Appearance[edit | edit source]
Izutsumi first appears wearing a black outfit with a veil that covered all of her face except her eyes. She later loses the veil, and is seen wearing a ninja-like outfit with a covering for her hair and ears.
Izutsumi is then revealed to possess feline features due to a curse placed on her, including black cat-like ears on the top of her head, with a white tip on her right ear, and a white-tipped tail. In addition, she has fur all over her body, mostly black with patches of white covering her front, right hand, left arm from hand to upper arm and right leg from foot up to mid-thigh. Her nails are closer to claws, having pointed tips, and she has fangs in her mouth.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Izutsumi is not actively aggressive towards those around her but she is prone to becoming annoyed and hostile, especially when showered with physical affection (e.g. head pats).
She is rather stand-offish but is not a distant person. She tends to be fairly self-centered, but is in the process of learning the value of working with others. She is capable of finding rapport with others and is even able to find her place among her peers.
Izutsumi is primarily fueled by a determination to find someone to lift the curse on her body. She can be impatient to achieve this goal, which manifests in frustration due to what she perceives to be the slow progress of Laios' group through the dungeon.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Izutsumi, like Shuro's other retainers, is a very capable fighter. She primarily uses the agility and claws from the cat side of her to launch attacks, but has been seen to use tools and weapons from time to time. She has a keen sense of smell.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Maizuru was Izutsumi's primary disciplinarian in the Nakamoto household, drilling into her the most basic of table manners.
Shuro[edit | edit source]
Izutsumi seems to have a fairly distant relationship with Shuro, even for a retainer. This is demonstrated by Maizuru's lack of trust in Izutsumi to not put strange things in his food. In addition, she is not grateful in the slightest to his family for having taken her in.
Tade[edit | edit source]
Izutsumi views Tade as stupid for taking on unwanted duties. Izutsumi also tends to foist food she dislikes on to Tade.
When transported to the Golden Castle, Izutsumi is much more docile and finds enjoyment in Marcille's company, typically hovering around Marcille so that Izutsumi can be petted. One may come to believe that Izutsumi's preference for Marcille can be traced back to the fact that Marcille is responsible for lifting Izutsumi's second curse. After leaving the Golden Castle, Izutsumi resumes her normal state of mind, heavily regretting and agonizing over her recent behavior.
Izutsumi's initial relationship with Chilchuck is frosty at best - he calls her a misbehaving beast hybrid, and she disparages his Half-foot heritage. However, he soon apologizes for his words and tries to explain to her the value of working with others.
In addition, much like a cat would, Izutsumi enjoys sleeping in Chilchuck's bedroll as his is the warmest.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- All of Shuro's retainers have names related to plants. Asebi is known as the Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica).
- On first encountering Izutsumi (as the veiled Asebi), Kuro shows a degree of aggression towards her, cluing the reader in before it is revealed that she is part cat-like beast.
- She hates mushrooms, although she briefly did find them delicious when eaten in the sauce for her hamburg steak. Later, while the others ate Crispy Mushroom and Egg Sandwiches, hers contained no mushrooms, implying that she hated them again.