Aya Souma

Aya is the protagonist of "The Thirteenth Step's Shinigami". Aya is a girl who lost the will to live, but continued to do so because she didn't want anything other than a peaceful, sleep-like death. After hearing the rumors of the thirteen steps, she tests it out and accidentally steps on the thirteenth step, forcing her to participate in Izanami's game.

Personality & BackgroundEdit

In the beginning of the story, Aya seems to question many of her problems especially asking herself what is her purpose in life. She constantly hopes for a painless death, always finding that easier than living with no purpose. She believes that her life is boring as it repeats everyday with no change.

One day, Aya overhears the legend of the Thirteenth Step. The legend says that anyone who finds the thirteenth step and steps on it will have their life taken by the shinigami. The person who steps over it will be followed wherever they go by the shinigami. At first, Aya is skeptical of this legend but tries it out anyway, hoping the shinigami will give her the peaceful death she longs for. Everyday after, she counts the steps of the stairs, always reaching twelve. However, one day as she counts the steps and thinks of her daily routine, she counts the steps once again, and to her surprise, she counts thirteen steps. Believing it to be her mistake, she goes to class and resumes her day. Once classes are over, Aya is waiting for the bell to ring, however once it does ring, she is transported to a different place. It is the same school but with a different feeling. Their she sees Izanami, the shinagami of the Thirteenth Step. He explains to her the rules of the game and if she wants to live she will have to win the game or else she will be thrown into Izanami's hell.

From a nobody to school famous, when regarding sports.

It appears she has no real idea that her gym teacher is the demon she beat, however, she pins on him.



Higanbana No Saku Yoru Ni - Dai Ichi Ya

  • The Thirteenth Step's Shinigami



  • Aya is the only other person to have discovered the loophole in Izanami's game.
  • She is the only character explicitly shown to ask Michiru for help.
  • Aya is originally a supernatural skeptic
  • She's one of the few characters to not suffer from bullying nor exclusion