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Yukine ( (ゆき) () Yukine?), whose real name is Haruki Tajima ( () (じま) (はる) () Tajima Haruki)[5], is one of the three main protagonists. He is Yato's shinki and guidepost. He is also a shinki of Father under the name Hagusa ( (はぐさ) Hagusa).

Appearance

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In his human form, Yukine appears as a young teenager with short, messy hair. His hair is colored gold both in the anime and manga colorations. However, his eyes are reddish-orange in the anime and a yellow-amber in the manga. The name given to him by Yato (雪) is located on his left collarbone, and the one given to him by Father (莠) is located on his upper right arm.

He is shorter than both Yato and Hiyori. His height is 147.4cm (or 4'10") according to the Animation Visual Book released for the anime. Despite being physically 14, it seems that Yukine appears even younger than his age. This can be noted from his small stature, Hiyori's shock when she realized he was only a year below her in school,[6] and his previous neighbor's remark that he was small for his age in middle school.[1] This is likely due to malnutrition and stress resulting from his father's abusive treatment.

Upon his first summoning, Yukine wears a simple white robe, resembling a Japanese shinishozoku. He is later depicted with a blue hoodie, loose grey jeans, and teal patterned knit cap.

Later on, he changes his attire to a white T-shirt, dark blue jeans, and a green knee-length jacket with a fur-trimmed hood. While as the manga progresses, his outfits are not always consistent and vary to all sorts given to whatever he is depicted with.

As a vessel, Sekki takes the form of a silver Ōdachi, the handle of which is loosely wrapped in bandages. After becoming a hafuri, his new Shinki form is that of his vessel form changed from a single Ōdachi to a katana and wakizashi of similar design.[7] As Hagusa/Yuuki, Yukine's hair is black. He also grows black claws and more pronounced canine teeth.[8] As a vessel, Yuuki takes the form of a staff with a twisted blade end.[citation needed]

Personality

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Yukine is first portrayed as being a bit cold and cruel. He is clearly upset and annoyed at the fact that he died and became Yato's weapon, complaining about staying with someone like him. As a result of this and the fact that people cannot see him well, Yukine takes advantage of this and other people, stealing money, clothes, and even betraying Hiyori. The reason for this is Yukine's jealousy of the living, as he is upset about the fact that he is dead, and cannot make friends and learn what other students do, leading him to feel rather entitled and ungrateful.

When Yato is forced to punish Yukine through Ablution, Yukine confesses all of his sins and apologizes sincerely, and escapes the temptation that hurts Yato as his Shinki. Yukine is visibly more upbeat after his punishment, becoming more outgoing and befriending Hiyori more and requesting to learn what she does in school. Yukine also is more diligent in his work as Yato's Shinki, working part-time for Daikoku to earn money for the two of them.

Despite this, Yukine is still a bit sarcastic and can be prone to outbursts when he is upset, especially after one of his few friends, Suzuha, dies. When Yato was missing, Yukine withdrew, refusing to worry about Yato and attempting to suppress his feelings so he wouldn't sting Yato once again. He instead busied himself learning how to be a better Shinki from Kazuma and tutoring from Hiyori. This shows that although Yukine still holds true to his sarcastic and edgy personality, he remains incredibly compassionate for those he forms bonds with, and that he is quite diligent.

It has been shown many times how insecure Yukine truly is. It is highly evident that he seeks validation from the authority figures in his life, especially Yato, and he has a deep-rooted fear of abandonment, likely stemming from his abusive family situation when he was alive. This leads to him being incredibly upset when Yato uses other shinki, especially Nora, as he views it as a betrayal and abandonment.

As his Lead Shinki, Yukine has shown to be very strict with Yato especially after Yato's declared his resolve to change his ways. Yukine's methods of dealing with Yato may appear harsh, but in reality Yukine is strict in order to help Yato improve himself and keep him on the proper path, since he cares for him and wants to see him reach his goals. Yukine also shows great concern and protectiveness for Yato. When he discovered that the sorcerer, Yato's father, was also his lifeline, he kept Yato from killing him. Likewise, he warned Yato against meeting Kazuma again after he got information from Yukine by force. He also urged him to fight Bishamonten and stop her when she was fighting with Fujisaki.

Yukine's jealous tendencies and fear of abandonment never fully disappear, and as such he was both upset and in denial when he found Yato was employing Kazuma as his shinki behind Yukine's back, though he denied this when confronted by Nora.

Because Yukine is insecure, curious, and approval-seeking, he is also prone to manipulation. When Fujisaki claimed that he would care for Yukine without abandoning him and would help him learn whatever information he sought, Yukine willingly became his shinki, despite previous confrontations with Fujisaki.

After becoming Fujisaki's shinki and taking up the Hagusa name, he is shaken after learning he did not have the loving family he wished for. Instead, he learns of his abandonment, his father's abuse towards him, and his eventual murder, and decides to seek out his father in order to learn why he killed him. He displays a lack of interest in Yato at this point, and easily attacks him since he believed Yato had abandoned him in the same way his own father did.

Skills and Abilities

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Yukine is a very powerful Shinki. He was able to create a Boundary on his first try which Yato commented was unheard of.[citation needed] Even Kazuma had to practice for a long time before he was able to create a decent Boundary.[citation needed] He's strong enough to warrant praise and/or interest from Father,[citation needed] Ebisu,[9] and Takemikazuchi.[10]

  • Rend ( (ざん) Zan): This is an anime-only skill that he obtains as Yato's divine weapon. When Yato uses Rend, he is able to exterminate phantoms.[11]
  • Sunder ( (ぜつ) Zetsu): This is an anime-only skill that he obtains as Yato's divine weapon. When Yato uses Sunder, he is able to sever emotional ties between people. They use this skill to sever Yusuke Urasawa's bond with Kofuku.[12]
  • Borderline (境界線 (きょうかいせん) Kyoukaisen): Using his fingers, Yukine can draw a line and create a boundary that prevents phantoms from crossing through. By extension, Yukine is able to use Lance ( (ほこ) Hoko) as an offensive skill[13] and Shield ( (たて) Tate) as a defensive skill.[14]
  • Bind ( (ばく) () Bakufu): Yukine has the ability to cast a binding restraint on a target. This ability appears to take the form of invisible chains. According to Daikoku, only Hafuri Vessels (such as Yukine and Kazuma) can use this ability.[citation needed] This ability greatly affects the other Shinkis that are not Hafuri Vessels because of superiority.
  • Songs ( (じゅ) () Juka): Yukine obtains this skill through training with Kazuma. It enables him to recite incantations that can be used for various purposes. For example, he uses a fire-warding song to douse flames,[15] and constructs a counter-song against Nora.[16]

Trivia

  • Yukine's name, (ゆき) Yuki, means "snow" while 雪音 (ゆきね) Yukine means "the sound of snow".
  • Yukine has a phobia of night and dark rooms, probably due to having his final moments being suffocated in a refrigerator in his human life.
  • It is possible that the reason as Sekki, the bandages on the hilt are associated with his past life. There is a single frame in Yukine's memories where an arm is seen with bandages all over the place.[11]
  • Yukine is one of three known hafuri, the others being Kazuma[7] and Nana[17].
  • His character song is Catch Ball which was sung by his voice actor, Yuki Kaji.[citation needed]
  • Hiyori guesses based on his education level that he died during his second year of middle school.[6]
  • He is very sensitive about his short height.[citation needed]
  • Daikoku pays him 500 yen an hour for helping out part-time at Kofuku's.[18]
  • The name given to him by Father, Hagusa, refers to a type of weed that resembles rice. Figuratively, the word is sometimes used to refer to something which appears good but is actually bad.[19]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chapter 87: The Way to Darkness (Vol 22)
  2. Chapter 90: I Have to See You (Vol 23)
  3. Chapter 55: Cut x Off (Vol 14)
  4. Chapter 74: Gift (Vol 19)
  5. Chapter 84: Nora (Vol 22)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chapter 13: Signs (Vol 4); Aragoto Episode 1: Bearing a Posthumous Name
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 20: Prayerful Oath (Vol 6)
  8. Chapter 88: Motive (Vol 23)
  9. Chapter 26: How to Worship a God (Vol 7)
  10. Chapter 63: Ecstasy (Vol 16)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Episode 2: Snow-like
  12. Episode 4: Where Happiness Lies
  13. Chapter 34: Such Were Their Desires (Vol 9)
  14. Chapter 30: The Sound of Thread Snapping (Vol 8)
  15. Chapter 43: Secrets (Vol 11)
  16. Chapter 44: Cut + Ties (Vol 12)
  17. Chapter 59: The Disobedient Ones (Vol 15)
  18. Volume 15: Surprise Character Trivia Part 1 (Author's Notes)
  19. Jisho dictionary:

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