Characters: Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher's characters are described hereunder.

As usual with character pages, SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

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    Protagonists 

Tatsumi Saiga

Voiced by: Yuji Takada (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

An Intrepid Reporter who used to be a war photographer and is renowned for the quality of his shoots. An interesting byproduct of his job is that he is sexually aroused by taking his photos. Despite being jaded and cynical, he is still passionate about his job and works for a regular magazine. It's during an infiltration mission that he sets foot in the Roppongi Club, a depraved secret society of wealthy hedonists whose primary goal is to indulge in their basest desires.

He ends up captured and is given a Spit-Trail Kiss by a hypnotized young girl named Kagura Tennozou, the club's "Goddess" whose ethereal beauty captivates him instantly. He was supposed to die, but the kiss triggered the "Euphoria Factor" in him instead. Apparently a latent gene that only people known as "Euphorics" have, this virus know grants him the power to make the targets of his photo shoots explode and makes him practically invulnerable to conventional injury. Using his newfound abilities, he escapes, taking Kagura as a hostage.

Both grow quickly close as Kagura comes to her senses. She realizes just what had been done to her and breaks down in tears, begging her abductor to take her away with him. (And considering how fucked up her life has been until then, she's got all the reason in the world to wish for that). Saiga decides to free Kagura from the Roppongi club and her unkind mother's clutches.


Kagura Tennozu

Voiced by: Kei Shindou (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

A sweet, demure and innocent young girl who lives sheltered in a high skyscraper in Tokyo. Abused and mistreated by her horrible mother, she still endures it quietly, hoping that one day her courage may pay off and that her mother might grow to genuinely love her. Besides this, she is unwittingly the object of worship of the depraved secret society of Roppongi and is known as "The Goddess".

When Saiga abducts her to save himself, she eventually realizes how she's been manipulated and used by her entourage and begs Saiga to take her away with him. Captivated by the purity of Kagura, he complies.

Kagura's growth has been artificially stalled so that she may not lose her catalytic powers that trigger the Euphoria virus in the carriers of the gene. Since she is under constant medication, she also runs a risk of dying if she doesn't go through intensive rehab due to how intoxicated her body is with the drugs she was force-fed back in the days.


Hibari Ginza

Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Clarine Harp (EN)

A very proactive, sultry and shrewd Rabid Cop, Hibari is also Saiga's Stalker with a Crush who wants to have him for herself. Dressed in a red jumpsuit to highlight her knock-out body, she uses her golden-plated guns as a weapon and is far from being a by-the-book cop.

Able to hold her own in a fight, she usually doesn't hesitate to use physical force to get the info she needs and isn't big on morality either. Seeing Kagura as a wedge between her and Saiga, she coldly gives her back to her horrible mother in exchange of having her way with an unconscious Tatsumi.

Despite her initially obstructive behaviour, she eventually becomes intrigued with the Roppongi club and eventually understands that her enemy isn't necessarily the one she believes...


    Roppongi Club Higher-Ups 

Chouji Suitengu aka Ueno Takeshi

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Chris Ayres (EN)

A mysterious and enigmatic figure, known to the public only as the right hand man of Shinzen Tennozu. To the wealthy and powerful, he has another side, that of the master of the ultra-exclusive Roppongi Club, a black club where the elite can satisfy any fetish, perversion or delight they may have, no matter how depraved or the cost in human life.

In reality, Suitengu despises the wealthy and powerful amongst whom he walks, and while he outwardly seems to revel in the obscene amounts of wealth he has access to — chainsmoking long cigarettes rolled in 1000 yen notes, which he tends to casually discard when they are only halfway burnt, is the most obvious of his vices — the reality is that he has no greater desire than to see them all torn down for their corruption and decadence.

As a child, Choji Suitengu was known as Ueno Takeshi, the son of wealthy parents and older brother to a young sister, Yui Takeshi, that he adored. Until the morning he woke up and found his parents had hanged themselves. That was when Kamiya appeared and took him and his sister as slaves to pay off the debts that their parents had owed. Ueno was sold to a mercenary group, becoming a Child Soldier; on the very last mission that he needed to undertake to be freed, he found himself raiding a bio-organic weapons lab, which self-destructed. He survived, and was rescued by surviving scientists from the lab. Though they in turn were killed by a government strike squad, Ueno Takeshi had already become the first of the Euphorics.

Returning to Japan, Ueno swore revenge on the corrupt elite whose reverence of money over human life had seen his family destroyed. Discovering his sister had been sold into sex slavery, an experience that had left her too brain-damaged to recognize anything except how to pleasure people and the desperate need to gather money, forcing him to Mercy Kill her, was the final straw. Reinventing himself as Choji Suitengu, he seduced, manipulated and murdered his way into the Tennozu Group and, from there, into creating the Roppongi Club.

A Euphoric, Suitengu's power is to manipulate his own blood.


Shinzen Tennozu

Voiced by: Gara Takashima (JP), Pam Dougherty (EN)

The ruthless, domineering and abusive mother of Kagura. A former actress who used to have some success back in her prime, she is now the head of the Tennozu Foundation, a powerful financial company that oversees the political and monetary landscape of Japan, often corrupting politicians and businessmen through the promise of indulgence in their basest desires in the Roppongi club.

She highly resents her daughter for being a constant reminder of her father and how he let her down and is kind of a bitch in general.

She is involved with Suitengu but she knows that there is no love between them and unapologetically indulges in her lustful desires with him. Still good-looking for a woman her age, she doesn't waver in personally corrupting those who may obstruct her schemes or who just want to protect her daughter from her.

Her only weakness seems to be the fondness she has for her former mentor,Gotokuji, now a disabled and delirious old woman. She is eventually killed by Suitengu himself, realizing that she was foolish to believe that she could handle someone like him and dies in her dauthger's arms..


Tsujido, Makabe, Niihari & Kikukawa

Tsujido voiced by: Hiro Yuki (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)

Makabe voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Bob Carter (EN)

Niihari voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

Kikukawa voiced by: Kaoru Fujita (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

Tsujido, Makabe and Niihari are Suitengu's most loyal minions, a trio of gangsters he rescued from death at the hands of their superiors when he coincidentally chose to kill off those superiors so that he could take over their turf. Tsujido, noseless from the incident, is also a Euphoric; his fetish for smells has given him an incredibly sharp nose and the ability to track people by scent. It also allows him to transform into a wolf.

Kikukawa is Shinzen Tennozu's right-hand woman, confidently handling any tasks her mistress presents her with and content to stay in the background. When Suitengu kills Shinzen and assumes control of the Tennozu group, she survives and emotionlessly transfers her loyalty to him.


    Roppongi Club Euphorics 

Euphorics in General

Every single Euphoric we see barring Saiga is a part of the Roppongi Club, and it shows. All of them go after Saiga at some point or another.


  • Cast from Hit Points/Cast from Lifespan/Power Degeneration: Overusage of Euphoric power can lead to death. Miharu and Kanda exhibit this.
  • Leitmotif: Two of them: Theme of Euphorics will play whenever a new Euphoric is on the scene or is doing something evil, and Sweet will play whenever one of them is having a monologue or a flashback. The first lays to their more sinister aspects and the second is a sensuous theme that can be quite at odds with the scene at hand, especially the dentist's. You could also count Sorrow as one for Saiga and Suitengu.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: The only conventional way to kill any Euphoric.
  • Sadist: They typically, and literally, get off on using their powers. Almost all of them abuse their powers and injure and/or murder innocent people in order to get off. The worst thing about it is that it isn't made clear if they were Evil All Along or if some sort of Roppongi conditioning turned them that way. Koganei and Miharu are two possible exceptions.
  • Sex Is Evil
  • The Killer In Me: If Suitengu is to be believed, many of these people's basest desires involved bloody murder. The dentist's certainly did.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else

Kazuya Shirogane

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)

A great ballet dancer, but obsessed with flexibility (and, by extension, rubber) to the point of insanity. First seen breaking a would-be pupil's arm for not being flexible enough, he later becomes the first Euphoric to be seen in the series. His power is to become living rubber, a talent he uses to serve as an assassin for the Roppongi Club.


Kaoru Koganei

Voiced by: Mari Yokō (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

The second Euphoric sent after Saiga to recapture Kagura. She is quite literally Made of Diamond, as this is her Euphoric Power: to turn her whole body into diamonds. A side effect (or cause?) of this is that she is quite addicted to diamonds, eating them by the dozen.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: She ends up begging for her life and fleeing in terror of Suitengu, but doesn't get far.
  • Femme Fatalons: She can grow them at will once she's used her power, and boy are they lethal.
  • Foil: In a sense, to Kagura. Both are brunette females with almost everything in their life already paid for thanks to their loved ones. However, while Kagura's family is extremely abusive and outright seems to hate her and she would do anything to escape them, Kogane's husband loved her very much, and it seems she may have returned his affections, and forges his death into something worth continuing her current situation (read: addiction) over.
  • Gold Digger: Played with. Kagura points out how if she loved her husband, she should have told him he meant more to her than diamonds. However, she seems to believe that men's loves are defined by how much they'll give for it, at which point it becomes less about diamonds and more about the man's suicide.
  • Literally Shattered Lives
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Not much can hurt her, given she's made of one of the single hardest substances found in nature. Saiga and Suitengu get around this, however.
  • No Sell: She's this to Saiga's camera power: his lens can't properly focus on her because she's transparent when made of diamond, causing the explosion to affect whatever's behind her instead.
  • The Slow Walk: When she turns on the Club and goes after Saiga and Kagura herself. She's not the least bit worried about the camera pointed at her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness

Mizunokuchi

Voiced by: Shiro Gō; (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)

A monstrous dentist who enjoys seeing people he works on writhe in agony. His Euphoric Power takes the fetish he has for teeth and translates it into spider-like surgical tool tentacles from his back, and more from his jaws and tongue.

  • Animal Motifs: A spider. Victims trapped and helpless? Spidery limbs out of the back? Crawling around like one? All check. He even morphs his face into a spiderlike mandible with a drilling tongue.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He loves this, and he doesn't care about his victims at all. When we see him work on Kagura, not only has he kept her awake for work (which involved removing a molar), he also did drilling on that molar that he admits was unnecessary, before yanking it out with pliers, with nerve lining still hanging onto the ends. And this is before he becomes a Euphoric. How this guy got a job is a mystery.
  • Depraved Dentist
  • Nightmare Fetishist: If you haven't picked up on it by now, here's a bonus: the tooth he extracts from Kagura, he kisses and licks—messily, and sexually. He kept that tooth and drills on it in his spare time.
  • Sadist: Oh, horrifically so. His first scene is him over a woman strapped down, whimpering in agony while he destroys her mouth with his tendrils. Whether he was one before or after he received his power isn't made clear, but it seems so.

Ran Yurigaoka

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)

An esthetician with the power to bring his tattoos into reality, and "infect" other people by transferring them into their bodies.

  • Artistic License – Physics: Blatantly. A parachute doesn't work if there's gaps in it like a fishing net.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Seriously. Watch where you're aiming.
  • People Puppets/Puppeteer Parasite: He can do this with his tattoos, specifically the spider ones, and uses it on Ginza to try to get her to shoot Saiga dead.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Ignoring that all Euphorics can supposedly do this, this is his specific power, turning his body art into weapons. He even keeps a knife handy with a skull tattoo as its holster.

Father Kanda

Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (JP), Bill Flynn (EN)

Miharu Shirumaku

Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

One of the Roppongi Club's assassins, a Euphoric with the power to manipulate water and turn herself into a mermaid-like creature. As a child actress, her stage-mom tried on several occasions to commit a double-suicide by drowning the both of them; finally, she died but Miharu survived, being left mute. A number of relationships with men followed; all went sour and they invariably tried to drown her and themselves at once, though she always survived.


Seiji Ochiai

Voiced by: Tetsuo Kaneo (JP), Jerry Russell (EN)

A cabinet member who was leading the White Eagles, but betrayed and murdered them. Joe exposed him, but Ochiai promptly killed him and the rest of the normal people in the room with sound waves after activating his Euphoric Power.

Kamiya

Voiced by: Takehiro Koyama (JP), John Swasey (EN)

The Prime Minister of Japan, and involved in the Roppongi Club up to his eyeballs, with plans to seize control of the club from Suitengu and place it under government control. A Euphoric, his fixation on food and eating gave him the power to mutate into a huge head-creature with acidic saliva, so he could more easily eat anything he pleased.

When he was just a lowly Minister in the Japanese Cabinet, the Takeshi family found themselves deeply in debt to him. When they hanged themselves because they couldn't pay up, he sold the children Ueno and Yui into slavery to "work off the debt". Yui went insane as a sex slave, while Ueno became Suitengu.


    Supporting Characters 

Bob

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (JP), Antimere Robinson (EN)

A flamboyantly gay American man whose passport was invalidated, trapping him in Japan, Bob runs a massage parlour out of his apartment and lives in the same building as Saiga. The two are friends, and Bob is a good person, so he regularly tries to help Saiga as he gets more caught up in the mess with Suitengu and his Roppongi Club. Bob has a sister (a male-to-female transsexual) named David, who runs "Le Pub David", a cabaret staffed by male-to-female transsexuals.

Genba Ryogoku

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

A doctor that was responsible for operating on and saving the life of Saiga after he was pulled from the rubble of the bioweapons lab where he unknowingly contracted the Euphoria Virus. Afterwards, he got married and settled down in a private clinic in Japan, until his wife died of cancer. After Saiga becomes a Euphoric and rescues Kagura, he comes to Genba for assistance in finding out what is wrong with the both of them.


    Other Characters 

David's Pub

David is a male-to-female transsexual and Bob's sister. He runs a dance show parlor staffed with other male-to-female transgenders and transsexuals, and they support Saiga and Kagura for a short time. They also quickly stand up to the Euphoric Kagonei when she attacks.

  • Badass Bystander/Heroic Bystander: Most people without their own Euphoric powers don't survive assaults by Euphorics. These girls do.
  • Defiant Stone Throw: The club staff are very clearly outmatched by Kogane and know it, but that doesn't stop them from buying Saiga time by throwing bottles at her.
  • Mugging the Monster: Quite literally.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Funnily enough, at least one of them assaults Kogane with a bottle, which of course breaks. It may have been this that gave Saiga the idea to take down Koganei the way he did—if she's no longer transparent, she becomes vulnerable to him.

Joe

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Ochiai kills him and most of the other people in the room with sound waves strong enough to make his skull crack and bleed. Saiga does not take kindly to this.
  • Foreshadowing: While he's drinking with Saiga, he expresses that if he found a way to help the hellhole Japan's become, he'd gladly give his life to do it. That's exactly what happens the next day.
    • In fact it goes deeper than that. Joe's seen in the first minute of the episode getting told off for seemingly not standing up for his girlfriend. At the end, he tries standing up for something he loves and pays for it.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's actually one of the better characterized Muggles in the show. He has enough time to make Saiga smile over drinks before he dies the next day.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Joe gets this from Saiga after he's died, and from the journalist chief as well.
  • Tragic Mistake: See above. Saiga tells Joe the night before that running and hiding is a smart option, but instead Joe follows the philosophy he learned from Saiga. Unfortunately, this choice leads him to confront Ochiai, directly leading to his murder.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Poor Joe gets killed off in the same episode he's introduced in.

Chief Ekoda and the Piano Teacher

Ekoda is voiced by: Naoki Makishima (JP), Mike Mc-Farland (EN)

Though entirely unrelated, these two share some disturbing habits: severing and collecting body parts. For Kagura's Piano Teacher, it's hands, while for Ekoda, it's legs. Ekoda is not a Euphoric; whether the pianist is one is never expounded on.

  • Creepy Souvenir/A Love to Dismember: The piano teacher cuts off hands and sticks them on to mannequins, and is looking for a pair to replace the rotting ones on the mannequin most important to him, which he identifies as a lover, and wants Kagura's for them. Ekoda cut off his wife's and daughter's legs and preserved them in a trophy room, and would have done the same to Ginza.
  • Chainsaw Good: Ekoda uses one to do his sick collecting with.
  • Murderous Thighs: Ekoda gets a little too close, allowing Ginza to literally break his neck with her thighs.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see the piano teacher again after the lesson.