Issei Ryuudou (柳洞 一成, Ryūdō Issei?) is the Student Body President of Homurahara Gakuen.



His father is the head priest of Ryuudou Temple, and his brother Reikan Ryuudou was a classmate of Taiga Fujimura and Otoko Hotaruzuka.

He first became acquainted with Shirou Emiya two years prior the events of Fate/stay night and soon became his friend.[2]

He is a student in Homurahara Academy and he travels two hours on foot every single day to attend school.[2] He is in Class 2-C, and the student council president.



He has a straight-laced and serious personality. As the youngest child of Ryuudou Temple, it seems he has his heart set on one day becoming a Buddhist monk. Though, he will be the first to tell you that his ability to sense the supernatural is weak. He looked up to Souichirou Kuzuki as a mentor, and on holidays they would often perform paired kata together. If he had not gone into the student council, it's a safe bet that he would have enrolled in the karate club instead.[2]

Issei is a friend of Shirou, and his favorite dishes are the lunches that Shirou makes.[2] Issei often asks Shirou to fix broken equipment for the Student Body to try and save money on the school's bill. Issei and Shirou often have lunch together in the Student Body's office where they talk about what ever comes to mind.[3]

He dislikes Rin Tohsaka, who served as his student council Vice President in Junior High for four years, a period after which they decided they could no longer get along. His distrust toward women probably stems from the behind-the-scenes feud they have been engaged in for the past two years. However, as much as it pains him to admit it he still recognizes Rin as a human being.[2] Despite this, Shirou claims that Issei may actually like her as a rival due to giving his job reason.

Though he seems to have a fear of women, he instantly takes a liking to Saber, explaining that "even he can tell" that Saber was a good person. Issei also seems to hold a great respect for Ayako Mitsuzuri as both a fellow friend of Shirou's and the captain of the archery dojo. In the adaptations and the manga, Issei does not have a fear of women at all and instead claims to soley not like Rin. In the manga adaptation, Issei is utterly paranoid of Rin; calling her whole "existence" pure evil (as well as referring to her as a "demon in the form of a harmless cat") and that he posessed an "obligation" to protect the whole school from her "malevoent influence". In the anime adaptation, Issei states he simply does not care for her; that his dislike has nothing to do with her speficically and that it is just soley not feeling accepting of her.

As the student council president, he is someone who embodies the role, having been noted as the next in line during his freshman year. He performs admirably and lives up to all expectations, likely to carry the title among his peers even at future reunions. Due to this, it is hard to find a successor, and his vice-president even jokes about him staying back a year to continue to fill the spot. Others consider his "student council aura" to be too great, having won by overwhelming majority simply due to that. He wishes for reformation in the school,such as changing how club allowances are distributed, improving clubs, and amending the school regulations.[4]


Fate/stay nightEdit

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Issei in the Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] anime.

He was first seen in the prologue when Rin encounters him when Shirou was repairing an equipment with his Magecraft. Issei becomes suspicious of Rin arriving to school early when she is not involved in any club.

Rin suspected Issei to be a Master of Caster as he resides in Ryuudou temple. Shirou decided to investigate this matter, he strips Issei and search for any signs of Command spell. Issei informs Shirou and Rin that Souichirou has been living in the temple and brought a fiancée. Issei unknowingly tells Shirou that Caster is at the Temple.

In the Fate route, He comes over to the Emiya residence to check on Shirou, who's pretending to be sick from school, and to return the bicycle he left at the temple when he went to retrieve Saber from there. After Shirou apologizes for leaving his bike there, Issei notices Saber standing behind Shirou. Saber introduces herself as a distant relative of Shirou, saying that she was treated kindly by Shirou's father when he came to her country and she is now staying at the Emiya residence thanks to relation with him.

Accepting her story, Issei believes that Shirou being sick is just a ruse to show Saber around Fuyuki, then he asks for some tea as a token of appreciation for bringing Shirou's bike back to him. Joined by Saber, Shirou and Issei talk about school as they all have tea, and afterwards, as he leaves the house, Issei is told by Shirou that he'll be skipping school for the week to be with Saber. Accepting his reasons, Issei comments that Shirou should be just fine if he's with Saber, having taking an instant liking to her as he can tell that she's a good person. He is then told Shirou that she's a little anti-social as she hasn't laughed yet and always looks troubled even while they talking and laughing about Taiga. Issei however refutes this by saying that Saber was smilling quite a lot, but Shirou doesn't believe him as he can't imagine her bursting out in laughter. But, Issei corrects him by saying that she was smiling when she saw him smile, though this only confuses Shirou, who asks if Saber is making fun of him. Issei merely laughs off Shirou's question, saying that he interprets things oddly and should torment himself on that subject as he leaves.

Several days later, when Kirei Kotomine activated the Grail at Ryuudou Temple, Issei and the monks were passed out.[5]

In Ufotable anime adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works scenario, when Shirou, Saber and Lancer were on their way to the Einzbern castle to confront Archer to rescue Rin, Issei, Reikan Ryuudou and the other fifty-one residents of Ryuudou Temple were attacked by Gilgamesh who consumes their mana to strengthen himself after his battle against Berserker and Illya. They were left unconscious and to be taken to hospital.

In the anime adaption of the Heaven's Feel (route), Issei ends up at the hospital following the attack on Ryuudou Temple by True Assassin. Issei is shown weeping over the loss of Kuzuki, who had been killed by True Assassin.

Fate/hollow ataraxiaEdit

Issei appears in the prologue, where Rin, Sakura Matou, Ayako Mitsuduri, Shirou, Kaede Makidera, Kane Himuro and Yukika Saegusa are telling horror stories to each other in Ryuudou Temple past midnight in October 11.

Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA seriesEdit

Issei is student council president and a friend of Shirou Emiya. He becomes in charge of the beach party vacation when Shirou asked him to help out. Suzuka Kurihara questioned the relationship between Issei and Shirou, Suzaka started taking notes for her Yaoi inspiration. Issei was suspicious with Rin and Luvia, he speculated that the constructed building was related to Luvia as it says Edelfelt construction. Both Rin and Luvia pointed out he was acting like a sister-in-law and he was very observant. Afterwards there is an argument about the incident with Moriyama Nanami, Issei complains about the cleanup and the action which Luvia and Rin were involved in. When the females were fighting over Shirou, Issei commented that he refused to hand over Shirou to some woman and only a man from Ryuudou temple can take care of Shirou. When Shirou was injected with a truth serum by Magical Ruby, he calls Issei a chicken. Issei was later injected with sedative and Magical Amber brain washed everybody to forget about the whole incident.

Carnival PhantasmEdit

  • Issei in Carnival Phantasm.

In Carnival Phantasm, Issei is one of three central characters of Episode 7, where he tries to uncover Caster's real, wicked personality to Kuzuki.

Today's Menu for Emiya FamilyEdit

  • Issei in Today's Menu for Emiya Family.

Issei makes brief appearances in Today's Menu for Emiya Family. In Episode 4, he returns to Ryuudou Temple in time to discover Shirou had made sandwiches. In Episode 10, Issei is in charge of preparing for the school festival, and personally rejects or passes any ideas presented by other students. To his delight, Shirou makes him and the student council some food.

Other appearancesEdit

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True Ending in Capsule Servant.

He makes a brief cameo appearance in the true ending of Capsule Servant.

In the Fate/EXTRA universe, SE.RA.PH used the information of Moon Cell to generate a NPC Issei Ryuudou based on this Issei.




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  3. Fate/hollow ataraxia - The student council chairman is still going strong.
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