|Also known as:||Loveless|
|Birthdate:||December 21, 1990|
|Family:||Aoyagi Seimei (brother)|
Misaki Aoyagi (mother)
|Battle:||Agatsuma Soubi (sentouki)|
Ritsuka Aoyagi (青柳立夏 Aoyagi Ritsuka) is the main protagonist of both the manga and anime series. Ritsuka's "true" name is Loveless, although it is yet to appear on his body like the other teams' names are.
He often taking photographs or "making memories" because of his fear of forgetting someone or/and being forgotten by someone. And later in the series, his friend from his previous school, Osamu states that Ritsuka used to be in a photography club in his old school, with Ritsuka usually taking pictures of humans while Osamu takes pictures of flowers and plants.
Throughout the series, the story alludes to an abrupt change of personality occurring in Ritsuka two years prior to the beginning of the manga when Ritsuka was ten. It is often seen through flashbacks, when his mother beats him and denies that he is “her Ritsuka" and that he is actually "someone else in her son’s body". This is because Ritsuka lost his memory at the age of ten and cannot remember anything before that. Before the change, Ritsuka was a popular, academically average student. But after that changes he has become the opposite of his former self, which is achieving perfect marks in school and failing to get along with his classmates, often expressing that he hates various aspects in a person. In addition to this change, he claims Seimei, his beloved older brother who died before the beginning of the story, was the only one who could understand him. Because the cause of these drastic changes is still unknown, he has regular therapy sessions on Wednesday to determine the reason.
The story begins on his first day at his new school, and Ritsuka meets a mysterious man named Soubi Agatsuma for the first time. Soubi confuses him with his sudden intimacy and puzzling claims that he was Seimei's friend and Sentouki Unit. Ritsuka discovers that Seimei's impromptu will dictates that Soubi shall "become Ritsuka's" upon his death, and Soubi is now Ritsuka’s '’Sentouki’’ whilst Ritsuka is now his ‘’Sacrifice’’. As Ritsuka deeply admired and idolized Seimei, the discovery that his elder brother had kept so many things from him furthered his difficulty in trusting others, particularly Soubi, as despite admiring him Ritsuka is continuously upset with Soubi’s tendency to keep various secrets.
PersonalityEditDespite his young age and inexperience, Ritsuka is very intelligent and approaches things with startling maturity. The circumstances of his life encourage his lack of innocence; however, there have been notable incidents that bare his still-strong naiveté, particularly in sexual love and dating. Despite this, he still has firm opinions and unrelenting ideas about those subjects. It is these opinions that clash dramatically with adults and authority figures around him, most notably Soubi. Ritsuka is a pacifist, and strongly opposes violence under any circumstance.
Love is an uncomfortable subject for Ritsuka. He is wary of compliments and affection, and early on in the series is troubled when Soubi says "I love you" frequently. Ritsuka doubts this is true and has trouble tolerating it, and because of Ritsuka's cynical reaction, Soubi stops saying it altogether after volume 2 of the manga. Still, Ritsuka's inner conflict over whether he believes what Soubi says becomes a source of great tension and bitterness in their relationship. However, as the story progresses, Ritsuka realizes how much he needs Soubi despite his rash attitude at times; when he tells Soubi to leave him alone, he is often seen staring at his cell phone waiting for a call or a text message.
To an extent, Ritsuka seems to have a certain charismatic personality that attracts easy infatuation, which can be found in his therapist, Yuiko, Seimei, and Soubi. Ritsuka's relationship with everyone develops a little more with each volume, although not much has been said or shown about Ritsuka's father and he still remains a rather unimportant figure in his life, unlike his mother and brother. Ritsuka is a very determined and pure child that is easily recognized and sometimes taunted by other Fighters and Sacrifices. He does not enjoy being the 'Master', and nor does he enjoy ordering Soubi around like a dog, no matter how much Soubi wishes it. He believes in free will and creating one’s own destiny. He also refuses to punish Soubi because of his past experiences in which he was disgusted by how he was abused by his mother.
- There are a fair number of sketches of an older Ritsuka Aoyagi that could be considered official to Loveless's canon since they were drawn by Yun Kouga, the creator of the series.
- Ritsuka suffers from a rare variation of psychological trauma which results in a severe case of amnesia or split personality disorder which could have been caused by various life changing situations such as witnessing a murder, abuse, as well as many other scenarios. There is a small possibility that the traumatized can overcome the state of amnesia without losing the memories gained during the period of amnesia.
- In Volume 1, Ritsuka states that he wishes to become as tall as his late brother, Seimei Aoyagi. This coincidently becomes a foreshadowing clue in the series since according to Yun Kouga's sketches, he grows to exact same height as Seimei at the age of seventeen.
- In Ritsuka's manga debut, he is seen wearing a jacket with elaborate designs embroidered onto the lower portion. However, the embroidering were not present in his anime debut due to difficulties trying to illustrate the patterns in each frame of Ritsuka's movement.
- In each episode/volume of the anime/manga, Ritsuka is depicted with a different injury(for example: in one episode he would have a patch on his cheek, the following episode he may have a bandage on his arm, etc). This detail is used to display Ritsuka's regular(almost routine in manner) endurance of abuse from his mother.
- In terms of numerical dating, Ritsuka's birth date forms a four-digit palindrome (12-21).
- His name literally means "The First Day of Summer".
- His name is taken from the lunar day "Rikka".