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.
|“||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.
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.
Physical Fitness: Kirikou is an extremely athletic individual, having the second fastest running time in the DWMA after Black Star. Another example of his athleticism is seen when he is escaping from the attacks of the villagers in South Africa. During this instance, he is able to quickly wall jump several times to evade a Molotov cocktail and is seen jumping from building to building with apparent ease. Alongside this, Kirikou has also exhibited impressive reflexes; he is able to react quickly when a Molotov cocktail is thrown at him and an AK-47 fired at him at the same time, and retaliate in the same moment. Kirikou also reacts to an RPG being launched at him, escaping the explosion. Not surprisingly, he is adept at hand-to-hand combat, to the point that Insight Artifact Soldier, which specializes in predicting the opponents next twenty moves, is unable to find a way around Kirikou's moves and is easily defeated. He is also very adaptable in combat, switching effortlessly from long-range with Liz and Patti to close-range with Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder.
Advanced Wavelength Compatibility: Like Kid, Kirikou fights using two Weapons at the same time, which shows that he has skill in regards to Soul Resonance, since it is relatively difficult for a Meister to match their Soul Wavelengths with more than one Weapon. Moreover, during his mission in South Africa, he is seen using both Patti and Liz without any problems, though it is uncertain as to how well he can use them, although he is capable of altering the sisters' bullets, as he changes them into non-lethal shots when facing the crazed villagers. Yumi refers to Kirikou as a Utility Meister (万能職人 Yuutiritii Maisutaa in Japanese),'Utility' in that he is able to Resonate with differing variations of Wavelengths and because of the fact that he can use multiple Weapons. He is seemingly compatible with Witches' magic such as he uses Vector Boost from Medusa and E3 with Kim.
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.
- Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder
- Kirikou and the twins have expressed a mutual respect towards each other. He cares about them and knows when they are distressed, and even accepts their childish habits of playing and fighting. Occasionally, their tendency to be distracted lands Kirikou in trouble, although Kirikou does not really scold them when they do so. He also does not hesitate to praise them when the twins help him.
- Liz and Patti
- Kirikou becomes a substitute partner for both Liz and Patti after Death the Kid is captured. Kirikou gets along pretty well with them, and exchanges jokes with the two during the mission. They also work well together in combat as well. Patti also calls him by the affectionate nickname, 'Kiri-chan.'
- The two share a strong friendship, despite their rather different methods of dealing with situations, as Ox's cool-headed judgment sometimes conflicts with Kirikou's headstrong ways, causing the latter to become frustrated with him. Despite this, and the fact that Kirikou finds Ox's devotion to studying boring, Kirikou understands Ox quite well and is impressed by his determination beyond his bookworm-like exterior. Their personalities are actually quite alike, both being rather strong-minded. He is often teamed up with Ox on missions and they work quite well together, being able to achieve a Chain Resonance with ease. The two sometimes exchange a high-five in a manner similar to Black Star and Soul (although Ox and Kirikou use fists rather than open hands). Kirikou is also supportive of Ox when it comes to his feelings for Kim, and always cheers him up when Ox gets rejected by her. He goads Ox to go look for Kim in Baba Yaga's Castle when they are infiltrating it, assuring Ox that he will take care of everything else.
- Kirikou cares for Kim as a friend and fellow team mate, and is determined to bring her back to the DWMA after she runs away. Despite his hatred of Witches, Kirikou accepts Kim being a Witch, and the two remain good friends. The two also work well together in a team, with the two being able to use Chain Resonance.
- Kirikou is shown to be slightly put off by Harvar's rather intense and dry personality, not hesitating to make a comment on it when he scared Kirikou's partners by stabbing an Artifact Soldier right in front of them. However, he still respects the Weapon for his skill and his determination in protecting Ox.
- The two shared a brief, but profound conversation with each other. Kirikou seems to know of Soul's passion for music and they are shown to discuss on a friendly note about various musical instruments. The two also share some opinions, as they both agree that the discussion between Maka and Ox Ford are rather boring for them.
- Black Star
- It is hinted that both Black Star and Kirikou are rivals, considering that Kirikou holds the second fastest running time after Black Star. It should also be noted that both Kirikou and Black Star are both the powerhouse of their team. However, their rivalry is only a friendly one, and although they sometimes squabble over small things, they are shown to be quite good friends. The two often joke around with each other, and speak on mutual terms. Notably, he is also the only character to call Black Star by a nickname (he calls him Bla-Star, ブラ☆スター Bura-Staa). During the battle for Brew, when Kirikou and Ox meet with Black Star and his group, Kirikou is the first to notice Black Star's exhausted condition, and helps him by offering a shoulder to lean on, using the opportunity to make a friendly quip, saying, 'What's wrong, Bla-Star? This isn't like you.' In the Salvage mission, Kirikou and Black Star are shown to be rather similar in terms of personality. Kirikou also displays some envy when Black Star tells him that he shares a bedroom with Tsubaki.
- Azusa becomes the supervisor in charge of Kirikou, Kim, Liz, Patti and Fire and Thunder in Spartoi's first mission in Africa. Kirikou gets along with Azusa to a degree, but thinks that she is rather strict and scary when she disapproves of his laidback attitude.
- Kirikou has a hatred for Witches (apart from Kim of course) and hates Medusa, especially since her actions lead to Kim and Jacqueline running away from Shibusen. However, he cooperates with Medusa to a degree, and his Utility Meister abilities actually make him rather compatible with magic, which he is not that happy about.
- The Wrath Giant
- Kirikou, at first, is determined to brawl with the giant in order to stop him, but ends up befriending him in the end, and the two seem to have become good friends, dancing around naked round a camp fire with Ox, Harvar, Fire and Thunder.
Part in the Story
Foundation Day Eve
Kirikou, along with Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder, attend the Shibusen commemoration anniversary party along with the other students. When Free uses his Spatial Magic to seal everyone, including Shinigami, inside the school, Kirikou tries to allow Shinigami to escape by offering him a mirror to pass through. However, Shinigami tells him that it is impossible as everyone is now stuck in another dimension. Kirikou voices his frustration, but Shinigami reassures him. Kirikou then listens as Shinigami tells everyons about Asura.
Eve's Fight to the Death
After Asura is released, Kirikou meets up with Ox and the others in Death City, seeing the fight against Asura and Shinigami. However, they are soon approached by Sid, who tells them to help the people injured in the fight. Kirikou does not hesitate in obeying his orders.
Legend of the Holy Sword
In this special chapter, Kirikou, seeing Hiro take down several Shibusen students easily with Excalibur, decides to fight him to try out the Holy Sword's power. He is joined by Black Star and Death the Kid. After Black Star misses Hiro with his Uncanny Sword, Hiro flies up on the golden wings he had obtained from Excalibur. As Hiro taunts Black Star, he is suddenly met with Kirikou, leaping up to attack him. Kirikou uses Triple F on Hiro, but the Meister disappears, and dodges Kid's attacks also. He then proceeds to defeat all three Meisters with his attack, 'Hiro the Atomic.' Kirikou lies immediately defeated, wondering what sort of an attack it was.
After Maka's falling out with Black Star, she runs off, passing by Kirikou, Ox, and Kim. Kirikou only wonders on what had happened and why Maka had split off from her group.
Kirikou and his partners, along with the other main DWMA students, are chosen to be sent on a mission to retrieve Brew before Arachnophobia can on Lost Island. When Maka, Kid, and Black Star, along with their Weapon partners, go into the vortex to look for Stein and Marie, who had gone on to find Brew, Kirikou, along with Ox and Kim, decide to stay behind to stop Arachne's forces from advancing. Kirikou proves his battle prowess by easily taking down the golems and other enemies attacking them. He uses Chain Resonance with Ox and covers Kim whilst she goes up into the sky on Jacqueline and spells out a retreat signal with the smoke coming from the Demon Lantern.
After being exhausted after dispatching a large amount of enemies, Kirikou and Ox, along with their Weapon partners, see Marie and Stein emerging from the vortex. Worrying about Maka and the others, Kirikou and Ox decide to enter the vortex after them. Marie threatens to fail their grades to prevent them from doing so, not wanting to get them hurt. However, Kirikou goes on anyway with Ox, and finds Maka and the others, retreating after the battle with Mosquito, empty-handed. Realizing Black Star's battered state, Kirikou helps him up on his shoulder. He is startled when he witnesses an explosion, thinking that he is going to die, but then realizes that the vortex contains a constant time replay of the explosion, and sees that the explosion is not harmful.
He exits along with everyone else and is met with Marie, who makes a move to strike the team, but embraces them instead, glad that they are all safe. However, she warns them that they will all have a talking-to when they get back to Shibusen.
Kirikou is seen at the Mission Bulletin in Shibusen, choosing a mission. He meets with Ox, who is taking an Arachnophobia-based mission. Kirikou comments that there is a lot of Arachnophobia missions lately. Kirikou asks Ox who he is planning to go with, and Ox fervently replies that he his going with Kim, although he has not asked her yet. Kirikou wishes him good luck as Ox leaves. Whilst choosing his own mission, he meets Maka, who tells him that he cannot take the mission he had just chosen since he needs to be able to use Soul Perception. Kirikou decides then to choose another mission that requires him to bring down a giant, and the requirement for the mission is 'an uplifting and fired up heart.' He decides that it is perfect for someone like him. Kirikou then spots Black Star's signature on the back and wonders if he reserved this mission. Maka makes a comment that the DWMA is so quiet now that Black Star and Tsubaki had gone and took a leave of absence off school. Kirikou pauses, in thought.
After Maka and Soul leave on their mission, Kirikou meets with a depressed Ox, who had been rejected by Kim again because of his strange hairstyle. Kirikou suggests he shaves it off, but Ox replies that he cannot shave them since his hairstyle grants him the thunder that gives him the power to protect the ones he loves. Kirikou sees Ox's passion and asks Ox whether he wants to go on the mission with him, since the requirement for it is 'an uplifting and fired up heart.' The two take their mission to the receptionist, who had been watching them for a while. She admires their strong heart and super-approves their mission, giving them a thumbs-up.
Kirikou is seen with his shirt off with Ox and Harvar, back at the DWMA after their mission. They are met by Maka and Soul, who asks them why they are shirtless. Kirikou explains how they attempted to quell the giant with their fired up hearts, but in the end, they all wound up dancing naked around a campfire with the giant instead.
When Ox learns of the Majin Hunt, he and Maka discuss the new attack with each other, which bores Kirikou and Soul, who starts their own conversation about a musical instrument Kirikou had found on his mission.
After Kim and Jacqueline return, Kirikou sees numerous officials along with Nygus. The officials surround Kim and Jacqueline, knowing that she is a Witch. Scared, Kim and Jacqueline take off, as Kirikou watches on, confused.
As Nygus explains to them that Kim is a Witch, Kirikou is angered of Kim's treatment as if she is a criminal, and tells Nygus that it would have been better if he and Ox told her of the situation. Ox remains cool and logical, which causes Kirikou to lose his temper with him, and he decides to go off on his own to look for Kim. However, he quickly apologizes before departing, as Soul offers to go with him. While in the male showers at the DWMA, Kirikou sees Ox, who had been beaten up by the other students because he had stood up for Kim. He asks the Meister if he is alright. Ox asks him if he had been watching, to which Kirikou asks if he had wanted backup. Ox replies that compared to Black Star's punch, the punches he received where only the punches of a delinquent and a fool. Kirikou happily agrees with him.
Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle
Kirikou, and selected DWMA students were chosen to follow Medusa in her mission to capture Arachne's castle. Kirikou is angered that a Witch is in their team, let alone the person who caused Kim and Jacqueline to leave Shibusen. He is at first reluctant to join the team, but he soon relents after Ox says that his help would be needed for the mission to succeed. Upon meeting Medusa, Kirikou is not hesitant to express his strong dislike for Witches.
During their travel, while trekking through the Amazon River Basin which is where Arachne's base is located, the team is attacked by a squid-like creature in a river that has been affected by the magic of Arachne. The team prepares to attack the beast but, despite all their efforts, all their attacks seem in vain, as the creature is covered by a protective magic coating. Medusa proposes to disassemble the coating with her magic and follow it up with a powerful attack. With that, she enhances Kirikou's Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder with her Vector Boost, increasing the power of his punches in order to defeat the creature in a single blow. Kirikou thanks her for his assistance, albeit half-heartedly. She then forces the magic coat apart with her Analysis Disassemble, giving Kirikou a chance to attack. He finishes off the creature with a single punch.
As they enter an underground path into the castle, they are soon greeted with the presence of one of Medusa's underlings, Eruka, who brings several Arachnophobia uniforms for the crew to disguise themselves with. Kirikou shares a cloak with Fire and Thunder, who sit atop his head. However, after properly infiltrating the castle, their group realizes that everyone around them is wearing the same cloak and mask uniform of Arachnophobia, and soon get separated from one another as they cannot tell each other apart. Kirikou and his partners, Harvar and Ox end up with Mosquito. Kirikou is almost found out by Mosquito as Fire and Thunder fight with each other in the cloak, but luckily, Mosquito only mistakes him for a special Artifact Soldier. Soon after, Kirikou, to his relief, is reunited with everyone.
After Medusa returns from making certain preparations, she assigns everyone with a task. Her plan is to destroy the eight towers, or 'legs' of the spider-shaped castle, that hold Demon Tools called 'Locks' that keep Arachne's throne room sealed. She takes Maka and Soul with her to advance towards Arache's room. She uses Vector Conduct on everyone so that they know where to go. The others are assigned their towers which they are to destroy. Kirikou and Ox are assigned Tower Two, but upon sensing Kim's Soul Wavelength on the way, Kirikou insists Ox that he searches for her, leaving him to continue alone. When Kirikou finds Tower Two, he finds himself surrounded by Arachne's Artifact Soldiers. Fire and Thunder continuously fighting on his head almost gives him away, but once again, he is mistaken for a special Artifact Soldier, and ends up in a room with dozens of them. With his disguise, he fits in normally with the rest. However, as many of the other Locks are destroyed, he tires of waiting and decides to shed his disguise among the Artifact Soldiers. He uses both of the Vector Boosts that Medusa had given him, destroying the majority of his enemies. He is met by various specially modified Artifact Soldiers, such as one programmed with various martial arts techniques and one that can read his next twenty moves. He manages to defeat them all, but the last Artifact Soldier, Morubi, ends up distracting his Weapon partners, leaving him Weapon-less against the other soldiers.
He is later saved by his allies Ox and Harvar and Kim and Jacqueline, who had rejoined their side. With their combined effort, they all destroy the Lock in Tower Two.
Later, when Arachne spreads her madness-inducing Soul Wavelength around the castle, Kirikou is affected by the Wavelength and suffers from severe mental pain alongside everyone else. He realizes that Harvar is the only one in their team who is not affected, and states that it is because Harvar is 'dry to a fault.' However, as Soul spreads Maka's Anti-Demon Wavelength around the castle, Kirikou is freed from the madness.
Kirikou is first seen observing and commenting about Black Star and Patti, who are about to spar. He wonders if Patti's moves, good as they are, will be enough to take on Black Star. He is then seen again as a member of the newly formed Spartoi team, the same time Soul becomes a Death scythe.
I'm Gonna be an Angel
Kirikou is shown with Ox observing a sparing session between both Black Star and Stein. Ox comments about their extreme way of fighting and Kirikou answers that for fighters at a level such as theirs, it is an appropriate means of training.
The Witch's Research
On his first mission as part of the DWMA's elite unit, Spartoi, Kirikou is tasked with gathering information from one of Medusa's abandoned laboratories. He is supported by Patti, Liz, Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder. The operation leads the group into a seemingly desolate village within Central Africa. Through the use of certain devices, earpieces called 'Incoms,' constant contact is maintained between them and Yumi Azusa, the Death Scythe in charge of the mission.
Yumi quickly briefs them on the mission. Kirikou is meant to infiltrate Medusa's laboratory to search for Medusa's written research texts. Once found, Yumi will copy the texts down by using her Senrigan to see through Kirikou's eyes. Since the text will be written in unintelligible Witch language, Yumi would then transmit the images of the copied texts to Kim Diehl, who is flying up above, who will be able to translate the text since she is a Witch. She recommends Kirikou to be on guard as she does not know whether Medusa is in the nearby area or not. She tells him to use Fire and Thunder for close-range combat, and Liz and Patti for long-range. Since Kirikou has advanced Soul Wavelength compatibility abilities, he should have no problem in switching between the two.
As Kirikou discusses the usefulness of the Incoms with the Thompson sisters, Fire and Thunder proceed to alert him to their discovery of an underground passageway. The group cautiously descend down the darkened stairs, with the majority assuming their Weapon forms in preparation, entering a laboratory containing a collection of various mysterious items. Continuing the infiltration, Kirikou, despite the distraction of many bad puns from Liz and Patti, locates the intended papers and allows Yumi to view them through the use of her Senringan technique.
After the successful completion of the mission, Kirikou exits the hidden structure only to be momentarily blinded under the blazing sun. As his vision returns, he notices the presence of numerous villagers and proceeds to explain that he is from the DWMA. However, the statement does not have the intended effect, as Kirikou suddenly comes under fire. His fast reactions combined with a well-timed leap, allow him to evade the barrage of bullets, but confronted by crazed innocents he has little choice than to take cover. Kirikou does not have much time to rest though, as almost immediately his position is compromised. After a brief discussion with Yumi about the current situation and seeing no other option, Kirikou returns fire using the Thompson sisters, making sure their bullets are regulated to non-lethal levels. He quickly incapacitates the frontal attackers but a sudden Molotov cocktail from the rear forces him to leap between the small alley's walls and continue along the rooftops. Instantaneously, shots from an AK-47 hammer the area but a well executed dive roll prevents any damage. As this occurs, an RPG is directed towards him, exploding and knocking him back some distance. This action provokes Kirikou into communicating with Kim for immediate evacuation but the attackers prevent this, so he once again flees, this time jumping through a lower window of the adjacent building. It is at this point that Yumi assumes control and dictates Kirikou's next movements, resulting in him punching through a solid wall, just in time to catch Jacqueline's Weapon form. Everyone manages to fly to safety.
Later, at a more secure location, the reunited group contemplate on the meaning of the research they have gathered and how it is related to their encounter with the crazed villagers. They deduct that Medusa is researching a way to control insanity. However, the critical texts were missing in the laboratory, so in the end, Kirikou thinks that they have found out nothing. While they are conversing, the Black Clown appears and the team lose contact with Yumi.
Kirikou immediately orders Liz, Patty, Fire, and Thunder to transform and for Kim and Jacqueline to back him up. Before he can begin the battle, he notices that his skin is seemingly liquidating and dropping to the floor. Kim compares the phenomenon to the kind of madness used by Arachne. Kirikou focuses his mind and manages to break free from the illusion, pulls out the Thompson sisters and begins to shoot down the Black Clown. He switches to Fire and Thunder as the Clown comes closer, and he connects a punch. The released blood from the creature forms into numerous needles, and the Clown uses Bloody Needle, but Kirikou safely evades. While his mind is on the Bloody Needle attack, the very same attack forms again but the blood is incinerated by Jacqueline's fire. Kim promises to take care of any counter-attacks from the Black Clown, and tells Kirikou to attack it as much as he can.
Numerous kicks and punches later, the Clown stops releasing Black Blood and relies on close combat. Kirikou blocks the attacks and counters while Kim burns the Black Clown using Wollantern. Kirikou soon realizes that his attacks will not affect the creature. He retreats, while evading all the Vector Arrows thrown at him from the Clown. He performs a Soul Resonance with Kim, who sends her magic to Fire and Thunder to awaken their Earth Shaman abilities. Once the twins transform into their mature adult forms, they each subsequently take hold of one of the Thompson sisters in their Weapon forms, producing visible manifestations of their elemental powers from the barrels of the guns. Kirikou then proceeds to state the name of the attack, E3, signaling the twins to take aim and fire. A large beam emanates from both guns, travelling rapidly towards the Clown, which, upon impact, intermingle and create a massive explosion. This attack destroys most of the Black Clown, leaving only its head on the floor. As the team manage to contact Yumi again, Kirikou proclaims the battle is over as the Black Clown disappears.
Kirikou, pot of Fire, Thunder, Liz, Patti, Maka, Soul, Black Star, Tsubaki and Blair are all chosen to enter the manuscript of the Book of Eibon to rescue Death the Kid, who had been captured by Noah in the mission to capture Baba Yaga's Castle. Upon entering the book, the team find themselves in the Introduction of the book. Here, they meet the Index, the entity in charge of keeping the Book of Eibon in order. The Index explains that Death the Kid is in the seventh Chapter of the book, and to reach him, they would have to traverse through all seven Chapters in the book, with each one having its own dangers. Kirikou expresses his determination to save Kid, and informs the Index that they will not be turning back.
The Index acknowledges their determination and sends them on to the first Chapter, Lust, where everyone has their genders switched, taking on the form of their idea of a perfect sexual partner. Kirikou is transformed into a girl in a female Spartoi uniform, and adopts a more serious, female-like personality. As the Succubus appears, the 'male' members of the team (who are originally female) begin to be allured by the creature's sexual appeal. Since he is now female, Kirikou is not affected, and expresses dismay as the others are distracted. He then notices Blair, seeing that she does not look different at all in her cat form. However, in human form, Blair reveals to have changed into a strikingly handsome young man. The Succubus immediately falls for Blair, and the magic cat uses the opportunity to blast the creature away using her Halloween Cannon. As Blair states that they should be getting on to the next Chapter, Kirikou displays a sort of infatuation towards her in her new attractive male form.
As the team continue on to the next Chapter, Gluttony, everyone realizes that even though they had left the Lust Chapter, they are still in their opposite genders, although their personalities have returned to normal. The Index explains that they will change back to their original form after leaving the Lust Chapter, and that the speed of the transformation depends on the individual's sexual desire: the stronger the desire, the slower the transformation. Kirikou takes this in rather light-heartedly, stating, 'I guess we'll find out who's the horniest among us, eh? Should be interesting.' Tsubaki fervently argues that it is not.
As Patti and Black Star begins to help themselves to the platters of food laid out in the Chapter, the team are confronted by a monstrous pig that is about to eat them. The team prepare to fight. However, after the pig states that its own flesh is of exceptional quality, Kirikou, along with Black Star and Patti, decide to eat the pig instead. Black Star slices off one of the pig's arms, and Kirikou fries it with Pot of Thunder, before taking a bite out of the roast meat. Black Star slices up the rest of the pig, and Kirikou fries the pieces again. He gorges on the meat alongside Black Star and Patti. Before they can get drawn further into the sin of Gluttony, Soul has the Index move onto the next Chapter.
Maka and Soul now get separated from the group and end up one Chapter behind. The rest of the group move on, and are next seen in the fourth Chapter, Wrath. The chapter ends up aggravating everyone, making them all fly into a rage. Kirikou, along with the others, fight with each other, but soon calms down, commenting that the environment in the Chapter is completely red, and the colour somehow makes him furious. The Index replies that red is the colour that aggravates people the most.
Everyone's anger is further put to the test when Excalibur appears in the Chapter. Although Kirikou, along with the others, laugh at the Weapon for being captured, they are soon annoyed by Excalibur, and are further aggravated when Excalibur prevents the Index from continuing to the next Chapter. Kirikou and the others manage to distract Excalibur long enough for the team to move to the fifth Chapter, Pride. However, to everyone's despair, Excalibur follows them.
Excalibur offers the team a chance to save Kid quicker by using him as a Weapon. Liz decides to wield him and manages to open a crack into space with Excalibur. Kirikou watches on with the others. However, Liz's pride gets in the way, and she ends up throwing Excalibur out the Book of Eibon. Liz laments over her mistake, as Kirikou and the others stare on, not really concerned about the mistake.
Kirikou is later seen with the others in the seventh Chapter, Greed. He watches Liz transform back into her female form just a little quicker than Tsubaki, and teases Tsubaki along with Black Star and Patti because of this. Black Star casually states that it might be best to not sleep in the same room as Tsubaki anymore, and Kirikou becomes envious as Black Star is sharing a room with a girl.
He, along with the rest of the group, then confront Death the Kid. He waits for Black Star as he goes on to find Death the Kid through a portal made by the Index.
The Black Mass then frees everyone from the Book of Eibon and they all tumble out onto the battlefield where Noah is in the middle of finishing Stein, Marie, Sid and Nygus. Despite the adults' warnings to tell them to flee, Death the Kid and Black Star decide to fight Noah and his monsters, with help from Maka and Soul. As Noah sends out Gremlins from the Book of Eibon, Kirikou attacks them using Pot of Thunder alongside Blair. He tells the others to focus on Noah as he and Blair can take on the Gremlins. Soon, the team all face the Horror Dragon, and finally Kid manages to defeat the dragon and kill Noah using Parent's Seven Rays.
Soul Eater Not!
Kirikou is briefly seen advertising the DWMA at the school to the new students, with Fire and Thunder in Weapon form.
In the Anime
After the battle over Brew, Kirikou does not make much of a debut until the mission for infiltrating Baba Yaga's Castle. After fighting through Arachne's soldiers in the rainforest with his partners and Kim, Jacqueline, Ox and Harvar, they reach the Amazon River Basin and the castle itself. Kim wonders if they can actually infiltrate the castle and Kirikou replies that he does not know, but the only way to find out is by trying. Ox then suggests them to infiltrate the castle by disguising themselves as Arachne's soldiers with the cloak and mask.
The team successfully infiltrate the castle, passing by Eruka, Free and the Mizune family, also disguised and ready to escape. As the castle takes on the form of a giant robot to fight against the newly transformed animated Death City, Kirikou and the others struggle on inside.
After Yumi uses her Senrigan on Kim to grasp the whereabouts of Asura, Kirikou and the others escape from the castle on Jacqueline. He is last seen in the credits, talking with Kim, Ox and all of their partners back in Shibusen.
- 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.'
- He is part of a team of three: Ox, Kim and himself. Kirikou uses the elements of both his partners: Ox's lightning and Kim's fire. He has demonstrated a 'thunder combination' with Ox and has shown the ability to combine attacks with Kim, creating the E3 attack.
- According to the Insight Artifact Soldier: Kirikou is 13 years old, has a waist length of 65 cm, and a body fat percentage of 10%.
- Kirikou also possesses a foreigner's outlook on sumo, thinking its 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.
- In the Filipino dub of Soul Eater, his name is Kurt because Kirikou was hard to pronounce in Tagalog.
- 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.
- He does not seem to be an academic achiever as he only scored 5 in the Ultimate Written Exam.
|E.A.T Students||Black☆Star • Death the Kid • Elizabeth Thompson • Harvar D. Éclair • Hiro • Kirikou Rung • Maka Albarn • Ox Ford • Patricia Thompson • Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder • Soul Evans • Tsubaki Nakatsukasa • Kim Diehl • Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré|
|N.O.T Students||Anastasia Yngling • Eternal Feather • Kana Altair • Meme Tatane • Tsugumi Harudori •Hao •Reid • Aaron|