|God of The Chinese Zodiac|
|Anime||Episode 1 (flashback)|
Season 3, Episode 11 (Debut)
The first God of The Chinese Zodiac was once upon a time a very lonely person who became friends with thirteen animals who regarded them as a "god". Not wanting to part with their friends, the god cast a spell that would bind them and the animals in an everlasting bond throughout their next lives. This is the origin of the Sohma family curse.
They were a fair-skinned person with long, straight white hair which reached down to their feet and below. Their straight bangs framed their face and forehead. They was seen wearing a long, light-colored and simple haori. Additionally, their face was never shown and is obscured throughout their appearances.
They were a very lonely person who chose to isolate themselves due to having "the strength of a thousand men", "the lives of a thousand men", and "a thousand memories". Since they knew they were different from everyone else, they were afraid of themselves, other people, and getting hurt. Because of this, they chose to make friends with animals instead. Through this decision, it is revealed that they were a very gentle and kind person who valued their friends deeply. Their love towards their friends and their fear of being lonely, the person created a spell so they and their friends could stay connected for eternity even after death. They never intended for this bond to become the source of generations of abuse in the Sohma linage.
The person had lived on top of a mountain for several years, all alone, they had lived a thousand lifetimes and possessed a thousand different powers. Since God knew they were not like the humans at all, they came to fear them, specifically to get hurt by them.
But then, one day, a cat came to visit. The person was very shocked by the sudden visitor. The cat confessed that it had been watching the person for quite some time, and that it couldn't help but be drawn to them. It expressed it's desire to stay by the person's side. And so, the cat held its words and never left the god's side. This made the god very happy.
Eventually, the other animals (those that are considered part of the Chinese zodiac) went to see the god. After that occasion, the thirteen animals and the person (god) would have a banquet every night the moon shone. In their banquets, they all had a great time, as they sang, danced, and laughed.
But one night, the cat suddenly collapsed. “God” and all the other animals were devastated and it made them realize that all living things were destined to die, and that their wonderful banquets would eventually end. “God”, not wanting their friendship or banquet to end, and only yearning to make their bond last for eternities, created a spell by drawing a circle in a cup of water with their finger. This drink, later revealed to a spell which would make their friendships last for all eternity, that they would be reborn and no matter how many times they were reborn the bond of their friendship would remain.
“God” had the cat, still unconscious, drink it first without telling it what it was. All the other animals drank the spell willingly, the Rat going first. However, the cat briefly regained consciousness and was devastated by the fact that it was forced to drink the spell-water. It explained that it didn't want to be reborn for all eternity, and was steadfast in it's belief that all things must come to an end. After saying it's piece, the cat passed away. The other animals, however, did not want to hear to the cat's wisdom and had already made up their minds that the cat had betrayed them.
And at last, the day came when “God” too left this world. However, they were not afraid because of the promise they had all made so many years ago. They knew that their friends (the animals) would wait for them and that all of them would be reunited.
The Cat was the person's best friend and their loyal companion. The fact that the Cat never left their side made the person very happy, in which the idea of having a fun banquet with every other animal was born. However, the person was shocked when the Cat confessed how it had no desire to live for eternity; only wishing for the two of them to be reborn in a happy environment.
The person (god) valued their friends from the Zodiac more than anything else. They soothed their loneliness and due to fact how happy they were from becoming friends with them, they wished to be with them for all eternity, thus unintentionally creating the Sohma curse.
“(to Yuki) Your the last one, just you now, you kept the promise for so long. Its time to go now, but thank you. The original memory forgotten by everyone, the original promise. Goodbye.”
“(to Chinese Zodiacs) Our bond. I will now make it eternal. Even if I or all you die and rot away...we will be tied together by an eternal bond. However many times we die. However many times we are reborn. Just as before, we will have...our countless banquets. We will be friends. Until the end of time. We will be "permanent".” (Chapter 131)
- Their tale is told near the end of the manga right after the curse is finally broken. In the 2019 anime, they appear in the very first scene of the first episode when they are casting the spell that linked them to the Zodiac animals.
- The first part of their Japanese voice actor's name, Hiroshi Kamiya (神谷 浩史, Kamiya Hiroshi), means "God" (神).