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Inu-papa

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"[Anyway], aside from my shortcoming of not being so amazing that I was lucid fresh from the womb, I can relate the circumstances of my birth and early childhood." -Chapter 1
Nicknames Given: "Kid" (by Yachouon), "Bake-inu" (by Akagane), "Wan-chan" (by Hisui), "Puppy Boy" (by Eika), "Woof" (by his mother)
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The unnamed protagonist and narrator of the story, who eventually grows up to become Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru's father. He was raised as an ordinary dog in a human village until one day the village was attacked and destroyed, and his mother mysteriously disappeared. On his own for the first time, he sets out to discover what happened to his mother and village.


  • Action Pet: He acts as Akagane's pet dog for a good chunk of the story, and often uses that form to kick some ass.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Akagane calls him "Bake-inu", which just means "Monster Dog".
  • Animorphism: He can take the form of a human or a dog.
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  • Determinator: He really can't say no to someone who needs help.
  • Doomed Hometown: Given that there's a rampaging army of oni going around razing everything in their path this is seen quite a bit.
  • Enemy Within: His Brainwashed and Crazy half splits from his Woobie half, and the two duke it out in his subconscious until they acknowledge each other's merits and merge back together.
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  • Sapient Pet: Type 2. He'll speak and use his human form around humans he knows, but generally plays "normal dog" around strangers.
  • Sizeshifter: He's able to control his size as a canine by remembering how to felt to be smaller in size, however he can not make himself any larger than he is naturally.

Yachouon

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Yachouon: "Well, you're definitely a pathetic sight now, kid. I dunno what you were thinking trying to take on that oni by yourself, but thanks for distracting him for me for a bit. Too bad you're so small and wimpy, though, else I could've used you." -Chapter 4
Name (kanji): 夜潮音
Name meaning: "Sound of waves at night"

A sound-based youkai who takes the appearance of a 12 year old child with bat ears. He carries two bells, Kakyou and Genkyou, which can amplify and suppress a target's power, respectively. Genkyou has been stolen, and he enlists in Inu-papa's canine tracking skills in order to get it back.


  • Fair-Weather Mentor: He will only train Inu-papa in abilities useful to him personally, not abilities Inu-papa wants to learn.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He has bat ears, even though he's not actually a bat, but sound given form.
  • Weapons That Suck: Tamaokuri no Nari will rip out a soul and send it straight to the next world.

Akagane

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Akagane: " "You are more than welcome to roll over and die if the idea of inconveniencing anyone else is so distasteful to you. The reality of the world, however, is that every action you take affects someone negatively somewhere, even if you did not intend it, and even if you are not aware of it." -Chapter 21
Name (kanji): 赤金
Name meaning: "Copper"

A skilled blacksmith who abandoned his trade after his sister's soul was stolen by the mysterious "One-Eyed Youkai". He begins working as a taijiya, contracting his services to slay youkai in the hopes of finding and defeating the One-Eyed Youkai that killed his sister. Inu-papa ends up on his hit-list, and must convince Akagane that he is not a threat.


  • Animal Nemesis: He doesn't like dogs very much especially since one completely destroyed his family and home as a child.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The Badass to Inu-papa's Child.
  • Badass in Distress: Seems like Inu-papa has to save him every battle they get into.
  • Badass Normal: Don't let the bloated speech, massive spear, or tight leather fool you. He is very much a normal human.
  • Break the Haughty: Sometimes legitimately, sometimes just to make him the Butt-Monkey to knock him down a few notches.
  • Broken Bird: Detaches himself from other people after his sister's soul is stolen and he makes it his singular mission to retrieve it.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Lives in a glorified storage shed that's so cluttered with junk that he has to sleep in a hammock hanging above it. Once he moves into the house, he wastes no time in decorating his room with piles of old clothes.
  • Missing Mom: His was killed by rampaging youkai when he was six.
  • Papa Wolf: Woe to anyone who threatens his family.
  • Primal Fear: Afraid of heights. Or, specifically, afraid of flying, where he has no direct anchoring to the ground.
  • The Queen's Latin: Is meant to sound stuffy and aristocratic, which in English tends to come across as a British accent, despite the fact that he is quite Japanese.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Affected the speech patterns of the nobility in order to sound more refined because Kogane thought it sounded cool

Hisui

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Hisui: "Yes, that's exactly it! Tragedies aren't the end of the world, and you need to be able to learn from them and see that there can still be a future." -Chapter 60
Name (kanji): 翡翠
Name meaning: "Jade"

The daughter of the chief of the Artisan Village where Akagane lives. She crafts women's hairpins to sell in the city, and has a passion for accounting and record-keeping. She supports Akagane's quest to find his sister's killer, at odds with the rest of the village who demand he return to proper work. She is the first person to treat Inu-papa kindly after the loss of his mother, so he becomes instantly attached to her.


  • Cuddle Bug: She is very affectionate, initially to Akagane's chagrin.
  • Hime Cut: A young Yamato Nadeshiko and Chief's Daughter with even bangs sidetails, and long hair.
  • Missing Mom: Hers died of a pregnancy complication when Hisui was three or four.

Ryakki

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Ryakki: "In the future, the legend all the children will want to hear will be the one about the great female oni thief Ryakki!" -Chapter 45
Name (kanji): 略鬼
Name meaning: "Thieving oni"

A little oni girl trapped in the cursed forest at the base of the cursed mountain. She is a kleptomaniac and makes a hobby of ransacking the corpses that are regularly thrown from the mountain. She desires to someday be taken seriously despite her gender and speech impediment. Ryakki first meets Inu-papa when he approaches the cursed mountain in search of his mother, and she agrees to guide him in return for his "treasure".


  • Bokukko: She uses "ore" in place of the more gender-appropriate "atashi" because the latter would reveal her speech impediment.

Eika

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"I was... alone. Eika, while annoying and extremely superficial, was at least company. But in my moment of emotional need she had... left. She couldn't handle it, so just left." -Chapter 31
Name (kanji): 詠歌
Name meaning: "Poem"

A sound-based youkai who can manipulate people like puppets with her musical instrument. She is constantly seeking the perfect man with the perfect aura, and chases any man she sees to varying degrees of success. She had a past relationship with Yachouon that didn't work out, so decides that Inu-papa is going to be her perfect man once he grows up.


  • Commuting on a Bus: She was an important character in Yachouon's arc, then only infrequently appears again, sometimes seventy chapters apart.
  • Harmful to Minors: She convinces Inu-papa to be her boyfriend at age eight, and contemplates sleeping with him at age fourteen.
  • People Puppets: She can manipulate people's auras, and the people by extension, through a musical instrument.

Wakage

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"You make it sound like it's no big deal. My family's very purpose is to guard this forest. They would die to protect them, and they did, and so will I." -Chapter 95
Name (kanji): 輪影
Name meaning: "Ring Shadow"

A shapeshifting kitsune who is the last surviving guardian of the forest. She sought revenge against humans for the deaths of her family and her forest, until she discovered that the one who betrayed her wasn't who she thought. Now, abandoning her duties, she seeks out her sister's true killer. Deception is the only means by which she knows how to interact with people, and her hatred of humanity runs deep.



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