The True Identity of Rin Okumura in “Blue Exorcist”: Explaining His White Hair and Mysterious Birth


With a new anime set for release in 2024, the popular manga “Blue Exorcist” boasts a high level of popularity.

In this article, we thoroughly explore Rin Okumura, the protagonist of “Blue Exorcist.” Not only will we cover his basic profile, but we’ll also delve into the intriguing aspects of his true identity and the secrets of his birth. We aim to deeply explore the charm of Rin, a character who enjoys immense popularity in the series.

*Please note that this article contains significant spoilers for “Blue Exorcist.”

Profile of Rin Okumura in “Blue Exorcist”

  • Age: 15 years old
  • Position: First-year student (Class 1-D) at True Cross Academy High School; Exorcist Cram School Candidate
  • Height: 173 cm
  • Birthday: December 27
  • Voice Actor: Nobuhiko Okamoto Rin Okumura, the protagonist of the series, grew up in a monastery with his younger brother Yukio, without their parents. Originally, he had the same appearance as other people, but after a certain event, he developed pointed ears, fangs, and even a tail resembling that of a demon.

Although he can be a bit rough and quick to fight, Rin fundamentally has a warm heart brimming with a sense of justice. His special skill is cooking, and his favorite way to spend a holiday is “making time-consuming dishes.”

[Objective] Rin Okumura Aims to Become an Exorcist to Kill Satan, His Foster Father’s Enemy

© Kazue Katō/Shueisha, “Blue Exorcist” Production Committee, MBS © “Blue Exorcist DAMNED CHORD” Project

Rin was raised in a monastery by his foster father, Shirō Fujimoto. Shockingly, Fujimoto is possessed by the demon king, Satan, who attempts to take Rin to Gehenna, a realm inhabited by demons. In the midst of this, Rin awakens his own powers and manages to repel Satan.

However, Fujimoto loses his life in the battle. This incident prompts Rin to vow revenge against Satan and decide to become an exorcist. He enrolls in True Cross Academy and begins to hone his skills with his comrades.

[True Identity] Rin Okumura is a Hybrid of the Blue Flame Demon (Satan) and a Human

Why did Satan possess Fujimoto and target Rin? Rin is actually the child of Satan and a human, making him a hybrid of a demon and a human. Moreover, Rin inherits a significant amount of Satan’s power and can wield the “blue flames,” considered to be the divine flames of Gehenna.

Rin was unaware of this truth until he heard it from Fujimoto. His demonic powers were sealed by the demon-slaying sword Kurikara. However, after his powers awoke during the battle with Satan, he could unleash his demonic form and blue flames by unsheathing the sword.

Explaining Rin Okumura’s Harrowing Past in “Blue Exorcist”

Burning Knights to Death at Birth

Born as a demon’s child, Rin experienced a brutal reality from the moment of his birth. At the time of his birth, his twin brother Yukio was born in a state of apparent death. The knights present attempted to verify if he was a demon using rough methods.

At that moment, their mother screamed loudly, causing an immediate reaction from Rin. Astonishingly, he burned the knights present to death. Whether consciously or not, this moment revealed his terrifying power and instinct.

A Troublesome Middle School Life Filled with Fights

Although Rin was unaware of his demonic heritage, he felt different from those around him and often found himself in conflicts. Despite his relatively small stature, his strength was comparable to a hundred men. With this formidable strength, he sometimes caused serious injuries to his opponents in fights.

Rin’s rough nature, combined with his physical strength, led to him being nicknamed “demon” and disliked during his middle school years. He had few friends, rarely attended classes, and had a turbulent adolescence.

[Appearance] Rin Okumura Transforms into a Demon with the Awakening of His Powers

Originally appearing as an ordinary human, Rin’s demonic powers awakened, leading to the development of pointed ears, fangs, and a pitch-black demon tail. These features are always present, even when he’s not releasing his power, leading Rin to wrap his tail around his body and live a life disguising his true identity.

However, when his powers are activated, his ears elongate and become pointed, his fangs grow larger and more prominent, making it impossible to disguise his appearance. Additionally, horn-like structures made of blue flames appear on his head, marking a strong demonic presence.

Why Did His Hair Turn White?

Rin’s flame powers were sealed by the demon-slaying sword Kurikara, which resembles a Japanese katana and connects to Gehenna. However, due to Satan’s intervention, the sword was broken in half…

According to Mephisto, who transferred Rin’s flame into the sword, Kurikara was like the “heart of the demon,” the source of the flame. With the sword broken, the demon’s heart returned to Rin, turning his hair completely white. This change might indicate Rin’s closer alignment with his true demonic nature.

What Are Rin Okumura’s Abilities?

Rin, inheriting demon blood, possesses exceptionally high physical abilities, with great power and speed. Additionally, he has honed his swordsmanship skills through dedicated effort.

However, his most formidable weapon is the “blue flame” inherited from Satan. The blue flame, capable of incinerating anything, is known as the “flame of God” and possesses overwhelming destructive power.

Initially struggling to control it, Rin gradually masters his ability to manipulate the flame in battle. Eventually, he becomes adept at using it almost at will, devising techniques like “Satan Slash,” where he releases the flame in a slashing attack.

[Voice Actor] Nobuhiko Okamoto Voices Rin Okumura

In the anime adaptation of “Blue Exorcist,” Rin’s voice is provided by the popular voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto. He began his voice acting career in 2006 and has since won awards for Best New Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Seiyuu Awards.

He is known for roles such as Accelerator in the “A Certain” series and Katsuki Bakugou in “My Hero Academia.” More recently, he has gained attention for voicing characters like Genya Shinazugawa in “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” and Himmel in “The Apothecary Diaries.”

Look Forward to the Fiery Heroism of Rin Okumura!

Rin Okumura, the protagonist who battles his fate while carrying a sorrowful past.

He is sure to show various feats in the new anime series. Why not use this opportunity to check out the original manga and past anime series to prepare for Rin’s upcoming adventures!

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