Characters / Saber Marionette J

Otaru Mamiya
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Brad Swaile (EN, J Series), Mona Marshall (EN, J Again OVA), Jonathan Love (EN, J to X Series), Irwin Daayan (LA)

The Protagonist of the story, a Japoness inhabitant who awakens the titular Saber Marionettes, each one in the first, third and fifth episode.

Japoness' marionettes

  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn
  • Become a Real Boy: At the end of J to X, they are reborn as Artificial Humans and are adopted as Otaru's daughters.
  • Clingy Jealous Girls: The three of them act like this towards Otaru to varying degrees.
  • Dub Name Change: Their names are translated into Spanish in the LA dub.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Fruits.
  • Freudian Trio
  • Heart Drives: The maiden circuits. They give the girls the ability to feel emotion and have thought patterns much like human beings. Without them, they're just ordinary marionettes, as Otaru finds out the hard way with Lime.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: TWICE, in the J and J to X series. one more lethal than the other.
  • Magical Girlfriends
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: All three have the unique ability of autonomy, something that most other marionettes lack, but their maiden circuits have to reach full maturity to truly understand human emotions.
  • Robot Girls
  • Replacement Goldfish: The three were made to be Lorelei's replacement so the Mesopotamia could let her go.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Later in the J to X series. They succeed.
  • Themed Harem
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Considering they each contain a third of Lorelei's (Eve's) image and personality, this comes to no surprise. See below for how.
  • Town Girls
  • Unwanted Harem: In a way. They all pursue Otaru's affections but Otaru equally cares for the three. Deconstructed in J to X, after Otaru sees how happy they are without him in Xi'an after their minds were forcibly reset. He then proceeds to slowly drive them away from his life, unable to choose one of them as a bride and believing that he denied their freedom. Then they die and are reborn.

Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Maggie Blue O'Hara (EN, J Series), Julie Maddalena (EN, J Again OVA), Mariette Sluyter (EN, J to X Series), Cristina Hernandez (LA)

The first marionette awakened by Otaru, Lime's childlike naïveté sets her apart from other marionettes, most of whom can't think for themselves. She, along with Cherry and Bloodberry, loves Otaru, but is far more innocent in her intentions than the other two, which is saying something.

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, Ep. 1-13 of J Series), Nicole Oliver (EN, Ep. 14-25 of J Series), Melora Harte (EN, J Again OVA), Kendra Masonchuck (EN, J to X Series), Rossy Aguirre (LA)

Technically the second marionette Otaru awakens (In the manga, she and Bloodberry are awakened simultaneously), Cherry fits the role of a Yamato Nadeshiko quite nicely, right down to her impressive cooking. Often fantasizes about her Master Otaru whenever he's around her, mostly sexually.

Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Saffron Henderson (EN, J Series), Mellissa Willamson (EN, J Again OVA), Love Santini (LA),

The last (and certainly the most powerful) marionette Otaru awakens, Bloodberry openly makes advances to Otaru and uses her charm to win him over. She's physically the oldest of Otaru's marionettes, filling in the role of a parental figure to Lime and Cherry. Unlike Cherry, she openly comes on to Otaru.

Gerhard Von Faust
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Paul Dobson (EN, J Series), James Lyon (EN, J Again Series), Alejandro Villeli (LA)

Kaiser (later Führer) of Gartland who seeks to dominate the other 6 city-states of Terra II. He's the fourteenth descendant of the original Faust, one of the six original survivors of the colony ship Mesopotamia.

Gartland's marionettes


Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Venus Terzo (EN, J Series), Dian Andrews (EN, J Again OVA), Elizabeth Stepkowski (EN, J to X Series), Gabriela Michel (LA)

One of Faust's Saber Dolls, Tiger takes the role of leadership among the three Dolls, but not always. Just like how Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry love Otaru, she deeply cares for Faust and does everything she can to please him, disregarding his abusive tendencies.

Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, Ep. 1-13 of J Series), Nicole Oliver (EN, Ep. 14-25 of J Series), Wendee Lee (EN, J Again Series), Melanie Risdon (EN, J to X Series), Rebeca Patiño (LA)

Sharing power with Tiger over leadership of the Saber Dolls, Luchs has intelligence that rivals Cherry's own tactical skills. Shows some degree of airheadedness once Faust gives the Saber Dolls permission to leave him post-J, but keeps her serious side dominant at all times.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Samantha Ferris (EN, J Series), Carol Stanzione (EN, J Again OVA), Michelle Armeneau (EN, J to X Series), Belinda Martínez (LA)

The most powerful of Faust's Saber Dolls, Panther uses her innate physical strength to pummel anyone who dares to defy Faust's reign. She's not the smartest or most patient of the three Dolls, but shows competency in what she does. She sees Bloodberry as a Worthy Opponent but then as a friendly rival during her stay in Otaru's home.

Hanagata Mitsurugi
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Samuel Vincent (EN, J Series), Robert Martin Klein (EN, J Again OVA), Bryce Kulak (EN, J to X Series), Ricardo Tejedo (LA)

The Butt Monkey of the series, he's the son of a wealthy man, but decides to move next door to Otaru. At first, he's a Jerkass to Otaru and berates his hardworking lifestyle, but later becomes obsessed with him. He also helps Otaru and the Marionettes several times with his vast knowledge about Terra II, it's story and it's cultures.

Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu

Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (JP), Don Brown (EN), Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (LA)

The fourteenth Shogun of Japoness. A direct clone of one of the original survivors of the colony ship Mesopotamia.

Baikou and Tamasaburou
Baikou (right) and Tamasaburou (left)
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Baikou, JP), Nicole Oliver (Baikou, EN, J Series), Anne Sherman (Baikou, EN, J Again Series), Rebeca Rambal (Baikou, LA), Maria Kawamura (Tamasaburou, JP), Ellen Kennedy (Tamasaburou, EN, J Series), Jane Sanford (Tamasaburou, EN, J Again Series), Alejandra de la Rosa (Tamasaburou, LA)

The guardians of the Japoness castle. They don't have Maiden Circuits, but seem to be more intelligent than most normal Marionettes.




Souemon Obiichi
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Richard Newman (EN, J Series), Jesse Conde (LA)

Otaru's sensei and parental figure. Sometimes he shows up to help Otaru with advice.

Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP), Ellen Kennedy (EN, J Series), Emily Brown (EN, J Again Series), Isabel Martiñón (LA) Elsa Covián (LA, J Again OVA)
A woman only known through a painting of her in the Japoness pioneers museum. Her painting serves as a reminder of "The human female", a gender which does not exist on Terra II.

The seventh survivor of the Mesopotamia incident, Lorelei was locked inside the orbiting ship for roughly 300 years because the A.I. program she invented fell in love with her. Once she's saved from her suspended animation, she resides in Japoness to serve as the city-state's new ruler. Her wisdom allows her to fill the vacant spot of Shogun Ieyasu quite nicely, but she longs to go out and explore Terra II in spite of the Imperial Guards' protection of her.


Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (JP), Lia Sargent (EN), Laura Ayala (LA)


Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (JP), Paul Dobson (EN, J Series), Rolando de Castro (LA)


Genai Shiraga

Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (JP), French Tickner (EN, J Series), Doug Stone (EN, J Again OVA), Byron Close (EN, J to X Series)