|Appears in:|| Tsukihime|
|Voice actor:|| Takahiro Sakurai (anime)|
Dave Wittenberg (anime, dub)
Arihiko Inui (乾 有彦, Inui Arihiko?) is a side character from Tsukihime and Kagetsu Tohya. He is Shiki Tohno's classmate and best friend. When Shiki was living with the Arimas, he often used to hang out with Arihiko. He has a competitive attitude against Shiki. As the player moves through the story, the player will discover that sometimes, Shiki cannot grasp how he became friends with Arihiko in the first place, since Shiki believes Arihiko has a "weird personality." Yet at one point in the game, when Shiki collapses in class due to his condition, Arihiko is the one who loudly informs the teacher that Shiki is sick and needs to be excused. Arihiko then proceeds to help a physically-weakened Shiki to the medical office, thus demonstrating a personality trait that might, depending on the player's subjective perception, serve to explain why Shiki continues to be friends with Arihiko despite Arihiko's sometimes callous behavior. Furthermore, because his grandmother died in front of him saving his life as a child, he does not see react to death the way normal humans do, allowing him to coexist more easily alongside Shiki.
Background information on him is introduced in the Kagetsu Tohya side story "S.O.S. Nanako-chan". Arihiko's parents died when he was young, and he lives with his sister, Ichiko Inui. In that story, he stumbles upon and eventually befriends the Seventh Holy Scripture's spirit, and gives her the name "Nanako".
Arihiko plays an important role in Shiki's school life; that means he primarily appears in the beginning of Tsukihime (providing a lot of exposition) and the school parts of Kagetsu Tohya. He does not, however, appear in any of the endings of Tsukihime, and Hisui's and Kohaku's route barely feature him at all.
|Shiki Tohno • Arcueid Brunestud • Ciel • Akiha Tohno • Hisui • Kohaku • Len • Michael Roa Valdamjong|
|Arihiko Inui • Aoko Aozaki • Barthomeloi Lorelei • Crimson Moon • Gransurg Blackmore • Kouma Kishima • Merem Solomon • Mr. Dawn • Narbareck • Nanako • Nrvnqsr Chaos • Satsuki Yumizuka|
|Akemi Yamase • Akira Seo • Brainwashing-Detective • Caubac Alcatraz • Curry de Marche • Forte • Fake Shiki • Hanei Misawa • Ichiko Inui • Keiko Arima • Kiri Nanaya • Magical Amber • Maiko Yamase • Makihisa Tohno • Master Panda • Mecha-Shiki • Neco-Arc Bubbles • Neco-Arc Destiny • Neco-Arc Evolution • Phantas-Moon • Sougen Jinan • Souka Tsukihime •|
|Melty Blood characters|
|Miyako Arima • Dust of Osiris • Mech-Hisui • Neco-Arc • Neco-Arc Chaos • Night of Wallachia • Riesbyfe Stridberg • Shiki Ryougi • Sion Eltnam Atlasia • White Len|