A list of the important characters appearing in Haibane Renmei and their tropes
Tropes That Apply to All Characters:
- Holy Halo: Subverted. The halo does not indicate that they are angels, although speculation says otherwise.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: No Haibane remembers their pasts, but remembers how to speak, do daily tasks, etc.
- Meaningful Name: Kana=River Fish, Kuu=Air, Reki=Little Stones, Hikari=Light, Nemu=Sleep, Rakka=Falling, Hyoko=Ice Lake.
- True Companions: Especially the Haibane in Old Home.
- Wings Do Nothing: They have wings, but are unable to fly.
- Winged Humanoid
The main character, for all intended purposes. Rakka is the newest Haibane. She is the youngest of the main characters, and throughout the series, she develops close friendships with all the characters, but especially Reki and Kuu. After Kuu's Day of Flight, Rakka becomes Sin-bound because of her inability to accept Kuu's departure and move on. With Reki's help, she eventually overcomes her grief. Later, a crow guides her outside of the boundaries permitted by the Charcoal Feather Federation, and she falls down a well and breaks her leg. She is rescued by a Toga, but she must serve a punishment for her crime. She now has to collect the materials used to make materials for the Haibane's halos and clean the interior of the wall.
The second-oldest Haibane in Old Home. Patient and kind to a fault, Reki is helpful to everyone, though she loses patience with the Young Feathers. Reki works with the Young Feathers as a caretaker and paints in her spare time. She seems to be hiding secrets... She arrived in Old Home Sin-bound and was ostracized as a result. Only Kuramori showed her any kindness at first, but eventually Nemu warmed up to her. When Kuramori took her Day of Flight, Reki felt abandoned and ran away to the Abandoned Factory, where she befriended Hyoko. She talked Hyoko into helping her escape and when she was caught, she was forbidden from ever setting foot on the Abandoned Factory grounds. She almost fails to achieve her Day of Flight, but fortunately Rakka helps her achieve salvation.
Another one of the older Haibane at Old Home, Hikari works at the oldest bakery in town. Very cheerful and bright, she is the one who gives Rakka her halo. She has her mischievous side though, which Rakka finds out after they return the halo mold to the Renmei Communicator.
Voiced by: Eri Miyajima (JP), Zarah Little (US)
A hyperactive, tomboyish young Haibane, Kanna works as an assistant mechanic in the town's clock shop and clock tower. She is the most outspoken and brash of the Old Home Haibane, and can suffer from a strong stubborn streak when the mood takes her. Has a strong vendetta against the crows that steal Old Home's garbage, though not without good reason.
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), J-Ray Hochfield (US)
Before Rakka arrived, Kuu was the youngest Haibane. She works at a cafe. At one point, she attempted to appear older by trying out Hikari's glasses and wearing clothes that were not her size. Next to Reki, she is the one Rakka is the closest to, so when she ascends, Rakka is quite devastated
Voiced by: Kazusa Murai (JP), Karen Strassman
(credited as "Kirsty Pape") (US)
The oldest Haibane in Old Home, Nemu works as a librarian in the town library. Something of a researcher and amateur writer, she easily falls asleep quite often during the day, regardless of how much activity she's actually had. Nemu was the one to discover Reki after Reki had already hatched from her cocoon and had sprouted her wings.
While the two young Haibane did not get along at first due to Nemu feeling frightened and alienated by Reki's black, sin-bound wings
, the two bonded while watching over Kuramori when she was sick.
The leader of all the Haibane, the Communicator is also the only one allowed to communicate and trade with the strange Toga, who come from outside the town walls to trade with the town. While stern, he truly cares for all his charges, and is instrumental in helping Rakka and Reki's character growth.
The primary caretaker of the Young Feathers years ago, Kuramori was at first the only person to accept Reki and truly care for her.
A Haibane living in the Abandoned Factory. She's friends with Hyouko, but dislikes Reki.
A male Haibane living in the Abandoned Factory. He and Reki have a sordid history together.