The Demon Hunter Organization (退魔組織, Taima Soshiki?) is an important element of the Nasuverse within the stories of Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai, and Kagetsu Tohya. Though it is not often referred to directly it is related to many of the core characters of those stories. The Organization is made up of four families all of whom have a psychic ability. The Organization's main opponent are the Kishu bloodline of demons which partially included the Tohno Family. However even some members of Organization are known to have inhuman blood coursing through their veins.
The Purpose of the OrganizationEdit
The main purpose of the organization is simple: destroy demons or demon hybrids that have thick demon blood, as they see them as an abnormality that must be corrected. A Demon is a disruption and Demon Hunters are a gathering of those who fix the disruption within nature but they can't fix the disruption within humans. Because the Demon Hunters are an organization in the lawful spell branch, created by humans to protect the human society, as such they are not supposed to hurt humans. For that reason, they will have a difficult time against a demon hybrid as they are not a disruption. In order for a hybrid to be considered a disruption, the demon blood needs to become thicker than the human blood. These demon hybrids who can't maintain the human side anymore are seen as being out of alignment, and the Demon Hunters finally see them as their target. However, when the hybrids go out of alignment, they become the worst enemy for the Demon Hunters. Because they have a human side, binding spells won't work on them and because they have the alien power of the demons, it's impossible to stand up against them with a body of a human. In the past when weapons were undeveloped, killing them meant many casualties. However the Nanaya family apparently did have some sort of understanding with the Tohno family, as evidenced by their reaction during the Tohno family's attack.
In Japan there are four known demon hunting families, however as time went by they became unnecessary. The enemy known as Half-Bloods, have slowly morphed from an evil that threatens society to a necessary evil. The Half-Bloods were no longer worshiped due to the emergence of the nation, so they compromised with human society and became organized. They skillfully brought those in positions of power to their cause, and became the ones in power. As a result, the Four Demon Hunter Houses could no longer maintain themselves.
The relationships between the four families are unknown but the Nanaya and Ryougi were once close friends.
For a time, the Nanaya (七夜, Nanaya?) were considered one of the most powerful families of the Organization. The Nanaya continued battling the Half-Bloods in the modern age because that was all they were good at.
Though they possessed a psychic ability in the form of Pure Eyes, what truly made them so powerful was their assassination skills and the refinement of normal human physical potential taken to the maximum level, which allowed them to perform incredible feats of athletics and acrobatics such as defying gravity to run across walls. So that their powers could be passed down to their descendants, the Nanaya maintained the purity of their bloodline by having incestuous relations between themselves.
Kiri Nanaya was the last head of this family and was one of the best assassins of the Organization. The family was slaughtered by Kouma Kishima under the orders of Makihisa Tohno. One child survived the attack, Kiri's son, Nanaya Shiki who would later become known as Shiki Tohno.
- Known members
As the kanji in their name hints, the Fujou (巫浄, Fujō?) are a lineage of priestesses (miko). The Fujous possessed other "useful" skills besides fighting Half-Bloods, so they focused on those areas instead and survived.
Similarly to the Nanaya, it is a clan that has been passing down special abilities to their descendants through teaching of techniques and mystical knowledge. Treated as an ancient bloodline of magi, they specialize in acting as mediums, but originally their expertise was the use of curses. Their psychic ability grants a superior view of the world at the expenses of causing blindness.
The family collapsed with the death of its last descendant, Kirie Fujou.
Hisui and Kohaku belong to a branch family of the Fujou that fell into ruin after the pair’s mother broke one of clan’s taboos, which is why the two girls ended being picked up by Tohno Makihisa. They possess the power of the Synchronizer, to transfer their life force to others through sharing of fluids, which was maintained and passed down to their descendants thanks to bloodline relations.
The ability of the Ryougi (両儀, Ryōgi?) family is to create multiple personalities within themselves. The personalities are used to gain multiple skills (ie: one for acting normal and one for fighting). Also, their training involves refining a self-hypnosis skill that enhances their abilities wielding a Japanese sword. When a child is born they are given one name written two different ways in kanji.
This family is apparently still active but no longer fighting demons. They are now more like the Tohno family, in that they are wealthy landowners and represent Japanese upper class. Unlike the Tohnos, however, they live in a large Japanese-style mansion surrounded by groves of bamboo.
- Shiki Ryougi.
- Shiki's immediate family members were minor characters during the second chapter of Kara no Kyoukai.
The fall of Asakami was self-inflicted. They worshiped the captured Half-Bloods as guardian gods, and their lineage became diluted due to the continued interbreeding. In the end, they almost became Half-Bloods themselves. The demon-hunter became the demon, such is the tragedy of the Asakamis.
With the family's main branch collapsed but one of the minor branches still exists, though now is only a business organization. It is unknown if the family bears any relation to the Asagami Private Girls Academy that Akiha Tohno attends.
The movie points out the difference by having Ryougi Shiki pronounce the name of the main branch as "Asakami" whereas the minor branch remains "Asagami". In the novel the difference in the kanji used is presented, but the pronunciation between the two remains the same.
- Known members
- Fujino Asagami.
- Fujino Asagami's father, an offscreen character during chapter 3 of Kara no Kyoukai.
- ↑ TYPE-MOON Fes. 10th Anniversary Q & A:
Q: Asakami, Fujou, Ryougi, Nanaya are natural enemies of Half-Blood. Besides Nanaya, do the other three houses still hunt Half-Bloods?
A: The other three houses have done so in the past. However, it is no longer necessary as time goes on. The cash cow... and the basis of the existence of the four houses ----- the enemy known as Half-Blood, have slowly morphed from an evil that threatens the society to a necessary evil. The Half-Bloods were no longer worshiped because the existence of the nation, so they compromised with the human society and became organized. They skillfully brought those in positions of power to their cause, and became the ones in power. As a result, the Four Demon Hunter Houses could no longer maintain themselves. Some became fallen, others reestablished themselves through other means. In the end, the only ones battling the Half-Bloods were the Nanayas. As to why, it was because that was all they were good at. The Ryougis and Fujous possessed other "useful" skills besides fighting Half-Bloods, so they focused on those areas instead and survived. The fall of Asakami was self-inflicted. They worshiped the captured Half-Bloods as guardian gods, and their lineage became diluted due to the continued interbreeding. In the end, they almost became Half-Bloods themselves. The mummy-hunter became the mummy, such is the tragedy of the Asakamis.
- ↑ TYPE-MOON Fes. 10th Anniversary Q & A:
Q: Are Ryougi's Mystic Eyes of Death Perception a type of Eyes of Clarity?
A: Yes. The Ryougis and Nanayas were good friends! (A long time ago) Although the two types of eyes are inheritable, if you consider regular Mystic Eyes as traits that modify the body..... something like the inheritance of the traits of the parents' body...... then Eyes of Clarity are the inheritance of fate and destiny......the offspring continues the parents' will and their quest. Even though Eyes of Clarity are the parents' karma reflected in the offspring, they can only be inherited by "humans" with high spiritual potential. In other words, Mystic Eyes of Death Perception are a type of hybrid power. The cheating powers of both Shikis ought to have a limit!
- Red Demon God - Kagetsu Tohya Side Story.
- Kara no Kyoukai - chapters 1 and 3.
- Tsukihime - Hisui's route (which reveals the names of the families in the Organization).