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- This article deals with the original Kurumi Tokisaki. For the Kurumi that appears in Date A Bullet, please go to the Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Bullet) article.
|“||I want his power. I want to make him mine and become one with him.||”|
—to Origami Tobiichi
|Eye Color||Red |
Yellow Clock (Left Eye; Spirit)
|Affiliations||Raizen High School (Temporary)|
|Novel Debut||Volume 3|
|Anime Debut||Episode 5 (Possible Cameo) |
Episode 7 (Actual Appearance)
Kurumi Tokisaki (
Kurumi Tokisaki had used unstated and unexplained methods to personally transfer into Shido Itsuka's high school and classroom so that she could get closer to him. Her purposes and reasons for moving were simple: consume Shido Itsuka, and in doing so, gain the Spirits' mana sealed within his body. During the time Kurumi was a Raizen high school student, she almost succeeded in consuming Shido. However, she was forced to retreat after being overwhelmed by Kotori Itsuka's destructive power. Kurumi had claimed that it was because she simply wasn't prepared to face her, but later argued that she could defeat Kotori if she had more time stored up.
Later, it was revealed (at the end of Volume 4) that Kurumi had a conversation with a mysterious being that made it seemed like she was talking to herself. Here, she stated her real goal was to seek Shido out in order to be able to use her 12th bullet to travel 30 years back in time and kill the First Spirit. To accomplish that, she required a significant amount of spirit mana which she didn't possess, which is why she wanted to consume Shido. Shido held the spirit mana of three spirits within him, enough for her to be able to use the 12th bullet and still have some power left over to kill the First Spirit.
Kurumi is "a girl with astonishing beauty" as described by Shido Itsuka. She appears to be elegant and has very polite manners. She has ivory skin and long, black hair usually tied in long twin tails. Her right eye is red-tinted while her left eye appears as a golden, inorganic clock face. The positions of the clock hands represent her remaining "time" and are covered by her bangs, which are only revealed when she transforms into her Spirit form.
The Astral Dress, which Kurumi wears, is made out of crimson and black frills, giving her the appearance of an elegant Gothic Lolita with uneven twin tails. On her head, she usually wears a big crimson net bow to hold her hair. She also wears a red and black collar on her neck. Kurumi's height is stated to be 157cm, and her three sizes are B85/W59/H87. When not in her Spirit form, Kurumi usually tends to wear either the female winter uniform of Raizen High School or a black Gothic Lolita dress.
Kurumi is a person whose character is difficult to read. She possesses a dislike of humanity that borders on mistrust, which is something that she shares with most of the other Spirits in her debut. She is a skilled actress as she is capable of putting on the facade of an innocent, curious young girl when she needs to. This skill of hers is shown when she registered as a student at Raizen High School and spoke in a polite manner. However, under that mask lies a mad woman, prone to fits of insane laughter and possessing no regard for human life, viewing 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. Also, a good sign of her sense of justice lies in her ultimate objective: to go back in time, kill the First Spirit, 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 has 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. She also appeared to have some desire for a normal life, a chance at redemption, as Shido was able to speak with one of her many timelines and nearly convinced her before the true Kurumi interrupted.
However, despite the fact she doesn't kill without a reason and her redeeming qualities, Kurumi doesn't seem to think of herself as a great person and even appears to hate being called one. When Shido stated that he would not give up on her despite her being a murderer, she responded by using her City of Devouring Time on the students of Raizen High School. She even summoned a spacequake which could have killed them all, in an attempt to make him give up on her. Also, when <Phantom> called her a kind person, Kurumi's initial response was to try to shoot her.
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. It is also hinted that the experiences each clone possesses affect the main one since, after helping Shido locate Tohka (so that Kurumi could track the Second Spirit) and parting ways, Kurumi was shown talking to her clones and was happy because she had received a pat on the head from Shido. Some of her clones also slightly reflect what her former personality was; the clone that Shido faced on the school rooftop nearly agreed to let Shido save her, and the clone from Kurumi Star Festival (the very same clone Shido reasoned with on the school roof) was very cheerful and became slightly emotional when saddened.
Kurumi appears to have a particular 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. When Shido and Tohka caught her, she ended up going so far as to have one of her clones pretend to be the real her and "dispose" of her so that she could get out of the situation without ruining her reputation.
Before becoming a Spirit, Kurumi had a strong sense of justice. While lamenting about the inequality in the world, she always possessed a strong desire to help those in need. This trait was considered both pure and naive, the latter of which Mio took advantage of to trick her into becoming a Spirit that hunted down other Spirits that were incompatible with their Sephira Crystals.
As a verbal tic, Kurumi has a habit of saying "Ara, Ara" (あら、あら) when particularly amused by something. Additionally, Kurumi also has a distinctive "Kihihihihi" (きひひひひ) laugh.
Kurumi was once an ordinary human before becoming a Spirit. She grew up as the daughter of a rich family and was beloved by her parents. However, one day while returning home she was attacked by a monster. She was saved when a girl wearing a dress made of light killed the monster. The girl introduced herself as Mio Takamiya and claimed herself to be an "ally of justice". She told Kurumi that the monster was called a Spirit and asked her if she wanted a power like hers to help her fight them. Wanting to protect her family and friends, Kurumi accepted and was given the Sephira Crystal containing Zafkiel. Afterwards, she bonded with it, unknowingly turning herself into a Spirit.
Working together with Mio, Kurumi began hunting down Spirits, with her killing at least over 50 Spirits during that time. However, one day after killing a Spirit, Kurumi left Mio with the usual task of cleaning up the body. However, after leaving like usual, this time she decided to turn back and invite Mio to come with her to her friend Sawa's house, hoping that an adorable cat could defrost Mio usual melancholic demeanor. However, to Kurumi's horror, instead of a monster lying on the ground, she found her best friend Sawa lying dead as Mio was holding a red Sephira Crystal. Realizing Sawa was the Spirit and she had killed her, Kurumi started to inverse. However, before she completely transformed, she used her fourth bullet to reverse time and prevent the transformation by returning to a moment before being overwhelmed by despair.
Mio then revealed the truth: both her identity as the First Spirit and how she was having the Sephira Crystals bond with humans, turning them into monsters, and then killing the host in order to slowly refine the Crystals. Mio claimed that she intended to entrust the Sephira Crystals to those chosen among humanity, but hesitated when she was asked about her motives. Then, Mio thanked Kurumi for all her work so far before causing Kurumi to blackout. After some unknown amount of time had passed, Kurumi woke up in a giant crater after causing a spacequake, with no recollection of anything except how the powers of her angel worked. Just as an AST team was preparing to attack her, Kurumi fled the scene by escaping into her shadow. While deliberately her current situation, she eventually resolved to use the tenth bullet on herself to regain her memories. Afterwards, Kurumi swore no matter what it takes to use her twelfth bullet to travel back in time in order to kill Mio and prevent the existence of Spirits from ever happening.
At some point, using her ability to make clones of herself, Kurumi had created a massive information network. In order to gain enough time to use the Twelfth Bullet, she and her clones began to prey on humans, taking many lives in the process. However, the many lives she had taken attracted the attention of DEM, who sent Mana Takamiya after her. They fought many battles, during which Mana had always killed her. However, unbeknownst to Mana, she was just killing Kurumi's clones. Much later, <Phantom> appeared before Kurumi at some unknown point in time and told her about Shido Itsuka, along with the Spirit mana sealed inside his body. Having nothing to lose, Kurumi infiltrated Raizen High School through unknown means to confirm if this story was true.
- Light Novel
- Volume 3-4, 6-7, 10-13, 15-22
- Date A Live Encore 1-10
- Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet 1-5
Powers and Abilities
Living up to her reputation as the Worst Spirit, Kurumi is a brutal fighter with a unique set of powers that make her a difficult opponent for many. Her large number of clones ensures that it is nearly impossible to match her in a battle of numbers, with her being reported to be the Spirit that did the most damage during the raid against DEM's Japanese Branch Headquarters. Uniquely, Kurumi is a Spirit who has taken in two Sephira Crystals, allowing her access to two separate Angels.
Angel: Zafkiel (
Astral Dress: Elohim (
Through a combination of using time, shadows, and reiryoku as fuel, Kurumi can manipulate time through her bullets. Her flintlock pistol and musket both possess special bullets that can cause different effects on the subject's time depending on the number of the bullet.
To activate any power she needs, she first needs to call her Angel (regardless of whether the Angel has been summoned already or not) and position her flintlock at the number of the bullet on the Angel, in which the power is loaded from the number into her firearm. Next, she fires that loaded gun to her target; if Kurumi intends to use the effect on herself, then she shoots herself. The bullets take effect the instant they connect with their target(s).
The downside of these bullets is that they consume her time, or in other words, life force. This is visually represented by the clock in her left eye moving clockwise. The cost also differ between bullets, in which one may cost more time than the other. In case of last two bullets, they can even cost her her entire remaining time.
- First Bullet Aleph (
一の弾, Arefu?): Accelerates external time on its target. Kurumi frequently uses this bullet to increase her own speed in battle.
- Second Bullet Bet (
二の弾, Bēto?): Slows down the external time on its target. Used to stall an approaching enemy, this bullet is an alternative to the Seventh Bullet in case Kurumi wants to save time.
- Third Bullet Gimmel (
三の弾, Gimeru?): Speeds up internal time to cause the subject to age.
- Fourth Bullet Dalet (
四の弾, Daretto?): Rewinds time on a target. However, despite restoring physical injuries, it cannot resurrect those who are already dead.
- Fifth Bullet Hei (
五の弾, Hei?): Allows Kurumi to see a glimpse of the future. Overuse of this bullet strains Kurumi's mind from the sheer amount of visions seen.
- Sixth Bullet Vav (
六の弾, Vavu?): Sends the consciousness of its target into the body of a past version of themselves. Consequently, since only the mind is sent back, the Reiryoku and time spent on traveling is reset with every loop. However, unlike the Twelfth Bullet, the user is only able to travel back to a few days at maximum regardless of how much time is used. Due to giving a thank you kiss to Shido for saving her from Kotori, this bullet was left sealed for Kurumi after the events of Volume 4.
- Seventh Bullet Zayin (
七の弾, Zain?): Temporarily freezes the target's time.
- Eighth Bullet Het (
八の弾, Hetto?): Creates a temporal clone of the target.
- Ninth Bullet Tet (
九の弾, Tetto?): Allows Kurumi to share her senses with someone in a different time or dimension.
- Tenth Bullet Yud (
十の弾, Yuddo?): Peeks into the past of any object struck. By using this bullet on herself, Kurumi was able to regain her memories from her amnesia.
- Eleventh Bullet Yud Aleph (
十一の弾, Yuddo Arefu?): Sends its target to the future. The distance of time traveled forward is exponentially proportional to the amount of time and Reiryoku spent. After the effects of the bullet wears off, users are sent back to their original time period.
- Twelfth Bullet Yud Bet (
十二の弾, Yuddo Betto?) Sends its target to the past. It has the same drawback as the Eleventh Bullet in terms of cost for the length of time traveled. After the effects of the bullet wears off, users are sent back to their original time period.
City of Devouring of Time
Her Angel is very powerful. Each time she uses its abilities, it consumes a bit of her time (life force). In order to replenish her life force, Kurumi possesses the ability to absorb the time of anyone who steps into the boundary of her shadow. In order to target a large crowd, she can summon a red barrier that serves a similar function, which she calls the City of Devouring Time (時喰みの城, Toki Hami no Shiro?). While it is normally used to replenish time, it can also be used to directly regain Reiryoku as well. Upon hearing Origami's request to travel back in time, Kurumi used a specialized version of her shadow to very quickly take away a portion of her Reiryoku as payment for the travel. Additionally, Kurumi's clones can also employ this technique to greatly expand on the range of her shadow and the amount of victims.
Nevertheless, Shido has been shown able to passively resist the debilitating effects of the City of Devouring Time through the Reiryoku of the Spirits he had sealed up to that point. Likewise, ordinary humans enhanced by Miku's March have also been shown able to overcome this effect as well.
Combined with the power of the Eighth bullet, she can create a clone that has all her experiences, memories and abilities; they use her guns, summon and dismiss Spacequakes at will, and even summon the <City of Devouring Time>. These clones are kept in her shadows' "storage half", and can be brought out en masse at Kurumi's behest. When still in Kurumi's shadow, the clones can also restrain targets by taking on the form of long white hands with a red outlining. The clones are often used for reconnaissance, and can deliver information verbally or directly convey it to the original Kurumi’s head, though the latter method requires <Yud> and risks overloading her with too much information at once.
However, her clones are weaker than the real Kurumi, and they cannot use the time-manipulating bullets of her Angel. The physical abilities of the clones are scaled in accordance to the amount of time used for the Eighth Bullet. In other words, in order to produce longer-lasting clones, Kurumi needs to expend even greater amounts of time. Also, as these are her past selves, they sometimes may contain feelings which the current Kurumi no longer possesses. As such, Kurumi will not hesitate to kill these clones if they choose to disobey her. In desperate situations, the time used to create the clones can also be sacrificed as direct fuel for her other bullets. However, thanks to the unique mental time travel properties of the Sixth Bullet, Kurumi was able to regain her clones and time with each loop of using them to activate the bullet.
If a clone is killed, her body will dissolve into shadows. If the original Kurumi dies, the clones will all disappear. However, Kurumi was able to temporarily keep one clone alive by sending it into the future with her Eleventh Bullet in Volume 18. In Volume 19, she was able to transfer her memories and Sephira Crystal to a clone before the original body was killed, though this requires preparation. However, Kurumi would later admit that this is only a temporarily measure at best due to a clone's naturally short lifespan. Consequently, Kurumi then had to restore her original body with the Fourth Bullet and then re-transferred everything back to her original body in order to fully stabilize her condition.
Kurumi is able to quickly enter any shadow for a speedy escape. The territory within her own shadow serves as her own personal pocket dimension. According to Kurumi, her shadows are composed of two layers. The first layer is a free storage space where she can safely deposit and summon her clones at any given moment. The second layer is a digestive stomach where she breaks down victims to absorb their time. Since it's akin to looking into her own stomach, Kurumi is unable to check up or inspect victims that are sent to the latter area.
After Kurumi extracted Nia Honjou's Qlipha Crystal from Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott, she bonded with it, purifying it into a Sephira Crystal in the process. As a result, she gained a new Astral Dress that has Nia's Astral Dress overlapped with her own. Just like Nia, Kurumi has also gained the ability to use <Rasiel> in order to search for information.
- (To her classmates) "My name is Tokisaki Kurumi."..."I am a Spirit." 
- (To the delinquents) "You were ready to kill another creature, yet you're scared to be killed. Don't you think that's weird? When you point a gun at another life... This is what happens." 
- (To Shido Itsuka) "......Fu, fu......Really now, Shido-san, is really, gentle......huh." 
- (To Phantom) "Thirty years ago, the Spirit that first appeared in this world. The 'First Spirit' became the origin of all the Spirits——my intention, is to kill it." 
- (To herself) "Well, I don't have much of a choice. I guess I'll end this here since I got Shido-san to pat my head today.----right, all of me?" 
- (To Shido Itsuka) “Okay then-----Let’s begin our war?” 
- (To Shido Itsuka) "No matter how big the world is, Tokisaki Kurumi is the only person that can interfere with irreversible time. And also this Zafkiel. Please don’t lend your ears to nonsense made by smart scholars and authors. The thing that you-- Shido-san-- are looking right now, is the only truth." 
- (To Phantom) "----For you, even falling into hell is not enough." 
- Kurumi has the character "three" (三) in her name, referring to the third Sephira on Kabbalah's Tree of Life, "Understanding."
- Zafkiel's (Kurumi's Angel) bullet names are derived from Gematria, a system that uses letters from the Hebrew Alphabet to represent numbers. For example, Aleph, the first bullet (from 1 o'clock) represents the first letter. The bullets are numbered from 1 to 12 in this system
- Elohim means "God" in Hebrew.
- Zafkiel's name refers to an archangel. The angel is sometimes equated with Zophiel/Jophiel, but other times considered to be a different angel. Zaphkiel is the "chief of the order of thrones", one of the 9 angels that rule Heaven and also one of, the 7 archangels.
- In the Anime, Kurumi appeared in episode 05 as a cameo as a girl holding a red umbrella.
- The first kanji in Kurumi's surname ("Toki", 時) means "Time."
- Kurumi once wore an eyepatch to conceal her clock-like left eye, though she now considers it shameful and covers the eye with her hair instead.
- According to the Afterword of Volume 16, Kurumi was the first character to be conceptualized, with the initial outline for her character created before even the series.
- Her favorite things are animals, and her least favorite are humans.