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Kai
Kai
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Sex Male
Height
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Age
Status Deceased
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Hair Black
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Madōgu Hyōma En
Family
Manga Debut Chapter
Anime Debut Episode 38
Affiliation Jyūshinshu
Uruha Kurenai
Seiyu Akio Ōtsuka
Actor Tommy James


Kai (戒) is the 5th strongest member of the Jyushinshuu and wields the Hyōma En on his right hand in a pata sword fashion.

Appearance

During his first appearances, Kai wore a dark green cloak, concealing his body and face. Underneath it, Kai is a tall, muscular man who wears his black hair in thick dreadlocks (similar to reggae singer Bob Marley). In a flashback, he was seen wearing the traditional outfit of a swordsman. He also wore earrings.

Personality

He is called by Kurei as a lone wolf, but clearly is respected by the latter, as is seen when Kurei orders Mikoto not to speak a single word against Kai after his death.

Kai is one of the most determined characters in the entire series. His attempts at bettering his skills are the defining trait of his character. Kai is also full of pride and refuses to believe a swordsman ten years younger than himself could be superior. In his flashbacks it is seen that he is hard working and firmly believes that hard work and unending dedication to swordsmanship can overpower the talent of a genius such as Tokiya. During his training in the art of Hyomon Ken, he was constantly reminded by Kyōza Meguri that Tokiya did everything Kai did, and he did it with perfection, while Kai was inferior. He was also passionate enough about winning over Tokiya that he shed a tear in joy. This constant goading pushed him to master Hyomon Ken in only one year, while it took Tokiya seven years. Despite using such a bloodthirsty madōgu, Kai himself is honorable enough to pause a battle in order to allow Tokiya to pick up his weapon, and will not strike down a defenseless opponent.

Part in story

Kai studied Hyōmon Ken under Kyōza Meguri, who also trained Tokiya. Through constantly comparing him to his senpai, Tokiya by saying that Tokiya is "gold" and he is "a rock", Kyōza instilled within Kai a sense of anger and revenge in order to show Tokiya how futile living his life only for revenge is. Kai battles against Tokiya in the final round of the tournament and manages to defeat him, fulfilling his desire to be the best Hyōmon Ken master and in order to avenge his broken pride. After telling Tokiya not to live a life of revenge the way he himself did and that it was Kyōza Meguri who killed Mifuyu, Kai stabs himself with the Hyōma En to feed its thirst and allows himself to fall into the pit below the arena. 

In the anime, Kai is supposedly the first Hyōmon Ken successor, but is discarded soon after Kyōza noticed Tokiya's potential. He also says that Kyōza Meguri killed Mifuyu, but adds that Kyōza's reason for doing so is because he believed that revenge would drive Tokiya to train harder (he says nothing about Kyōza Meguri's motives in the manga). After his battle with Tokiya, he does not stab himself with the Hyōma En, but he still allows himself to fall into the pit.

Abilities

Hyōma En & Hyōmon Ken

  • Hyōma En in the anime.
  • Hyōma En producing a cold aura in the manga.

Kai wields the Madōgu Hyōma En, which can manipulate ice and is the evil counterpart of Tokiya Mikagami's Ensui. In the manga, the Hyōma En has a mind of its own and constantly demands to be fed blood, especially Tokiya's. He is able to take ice from moisture in the atmosphere using Hyōma En to continue to use his ice based attacks.

Hyōmon Ken

Kai is an expert swordsman that was taught the Hyōmon Ken by Kyōza Meguri.

Hyōmon Ken
Tsurara Mai (Icicle Dance)
Kai's Icicle Dance Not unlike the technique used with Ensui, it causes icicles to burst forth from the ground in a line toward the opponent. However, the icicles created by Hyōma En are much larger and have many smaller icicles on their surface.
Hyōnaru Hebi (Ice-formed Snake)
Ice snake This technique draws four chunks of ice (representing the four directions: North, South, East, and West) into a larger chunk, and a large snake made out of ice emerges upon striking this chunk with Hyōma En.
Hisame (Hail)
Hail This technique consists of large chunks of ice being formed out of the moisture in the air and then are rained down on a target with tremendous force.
Tō Kekkai (Ice Barrier)
Ice Barrier This technique coats the wielder's entire body with a thick shell of ice, protecting them from most attacks.

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