Characters: Umineko When They Cry 1998 Humans
Starting from the end of the third arc, Umineko: When They Cry
introduces characters from the year 1998 which are observing the game board of Rokkenjima, 1986. These characters cannot interfere directly with the game board, but help put into perspective the effects of the events on the island on the future. Naturally, major spoilers
for the third arc onward.
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Battler's half-sister (actually his full sister).
She was only six in 1986, and didn't go to Rokkenjima with the rest of her family due to flu. The one we see has grown up in a world where everyone except Eva died in the Rokkenjima incident
. She started to learn some magic from Maria. After the third arc, she becomes Ange-Beatrice and in a deal with Bernkastel, agrees to travel back to 1986 Rokkenjima in order to change the events to make it so that everyone does make it back. She later on serves as Featherine's miko, which for the most part consists of reading Featherine the stories of Rokkenjima.
- Action Girl: Heck, she doesn't even need her magic to beat down a horde of Mooks in EP 3, and that's just her introduction.
- Agent Mulder/Agent Scully: She zig-zags between being one or the other throughout the course of the story.
- All of the Other Reindeer
- Angst Coma: After denying the Stakes of Purgatory.
- Audience Surrogate: In Dawn, with Featherine playing the part of the Author Avatar.
- Badass: Plain and simple.
- Big Brother Attraction: Some fans interpret her affection for Battler this way. And it actually makes some sense: she only knew Battler at an age where you don't really make a difference between the different kinds of "love", and since he only visited her on her birthdays their brother/sister relationship was probably not that deep. Some bonus material such as this one don't really help.
- Big "NO!": Cuts off Bernkastel's declaration of "This is the truth—" regarding the play that was just shown to both Ange and Lion.
- Biting the Handkerchief: In one of the endings of Golden Fantasia.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Being that she is Battler's sister, there's "Ah, dame da. Zenzen dame da" (Ah, it's useless. All useless) and "Mata ja. See you again" or in the anime translation "Au revoir". Also in the Trick ending, just before shooting Amakusa: "Just by the presence of this gun, see how far Ushiromiya Ange's reasoning can take her. What do you think everyone…?". Soon followed by a tagteam "GOOD!!" with Erika.
- Break the Cutie: She already went through this when she was younger after finding out her family died, but she continues to be broken even after she stops being a "cutie".
- Broken Bird
- Bullying a Dragon: She is alone, unarmed, without her bodyguard, surrounded by an aunt who thoroughly hates her and seven of her armed henchmen. What does she choose to do? Insult said aunt and push every Berserk Button she can find on her. And she continues even as she is beat up on the ground (at first at least). A few minutes later, the situation is reversed.
- Butt Monkey: Seriously, the series for her can be summed up as "get your life ruined, make a contract with a witch, die a horrible death, be revived, rince and repeat."
- Car Cushion: During her escape from Okonogi's office.
- Character Exaggeration: Her Big Brother Attraction in the first chapter of the EP4 manga; also parodied in the "story so far" segments in Episode 6 and other extra materials.
- Character Name Alias: Gretel
- Cheerful Child: Ridiculously cute when she was 6. After that though…
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Beatrice makes some remark about this in Episode 8, when little Ange clings to Battler's leg while staring suspiciously at her.
Beatrice: Oh? I see, she may be 6 years old, but she's still a woman.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In Ougon Musou Kyouku, X and Cross. And the manga.
- Dead All Along: Or something… in Episode 8, Bernkastel states clearly that Ange surviving her jump is a miracle that cannot possibly occur, implying that everything Ange did in Episode 4 was All Just a Dream. But the 1998 part of Episode 4 can hardly be dismissed as just someone's imagination, let alone Battler's, considering he knew nothing of Ange's situation, the Sumadera, Okonogi or Amakusa. Made even worse by the manga, which confirms in red that "Ange Ushiromiya dies without fail in 1998". Anyway, see Mind Screw below.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dead Person Conversation: She has conversations with Maria's ghost. However, from a mundane perspective, Maria is just her Imaginary Friend.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best
- Subverted to the maximum in EP 7.
- Deuteragonist: She's the main character of the "future" part of the story.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempts to throw herself off a building at the end of EP 3 to be with her dead parents and brother, but Bernkastel stops her. She jumps anyway, but survives instead.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her entrance at end of EP 3 ????, and later jumping out of the skyscraper and surviving or so it seems.
- Evil Costume Switch: The PS3 version gives her a dress fitting the name "Beatrice"◊ during her little rampage. It wasn't kept in the manga, though.
- Exact Eavesdropping: In the manga only; in Episode 8, she overhears Rudolf telling the truth to Kyrie about Battler's birth, during the game of hide-and-seek. Though the manga confirms that she already knew it since it was no longer a secret in 1998.
- Face-Heel Turn: Has a brief one in EP8.
- Fountain of Youth: She spends a good chunk of the eighth arc as her six-year-old self, symbolically representing her lack of ability to move on from the Rokkenjima murders.
- Future Badass: The cute little six-year old grows up to be Ange-Beatrice, the Witch of Resurrection.
- Game Breaker: The reason for the condition of not telling her name to Battler is that Lamdadelta considered her as this. She wasn't far from being right considering the effect of her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ange is a masculine name in France; although giving it to a girl would probably not be shocking.
- Girlish Pigtails: The variation mentioned on the page. She had them when she was little and she still wears her hair that way now, which is noted as being odd.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Upon learning the one and only truth of the Rokkenjima incident.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Gratuitous English: Have a nice dream. See you in hell.
- Greek Chorus: With Featherine in EP6.
- Hair Decorations: Ange's pink double-orbs which aren't just for show and supposedly hold her magical power which is, of course, just a delusion. They were given to her by Battler, who won them from a crane machine game, and despite how cheap they look she still wears them in memory of him.
- Heel Realization
- Heroic BSOD: In EP7 when she finds out that, according to Bernkastel, her parents are heartless, greedy murderers, her mother doesn't care about her and only saw her as a way to keep Rudolf in line and also that Eva, who she had despised for twelve years because of the neglect and abuse she was put through, only acted cruelly to keep her from finding out this truth.
- Heroic Sacrifice: As a last-ditch effort to snap Battler out of the funk caused by him finding out that Asumu isn't his mother in EP4.
- Hime Cut
- Horrible Judge of Character: Ange really seems to hang out with the wrong crowd. First Bern and then Featherine. Not to mention, apparently Amakusa. And according to EP7, even her own parents. She also terribly misjudged Eva, it would seem. Finally in EP8, she teams up with all the established metaworld villains, if only to fulfill her own needs. Needless to say, she is wary of them this time around.
- Ill Girl: When she was younger.
- Image Song: entreat.
- Interrupted Suicide: Her first meeting with Bern.
- I Reject Your Reality: After learning the truth and being told in red that it's the truth, she denies it anyway. Whatever it is, it's that horrible.
- It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: French readers will likely read her name as "anj" (which is a real French name); it's actually pronounced "enjé".
- It's Personal: In EP8, Ange's motive begins to change largely from finding out the truth to exposing Eva's crime, and she begins to admit that she will devote her life to getting revenge on Eva.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: She calls Battler "nii-san" or "onii-chan". In the epilogue, after calling Tooya Hachijo "nii-san" the whole conversation, Ange eventually starts to call him "Tooya", signifying that she has come to accept (however painfully) that he was a different person.
- Kick Chick: Ange almost exclusively uses kicks on Ougon Musoukyouku, somewhat justified in that her hands are occupied with Maria's diary, which doesn't really makes a good weapon.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: How she comes across in EP8, especially in the manga. She refuses to accept the version of the Ushiromiya Family presented to her, exclaiming over and over again they were not like this. Battler, who created this board, asks how she could really know what they were like since she was a six-year-old the last time she saw all of her family together, and that all her knowledge of the family comes from Silent Scapegoat Eva, Creepy Child Maria's diary, and everything else was provided by nasty gossip and slander. She's basically let her bitterness warp her perception of the Ushiromiyas.
- Laughing Mad: Episode 8, after learning the truth of Rokkenjima.
- Leitmotif: The heart-tearing Wingless. In Episode 8, little Ange has Nuigurumi (stuffed toy).
- Lethal Chef: Implied in the TIP "Beatrice's White Day", when Beatrice orders the Chiester Sisters to destroy Ange's pancakes.
Ange: That's me for you… I didn't know that over-cooked pancakes could explode. No wonder I had terrible grades in cooking classes.
- Lonely Rich Kid
- Long-Lost Relative: Although The Reveal is suitably shocking to Battler, the audience knows it from the outset.
- Mad Dreamer: She tries to be this in EP4 under Maria's guidance in order to cope with her troubles at school, but it doesn't end well for her.
- Magic Skirt
- Male Gaze: Considering that her skirt doesn't cover much, her appearances in the manga have a suspicious amount of low angle shots behind her. Some of them can make you doubt that she is wearing anything under there (let's not start about the cover of the first volume for Episode 8).
- Meanwhile, in the Future: In Episode 4 there are two incarnations of her, one with Battler on the gameboard of 1986 (if you suppose the meta-world is real), the other getting info and travelling to Rokkenjima in 1998. And in a weird take on the trope, her actions in the future impact her "piece" self in the past, rather than the opposite… Episode 8 is more ambiguous, as the gameboard seems to be out of time rather than in the past.
- Miko: She becomes Featherine's miko.
- Mind Screw: Yes, this series is a giant Mind Screw ball, but Ange's tribulations in 1998 in particular are really hard to follow. In Episode 4, just after Eva's death she jumps off a building but survives, and she goes on a trip with her bodyguard, questioning various people and finding bits of information about Rokkenjima, before going there herself and being killed by said bodyguard. In Episode 6, she is alive again, back to a few days before going to Rokkenjima, in the house of a person she isn't supposed to have met that day; after which she goes to Rokkenjima again, and is supposedly killed by Amakusa again. In Episode 8, she is somehow back at the top of the building, jumps off again and kisses the concrete, implying that she didn't survive the jump in Episode 4 and 6. But in the fantasy ending she is back at the top of the building again and this time decides not to jump, thus living happily ever after. While in the trick ending she ends up back on the boat going to Rokkenjima, where she figures out that Amakusa and The Captain are plotting with everyone else to kill her when she gets there, so she kills them instead, sailing off into the sunset on the boat, with Erika appearing beside her. Good luck making sense of all that in an anti-fantasy perspective.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: The option she takes in the Trick Ending.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In EP8, she pulls a Face-Heel Turn and nearly destroys the Golden Land that Battler and Beatrice created together in order to obtain the truth. However, she eventually realizes the damage she is causing by throwing away her only chance at happiness, and teams up with Battler and Lambdadelta to keep Bernkastel from completing that damage.
- Mysterious Protector: An oddball female, non-romantic example. Although the non-romantic part is arguable.
- Nephewism: After her parents died in Rokkenjima, Ange was put under the care of her aunt Eva. Unfortunately, Ange didn't want to accept her as her new mother and suspected her of being the killer of her real parents, which caused their relationship to fall apart.
- Off to Boarding School: Eva placed her in St. Lucia Academy, the same school Shion escaped from.
- Orphan's Ordeal
- Parental Abandonment
- Perpetual Frowner
- Plot Coupon: The key Battler gives her in the eighth arc.
- Redemption Quest: Ange eventually decides that this is her purpose for going back to Rokkenjima.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Replacement Goldfish: Averted. From the beginning, Eva acknowledged that she couldn't be a replacement for Ange's parents to her anymore than Ange could be a replacement for George, but that they should try to be happy regardless. And then Bernkastel came into the picture…
- Schrödinger's Butterfly: There is some ambiguity as to whether her adventures with Amakusa are real, written by someone else or she is just imagining the whole thing at the top of the skyscraper.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Her reason for traveling back in time was to change the events of 1986 so everyone could come back, but it's ultimately subverted: by the end of the series, most of the people who were on the island are dead and nothing will change that.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Battler. Aside from the obvious Hot-Blooded / Sugar and Ice Personality difference, they view the Rokkenjima scenario in completely opposite ways. Battler refuses to accept any magic explanation, yet doesn't naturally suspect anyone he knows, and resists accusing when the circumstances try to force him to. Ange accepts the existence of witches, but is naturally suspicious of everyone and determined to indict Eva for everything that went wrong with her life.
- Significant Anagram: In the hidden Tea Party of Episode 8, decades later, she becomes a famous fantasy author, "Yukari Kotobuki" (寿 ゆかり). Considering "Yukari" can also be spelled as 縁, if you do that and switch it around with 寿, you get "Ange" (縁寿).
- Sins of Our Fathers:
- A lot of the reason that Eva becomes so miserable toward Ange is because Rudolf and Kyrie—Ange's parents—were the ones responsible for killing the entire rest of the family, or so we're led to believe.
- Kasumi mercilessly beats up Ange due to a grudge over how Kyrie treated her.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: A good half of her dialogue with Erika in Episode 8 consists of this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The translators had a debate on how to spell her alias "Yukari Kotobuki", debating on whether to preserve the wordplay in the original Japanese in the translation or keep it as it is without an explanation.
- Stepford Snarker: While she's very snarky and indifferent most of the time, as the series goes on it becomes clear that she has a lot of issues.
- Story Breaker Power: Her witch powers evolve into this near the end of the eighth arc during the fight with Bernkastel. Just like Battler's fervent denial of the existence of magic affords him Endless Nine, Ange's refusal to accept everyone's deaths causes her to realize her power as the Witch of Resurrection and bring everyone back, even making them immune to the red truths that stated that they died. This culminates in a unified assault that finally defeats Bernkastel.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Summon Magic: Ange can summon the 7 stakes and Sakutarou to fight for her on Ougon Musoukyouku.
- Survivor Guilt
- Time Travel: Actually subverted if you take an anti-fantasy stance: all she's doing is metaphorically going back to 1986 to find out what happened. However, for this point of view it's hard to explain how she learned said truth, since in the epilogue she says she never met Tooya Hachijou (who had Eva's diary).
- Tragic Keepsake: Her barrettes, which were a prize Battler won for her.
- Try And Follow: Ange appears to have a penchant for this. She does it on at least two separate occasions, although on the first one, she really was, initially, Driven to Suicide.
- Unexplained Recovery: Three times, as a matter of fact.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Bernkastel in EP4 and EP8.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until the death of her family and her strained relationship with Eva afterwards.
- The Watcher: Featherine delays Ange's arrival on Rokkenjima (and eventual real-world death) so that she could observe Battler's game and read it to her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ange accuses Battler of hiding what really happened on Rokkenjima from her in EP8, as she is far more interested in learning the truth than remembering the happy times she had with her family, but she takes it back when she realizes that he wasn't as completely in the wrong, and she in the right, as she first thought.
- When She Smiles: Noted by Amakusa in the sixth arc.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In Episode 8, she apparently wakes up Battler with a Diving Elbow Drop on the morning of the conference. And in Ougon Musoukyoku she has her DABURU JAAMAN!
- Yaoi Fangirl: Played for Laughs in her and Virgilia's ending in Ougon Musoukyoku CROSS and in the TIP "Angel of 17 Years".
- You Can't Fight Fate: Ange helps even knowing that going back in time to help Battler won't fix her own timeline: just the one that Battler will now go to. But in the end she can't fix his timeline either. And while Battler does survive the events on Rokkenjima, Ange doesn't meet with him until many years later.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As of EP6, a large conspiracy has been revealed that places Ange in the middle of this: Okonogi is working for the main Sumadera family and had been tasked to eliminate Kasumi and her branch, and hired Amakusa for this job specifically. Ange was to only be protected until Kasumi could be brought out into the open and eliminated. Amakusa killed everyone present when Ange went to Rokkenjima, killing Ange last as she had been regarded as a liability if she were to live any longer.
- Even in the meta-world, she gets this.
Bernkastel: Go back to being scrap meat.
- You Killed My Parents: Since she was a child, she was sure Eva is the culprit and screamed "give me back my parents!" And her relationship with Eva went to hell from there.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Very close to grade S, except she's a Kuudere rather than Tsundere (although she does have her "tsun" moments).
Ange's bodyguard in 1998. He was assigned to guard Ange by Eva, but was later fired because he was flirting with her. He is apparently blacklisted in France.In Episode 6, he apparently betrays Ange. It seems that Ange was a "liability" and he doesn't really care about what happens to her. The only order given to him was to dispose of Kasumi.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: In Episode 4, he is the one who kills Kasumi and her mooks, as well as Ange. It was only made clear in Episode 6 since the credits of Episode 4 just mentioned "died in 1998".
- Bodyguard Crush: Okonogi suspects him of having this for Ange in Episode 6. He promptly denies anything of the sort. And indeed, a crush he has not; see above.
- Catch Phrase: Cool!
- Chivalrous Pervert: He was initially fired by Eva because even though he was instructed not to talk to Ange, he not only talked to her, but tried to flirt with her.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: He wears one conspicuously as a fastener for his coat. There are also some on the soles of his boots in the anime design.
- Drives Like Crazy: In his defense, it was in a Chase Scene.
- Expy: Some Epileptic Trees have popped up that he's supposed to be a redoing of one of the Yamainu named Hibari 13 (An odd one, as in the game, he was a character without a sprite), due to his name, which is made with the kanji for "Thirteen."
- Heck, Hibari13's appearance has been confirmed in Matsuribayashi-hen Manga volume 7. And guess who...◊.
- His outfit and appearance also bear a striking resemblance to Sho Minamimoto.
- Foreshadowing: What is "Eva"'s last word at the end of the 1998 part in Episode 4? "Cool!" Not something you would expect to hear from Eva's mouth. And then a gunshot is heard, before Ange is back at the skyscraper, floating in the night sky with Bernkastel. From all that, you can already guess what really happened.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the trick ending.
- Hot-Blooded: According to his character notes.
- Leitmotif: Monochrome Clock
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Noodle Incident: Whatever got him banned from France.
- Only in It for the Money: It seems that as long as he gets paid and has some action, he's not picky about his jobs. They may include shooting domn an 18 year old girl for the sake of a faction in a clan war. Or hunting down a little girl so that she can be eviscerated alive by a psychopathic nurse.
- Persona Non Grata: According to Ange, if he's caught back in France, he'll be arrested.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Too bad for him, Ange did her research about guns.
- Private Military Contractors: Supposedly, his job before Okonogi hired him was training Blackwater troops.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the Japanese Christian saint Amakusa Shiro.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He has a somewhat weird speech pattern, using polite forms (desu, deshou, etc.) yet punctuating them with the very familiar particle "ze". It's a bit like "I would advise you to take care of yourself, y'know". Same with his way of adressing Ange: he calls her "Ojou", but without any honorific, which is completely unusual. It's actually the kind of speech used by characters related to The Mafia.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Though he seems amiable towards Ange, it's shown that he wouldn't hesitate to kill her.
Kyrie's younger sister. She was forced to marry Kyrie's previous fiancee when Kyrie ran away and married Rudolf, so Kasumi has never forgiven Kyrie for it. After Kyrie dies, Kasumi takes out her frustrations on Ange, since she's Kyrie's daughter
- Arranged Marriage: To make it worse, she was forced to break up with her fiancé and marry the man her sister was supposed to marry before running away.
- Axe Crazy
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Kyrie's Abel.
- Deadly Euphemism: If she says she wants to make you some matcha, then (a) she does not mean that literally, and (b) you might want to run in the other direction.
- The Dutiful Daughter: After Kyrie ran away, Kasumi was forced to take up the responsibility as the Sumadera heiress, including Kyrie's Arranged Marriage.
- Evil Aunt
- Family Theme Naming: Her name is written 霞, the "kiri" of Kyrie's name is written 霧. Both are characters for "mist".
- Laugh with Me
- Leitmotif: Over. You'd better run.
- Pretty Little Headshots
- Rich Bitch: Outside of her own family (maybe), she treats everyone she talks to like crap, not even bothering with honorifics with Okonogi.
- Signature Laugh: Ufufufufufufu…
- Stepford Smiler: Type C.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Despite leaving quite an impression, she only appears for a small portion of Episode 4, where she is killed by Amakusa. After which she is never seen and barely ever mentioned again. And she still manages to have some Character Development in that short span.
- White Hair, Black Heart
An old business partner of Hideyoshi's. After the Rokkenjima incident, he was one of the few people Eva still trusted (although the term "trust" is being generous). After she died, he was put in charge of her company until Ange could take the reigns on her own. Ange approaches him in order to learn more about Eva, whom he says he does not think is the Rokkenjima murderer. He hired Amakusa, who was indebted to him for undisclosed reasons, to serve as Ange's bodyguard and protect her from the Sumadera family.
- Expy: Of the other Okonogi from Higurashi: When They Cry (who may or may not be the same person).
- Pointy Ears: For some reason.
- You Owe Me: Okonogi is evidently pretty good at this. It's part of the reason Amakusa is rehired to help Ange, and Amakusa speculates that Okonogi did this to later be able to get some favors from Ange.
- Also supports the idea that he is the same Okonogi from the Hinamizawa incident and Amakusa was one of the men that worked for him.
A college professor who is a member of the Rokkenjima Witch Hunt
, a group of occult enthusiasts who attempt to look at the Rokkenjima murders from an occult perspective. Ange interviews him in order to learn more about the Rokkenjima incident.
Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi
Doctor Nanjo's son. A rather reclusive person who has tried to move on with his life after the Rokkenjima incident, but who has had trouble doing that thanks to a badgering news media that he believes has dragged his father's reputation through the dirt. He had a daughter, but she was terminally ill
and died at a young age. It's from him that Ange learns about the mysterious letters that were sent to surviving relatives of the Rokkenjima victims.
- The Caretaker: To his daughter while she was still alive.
- Paparazzi: Is particularly angry with them (similar to Eva).
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu
Chiyo Kumasawa's son. He is a fisherman who fishes off the coast of Niijima. He is another one of the people Ange talks to in order to try to understand what happened on Rokkenjima.
Voiced by: Daisuke Matsuoka
The captain of the speedboat that went to and from Rokkenjima. He is the one who takes Ange to Rokkenjima.
- Ascended Extra: Kawabata actually appears since EP1, has the captain of the boat that takes the family to Rokkenjima, but it was not until EP4 that he got an actual portrait and a name. Subsequent appearances of him use his actual portrait.
- The Mole: Ange accuses of him being this in the Trick Ending. Then she shoots him.
- Punny Name: His name contains the kanji for "river".
- Redemption Quest: Seems to consider taking Ange to and from Rokkenjima as a type of this as atonement for what had happened there 12 years prior. Unless you go with the trick ending, that is.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Think about it. In Episode 4 and 6, Ange is killed on the island; in the Trick Ending, he is killed by her. And in the Magic Ending she supposedly doesn't go back to Rokkenjima. You have to feel pity for the poor guy.
Tooya Hachijō (Ikuko Hachijō)
"I cannot show myself before all those dirty readers."
First appears in Arc 6. Tooya Hachijō is a human mystery writer from 1998 who wrote three "forgeries" of Beatrice's original message bottles, called Banquet
. Ange meets up with her before going to Rokkenjima in Episode 6, even though Ange herself remembers that she didn't
. She claims to have reached a certain level of truth, and invites Ange to read her last forgery, Dawn
. It is strongly implied that Tooya is Featherine, or at least Featherine is her Author Avatar
In reality, "Tooya Hachijō" is the alias behind two people: the manuscript writer, Ikuko Hachijō, and the story writer, Tooya Hachijō, who is actually Battler, who lost his memories and was discovered by Ikuko after the Rokkenjima incident.
- Ambiguously Human
- Cloud Cuckoolander: It's sometimes hard to keep up with her train of thoughts, as a few unfortunate publishers experience when they ask her to write a new manuscript for their publishing house.
- Collective Identity: Episode 8 reveals that "Tooya Hachijo" is actually two people: Ikuko Hachijo, the writer, and Tooya Hachijo/Battler, the story writer.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Expy: Not as much as Featherine, but she has some elements that remind of Hanyuu. The number "eight" (both "hachi" and "ya") in her name, the Alternate Character Reading of the name "Hachijo" is "Yashiro", and she also addresses people as "Child of Man".
- Greek Chorus: With Ange in EP6.
- Hime Cut
- I Have Many Names: She wrote various novels under different pennames, to give herself an aura of mystery. Her real name is Ikuko Hachijo.
- Implied Love Interest: To Tooya Hachijo/Battler. Ryukishi had originally planned for them to be married, and by the end of the series, they have lived together for at least forty years.
- Jerkass: To anyone who is not Tooya/Battler her character is… unpleasant at best. Hard to deal with in any case. If one considers Featherine is her Author Avatar, that also tells you something about the size of her ego.
- Leitmotif: Love Examination
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: All of her forgeries are written as if "Maria Ushiromiya" wrote them and they apparently describe the events that occur from "Banquet" to "Dawn".
- Loners Are Freaks: Although she's not a bad person, she doesn't have a single friend, barely ever meets anyone, and looks down on the few people she meets except Tooya.
- Older Than She Looks: In the Epilogue, Ange lampshades that even though Tooya/Ikuko is supposed to be much older than her (and Ange is in her late 40s or 50s by that time), she naturally looks like a young woman. It may support the idea that she is really not human.
- The Omniscient: Well, she is one of the authors, after all. Whether or not she actually knows everything, or else is incredibly mistaken, is up to the audience.
- Purple Eyes
- Rapunzel Hair
- Reclusive Artist: An In-Universe example. She doesn't have any friends and hardly ever ventures out of her home to meet anyone.
- Rewriting Reality: Tooya's stories somehow describe what happened in every arc from the third to the sixth.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The classic transliteration issue of the とお copula. Tooya? Tohya? Tōya? Toya? Technically, all of these are correct.
- Vague Age: Very deliberately. When Tooya asks her about her age, she just says that she is "at an age where she is isn't really old, but calling herself a young girl would be a bit ridiculous."
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair