The seven Seishi are the protectors of the Suzaku no Miko, Miaka. They
all have birthmarks showing the kanji of which constellation they
represent, and would give their lives to protect Miaka. It is this
bond of absolute dedication and loyalty that keeps Miaka going and
ensures their mutual trust, respect, friendship and love.
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The first of the Seishi is Tamahome (aka Sou Kishuku), who Miaka and
Yui meet when they first enter the Universe of the Four Gods. He
at first appears to only have one thing on his mind: money, but later
revelations show him to be kind, compassionate and loyal, and Miaka
quickly falls in love with him. Tamahome bears the kanji "oni" meaning
"demon" or "ogre" on his forehead and is a highly skilled martial
Second to appear is Hotohori (aka Seishuku), the Emperor of Konan. He
bears the kanji "hoshii" meaning "star", and is a master swordsman.
He claims to have fallen in love with the Suzaku no Miko years
before Miaka actually arrived in Konan, so it is more probably he is
in love with the idea of her. Player 3 in a 4 player love square it
Nuriko (aka Chou Ryuuen) is a Princess of the Realm (no spoilers
here! ^_~) who is in love with Hotohori. However, she uses different
tactics to get at Hotohori, and poor Miaka doesn't get off to a good
start with her. Nuriko posesses super-human strength, and bears the
kanji "yanagi" meaning "willow" on the left side of her chest.
Chichiri (aka Houjun) is a wandering monk who trained under Taitsokun
for 3 years, during which he learned a variety of very handy spells
and techniques. Probably best known for his "no da!" on the end of
every other sentence (and some) Chichiri is the super kawaii
Tatsuki (aka Kou Shun'u) bears the kanji "yoku" meaning "wing" on his
right forearm, describing well his speed and dexterity with his iron
flame fan, or Tessan. He is the leader of a group of bandits
and originally used the alias Gen-chan.
Chiriko (aka Ou Doukun) bears the kanji "cho" meaning "stretched" on
his left foot, and is the smallest Seishi, making up for his size
with his superior intelligence.
Mitsukake (aka Myojuan) is a shamanic doctor wise in the lore of
healing; this is his Seishi power, although he is in mourning for his
dead fiancÚ who he failed to save. His kanji means "sadness" and is
found on his left palm.