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 Kanji 鹿月
 Romaji Kazuki
 Nickname Pretty Boy
Characteristics
 Gender Male
 Age 15
 Hair Color Blond
 Eye Color Olive green
Professional Status
 Affiliation The Mountain's Lions
The Sea's Talon (former)
 Occupation Mercenary
Slave, Pirate
Personal Status
 Relatives Mukaze (Foster-father)

Shirayuki (Step-sister)

 Friendships Itoya, Shirayuki
Equipment
 Weapon Bow and arrows
Debuts
 Manga Chapter 18
 Anime Episode 13
Portrayal
 Japanese Voice Sachi Kokuryu
 English Voice Justin Pate


Kazuki (鹿月; Kazuki) is an impulsive young man who is currently a member of The Mountain's Lions mercenary and refugee group based in the mountains of the kingdom of Tanbarun. He was formerly part of The Sea's Talon crew before he was sold as a slave to nobility due to his attractive features.

Kazuki plots to kidnap Shirayuki and bring her to The Mountain's Lions after hearing that she was targeted by Prince Raji Shenazard to become his concubine against her will. His actions and isolation from the rest of the Lions attracts the Sea's Talon's attention and he ends up getting kidnapped himself to be used as a hostage against the Lions. His fortunes change for the better after the Mountain Lions' cooperation with Prince Raji of Tanbarun and Prince Zen of Clarines in recovering Shirayuki causes the king of Tanbarun to recognize the mercenary group and make their operations and mountain hideaway legal entities.

AppearanceEdit

Kazuki-concept

Kazuki's concept art for the anime.

Kazuki & Mihaya

Kazuki's outfit during his trip to Lilias.

Kazuki is a petite teen with long blond hair which he keeps pulled back into a ponytail, save for two locks which frame his jaw and his long side-swept bangs. He has golden amber eyes, long eyelashes and a feminine bone structure. His appearance causes him to be referred to and addressed as "pretty boy" by acquaintances and strangers alike.

During his first appearance he wears an off white tunic (faded blue in the anime) and taupe brown capri pants (blue-gray in the anime) with a shawl and gloves in mouse brown (white in the anime). When we first meet Kazuki he is shorter than Shirayuki, however he catches up to her in height by the time he visits her in Lilias with Mihaya.

While he's in Lilias he's seen wearing clothes that are more formal and suited for cold weather. His outfit on this occasion consists of a gold embellished one button cerulean jacket, a vivid burgundy cowl scarf trimmed in gold, a white tunic, off white pants with a vivid burgundy sash, copper vambraces and a pair of black boots.

PersonalityEdit

Kazuki is a perky teenager with a kind heart but an impulsive nature and habit of projecting his own opinions and experiences on others which warps his sense of empathy. He deeply values the Mountain Lions as they have taken him in and given him a family that is happy to take in others fleeing from unjust laws and slavery in Tanbarun. He has a deep seated hatred for nobility and pirates after having been sold to a member of nobility by The Sea's Talon pirate group to serve as a beauty and a decoration. His hatred of nobles eventually softens after meeting Zen who sought to rescue Shirayuki, however he still maintains a dislike for the nobility in general.

HistoryEdit

Kazuki was working with The Sea's Talon on their ship for some time to get on good terms with them, though was eventually sold into nobility to serve as a decoration. After some time, he was rescued by The Mountain's Lions and soon learned that their chief, Mukaze, had an estranged daughter, Shirayuki, who had fled the country after being targeted by Prince Raji Shenazard to be his concubine due to her red hair. Feeling empathy for Shirayuki and indebted to Mukaze, he went searching to reunite the father and daughter.

Beginning his search on a ship bound for Clarines, a fellow sailor on the ship confirms that he had seen a girl with red hair and had an idle chat with her at port. Kazki then meets Mihaya on board the same boat and learns that she is currently in Wistal Palace. During his time in Clarines, he is unable to find her and so eventually boards a ship to return to Tanbarun. He is stopped on board by Mihaya feeling opportunistic about catching him for a reward from Prince Zen Wistaria, however, Mihaya is scared off when Itoya appears to tell Kazuki that she is now in the castle at Tanbarun.

Kazuki and Itoya, unaware of Shirayuki's purpose in the Tanbarun castle, infiltrate the castle on the night of the banquet, fight off Obi and drug and kidnap Shirayuki from her room by brute force without a word to her about their motivations nor her wishes. During their escape up the mountain as they stop for a break, Shirayuki is kidnapped again along with Kazuki by The Sea's Talon and held hostage on their ship.

Kazuki and Shirayuki both work together to try to escape the ship, however, they fail and Kazuki is punished. Umihebi tortures Kazuki with beatings and plunges him into the water to extract a confession as to why The Mountain's Lions are looking for Shirayuki. Kazuki holds his tongue, aware that should he reveal that Shirayuki is the daughter of the chief, Mukaze, it would likely spell grave danger for her if Umihebi were to use her to lure out The Mountain's Lions. Whilst they are on board, they are joined by Kiki Seiran who has come undercover as a peasant to comfort Shirayuki and help lead Zen Wistaria and Popo ( the bird ) to their current location using a walnut stone bell.

Upon reaching The Sea's Talons secret base, their ship is destroyed by Prince Raji Shenazard to prevent their escape by sea whilst Prince Zen Wistaria and the Mountain's Lions have infiltrated the secret base to prevent their escape through the land. Kazuki and Shirayuki are taken away by Prince Zen to safety, however, upon hearing that Mukaze is currently engaged in battle, Kazuki breaks away from the two to fight alongside him.

Following the fight with The Sea's Talon, Kazuki gives Mukaze and encouraging push to get him to talk to his daughter, Shirayuki, who he had not seen since she was a small child. Shirayuki recognizes him as her father and they all return together to their village where Kazuki asks Shirayuki to stay with them in the village, to which she quickly and politely declines.

Kazuki Mihaya

Kazuki during his trip to Lilias.

Kazuki maintains his friendship with Shirayuki as she continues to live in Clarines by exchanging letters and even goes to visit her in Lilias after she is transferred there for training.

RelationshipsEdit

ShirayukiEdit

Kazuki and Shirayuki maintain a friendship following her kidnapping ordeal in Tanbarun by exchanging letters. During Shirayuki's transfer from Wistal Palace to Lilias, Kazuki visits her with Mihaya in tow and they all have lunch together with Obi.

ZenEdit

Kazuki states that he neither likes nor dislikes Zen. He is appreciative that Zen defied Kazuki's mental stereotype of nobility and worked with The Mountain's Lions to rescue him and Shirayuki.

Kazuki & Itoya sketch

Kazuki back-to-back with Itoya.

ItoyaEdit

Itoya is a reserved member of The Mountain's Lions and takes on the role of looking after Kazuki and being his partner on jobs. Itoya shows great concern for Kazuki and his plight for freedom. He supports Kazuki's desire to free Shirayuki from what Kazuki mistakenly thinks are chains preventing her freedom, but unlike Kazuki seems to better understand that she is unlikely to be thankful to them for attacking, drugging and kidnapping her without her consent. While his motivation for assisting Kazuki comes from a good place that he doesn't bring up the cruelty of their plan is an indication of his own difficulty with the aristocracy.

MukazeEdit

Kazuki initially felt indebted to Mukaze for saving him from a life as a noble's decoration and affectionately refers to him as "Pops" or "Old man". His feelings of indebtedness and learning about his life helped to guide him to try and reunite Mukaze and Shirayuki. Kazuki is fond of Mukaze and enjoys recounting his stories to others, including Shirayuki.

MihayaEdit

Kazuki is appreciative of Mihaya's help in the capture of The Sea's Talon and rescuing both Shirayuki and himself. The pair later work together on jobs to make money and even visit Shirayuki in Lilias after she is transferred there.

QuotesEdit

"Isn't that standard practice, though? Kidnapping a princess guarded by a knight." —To Mihaya.
"We can finally go home. You just have to wait a little longer. I'm taking you to where you truly belong." —To Shirayuki, after he's drugged her
"I told you, I'm not a part of your crew anymore." —To Umihebi
"You should tread more carefully, pirate. Remember, on land you're nothing." — To Umihebi
"I was so surprised when I heard she left the castle. It's great to see that she's still well. I'm glad I went." — To Mihaya (talking about Shirayuki)


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