Nino is the main character, and the first character to be introduced. He is an amnesiac human boy who is a little wary of monsters. He can't recall why he woke up in the forest, or how he got to the monster world from the human world at all. His ability is the Healing Hands, and chooses to fight with a sword.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Nino has short chestnut brown hair, which comes down to slightly spiky ends that poke out around the sides, and folds up to two hair intakes above his bangs. Atop his head is a single cowlick, always isolated from the rest of his hair, giving him a semi-chaotic semi-combed hairstyle overall. His eyes are blue, which he personally describes as "very clear blue eyes, as clear as the shimmering ocean itself." [1] His outfit consists of a green shirt with brown short sleeves and a brown high collar, and two belts atop it, one across his waist and one wrapped around his torso like a shoulder sash. He wears brown shorts over white tights, and brown boots covering up to his ankles.

His looks have been described as "positively noble" by Kaji[2].

As a child[3], Nino's hair was more properly combed, and lacked the spiked ends he now has. He wore a white shirt with orange sleeves.

In the flashback he has to the orphanage in the human world[4], it is shown that he wore clothing resembling the children around him. It consisted of a baggy long sleeved white shirt, and a baggy pair of loose sky blue pants, which he was later shown changing from to his current outfit.

History[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Nino and his childhood guardians

Little is known about Nino's life prior to awakening in the monster world, though the few flashbacks that are shown indicate that as a child he lived a happy life with two adult guardians with whom he liked to garden.

Then in 4526, the War of the Barrier Breach occurred, with the fifteen-year-old Nino becoming caught in the conflict.[5] In that brief and turbulent period, it appears that Nino's guardians had died, leading to him being admitted into an orphanage some time later. However, the orphanage would be very neglectful, leading to Nino taking charge of many of the younger children there.

Three years later, an accident befell the orphanage. One of the younger children, while playing alone near the Barrier, was caught in a rift and disappeared. Days later, her brutally mutilated corpse was found, with a bloody red spade carved through her chest and the words 'Don't mess with us' scratched into her arms. This incident would become the talk of the town, driving Nino to set out for the monster world seeking vengeance as well as an unspecified 'destiny.'

Waking up in the Monster World[edit | edit source]

One day, Nino awoke in the Forest of Illusions with no memory of who he was, where he was, or how he got there, only knowing that he came there for a purpose. Shortly afterwards he found, healed, and befriended the banished monster Five, and after heading deeper into the forest came across Ludwig. While the ghost-dog was initially hostile to the two, Nino was successfully able to calm him down and get him to tag along.

After some traveling, the group then encountered a disguised Aria Elwyn, who had ran into them whilst looking for Ludwig. Initially mistaking her for a monster, Nino led them on a chase through the forest while Aria followed. This would eventually be cut short however, by the appearance of two spears heading straight for them. Luckily Nino, Five, and Ludwig were able to stop running just before the first spear hit as Aria proceeded to shoot the second spear out of the way in a show of solidarity. 

Nino and Five meeting Aria for the first time

Having proven herself to be trustworthy, Aria joined the group, disguising Nino as a monster using her ability and helping to come up with ways to get past the local guard. Before they could finish however, they were confronted by the spear-wielding Royal Guard Kotori, who attempted to arrest Nino for stealing her spears and possibly being human. This caused Aria to intervene, introducing Nino as a friend from the countryside. Still suspicious, Kotori scrutinized them a bit more before noticing Five cowering behind Nino's back. She then calmed down and shook Nino's hand before pointedly asking for her spears back.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nino's birthday is on 8/11. In the story that makes him a Virgo[6], but in real life that would make him a Leo.
  • The yellow flowers Nino finds in the Forest of Illusions are likely from seeds that fell out of human army rations over the course of the Human-Monster War.

References[edit | edit source]

  5. Nino's flashback here shows Corona standing over a battlefield in a turtleneck. Since Corona only started wearing a turtleneck around her twenties and that she was the one to enable the War of the Barrier Breach to take place, this means that the flashback could only occur during that time.
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