|“||Do you see your mistake, now, vampire? Life and death may be back to back, but they will never face each other. I'll show you. This is what it means to kill something.||„|
|~ Shiki, to Roa|
Shiki Tohno (遠野 志貴, Tōno Shiki) is the protagonist of Tsukihime. Born as Shiki Nanaya, to the Nanaya clan of demon-killing assassins, Shiki was adopted by Makihisa Tohno after the eradication of the Nanaya clan. He was raised as Shiki Tohno, lost memory of his former life as one of the Nanaya, and continued his life. After a life-threatening accident nearly killed him, Shiki gained the ability to see the concept of death itself, and was sent away by his adoptive father to live with the Arima family branch.
Powers and Stats
Name: Shiki Tohno / Nanaya. His future self is known as DEATH / Satsujinki
Age: 17 years old
Powers and Abilities: Peak Human, Superhuman Speed, Master Assassin, highly skilled in stealth, can see spirits and detect the presence of non-humans, can ignore pain and fight with lethal injuries, can see and cut the concept of death to absolutely destroy the existence of an object or individual
Attack Potency: Street level, ignores conventional durability with Mystic Eyes of Death Perception (By cutting along the lines and points of death of something, he realizes their death and completely destroys them).
Speed: Subsonic (Can move faster than the eye can see) with High Hypersonic reactions and combat speed (Cut Arcueid into seventeen pieces before she could react, reacted to Nrvnqsr mid-charge, and can keep up with other Dead Apostle Ancestors to some extent).
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Street Class
Durability: Street level
Range: Standard melee range, further by throwing his knife.
Standard Equipment: His knife, Nanaya, and his Mystic Eye Killer glasses, which suppress his Mystic Eyes.
Intelligence: Above average. Shiki is an extremely skilled assassin, though he lacks much conscious knowledge of his assassination techniques and can thus only use them subconsciously and when his alternate personality Nanaya is in control, causing him to act on pure murderous instinct. Even without this, he is a fairly skilled combatant.
Weaknesses: Shiki must get into close range to fully exploit his Mystic Eyes, and trying to visualize more complex concepts is very taxing on him mentally, and can potentially even kill him.
Notable Attacks / Techniques:
- Mystic Eyes of Death Perception (直死の魔眼, Chokushi no Magan, lit. Mystic Eyes of Direct Death): Shiki possesses the extremely rare Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which allow him to visualize the concept of death in others as lines and points. While this ability is rooted in his eyes, even if he were to go blind or lose his eyes, he could "see" them anyways. By cutting along these lines and points, something that takes no real exertion, the fated destruction of the relevant part is realized. Due to this, it ignores all forms of defense, and the death it brings is absolute. Wounds it causes cannot be regenerated, and when someone dies to them, it destroys them utterly, bypassing even reincarnation.
The Mystic Eyes are not without their downsides; the human mind was not built to perceive death in this way, and it is thus highly taxing, causing headaches and ultimately even death. There are even those beings that lack concepts of death, such as the Ultimate Ones, the strongest beings from every planet in the Solar System, and Arcueid during the night, under the full moon, when she is at her strongest.
Note: While Shiki is stated by Word of God to not stand a chance against Servants, given his feats in fighting against Dead Apostles and Dead Apostle Ancestors, he should be in the same speed range regardless.