Soma Cruz JUS
Soma Cruz is a fictional character and the protagonist of Konami’s action-adventure games Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, part of Konami’s Castlevania video game series. He was designed by Ayami Kojima as part of producer Koji Igarashi’s desire to try a “different route” for the Castlevania series. His return in Dawn of Sorrow was due to Igarashi’s satisfaction with Soma and the storyline in Aria of Sorrow, and he was redesigned with a new anime appearance.
In Aria of Sorrow, Soma is an 18-year-old transfer student studying in Japan (or simply a Japanese high school student, in the Japanese version), where he finds himself in the castle of Dracula, the principal antagonist of the Castlevania series. Soma discovers his “power of dominance,” or his ability to claim the souls and abilities of the monsters he defeats as his own. As the game’s story progresses, Soma learns of Dracula’s demise, and that he is his reincarnation, and destined to become Dracula again (a position Graham Jones desired for himself before he was killed by Soma). The only reason he did not become the next dark lord immediately was due to the efforts of Alucard, using the pseudonym Genya Arikado. Soma eventually defeats the chaos running through the castle, narrowly missing both his own corruption and his possible death at the hands of Julius Belmont. Dawn of Sorrow features Soma fighting the attempts of a cult to slay him and create a new dark lord when one did not surface during the events of Aria of Sorrow.