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Yatogami/Yaboku - God of Calamity

Voiced By: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

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The titular stray god and the main protagonist of the series. Yato is a seldom acknowledged god who wishes to raise enough money to build his own shrine, thereby clawing his way into fame and fortune as Japan's most revered.


  • Above Good and Evil: What he views gods as, himself included.
  • Absurd Cutting Power: His Zan (rend) power gives him this, allowing him to cut so precisely that he can separate a person from their memories. It's unknown whether other gods can do it, because it seems to be a specialty of his that other gods have sought his assistance for. It should be noted that this ability is also partially dependent on his shinki. So far he's only been able to use it with Hiki (Nora) and Sekki (Yukine).
  • Adorkable: In his most childish moments, Yato can be one cute buffoon.
  • Afraid of Blood: While he gets covered in blood too often for this to be true, there's an implication that in the past he's tried some kind of medical profession but couldn't handle the amount of gore involved, which makes him struggle to give Hiyori good advice because she's been pondering becoming a doctor.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Yato's real name is Yaboku. "Yato" is how Sakura misread his name and Yato has kept that name ever since.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: When he was a child, Yato didn't understand what was wrong with killing people as he only knew it made his "father" happy. Sakura was the one who taught him the difference between right and wrong and shaped him up into who he is today.
  • Anti-Antichrist: Yato was created by his "father" to be a god of evil, calamity and disasters that would bring pain and destruction to the world. Yato, for his part, hates the idea, tries to stay away from his "father" and prefers to take jobs to help people in trouble.
  • Anti-Hero: Yato tends to consider himself Above Good and Evil and mostly does whatever is requested of him. He becomes more heroic after the Yomi arc, where he resolves to be like Ebisu and make people happy as a God of Fortune.
  • The Atoner: He atones for his bloody past.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His full title, Yatogami, is extremely similar to Yato-no-kami, which means "God of the Night Sword"
  • Badass in Distress: Played with. Nora and his father kidnap him and have him return to his old ways for a time, but his life isn't actually in danger since they want to keep him alive, and he realizes that if he just does as he's told for a while, he'll earn back his freedom and return to Yukine and company soon enough. Then he gets trapped in the underworld doing a job for 'father' and a rescue group of his friends need to come after him anyway.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He becomes very attached to Hiyori as she helps him several times and she gives him the emotional support and care nobody had offered him before. Also, she was the first person ever to make a shrine for him.
  • Beergasm: He always enjoys his booze.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hiyori.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of his goofy, irresponsible, and airheaded exterior, he is still a fully-fledged God of War and Calamity.
  • Big Eater: Doesn't come by much food very often, but when he does...
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Yato is introduced as an arrogant, nameless god with little to no followers who really wants money so he can build himself a shrine. Later on, however, the reason he wants a shrine is painted in a far more sympathetic light when we begin seeing his backstory and it's implied by Yato himself that nobody would ever build a shrine for him, so he wanted to build one himself.
  • Bishōnen: He's quite pretty for a penniless stray god.
  • Book Dumb: Subverted. When he takes over Hiyori's body, despite being a social disaster, he easily solves a math question in front of the entire class. In general he repeatedly proves to have a ridiculous amount of generic skills and information stashed in his head as a result of living through many eras.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Underneath his goofy exterior, Yato hides a lot of melancholy and loneliness from hundreds of years of not having anyone who really cares about him. After meeting Hiyori, her kindness and support make Yato finally seek comfort from someone else.
  • Bumbling Dad: He usually acts as the goofy, irresponsible dad that Yukine eventually comes to love, but not exactly respect.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He acts like a goof most of the time, but is good at what he does (severing ties between individuals) and actually has a host of other unrelated talents, like drawing and weaving clothing.
  • Butt-Monkey: Yato gets paid almost zero respect from anyone. His own shinki just barely tolerate him.
  • Byronic Hero: A charismatic, ambitious, self-centered, arrogant but ultimately good-natured man who is haunted by a dark past which involves him repeatedly committing murder and other dirty work.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Nora's Cain. Besides his shinki, she was his sister figure that was raised along with him, but their current relationship is complicated.
  • Casual Sports Jersey: He wears a tracksuit all of the time, to the point of it being lampshaded by other characters, who snipe at him as if he never washes it.
  • Character Development: After everything that happened with Ebisu, he finally is able to bring himself to cut his ties to Nora and by proxy his 'father', and now is actively trying to reform.
  • Character Tic: His hands apparently get sweaty any time he fights, which his shinki complain about.
  • Childhood Friends: He has known Nora since he was a child and they were raised together as siblings.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's grown to be highly offended by 'men who take advantage of vulnerable women' and discourages Yukine from having 'filthy thoughts', but Yato himself has a perverted streak, although he has largely confined it to Hiyori. It manifests in things like his side hobby of drawing erotic doujinshi and his fixation with Hiyori's clothing.
  • Color Failure: Happens anytime someone disrespects him. Which is often.
  • Cooldown Hug: He gives one to Hiyori in order to stop her transformation into an ayakashi.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: After he starts falling for Hiyori he becomes this, but as a comedic example. He casually threatens to use Sekki on any other boy Hiyori might know (calling it "pest control").
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: On a bad day, they're outright Glowing Eyes of Doom with Hellish Pupils. You should start running then.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts silly and easygoing most of the time, but is deadly when serious.
  • Cute and Psycho: As a kid he was, happily murdering people and keeping their ears as "souvenirs" like it was a fun game. Happens when your "father" is a psycho as well. He grew out of it because of Sakura.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He once made a living on wishes for killing people and even killed shinki in the past. Because of this he became infamous among other gods as having once been ruthless and violent. He also seems to be the reason why Nora became a stray in the first place though it's later shown it happened because Yato, as a child, was instructed to name Nora without knowing that she already had a name and what that meant. His first shinki other than Nora, Sakura, was turned into a monster because of his father's manipulations and he was personally forced to kill her.
  • Daydream Believer: He thinks the Capypa mascots are real animals instead of people in costumes, and he gets so horribly depressed at any indication otherwise that everyone around him feels inclined to keep it that way.
  • Dirty Kid: As a kid, he liked to grope Sakura's breasts and sometimes called her "boobs".
  • Divine Date: He's an unaging, centuries old god who is showing clear signs of falling in love with a mortal human girl.
  • Dual Wielding: After Yukine changes shape into two swords.
  • Energy Bow: In addition for Katanas Are Just Better function, Kazune/Rekki (Kazuma) can also become this trope by using scabbard as the bow's curve while the sword emits energy blasts that will follow its chosen target's location.
  • Experienced Protagonist: While he often doesn't act like it, Yato has been alive for centuries and occasionally shows off that he does have the knowledge and wisdom to back it up. In many cases he has to be the one telling others what's going on.
  • Freak Out:
    • Yato when working for his father with Nora, starts freaking out when he wonders how long it's been. Wondering if Hiyori has forgotten him.
    • It's even worse when Yukine is shoved into a "bell" by Heaven and Yato can feel Yukine's terror of the dark and memories returning.
  • Friend to All Children: Yato has proven to be very good with kids. Aside from becoming a parental figure to Yukine, he forms a similar relationship with the reincarnated Ebisu, and is even an effective babysitter.
  • Goal in Life: He aspires to raise enough money to build his own shrine. His true goal is to never be forgotten.
  • God of Evil: Formerly. To be precise, he was a 'god of calamity', an assassin-god tasked with carrying out evil wishes against others (which usually involved killing a whole lot of people). He prefers to distance himself from that for obvious reasons.
  • Hellish Pupils: His pupils slowly elongate towards cat-like slits when he's having a Glamour Failure. 'Hellish' fits because that usually means he's really pissed off, and you never want a god mad at you.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His known shinki so far have all been bladed weapons, prominently being Sekki and Hiki who are swords, but three of his former shinki were knives.
  • Heroic Vow: Once he accepts a job or responsibility, he sees it through and never backs out. He later promises to stay with Hiyori and make her the happiest girl in the world.
  • Hidden Depths: Yato is an unexpectedly talented artist, and a dab hand with multiple crafts including weaving and knitting.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: At his base, Yato is a serious and noble god, but he seems most happy when acting like an arrogant, fame-hungry buffoon.
  • Hitman with a Heart: When Nora returns and abducts him to do some jobs for father, it turns out Hiyori's influence has turned him into this, with Yato expressing much more reluctance when killing people.
  • Homeless Hero: Since he's a god very few know, Yato doesn't have a temple or a house of his own. He usually sleeps in the streets or crashes at Kofuku's place. Played With when he officially gets his own shrine and a plot of land to go with it, but because both are too tiny to actually live on he still stays with Kofuku.
  • Hot God: If his fangirls are of any indication. He's a slender, attractive guy with Icy Blue Eyes that everyone considers beautiful, and combine that with past!Yato, and you have a god that has a whole fandom drooling.
  • Hypocrite: Explored. Yato chastises Yukine for bad behavior that he cheerfully engages in himself... because if Yato himself does it, it won't turn him into an Eldritch Abomination. On the other hand, Yato's reluctance to practice what he preaches means that Yukine is not very interested in heeding his warnings, which leads to some pretty big consequences.
    • Yato encourages Yukine to be open with his feelings and tell him anything that's a bother, but Yato has a pretty bad habit of hiding important things on his end, particularly if it has something to do with his past, and everyone eventually has to call him out on this when the consequences start piling.
    • During a godly matchmaking event, Hiyori's plaque kept getting naturally drawn to people like homeless bums and gamblers. Yato distressedly scolds Hiyori for having such horrible taste... apparently not realizing at all that that also describes himself.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: One of his most prominent features. His eyes are typically sharp and cool, especially in flashbacks before the events of the series.
  • Idiot Hero: Despite appearing to be one at first glance, his goofy nature conceals a very serious individual with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: Yato frequently fantasizes about life as a grossly wealthy god. He would drive around in a limousine, with countless worshippers and a harem of shinki.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He's at least over 400 years old, but Yato is often very playful to the point of annoyance, and isn't above doing silly and childish things such as throwing a tantrum on the floor when Yukine says he doesn't want to go with him to Capypa Land. Zig-Zagged because on the flipside he has his moments of acting as a more mature, guiding figure with good insights.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: In the beginning he's arrogant, and acts like he's high and mighty. But hides guilt over a horrid past. He grows out of the superiority part when Ebisu is killed.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Literally and superficially. Yato maintains close relationships with many characters on equal ground despite physical and chronologic age differences. For example, he's older than Daikoku, physically looks younger, and yet they both speak to each other about Yukine from parental perspectives.
    • He also has a play on this with Ebisu, where Ebisu is noted to reincarnate frequently and thus is technically 'younger' than Yato but his disposition is more mature and he serves as a healthier father figure to Yato than Yato's actual dad. And Yato quickly takes to befriending Ebisu again when Ebisu dies and is reincarnated as a child.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Anime only.
    "You, who would desecrate this land of the rising sun! With my advent, I, the God Yato, shall lay waste with the Sekki and expel thy vast defilement!"
  • Insistent Terminology: He continues to address Mayu as Tomone even after releasing her.
  • It's All About Me: Yato has something of a god-complex and is very self-centered. He expects Yukine to obey his every command and does not pay his opinions any mind. This trait eventually tones down considerably, though Yato still remains rather self-important.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Yato later becomes worried that Hiyori will always be in danger so long as she remains tied to him, and repeatedly considers cutting their ties and wiping her memory so that she can live a normal life. When it becomes clear that isn't something that would make her happy, he settles for self-exiling himself from seeing her. Played With in that it's Yato rather than Hiyori who gets most distressed by their time apart despite his decision.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He advertises himself as a "delivery god," but he's basically this. Other than his more standard supernatural duties of slaying malignant spirits, he's also willing and able to do mundane jobs, such as finding a lost pet, fixing plumbing, and manning a cash register. He's also proven to be a pretty good artist and has in the past authored some raunchy doujinshi about Bishamon — which Kazuma has secretly bought and collected. It doesn't stop there either, as Yato proves to have a ridiculous amount of obscure skills in his arsenal, including how to make clothes from scratch, down to the cloth it's made from.
  • Jerkass Gods: Played with. Yato used to be a god of calamity, granted any wish made to him, especially the violent ones, but never really enjoyed it, only going along with it because he didn't see any other path than what his father chose for him. During the series Yato frequently states outright that anything a god does, no matter how destructive, is automatically correct, but his actions rarely coincide with his words.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite rude, full of himself, and can come off as greedy, but Yato really does want what's best for the people he helps, and cares for his friends.
    • A prime example is Chapter 1, when Tomone/Mayu quits. Yato could have easily ignored her, forcing her to either be a Nora or stay with him. Instead he willing freed her despite being defenseless without her, and her being quite rude to him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • He lives his life in a cycle. At times, he'll be in public taking any job he can. But other times, he takes jobs from his Father with Nora. Those jobs usually entail this.
    • Yato cutting off Kugaha's hand was very brutal. But Kugaha did spend an entire arc being an unbearable monster.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: He was forced to kill his first own shinki and older sister figure Sakura after she turned into an ayakashi because he revealed her true name.
  • Knife Nut: So far, if his shinki don't form a sword, they seem to form knives. Tomone (Mayu) took a form of a dagger as Hanki. It was also Sakura's form as Ouki.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: He and Hiyori tend to act like a married couple with Yukine as their surrogate child.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • His relationship with Nora; they were raised together and she was basically his sister as much as she was his shinki. While Yato has shown he has some good memories of being with her, her manipulative personality has made him uncomfortable with her presence and so he actively tries to keep his distance.
    • He had a more genuine version of this with Sakura. She acted as a loving older sister who taught him good things about the world that his "father" wouldn't let him know. Sakura is the first person Yato truly had fun with, and made him start to care for others.
  • Loser Deity: Yato is a minor god of calamity who is so hard up for followers that he's reduced to doing odd jobs in order to get by.
  • Love Confessor: In chapter 79, Yato tells a wasted, passed out Kazuma that he's in love with someone who is flat out shown to be Hiyori.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Afraid that Nora may target her if he doesn't, Yato tells Hiyori to stay away from him and blocks all of her calls... and then proceeds to constantly pester her on Twitter.
    Hiyori: Does he want me to bother him or not!?
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Hiyori. He is a several hundred years old god, while she is a human teenager.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: To horrific levels, and combined with Arrested for Heroism. How does Heaven respond to his warning about "Father," which he's threatening his very existence to convey? Summarily convict him of treason, and lock Yukine in a bell forced to experience his worst fears... for eternity. The only form of appeal requires three other gods coming forward and risking their sign-post Shinki in a deadly bet where either that signpost or one of Ameratsu's "sacred shinki" gets beheaded.
  • No Sympathy: For people who give up on life and commit suicide. Yato sees them as weak, and wasting a life a shinki would have loved to live.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: They're way too pale and bright. The show draws attention to them when it wants to underline just how ancient and inhuman he is.
  • Odd Job Gods: Justified, as Yato is trying to change away from his past as a god of calamity, and advertising himself as a delivery god seemed like the obvious alternative.
  • Papa Wolf: Exhibits this more than a few times towards Yukine, refusing to replace him and generally trying to keep him out of harm's way when he isn't in sword mode.
  • Parental Substitute: Yato, in many ways, grows into being a father figure towards Yukine and often talks of Yukine as being 'his kid' (to Yukine's embarrassment). He flip flops between this and being more like a brother.
  • Perpetual Poverty: When you make only 5 yen per job, no matter how big, you're not getting rich anytime soon. Especially not if you keep splurging whenever you do get a decent amount of cash saved up.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Yato coldly states that people who want to quit and die should do just that, but chooses to save a man from committing suicide so that Yukine wouldn't have to see it.
    • Another example is Yukine. When Yukine was still a major jerkass, everyone suggested that Yato disown him. Yato refused out of sympathy from Yukine's memories and the fact if Yukine didn't mature, he would become an ayakashi.
  • Physical God: Something he has to constantly remind people.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Zig-Zagged. Yato from early on values communicating with Yukine to ensure a good master-shinki relationship and serves as a positive foil compared to Bishamon and the well-intentioned but flawed system she has with her shinki. However, Yato completely clams up when it comes to anything regarding his past, and his inability to be forthcoming about information regarding his dangerous father eventually starts to have major consequences. It's Bishamon of all people who ends up calling him out on how much grief would have been avoided if he had explained things clearly from the start. Yato is aware of the problem and is slowly beginning to open up more to his friends, but its clear his past is still a major trauma for him and he admits that he's not quite ready to completely spill all the facts.
  • Professional Killer: He's is the supernatural version of this, or used to be as a God Of Calamity. Nora and his Father acted as his controllers who gave him the jobs, and had the habit of occasionally forcing him back into this job now and then, despite his attempts at retirement.
  • Razor Wind: He is capable of unleashing this while wielding Yukine.
  • Really 700 Years Old: As a god, he has a long lifespan and has been around for centuries despite appearing to be in his late teens to early twenties. Naturally, his wardrobe has changed a lot to match the times, going from a yukata (pre-meiji era), to a hakama (meiji era), to denim (with roller skates!) (the 80's), and finally to his current tracksuit.
  • Red Baron:
    • He is known as the Magatsuhinogami, the god of evil, calamity and disasters.
    • As of Chapter 72, the other gods have started calling him "He Who Rends Heaven".
  • Samurai Ponytail: He had this in his past, although it was on the short side. After several arcs his hair seems to have grown and he's started occasionally wearing it like this again.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a white, slightly ratty one. For some reason. He sports a longer and neater one as Rekki (Kazuma), enough to cover some parts of his face.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: He'll do anything to get clients. Anything.
    • Deconstructed. His desperation for clients is a result of an innate fear of disappearing. He has few believers and thus has a very unstable existence; due to the way gods' existences work, there's a very low chance he'd reincarnate if he were to die. Advertising himself as a "delivery god" is Yato's way of breaking away from his Father as well as his own past of killing others.
  • Ship Tease: Mainly with Hiyori. Sometimes with Bishamon in a Played for Laughs sort of way, to the in-universe frustrations of Yukine, Hiyori, and Kazuma. Even Bishamon and Yato lampshade it with their own gripes in chapter 62.
    "You and me both, honey!! This is one ship that will never sail!!"
  • Shoot the Dog:
    • He is sometimes forced to slay innocent spirits after they are possessed by the ayakashi. He reasons that once a spirit is overcome, destruction is their only salvation.
    • Yato's killing of Bishamon's shinki was also a mercy killing. All of her shinki except for Kazuma were corrupted beyond saving, so his only option was to kill them or let Bishamon die.
    • Yato's killing of Sakura, his first shinki was this as well.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Nora when they were children. They would go "play" by brutally slaying tons of people to keep their "Father" happy. That was until Yato met Sakura and stopped enjoying his "playtime" with Nora.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Earns Bishamon's wrath and lust for revenge for previously slaughtering majority of her shinki. It's later revealed that Yato did this at Kazuma's request due to Bishamon's shinki becoming corrupted and giving her the blight.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's quite arrogant for a poor, mooching god with next to no worshipers.
  • Smells Sexy: Hiyori finds Yato's scent very alluring, to her embarrassment.
  • Smug Super: Out of battle, he enjoys boasting about his god-like abilities and is extremely full of himself.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: He has No Sympathy for those who give up on life and are Driven to Suicide. He sees them as wasting their lives, a Shinki (dead person soul turned into a weapon of god) could only have wished to live.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played for laughs, but he becomes this for Hiyori. He sends her text messages about every ten minutes and pesters her on twitter, and if she doesn't respond to those he'll also call her repeatedly. Hiyori has to have him blocked to make it stop. Aside from that he's also developed some creepier habits like learning every obscure fact about her that he can, breaking into her phone, and sneaking into her room while she's asleep. Turns out Yato does this out of fear that Hiyori will forget about him if they lose contact for a long time. Which is later proven to be possible.
  • Stepford Smiler: His happy-go-lucky, goofy demeanor hides a lot of pain and insecurities.
  • The Stoic: He used to be one when Kazuma asked for his help killing all the shinki of the "ma" clan.
  • Super Gullible: Has a horrible tendency to get swindled out of his meager savings by overpriced fad items and worthless "good luck" charms.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Yato is hundreds of years old and frequently portrayed as being a father figure to Yukine, but physically compared to Yukine, Yato only looks a handful of years older. Pointed out once when Yato tells one of his employers that he 'has a kid to take care of' and the response he gets is 'at your age!?'.
  • Tears of Joy: He becomes overwhelmed when Hiyori gives him a tiny shrine she made for him in chapter 26.
  • Theme Naming: The given names of his shinki all end with 'ne'. This is most likely in the memory of Sakura, whose real name was Tamanone.
  • Tranquil Fury: He becomes enraged during his fight with Rabou, but he does not lose his composure.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Some of his antics may veer him in this direction, especially when there isn't a serious conflict going on in the storyline. Yato has a tendency to engage in outrageous behavior that really gives a feeling of him needing to be put on a leash and given a serious talking-to, particularly the levels his stalking of Hiyori can reach.
  • Vague Age: Chronologically, physically, and mentally. We don't have an exact year count for how long Yato has existed, although we know it's been at least a few centuries. Physically, he is a young man in his late teens or early 20's. His mental age has the greatest amount of fluctuation, as he has vast amounts of knowledge and occasionally shows wisdom that reflects how long he's been alive. In other areas though, he's little better than a bratty, vulnerable child.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Yukine after the latter's Character Development. While they keep bickering, fighting and insulting each other, Yukine is clearly his best friend and most reliable ally.
    • Also with Daikoku. Daikoku is constantly insulting him, but he's one of the few real friends Yato had from before meeting Hiyori and Yukine.
    • He slowly develops this relationship with Bishamon after she finds out he killed her shinki to save her life. Despite all their bickering they've come to solidly view each other as allies. Yato on his part specifically starts calling her his drinking buddy.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Yato eventually becomes Yukine's father figure of sorts. While Yato often acts like a total goofball, Yukine is more serious and snarky.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: When he was a child, Yato did whatever horrific things his 'father' asked in order to get his praise. In the present day, Yato fully understands the evil sociopath his 'father' is, for which his approval is the last thing he wants.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Once, he and Nora were as close as family. Now, Yato just wants to avoid having to use her and see her as much as possible.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Hiyori.
  • Yandere: Shows some traits of this towards Hiyori, although it's always Played for Laughs. Among some other creepy stuff, he once cheerfully asks Hiyori to tell him the name of every other guy she knows... so he can do some "pest control".
  • Yes, Virginia: An extra chapter shows that he believes in Santa Claus. As it turns out, Santa does exist, and there's more than just one. The Santa that visits Yato and co. is a 32 year old woman.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Angering Yato too much will have him regress to his former days as a God of Calamity, making him much more fierce and powerful in battle.
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    Hiyori Iki 

Hiyori Iki - Half Ayakashi

Voiced By: Maaya Uchida (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)

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An ordinary middle school girl who has the unusual ability to see Yato. After nearly dying while saving Yato, Hiyori is left on the border between the human world and the afterlife, with her spirit frequently leaving her body. Hiyori is the daughter of a wealthy family and is a passionate fan of pro-wrestling. As of chapter 25 she's entered high school.


  • Achilles' Heel: Hiyori's "tail," which anchors her spirit to the realm of the living. Should it be severed, Hiyori will die. It also causes excruciating pain if it is tugged roughly.
  • Action Girl: Thanks to the enhanced strength her spirit form provides her, Hiyori can put up a decent fight against the monstrous spirits. Eventually it's shown that she's started practicing moves in real life so that she can defend herself even when not in spirit form.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has brown eyes in the manga, but they're pink in the anime.
  • Adorkable: Hiyori is a huge dork and often shows this in the most endearing of ways.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called Hiyorin by Kofuku.
  • Astral Projection: Her spirit form, essentially. She is completely invisible to humans, and is able to phase through objects like a ghost would, but there are also times when she can interact with her physical environment.
  • Audience Surrogate: As the ordinary girl being introduced to Yato's magical world, Hiyori is meant to be this.
  • Base-Breaking Character: An interesting in-universe example. After Yato took over her body for a day, half of her school's student body loves her and the other half hates her.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Yato.
  • Break the Cutie: Yato's dad nearly did. He used controlled ayakashi to control patients in her father's hospital causing riots with her mom even getting hit in the head and damaging her father's career with Hiyori blaming herself for this.
  • Bring It: She says it to Yato's dad. Unfortunately he decided to attack her family instead.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Hiyori's kindness helps Yato face his hidden melancholy and loneliness and he soon starts to seek comfort in her.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She gloriously tells off Yato's "father" for abusing, enslaving, and sabotaging Yato. He responds by going after her family hospital, using an Ayakashi Storm to set off riots inside her father's hospital.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She likes to announce the names of wrestling moves as she uses them.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She downright refuses to admit she likes Yato as more than a friend.
  • Cat Girl: Her spirit form has a cat tail and she has some cat-like mannerisms.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Hiyori mentions that she is a huge fan of pro-wrestling, so naturally she knows how to pull off some insane fighting moves.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She throws herself in front of an oncoming bus to "save" Yato, a complete stranger to her, and insists on helping with every case Yato gets.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild example, she was not happy when Yato called Kofuku his "girlfriend". As well as gaining demon eyes when Yato sort of kissed Bishamon.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Yukine.
  • Completely Missing the Point: When Hiyori asks Yato for future career advice because of her lack of knowing what to do, she rejects his suggestion that she become a professional fighter because 'it's too late for her to become number 1 in the world'.
  • Covert Pervert: Apparently has a book with pictures of naked wrestling men hidden under her bed. She does not appreciate that Yato knows about this.
  • Cute Bruiser: In her spirit form, Hiyori gains a lot of strength and can kick some serious ass.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She's basically a hanyou (half-ayakashi/youkai (basically what the English version calls "phantom") and refered to as such), and many found her transformation into a full ayakashi very cute, some even found her sexy.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Hiyori reveals she is unsure of what she wants to do. While she doesn't mind becoming a doctor and her parents aren't putting any pressure for her to become one either, she remains uncertain if its a career she's truly interested in. She later resolves to become a doctor to fix her family name damaged by Yato's father's actions.
  • Determinator: If Yato or Yukine are in trouble, she will go to any lengths to save them, no questions asked.
  • Devoted to You: She eventually becomes the object of adoration to Yato, which (although Played for Laughs) can reach Stalker with a Crush levels.
  • Divine Date: She's a mortal human girl who is showing signs of being in love with the god Yato.
  • Easy Amnesia: In episode 12, she regains her lost memories of Yato and Yukine by smelling Yato.
  • Education Mama: She gives private lessons to Yukine and makes sure he takes his education very seriously, even though he's, you know, dead and studying won't do anything for him.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone knows about her feelings for Yato.
  • Fangirl: Of pro-wrestling. Her favorite wrestler is Touno and she worships him like a god.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Yato and Yukine. At first, she only follows them around so Yato could cure her spirit problem, but over time, she comes to care for both of them like family, and the three risk their lives for each other repeatedly.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair this way when she's not at school.
  • Girly Bruiser: A very girly and cute young lady who is also a surprisingly strong wrestler in her spirit form.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's quite feminine, but is also a huge fan of pro-wrestling and MMA.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-ayakashi/phantom, or as the gods in-series call her, hanyou, when outside her body in her tailed form.
  • Has a Type: Despite her denials, Hiyori seems to have a thing for worthless people. In chapter 58 when the gods were matchmaking humans together, her plaque would repeatedly get tied to people who turned out to be homeless hobos or gambling addicts. Curiously, as Yukine notices, they all had a trait of Yato's.
  • The Heart: She acts as this for the main characters trying to defuse the harsh situations between them.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She claims Yato is just her friend to her brother, he was not fooled.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Passing out at random and constantly being beset upon by monstrous ayakashi is not something Hiyori is terribly fond of.
  • In a Single Bound: Her jumping power is greatly increased in her spirit form.
  • It's All My Fault: Hiyori blamed herself for Yato's father attacking her families' hospital when she told him she would face him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • In the anime, Nora takes away her memories of Yato and later her memory continues to fade so she forgets Yukine. She manages to recover them.
    • In the manga she starts to forget about Yato due to not seeing him for a while due to how the far side works, it isn't till she sees Yukine again that she fully remembers
  • Like an Old Married Couple: She and Yato tend to act like a married couple with Yukine as their surrogate child.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She treats Yukine like a younger brother and he eventually comes to view Hiyori as an older sister figure he cares about a lot.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Or like sibling like spouse, in this case. Yukine notes that Yato and Hiyori's brother are very similar; they're both worthless, carefree guys who talk without thinking and don't want to be what their parents expect from them.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Yato becomes so dependent on Hiyori's emotional support that his two-month-long self-exile away from her nearly drives him insane, with his erratic behavior extending to wearing her old school uniform for comfort.
  • Love Epiphany: In chapter 78, she realizes she's in love with Yato due to Kazuma interfering with her search for him and giving her a harsh warning that gods can never reciprocate love with humans.
  • Lust Object:
    • Yukine tends to have perverted thoughts about Hiyori, to Yato's dismay since shinki's impure thoughts bring pain to their master. After his Character Development, he stops lusting after Hiyori and starts thinking of her as a sister figure.
    • Yato, hypocritically considering his attitude towards Yukine, seems to have directed all of his romantic and sexual energy onto Hiyori in some (if unconventional) way, like drawing nude pictures of her and buying her clothes and underwear.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Yato. She is a human teenager and he is a several hundred years old god. Yato's father berates Hiyori for making Yato rely on her when she'll die long before him.
  • Nice Girl: She's very kind and gentle, immediately trying to befriend Yukine during his initial confusion as Yato's shinki.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Yato seems to think so. To his dismay, every person Hiyori's matchmaking plaque at the Kamuhakari matchmaking event got tied to were people who were gambling addicts, homeless or easily tricked. Yukine noticed there was a pattern.
  • The Nose Knows: She can track the scents of Gods while in her spirit form.
  • Oblivious to Love: She does not seem to notice Yukine's crush on her, and treats him like a younger brother. Also seems to be unaware of the "effect" she seems to have on Yato in later chapters.
  • Ojou: She comes from a well-off family of doctors.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: Just a normal middle school girl who one day encounters a god on the street and becomes a human-spirit hybrid after getting run over by a car to save him.
  • Panty Shot: Several. Even during a forth wall-break.
  • Pensieve Flashback: Hiyori somehow manages to slip into and view Yato's memories about his first shinki other than Nora, Sakura, and learn that a god inherits the human memories of their shinki, which they are forbidden to reveal lest their shinki go insane.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Her first kiss was stolen by Yato's "father". She didn't take it well.
  • Sleepyhead: Anytime her spirit leaves her body, it is left asleep. Her spirit also leaves at random times, potentially leaving her collapsed right in public.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Her family is made up of doctors, and they even own a few hospitals. Despite being more than well-off, Hiyori is nothing short of kind and considerate. It should also be noted that she isn't spoiled by her parents either. While her mother is overprotective, her father expects her to do chores for money when she runs out of her monthly allowance supporting Yato and Yukine.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Her mother and maternal grandmother possess the ability to sense the presence of beings from the Far Shore. Hiyori inherits this ability, as does her brother but it's more potent — being able to actually see gods and shinki.
  • Super Strength: Only while in her spirit form. She displays strength and agility similar to Yato's.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The story is told through Hiyori's perspective, though the tale is really Yato's.
  • Team Mom: She acts as the loving and supporting, yet stern mother of the little "family" formed by her, Yato and Yukine.
  • Tsundere: Type B towards Yato. She is nice to nearly everyone, but is far more likely to be annoyed with him.
  • Uptown Girl: Her family is more than well-off, while Yato makes only 5 yen per job and usually has to sleep at the street.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Ayakashi are naturally drawn to her spirit form, wishing to corrupt her exposed soul.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Yato.
  • Wistful Amnesia: After being separated from Yato for a long time, Hiyori starts to lose her memories of him. Hiyori can still sense she's forgetting about someone really important to her, someone she never wanted to forget and wanted to stay by her side forever.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She likes to mimic the special moves of her wrestling hero, Touno.

    Yukine 

Yukine - Hafuri Vessel

Voiced By: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)

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A young boy spirit who is enlisted as Yato's newest shinki (Divine Weapon). His weapon form is an odachi with a blade as white as snow dubbed Sekki. After becoming a Hafuri Vessel (Blessed Regalia), his weapon form has changed into a pair of katanas.


  • Absurd Cutting Power: His blade form is ridiculously sharp; sometimes cutting things that were in the general direction of Yato's swings. This sharpness can only be tempered by experience on the shinki's part.
  • Abusive Parents: Chapter 79 confirmed that his father murdered him.
  • Adaptational Badass: The team's confrontation with the Gods over Ebisu is much longer in the anime, Yato has Yukine cut through the Gods' Fantastic Nuke, quartering their magic circle and scattering the clouds in the process!
  • Adaptational Heroism: During the time he was stealing from people, it was toned down in the anime. For example, he does not steal from Hiyori like he does in the manga.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His initial Jerkass behaviour is slightly toned down in the anime.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: The adorable part starts to show more post-Character Development when his dorkiness becomes more evident, like getting overly excited at making his first friend.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kofuku calls him Yukki.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: For most of the part, he acts like a troublesome and disrespectful younger brother to Yato.
  • Badass Adorable: Thanks to Kazuma's training, he becomes an even more powerful shinki than Nora.
  • Bad Liar: "I found it..."
  • Barrier Warrior: Like all shinki, Yukine is capable of putting up a "borderline" barrier that ayakashi spirits cannot pass through.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Nora. As they hang out together, Yukine realizes Nora has the same envy Yukine used to have towards the living.
  • Body Horror: When Yukine sins so much that he begins shifting into an ayakashi, his back sprouts a mass of demonic eyeballs and he gradually becomes more monstrous-looking.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He starts out as this, being an extremely rude, disrespectful troublemaker that abuses his abilities to steal and bring Yato trouble. He thankfully gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: After Yato begins using Nora again, Yukine becomes upset with Yato, but the two eventually make up.
  • Brutal Honesty: He tends to say whatever's on his mind, usually to Yato's exasperation.
  • Buried Alive: It is revealed that his death came about as a result of this. Small wonder he's claustrophobic.
  • Came Back Strong: After Bishamon kills him in his weapon form, he revives and evolves into twin blades due to his loyalty to Yato.
  • Character Development: When we first met Yukine, he was a total brat. He regularly stole and was just unpleasant to be around. After his punishment, he reformed. Although still quite mouthy, he cared for Hiyori and Yato. He worked to repay all that he stole, as well as becoming very loyal to Yato, sacrificing himself to save Yato without a second thought.
  • Character Tic: Despite his name, Yukine gets cold and shivers rather easily.
  • Claustrophobia: He can't handle enclosed spaces, especially if they're dark, having a Freak Out if left alone in one for very long. Considering how it's heavily implied that he died after being Buried Alive, this is very much justified.
  • Cowardly Lion: He is intimidated by powerful adversaries like Bishamon, but fights to the best of his ability, regardless.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: In a non-romantic way for Yato. He is always annoyed when it looks like Yato likes Nora better than him being more in line of a child wanting more attention from their parent.
  • Crush Blush: He is attracted to Hiyori and blushes whenever she touches him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's implied that his home life before dying was not particularly pleasant and might've been difficult.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He always seems to have a smart remark ready, usually at Yato's expense.
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards Yato, since Yato has doubts about his ability to change from a God of Calamity.
  • Equippable Ally: He can shift into a sword form.
  • Ghost Amnesia: He can't remember his past life before dying. Good thing considering what happens if he manages to remember it...
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A non-romantic example, but he is not happy that Yato has a Nora. And constantly compares himself to her.
  • Happily Adopted: One could say that Yato and Hiyori are Yukine's surrogate parents due to his age and immaturity. With Yato himself calling Yukine his kid multiple time and with Hiyori acting like an Education Mama at times.
  • Heel Realization: The point of being "punished," and Yukine does realize that his actions have hurt not only him, but Yato, Hiyori and everyone around him as well.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: His perverted thoughts about Hiyori tend to bring Yato pain. After he understands that not controlling his sexual urges means nothing but trouble for him and Yato, he quits it. Nora kissing him has brought this back full force, though.
  • Human Weapon: He encounters this problem with Yato, who at times treats Yukine as nothing more than a weapon for his use.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Yukine becomes one Post-Character Development, as Yato is too incompetent to make money and handle himself without someone watching out for him. It becomes a Running Gag that Yato spends all of the money Yukine works to get on useless and frivolous trinkets.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He envies the living, wishing he could do normal things like go to school or play with friends.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Hiyori at one point allowed Yukine to live with her as opposed to sleeping at shrines with Yato. Yukine struggled with the "innocent" part which caused Yato pain.
  • Invisible Jerkass: He abuses being undetectable by humans to steal for his own benefit. He gets over with though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post-Character Development. He still can be snarky and abrasive, but he's a really good guy who would readily sacrifice himself for his friends.
  • Kid Sidekick: To Yato. He's his shinki while still being a kid in his early teens. This causes trouble due to Yukine's hormones and rebellious nature corrupting both of them until Yukine is forced to mature.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Hiyori. They form a close sibling-like relationship after his Character Development.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "sound of snow," and his original spirit form resembled a tiny snowflake. It helps since Yato found him on a snowy night.
  • Mouthy Kid: He doesn't pull his punches when it comes to expressing how pathetic he thinks Yato is.
  • Mukokuseki: Yukine is a (presumably) Japanese kid with blonde hair and amber eyes.
  • Named Weapons: His weapon name is "Sekki."
  • Number Two: Since he's Yato's only active shinki, Yukine is, by default, Yato's Guidepost: his most trusted aide.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Nora.
  • Older Than He Looks: Despite his small size and cuteness, he's only about a year or two younger than Hiyori, leading to her horror when she realizes that she invited someone close to her age to sleep in the same bed as her. Will be played even more straight as the series goes on, as he is fundamentally ageless as a Shinki, which leads to Who Wants to Live Forever?, as noted below.
  • Power Tattoo: After being contracted, Yukine bears the kanji for "snow" on his collarbone.
  • Precocious Crush: He has one on Hiyori, at first. However, his feelings were based mostly on lust and sexual urges and once he starts to mature, he gets over his crush on Hiyori, coming to see her as an older sister/mother figure instead.
  • Primal Fear: He is terrified of the dark. He sleeps with a desk lamp on and a table on its side between him and Yato to block the light on Yato's side of the room. Yato must have noticed his fear due of his God's Greatest Secret.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Yukine does NOT react well to Kazuma attempting to force him to spill what he knows about Father.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He becomes this to Yato after his Character Development. Yukine still likes to make fun of him and insult him, but he truly becomes extremely loyal to Yato to the point he won't hesitate to sacrifice himself for him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He does not like hurting others, and has stated repeatedly that he does not want to fight Yato's battles.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Yukine is actually a really powerful shinki, but his lack of experience and immaturity makes it difficult to Yato to bring out his true potential.
  • Sour Supporter: Yukine initially dislikes the fact that Yato essentially forced him into servitude, though they eventually come to accept one another.
  • Sticky Fingers: He developed into an opportunistic thief early on, swiping money from people if given the chance. He later outgrows this.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: A young shinki with amber eyes.
  • Synchronization: As Yato's shinki, the two are connected on a spiritual level. Also, anytime Yukine performs a sin of any kind, Yato feels a sharp, stabbing sensation which gradually corrupts his soul and will kill him if unaddressed.
  • Tears of Remorse: As he confesses to all of his crimes during his "punishment."
  • Teens Are Monsters: Deconstructed, as Yukine's spiral down illustrates what it takes for a confused youth to commit heinous acts. It helps since he died and still can communicate in a world where everyone and anyone will forget him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Yukine's animosity with Yato affects how effective he is in combat. The more frustrated Yukine is, the more dull his blade is.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He is one of the few shinki to change shape. The only other one known is Kazuma.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his punishment, he is much nicer.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After Suzuha died, he continued to tend to the Sakura tree that Suzuha used to.
  • Tritagonist: Of the three main characters, Yukine tends to have a support role when the narrative focuses on Yato or Hiyori. When he has the leading part in the narrative, it tends to focus on his struggles with being a shinki yet still having human desires, desires that unintentionally hurt Yato via the blight.
  • Tsundere: He eventually becomes fond of Yato, but he doesn't like to show it and keeps his abrasive attitude towards him. Lampshaded by Yato in Chapter 45.
  • Undying Loyalty: Eventually becomes very devoted to both Yato and Hiyori. This is shown the best when his shinki form evolves as a proof of his absolute loyalty to his master.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yato after his Character Development. They argue and fight like a pair of brothers, but there's no doubt Yukine is Yato's best friend.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Yukine is far more serious and snarky than Yato, who eventually becomes Yukine's father figure of sorts.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: After becoming friends with another shinki, he feels this. And like Yato, he is scared that one day Hiyori will grow up and forget him.

Tenjin and his Shinki

    Tenjin 

Tenjin - God of Academics

Voiced By: Toru Okawa (Japanese), Sean Hennigan (English)

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The famous God of Academics. He is often sought out, or appears before Hiyori and Yukine when his wisdom is needed.


  • Chick Magnet: Believe it or not. He can literally have high school girls fawning over him after speaking with them for less than five minutes.
  • Foil: To Yato. Tenjin is essentially everything that Yato wants to be: beloved throughout Japan, with several successful shrines, and living the good life. Unlike Yato, Tenjin is calm and mature, rather than brash and foolhardy. He is well respected and takes care of several shinki, whereas Yato can just barely handle Yukine. Tenjin is also a lot less merciful when it comes to handling shinki that act out of line. Yato, on the other hand, nearly died because he refused to turn his back on Yukine.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although Tenjin is a very kind and honest god, he sets stern rules for himself and his shinki. One of them being that if a shinki betrays him, they are not given a second chance and are cast out. He also doesn't offer sympathy to stray shinki.
  • Good Luck Charm: Tenjin himself is one, bringing good fortune to those who pray to him in all things academic related.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his wise old master demeanor, he looks down on Yato and isn't above manipulating him, though he's still a decent fellow underneath it, and doesn't hate Yato like Bishamon does.
  • Not So Different: From Yato. He was originally a murderous spirit. The people who feared being killed by him deified him in order to placate him. Eventually he reformed.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Despite his sage-like disposition, he loves to flaunt his wisdom and impress school girls.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: When he's not wearing his god's clothes, he's dressed as this.
  • Theme Naming: The given names of his shinki all end with 'yu.'
  • Would Hit a Girl: In OVA 2, he beats the ever living crap out of both Bishamon and Yato after they call him a loser.

    Tomone/Mayu 

Tomone (Former)/Mayu - Shinki

Voiced By: Asami Imai (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

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Yato's former shinki, Mayu left him after feeling he was doing a poor job of being a god. She currently serves the academic god, Tenjin. While serving Yato she was "Tomone", but has since discarded this name after being released. Her weapon form under Yato's servitude was a dagger. Under Tenjin her form is a kiseru smoking pipe.


  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't sugarcoat her words when describing her former relationship with Yato.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Yukine, and most young people in general.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": For justified reasons, Mayu dislikes the fact Yato insists on continuing to call her "Tomone" after he released her. Referring to her as "Tomone" would imply she still served under him, and as she is not a Nora, it comes across as an insult.
  • Happily Married: In her former life before dying, although she does not remember it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When she was a human she was able to save her daughter's life from a raging fire at the cost of her own.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mayu gets into spats with Yato easily and scorns his impoverished state, but when Yato comes seriously close to dying, Mayu is one of the only people who comes forward to help him and she does so without hesitation, even though doing so puts her at risk.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Her bickering with Yato is perceived as this by Hiyori.
  • Line in the Sand: When Daikoku asked for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu was the only one of Tenjin's shinki to step forward.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Demands Yato end his contract with her, unable to stand working with him. This left Yato weaponless until he met Yukine.
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    Tsuyu 

Tsuyu - Tree Spirit

Voiced By: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)

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Tsuyu is the spirit of a plum tree who has lived with Tenjin for 1,000 years. She is not a shinki, but rather stays with Tenjin out of a lasting love.


  • Back from the Dead: After Yato's side wins the "covenant" against Heaven, Tsuyu is resurrected.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She has served as a protector to her beloved Tenjin's shrine through the centuries they have spent together.
  • Cool Big Sis: She seemed to have gotten along very well with Sakura, and when she was troubled Tsuyu advised her.
  • Eternal Love: Has loved Tenjin for a really long, long, time.
  • Facial Markings: She has a red mark resembling a plum blossom located on the middle of her forehead.
  • Hime Cut: The ideal hairstyle to match her miko attire.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji characters of her name are comprised of the words 梅 - "plum", and 雨 - "rain".
  • Nature Spirit
  • Off with His Head!: Gets beheaded by Amaterasu, during the "covenant" ritual.
  • Plant Person: Being the spirit of a plum tree she can communicate with other trees or plants.
  • Purple Eyes: To show her nature as a tree spirit.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches down to her knees.

    The Tenjin Sisters 

Moyu, Miyu (Former), Nayu, and Ayu - Shinki

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A group of miko who are actually his shinki. Initially four in number, they were reduced to three after one of them, Miyu, succumbs to an aftershock caused by Yukine's corruption, forcing her to undergo an ablution, be stripped of her name, and be banished from Tenjin's shrine.


Kofuku and her Shinki

    Kofuku 

Kofuku - God of Poverty

Voiced By: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

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The bubbly and energetic, but naturally irresponsible God of Poverty. Though she goes by the name Ebisu, a famous God of Fortune, Kofuku just uses the moniker to conceal her status as a poverty god.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Kofuku (Little Luck) is later revealed to be a nickname given to her by Daikoku, since he found the name Binbougami (Goddess of Misfortune) to be too harsh.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a Poverty God, Kofuku has always been hated and scorned by humanity. The heavens also forbidden her to have a shinki, so Kofuku was all alone until she met Daikoku.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She causes poverty-inducing bad omens wherever she goes, but Kofuku herself is very sweet and bubbly.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Turns out she's the cause for ending Japan's bubble era.
  • Beta Couple: With Daikoku. They're the simpler couple with less problems to contrast the more dysfunctional main couple, Yato and Hiyori.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her thought process is rather odd, often disregarding consequences when making decisions.
  • Cuddle Bug: Kofuku loves to get touchy-feely, especially with Hiyori.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Occasionally visible. A reference to her immaturity.
  • Death Seeker: While not actively suicidal, its been repeatedly mentioned that Kofuku seems to have little regard for her own life. She knows that one of Daikoku's deepest desires was to have gotten the chance to be a father, and she regrets not being able to properly give him that. Therefore, she feels that her dying wouldn't be so bad because then Daikoku will get the chance to raise her reincarnation as a daughter.
  • The Ditz: She isn't really smart and her own shinki calls her a helpless idiot.
  • Dude Magnet: She can easily seduce guys.
  • First-Name Basis: Prefers to be called Kofuku rather than by titles.
  • The Gadfly: She enjoys getting reactions out of Hiyori, usually by snuggling her, or even playfully scaring her with ominous tales of Yato's past.
  • Gender Flip:
    • Hiyori is surprised that Kofuku is a cute girl, as Ebisu is traditionally depicted as a male in Japanese mythology. Subverted in that Kofuku is not really Ebisu, but is merely a nickname she employs to hide her status as a Poverty God. The real Ebisu is in fact male.
    • Also played straight, in that Binbougami was traditionally depicted as wizened old man.
  • Genki Girl: She typically behaves in a child-like manner, and is energetic and playful.
  • Hot Goddess: She's very attractive and can easily seduce unwitting humans.
  • Idiot Hair: She always has one curly strand sticking up.
  • Immortal Immaturity: She is a goddess and Yato says she is way older than she appears, but Kofuku acts like an immature child that can't take care of herself and usually needs her shinki to babysit her. It's implied she acts like this on purpose to be like the child Daikoku wants, but can never have.
  • The Jinx: As a God of Poverty, Kofuku spreads bad luck onto anyone she meets.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Her and Daikoku are essentially married, to the point of once taking on a child shinki and living as a family.
  • Love at First Sight: The moment she first saw Daikoku she thought he was really hot and made him her shinki.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Hiyori "Hiyorin", Yukine "Yukki", Bishamon "Bisha", etc.
  • Nice Girl: By fair one of the most selfless individuals in the series. She lets Yato and Yukine crash at her residence for much of the manga and anime for starters.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Kofuku Glomps Hiyori only seconds after meeting her and likes to get uncomfortably close to people.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kofuku isn't quite as oblivious as she seems, and is actually capable of being serious when she wants to be.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Bishamon visits Kofuku, and asks if she knows where to find Yato. Kofuku calmly says, that what happened between Bishamon and Yato is none of her business, but if Bishamon kills Yato, Bishamon better watch her back.
  • One Born Every Minute: She easily buys into Yato's lies and often provides him with money, although this may be tied to her role as a God of Poverty.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Officially, Kofuku has no proper name, only being referred to as Binbougami due to her nature as a God of Poverty. Daikoku however began calling her Kofuku as an Affectionate Nickname, and the name stuck for her and those close to her like Yato and Bishamon.
  • Opposites Attract: With Daikoku. Whereas she is a Genki Girl Person of Mass Destruction, Daikoku is the Only Sane Man and often has to keep her in line so she doesn't bring bad luck. Despite this, the two care for each other to point of basically being Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Power Incontinence: Fittingly for a god of poverty and bad luck, she's extremely powerful, but has very little control over that power, and thus she tends to refrain from getting herself involved in combat situations unless its absolutely necessary.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her ability to summon hordes of ayakashi makes her extremely dangerous. The damage summoning gloom causes is enough that she can threaten Bishamon with it.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her outfit is predominantly pink, and Kofuku is fittingly very girly.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A classic example, her hair being as sweet and bright and she is.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The happy-go-lucky and carefree girl to contrast Daikoku's serious and grounded guy.
  • Shipper on Deck: A YatoXHiyori fangirl.
  • Theme Naming: All her shinki starts with "Dai". This is unusual, since all of the other god's shinki's clan names have been put at the end of their first name. It's possible this is in reference to the fact her own name also has a syllable most commonly used as a name-end suffix, "ko", at the front of her name.
  • Troll: She has a tendency of bring up subjects just to annoy her friends. Even sending Hiyori a photo of Yato kinda kissing Bishamon just to annoy her
  • Your Cheating Heart: Parodied. Daikoku is basically her husband, but Kofuku likes to pretend she has an "affair" with Yato and she also went to "play around" with one of Yato's clients.

    Daikoku 

Voiced By: Daisuke Ono (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

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Kofuku's intimidating, but loyal shinki. His weapon form is an elaborate looking foldable hand fan.


  • Bad Powers, Good People: Daikoku is a good guy, but since he's the shinki of a Poverty God, his primary ability is opening up gloom, which causes ayakashi to begin spawning en masse.
  • Beta Couple: With Kofuku. While not perfect, they act like a relatively happy married couple and they sure have it easier than Yato and Hiyori.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Kofuku's. He frequently has to keep her out of trouble, or from causing trouble.
  • Combat Hand Fan: His weapon form.
  • Cool Shades: He wears black sunglasses while in his "formal" attire.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: A comedic example, he is noticeably annoyed if any male talks to Kofuku. He acts like her husband and even thinks of Yato as an adulterer, due to his "relationship" with Kofuku.
  • Enemy Summoner: His fan form is capable of creating gloom that summons swarms of ayakashi. A dangerous ability in the hands of someone as irresponsible as Kofuku.
  • Equippable Ally: He can shift into a hand fan.
  • Face of a Thug: He's actually a decent guy when you get to know him, but he can be intimidating when he wants to be.
  • Friend to All Children: Daikoku apparently has a soft spot for children, though everyone makes him out to be a pedophile.
  • Ironic Name: Daikoku’s name is derived from the Shinto god named Daikokuten, the god of wealth and one of the Seven Lucky Gods. Daikoku is the shinki of the Goddess of Poverty.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be rough, but is very reasonable, and despite what he says, he really does care about Yato. A good example is when Kazuma stays over as Bishamon exiled him, Daikoku threatens to hurt him, if Kazuma doesn't ... eat his fill.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Daikoku desires to be a father, but is unable to produce children as a shinki.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: He and Kofuku are essentially married, to the point of once living as a family with her and a child shinki.
  • Meaningful Name: In later chapters, we find out that he's named after Daikoku, one of the Seven Lucky Gods. This helps in her pretending to be Ebisu, as Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired together.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Everyone makes him out to be a pedophile due to his fondness of children.
  • Opposites Attract: With Kofuku.
  • Parenting the Husband: A gender-reversed example with Kofuku. They are not actually married, but Daikoku is basically Kofuku's husband. However, her childish and ditzy attitude results in Daikoku also acting as her babysitter. It's implied Kofuku does it on purpose to let Daikoku act like the father he always wanted to be.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Daikoku can be very intimidating but he wears a light pink shirt and does the majority of the housework such as cooking, cleaning, and gardening.
  • Restraining Bolt: He tries to keep Kofuku from running amok and causing poverty.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The serious and grounded guy to contrast Kofuku's happy-go-lucky disposition.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: He curtly denies being Kofuku's husband when Hiyori asks about their relationship, despite it essentially being like this in nature. It's implied he only says this out of respect of Kofuku being his master, and because they aren't literally married.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Likes to unwind with a cigarette, and can pull off frightening faces with one in his mouth.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Daikoku means "Great Blackness," a reference to his ability of summoning gloom.
  • Tears of Joy: He gave big ones when Yato, Yukine and Hiyori return form Bishamon alive.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kofuku, of course.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Yato; he regularly insults Yato but honestly cares about him.
  • Willfully Weak: Daikoku doesn't want to be a blessed regalia like Kazuma or Yukine, because he fears that Kofuku getting even stronger would probably destroy the country.
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    Bishamonten/Vaisravana 

Bishamonten/Vaisravana - God of Fortune/War

Voiced By: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Elizabeth Maxwell (English)

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A God of War, among which she is considered the most powerful. She holds a personal vendetta against Yato for killing her shinki in the past.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is silvery white in the manga, but the anime depicts her as a blonde.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kazuma calls her "Veena", coming from Vaisravana, when they're in private. Bishamon was the one who asked him to come up with a pet name for her after hearing Daikoku call his goddess 'Kofuku'.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: What she normally wears, when not using any of her shinki. It has become her default attire ever since she tried to get her life back on track after reconciling with Yato.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her combat outfit made from Tsuguha and later Nana includes a revealing top that shows off her belly.
  • Bathing Beauty: Originally due her large number of shinki, she bathed in herbs to keep up her strength, after the death of the Ha clan she stopped doing this.
  • Battle Ballgown: She has a shinki that acts as powerful armor and a long, fancy skirt.
  • The Beastmaster: One of her shinki, Kuraha, takes the form of a lion. In the past she had a giant eagle and tiger, as well.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kazuma.
  • The Berserker: In her second fight with Yato, she is so overcome with rage she loses any reason and just attacks him
  • BFS: A shinki of hers, Yugiha, is the size of the Buster Sword.
  • Boobs of Steel: The strongest war god, and the most endowed.
  • Broken Bird: Losing her former shinki clan to Yato left her in quite a poor mental spot.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Tsuguha in her vessel form doesn't exactly cover much. Yato lampshades the ridiculousness of wearing what is effectively a bulletproof bikini and jacket.
  • Character Development: A major part of Bishamon's character arc is taking responsibility for her actions. She pushes herself into a corner by taking on more shinki than she can handle, and cannot bring herself to disown them despite the danger. When the 'Ma' clan was wiped out, she blamed Yato, and did not acknowledge her own failing. When she learns of Kugaha's betrayal, Bishamon finally accepts her responsibility. She maturely takes away the names of her shinki to protect them, exiles Kugaha peacefully, and the shinki that she couldn't protect are mercy killed, this time by her personally.
    • She also gradually re-evaluates her relationship with Yato, eliminating much of the petty vindictiveness which characterized interactions between both of them. Well, aside from comedic purposes anyway.
    • She even begins acknowledging her old Fatal Flaw, namely the Poor Communication Kills trap she fell into in the past and tries to go out of her way in avoiding it and trying to warn those around her away from it.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. Bishamon feels the need to save every single spirit she comes across and turns them into a Shinki, despite already bearing the burden of many. She does this as a way to cope with the death of her past shinki clan. The problem is that while Bishamon has the resources to give them all a nice home, the large numbers she acquires causes her to neglect the importance of looking after their emotional well-being as well, since its difficult to give them all individual attention. Eventually, Bishamon's shinki become corrupted through heartache and in-fighting, and this nearly results in her death.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: It just barely covers her, and paves the way for plenty of Panty Shots.
  • Determinator: Deconstructed. In her second fight with Yato, she is even more corrupted than Yato was when Yukine was being punished, but continued to fight. However, that continued fight led to nothing but pain for her Shinki, made her oblivious to the slaughter of the rest of her clan at the hands of the Masked Ayakashi (she kept blaming Yato), as well as blind to Kugaha's manipulations. She still doesn't give up until Kazuma nearly sacrifices himself, forcing her to realize how much her pushing through has caused harm to the very people she wanted to save.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Her normal attire in combat made of her shinki consists of an open coat that exposes her bra, a mini skirt, belt and gun holster, and long boots. One of her shinki even turns into a whip she carries in her belt.
  • Dumb Muscle: Has 'muscles for brains' according to an omake. While calling her dumb might be a stretch, perhaps fittingly for a God of War, she seems most comfortable in combat situations and struggles more in areas that require logic or sociability.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she still has some residual annoyance with Yato, she's very unhappy with Kazuma when he tries to go and coerce information about Yato's dad from Yukine using a spell and chews him out for it. She points out that while she understands he was doing it because he wanted to protect her, they don't have the luxury of causing a rift with someone who has now become an ally.
  • Fatal Flaw: Rage. Father exploits this when she finally meets him, goading her into creating a situation where Heaven will try to kill her rather than him.
  • Gender Flip: Bishamonten is traditionally depicted as a male in Japanese lore.
  • The Gun Slinger: Two of her shinki transform into guns.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Aside from her grudge against Yato, she is very kind. Fully becomes this when she lets it go.
  • Hellish Pupils: Like Yato, has striking eyes with pupils that elongate to slits and appear to glow when she gets angry or ready to pick a fight.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Stated to be this among other gods following the Kugaha incident and later Tsuguha's death due to her regaining her human memories, something gods are expected to never allow to happen. Later she is seen as Heaven's enemy due to releasing a Hafuri Vessel that turned against Heaven to kill Yato's father.
  • Hot Goddess: She's one sexy War Goddess, and the manga loves to remind you of it.
  • In-Series Nickname: Most simply call her Bishamon for simplicity rather than her full name. However, some characters have their own nicknames for her.
    • Yato often called her Skank for quite some time, primarily due to the Stripperific outfit she wore when using Tsuguha.
    • Kofuku calls her Bisha as a pet nickname.
    • Kazuma oft calls her Veena, though only when they're in private.
  • It's All About Me: When it boils down to it, Bishamon's obsession with getting revenge against Yato is incredibly selfish in nature. She admitted as much in Chapter 24. Since Bishamon insists on recruiting more Regalia than she could possibly handle, when it reached the point that they became corrupted, the only solution was to kill them. Bishamon admits that without Yato to project her anger onto, she'd be left with no one else to blame but herself.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Aiha in her vessel form provides Bishamon a Battle Ballgown that would not look out of place in an illustration of the famous French saint and warrior.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Intimidating and incredibly unpleasant if you're on her shit list, Bishamon is also one of the most honorable characters in the show and willing to learn from her mistakes when called out regarding them. Not to mention the large number of shinki she's taken in over the years who are devoted to her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When she puts two and two together about Yato's Dad, her anger is less about spite and more about how Yato's horrific case of Poor Communication Kills led to so much grief which could have been avoided.
  • Mama Bear: Cares for and is incredibly protective of all of her shinki. Even more so after Yato killed off the 'Ma' clan.
  • Mercy Kill: She euthanizes her shinki that were corrupted thanks to Kugaha.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She takes in helpless spirits as her shinki, even if they have no combat use. She provides for and protects them, even though having many shinki overtaxes her own soul since they were made by her own life.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her normal outfit consists of an open coat that exposes her bra, and a mini skirt. She also has a lot of bath scenes in the manga.
  • Mystical White Hair: In the manga, she has this.
  • Obviously Evil: She's not but even she admits when using Nana, the Hafuri Vessel that turned against Heaven, makes her look like this. That's the reason why Nana doesn't have the 'Ha' name like anyone else.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The root of her problems. She and her shinki put on happy faces to prevent the other from worrying, but this prevents any problems from being solved. She also brought this trope to Yato after she confronts him about his problems with that trope as well. After exiling Kugaha, to avoid this, she starts trading a diary with all of her shinki to keep in touch.
  • Purple Eyes: Fierce and striking. Likely a reference to how Purple Is Powerful.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's longer than her entire body.
  • Revenge: Her conflict with Yato is fueled by her thirst for vengeance. Yato killed an entire CLAN of her shinki, of which Kazuma was the only one left alive. She abandons this once Kazuma confesses he was the one who asked Yato to kill the corrupted shinki in order to save Bishamon's life.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Her hatred of Yato is so strong she becomes willing to endanger her shinki and her life to kill him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Yato wouldn't put it past Bishamon to kill Yukine or Hiyori just because they are associated with him. He's proven right in chapter 16, when Yukine is accidentally transported to her home. Her first action is to shoot him.
  • Ship Tease: With mainly Kazuma. Sometimes with Yato in a Played for Laughs sort of way, which Yato and Bishamon themselves seem to be aware of and get annoyed with.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: After she finds out he killed her shinki to save her life, Bishamon stops trying to kill Yato, but she still finds him annoying and gets into squabbles with him very easily.
  • Stepford Smiler: Bishamon and her shinki (minus Kazuma), which is the cause of a lot of her problems. She constantly insists she's fine even when she's not, and deflects their concerns, while they hide their problems from her because they might physically affect her.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • Her shinki Tsuguha becomes a combat outfit that leaves little to the imagination. She later starts to alternate between Tsuguha and Aiha, Aiha becoming an elaborate Battle Ballgown. With Tsuguha's death though, Bishamon is forced to use Aiha only.
    • While using Nana, she wears nothing more than a skirt, bindings around her chest, a cloak, and a mask.
    • Averted otherwise. While at her estate, she typically dresses in a suit ensemble, and when attending meetings as one of the Gods of Fortune, she wears a general-esque ensemble.
  • Theme Naming: The given names of all of her shinki end with 'ha'. She previously ended her shinki's names with 'ma'.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Chooses Good when she and the rest of the Seven Lucky Gods sided with Ebisu instead of letting Heaven punish him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yato, eventually. Despite all their bickering, they've come to solidly view each other as allies.
  • Walking Armory: She possesses multiple shinki, and can quickly alternate between weapons during battle. Her arsenal includes a whip, a pair of guns, a giant sword, and a lion, among others.
  • War Goddess: Like the Bishamon of mythology, she's a goddess of war and warriors.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • She chews Yato out and then punches him for good measure when she realizes that he's known all along that his father has the ability to forcefully make a shinki remember their pasts by striking them, as she would have been more careful around him had she known. Yato's difficulty in talking about his past inadvertently causes the circumstances for Tsuguha to start mentally deteriorating, and Bishamon is devastated and rightfully pissed.
    • Calls out Kazuma on his Knight Templar approach after finding out he tried to force Yukine to tell him about Yato's father, stating that in their current situation they need to strengthen their ties to the people on their side instead of alienating them. Given that their enemies would include Heaven itself, she really needs all the help she could get now.
  • Whip It Good: Kinuha, one of her shinki, takes the form of a powerful whip.
  • World's Best Warrior: Considered to be the most powerful of the war gods.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her shinki, especially Kazuma. Even when her shinki of the 'Ma' clan corrupted to an assimilated ayakashi, she still begged Yato not to kill them, calling them good children.

    Kazuma/Kazune 

Kazuma - Hafuri Vessel, Kazune - Shinki

Voiced By: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)

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One of Bishamon's shinki. He can take the form of a cherry blossom earring that allows Bishamon to analyze her opponents. After Bishamon is left critically injured at the hands of the sorcerer, Kazuma embarks on a quest for revenge and willingly becomes a Nora for Yato, given the name Kazune.


  • Awesome by Analysis: It is shown that he also makes calculations for Bishamon's other shinki, greatly increasing their combat effectiveness.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always dressed professionally with a suit and tie.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Bishamon.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Yukine, whom he becomes a mentor to.
  • Cain and Abel: When he was alive, he was the Abel.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He has a duty as Bishamon's shinki, but also respects Yato.
  • Cooldown Hug: Gave one to the blight-afflicted Bishamon after taking a strike meant for Yato.
  • Covert Pervert: He looks like a serious and composed man, but he secretly hoards photos of Bishamon, and has in the past purchased erotic doujinshi based on her from Yato.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for Laughs, when Yato showed up in front of Bishamon after he drunkenly 'kissed' her (long story), Kazuma had a knife ready.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When nearly every shinki of the 'ma' clan was beyond saving, he asked Yato to kill them to save Bishamon's life. Even worse, when accusations started flying between the members of the 'ma' clan, Kazuma's close friend and mentor Touma was falsely accused of causing the blight and killed by the other shinki as he watched.
    • His past before he died. He was the heir to his family's business despite being the second son. He fell in love with an apprentice who was a year older than him, but she got married off when he was 15 and he was left heartbroken. His older brother killed him at the age of 19 before his commemoration ceremony.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Kazuma drinks himself silly after being a Nora because he felt like he betrayed Bishamon despite doing it to protect her.
  • Equippable Ally: As a shinki, Kazuma can shift into an earring form.
  • Enemy Scan: His primary function is to track and size up Bishamon's enemy and make calculations on how effective her attacks will be.
  • The Exile: After Bishamon learns that he has helped Yato, she cannot bring herself to take away Kazuma's name, but instead exiles him. After Bishamon exiled Kugaha, Kazuma rejoined Bishamon as her lead shinki once again. But he later leaves Bishamon again after the entire fight against Heaven to kill Yato's Father so he won't bother Bisamon again.
  • Fatal Flaw: His extreme loyalty to Bishamon causes him to place her well-being above his allies'. While at times it had truly been for Bishamon's own good (killing the Ma clan and putting Tsuguha out of her misery), his actions have become morally ambiguous over time. These include forcing Yukine to reveal information about Yato's father (which even Bishamon found concerning and extreme), asking Yato to make him a Nora so that the two of them can die taking down Father, and threatening Hiyori to stay away from Yato for good while also telling her that Yato can never reciprocate her love.
  • Foreshadowing: Why his name ends with 'ma' rather than 'ha' like Bishamon's other shinki.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Kazuma starts blaming himself for Suzaha's death, despite not being the cause. He even blames himself for the death of both Bishamon's shinki clans, calling himself a curse.
  • I Owe You My Life: Kazuma deeply feels indebted to Yato for saving his and Bishamon's life through mercy killing her corrupted former clan. Despite Bishamon wanting Yato's head on a pike, Kazuma has for centuries secretly helped Yato out through things like providing him with food and even humoring some of his harebrained business ventures.
  • Immortal Immaturity: An interesting case of this. He acts kinda mature, if he had been a teen-aged boy. Around Bishamon however can he act like a horny teenager who's in love with his Hot Teacher.
  • Knight Templar: Starts veering into this when he kills Tsuguha (who had turned into an ayakashi due to regaining her human memories) and subsequently uses a spell to try to force information about Father out of Yukine, shattering their trust in the process.
  • Love Hurts: He's in love with Bishamon but knows he can never actually pursue a relationship with her since it would be sin. Even before he died, he still suffered from this trope as he fell in love with a woman older than him, but only left heartbroken after she married off to someone else. Poor guy never get what he wants when it comes to love, whether alive or dead.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means 'omen', befitting of his status as a navigator to Bishamonten and Ha Clan's exemplar. Even Bishamon lampshaded of how she chose a befitting name to him when she used him for the first time.
  • Megane: Always wears his signature glasses.
  • Mr. Exposition: Skills, backstories, you name it, Kazuma can probably fill you in on it with great detail.
  • Nice Guy: He is very compassionate and kind to pretty much everyone.
  • Not So Above It All: He was a serious character when he was first introduced. Later chapters say otherwise.
  • Number Two: Of all Bishamon's shinki, Kazuma holds the most authority.
  • The Paralyzer: He is capable of restraining and immobilizing an individual. This is actually a power all shinki have, as long as they know the name of the person/shinki they're targeting. However, his Enemy Scan ability means he can use it against anyone, while most shinki can only use it against targets they are familiar with. This power is ineffective regarding strays as they have multiple names.
  • Sanity Slippage: Starts undergoing this once Bishamon is pardoned by heaven. From his disheveled state and wanting anyone associated with Father to die while offering himself to become a Nora. Takes a full dive off the deep end when he attacks Hiyori and inflicts emotional pain upon her, which he never would have done before.
  • Shock and Awe: As Kazune, he can change into Rekki, taking the form of a katana and sheath. Said sheath can be transformed into a bow with which Yato fires his sword covered in electricity at his foes.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The bespectacled Kazuma is Bishamon's trusted advisor, and his primary shinki function is making calculations.
  • The Spock: Very calm and calculating.
  • Subordinate Excuse: He's deeply devoted to Bishamon as her shinki and Guidepost, but it's frequently hinted he harbors romantic feelings for her too.
  • Taking the Bullet: Took a blow from the raging Bishamon to save Yato. He survives.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As he descended into Sanity Slippage, Kazuma began committing more and more darker actions, ranging from remorselessly killing Tsuguha after she turns into a Phantom, tricking Yukine into an interrogation in the hopes of learning Yato's relationship to the sorceror, and even attacking Hiyori to stop her from going after Yato. Most of his actions would have given Bishamon the blight had he not rationalized it all as being for her sake.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kazuma's lifelong loyalty as a shinki is for Bishamon and Bishamon only.
  • The Unfettered: All of Kazuma's actions boil down to a single trait, his desire to both be with and protect Bishamon. Regardless of any moral quandary, if he feels it will help in protecting Bishamon, he will cross any lines he has too. Even going as far as to become a Nora, something he refused to do long ago, to help Yato in tracking down and killing his father.

    Kuraha 

Kuraha - Shinki

Voiced By: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)

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One of the many shinki that serves Bishamon. He takes the form of a large lion for her to ride on.


  • Butt-Monkey: A bit of one. He's frequently subjected to being treated like a housepet and all that entails, including people being handsy with him because they want to pet him, and being told to do tricks. He also gripes that Bishamon has a habit of not reverting him out of his lion form even outside of combat.
  • Cool Old Guy: Appears to have been elderly in the time of his passing.
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses an eye in his introductory story, but can still kick ass in his subsequent appearances.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Bishamon's preferred mount and method of travel.
  • Friend to All Children: The children shinki love to climb on him and he sometimes gives them rides. He also lets the child Ebisu pet and play with him.
  • King of Beasts: His shinki form is that of a lion.
  • Scars Are Forever: During a fight with Bishamon, Yato ends up cutting out one of Kuraha's eyes in self-defense.
  • Team Pet: In omakes, he's shown to be treated like a housepet for the other shinki.
  • Undying Loyalty: Fiercely loyal to Bishamon.

    Tsuguha 

Voiced By: Ari Ozawa (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

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One of Bishamon's shinki who is a recent addition to her arsenal. She takes the form of the bikini battle attire. Her true name is revealed to be Yui Fukuhara.


    Kinuha 

Voiced By: Kanami Satou (Japanese), Mallorie Rodak (English)

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One of Bishamon's shinki who make up her go-to arsenal. She becomes a whip.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She doesn't hold back her words, such as when Kofuku is telling Bishamon where vents might be open and she tells the others that the former's bad luck is directly causing the vents to open where she says.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kuraha and Akiha call her "Okinu", which is a pre-19th century way to address young noblewomen.
  • Smoking Is Cool: On her downtime, she can be seen smoking.
  • The Stoic: She's usually in business mode at all times. Not even Kugaha stripping naked in front of everyone fazes her.
  • Whip It Good: Her shinki form.

    Kazuha & Karuha 

Voiced By: Satomi Akesaka (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

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A pair of twin shinki who are part of Bishamon's go-to arsenal. Kazuha is the male twin and becomes a .45 caliber pistol. Karuha is the female twin and becomes a revolver.


    Aiha 

Voiced By: Hisako Toujou (Japanese), Michelle Rojas (English)

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One of Bishamon's shinki who is initially jealous of Tsuguha, which Kugaha takes advantage of. She becomes a battle armor outfit when called on and was part of Bishamon's go-to shinki team until Tsuguha joined and gave Bishamon an outfit with more mobility.


  • Easily Forgiven: Tsuguha forgives her very quickly. Subverted with the rest of Bishamon's shinki as her jealousy stung Bishamon and requires her to undergo the purification ritual.
  • Equippable Ally: She can become a shin'i, or "god's clothes". In her case it's a set of armor with a long skirt.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She became one when Bishamon stopped calling her name as often and replaced her with Tsuguha. She gets better once she's purified and Bishamon realizes she needs to pay more attention to her shinki.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: After the situation with Kugaha, she becomes a good friend to Tsuguha.

    Nana 
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The Hafuru-mono

Bishamonten's newest shinki, more commonly known as the infamous Hafuru-mono (はふる者; lit. "the entomber"), is the Blessed Regalia who was sealed away for committing "a grave sin in order to protect its master" (according to Kiun) a very long time ago, to the point of becoming partially mythical. She was released by Bishamonten, who then proceeded to give her her name, becoming her new owner.


  • And I Must Scream: She was sealed away in a small stone box, where she remained conscious and incapable of dying for centuries. She had become so tormented that when Bishamon frees her, it doesn't take much convincing to join her because anything would be better than remaining stuck in her prison.
  • Blood Knight: To the point that she is arguably fiercer than her wielder Bishamonten, who is a war goddess. When the sky before her gets filled with divine soldiers out for her blood, she looks upon it with utter glee. This becomes downplayed later on, as she becomes more relaxed. She still hunts bears for her own food, but while she is willing to go after the sorcerer, she won't do so unless she is given permission too.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her former master was killed when he fought Heaven centuries ago. Despite her doing her best to protect her up to and including giving her life and coming back as a Blessed Regalia. When that happened her rage caused her to go on a rampage that killed untold numbers of Heaven's forces. Her rampage ended when she was sealed but not before injuring Amaterasu who is the Highest Goddess period.
  • Death Seeker: Intends to follow her former master into death, which is why she becomes Bishamon's shinki without any qualms, so she can take as many of heavens horde down with her as she possibly can. Upon learning he's alive but unable to officially reclaim her however, she abandons her desire to die and rejoins her true master.
  • Determinator: Possibly the most determined in the series, shown through her undying will to avenge her deceased master and her determination to see heaven burn.
  • Insanity Immunity: For most shinki, being aware of their true name causes them to remember the circumstances of their death, which in turn drives them to madness and turns them into ayakashi. After being struck by Chiiki, she learned both her real name and the manner of her death, but was unaffected. This was because in her eyes, her death was nothing compared to the suffering of the others in her life. She survived learning God's greatest secret because she cares more about others than herself, and won't allow herself to succumb to despair.
  • Little Miss Badass: Looks like a young girl around the same age as Yukine, but she bears so a powerful grudge and is such a fearsome shinki that she had to be sealed away because no one could kill her.
  • No-Sell: Takes a direct hit from the Sorcerer just like Tsuguha did. But unlike Tsuguha, Nana is able to bear the memories from her human life and continue fighting without going insane or getting corrupted. Instead, she takes clear pride in the fact that she died fighting.
    I died fighting... good. I can't wait to do it again.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Most definitely in both the past and present, as evidenced by one on the two selling points Bishamon gave her when asking her to be her Shinki was "heaven's head on a platter."
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Officially, she died in the battle between Heaven, Bishamon, and the Sorceror. In truth, she's still technically one of Bishamon's shinki, but has rejoined her former master and lives with him in secret.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: After being freed, once she manages to clean herself up and get proper clothes, she looks like a regular preteen.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: After reuniting with her former master and getting away from the issues of heaven, Nana acts more like a kid her physical age, albeit, a very rough one.

Ebisu and his Shinki

    Ebisu/Hiruko 

Voiced By: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)

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The real Ebisu this time. He tries to buy off Yukine from Yato and has the highest reincarnation rate of any god due to his... unconventional hobbies.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: His reincarnation is this to a tee. Although looking like a grade-school child, he has a strong understanding of Japan's economy and is extremely well-spoken, but is also still incredibly naive and innocent too.
  • Anti-Hero: His dabbling in naming and controlling ayakashi has gotten him in lots of trouble with the heavens. But he does it because he believes it could benefit the mortal world and it's people.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Ebisu has died many times in the past, far more than most gods, but has consistently been reborn thanks to his great number of worshippers. He is again killed for his pursuit of the forbidden mage art, and is subsequently reborn as a young boy with no memories of his past life.
  • Born Lucky: As a god of Fortune, Ebisu has incredible luck, as seen in chapter 52 where after walking across a street, he fell and a truck nearly runs him over but he survives with no injuries as he fell right under the truck.
  • Determinator: His will to become a mage and control ayakashi has caused him to die countless times, but he won't give up until he succeeds.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Bishamon's arms. In the anime, Yato's.
  • A Father to His Men: While he can come off as aloof and uncaring, he really does care for his shinki's well being. Most, if not all, of his shinki are strays; He doesn't care about any of stigmas attached to their existence, or the stigma planted on him for keeping them. It's noted that many strays are made because either they outlived their master's or were abandoned by them without being properly released. Aware of how unfair this is, Ebisu, not that unlike Bishamon, gives a home to shinki that many other gods would reject.
  • The Klutz: Due to being born without limbs as per the original myth, Ebisu is incredibly clumsy to the point that he can't even tie his own shoes, thus needing Kunimi to direct his movements for him, especially in the midst of combat. To put this in perspective, simply running for a few seconds is enough to get him to trip on thin air and somersault before crashing on the ground in a heap. When Kunimi was first recruited and his ability was discovered, Ebisu's retainers wept with joy from witnessing their master have such good coordination for the first time ever in all of his lives.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: Ebisu tries to buy Yukine from Yato, seeing the potential young Yukine has, which Ebisu deems he's wasting by sticking with Yato.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: The Ebisu we first meet, and evidently several of his incarnations before him, were willing to throw their lives away to pursue a method to control phantoms due to having been raised with the knowledge that he'll never truly die and another version of him will always be reborn. It's not until Yato questions what the current version of Ebisu wants that he begins to consider the possibility of acting in self-preservation.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Yato.
  • Handicapped Badass: As per his legend, Ebisu was born lacking limbs but eventually grew them from sheer force of will. But because of his original state, Ebisu effectively has a coordination disorder when not assisted by his shinki; unable to control his limbs well enough to do tasks like swim, ride a bike, or fight on his own. He even proves to have difficulties tying his shoes and feeding himself. But his good wits and incredible natural luck used in combination with his shinki render him decently good at combat.
  • Non-Action Guy: He himself is not a fighter, and his main shinki are clothes that control his movements when he needs to evade attacks and defend himself.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Since he knows he will just be reincarnated again if he ever bites it. Subverted when he is fatally wounded, Ebisu realizes that he doesn't want to die.
  • Not So Different: A rare positive example. He was the first child of Izanami, who cast him away when she became evil. He considers himself to be like a Nora because of this, and is thus one of the few gods in the setting to welcome them into his care and treat them equally to his normal shinki.
  • Parental Abandonment: He is the son of Izanami, who cast him away due to a deformity like in the myths. It is the reason why he's so accepting to Noras, as he was abandoned like them.
  • Parental Substitute: Gives off this vibe towards Yato. In any case, he's a better father figure to Yato than his real father ever was. Even after Ebisu reincarnates. When he learns about who killed his previous incarnation and how Yato is connected to him, he readily forgives Yato.
  • Pet the Dog: His reincarnation doesn't hold any grudges when Yato explains how he's connected to the previous Ebisu's murderer.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Played with. As the God of wealth and commerce, he is comically portrayed as rejecting his overworked staff's repeated requests for vacation days. Nonetheless, they are still very loyal and grateful to him because many of them are actually strays who were abandoned by or outlived their original masters, and Ebisu was willing to take them in. A flashback shows one of Ebisu's earlier incarnations holding auditions for joining his team and specifying that he welcomes strays, with the only stipulation for becoming one of his shinki being the ability to form a barrier.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As the god of wealth, he won't hesitate to throw his vast fortune around to get what he wants, including trying to buy off powerful shinki. The latter part may be subverted as he offered to buy Yukine in order to find out how easily tempted he and Yato were.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • His offer to buy Yukine off of Yato also doubles as a test to see how easily tempted Yato and Yukine are by money.
    • When Kunimi was still a relatively new to Ebisu's team, Ebisu intentionally rode a bike into the ocean to test Kunimi's ability to direct Ebisu's body to swim, even if it risked his own life, just to see more of the things Kunimi could do.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Both he and his shinki wear suits.
  • The Stoic: He shows next to no emotion at all times, regardless of what's happening around him. His reincarnation subverts this, being more inclined to show overt emotions like when he's happy or scared.
  • Super Strength: One of his shinki, Houki, takes the form of gloves which gives Ebisu enhanced strength and combat prowess.
  • Theme Naming: His shinki's given names all end with "mi".

    Kunimi 

Voiced By: Kanehira Yamamoto (Japanese), Brian Mathis (English)

One of Ebisu's main battle shinki. He currently serves as Ebisu's lead shinki. He's technically a stray, though only through the circumstance of outliving his original master without having that name released, and so has great devotion toward Ebisu for being willing to take him in.


  • Beleaguered Assistant: Due to the child Ebisu having a habit of wandering off and getting lost, Kunimi has his job cut out for him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He is a rare possession-type shinki that takes control of Ebisu's movements and fights for him.
  • Not So Stoic: He generally has a calm demeanor but in light of watching over the child Ebisu, his reactions tend to be more expressive, such as panicking when the latter gets lost or when Ebisu won the most popular god, he was clapping and crying tears of joy.
  • Number Two: To Ebisu after the previous head shinki, Iwani, was forced into exile.
  • Parental Substitute: After Ebisu's latest reincarnation as a child, he acts as a protective parent rather than a servant.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ebisu. He frequently worries about his master's safety and health.

Izanami

    Izanami 

Voiced By: Hibiku Yamamura (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)

The Queen of the Underworld.


  • Complete Immortality: Izanami is stated to exist as long as life and death continues.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Dem Bones: Her true form is a decomposing living skeleton.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Whoever casts their eyes on Izanami sees her in the likeness of the person they feel most comfortable with.
  • Hates Being Alone: She hates ruling over the Underworld all by herself and when people come by, she will do anything to keep them from leaving.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Having to live alone in the Underworld, Izanami is desperate for friends and she will do anything to keep those she wants to befriend from leaving her. The very reason she created the brushes that control ayakashi was to have friends who would never leave her.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She does not take it well when people reject her "friendship" and try to escape.
  • Prehensile Hair: Izanami's hair appears to be her personal weapon while having some tracking capability. Her hair's grip affects not only gods, but also their shinki, leaving them unable to fight back.
  • Yandere: If Izanami wants to befriend you, she won't take no for an answer. If you try to run away, prepare for hordes of flesh-hungry Yomi chasing after you.

Takemikazuchi and his Shinki

    Takemikazuchi 

Voiced By: Shinya Hamazoe (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

A god of thunder/swords. He was dispatched to kill Ebisu.


  • Badass Adorable: His final (?) battle with Yato has him metaporically take the shape of a child to show him being a Manchild.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Has long black hair.
  • Blood Knight: He is bored with the peaceful times heaven had and even thanked Ebisu for causing trouble because it made his "war god blood race."
  • Born-Again Immortality: Like most gods although his previous incarnation was burned alive, and his shinki quickly told the new one that it was because of something he did.
  • Break the Cutie: Happened when he was younger.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The friendship part is arguable but after the Heaven arc, he and Kiun begin to participate in Yato's plans whenever he calls them up.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Was jealous that Yato and Bishamon, a 'nameless god' and a 'foreigner', managed to attain a Blessed Regalia and he didn't.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite him being a Blood Knight Manchild, Takemikazuchi has a surprisingly mature stance on his shinki having relationships; since he feels that it's only natural, he doesn't bar them from romantic pursuits, compared to Yato who insists Yukine is 'too young to date anyone'. This works in Take's favor since it means his shinki don't sting him whenever they might be interested in someone, whereas Yato suffers when Yukine has 'naughty thoughts'.
  • In-Series Nickname: Some call him Take and Kofuku decides to call him Zucchi.
  • Jerkass: He's an antagonistic prick who delights in his station as a popular god, taking every opportunity to insult people he sees as beneath him such as Yato and Ebisu.
  • Kick the Dog: He gleefully insulted Ebisu, referring to him as "spineless" and said it suited him since his mother had discarded him because he had no bones.
  • Mister Exposition: Starts to compete with Ebisu for the role of "high ranking god who explains the inner workings of Heaven to the audience" after being defeated by Yato.
  • Not So Above It All: Yato calls him to join in Yukine's birthday flash mob and he actually does show up, mostly because he thinks he'll learn how to turn Kiun into a Blessed Regalia from it.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: His shinki tell him both to be like his past incarnation and stay away from his way of being as much as possible.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: As his obi.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Due to being forced to grow up too fast is he very much an insecure child inside wanting to make his shinki proud.
  • Puppet King: He's actually a puppet leader manipulated by his own shinki, who lied to him from birth to make him believe he was an evil master to them in his past life and he had to make up for it in this life. Takemikazuchi does whatever they tell him to do out of guilt.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes and is a powerful god.
  • Shock and Awe: Takemikazuchi's shinki Kiun is a thunder blade that can take on the form of a dragon. Takemikazuchi uses Kiun to create lightning strikes and move at incredible speeds.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: His previous incarnation killed people to be his shinki, this caused him to later be killed himself, and his newest incarnation taking the blame for it. Not really. What really happened was that his shinki killed people, then they burned down his shrine with him inside when he found out. Then they raised his new reincarnation drawn straight from the remains of the previous incarnation, telling him that the kill-for-shinki was the previous' fault. And he had to do whatever they told him to do to make up for it.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Yato in chapter 68.
  • Sweet Tooth: Loves chocolates according to an omake.
  • Theme Naming: All his shinki end up with the suffix "un".
  • Tsundere: Acts bombastic and haughty most of the time to hide his insecurities, but when Kiun stands up for him, he positively melts.
  • Unmanly Secret: He keeps a diary and writes his entries in a very flowery language. Naturally, Kofuku steals it and blackmails him into fixing her roof after he destroyed it.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: To his shinki. Since he was told his previous incarnation was a horrible master who even killed people to be his shinki, Takemikazuchi wants to be good to his shinki this time and make them proud.
  • Worthy Opponent: He views Yato as one after fighting with him.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Does a German suplex on Yato as a Funny Background Event in chapter 68.

    Kiun 
Takemikazuchi's most trusted shinki.

Deceased Characters

    Sakura 

Yato's first shinki other than Nora/Hiiro. Before serving Yato, Sakura was Tenjin's shinki until she was dismissed. She was the one who shaped up Yato's current character.


  • Break the Cutie: Poor Sakura broke bad when Yato revealed her real name and she regained her memories of her past life and her death.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: She was a wandering human soul Yato named Sakura after he met her next to a cherry blossom tree. Yato mourns for her every time spring comes in for that reason.
  • Cool Big Sis: She was this to Yato, acting as a loving sister while teaching him about the joys of life.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Regaining her past life memories corrupted her soul and turned her into an ayakashi. Yato was then forced to kill her.
  • Hair Decorations: Two beads she wears on a sidetail.
  • Heroic BSoD: She had a major one when Yato used her to kill someone.
  • Hime Cut: To go with her Miko attire and to highlight the noble class life she lead in her past life.
  • Kill the Cutie: She was a really kind and loving girl who Yato adored, but after Yato was forced to reveal her true name, she turned into an ayakashi and he was forced to kill her.
  • Knife Nut: As Ouki, she takes a form of a kusungobu (Japanese ritual knife), in which used to commit seppuku.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Yato. After her meeting with Tsuyu, she decided to act as a loving older sister figure to teach him the difference between right and wrong.
  • Morality Pet: To Yato. Before meeting her, he thought nothing of human life and only wanted to make his father happy. Sakura taught him the value of life and the best parts of his current self are thanks to her.
  • Nice Girl: She was very kind-hearted, polite and caring.
  • Posthumous Character: After revealing her true name, Sakura turned into an ayakashi and Yato had no choice but to kill Sakura with Nora.
  • Present Absence: It's been centuries since her death, but her positive influence on Yato remains to the present day. Yato still mourns her every spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, and all of his shinki are named in her honor.
  • Rape as Backstory: Heavily implied. Sakura was apparently raped by bandits before they killed her, and she mentions that her body had been their "plaything".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Sakura's influence really made Yato have second thoughts about his murderous lifestyle. She had such a huge influence on his life that Yato sees Izanami as a mix of her and Hiyori.
  • Theme Naming: Since Sakura's death, all Yato's future shinki (Tomone/Mayu and Yukine) receive the 'Ne' clan name. It is to honor her, in which her name when she was still alive was Tamanone. Giving a loose soul a family name alongside a shinki's name is a first step of becoming a proper god, in which also begins Yato's dream to become a proper god outside being an evil god who uses a clanless-named Nora.

Antagonists

    Nora 

Voiced By: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English)

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A mysterious shinki girl wearing burial clothes that has some sort of history with Yato. She is a stray shinki ("Nora"), or a spirit that has formed a contract with more than one master and therefore has multiple names.


  • The Ageless: Like all shinki, she doesn't age. While she and Yato were 'raised' together, Yato started out as a child smaller than her, but he grew up and she stayed the same.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her actions are very malevolent and she's working for the Big Bad, but she has genuinely shown kindness towards Yato and seems more to be a victim of her upbringing rather than evil for her own reasons.
  • Ax-Crazy: A far more sedate and calculating version than most, but yeah, Nora is definitely not playing with a full deck.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe example. After Yukine resoundingly fights her off, Nora loses her effectiveness, a fact not lost on "Father" who compliments Yato on choosing his shinki well. Even before that, Yato compares Yukine to Nora/Hiiro when Yukine successfully summoned a Boundary in just one try and his barrier is stronger than Nora's.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yukine. She too is jealous of the living despite denying it and wants that sense of family she used to have with Yato and Father.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: She can somehow, creepily, conjure these for herself.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Yato's Abel. They were raised as siblings and they were once very close. Nora still cares about him in a Yandere way, but she wants to get rid of anyone that gets in her way to Yato.
  • Childhood Friends: Nora has known Yato since he was a child and they were more or less raised together.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Yato. Nora shows signs of jealousy towards Yato's relationships with Yukine and Hiyori and she will do anything to get them out of the way.
  • The Corrupter: She repeatedly tempts Yato into returning to his former dark days, beckoning him to wield her once again and serve his "Father."
  • Cute and Psycho: She looks like a sweet and adorable young girl. Her personality is closer to that of a psychotic, horrible monster.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Unlike Yato, Nora is just as twisted and manipulative as their 'father'.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: According to Father, her death was terrible.
  • The Dragon: The loyal servant of Yato's "father" and the most prominent villain after him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has short black hair paired with ghostly pale skin and every time she shows up the atmosphere becomes filled with creepiness.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Yukine. Both are seemingly young shinki who have been named by Yato, with the ability to assume a katana form. Both are Jerkass too, especially towards Yato. Their personalities and motivations, however, are completely different.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Has an innocent appearance and always speaks in the same sweet tone. She's anything but sweet and innocent.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Nora speaks to Yato as if she is an old, close friend of his. She also constantly makes his life a living hell.
  • Forceful Kiss: She kisses Yukine out of nowhere, which causes his suppressed sexual urges to go haywire. Although he still hates Nora, Yukine feels conflicted because part of him did like the kiss. It seems Nora's goal was to make sure Yukine was too distracted to help Yato going against "Father".
  • Freudian Excuse: While Nora's personality and actions are extremely distasteful, it's pretty clear that her mindset is, like Yato, a result of conditioning given to her by 'father', although she's embraced it rather than resisted it.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After Kazuma inflicts her with a curse as a means of tracking her, she is allegedly abandoned by Father and stripped of her name, leaving her no option but to flee to Yukine. While Yukine is willing to help her out, its unclear if Father and Nora are using a ruse, if its legitimate, or its a trap set up by Father without Nora's knowledge. Not helping matters is that shortly after fleeing to Yukine, Father can be seen watching them from a rooftop.
    • May be turning into a Heel–Face Turn as she makes Yukine promise her not to look into his past while remembering what happened to Sakura.
  • The Heavy: She shows up as a prominent antagonist in nearly all story arcs and usually takes more direct action than Yato's "Father".
  • I Have Many Names: Her entire body is painted with countless names. As Yato's shinki, she was Hiiro/Hiki. As Father's shinki, she is Mizuchi/Chiki.
  • Jerkass: With the exception of Yato, she is unrepentantly cruel towards nearly everyone. She even openly mocked Bishamon's trouble in front of Kazuma. Who just asked for help to save Bishamon and Yato agreed to his pleas.
  • Kick the Dog: She specializes in this.
    • She sets ayakashi on Hiyori because she "doesn't deserve" to be associated with Yato.
    • She even sics them on Suzuha, whom we had only gotten to know, successfully killing him, seemingly without reason.
    • She also besets Yato with ayakashi twice without explanation. So much for sibing love...
  • Kiddie Kid: Despite being physically around the same age as Yukine, she's shown to be pretty childlike when she's not acting evil. When she initially goes to him for help after Father supposedly lets her go, she immediately strips herself naked without shame to prove that she's trying to shake off her Nora reputation by asking the gods to release her so that Yukine will help her. When Yukine let's her take a bath in Daikoku and Kofuku's home, the tub is shown to be filled with toys and Nora is shown amusing herself with a shower cap that she thinks is also a toy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The second she shows up all the comedy in the scene basically dies. Painfully.
  • Lack of Empathy: She does not comprehend why Yato cares so much for Hiyori, believing such sentiments are weak.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She's basically Yato's sister and they even were raised together. However, the feeling is rather one-sided on Nora's part and her "affection" for Yato is really twisted. Yato on the other hand has good memories of being with her, but wants to keep his distance.
  • Making a Splash: She can summon and manipulate water as Hiiro/Hiki and Furuhime/Reiki.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She enjoys messing with people's minds.
  • Meaningful Name: Hiiro means 'crimson', befitting of her cruelty and her penchant to bloodshed, especially depicted during her and Yato's youth that involves senseless killing.
  • The Mole: In a sense. She's become a pretty infamous Nora, proving to have a name under many of the major gods introduced thus far. Because of this, the cast is realizing that she's been able to source information from them and is probably part of how "father" has been able to infiltrate the ranks of gods and cause discord among them, including the framing and execution of Ebisu.
  • Morph Weapon: Due to having multiple names, Nora can take the form of different weapons depending on which wielder uses her.
    • Under Yato, her name was Hiiro and her form was a hiltless katana with a handle, and also had water manipulation powers.
    • Under her "father", her name is Mizuchi and her form is a monk's staff.
    • Under Ebisu, her name is Tsutsumi and her form is a handgun.
  • Odd Friendship: Strikes one up with Yukine.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nora is not her real name, but a title all stray shinki wear.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She is almost always seen smiling.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Hiyori notes her to be rather striking, and she has short black hair paired with pale skin.
  • The Rival: Essentially, she is Yukine's rival. Both want to be Yato's one and only shinki, and work tirelessly to prove their individual worth.
  • The Scapegoat: Whenever Yato did something wrong, she was punished in his place. Because of this, she began to slightly hate him when he began to rebel.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Her ability as "father's" staff borders on this because in that form, her simply touching other shinki once causes them to start remembering their human pasts, which the story reveals is a condition that usually drives them insane and turns them into ayakashi.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Yato when they were children. They would go "play" by brutally slaying tons of people to keep their "Father" happy.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Her body is covered with the tattoos of countless shinki emblems, hinting at her history of drifting and having had many wielders.
  • Villain Team-Up: She works as aid to several antagonists.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: It's implied all Nora really wants is the approval of "Father".
  • We Used to Be Friends: Mostly on Yato's side, who is extremely wary of Nora. Nora's feelings towards Yato are much more complicated.
  • When She Smiles: In chapter 78, she finally shows her true smile when Yukine shows concern for her and makes an embarrassed Declaration of Protection.
  • Woman Scorned: She is NOT happy when Yato takes away the name he gave her. And especially when Yukine mocks her over how Yato chose him over her.
  • Yandere: She does love Yato, in her own twisted and sick way. She won't hesitate to literally throw Yato to the wolves if he ever tries to leave her and their "Father".

    Kugaha/Saku/Edachi 

Voiced By: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)

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One of Bishamon's shinki, and her team's medical physician. Though he presents himself as kind and loyal to his god, Kugaha is anything but, intending to overthrow Bishamon and take possession of the War God's power. To reach this end, Kugaha has enlisted the aid of Nora.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Yato manages to sever his right hand.
  • Arc Villain: His schemes serve to complicate the Yato vs. Bishamon story arc.
  • Attention Whore: Yato states the reason for his plan was he wanted more attention from Bishamon. Like a child wanting attention from their parent.
  • Break Them by Talking: He is very good at this. His speech drove Suzuha to the Despair Event Horizon and nearly did the same to Bishamon.
  • The Bus Came Back: He is eventually defeated by Yato and has his name revoked by Bishamon. However, rather than kill him, Bishamon chooses to teleport him away. He later reappears while Yato is stuck in the Underworld to challenge Yukine's skill as a shinki, and is eventually named and taken in by Tenjin, but as a captive.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Kugaha usually presents himself as respectful and polite, all while wearing a faintly audacious smile.
  • Humiliation Conga: His plan to kill Bishamon fails, Yato cuts off his hand, gives him "The Reason You Suck" Speech, his name is stripped from him, and he is teleported away into the sky where he proceeds to free-fall back to earth.
  • Hypocrite: He hates how Bishamon takes so many shinki not useful in battle. But his form is a scale.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kugaha is trying to ruin the greatest War God, he needs to be as sneaky and underhanded as possible. His plots are indirectly responsible for exiling Kazuma.
    • He is able to play off a shinki's worries, giving him an absolute advantage in battles between shinki, even if the opposing shinki being stronger as shown in his battles with Kazuma and Yukine.
  • The Medic: He's very skilled at creating herbal concoctions, which help ease Bishamon's pains.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He completely (and most unnecessarily) strips naked for everyone to see to confirm he is free of guilt markings. Kugaha has a surprisingly good figure.
  • Slasher Smile: When he knows he's winning, his crazy grin will show it.
  • Smug Snake: Kugaha is extremely arrogant and condescending, always looking down on others and never feeling unjustified.
  • The Starscream: He intends to kill Bishamon and take control of the God of War when she is reincarnated, thereby claiming her power for himself.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Kugaha's death came rather abruptly at the hands of Father, by complete accident. Father had intended to kill the comatose Bishamon due to seeing his face, but Kazuma foresaw this and convinced Iwami to hand over Kugaha to him, Kazuma proceeding to disguise and curse him. Before either can truly process whats going on, Kugaha bursts into Ludicrous Gibs.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Bishamon took him in and gave him a home and a name, he still betrays her without remorse.
  • Villain Ball: After Yato and Bishamon end their fight peacefully, Kugaha comes out and demands they keep fighting, apparently forgetting that Yato is still armed and angry.
  • Villain Has a Point: For all his flaws, Kugaha is absolutely right when he points out that Bishamon's insistence on saving every spirit she comes across has made her weak and done nothing but fracture the Ha clan. It's such a point that even Bishamon is forced to acknowledge that he's right, in the end.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Kugaha is the only thing keeping Bishamon's health in check, so naturally he commands a great deal of respect from Bishamon's other shinki. Little do they know Kugaha's true intentions.

    "Father" 

Voiced By: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

An enigmatic entity known to Yato and Nora only as "Father." He holds great power over Yato.


  • Abusive Dad:
    • Of the emotional and verbal kind. He refuses to see Yato as anything else but a God of Calamity and puts him down when he tries to do good things.
    • What's more, according to this post on tumblr He's a horrifyingly realistic portrayal of how abuse has a negative impact on children.
    • In their younger days, 'Father' treated Nora arguably even worse than Yato in some respects, physically beating her whenever Yato wasn't behaving or feeling well, because 'gods can do no wrong' and so Yato's condition must be Nora's fault.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Yato loathes him and "Father" is hellbent on making life a living hell for him and his friends.
  • Berserk Button: Yato implies that his attempts to escape "Father's" influence is this for him.
  • Big Bad: He's actively trying to take Yato and Yukine and is in conflict with the gods.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While acting polite in front of "friends" and strangers, he is actually sadistic and fickle, able to harm another human being without the flinch of an eye just to test out his abilities.
  • Blinding Bangs: In Yato's flashbacks, his eyes are always covered by his hair.
  • Body Surf: According to Yato, he's a human who survives by constantly changing bodies via a technique similar to divine possession. Currently he's inside one of Hiyori's classmates, Kouta Fujisaki.
  • Can't Live Without You: Yato believes "Father" is most likely his life line. Since Yato was actually born from his father's wish, he fears that if his father dies, he might disappear too.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's implied he lost a loved one in a tragic manner and he came to blame the gods for this.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When Hiyori called him out on how he made Yato suffer, he conducts a colossal case of this by destroying her father's career, nearly driving her to the point of madness and trying to force Yato to kill her.
  • The Dreaded: Yato fears his "Father" more than anyone else.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dear Lord the man wears his contempt for those around him on his sleeve. Half his dialogue with Yato consists of slimy put-downs, oblique insults and a lot of mockery.
  • Forceful Kiss: He steals Hiyori's first kiss. Hiyori seems relatively traumatized from it, and Yato is understandably pissed when he finds out.
  • For the Evulz: In chapter 60 he explains that he torments people "for fun" due to holding both gods and humans in contempt, and after living for centuries he has nothing better to do than troll them. However, it's subverted by the implication he does have a tragic reason to hate the gods.
  • Freudian Excuse: He implies that an event in the past caused a Start of Darkness which made him lose his faith (if any) in the Gods and turned him into the sociopath that he is today.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The first meeting he has with Yato during the present day events of the manga is this in spades. He reintroduces himself to Yato in his new form, takes him to the apartment he's living in, and they play video games, with Father talking and Yato burning a red hot Death Glare into the back of Fujisaki's neck.
  • Hate Sink: To the point that his Fandom Nickname is "Trash Dad".
  • Hidden Villain: He is mostly discussed by Yato and Nora, but never shown in person. It is not until much later that his physical appearance is shown, and even then, he's merely shown in the form of Fujisaki while his original appearance is hidden.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Just as contemptuous of mankind as he is of Gods. Chapter 50 is his attempt at using this to drive Hiyori to the point of madness. He fails.
  • Jerkass: Holy shit, he is. When Hiyori finally detects him, he chews her out with barely restrained vitriol and takes troll like glee in mocking her relationship with his son. And that's not mentioning the asshole of a father he is to Yato.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite being caught on hopital security camera stabbing people with Nora in staff form, and causing the chaos, only Hyori's father is called to account for the events at the hospital. This is more believable than most instances because he does have supernatural powers.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't usually give a toss about those around him, whether it be his son, daughter or Hiyori and her parents, as he violently demonstrates in Chapter 50.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manages to screw over the Gods and get Ebisu roasted by lightning in his place. But the main victim has to be his son who despite his best efforts, ends up as a pawn in many of his plots.
    • His new target is Bishamon. Knowing that she wants him dead, when he's finally hunted down by her, he ensures the situation is choreographed in such a way that the Heavens declare Bishamon a traitor and try to kill her, all the while goading the war god towards her death.
  • Motive Rant: Gives a slightly smug one to Bishamon in Chapter 60, which then becomes bitter when he rages about how the gods get a free pass for their mistakes due to their worshipers forgiving them regardless of the scale of their misdeeds.
  • Older Than He Looks: His true appearance. He's not a god, and he is older than Yato. Currently he appears as a teenager due to possessing a student.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: For all the abuse he heaps on Yato, the man still wants him kept alive, and so when the heavens attempt to kill Yato and Bishamon, the latter who wants him dead, Father carefully uses a combination of goading and co-opting Hiyori in an attempt to keep Yato out of the fray while he still has a chance and lure Bishamon to a convenient death.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: A major league one. At the end of the day, he's nothing but an overgrown brat who has fun bringing trouble to those around him and can't stand when things don't go his way.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: In Chapter 60, he lets his cheerful demeanor break for a moment and bitterly rants about how gods are able to get a free pass for their mistakes and misdeeds due to the willingness of their worshipers. Rather significantly, he does this over flashbacks of himself in the past tearfully hugging a woman over the rotted skeleton of a corpse.
  • Sadist: He's the embodiment of this trope. The very reason he created Yato was to have a god that would bring people the suffering and destruction he enjoys so much.
  • Smug Snake: Incredibly arrogant and despicable. Every single being seems to be a mere plaything to him.
  • Start of Darkness: Some of the images in Chapter 60 when he delivers his Motive Rant are of him in the past tearfully holding an unnamed woman and appearing to Rage Against the Heavens suggesting he suffered a bad experience when he was younger, which robbed him of faith in anything and turned him into the sociopath he is today.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: He fathered Yato several centuries ago. Thanks to surviving through constantly changing bodies, he currently has the body of a high school student that looks roughly the same age as Yato does.
  • Troll: Many of his actions mirror those of real-life internet trolls, from fake dating accounts to SWATing to malicious negative PR.
  • Truly Single Parent: Yato was born from his father's wish. A mother wasn't needed.
  • Villain Has a Point: Given what his implied Start of Darkness is, when Yato and company are brought before Amaterasu, Yato realizes just how flawed Heaven really is and that perhaps Father has a good reason for wanting to bring it down.
  • Unnamed Parent: He is only known as Yato's "father".

    Rabou 

Voiced By: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)

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A mysterious and powerful God of Calamity. Rabou is said to grant dark wishes of people. His specialty entails killing ayakashi, people, and even Gods. He is one of the many Gods that employ Nora as a shinki.


  • Ax-Crazy: Based on his smile after killing people, we can safely say he's this.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Rabou is perfectly aware of how his life is a dead end road.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Nora (called Furuhime when using her) in the anime.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When he absorbs ayakashi into his empty left eye socket, he gains a crimson eye with a completely black sclera.
  • Blood Knight: He seems to enjoy fighting and killing, and even smiles when Yato comes close to injuring him in battle.
  • Canon Immigrant: He's an anime-original character. While he doesn't appear in the manga, he does appear in a manga special.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Absorbing ayakashi is logically a dangerous idea. However, Rabou sustained his God form by placing a life threatening curse on himself. Even if Yato had not killed him, he did not have much time left.
  • Death Seeker: He pursues Yato in the hopes that his fellow God of Calamity will give him a wonderful fight to the death. Rabou has pretty much given up on living after hundreds of years of being forgotten, and wishes to be killed by the only person who remembers him.
  • Deity of Human Origin: He used to be a human warrior, but after he was killed, those who feared him deified him into a God-like entity.
  • The Dreaded: The few people that know of Rabou fear him for his ability to carry out death wishes.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is incapable of understanding why Yato has cleaned up his act and is not a psychopathic killer like him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Yato. Both are sword-wielding Gods of Calamity with obscure origins. Both have a history with Nora, but Yato has chosen to try turning over a new leaf and do honest work. Rabou continues to kill, and even thrives on it.
  • Eyescream: He's missing his left eye.
  • Killed Off for Real: Yato fulfills Rabou's death wish and kills him. Because no one will remember him, this ends Rabou's existence.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Him entering the fray fills Yato's heart with dread.
  • Making a Splash: He can do this while wielding Reiki (Furuhime/Nora).
  • The Last Dance: His fight with Yato.
  • Theme Naming: His shinki's given names end with "hime".
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