Keisuke Koumoto (Japanese)
Shinichirō Asano (浅野 真一郎 Asano Shin'ichirō) is the main male protagonist of the series. He is a second-year high school student working a part time job with Sakuya Shimazu to hunt spirits.
Shinichiro has an average build for a high school. He has black eyes and hair. Normally, he wears his high school uniform, which is a white button-up long-sleeve shirt with a black tie, a blue jacket and black slacks.
He's a kind-hearted guy that never turns his back on people that are suffering no matter the reason. There are times where he will be stubborn, but he makes up for it with his gentle nature. He easily gets flustered in perverted moments especially when those moments involve either Sakuya, Tamako or Suseri.
Shinichiro had been living on his own from the beginning because of his parents going to Europe to do training. He was struggling to find a job because of the rent he had to pay until one night when he nearly died. He encountered what seemed like a prostitute but turned out to be a specter in disguise. Before she could suck the life force out of him, his life was saved by a mysterious girl standing in the moonlight as she shot two arrows into the specter killing it instantly
The next day, he began to wonder what happened to him and who that girl was until he accidently bumped into a mysterious girl. As the school day flew by, he noticed that school was as quiet as a ghost town until he heard a scream. He runs toward that scream and sees Kanae and Fuzuki on the ground looking at a fatally injured student. Suddenly, they see a wolf-like creature in the shadows. It then turned its back on them when realizing it was being targeted. Shinichiro takes off telling the two girls to take the injured on to a hospital.
As he makes it outside the school, he encounters a girl in a pink kimono pinned to a tree by an arrow. He tries to pull it out but gets shocked as a result. He endures it until it was pulled out. He then sees the girl he bumped into earlier with a bow in her hand. She then takes aim at the girl, but Shinichiro steps in the way claiming that she's just a girl. He looks behind him and notices that the girl turned into a giant two-tailed firecat. As she escaped, that girl takes her anger out on Shinichiro for letting the firecat escape. She then tells him that she was the one who saved him the night before and about who she is and what she does. She is Sakuya Shimazu, the 37th head of the Shimazu family clan of Specter hunters.
As the clouds began to pick and lightning began to strike, the wolf-like creature that appeared earlier shows up behind Shinichiro but before it could attack, Sakuya shoots it with an arrow causing it to jump out the window of the school. They encounter the firecat in her human form, but began to realize that she wasn't the one attacking the students due to the fact that the injury on her left arm had claw marks instead of the mark of the arrow Sakuya shot. Suddenly, lightning strikes right behind them and out comes the wolf-like creature. It turns out that it is a lightning beast, a specter that can control lightning.
The battle commences with it shooting lightning at Sakuya exposing her underwear. Sakuya gets irritated and shoots a spell-sharmed arrow at the lightning beast hitting it straight in the head. Unfortunately, it had no affect on it as it just shrugged it off. It then absorbs electricity around him and shoots a strong jolt of electricity in Sakuya's direction, but Shinichiro saves her in time even though it ended with her sitting on his face. The firecat girl attempts to attack but gets knocked back by lightning while another one hits Sakuya ripping her clothes apart. She then shoots her two arrows charmed by two spells: Tsumugare and Murasame, but they were easily deflected. The impact of the that lightning strike ripped all her clothes into shreds leaving her with nothing but her underwear, socks and shoes on. She then gets trapped in a lightning barrier while getting her life force sucked out in exchange for the ultimate pleasure. Shinichiro attacks the lightning causing the barrier to fall apart. This only angered the lightning beast even more knocking Shinichiro back with a jolt of electricity.
As the beast walked towards Sakuya and Shinichiro, Sakuya begins trembling in fear until they were saved by the firecat girl talking the lightning beast in her fire-cat form claiming that she's returning the favor for Shinichiro saving- her earlier. The lightning beast shoots lightning at them causing Shinichiro to accidently kiss Sakuya. Sakuya in return slaps him but starts feeling an enormous amount of spiritual energy growing inside of her. Shinichiro lends her his jacket. She then puts her hair in a ponytail and shoots an arrow charmed with her strongest spell: Fubakari. This eventually seals the lightning beast away temporarily. She couldn't permanently seal it away because she didn't know the lightning beast's True Name.
Shinichiro then thanks the fire-cat girl for saving them, but Sakuya only aims her arrow at her. Shinichiro steps in the way, but that leads to the fire-cat girl holding him hostage. This leaves Sakuya with no choice but to drop her bow and arrow. She then thanks Shinichiro again by kissing him which made Shinichiro see visions and suddenly says the name Tama which turned out to be the fire-cat girl's True Name. Sakuya then took this opportunity to try and seal her away. Tama began to tremble in fear which in return made Shinichiro convince Sakuya to stop due to the fact she didn't look threatening. Sakuya in return spare Tama's life causing her to thank Shinichiro, cling to him and call him "Master."
That night, Shinichiro stops by Sakuya's house and sees the school nurse there. She then explains to Shinichiro the purpose behind the Simazu family. She then tells Sakuya to hire him as a servant at, but Sakuya was against hiring him. Shinichiro then starts cleaning up her living room with Tama's help.
The next morning, Shinichiro is fatigued due to cleaning up the night before, but he was relieved that he finally found a job. The two girls from yesterday, Kanae and Fuzuki, stop by his class, thanks him for yesterday and lets him know that the injured girl was gonna make a quick and full recovery. Kanae then compliments him saying that she sees him in a new light and also that he's manly. One of his classmates then gets jealous and claims that he's tired probably because he was "servicing" the girls which leads to a misunderstanding. Sakuya then walks in with a smile on her face kindly saying good morning to Kanae and Fuzuki. She then tells Shinichiro to come with her leading the others to believe that they know each other.
Shinichiro then realizes that she was putting on a poker face to deceive her classmates on her true personality. A magical barrier is then put up because there was another specter somewhere on the school grounds. They stop by the nurse's office and right when they entered, Tama instantly clings to Shinichiro. Sakuya tells her to go home, but Tama wouldn't listen telling her that she wasn't the one who said her true name first. Shinichiro is confused by this, so the school nurse explains to him that specters like Tama and mystics like Sakuya have a name separate to the one they normally use, hence their true name. When one discovers their true name, they fall under that person's control with acceptable limits. That would make one think that Sakuya is now Tama's master. Unfortunately, no. The catch is that the first person who says their true name gets to exclusively command them. This means that Tama's master is actually Shinichiro. The school nurse then asked him how did he figure out her true name, but Shinichiro had no idea how. This then led the school nurse to seductively ask him if he wanted to do some research her. Shinichiro becomes flustered, but gets slapped by Sakuya as she tells him to order Tama to go home. He didn't see a problem with her being here since the school nurse was here as well. This led to Tama clinging to him again and calling him master. Shinichiro then tells her to call him by his name instead of calling him. She quickly obliged and licked like any normal cat would do to there master which caused Shinichiro to become flustered again. The conversation ended with a scream which led the group to run towards its location.
They wound up in the girl's locker room and notice that the girls were getting their life force sucked away by a group of rats. Sakuya began to tremble because she was scared of mice and rats (stereotypical, isn't it). Tama then chases these rats outside, and Shinichiro and Sakuya follow behind her leaving the school nurse to take care of the injured girls. Shinichiro and Sakuya then noticed that Tama was on the verge of dying because she needed the life force of anything in order to survive. Shinichiro then offered his life force, but that would only kill him, so they came to the idea that they had to find the leader of these rats and have Tama devour it in order to not only save her life but put an end to these string of events.
The battle then led them underground to the leader. As Sakuya was preparing to attack, a rat jumps on her face, and she faints due to her fear. The rats then turned their attention to Shinichiro, but Tama jumps knowing that she was dying. The horde then attacks Tama draining her on some of her life force, and they fused with the leader causing them to turn into their original form. Shinichiro then orders her to take his life force. Obliging by his order, she kisses him causing his life force to quickly drain leaving him uncoscious. Tama not only regains her life force gains an exponential increase in spiritual power, and she quickly defeated the leader. Shinichiro then wakes up a moment to see that the battle was finally over.
After a few tests, it was concluded that Shinichiro gave Tama enough life force to completely rejuvenate her, yet his life force has almost fully recovered. This means that Shinichiro has an abundance of spiritual energy inside of him making him a valuable asset to exorcists and mystics like Sakuya. That night, Tama asked Shinichiro if he could give her a name to go by instead of her true name. He then calls her Tamako, and she happily accepted it.
The next day, Shinichiro cleans the entire house. The school nurse comes in telling Sakuya that Shinichiro will be moving in due to the fact that he's working there and that he will be supporting Sakuya from now on. This led to Shinichiro's confusion and Sakuya's opposition.
The next day, another specter attacks a student. As Sakuya was preparing her attack, the specter used that student as a shield to prevent her from attacking. Suddenly, A gust of wind shows up and kills the specter while at the same time injuring the student. Sakuya knew right then and there the person responsible for that attack, Suseri Shimazu. They get into an argument on why she injured the student. Suseri claimed that an occasional sacrifice was natural in this line of work.
That evening, Suseri introduced herself as Sakuya's little sister, but she was actually Sakuya's cousin who was competing with her to be the next head. She was already aware of who Shinichiro was before he could even introduce himself, and Shinichiro wondered how. She then explained that she was here to help Sakuya, and Sakuya quickly rejected her help. Suseri also explained that she was there to take Shinichiro under her wing which Sakuya quickly rejected because she hired him and that she's the head of the family (temporarily). The school nurse then asked Shinichiro who would he choose to serve, Sakuya or Suseri. Bothered by the question, Shinichiro walked away and decided to take a bath.
Shinichiro knew fully well that he couldn't make a choice. During his bath, Suseri pops up and decides to wash his back but instead of the normal way, she uses her breasts instead. Unable to cope under the pressure, Shinichiro slips and is knocked unconscious. He then wakes up to realize that Suseri has kidnapped him. She then explains to him that she only wanted him for his power and that she wanted him to beat Sakuya. Shinichiro did not tolerate the fact hat she tried to seduce him and that she wants to use him as just a tool. She offered to finish what she started if that's what he wanted.
This conversation was cut short when they realize that the road was empty. They were then captured by an unknown fog causing them to go into another dimension. A car then passes by and they notice that there was no driver meaning that the car itself was a specter. Suseri's driver uses a 12-guage shotgun with spell-charmed bullets to quickly destroy it. After it was destroyed, a multitude of car specters show up, but the driver quickly destroys them too. Afterwards, a red car shows up with the driver struggling and begging for help. The car then sucked his life force away killing him instantly. The car then comes to life and attacks. It's revealed that the car is a gloom car, a very strong car specter.
The gloom car grabs hold of Suseri's driver, but Suseri stops it by using her Spirit Summoning Technique: Kamaitachi. Unfortunately, the gloom car quickly recovers and devours Suseri's driver. Suseri then tells Shinichiro to kiss her to increase spiritual energy, but he refuses feeling that if he did, he'd be betraying Sakuya. Suseri then tells him to kiss her or else he'll die, but that ended with Sakuya interfering and defeating gloom car. It then creates a flame to spread around them causing them to get inside the car. The gloom car gets back up and starts eating the car they were in. Suseri tells Shinichiro to kiss her, but he couldn't move in the position he was in. As a matter of fact the only person he could kiss at that moment was Sakuya. The car began to collapse which led to Shinichiro kissing Sakuya again. This time he started seeing visions on what looked like Sakuya's past. Sakuya then used her Bow Spirit Technique: Murasame and quickly defeated the gloom car for good. Suseri then asked Sakuya if she wanted to give Shinichiro to her, and Sakuya responded no. Suseri understood knowing that if she did take him, he'd run away and return to Sakuya, so she decided to depart.
A few days have passed by since that incident, and Shinichiro and Sakuya notice a familiar car in front of the school. It turns out that it was Suseri and her assistant Mari Souma. When asked by Sakuya why she started to attending this school, Suseri gave two reasons: she wanted to win over Shinichiro and that she was investigating another possible specter case. She also informed them that the gloom car had traces of a magic circle meaning that the gloom car was summoned by someone. Suseri then accuses Sakuya of the magic circle claiming that if someone's using magical circles, they would be a Western Mage. This infuriated Sakuya to the point that she slapped Suseri without hesitation.
Aware of her upset mood, Shinichiro asked Sakuya what Suseri meant by this, but she dodged the question claiming that it had nothing to do with him. Feeling sorry for her, he asked her what she wanted for dinner, and she wanted Irish stew which was a dish Shinichiro has never made before, but that led to her complaining like a little kid wanting candy.
Later on, Shinichiro and Sakuya began to notice that a barrier was put up around the school and a park nearby. It was then revealed that Suseri was responsible for it and that she was hunting down the specter right then and there. Shinichiro and Sakuya arrive in time to see that Suseri was battling the specter, a specter in the form of samurai gear from the feudal era. It was believed that the battle was over but the specter put itself back together like it was never hurt at all. The specter then made clones of itself and began its attack. Suseri uses Spirit Summoning Technique: Kamaitachi while Sakuya uses Bow Spirit Technique: Tsumagare taking out most of the clones, or so they thought. The clones then got back up as if nothing happened. Suseri then tells Shinichiro to kiss her, but Shinichiro wouldn't do it unless it was okay with Sakuya which she quickly said no. Suseri then asked Sakuya if she'll kiss Shinichiro which she hesitated to answer. Sakuya decided to dodge the question and told Shinichiro to lure the specter with Tamako's help. He did as she said, and the plan worked in the end, or so it seemed.
It was revealed that it wasn't a specter at all. With a seal inside the helmet that spelled out "emeth" (this is Hebrew for "truth"), it was revealed to be a Golem. A Golem is created by Western Magic, so they knew how to defeat. This plan was dependent on Shinichiro. He needed to erase the e in "emeth" so that it would say "meth" (this is Hebrew for "death"). Sakuya, Suseri and Tamako clear a path for Shinichiro so that he could take the helmet and erase the e finally putting an end to the Golem.
Sakuya then notices a mysterious aura around the katana the Golem was wielding. When she picked it up, the katana possessed her. It was revealed that the katana contained a strong spirit inside of it. This was all a trap to begin with. Shinichiro then notice a mysterious woman in the sky revealed to be the responsible for not only this incident but the gloom car incident as well. Fully possessed by the katana, Sakuya began attacking the others. Suseri decided to kill her, but Shinichiro stepped in her line of fire causing him to get injured by Suseri's attack. Shinichiro then confronts the possessed Sakuya grabbing the katana before she could attack, but the katana made contact with his mouth causing Shinichiro to see visions again, but this time it learned the katana's true name, Yashou. He tamed the katana, and the mysterious Western Mage escaped.
The next day, it was revealed that Shinichiro had a special ability called The Eye of Truth. With this, he can learn the true name of any anything and anyone by just kissing them. When realizing this, Sakuya began avoiding him fearing that he may learn her true name. Later that day, the Western Mage returned this time holding a few of the students hostage. Sakuya used Murasame on her, but that ended up killing some of the students, They were then literally caught in a web by a spider-like specter, and some of their life force began to drain. Left with no other option, Shinichiro forcibly kissed Sakuya, even though she didn't want him to even if it meant she would die, which not only increased Sakuya's spiritual energy but it also caused Shinichiro to see the same visions he saw when he kissed her last time, this time in more detail. Through this, he learned that Sakuya's true name was Isuca. Sakuya defeated the specter at a difficult cost. Shinichiro has now become Sakuya's master.
Days have passed, and Sakuya constantly avoids Shinichiro. Shinichiro becomes worried, so he went to the school nurse to learn why she was acting this way. He then learned that in the Shimazu family, if any family member has their true name discovered by anybody, they will be exiled from the family. This caused Shinichiro to worry even more. Suseri then talks to him telling him to join her claiming that Sakuya is now a lost cause. Shinichiro refused saying that Sakuya would not give up over something like this. Suseri then discontinued her persuasion saying that it wouldn't feel right if she won because of this. Instead, she asked him to take good care of Sakuya.
That afternoon, Shinichiro finally got the chance to talk to Sakuya. First, she asked him what he saw when he kissed her. He saw what looked like her as a kid and a man giving her a stuffed bird. She then tells him that the reason why she wants to become head was to find her parents. She told him that her father was a Western Mage and was shunned by the Shimazu family along with her mother.
Later on, Sakuya receives a package, a mirror. This mirror sends her and Shinichiro into another dimension where they not only see the Western Mage but also a spirit impersonating Sakuya's past self. Sakuya was on the the verge of giving in to her past self, but Shinichiro snapped some sense into her telling her that she's not that girl anymore. He also promises her that he will stay by her side until the day where she could reunite with her parents. He then chases after the spirit and kisses to learn that its true name is Kousuisen. Sakuya then seals this spirit away causing them to return to their world. Sakuya is then brought to tears, and Shinichiro then comforts her.
A few days pass, and Sakuya is back to her chipper mood thanks to Shinichiro. They return home to see Tamako trying on Sakuya's undergarments which enrages Sakuya. Shinichiro cooks dinner while simultaneously argues with Sakuya about his love interest. This was interrupted by Nadeshiko, the school nurse, giving him Yashou, the katana that he tamed by learning its true name.
Shinichiro and the others then begin their next battle against a smoke specter their only choice to defeat this specter was the ventilation system. Shinichiro took initiative and opened the vents at the cost of nearly dying of suffocation. Brought back to life by Sakuya, he recovers his energy and follow the others to Suseri's location where they see an injured Suseri next to the Western Mage who later reveals her name to be Isuca (Coincidence?). Sakuya is enraged by this that she removed the red rope on her bow reveal it to be a seal and firing an arrow that severed Isuca's (the Western Mage) arm. This came at cost, it put Sakuya in a coma.
After the rest of her wounds were healed, it was up to Shinichiro to wake up. She was comatose because of the massive amount of spiritual energy she used when she removed the seal on her bow. Shinichiro then refills her spiritual energy by kissing her (can someone say Sleeping Beauty reference).
A few days later, Shinichiro later encounters Suseri while on his way to the shopping district. Suseri decided to tag along with him. He goes on about how much Sakuya was a picky eater, but that conversation didn't last long because Shinichiro knew that something was wrong with Suseri. Suseri then tells him that she wasn't a picky eater because she raised not to have favorite things especially favorite foods. They then stop by an ice cream store where Shinichiro decided to buy her a cone, but that was postponed because Suseri accidently bumped into a man with a cone in his hand causing her to get some ice cream on her clothes. Shinichiro then buys her some new clothes and then buys her an ice cream cone. She then tells him that she now has a favorite food and that eh hopes to enjoy it with her in the future and then departs.
Shinichiro returns with Sakuya and Tamako wondering why it took so long shopping. He says it's a long story but doesn't go into details. Moments later, an injured Suseri shows up, and Shinichiro asks Mari why she is injured. She tells him that Suseri was performing the ritual of exorcism which provoked him to tag along with Suseri and finish the ritual. The battle begins and they are battling the lightning beast Shinichiro fought against when first learning about the Shimazu family. When he noticed that Suseri was hesitating, Shinichiro stabs the lightning beast in the leg. He planned to learn its true name but gets knocked backed by a jolt of lightning. Suseri tries to use healing magic on him, but he told her to keep it for herself before he feel unconscious. While unconscious, he begins to visions of what looks like Suseri as a kid going through the ceremony of choosing her true name. The name Sakuya immediately came out of his mouth. He wakes up to see that lightning beast has been tamed, and Suseri asks him to to name it. He reluctantly chose the name Shiro, and Suseri went along with it.
Immense Spiritual EnergyEdit
He somehow contains a lot of spiritual energy and can regenerate it anytime he gets drained of it. He can give others his spiritual energy just by kissing, but it does come at a risk.
The Eye of TruthEdit
He can learn anybodys True-name by kissing them.
After obtaining the sword Yashaou, Shinichiro has minimal training with a sword.