Kanami Etō (衛藤 可奈美, Etō Kanami?) is the main protagonist of the original anime series Toji no Miko and a second-year student in the middle school division of Minoseki Academy.[1]


Kanami is a 13-year-old girl with short brown hair and light brown eyes. She ties a tuft of her hair into a short ponytail. As a student of Minoseki Academy, she is often seen wearing the school's uniform along with black thigh-highs and running shoes.


She is a cheerful and positive girl who has many friends. She is a kenjutsu enthusiast, to the point that her eyes sparkle when someone talks about it. She especially loves sword matches and seeing how opponents devise tactics.[1] On the other hand, her love for swordsmanship and sword fight makes her rather impulsive, often get ahead of herself when she have a good battle, facing a strong opponent.

Despite that, she has shown to have a kind-hearted, understanding personality, and a great sense of morality.

She is brave, strong-willed and quite mature. Beside, she is smart and observant under her cheerfulness and optimisti personality


Not much about Kanami's background aside from that she have an unnamed living farther, an unnamed living younger brother and a deceased mother who is a very strong Toji. She joined Minoseki Academy in middle grade, meeting Mai and become her friend at some point before the series start.


Kanami and her classmate/best friend Mai Yanase became representatives of Minoseki Academy in the annual national swordsmanship tournament that was held within the estate of the Origami family that year, with Kanami defeating Mai on the decisive match. After staying within the estate as participants, she and Mai join participants from the schools under The Five Traditions. During the tournament, Kanami defeated Sayaka Itomi from Renpu Girls' School and eventually triumphed again over Mai by defeating her in a single-elimination match.[2]

Kanami would later face Hiyori Juujou from Heijou Institute on the decisive match of the tournament. However, Hiyori would attack the head of the Origami family, Yukari Origami, as soon as the match begun, causing the Origami Family Elite Guards to turn against Hiyori. Wanting to continue the match against Hiyori, Kanami decided to help Hiyori escape the venue.[2]

The two Toji tried to elude their pursuers by traveling back to Tokyo by hitchhiking from Kamakura, and spent each day in different places to avoid being tracked down. However, a call by Kanami to Mai allowed the latter to use employees from the Yanase Group to locate their whereabouts. Although Kanami and Hiyori escaped before Mai could get to them, the three eventually reunited during an Aradama sighting in Tokyo. Here, Kanami revealed that she decided to accompany Hiyori after a first-hand sighting of an "Aradama hiding beneath Yukari Origami's hair". Although worried about Kanami's decision, Mai decided to set Kanami and Hiyori free.[3] The two later spent the night at the apartment unit of Rui Onda, an alumna of Minoseki and President Ema Hashima's acquaintance, but they would later be found the next evening by Sayaka Itomi, who came to apprehend them under the orders of Renpu Girls' School's president Yukina Takatsu. After a short skirmish, Kanami and Hiyori parted ways with Sayaka after confirming that she is no longer a threat. Rui would also separate with the two fugitives, leaving them a destination to head towards: Irozaki.[4]

In their journey to Irozaki, Kanami and Hiyori traveled to Ebisu. Hiyori abruptly separated with Kanami after realizing that Kanami is unfit to fulfill her mission of killing Yukari Origami, only to have second thoughts about this when Kanami was forced to fight Osafune Girls' Academy's Kaoru Mashiko and Ellen Kohagura alone. After helping Kanami, Hiyori would eventually join Kanami in their escape once again, and Kanami declared her resolve to aid Hiyori in her mission.[5]

After learning about the history of the Great Disaster of Sagami Bay and Yukari Origami's true identity from Hiyori, she and Kanami once more crossed paths with the two girls from Osafune. However, they revealed that they are affiliated with an anti-Origami organization called Mokusa and the two girls allowed Kanami and Hiyori to join their group. They would later be ambushed by an Aradama swarm controlled by Elite Guard Yomi Satsuki, who led Kanami and Hiyori into a trap that would pit them against Elite Guards Maki Shidou and Suzuka Konohana. The fight between the two Elite Guards put Kanami and Hiyori at a disadvantage, with Kanami forced on a defensive by Suzuka's aggressive strikes, but a moment of teamwork between Kanami and Hiyori allowed them to perform a surprise attack on Maki before making a quick escape.[6]

With Kaoru advising them to focus on the meeting place, Kanami and Hiyori continued their way to Irozaki, only to be forced to return to Ebisu upon finding out that Kaoru's friend Ellen might have been captured by the authorities. On their return to Ebisu, they fought against Yomi, who used vials of Noro to empower herself, and barely held their ground. It was only when Yomi lost control of the noro in her body that Kanami and the others were able to make an escape. Ellen later contacted a Mokusa-affiliated submarine to bring them to safety.[7]

Combat Abilities

Master Swordsmanship: Kanami is extremely skilled in kenjutsu, enough to make her the Champion of Minoseki Academy, make her way to National Swordsmanship Tournament Final Match, and hold her own against Suzuka Konohana who is a two times runner-up of National Swordsmanship Tournament and Origami Family's Elite Guard Second Seat.

  • Swordsmanship Style: Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu (柳生新陰流?) - A swordmanship style learned by future shoguns during the Edo period. The style focuses on "reading the opponent's movements and thoughts and attain victory", and excels in clashing power. A technique that "controls the enemy without using a sword" called "Bladeless Takedown" (無刀取り, Mutou-tori) is also learned by practitioners.[1]

Insight: Kanami has shown the ability to identify a Toji's sword stances by simply looking at the stance Toji took and Toji's swordsmanship style when fighting in the heat of battle.[2]She was able to, albeit barely, see Hiyori perform a powerful Jin'i being said that surpass the speed of bullet while Mai could only notice that Hiyori "disappeared" when she performed the feat.[2]She even manage to take a glimps of Aradama's eye under Yukari Origami's hair.

Kenjutsu Knowledge: Being a kenjutsu enthusiast, Kanami know a lot about different sword techniques, allow her to identify different sword stances and sword styles with ease.

Keen Intellect: Kanami has shown the ability to adjust to her opponent's fighting style and strategy and come up with proper fighting style and plan at the same time.

Utsushi Proficiency: Kanami, like Mai, is capable of maintaining Utsushi for the longest duration in her class in Minoseki.


Okatana: Chidori (千鳥?) - Kanami's Okatana is called Chidori, a rather short blade with a pronounced backward curve. The tsuba has a notched-in square shape (sumi iri kaku gata) with pink outlines, and the hilt is wrapped in white samekawa. When swung, the tip of the sword leaves a white trail as if the path of the blade is heated.[1]She is the current wielder of the blade.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Profile on Kanami Etou, Toji no Miko official site, translated from Japanese.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Toji no Miko Episode 01, "The Point of a Sword".
  3. Toji no Miko Episode 02, "Distance Between the Two".
  4. Toji no Miko Episode 03, "Thoughtless Sword".
  5. Toji no Miko Episode 04, "Weight of Resolution".
  6. Toji no Miko Episode 05, "Night of the Mountain Hunt".
  7. Toji no Miko Episode 06, "The Gap Between Humans and Disgrace".