List of Blue Exorcist characters

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The main characters of Blue Exorcist as depicted in the anime series.
Left to right (front row): Yukio, Rin and Shiemi.
Left to right (back row): Konekomaru, Shura, Izumo, Suguro, Mephisto and Shima.

The fictional characters from the manga and anime series Blue Exorcist were created by Kazue Kato. The story revolves around Rin Okumura, a teenager who discovers he is the son of the god demon Satan, born from a human woman and the inheritor of Satan's powers. When Rin's guardian dies while fighting Satan, Rin decides to become an exorcist in order to defeat his father. Entering into the True Cross Academy to learn how to fight demons, Rin meets several other exorcist apprentices whom he starts to bond with. Critical reception to the characters has been positive for their traits and interactions.

Main characters[edit]

Rin Okumura[edit]

Rin Okumura (奥村 燐, Okumura Rin) is the fifteen-year-old protagonist of the story. He is a son of Satan, born from a human woman and is the inheritor of Satan's powers. His powers were sealed at birth into the demon-slaying blade Kurikara (倶利伽羅) by Mephisto Pheles, the True Cross Academy principal, allowed him to live a normal human life for nearly 15 years with his twin brother Yukio and his foster father Shiro Fujimoto. Rin becomes aware of his true identity after Kurikara can no longer seal his powers, setting off a chain of events that lead to the death of Shiro at the hands of Satan, who attempts to drag Rin back to the demon realm, Gehenna. Mephisto Pheles later confronts Rin, who demands that Mephisto to let him join the exorcists to fight against the demons.[ch. 1] Mephisto personally enrolls Rin into the True Cross Academy so that Rin can pursue his goal to obtain the title of "Meister" in Knight, then become a Paladin and defeat Satan.[ch. 2] He also wants to earn Yukio's respect. While currently an Esquire, Rin wishes to obtain the highest rank of an Exorcist, Paladin, to prove Fujimoto did not want to use him as a weapon. Rin is also a good cook, preparing meals for himself and Yukio.

Rin can access the power he has inherited from Satan through drawing Kurikara.[ch. 2] The sheath acts as a portal to Gehenna, which, when the blade is drawn, returns Rin to his demon form. While in his human form, Rin exhibits a number of physical traits that are signs of his demonic nature that are intensified in the demon forms. In both forms, Rin can control incredibly destructive bright blue flames, the trademark sign of anything related to Satan. However, when he draws Kurikara, the magnitude of the flames dramatically increases and often leads to Rin being "consumed" by his own flames and losing his mind.[ch. 9] Rin later meets a spirit named Kongo Ucchusma who teaches him how to control his flames (in the anime, this was changed to Shura and Yukio who helped him).[ch. 32] Rin also has a Cat Sith, Kuro, who was initially Shiro's, as his familiar, and it has 2 tails like a nekomata.[ch. 8] In the aspects on demonic power alone, he's is considered many times more powerful than Yukio. Due to Yukio latent powers. It is not yet shown if those powers are permanent. Rin is voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto in Japanese[1] and by Bryce Papenbrook in English, while in VOMIC he is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa.[2] In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Ryou Kimura.[3]

Yukio Okumura[edit]

Yukio Okumura (奥村 雪男, Okumura Yukio) is Rin's younger twin brother. When it was discovered that the woman impregnated by Satan was going to have twins, it was believed that Satan's powers would be split between them. Due to the weakness of Yukio's body, however, he did not inherit any of Satan's powers, thus being born fully human with the full extent of Satan's powers going to Rin.[ch. 1] Yukio did, however, receive a spirit wound at birth from his brother, which allowed him to be aware of demons for as long as he can remember. Though in the anime, he has been shown to be a suitable vessel for Satan's powers; the most fitting would be Rin who had inherited all of the powers or the Shiro who is considered the strongest exorcist. However, Shiro had committed suicide for Rin's sake, so Satan must control Rin to fulfill his desire. Otherwise, he won't be able to survive in Asseriah due to the fact that he's a demon. Satan believes that Rin's purpose is to be his perfect vessel, but Yukio wasn't considered a bad one. Yukio had lasted longer than what Satan first thought. Because although he does not possess the demonic powers, Yukio does has Satan's blood running through his veins. Satan's powers are limited in Yukio's body as a vessel. It's not yet known if he can use the demonic powers if Satan or a demon was not residing in him. He's shown to have gained some demonic powers from Satan, just not as high quantity as Rin, but the quality is the same. The fact that Yukio has demonic powers is anime only. In the manga, Yukio has no trace of powers, but he does gain "Satan's Eyes" though the effect is unknown. Yukio secretly trained to become an Exorcist from the age of seven in order to protect Rin through the help of Fujimoto. While both Yukio and Rin are in their first year at True Cross Academy, Yukio is already an instructor at the Exorcist cram school teaching Anti-Demon Pharmacology to Rin's class.[ch. 2]

It is often stated that Yukio is considered a prodigy, having already acquired the title "Meister" in both the Dragoon and Doctor class, while ordinarily most people would aim for Meister in only one class (both are still fully qualified exorcists). He is currently ranked a Middle First class exorcist. Even though he and Rin argue a lot, and he shows resentment for Rin at times, Yukio starts to truly cares about his brother again. Though it is shown that Yukio had once cared for his brother, after beginning to train to become an exorcist to protect Rim, he begins to loathe his brother due to Rin's special treatment as the son of Satan with powers. He blames Rin for their adoptive father's death. This adds to the fire fueling his resentment. However, as the series goes by, Yukio starts to care about his brother. Fearing Rin will be consumed by his demonic nature, Yukio often berates him for his impulsive actions and reckless attitude. It is shown that he has a somewhat sadistic side that he hides. He is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese[1] and by Johnny Yong Bosch in English, while in VOMIC he is voiced by Ryūichi Kijima.[2] In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Kimito Totani.[3]

Exorcists[edit]

Ryuji Suguro[edit]

Ryuji Suguro (勝呂 竜士, Suguro Ryūji) (nicknamed "Bon" ()) is a stubborn and hot-tempered individual. Despite his delinquent appearance and attitude, he is very hardworking and the best student in class. Ryuji is the heir to the Cursed Temple in Kyoto. Because of the destruction of the temple in the Blue Night and his anger towards his father Tatsuma Suguro, he swears he will defeat Satan and rebuild his Temple.[ch. 4] When Rin's identity is revealed, Ryuji, along most of his classmates start avoiding him, but after a confrontation with his father and Rin, Ryuji and his classmates help Rin escape impending execution and reconciles with him, claiming that he only blames Rin for not trusting his friends with his secret.[ch. 26] During the battle with the Impure King he inherits a familiar named Karura (a phoenix like demon which has the ability to use strong amount of red flames to incinerate almost everything and reincarnate when it dies) from his father Tatsuma Suguro, he uses its power to create a Gouhaen (a fire-element barrier) in order to prevent any miasma coming out from the Impure King from spreading further.[ch. 27] Ryuji is currently an Esquire just like Rin and the others, trying to achieve Meister in both Aria and Dragoon. He later asks Lightning to teach him, as at this point Bon had lost his direction in life and needed a new path to follow. He is voiced by Kazuya Nakai in Japanese and by Kyle Hebert in English.[1] In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Yūki Tomotsune.[3]

Shiemi Moriyama[edit]

Shiemi Moriyama (杜山 しえみ, Moriyama Shiemi) is the daughter of the woman who runs an Exorcist-only shop and is Rin's love interest. She is kind and has an abiding love of gardening, but often lacks confidence in herself. Before the series, Shiemi never went out of her home and tended to the garden with her grandmother. After her grandmother died, Rin and Yukio exorcise the demon that was leeching her life force and she decides to become an Exorcist.[ch. 3]

She is currently an Esquire and with Yukio's help, she later passes the exams to study in the Academy's regular classes as well. Initially, Shiemi scored poorly in tests despite her upbringing, but it was soon discovered that she was using the names that she has created herself. After learning to use official names, Shiemi grades went up. At first while at the academy, Shiemi only talked with Rin and Yukio, but she eventually comes to amicable terms with Ryuji, Konekomaru, and Renzo. She also earns Izumo's friendship despite being initially used and mistreated by her. Shiemi becomes devastated upon learning Rin's secret, feeling she is not trustworthy enough to them to have initially included her with this knowledge. However, on the Kyoto mission, she reconciles with Rin when seeing how much he is suffering as a result of his nature.[ch. 26] Shiemi has the talent to become a Tamer and can summon a reliable Greenman spirit that can produce healing herbs and plant-related barriers. Shiemi is shown to have great inner strength as she can keep her Greenman around for extended periods without tiring. Interestingly, her Greenman is able to understand her way of naming plants and is able to produce the correct one when asked. Shiemi admits that she doesn't really understand the difference between romantic love and friendship due to her isolated childhood and still considers herself too young for love. She is voiced by Kana Hanazawa in Japanese and by Christine Marie Cabanos in English.[1] In the Blue Exorcist musical, she was portrayed by Ari Nakajima.[3]

Izumo Kamiki[edit]

Hailing from a family of shrine maidens dedicated to the deity Inari, Izumo Kamiki (神木 出雲, Kamiki Izumo) is easily one of the best students and she is aware of it. She has a tsundere attitude and is offensive towards everyone except her childhood friend Noriko Paku, who was the only one in her elementary school who would talk to her.[ch. 5] Very prideful and often difficult to talk to, Izumo does care about her fellow Esquire and is the first of Rin's classmates to accept Rin after his identity as Satan's son was revealed. Izumo attempts to achieve a Meister in Tamer, and can summon two Kitsune (foxes) to fight for her. It is implied through the manga and anime that she has developed romantic feelings for Rin, but it hasn't been proven. During the school festival, Izumo is captured by Renzo after he reveals himself as an spy from Iluminatti. Izumo's past is also revealed; the kitsune she summons actually lived with her family for generations. Her mother loved Izumo and her sister dearly, but accidentally caused herself to become possessed by the nine-tailed fox when her boyfriend rejected her. Izumo called the Illuminati for help and they took over her shrine for their own nefarious purposes. She is voiced by Eri Kitamura in Japanese and Kira Buckland in English.[1] In the Blue Exorcist musical, she was portrayed by Anna Hachimine.[3]

Konekomaru Miwa[edit]

Konekomaru Miwa (三輪 子猫丸, Miwa Konekomaru) is a timid but brilliant individual, able to come up with complex strategies in a short window of time. He is very loyal to Ryuji and Renzo, as they had grown up together at the same Temple in Kyoto. He is kind to everyone, but it takes a long time for him to reconcile with Rin after discovering his secret, despite seeing his true character.[ch. 26] He is an orphan and the surviving head of the Miwa family. He plans to achieve the Meister in Aria. In the anime, a crow demon took advantage of Konekomaru's fear of Rin and possessed him, before Rin is able to save Konekomaru. He is voiced by Yūki Kaji in Japanese and Miki Moran in English.[1] In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Jun Muruyama.[3]

Renzo Shima[edit]

Renzo Shima (志摩 廉造, Shima Renzō) is a very carefree yet fearful character. He is very loyal to Bon and Konekomaru, since both grew up with him at the Cursed Temple in Kyoto. Renzo is the second of the cast who accepts Rin after discovering his identity, finding ignoring Rin to be troublesome. He is obsessed with women, and particularly infatuated with Izumo. In elementary school, he was referred to as the "Erotic Demon". Now that he is in high-school, he is trying to be more refined. His hair is naturally black, but he dyed it pink (to the chagrin of his father). Renzo carries a K'rik (Khakkhara) staff to fight like his two brothers and plans to achieve the Meister in Aria. Later in the manga, it is revealed that Renzo has all this time hidden his true abilities as he is capable of summoning high level demons to do his bidding. However, using said summoning really drains him. Revealing himself as an spy for Illuminatti, Renzo abandons the Academy and returns to the organization, but later his brother confides to Rin and the others that he is in fact a double agent recruited by Mephisto, eventually returning to his friends' side. Despite he claims that he was on the True Cross' side all along, there is lingering doubts among the members of the order regarding his true loyalty. He is voiced by Kōji Yusa in Japanese and Brian Beacock in English.[1] In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Kazuki Watanabe.[3]

True Cross Order[edit]

The True Cross Order (正十字騎士團) is the main organization of Exorcists within the series, a global exorcist institution that is controlled by the Vatican. The True Cross Order has roots in Christianity, and was founded by medieval Christian knights. Originally established as a military order, the organization's centuries-long campaign against demons has allowed it to discover and develop new exorcism techniques from all around the globe. As of today, the Order is the largest and most powerful exorcist organization in the world. Given that they have defended mankind from demons for roughly 2000 years, the Order trains exorcists. In addition, the Order takes it upon itself to heal humans who have been harmed by demons, as well as to proactively investigate possible demonic activity. An additional mission of the True Cross Order is to find and destroy human organizations that support demons and demonic activity, such as Demon Eaters or the Illuminati.

Mephisto Pheles[edit]

Mephisto Pheles (メフィスト・フェレス, Mefisuto Feresu) is the Chairman of True Cross Academy's Japanese branch (using the name, "Johann Faust V" (ヨハン·ファウスト第五, Yohan Fausuto Daigo), in public). He is portrayed as a man with more money than sense but is very cheap when it comes to spending on others. After Shiro Fujimoto's death, he is ordered to kill Rin but instead accepts Rin's proposal of becoming an Exorcist and enrolled him into True Cross Academy.[ch. 1] Mephisto is a powerful exorcist - he is an Honorary Knight (but does not hold a Meister), and claims that he desires to "bring peace to both Assiah and Gehenna". Despite having served the True Cross for at least two centuries, elements of the Order still consider him suspicious. Their mistrust has its reasons as during the series it is hinted that indeed Mephisto has some secret agenda which involves Rin, working behind the scenes regarding the events around him since he joined the order. Mephisto says Assiah is the best playground for him; he fully enjoys Japanese culture, and proudly admits to Rin that he is an otaku. He owns a large collection of anime and manga-related items, some of which feature characters from Kazue Kato's first manga series, Robo & Usakichi.

Just like Amaimon, Mephisto is a son of Satan and one of the "Eight Demon Kings", originally known as Samael, the "King of Time". This is confirmed by how, numerous times in the series, he can be heard chanting "Eins, zwei, drei", which is German for "One, two, three". In Gehenna's hierarchy of Demon Kings he is second only to Lucifer, his older brother and the "King of Light." His ability to transform into a small dog or conjure a giant cuckoo clock are only glimpses of his true powers which allow him to control space and time. Mephisto is suggested to know what will happen, likely due to being King of Time, and has made more than one comment about how he is manipulating the other characters behind the scenes. In a fourth wall break, he tells the readers he believes humans have three desires, which are lust (procreation), greed (financies) and knowledge (curiosity). He is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya[1] in Japanese and Sam Riegel in English, while in VOMIC he is voiced by Tōru Ōkawa. In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Yūya Nakahara.[3]

His name is a pun of Mephistopheles, a demon from Germanic legend. Ironically, the demon originally appeared in literature as "Faust".

Shiro Fujimoto[edit]

Shiro Fujimoto (藤本 獅郎, Fujimoto Shirō) is a Catholic priest at the Southern Cross Monastery, a Paladin in the True Cross Order (the title awarded to the strongest exorcist), Shura Kirigakure's mentor, and foster father to Rin and Yukio Okumura. He was qualified as a Knight, Dragoon, Doctor, Aria and Tamer through his cait sith familiar, which he called Kuro. Shiro is a man dedicated to his duties and was considered the strongest exorcist. Stealing the demon-slaying sword Kurikara,[ch. 24] Shiro and Mephisto ultimately used the sword to seal the demon heart of the son of Satan and Yuri Egin. Shiro then adopted Yuri Egin's children, Yukio who did not inherit Satan's power, and Rin, full inheritor of Satan's powers.

Shiro is thought to be the only man in the world able to sustain possession by Satan himself and thus Satan was constantly after his body. He fights off Satan's attempts at possessing his body through sheer willpower, but after receiving a mental shock from Rin accusing him of "playing father" and not caring, Satan takes over his body.[ch. 2] After Satan summons the Gehenna's Gate to retrieve Rin, Shiro regains control of his body temporarily and commits suicide in order to stop Satan.[ch. 1] Due to his death, the already tense relationship between Rin and Yukio become worse as Yukio blames Rin for Shiro's death and resents Rin for that. Because of this, Rin decides to avenge Fujimoto by killing Satan with his own hands; he also considers him to be the coolest person he knows. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese and Kirk Thornton in English, while in VOMIC he is voiced by Yoshito Yasuhara.[1] In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Yasuhiko Imai.[3] In 2017 anime, Shiro is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata.

Shura Kirigakure[edit]

Shura Kirigakure (霧隠 シュラ, Kirigakure Shura) is an Upper First Class Exorcist. She trained under the guidance of Shiro Fujimoto to obtain the title "Meister" in Knight and can draw a demon sword from a symbol above her chest when she states, "Devour the Eight Princesses, slay the Serpent". She dresses revealingly, with bikini tops and shorts. Her sword skills allow her to fight on par with upper level demons like Amaimon. Frequently chipper and obnoxious, Shura is carefree about her job, as she drinks alcohol in excess and oversleeps. She appears to harbor a dark past, as she claims Shiro "came and rescued" her.[ch. 10] Its later revealed Shura is cursed by a pact her ancestor made with a snake deity; she will die at age 30, so she must produce an heir beforehand. All heirs look exactly like their mother, as the deity was infatuated with her beauty. After her curse is removed, Shura becomes more open in showing her concern for the Okumura brothers.

Disguised under a hood as Yamada, one of Rin's classmates, Shura reveals herself when Amaimon attacks Rin.[ch. 9] A Senior Inspector, Shura had orders to investigate the Japanese Branch and eliminate anything she discovered related to Satan. Shura intended to dispose of "her master's mess", Rin, after verifying that Rin was Satan's son, but Rin convinces her he would become a Paladin and prove Shiro was right to let him live. Shura decides to teach Rin how to control his powers in accordance with Shiro's wishes. Later it is revealed that her true mission is to keep an eye on Mephisto, whose real intentions are still shrouded in mystery. She is voiced by Rina Satō in Japanese and Wendee Lee in English.[1]

Igor Neuhaus[edit]

Igor Neuhaus (イゴール・ネイガウス, Igōru Neigaus) is an Upper First Class Exorcist as well as lecturer in the Academy, who obtained the titles of Tamer, Doctor and Aria. He wears an eyepatch over his left eye, and has Aria incantations and magic circles tattooed on both arms. He had a run-in with Satan when he was younger, which robbed him of his family and the sight in his left eye, which is why he holds immense hatred for Satan and demons that are related to Satan. Yet ironically, he is extremely loyal to Mephisto, willing to listen to his every command, which is why he stopped his attacks on Rin prior to the latter becoming an Exorcist.

In the anime, he ends up the suspect for the Masked Man attacks on those allied with Rin; however, the truth is much worse. "Someone" used a demon to bring his wife, Michelle, back to life, and her mental instability at the horrible memory of the Blue Night caused her to attack anything related to Satan, even the friends of his sons. He is voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu and Patrick Seitz in English.[1]

Arthur Auguste Angel[edit]

Arthur Auguste Angel (アーサー・オーギュスト・エンジェル, Āsā Ōgyusuto Enjeru) is the newly appointed Paladin. He was ordered by the Grigori to interrogate Mephisto and capture Rin as evidence. Arthur is a respected Exorcist with dubious ethics, as said by Shura to be like a saint on the outside but really a devil inside. He uses the sentient demon sword Caliburn. When speaking, Caliburn shows extreme affection towards him and talks like a love-struck teenage girl. Arthur has a great dislike of Rin (simply because of his lineage), being annoyed that the son of Satan destroyed the Impure King. Arthur is a terrible liar, and hinted to be somewhat of an idiot (by Shura) since he always lets Lightning do the thinking for him. In the spin-off, Salaryman Exorcist, it is shown that Arthur has an immense distaste for dirty objects getting near him and draws Caliburn to eliminate the dirt. In the anime, Arthur is replaced by Yukio when Ernst takes over the Vatican. He is voiced by Daisuke Ono in Japanese and by David Vincent in English.

Nemu Takara[edit]

Nemu Takara (宝 ねむ, Takara Nemu) is a quiet and mysterious character that carries around a sock puppet. He uses ventriloquism to talk and he is usually rude. Although initially posing as an Esquire, Nemu's powers are revealed to be equivalent to that of an upper first class Exorcist. He is hired by Mephisto as a 'moderator' for the cram students. It's suggested Nemu's puppet is sentient and is actually the one controlling his body, since it was telling Nemu to calm down; adding to this is that Nemu's eyes are usually seen closed, suggesting that he is in a trance. He is voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga in Japanese and by Brianne Siddall in English.

Other characters[edit]

Amaimon[edit]

Amaimon (アマイモン) is the "King of the Earth" and another son of Satan. Among the Eight Demon Kings, he is the seventh in strength. Amaimon has vast control over the land, such as being able to create earthquakes. He is eccentric and hates being laughed at or ignored. Unlike his father and elder brother Mephisto Pheles, Amaimon initially had little interest in Rin, instead wishing to tour Japan upon arrival, but quickly became obsessed with his younger half-brother after fighting him. Amaimon mentions he has a cousin who has an interest in the occult and even goes on to say that he would be happy if he brought him a human eye. After Rin defeats Amaimon in the anime, he turns into a green hamster for the rest of the episodes, running in a hamster wheel located in Mephisto's office. He retains his ability to speak to Mephisto. In the manga, Mephisto Pheles stopped Rin and Amaimon from fighting when Rin went berserk; he is later kept in another dimension, skewred in place by Mephisto until Amaimon's desire to kill Rin cools. He has an obsession with sweets, as he is seen with a lollipop in his mouth most of the time. He is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara[1] in Japanese and Darrel Guilbeau in English. In the Blue Exorcist musical, he was portrayed by Yūki Tamaki.[3]

Saburota Todo[edit]

Saburota Todo (藤堂 三郎太, Tōdō Saburōta) is a former Upper Second Class exorcist, teacher at the Exorcist Cram School, and Director of the Saishinbu, an area of the True Cross Academy containing dangerous artifacts including Right and Left Eyes of the Impure King. He is sly and skillfully manipulates others to achieve his still-unknown goals. After stealing the Left Eye of the Impure King, he officially left the True Cross Order. He can take control of demons and use their abilities. He seems to be interested in Yukio's development due to him being a son of Satan, and even attempted to convince him to kill Rin. He became younger by gaining Karura's power. He is voiced by Kazuhiro Yamaji and by Junichi Suwabe in his youth in Japanese and Ray Chase in English.

Satan[edit]

Satan (サタン) is the main antagonist and the lord of demons who wishes to take control of the humans' world, Assiah. While father to Mephisto Pheles, Amaimon, and Lucifer, he also fathered Rin and Yukio Okumura through their human mother. When Rin awakes his demonic powers inherited from his father, Satan takes control of Rin's guardian, Shiro Fujimoto, in order to encounter and use his son to destroy Assiah. However, Fujimoto's suicide causes him to lose contact with Rin.[ch. 1] In the anime series, Satan once again tries to achieve his plans by using Yukio as his vessel, but Yukio is freed by Rin. He really seemed to care about Rin and Yukio's mother; it was their shared dream to make world where demons and humans lived together in harmony. He meets her spirit at the end of the anime, where she comforts him on his failure by explaining their sons are the first step. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese and Kirk Thornton in English, while in VOMIC he is voiced by Atsushi Imaruoka.

Reiji Shiratori[edit]

Reiji Shiratori (白鳥 零二, Shiratori Reiji) was the leader of the delinquent gang. He attacks Rin after Astaroth, King of Rot takes over his body. Astaroth was exorcised by Shiro Fujimoto and Reiji hasn't been seen since. Reiji was a delinquent gang leader and likes troubling others. Due to his evilness he was further possessed by Astaroth, the King of Rot. He is very sadistic. In contrast with his delinquent personality, Reiji comes from a rather rich family. Later on, it is revealed that he too attends True Cross Academy as a student. He is voiced by Kentarō Itō in Japanese and Derek Stephen Prince in English.

Tsukumo Kamiki[edit]

Tsukumo Kamiki (神木月雲, Kamiki Tsukumo) is in both the anime and manga but only appears in the anime for two frames resulting in about one full second of her in the anime, if that, but gets plenty more mention in the manga. She is four or so when we are introduced to her and about nine years old when we see her after the whole nine-tailed fox mess. She is Izumo Kamiki's little sister. After an incident when her mother got possessed by a nine-tailed fox demon, she and Izumo were taken to an Illuminati headquarters. They were told they were there for their "protection" and that the Illuminati was "taking care of their mother". One day Izumo awoke without her sister without beside her as usual. An Illuminati agent named Maria Yoshida said that she had found out they were going to use Tsukumo for experiments, so the night before, Maria had taken Tsukumo to be adopted. She was adopted right away because of her young age. Five years later it is revealed that Maria had not been lying to Izumo, Tsukumo had been adopted by Nemu Takaras' aunt and uncle. Tsukumo was safe from the Illuminati because she had been taken in by people protected by the True Cross Order. When Izumo approached her sister for the first time in five years, her sister did not remember her, unfortunately.

Yuri Egin[edit]

Yuri Egin (ユリ・エギン) was the mother of Rin and Yukio Okumura, who appears in the anime, but so far was only mentioned in the manga. She was a Lower Second Class Exorcist, and about sixteen years ago, she had kids with Satan. Her personality was somewhat like Rin's, rebelling against her father's wishes by living in the forest. Despite being an Exorcist, she thought of demons, such as the Goblins and the Snowmen, as her friends. She believed demons entered Assiah because they were curious and that demons only acted evil because they were angry about being labeled as demons and separated from humans. She was kind, as she was not afraid of Satan, even feeling sorry for him. She was sent on a mission to investigate spontaneous combustion's, only to be attacked by Satan. Unlike her companions, Yuri was able to resist being incinerated by Satan's flames, and later searched him out again. Believing that he was just lonely and sad because he couldn't touch things in Assiah, she allowed him to possess her to experience life in Assiah. After sharing her body for over a year, she fell in love with him and became pregnant with Rin and Yukio. Her own father ordered her to be burned alive after she decided to keep her unborn children and raise them to prove that demons could care about humans. She was saved by Satan and fled back to the woods and gave birth before passing; it's unknown if the birth itself was the cause, or the stress. Although she only had minutes with them, she loved Rin and Yukio very much, and many characters have said that the twins look exactly like her. She is voiced by Megumi Hayashibara in Japanese and Cherami Leigh in English.

Kuro[edit]

Kuro (クロ) is a cat sith and Rin Okumura's familiar, but before he was once the familiar of Shiro Fujimoto until his death at the hands of Satan. He is a black cat with two tails (which is considered to be sacred in ancient Japan) who possesses the abilities of change from a small cat into a nekomata, a giant demon cat with immense strength and power, and the demon telepathy, which allow him to mentally communicate with other demons, including Rin. In ancient times, Kuro used to be the guardian deity of some local silk farmers, until be forgotten by people as the times changed, going berserk, but Fujimoto tame him and make him his familiar. He soon gained a new role as one of the guardians of the True Cross Academy. After learning of Shiro's death, Kuro lost control and begin attacking the academy, until Rin calm him down, becoming his familiar in the process. He is voiced by Ayahi Takagaki in Japanese and Stephanie Sheh in English.

Anime-only characters[edit]

Ernst Frederik Egin[edit]

Ernst Frederick Egin (エルンスト・フレデリク・エギン, Erunsuto Furederiku Egin) is an anime-only, non-canon character. He is Yuri Egin's father and Rin and Yukio's grandfather. He holds a deep hatred against Satan and demons for ruining his life. In the anime only arc, Ernst gave the order to have his daughter, Yuri Egin, executed when he found out that she was pregnant with the children of Satan, indicating that his hatred is unbound by family love. His hatred only grew after the blue night, when he was possessed by Satan, who was trying to save Yuri. Following Yuri's escape,he orders her and her children to be hunted down and destroyed, and believed that they were all killed. He also is against the Grigori's decision to allow Mephisto to belong in the Order, going along with his dislike for demons. After discovering his grandsons are actually alive and working as exorcists, He recruits Yukio (since he believes that he is purely human, whereas Rin has awakened his demonic abilities) as a part of his plan to wipe out all demons. As such, he hates Rin, and even attempts to kill him to open the Gehenna Gate using his blood. He is killed when a vengeful Satan sucks him through the Gehenna Gate he opened. He is voiced by Toshihiko Miki in Japanese and Dave Mallow in English.

Usamaro[edit]

Usamaro (うさ麻呂) is a young demon Rin meets in the Phantom Train subjugation mission during the events of the movie. He seems to be sealed in a shrine for an unknown reason. He is looked after by Rin during the festival. He is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in Japanese and Cassandra Lee in English.

Cheng-Long Liu[edit]

Cheng-Long Liu (リュウ・セイリュウ, Riu Chengu-Rangu) is an Upper First Class Exorcist from the Taiwan branch that is featured in the feature film. Comes to Japan to help True Cross Academy change a new barrier. From an elite family and has high exorcism skills. He is voiced by Hidenobu Kiuchi in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in English.

Reception[edit]

The characters of Blue Exorcist have been well received by publications for manga and anime with Rin Okumura's receiving most with Danica Davidson from Otaku USA praising his heroic traits despite his demonic nature.[4] Although Carl Kimlinger found that the cast contained several stereotypes found in other series, the delivery from them made the series entertaining first noting the comedy and then fight scenes.[5] In a later review he noted how the secondary characters were given their own episodes to be developed as well other ones where they get closer with Rin.[6] Similar comments were given by Comic Book Bin reviewer Leroy Douresseaux who enjoyed the interaction between the cast,[7] while Chris Beveridge from The Fandom Post noted that while characters' reagrouping may feel forced, the revelation of Rin's nature bring multiple reactions to them.[8] The designs by author Kazue Kato were also praised for the way its character is given their distinct traits as well as the changes from Rin when using his demonic powers.[5][9]

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References[edit]

General

Blue Exorcist manga volumes by Kato, Kazue. Original Japanese version published by Shueisha. English translation published by Viz Media.
  1. Vol. 1 (ch. 1–3): August 4, 2009. ISBN 978-4-08-874709-5. (in Japanese). and April 5, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4215-4032-0. (in English).
  2. Vol. 2 (ch. 4–7): November 4, 2009. ISBN 978-4-08-874757-6. (in Japanese). and June 7, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4215-4033-7. (in English).
  3. Vol. 3 (ch. 8–11): March 4, 2010. ISBN 978-4-08-870016-8. (in Japanese). and August 2, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4215-4034-4. (in English).
  4. Vol. 4 (ch. 12–15): July 2, 2010. ISBN 978-4-08-870079-3. (in Japanese). and October 4, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4215-4047-4. (in English).
  5. Vol. 5 (ch. 16–19): December 3, 2010. ISBN 978-4-08-870136-3. (in Japanese). and December 6, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4215-4076-4. (in English).
  6. Vol. 6 (ch. 20–23): April 4, 2011. ISBN 978-4-08-870214-8. (in Japanese). and February 7, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4215-4174-7. (in English).
  7. Vol. 7 (ch. 24–27): September 2, 2011. ISBN 978-4-08-870330-5. (in Japanese). and April 3, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4215-4262-1. (in English).
  8. Vol. 8 (ch. 28–32): April 4, 2012. ISBN 978-4-08-870409-8. (in Japanese). and November 6, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4215-5084-8. (in English).

Other sources

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Blue Exorcist TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. December 18, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Aniplex USA to Release Hatsune Miku Mikunopolis USA Concert". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Blue Exorcist Stage Play Cast Photographed in Costume". Anime News Network. April 25, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Davidson, Danica (May 13, 2011). "Blue Exorcist vol. 1". Otaku USA. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Kimlinger, Carl (June 3, 2011). "Blue Exorcist Episodes 1-6 Streaming". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kimlinger, Carl (February 8, 2012). "Blue Exorcist DVD 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy. "Blue Exorcist 1". Comic Book Bin. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Beveridge, Chris. "Blue Exorcist Vol. #3". The Fandom Post. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Santos, Carlo (December 11, 2011). "Blue Exorcist GN 5". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 11, 2012.