Characters: Super Gals
This is a character sheet for the Super Gals series:
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The Main Characters
Voice Actors: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)The series' main character, the middle child of police detective parents. She refuses to become a police officer and instead spends her days in Shibuya having fun with her best friends Miyu and Aya. Despite this, Ran has a strong sense of justice and will help her friends and others alike if they're in trouble.
- Badass Normal: Can take down a robber just by throwing one of her own boots at the guy.
- Berserk Button: it's really not a good idea to bully girls as long as Ran is around in Shibuya.
- Book Dumb: As Lampshaded every single time, Ran is very intelligent, but studies so little her grades are inevitably low.
- Also Subverted once a year, right before she retake her exams to advance to the next grade (and even to graduate): either by being tricked into it, by betting she'll pass the exam without cheating or to make a recital before the whole school, she gets motivated to study and manages to get the top grades. She calls this "Miracle Switch".
- Chaste Hero: Despite the Gals' fame as promiscuous, she's still a virgin and proud of it, and in fact advises people to not even give a single kiss until they're sure of their partner's feelings (one of the people she advised this way was Miyu, whose problem with her boyfriend was that he was waiting for her to get older for that kiss).
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: to an extent. Might be because of the fact that her whole family is made up of police officers.
- Fiery Redhead
- Genki Girl
- Happy Dance: A chibi Ran is often seen in the scene segways of the series, happily doing some para-para.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ran can be pushy, rude, and selfish at times, but her heart is typically in the right place and she will help others out even if there's nothing for her to gain.
- Moral Myopia: Ran's quick to point out others' flaws, but never address/correct her own.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: with Mami Honda.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: the Tomboy to Aya and Miyu's Girly Girl.
- Totally Radical: while everyone in the series speaks like this in the Japanese and English version, Ran is far and beyond the biggest user of dated slang.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Rei.
- You Are What You Hate: for someone who doesn't want to be a police officer, Ran has shown plenty of times of how she has the skills to be one: the strong sense of justice, detective skills, willingness to help out others, etc.
- It's later revealed why Ran refuses to become a police officer. She would have to give up her typical fashion tastes and wear a standard uniform, which she's disgusted to do. Her father's pressure only makes things worse, as Ran doesn't want to follow a path decided by someone else.
- And, in the end, Ran decides to become one to better protect her beloved Shibuya.
Voice Actors: Haruna Ikezawa (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)A friend of Ran's, Miyu is typically (typically) nicer than her friend and almost always smiling. She is in love with Ran's older brother, Yamato.
- Almost Kiss: a running gag in the series is how Miyu and Yamato's kisses are interrupted by various things going on.
- Badass Adorable: Miyu is cute and, like Ran, can kick ass when needed to.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It took a very stressful period and sexual harassment, but the one time Miyu snapped, the harasser was on his knees begging for his life in less than ten seconds. And he was lucky enough that Ran was there to Bright Slap Miyu, or else...
- Dark and Troubled Past: Once ran with a gang in her middle school years.
- Genki Girl
- Heel-Face Turn: She and Ran fought a lot before they became best friends.
- Kneel Before Zod: Back when she was a gang leader, Miyu wanted to force everyone who pissed her into submission. And the one time she snapped, she actually made the offender kneel and apologize.
- Nice Girl
- Relationship Upgrade: Miyu and Yamato eventually get engaged. And then married.
- Retired Outlaw
- Stalker with a Crush: Miyu runs into one of these.
- Third-Person Person
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: she and Aya are the Girly Girls to Ran's Tomboy.
Voice Actors: Oma Ichimura (Japanese), Kimberly Pause (English)A studious girl Ran met in the first episode when she catches her doing Compensated Dating. She stops her and tells her to live her own life. Soon after Aya became good friends with Ran and Miyu.
- Beta Couple: initially with Rei. They became a full-fledged couple by the end of the anime and manga.
- Brainy Brunette
- Hates Being Alone
- Heroic BSOD: gets one when her parents tell her to stop seeing her friends so she could study more.
- Nice Girl
- Not So Above It All: Pink Panther X is a kid's show. Aya is extremely well-informed about its plot.
- Shrinking Violet
- Stepford Smiler: at times.
- The Smart Girl: the smartest of the main female cast in terms of education.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: she and Miyu are the Girly Girls to Ran's Tomboy.
Voice Actors: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)A student at Meisho Number 1 High School, Rei is also considered the number 1 popular guy due to a magazine article as being the coolest teenage guy in the area. Is good friends with Yuya and often finds himself bumping into Ran more often than either one would like. He's also Aya's boyfriend.
- Beta Couple: with Aya early on. They become out-and-out official at the end of the series.
- Chick Magnet
- Good Is Not Soft
- Jerkass Fašade: talks and acts like a dick at times (especially early in the anime and manga), but really isn't one.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rei can be very blunt with his words, but he's not a bad guy. He just has a hard time expressing himself.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Ran.
Voice Actors: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)Also a student at Meisho Number 1 High School, Yuya placed 2nd in the same magazine article that said Rei was the coolest and most handsome teenage guy in Shibuya. As such, his nickname is Number Two ("nii" in the Japanese version, the Japanese word for two). He is in love with Ran and will help her out when the need arises.
- Dogged Nice Guy
- In-Series Nickname: Number Two in the manga, Second Place in the anime.
- Love Makes You Crazy: hoo boy.
- Official Couple: He and Mami become a couple in the second season of the anime, as well as the manga.
Tatsuki "Tatsukichi" Kuroi
Voice Actors: Yukimasa Obi (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)Ran's boyfriend who loves para-para, to the point where he calls himself the "para-para king of Machida". He and Ran get along quite well, even though they don't really date, much less anything else romantic.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: a big fan of using this.
- Large Ham
- Platonic Life Partners: what Tatsuki is (to his annoyance) with Ran, since she never shows intimacy towards him.
- The very last chapter finally breaks this with a kiss on the cheek. After two years and half they're together.
- Power Copying: He can acquire complex skills by 'aping' (as he himself said) someone who is demonstrating them.
Voice Actors: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanaese), Paul Locklear (English)Ran's older brother, who's a police officer in Shibuya, and often helps out Ran and her friends. He and Miyu are a couple.
- Big Brother Instinct
- Clark Kent Outfit: His uniform or bagged street clothes hide a lean and muscolar body, with the strength to match.
- The Jail Bait Wait: For how much Miyu and him wish to be intimate, they won't do more than the occasional kiss (when they aren't interrupted), and are explicitly waiting for their marriage.
- Like Father, Like Son: like his father, he's a cop.
- Official Couple: him and Miyu, whom he later gets official engaged to later in the series. And, in the final manga chapter, marry
Voice Actors: Ginzo Matsuo (episodes 1-24), Fumihiko Tachiki (episodes 25-51), John Gremillion (English)Ran's father. He tries to lead Ran into becoming a police officer like the rest of her family, but she refuses.
- Action Dad
- Doting Parent: mainly to Sayo, though sometimes with Ran as well.
- Happily Married: to his wife Kiyoka.
- Large Ham
- The Character Died with Him: averted. Taizo still appeared in the series after his original actor died in 2001, but his appearances were far less frequent.
Kiyoka KotobukiRan's mother. Also a police officer.
Voice Actors: Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese), Christine Auten (English)
- Action Mom
- Happily Married: to her husband Taizo.
- Parental Substitute: acts like this for Miyu, since her mother is very rarely around.
Voice Actors: Aya Ishizu (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)Ran's rival and the "Queen of Ikebukuro". In the manga they later form a truce. This does not happen in the anime.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Yuya. Justified by the long string of cheating boyfriends she had before him and her knowledge he was in love with Ran before they went together (and stayed in love with her for a while after: she mistook his attempt to play peacemaker during one of her fights with Ran as a love declaration, and acted on it). Becomes less jealous when Yuya realizes he has fallen for Mami and declares it in public.
- Last Name Basis: always refers to Ran by her last name.
- Official Couple: with Yuya.
- Rich Bitch: anime only.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: with Ran Kotobuki.
- The Ojou
Voice Actors: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)Ran's energetic little sister. She's a large fan of Odaiba Cop, and solves crimes with her boyfriend Masato. Unlike her older sister, she wants to become a police detective when she grows up.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. Sayo's pretty smart.
- Genki Girl: she makes Ran look sluggish.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: then 22 year-old Rie Kugimiya voiced Sayo, years before she became famous.
- Kiddie Kid: Sayo's 14 in the beginning of the series, but looks/sounds/acts like an elementary school girl.
- Nice Hat
- Official Couple: with Masato.
- Older Than They Look
- Rie Kugimiya
- Verbal Tic: she adds "datchu" at the end of her sentences. The dub changes it to "You bet."
Voice actors: Kazura Murai (Japanese), Allison Keith (English)Miyu's very rarely seen mother, who treats her daughter rather poorly. She only appears in two episodes of the anime.
- Abusive Parent/ Parental Abandonment / Parental Neglect: All of these. She rarely sees Miyu and blames Miyu for her divorce thus refusing to look at Miyu. She was abandoned by her own mother and in the end abandons Miyu. The only thing she does for Miyu is give Miyu enough money to live off of until Miyu gets a job and a place to stay on her own.
- The Faceless: we never see her face. Subverted in the manga, where we do get to see her face the few times she shows up.
- Jerk Ass