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Yami no Matsuei (created by Matsushita Youko)
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In the world of life after death (like Hades), there is an organization known as the Juou Agency that judges the sins of the decreased. A section of the Agency named the 'Enma Division' has a group of people whose duties are to guide the lost souls into this world as well as investigating causes of unnatural deaths. These people are known as 'Shinigami' or 'gods of death'.
This 13 episodes animation focus mainly on Tsuzuki Asato & his new partner, Hisoka Kurosaki. Together, they solve the cases of unnatural deaths and unlocked the secrets of their dark past lives. Like all stories, whenever there is good, there must be evil. For the duo, theirs is Muraki Kazutaka, a sadistic doctor who loves to manipulate & kill people for pleasure.
This animation simply has lots of tragic stories, gothic settings and strong yaoi (gay) implications since the main characters are entirely men who are so damn good looking! (Also emphasizing how cool it is to wear trench coats!)
| Nagasaki | Devil's Thrill | Sword of K | Kyōto |
(Nagasaki) Episode 1 Ė 3 (Based on Volume 1 of the
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the Juou Agency, Konoe (the boss of Enma Division), Tatsumi
(secretary), Watari (doctor/scientist) and the Gushoushin
brothers (intelligent chicken-like creatures) were having a meeting about their
recent case, which was about a serial of murders caused by a vampire. Konoe was
about to send his best agent (who had been empolyed for 70 years), Tsuzuki to
the area when he discovered that he hadnít return from his lunch break
(because he was at some outlet buying sweet desserts).
Ďpunishmentí for his absence, Tsuzukiís dessert was divided into 5 pieces
(Tsuzuki was very distressed over it). Soon the meeting was resumed and Tsuzuki
was filled in with the details of the murder case and the recent reports that
there were many unnatural deaths (meaning people dying before their time in
unnatural states such as being killed by vampires).
Tatsumi explained that beside the lifespan book (a book that records the
names of the decreased) kept in the House of Candles (the candles represented
the lives of the living), there was another book known as the ĎDeath Rankí
that recorded the names of those who died in accidents or murders. It was the
duty of the Enma Division to prevent the people in the world of the living from
dying from unnatural deaths. Without delay, Konoe sent Tsuzuki and one of the
Gushoushin brothers to Nagasaki where he would meet his new partner.
Nagasaki, Tsuzuki bumped into a beautiful white haired woman with red eyes. She
immediately ran away from him. Then, Gushoushin gave a cry because he found a
dead man in an alley. Seeing the bite wound on his neck, Tsuzuki realized that
the white-haired woman was the vampire herself. Giving chase, Tsuzuki aimlessly
ran all over town till he reached a church. Walking inside, he met a man
(dressed in white) kneeling in front of the altar. The man got up, his face
streaked with tears. Tsuzuki (feeling uncomfortable) bluntly asked him if he had
seen a white-haired woman coming across the area. The man replied he hadnít.
Tsuzuki thanked him and left. While he was leaving, the man stared lustfully at
sighed for losing the vampire. Then, someone placed a gun upon his back. The
stranger coldly told him to turn around. Tsuzuki did and was surprised to see a
teenaged boy. The boy instantly accused Tsuzuki to be the vampire despite his
loud protests. Luckily for Tsuzuki, Gushoushin appeared and recognized the boy
to be Tsuzukiís new partner, Hisoka Kurosaki.
a restaurant, Tsuzuki attempted to make friends with Hisoka but was put off by
his cold attitude. Hisoka's decision to work for Juou Agency was because
Konoe told him that Tsuzuki was the best Shinigami. Gushoushin immediately burst
out laughing at Hisokaís naivety and told him that though it was the rule that
Shinigami had to work in pairs, the real fact was nobody wanted to work with
Tsuzuki. Hisoka was very mad when he heard this but paused when Tsuzuki calmly
took his dumpling and ate it. Hisoka decided to do some payback and ate
Tsuzukiís dumpling. Soon, the two fell into some food snatching competition.
At the last dumpling, Hisoka managed to get it but Tsuzuki cunningly added
mustard onto it. Due to the nasty taste, Hisoka unknowingly gulped down a glass
of alcohol and passed out. In the end, poor Tsuzuki had to carry him to his
apartment for the night. Tsuzuki felt that Hisoka was too cute & young to be
a Shinigami and wondered Hisokaís true intentions.
on a television, Tsuzuki watched the Nagasaki Song Festival program whose host
introduced Maria Wong, a singer from Hong Kong. At once, Tsuzuki saw the
physical similarity between Maria and the female vampire.
He asked Gushoushin to do some research for him.
next day, Hisoka woke up with a very bad hangover. The two proceed on to a TV
station where Maria was reported to be working at. According to the Gushoushin,
the serial murders begun since the day Maria came to Japan. The two then
teleported to Mariaís dressing room where they found the place an entire mess.
Touching the door handle, Hisoka (gifted with empathy psychic abilities) visioned
Maria at a warehouse.
Hisoka had seen, Maria was at the warehouse, seducing a worker. Tsuzuki was
immobilizing her when an ugly creature appeared out of nowhere and attacked the
duo. Concentrating his powers, Tsuzuki called upon Suzaku and had the creature
destroyed. The unknown attacker quietly walked away.
the Juou Agency, the duo discovered that Maria Wong was already dead. Two months
ago, she committed suicide after learning that her stepmother was only using her
as a goldmine. However, someone had revived her back to life. The bad part was
that Maria had to drain the blood of others in order to sustain herself.
Hisoka coldly told Tsuzuki that he would meet him at the 3p.m. at Jiyu
the cafť, Tsuzuki was busily eating sweet desserts when he heard a scream.
Running out of the cafť, Tsuzuki found a mother holding her unconscious child.
Then, a man (the very same man that Tsuzuki met in the church) appeared and
introduced himself as Muraki Kazutaka, a doctor from Tokyo hospital. After
treating the child, Muraki told Tsuzuki that his beliefs that human were weak
creatures that would succumb to Death no matter how skilled doctors were or how
advanced medicinal treatments were. Looking
at Tsuzuki, Muraki found him a body of perfection and warned him to not to lose
the people he cared about. Then, he left.
(knowing that Hisoka had deliberately missed their appointment) found Hisoka
trying to enter into the forbidden area of the library. Hisoka instantly held
out a defensive wall around him, burning Tsuzukiís hand. Tsuzuki questioned if
Hisoka really disliked working with him. Hisoka replied that he had empathy
abilities and couldnít help synchronizing with others, especially when
touched. Tsuzuki told him that the Shinigami always worked in pairs as a way of
watching out for each other. Due to their strong desire to be part of the world
of the living, Shinigami tend to do independent actions that often violated the
rules of the Juou Agency. Still, he allowed Hisoka to do as he wished.
Tsuzuki learnt from Gushoushin that Hisoka was born into a proud and noble
family who was frightened of Hisokaís powers and had him locked up in
solidarity, thus, explaining his anti-social attitude. Tsuzuki was saddened by
it and hoped to make friends with Hisoka. Changing subject, Tsuzuki was looking
for a way to sneak into the hotel where Maria was staying. Gushoushin spot a
bellboy and had an idea.
the hotel, Maria was intending to kill herself but Muraki (the man responsible
for Mariaís revival) stopped her and controlled her mind. Outside, Tsuzuki
(disguised as a bellboy) went into Mariaís room only to find it empty. Worried
that she would find her next victim, Tsuzuki decided to set himself as bait. The
plan worked but Muraki interfered (by arranging a spell formation in a church)
and had Tsuzuki immobilized. Luckily for him, Hisoka sensed the evil spell
formation and destroyed it, freeing Tsuzuki. Using talismans, Tsuzuki freed
Maria from her vampire bondage. Maria was very grateful and was willing to
accept any punishment for the lives she took. Nevertheless, she had one last
request that was to perform for the last time. Unknown to them, Muraki was
watching them with his eyes set on Hisoka.
Mariaís last concert performance, Hisoka had a sudden flashback of his past,
saw Muraki and followed him while Tsuzuki was absorbed with Mariaís singing.
Soon, Tsuzuki realized that Hisoka was missing. Running desperately to find him,
Tsuzuki stumbled across a pool of blood. Then, he remembered Murakiís words.
When the Juou agency was informed of Hisokaís disappearance, Gushoushin told
Tsuzuki that Hisoka died of an incurable disease caused by someone who had
cursed him to death. Tsuzuki immediately went to find Mariaís stepmother and
forced her to confess everything she knew about Muraki.
a building, a bleeding Hisoka woke up to see Muraki, who told him that they had
met 3 years ago. Hisoka sensed a disturbing sinful presence in him and became
frightened. Muraki sadistically decided to make Hisoka remember that event and
placed his hand on Hisokaís forehead. Hisoka screamed.
Muraki gave a call to Tsuzuki and told him to go the place where they first met.
After creating a bird-like creature, Tsuzuki sent it out to find Hisokaís
location (with Gushoushin following it). Tsuzuki went to the church and found
Muraki at the altar, praying. While Muraki was playing his time, Tsuzukiís
thoughts were on Hisoka. At a cafť, Muraki revealed to Tsuzuki that he was the
one who killed Hisoka. 3 years ago, Hisoka had witnessed him killing somebody.
Seeing how beautiful and innocent Hisoka was, he decided that Hisoka should die
by a more refined technique that was to curse him to die a slow and painful
death. However, Hisoka was unable to remember because Muraki had erased his
memories of that night. Tsuzuki became angered and demanded for Hisokaís
release. Though Muraki intended to do so but he changed his mind. Seeing
Tsuzukiís bird-like creature outside the window, Muraki left.
the bird-like creature, Tsuzuki found Hisoka, bleeding heavily. While he was
untying Hisoka from his bonds, Muraki attacked him. Tsuzuki placed a shield
barrier on Hisoka and fought back. Jealous of Hisoka, Muraki turned his
attention on him. The shield barrier became weakened and Tsuzuki was forced to
Hisokaís shield. Knowing that it would take time for his wounds to be healed,
Tsuzuki asked Hisoka to synchronize with him. Hisoka agreed. Together, they
summon Suzaku and destroyed Murakiís foul creatures. Muraki was delighted and
was even more determined to have Tsuzukiís powers.
time later, Hisoka revealed to Tsuzuki that he chose to be a Shinigami was to
find out who his murderer (after overhearing about it at his last posting) was.
Though he knew that it wouldnít change anything, he had to know the truth.
Hisoka was willing to let Tsuzuki terminate their partnership but Tsuzuki
didnít want to. Then, Hisoka (rather emotionally) demanded to know why Tsuzuki
chose to risk his life to save him and cared so much about him.
Tsuzuki straightforwardly replied, ďBecause you are my partner.Ē top
悪魔のトリル (Devilís Trill) Episode 4 - 6 (Based on Volume 2) Click here for screen caps!
Minase had just recovered from his left eye transplant and was happy to be able
to see again. Feeling grateful for the cornea donor, he asked the doctor for his
name. The doctor replied that the cornea donor, Tetsuya Otonashi had passed away
and his only daughter, Kazusa was living under the nuns in an orphanage. Hijiri
went to the orphanage and made friends with Kazusa, promising to play his violin
for her. However, deep down inside, Hijiri felt guilty about being alive and
thought he had caused Otonashiís death.
school, Hijiri had a huge welcome from his peers who were to see him perform a
violin solo in the upcoming school concert. Still, there were some students who
were jealous of his popularity. Hijiri ignored them completely. Then suddenly,
he felt a sharp pain in his left eye. Inside the sickbay, Hijiri met Tsuzuki
(who was supposed to be the new school doctor). Unknown to him, a jealous
student set fire to the music room where the violins were kept. Hijiri was
devastated at the loss of his violin, which belonged to his late father. Seeing
his distress, Kazusa gave him her fatherís violin. The moment Hijiri saw the
violin, he felt connected to it.
next day at school, Hijiri was challenged by the jealous students to play his
new violin. Hijiri obliged and played the ĎDevilís Thrillí, astounding
everyone. Soon, Hijiri began to look possessed and his left eye started to glow.
At the sickbay, Tsuzuki was informed by some girls about Hijiriís behaviour
and the history behind the ĎDevilís Thrillí. The ĎDevil Thrillí was
composed by an Italian violinist who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for
wealth and fame. Upon hearing this, Tsuzuki seemed interested. Meanwhile,
everyone in school was avoiding Hijiri, including Kazusa. Overwhelmed by fear,
rejection and guilt, Hijiri decided to commit suicide.
Hijiri awoke, he found himself inside a hospital. Tsuzuki and Hisoka appeared
and introduced themselves as ĎShinigamií of Juou Agency. They told him that
the violin that Hijiri had was actually the Devilís violin that absorbed the
souls of their victims by driving them to commit suicide. Then, they read a
passage from Tetsuya Otonashiís diary that indicated that Tetsuya had made a
contract with the Devil in exchange for fame and wealth. To seal the contract,
the Devil had its seal in the cornea of Tetsuyaís left eye, which was now in
Hijiri. As Watari analyzed the seal, it revealed that in exchange for being a
famous violinist, Tetsuya would have to give his daughterís life to the Devil.
However, since the Tetsuyaís cornea was in Hijiri, this meant that
Tetsuya was literally considered as Ďstill aliveí and therefore, Kazusaís
life had to be spared. Since the Devil would not deprive himself from his prize,
he would do anything to kill Hijiri and get Kazusa.
Hijiriís expression, Tsuzuki tried to comfort him and promised to protect him.
However, Hisoka had a different opinion and told Tsuzuki not to make promises he
couldnít keep. While Watari & Gushoushin set themselves to work, Hisoka
left the room. Walking along the hallway, Hisoka met Tatsumi who asked him how
was he getting along with Tsuzuki. Hisoka replied that he felt Tsuzuki was too
soft and naÔve for a Shinigami. Tatsumi quietly told him that Tsuzuki had
always been honest to himself. Though they two may have different
characteristics, they will become great partners.
Tsuzuki told Hijiri that it would be best for him to stay at Juou Agency till
the whole matter had cleared. Hijiri protested and insisted to be allowed to
continue his school life (since he didnít want to miss the school concert).
Tsuzuki reluctantly agreed and became to his Ďbodyguardí. Like everyone had
feared, all sorts of life-threatening events were happening to Hijiri. Soon,
Hijiri realized that he had no choice but to stay at Juou Agency for his own
safety. Before they do that, Tsuzuki & Hisoka accompanied him to the
orphanage to fetch Kazusa. At the orphanage, Kazusa apologized to Hijiri for her
behaviour the other day because she had seen a fierce-looking winged-dog with
him. Based on her descriptions, the winged dog happened to the bridge commander
of the satanic world, Sargatanis, who wants Kazusa due to her ability to see
demons in their true forms.
at night, Hijiri brought Kazusa to the school concert hall, saying he hoped to
fulfill the promise that he had made to her on the first day they met. While
playing his violin, Sargatanis appeared and was about to kill Hijiri when
Tsuzuki attacked him (with one of his 12 shikigami, Byakko). During the fight,
Sargatanis bit Tsuzuki on his left shoulder before it was blown away by Byakko.
Watari gave a physical examination check on Tsuzuki, explaining that he had to
look for a parasite that might be left behind since Sargatanis didnít have a
physical form and would always need to find host to sustain him.
Hijiri was worried for Tsuzuki but Tsuzuki insisted on heís fine. But
as soon as he was left the others, Sargatanis started to possess his body and
placed a black X (the mark of all those who had fallen from the grace of god) on
the back of Tsuzukiís left shoulder, transforming him into an angel with black
wings. The possessed Tsuzuki then proceed on to take a huge knife with him.
at Tsuzukiís apartment, Hisoka and Hijiri were back from their sightseeing
trip (of Juou Agency & the surroundings as Hijiri had to return to the world
of the living the next day). Hijiri was about to approach Tsuzuki when Hisoka
stopped him. Inside the bathroom, Tsuzuki struggled to gain control of himself
but Sargatanis was too strong for him, Sargatanis intended to make Tsuzuki kill
all those he cared about. After his bath, Tsuzuki (still possessed) went into
Hijiriís room and told him that he wanted his body as payment for saving him.
Within seconds, Tsuzuki hacked Hijiri, gouged out his left eye (the one with the
contract) and said his contract had expired.
Juou Agency, Hisoka reported to Konoe, Tatsumi and Watari that Sargatanis had
possessed Tsuzukiís body based on the evidences that showed Tsuzukiís
personality changes. Before they could act, Tsuzuki attacked the agency (with
his shikigamis, Suzaku and Byakko) and demanded Kazusa to be brought to him, as
Hijiri was now dead. Hijiri appeared, shocking Sargatanis. It turned out that
Hisoka had switched places with Hijiri (since they uncannily looked similar).
save Tsuzuki, Hisoka decided to use the spirit-binding spell despite the
potential danger towards the user. Sargatanis
fought back and broke the spell, injuring Hisoka. Sargatanis revealed that he
intend to make Tsuzuki hurt his friends. In addition, he had been into
Tsuzukiís memories, especially on the night that Tsuzuki had done a sinful
deed that would condemn him for eternity. Using
the events of that condemned night, Sargatanis had trapped Tsuzuki in a mind
dimension that would drive Tsuzuki to his death. Hisoka remained undaunted and
he used the spirit-binding spell again.
Sargatanisí mind dimension, Tsuzuki was overwhelmed with guilt and was begging
for forgiveness. Sargatanis continued to taunt him that his sins would never be
forgiven and everyone had forsaken him. Then, an image of Hijiri appeared in
front of Tsuzuki, who told him that he didnít care about Tsuzukiís past. He
was grateful for Tsuzukiís effects in protecting him and that was all that
mattered. Encouraged by Hijiri, Tsuzuki regained control of his mind and
overcame Sargatanis, allowing Hisoka to draw out Sargatanis from his body. As
Sargatanis merged from Tsuzukiís body, Suzaku and Byakko attacked him, causing
lots & lots of destruction. The last thing Hijiri remembered was Kazusa
running towards him.
awoke and found himself in the medicinal bay. Watari sadly told him that Hijiri
was nearly crushed under a falling debris had not been for Kazusa who pushed him
away. Unfortunately, Kazusa had died in the process. Meanwhile, Tsuzuki felt
guilty for nearly causing Hijiriís death despite his promise to protect him.
Hijiri told him that it was all right and it didnít matter. Hugging Tsuzuki,
Hijiri asked him to attend the school concert.
the school, concert, Hijiri played ĎThe Devilís Thrillí beautifully and
received an astounding ovation from the audience. Standing at the back were
Hisoka & Tsuzuki (carrying
Kazusa). Tsuzuki commented that he didnít know that ĎThe Devilís Thrillí
was a beautiful violin solo. Hisoka replied that the fallen angels were once
talented musicians who could produce great works of music.
the concert, Hijiri received a basket of flowers with a nameless card in it.
Hijiri smiled and knew that Hisoka & Tsuzuki were at the concert. With
renewed strength, Hijiri hoped to see them again and promised to dedicate all
his music works to them. top
(Sword of K) Episode 7 -
9 (Based on Volume 3)
the House of Candles, the owner Count Hakusoku (an invisible man with half a
mask & white gloves) was viewing pictures of Tsuzuki (which he had secretly
taken with his spy cameras) when his butler was frantically pointing at some
candles that had mysteriously lengthen themselves.
Juou Agency, Tsuzuki was about feast himself with cream cakes when Gushoushin
appeared and reported that he and Hisoka were needed in Konoeís office. Konoe
briefed the duo that agency believed that individuals of the organization,
Kukouyin, were increasing their lifespan through unnatural methods. Their
mission was to infiltrate their cruise ship (that was heading to Hong Kong),
Queen Camellia at port Hakata and investigate the mastermind behind it. Tsuzuki
moaned over the loss of his cakes (which Tatsumi & Konoe were going to eat
them on Ďhisí behalf).
the Queen Camellia, Tsuzuki & Hisoka infiltrated the ship successfully as a
casino dealer and a VIP by the name of Azumi Hibiki respectively. At the casino,
Tsuzuki took note of the potential suspects besides the owner, Kukouyin, Shouzou
Wakabayashi (a politican), Kanako Houjou (actress), Tetsushiro (a medicinal
student & heir to Abiko pharmaceutical industry). Meanwhile Hisoka left the
casino and bumped into the ownerís daughter, Tsubaki Kukouyin (whose nickname
is Tsubaki-Hime since she loves camellia (Tsubaki in Japanese)).
The two soon became friends after a dance.
tried to sneak into the VIP rooms but was stopped by the security guards. Things
didnít look good for him till someone ordered the guards to leave. That
someone turned out to be Muraki. Tsuzuki instantly took him as the prime
suspect. However, Muraki remained very nonchalant. Before he left, he revealed
his purpose in Queen Camellia. He happened to be Tsubakiís personal doctor.
Hisoka was very shocked to hear this from Tsubaki (who madly idolized
Muraki and thought of him as an angel). At that moment, Muraki entered the room.
Hisoka looked at Muraki very hostilely. Meanwhile, Tsuzuki was walking along the
hallway when he overheard Kukouyin having a dispute with Wakabayashi.
next day, Wakabayashi was found dead in his chair, surrounded by candles with an
envelope addressed to Tsubaki. According to Murakiís autopsy reports (Tsuzuki
& Hisoka were forced to play along since he canít let Muraki exposed their
true identities), Wakabayashi was killed by poison and his heart was removed.
The card in the envelope was a tarot card, Ace of Wards that was placed in an
upright position, which meant Ďthe beginningí. The actress, Kanako strongly
believed Kukouyin was the murderer. Strangely, Tetsushiro believed that the
murderer was the rumoured female ghost who haunted Queen Camellia for years.
Muraki brought Tsuzuki a bouquet of red roses and asked him to play a game of
poker with him based on the conditions that Tsuzuki would have to spend the
night with him if he loses. However,
if Muraki loses, he will give them information about the female ghost.
Unfortunately, Tsuzuki lost (Muraki smiled very happily). Muraki was about to
claim his prize (Tsuzuki went hysterical) when Hisoka interrupted and challenged
Muraki who agreed.
tried to dampen Hisokaís concentration but Hisoka remained very composed and
won Muraki (Tsuzuki rejoiced). Like
a perfect gentleman, Muraki told them that a woman named Irene had disappeared
while being on Queen Camellia years ago. Tsuzuki doubted his words.
Unexpectedly, Muraki asked them what they would do if he was the next victim.
following day, a frightened Tsubaki was banging hard on Hisokaís door. She
told them that Muraki did not appear for her regular medicinal checkup and she
couldnít open his room door. They rushed over, forced opened the door and
found Muraki, lying on a bed of roses, dead.
fainted and Hisoka had to carry her to her room. While she was resting, she
accidentally touched Hisoka by the hand, allowing him to see rapid and distorted
flashbacks of her past. The flashbacks were too much for Hisoka to handle,
causing him to blackout. Tsuzuki later came into Tsubakiís room and found
Hisoka unconscious. Meanwhile
Tetsushiro examined Murakiís body. Like Wakabayashi, Muraki was also poisoned
except for 2 things Ė his heart was not torn out and the tarot card was Sword
of King that was ripped in two.
his own room, Tsuzuki asked Gushoushin to investigate the link between the
numbers of missing souls (because after one dies, his soul is supposed to be in
the world of afterlife) with Queen Camelliaís cruise trips, the missing woman,
Irene and lastly, the significance of the tarot cards. Hisoka awoke at that time
and decided to go to the deck and get some fresh air. Walking down the hallway,
he saw Tsubaki in Murakiís room. Tsubaki was very upset over Murakiís death
but Hisoka wasnít and said describing Muraki, as an angel, was an insult.
Tsubaki instantly slapped him.
the bar counter, Tsuzuki saw Kanako wearing Wakabayashiís ring. After a mini
conversation, Hisoka entered, looking very distress over hurting Tsubakiís
feelings. Tsuzuki offered to help patch up things between the two. Sooner than
expected, Kanako was found dead in her clothes truck, poisoned, her heart ripped
out and a tarot card inside an envelope. Tsuzuki saw Wakabayashiís ring and
secretly took it. Then, he thought of Kukouyin and rushed over to his room. It
was already too late for Kukouyin, too, was found hanging at the ceiling.
Tetsushiro panicked at the thought of becoming the next victim. Tsubaki
(together with Gushoushin) analyzed the significance of the tarot cards,
(Wakabayashi) Ace of wands, in an upright position Ė Ďthe beginningí of a
serial murder; (Muraki) Sword of King, ripped in two Ė Ďadvisorí or cruel
maní; (Kanako) 6 of pentacles Ė Ďtake a bribeí, meaning Wakabayashiís
ring; (Kukouyin) 7 of wands, in an upside down position Ė Ďblackmailí.
Frustrated, Tsuzuki held the Wakabayashiís ring slightly too hard that it
broke to pieces, revealing a microchip.
Tsubakiís room, Hisoka apologized to Tsubaki who forgave him. Then, she
questioned about his relationship with Muraki and his intense hostility towards
him. Hisoka revealed his true identity as a Shinigami and Muraki had made him a
long and agonizing death. Tsubaki felt that she and Hisoka would never be able
to escape from Muraki since he had heavily affected them both.
that moment, Muraki awakened.
and Tsubaki went up to the upper deck and resumed their conservation. Tsubaki
told Hisoka that Irene was her childhood friend adopted by her father in Hong
Kong. During the cruise trip back to Japan, Irene had disappeared. Afterwards,
Hisoka escorted Tsubaki back to her room. As he was returning to his own suite,
he felt Murakiís presence.
his suite, Tsuzuki & Gushoushin were busily analyzing more data. Tsuzuki
insisted Hisoka to rest since he looked terrible. Hisoka obliged and fell asleep
but was quickly awakened as soon as he dreamt about Muraki. Gushoushin excitedly
exclaimed at the intense amount of information stored in Wakabayashiís
microchip. Opening a file, they found a blueprint of the shipís structure. At
the lower cargo deck section, there was a huge X marked on it. Following the
directions, Tsuzuki & Hisoka found a hidden operation room. Inside, they
found glass jars containing human organs.
Tsubaki appeared and attacked the duo. Hisoka immediately disarmed her. Tsubaki
claimed to be Irene, for it was her heart that was inside Tsubakiís body.
Irene revealed that she was an orphan who earned her living by selling
flowers. She thought her life
would change for the better when Tsubakiís father adopted her. It turned out
that Kukouyin was selling organs illegally under the disguise of a cruise ship.
So, she was killed and her heart transplanted into Tsubakiís body.
Filled with revenge, Irene decided to kill them Ė Wakabayashi &
Kanako, for blackmailing Tsubakiís father for their own selfish needs; Muraki,
for performing the transplant knowing full well that it was her heart; Kukouyin
was deliberately set to the last because she wanted him to suffer under the
torment of fear. Irene was about to expose the true blackmailer and mastermind
of the illegal organs when Muraki shot her from behind.
then admitted that he was the true mastermind, just as the tarot card, K of
Swords had described him Ė the advisor & cruel murderer. Tsubaki was often
ill due to her weak heart condition and her father, Kukouyin, was getting
desperate. As an opportunist, Muraki proposed to Kukouyin to build a ship in his
search for the best heart that would save Tsubakiís life. Kukouyin agreed and
many innocent people were killed in the process. Soon, it turned out that Irene
was the best candidate. After Irene was killed, Kukouyin decided to withdraw but
Muraki cleverly blackmailed him and told Tsubaki the truth about Ireneís
disappearance. Using Tsubakiís guilt, Muraki influenced her into believing
that Irene was still alive every time she took her medicine (that was used to
reduce the problem of Tsubakiís body rejecting Ireneís heart). With
Tsubakiís spilt personality as Irene, he used her to kill Kukouyin,
Wakabayashi & Kanako.
returned to herself and confessed her love for Muraki. Harshly, Muraki said
Tsubaki had no more use to him and the shinigamisí presence only served to
amuse him. Then, an explosion was heard. Muraki calmly said he had planned to
sink the ship to tie up any loose ends. As he left, Tsuzuki chased after him.
The dying Tsubaki apologized to Hisoka (who couldnít understand why she choose
to love Muraki who treated people like dolls that were meant to be thrown away
once broken) for her love towards Muraki. Then, she requested him to kill her.
chased Muraki to the upper deck where a helicopter was waiting for him. Muraki
told him the main problem of transplanting human organs was that the body would
naturally reject the transplanted organ. To solve this, the organs must be
created by the cells of the same person & Muraki planned to do so at the
expense on the lives of others. He found Tsuzukiís sensitivity towards
peopleís deaths very entertaining. Still, he desired to have Tsuzuki to
himself. Tsuzuki tried to capture but lost his balance when another bomb was set
off, allowing Muraki to escape. Tsuzuki returned to the cargo deck where he
found Hisoka in a daze.
for the duo, Tatsumi (operating a helicopter) arrived just in time to pick them
up. While leaving the sinking ship, Hisoka remembered Tsubakiís last words to
him (that he shouldnít be sad since he was someone who loves and cares for
him). Heartbroken, he told Tsuzuki that he killed Tsubaki with Murakiís gun.
Looking at bloodstained hands, Hisoka went straight into Tsuzukiís arms and
Muraki (probably far away from the shinigamis in his helicopter) held out a
camellia and threw it into the seaÖ
京都 (Kyōto) Episode 10 Ė 13（Based on Volume 7 & 8) Click here for screen caps!
a hidden lab, Muraki was looking at a head, attached to many tubes in a body
tank. Smiling, he hoped to see Tsuzuki soon. Meanwhile, at Juou Agency,
Tsuzuki was having tea with Tatsumi. As he watched the Sakura petals being blown
by the winds, he held his right wrist tightly. Later, Enma Division was having a
meeting about their recent serial murder case. The common thing behind their
murders was that part of the victimsí hair was cut off. Konoe assigned Tsuzuki
& Hisoka to Kyōto to assign
Watari. At Kyōto, Tsuzuki very specifically asked why Watari request for
their assistance. Watari showed them a packet, inside, were strands of silver
high school, 2 students, Maki and Mariko were discussing about Professor Satomi,
who was rumoured to be involved in a research about cloning. At Kokakurou
restaurant (a secret high class brothel that served politicians), Murakiís
friend, Oriya, was concerned for Murakiís safety since
the police had hard evidence (the strands of silver hair) against him. Muraki
calmly replied that he did it to lure somebody.
a map of their temporary accommodation, Watari, Tsuzuki & Hisoka found
themselves in a run-down place. Instantly, Tsuzuki blamed Tatsumi for being
stingy with expenses. Hisoka went out shopping for dinner. On his way back, he
saw a woman, lying in a pool of blood. Towering over her was Muraki with his
white coat heavily stained with blood. Seeing Hisoka, Muraki said some sarcastic
remarks especially about Tsubakiís death. Hisoka tried to attack him but
Muraki proved to be stronger than him. He was about to taunt Hisoka on the night
of his assault when Tsuzuki appeared. Muraki released Hisoka and told Tsuzuki to
follow him. Tsuzuki decided to do so and told Hisoka that he would be all right.
a restaurant, Muraki revealed that he was the one responsible for the serial
killings. His reason for doing so was to lure Tsuzuki to him. However, Muraki
refused to explain the purpose of cutting the victimsí hair. Angered, Tsuzuki
attacked him but Muraki pined him (as easy as ABC) to the ground. Seeing the
watch on Tsuzukiís right wrist, he slyly asked him if Tsuzuki had any scars to
hide since it was an unusual thing for a right-hand man to place his watch on
his right wrist, stunning Tsuzuki. Before leaving, Muraki said he would continue
to kill people for as long as it takes to make Tsuzuki as his own.
at night, Muraki was reading his late grandfatherís medicinal files about
patient, who had lived without eating, drinking or sleeping for 8 years. In the
1st month of the year 1925, the patient attempted suicide but
recovered even though the wounds were fatal. Days later, the patient fell into a
coma. On the 9th day, on the snowy night of January 20, the patient
gained conscious and killed himself. Unfortunately, Murakiís late grandfather
was unable to save him. After reading, Muraki murmured that his patient would
return soon. At Shonen University, Muraki showed Satomi (who happened to be his
professor during university) an old photo that he had found among his late
grandfatherís (who was very influential with the politicians and military,
including national secrets) files. Satomi was excited yet disappointed since the
patient had died 72 years ago. Muraki calmly said he found him, alive and well.
The patient turned out to be Tsuzuki.
Tsuzuki was very upset and blamed himself for causing the serial murder. At the
basement of the Shonen University, Muraki stared the head (whom he named as Saki)
inside the body tank. He promised to get Saki a new body. When thatís
completed, Saki will die by his own hands.
next day, Hisoka awoke with a nightmare of losing Tsuzuki. He turned around and
found Tsuzukiís mattress empty. Minutes later, he found Tsuzuki sitting
outside a temple, pondering over the slash marks on his right wrist. Hisoka
found it unfair that Tsuzuki refused to talk about his past. Tsuzuki quietly
replied that he preferred to do so in fear of being despised by the rest if they
ever know the truth about him. Hisoka felt very hurt and thought that Tsuzuki
didnít trust him at all. At Kokakurou restaurant, Muraki told Oriya (who was
practicing kendo) that his final preparations for the climax scene were
Shonen High School, Maki & Mariko bumped into Watari, Tsuzuki & Hisoka
and kindly led them to Satomiís lab. Meanwhile, Satomi was dreaming of having
Tsuzuki for his experiment. Then, he heard a knock. Opening the door, he was
taken back to see Tsuzuki. Recovering quickly, Satomi abruptly lied that he
didnít know Muraki and hastily shut the door. Muraki was there, hidden behind
some curtains. While Satomi continued his fantasy of becoming famous, Muraki set
his eyes on Maki & Mariko.
at night, Tsuzuki & Hisoka were enjoying themselves at a fun fair, together
with Maki & Mariko. Both girls were walking home happily when they bumped
into Muraki. Suddenly, a scream was heard. Tsuzuki & Hisoka rushed over and
found some Kochos (4 legged bird-like creatures) feeding upon Makiís body and
Mariko unconscious. Tsuzuki collapsed to the ground, shaking uncontrollably. The
Kochos were about to attack him when Tatsumi appeared (with his own powers) and
slay the Kochos. Then, he attacked Muraki, who made a brief escape.
awoke to find himself inside a hotel room. Tatsumi explained that heís paying
for it with his credit card. Tsuzuki remembered Makiís death and blamed
himself for causing it. Tatsumi comforted him and coaxed him to rest. Outside,
Tatsumi vowed to make Muraki pay. Then, he went into Hisokaís room. Hisoka
felt helpless and didnít know how to comfort Tsuzuki. Knowing Tatsumi was once
Tsuzukiís partner (for 3 months only), he asked Tatsumi to accompany while he
& Watari checked upon Satomi. Tatsumi replied that he would do this only
once for Hisoka. However, the next time, Hisoka would have to do it. After all,
itís clearly seen that Tsuzuki & Hisoka were getting closer to each other.
next day, Hisoka & Watari indirectly hinted Satomi about Murakiís true
identity as Tatsumi & Tsuzuki were shopping and sightseeing. During teatime,
Tsuzuki told Tatsumi that he wished to protect Mariko. So, the following day,
Tatsumi, Watari & Tsuzuki infiltrated the high school as temporary teachers
with Hisoka (as an overseas transfer student). Everyone in school was excited
except Mariko who believed they were out to kill her.
Murakiís hidden lab, Muraki was recalling the day he first met Saki, whom he
discovered that he was his stepbrother. Though angered by the fact that Saki was
born on the same day as him & his fatherís unfaithfulness, Muraki tried to
get along with him. Time passed by and Murakiís parents died under strange
conditions. It turned out that Saki was the murderer. Saki almost killed Muraki
but was shot dead by the familyís butler. For the past 16 years, Muraki longed
to have the prefect body in reviving Saki so that he could have the satisfaction
of killing him. Knowing Tsuzukiís intense compassion for human beings, he
intended to use it fully to his advantage.
to bear with Makiís death & all the gossips in school, Mariko emotionally
blamed Tsuzuki for causing it. Tsuzuki was distressed over her harsh words and
accidentally cut his finger during his lessons. After literally being
Ďforcedí by the schoolgirls to see the school nurse, Tsuzuki obligingly went
and was shocked Muraki in the sick bay, posing as the schoolís doctor.
invited Tsuzuki to watch a Noh opera performance based on a threat that he would
harm Mariko if he refused. Hisoka rushed in and said Satomi had taken Mariko.
Without much of a choice, Tsuzuki went with Muraki to the performance where
Muraki interrogated him about his true heritage. Based on his late
grandfatherís reports, Tsuzuki possessed non-human DNA and other unusual sighs
like his purple eyes, his body unable to age and the abilities to heal. To
worsen things, he named Tsuzuki a monster born from a demon.
at Shonen University, Satomi had come to the conclusion that the serial murders
were caused by Muraki. He became furious with Muraki for supplying him with
organs from innocent victims. Muraki didnít care a single bit and killed him.
Seeing Mariko, lying unconscious, he held up a bottle with a centipede inside
Juou Agency, Konoe was aware that Muraki was trying to use Tsuzuki for a cloning
experiment (In addition, he was puzzled over Murakiís immense knowledge of
Juou Agency). Meanwhile, Tsuzuki was becoming heavily drunk and deemed himself
as a non-human being. Recalling his childhood days, he was often bullied or
beaten up. Hisoka felt his loneliness and deep desire to be human. Tsuzuki
became emotional and wished to be dead. Hisoka hugged him & reassured him
that heís human like anyone else. While Tsuzuki rested his head upon
Hisokaís lap, Mariko stumbled by and passed out.
at Enma Division, Tsuzuki offered to look after Mariko. While everyone was away,
Muraki called out to Mariko and awakened the centipede monster in her. Without
warning, the Mariko-centipede brutally attacked Tsuzuki, who refused to fight
back in fear of hurting her. Then, Suzaku (on her own free will) merged out from
Tsuzukiís body and burnt Mariko-centipede. Tsuzuki heard Marikoís dying
screams and immediately went insane. Hisoka tried to ran towards him but
Suzakuís flames drove him aside. Tatsumi sees Suzaku was protecting Tsuzuki
(who was holding Marikoís corpse) like a mother towards her child. Tatsumi was
surprised to see Suzaku protecting Tsuzuki since most shikigamis generally
turned on their masters once they lost their mental control. Watari looked up
and sees white feathers floating from the sky above. Then, he, Tatsumi &
Hisoka sees Muraki carrying the unconscious Tsuzuki in his arms. Hisoka
attempted to give chase but Muraki (with Tsuzuki) disappeared. Hisoka screamed
a temple, Muraki handed Oriya a key card and asked him to stall the Shinigamis
for as long as he could. Though Oriya understood Murakiís intentions, he was
saddened by the implication that it was the last time he would see Muraki alive.
the Shinigamisí dismay, Satomi was found dead by the police at a bridge.
Hisoka became discouraged and believed Tsuzuki would never return. Even if he
did, Tsuzuki will never be himself as he felt him locking himself into the
darkness. Tatsumi objected, for as long as they remember Tsuzuki. He still
existed. Based on Watariís research, the Shinigami traced Murakiís
whereabouts to the Kokakurou restaurant. At there, Oriya was waiting for them.
Holding up the key card, he told them that they had to defeat him if they wish
to rescue Tsuzuki. Hisoka accepted the challenge.
could see Hisokaís inner struggles and told if he wishes to win Muraki through
his hatred, he will lose. Hisoka was injured but persisted on fighting for he
deeply wants to help Tsuzuki who had helped and given him the warm and care that
he never experienced before. It was through Tsuzuki that Hisoka had found a
family in the Enma Division and the meaning of his existence. Oriya felt
Hisokaís determination and was rather pleased. After the final blow, Oriya
admitted defeat and gave Hisoka the key card. Then, he said Muraki was having
the inner struggles like Hisoka. Maybe, some day, he would find it.
started experimenting on the lifeless Tsuzuki and marveled at Tsuzukiís
healing abilities. Based on theories, Saki would be revived through Tsuzukiís
body. Then, he would kill him with his own hands.
Tsuzukiís mind, Tsuzuki dreamt of seeing a boy who was cutting white buds.
When he asked the boy why he did it. The boy replied that in order for the
potential roses to flourish, the unwanted rose buds must be cut off. Tsuzuki
felt sorry for the buds that still had a chance to live. The boy called Tsuzuki
a hypocrite and a murderer. Then, Tsuzuki saw the white buds stained with blood.
was busily with his experiments that he was unaware that Tsuzuki had awakened.
Without warning, Tsuzuki stabbed Muraki. Acknowledging his existence was a sin,
Tsuzuki decided to kill them both and summoned Toufa, a snake-like shikigami
that breathes hell fire. Muraki replied that his death wouldnít heal
Tsuzukiís endless pain for they were both sons of sinner. The descendants of
opened the hidden basement with the key card and was shocked to see the lab in
flames. Watari pulled him back, telling him that Toufaís powers surpass the
shikigamiís healing abilities. Tatsumi felt if Tsuzuki wish to kill himself,
they should respect his wishes. Hisoka refused to accept it and leaped into the
wasnít ready to die for he still hasnít had his revenge on Saki. In the
midst of staying conscious, Toufaís flame consumed him. Tsuzuki was kneeling
on the ground, praying for Toufaís fire to burn him as well. Hisoka ran
towards him, his hand held out towards him. Tsuzuki replied that he had live too
long. Heís tired of living and dealing with the pain of guilt & sorrow
everyday. Hisoka broke down, held him tightly and said he didnít want to be
lonely anymore. His place was with Tsuzukiís. Where he goes, he would go too.
has come and Oriya knew Muraki would never return.
at Enma Division, Konoe reported to Count Hakusoku that Tatsumi had narrowly
saved the duo with his shadow powers. They were both recovering now.
Count Hakusoku remarked how much the two had changed each other. Konoe
agreed. At the sick bay, Tatsumi asked Tsuzuki if it would be better if he had
let Tsuzuki died in Toufaís flames. Tsuzuki replied he knew Tatsumi cares a
lot for him and thanked him for it.
Tsuzuki found Hisoka watching the Sakura petals blowing in the wind. Hisoka held
up his sleeve, showing a curse symbol on his arm. Muraki was still alive. Still,
it didnít bother Hisoka since heís determined to surpass him one day.
they will. top
| Tsuzuki | Hisoka | Tatsumi | Watari | Muraki | Oriya |
Tsuzuki has been working for the Shoka Division for 70 years despite his physical appearance as a 26 year old man. Since then, he has been changing partners, losing his bonuses, having his salaries docked (thanks to all the damages he caused during his investigations). He is extremely fond of sweet desserts especially apple pies. Out of the 18 Shinigami, Tsuzuki is supposed to be the most powerful (considering he controls 12 shikigami (mystical creatures like phoenix (suzaku), dragon (seiryuu), white tiger (byakko)) even though his behaviour is completely ordinary (or rather amusing).
Behind the cheery & happy-go-lucky mask, Tsuzuki has a sad and terrible past. So sad & terrible that he prefers not to talk about it in fear of being despised by the rest. Plus, he wears a watch on his right wrist (an unusual habit for a right handed man), which nicely covers up the slash scars that he has on his right wrist. The mystery behind Tsuzuki is that he lives in a hospital (during the early 19th century, which so happened to belonged to Muraki's grandfather) for 8 years without food, water or sleep before he finally died. According to Muraki's late grandfather's analysis of Tsuzuki, he possesses some genes that are non-human. The evidence? Tsuzuki's purple eyes, body that never aged & the abilities to heal himself. Despite that, Tsuzuki has a deep desire to be considered as a human being. top
Hisoka's main reason in becoming a 'Shinigami' is to find his murderer (Well, he certainty gets more than he asks for). Though Hisoka is born into a proud and noble family, they are frightened of Hisoka's empathy abilities. Since then, Hisoka is often locked up and spends his days in solidarity (thus, spending his anti-social attitude). Then, on one night, Hisoka went out for a walk because he couldn't sleep. On a field, he witnessed Muraki killing somebody. Muraki saw him, threw him onto the ground, ripped off his clothes and craved an evil symbol on his body. For the next 3 years, Hisoka suffered an incurable disease and eventually died a painful death. The reason that Hisoka couldn't remember Muraki is because Muraki had erased his memories of that fateful night. During the episodes, Hisoka gradually opens up to Tsuzki, revealing his true inner self (a shy, adorable boy who always blushes whenever Tsuzuki teases him). Still, Hisoka often senses Muraki's presence and is very fearful of becoming him. top
Tatsumi is the secretary of the Shoka Division, who used be one of Tsuzki's partners (for 3 months!). Despite his stern attitude, he cares for Tsuzki in his own way. Being in charged of Enma Division's expenses, he always reminds Tsuzuki to be careful on how he spends his money, especially on his high consumption of sweet desserts & the destructions he always caused. His powers seemed to be associated with shadows. Nevertheless, he's pretty powerful and deadly (when he wants to). top
Watari is the doctor/scientist for the Shinigamis. Always cheerful and bubbly, he creates tons of inventions (whether they are useless/ridiculous or not) and often helps Tsuzuki & Hisoka in their investigation. His accent is quite unique. His explanation for it was that though he was born in Kyoto, he grew up in Osaka. Thus, his accent could have been affected. top
Muraki is definitely one of the most sick-minded, sadistic doll collector/doctor/serial killer/pervert in the history of animation. He loves to drain people of their life force as well as collecting dolls (since he also loves to manipulate people and the dolls seemed to represent his victims). In Muraki's opinion, no matter how advanced the medicinal treatments are are or how skilled a doctor can be, death will always be the victor. After discovering him in the medical records of his late grandfather, he finds Tsuzuki a symbol of perfection and seriously desires (or lusts) to have his powers (and body) very much. Therefore, he creates lots of murders just to catch Tsuzuki's attention. The puzzling thing about Muraki is that for a mere mortal, he knows a lot about Enma Division.
When he first met Hisoka, he knew Hisoka had to die (since murderers can't have witnesses). However, he felt that a beautiful boy like Hisoka wasn't fitted to die under an unrefined method (like stabbing him to death). So, he decided to curse Hisoka to die a slow and painful death (mmm...Muraki's definition of refined murder techniques... how interesting).
His reason for desiring Tsuzuki so much is that he needed a body transplant for his stepbrother, Saki who killed his family 16 years ago. Saki almost killed him but he was shot dead by the family's butler. Filled with dissatisfaction & bitterness, Muraki preserved Saki's head while he searches for the body most suitable for a transplant. Since Tsuzuki has regenerating abilities (most shinigamis have that ability), Muraki finds him the best candidate. After the transplantation is complete, he intends to kill the revived Saki with his own hands simply for the satisfaction of killing him. (err... isn't it quite ridiculous to go through all that trouble just to kill someone who died 16 years ago?) top
Oriya is Muraki's friend since high school. As an influential owner of Kokakurou restaurant (a secret brothel for politicians), Oriya has lots of network to aid Muraki. Somehow, Oriya seemed to be the only person who cares about Muraki & understands his diabolic actions. As a mutual person, Oriya prefers to stay out of the affairs of the Shinigamis.