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"When it all ends, what will happen to us?"

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Blake Shepard (EN)

The Protagonist. He wakes up in the afterlife, not knowing where he is, or who he is. He only remembers his last name.

  • Amnesiac Hero: He can't remember anything from his past life, not even his first name.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: He confesses his love to Kanade in the final episode as he begs her to stay with him before she passes on.
  • The Caretaker: To his sister, the survivors of the train wreck, and to help his friends pass on in life.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he regains his memories, he learns that his first name is Yuzuru. He was a slacker who spent most of his life working menial jobs to provide for his ill little sister. After she died he realized that she had gotten more out of life than he had despite being bedridden, but in helping her he had found a way to give his life meaning. So he cut his hair and started studying hard, hoping to become a doctor someday. He was on his way to take the college entrance exam when the train he was riding crashed. Trapped inside a collapsed tunnel, he helped keep the other survivors alive for seven days before finally succumbing to his own internal injuries. His final act was to fill out the organ donor information on the back of his ID card, dying just as rescue arrived.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Everyman: Subverted. Otonashi may initially be presented as an average guy onto whom we're meant to project, but he ultimately proves to be far more virtuous than your average person.
  • Friendless Background: He thought friends were a pain to have before his sister's death.
  • Foreshadowing: Since his body was probably the only one in good condition when the digging crews finally came for rescue right after his death, it was used for just that purpose. His heart was donated to a still-living Kanade.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After he was fatally injured in the train crash and tries to help everyone who was still alive, Otonashi's final actions were not panicking or feeling sorry for himself, he signs his organs to be donated for medical use.
  • I Choose to Stay: After successfully sending away his friends to the other side, Otonashi chose to remain in the afterlife with Kanade, but it didn't work as she passed on, leaving him alone. "Another Epilogue" shows that he didn't leave for a while, becoming the Student Council President to help out newcomers to the afterlife, either to help them pass on or to replace him.
  • Important Haircut: When he was still alive, he cut his hair when he decided to quit being a slacker and become a doctor.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: in episode 9, due to internal bleeding.
  • Ironic Hell: For someone who sacrificed everything for the happiness of his friends he himself is denied of his own happiness and is left all alone; however, it all depends on how you interpret the ending. Well, he did get reunited with Kanade after being reincarnated. Perhaps to the point of actually getting stuck in Purgatory as the School President, helping lost souls who were there along the way as seen in the alternative ending epilogue.
  • Irony: Spends half the show trying to get everyone to pass on and get over their emotional baggage from their past lives, but he's also the only one who doesn't, in the end. Ouch.
  • Last-Name Basis: Justified. He only can remember his last name, so everyone calls him that. His first name is revealed to be Yuzuru.
  • Love at First Punch: His first encounter with the girl he eventually falls in love with ends with her stabbing him in the chest.
  • Meaningful Name: "Otonashi" means "no sound" refering to his missing heart. The word "otonashii" also means "docile/quiet", which is quite fitting for his status as Only Sane Man in the SSS.
  • The Medic: Subverted. Otonashi never shows his skills in purgatory. Not that he needs to.
  • The Mole: Otonashi is determined to fix all of the SSS members' regrets, so he has Angel become the villain again so he can stay close to the group and find out their pasts.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his snarky moments, he is a guy who is willing to help others in need, hence his dream to become a doctor and is even willing to sacrifice his life and make himself and organ donor so that his remains will be used to save another life.
  • One Head Taller: Than Kanade. Very much obvious when he hugs her in the last episode.
  • Only Sane Man: He has touches of this amongst all the various quirks of the SSS, and defintely qualifies in the OVA.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covered his left eye when he was alive, before his sister's death. It symbolized his antisocial attitude at the time. He cut it to the length familiar to us when he resolved to embrace life and open himself up to people.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: In the last episode, Otonashi asks Kanade to stay with him. However, it turns out that she was there because she wanted to thank him for his heart donations. When Kanade thanks him, Otonashi hugs her, begging her to not to say it and stay with him, but eventually she disappears, leaving Otonashi alone and heartbroken.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Hinata's Red. Ironic, considering their hair colors.
  • Reincarnation Romance: It's implied in the ending that he and Kanade will have this in their next life.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: Otonashi lived a fulfilling life and died content. The setting is specifically designed to help people experience the youth and happiness they never had in life. When he regains his memories, he helps everyone move on to the next plane.
  • Secret Stab Wound: The train crash left him with internal bleeding, though he hides the injury from the other survivors to avoid demoralizing them.
  • Shirtless Scene: In the first episode.
  • Super Window Jump: Courtesy of the SSS.
  • They Killed Kenny: Three times within the first six minutes—of the first episode, yet! Averted afterwards, not counting his death in the real world that is.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First his little sister dies from a terminal illness. Then he gets in a train accident. While trying to find an exit, he finds out that both sides of the tunnel are blocked, and the remaining survivors have very little supplies. Then he finds out he's got some serious internal injuries when blood soaks through his shirt. Finally, he dies just moments before a rescue crew is able to breach the rubble.

    Yuri "Yurippe" Nakamura
"Operation, Start!"

Voiced by: Harumi Sakurai (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Leader of the SSS. She hates God and is willing to lead a rebellion against Him because she is not willing to quietly accept her fate and disappear. She is the one who nicknamed the student body president Angel, presuming her to be an angel of God because of her powers.

  • Action Girl: Manages to defeat one of the Angel clones on her own.
  • Affably Evil: When she's at her worst... See here. Check this one too.. Ultimately limited by the fact that she never does permanent harm to anyone (not that she could) — she's just a very mean boss.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the first OVA, in which she orders the SSS to starve to death for her mistake. And this was before she got Angel removed from the student council.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is capable of fighting one on one with Angel.
  • Badass Adorable: See above.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: She realizes in episode 12 that by antagonizing Angel, she became the opposite of a Cool Big Sis.
  • Broken Bird: Due to the tragedies she suffered in her past life, she refused to accept her fate and she started the SSS to rebel against the Heaven.
  • Byronic Hero: Though mitigated by the light-hearted nature of the story, she fits this trope to a tee. Much of her anger and hatred stem from tragedy that troubles her even in the afterlife, and she becomes the opposite of who she once was thanks to her vengeful attitude.
    Hinata: Why is she so quick to reject the smallest bit of happiness? She's always rushing headlong toward something...
  • Cool Big Sis: To the SSS. And later to Kanade.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She's an Action Girl devoted to fighting God who wears a short skirt, emphasized with Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Yuri was the eldest of four siblings. When she was little, robbers broke into her house when her parents weren't home. Unable to find anything worth stealing, they told Yuri that they would kill one of her siblings every ten minutes unless she found them something of value. But Yuri couldn't find anything; not in the first ten minutes, nor in the next. By the time the police arrived 30 minutes later she'd been pushed so far over the Despair Event Horizon that she doesn't recover until late in the series.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After defeating the NPC controlling the shadows and coming to terms with her own death, Yuri eases up a lot and her attitude in the final episode is a far cry from the rest of the series.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The murder of her siblings at the hands of thugs.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: She had tendencies to act like she is one, particularly in the OVA episode. Yusa even flat out asks her if she's a villain when she gives a maniacal Evil Laugh.
  • Disney Death: In episode 12. To wit: though Disney Deaths are the norm in Purgatory, Episode 12 deserves a special mention because Yuri managed to escape with her soul despite being assimilated by the shadows seconds earlier.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's implied that she killed herself after the deaths of her siblings.
  • Easily Forgiven: Especially in the manga.
  • Evil Laugh: She gives one in episode 4 when she thinks Otonashi's team is about to win against Angel's team, and another in Episode 12, but for something real serious—when she's considering becoming the new God.
    • Lampshaded by Yusa when Yuri does it in the first OVA as she's marveling at the supposed brilliance of her strategy to take down Angel and God for good.
  • A God I Am Not: Yuri actually thinks about becoming God. Then she realizes that she came there to save everyone.
  • Hair Decorations: A hairband and occasionally a Nice Hat.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when she pulled this, but it's quite obvious she made the turn by the time she officially "redeemed" herself at the end of episode 12.
  • Heel Realization: In episode 12, she finally recognizes that she's been in the wrong, especially in regards to her battle with Angel.
  • Knife Nut: Her Weapon of Choice aside from her guns.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Averted. Yuri is actually really good at figuring out what's going on, even when characters actively try to hide the truth from her.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Zigzagged. She doesn't take failure lightly and will often torture the other SSS members, but she clearly cares for them.
  • Naytheist: Naturally due to her intense hatred of God. She lets go of it in the end, as she realizes that hating an entity she cannot even prove for certain exists is just a convenient way to avoid dealing with her own self-loathing due to "failing" her siblings.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Due to her being the first girl Otonashi meets and the rival to Kanade, it would seem as if Yuri were part of a Love Triangle with them, but she never makes any romantic advances towards Otonashi. Spinoff material reveals that she's more of a love interest towards Hinata, which is also hardly implied in the anime.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Yuri's rivalry with Angel can be interpreted as this.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Until episode 11, this often blended with Villain Protagonist. Following the cementation of her Heel–Face Turn at the end of episode 12, she more closely resembles a Knight In Sour Armor who's ready to move on from all this carnage.
  • Rebel Leader: Leader of the SSS.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Angel's Blue.
  • The Rival: Of Angel.
  • She's Got Legs: Her Zettai Ryouiki and tendency to put her feet on tables often put emphasis on her legs.
  • Shout-Out: Her headband is supposedly inspired by Yukiko Amagi.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: "Humans don't have the patience to wait even ten minutes for something!" Cue destruction of computers and the halt to the shadow attack, as well as her redemption.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: A fun case were she admits to being an idiot too.
  • Survivor Guilt: The deaths of her siblings caused her to rally others against God in order to avenge them. It's also highly implied that she killed herself because she failed to save them.
  • Team Mom: In episode 11, when she orders her entire militia to put some serious thought into passing on lest they get assimilated by the Shadows. If that didn't seal her Heel–Face Turn, her actions at the end of episode 12 certainly did.
  • Tsundere: Very heavy on the Tsun towards Hinata in the spinoffs. Also present in the anime, but there's less Ship Tease between them.
  • Villain Protagonist: This tends to blend with Pragmatic Hero, and she goes to pure Anti-Hero around episode 11, when she decides to have everyone in the SSS pass on before they can get assimilated by the Shadows, eventually going on to Adopt the Dog at the last second by blasting every computer into oblivion that was responsible for the Shadows and cementing her Heel–Face Turn in the process.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.

    Kanade Tachibana
"I am not an Angel."

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Emily Neves (EN)

Kanade, initially known as "Angel", is the Student Council President and the enemy of the SSS. The kids in the Battlefront presume she is an angel assigned to oversee their purgatory because she appears to be making people disappear.

  • Action Girl: Superhumanly strong and fast and can summon weapons to use.
  • Adorkable: Her social awkwardness crossed with her soft-spoken voice and lack of perceptiveness often makes her this in comedic moments.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She has numerous powers, and is the Student Council President.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a small and quiet girl with a plethora of powerful abilites.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: What she does all the time in the baseball episode. She even wears a cool baseball outfit to look more badass.
  • Billy Needs an Organ: Kanade's reason for remaining in purgatory was to thank the individual who had donated the heart she had received.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: She can summon blades onto her wrists as her main combat method.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She received the heart that Otonashi donated as his dying act and wanted to thank him for it before ascending.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After Otonashi learns her name, she begins to warm up. This is partially due to the fact that she realizes that people who get close to her will move on. In the last episode, because almost everyone has moved on she drops the Ice Queen act.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She finally manages to pass on and disappears in Otonashi's arms.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Who is also the main heroine.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Because Overdrive works passively, Angel manages to fling Takeyama by his nose just by casting her fishing rod during Operation Monster Stream.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of Angel's abilities. All copies have the same abilities as the original, including the aforementioned Doppelgänger Attack.
  • Dual Wielding: With two Hand Sonic blades, which she needs to slice twice as much ass.
  • Dumb Muscle: A rare female example. Yuri lampshades on this by saying that Kanade is better at fighting than pondering over a plan.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Laws of physics need not apply.
  • Emotionless Girl: She is so emotionless that SSS considers her even less alive than NPCs. However, she's more of the "emotionally repressed" type than outright emotionless.
  • Enemy Within: Her absorbing the evil clones caused her to relapse to violence and fighting the SSS, except that it doesn't, but Otonashi asked to pretend, after he asked her to help him get them to move on (which was her goal in the first place), and they needed an opponent to focus on in the meanwhile.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone in SSS only calls her "Angel", because that's what they believe she is. Her real name is Kanade Tachibana. Subverted. She's not really an angel, and Otonashi at least makes a point of calling her by her real name from the moment he finds it out. Well, one of them, anyway.
  • Evil Albino: She appears like this, being a pale-skinned, white-haired girl who is set up as the main antagonist. Subverted as it turns out she's not evil and is in fact the main heroine of the story, making her a Heroic Albino instead.
  • Feigning Intelligence: She does it unintentionally, her Stoic demeanor and good grades make her look intelligent, but closer examination of all her actions reveal that she's just as big of an idiot as everyone else in the show.
  • First-Name Basis: Otonashi and her have formed this special bond.
  • Flash Step: Her Delay ability.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Her Guard skill, which gives her a blade coming out of her sleeve. It changes as it "goes up" in level, which goes from a short blade, a long blade, a trident, a giant flower, and when she upgrades to a fifth level, a sinister claw. Ultimately, subverted, since it's a defensive weapon and once we learn more about her personality under the chilly exterior.
  • Gratuitous English: "Guard Skill: [English Phrase]."
  • Healing Factor: When shot, her body spits the bullet out and repairs the hole in seconds. (Other characters have to "die" before being auto-healed.) Then she activates Distortion...
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Her first Heel–Face Turn came about in ''understanding'' her, at least a little bit. Her Face–Heel Turn from episode 9 was due to Otonashi asking her to feign a relapse into the authoritarian stance, so the SSS will be focused on her while he helps them pass on. Her "last" Heel–Face Turn in episode 13 is permanent.
  • Hero Antagonist: She's the acting Student Council President working to keep people in line until they obliterate, and actively stops the SSS from wreaking havoc, with extreme prejudice. She's actually just trying to keep the peace in the school so that the students can come to peace and move on.
  • Human All Along: She is not an angel as SSS had assumed. She is a normal human like everyone else.
  • Ill Girl: While she was alive.
  • Immune to Bullets: With Distortion active, they refract through her body like laser beams, causing no apparent damage.
  • Implacable Woman: A shot to the legs will slow her down, at least until she activates Guard Skill - Distortion, but it won't stop her.
  • Leitmotif: Angel's Flight from the anime and its Official Soundtrack. The beat seems to resemble a track of heartbeats.
  • Literal Change of Heart: She was the lucky recipient of the heart Otonashi donated upon his death.
  • Magic from Technology: She conjures hand blades, slingshots and wings using a single computer program.
  • Me's a Crowd: She uses "Harmonics" to copy herself. But the copy is evil, and can also use Harmonics... in short order, there are about a hundred evil Angels running around. They all eventually get re-absorbed into the original and erased.
  • Musical Theme Naming:
    • Her real name is Kanade Tachibana, and Kanade means "playing music".
    • Most of her abilities, such as Harmonics and (Hand) Sonic. Also, Distortion, Overdrive, and Delay are various guitar effects.
  • Mystical White Hair: She has long white hair to emphasize her supposed magical nature as an angel.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a baseball cap in episode 4.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: She is not making people disappear. In reality she just helps people achieve peace and move on. Otonashi surmises that she doesn't have any friends because all of them have disappeared and the remaining people don't want to. After Otonashi makes friends with her he quickly realizes that perhaps she isn't quite as different from the SSS members as they might think.
  • Older Than She Looks: Despite her looks, she's still about the same age as the rest of the cast. Turns out she's so small because her heart condition inhibited her growth.
  • One-Woman Army: She can take an entire barrage of small arms fire and grenades without a scratch, and still get up to kick ass.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Most importantly in that she really isn't one.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Angel's rivalry with Yuri can be interpreted as this.
  • Parrying Bullets: She can block bullets with her Hand Sonic.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Which is because her heart condition when she was still alive stunted her growth.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The entire conflict could have been averted had she talked about her goals and the world's purpose properly. She's aware of it, too. She even admits to having horrible communication skills.
  • The Quiet One: She speaks rarely, briefly, and softly.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Angel clones.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Yuri's Red.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Pale skin with light hair? Check. Eerily stoic behavior? Check. Sequestered emotional baggage? Well... Defrosting love interest? Double check. Bonus points for being known as Angel, while the Trope Namer fought creatures known as angels.
  • Reincarnation Romance: It's implied in the ending that she and Otonashi will have this in their next life.
  • The Rival: Of Yuri.
  • The Stoic: For most of the time.
  • Student Council President: For the earlier episodes anyway before stepping down do to sabotaged exam scores. Takes back the position later when Otonashi asks her to resume acting as an enemy to Battlefront in order to cover for his and her plans to help their friends come to terms with their lives and move on.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She could be a perfect example of an Emotionless Girl in the first few episodes but after Otonashi learns her name he begins noticing that she does subtly display humanity and feeling.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She is believed to be a magical angel, with her yellow eyes being a hint. However, she is not an angel.
  • Super Strength: In the same episode, Angel manages to lift both the entire SSS (sans Yuri, plus Fish Saitou) and a giant monster fish by jumping.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mapo Doufu. In the last Episode she made a song about it.
  • Waif-Fu: Provided the waif in question is also a Knife Nut.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: The only character with white hair, and the only known enemy. Subverted; she's a Disc-One Final Boss and not evil at all.
  • Winged Humanoid: She has the ability to sprout wings from her back that, while they don't enable her to fly, can be used to slow her descent. They also allow her survive long drops, such as jumping from the roof of a building.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Subverted. Angel's wings seem to be mere decoration at first, but they actually function for gliding short distances.

    Hideki Hinata

The co-founder/ co-leader of SSS along with Yuri.


    Ayato Naoi
"You are toilet paper."

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)

Was Student Council Vice-President. He then became President when Angel was kicked out for her "bad" grades. He believes that he is God.

  • Abusive Parents: His father neglected him and then forced him to switch his life with his twin brother's after he died. And while his father did acknowledge him briefly, he was later forced to live like he was never himself.
  • Asshole Victim: When Naoi threw himself at one of the Angel clones to please Otonashi, no one actually cared and Yui even forgot his name, even while everyone else who was sacrificed got a tearful farewell.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Is actually pretty good with firearms, wielding two pistols simultaneously during the shadow assault with pretty good accuracy. And he has Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Blatant Lies: In episode eleven, he does this to cover up for Kanade, in order to prevent Yuri from catching onto Otonashi's plan to help everyone pass on.
  • Cry Cute: He breaks into tears at the final episode.
  • Cool Down Hug: Otonashi delivers one to him in episode six.
  • Custom Uniform: Zigzagged. While part of the school, Naoi wore the regular uniform plus his own hat. However, he continued wearing the same uniform even after joining the SSS, becoming the only member to do so.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When alive, his brother was his father's apprentice in pottery, while he remained in his room, ignored by the world. Then his brother died and he had to take his place, but wasn't nearly as good at the craft as his brother. Having no choice but to live his life as someone else he began to think that his entire life was a charade. It gets worse: just as he was getting the hang of the pottery thing and became determined to be the best, his father became bedridden, unable to teach him further. Without the strict training regimen, Naoi never gets better at the craft and his life, which he perceives wasn't his to begin with, is now pointless.
  • Dark Is Evil: Naoi is the only genuinely malevolent human to appear within the storyline. He is also the only one apart from Angel to join the SSS and keep the old uniform, which just so happens to be entirely black.
  • Diminishing Villain Threat: He never pulls off anything personally impressive. His threat came from turning NPCs into a personal armed army that the SSS refused to harm due to a code of honor. Untrained NPCs would have given minimal aid against the rogue Angels and the nature of the Shadows would have made said ability useless entirely.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Played with. While he isn't much of a threat, Naoi is the only malicious human in the story. While he enforces the rules with an army of mooks, the SSS assume he's just an NPC since he's a model student who hasn't disappeared. By the time they realize he's actually a human, it's nearly too late to stop him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even if Death Is Cheap, his actions were too much. And SSS just forgives him and lets him join them.
  • A God Am I: He believes himself to be God, or at the very least an incarnation of Him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Naoi becomes a lot less threatening after he joins the SSS. This could be due to Otonashi keeping him in check for the most part.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Otonashi.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: He has the ability to hypnotize others.
  • Jerkass: Naoi is far more hostile than Kanade once he's student council president and treats most everyone with disdain.
  • Karma Houdini: He doesn't really get any proper punishment for his actions. See Easily Forgiven.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When he's made the student council president following Kanade stepping down in Episode 5 and uses his position to go on the offensive against the SSS Class, the series starts to become less light-hearted and the heavier themes begin getting more emphasis.
  • Manipulative Bastard: During the Heroic Sacrifice moments, he hypnotizes Ooyama, making him think he's a clown and the Angel clone is a lonely girl, and Ooyama has to make her laugh as a clown.
  • Manly Tears: It's implied he starts to cry in Otonashi's arms at the end of Episode 6, and flat out sobs during Episode 13.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The eyes of anyone he hypnotizes turn dull.
  • Mistaken Identity: After meeting him for the first time, the cast falls under the assumption that he's just a crazy NPC.
  • Morality Pet: Naoi is rude and dismissive to everyone but Otonashi, who he idolizes.
  • Nice Hat: He wears one at almost all times.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When using his hypnotic abilities.
  • Replacement Sibling: He had a twin brother who was a genius at the family trade, pottery, while Naoi's own skills were pretty average, making Naoi decidedly The Unfavorite. When the brother died, his father forced Naoi to pretend to be him.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Otonashi.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Kind of this towards Otonashi.
  • Start of Darkness: Anyone going through what he went through would wind up with an overly inflated ego if they're insecure enough about themselves. And damn, was that poor blighter insecure about himself several times over.
  • The Stoic: Usually.
  • Student Council President
  • Token Evil Teammate: After joining the SSS, Naoi continues to harass everyone (usually Hinata) with his hypnosis, as well as constantly insulting the rest of the group (except Otonashi).
  • Theme Twin Naming: His twin brother was named "Hayato".
  • Twin Switch: Painfully deconstructed. As a child, he was forced by his father to switch places with his dead brother who had been a prodigy sculptor. He became very unhinged because of this.
  • The Unfavorite: When he was still alive. Due to the fact that his brother was amazing at his father's trade, his brother's death got a lot of stress put on him by his father.
  • Villainous BSoD: Arguably what happened during his confrontation with Otonashi; he was essentially forced to realize that he himself was ultimately responsible for his own misery.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy
  • Yandere: He can be this to Otonashi.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Averted, but comes very, very close to doing this to Yuri. Instead, he grabs her arms and leans into her face to hypnotize her, rather than touching it directly.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dark green hair.

Girls Dead Monster

    Masami Iwasawa
"Just as I was saved, I'll save someone else."

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The original vocalist and leader of Girls Dead Monster.

  • Ascended Extra: Iwasawa benefits from this in the most recent Manga Adaptation, The Last Order, which adapts a lot of the additional focus she received in the Visual Novel.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT touch her beloved guitar.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When she was alive, she had a troubled home life, with her parents fighting constantly. As a teenager, she discovered music as an escape and inspiration. Later, she found an abandoned guitar and taught herelf to play, busking on street corners and dreaming of gaining independence from her parents by supporting herself with her music. However, during one of her parent's arguments, her father accidentally hit Iwasawa in the head with a bottle, causing a cerebral contusion which eventually led to a stroke. She woke up in the hospital, unable to speak due to aphasia caused by the stroke, and died in the hospital some time later.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Not necessarily dying, but her last concert before disappearing was really amazing and touching.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Hisako in the manga.
  • Indirect Kiss: Or attempted to with Otonashi in Episode 3 with her water bottle.
  • Informed Ability: In life, according to her teachers, she could go anywhere with her grades, however, she doesn't want to depend on her parents any more.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She's the first character to disappear during the series after deciding to inspire others with her music in her next life.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced in Episode 1, disappeared in Episode 3.

"Even death can't cure idiocy."

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

The new vocalist of Girls Dead Monster.

  • Ascended Fangirl: Was a major Fangirl of Iwasawa and her band before being asked on to replace Iwasawa as the band's lead vocalist.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt appears to be short enough to see her belly.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hinata.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She may act like an idiot Fangirl, but she actually proves to be a worthy replacement for Iwasawa, and even writes the lyrics to Iwasawa's final song.
  • Catchphrase: "What an idiot" (alternatively "What a moron.")
  • Chained by Fashion: Her armbands and leggings resemble black chains.
  • Cry Cute: In her final moments in episode 10.
  • Cute Bruiser: German Suplex anyone?
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has these for whatever reason.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her skirt has a pointed devil tail, and her ribbons resemble horns.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a kid, she was hit by a car, leaving her totally paralyzed. She spent her whole life watching TV and admired lots of things on it. She wanted to do a German Suplex, hit a homerun, and dribble by 5 people and score in soccer, and marriage.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Episode 10 is focused entirely on her, and ends with her disappearing.
  • Expressive Hair: Yui has a difficult time hiding her excitement upon joining Hinata's baseball team.
  • Fangirl: Yui towards SSS's diversion unit/band, Girls Dead Monster. (Becomes an Ascended Fan Girl later)
    • As it turns out, Yui herself has some fangirls that she recruits for the baseball team.
  • Genki Girl: Justified by the fact that she did not have the ability to move her own body when alive.
  • Idiot Hair: Yui sports one, appropriately.
  • Ill Girl: She was a quadriplegic in life.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Cuddly and cute as a button though she may be, Yui has an extremely foul mouth by Japanese standards and is prone to using very masculine slang and vocabulary when addressing her seniors.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In one episode, she indirectly kills Hinata by kicking him into the business end of Angel's knife. In the next scene, she accidentally kills herself by slamming into a steel support beam.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She won't ever pass up a chance to remark on someone else's idiocy when she sees it.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: During the Heroic Sacrifices, she didn't even sacrifice herself to an Angel Clone. She gets swiped at the very end by a giant construction beam.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's optimistic and full of energy. And for bonus points, her love interest Hinata has blue hair.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Subverted with a backhand smack.
    "It would seem that the contents of your brain have melted and is dripping out your nose."
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: She passes on in episode 10 right before the Shadows start appearing.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Hinata, though they don't actually kiss. Hinata promises to marry her in the next life.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Is beaten up on by Hinata as frequently as she beats up on him, and her clumsiness often causes some painful moments for her, notably at the start of episode 4 and in episode 8.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: As the lead vocalist of Girl's Dead Monster, she gives off this vibe.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Serves this function for the SSS.
  • Tomboy: Despite her appearance, she definitely is one.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While largely tomboyish, she's fond of cute tics and has romantic fantasies about what it'd be like to get married.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lynched herself with her own microphone.
  • Tsundere: A major Type A towards Hinata.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: How she and Hinata normally resolve their differences.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

Voiced by: Chie Matsuura (JP), Elizabeth Bunch (EN)

The lead guitarist of Girls Dead Monster.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has one to the point where it can turn her demonic if her Berserk Button is pressed hard enough.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Iwasawa in the manga.
  • Informed Ability: According to Hinata, she's very athletic. Zig zagged, as while we never got to see her play in the baseball episode (she was on Takamatsu's team, apparently), in episode 6, she leapt out of the window very quickly when Naoi showed up.
  • It's All My Fault: When she was alive, the main vocalist of her band committed suicide. She blamed herself on her death and gave up music ever since.
  • Tomboy: Is outwardly the least feminine girl in the series, though her usual demeanor is the opposite of Yui's.

    Shiori Sekine
Voiced by: Emiri Katou (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

The bassist of Girls Dead Monster.

  • Genki Girl: A lot of fan art portrays her as one.
  • Screwy Squirrel: She enjoys playing tricks on others to see their reaction.
  • Those Two Girls: With Irie, possibly.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The GiDeMo short stories that accompanied the light novel are supposed to be her journal entries. Each one ends with her band-mates discovering the journal and objecting to how they're being portrayed — among other things, Iwasawa is depicted as a crazy perfectionist with a Kansai accent, Hisako is shown cheating at Mahjong, and Irie plays tricks on the NPCs.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

    Miyuki Irie
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The drummer of Girls Dead Monster.

Other SSS Members

"How shallow-minded."

Voiced by: Fuko Saito (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)

Ninja of the SSS. Also very strange.

  • Action Girl: The strongest fighter of the SSS by miles. In Track Zero, she fights Angel to a draw.
  • Adorkable: Under her stoic facade.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Badass Boast: She compares her presence in battle to 100 men.
  • Badass Armfold: In group gatherings, is often found off to the side, leaning against a wall with her arms folded.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Catchphrase: "How shallow-minded."note  In Japanese "Asahaka nari", which means "superficial" or "silly"; the "nari" is also an archaic form, hinting that she may be from a distant past era.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower
  • Custom Uniform: She remodeled her clothes herself from her school uniform, as she finds it uncomfortable.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Just look at the image!
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Episode 11 after Yuri gives out that speech about everyone choosing their own path. She stares at a bunch of them and winds up another toy. Could be a hint at her own past.
    • Taken even further in the special episode when she just raised the tension meter to 9999 just for saying CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Joined the SSS after they defeated her.
  • Disney Death: In episode 2.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rare female example; in the baseball episode, disappointed in herself for letting her Cuteness Proximity lead her into a trap, she decides to exercise her focus by balancing a broom on her hand at all times. Emphasis on "at all times".
    Yui: [upon learning of the above] Yup, she's a moron.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Yuri thinks she might be from the past. She is at least clearly bugged by modern school uniforms or English-borrowed words such as "geimu".
  • Mysterious Past: Her backstory and how she acquired her ninja skills are never explained. According to herself in the manga, her daily life consisted in "polishing her skills to kill people."
  • Ninja
  • One-Woman Army: "Consider your forces a hundred men stronger."
  • The Quiet One: To the point that when she does decide to comment on the situation, the rest of the cast freaks out.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Rebel Relaxation
  • Scarf Of Asskicking
  • Shout-Out: Possibly named after another socially awkward ninja.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is usually written "Shiina", but the cover of the volume 4 manga writes it "Sheena". The official guidebook also spells her name as "Seana".
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality
  • Super-Persistent Predator: When fighting Yurippe and Hinata, she tracks them down from the bottom of the (very deep) underground base to the school grounds.
  • You Are Number 6: She doesn't have a name − only the codename "C7". Yuri names her after its Japanese pronounciation ("shii-na")
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark blue hair.

"Get chance and luck."

Voiced by: Michael Rivas (JP), Adam Van Wagoner (EN)

A mysterious person in the SSS. No one knows about him at all, or his past.

  • The Ace: Seems to be good at everything the plot calls him to do. Except English.
  • Blindfolded Vision: He wears a large bandanna that hides his eyes.
  • Catchphrase: "Get chance and luck!"
  • Chained by Fashion: The handcuffs on his necklace, if nothing else.
  • Dance Battler: Not necessarily battling using his dancing skills. He just dances well and can fight.
    • Episode 12, he takes out Shadows using his dancing techniques.
  • Dead Star Walking: Some sources say TK was intended to be a rapper and possibly black, i.e. TwopacK. If this was the joke the author intended to make, then this dead star had been walking around outside heaven for more than a decade!
  • Gratuitous English: His pronunciation is perfect (His VA's a native English speaker), but his vocabulary is limited to Engrish non-sequiturs.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: While he's racially ambiguous, it's mentioned that his English stinks, so it can be inferred that he might be Japanese, which makes his entire shtick more of being a case culturally enamored.
  • Grind Boots: Well... head.
  • The Gunslinger: Tied with his Dance Battler status, TK enjoys toying with Shadows as much as he does his guns.
  • Hidden Eyes
  • Informed Flaw: He is apparently bad at English. The reality is a mixed bag, as while his expressions in that language are utter nonsense, they are gramatically correct and excellently pronounced for a Japanese.
  • Mysterious Past: SSS members admit that they know absolutely nothing about TK's past, or if "TK" is even his real name.
  • Only Known by Initials: He's only known as "TK", and nobody knows if that even stands for his name.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: A large number of TK's lines are either attributable to foreign pop culture or J-pop lyrics (see Waxing Lyrical). Some of them are:
  • Waxing Lyrical: Some of TK's more bizarre lines ("Get chance and luck," "I kiss you," "wild heaven", "come on, let's dance", etc.) are derived from the titles and lyrics of songs by J-pop / rock group TM Network. It may not be a coincidence that TM Network's producer and musician, Tetsuya Komuro, is also known as "TK".

"I feel like I could do the 100 man kumuite!"

Voiced by: Eiichiro Tokumoto (JP), Rob Mungle (EN)

Judo expert. Everyone calls him Matsushita 5th Dan out of respect.

"Do you want to die? 100 times?!"

Voiced by: Shun Takagi (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN)

The supposed rival of Otonashi, Noda wields a massive halberd compared to the guns favoured by the rest of the SSS. However, this is mostly played for laughs rather than taken seriously, as Otonashi doesn't take their 'rivalry' even remotely seriously.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice.
  • Bishounen
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Cute Little Fang: Sometimes sports one in the manga.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Hikikomori: He was apparently one when he was alive, according to the second drama CD.
  • Hunk: Has a chiseled, athletic physique.
  • Large Ham: So much so that in the OVA, when everyone is forced to act as hammy as possible, Hideki remarks that Noda is just acting like he always does.
  • Love at First Sight: Which makes it ridiculously easy to manipulate him. Just tell him it's for Yurippe's sake.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Twice in Heaven's Door. First he runs away in tears after Char calls Yurippe his "wife" (as in "she resembles my wife"), Hinata thinks he has a crush on Char. Then he runs away again when he thinks that Hinata and Yuri are a couple. Yuri logically deduces that he has a crush on Hinata. To sum it all up:
    Yuri: Our main weakness is that we are all idiots.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's lean and incredibly well toned with a muscular physique.
  • Shirtless Scene: Episode 4.
  • Super Window Jump: In the same way as Otonashi.
  • Unknown Rival: To Otonashi.
  • The Worf Effect: He does seem relatively strong, but he is cosistently taken out first by some accident, blunder, or sheer bad luck, be it in the main series or Heaven's Door.
  • Yandere: Implied to be a mild one for Yuri, but Death Is Cheap and its played entirely for laughs.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has indigo hair.

"You're next."
Fujimaki to Otonashi.

Voiced by: Yuki Masuda (JP), Andrew Love (EN)

Uses a shirasaya and gives off a tough guy vibe.

"Are you trying to get me naked?"

Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (JP), Kalob Martinez (EN)

Gives off the vibes of The Smart Guy, but is actually an idiot.

"Call me Christ."

Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (JP), Dylan Godwin (EN)

A genius hacker who Yuri enlists to infiltrate Angel's computer. He insists on being referred to as Christ, but at the time of writing no-one has ever used this name for him.

"Ah! I forgot!"

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP), Corey Hartzog (EN)

A member of the SSS and Hinata's roommate. Was thought to be an NPC until Hinata figured out that he wasn't. Notable for excelling in absolutely nothing.

Voiced by: Yui Makino (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

Yurippe's eyes and ears around the school. It's through her that the leader keeps tabs on everyone. In charge of communications and is almost always communicating though her headset.

  • Blinding Bangs: When she first appears in Heaven's Door.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Usually towards Yurippe.
  • Does Not Like Men: At first in the manga. Not only does she not like them, she tries to kill every single one she comes across. She first appears as a mad girl who kills every man she meets, until Angel reprograms her at her request to get rid of her negative emotions.
  • Emotionless Girl: Her expression never changes. Only when her feet are tapping along to the beat of the music and a Girls Dead Monster concert can anyone tell she's enjoying herself. Even when starving to death she won't show any reaction.
  • Emotion Suppression: In the manga, she gets Angel to lock up the traumatized parts of her mind so she can live without torment. After that, she becomes the stoic person we know from the anime.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Last Words: "As expected Yurippe-san, you're the best one suited for the villain…" (in the OVA)
  • Mission Control
  • Not So Stoic: While her neutral expression never changes, she can be seen tapping her foot and bobbing her head along to the beat of the Girls Dead Monster concert.
  • The Quiet One
  • Rape as Backstory: Strongly implied in the manga.
  • The Stoic
  • Tsurime Eyes

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)

He leads Guild, the SSS branch that develops weapons… from dirt, using their memories.

Other Characters

    Hatsune Otonashi
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)

Otonashi's younger sister. The only reason why he lived is to see her and buy her random manga.

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)

A man who helped out Otonashi when they were caved in the tunnel. After Otonashi treated his wounds, Igarashi aids him in assisting the other victims. Little is revealed about his character.

    Yuri's Three Little Siblings

Yuri's younger siblings from when she was alive.

  • Kill the Cutie: They were murdered when robbers invaded Yuri's home. They depended on her to find something valuable so that the robbers wouldn't have to kill them. Every 10 minutes that pass, they kill a child. Yuri couldn't find anything and the police came 30 minutes later.

Shadows multiply from NPCs. Even worse, they can consume the souls of humans, effectively making them NPCs for all eternity.

    Non-Player Characters

The remaining student body who do not resist God's influence, willingly or unwillingly.

  • Cannon Fodder: Any student is fair game for a Shadow.
  • Colour Coded Characters: Their uniforms contrast strongly with those worn by members of the SSS. They also almost never have hair colours different from a very dark brown or black (but not hazel or grey).
  • The Stoic: Takamatsu. Other NPCs do display emotion, especially during a Girls Dead Monster performance.
    • The NPC controlling the computers behind the Shadows in episode 12 plays this straight, even admitting that he's incapable of emotions.

Alternative Title(s): Angel Beats Heavens Door


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