Characters: Koihime†Musou

All principal heroines in Koihime†Musou are expies of the (male) generals from the original Romance of the Three Kingdoms epic and the former's names are derived from the latter's by reading the original Chinese characters in their names as kanji. Additionally, each sport a true, "private" name usually reserved for close friends, alongside a courtesy name.

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     Characters of the Shoku (Shu) Kingdom 

Kannu (Private name: Aisha; Courtesy name: Unchou; Expy: Guan Yu)

Voiced by: Nami Kurokawa (credited as Mina Motoyama in the visual novel)

The main heroine of the first game and the protagonist of the anime series. In the game, Kan'u shows up shortly after Hongou is transported back in time and saves him from a group of bandits. Due to Hongou's strange attire and manner of speech, she subsequently mistakes him to be the "Messenger from Heaven" and becomes the first person to vow her loyalty to him. In the sequel, Kannu is relegated to the position of Ryuubi's second in command and confidante.

In the anime, Kannu is a famous bandit hunter known as the Beautiful Black-haired Bandit Fighter and wields the Green Dragon Crescent Blade.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Kannu pulls one off in episode 11 of season one
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with Kazuto.
  • Big Brother Worship: Kannu's unnamed brother was shown as her selfless protector, going so far as to save her life at the cost of his own. It was probably by having such an admirable older brother, that Kannu developed her own Big Sister Instinct when the time came.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Rinrin is her surrogate little sister and Kannu has promised to take care of her.
  • Celibate Heroine: Kannu's primarily focused on her goal of saving a war-torn Ancient China. She is also portrayed as an easily embarrassed Clingy Jealous Girl and flustered at even the slightest intimate comment or gesture (which makes her usually aggressive Unwanted Harem in the anime all the more entertaining). The exception to this portrayal is in the last two episodes of season one.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Rinrin.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her entire family was murdered by bandits when she was young.
  • Demoted to Extra: Was originally the main heroine in the first game and animated series, but beginning with Shin Koihime she played second fiddle to Ryuubi. Worse, by the third game, Kannu's relegated to a supporting character of other spotlight heroines.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She becomes this way towards Kazuto in the first game after several battles, supposedly to keep him in shape and top form, but this may actually be a sign of her being a Type-B Tsundere.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Kannu may be a well-known bandit hunter, but when it comes time for food and shelter she has to do odd jobs like cooking, cleaning, and even working in a Meido cafe to make money.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When people hear of the Beautiful Black-haired Bandit Fighter they are expecting she's a stunningly beautiful woman. They tend to feel disappointed when they meet Kannu, as they find her rather plain-looking.
  • Funbag Airbag: In the OVA, when Koumei tries to buy some bread at the school canteen, she gets shoved back by the crowd and plows face-first into Kannu's chest
  • The Heroine: In the anime she's the main character who goes on a journey to get rid of evil bandits.
  • Lust Object: Sousou is particularly fixated on trying to get Kannu to sleep with her and she swears that she will make Kannu hers, whether Kannu wants it or not.
  • Mugging the Monster: Bandits think Kannu's an easy mark. They find out the hard way she's a combat veteran (first game)/famous bandit-hunter (anime).
  • Parental Substitute: She calls herself Rinrin's older sister figure, but Kannu can also act like a surrogate mother to her. In fact, people mistake her for Rinrin's mother more often than not.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her knees.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's a well-known beauty with long black hair and fair skin.
  • Red Baron: The Beautiful Black-haired Bandit Fighter.
  • Slip Knot Ponytail: In Otome Tairan epsiode 11, after she and Chouryou have an intense fight.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's completely scared of ghosts.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high stockings.

Chouhi (Private name: Rinrin; Courtesy name: Yokutoku; Expy: Zhang Fei)

Voiced by: Miya Serizono (credited as Hiroka Nishizawa in the anime)

A talkative and always cheerful girl. Although she is small and very smart in some things, she is naive in others, yet very powerful and strong, capable of competing against Kannu in armed melee combat. In the game, she joins Kazuto along with Kannu after the two discover him together.

In the anime, she is one of the main characters and the first person to join Kannu.

Ryuubi (Private name: Touka; Courtesy name: Gentoku; Expy: Liu Bei)

Voiced by: Mai Goto (credited as Oto Agumi in the visual novel)

The new heroine of the sequel and the young queen of the kingdom of Shu. Being quite young she is naive, often reluctant to go to war, and hates paperwork (much to the chargin of Kan'u who as a result often scolds the young queen and reminds her of her duties), but has a lot of confidence on her subordinates.
  • The Chosen One: After hearing Kada's explanation of the "Dragon Sword" (see the Chekhov's Gun entry in the main page), everyone has come to the conclusion that Ryuubi, with the sword she now has, is the only one with a chance of slaying Ukitsu. She actually delivers in the final battle when she stabs Ukitsu, killing him.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • Twice in the Shin Koihime anime. On both occassions, she's attacked by the same group of bandits, both cases being rescued by Kannu and company. The second nearly enters Attempted Rape territory.
    • Happens yet again in Otome Tairan when she tries to help Gien, only to get into trouble herself, and resulting in another Attempted Rape incident.
  • Gainaxing: Purposely done in episode 8.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in pigtails, combined with Odango Hair.
  • Fallen Princess: A flashback in the Shin Koihime anime reveals how Ryuubi's identity and sword were stolen by the fake Ryuubi.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a feather hair ornament on each side of her head.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Ryuubi's mother threw her into a nearby river whenever she thought about how Ryuubi lost the family heirloom
  • Hypocritical Humor: After getting ambushed by bandits, Ryuubi states she's smart enough not to be a Distressed Damsel again. Seconds later, she's back into the role
  • Idiot Hair: She has a cowlick that stands prominently atop her head.
  • It Was a Gift: In Otome Tairan, Ryuubi gets a new sword, one Forged by the Gods, specifically the Dragon God from Shin Koihime to replace her Ancestral Weapon that was fried by lightning
  • Odango Hair: Her hair is arranged in a pair of small hair buns.
  • Ojou Ringlets: She has straight hair with twintails that curl into ringlets to denote she's the young queen of the kingdom of Shu.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist.
  • Robinsonade: Played with in the Shin Koihime OVA: flashbacks showed her going on a trip, and apparently she disappeared without a trace. She ended up on what she presumed was a Deserted Island, but it turned out to be the same island resort the rest of the cast went to (she was rescued by the Nanban Barbarians who lived there; apparently they never ventured far enough from their home to the "resort" area until the Giant Octo-Payapaya incident)
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She has rose-colored hair and she's a sweet, cheerful and innocent young girl.
  • Stealth Clothes: When raiding the pantry after her failed diet.
  • Weight Woe: While she doesn't look any visibly heavier since the Shin Koihime anime, Ryuubi freaks-out over Chouhi saying how soft her lap feels in Otome Tairan. She decides to try dieting and exercising to lose the extra weight, but due to poor self-control and physical weakness, her efforts don't go as planned. After attempting to starve herself, she just can't take it anymore and finally gives in. Although the unhealthy dieting and exercising ceases, Ryuubi continues to worry about her weight. Also fits as Truth in Television.
  • White Mage: All of her super techniques in the visual novel are healing moves of varying power levels.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high boots and stockings.

Chouun (Private name: Sei; Courtesy name: Shiryuu; Expy: Zhao Yun)

Voiced by: Emi Motoi (credited as Nana Nogami in the visual novel)

A girl who fought the To army alongside Kannu, after which Chouun met Kazuto and took a liking to him, promising to join his army later. She has a habit of running around the city as the masked hero of justice 'Butterfly Mask' in her patrol shift.

In the anime, she is the second person to join the Kannu's group, but she soon separates herself from the group, helping them from afar.
  • Animal Motif: The Butterfly when she in her Paper-Thin Disguise.
  • Berserk Button: Don't eat her menma, she won't forgive you.
  • Cleavage Window
  • Combat Pragmatist: Takes a more strategic approach to fights than the other generals, which allows her to win against opponents that they can't defeat.
  • Death Glare: She'll give one to whosoever dares to even look at her Trademark Favorite Food. Somewhat flanderized progressively throughout the anime.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Her lectures and scoldings are the ones that Bachou and Chouhi are most afraid of, moreso than Kannu's. In the game, Sei's unit is likened to a modern commando outfit which would imply a certain increase in training standards as well.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Gets to pull one off in the first season finale.
  • Good Bad Girl: Lampshaded by her statement, "What's wrong with my knees?"; nothing's wrong...well, not that any of the fanboys mind...
  • Hair Intakes: The two "cat ears" that are part of her hairdo.
  • Henshin Hero: Invoked by her Butterfly Mask persona.
  • Mysterious Protector: She tries to be this as Butterfly Mask. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out too well.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Her "disguise" as Butterfly Mask... consists of just a butterfly mask. It mostly works for her in the games, but not so much in the anime.
  • Put on a Bus: During mid-season of the first anime, but subverted once the bus pulls into the station for the finale. The same thing happens again in Shin Koihime, with Butterfly Mask attempting to steal the show for the final scene (it doesn't really work.)
  • Pregnant Badass: Becomes one in Eiyuutan 1, being one of the first of Kazuto's harem to become pregnant with his child.
  • See You in Hell: Said to Kannu before facing off against an overwhelming force of bandits on a very narrow cliff; fortunately, they get out of it
  • Short Hair with Tail: Short part in a straight bob, long part of her hair in a ponytail tied at the nape of her neck.
  • The Tease
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Menma, or fermented bamboo shoots, typically with plenty of alcohol. On some occasions, she can even eat them on their own (it's a condiment).
  • The Trickster: More apparent in the games, but she does love sowing a small amount of chaos just for her own amusement or to make a point.
  • Walking the Earth: Wandered about looking for a worthy master before the events of the game. She also mentions that she used to travel with her brothers.
  • Witty Banter: Chouun's just too good at it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears white thigh-high stockings.

Bachou (Private name: Sui; Courtesy name: Mouki; Expy: Ma Chao)

Voiced by: Maki Kobayashi (Mio Ogawa in the visual novel)

Chouhi's friend and daughter of the late Batou. She is really a simple, straight-forward, and easily embarrassed tomboyish girl. She wields a simple looking spear but is very strong in both power and form. The third person to join the group.

Shokatsuryou (Private name: Shuri; Courtesy name: Koumei; Expy: Zhuge Liang)

Voiced by: Erika Narumi (credited as Suzune Kusunoki in the visual novel)

A shy, kind, and reserved girl around the same age as Rinrin, but is a smart, good strategist in battle. However, her naive and child-like nature often overshadows these attributes, and has been known to act on the same level of immaturity as Chōhi. She wants to become a great scholar like her master Shibaki. The fourth to join the group.

Kouchuu (Private name: Shion; Courtesy name: Kanshou; Expy: Huang Zhong)

Voiced by: Yuu Amamiya (credited as Kuu Lida in the visual novel)

A noble woman and a skilled archer with great eyesight and incredible skill in archery. In the game, her daughter Riri was kidnapped by Enshou's men to make Kouchuu fight Kazuto's army. Thanks to Choun, Kazuto's group was able to rescue Riri and returned her to Kouchuu. The rescue allows her to see how Kazuto is a good person, and she offers her services to him and fights at his side.

In the anime, her daughter is kidnapped by bandits and they try to force her to assassinate an official that has been cracking down on bandits. Kannu and her friends must try to rescue the child before the assassination can take place. She's the fifth and last to join the group.

Gengan (Private name: Kikyo; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Yan Yan)

Voiced by: Shizuka Arai (visual novel, anime; credited as Ayano Shirai in the visual novel)

A single female federal lord that was the teacher to Gien, she decommissioned her from straining the promise that Gien would not draw her sword. Even though she has duties as a federal lord, she does do some leisurely activities ranging from drinking alcohol to attending and betting on horse races
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being a district lord, Gengan doen't seem like someone to be taken seriously. Lampshaded by the girls in Otome Tairan, yet Gengan simply laughs it off
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "washi"; odd considering it's usually reserved for old men and historically it's unknown how old Yan Yan was when he first appeared in the novel

Gien (Private name: En'ya; Courtesy name: Buncho; Expy: Wei Yan)

Voiced by: Hiromi Hirata (credited as Hikaru Kaga in the visual novel)

A warrior and a devoted bodyguard of Ryuubi.

Batai (Private name: Tanpopo; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Ma Dai)

Voiced by: Ringo Aoba

Bachou's cousin. Despite being younger than Bachou, she has no issues being around men. In fact she often teases Bachō about the latter's issues with men.

Houtou (Private name: Hinari; Courtesy name: Shigen; Expy: Pang Tong)

Voiced by: Yuko Goto (credited as Shino Kujou in the visual novel)

Shuri's closest friend, who's almost always with her, and even shares her hobby of reading perverted books. Her outfit resembles that of a witch. Her habit of saying "Awawa" has earned her the nickname "Awawa Strategist".

     Characters of the Gi (Wei) Kingdom 

Sousou (Private name: Karin; Courtesy name: Motoku; Expy: Cao Cao)

Voiced by: Yukie Maeda (credited as Kana Nojima in the visual novel)

The Blonde Queen of the kingdom of Gi and a General of the Kan empire. Sousou likes beautiful women and likes to tease her subordinates, especially her strategist Jun'iku, but is also attracted to Kannu.
  • The Ace: In the official artbook, she is ranked at the highest level possible in almost every attribute. Yes, she is pretty much better than everyone in every way.
  • An Adventurer Is You: A debuffer. Her super techniques are predominantly status reducers and poison.
  • Black Comedy Rape: She has the habit of forcing girls into sex with her. She is shown succeeding on at least one occasion.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Subverted.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: To an extent: she has skulls in her hair and wields a Sinister Scythe (see also Girl with Psycho Weapon below), but she is easily one of the most noble and sympathetic characters in the series.
  • Dress Hits Floor
  • Fake Kill Scare: In order to test Keifa's loyalty, she swings her scythe around as if to kill her.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Sousou packs a Sinister Scythe; combines with a fierce, dark Battle Aura if her Berserk Button is pressed
  • Insufferable Genius: In the original game, Sousou spends her time after her defeat in intellectual pursuits. She reads Shu's entire Royal Library, cooks delicious food just by observation, builds a distillery from scratch just by reading a book and annotates Sun Tzu just for fun. She also constantly reminds Kazuto how superior she is to him and to everyone else really. She spent an entire day criticising food stalls and showing the cooks how its really done.
  • Jerkass Façade: She isn't as bad as she makes herself to be. Especially evident in the story with Bachou and her father, where she allowed to be known as his murderer to cover his humiliating death.
  • Kissing Cousins: Her harem includes Kakoton and Kakouen, who are her cousins.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She will have sex with any woman she likes and won't take no for an answer, and then there are her efforts to get into Kannu's pants. Still, this is always Played for Laughs and she gets presented relatively sympathetically as the series progresses.
  • Mega Twintails: She wears her hair in two large drill twintails that are about as big as her own head.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: In regards to Bachou's father.
  • Moment Killer: When things between Sousou and Kannu were about to get interesting, an assassin comes along and ruins the mood. Sorry, fellas...
  • Ojou Ringlets: Along with her drill Mega Twintails, she two small ringlets framing her face.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Sousou really likes to sleep with women and doesn't take no for an answer. Although, she gets presented somewhat more positively as subsequent seasons roll along. This is carried over from the visual novel where she starts hitting on Kannu fairly early on and suggests that if Kannu is ever captured, she will break her and turn her into a Sex Slave.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: In the anime, she tells Kannu that she will release Bachou if she sleeps with her. Kannu reluctantly agrees, but they are interrupted by a bandit and Sousou decides to release Bachou anyway.
  • Tsundere: Sousou pretends to be the Rich Bitch to hide her nice side.
    • In the games, she's this to Kazuto, with more emphasis on verbal abuse and The Un-giver strategy.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S; she wears thigh-high stockings, has twintails and is a Tsundere.

Kakoton (Private name: Shunran; Courtesy name: Genjo; Expy: Xiahou Dun)

Voiced by: Harumi Asai (credited as Haruka Fukai in the visual novel)

Sousou's cousin and one of her commanders. The elder twin of the Kakou Sisters, she is a strong, prideful, hot-headed person yet is understanding and loyal to her cousin whom she loves and understands her feelings.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever Kazuto trys to steal a march on her for Karin's affections.
  • Blood Knight: As Gi's most aggressive general, Kakoton plays the role of that faction's Blood Knight. That does not preclude a strong sense of honor and loyalty however.
  • Corner of Woe: Enters into it when she wasn't chosen to sing in the Shin Koihime anime
    • Her non-selection was apparently justified that she's apparently Hollywood Tone-Deaf as shown in the ED in the final episode (she's singing her heart out, whereas Kakouen and Kousonsan couldn't stand it and tried drowning it all out with alcohol).
  • Idiot Hair
  • Eyepatch of Power: Only in the visual novels and in the 3rd OVA.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sousou, even by the standards of Gi's main generals who are ALL slavishly devoted to her.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears black thigh-high stockings.

Kakouen (Private name: Shuuran; Courtesy name: Myosai; Expy: Xiahou Yuan)

Voiced by: Airi Yoshida (credited as Aoi Kisaragi in the visual novel)

The younger sister of the Kakou sisters and also Sousou's cousin and a commander of the Gi kingdom.
  • Archer Archetype: Her favourite personal weapon although Kakouen's mastery of the bow is not as emphasized as Kouchuu's. Kakouen also fits the personality connected to this archetype very well.
  • The Brigadier: Serves as the level-headed commander of Gi's armies in contrast to her out-of-control cousin and psychotic strategist.
  • Demoted to Extra: Played with: Kakouen's left behind during the Hot Springs Episode and feels left out; she strikes a symbolic sitting position in the commercial break picture. In the picnic scene of the season one finale, it's her sister Kakoton's turn to get left behind
  • Incest Subtext: Implied in the visual novels.
  • Only Sane Woman: She bemoans having to deal with the conflicting personalities in Gi's army and covering up all their foibles while out drinking.
  • The Men First: As one of Sousou's top generals, she could eat wherever she wants but prefers to move among the men and goes to lower-key bars to drink.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears black thigh-high stockings.

Jun'iku (Private name: Keifa; Courtesy name: Bunjaku; Expy: Xun Yu)

Voiced by: Oma Ichimura (credited as Miru in the visual novel)

Sousou's trusted adviser and strategist who wears a cat-eared hood. She has a huge crush on Sousou and does not mind being teased by her. She has a rivalry with the Kakou sisters due to the fact they are Sousou's cousins and are closer to her.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: In response to Sousou showing apparent affection to other women (or men, for that matter), rather than her
  • Extreme Doormat: Her default personality, where the object of her affections is concerned.
  • Hair Intakes: The two "cat ears" that are part of her hairdo.
  • I Kiss Your Foot
  • Insult Backfire: In the Shin Koihime anime, Keifa insults Enjutsu by saying all she does is eat honey and sing, comparing her to a cricket. Enjutsu takes the whole thing as a sign of people talking about how great she is
  • The Strategist
  • Undying Loyalty: The only person more devoted to Sousou than Kakouton.

Kyocho (Private name: Kii; Courtesy name: Chuukou; Expy: Xu Chu)

Voiced by: Mariya Sumida (credited as Mariya Sumita in the visual novel)

A small, young girl with great strength and a large appetite, often winning in eating contests. She wields a Flail, with a handle resembling a kendama chained to a huge iron ball with spikes.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Hidden Eyes: Part of her "battle transformation"
  • Epic Flail: Lampshaded in the anime whenever she brings it out, people stare in shock and verbally wonder where the hell she pulls out the damn weapon.
    • And if you look closely, you'll notice it's actually a kendama.
  • Standing in the Hall: As punishment for eating during class in the OVA

Kakuka (Private name: Rin; Courtesy name: Houkou; Expy: Guo Jia)

Voiced by: Asami Imai (credited as Yamazaki Namiko in the visual novel)

A bespectacled female strategist.

Teiiku (Private name: Fuu; Courtesy name: Chuutoku; Expy: Cheng Yu)

Voiced by: Hyo-sei ( credited as Elena Kaibara in the visual novel)

The silent adviser girl.

Gakushin (Private name: Nagi; Courtesy name: Bunken; Expy: Yue Jin)

Voiced by: Ryōko Ono (credited as Nazuna Gogyou in the visual novel)

A strict general who believes in order and discipline, and as such has a tough time keeping her comrades Riten and Ukin under control, using brute force if necessary.

Riten (Private name: Mao; Courtesy name: Mansei; Expy: Li Dian)

Voiced by: Rie Nakagawa

A female mechanic. She and her comrade Ukin like to goof around during peacetime, much to the chargin of Gakushin. She is also quite voluptuous given her short stature.
  • This Is a Drill: Her signature weapon, a spear with a working drill on the end.
  • Too Many Belts: Her leggings are literally held up by straps that attach to her two belts, which she wears in lieu of actual trousers.
  • Wrench Wench: At least by appearance (it's not known exactly what she works on); made hotter by her breasts (which is HUGE for her build) and her Stripperiffic outfit
    • Her ingenuity's revealed in the anime: one of her inventions is a rifle that fires projectiles using "hot springs technology"
    • In Otome Tairan she builds a robot duplicate of Toutaku that somehow fools Ryofu. And at the end of the season, she builds another based on Sousou, which Kakoton ends up cuddling.

Ukin (Private name: Sawa; Courtesy name: Bunsoku; Expy: Yu Jin)

Voiced by: Momo Kasumi (credited as An Haruhi in the visual novel)

Riten's comrade.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: In the anime, Ukin is the one who fangirls over the Chou Sisters and choreographs the dances used to oppose them.
  • The Chick: This is basically Ukin's role when with her two friends Riten and Gakushin.
  • Dual Wielding
  • Meganekko
  • Otaku: She has shades of this in the anime.

Ten'i (Private name: Ruru; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Dian Wei)

Voiced by: Tomomi Tenjinbayashi (credited as Nonomi Tenkawa in the visual novel)

Kyocho's friend and frequent sparring partner. The two of them tend to cause a lot of property damage during their sparring sessions. Like Kyocho, she sees Kazuto as a big brother, calling him 'Nii-sama'.

     Characters of the Go (Wu) Kingdom 

Sonsaku (Private name: Sheren; Courtesy name: Hakufu; Expy: Sun Ce)

Voiced by: Nozomi Yoneshima (credited as Yuki Satou in the visual novel)

The queen of Go Kingdom, the eldest sister of the Son family, and leader of the Go faction.

Sonken (Private name: Renfa; Courtesy name: Zhongmou; Expy: Sun Quan)

Voiced by: Harumi Sakurai (credited as Kazane in the visual novel)

Princess of Go, second sister of the Son family, and Sonsaku's younger sister.

Sonshoukou (Private name: Shaoren; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Sun Shangxiang)

Voiced by: Minami Hokuto (credited as Hitomi in the anime)

The youngest sister of the Son family and a princess of Go.

Shuuyu (Private name: Meirin; Courtesy name: Kokin; Expy: Zhou Yu)

Voiced by: Rino Kawashima (visual novel), Kei Mizusawa (anime)

Go Kingdom's master strategist. She is a close confidant and lover to Queen Sonsaku who understands her Queen's ambition.
  • Back from the Dead: She gets resurrected in the harem ending of the first visual novel and is finally free from the legacy that chained her down throughout the entire plot.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Although nominally Sonsaku's vassal, the fact that Renfa abdicates so much responsibility means that Meirin basically runs the army and resents her for not doing more conquering. Bad move.
  • Go Out with a Smile: At the end of the Go route in the visual novel.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Shuuyu employs this in the first OVA
  • The Plan: Shuuyu pulls one off to expose the traitor in Sonsaku's family
  • Start of Darkness: Completely driven by Sheren's death to carry out her legacy, she rebels against Sonken and takes control of Go's armies for herself, urged on by Ukitsu.
  • The Strategist
  • Undying Loyalty: She has sworn loyalty to Queen Sonsaku until their task is done.

Kannei (Private name: Shishun; Courtesy name: Koha; Expy: Gan Ning)

Voiced by: Ryouko Tanaka (credited as Hikaru Isshiki in the visual novel)

A loyal bodyguard and warrior to the Son family.
  • Hot-Blooded: The most outwardly passionate and aggressive member of the Go faction.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: As Koumei learned in the anime, question Kannei's loyalty to the Son Clan or her honor as a warrior at your own peril.

Rikuson (Private name: Non; Courtesy name: Hakugen; Expy: Lu Xun)

Voiced by: Natsumi Yanase (credited as Izumi Maki in the visual novel)

Shuuyu's beloved disciple. A smart yet air-headed official who loves to read books as in her own words; gaining knowledge gives her such pleasure.

Daikyou (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Da Qiao)

Voiced by: Michiru Yuimoto

One of Shuuyu's personal "pets" who, together with her twin sister Shoukyou, have the sole purpose of entertaining her.

Shoukyou (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Xiao Qiao)

Voiced by: Michiru Yuimoto

Daikyou's twin siter. Like her sister, Shoukyou is one of Shuuyu's personal "pets" who have the sole purpose of entertaining her.

Shuutai (Private name: Minmei; Courtesy name: Youhei; Expy: Zhou Tai)

Voiced by: Ichigo Momoi

An officer of Go Kingdom.

Kougai (Private name: Sai; Courtesy name: Koufuku; Expy: Huang Gai)

Voiced by: Miyabi Shion

A general of Go Kingdom.
  • Adult Child: Can come across like this in the Go route of SKM. At times she can be seen as an adult Rinrin.
  • Fake Defector: A la her historical counterpart Kougai feigns defection to Sousou and later sets the latter's ships on fire at the Battle of Red Cliff.

Ryomou (Private name: Ashe; Courtesy name: Shimei; Expy: Lu Meng)

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi

A bespectacled officer of Go Kingdom.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Ryomou's farsighted with her right eye, thus wears a unique monocle. It's a case of this trope because without it, she resorts to squinting, which may lead to a case of misinterpreting her as ill-tempered
  • Bodyguard Crush: Towards Sonken

     Characters of the To Faction 

Toutaku (Private name: Yue; Courtesy name: Chuei; Expy: Dong Zhuo)

Voiced by: Ayaka Kimura (visual novel), Yuka Inokuchi (anime)

The ruler of the To empire. Unlike her real life counterpart, who was a tyrannical and cruel man, she is a kind, sweet, timid and innocent girl who wants to help her country and her people no matter the circumstance.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kaku.
  • Death Faked for You: Two instances: in the first visual novel, where she winds up becoming a Meido in service for Kazuto; in Otome Tairan, using the severed head of Riten-crafted Toutaku-lookalike puppet. In both cases, it's because many lords still want Toutaku's head, regardless of whether she wasn't part of the conspiracy or not.
    • Actually, Toutaku wanted to atone for the crimes brought against her, going as far as to declare committing Seppuku in Otome Tairan even if she's given no punishment. The use of the puppet was partly a means to avert that, while the other part was utilizing Toutaku's King Incognito tendencies to declare her to be someone else.
  • Frameup: In Otome Tairan, as part of Choujou's and Ukitsu's conspiracy plans, she is taken prisoner, and her kingdom is turned into a dystopian tyrrany while the enslaved subjects are led to believe she's behind all of it. She finally escapes her prison in episode 10, and will try to clear herself and liberate her kingdom starting next episode.
  • King Incognito: In her first appearance.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Seems to be Toutaku's special's unbeatable by normal means
    • Especially amusing since she's Dong Zhuo's expy, who historically was cruel, tyrannical ruler. Admittingly, her "special technique" is still quite evil

Kaku (Private name: Ei; Courtesy name: Bunwa; Expy: Jia Xu)

Voiced by: Yukari Aoyama (visual novel), Akane Tomonaga (anime)

Toutaku's strategist and adviser. While short-tempered and a serious minded girl, she does not have the heart to say no to her childhood friend Yue.
  • Childhood Friends: With Yue.
  • The Jinx: Ei has very bad luck personally but once a month it extends to everyone around her, especially if you have had looked into her eyes that day. This drops on the Shu generals without warning. Hilarity Ensues.
    • In the visual novel, however, this appears to be averted in Kazuto's case and certainly in Totaku's case and, as much as she tries to invoke it on him, the lack of success seems to suggest that people she cares about are exempt.
  • Sand In My Eyes: When she discovers that Kayuu is alive after she helps Toutaku and Kaku escape from the capital
  • The Strategist
  • Tsundere: Type A to Kazuto.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair, in her case.

Kayuu (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Hua Xiong)

Voiced by: Miya Serizono (credited as Hiroka Nishizawa in the anime)

A brave general of the To army. This silver-haired beauty has absolute confidence in her fighting skills. She is also easy going as she doesn't mind if her leader Toutaku goes visiting commoners in disguise, as she believes it will help their country's welfare if she sees their problems through her own eyes.
  • An Axe to Grind
  • Back from the Dead: Somewhat subverted: in Otome Tairan she went MIA after a last ditch battle and was presumed dead (she later revealed that she was eventually captured by the enemy, but was treated well due to her fighting prowess, and because of that she then easily escaped), but turned out to be lurking around In the Hood for a while before making a Big Damn Heroes comeback later on
  • Demoted to Extra: Just like the character she is based on, she always dies in each scenario in the first two games. The only time she ever survives is if the player achieves 100% of the endings or if her faction is allied with the player's faction in Shin Koihime. But the worse part? She is the only female character in the series that doesn't get have a sex scene! Poor girl.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the first visual novel.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: In a next episode preview of season one, Kayuu claims the right to announce the episode title because she's going to "die early". In case you didn't know, Hua Xiong did die early in the original epic.
  • Put on a Bus: She only makes one small cameo in the third game.

Ryoufu (Private name: Ren; Courtesy name: Hosen; Expy: Lu Bu)

Voiced by: Honoka Imuraya (visual novel), Emiko Hagiwara (anime)

A silent girl who is the greatest and the most powerful warrior of all in the kingdoms. She was thought as a monster in the mountains, but it all ended in a misunderstanding as she was trying to help her pet dogs.

Chouryou (Private name: Shia; Courtesy name: Bun'en; Expy: Zhang Liao)

Voiced by: Kaoru Morota (credited as AYA in the visual novel)

A beautiful, proud warrior who looks like a Yakuza gangster. She likes a good and honest fight and detests cheating. She is an avid lover of wine.
  • Blood Knight: Chouryou tends to really enjoy a prolonged fight and gets pissed if she can't finish it properly.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Being The Idiot from Osaka qualifies her as one
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Basically joins anyone who defeats her. In the visual novel, defects to Sousou from Toutaku, then defects to Hongou.
  • Clothing Damage: In Otome Tairan, after she and Kannu have an intense battle, her Sarashi gets ripped.
  • Drunken Master: Although she doesn't really rely on alcohol, Chouryou certainly invokes the image in her first appearance.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Less of an idiot, but Chouryou does enjoy drinking, fighting and speaking with a Kansai Regional Accent.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: She speaks with a Kansai dialect.
  • Sarashi: She comes with them included, even when she's dressed as a Meido. In the OVA, she wears it under her jacket (and it even serves as her only upper garment when she carries her jacket slung over her shoulder)
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Chouryou defects against the debt collectors that hire her, because they're simply swindlers and she has her honor
  • Spikes of Villainy: Her hairband, though she isn't entirely evil...just doing her job (despite knowingly working for criminals that terrorize civilians.....)
  • Stalker with a Crush: In the visual novel towards Kannu after being defeated by her, though in Chouryou's case, there was little, if any, "real" stalking. There's just loads of audacity and obsessing on her part; she even modeled her weapon as a black version of Kannu's own.
    • She eventually does this as well in Otome Tairan, and is last seen trying to feed Kannu before being interrupted by Ryuubi.
  • To Be a Master: Chouryou has stated that she fights to prove that she is the strongest warrior
  • Turn Coat: In the visual novels: for the first game, she starts out in Toutaku's faction, then joined Sousou after being defeated by them, and then joined and stayed with Kazuto's faction after being defeated by Kannu. The same applies to Shin Koihime, but her true allegiance lies with Gi.
  • Worthy Opponent: As much as she enjoys fights, Chouryou's only interested in the fair ones or ones that provide a challenge.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.

Chinkyuu (Private name: Nenene; Courtesy name: Koudai; Expy: Chen Gong)

Voiced by: Kokoko Tsubakimaru (visual novel), Michiru Yuimoto (anime)

A self-proclaimed partner and advisor of Ryofu, and considers herself Ryofu's protector, dishing out punishment to anyone doing anything she considers offensive to Ryofu (like she did to Kazuto when he bought Ryofu a bagful of nikuman in public, resulting in one of Ryofu's attention-getting eating escapades). She sports an officer's cap with a panda symbol on it.

     Characters of the En Faction 

Enshou (Private name: Reiha; Courtesy name: Honsho; Expy: Yuan Shao)

Voiced by: Kanami Kono (visual novel), Masami Katou (anime)

Head of the noble En family and the lord of Kei Province. She is a proud, spoiled and selfish woman who is always causing trouble for her advisers, Bunshuu and Ganryou. She tries hides her true character from Sousou, whom she sees as a no-good brat.
  • Banana Peel: A whole bunch of them in the OVA.
  • Dumb Blonde
  • Hypocritical Humor: She complains constantly about Sousou's verbal sniping and hitting on every girl around her while verbally sniping at her and bragging about her own "skill" with the ladies.
  • Naked on Arrival: In the anime, she's introduced while taking a bath.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Oh Crap!: In the OVA, when Enshou wins the student council president election, she realizes she has to be kissed by Principal Chousen.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Taken Up to Eleven. She has long blonde hair styled in enormous ringlets with two of them as sidelocks that fall in front of her shoulders. She's the head of a noble family.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • We Have Reserves: Not, unusually, because she's evil. Just stupid and oblivious.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high boots and stockings.

Bunshuu (Private name: Iishe; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Wen Chou)

Voiced by: Sumire Murasakibana (visual novel), Chiro Kanzaki (anime)

One of Enshou's advisers. She is a natural gambler who likes to take risks on everything but keeps getting herself and others into trouble. Despite her position as an adviser, she is not really smart, is brash, and tends to say things without thinking about it firsthand, which tend to embarrass her master.

Ganryou (Private name: Toshi; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Yan Liang)

Voiced by: Miu Aoi (visual novel), Rie Hazuki (anime)

Enshou's other adviser. While she may seem timid and weak compared to Enshou and Bunshuu, she is fact the smartest of the three and is the only one with common sense.
  • Drop the Hammer: her weapon of choice although she is also skilled at unarmed combat.
  • Only Sane Woman: Especially in the first game, she is the long suffering brake on Enshou's insane arrogance and Bunshuu's carefree attitude. She goes on to commiserate with Gi's straight man, Kakouen.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high stockings.

Enjutsu (Private name: Miu; Courtesy name: Kouro; Expy: Yuan Shu)

Voiced by: Ayano Makida (visual novel), Eriko Nakamura (anime)

Enshou's bratty and manipulative cousin.
  • Royal Brat: At her first introduction, when she's so uncaring about her citizens and is only concerned about the perks of royalty. Eventually subverted after she's spooked by a ghost (largely, as she still exhibits bratty tendencies, but not to the same extent as before).
  • Hermaphrodite: In the Shin Koihime Musou VN. Nanano is her lover.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Ojou Ringlets: While not as exaggerated as her cousin, she has straight hair that curls into ringlets.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Weight Woe: She's constantly conscious of her figure.

Choukun (Private name: Nanano; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Zhang Xun)

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi

Enjutsu's aide, who is just as manipulative, albeit smarter, than Enjutsu, enough to manipulate Enjutsu herself.

     The Chou Sisters aka leaders of the Yellow Turban Rebels 

Choukaku (Private name: Tenhou; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Zhang Jiao)

Voiced by: Soyogi Touno (visual novel), Tae Okajima (anime)

The eldest sister of the Chou sisters.

Chouhou (Private name: Chiihou; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Zhang Bao)

Voiced by: Chihiro Umehara

The middle sister of the Chou sisters. She seems to be more adapted in using magic then her sister, to the point more it seems to have gotten unhealthy.

Chouryou (Private name: Renhou; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Zhang Liang)

Voiced by: Maya Sakurano (visual novel), Kozue Yoshizumi (anime)

The youngest sister of the Chou sisters. She is the more level-headed of her sisters and often speaks in a rather deadpan voice.

     The Nanban Barbarians 

Moukaku (Private name: Mii; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Meng Huo)

Voiced by: Yuka Kanematsu

Leader of the Nanban.

     Other Characters 

Kazuto Hongo

Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (Drama CD)

The main character of the visual novel series. He is a modern day Japanese student who was sent back in time to Ancient China when he attempted to stop a mysterious student from stealing an ancient Chinese mirror within the school's collection and ended up breaking the mirror in the process. Due to his abnormal costume (his school uniform) and manner of speech (English loanwords), he is mistaken to be the "Messenger from Heaven" who is said to be able to bring peace to China.

Kousonsan (Private name: Pairen; Courtesy name: Hakukei; Expy: Gongsun Zan

Voiced by: Shiho Kawaragi (credited as Kaname Yuzuki in the visual novel)

A feudal lord who wishes to protect her people from a recent rise of banditry.

Chousen (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Diao Chan)

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto

A big, muscular, bald and pigtailed man wearing a thong in contrast of the legendary beautiful woman as in the historical novel.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't tell him he's not pretty; he doesn't take that very well
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the first game, he turns out to have a major role in the universe Kazuto ended up in, and also has a lot involvement with Ukitsu and Saji.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts like an idiot half the time, but he's actually incredibly strong.
  • Macho Camp

Kada Genka (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Hua Tuo)

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama

A traveling doctor from a guild known as the Way of the Five Grains. He is on a quest to search for and seal away a cursed magic book known as the Crucial Keys to the Way of Peace.
  • Bishounen: The only guy who's actually "pleasant to the eye" to your normal viewers.
  • Catch Phrase: "BE HEALTHY!"/"GENKI NI NARE!!"
  • Combat Medic: While he's primarily a doctor, he does kick some ass in the final battle of Otome Tairan
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Kata's acupuncture treatment of Chouhi acquires all the flair and drama of a Goldion Hammer deployment.
  • The One Guy: During the Shin Koihime anime finale, and again in the Otome Tairan finale.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Kada insists the name of the guild he's affiliated with be called out in the loudest and most dramatic fashion every time. Lampshaded in the following dialogue:
    Koumei: Kada? Of The Way of the Five Grains?
    Kada: NO!
    Girls: Eh?
    Girls: Oh.
    Kada: It's very important to give it appropriate emphasis.
    Koumei: I-I'll remember that...
    Kannu: So, Shuri, what is the Way... I mean, THE WAY OF FIVE GRAINS!! all about?

Himiko (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Himiko/Pimiko)

Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto

A white-haired mustached man wearing a loincloth under a blazer, instead of a woman in the historical novel, depicted as the queen of Wa (the ancient Chinese name of Japan) who shows up in the special campaign unlocked after completing the campaigns of the three warring factions. Apparently has a history with Chousen.

Riri (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Xu)

Voiced by: Mariya Sumida

Kouchuu's daughter.

Saji (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Zuo Ci)

A mysterious student who tried to steal the mirror that sent Kazuto to the other world.
  • Armed Legs: Saji's kicks are akin to a blade cutting through grass. Kazuto states he kicks fast and hard, and when he's mad he'll aim for vital organs.

Ukitsu (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Yu Ji)

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (credited as Jack Cloud in the visual novel)

A mysterious figure with magical powers. He gives the Chou sisters the magical book known as the "Crucial Keys to the Way of Peace", allowing them to create "magical microphones" in order to jumpstart their careers as idol singers. It is not known at the moment what his real motive is but it appears he using the Chou sisters to make the book gain large amounts of magic.

Choujou (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: Zhang Rang)

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima

The villain appearing in Otome Tairan.

Shibaki (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: Suikyou; Expy: Sima Hui)

Voiced by: Youko Asagami

Shuri's teacher who is also a scholar and doctor in the countryside.
  • Parental Substitute: Shibaki has been taking care of Shuri ever since she was orphaned and was separated from her sisters. She treats Shuri like her own daughter and wants the best for her.

Kashin (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: Suikou; Expy: He Jin)

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa

A silver-haired beauty who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Kan Imperial forces who was also known as the "Great General".
  • Cat Girl: In Otome Tairan, Kashin's suddenly growing cat ears by means to usurp her from her position. Apparently, it turns her into such a ridiculous, cute form it causes the loss of respect from her subordinates, and it doesn't help when she seeks the help of Kannu and her comrades, she ends up getting laughed at. And Kashin HATES cats, and if she isn't cured soon, she'll eventually turn into one completely

Gotsutotsukotsu (Private name: N/A; Courtesy name: N/A; Expy: King Wutugu)

Voiced by: Yuuna Inamura

A warrior who appears and tries to make several failed assassination attempts on Gien.
  • Accidental Misnaming: For the entirety of her episode, nobody gets her name right.
  • You Killed My Father: Blames Gien for her older sister's death and wants to kill her, even though it was an accident