Descendants of Darkness (闇の末裔, Yami no Matsuei?) is a fantasy manga series created by Yoko Matsushita.

The story revolves around shinigami. These Guardians of Death work for Enma Daiō, the king of the dead, sorting out the expected and unexpected arrivals to the Underworld.

The manga was serialized in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume from 1995 until the author decided to go on hiatus on 2003. The published chapters have been collected in 11 volumes. The English language version is published by VIZ Media.

Descendants of Darkness was adapted into an anime series, broadcasted by WOWOW in Japan and distributed in North America by Central Park Media.

Contents [hide]
1 Overview
2 Story arcs
3 Characters
3.1 Main characters
3.1.1 Asato Tsuzuki
3.1.2 Hisoka Kurosaki
3.1.3 Kazutaka Muraki
3.2 Supporting Shinigami and supernatural characters:
3.2.1 Chief Konoe
3.2.2 Seiichiro Tatsumi
3.2.3 Yutaka Watari
3.2.4 Saya Torii and Yuma Fukiya
3.2.5 Hajime Terazuma
3.2.6 Wakaba Kannuki
3.2.7 Gushoshin
3.2.8 Hakushaku
3.2.9 Enma-Daioh


Asato Tsuzuki is a shinigami with 70 years' worth of experience. He has the power to call upon twelve shikigami, mythical creatures that aid him in battle. The shikigami reflect actual historic religious beliefs?such as Suzaku and Byakko.

The manga portrays Tsuzuki's relationship with the shikigami in much more detail. Tsuzuki is the senior partner of the Second Division, which watches over the region of Kyūshū.

In the anime, the story begins when Chief Konoe, the boss, and the other supporting characters begin talking about murders happening in Nagasaki.

The victims all have bite marks and a shortage of blood, which leads to the case being dubbed "The Vampire Case".

After some food troubles, Tsuzuki travels to Nagasaki with Gushoshin, a flying creature/helper who can speak, and together they do a bit of investigating.

The rule is that shinigami are supposed to work in pairs, and until Tsuzuki meets up with his new partner, he needs someone to watch him. However, Gushoshin gets held back by groceries, and Tsuzuki is on his own again.

While exploring Nagasaki, Tsuzuki hears a scream and has a literal run-in with a strange woman, who leaves blood on his collar. Coming to the conclusion that this is a sign that the woman might be a vampire, Tsuzuki tries to follow her, coming into a church.

The church scene is the first encounter between Tsuzuki and the antagonist of the story, Muraki.

Doctor Kazutaka Muraki is painted as a pure figure in his first scene, with much religious and color symbolism. He meets Tsuzuki with tears in his eyes, and Tsuzuki, a bit thrown off by this, manages only to ask if Muraki has seen a woman go by. Tsuzuki leaves when Muraki says no one has been in the church.

From there, Tsuzuki continues through Nagasaki, into a sort of park area, where he is held at gunpoint from behind and told not to move. His attacker tells him to turn around, and when he does, he discovers a young man glaring at him. Tsuzuki calls him a kid and is nearly shot, saved only by his helper, Gushoshin.

From there, Tsuzuki learns that the boy is Hisoka Kurosaki, his new partner, and the rest of the story is heavily based on character development and the relationships between characters.

Later in the Nagasaki Arc [the first fourth of the anime series, and the first collection of the manga], Hisoka gets kidnapped by Muraki, and the truth about his death is revealed to him. Tsuzuki rescues him after his "date" with Muraki, and the entire series begins following the relationship between these three characters, supported and embellished by the rest of the cast.