Shadows House Character Guide

A character guide for Funimation’s “Shadows House.” Included is information about characters and noteworthy information about the series they’re in.


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Alternate Title Card - Shadows House Season 1

A character guide for Funimation’s “Shadows House.” Included is information about characters and noteworthy information about the series they’re in.

Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

General Information

Network(s) Funimation
Created or Developed By Somato
First Aired 4/10/2021

Plot

The focus is on members of the Shadow clan and their “Living Dolls” who are humans that act as their faces. But, this isn’t a slice of life focused on their interactions but the mysteries which members of the Shadow clan hold.

Groups & Organizations

  • Shadow Clan (1.1): People who are entirely black and secluded and often rely on what they call “Living Dolls” as their representatives when dealing with those whose flesh can be seen.
  • First Aid Team (2.5): Performs philanthropic actions
  • Research Team (2.5): Explores knowledge

Notable Locations & Items

  • Debut Hall (1.3): Where members of the Shadow Clan, and their Living Dolls, debut before Lord Grandfather and it is decided whether or not they will be recognized as part of the family.
  • Children’s Wing (1.10): Where Shadow Masters go after passing the debut.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • Emitting Soot (1.1): When dealing with anger, or other negative emotions, members of the Shadows family emit soot.
  • Star Bearer (1.3): Of the Living Dolls, Star Bearers are considered some of the most important Living Dolls there are, both due to their masters’ status and because they are responsible for the systems that expel the soot that Shadow Masters produce
    • Privileges (2.5): Their living dolls don’t have to clean and get better food
  • Phantoms (1.3): When soot goes uncleaned, it gathers into clusters of scorches and then evolves into a phantom that tries to smother Living Dolls.
  • Veiled Dolls (1.4): They are responsible for bringing clean clothes and food to the Living Dolls
    • Origins (1.10): Veiled Dolls are dolls of Shadow Masters who failed their debut.
  • Morphs (1.10): The essence of Shadow Masters which, after being introduced to a living doll, imitates their shape and, later in their life, is supposed to acquire a personality from interacting with their living doll and eventually, after their soot powers awaken, unify with their living doll.
    • Where Do Living Dolls Come From (1.11): They come from a local village that willingly gives their children due to industrial soot that is exchanged and clouds people’s minds.
  • What Happens When A Shadow Master Fails Their Debut (1.10): They disintegrate.
    • Update (1.13): They actually become morphs again.
  • Soot Stalactites (2.4): A sign of great soot

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Kate (Yu Sasahara)

Kate (Akari Kitō) watching Emilico
Kate (Akari Kitō) watching Emilico

A member of the Shadow clan who has just come of age; thus, she is given a living doll.

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You may correct your failings, but excuses will not be tolerated.
— Kate (1.3)

Emilico (Akari Kito)

Emilico (Yū Sasahara) smiling
Emilico (Yū Sasahara) smiling

Emilico is Kate’s doll who is uncouth and uneducated but willing to learn.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 1
  • Nickname (1.4): Due to her sunny disposition, she is often called Sunshine.

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Mia (Saori Oonishi)

Mia (Saori Oonishi) introducing herself to Emilico
Mia (Saori Oonishi) introducing herself to Emilico

Sarah’s living doll who introduces Emilico to the ways of the house.

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Rosemary (Mai Nakahara)

Rosemary (Mai Nakahara) noting she is the oldest amongst them
Rosemary (Mai Nakahara) noting she is the oldest amongst them

For Emilico’s team, Rosemary is the lead due to being the oldest.

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Lou (Ayane Sakura)

Lou (Ayane Sakura) giggling
Lou (Ayane Sakura) giggling

One of the Living dolls part of Emilico’s team.

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Sarah (Saori Oonishi)

Sarah (Saori Oonishi) and Mia seeing Kate and Emilico outside
Sarah (Saori Oonishi) and Mia seeing Kate and Emilico outside

Mia’s Shadow Master is Sarah, who is a catty and petty young lady.

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Edward (Wataru Hatano)

Edward (Wataru Hatano), with his peers, as he plans an ascent
Edward (Wataru Hatano), with his peers, as he plans an ascent

A Living Doll who seemingly wants to transcend the roles dolls usually play.

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Rum (Shino Shimoji)

Rum (Shino Shimoji) doing her chores
Rum (Shino Shimoji) doing her chores

Master Shirley’s Living Doll who is shy, and often talks to or through her finger, nicknamed Rummy.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 4
  • Talent (1.7): Has an excellent memory and is quite good at math.
  • Name (1.8): Named herself since Mistress Shirley doesn’t speak

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Shaun (Kodai Sakai)

Shaun (Kodai Sakai) after standing up to Barbie
Shaun (Kodai Sakai) after standing up to Barbie

Master John’s Living Doll who has eyesight issues.

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Barbie (Rie Kugimiya)

Barbie (Rie Kugimiya) holding court
Barbie (Rie Kugimiya) holding court

Barbie is what is known as a “Star Bearer,” and is one of the top Living Dolls in the Shadows Mansion. Because of this, she often acts as a head honcho which, considering her abrasive personality, is not good for those like Emilico.

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Patrick (Reiji Kawashima)

Patrick with a flow Emilico gave him
Patrick with a flow Emilico gave him

Ricky’s master who, unlike most, is more guided by his living doll than a leader to them.

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Ricky (Reiji Kawashima)

Ricky (Reiji Kawashima) being Barbie's lackey
Ricky (Reiji Kawashima) being Barbie’s lackey

An ambitious Living Doll looking to raise his and his master’s status, by nearly any means necessary.

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Shirley (Shino Shimoji)

Rum’s master who, like Shirley, seems shy, if not unwilling to speak.

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John (Kodai Sakai)

John proposing to Kate
John proposing to Kate

John is Shaun’s master who might be one of the friendliest and outgoing of all the Shadow Masters. Also, unlike many, he desires a less formal relationship with his Living Doll.

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Louise (Ayane Sakura)

Emilico, Kate, Louise (Ayane Sakura) and Lou at the debut event
Emilico, Kate, Louise (Ayane Sakura) and Lou at the debut event

Lou’s Shadow Master who comes off very superficial.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 5
  • Soot (1.8): It is pointed out by Lou that Louise’s soot rises in curls.

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Jer (TBD) and Allie (TBD)

Jer and Allie talking to Edward
Jer and Allie talking to Edward

Edward’s minions

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Ryan (Daisuke Kishio)

Ryan (Daisuke Kishio) mad no one has spectacularly failed yet
Ryan (Daisuke Kishio) mad no one has spectacularly failed yet

Ryan is a young man who wants chaos and death when it comes to the debuts, and is upset Edward didn’t deliver.

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Sophie (Yumiri Hanamori)

Sophie (Yumiri Hanamori) getting excited over John's use of soot
Sophie (Yumiri Hanamori) getting excited over John’s use of soot

One of the high-level members of the Shadow Lords who has wings, and has a love for great exhibitions of soot.

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Maryrose (Mai Nakahara)

Maryrose (Mai Nakahara) introducing herself to Kate
Maryrose (Mai Nakahara) introducing herself to Kate

Rosemary’s Shadow Master.

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Barbara (Rie Kugimiya)

Barbara (Rie Kugimiya) prepping everyone to see Lord Grandfather's hand
Barbara (Rie Kugimiya) prepping everyone to see Lord Grandfather’s hand

Barbie’s Shadow Master.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 10
  • Soot Powerhouse (2.1): Barbara supplies 60% of the soot which comes out of the Shadows House

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Susanna/ Susie (Megumi Toyoguchi)

Susanna and Susie are tasked with those who have recently came of age learning to control their soot, in Susanna’s case, or teaching etiquette, in Susie’s.

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Oliver/ Olly (TBD)

Oliver is one of the Star Bearers of the Shadows House, whose top contribution is his various inventions.

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Christopher (Ono Kenshou)

Christopher (Ono Kenshou) and his Living Doll being introduced at the end of the episode
“Christopher (Ono Kenshou) and his Living Doll being introduced at the end of the episode,” Shadows House, “The Best Star Bearer,” directed by Miki Aoki, 2022, (Crunchyroll)

Infamous in modern times, Christopher is the one who pushed Barbara to be promoted to a Star Bearer but now, is someone whose name can’t be uttered in public conversation.

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Benjamin (TBD)

Benjamin working out with his Living Doll
“Benjamin working out with his Living Doll,” Shadows House, “The Best Star Bearer,” directed by Miki Aoki, 2022, (Crunchyroll)

One of the most physically fit of the Star Bearers, Benjamin and his Living Doll are intense enforcers of rules and customs.

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Isabelle, Mirabelle, and The Belles (Rumi Okubo)

Isabelle and Mirabelle (Rumi Okubo) getting ready to bully Kate and Emilico
“Isabelle and Mirabelle (Rumi Okubo) getting ready to bully Kate and Emilico,” Shadows House, “A Great Cleaning,” directed by Takashi Sakuma, 2022, (Crunchyroll)

The two sets of twins are well-known suck-ups who aren’t against being petty or using their soot magic to manipulate living dolls. 

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