Characters: Azure Striker Gunvolt

Characters in the series.
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"Give me power, Azure Striker, so I can strike down my enemies!"

The Hero is a 14-year-old boy nicknamed Gunvolt. His true name is unknown. He is initially associated with an armed resistance group called QUILL, who fights against the Sumeragi Group. He then leaves the group shortly after meeting Joule. Despite normally being cool-headed, his youthful rebelliousness comes out when he's forced to do things that go against his principles. His power, Azure Blue, allows him to control lightning.
  • Badass: This kid is very good at his job.
  • Badass Longcoat: A blue long-coat.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Has this look in Japan's version.
  • Barrier Warrior: His Flashfield, which protects him from harm while unleashing lightning at tagged targets.
  • Braids of Action: His long blonde hair is braided into a ponytail.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The brooding boy to Joulie's gentle girl.
  • Byronic Hero: A brooding, snarky hero with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Chain Pain: One of his special attacks, Voltaic Chain, summons chains that crisscross around the area which are then electrified. The more enemies in the area, the more effective the attack.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As an adept, he was captured by Sumeragi and cruelly experimented on until he was rescued by QUILL and Asimov.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With lines like "this has got to be the least ninja infiltration Quill has ever done", Gunvolt always seems to come up with some manner of witty reprise to just about everything he encounters.
  • Elemental Hair: Not only in the yellow = electricity sense, but literally as well. Deleted dialogue from the Japanese game indicates that the reason he can zap tagged targets with his Flashfield are because his Dart Bullets are actually needles made from his hair.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: His level of power skyrockets after Joule/Lumen merges with him; enough to even eclipse Asimov.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: To say Gunvolt wasn't happy to know his idol and Parental Substitute, Asimov, is a genocidal maniac with a hate for humans would be an understatement.
  • Expy: With his age, blond hair, and lightning powers, he's essentially this game's Ky Kiske with a little bit of Neku's attitude.
    • Even some of his and Ky's Limit Breaks are similar. Astrasphere is basically an immobile Ride the Lightning, while Luxcalibur is similar to Sacred Edge.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Downplayed. Despite his aloof nature, Gunvolt is a kind person at heart. He only really shows this around Joule however.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While Gunvolt does have morals and lines he's not willing to cross, if he's ordered to take out a target, all bets are off. Asimov learns this the hard way.
  • Lightning Gun/Puppet Gun: Gunvolt fights with his Conductor Gun. It fires "Dart Leader" shots which don't pack much of a punch but has the ability to lock-on targets.
  • Limit Break: Has three.
    • Astrasphere: Creates a trio of electric orbs that circle him. Gunvolt is immobile while performing this move.
    • Luxcaliber: Creates a blue sword made of electricity which thrusts forward.
    • Voltaic Chains: Chains crisscross the screen which are then electrified to damage enemies.
  • Mana Meter: The Energy Point Bar (EP Bar) underneath GV when he uses his Septimal Powers.
  • Morality Pet: Downplayed in regards to Joule. He's already heroic and good, but his conversation with Asimov at the end of the game implies he may have done what Asimov suggested if he didn't care about her more.
    Gunvolt: "I don't want your freedom if it means Joule loses hers. Sorry."
  • Not Quite Flight: He can float for a short time with his Lightning Ring and also when Lumen's songs power him up.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: His true name is unknown. He is also called GV for short.
    • Zeno takes the shortened GV and calls him Geeves when talking to him.
  • Overheating: Happens if his EP Bar goes to zero, resulting in him being unable to use his powers for a short while.
  • Perpetual Frowner: It is quite a rarity to see him smile. And considering his Dark and Troubled Past, it's not hard to see why.
  • Perpetual Molt: While he doesn't have wings (though Joule would disagree), Gunvolt's abilities tend to manifest feathers.
  • Pocket Protector: Is saved from a gunshot by the necklace Joule makes for him. Also downplayed, as it doesn't stop the bullet from entering, just from immediately killing him.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: His defining characteristic. He'll follow QUILL's orders, but if they clash with his personal morals, then loyalty goes out the window. It's practically his Establishing Character Moment when he finds Joulie. Despite being ordered to terminate her, he immediately disobeys orders and even quits QUILL and goes freelance just to give the girl a somewhat normal life. This gets taken even further at the end of the game when Asimov reveals his true colors and intentions, forcing Gunvolt to kill him. At which point, he leaves QUILL permanently.
  • Shaping Your Attacks/Spontaneous Weapon Creation: One of his special attacks, Luxcaliber, summons a giant blade of electricity that thrusts forward.
  • Shock and Awe: His septimal powers.
  • Skyward Scream/Say My Name: When Joule is killed, he screams her name into the sky in anguish.
  • Specs of Awesome: His contacts, which boost his Septimal Power. When going to school, he wears glasses to achieve the same effect while hiding his Adept status.
  • Sphere of Power: When he attacks with Flashfields also has a stronger special attack called Astrasphere which surround him with spheres of electricity that deliver consecutive damage to enemies.
  • Trick Bullet: The Dart Gun shoots different darts that changes how the darts are fired and how many enemies and objects you can lock-on to.
    • Violet Dragon / Cerberus: Allows automatic fire and lock-on to three.
    • Water Dragon / Mizuchi: Five-direction: Can be fired in one of five directions and ricochets around the screen. Holding down the fire button changes the firing direction. This dart allows for one lock-on.
    • King Cobra / Naga: Holding down the fire button makes a charged attack that pierces through enemies and lets you lock-on to five enemies.
    • Teknos / Technos: Two darts are fired at the same time. One goes up and travels along the ceiling, while the other goes down and travels along the floor. Allows for two lock-ons.
    • Hydra / Orochi: A small drone hovers behind Gunvolt, firing darts in seven directions. Allows for up to eight lock-ons.
    • Vasuki: A successful hit will cause the shot to bounce to another valid target. Allows for up to four lock-ons.
    • Dullahan: Fires high-power bullets which deal more damage than any other gun. Does not allow any lock-ons.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: He's not exactly saving the world, but he's mentioned to be a resistance mercenary/school student in the Japanese version of the game.


Voiced by: Megu Sakuragawa
"My songs will give you wings to fly."

The 13-year-old heroine. She is an Adept girl created in a lab operated by the Sumeragi Group. Her Muse ability allows her to enhance the powers of other Adepts through song. After being rescued by GV from the Sumeragi Group, the two begin to live together.
  • Artificial Human: She was created by Sumeragi.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The gentle girl to Gunvolt's brooding boy.
  • Damsel in Distress: Happens a lot.
  • Death Seeker: When she first meets Gunvolt, she begs him to kill her, feeling tremendous guilt about having her powers used for evil.
  • Fusion Dance: With Nova/Shiden during his boss fight and later with Gunvolt after they're both shot.
  • Living MacGuffin: She is a vital part to Sumeragi's plans.
  • Magic Music: Her songs can amplify the powers of Adepts and is rumored to be able to braninwash them. Sumeragi's plan is to use her songs to locate the worlds Adepts from their space station Firmament.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.


Voiced by: Megu Sakuragawa
"Could you rescue this girl... my other me... from this place?"

Lumen is the top pop star of the country, promoted by the Sumeragi Group. She is, in fact, the avatar of Joule, given form by her Muse ability. Even as the Sumeragi Group promotes her as a star, they are using her as bait to find other Adepts to capture and subjugate. Joule and Lumen inhabit different bodies. Unlike Joule, she has a strong personality and is very much a free spirit. Lumen claims she only reflects the person Joule wants to be deep inside.

QUILL is an armed resistance force founded by members of a foreign human rights organization to combat the increasingly radical measures being taken by the Sumeragi Group. Through guerrilla warfare and rescue operations involving Adepts imprisoned within Sumeragi facilities, QUILL intends to eventually free all Adepts from the clutch of Sumeragi.


"Your mission is to assassinate the virtual pop star Lumen. Good Luck."

Asimov is a team leader at QUILL and also one of the founding members. His is skilled marksman who is deadly with a sniper rifle. Although he displays no emotion in the line of duty, his passion for the group's cause is well known among the QUILL members who look up to him. Gunvolt owes his life to Asimov, who rescued the boy from a Sumeragi facility where he was put through horrifying experiments. To GV, Asimov is a savior, teacher, and father.
  • Broken Pedestal: To say Gunvolt wasn't happy to know his idol is a genocidal maniac with a hate for humans would be an understatement.
  • Cold Sniper/Friendly Sniper: His official artwork has him wielding a sniper rifle and on duty he displays no emotions.
  • Cool Shades: Always wears his sunglasses. He takes them off for the final battle.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Kills Gunvolt and Joule in the bad ending.
  • Fantastic Racism: His true purpose for establishing QUILL and opposing Sumeragi? To wipe out the human species and create the world of adepts. Gunvolt is not happy to learn this.
  • Foreshadowing: In the very first stage, Asimov advises Gunvolt about how Gunvolt should remember to recharge, to which Gunvolt replies that it is his power, not Asimov's. Gunvolt is wrong as Asimov is actually able to use the same power as him.
  • Light Is Not Good: When his true colors are shown.
  • Man in White: White hair and white clothing.
  • Meaningful Name: In reference to Isaac Asimov, having raised Gunvolt whom commands electricity. Which keeps you from suspecting his true power.
  • Mirror Match: In his boss fight, nearly every attack he has is comparable to one of Gunvolt's. Besides the Flashfield and Voltanic Chain attacks, he fires Copen's gun in three-round bursts (Cerberus), fires shots into the air that release more blasts in a spread (Orochi), and can fire rounds that alter their course (a mix of Vasuki and Mizuchi).
  • Parental Substitute: A father figure for Gunvolt. Until his true colors are shown.
  • Power Glows: When he activates his Azure Blue, complete with Expressive Hair
  • Shock and Awe: Asimov's septimal power is Azure Blue, the same as Gunvolt himself, something that was foreshadowed in the first stage.
  • True Final Boss: Only if you've collected the seven jewels.
  • Walking Spoiler: If the spoiler tags were any indication.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: When he reveals his true colors.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Perfectly willing to shoot and almost kill Joule.


"Hey, if I had powers like yours, I'd be pretty unstoppable, too."

Zeno/Gino is the life of the party at QUILL. He loves anime, manga, and games. Gino tends to make frivolous jokes at the expense of others, but he does care for his colleagues even GV after he left QUILL.
  • Badass: Though we don't get to see him in action, at one point he calls Gunvolt for backup while making a joking remark that he got nicked on his mission. Gunvolt notes that despite the jokes, Zeno's skills are the real deal and if any enemy is able to touch him then they should be taken completely seriously.
  • Badass Normal: Has no septimal powers, but is just as skilled as Gunvolt on the field.
  • Dub Name Change/Spell My Name with an "S": The English site spells it Gino while in-game text spells it Zeno.
  • Life of the Party: He's a pretty cool guy and loves to make jokes.
  • Multicolored Hair: Brown with an orange streak.
  • Otaku


"Don't over do it, GV."

Moniqa/Monica is an operations officer at QUILL and one of few members who doesn't have septimal powers. She is like an older sister to GV and Zeno. Despite generally being a serious and highly capable officer, Monica has a clumsy side that reveals itself occasionally. She deeply admires Asimov.

    Sumeragi Group 
A powerful conglomerate composed mostly of power companies, the Sumeragi Group is the sole supplier of the nation's energy needs and is also involved in media, space development, and military technology. They wield extraordinary influence in politics it is not an exaggeration to say that they are the de facto power in this country. The Sumeragi Group was the first to consider the potential energy use of septimal powers, and its technology in the field of septimal energy is the most advanced in the world. Today, only the Sumeragi Group owns the technology, know as Glaives, capable of controlling septimal powers.
  • Mega Corp.: A conglomerate composed mostly of power companies, they are also involved with media, space development, and military tech.
  • Playing with Syringes: Performs lots of inhuman experiments on adepts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Apparently they're this. According to Nova, they want to keep Adepts under control for fear they'll rise up and destrof the world. Considering what happened with Asimov, he may have had a point...

Nova/Shiden, the Mighty

"How sad... another pathetic assault by QUILL?"

A small army of Adepts and soldiers serves under this young, charismatic Sumeragi lieutenant. He leads a project that would give Sumeragi total control over all Adepts, ostensibly for the safety and security of the nation. Nova/Shiden is an enigma who speaks in riddles and seems to generally look down on others. Not much is known about his septimal power, except that it is the most powerful among the Sumeragi Adepts.


Seven Adepts who had their septimal powers, which is naturally contained in the septimosome, extracted into sword-shaped devices called Glaives. Their Glaives, which can be used remotely to control any unwanted bursts of power, allow them to stay out of trouble and live ordinary lives. However, in cases of emergency, Sumeragi's monitoring facility gives them access to these Glaives and they fuse with the septimosome inside, triggering a monstrous transformation dubbed "weaponization."

Viper/Daytona, the Burning Wrath

"You're going the wrong way, man, Hell's this way!!"

Viper/Daytona patrols Sumeragi's chemical plant complex and possesses the septimal power "Explosion". Once a notorious gang leader, Viper/Daytona fell in love with Lumen's voice and enlisted as part of Sumeragi's private army.

He has the ability to compress thermal energy into small spheres called Angry Bombs that explode on impact. He can also coat his legs in flames and his Glaive of choice is "Lord of Fire".

Merak, the Slothful Conjurer

"Yes, yes, that's me. Brilliant, gifted commander Merak."

Merak is an Adept that commands Sumeragi's private army, and possesses the septimal power "Wormhole". He has a sharp mind and is valued as a strategist by Shiden, but is also entirely apathetic, sometimes not even getting up when he's hit not that he has to, considering he rides an armoured chair, which he uses in tandem with his Wormhole ability. Merak uses the Glaive Unwavering Spirit.
  • Bad Boss: Floods his base and kills a number of his own men just to get Gunvolt. During the fight, he comments that he can't be bothered thinking about things like his subordinates' lives because it's too much of a hassle.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Merak is ostensibly a talented strategist, but prefers napping to fighting. He doesn't even move when forced to fight; he just lets his hover chair and his portals do all the fighting for him.
  • Cool Chair: Has a hover chair with weapons.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Blue hair and blue eyes in his weaponized form. Averted for his normal form, which has brown hair.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: His special attack that he sends through multiple wormholes to cover most the screen.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the Japanese version of the game. The tip about the armed submarine in the Subaquatic Base was bait meant to lure Gunvolt into a trap. Once there, Merak flooded the base with seawater to both cancel out his Flashfield and also drown him. His plan only fails due to his men disabling the pump so that they don't die themselves.
    • Informed Ability: Unfortunately, the international releases make no mention of this.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: In his human form, most likely to drive the point home about his apathetic nature.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: You can actually shoot into his own portals to hit him during his boss battles. How useful this may actually be may vary.
  • Megaton Rocket Punch: One of his attacks that he sends through wormholes.
  • Red Baron: "The Slothful Conjurer"
  • Thinking Up Portals: He can create wormholes with his power.

Elise, the Eternal Envy

"Im sorry... So sorry..."

Elise was a Swordswoman being held prisoner by Sumeragi. She possesses the ultimate septimal power "Rebirth," the ability to manipulate the soul into spinning out life for eternity. Sumeragi were attempting to implant Elise's brain with a more aggressive persona that ended up taking control of her original, weak-willed persona.

Unfortunately, Sumeragi were unable to contain her power, triggering a rampage that leveled the research facility she was being held at. Elise uses the "Living Blade" as her Glaive of choice, and controls "vipers" that she can shape into daggers. After being thrown, she can make them come back to life as zombies.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Her weak-willed personality, both to her other self and to you.
  • Axe Crazy: Her alternate personalities, especially the third one that appears in the rematch. This is even shown in gameplay when she uses Resurrection on the other two when they die: While the original two spell it correctly and have it in all caps ("RESURRECTION") with a nice little chant beforehand like the other bosses, the third Elise not only spells it like a glitchy mess while shifting between lowercase and uppercase letters ("ReSURrexIOnnN"), the chant is replaced with her saying "Die" over and over..
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The research facility that performed experiments on her wanted to know the secret behind her resurrection powers. After going berserk, she used said power to turn all the research personnel into zombies.
  • Dual Boss: Later becomes a Triple Boss, though the third one can't actually be hurt.
  • Flechette Storm: Throws knives that turn into snakes.
  • Literal Split Personality: Her power lets her create a second self. It's later revealed that the two of them were hiding a third personality.
  • Ms. Fanservice: If her weaponized appearance wasn't enough for you, how about the fact that the way she slings herself on the poles makes her look like she's pole dancing?
  • Purple Is Powerful: She wears purple while weaponized (and has purple eyes), and she's definitely no slouch.
  • Red Baron: "The Eternal Envy"
  • Taken for Granite: Has a petrifying gaze as an attack.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her more timid personality.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Elise is the only female boss (unless you count Lumen while Nova is controlling her), though to be fair, you're facing "two" and later "three" of her.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Purple eyes and armor, and her Septima can make someone immortal, bring someone back to life, or turn them into zombies.
  • Whip It Good: She also uses them to travel pole to pole in her stage.

Stratos, the Gluttonous Fly

"Hungry... I'm so... hungry!"

Stratos is a Swordsman that is held prisoner by Sumeragi. Prior to his capture, he was a handsome, popular man, although no trace of this man remains today. Stratos possesses the "Fly" ability and is capable of turning his flesh into fly-shaped particles of energy that can dismantle any matter and incorporate it into his body.

Repeated experimentation on Stratos has caused his powers to become too powerful for even his Glaive, "Lizardslayer," to control. The only thing that keeps him in check is a special drug called S.E.E.D., extracted from the experimental plant ViVid.
  • AxCrazy: Noticeably the least stable member of Sumeragi.
  • Flies Equals Evil: Summons and creates flies from his body that attack friend or foe.
  • Horror Hunger: See quote.
  • Power Limiter: Other than his Glaive, he takes a drug called S.E.E.D. that suppresses his septimal powers.
  • Raymanian Limbs: When transformed. His limbs and torso are replaced by some yellow fire-like substance, on which pieces of armor are affixed.
  • Red Baron: "The Gluttonous Fly"

Zonda/Panthera, the Lustful Mirage

"War, like love, is inescapable."

Zonda is another Adept in Sumeragi's Adept Hunter Unit. Zonda possesses the septimal power "Mirror," and uses the Glaive "Crow Child." Zonda's age, gender and background are all shrouded in mystery. Even among Sumeragi's top brass, very few know anything about Zonda. Even less is known about Zonda's Mirror ability, often reputed to be some sort of illusion-based power. Zonda is among Sumeragi's most powerful Adepts, and it is said to be as powerful as Gunvolt and Nova/Shiden.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Like pretty much everything else about xem, no one has any clue what gender Zonda is supposed to be. Zonda's weaponized form dodges the choice by giving xem both a male AND a female form, which appear to be literal mirror images of each other.
    Zonda (paraphrased): A plug for every socket, a socket for every plug.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: The female form has the pink crystal on the end of a long tail, like a scorpion.
  • Death Dealer: The character's weaponized form official art has the person hold a small rectangular card (or possibly a mirror pane). The armor can open up to reveal more.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Ho-ly jitt! Almost EVERYTHING out of this character's mouth is some sort of innuendo.
    • Although this may not be the case.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Zonda's male weaponized form has a spike on the crotch and Zonda thrusts forward with it as an attack.
  • Dub Name Change: Zonda in English; Panthera in Japanese.
  • Foreshadowing: The second trailer for the game doesn't show any footage of the battle against Zonda, unlike the other six Swordsmen. That's because you don't actually get to fight xem.
  • Interface Screw: Xyr power turns the world upside-down.
  • Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: Not Zonda xemself, but rather, xyr mirrors: Male Zonda has rectangular mirrors, female Zonda has ovular mirrors.
  • Mirror Boss: Literally. In Mighty Gunvolt (which is the only place you can actually fight xem), Zonda creates mirror panes to flip between xyr male and female forms, duplicate xemself, drop triangular projectiles from above, and hide while firing energy shots. Bonus points in that xyr power is actually named "Mirror".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Unknown age, unknown gender, unknown backstory. No one knows anything about Zonda except for one thing: Xyr power is supposedly as tough as Gunvolt and Nova. This is one adept you probably don't want to mess with. ...Or not, since Copen worfs xem before xey get a chance to prove it.
  • Red Baron: "The Lustful Mirage"
  • Shoulders of Doom: Xyr male weaponized form sports very Galactus-esque ones.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Xyr female weaponized form has xyr armor in the style of one.
  • The Unfought: Copen takes Zonda out before you get a chance to fight xem, resulting in you fighting Copen for that stage instead.note 

Carrera, the Magnetic Avarice

"Your lightning is no match for my magnetism!"

Carrera is an Adept in Sumeragi's Adept Hunter Unit and possesses the septimal power "Magnetic Arts". He's described as a "pure fighter" who joined the unit simply for the chance to battle powerful Adepts. He has a habit of speaking very formally, and mentions "strength" and "battles against titans" in just about every conversation. Carrera uses the Magnetic Arts ability to produce a special magnetic field that attracts other Adepts. This field also has the effect of temporarily blocking the use of septimal power. Naturally, this is a quality that Sumeragi prizes highly, as it makes capturing Adepts all the easier. His Glaive of choice is named "Rockslicer."
  • Blood Knight: Joined the Adept Hunter Unit only to fight powerful Adepts.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde
  • Magnetism Manipulation: His septimal power.
  • Power Nullifier: His power can negate Septimal powers. In his boss fight, this is used in his Quasar Collapse attack, and will force Gunvolt into Overheat state for a while, removing his ability to prevade attacks or use the flashfield.
    • This power becomes very important later in the story.
  • Red Baron: "The Magnetic Avarice"
  • The Worf Effect: He's left out of the Boss Rush so that when you fight him along the way to confronting Asimov, you'll get to see just how powerful Gunvolt is now that Lumen is supporting him. Ironically, he's also the only one of the Swordmasters who can harm Gunvolt at that point since the Quasar Collapse's secondary effect still works on you at that point.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Speaks like this. Gunvolt does not miss a beat in lampshading it.
    Gunvolt: ...I'm sorry, what? Did you just break out a "thou"?

Jota/Iota, The Prideful Silhouette

"I am one with the light!"

Jota is a Adept who protects the massive Sumeragi communications tower, Amaterasu. He possesses the septimal power "Lightspeed". A former soldier, Jota left the military under the belief that serving Sumeragi was the only way to truly bring peace and stability to his country. His Glaive of choice is the "Shadow Dragon."

     The Adept Slayer 

Copen/Acura "The Avenger", The Adept Slayer

"I've come here to deliver your sentence... Azure Striker!"

Copen feels that, left unchecked, Adepts are a threat that will eventually subjugate anyone that doesn't have their powers, and has made it his mission to destroy them. He has no powers of his own, but his scientific mind is on par with Sumeragi's best scientists.