|Height||162 cm (5'3")|
|Meister Type||Aria (in training)|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 2|
|Anime Debut||Episode 3|
|Japanese Voice||Yūki Kaji|
|English Voice||Mona Marshall|
Konekomaru Miwa is one of the main supporting characters in the series. Hailing from Kyoto along with Ryūji Suguro and Renzō Shima, he is an Exwire of the True Cross Order, a student of the Exorcist Cram School, and the surviving head of the Miwa family.
Konekomaru has short, stubby hair and pale skin. Two of his defining traits are his red glasses and large ears. He is also one of the shortest characters in the series, with people like Rin and Ryūji Suguro towering over him. In fact, he is so small that the sleeves on the regular-sized school sports jacket are too long for him and must be rolled up or pushed back in order to keep them from covering his hands.
He seems to be very protective of the people who raised him, and watches out for people who may try to hurt his friends and family. Konekomaru is also seen to be somewhat of a peace-maker as he is always trying to keep Ryūji Suguro from getting into fights. Sometime during his childhood, he grew a respected view of Ryūji Suguro and does not want to hurt or upset him. He is also usually the one to reprimand Renzō, though quietly, about his (Renzō's) perverted habits.
He is also seen to have somewhat of a blunt side to his personality. When Shima proclaimed Ojo Shimasu (I will die) when told to cross the river of bugs with Shiemi's thighs around his head, Konekomaru merely replied that dying might purify him of his evil desires. Also, when Ryūji Suguro attempted to apologize for his actions during the forest mission, Konekomaru states that Ryūji Suguro's impudence endangers them all.
In both the anime and manga, both of Konekomaru's parents have been stated to have died during the Blue Night. Because of this, and him being the oldest male in his family, he has been left as the head of the Miwa family. Like Shima, he was once a pupil of Suguro's father and is now Suguro's friend. It is known that he, Ryūji Suguro, and Shima have all been friends since they were children.
True Cross Academy arcEdit
Konekomaru, along with Ryūji Suguro and Shima, appears in the very first episode as one of the students Rin sees when he first enters the cram-school classroom. He is seen again in episode 5 when he is reading a book next to Ryūji Suguro, then is helping Shima hold Ryūji Suguro back when Ryūji Suguro is trying to pick a fight with Rin in class. He is seen later on with Shima and Ryūji Suguro and comments on how likes repel in Ryūji Suguro and Rin's cases since they argue so much yet they have so much in common. He once again helps Shima hold Ryūji Suguro back when Ryūji Suguro tries to fight Rin during their P.E. class. He tells Shima not to laugh at Ryūji Suguro because of Ryūji Suguro's ambition to defeat Satan due to Satan destroying their temple, then explains to Rin about the Blue Night.
He tries to tell Ryūji Suguro not to go down into the Leaper's pen, but is ignored. He is seen again in episode 6, once again watching Rin and Ryūji Suguro argue, this time over a sandwich. He is introduced by name with Shima in episode 7 when explaining what a Meister is and that his, Shima's, and Ryūji Suguro's ambition is to become arias. Ryūji Suguro yells at him for telling Rin, causing Rin to repeat the name, now thinking of cats due to Konekomaru's nickname that Ryūji Suguro uses (Neko-chan). Ryūji Suguro then gets extremely annoyed at both of them and asks when they had gotten so friendly when Rin puts an arm round Konekomaru's shoulders as a friendly gesture.In episode 8, Konekomaru also receives the Baryon punishment like the rest of the class and is seen praying with his head down. When the light go out, he manages to get the Demon off of his legs and then tries to help Ryūji Suguro when defeating the ghoul. He chants the first 10 chapters from the Book of John while Ryūji Suguro chants the last 11. He is the one who guesses that Yamada was actually just Shura in disguise due to the boys' uniform pants she was wearing.
Training Camp arcEdit
During the Exorcist summer forest training, he compliments Rin's cooking abilities. He is later seen running into the forest for the three-day lantern hunting race. He repels the Chuchi by chanting verses from the bible and is the first one of the Exorcists to discover not only the first lantern, but also that the training was designed to bring them together, not push them apart. With amazing on the spot planning, he devises the 'Konekomaru Formation' in order for them to carry the lantern back to their camp. He repels the moths with Shima while they run through the forest. When they come to the river filled with giant Demon worms, he tells everyone what Ryūji Suguro's drawings mean to relate the plan to them. When Shima refuses to carry Shiemi across the river, saying that Ojo Shimasu Konekomaru replies that dying may purify him of evil desires, prompting Shima to call him 'mean'.
When Rin lures the Peg Lantern across the river, Konekomaru waits on the other side and seals the lantern once it crosses the river. When trying to get Shiemi back from Amaimon later on, he tries to shoot Demon-repelling fireworks at Amaimon. One one, he misses and it hits Amaimon's hair spike, causing it to puff up like a head of broccoli. This causes Amaimon to become angry and attack Shima, who laughed. Konekomaru got in the way of Amaimon when Ryūji Suguro was about to get attacked. Amaimon flicked Konekomaru, breaking his arm easily.
Mephisto Trial arcEdit
Note: Konekomaru appears in this arc only in the anime.
Filler arc (Anime Only)Edit
Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.
Kyoto Mission arcEdit
Powers & Abilities Edit
AriaEditKonekomaru is in training to be an Aria, implying that he knows a good deal of Scripture. He was able to perfectly recite the first ten books of the Gospel of John under stress, as well as knowing enough about Demons to identify which scriptures are the best to pacify them. During the resurrection of the Impure King, he chanted sutras to augment the flames in Shima's K'rik. In the anime, he is also shown to erect a barrier, along with Shima, against the flames of Satan.
He is able to work very well and create efficient strategies with little time and under a lot of pressure, as shown different times in the series.
He was able to formulate the 'Konekomaru Formation' to carry the peg lantern back to their camp during the training camp. This plan was made to use of the talents of each of the people present at the time and was created on the fly. It not only worked out perfectly, but got them back to camp before the sun came back up on the first day.Also, during the anime filler, when the Demons are attacking the True Cross Branch, Konekomaru comes up with an idea of bringing sunlight from Vatican City to the Japan Branch via mirrors.
In the manga during their test in the Hall of Portraits, he Demonstrated his capability as a leader. After pinpointing each of his teammates' "weaknesses and fears", he managed to solve the puzzle of the "Family Portrait" leading to its defeat. Even before Rin sliced up one of the portraits, he removed his glasses to avoid falling under an illusion of sorts, which turned out a right decision, Demonstrating his intellectual perception.
Konekomaru is very skilled in analyzing situations and finding the best solution for the problem at hand. He solely commanded the whole group during the exorcism of the spirit in the room of portraits(a shapeshifter) and has ever since been interested in becomig a tactician.
Ryūji Suguro and Renzō ShimaEdit
He is friends with Ryūji Suguro and Shima since childhood. Konekomaru is usually seen in their company. Konekomaru respects them very much and tries to keep them both happy. They, in turn, care about Konekomaru as if he were their own little brother.
He was friends with Rin, but after the incident in the forest where Rin's identity as Satan's son was revealed, Konekomaru seems worried about how to proceed with Rin. Rin eventually goes and tells Konekomaru that he is working on controlling his flames and hopes that they could still be friends. After this, Konekomaru is confused on what to do, remembering that Rin is a good guy. In the anime, Rin saves Konekomaru and the two make up, whilst in the manga, even though Konekomaru helps Rin to escape from imprisonment, he still doesn't seem to be completely at ease with Rin. Their friendship seems to have improved after Konekomaru himself apologized to and thanked Rin for everything he had done following the defeat of the Impure King.
Neither of Konekomaru's parents have yet to be addressed by name. It is unknown what they are like. Both Konekomaru's mother and father died on the Blue Night. In the anime, Ryūji Suguro reminds Konekomaru about how his Konekomaru's mother died protecting him, even when the blue flames were scorching her. As of the end of the Impure King Arc, we get a glimpse of what they appeared to have looked like. In a picture, we see the two of them. Konekomaru's father appears to have a similar appearance to him, while his mother has short, black hair.
- He hates to be cold.
- He has extremely poor eyesight (hence his glasses). However, when he is seen as a child, he didn't seem to require glasses. This may mean that he either grew to need glasses or they didn't realize he needed them until later on in life.
- He drinks a lot of milk, but he never gets any taller.
- He likes cats.
- His pastimes and talents are writing out sutras, touch typing, drinking hot milk every day, long baths.
- He spend his days off: In winter, copying out sutras or surfing the internet while sitting at the kotatsu.
- His average bath time 1.5 hours.
- His favorite words are: "Cats curl up under the kotatsu".
- He enjoys listening to sutra recitations and sermons.
- The first half of his name "koneko" means kitten, while the second half "maru" means circle. In a way, this could translate into "circle of kittens".
- He is ranked third on Rin Okumura's "cool guys according to me" list, right under Ryūji Suguro, and just above Rin himself.
- According to Renzō in the OVA, Konekomaru is a cat lover who plays with every cat he meets, and carries a cat-toy with him everywhere he goes for that purpose.
- (To Renzō Shima) - "Shima-san! Why... Why are you opening your heart to Okumura-kun?! Jūzō-san and Kinzō-san don't know a thing, and yet you're acting like you two are best pals. What are you gonna do when... when they find out that Okumura-kun is the son of Satan!?"
- (To Rin Okumura) - "I... I have nothing! As you can see... I have neither parents nor relatives. The Myou Dha people even took care of a person like me... I want to repay that debt one day. That's why I want to work for Myou Dha in the future! Myou Dha is the only place I can be... Anyone who threatens to destroy it... are enemies to me!"