Characters / RahXephon

The characters of RahXephon.

Warning: MASSIVE Spoilers abound.

Ayato Kamina

Japanese: Hiro Shimono
English: Chris Patton

The Protagonist of the series. An artistic youth, he finds himself drawn into a chain of events beyond his capacity to understand and through the people around him he has to find his place in the world.

Haruka Shitow

Japanese: Aya Hisakawa
English: Monica Rial

A spunky and mysterious woman who first meets Ayato in the subways of Tokyo and promises to reveal to him the secrets of the world. Her professional competence and tough exterior hide a complex and sensitive woman.

Reika Mishima/Ixtli

Japanese: Maaya Sakamoto
English: Mandy Clark

An ethereal girl in a yellow dress who Ayato seems to recognize from somewhere. She definitely knows more than she lets on and is connected to the secrets of the RahXephon.

Quon Kisaragi

Japanese: Houko Kuwashima
English: Kira Vincent-Davis

Sister of Itsuki and test subject of TERRA. She knows much about the plot but will never give a straight answer about it.

Itsuki Kisaragi

Japanese: Mitsuru Miyamoto
English: Jay Hickman

A scientist of TERRA and brother of Quon.

Makoto Isshiki

Japanese: Toshihiko Seki
English: Illich Guardiola

An Earth federation inspector sent to observe and inspect TERRA.

  • Berserk Button: "Don't... Call me... D!"
  • The Casanova: He used his sexual conquests to gather information about goings on in TERRA and to gratify his own ego, with no concern for his partner's well-being.
  • Cloning Blues: Eventually leading to his emotional meltdown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He'd be very funny, were he not such a condescending bastard
  • Evil Albino
  • Manipulative Bastard: Poor Nanamori
  • Meaningful Name: "Isshiki" means "one color." Take a wild guess at which one. Whereas Makoto means either "truth" or "faithful" depending on how it is written. Considering his casanova personality and origin as a clone neither really apply to him. Although knowing his family, this naming was probably intentional.
  • Smug Snake: Goddamn, is he ever. Characters in the series even call him "The White Snake". It runs in the family.
  • Start of Darkness: He may be a callous prick as an adult, but just try and watch the episode about his childhood and not feel like he badly needs a hug. "And I wonder if that clay doll ever found its parents, in the mud?"
  • Tragic Keepsake: He's kept a piece of the clay from the Dolem from his childhood that got stuck with a clump of his hair
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: When he usurps control of TERRA.
  • The Unfavourite: Especially harsh when your earliest memories are fellow clones suggesting that a short life expectancy for you might be "a small mercy".
  • Unwitting Pawn: To both Bähbem and Ixtli
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid
  • Villainous Breakdown: After he brings down Tokyo Jupiter and ends up inadvertently assisting the Mulian invasion plans.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ends up contributing to the aforementioned breakdown.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Itsuki. The scientist is Isshiki's oldest and closest friend, and Isshiki still treats him like shit.
  • Yaoi Guys: There are hints in the early part of the series that he and Itsuki had been more than just friends when were young boys.

Sayoko Nanamori

Japanese: Atsuko Tanaka
English: Kelly Manison

A scientist at TERRA. Works under Itsuki, and harbors some feelings for him.

Mamoru Torigai

Japanese: Hirofumi Nojima
English: Vic Mignogna

A friend of Ayato's from Tokyo and Asahina's boyfriend.

Hiroko Asahina

Japanese: Yumi Kakazu
English: Cynthia Martinez

Mamoru's girlfriend and a friend of Ayato.

Kim Hotal

Japanese: Fumiko Orikasa
English: Tiffany Grant

An extremely professional member of TERRA and friend of Megumi Shitow.

Megumi Shitow

Japanese: Ayako Kawasumi
English: Hilary Haag

Haruka's younger sister.

Ernst Von Bähbem

Japanese: Iemasa Kayumi
English: Ted Pfister

The enigmatic director of the Bähbem Foundation. He harbors a special interest in ancient Mayan civilizations.

  • Affably Evil: He is exceedingly well-spoke and polite.
  • Big Bad: Not only does he give off this air, but he is behind most of the things that drive the plot.
  • Dirty Old Man: He seems to enjoy touching the tattoo on Quon's belly far too much. It's even worse in the movie.
  • For Science!: His ultimate motivation behind making the RahXephon.
  • Grand Theft Me: His means of living so long.
  • Immortality Immorality: When your method of choice involves seizing control of people you've raised since birth, it definitely counts.
  • Really 700 Years Old: More like millennia.
  • Smug Snake: Now you see where Isshiki and Helena get it from!
  • Wicked Cultured: He knows much about fine art and culture, particularly Nahatual cultures. Given that he lived through most of it, this shouldn't be surprising.

Maya Kamina

Japanese: Ichiko Hashimoto
English: Laura Chapman

She is Ayato's mother (or better said, his aunt), a confident and strong woman who wants only the best for her son. She is the leader of the Mu.

  • Graceful Loser: Apparent when she speaks to Haruka in the last episode.
  • Lady of War
  • My Beloved Smother: Well-intentioned, but so very overwhelming to poor Ayato.
  • Parental Neglect: Not intentionally. She provides for Ayato but works a lot and doesn't make time for him. Ayato calls her out on it in a dream sequence.
  • Pet the Dog: She accepts Rikudo as her father and appears to him to say goodbye before the Tuning.
  • The High Queen: As the ruler of Tokyo Jupiter and the Mu.
  • The Stoic
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Maya smothered Ayato as a means of influencing him to create a world favorable to her people at the time of the Tuning.

Souchi Yakumo

Japanese: Kouki Miyata
English: Mark Laskowski

The second-in-command of TERRA and an all around friendly guy. He's also Kim's boyfriend.

Elvy Hadhiyat

Japanese: Yuu Sugimoto
English: Christine M. Auten

Leader of TERRA's airforce and friend of Haruka.

Commander Jin Kunugi

Japanese: George Nakata
English: John Gremillion

The somber commander of TERRA's military operations. He buried Mulians under the cherry trees in his garden.

  • The Atoner
  • Bad Ass: This is joked about and hinted at throughout the series, until we finally get to see it for ourselves.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His harsh, businesslike attitude is apparently due to firing the bomb that killed his daughter.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: And an absolutely badass one, at that.
  • Memetic Badass: Invoked. Legend says he buried Mulians under the cherry trees in his garden, which is why the cherries that blossom from his trees are blue.
  • Not So Stoic: The scene where he laughs when Ayato asks about the blue cherry blossoms is absolutely priceless.
  • The Stoic

Commander Watari

Japanese: Kenji Utsumi
English: Mike Kleinhenz

The operations manager of TERRA.


Japanese: Chikao Ohtsuka
English: John Swasey

Haruka and Megumi's Uncle and Maya's adoptive father. Lives on Nirai Kanai island.

Futagami / Jomanji

Japanese: Katsunosuke Hori
English: Andy Mc Avin

A laid back, bumbling observer sent by Terra to placate the media.