|Debut:||Manga Volume 1, Anime Episode 3|
|Status:||N/A (Not Sentouki/Sacrifice)|
Jack W. Gibson
Kio Kaidou (海堂貴緒 Kaidō Kio) is an art student, and a friend and classmate of Soubi Agatsuma. In volume 6, he is claimed to be one of Soubi’s only friends. Most of his early dialogue is filled with flirtations and passes towards Soubi, despite being ignored or rejected each time. Kio is fascinated by Soubi's art, this is what drew him to Soubi (whom he refers to as Sou-chan) in the first place. He admires Soubi's style and skill and desired friendship from the first time he saw one of Soubi’s paintings. Kio is friendly and lighthearted. He is a flirt and a self-described pacifist.
Kio’s quirks include his sweet tooth, his love of piercings and tattoos, and his habit of calling people by nicknames and the suffix “-chan.” He frequently uses them for sexual innuendos. Kio has a huge tattoo of a butterfly on his back (it was recently revealed that Soubi only became interested in Kio due to a tattoo on his back, and a vow he took when he got it.) and earrings covering both ears. He gives Soubi an ear-piercer for Ritsuka to use on his Fighter. Kio comes up with nicknames for most people (Sou-chan for Soubi, Ricchan for Ritsuka, the Chibis for the Natsuo Sagan and Youji Sagan, etc.) and sometimes refers to himself as Kio-chan.
Despite his early presence as a character who exists solely to create a lighter atmosphere in a very dark story, he gradually gains depth and justifies his existence as the series progresses. He becomes a loud voice that champions pacifism and self-worth, contrasting greatly with Soubi’s submissive nature that willingly accepts violent treatment and his strong desire to be controlled completely (albeit, only from certain people).
More significantly, Kio’s views are shared with Ritsuka Aoyagi, and together they provide a very black and white atmosphere that only allows one line of thinking.
Kio has an extreme hatred for Seimei Aoyagi and continuously reaffirms his opinions throughout the story, though soon warms to Seimei’s younger brother Ritsuka when he realizes both how pure the boy is and that Ritsuka is responsible for Soubi becoming ‘human’ again. Although he’s pleased with this change, however, he is also very jealous of the relationship Ritsuka and Soubi have, and often calls Soubi a pervert or warns others of his Lolicon (sexual attraction to younger girls) behavior.
Kio was kidnapped by Nisei and held hostage by Bloodless while Soubi and Ritsuka were at the Seven Voices Academy. Kio was used by Seimei as leverage to get his own fighter, Nisei, back after he was taken captive during Beloved’s attack on the school.
While in Bloodless’s custody Kio was baited and belittled but the thing that would stick with him most was not this cruelty. While held hostage Kio received a visitor who he said could be mistaken for his twin. She then refers to him as “Big Brother Kio.” Kio is stunned by this and upon being rescued retreats to a strange house only for the women in his family. Kio goes to seek advise of his daughter, Shikiko, a strange girl between the ages of ten to sixteen without ears (whom Kio must refer to as Shikiko-san.) Kio asks if he has a sister and is told that it was before Shikiko’s time.
While visiting Shikiko’s mother, a quiet woman named Shieko who Kio speaks to from his knees, Shikiko muses on her father’s “weakness” and how he must be kept safe.
- Kio is almost never seen without a Chupa Chup, a type of lollipop produced in Spain.
- Kio notes that he doesn’t remember Shikiko being born and that they (his daughter and himself) are strangely close in age. It is possible that Kio has been brainwashed or had his memory erased (like Ritsuka).