Characters / D.N.Angel

The characters of the manga and anime series D.N.Angel:


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Daisuke and Dark

Daisuke Niwa

Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP), Kevin Corn (EN)
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He cannot tell Riku that he is Dark in fear of getting rejected because in order for him to stop transforming into Dark, Riku needs to love all of Daisuke, which means both Daisuke and Dark — who Riku absolutely... hates.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Dude can jump over a gate several times his height thanks to the training his family put him through.
  • Identical Grandson: Daisuke looks a lot like his grandfather did in his youth, enough to cause at least one person (the spirit of a girl Daiki befriended when he was Daisuke's age) to mistake him for the former.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Considering Dark's always telling him "I am you," it isn't too much of a surprise that in the ending chapters of Stage 4 during the dance, Daisuke's and Dark's emotions seem to be getting melded together, and Daisuke is having trouble figuring out just who is dancing with Risa and just who is feeling these things for her. This is an interesting case, considering just how independent from each other the two are generally portrayed.
  • Sexier Alter Ego - In the eyes of most of the girls in the strip, Daisuke is cute but Dark is superstar level hot. Riku is the notable exception who prefers Daisuke.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego - As Dark

Dark Mousy

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted with Riku, played straight with Risa and the rest of the girls
  • Big Brother Mentor: Somewhat fills this role towards Daisuke, as he sometimes (though not always) gives Daisuke advice on his problems, and, as their relationship grows closer and improves, he loves to tease and mess with Daisuke as any older brother would. Their brotherly relationship is one of the main focuses of the series.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the manga, Dark is at times envious that Daisuke is the object of Riku's affections.
  • Love Hurts:
    • Oh so much. Dark's love interest (in the manga) Riku totally hates Dark's guts, and Dark lets down his second love interest Risa because he knows he can't be with her. Because Dark disappears whenever his Niwa host falls in love and their love interest reciprocates, Dark suffers whenever he falls in love because he can never stay.
    • Daisuke's grandfather Daiki reveals to Kousuke that while he was Daisuke's age, Daiki and Dark were both in love the same girl (who eventually becomes Daisuke's grandmother), but she chose Daiki over him, causing Dark to disappear.
  • Second Love: In later chapters in the manga, Dark begins reciprocating Risa's feelings for him.

Risa Harada

Voiced by: Masumi Asano (JP), Luci Christian (EN)
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Riku and Risa
  • Character Development: She becomes more sensitive and less childish as the series progresses. Unfortunately, this doesn't change the fans' view on her.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Part of the reason why Dark was attracted to her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: The first part of the series involves her unintentionally breaking Daisuke's heart. She's learning to be more aware of other people's feelings.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Risa falls in love with Dark, Daisuke's alter ego, while only seeing Daisuke as a friend.
  • Oblivious to Love: She had no idea that Daisuke had a crush on her. It certainly doesn't help that she declared themselves Just Friends when he was about confess his feelings for her.
  • Psychic Link: The Harada twins share a strong bond where they can feel what the other twin feels whenever one is in danger.
  • Ship Tease: Risa begins to have a lot of screentime with Satoshi in the manga.

Riku Harada

Voiced by: Sara Nakayama (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)
  • Buxom Is Better: At the very least her sister thinks so, as the reason Risa wants a hot boyfriend is that Risa mentions that Riku is five milimeters bigger than her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the manga, she has matching brown hair and eyes. In the anime, her hair has more of a reddish tint to it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is initially insecure of her newfound relationship with Daisuke and fears that she is only a replacement for her twin sister Risa, Daisuke's first love.
  • Psychic Link: The Harada twins share a strong bond where they can feel what the other twin feels whenever one is in danger.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In Volumes 5 and 6, Riku fears that the only reason Daisuke likes her is because of her resemblance to Risa.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In contrast to her twin sister Risa, Riku develops feelings for the socially awkward but overall nice guy Daisuke and hates the ever popular ladies' man Dark.
  • Tsundere: Though a much more mild case than the the typical stock archetype.

Satoshi Hiwatari

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
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  • Ambiguously Bi: It's hinted that he may have feelings for Risa, and it's equally hinted that he may have romantic feelings for Daisuke. When this is brought up, he doesn't openly confess to anything, though he never denies the accusations either. If anything, he encourages the idea, which has led to the source of much confusion regarding his motives. It has even been stated outright by Dark that Daisuke is the one who causes Satoshi to turn into Krad. Krad himself has also hinted at Satoshi possibly wanting more than a friendship from Daisuke at least once in the anime, and more than twice in the manga. In any case, he at least wants to be close to Daisuke despite the danger of Krad to both of them.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: It's heavily implied that the reason he wears them is to keep Krad at bay.
    • Averted when he loses his glasses in issue 12 and we see that he's actually pretty near sighted. Daisuke actually offers to dive into a rapidly moving river and risk death looking for them but Satoshi assures him that they can manage without them since he was given similar training to Daisuke as a child.
  • Ship Tease: In the manga, Satoshi has been getting a lot of screentime with Risa.

Krad

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)
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Krad and Dark
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has a long, thin ponytail in the back. Also that one abysmally long lock of his bangs.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Dark, to the point where his color scheme is stated to be deliberately ironic. This makes sense, considering they are each a half of the same living artwork, "The Black Wings."
  • Slasher Smile: When attacking Dark in episode 24 of the anime. And it is scary.

Wiz/With

Voiced by: Mariela Ortiz (EN)
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  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9 of the anime, in which he develops a crush on a normal rabbit at a pet store.
  • Ambiguous Species: It's not clear if he really is supposed to be a rabbit or not. The regular rabbit shown in episode 9 looked much different than him, so it appears he is not really a rabbit. The anime, at least, implies he's a living artwork like Towa, as he loses energy and turns to stone just like she does.
  • Familiar: Functions as this to Dark.
  • Off Model: His feet change size depending on what position he's in. They are not as long when he's standing with them as when he's siting down.
  • Morphic Resonance: He's unable to speak human while transformed into a copy of Daisuke, being only able to make the noises he normally makes.
  • Rascally Rabbit: He acts as a familiar to a Phantom Thief and his shapeshifting powers are used to trick people. In the anime, he also sometimes engages in minor acts of michief such as tagging along with Daisuke at school by hiding in Daisuke's school bag or eating all the strawberries.
  • Shapeshifter: Though it appears he has limits. The only thing he's shown shapeshifting into is Dark's wings and a copy of Daisuke.

Mio Hio

Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)
  • Hair Decorations: A red ribbon headband with a yellow crown accent, and a second red ribbon around part of her bangs. These are replaced with simple white ribbons during the finale.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Finding she can't bring herself to harm Daisuke, she seals herself in the pendant she was going to use to steal his life away, sacrificing her chance at humanity.
  • New Transfer Student: Transfers to Daisuke's school from America.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: She's actually the spirit of a doll, temporarily given a human body by Kei Hiwatari. To stay permanently human, she must sacrifice someone else's life in a ritual involving a pair of cursed charms.
  • Poirot Speak: She mixes English words into her speech.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Inverted - She never wears the school uniform, not even the school swimsuit.
  • Shipper on Deck: She becomes this to Daisuke and Riku.


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