Characters: Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger
Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger
Nobuo Akagi/Akiba Red | Live Actor: Masato Wada
A 29-year old Super Sentai and Aoi fan, delivery man of Sasaki Ponpoko Delivery, and field leader of the Akibarangers.
- Accidental Misnaming: Known to Sayaka only as 'Ponpoko-san' thanks to his work uniform.
- Anime Hair: On his HELMET, of all things. Can be used as a weapon.
- Ascended Fanboy: Even more so than Gai Ikari (Well, he's more of a fanboy, but arguably less ascended since his team is unofficial).
- Lampshaded in S2#13, when the akibarangers say that they are bigger fans that a certain hearty silver guy.
- Basement-Dweller: 29 years old and living with his mother.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Especially in season 2, where he doesn't have a specific love interest to focus on.
- Dead All Along: 2-13
- The Dulcinea Effect: Hopelessly devoted towards "his" Sayaka. To the point that when Marushina disguised herself as Sayaka to shoot him, he fell for it three times in a row. He was drunk that time though. During S1#9, it actually helps motivate him to transform IN THE REAL WORLD.
- In season 2, since Sayaka has moved away he seems to have transferred more of his affection toward Aoi-tan, to the point that it's the source of his Super Mode.
- Face Death with Dignity: After realizing that he's doomed at the end of 2-12, he tells everyone to keep watching Sentai as he is killed mid-sentence.
- Finishing Move: Akiba Underground Culture Attack note
- Munya Slash note
- MunyuMoe Prominence note
- MunyuMoe Crusher note
- Genre Savvy: He's such a huge Sentai buff that he can relate event flags from various series to what's actually happening to the Akibarangers, and predict what happens next. Turns out this wasn't mere coincidence.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In 2-12.
- Homage: Himself and his suit has some to several super sentai red rangers: His "Super Sentai" Stance (spread open legs and outstretched arms) is similar to Aka Ranger's and Goggle Red's pose; His helmet's "hair" is similar to Battle Japan's asymmetric helmet; The gold sideways "V-streak" on his helmet's "hair" is similar to Aka Red's gold "V" on his helmet; His family name is pronounced the same as Ippei Akagi's (Denzi Red's) family name.
- Killed Off for Real: Along with Luna and Yumeria at the end of 2-12. And don't let 2-13 fool you; he really is dead.
- The Kirk
- Knife Nut: Munyu Munyu Z-Baan
- Large Ham
- The Leader: Or at least he tries to be.
- Nerds Are Virgins
- Nonstandard Character Design: The girls may fit right in with toku heroines past and present, but Nobuo's actor looks like he'd be more suited for a Hongkong sex farce. It's all deliberate, of course.
- Older Than They Look: Nobuo is 29, although he could easily pass as a man in his early-to-mid 20s. This also extends in real life, as his actor is actually 32.
- The One Guy
- Reality Warper: His delusion level eventually becomes so high that he can use his powers just as effectively in the real world, which essentially has this effect.
- Robosexual: As revealed in S2#6, he loves smooth shiny cute robot girls.
- Super Dickery: Had to treat his teammates as crap as part of a plan to defeat an enemy successfully.
- Super Mode: Super Akiba Red
- Use Your Head: Either to headbutt or AS A SAW. In season 2, in his super mode he uses his head for fire lighting in his finishing move.
Mitsuki Aoyagi/Akiba Blue | Live Actress: Kyoko Hinami
A teen martial-artist and Aoi fan. She is not much of a Sentai fan at first but gets into it late in the series.
Yumeria Moegi Real Name: Yuuko Yamada-Yokoyama(S2)/Akiba Yellow | Live Actress: Karin Ogino
Cosplayer and dojin/dojinshi artist.
- Animal-Eared Headband
- Cat Girl: Most of the time.
- Chekhov's Skill: Her drawing, usually saved for her yaoi doujinshi, comes in handy in S1#7 for drawing out the delusions and leads to Hakase recognizing Marushina as her father's work.
- In S2#4, she made a special dojinshi for Nobuo which helped him get his super mode.
- The Chick
- Confusion Fu: Her fighting style is comical but effective, like Gokai Green's.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl
- Her main costume is the yellow haired Cat Girl.
- In S1#3, she is a blue haired elementary school boy.
- At the end of three and in the intro, she is The Mad Hatter.
- S1#4 has multiple due to the cosplay shop scene:
- Her cosplay after the intro is a slightly different take on the school boy outfit from the previous episode. She now sports a dark blue wig, glasses, and a bowtie.
- When she tries different cosplays in the shop she starts with a Nun wielding a machine gun.
- Next is a Native American.
- Third is Little Red Riding Hood.
- And finally is Mele. When she transforms, she even retains the Mele character!
- S1#5 she spends the entire episode as a Silver-Haired Alien.
- Well mostly she trades in the silver wig for a pink one partway through.
- In S1#6, she's a Elegant Gothic Lolita that carries around a talking mannequin head.
- For the first 5 minutes of S1#7 she retains her Gothic Loli cosplay, then she dresses as Satomi from Z-Cune Aoi. At the end of S1#7, she's dressed as a Samurai (in particular with Date Masamune's crescent helm, but none of his eyepatch)
- S1#9 has her dressed up as a bee girl and later a bunny girl.
- Of special note, we see her as herself briefly in season 1's #7, #9 and #11 and in season 2's #2 and #4.
- Dead All Along: 2-13
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: In S1#5, we meet her mother, who taught her everything about cosplay. She even gets to transform into Akiba Yellow herself! When the fight is over, however, she is no where to be found. Yumeria then reveals to the team that she had been dead for several years.
- Happily Married: Gotten married while she was away before she returned in S2#2. Nobuo didn't find out until S2#4.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her helmet's hair in season 1. A bit of an Impractically Fancy Outfit when the enemy grabs them.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Akiba pylon, anyone?
- Killed Off for Real: In 2-12 with Nobuo and Luna. Don't let 2-13 fool you; they're still dead.
- The McCoy
- Meaningful Name: Moegi is an obvious one. As for Yumeria, it is a combination of the Japanese word for dream (yume) and the western name Amelia. It's just an alias, however.
- Odango Hair: Her helmet's hair in season 2.
- Office Lady: Her day job.
- Older Than They Look: Reveals herself to be 23, but as of S1#5, she's 24. Averted in real life, as her actress is actually only 16.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Yumeria
- Special Person, Normal Name: Lampshaded: her real name is noted to be very common.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's one of each to the different Akiba Blues.
- Season 1: Girly Girl to Mitsuki's Tomboy.
- Season 2: Tomboy to Luna's Girly Girl.
- Verbal Tic: Depending on the costume - adding "nya"s to her dialogue as a catgirl, ending all her sentences with a combination of "pi", "pe", and "po" as an alien in S1#5, and so on.
- In S1#7, as a part of her Satomi cosplay, she usually starts sentences with "[insert adverb here] speaking" (ex. Tactically, Philosophically, Unofficially etc. speaking). Then they are all dropped when we see her as herself in S1#9.
- Vocal Dissonance: She dropped her Animal-Eared Headband in S1#2. Her voice changed. Drastically. Though apparently, that isn't her "real" voice, as when we see her as herself she talks normally.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As demonstrated in S1#3 when she sees Akiba Red and the Monster of the Week being a tad too close. This actually caused them trouble as her Yaoi Fangirl delusions conflicted with Akiba Red's heroic delusions.
Takuma Tsuzuki/Akiba Red II | Live Actor: Shinpei TakagiA half-Japanese Interpol agent who replaces Nobuo as the latter is called to serve in the Pentagon. He's also Hiroyo's half brother.
Luna Iwashimizu/Akiba Blue II | Live Actress: Shione Sawada
A teen who wants to be an idol.
- Aloof Ally: Was this after #3, she wanted to focus on being an idol and the team being unofficial means she won't get discovered. She was this way until #5.
- Becoming the Mask: At first only joining the Akibaranger to boost her idol career, but after 2-11, when the only boost available was to be a villain due to Malshina's screwing, she finally grew to value the friendship she had with the Akibarangers and decided to embrace being a 'heroine' instead of furthering her career.
- Dead All Along: 2-13
- The Ditz: She can be a bit scatterbrained and often gives off responses.
- Genki Girl: Works against her in battle at first, but Nobuo says she holds promise.
- Genre Savvy: When it comes to what certain Super Sentai directors like to help her way in being an idol.
- Gratuitous English
- Killed Off for Real: In 2-12, along with Nobuo and Yumeria. Don't let 2-13 fool you; she's still dead.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Luna consistently shows little concern for what the Rangers are fighting for, as well as the Akibas themselves. (Until Episode 2-7, anyway.)Episode 2-11 reveals that she had briefly considered joining Malshina, since she only saw the Akibas as "stepping stones" towards her idol career. Of course, she inevitably bonded with them over the season's course and made the transition to actual hero.(Or loose interpretation thereof.)
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: The only main character who doesn't have it. Whenever the villains alter history, she remembers the new version of events. As of episode 6, however, she has gained it and is now immune.
- Stocking Filler: Her Akiba Blue suit has garter belts.
- Teen Idol: She aspires to be one.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Yumeria's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Badass: In S2-11. Doing this actually drove Nobuo to tears.
Hiroyo Hakase /Shuri Toyozuki (Real Name: Hiroyo Tsuzuki)| Live Actress: Maaya Uchida
Manager of "Secret Base Cafe", mission control of the Akibarangers, and in-universe voice actress of Aoi
- Blood from the Mouth: Suffers from this in S1#10 as the scorpion tattoo gets closer to her throat.
- Drinking On Duty: With some huge bottles in S1#3.
- Hot Scientist: Well, she's not officially a scientist, but she plays one at the cafe and seems to have some method of monitoring the Rangers' delusions, so...
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: In Season 1.
- The Mentor
- Mission Control
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In S2#12, she accidentally triggers a suicide flag that leads the Akibarangers to their deaths.
- Retcon: She's still Aoi's voice (or at least involved) as she mentioned that she was frustrated after "they wrapped up production" and can't wait for the "surprises" in the new movie. However, due to the Alternate Universe and Doctor Z not being there, her status as Aoi's voice actress is not yet revealed to the Akibarangers.
- Significant Anagram: "Shuri Toyozuki" is one for her real name, Hiroyo Tsuzuki.
- Unwitting Pawn: For her father's mad quest for revenge.
Kozukozu Mita | Live Actress: Kozue Aikawa
The energetic employee of "Secret Base Cafe."
- Cosplay Otaku Girl
- The Pollyanna: When Marushina invades the cafe, Kozukozu takes up arms against her and gets beat down for all her troubles... yet some time later, she's right back to dancing for her customers with a smile on her face as if nothing happened.
- Suddenly Sexuality: S1#12 reveals that she's been in love with Yumeria the entire time.
Sayaka Honiden | Live Actress: Miiko Morita
Nobuo's love interest.
Aoi Ichikawa | Voice Actress: Maaya Uchida
Blatantly Evil Guerrilla Marketing Firm B /Delusion Empire
The enemy organization from the Delusional World the Akibarangers fight whose goal is to change Akihabara.
Doctor Z Real Name: Takehiro Tsuzuki | Live Actor: Kazuki YaoHiroyo's biological father, scientist, the original designer of Z-cune Aoi, and true leader of the organization.
- Abusive Parent: Part of his revenge plan involves causing his daughter to lose her voice and career simply because she voices a character he hates. He also does not treat Maruseena or the Chief Clerks, many of which are his own creations, well at all.
- Artificial Limbs
- Bigger Bad
- Child Prodigy/Teen Genius: Was this when he was younger.
- Freudian Excuse: His turn to villainy was because he disliked Moe and Yuri Genre that he made sure none of that is in his Aoi designs, attempting a Darker and Edgier feel. This got him fired and his insistence to keep that mindset despite the demographics that prefer Moe made him hard to keep a job as an animator and had to return to being a scientist and once he discovers the delusion world, he decided to use that as a vengeance for those are not of his mindset.
- Heel-Face Turn: Finally reconciles with Hiroyo in S1#12.
- I Have No Son: Says that Hiroyo stopped being his daughter once she started to voice Aoi.
- It's All About Me: Dislikes Moe and Yuri Genre, and will not listen to either the demographics or co-workers.
- Homage: To Showa-Era villains, particularly Doctor Shinigami and a bit of Doctor Man.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Maruseena was no lightweight, this guy is a total monster who tries to ruin his own daughter's career and destroy a community solely for a petty grudge. At least Maruseena was designed to be a villain, this guy is human.
- Mad Scientist and Mad Artist
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Is the sole truly human member of the organization, Maruseena and the Chief Clerks merely being his creations come to life. Naturally he's the true villain.
- Motive Decay: Forced upon him by Hatte Saburo. He goes from wanting to destroy moe anime to wanting to Take Over the World.
- Retcon: Has a different job in Season 2 and was not involved in the whole Akibaranger battle and not antagonizing his daughter.
Malshina | Live Actress: Honoka
Leader of organization in the Delusional World.
- A God I Am: Her plan in Season 2 was to get rid of Saburo Hatte and replace him as the 'god' of the Super Sentai universe.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: She was so traumatized by the events of Season 1 that she couldn't forget it.
- Big Bad: At FIRST. After Doctor Z and Delu-Knight show up, it becomes apparent that she's just...
- The Dark Chick.
- Retconned in season 2 where she and Delu-Knight are the big bads.
- And in Season 2, she is The Dragon to General Pain.
- And it turns out she was never The Dragon to General Pain. She was the real mastermind in her plot to get rid of General Pain and Saburo Hatte.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Thinks that laying-off the rest of the 40+ Chief Clerks is not right.
- Evil Plan: After breaking into the real world, she realized that her forces could follow her with help of the Akibarangers' delusion power, so she began to help them grow stronger and even set up fights with the sole purpose of weakening the barrier between the real world and the delusion world, going as far as retrieving their transformation devices for the heroes. When they realized they had been Unwitting Pawns, the damage was already done.
- Giggling Villain
- Heel-Face Turn: Possibly being set up for one as of 10 based on past Sentai examples.
- Hello, Nurse!
- Long Runner: Her Super Malshina series has run consistently from 1975 to the present with only one break, with Malshina as the star every season! She's even set a record!
- The Man Behind the Man: In Season 2.
- Master of Disguise: She can change both her clothes and appearance instantly. In contrast with Enter, the primary villain of the official Sentai series Akibaranger airs alongside, who merely changes his clothes, retaining his appearance and even his signature sunglasses.
- Ms. Fanservice: Being a female Commander, this kind of thing is in the job description. And being played by a former adult movie actress doesn't help either. Nose bleeds happen.
- Physical God: Her goal in Season 2 is to replace Saburo Hatte. As of Episode 11, she's succeeded and created the Super Malshina series.
- Putting on the Reich: Her design is straight up Nazi-sexploitation-based.
- Rule of Three: Invoked by having Delu-Knight trigger three flags of defeat, but that's to show how they no longer work that way.
- Spell My Name with an "S": There seems to be some confusion about how to spell her name. Malsina, Malshiina, Maruseena, ŠNa? Not even this page is sure.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Season 2, she's usually less pleased and more annoyed with General 2's 'Sentai Villain Fanboying' antics, and occasionally her attempts to destroy Otaku culture would clash with General 2's modus operandi of 'having his villainous delusions'
- Took a Level in Badass: Starting season 2, she is now able to transform and fight the Akibarangers
- She is now more powerful than Saburo Hatte. Oh, boy.
- Villainous Friendship: General Pain has a one-sided Type II with her. He goes out of his way to get her into the spirit of things, and is relatively upbeat around her. However, Malshina is completely indifferent to (If not outright uncomfortable around) him, more comfortable to abuse the luxurious freedoms he grants her instead of caring about whether or not he succeeds.
- Episodes 2-10 and 2-11 reverse the Trope. There never was a Friendship at all. Malshina was simply waiting for the chance to lower Pain's guard so she could steal his secrets for herself. After taking the secrets, she conquered every Sentai, warping the Akibas' world so that the Sentai series focused on her killing off the teams; effectively taking their place.
- Voice Changeling: She also has the ability to disguise her voice, which she usually uses to pretend to be a producer from Toei calling the Akibarangers.
- Xanatos Gambit: All of season 2 is a gambit on her part, starting when she entered Saburo Hatte's world in order to manipulate him into allowing a second season. After that, every time the Akibarangers used their Penultimate Powers, it gave her an opening to enter the world of past official sentai, allowing her to defeat the official teams until "reality" was re-written into one where every sentai series is about her killing off the heroes.
- Yaoi Fangirl: She enjoys the fight between the Chief Clerk in S1#3 and Akiba Red perhaps a bit too much.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: As of S1#6, she has broken through into the real world.
Executive Board Director Delu-Knight | Voice Actor: Hiroaki Hirata
- Big Bad: According the recap in the first episode of season 2, he and Malsheena are the final villains for the Akibarangers
- The Dragon: In both Season 1 and 2!
- Genre Blind/Tempting Fate: In his final on-foot battle with the Akibarangers in season 1, he triggers just about every single death flag that you can think of, including using the "Before I kill you, let me tell you this" line, claiming that he's more powerful than anyone, and stating that after he wins he'll be going home to marry his fiance. Justified, as he's very clearly under the influence of Saburo Hatte, who's trying to kill him off and wrap up the show as quickly as possible.
- Subverted in season 2, when Malshina instructs him to do the same thing, only this time, she's taken over the show and switched all the flags around, so that doing these things makes him stronger.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently he's engaged.
- In Season 2, he says he has a wife and kid, but this may be a lie.
- Monster of the Week: In Season 2, he's basically episode 11's MOTW with some plot importance.
- Noisy Robots: His limbs make audible clanking noises whenever he moves.
- Retcon: According to S2#1, he was the pervert who approached Yumeria when she dressed as a young boy.
- The Rival: Claims to be this for Akiba Red as of S1#11.
- The Starscream: In S1#12.
The laborers of the organization.
General 2 (Tsu/Pain) Real Name: Ushirozawa Tsuguo | Live Actor: Ryo Horikawa
- Alas, Poor Villain: His fall in Episode 10 is... not pleasant to watch.
- Author Avatar: Of Saburo Hatte, who is himself an Author Avatar. Becoming normal starts killing Saburo Hatte.
- Becomes a more literal example of this in s2ep12, where Saburo Hatte uses him as a proxy to directly speak to the other characters.
- Ascended Fanboy: Of Sentai Villains.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2. Not.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may be a big nerdy goofball, but it seems unwise to underestimate the guy when he has access to technology capable of rewriting reality.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Both he and Nobuo are surprised when they learn they are enemies, since they already had a run-in at a karaoke bar.
- Depraved Dentist: Er...sort of.
- Dramatic Irony: We know he's the villain, but the Akibarangers do not, and vice-versa. And until the end of episode 6, he had no clue he was rewriting reality.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Nobuo.
- Homage: Designed his costume to resemble General Kar.
- He is even defeated the same way as General Kar, which he points out after being betrayed by Malshina.
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Like Doctor Z before him.
- Otaku: Until Malshina takes that quality away from him. Unfortunately, the backlash greatly harms Saburo Hatte.
- Retcon: Most of his monsters cause these, altering how certain things (Like animes and Sentai) are seen from the real world. The only ones immune to these effects are the characters from Season 1.
- It Makes Sense in Context: Episode #2-10 reveals that Pain Isn't an actual character, but an avatar created from Hatte Saburo's subconcious. Being a "portion" of Hatte, (for lack of a better term) it can be presumed he had some of his Author power, thus the Retcons.
- Sailor Earth: Creates his monsters deliberately in the style of past Sentai villain teams.
- Took a Level in Badass: As of Episode 7, while he is still as much of a loser as Nobuo, he now knows he can rewrite reality, knows the Akibarangers' identities, and can enter the delusion world.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Malshina.
- Villainous Friendship: One-sided Type II. Early in the season, he kept going out of his way to get Malshina into the spirit of things, expressing sadness when she inevitably ignored him.
- As of episode 2-9, however, this seems to have devolved into a Type IV, as he has no qualms about trading up Dragons once he saw how capable the MoTW was against the Akibas; going so far as to trap Malshina in an acryllic box, so he could "admire her aesthetic qualities." Of course, the new Dragon was defeated, so one can only wonder how she and Pain will interact from here on out.
- Episodes 2-10 and 2-11 reverse the Trope. There never was a Friendship at all. Malshina was simply waiting for the chance to lower Pain's guard so she could steal his secrets for herself. Stealing the secrets also removed Pain's memory of his past deeds, effectively brainwashing him into becoming a minor character.
The foot soldiers of the empire.
Saburo Hatte A manifestation of the creators of the show and true villain behind all the series's past events. For some reason, he's hospitalized inbetween seasons and was manipulated by Malshina into creating Season 2 so she could get revenge on what he did.
- Author Avatar
- Author Powers: Naturally, since they run the show, they can alter details at will, including characters' personalities. Becoming aware of the fourth wall seems to allow the characters to reverse changes made to their personalities, though.
- Even Bigger Bad: In Season 1. Surprisingly subverted in Season 2, where Malshina is the villain.
- Creator In-Joke: "Saburo Hatte" is actually the collective pen name for the Toei anime and tokusatsu writers.
- Man Behind the Man: In Season 1.
- Physical God: In the Sentai multiverse, the Akibaranger universe, and the Delusion World, until Malshina takes over.
- Rage Against the Author
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Gives the Akibarangers a second season.
- Subverted. Malshina was responsible for it as part of her plan to get rid of him.
- The Unseen: Except for a hand. This is a big hint to his identity as the man in the hospital in Season 2.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Malshina in Season 2.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Episodes #2-10 and #2-11 reveal that General Pain was never really a meant-to-be-established character, but instead a byproduct of Saburo's subconcious created as a defense mechanism against Malshina. (Thereby connecting him somewhat to the Akiba-verse, making Pain an extension of Hatte. Yes, it's a Mind Screw.) Now that Malshina has all but lobotimized Pain, Hatte is feeling the effects in the "Real" world, and is implied at the end of #2-10 to be on the verge of death. Malshina does not take it well.
- Walking Spoiler
Unofficial Giant God Prism Ace | Voice Actor: Tōru Furuya A new hero character created by the Chaino Corporation in an attempt to usurp Super Sentai's timeslot.