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I don't follow your rules. My friend is more important than that. I'm not some hero fighting for justice. If you hurt my friends...then I'm willing to be the Demon King!!!!

—Shiki Granbell, Chapter 53

Shiki Granbell (シキ・グランベル Shiki Guranberu) is an adventurer from the planet Granbell[1] and the new Demon King (魔王 Maō)[2] of the warship Edens Zero, wherein he is leader of its crew. He is also a member of the Guild Shooting Starlight and the adopted grandchild of the former Demon King, Ziggy.

AppearanceEdit

Shiki Illustration (Special Edition Volume 1)

Shiki's initial appearance.

Shiki is a lean young man of average height with spiky black hair which partially covers his ears, slanted dark eyes and thin eyebrows. He dons a small, white bandage on his left cheek as well as a red pouch around his waist. His right shoulder has a scar, given to him by Amira, an agent from the Galactic Intelligence Agency while in Digitalis.[3]

His initial attire consists of a high-collared, red-and-black open jacket with the sleeves rolled up to his forearms, pockets on either side of the chest, and two black laces attached to the neck of his jacket hanging behind his head. Underneath, he wears a simple white shirt with a v-neck collar and a red design on the front which patterns out into a Y-shape. He also sports baggy, green-colored trousers which possess a noticeable white detail on both sides. Lastly, his choice of footwear are a pair of simple, black boots.[4] During his fight against a parasite imitating Elsie Crimson, his clothes were destroyed after using Gravity Ether Gear throughout his body.[5]

Shiki later changes into a second outfit which consists of a buttoned up, short-sleeved, and copper-trimmed black tunic with an open high collar, has two black laces behind the neck of the collar, white round details on the sides and a zig-zag patter at the end of the sleeves on either side. He also wears a pair of brown goggles over his forehead, sports a pair of white baggy trousers with a single line going down in the middle and tucked into black-and-copper boots.

After the rescue mission on planet Guilst, he later returns to his initial outfit which now has a black t-shirt with a silver-white insignia of the Edens Zero's emblem on the center.[6] While in Digitalis, his avatar takes the appearance of a young-looking caveman with his hair in a long and wild style similar to before he met Rebecca and Happy on Granbell. His attire are a set of torn clothes with leopard prints, a necklace with shark teeth, and sandals.[7] When encountering spider in his Jamilov avatar, his hair is reverted back to his usual hairstyle in the real world.[8]

During the Mildian arc, he later changes into an outfit resembling that of a ninja. It has a short-sleeved, dark-colored jumpsuit with white lining around the shoulders, a Y-shaped white line going down the center, and a pair of diamond-shaped designs on the knees. It is also tied by a white sash, the legs are tucked into a pair of black boots, has a black scarf around his neck and a black-and-white striped handkerchief wrapped around his forehead.[9]

While on the planet Sun Jewel, he wears his signature attire, but now has a white shirt with a red-colored insignia being the number "0" crossed out on the center, a homage to the second half latter in the Edens Zero's name.[10] He later replaced it with a black undershirt after leaving the planet.[11]

PersonalityEdit

Shiki is a carefree, blunt, and eager individual. Because he lived his entire life in the robotic Granbell Kingdom, he never saw another human in his life before meeting Rebecca. Due to this, he's very curious and awkward around people - best exemplified by his habit of asking strangers to "be his friend" and his invasion of people's personal space.[12] Shiki has a strong sense of loyalty and refused to leave Granbell for many years so that he could take care of the robots of the park.[13] And even when he was apparently betrayed by the robots, he still considered them his friends and tearfully thanked them and promised to always remember them.[14] However, he also has a strong sense of justice as when his friends seemingly betrayed him, he attacked them in order to protect the people he had just met, going as far as to put himself in harms way to allow strangers to escape.[15]

Despite his fearlessness, Shiki seems to have a crippling fear of bugs, demonstrated when he didn't wish to believe that the Kawpicatt S4 was a species of bug and instead wanted to view them more like an "octopus."[16]

It is also shown that Shiki has a perverted side, which first started at Granbell when he saw Rebecca for the first time. However, it seems to have gotten worse over time, to the point he becomes ‘lustful’.[17] Shiki has a tendency to cry a lot.

HistoryEdit

Years ago, Shiki was found by his adoptive grandfather, the Demon King Ziggy who brought him to the planet Granbell in order to raise him.[1] One day, as Shiki along with Ziggy and Michael watched comets fly, his grandfather told imparted on him the importance of exploring the universe and finding friends.[18]

SynopsisEdit

Intro arcEdit

Shiki meets Rebecca and Happy after they arrive in Granbell Kingdom, literally dropping in on them as they were faced with a giant robotic cat monster. After realizing that Rebecca is another human and being punched for invading her personal space, Shiki asks Rebecca to be his friend but is rejected. He then follows Rebecca and Happy as they flee back to the town. After greeting them again, Shiki introduces them to all of his friends before taking part in a large celebration with them and then falling asleep. After waking up to discover that his hair had been cut, he discovered the robots had captured Rebecca and Happy and tried to kill them in order to take their ship in order to get revenge on humanity for abandoning them. (This was later revealed to be just an act to get Shiki to leave with them before the robots of Granbell ran out of battery power, leaving him alone.) After saving Rebecca and Happy from the robots and offering to stay behind to give them time to escape, Rebecca pulls him along with her acknowledging him as a friend. They then begin their adventure into the Sakura Cosmos and Shiki expresses that he misses his friends but is eager to make one hundred more in the universe.[19]

Now traveling with Rebecca and Happy, Shiki begins to learn about the outside world such as B-cube and multiple other things, even learning about Rebecca's B-Cube channel. Rebecca eventually landed the Aqua Wing on Blue Garden with hopes of registering Shiki into her Guild Shooting Starlight as an Adventurer.[20]

Norma arcEdit

In the Guild, Shiki was surprised to see so many people that he wanted to touch them, much to Rebecca's dismay.[21] After Rebecca stops him from touching someone's face, he notices the giant hologram of Mother. After Rebecca's explanation, Shiki claims that he met Mother before, causing everyone to laugh much to Rebecca's embarrassment. When Labilia Christy's insults caused Rebecca to cry, he used his Ether Gear on the latter and told her not to make fun of his friends before Rebecca dragged him out of the place. After obtaining his Adventure Card, Shiki tells Rebecca that they should find Mother themselves and make it into a video. This excites Rebecca, but tells Shiki that they need find to get a better ship in order to make the trip beyond the Sakura Cosmos. They are later seen flying the Aqua Wing towards Planet Norma.[22]

While they were on their way to Norma, Rebecca tells Shiki that she could stay in a room, At that moment Shiki asks why they couldn't use the same room and if the ship could sail alone, Rebecca tells her that whenever she has a destination. At that time, Shiki tells him if he can let him pilot the ship, which Rebecca makes him happy because he could make a video of that, Shiki already persisted the reason why Rebecca should improve as B-Cubber, already piloting the ship, Shiki collides her On Norma's Surface, Rebecca gets angry about it but she loves the Shock Shots that I take. Right there Shiki uses her Ether Gear to make the Aqua Wing lighter, Rebecca asks if she can also do light things, which the Affirm with which she did with her against the Band of Thieves.

At that moment a Rock Ether Pillar is formed next to them, Rebecca Explains that Norma has that kind of Climate, which creates and destroys rock formations, Shiki questions what Ether is, which Rebecca exclaims with how can use Ether Gear and doesn't know what Ether is. There she explains to Shiki that Ether is the Latent Power in all Matter and Energy Particles, and gives a Brief Explanation of what she understands by Ether Gear. Shiki then asks how people live on the Planet Norma, Rebecca says they live underground to avoid the impacts of Earth Ether.

Already in the City, the Group arrives at the House of Professor Steiner, so there is no trace of him, There Shiki Finds a Strange Glasses, when Rebecca tells him not to touch the Professor's things, there comes a Young Blonde Man and asks them what are they doing there, Rebacca tells him that they are looking for Professor Weisz Steiner, He replies that he is, leaving Rebecca and Happy perplexed.

Skull Fairy arcEdit

Guilst arcEdit

Digitalis arc Edit

Mildian arc Edit

Sun Jewel arc Edit

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Gravity Ether Gear

Shiki's left arm when activating his ether gear.

Gravity Ether Gear (重力のエーテルギア Jūryoku no Ēterugia): By using Ether Gear, Shiki has the ability to control and manipulate gravity itself. He is capable of changing the direction of gravitational force around himself which enables him to stick to walls, float in the air,[23] and make objects and people weightless to an extent. Recognized as the power of the Demon King, Shiki becomes identified as the new Demon King. When using its power throughout his entire body, Shiki gains an appearance that identifies him as the new Demon King. He also describes it as a power he inherited from his grandfather,[24] and that it took him a month to learn it.[25]

  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Fist (魔械流 重拳 Makai-ryū: Jūken): Shiki's arm begins to glow for a brief moment and then he punches his opponent with enough force to rupture the ground in several places, destroying nearby buildings.[26]
    • Magimech Attack: Gravity Fist Frenzy (魔械流 重拳乱舞 Makai-ryū: Jūken Ranbu): Shiki's fists begin to glow and he initiates a barrage of punches onto his opponents causing them to be thrown away.[27]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Center (魔械流 重心 Makai-ryū: Jūshin): Shiki exerts an immense amount of force on an airborne target by boosting its gravity, pulling the target to the ground.[28]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Wave (魔械流 重力波 Makai-ryū: Jūryokuha): Shiki's palm is placed on the ground, creating spiral force that pulls targets towards him.[29]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Windmill Kick (魔械流 重旋脚 Makai-ryū: Jūsen Kyaku): Shiki's leg begins to glow while in midair and releases a spinning kick onto his targets.[30]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Cannon (魔械流 重弾 Makai-ryū: Jūdan): Shiki creates an energy sphere made of gravity from his fist and throws it onto his target, pushing them back due to the heaviness of the attack.[31]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Comet (魔械流 重彗星 Makai-ryū: Jūsuisei): Shiki enhances his feet with gravity and jumps from above onto their target, causing sheer force and blunt damage.[5]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Tackle (魔械流 重身 Makai-ryū Jūshin): Shiki rotates himself in mid-air and uses gravity to push himself down at the opponent with a downward kick, sending them onto the ground.[32]
  • Magimech Attack: Gravity Impact (魔械流 グラビティインパクト Makai-ryū: Gurabiti Inpakuto): Shiki absorbs kinetic energy from an external source and then converts it into concentrated gravity to perform a devastating downward punch.[33]
Shiki Full Ether Gear

Shiki's Full Ether Gear

  • Full-Body Ether Gear Form: When using Ether Gear throughout his entire body, Shiki gains a transformation which identifies him as the new Demon King. His hair and skin color change into a lighter shade, light-colored ether markings appear all over his body, and a pair of energy horns appear on both sides of his head. In this form, all of Shiki's physical abilities are greatly augmented and he can utilize all of his Gravity Ether Gear techniques to the maximum.[34][35]

Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Shiki is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat which, when combined with his Gravity Ether Gear, he was capable of overpowering the robots of Granbell and punishers robots of Sun Jewel with ease. While in Digitalis Shiki take down a big number of monsters by swing larger monster at them.

Immense Strength: Shiki possesses great physical strength, having enough power to push someone back with a single punch. When using Ether Gear, his strength is greatly increased to the point that a single gravity punch caused enough sheer force and blunt damage to send an opponent flying or destroy the ground beneath them.[36] According to Hermit, Shiki's physical strength is recorded to be 2000 to 2500.[37]

Immense Durability: Shiki possesses a high amount of durability, making him capable of taking heavy damage from opponents such as Sibir with his enhanced mechanical arm and Jinn's wind-based ninjitsu attacks. Also heavy attacks from Kurenai's Knight Gear.

Enhanced Reflexes: Shiki has great reflexes, making him able to keep up with many opponents in battle.

Acrobatic Skills: Shiki has displayed great acrobatic skills. When using his Ether Gear, he can easily jump higher than a normal person due to his changing his own weight.[38]

EquipmentEdit

Edens Zero (エデンズ・ゼロ, Edenzu Zero): A large spaceship given to him by Elsie Crimson which was originally owned by his grandfather.[39]

Battles and EventsEdit

Battles & Events

TriviaEdit

  • Shiki shares the same name as the protagonist of Hiro Mashima's previous work, Monster Hunter Orage.
  • The name "Shiki" also means four seasons (四季). This follows the trend of Hiro Mashima naming his main characters based on seasons.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Page 29
  2. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 15, Page 19
  3. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 39, Page 7
  4. Edens Zero: Color Spread
  5. 5.0 5.1 Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 13, Pages 17-19
  6. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 28, Page 9
  7. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 31, Page 8
  8. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 33, Pages 5-6
  9. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 44, Page 10
  10. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 49, Page 4
  11. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 68, Page 4
  12. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 16-20
  13. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 27-29
  14. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 75-76
  15. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 47-61
  16. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 15, Page 3
  17. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 44, page 5
  18. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 2-4
  19. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 13-62
  20. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 2, Page 6
  21. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 2-3
  22. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 5-29
  23. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 53-61
  24. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Page 60
  25. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 15, Page 12
  26. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 55-58
  27. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 8, Pages 10-12
  28. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 2, Pages 18-19
  29. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 8, Pages 9-10
  30. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 9, Pages 13-14
  31. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 10, Pages 4-5
  32. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 35, Page 4
  33. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 66, Pages 11-13
  34. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 13, Page 14
  35. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 67, Page 10
  36. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Page 58
  37. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 38, Page 12
  38. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 55-57
  39. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 14, Page 6

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