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     Misaki Suzuhara 

Misaki Suzuhara
Voiced By: Atsuko Enomoto [JP], Jessica Boone [EN]

A timid, sweet-tempered, and kind 12-year-old girl who has just moved to Tokyo to live with her aunt. In the manga she is more overreactive and easily excited. She had been living with her grandparents in Wakayama while she went to elementary school, but saved her money so she could afford to go to middle school in Tokyo. She worries about the fact that she is small and unathletic, and is sometimes mistaken for an elementary school student. She sees Angelic Layer as a way to prove that there is nothing wrong with being small. She started playing Angelic Layer after seeing the white angel Athena on a video screen outside of Tokyo Station (she was unaware that she was seeing her own mother's angel). Her angel is Hikaru, and she is known as the "Miracle Rookie". She is nicknamed "Misakichi" by her friend Tamayo.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga they win the national championships but lose to Shuko and Athena (who are considered in a league ranked far above.) In the anime, she wins this bout.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Misaki is noted to be a very perceptive player, and is able to deduce her opponent's strengths and special skills and quickly find a strategy to combat it.
  • Birds of a Feather: In the Anime, it is revealed that she and Ohjiro have a lot of similarities, especially when it comes with their family and how they don't want to be a burden to their guardians (i.e. pretending to like some food that their caretakers offered them, and getting it everyday as a result). Misaki starts to fall for Ohjiro because of this.
  • Cheerful Child: Misaki is always positive and smiling. Even when her mother leaves her and never contacts her in 7 years, she continues to be understanding because her mother is
  • Genius Ditz: Downplayed. She may be a bit clumsy and innocently naive outside of Angelic Layer, but she's not particularly dumb at most subjects the average person is supposedly good at and her clumsiness is not distracting to the point of annoyance. In the Angelic Layer games, she's a genius to the point she can quickly develop strategies and effectively imitate techniques (including those she witnessed executed by real people outside the games) upon observing them once. Plus she's quite quick at adapting to circumstances she never experienced before within the games.
  • Kid Hero: Misaki is only 13, and throughout the manga, progresses from a total Angelic Layer newbie to one of the most powerful Deus in the country.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's very timid at the start of the story, but she becomes more assertive when she begins playing Angelic Layer.
  • The Watson: She'd never even heard of Angelic Layer before she moved to Tokyo, requiring other characters to explain it to her and thus the audience.


"Angel wings! Please guide me and Hikaru!"

Misaki's Angel. Though small and lightweight compared to most angels, Hikaru possesses very strong attacks, most which are speed-based. Her small stature makes her aerodynamic, quick, and agile. She was created by Misaki to show others, through Angelic Layer, that there is nothing wrong with being small. Her appearance is a bit tomboyish, since Misaki had accidentally cut her hair short. She has a less mature physique than other angels.

  • Adaptational Badass: As mentioned above, not only does she beat Athena but She gets an anime-only upgrade that gives her angelic wings enabling her flight and comparable power to Athena.
  • Fragile Speedster: Being a lightweight model, Hikaru is very quick and can get out trouble easily, but a well timed hit can put her out of commission.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite being fragile and light, she packs a lot of power behind her attacks.

     Ichiro "Icchan" Mihara
Voiced By: Masaya Onosaka [JP], Andy McAvin [EN]

Ichiro Mihara nicknames himself "Icchan" to hide his true identity from Misaki. He is 28 years old and oftens acts eccentric, spontaneous, and immature for his age. He often jumps out of random places, shouting "Icchan go BOOM!", to scare Misaki and Ogata. He is ingenious and dead serious when it comes to Angelic Layer. In the manga, Icchan is the president of the Piffle Company, creators of the Angelic Layer toys. In the anime, Icchan is the "father" and creator of Angelic Layer, having developed the game over seven years with the help of Shuko Suzuhara. Icchan was an employee at a hospital that was trying to treat Shuko's neurological condition. They were developing the angels as part of their research into creating prosthetic limbs which could be controlled by brain waves. When the research funding was cut off, Icchan and Shuko created Angelic Layer in order to help fund further research.

  • Bad Boss: To Ogata, his underling, making him undergo bizarre punishments when he fails to do something, like sticking a live octopus down his pants.
  • Catchphrase: "Icchan go BOOM!".
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Misaki, explaining Angelic Layer to her and keeping tabs on her progress.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: The anime expands his personal relationship with Shuko and ends with Ichiro proposing to her as opposed to the sequel Chobits where he married someone else.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Loves to do this to Misaki.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In Chobits which takes place several years later, he had died from a disease awhile before the story begins.

     Shoko Asami
Voiced By: Kotono Mitsuishi [JP], Kelly Manison [EN]

Misaki's aunt and Shuko's younger sister. She is 26 years old. Her hairstyle bears a resemblance to that of Takako Shimizu in Chobits. She demands that Misaki and her friends call her "Miss Shoko"("Shoko-san") instead of "aunt" ("obasan" in Japanese) because she is still "an attractive young newscaster." She often covers Angelic Layer events for the local news station, where she works. Misaki lives with Shoko when she moves to Tokyo.

  • Ma'am Shock: Prefers to be called "Miss Shoko" rather than "Aunt Shoko".
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: When Misaki calls her "Aunt Shoko", she pinches her niece's cheek and demands that Misaki call her "Miss Shoko" instead.

     Shuko Suzuhara
Voiced By: Kikuko Inoue [JP], Christine Auten [EN]

Misaki's mother and Shoko's elder sister. She is 31 years old. In the anime, it is explained that Shuko left Misaki at the age of five to be taken care of by her grandparents under the guise of work, when in reality she was going to Tokyo to search for a cure her neurological disease. This disease inhibits nerve signals from reaching to or from her legs. Ichiro Mihara was a doctor attempting to work with her to find a cure when the two started Angelic Layer as a way to do research and raise funds. Shuko, or "Shu" as she is called when playing Angelic Layer, is the undisputed champion with her angel Athena, having won the past three national championships. Over the past seven years, she has avoided meeting Misaki, as she is afraid of what Misaki would think of her. In the manga, Shuko has no disease, but is extremely shy about socializing with those she loves. She works for the company behind Angelic Layer.

  • Action Mom: She's the undefeated champion of Angelic Layer, and one of her motivation to win is her desire to overcome her anxiety over her crippled legs and be seen as a worthy mother to Misaki.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: In the Anime, Shuko's legs were crippled due to a rare neurological disease and she left Misaki to search for a cure. She doesn't allow herself to face Misaki before that goal is achieved because, she's afraid that Misaki would be disappointed with having such a useless mother, especially since Misaki is under the impression that Shuko left in order to work and achieve great things.
  • Ill Girl: In the anime, Shuko has a rare neurodegenerative disease that causes her legs to stop responding to her brain signals, and this is the true reason why she left Misaki.
  • Handicapped Badass: A disease took away her legs and forced her into wheelchair in the anime, and the Angels were first developed as a prototype for prosthetic that would have allowed her to walk again. The funding for the prosthetic research ran out before they could work on the larger models, but Icchan and Shuuko were determined to raise funds by monetizing the smaller prototype, thus creating the Angelic Layer. Shuko's dream to get a cure for herself and other people suffering like her is the reason why she is such a powerful Deus.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Not only does she take interest in Ichiro and he proposes to her in the anime, Ohjiro had a huge crush on her since elementary school and wants to defeat her so he can get over it.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shuko is very shy and self-loathing;the reason why she never contacted Misaki for so long was because she was afraid that her daughter would be embarrassed to have a "useless" mother like her.


"Athena's Wings! Open up the future!"

Athena has won the National Games championship in all three years of its existence, and is the undisputed champion of Angelic Layer. She can create powerballs, called Astral Emission, and fly with wings. During their fight, Hikaru learned to do this.

  • Light 'em Up: Can create spheres of light called "Astral Emission" to hurl at her opponents.

     Hatoko Kobayashi
Voiced By: Yuri Shiratori [JP], Sasha Paysinger [EN]

A 5-year-old known in the Angelic Layer world as the "Miracle Kindergartner". She is Misaki's best friend and Angelic Layer mentor. Even at a very young age, she is intelligent, mature, and hard-working. She is an expert at Angelic Layer, often winning her games in mere seconds. She wins all ten of her games at the Tokyo prefecture games, and is the defending champion of the Kantō regional games. She is fiercely competitive, and often works to increase her angel's speed and power. She likes to poke fun at her brother Kotaro for his apparent ineptness when it comes to his crush on Misaki. Hatoko treats Misaki like her student rather than her nee-chan (sister). Hatoko's angel is Suzuka.

  • Child Prodigy: She's only five years old, but she's one of the greatest Angelic Layer players in the world.
  • Not So Above It All: For all her maturity, when she loses a match against Sai she collapses into tears, much like an set and disappointed little kid would.
  • Red Baron: Nicknamed the "Miracle Kindergartner" in the Angelic Layer community.


"Exceed the speed of light and sound, Suzuka!"

Hatoko's Angel. Suzuka resembles a beautiful and strong ninja, and her 'Rolling Thunder' attack can defeat other angels within seconds. Her strength has led her to compete in the heated National Tournament along with Hikaru. Suzuka's name derives from the fact that she has two suzus on her bow and one hanging from her hair.

  • Glass Cannon: Suzuka is a very powerful fighter who can One-Hit Kill almost every single opponent she fights against, but because she's not very durable, those who survive her initial attack would get an advantage over her. This is likely the reason why she lost to Sai's Shirahime in the regional semi-finals when they both hit each other at the same time. Shirahime is a heavyweight, and could withstand more damage.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a lightweight model, Suzuka is quick but can be taken down by a few powerful strikes.
  • Signature Move: The "Rolling Thunder" attack, which is a flipkick that almost guarantees a One-Hit Kill.

     Kotaro Kobayashi
Voiced By: Jun Fukuyama [JP], Kevin Corn [EN]

A 13-year-old middle school classmate of Misaki, whom he has a crush on, and Hatoko's elder brother. He is always being assaulted by Tamayo and her various martial arts techniques, of which he has been a victim since he was four years old. He becomes jealous of Ohjiro's advances towards Misaki, going so far as to try to attempt to play a quasi-match of Angelic Layer against Ohjiro, despite the fact that he had never played it before. His family owns a karate dojo. Kotaro has practiced karate himself, showing Misaki some of his knowledge in hopes that Misaki can use it to help Hikaru win.

  • Nice Guy: Kotaro is a long-suffering Butt-Monkey who has to put up with Tamayo's abuse and Hatoko's constant disrespect, but he continues to care and look out for them.
  • Oblivious to Love: In the anime, Kotaro seems to have been completely oblivious to Tamayo's love for him until she tells him outright that's how she feels.

     Tamayo Kizaki
Voiced By: Satsuki Yukino [JP], Monica Rial [EN]

A friend and classmate of Misaki. She nicknames Misaki "Misakichi" and is rather eccentric. One of her favorite activities is practicing her martial arts techniques on her unwilling friend, Kotaro. She always cheers for Misaki at Angelic Layer matches and defends her against those who question her ability. In the anime, it is revealed that Tamayo has always held intimate feelings for Kotaro, while in the manga, she only sees him as a close friend. She offers to be Misaki's "second" in her national game match against the Angelic Layer Company's angel when Hatoko is ill. Misaki accepts Ohjiro's offer instead.

  • Dynamic Entry: Constantly performs a running karate move on Kotaro when she appears.
  • Keet: Tamayo always loud and energetic, and is the most enthusiastic of Misaki's supporter.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the manga, she seems to ship Misaki and Kotaro.
  • Tomboy: Well, she's a Hot-Blooded martial arts expert and a great athlete, but she sucks at cooking. It gets to the point that her childhood friend Kotaro doesn't see her as a girl.

     Ohjiro Mihara
Voiced By: Soichiro Hoshi [JP], Chris Patton [EN]

Icchan's younger step-brother. He has been involved with Angelic Layer for many years, in large part because it was what brought him and Icchan together after their parents married. Ohjiro competes in Kobe, and was the champion of the Kansai Regional games, as well as being the runner-up in the national tournament for two consecutive years.In the manga he is reassuringly asking what color are Misaki panties then running away. He has a desperate desire to defeat Shuko Suzuhara's angel, Athena, to get over a childhood crush he had on her. His angel is Wizard. In the anime, he falls in love with Misaki.

  • Love Father, Love Son: Gender-inverted in the Anime. He harbors a Precocious Crush on Shuko (who is 16 years his senior) ever since he is in the 5th grade, but eventually falls in love with Shuko's daughter, Misaki.
  • Nice Guy: He's always looking out for Misaki.
  • Princely Young Man: Ohjiro is known in the arena as the Young Nobleman due to his polite and elegant demeanour, which is reflected in his Angel's fighting style. It helps that the first part of his name is synonymous to the Japanese word for "prince" (Ouji).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the calm and collected Princely Young Man (blue) to contrast his step-brother's Hot-Blooded Bunny-Ears Lawyer tendencies.


Ohjiro's Angel. Wizard is the Kansai Regional champion, and was the runner up in the National Games for two consecutive years. Wizard uses a technique called “Magic Guard” to block his opponent’s attacks with an electric shield that uses static electricity. Misaki neutralized the shield by using one of Hikaru's cables as an earth contact to the layer. Wizard is one of the few male angels in the Layer.
  • Mystical White Hair: His white hair is very appropriate for his namesake and his almost magical ability to shock his opponents.
  • Shock and Awe: Wizard's signature "Magic Guard" technique is actually an electrical force field that shocks his opponents as they attack him.

Secondary Characters

Kyoko (Middle) and friends.
Voiced By: Chieko Atarashi [JP], Luci Christian [EN]

An arrogant Angelic Layer player who challenges new players in battles for easy wins.

  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Her strategy to get easy wins is to challenge clueless newbies and defeat them using electric whips, which is actually forbidden in the Angelic Layer. However, she is defeated by Misaki.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Like several of Misaki's old opponents, it's implied at the end of the series.
  • The Perfectionist: Kyoko consistently targets less experienced Angelic Layer players, and uses illegal weapons to keep her "win percentage" high.
  • Sore Loser: She was quite a poor sport after her defeat against Misaki and Hikaru.


"Display your fierce power, Queen!"
Kyoko's Angel. She's equipped with illegal electric whips in unofficial games to easily defeat inexperienced players. She fights and loses to Hikaru in her second Angelic Layer match.

     Arisu Fujisaki
Voiced By: Chiemi Chiba [JP], Mandy Clark [EN]

Arisu is a talented angel builder who aids her sister in creating angels. She follows in her sister's steps as a talented Kung Fu artist, and creates strong and agile angels. Arisu does not make angels for herself. Arisu designed Mao and Unpyo to be stronger than Suzuka, but Unpyo loses to Suzuka in record time, which mortifies her and her sister. After sabotaging Hikaru with a transmitter, Arisu is caught by Ohjiro Mihara. She is told that Angelic Layer is meant to show true talent and that anyone can be brilliant; she is forced to give up cheating to win. She is very sensitive about the angels she builds, and accuses her sister of not liking the angels she made after their loss to Hikaru. Arisu creates a balance-oriented angel called Arisu for herself near the end of the anime, and vows to beat Hikaru in a friendly battle. In the last episode, Arisu is shown fighting the angel Queen with Alice. She has a crush on Ohjiro Mihara, calling him "Ohijiro-sama", and asking for his autograph. She later decides she hates him after losing against Hikaru and Misaki. Arisu's name is translated in the Japanese anime credits as "Alice".

  • Adaptational Wimp: In the manga, after her sister's defeat by Hikaru, she enters Angelic Layer to duel for herself and becomes a finalist that Misaki has to battle against in the national championship. Though the anime hints her taking interest in the game after the defeat, she is never shown dueling.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: During the Kanto regional tournament, she tries to win against Misaki by planting a device on Hikaru to interfere with the command signal between the angel and the Deus. However, she was caught by Ohjiro, who stopped her from using the device, allowing Hikaru to win aginst Mao.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After getting defeated by Hikaru and Misaki, Arisu is determined to become a Deus herself and discover the joy of Angelic Layer for herself, instead of simply focusing on creating the perfect Angel. Later on, she and her sister visit Misaki to celebrate her victory in the Kanto's regional league.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not only does she later becomes a player in Angelic Layer, she becomes so good she is RUNNER-UP as champion in the amateur leagues, losing only to Hikaru.

     Madoka Fujisaki

Arisu's older sister, originally introduced as the Deus of Mao. She's known as a kung fu master in addition to being a Deus.

  • Anime Chinese Girl: Her Odango hairstyle, her proclaimed expertise in kung fu, and the name of her Angel (which is the Chinese word for "cat") fits the typical Anime Chinese stereotype. However, she doesn't actually seem to be Chinese.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: She and her sister attempt cheat in their match against Misaki by trying to sabotage Hikaru. She lost after Ohjiro stops Arisu from activating the device that was causing Hikaru to malfunction.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After she loses to Hikaru she wants to win her next match fairly.

     Sai Jounouchi 
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)

Known as the "Ice Machine," started playing Angelic Layer at the request of her terminally ill sister, Rin. Rin designed what the angel would look like, but died before Sai could create her. Sai states that her reason for playing Angelic Layer is "to become strong." Sai is from Kanagawa Prefecture and was the runner-up in the Kantō Regional games the past year. She is friends with Kaede, who went to the same middle school as Sai. Her angel is Shirahime.

  • The Red Baron: Known as the "Ice Machine", and her angel Shirahime reflects this by being a regal, white-haired in a snow-white kimono.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mostly serious and no-nonsense, but softens up around her little sister or Kaede. She eventually takes a shine to Misaki as well.

     Kaede Saito
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP); Tiffany Terrell (EN)

Kaede is a quiet and wise girl with glasses from Kanagawa. She is friends with Sai Jounouchi. Her parents are divorced, and she lives with her father. She received an angel egg as a gift from someone in her father's company. She is known as the 'girl with a healing smile'. It is revealed in Chobits that she is Minoru Kokubunji's sister, and that she has died in the few years since Angelic Layer.

  • Silk Hiding Steel: She has a sweet, gentle personality, but she's a surprisingly ruthless fighter.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: It's revealed in Chobits that Kaede died and Minoru had his Persocom, Yuzuku, custom-made to look and act exactly like her.

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