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     Bead Holders 

Shino Inuzuka
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

  • Badass Long Coat: His usual outfit.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Half of the time, he acts like this. He proves to have sharp mind at certain situations, however.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has this for Hamaji. It's the reason why he and Sousuke came to the capital in the first place anyway. He also has this for Kaho.
  • Big Eater: He packs food away like nobody's business... except Liver. He hates that.
  • The Determinator: If he determines to do something, he won't stop.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He was raised as a girl due to his home village's belief that it can cure his illness. Also, his adult form.
  • Heroic Resolve: Still managed to crawl up to Tamazusa-hime and demand Sousuke's Duty Gem back... while bleeding profusely.
  • Ill Boy: Was one in his past, and apparently he can only live on because of Murasame.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: His fear of the living dead, and dirty, filthy things (like bugs and rats) has a few people call him a "delicate girl" at heart.
  • Make a Wish: It's noted that if he wishes for something strongly enough it will happen. His wish for Sousuke and Kohaku to live longer ultimately extended their lives.
  • The Napoleon: He's shorter than most of the people he works with.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Came dangerously close to this after his row with Sousuke. Thankfully, Sousuke survived thanks to Shino's wish.
  • The Nose Knows: He could smell that Kohaku only had a little more time life to live.
  • Older Than They Look: Is suppose to be 18 but is cursed by Murasama to remain the same age as when he became his host.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Though he's really [18 at times he truly acts like the age he appears to be. Even lampshaded at times by others. And at others he comes across as much wiser than his years and more in tune to what is going on.
  • Power at a Price: Shino can use Murasame, something no one else can, but the price is that it stunted his growth and will eventually led him to a horrible death, at least according to Satomi.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he goes after Satomi for his blood, he has bright red eyes.
  • Scenery Censor: When he takes bath with Shinobu in episode 22, at one point he stands completely naked...except that Murasame conveniently covers his private part. And it is hilarious.
  • Spanner in the Works: Tamazusa-hime would have successfully assimilated Fuse-hime...if it weren't for Shino's strong wish for Sousuke to live on, which Fuse-hime's spirit granted.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Shinobu
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat!
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: As a child, and at one point when Daikaku tries to make a model based on him.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: When he was ill as a child. It is also stated that if he were to remove Murasame from his body and become a normal boy, he would die in a few days due to the illness still intact in his body.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Happens if Murasame forces him to get more blood.

Sousuke Inukawa
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)

Genpachi Inukai
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)

  • Bungled Suicide: After his fiancee's death, he repeatedly attempted to commit suicide only to be stopped by Kobungo and his own immortality. No matter how many times he tried, he simply couldn't make it stick.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His attachment to Shino and Cloudcuckoolander tendencies aside, he seems to be a competent officer.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Early on, he is on the receiving end of this by Seiran.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A bit of one.
  • Driven to Suicide: Genpachi tried to killed himself numerous times after the death of his fiancee, but his Healing Factor is so strong that he survived having his throat slit and shooting himself in the head.
  • Fair Cop: He's a military officer.
  • Healing Factor: He and his brother-in-law gained this after being on the brink of death and revived by their beads.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Seems to have this attitude towards Shino.
  • The Lost Lenore: His fiancee, who is also Kobungo's sister. He seems to be over it VERY quickly, though. Or rather, he already exhausted himself mourning for her and decided it's about time to live.
  • Love at First Sight: To Shino. Not quite first sight, but applies nonetheless considering the circumstances.
  • Nice Hat: In his officer's uniform.
  • Resurrective Immortality: He'll come back if killed.
  • Shock and Awe: In demon form.

Kobungo Inuta
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)

Keno Inusaka
Voiced by: Junichi Miyake (Japanese), Illich Guardiola (season 1), Ian Sinclair (season 2) (English)

  • Ancestral Weapon: His family's blade has been passed down for generations, with him currently using it.
  • Best Served Cold/It's Personal: His unfinished business with Sousuke's shadow, Ao.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Not with a spoon but he did lose his heart with a sword... poor guy. At least Kokonoe gave him her heart.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: To the point Kobungo and Dousetsu are fooled.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kokonoe refers to him as "Asakeno". Once they get to know each other, so does Genpachi at times.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Sees Kokonoe as both a mother and sister since she saved him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Probably the prettiest character in the whole series.
  • Master Swordsman: He's considered one of the most skilled swordsman. He explained he needed to be able to use his Ancestral Weapon and built the skill up to match.
  • The Nose Knows: He could smell Sousuke and Shino weren't entirely human when they first met.
  • The Team Normal: Or as close as one of the eight dogs could be to normal. Unlike the others Keno's familiar/companion doesn't grant him any mystical abilities that he uses in combat, or outside of combat for that matter. Kokonoe just gave him her heart.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Well, unsettling for Kobungo, anyway. To be fair, he never even attempts to hide his gender.
  • Younger Than They Look: In episode 19, it's revealed that Keno is a minor like Sousuke except that Genpachi, Kobungo, Shino, and Sousuke were all surprised at the reveal.

Dousetsu Inuyama
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Houston Hayes (English)

Daikaku Inumura
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Mike Yager (English)

  • Abusive Parents: His real father.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The first thing that came to his mind when he was near death was to get his sister's medicine.
  • Disappeared Dad: His adoptive father has been missing for six months. Turns out he's already dead, but Daikaku didn't remember it due to his Trauma-Induced Amnesia.
  • Happily Adopted: By his father, a Doll-Maker.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a pet cat. Ends up saving him by giving him his bead.
  • The Stoic: Compared to other characters, he doesn't have broad range of expressions.
  • Third Eye: Hidden under his headband that can kill spirits.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Apparently suffers one after his near-death experience, which makes him forget that both of his fathers have died. It is unclear whether his sister also suffers it, however.

Shinobu Inue
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

  • Blow You Away: Gains command over wind after coming into his power.
  • Class Representative: Of the elementary school he attends.
  • Has Two Daddies: Was raised for ten years by his father and uncle, who both seem to have considered him their son. Both of them willingly give up half their lives to save him and die to keep him safe.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He is noted to have this trait after his disappearance, and after Akihiko's "death", he sleeps for an entire week.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: According to his grandmother, Shinobu's father was/is a Tengu. Incidentally inhuman Dad treated him much better than his human mom ever did.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Apparently has his memories during his time with Kagetsu sealed.
  • Older Than He Looks: Is technically twenty-two, but was missing for ten years during which he didn't age. Unlike Shino, he has resumed normal aging.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Coming into his Tengu powers gives him these.
  • Raised by Grandparents: His grandmother took care of him after his mother died falling off a cliff.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Ao is about to kill Hazuki in episode 22, Shinobu attempts to stop him.


     Houses of the Sacred Beasts 

Rio Satomi

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), David Matranga (English)

  • Aloof Big Brother: Has become this to Shino, in a way. And it's possible that they actually are brothers!
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A high-ranking official with the Church.
  • Badass Preacher: He's a part of the Church.
  • Bishounen: Lampshaded repeatedly. It's practically the reason why he's the Church's golden boy. His own familiar follows him for this reason.
  • Famous Ancestor: He is the descendant of Fuse-hime.
  • Long-Lost Relative: A conversation with Kaname implies that he's this to Shino.
    • Another conversation implies that they're brothers.
  • The Stoic

Kaname Osaki

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)

  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mess with Hamaji.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: One of the silliest guys you'll see in the series, and once he is pissed, you'll suddenly remember that he is part of the Four Houses for a reason.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to with Seiran's Cain. His mother was a concubine to Seiran's father.
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Knight in Shining Armor: And played not in entirely positive light. He does nothing despite knowing Seiran's Cold-Blooded Torture to Genpachi, and it isn't until one of his insects gives Hamaji a papercut that Kaname finally takes action.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: When he is not pissed, he always ends as this thanks to Hamaji's attitude.
  • Ship Tease: With Hamaji, who does seem to like him back.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction to one of Seiran's insects cutting Hamaji's cheek in a nutshell. He mentions that he never once hated the man until that moment, only pitied him.

Ayane Mizuki

Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

  • Ill Girl: Her body is weak, which is part of the reason that Chikage can't let her leave often from her side.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She's essentially the owner of the manor the Sacred Beast Holders live in, but is lonely until Shino and Hamaji showed up.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: It's mentioned that the children of her clan are sensitive to the energy of others.
  • Nice Girl: She stops her guardian from harming the others when they were bringing them flowers and even goes to apologize to them for it.
  • Not What It Looks Like: At one points she walks into Sousuke sleeping on Shino's which she blushes and runs away until he calls her back.
  • Protectorate: To Chikage, both due to similar appearances and being the last of her Mizuki clan.

Nachi Hinozuka

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), David Wald (English)

     Spirits and Familiars 

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

  • Animal Motif: A crow.
  • Anti-Magic: According to Saitomi, Murasame can tear through all magic.
  • Big Eater: Eats as much as Shino.
  • Body Horror: It is part of Shino's arm now, and when we see Murasame emerging from his arm, it is disturbing.
  • Cool Sword:It is one.
  • The Dreaded: Chikage mentions that she dreads Murasame because even she, a goddess, can be slain by it.
  • Moment of Weakness: The New Moon on the 29th of the month leaves Murasame quiet and inactive compared to normal.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Literally, and twice! The first time around it crashed on Shinonome's barrier, causing heavy downpour on the mountains before said guardian went berserk. The second time, it crashed on another barrier surrounding the Church, causing Lilith to come out and out for Shino's blood. In episode 22, Shino actually considers weaponising this to break the barrier in the tengu territory.
  • One-Winged Angel: Any time Shino is mortally wounded, Murasame is able to take over completely, becoming a colossal, nigh-unstoppable canine demon hell-bent on devouring enough blood to undo the damage Shino sustained, most often by eating someone whole outright. Only The Power of Friendship, courtesy of Sousuke, has been shown to be able to make him snap out of it.
  • Power at a Price: Its previous wielders have been said not to meet pleasant end with their lives.
  • Talking Animal: It often speaks to Shino.
  • Third-Person Person: Refers to itself in the third person.
  • Weather Manipulation: Can call down rain.


  • Head Pet: Likes to perch itself on Shino's head, but usually Murasame is there first.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It's basically a giant fuzz-ball with an eye on the front and mouth on the back.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: It's small enough to fit in a pocket, but give it water and it swells in size to the point that you can ride on it.


The Foxes

  • Beware the Silly Ones: They're funny, but Kaname points out that when anyone tries to get rid of him they turn vengeful and heads roll as a result.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hamaji is quite a slave-driver to them.
  • Killer Rabbit: Despite their cutesy appearance, once Kaname is pissed and wants them to kill, they will kill.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: They're mostly there for a laugh, like when Hamaji bosses them around.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In their tiny form.
  • Shipper on Deck: Briefly muse with each other the episode that Hamaji moves to the school dorms that she is perfectly suitable as a future bride of Kaname.

Chikage \ Hibiki

Voiced by: Miho Arakawa (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)

  • Animal Motif: Snakes.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At the beginning of her introductory episode, she was willing to kill/maim Shino and Sousuke for trespassing in her domain. By the end, she thanks Shino for mediating between her and the Osaki to give Ayane a little more freedom, tells him her true name, and places her trust in him.
  • Guardian Entity: To the Mizuki Clan and Ayane. It's noted that her clan originally owned the house the rest of the group uses and she would devour anyone who set foot on the property before they made a deal that left it forbidden for anyone other than Ayane to enter one side of the house.
  • Heroic BSoD: Played for Laughs. When she comes dangerously close to killing Shino and Sousuke just because they happen to step on her territory, going so far as to demand Sousuke's arm in penitence until Ayane appears and calls her "mean" while running away, causing her to briefly suffer this.
  • Mystical White Hair: Has long white hair that flows down her back.
  • Orochi: Shino refers to her as one, citing that her true body is so huge that the earth would tremble if she moves because she is a goddess. This, unfortunately, anchors her to the property so that she can't leave it when Ayane wants to go somewhere.
  • Poisonous Person: Come with the Snake Goddess territory.

Kokonoe \ Yasha-hime

Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English)

Also known as Yasha-hime.


Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Nancy Novotny (English)


Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese), David Wald (English)

  • Blessed with Suck: He originally chose Nachi's brother, Yuuri, to be his master but the latter could not see him. When he went to the mansion of the Sacred Beasts that had a special barrier that allowed the unseeable spirits to be seen, Yuuri was distraught with what he saw and retreated into seclusion. Thus he had to retreat his choice and chose Nachi who is able to see him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mixed with the Chew Toy in episodes he appears in. Mainly in episode 19.
  • Mega Neko: Can transform into one.
  • The Worf Effect: When the shadow eaters ate his shadow. They spit them out later in episode 19.
  • When She Smiles: He chose Yuuri at first because he liked seeing Yuuri's smiles.


Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Eric Daugherty (English)

  • Friend to All Children: Tengu are known to be fond of children. Kagetsu is no exception as he raised Shinobu.
  • Papa Wolf: He gives Shinobu half of his life and died to protect him.
  • Promotion to Parent: Found a dying Shinobu as a child and raised him as his own.


Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (Japanese), Ty Mahany (English)

  • Came Back Wrong: Tamazusa-hime reanimated his corpse, as a rather brutal Kick the Dog to Shinobu. And to Ao, for that matter, considering he grievously wounded Shino in a fight.
  • Papa Wolf: Really, really pissed off with Ao after he hurt Shinobu by accident. He flat out states it's a parent's job to protect their kid.
  • Promotion to Parent: After Kagetsu died, he is now responsible for Shinobu.



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Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)

  • The Assimilator: Absorbs his victims' body parts as his since apparently he is "incomplete". Keno and Kohaku are just a few of his victims.
  • The Dragon: Apparently one to the current vessel of Tamazusa-hime.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He loses it later on after replacing his left eye with Kohaku's.
  • Eye Scream: Had his left eye slashed through by Keno after he stole Keno's heart. This left him with a scar which he hides with an eyepatch.
  • Literal Split Personality: Of Sousuke.
    • Split-Personality Takeover: In a sense. The Duty Gem appears to have picked him over Sousuke, which is killing the 'good' Sousuke, effectively making him the 'real' one despite being a Shadow.
  • Living Shadow: Referred to as such. There are hints that he is the real Sousuke, however.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Platonic or otherwise, his entire actions are driven because he wants to be with Shino.
  • Master Swordsman: Good enough with a blade to carve out Keno's heart, who is already a skilled swordsman.
  • Pet the Dog: He's actually genuinely nice to Kaho the one time he meets her. Also, evil though he is, Shino is someone he holds precious.
  • Synchronization: With Sousuke.
  • Technicolor Eyes: He actually did this on purpose, taking Kohaku's left eye because Shino thought they were pretty. He meant to collect her other eye as well, but Shino mercy killed her first.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He was more than happy to help Tamazusa... until she mortally wounded Shino and decided Shino's going to be the host for her dead child.


  • Bigger Bad: Or at least, would have been one if it weren't for the wrench that Shino unintentionally threw to Tamazusa-hime's plan.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can/Sealed Good in a Can: By default, it should have been the latter due to the fact that she was the one who sealed Tamazusa-hime away. She came dangerously close becoming the former when Tamazusa-hime attempted to use her soul, though.


Voiced by: Masako Tatsuki (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)


Hamaji (Mutsuki Inuyama)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)


Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Connor Leach (English)


Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)

Hinaginu Inumura

Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima (Japanese), Nancy Novotny (English)


  • Children Are Innocent: So innocent.
  • Disability Superpower/Hyper-Awareness: Despite (or possibly due to) her blindness, the rest of Kaho's senses are much sharper, making her act most of the time as if she isn't blind.
  • Morality Pet: Downplayed. Kaho is one of a few people Shino never gets angry at, and he also seems to be regularly concerned for her well-being.
    • Also even Ao is nice to her.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Among the orphans, she is the smallest one, and her intelligence is noted several times.


  • Age-Appropriate Angst: She's a fourteen year old girl who was from birth raised and treated as the living embodiment of one half of the local deity. She also was constantly made to grant others wishes without any heed to her own.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After an Important Hair Cut, she has this symbolizing her freedom from her previous bonds.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Granting wishes takes from her life-force and slowly kills her.
  • Genki Girl: Her new found freedom from her status as a "living deity" has given her quite a bit of energy and cheer.
  • Hikikomori: Since she was born, she has never left the shrine. Until she is freed from her "living deity" status.
  • Hime Cut: As a Miko and Yamato Nadeshiko this hair style suits her.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Very much so; the main problem lies in that she refuses to voice or truly acknowledge said wish, which is why she and the village suffers so much. Once she does, she gets her wish.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Is very calm, cool, and composed. This is deconstructed as very much an artificial mode of acting. Her natural personality is more energetic and cheerful.


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