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The head family of Kamigari and the main antagonists of the series.

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    In General 
  • Badass Family: The Shishigami are the uppercrust of their organization, consisting of the Yamato Family and their closest associates.
  • Meaningful Name: Kamigari means, "god slayers".
  • Name To Run Away From Really Fast: Most of the world's governments are terrified of them, due to Ouken's power alone. Tenbi and Venus are the only two factions capable of opposing them.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: They exist within the shadows of modern society and are known only to a select few, such as the faculty at Tenbi Academy and Venus. While it's known that Ouken plans to break the seal atop Amanohara, his reasons for doing so remain unclear...
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: They have influence within the Tenbi region's government, and use their connections to carry out their hidden agenda.

    Takeru Yamato
Himegami's uncle looms over the series as its main antagonist and originally created the Kamigari for the purpose of killing the ancients gods, to obtain their powers. Centuries have passed since he was defeated and slain by his nephew, Yabiko. Yet, Takeru's spirit lingers by possessing those of his bloodline, and the countless clones he's created. Simply put: he refuses to stay dead.
  • Adapted Out: He's a main antagonist in the manga, yet you'll never see him in the anime.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
    • Just as Takeru is about to kill him, Yamato tries begging for his life by promising to spare Takeru and his friends. Takeru doesn't buy it and tells Yamato he's already blown any chances for mercy, or forgiveness.
    • After finding himself imprisoned alone in the total darkness of the Ama no Iwato seal, he tries pleading with his niece to release him. She refuses and says it's only right that a soulless man like him should languish away in a soulless realm - especially since he, himself, slew all the gods who once inhabited it. Then adds that if he doesn't like it, he can simply kill himself by letting his soul fade away.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To the entire Himegami Family, whom he antagonized ages ago which began when he slew his own brother to get to his wife, Yatsuno, in order to obtain her power. Yamato then pursued his niece and nephew, but wound up being slain by Yabiko. Over 2,000 years have passed, leaving Himegami as the sole remaining member of her family and one of the few with the power to oppose her uncle.
    • He's also made an enemy of Takeru Oyama who, as fate would have it, is a distant descendant of Yabiko. Takeru also takes issue with Yamato for targetting Tenbi Academy, made worse when Yamato abducts Ms. Aki to sacrifice her to the Ama no Iwato seal.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Yamato has been around since ancient times and has used it to study the 8 Original Maken, so he's already well-aware of each of their abilities. He can also deduce the abilities of any other Maken, so long as he's seen it used enough times. Which is why Kai's "Rental Gift" was rendered useless, because Yamato had already seen each of the Maken abilities Kai had borrowed and determined he was little more than a nuisance.
  • Breath Weapon: It's his signature ability. Whatever he says goes. So if he tells something to break, it breaks, which is how Ouken was able to split the ocean in two. Or he can choose to DESTROY!! the target, resulting in a massive blast of energy fired directly from his mouth!
  • Body Surf: See the I Have Reserves entry.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Noted in the Breath Weapon entry.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Despite his crushing defeat from Takeru (chapter 57), the first time Yamato actually shows sign of concern is during chapter 86, when Idaten informs him that Yan-Min was somehow using White Element. It becomes important only twelve chapters later (see Kryptonite Factor).
  • Creepy Uncle: Yamato hasn't let the fact that Himegami is his niece hinder his desire for her, especially now that he's seen how she's grown. The moment he got her alone, he immediately pinned her on the ground and tried to rape her. Thankfully, the other Takeru was there to stop him.
  • Dead All Along: Which is part of the reason Gouken's death was pointless. Takeru killed him just to vent his frustrations at the one who was possessing him, who was dead to begin with. So Takeru Yamato didn't care.
  • Death Is Cheap: Plus, if you kill off one of his hosts, he'll just hop into the next one and come back stronger than before.
  • Devour the Dragon: He steals Otohime's soul during the attack on Tenbi, since he no longer needed her, or her research.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Throughout the final battle, he was convinced that he had nothing to fear so long as he kept Takeru Oyama from getting near him. So when Takeru finally conered him and was about to strike the final blow, Yamato fled by projecting his soul outside of his physical body. He completely forgot that his niece could do it too, not realizing he had just played right into her hands. Whoops.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Everything's he's ever done has been for his own gain, including murdering his brother and his brother's wife. So he couldn't understand why Takeru and the others were willing to risk themselves defending his niece, since she was already dead.
  • Evil Uncle: To his deceased nephew (Yabiko) and his niece, Kodama, who has taken it upon herself to avenge her family by personally putting an end to her uncle.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Yamato finally gets what he wanted: eternal life, but not in the way he imagined it. When he abandoned his body in a desperate attempt to save himself from Takeru's final attack, Himegami returned to spirit form to drag her uncle's soul to the Ama no Iwato seal. The same barrier that confined her for over 2,000 years. Except how, it's an empty void without another living soul since he, himself slew the gods who once inhabited it. Himegami tells him it's a fitting end for a soulless man like him and leaves her uncle with a Sadistic Choice: Either end his own life, or resign himself to languish in total darkness and isolation for eternity. It isn't said which one Yamato chooses, but the closing narration says he was never seen again.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For much of the series, we're lead to believe that Ouken is the main villain, until we finally learn that he's been dead all along. His corpse was simply being animated by Takeru Yamato.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: After more than 2,000 years of waiting, he finally gets his hands on Himegami; "they key" he needed to break the seal atop Amanohara. Except he blew it, because the first thing he decided to do, was try to rape her.
  • Hero Killer:
    • He's responsible for the murder of Himegami's parentsnote  over 2,000 years prior to the start of the manga's main story. And he's also the one who kills Inaho's father, Tesshin.
    • During the final battle (chapters 119-123), Yamato also kills all of Himegami's shikigami; including Igazuchi, Kagezuchi, and Himegami's parents (again). He also nearly succeeds in killing Usui as well.
  • Irony: Threefold, since his lone opposition not only shares the same name as himself, but Takeru also happens to be the spitting image of the man who killed him ages ago (Yabiko Yamato), and possesses the exact same ability Blood Pointer.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Because of Yamato's inherent nature, his Element is "Black" by default, which makes him vulnerable to "White" Element. However, the ability to use it is exceedingly rare, as there are only four known ability users who cannote : his niece (Kodama), Inaho, Yan-Min, and Takeru Oyama.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For over two millennia, Yamato and slew the gods, including the ones who dwelled in the sacred seal atop Amanohara. The lone survivor was his niece, Kodama, who Yamato relentlessly pursued for her Orochi blood, in order to break the seal. And just after attaining all that he sought, his niece confines his spirit inside the Ama no Iwato seal which is now an endless, empty, void. A literal Hell of his own making.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: His first act, upon reviving from his injuries, is to grab a concubine who happened to be in the room. Then gropes and fingers her to orgasm, before instructing Miyabi to bring him more of his women.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Ouken Yamato was well-aware that Takeru Yamato's spirit resided within his body, but Ouken's will was strong enough to keep Takeru from taking him over. So he was forced to bide his time, 'til Ouken's lifeforce finally expired.
  • Mortality Phobia: In chapter 105, Takeru asks Yamato why he's so obsessed with trying to gain immortality. Yamato confesses it's because he's seen what awaits him once he finally dies: nothing. The thought of it has terrified him ever since he's seen it with his own eyes, which why he ultimately merges with the Orochi itself.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: ...because it hasn't stopped him from coming back and only delayed his plans by over 2,000 years.
  • Parental Incest: The guy tried to rape his own niece in front of her friends, just to humiliate her and piss Takeru off. Thankfully, he failed on the first two counts. But he did succeed with the last one (enraging Takeru).
  • Really Gets Around: In more ways than one, from banging countless concubines over the centuries, to body snatching his own offspring and his clones.
  • Sadistic Choice: Seeing that Tesshin had been prepared throw his life away to defy him, Takeru told him he'd not only kill him, but Yuuka as well. Making it a point to emphasize how he'd toy with her first and that she wouldn't be a match for him. On the other hand, he'd spare both their lives and even let the girl go... provided Tesshin swore his obedience to him. Tesshin concedes.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Yamato has a major one during his final moments, once the realization set in that he was soon to die, despite finally attaining godhood. He rants that he can't understand why he's always been obsessed with his niece, why every time he's tried to kill her, someone always intervenes on her behalf. As the fight nears its conclusion, he demands to know why Oosuo's spirit he had returned from death to defend his daughter, instead of him. Nor could he understand why all the students and faculty at Tenbi and Venus were loaning their Element to Takeru.
  • We Have Reserves: He's homegrown dozens of clone bodies for himself and has fathered just as many children. So no matter what happens to any of them, or how many of them die, he's got plenty to fall back on.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Noted in the Death Is Cheap and I Have Reserves entries.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Exemplified by the fact that he's drained the souls of even his most loyal and powerful minions, without hesitation, once he no longer needs them. Particularly during chapter 85 when he takes the souls of Espada, Sorano, Sui, and Otohime.

    Ouken Yamato 
The leader of the Kamigari, head of the Yamato Family, and the series' main antagonist, until his death. Despite being hundreds of years in age, Ouken's strength and fighting capability have only grown stronger with time. Minori's father was said to have been an obstacle to him, and his daughter is one of the few he's ever acknowledged as an equal. Regardless, he has no sentiment towards her and sees Minori as another obstacle in his quest for ultimate power. To that end, he seeks to capture Himegami, as her Orochi blood makes her "The Key" to breaking the seal atop Amanohara.
  • Aura Vision: An ability he shares in common with Minerva, making him the only other person who's capable of seeing what Himegami actually looks like. Which is how he knew the real Himegami had died long ago, since all that was left of her, was her Element.
  • Big Bad: Or so we were lead to believe, until Himegami finished him.
  • Break Them by Talking: Ouken tried to demoralize Takeru by telling him the truth about Himegami.
  • Dirty Old Man: Unlike most geezers, Ouken wasn't content to just look, or cop a feel. He had his own harem of concubines, ranging from their late teens to early 20s and he was shagging ALL of 'em; including Yuuka Amadonote .
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ouken had been possessed the entire time by Takeru Yamato's spirit, who was animating his corpse. The damage he sustained from Himegami's final attack was irreparable, causing Takeru to finally abandoned Ouken's body, to highjack Gouken's.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Or pants, or any clothes really, except his kimono. Otherwise, he'd be walking around naked.
  • The Dreaded: Yomatsuri and the rest of Tenbi's government live in fear of him, because of his "Soul Collector" ability. But they're well aware that they'd be powerless against him even without it. Leo also confided to Takeru that his fear of Ouken is what's kept him from defecting to Tenbi.
  • Evil Old Folks: Ouken was able to deafeat four A class ability users at once during a sparring session, parted the ocean by shouting at it, threw a slab of rock like a frisbee and rode it across ocean, and was the first of only two people who's ever been able to defeat Minorinote . The old man was serious business.
  • Godhood Seeker: That was his aspiration, which is believed to have been why he sought to reawaken the Orochi.
  • Implacable Man: Ouken's latent Element was so powerful, that bullets fired at point blank range coulddn't touch him and enabled him to keep fighting even after taking some of Minori's most powerful attacks.
  • Rated M for Manly: Miyabi definitely believes so, 'cuz she can't stop bragging about how powerful he is. And after watching him bang a chamberful of concubines, she got so turned on, that she blushed and started dripping.
  • Really Gets Around: Chapter 32 begins with a veiled shot of him banging one of his concubines so hard, that the force of his thrusts was shaking the guardian statue outside the bedchamber. By the next page, he's done. An entire harem is seen collapsed in exhaustion.
  • Sex God: Noted in the preceding entry. Suffice to say, the Old Man's still got it.
  • The Unseen: Ouken doesn't make an appearance in the anime and only gets a brief mention, despite being the series' main antagonist.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Takeru Yamato. The moment Ouken touched the Soul Jar, it allowed him to enter Ouken's body and bide his time until his death. The moment he passed away, Takeru took over.
  • Wham Line: Delivered at the end of chapter 49, in an attempt to demoralize Takeru:
    Ouken: (at Takeru) "I don't understand — Why are you helping that girl? She isn't even a human. She's nothing but a doll. That body is made of what's left of the real Kodama Himegami."
    • At that point, their battle was suspended by a 4 chapter flashback mini-arc, revealing how Himegami was eventually confined within the seal atop Amanohara, and died after her body gradually dissolved over the next 2,000 years. The girl Takeru and the others knew as Himegami was simply her Element, which had taken metaphysical form in her likeness.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: He incinerated 4 of his own people during a sparring session, for no other reason than to test his might.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Takeru Yamato couldn't understand why Takeru and the others would bother defending "a doll" of a girl who had already died ages ago. It backfired beautifully, when Takeru responded by beating a friendship speech into him.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: "Soul Collector" is how he sustains himself after taking injury. By feasting on other souls, he fully recovers while killing the victim. But he can also use it to to take control of their minds, or alter their memories.

    Otohime Yamato 
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)
The granddaughter of Ouken Yamato, who serves as the series' first real antagonist. She's also the first to truly make Takeru question his belief that girls need protecting, by showing that women can be just as cruel as men. Otohime is spoiled and sociopathic, often treating others as pawns, or as guinea pigs in her experiments. The only one she has any genuine affection for is her twin brother, Gouken.
  • Big Brother Worship: Otohime refers to Gouken as, "Onii-sama" and has absolute faith in her twin brother's abilities. But was surprised when he found out his powers had limitations.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted, since it didn't take long for her to show her true colors.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Make that grandad's, otherwise the trope is played straight.
  • Defiant to the End: Seen at the beginning of chapter 54, when she's about to be punished by Haruko. Otohime told Haruko to do her worst, as she refused to tell her how to free the islanders from her control.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the anime, Otohime suffers a worse case of it than than Himegami. She only makes two appearances and, by season 2, she's completely forgotten about.
  • The Dragon: She served under her grandfather as the next highest ranking member of the Shishigami, despite her young age. She retains her position after her grandfather's death, now serving as Takeru Yamato's second-in-command.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Otohime dressess the part of the proper lady, from her ruffled dark dress and black hair ribbon, to her matching parasol - contrasting with Himegami's style, which is more the seductress.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kodama Himegami:
    • They're both short and semi-flatchested, which makes them sensitive about their breasts. Both have twin-tails, except Otohime's are larger, and they dress in gothic lolita fashion.
    • Above all, despite their outward appearances, neither one is human. Himegami is what's left of the original's Element, in metaphysical form, whereas Otohime is a clone of Takeru Yamato. Making it a justified example, since he made a copy of his own niece.
  • Humiliation Conga: After more than 40 chapters, she finally got was coming to her when Haruko put Otohime across her knee and spanked her, while Yuuka got it all on film] By the time Haruko's done, Otohime is shown passed out with smoke rising from her freshly tanned backside.
  • I Have Your Wife: After Yuuka falls into her trap, Otohime has Love Espada publicly notify Tenbi the following day at the festival. Then taunts Minori and the others by showing them.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Minori threatens her for holding Yuuka hostage, Otohime counters by telling her it was their own fault for sending Yuuka to spy on them. And also deduces that Maken-ki assumed it wouldn't matter if they lost the competition, since they tried to set a trap for them.
  • Killed Midsentence: Done right as she was assuring Takeru Yamato that she'd find a way to reinforce the brainwashing on Espada on the others. Except he no longer cared.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She showed up for the Himekagura Festival, knowing Tenbi would try to follow her, in hopes of finding her new lair and Takeru Yamato's location. Yuuka falls into their trap, where Otohime explained that Love Espada and the other third year students were under her control. And later explains to Miyabi, that she's been using them sparingly to ensure the mind control holds, until the intergration process is complete.
  • Mega Twin Tails: In the form of a massive pair of Ojou Ringlets that extend behind her back in an inverted "V" formation.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: She initially comes across as comically inept, but she has one of the deadliest Maken abilities in the series. Plus, she's incredibly shrewd and manipulative.
  • Oh, Crap!: She talks big so long as she has her brother, or her minions to hide behind. But once Celia took them out of the picture, she knew her ass was grass.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Kept on her person at all times as part of her gothic lolita image.
  • Puppet Master: Dollhouse's special ability is "Glooming Garden", which bends the victim to Otohime's will, with a miniature mannequin of them. Anyone that steps within her Dollhouse's Area of Effect becomes hers to control. And any pain she inflicts on the victim's "doll" is magnified several times over, which is how she effortlessly broke Sho's arm.
  • Red Baron: She's known as Otohime "The Manipulator".
  • Rich Bitch: Otohime's haughtiness and her style of dress reflects her family's status and her upbringing.
  • The Sociopath: People are playthings to her, which is epitomized by her Maken ability. She deliberately goaded Sho into picking a fight with her as an excuse to torment him. While in chapter 48, she gloated about how she enslaved the locals of Okino island.
  • Spoiled Brat: She's quick to flaunt that she's Ouken's granddaughter to intimidate anyone who crosses her, or gets in the way of her "fun".
  • This Cannot Be!: Her Maken usually makes her untouchable, once she has control of the victim. She never imagined anyone could break free of it and still come after her.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: According to Akaya's intel, Otohime and Gouken aren't really Ouken's grandchildren. They're clones created by Takeru Yamato for the purpose of inhabiting, to perpetuate his own existence.

    Gouken Yamato 
Voiced by: Yūto Suzuki (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
Otohime's fraternal twin brother and Ouken's grandson. Unlike his sister, he's reserved, rarely losing his composure. He usually accompanys her, in the capacity of an observer. But proves to be a formidable hand-to-hand combatant and ability user, should the need arise. According to Leo, Gouken's ability is believed to be somewhere between A and S rank.
  • Badass Abnormal: He was proficient enough in martial arts and Element manipulation that he could face multiple A and S-rank Maken users, while unarmed. A feat matched only by Inaho's father, Tesshin.
  • Bishōnen: Gouken was fairly handsome, at least, until Takeru got through with him.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: You know a guy's cool under pressure, when he's about to be crushed by a giant can of "Red Bell" and his only reaction is dull surprise.
    Chacha: (hefting big ass can) "I included a special gift and filled this can with rocks!! Not even you'll be able to withstand this one, Element-kun!!!"
    Gouken: (monotone) "I agree. That might kill me."
  • Character Death: By way of one of the most brutal beatings ever.
  • Final Boss: At the end of the Okino Island arc, he becomes the final opponent Takeru has to face.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Aside from a brief tussle with Haruko and Azuki, he really didn't get to do much. That changed once Takeru Yamoto's spirit took over his body, briefly catapulting him to the position of main antagonist.
  • Grand Theft Me: Among the dozens of clones Takeru Yamato created, Gouken and Otohime were the two he had the greatest compatibility with. Since Otohime is frail, he eventually chose Goken.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Noted in the preceding pair of entries.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After Himegami sacrificed herself, in order to save him, Takeru became so enraged that he beat Gouken to death, heedless of the fact that he was possessed by Takeru Yamato and despite Leo's attempts to pull Takeru off of him. By the time he was done, Gouken was no longer recognizable and had literally been beaten into a crater.
  • One-Man Army: In chapter 42, he was able to take on Azuki, Chacha, and Uruchi without the aid of a Maken, even though they were using theirs.
  • Power Nullifier: Gouken has the inherent ability to cancel any Element based attacks used against him. However, he hadn't been aware that there was a limit to how much he could nullify, until he burned his hand by cancelling out Murakumo.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always neatly dressed in a shirt and necktie to compliment his sister's attire.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: While his sister is cruel and relies on manipulating others, Gouken is direct; favoring unarmed combat through use of his Elemental abilities.
  • Silent Bob: The only meaningful dialog he ever had was when he explained how his sister's Maken worked. Beyond that, he barely spoke more than two words, here and there.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The same as his sister. Unfortunately for him, he was the one that got chosen.
  • What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: Leo tried explaining that killing Gouken wasn't what Himegami would've wanted him to do. Nor would it serve any purpose since, Takeru Yamato was already dead and simply move on to a new body. Takeru refused to listen and still did it anyway. And once it was done, he found Leo was right. It changed nothing. Gouken had simply been a victim of Takeru's frustration.

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