Jin Kolter

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Jin Kolter
Jin Kolter
  • Jin Kolter
  • Male
Kal Kolter (older brother)
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2: "Seize the Wind!"
Appears in
AnimeYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Kolter, Jin

Jin Kolter, known as Jin Kusanagi (くさなぎ じん, Kusanagi Jin)[1] in the Japanese version, is the younger brother of Kal Kolter and a character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. He was one of the victims of the Lost Incident, and he was the Origin of Lightning; who tortured him during the incident and traumatized him more than the other victims.

During the second season, Jin's soul is kidnapped by Bohman, prompting Yusaku and Kolter to pursue it. He is held hostage by Lightning, who feared that Jin would turn against him.



Jin is a fair skinned teenage boy and he strongly resembles Kolter. Like Kolter he has grey eyes and purple hair, but his hair is long and unkempt, reaching past his shoulder and it is lighter shade than his brother. He is depicted wearing a dull-colored shirt with sleeves ending halfway down his elbows and pants. As a child, he had short hair and wore a short-sleeved, light blue shirt and a pair of khaki shorts.

Jin, as Lightning's partner.

In LINK VRAINS, Jin retains the same appearance, but wears a more ornate outfit. He wears a white sword-shaped mantle with a gold border and a purple tip and shoulderpads, which are tipped with gold pauldrons. The mantle has a prominent black high collar lined with golden and patterned with a lightning symbol. Under this mantle he wears a long white coat with a purple band at the hips below an orange belt, and with golden edges. He also wears black gauntlets with golden cuffs, white boots with black soles, and black "flared" pants. As with other members of Lightning's organization, he has Lightning's star symbol on his outfit; an orange version on his mantle over the chest and prominent golden ones embedded in his gauntlets and boots. Prior to Lightning revealing his identity, Jin is cloaked in black with a gold aura.


A photo of Kolter and Jin as children.

According to Yusaku after being rescued from Hanoi Project Jin developed intense PTSD and even now he is still suffering from PTSD. Since the events of the Lost Incident he has become withdrawn, reserved and has closed off his heart from the world. As a child based on the picture of him and prior to getting kidnapped for Hanoi Project he appeared to be cheerful and outgoing.

After the Knights of Hanoi were defeated and Kal began visiting him more often, Jin began making progress towards his recovery over a period of three months.



Both Jin and Yusaku were victims of the Hanoi Project 10 years ago.[2] During the Project, Jin was forced to Duel with a VR headset, suffering from electrocution and starvation if he lost. Unlike the other children, Jin suffered additional psychological torture from the Ignis that was created from him, Lightning, whole showed him visions of people arriving to rescue him and them turning into monstrous skeletons. Jin was rescued with the other children when Ryoken Kogami alerted the authorities, but still suffered from the shock of the Incident despite treatment due to the extra trauma that Lightning had inflicted on him.[3] This event drove Yusaku to fight for him, and defeat the Knights of Hanoi so that Yusaku might save him from darkness.[4]


Jin is mentioned several times by Yusaku Fujiki and Kolter during their fight against Hanoi.[5] After Kolter discovered the true identity of Blue Angel, Yusaku's classmate and step sister of SOL Technologies Security Manager Akira Zaizen, Kolter suggests Yusaku meet her so that he can get a lead on Akira regarding Jin as well as Yusaku's stolen memories, but he doubted the plan would work due to Yusaku's poor social skills with women.[6]

He was indirectly mentioned during Playmaker's Duel against Varis as the former vowed to Varis that he would save him.[7] While Yusaku and Kolter were deleting the files of Playmaker that people post on the network, Yusaku wondered if it was wise to seek Varis out for answers about Yusaku's past and about Jin.[8]

Tower of Hanoi[edit]

When Kolter was writing his report, he also wrote that he still thought of his brother, Jin, and wished that the reader of this report would tell that to his brother when they meet him.[1]

Lost Ignis[edit]

Kolter visited Jin three months after the events involving the Tower of Hanoi, and the doctor told him that Jin was making progress possibly due to hearing that the Incident that haunted him had come to an end. Kolter later asked Jin if he wanted to come and live with him at Café Nom, but before Jin could answer, a glowing figure stepped out of his television and extracted Jin's consciousness, escaping with it into LINK VRAINS and leaving Jin comatose in the real world. Kolter called Yusaku, begging him to get Jin back.[9]

Despite Playmaker's best efforts, he was unable to get Jin's data back.[10] Jin was taken to the Ignis that had been created from him, Lightning, who enslaved him to prevent him turning against him and rendered him unable to speak or act, but fully conscious and aware of events around him.

Ignis Warfare[edit]

Lightning concealed Jin from Ai when he called him to talk to him,[11] only revealing Jin's presence midway through the Duel between Varis and Windy.[12]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 29: "Kolter's Khronicles"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3: "Contact"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 19: "The Lost Incident"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2: "Seize the Wind!"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 6: "True Blue"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 12: "Link the Circuit"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 13: "Playback"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 47: "Playmaker Returns"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 49: "Duelist Clad in Flames"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 68: "Secret Meeting"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 69: "Mission That Must Be Accomplished"