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Ritsu Kageyama
Personal Details
Status Alive
Race Human
Gender Male
Age 13[1]
Birthday 2nd July[1][2]
Blood Type B[1][2]
Shēngxiào Rabbit[1]
Zodiac Cancer[1]
Height 159.4cm[1]
Weight 45.0kg[1]
Esper? Yes
Professional Details
Professional Details
School Salt Middle School
Affiliation Awakening Lab (former)
Esper Details
Specialisation Telekinesis
Voice Actors
Seiyū Miyu Irino
Voice Actor Max Mittelman[3]
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 10
Anime Debut Episode 1

Ritsu Kageyama (影山律, Kageyama Ritsu) is a first-year student at Salt Middle School and the younger brother of the main protagonist, Mob.

Appearance

Ritsu design layout

Ritsu's Design

Ritsu has black hair that is slightly longer than Mob's and appears slightly dishevelled. His school uniform is a black gakuran tsume-eri outfit with the top having a standing collar buttoning down from top-to-bottom. His eyes are much more expressive than his brother's, with his irises being slightly larger.

Personality

Ritsu is very clever and serves on the student council. He excels in academics and everything else he tries, but none of that matters to him as much as psychic power. Before he awoke his own psychic powers, he longed for the esper abilities his brother has always had and was frustrated by his own inability to do things like bend spoons. He may have a habit of carrying spoons around with him, for bending purposes. He is a perfectionist with a not-so-hidden dark side. Unlike Mob, he finds it okay to use psychic violence against people when necessary. His brother is more important to him than anyone or anything else. He is apparently serious but can be quite jumpy at times.[1]

Plot

Ritsu went to the Awakening Lab after Mitsuura mistook him for Mob. He was relieved to find that the teen espers there did not have very impressive psychic abilities.

Ritsu took part in Kamuro's Big Cleanup plan, performing such immoral deeds as planting evidence and blatantly pretending to find the evidence he planted. Onigawara was one of those most brutally victimised. His guilt accumulated to overwhelming levels and led directly to his psychic awakening. He encountered Dimple when the latter was loitering in front of the Kageyama residence. After some convincing, Ritsu let Dimple possess him, but Dimple was too weak to fully take control. With the help of Dimple's fine-tuning, Ritsu was able to control his new psychic power. He used it to bend a ton of spoons, beat up a ton of delinquents, and impress everyone at the Awakening Lab.

Ritsu met Teru and was more intimidated by the latter's tall wig than by his psychic power, even though Teru would have won a fight between them. Later, when Ritsu was beating up some delinquents, Teru brought Mob over to stop him. Ritsu said terrible things to Mob, however Mob forgave him. Koyama appeared, tried to kidnap Ritsu, got severely injured by Mob, and successfully kidnapped Ritsu.

Ritsu and the Awakening Lab kids escaped from their cell at the 7th branch of Claw. They were in the middle of escaping the facility when they encountered Shou. Ritsu told the others to go on without him. They went on without him, and Ritsu immediately got his ass kicked. Mob soon found him unconscious, and both of them ended up being held captive in a room that nullified psychic powers. During the rest of the night's events, all Ritsu did was make observations and take a kidney punch from Muraki.

Ritsu and Kamuro later apologised to Onigawara and the other victims of the Big Cleanup.[4]

Ritsu noticed Mob was training hard for the school marathon, so he did some of his brother's assigned chores. Ritsu ended up placing 9th in the marathon. That night, Shou appeared at his front door, convinced Ritsu and his parents to leave, and proceeded to set their house on fire.

When Claw set their world domination plan in motion, Ritsu accompanied Shou on his mission to take down his father.

Powers & Abilities

Physical Abilities

Ritsu is very athletic, being good at sports and sprints; apparently he is quite fast. [2]

Mental Abilities

Ritsu is an academically accomplished student. Being known on the honor roll and currently in student council. He was noted by Shinji to be one of the smartest in the nation for his age.

Psychic Powers

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Ritsu's Transform

After going to the Awakening Lab and during the event of the Big Cleanup involving student council president Shinji, his negative emotions of corruption and guilt from framing many innocent students with Shinji then awakens his latent psychic powers. He grew in power remarkably quickly as noted by Dimple due to his emotions, and he has fairly powerful telekinetic abilities. He has also teamed up with Dimple numerous times in which Dimple possesses him and controls his psychic energy output, making Ritsu more powerful than usual in order to fight people.

  • Psychokinesis: His only known psychic technique. Ritsu is shown using this many times early on in the series. He is capable of sending things as heavy as people flying with it.

Quotes

  • Catchphrase: "In order to grow up"[1]
  • "Care to enlighten me?"
  • "That's so low..."
  • "This game will keep running because I am letting it run."
  • "Make me approach my brother's level. Can you do that?"
  • "Dimple... you're really annoying. Say... If I can gain control of this power... can I get rid of you too?"
  • "I do not accept losing to anyone besides my big brother."
  • "Because I'm sick of myself. I just wanted to... feel the 'foolishness' of myself. And to create a new self. Me, as a fool."[5]
  • "I will not judge you people. Because I know now... When people stray from the right path, there usually isn't an actual reason. It's like that even now. I'm facing enemies that lost all will to fight, and I'm moving for the sake of violence. There's no actual reason... This kind of freedom is strong, I'm much freer than all of you... Why? Because I've lost my limits. I've obtained loss!"

Notes & Trivia

  • Ritsu's hobby is writing in his diary.[1]
  • His favourite foods are tofu and boiled pork and his least favourite food is pork feet.[1]
  • Apparently he barely listens to music but his favourite movie genre is human dramas.[1]
  • Despite being hard to get close to, Ritsu has a lot of secret fans.[2]

References

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