Shō Kusakabe Edit

Baby Sho

Shō Kusakabe

Character Info
Kanji 象日下部 (ショウ・クサカベ)
Romaji Shō Kusakabe
Gender Male   Male
Technical Info
Type Third Generation
Fourth Generation
Birth Date December 25 (Capricorn)
Age 13[1]
Height 145 cm
Weight 37 kg
Blood Type O
Professional Status
Affiliation White-Clad
Knights of the Ashen Flame
Occupation Commander
Manga The Boy Knight

Adolla BurstAdolla LinkSevered Universe

Shō Kusakabe (象日下部, Shō Kusakabe) is a Third Generation pyrokinetic, and the Commander of the Knights of the Ashen Flame. The younger brother of Shinra Kusakabe, Shō was abducted by the White-Clad after he awoke the Adolla Burst as a baby, henceforth becoming the Third Pillar.

Appearance Edit

Sho appearance

Shō's full appearance.

Shō is a young teenager with large, bright crimson red eyes and pale silver spiky hair that falls in front of his face.[2] Just like his brother, the pupils of Shō's eyes are white. He dons the uniform of the White-Clad; a white jumper with a red cross Sol God symbol on the front that is cloaked by a white sheet, white gloves and white trousers that tied by a quilted belt. The same quilted pattern are across the sleeves of his jumper. He wears long white boots that reach up to his knees at the front, and carries his katana on the right side of his hip.

Personality Edit

In spite of his angelic appearance and innocent beginnings, Shō is cold and emotionally distant. In sharp contrast with his older brother, Shō is completely indifferent to his family relationships. While he accepts that Shinra is his blood relative, he expresses no compassion towards him beyond mild curiosity upon meeting him for the first time. As he has spent the majority of his life under the Evangelist's care, Shō thinks of 'it' as his only parent and claims to have memory of his mother and feels no love towards her (much to Shinra's anger). Furthermore, Shō seems to possess no ambitions of his own, choosing to follow the Preacher's orders no matter what.

As the Commander of the Knights of the Ashen Flame, Shō commands respect and obedience from his followers despite his age and stature. He is also very calm, even when taken by surprise the swordsman quickly adjusts and continues with his mission. While Shinra struggles with the prospect of killing other people, Shō is perfectly willing to murder those who get in his way. With Arthur's quick reflexes being the only thing that prevented Shō from killing him during their first encounter. Though he is cold and professional, Shō claims that his intense battle with Shinra eased his boredom. He also shows irritation at Haumea's flippant attitude.

Abilities Edit

Shō is a Third Generation pyrokinetic, who can ignite, control and utilise flames in the form of feathers. He is an exteremly quick combatant and skilled swordsman, being able to battle Joker evenly with his katana. While trying to avoid killing his prey, Kusakabe is able to fight using his sword's sheath to bludgeon them or consistantly attacking with the flat side of his blade. 

Adolla BurstEdit

See: Severed Universe

Like his brother, Shō has the rare Ignition Ability Adolla Burst[3], and the Adora Link. Through using his Adolla Link with the Evangalist, Shō is able to use the Fourth Generation ability called Severed Universe, seemingly is capable of stopping time.[4] Severed Unverse gives the illusion of super speed​​​​​​[5] and, using it in conjunction with his katana, Shō is capable of defeating Shinra Kusakabe, Arthur Boyle and Hibana with a single strike each. Served Universe requires chilling the surrounding air so such a low temperature that Shō's body begins to freeze almost immediately. This forces Shō to avoid using it for extended periods of time and he must be deactivated in order to thaw out the ice forming on his body. The ability is also based on Shō having the Grace of the Evangelist. Once he loses the Evangelist's blessing then he is able to use it.

Background Edit

Baby Shō

Shō as an infant.

In Year 186, while being monitored afar by Charon and Haumea, Shō's Adolla Burst activated during the night, setting his house on fire and influencing Shinra to awaken his Ignition Ability. During the incident. Shō's mother turned into a Infernal, which Haumea used to abduct him. Afterwards, he was raised to believe the Evangelist was his parent,[6] all the while being unaware he had a mother and brother.[7]

Plot Edit

Asakusa arc Edit

When the White-Clad return from their attack on Asakusa, Arrow informs Shō on Haran's death and becoming of a Demon, as well as somebody in Special Fire Force Company 8 acquiring the Adora Burst and Adora Link, to which Shō states that this is highly desired by the Preacher. He then says that he will go next time, drawing his sword.

Vulcan's Workshop arc Edit

Shō Subdues Shinra

Shō threatens Shinra.

Shō and Arrow later arrive at Vulcan's Workshop, where they spot Shinra attacking Giovanni. As the brothers look at one-another, Shō is confused as Shinra says they're brothers. As Shinra talks to Arthur about their reunion, Shō immediately approaches and attacks Shinra, before telling him that he must come back with his group. As Arthur pulls out his sword, Shō slashes him, followed by subduing Hibana. He then orders his men to capture Shinra, and kill the others. As he gives the command, Vulcan's Workshop explodes, and amongst the flames, a pickup truck emerges and carries out the wounded. While the truck attempts to flee the scene, Shō appears in-front of it and prepares to attack, before he himself is attacked by Joker. After the two exchange words, Shō attempts to slice the man, but to no avail. Seeing as the truck had escaped, Joker retreats, before Shō regroups with the other White-Clads.

Netherworld arc Edit

Upon the Special Fire Force Company 8 entering the Netherworld and becoming separated by Mirage and Jonah, Shō has his elite soldiers engage the brigade by targeting their weakest members first. Shō soon finds himself confronted by Shinra, to which his brother proclaims to fulfil the promise he made their mother. Expressing that he doesn't have a mother and that his parent is the Preacher, Shinra and Shō start fighting. Using his Ignition Ability, Shō begins overwhelming his brother. Shō claims Shinra will never catch him, claiming they exist in different universes. An Adolla Link is established between them, allowing Shinra to see The Evangalist. Afterwards, Shinra is slowly able to forge a Link with Shō using his feelings for his little brother, enabling him to move even faster by tapping into the Evangalist's 'Grace' and slowly reaching Shō's level. Despite his new found power, Shinra is overwhelmed by Severed Universe until he simply disappears when Shō triggers Severed Universe. Shō stands in shock while time is slowed and tries to find Shinra until he finally has to return time to normal. Shinra suddenly reappears and Viktor Licht realises that he is now moving faster then light. As such, Shō begins to fear his opponent as being able to force himself into his universe by acting faster than he can slow down. As the two Fourth Generation fighters clash, Shō begins seeing visions of his mother. Shinra and Shō clash for the final time, during which Shinra pulls Shō into a Adolla vision of his own creation. Seeing his brother's memories allows Shō to finally empathise with him and truely remember both his abduction and his mother's love. Returning to reality, Shō cries whie his brother hugs him. Much to the shock of both brothers, Shinra accidently rematerialised with Shō's sword piercing through his body. Before either of them can react to it, an amused Haumea appears. Before she can take Shinra away, Shō steps between them to ask what happened 12 years ago but is ignorred by the Second Pillar. When he tries to attack her Severed Universe does not work. Haumea counters with her own Ignition, forcing a shocked Sho under her control and he shambles away while Shinra is saved by Company 8.

Operation Nether Investigation arcEdit

Shō is later kept in a mind-controlled state under Haumea's watch. Arrow is forced to watch as Haumea appiles make-up to the boy.

Trivia Edit

  • His first name, "Shō" (象), means phenomenon.
  • Shō is the second character in the series to create ice as a result of his ability.

References Edit

  1. Character Profile
  2. Chapter 36, page 1
  3. Chapter 50, page 9
  4. Chapter 78, page 21
  5. Chapter 63, page 16
  6. Chapter 78, page 10
  7. Chapter 61, page 4
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