The Twelve Guardians (十二天将 Jūni Tenshō?, literally meaning "Twelve Heavenly Commanders") are the exorcists who inherited the names and powers of Abe no Seimei's shikigami. They are the most powerful exorcists behind the Chief Exorcist and Miko. Each are a member of a house descended from the twelve allies of Abe No Seimei in ancient times.

Members

Twelve Guardians
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"Kijin"
Tenma Unomiya
"Tōda"
Tatara
"Seiryū"
Kankuro Mitosaka
"Suzaku"
Shimon Ikaruga
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"Tenkō"
Subaru Mitejima
"Tenkū"
Cordelia Kasukami
"Rikugō"
Sakura Sada
"Genbu"
Kengo Ujii
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"Taijō"
Arata Inanaki
"Daion"
Empty
"Byakko"
Mayura Amawaka
"Kōchin"
Shizuru Ioroi


Former Guardians
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"Byakko"
Seigen Amawaka
"Daion"
Miku Zeze
"Kōchin"
Narumi Ioroi
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"Suzaku"
Hoji Ikaruga
"Rikugō"
Tsubaki Sada
"Byakko"
Kogen Amawaka

Strength, Powers and Abilities

The Twelve Guardians are the strongest rank of exorcists.

According to Narumi Ioroi's personal opinion, after assessing the Twelve Guardians members level of power, they would rank as following:[1]

  1. Tenma Unomiya
  2. Tatara
  3. Seigen Amawaka
  4. Kankuro Mitosaka
  5. Shimon Ikaruga
  6. Subaru Mitejima
  7. Cordelia Kasukami
  8. Sakura Sada
  9. Narumi Ioroi
  10. Kengo Ujii
  11. Arata Inanaki
  12. Miku Zeze

In the anime, a Guardian is as strong as 1,000 Exorcists or more. It is determined that all of the Twelve Guardians are as strong as Abe no Seimei and Kuzunoha. They also able to perform special rituals called "Rikujin Shinka" and "Heavenly Blue Earth Ritual."

Succession

Some of the shikigami of the Guardians are pretty versatile at choosing successors, like Suzaku and Byakko, they simply choose at their will, among the members blood related to the house. Other houses such as the Mitosaka house would choose their Guardian on whoever possesses the Impurity Eater.

But in some houses succession of the Guardians are cruel. Like the Kijin Guardian, who is chosen among the survivor of ten candidates trying to kill each other, or Rikugō Guardians who must pass away to let the heir succeed, and the heir would carry all the power of deceased Rikugō Guardians, thus weakening the current Guardian's life energy.

Flight

It is said that only Suzaku's users are the only ones to have technique that enables flight. Later Keiji and Rokuro managed to use their enchantments as thrust to break that rule.

In anime, there are also Miku Zeze as Daion when she possesses her Giant Doll and Tenma Unomiya as Kijin when he is using his Sword as Hoverboard.

Mystic Spell Equip

All twelve members possess an enchantment known as Mystic Spell Equip (纏神呪 Matoi Kajiri) which amplifies the powers of the exorcists tenfold. The appearance of each enchantment vary from guardian to guardian, but generally change their overall appearances apart from specifically enchanted items such as swords, hammers, or gauntlets.

It has been mentioned that the use of the Mystic Spell Equip drains much of a guardian's spiritual energy, weakening them after the use of such a spell. Also, the duration of the enchantment is dependent on the overall power of the guardian; like with Mayura whose enchantment does not last long compared to the others prior to the timeskip.

Trivia

  • In the anime, Shimon is the first shown member of the Twelve Guardians; while in the manga, it was Seigen who was first shown. Despite this, Seigen's first appearance in the anime is similar to how he first appears in the manga.
  • The first and third kanji of the Twelve Guardians' enchantments are the same kanji that hold their own titles (e.g. 白蓮虎砲, Byakuren Kohō; the first and third characters also make up the name 白虎, Byakko).
  • There are 4 guardians who have yet to be seen in their Mystic Spell Equip forms in the manga; Arata (Taijo), Subaru (Tenko), Tatara (Toda), and Cordelia (Tenku).
    • Tatara's Mystic Spell Equip however is present in the anime.

References

  1. Twin Stars Exorcists Manga; Chapter 40, page 30-31.

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