Asato Tsuzuki (都筑 麻斗 Tsuzuki Asato), voiced by Dan Green (English), and Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), is the main protagonist of the story.
Tsuzuki has the appearance of a 26 year old man. He has tawny brown hair kept above his shoulders and bangs that surpass his nose. His eyes are a vibrant purple color that are attributed to the supposed demon blood he possesses. Tsuzuki wears a casual black suit with a white button down under shirt. Usually he wears a large black trench coat that surpasses his knees over the suit. In The King of Swords he worked as a card dealer, in the casino area on the ship, where he wore his usual white button down with a black vest over it.
He is notorious among his fellow Shinigami for his slacker qualities and voracious appetite for sweets such as cinnamon buns and cakes. His favorite color is light green, and he has a flower garden (in which he is known to have tulips and hydrangeas).
He was born in 1900, and was 26 years old when he died and became a Shinigami. He is 97 at the beginning of the first book and the oldest employee of the Shokan/Summons division besides Chief Konoe, and the lowest-paid, due to his perceived incompetence.It is revealed starting from the Last Waltz story line that he had a sister named Ruka who taught him how to dance, garden, and cook, though his skills in the latter are lacking. Her involvement in his past is left unclear and his parents were never mentioned, but when Muraki told Tsuzuki he could be half demon it's assumed that either his mother or father is a demon, though it's uncertain if his sister had demon blood in her as well.
Though he is easily one of the most cheerful members of the cast, he hides a dark secret from his past. Both manga and anime reference terrible deeds he committed in life. It is suggested that Tsuzuki murdered many people, whether intentionally or not; this is brought to Tsuzuki's attention during his demonic possession by Sargantanas, a powerful demon who appears in the Devil's Trill Arc. Doctor Muraki reveals to him from his grandfather's research that Tsuzuki was a patient of the elder Muraki for eight years and that Tsuzuki is, in fact, not quite human. During that time, he stayed alive without food, water, or sleep, and was incapable of dying from wounds, as shown by the many times he tried to commit suicide but failed but for one last time. Muraki suggested that Tsuzuki may possess demon blood [shown by the fact that he has purple eyes], and Tsuzuki found this incredibly hard to deal with. This can be a hint about Tsuzuki's past as well as his family history that his parents were a human and demon that conceived a half demon child, but it's unknown what has happened to his parents and sister before the series started or if he even knew his parents as he was seen as an orphan in his childhood in both manga and anime.
After his encounter with Muraki, Tsuzuki began to feel his suicidal tendencies come back ten times worse than when he was alive. When Muraki took him to the lab to put his brother's soul in his body to kill him, Tsuzuki decided to set fire to the lab and kill both himself and Muraki, saying that he was never supposed to exist in the first place for the suffering he went through and the people he had killed. But he was stopped by Hisoka, begging him to live just for him and told Tsuzuki to be in his heart and his reason to live as he hugged him, Tsuzuki happily accepted this and embraced Hisoka as both were rescued from the fire.
At the end of the final episode, it's revealed Muraki is still alive as Hisoka still has the marks of the curse Muraki placed on him. Tsuzuki returned to his normal happy self and both partners made a promise to stop Muraki together.
- O-Fuda Magic
- 12 Shikigami
- High stamina
- Quick regenerative powers
Throughout the series, Tsuzuki develops an immediate closeness and affection to his current partner, Hisoka. He has a good friendship with Watari, and a sometimes strained relationship with Tatsumi, who had once been one of his partners. Tsuzuki gets along with most of the employees of Meifu, with the notable exceptions of Hakushaku, who constantly hits on him, and Terazuma, with whom he has a fierce rivalry. Tsuzuki's relationship with Muraki is very tumultuous; although Tsuzuki hates him for his cruelty towards other people, Tsuzuki's desire to sacrifice himself rather than hurt anyone else prevents him from outright killing Muraki.
The Nagasaki File, Part 1Edit
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