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Electric Mayonnaise! ...and Friends (The Protagonists)
A teenager with boundless curiosity and a love for the unique and obscure. Was living a normal life until he met Matome, which got him roped into the war to protect Akihabara from the Bugged Ones.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Tamotsu seems to enjoy the whole "stripping people to save them" thing (like not-so-secretly staring at the first major female baddie he defeated), has been seen playing a strip arcade game, and used to frequent a certain Not Safe For Kids manga store, but he also has no hesitation with stripping men to defeat them and doesn't ogle Arisa or Matome when they end up half-naked or more.
- First-Episode Resurrection: He dies in the first episode in an attack by the Bugged Ones, but gets revived by Matome.
- It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Tamotsu does not like things that are popular, and tends to seek out merchandise that is explicitly unknown by many or is outright unpopular.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: In episode 5, Niwaka gets kidnapped, when Tamotsu finds the kidnapper he punches him hard enough to send him flying through a brick wall and straight to the sky.
- Locked into Strangeness: After being revived, his hair gains a white streak.
- Mr. Vice Guy: A major vice of Tamotsu's seems to be that he greatly obsesses over things for a while only to move on from them later after he grows tired of them. It's partly why he tried to refuse the call to adventure in episode 2. Another example in episode 3 has him get addicted to idol singers, and then subsequently get addicted to having a high-quality audio experience to hear recordings of said idol concerts... only to decide after sinking loads of money into audio equipment that idols are better heard live, and then ends up dropping the idol obsession for his old passion of ham radio after finding a radio store between episodes 3 and 4.
- Otaku: And isn't ashamed of being one either.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: When Tamotsu is in battle, the white streak in his hair widens, making the entire right half of his hair appear to glow a bright blue.
A Hazoku, or High-Class Bugged One, that is dedicated to protecting the peace of Akihabara. Fought solo against the Bugged One menace until Tamotsu and friends stumbled across her path.
- Action Girl: Her family has been protectors of Akihabara for generations, and she is no slouch herself.
- Alliterative Name: Matome Mayonaka
- Batter Up!: Matome's weapon of choice is a wooden baseball bat.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Tamotsu from time to time, such as when he states that none of the regular girls he hangs out with would work out as a girlfriend, which includes her. She gets mad at him, but then goes into Cannot Spit It Out mode when Niwaka sets them up on a date.
- Big Eater: Can eat quite a lot of food, as seen in episode 11. However, she has a Freudian Excuse for it, when she tells Tamotsu about an earlier time, perhaps around the end of World War II, where she said food was hard to come by. Hence why she eats whenever she can.
- Covert Pervert: Possibly. She views the stripping merely as a method to defeat the Bugged Ones and shields her eyes when Tamotsu goes bottomless in Episode 5, but after his underwear hits her face she is completely absorbed in sniffing them for a bit before being called back to reality.
- Idol Singer: Is reluctantly dragged along to become one by Arisa in Episode 3.
- I Work Alone: Starts out as this before she encounters Tamotsu, having become so used to fighting the Bugged Ones all by herself since before the story began. When Electric Mayonnaise teams up with the vigilantes in Episode 2, she notes that it's not so bad fighting alongside friends.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Sports bright red hair, which isn't too odd, except for the white streaks in it that mark her as a Bugged One.
- Only Sane Woman: Is the one who is most driven to stop Metrotica, and at times is the only one of the group focused on actually accomplishing said mission.
- Older Than They Look: She is 78 years old
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In battle, half of Matome's hair glows a bright pink.
- Shana Clone: A stern, redheaded, otherworldly warrior maiden who fights the forces of evil by her lonesome, till she gets the now-undead male protagonist mixed up in her crusade and reluctantly takes him under her wing.
A teenager and lover of Akihabara culture that was originally mistaken for a Bugged One by Matome. After that chance encounter, she follows Tamotsu and Matome, and eagerly signs on to help protect Akihabara once she learns what's at stake.
- Action Girl: And she doesn't even have Bugged One powers.
- Alliterative Name: Arisa Ahokainen
- Ambiguously Bi: She's clearly shown crushing on several men throughout the series, but she also enjoys teasing the Captain for her obvious crush on Arisa, and her nose bleeds when Matome is stripped by Masada.
- Badass Normal: Presumably. She isn't a Bugged One but has near-superhuman strength, to the point of easily going toe-to-toe against Matome when they first meet. She also assists Tamotsu and Matome during some of the fights.
- The Big Gal: Ridiculously tough, energetic, and spirited.
- Boobs of Steel: Arisa has the largest bust size among the main cast, and she's also the strongest by an absurd degree.
- Expy Coexistence: Of Kati Räikkönen from the second game.
- Idol Singer: Jumps at the chance to become one in Episode 3, and drags Matome and Niwaka along for the ride.
- Otaku: She's a lover of Akihabara culture.
- Stronger Than They Look: The opening credits shows her carrying several appliance boxes above her head, and she does a spin, causing a shocked reaction to various onlookers. She is also able to hold her ground against Matome, who is much stronger than her, along with some of the Bugged Ones.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She's in a different outfit each episode.
- Verbal Tic: Arisa randomly inserts the word "moi" into her speech as an indicator of her Finnish nationality. "Moi" means "hello" or "hi" in Finnish.
Tamotsu's more down-to-earth and responsible younger sister. Was almost caught in a Bugged One attack by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but was saved in the nick of time. She's not an active fighter and has responsibilities outside of Akihabara, but often finds time to help out in a supporting capacity.
- The Heart: She keeps others in line when she does take action.
- Idol Singer: Becomes one after being swept along into it by Arisa.
- The Matchmaker: Does this for Tamotsu and Matome in episode 11.
- Non-Action Guy: Receives billing in material equal to Tamotsu, Matome, and Arisa, but is not a fighter herself.
- Otaku: Though to a lesser degree than Tamotsu and Arisa.
- Quality by Popular Vote: In contrast to Tamotsu, she likes things that are popular; even mentioning in Episode 1 that if it's popular it can't be bad.
A scientist who has been researching the Bugged Ones, and was already working with Matome by the time the show began. Is rather eccentric and rides a segway everywhere, but is the brains of the group, providing the team with equipment as necessary as well as their headquarters.
- For Science!: With her absurdly deadly and complex training regimen for Tamotsu in Episode 5, and her in-development computer OS that seems to be dedicated to creating an AI girl in Episode 6, it's likely that she isn't above using her science for more crazy experimental purposes than one might expect.
- The Gadfly: Pokes fun at Matome by insinuating that the Transcend Providence ritual to save Tamotsu's life probably wasn't fun for her in front of everyone, as only she and Matome know that it involves kissing the recipient.
- Last-Name Basis: She's either called "Professor" or "Latu", which is her last name.
- Older Than They Look: She looks exactly the same now as she did in a flashback in Episode 4 that took place "X (unspecified)" number of years ago (Which was more than 10 years prior, given the events of the episode).
- Overly Long Name: What's written above is just her first and last name. Her full name is quite longer note but Tamotsu cuts her off before she can finish.
- Science Hero: Often invents or has gadgets on her that helps out Tamotsu during various events in the show, such as an ice maker machine during Matome's eating contest to help her cool the ramen without diluting the taste of it too much.
- The Smart Girl: She's usually the one explaining situations and concepts and providing equipment for the others to use.
Metrotica (The main antagonists)
The main faction of bugged ones that are trying to take over Akihabara. Their members concoct a variety of schemes centered around dominating a certain facet of Akihabara and building up armies of possessed human pawns with their kurobugs in preparation to take over the entire district.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Humans possessed by Bugged Ones are forced to act against their will, and don't remember everything that occurred while they were possessed.
- Take Over the World: Their stated goal is to take over Akihabara, and spread outwards to control all of humanity.
The apparent leader of Metrotica. Is responsible for the group's attacks on Akihabara.
Her name is revealed in the final episode to be Fukame Mayonaka.
- Big Bad
- Evil Matriarch: She is the grandmother of both Matome and Urame.
- Evil Wears Black: Along with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Redemption Equals Death: After being defeated, Fukame sees the error of her ways before she fades to smoke, But the death part does not stick thanks to Latu.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She resembles her grandchildren without her hat which is more noticeable after she got striped by Tamatsu and Matome, she is shown to have the same hairstyle as her grandchildren.
A GonTuber who captures all of the craziness that's happening in Akihabara and puts it on the internet, reporting it as the news. In Episode 2, it's revealed that he's the Woman in Black's underling and that it's his job to keep the existence of the Bugged Ones under wraps.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Is seen in the crowd of onlookers at the end of Episode 1 and has a spoken line, but it isn't till Episode 2 until he's properly introduced.
- Masquerade: Is contributing to this with his internet videos, though he mentions that it's getting harder and harder to do so the way things are escalating.
- Token Human: of the whole faction.
Owner of a gun store in Akihabara, and a High-Class Bugged One. Attempts to forcibly recruit unwitting people into an army of Bugged Ones after luring in a crowd with his store.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Certainly looks the part, and berates his number 2 more than enough to count.
- Fat Flex: While in uniform, he's a tank. Stripped naked? Brain Bleach, please...
- Killed Off for Real: Is the first character to die after being stripped.
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Has an extreme hate for all but the most hardcore military enthusiasts, declaring pretty much anyone but himself unfit to be anything but a pawn in his Bugged One Army.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as this, not so much in being difficult to defeat, but to show Tamotsu that for powerful High-Class Bugged Ones, including himself and Matome, they will die if they lose too much clothing.
A former idol who now works a producer seeking new idol talent, offering the opporunity to Matome, Niwaka, and an overeager Arisa. She is actually a Bugged One and was working to create an idol troupe that would secretly be ordering the masses to do Metrotica's dirty deeds.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Is brought back to her senses after being defeated in battle.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's quick to accept that she had been possessed once she's returned to her senses and offers to follow through on her brainwashed self's promise of making MANIAS an idol group.
- Treacherous Advisor: Subverted, as she was just a pawn of her cameraman Naisu, the true mastermind. After all is said and done, she even helps MANIAS make their debut.
Chibusa's photographer assistant. Is very eager to help the girls become idols, though things begin to get quite unnerving around him. Turns out to be a High-Class Bugged One himself, and the actual mastermind behind the idol scheme.
- Fetish: As the idol training continues, he has the girls pose for pictures in situations that go from Does This Remind You of Anything? to almost implementing flat-out pornography before Matome and Niwaka catch on.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Once the girls catch on to his schemes, he decides to forcibly strip them, clearly enjoying every moment.
- Killed Off for Real
- Man Behind the Man: Though working as Chibusa's apparent assistant, he is actually the one calling the shots.
A former scientist whose dream was to build a second Tokyo Tower in Akihabara. She once worked with Latu, investigating the Bugged Ones, only to somehow become a Bugged One herself, now using a radio tower of her own to lay siege to the airwaves of Akihabara in their name.
- Driven to Suicide: After the bid for Akihabara as the location for the second Tokyo Tower failed, she was flat broke, separated from her colleagues, and life had apparently continued getting worse for her, to the point where she was ready to end it all. However, she was stopped from jumping by the Woman in Black, who made her into a Bugged One.
- Heel–Face Turn: After being brought back to sanity, she ends up reuniting with and assisting her former boss down in Brazil.
- Irony: Originally she was a researcher who wanted to use radio waves to track down and study the Bugged Ones. After being turned into one, she uses radio waves to destroy communications technology in service of the Bugged Ones.
- Mad Scientist: While as a Bugged One.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction upon learning what she had done under the influence after being freed from the mind control.
- Older Than They Look: Despite her short stature, she looks pretty much the same as she in Latu's flashback, and is probably around Latu's age.
One of the commentators for the Street Fighter V tournament, and the true culprit who abducted Niwaka in Episode 5. Drew Tamotsu into the tournament in hopes that he'd be drawn into a stripping fight against Matsuko and end up dying, or at least be severely weakened.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: How he goes out after getting decked by Tamotsu. This leaves it ambiguous as to whether he ended up dying for real or just turned back into a normal human.
- However the final episode confirms that he was back to a normal human As he was not among the killed Bug Ones who are brought back from the dead
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His body from the neck down can be seen in one of the hostage photos taken of Niwaka. He's even wearing the same clothes that he wears to the tournament, in fact.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Is continually talking himself up and taking credit for sayings and quips during the tournament, along with mentioning his internet video channel status in his opening speech for the tournament (which the audience and the show proceed to ignore).
- Smug Snake: After Tamotsu's dramatic fight against Matsuko, he reveals himself as a Bugged One and starts to taunt Tamotsu, who proceeds to shut him up with a punch mid-speech.
The CEO of a PC company with a Sheep motif. Has a business strategy of selling high-end computers at cheap, affordable prices to Akihabara residents to counteract the smartphone demand. This turns out to be another Metrotica scheme, as the computers are actually robots designed to activate and lay siege to the town after they've been spread around everywhere.
- Animal Motifs: Her outfit, her company's logo, and the uniforms of her employees are all styled after sheep.
- Fat Bastard: Revealed to be this after her corset is removed.
- Killed Off for Real
- Taking You with Me: As she's about to die, she triggers a command that forces all of her PC-robots to fuse into a gigantic version with the intent to destroy everything, and even rigged that with a self-destruct program on the off chance that it could be defeated.
CEO of the Princess Company.
- Anime Hair: Lampshaded by Tamotsu and Arisa.
- Strip Poker: He is stripped of his clothes by being defeated in Battle Creatures.
The Villain of the Week in episode 10, first spotted in a ramen restaurant nearly eating the owner out of business. The captain of the Chuo Dori Vigilantes is violently thrown out of the restaurant when Tamotsu and Matome are about to enter it, having lost an eating contest to him. Matome then challenges him to one after he says he'll only stop eating if he can be defeated.
- Balloon Belly: As a result of the noodles expanding in his stomach from the water he adds. It gets even bigger after he starts using his Vacuum Mouth.
- Big Eater: Is introduced in this fashion, eating bowl after bowl of ramen.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above using dishonorable tactics to win, like dumping cold water into his ramen to cool it rapidly, dilution be damned.
- Eating Contest: Defeats the Chuo Dori captain in one, then challenges and loses to Matome in a second one.
- Extreme Omnivore: He's not above eating anything to complete his scheme, including clothes and bowls.Kurota: I won't quit until all of Akiba is in my belly!
- I'm a Humanitarian: Loudly proclaims he will gladly swallow Matome (and everyone else in the immediate vicinity) to complete his goal of consuming everything in Akiba.
- Killed Off for Real: Like several of the other major Bugged Ones, he's killed off when Matome strips his clothes off, leaving behind his shorts and all the ramen he ate.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The condition for the loser of the eating contest was to pay for the meals eaten in Akiba. Matome however, doesn't hold him to it, and instead just asks that he eat normally and enjoy his food instead of scarfing down a boatload without really tasting any of it. He then refuses, and reveals that he's a Bugged One, and starts sucking in anything and everything he can, in an attempt to starve Akiba into submission.
- Vacuum Mouth: Utilizes this after his defeat in an attempt to suck up any nearby food, and possibly people, unlucky enough to be caught in it.
- Villainous Glutton: He was a jerk even before revealing he was a Bugged One, and is clearly obsessed with eating.
An unknown girl who resembles Matome.
She is later revealed to be Matome's younger twin sister
- Cain and Abel: She is Matome's younger twin sister and an Antagonist
- Identity Amnesia: After suffering a head injury from having Arisu slam her butt into her after jumping from a plane, she awakens with no memory of who she is. She mistakes a recording of Matome performing as her due to their identical appearance and helps put on a performance to save Akiba in the finale episode. Whether she ever regains her memory or not is left unanswered.
A small group of vigilantes featured in the first couple of episodes. As a group of volunteers making sure to keep the streets of Akihabara safe from rampant street performances going out of control, they have their hands full when the Bugged Ones start to make an appearance. Currently consists of four members, including their Captain.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: The Captain is often on the receiving end of this from Tamotsu.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: One of the members is quite larger than the rest of the team, and the Captain is the shortest among them.
- Enemy Mine: While still hostile to Electric Mayonnaise at the start of episode 2, they soon find themselves working together to fight off the Bugged One platoon that's attacking all of them.
- Homoerotic Subtext: The Captain is immediately smitten with Arisa after meeting her, and goes completely red when a hug from Arisa puts her in Marshmallow Hell.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Due to her stature, tomboyish nature, obvious crush on Arisa, and Boyish Short Hair, the Captain can easily be mistaken for a pubescent male at first glance.
- Mister Big: The Captain, the apparent leader of these vigilantes, is a scrawny teenage girl about a head shorter than most of the cast.
- No Name Given: None of the individuals names are given. Just the name of their group and that their Captain is their leader.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Is unseen, but gives Tamotsu a hot tip about the figurine he was looking for in episode 1. He then makes his introduction proper in Episode 3.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Has a very circular and simplified design compared to most of the other characters.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His full name is Santa Omokage.
- Gentle Giant: Given her size and kind nature.
A young woman who runs an "Anything Agency" for part-time temp work in Akihabara. If you need a job she can easily find one for you... but she provides no guarantee that things won't end terribly.
- Honest John's Dealership: It's not products she's selling, but job opportunities, like an unemployment agency. More honest than most in that she can't make any guarantee on whether they'll end well or not, but if it does she can't be held liable.
- New Jobs As The Plot Demands: She is also the main announcer for the Street Fighter V tournament in Episode 5.
- Hero of Another Story: She is one of the main heroines from Akiba's Trip: Festa!
Latu and Denko's senior professor at the Cutting Edge Science Center. After the bid for the tower failed and he became bankrupt, he left for Brazil to earn back money through work as a prospector.
- Genius Bruiser: Is not a fighter, but is a very fit and muscly man for an academic researcher, even before working in Brazil for years.
A young teenage girl who's currently one of the greatest video game players in the world, particularly in fighting games like Street Fighter. Lately, she has been looking for someone who can truly give her a challenge.
- Awesome by Analysis: She usually lets her opponents do what they want in the first round of a match, so she can analyze their play style and counter them effectively.
- Challenge Seeker: Wants nothing more than an opponent that she can truly go all out against.
- Gag Haircut: Has a thick cowlick shaped like some kind of an antenna or tree right on the center of her head, that she normally hides under her hat. It being exposed is the only thing that makes her embarrassed.
- Gamer Chick: She's a young teenage girl and is one of the greatest video game players.
- Red Herring: Due to the timing of her appearance in the arcade along with Niwaka's abduction alongside her super-human video game-playing abilities, the team assumes that she's a Bugged One. It turns out that she's not.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Has no qualms on stripping to her skivvies just to put pressure on herself to play more effectively.
An experimental AI developed by Latu's new software that formed the OS of Tamotsu's new PC. Still early in development, it is eager to learn more about the world around it and prioritizes data storage above all else.
- Artificial Intelligence: Is an operating system that presents itself as a blonde girl on the computer monitor.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Despite being told to stay, it sacrifices itself to save Akihabara, possibly having viewed the town itself as a precious irreplacable source of data after all Tamotsu had shown it.
- Disney Death: Somehow survives her Heroic Sacrifice and later returns for the Final Battle.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices itself to get the self-destructing giant robot out of Earth's atmosphere.
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: After Pyuko's destruction, the episode ends with no apparent data backups having been made, meaning that they are likely dead for good.