a girl who died of a sudden heart attack while broadcasting the school announcements. Any student who takes her place and hears her voice over the speakers is then cursed to die.


  • Death Equals Redemption: As the kids perform the necessary steps to putting her to spiritual sleep, her face goes from hideous and angry to cute and peaceful.
  • Expy: Of Sadako from The Ring.
  • Four Is Death: When she counts down to someone's death, she skips any numbers that have a four in them. Satsuki notices and realizes that she can be defeated by chanting the number four.
  • Psycho Lesbian: The ADV dub adds this in after she appears to be feeling Satsuki up during her countdown:
    Akane: Fifteen. Thirteen. Twelve. Eleven. (her hands begin going up Satsuki's legs)
    Satsuki: Uh-uh! Uh-uh! Uh-uh!
    Akane: Let's see. Oh my. Definitely a ten.
    Satsuki: Ah! A math deficient lesbian with scoliosis. What is it with me and lesbians!?
    (Akane's hand begins sliding up Satsuki's chest)
    Satsuki: It's the jacket. I need a makeover.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes glow through her hair.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Yet another aspect connecting her to Sadako.
  • Television Portal: Crawls through a television at one point, further cementing her as a Sadako expy.

    The Headless Biker 

The Headless Biker

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Reeves Gentry (English)

The ghost of a motorcycle punk who lost his head in an accident. Every year on the anniversary of his death, he goes around decapitating everyone and everything that has a head, including statues.


  • Ax-Crazy: He slices off every head he gets near, even the heads of statues and toys.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears briefly in the first episode, but doesn't get an episode about him until the second to last one.
  • Headless Horseman: A modernized take on the idea.
  • Off with His Head!: Looks for a new head through mass decapitation.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Wearing a scarf is usually enough to keep him at bay. This is lampshaded at the end of the episode in the ADV dub:
    Momoko: Oh God.
    Hajime: That was so stupid.
    Leo: It made no sense.
    Satsuki: We could have all just worn turtlenecks and what, the ghost would have left us alone?
    Keiichirou: Good job, Japan.

    Ouma 

Ouma

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Paul Oddo (English)

The final threat fought in the series, a giant stone demon who wants revenge on Satsuki and her family for being sealed away.


  • Evil Counterpart: He's basically what Amonojaku was at the start of the series before his gradual Heel–Face Turn, but even more powerful.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, booming voice.
  • Eye Scream: Amonojaku jumps at his face and claws at his eye, leaving it dangling by the stalk. However, it heals itself a few seconds later.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When he can't understand Keiichirou's gibberish:
    Ouma: Uh, I'm sorry, what? When is ADV going to start subtitling what you say?
  • Living Statue: He resembles a humanoid demon made of stone.
  • Mind Control: Ends up putting most of the schoolkids and Mr. Sakata under mind control and has them go after the Satsuki and Keiichirou with knives.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Says this to Satsuki after it looks like she stares at his crotch.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He unleashes most the previous ghosts, and his presence eventually causes massive tremors and earthquakes.
  • Villain Team-Up: He revives most of the ghosts from the previous episodes and sics them on the kids.
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