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Inukashi
Inukashi
Name Inukashi
Kanji 犬の貸手
Characteristics
Race Human
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Height 145 cm
Weight 38 kg
Eyes Brown
Hair Dark Brown
Professional Status
Occupation Hotel Owner/Dog Lender

Informant

Personal Status
Status Alive
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 6
Anime Debut Life and Death
Voices
Japanese Voice Shindou Kei
English Voice Luci Christian

Inukashi means 'dog lender' in Japanese, because he loans out dogs for people to use as a heat source. He lives in a hotel, where he rents rooms and dogs to homeless people for warmth. The dogs see Inukashi as their leader and listen to Inukashi's commands. Apart from this, Inukashi also buys information, food, clothing and the like and sells it to people who want it.

Appearance Edit

Inukashi is short, with a slender frame and long dark hair, tan skin, and dark brown eyes. He dresses (most likely due to limited resources) in old, worn clothes -- a low-cut, long sleeved button up blouse of faded maroon and old blue pants that are ripped at the hems. He wears a grey belt and tan, strapped sandles.

Personality Edit

Inukashi is an independent person who views humans as despicable. Inukashi is quick tempered and speaks his mind very bluntly. He have have a rash way of speaking and Rikiga considers him a brat. Inukashi is very cocky and self aware, but has a kinder side. Inukashi loves his dogs and constantly speaks about how they're better and kinder than humans. He thinks Shion is a huge oddball -- not only because of his looks but also because of his personality and naivety -- but offers him a job. As the series goes on, Inukashi finds himself wondering if he'd gotten too attached. It is implied that Inukashi is younger than Shion and Nezumi, but he seem to dabble in more dangerous things than they do in order to provide for his dogs and himself. Overall, Inukashi is very tough. Rikiga even says in the novel that Inukashi may be tougher than Nezumi in the long run, remarking, "Maybe I should watch out more for the dog than the fox." Inukashi is very cunning and wary of the world around them, and has a great understanding of the world he lives in. He has a deep fear of suffering, pain and death, and despite usually being closed off and secretive, is open about this fact. Nezumi often uses this to manipulate him. Inukashi doesn't understand caring for other living beings besides his dogs until the end of the series when Shion saves a baby and entrusts it to him. He also cares greatly for Shion, and on some level even Nezumi. When Shion and Nezumi are inside the correctional facility, it is shown in the novels that Inukashi can't help but wish for them to survive the ordeal. Inukashi doesn't like it, but is glad when Nezumi is willing to sing for his dogs when he's dying. When they asked about the Correctional Facility, Nezumi also promised to sing Inukashi's soul away if he were to die.  

History Edit

Little is known of Inukashi's origins, yet, as a baby, he were taken care of by an old man - primarily the man's dog, whom Inukashi refers to as his mother - and from then on exposed to living and communicating with the dogs around him. Later in his life, he tries to search for resources and ends up in Nezumi's place, where the latter accuses him of stealing. This meeting, consequently, is the start of their antagonistic interactions.

Relationships Edit

Nezumi  Nezumi and Inukashi have a relationship that is strictly based on business. As it was revealed in No. 6 Beyond, they first met not long after Nezumi escaped from No. 6 to the West Block, when Inukashi broke into Nezumi's home, mistakenly thinking it was uninhabited. Inukashi began to feel strong resentment toward Nezumi when he charged an extremely high price for singing for the soul of Inukashi's mother, a dog that had taken care of him since he were a child. Nezumi and Inukashi's relationship seems to turn volatile often, and they seem to argue and even threaten each other frequently. Nevertheless, they seem to hold at least some regard for each other, and Inukashi worries about not only Shion's but also Nezumi's safety when the two of them enter the Correctional Facility. 

Shion  Inukashi thought Shion was very strange, in both personality and looks. At first he were very wary and just treated him as Nezumi's pet, but later he develops a soft spot for Shion. He, like Rikiga, gives Shion a much friendlier treatment than he give Nezumi, even before they start to get to know each other better. He also offered Shion a job to washing his dogs.

Rikiga Inukashi and Rikiga have a disdain for each other. Even though they work together later in the series, it's begrudgingly. Rikiga calls Inukashi a brat, and he calls Rikiga an old man. He has a great dislike of Rikiga's alcoholic tendencies, and constantly make remarks about the smell.

Getsuyaku In the novels, Gestsuyaku is Inukashi's business partner. He is a citizen of No. 6 who takes care of the trash produced by the Correctional Facility. In exchange for money, he takes out all the leftover food and articles of clothing from the trash and gives it to Inukashi, who sells it to the food and clothing stalls. Later in the books, Inukashi pays Getsuyaku to mess around with the cleaning robots to make them spew trash around. He is also paid to put tiny capsules into the robots, which release a horrid smell that affects many of the workers in the correctional facility.

Trivia Edit

While it's implied in some instances that Inukashi is physically female, he never corrects anyone on addressing him as a boy. Nezumi on several occasions directly uses masculine titles when referring to him, such as 'prince'. His gender is never directly given or stated, thus remaining ambiguous but implied to be male. In Episode 9 of the anime, Inukashi is made to pretend to be one of Rikiga's "working girls" in his efforts to help Shion and Nezumi gather more information about the correctional facility. This ordeal greatly unsettles Inukashi, prompting him to cry in front of Shion, who is surprised by how thin his shoulders are, suggesting Inukashi was born physically female. Throughout the story thus far, Inukashi refers to himself as "俺(ore)", a masculine personal pronoun. This implies, given the implications of Shion's thoughts in regards to Inukashi's physicality, that he was assigned female at birth, thus making him a transgender boy.

In the novels, Inukashi refers to himself with masculine pronouns. 

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