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Adalbert von Grantz (フォングランツ・アーダルベルト)

Race: Mazoku

The first Mazoku Yuuri meets in Shinma Kingdom, although Adalbert now hates and has renounced all ties with the Mazoku. He sides with the Humans, sometimes inciting them against the Mazoku and other Humans allied with the Mazoku.

Adalbert knows some Houjutsu and is a superb swordsman. He "teaches" Yuuri the language of the Mazoku by awakening his soul-memories of his past life.

Akai (赤井)

The owner of a golf course in Ibaraki Prefecture who seeks Tachibana Yoshiaki's help with a statue which he believes to be possessed. He is described as a bespectacled man around sixty years of age, who has a slightly sun-burnt, long, thin face and looks like he would be more comfortable in farm clothing than in a suit.

Akanue (赤鵺)

Mori Ranmaru's underling, whose name means "red nue." He is described as short white-haired old man with a bent back and a long, narrow, deeply wrinkled face. His voice is harsh, raven-like. He is sent by Ranmaru to keep an eye on Sassa Narimasa, but becomes prey to the Hiragumo.

Akasaka (赤坂)

Takaya's Physics teacher for Year Two at Jouhoku High.

Akechi Mitsuhide (明智光秀)
1526 - 1582

Title: Hyuga no Kami
Also known as: Koreta Mitsuhide

A talented general and poet who belonged to the inner circle of Oda Nobunaga's vassals. He later ambushed Nobunaga at Honnou Temple in 1582, killing both Nobunaga and his heir, Oda Nobutada. Akechi Mitsuhide then proclaimed himself the new shogun, but soon clashed against Toyotomi Hideyoshi's forces and was defeated in the Battle of Yamazaki only 13 days later. He was killed en route to his stronghold of Sakamoto Castle in the village of Ogurusu by a bandit with a bamboo spear (though an alternate theory states that he was not killed but became a monk instead).

Akiba Noriaki (秋葉徳晶)

Possessed by: Houjou Ujimasa

Akiba Noriaki is managing director of a large hotel chain as well as a member of the board of directors of a business group involved in the hotel and transportation industries. Due to his connections, he is also an influential voice in the political and financial worlds.

He is in his mid-forties when Ujimasa possesses him. Ujimasa uses his residence in the Narusawa villa region near Kirifuri Falls in Nikkou as his base.

All-Hanshin Giant (オール阪神巨人)

A comedy duo formed in 1975 of the team of All-Giant and All-Hanshin. Their name is based on a pun: because of the 9 inches' height difference between them, they are the Giant and a Half ("half" is pronounced "hanshin", which is also homonym to the name of a baseball team, Hanshin, traditional rival of the Giants in the Japanese baseball Central League.)

Amakasu Kagemochi (甘粕景持)
? - 1604

Also known as: Amakasu Nagashige (甘粕長重)
Title: Oumi no Kami

A vassal of the Uesugi Clan whose valor was on par with that of Kakizaki Kageie. He served as rear guard in the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima, and his daring in battle was such that even Takeda Shingen praised him, saying, "Is Kenshin in the rear guard?"

After Uesugi Kenshin's death, he supported Uesugi Kagekatsu in the Otate no Ran.

Anissina von Karbelnikoff (フォンカーベルニコフ卿アニシナ)

Also known as: Crimson Anissina
Title: Lady
Race: Mazoku

Anissina is one of the three great witches of Shinma Kingdom. She is called 'Crimson Anissina' because of her red hair, which looks like it's on fire.

Antoine Jean LePierre (アントワーヌ・ジャン・レピエール)

Title: King
Race: Human

Ao (アオ)

Yuuri's horse, which is from a rare jet-black line, is shorter, stouter, and has thicker legs than the typical racehorse, and has a warhorse's desposition. She has two hearts, which allows her to continue running even if one heart stops. Ao was personally trained by Conrad.

Aoki (青木)

A man in his thirties, Shiohara Kouzou's private driver and an eyewitness to his death.

Arai Kimihiko (新井公彦)

Kousaka Danjou's current incarnation, who is apparently a university student (ref: Takaya Baito Jigoku Meguri Hen track 5) when he's not traipsing around the country by Shingen's order.

He's described as a handsome youth (early 20s) with bewitching full red lips, glossy black hair, and a slender figure.

Araki Murashige (荒木村重)
1535 - 1586

Title: Settsu no Kami

A vassal of Oda Nobunaga, born in what is now Ikeda City in Osaka as eldest son and heir to Araki Yoshimura (some say Araki Takamura). He served as vassal to Ikeda Katsumasa and married the daughter of Ikeda Nagamasa. He later served the Miyoshi Clan when they took over the Ikeda Clan, but was noticed by Nobunaga and allowed to become a vassal of the Oda Clan.

Nobunaga gave him Settsu Province as well as several castles, and Murashige fought in many of Nobunaga's wars, including the ten-year siege of Ishiyama Hongan Temple.

In October of 1578, Murashige suddenly revolted against Nobunaga. (Opinions differ on why he did so; Nobunaga apparently held Murashige in high esteem, and his betrayal came as a shock.) Oda's army besieged Murashige at Itami Castle, and he resisted bitterly for the space of a year. However, when his attendants Nakagawa Kiyohide and Takayama Ukon betrayed him, he was left at a severe disadvantage. Thereafter he fled alone to the Mouri Clan. His wife and children as well as soldiers and everyone else left behind at Itami Castle (some 600 people) were executed at Kyoto.

In 1582, after Oda's death and Toyotomi Hideyoshi came to power, Murashige returned to Sakai City in Osaka as a master of the tea ceremony. In the beginning he called himself Araki Douhun (荒木道糞), formed of the characters for "road" and "excrement" in remorse for abandoning his wife and children. Later, Hideyoshi forgive him his past errors and gave him the name Doukun (道薫), with "excrement" changed to "fragrance".

He died in Sakai at the age of 52.

Asada (朝田)

Asada is the Managing Director of Nikkou Industries, a Fukuoka-based client of Hazama Confectionery. Hazama and Naoe are on their way to have dinner with him and his wife at the Royal Hotel in Nakanoshima when they are attacked by a kanshousha.

Asakura Kagetane (朝倉景胤)
? - 1575

A vassal of the Asakura Clan of Echizen, he surrendered to Oda Nobunaga upon the destruction of the clan, but later joined the Ikkou-ikki of Echizen along with Asakura Kagetake, another former Asakura vassal. In 1575 he was killed along with Kagetake after being defeated again by Nobunaga.

Asaoka Maiko (浅岡麻木子)

A woman who, though skeptical of psychic phenomenon, seeks Naoe's help for her comatose brother, Asaoka Shinya, who appears in her dreams begging for her to save him.

Her family owns Asaoka Inn on the banks of Lake Chuuzenjiview map location, and she is known as a local beauty.

Asaoka Shinya (浅岡慎也)

Asaoka Maiko's younger brother, who is in a coma and comes to his sister in her dreams asking for help.

Naoe learns that Shinya's soul has been devoured by the tsutsuga and bound into one of the sacred cedar trees at Futarasan Shrine because of his ability to see people's deaths before they happen.

Ashikaga Haruuji (足利晴氏)
1508 - June 20, 1560

Title: Koga Kubou (1535 - 1552)

Haruuji was born eldest son to Ashikaga Takamoto. He formed an alliance with Houjou Ujitsuna in 1538 and married his daughter Houjunin. However, he was hostile towards Ujitsuna's successor Houjou Ujiyasu, and formed an alliance with Ougigayatsu-Uesugi Tomosada and Yamanouchi-Uesugi Norimasa. He joined them in a attack on the Houjou in the Battle of Kawagoe Castle in 1546, the loss of which deprived him of the power of Koga Kubou. He was forced to confer that title on his second son Ashikaga Yoshiuji (whose mother was Houjunin) in 1552. Two years later, his castle at Koga was attacked by Ujiyasu, and he was confined to Hatano in Sagami. He was allowed to return to Koga Castle in 1557, but was confined to Kurihashi Castle when the coup he was planning to bring his eldest son Ashikaga Fujiuji back to power came to light.

He died in 1560 at the age of 53.

Ashikaga Yoshiaki (足利義昭)
Dec. 5, 1537 - Oct. 9, 1597

Ashikaga Yoshiaki was installed by Oda Nobunaga as the 15th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate after the death of his brother Ashikaga Yoshiteru, the 13th shogun in 1565 followed by the death of their cousin, Ashikaga Yoshihide, in 1568.

At first Yoshiaki was grateful towards Nobunaga, but began to chafe at remaining a puppet to him. He secretly communicated with Kennyo of Hongan Temple and Takeda Shingen about the formation of an anti-Nobunaga coalition. The coalition was later joined by such generals as Azai Nagamasa, Matsunaga Hisahide, and Miyoshi Yoshitsugu.

However, Yoshiaki was driven out of Kyoto in 1573 by Nobunaga after the death of Shingen, effectively ending the Ashikaga Shogunate.

Ashikaga Yoshiteru (足利義輝)
1536 - 1565

The 13th shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate, Ashikaga Yoshiteru became shogun at the age of 11 and reigned from 1546 to 1565. During a period when the shogun was a puppet to the powerful daimyo around him, Yoshiteru was nevertheless respected for his displomacy, and many famous daimyo such as Oda Nobunaga and Uesugi Kenshin traveled to the capital to pay their respects.

Yoshiteru committed suicide in Kyoto when Matsunaga Hisahide invaded with Miyoshi Yoshitsugu and overran his few personal troops.

Ashina Morioki (蘆名盛興)
1547 - 1575

17th head of the Ashina Clan, Ashina Moriuji's son and heir. His wife was the daughter of Date Harumune.

Morioki became the head of the clan in 1561 upon his father's retirement, but he died early (possible causes were illness, alcohol poisoning, and defeat in battle) and left the clan without an heir.

Ashina Moritaka (蘆名盛隆)
1561 - 1584

Also known as: Heitarou (平太郎), Nikaidou Moritaka (二階堂盛隆)

18th generation lord of the Ashina Clan who was adopted by Ashina Moriuji to continue the family line. He was originally the son of Nikaidou Moriyoshi and a hostage of the Ashina Clan, but was adopted into the clan when Ashina Morioki's early death left the clan without an heir.

However, he was very unpopular with the Ashina retainers after his succession, and was assassinated at the age of 24.

Afterwards, his widow took the clan in hand. He had two daughters, one of whom became the wife of the next clan head, Ashina Yoshihiro

Ashina Moriuji (蘆名盛氏)
1521 - 1580

Also known as: Shishisai (止々斎)

Son of Ashina Morikiyo and 16th generation lord of the Ashina Clan who probably became head of the clan around 1537, which is around the time that he married a daughter of the Date Clan and formed an alliance with Tamura Takaaki.

He expanded the domain of the Ashina and did much to improve the clan's economic condition, thereby bringing about the golden age of the Ashina.

Moriuji turned over the rule of the clan to his heir Ashina Morioki in 1561 and retired to Iwasaki Castle, shaving off his hair and taking the name of Shishisai. However, he retained power over political and military affairs.

In 1575 when Ashina Morioki died without an heir, and because Moriuji had no other heirs, he adopted a hostage of the clan: Nikaidou Moritaka, the son of Nikaidou Moriyoshi, and married him to Morioki's widow. Moritaka then became Ashina Moritaka and the next clan head.

Moriuji died in 1580 at the age of 60. With him ended the golden age of the Ashina; a mere 9 years later, the clan would be destroyed by Date Masamune.

Ashina Yoshihiro (芦名義広/蘆名義広)
1575 - 1631

Also known as: 盛重, 義勝

Second son of the daimyo Satake Yoshishige, he became the 20th head of the Ashina Clan when he married Ashina Moritaka's daughter. However, he lost the Ashina lands to Date Masamune after the betrayal of one of the Ashina's key vassals at the Battle of Suriagehara in 1589. He then fled to Hitachi and was later given land there by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Ayukawa Morinaga (鮎川盛長)

Son of Ayukawa Kiyonaga, master of Oobasawa Castle, vassal of Uesugi Kenshin. Though descended from the same family as the Honjou Clan, the Ayukawa Clan took the side of the Uesugi family and fought the Honjou Clan when it repeatedly rose against Uesugi, though the Ayukawa Clan usually lost its battles.

In the Otate no Ran, when the Honjou Clan supported Uesugi Kagekatsu, Morinaga turned to Uesugi Kagetora, though the Ayukawa Clan lost again to the Honjou Clan. Morinaga was immediately allowed to return to serve Kagekatsu.

Bandou Eiji (板東英二)

Bandou Eiji was a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons from 1959 to 1969 before becoming a television entertainer, hosting several variety and game shows throughout his career.

Bandou-kun (バンドウくん)

A dolphin Yuuri meets at Sea World, one of whom was shaking his hand when Yuuri is tugged into the pool on his third trip to Shinma Kingdom. The other is Eiji-kun. Together, the dolphins' names become Bandou Eiji, a Japanese TV entertainer.

Basilio von Rochefort (フォンロシュフォール・バシリオ)

Titles: Maou
Also called: The Cruel
Race: Mazoku

The 19th Maou of the Mazoku, Basilio von Rochefort ruled almost a thousand years ago and was the last Maou to wield the demon sword Morgif.

Beatrice (ベアトリス)

Race: Human

Beatrice is the daughter of Hiscruyff, an adorable six-year-old girl with light brown hair typically tied in two ponytails and pale blue eyes the color of ramune marbles. Yuuri dances her first dance with her and saves her from being knocked over the side of their luxury liner by a pirate. He later learns that she is a princess of Cavalcade and is in line to inherit the throne.

Beltran von Radford (フォンラドフォード・ベルトラン)

Titles: Maou
Also called: The Lion King
Race: Mazoku

The 24th Maou of the Mazoku.

Berard (ベラール)

Race: Human

Brandon (ブランドン)

Race: Human

One of the five children in the first village (composed of human refugees) Yuuri passes through in Shinma Kingdom, a boy whose voice is just starting to change.

Brittany von Wincott (フォンウィンコット・ブリッタニー)

Titles: Maou
Also called: The Blood-Spiller
Race: Mazoku

The 14th Maou of the Mazoku.

Byakuime (白衣女)

Called "the Lady in White", she is the guardian deity of the land around Uozu Castle and a member of the Meikai Uesugi Army. With her "Bell of Spiritual Repose" (Chinkon no Kane), she keeps the three thousand Uesugi soldiers of Uozu Castle pacified. She is described as an ephemeral woman with long hair, dressed in a white kimono.

Cäcilie von Spitzweg (フォンシュピッツヴェーグ卿ツェツィーリエ)

Also called: Cäli, Golden Cäli
Titles: Maou (former), Lady
Race: Mazoku

The 26th Maou of Shinma Kingdom and one of the three great witches of Shinma Kingdom. Yuuri was summoned to become the next Maou of Shinma Kingdom when she decided to step down. Cäcilie looks around 30 (approx. 150 Mazoku years) and is the mother of Gwendal, Conrad, and Wolfram, each with a different father. Her brother, Stuffel von Spitzweg, held much of the power of the kingdom when Cäcilie was the Maou.

Yuuri describes Cäcilie as a beautiful woman with emerald eyes and golden ringlets reaching down to her waist. He calls her, variously, a "bombshell", an "absolute pheromone system", Miss Sexy, Miss Pheromone, Sexy Queen, etc.

Chevalier (シュバリエ)

Lady Cäcilie's attendant who takes charge of Rick on board the Captive of Love luxury cruiser. Yuuri's only description of him is that he is blond.

Chiaki Shuuhei (千秋修平)

Birthday: Apr. 1
Height: 6'
Weight: 150 lbs
Blood type: B
Possessed by: Yasuda Nagahide.

The current incarnation of Yasuda Nagahide who shows up in Takaya's class one day after hypnotizing everyone into believing that he's been one of Takaya's best friends for ages. He is described as being a prodigy at Jouhoku High who is popular both with the teachers and the girls. He wears glasses, has a well-proportioned body, and gives the impression of cool maturity. He is around two years older than Takaya and lives alone. He appears to have cut off all ties with his family.

Notes: He appears as 'Chiaki' in narration. Naoe and Haruie call him 'Nagahide', and Takaya calls him Chiaki. Most of the students at Jouhoku High call him Chiaki-kun.

Choukai (長海)

A middle-aged Shugen Houin priest from Mount Haguroview map location who performs the Gouzanze Myouou-hou, one of the dual ceremonies used to neutralize the 'kinrin no hou' curse in Sendai along with his fellow priest Keishun.

Chousokabe Motochika (長宗我部元親)
1539 - Sept. 12, 1599

Chousokabe Motochika was a daimyo of Tosa Province and 20th head of the Chousokabe Clan. He was the eldest son and heir of Chousokabe Kunichika, the 19th head. He was decorated for his first campaign at the age of 22.

After he succeeded as clan head, he took control of the entire Tosa Province, then managed to take Awa Province, Sanuki Province, and Iyo Province at the fall of the Miyoshi, Sogou, and Kouno clans, respectively. However, his hold over the four provinces lasted for just a few weeks, for he lost the three provinces he had gained in the Siege of the Four Provinces in 1585 to Toyotomi Hideyoshi (then still serving Oda Nobunaga).

During the next decade, Motochika fought several campaigns under Hideyoshi with his sons, including the Siege of Odawara in 1590 in which he led the Chousokabe Navy.

He died of illness in 1599 and was succeeded by his fourth son Chousokabe Morichika.

Conrart Weller (ウェラー卿コンラート)

Also called: Conrad, Lion of Ruttenberg
Titles: Lord, Excellency, Highness (former), Commander (former)
Race: half Mazoku (mother), half Human (father)

Yuuri's protector, second son of Cäcilie von Spitzweg, the previous Maou, and Dan Healy Weller a human swordsman. He has no Majutsu, but is one of the best swordsmen in the realm. He was born in Ruttenberg.

He looks around 19 or 20 (approx. 100 Mazoku years) and has been practicing swordsmanship for 80 years. He has short dark brown hair and light brown eyes with scattered flecks of silver. There are traces of an old scar across his eyebrows, as well as evidence of old injuries on his fingers and the backs of his hands. Yuuri describes him as "someone for whom life is the culmination of having lived every moment until this one: not as a beloved of God or an artist's construct, but rather one who has lived his life his own way."

Dacascos (ダカスコス)

Race: Mazoku

Daigo-tennou (醍醐天皇)
885 - 930

The 60th emperor of Japan, who ascended to the throne at the age of 12 upon his father Emperor Uda's abdication and reigned for 33 years. He abdicated in 930 due to illness and entered the Buddhist priesthood. He died shortly after.

Daihouji Yoshiuji (武藤義氏)
1551 - 1583

Also known as: Mutou Yoshiuji (武藤義氏)

Head of the Dewa Daihouji Clan, son of Daihouji Yoshimasu. The Daihouji supported the Uesugi Clan in the background. In order to repel invasion by Mogami Yoshiaki, Yoshiuji formed an alliance with the Date Clan in 1574, but it failed. He later fostered good relations with Oda Nobunaga for the same purpose, but when Nobunaga died in 1583, he was betrayed by vassals in collusion with Yoshiaki and was killed.

Yoshiuji was known for his prowess in battle and fought in many campaigns, but neglected administration of his own lands. He was also prone to violent behavior, and was called a bad lord by his people.

Dan Healy Weller (ダンヒーリー・ウェラー)

Race: Human

A wandering swordsman "with not a penny to his name" and second husband of Cäcilie von Spitzweg, father of Conrart Weller.

Date Hidemune (伊達秀宗)
1591 - 1658

First-born son of Date Masamune who could not inherit his father's position as head of the Date Clan because his mother was a concubine. Hidemune became the founding lord of Uwajima-han in Iyo Province.

Date Kojirou (伊達小次郎)
1568? - 1590

Also known as: childhood—Jikumaru (竺丸)

Second son of Date Terumune and Yoshihime, Kojirou was favored by his mother over his older brother Date Masamune for succession as head of the Date Clan. However, Terumune favored Masamune, who became head of the Date Clan in 1584.

Yoshihime planned the assassination of Masamune, but after she failed to poison him in 1590, Masamune ordered Kojirou's death.

Date Masamune (伊達政宗)
1567 - 1636

Titles: Echizen no Kami, Mutsu no Kami
Also known as: birth—Bontenmaru (梵天丸), adult—Tojirou (藤次郎), posthumous—Teizan (貞山), self-introduction—Fujiwara no Masamune (藤原政宗), religious—Takeru Hikonomikoto (武振彦命), nickname—One-Eyed Dragon (独眼竜)

Date Masamune was a powerful daimyo in the Northeastern part of Japan during the Sengoku Period. He was the 17th-generation head of the Date Clan and the founding daimyo of Sendai-han. He was the eldest son of Date Terumune and Yoshihime, the daughter of Mogami Yoshimori.

Masamune was born in Yonezawa Castle (modern-day Yamagata Prefecture). He lost the use of his right eye after falling ill of smallpox in his childhood, and would later come to be known as the One-eyed Dragon. However, because of it his mother thought him unfit for rule of the clan, and favored his younger brother. When Date Terumune retired from the position of the clan head in 1584, Masamune killed his brother and became the head of the clan at 18.

Masamune was known as a brilliant tactician. Shortly after he became head of the clan, Oouchi Sadatsuna, a Date vassal, defected to the Ashina Clan in the Aizu region of Mutsu Province. Masamune declared war on the Ashina for the betrayal, but was forced to retreat by the Ashina general, Iwashiro Morikuni. Three months later, Masamune laid seige to Oouchi's stronghold at Otemori. It was said that he put some 800 people to the sword in retaliation for the betrayal. Thereafter the Hatakeyama Clan, the traditional rival of the Date Clan, kidnapped Masamune's father, who was then killed in battle when Masamune and his troops engaged the kidnappers. War ensued between the two clans, and Masamune would ruthlessly subjugate his neighboring clans, even those who were allied by marriage or kinship. He defeated the Ashina Clan in 1589, but was called by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to lay siege to Odawara Castle of the Houjou Clan.

He served both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, though neither trusted him completely due to his ambition and aggression. Under Tokugawa Ieyasu Masamune controlled one of the largest fiefdoms in Japan and turned Sendai from a small fishing village to a large and prosperous city. He encouraged foreigners and was largely lenient towards Christanity and its practioners. He funded and backed the first Japanese expedition to sail around the world, which visited such places as the Philippines, Mexico, Spain and Pope Paul V in Rome.

He died in Edo at the age of 70 of esophageal cancer, and was entombed in the Zuihouden according to his last will and testament. His second son (eldest son by his legal wife Megohime) Date Tadamune inherited the position of clan head after him.

Date Shigezane (伊達成実)
1568 - 1646

Cousin of Date Masamune, second-in-command of Sendai-han, eldest son and heir of Date Sanemoto and the daughter of Date Harumune (who were originally uncle and niece). He entered Date Masamune's service from childhood and was later decorated for his role in many of the clan's wars.

In 1595, due to dissatisfaction over reward for the Imjin War, Shigezane left Masamune and fled to Mount Kouya.

In 1600, during the Battle of Sekigahara, Uesugi Kagekatsu offered Shigezane an exorbitant reward to become a vassal of the Uesugi Clan, but he refused, saying "I would never serve a vassal house." (Uesugi Sadazane, the last of the Uesugi Clan bloodline to be lord of Echigo, once wanted to adopted Shigezane's father, but the Date Clan refused. If the adoption had taken place, Shigezane would have become the lord of Echigo after his father, and Kagekatsu, as one of the Nagao Clan, would have been a vassal under Shigezane's service.)

Shigezane returned to Masamune's service in autumn of 1600, and later served in the new Shogunate in important roles.

Shigezane's prowess in battle was acknowledged by various daimyo of the age. (He was called 'Date Shigezane the Brave', and he, along with 'Katakura Kagetsuna the Wise', were named 'the twin jewels of the Date'.) He also wrote a famous history of Date Masamune, called the 'Shigezane Chronicles'.

Date Tadamune (伊達忠宗)
1600 - 1658

The second-generation lord of Sendai-han, 18th head of the Date Clan, second son of Date Masamune. His mother, Megohime, daughter of Tamura Kiyoaki was the legal wife of Date Masamune, making Date Tadamune his father's eldest legitimate son. He became the lord of Sendai-han at 38 after his father's death.

He raised Sendai-han's social status greatly during his governance, and was called 'the wise enterprising lord'. He died at the age of 60 and was entombed in the Kansenden.