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Kurumi TOKISAKI


 

Alternative names:

Nightmare
時崎 狂三
ときさき くるみ

Tags:

Dangerous Beauty, Supernatural Being, Yandere, Gakusei, Gothic Lolita, Gunslinger, High School Student, Pigtails, Sadistic, Transfer Student, Heterochromia, Headdress, Detached Sleeves, Tights, Dress, Frills, Teenager

Information:

Gender: Female
Eye colour: Multicoloured
Hair colour: Black
Hair length: Past Waist
Height/size: 1.57m
Measurements: 85 - 59 - 87
Height: 157 cm
Code name: Nightmare
Spirit number: 3
Species: Spirit
Angel: Zafkiel
Weapon: Clock type
Astral Dress: Elohim
Eye Color: Red (Right), Yellow (Left)
Hair Color: Black
Affiliation: Raizen High School (Temporary)
Occupation: Student (Temporary)
Hobbies: Killing people, Teasing Shidou
Things She Likes: Shopping, Kitties
Things She Dislikes: Humans, AST
Strength: 109
Consistency: 80
Spiritual power: 220
Agility: 103
Intelligence: 201
Personality: Cold-hearted, Distrustful, Curious, Violent
Famous Quote: I want his power. I want to make him mine and become one with him.
Background
Kurumi Tokisaki is the major antagonist character in Date A Live series. She is the third spirit to be encountered in the series and is the most dangerous and lethal spirit. She is heavily obsessed with Shidou and has the ability to manipulate time. Her codename is Nightmare. She has a split personality: that of a gentle, mysterous highschool girl with a slow talking pattern, and that of a psychopathic killer. Kurumi is very aggressive in her actions which makes it harder for Shidou to capture her.
Mana reported that Kurumi is the most dangerous spirit known, who has personally killed over 10,000 people which does not include the spacequake’s victims within that statistics. Kurumi used unstated and unexplained methods to personally transfer into Shidou Itsuka's high school and classroom so she can get closer to him. Her purposes and reasons in this transfer are simple; consume Shidou Itsuka, in doing so gain the sealed Spirit's mana he sealed. She somehow knew about Shido and his ability and the fact that he knows about the existence of Spirits. During the time when Kurumi was a Raizen high school student, she almost succeeded in consuming Shido.
However she was forced to retreat after being overwhelmed by Kotori's destructive power simply because she wasn't prepared to face her but later she claimed that she could defeat Kotori if she had more time.
Later it was revealed (at the end of Volume 4) that Kurumi was given the information about Shido by a mysterious being and what seemly like she was talking to herself (in which she wasn’t). She reappears during the beginning of Miku Truth and offers to help Shido rescue Tohka from the hands of DEM. It was later revealed that her real objective is to use Shido as a distraction for her to have a chance to search for the second Spirit, the only one who knows the whereabouts of the first Spirit.
In volume 10, Origami finds Kurumi and requested to be sent to the past with the power of Kurumi's Twelfth Bullet, Yud Bet. Kurumi jokingly asks Origami if she wanted to go back so that she can see Shidou when he was an innocent child, in which Origami repilied that she wished to go back five years ago to kill the Spirit that murdered her parents, thus changing the past. After considering Origami's position, Kurumi eventually agreed to send Origami to the past and told Origami that she was using the former AST wizard as a test subject for the Twelfth Bullet, and that she would use Origami's spiritual energy to power the time travel. Origami remained adamant and assured Kurumi that she was ready to pay the price as long as she was sent back before the incident five years ago. Then, Kurumi summoned Zafkiel and shot Origami with the Twelfth Bullet.
Appearance
"A girl with astonishing beauty" as described by Shido. She appears to be elegant in some way and also has very good manners. She is a girl with black hair in long twintails. Her right eye is red tinted while her left eye is an inorganic clock face, with the clock hands moving in the counter-clockwise direction, representing her life. The Astral Dress she wears is made out of crimson and black frills, giving her the appearance of an elegant Gothic Lolita with uneven twintails. On her head she usually wears a big crimson net bow, holding her hair. She also wears a crimson and black collar on her neck and wears a pair of black pantyhose (transformed or not). She likes to wear black colored clothes. She wears black winter uniform when she goes to school and wears black gothic dress when she goes out.
Personality
Kurumi can be described a person whose personality is hard to read, possessing a well-polished dislike of humanity that borders on mistrust, something she shared with many Spirits in their debut. She is a skilled actress, capable of putting on the façade of an innocent, curious young girl when she needs to, shown when she registered as a student at the Raizen High School, even speaking in a very polite manner. However, under that mask lies a psychotic woman, prone to fits of insane laughter that possesses no regard for human life, regarding them as a food source to restore her own time, and thus, a disposable commodity. There is a twisted justice behind her methods however, as the people that she brutally murdered were would-be rapists and animal abusers.
In addition, a good sign of her sense of justice lies in her ultimate objective: to go back in time, kill the First Spirit, and prevent the spacequakes from ever happening and saving millions of lives in the process. This goal made Phantom call her a kind person, albeit sarcastically.
In hindsight, Kurumi possesses some degree of innocence that her psychotic behavior have not entirely ruined; she has a soft spot for small animals and other creatures. She once slaughtered four humans not because she needed to replenish her time, but because they were trying to kill a kitten, this is the closest to a humanizing emotion that she has.
She also appeared to have some desire for a normal life, a chance at redemption, as Shidou was able to speak with one of her many timelines and nearly convinced her before the true Kurumi interrupted.
Her ability to summon shadow clones of herself from other timelines adds even more complexity to her character. The clones are essentially herself, which means they have the same personality, but they also have free will to an extent, even if they share memories, goals, fears and obsessions. In some non-canon stories, the clone Shido seduced shows some "independent" attitude, almost rebellous, and openly acts lovey-dovey with Shido, which causes troubles to the "main" Kurumi and even leads to confrontation with her.
It's also hinted that the experiences a clone lives affect the the main one since, after helping Shidou locate Tohka (so Kurumi could track the Second Spirit) and parting ways, Kurumi is shown talking to her clones and being happy because she received a pat on the head from Shidou.
Shidou's kindness towards her have proven to be beneficial to both her and everyone around her as they are no longer in constant danger; a major sign of her kindness was shown at the end of Volume 6, where she offered Shidou help to rescue Tohka. Interestingly, she seems to enjoy teasing Shidou aside from her heavily hinted feelings towards him, which is the reason why she hasn't devoured him yet, even when doing so would allow her to accomplish her goals near-instantly.
Kurumi appears to have a liking for cats, as shown by her brutally murdering a group of men who were shooting at one with pellet guns. In an Omake, it is shown that she can be quite embarrassed about this, as when she was caught by Shidou and Tohka, she ended up going so far as to have one of her clones pretend to be the real her and "dispose" her so that she could get out of the situation without ruining her reputation.
Abilities
She has the ability to manipulate the 4th dimension, mainly time, but her main power is associated with controlling shadows. Shadow is her primary power while Time is her secondary power in terms of usage. Combined with the power of time, she can create a clone with all her experiences, memories, abilities, etc. These clones are less powerful than Kurumi herself as she has mentioned in the last chapter of volume 3 and in the epilogue of volume 4.
To activate any power she needs, she first needs to call her Angel (regardless of whether or not the Angel has been summoned already or not), and to position both of her guns just like a clock: The musket on 12 and the flintlock points at the number of the bullet. Next she needs to shoot the bullet at the target with the hand gun. In case she needs it for herself, she will be required to shoot it at her head.
She also has the ability to call and dismiss spacequakes at will, as shown in the series while she confronts Shidou on the school's rooftop.
Zafkiel
Kurumi has the archangel Zafkiel, and has the power to control over time. The reason why she keeps appearing after being killed by Mana countless times was because of her powers. For example, she can heal herself by turning back the time. She uses a gunblade as her weapon.
Though she always keeps getting killed by Mana, Kurumi from a different time period appeared and was considered as the most deadly of all took down Mana, Tohka, and Origami at near end of volume 3.
It is said that her ultimate goal is to get the powers of the spirit inside Shidou to kill the very first spirit who appeared 30 years ago to make all spirits disappear from this world. In volume 4, Kurumi got her left hand and 25% of Zafkiel blasted away by Camael (Kotori).
Her "Angel" is powerful, but is also like a double-edged sword. Each time she uses its abilities, it will cause her life to be eaten away. So, in order to get back her own time, she kills people to obtain "Time" to refill hers. She has two intricately designed guns as weapons, which resemble the hands of a clock: the musket (long weapon) for the minute hand and the flintlock (short weapon) for the hour hand. Only the original Kurumi is capable of using her Spirit powers but her clones aren't to be taken lightly, as they can use her guns, summon the <City of Devouring Time> and can even summon Spacequakes.
Her gun has a special bullets that can activate different effects depending on the bullet.
First Bullet: Aleph (Accelerated Time, aka super speed power on target object or subject) Activated by pointing at 1 o'clock time on the clock.
Second Bullet: Bet (Slows down time on target object or subject) Activated by pointing at 2 o'clock time on the clock.
Third Bullet: Gimel
Fourth Bullet: Dalet (Rewind Time on target object or subject) Activated by pointing at 4 o'clock time on the clock.
Fifth Bullet: Hei
Sixth Bullet: Vav
Seventh Bullet: Zayin (Temporarily Freeze Time on target object or subject) Activated by pointing at 7 o'clock time on the clock.
Eight Bullet: Het (Creates a clone of the target object or subject) Activated by pointing at 8 o'clock time on the clock.
Ninth Bullet: Tet
Tenth Bullet: Yud (Peeks into the past of a target object or subject) Activated by pointing at 10 o'clock time on the clock.
Eleventh Bullet: Yud Aleph
Twelfth Bullet: Yud Bet (Travel through time at the cost of a spirit's power) Activated by pointing at 12 o'clock time on the clock.
Relationship
Shidou Itsuka: Neither warm nor friendly, it is appropriately to say Kurumi had a thing for Shidou. Kurumi first sought out Shidou in order to consume him and gain the mana of the three spirits he had sealed up to that point. While he attempted to seal her like the previous spirits, she played along, then made it clear that she could not be saved. She is very teasing and flirty towards him especially in regards to the time he was forced to dress up as a woman named Shiori. After Shidou nearly gave his life to defend her from Kotori, she appears to have been more affectionate of him to the point where, at least for now, she has made no further attempts to consume him. She has offered him her help on occassion, but made it clear that she had her own reasons for helping. Kurumi appears to be something of a Yandere.
Anti-Spirit Team: In Kurumi's eyes, the AST is no threat to her. She has allowed Mana Takamiya to kill her clones in the past pretty much just to mess with her when the real Kurumi appears again someplace else. Furthermore she doesn't hesitate to pin Origami Tobiichi to a wall and note her intent to eat her despite how powerful a wizard the latter is, however she seems to be savouring Origami for after she consumes Shidou. However, she acknowledges Mana's abilities to a point, noting that Shidou would be safe with Mana protecting him in her stead during their assault on D.E.M's Japanese HQ. Funny enough, Kurumi admits to liking killing others but also liking being killed by them (her clones experience is hinted to translate back to her), so it can be inferred that she has only been killed by Mana in the past because she let her kill her, this is proven more than true when she effortlessly defeats Mana in the first battle where the real Kurumi was even present.
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Related anime:

Date a Live TV, 2013
Date a Live II: Kurumi Star Festival OVA, 2014
Date a Live II TV, 2014
Gekijouban Date a Live: Mayuri Judgement Movie, 2015

Related manga:

Date a Live Light Novel, 2011
Date A Origami Manga, 2011
Date A Live: Encore Light Novel, 2011
Date a Live Manga, 2012
Date A Party Manga, 2014

Voice actors:

Asami Sanada, Japanese
Alexis Tipton, English

Related characters:


Nightmare