Soujuurou Shizuki (静希草十郎, Shizuki Sōjūrō?) is the second protagonist in Mahou Tsukai no Yoru.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Soujuurou Shizuki is a young man from a rural location, having lived deep in the mountains without even electricity. He was raised and trained by the same organization as Souichirou Kuzuki. He once has been attacked by wild dogs during the time he lived in the mountains. There are traces of scars from bite wounds on the left arm.

He moves into Misaki Town and attends Misaki high school, Group C.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Shizuki is a guy of an average height, who has grey eyes and dark messy hai. He appears to be a Herbivore men, but is in fact quite athletic. He has bite scars around his left arm and his neck, which he always covers with bandages. Aoko later provides a special collar for him to wear, which can stangle him a will when he disobeys her. 

He is often seen wearing his high school uniform, sometimes with a coat over it, or a blue tracksuit. While going out, he wears a  warm dark jacket, black T-shirt, dark grey trousers and black boots.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Soujuurou is a person of few words, but possesses a warm personality in contrast to Aoko and Alice. He is the kind of person that most people can grow accustomed to. He is a stable and composed guy who tends to keep quiet, even if he really believes in something. While not a special person, he is not entirely "ordinary" either. He is considered to be absolutely harmless by other characters, and Yuika Suse, who can "see" evil intentions in people, cannot feel his presence at all. However he can display a cold and even violent nature in rare cases, especially when his or someone else's life is in danger, embodying "A good man on the surface, but in reality...", though Aoko points out that anger does not suit him at all.

He doesn't possess a  "self" when he first arrives in the city, and he cannot even qualify as a human. Later, it is revelealed that unconciously envies Aoko, since she possesses a very strong, unwavering personality. Normal humans will have subjective thought mixed into whatever they see, and they will choose what to see and what not to see. In his case, he will not know how to judge the value of something or the basis of whether it is good or evil until he fully understands it. He is forced to slowly adjust to human society as time passes. Alice wishes for his core way of thinking to never change, while Aoko thinks that the way he keeps changing is dangerous.[1] In a way, it is as if he is in a time slip state. He is impressed by the city at first, but slowly adjusts to ordinary high school life.

His attitude to Magecraft is quite special.  He does not feel the difference between magecraft and regular technology at first sight. To his eyes, casting a spell and making a phone call are a similar thing at first. That is why he accepts the fact that Aoko and Alice are mages so relatively easily.

Role[edit | edit source]

Mahou Tsukai no Yoru[edit | edit source]

Soujuurou winds up living at the Kuonji mansion as well, despite Alice's attempts to drive him away by ignoring him, and Alice develops uncertain feelings toward him.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Soujuurou defeating Lugh Beowulf.

Soujuurou is the strongest TYPE-MOON protagonist when he first arrives from the mountains, but he gradually becomes weaker as he gets used to civilization and settles down as an "individual."[2]

His physical ability is high, but he could not swim because he has no experience.

He received combat training when he lived in the mountains. The same kind as Souichirou Kuzuki.

Development[edit | edit source]

Soujuurou early illustration by Takeuchi

In the unpublished version of the novel, Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi portrayed Soujuurou as a wild mannered, 180cm tall athletic boy. Souichirou Kuzuki in Fate/stay night has inherited his design.

Hirokazu Koyama claims that in the original script, Soujuurou wasn't such an uncivilized yet masculine character, but he was more like Mikiya Kokutou from Kara no Kyoukai. This is also related to his misunderstanding to Takeuchi's blueprint. As a result, his design was not easily settled. In the final product, Koyama redesigned Soujuurou because he had confidence with the thought "I think my first impression of Soujuro will work," and convinced others to go with his view.

Reception[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 4Gamer Interview with Mahoutsukai no Yoru Staff - —"From the other side of the mountain gate" Soujuro, an enviable situation"
  2. 4Gamer Interview with Mahoutsukai no Yoru Staff - "For example, when Soujuro first arrived from the mountains in Chapter 1, he was stronger than any other TYPE-MOON protagonist. As he got used to civilization, and settled down as an "individual," he gradually became weaker."
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