Characters of X (manga)

Characters of X (manga)

This article describes the fictional characters of the "X" manga series. "X" takes place in the year 1999. The end of the world is fast approaching as superhuman individuals gather and take sides in the city of Tokyo, site for the battle of Armageddon.

The characters are represented by a Tarot card included in each manga volume, including the first artbook (Volume Zero).

Main characters

Kamui Shirō

The protagonist of X, nihongo|Kamui Shirō|司狼 神威|Shirō Kamui is a powerful esper whose destiny to decide whether the world should be destroyed so it may be reborn without humanity or save the world so humanity can continue to live in its current state.

In Kamui's childhood, he lived in Tokyo, across the street from the Togakushi Jinja. Shortly after moving in, Kamui became fast friends with Fūma and Kotori Monou. Kamui and Kotori showed affection for each other at a very early age, which culminated in Kamui asking Kotori whether he could become her "bride". He has sworn to Fūma to protect her and never make her cry, and in exchange Fūma promised to protect him. In the TV series, this and several other childhood scenes from the manga were replaced by a scene in which young Kamui prevents Kotori from falling out of a tree at the risk of his own life. After this incident, Fūma, grateful to Kamui for saving his younger sister, pledged to Kamui that should he ever need help, Fūma would come to his aid.

At the age of nine, Kamui left Tokyo with his mother Tōru and moved to Okinawa. They lived in relative peace for six years until Tōru's death. As Tōru burned alive, preventing Kamui from saving her with her own power, she implored Kamui to return to Tōkyō to seek his destiny.

Upon his return, Kamui appears cold, ruthless, and unsympathetic but this is an act to drive Kotori and Fūma away in an attempt to protect them. Kamui's goal is to retrieve the Shinken from the Togakushi Jinja and leave Tōkyō as quickly as possible. Kamui comes into contact with Daisuke, Arashi, and Hinoto in quite abrasive manners, resulting in several pitched battles. After Sorata's and Yuzuriha's respective arrivals, Kamui's violent behavior is tempered by their friendly demeanors.

Kamui ultimately chooses his destiny as one of the Dragons of Heaven, forcing Fūma to join with the Dragons of Earth.

After Kotori's death and Fūma's disastrous awakening as the other Kamui, he falls into a state of catatonia, directly paralleling Subaru's own experience during "Tokyo Babylon". After Subaru retrieved Kamui's consciousness from the depths of his soul, the two mutually identified with one another, having lived through heartbreakingly similar circumstances of the death of loved ones at the hands of a close friend or lover. Ironically enough, it is Kotori's death that brings Kamui's kind and compassionate nature back to the surface again.

Kamui has stated that his wish is to protect Fūma and to return him to his former self at all costs—even if he has to injure Fūma in order to accomplish this goal. In the TV series he achieves his goal, though it cost him his own life, whereas in the movie Kamui decapitates Fūma, and remains the only character who stayed alive. In the manga however, the Dragon of Earth Kamui, who can see other peoples' wishes, states that this is not Kamui's true wish, and Kamui won't be able to win against him unless he realizes and changes his true wish. This is also given as the reason that Kamui is, as of yet, unable to generate a kekkai in the manga.

An alternate version of Kamui makes an appearance in CLAMP's crossover series, "", as one of the vampire twins Seishirō is after. In "Tsubasa Reservior Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations", he is voiced by Mamoru Miyano.

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents The Magician.

anime voices|Tomokazu Seki|Alan D. Marriott in the feature film

anime voices|Kenichi Suzumura|Steve Staley in the TV series

Fūma Monou

The primary antagonist and Kamui's dear friend, nihongo|Fūma Monou|桃生 封真|Monou Fūma is initially kind and gentle. He helps his father dutifully and dotes upon his younger sister Kotori, and excels at high-school sports. After Nataku attacks Kyōgo and steals the first Shinken, Fūma's dying father tells him that he is Kamui's twin star. Accordingly, when Kamui chooses the Dragons of Heaven, Fūma is forced to become a Dragon of Earth, immediately attacking Kamui and killing Kotori. He proceeds to grant wishes to the characters with whom he interacts, in ways that often lead to their death or that of a loved one. Though he is portrayed as sadistic in the movie and TV series, the manga portrays Fūma in a less fiendish light.

Interestingly, it seems that Fūma (as the Kamui of the Dragons of Earth) can view, or in some other way sense, the true, heart-felt wishes of others—and even more strangely, it seems as though he is (at the very least) strongly compelled to grant the wishes of others, if not outright-forced to. Fūma does not always work in purely destructive ways; for instance, in volume fourteen of the manga, Fūma spares the life of a young girl and her mother before blasting Ebisu Garden Place to bits. His explanation for this seems to be that the young girl "still truly wished to live".

As if to add to the complexity that is Fūma's character, even before his awakening, Fūma reminds whoever is looking at him of the person they care most about (to Nataku, Fūma looks like Masaki Tōjyō, the father of the girl Nataku was cloned from; to Subaru, he looks like Seishirō; to Yuzuriha, he looks like Kusanagi; to Karen, he looks like Seiichirō).

After Fūma's drastic transformation into the Kamui of the Dragons of Earth, he is referred to in the manga solely as "Kamui" (which sometimes makes for awkward translation, due to confusion with the "actual" Kamui). In fanon, Fūma is often referred to as "the Dark Kamui" or "the Shadow Kamui" in order to distinguish him both from his former personality as Fūma Monou and from Kamui Shirō.

Fūma is able to enter any kekkai and has no noticeable aura. He was also able to reflect Seishirō's magic before his awakening as "Kamui" (in the anime TV series, this was slightly changed to Fūma acting in one of the trance-like spells which preceded his awakening). After his awakening, he is, with the (theoretical) exception of Kamui, the most powerful of all the Dragons of Heaven and Earth. He has shown absolute confidence and certainty in that he will win over this battle in the end. While he does have access to the knowledge of Kakyō, it is possible that this is something he just "knows" as part of his power. Besides the yumemi, he is the only person who seems to know how everything will end.

An alternate version of Fūma appears in "Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle". He is Seishirō's younger brother, a friend of Yuko Ichihara and "de facto" leader of the people of the Tower. He is on relatively friendly terms with the main characters in the series. In "Tsubasa Reservior Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations", he is voiced by Yūji Kishi.

anime voices|Ken Narita|Adam Henderson in the feature film

anime voices|Junichi Suwabe|Crispin Freeman in the TV series

Kotori Monou

nihongo|Kotori Monou|桃生 小鳥|Monou Kotori is Fūma's younger sister, a delicate child with a congenital heart condition, and a developing "yumemi" (dreamseer). She was Kamui's very close childhood friend, and despite his initial coldness when he returns to her life, remains steadfastly kind to him. In the TV series, her dream is to become an indigo dyesmith (in the style of Japan's Edo period), well aware of the commitment necessary, and she spends time in her school's library reading up on the subject.

She remembers with horror the day her mother died as she gave birth to the first "shinken" (sacred sword); when she sees the same thing happen to Tokiko Magami, she loses her mind, able to communicate rationally only in the dreamscape. Before she reawakens she is killed by Fūma as he becomes the Dark Kamui. Hinoto however tells Kamui that she was destined to die—that whichever boy became a Dragon of Earth would have killed her. In spirit form she stays with the Dragon of Earth dreamseer Kakyō Kuzuki for a time, encouraging and thanking him, and telling him that the future has not been determined yet.

In the movie, Kotori dies when the second Sacred Sword is removed from her body. When Fūma first attempts to do it, entering the dreamscape with such a purpose, Kotori actually escapes with Kamui's help and reaches Hinoto's room where he's waiting, but ultimately Fūma catches her and pulls the Sacred Sword out of his sister's belly with his bare hands, killing her much to Kamui and everyone else's horror (Arashi, Sorata and Hinoto are also there). Kamui takes her body to the Tokyo Tower just before the final fight.

In the "X" Tarot set, she represents The Lovers.

anime voices|Junko Iwao|Larissa Murray in the feature film

anime voices|Mamiko Noto|Michelle Ruff in the TV series

Dragons of Heaven

The nihongo|Dragons of Heaven|天の龍|Ten no Ryū, or nihongo|The Seven Seals|七の封印|Nana no Fūin, are a group of seven individuals who are fated to stand against the Dragons of Earth in the apocalyptic battle on the Promised Day to determine the fate of the Earth and humanity. The Dragons of Heaven ideologically represent the belief that conflicts between man and nature can and must be resolved peaceably, and that humanity is no less precious than the Earth itself. Each of the Dragons of Heaven has a unique background (usually involving Japanese religious or occult sects), but all of the Dragons of Heaven are united in their desire to protect others. The Dragons of Heaven each exhibit the ability to create "kekkai" (barrier fields) in order to prevent innocent people from being harmed when battle with the Dragons of Earth erupts. It is heavily suggested that when a Dragon of Heaven loses the person or people that they wish to protect, or loses the will to protect others, the Dragon of Heaven concurrently loses their ability to create a kekkai and is no longer considered a Dragon of Heaven.

orata Arisugawa

nihongo|Sorata Arisugawa|有洙川 空汰|Arisugawa Sorata is an upbeat, irreverent teenager possessing considerable occult abilities, raised by the Shingon Buddhist monks of Kōyasan after being taken away from his mother at a young age. A gourmand, he was frequently in trouble at the shrine for stealing food between meals (insisting that he couldn't wait until dinner), and is also a competent cook. It was prophesied that he would protect Kamui with his life, but that he would die for a woman; the first time he meets Arashi, he decides she will be the one. An incessantly friendly young man, he wears down the resistance of both Kamui and Arashi and worms his way into their affections, despite their initial coldness and his own unrefined Kansai dialect. He is surprisingly perceptive, being able to read both Kamui and Arashi's thoughts from their facial expressions, and with Kamui, is able to discern that other forces besides the Dragons of Earth may be working against them

In addition to generating powerful electrical discharges, he is also capable of calling upon a "gohōdōji", a magical being similar to a "shikigami" (or familiar spirit), manifesting as a massive, hideous ghostly creature. It is psychically linked to Sorata, allowing him to spy on others and act at a distance from himself, but he suffers any damage inflicted upon it. In the manga his "gohōdōji" follows Arashi until it is needed, functioning much like a guardian angel, while in the anime he dispatches it once, to protect Arashi when he cannot intervene himself.

In the anime, the prophecy is realized as he dies defending Arashi from Fūma's Shinken, despite her earlier attempts to kill Kamui. He similarly dies in the movie version battling Fūma, again giving his life to protect Arashi. He has yet to die in the manga, but is currently in the act of confronting Hinoto after discovering she has kidnapped Arashi and was setting up each of the Dragons of Heaven in order to kill them; he is considered by fans to have the highest probability of dying before the end of the manga.

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents The Chariot.

anime voices|Kōichi Yamadera|Mike Fitzpatrick (actor) in the feature film

anime voices|Mitsuaki Madono|Tony Oliver in the TV series

Arashi Kishū

nihongo|Arashi Kishū|鬼咒 嵐|Kishū Arashi is a foundling girl raised by Shinto priests at Ise Shrine (her mother was a priestess there until she left the shrine after learning of Arashi's destiny; her father apparently never knew of the pregnancy), and the Dragon of Heaven most immediately in touch with Princess Hinoto. Called the "Hidden Priestess of Ise", her specialty is sword fighting, and she can summon a massive sword emerging from her left hand. Despite her cold, stoic front, Sorata falls in love with her, and ultimately she comes to reciprocate. In the manga, Sorata and Arashi consummate their feelings for each other after Sorata injures himself while saving Arashi's life. As a result of losing her virginity, Arashi loses the power to summon her sword, just as her mother did before her.

In the anime series, she is convinced by Fūma that she must join the Dragons of Earth and kill Kamui, in order to release Sorata from his obligation to defend her. In so doing, she ends up causing the death of her lover, and loses her abilities as a Dragon of Heaven. In the manga she does not willingly change sides from the Dragons of Heaven to the Dragons of Earth, but following the consummation of her love for Sorata, finds herself unable to generate her sword from her hand. Upset, Arashi is placed under a spell by Hinoto's dark half such that when she reawakens, she will fight as a Dragon of Earth. In the movie, she is stabbed and killed by Fūma, after witnessing Sorata's last moments.

In the "X" Tarot set, she represents Temperance.

anime voices|Emi Shinohara|Teresa Gallagher in the feature film

anime voices|Ryoka Yuzuki|Lia Sargent in the TV series

ubaru Sumeragi

Originally from "Tokyo Babylon", nihongo|Subaru Sumeragi|皇 昴流|Sumeragi Subaru is an "onmyōji" and the 13th Head of the Sumeragi clan. Once a cheerful teenager, he has grown into a sad, reticent young man, obsessed with settling the score with Seishirō Sakurazuka. Subaru is initially uninterested in the battle for the end of the world, but is convinced to join the Dragons of Heaven. He shares a close friendship with Kamui, based on the similar hardships they have faced.

Subaru had at first searched for Seishirō intending to take revenge, but discovered he couldn't banish the love he felt for the assassin. Therefore, he wishes for Seishirō to kill him instead, and trained hard as an "onmyōji" in the hope that the Sakurazukamori would one day consider him enough of a threat to carry this out.

The confrontation at Rainbow Bridge ends with Subaru killing Seishirō. In the manga, this causes him to inherit the duty and the powers of the "Sakurazukamori" and to join with the Dragons of Earth. In the TV series, the knowledge that he had killed his one "special person" sends Subaru into catatonia. In the 1996 film, Seishirō and Subaru's powers end up causing both their deaths in a battle between the two.

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents The Hanged Man.

anime voices|Issei Miyazaki|William Dufris in the feature film

anime voices|Tomokazu Sugita|Dave Wittenberg in the TV series

eiichirō Aoki

The wind magician nihongo|Seiichirou Aoki|蒼軌 征一狼|Aoki Seiichirō is a mild-mannered copy editor with a wife and child. In the TV series, upon discovering that the battle between the Seals and Angels is at hand, he secretly divorces his wife Shimako in order to spare her grief should he be killed. He impresses Karen, who eventually dies saving him in the anime. Aoki is a very gentle and even-tempered man and is only seen to become angry once in "X", when Karen attempts to sacrifice herself for his sake.

Although Aoki is very powerful, he rarely sees any action in battle for much of the first half of the story as he is quite busy editing manuscripts. He is a wind master, with the ability to conjure and control wind currents. This is his family's gift; his nephew Saiki Daisuke has the same ability, though he isn't as strong.

In the movie, Aoki is badly wounded by Nataku, but during their fight, Aoki grabs his opponent and leaps off the top of a skyscraper, killing them both.

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents The Hierophant.

anime voices|Hideyuki Tanaka|David Harris in the feature film

anime voices|Toshiyuki Morikawa|Steven Blum in the TV series

Karen Kasumi

A devout Catholic, nihongo|Karen Kasumi|夏澄 火煉|Kasumi Karen was abused by her fundamentalist mother when her power to manipulate fire manifested in her childhood. After her mother died, she was, according to the anime TV series, raised by a kindly priest, but she continued to remember her mother's last words: "No one would be sad if you died!" In the CD dramas it is shown that Karen was scouted by several religious sects in her childhood, but her mother would always shoo them away, saying her daughter was a demon and not a messiah.

As an adult, Karen works as a call girl for the soapland brothel "Flower", and often enters battle wearing her "work clothes", though she retains some of her childhood innocence in her beloved teddy bear Poe (named after Edgar Allan Poe). Aoki visits her at work for an interview, but, like a gentleman, refuses to take advantage of her; she comes to admire him for this. It is suggested (especially in later volumes of the manga) that Karen feels a strong affection—and probably a romantic attraction—for Aoki, but she has refrained from telling Aoki as much, likely out of respect for him and for his family.

In the anime series, Karen loses her life saving Aoki from Yūto; however, in the manga, she was last seen backing up Kamui along with Aoki and Yuzuriha during the beginning of the Final Battle.

In the movie, Karen and Shōgo battle in the subway. Karen causes a massive explosion, causing them both to be crushed by debris.

In the "X" Tarot set, she represents Justice.

anime voices|Mami Koyama|Toni Barry in the feature film.

anime voices|Yōko Soumi|Wendee Lee in the TV series.

Yuzuriha Nekoi

nihongo|Yuzuriha Nekoi|猫依 護刃|Nekoi Yuzuriha is a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl descended from the keepers of Mitsumine Jinja, masters of "inugami" (dog-spirits); their family name, which literally means "reliant on the "cat", was deliberately chosen to conceal this. A fan of sweets such as ice cream and Pocky (fictionalized as "Pooky" in the manga and "Rocky" in the anime), Yuzuriha is exceedingly energetic, often diffusing latent tension between Kamui and the rest of the Dragons of Heaven. Yuzuriha's uncanny ability to allay Kamui's suspicions and earn his trust seems slightly tongue-in-cheek in that Yuzuriha essentially has dealt with wolf-like "inugami" her entire life, and Kamui's demeanor towards the rest of the Dragons of Heaven prior to Yuzuriha's appearance was rather wolfish—a play on Kamui's familial name.

Yuzuriha is attended by her own personal "inugami", Inuki, who can shapeshift into anything she desires and who can only be seen by others with occult powers. She was teased throughout much of her childhood as her classmates believed Inuki was her imaginary friend. Because of this, Yuzuriha made a vow that she would never fall in love with (or even date) a man who could not see Inuki. However, the first person outside of her family that she meets who can see Inuki is Kusanagi Shiyū—a Dragon of Earth. Yuzuriha falls in love with Kusanagi, regardless of their conflicting fates.

Yuzuriha is, thus far, the only character who has effectively forced Fūma Monou, the Kamui of the Dragons of Earth, to stand down in battle—a feat which many of the older and ostensibly more powerful Seals, such as Kamui and Subaru, have yet to come close to matching. When Inuki is killed by one of the Dragons of Earth, she becomes greatly depressed, and Fūma confronts her, prepared to grant her apparent wish to die; however, as he is forced to admit, her true wish is to live, and a new "inugami" (which she also names Inuki) is born from her heart.

At the end of the final episode, Yuzuriha is seen sitting by a waterfall with Inuki and Kusanagi (the same waterfall that the original Inuki led her to earlier in the series). In the movie, however, Yuzuriha's relationship with Kusanagi is not acknowledged, and she is killed in a battle with Yūto and Kusanagi while protecting Kamui.

In the "X" Tarot set, she represents Strength.

anime voices|Yukana Nogami|Anne-Marie Lawless in the feature film

anime voices|Kumi Sakuma|Philece Sampler in the TV series

Dragons of Earth

The nihongo|Dragons of Earth|地の龍|Chi no Ryū, also known as the nihongo|Seven Angels|七の御使|Shichi no Mitsukai, are a group of seven individuals who are fated to stand against the Dragons of Heaven in the apocalyptic battle on the Promised Day to determine the fate of the Earth and humanity. The Dragons of Earth ideologically represent the belief that conflicts between man and nature cannot be resolved peaceably, and that humans are on an irreversible path that will ultimately lead to the murder of the planet itself unless they are stopped. Unlike the Dragons of Heaven, the Dragons of Earth seem to have no common rationality for their acceptance of their roles as the destroyers of humanity. Many of the Dragons of Earth are textbook cases of antisocial, narcissistic, or avoidant behavior. They either lack the ability or desire to form meaningful bonds with other humans, or tend to form unhealthy relationships. Many of them seem to be amoral, not truly understanding why killing is intrinsically wrong. Although they all realize that humanity is destroying the Earth and that by removing humanity, they would be allowing for the Earth to be revived, they seem genuinely indifferent to this matter. Again at odds with the portrayal of the Dragons of Heaven, the Dragons of Earth lack the ability to create "kekkai" (barrier fields), and it seems to be the case that whenever a Dragon of Earth finally forms a sincere bond with another person or realizes that they wish to protect someone dear to them, they are shortly thereafter killed.

Unlike the Dragons of Heaven who are shown to have strong bonds for each other as well as unity within the group, the Dragons of Earth are only seen together once in the entire manga, when they meet up after Fūma's awakening. They are encouraged by Fūma to simply go their own ways. Only Nataku and Kakyō always stay with Fūma.

The Dragons of Earth are also known as the Seven Angels (translated also as the Seven Harbingers and the Seven Minions). Regarding the multiple translations for the title of the Seven Angels, the kanji 御使 is often translated into English as "angel"; however, its literal meaning is closer to a "messenger of authority" or a "servant of authority". While this ties in rather well with the etymological origins of the world "angel" (Ancient Greek, "αγγελος", meaning "messenger"), the literal meaning of the kanji made for an awkward translation in the VIZ manga, resulting in the Angels being called "". To add to the confusion, the official merchandising of the "X" movie in Japanese translated 御使 into "Minions" in English. The official translation, as per Clamp's final word, stands as "the Seven Angels".

Yūto Kigai

nihongo|Yūto Kigai|麒飼 遊人|Kigai Yūto is a polite but largely amoral young man who originally appeared in the Clamp dōjinshi work "Hagun Seisenki", as a college student at Clamp Campus and a comrade of Takamura Suō. A bureaucrat working at the Ward Office, he never lets on to any of the happy couples turning in their marriage licenses that he is seeking to destroy humanity, assuming an air of bland cheerfulness which he maintains even in combat. Usually sporting a pink shirt and white overcoat, people have been known to remark that he looks like a pimp (except in the American translation of the manga, where this is softened to "someone in showbiz"). He is in a sexual relationship with Kanoe, but is amused by the knowledge that Satsuki has a crush on him; he sees the latter as a sort of younger sister and protegée, and attempts to educate her about emotions.

In combat Yūto wields a "sai" dagger capable of severing human hands with one swipe, and which bears a powerful whiplash attachment that can smash through concrete. He is also a water master (an ability that in "X" he had not used for some time), capable of summoning floods and hurling water bolts, as well as arranging more benign fountain displays for the amusement of others. In the anime, he can even transform himself into water and travel in this form (on one occasion entering a room through fire sprinklers). Fire is his natural enemy, and thus he comes up against Karen Kasumi on more than one occasion.

In the TV series, he dies from wounds sustained after a mortally-wounded Karen incinerates him, while in the movie he is brutally killed by Fūma who practically dismembers him before impaling him with his Shinken. He has not yet died in the manga. In the movie, he does not display water-based powers, these being given to Shōgo Asagi instead.

In the "X" Tarot set, he is The Devil.

anime voices|Kazuhiko Inoue|Nigel Whitney in the feature film

anime voices|Michiaki Furuya|Ezra Weisz in the TV series

atsuki Yatōji

A complex and ingenious young woman with utter contempt for humans, nihongo|Satsuki Yatoji|八頭司 颯姫|Yatōji Satsuki has a love for the digital world instead. At a young age she developed the uncanny ability to interact with computers through cables inserted into her skin, and to hack into any technological system. This led to her father sending her to a lab for further study; she amazed the scientists by mastering the Sephiroth at the age of 14. However, she rebelled against the boredom she felt and in the anime TV series, through her "friends" in the computer world, arranged for the death of her father (in a road traffic accident), along with anyone else who stood in her way. While escaping from the lab she encountered Kanoe and joined her cause, having learned from the digital world that she was one of the Dragons of Earth; later Yūto forcibly convinced the scientists to never bother her again. In the manga, she kills the people in the lab (who are implied to be Freemasons), but it is unknown if complications arose from this or when and where she met Kanoe.

Satsuki is an extreme rationalist, and attacks Yuzuriha when the latter cannot explain why killing humans is more wrong than the killing of the natural world. She spends much of her time wired into a massive supercomputer named the Beast (provided for her by Kanoe), through which she can physically control cables across Tōkyō, using them for reconnaissance and offensive purposes. She develops feelings for Yūto, one of the few people who managed to befriend her, and who in fact gave her the answer that Yuzuriha couldn't; in the anime and movie versions, this causes the Beast to become jealous and kill her by invading and impaling her entire body with its cables. For now she remains alive in the manga, although various hints foreshadow a similar end for her.

In the "X" Tarot set, she is The Hermit.

anime voices|Kotono Mitsuishi|Anne Marie Zola in the feature film

anime voices|Houko Kuwashima|Karen Strassman in the TV series

eishirō Sakurazuka

Originally from "Tokyo Babylon", in which he appeared to be a kindly, magically-aware veterinarian, nihongo|Seishirō Sakurazuka|桜塚 星史郎|Sakurazuka Seishirō is in fact the "Sakurazukamori", a lone assassin whose signature is cherry blossoms and the inverted pentagram. A powerful "onmyōji", Seishirō can control "shikigami" and confound his opponents in illusions. The assassin defeats Subaru in battle when they meet for the very first time since the events in "Tokyo Babylon", but leaves the younger man alive. Subaru believes himself not worthy of killing, but in their final battle at Rainbow Bridge, Seishirō arranges for Subaru to kill him. In the feature film, Subaru and Seishirō annihilate each other in magical combat during the first ten minutes.

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents Death.

anime voices|Tōru Furusawa|Garrick Hagon in the feature film

anime voices|Otoya Kawano|Dave Mallow in the TV series


nihongo|Nataku|那吒, an androgynous clone of extreme psychic ability, was born of genetic material of nihongo|Kazuki Tōjyō|塔城 霞月|Tōjō Kazuki, the deceased granddaughter of the president of Tōjyō Pharmaceuticals, and her father Masaki. It is sent to retrieve the Shinken by the Chairman Tōjyō who wishes to destroy the sword so that Nataku cannot become entangled in the matter of the Promised Day. In the process of stealing the Shinken, Nataku mortally wounds Kyōgo Monou, Fūma and Kotori's father, who was attempting to protect the Shinken. Nataku later battles both Karen and Aoki, the former refusing to believe it can possibly be unemotional and regarding it as a "lost child". Nataku is haunted by the memories of its previous life as Kazuki, and follows Fūma unquestionably as Fūma resembles the person Kazuki cared most for—her father. In the anime, after Fūma is badly wounded by the spell Sorata casts as he dies, he absorbs Nataku's flesh into his own and is healed. In the manga, Nataku dies when Fūma realizes its greatest wish, to die by the hand of the one it loves most (Fūma, who resembles Kazuki's father) while protecting the person most important to it (Karen, who resembles Kazuki's mother).

In the "X" Tarot set, Nataku represents The Moon.

anime voices|Rika Matsumoto|Don Fellows in the feature film

anime voices|Motoko Kumai|Mona Marshall in the TV series

Kakyō Kuzuki

nihongo|Kakyō Kuzuki|玖月 牙暁|Kuzuki Kakyō is a dreamseer in a permanent coma, appearing as a tall man with a sad expression, golden eyes, long, pale hair, and almost always dressed in white. His ability to see the future in dreams was discovered at an early age, and as a result he was kept a prisoner by an unknown political group. Having never seen the outside world, he drew Hokuto Sumeragi into his dreams and fell in love with her after she showed him the sea through her own imagination. However, he foresaw that she would go to her death at the hands of the Sakurazukamori (as seen in the last volume of "Tokyo Babylon"), and broke out of his room in an effort to stop her; shot by one of his guards with a sniper rifle, he failed to reach her in time and sank into the coma in which he spends the duration of the "X" story. He came to believe that the future was immutable, and began to wish for his death although unable to kill himself being in a physical coma.

In "X" he meets and befriends the fledgling dreamseer Kotori Monou within the dreamscape, but realizes that she, too, will soon die at the hands of her older brother Fūma. To grant Kotori's last wish that Kamui should be spared, Kakyō possesses her corpse during its "death dream" and clings to the Shinken, preventing Fūma from removing it from Kotori's body and using it to kill Kamui. However, in doing so Kakyō alerts Fūma to his presence, and the Dragon of Earth hunts down the dreamseer and convinces him that he will grant his wish to die in peace, provided Kakyō aids him as one of the Seven Angels.

In the anime, Kakyō is coerced into manipulating Princess Hinoto's own future-seeing dreams, but finally turns against Fūma after encouragement from Hokuto and Kotori that the future is not, after all, unchanging. He enables Hokuto to enter her brother Subaru's dreams and talk him into helping Kamui during the crucial moments of the final battle. At the end of the series he dies peacefully, and his spirit is finally able to join his beloved Hokuto and "go outside".

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents The Wheel of Fortune.

Kusanagi Shiyū

nihongo|Kusanagi Shiyū|志勇 草薙|Shiyū Kusanagi is a member of the Japanese Self-Defense Force who is telepathically linked to the plants and animals of the Earth, and thus strongly resents humanity's pollution and destruction of the natural world. Although his punch carries the force of an earthquake, he is the least antisocial of the Dragons of Earth, and the least active in the destruction of Tokyo. He meets Yuzuriha (and is the first man she ever met who can see Inuki) and develops an affection for her; although she falls in love with him, his intentions remain platonic as she is still a child. He frequently rescues Yuzuriha from death at the hands of other Dragons of Earth and, indeed in the anime, threatens Fūma and ultimately switches sides; as a result he is attacked and grievously wounded by Nataku and Arashi, the latter having also defected to the other side. In the manga, he has, at the very least, expressed personal opinions that run contrary to the goals of the Dragons of Earth—specifically that life is sacred and should never, under any circumstances, be willfully destroyed. He also seems to think that conflicts between nature and humanity should be resolved with as little harm to either as possible. In the movie, he does not show these pacifist qualities and instead actively attacks the Dragons of Heaven without hesitation and is a very violent character. Additionally, his relationship with Yuzuriha Nekoi does not exist in the movie.

In the "X" Tarot set, he represents The Star.

anime voices|George Nakata|Jeff Harding in the feature film

anime voices|Masaki Aizawa|Jamieson Price in the TV series

Supporting characters

Princess Hinoto

nihongo|Hinoto|丁|Hinoto is a "yumemi" ("dreamseer") in the employ of the Japanese government, residing in the basement of the Japanese Diet Building. She is blind, deaf, mute, crippled, and must communicate telepathically, but her dreams have never failed to come true. She foresees the battle between the Dragons of Heaven and Earth and the advent of Kamui, but cannot determine which path he will choose. Either way, she foresees that the Dragons of Heaven will lose, but conceals this from them. For a time, she is possessed by her dark half, which causes a disastrous battle to occur within Hinoto's own consciousness (played out on the dreamscape), as well as many complications for the Dragons of Heaven.

The rationale for Hinoto's dark half attempting to destroy Kamui and the other Dragons of Heaven seems to stem from the fact that she foresaw her own death at the hands of Kamui. While Hinoto's good side seems to desire this outcome (either for the simple fact that she wishes to be freed from her duties as a dreamseer, or possibly in that her death could somehow alter the future in favor of the Dragons of Heaven), her evil side is striving to prevent her own death at the expense of the lives of others, and as a result repeatedly attacks the Dragons of Heaven with swarms of shikigami.

Her evil persona has kept her good persona trapped in the dreamscape and continues to set up the Dragons of Heaven in hopes of bringing about their deaths. Kamui suspects her of foul play and relays this to Sorata, who creates a shikigami to observe her, which is last seen confronting her for her actions.

In the television series, she kills herself in the dreamscape (thus taking her life in the waking world as well) so as to end her possession and save Kamui. This precipitates the Final Battle.

In the "X" Tarot set, she is The High Priestess.

anime voices|Yuko Minaguchi|Stacey Jefferson in the feature film

anime voices|Aya Hisakawa|Bridget Hoffman in the TV series


nihongo|Kanoe|庚, Princess Hinoto's younger sister, supports the Dragons of Earth mainly to spite her (although, in the motion picture and the manga, it seems that her motivations are more out of love for Hinoto, wishing to free her from her limitations as a dreamseer). She can enter and leave dreams like Hinoto and Kakyō, but cannot see the future unaided. She works as a secretary in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for the governor of Tokyo. She is in a sexual relationship with Yūto, but sometimes she also flirts with Satsuki and (briefly) Fūma.

Kanoe has the ability to spy on the dreams of others, including those of Hinoto and Fūma. The TV series portrays her as truly despising her elder sister, who was always treated better than her. However, when Hinoto commits suicide, Kanoe is crushed and cries for her sister.

In the manga, Kanoe enters Hinoto's dreams when she hears Hinoto crying for help. Unfortunately, Kanoe discovers that her older sister is trapped in the dreamscape and becomes confused when Hinoto's dark side appears and directly confronts her. Soon afterwards, Kamui senses Kanoe's death, though who caused Kanoe's death remains ambiguious.

In the movie, Kanoe is a complete dreamseer, an equal to her sister Hinoto. She is killed by Fūma just before the Final Battle, but not before she can explain her reasons to a crushed Hinoto, ultimately dying in her sister's arms.

In the "X" Tarot set, she is The Empress.

anime voices|Atsuko Takahata|Denica Fairman in the feature film

anime voices|Kaho Kouda|Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in the TV series

Tokiko Magami

nihongo|Tokiko Magami|真神 時鼓|Magami Tokiko is Kamui's aunt and the nurse at Fūma and Kotori's school when Kamui returns to Tokyo from Okinawa. Tokiko attempts to alert Kamui to the significance of his ancestry and of his role in the end of the world, but they are interrupted by a battle at Togakushi Shrine in the manga, while Kamui is highly skeptical of her claim to being his mother's younger sister (despite her unmistakable resemblance to Tōru) in the anime TV series. After being attacked by shikigami in the form of "men in black", Tokiko arrives at the Togakushi Shrine severely injured just in time to give birth to the second Shinken before the very eyes of Kamui and Fūma. Tokiko was apparently in contact with Imonoyama Nokoru and the former Rijichō of Clamp Academy. Her final message to Kamui is delivered through a video entrusted to the director of Clamp Academy, where she explains the choice Kamui must make and to carefully consider who he wishes to protect as well as what he truly desires for the earth's fate.

In the "X" Tarot set, she and her sister represent The Tower.

anime voices|Misa Watanabe|Philece Sampler in the TV series

Tooru Magami

nihongo|Tooru Magami|司狼 斗織|Shirō Tooru is Kamui's mother and "kage-nie" (shadow sacrifice), as one of the Magami clan. Tooru burns along with the house that she and Kamui lived in while on Okinawa. It is explained in the anime that she died to postpone or alleviate the disasters that would befall Kamui in the time leading up to the promised day (thus acting as his kage-nie), and in the manga, that she acted as a sacrifice to prevent the premature destruction of the planet itself. Hinoto attributes Tooru's fiery death to the concentrated effect that global warming was having on the Earth. Originally, she was supposed to give birth to the first Shinken, but Saya took her place. Tooru was personally in contact with the former Rijichō of Clamp Campus — indeed, Tooru was just ending a phone call with her when the effects of acting as kage-nie of Kamui/the Earth were set into motion, igniting her flesh. Tooru's death occurs just prior to the beginning of the first volume of the manga (chronologically) and is what causes Kamui to return to Tōkyō after a six year absence.

In the "X" Tarot set, she and her sister represent The Tower.

anime voices|Masako Ikeda|Liza Ross in the feature film

anime voices|Kikuko Inoue|Julie Ann Taylor in the TV series

aya Monou

nihongo|Saya Monou|桃生 紗鵺|Monou Saya is Kotori and Fūma's mother. When they were children, she died giving birth to the first "Shinken" ("Divine Sword"), which burst forth from her body. This sword is intended to be wielded by Kamui; instead, it is stolen by Nataku and taken by Fūma. It is later revealed that Saya married Kyōgo only to be at the Togakushi Shrine to take the place of her true love, Magami Tooru, as the vessel of the "Shinken". Kyōgo knows that Saya never loved him romantically, but, regardless, continues to love her. In the TV series her relationship with Tooru is not acknowledged, and neither she nor Kyōgo appear in the "X" movie.

In the "X" Tarot set, she is The Fool and appears as a mermaid-like humanoid who also appears to Kotori in a vision in the manga.

anime voices|Michiko Neya|Barbara Goodson in the TV series

Kyōgo Monou

Fūma and Kotori's father, nihongo|Kyōgo Monou|桃生 鏡護|Monou Kyōgo is the resident priest of the Tokagushi shrine. He marries his friend Saya even though he knew that she actually was in love with Tooru and was only marrying him so that she could protect Tooru; she actually apologizes to him for all of this, right before she dies by giving birth to the first "Shinken". To fulfill his own destiny, Kyōgo hides the "Shinken" in the shrine as its sacred sword; he swears to protect it with his life and is killed by Nataku as a result. Right before he dies, he reveals to Fūma his destiny as Kamui's twin star.

In the "X" Tarot set, he is The Emperor.

anime voices|Kouji Ishii |Michael McConnohie in the TV series

Minor characters

Hokuto Sumeragi

nihongo|Hokuto Sumeragi|皇 北都|Sumeragi Hokuto is Subaru's twin sister who was killed by the "Sakurazukamori" at the end of "Tokyo Babylon". While she was still alive, Hokuto became friends with Kakyō after the dreamgazer drew her into his dreams. Being the first person he ever really met, she left a lasting impression on Kakyō. Hokuto is the reason he wants to die—so he can join her in the afterlife.

In the manga she appears in his reminiscence, while towards the end of the anime she actually appears to him as a ghost and persuades him to turn against Fūma in order to attempt to change the future. Kakyō enables her to cross into her brother's dreams, where she urges Subaru to rise from his catatonia and continue the fight, an important action that later buys Kamui enough time to understand what he should do.

anime voices|Satsuki Yukino|Julie Ann Taylor in the TV series

Daisuke Saiki

Seiichirō's nephew nihongo|Daisuke Saiki|軌 玳透|Saiki Daisuke is also a wind magician, though not of Seiichirō's calibre. Saiki and Kamui initially do not get along very well, as the stoic and strictly by-the-rules Saiki was not completely convinced that Kamui was the one on which the fate of humanity rested; later, they understand each other better and become friends. Saiki lives to protect Hinoto, whom he seems to have affections for. In the manga, he is brutally decapitated by Fūma while protecting Hinoto; in the anime, he's crushed to death under rubble.

anime voices|Kishô Taniyama |Edward Villa in the TV series

ōhi and Hien

nihongo|Sōhi|蒼氷|Sōhi and nihongo|Hien|緋炎|Hien are the twin daughters of a family that has protected Hinoto for generations. Out of respect for the dreamgazer, they address her as nihongo|"Princess"|姫様|Hime-sama. In the TV series, they are actually Hinoto's "shikigami".

In "Tsubasa Chronicle", "Sōhi" and "Hien" are a pair of swords Syaoran and Kurogane obtain in Outo Country.

Nokoru Imonoyama

nihongo|Nokoru Imonoyama|妹之山 残|Imonoyama Nokoru is the former chairman of the elementary level student board and current director of the famous Clamp Academy, as well as one of the Clamp School Detectives, along with Ijyūin Akira and Takamura Suōh. A child of the fabulously wealthy zaibatsu Imonoyama family (who, in fact, founded the Clamp Academy), Nokoru has practically limitless resources at his command. He personally knew Magami Tokiko through his relative, the former Chairperson of Clamp Academy, and following the events leading to Fūma's awakening as the Kamui of the Dragons of Earth, Nokoru graciously provides the Dragons of Heaven housing, admitting the younger Seals (Kamui, Yuzuriha, Arashi, Sorata and for a while Subaru) to the Clamp Academy at the junior and senior high school levels (and college in Subaru's case).

uō Takamura

nihongo|Suō Takamura|鷹村 蘇芳|Takamura Suō is the former secretary of the elementary level student board of Clamp Academy and currently the personal bodyguard of Imonoyama Nokoru. He is a child of the Takamura family, infamous for their prodigious skills in ninjutsu. Suōh does not appear in the anime.

Akira Ijyūin

nihongo|Akira Ijyūin|伊集院 玲|Ijūin Akira, the former treasurer of the elementary level student board of Clamp Academy, is currently working for Imonoyama Nokoru (presumably as an accountant, and possibly his personal chef on the side). Strangely enough, Akira has two mothers, who are later revealed to be sisters. Also, Akira is secretly the infamous thief 20 Mensō ("20 Faces"). He's married to his childhood sweetheart, Utako. Akira does not appear in the anime.

hōgo Asagi

nihongo|Shōgo Asagi|浅黄 笙悟|Asagi Shōgo is a water master who appears in the motion picture in place of Kakyō, who had not made a formal appearance in the manga during the movie's production. A smart-aleck high school student, he appears to fight for the Dragons of Earth solely to cause trouble, and is actually the first one of either group to contact Kamui after his arrival, telling him through telepathy that they are fighting for the future of the world. He meets his end in the film during his battle with Karen in the subway, when Karen causes a massive explosion that causes them both to be crushed by debris.

Shōgo Asagi also appears in "", first in the Hanshin Republic, then in Piffle World as a servant to Tomoyo Daidōji.

anime voices|Toshihiko Seki|Rupert Degas in the feature film


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