Main Characters

  • NEKU (Neku Sakuraba):At fifteen, Neku is an ardent fan of graffiti, but far less enthusiastic about forging relationships with other people. When the Reapers’ Game throws him into contact with other Players, he has two choices: open up...or get picked off.
  • SHIKI (Shiki Misaki):Fashionable and fabulous at fifteen, Shiki knows clothes. While she puts on a cheerful face to lend Neku some much-needed moral support, deep down she harbors a secret... She never parts with her homemade stuffed animal, Mr. Mew; to survive, Neku can never part with her.
  • BEAT (Daisukenojo Bito):Hot-blooded and hard-headed, Beat is the polar opposite of Neku—even if they are the same age. Still, despite his emotional outbursts, he has a big heart. He’s always ready to throw down and ollie into combat on his board, with Rhyme right there beside him.
  • RHYME:Rhyme’s earnest and hard-working attitude proves a big help to Neku and Shiki early on, as well as to her partner, Beat. She has an addiction to adages and no shortage of smiles, and without her, the others would be lost.
  • MR. H (Sanae Hanekoma):This coffee shop owner claims to be a “guardian” keeping an eye on the Reapers’ Game, and gives Neku sound advice.
  • JOSHUA (Yoshiya Kiryu):It’s quickly evident Joshua is clever beyond his fifteen years—as sly as they come. Unfortunately, his insufferably snotty attitude only serves to widen the gulf between him and Neku...but his knowledge, especially about the Game, does earn him some points.

Reaper Minions

  • Harriers & Support:While low on the totem pole, these Reapers still manage to get in Neku’s way.

Reaper Soldiers

  • UZUKI (Uzuki Yashiro):For someone only a couple of years older than Neku, Uzuki manages to be hopelessly patronizing—even for a Reaper. Maybe she’s sensitive about her stagnant employment status?
  • HIGASHIZAWA (Yodai Higashizawa):This massive Reaper only just hit 20, but he can still demolish a parking lot with one well-placed fist. If there’s a brain somewhere in Higashizawa’s brawn, he often forgets to use it once something gets his emotions cooking.
  • KARIYA (Koki Kariya):If he weren’t trying to erase Neku, this brotherly sportsman might be an okay guy. He partners up with Uzuki, and somehow succeeds at coming across as unmotivated and inspirational at the same time.

Reaper Officers

  • MINAMIMOTO (Sho Minamimoto):Violent and maliciously mathematical, this young genius is definitely not to be factored with. After posting some “zetta” outstanding numbers, Minamimoto shot up the Reaper organization's ranks.
  • KONISHI (Mitsuki Konishi):This dangerous vixen may be dressed to serve, but she sits comfortably in the top echelon of Shibuya’s Reapers. Konishi seems to be calling at least some of the shots, but Neku and the others hardly ever see her.
  • KITANIJI(Megumi Kinaniji)Running the show is Kitaniji, a careful planner whose discerning tastes shape the Game. It takes a confident, imaginative mind to sit atop the Reaper ranks, but Kitaniji knows he is the best man for the job.
  • The Composer