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Special life forms designated as especially disastrous, existing in the Neighboring World. Both their origin and existence reason are unclear. Whenever they would appear in this world, they trigger Spacequakes, causing great damage to the nearby area.
― Description about Spirits

Spirits (精霊, Seirei?) are extraordinary beings from a different dimension. Whether their own will or not is unknown, but each time they come through to this world, they create a Spacequake that is similar to a bomb explosion which destroys everything that it engulfs. Each individual Spirit is unique in personality, power, and knowledge of the world. Due to their immense power and the destructive Spacequakes they cause with each arrival from the Neighboring World, they are considered Special Disaster-Designated Lifeforms (特殊災害指定生命体, Tokushu Saigai Shitei Seimeitai?).

Besides Mio and Tohka, the other Spirits were originally humans who bonded with gems called Sephira Crystals, which turned them into Spirits. Some of them received one from Phantom under the promise that it would grant their wish. Spirits are a secret to the public, who take shelter during the Spacequakes they cause. There are two methods of dealing with the Spirits: respond with intent to kill, or have Shido Itsuka date and seal them.

History[]

The existence of a Spirit first came into being when Westcott, Woodman, and Ellen used their <Spirit Formula> to gather all the world's mana in a single location. The result not only brought about the Great Spacequake that destroyed most of Eurasia, but it also led to the birth of the First Spirit, Mio Takamiya.

Afterward, Mio would later divide her power into Qlipha Crystals, using them to turn humans into fellow Spirits. This was done with the intention of them acting as vessels for her power so that one day Shido Itsuka would be able to gradually seal and obtain each Spirit's powers, eventually allowing him to reach a state of omnipotence similar to herself. However, these crystals proved incompatible with human physiology. In cases where hosts were irreconcilable, they would run rampant with their newfound powers and lose all sense of reasoning. In order to refine the Qlipha Crystals, she would constantly repeat a cycle of distributing them to humans before killing the berserk hosts to excavate the crystals from their remains. Repeating this process acted similar to a filtration device, gradually turning the Qlipha Crystals into Sephira Crystals. These purified Sephira would be able to turn humans into Spirits without costing them their sanity. In one case, she attempted to purify a Sephira Crystal from scratch, unintentionally creating Tohka Yatogami, another pure Spirit, in the process.

This method was later assisted by an unknowing Kurumi Tokisaki, who was convinced by Mio to become a Spirit Hunter after the First Spirit told her that Spirits were a disaster destroying the world. During this time, Kurumi was given power in the form of the <Zafkiel> crystal, unknowingly becoming a Spirit herself. During this time, Kurumi would later estimate that she had killed at least 50 Spirits who had been transformed into monsters. After Kurumi discovered the truth about Spirits, Mio apologized for her actions but stated that she could not stop until the completion of her goal. After saying this, Mio caused Kurumi to blackout, with the Spirit <Nightmare> having no recollections of her past memories after waking up until she used her Tenth Bullet <Yud> on herself. Afterward, Kurumi hatched a plot to use the Twelfth Bullet <Yud Bet> on herself to travel back to when Mio first appeared in the world and kill her to prevent the existence of Spirits from ever being born.

As this process was near completion, Mio decided to give the rest of the Sephira Crystals to those she had chosen among humanity, with Origami Tobiichi being the last recorded human to have been transformed into a Spirit.

Westcott would later perform the <Spirit Formula> again to become the Second Spirit of Origin. After he and Mio killed each other, the Sephira Crystals linked to the latter disappeared, removing the power of Spirits from the world, including Tohka's existence as a Pure Spirit. A year later, a Spirit from a parallel world would attack the world with multiple Angels, which the former Spirits would use to temporarily regain their powers to drive her back. Eventually, the "will of the world" would enact a phenomenon similar to the <Spirit Formula> to revive Tohka, having brought in her parallel world counterpart to speed up the process.

Power & Abilities[]

Each individual Spirit has their own unique powers and abilities as well as the amount of Reiryoku they hold within their bodies. However, all Spirits share the same ability to create their own Astral Dress, as well as having an Angel, plus the ability to fly. Also, while they remain unsealed by Shido, their aging is halted. Kotori theorized that this is because their Reiryoku prevents cellular aging. Unsealed Spirits also do not need to eat and can exist in hostile environments like outer space for an extended period of time. Their bodies also remain healthy regardless of hygienic activity. Spirits can replicate any outfit they see, adjusting the proportions to fit if necessary. While their individual capabilities vary, they are uniformly stronger, faster, and more durable than the average human. Even while sealed, they must restrain their physical abilities to avoid drawing suspicion. [1]

A Spirit's powers can vary widely, with each Spirit having their own ranking in terms of stats, risk level, and Spacequake level. However, Spirits as a whole have shown resistance towards each other’s abilities, which have been proven to be overwhelmingly effective against anyone else. For instance, Miku's brainwashing fails to work on a Spirit who has access to her full powers. Likewise, Nia mentions Future Description is unable to effect a Spirit with her full Astral Dress equipped, and Inverse Tohka's Astral Dress protected her from being disintegrated from Mukuro's Michael. As for the Spirit of Origin, only those who have the same source of power as herself have shown to be able to bypass her defenses.

Spirits also have another form called Inverse Form, which they enter when exposed to severe negative emotions. While in this form, their appearance becomes much darker and their behavior turns much more violent. Their powers while in this form remain the same except their Angels are replaced with Demon Kings and the source of their powers is not their Sephira Crystals but instead their Qlipha Crystals.

A Spirit can assume another exclusive mode called Full Form, which is demonstrated by Tohka Yatogami in the movie Date A Live: Mayuri Judgement. In order to gain this form, she has to combine the power of her fellow sealed Spirits into herself with the help of Mayuri. Tohka gains another Angel called Shekinah and is able to dual-wield both the new Angel and her personal Angel Sandalphon at the same time.

Angels[]

The absolute shield that protects the Spirits. Its form, shape, and function all differ between each individual Spirit. Angels can take many forms, from monsters to swords, all of which seem to display some special power. Their counterparts are the Demon Kings wielded by Spirits in their Inverse Form.

Astral Dresses[]

Astral Dresses are the Spirits' armor or clothing created by their power. Spirits can change it to whatever shape, color, style, or appearance they want. When a Spirit goes into their Inverse Form, their Astral Dress changes into a darker and more revealing appearance.

Demon Kings[]

The primary armament of a Spirit while in their Inverse Form. They are described to be the opposites, or darker versions, of their Angels. They also appear to have the same abilities as their Angels just darker in color and nature.

Post-Sealing[]

After being sealed, Spirits will only have a tiny fraction of their powers stored inside them.[2] However, their physical abilities are still far superior to regular humans. The rest is stored within Shido's body through an invisible Path (経路パス, Pasu?. lit. "Route") between them. The Path actually circulates the Reiryoku between him and the Spirits. If the Spirit's emotions become unstable enough, the ratio of the Reiryoku between Shido and the Spirits will change, thus allowing the Spirits to use their Limited Astral Dress or an Angel. It can also be used to help a Spirit recover, as seen with Nia after her Qlipha Crystal was removed from her.[3]

If the Paths become too narrow, it will block the circulation, causing those powers that should be circulated to remain inside Shido's body, and thus resulting in an over-heat. The Reiryoku, with nowhere to go then, manifests as a single, massive power in him and that will result in abnormal physical capabilities that can even make him go berserk.[4] In this case, the Spirits can only manifest their Limited Astral Dress and their Angel for about five minutes, since they only have a small percent of their powers remaining to use. After they have used it, they can't manifest it again, leaving them completely defenseless.[5] When that happens, the Spirits will have to kiss him again to return the Paths to normal and let their powers circulate between them and Shido. Once the circulation of Reiryoku continues, Shido's condition will improve, as will the Spirits.

As shown from Kotori's example, a Spirit will once again start aging after being sealed. Kotori believes that after being sealed, they will rapidly age to catch up to their actual age. However, Nia retaining her youthful appearance post-sealing indicates she was saying that just to tease Nia.

Known Spirits[]

Spirit Number Spirit Sephira Angel Codename
0 Mio Takamiya
Reine Murasame
Da'at - "Knowledge" Ain Soph Aur
Ain Soph
Ain
Deus
Phantom
1 Origami Tobiichi Keter - "Crown" Metatron Devil
Angel [6]
2 Nia Honjo Chokmah - "Wisdom" Rasiel Sister
3 Kurumi Tokisaki Binah - "Understanding" Zafkiel Nightmare
4 Yoshino Himekawa Chesed - "Kindness" Zadkiel Hermit
5 Kotori Itsuka Gevurah - "Severity" Camael Efreet
6 Mukuro Hoshimiya Tiphereth - "Beauty" Michael Zodiac
7 Natsumi Kyouno Netzach - "Victory" Haniel Witch
8 Yamai Sisters Hod - "Splendor" Raphael Berserk
9 Miku Izayoi Yesod - "Foundation" Gabriel Diva
10 Tohka Yatogami Malkuth - "Kingdom" Sandalphon
Shekinah (movie only)
Princess

Extra Spirits[]

Spirit Number Spirit Sephira Angel Codename
0 Rinne Sonogami Unknown Eden Ruler
2 Maria Arusu Unknown None -
2 Marina Arusu Unknown None[7] -
0 Rio Sonogami Unknown Eden -
0 Ren Unknown Samael -
10,000 Mayuri Unknown Kerubiel -

Trivia[]

  • All of the “Angels” used by the main ten Spirits are named after Abrahamic Religious Angels in the Sephirot Tree.
    • Likewise, the "Demon Kings" used by the Spirits in their Inverse Forms are named after the demons from the evil counterpart to the Sephirot Tree, the Qliphoth Tree.
  • All of the "Astral Dresses" used by Spirits are named after the divine names of God representing each respective Sephirah in the Kabbalah.
  • Each of the Spirits has a number in their name represented through a kanji which is significant to their position in the Sephirot and their respective Angel:
    • Origami is 1 (一)
    • Nia is 2 (二)
    • Kurumi is 3 (三)
    • Yoshino is 4 (四)
    • Kotori is 5 (五)
    • Mukuro is 6 (六)
    • Natsumi is 7 (七)
    • Yamai is 8 (八)
    • Miku is 9 (九)
    • Tohka is 10 (十)
  • Reine has the kanji of "0" (零), which is created with the first kanji of her name (令) plus the second kanji of her surname (雨). Mio's name (澪) also contains the kanji for "0" (零).
  • The movie exclusive Spirit, Mayuri, has the kanji for 10,000 (万) in her name.
  • Of the ten main Spirits in the main story, each one's hair color is based on their Sephira's color motif, with the exception of Tohka since her sphere is multi-colored.[8]
  • Each Spirit's eyes are based on their corresponding gem in the Sephirot tree. The exception is Kurumi, whose pearl gem was used to describe her pearly skin instead.[8]

Notes and References[]

  1. Light Novel Volume 12, Chapter 1
  2. Light Novel Volume 1, Epilogue
  3. Light Novel Volume 13, Chapter 5
  4. Light Novel Volume 12, Chapter 2
  5. Light Novel Volume 12, Chapter 5
  6. As clarified to Artemisia by Ellen, Origami in her Inverse Form was first classified as Devil in the new timeline, but the code name changed to Angel after being sealed by Shido.
  7. While Marina did gain Eden as her Angel in one of the endings in Rio Reincarnation, the ending is considered as "non-canon" as Rio did not give her the power of Eden in the true ending.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Date A Live Material 2, Date A Interview
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