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Dwindling Party: The sixth member of their group, Reiko Amano, is offed in the first couple of episodes, except their memories are wiped so they forget. Shun turns into a karma demon and is swallowed up by the earth. A few episodes later, Mamoru leaves the village and Maria goes with him, planning to start a family in the wilderness. They are confirmed dead in episode 18. By the third story arc, Saki and Satoru are the only two of the friends remaining.
Voiced by: Risa Taneda (12, 14 and 26 years), Aya Endo (36 years)
The protagonist and narrator of the story, Saki is a young girl living in the town of Kamisu 66, a cordoned village in a future where humankind has developed psychokinetic abilities. These powers manifest during mid adolescence around twelve years of age. Her powers we late to develop, leading her to believe that she would fall victim to the 'neko damashi', giant felines that are said to abduct children that are not blessed with such power before they mature. The story picks up as she enters Zenjin academy and joins her friends.
Action Girl: Not surprising with the amount of danger she finds herself in, coupled with her PK. Saki does an amazing job of defending herself.
Badass Adorable: Don't let her cute looks fool you. Saki is a natural-born leader and is incredibly resourceful with her environment. Is it any wonder why Tomiko Asahina asked her to become the next head of the Ethics Committee?
Badass Bureaucrat: After she becomes the head of the Department of Exospecies Control.
Badass In Charge: Once she becomes the head of the Department of Exospecies Control, she is responsible for documenting bakenezumi societies.
Even more so after she becomes the new head of the Ethics Committee in Episode 20.
Bi the Way: She's in love with Shun but she's also in a relationship with Maria until they're 14. It's crystal clear that she prioritizes her feelings for Shun over her girlfriend though. Their relationship ended amicably in Episode 14 after Shun's death and Maria's decision to leave the village with Mamoru. She marries Satoru in the end.
Childhood Friends: With everyone, but the one she most clearly has this relationship with is Satoru. Although the anime downplayed their relationship a lot, Saki and Satoru have the deepest bond in the novel, and the anime does at least make clear they are the central pair of the story.
Expository Hairstyle Change: Starts out with short hair; it grows out to shoulder-length when she's 14, and by the time she's 26, she wears it in a long sidetail. When she's 36, she cuts it short again..
Heroic Willpower: She takes being a Plucky Girl to practically the level of a superpower, shrugging off existential horrors with barely a flicker. This is why she's tapped to lead the Ethics Committee: because she can face the trauma of doing what must be done without a nervous breakdown, which in this setting would be tantamount to The Corruption.
Meaningful Name: The ki in "Saki" can show age order, specifically referring to the youngest child. Saki is the youngest of her parents children, only her sister has been made an Unperson and she can no longer remember her face.
Mercy Kill: Eventually grants this to Squealer/Yakomaru, after the Board of Ethics subjects him to a Fate Worse Than Death and he's reduced to a shapeless blob that can only feel pain.
Nom de Mom: Saki's father last name is Sugiura, Watanabe's is her mother last name.
Official Couple: With Satoru. They have sex in Episode 16 and stay together throughout the third story arc, as technically they are considered a couple since the pairing of at school.. Their romantic relationship is heavily cut down in the anime by being substituted with Saki pining over Maria to an extent that wasn't in the original novel. In the original, their relationship is greatly explored and developed. Satoru and Saki do marry at the end of the anime and have a child though.
Plucky Girl: Stated by several characters to be her best trait - no matter how many bad things she endures or how many hard truths she uncovers, she always manages to bounce back.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By letting Maria and Mamoru run away from the village, Saki essentially set up the conditions for the birth in wilderness of the Akki and Yakomaru's procurement of a living nuke with free, untampered power.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Satoru, mainly as children, they have petty arguments and they tease each other, yet they are really good friends and they would do anything for the other. As they grow up they start bickering less.
Will They or Won't They?: With Shun. They don't, albeit due to Shun's transformation into a Gouma rather than a loss of interest.
Saki's childhood friend. Loud and boisterous, Satoru is as quick with his powers as he is with his tongue. He enjoys nothing more than to stir up his friends, especially Saki from which he takes particular enjoyment. Satoru is also very smart and loyal to his friends. He matures as the story unfolds.
Ax-Crazy: Downplayed, but he got rather bloodthirsty while fighting the Earth Spider colony, to the point it made Saki uncomfortable.
Badass: Especially prominent after the second time skip. Satoru is able to think calmly and rationally even at the threat of imminent death (by an enemy he cannot even defend himself against, no less). Satoru's ingenuity is acknowledged by several characters, albeit subtly. As he and Saki attend a patrol to search a hospital for survivors, even the group leader turns to Satoru for guidance.
Badass Adorable: As a 12 year old boy, he's able to take out armies of hostile Bakenezumi once his PK powers are restored.
Badass Bookworm: He does very well at school and has lot of technical knowledge. Particularly at the age of 26 as he works as a geneticist.
Bi the Way: Has been in a relationship with Shun. It ended painfully for Satoru as Shun broke up with him and cut him off along with his other friends when he realized he was starting to turn into a gouma. He eventually marries Saki.
The Gadfly: Particularly to Saki, who usually falls for it. He mostly grows out of it as he gets older.
Genre Savvy: He's quick to point out that something's off with Squealer and his plans to industrialize and mobilize the Bakenezumi colonies. In fact he tends to pick up stuff faster than any of his friends and that has saved them many times.
Subverted in the third part of the story and in the novel when they're the only two of the friends remaining. They marry at the end and have a child.
Official Couple: With Saki. They have sex in Episode 16 and stay together throughout the third story arc, as technically they are considered a couple since the pairing for schoolwork. Their romantic relationship is heavily cut down in the anime by being substituted with Saki pining over Maria to an extent that wasn't in the original novels. In the original, their relationship is actually greatly explored and developed. Satoru and Saki do marry at the end of the anime and have a child though.
Smarter Than You Look: He looks like a typical kid his age but he's very level-headed and effective in dangerous situations.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Saki, mainly as children, they have petty arguments and they tease each other, yet they are really good friends and they would do anything for the other. As they grow up they start bickering less.
Friend to Saki since their formative school, Maria's proficiency with her powers are extremely binary. She excels in matter manipulation such as levitation but is poor with skills that require creating mental images. While attending Zenjin, she has formed an even closer relationship with Saki, bordering on the romantic.
Apocalypse Maiden: To quote Saki - had Maria never been born, countless lives would have been spared. And she was right: if Maria hadn't been born, she wouldn't have given birth to a walking apocalypse who kills everyone and destroys everything she sees.
Killed Off for Real: Upon thoroughly examining the remains laid out by Yakomaru, Tomiko reveals that there's no inconsistency in the age, gender nor DNA of her and Mamoru. It's thus heavily implied that Yakomaru killed her and Mamoru. But it's also implied that he wanted something else from her first...
That "something else" turns out to be her child (son in the novels). It's assumed that Yakomaru kept Maria and Mamoru under his clutches until she gave birth to a child outside the psychic restrictions of the village. With the ultimate weapon in Yakomaru's hands, it's safe to say that she had outlived her usefulness to him.
The Lost Lenore: For Saki in the anime and manga. Their relationship is these is more prominent than in the original novel, likely for Fanservice.
Power Floats: Surprisingly, the only main character to use her abilities for this.
Put On The Bus: She ultimately departs Kamisu 66 with Mamoru, leaving behind a final letter for Saki to read. She is never seen again.
Significant Green Eyed Red Head: Foreshadowed very early on in the story. Died during the second time skip, but managed to give birth to the walking nuke that is an Akki.
Team Mom: Has a mature, motherly demeanor. She is also very protective of Mamoru.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The birth and growth of the Akki is partly due to her decision to run off and start a family with Mamoru in the wilderness, away from the village and any access to the hypnosis and conditioning imposed on children. At least, Mamoru on his own wouldn't be able to produce a child.
Mamoru is a quiet and reserved student with no outstanding skills, however he appears to be proficient at drawing images through his psychokinesis. Mamoru also harbours feelings for Maria; she has yet to reciprocate them. His drawing skills are remarkable.
Break the Cutie: Understandably so; Mamoru doesn't take the prospect of the fact that he may actually live in a Crapsaccharine World lightly. In fact, the others agree not to even talk about the odd occurrences in the village around him.
Put On The Bus: The threats towards his life in Kamisu 66 forces him and Maria to leave the village for good. He never sees Satoru nor Saki ever again.
Bus Crash: Those "bakenezumi bones" Yakomaru promised to lay out to cover Mamoru's and Maria's escape? It's actually from their corpses, as Tomiko proves through DNA analysis.
Shrinking Violet: Very demure, soft-spoken, and quiet. Even as he pines for her, Maria teases him mercilessly by flaunting her relationship with Saki in his face. Maria does, however, care for Mamoru very deeply despite this.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Mamoru fathers a child in the timeskip, Yakomaru finds no more need to keep him and Maria alive. By the end of the timeskip, the two's remains were given to the Ethics Committee (as part of Yakomaru's plan) and Yakomaru grooms their child to become his ultimate weapon.
Voiced by: Mai Toudou (12 years), Ayumu Murase (14 years)
Top student of his class, Shun is a calm and collected individual who often takes middle ground when conflict breaks out.
Death of the Hypotenuse: He is loved by both Satoru and Saki, he was dating the former and dies telling the latter that he's always loved her.
Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it when he transforms into a Gouma and accidentally kills his parents as well as annihilates his entire village.
Dissonant Serenity In the midst of the strange, otherworldly environment warped by his PK, and faced with his growing mental instability, inevitable death, and the fact that his beloved was in range of his chaotic, uncontrollable PK, Shun surprisingly manages to keep his voice relatively calm as he speaks to Saki.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: Gouma!Shun cannot be killed via poison, since they're either neutralized or dissolved by his power they enter his body. The adults send some Fujoneko after him but they're also easily terminated. Eventually, he allows himself to be swallowed by the earth and perishes.
The Smart Guy: The top of his class, and often able to compose a logical answer to most things. He even managed to gain some semblance of understanding of the human psyche, particularly in regards to the Hashimoto-Appelbaum syndrome that was turning him into a Karmic Demon.
Spirit Advisor: Of sorts to Saki in the third story arc. He's the one that figures out that Yakomaru's Akki is not actually an Akki.
Unperson: After his death, all memories of him are wiped or replaced.
Satoru's grandmother, having survived an Akki attack on the hospital she worked for, Tomiko has since rose to the head of the Ethics Committee. As the village's leader, it is up to her to maintain status quo and to prevent future attacks by Akkis and Goumas.
Big Good: Serves as this in the Third Arc, even though she's been in power for much longer.
Killed Off for Real: Presumably off-screen. With no strength left in her as a result of her injuries, she accepts the inevitability of Yakomaru attacking the hospital. After giving her final orders to Niimi and Saki, Tomiko calmly rests in her hospital bed and awaits her fate.
The Mentor: She serves as one for Saki during the second and third arcs.
Obi-Wan Moment: Realizing she no longer has the strength to face Yakomaru and his akki, she gives Saki her position and calmly requests a grieving Niimi (her assistant) to leave her behind.
Passing the Torch: Foreshadowed in the second story arc, she gives her position as the head of the Ethics Committee to Saki in Episode 20 after receiving serious injuries.
Properly Paranoid: About Akkis and Goumas returning to wreak havoc on Kamisu 66. After all, she barely avoided being killed by K when she worked as a nurse.
Really 700 Years Old / Older Than They Look: She's 267 years old. Apparently, this is a result of being able to regenerate her telomeres.note As cell division often fails to replicate the entire chromosome, often stopping before the end, telomeres are buffer nitrogen bases found at the end that protect the chromosome from deterioration. Without them, the cell would lose vital pieces of information instead. Because they don't code for any particular amino acid, they are essentially disposable, yet they do run out and research suggests that telomeres running out causes aging on the cellular level.
This Means War!: This was her reaction to Yakomaru's devastating attack on Kamisu 66 during the Summer Festival.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her experiment to allow Group One to have free will untampered by the adults's conditioning in order to rear leaders for the village did result in the making of two decent leadership figures in the form of Saki and Satoru, but it also led to the tragedy of Mamoru and Maria running away when they rebels against the Board of Education's authority to cull children, and ultimately the birth of the Akki.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is willing to do whatever it takes to protect Kamisu 66. However, she has criticized the Education Committee for being too paranoid and hasty when it comes to culling children, though she sympathizes with them.
Ambition Is Evil: He overthrew the queen, brought technological advancements to the Robber Fly colony, built a massive army, and crushed any opposing colonies that stood in his way. And he's hungry for more...
And I Must Scream: After being defeated, the Ethics Committee sentences him to eternal suffering, being turned into a shapeless blob that can only feel pain. Saki grants him death, eventually.
Anti-Villain: Type III. Despite his absolutely brutal methods & manipulative personality, he is rebelling against an extremely cruel society that will destroy entire colonies without a second thought, and for minor reasons. He also appears to legitimately believe he is doing what is right for his people, rather than for his own personal lust for power.
Blood Knight: As if raising an advanced army isn't enough, he brings Saki and Satoru to Squonk's colony not just to find out the location of Maria and Mamoru, but to use them as weapons against the independent colony. After the Goat Moth refuse to respond, he becomes boisterous and bloodthirsty, in contrast to his usual slippery behavior.
Blue and Orange Morality: The values of the Bakenezumi in general differ considerably from the human norms and even more so from the pacifistic values of Kamisu 66, but it's most often Squealer who demonstrates this, being sincerely submissive and helpful to "gods", but utterly merciless towards his own kind. It's also implied that he would feel no reverence towards humans without PK abilities and judge them on equal terms with the Bakenezumi.
The third story arc, however, reveals this to be one big lie. It is implied that Yakomaru (formerly known as Squealer) was planning an assault on the "gods" throughout the second story arc and the time-skip by rapidly advancing his colony's technology and somehow obtaining an Akki. So when he reveals his true colors in Episode 18, he caught most of the villagers by surprise and, by Episode 20, succeeded in sacking the village and killing most of the citizens. Just one more reason why he is such a Manipulative Bastard
Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in the first story arc, in a rather minor role of supporting Saki's and Satoru's escape from the forest. Cut to Episode 15 and he's back, only this time he's not a minor character at all. He's ousted the Bakenezumi queen, unified most of the colonies, and drastically improved the colonies' technology and armory (to the point of surpassing those present in the human settlements).
In the third arc. He's transformed his once lowly colony into a superpower that easily crushes the Giant Hornets. And now he has his eyes on the human settlements to feed his lust for power...episode 18 hints that it was more likely his Akki that won the battle than him.
The Chessmaster: Absolutely. Lampshaded in Episode 20 by Saki, mentioning how he had the human race at the palm of his hand from the get go.It's even implied that he started concocting his plan to take out the human settlements before the start of the series.
Hidden Agenda Villain: While he revealed his true colors in episode 18, the exact reason why he would attack the human settlements is not known until Episode 21. See The Reveal for his true intentions.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Making a enemy of Kiromaru and wiping out his colony for having different beliefs than him leads to the death of his Messiah and unravels all his plans. And his exploitation of death feedback to kill humans may have been what inspired Saki to take out his Akki in the same way.
Hypocrite: For all his talk about what mankind has done he had no problem destroying enemy colonies. He also has reduced the role of queens to little more than slaves for reproduction. Also, he openly criticizes traditional Bakenezumi culture for treating its people as tools, only to later sacrifice many of his own men.
I Did What I Had to Do: This is what he tells Saki and Satoru when they ask him why he killed innocent civilians and sacrificed his own men.
The Reveal: Episode 21 reveals his grand scheme. It turns out that he wants to give the humans a taste of their own medicine and make the bakenezumi the rulers, not the other way around. How does he do this? Simple: after killing Maria and Mamoru, he abducts their child and raises him to become an Akki. Then, as the Akki wipes out human villages, the hospitals would be kept intact so the armies could abduct human infants (as infants of a vanquished colony are considered spoils) and raise them to become Akkis as well. So even if his original plan fails, Yakomaru would only have to wait until the human children develop PK for him to overrun not just Japan, but Eurasia as a whole and quite possibly the world.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he does is to protect and liberate his people. But unlike Kiroumaru, who mostly shows concern for his own colony, Squealer extends this to his species as a whole at the expense of individuals and even colonies.
Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears near the end of the first story arc as the leader of a bakenezumi military that is loyal to the human villages. He saves the five protagonists from being turned in to the Ethics Committee, but otherwise he didn't leave too much of an impact nor did he receive a lot of screen-time. He comes back for the final act and this time he will serve as a key figure for the rest of the story.
Hazy Feel Turn: His grinning, his knowledge of Tokyo, and keeping secrets made Inui and others not sure whether to trust him. Turns out he is against Squealer and his group, but he also made it clear to Saki and Satoru he once sought the Psychobuster in order to protect his own colony.
Heroic Sacrifice: Covers his face with bandages and makes it appear as if he is using power in order to make Mamoru and Maria's child kill him. Causing his death and the child's Death Feedback.
Last of His Kind: Implied to be the last Giant Hornet, since his army was butchered by the Fiend/Akki.
Episode 25 confirms that the Giant Hornet's queen is still alive though, so there's still hope for his colony.
Pet the Dog: With the reveal of where his loyalties lie, it shows that him helping the kids when they were younger as this. He even asked them not to tell anyone for fear of others finding out.
Taking You with Me: Pulls this on Yakomaru's Akki, as their Death Feedback activates on fellow Bakenezumi as opposed to humans.
Undying Loyalty: To the Giant Hornet Colony and his Queen, for better or worse. Also, to humans, though this is revealed to be a lie, and he once wanted to wipe them out to protect his colony.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He once had essentially the same plan as Squealer, though it involved the use of the Psychobuster instead of the Akki to exterminate the humans, but he gave up on it when the risks became too great.
An Akki apparently controlled by Yakomaru, called "the messiah" by the Robber Fly and allied colonies. A boy in the novel, a girl in the anime.
Alas, Poor Villain: After finally finding a way to kill the Maria's child, Saki is saddened over the fact that it wasn't actually an Akki, just manipulated by Yakomaru into thinking humans were enemies.
Raised by Bakenezumi: It was raised by Yakomaru and members of the Robber Fly colony. Given that its parents are dead and the potential destructive power humans can have if they live outside the settlements, it's all part of Yakomaru's plan to obtain the ultimate weapon. Actually a plot point, as because it doesn't see humans as its kind, its death feedback doesn't activate when it attacks them, instead activating when it attacks a Bakenezumi, because it considers itself one - as it learned when it killed Kiroumaru.
Rapunzel Hair: Her scarlet hair is very thick, wavy and falls to her knees.
Episode 24 more or less confirms that the kid isn't even an Akki. It has a normal psyche, but as raised to believe it was a Bakenezumi and, apparently, hates humans, if its reaction to its own reflection was any indication of it.
The Sociopath: It's clear it has no human moral compass to speak of. Subverted, as it grew up believing the Bakenezumi were its kind and humans its enemies, and was probably taught by Yakomaru to show them no mercy.
Technical Pacifist: Due to the numerous genetic modifications, the kid is unable to kill "fellow" Bakenezumi and is most likely appalled by the idea. Taking their weapons and allowing someone else to kill them is much more acceptable, however.
The latest recorded Akki after the destruction of the modern world. A boy who showed sociopathic tendencies and suffered abuse at home, he eventually realized his Power Limiter doesn't work. This led to a vicious rampage that terrorized the village for days.
The Caligula: On his coronation day, he forces the crowd attending his coronation to keep clapping by psychokinetically immolating the first 100 people who stop clapping as "sacrifices" for the festivities.