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Characters: Umineko When They Cry 1986 Humans
This page lists the human characters of Umineko: When They Cry
in the island of Rokkenjima from the year 1986, which includes the Ushiromiya family, servants, and guests. Be warned that from here on, there are unavoidable spoilers
from Arc 2 onward.
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The protagonist and 18 year-old son of Rudolf and Asumu (but don't make him say it in red text
) and 7th in the line of succession. After Asumu died six years ago, Battler became angry with his father for remarrying Kyrie so fast and went to live with his maternal grandparents. Because of this, he's been fairly out of the loop as to the affairs of the Ushiromiya family. Often, he is teased about being similar to his father for his tendency to try to grope girls. He now has a half-sister named Ange who does not come to Rokkenjima.
After the first arc, he is trapped by Beatrice in time loops where the murders occur over and over again. In order to win, he must explain those murders rejecting the use of magic in them. At the end of Arc 5, he has figured out the truth behind Beato's game, allowing him to receive the title of Game Master and Endless Sorcerer
. In Arc 8, it is revealed that Battler survived the Rokkenjima incident, but after nearly drowning he had lost his memory and was found on the road by Ikuko Hachijo. After regaining his memory years later, he writes EP3 through EP6 with Ikuko as the mystery novelist, Tooya Hachijo.
"Uuuuuu~! Beatrice exists!"
9 year-old daughter of Rosa and ninth in the line of inheritance. She has a troubled relationship with her mother and thus became absorbed in the occult as a way to cope. Notable for her repeated catch phrase, a sort of whining ("u~~
") as well as her very creepy laugh.
Her meta-world alter-ego is Maria, the Witch of Origins.
- Agent Mulder: Firmly believes in the existence of magic and witches, and studies the occult as a hobby.
- All of the Other Reindeer: She's an outcast at school due to her Verbal Tic and how she acts much younger than she is.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Maria's behaviour tends to imply something like autism or Asperger's syndrome: she acts much younger than her nine years of age, she doesn't realize that the constant use of her Verbal Tic actually irritates other people, and she obsessively studies the occult but has little to no interest in anything else.
- Ambiguous Innocence
- Berserk Button: Don't go and tell her that Beatrice or magic don't exist. Of course, knowing that Erika takes great delight in pressing, or rather slamming the button.
- Black Magic: After Sakutaro died, her magic changed from making it rain candy to wishing for the death of her enemies.
- Book Dumb: She's explicitly stated to have done poorly in school. As she puts it, she's good at doing things she likes, but not "boring" things. Seeing what she knows about magic, she actually shows a very strong intelligence. She can also read English (and mocks the high-schooler Battler for not being able to).
- Break the Cutie: She didn't take Sakutaro's death at the hands of Rosa very well.
- Broken Record: She has a tendency to repeat one word over and over again: any word, not just her "uu" noise.
- Calling The Old Woman Out: In the fourth arc. It's not pretty.
- Casting Gag: It may not be deliberate, but in Episode 1, Maria says: "a witch I know told me that a miracle won't occur if everyone doesn't believe in it", a phrase often said by Hanyuu in Higurashi. In the anime and PS3 port, Maria ended up with the same voice actor as Hanyuu.
- Cheerful Child: When she's not being creepy.
- Child Mage
- Consulting Mr Puppet: From a mundane perspective, this is what she's really doing when talking to Sakutarou.
- Creepy Child: Though this is mainly due to having No Social Skills.
- Cute and Psycho: At times, the cutest and sweetest little girl ever. At others, the most terrifying kid you'll meet.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Cute Witch: Subverted. Maria may be cute-looking, but she is mad, bad, and dangerous when she finally snaps.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Sakutaro's death is this to Maria.
- Disappeared Dad: And he fled while her mother was pregnant, no less. To the point that Rosa ended up telling her she doesn't have a father. As a result, Maria thinks she has a Meaningful Name and is special, trying to justify the lack of a father figure in her life by believing that she's a child of God.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: The outfit she wears in the flashbacks in the fourth anime arc. Sweet Lolita, to be exact.
- Enfante Terrible: When she finally snaps, she makes decent competition for Evatrice for the title of this series' queen of the trope. Though the only time she's actually shown killing anyone is implied to either be All Just a Dream or an Indulgent Fantasy Segue.
- Evil Laugh: Kihihihihihihihi… (also her Signature Laugh). Made even more creepier by the fact that she appears to be counting the hi's, apparently imagining something happening for each one.
- Expy: She's basically a 9 year old Rena. They actually have an indirect link: a TIP reveals that the man Rosa was seeing at the time of the flashback was a guy in the fashion business called "Akihito-san". That's the guy Rena's mother divorced her father for, triggering her Hinamizawa Syndrome. Unwitting Instigator of Doom, much?
- Freudian Excuse: Was shown during EP4.
- Friendless Background
- The Gift: Maria's described as having this for magic in the fourth arc. And while she's not evil, she can certainly be creepy.
- Giggling Villain: Not a villain, but she is disturbingly prone to laughing at horrible situations.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Mainly because she likes to make her stuffed animals into Imaginary Friends.
- Hair Decorations: Her small crown, which is attached to a hair band.
- Heroic Bastard: Her parents weren't married, and her father left Rosa while she was still pregnant.
- Image Song: Happy Halloween MARIA.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Deconstructed. Maria is "pure and childlike"—which, aside from implying geniality and a loving nature (and letting her retain the imaginative power necessary for being a Creator), means that she acts a few years younger than she is, doesn't understand the concept of doubt, and has next to No Social Skills. As a result, she's bullied and rejected by her mother and her peers.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Beatrice/Sayo Yasuda.
- I Reject Your Reality: Magic exists, witches exist, Beatrice definitely exists and made her a witch. Trying to shatter her fantasy will only leave her more stubbornly resistant and dangerously resentful.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Almost immediately after Rosa destroys Sakutaro, Maria asks Beatrice to teach her magic to kill her own mother. Welcome to The Dark Side, Maria.
- Kiddie Kid: Deconstructed, since other characters point out that Maria acts quite a bit younger than her nine years of age and she's bullied at school because of it. One of Rosa's Berserk Buttons is being asked how old Maria is, since she tends to interpret the question as "is she really nine?".
- Leitmotif: Happy Maria!
- Lonely Doll Girl: Maria's favorite tactic to combat loneliness was to make her stuffed animals and other dolls into Imaginary Friends. Sakutaro was the most important one.
- Love Martyr: Maria's relationship with her mother is portrayed this way when Ange talks with her.
- Mad Dreamer: Maria sees no difference between fantasy and reality, though at least some of this is her way of coping with the troubled relationship between her and her mother.
- Metaphorically True: She never lies, but her peculiar way of thinking and formulating things can give the impression that she is lying from an adult perspective: yes, she is telling the truth when she says "Beatrice gave her the letter". It's just that to her "Beatrice" isn't defined by her physical appearance but by her behavior.
- Morality Pet: Beatrice is demonstrated to have a rather large soft spot for Maria, treating her better than she treats anyone else in the series. It's most likely because Maria is one of the few real friends Sayo Yasuda has.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Oh yes. Who else would start cracking up at magic circles apparently written in blood?
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Maria's giggling sometimes morphs into it.
- No Social Skills: As strange and borderline creepy as she can be, she's not evil—just very socially maladjusted.
- Older Than She Looks: In 1998, she's technically 21 years old, but kept her childish appearance since she's a witch/ghost/Imaginary Friend (depending on the interpretation).
- Oracular Urchin: Subverted since Sayo Yasuda had already told her about his/her plan to "open the door to the Golden Land", even though Maria doesn't fully understand the consequences.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Witch dress only.
- The Pollyanna: As long as she has Sakutaro to cheer her up, at least.
- Psycho Party Member: Treated this way in the first arc and shown to be this way in the fourth.
- Pure Is Not Good: It's more like Chaotic Neutral, as her reactions to the murders and EP4 demonstrate.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Battler's red.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Maria's name is one that is a common translation of Mary - a reference to the woman from the New Testament who gave birth to Jesus Christ. In the fourth arc, one of the TIPS speculates that Maria is one of the Creator witches, who can create something where there was previously nothing. From a mundane perspective, this means that her highly creative mind lets her create numerous Imaginary Friends.
- Played with in EP7, where it's shown that because her name has that meaning she believes that she's a child of God.
- Selective Obliviousness: Does her best not to notice that her mother isn't quite qualified for the job. In the fourth arc we see that she did notice, and what she likes to imagine in order to cope with it.
- Self-Made Orphan: During the fourth arc, though it's implied to either be All Just a Dream or an Indulgent Fantasy Segue.
- Spirit Advisor: She is either this or an Imaginary Friend to Ange, depending on how you interpret it.
- Spoiled Brat: Despite her mother's abusive tendencies, it's shown that at the same time Maria actually is a bit spoiled; Rosa will sometimes just give her what she wants to keep her from making too much of a fuss, which only goes to show how she's a less than stellar parent in more ways than one.
- Third-Person Person
- This Is Unforgivable: Shouts this repeatedly at her Abusive Mother Rosa in EP4 out of anger for killing Sakutaro in front of her before going all Ax-Crazy on her and getting revenge for him. Luckily, she's even calmer and happier when Sakutaro gets better, compliments of Ange.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Maria is a walking encyclopedia of Western occult lore. Where did a 9-year-old Japanese girl learn all this?
- Unstoppable Rage: In the middle of Episode 4, when she decides to give her mother a taste of their own medicine. Though she's probably just imagining this as a way to cope.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the anime, nobody seems to pay much attention to her ludicrously over-the-top Creepy Child moments. In the visual novels and manga, though, they react much more appropriately.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Because of her belief that all of the murders will eventually lead to everyone being resurrected in the Golden Land, Maria isn't at all concerned about her relatives being murdered, not even when her own mother dies.
- Verbal Tic: "Uu~". This is later revealed to be what she believes is a spell for happiness. It's also deconstructed to a degree; Maria's verbal tic frequently irritates her mother, who will even hit her for saying it too much, and it's said to be one of the reasons why she's bullied and friendless at school. Interestingly, her witch incarnation MARIA (at least the one envisionned by Ange) doesn't say it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Anime only; at the end of the fourth arc, she isn't seen or mentioned again after going to her "test". In the VN and manga, Battler finds her the day after in the dining room, lying dead as if sleeping besides her mother, probably poisoned.
- White Magic: Most of her spells were harmless at first.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She is something of a subversion. Her way of thinking can seem absurdly innocent and naive, yet she has a deeper insight on life than any 7 to 9 year old girl should have.
"People are capable of creating another part of themselves inside themselves at any time. A part that they can truly like."
18 year-old daughter of Krauss and Natsuhi and fifth in the line of succession. Jessica has a lot of pressure put on her by Natsuhi, being the first heir after Kinzo's sons and daughters (although technically her future husband will become the head and not her). She falls in love with Kanon. In the alternate world shown in EP7 she is no longer the first heir of the cousins, with her older sibling Lion being the first in line of succession instead.
"Marriage means becoming your wife's ally for your entire life. From the moment I did that, I was prepared to have the whole world as my enemy."
23 year-old son of Eva and Hideyoshi, George is sixth in the line of succession. He has been working as a junior worker at his father's company, but hopes to eventually be able to own his own business. He falls in love with Shannon against his mother's wishes. Being in his twenties, he is by far the oldest of the four cousins, and tends to serve as an older-brother figure to the others. He's very good with young children.
- Always Save the Girl: In EP4, he chooses to save himself and Shannon in exchange of sacrificing everyone else on the island, since almost his entire family would have been against their Inter-Class Romance anyway and he believes that marrying someone means struggling to be together until the end, even if that means making the entire world your enemy.
- Arranged Marriage: Eva was trying to arrange an omiai for George. He wasn't particularly interested and got incredibly sheepish as soon as she brought it up.
- Badass Creed: See the above quote.
- Barrier Warrior: Using softer light than Shannon. His adds the force of any attacks aimed at him to his own attacks, rather than just plain repelling the enemy.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Battler's Veronica and Sayo Yasuda's Archie.
- Big Brother Mentor
- Calling The Old Woman Out: In Episode 6, he finally tells his mother he's proposed to Shannon, and is willing to leave the family rather than lose her. Eva doesn't take it well.
- Chastity Couple: With Shannon.
- The Conscience: Usually winds up playing a supporting role to Battler here.
- Don't Call Me Sir: He tells Shannon to stop calling him "George-sama".
- Entitled to Have You: George confesses that he used to be this sort of guy, assuming he should be more popular with women because he "treated them well" and that he wasn't because they have bad taste in men and prefer jerks. He hit a turning point when he realized that Battler was getting more attention from Shannon and other girls not because he was a rude punk, but rather because he was an outgoing and genuine guy who didn't put up a "Nice Guy" front simply to win over girls. George admits in hindsight that his past behavior was pretty douchey and entitled, and he'd rather forget he was ever like that.
- Ephebophile: A mild example, but Shannon was supposedly 14 (actually 17, due to Sayo Yasuda's age being lowered by three years when first put to work) when he started dating her (he was 21). And he was interested in her way before that.
- Extremity Extremist: Fights only with kicks, in contrast to Jessica.
- Gentleman and a Scholar
- Green-Eyed Monster: He admits to Shannon in EP7 that he was jealous of Battler when they were kids because he was so close to Shannon. When he finally proposes to her though, he realizes how childish his envy is toward Battler. In the end, it turns out he wasn't mistaken to doubt of the strength of Shannon/Sayo's feelings for him and how Battler's return would affect their engagement.
- Image Song: Love Declaration, and the lyrics are a little… disturbing. They don't say "I love you" so much as "You are mine".
- Inter-Class Romance: With Shannon. Subverted though, as Sayo is actually the head of the family.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Second arc, when he tries to fulfil Shannon's Last Request to tell her one more time that he loves her. He's killed by Beatrice before he can finish but since Beatrice and Shannon are the same person, it was in fact Sayo Yasuda who killed him.
- Kung-Fu Wizard
- Loving a Shadow: Quite literally. He loves Shannon because he sees her as a lovely domestic and shy young lady. That's just the character Sayo Yasuda created; Shannon's real self is very far from that.
- Marry for Love: He says that it makes no sense to marry someone you don't love.
- Meaningful Name: In Kanji, "譲治" is written with the characters for "yuzuru" (to transmit, to hand over) and "osameru" (to rule, to govern). If Kinzō gave him this name, it might be a coincidence. If Eva did, considering that she wanted George to be the next head because she couldn't… probably not.
- Nice Guy: Played with: he used to be one in the most unflattering sense possible, which Shannon teases him about even now. He's now closer to the genuine article, though probably not as much as he thinks; some of the things he says and does, like his inner thoughts about how he enjoys "playing with Shannon's feelings" as much as he likes and his proposal to her in EP1 ("Accept this ring, that's an order"), still tend to come across as condescending.
- The Power of Love: George invokes this trope in the fourth arc when he and Gaap fight. Unfortunately, that doesn't help him win.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jessica's red. More cultured and composed and more traditionnal in his view of love.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Has these whenever he gets serious.
- Second Love: For Shannon. She started to date him once she finally got over Battler. Or at least tried to. "Shannon" indeed managed to move on, but Sayo still loves Battler and no matter how much s/he loves George or Jessica, s/he just can't forget about Battler.
- Self-Made Orphan: Sixth arc, sorta. It was only one. He only killed his mother, not his father.
- Shout-Out: His Palette Swap in Ougon Musou Kyouku looks like Peter White without rabbit ears just solidifying the possibility of him being a Yandere.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: When he fights Gaap in EP4, he reveals that he learned martial arts from Eva.
- Took a Level in Badass: Similar to Jessica.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His proposing to Shannon probably caused the murders as much as Battler's "sin of six years ago", putting quite a dark twist on Shannon's claim that now that she's received a wedding ring, her life is complete and she can die without regrets (because things would have gotten much more complicated after the wedding).
- The Wise Prince: Amply demonstrated in his lectures on leadership in Ep 4 and 6, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses and levels in badassery.
- Yandere: EP 4 and 6 raise some major red flags that he may be one.
"Money is the crystallization of everything in this world. If you cannot grasp that then you cannot grasp the world! If a life cannot strongly grasp this world, it doesn't deserve to live!"
The head of the family, Kinzo is expected to die soon, given his fairly poor health. He is suggested from the beginnning of the series to be mentally unstable, having devoted all of his time to black magic in his study. He is obsessed with reviving the Golden Witch, who claims that she gave him his entire fortune. Adopts the name Goldsmith in the fourth arc, when he shows his powers as a magician.
Arc 4 reveals that he has been dead more than a year before the start time of all games, except for Arcs 7 and 8
. Arc 7 reveals the truth behind his obsession with Beatrice: During World War II, he met and fell in love with Beatrice Castiglioni, the daughter of an Italian official, and he built a hidden mansion for her to live in after the war. However, she died after giving birth to their illegitimate daughter Beatrice II, and as she grew older Kinzo began to delude himself into believing that Beatrice II was her mother's reincarnation; so much so, in fact, that he eventually raped her, making her pregnant with yet another illegitimate child.
First successor to Kinzo's fortune, father of Jessica, and husband of Natsuhi. He has poor intuition for investment, and so has squandered a lot of the Ushiromiya family's wealth on failed projects. He is largely resented by his siblings
for being very manipulative.
- Bound and Gagged: Apparently done to him in the fifth arc (well, bound, anyway), as part of a ploy to frame Natsuhi for the murders that occur.
- The Dutiful Son
- Genius Ditz: While certaily not a genius, he is is frequently shown to be very perceptive, which becomes apparent as early as Episode 2, when he is able to notice small changes in Shannon's mood and behavior. Apparently, he can also tell when Natsuhi is experiencing headaches by the way she wrinkles her forehead.◊
- Horrible Judge of Character: Even after he gets swindled, he's still singing the praises of a few of the swindlers.
- I Know Boxing: And I can down a goat-monster twice my size if he raises enough loser flags.
- Inadequate Inheritor: And he's all too aware of it, which puts a huge amount of pressure on him. His arrogant attitude mostly comes from this.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He knows full well that he's not the best person to be head of the family, but he deals with this by acting arrogant and lording it over his siblings.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Episode 5, he offered to divorce Natsuhi so that she and Jessica wouldn't have to suffer from the fall of the Ushiromiya family.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Introduced as not much more than a manipulative jerk to his siblings as well as being sexist towards his wife and sisters, but in arcs three and four, he shows a much softer side with a Pet the Dog moment or two. For all the sexist attitude he can show when he's upset, he really does care about his family.
- Manipulative Bastard: He shows this very effectively in the first arc, where he successfully turns the tables around in his negotiation with the other parents. However, later arcs show that he isn't quite so smart in other areas.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Natsuhi were forced to get married as a reconciliation of her family's debts to Kinzo. They have their problems, but they really love each other.
- Pet the Dog: In episode 17 of the anime he laments that due to being Kinzo's successor he was never as nice to his siblings (especially Eva) as he should have been. Cue Eva-Beatrice strangling him and Natsuhi. Despite his sexist attitude towards Natsuhi, later arcs also show him displaying a softer side towards her.
- Punched Across the Room: In the fourth arc Krauss literally punches a goat man so hard it ends up falling right on top of Virgilia.
- Sleeping Single: He and Natsuhi are shown to sleep in separate rooms.
- Straw Misogynist
- Stay in the Kitchen: Alienated Eva and Rosa with sexism when they were younger and he was competing with Eva over the headship qualifications. Much later, he refuses to let Natsuhi have anything to do with the family funds until it's too late to get out of the hole he dug himself into—very unfortunately for him, as she's got all the common sense.
- Upper-Class Twit: He seems like a good guy, but lacks any business sense whatsoever.
- Verbal Tic: In Japanese, he seems to punctuate every question with "ka ne?"
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Gotta feel sorry for the poor idiot to some extent. Although he was the heir apparent, Kinzo never really had any faith in him (for good reason) to begin with, and so he was struggling for Kinzo's approval just like Eva. The only difference is that Eva actually deserved it.
Second in the line of inheritance and George's mother. She has a lot of resentment against her older brother, Krauss, and has a rivalry with his wife, Natsuhi. She is also the wife of Hideyoshi. In order to keep her placement in the line of successors, she married Hideyoshi and had him adopt the name of "Ushiromiya".
In the meta-world, Eva-Beatrice
is the manifestation of all the theories which place her as the culprit of the Rokkenjima incident. In Arc 3, it is revealed that in the Bad Future
Ange comes from she survives the Rokkenjima incident and becomes Ange's caretaker while becoming the head of the Ushiromiya corporate. In Arcs 7 and 8, it turns out that she intentionally painted herself as the culprit while hiding the Book of the Single Truth — her diary which contains the truth of what happened in Rokkenjima
Husband of Kyrie and father of Battler and Ange, Rudolf is third in the line of succession. He's an admitted philanderer. His relationship with Battler has been strained since his first wife, Asumu's, death, due to his quick remarriage to Kyrie.
In EP7 and EP8 of the manga, he, along with Kyrie, turns out to be the culprit for the murders in the real world
. The Sound Novel on the other hand leaves this ambigious, presenting it only as yet another theory.
"I'm sorry for having been such a bad Mama..."
Mother of Maria and fourth in the line of succession. Although Battler describes her as a calming figure, her relationship with Maria is very troubled.
"Without fail, I will protect all of the Ushiromiya family's honor and glory!"
Mother of Jessica and wife of Krauss, she is ninth in the line of succession. Natsuhi is under a lot of pressure, since it is her and Krauss's responsibility to take care of both Kinzo and the house, and yet she married into the Ushiromiya family, putting her at a fairly low rank on the hierarchy. She gave birth to Jessica after twelve years of being unable to have a child, a fact that Eva attempted to take advantage of.
In Arc 5, it is revealed that Kinzo gave her a child to adopt when she couldn't give birth to a heir. Out of anger and resentment, she pushed a servant holding the child off a cliff
. In an alternate world shown in Arc 7 where she accepted the child
, she becomes the mother of two children, Lion and Jessica.
- Anime Hair: Her lower/head hair and her upper/ponytail hair are noticeably different shades of brown. In the novels, the ponytail actually seems to fade to red.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult the Ushiromiya family name, head, her husband, or her own standing in the family honorably given to her by Kinzo, even if the last one isn't true.
- Break the Haughty: Natsuhi is oftentimes far too proud for her own good. The whole fifth arc is one long Trauma Conga Line for her.
- Butt Monkey: In addition to Break the Haughty and Trauma Conga Line above, she gets verbally abused by Eva in EP1 to the point that she ends up running away in tears. She is also one of the first to go in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh games. She was actually the first person to die when the real life massacre started, and it was entirely by accident. To add insult to injury, despite her brave attempts to take charge in the first arc by wielding a gun and challenging Beatrice to a duel, the manga reveals that her gun wasn't even loaded and she didn't even know enough about guns to be able to tell. Suffice to say, Natsuhi is the series punching bag alongside Rosa.
- Classy Cravat
- Dead Person Conversation: A few with Kinzo, although it's implied that it's because she snapped to a certain extent after Kinzo's death, rather than it being a genuine conversation with a ghost.
- Duel to the Death: In EP1.
- Education Mama: Not shown in as much detail as Eva, but it's still apparent that Natsuhi is very strict with Jessica when it comes to her studies, as well as just about everything else in her daughter's life.
- Etiquette Nazi: She forces Jessica and Krauss to be sharply dressed even in the mansion's corridors. Which is, you know, their house.
- Extreme Doormat: Ultimately averted. In the first half of the series she seems to be completely obedient to her husband and always support him whatever he does or says. In the fifth novel though, she shows she can chew him out hard when his stupidity has obviously gone through the roof.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time in the first novel, due to her chronic headaches.
- Family Honor: She's dedicated to upholding the Ushiromiya family's honor, even though she's technically not part of the family by blood and isn't even allowed to wear the One-Winged Eagle crest on her clothes like the other relatives.
- Forgiven But Not Forgotten: In EP8, Sayo/Beatrice forgives her for throwing him/her off the cliff, saying s/he has tormented her long enough. S/he will never forget that Natsuhi is responsible for his/her miserable life, but as long as she regrets what she did to him/her, s/he won't hold any grudge against her.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her dress is primarily purple and she's quite feminine, mature, and lady-like. Well… usually.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: And with all the stress Natsuhi has to deal with, you'd be a little high-strung too.
- Honor Before Reason
- Honor-Related Abuse: Because the child Kinzo gave her to raise served as a constant reminder of her failure to produce an heir herself, she pushed a servant holding the child off a cliff.
- Impoverished Patrician: Natsuhi's birth family.
- I Reject Your Reality: Believes to the very end that Kinzo loves and supports her as his daughter, even though there's no evidence he ever acknowledged her in any way.
- I Wished You Were Dead: Her exposition about the child from 19 years ago indicates this trope in action.
- Keigo: She speaks very formally almost all of the time (even using the pronoun "watakushi"). More so than all of the other adults. But given that she's a Yamato Nadeshiko (or at least she's trying to be one even though she falls short at times, that is), this is only to be expected.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Feeds into succession tensions, as she and Krauss couldn't conceive a kid for twelve years.
- Leitmotif: Discolor in Episode 5, aka the "Natsuhi's life falling apart" theme.
- Mama Bear: Kumasawa refers to Natsuhi as this trope by name in the first arc. She tries to invoke it against Beato to protect Jessica, but it horribly fails. The manga reveals she had no idea that the gun she was carrying throughout the arc wasn't even loaded, since Sayo removed the bullets beforehand.
- Meaningful Name: Her name can be translated as "summer princess". Her favorite season is fall, though.
- Motherly Side Plait: Displays an odd variation after Jessica's birth, since hers is held in a high ponytail. This somewhat expresses her sternness despite genuinely loving her family.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: In Episode 5 she briefly mentions that she has some experience with a naginata, having been raised in a family of Shinto priests.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: With Eva.
- Offing the Offspring: Erika suggests that she did this to Jessica in the fifth arc, though it's later proven false. However, she did push a servant holding the baby Kinzo gave her to raise off a cliff, due to the child reminding her of her failure to give birth to an heir.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Despite being essentially forced to marry him and both of them having their own issues, she and Krauss really do care about each other.
- Perpetual Frowner: A rare female example. She is very often seen with a prominent frown on her face to underscore her serious and responsible personality.
- Pride: Her Fatal Flaw is that she can let her desire to uphold the honor of her husband and the Ushiromiya family as a whole get the best of her.
- Sanity Slippage: Poor woman seems to have somewhat lost track of reality after Kinzo's death.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: A G-rated version: Kinzo forced Natsuhi into marrying Krauss as a reconciliation of her family's debts to him.
- Sleeping Single: For all her dedication to Krauss, they sleep in separate rooms.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Krauss repeatedly shuts Natsuhi up. Unfortunately this isn't to his benefit, since she basically runs the house and has much more common sense than he does (at least when she isn't letting her emotions get the better of her) while he squanders their money on poorly thought-out business ventures.
- Stepford Smiler: Natsuhi's goal is similar, although she seems to have some trouble with the "smiler" part.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because Natsuhi pushed a servant holding her adoptive child off a cliff in her fit of anger, the child would grow up to lead a lonely, almost friendless life as a servant with body/gender issues thanks to the injuries s/he suffered from the fall.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Natsuhi is this to Kinzo, her father-in-law, as she loves him very much and desperately wants his approval. In EP5, however, Bernkastel tells her in red that Kinzo never thought she was good enough.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: She insists that Jessica act more refined and ladylike instead of feisty and tomboyish.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Tries her hardest to be this, and has quite a few characteristics that match, but she ultimately has too much of a Hair-Trigger Temper to fully play it straight. She'd probably fit the archetype better if she hadn't married into a Big Screwed-Up Family that constantly heaps pressure on her.
"Would ya give it a rest, Eva?"
Father of George and husband of Eva, he is tenth in the line of succession. He owns a successful restaurant chain and is a fairly cheerful and sociable man. He was married into Eva's family and took on her family name on a technicality.
"Flip the chessboard around."
The business partner and second wife of Rudolf. Kyrie is Ange's mother and Battler's stepmother (or so she thinks
). She is dead last on the chain of succession as far as is known (there is confusion over Maria's father). She is known to have a very strong "flip-the-chessboard" mentality about how to tackle problems, and indeed, seems to have inspired Battler's own.
She was actually in a relationship with Rudolf before Asumu was and is intensely jealous of her, not just for having married Rudolf first, but also for having had a child early: although Kyrie was also pregnant at the time (as the result of an affair with Rudolf
), the pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. She overall has a good relationship with Battler, although she privately resents him as well, since had her own child lived, they may have had Battler's position.
While the VN only presents it as another theory, the manga opts to make it the definite truth that she and Rudolf are the culprits in the real world.
In both VN and manga it is also revealed in EP8 that Battler is her biological son, who was Switched at Birth with Asumu's child by Rudolf at birth to keep his affair with Kyrie a secret
Servants and guests
"George-san and I swore our love to each other. As proof, I accepted the ring... With that, our eternal vows were completed! No matter how you torture us with your wicked magic and your malice, you cannot disgrace that for all eternity!"
One of the servants in the Ushiromiya mansion. She is a very sweet and shy girl who shares Kanon's belief in their being furniture within the Ushiromiya household. Despite that, though, she actively cultivates a relationship with George.She, Kanon and Beatrice are the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda.
- Adapted Out: Not really an "adaptation", but she isn't included in Forgery of the Purple Logic.
- Artificial Human: According to an anti-mystery perspective. From an anti-fantasy perspective, it's subverted: the reason why Shannon doesn't consider herself human is because her real self Sayo Yasuda has injuries from when he/she fell off the cliff that damaged his/her sexual organs. As a result, Sayo believes he/she has "a body that can't love" and that this makes him/her practically subhuman (which is why Shannon and Kanon refer to themselves as "furniture" and believe that they don't deserve to be loved).
- Aside Glance: If she wins on Ougon Musoukyouku against anybody but Kanon, Shannon will do this, after setting a small mat on the floor, and setting a small picnic with cake and tea, as if acknowledging how ridiculous it is for her to be winning against anybody.
- Barrier Warrior
- Beware the Silly Ones: Shannon in general is underestimated by the Meta-Character due to her status of being a simple maid whose only powers are defensive in nature, yet in all the times she actually is able to fight back she has been able to hold back her attackers reasonably well, culminating in EP6 where she kills Witch!Maria and Sakutarou without breaking a sweat.
- Big Sister Instinct: Just as Kanon is protective of her, Shannon is very protective of him and encourages him to get into a relationship with Jessica and break out of his shell. That's why she's disgusted with Beatrice in the second arc for using his body when he's already dead to kill more people. Also she prefers to die with Kanon than have him suffer a gruesome death in EP3.
- However, subverted in EP6 where she outright tells Kanon that as long as he doesn't get in the way of her love for George, he'll be fine. Cue to the end of the arc where they have a Duel to the Death and she kills Kanon because his love for Jessica wasn't strong enough. Of course, in the end, that was all a representation of Sayo Yasuda's internal struggle - Sayo believes that in order to be with George, his/her "ugly" Kanon self which hides all of his/her bitterness and pessimism must "die" since George wants a shy, docile and optimistic wife, not a bitter, pessimistic Sayo.
- Boobs of Steel: In the fighting game spin-off Ougon Musou Kyoku, Shannon has the highest health out of all the female characters and the second highest overall. Only Ronove, another defensive character but more close-range and counterattack oriented, edges her out. Of course, considering that her breasts are actually fake, this is a subversion.
- Cute Bookworm: Becomes an important plot point. The very thing that made her closer to Battler 6 years ago was their shared love of mystery novels, and it's implied she got her ideas of closed room murders from the mystery novels Kumasawa gave to her.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Ryukishi said in an interview "How scary must it be, to be told that your partner "wants children", when you have a body that cannot make love." referring to how Shannon is unable to have sex due to Sayo Yasuda's badly damaged sexual organs. Not surprising Shannon got nervous when George begun talking about them having children after getting married.
- Chastity Couple: With George. They are already engaged, but they are never shown to do anything other than hold hands and hug. If they were more physically intimate, Shannon would be in a lot of trouble.
- Chewing the Scenery: Has her moments in the fighting games, mainly due to the fact that half of everyone's moves are weird references to the novels. For example, in context, you probably thought the line was fine, but "I KEPT MY PROMISE, LADY BEATRICE!!!"
- The Chick
- Childhood Friends: With Jessica, to whom she is also The Confidant, since she is the only girl close to her age on the island. This is despite the fact that Natsuhi had forbidden her daughter for interacting too much with the servants.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Not exactly marriage, but Battler promised to Shannon that he would "come back to take her away on a white horse". She remembered it and waited desperately. Unfortunately, Battler didn't seriously mean it, so he didn't return to the island for six years due to his family issues and completely forgot about her. This is his "sin of six years ago" and the straw that broke the camel's back for Sayo, who loses all hope for a better life and plans the murders.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: When upset and flustered, she will instantly take several levels in clumsiness, which tend to get progressively more severe until she's rendered completely ineffectual. Of course, this tends to get her in a lot of trouble with Natsuhi, poor girl.
- Deal with the Devil: The second arc opens by stating that she made a deal with Beatrice that she would break a mirror at the shrine that disappeared if Beatrice would make George fall in love with her. This represents the moment Sayo Yasuda starts testing the bomb by blowing up the shrine with a single load, making her resolve to kill everyone and create the catbox where Shannon could be loved by George.
- Driven to Suicide: Most likely the case in Episode 2 and 4, which is confirmed in the manga.
- Duel to the Death: In EP6.
- Fake Boobs: By Word of God, and later shown explicitly in the manga.
- Fighting Clown: In Ougon Musoukyouku Shannon is a joke. On most of her stage intro she trips face-in and her normal attack involves attacking with girly slaps and things like carpet beaters, yet Shannon is still about as effective as anybody else, using her shields and her normals long range to keep the enemy away from her, playing more defensively that most characters.
- First Love: She was this for Battler. His Second Love is Beatrice, but since Shannon and Beatrice are one and the same then it makes things a bit more complicated.
- Foreshadowing: During her very first scene in the VN, it's mentioned that she has worked for the family for 10 years, and since she was 6 years old, making her 16 years old. Yet, she acts like she is a few years older than Kanon, even though he is also 16. In Episode 7, we learn that Genji faked Sayo Yasuda's age to not raise suspicion from Natsuhi, making Shannon 16, but she's actually 19.
- Fragile Flower
- The Gadfly: Much more subtle about it than most examples because of her Fragile Flower nature, but she tends to pick on Jessica regarding her lack of a boyfriend, and on George and Battler about their embarrassing pasts especially whenever her true self, Sayo, resurfaces.
- Gag Boobs: While she was already well-endowed in the original visual novel (which Battler lampshades), her breasts are definitely treated this way in the anime and manga. In Ougon Musoukyoku she's the only character with an animated Meta-Declaration, for obvious reasons. It turns out that this is invoked by Shannon herself, since Word of God and the manga have revealed that her breasts are actually fake.
- The Gunslinger: Kanon outright states in EP6 that Shannon was always the better of two when it came to handling guns.
- Heroic Safe Mode: In EP7, she basically short-circuits briefly when Will asks her to get Kanon, complete with robotic voice, Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble, and Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: In Ougon Musoukyouku Shannon can pull out carpet-beaters, pulling carts, mats, serving trays, seagull feed, umbrellas and endless supplies of tea sets to drop out of nowhere, unlike Virgilia, who clearly uses magic to make her weapons appear.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me
- I Just Want to Be Loved
- Imaginary Friend: Shannon was originally created by Sayo Yasuda as an imaginary friend and an embodiment of the perfect servant that Sayo wished to be, his/her role model. Later Sayo decided to be a witch instead and created the Beatrice persona, but Shannon eventually became the main personality that Sayo presented to everyone else.
- Inter-Class Romance: With George. The main obstacle to George and Shannon's romance was the fact that she is a servant to the Ushiromiya family, while he is a member of that very wealthy family. Subverted, since Sayo Yasuda is the true head of the family.
- Ironic Name: Her real name Sayo can be pronounced as "Shaddai", the goddess of fertility. Which is ironic since Sayo Yasuda cannot have sex, let alone children.
- I Will Wait for You: She resolved to do this for Battler, who had promised to take her away from Rokkenjima on a white horse and live their lives together. Unfortunately he forgot about this promise, not only because of the whole situation with Rudolf remarrying too soon and Battler deciding to leave the family because of it, but also because he didn't even take it as seriously as she did. After Battler wrote letters for everyone except Shannon, Shannon had a breakdown and decided to give her love for Battler to Beatrice and pursue a romance with George instead.
- Japanese Christian: Especially shown in Episode 7, where she mentions several times that "God must be testing her".
- Last Request: In the second arc when Beatrice has broken through Shannon's shield, Shannon turns to George and asks him to tell her one last time how much he loves her. He starts, but is cut off when Beatrice kills him. In reality, it was Sayo Yasuda (who is both Shannon and Beatrice) who killed him.
- Leitmotif: The very cute and peaceful Praise.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She manages to kill Maria precisely because rather than attacking her, she's "defending herself"... it's only incidental that Maria winds up smashed against the wall in the process.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Beatrice's dark. Of course, both are just different sides to Sayo Yasuda.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Kanon.
- Love Hurts: Mostly because no matter how much she may love and be loved by George, she would have to reveal herself as furniture to him sooner or later.
- Luminescent Blush
- Many Spirits Inside of One: A mundane example; she's one of quite a few people inside Sayo Yasuda, but they're all "characters" s/he created and not actual people.
- Meaningful Name: Shannon's (real) name can be read as 3, 4. This could hint towards her being one of Sayo's personas.
- Meido: Her outfit is actually pretty tame (her skirt is to her knees, even!), but the fetishization aspect smacks you in the face once you realize there's a slit in that skirt that totally bares her thigh, showing off her one-winged bird tat.
- Nightmare Fetishist: We start getting hints that she's more than she seems way at the beginning of EP2, with such gems as the fact that her idea of "cute" runs towards hammerhead sharks.
- Not So Weak
- Odd Name Out: While she has a "on" like the other servants, she's the only one who was given a Western name.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Shannon's real name is Sayo, but the only one who ever calls her that is George. When she became a servant for the Ushiromiya family, her name was changed to end in the Japanese character for sound (音), read as on/non/ne. In fact, when she's ever referred to as "Sayo" in-story and it isn't George speaking, the narration is most likely referring to Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda the culprit rather than his/her facade "Shannon".
- Pinocchio Syndrome: To a lesser extent than Kanon, but she still expresses a desire to stop being furniture and become a human being in order to live happily ever after with George. However, like Kanon, this is not in a literal sense.
- The Pollyanna: In contrast to Kanon, Shannon always keeps trying to see the bright side of things and believe in a happily ever after with George, despite being furniture.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Kanon's blue, although it depends on the situation. Whenever love or Beatrice are involved, she's the calm and serene one, lecturing Kanon.
- She Is All Grown Up: Battler notices how beautiful she has become after six years and tries to grope her large breasts, nearly exposing them as Fake Boobs.
- Shipper on Deck: For Jessica and Kanon. She usually encourages Kanon to accept his feelings for Jessica and try to make a progress in his relationship with her, although he keeps insisting that's impossible because he's furniture. Of course, this is actually Sayo Yasuda trying to be honest with him/herself about his/her feelings for Jessica, despite his/her broken body and his/her relationship with George.
- Shrinking Violet: Played straight at the beginning but by EP 6 it's an obvious subversion.
- Sleeping Single: She and George once went on a trip to Okinawa all alone, but slept in separate bedrooms, much to Jessica's disappointment. If they had slept in the same room, their relationship would have come into serious jeopardy since George would have seen Shannon/Sayo Yasuda's mutilated sexual organs (not to mention the heavy implication that Sayo is in fact biologically male).
- Star-Crossed Lovers: As revealed by EP7, with Battler. When waiting for him became too painful, she gave her love for Battler to Beatrice and afterwards pursued a relationship with George instead.
- Talking to Themself: With Kanon and Beatrice.
- Three Aliases One Character
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Jessica's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Badass: In EP1, she's fairly close to the stereotypical maid archetype; timid, kind, polite... cue EP2 when she's utterly determined to be with George at all costs and stands up to Beatrice though this really represents two different aspects of Sayo Yasuda's personality arguing with one another. She takes another one or two in EP6, where she kills Witch!Maria with a minimum of fuss using Lethal Harmless Powers, and later shoots Kanon dead in a duel.
- Tranquil Fury: Her character sprite doesn't allow her to show anything but an expression that shows disgust but never outright anger like Kanon's sprite.
"Because… we are furniture…"
One of the servants in the Ushiromiya mansion. He maintains the belief that he and Shannon are nothing but furniture, which initially hinders him from having a relationship with Jessica. He and Shannon act like brother and sister, although they are not related by blood.He, Shannon and Beatrice are the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda
. Arc 8 confirms in red text that if Shannon dies, Kanon disappears for all eternity, heavily reinforcing this fact
Voiced by: Masato Funaki
"The Master is a man who sometimes has the wisdom to see a thousand years into the future. However, there are times when that appears to be nothing more than madness to commoners such as myself..."
The oldest servant and Kinzo's most trusted confidante. The only one besides Dr. Nanjo usually let into Kinzo's study. Most of the family doesn't trust him, considering him to be a spy for Kinzo.
His meta-world manifestation is Ronove
- Artificial Human: Same as Shannon and Kanon. Subverted, since from a mundane perspective he and Kinzo actually met in Taiwan (it's revealed in EP8 that Genji is in fact Taiwanese) and became close friends; see I Owe You My Life below.
- The Atoner: In Episode 7, we learn that he was responsible for the maintenance of Beatrice II's Gilded Cage. Unable to forgive himself for allowing her to be abused by her father, and terrified that Kinzo would inflict the same suffering on Sayo, he faked Sayo's death and passed the child off as an orphan. Alas making Sayo work as a servant in the Ushiromiya estate just in the hope that she and Kinzō could be reunited one day was yet another mistake.
- Childhood Friends: With Kinzo. EP8 reveals that they grew up together in Taiwan.
- The Confidant: To Kinzō.
- Extreme Doormat: When Sayo Yasuda asked him if he would still help him/her even if s/he plans to execute a Murder-Suicide with the entire family, he said that he would help him/her to the best of his abilities even then.
- Happiness in Slavery: While Shannon and Kanon thoroughly hate their condition, Genji is just satisfied with serving his master until his death, and doesn't wish for anything else.
- Image Song: A Song of Scattered Love ~ My Beloved Golden Witch, which is shared with Kinzo.
- I Owe You My Life: Episode 8 reveals this is why he's loyal to Kinzo. He and Kinzo were Childhood Friends. Kinzo foresaw the political climate in Taiwan getting bad, so he warned his family. Genji was the only one to listen.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The EP8 manga reveals that yes, he really was◊. (That's him in the middle of the panel.)
- The Jeeves
- Knife Nut: Most instances of him defending himself involve throwing knives. Not completely clear whether he carries these around or if he's an Improvised Weapon User, but to manage some of the things he does, it makes sense that he has some experience with them. The Episode 7 manga also confirms that he was the one who killed Nanjō and Kumasawa in Episode 2.
- My Master, Right or Wrong
- Old Retainer
- One Steve Limit: "Ronoue" and "Ronove" are more-or-less the same word (ロノウエ versus ロノウェ). This is most likely because Sayo based Ronove off of Genji.
- Parental Substitute: He served as a distant father figure to Sayo.
- Satellite Character: To Kinzo, and later to Sayo.
- The Stoic: To near robotic levels. Even having half of his head smashed doesn't change his (non-)expression. Kinzo, his lifelong partner, admits that even he can't see through Genji's pokerface.
- Undying Loyalty: To "The Master". Which doesn't necessarily refer to Kinzō.
- Unusual Euphemism: Like Shannon and Kanon, he refers to himself as "furniture", but as the manga indicates, the word has a different meaning to him than it has to them: it symbolizes the loyalty, efficiency and discretion that he considers a servant should have. During the hide-and-seek game, Eva and Ange can't find him because they literally confuse him with a piece of furniture.
Voiced by: Yasuko Hatori
A really old servant at the Ushiromiya house. She loves to make jokes about mackerel. She also served as guardian to Kuwadorian Beatrice, and a mother-figure to Sayo, introducing him/her to mystery novels.
Her meta-world manifestation is Virgilia
- Cool Old Lady
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: She often talks about making various weird dishes with mackerel. Whether she really tries to make them is unknown though.
- Dirty Old Woman
- Lovable Coward: Moreso in the sound novels.
- Magical Nanny: To Sayo, in a sense; she used folk magic as a basis for instruction, which encouraged mystical thinking.
- Mentor Archetype: To Sayo, involving mystery novels.
- Never Mess with Granny: When Kumasawa is attacked by the Stakes on the first twilight in the third arc, she turns into Virgilia. Doesn't stop her from dying, though.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Quite an odd one. Rather than a "oooooh-ho-ho-ho-ho!", Yasuko Hatori does it as a rapid-fire "hohohohoho!"
- Parental Substitute: To Shannon, Kanon, and Sayo, which is kind of jarring considering they're all the same person. She also served as this to Beatrice II, after her mother's Death by Childbirth.
- The Slacker
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mackerel
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kumasawa calls Battler out on some of his less than admirable behavior towards the Chick Beatrice in EP6.
Voiced by: Hitori Bifu
"You can easily make a good dish out of top-quality ingredients. But a true chef is someone who can make a wonderful dish from anything."
The head chef at the Ushiromiya mansion. Unlike the other servants, he was hired by Krauss, and so most of the servants distrust him. He is also one of the only servants not to wear the one-winged eagle on his clothes, due to Kinzo's lack of trust in him.
- Attention Whore: Much to the annoyance of Kanon and Shannon.
- Break the Haughty
- Gentle Giant: Although he's a very large man, he is very graceful and polite, if a bit lazy.
- The Jeeves: A special point is made of this in respect to Gohda.
- Jerkass: Towards Kannon and Shannon.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In EP5, we find out he's the only person living on the island who doesn't know that Kinzo is dead.
- Muggle: His case is pretty unique among the people on the island, when you think about it. He doesn't know about Kinzō's death, nor about Sayo/Beatrice, has no Imaginary Friend or Split Personality, never teams up with magical beings and has no connection to magic whatsoever. He is just a cook who does his job. See above.
- Supreme Chef
Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi
Kinzo's personal physician. He is one of the few people that Kinzo trusts in the present, or at least when Kinzo was still alive.
After Kinzo and Beatrice's run-in with the Italians, it was Nanjo who treated their wounds and helped Kinzo hide Beatrice's existence from the military.
- The Coroner: His main purpose in the story is to let the characters and the audience know that characters who are killed are in fact dead. Of course, sometimes he's not entirely honest about this.
- Deadly Doctor: In Forgery of the Purple Logic.
- Healthcare Motivation: Possibly. He mentions that he has an ill granddaughter just before EVA-Beatrice kills him in Episode 3. This may or may not be part of the reason he covers for Sayo even after the murders start.
- I Have a Family: Nanjo's plea to Eva-Beatrice before she kills him.
- Satellite Character: Nanjo's role in some of the early arcs seemed to comprised completely of having Cryptic Conversations with Kinzo and letting everyone know that the corpses they had found were, indeed, dead.
- Secret Keeper: Initially, he is the one who kept the secret of Beatrice Castiglioni's existence from the military. And later, of Kinzō's death.