Characters: Tokyo ESP

The Character Sheet for Tokyo ESP.

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Heroes (Part 1)

    Rinka 

Rinka Urushiba

Voiced by: Ibuki Kido

The female lead, she was touched by the glowing fish and became an Intangible Girl.
  • Action Girl: Even before gaining her powers, she was capable of man-handling multiple thugs.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Whenever she gets the hell beat out of her it shows for chapters after that fact.
  • Beauty Mark: Under her left eye.
  • Big Eater: She talks about food a lot and shows especial enthusiasm when presented meals, though this may factor more into her poverty and lack of money.
  • Break the Cutie: The author hates her for the sheer amount of things he puts her through...
  • Brought Down to Normal: Loses her ESP after dying for a few minutes in Chapter 18. She eventually remembers that her martial arts abilities have very little to do with her power, and starts training again.
  • Bully Hunter: She comes across someone bullying and has to intervene.
    • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Heroic inversion. Rinka saved Azuma from thugs six months before the story began and then promptly forgot about it.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Rinka's current means of fighting in the arena. Her usual means, namely knocking people out in a single strike, will end up with the spectators calling for blood and getting them killed. So she has to be ruthless in her methods of disabling them. When she can't, her Enemy Within does it for her.
  • Determinator: She does not give up easily, and given how the story goes, it's a good thing.
  • Enemy Within: The CIA gave Rinka one so she could infiltrate the fight club. By performing a certain gesture, her heart and mind go to a dark place to eliminate any doubt she has and fools telepaths. Only, it doesn't exactly go away after the 1 hour period like it was supposed to...
    • Split Personality Takeover: Her darkness takes over when she was in a fight and instantly went for the win against an esper who can control her with her eyes by committing Eye Scream and a Groin Attack on them, leaving them to burn in a fire.
  • Forced Prizefight: She's been involved in this for the last year as of Part 2 while working undercover for the CIA.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: More sincere at first, later on she'd really really like Azuma to be.
  • The Hero: She's the main protagonist of the series, and a very heroic one to boot.
  • Heroic Albino: She claims her white hair is from being of mixed race, but color pages clearly show her with white hair and red eyes.
  • Hope Bringer: In Part 1. When she "attacked" the statesman, a lot of people felt betrayed.
  • In Universe Nickname: "White Girl," due to her hair.
  • Intangible Girl: Her ability lets her phase through everything, including her clothes.
  • Kick Chick: But she also uses a form of martial arts centered on grabs and throws. Eskrima (the aforementioned martial arts form) has aspects dealing in both armed and unarmed combat. It teaches grabs and throws, kicks, punches, and how to utilize most everyday things as a weapon for self-defense (knives, sticks, other forms of blades, etc.)
  • Meteor Move: SKULL CRUSHING PSY-KICK!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Chapter 18 has a heartbreaking one.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Due to her father having no job, Rinka is pretty close to this.
  • Power Perversion Potential: She can phase through solid objects, and until she learns to control her powers falls through her clothing a few times.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Wears a dress for the first time on her date with Azuma. A cheap one, but he compliments her on it the next day.
  • Shower of Angst: Has a brief one in Chapter 21.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kobushi in Part 2.

    Azuma 

Kyoutarou Azuma

Voiced by: Keisuke Koumoto

The male lead, he's a Teleporter with a Hero Complex and a dark past.
  • Badass in Distress: Kidnapped in 18 with no way to get back. A telepathic bird helps him. Yes, really.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: And Rinka is the one who inspired him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Yes! He lost his parents and was forced to survive in a war-torn country until the Professor picked him up.
  • Dating Catwoman: He actually isn't, but did live with Minami for at least a year before the series started. The exact nature of their relationship causes Rinka some angst.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Despite Rinka's reluctance to get involved with him and to accept her ESP powers he keeps showing up and encouraging to use her powers for good. Fortunately for him it's not long before she starts crushing on him.
  • Heroic Wannabe: In almost any other series he'd be the main character, but Rinka does a better job embodying the ideals he espouses and kicks a lot more ass.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: All because of his costume. Rinka as the White Girl is much better accepted. At least until part 2.
  • Hidden Depths: He acts happy and cheerful, but he's went through some heavy stuff and is much more complex.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He stops playing a nice hero and went to beating down Yakuza with a bat and shooting one after they burned down Rinka's home.
  • Mundane Utility: Teleportation is an awesome way to get out of having to pay for public transit.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Almost entirely because his superhero concept is really intimidating: A crow's head on an old fashion formal suit.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: His ability allows him to teleport which looks as if he vanishes into smoke.
    • Teleport Spam: He eventually learns to do it in quick successions.
  • Training from Hell: He received extensive Special Forces training with the CIA Special Activities Division during the time skip after part 1.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Even though he is still pretty much Rinka's sidekick, part 2 shows that he is now a much more competent melee and gun fighter upon his return to Tokyo after going missing with Rinka one year prior. Thanks to the aforementioned Training from Hell with the CIA .

    Rindo 

Rindo Urushiba

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada

A retired cop and Rinka's dad, he's an Overprotective Dad who gained the a form of Telekinesis.

    Kobushi 

Black Fist (Real Name: Kokui Kobushi)

Voiced by: Mai Aizawa

A Phantom Thief with the ability of Invisibility and a skilled boxer.

    Murasaki 

Murasaki Edoyama

Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro

The daughter of a Yakuza boss, she gained Psychometry from a glowing fish.
  • Badass Adorable: She's very cute, and has some Badass moments given the potential of her powers.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has plenty of knowledge and learns how to properly use her powers for the better.
  • Daddy's Girl: Though their relations are a little tense, she's close to her father.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Psychometry, the ability to see an object's past by touching it. Cool and useful, but definitely not dangerous. But if you manage to find a master martial artist's nunchuks...
  • Lonely Rich Kid: It's hinted that most of her peers stay away due to her father's occupation. Similarly, when first meeting Rinka and Azuma, she claims that Peggy (a penguin) is her only friend.
  • Mafia Princess: Her father is a yakuza boss.
  • Meganekko: Possesses the glasses and the meek personality befitting the trope.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Happens to her every time she fights because she has very little physical stamina.
  • The Runaway: Because she doesn't want to be involved with the Yakuza anymore.
  • The Smart Guy: She's a Brainy Brunette and with her power, she serves this role with Ayumu.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Has no physical strength or stamina, being an elementary schooler, but once she picks up a weapon she gains all the knowledge and skills of its previous owners.

    Ayumu 

Ayumu Oozora

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata

A son of one of the most outspoken people against espers and everything they stand for. He has the power of Precognition, but he can only see two seconds into the future. He is also a student of Master Yoda called in to train with the others. He is a middle school student with aspirations to be a member of Congress, like his mother.
  • Berserk Button: It's not an afro, it's a perm!
  • Follow in My Footsteps: His mother wants him to do this.
  • Funny Afro: Though don't call it that in front of him.
  • Jerkass: At first.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast by himself, but he seems even faster because of his ability to see all attacks two seconds in advance. However, when he thinks too much about the possible futures in battle, he slows down.
  • Parental Obliviousness: His mother is completely oblivious to his powers at first... then he has to save her from another esper with his own powers.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After bonding with Murasaki and the others, and working together with them to stop the Professor.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's hinted that he wishes for his mother's approval. Given that he's an esper and she's against espers...

    Yoda 

Master Yoda

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue

A Martial Arts Master who trained much of the Tokyo Police Force, including Rinka's father. He is constantly dressed in a panda suit and is an esper himself, with the power of clairvoyance. Yes, he is named after that Master Yoda.
  • Handicapped Badass: After getting hit with a tranquilizer, he is bound to a wheelchair for a while.
  • Shout-Out: Named after Yoda from Star Wars, and even resembles him outside of the panda costume.

    Peggi 

Peggi

Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara

A Flying Penguin who is known as the "Collector." He can devour ESP by eating the glowing fish.

    Parrot 

Parrot

A pelican that Azuma meets when he is left on the deserted island. It helps him escape. It can communicate to him because it gained powers of Telepathy from the light fish. He later joins the heroes in their crime fighting.
  • What Is Love: He wants to experience the feeling that only beings with a "higher level of intellect," such as humans, can have. Such as what Azuma feels for Rinka.

Heroes (Part 2)

    Ren 

Ren Jomaku

The Hero of Part 2, taking place over a year after the events of Part 1. She is a first-year high school student who gets caught up in an esper terrorist attack at her school. Ren herself is an esper, however.
  • Lovable Coward: Unlike Rinka, she absolutely does not want to get involved with what's going on at her school and wants some normalcy in her life again.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Freezes Master Yoda upon sight because she thought he was an alien, keeping him from helping her and Zeusu fight off the other esper delinquents.
  • The Nicknamer: Immediately names Zeusu "Juice-kun" once she finds out his name.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Or as ordinary as a girl can be in a city where 20% of the Kanto region has esper powers. She also goes to a school for espers.
  • Power Incontinence: Loses control of her powers occasionally, causing her to freeze herself in awkward situations. It completely goes berserk in moments of great stress, releasing an amount of power never seen in the series before.
  • Power Nullifier: Somehow, she also has the same ability to remove powers as Peggy.
  • Time Stands Still: Within the sphere of her power she freezes even time.
  • Was It All a Lie?:she asks this to Zuesu, when she learns he's the heir of the security, military group that's after her.

    Zeusu 

Zeusu Tetsuya

The main male protagonist of Part 2. He goes to school with Ren and fights the esper terrorists alongside her. He has the ability to change the state of any physical object. He's actually the heir to the antagonists of Part 2.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't let his eccentricities fool you. Once he gets serious, he's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Big Bad Friend:He is the heir of PMSC.
  • Bishōnen
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has shades of this. Once he slipped a ice treat into Ren's bag in order for it to keep cool.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:Saved Mizuki from the Esper mercenaries that were chasing after her.
  • Evil All Along: See Big Bad Friend above.
  • Hidden Depths:On the surface, he's very eccentric, and not very talkative. However, he can easily subdue a speedster, and take an explosion in close proximity. Even though he's the heir of PMSC, he saved Mizuki from the mercenaries employed by the company. Granted he may not have known who she was. Also, he doesn't seem to agree with his protectors killing needlessly, as he ordered the female deva to stop killing and to focus on capturing Minami. Also, there are signs he's developed genuine feelings for Ren, but creates an inner turmoil between these feeling and his position.
  • Insane Troll Logic:In response to Ren's Was It All a Lie?, he states that he doesn't recall lying; it's just that he never told the truth. Then, he turns it on her by saying that she just didn't know him.
  • The Lancer: To Ren. Later, horribly subverted
  • Meet Cute: With Ren, when he uses his powers to get her skirt out of the subway door.
  • The Mole:He got close to Ren, because he was after her ESP.
  • The Stoic: This guy constantly sports a blank face.
  • Transforming Mecha: Zeusu's power can basically make a car into a Transformer Robot.

Villains (Part 1)

    The Professor 

The Professor

Azuma Kyoutarou's adoptive and Minami's father, he is leading the group that is letting the glowing fish roam free.
  • The Lost Lenore: The loss of his wife is one of the contributing factors to the way he is today.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a really really nasty burn on the left side of his face, normally hidden behind an illusion.
  • Make an Example of Them: Orders this to Rinka and Azuma, and he meant it.
  • Me's a Crowd: One of his favored fighting tactics, made with his illusions.

    Minami 

Minami

Voiced by: Sachika Misawa

Azuma's adoptive sister who follows the professor, she's also a Teleporter.
  • Action Girl: Instead of hand-to-hand combat, she fights with a sword.
  • Attempted Rape: Led to her using her powers for the first time in front of another person and also her first kill of her would-be rapists.

    Kozuki 

Black Fist (Real Name: Kuroi Kozuki)

Voiced by: Hiromi Konno

Kokui Kobushi, the other Black Fist's younger sister. She has a teleportation ability as well, but she can only teleport other people and things, not herself, just by touching them. She desires the title of "Black Fist" in the Kobushi family, and to do that she must steal something valuable enough to please their grandmother. As such, she joins the Professor for her own reasons.

    Lin 

Lin Linquian

One of the espers that the Professor recruits. She first appears to attack Rinka and the others at school. She has the ability to make a "long range spirit punch," i.e., she has repulsion powers as opposed to Ken's attraction powers.

    The Puppeteer 

Unnamed Subordinate

Another esper that the Professor recruits. Like Lin, she first appears to attack Rinka and the others at school. By locking eyes with someone, her ability allows her to take control of their bodies.

    The Telekinetic 

Unnamed Subordinate

Another esper that the Professor recruits. He has extremely strong powers of telekinesis..

    The Seer 

Unnamed Subordinate

Another esper working for the Professor. He has the power to sense other espers and uses chains with daggers on the end for combat.

Villains (Part 2 and others)

    The Siblings 

Unnamed Siblings

A brother and sister pair.

    Kuroi Claudia 

Kuroi Claudia

A woman who is on the board of directors and part of the group responsible for the Hong Kong underground arena.

    Puppet-Master 

Puppet Master

A mind-control esper.

The ESP Liberation Front

    The Front as a whole 
A sinister group of espers who want to dominate the ESP Zone in Part 2.
  • A God Am I/Mask Power: ...and over-sized masks from various mythologies (one of them is a totem pole).
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: They've killed 200 people including politicians and police officers, wear sharp suits...
  • Fantastic Racism: Anybody who isn't an esper is a non-human that doesn't have the right to live.
  • Far-East Asian Terrorists: Of the ESP variety.
  • Insane Troll Logic: They declare that any esper who does not automatically join their ranks is a traitor, even if the esper in question was being attacked with lethal force as a non-esper the day before, the front is targeting their friends and family, or the esper in question is compulsory enrolled in an academy that supposedly teaches espers how to control their powers so they're not a threat to themselves never mind being a threat to others. Furthermore, the best way to counter esper based discrimination, based on well-justified fear and suspicion is to set off bombs in public establishments thereby giving non-espers even more reason to fear and suspect them.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization/Standard Evil Organization Squad
  • Unwitting Pawn: They were being used to set off a Nuclear Bomb and lure in the people who kidnapped the Professor.

    Sairo 

Sairo

The ESP Liberation Front's hitman. Wears a mask of Anubis, the Egyptian god of death.
  • Knife Nut: Uses a knife with brutal efficiency.
  • Shout-Out: Youkai: Dog mask aside, his high-speed knife attacks are similar to a kama-itachi (sickle weasel).
  • Super Speed: His power.
  • You Have Failed Me: Murders the group of esper high-schoolers they paid to riot at the ESP academy after they failed to cause any damage, got their powers taken away, were caught by the authorities, and were about to snitch on the the organization.

Other Characters

    Edoyama 

Edoyama

Voiced by: Joji Nakata

Murasaki's father, the Yakuza boss.

    Rei 

Rei Oozora

Ayumu's mother and a member of the Diet, the Japanese Congress. She hates espers.

    Nabeshima 

Nabeshima

Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara

The head of the police force who used to work with Ken, Rinka's father.

    Torada 

Torada

Head of the Esper Taskforce.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Due to his use of tranquilizers.
  • Fantastic Racism; He doesn't care if you're a good guy or not, even if you don't have powers anymore. To drive the point, he detains Rinka when her powers were lost.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The Bad Cop to Nabeshima's Good Cop.
  • Rabid Cop
  • SWAT Team: Most of the men in the taskforce. They don't do well against ESPers.
  • You Are What You Hate: He "awakens" and gets esper powers of illusion similar to The Professor.

    Merayama 

Merayama

An esper that fought Rinka at the beginning of the series, who worked under the Professor. She encounters him again later.

    Mr. Pompadour 

Mr. Pompadour

A Delinquent. He is also an esper and a professional boxer, and has the ability to make force fields.