Kirikou Rung (キリク・ルング, Kiriku Rungu) known as 'Kilik Rung' in the English dub of the anime, is a Pot Meister (壺職人 Tsubo Shokunin in Japanese) and is often teamed up with Ox for missions. Kirikou uses a pair of twins as his Weapons, Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder. Though termed 'Pots,' they resemble large gauntlets in their Weapon form. He is presently a Two-Star Meister and a member of the elite DWMA student unit, Spartoi.
Kirikou is a black Meister with dark eyes and black hair, and is thirteen years old in the first part of the series, seems to be around Black Star's age. His hairstyle is a combination of short dreadlocks along the top of his scalp, with cornrows lining the sides and back. He wears square-rimmed glasses and is seen with them both on and off. Being known for his physical fitness, he is quite well-built, though he tends to stand with poor posture, slouching over.
Kirikou's outfit consists of a short-sleeve shirt that appears to have either a shadowy Shinigami pattern across the sleeve ending or a joint lightning-fire pattern across the sleeve ending, with flame patterns on the right sleeve, lightning bolt patterns on the left. In later appearances, he simply has a plain white shirt with 'DC' (probably standing for Death City) written on the left breast. He also has a unique gold-coloured tribal-looking necklace, but, like his first shirt, this was removed in his later appearances. He wears grey pants with various decorative chains, a sweatband on each of his arms that covers almost the entire forearm and sneakers. On formal occasions, he wears a suit, but also wears a green baseball cap turned to the side as well.
When becoming a member of Spartoi, Kirikou adopts the team's uniform. Out of all the members of Spartoi, Kirikou wears the most ordinary uniform: a plain, white dress shirt with the top opened slightly to reveal his sternum. He has the sleeves rolled up just below his biceps. He wears a long sweatband on each of his wrists that covers the majority of his forearms; one is light-patterned while the other is dark and light patterned. He was once seen with a small necklace in his shirt and a longer one outside his shirt alongside striped braces/suspenders that ran through his shirt collar. Lastly, he wears blue pants and white sneakers.
In the first Chapter of the Book of Eibon, Lust, Kirikou is changed into a female. In this form, his uniform changes to match the Spartoi uniform worn by female members. His uniform is similar to Kim and Jacqueline's, consisting of a white long-sleeved blouse with stitches running down the middle where the buttons should be, with the trademark sailor collar and tie. The uniform is complete with a short pleated skirt and stockings and shoes. The lenses of his glasses are round instead of square. He has long hair and his hairstyle consists of half his head tied up in cornrows, the other half let down, with long sweeping bangs going diagonally across his forehead.
|“||Let's go burn these guys up!||”|
—Kirikou Rung, Episode 34
Kirikou's personality seems similar to Black Star's, albeit curtailed to a much more manageable level. One of the differences is that he lacks the egotistical trait of Black Star as he is slightly more laid-back and lighthearted guy always optimistic. He sometimes acts like a leader in his group consisting of Kim, Ox, himself and their Weapon partners. He rarely panics, always remaining upbeat and optimistic, even in an intense situation. Although easy-going most of the time, he is fiery and aggressive in battle. He always has a sense of humour but can sometimes be a little immature, often joking around with the likes of Patti and Black Star and teasing some of his friends. He sometimes squabbles with his friends, but is always there for them when the situation calls for it. As seen in the Salvage story arc, he shares Black Star's love of food, and can be a bit of a glutton, immediately proceeding to roast some peanuts in the Gluttony Chapter with Pot of Fire before eating it.
He is seen to be brave, but also on the reckless side, as he tries to immediately find Kim after she flees the DWMA. This shows that he is quite caring and supportive towards his friends, and does not hesitate in trying to help them or to encourage them. He also gets along fairly well with his partners, Fire and Thunder, who are still only children, and is patient with them. He is very loyal to his team and his friends, and would even disobey orders and face danger head-on in order to help them. He understands his friends quite well, and always cheers them up when they are down, but also respects their pride and sometimes chooses to step back when he feels that his friends do not need his help, shown when he does not help Ox fight against some people who are insulting Kim for being a Witch. He does not hesitate in helping people in danger though, and is frustrated when he cannot do anything to help.
Similar to Black Star, Kirikou is shown to be quite hot-blooded, determined, headstrong and passionate, especially in battle. He can sometimes be inflexible, and loses his temper around others when his feelings get the better of him, especially when his friends get involved. However, he is not too proud to apologize if he does lose his temper. He is tough and resilient in fights, and is not afraid of fighting, even when he is outnumbered. In fact, he enjoys fighting, seeing it as a challenge, and can be quite competitive, although not as much as Black Star. He does not care about finesse in fighting, as long as he wins in the end. He dislikes sitting still and doing nothing and considers technical conversations and strategies to be quite boring. He is quite direct when it comes to telling people how he feels and can be quite aggressive to those he considers his enemy. He immediately expresses disapproval of Shibusen teaming up with Medusa to defeat Arachne and he wastes no time in informing Medusa of his hatred of her when they meet, even threatening to beat up Witches like her.
Although he is shown to be envious of Black Star for sharing a bedroom with Tsubaki, Kirikou is one of the less lustful ones in the Spartoi team, having changed back relatively quickly after leaving the Lust Chapter. He sometimes expresses a lack of tact and awareness of the situation, sometimes unknowingly embarrassing some of his friends. Because of his slight ignorance of the situation or the feelings of others, he cannot use Soul Perception like Maka and Death the Kid.
He is also supportive of Ox's feelings for Kim, and tries to cheer him up after he gets rejected. He even goads Ox and pushes him further to sought out Kim during Operation Capture Baba Yaga's Castle. With respect to his relations with other people, Kirikou seems to be quite amiable. He seems to have a knack for making friends with people. He even ends up befriending a ferocious giant in the manga.
When transformed into a female in the Lust Chapter of the Book of Eibon, his personality becomes more serious, and he expresses his despair when the female (now male) members of Spartoi begin to pay attention to the Succubus. He also shows a new infatuation towards men, as he blushes when Blair shows her new sexually attractive male form. However, after leaving the Chapter, his personality returns to normal.
According to Soul, Kirikou also seems to be interested in music. Soul states that Kirikou can play drums quite well.
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With his cheerful personality, Kirikou is hard to dislike. He gets along well with his friends, and cares for them deeply, supporting them and cheering them up when they are down. He can sometimes get on some people's nerves as he is prone to teasing his friends and is quite tactless at times. Nevertheless, people see him as a trustworthy friend and respect him for his positive attitude and his skill in battle.
- Due to the lack of black characters within the majority of mangas, Atsushi Ōkubo created Kirikou with the intention of making sure Soul Eater included one.
- In the Official popularity poll taken by the manga's readers, Kirikou ranked 14th.
- Kirikou's name is based off the central character in the West African folktale 'Kirikou and the Sorceress.'
- According to the Insight Demon Tool Soldier: Kirikou is 13 years old, has a 26 inch waist, and a body fat percentage of 10%.
- Kirikou also possesses a foreigner's outlook on sumo, thinking that it's about fat people hugging each other.
- An early version of Kirikou is seen during the Foundation Commemoration, in the manga. That version of Kirikou had a different hairstyle than he does now, wore a cap, and lacked eye-glasses. Two tall, light-skinned women were around Kirikou, too; possibly making them early versions of Thunder and Fire. Needless to say, this version of Kirikou was not used in the anime.
- Kirikou's catchphrase that he says before or during a fight, ビリビリ燃えてきたぜ！(Biribiri moete kitaze! loosely translated to 'I'm getting fired up!') is a pun on his two elemental powers over lightning and fire. The term ビリビリ (Biribiri) is an onomatopoeia describing the sound of electricity sparking, whilst 燃える (Moeru) means 'to burn.'
- In Volume 18 of the Soul Eater manga (which contained the Spartoi's adventures through the Book of Eibon), Atsushi Ōkubo created a horse-racing style table of the Soul Eater characters who have had their genders switched, and made a race as to who is the most lustful out of them all in a 'Lust Race.' Kirikou was given a racehorse name along with the other characters. His name was Kirikou Brian, probably named after the famous Japanese racehorse, Narita Brian. His popularity level was 51 but he was predicted to have almost no possibility of being the most lustful out of the group.
|E.A.T Students||Black☆Star • Death the Kid • Elizabeth Thompson • Harvar D. Éclair • Hero • Kilik Rung • Maka Albarn • Ox Ford • Patricia Thompson • Fire and Thunder • Soul "Eater" Evans • Tsubaki Nakatsukasa • Kim Diehl • Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré• Tom • CronaAnime • RagnarokAnime • Akane☆Hoshi • Clay Sizemore • Elizabeth Thompson|
|N.O.T Students||Anya Hepburn • Mai Thi Hoàng • Kana Altair • Meme Tatane • Tsugumi Harudori •Hao •Raid • Aaron • Ao Hoshino|
|Former Students||CronaManga • RagnarokManga|