Second Ship's Captain
Hirato (平門 Hirato?) is the Second Ship's Captain. Upon taking Gareki and Nai on board his ship, he entrusts them to Yogi and Tsukumo. The leader of the Second Ship and Boss of Yogi and Tsukumo. He's a prudent person with great foresight, but he also likes teasing Akari and his subordinates.
Hirato is a tall and slender man with dark violet hair parted to the left and sticks out at the ends, along with matching violet eyes, though they sometimes appear blue due to reflections, and black rectangular tortoise-shell glasses.In the manga, however, Hirato's hair color is visibly a lighter purple. He also has a sharp, pointy chin. He's often clothed in his captain's uniform and top hat, and unlike Tsukitachi, he wears it neat and buttoned, with a plum coloured tie. His uniform also consists of a light blue dress shirt, black dress pants, plum-colored knee-high boots, a black double-breasted trench coat that hangs to his knees, and white gloves. On occasions he can be seen carrying around his cane. Hirato tends to be teased by the administrative tower for looking like a suspicious person, however he remains unaffected by these comments. He is always seen with a slight smile on his face.
As Captain of Circus' second ship, Hirato shown as a very polite man who doesn't take his work too seriously, yet somehow does his job well. Enigmatic, his smile can be deceiving and he rarely shows his true feelings which is why no one can know what he's truly thinking at times. Frequently, he displays manipulative disposition beneath his polite exterior.
Hirato does care a little about his job and the people around him. Although he never turns up until he is truly needed, he always shows up when things get out of hand. He enjoys teasing everyone around him, making workaholics like Akari find him annoying.
He also enjoys playing around with his subordinates, like Yogi, making him wail in episode 9. He enjoys any activity that can enhance his manipulation, or give him opportunities to be sly, such as Tsukitachi's favourite tea parties.
Hirato, just like most of the Circus, does not hesitate to kill a Varuga, whether in a human form or beastly, and he purposedly used Gareki as a decoy/bait to pull them in while at Karasuna. Hirato was the one who killed Yotaka, and during his youth, Hirato planned on killing Yogi, even though he was a little boy, simply because Yogi might have been a Varuga. However, Hirato took Yogi in after realizing that he was the prince from the data.
They've known each other since their teenage days training for Circus. Tsukitachi and Hirato are shown to display a close partnership with each other, often teaming up the first and second ships for missions and collaborations.Tsukitachi is often remarking to him, "How about we go out together for once!" but is often turned down as a result. Other Circus members believe that it's because Hirato cannot keep up with Tsukitachi's high spirits, although they seem to get along well normally, and anywhere. Yet, Tsukitachi is the only one who can tolerate Hirato's personality--actually rather seems to not mind it all all--and constantly hangs around him. Tsukitachi may also possibly be the only one who can hit him and get away with it(as shown in one manga chapter when Tsukitachi slammed a wine bottle against Hirato's head). Perhaps it is because they spent much time together, but Tsukitachi sees beyond Hirato's poker face and understands him on a deeper level, and Hirato does trick/tease Tsukitachi the way he does to others and tolerates Tsukitachi's pranks.
Despite his cold and manipulative nature, Hirato does seem to care about Tsukitachi. The two can be considered rivals and best friends (stealing each others missions, and helping each others missions and whatnot). They like to scheme together to get Akari drunk.
Hirato is frequently shown to be teasing or making fun of Akari, despite their differences in rank and age. He enjoys poking fun at the doctor. While Hirato is laid back and doesn't take his work seriously, Akari is a hard-working man who doesn't believe in rests and breaks. It's believed that Akari serves as a character foil for Hirato, both contrasting each other drastically in terms of goals, occupation, and personality.
Although Hirato seems to enjoy making fun of Akari, it seems that he's also protective of him, chastising him for leaving the ship in a dangerous time as SSS personnel are supposed to be protected and safe at all times. He also was ready to attack Asana for treason if not for Akari's intervention and suspected that Asana was the traitor even despite Akari's denial. Hirato and Tsukitachi also seem to enjoy getting the uptight Akari drunk at their little "tea parties". Both Hirato and Tsukitachi jibe him and try to get him to relax.
Hirato tells Tsukitachi to show respect to Akari by properly calling him "Akari-sensei" but he himself simply calls him "Akari-san," commenting that he is an exception since Akari dislikes him. However, when Hirato was still in Kuronomei, he called Akari as sensei, but Hirato was disappointed that Akari did not care about his students very much, so Hirato decided to play a prank on him by lying that it was due to Akari that Hirato attempted to climb the school walls.
Hirato and Tsukumo met for the first time when he was eighteen and she was seven, escorting Tokitatsu to a party hosted by her own family. He had noted her reserved behavior and how oddly mature she seemed for someone of her age before the latter revealed that she was ostracized by her family for inadvertently causing the death of her elder brother, someone who was highly regarded in the family, as a kidnapping attempt was carried out on her. Sensing her unwitting sorrow, Hirato then encouraged her to find her own place in the world; to move forward, one day at a time. It can be presumed that this fateful encounter was the catalyst for Tsukumo's enlistment into Circus.
Tsukumo often strives to gain his praise, working hard on each mission and harshly berating herself for each failure. She trusts him with her life and takes each of his words to heart, exhibiting perhaps a hero-worship complex. It his hinted that Hirato cares deeply for her as well, perhaps carrying over a sense of responsibility from their first encounter. When Tsukumo is suspected to have "died" from poison, Hirato is the first to search and arrive at her whereabouts, holding her tightly within his arms and reviving her instantaneously. Their faith in each other is resolute; he trusts her nearly as much as she does him. It is yet unclear what kind of feelings he has for her.
Hirato appears to be very kind to Yogi on the outer surface, but at the same time somewhat neglectful and deceiving. In Episode 8, Hirato smiles sweetly and offers Yogi, Tsukumo, Gareki, and Nai to a "vacation" as a reward for their hard work but was shown later on that they were all tricked by Hirato, as they were sent to an extremely cold place, Rinoll, where the crew was standing amidst a blizzard, with Yogi crying out what the kind smile was all about.
It is revealed later on in the manga that Yogi was saved by Hirato when he was little and trapped in a place as an experiment, and his chipper personality amuses Hirato greatly. Hirato also knows about Yogi's alter-ego, or "Silver Yogi". The two selves' personalities contrast greatly, and this is thought to be because without Akari's so called "allergy patches." Yogi loses control of either his Valga cells, or the Incure cell in his bracelet and goes wild.
What is interesting about their relationship is that whilst the golden-haired Yogi is always shy and respectful with Hirato, silver-haired Yogi seems to have some grudge against him, even going so far as to attack him on sight. Hirato is able to repel him effortlessly with his cane, throwing him several feet.
Hirato sees Gareki as being intelligent and promising. He showed interest in Gareki during their first encounter in the train when Gareki expressed his knowledge in mechanics and bombs, and he finds Gareki's denial of having morals cute and refreshing. Hirato has confessed that he wanted to keep an eye on Gareki as well as Nai despite being a "civilian" that has nothing to due with Circus because Gareki has become a target of Varuga and will attract them. However, as time went on, Hirato genuinely begins to care for Gareki's well being, even offering Gareki if he wanted to officially become a child of the Second Ship; thus, he got Gareki into Kuronomei, a school that teaches future government officials, and the only way one can become a member of the Circus. Hirato also thinks that, with the ability to self-study and tinker with technology as well as his level-headed analysis of enemies, he will be a great asset to Circus. Despite everything, Hirato still enjoys teasing Gareki, and knows how to make him embarrassed and flustered, earning a name from him, "Damn Four-eyes."
Jiki has also mentioned that Hirato may owe Gareki, since Gareki nearly drowned when Hirato and Tsukitachi destroyed a Kafka ship on which Gareki was on. If not, then perhaps Hirato thinks that Gareki has an important role to play in this war, for Gareki survived a shipwrecking, has morals, learns fast, and passionately hates Kafka.
Tokitatsu is Hirato's older half-brother. Their relationship is very amusing; Tokitatsu and Hirato have completely opposite personalities, with Hirato being the calm one and Tokitatsu being the more active one. Tokitatsu is not afraid to hold his excitement in and constantly tries to gain his younger brother's affections, with failed attempts. His enthusiasm matches those of Tsukitachi and Yogi, and Tokitatsu is well-aquainted with Tsukitachi as well. Tokitatsu is the only person towards whom Hirato does not hold his annoyance back, and is constantly openly hostile towards him. Everytime when Tokitatsu calls Hirato because of an "important" matter, Hirato rather coldly replies that he has something better to do and leaves immediately. It is not revealed whether or not Hirato truly despises him, but Hirato has denied of Tokitatsu being his family, and even Tsukitachi noticed the cold/dark aura around Hirato whenever he comes upon Tokitatsu.
One trait that Tokitatsu and Hirato share, however, is that they both enjoy provoking others, as Akari remarked.
Hirato's weapon of choice taking a form of a purplish cane topped with diamond-shaped stone.
Hirato's special attack. The name means Vacuum in German.
Like Tsukitachi, Hirato himself possesses a special top hat which can be transformed into a group of banshees, controlling them under his will.
Like most of the Circus members Hirato can fly at a certain speed though it has yet to be shown if his ability has certain limits.
Not much is known about Hirato's history, but it seems that he and Tsukitachi went to the same school for Circus when they were teenagers, and that Akari was one of their teachers. In the manga they show a younger Hirato and Tsukitachi getting into trouble, when Hirato decides to put the blame on Akari.
He also has a nine years older brother, Tokitatsu, who is the highest general officer of Circus.
- The "hira" in his name means even, equal, balance, flat, peace and "to" means gates in Japanese.
- He enjoys meddling with people, wine and kirine fruits.
- So far, it's unknown what he dislikes.
- Hirato is a libra.
|Circus||Nai • Gareki • Yogi • Tsukumo • Hirato • Kiichi • Jiki • Tsukitachi • Iva • Karoku Arumerita|
|Kafka||Uro • Palnedo • Karoku|
|Research Tower||Akari • Ryoushi • Azana • Murano • Isosa • Tamon|
|Kuronomei Academy||Tsubame • Ranji • Shishi • Sesiri|
|Varuga||Mine • Derumen • Nima • Meiga • Kagiri • Kiharu|
|Defense System||Hitsuji • Usagi • Yukkin|
|Other||Erishuka • Yotaka • Tsubaki • Jingu • Kana • Tokitatsu • Kiripon • Yanari • Rissun|