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    Ushio Aotsuki
Click here  to see what he looks like when using the Beast Spear.
Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (OVA), Tasuku Hatanaka (series) (Japanese), Randy Sparks (OVA), David Matranga (series) (English)

The protagonist of the series. His family maintains a temple in Japan, where 500 years ago, his samurai ancestor battled a monster to a standstill, and eventually trapped him against a rock using a cursed spear called the "Beast Spear". One day, Ushio accidentally unsealed the cave the monster was trapped in and ended up releasing him from the Beast Spear. Ushio then names him Tora and together they go to battle evil demons.

  • Accidental Pervert: He accidentally peeps at Saya when she's bathing.
  • Adorkable: Especially when it comes to art.
  • All-Loving Hero: Ushio is one of the kindest, most compassionate and most forgiving heroes you will ever meet. He will do anything for those he cares about, go to extreme lengths to save strangers and will give second chances to monsters that tried to kill him without a second thought.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Gets a particularly gut-retching one towards Asako before the final battle especially since she currently doesn't remember him.
  • Animal Eyes: His eyes turn like this when he uses the Beast Spear.
  • Bash Brothers: With Tora.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Asako.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Inherited from his mother, no less.
  • Blade on a Stick: He wields the Beast Spear.
  • Blithe Spirit: Ushio has a strong influence on people and he has a tendency to rush into their lives and change them for the better. When he goes on a journey and he skips school several days, his classmates become depressed without him around as Ushio is the one who lightens up the day for everyone.
  • Book Dumb: He does poorly at any school subject that isn't PE. He fries his brain simply trying to solve a math problem.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: Ushio never lets go of the Beast Spear not even when bathing, to Tora's dismay.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: He initially refuses to take the Beast Spear, partly because of Tora's threat to eat him the moment he's freed, and partly because he really didn't want to do any of that stuff. But after youkai start showing up around their temple, attacks Asako and Mayuko, he's forced to deal with the spear and Tora.
  • Chick Magnet: He has at least four girls attracted to him. With the corollary that it comes in handy later giving him enough girls with connections to him to save him from turning into a beast
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Asako.
  • Childhood Friends: With Asako and Mayuko.
  • The Chosen One: He was destined to wield the Beast Spear. It's revealed that Giryou, the blacksmith that created the Beast Spear, chose Ushio, also known as "Tsung Yue", as the rightful owner of the spear the moment it was created.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Ushio will never, ever turn his back on people in trouble. He will do anything he can to help them.
  • Determinator: It takes a lot to make him give up and even then he tends to bounce back.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: During the final battle, Ushio feels Tora betrayed him when the latter tells him he killed Nagare, something Ushio precisely asked him not to do.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: His relationship with Tora starts out as an Enemy Mine deal. As they work together to defeat monsters and end up saving each other several times, they start to trust each other and become best friends.
  • The Hero: He's the brave and noble protagonist who fights evil and risks himself to protect the innocent.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Tora, though in a vitriolic fashion.
  • Hope Bringer: Ushio brings hope to those around him with his great courage, charisma and strength. This is one of the reasons why Hakumen no Mono views him as a threat and tries to get rid of that hope by having everyone forget about him.
  • Ideal Hero: While he has his temper issues, Ushio is heroic, honorable, selfless, honest, always fights to protect others and can't stand things that are wrong and unfair.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Pure-hearted and incorruptible to a fault. Ushio is actually so pure that Nagare sided with Hakumen no Mono because just looking at Ushio's innocent, trusting eyes was too much of a burden for someone like him.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Because he's the chosen wielder of the Beast Spear, Ushio has to constantly battle evil monsters that come after him and that's not the worst part. Everyone around him expects him to be the one to defeat the world's greatest evil and force the responsibility of saving the world on him when he's still a kid who never wanted anything to do with any of that in the first place.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's short-tempered, brash and impulsive. In spite of his jerk qualities, he's actually quite friendly, kind, forgiving and polite most of the time.
  • Kid with the Leash: Ushio keeps Tora at heel with the Beast Spear, as the two begrudgingly cooperate in fighting demons.
  • Magnetic Hero: He gains the loyalty of many allies in the course of the series thanks to his heroic deeds.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds these from time to time, usually when witnessing tearjerker moments such as when Jie Mei sacrifices herself to imbue the Beast Spear with the power to defeat Hakumen no Mono.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "tide", which is fitting for someone as stubborn and nigh unstoppable as him. His mother gave him that name because of the underwater base she's forced to stay in and because she wanted her child to have a strong will that would bend to no one.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His teeth turn beast-like when he uses the Beast Spear.
  • Mundane Utility: He uses the Beast Spear to cut sausages, to his father's dismay.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: Ushio lives as a normal middle school student, until one day he releases an ancient youkai from the basement of his house and now has to battle evil monsters on a nearly daily basis.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When Ushio uses the power of the Beast Spear, it usually results in him growing hair past his legs.
  • Ret Gone: During the final arc, Hakumen no Mono causes his minions to delete all trace of Ushio from everyone's memories, including those he sees everyday or whose life he saved.
  • Scars Are Forever: After he gets attacked by Juurou, he gets a little scar on his forehead. He also gets a scar on his left cheek.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Many youkai come to kill him because he is the son of the Oyakume that youkai despise for getting in their way to kill Hakumen no Mono.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Ushio is a rash, but kind-hearted and compassionate Kid Hero with a strong sense of justice. He will do anything to help anyone in trouble, be it a stranger or a close one and will show mercy for any of his enemies. He was chosen to be the owner of the Beast Spear who will destroy the world's greatest evil. He lacks the Idiot Hero traits for most of the part, but he is Book Dumb.
  • Tell Me About My Mother: Once he finds out his mother is still alive, Ushio asks his father to tell him about her and where she is now. His father refuses to tell him, but once Ushio shows him his resolve, he allows his son to go on a travel to find out the truth himself.
  • Terrible Artist: He may love art, but his paintings always turn out pretty awful.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Ushio completely loses it and goes berserk when he finally faces Hakumen no Mono, the monster that screwed up his life and made everyone he cares about forget about him. However, since hatred and rage can't beat Hakumen, the Beast Spear breaks.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tora. They spend their time arguing, fighting, insulting each other and trying to kill each other. Yet, somehow there's no better way to know they are best friends.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He doesn't like to fight women.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: He gets a little X scar on his forehead and his left cheek.

Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (OVA), Rikiya Koyama (series) (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English)

An tiger-like youkai who was trapped in the basement of Ushio's temple for 500 years and was released when Ushio pulled off the Beast Spear. He claims he wants to eat Ushio, but they eventually become true friends, not that they want to admit it.

  • Adorkable: His childish and overly excited reactions to objects of the modern world are oddly endearing.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In his life as a human, he was shunned as a child because he was believed to be a cursed child, which made him hate everyone around him.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Tora was once the human that gave birth to Hakumen no Mono and the first wielder of the Beast Spear. He doesn't remember any of it because his transformation into an Azafuse erased all his memories of his human life.
  • Anti-Hero: Was obviously an evil spirit prior to Ushio taking ownership of the Beast Spear. But as they spend more time together, he stops being outright evil, and acts more like this instead. He even goes so far as to rescue humans, particularly ones close to Ushio such as Asako and Mayuko, fearing retribution from Ushio if he simply allowed them to die.
  • Bash Brothers: With Ushio.
  • Beast and Beauty: Tora is the Beast and Mayuko is the Beauty.
  • Best Friend: Even if he will never admit it, Tora is Ushio's inseparable friend and partner.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls these off from time to time. Sometimes with Ushio's help, but other times he saves people because he doesn't want to deal with Ushio's wrath should they end up dying.
  • Blood Knight: Tora is always up to a good fight. He certainly likes it better when he knows his enemy is strong.
  • Chick Magnet: Not as many girls as Ushio, but Tora has at least three girls who find him attractive, including Mayuko.
  • The Chosen One: A very dark example: Hakumen no Mono chose him as his vessel so he could gain a physical form from his host's hatred.
  • Combo Platter Powers: His list of powers consists of: Super Strength, Flight, Invisibility, Limited Intangibility (phases through mundane object - does not work on other demons, magical weapons, or modern-day substances he isn't familiar of such as concrete), Firebreathing, Lightning Summoning, stretching his neck several meeters long, reattaching his limbs when they're cut off, Prehensile Hair and Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Turns out Tora is responsible for the existence of Hakumen no Mono, since Hakumen was born out of the hatred inside Tora's human self.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Tora was once a human general of Ancient India near 3000 years ago, named Shagaksha. Supposedly born a cursed child, Shagaksha grew up hating everything and everyone around him because of being constantly reminded of the deaths surrounding his birth. He found solace only in fighting in wars and battles, enjoying killing and venting out his hatred. He found companionship in his attendant, a young boy named Rhama, who idolized his master, and he fell in love with Rhama's older sister. But then war came again and Shagaksha was called to arms once more. Before heading into battle, he took Rhama's sister in attempts to take her somewhere safe. But as they fled, they unfortunately met an enemy squadron who let loose their arrows on the two. Shagaksha survived but Rhama's sister died. His hatred reached its peak as Shagaksha killed the enemy soldiers. Shagaksha's hatred gave birth to Hakumen no Mono and the demon fox then revealed as a side-effect of having been inside him, Shagaksha could not die, and destroyed his village to make him even more hateful. Shagaksha ran to his village and found Rhama on the verge of death and the boy died in his arms. As he could not die, Shagaksha wandered Asia, seeking a way to take his revenge on Hakumen for 400 years. Finally, after hearing about it from a wise man, Shagaksha sought the Beast Spear and became its wielder. However, his soul was eventually consumed by the spear and he was transformed into a youkai that attacked humans until Ushio's ancestor sealed him. Yes, it is that bad.
  • Deuteragonist: Tora is the other protagonist of the story.
  • Disappears into Light: Tora's ultimate fate after he sacrifices his life in the final battle.
  • Dumb Muscle: Tora is one of the toughest youkai out there, but he's not very smart. When he first met a human who could free him after 500 years, he tells him the first thing he's going to do when freed is to eat him... twice.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Close enough. When he and Ushio are sent back to ancient China about 2200 years from their present time, Tora mentions to Ushio that he senses an extremely evil presence permeating throughout the countryside. But he feels a rather strong evil presence emanating from within the walls of the nearby fortress. His suspicions are later confirmed when one of the Emperor's concubines turns out to be none other than Hakumen no Mono.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Originally, he only hangs around Ushio to eat him and he only helps Ushio because the latter forces him to. Eventually, it becomes obvious they are now friends thanks to their teamwork in battle. Not that Tora wants to admit it.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Having been trapped in a basement for 500 years, Tora has great curiosity over modern lifestyle and gadgets. When he first sees TV and vehicles, he has no idea what they are, nor does he seem to understand windows.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: He's an ancient monster that is said to have eaten thousands of humans in the past, and Ushio decides to give him the simple name "Tora" (Japanese for tiger).
  • Foil: To Ushio.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He gets his limbs cut off a couple of times, but it isn't a major problem since Tora can easily reattach them.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After defeating Hakumen no Mono, Tora smiles at Ushio one last time as he disappears.
    "I've already... eaten all of you."
  • Head Pet: Tora usually rides on Ushio's shoulders. Hilariously, he's several times larger than Ushio, so often looks comical when riding on the latter's head.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the very end, he sacrifices his life to allow Ushio to defeat Hakumen.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Ushio despite the amount of denial Tora shows.
  • Hey, You!: Tora normally doesn't call anyone by their names, instead calling them by "hey", "you" and other indirect ways. The only notable exceptions are Ushio and Mayuko.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: As much as he claims to hate it, Tora repeatedly ends up protecting and saving humans while always coming up with excuses such as that he wants to eat them or Ushio would beat him up if he just leaves them to die.
  • I Have Many Names: Tora has been known as Raijuu, Nagatobimaru, and Shagaksha. Not to mention his youkai "species" name, azafuse.
  • I Lied: Tora promises Ushio that he would deal with the minor demon spirits manifesting outside the shrine if he releases him from the spear. The instant he does though, Tora attacks him, stating that he never intended to keep a promise to a human. It's only because Ushio channeling the power of the spear that keeps Tora a little more honest.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He's an over 2000 years old youkai, but Tora usually acts like an immature child.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be an arrogant, insulting and traitorous monster, but it's easy to see that Tora is not that bad deep down.
  • Love at First Sight: Parodied with Mayuko. When he first sees her, Tora is stunned by her looks... because she's the most tasty human he has seen in 500 years. He decides he will eat her one day and will protect her until then.
  • Malaproper: He tends to say the names of modern items wrong, such as calling a hamburger "hanbakka".
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Overlaps with Red Eyes, Take Warning, being a youkai. The other azafuse have these eyes, a possible side-effect of losing their soul to the Beast Spear.
  • Monster Progenitor: He was the first human to wield the Beast Spear and as such, he was the first to turn into an Azafuse.
  • Mr. Exposition: Tora explains a lot of the supernatural stuff to Ushio (and viewers).
  • Mundane Object Amazement: He finds airplanes and buses amazing, as he's a Fish out of Temporal Water who hasn't been around for 500 years.
  • Noble Demon: Tora likes to emphasize that he is an evil monster. However, it usually doesn't take a lot to get him to help Ushio save innocent lives. He still says he's only hanging out with Ushio to eat him.
  • Nominal Hero: Initially, he only helps Ushio fight demons because Ushio forces him to and Tora doesn't want anyone besides him to kill Ushio.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tora gains the affections of Mayuko and Kagari over the course of the series, but he doesn't notice it and their advances only confuse him or annoy him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Tora" is the name Ushio gave him. He has been known by several other names prior to being pinned in the basement of Ushio's temple. His original name from back when he was human is Shagaksha.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You:
    • He says he will one day eat Ushio, but until then he won't let any other monster eat him.
    • He takes the same attitude towards Mayuko, claiming he protects her only because she will be his dessert after he finally eats Ushio.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Tora is amazing at giving these:
    • First, during his second duel against Nagare. After the latter's Motive Rant, Tora's response is to burst into laughter and call him a coward who betrayed his friends and joined Hakumen only because he got scared of a young boy's innocent eyes.
    • Later, he gives an epic one to Hakumen no Mono of all people. He calls Hakumen out on how it acts all mighty and terrifying, yet it's always looking up to others instead of looking down on them. Tora then concludes Hakumen actually envies and fears humans and youkai.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Tora insults and makes fun of Ushio all the time and is annoyed by how Ushio goes out of his way to save others. However, as much as he tries to deny it, there's no doubt Tora is Ushio's best and most reliable friend and he will always be there when Ushio needs him.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: He spent 500 years sealed in a basement until Ushio freed him and forced him to help him fight evil demons.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Long ago, Tora was an evil monster that terrorized humans until Ushio's ancestor defeated him and trapped him in a basement with the Beast Spear. 500 years later, he's freed by Ushio and although Tora hates to admit it, he's also losing the "evil" part of the trope.
  • Second Love: To Mayuko. She develops feelings for Tora after she gets over her unrequited crush on Ushio.
  • Ship Tease: Gets some at times for Mayuko (the wedding dress) and Kagari (thinking of her when it looks like all the demons of the east have perished), not to mention he treats both of them surprisingly well considering his personality.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After he spends time with Ushio, the youkai that knew Tora long ago can tell that Tora is no longer the cruel and ruthless monster from back then.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers, as they act a substitute for human flesh.
  • Tsundere: Tora is very much fond of Ushio and later, Mayuko. He's just too much of a hot-headed and abrasive youkai to admit it. The most he will do is to call them his food and claim he's protecting them so he can eat them later, so they better don't get the wrong idea.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ushio. Tora is always trying to eat him and making fun of him, for which Ushio beats him up with the Beast Spear. And still they undeniably are best friends, even if both hate to admit it.
  • Was Once a Man: He was a human who wielded the Beast Spear and, after having his soul consumed, was transformed into a youkai.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Perfume and cologne repels him. Even common jewelry bothers him due to its anti-Yokai properties.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Nagare. He always wished to fight someone as strong as Tora, which would allow him to give his all in a fight. Nagare joined Hakumen no Mono because he wanted another fight against Tora.

Ushio's Close Ones and Allies

     Asako Nakamura
Voiced by: Yuri Amano (OVA), Mikako Komatsu (series) (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)

The tomboyish childhood friend of Ushio who happens to have a crush on him.

  • Amnesiac Lover: During the last arc, Asako forgets everything about Ushio even though she has loved him nearly her entire life.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ushio.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She quickly becomes protective of a boy named Tatsuya that she meets at the beach, defending him against some thugs and later comforting him when they are trapped in Ayakashi's stomach.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair, emphasizing her tomboyish personality.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She completely refuses to admit she has a crush on Ushio.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ushio.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ushio and Mayuko.
  • Conveniently Seated: She sits in a seat by the window with Ushio at her side. When Ushio absents class, Asako is shown looking outside and sighing over Ushio's absence.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts like a loving and protective sister figure to Tatsuya.
  • Cry Cute: This harsh Tsundere looks adorable in the rare moments in which she becomes sincere with her feelings and cries when she thinks she might lose Ushio.
  • Designated Victim: She often gets attacked by evil monsters, which quickly sends Ushio into the action to save her.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She frequently denies that there's anything between her and Ushio other than friendship. She is not fooling anyone.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts this by offering herself as the sacrifice to create a new Beast Spear in Mayuko's place. Fortunately, Ushio arrives to save her just in time.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mayuko.
  • First Girl Wins: She has known Ushio the longest out of all the girls attracted to him and everyone acknowledges Asako is the one meant to be with Ushio.
  • Girl Next Door: She's Ushio's ordinary and tomboyish friend who has known him ever since they were kids.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's kept in the dark about Ushio's involvement with the Beast Spear and the youkai for a good part of the series. She only finds out when Jie Mei asks for her help to save Ushio from being consumed by the spear.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: A tearful Asako says this to Ushio in episode thirty-one right before he leaves in a sub to protect his mother. Despite having been hit by some Laser-Guided Amnesia and forgetting about their earlier interactions, she still recalls how much trouble he went through to save her from sacrificing herself in Mayuko's place despite the cold treatment she gave him earlier. She then tells him to come back safe, even if he's no longer human.
  • Rescue Romance: She developed feelings for Ushio after he defended her from some bullies when they were kids.
  • Shorttank: She's Ushio's tomboyish and hot-headed childhood friend who always argues with him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She loves Ushio for his good heart and great courage.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Mayuko's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: The tomboy Asako likes jewelry and cute clothes and actually wants her more girly friend Mayuko to express more interest in that stuff.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's nice and friendly to everyone, but when it concerns Ushio she turns harsh, hot-headed and violent.

     Mayuko Inoue
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (OVA), Kiyono Yasuno (series) (Japanese), Mandy Clark (OVA), Luci Christian (series) (English)

Asako's more sweet and feminine best friend.

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives a heartrending one to Tora during the final battle, begging him to stay with her and protect her after she becomes the fourth Oyakume. Tora refuses because he doesn't want her to become the Oyakume and he's determined to kill Hakumen no Mono now.
  • Barrier Warrior: As the descendant of a lineage of lady shamans, Mayuko is able to create powerful psychic barriers.
  • Beast and Beauty: Mayuko is the Beauty, Tora is the Beast.
  • Best Friend: She's Asako's closest friend.
  • Bookworm: Although we don't see it, this is implied since she bought a book instead of earrings when she went to town on her own, and she's been noted as the library club president.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ushio and Asako.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kirio, who she adopts as her younger brother.
  • Designated Victim: She gets attacked by monsters about as much as Asako. She always gets rescued by either Ushio or Tora.
  • Fond Memories That Could Have Been: In her final moments with Tora, she futilely tries to turn him back into human and talks about how much fun they could have if they were lovers. Tora dies shortly after.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Asako.
  • Identical Granddaughter: She looks identical to her ancestor Mikado Hizaki.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's a human girl who develops feelings for the youkai Tora.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She has harbored feelings for Ushio for a long time, but doesn't pursue him because she doesn't want to ruin it for her Best Friend Asako and only wishes for their happiness.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She and Ushio turn out to be related as they are both descended from the Hizaki bloodline.
  • Nice Girl: Mayuko is very polite, nice and friendly. She's also far more patient than the hot-tempered Asako.
  • Rescue Romance: She develops a crush on Tora after he repeatedly saves her from monsters.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: When she met Ushio, she thought he was just a bad-tempered and troublesome kid. One day, her new hat was sent flying to a swamp by the wind and Ushio went into the mud to bring it back to her. This made Mayuko realize Ushio was a nice guy at heart and she developed feelings for him.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Ushio/Asako and often encourages Asako to be more honest with her feelings.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Asako's Tomboy.

     Shigure Aotsuki
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (OVA), Keiji Fujiwara (series) (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

Ushio's father and the keeper of the temple he and his son live in. He goes off on travels, leaving his son on his own. His secret identity is being one of strongest priest of a special Buddhist sect named Kouhamei, dedicated to fighting youkai.

  • Abusive Dad: Played for Laughs. He constantly insults and beats up Ushio, but Ushio does the same in return so it doesn't come off as abusive as it would normally be.
  • Action Dad: Ushio doesn't know it at first, but his dad is one of the strongest in a secret order of youkai-trashing monks and his training travels are actually missions to exterminate youkai.
  • Blood Knight: In his youth, Shigure enjoyed killing youkai so much that even his fellow monks considered him a problem.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In the past, Shigure was a violent and moody man who was considered a problem even by his fellow monks. When he met his wife Sumako, her kind and gentle nature got through him and turned him into the man he is today.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In early scenes with Ushio, they are often butting heads in a comical fashion, and he often ends up leaving on a journey on a whim. However, it's later revealed he is actually quite a badass, as he's seen banishing a youkai and cleansing the area they were in. He also manages to hold his own against some monks within their religious order that wanted Tora killed along with the Beast Spear being forcefully taken away from Ushio.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: With his wife Sumako, who he only knew for a couple of days before they agreed to get married. Sort of justified; Sumako only had two years to marry and have a child before returning to hold up Hakumen no Mono's barrier.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Once his son shows him his resolve, he gives him 1.2 million yen to go on travel to find out about his mother.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: You wouldn't believe an old fart like him has a beautiful woman for a wife.
  • Warrior Monk: A low-key variety, at least early on. It's not until Ushio and Tora have killed, cleansed, or banished several youkai that we finally get to see what he really does when he runs away from home.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: He usually has to travel and leave Ushio alone in the temple to do his job as a youkai-slaying monk.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's 47 years old, but he looks old enough to be Ushio's grandfather.

     Reiko Hanyuu
Voiced by: Yui Makino (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)

A girl from Ushio's school who is the daughter of an artist Ushio admired. She is haunted by the spirit of her father, who turned into an oni after his death and attacks any man who tries to get close to her.

  • Broken Bird: She stopped smiling after her mother abandoned her and her father to run away with another man. Her pain only got worse after her father returned as an oni to haunt her, forcing her to stay away from others in order to protect them and attempting suicide multiple times.
  • Cartwright Curse: Every boy who tried to ask her out on a date always met with some kind of unfortunate accident. As a result she tended to distance herself from people.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kenichi.
  • Creepy Loner Girl: When Ushio meets her, Reiko is a lonely, depressed and suicidal Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette who does whatever she can to avoid people because her deceased father turned into an Oni and is trying to kill whoever gets close to her. Ushio befriends her despite this and gets rid of her father's spirit, finally setting Reiko free to live a happy life and have friends.
  • Daddy's Girl: She and her father were very close when he was alive. Even with all the troubles he gave her when he returned as an oni, Reiko clearly still loved him and didn't resent him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has long jet black hair and very pale skin. She's a bit creepy when first introduced because her father's hauntings made her depressed and suicidal. After that is resolved, she loses the 'eerie' part of the trope.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Reiko attempted suicide four times before meeting Ushio, but was always saved in time. She then attempts it a fifth time, but is stopped by Ushio and her childhood friend who promises never to leave her again.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father died some time ago and her mother left the family to run off with another man.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She shows herself as cold, distant and gloomy, but that is just a facade she puts up to keep others away from her. Once she drops the act, she reveals herself as a Nice Girl.
  • Taking the Bullet: Reiko jumps in front of Ushio's spear as he prepares to stab her father, whose spirit turned into a demon. Fortunately, it goes right through her and hits the cursed painting. Tora explains that the spear was designed to only hurt demons, so she's perfectly fine.
  • When She Smiles: Once she's able to smile cheerfully again, Ushio asks her to model for him with that smile.

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (OVA), Daisuke Namikawa (series) (Japanese), Ed Paez (OVA), David Wald (series) (English)

A powerful Chinese exorcist. He travels around China and eventually comes to Japan to seek the youkai who killed his wife and his daughter. Hyou initially thinks Tora is the one who murdered his family, but Ushio convinces him Tora is innocent, and Hyou later calms down a little, becoming a valued ally.

  • Anti-Hero: Hyou is not a bad guy and he becomes a trusted ally for Ushio and Tora after his introduction, but he's ruthless to his enemies or anyone who dares to hurt a child and he's motivated by the desire of revenge.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His right arm gets eaten by Guren in their final battle. Since Hyou had embedded charms in it, this serves as the final blow to kill Guren.
  • Badass Longcoat: Creepy black-coated Hyou makes a living (and revenge) hunting youkai, and almost took down Tora single handedly.
  • Badass Preacher: Hyou took this up to avenge his wife and daughter after they were killed by a monster, and he was left with a scar on his face from its attack. He's so deadly that even Tora has a really tough time with him, and it's only because of Ushio intervening that he wasn't outright killed.
  • Berserk Button: Never kill, hurt, or threaten a child in front of Hyou. Anyone he runs into who does any of those things will likely meet a swift end, be they monster or even human.
  • Byronic Hero: Morally neutral, largely concerned with personal interests, has a tragic past, introspective loner, cynical, jaded, brooding and self-destructive.
  • Covered with Scars: His body is covered in scars from the years he has worked as an exorcist.
  • Crusading Widower: His wife and his daughter were killed by a monster. After that, he became an exorcist in order to seek said monster and avenge his family.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A youkai killed his beloved family.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Hyou sees himself finally returning home after avenging his family and his late wife and daughter greet him in the afterlife.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in the arms of a mother he protected during his final battle against Guren.
  • Eye Scream: He lost his right eye to the monster that killed his family. In his final battle against Guren, Hyou pulls out the blue crystal ball of his eye socket as part of his final attack to kill Guren.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a satisfied smile on his face after finally avenging his family.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Ushio warns Hyou that he may end up becoming this if he kills Tora after being informed that Tora didn't kill his family as he was stuck in their storehouse for 500 years. He doesn't seem convinced until Ushio says that he'd simply be a murderer by killing Tora, something his daughter wouldn't like. Hyou lashes out at Ushio initially, but eventually backs down. He then goes out to continue his search for the monster that was responsible for his family's death.
  • Magical Eye: In his right eye socket now is a magical blue crystal ball that allows him to hypnotize people and such.
  • Nice Hat: He always wears a fedora hat.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He says "Hyou" is merely an alias. He threw away his real name long ago.
  • Revenge: His main goal is to avenge the deaths of his wife and child.
  • Scars Are Forever: The monster that killed his wife and daughter left three long scars on his face.
  • Slasher Smile: He puts it on when he faces Tora, thinking he's the monster that killed his family. He has it again during his battle with Guren.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's cold, aloof and merciless at first glance, but he has a kind and good-natured side he's willing to show to his closest allies.
  • Together in Death: He finally reunites with his wife and daughter in the afterlife after avenging their deaths.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Due to his past, he's ruthless, cold and his main motivations are very self-serving. However, Hyou is a good person at heart, he comes a very helpful ally to Ushio and he's always quick to apologize when he realizes he has made a mistake.

     Yuu Hiyama
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

A young girl whose father was killed in an airplane crash caused by Fusuma, a flying demon. Initially she blamed her father's long-time friend Atsuzawa for the incident, but after helping Ushio to defeat Fusuma, she learns the truth and forgives Atsuzawa.

  • You Killed My Father: She at first blames and resents Atsuzawa for her father's death. Once she learns Fusuma was the real responsible for his death, she helps Ushio fight the monster to avenge her father.

Voiced by: Show Hayami (OVA), Shin-ichiro Miki (series) (Japanese), Andy McAvin (OVA), Jay Hickman (series) (English)

The eldest brother of the Kamaitachi siblings. He and his sister ask Ushio to kill their brother Juurou because he was being taken over by his hatred for humans and has became a threat to both humans and his siblings.

  • Black Eyes of Crazy: His eyes turn like this when he uses his youkai powers.
  • Facial Markings: He has a mark on his left cheek.
  • Undying Loyalty: Once Ushio gains their trust, Raishin and his sister would rather die than betray Ushio.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Raishin and his siblings detest humans, but he and Kagari come to consider Ushio the only human worthy of respect because he's "different".

Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (OVA), Risa Shimizu (series) (Japanese), Monica Rial (OVA), Patricia Duran (series) (English)

The youngest of the Kamaitachi siblings. She uses a medicine that can heal the injuries made by her brother Juurou. Although she supports Raishin's decision to have Ushio kill Juurou to stop his rampage, she still loves his brother and hates humans just like he does.

  • Action Girl: She's a competent fighter and is skilled with her blades.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Like her brother, her eyes turn like this when using her youkai powers.
  • Combat Medic: She makes medicine to heal wounds, but she doesn't stay behind in battle.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When they first meet, she dislikes Tora, thinking of him as a mere pet of a human. Eventually, she warms up to him, coming to greatly admire him, respect him and even develop a crush on him.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She doesn't understand why human men stare at her so much when she's in her human form with her tube dress. She assumes they must be wondering if she's cold.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She worries that Tora may only see her as a burden.
  • Minidress of Power: In her human form, she wears a tube dress
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her human form is very attractive, going around in an alluring red Minidress of Power that shows off her figure and long legs.
  • Parrying Bullets: She's able to cut bullets in half in midair with her blades.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In her human form, she has waist-length hair.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: She usually wears a backless tube dress.
  • Undying Loyalty: She swears loyalty to Ushio just like her brother Raishin.

    Saya Takatori
Voiced by: Yuka Nanri (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English)

A young girl descended from a long line of white-haired women who have maintained the success of the Takatori household by appeasing the childlike spirit Omamori.

  • Abusive Parents: Her father and her grandmother only see her as a tool to keep Omamori entertained and make their household prosper.
  • Apologizes a Lot: She apologizes for about anything when Ushio meets her. In fact, Ushio got a Naked First Impression from her and she is the one who apologizes.
  • Empty Eyes: When we first see her her eyes lack eyeshine, reflecting her poor health and lack of will to stand up against her family. After Ushio helps gain more willpower, they gain eyeshine.
  • Heroic Albino: She has white hair and really pale skin. She's also a rare example of using albinism to emphasize a character's vulnerability and frailty.
  • Ill Girl: She suffers from poor health and she faints on regular basis.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died from poor health when she was young.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her white hair is proof that she's descended from a long line of women with the ability to see and talk to spirits.
  • Naked First Impression: Ushio first meets her when she's taking a bath at a hot spring.
  • Naked on Arrival: She first appears when Ushio spots her taking a bath at a hot spring.
  • Nice Girl: Probably the nicest and most polite girl in the series, rivaling even Mayuko.
  • Ojou: Her family are immensely rich landlords. However, they lose their forture after Ushio frees Omamori.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her hips.
  • Riches to Rags: She allows Ushio to free Omamori, but in exchange her family loses their house and fortune. However, Omamori decides to stay by Saya's side to ensure she can survive on her own.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shy, quiet and withdrawn.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: She says she thinks of herself as a horrible woman for being jealous of Asako's closeness to Ushio.

Voiced by: Nao Nagasawa (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)

A small fox/ferret-like spirit send by the Osa of Tono to assist Ushio in his effort to purge the demons possessing Moritsuna.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite rude to Ushio at first and looks down on humans, but he becomes a good friend and loyal ally to Ushio after the latter earns his respect.
  • Shipper on Deck: He supports ToraxKagari.

    Sumako Aotsuki
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)

Ushio's mother who was presumed dead, until a Youkai told Ushio that she's alive and hated by all Youkai. Finding the truth about her becomes Ushio's motivation for his journey to Asahikawa.

  • Barrier Maiden: As the third Oyakume, Sumako keeps up a powerful barrier that keeps Hakumen no Mono sealed under the sea and holds off every youkai of Japan that wants Hakumen no Mono's head.
  • Barrier Warrior: She is able to create powerful barriers to deflect youkai. She uses this to help her husband in a fight against youkai during a flashback.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: And now you know where Ushio got his thick eyebrows from.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: When they first met, she was the Gentle Girl to Shigure's Brooding Boy. Her kindness got through his angry and violent self and turned him into the man he is today.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Once Ushio learns his mother is still alive, it's inevitable she gets an important role in the plot.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: She had to leave her husband and son to hold up Hakumen no Mono's barrier under the sea.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: She vaguely knew Shigure for a couple of days before agreeing to marry him. Sort of justified; Sumako only had two years to marry and have a child before returning to hold up Hakumen no Mono's barrier.
  • Friend to All Children: According to her husband, she was very good with children.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She tries to literally slap some sense into Ushio when he starts to freak out and tries to convince her to run away with him instead of facing Hakumen. It has the opposite effect than she intended; this only results in Ushio giving in to his hatred and entering an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Hime Cut: She has the traditional hairstyle befitting of a Yamato Nadeshiko.
  • Housewife: After Hakumen no Mono's defeat, Sumako is freed from her duty as the Oyakume and now can dedicate herself to take care of her husband and son.
  • Missing Mom: Ushio never met her and was told she was dead his entire life until a youkai told him otherwise.
  • Mysterious Parent: Her identity and situation remained a mystery for a long time. After he learns she's alive and is an enemy of youkai, Ushio spends a good part of the story searching for answers of who his mother is. He finally discovers she's under the sea, holding up Hakumen no Mono's barrier.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By hitting Ushio and putting defeating Hakumen no Mono before their reunion, she only made Ushio snap and start an Unstoppable Rage that ultimately destroys the Beast Spear.
  • Older Than She Looks: She looks like a young woman, but she's actually over 140 years old. The Oyakume have their lifespan and youth expanded so they can keep up the barrier for a long time.
  • Rapunzel Hair: When Ushio finally meets her, Sumako's hair is longer than her body. This is justified, since she was too busy keeping up Hakumen's barrier to cut it. She later cuts it to waist-length.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A really beautiful woman with long black hair and pale skin.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Would you believe this beautiful woman is the wife of an old-looking guy like Shigure?
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A beautiful, kind and traditional Japanese woman with an unbreakable will and a great love for her family.

Beast Spear's Successors

     Hinowa Sekimori
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese), Stephanie Wittels (English)

The first of the successors to appear. Hinowa is a tough, no-nonsense girl who appears to try to take the Beast Spear away from Ushio because she believes him to be unworthy of it. When she gets the chance to wield the Spear, it rejects her, returning instead to Ushio. Hinowa is still reluctant to acknowledge Ushio as the true bearer of the Spear, but she ends up helping him from time to time anyway.

  • Action Girl: She has been trained to fight youkai all her life and can defeat minor Hiyou. Despite this, she isn't capable enough to deal with major threats on her own.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: Very proud and confident of her skills to exorcise youkai. She thinks someone like Ushio is nothing but a lucky idiot compared to her.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her short hair reflects her tough and aggressive personality.
  • The Chosen Wannabe: She believes the Beast Spear should have chosen her instead of Ushio, as she was trained her entire life to bear it. She looks down on Ushio, refusing to acknowledge him as The Chosen One even after the Beast Spear rejects her and Ushio has to save her from Hakumen no Mono's Hiyou, claiming she merely needs more training before the spear acknowledges her.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She uses combs as weapons in battle.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: She gives one to Ushio, calling him an inexperienced and reckless idiot who can't bring out the real potential of the Beast Spear and isn't worthy of it. This affects Ushio enough to hand her over the Spear.
  • The Resenter: She resents Ushio, feeling that he stole her position as the bearer of the Beast Spear.

     Nagare Akiba
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

The second of the successors to appear. Unlike the others successors, Nagare isn't that bothered by Ushio bearing the Beast Spear and is for more interested in challenging Tora. After Tora defeats him, Nagare decides to help him and Ushio in their journey.

  • Badass Biker: He drives a Cool Bike and he's strong enough to give Tora a tough fight.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has very thick eyebrows.
  • Broken Ace: He confesses that throughout his life, he was always so good at everything that he couldn't feel any excitement and he wasn't allowed to give his best at anything due to all the harassment and threats his mother received due to jealousy from other parents and their kids. This made him empty inside and was one of the reasons why he joined Hakumen no Mono.
  • Dies Wide Open: He dies with his eyes open after a final fight with Tora.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He eventually sides with Hakumen no Mono, after it reveals his most secret desire to fight someone strong such as Tora.
  • Willfully Weak: Though he's a pretty skilled fighter, during his second fight with Tora, he reveals that he was The Ace in both physical and mental aptitude. He purposely held back because of all the harassment and threats his mother received due to jealousy from other parents and their kids. He then pulls a I Am Not Left-Handed move, and shows off his true power. Despite this however, Tora still defeats him, and only holds back from killing him because Ushio warned him not to kill Nagare.

     Satoru Moritsuna
Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

The most senior of the four Chosen of the Beast Spear. He was possessed by Hiyou to attack Ushio and destroy the Beast Spear.

  • The Ace: Handsome, popular and skilled in martial and spiritual arts.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is very protective of his younger sister Jun.
  • The Corruptible: His jealousy over Ushio being chosen by the Beast Spear instead of him left him vulnerable to the possession of the Hiyou.
  • Demonic Possession: He was possessed by Hiyou to attack Ushio, but Ushio frees him.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Satoru is able to resist the influence of the Hiyou to some extent. He tries to commit suicide to put an end to it. Ushio and Tora stop him and eliminate the Hiyou inside his body.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Satoru attempts to kill himself by jumping off a cliff, but is saved by Ushio throwing the Beast Spear to stop his fall. Ushio and Tora, with the help of another youkai, Izuna, then go inside him to exorcise the demon out that had possessed him.
  • I Owe You My Life: He becomes indebted to Ushio after he frees him from the Hiyou's control and saves his life.
  • Summon Magic: A master shikigami user.

     Kirio Inasa 
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)

The youngest but also the strongest of the successors. He wields the Elzaar Scythe and is accompanied by a monster partner call Kuin.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He believes having the Elzaar Scythe and Kuin make him better than Ushio and he's confident that he can beat Hakumen no Mono on his own.
  • Happily Adopted: He is adopted by Mayuko's family.
  • Matricide: Once he realizes his adoptive mother Towako never really loved him, Kirio kills her with the Elzaar Scythe.
  • Nice Hat: He always wears a cap.
  • Precocious Crush: He develops a crush on the older Mayuko.
  • Sinister Scythe: His Weapon of Choice is Elzaar Scythe, a weapon created to destroy powerful youkai. Kirio is confident that it can even destroy Hakumen no Mono.
  • Tyke Bomb: He was kidnapped, experimented on and then raised by Towako to be her tool and help her destroy the Beast Spear.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was manipulated his entire life by his "mother" Towako, using him as a pawn in her plan to destroy the Beast Spear.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Towako's experiments accelerated his growth, turning him from a baby to a young boy in a short period of time.

The Spirits of the Beast Spear

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)

A highly skilled blacksmith from Ancient China. His parents were killed by Hakumen no Mono and his younger sister Jie Mei sacrificed her life to create the blade of the Beast Spear. Filled with anger, remorse and regret, he hammered his body into the shaft of the spear. His spirit is trapped in the darkness of the spear, unlike his sister, and can greatly influence the user of the spear with his fury.

  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Develops this look after losing his parents and sister to Hakumen no Mono while forging the Beast Spear.
  • The Blacksmith: Forges the Beast Spear after Hakumen no Mono kills his parents, and his sister Jie Mei sacrificed herself to imbue it with the power to defeat Hakumen no Mono.
  • The Chooser of The One: As he became the Beast Spear itself, Giryou decided he wanted no one other than Ushio to wield him, making Ushio the rightful owner of the spear.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his parents at hands of Hakumen no Mono and his sister's sacrifice to create the blade of the Beast Spear made him give in to his hatred and become a "demon" with the sole purpose of destroying Hakumen no Mono.
  • The Fog of Ages: He says he can no longer remember why he hates Hakumen no Mono, since over 2000 years have passed.
  • The Power of Hate: Specifically, his hatred of Hakumen no Mono eventually turned to hatred against all Youkai, leading it to become a potent weapon against their kind.
  • Tears of Blood: He cries these after his sister sacrifices herself and he merges with the spear, succumbing to his hatred for Hakumen no Mono.
  • You Killed My Father: He came hate Hakumen no Mono because he killed his parents and he created the Beast Spear in order to destroy him.

     Jie Mei 
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English)

The spirit guardian who lives in the darkness of the Beast Spear. She is the sister of Giryou, who sacrificed her life to create the blade of the spear. Jie Mei is able freely materialize anywhere needed, and first appeared to help prevent Ushio from transforming into a Beast by having his soul totally absorbed by the spear.

  • Curtains Match the Window: Yellow hair and eyes.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She looks pretty cute as a ghost.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She gave one final smile to her brother and "Tsung Yue" before her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She had blonde hair and she was a kind-hearted, selfless young woman when she died.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She willingly sacrificed her life to create the blade of the Beast Spear.
  • Human Sacrifice: She gave up her life as a sacrifice to the gods to create a spear strong enough to destroy Hakumen no Mono.
  • Identical Ancestor: She looks nearly identical to her distant descendant Mayuko.
  • Morality Pet: To Giryou. She is the one who talks him out of consuming Ushio's soul.
  • Nice Girl: She was a very sweet and friendly girl when alive. As a ghost, she continues to help Ushio whenever she can.
  • Reincarnation: After her sacrifice, she reincarnated as a woman named Yuki, the first of the lineage of powerful lady shamans who would become the Oyakume.
  • Spirit Advisor: Shows up in this form from time to time to alert others that Ushio needs their help.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The pure and sweet Jie Mei gave up her life so her brother could create the weapon that would put an end to the evil Hakumen no Mono.

    Hakumen no Mono
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

An extremely powerful nine-tailed fox born from ancient times who enjoys destroying countries by manipulating the rulers and creating fear among humans and youkai. Currently, it is trapped in an immense psychic barrier maintained by a lineage of lady shamans under the sea south of Japan. However, this does not keep it completely helpless and plots to destroy the Beast Spear before it finally escapes from its imprisonment.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: After Hakumen is finally defeated, it's implied what Hakumen really wished for all this time was to be born as a human baby with a mother who would love it.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Hakumen's tails are weapons in their own right. In particular, the 8th tail can turn into a mass of spears. Hakumen created it specifically to imitate and counter the Beast Spear; and, in fact, the Spear was unable to destroy it.
  • Big Bad: An Eldritch Abomination that not only was behind a majority of events, was revealed to behind even things that originally didn't seem connected, like a few arc villains.
  • Breath Weapon: Can spit a stream of white fire. Notable among all the youkais capable of this, because it can literally disintegrate humans and make entire islands explode.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Played straight with its savage attacks towards both men and youkai, along with instilling terror in them to grow even stronger, eventually ends up forcing the two groups to work together in an attempt to defeat it. Ushio learns about this firsthand when he's sent back to ancient China along with Tora to learn the origins of the spear.
    • In an interesting inversion, Hakumen no Mono is terrified of the Beast Spear, forged by Giryou in the wake of its attack on ancient China. At one point in episode twenty-seven of the anime, it states that the spear was the only thing that ever caused it to tremble in fear, and vows to destroy it so as to never feel that way again. Since Ushio is the current spear wielder, it's up to him to ensure Hakumen no Mono's destruction.
  • Driven by Envy: The real reason Hakumen hates humans and youkai is because it has always been jealous that they were born in the beautiful light while it had to be born and live in the darkness.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It's so powerful that it took literally all of Japan's monsters, along with a lot of humans, to even stand a chance against it.
  • Emotion Eater: Hakumen literally feeds off fear of it from human and youkai alike. Furthermore, hatred for it makes it unkillable.
  • Eye Scream: Hakumen gouges out its own eyes after their look let Tora know Hakumen envies and fears the beings of the light.
  • Fog of Doom: Its first tail can turn into acidic fog that can dissolve enemies and attacks alike. Turns out it was Shumuna - see Hive Mind.
  • For the Evulz: Hakumen no Mono's entire motivation. It just loves destruction and enjoys tormenting and killing others, be it human or youkai.
  • The Heartless: Hakumen was born out of the hatred of a man named Shagaksha, who would later become Tora.
  • Hive Mind: The Hiyou (and later on, the Kokuen) are explicitly stated to be extensions of Hakumen's will. Moreover, Hakumen can also create stronger monsters that call themselves Bunshin (Avatar), such as Kuragi. Turns out that Shimuna, Towako and the Ayakashi are also Bunshin, and that each type of these monsters came from one of Hakumen's tails.
  • Hope Crusher: Hakumen feeds off fear and despair, so if something appears that gives hope to others Hakumen will try and destroy that hope. This is the reason it wipes off Ushio and Tora from everyone's memory in the final arc.
  • Kitsune: Not referred to as such, but Hakumen no Mono looks like a demonic nine-tailed fox. However, it isn't a traditional kitsune; it's essentially a sapient physical mass of malice, hatred, and evil that has taken the form of a cross between kitsune and griffin.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: If Ushio's mom lets up the barrier and allows the yōkai of Japan to kill him, all the islands of Japan will sink with him.
  • Made of Evil: He's said to be a manifestation of all the darkness and evils of the world.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Loves doing this to humans, tricking them to do things they would otherwise never bother with, such as having the Emperor of China forge weapons to destroy it, only to them kill all the blacksmiths and royalty For the Evulz. Later it even appears as Jie Mei, in an attempt to trick the military into attacking the real Jie Mei and destroying the seal she had around it.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: In the final arc, Hakumen has its Hiyou erase the memories involving Ushio and Tora from all their allies.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It was such a terrifying creature to both men and youkai that they ended up working together in an attempt to kill it, but were unsuccessful.
  • Not So Different: Tora points out Hakumen and Nagare are the same. Just like Nagare became Ushio's enemy because he couldn't stand Ushio's brightness, Hakumen became the light's enemy for the same reasons.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The most dangerous and feared monster by both human and youkai happens to fittingly have red eyes.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It's sealed inside a barrier under the sea and being watched over by Jie Mei's successors.
  • Shock and Awe: Its 7th tail is an electric storm. It's completely immune to wind, fire or electricity, and it was created specifically to imitate and counter Tora's abilities.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Near the end, Tora discovering the motive for its hatred causes Hakumen to gouge out its own eyes and go all-out on Ushio and Tora, declaring that it doesn't care anymore about killing humans or youkai or even surviving as long as it can kill the duo.
  • Voice of the Legion: The anime gives Hakumen a demonic voice with an echo effect.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: It can change form at will. It seems to like to disguise itself as beautiful women.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Does one when it was nearly on the verge of defeat. It runs away, then embeds itself into the bedrock of the Japanese island, so that if it was killed, it would end up destroying the bedrock, sinking the entire island, and taking everyone with it. Jie Mei is then forced to stop the demons from finishing it off. Unfortunately she didn't explain why she suddenly stopped them, leading the demons to feel she betrayed them.
  • Zerg Rush: His Hiyo, small yokai minions spawned from Hakumen that looks like a flying eyeball with ears. They can combine together to form a stronger entity or attack en masse in huge numbers. They are also capable of eating specific memories in humans and monsters alike.

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