Characters / Grenadier

These are the Characters from the anime series Grenadier.

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    Main Characters 

Rushuna Tendo

Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

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The Grenadier.
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's still 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: The main character of the series and also the most badass.
  • Badass Adorable: To some extent, since many opponents seem to find her cute.
  • Badass Boast: A subtle one to Namari in the manga.
    Namari: I'll kill you!
    Rushuna: Oh? Go ahead and try.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Although Rushuna is rarely completely naked, there are situations where you'd think that at least her nipples would be exposed...
  • Meaningful Name: Rushuna is a play on a Rushana Buddha, a statue exemplifying the essence of the Buddha, while her surname, Tendo, translates to "Heavenly Path".
  • 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.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: The two best marksmen in the show both use revolvers, and Rushuna's is not only a custom job, but also considered very outdated by the standards of the setting.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Rushuna's method of dodging bullets tends to involve a lot of spinning. In fact, it seems as though simply spinning in place can cause bullets to miraculously change their paths.
  • Unorthodox Reload: Rushuna manages to keep spare bullets — IN HER CLEAVAGE! Talk about Victoria's Secret Compartment.
  • Worst Aid: Her attempts to help Yajiro with his wounds do more harm than good, causing him to leave to find a healer by himself rather than be treated by Rushuna.
  • You Leave Him Alone!: In the manga, after being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle by Namari, when it looks like Rushuna is about to be killed, Yajiro leaps in to try to save her, despite being seriously injured. Namari proceeds to start curbstomping him too, to which Rushuna yells for her to stop. Namari threatening to kill Yajiro is also what sends Rushuna into a Heroic Second Wind, though it doesn't last long.


Yajiro Kojima

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)

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.


Mikan Kurenai

Voiced by Yuki Matsuoka (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)

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.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: She has her moments.
  • Compressed Hair: Somehow hides a rather impressive mane of spiky hair under her bandana.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal - Among her countless balloons, Mikan can produce an inflatable boat, costumes, a glider and even colored doubles of herself.
  • Megaton Punch: Gives one to Teppa for trying to peek on an unconscious Rushuna's boobs. Mikan sends him into orbit.
  • Nice Hat: Always has a green bandanna.
  • She Is All Grown Up - With the use of balloons, Mikan briefly appears to be older than she is, and even does Marshmallow Hell to Yajiro at one point.
  • Tag Along Kid: To Rushuna and Yajiro, though she occasionally holds her own in fights and has saved Rushuna and Yajiro by throwing herself at Namari.

    Supporting Characters 

Touka Kurenai

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.


Ouka Kurenai

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.


Teppa Aizen

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

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.

  • Anything but That!: In a bonus segment of the manga, his younger sister Tekka is about to give him a "special punishment" him for being "such a loser." He promptly begs her not to it. The punishment? Telling his friends embarrassing stories about him.
  • Chick Magnet - So he assumes of himself.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Has what amount to porn scrolls and tries to perv on Rushuna every chance he gets, but is genuinely concerned for her safety, saves her on their first meeting, tries to convince her to go anywhere but the capital so that he won't have to fight her even though he's been ordered to kill her, and pulls a You Shall Not Pass near the end of the manga so Rushuna can go ahead to the final battle.


Tekka Aizen

Teppa's younger sister. She only appears in a bonus segment of the manga, irate over Rushuna's defeat of her big brother.


Sanzou Souma

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.


Shin'noshin Hakubi

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.


Juzaemon Shiga

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: He looks like a handsome young man.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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 memorized 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.


Danjou Ouma

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.


Honmaru Toujou

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.


Yuzuriha Shimon

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.


Soun Kongo

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.


Midare Kojima

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).

  • Revenge: He wants to kill Yajiro for being responsible for Suguha's death.
  • Sword Beam - with electricity. He uses this to ensure that his fight against Yajiro was one-on-one.


Suguha Kojima

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.

  • Bring My Brown Pants: Cries and pees herself when a bandit is about to kill her. Yajiro saves her, and then mocks her for peeing herself. Midare threatens Yajiro with a katana and makes him swear to tell no one.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Smiles at Yajiro as she falls to her death, while also crying.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls one to save Yajiro. She pulls his fingers off of her hand as she is hanging over a cliff and he is desperately trying to save her. Granted, they both probably would've died if she hadn't, because with one hand holding onto her and one holding on to the mountain, Yajiro would have no way to get them both back up.


King Furon

Voiced by: Motoki Takagi (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

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.


Koto

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).


Banmaru Zoushi

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.


Akki Nago

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (JP), Bob Papenbrook (EN)

A brutish senshi who has a strong sense of money. He wields a tremendous machine gun called a galdo.


Hage Tengu

Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Sean Roberts (EN)

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.


Lady Tenshi

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.

    Antagonists 

The Iron-Masked Baron; The Jester, Kaizan Doshi (anime only)

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), Kim Strauss (EN)

  • Cyborg: Manga only. Having lost his body in the devastation of trying to replicate the Perpetual Motion Solar Jacket, the Iron-Masked Baron is almost completely robotic. The only organic part of his body that seems to be left is his brain.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He is never identified in the manga by any name other than Iron-Masked Baron. Averted in the anime, where his identity is almost different enough to justify listing the Baron and the Jester as two completely different characters.
  • Social Darwinist: In the manga, he believes that being a literal superhuman makes him fit to rule the world. This is also why he seeks to destroy Rushuna; during the Final Battle, he claims that only one of their kind should exist, so that only one can reign supreme. In the anime, Doshi sought to find the strongest person living to become the feared Grenadier who would do his and Setsuna's bidding and help him rule the world.


Setsuna Oomidoh (anime); Namari Shirogane (manga)

Setsuna Voiced by: Chieko Honda (JP), Midge Hayes (EN)

The Evil Counterpart Cain and Abel to Rushuna Tendo, and that's where the anime and manga similarities end, really.

  • Anti-Hero: Manga only. She becomes one in the final chapters to stop the Baron from destroying everyone.
  • Bears are Bad News: Manga only; part and parcel of Namari's Heroic Sacrifice where she defended Rushuna from a bear, at the cost of her own left eye.
  • Cain and Abel: Particularly in the manga. Namari and Rushuna were both taken in by Soun, but Namari was about six when Rushuna — an infant — was found and taken in. After losing her left eye, Namari intends to kill Rushuna and become the Grenadier.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Manga only. After being defeated by Rushuna she realizes the error of her ways and teams up with Rushuna to stop the Baron.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Twice, both manga only. The first one loses her left eye to a bear. Played with in the sense that Namari lives, but afterward resents Rushuna for existing. The second occurs during the final battle, when Namari takes a lethal blow from the Baron intended for Rushuna. She lives.
  • Unorthodox Reload: Much like Rushuna.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, she has purple hair. Namari has black hair until some point after losing her left eye, then has white hair for most of her appearances in the manga afterward (according to a colour illustration inside Volume 4). The cover for Volume 7 shows that she has brown hair, bizarrely.


Fuuka Shirato

Voiced by: Naoko Suzuki (JP), Mia Bradly (EN)

Anime only. A former compatriot of Yajiro. She fills the role that Suguha played later in the manga.

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