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Characters that appeared in NAITO's Canticle. This page is for the The Jikininki Ten, the most powerful assassins in Yomi.


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The Big-Bad Ensemble of the series.

All of them are especially powerful demons who have been trained in the arts of murder and advanced magic. They serve as the Empire's personal team of killers and hunt targets that no one else can handle. All of the members are absurdly ancient and can advance in rank by challenging the member above them to a duel to the death. Once a position is open, the strongest assassin in the Empire's disposal is given the rank of Tenth automatically. Each one is capable of traveling between Yomi and the mortal world, as they hunt both demons and humans in both realms.


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     (#10) Behemoth 
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A criminal and brutish thug that serves as Mura's rival. He eventually becomes Tenth in the Jikininki Ten after winning the Zoroaster Tournament.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's a wanted murderer that only enters the Zoroaster Tournament to kill as many people as possible and potentially get paid to kill for a living should he win. Later it's revealed he did it to rise through the ranks of the Jikininki to get vengeance on the society that formerly shunned him.
  • The Berserker: While in battle he goes absolutely crazy with blood lust.
  • BFS: During the rematch with Mura at Tel Megiddo, he rips a massive iron sword from a Viking warlord statue and proceeds to use it to surprisingly good effect.
  • Boring, but Practical: Acknowledges his ability isn't as flashy as some others, but still gets the job done.
  • The Brute: An extremely strong musclehead that usually solves his problems with his fists.
  • The Bully: Acts like this towards Mura during their time in the Deepcut.
  • Chrome Champion: His Tamashi Genkai is listed as Onslaught: a power that allows him to transform his skin into iron.
  • Dumb Muscle: Luckily, his mind isn't as strong as his muscles are. Inverted later as Behemoth's Street Smarts are revealed.
  • Eye Scream: When Lilith stabs him in the eye with a knife. Once it gets stuck in his eye socket and doesn't kill him, she tries in vain to blind him by gouging out more of his other eyes.
  • Foil: To Mura. Behemoth represents what Mura could have descended to if he used his powers to wreck havoc on the innocent.
  • For the Evulz: Behemoth openly admits that he just joined the Zoroaster Tournament to murder people legally while competing for a cash prize on top of it all.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He starts off as a petty murderer with a small gang. Within the span of two months, he's won the Zoroaster Tournament, increased the size of his gang into a small criminal enterprise and achieves the rank of Tenth in the Jikininki Ten.
  • Game Face: When Behemoth transforms into his Primal Release form, he gains a hideous spider head with a humanoid lower mandible.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Receives one at the hands of Mura, gaining a large dueling scar from being smashed across the face with a warhammer. He also loses an eye thanks to Lilith's knife skills.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Behemoth proceeds to rip a poor combatant in half while in his Primal Release form.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He commonly wears a heavy leather bomber jacket with a torn collar.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a love for dinosaurs as stated by his stats page.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's killed after being impaled through the head by a solid spike of his own blood.
  • Meaningful Name: Behemoth, named after the legendary monster of literal biblical proportions.
  • The Perfect Crime: He trafficked demons, transformed them into Shitidama, murdered them and then claimed all the profits to rise through the ranks of the Jikininki.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: His Primal Release takes the form of a deformed beast, covered in steel plates with the head of a spider and bone spines sprouting up from his shoulders.
  • Psycho Sidekick: His Thrall, Suzu.
  • Rank Up: Over the span of two months offscreen, he get promoted from an Odokuro to Tenth of the Jikininki.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Due to winning the Zoroaster Tournament, his bounties are cleared and he's given the rank of an Odokuro. Later on, he becomes Tenth in the Jikininki.
  • The Rival: To Mura during the Zoroaster Tournament Arc and the Jikininki's Path Arc.
  • Starter Villain: The first real threat that poses any sort of danger to Mura, forcing him to become better.
  • Street Urchin: Used to be one during his childhood.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't know any magic, nor is he particularly skilled in combat tactics. Behemoth just relies on his massive size, weight and strength to get the job done.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a satisfying breakdown once Mura reveals his crimes of fraud and murder, all during his inauguration.

     (#9) Lamia 

A famous assassin and celebrity. She's ranked Ninth within the Jikininki.


     (#8) Wendigo 

An expert gunslinger that lives for the hunt. He's ranked Eighth within the Jikininki.


     (#7) Jormungandr 

The gargantuan King of Yrdl’var. He's ranked Seventh within the Jikininki.


  • Badass Beard: Sports a long white beard that covers his entire mouth.
  • Badass Grandpa: Jormungandr is old, even by demonic standards. Despite that, he has more muscle than anyone else.
  • The Big Guy: He's the tallest member of the Jikininki Ten, dwarfing Behemoth in comparison!
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Is described as having tanned skin with long white hair.
  • Gigantic Gulp: When Jormungandr drinks, he drinks hard; shotgunning an entire barrel of ale before crushing it effortlessly in his grip.
  • Large and in Charge: Not only is he the largest of the Jikininki, but he's also the ruler of his own nation in Yomi named Yrdl'var.
  • The Patriarch: The King of Yrdl'var, a Nordic-inspired nation within Yomi and a father to his men.

     (#6) Llorona 

A lone and silent assassin shrouded in mystery. She's ranked Sixth within the Jikininki.


  • Elective Mute: According to Wendigo, she chooses to be mute at every occasion.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Despite being a part of the Jikininki Ten, she never partners with anyone in the group; instead choosing to venture out alone.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes and position as Sixth aren't to be taken lightly.
  • Spicy Latina: Her namesake, features and nationality classify Llorona as latina. As the trope implies, she has quite the attitude.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is lavender with dark blue highlights.

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     (#5) Kishin 
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A mysterious demon that carries a mystical katana. He's ranked Fifth within the Jikininki.

     (#4) Grendel 

A hedonistic assassin that also serves as spymaster to the empire. He's ranked Fourth within the Jikininki.


     (#3) Nergal 

Minister of Defense for Yomi and an extremely powerful assassin. He's ranked Third within the Jikininki.


  • Action Politician: The Minister of Defense and Commissioner of Yomi's Police. He takes his job very seriously, taking it upon himself to execute any major threats to the empire.
  • Amoral Attorney: Serves as the prosecutor during Mura's trial.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a great coat in his appearances.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Every encounter he has results in this trope. It's fitting of someone of his rank and power.
  • The Dragon: He serves as right-hand man of Mara.
  • The Dreaded: Criminals are absolutely terrified of Nergal, along with seemingly everyone that knows of him.
  • Evil Chancellor: He's the Minister of Defense that works for the Big Bad.
  • Mutilation Interrogation: Nergal describes to Mura that his favorite method of torturing involves slicing his victims into pieces one by one; healing them with strong magic afterwards so they can't die.
  • Razor Floss: Played with. Instead of actual razor, Nergal's are those of the "psychokinetic cutting" variety. He can slice objects just by flicking his fingers.
  • Reformed Criminal: Used to be a hitman working for a demon mafia gang. After leaving for unexplained reasons, he became a Jikininki and eventually the Commissioner of Yomi's police force.
  • Silly Walk: Nergal exhibits an unusual style of walking where his left arm swings freely while his right arm remains stiff. This is actually a real condition called "gunslinger's gait", where mental conditioning from combat training leads the person to always keep their gun arm at the ready in case of an enemy attack.
  • Softspoken Sadist: A man of few words and fewer emotions, you can bet Nergal will enjoy torturing the hell out of you. The only times he ever smiles is when his enemies are sinking into despair.
  • The Stoic: He's the strong, silent type.
  • Throat-Slitting Gesture: How he literally decapitates Sierro using his ability.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Sports one with shaved sides. The hair in the back is pulled back into a ponytail.
  • With My Hands Tied: Typically, Nergal deals with his problems using a single hand. Other times, he simply uses his feet or magic.
     (#2) The Great Worm 

An unnamed executioner of unmatched strength. He's ranked Second within the Jikininki.


  • The Dreaded: He's the official imperial executioner, with his insane power guaranteeing your demise.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one refers to him by his actual name, only calling him the "Great Worm".

     (#1) First 

The assassin ranked First within the Jikininki, his identity and status are unknown to all but Mara himself.


  • The Ghost: Not a single person aside from Mara has ever seen First, with some members of the Jikininki Ten doubtful he even exists.
  • No One Sees the Boss: Despite being ranked First, no one has ever seen him or heard mention of his deeds. Not even Nergal, the Minister of Defense and Third in the Jikininki Ten, has laid eyes on him.

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