The cast of Rose Guns Days, and associated tropes. Beware of unmarked spoilers for Season 1 and 2 under the "Season 1" tab (this is par of the course for the other three tabs).
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Introduced in Season 1
Rose (Misaki) Haibara
Drawn by Sōichirō
"My father often told me to be more Japanese than anyone. I often wondered what he meant. Being Japanese… is helping your Japanese countrymen."
Fair, kind, and beautiful to boot, Rose is the real founding Madam of Club Primavera, and the protagonist of Jeanne's story. In her usual sweet fashion (and also out of necessity at the time) she offers Leo a job as a bodyguard. She dislikes violence and tries to solve things rationally, often in vain thanks to her adversaries.After 1947, she starts to rule City 23's underworld (outside of Chinatown) with the Primavera Family.
All Loving Heroine: Her biggest quality, and at the same time her biggest flaw as Primavera's Madam. Some note that this hurts Primavera's authority factor quite a bit among the populace; she is respected but she isn't feared.
Character Development: A good part of the series is about her evolution as a leader. In Season 1 she appears as a Wide-Eyed Idealist who will help anyone in need at the cost of sometimes being reckless and short-sighted. By Season 3 she has become much more confident, perceptive, and prepared to take harsh decisions if she thinks they can be beneficial on the long term.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: She gets called out on this quite a bit in the Alfred arc, notably after she pays an unfortunate (and unknown) girl's debt with the club's money to save her. Meijiu later tells her outright that if she tries to save everyone, she won't be able to really save anyone, and that there is nothing wrong with helping those close to you first. He takes the example of a mother feeding her children first during a famine.
Damsel in Distress: She is this at first, but the story is in good part about her learning to become a leader.
Death Faked for You:The same way she did it for Caleb, Jeanne does it for her when she inherits the title of Madam.
Foreign Culture Fetish: Not herself, but her Greek father had this for the Japanese culture, and was a fervent defender of it. Rose notes that his over-idealization of the Japanese people may have influenced her when growing up.
Given Name Reveal: Depends on the format. In the VN it's done near the end of Season 2, when she meets the Satomi Alliance; in the manga however, her name is given much earlier, during the Alfred arc.
Ironic Echo: Early in Season 2, Miguel spots Rose's tricked ring right away, saying "it doesn't suit her". Rose delivers the exact same remark when Rapunzel is about to put poison in her drink by a similar tricked ring.
Official Couple:She gets married with Leo (under a new identity) after the events of Last Season.
Patriotic Fervor: What basically drives her, although she is often led to realize that the meaning "helping one's compatriots" isn't always as simple as it seems; this is explored more in depth from Season 2 on.
A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: "Them" being what remains of the Japanese people after the disaster. For Rose much of the story is about realizing this, but also discussing the way it should be done. In Season 1 she is mostly the Damsel in Distress who has pretty ideals about Japanese countrymen helping each other, but not what it takes to concretise them. In Season 2 she accepts this charge and manages to recreate a strong Japanese community in City 23. In Season 3 all of her efforts start to fall apart because of various reasons (one being that her fellow countrymen are more worried about being able to eat than preserving their culture in the end). So she changes her approach, deciding that Primavera should prioritize protection of the Japanese community before anything, without seeking to be respected. In the Last Season, after Richard takes over Primavera while she was unconscious, she decides that she wasn't the right person and lets Jeanne replace her as the Madam when they take Primavera back. In the end, Jeanne didn't perform much better it seems…
That Man Is Dead: She was not really killed by Jeanne but instead passed the title of Madam to her before changing her name.
Verbal Tic: It's only occasional, but she sometimes adds an unnecessary "… desu" when she is flustered.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Of course she eventually has to learn that, as wonderful as her ideals may be, and as much as everyone acknowledges it, it is doomed to crash into reality's wall if she is too optimistic. Which is pretty much exactly what happens in the end, although Gabriel's intervention certainly didn't help.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. While she features many elements of the trope, she is still at the head of a club of prostitutes (and later of a mafia) and participates in several gunfights. She certainly doesn't fit the "obedient" part at least.
"Give up. In this kind of fights, the cool guy always wins."
A laidback ordinary guy with a love for italian food who was kept away from his homeland for 3 years due to a misunderstanding after the war ended. Finally getting back to his homecity Tokyo, he finds himself unemployed and estranged from everything. He happens to come across Rose Haibara, whom he promptly saves from kidnappers. He ends up as a bodyguard for Club Primavera Rose owns after finding the new Tokyo a place he can't fit into.
The Ace: Whether it be guns, brawls, or just running his mouth, there is no one better. He's so nigh-superhumanly competent in everything that even some Badass characters shiver at the idea of having him as an ennemy.
Adaptation Expansion: While his character remains the same, the Season 1 manga gives him a bit more depth with several short additional scenes, making him somewhat more relatable.
Decoy Protagonist: He may be the first character introduced and the most competent, but he's still just a bodyguard. Jeanne's story is about Rose. And he leaves Japan at the end of the first part of the story.
Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: When Claudia and Rose are captured by Alfred, he interrogates a poor mook my grabbing him by the collar, smashing him into a window and hanging him above the floor two stories below, while warning him that this is his weak arm. The guy's shirt does end up ripping… but he lands on a beat-up sofa.
Static Character: Leo in 1947 and Leo in 1950 are the same person alright, and there isn't really anything that can make him lose his cool composure over the course of the story. Probably because the things that could have are already behind him.
This Is No Time for Knitting: In 1950, while the party is Pinned Down by a sniper i.e. Keith Kisaragi, Leo proposes to wait for dawn and jokingly asks that someone bring him a parasol. Jeanne then really goes and bring him a parasol, despite not knowing what the hell he's thinking. He uses it to trick Keith and determine his position.
You Shall Not Pass: Stays in the Belton Plaza Hotel's lobby to prevent Caleb's reinforcements from going upstairs while Rose and Wayne are chasing the man. Alone against 40 men. The kicker? Hewins.
Wayne (Kouta) Uedera
Drawn by Yaeko Ninagawa
"If you ever look down on me because I didn't go to the battlefield, I'll kill you!"
A bodyguard working for Primavera. He was taken in by Rose after apparently losing all of his relatives and starving in the streets. Because of it, he is very protective of her, to the point of going against all reason.
Brother of Stella and the treasury guardian for the Primavera officials. As Rose is the Club's emotional leader, Richard would be its practical leader.In Season 2, he becomes Rose's direct counsellor in the Primavera Family, often taking a more radical stance than her to solve problems.He becomes Primavera's temporary leader while Rose is shot and unconscious between Season 3 and 4, and tries to take it over.
Cerebus Retcon: In Season 1, there a gag scene where he threatens a guy who didn't pay back his debt that he will lose a finger for each day late… a threat written on a memo, on which he bites his tongue. In the Last Season, he no longer needs a memo, and it's no longer an empty threat.
The Consigliere: Largely has this role to Rose, but it's more evident in Season 2 when he literally becomes her Consigliere.
Cynicism Catalyst: In the Last Season, losing Stella was bad enough, but losing Yūji a few days after in a particularly horrific scene while thinking all of this was Lee Meijiu's doing crushed the little idealism he had left. After that, he decides to call bullshit on Rose's methods and takes over primavera to take a bloody revenge on the GDS.
Doting Uncle: His dead little sister left her child Yūji in his care, and he is quite fond of him.
Foil: To Rose, as the colder, more calculating and usually more ruthless leader.
Ineffectual Death Threats: Apparently, he's so terrible at making up threats that he has to write them down beforehand. Even then he usually bites his tongue at the last moment.
Not So Stoic: In Season 3, it's pointed out that he is more short-tempered than he looks and that he would actually be an easier opponent than Rose to deal with. He does usually prone more direct and brutal solutions than Rose as her counsellor. Which he demonstrates to extreme lenghts in the Last Season.
The Stoic: Doesn't show much emotion and usually suggets the most pragmatic solution, partly due to his job as a moneylender. Bt he always respects Rose's decisions nonetheless.
Tranquil Fury: This is described as being his state of mind in the Last Season.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: What he claims to be in the Last Season… but considering some of the things he says, the "well-intentionned" part is dubious.
Stella (Sumiko) Maiougi
Drawn by Sōichirō
The sister of Richard, and the top "lady of the night" working for Club Primavera. She was one of the faction leaders who agreed to make Rose the Madam of Primavera (the other two being Meryl and Amanda).She stops working as a lady of the night in Season 3, to become Rose's assistant within the Primavera family.
Character Development: It's late, but it eventually comes in 1949. Partly from her meeting with Keith, but before all because she realized that she did basically nothing to help Rose after their victory over Caleb.
Victory Is Boring: She invokes this ironically at the end of Season 3. With Amanda gone, Stella dead and Rose in the hospital, all of her old rivals are out of the way and she can stand at the top of the club! Needless to say, she doesn't feel the slightest bit happy about it.
One of the girls working in Club Primavera, who gets kidnapped by Alfred early on, but is rescued by the Club's leading team. After that she leaves the club to open a Japanese potato restaurant named Kuroimo.
Demoted to Extra: In 1948, while not important per se, she appears several times with other merchants to make points about the whole soy sauce crisis. However, since the Soy Sauce War story arc has been removed in the Season 2 manga, she doesn't appear at all in it.
Hidden Depths: Shows a surprising amount in Season 3. He's not a benevolent man by any means but it seems he does have some principles. He also feels genuinely sorry for his "friend" Richard after Stella's death.
Worthy Opponent: He ends up thanking Leo for crushing him thoroughly and is waiting for the day he can fight him again. Though obviously that part completely disapears in the manga, where they never fight each other.
Philip U. Butler
Drawn by Jirō Suzuki
A Captain of the US armed forces who saved Primavera from the brink of destruction, and backs them up behind the scenes. Rather prone to manipulate both his allies and his superiors to confort his position.
Corrupt Bureaucrat: Nowhere near the worst example, as he is still competent and not without principles, but he's not above accepting a little back-hander here and there. Which comes to bite him in the ass when Gabriel Kaburaya becomes his boss and uses exactly that to shut him up in Season 3.
Distressed Dude: In the Last Season, where he is under constant surveillance and can't move a finger without Gabriel's permission. The reason Alan and Meijiu plan to save him is that he is the only one who can expose Gabriel's plan and lift the suspicion on the GDS.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: He has these for most of the Last Season, mentally exhausted by the constant surveillance imposed on him.
Expy: A blatant one of Battler Ushiromiya. According to Ryukishi, you must see it as the same actor playing a different role like in cinema. And like in Umineko, he has a little sister called Ange (though it's pronounced "anjeh" and not "enjeh" this time). Amusingly though, his personnality is closer to Rudolf, Battler's father.
Manipulative Bastard: He's very good at using people for his own interests while keeping the same friendly smile. He keeps it up to the very end of 1950 where he tells Richard the truth so that the latter will go eliminate Gabriel in his place.
Manly Tears: He sheds them in the very last 1950 scene after killing Gabriel. It's strongly implied that his sister Ange was killed, although we are not told by who. Butler only thinks it was by Gabriel.
Out of Focus: He has only one brief appearance in 1948; before getting much more focus in 49.
A big shot in Tokyo's Chinatown, who can speak Japanese fluently and supports Primavera with information on the underground. Also a high-ranked member of the Golden Dragon Society, the clan that rules the Chinese mafia in the neighboring City 22 and a part of City 23. Called the Black Dragon, he represents the faction that supports Sun Tzulung, son of the late leader of the GDS, as the legitimate successor.
Badass: You have to be to actually beat Leo in a fight, even if it's only sparring.
Big Brother Instinct: He repeats that he only works for the best interest of his compatriots, but he also shows quite a bit of concern for his sister's safety.
Amanda used to be Primavera's number one call girl before Stella's introduction to fame. After Rose was chosen as the new Madam, the position which Amanda hoped to attain, she began to work behind the scenes, still trying to cling to the title 'Madam'. Though this is mostly a façade, as she actually does acknowledge Rose as the Madam. After Caleb's defeat, she is declared dead and goes to hide with him in Chiba.
Zero Approval Gambit:She made sure nobody would acknowledge her as the real Madam so that Rose could take back the position heroically.
Caleb (Souhei) Keireiji
Drawn by Sōichirō
"Every day, men starve to death, or die like dogs on the roadside because they have lost a limb and cannot work… so that these men can eat and be treated… we have no time to lose."
A charismatic war vereteran who gets acquainted with Leo and insists on helping out his "war buddies". He is actually the mafia leader named Caleb and takes over the underworld of City 23 after Alfred's demise. Trying to benefit from the occupying force's "special offers window", he's told by them to gather 100 million Japanese Dollars to prove his worth. Which he proceeds to do. Brutally.In Season 2 he is defeated by Rose and fakes his own death to hide in Chiba with Amanda and Miguel.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Too bad his actions to "help people who are starving" haven't helped anyone and only caused even more people to starve.
Miguel (Shigeru) Kurashiki
Drawn by Sōichirō
"While we men were taking out the worms out of our comrades wounds on the battlefield, what were you women doing? Opening your legs while stuffing yourself with delicious food!"
Caleb's loyal and fearsome right-arm, who served in his unit during the war and will help him achieve his goal no matter the cost. The war left him with an unstable personality and a fierce hatred of women. After losing his fight against Wayne in Season 2, he goes to hide in Chiba with Caleb.
You Can Barely Stand: A villainous example. He fights Wayne while heavily injured from the earlier skirmish, and then stabbed by his own knife, but he still puts one hell of a fight. Until Caleb shows up and finally "ends his war".
A young journalist working for the Hong-Kong Daily, whom Madam Jeanne requests to record her life's story because of her pure-Japanese heritage. She was apparently a brilliant student, proficient in Japanese, Chinese, English and French. The actual reason Jeanne tells her this story is that she he is the granddaughter of Leo and Rose.
But Not Too Foreign: She actually has some Greek blood through her grandmother, Misaki Hayashibara.
Character Development: It's light but it's there. Over the course of the story, she starts to try and understand the message that Jeanne tries to tell her and everyone rather than just taking the posture of a neutral journalist.
Demoted to Extra: Her screentime in the manga is reduced to short prologue at the beginning of Season 1, and an equaly short epilogue at the end of each Season.
The Every Man: A ordinary journalist, living an ordinary life, with an ordinary personality. She just happens to be of Japanese descent.
Gamer Chick: Mentioned in Season 2, where she explains that in (that world's) 2012, the villains in FPS are almost always Japanese who want to restore the Empire, and that Japanese-styled houses are usually the bad guy's fortress.
The Madam of Primavera in 2012 and the honorary leader of a nationalist organization named Harukaze.A big shot in the underground crime activity, who decides to come clean and tell the story of Primavera's first Madam, Rose, to Julie.
A former soldier who fought on the frontlines, and one of the most competent mafia bosses working for Caleb.After the latter's defeat, he joins the Primavera family, and is at head of the Batallion crew.
Death by Irony:He is killed next to Oliver's grave, the same kid he had sent to his death a year earlier.
Just Between You and Me: During the 1950 climax thinking he has already won against Zel, he reveals to her, Charles and Nina how he sent the Wild Dogs to their death a year ago, with a big grin on his face.
James (Jirou) Tomitake
Drawn by Ryūkishi07
"As a gambler, I can't quite understand why soldiers have no interest for raising their chances of victory…"
The owner of a famous gambling club in Ctiy 23, the "Rich Bamboo", which rivals Club Primavera in popularity — but similarly loses most of its customers after Caleb's take of power. He was said to be the most powerful boss after Caleb when the man was rising, but had pragmatically surrendered to him, before helping Primavera to defeat him. He then joins the Primavera Family, at the head of the intelligence crew.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A variant in the Last Season. He tries to bribe Maurice and Keith so that they join Rose's side against Richard. They accept… or pretend to for a minute, before nailing his hand on the counter and strangling him with a piano string. Woops.
Nina: *uses her slingshot* One Charles: *does some kind of trick* Two. Oliver: *kicks the enemy* Three.
Heroic Wannabe: As the "drag-outs" of the Wild Dogs they want to make a name by themselves and get out of the very bottom ranks of Primavera. Rapunzel's arrival helps them get more confidence in their own abilities.
Satellite Character: Charles, Nina and Oliver are a strange case where they are satelites to each other. They always act as a group and are rarely seen without one another. Then they themselves become satellites to Rapunzel.
Street Urchin: They were all this except Rapunzel. This is actually a common trait of all the members of Wayne's crew, the Wild Dogs.
Trash of the Titans: Charles, Nina and Oliver's appartment was a horrible mess before Rapunzel joined them. Since they grew up in the street, they have absolutely no notion of cleaning or decoration.
True Companions: You would be forgiven if you think you're reading a good ol' shonen manga in some of their scenes.
Young Gun: They (with Zel to a lesser extent) dream of becoming legends like their mentor Wayne. While they rarely actually use guns, they prove to be very talented in their own fields and succeed in several dangerous missions. It doesn't end well for Oliver though.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Again with the exception of Zel. They notably spent a good part of their introduction scene arguing together.
Rapunzel ("Zel")/Hotaru Saijō ("Hotarubi")
Drawn by Sōichirō
"Fortune smiles to those who enjoy every day and live a clean and bright life!"
A young girl who was accidentally hit by Rose's car while escaping from mafia mooks, and lost her memory. As an apology, Rose supports her and offers her an appartment until she remembers who she is. She also gives her that temporary name.She was born in China in a region occupied by Japan, as the daughter of the police officer Yūkichi Saijō. Her mother and siblings were all killed in a raid by anti-Japanese groups when the war and Japanese occupation ended, and her father was sentenced to death after being charged for mass murder. However, they were saved from death by mafia groups, and ended up in the hands of the Golden Dragon Society.To keep her father alive, Hotaru had to work as an assassin for the GDS to eliminate the bosses of opposing Japanese mafia, under the codename "Hotarubi". Her mission before she lost her memories was to infiltrate Primavera and get as close as possible to Rose, so that she could eliminate her when needed. She unwittingly succeded in the first part while amnesiac.
The Ace: She can speak Chinese fluently, is a wonderful singer, a good strategist, a Bad Ass martial artist and a skilled assassin.
Zel: … It seems I was pretty incredible before losing my memories.
Amnesiac Hero: Fits the description to a T in Season 2, despite not being the main character.
The Chanteuse: Plays this role as a diversion to infiltrate Wang's castle and rescue her father in Season 3. The audience is captivated to say the least.
Crocodile Tears: Yet another one of her talents, that she displays in Season 3 when Oliver refuses to listen to all the advice he's given about his fighting techniques.
Daddy's Girl: She works for the GDS under the threat that her father will be killed if she doesn't cooperate or fails. Since he's her only remaining family, she was almost ready to assassinate Rose just to keep him alive.
He Went That Way: Does this for Leo and Jeanne when Tequila and his men are after them in the Last Season.
In-Series Nickname: "Zel", which gets used far more often than "Rapunzel" in the end. By Season 3, Zel has pretty much become her official Western given name.
Informed Attractiveness: Mostly in Season 3. Meijiu notably points out that, had she not been as beautiful, she would probably be dead by now.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: After being hit by Rose's car while she was running from her procurers. Her "escape" and accident were actually deliberately staged so that Rose would find and "save" her; what wasn't part of the plan was her memory loss, but even then she fulfilled her mission without realizing.
Honey Trap: The GDS usally used her for this kind of missions, taking advantage of the fact she was Japanese.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: She invokes this in Season 3. Her assassination missions usually went smoothly because the people she was told to eliminate were scum; putting poison in the drink of someone she deeply respects like Rose is not quite as easy.
Mark of Shame/Slave Brand:When she was sold as a trophy to perverted mafia bosses, one of them tatooed a gross buterfly-shaped motif on the nape of her neck, as he did to all the women he claimed to "possess". She cannot see it herself but she still feels the pain of the needle when touching it.
Meaningful Name: Rapunzel. It says enough. Her real name Hotaru means "firefly"; her codename as an assassin, Hotarubi, refers to a firefly's light.
Ninja:Her job for the GDS consisted in getting close to mafia bosses using her body and eliminate them swiftly. That was pretty much the job of the kunoichi in old times.
Older Than She Looks: Considering that she's old enough to drink alcohol in 1950, that would make her 18 or 19 in 1948.
Only Sane Woman: At first she sort of plays this part in the group with the three below. She teaches them how to do some cleaning, to start. After that though, she rather becomes The Heart for them.
Put on a Bus:It seems to be a pattern in this series… she has to leave Japan at the end of the 1948 part, since she and her father are still wanted by the Chinese military.
The Strategist: She is the one who thinks up the plans for both of the Wandering Dogs big missions, the first one to expose the Backdoor Employment Agency, the second one to rescue her father in Wang's castle.
Switching P.O.V.: Part of the 1948 sequence is narrated from her point of view, as a newcomer who discovers City 23 and doesn't know anything about Primavera or how the city was a year ago.
Rapunzel Hair: Rose named her that because of her hair. She originally let it grow to hide the Slave Brand on the nape of her neck.
Suddenly Always Knew That: Played With. The situations she is placed in progressively make her realize things she could do before losing her memories (see The Ace above), but without regaining said memories. At least until she meets with Hsiao-Lan in Chiba.
Team Mom: Kind of, especially towards Oliver. She is pretty much the only person he actually listens to outside of Wayne; even more so than Wayne in a way. They have a strange dynamic where she would often talk to him like a teacher to her pupil or a mother to her child, with him listening obediently.
"We are proud wolves. A wolf doesn't ask for directions!"
The oldest of a group of three orphans, and the most serious and responsible of them… supposedly. He actually has a rather short temper, which caused him some trouble in the past.
Bullying a Dragon: Literally, somewhere during the time skip. He beat up a Chinese boy who was protected by the Golden Dragon Society in a bar. As a result a few Chinese mafia men came to hold him accountable. He mocked them, saying he would take care of them alone, despite the warnings of Wayne's underlings not to mess with these guys.
Feigning Intelligence: Is constantly reading a (upside-down?) book, apparently just to give himself a cultured air.
Oliver: You're too noisy, shut up. I'm reading. It's a foolish story about a man who spends 19 years in jail for stealing bread. Nina: … Isn't that the story of Les Misérables? (Oliver's book is "Crime and Punishment") Oliver: You… You're too noisy, shut up! I was just testing you!
Hot-Blooded: Though he tried to calm down after the little… incident above.
Insane Troll Logic: When he, Charles and Nina go to the hospital to take Zel to Primavera, Oliver first stops in front of an old lady's bed. When Charles points out that she's a bit old to be the "young girl" Wayne talked about, Oliver replies that it was probably a euphemism of his, because Wayne is a gentleman.
Senseless Sacrifice:He and his fellow bodyguards risk their lives to save an unconscious Richard during an ambush. Not only do they all die, "Richard" was just a double, and the ambush was a part of the real Richard's False Flag Operation.
Shout-Out: An orphan kid who lived in the streets and takes the name of "Oliver" may not be a coincidence.
Impossible Thief: His "special talent", though he has stopped doing it after getting a roof. When teased about it by other Wild Dogs, he pulls the classic move of "if you say that, you should be more careful next time" while waving the wallets he just stole from them, completely unnoticed.
Informed Attribute: His small size is mentionned several times, but his sprite is just as tall as everyone else… it shows in the manga though, where is shorter than even Nina.
The Nose Knows: Near the end of Season 2 he manages to detect enemy henchmen… by their smell. Caleb and Miguel are quite impressed. However it was actually a lie to get some credit. It's Zel who warned him of the enemy's presence, after having been warned herself by Hsiao-Lan.
Obsessed with Food: Or at least, he seems to get hungry easily. Considering where he and his two mates grew up, that's understandable.
Demoted to Extra: In 1949 she plays an important part in locating Davis Degawa through her relationship network. That part is completely occulted in the Season 3 manga, where she and Charles are rendered pretty much non-existent.
Informed Ability: At the end of 1948, she says she will start to learn Chinese, but since she never interacts with Chinese characters afterwards, we never get to see it.
Stay in the Kitchen: A variant, as the only job that is suggested to her by the other Wild Dogs is to be a lady of the night. Her answer is a no thanks. She actually tried at first, but she (and the other girls) quickly realized it wasn't her thing. Although she ends up going back to it in Season 3, to build a relationship network.
Drawn by Hinase Momoyama
A mysterious, silent young girl who often acts like a wild animal and acts as a spy for Lee Meijiu. She and Rapunzel knew each other before the latter lost her memories.She doesn't understand Japanese… supposedly.
Animal Motif: She is often compared to a wild cat or a monkey due to her agility and behavior.
He Who Must Not Be Heard: Meijiu understands what she says by reading on her lips, but often the only "text" we see is lines of suspension marks. She doesn't have readable dialogue until Season 3, with Rapunzel… in Chinese.
Meaningful Name: Her name in Chinese (小蘭) means "little orchid". For some reason the final credits refer to her as "Lee Meilan" (李 美蘭), Meilan meaning "beautiful orchid".
Mysterious Past: Very little is known of her outside of the fact she's an orphan. In Season 3, Meixue says that Meijiu has a "little sister much more cute and obedient" than herself, apparently refering to Hsiao-Lan (who is visibly puzzled), but no more details are given.
Mysterious Watcher: How she appears the first time we see her and a few more times afterwards.
Ninja: Discreet, agile, acts as a spy and is very skilled in combat.
Le Parkour: Her other speciality, as her light body allows her to climb buildings with ease.
Protectorate: Threatening Meijiu in her presence isn't the best of ideas.
Vague Age: She is tiny and clearly acts like a child, yet she has apparently sticked with Meijiu for quite a long time and doesn't seem to grow up at all over the course of the story (though of course it's hard to tell with only the VN sprites). She might be anywhere between 11-12 and 15-16.
Switching P.O.V.: A variant; Jeanne asks him to tell the rest of the pre-1950 story to Julie, as he is the last direct witness of the events.
Introduced in Season 3
Drawn by Ryūkishi07
"I know better than anyone how precious time is. That's why I will give you some of this precious time… to think carefully about my offer."
Another member of the Golden Dragon Society, who wears the title of "Blue Dragon". Contrary to Meijiu, he represents the faction supporting the Elders' council, which claims that Sun Tzulung is too young to take the head of the GDS. He was also a mentor of sorts for Meijiu, who calls him "honored brother" ("anija"). His apparent jolliness and geniality hide a fearsome negotiator.
Ambiguously Bi: While he certainly doesn't dislike pretty ladies, some of his dialogue with Meijiu let show a lot of… affection for his former disciple. The latter amusingly lampshades the ambiguity.
The young son of the GDS's former leader Sun Zilung, who returned from his studies in England. Two factions face-off in the organisation to determine whether or not he should be the new leader.He takes over the GDS during the "War of Soy Sauce", passing a truce with Primavera the time for him to comfort his authority in the organisation.
The Chessmaster: As pointed out afterwards, basically everyone was dancing in his palm in the 1948 climax. In the end not only did he manage to double-cross Wang and take over the GDS, he also succeeded in making Primavera comply to the GDS's two demands (handing over the special offers windows and disbanding the Japanese Labour Union).
The Confidant: Meixue is certainly much more willing to talk with him than with her brother at least. They studied in the same university in England.
Demoted to Extra: All the scenes he had in the first half of 1949 have been removed in the Season 3 manga.
Meaningful Name: His name (孫子龍) roughly translates as "Child Dragon". Also, remove the last character, and you have Sun Tzu.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He doesn't want to enter in an unnecessary feud with Primavera, and is quick to understand what the purpose of the simultaneous assassination attempts of Meixue and Stella actually is.
Spell My Name with an S: Again, it's written "Sun Tzulung" on the official site, but "Sun Zilong" in Witch Hunt's translation. It probably depends on the transcription convention used. The manga complicates the matter even more by using the Japanese pronounciation of the caracters, "Son Shiryū".
Alan (Daisuke) Aramaki
Drawn by Jirō Suzuki
"Yahoo! There's a brawl festival over there! Let me in too!"
A lively guy who works for Primavera and will eagerly take part in any brawl. Both he and Keith fought in Siberia − where they had to work in a prisoners' camp − during the war and only work with each other. He's also going out with a girl named Yuki, to whom he must hide his real job… and his "pastime".
Anti-Hero: Both he and Keith are depicted as "good guys", but their reputation as unfailable hitmen isn't just for show. When they do their job, they do it thoroughly, and they don't leave witnesses.
Pungeon Master: Keith is the only one who laughs at his puns though… and Miguel too, for some reason.
Put on a Bus: It's his turn at the end of 1949, although it's much more brief than for the other two. After he wins his duel against Keith, he goes to China where Meixue will be buried, as Primavera considers him a traitor and has put a reward on his head.
Star-Crossed Lovers: He considers his relationship with Yuki as this (as someone "living in the night" dating someone "living in daylight"). It is, though not in the way he thinks.
Unusual Euphemism: He once calls his gun an "automatic translator" when he threatens a guard in his attempt to rescue Butler in the American army's HQ.
Verbal Tic: Despite his very masculine speech, he has an odd tendency to puntuate his sentences with particles that rather mark a feminine speech, like "wa", "no" or even "kashira".
Keith (Yuri) Kisaragi
Drawn by Nana Natsunishi
"It's only natural that the enemy would be harsh on you. And it's only natural that the Siberian winter would be harsh on you. I can't complain about what is natural. Those who really hurt me were my Japanese comrades."
A professional sniper working for Primavera, with his friend Alan as his spotter, within Maurice Monobe's Batallion crew. Also a descendant of the famous Matagi hunters in northern Japan. Although he was born in Japan, he claims to hate his own country. He quickly becomes friends with Stella and her nephew Yūji.
Catch Phrase: "Pft… what's this, I don't get it! Kukukuku…" (every time Alan makes a lame pun)
Cold Sniper/Friendly Sniper: He initially was the former, but evolved into the latter at Alan's contact. In the Last Season, he goes Cold Sniper again after Stella, Yūji and, as he mistakenly believes, Alan were killed by, as he mistakenly believes, the GDS.
Defrosting Ice King: Alan had started to defrost him in the past, his meeting with Stella and Yûji completes the process. When he loses all of them, he frosts all over again.
Exposed to the Elements: Inverted − he never lets go of his heavy coat even in summer. Apparently the Siberian cold has screwed up his heat sensitivity.
Survival Mantra: "It's not my fault… I did nothing wrong…! It's not my fault…!!" after he kills Meixue and realizes she was Alan's girlfriend Yuki. He tries to tell himself as much as he can than even she deserved it and it was a rightful vengeance, even though deep down he perfectly knows it's not.
Verbal Tic: He tends to stretch the vowels at the end of his sentences.
Lee Meixue ("Yuki")
Drawn by Jirō Suzuki
"Delicious. I'll give you 10 more points for tonight's dinner."
A pretty young business-woman, who recently came back to Japan and goes out with Alan. Sadly for him, she claims to hate violent men, mafia, and violent mafia men. She happens to be Lee Meijiu's little sister, but can't quite bring herself to tell this to Alan. She also studied in the same university as Tzulung.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted, she is the one annoyed by her older brother, from his overprotectiveness to his negotiation methods, to his weird Japanese Verbal Tic.
Foreshadowing: During the 1948 part Meijiu mentions that he had once made his little sister cry after being too reckless, announcing her future introduction.
"A virtuous man, me? No… I am a gentleman, but I never defined myself as a benevolent person."
An officier sent by the GHQ to keep a watch on Butler and on his negotiations with Primavera and the Golden Dragon Society. He looks like a nice guy. He isn't.When he was a child, mafia-men assassinated his little sister in her hospital room to silence her after their parents died in a car accident caused by the same men. From then on, he climbed the military ladder and got enough power to inflict the same pain on Mafia leaders before destroying them.
Black and White Insanity: Played with. While he exhibits many aspects of the trope, he doesn't consider himself a good person by any means, and his speeches about eradicating evil are said on an almost joking tone, making it dubious that he really believes any of it.
Blackmail: He holds proof of Butler's (and several other higher-ups') corruption, giving him all the leeway he wants to exploit him.
Evil Laugh: That man mastered the basics of villainy alright.
False Flag Operation: His plan was to assassinate both Lee Meijiu and Richard Maiougi's sisters and make it look like Primavera and the GDS were the respective culprits, to trigger an open war between them. Meixue's assassination failed, Stella's succeeded. And while Rose survived the attack on her, it incapacitated her for long enough time that Richard had to take Primavera's lead. As a result, Meijiu understood what was going on, Primavera's bosses didn't.
Final Boss: After having escaped from the church, Richard meets Butler, who tells him the truth about Stella and Yūji's death. Richard proceeds to go take revenge on Gabriel… and fails miserably.
Friendly Address Privileges: Darkly played with. He tells Butler to call him "Gab" when they aren't at work, but it's not like the latter has the option of refusing. He also gives this privilege to Richard despite being the one responsible for Stella and Yūji's deaths.
Ironic Name: Lampshaded by Butler. He's not exactly the kind of person you would expect to bear an angel's name.
Knight of Cerebus: The chapter where he appears is titled "The Descent of Hell's Angel" for a reason.
Leitmotif: Axelle-ratio, a crescendo of violin and harpsichord that gets progressively faster and tenser.
Man of Wealth and Taste: Which gives us a full explanation of how sad it is for a fine wine to be bouchonné during his introduction.
Villain with Good Publicity: At least within the army. He was favored in the promotions because of his Japanese descent, so that the army could weave a pretty tale and fend off accusations of anti-Japanese racism. It's noted that nobody saw the madness behind his angelic smile.
Yubitsume: What he does to an unfortunate merchant who can't pay enough money. On Richard's order. Leo is not amused.
Jeanne (Jun) Amakawa
Drawn by Hinase Momoyama
"Mafia men are all like dogs, you know! You have to beat them up and train them properly!"
A tough woman with the gift of the gab and a strong sense of justice, who works in a bread shop in Akebono, the Japanese shopping street of City 23. Her husband and her two children died during the war and in the great disaster. She meets Leo by chance and offers him a roof after he helps her outrun Tequila Matoba and his men. A series of events will eventually lead her to succeed Rose as Primavera's Madam.She is the granddaughter of Amakawa Shoten, a benevolent and highly respected land-owner who helped to revive the Edogawa discrict (what became City 23), and to create the Akebono shopping street. However, she ran from the Amakawa house to live a carefree life, which she now regrets.