Night Blade, Volume 1
Dawn of Discovery
Niko Sakuna (Nee-ko Sa-kuu-na) - Half-cat demon
Misaki (Mee-sa-kee) - Niko's mother
Himuro (Hee-moo-row) - Niko's father
Daisuke (Die-skee) - Friend of Niko
Tsuyoki Konkura (Su-yo-key (like in 'tsunami') Kone-koo-ra) - Old friend of Niko
Chisai Konami (Chee-sigh Ko-na-mee) - Student of Kita Kawa High School
Nakafumi Nishimura (Na-ka-foo-me Nee-she-moo-ra) - Friend of Chisai
Sensei (Sin-say) - Formal title for professor (in the Japanese language)
Seyogi (Se-yo-gee) - Squirrel
Lord Tora (To-rah) - Mystical Wizard
Buyo (Boo-yo) - Chisai's younger brother
Kitsune Kaji (Keet-soo-ne Ka-jee) - Older male who has developed earth telekenesis powers
Kazeyama Hijime (Ka-ze-ya-ma He-jee-mea) - Friend of Chisai
Mizu (Mee-zu) - Japanese for 'Water', younger sister of Yakedo
Yakedo (Ya-ke-do) - Japanese for 'Burn', older brother of Mizu
Keshi (Ke-shee) - Sister of Kitsune
Kiban (Kee-baa-n) - Father of Kitsune, specializes in demonic research
Taekwondo (aka: "Tae Kwon Do") - South Korean Martial Art
Yukata (you-kaa-ta) - A yukata (浴衣?) is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. Yukata are worn by both men and women. Like other forms of traditional Japanese clothing, yukata are made with straight seams and wide sleeves.
Okatana (o-ka-ta-na) - Longer blade than a regular katana, or traditional japanese blade
Jun Bi (June Bee) - Traditional Korean command for 'Get Ready'
Shi Jak (Shee Chak) - Traditional Korean command for 'Begin'
Kita Kawa (Key-ta Ka-waa) - Japanese for 'North River', this is the name of Chisai's high school
Kimono (Key-moe-no) - The kimono (着物?) is a Japanese traditional garment. The word "kimono", which literally means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"), has come to denote these full-length robes.
Neko (Ney-ko) - Japanese word for 'cat'
Tatami (Taa-taa-mee) - Bamboo woven mat used in japanese homes
Shoji (Show-ji) - In traditional Japanese architecture, a shōji (障子?) is a door, window or room divider consisting of translucent paper over a frame of wood which holds together a lattice of wood or bamboo. While washi is the traditional paper, shōji may be made of paper made by modern manufacturing processes; plastic is also in use.
Pagoda (Pa-go-da) - A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower, built in the traditions originating in historic East Asia or with respect to those traditions, with multiple eaves common in Nepal, India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Burma and other parts of Asia.
Banish Blade/Blade of Demise - Powerful blade
Naginata (na-gee-na-ta) - The naginata (なぎなた, 薙刀) is one of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto) in the form of a pole weapon. Naginata were originally used by the samurai class of feudal Japan, as well as by ashigaru (foot soldiers) and sōhei (warrior monks).
Medallion of Tsukaneru (Su-ka-neigh-roo (like tsunami))) - Powerful medallion once owned by Lord Tora
Cosplay - Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for "costume play", is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
Kinhouou (Keen-hoe-oo) - Japanese for 'Gold bird', based on Houou, a legendary Chinese three-legged bird
Twilight Glaive - A naginata created with Chisai's soul
Kama (Ka-ma) - The kama (鎌 or かま?) (sometimes referred to as the kai or double kai. Kama made with intentionally dull blades for kata demonstration purposes are referred to as kata kai) is a traditional Filipino and Japanese farming implement similar to a sickle used for reaping crops and also employed as a weapon. The kama is often included in weapon training segments of karate, silat and in some Chinese martial arts.
Onigiri (O-knee-gee-ree) - Traditional Japanese rice balls with a meaty center, usually used as snacks
Tankana (T-an-ka-na) - Name of a city
Mashu (Ma-shoo) - Shadow-like figures; not much is known about them yet
Matsuri (Mat-su-ree) - A traditional Japanese festival, like a carnival
Takoyaki (Ta-ko-ya-key) - A traditional Japanese treat, pancake balls with octopus meat
Taiyaki (Tie-ya-key) - A traditional Japanese treat, red-bean curd or chocolate filled fish-shaped cakes
Taiko drums (Tie-ko) - Traditional Japanese ceremonial drums
Nii-san (Knee-san) - Semi-formal title for 'older brother' (most commonly used for somebody else's older brother)
-kun (-koon) - Japanese title usually given to young children
Jasmine Tea - Traditional green tea in Japan
Chabudai (Cha-boo-da-i) - A chabudai (卓袱台) is a short-legged table used in traditional Japanese homes. People seated at a chabudai may sit on zabuton or tatami rather than on chairs. The four legs of a chabudai are generally collapsible so that the table may be moved and stored easily.
Zabuton (Za-boo-tone) - Flat cushions used with chabudai tables as seats
Taiseki (Tie-se-key) - Japanese word for 'reference'