Characters / Bokurano
The Character Sheet for the series Bokurano
. Be warned: many spoilers are unmarked.
Masaru Kodaka aka "Kodama"
- Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero. He intends to save the world, but is not only not troubled by collateral damage, but sees it as desirable Except for his father, that is.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to his brother (or brothers in the manga), who are considerably more responsible and ethical than he and his father are.
- Creepy Child: Nicely demonstrated when he says that he somewhat respects Ushiro because he knows what it's like to kill someone, as he accidentally pushed Waku to his death (or so it seemed at the time).
- Establishing Character Moment: See Kick the Dog. The two overlapping is proof that he's trouble.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: One comment by him about how the pilots should get used to killing people is enough to convince Youko that he's worse than Ushiro, who physically abuses his younger sister.
- Jerk Ass
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: He says the kids will have to get used to killing, since it will become very common for them. Then comes the realization that not only are the enemy robots piloted by humans, but for every enemy defeated, a universe is destroyed.
- Kick the Dog (Or better said, burn the crab to death)
- Madness Mantra ("There's no way my dad could have died... There's no way my dad could have died...")
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Until he accidentally killed his dad.
- Moral Myopia: Sees the deaths of thousands as a small price to pay for saving the world, but his father is another matter.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses (Wears Kokopelli's glasses like this, and even lampshades the fact when his older brother notices them)
- The Short Guy with Glasses (Subverted. While he is the shortest of the male pilots, the glasses he wears are Kokopelli's and not his', which he uses as Purely Aesthetic Glasses)
- Token Evil Teammate: While most of the others are troubled in various ways, few of them possess as cavalier an attitude to the loss of human life
- Übermensch: He believed he and his father were this.
- Unscrupulous Hero His main goal (protecting the Earth) is certainly a heroic one, but pretty much the only remotely heroic thing about him.
- Villain Protagonist: He has no scruples to speak of, but in the end, if he loses, the protagonists' world will be destroyed.
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes this to his siblings in the anime, who think he ran away, and don't learn of his death until Kana tells them years later in the Distant Finale.
- Disappeared Dad (Mr. Yamura was helping a friend who ran into some trouble. He comes back toward the end of the series)
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In a sense While he dies, his siblings are safe.
- I Will Wait for You: A major part of the reason why he doesn't take his siblings and move in with his uncle is his belief that his father will eventually return, and that he wants him to be able to come home. His father does come back in the manga.
- Last Request: In the anime, he asks Koyemshi to hide his body, and asks Ushiro to treat Kana kindly before he dies.
- Nice Guy: He's one of the kindest cast members, from supporting his siblings to being surprisingly patient with Ushiro.
- Numerical Theme Naming: He and his siblings have references to numbers in the names in the order they're born- Daiichi (oldest), Futaba (second), Santa (third), and Yoshi (fourth).
- Promotion to Parent: He raises his three younger siblings, with their father missing and their mother dead.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He's the third pilot in the manga and the fifth in the anime, meaning that he gets to live a little longer.
Mako Nakarai aka "Nakama"
- All of the Other Reindeer (was heavily bullied at school)
- Attempted Rape: In the manga, he tries this on Chizu soon after he learns he's next in line to pilot. She fends him off, though.
- Dirty Coward: In the manga, he doesn't fight back, hoping that if he does nothing, he'll survive. When he does act, he flees the battle, trampling over many houses, until Chizu stabs him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the manga Chizu stabs him in the neck. In the anime, he's pushed down the stairs, hurt badly enough that he can't move, and dies after the building collapses on him.
- Freak Out: In the middle of his own fight. Chizu stabs him, then
- Hope Spot: Seeing the fighter planes attacking his opponent gives him some hope that he will win without having to move. They fail to destroy the enemy.
- Jerk Ass: While he seems more pathetic than anything, he looks down on Kirie so that he will have someone to look down on, and when the time comes to fight, he's far more concerned about his own safety.
- Power Fantasy: In the manga, he has a disturbing dream in which he takes revenge on everyone who was mocking him:
Chizuru Honda aka "Chizu"
Voiced by: Ao Takahashi (JP)
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the anime, he figures out that the enemy robots are piloted by humans when his strategy to trick the robot into exposing which half is the half with the cockpit by defending himself and going after the one that didn't attack him works.
- Big Brother Mentor: To a degree.
- Love Triangle: He's in one with his Ill Boy friend Nagi and a girl named Tsubasa Hiiragi.
- I Want My Beloved To Behappy: Having come to terms with his impending death, he decides to donate his heart to Nagi so that he will be able to be with Tsubasa.
- Secret Keeper: In the manga, being the one last seen with Waku, he's the only one questioned about his disappearance. He's able to deflect any suspicion from the group.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Him, Nagi and Tsubasa, a dynamic that became more complicated when he and Nagi fell in love with Tsubasa.
Voiced by: Kumiko Higa (JP)
- Abusive Parents: In the manga, it's implied that her mother was absolutely terrible, and by the time Maki was removed from the home as a baby, she was on the verge of death.
- Berserk Button: Ushiro hitting Kana infuriates her.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition Her battle happens at the same time as the birth of her baby brother. She manages to witness it right before passing away, even getting to hug the baby and pass away smiling.
- Cool Big Sis: In the anime at least, she seems to see herself as this to Kana
- Dying Dream: Maki holding her newborn brother, probably.
- Happily Adopted: She has a few insecurities when her parents get pregnant with a new child but when she teases her father about watching anime while his first child is on the way, he responds by saying she's his first child.
- Mama Bear (Do NOT harm Kana in front of her. She elaborates in the manga that a major reason why this upsets her is that Ushiro's seemingly using his being related to Kana by blood not that she would know that he isn't, as license to mistreat her, whereas Maki is considered as much her parents' child as their soon to be born son)
- Otaku: Both she and her dad have an avid interest in Humongous Mecha.
- Team Mom
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Anko, Kana and Komo.
Takami Komoda aka "Komo"
Aiko Tokosumi aka "Anko"
- Missing Mom (manga): In the manga, she committed suicide after the Ascension Towers were constructed, believing them to be unsafe.
- A Shared Suffering: He and Ushiro bond while visiting their mothers' graves. Except Ushiro's biological mother isn't dead.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the manga, his insistence on fighting near the Ascension Towers essentially leads to many deaths including Seki's Heroic Sacrifice, which leaves them another pilot short.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Ushiro in the manga, calmly accusing him of abusing Kana to take out his anger towards his mother on her.
- Secret Keeper: In the manga, he reveals that he didn't tell anyone about Ushiro hurting Kana because Kana herself asked him to do so.
- Snow Means Death: In the manga, he dies on top of Chutenro tower as it's snowing, with his last thoughts on the weather.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ushiro. He doesn't hesitate to be frank with Ushiro, even when it angers him (such as regarding why he treats Kana the way he does), but the two remain friends.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- You Monster!: Does this to Koyemshi twice in the anime. Koyemshi is not happy to hear it.
- Alcoholic Parent: In the manga. It turns out that it's for the Youko from this universe, in a rare case of people having selves in alternate universes.
- And This Is For...: Dedicates one of her gunshots on Koyemshi to Yuu, Kokopelli's daughter and one of the victims of Koyemshi's manipulation.
- Becoming the Mask (She was raised in our Earth, comes to truly love our world and, in the anime, she sacrifices herself for us. Her crush on Ushiro helps a bit, too.)
- Dead Person Impersonation: In the manga, during the live broadcast from Zearth's cockpit, she has to impersonate Komo, who was the only other identified pilot of Zearth, as the official story is that she and Anko are the only pilots.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: In the manga, she was shot by a nameless assassin and is taken off life support.
- Dying Alone: In the anime, She passes on with only the remains of Koyemshi nearby, after saying goodbye to Ushiro and Kana
- Gallows Humor: In the manga, she jokes about assassins coming after the pilots after the boy who claimed to be a Zearth pilot is shot dead; it is implied that the families of those killed in Zearth's battles helped that happen. She ends up being killed that way herself.
- The Generic Girl: Played with in the manga. Every tankobon begins with a list of Zearth's pilots, complete with short descriptions. Throughout the series, Machi remains "That girl with the freckles." Ultimately subverted. She's far from generic.
- It's All My Fault (Blames herself for the whole mess as she's the one who brought the kids to Kokopelli's cave.)
- Last Name Basis: The cast tends to call her "Machi," in contrast to the other girls, who are typically referred to by their first name or a nickname. She also uses most of the others' last names.
- The Mole: She's the only one who isn't in the contract and essentially works for Koyemshi.
- Nice Hat: She has a very cute white one
- Not Funny Anymore: In the manga, Machi says the kids might have assassins sent after them, which is considered as a passing comment making some black humor about the situation. She's shot to death some episodes later, and Koyemshi has to kill her to ease her suffering.]]
- Plucky Girl
- Redemption Equals Death: In the anime, after betraying Koyemshi and helping Ushiro kill him to hijack Zearth, she's the first to go. She wins her battle and dies.
- Scars Are Forever: In the manga, a bit of acid splashes on her cheek and leaves a scar that is mostly covered up with a bandage.
- Snow Means Death: She dies while it's snowing.
- Spanner in the Works: Iin the anime, upon Ushiro's request, she out-gambits and kills Koyemshi, undoing his cruel manipulations on him and Kana and forcing her way into the contract.
- Think Nothing of It: In the anime, after Kana thanks her for killing Koyemshi and preventing her from being entered into the contract, thereby saving her life, she says she didn't do it to be thanked.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She is Koyemshi's little sister)
- Unrequited Love for Ushiro
- Walking Spoiler: She's hard to discuss without spoiling details from her backstory, her brother's, or the existence of alternate Earths.
- Wham Episode (Before she can fight her battle in the manga, she gets shot in the head.)
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the manga, accuses Akira of being unsuited to be a father when he continues to record footage after his daughter Aiko/Anko had her legs burned off by acid while protecting Youko. Anko tells Youko to calm down.
- Accidental Murder: Subverted; he didn't actually push Waku to his death; Waku was dead before he fell.
- Aloof Big Brother: More like Abusive Big Brother to Kana.
- The Atoner: He gradually realizes the error of his ways and how much he hurt Kana. In the anime, he takes Kana's place in the last battle. In the manga, he chooses to volunteer as a pilot so that some stranger won't have to.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Though he really took his time.
- Dying Alone: In the anime, at the end of the last battle, he dies in Zearth's cockpit, alone, and it soon falls apart around him.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul —> Defrosting Ice King
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses "ore" at first, but later on in the manga, switches to "boku", surprising Youko and leading to a Title Drop when he says "ours".
- Jerk Ass: At first.
- Kick the Dog: In the manga, when they're running short on pilots, he casually suggests that Kana pilot, not knowing that she's already volunteered for it.
- Missing Mom (He abuses Kana because their mom succumbed to Death by Childbirth. Or so he thought)
- My God, What Have I Done?: Upon realizing how much he had mistreated Kana.
- Oblivious to Love: Poor Youko
- Odd Friendship: With Koyemshi, though only in the manga, and only at the very end.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Not So Stoic: Has various moments like this, especially when he freaks out after it seems as though he accidentally pushed Waku to his death, and no one seems to think otherwise.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Over time.
- Tragic Keepsake: Kanji's jacket in the manga.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kanji.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot In the manga, during his battle. He's in an Heroic B.S.O.D. because of the stress and throws up on his lap, so he has to put on a custom uniform.
- Wham Line: (manga) "I'm not in the contract"
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets varying degrees of this over his treatment of Kana, especially from Maki. Tanaka also calls him out on suggesting that Daiichi is getting cold feet, saying that "Everyone's afraid."
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the manga, having suffered the loss of all his friends, his sister and his biological mother, his final task is to kill everyone on the last planet to make sure he kills the enemy pilot.
- Would Hit a Girl: To make matters worse, it's his younger sister.
- Yakuza Prince: In the anime, his father Ichiro was a Yakuza heir, but after he was killed by his enemies, his mom Miko (later, Misumi Tanaka) gave Ushiro away to her cousin so he'd have a normal life.
Kokopelli ( or better said, Garaku-sensei.)
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kokopelli says in the manga that he had a scar from one of the kids in his group, when the recruiter made the mistake of recruiting too many at the start, but he covered it up.
- Killed Offscreen: He perishes from piloting Zearth offscreen. Several of the other pilots aren't shown at the moments of their deaths, but in his case, it isn't obvious at first that he's dead.
- My God, What Have I Done? ("I'm sorry", he says when the kids leave his cave. And with good reason)
- Sacrificial Lamb: Although his status as such is not revealed until later.
Koyemshi/Dung Beetle ( or better said, Shirou Machi)
- Adaptational Villainy: In the manga, he actually has some redeeming moments. Contrast when he puts Youko out of her misery and grieves for her in his own way in the manga, with him getting killed by Youko in order to save Kana from being forced into the contract in the anime.
- Aloof Big Brother To Youko
- The Atoner: In the manga, after killing Machi.
- Berserk Button: Kanji insulting him by calling him a pawn of the Masterminds seems to be this, as he tells him he's gone too far and wants him to be selected next.
- Brutal Honesty: When he becomes Kokopelli, he makes it clear to the pilots that they are going to die.
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Dirty Coward: There's the part where he physically forces a fellow pilot from his Earth to participate, only to break down and beg for his life when it's his turn, and his reaction when Youko is shooting him to death.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: In the manga, pilots Zearth in the very last chapter.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: As Shirou, he has a huge scar on his face.
- Heel–Face Turn: In the last chapters of the manga.
- Hey, You!: The most pleasant he'll get with someone is referring to them by their last name without an honorific. At worst, he enjoys calling them names.
- Hypocrite: See the Dirty Coward entry.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Koyemshi at the start of his battle at the end of the manga: "Zearth, take-off."
- The Imp
- Jerk Ass
- Kick the Dog: Too many to list them all, but one nice example is after Anko dies, he comments that he's disappointed that her passing didn't involve more crying and screaming.
- Kid-Appeal Character: He seems like the typical Non-Human Sidekick.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Morality Pet: Machi.
- Nay-Theist: Manga only— Koyemshi believes that it's better to think of the mecha battles as natural phenomena and God as a yet-undiscovered law of physics, because "it's better that way" ... Probably because the idea that God might be behind the pruning is not a comfortable thought.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In the manga, after his sister is killed, he is not laughing anymore. He is not smug. He is not condescending. He is angry, and his ''first'' act of anger is to teleport the killer ''somewhere'' which is implied to be very, very bad.
- Out-Gambitted (In the anime, by Ushiro and Youko)
- Pet the Dog: Koyemshi can appear nearly sympathetic in the manga, when he displays some signs of care for Machi.
- There's also the talk he has with Ushiro just before the final battle of the manga, encouraging him and giving him a reason to fight for the ones close to him, including his still living sister, Miku Tanaka.
- Perpetual Smiler: His human form in the manga.
- Portal Cut: His means of severing Seki's hand; he teleports the rest of his body away, then back.
- Redemption Equals Death (In the manga becomes the last pilot of Zearth)
- Robot Buddy: Subverted—Koyemshi doesn't always tell the kids things they really ought to know.
- Sadistic Choice (His treatment of Kana and Jun by the end of the anime, when he tries to manipulate Kana into becoming a pilot and threatening her with forcing Ushiro to do so if she hesitates. Ushiro, however, had asked Youko for help behind his back, and she out-gambits and kills him)
- Stern Teacher (In the manga he retakes his human form, becomes the new Kokopelli and goes to another Earth with Zearth. When he recruits the new pilots, he straightforwardly tells them that they'll die after piloting (unlike Garaku/Kokopelli, who couldn't bring himself to do so), but then he adds that he will be the first pilot and show them how to do it right, which triggers the Redemption Equals Death mentioned above.)
- Shoot the Dog (has to put a mortally injured Youko out of her misery in the manga, which lets him show a slightly softer side.)
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Once demands to be called "Koyemshi-sama". He's amused when Tanaka calls him "Koyemshi-san".
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Tells Kanji "You're can die next, you little bitch!" It's Komo's turn instead.
- Also, after Youko shoots him in the anime
: That fucking
hurt, you bitch!
- Trickster Mentor: Subverted in the anime; Koyemshi is such a Jerk Ass that he torments the children simply because he enjoys seeing them suffer.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the anime, as he's being shot to death.
- Was Once a Man
Captain Misumi Tanaka
- An Arm and a Leg: In the anime, after pointing a gun at Koyemshi, he loses his hand
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the manga, he willingly becomes a living target to help Kanji in his battle.
- Scars Are Forever: In the TV series he loses an arm after threatening Koyemshi, then has it replaced with a prothesis.
- Spared by the Adaptation]]: Survives in the anime.
- So Proud of You: In the last battle of the anime, thinks about how strong Ushiro has become.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: A very disturbing example of this is applied in the manga; he claims that the fact that he has never had sex with his girlfriend, Chizu's older sister, is proof of his love for her. It only serves to make him seem even more vile.
- Jerk Ass: In the anime. His manga incarnation is much worse.
- Karma Houdini: Chizu backs down from killing him, and in the manga, her family doesn't believe they can legitimately press charges against him after Chizu killed innocent people in the pursuit of her revenge against him.
- Spell My Name with an "S" (He is Morihiro Hatagai in the manga, but Hiroyuki Hatagai in the anime.)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kinoshita (JP)
- Adults Are Useless Averted in the anime, where he works with other adults (Komo's dad, Kanji's mom, etc.) to find out what is going on and try saving the kids. In the manga he still tries to support Anko as much as he can.
- Intrepid Reporter
- Parents as People: He feels guilty about not spending more time with Anko. In the manga, after sharing some of his reservations with his boss, his boss says that he's not exactly a good father, but he has the mindset of a great journalist.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Anko is unhappy with his constant absence in the manga.
- Your Cheating Heart: In the anime, he has an affair that is used against him in an attempt to discredit the plans to go live about Zearth..
- Fingore In the manga, he threatens Koyemshi with a gun, gets his fingers severed. He later gets them reattatched.
Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono (JP)
Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi (JP)
- Adults Are Useless (Averted, as mentioned)
- Alliterative Name (anime)
- Foil: In the manga, Anko compares him with her father, thinking that while she has to wonder how much her father cares about her, Tomoe cares for his daughter but can't express it well.
- My Greatest Failure Komo's death is this for him, in the manga.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In the anime, he's a congressman. In the manga, he's in the military, and Komo talking to him is what gets the military involved.
- Say My Name: In the manga, he screams his daughter's name as she dies.
- Spell My Name with an "S" (He is Kouichi Komoda in the anime, and Tomoe Komoda in the manga. Those two versions could be considered separate characters altogether, as their character designs are different as well: Kouichi looks quite younger than Tomoe, to start.)
- The Stoic: In the manga, it's pointed out that he does love his daughter, but is not very good at showing it.
- These Hands Have Killed: Asks if he can play the piano- as he had planned to do after retiring from the military- with the same hands that he says killed his daughter.
- Go Through Me Attempting to snap Chizuru out of her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she stands between Zearth's arm and Hatagai and tells her little sister to kill her instead, dumping the blame on herself. Chizu stops, but Ichiko can't save her from dying. In the manga, she knows that Chizu is there. In the anime, she shields Hatagai with her body, without ever seeing Chizu.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She's dating Hatagai, 'nuff said. In the manga, she breaks up with him after she learns of what he did to Chizu; in the anime, there's no indication that she finds out about what happened to Chizu.
- Onee-sama (to her little sister Chizu)
- Tomboy and Girly Girl (The tomboy to Chizu's girly girl)
Junji "Katari" Karita
A boy who pretends to be a Zearth pilot on TV. He ends up being killed for it
- Cassandra Truth: It's obvious to the Zearth pilots and everyone else working with them that he's lying, but not the public; to them, it's more believable than the word of the rival newscaster's daughter.
- In-Series Nickname: Anko mentioned the Zearth pilots coined one for him despite never having met him.
- Meaningful Name: His nickname means "to deceive" or "cheat," since he's a fake Zearth Pilot.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: The main characters have to keep up the illusion that he's one of them,.
- Spanner in the Works: By coming forward on TV, he essentially derails the main character's plans regarding Zearth in the media, largely because having the daughter of one of the reporters come forward as a Zearth pilot is less believable than what he says.
- Too Dumb to Live: Pretending to be the pilot of a machine that's killed thousands of people is essentially inviting your own death.
- Walking Spoiler: His only appearance involves a somewhat significant plot twist.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Shot dead mere pages after his introduction.
Misumi's daughter, who is about Kana's age. She's Jun's sister
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (JP)
Masaru's father, head of a construction company.
- Bad Boss: He abuses his own subordinates for not meeting his standards.
- Bald of Evil
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He intends to profit off of the destruction Zearth wreaks.
- Drunk Driver: In the manga, Kodama says he thinks nothing of driving under the influence.
- Fat Bastard
- Karmic Death: Dies from the destruction he had hoped to profit off of
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the manga, Kodama makes a reference to this, saying "He only feigns being crude and dense."
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He "treats women like objects"
- Show, Don't Tell: In the manga, the viewer has a few pages of exposition on his habits. In the anime, you get to see him at a board meeting, with him saying that he wants to develop the area that was destroyed in Waku's battle, and slapping a subordinate for not closing a deal at its original terms.
- Übermensch: In the eyes of his son.
Kana's biological father and Jun's adoptive father.
- Cool Teacher: His students respect and look up to him. In the anime, he runs a school that teaches non-traditional values.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Jun in the anime, both his children in the manga.
- Parental Favoritism: He admits that he tried to love Jun the same way he loved Kana, but it's not the same. It's further driven home when he realizes that Kana will pilot next, he's genuinely heartbroken, admitting that he didn't react the same way when he heard about Jun.
- Parents as People: In the manga, he admits that he was scared of getting close to Jun, and so treated him as just another student, which damaged his relationship with both his children.