Rushuna is a very
busty blonde with extremely impressive gun skills as well as impressive analytical skills. A former candidate for the Juttensen, Rushuna had been charged by Tenshi herself to travel in order to learn the "Ultimate Battle Strategy", to remove an opponent's will to fight. She is joined first by Yajiro and then by Mikan on her way to the capital city of Tento.
...At least, that's how she is in the anime
. In the original manga, there is no "Ultimate Battle Strategy" (except this: Win!), no Tenshi (except in the form of the unseen Emperor), and no Tento (it's called simply "the Capital"). She is a rather busty blonde with extremely impressive gun skills, and impressive analytical skills. She is on her way to the Imperial Capital, with the samurai Yajiro Kojima (she calls him Yatchan) in tow, to find information on her unknown homeland.
- Action Girl
- Bathing Beauty
- Boobs of Steel
- Cool Down Hug - coupled with Marshmallow Hell.
- Crazy-Prepared: Just happened to have special, underwater bullets for her fight with Suirou. This ends up subverted when they don't really help her at all, leaving her to rely on...
- The solution that was also in the manga, where she used the bubble trail of his bullets to form an air path for her own.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Distaff Counterpart - To Vash the Stampede himself, no less.
- Even the Girls Want Her: The hookers in the brothel they were using as a hotel were rather fascinated by Rushana's big boobs.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Foreign Fanservice: She's blond, has reall, really big boobs and is from a country "on the other side of the ocean" and DAMN good with guns.
- The Gunslinger
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold - Rushuna is a kind soul, but in the original manga, she is practically a child mentally (except in battle).
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Meaningful Name - Rushuna is a play on a Rushana Buddha, a statue exemplifying the essence of the Buddha, while her surname, Tendou, translates to "Heavenly Path."
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat: A straw hat with a giant red bow on it, no less.
- Obfuscating Stupidity - Some of Rushuna's more oblivious remarks come off as rather snarky if you assume she's just pretending to be a bimbo.
- Red Baron - Throughout the manga, whenever Rushuna does what she does best with her gun, people declare her to be the highest level of senshi, a Grenadier.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Unorthodox Reload - Rushuna manages to keep spare bullets - IN HER CLEAVAGE!
Yajiro is a mercenary swordsman who first encountered Rushuna while he, along with other swordsmen, was trying to free a lord from an army of Senshi. He joins Rushuna on her way to the Capital.
A little girl who lost her balloon-making parents to a senshi named Ganzo and his men, Mikan was taken by Touka Kurenai, formerly of the Juttensen, to live at the Peach Blossom Inn. She joins Rushuna and Yajiro on the way to the Capital. She whips up balloons of all sorts to help Rushuna and Yajiro.
Voiced by: Mami Kosuge (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
A former member of the Juttensen, Touka gathered several young girls who had been orphaned by strife and war as they opened up a "Pleasure Palace" called the Toukarou (meaning "Peach Blossom Inn"). She wields the Kensousen, a spear with a rounded (but explosive) tip, one of the Ten Sacred Weapons, though she does not see action often, because of a chronic illness.
- Training from Hell - Her method of training the other members of the Juttensen. It has earned her their ire; whether she knows or not is up to debate.
The head of the Juttensen, and Touka's younger sister. She wields a magnetic lance capable of reversing the direction of bullets and directing rubble to fly through the air. She and the rest of the Juttensen believe that Touka died out in the frontier because of her illness.
A member of the Juttensen, the Gaifu Senshi, specializing in his family's technique, the Adamantine Cloth. In the anime, Teppa was a childhood friend of Rushuna's.
Teppa's younger sister. She only appears in a bonus segment of the manga, irate over Rushuna's defeat of her big brother.
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), G. Gordon Baer (EN)
A member of the Juttensen, known as the Gagaku Senshi. He wields the Kanonhou, which emits deadly sound waves.
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), Edward Villa (EN)
The Suiro Senshi, and the Juttensen who guards the Imperial Capital via the lake surrounding it. He communicates when underwater (and, occasionally, above
the water) by painting up signs; in other words, communicating through sign language
One of the Juttensen, he is capable of completely dismantling any weapon placed in front of him
, thus giving him the title of the Invincible Senshi. He wears a bunny suit, because he is so handsome that any girl who sees him falls in love instantly.
- Bishōnen - And how! That's why he's a...
- Bunny Ears Juttensen - He wears a bunny suit all the time, to prevent girls from glomping him.
- Chick Magnet - What he is when he goes out without wearing his bunny suit.
- Gadgeteer Genius - He has memorised the schematics of every weapon ever made, and uses that in conjunction with his weapon, the Shiga Kaikoken, to dismantle the weapon of any Senshi he faces in battle.
A member of the Juttensen, known as the Nekko Senshi. He wields gloves which enhance his strength greatly.
- Hot-Blooded - He struck his leader, Ouka, when he felt obligated to battling Rushuna.
The youngest of the Juttensen, an eight-year-old boy in an eight-foot-tall mecha capable of firing missiles and bullets. He is known as the Kiko Senshi.
A young girl just shy of her teens, and another member of the Juttensen. She wields an energy whip, and is known as the Kayaku Senshi.
The founder of the Juttensen, and the master of both Rushuna and Namari, whom he considers to be his daughters. He has a habit of taking pictures of Rushuna and saving them in his (very large) collection of Rushuna pictures. He was blinded at some point after Rushuna set out on her journey by the Iron-Masked Baron
- Badass Grandpa
- Disability Superpower - Despite being blind, Soun more than capable of handling himself in battle, even managing to defeat Rushuna in their reunion, and effortlessly defeating swarms of the Baron's Shiki (Death Machines). Also, it is implied that his other senses are sharper than others', because he is able to sense the Baron nearby when the others cannot.
The head of the Kojima clan, of which Yajiro's family is a branch. After his sister Suguha dies under Yajiro's care, he sets off to avenge his sister by slaying Yajiro. At some point, he acquired an electric sword from a golden-haired foreigner (strongly implied to be the Baron)
- Sword Beam - with electricity. He uses this to ensure that his fight against Yajiro was one-on-one.
Midare's younger sister, and the heir to the Kojima clan. She is left in Yajiro's care, and dies to make sure that Yajiro will be able to live; otherwise, he'd have been unable to climb back up the cliff
The king of a small country called Tara in the nation of Banshu. He was enlisted by the Big Bad
at the age of seven to become the bearer of the weapon Enlightened Evil (translated as Devil's Light in the manga),which grew in power the more it sapped the user's growth energy
. (His subjects assumed this to be a childhood illness.) He used this power to keep his nation protected from "animals" who would invade it, earning the "golden-haired Senshi" a bounty of 3000 gold pieces.
A barwoman at a bar in Tara. She befriends Rushuna quickly and is promptly killed in the crossfire of Rushuna and the Baron's first battle (She survives in the anime)
A warrior aristocrat from the Imperial Capital, he aids Ganzo Arima in his attempted raid of Toukarou with his Not-So-Humongous Mecha
, the Kibanten.
Ganzo Arima (Ganzo Tenma in the anime)
Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (JP), Bob Papenbrook (EN)
A grunt local to Toukarou, who killed Mikan's parents and holds a grudge against Touka.
A brutish senshi who has a strong sense of money. He wields a tremendous machine gun called a galdo.
A long-nosed senshi who intimidates a local village into letting him basically run the village. He wields a gatling gun which fires 200 rounds a minute, called the Rokumonsen.
Bao the Iron Destruction Demon
A Goliath of a man who wields a rocket-powered sword called the Bakugyuto. He has a price of 4000 gold pieces on his head. He aids the Anti in their invasion of the Capital.
Voiced by: Chieko Honda (JP), Midge Hayes (EN)
The Empress of Tento, she was the one who sent Rushuna on her journey. She only appears in the anime.