A list of characters from Gamaran. Warning, as there are spoilers ahead. Please notice this: the western name order is used instead of the Japanese one, so is first name and then surname.
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The Ogame Ryuu (Great Turtle style) is a school of swordmastery and known for being very powerful. The members carry two swords with them and use a special style based on the five elements (Thunder, Fire, Void, Water and Earth). Their former leader was Jinsuke Kurogane and the current one is Kamedenbo Oizumi / Shinnojo Sakura.
The young protagonist and skilled heir of the Ogame Ryuu. He's hired by Naoyoshi in order to take part to the Unabara Tournament, in order to make Naoyoshi Daimyo and show that the Ogame Ryuu is the strongest style. He also wants to find his rogue father and kills him. His specialty is the Lightning Form. By the end of the manga, he's walking the earth, trying to surpass Jinsuke using his own method.
Flash Step: The Narukami and the Kagenui attacks involves this.
Flat Character: Interestingly, this is admitted In-Universe: In Juuren Village, Gama admits that he's all about swordfighting and becoming stronger, as that's the way Jinsuke raised him. That's why he fears losing so much: because if he lose at the only thing he's good at, there'll be nothing left of him as a person.
Heroes Fight Barehanded: Subverted: the main character is a swordsman, and at one point he fights the Kyosen Ryuu warriors, whose martial arts revolves on bare-handed combat.
Hollywood Healing: Averted: during the battle against Arata he gets wounded to the right leg. Some days later he fights Sakon and the wounded leg still causes some inconvenience.
It's Personal: He wants to kill his own father Jinsuke with his own hands. Eventually, when he has the chance of killing a harmless Jinsuke, he refuses, claiming that now Jin has nothing left that he can trample, so he opts for surpassing him in his own way.
Took a Level in Jerkass: It seems that each new victory is making Gama more and more arrogant and conceited, as seen when he angrily dismiss Naoyoshi when he asks him to spare Ranmaru when he was about to finish him off. Alternatively, it was a Jerkass Façade.
Training from Hell: Did one under Iori's tutelage. Another one later in order to best the Muho Ryuu.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Seems to be one, though she still has her faults.. for examples, forcing the Hyuga brother to do all the houseworks.
Current leader of the Ogame Ryuu and Gama's master. He's currently retired from his job, but can still pack a punch if required. In the finale, he survived the Shogunate invasion and now he's back at the Juren Village.
Turtle Power: Has a cute turtle on his head and, well, his style is named after turtles.
A high-level member to the Ogame Ryuu who served as Gama's mentor. He trains him after his victory over the Kyosen Ryuu. He's described as a powerful but sadistic fighter, master of all the five forms and often compared to a demon because of his power. In the finale, he's walking the earth, trying to overcome Jinsuke's skills.
Antihero: He's a member of the Ogame Ryuu, but not as much of a nice guy as Shin.
Badass: Easily the strongest member of the Ogame Ryuu, he's the habit of inflicting a Curb-Stomp Battle to all those who stand against him. Even Jinsuke respects him.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Critics Gama for his mediocre fighting skills and then proceeds to defeat him using only his scabbard. Later he kills the Souen Ryuu member Ukyo in an istant. These are only the first two of many others. During the finaal battle, he's the one on the receiving end thanks to Jinsuke, and even after gaining the upper edge, is ultimately defeated.
Master Swordsman: The strongest in the Ogame Ryuu along with Shinnojo and Kashitarou.
Megaton Punch: His fists too are extremely dangerous. Specifically, the "Swordless Tiger Drill".
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: After wounding Jinsuke in their final battle, he mocks him, telling him that because of the worryings of the Muhou School he's now strained and can no longer fight at full power. Then Jinsuke gets rid of this "strain" and starts overpowering Iori.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: The idea of carrying Senka on his back so that he can feel her breasts doesn't even mellow him a bit. Senka also calls him out on this.
Not in This for Your Revolution: He refused to took part to the battle between Tessai and Jinsuke in the past. In reality, he actually faced Jinsuke alone but was defeated.
One-Man Army: He slaughtered 40 members of the Muhou Ryuu without breaking a sweat.
The Nicknamer: When confronted by Maniwa's division, he give them numbers based on their performance and calls them by that number.
Walking the Earth: Has a penchant for spending a lot of time wandering around. Does this too in the finale.
Wild Card: That's why Shinnojo states that he can't become the new leader.
Member of the Ogame Ryuu dojo always seen together with Zenmaru, former member of the Itten Ryu. He joins Gama in the Unabara Tournament and eventually becomes the leader of the school when Kamedenbo retires. His specialty is the Water Dragon Form. In the end, he's seen training the Hyuuga Brothers as the new leader of the school.
Master Swordsman: His style mainly involves tricky attacks, including a slash that changes direction at the last moment and another one that turns into a stabbing motion halfway through. He can also fight on par with Iori and even wound him.
The Stoic: The calmest and most composed member of the school, aside from Kamedenbo.
Tranquil Fury: When facing Masaku Nikaido, the man who destroyed his old dojo.
Member of the Ogame Ryuu always seen with Shinnojo. Specialized in the Fire element, he's always seen carrying a huge sword. Revealed to be a member of the famed Ichinose family. In the end, after recovering from the final battle he has decided to go back to his clan.
The Lancer: Though he shares many qualities with The Big Guy, He can be seen more close to Gama than Shinnojo or Iori, fitting this role, mainly after the Time Skip.
Lightning Bruiser: His fighting style with the Sadanaga blade, despite its size and weight. Post Time Skip, he wipes out seven warriors in mere seconds before getting serious.
My Greatest Failure: His inability to fight back Kai when he revolted. Later, his inability to save Kai from death, despite managing to surpass him.
Overshadowed by Awesome: To be honest, Zenmaru is pretty powerful, is just that Gama, Shin and Iori are even stronger compared to him. By the end of the manga he has become just as powerful as anyone else.
Took a Level in Badass: After his training with Kashitarou. Ok, he's still the weakest of the foursome, but not necessarly weak.
After finally realizing how to really use the Sadanaga, he gets a handful of new levels, enough to kill a member of Jinsuke's Personal Corps.
Eventually confirmed in chapter 188 that he has indeed surpassed Kai and is now giving a harsh lesson to Kujou Mario aka Jinsuke's second in command and the only one other than Jin that mastered all the forms of his school.
Weapon of Choice: While he carries around two swords like all the members of the Ogame Ryuu, but his favourite weapon is the Sadanaga Kutaragi.
Ancestral Weapon: The Sadanaga swords are the signature weapon of the Ichinose clan.
One-Handed Zweihänder: Only once for now, usually he swings it with both his hands. During the final battle against Kujou, he proves his strength and anger by cutting the bastard down with only one hand, but still at full force.
Hearing Voices: Mysteriously enough, Zenmaru hears/hallucinates a voice coming from the Sadanaga and guiding him during his battle against Arimaru that the latter cannot hear. Whatever the cause, it helps him improving his fighting skills by taking full advantage of his sword.
Member of the Ogame Ryu, who once rivaled Jinsuke in swordmastery and was one of the possible candidates to the rulership of the Ogame School, but was murdered by Jinsuke.
A man from Holland who ended up in Unabara and was helped by Jinsuke, he became the leader of the Juuren Village, the "Holy Land" of the Ogame Ryuu where the style was founded. He has two daughters (Yumeji and Miika) and a son, Kashitarou.
Big Damn Heroes: Kawasaki performs one to save Yumeji from a Muhou Ryu Mook.
Elite Mook: Can easily take care of the Muho Ryuu mooks, but stand no chance against the Division Commanders.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kawasaki is stabbed in the shoulders by Mamiya and left unable to do anything to save the ladies or the Hyuuga Brothers.
Humble Hero: Kawasaki, who introduces himself as "just a mere servant" before gutting an attacking Muhou Ryu Soldier in a blow.
A resident of Juuren Village and Rintarou's eldest son, is a master of the Ogame Ryuu style and lives like an hermit on the top of Juuren Mountain. He trains Gama and Zenmaru for a year and help them against the Muhou Ryuu members. In the finale, he decided to study the five forms of the Ogame school back from scratch in order to create the ultimate fighting style.
Abhorrent Admirer: To Senka. In this case, abhorrent because of his unhealthy quirks...
Master Swordsman: In a rather singular case, he is one in theory only. Not only he's studied all the elemental forms of the Ogame Ryuu, but he created a new, sixth form called Kamui and taught it to Gama and Zenmaru.
Nice Guy: A very gentle and caring mentor for Gama and Zenmaru, he also helps the latter against Kiyomori.
The First to Kashitarou Ito, military advisor of The Shinsengumi, fitting his role as a "advisor" to the main group.
The latter to Momotaro. Firstly Momotaro means "Peach Boy", while Kashitaro can mean "Pear boy". The former led a war against the Oni of Shikoku with the help of a dog, a monkey and a pheasant. The latter helps Gama and Zenmaru (dog-themed and monkey-themed) against Jinsuke, who was referred to as a Demon at least once.
A recent Ryuu of swordsmen, is composed by the two brothers Masato and Kosaburo. They're hired by Naoyoshi to test the worth of the Ogame Ryuu but they're defeated by Gama.
Masato and Kosaburo Hyuga
The only members of their style, they fight in couple. Masato is the elder brother and relies on his mighty strength in battle, while Kosaburo opts for sneak attacks. After they defeat, they join the Ogame Ryuu as low-level apprentices. In the finale, they're finally being properly trained in the ways of the Ogame Ryuu.
Graceful Loser: After doing his best to chop down Gama, he recognize his valor in his dying thoughts.
Let's Get Dangerous: When he decides to use the Bisento instead of the naginata. And stops drinking.
What Could Have Been: Apparently he was going to have much more screentime and become a recurring villain, but eventually the author was forced to cut that off.
The second stongest warrior of the Tengen Ryuu and the first member to join Baian, with whom he has a deep relationship. He comes back after the Time Skip under the tutelage of Baian's master Toujou and this time he's out for Gama's head.
Axe Crazy: Junnosuke at first looks like a Boisterous Bruiser, then Hiyoshi and Yukimura mentions that we he fights he goes on a killing rampage and that the last time he fought he raped and killed a girl who casually caught his attention.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Junnosuke, Yukimura and Hiyoshi have no meaningful background, appears out of nowhere and are killed before we can learn more of them.
The Nakaizumi Ryuu (Inner Spring Style) is composed by archers.
Leader of the Nakaizumi. He fights Gama and almost end up killing him, but is spared. After the timeskip he sides with the Ogame Ryuu in their battle against the Muhou Ryuu. In the finale, he's shown to have survived the final invasion.
Archer Archetype: He's calm, cold and stern though he sometimes loses his cool. Also, unlike many other archer characters, he's shown to be really muscular after the Time Skip.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Semi-averted by the deadly Fang arrow: Even if it took seven years to master it, he can only hit targets in a certain area around him, as the Fang is very difficult to control.
Oh Crap: As Gama manages to slowly approaching him by parrying his arrows one by one.
Trick Arrow: His specialty. So far he has used three of them: Devastation, a heavy arrow with a lead tip, Circle, a special arrow which can curve midflight and Fang, a sharp arrow made for slashing and maiming the victim.
Post Time Skip we have "Hao", Lord of Destruction, which can remove a man's limbs with ease and break down gates.
The Worf Effect: He tries to kill Toujou with a Hao arrow, but it fails because, as Toujou pointed out, he waited too long before letting the string go and the arrow lose power.
Kyosen Ryuu (Thousand Mirrors Style) focuses on unarmed combat and attacks that can damage the inner organs and break bones. They try to ambush Gama while he's recovering from his battle against the Nakaizumi, but their members are killed, forcing them to use Sakon.
The supposed leader of the Kyosen Ryuu, Sakon is an extremely powerful warrior, but the hellish training forced on him by his ambitious elder brother Ryuugo ends up damaging his mind. Now Sakon is a beast-like warrior who fights only on istincts and fear.
Establishing Character Moment: Genzo violently kills Tani by blocking his lungs (so he can't call for help) and then by destroying his spleen and stomach, causing him to spill a lot of high pressure blood from the face.
The Starscream: Soji, who's willing to kill Ryuugo and take his place.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Unlike Goro, Ryuugo and Sakon we don't learn much of them before they're killed.
A Ryuu focused in the use of the Kusarigama and similar chained weapons. It's also famed for managing to destroy one of the Five Dragons (strongest ryuu) in their first round, as well as murdering all the members of the other ryuu in their group.
Leader of the Kasanemanji Ryuu (Layers of Manji), he's a stern and cold man feared by his own men. He later joins the Muhou Ryuu and become one of Jinsuke's personal guards, but is eventually killed off for real by Gama.
The Dreaded: His own men are scared shitless of him. The fact that he defeated one of the strongest local school probably helped.
Dual Wielding: His Secret Weapon, "Two Headed Bell Snake". It consist in two chains tipped with metal weigths.
Early-Bird Cameo: Back in the first chapter, in the flashback showing the daimyo announcing the Tournament, we have a shot of several warriors seen from behind. Muraku is there in the middle, though he wears a different outfit.
Enemy Mine: Briefly holds Saizo still so that Gama can remove the paralyzing needles and counterattack.
Epic Flail: His weapon is a Kusarigama, and he mostly uses the flail-side to attack.
Exotic Weapon Supremacy: It's also noted that he can skillfully use the scythe to parry any attack, which is impressive as the scythe is not suited for defense.
Eye Scream: In his first fight he use his flail to smash the eyes out of his opponents.
Face-Heel Turn: Joins the Muhou Ryuu and becomes a member of Jinsuke's bodyguards.
Family-Unfriendly Death: Gets hit by Gama's Narukami X Kosen attack, which both stabs him and slice his intestines to ribbons.
Family-Unfriendly Violence: The second time he shows up, he smash open the heads of two underlings, to the point that there's a "censor block" over the hit area.
Knight of Cerebus: When he shows up the first time he's much stronger than Gama's ordinary opponents and nearly kills him.
No Sell: After seeing Gama using the Narukami against Saizou he managed to memorize it and promised to find a way to neutralize it, and during his battle against Gama he goads him into using the Narukami so that he can block it. Subverted, as Gama remembered that detail and so modified the Narukami on the spot, allowing him to fatally wound Muraku.
The Tamagakushi school (Hidden Soul School)is one of the many Ryuu focused on ninjutsu and member of the "Five Dragons". They're decided to kill Naoyoshi and finish off the Ogame Ryuu at any cost.
The Leader of the clan, is a young and smug warrior who looks very confident in his skills. He's determinated to show that Ninjustu is better than any martial art. He's known for a secret technique that cause paralyze his opponents.
Affably Evil: He can be scarily vicious if he has, but is nevertheless very polite and talkative.
Improbable Aiming Skills: With his kunai. Specifically, he was able to hit a sitting man in the forehead, while said man was in a street and nearly covered by two guys and Saizo was standing on a roof nearly out of sight. Oh, all this at night.
The Souen (Twin Swallow style) ryuu of swordsmen lead by Nikaido Misaku, the "Murderous Sword". They lose the second turn of the tournament, but still decides to hang around Unabara killing and maiming as much people as possible.
Also known as "Murderous Sword" and "Destroyer of Dojo", he's a weird swordsman who loves to kill people and face powerful warriors in combat. He once destroyed Shinnojo's old dojo, the Itten Ryu but he lose an eye to the young samurai.
Ax-Crazy: Another fellow who's too much in killing and not too sane.
Ambiguously Gay: Has earrings and polish nails and the kimono he wears is usually associated with women. According to the other wikia, he may as well be a Depraved Bisexual.
Blood Knight: Murders whole dojos and leaves a young Shinnojo alive in hope that he'll come back to fight him when he'll get stronger.
Cool Hat: Wears one that conceal his face during his first appearence.
Dual Wielding: His style involves two swords, giving him a powerful defense.
Boring, but Practical: His style merely involves parrying with one sword and attacking with the other. He has other tricks up his sleeve though.
Eye Scream: Shin cut out one of his eyes. He's killed when Shin stabs his other eye and then cuts open his skull with the Tanryu Hibaku attack.
The Myoujin Ryuu (Enlightened Gods) is a martial arts school that specializes in Sojutsu. A style that has existed for over a hundred years and is known as one of the "Five Dragons of Unabara". The style passes down its techniques by continually handing down four unique Japanese spears to four wielders. These wielders are known as "The Four Divine Spears". While there are many 'disciples', only the four who wield one of these spears is considered a member of the Myoujin Ryuu. Fought against the Ogame Style in the Second Round.
One of the four divine spears. Wields the spear,Onidachi(Demon Splitter). He inherited the spear after his master was killed by Kurogane Jinsuke.
Anime Hair: Back when he was an apprentice his hair was normal, but now his hairstyle is.. well, unique.
Bigger Is Better: His Onidachi is around 3 meters long (about ten feet), and it's blade alone is 3 feet long.
BFS: It's also pointed out that is very heavy, but does affect the morale of the enemy.
Determinator: When he was training to be the successor of the Onidachi, he put all his time aside from eating and sleeping into training. To the point that he ended up doing fourty thousand strikes daily in order to train his style.
Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All the techniques of his spear come from Buddhist terms and are named after the Vajura (the adamantine thunderbolt associated with indian deities). For example, the Rakan Jikazuki (Strike of the Invicible Ahrat) refers to the Ahrat, a wise men who reached Nirvana but didn't became a Buddha.
Furthermore, as a recurring theme naming among the four Divine Spears, "Midou" can be translated as "Sacred Shrine".
Wields the spear Beninuki(Crimson Extractor). He became the successor after killing all of the other potential successors. Despite his cute looks, he's a mad killer.
Butt Monkey: Of the Four Divine Spears, is probably the most pitiable one, as he survived against Jinsuke by sheer accident, trained twelve years in vain, was the only one who believed in the Four Spears (ok, maybe Shingo too) and then gets unceremoniously defeated by Iori.
Sole Survivor: The only one of the four divine spears to live after fighting Kurogane Jinsuke. According to Banri, he slipped and lost consciousness before the battle started, that's why he was spared.
Banri Wields the spear Kuyou (Navagraha). Joins the Muhou School before fighting the Oogame school, Interested in obtaining the power of Kurogane Jinsuke
Badass: Compared to the other Divine Spears, he's on a whole other level.
Bishōnen: Though post timeskip Shin does make a slash across his face, giving him a rather deep scar.
Calling Your Attacks: Jinshiki (Speed Style), Gousen and Nanausen (Five Bladed Fan and Seven Bladed Fan), Jasen and Soujasen (Snake Twist and Twin Snakes Twist) and, last but not least, Hassai Kaigan (Enlightnement of the Eight Stars).
Child Prodigy: Became the successor of the Kuyou when he was seven. At the same age his father taught him how to use Hassai Kaigan, a technique so difficult that even he, the current wielder, never managed to pull off.
Everything's Better with Spinning: Jasen, Soujasen and Hassai Kaigan all revolves around using the spear's tube to spin the spear itself during a thrust, resulting in a drill-like, hard to predict strike. The last one is so fast and powerful that can apparently hit the target eight times simultaneously.
Scars Are Forever: Gets a scar on his face during his second battle against Shinnojo.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He quit the fight against the Ogame Ryuu and declare the defeat of the Myojin Ryuu. Partially subverted as he just change his alliegancy rather than leaving.
The Worf Effect: Oddly enough, self inflicted: During his third "fated" confrontation with Shinnojo, he's almost istantly wounded because, as Shin pointed out, he let him see his spear technique too many times, allowing him to learn how to beat it.
You Killed My Father: His father, the previous master of Kuyou, was killed by Kurogane Jinsuke. Subverted in that he doesn't seems to angry at the Muhou School.
One of the Five Dragons of Unabara, focused on kenjutsu. Most specifically, iaijutsu.
One of the oldest and strongest swordsmen from Unabara, he's a vicious figther who can and will kill for no reason. Because of him, Unabara was known as the Lair of the Demons, and is an ally of the Ogame Ryuu. During the final attack on the citadel he fights against his former pupil Shimon but is killed.
Early-Bird Cameo: Back in the first chapter, in the flashback showing the daimyo announcing the Tournament, we have a shot of several warriors seen from behind. Gensai can be seen on the right.
Enemy Mine: Helps the Ogame Ryuu against Jinsuke after the Time Skip.
Eye Scream: Loses his left eye to Shimon's Nagisengestu attack.
Iaijutsu Practitioner: Sometimes he's so quick that his movements are too fast to follow. He can even cut someone twice in a row with what seems to be one swift movement. Plus, the secret of his Quick Draw involves pulling the scabbard as he draw the sword.
Killed Off for Real: Facing his strongest pupil with a foot injured and his eye damaged was too much even for him.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Shimon, explaining him that even if he's more skilled than him at iaijutsu and in a better shape, Gensai is far more experienced than him when it comes to reflexes as he fought much more duels to death in the past.
A recently formed Ryuu that is made of many different styles. Their objective is to make an army of powerful soldiers to create the strongest army of all times. The name means "Treasure of Void School".
Gama's father, he was the former leader of the Ogame Ryuu and infamously known as the "Killer of a Thousand Men". He left the dojo and is currently missing. However, rumors say that he'll partecipate to the Unabara Tournament. For the slaughter of most of the Ogame Ryu who opposed him, Gama and the other Ogame Ryuu warriors want him dead. His goal is to turn the Muhou Ryuu in an army of super powerful warriors belonging to the strongest martial schools and use it to conquer Kyushu and later Japan. However, near the end of the series is revealed that he's dying of a mysterious illness. As the Bakufu crushes his school, he eventually dies after defeating Iori and having a last talk with his son.
Affably Evil: He was even referred to as "Devil", and yet he's incredibly affable and polite.
Bad Ass: You don't get feared and respected in a region known for his powerful warriors without being one. Ultimately wins the title by defeating even Iori while he was dying of an incurable illness.
Badass Cape: Is shown wearing one during the assault on the Myojin Ryuu.
Handicapped Badass: Dying of an incurable illness is everything but an obstacle to his fighting skills.
Bad Boss: Try to desert? Good, you're in for being hit to death with your own weapon.
Blood Knight: Decides to wait a whole year before attacking the Ogame School
Face-Heel Turn: Slaughtered the entire Ogame school that didn't follow him (save for Shin, Zenmaru, Gama, Iori, and Oizumi) after becoming the leader.
Lightning Bruiser: In battle he's shown to be nearly too fast to see. To cup it all, he can move at an incredible speed from any stance, making him unpredictable.
Magnetic Villain: He has managed to attract a large number of incredibly loyal warriors to his side.
The Man Behind the Man: Becomes one for Naoyoshi, and was the one behind the whole Unabara Tournament along with Yukio, Naoyoshi's mother.
Master Swordsman: He can unleash up to six slashes in a row effortlessly. This when even Iori can do only three.
Magical Eye: His secret is a mundane variation of this, known as the "Eyes of Divine Perception" (Tengaku no Me), incredibly keen eyes that allows him to notice even the slightest movement, allowing Jinsuke to anticipate any attack or evading any defense thanks to his fighting prowess.
One-Man Army: Long ago he suddenly rampaged through Unabara and killed a thousand of warriors from various Ryuu and then he disappeared. Hence his nickname. Its worth noting that he accomplished such a feat over the course of three years.
You Don't Look Like You: The first time he appears in a flashback he's depicted with a demonic-looking man with pointy black hair and sharp visage traits. When he's shown in the Myojin Ryuu's flashback he's shown as a calmer, more handsome man with short wavy hair and a black cape.
Your Days Are Numbered: In chapter 172 he's seen coughing blood and keeping it a secret from Nachi, and thinks about settling things as soon as possible. Confirmed by Ranmaru in chapter 186 that he's ill, and this eventually does him in.
Jinsuke's Personal Corps
A swordmaster who's partecipating to the Tournament and desires to face Gama. He was been trained by Jinsuke Kurogane himself, and is revealed to be the leader of Jinsuke's body guards. After the Time Skip he's used as Naoyoshi bodyguards and is eventually defeated by Gama during the final assault on Unabara Castle, later succumbing to his wounds.
Art Evolution: Looks quite different from his first appearence after the time skip.
Badass: Was trained by Jinsuke himself, a privilege that only Iori Sengoku received in the past.
Brutal Honesty: He's not shy about telling Zenmaru what are his odds against the Divine Spears.
Counter Attack: According to Kashitarou, Ranmaru's an expert of the "Intersection Style" (Kosahou), which involves this. Coupled with his Eyes of Divine Sight, makes him nearly invincible. Curiously, the name of his style is actually associated with boxing.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers a particularly crushing one to Gama, causing him to have a breakdown.
Dark and Troubled Past: He was an orphan who was particulary gifted form martial arts thanks to his eyes, and yet was forced to live like a stray dog, killing people to survive and being called a monster for his abilities before Jinsuke adopted him.
A warrior who has been watching over Gama during the first half of the tournament. Turns out he's working for Ranmaru. During the Ogame Ryuu assault on Unabara's castle, is revealed that he used to be Gensai's pupil. In the finale he has survived the Shogunate invasion and now intends to carry on the techniques of the Kannari Ryuu and Jinsuke's will.
A masked member who gloats about his stealthiness and skill. According to Gensai he fights with a style native to China. In the finale, he and Jinku survived the final battle and are going to carry on Jinsuke's will after burying him in a secret location.
Anime Hair: Hair tied in a multi-pronged tail on the back of his head.
Badass: Blocks Kamedenbo's attack and is able to wound Gensai Kizaki in a straight fight.
Karma Houdini: He's one of the most villainous members of the school, massacres Arata's disciples and eventually gets away scot free.
Mask Power: The lower side of his face is covered, and he also has a grinning mask which is soon discarded.
Ninja: His overall appearence, he has also performed stealthy actions.
Only One Name: A trait shared by other onmitsu characters like Jinku and Tsukikage.
Undying Loyalty: His boss is dying, most of the elites are gone and the enemy has an army of 1000 and more soldiers? Not a problem, he still kills Tsukikage for his boss.
Former member of the Genkon Ryuu (Stringed Soul School), he's a deadly martial artist known as the "Lord of the Doom Fist", capable of incapacitating people with precise strikes. After defeating Zenmaru, he's killed by Kashitarou who use his own technique against him.
Affably Evil: Sadistic bastard or not, the guy's surely friendly.
Brutal Honesty: The second thing we see him doing is telling a group of soldiers that they shouldn't take on the Ogame Ryuu because they're too weak. In his own words: "What's the matter if I tell some weaklings that they're weak?" The soldiers dont' take it lightly.
Calling Your Attacks: Tenmyaku Kisatsu (Heavenly Pulse Killer) and Senga Jinkei (Piercing Fang of Divine Power).
Charles Atlas Superpower: The above mentioned Senga Jinkei? Is achieved by focusing all the strength in the fingers pointed as a spear and capable of piercing a human torso (ribs and all) all the way through. Even if it doesn't strike the chest it can still tear flesh away from the body.
The Scrappy: In-Universe, people tend to find him really annoying. Too bad that he can kill them in a jiff should they annoy him. Lamphaded by Shimon, who admits that Kiyomori "has quite a talent for getting hated by others".
Badass: Even Jinsuke respects him. That's saying something.
Badass Boast: Claims that a fully mastered naginata is the best weapon ever, not including the firearms.
Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is a large bisento, similar to the one wielded by Baian, but with a different blade.
Bolivian Army Ending: The last time we see him, he's facing the hordes of the Bakufu soldiers, cutting them down as if there's no tomorrow. He's not seen in the finale, but someone saved Arata, who was near him, implying that he escaped to safety.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A bit quirky, like his disciple Baian, and spends a good portion of his reunion with Jinsuke drinking and ignoring everyone. However, he's also Jinsuke's most trusted and possibly strongest warrior, so his boss tolerate his quirks.
Enigmatic Minion: After attacking Gama, he tries to dissuade him by pointing out that even if Gama kills him, he'll still have to fight thousands of soldiers and warriors to get to Naoyoshi. When Gama answers that he will still go on even alone, Toujou sneers and offer a "good advice" to the young warrior.
Oh Crap: Gama brings down his large bisento and almost behead him by sliding the sword along the naginata's pole.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Though he didn't die, he appeared only three times, talked once and we didn't even learnt his fighting style. As the manga ends, we still haven't known a thing about this guy.
A giant brute of a creature with dark skin and abnormally large muscles. Apparently a female, she fights in a special arena with sandy ground and wields a colossal shield in conjunction with a pata (Indian sword-gauntlet). She's killed by Zenmaru.
Ambiguous Gender: Shimon Kudo is uncertain about his/her sex, both Ranmaru and the Ogame Ryu Team treat her as a female and Jinsuke refers to him as a male. The manga's wikia opted for female.
Word of God stated that he originally tought of Arimaru as male, but his editor kept referring to him as a woman, so Naosuke decided to make Arimaru a woman, without changing her appearence one bit.
Heroic Sacrifice/Taking the Bullet: Jumps between Mario and Zenmaru when the former tries to slash at him, saving his little brother's life at the cost of his own. He survives long enough to see his brother's victory and compliment him for the last time.
Lightning Bruiser: Can move extremely fast when required. Can even use the Shidensen with the Sadanaga Sword.
Former Ogame Ryuu member. Apparently was close to Shinnojo. Actually a mole for the Bakufu, and an ambitious prick who only cares about his own career thanks to swordmastery.
Badass: He's the leader of the Advisors, and the only one other than Jinsuke and Iori who was capable of mastering all the elemental forms of the Ogame School. Can crack the huge Sadanaga blade combining the Fire style with the Lightning style.
The Combat Pragmatist: What? The guy you're fighting with is actually getting close to lop your head off? Well, there's nothing wrong in summoning a couple of guards to pull a sneak attack on him, right?
Also, throwing your broken but still sharp sword stump at your opponet's helpless brother so that he'll be wide open for your next attack.
Eye Scream: Zenmaru snaps his sword and gouge his left eye out in one blow.
Face-Heel Turn: He's actually a spy for the Bakufu, and unlike many warriors seen so far he has no honor.
Stone Wall: Gloats about his Absolute Defense style (Kagi no Torou, literally Hooked Lantern). He seems to prefer the Douko no Kata style, which revolves about defensive attacks.
I Let You Win: Let Gama go when the latter beats his Absolute Defense technique.
You Shall Not Pass: Pulls this on the Ogame School while protecting the East Gate. Later he keeps the intruders at bay while Iori settles his score with Jinsuke.
Nachi, see Others
Former member of the Gaun Ryuu (Fanged Cloud Style). He's quite cocky and self-confident. Fights with a gigantic Nagamaki. According to Riko, Ango is actually the strongest advisor in terms of battle technique.
Wolfpack Boss: Unlike Kuryuu, he takes full advantage of the presence of his subordinates and fights in tandem with them against Shin and Iori.
Member of the Advisors, not much is knowns about him. He's actually working for the Bakufu and helps the Ogame Ryuu, but eventually decides to take them on as well in order to eliminate all the threats to the Bakufu. As he gloats about victory, he's eliminated by Shinkuu and Tsuchiryuu.
Manipulative Bastard: Hinted on having played a role in Hanamura's murder and Todo's rampage, now he's taking advantage of both the Muhou Ryuu and the Ogame Ryu in order to wipe out the Demon's Lair of Unabara.
Monster Clown: Gives this vibe, and even a badass like Iori admit that he's really creepy.
The Mole: Actually an agent from the Bakufu (the shogun's government). In chapter 172 his cover is blown by Nachi.
Troll: Shown to be devious, sarcastic and teasing with both his colleagues (Specifically Ranmaru) and others.
What an Idiot: In-Universe, this is what Shinkuu and Tsuchiryuu ultimately thinks of him, as he stayed the whole time inside the castle even with two skilled ninjas like them still around. To be fair, they're not too wrong of that.
Third Corps' Commander and leader of the anti-Ogame Ryuu raid. Fights with two swords, one of which is a sword-breaker.
Family-Unfriendly Death: They inflict an atrocious end to all their opponents by chopping them to pieces. Ironically, they get a taste of their own medicine by Shin, especially Ichida who gets disarmed, blinded and cut down in less than 5 seconds.
Oddly Shaped Sword: Ginguruwa, who has a short, kinfesque blade with another, longer and semicircular blade coming out of the main blade's back, overall resembling a deformed letter "G".
Carry a Big Stick: His "sword" Kokusouso (Black Clawed Comb) is actually a ludicrously large spiked club, weapon which is traditionally associated with ogres. It's about 8 feet long and weights nearly 90 pounds.
Deadly Upgrade: The last Jugan injection will maximize his strength and enhance to the top his technique and speed, but after a few minutes of intense fighting he's as good as dead.
Dissonant Serenity: After taking the injection, he seems creepely calm and even rejoiced, even if his eyes are bleeding profusely.
One-Handed Zweihänder: Slightly justified: he holds the club's handle with one hand and use the other one to hold still the club's other end. However he does use one arm to strike. When he really gets serious, he can swing the whole beast with one hand and still be deadly.
Took a Level in Badass: In his flashback, he was shown to be an ordinary, average warrior without outstanding skills. Now he's one of the strongest and most feared warriors of the Muhou School.
Super Strength: The most blatant example in the series. Including mention to his strength being otherwordly. And according to Word of God, he's the physically strongest character in the manga (though many others are superior to him in techniques and strategy.)
Villainous Breakdown: When the drug's effect ends, he'r reduced to a patetic, angry wreck shouting at Yashichi and asking for more Jugan.
Leader of the Second Raid Division of the Muhou Ryuu. Appears right after the defeat of the Myojin Ryuu to reveal his plans to the Ogame Ryuu. Namely, trying to hire Gama, Zenmaru and Shinnojo and bringing Naoyoshi to Jinsuke. Is killed by Shinnojo after being distracted by Ichiou.
Commander of the Fifth Guard division, is the best archer of the Muhou Ryuu and fight with a giant bow and poisoned arrows. Is also implied to be a necrophile. Is punctured to agony with his own arrows for trying to escape after failing to kill Iori.
Archer Archetype: Unlike the traditional archer type he's more sadistic and wicked, not to mention: cowardly.
Dissonant Serenity: They're here to murder you. This doesn't stop them from happily grinning the whole time. However, as soon as they realize that Gama may be a little far out of their league...
Dual Boss: Their fighting style and attacks seems to imply that they always fight as a couple. Deconstructed by Gama, who manages to dodge their attack and points out that attacking in couple leave them both open, allowing him to kill them both simultaneously.
Dual Wielding: They both dual wield whips. Iron whips, specifically.
The main character along with Gama, he's one of the Daimyo's sons. His mother was a commoner, hence he wants to clear her name (and end his days of humiliations and suffering) by winning the tournament and becoming the new Daimyo. He hired the Ogame Ryuu for this. However, after all his brothers and father are killed, he's forcefully installed as a puppet daimyo controlled by his mother and the Muhou Ryuu. He's eventually rescued by Gama and invited by Kamedembo to "join" the family of the Ogame School, becoming a member.
Dark and Troubled Past: Yup, being the son of a concubine and growing up with 30 othe brothers that treat you like crap isn't nice.
Distressed Dude: Sort of: he's frequently targeted by his brothers and their assassins, making him in costant danger. After the Tournament, he's kept alive as a puppet leader for Jinsuke. And after the Time Skip, the Muhou Ryuu will kill him in a month as he has outlived his usefulness to them.
Knife Nut: Wields a tanto knife as a memento from his mother.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Post time skip, Jinsuke managed to made a game out of this: The Ogame Ryuu has a month for reaching Unabara, defeating the Muhou Ryuu and save Naoyoshi, who's now no longer of use to him. If they fail to reach him in time, Naoyoshi will be executed. To cup it all, even the Bakufu agents are now aiming for his life.
The youngest of the Daimyo's son, he's the only one among them who's nice and gentle to Naoyoshi. Hires the Myojin Ryuu to fight and slowly reveals his true colors as a sneaking bastard who actually hated his brother, but is eventually impaled by Banri.
Naosada's advisor, is a creepy-looking man who's in charge of the tournament. He usually explain the situation to Naosada and describes the rules of the tournament. He later ditch his master and join Jinsuke in his quest.
The Dragon: Possibly to Naosada. Later to Jinsuke.
Two assassins from an unknown Ryuu which specialize in Dual Wielding axes. They were hired by the leader of the Tamagakushi Ryuu along with a nameless third member to kill Naoyoshi and pretend that it was a tsujigiri accident, but they're stopped and killed by Shin and Zenmaru
We Hardly Knew Ye: They appear briefly and are killed before showing any major characteristic.
You Have Failed Me: Hakuryu is spared by Shin as he wants to interrogate him, but he's killed by Saizou.
Naoyoshi's mother, was a concubine and so was mistreated for not being a noble, and eventually disowned his own son as well. In reality, she's plotting with Jinsuke and helped him to orchestrate the plan for taking over Unabara.