|Age||121 years old (OVA)|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 8|
|Anime Debut||Episode 10|
|Japanese Voice||Ayahi Takagaki|
|English Voice||Stephanie Sheh|
AppearanceEditKuro is a black cat with two tails, which is considered to be sacred in ancient Japan. The lower half of his face is covered with chocolate-brown fur, which slopes upward between his eyes, while his chest fur is white. There is a small patch of white fur on his right foreleg. He has large, yellow eyes with black pupils, as well as small horns on his head. When Kuro goes into his nekomata form, he becomes enormous, easily towering over human adults.
As a cat, Kuro is very playful and energetic, as he is constantly seen around Rin, asking him to play with him. However, he does have a fierce side to him, as shown when he attacked the humans bulldozing his shrine. He loves Shiro's catnip wine.
Since ancient times, Kuro had lived peacefully with humans as the protective deity for local silkworm farmers. In exchange for protecting the silkworms from being killed by mice and other disasters, he received offerings of food, as well as festivals in his name.
However, as times changed and silk cultivation became outdated, people stopped worshiping Kuro. Eventually, they were even going to bulldoze his shrine and develop the land it once stood on. Because of this, Kuro became enraged and attacked the humans. The locals turned to the True Cross Academy, who sent a team of Exorcists, led by Shirō Fujimoto, to stop him. Shirō calmed down Kuro by talking to him, sharing catnip wine, and offering him to be his familiar. He soon gained a new role as one of the guardians of the True Cross Academy.
True Cross Academy ArcEdit
Kuro had been guarding the Southern Rear Entrance of the True Cross Academy. One day, while guarding the entrance as usual, one of the guards accidentally spoke about Shirō's death within Kuro's hearing range. Upon hearing the news, Kuro reacted violently and began to attack everyone, while denying the news of his master’s death as "lies". Yukio and Rin arrived at the scene, and Yukio revealed that Shirō had left a "medicine" that would bring Kuro down, in the event of his untimely death. Meanwhile, Rin learned that he was able to hear Kuro’s inner thoughts.
When Rin realized that Kuro was just simply lonely and didn’t want to accept Shirō’s death, he stopped Yukio from using the “medicine” against Kuro and convinced him to instead give him a chance to reason with Kuro. Rin confronted Kuro and told him that Shirō was dead, and that he truly understood his feelings of grief. Kuro saw Shirō in Rin and finally came to accept that Shirō had died, causing him to cry in agony. After that incident, Kuro grew close to Rin and became his own familiar and now stayed with him and Yukio, usually at their dorm when they have mission or a school to go to.
In a filler episode, Kuro accompanied Rin, Shima, and Izumo to investigate any demon activity at the beach. Rin and Shima encountered the Kraken where Kuro fought it. However, Kuro quickly got sick after he bit the giant squid.
He also came with Rin when Rin was on top of the Academy's towers and couldn't sleep. Rin asked Kuro if he wanted to play with him for some training, to which Kuro happily joined by changing to his nekomata form.
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
- This arc is exclusive to the manga and does not occur in the anime.
Kuro accompanied with Rin and the gang on the trip to Kyoto. Later, while the Impure King was starting to take on the shape of a building within the forest, Kuro came to Rin and Ryūji Suguro, warning them that the area was too dangerous and they should turn back. Rin refused, saying that if he doesn't do something about the Impure King soon, things would get even worse. Kuro reluctantly transformed into his nekomata form and told Rin that he will take him and Ryūji closer to the Impure King.
Rin and Suguro ride on Kuro's back where he is able to climb on the building. During this, Rin pretends to be a knight with Kuro as his "horse" and Suguro as a "princess" (who appears to be scared of riding Kuro and the Impure King). Kuro was able to detect ground nearby that is untouched by the Impure King for Suguro to chant his spell and put a barrier over. Suguro was able to do the spell but he, Rin, and Kuro are attacked by the spores of the Impure King.
Powers & AbilitiesEditKuro has the ability to change from a small cat into a nekomata, a giant demon cat, at any time. With this change, Kuro grows to an enormous size and gains immense strength and power. His strength was so great that he was able to topple bulldozers and other construction equipment easily.
- Kuro (黒) means "black", which is the reason why he is referred to in the English Sub as "Blacky" or "Blackie".
- From chapters 8 to 13, Kuro was first seen with his left fang curved up over his mouth in both his smaller and nekomata forms. However, in the anime and in chapters 17 and 28, his fang was shown not to be curved at all in either of his forms.
- It is shown in an anime-exclusive filler episode that if Kuro, like all cats, eats raw squid, he gets sick and cannot stand for a certain period of time. However, that was based on an old Japanese myth, not an actual fact, and it is strictly used for comical relief.
- In the Ao no Exorcist: Kuro no Iede OVA , Kuro said that he is 121 years old.
- "Liars! He'd never die! Shirō's the greatest... He'll come back home! I don't believe you! He's coming back! Until then, I can't die either!"
- (To Rin) "Rin, are you gonna go play outside again? I'm coming too!"
- "Its a gift from Shiro!"
- "Don't belittle me! I'm 121 years old!