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Kiun ( () (うん) Kiun?) is Takemikazuchi's most well-known shinki, taking the form of a serpentine dragon made of lightning. He is considered by other gods to be one of the most powerful shinki next to Shiigun.


Appearance

Kiun has the appearance of a young man with long, light-colored hair. His most noticeable features are his eyes - which are drawn with dark irises and white pupils - and the horizontal scar on the bridge of his nose and another on his neck. He is quite tall, almost rivaling Daikoku in height.

Like most of the Un-clan shinki, some of his hair is tied in a short ponytail on the back of his head with a red braided cord. He also dresses in joe, a ritual outfit worn by Shinto priests consisting of an all-white kariginu and sashinuki hakama.

When he was named by Takemikazuchi in the past, he was seen dressed in hitatare, an outfit worn by the Heian-period warrior class, with his hair worn in a top-knot.

Personality

Kiun is initially shown as formal and reserved with a strong loyalty to Heaven, thinking it blasphemous that Yukine doesn't know of Amaterasu. He has a strong sense of duty and honour, telling his junior shinki to respect their opponent in battle, and being willing to potentially sacrifice his own life during the Covenant for a cause unrelated to him.

Though he often seems absent-minded, he may have a passive-aggressive side, as an omake revealed that he buys the chocolate Takemikazuchi dislikes on purpose because he wants to 'convert him to the Kinoko side'. He is also quite blunt, only replying 'I returned it' when Takemikazuchi bought him Yato's hafuri-raising book.

According to Takemikazuchi he has rejected a lot of female shinki, and believes that because he is dead, he has no need for relationships, including friendships (and 'swears' he's not lonely). He was apparently 'sick' at the idea of going out with any of the shinki just to make them feel better when told to do so. Kiun is shown to believe that shinki must behave as their master's object and keep their distance, criticizing Kazuma when he learns that he gave Bishamon a pet name. He was shown to have cared for and pitied the young reincarnated Takemikazuchi despite this, however, but did not stand up to the elder shinkis' mistreatment.

History

Kiun was summoned as Takemikazuchi's shinki at the end of the Age of Myths. Later that same day, Takemikazuchi was attacked by his other shinki and forced to reincarnate after a long battle. Because of this, Kiun had little firsthand knowledge of his original master's nature. Kiun and the 11 other surviving shinki became known as the 12 Elders and hid the circumstances around Takemikazuchi's reincarnation. The new Takemikazuchi was forbidden from using his innate lightning powers, and instead, the other elders assigned Kiun to be his guidepost and wield lightning in his place.

Over the centuries, Kiun became a shinki famous for his power, despite never achieving the status of hafuri. After witnessing both Kazuma and Yukine's power, Takemikazuchi became insistent that Kiun become a hafuri as well. Kiun was reluctant to do so, explaining that hafuri can mean either "blessing" or "burial", and related the story of a hafuri that was sealed away for betraying its master. Takemikazuchi nevertheless continued to goad Kiun into transforming, intentionally picking a fight with Yato and Yukine hoping that if Kiun was struck down by a hafuri, he would transform as well.

Trivia

  • Kiun's true name, 黄 ki, means the color yellow.
    • The kanji added for Takemikazuchi's clan of shinki, (うん) , means "to say". However, the meaning of "cloud" has also been historically associated with it since it has also been used as a simplified version of un ( (うん) cloud?). In some English translations, Kiun's name was translated as "The Yellow Cloud" when he was first introduced.[1]
  • Despite his vessel form supposedly being pure lightning, Kiun does bleed in his dragon form.[1]
  • The distinctive scar on his nose has been left by Kazuma, who interrupted Kiun's assault on Ebisu by cutting the snout and neck of his shinki form.[1]
  • Kiun is one of two currently known shinki to take the form of living creatures, the other one being Kuraha.
    • Incidentally, both Kiun[1] and Kuraha[2] sustain damage to their shinki forms during the events of the story that leaves their faces scarred.
  • During the conversation with his master, Takemikazuchi, Kiun reveals his opinion on Blessed Regalias (originally 祝の器 hafuri no utsuwa):

Hafuri are extremely rare. That can be seen as either a good or a bad omen. "Hafuri" also carries the meaning of "burial". One would wonder if such a thing would truly bring its master good fortune.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Chapter 35: Death (Vol 9)
  2. Chapter 7: Benighted (Vol 2)
  3. Chapter 57: Where Loyalties Lie (Vol 15) - translation by fast-moon on tumblr
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