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Shirayuki, Zen Wisteria, Obi and Zen's knightly retainers Kiki Serian and Lowen Mitsuhide.


  • Badass Crew: Zen, Mitsuhide, and Kiki are skilled in swordsmanship. Obi is a fast, agile, hand-to-hand combat and stealth expert. And while Shirayuki isn't a fighter, her knowledge of herbs and medicine makes her formidable in her own right and she has developed her own version of pepper spray and a number of paralyzing mixtures which can surprise an attacker in their medieval setting.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Shirayuki is red and white, Zen is blue, Mitsuhide is yellow and brown, Kiki is purple, and Obi is black.
  • There Was a Door: Zen and Obi constantly climb walls to take the shortest path to their destination. Shirayuki gets in on it once, climbing a tree to get to Zen, though she does need Zen's help to get onto the balcony itself.
  • True Companions: Friends and companions all. They support each other and are closer to each other than any of them are to their families.
  • Undying Loyalty: All of them share this for Zen and each other.
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    Shirayuki 
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Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

Shirayuki is the main female protagonist in the Akagami no Shirayukihime manga and anime series.

She was born in the mountains and raised by her grandparents in Tanburn. She is a strong willed and joyful character. After leaving her village in an act of rebellion against the crown prince and meeting Zen she went to live in Clarines. Since meeting Zen she has stood by his side and has promised to help him in the future. She earned a job as a Court Pharmacist within the Kingdom and is now working inside the Kingdom.

Shirayuki along with Mitsuhide, Kiki and Obi, all walk proudly beside Zen on the path he has chosen.


  • Action Survivor: While not a fighter she isn't weak, choosing to run from her homeland to avoid becoming a concubine to Prince Raji, and fighting off and avoiding Mihaya long enough for Zen to show up.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Obi calls her Ojou-chan, Little Miss.
  • Agony of the Feet: (Anime only) Poor Shirayuki spends so much time practicing how to dance that she renders her feet completely sore and her shoes become unbearably painful. Luckily, she uses her own knowledge of herbs to prepare a basin to soak her aching feet. This doesn't stop her from continuing to practice, and she rather adorably decides to leave her shoes be and practice her waltzing while barefoot. (In the manga it was her instructor who had injured feet, because Shirayuki kept stepping on them).
  • All-Loving Heroine: Shirayuki tries not to hold a grudge against those that have wronged her, and tries to care for the sick and injured no matter who they are. In the anime she appears to forgive Mihaya, who had repeatedly assaulted and tried to enslave her, almost immediately though her manga reaction is more level headed as she wants him out of her sight.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She is an official relationship with Zen, but also described Kiki as "blinding" when they were in the hot springs together.
  • The Apprentice: To Ryuu — she is his herbalist apprentice.
  • Badass Pacifist: Shirayuki may be an herbalist but she has quite the backbone, defending herself from a would be kidnapper, leaving a snarky if polity worded note for the prince who tried to make her a concubine and not at all flinching when the Marquis has a blade pointed at her throat.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Zen — they both are determined, hard working, nice individuals who want to follow their own paths in life.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Half a glass of a very strong drink the head pharmacist has is enough to knock her out, after waking up several hours later she is still drunk, and she has a hangover for at least two days after though the hangover is anime only.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Ryu, despite him being her superior.
  • Covert Pervert: After Mitsuhide brings her along to get the usually slow to wake Obi up and dressed quickly and Obi retaliates by bringing Shriayuki with him to Mitsuhide's door when he knows the tall knight is changing Shirayuki thanks Mitsuhide for the view, stating it was nice to look at.
  • Damsel in Distress: She often gets in trouble always because of her hair, such as Prince Raj trying to force her to be his concubine because of its rarity. Seems to have solidly fit this trope during the Tanburn arc.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She usually tries to get out of being in distress on her own with varying levels of success. Her first attempt with Raj was to flee the country which would have worked if not for Zen eating the poisoned apple, and the second was to use improvised paralyzing gas to put Mihaya down long enough to get out of the manor. They just tracked her down afterwards.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. While she had a fairly happy and normal childhood with her grandparents, she does confirm that she ran into trouble because of some people's unwanted attention to her hair.
  • Dude Magnet: Most of the male cast has a crush on her. Just ask Zen, Obi, Raji, and Ryu, though Ryu's feelings for her are indicates to be more of those of a younger brother than of a romantic nature.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The moment Shirayuki shears off her long, feminine hair and adopts a tomboyish bob because she feels enslaved in her village and the rich, deep red allure of her hair is part of the reason why. This is her symbolic shedding of the timid maidenly personality she's expected to have, and her allowing herself to express her real self, a tough and stubborn woman.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Though she points out that her food is fit for a pub only, not that it stops Zen and the others from liking it.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed as it mostly shows in her Determinator actions.
  • Flower Motif:
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Shirayuki may be friendly and forgiving, but she's not gullible or overly trusting.
  • Hospital Hottie: Though her uniform aims for more cute than anything and is identical to the one given to her male coworker, she just looks good in most anything.
  • Important Haircut: In the first chapter, no less, cutting it to leave her life behind and as her Establishing Character Moment.
  • The Ingenue: Downplayed, while certainly not naive, Shirayuki is rather pure and innocent in regards to romance. For example, Zen simply kissing her on the neck or touching pinkies is enough to make her blush, granted Zen was also blushing for the latter.
  • In the Hood: She hides her hair in public with a (white) hood to avoid attracting attention.
  • Irony: Despite being raised in a pub, she can't hold her liquor.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Subverted. She knew who her father was and what he did, since her grandparents couldn't keep a secret. This is also actively subverted in the present by Shirayuki making sure to ask Zen or the others certain things if necessary and they themselves being clear and open about what is going on with her as well.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: After Zen kissed her and promised not to do so anymore until she asked him to, Shirayuki really started to analyze her entire relationship with Zen until she came to the conclusion that she likes Zen in the same manner.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shirayuki" means "snow white".
  • The Medic: She is a trained herbalist and an apprentice court pharmacist.
  • Morality Pet: To Raji. Her influence helps Raji's Character Development into becoming a better prince. He even dubbed her "Friend to Tanbarun Royal Family".
  • Nice Girl: The nicest in the cast. She even gave medicine to the guy who kidnapped her, threatened her with a torch and planned to sell into slavery.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In the anime she is the Pink Girl to Zen's Blue Boy, Zen keeps the signature color of blue from the manga but hers is lightened from red.
  • Plucky Girl: Optimistic, brave, and doesn't like being a burden to others.
  • Politeness Judo: When a noble accuses her of being a Social Climber and asks her why she's not lying on her back with her legs spread instead of walking into a certain section of the castle with her head held high Shirayuki diffuses the situation with pointless and an implied threat, though Zen has words with the guy and Obi still looks like he'd like to remove the guy's arm.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She was raised in a pub by her grandparents.
  • Red Is Heroic: She wears red in all her outfits. And, of course, her hair is red.
  • Self-Made Woman: At the start of the story, she is the owner of a very successful herbal remedy shop and is seen doing everything from gathering the ingredients to handing the finished product to her costumer. After resettling in Clarines, she resolves to become a court pharmacist without relying on Zen's favor.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is the only redhead in the cast outside of her father and has green eyes. And she's The Protagonist.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's sweet and kind to people all the time, which means that her turning on her Medic mode or walking straight towards a drawn sword unflinchingly tends to catch people by surprise.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Zen for this reason — they began as very good friends who inspire each other to work harder and achieve more, and later on throughout the series her feelings of respect and friendship transform into love. She comes to rely on him for his advice and protection, something that she has never done before.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her red hair gets her a lot of unwanted attention.
  • Social Climber: Averted. She's not, but often has to face accusations of being this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: While she has her father's red hair and green eyes, Mukaze states she gets her face and voice from her mother.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Her red and white uniform looks a lot like a White Mage outfit.
  • Woman in White: When in her uniform, she wears entirely white and it makes her resemble the Labcoat of Science and Medicine trope.
  • Workaholic: She collapses once due to overworking.

    Zen Wisteria 
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Voiced By: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
Title: Clarines' Second Prince

Zen is the main male protagonist in the Akagami no Shirayukihime manga and anime series.

He is the second prince of the Clarines Kingdom. His older brother, Izana, is the first crown prince and later King of Clarines. He is an adventurous person with a light-hearted personality. In the past, he has suffered due to his royal status and has trouble in trusting people.

He keeps his two aides at his side, Mitsuhide and Kiki, as well as ‘holds’ the reins that keeps Obi in his presence.


  • Acquired Poison Immunity: He has taken poisons since he was 13 to build up an immunity to them.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Silvery blonde hair in the manga, white hair in the anime.
  • Assassination Attempt: Poor Zen has survived several assassination attempts, starting when he was still a child. That's why he has Acquired Poison Immunity in the first place.
  • Benevolent Boss: Zen treats his retainers and other employees with respect, only scolding them when they deserve it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is not one to become extremely angry or sad, though when it comes to any of his friends, he becomes incredibly serious.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts like this sometimes to Ryuu.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed. As a child, Zen looked up to Izana and wished to be like him, but has since become aware of Izana's manipulative and mocking personality, which strains their relationship. And while he respects Izana's ability to rule, Zen doesn't appreciate his brother's manipulative tendencies.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Shirayuki — they both are determined, hard working, nice individuals who want to follow their own paths in life.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He wears blue to contrast Shirayuki's red.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. Zen does get easily irritated when he suspects another guy of flirting with Shirayuki, but he never acts crazy or possessive and even admits how silly he can be.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Zen was poisoned various times after he turned 13 and his first "friend", Atri. was using Zen to get back at Izana for trouble he caused to him and other people of another town. It ended with Zen watching Atri die.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Referenced when as Mitsuhide calls it, "The Shirayuki Effect" though Zen's first rescue of her is justified since it was his fault she'd gone to Raji at all in an attempt to save him and he was jumping at the chance to tell off a prince whose reputation had annoyed him for years. His subsequent rescues of her was saving a friend and later his girlfriend so don't fit the trope at all.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Obi makes comments over how cute Zen is and how pretty his eyes and smile are.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a single blue "bridal gauntlet", a type of glove which doesn't cover the palm of the hand and comes up the back of the hand to loop around the middle finger.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Downplayed. Zen wears a single, blue one instead of the standard two.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: While Zen is a reasonable and kind-hearted prince, he's not gullible. A perfect example being his first interaction with Shirayuki — he refuses to accept medicine she offers for his injured wrist because he didn't know her at the time and, as such, she could've been an enemy or deranged killer who wanted to poison him with the medicine.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He has a massive crush on the redheaded Shirayuki.
  • Heroic Albino: Zen has the palest skin of the cast and the his hair is extremely white looking. He's also the deuteragonist.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He chides Obi for doing things like going over walls, despite doing the same thing.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has blue eyes and is a kind and heroic character.
  • Lap Pillow: He's used Obi's lap this way after a number of drinks. After letting him lie there sleeping for while Obi took the opportunity to lie him next to a sleeping Shirayuki.
  • The Leader: Since he's the prince.
  • Le Parkour: He prefers to use the shortest route to get places even within the castle grounds. As a prince it's not looked on as proper behavior for him to go jumping across rooftops and trees but most of the castle has become accustomed to him launching off of balconies.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In the past, which made it hard for him to become friends with Mitsuhide.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: When Zen gives a proper confession to Shirayuki, he explains that there will be times his duties as a prince will have to come before his love for her.
  • Modest Royalty: He generally wears casual clothing, and even his royal clothing is rather downplayed. When he's forced to dress up in full regalia for his brother's coronation even his brother says the clothing doesn't suit him.
  • Morality Chain: To Obi. Zen even states he'll be Obi's "reins".
  • Nice Guy: Overall, he has a very respectable, trustworthy, reliable and friendly personality.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Blue Boy to Shirayuki's Pink Girl in the anime, and her red in the manga.
  • Rebel Prince: Downplayed. Though he sneaks out of the castle, delaying his work, he treats his title as a prince seriously and cares deeply for his country. As Shirayuki stated, he always thinks about his position as a prince and what he can do for his country.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A very active figure in his country's workings and as time passes he gets even more active.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Zen prefers respectful, open discussion and honest proceedings, as opposed to Izana's style of pulling the strings behind the scenes.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: If going by how he didn't know what a "date" was in the past, it's safe to assume that Shirayuki is only girl he has had a romantic interest in. Then again it's implied he was trying to mess with Mitsuhide with the question.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Zen keeps the arrowhead of Atri, his deceased childhood "friend".
  • Uptown Guy: He (a prince) falls in love Shirayuki (a former town herbalist and now a Court Pharmacist).
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender Inverted. Should there be even a hint of harm coming to Shirayuki, expect him to flip out.
  • Wake-Up Fighting: He's never actually drawn his sword on an ally but he sleeps with it and has jumped up with it in hand on at least one occasion when Obi startled him awake. Obi was hoping to see his scared expression but found plenty of fuel for making fun of Zen in his more defensive response regardless.
  • Warrior Prince: He is a masterful swordsman and dutiful second prince of Clarines Kingdom.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Something Obi constantly teases him about.
  • The Wise Prince: Zen is very mature and composed when it comes to his duties as a prince.
  • Workaholic: Whenever he's stuck in the castle doing paperwork as punishment he tends to work to the point that his aides have to intervene to make him sleep.

    Lowen Mitsuhide 
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Voiced By: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
Title: Lowen Mitsuhide of the Royal Knight's Circle, Personal aide to his higness Zen Wisteria

Mitsuhide Lowen is one of Zen's close aides and Kiki's partner. He was first introduced to Zen when he was 17 by Zen's brother, the crown prince, Izana. He was previously a swordsman from Selig Templar. He was once described as 'protective' by Kiki, another close aide, towards Zen.


  • Accidental Pervert: In the past when Kiki was a Bifauxen he didn't realize it until he was beaten over the head with it. He did such things like ask if she wanted to take a bath with him...he was mortified when he realized his mistake.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason his prematurely greying hair from the manga is turned green in the anime.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Mitsuhide is one of the two personal aides for Zen, who happens to be an expert swordsman.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Mitsuhide is always being picked on.
  • Celibate Hero: After Kiki's marriage proposal and some miscommunication, Mitsuhide confirms himself to be it; by description, he's actually aromatic, meaning he will never get involved in a romantic relationship.
  • The Champion: Zen didn't fully understand the depth of the oath Lowen took to protect him until Zen confronted him after hearing he'd turned down Kiki's proposal. Zen is flabbergasted to hear that Mitsuhide intends to never marry and dedicate his entire life to protecting the prince and yells at Mitsuhide when he realizes just how far he intends to mold his life around helping Zen.
  • Chick Magnet: This is lampshaded by Shirayuki and Zen.
    Shirayuki: Mitsuhide's popular with the girls, huh?
    Zen: I guess. When he came to the castle, the maids were all excited. It's probably because he seems nice.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He is also very loyal to Prince Izana, which was sometimes used to force him to report Zen's actions to him.
  • The Consigliere: In general, Mitsuhide is the last one to speak up about Zen's actions. However, when he does, Zen immediately listens to him.
  • Covered in Scars: When Obi tricks him into opening his door while he's half dressed he's revealed to have quite a few scars on his arms and torso, though none quite as large as the slash Obi has across his chest. He picks up another on his side and inner arm protecting Zen during the seige on Selig.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Kiki, though he is One Head Taller in the present, in the past he towered over her.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him Mitsuhide in general.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Kiki loves Mitsuhide and intends to ask him to marry her. He has some traits which are similar to her father, being a lovable goof while her mother was The Stoic as well.
  • Married to the Job: Kiki suspected he might turn down her wedding proposal for this reason, and she was right. He even states that her needing to get married made him consider his future and decide he is probably never going to get married, especially since he's never experienced romantic attraction to anyone.
  • Master Swordsman: He and Kiki are the best known swordsmen in the series. When Hisame challenges him to a "friendly" duel which the both know that neither of them can loose due to their current audience he's peeved when he can't get Mitsuhide to just take him out and Mitsuhide is able to manipulate the duel to end in a draw. Zen even notes that Mitsuhide is playing with him even though Hisame is very good with a sword himself, the knights he leads don't think any of them could defeat him.
  • Nice Guy: Mitsuhide has an outgoing, honest, and loyal personality.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The prober knight noble male to Obi's former assassin and theif roguish male.
  • Number Two: For Zen, being the oldest retainer.
  • Politeness Judo: He uses this when he's stuck at a ball as a guard and Hisame decides to pester him, neither of them actually break any social protocols and Mitsuhide acts polite and just barely sarcastic in response to Hisame's lightly veiled barbs.
  • Right-Hand Hottie: He's Zen's noted to be attractive right hand man and does a lot of secretarial work in addition to acting as Zen's bodyguard.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Shirayuki/Zen, something he constantly teases the latter about.
  • Sweet Tooth: As Zen notes, Mitsuhide likes anything sweet.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He delivered the finishing blow to Atri (Zen's childhood "friend"), and during this time Mitsuhide was 17 and Atri was 13. This is justified since Atri attempted to kill Zen.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has light green/grayish hair (anime only, his hair is greying black in the manga).

    Kiki Seiran 
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Voiced By: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
Title: Knight Kiki Seiran, Heir to the Seiran Earldom, Personal aide to his higness Zen Wisteria

Kiki Seiran is one of Zen's close aides and Mitsuhide's partner. She has a quiet and serious personality. She was the second aide that was assigned to Zen, after Mistuhide. Her relationship with Zen is not as close as Mitsuhide’s is; however she does share loyalty towards him. Like many others, she follows Zen because of reasons other than his status, something he is fully aware of and appreciates.


  • Action Girl: A female knight.
  • Arranged Marriage: She originally became a knight to escape one. As of recent events, she's finally agreed to it - due to Mitsuhide turning down her proposal - and it looks to be turning into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage now that both bride and groom had the time to develop and change over the years.
  • Bifauxnen: In the past, she had short hair that caused Mitsuhide to think she was a Bishonen. She cuts it again after her first focus episode and it grows back out over time.
  • Bodyguard Babes: An attractive female retainer to Zen.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Kiki is one of the two personal aides for Zen, who happens to himself be an expert swordsman.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed. Although Kiki does not show jealousy when Mitsuhide flirts with other girls (or they flirt with him) she did once portray an angry face when he handed out a compliment to Shirayuki.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She's a rather minor character for most of the story, but then gets a few chapters detailing her backstory after the Lyrias arc.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Expect her to have something to say about some of the ridiculous stuff that happens.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the past she was a pure Ice Queen, but in the present she is already defrosted.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: At one point, Shirayuki states that Kiki is "blinding".
  • Gentleman Snarker: A stoic noblewoman and knight who is incredibly snarky when the situation allows.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: A stoic Lady of War that wears purple.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's rather stoic, but is a nice girl like most of the group.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Mitsuhide, though he is One Head Taller in the present, in the past he towered over her.
  • Important Haircut: After making it clear to her father she intends to support Zen, she cuts her hair short, like it was in the past.
  • Instant Waking Skills: She and Mitsuhide are always the first to rise but when their morning routines are shown Mitsuhide is obviously fighting off sleep while Kiki just wakes up and gets ready for the day without any struggle. It's implied part of the reason Mistuhide gets up as early as Kiki is because he has to drag Obi and Zen out of bed as well.
  • Lady of War: Elegant, composed, and a badass knight.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Her father notes she has the same cold expression as her mother.
  • Master Swordsman: She and Mitsuhide are the best known swordsmen in the series, however none of Izana's retainers have been shown fighting and Izana himself has been shown to quite possibly be among the best in the kingdom, he just doesn't get as many opportunities to display his abilities.
  • Nice Girl: Stoic as she may be, Kiki is a friendly girl.
  • Not So Above It All: She's generally straight laced, but loosens up at times. Also, when Mitsuhide thought she was male, and asked if she wanted to take a bath with him, she never corrected him because she thought it was amusing.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She often wears a mostly purple outfit and is a formidable swordswoman.
  • Runaway Bride: Part of her original reason for joining Zen is to get out of a marriage she wanted no part in, and is stubborn about not getting into an Arranged Marriage. Instead she plans to propose to Mistuhide.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Shirayuki/Zen, something she constantly teases the latter about.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She is in love with the humble, optimistic, lovable Mitsuhide.
  • The Stoic: She is generally very calm and unexpressive.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Although generally cool on the outside, she is very loyal and caring to her friends.

    Obi 
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Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)
Title: Obi of the Royal Knight's Circle, personal messenger to his higness Zen Wisteria

Obi's a former assassin and is currently Zen's Immediate Knight. He was first seen threatening Shirayuki after being employed by his previous employer, Marquess Haruka. He is currently working within the presence of Zen as at the moment he is the holder of his 'reins'. He is now watching and acting as a bodyguard to Shirayuki and a messenger for Zen.


  • Ambiguously Bi: His inner thoughts, comments about, and interactions with both Zen and Shirayuki suggest he finds them both attractive and maybe even harbors a crush on them both, but it's not said one way or another whether he does like Zen like he's confirmed to like Shirayuki.
  • Animal Motifs: A cat, exemplified by his habit of sleeping in weird places, wandering where he doesn't have permission to be, his former status as a wanderer in general before he got attached to Zen and Shirayuki and his eyes which are regularly compared to those of a cat.
  • Archer Archetype: Generally uses knives, but he fits this trope compared to the others and used a bow in his first appearance. Notably despite his excellent aim both Kiki and Mitsuhide beat him when they have an impromptu archery competition to see who has to wake Zen up one morning.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He likes Ryuu and treats him like a little brother.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Develops one on Shirayuki, though he never acts on it. Also sometimes hints at having it for Zen as well, though he might be joking.
  • Ceiling Cling: Obi launches himself to the ceiling of an arcade (arched covered walkway, not a gaming hangout) to hide from Zen, justified in that he wasn't trying to hide from anyone in the arcade but from someone who was in the second story of an adjacent building putting the ceiling in between him and the person he was hiding from.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He makes teasing comments about Shirayuki, Kiki, Zen, and occasionally Mitsuhide, but never acts on any of it.
  • Cool Mask: Used to wear a face-mask, though Zen made him stop because he looked too suspicious. He once woke Zen up wearing an interesting wall hanging mask to try and scare him, it did not work as Obi had intended but did manage to get Zen up in a hurry.
  • Covered in Scars: As part of his Mysterious Past.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied as part of his Mysterious Past.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He usually wears all black, but is a harmless guy.
  • The Gadfly: Light-hearted and teases the others constantly.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His cat-like eyes are noted to be very shady, though he's a good guy in his second appearance.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He comes to work for Zen, though he was never villainous, just antagonistic.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The most probable reason for why he never acts on his confirmed Bodyguard Crush or his heavily implied Bodyguard Crush.
  • Knife Nut: He usually uses knives in battle.
  • Lap Pillow: Zen has fallen asleep with his head on Obi's lap.
  • Le Parkour: Much like his master he prefers to take the shortest route, unlike his master he can normally get away with refusing to use doors and hallways since he's not a prince.
  • Mysterious Past: Other than being a former assassin, leaving the group of criminals he used to work with at least a year before he took that job from Lord Haruka and possibly meeting Shirayuki as a child in the mountains not much is known about him.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a leather head-wrap thing.
  • Ninja: He is the stealthy member of the team.
  • No Brows: The only one out of the entire cast of characters to not have eyebrows, though the manga indicates he does have them they're just very thin and indistinct.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Obi is implied to not be his real name, and he has a few other aliases he uses.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He was an assassin for hire in the past, and his job directly before his Heel–Face Turn was for Marquis Haruka.
  • Reformed Criminal: He used to do "odd jobs" many of which were both criminal and violent in nature but he now works directly under Prince Zen and informs an old acquaintance that he's lost the motivation for doing anything illegal.
  • Sexy Cat Person: He has a restrained cat theme and is quite sexy.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Zen and Shirayuki and Kiki and Mitsuhide. He even thought that the later two were betrothed and is annoyed and complains about it loudly at random times after Kiki is engaged to Hisame. His dedication to helping Zen and Shirayuki's relationship is very notable given that he's admitted several times that he's in love with Shirayuki, he makes no attempts to flirt with her... though he does occasionally flirt with Zen.
  • Sleep Cute: He's admitted to liking both Shirayuki and Zen and once woke after drinking with Zen asleep on his lap and Shirayuki beside them, only to notice Mitsuhide still in the room while he was looking adoringly and pained at them. He used the opportunity to set up a Sleep Cute of his own by lying Zen right next to Shirayuki.
  • The Sneaky Guy: As a ninja and former assassin this is expected, fans had taken to calling him a ninja-knight even before Zen knighted him and sent him to protect Shirayuki in the north.
  • Wake-Up Fighting: He has sprung into a fighting stance as he wakes on occasion, usually he follows it up by sliding into a mock seductive pose or flopping back down to where he was lying if the one waking him was Zen or Mitsuhide.
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Clarines

The kingdom to the north of Tanbarun to which Shirayuki fled to escape the whims of the crown prince of her home country. The Wistarias are the kingdoms' royal family and Shriayuki's burgeoning friendship with Zen and her passion for pharmacology which leads her to employment in the royal place's pharmacy find her quickly embroiled in court politics.

Wistal Castle

    Izana Wisteria 
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Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)

Izana Wistaria is the crown Prince and later King of Clarines. He is Zen's older brother.


  • Aloof Big Brother: Izana's manipulating and mocking nature strains his relationship with Zen.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: He is crowned King of Clarines.
  • Batman Gambit: Prince Izana pulled one off in the past, building a castle between two fueding lords, setting them up for failure, and replacing them with their retainers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Zen was attacked in the past Izana fliped and killed the attackers alongside Mitsuhide, racing there long before the guard had a chance to react. Later on the icy glare he gains when hearing what occurred when Zen went to Sereg is the most chilling death glare in the comic yet, Sir Ranka does manage to wait to shiver until he's out of the throne room and done with his report at least.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He often gives tests to Zen to see how he will handle them as a prince.
  • The Chessmaster: Constantly, see Batman Gambit.
  • Coat Cape: How he wears his coat when he's not wearing a cape as well, especially before being crowned king .
  • Cool Crown: He wears a magnificent hoop crown during his coronation but it seems to be a ceremonial item that he has not worn since the day he became king.
  • Engagement Challenge: When a plague hits Lyrias, his challenge to Shirayuki is for her to stay and work to cure it without Zen by her side. She succeeds, though he still has more challenges for her.
  • The Gadfly: He outright states that some of the more annoying things he does are done just to get a reaction out of his little brother.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Izana is manipulative, demanding, and can come across as arrogant. But, what he does, he does in the interest of his kingdom and cares about his little brother.
  • King Incognito: He as times keeps a low profile, usually borrowing Mitsuhide's first name, to gauge people's reactions.
  • Master Swordsman: Able to casually cut down swaths of opponents, and in a friendly training fight can leave Zen so worn out he's gasping for breath and almost drops his sword after Izana walks away without displaying an ounce of effort himself.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even after all the Bergatt and Tohz families did he's still willing to listen to Zen, who he's stated before is very good at reading people and understanding their motives, about punishing them and at Zen's urging considers hiding that the Bergatt family head tried to assassinate Zen and agrees not to have the family completely stripped of all their titles and executed when Zen says the twins show promise and are not like their elder brother. It helps that this will work out better diplomatically as well since the family is very powerful and has a lot of influence. Greatly reducing their lands and taking their earldom making the new head of the house a viscount is less likely to get a violent response out of their supporters than executing them all.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As first prince of Clarines, Izana is a responsible ruler who puts the people first. This can be seen from how he responded quickly in the Lyrias incident, ordering for Lyrias' gates to be barricaded so that the travelers entering and leaving the town would not spread the disease to the surrounding area. He also often leaves the castle to travel to various parts of the country, likely for official matters.
  • Shipper on Deck: Even though he has initial reservations about Zen and Shirayuki's relationship, after seeing how much his brother cares for her and she for him he decides to fully support them.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Zen prefers respectful, open discussion and honest proceedings, as opposed to Izana's style of pulling the strings behind the scenes.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: On one hand, he's aloof and mysterious. On the other hand, he does care about Zen and their kingdom.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he's mad he displays one heck of a Death Glare, and if appropriate accompanies it by calmly killing whomever managed to get him riled.
  • Warrior Prince: Like his brother, Izana is a skilled swordsman.
  • The Wise Prince: He's much more responsible than his brother.

    Ryuu 
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Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (Japanese), Mikaela Krantz (English)

Ryuu was Shirayuki's previous mentor as a pharmacist. He is a 12-year-old child and a genius pharmacist known by many in his field. When he gets absorbed in his work, he won't hear anyone calling out to him. Has an incredible fascination with poisonous plants, which made him start reading about medicinal plants in the first place.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: Deconstructed. His intelligence and interest in things most children aren't (i.e., poisons) tends to make him be seen as a Creepy Child by some.
  • Bad Liar: Luckily it's not something he does often and Shidan wasn't really paying attention because he can't keep a straight face, mumbles and looks off to the side when doing so.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has dark brown hair and is a Child Prodigy.
  • Child Prodigy: A full court pharmacist at the age of 12.
  • Creepy Child: His fascination with poisonous plants makes him this to some.
  • Geek Physique: He doesn't get much exercise, and gets out of breath very easily when he runs.
  • I Got Bigger: At 12-years-old, he was small enough for Obi to pluck up to carry him on his shoulders. Now, at 14, he's roughly the same height as Shirayuki.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryuu means "noble" or "prosperous". This refers to his status as a worker in the palace.
  • The Medic: A Pharmacist.
  • No Social Skills: Due to not having any friends, he has no idea how to react to various things.
  • Not So Stoic: When he thinks he made Shirayuki cry, though she was actually upset about something else, he immediately rushes to Zen and asks what to do.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: He sleeps under his desk, and it turns out to be comfortable when Shirayuki is curious enough to see why.
  • Precocious Crush: Implied to have one on Shirayuki in the anime.
  • The Stoic: To the point of being emotionless. He never reacts to anything.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: For the most part, Ryuu is calm and apathetic. However, he does show a caring side.
  • Teen Genius: He's now fourteen and still a genius pharmacist and pharmaceutical researcher.
  • Workaholic: To the point he sleeps under his desk.

    Garak Gazelt 
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Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)

Garak is the Chief Pharmacist of Clarines.


  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: She has a tendency to muss Ryuu's hair, especially when she seems to think he needs a little support after having to do things which make him uncomfortable, like having to talk to people.
  • Alliterative Name: Her first and last name both begin with a "G".
  • Benevolent Boss: Overall a good boss, though a bit of a laid back gadfly.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's very quirky, but is one of the most respected Pharmacists in the country.
  • Drink Order: She loves roka wine.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Even with her students, Garak acts quite eccentric o all the Pharmacists.
  • The Gadfly: Gives Obi and Shirayuki hard liquor instead of the light roka wine. This backfires when Shirayuki passes out.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Downplayed. Garak is usually sober, but when she does get drunk she fits the trope perfectly.
  • Hospital Hottie: Same as Shirayuki, she wears the traditional wardrobe that shows she's a pharmacist and she's quite a beauty.
  • Improbable Age: A well-respected pharmacist despite being in her twenties.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Garak is always seen wearing a white labcoat — signifying her as a pharmacist.
  • Mellow Fellow: Many have noted how laid-back she is.
  • The Mentor: Garak acts as Ryuu's and Higata's pharmacist mentor. And Shirayuki's in the anime.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her eccentricities, she cares deeply about others.
  • Not a Morning Person: She is grumpy when she wakes up after pulling all-nighters, though justifiably.
  • Parental Substitute: To Ryuu, understandable given his age. It is unknown just how young Ryuu was when he first came under her care but she gets a bit emotional when he gets transferred out of the palace.
  • Vague Age: Her age lies somewhere in between mid-twenties to early-thirties.

    Marquis Haruka 
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Voiced By: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)

An advisor in the castle, he disapproves of Shirayuki's closeness to Zen due to her lower social status.


  • Anti-Villain: Haruka may have stooped to lying and threatening to get Shirayuki away from Zen, but it was all because he thought Shirayuki was a sneaky Social Climber and would abuse Zen's trust.
  • The Dreaded: Obi and Shriayuki would prefer not to spend time around him, Obi has jumped out of windows to avoid him and amusingly tends to be on his best behavior when he's stuck interacting with him.
  • Good Is Not Nice: After Zen makes is clear to him that Shirayuki is welcome in the palace, Haruka obeys the prince and makes no more moves against her. However, that doesn't stop him from being very sharp-tongued and verbally antagonistic with Shirayuki whenever they do talk.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: During the bell test, he seems to keep his objectivity regarding the results, unlike Lord Brecker. He also quietly informs Zen that Shirayuki was injured in the test. Also, when confronted with his actions against Shirayuki, he refuses to allow Obi to take the blame for his actions, even knowing Zen was angry with him.
  • Shipping Torpedo: He didn't approve of Zen and Shirayuki's relationship due to different social classes and tried to break them up with Obi's help.
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    Yatsufusa 
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Voiced By: Rei Yamahata (Japanese), Z. Charles Bolton (English)

Garak's assistant.


    Higata 
Voiced By: Yusuke Handa (Japanese), ??? (English)

The only other one of the exam takers to pass and become a royal court pharmacist alongside Shirayuki.


  • The Apprentice: To Garak in the manga, possibly to Yatsufusa in the anime.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Higata seems to spend most of his time trying to cajole Garak into actually doing her paperwork, only for her to try to scare him off or distract him with other work. His tendancy for clumsiness does not help.
  • The Klutz: He's usually fine but he gets clumsy when he thinks he's addressing someone too casually, or has been addressing someone too casually or is in a hurry. Since he works in the palace at the capital this comes up from time to time and usually results in broken vials and jars full of medicine or ingredients for medicine, though it once led him to fall off a ladder.
  • The Medic: A trained herbalist, and a good one seeing as he was one of only two out of many who applied to actually pass the exam and become a royal court pharmacist. Unfortunately for Higata he spends more time on administrative tasks than he does working with patients to his annoyance.

    Zakura Shidnote 
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Zakura is a high ranking member of the court and one of Izana's retainers, in the past he was retainer to Haruto.


  • Adapted Out: In the anime his lines during the test to see if the colorful birds could be used as messenger birds for the kingdom were altered and given to Lord Haruka to avoid needing to voice him.
  • Dueling Scar: Zakura has a scar across the bridge of his nose of unknown origin which gives him a militaristic look.
  • Not So Above It All: He tends to start laughing, or at least having very noticeable trouble preventing himself from laughing, if he thinks something is funny even in situations where laughing is very inappropriate.

    Atri 
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Voiced By: Romi Park (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)

Zen’s only close childhood friend, a young archer in the castle originally from Lido.


  • Anti-Villain: He may have used Zen and was about to kill him, but his life became harder after Izana's manipulating the feuding lands. And on his death, he admits that he truly liked Zen and wished Zen wasn't born a prince.
  • Archer Archetype: He worked in the castle's archery side.
  • Childhood Friend: He was this to Zen when the young prince was 13.
  • Dishonored Dead: As he took place in a plot to assassinate a member of the royal family he is buried in an unmarked grave at an undisclosed location, even Zen doesn't know where he is buried despite being unable to stop thinking of him as a friend.
  • False Friend: He worked as a palace archer in order to get close to Zen and lure him out to traitors from Lido.
  • Only Friend: Atri was the first Zen could call a friend.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His actions led to Zen to wanting to find a path to be a proper prince.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has lime green hair in the anime, implied to be brown or dirty blonde in the manga.

Sereg

    Hisame Lugis 
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Manga Only

A swordsman and suitor for Kiki's hand in marriage since their childhood as his position as the younger son of his family limits his upward movement as a noble and her inheritance will make her the head of the powerful Serian family. He became the vice captain of the Sereg/Selig Knights as an adult and enjoys tormenting Mitsuhide and annoying Kiki.


  • Arranged Marriage: He tried to get Kiki's father to agree to one between himself and Kiki as a child. As adults their stations as members of the nobility and individuals loyal to the crown who are seeking out the responsible party for a series of attacks on other nobles has made him ask after her hand in marriage again. As of recent chapters, it has finally been made official and has the markings of being a Perfectly Arranged Marriage.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: There's a reason he's made vice-captain of a garrison full of knights, and while he is capable of being serious on occasion it is certainly not because of his temperament.
  • Blatant Lies: He occasionally agrees to orders not to annoy Mitsuhide and Kiki. These agreements mean nothing and the fallout has on at least two occasions led to him making his captain Facepalm out of despair.
  • Cavalier Competitor: When he asks Mitsuhide for a training duel in front of the whole Sereg Garrison, after he had blatantly agreed to his captain's orders not to. Hisame is annoyed when he's not able to make Mitsuhide fight him properly and just beat him and Mitsuhide manages to manipulate the duel to end in a draw with them both pointing their practice swords at each others necks despite the fact that they both knew that due to those watching them and their positions neither of them could have afforded to loose. Hisame actually complains about being forced to play along with the "farce" for the rest of the day.
  • Engagement Challenge: He challenged Kiki to a duel to win her hand in marriage after she and her father turned him down. She accepted and defeated him even though he asked for a two on two duel expecting her to come alone, while she did Mitsuhide joined her almost immediately so she wasn't on her own for long.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Slit pupils and purple irises.
  • The Gadfly: His pestering of Kiki and Mitsuhide was of a darker nature when he was younger but seems to have evolved into irritating them for amusement at their reactions as an adult. When the Sereg Knights are forced to send him as a representative to functions in the capitol they beg him not to antagonize anyone, to which he patronizingly responds that he'll only do so to a few which is precisely what they're asking him not to do.
  • It Amused Me: Essentially every interaction he has with Mitsuhide after their first meeting is an attempt to provoke a reaction out of him since Hisame finds it endlessly entertaining. He does get serious when needed but Mitsuhide understandably does not trust him. He acts the same with Kiki to a lesser degree even though she's The Stoic, he seems to like her Death Glare.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He wears a constant little smirk, only dropping it when Zen and most of his knights are down due to poisoning and briefly when he hears Mitsuhide reject Kiki's proposal after he went through the effort of trying to get Mitsuhide to consider it.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Possibly closer to Screw the Rules I'm Doing Whatever I Please when he let's Mitsuhide out of his cell when the garrison is attacked, he never considered Mitsuhide a suspect anyway and knew immediately that he was being framed, even if the order to arrest him came from higher up and he definitely does not have the authority to override it. It was also a tacitly advantageous move since they needed more fighters and Hisame was already injured and ordered stay out of the fight himself. He didn't follow those orders either.
  • Shipper on Deck: Surprisingly his very obvious awareness of Kiki's feelings for Mitsuhide culminates in his trying to get Mitsuhide to reconsider after he learns that Mitsuhide turned down Kiki's proposal. He then looks properly annoyed when Mitsuhide does reconsider and goes to track Kiki down only to tell her he wants to be make his meaning more clear and turns her down again, only this time making it clear that he does not and never has seen her or anyone else as a possible romantic partner and that this is something that will not change when his previous response seemed to leave room for a future relationship. He didn't realize the ambiguity of his initial response until Hisame pointed it out.
  • Smug Smiler: His smirk always smug but seems to be able to take levels of smugness, like after he told Mitsuhide he was going to propose to Kiki without explaining that it was to draw out the people attacking Kiki's suitors and when he described the ratings nobles had organized for Kiki's suitors, with the most likely to end up her eventual husband with the lowest numbers.
  • The Strategist: He is one of the better swordsmen in the series but even for "friendly" duels he prefers to only take on opponents that are already winded. He is also one of those who realize immediately that the timing of the Bergatt brothers in joining the garrison at Sereg along with a number of other factors makes them very likely to be involved in the attacks on Kiki's suitors. He comes up with the plan of setting himself up as bait by getting engaged to Kiki, hoping to expose the attackers when they aim for him or at least gain more evidence.
  • Technicolor Eyes: His eyes are purple in a manga where every other character whose eye color is known is something naturally occurring.

Raxd Fortress

    Shuka 
Voiced By: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese)

A young guard from Fort Laxdo/Raxd whose job kept him outside most of the time which left him as the last soldier standing when the garrison unknowingly burned wood that released disease causing spores in the fireplaces.


  • Ill Boy: When first introduced he can barely walk without tripping over his own feet and is slowly succumbing to the illness that has left the rest of his garrison asleep and impossible to wake.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks the garrison is haunted or cursed, though he is right to try and protect Zen and his retinue from whatever has taken out all of the other personnel.

Lyrias/Lilias

    Shidan 
Manga Only

Shidan is the Head Pharmacist at the research facility in Lyrias and a former colleague of Garak. He was and still shows signs of being romantically interested in Garak but she does not appear to reciprocate or notice his feelings.


  • Absent-Minded Professor: A deconstruction as this nearly gets a lot of people killed, forces the entire city of Lilias to go under lockdown for quarantine and threatens to end his carrer.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He does his job well but he doesn't fill out the paperwork he's supposed to send to the capitol leaving Garak annoyed and saying that Lyrias isn't reliable.
  • Flower Motif: Olin Maris, the deadly but beautiful bioluminescent flower he's been working on to try and create a non-poisonous strain.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Shidan decided he was this when he fell for Garak when they were in training together. He's accused by Suzu of just being to lazy to actually pursue a relationship.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He's never seen without his labcoat, and is the head of the pharmacology department at the kingdom's largest research and educational facility.
  • The Medic: A trained herbalist who oversees the day to day medical needs of one of the kingdom's busiest checkpoints.
  • The Mentor: He is Isuru's direct mentor and teacher, and acts as mentor to all of the pharmacists under him including Suzu and Kazaha and to a lesser extent Shirayuki and Obi.
  • Nephewism: He seems to be the only adult responsible for raising his nephew Kirito, nothing about Kirito's parents is known beyond one of them being Shidan's sibling.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's been studying the plants which are causing people in Lyrias to come down with a painful fatal illness that slowly weakens their muscles without being aware of the plant's deadly potential due to its extreme rarity, it's only mentioned once in one ancient book with faded writing.

    Kirito 
Manga Only

Shidan's young nephew who is close to Ryuu in age and decides to trust Ryuu with his ill friends after the adults fail to figure out why they are collapsing. His enthusiasm surprises Ryuu who is used to his potential patients requesting another pharmacist or doctor and he becomes Ryuu's first friend near his own age.


  • Adults Are Useless: He certainly thinks so when his friends start falling ill and into comas one by one and none of the researchers can figure out what's going wrong. It's the reason he seeks out Ryuu.
  • Courier: As part of his path towards his goal of becoming a solider Kirito becomes one of the Ririmasu messengers in Lilias, running all over the Academy District and beyond to deliver messages.
  • Custom Uniform: Kirito's Ririmasu uniform has all of the components of any other, but the fact that he never claps it at the neck and wears it all loose and baggy mean he can't be mistaken for another messenger even at a distance.
  • Determinator: He leads Shirayuki and Obi to the place that fits the description of what has caused something similar to the illness hitting Lyrias while hiding that he has fallen ill himself. He ends up collapsing before getting them all the way to their destination but gets them close enough that they can find it on their own.
  • Free-Range Children: The reason his friends are the first people in Lyrias to get sick is because they are playing in a cave system outside of town where the incredibly rare poisonous plant that is causing the illness grows.
  • Hint Dropping: He tries so hard to get Suzu to ask Yuzuri out but Suzu has already decided his interest in her is a lost cause and Kirito refuses to just come out and say that Yuzuri is interested in Suzu.
  • I Got Bigger: He starts shooting up in height before Ryuu which Ryuu notices very quickly. Yuzuri is horribly depressed when she returns from a long research trip and finds that he is almost as tall as she is. She tries putting her earmuffs on him like she always has and slumps over while saying he's not cute anymore.
  • Keet: An energetic and often loud boy who wears out Shidan quickly, and whom Lata does his best to avoid due to his overabundance of questions.

    Yuzuri 
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Yuzuri behind Ryuu and Suzu
Manga Only

A botanist working at the research facility in Lyrias who was assigned to be Shirayuki and Ryuu's guide during their first visit there and quickly befriended them. When Shirayuki and Ryuu are assigned to Lyrias full time they discover that Yuzuri is usually not home as her job is mainly traveling, recording information about plants in their native habitats and gathering seeds and specimens for the researchers of Lyrias.


  • Adventurer Outfit: Her outfit when she's setting out or returning from treks has hints of a safari style one, though is much too fancy to be considered such. It only fits since it is discussed in universe as an adventurer's outfit.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Her earmuffs are not specifically designed like animal ears but their silhouette gives them an animal ear appearance.
  • Bold Explorer: Her job usually brings her to previously explored places to do research on exsisting and known plants, but she really prefers work that involves new or little understood things and longs for more exciting and challenging work. Her friends note that her work outfit makes her look like an adventurer.
  • Only Sane Man: How she views herself when she's among the researchers in Lyrias. She considers them all to be eccentric. She herself is not a researcher but works for the facility by searching for new and rare plants to send back to the large greenhouses there to be studied.

    Suzu 
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Manga Only

A pharmacist working at the research facility in Lyrias who is friends with Yuzuri, his behavior is odd and he doesn't go out of his way to be friendly but he and Obi become fast friends. He becomes part of the group of five researchers working on Olin Maris with Shidan and decides to become a permanent resident pharmacist at Lyrias.


  • Animal Motifs: A fox, as noted when he puts on Yuzuri's earmuffs and she and Shirayuki immediately think he looks like one.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Noted in his introduction when he slides underneath a table after telling Shirayuki and Ryuu his name and his relationship status.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He's got golden blonde hair and golden amber eyes.
  • Geek Physique: When he Shirayuki and Yuzuri run to one of the city gates to demand closing off the city when there is a quickly spreading potentially fatal illness spreading through Lyrias that they don't have a cure for all three are panting but he's the only one swaying. This does not prevent him from yelling at the guards when they say that researchers don't have the rank to request that.
  • The Medic: A trained herbalist.

    Haki Arleon 
Manga Only

Haki is from the old noble family which runs Lyrias and much of the surrounding area. As Izana's fiance she is the future consort to the King of Clarines.


  • Blue Blood: She is from a noble family and will soon become queen.
  • The Gadfly: She enjoys saying things to shock Zen, usually reguarding his brother, and likes to play little jokes on Izana even though Izana takes every odd thing she does with a straight face.

    Lata Forzeno 
Manga Only

A mineralogist who does research out of a lab in Lyrias. He would prefer not to have to put up with anyone else and does his best to avoid people. Shirayuki and the others working on making the Olin Maris plant bloom without becoming poisonous discover some of his work and think it could be the key to planting the seeds in a way that allows the plant to glow without the potentialy deadly side effects and have to try to corner him to ask his assistance.


  • Blue Blood: He's a noble, though he'd rather everyone forget that. It ends up being how Shirayuki traps him for a meeting when he leaves Lyrias, something her duties make it impossible for her to do to follow him, and she finally asks Zen for an idea of how she might meet him. Prince Zen personally invites him to a ball, something he can't decline, as a favor to Shirayuki and she corners him there.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He hates nobles and researchers. He's both of these things.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: While he claims he's manages to avoid balls and parties for so long he's forgotten how to dance he hasn't, nor has he forgotten how to make a girl step on his foot while making it look like she misstepped during the dance so that he can excuse himself from the event and escape to treat his "injury".
  • Hates Everyone Equally: He doesn't care what other people do as long as they don't talk to him, get in his way, or ask questions about him but he does not like them.
  • Hates Small Talk: He despises small talk and is endlessly annoyed when Obi finds out he used to be a knight and starts quizzing him since Obi has been recently knighted but knows he doesn't really have the proper training and is playing catch up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's really more ambivalent towards people than anything and does agree to help with the Olin Maris research to a point, after he's been cornered and still tries to avoid it, he would really like to just be left alone to do his own research.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He does not seem capable of smiling, and is never seen doing so.

    Isuru 
Manga Only

One of the pharmacists at Lyrias who is part of the Olin Maris reseach and Shidan's personal assistant. Isuru is from the same hometown as Kazaha and despairs of his odd behavior.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Stoic and inscrutiable dark haired girl.
  • Beneath the Mask: Isuru has a violent easily annoyed personality that she tends to keep hidden as she's a healer by trade. Kazaha's pretty good at accidently getting her to show hints of it with his antics, especially when he's pestering new people who are unfamiliar with him. Amusingly she doesn't drop her stoic demenor when she drops a bag over his head and pulls the drawstring tight around his neck while he's talking to people.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Kazaha's, though she's a bit odd herself.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: She's essentially never seen without a labcoat unless she's at a bathhouse.
  • The Quiet One: She talks the least of the Olin Maris researchers, spending more time observing and writing things down than even Ryuu.
  • The Spock:

    Kazaha 
Manga Only

One of Shidan's pharmaceutical assistants who is from the same hometown as Isuru.


  • Cloudcuckoolander: He absoulutly fails at socializing and challenges every new pharmacist he meets to an arm wrestling challenge to see who is better. He always loses, and does nothing to attempt to improve while also treating those who have beat him as his superiors, regardless of where they really are in the administrative hierarchy.
  • Geek Physique: He is by far the weakest pharmacist in Lyrias and seems to spend all of his time either reading or attempting to avoid physical work. Keep in mind that this group includes an actual child and at least two very thin non-athletic young women.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears his labcoat constantly.
  • No Social Skills: He does not socialize well and tends to be abrupt and bluntly request odd things.
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows: While everyone's eyebrows are visible to an extent through their bangs his thick long bangs and the fact that his eyebrows and eyelids are visible through them give him a unique look.

Wilant/Wirant

An administrative district encompassing much of northen Clarines, including the Oriold checkpoint which is under the administration of the Rugilia family and Codolulu, Harunova, and Liyiru which were under the watch of Earl Bergatt before the Bergatt's actions earned them the ire of the crown and their lands started to be reduced. The royal family maintains a castle in Wilant from which they keep an eye on the north and from which Queen Haruto rulled Clarines.

    Haruto Wistaria 
Manga Only

The dowager queen of Clarines Haruto rules from the palace at Wilant. After working herself to the point of illness following her husband's death Haruto ended up leaving the capitol once Izana had proven himself more than capable of dealing with the responsibilities this would give him. Zen notes that she is a lot like Izana and that they can be difficult for him to deal with when the two of them are together.


  • Ermine Cape Effect: Probably because she's only seen during official appearances and when getting ready for formal occasions she is always seen with the trappings of her title including a deep blue cape trimmed in ermine before she abdicates the throne and Izana is crowned king.
  • The High Queen: While she's actually a dowager queen she is the reigning monarch of Clarines and is a well liked and kind one.

    Touka Bergatt 
Manga Only

The Earl of the once even more powerful northern noble family the Bergatts, he is resentful of the family's loss of power and considers the people and lands they lost as little more than stolen pawns and possessions.


  • Acquired Poison Immunity: He's immune to the effects of the poison he used to kill his father and handed a vial of it to his brothers stating that he wouldn't need it again and a warning that it wouldn't work against him. He's also built up a resistance and takes antidotes for his other deadly creations.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: His necklace contains a hidden vial of poison which he starts opening after being slashed down his front by Mitsuhide seemingly for this purpose. His brother Tsuruba grabs his wrist and forces him to drop it. When he tries to goad Tsuruba into killing him as he knows his brother intended to do earlier in the night Tsuruba refuses and stands back to let Touka fall in his own pooling blood as he loses consciousness.
  • Cain and Abel: When he realizes Tsuruba has decided to kill him and Tariga is defying him he decides to kill both Tsuruba and Tariga and replace them with people he finds easier to control.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He waits so long to enter the fight after poisoning a group of soldiers that he knows are barely able to move after only a short time and setting his fighters on them that Zen doesn't expect him to enter the fight at all. He then tries to kill Zen and Tariga when they're also suffering from the effects of the poison which is being emitted as fumes burning from the braziers on the walls of the room.
  • It's All About Me: He views the loss of the Bergatts status and land as a personal affront, does not even adress the reason Queen Haruto took those lands from them and serenely tells Tariga he's going to kill him and replace him since even though they carry the same blood Tariga and Tsuruba aren't him, implying he now considers it a mistake he let them live at all if they were going to be able to defy him.
  • Klingon Promotion: After spending years establishing himself as the more peaceful opponent to his father's desires, treatises and negotiations to regain some of the family's former power he murdered his father to take over as family head. He used his father's death and supposed last words as reason to back those same ideas far more forcefully and violently, a move which ensured he had both his father's former northern allies and opponents as his own allies.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's cold and unfeeling with no compassion whatsoever. His only noticeable emotion is his fury that he was cheated out of most of the lands he was originally going to inherit. He sees people as possessions, and if he can't control someone he kills them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated the lords of the north to follow him by lying about his position and then using his father's tragic death and supposed last words as his public motivation for changing it. He's also manipulating events to let him get away with manipulating and trying to control Zen with no-one the wiser to his involvement.
  • Patricide: He poisoned his father and only his terrified younger twin brothers learned of his guilt, since he told them in order to frighten them into obeying him without question.
  • Perfect Poison: Whatever he used to kill his father was perfect for his needs with no one even suspecting the man had been poisoned. His other poisons are a bit more obvious but also suited to the tasks he uses them for.
  • Poison Is Evil: Unlike the talk about poisonous medicinal plants that has made some unnecessarily wary of Ryuu this unquestionably morally bankrupt character uses poison to paralyze and kill his potential hindrances and opponents.

    Tariga Bergatt 
Manga Only

The younger of Touka's twin brothers, Touka had him and Tsuruba join the Sereg knights in hopes of one of them sliding into Mitsuhide's position as Zen's retainer once his plot was underway and Mitsuhide was framed for attempted murder and imprisoned. He was unaware of Touka's ultimate target in the plot though he knew it was meant to gain the family back their power in the north.


  • Always Identical Twins: Tariga and Tsuruba use this to their advantage since no one knows them well enough to tell them apart. Zen manages to tell them apart shortly after meeting them and following their rebelling against their brother and helping Zen they're both left with facial injuries which will make it easier for people to tell them apart going forward.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Tariga usually fights alongside and back-to-back with Tsuruba as they are never separate, until they decide to kill their brother to save Zen and Tsuruba sneaks out to try and confront him.
  • Cain and Abel: When Tsuruba says he's keeping information from Zen even though the prince has obviously figured out their family is involved with the attacks because he intends to use the opportunity to kill Touka Tariga only puts up a token resistance to the idea and quickly learns that Touka has no issues with killing him and Tsuruba even though he'd held on to the idea that they were too valuable for Touka to kill.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: He gains one in the form of a scar over his right eye. Formerly he used his braided hair when he wanted to be differentiated from Tsuruba which allowed for easy twin switches or just easy removal of anything to identify him or his twin from each other at all.
  • Master Swordsman: Both he and Tsuruba are noted swordsmen.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He started to mentally fall apart after he thought Touka killed Tsuruba. He used a sleeping drug in the braziers to access the keep where Touka was being held by knocking out all of the guards, then when the garrison was attacked he ran off to without taking any measures to make sure Touka was still restrained after being subjected to a Breaking Speech even though he and Tsuruba had already decided to kill Touka. This meant Touka could just walk right out of the room he was being held in and start killing the sleeping guards.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Tariga says his motivation for turning on his brother is that for once he wanted to do what was right instead of what was required of him as a member of the Bergatt family. He also starts questioning Tsuruba as he wants to start supporting Zen openly though Tsuruba wants to make sure Tariga is protected before making a move against Touka.
  • Skewed Priorities: When he and Zen are slowly succumbing to a poison that will make them sleep before killing them while fighting Touka and the assassins Touka hired and Zen realizes Tariga probably has the antidote his reaction to Zen's questioning if he has it is, "But it tastes really terrible" despite the fact that they and many others will die if they don't take it. He does give some to Zen and take some himself after Zen points out that the taste obviously does not matter.
  • Taking the Bullet: He manages to put himself in between Tsuruba and and arrow loosed by their brother's agents which is meant to allay any suspicion on their house of being involved in the attacks.
  • Trapped in Villainy: He and Tsuruba both swore not to get killed by their brother after Touka murdered their father and threatened them, leaving them as mere pawns on Touka's board. Their fear of him isn't enough to keep them from turning on him in the end.

    Tsuruba Bergatt 
Manga Only

The elder of Touka's younger twin brothers, Touka had him and Tariga join the Sereg knights in hopes of one of them sliding into Mitsuhide's position once his plot was underway and Mitsuhide was framed for attempted murder and imprisoned. After he turns on his brother he's placed under house arrest but made the new head of the Bergatt family. Izana tasks him with rebuilding the corrupt house from the inside after Zen intercedes on their behalf and requests that Izana doesn't completely dissolve their noble house.


  • Always Identical Twins: Tariga and Tsuruba use this to their advantage since no one knows them well enough to tell them apart. Zen manages to tell them apart shortly after meeting them and following their rebelling against their brother and helping Zen they're both left with facial injuries which will make it easier for people to tell them apart going forward.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Tariga usually fights alongside and back-to-back with Tsuruba as they are never separate, until they decide to kill their brother to save Zen and Tsuruba sneaks out to try and confront him.
  • Cain and Abel: When he and Tariga decide to defy Touka Tsuruba decides the only way to go about it is for him to kill his brother to put an end to his machinations.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Tsuruba loses his ponytail when he's ambushed by assassins and one tries to decapitate him. It's only the first and least bloody of several Identical Twin ID Tags that he and Tariga pick up that night which prove that should they both manage to survive they're going to be a lot easier to tell apart.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: His ponytail, which he can easily take out or switch for a braid to switch with Tariga before they both gain scars on their faces which make them easier to tell apart. Formerly only Zen could tell them apart regardless of hairstyle.
  • Klingon Promotion: He set out to kill his brother, which would leave Tsuruba as his heir apparent as head of the Bergatt family when he finally decided things had gone too far and he needed to be stopped. It also helped that he realized Touka was in the midst of an assassination attempt on Zen, the only person able to consistently tell Tsuruba and Tariga apart and whom they saw as one of those who displayed the qualities a leader should have instead of ruling through fear like Touka.
  • Master Swordsman: Both he and Tariga are noted swordsmen capable of taking on multiple assassins at a time. Tsuruba proves that even though he's never been in a fight without Tariga at his side he can still deal with multiple opponents on his own though he's annoyed they're slowing him down and ends up saved from a thrown knife by a newly arrived Obi.
  • Trapped in Villainy: He and Tariga both swore to obey not to get killed by their brother after Touka murdered their father and threatened them into obedience, leaving them as mere pawns on Touka's board. Their fear of him isn't enough to keep them from turning on him in the end.

Oriold Checkpoint

    Kamiragi Kadif 
Manga Only

The Knight's Circle commander at Oriold. He in turn answers to Eisetsu Rugilia, the lord who oversees the portion of Willant in which the checkpoint lies.


  • Benevolent Boss: His men seem to like and respect him, and he them, despite his way of holding back and slightly misrepresenting information to judge the reactions of those he's speaking with.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He agrees to meet with Shriayuki, Ryuu and Obi despite the strange nature of their request and is intrigued by the Phostyrias proposition, though in the end he says that as there is no precedent and the region is in turmoil following the fall of Houses Bergatt and Tohz he can't be the one to make the final decision.

Yuris Island

An island in southern Clarines where the native birds have been used and trained for generations by the locals to help them fish. The locals are at odds with their newest lord who is hunting the birds to extinction as sport.

    Kihal Toghrul 
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Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)
Title: Bird Trainer

Kihal Togrul comes to Clarines to meet second prince Zen. She is a native of Yuri's island where Brecker is the Lord. Its one of the southern islands of Clarines where she lives with birds. She is first shown in episode 10. She says that she has come to Clarines to meet second prince Zen in order to ask him to make Lord Brecker to stop hunting birds.


Tanbarun

The southern kingdom in which Shirayuki was born and raised, and which she fled when the crown prince tried to force her to become his concubine due to her unique and striking hair color.

    Raji Shenazard 
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Voiced By: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
Title: Crown Prince of Tanbarun

Raji Shenazard is the Crown Prince of the Tanburn. He was the story's first antagonist when he was after Shirayuki. He soon becomes a comrade to Zen after Shirayuki was captured and was willing to help. He was nicknamed the "Stupid Prince" by many due to his selfish and mediocre attitude. After he helped rescue Shirayuki, attitudes towards him changed and he began being taken more seriously by others.


    Sakaki 
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Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)
Title: Aid to the Crown Prince

Raji's close aide. He frequently answers questions addressed to the prince.


  • Honest Advisor: Even if Raji will not listen to him, Sakaki will give his sincere advice.
  • Multicolored Hair: He has grey on the top of his head and black on the bottom.
  • Servile Snarker: Sakaki will sometime give his advice to Raji in a sarcastic manner.
  • Shipper on Deck: He even states to Shirayuki that he believes she and Raji would make a great match.

    Rona Shenazard 
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Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
Title: First Princess of Tanbarun

Tanbarun's only princess, Raji's younger sister, and Eugena's older twin sister.


    Eugena Shenazard 
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Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese), Megan Shipman (English)
Title: Second Prince of Tanbarun

Tanbarun's second prince, Raji's younger brother, and Rona's younger twin brother.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's quite serious and mature for his age.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed. While he does tend to go with Rona's plans to spy on Raji and Shirayuki, it's mostly because he's been forced into it. And besides that, he genuinely looks up to Raji.
  • Big Brother Worship: He truly admires his older brother.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Rona's Foolish. Unlike his loud and nosy sister, Eugena tends to butt out of his older brother's life.
  • Half-Identical Twins: He and Rona look nearly alike except for their different hair colors and hairstyles.
  • Morality Pet: To Raji. Even before his Character Development, Raji was a decent big brother to him and Rona.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Blue Boy to Rona's Pink Girl.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The serious Savvy Guy to Rona's loud Energetic Girl.
  • Shipper on Deck: Even though he is less intrusive in the relationship between Shirayuki and Raji, Eugena also thinks they make a good couple.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: While Rona is excitable and prone to sticking her nose into Shirayuki and Raji's relationship, Eugena is more quiet twin who doesn't want to interfere.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Despite officially being translated in the localized version as "Eugena", the correct transliteration of his name is "Yujina"—which is a common factor for all characters in the series; having a Japanese first name.

    Mihaya 
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Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

The third son of the Former Earl of Sisk, he kidnapped and planned to “present” Shirayuki to rich people to earn money.


  • Ascended Extra: He was just a minor antagonist in the first season. By the second season, he's a supporting character.
  • Greed: His main reason for kidnapping Shirayuki in the first season and helping the protagonists finding out who is after Shirayuki in the second season was to make money.
  • Jerkass: Mihaya is rather sly and cunning, and being a formal noble, has no interest in wealth or jewels, but power.
  • Rags to Riches: After becoming Raji's messenger, he becomes a noble once again and even the head of his family.
  • Riches to Rags: Mihaya was once part of a noble-class family, but now is a commoner looking for money.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed and only in the second season. While he is helping the protagonists with finding out who is after Shirayuki, it's only because he wants to be handsomely awarded because of it, even so he doesn't do anything outright malicious to the group.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He knocked out Shirayuki and later, almost burned her with a torch.

The Mountain's Lions

    Mukaze 
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Voiced by: Toru Okawa (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)

Leader of the Mountain’s Lions, a group dedicated to eradicating thieves.


  • Action Dad: A leader of fighters and the long-lost father of Shirayuki.
  • Badass in Charge: The Mountain's Lions' leader and an expert fighter.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He left Shirayuki in the care of her grandparents because he wanted her to have a normal life.
  • Disappeared Dad: He left Shirayuki in the care of her grandparents because he thought her life wouldn't be a happy one among renegades.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He is Shirayuki's long-lost father.
  • Overprotective Dad: Played for Laughs, he jokes with Zen by saying he won't allow it when Zen admits he loves Shirayuki, but then admits he was joking and has no problem with it.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • He went after the the Sea Talons after they kidnapped Kazuki.
    • The reason behind his extreme dislike for Raji is because the young prince tried to force Shirayuki to become his concubine.
  • Parental Abandonment: After his wife died, Mukaze left Shirayuki in her grandparents' care so she could have a better life.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He has dull green eyes and red hair, which is a major clue that he is Shirayuki's father.
  • Slave Liberation: This is one of the illegal things he leads the Lions in doing and freeing Kazuki is how he acquired the loyal young man as a follower.
  • Walking Spoiler: His reveal as Shirayuki's father is a major plot point.

    Kazuki 
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Voiced by: Sachi Kokuryu (Japanese), Justin Pate (English)

He is a member of the Mountain's Lions, and kidnaps Shirayuki with the help of Itoya.


  • Anti-Hero: Kazuki (with Itoya) kidnaps Shirayuki against her will...because they earnestly believed she was miserable.
  • Archer Archetype: The final battle between the protagonists, Mountain's Lions and the Claws of the Sea so Kazuki prefers to use a bow and arrow when fighting.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Being called a "kid".
    • He hates anyone from nobility.
    • His greatest one is the Claws of the Sea because of his past.
  • Bishounen: Often referred to as a "pretty boy".
  • Character Development: While Kazuki still has a dislike for some nobility, he does come to realize not all people from nobility are inherently evil.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Blonde hair and yellow eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He once worked for Umihebi until he sold to nobles who wanted to use him as a "decoration".
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Often mistaken for female due to his "pretty" looks.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has dirty blond hair but is a total Nice Guy, even though he was introduced as an Anti-Hero.
  • I Got Bigger: When he visits Shirayuki in Lyrias Obi notes he's gotten taller.
  • I Owe You My Life: The reason why he is so loyal to Mukaze is because he saved his life in the past.
  • Irony: Not too long after kidnapping Shirayuki, they both get kidnapped by the people he escaped from.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair is tied in a ponytail (which is should-length) and has been repeatedly known to be a pretty boy.
  • Nice Guy: Kazuki is an empathetic and caring young man.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Implied. It's not directly stated, but he was sold to noble families to be used as a "decoration" and there's always a heavy emphasis placed on him being a Bishounen.

    Itoya 
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Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), David Trosko (English)

A member of The Mountain's Lions.


The Claws of the Sea

    Umihebi 
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Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

Umihebi is the leader of The Claws of the Sea.


  • Bad Boss: She beats her men if they mess up.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows her entire stomach.
  • Big Bad: She is the main antagonist for most of the second season.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Green hair and eyes.
  • Dark Action Girl: She uses a scyte weapon to fight and is an antagonist.
  • Drink Order: Whenever she drinks, it's always wine.
  • Jerkass: Umihebi is cruel, violent, and willing to kidnap and sell people for a profit.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Umihebi's fighting skills are a cut above most of the other villains the heroes have faced. She's also the one villain who possesses no redeemable qualities and necessitates an alliance between Zen's group, the Mountain's Lions, and even a former antagonist in Prince Raji to take her on.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name basically translates as "Sea Snake". Fitting for the leader of a gang of ruthless pirates.
  • Pirate Girl: An amoral antagonist who is the Bad Boss leader of a group of pirates.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her clothing consists mostly of purple and she's a formidable antagonist.
  • Tattooed Crook: She has a tattoo on her right shoulder and is an antagonist.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime she has dark green hair.

Other

     "Torou" 
Voiced by:

One of Obi's old friends from the days when he was a wanderer with a less reputable occupation.


  • Assassins Are Always Betrayed: Implied to be the reason a heavily injured Obi refused to go with the rest of the group the last time they saw each other, and the reason she left the group and is working on her own and distrustful of long term companionship.
  • Bi the Way: She casually propositions Kiki and Shirayuki when it becomes apparent the men at the table won't be joining her in her room later.
  • Hired Guns: She'll act as a bodyguard or kill for a price.
  • Lovable Rogue: She seems perky and kind, and it helps that the job she's on when introduced is tracking down an endangered runaway rather than anything malicious even though it's clear she's taken on less forgivable jobs in the past.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Torou isn't her real name, and even Obi doesn't know what it is despite having worked in the same orginization as her in the past.
  • Waif-Fu: She's drawn as quite thin but is a deadly martial artist.
  • Walking the Earth: By choice. She outright says she could never tie herself to just one place and one set of people and is suprised to realize that Obi has settled down and intends to stay with Zen permanently.
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