| Yūichirō Hyakuya|
Yūichirō Amane (Birth Name)
|Name|| Yūichirō Hyakuya|
Yūichirō Amane (Birth Name)
Seraph of the End
|Height||170 cm (5'7")|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lbs)|
|Birthday||October 16, 2004|
|Affiliation||Japanese Imperial Demon Army|
|Section|| Moon Demon Company|
|Rank|| Special Private|
|Series||Black Demon Series|
|Voiced By||Miyu Irino (Anime)|
Yūichirō Hyakuya 「百夜 優一郎, Hyakuya Yūichirō」is the main protagonist of the Owari no Seraph series. He is a member of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army and Shinoa Hīragi's squad in the Moon Demon Company. He, along with Mikaela Hyakuya, possesses the "Seraph" gene, which is relevant to the forbidden taboo and the focal point of the story, "Seraph of the End."
After joining the Imperial Demon Army, he wears the standard JIDA uniform which consists of a long-sleeved black coat with light green details including the shoulder epaulettes which has a brown Sam Browne belt passing diagonally over his right shoulder and two rows of gold buttons on the front. Along with that, he wears a pair of white gloves and a white web belt with a gold waist-plate. He also wears the uniform trousers and black boots which go over the trouser's leggings. Yū keeps his sword on the left side of his hip. Sometimes he can be seen wearing the JIDA hat, and often wears the JIDA cape as well.
He is brave, fearless and somewhat reckless, which was shown when he attacked a Horseman while ignoring orders. It is noted that this wasn't the first time. Yū is often called an idiot by those who know him. He is a very narrow-minded person, whose only goal is to annihilate all vampires because of what they did to his "family," and he will overcome any type of challenge in order to accomplish it. He swore to exterminate all vampires for killing Mika.
Despite this, he has a soft spot and worries about his friends first and his goals second. Ferid Bathory considers this attitude to be "cute". Because of this, he empathizes with others who put their family first, as seen when a civilian girl gave his squad false information because vampires are holding her family hostage. After learning why she deceived them, he tells the girl that she did the right thing to save her family. He feels guilty for abandoning Mika and has nightmares about Mika's death for four years until he makes friends with Shinoa and Yoichi. After learning Mika is alive, Yū's personality changes in response and he grows more mature, as noted by Shinoa. He puts more effort into being patient and calm and making friends, and immediately amends his worldview to include Mika even though he is a vampire. His dream of wiping out vampires takes second place to reclaiming Mika. Regardless, even though his best friend is now a vampire, Yū still slaughters them without mercy or hesitation. After Shinjuku, he becomes closer to his squad members and makes Guren promise to help him take Mika back under the promise that Mika will be useful to him, as he comes from the same orphanage as Yu. Additionally, friendship and bonds become more important to him, as shown in a mental battle against Asuramaru, to gain more power or else lose his body, he calls Asuramaru his friend and convinces Asuramaru to yield to him.
Rather than revenge, his primary goal changes to protecting his new "family," in order to avoid a repeat of past events. In Nagoya, he surprises Narumi's squad by memorizing all of their names and promising to protect them.
Similarly to how vampires do not bother to remember human faces and only think of them as "humans" or "livestock," Yū only sees vampires as "vampires" or "bloodsuckers" without bothering to remember their names or faces. He does not even recall the name of his vampire target in Nagoya. The only exception to this rule is Mikaela Hyakuya, and seems to recognize Ferid Bathory.
Yūichirō Amane was born in 2004. During his childhood, both of his parents screamed that he was a demon spawn. Yūichirō's father (and possibly his mother) tried to kill him. His father screamed that he had to kill the seraph of the end now or else the world would be ruined. His mother went mad and committed suicide, and Yū's home went up in flames.
After this incident, Yū was taken to the Hyakuya Orphanage in Tokyo on Christmas Day in the year 2012, and told he could meet friends who were just as unwanted as he was. He met Mikaela and the other orphans. Seeing as the two 8-year-olds were the eldest, Mikaela wanted them to be friends, but Yū rejected him. Mika asked if Yū was challenging him to a fight and said he was the leader. They fought, and Mika gave him a serious smack-down. Afterwards, he told Yū that he used to be alone like him, but now he had a big family. And from that day onward, Yū had one too. Yū told him about his parents' violent behavior, saying that "family" no longer meant anything to him. Mika smiled, saying that both of his parents abused him until they got sick of him and threw him out of a moving car. The orphanage took him in after that. The other children shouted out their stories, saying that they never met their parents, their parents committed suicide, or their parents left them at the orphanage door. Mikaela then told Yū that they weren't lonely because that day was the day their new big brother Yū joined them. Shortly after, the director suddenly began to bleed from her nose and mouth and collapsed to the ground.
The adults perished, and Third Progenitor Krul Tepes led the vampire invasion on Tokyo. For the next four years, the orphans survived as livestock for the vampires in the vampire capital of Sanguinem, which is located under Kyoto.
Yū and Mika encountered Ferid, who invites them to his house to partake of their blood, but Mika agrees to go while declining politely for Yu, claiming Yū to be "shy". After Mikaela steals a gun and a map of the underground, they made a daring escape attempt with their orphanage family. Unfortunately, this was all a trap set by a seventh progenitor named Ferid Bathory, who had relations with Mika. Ferid slaughtered the other children in front of Yū and Mika.Yū managed to shoot Ferid in the head, but Mika was fatally wounded. Yū called Mika "family" for the first time. He refused to leave Mika behind until Mika yelled at him and pushed him away. Yū escaped, leaving Mika behind; an action that haunted him for years afterward. After reaching the outside world and realizing the vampires lied about the world's destruction, Guren Ichinose of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army finds him.
Guren mentioned a prophecy and knew that Yū was one of the lab rats from the Hyakuya laboratories. He was one of the children that was being experimented on by the Hyakuya Church to create a weapon of mass destruction, as part of the 'Seraph of the End' plan in destroying the world. Guren knew of this beforehand, thanks to intel provided by Mahiru in 2011. In order to take revenge for his family, Yū joined the Japanese Imperial Demon Army as Yūichirō Hyakuya.
Second Shibuya High Arc
Guren agrees to give Yū the power to kill vampires when they first meet, but he does not put Yū in a vampire extermination unit right away. Four years later, Yū is a private of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. He gets suspended from the army for disobeying orders during an encounter with a Horseman of the Apocalypse, and is thus forced to attend Second Shibuya High in the meantime. When Shinoa Hīragi tells him his suspension will continue until he makes friends, Yū struggles since he has stubbornly rejected forming close relationships since Ferid Bathory slaughtered his family. He insists he does not need any friends. Shinoa gives him a note from Guren specifically written with the orders to make a friend; he promptly wads it up and throws it to the floor.
With a little persuasion from Shinoa, he steps in to save Yoichi Saotome from bullies. Unfortunately, Shinoa tells him his punishment will be extended if he harms any civilians. Yoichi tells him he wants to join the army to get revenge for his sister's death, but Yū tells him to forget the army and that his sister wouldn't want him to avenge her death. An emergency warning goes off, and Yū challenges the escaped vampire assailant, nearly killing her when Guren arrives and ends her life. Yoichi becomes Yū's friend, meaning that Yū actually reached the requirement Guren gave him. In a dream, Yū's orphanage family tells him farewell.
Yū learns that Shinoa has a cursed gear for slaying vampires and wants to take it from her by force. She rapidly relieves him of that notion. Yu, Shinoa, and Yoichi save Yamanaka's friend Yūji. During the fight, Yū makes contact with the myo-o demon but breaks out of the demon's illusion on his own, surprising Shinoa. She agrees to notify Guren.
In chapter 4, Yū meets and fights with Shihō Kimizuki before attending his first class in the Moon Demon Company Barracks. Guren introduces Yū as the idiot and Yoichi as the crybaby. Yū gets paired with Kimizuki for a practice test. When Kimizuki's sister goes into critical condition, Yū punches Kimizuki and convinces him to go see her during the middle of the exam. They become friends and rivals. Shinoa recommends both of them for the Black Demon Series.
Although Yū earns a zero on his spell craft exam, which is supposed to help determine what rank of cursed gear he can receive, Yū is permitted to try for a Black Demon Series weapon along with Yoichi and Kimizuki. He appears to be nearly illiterate since he used no Kanji on his exam and wrote everything phonetically. Yū challenges Asuramaru, earning the demon's power in order to protect everyone, and Asuramaru informs Yū that 1/10th of him is not human. Afterward, Yū talks to a possessed Yoichi and helps him to regain control over his demon Gekkōin.
In chapter 8, he meets Mitsuba Sangū, who completes their 5-person squad. A Four Horsemen of John chases a young girl. Against Shinoa and Mitsuba's orders, Yū rescues the girl, and a group of vampires attack him. Mitsuba slaps him for his disobedience, but he declares he does not regret his decision. In the following chapter, they use information from the girl to lead an attack against the vampires. Although the vampires seize Mitsuba, Yū's strength shines through, and he rescues her. Even though the girl deceived them, informing the squad that there were only seven vampires instead of nine vampires, Yū tells her she did the right thing to protect her family.
Before they head to Shinjuku, Kimizuki hot wires a hummer. This impresses Yu, who says he had not been in a car since he was little and anyone rarely uses cars in Shibuya since gas is such a precious commodity. Yū attempts to drive and nearly accidentally crashes into his squad members, leading Kimizuki to violently remove him from the vehicle. Kimizuki promises to teach him how to drive on another date. As they head to Shinjuku, they encounter Thirteenth Progenitor Crowley Eusford. Yū manages to take his right arm momentarily before Crowley is summoned away by Seventh Progenitor Ferid Bathory.
They reach the battlefield in Shinjuku, and Guren summons Shinoa's squad to the 5th Street intersection. After taking his supplement, Yū charges into battle.Enraged over seeing Guren getting stabbed, Yū pierces Mika through the chest with Asuramaru, calling him a bloodsucker and telling him to die. Then, he recognizes his not-quite-dead best friend and family member. Guren grasps Mika's sword with a spell tag and urges Yū to activate his weapon and kill the vampire, but Yū freezes when he realizes who he just stabbed. Mika releases his sword and escapes. Guren hits Yū and asks him why he did not kill that vampire when he had the chance. Yusays that person is Mika, his family. He cries from happiness. steps behind Yū and grabs his shoulder, causing Mika to amputate the responsible appendage. Of course, Ferid says he was just joking about tasting Yu. Mika steps up to Yū and tells him to forget about the humans and run away with him. He lifts Yū and carries him in his arms.
Mika warns Yū that Yū is in a bad place and is being used by the humans, but Yū has no idea what he is talking about. Yū struggles and breaks free, jumping to the ground. He says that Mika makes it sound as though he is no longer human and asks if it is his fault. Mika immediately tells him it is not Yū's fault. Mika begs Yū to come with him, insisting that he is Yū's only true friend and the humans are only deceiving and using Yu. Yū looks back when Shinoa screams and sees his comrades defeated by the vampires. When he tries to help them, Mika grabs his wrists and says they have to go. Just then, the special supplement Shinoa gave Yū under Guren's orders takes affect, causing Yū to transform as his seraph component runs wild. Yū screams.
Yū swings at Mika and Crowley before moving to kill Shinoa, his true target. Mika jumps in the way, and Yū stabs him through the back. Mika urges Yū against killing humans. He asks Shinoa how she could dare use Yū like that, and the berserk Yū calls Mika a vampire, telling him to not interfere and saying that all humans must be killed. Guren orders Shinoa to embrace Yū to undo the transformation, so she jumps in after Yū flings Mika aside. Yū cries out and hacks up blood before passing out.
Yū wakes up exhausted a week later.
He looks up books on vampires to try and learn how to turn Mika back into a human. Later, Lieutenant General Kureto Hīragi summons Yū to the Shinjuku Central Army Headquarters First Office where Kureto sicks a starving unarmed vampire on him. Yū kills the vampire without hesitation. Kureto challenges him to a duel but cheats, winning quickly. He then attacks Kureto while his back is turned, but his aide intercepts. He also makes Major General Shinya Hīragi confront Yu. Kureto tortures Yoichi and Kimizuki to try and get information from Yu. He tells Yū about the Hyakuya Sect, asking if Yū was from that family. Yū knows nothing about them.
Guren tells Yū he knew about Yū's connection with the sect all this time, and he agrees to help Yū get Mika back. Shinoa and Mitsuba teach the squad about possession- and materialization-type demons. Yū weakens the curse binding his demon before Kimizuki and faces illusions of his orphanage family and his biological family. After Kimizuki conquers his demon as well, the two spar. Both of them use special abilities, which should be impossible for the possession-type demons they use. Yū uses a technique called "Asura-Kannon," ordering it to fan-out; this produces numerous materialized swords.
Shinoa tells Yū about what he really did on the battlefield of Shinjuku, and they agree to side with Guren in the upcoming political power struggle.
They depart for Nagoya, and Yū drives for the first time. When Guren scolds their squad for being tardy, Yū takes the blame. Yū meets Sergeant Makoto Narumi, tricking the sergeant into believing Yū is 20 years old until Guren announces otherwise in chapter 26. Guren, Mito Jūjō, and Shinya face off against Shinoa's squad, handily giving them a one-sided beat-down before their commence their operation in Nagoya.
Shinoa and Narumi's squads team up with Shinya to exterminate Fifteenth Progenitor Lucal Wesker, and they do it successfully without any injuries to their squads.
The Moon Demon Company regroups, and Sergeant Aiko Aihara arrives with only seven survivors from her squads. Yū offers to keep watch while her squad takes a short rest. Guren Squad, Shinoa Squad, and Narumi Squad leave to hunt Thirteenth Progenitor Crowley Eusford, Seventeenth Progenitor Chess Belle, and Seventeenth Progenitor Horn Skuld while Aiko waits for other survivors to pass them the order to reconvene at Nagoya Airport.
Once they reach Nagoya City Hall, Guren looks at the hostages being used through a telescope and knows that they are being used as bait to lure them. Yū insists on bursting in and saving them. Narumi dismisses it as too dangerous and when Yū asks him what they should do, Narumi asks Guren what they should do. Guren suggests that they snipe them from their position and see if they can lure them out but says that if there are too many of them, they are to abandon the hostages and run. Yū shouts that they can't do that.
Shinoa interrupts Yū and asks Guren what their priorities are. In order, he says that their top priority is to maintain their numbers, letting no one die. Their second priority is to free the hostages and lastly, getting the hostages out alive. Narumi states that this is because they are needed for another mission after this. Guren then says that they need to keep the vampires occupied in Aichi Prefecture for as long as they can so they can buy enough time for the main forces in Shibuya to get prepared.
After Crowley catches Gekkōin, Guren and his squad discuss what to do. After careful planning, Guren decides that his squad will take his squad to attack Crowley while Shinoa and Narumi Squads free the hostages. He gives them five minutes to rescue as many hostages as they can and act as a proper diversion for the main force in Shinjuku. As soon as the five minutes are up everyone has orders to retreat to the Nagoya Airport immediately.
Sometime later, Yoichi reports on the situation with Guren's squad to the squad and Yū insists on rescuing him. Shinoa agrees with him but says they only have five minutes. She gives them specific instructions regarding their plan.
Yū breaks through the floor and attacks Crowley. Crowley blocks easily and moves to decapitate Yu. Kimizuki parries the attack, and Mitsuba distracts Crowley by summoning dummies with Tenjiryū. Yū uses Asura Kannon, but Chess and Horn immediately step in and defend Crowley from it. Chess and Horn counterattack and rip apart the shield Mitsuba forms with Tenjiryū.
Guren orders Shinoa Squad to leave. Crowley recognizes Yū as the one who went berserk in Shinjuku.
When Yū moves to rescue Guren, who is on the ground behind Crowley, Shinya stops him and orders him to abandon Guren. Shinoa says their five minutes are up and orders a retreat.
Outside, Yū breaks free of Kimizuki's grasp and complains about leaving Guren behind. Yū asks if ignoring feelings and abandoning family is acceptable as long as it is for their mission. He holds back tears and states that would mean giving up on family. He calls Guren family.
Yū recalls four years ago after Guren picked him up from Sanguinem. One of Guren's men reported that Yū woke up screaming, and Guren comes to check up on him. Yū cries in his bed. Guren asks about what dream Yū had, and Yū says its the same one he always has: Ferid Bathory slaughtering his family. Guren asks if this means he wet the bed again, and Yū snaps, stating that he ever wet the bed. Guren says he will stay there until Yū falls asleep. He sits by Yū's bed and reads documents on the Seraph of the End project begun by the Hyakuya Sect. He stays there from 2:20 a.m. until 2:50 a.m. Yū says he has never really had a family since he was born because his parents called him demon spawn and tried to kill him. He says he made a new family, which was killed anyway. He says that living is painful and wants to know if it is even worth it.
Guren states that living hurts him, too. He says he failed to save the one he loved most, but, if he sticks around, then a day may come where someone needs him. He instructs Yū to live until he finds a new reason for life and people who need him. He leaves Yū and orders him to sleep.
In the present, Yū wipes away his tears and states he cannot follow orders. He says he is not cut out for teamwork. He tells the others to proceed without him, and he will stay behind. He says he would rather die than be unable to save his family. Before anyone can stop him, he swallows two curse stimulant pills for a total of three since the beginning of the mission. Shinoa orders him to spit them up, but Yū begins to cough blood. The curse power overwhelms him, forcing blood out of his eyes and making him scream.
Yū coughs up blood after overdosing on pills to increase his power at the end of the previous chapter. Inside his mind, Asuramaru, calling him hopeless, comments on how Yū appeared to give up on revenge and then became obsessed with living and family. He asks Yū if he wants power that badly. Yū says he does need power to save Guren. He begs Asuramaru to give him power.
Asuramaru says yes. If Yū wants power, he’ll give him all he asks for and more since he feeds on ugly human emotions like obsession and greed. However he complains that the pills Yū took before are a problem as they force the curse to go crazy while keeping his greed in check. Asuramaru says that the contradiction won’t do. He states that Yū cannot expect to just take drugs and get stronger without any consequences so Yū asks how he can get stronger.
Asuramaru says he can’t answer that as Yū is already dead. He says that it was a quick death. Yū took so much of the drug that all his internal organs ruptured and his heart exploded. He says while he has powerful regenerative abilities, but that kind of damage is beyond him. He says Yu’s done. Dead. Then, he amends his statement, saying that at least he should be.
The only reason he isn’t is because of those disgusting angels. Their power is forcibly keeping him alive. They peer into the background of Yū's mind and see something lying on the ground. Yū asks Asuramaru what it is. He says he doesn’t know but from there it looks like a trumpet. Yū has the urge to take the trumpet, but Asuramaru warns him not to take it and insists that Yū take him instead since angels can be far nastier than demons.
Asuramaru notices that Yu’s heart has starting beating again and says that now that it’s fixed, he can take care of the rest. He stabs into Yū's abdomen, telling him not to go with the trumpeters and instead stay with him, accept him. He tells Yū that he can heal him but when he tries to he says that he cannot return Yū to normal. He complains that Yū lost even more of his humanity than before and has become even uglier. Asuramaru orders him to never do that again and claims Yū's body is his. Yū says he does not care and demands for Asuramaru's power. Asuramaru calls him a greedy little human wretch and tells Yū that he has already given it to him as three pills worth of the drug is in effect. He can use all his strength for the next two to three minutes without becoming a demon. Asuramaru then tells Yū to awaken.
Yū wakes up to his friends' panicked faces. He says he is okay and has something to do. With immense speed and power, he leaps from the ground and breaks through the wall to reach Crowley and attacks him. He demands that Crowley give Guren back, and Crowley wonders if he is really human. The two fight, and Crowley delights in the fact he may have to use both hands for once.
Guren, whose wrists have been bound, gets between them and orders Yū to leave. When Yū asks why he is still not strong enough, Crowley answers that it is because Yū is only livestock and asks if Yū fears cows and pigs revolting someday. He insists vampires will never fear humans. Yū repeatedly yells at him to shut up and die, and they exchange blows. Guren orders Yū to stop. He says that Yū's demon will take over if he uses more power than that. Yū refuses to leave.
Crowley mutters that he is beginning to get bored and decides to kill Yu. Guren tells Yū that he has a plan, but Yū needs to leave. Yū does not listens and demands even more power from Asuramaru.
Asuramaru is delighted to help, especially now that the protection from the drug has completely worn away. Yū's desires overwhelm him, and half of his face darkens and a horn sprouts from his head as he becomes a demon. Yū enjoys the power. Crowley says that Ferid always makes interesting things happen. He says that Yū is so lively and full of energy that he wants Yū's blood now and mentions he may drink Yū dry the next time he gets close.
Yū challenges Crowley again. He hears telling Kiseki-Ō to begin the count to nine until the devil's coffin opens. After Kiseki-Ō gets to four, Yū invites Kimizuki to kill this bloodsucker together, but Kimizuki notices Yū's horn. Guren warns Kimizuki that Yū has been possessed and to grab him and run. Yū tells Guren to shut up now that he has the power to rescue him.
Kimizuki tells Yū that that what he said before was right. In this screwed up world, there's no point to living if you don't have a family to cling to. He then says that's why it's his turn to rescue him. Kiseki-Ō finishes the countdown and captures Yū with the devil's coffin.
Kimizuki joins with the rest of their squad while Kiseki-Ō begs to kill Yu, who is in his coffin. Kimizuki orders him to only knock out the demon inside of Yu.He orders Kiseki-Ō to spit him out and catches Yū in his arms.
As Mika engages the Moon Demon Company, he sees Yū being carried by Kimizuki. Yoichi recognizes Mika and asks his group if that vampire is Yū's family.
Shinoa calls out to Mika to identify him, but he tells her to shut up and return Yū to him. Shiho Kimizuki says the should stop him before Mika kills them. Yoichi protests. Mika reaches for Yu. Mitsuba tries to block him, but Mika smacks her axe away. Kimizuki drops Yū while trying to block Mika and says Mika cannot have Yu. Mika throws him aside. Mika begins to lift Yū from the ground, but Yoichi jumps on his back. He says he is not letting Mika go anywhere, and Mika tells him to quit getting in his way. Yoichi says Mika can kill him, but Mika is their family so long as he is Yū's family. Mika knocks him off as well, telling him to not be stupid and to die.
Shinoa activates Shikama Dōji and knocks Shinya away from Mika, surprising both of them. With her back to Mika, she explains that Yū would be mad at them if Mika were to die. She orders Mika to take Yū and run.
Mika comments that family does not exist in this messed-up world. He recalls playing with his own family on the streets of Sanguinem and pulls Yū close to him. Shinoa tells Mika to hurry up and then meet up with them at Nagoya Airport. Mika asks her why he would meet up with them, but she says she decided to trust him and that is that. Her squad charges at the Moon Demon Company while Mika flees with Yu.
While escaping, Mika holds the unconscious Yū in his arms and pleads for him to wake up.
He eventually crumples to the ground since he lost too much blood when the Moon Demon Company attacked him in the previous chapter. He begs Yū to wake up, stating he must tell Yū something while he is still alive and sane.
Mika takes Yū into a ruined convenience store and tries to make Yū regain consciousness. A child makes a sound down an isle, and Mika attacks him. He says drinking just a little blood would give him the strength to wait for Yu. The child screams for his friends to help him, but they flee and leave him behind. When the child calls him a monster, Mika releases him and slumps to the ground. The child screams and runs away. Mika apologizes to the unconscious Yu, saying that he does not want to become a vampire and cannot make himself drink blood even with Yū there.
In Yū's mind, Asuramaru approaches him. He says that he is really starting to like Yū and praises Yū's honesty about his desire. He says that Yū is broken and does not distinguish between good and evil when it comes to protecting his family.
Yū asks Asuramaru about what happened, but Asuramaru says he only knows what he saw through Yū's eyes. He offers power to Yu, but Yū turns down his offer this time. Asuramaru says Yū's friends are weaklings who will only drag him down and weaken him again. Yū says everything will work out as long as he is with his friends. They argue, and Asuramaru says he will fail no matter how hard he tries. Yū says he is going to work with his friends to save Guren, but Asuramaru asks about the other family member who came to visit Yū today. Yū wakes up.
He hears panting at the other end of the isle and sees Mika. He calls out to him. Mika mutters about human blood and attacks him, not able to recognize Yū and throwing him to the ground. He calls Yū a human and tells him not to resist. He screams about he pain and begs for blood. Yū stares at him, confused. He tells Mika to drink his blood.
Mika jumps on top of him, pinning him to the ground. As Mika is about to bite him, Yū apologizes for having left Mika behind. Mika snaps out of his bloodlust and quickly moves away from Yu.
Yū asks him about his thirst and says its his fault for leaving Mika behind. Mika says he already told Yū it was not Yū's fault. Yū begins crawling toward Mika, but Mika tells him to stay back. He does not want to drink blood, but Yū wants to alleviate Mika's suffering. Mika says to not worry about it and says there is something he must tell Yu.
Yū grabs onto Mika and says he does not care. He says that Mika looks like he is about to die and asks if drinking blood will heal him. He offers his blood for a second time, pulling open his shirt collar. Mika tells him to stop, saying that Yū is making it difficult to resist. Yū focuses only on what he has to do to save Mika and says he does not want to watch Mika die again.
Mika says he has yet to drink human blood since he will not be able to turn back and will forever be an immortal and ageless vampire. Yū turns the words around and asks if drinking his blood means Mika will not die.
Yū asks Mika for a favor, but Mika rejects him before Yū can even say what that favor is. They argue. Yū finds it acceptable to turn Mika into a true vampire, but Mika says he refuses to become a monster. Yū says that Mika should live for his sake, even if he has to crawl through the mud to do it.
Tired of this conversation, Mika says there is something he must tell Yu. Yū responds by covering his ears and saying he cannot hear him. He says he will only listen if Mika drinks his blood first.
Yū takes some broken glass and cuts open his wrist. He refuses to let Mika die. Mika calls him a jerk, and Yū says he is the one who took that cruel jerk and told him he was family. Mika calls him the worst and says it will be his fault for becoming a monster. Yū says that drinking a little blood is not enough to turn Mika into a monster. He says they are still family, no matter what Mika is. Mika begins crying.
Yū offers his blood for the third time, holding out his bleeding wrist. Mika tackles him in a hug and bites into his neck. Yū welcomes Mika home.
After drinking, Mika apologizes. Yū says it did not hurt much. Then, Yū notices Mika's eyes change color. Mika blames Yū for turning him into a monster, so Yū tells him to growl or something then. Mika says surviving by drinking blood from his own family is not normal, and he is a failure as a human. Yū says he is fine if he is not normal. He says Guren took him in and told him to live, even if his only reason was for revenge. Guren said Yū might find someone who would need him again, and he found Mika.
Yū says he does not care if Mika is a vampire now, and he will find a way to change Mika back if Mika ever gets sick of it. He tells Mika to never try to go off and die again.
Mika states that he is the one who is supposed to save Yū and comments that Yū is stronger than he used to be. Mika laughs.
Mika says Guren is probably just using Yu, but Yū says he does not care if either Guren or Mika want to use him. Mika sees this as too risky and says he will never use Yu. Yū points out that Mika just drank his blood. He says Mika may drink however much he needs in exchange for helping him rescue his new family.
Mika warns him against the Demon Army and draws his sword against Yū when Yū insists on finding his family. Yū states he wants to rescue his family, and Mika is obligated to help him. He says he would rather die than be unable to save his family. Mika reveals that the girl with the scythe saved them, and Mika agrees to save only those four.
Yū volunteers to drive to meet with them, but Mika decides to drive instead.
Mika informs Yū about the Seraph of the End Project, the Hyakuya Orphanage, and how the Demon Army is now redoing the same experiment which caused the end of the world eight years ago. Mika invites Yū to run away with him, and Yū agrees to talk it over with the others since Mika is so set on them. He tells Mika that Mika can trust the others as much as he trusts Yu. Mika says he does not see that happening.
Mika and Yu continue to drive to Nagoya Airport, and Mika once again tries to talk Yu out of it. Mika states that the human named Shinoa is no friend of his. Yu retorts that they have already settled the matter, but Mika says he does not realize how terrible humans can be. Yu reminds Mika that Yu is a human.
Mika says he went overseas a few times to destroy human cults who were experimenting on the Seraph of the End. A flashback shows an emaciated Seraph child with wings for arms confined in fluid with an oxygen mask. It begs Mika to kill it, to "kill this ugly thing I've become."
In the present, Mika states that the Demon Army is the worst of them by far. Yu asks Mika what they should do as an alternative, and Mika they should get away from the Demon Army. Humans across the globe are after the Seraph of the End experiment, and experimental subjects like them would only cause trouble for Shinoa.
Yu agrees and wants to at least check on Shinoa and the others from afar. After that, he and Mika will take off. If Yu's friends are safe, then they can plan how to rescue Guren. Mika immediately turns the suggestion down but soon gives in when Yu begs. He says he may be able to do something if Guren is still alive. Overjoyed, Yu repeatedly asks Mika how until he annoys Mika enough for Mika to tell him to shut up. Mika says Yu has not changed since they were children. Mika says the vampire queen kept him as a pet of sorts, and they can ask her for help. When Yu asks if she can be trusted, Mika says she does not know but will at least listen to them. Yu asks Mika who she is to him, and Mika says she is the one who saved his life. On that note, Yu immediately says they can trust her.
Mika asks if Yu has any brain cells in his head at all, and Yu says it was only thanks to her that they could see each other again.
Powers and Abilities
Yūichirō seems to be an excellent swordsman, as he was trained by Guren himself. This is shown when he killed a Horseman using only a sword.
He is also a "Seraph of the End" hybrid with 1/10th of him being not human; he and his old family were experimented on by the Hyakuya Sect, though he doesn't recall it because the adults erased his memories after each experiment. After he overdoses on the curse supplement after vowing to save Guren from Crowley's merciless hands, his non-human part increases.
- Asuramaru 「阿修羅丸, Ashūramaru, lit. "Perfect Asura"」: Asuramaru is a possession-type demon weapon of the Black Demon Series. It resides inside a black sword that Yūichirō uses. Whilst in use, the blade develops a thick green aura. Like Shinoa Hīragi, he can call upon Asuramaru to fully use its power to attack opponents.
- Asura-Kannon: A special technique using Asuramaru that materializes dozens of floating swords.
- Drugging Up: Like other soldiers in the JIDA, Yū takes a supplement to increase his synchronicity with his demon to 150% for 15 minutes. After that time is up, this synchronicity drops to zero. There are numerous unpleasant side-effects, and officers only resort to this as necessary.
- Seraph of the End: By swallowing a special tablet produced by Guren, Yū can lose his mind and undergo a painful transformation. His left eye turns dark and bleeds while a massive wing-like structure sprouts from his upper left shoulder. Although extremely powerful, he goes berserk and attempts to kill any human nearby.
- The Progenitor Council is extremely concerned with his immense power in this form. Guren causes this transformation to end by making Shinoa hug Yu. Yū coughs up blood as the transformation ceases. The drug takes five days to get out of Yū's system, and he spends the total of one week in a coma. Even after that, he feels tired. Yū has no recollection of the events that occur while he is transformed.
- Anime: The transformation is more extensive. Yū's left eye eventually turns into a black pit, and his right eye becomes red. He attacks both vampires and humans without discrimination while he only wants to kill humans in the anime and orders vampires like Mika to get out of his way. Additionally, his power is demonstrated more in the anime by even swinging his sword and creating a plume of black energy the size of a tall building with a ring of light around its base.
- When Yū first forms a contract with Asuramaru, it is revealed that 1/10th of him is not human.
- Since he lived in a vampire city for 4 years, Yū is nearly illiterate and only writes phonetically without using any Kanji. Vampires have no need to educate livestock on how to read or write.
- Yūichirō 「優一郎」 translates as "kind first son."
- Due to Yū's name, it is considered a pun when other characters say Yū is kind (優しい). Kindness is also considered one of Yū's actual primary character traits.
- Hyakuya 「百夜」 means "hundred nights."
- Amane 「天音」 means "heavenly sound."
- He is one of the first characters designed, along with Mikaela and Guren.
- Mika is the first vampire shown to bite Yu. Yū offers his blood three times before he finally convinces Mika to bite him in chapter 36.
- At the age of twelve, he was 145 cm tall and weighed 38.2 kg.
- According to the fanbook:
- Interests: Finding things about human turned vampires to help Mika (Worrying) / Driving vehicles
- Favorite Food: Curry, Shortcake (because the children at the orphanage said they wanted to try birthday cakes)
- What he looks for in the opposite sex: “Shut up.”
- "GAH! I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!! It hurts! It makes me dizzy! And I can't stand those blood-suckers looking at me like I'm livestock! What do they think we are? Pigs? Cows? Chickens?! That's why we've gotta start a revolution! You and me, Mika. We'll both get stronger, and then we'll go kill the vampire queen and turn this place into a human kingdom!"--12-year-old Yū to Mika in the streets of Sanguinem, Chapter 1, "The World of Blood Legacy"
- "Who needs some stupid 'family'? I got sent here because my father tried to kill me. My mom kept ranting and raving about how I was demon spawn. She eventually went nuts and killed herself. So do you get it now? 'Family' doesn't mean anything to me!"--8-year-old Yū to Mika the day Yū arrives to the orphanage, Chapter 1, "The World of Blood Legacy"
- "Quit trying to shoulder all our burdens by yourself!"--12-year-old Yū to Mika in Sanguinem, Chapter 1 "The World of Blood Legacy"
- "You're... my family. I... finally found a real family! I can't leave you!"--12-year-old Yū to a fatally injured Mika, Chapter 1, "The World of Blood Legacy"
- "You aren't Mika. Mika would never tell me to get revenge. He was smart, but he was always stupidly nice to all of us. SO WHO ARE YOU?! HOW DARE YOU PRETEND TO BE MY FAMILY!! I'LL KILL YOU!!"--Yū to a myo-o demon, Chapter 3, "The Demon in Your Heart"
- "ARE YOU STUPID?! WHO CARES ABOUT POINTS?! THIS IS YOUR FAMILY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT! If they die, then... they're gone for good. You won't ever see them again."--Yū to Shihō Kimizuki when told that Mirai Kimizuki is in critical condition, Chapter 4, "The Worst Pair"
- "Once I have the power, I'll get revenge for the death of my family. Those bloodsuckers killed Mika, so I'm gonna kill them all!! That's my one and only reason for living."--Yū before first challenging Asuramaru, Chapter 6, "Black Asura"
- "DAMN IT!! SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP!! Just give me your power already!! I... need it!! I need enough power to protect everyone!!"--Yū confessing the truth of his feelings while confronting Asuramaru, Chapter 6, "Black Asura"
- "I don't ever wanna say I survived because I left someone else to die ever again!!"--Yū to Shinoa's squad when he enters an obvious trap to save a human girl, Chapter 8, "Mitsuba's Squad"
- "What was it you guys said? We humans are 'ugly'? Trash that would sell out anybody if our family's been taken hostage? Ha! Sounds like you're real familiar with that little ploy. You're right. Humans will do anything for their families. We'll happily lie, cheat, make deals with the devil, or even become demons ourselves. If you wanna call that 'ugly,' then fear human ugliness when it kills you, Bloodsuckers!"--Yū to the enemy vampires in Omotesando Station, Chapter 9, "First Extermination"
- "...'Those humans' are using me? What's that mean, Mika? You... You make it sound... like you aren't human anymore. It's my fault, isn't it? My fault for running away..."--Yū to Mika when they reunite, Chapter 13, "Reunion of Childhood Friends"
- "S-s-ssi-sinners... S-sinners must... d-die. M-must kill... all s-si-sinners."--Berserk Yū preparing to kill Shinoa, Chapter 13, "Reunion of Childhood Friends"
- "Do not interfere, Vampire. All humans must be killed."--Berserk Yū to Mika when Mika protects Shinoa, Chapter 14, "Everyone's a Sinner"
- "It wasn't a dream. And that means Mika really is alive. Ha ha... He's alive... Ha ha ha... I'm not dreaming... He really didn't die... Thank God... I'm so glad!"--Yū to himself, after waking from a coma, Chapter 15, "Complicated Connections"
- "Just you wait, Mika. I swear... I'll save you."--Yū to himself, Chapter 15, "Complicated Connections"
- "...I was looking west. That's where Mika's gotta be, right? In the vampire city. I heard the place they held us was somewhere underneath Kyoto... Someday, I swear... I'll go get him back."--Yū to Shinoa when asked what he was looking at, Chapter 18, "Possessed by Mahiru"
- "I tried climbing back up using my sword, but some stupid janitor yelled at me for putting holes in the walls!"--Yū after returning from the roof Guren previously flung him from, Chapter 18, "Possessed by Mahiru"
- "Whatever your reasons, if you hadn't rescued me that day, I would've died. I do still feel like I owe you for that. So what I wanna know is... Am I actually useful to you? That's all. I don't care what you and that Hiragi guy are fighting about. I don't care what you're after. All I want to know is, do you need me? If you do... Would you want Mika, too? He was in the same orphanage as me. If you do... If you think you could need Mika like you need me... Then, I'll be your guinea pig or anything you want. I'll do everything I can to help you with whatever you need. Just tell me how I can get Mika back!"--Yū to Guren, Chapter 18, "Possessed by Mahiru"
- "Those words don't hurt me anymore. Besides, I don't care if I am demon spawn. If Mika needs me.. If Guren, Shinoa, Mitsuba, Yoichi, and Kimizuki want me as their friend, then I don't care if I'm a demon."--Yū to Asuramaru, Chapter 20, "The Demon's Nightmare"
- "I don't care if you're a demon. I need you, Asuramaru. Join me, please. We can be friends. Help me rescue Mika... He's family."--Yū to Asuramaru, Chapter 20, "The Demon's Nightmare"
- "I... Um... This is kinda embarrassing, but... Well... Guren said we're family now, right? So you, Yoichi, Kimizuki, and Mitsuba... We're all a new family. And I've started to feel that's true. You guys are important to me. But... I can't forget Mika. He's also an important family member. See... My parents abandoned me. So maybe I don't really know how families work. But can I ask you guys this? Just because someone in your family betrays you, does that mean you have to betray them back? I don't... think it works that way. So even if Guren betrays us... and Mika, well... even if he is a vampire now... he's still family. We're all still family, and we always will be."--Yū to Shinoa's squad, Chapter 23, "Ambition in the Demon Army"
- "LET ME GO!! I said leggo!! What's wrong with you guys?! You can't be serious about leaving Guren behind?!"--Yū after Guren Squad and Shinoa Squad abandon Guren, Chapter 33, "Demon's Lullaby"
- "So, if it's for the mission... should we have to ignore our feelings and abandon family? But, Shinoa... If we do that... If we just give up on family in this empty, ruined world... Then what? What else is there... to cling to for survival out here? Guren... He... He's our family!! (Pause) Crap. I can't do it. Sorry, Guys. Looks like I'm just not cut out for that teamwork stuff. You all go on ahead. I'm gonna stay here. If I can't save my family... I'd rather die anyway."--Yū to the Shinoa and Guren Squads before overdosing on curse stimulants, Chapter 33, "Demon's Lullaby"
- "Why'd you save me? I... I don't have a family anymore... I haven't since I was born, really. My parents called me demon spawn and tried to kill me... I made a new family, and then they all got killed too. After all that... What's the point in living? Is it really worth it... for me to even bother?"--12-year-old Yū to Guren in a flashback, Chapter 33, "Demon's Lullaby"
- "NO!! DON'T YOU DARE GIVE UP!! YOU... YOU WERE THE ONE WHO TOLD ME I HAD TO LIVE DESPITE ALL THE PAIN!! SO BE A DAMN ADULT AND BE A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR ME!!"--Yū to Guren before becoming possessed, Chapter 34, "Asura's Power"
- "Bwah? Aah..! So... much... power..."--Yū after becoming possessed, Chapter 34, "Asura's Power"
- "Mika, whoa! It's me! Yu! Don't you recognize me?!"--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Who cares about that right now?! You look like you're about to die, Mika! What can I do?! How can I help you?! It's blood, right? Will you heal if you drink some? Then, go on and drink mine! Here! Take it!"--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Please, Mika! Tell me what I need to do to save you! What do I have to do, Mika? I mean, you're here! I finally found you! But if I have to just sit here and watch you die again... I..."--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Hold on. Back up a sec. If you drink my blood... that means you won't die, right? Hey, Mika? You, uh, mind doing me a favor?"--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "If you up and die on me again... I... I'll cry, you moron!! So live, dammit! Even if you have to turn into a vampire! Even if you have to crawl through the mud on your hands and knees--live!!"--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Besides, if you're oh-so-ready to just keel over and die, Mr. Smarty-Pants Blockhead... stop trying to make me feel bad by preaching about how you've never drunk any human blood! If you're gonna die, go crawl in a corner and do it quietly!"--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "LA LA LA LA LA!! I can't hear you!! Who's gonna pay attention to some dumb idiot who just gives up on living like that! If you want me to listen, drink my blood first. If you want to save me, then let me save you first. You aren't going to die, Mika. I won't let you."--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Hah! Don't be stupid. Just drinking a little blood isn't enough to make you a monster. No matter what you are, we're still family."--Yū to Mika, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Welcome home, Mika."--Yū to Mika after Mika bites him, Chapter 36, "Yū & Mika"
- "Years ago, Guren told me something. Oh! You wouldn't know him. He's the guy who took me in after I escaped on my own. I'd just lost all of my family. I was hurting so bad inside, and I wanted it all to end. I wanted to throw it all away and give up on life. But he told me that, even if my only reason was for revenge, I should live. So then... Maybe someday, somewhere... I'd find somebody who would need me again. So I gave the whole living thing a chance. Even though I figured no one would ever need me, I kept surviving. Struggling, flailing around like a total idiot... But apparently I kept at it long enough that I found you again. Mika... let's live on together, okay?"--Yū to Mika, Chapter 37, "Monsters & Family"
- "I died long ago on the day my parents abandoned me. But then you helped me live. And after you, it was Guren. Somehow, thanks to you two, I'm still here. And in that case, if either of you want to use me... fine. Go ahead. I don't mind."--Yū to Mika, Chapter 37, "Monsters & Family"
- "I said I wanted to rescue my family. So I'm going to rescue them. And you're obligated to help me."--Yū to Mika, Chapter 37, "Monsters & Family"
- "What? Run away to somewhere both the vampires and the Demon Army won't ever find us? Man, that brings back memories. Back then we were both desperate to run away from our world of vampires and slavery. So we escaped... Hoping and praying to find some paradise where we could live in peace... But all we found was this. We can't run, Mika. There's nowhere to run to. No matter where we go, all we'll find is more humans and vampires."--Yū to Mika, Chapter 37, "Monsters & Family"
- "Yeah, yeah. Say that all you want... I'm still a human myself, y'know."--Yū to Mika after Mika keeps harping on how terrifying humans are, Chapter 39, "The Beginning of the Plan"
- "REALLY?! That's awesome!! How? Well? Tell me how... C'mooon! Tell me, tell me, tell me! How're we gonna rescue Guren? Mikaaa!"--Yū to Mika after Mika says he may be able to do something about Guren, Chapter 39, "The Beginning of the Plan"
- "Well, without her saving you, we never would've seen each other again! It's only right to be thankful to her for that."--Yū to Mika about Krul Tepes, Chapter 39, "The Beginning of the Plan"