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  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Big (Jubei, who is the most muscled one), thin (Kagero, who is a woman and slimmer) and short (Dakuan, who is half of their height).
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Jubei is the fighter, as he's the strongest fighter; Kagero is the mage, as she has support abilities like her poisonous body and drugged petals; and Dakuan is the thief, as he is a stealth expert.
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  • Freudian Trio: Dakuan is the Superego, as he is an agent of the shogun who resorts to blackmail and kill his own allies if he needs it; Kagero is the Id, as she is the most emotional one, is motivated by revenge for her dead colleagues and has some personal issues due to her work; and Jubei is the Ego, being the balance between them.
  • Knight Knave And Squire: Jubei is the knight, being a Hitman with a Heart who doesn't exploit his customers if they cannot pay him; Dakuan is the knave, for he's sneaky and amoral; and Kagero is the squire, as she's unexperienced and in her very first field mission. You have to wonder if Yoshiaki Kawajiri was an early troper given how nicely these Power Trio tropes fit the characters.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Dakuan is blackmailing Jubei and Kagero doesn't like any of them, but they are forced to work together.
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  • ¡Three Amigos!: As friends as three shinobi of three different alignements can be. They qualify for the character types, though.

    Jubei Kibagami 
Voiced By: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), Dean Wein (English), José Manuel Vieira (Latin America), Paco Gázquez (Spain), Claudio Moneta (Italian)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Male example. He wears his kimono very open, showing his chest.
  • Badass Normal: Has no overt superhuman abilities, trusting only in his sword, smarts and peak physical skills to do the work. Still, he is behind most of the kills of the movie (although in no small part due to some help from Kagero and occasionally by sheer luck).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jubei arrives just in time to save Dakuan from Zakuro, setting Genma's ship on fire in the process.
  • Brainy Brunette: Dark haired and with some outstanding smarts.
  • Byronic Hero: A gloomy loner with some past ordeals.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: He keeps his sword within arm's reach when he's bathing at a hot springs. It quickly comes in handy when he's attacked by Benisato.
  • Can't Catch Up: Inverted. He is the hero of the film, but pretty much all of the bad guys are much more powerful than him.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Done all the time to show his gutsy nature.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Though a very professional guy, he still seems a bit too eager to Suck Out the Poison from Kagero's thigh, later asks her if she really poisons the people she sleeps with, and even teases her that he's willing to find out for himself whether it's true or not. However, he refuses to sleep with her when she offers in order to cure his poison, because he can see that she clearly either doesn't want to or at least is tremendously nervous/reluctant about it. He's also Not Distracted by the Sexy at all when he first encounters Benisato in a hot spring, realizing full well that she's dangerous.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was forced to butcher his friends in self-defense.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a lot of moments of this.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Despite showing often both fear and anger in their fights, Jubei barely bats an eye at the vision of strange ninjas with demonic abilities.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first scene of the movie sums up Jubei in a nutshell: A master at sword-fighting, willing to do the right thing over money and eager to snark at whoever crosses his path.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Risks his life in order to rescue an unknown woman from an unknown rock monster.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: While he is referred outright as a ninja and is shown to have worked for a ninja clan, his appearance, skillset and fighting style are those of a regular samurai from a Chanbara film. Then again, in real life the professions of ninja and samurai often overlapped, so the concept of a ninja looking like a samurai is not that odd.
  • Flaw Exploitation: His modus operandi is to find and ruthlessly exploit the weakness of the Devils while never taking a risk if he can avoid it. Whether it's taking advantage of the fact that Tessai can't turn his entire body to stone, using Utsusu's blindness against him, knocking Mushizo into the water, or using Shijima's own contraption against him, he has a way of finding a way to get to and use the flaws of nearly all of the Devils that he faces.
  • The Gadfly: He occasionally teases the aloof Kagero with his laid-back shenanigans, even feigning an attempt of kissing her when she angrily invites him to check her status as a Poisonous Person.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: A ninja specialized in swordfighting.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Jubei himself admits that he works for money, though it's revealed both at his introduction and through the film that he has a moral center he will not break. He accepts a case for much less money than he could gain if demanded, knowing his contractors would be in economic trouble, and later refuses or at least demorates his obligued intercourse with Kagero, even if it puts his own life in risk.
  • It's Personal: He wants to avenge his fellow ninjas and Kagero at the hands of Genma.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He's a cynic who doesn't lie to himself about the stuff he has to go through in this mission, but is also willing to fight to the end.
  • Made of Iron: The guy can stand up to some serious beatdowns, and he always comes back for more.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kibagami" means "Fang God," which could be a lyrical way to describe his sword skill.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Though he is mainly known as a swordfighter, the climax reveals he is no way worse in hand-to-hand.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a signature kasa hat, which gets Hat Damage at Tessai's hands.
  • Not So Stoic: He turns noticeably much somber when the trio finds out the massacre which had place in Shimoda.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He absolutely loses it when Genma kills Kagero.
  • Sword Beam: His signature attack, and the closest thing to a supernatural power he has, is his ability to slash objects which are well out of the range of his sword. Though the attack looks remarkably like a Razor Wind of some kind, it is never referred as a superhuman technique, at least not like those of the Kimon ninja, so it might be actually considered a Charles Atlas Superpower in the movie's setting.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After Kagero succumbs to her wounds, Jubei wears her headband in her honor.
  • Walking the Earth: He is a drifter who walks around Japan.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Unlike the rest of the cast, he doesn't have superhuman abilities, but he is very good figuring out strategies to fight his adversaries, both pre-planned and on the fly.

Voiced By: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), Stephen Apostolina (English), Salomón Adames (Latin America), Alberto Trifol (Spain), Sergio Masier (Italian)

  • Anti-Hero: Bordering on Nominal Hero, he is willing to do anything to fulfill his mission, even blackmail innocent people with lethal means and "silence" them at the end of the day.
  • Bad Habits: His shakujo staff, which is associated to the Buddhist faith, as well as his hat and advanced age, make him pass as an old monk. Of course, he is actually a ninja spy.
  • Bald of Evil: Seen the only time he is without his hat.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a long, thin goatee, a kind of beard typically seen in villainous characters. In Dakuan's case, he is not a villain, but is definitely dastardly.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Can turn his body into a vegetal-like state in order to look exactly like a tree branch.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Has grey-blueish eyes that bulge out when excited.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His snarking is more cutting than Jubei's, which tend to be fairly lighthearted.
  • Dirty Old Man: Not openly, but he still praises Kagero's attractiveness with a very creepy expression when enumerating her traits. Giving the rest of the list, it makes him more of Admiring the Abomination.
    "By the way, did you make love to the ninja girl?"
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: Disappears leaving his kimono behind when he is about to be killed by Shijima. As his camouflage skill seem to work only in his flesh body, it becomes necessary for him to get nude in order to do his camouflage trick.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Played with. His ringed staff was used in real life to warn everybody of the carrier's presence, which makes it a quite inadequate tool for someone who is trying to hide himself. However, it is arguably part of his disguise, and he is still skilled enough to hide his presence without making it sound.
  • Meaningful Name: In a pun to the real life Takuan, "Dakuan" means "Impure Monk," referring to his fake monk disguise. It also hints that, as he is a spy, it might not be his real name.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: A really short fellow, he barely reaches Jubei's waist even with his hat.
  • Nice Hat: Which, unlike Jubei's, never gets Hat Damage.
  • Non-Action Guy: Dakuan never engages in open battle, preferring to sneak around, gather information and work from the shadows. Only when forced does he resort to fighting, and even then he uses his wits and actively avoids a direct encounter.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His face design is definitely more cartoonish than other characters, making him look a bit grotesque.
  • Old Soldier: His advanced age hasn't dulled his effectiveness as a government spy much.
  • Rubber Man: Shows the skill to elongate his arm in a rubber band-like manner in order to use it as a rope.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He was planning on leading Jubei towards Tokugawa headquarters in order to hand him an eternal reward, but when Jubei gets Dakuan's gold bars cut out of his pockets and dropped to the sea, Dakuan decides to leave Jubei in his already injured state and let the flora and fauna hopefully kill Jubei off instead.
  • The Smart Guy: Out of the three leads, he is in charge of planning their moves.
  • Shipper on Deck: Getting Jubei and Kagero to fall in love was a secondary pet project of his, likely done as a personal challenge to test his skills as a ninja and out of some twisted bout of sympathy for Kagero's condition
  • Simple Staff: Only that his shakujo is not simple: it can extend several meters long, which Dakuan uses to climb trees.
  • The Spymaster: His job for the Tokugawa shogunate.
  • Stealth Expert: He is good enough in infiltration that only a fellow expert like Shijima can hope to catch him, and still the Demon of Kimon fails at locating him at the end.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Carries shurikens, one of the few "classic" ninja weapons shown in the film.
  • Thinking Tic: He is introduced watching Tessai and Yurimaru among the shadows while caressing his goatee.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Another evil trait of his is his thin, pointed face.

Voiced By: Emi Shinohara (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English), María T. Hernández (Latin America), Silvia Castelló (Spain), Roberta Gallina (Italian)

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: She is immune to all kinds of poison, and it is mentioned that she works as the chamberlain's food taster.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It's implied that she's fallen for the leader of her ninja clan, and vice versa, but neither can act on their feelings or even voice them, as there's no point. She then falls in love with Jubei, who doesn't make love to her even if it would cure his own poisoning.
  • Almighty Janitor: Even as a kunoichi mainly focused in domestic service like food tasting, she outlives her entire ninja squad and scores some kills among the mighty Demons of Kimon.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl/Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A trademark of Yoshiaki Kawajiri's lead girls.
  • Badass Normal: On the physical field, very much like Jubei, she is just a very skilled kunoichi, having to rely on her agility and survival skills to get the work done.
  • Blessed with Suck: She's immune to poisons but they're not filtered out of her body either. This means she Can't Have Sex, Ever, despite being an incredibly beautiful woman, as she'd poison any man who came into contact with her.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her mini-kimono is blue, complete with small touches of red.
  • Broken Bird: That's what a lifetime of abuse and stern training does.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Her poisonous body is apparently the result of a specialized Training from Hell taken to fantastic extremes and not of any supernatural ability.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Deep into the movie it's revealed that she carries a rather large bunch of opium-laced cherry petals in her person, which she uses against Mushizo's hornets. Exactly how was it all stored in her kimono it is another question.
  • Death Seeker: Shows signs of this, which Jubei notes and calls her out for, though it's not clear if they represent an actual desire to die or only a spectacular disregard for her life in favor of her mission.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name is changed to Kageto in the Venezuelan Spanish dub.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Genma kills her.
  • Martial Arts Headband: An ornate variation with a red jewel resting over her forehead.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kagero" means "Heat Haze," which alludes to her stealthy nature as a kunoichi. Written in a different way, it means "Mayfly," perhaps referring to her short life.
  • Minidress of Power: Wears a short blue kimono which falls to her thighs.
  • Poisonous Person: In addition to being immune to poison, she can emit them. Tessai's bit of Lecherous Licking sealed his fate, regardless of what else he did.
  • Tsundere: She gives both Jubei and the leader of her ninja group cold (and sometimes rather rough) treatment, but secretly cares about them much more than she lets on.


The Eight Demons of Kimon

General Tropes

  • Ambiguously Human: Are they actual demons, or humans twisted by their dark arts?
  • Elite Mooks: They are not the only men in the Shogun of Dark's paycheck, but are certainly the strongest of them.
  • Mysterious Past: Genma is the only one whose past and/or origin we know. The rest are demonic ninja for the sake of demonic ninja.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Benisato and Zakuro are the only women. In a Tomboy and Girly Girl fashion, the former uses seduction and feminine wiles, while the latter likes the more traditionally masculine art of blowing things up.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Even although we don't get to see all the members interacting together, at least some of them hold murderous grudges toward others, which causes them more than a defeat.

    Genma Himuro 
Voiced By: Daisuke Gori (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English), Luis Miguel Pérez (Latin America), Antonio Gómez de Vicente (Spain), Paolo Marchese (Italian)

  • An Arm and a Leg: Jubei cuts off his right arm during the Final Battle, but he reattaches it. He also loses his left arm in his final moments.
  • And I Must Scream: An iconic anime example, he's encased in gold and sinks into the sea.
  • Big Bad: Everything that happens in the film is due to his schemes.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Believing that Genma is on the same side that you are is a bad assumption, no matter who you are. He has no real loyalty to anyone.
  • Complete Immortality: He came back from getting his head cut off. He even survives having his arm cut off, being impaled with a spike and being cut in half during the Final Battle.
  • Depraved Bisexual: It's mentioned that Genma sleeps with both Yurimaru and Benisato.
  • Disney Villain Death: After being covered in molten gold, Genma falls into the sea after Jubei defeats him.
  • Dub Name Change: His surname is changed from Himuro to Amuro in the European Spanish dub of the film and to Himaro in the Venezuelan Spanish dub.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, baritone voice and is the Big Bad.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears armor only in his right arm.
  • Fate Worse than Death: His complete immortality means he'll suffer for a *very* long time, covered in molten gold and sunk to the bottom of a large river.
  • Final Boss: He's the last of the Demons which Jubei confronts, and the skill gap between them is quite large. Jubei only manages to beat him through extreme determination and a bit of luck.
  • It's All About Me: He shows no emotion at all about betraying others, or when his colleagues and lovers within the Devils of Kimon are killed.
  • Lightning Bruiser: During his final confronation with Jubei, he's able to land several devastating blows while shrugging off most attacks.
  • Master of Disguise: Due to his inhuman control over his body he can reshape it however he wants. As a result, he is able to impersonate people that look nothing like him.
  • Master of Your Domain: To an extreme degree. Genma's control over his body allows him to reshape his body to his will and recover from fatal wounds on multiple occasions.
  • Meaningful Name: The term Genma may be translated several different ways depending on how the kanji is written, and one of those meanings is "Great Illusion," and is a term that represents supernatural power.
  • Off with His Head!: Jubei decapitated him as revenge for framing his allies. But it didn't work.
  • Red Right Hand: He wears metal armor on his functioning left arm.
  • The Starscream: It's only mentioned in a single brief scene, but Genma was hired to acquire the massive gold shipment on behalf of the Toyotomi family and retainers, who intended to use it to purchase foreign weapons that would allow them to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, just as the Tokugawa overthrew the Toyotomi. Genma betrays them, planning to use the gold for himself and become one of the most powerful men in Japan.
  • The Stoic: Perhaps part and parcel of Genma's supernatural control over his body is a corresponding supernatural control over his emotions. His expression seldom changes, and he looks serene even in the middle of committing atrocities or when his plans have just been foiled.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempted to do this to Jubei as the ship sinks, but it doesn't work out.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: After Zakuro is killed, Genma decides to confront Jubei himself. Not that he has any other options, since Zakuro was his last surviving lieutenant.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He does this to Shinkuro and Jubei's allies as well as the Toyotomi retainer and his own men.

Voiced By: Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese), Kevin Seymour (English), Daniel Jiménez (Latin America), Doménech Farell (Spain), Pietro Ubaldi (Italian)

  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Only his skin is invulnerable; his eyes aren't, which Jubei quickly guesses and successfully exploits.
    • Invulnerable skin doesn't protect him from Kagero's poison.
  • Ax-Crazy: The guy takes a perverse delight in maiming and killing.
  • Bald of Evil: He has no hair and is a villain.
  • Blood Lust: Tessai drinks blood from Hanza's severed arm, apparently for no reason other than to terrify Kagero and freak her out.
  • The Brute: The largest and strongest of the Devils, while also being far from the smartest.
  • Double Weapon: His weapon is a giant double dagger which he can throw like a boomerang.
  • Dub Name Change: His name is changed to Kasai in the Venezuelan Spanish dub.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His slaughter of the Koga ninja and previously mentioned Blood Lust.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He is a hulk of a man, and becomes even bigger when he turns into stone.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He is a villain with a deep voice.
  • Eye Scream: Jubei throws a dart into his left eye to blind him.
  • Fatal Flaw: His desire to exact revenge on Jubei and lust for Kagero leads to him getting poisoned and eventually killed by Jubei.
  • Fingore: When Kagero's poison starts to take effect, he sees his stone skin start to crumble: enraged, he blindly tosses his boomerang sword at Jubei, which he evades, allowing him to cut off Tessai's now-weakened fingers...
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: ...which leads to him being unable to catch the sword, causing it to embed itself halfway through his skull.
  • It's Personal: He is out to kill Jubei after the latter intervenes in Tessai's Attempted Rape.
  • Lecherous Licking: Once he has Kagero at his mercy, he spends a long time licking all over her body.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite being huge and certainly heavy, he moves exactly like all the other ninjas of the movie.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tessai" means "Made of Iron." Fitting, as he can turn his skin to stone.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: His stone skin renders him effectively immune to bladed weapons. Considering this is 17th century Japan, this makes him immune to almost every way to attack him out there.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Captures Kagero and tries to rape her, making it clear that she doesn't have to be alive for him to enjoy himself.
  • Rock Monster: His ability allows him to turn his skin and flesh into hard stone. His skin starts to fall off after being infected with Kagero's poisons.
  • Rolling Attack: He turns himself into a wheel with his double blade protruding from the sides to break through a wall and attack Jubei.
  • Starter Villain: The first of the Eight Demons faced and the first cut down by Jubei.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Sneaks up on Kagero's party and kills everybody along with Yurimaru before anyone realizes he's there.
  • Super Strength: Enough to rip a man's arms off.
  • Taking You with Me: He attempts to take Jubei down in his dying moments, but it doesn't work out.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Tessai has no problem walking around for extended periods without a shirt.
  • The Worf Effect: Subverted. He's the first of the Demons to die, but it doesn't establish how strong is the protagonist of the film, but how scary are the bad guys.

Voiced By: Gara Takashima (Japanese), Joan-Carol O'Connell (English), María Luisa Rosselló (Spain), Caterina Rochira (Italian)

  • Affably Evil: Never says a word higher than other.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Benisato is basically human, but she can shed her skin and generate an entire army of snakes from her body.
  • Animated Tattoo: One of her varied ways to create ophidians from her body is making snake tattoos appear in her skin and turning them into actual animals.
  • Bad Habits: Not herself personally, but she makes a snake clone disguised as an old Buddhist nun.
  • Ceiling Cling: She remains hidden in a human face-shaped coccoon made of snakes on the ceiling of the temple.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: Can make them out of piles of snakes and empty human skins.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her disdain for clothing includes footwear.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has white skin, dark hair and is a villain.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her smug nature ends up doing her in.
  • Femme Fatale: Seductive and subtle.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Goes completely naked in all of her fights. As she never engages in hand-to-hand (if she can avoid it) and instead fights by generating animals from any part of her body, it is a practical option to use more easily her skill, as well as a sexy preference.
  • High-Voltage Death: Yurimaru uses his electric powers to kill her.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Or in her case, the eyes of her snake tattoos. They can entrance their enemies into a temporary paralysis.
  • Instrument of Murder: In her very first apparition in the film, she carries a lute-like instrument that opens to reveal a hidden blade, but it is never used afterwards.
  • Meaningful Name: "Benisato" means literally "Lipstick House," which alludes to her seductive nature and the fact that she, well, houses snakes in her body. A deadly kiss indeed...
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is attractive and is frequently seen without clothing.
  • Never Bareheaded: The hair ornament she keeps all the time even when butt naked.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: To the extent that she apparently doesn't care about wearing clothes when she is out for blood.
  • Smug Snake: Tells Yurimaru outright that she will give his message for Genma in the latter's bed, knowing Yurimaru's jealously about it. Bonus points for her power over snakes.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Especially if they are black, venomous and come from a gorgeous human body.
  • Super Sex Organs: Just like the rest of her body, her vagina can generate snakes, a technique she uses to bite Kagero while the latter has a blade in her throat.
  • The Vamp: She appears to Jubei in a hot spring while nude and posing seductively, though her true intentions are less about getting intimate with him and more about giving him a hundred poisonous bites.
  • The Worm That Walks: After Jubei is caught by her snakes in the temple, she emerges from a pile of the damn animals. It isn't clear whether she can dissolve her body in a number of snakes and or if she was simply hiding under them all the time.
  • You Have Failed Me: Makes two failed attempts to kill Jubei, resulting in her death at Yurimaru's hands.

Voiced By: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Richard Cansino (English), Kaihiamal Martínez (Latin America), Rafael Calvo (Spain), Luca Semeraro (Italian)

  • Bishōnen: He's a very pretty man.
  • Death by Woman Scorned: Zakuro kills Yurimaru towards the end of the film after being spurned one too many times by him.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Inverted. He dies when Zakuro uses a rat stuffed with gunpowder to kill him out of jealousy.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Yurimaru is a ruthless killer for hire who happens to sleep with other men.
  • The Dragon: He is second-in-command to Genma, as well as his lover.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Yurimaru sleeps with Genma, treats Zakuro like garbage, and murders Benisato for failing twice. Since Benisato was also sleeping with Genma, jealousy may also have been a factor.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene involves him wrapping a steel wire around one of the Koga ninja and electrocuting him to death.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • Original Japanese: "I hope you have an excruciatingly painful death."
    • English and European Spanish dubs: "Do you feel the agony, Jubei?"
  • Fatal Flaw: His abuse of Zakuro and Benisato leads to his death at Zakuro's hands.
  • Karmic Death: He gets blown up by Zakuro, the very same woman whom he mistreated.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: When he attempts to kill the protagonists with his electric powers while they're crossing a river, the other Devils immediately say that No One Could Survive That!, and are willing to assume the protagonists are dead. Yurimaru will have none of it and wants proof.
  • Mundane Utility: Thanks to his powers, he can also send long-distance messages through nearly invisible wires.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Under certain situations, he has the capacity to be this. Using his electric powers on a river full of living creatures produces a devastating result.
  • Psycho Electro: He channels the lightning through the slender steel wires that he throws to snare and strangle his victims.
  • Shock and Awe: His schtick is creating lightning in his body and send it through his steel wires.
  • Sissy Villain: Fanciful clothes (while the rest of the Devils wear rather practical and utilitarian clothing), excessively pretty, rebuffs women, confirmed to sleep with men, takes part in horrifically immoral schemes involving mass murder... yep, he counts.
  • You Have Failed Me: He electrocutes Benisato after one failure too many in killing Jubei.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He does this to Benisato and eventually Zakuro, though he doesn't get that far.

Voiced By: Akimasa Ohmori (Japanese), Kevin Seymour (English), unknown (Latin America), Miguel Rey (Spain), Gianluca Iacono (Italian)

  • Artificial Limbs: His left arm is a mechanical crossbow/claw/hand combination.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wears a black one as a turban.
  • Casting a Shadow: Can disappear into and navigate through shadows, or use them to create illusions.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Uses a weird contraption that is kinda like a crossbow if instead of a bolt there was a multipronged claw that fired from a spring and was connected to the bow by a metal chain. While its main purpose seems to be a sudden assassination weapon while striking from the shadows, he doesn't actually have much luck with it; Dakuan is able to dodge it at the last instant and Jubei blocks it. When Shijima tries to pull the chain back to the bow during his fight with Jubei, he winds up impaling himself on Jubei's sword, as it had become entangled in the claw/chain.
  • Fatal Flaw: He lacks any methods for close range fighting other than shooting from the shadows. In his last bout with Jubei, he appears to be immobilized inside a portion of shadow because of his claw being entangled. Since he has no other way to attack Jubei or to get around, he's stuck in place until Jubei kills him.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lacks an arm, but has an impressive weapon to make up for it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Jubei kills him.
  • Lean and Mean: An unnaturally lean dude.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Gets a leg chopped off by Jubei and not only doesn't blink, but also hops merrily away and does not even tend it. Given that the wound barely bleeds, it's probable that he has a Healing Factor.
  • People Puppets: Shows the ability to mind control people, apparently only after molesting them (or at least getting his saliva inside their bodies).
  • Red Right Hand: His artificial left arm.
  • The Strategist: He relies on misdirection, trickery, ambush tactics, and luring his enemies into traps.
  • Stealth Expert: No one is shown to be a greater master at using shadows, deception, and sneaking than Shijima.

    Utsusu Mujuro 
Voiced By: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English), Juan Guzmán (Latin America), Francisco Alborch (Spain), Alberto Sette (Italian)

  • Affably Evil: He seeks an honorable duel with Jubei and speaks politely.
  • Badass Normal: Aside from his status as a Blind Weaponmaster, Mujuro is the only member of the Eight Devils not to boast supernatural powers and gets by purely on his swordplay.
  • Blade Reflection: A trick of his to blind his opponents. As he is already blind, he doesn't get affected.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: A blind swordfighter who is actually Jubei's complete superior in terms of skill, which is quite a feat.
  • Challenge Seeker: He isn't out to just defeat his enemies, but to duel them.
  • Disability Superpower: He may be blind, but his other senses compensate and allow him to easily best opponents who can see.
  • Dub Name Change: His name is changed to Usutsu Muzuru in the Venezuelan Spanish dub.
  • Fatal Flaw: Although his hearing is impressive and has some advantages over regular vision, it is not infallible, and it does not make up completely for functional eyes. When Jubei and circumstances force Mujuro to keep track simultaneously of himself, the many trees of the environment and a thin blade lodged in the more recognizable log of one of those, the last element goes unnoticed for the devil of Kimon and it ends up being his bane.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: He fights more like a samurai than a ninja, to the extent to save enemies from their deaths in order to host honorable duels against them. Bonus points for wearing a fancy white robe instead of something more practical.
  • Master Swordsman: He makes Jubei look rough and amateurish by comparison.
  • Noble Demon: Saves Jubei and Kagero from falling off a cliff because he wants to kill them in battle fair and square.
  • Only One Name: Inverted. Along with Himuro, he is the only Demon of Kimon who has a first name and a second name.
  • Super Senses: His senses are keen enough to mostly make up for his lack of vision. Even Jubei's attempt to use the sound of falling trees to disguise an attack is easily foiled by Utsusu's hearing. However, eventually Reality Ensues: his sharpened hearing is not infallible and can miss thin, stationary objects when overtasked. Jubei exploits this weakness and it allows him to kill Utsusu despite Utsusu's superior swordsmanship.

Voiced By: Reizo Nomoto (Japanese), Milton James (English), Domingo Moreno (Latin America), José Luis Barcelona (Spain), Aldo Stella (Italian)

  • Bee Bee Gun: He controls hornets as attack beasts.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon is a weird two-pronged spear.
  • Blood Knight: He sees his adversaries as his preys and is not willing to leave them to his allies.
  • Body Horror: The dude is not just hideously malformed, he has a hornet hive grafted to his back. Even worse, judging from his death scene, the hive isn't limited to his hunch and probably runs through his entire torso. He also carries a needle on his throat and can exhale it out with surprising strength.
  • Clothing Damage: After Jubei slashes off his robe, he remains bare-chested for the rest of his scenes.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: No wonder, considering his throat contains a needle.
  • Faster Than They Look: You wouldn't think that he'd be especially agile considering his large hunch and barrel-chested build, but Mushizo is really quick on his feet and can keep pace with the much more athletic Jubei.
  • Fatal Flaw: Submerging him in water makes the hornets inside his body frantic to escape drowning, and they will sting him to death from the inside in an attempt to bore their way out.
  • Friend to Bugs: Not only friend but also home.
  • Gonk: He would make Quasimodo look handsome, no kidding.
  • Handicapped Badass: Mushizo is hunchbacked and malformed, but it doesn't stop him from being a very lethal ninja.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dies killed by his own, maddened hornets when he plunges into a pond and they try to escape from his body, and Jubei finishes him off shortly afterwards.
  • Informed Attribute: Some promotional materials describe Mushizo as a monk warrior, but unlike Dakuan, nothing about him makes one think of a monk.
  • Long Neck: Which makes him creepier while he is peeking around in search of his enemy.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Subverted. He fights mainly using his hornets, but is no slouch in close quarters either.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: He can control hornets and house them into his own body.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mushizo" means "Insect Cellar," relating to the beehive he has grafted in his hump.
  • Pest Controller: The natural utility of having control over poisonous flying insects.
  • Red Right Hand: He has a hornet grafted to his back.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Deconstructed. Aside from sheltering them into his hump, he does hold some kind of control over the insects, probably via psychic link, but it means that things can get very bad for him if he loses it. Effectively, he is killed when the hornets panic and cease obeying him at a critical moment.
  • Spike Shooter: Can also fire needles with his throat, with enough force to pierce the handle of Jubei's katana.
  • The Strategist: He prefers smart tactics, like keeping the distance with enemies so his swarm can kill them while he's at no risk, and luring enemies into a false sense of security before launching a surprise attack, which he does twice.
  • The Symbiote: Has a mutually beneficial relationship with the hornets living inside his body.
  • Wicked Wasps: He's a living hornets' nest. He communicates with and controls the insects, using them to gather information and as a weapon.
  • The Worm That Walks: Although he is not made of them, he is basically a walking hornet hive.

Voiced By: Masako Katsuki (Japanese), Riva Spier (English), Jhaidy Barboza (Latin America), María Pilar Quesada (Spain), Patrizia Salmoiraghi (Italian)

  • Action Bomb: Her specialty lies in opening living or dead creatures up and turning them into this, then stitching them back together, and finally putting them somewhere useful to her.
  • Character Death: She is covered in either oil or sake by Dakuan and Jubei sets her on fire, which also causes all the explosives she carries to go off.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Yurimaru.
  • Famous Last Words: Just before Jubei is about to kill her, she taunts Dakuan.
    • Original Japanese: "Pathetic old fool!"
    • English and European Spanish dubs: "Ruin your plans?"
  • Fatal Flaw: Her use of explosives is exploited by Jubei and Dakuan.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She sports a large scar in the right side of her face, which also looks stitched, possibly implying self-experimentation just like she does to corpses.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Literally. She is blown up with her own explosives.
  • Lady in Red: Though less successful in the seductive factor than she would wish.
  • Mad Bomber: A gunpowder expert with a nasty temper and some sick jealously.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zakuro" means literally "pomegranate," which might or might not be a multi-language cultural pun. The Spanish and Portuguese word for pomegranate is the homophone of "hand grenade", which would echo her usage of gunpowder and explosive techniques (and not by coincidence, as those were popularized in Japan by Spanish and Portuguese merchants).
  • Nice Hat: Wears a large sandogasa hat.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: A variation: she wears a cape over really nothing aside from bandages.
  • Red Is Heroic: Inverted: she wears in red and is a villainess.
  • Red Right Hand: She has gunpowder in her own body.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has a scar on the right side of her face.
  • Sarashi: It composes most of her outfit, basically. It also marks her nipples.
  • Woman Scorned: Zakuro doesn't take Yurimaru rejecting her well at all. Of course, Yurimaru's poor treatment of her probably didn't help much...
  • Yandere: Being rebuffed one too many times by Yumimaru made her decide to murder him.

Mochizuki clan

    Sakaki Hyobu 
Voiced By: Shuichiro Moriyama (Japanese), Edward Mannix (English), Josep María Zamora (Spain), Maurizio Scattorin (Italian)

  • Coitus Uninterruptus: He is briefed by Kagero while having sex with a random woman, and the closest he comes to stopping is a brief pause. He doesn't even wait until the end of the briefing before he gets back to it.
  • Dead All Along: Though we do not find out exactly how long this has been the case. Late in the film, it's revealed that Genma has been using his powers to impersonate Sakaki.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Seems to be a prudent leader, if a bit cold towards his subordinates.
  • The Stoic: He shows little to no emotion regardless of the circumstances.

Voiced By: Katsuji Mori (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English), Oriol Rafel (Spain), Marco Balzarotti (Italian)

  • Badass Normal: He shows himself to be capable fighter, but he's out of his depth taking on Tessai and the Devils of Kimon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He throws himself at Tessai to distract Tessai from Kagero, hoping she'll be able to escape.
  • The Leader: He's the head of his clan's ninja.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He's gruesomely killed at the beginning of the film to show how dangerous the Devils of Kimon are.
  • She Is All Grown Up: His reaction to Kagero, along with the rest of his team.
  • The Spymaster: He's the head of Intelligence for the Mochizuki clan, and his spies are able to spot the Devils of Kimon in the early stages of their plan and attempt to start connecting the dots.

Yamashiro clan

Voiced By: Junichi Sugawara (Japanese), Milton James (English), unknown (Spanish)


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