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Rinne Rokudo (六道りんね)

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Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa

The main protagonist of the story, Rinne is a dirt-poor teenager of mixed human and Shinigami heritage. He lived with his human grandfather until he passed away, and now takes up residence in Sankai High's abandonded club building. He makes most of his livings off of the weather hutch offerings made by his classmates. He never seems to catch a break in the monetary department, mostly because of Jerkass father stealing from his accounts and sending him bills.


  • Adorkable: He at least always tries to remain serious and tough but he's more of a dork than he lets on, especially when Sakura is involved, and can be adorable in those moments—just look at this kid blush!
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When he dresses in a maid uniform to try and capture a damashigami, he takes advantage of his situation to win the school's Mr. Lady competition. Sakura and her female friends agree he looks cute, Tsubasa is at a loss for words.
  • Berserk Button: Avoids unnecessarily losing his temper other than for work reasons, but a few trivial matters set him off to no end:
    • Making him spend more money than he needs to.
    • People messing up his luxury meals (which for him include instant noodles, since his standards for "luxury" foods are quite low considering his poverty).
  • Benevolent Boss: Rokumon is technically his employee and he's nothing but kind and respectful to him. He's even willing to spend money for Rokumon when he's sick.
  • Bishōnen: He's the standard attractive slim boy not uncommon in manga. His father Sabato, who resembles him greatly, is very popular with women and succeeds in luring them due to his good looks.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He has feelings for Sakura, he can admit it to himself but not to anyone else.
  • Childhood Friends: He was friends with Matsugo in elementary school. Rinne finds his current obsession with him annoying, though.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Physically, Rinne is a normal human with an outlandish hair color... Until he slips into the Haori of the Underworld and takes on the qualities that a normal shinigami or ghost would have.
  • The Comically Serious: He almost always reacts to everything in his usual monotone voice, whether the situation is serious or not.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: A mild example but he does get annoyed when someone makes a move on Sakura.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Downplayed, but he usually has a plan or gadget waiting for his clients.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red eyes and red hair to match.
  • Custom Uniform: He gets away with wearing his middle school track uniform to school, since he can't afford the high school uniform. Given how eager he is to get a regular uniform in an early chapter, he'd probably change it if he could.
  • Disguised in Drag: Rinne decides to dress in a maid uniform to try and capture a damashigami who is kidnapping school girls. It works. He actually has to unmask himself as male to his opponent when he defeats him.
  • Everyone Can See It: It's really, really obvious that Rinne has a crush on Sakura. Tsubasa's called him out on this before.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: There's only a handful of chapters where Rinne isn't ripped off in the end; and even then the reward's usually nothing monetary, including a hand-made scarf and a kotatsu. Subverted and Lampshaded in one chapter.
    Sakura: So you didn't spend any money and you got your reward. That's rare, isn't it?
  • Freudian Excuse: Rinne seems to have an irrational hatred for damashigami, who attempt to claim the souls of people who aren't scheduled to die yet to fill their quota. Aside from that questionable method, Sakura also later finds out that it's because his father is their leader, and constantly puts debt on Rinne that he then is forced to pay off. Consequently, Rinne isn't too fond of his father.
  • Full-Name Basis: He always refers to Sakura by her full name. Notably she's the only person he does it to, emphasising how polite he tries to be to her.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Though he's not sure why, he doesn't like it when Tsubasa shows up and immediately starts making moves on Sakura.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite being the main character whose duty is to save souls and protect people, a lot of chapters show he has a low opinion of himself due to his poverty.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Whenever Sabato did show up in his life, it was to steal from him.
  • Invisible to Normals: He turns into his spirit form with his haori on, making him invisible to people that can't see spirits.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: While he's the spitting image of his dad, they're the exact opposite in personality.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Very limited. He at best owns two outfits—his middle school tracksuit, and his haori. Any other clothes he's seen wearing is lent to him by other people, usually for work reasons.
  • Living with the Villain: In addition of going to the same school, the Damashigami Renge moves in as his next-door neighbor.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Rinne is one of the kindest and most altruistic characters in the cast, but he's also clearly inherited a small fraction of his father's greed and laziness.
  • Mundane Luxury: When your pleasures in life include eating bread crumbs with—and meant for—birds, as well as munching on grass for a meal, anything beyond that is a luxury.
  • Nice Guy: Incredibly kind. He's patient and willing to do anything to save the living and give peace to the dead. And will pay out of his incredibly sad wallet if he has too.
  • Not So Above It All: While he's pretty much a saint, when it comes to money he's willing to break his morals. But even then he refuses to let innocent people be hurt.
  • Not So Different: When it comes to money, he can be just as conniving as his dad if he wants to be.
  • Only Friend: Rinne was Matsugo's only friend when they were kids. This made Rinne's apparent betrayal much more cruel for Matsugo.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Very poor, to the point he'll do anything to save 500 yen, about 5 dollars. Justified however, because he is forced to purchase exorcism tools due to not being a full Shinigami and thus being able to summon them. That, and his father constantly steals anything he manages to save up for a rainy day.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: He wears this when dressed as a maid in chapter 26 of the manga/episode 9 of the anime.
  • Raised by Grandparents: His jackass dad wasn't around much and honestly it was probably for the better.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Despite his feelings for her, Rinne is defensive whenever Sakura is thought to be his girlfriend.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: His Jerkass father is to blame for most of his problems.
  • The Stoic: He's very calm and collected. Whenever large amount of money are involved (Hell, money in general), Rinne loses his cool exterior.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He's a sixteen-year-old version of Sabato. We'd imagine he's not very happy about it.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's very serious and cool-headed most of the time, but can show a softer and caring side to Sakura and Rokumon.
  • Tears of Blood: Rinne suffers through bloody tears whenever he has to spend a lot of money on something.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: He gets more emotional as the series continues.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Grandmother? Shinigami. Grandfather? Human. Father? Half-human. Mother? Shinigami. This makes Rinne only one quarter human.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: He and Sakura like each other but only acknowledge each other as good friends since they're mostly unaware of their own feelings, let alone each other's. The shinigami work and other suitors getting in the way also often sideline any progress between the two.
  • Unwitting Test Subject: He's usually a reluctant guinea pig to Right and Left's "inventions".
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Apparently, Rinne's got a severe case of motion sickness. This proves to be a hassle to him when he has to tend to a wandering spirit that's bound to a bus.
  • Work Off the Debt: The reason he's so poor and works very hard with his shinigami activities is to pay off family debt. Initially this is stated to be his grandmother Tamako's debt for extending his grandfather's lifespan; however it's revealed that 1) she finished paying it off years ago and 2) the actual debt burdening Rinne is his father Sabato's, as he co-signs his son for all his loans. Since Sabato keeps taking out excessive loans and keeps making new debt for him, Rinne rarely catches a break.

Sakura Mamiya (真宮桜)

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Voiced by: Marina Inoue

An Ordinary High-School Student who was spirited away as a child. Thanks to Rinne's grandmother Tamako buying her candy from the afterlife, Sakura has the ability to see and talk to ghosts. She first thought Rinne was a ghost when he appeared in homeroom, but later found out he was 'human' when she headbutted him on the streets.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sakura rarely gets angry, jealous, or upset. When you mess with Rinne's life, however, she takes control.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Named Sakura, can see ghosts and supernatural beings, is the love interest of a 1/4 Shinigami.
  • Childhood Friends: She was friends with Tsubasa as a child. Their shared ability to see spirits is what made him fall for her. The two reunite in high school after he moves back in town; it takes a while for her to remember him but she otherwise considers him a good friend in the present (even if she doesn't return his feelings).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A very mild example. When she sees Rinne with other girls like Ageha she just tries to ignore and avoid him instead of getting all clingy and violent. But she does have a tendency of misinterpreting some of what Rinne has done or said that makes its look like Rinne is interested in another girl. She then sometimes ponders why she feels so uncomfortable whenever this happens.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Her method of figuring out whether Rinne was a ghost or not is to deliberately ram her head into his chest.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: In some art, both her hair and eyes are brown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More on the deadpan side but she's about as mouthy as Rokumon.
  • Deuteragonist: As the story goes on, Rinne steals her spot as protagonist.
  • Dude Magnet: A lot of boys, living or not, have feelings for her, including Rinne and Tsubasa.
  • Everyone Can See It: Tsubasa perceives her feelings for Rinne since pretty early on. Ageha notices them enough to consider her a threat.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She's a traditionally feminine teenage girl, which goes in hand with the two pigtails she usually wears.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Though subtle, when she first encounters Ageha, holding Rinne's hands no less, she claims that it's not a big deal. But later when she recalls the scene, she wonders why this seems to bother her. She also seems bothered when she sees Ageha hugging him from behind after he saves her from a damashigami (he's actually only interested in the bounty it had on it).
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She's mostly unaware of her feelings for Rinne and so always denies it when someone thinks they're dating.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She initially has this mindset but changes her mind in the end. Although she's already fairly used to seeing ghosts when the story begins and is fine with helping Rinne with his work, she readily accepts Tamako's special candy which takes away her ability to see ghosts for three days. She initially greatly appreciates getting to enjoy her daily life without having to see any ghosts, but she later becomes bothered that she can't see Rinne in his spirit form anymore. For this reason, she gives back the special candy.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Some of her comments have hurt Rinne without her realizing it, like when she reveals that she doesn't mean them in a romantic light.
  • I See Dead People: Thanks to otherwordly candy that the ditzy Tamako gave her as a kid, Sakura has been able to see ghosts since she was little.
  • Just Friends: She knows all about Tsubasa's crush on her and just sees him as a friend.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Takahashi seems to like switching her eye color from brown, to blue, to green, and back again. The anime gives her blue eyes.
  • Magic Skirt: Wears her skirt short like other girls in the series, but despite all the action she partakes in the audience never sees a panty shot.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Due to how inexpressive she is, it's practically impossible for Rinne to figure out how she truly feels about him or what she's thinking. This can cause Rinne so much grief.
  • Morality Chain: A lot of times, Rinne is pulled back from his greed when he realizes that she's watching him.
  • Nice Girl: She's very patient and laid back to others.
  • Oblivious to Love: She's completely oblivious to Rinne's crush on her and Rinne isn't the most subtle guy when it comes to romance. It also takes her nearly 200 chapters to realize that she likes him.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Sixth sense aside, Sakura leads a very normal student life until she meets Rinne in her high school years. Amazed by the fact she can see him in his spirit form, Rinne wonders who and what on earth she is. She accompanies him in many of his jobs or other shinigami matters afterward, but still tries to be an ordinary high school girl at least in the eyes of her classmates.
  • Self-Serving Memory: The narration is quick to point out how Sakura interpreted Rinne and Ageha's relationship very incorrectly.
  • The Stoic: Nothing much fazes her, which can greatly bother other people like Rinne whenever they're trying to determine what she's thinking.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As teenagers, she and her mother appear to be one and the same person. The only difference being her mother actually uses facial expressions.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's a nice girl, just unusually calm and inexpressive which can create some polite distance between her and others.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Sakura is often used in the narrative to introduce the Monster of the Week, but, apart from her brief stint as a Shinigami, isn’t given much to do except comment on the escalating situations, or assist Rinne in small ways. Accordingly, there are several chapters in which she doesn’t even appear.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Is furious by how unreasonable Kain is being when he steals Rinne's soul. Granted it only lasts so long, but one can tell she's ticked over her friend's life being taken.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Sakura is very blase about everything around her, including spirits and monsters out to get her.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She and Rinne like each other but only acknowledge each other as good friends since they're mostly unaware of their own feelings, let alone each other's. The shinigami work and other suitors getting in the way also often sideline any progress between the two.
  • What Is This Feeling?: She doesn't get why she's so upset when she misunderstands Rinne's conversation with Matsugo where it sounds like he's saying he only hangs out with her to get free food and money.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Variation, she gives up special candies that are given to her from Tamako that stop her from seeing ghost because she hadn't seen Rinne for 3 days.

     Supporting Characters 

Rokumon (六文)

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Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame

Rinne's young Black Cat by Contract. He once worked for Tamako, but was fired and went to the human world to fall back on Rinne. Despite his young age he's very smart, and is usually the one to explain the various shinigami tools and such to Sakura.


  • Animal Eyes: He has eyes like a cat's.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In order to tell the audience not to bash their heads on rocks for training.
  • Cat Boy: In his default form, he resembles a small child wearing a cat costume.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every so often he'll snark with an unimpressed look on his face.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Rokumon sometimes uses his kitten form to get people to give him food.
  • Mega Neko: Another of his forms. (His other being a small kitten.)
  • Mouthy Kid: A very young black cat who frequently makes witty or snarky comments, though not without good reason.
  • Mr. Exposition: He usually explains the purpose of various devices used by shinigami to Sakura or the like, thus also informing the audience.
  • Nice Guy: He's generally quite kind and respectful, especially to Rinne.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's a black cat contractor that works for the partly-human Rinne and regularly helps him and the rest of the human/human-like gang in their adventures.
  • Parrot Pet Position: He's usually seen riding on Rinne's shoulder.
  • Shipper on Deck: Very supportive for Rinne and Sakura being together.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: He's probably the snarkiest character in the series and is a black cat.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Downplayed, he regularly tries to have Rinne listen to his greed when there's food or free money involved. But like Rinne it's only when people aren't in danger.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can shapeshift into a small adorable cat, which he uses to gain sympathy (and food) from humans, and a giant cat monster which can be useful for fights (but not that much).

Tamako

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino

Rinne's paternal grandmother and a young looking Shinigami.


  • Berserk Button: Calling her obaa-san (grandma/ old lady), aka the appropriate term for her since she's old (and Rinne's grandmother), will annoy her a lot more than it should and get one's head noogie'd.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is nice most of the time, even putting aside her Berserk Button, but some things genuinely set her off. Namely, she really hates Sabato taking advantage of Rinne and will stop him if she gets the chance to.
  • The Ditz: She makes some dumb mistakes from time to time like buying a young Sakura candy from the afterlife despite knowing that it would allow her to see ghosts.
  • Doting Grandparent: She's quite kind and loving to Rinne.
  • Eyes Always Shut: She always has her eyes closed and very rarely opens them.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She wears a pink flower hair clip on the left side of her hair.
  • Interspecies Romance: A shinigami who fell in love with a human man.
  • Love at First Sight: She fell in love with Rinne's grandfather the moment she met him when she was supposed to retrieve his soul.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: One chapter has her so fed up with Sabato's behavior that she kicks him into the ring of reincarnation which would mean death.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: She's a young-looking shinigami with a long life-span, and she got married to Rinne's grandfather when he was a young man. In flashbacks of the two of them with Rinne as a baby or kid, he's visibly aged which contrasts Tamako never-changing youthful looks.
  • Megaton Punch: She can do a massive punch that knocks out a dozen people in one strike.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Averted, she honestly liked her daughter-in-law Otome more than her son and thought she was too good for him.
  • Mystical White Hair: A Shinigami with the appearance of a pretty lady with white hair.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She never stops smiling even when pissed.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She looks like a young lady, but as a Shinigami, she's likely to be more than hundreds years old. And she never likes being reminded of it.
  • Running Gag: Anyone that calls her old will have their temples rubbed to the point of pain.
  • Shinigami: She's a full-blooded Shinigami, a goddess of death charged with helping and guiding spirits from the world of the living to the Wheel of Reincarnation.
  • Shipper on Deck: Supportive of Rinne getting together with Sakura, and happily lies to Sabato (when he's trying to find a girl for Rinne to get married to) that the two are dating.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She's Rinne's grandmother and Sabato's mother, but due to being a Shinigami, she looks like a pretty young lady.

Tsubasa Jumonji

Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura

An exorcist. Like Sakura, he can also see ghosts, but often brutally attacks them with "sacred ashes" instead of trying to put them to rest.


  • Ambiguously Christian: Uses a lot of cross imagery and carries a Bible, but his religion is never explicitly stated.
  • Birds of a Feather: He fell for Sakura when they were kids because they could both see the dead.
  • Bishōnen: Has a typical handsome slim figure not uncommon in manga.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bad things always happen to him and his crush Sakura keeps treating him as just a friend.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He always calls out which tool he uses at the moment with his sacred ashes being his go-to method.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He met Sakura when they attended the same elementary school. Since Sakura could see spirits too, he developed a crush on her. Unfortunately for him, she doesn't reciprocate in the present.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The rational side of him often wobbles whenever someone else (namely Rinne) becomes a threat to his romantic pursuit of Sakura. He does draw the line at actually hurting someone—when he keeps unintentionally cursing Rinne thanks to Masato's scheming, he actually feels (a little) bad and tries to make it up to him by giving him food and a protective charm.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: A lot of his clothes have crosses on them, due to his job as an exorcist.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Tries very hard to be extra courteous and romantic to Sakura, but she only sees him as a friend.
  • The Drag-Along: Occasionally gets dragged around by Miho and Rika when they're out together (and Sakura is busy dealing with other things), which often involves paying for their food.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to make him start throwing his sacred ashes everywhere.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He always makes his romantic intentions to Sakura clear, but it's no use since she likes Rinne.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: To list a few of the things that have happened to him: fallen out a two-story window, got his head chewed on by a lion at the zoo, has gotten run over by a team of sumo wrestlers, had bowling balls fall on his head, and has fallen into multiple kinds of holes. Those are only some of the things he's suffered, in two chapters alone — and he came out fine.
  • I See Dead People: Been able to see ghosts since he was young.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he generally a jerk to Rinne and spirits, he can realize when he's wrong and tries to make up for it.
  • The Rival: Develops a petty but (slightly) amicable rivalry with Rinne in both romance and exorcisms.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His parents are rarely home due to their job, but he doesn't seem to mind.
  • The Worf Barrage: His sacred ashes are supposedly effective against weaker spirits, but have never actually accomplished anything useful.

Ageha

Voiced by: Rie Murakawa

A Shinigami girl from a family of an elite shinigami known for taking down damashigami. Unlike Rinne, she is incredibly wealthy and throws her money away with little thought.


  • Cain and Abel: Her sister, once a respectable shinigami, betrayed their kind and became Sabato's secretary.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Is super possessive and clingy towards Rinne, especially if Sakura is around.
  • Cry Cute: Becomes teary without ruining her cute looks after Rinne saves her despite her initial hostility towards him.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially she is prickly and impatient with Rinne, who she views as a rival. After Rinne agrees to help her find her missing sister, she begins to warm to him.
  • Friendless Background: She mentions that Rinne is one of her first friends she's ever made. Her privileged background and irrational careless attitude implies her friendless background isn't unwarranted, if Renge's dislike for her is anything to go by. Despite her dismissal of Sakura and Tsubasa, she slowly warms up to them as well.
  • The Glomp: Gives a big hug to Rinne from behind after he saves her from a damashigami. Unfortunately Sakura happens to see it, and assumes the two must be dating.
  • Hair Decorations: Her hair ribbon functions in similar fashion as Rinne's cloak. She can wear it one way to be Invisible to Normals, and she can wear it another way to become visible.
  • The Heart: Ageha is the cause of most of the group's bonding moments, albeit accidentally.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Her many (and crazy) romantic advances towards Rinne are all for nought since he's too focused on the job and also likes Sakura.
  • Love Epiphany: Realizes her feelings for Rinne after he rescues her from a damashigami that overpowered her. She assumes he wanted to protect her (in reality he he did it because of the one million yen bounty the guy had on him).
  • Mad Bomber: Not unlike Happosai, the slightest irritation has her throwing cutesy, skull-shaped bombs in retaliation.
  • Ojou: She comes from a very rich shinigami family and is very careless with how she spends her money. Her personality lies on the more bratty side, as she's impulsive and prefers to have things her way.
  • Rescue Romance: Starts to fall in love with Rinne after he saves her from a damashigami.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: What else can you call it when it's flagrantly obvious that damashigami—you know, her arch-enemies—are trying to swindle her out of money, yet she keeps paying up? It's like her brain shorts out the moment she's presented with any problem, no matter how ridiculous, to which "money" is the solution.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her default outfit is a pink cutesy sailor uniform.
  • Shinigami: Unlike Rinne, she is a full blooded shinigami. Also unlike Rinne, she has a vast fortune she can call on when she needs tools.
  • Spoiled Brat: She wastes her money without thinking, which shocks the financially poor Rinne.
  • Tsundere: Is aloof or snappy towards pretty much everyone who isn't Rinne but will show kindness to them if they're having a bonding moment of sorts.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Not only does she have extremely loose spending habits, but she has consistently demonstrated an inability to properly follow simple instructions and regularly forgets to follow up on delayed responsibilities.
  • Uptown Girl: A rich girl who has set her eyes on the extremely poor Rinne.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Real or a rubber toy, snakes scare her silly.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears white thigh high socks to go with her pink Sailor Fuku.

Oboro

Ageha's Black Cat by Contract. They have a strained relationship because during their first mission together the two started to argue and Ageha buried Oboro under a boulder ,where he remained trapped for a year before being able to dig his way out.


  • Animal Eyes: He has slit pupils like a cat's.
  • Blood Knight: He loves a good fight and is quick to join the action if there's any nearby.
  • Cat Boy: He looks like a human boy with cat ears, tail and feet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's jerkish to Ageha, he's kind to pretty much everyone else.
  • Spoiled Sweet: He's actually quite rich due to his contract with Ageha, but he doesn't lord it over anyone and doesn't really see it as a big deal.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Ageha don't always get along, and seem to outright hate each other sometimes. After his introduction arc when they're reminded of why they're partnered together, they are more like Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Wolverine Claws: He has retractable large claws that he can use in battle.

Kain

Voiced by: Soma Saito

A Shirushigami, a clerk in the afterlife. He steals Rinne's lifeflame because his father Sabato keeps on scamming Kain's mother out of her money causing mother and son to live a life in poverty.


  • Bishōnen: A very good looking slender boy.
  • Chick Magnet: He was very popular with the girls in middle school, to Renge's dismay.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he's rude to Rinne, he refuses to harm humans.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: While he is usually a jerk, he clearly loves his mother and he is infuriated with Sabato —and by extention, his family — for constantly conning her.
  • Freudian Excuse: While he's a jerk, he has very valid reasons for hating Sabato.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He has a connection with Renge, who he mistakenly believes is an upright, stalwart young lady, though in reality she works directly for his hated Damashigami Company. Kind of justified since he got to know her before she turned into one.
  • Inspector Javert: Frequently on Rinne's trail due to perfectly valid reasons relating to criminal incidents, but he still often comes off to be rather unfair since it's usually clear Rinne has nothing to do with it or is being conned (mostly by his father).
  • Jerkass: He's pretty mean to Rinne, always thinking Rinne is working with his father.
  • Oblivious to Love: He has no idea that Renge is in love with him despite her obvious signs.
  • Perpetual Poverty: He has it just as bad as Rinne in terms of wealth, due to Rinne's dad taking all his money and his mom being pretty careless with what's left.
  • Student Council President: He was head of the student council in middle school.
  • The Stoic: He rarely displays emotions unless it's about money or Rinne and his family.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His brash and jerkish decision-making has even been called out by Sabato!
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and isn't evil. However, he's not a nice person either and is very antagonistic towards Rinne.

Suzu

Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori

Kain's Black Cat by Contract.


Miho Aogiri and Rika Momoi

Voiced by: Sora Tokui (Miho), Aya Suzaki (Rika)

Sakura's classmates and close friends.


  • Catchphrase: Prone to screaming "So scary!" while running away from whatever supernatural occurrence is happening.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: At least Once an Episode, they'll turn tail with their hands in the air the moment anything supernatural shows up.
  • Those Two Girls: One is almost never seen without the other, and neither have much characterisation other than being Sakura's friends.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: An occasional pairing with Tsubasa, but mainly so they can get him to pay for stuff they want (and he's none too happy about the arrangement, either).

Matsugo

Voiced by: Taishi Murata

Rinne's old classmate from Shinigami Elementary.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Tsubasa outright asks him if he likes Rinne that way, and Matsugo denies it. But then he gives Rinne the same stalker-ish choker with what is basically a spycam that Ageha was trying to give him...
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Rinne once saved him from a bully and from major embarrassment. Because of this, Matsugo is fiercely devoted to him to the point everyone calls him a girl in love, though he calls it mere "friendship".
  • Childhood Friends: He and Rinne went to elementary school together. Matsugo claims they are best friends, but Rinne doesn't think of their relationship as highly as he does.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When Rinne and Sakura try to pretend to be dating in an attempt to keep Matsugo away from Rinne, Matsugo does anything possible to separate Rinne from Sakura and have Rinne all for himself, because he thinks his "friendship" is more powerful than love.
  • Easily Forgiven: From total antipathy to total infatuation with Rinne in a matter of moments, after he finds out why Rinne seemingly betrayed him during their childhood.
  • Insistent Terminology: According to him, his affection toward Rinne is just friendship, not love.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Only has his eyes set on Rinne (whether it be platonically or romantically).

Right and Left Mikazuki

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Right), Katsuyuki Konishi (Left)

A twin brother and sister. Left, the brother, is a blacksmith who makes Shinigami scythes, while Right, the sister, tries to sell them.


  • Bungling Inventor: Left's creations are always both extremely impressive and completely useless.
  • Genki Girl: Right is very cheerful and enthusiastic.
  • Little Bit Beastly: They have rabbit ears and tails.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Right is a cheerful and friendly Genki Girl. Left is completely incapable of talking to someone without insulting them.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Particularly to Rinne, who's so poor that he'll take any product so long as they're giving him a good deal.

Hitomi Annette Anematsuri

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

A clairvoyant moonlighting as Sankai High School's resident English teacher.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her black hair in the manga is changed to a deep purple in the anime (potentially a case of Hair Color Dissonance).
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's part French in an otherwise Japanese setting.
  • Crystal Ball: Possesses a fortune-telling crystal ball, which has caught the eyes of Shinigami and Damashigami alike.
  • Fortune Teller: Her role in the series is to tell fortunes using her crystal ball.
  • I See Dead People: She is part-witch, allowing her to be able to see spirits.
  • Sensei-chan: She's young, clumsy, childish and likes to be popular with her students.
  • Witch Species: Her family is descendant of European witches, thus giving her a small grasp of supernatural powers.

Ichigo/Otome Rokudou

A fifth grader with the ability to see ghosts. She's also revealed to be the formerly-amnesiac reincarnation of Rinne's mother, Otome.


  • Fourth Date Marriage: otome and Sabato got engaged on the day they met and they had the wedding about a week after that.
  • Good Parents: Unlike Sabato, Otome did love Rinne a lot and regrets not having been able to raise him. Despite of now being a child, Otome as Ichigo vows to try and be there for Rinne in every way she can.
  • Happily Married: To everyone's disconcert, Otome was genuinely happy with Sabato despite the no-good he is. As Ichigo, she still thinks fondly of Sabato but obviously doesn't pursue their marriage due to her new life and the creepy factors behind a little girl being with an adult man.
  • Ironic Name: Otome's name means and is written with the kanji for "maiden", but she's only two years younger than Tamako.
  • I See Dead People: As Ichigo, she's able to see ghosts probably because she was a shinigami in a previous life.
  • Living Legend: In her life as Otome, she was a famous Shinigami genius, having earned a Platinum license for having purified more than 10000 spirits, and a nickname "the Legendary Shinigami Maiden".
  • May–December Romance:
    • Otome was only a couple of years younger than Sabato's Really 700 Years Old mother, though he had no idea since Otome was hiding her real age. Sabato is shocked to find out but doesn't let it ruin his happy memories of their marriage.
    • Thankfully averted with Ichigo and Sabato. Both of them know how creepy it would be for a grown man to get together with a elementary school student and so remain on amicable platonic terms.
  • Missing Mom: Otome went missing when Rinne was a baby. Everyone assumed she abandoned the family, but she was actually dragged by a herd of water buffalo to the Wheel of Reincarnation. When she reunites with her son, Otome has reincarnated as a little human girl called Ichigo.
  • Odango Hair: As Ichigo, she keeps her hair in double buns.
  • Past-Life Memories: Ichigo regains her memories as Otome after being hit on the head with her old scythe.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Otome was two years younger than Tamako, who is a Shinigami probably hundreds years old.
  • Reincarnation: A herd of water buffalo dragged Otome to the Wheel of Reincarnation by accident. She was initially reincarnated as a killifish, then a canary, then an ant-eater before finally being reborn as a human girl called Ichigo.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Averted. Ichigo and Sabato do still have some sort of affection for each other but neither want to pursue a relationship because of the creepy factor of Ichigo's age.
  • Shinigami: In her previous life, Otome was a full-blooded and famous one. Ichigo still has Otome's scythe and can see ghosts, but she's otherwise a normal human.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent:
    • Otome looked very young despite nearly being as old as Tamako, including her time as a mother to Rinne.
    • A weird example with the elementary school girl Ichigo, due to being Rinne's mother but reincarnated.
  • Tsundere: From what is shown of their past relationship, Otome would often smack her husband around for being a "good-for-nothing" while still loving him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much of Otome and her reincarnation as Ichigo gives away the mystery of Rinne's mother and her fate.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She had purple hair in her life as Otome.
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    Antagonists 

Sabato Rokudo

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi

Rinne's father and the president of the Damashigami Company, an illegal business committed to stealing the souls of people who have not ended their lifespan.


  • Abusive Dad: Sabato financially abuses Rinne to the point where it just isn't funny anymore.
  • Affably Evil: He at least spends a lot of the money he steals from Rinne towards his employees. Or at least the female ones.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: He and his mother Tamako don't see eye-to-eye. In fact, she has actually tried to kill him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Rinne would happily strangle him if he had the chance.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing this series has to one. The majority of the cast's problem come from him—Rinne and Kain's poverty, Sakura's ability to see ghosts, Ageha's family's reputation taking a hit, and Renge being a Damashigami.
  • Bishōnen: Uses his good looks to woo women and swindle large amounts of money from them, courtesy of stealing from Rinne.
  • The Casanova: He's a renowned womanizer.
  • Chick Magnet: He has tournaments filled with women who want to marry him.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He runs an illegal company where renegade Shinigami steal the souls of people who are not yet ready to die in order to pad their quotas and increase the amount of money they can earn.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both his hair and eyes are red.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loves his wife Otome, and had gone to the trouble of sending spy cameras everywhere to track her down in every incarnation until she was reborn as Ichigo. He also seemed to be truly distraught about the thought that Otome chose to reincarnate instead of being with him, and probably the only time he shed genuine tears.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Tends to speak an over-exaggerating antagonist way a lot of times, especially towards Rinne.
  • Evil Is Petty: He repeatedly stole Rinne's pocket money during his childhood. He even steals from his own employees and company several times.
  • Evil Redhead: Has red hair and no redeeming qualities, as seen when he repeatedly steals Rinne's money.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: He proposed to Otome on the day he met her and they had the wedding a little more than a week later.
  • Gold Digger: He promised Kain's mother to marry her only to get money from her. Because of him, Kain is poor.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's half-human, half-Shinigami.
  • Handsome Lech: He has tons of women fighting over him, although it's obvious that the only good thing about him are his good looks.
  • Happily Married: He really did love Otome and remembers their marriage fondly even now. That didn't stop him from stealing and pawning her Shinigami Scythe.
  • Human Dad, Non-Human Mom: His mother Tamako is a shinigami who fell in love with his father, a human.
  • It's All About Me: He's been stealing from his son since childhood and only cares about his own wellbeing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Although generally a jerk, he once goes through a lot of trouble to get back a photograph featuring himself holding a young Rinne, even returning the money he borrowed from Sakura to get it back. It turns out that he hid a larger amount of cash in the frame.
  • Karma Houdini: His business is basically kidnapping people and he's never puniished.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Out of all the women he has seduced, Otome appears to be the only one he genuinely loves.
  • Lazy Bum: He loathes working legitimately, but does quite a bit if it involves stealing someone else's money.
  • Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Otome the moment he met her and proposed to her on the same day.
  • May–December Romance:
    • Otome was Really 700 Years Old when they got married, though Sabato had no idea since Otome lied about her age. He suffers a Color Failure when he finds out the truth.
    • Thankfully averted with Otome's reincarnation, Ichigo. Sabato makes clear he isn't into elementary school students.
  • Mean Boss: He's hasn't paid any of his employees and his first thought when they form a union is to bomb them.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: A male example. He looks more like Rinne's older brother than like his father.
  • Older Than He Looks: Is Rinne's father, but could easily be mistaken for his older brother instead, likely due to his shinigami blood slowing his aging down.
  • Parental Neglect: Sabato was too busy in his shady business scams and womanizing to spend any time with Rinne while growing up. Rinne was pretty much raised by his grandparents. And considering how awful Sabato is, it was for the best.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: He wants Rinne to marry Sakura and take over the Damashigami Company so that he can retire one day.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks nearly identical to his father when he was young, with the hair colour being the only big difference.

Bijin

Voiced by: Izumi Kitta

Ageha's elder sister, and former Shinigami-turned-girlfriend/secretary to Sabato.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: One of the many women to have fallen for the antagonist Sabato.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: Initially a respectable shinigami, she switches sides after falling for Sabato.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Zig-zagged with Ageha, who's pretty careless when it comes to her normal duties as a Shinigami, but, at the very least, didn't fall for the leader of the Damashigami.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She seems to be a little more sensible than Sabato, but that's not exactly saying much.
  • Meaningful Name: "Bijin", or 美人, means, "pretty person".
  • No Name Given: She was essentially just "Ageha's sister" or "Sabato's secretary" up until her name was finally revealed after three seasons and over two-hundred-and-fifty chapters.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: She dons a single, flimsy party mask, and it's enough to fool Ageha (until she gets suspicious and throws a coin at the glasses to break them).

Masato

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara

A wealthy devil that seeks revenge against Rinne.


  • Jerkass: He's a devil, so he's naturally a pretty nasty guy.
  • Pointy Ears: A devil with pointy ears.
  • Revenge: He seeks revenge against Rinne because he caused him to fail his homework assignment (retrieving a soul and bringing it to Hell) while he was in demon elementary school.
  • Winged Humanoid: He has bat wings on his back.

Renge Shima

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami

A New Transfer Student at Rinne's school who turns out to be a Damashigami.


  • Anti-Villain: She used to be a Shinigami, but her reputation was ruined by Sabato. Renge has no choice but to work as a Damashigami to pay the bills. She makes it clear she hates how things turned out for her but also takes her Damashigami duties very seriously.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In her introduction, she pretends to be an innocent girl who feels guilty over couples breaking up over her. She's actually a Damashigami who purposely seduces her male schoolmates with a magic charm to lure them to the afterlife, and she's a lot meaner in reality.
  • Butt-Monkey: Renge just appears to have really bad luck, if her Humiliation Conga induced by Sabato is anything to go by.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She refuses to tell Kain her feelings.
  • Dude Magnet: She says that at every school she attends, all the guys fall for her. This is actually caused by a magic pheromone perfume that hypnotizes males.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She has two flowers on both sides of her head. She uses them to hide her horns.
  • Go-Getter Girl: She always got the top grades, was elected Class Representative every year and was vice president of the student council in middle school. She wanted to go to an elite high school, but she lost her chance because of Sabato. Renge herself says she aims for the top in whatever she does, so she takes her Damashigami duties seriously and also studies hard at school with Rinne's circle.
  • Hime Cut: Subverted. She has the full straight bangs and hair locks look, and at first appears to be a sweet ladylike schoolgirl. Then her real personality is revealed, which is a lot nastier.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She's in love with Kain, but he's completely in the dark.
  • Horned Humanoid: Unlike a lot of Shinigami, she has two horns on her head.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She gives charms to repel ghosts to the students to "atone for what she has done". She later reveals she was just stealing Rinne's customers and when the charms' effect wears off she tries to take advantage of the situation to take the lives of the students.
  • New Transfer Student: She's introduced as a transfer student to Sankai High. Even after her Damashigami side is revealed to the gang, she still attends there.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Her financial situation is just as bad Rinne, so much that they're actually neighbors.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike most Damashigami who are simply amoral or lazy, Renge does the job because she really needs the money. She's still not a nice person, but she treats being a Damashigami as a job.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Kain was her sempai in middle school, and she developed a crush on him along with many other girls. Kain doesn't reciprocate but still has high hopes for her as her upperclassman.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She hates Ageha's guts because she was a frequent victim of Ageha's carelessness in her childhood. Renge and Ageha make fun of each other and often fight whenever they meet.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The only competent one amongst the otherwise half-witted Damashigami.
  • Weird Trade Union: She's the leader of a mostly ineffectual Damashigami union.

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