Shura Kirigakure is a supporting protagonist in the manga/anime series Blue Exorcist. She is an Upper-First class Exorcist and Rin Okumura's mentor. She trained under the guidance of Shiro Fujimoto to obtain the title Meister as a Knight. She officially works as an Inspector for the Vatican, but has infiltrated True Cross Academy, first as a student under the name Yamada, and later as a teacher for the Exwires.
She is voiced by Rina Satō in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Wendee Lee in the English version of the anime.
Shura has long hot pink hair with yellow ends that resemble flames which she keeps up in a high ponytail, green eyes (pink in the anime) and full lips. She has a curvaceous figure with large breasts which Rin considers larger than Shiemi's and marking on her chest and abdomen which act as seals for various items.
She is usually seen wearing a very revealing bikini top, along with shorts and sometimes with stockings as the bottom part of her outfit or also wearing a denim jacket. After she is assigned to become a teacher at the Exorcist Cram School, Shura starts wearing an unbuttoned school jacket and a tie. She also carries a license that states her name and position, as well as a key with coat of arms on it, which symbolizes her position.
When she first appears as Yamada, Shura appears to be a very quiet and socially-withdrawn woman, preferring to spend time playing on her PSP instead of paying attention to the lesson. She does not get along with the others, refusing to help them during the Ghoul incident. In truth, this personality is just a facade- being an Exorcist already, there is no need for her to pay attention to lessons.
Shura has a rather laid-back personality and uses slang; such as using yer instead of your, you're, or you. She is also noted to be rather blunt, speaking freely about sensitive topics, as well as not being hesitant in pointing out others' flaws. Even with her superiors, she is not afraid to challenge them, which on a few occasions resulted in a physical conflict. Like Rin, she often slacks off, and would rather drink and let others do work. Nevertheless, she is a very competent Exorcist and, when needed, Shura can be serious and focused, as seen when she duels Amaimon and being able to depict the fact that Rin's flames take over him because of his fear.
Despite Shura's fierce loyalty to Shiro Fujimoto, she isn't above insulting him at times; this is shown when she casually calls him a coward for sacrificing his life to save Rin, something that immediately makes Rin angry as he takes any insult against his adopted father very seriously. She even contemplates killing Rin just for being connected to Satan, despite the promise she made to Shiro to mentor him, though she ultimately reconsiders after seeing Rin's resolve.
Shura seems to be rather self-conscious about her true age, as she states to everyone that she is 18 years old, when Yukio has alluded to the fact that she is 26 years old.
After the incident in Aomori, she becomes more open about her feelings, such as threatening Mephisto should Rin and Yukio get hurt because of him, which surprises even her.
- Her Japanese voice actress, Rina Satō, also voiced Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon Crystal, Tooru Taki in Natsume's Book of Friends, Negi Springfield in Negima!, Naoya Tohara in Astarotte's Toy! and Mikoto Misaka in A Certain Magical Index.
- Her English voice actress, Wendee Lee, who also voiced T.K. Takaishi in Digimon Adventure, Moegi and Neji Hyūga (young) in Naruto, Rin Okumura (young) in the same series, Yoruichi Shihōin, Tatsuki Arisawa, Aaroniero Arruruerie and Menoly Mallia in Bleach, Karen Kasumi in X, MarineAngemon and Mako in Digimon Tamers, Miu Iruma in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Faye Valentine in Cowboy Behop, Basara Toujou (child) in The Testament of Sister New Devil, Bulma in Dragon Ball Z, Akane Owari in Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Lyndis and Princess Veronica in Fire Emblem: Heroes, Trish in Devil May Cry 5, Sonia Strumm in Mega Man Star Force, Female Robin in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Haruhi Suzumiya in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Fuuka Yamagishi in Person 3, Empress Zhang in Warriors Orochi, Konata Izumi in Lucky Star, Alpha 6 in Power Rangers: In Space, Bearmon and Swanmon in Digimon Frontier, Blanc in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Umi Ryuuzaki and Princess Emeraude in Magic Knight Rayearth, Sakura Shinguji in Sakura Wars, Angel in The Big O, Kei in Akira, Lizzie Hearts and Evil Queen in Ever After High, Chai Xianghua in Soulcalibur, Otamamon and Minomon in Digimon Adventure 02, Myōjin Yahiko in Rurouni Kenshin, Kiva Andru in Megas XLR, Tina Foster in Ai Yori Aoshi, Kagero in Ninja Scroll, Kiriko Masaki in Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter, Rushuna Tendo in Grenadier, Alyssa Ashcroft in Resident Evil: Outbreak, Rumi Hidaka in Perfect Blue, Kokomon in Digimon: The Movie, Svetlana Belikova in Resident Evil: Damnation, Kasane Kujiragi in Durarara!!, Lady Zhen in Dynasty Warriors 6, Valentine in Guilty Gear, Sekhmet and Black Dahlia in Skullgirls, Nefera de Nile in Monster High, Redeye in Power Rangers Time Force, Stag Beetle, Scorpina and Witchblade in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Impursonator in Power Rangers Zeo, Aribeth de Tylmarande in Neverwinter Nights, Kagato Jurai in Tenchi Muyo!, Lisa Hamilton in Dead or Alive 5, Chisato Hasegawa in The Testament of Sister New Devil, Athena Cykes in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, Amida Arca and Masahiro Altland (young) in Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS, Lisa Lisa in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Jin Kisaragi (young) in BlazBlue: Alter Memory, Kycilia Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Angela Balzac in Expelled from Paradise, Ayane in Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Shizuka Hio in Vampire Knight, Dokuro Mitsukai in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan, Wonder Woman in Superman: Red Son, Centurion Aqua in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Kujin in Tribes of the East, Rozalin in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, Prunella Deegan in Arthur's Missing Pal, Inahime and Oichiin Samurai Warriors, BlackRose in .Hack, Kaolla Su in Love Hina, Urd in The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, Ryoko Mitsurugi in Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School, Lovestar in Mon Colle Knights, Christina Mackenzie in Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Mitsuka Yoshimine in DearS, Sayoko Uehara in Persona 4 and Yui Hongo in Fushigi Yugi.