|Kinji Tohyama (G II)|
|Name in Japanese||遠山キンジ 「金次」|
|Romaji Translation||Tōyama Kinji|
|Debut (Anime)||Episode 01|
|Debut (Light Novel)||Volume 01|
|Debut (Manga)||Chapter 01|
|Appears in||Anime, Light Novels, Manga|
|Voice Actor (Japanese)||Junji Majima|
|Voice Actor (English)||Todd Haberkorn|
|Skill Rank|| Rank E|
Rank S (in Hysteria Mode)
|Title (s)|| Dark|
Quadra (Quadra of Mimicry)
Hysteria Savant Syndrome
Beretta 92FS Inox (illegally modified "Kinji Model")
Toyama Kinshirou (ancestor)
|“||The only work I hate... is that of a Butei.||”|
Kinji Tohyama (遠山 キンジ Tohyama Kinji?) is the protagonist of the Hidan no Aria novel series and a Rank-E student at Butei High School, Class S. He was ranked Level E (the lowest combat rank) due to missing the Butei evaluation exam. However, under certain "conditions" his level raises to the highest combat status of Level S (the highest combat rank). He is currently enrolled in the Inquesta department. After the death of his brother, he now plans on quitting Butei and live a normal life by transferring into a normal high school. His duty-issue weapon is a Beretta 92FS Inox (which was given an illegal Machine Pistol conversion and referred to by him as Beretta Kinji Model), and a butterfly knife. In Volume 6 of the light novel he obtains a black Desert Eagle (which was similarly modified to fire in burst as well as auto) which belonged to his father and a double-edged scramasax, (modified with a hidden sheath and a reinforced rubber handle) which belonged to Sherlock Holmes, to add to his arsenal.
He has accepted the mission of clearing Kanzaki Kanae's name by request of Aria. Kinji cares deeply for Aria and eventually develops romantic feelings for her as the story progresses. Before those events he was searching for details concerning his brother's, Tohyama Kinichi, death, but found out through Riko that his brother is alive and is a member of IU. He also admires his brother Tohyama Kinichi deeply, yet fought against him for Aria's sake. He won, and told him to find another way to destroy the IU.
Kinji seems to have a history with Shirayuki prior to the events of the anime and manga. Although it doesn't seem to be shown what Kinji did in his younger days at the time Shirayuki was a child at the Hotogi Shrine, it seemingly implied he lived a normal life in the outside world. Kinji had brought Shirayuki to very close parts of the world outside of the Hotogi Shrine. When Kinji was in middle school, he was constantly harassed by girls who had found out his secret. He was their personal "Ally of Justice," and they would purposefully trigger his Hysteria Mode in order to force him to help them. Due of this experience, he does not enjoy the use of Hysteria Mode. When he first enrolled in Tokyo Butei High School, he joined Assault, but after the disappearance of his brother, Tohyama Kinichi, he wanted to quit being a Butei, and he transferred to Inquesta. In January, he had just moved into an Inquesta dormitory room meant for four. However, because no other boys from Inquesta had requested for a dormitory, he was staying there by himself with no roommates before Aria moved in. From then on he and Aria pursued the case of the Butei Killer.
Kinji appears to be highly anti-social to most people, and cold even to women. An example of this would be Shirayuki, since even though they would be designated as friends, Kinji still speaks in a somewhat hostile manner towards her. Kinji is also very negative when it comes to thinking about specific topics, which usually has to do with things he doesn't tell anyone else. An example of this is when Aria became inquisitive about Kinji's reaction to the mention of Kana. He would not tell anyone else when it comes to topics such as his brother.
However, when Kinji is under the influence of Hysteria Mode, he becomes unnecessarily melodramatic when it comes to his statements. Even in the first episode of the anime, he had shown such a quality. He will go to great lengths to protect women because Hysteria Mode affects how he would normally act around the opposite gender. As such, when he speaks to women, his voice reaches a lower pitch then his usual tone. Aside from that, he takes the appearance of a cliche'd overly cocky person.
Even though without the gigillo act, Kinji can be charming and futher make women fall for him but denies it due to his own insecurities of love and the trauma from middle school that turn into a misogynist.
After Aria's failed attempt at getting Kinji to use his power, Kinji monologue paint the picture of a worned down beaten young man who doubted his purpose in life and lost faith in humanity after his brother's death and wishes leave it all behind and stay a ghost. In fact Kinji himself states that in this aspect he and Aria are alike, both have cheated by things out of their control, but while Aria is brat who violently charges forward, Kinji is a cool headed loner who wants to run away. In fact based on this mentality he views himself as a coward with nothing good to offer.
But, overlooking his negativities, Kinji can actually come to care about another person to an exceptional degree. This was first mentioned by Riko. However, he tends to cover it up by reciting Butei Charter Section 1. He grew to care greatly about Aria later on in the story, even when not in the influence of Hysteria Mode. Yes, in appears that despite his apparrent hatred and disgust for people and women, he's in reality an extremely compassionate individual, like helping aria despite hating her at the begining. It also makes him forgiving as long the the culprit doesn't bother him anymore, unfortunately for aria.
As a Tohyama, despite rejecting the notion, Kinji has a powerful sense of justice, and karmic fair play. He won't bully the weak, break laws for fear of his life, obey the rules, and strives for order. He will protect those he cares about with all he's got and punish the wicked fairly. However he can be cruel and unforgiving to those who were unfair to him and suffer the same thing without remorse, Like when aria was pleading with kinji to explain, but he just rebuffed her swiftly without letting her explain like she does but less angrily and more piercing.
Kinji is also mentioned to have some sort of submerged charisma, as quoted by Reki and Tsuduri-sensei. He is not aware of it, but he seems to give off the aura of a leader in times of distress, swaying the judgement of even his own enemies. In fact Jeanne stated that everyone especially Asault admire him, but because of his cold(due to painful experiences 0 Demeanor, they keep their distance and worship in the shadows.
However, Kinji doesn't seem to be able to grasp hidden meanings behind statements. It seems extremely difficult for him to fully understand the meaning behind a suggestive action. He has commented on this several times, and a perfect example would be during the events of Volume 9, Chapter 3.
For some reason, despite his extremely persistent attempts to refrain from entering Hysteria Mode, he seems to be able to do so with a single kiss. This may show that while he is extremely steadfast when trying not to enter Hysteria Mode, he has a low tolerance and is therefore easily aroused, although this may be justifiable by the fact that he's a single man just like anyone else with his own "needs". It could also hint that he's a secret romantic as all the mariage proposal are done almost instinctively.
- Chugaku Akamatsu's next light novel series, Yagate Maken no Alicebell; share the same universe where the protagonists crossover at some point. Its revealed that 3 years later from the novel series, Kinji enrolled into Tokyo University, while a member of the Security Police.
- ↑ Short Story Collection: Heroine's Asort, X-05