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"That's right. Our main weakness is that we're stupid."
Yuri


  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Everyone does so eventually.
  • Badass Crew: Stupid but Badass.
  • Brainless Beauty: Most of them are attractive but not very smart.
  • Character Development: A select few gain it in the anime, while the others do in additional manga and visual novels.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: The reason why they even stay in the afterlife is because of their inability to let go of their past.
  • Custom Uniform: The girls wear Sailor Fuku uniforms, while the guys wear blazer-style uniforms, whereas the normal students have blazer-style uniforms for the girls and gyakuran for the guys. When Otonashi first wakes up, he wonders why he's the only one with a different uniform, until Yurippe tells him that he has the standard uniform.
  • Death Is Cheap: Justified since they're already dead.
  • Delinquents: The image they more or less give off at school to avoid getting obliterated. They frequently cut classes, when they do show up they always cause a disturbance, and they all wear Custom School Uniforms.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: As a result of rebelling against a god.
  • Idiot Hero: All of them really. They're all idiots. Yuri even calls herself one even though she's the smartest.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Otonashi, Yurippe, Takeyama, Hinata, Takamatsu, and Ooyama swap Angel's test sheets with fakes, causing her to fail and lose her Student Council President position. They get away with it until the end of Episode 9, when Hinata tells the principal about the deception, resulting in Angel being reinstated and those involved being punished.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: For giving them all such a short and unfair life.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lots of them. Range from several colors.
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    Otonashi 
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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: The story starts with Otonashi waking up without remembering anything besides his surname and being told by Yuri that he's dead. He decides to join the SSS hoping his memories will eventually return.
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In his backstory, he had a sickly little sister he took care of. Her early death hit him hard and he wanted to become a doctor to help ill people like her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Friendless Background: He thought friends were a pain to have before his sister's death.
  • Ghost Amnesia: He can't remember anything from his past life when he arrives to the afterlife, not even his first name.
  • 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.
  • Maybe Ever After: The Stinger in the final episode shows the reincarnated Otonashi approaching a girl who looks like Kanade and is humming the mapo tofu song, implying Otonashi and Kanade will get their happy ending in their next lives.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Naoi is rude and dismissive to everyone but Otonashi, who he idolizes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes how cruel the SSS has been to Angel, as well as his own role in that cruelty, after eating Angel's mabo tofu, and coming to understand that she uses it as comfort food.
  • 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: He tops Kanade's height by a full head. 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.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Otonashi finds himself awakening in an afterlife that looks like a high school with no memories of who he is and having no idea of what's happening. When he gets recruited by the SSS to fight against an "angel", Otonashi admits he's just going with the flow until his memories come back. He becomes more proactive after his memories return and he decides to help Kanade in getting the rebels to pass on and reincarnate.
  • 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lets off a "Shit..." when he wakes up after the train derailment and realizes that he's been unconscious for hours.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Hinata's Red. Ironic, considering their hair colors.
  • 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, he wakes up in the infirmiry with his shirt off.
  • The Soulsaver: After he fully recovers his memories and understands the real purpose of the afterlife school, Otonashi gains the new goal of helping all the human souls stuck there to overcome their regrets and pass on in peace. At the end of the anime, he willingly remains in the school because he knows a lot of souls will need someone like him to move on and reincarnate.
  • Super Window Jump: Courtesy of the SSS.
  • Team Dad: Gradually becomes this to the rest of the SSS, humorously to Yurippe's frustration since she's the actual team leader. His backstory even implies that he is one of the, if not the oldest member of the SSS, both physically and emotionally. Otonashi died in a train accident on his way to take his College entrance exams, so he was at least 18 when he died.
  • 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 
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"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: She's one of the only characters who's even close to a match for Angel in single combat, and manages to defeat one of the Angel clones on her own.
  • Affably Evil:
    • When she's at her worst. 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.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The incident where some robbers killed her younger siblings is the source of the hatred that drove her to rebel against Heaven.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's quick to threaten her subordinates with punishment for failure, such as sending them flying into the ceiling for not failing to distract Angel during the tests. However, when Ooyama fails when Angel rejects his Love Confession, she instead sends Hinata for flying, since Ooyama suffered enough.
  • 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.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: She greatly resents God because of the tragic death of her siblings at hands of robbers. In her afterlife, she has resolved to fight against the Heavens to take out her anger at the injustice of her previous life.
  • Final First Hug: In the final episode, Yuri hugs Kanade like a friend after they have finally worked out their differences. Mere moments later, Yuri disappears.
  • A God I Am Not: Yuri actually thinks about becoming God. Then she realizes that she came there to save everyone.
  • 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.
  • Mean Boss: She's frequently insulting and beating up her subordinates. At her worst, she won't hesitate to abandon the SSS to death traps so she can continue her path. Taken Up to Eleven in the second OVA, in which she orders the SSS to starve to death for her mistake.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: She thinks she failed at being a good oldest sister by not having being able to do anything to protect her younger siblings from some robbers that broke into their house and killed the younger kids because Yuri couldn't find something valuable to give 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.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a white beret while holding briefings.
  • 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.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She's such a jerk because the cruel deaths of her younger siblings made her hate the unfairness of her life. In the end, her so-called rebellion is just her taking out her anger and dissatisfaction over her life on Kanade.
  • 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: Harsh type. She's unbelievably bossy, fierce and abusive towards the SSS. All in all, she does hold her subordinates dear, which she admits near the end of the anime.
  • Unreliable Expositor: A lot of the information she gave to Otonashi in the first episode is entirely wrong. First of all, the "angel" her team is fighting is just a human girl and the true purpose of the high school is not to have the students be erased by God, but to help the souls of people who died young pass on in peace.
  • The Unreveal: The anime never specifies how exactly she died. She only tells Otonoshi that she didn't commit suicide since no teenager who takes their own life arrives at the high school. In the manga, however, she died after being hit by a car while waiting at a bus stop.
  • 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 
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"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.
  • 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.
  • 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 asks if they can call each other by their first names, and she accepts. She later gets onto this with Yuri.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In Episode 10, she shoots a flying soccer ball with a slingshot from the side, causing it to veer to the side, past Hinata and into the goal.
  • 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.
  • Little Miss Badass: A major ass-kicker possessing Super Strength and great skill with blades while having the appearance of a preteen girl. Which is because her heart condition when she was still alive stunted her growth.
  • Magic from Technology: She conjures hand blades, slingshots and wings using a single computer program called Angel Player.
  • Maybe Ever After: The Stinger of the final episode heavily implies Kanade and Otonashi meet again after reincarnating, giving them the chance to fall in love and be together again.
  • Meaningful Name: Her real name is Kanade Tachibana, and Kanade means "playing music".
  • Musical Theme Naming: 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 Girl: Befitting her name, she's even-tempered, polite to others and good-natured.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite acting like an Emotionless Girl, she has her own goofy moments. Otonashi later realizes she's really as much of a moron as everyone in SSS.
  • 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.
  • 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: She's one of the shortest characters in the series, being only 150 cm (4'11") tall. Yet, she's hella lot stronger than a young girl of her size should be.
  • 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.
  • The Rival: Of Yuri.
  • Self-Duplication: She develops the skill "Harmonics" to make a clone of herself which has her same powerset, including "Harmonics". However, Kanade uses this skill while it's still faulty and she can't make her clone disappear. Also, the clone she creates is evil and soon after, there's several evil Kanades running around. The SSS uses Angel Player to add the feature needed to re-absorb the Kanade clones into the original.
  • The Stoic: Her face never shows any emotion.
  • 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.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: She's the acting Student Council President working to keep students in line, 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.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: After spending nearly all the anime as an Emotionless Girl, Kanade is finally able to smile and act more like a normal girl in the last episode.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mapo Doufu. She likes the taste, and finds it to be the only thing on the school menu worth eating. In the last episode she made a song about it.
  • Unaffected by Spice: She can eat mapo doufu without batting an eye, but when another character tries it, he's downing multiple glasses of water just to try and ease the suffering from the heat.
  • 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 
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The co-founder/ co-leader of SSS along with Yuri.


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    Ayato Naoi 
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"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.


  • Ambiguously Gay: After his Heel–Face Turn, the way Naoi acts around Otonashi would make anyone think he's got a huge crush on the guy. However, it's never explicitly stated whether Naoi is attracted to Otonashi or it's just an exaggerated feeling of gratitude for Otonashi telling him the words he always wanted to hear when he was alive.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's actually pretty good with firearms, wielding two pistols simultaneously during the shadow assault with pretty good accuracy. And he has Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He becomes incredibly attached to Otonashi, the first person to have ever acknowledged his value as an individual.
  • 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.
  • Commissar Cap: He wears one at almost all times. It's part of his traditional gakuran uniform.
  • Cooldown Hug: Otonashi delivers one to him in episode six.
  • Cry Cute: He breaks into tears at the final episode.
  • 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.
  • 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. That said, while the others are willing to tolerate him, nobody exactly likes him, and Yuri mainly sees him as useful for helping Otonashi recover his memory..
  • Evil Wears Black: 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.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He becomes this to the SSS, sort of. Naoi hangs out with them just because he wants to be near Otonashi; it's clear the SSS still dislikes him as much as he dislikes anyone who isn't Otonashi. When Naoi throws himself at one of the Kanade clones to please Otonashi, no one actually cares and Yui even forgot his name, even while everyone else who was sacrificed got a tearful farewell.
  • 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.
  • Human All Along: After meeting him for the first time, the cast falls under the assumption that he's just a crazy NPC. He's soon revealed to be a human spirit like everyone in the main cast.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: He has the ability to hypnotize others.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: In the end, he wasn't able to measure up to his brother's skill in pottery or succeed their father by the time the elder Naoi became too ill to teach Ayato.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's more than implied that his arrogance and A God Am I attitude are his coping mechanism for living a short life in his twin brother's shadow and never being valued as his own person.
  • Jerkass: He treats almost everyone with disdain. The only exception is, eventually, Otonashi.
  • Jerkass to One: Inverted. He treats everyone except Otonashi with contempt. After insulting the others, he'll quickly point out that he didn't mean to include Otonashi in his insults.
  • 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.
  • Number Two: To Kanade as he holds the position of vice-president in the student council.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When using his hypnotic abilities, his eyes turn bright red.
  • Replacement Sibling: When his twin brother died in an accident, their father forced Naoi to pretend to be his brother and put him through strict training in pottery because he wasn't even half as talented as his brother. Naoi came to believe everything about his life was fake because he was forced to replace someone else.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He gives off a stalker vibe because of the way he makes a hobby out of following Otonashi wherever he goes.
  • 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, he acts almost robotic because of his lack of obvious emotions, which is part of why the SSS mistook him for a NPC. His interactions with Otonashi reveal he's Not So Stoic.
  • Student Council President: He takes over the student council after Kanade is forced to quit because of failing all her tests.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: He had a twin brother who was amazing at the family's pottery trade, while Naoi's own skills were average at best. His brother's death got a lot of stress put on Naoi by his father who wanted Naoi to live up to his brother's talent and become a good replacement.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's cold, condescending, and merciless to everyone. He only tries to be nice and considerate towards Otonashi, who managed to win him over by telling him his life had value.
  • Theme Twin Naming: His twin brother was named "Hayato", which is only one letter away from Ayato.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: SSS makes Kanade fail all her tests, causing Naoi to replace her as Student Council President. Naoi is far more hostile and vicious than Kanade, acting more as an outright villain instead of a Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist.
  • The Un-Favourite: When he was still alive, his father neglected him in favor of his twin brother who was far more talented in the family business. After said brother died, Naoi was forced by his father to switch his life with his twin brother's. While his father did acknowledge him briefly, Naoi was later forced to live like he was never himself.
  • 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: In his life, he gave it his all to get good at pottery to carry on his father's business. However, his father never acknowledged him as his own person, only treating him as a backup for his brother at most.
  • 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 
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"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.
  • A Death in the Limelight: She's the main focus of Episode 3, which ends with her disappearing.
  • 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.

    Yui 
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"Even death can't cure idiocy."

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

The new vocalist of Girls Dead Monster.


  • Animal Motifs: Her mannerisms are similar to a cat's and she calls herself Yui-nyan.
  • 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: Whenever she and Hinata are together, they piss each other off and begin wrestling. Unsurprisingly, they fall for each other.
  • 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 Insult: She often says "What an idiot" (alternatively "What a moron") when one of the SSS is being stupid.
  • Cerebus Retcon: You see her hyperactive Genki Girl behavior in a whole new light when Yui tells Otonashi that she was rendered quadriplegic when she was little and now that she can finally move, she wants to use up her body to the limit and try everything she couldn't in her life.
  • Chained by Fashion: Her armbands and leggings resemble black chains.
  • Contrasting Replacement Character: She replaces Iwasawa as the vocalist of Girls Dead Monster and her Genki Girl personality is the polar opposite of the coolheaded Iwasawa. Lampshaded in Episode 4.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink eyes to go with her pink hair.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has two pointy teeth like a cat, fitting her energetic personality.
  • 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.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Played With. Yui was originally a quadriplegic girl who was hospitalized ever since she could remember. She meets her love interest Hinata when she's already dead and her spirit can freely move around all she wants. Yui doesn't believe Hinata could have fallen in love with her if she was still crippled, but Hinata assures he loves Yui no matter the condition of her body.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted. Just as her violence on Hinata is played for comedy, so is the violence he uses against her.
  • Expressive Accessory: Her "demon tail" which seems to twitch and move according to her mood.
  • Expressive Hair: Yui has a difficult time hiding her excitement upon joining Hinata's baseball team.
  • Fond Memories That Could Have Been: To help her find peace, Hinata talks with Yui about how they could have meet when they were alive if he had accidently broken her hospital window with a baseball ball. He also swears he would have married her despite her being quadriplegic. Overjoyed to hear that, Yui passes on while imagining a romance with Hinata during her life.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Not nearly as bad as Naoi, but most of SSS finds her utterly annoying, and nowhere near Iwasawa's level of talent.
  • Genki Girl: She's overloaded of energy, always running and jumping around. Justified by the fact that she did not have the ability to move her own body when alive.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears some of her hair in twintails, fittingly giving her the stereotypical hairstyle of a Tsundere.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's an overly cutesy Kawaiiko who is fond of cute tics and has romantic fantasies about what it'd be like to get married. She's also crudely violent and prone to using very masculine slang and vocabulary when addressing her seniors.
  • Hidden Depths: Yui comes off as selfish and immature, but she feels indebted to her mother for taking care of her, and wishes that Hinata could lighten her mother's burden by helping take care of her.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: She hopes to become Iwasawa's replacement in Girls Dead Monter, but is unable to play the guitar well while singing (but appears to do just fine when she's only singing). She's also rather unathletic, resulting in her needing a lot of practice to do a German suplex, only scoring a soccer goal with Otonashi and Angel's interference, and ultimately failing to hit a home run.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Her biggest regret is that no man would have wanted a quadriplegic girl like her for a wife. Hinata swears he would marry her even if her body can't move, which allows Yui to find peace and finally pass on.
  • 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.
  • 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: Yui is small and 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.
  • Mythical Motifs: Some elements of her outfit are reminding of a demon. Her skirt has a pointed tail, and her ribbons resemble horns.
  • The Napoleon: Downplayed. While she's tiny, she's very cheerful and only gets angry and violent when arguing with Hinata.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes down to about her waist.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's optimistic and full of energy. And for bonus points, her love interest Hinata has blue hair.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She calls those in the SSS her sempai, but her insults and beatings show she has no kohai respect for them. Hinata tries to insist that she show him respect, but only manages to get her to rephrase her insults more politely.
  • Shana Clone: Small, flat-chested and has pink Rapunzel Hair with Girlish Pigtails. She's normally more of a Genki Girl than a Tsundere, but she's still short-tempered and physically abusive towards her love interest.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: She's usually nowhere to be seen during the most serious scenes. She passes on the episode before the series abandons its comedy to start ending to the finale.
  • 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.
  • Tears of Joy: She cries out of happiness when Hinata makes up a romance they could have had if they had met when they were alive.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's the shortest girl in the cast besides Kanade and she bosses the members of SSS around from time to time.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the youngest-looking member of the cast, emphasizing her cuteness. With the revelation that she was quadriplegic in life, it's very likely that she's so short because she spent all her time resting in a bed.
  • Tragic Dream: During her life, her greatest dream was getting married. Sadly, that was impossible because her body was paralyzed since she was little and she spent her entire life in a hospital bed. Hinata promises he will make her dream come true in her next life.
  • Tsundere: Sweet type. Yui is usually cheery and friendly, but her aggressive side comes out around Hinata. Otonashi outright asks Yui to decide whether she loves or hates Hinata.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She wrestles with Hinata frequently. Also, a portion of Episode 10 is dedicated to Otonashi teaching Yui how to do a German Suplex.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

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

The bassist of Girls Dead Monster.


  • The Prankster: 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.

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

The drummer of Girls Dead Monster.


Other SSS Members

    Shiina 
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"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 Kanade to a draw.
  • Badass Armfold: In group gatherings, is often found off to the side, leaning against a wall with her arms folded.
  • Badass Boast: "Consider your forces a hundred men stronger."
  • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: She keeps a dead serious face while acting as ridiculous as all the members of SSS.
  • Custom Uniform: She remodeled her clothes herself from her school uniform, as she finds it uncomfortable.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Her reaction to seeing a cute toy is to blush and hug it, which makes it too easy for her to fall into stupid traps. Taken Up to Eleven 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.
  • 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".
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Unlike the others who sacrifice themselves to stop the Angel Clones, Shiina's sacrifice isn't shown; just her shadow gettin stabbed.
  • 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: It's unknown if she's an authentic ninja, but she does have a silent demeanor and fights with traditional ninja weapons such as dual-wielding kodachi and shuriken.
  • One-Woman Army: She compares her presence in battle to 100 men.
  • 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: It goes down to about her hips.
  • Rebel Relaxation: She's often seen resting against a wall in this position, which suits her mysterious ninja character.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: During operations, she wears a long black scarf covering the bottom part of her face and her neck, as it's common with ninja characters in anime.
  • 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: While she usually acts as a stoic and mysterious ninja, she can't help to blush when she sees something cute.
  • 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.

    TK 
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"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.
  • 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".

    Godan Matsushita 
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"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.


  • Back for the Finale: Matsushita 5-Dan apparently goes off to the mountains in Episode 10, and doesn't return before episode 12.
  • BFG: He unleashes a rocket on Angel in the first episode.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Except during the Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Formerly Fat: Episode 12, he lost weight. The SSS members didn't even recognize him. However he feels stronger.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": While the rest of the cast calls him Matsushita Godan out of respect for his Judo prowess, Matsushita's given name really is Godan. He claims that someone as young as him could never actually reach a 5th Dan ranking and just rolled with it because he didn't want to correct the rest of the battlefront to avoid confusion.
  • Lost in Translation: The dub has the characters call him "Matsushita the Fifth," since his title of 5th Dan doesn't easily translate into English. Putting his name in Western order, with his given name in front of his family name, also means that the His Name Really Is "Barkeep" twist about his 5th Dan title no longer makes sense.

    Noda 
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"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: Someone who cuts another man into pieces with an axe the moment they first meet obviously isn't a stable and sane person. Luckily, everyone in the setting is already dead so he can't kill anyone.
  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice is a halberd.
  • The Champion: Noda is a lot more passionately devoted to Yuri than anyone else in the SSS. This makes him ridiculously easy to manipulate since he will do anything as long as you tell him it's for Yuri's sake.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: His Establishing Character Moment has him violently murder Otonashi with an ax several times. Why? Noda was furious that Yuri apparently took an instant liking to Otonashi.
  • Cute Little Fang: Sometimes sports one in the manga.
  • Dumb Muscle: So much so that just hearing someone recite the digits of pi is enough to drive him into submission.
  • Hikikomori: He was apparently one when he was alive, according to the second drama CD.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Yuri never shows signs of reciprocating or even knowing about Noda's feelings for her.
  • Hunk: He 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.
  • 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.
  • Subordinate Excuse: It's strongly implied he has the hots for his boss Yuri and that's why he's fiercely dedicated to the SSS.
  • Super Window Jump: In the same way as Otonashi.
  • Unknown Rival: He has a one-sided rivalry towards Otonashi for no other reason than that Otonashi refused Yuri's offer to enlist to the SSS.
  • 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: He'll brutally maim any man Yuri shows even a slight interest in, but Death Is Cheap here so it's played entirely for laughs.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has indigo hair.

    Fujimaki 
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"You're next."
Fujimaki to Otonashi.

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

Uses a shirasaya and gives off a tough guy vibe.


    Takamatsu 
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"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.


  • Clark Kent Outfit: He's actually quite well-built under his clothes.
  • Hand Cannon: Weapon of Choice.
  • Hunk: Three male members of the SSS were seen shirtless in the anime. Otonashi with an average build, Noda with a lean toned build, but Takamatsu is seen with the most developed abs, chest, shoulder, back, bicep and tricep muscles of the trio, period.
  • Large Ham: The result of any Shirtless Scene he invokes.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "MY BODY WAS MADE FOR [subject]!" in the OVA.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In episode 11, Takamatsu is attacked by the Shadows and turned into an NPC, just to show how dire the situation is.
  • Shirtless Scene: He's prone to these.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Subverted. Yuri says to not be fooled by his glasses because he's an idiot like everyone else.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He has glasses and is usually calm and polite.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Near the end of the anime, Takamatsu is absorbed by the Shadows and reduced to a soulless NPC. However, the last episode has the characters offhandedly mention Takamatsu recovered somehow.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has blue hair.

    Takeyama 
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"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.


  • Catchphrase: "Call me Christ"
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He doesn't like to be called Takeyama; he wants to be called Christ.
  • Genius Ditz: Any "normal" person would know what kind of answers wouldn't fit in a certain subject.
  • Irony: Everyone calls him Christ in the 3rd Angel Beats Drama CD, though at this point he no longer wishes to be called Christ.
  • Mouthful of Pi: Enough to subdue Noda.

    Ooyama 
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"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.


    Yusa 
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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.


  • Ax-Crazy: In the prequel manga, she first appears as a mad girl who brutally kills every man she meets. The reason why she's an Emotionless Girl in the anime is because Yusa asked Kanade to seal away her murderous impulses and emotions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her snarky moments, usually towards Yurippe.
  • Does Not Like Men: She tried to kill every single men she came across before Kanade sealed away her emotions and she joined SSS.
  • Emotion Suppression: In the prequel manga, she gets Kanade to lock up the traumatized parts of her mind so she can live without torment. After that, she becomes the stoic girl we know from the anime.
  • Emotionless Girl: Like Kanade, Yusa doesn't show any emotions and speaks in a monotone voice. The prequel manga reveals this is a result of Kanade repressing Yusa's emotions at Yusa's request to put an end to her murder spree of men.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the prequel manga, she changes her original loose, disheveled hairstyle for her Girlish Pigtails from the anime after Kanade seals her emotions. This symbolizes her change from an Ax-Crazy girl to an Emotionless Girl.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She keeps her hair tied into twin-tails, but she isn't girlish at all.
  • Mission Control: She's in charge of communications and is almost always communicating though her headset.
  • Mysterious Past: She's one of the many characters whose backstory is never revealed, but according to the prequel manga, she went through something bad enough to make her want to kill all men she came across.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Before joining the SSS, her skirt was longer than the other female students.
  • 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.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: In the prequel manga, she had her hair down and it covered her right eye until she pulled it up into the Girlish Pigtails she has in the anime after she has Kanade get rid of her emotions.
  • Pre-Insanity Reveal: Inverted. The prequel manga reveals Yusa used to be dangerously deranged and murderous towards men before she joined the SSS. She changed into the Emotionless Girl she's in the anime after Angel reprogrammed her at her request to get rid of her negative emotions.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears brown tights with her SSS school uniform.
  • The Quiet One: She talks even less than Shiina, who shocks everyone by merely making a comment.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the prequel manga, her hair is loose and it reaches past her hips.
  • Shear Menace: In the prequel manga, she kills the guys at the school by stabbing them with several scissors.
  • The Stoic: 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.

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

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


  • Gadgeteer Genius: A variant, as he started out by building guns. How? By molding every separate component out of dirt, no less.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Believe it or not, he's the same age as Yuri and the others.

Other Characters

    Hatsune Otonashi 
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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.


    Igarashi 
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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.


  • Bit Character: He plays a relatively small role, as someone Otonashi met in the last few days of his life.
  • Last-Name Basis: Both he and Otonshi introduce themselves with only their surnames.
  • Nice Guy: He's patient and understanding, and one of the only ones who stands by Otonashi. When Otonashi gives up his share of the water after the water thief spills it, Igarashi ofers to shre his with Otonashi.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only one of the survivors besides Otonashi who managed to keep his composure during the scenarion.

    Yuri's Three Little Siblings 
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Yuri's younger siblings from when she was alive.


  • Death of a Child: 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.
  • Posthumous Character: They all died as part of Yuri's backstory.

    Shadows 
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Shadows that multiply from NPCs.


  • Fate Worse than Death: They turn people into Non-Player Characters. The SSS speculates that this means they will be stuck living out their normal school lives for all of eternity, unable to move on. But they have shown themselves to be Unreliable Expositors.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: What becoming an NPC entails.
  • Love Hurts: They were created in the first place as a solution to students who can't pass on because of this.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Their purpose is to help the dead students find peace, in the event that they grow too attached to the school or each other to pass on.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: They can consume the souls of humans, effectively making them NPCs for all eternity. Or so Yuri speculates.

    Non-Player Characters 
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The remaining student body who do not resist God's influence.


  • 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 Soulless: The SSS believe that they're this.
  • 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.
  • Weirdness Censor: From Yuri's experience briefly becoming an NPC, they're students who live out their normal school lives while blissfully unaware that they're dead.

Alternative Title(s): Angel Beats Heavens Door

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