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The cast of Raging Loop, composed of the 12 villagers and the 4 outsiders at Yasumizu Village, during the events of the game. It borders the small city of Kamifujiyoshi, which has a common history with the village, and where the youngest villagers study. Side characters are also included.

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    Haruaki Fusaishi 

Haruaki Fusaishi (True name unknown)
The protagonist of the story, who fled from the city to cope with a recent breakup, only to end up in the Yasumizu Village through the Saranaga river by accident, and was sheltered by Chiemi. Upon discovering the village and its people, things take a bad turn when he becomes involved in a series of supernatural events, forcing him to stay.
  • Above the Influence: When he was sheltered by Chiemi, she ended up drunk and even invited him to make a move on her, but he utterly refused.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Meiko calls him Fusayuki-san.
  • Anti-Hero: He didn't care that much about the other villagers, as long as he gets alive in the end; even worse when he becomes a wolf, putting his sanity to the test. He eventually cements himself as this following his numerous experiences with the Feasts and starts searching for a way to end them altogether in order to save everyone.
  • Batman Gambit: Cleverly uses one in Darkness, by making a lie to Kanzo about Yasunaga's being a ladies man who caused Chiemi to commit suicide, eventually causing the former to be willingly hanged.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Chiemi.
  • Consummate Liar:
    • On top of being good with words, he's extremely good at lying, which allows him to win the Feast twice, albeit by a very small margin in Darkness because of Yudai's insight.
    • Comes to a head in the climax of Myth, when he reveals that "Haruaki Fusaishi" is not his actual name, thus avoiding his binding promise to Rikako and the Tsuchigumo.
  • The Charmer: He's quite the smooth talker with girls, which is why Chiemi and Rikako took a liking to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Outside of Feasts, he can be quite snarky, especially to the likes of Yoshitsugu.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Dying doesn't mean much for him, as he loops right back to the beginning of the story. Also, he keeps memories of previous loops, allowing him to influence future events.
  • Fanboy: Revelation Mode shows that, contrary to what he said to her, he not only knows who Hisako Mamiya is but he actually follows her columns and even collects newspaper clipping of her reviews. In his thoughts he squees quite hard when he realizes who exactly he met.
  • The Gadfly: He has a tendency to say outrageous things and can be very provocative to get a good reaction out of people. Only Chiemi takes it in stride.
  • I Have Many Names: After being told Haruaki is a famous author, Chiemi looks through his many works to find his real name only to despair upon realising all of them have different pen-names.
  • Guile Hero: Thanks to his good skills for speeches, he can talk his way out of many situations.
  • Has a Type: Apparently, it's "good girls who are a little bad".
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Downplayed. He's overall a fairly decent guy good at talking and lying, but wouldn't lie to gain advantage towards others.
    • Played straight in Darkness: as a wolf, he needs to manipulate the other villagers to keep himself alive, and at some point pretends to be the snake.
  • Morality Chain: He's pretty much the last thing preventing Chiemi from going fully insane, thanks to his presence and later by the fact that he loops like her.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Despite all his medical knowledge, his real career turns out to be an author; he just picked that stuff up in college because he was part of a group interested in it.
  • My Name Is ???: Happens twice in Myth, the first is when he pretends to be Yomotsu Ookami to stop the villagers from killing each other and the second is when he reveals to Rikako that "Haruaki Fusaishi" doesn't exist anywhere.
  • Non-Action Guy: To his displeasure, he isn't a fighter and has to rely on Chiemi to do any physical action.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Saving Hashimoto in Darkness. While he did it in order to find more about the Feast, the shady way he behaved combined with his own role as a wolf means Hashimoto end up being the biggest threat he's ever faced.
  • Official Couple: With Chiemi in Yomi and the True Ending and with Rikako in Wit.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: The last route reveals that "Haruaki Fusaishi" was actually an alias, thus rendering void his promise with Rikako, and as such his real name is unknown.
  • Pragmatic Hero: What the entire Darkness route represents for him: winning as a wolf in order to find more info about the Feast and save everyone in another loop.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Downplayed. The ending reveals that he's a popular and successful author, so while he's not exactly filthy rich and still has to work and meet deadlines he's very well-off.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Thanks to his looping phenomenon, he can throw himself to his death to collect info on future loops.
  • Third-Person Person: From time to time Haruaki will refer to himself in the third person. It's usually to differentiate his fake identity from the real one. But it truly comes in handy to get out of a binding contract to the Tsuchigumo.
  • To the Pain: When the two last wolves are found out in Wit, he suggest to cut their arms and legs in order to be sure that they won't commit any murders at night. Everyone is disgusted by the idea.
  • Trapped in Villainy: During Darkness. It's less dramatic than it was for Hisako, but Haruaki ends up going along with his role as a wolf only once he finds out the hard way that trying to go against the grain will get him killed by fellow wolves.
  • Verbal Tic: Starts a sentence with "Umm..." whenever he lies. Chiemi picks up on it and points out that he did it when they first met and introduced themselves, causing her to question his identity.
  • Villain Protagonist: Enforced in the Darkness route, when he's given the role of a wolf, forcing him to kill the rest of the cast albeit with the objective of knowing more about the Feast itself.
  • The Unreveal: His real name is never revealed, even in the very end.
  • Unwitting Pawn: By killing everyone in Darkness, he unwillingly helped Rikako to enact her plan to resurrect Tsuchigumo.

    Chiemi Serizawa 

Chiemi Serizawa (née Miguruma)
A friendly girl who met Haruaki after the latter got lost into the forest. She quickly befriends him, and is essentially his only confidant in the village, as many people on the village are wary of him. She's the main love interest in Yomi, the first route.
  • And I Must Scream: While she's looping like Haruaki, her options are more limited than him since she didn't have the Sheep to help her, preventing her to investigate the cause of the Feast or the looping, thus she's effectively stuck in an unending streak of mass murders whom she cannot escape at all.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Her reaction when Haruaki refuses to make a move on her while she's drunk. Further seen in Wit, where she begs Haruaki to take outside of the village out of love for him.
  • The Atoner: By the final route, she made peace with herself and vows to become a better person, after being warped by her experiences in the loops.
  • Ax-Crazy: Double Subverted. When she becomes a wolf in the Wit route, she completely loses it at the end and gleefully admits her intent to kill someone ever since she moved in Yasumizu. Later, in Darkness, Haruaki understands that she lied in a fit of despair. Then he ultimately learns that she was trapped in a loop and kept memories of it, several hundred more times than him, revealing that she was already insane from the start. Only by Myth she starts to snap out of it, thanks to Haruaki acting as her moral support.
  • Beneath the Mask: Even though she's the local Hard-Drinking Party Girl around the villagers, she's revealed in Myth to be fundamentally broken after many years of looping endlessly.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Upon discovering that Haruraki is a wolf the Darkness route, she chose to kill herself, not wanting Haruaki to become a murderer like her, and also to prevent the wolves from killing Yasunaga.
  • Blessed with Suck: Chiemi's Ripple Effect-Proof Memory comes from the fact that she actually possesses some supernatural ability of her own. This does not bring her any closer to getting out of the loop than any other person in Yasumizu, and in the end only serves to build up her misery as it forces her to live through several years worth of constant murders, lynchings and paranoia with no way out in sight.
  • Bored with Insanity: Many loops of being forced to kill people as a wolf rendered her Ax-Crazy, until she eventually becomes bored with it too. After becoming a wolf in Wit, she gleefully accepts her role. She also has a relapse before the final route, where she becomes insane for a few loops after failing to escape the village with Haruaki, and proceeds to kill him dozens of times before being bored with it.
  • Braids of Action: Keeps her hair in a single braid and is quite action-capable.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Downplayed. By the end of Wit, she's pretty much accepted her role as a wolf and completely loses it in the bad ending. However, her inner thoughts show a more conflicted side of her, full of self-hatred caused by her looping.
  • Cool Big Sis: Plays this part to other Yasumizu kids.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: She's revealed to have kept memories of previous loops ever since the Feast began, and stopped counting after one hundred times.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After getting rejected by Haruaki in Wit, she stops hesitating altogether and goes for an all-out shooting when she and Chikamochi lose the Feast.
  • Deuteragonist: She's the second most important character in the story, and spends most of her screentime alongside Haruaki.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a self-proclaimed mass-murderer, she's completely frightened by Haruaki's suggestion to sever the wolves' limbs after being outed as one in Wit, so much that she instead proposes to kill herself after Chikamochi's hanging.
  • First Girl After All: The main Love Interest for Haruaki in the very first route, only to lose her place to Rikako Uematsu and Haru Makishima onwards. It eventually comes to an end in Myth, where he stays with her as her Morality Pet.
  • For the Evulz: Her sole motivation as a wolf in Wit, since her failure in Yomi further pushed her into insanity.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The Revelation Mode shows that she didn't let go of her feelings for Haruaki in Yomi, and harbors great jealousy towards Rikako, his main Love Interest in Wit. His rejection near the end of it was the final straw for her.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: All over the place, when Haruaki and her spent the night with alcohol.
  • Hope Spot: The arrival of Haruaki for the first time after hundreds of loops makes her believe in a meager hope for escape or a Final Death for her, but his death in Yomi pushed her even further into insanity. Ultimately subverted, when she learns of his looping and helps him searching for a way to stop the looping phenomenon once and for all, and eventually they manage to do it.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Is aware of the contradiction between her role as a wolf in Wit and her own feelings for Haruaki, in which she cannot answer better than "killing him to prove her love."
  • I "Uh" You, Too: In the final ending, she goes with Haruaki to start over a new life with him, and intends to be "his worst enemy".
  • Kill the God: In the last extra, Mitsuji theorize this to be her Jinx ability.
  • King Incognito: She was born as Chiemi Miguruma, a member of the senior of the four head families and in fact the next in line to be its head. She was disowned when after an incident in her childhood she was deemed unfit to be a successor, so she was forced to change her last name to that of a branch family and sent out to Yasumizu. Nobody in the village knows about it and she herself is not talking either, knowing that it will only make her even more of an outcast in a village of outcasts.
  • Love Redeems: After learning that Haruaki is suffering like her through the loops, she finally accepts her feelings for him and starts atoning for her many crimes across the loops, fearing that he would only see her as a mass murderer.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: She herself ends up serving as this for Haruaki during the Darkness route, with his memory of her actions during her suicide preventing him from losing all sense of morality and going completely insane.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Played straight and deconstructed. Chiemi possesses a full skill set of a hunter - she knows how to handle and maintain weapons and is in fact a good shot, knows how to set traps, track and butcher game and actually has a hunting license. This does not win her any points either home or in a big city - in Yasumizu it's perfectly normal and does not stand out, and in a city it just makes her look weird. She mentions that one of her boyfriends dumped her because her knowing how to handle a gun freaked him out.
  • Really Gets Around: Subverted. She pretended to have fifty boyfriends to gauge Haruaki's character, but she actually had only two short relationships with men that had failed before either reached a sexual stage.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Invokes it herself. She never liked Yasumizu and had left for college as soon as she could, but decided to return during a break for some stress relief. She mentions she kinda hoped that she would suddenly find a new appreciation for her home place, but nope - Yasumizu was as terrible as always, and if anything her city experience only alienated her from it further.
  • Taught by Experience: After participating in many Feasts in the previous loops as a wolf, she's quite deadly in Wit, where she becomes one once again.
  • Trauma Button: Goes into a state of panic whenever someone mentions "God", because it's related to her loop-induced trauma.

    Rikako Uematsu 

Rikako Uematsu
The current living member of the Uematsu, one of the head families of Kamifujiyoshi. A quiet, mysterious priestess living in the village and somehow of an oddity even among the other villagers. She's also the caretaker of Meiko, an anmesiac girl found in the Saranaga river. She's the main love interest in Wit, the second route.
  • Animal Motifs: Her necklace represents a spider, symbol of her family.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In Darkness and All-Night Betrayal.
  • Becoming the Mask: As revealed in Revelation mode during the 'Wit' route, she actually wavers in her conviction due to her developing feelings on Haruaki and started entertaining thoughts of giving up the Tsuchigumo's revival to live out her life with Haruaki. And even after reaffirming her desire to revive the Tsuchigumo, her feelings for Haruaki were genuine.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: She's the one responsible for the loops with her death triggering them, and while she is aware of the Miguruma's doing, their goals are completely unrelated and they don't collaborate.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: The insults she starts flinging at the cast after she is defeated are bizarrely childish.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a helpful Reasonable Authority Figure in the system of local beliefs, as well as a supporting presence for several characters. She's actually an insane depraved manipulator and the source of the re-occurring misery.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In Myth, her power is destroyed by Meiko. Her Extra story reveals that she managed to retain a fragment of its abilities, but the best she can do is see and manipulate the strings of fate.
  • The Chessmaster: As bizarre as it may sound, she is an Unskilled, but Strong variation of this trope. She isn't really that smart nor good at controlling and manipulating others through her personality, but her supernatural powers and preexisting knowledge of what's really happening puts her at an unfair advantage compared to others, and her ability to reset the events allows her to have as many tries as she needs to achieve the desirable result. You could say she goes for her goal by brute-forcing through all the possible outcomes until she lucks out and gets what she wants.
  • Covert Pervert: Behind her cold demeanor hides the most depraved character of the cast.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She is surprisingly clumsy at times, which only makes her look cuter when that happens.
  • Determinator: She repeats the loops 176 201 times to resurrect the Tsuchigumo. Let that sink.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Provokes one in the good ending of Wit, unwilling to give up her family's duty to unleash the Tsuchigumo.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Her plan to bring forth Tsuchigumo is an attempt to do this, on multiple levels at once.
  • Dream Weaver: Thanks to her power, she managed to lock Yasumizu and its surroundings in a dream, with a trigger to reset it every time she fails her objective: her death.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Her mysterious aura dissappears entirely upon falling on the ground, revealing a quite adorable and awkward behavior. That is, until one discovers her true colors.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite everything she's done, even she finds the Old Man repulsive.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: Well thrice actually. Mitsuji is able to restart the dream once without getting noticed at the very end of Darkness. The second time she does this in Myth, Rikako notices it and is able to stop her for influencing the dreams in all the following loops.
  • False Rape Accusation: Uses one to get Nosato to kill everyone in the village at the end of Wit in order to start again, because a happy life with Haruaki would put a stop to her plans.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her Orcus on His Throne tendency. Mitsuji notes that, had she taken a more proactive role during the loops and not just wait for Haruaki to do the job for her, she would have won.
  • Foil: To Chiemi. She's another possible love interest to Haruaki, and her calm personality is the complete opposite of the assertive and overly friendly Chiemi. Ultimately, both of them happened to be aware of the looping phenomenon, but while Chiemi lost her mind over a hundred loops, Rikako willingly caused hundred of thousands of loops to enjoy the Feast endlessly.
  • Gambit Roulette: She needs to be the Sole Survivor of the Feast to accomplish her objective, but her unassertive personality coupled with the unpredictiveness of the Feasts makes it quite hard. When a manipulative, unpredictable Haruaki becomes a wolf in Darkness, she succeeds.
  • Hidden Depths: And she even has more than one layer of those. An aloof and dignified Mysterious Waif at the surface, she is revealed as adorably clumsy and easily-flustered underneath it. While those traits are, in fact, genuine, there is another layer to her even beneath that, that of an utterly depraved manipulative evil mastermind.
  • Last of His Kind: She is currently the only living bearer of the Uematsu name.
  • Love at First Sight: Fell in love with Haruaki mere seconds after meeting him in Wit.
  • Love Redeems: Subverted. She was tempted for a new life alongside Haruaki in her route, but she was unwilling to stop her plan and ultimately killed herself to start over.
  • Mysterious Waif: Has an air of mystery around her, and is also the only character with an abnormal hair color.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Submits one to Haruaki in Wit which nearly bites him in Myth. Thankfully, he has a loophole to back him.
  • Near-Villain Victory: When confronted by Haruaki in Myth, she tries to kill herself to restart the loop and rip Haruaki of his memory, but she is stopped by Meiko.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Zig-Zagged. Her death causes the story to reset at the beginning of the Feast, meaning every time she dies, the plot ends and starts at the same time.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's really hard to see most of the time, but her hair goes all the way to her ankles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sports red eyes and is eventually revealed to be the villain of the story.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Following her defeat and the removal of her powers in Myth, she starts living with Nosato and tries to turn over a new leaf, free of the chains imposed by her family's history.
  • The Quiet One: A woman of few words, albeit she's more talkative around Haruaki.
  • Squick: During her final confrontation in Myth she reveals that she slept with every single other character of the village in the past. It's not clear if she means actual sex or something lighter sufficed for her purposes, but one way or the other she did something sexual to all of them, including the old wolf guy, other seniors, adults as well as minors or characters who used to be minors when that happened - Chiemi is stated outright to have been 5 years old when that happened, and from what is mentioned in an extra scenario her time with Kiyonosuke was when he was around 12 and she was 7.
    • Uematsu abilities seem to require sexual practices to perform them, and as Rikako implies during the Revelations Mode, the training starts very early.
  • Sole Survivor: The condition to unleash Tsuchigumo: the death of 11 villagers through the Feast, with her being the last surviving one. However, her passive behavior causes her to be killed early. She only managed to do it once thanks to Haruaki's wits and her keeping a low profile, since the last two survivors, Haruaki and Meiko, are outsiders.
  • Sore Loser: She didn't take her defeat well, throwing insults to Haruaki as much as possible. She also attempts to have her way with Nosato at first when living with him, only for him to refuse every time.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the bad ending of Wit, she sacrifices herself to protect Haruaki from being stabbed by Chiemi.
  • The Unfettered: Was ready to restart as much as possible to get her desired ending.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Mitsuji notes that Rikako is way below her in terms of skills and use of her power but Tsuchigumo is so strong that her own skills doesn't even matter.
  • Verbal Tic: "Hhhooooaaahh!" every time she is flustered.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her harsh life as a Bedroom Womanservant imposed by her family's heavy burden warped her views on the world, seeing the destruction of Japan as a righteous vengeance for the genocide of their people by the Yamato.

    Haru Makishima 

Haru Makishima / God Mujina
The fanciful granddaughter of the village chief Kanzo, secretly in love with her classmate Yasunaga. She is quick to doubt Haruaki ever since Chiemi lent him her room. She's the main love interest in Darkness, the third route.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She happened to be in the vicinity of Yasumizu during the previous Feast eight years ago, and suffered from "possession" ever since. It turns out to be the real deal.
  • Big Good: Mujina becomes this after the end of the story, replacing Shin'nai / Ookami as the new guardian god of Yasumizu.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh my... oh my oh my..." for Mujina.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: When she was younger, she started acting like God and in doing so, she actually ressurected Mujina after walking near Yasumizu during the events of the previous Feast.
  • God Needs Prayers Badly: Averted, actually. Despite being completely forgotten Mujina still retains its divine abilities, and when it calls itself "powerless" it's actually meant that humans do not derive power from it, not that it's impotent. That said, Mujina might not need prayers and worshipers but it certainly enjoys having them.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She's in love with Yasunaga, but prefers to hook him with Chiemi, his former crush.
  • Jerkass Gods: Mujina is actually not a nice god to humans, and at the story's start is fully in support of Rikako's plan to bring forth Tsuchigumo. It only turns to humans' side after Haruaki dispels Shin'nai's cult in the true ending and restores Mujina's faith from obscurity, granting it worshipers.
  • Meta Guy: When she becomes "possessed" in Wit, she correctly guessed that Haruaki is subjected to death loops, much to his surprise. It's actually because she can read his mind with the God Mujina's power.
  • Sole Survivor: Become the latest survivor of the Feast in Yomi, following Yasunaga's suicide.
  • Split Personality: Following the prievous Feast 8 years ago, she gained a new personality presenting themselves as "God", and is neither Shin'nai nor Ookami. It's later revealed to be the badger god, Mujina.
  • Telepathy: Mujina can do this, and Haru also benefits from it when they use it.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Twice. Haru uses her God persona at the end of Darkness to make the other villagers hang her out of fear, in order to make Haruaki a martyr, eventually winning the Feast. At the same time, Mujina goes along with it in order to leave Haru's body and join with Rikako, the Tsuchigumo.
  • Tsundere: As Mujina, she claims to use Haruaki as a mere stepping stone to perpetuate her existence after the unleashing of Tsuchigumo, but she secretly wants to be with him Together in Death.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Twice.
    • Becomes the badger in Yomi and instantly joins the wolves after their reveal.
    • Helps Rikako to unleash Tsuchigumo in Darkness, her own god, in order to preserve her existence after Haru's death.
  • Trauma Button: She enters a trance-like state whenever someone mentions "God".
  • Villain's Dying Grace: Subverted. She sacrifices her life near the end of Darkness to protect Haruaki from execution, allowing him to win the Feast...But it turns out she also made it to allow Rikako to unleash the Tsuchigumo.


    Yasunaga Oribe 

Yasunaga Oribe
One of the classmates of Haru, Yasunaga is actually more mature and composed than her and keeps his cool even in frightening situations. Due to his charisma, he's pretty popular and can be considered a rival to Kanzo, the authority figure of the village.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: At the very end of the Yomi route, he puts a show and throw his sickle in order to allow Haruaki to escape with Chiemi and Meiko, the latest survivors, although it ends in failure because of the feast's rules.
  • Celibate Hero: In the True Ending. Out of the younger villagers of Yasumizu, he gets the short end of the stick and ends up alone, since Haru decided to stay with Chikamochi.
  • Driven to Suicide: After letting the latest survivors in Yomi escape, the Revealation Mode shows he ultimately regrets his actions and promptly murders Tae and kills himself, allowing Haru to live.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Even though he tries to move past it he still has a lingering crush on Chiemi. She does not reciprocate and never did.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Finds out about Mocchi being a wolf in Wit after the latter slipped up how Kaori's body was cut to pieces, despite not seeing it.
  • The Leader: He's quite good at leading others, especially the younger villagers. This allows him to easily move the flow of the Feast in his favor when he's the wolf in the Yomi route, or the monkey in the Wit route.
  • Likes Older Women: He was interested in Chiemi before. His extra also sails the ship with Hisako.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Yoshitsugu's Red.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The various Feasts show him to be quite smart and good at leading people.
  • The Un-Favourite: Thinks of himself as this compared to his brother Yoshitsugu. Darkness implies this is indeed the case, as his death doesn't cause his mother to immediately snap like Yoshitsugu's does.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes himself to be one, thinking that murdering the other villagers is a form of Mercy Kill, as they are corrupted by the yomibito. At least, until Myth, which reveals the whole story to be made up by the Miguruma.

    Chikamochi Kamoshida 

Chikamochi "Mocchi" Kamoshida
Another classmate of Haru and Yasunaga, he's actually the same age as them despite his small build. He has a tendency to do whatever he wants, which cause some to be wary of him. However, he's smarter than he looks, and as such Yasunaga consider him a genius, with a surprisingly good instinct.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Aside from his sociopathy, he also has some form of autism.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Is essentially in his own world and is not very afraid of the strange events happening around him.
  • Ditzy Genius: Due to his personality, most of the villagers remember him as a nutcase than a brilliant teenager.
  • Face Death with Dignity: For a high-schooler he has an almost unnervingly nonchalant attitude to death, whether it's someone else's death or his own. In any and all scenarios where he dies he never breaks his composure or loses his demeanour before death.
  • Graceful Loser: When he ends up hanged after being outed as a wolf, he's mostly calm and accepts his defeat, due to his Lack of Empathy.
  • Gut Feeling: He has a downright terrifying intuition, which allows him to know more than he should know, such as the true nature of the Old Man or roles in the Feasts.
  • He Knows Too Much: He's murdered midway through Yomi by the Old Man, after confronting him to his lies.
  • Lack of Empathy: Implied to be part of his personality, which is shown to be true when he becomes a wolf, as he follows Chiemi's every command without thinking much of it. Despite this, he's ultimately a good guy.
  • It Amused Me: Most of the things he does are simply for his own amusement, down to embracing his role as a wolf in Wit, contrasting all the other wolves who are leaning towards Well-Intentioned Extremist, and Chiemi who became progressively crazy over the loops.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to everyone using nicknames or variations of their names different from proper ways to address them.
  • Official Couple: With Haru in the True Ending.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Chooses to be hanged according to Kaori's last message in order to divert the humans from the last wolf, Chiemi, but it ultimately fails thanks to Haruaki's intervention.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He is in love with Haru but don't really realizes it. When he asks Haruaki about it at the end of Darkness, he has to explicitly tells Mocchi that he feels jealousy.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He usually dresses in girl's clothes because of personal tastes, and none of the villagers mind.
  • Willfully Weak: Should he have been more proactive in Feasts, he would certainly have been a dangerous player thanks to his intuition.

    Yoshitsugu Oribe 

Yoshitsugu Oribe
The younger and much brash brother of Yasunaga. He acts like a typical yankee from the cities, but he's actually much nicer than his appearance suggests even though he has a tendency to act before thinking. He quickly antagonizes Haruaki, due to his status as an outsider.
  • Delinquent: He's a poster image of a Japanese delinquent teen, complete with bleached hair, clothing, being disrespectful to his mother and other people, and flunking school.
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. He's more reckless than the other villagers, which cost him his life one time, but he's rational enough when it comes to his mother.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper. His fuse is very short.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his attitude, he clearly loves his mother and even tried to fight the wolves in the Yomi route for her sake.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In two routes he says "screw that" to the feasts' rules and tries to goes out alone in the night to just find and kill the wolves while they're out.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Kaori, his mother.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Yasunaga's Blue.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His attempts to fight the wolves directly at night in Yomi ended up in his death by the corruption, having broken one of the rules. Averted in Wit, where Haruaki provokes him to prevent him to go outside and in Darkness, since he has the crow as a guardian.
  • The Un-Favourite: Ironically, he also thinks he's this, just like Yasunaga does. It's implied in Darkness that he actually is the favourite, as Kaori snaps immediately upon his death, rather than belated and as a gambit like with Yasunaga.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His death in Yomi causes his mother Kaori to snap, further aggravating the situation for the humans.

    Kaori Oribe 

Kaori Oribe
The widowed mother of Yasunaga and Yoshitsugu. Most of the village's meals come from her, and she's regarded as the cook of the Yasumizu. She used to live in Kamifujiyoshi until the death of her husband forced her to move in the village.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: She throws a fit in Darkness and attempts to kill Yoshitsugu to make everyone hang her as a wolf, to divert the suspicions on Haruaki.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her right eye.
  • Camp Cook: The main cook in Yasumizu. She later exploits her position in Yomi and tries to poison everyone in a fit of insanity, while in Wit, her meals are poisoned by the wolves to frame her.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Yoshitsugu's death in the Yomi route, her sanity takes a huge dive and renders her unable to participate in the Feast.
  • Dying Clue: In Wits she comes up with a very clever way to spot the wolves at night and pass the message revealing their identities if they kill her, and not even the wolves catching on and tampering with the message prevented it. Revelations Mode subverts it however, showing that her plan actually completely failed and she did not see anything - but the wolves ended up sabotaging themselves when they decided to tamper with her and were too sloppy.
  • Mama Bear: Hoo boy. The death of Yoshitsugu in Yomi hits her pretty hard, so much that she becomes half-crazy and even tried to poison the entire cast before being Bound and Gagged and eventually executed.
  • Offing the Offspring: Murders her own children as wolf in Darkness on the grounds of being allegedly "corrupted".
  • Thanatos Gambit: Allows herself to be hanged in Darkness in order to fool Yoshitsugu (who's the crow) and legitimize Haruaki as the real snake.
  • Twice Shy: She's okay with marrying Takumi, but feels unworthy of him and doesn't want to bother him since she already has two grown children.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In a twisted way, she believes her role as a wolf to be one (with some push from Haruaki), and intends to kill her children as a form of Mercy Kill to free them from the "corruption".

    Takumi Muro 

Takumi Muro
The Big Guy of Yasumizu. As expected of his strong build, he's the one in charge of manual labor, and gets along well with Kaori, who's around the same age as him, and his status as a young adult makes him a mediator of sorts between the old and young generation of Yasumizu. He has a hard time trusting Haruaki, an outsider, as strange events unfold before him.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the most muscular and tallest of the village.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for laughs. He instantly blows up if he thinks that Haruaki is coming onto Kaori.
  • Everyone Can See It: All of the villagers hook him with the widowed Kaori.
  • Gentle Giant: For the most part he is this, being a sensible, helpful and also the biggest resident of Yasumizu.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's mostly civil towards the other villagers, but can be outright murderous should one gains his distrust. Haruaki learns it the hard way in Wit and even more in Darkness, since he's actually a wolf.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Revealing his role as a snake in the very first day of Yomi costs him his life, and he almost does it again in Darkness, but Yasunaga stops him before he reveals it, but not before saying enough that tells Haruaki that it's pretty obvious he's the snake.
  • Twice Shy: Feels unworthy of marrying Kaori, fearing that she would refuse his proposal out of love for her deceased husband.

    Kiyonosuke Nosato 

Kiyonosuke Nosato
A member of one of the head families in Kamifujiyoshi, albeit he was assigned to work as a doctor in the village some time ago, so most of its inhabitants consider him to be a part of the community. He's mostly arrogant towards them, but is nonetheless accustomed to a villager's life.
  • Closet Geek: Haruaki stumbles onto his nerdy side by complete accident, and it doesn't look like Kiyonosuke himself is in a hurry of revealing his hobbies to anyone.
  • Hidden Depths: Though overshadowed by Haruaki and later Hashimoto, Nosato is actually really smart and easily the smartest in Yasumizu. His problem is that he can't word things well at all, resulting in antagonism from most who interact with him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has a crush on Rikako, who doesn't feel anything but disdain for him. His extra story ends with a hint that he's gotten a chance to turn this around.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once Haruaki gets to know him, he's surprisingly sociable and nice. He's also the only one who never votes for Rikako during feasts.
  • Leader Wannabe: He tries to be the leading force in Feasts, only to get overshadowed by Kanzo and Yasunaga. He does have some form of influence towards the other villagers, but most of them don't really listen to him.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His lingering feelings for Rikako didn't help him to realize her False Rape Accusation at the end of Wit, causing him to kill the remaining survivors.
  • Nerd Glasses: He's quite the nerd, as seen by Haruaki when he mentions pop-culture references.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Causes the village to loop once again at the end of Wit thanks to a lie of Rikako prompting him to slaughter every villager.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He is a rather average man, all things considered, and he has an extremely talented and charismatic elder brother, who got to be the more respected sibling, became the family head, and ended up being responsible for Kiyonosuke's well-being. Subverted in that Kiyonosuke isn't actually bitter about it, at least in the present - instead of being bitter for his brother and not Kiyonosuke himself being responsible for his accomplishments he was grateful once he realized it. And him not being the family head leaves him free to do what he wants with no responsibilities he does not care for.
  • The Medic: He is actually a M.D., and also has his family's traditional knowledge of herbs.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite being a doctor, he can't handle corpses at all.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's 32, but his physical features make him older than he actually is.

    Kanzo Makishima 

Kanzo Makishima
The main figure of authority of the village, with a strong presence and build despite being in his seventies.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Is always seen grumbling, especially towards strangers.
  • It's Personal: The reason he drags the Old Man to be hanged in Darkness: he proceeds to beat him to death, suspecting him to be a wolf in the Feast 8 years ago.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Is quick to antagonize Haruaki in Wit, to the point he immediately suggests him to be hanged on the grounds of being a stranger.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: How he kills the Old Man after the latter was choosed for hanging. Justified after the reveal that he was an infamous serial killer in the 40s and heavily implied to be a wolf in the previous Feast.
  • Offing the Offspring: Reveals to Haruaki details about the Feast 8 years ago: his own son was a wolf, and was executed by his own hand.
  • Old Soldier: He's the village's primary hunter, physically the second strongest villager of Yasumizu, behind Takumi, and remains in perfect health despite being in his late 60s at the very least.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's not seen smiling even once, not even to his granddaughter Haru.
  • Properly Paranoid: Suspected the Old Man to be a former wolf, or a least knowing more that he should.

    Tae Yamawaki 

Tae Yamawaki
An elderly lady who lived in Yasumizu since childhood, and a firm believer of its numerous legends and traditions in place since centuries, as told by her own grandmother before her. She also acts as the representative of the village as a whole.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's revealed to be a wolf at the end of Yomi, and gleefully accepts her role to put down the other humans.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She might argue it before the judgment is cast, but once it's decided she is to be lynched she takes it in stride.
  • The Fundamentalist: The most religious individual of the village, who doesn't question at all the numerous rules of Yasumizu. She's also pretty much okay with killing the other humans when she becomes a wolf in Yomi.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Well, woman. Most of the time she's not that grumpy, but in all routes where she's not a wolf she's quick to suspect and accuse the younger generation for bringing in corruption or just being disrespectful young'uns.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Even though she's not the oldest of Yasumizu, she is by far its shortest villager.
  • Ms. Exposition: As Yasumizu's representative, she's always the one who explains the Feast's rules to everyone at the beginning.
  • Racist Grandma: On top of being Yasumizu's most superstitious villager, she's also the most afraid of strangers.


"Black Goat" Meiko
An amnesiac girl found in the Saranaga river one day before the arrival of Haruaki. She's in the care of Rikako.
  • Accidental Hero: In Myth, she mistook the final confrontation against Rikako for a lovers' quarrel and ended up eating the Tsuchigumo of Dreams from her, thinking it was a food offering.
  • Ascended Extra: She's the younger version of Tougo Miya, a character from Death Match Love Comedy, set in the same setting as Raging Loop.
  • Anti-Magic: Her "Black Goat" abilities can remove the powers of other gifted people, as shown in Myth, where she completely removes the Tsuchigumo from Rikako during the final confrontation.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Deems the rest of the cast as "bad humans" who need to be killed due to her status as a badger, and disturbingly knows serious concepts such as "cattle" and death.
  • Baby Talk: Given she is four years old, it has to be expected.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: As expected of someone nicknamed "Black Goat", her powers have the potential to be very destructive against gifted people, but she ends up saving Haruaki from a certain death after destroying the Tsuchigumo from Rikako.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Her final fate at the end of Yomi is left ambiguous, as she uses her power to escape from the village. Given its strength, she'd likely survive.
  • Children Are Innocent: By far the most innocuous participant in the Feast.
  • Guardian Entity: Her "avatar", which is something that all Jinxes seem to possess in various degrees. Hers is strong enough to act like this, and is in fact capable of making her a lethal threat even in her tender age.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: She never gets killed or lynched per the course of the feasts, though some characters suggest it. In fact, she's the one character that actually never dies under any circumstances. Justified after the reveal that wolves are subject to More Than Mind Control, and even then wouldn't consider killing her (even when she turns out to be the badger in the Darkness route) since she's a child and as such is the most influenceable participant in the feasts.
  • Killer Rabbit: Extra materials hint that in the future she will become a terror in the world of supernaturally-gifted people, causing major upheaval and a whole streak of murders before she even reaches her mid-teens. In fact, it is also implied she had killed some people before the main events and her arrival to Yasumizu.
  • Mysterious Past: Bits of her past are scarcely revealed in an extra story: she was raised in a special "pasture" far away, along with other children gifted by supernatural powers.
  • Meaningful Rename: In The Stinger, she takes one of Haruaki's remarks in consideration about cats being cuter than goats and after imitating a meowing cat, decides to change her name to Miya, referencing her name in DMLC.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Revelations Mode shows that while she is a small child, she's not quite as clueless or innocent as others see her, keeping some secrets of her own.
  • Only Known By Her Nickname: She doesn't remember her own name, so she goes by "Meiko". It turns out she doesn't have a name.
  • Precocious Crush: It was hinted in the Myth arc, part of final extra story set 10 years after the story (and is set shortly after DMLC) reveals that her preferred type of man is someone similar to Haruaki.
  • The Red Baron: The Black Goat.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. She also has dangerous supernatural powers like Rikako, but she ends up as a faithful ally to Haruaki and Chiemi.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her unexpected presence near the group's location during the final confrontation in Myth is what prevented Rikako to use her power ever again.
  • Through His Stomach: Haruaki gains Meiko's trust in Myth by feeding her.
  • Transhuman Treachery: In Darkness, she's revealed to be the badger, and eventually joins the wolves at the end.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Justified. In Darkness, she is given the Badger role and as such starts hating everyone indiscriminately because she doesn't know who her fellow wolves are. Also exploited because almost everyone figured out she is the badger thanks to her less than subtle behaviour.
  • Verbal Tic: "Baa...", a goat-like exclamation she frequently uses.

    The Old Man Who Cried Wolf 

Tokuji Kida
The senile and oldest villager of Yasumizu, whose name is unknown. Most of what he says usually involves wolfs, closely linked to the legends of the village. Due to his mental issues, no one actually communicates with him except Chikamochi.
  • Action Survivor: One of the two survivors of the previous Feast eight years ago. As a serial killer and agent of the Miguruma, he does have tricks to survive.
  • Asshole Victim: He dies in all regular routes at some points, is the only cast member to die in the true ending, and extra stories show that he gets seriously shafted even in the afterlife. That said, he deserves it.
  • Elective Mute: It's eventually revealed he's not as quiet as he seemed to be: he only becomes talkative when he's about to kill someone when no one's around.
  • Horrifying the Horror: For all her depravity, Rikako can't get herself to recount the time she slept with him, with the implication that it was too traumatic even for her.
  • Evil Old Folks: The oldest villager of Yasumizu also happened to be an infamous serial killer.
  • Fate Worse than Death: As revealed in a extra story, Mujina saved Hisako from Shin'nai by trading her soul with his, leaving him in the god's clutches.
  • The Heavy: He is the agent who carries out the corruption at night.
  • No Name Given: No one in the village knows his true name, which is eventually revealed in a side story and through his own point of view in Revelation Mode.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Implied, he's at least sane enough to vote and bluff his way as seen in Wit, and then played straight, after the reveal of his cover.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: The oldest villager of Yasumizu, but not the brightest due to his advanced age. However, it's eventually subverted after it's revealed he's an agent of the Miguruma tasked to kill the rulebreakers at night, perfectly sane despite his old age.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Upon trying to kill Haruaki in Myth, he stumbled on a grass knot, which caused him to fall down and cut himself with his dagger, accidentally killing himself.
  • Serial Killer: Came to his position after committing a streak of mass murders - where he accidentally discovered something that allowed him to blackmail the Miguruma, and get them to integrate him into their scheme. And of course, there's him killing people in the night as "the corruption".

    Hisako Mamiya 

Hisako Mamiya / "Kyuko Housei"
A reporter who arrived in the village before Haruaki, to do a documentary about exotic food from Japan's countryside. She used to work for an occult magazine, and knows a lot about religion.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Kyu-chan", from her partner Yudai.
  • The Bait: As a wolf in Wit, she pretends to be the snake in the Feast in order to lure the real deal (Haruaki in this case) and kill them.
  • The Face: She does all the talking, while Yudai is more focused on taking pictures.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: A variation. During her extra she manages to deter a genuine supernatural threat by drawing the Elder Sign, which ends up working somewhat.
  • Irony: Despite her self-admitted Electra complex, it's implied that she'll end up with Yasunaga, who is 13 years younger than her.
  • Likes Older Men: Her former husbands were older than her, and she doesn't consider entering any relationships with younger men or the same age as her.
  • May–December Romance: Despite the above trope, an extra story ends on a possibility of this eventually happening between her and Yasunaga Oribe.
  • Occult Detective: She used to be one before the events of the game, and still has good knowledge on religious-like groups.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Yudai, her senior.
  • Red Herring Shirt: Dies from the corruption at the start of the Yomi route, but ends up alive onwards thanks to Haruaki's planning.
  • She Knows Too Much: In Wit, she's murdered by her fellow wolves, fearing that she would sell them out if she ends up hanged.
  • The Smart Guy: Her knowledge of folkloristics and occult comes very handy during the plot, as her explanations help Haruaki to connect several dots. In her extra story this also makes her savvy enough to avoid some pitfalls of her situation.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Not much is known about her when she was a wolf in Wit, until the Revelation Mode, showing that she was pretty much forced by the other two wolves Chiemi and Chikamochi to act as a decoy, due to her unwillingness to kill the villagers, and it eventually cost her life.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Murdered by her fellow wolves in Wit, to prevent her from betraying them.

    Yudai Hashimoto 

Yudai Hashimoto
A famous photographer and partner of Hisako. He usually doesn't talk much, but his large build and presence allows him to be surprisingly eloquent when he's not working. He also has a wife and three daughters living in the city.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He dies twice at the start of the first two routes, but it's eventually subverted in the Darkness route, where he finally gets to participate in the Feast.
  • Hero Antagonist: In Darkness, he acts as the main obstacle for Haruaki, who's a wolf.
  • Hidden Depths: Behind what appears to be some fat man is actually one of the brightest minds of the cast, able to convince Kanzo of all people to not hang someone on the very first day. Additionally, he's not only good in fighting due to his American football experience letting him use his weight to his advantage, but he's skilled at a lot of things. Haruaki even wonders if he has a weakness.
  • I Have a Family: Zigzagged. He doesn't use this trope to beg for his life, he uses it to say he won't let himself be killed by wolves.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Hisako, his junior.
  • Properly Paranoid: Thinks Haruaki to be up to something ever since he has arranged him a fine house to sleep in, and rightfully suspects him to be a wolf.
  • Red Herring Shirt: Even moreso than Hisako, as he dies twice before joining the Feast, and he ends up being a huge asset for the humans.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He's right to be suspicious of Haruaki because of his strange behavior and successfully outs him as a wolf in some bad endings, but he's wrong on his motives.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His small appearance in Yomi paint him as a random big guy of few words, with some foreshadowing in Wit, and finally played straight in Darkness, where he's revealed to be as much as a good talker than Haruaki.
  • Stout Strength: While he appears to be extremely fat, he is far stronger than he looks.
  • Worthy Opponent: Haruaki acknowledges him as the greatest enemy he ever faced in the Feast. Even after his death, his knowledge is passed on to Hisako, and allowed her to defeat the wolves in one of the bad endings.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Subverted. He suggests at one point to hang Meiko, suspecting her to be the badger. He actually counts on the cast not being fond of the idea to redirect their votes on Haruaki whom he rightfully suspects to be a wolf.

    The Clerk 

Mitsuji "Sheep" Misamine
A threatening clerk met by Haruaki at the very beginning of the story, who's actually his former lover. She's also the true identity of the Sheep met in the bad endings of the game, and as such she also has the power to manipulate dreams to create objects along with looping.
  • Alliterative Name: Both of her names begin with the "Mi" sound.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: "Love" might be too strong, but Mitsuji genuinely still cares for her ex's wellbeing as shown when she tells Haruaki to definitely come back alive during the final loop. Haruaki teases her about being a tsundere.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: Haruaki finds out at the end that Mitsuji and her mysterious organisation are publicly known as a public peacekeeping organisation.
  • Dream Weaver: When interacting in the dream, she can create many objects from thin air, albeit the best she can do with it in the story is to make a convenience store selling everything.
  • Face of a Thug: Haruaki notes that she looks incredibly out of place as a clerk due to her appearance.
  • Fiery Redhead: Her first appeareance quickly introduces her as this.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Her narration mentions that her gender identity made her more attracted to women, with Haruaki being the only man she felt comfortable to be in a relationship with. They did ended up living together for two years, and broke up for other reasons than Incompatible Orientation.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Because of her affiliation with the supernatural, she prefered to break up with him because she didn't want him to be involved in her dangerous missions.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: The epic quarrel that led to her and Haruaki breaking up was started by him eating her black sesame pudding. Subverted when she explains in her narration that the real reasons for that were much deeper and more complicated, with that episode serving as a breaking point for her built-up conflicted feelings.
  • Mysterious Backer: Both as "the Clerk" and as "Sheep".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends not to know Haruaki or anything that's going on. When Haruaki blurts out her real identity she does a spit take and tries to deny it until he points out it was obvious from the start.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Haruaki recognized her instantly despite her acting attempts.
  • We Sell Everything: Despite being a clerk in a popular convenience store, Haruaki quickly recognises this trope is in play and starts abusing it hard every time he dies by asking for more outlandish stuff (hiking gear, excavation tools, a bulletproof vest etc) to survive next time despite Mitsuji's protests about being "just a convenience store". The Revelation Mode shows her using her power to create about everything he needs.

    Characters of Kamifujiyoshi 

The Officer
A police officer met by Haruaki at the start of the second route onwards. Well-meaning, but rough around the edges, he attempts to prevent Haruaki from entering the village of Yasumizu.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When after trying out other, more reasonable ways to get through him in previous loops and failing, Haruaki snaps at him and becomes seemingly wildly aggressive, which results in him getting shot. The man might be somewhat of a petty obtrusive high-handed country despot, but he's a petty despot with a gun.
  • Critical Staffing Shortage: He's the only policeman in the whole region.
  • Gone Horribly Right: After several failed loops Haruaki finally finds a way to get him to be sympathetic by pretending to be a suicidal man who came to the region to die but then decided to start a new leaf and settle here, hoping it will get him sent to Yasumizu. The policeman indeed warms up to him - and offers Haruaki a place with his wife's family in Kyushu, no closer to accessing Yasumizu as Haruaki was in the previous loops. The man manages to be unhelpful to Haruaki even when he doesn't try to.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's an honest and non-corrupt cop and generally a well-meaning man. He still prevents Haruaki from entering Yasumizu, out of concern for him.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Haruaki butts heads with him when he detains him for riding through Kamifujiyoshi at night and sends him away from Yasumizu, because he doesn't want him to be involved in the Miguruma's conspiracy.
  • Police Are Useless: Chiemi establishes it as early as the Yomi route before you even meet him, and your personal encounter with him in a later route confirm it. Even he as a police officer deters to members of the four head families.

The four head families of Fujiyoshi

Four family lines that historically took important positions in the Fujiyoshi region - Miguruma, Higuchi, Nosato and Uematsu in rough order of importance. Even in modern times they retain their position of importance, and establish the rules that govern the life of people in the region.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Miguruma form this with Rikako. They are actually the ones responsible for holding the Feast, maintained with various means of monitoring it such as hidden cameras (aptly named the Eye of the Miguruma in reference to the family's crest), on site agents, and electronic locks. They also enforce the rules by using anesthetic gas, and dogs to destroy the corpses.
    • The reason they are this and not Bigger Bad or Big Bad Duumvirate is because they are actually unaware of Rikako's goal and agenda nor do they know of the looping. She did not move to Yasumizu on their order, and her plan to bring forth Tsuchigumo is her idea alone, not something they sanctioned. She is also not getting any special privileges or parts in the feast, only knowing what she knows above the rest because of her status as the family head. All of this puts Rikako and the Miguruma as two separate factions in this situation, not immediately related or subservient to another within the context of the plot.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The Eye Of Miguruma, a surveillance network of hidden cameras allowing them to know everything that's happening in Yasumizu.
  • The Conspiracy: All of the four families are effectively running one but it's the Miguruma who know the full extent of it and are in control of it and other families.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Uematsu are the subject of this treatment from other families. Even though they are one of the "head" families they occupy the lowest place in the families hierarchy, and are treated rather dismissively due to their historical role as Bedroom Womanservants.
  • Functional Magic: Most of the time they rely on mundane means to create impression of supernatural phenomena, but they also possess some (for the most part very subtle and delicate) genuinely supernatural abilities.
  • Hufflepuff House: The Higuchi. Throughout the novel they end up getting the least amount of focus among the four families, without a clearly spelled role and no hints to their supernatural gift like with other families.
  • In the Blood: Their supernatural abilities seem to be genetic. Chiemi has gotten hers through that, and an extra story mentions that Chikamochi's crazy intuition is actually an expression of the Nosato's family gift. The Uematsu, however, are an exception, they did not tend to have many true-blooded offsprings and had to rely on adoption to perpetuate the line, training new members in their skills.
  • Intimate Healing: The Uematsu family skill. Deconstructed in that all in all it ends up looking disturbing rather than fanservice-y.
  • The Smart Guy: The Nosato family shtick among the four. They were tasked with obtaining new lore and knowledge for the four families from the outside world, and were also expects in local healing herbs. In modern times they seem to have transitioned into being regular doctors.
  • Shadow Dictator: The Miguruma. Most people believe that by now their power has waned, with Higuchi now in control and no descendants or bearers of Miguruma family name even living in Kamifujiyoshi or the whole region. In truth the Miguruma haven't gone anywhere, and are just as in control as always.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Nosato. Out of the four families they are the only one opposed to the Miguruma conspiracy and their treatment of Yasumizu, unlike the Higuchi (who quietly go along with it) and the Uematsu (whose only member is Rikako, and she is a piece of work all on her own).
  • Seers: The Miguruma seem to have divinations and supernatural perception as their supernatural forte.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Downplayed with the Nosato. To help with their role as gatherers of knowledge they have developed their supernatural gift to grant them improved insight and intuition. This resulted in them having a tradition of genius Cloudcuckoolanders who tend to go insane in their elder years.

Shoji Higuchi
The Higuchi family head. Haruaki encounters him during his attempt to enter Yasumizu through Kamifujiyoshi in subsequent loops.

  • Obviously Evil: Subverted. The narration, previous events of the story and the way his actions are presented all conspire to make him look as fishy as possible, with Haruaki being very wary of him as possibly one of evil masterminds behind the transpiring events. Revelations Mode shows that all of this is a complete Red Herring - much like the rest of Higuchi, he makes it a point to not dig too deeply into the behind the scenes plots of the Miguruma.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He displays only one facial expression, constantly smiling. This only makes him look fishier.
  • Red Herring Shirt: Inverted. Being the head of one of the four chief families of the region you'd think he'd be very important to the story, but his role in the plot is actually minimal.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears a pair of glasses that prevents us from seeing his eyes.

The Fake Lord Shin'nai
A part of the Miguruma on-site agents, tasked with maintaining the feast in Yasumizu. His part includes acting out Great Lord Shin'nai before the wolves and the Badger, and generally maintaining the Shin'nai mythos. He's also the previous head of the Miguruma family.
  • And the Rest: Of the trio that plays Lord Shin'nai he's the only one whose POV we get to see, and the other two are described as Miguruma muppets with no backbone or opinion of their own anyway.
  • Beneath the Mask: Literally and figuratively. Outwardly he appears as yet another irrational Miguruma enforcer but Revelations Mode shows a whole different side of him. Fittingly, once he sees that Shin'nai's narrative is defeated he casts off his mask.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was always against the Feasts of Yomi-Purge, which is why they never took place when he was the head of the Miguruma family. In modern times when he's no longer the head he goes along with them only because he knows he won't find support to safely dismantle them.
  • Final Boss: He serves as the final opponent in the true ending, being the ultimate obstacle on the way to completely throwing the Miguruma control off Yasumizu.
  • The Fundamentalist: Why he refuses to simply step down without putting Haruaki through one final test - as much as he finds the Shin'nai religion distasteful he thinks that having no religious narrative to guide folks in the region is even worse.
  • Graceful Loser: He steps down without a fight once Haruaki proves he can provide a good narrative to replace the Shin'nai tale.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's of no high opinion about younger Miguruma people he's forced to work with.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Chiemi's grandfather.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a fancier version of the werewolf suit.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Being the former Miguruma family head who actually finds the idea of feasts distasteful but now serves as an agent enforcing feasts makes him this, especially after he steps down without opposition once Haruaki creates a viable alternative.
  • No Name Given: His name is never revealed.
  • Old Soldier: He is described as vigorous and easily commands younger members of the Miguruma despite being somewhere around Kanzo's age.
  • Secret Test of Character: His final challenge to Haruaki has less to do with him wanting to keep things as they are and more with if Haruaki has what it takes to provide alternative to the feasts.
  • The Show Must Go Wrong: His scripted speech to Meiko about her being a badger flies completely over her head, so he is forced to break character and explain it to her as, well, to a small child.


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