is the local priest in Sotoba, as well as an author of several novels. His current work is called Shiki (Corpse Demon in English), a story about Cain and Abel and why Cain killed his beloved younger brother. He has a sense of the supernatural and detects the presence of the real "shiki". He is childhood friends with Toshio Ozaki and Mikiyasu Yasumori. He is 32 years old, single, and once attempted to commit suicide in a drunken state during his university days.
Spoiler!At the end of the final episode, it is revealed that he became a (jinrou or a okiagari) and escapes the burning church with Sunako and leaves the village.