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Kana ララ
Romaji Rara
Nickname Reaper-san (by Yuuhi Hajime)
Voiced by Ai Kakuma
Carli Mosier (English Voice)
Physical Appearance
Age Unknown
Birthday December 25th (Capricorn)
Monster Species Dullahan
Gender Female Female
Hair White
Eye Golden
Height 158 cm (5'2")[1]
Weight Unknown
B-W-H B85(E)-W54-H84[1]
Monster Profile
Occupation Agent of Death

Exchange Student

Host Kimihito Kurusu
Media Debut
Manga Chapter 22
Anime Episode 11
"All will die, that is destiny. Even a marriage would end when death comes... If you die, your soul belongs to me. So once you die, just leave the rest to me."
― Lala to Kimihito.

Lala is a Dullahan and the seventh girl to move in with Kimihito Kurusu, but the sixth girl to officially do so. She is the second "D", which she initially denied, telling everyone she's merely there to warn Kimihito of his impending death. She makes her debut in Chapter 22.

Appearance[]

Lala is a young, attractive, pale blue skinned woman with white hair, long enough to cover her back with a large ahoge the shape of a scythe sticking out, though this strand is curiously absent when she appears in the afterlife. She has a very curvaceous figure, with pear-like hips and being well-endowed. Her eyes have black sclera and gold-colored irises.

She wore a white, thigh-length dress with a black long coat. Worn over the dress and the coat, was a black-lacquered western-style armored corset with matching bicep-length armored gloves and thigh-high armored heeled boots. Wrapped around her neck, was a long back scarf.

Her most noticeable trait is her detachable head, which functions perfectly even when not attached to her neck. The insides of her neck, such as her esophagus and windpipe, are exposed and visible when her head is separated, allowing her to perform feats such a pouring liquid directly down her throat.

Personality[]

She is stoic, gloomy, and very cold and blunt. However she apparently suffers from Chuunibyou where Lala often claims to be an agent of Death, referring to herself as both "Death Incarnate" and "The Huntress of Death". This is to keep people from believing she is an actual Psychopomp. She typically speaks dramatically and enigmatic about her duties to humans, however she can drop it with people being direct with her. When Kimihito asked her disembodied head multiple times what she wanted, she merely said in an embarrassed tone to please return her to her body. Also when scolded by Ms Smith about the negative consequences of her dark persona, she showed fear and explained herself as she didn't want to be punished. When working she has a more positive attitude and is shown to actually prefer helping someone over doing her job. She also shows a notable nervousness when dealing with those she is not familiar with when visiting Kimihito in the hospital after the incident with Mero and her mother.

Her relationship with Kimihito is more complicated than the other girls. Whereas many of them are trying to win his hand in marriage, Lala seems to have no interest in the matter. However, she does tell Kimihito when he dies his soul belongs to her due to her duties as a dullahan; this could mean she is willing to wait until the end of his natural life, no matter the length, to be with him, showing an incredible amount of patience when compared to many of the other girls with whom she lives.

Lala's body seems to have a personality separate from her, and ironically seems to be a lot more emotional and expressive than the stoic Lala herself. It was very distressed upon losing her head and was happy upon being offered cookies by Papi. The body also seems to be a lot more honest about her feelings towards Kimihito; when Kimihito crashed into her, the body became aroused and happily embraced him while the head looked on in embarrassment.

She shows a deeper side of herself when she discovered that a young girl, Yuuhi Hajime, who was terminally ill and was dying, leaving her emotionally devastated. She would seek advice from Kimihito and would go as far as to take out one of Zombina's teeth and using it to turn her into a zombie which saved Yuuhi's life, despite the fact it was a great taboo for Dullahan. Seeing her with her friends later on made her happy. She also showed a love for the happiness Kimihito and the other girls showed at home, and that is why she wanted to help Yuuhi.

Though, she apparently has few friendships, the ones that she does have she values deeply and is incredibly protective of them. After forming a connection with a terminally ill girl at the hospital, Lala was unable to bear the thought of her new friend dying so young and willingly chose to intervene despite knowing that she was breaking the rules. Later when Wladislaus endangered Kimihito and Papi, Lala once again stepped in to protect them from him.

Due to her Chuunibyou act, she has a tendency to refer to others as "Mortal". She is shown to take her job as a Dullahan quite seriously. When she encountered Wladislaus, she immediately reaped his soul and sent him back to the afterlife.

Skills and Traits[]

Personal Skills[]

Physical Traits[]

  • Dullahan Phsyiology:
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Lala's Secrets.

    • Headless Body: Her head is detachable, and both can live and function without the other. Further, her head and body are psychically linked, so any feeling felt by one will be reacted to by the other and vice versa.[2] The body also seems to always have a general idea of which direction its head is currently in, though it cannot pin it down to a specific location.[3] It is theorized that her head and body may be two separate organisms that live in symbiosis.[1]
      • Dullahan Ahoge: Despite her bio-card saying that her Ahoge is just a normal strand of hair, in Chapters 60-61, she is seen using it to pick up items like a small coffee cup, and operating a disposable camera when her head is separated from her body.
      • Non-mouth Assisted Consumption: Due to having a detachable head, she can apparently drink liquids without needing to swallow them, instead pouring them straight down her oesophageal tube. However, this doesn't allow her to acclimate herself to the temperature of the liquid very well. Also, it appears that she can eat food at the same way as well.[2] However, her head, by extension, doesn't seem to need her body to consume fluids, as she is seen drinking coffee despite being in a whole other country than her body.[4]
      • Power Loss: If her head and body are separated, she claims that she cannot use her powers.
    • Supernatural Senses: Lala claimed she was able to sense "the smell of death" on Mero's stalker. Though how much of it was genuine and how much of it was her flair for the dramatic is yet unclear.[5]
    • Soul Reaping: She can travel to a different plane of existence to reap the souls of those near death, as well as return those near death to life.[6][7] Though the true extent of her power over the living realm has been left vague, as she could not directly affect Yuuhi Hajime's lifespan when she was dying and had to use one of Zombina's teeth to extend the girl's life. However, using her scythe, Lala was able to exorcise Wladislaus's spirit from Curie by literally severing the connection between them.[8]
    • Teleportation: She is able to cross between worlds at will and appear where she wants to, as shown when she appeared behind Kimihito as the truck passed by (she also appeared behind Cerea's back after Kimihito fell off after Cerea started having fantasies about being with Kimihito) .[9][6] She also appeared at the Arctic Inn shortly after Kimihito had another near death experience despite not being present there right before it happened.[7] As observed by Yuhi, when Lala teleports she appears as a shimmering mirage.[10]


Possessions[]

  • Dullahan armour: Lala owns a complete set of black-lacquered western-style armour, but because of its heavy weight she only wears select pieces of it. She doesn't like wearing the entire set.
  • Scythe: She wields a black scythe with an indent in it. However, Lala never sharpens the blade, so it is very dull. Normally, carrying a weapon in public would be in violation of Japan's laws, but Lala managed to convince the government it's a mere farming scythe, and therefore a tool, not a weapon.[1] The scythe does seem to have supernatural properties, as it was able to sever a spirit's connection to its mortal host and force it to pass on.[8]
    • As Kimihito in Monster Musume: Monster Girls on the Job! states, Lala can summon her scythe out of nowhere, as if by magic, and he often wonders where she keeps the scythe when she doesn't have it with her. It is not known if this is an ability of Lala or of the scythe itself.
  • Dullahan Coat: One of Lala's most commonly seen outfits. She loves the coat and worries about warmer weather.


Plot[]

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D's Warning.

After revealing herself to Kimihito and the others following a search for her lost head, Lala reveals that her species serves as a form of Grim Reaper for people, arriving as a prelude to death, and is in fact perhaps serious that Kimihito's eventual marriage to any of his guests may result in his subsequent death. Chaos ensues as each of Kimihito's charges attempts to protect him from Lala, only to nearly kill him by accident each time. When Lala finally arrives to claim Kimihito's life, with Rachnera in tow, Lala locks up, not making a move despite having ample opportunity to.

Kimihito calls her on her bluff, raising several "death flags" in order to prove that Lala isn't actually what she says she is. When the group returns to the house, Ms. Smith reveals that dullahans always exaggerate and use poetic, flowery language to trick people into believing their words, and threatens Lala into revealing why she followed Kimihito around: she was interested in his seeming ability to constantly avoid death. Ms. Smith also explains that Lala has constantly escaped from her host families, and places her with Kimihito after Lala requests it, becoming the seventh member (and sixth official charge) of Kimihito's extraspecies family.

Lala is next seen taste-testing Miia's latest meal, which results in smoke pouring out of her headless body as her soul appears to ascend from her head. She then joins the rest of the girls in enjoying dinner that night, after Kimihito, Cerea, Mero, Papi, and Suu head out to get more food.

After Chapter 25, Lala appears sparingly, seeming to only appear when Kimihito has a near-death experience. This is shown in Chapter 30, where Kimihito's resolve to accept each girls' feelings combined with the other girls' attempts to woo him result in a series of near-death experiences. Each time, Kimihito awakens in a field of flowers next to a river; the last of which reveals that Lala is also present, and Kimihito is continually entering some state of the afterlife, confirming that Lala does, indeed, have supernatural powers. She indicates that she does not intend to pursue him during his lifespan; however, she notes that upon his actual death, his soul will belong to her and she will shepherd him into the afterlife.

Lala has a brief cameo in Chapter 31, appearing for a single panel after Kimihito has a near-death experience at the onsen, when Yukio accidentally almost freezes him to death.

Lala's happy embrace

Her next major appearance is Chapter 34, where she is revealed to have been tailing Kimihito, Mero, and Suu, while they were in the middle of a protection detail courtesy of Kinu and Liz. Kinu and Liz at first believe that Lala is the person they were supposed to protect Suu from; upon confronting her, Lala attempts to escape, to which Kinu responds by chucking Suu at her, tangling the two of them in a nearby bush and causing a scene. Later, Lala notes that she was following them, but did not join them because they were making too much noise. She's last seen when Mero is revealed to be a princess.

Encounter with Yuuhi Hajime[]

Her most recent major appearance is Chapter 38, in which after the incident involving Mero's mother, Kimihito is in the hospital recovering. While he's recovering, Lala pays him a surprise visit on behalf of the other girls, since the size of the hospital care rooms wouldn't be able to fit them. Though she was talking through her usually Chuuni speech (which was nicely translated through other speech bubbles), we start to see that Lala really does care about Kimihito. As Lala was talking with Kimihito, some of the hospital children came to play as Kimihito had promised to play with them earlier. Not knowing how to interact with kids, Lala is a bit unsure when she notices a small girl looking at her from the door. Before she can inquire further, Lala once again accidentally gets her head knocked off, scaring the other patients and the kids.

Lala at Kimihito's hospital bed

In the chaos, Lala's body and head are separated and her body ends up in the hospital gardens looking for her head when she runs into the girl from before, Yuuhi, who inquires if Lala is an actual God of Death. Lala does her usual Chuuni act which thoroughly impresses the girl. Yuhi further questions Lala about her which eventually leads Yuuhi to ask about the afterlife. Lala tries to comfort Yuuhi as best as she could. When Yuuhi has to go back, she asks Lala one more question about her soul's existence after death. Later on, Lala visits Kimihito again to find out what Yuuhi might like in the way of gifts. When Kimihito asks why didn't she ask the nurse, we find out that she has a bit of social anxiety. At that point, Lala finds out that Yuuhi has an unnamed terminal illness. When asking Kimihito for advice, she gets so shy in her Chuuni act that she ends up knocking him out and asking him in the afterlife.

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Here is where we see another side of Lala we hadn't seen before where she actually does have concerns about the short life that Yuuhi might have, not being able to have a childhood at all because of her terminal illness. Kimihito reassures her that she's already changed Yuuhi's fate just by being a friend to her. But later on, Lala takes fate into her own hands and, with the help of the tooth she stole from Zombina, "cures" Yuuhi of her illness by making her undead.

Lala's smile

In Chapter 39, Lala and Kimihito apologise to MON for their house arrest, though comically she wasn't able to do so properly do to her head falling off. Mon however weren't angry at all and were actually thankful to finally have a break from work. They also inform them that Yuhi's parents were very happy that their daughter was all better.

In Chapter 45 and 46, Lala along with the others (with the exception of Cerea) had been experiencing hallucinations from Kino's spores. After having the house flooded with water and cleaned out, she and the others were returned to normal.

Encounter with Wladislaus Drakulya's ghost[]

In Chapter 47, Lala is briefly seen with the other household girls (except Rachnera) when Ms Smith wants to take the group to "a safe place" (actually the EXPO) for "protection" from the Vampire, but strangely she isn't there afterwards seen in the car or the truck with the other girls. It's unclear where Lala spent most of the events of Volume 12, as she was never seen with the other household girls and Kimihito at the Okayado hotel or the EXPO (the other main characters didn't even seem to notice her absence).

She appeared finally at the end of Chapter 51 when she confronted Curie's father whom was possessing his daughter. Her presence terrified him, and she quickly reaped his soul easily without hesitation, sending him back to the afterlife. She quickly disappeared before anyone could spot her.

The incident with Nega-Suu[]

In her recent major appearance in Chapter 52, Lala and Kimihito noticed Suu acting strangely, which lead to them going on a wild goose chase throughout the city trying to find Suu. After a long search they find Suu but are prevented from getting to her after a group of strange unknown men in a van capture her first. After they speed off leaving the two of them helpless, Lala's headless body taps Kimihito on the shoulder and gives him a thumbs up, which revealed that her head was gone. It's later revealed that Lala threw her head in the back of the van so her body could track it.

It turns out that Lala's body can locate her head, allowing her to lead everyone to the Black Lily Laboratory where the men took Suu. However, her body quickly leaves the group consisting of Kimihito, Miia and Centorea to single-handedly find her head.

Eventually, Lala's body finds her head in Chapter 54 in one of the storage rooms, in a box with a bottle of Honey Bee Liminal's royal jelly. However, the relieved reunion is interrupted by two lab employees, causing Lala's body to flee from them with the box. The two men pursue her because they suspect that she has stolen something.

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Lala freezes in shock at the sight of Nega-Suu.

Eventually, Lala's escape leads her rather by accident to the place where Nega-Suu is trying to attack the other main characters. At the sight of the giant Black Slime, Lala's body stops in shock and the two employees accidentally crash into her. The box flies out of Lala's hands and her head and the bottle with the royal jelly fall out. The bottle lands in the back of Suu's head, allowing her to take on her super form with the absorbtion of the royal jelly and allowing her to fight Nega-Suu.

Lala disappears from sight for the rest of the arc after that, but she probably got to safety when the two giant Slimes fought each other.

Unplanned "short vacation" in Italy[]

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Lala's head is accidentally sent to Italy.

While it's unknown where she was during the Farm Arc, (she wasn't shown with the other girls though it's possible she stayed back at Kimihito's house due to the Nega-Suu incident), she is a part of the Lamia arc where the group visits Mia's home... sort of. During the boarding, a flight attendant tells Lala that carry-on bags with electronics or battery powered devices are not allowed, so she takes a moment to adjust her baggage. Unfortunately her head falls off and ends up in the suitcase. The next scene shows Lala's body on the flight without her head.

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Kimihito and the other girls woundering about Lala's souvenirs from Italy at the end of Chapter 63.

It's shown at the end of chapter 60 that Lala's head is first freaking out over actually ending up in Italy, but in the next scene, she is drinking coffee and a pair of croissant's. Chapter 61 shows her head somehow touring Italy (The Colosseum, Plaza di Spagna, and the Pantheon) with a disposable camera, which runs out of pictures just as the chapter ends. The next chapter shows her trying various Italian foods but she ends up burning herself while trying the pizza. Eventually she gets back to Japan with a ton of souvenirs while Kimihito and the girls wonder how did she get them all.

Zoological Classification[]

Main article: Dullahan
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The Dullahan (デュラハン, Dyurahan) is a extremely rare humanoid liminal race whose most distinctive feature is their removable head. Despite this feature, Dullahan are not undead, and its unknown how their heads can remain alive separate from the bloodstream of their bodies. Metabolically similar to humans, a Dullahan is closely associated with supernatural myths; most prominently appear in Irish folklore as supernatural harbingers of death.

Although there is no evidence even in science that Dullahan have connections to the death and most people dismiss this just as mythological superstition, Dullahan do in fact have supernatural abilities. With their scythes they can cut the connections to ghosts that are still connected to the world of the living and send them back to the afterlife. in general, Dullahan are one of the most mysterious and least understood Liminal species.

Trivia[]

  • Since Lala's body has no method of speech, its emotions tend to be expressed through emoticons.
  • Before Lala's reveal, fans theorized that "D" may be, in fact, a stalker of Kimihito.
  • So far, she is the second character whose name is not mentioned in their debut chapter, alongside Rachnera Arachnera.
  • Lala is the only one of Kimihito's household girls who doesn't call him by a nickname.
  • Lala is also the only one of the seven girls in Kimihito's household whose room in the Kurusu house hasn't been shown yet.
  • Lala is the second monster girl after Centorea to have weaponry (a scythe). Normally, she would not be able to carry such a weapon due to Japan's laws prohibiting civilians from carrying weapons, and is only allowed to carry her scythe because she was able to convince the Japanese government that it is simply an agricultural tool (which is what a scythe is).
  • In the official English translation by Seven Seas, Lala appears to speak in an Irish accent, likely in reference to the fact that Dullahans originate from Irish myth.
    • In chapter 38 onwards, she appears to now speak with a Scottish accent for unknown reasons though both Ireland and Scotland are Celtic nations with Dullahans also appearing in Scottish folklore.
  • She is actually the third or fourth girl to meet Kimihito, although she doesn't appear until Chapter 22. This is due to her taking notice of Kimihito's multiple near-death experiences at the beginning of the Manga.
    • Because of that, she only ever shows up when Kimihito is close to death.
  • Lala is currently the only girl living in the Kurusu House whose species is classified as humanoid.
  • Lala is the only character to have been given two chibi versions (one with head attached, one with head being held under her arm).
  • MonMusu Anime Twitter account[11] revealed that her Birthday is December 25th.
  • Lala's favourite Food and Drink are "Ambrosia" & "Panacea".
  • She seems to enjoy playing the Nintendo.
    • In Chapter 46 she's shown playing the PS3, competitively.
  • After being seen naked in an omake in Volume 11, she seems to have Pear Like Hips.
    • Her nipples seem to be human-like, with a light pink colour.
    • It's stated by Kimihito that she's a bit of a klutz.
  • In Chapter 51 she shows her "True Power" by easily Reaping the Soul of Wladislaus and sending him to the afterlife.
  • It's possible that she is the "Most Powerful" girl in the series as she's the only one to possess supernatural abilities.
  • She seems to enjoy drinking Iced Coffee, as she smiled after receiving one from Kimihito in the second OVA.
  • In the second OVA, Lala says that she doesn't need a bra.
  • The indenture in Lala's scythe makes it useful as a bottle-opener.[12]
  • In Chapter 52 Lala states that her favourite meal is Curry.
  • Lala and Kimihito are both Capricorns.
  • Chapter 38 shows she doesn't know how to act around and has difficulty dealing with children.
  • Lala is the most inconspicuous main character in the manga series, since she rarely takes on a major role and mostly stays in the background. Even Kimihito sometimes doesn't notice if she's present or not, since e.g in the school arc he didn't immediately notice that Lala wasn't present when he went to the grimoire school with his other homestay girls.
    • As a result, Lala was hardly or even not at all present for many of the main events and adventures of the other protagonists, such as the visit to the Mermaid hotel and the incident with Octo in Volume 9 or most of the events during the EXPO in Volume 12.
  • Lala is the only one of Kimihito's household girls who was not a student at the Grimoire high school, since she was instead part of the five mysteries of Grimoire High School. Because of this, Lala never wore any of the enchanted school uniforms and was never affected by the Grimoire's brainwashing.
    • While the MON-team members had to play the role of the five Mysteries because Arbatel saw them as a threat, there is no clear explanation as to why Lala was also part of the Mysteries. The most likely explanation was probably that Arbatel simply felt that due to her detachable head, Lala was just a perfect fit for the role in a fifth ghost story, and there was no particular reason.


Reference[]


Characters
Main Characters Kimihito KurusuMiiaCentorea ShianusPapiMeroune LoreleiSuuRachnera ArachneraLala
Secondary Characters Bicycle Police OfficerCathylDoppelDracoKiiKuroko SmithLilithManakoMerinoMr PresidentPoltTionishiaYukioZombina
Minor Characters AbulAideAlbaAlucaAlusia Van DalsiaAnkaraArachne LeaderArbatelAyaBahkurinBoerCacasiaCamembertCaraCashmereCathyl's BoyfriendCentorea's MotherCharolaiChedaCheron Du PellChevioChizuCorriedalCottCottaCreamCurie DrakulyaDrysEmmaEmmentaFiiFlounnderFreesiaGaruGillGodaHakuto (manga)Ils NinetaJamunaKarakKasegiKillaKinoKinuKiruraruKyuukiLeechiLizLuthrosMaikaMaruMeamil AiraguMeroune's MotherMiia's MotherMilMimi (manga)MoskiiNega-SuuNicole UnicoleNubiOctoOrc LeaderPapi's MotherParminoPegasania BellerophonPolice ChiefPonePurse ThiefQuarkRacletteReggianoRem NighdremRen KunanzukiRicottaRomRuyèrSaaneSankaSapphoSebasstianSekmetiShequaShibaShii-MiiShiishiiStudmuffinSuu's MotherTexlThe Racist CoupleTiltoToggenTokaraTonUrtVikkWani OtokoWladislaus DrakulyaYatsumeYuuhi HajimeZarellaZola
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Other Characters DubtwoJohn SmithOkayadoPako-chanPoltfanSalmonThe Eight BrothersThe Interspecies Reviewer
Groups ANM48Blood SuckersCommunal HusbandsCultural Exchange Security SquadEchidna TribeHot Spring SlimesJapan National Police AgencyKimihito's Homestay GirlsMedusa TribeMelusine TribeMiia's FriendsMiia's TribeMob CharactersMonster Ops: NeutralizationNeighborhood KidsOrc Culture Recultivation LeagueRachnera's TribeResidents of Black Lily RanchSno Ball Hot Spring Resort AttendantsStudents of Grimoire High SchoolTALIOThe Centaur Girls
Animals/Pets Asian Giant HornetBatCatfishCrabDoku-chanDolphinMegumiPapi's ChickiesPiranhaSea AnemoneStingrayWild Boar
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