|Voice Actor||Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese)|
Brian Beacock (English)
Shiba Kyouichi (芝恭一 Kyōichi Shiba) is a prisoner of the Village (Japanese Branch of the Hero Clan). In volume 2 of the light novel, he's paired up with Kurumi Nonaka, Takashi Hayase, and Yuki Nonaka. They were tasked with evaluating whether or not Mio Naruse was a threat.
Shiba has long brown hair that is tied with red ribbons, he also wears the Hero Tribe's uniform. He keeps his eyes constantly narrowed to slits rarely ever opening his eyes, however when he opens them it's revealed that they are red in color with slitted pupils. He also keeps his face set in a mocking smile, which he only wipes off on rare occasions of annoyance, surprise or anger.
Shiba appears to be a calm and joyful person, He does not hold a grudge against Basara for what happened five years ago. He appears to be loyal to the Village of Heroes, as he follows the elder's decisions regarding Mio Naruse without question.
He is also shown to have an intimidating side, as seen after the battle with Byakko.
Abilities And Powers
When using his powers, Shiba emits a vicious red-black aura. Volume 9 describes Shiba's power as being so incomprehensible that he might even be more powerful than the 4 godly weapons of the Village combined.
Ki: Shiba is s rare ki-based fighter amongst even the Hero Clan, and is able to control his own ki and the ki that is around him. He can use ki in a multitude of different ways, such absorbing it and passing it through objects and peoples like what he had done to Takashi and putting him near death. Shiba can surround himself with an aura of ki using it for either close or long-range combat. He has proven capable of drawing elemental-based ki and using it to alter his aura; such as gaining a brown-colored aura from earth ki.
Totsuka-no-Tsurugi: (Literally "Sword of Length of Ten Fists") During his final battle with Basara, Shiba combined 5 different ki's to create a red colored god sword to use as a final trump card against Basara.
At some point during the Great War, the Special Department of the Vatican began using forbidden magic and experimented with cloning. Their plan was to create the strongest hero. They took samples of Jin's hair when he was younger and used them to mass produce clones. Eventually, a group of Gods decided to help accelerate their research.
Shiba Kyouichi was one of the mass-produced clones. Shiba solved the problems of the clones producing impurities since he was able to absorb the impurities that existed inside himself and use them as a source of power. Eventually, Shiba grew too powerful and his power began to extend into several different dimensions. As a result of this, the Gods decided to abandon the project.
One of the God's involved in the cloning project was Reginleif. When Shiba's power went out of control Reginleif disappeared. The Special Department simply assumed that he just went back to the Divine Realm, but this wasn't the case. Reginleif was absorbed into Shiba. This granted Shiba access to all of Reginleif's memories and knowledge. So for the past twenty years, Reginleif continued to exist as Shiba's demon fist.
Since the Gods abandoned the cloning project, The Special Department of the Vatican was looking for a partner to share in their sin. In exchange for political power, a symbiotic relationship between the Village and Vatican was born. Shiba was then transferred to the Village and held as a prisoner.