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Gyokuro
Hehe... I bet Akasha would be screaming... If she knew her own creation would cause the death of her daughter. I can just imagine her down on her knees weeping and begging me to stop...
~ Gyokuro during her fight with Moka

Gyokuro Shuzen is the secondary antagonist of the manga Rosario+Vampire Season Two. She is the de jure head of the anti-human terrorist organization Fairy Tale, the wife of Issa Shuzen, the mother of Kahlua and Kokoa Shuzen, and the matriarch of the Shuzen family.

Appearance

Gyokuro is a beautiful woman with violet eyes and a rather ganguro-like appearance: tanned skin and light blonde, shoulder-length hair which is held back by a silver cross that doubles as her body's limiter. While it is possible that she merely follows the ganguro fashion trend, her daughter Kahula shares these physical traits with her, suggesting that Gyokuro's ethnic/racial backgrounds are mixed. She appears to be in her late twenties or early thirties, though she is probably older than this as vampires have considerably longer lifespans than humans.

Gyokuro's attire consists of a black, oversized commander jacket, under which is a short black dress with an empire halter and a necklace with multiple cross-shaped pendants. She also wears gladiator-like sandals. Seven years before the events of the manga, Gyokuro was shown to have worn a longer version of her Fairy Tale dress.

Personality

Gyokuro is a sadistic and petty woman who bears an intense, irrational hatred toward her husband's mistress, Akasha Bloodriver, and by extension, Akasha's daughter, Moka. To that end, she is willing to destroy all of humanity simply to spite Akasha's dream of a peaceful coexistence between humans and monsters. During the battle of Eternal Garden, Gyokuro gleefully took every opportunity she could to emotionally torment Moka, such as laughing at her step-daughter's desperate plea for help in preventing Tsukune from becoming a ghoul, then seemingly acquiescing only to reveal that she intends to make him a mindless, bloodthirsty pet out of spite before punching Moka in the face.

Gyokuro is also a terrible parent, raising her good-natured daughter Kahlua into becoming a near-mindless killing machine incapable of disobeying her; she only had Kokoa because she believed that having a second child would bring Issa's attention away from Akasha and back to her, and neglected the poor girl when this plan backfired (Issa doted on Kokoa, but still ignored Gyokuro), even scornfully and gleefully ordering Kahlua to kill her sister despite Kahlua's tearful pleading. She is rather contemptuous towards her step-daughter, Aqua Shuzen, to the point of toying with the idea of killing her when Aqua hesitated to kill Moka. Despite this, she becomes enraged when Moka strikes her, hypocritically calling her a "bad child" for "daring to attack [her] step-mother".

However, Gyokuro's greatest flaw is her arrogance, specifically her tendency to underestimate her foes and misinterpret important information. She believed that her vampire army was invincible, and thus was caught completely off-guard when it was quickly destroyed; and she refused to take Tsukune Aono seriously, which led to her being overpowered and humiliated by him in a brutal fist-fight. During said fight, she attempted to use the Jigen-Tou, despite already knowing that Tsukune possessed a technique that rendered it useless. Finally, and fatally, she incorrectly deduced that Moka's Rosary would allow her to control Alucard and use his power to kill Moka, when in reality, it would never have enabled such a thing and, in fact, prevented her from even touching Moka. The realization that everything she did was all for nothing causes Gyokuro to have a total mental breakdown, to the point of pathetically begging for her life when it is placed in danger, then psychotically screaming Moka's name right before she dies.

History

At some point in her life, Gyokuro married Issa Shuzen, though it is unknown if their marriage occurred before or after Aqua's birth. Nineteen years before the start of the series, Gyokuro gave birth to a girl, whom she named Kahlua. Gyokuro raised her daughter to be the Shuzen family's deadliest assassin, giving her an education "worthy of an emperor" to groom the girl for her position as heir to the Shuzen family legacy. This process involved teaching Kahlua various assassination techniques (bar seduction, though Gyokuro somewhat comically expected her daughter to know that already, and was shocked to learn that she didn't), foreign languages, etc. This brutal upbringing turned Kahlua into an obedient slave to her mother's will, though a brief comment from Kahlua later on hinted that she could have abandoned Gyokuro anytime, but stayed because she didn't want her mother to get lonely.

Powers and Abilities

  • Immense Strength: Gyokuro possesses monstrous physical strength, being able to tear an enormous stone column out of the foundation of the Hanging Garden and hurl it a great distance with ease. She can also send Tsukune flying with a backhanded slap from her fist that would have killed him were it not for his body's resilience. 
  • Immense Speed: Gyokuro is extremely fast, capable of leaping from one roof to the next on the Hanging Garden in seconds. She also managed to fight on almost equal terms against Tsukune in his Second Holy Lock release.
  • Immense Agility: Gyokuro is very agile and is able to swiftly jump from one of the Hanging Garden roofs to another during her fight with Tsukune and even managed to continue fighting whilst in mid-air as well.
  • Immense Durability: During her battle with Tsukune, Gyokuro was able to withstand most of his attacks, including one that damaged her ribs and some of her internal organs. She later took several hard blows from him during her fistfight with him before a punch to the abdomen from his mutated fright arm left her incapacitated. She recovered less than a minute later and had enough strength to stand up before fusing with Alucard to continue fighting.
  • Immense Reflexes: Gyokuro proved fast enough to retaliate and punch Moka before the latter's attack managed to hit her despite the distance between them bring mere inches. She also proved fast enough to evade most of Tsukune's attacks and deliver twice as many blows to him as he did her.
  • Yoki Detection: According to Hokuto, Gyokuro has the strongest supernatrual energy detection ability of any living vampire, being able to sense a monster's aura and emotional state from within a three-dimensional range that encompasses the entire Hanging Garden itself. The scope of this power was demonstrated when she sensed the negative sentiments of Tsukune and co. regarding Fairy Tale's plan to destroy the human world among an enormous crowd of monsters who were all eager to see the human world's destruction.
    • Enemy Zero: This is her signature yoki detection ability where she spreads her senses throughout the entire Floating Garden and is able to tell the energies of allies and enemies at the same time thus distinguishing them in seconds to warn the soldiers of Tsukune and his friends' presence. After removing her limiter, Gyokuro's enemy zero ability can allow her to imitate techniques she has seen in the past and analyzed with a pair of eyes upon the palms of her hands. She has displayed four abilities thus far:
      • Kitsunebi: a flame manipulating ability of the fire Yōkai, Kitsune. Copied from Kuyō.
      • Electro Asyl-Bop: An electrical ability learned from the lightning Yōkai, Raiju. Copied from Raika.
      • Jigen-tou: dimensional sword, invented by Touhou Fuhai. By shifting between dimensions, Gyokuro can use her body as a blade capable of cutting through all matter without resistance. Copied from Aqua (presumed).
      • Fusion: By using the Rosary Control Device to manipulate Alucard and then synchronizing him with her Enemy Zero, Gyokuro was capable of fusing herself to Alucard and gaining full access to, and control over, all of his power. Undergoing this fusion also appears to let her borrow Aucard's healing abilities, as she overcame her wounds from the previous fight almost instantly. Also if she further delves herself in Alucard's power then eventually her own body mutates in a similar manner to the Shuzen vampires and Tsukune when they obtain Alucard's flesh and blood respectively though with the rosary, Gyokuro is able to maintain her sanity.
  • Great Demonic Aura: When first entering the halls of the Hanging Garden, Tsukune is temporarily unnerved by Gyokuro's supernatural energy after briefly sensing it and describes it as being pitch-black in color.
  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Gyokuro is very good in combat using her punches and kicks during her battle with Tsukune shown that that she can keep up with him in his second release form even though she was ultimately defeated by Tsukune.
  • Expert Researcher: Due to her lust for power and tenacity towards destroying Akasha's dream of coexistence with humans, Gyokuro researched all forms of power that she can use to her advantage in her ambition to being the most dominant. This was shown 7 years ago when after Inner Moka was initially sealed by Akasha, Gyokuro researched the use of the rosary and eventually came to the conclusion that it links to Alucard's body and allows one in control of it to command him to a certain extent. However this was proven false in that the only reason why it even allowed the small amount of control over Alucard that Gyokuro managed to acquire was because Akasha was inside Alucard at the time which was what the rosary was really connected to. Also in her countless research for power Gyokuro also eventually found out that Akasha was only able to defeat and seal Alucard because she dived into Alucard's body to seal him from the inside out and that their Shinso blood eventually mixed and synchronized. During her research of Alucard's body she proceeded to implant parts of his flesh into the Shuzen vampires thus mutating them to ghouls when they resonated with Alucard himself.

Trivia

  • Gyokuro, like the rest of her family, is named after a beverage, namely an expensive variety of Japanese green tea.
  • Gyokuro never has any fanservice moments in the manga.

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