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Ritsuko Kunihiro
Name Kanji 国広律子 Kunihiro Ritsuko
Race Human
Age 28
Status Deceased
Gender Female
Personal Status
Occupation Nurse
Seiyū Nozomi Sasaki
Voice Actor Colleen Clinkenbeard

Ritsuko Kunihiro (国広 律子 Kunihiro Ritsuko) is a nurse at Ozaki Clinic and the older sister of Midori Kunihiro.


Ritsuko's hair in the back view

Ritsuko has knee-length emerald green color hair that has spiral curls at the end and blue eyes.

She is either seen in a long white skirt and black high heel boots with black stockings and a blue blazer or a white shirt with elbow length sleeves with pink pants and brown boots but she is mostly seen in her nurse uniform that consists of a knee length white dress and white stockings and white shoes and she also has to wear a white nurse hat that clips with bobby pins to her hair.


Ritsuko is a very kind and caring woman who is desperate to help anyone who has been affected by the shiki and support families who have lost someone. She is always prepared to help the doctor and his patients. She is friendly to everyone and has never been aggressive or mean. She loves her dog, Taro and takes him on walks often, and that is how she got bitten. She has worked as a Nurse for years and loves saving lives, and this is why she refuses to kill someone for their blood, as she still considered herself to be a nurse and to continue preserving lives.


Ritsuko and Tohru Mutou's staked bodies

Ritsuko treated herself at home where she was suffocating and she called to her mother, but she wasn't there. She got up to go find her, but lost consciousness. She later regains consciousness in a shack in the mountains. Later, she gets bitten by Ryuuji Shimizu and Shuuji Gotouda before she dies. Then she is revived, waking up in the same cell everybody else did. However, she refuses to drink humans blood to live. For that, she slowly starts dying, while Tatsumi puts her in a cell with her co-worker whom she refuses to kill. She becomes mentally unstable as she yearn for blood, but still cares and lets her friend leave. She begins to hurt herself and cry constantly, because she would much rather die than live as a monster.

November 5th

In the western mountains outside of Sotoba, Ritsuko awakens in a shack. She is soon greeted by Yoshie and Tohru. She realizes that they are risen as well. She recalls how she died to them.

As Yoshie doesn't have to explain things to her, she leaves the rest to Tohru Mutou. He is surprised and asks why he would when three more people could awaken. She says that she and Tatsumi are busy as it is and leaves.

First, he gives her clothes to change into and says that he'll wait outside. She won't accept them and says that since she's dead, her funereal kimono will do. She also says that she isn't going feed or kill anyone. He says that everyone says that at first but then everyone eventually surrenders to their hunger as it's too agonizing to bear. She says that her family must be dead as well.

She is staked in the heart like all the other Shiki, and Tohru stayed with her till the very end. He is seen in the last episode, to be laying on a wooden board with Ritsuko almost holding hands. They were both last seen when the village caught fire, burning all the bodies.


Ritsuko was a cheerful individual who maintained a good relationship with the people she was close to. She was friendly to all her co-workers and to her employer Toshio Ozaki. Her relationship with her family is also shown to be good.

Tohru Mutou

Ritsuko was good friends with Tohru where they are often seen talking together and she also taught him how to drive that Tohru harbors feelings for her.

During the final moments of her life, he keeps her company. Although never established, it is hinted that the feeling was mutual in the end.

Family Tree


Anime Appearances


  • The name Ritsuko means "rhythm, law, commandment, regulation, gauge, control" (律) (ritsu) and "child" (子) (ko).
  • Ritsuko's surname Kunihiro means "country" (国) (kuni) and "wide, broad, spacious" (広) (hiro).


  • Ritsuko is the first true shiki who adamantly refuses to drink human blood. Even at the point of starvation she staves off her instincts to drink.
  • Ritsuko has the longest hair and the only hair that is turquoise in the anime (aside from Midori Kunihiro).
  • Ritsuko has a dog named Tarou.
  • Tohru Mutou has a crush on Ritsuko even though she is older than him.
  • Ritsuko used to have a boyfriend who disliked the isolated Sotoba village and he offered to marry her and bring her to the city, but she refused as she couldn't leave the place where she grew up and her family.



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0.1: Yoshie Kurahashi  •  Yasuyo Muramatsu  •  Yasuo Takashima  •  Towada  •  Tatsumi  •  Nao's father  •  Tsuruko Motohashi  •  Kitada  •  Ikebe  •  Cain  •  Akira Saeki  •  Chiyo  •  Ebuchi  •  Elders  •  Fujiyo Takano  •  Yuzuki  •  Mitsuo Tadokoro  •  Oitarou Satou  •  Shiki Girl  •  Yasuyo Hashiguchi  •  Tsurumi  •  Satoko Isaki  •  Sasaki  •  Nao's mother  •  Kiyomi Nagata  •  Katsue Tadokoro  •  Hayami  •  Gohei Takemura  •  Abel  •  Shimoyama  •  Yuki Shiomi  •  Miki Sekiguchi  •  Sumi  •  Mori  •  Setsu Maehara  •  Itoko Hasekura  •  Nara  •  Imaizumi  •  Ogawa  •  Hirotake Tamura  •  Waka Yamazaki  •  Juuzou Taki  •  Tomikou  •  Mikami  •  Takeda  •  Makoto  •  Oozawa  •  Nagata  •  Sasaki  •  Taniguchi  •  Tsuhara
0.2: Azusa Koide  •  Yuuki  •  Natsuno Koide
0.3: Seishirou Kirishiki  •  Chizuru Kirishiki  •  Sunako Kirishiki  •  Mr. and Mrs. Kirishiki
0.4: Tae Yano  •  Kanami Yano
0.5: Toshio Ozaki  •  Kyouko Ozaki  •  Takae Ozaki  •  Ozaki
0.6: Tamotsu Mutou  •  Aoi Mutou  •  Mutou  •  Tooru Mutou  •  Shizuko Mutou
0.7: Yoshikazu Tanaka  •  Sachiko Tanaka  •  Kaori Tanaka  •  Akira Tanaka  •  Love
0.8: Atsushi Ookawa  •  Tomio Ookawa  •  Kazuko Ookawa  •  Gigorou Ookawa  •  Namie Ookawa  •  Mizue Ookawa  •  Yutaka Ookawa  •  Choutarou Ookawa  •  Norie Ookawa  •  Shigeru Ookawa
0.9: Yoshikazu Tanaka  •  Sachiko Tanaka  •  Kaori Tanaka  •  Akira Tanaka  •  Love
0.10: Masaharu Koike  •  Yasuo Koike  •  Touko Koike  •  Ikuo Koike
1.1: Hirosawa  •  Toyoko Hirosawa  •  Takatoshi Hirosawa  •  Mayumi Hirosawa  •  Takeko Hirosawa  •  Takafumi Hirosawa
1.2: Sadaichi Tamo  •  Kiyo Tamo  •  Sadafumi Tamo  •  Hiroya Tamo  •  Sadaji Tamo  •  Satomi Tamo  •  Yuuko Tamo
1.3: Megumi Shimizu  •  Takeo Shimizu  •  Ryuuji Shimizu  •  Hiroko Shimizu  •  Tokurou Shimizu  •  Masaji Shimizu  •  Yumi Shimizu  •  Yuu Shimizu
1.4: Seishin Muroi  •  Miwako Muroi  •  Shinmei Muroi
1.5: Motoko Maeda  •  Shihori Maeda  •  Shigeki Maeda  •  Iwao Maeda  •  Tomiko Maeda  •  Isami Maeda  •  Tokio Maeda  •  Rika Maeda
1.6: Midori Kunihiro  •  Ritsuko Kunihiro  •  Yasue Kunihiro  •  Tarou
1.7: Giichi Yasumori  •  Kazunari Yasumori  •  Atsuko Yasumori  •  Kazuya Yasumori  •  Junko Yasumori  •  Tokujirou Yasumori  •  Setsuko Yasumori  •  Mikiyasu Yasumori  •  Nao Yasumori  •  Susumu Yasumori  •  Seiichirou Yasumori  •  Yoneko Yasumori  •  Kouji Yasumori  •  Hinako Yasumori
1.8: Masaki Tashiro  •  Rumi Tashiro  •  Takashi Tashiro
1.9: Yasuzou Matsumura  •  Yasuyo Matsumura
2.1: Hasegawa  •  Chiyomi Hasegawa
2.2: Itou  •  Ikumi Itou  •  Tamae Itou
2.3: Ishida  •  Chie Ishida
2.4: Seiji Matsuo  •  Yukako Matsuo  •  Yasushi Matsuo  •  Takashi Matsuo  •  Shizuka Matsuo  •  Jun Matsuo
2.5: Yoshihide Katou  •  Sumie Katou  •  Yukie Katou  •  Minoru Katou  •  Yuusuke Katou
2.6: Fuki Gotouda  •  Shuuji Gotouda  •  Kumi Gotouda  •  Kyouko Gotouda
2.7: Masaya Kusunoki  •  Shouji Kusunoki
2.8: Genichi Takemura  •  Michio Takemura  •  Mune Takemura  •  Tatsu Takemura
2.9: Yaeko Ootsuka  •  Kichigorou Ootsuka  •  Takayuki Ootsuka  •  Hiroko Ootsuka  •  Yasuyuki Ootsuka
2.10: Gouzou Oota  •  Kenji Oota  •  Michiyo Oota