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East Side Wolves

    You Satou
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)
An ordinary boy who gets roped into the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club by Sen after witnessing one supermarket brawl for half-priced lunch boxes.
  • Accidental Pervert: Not that he doesn't have plenty of perverted thoughts as well - it's just that there's never any overlap between his fantasies and the numerous public situations he finds himself in.
  • Bash Brothers: With Ren, which earns them the nickname Two Dogs from Orthros.
  • Blood Knight: Satou doesn't want to get easy bento by joining up with the Hounds, he wants to fight hard for it or else it doesn't taste good.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mostly due to Ume. He gets slapped every single episode. He grows out of it by the end of the show... mostly.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Think? Yes. Act? No.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Not outwardly, but Satou's Internal Monologue tends to be rather... grandiose.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He is pervert but he has some limitations and ability to keep his urge in check.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Looks and acts like an ordinary moron but can do extraordinary things when situations call for it.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The Pervert, after he had to get to a supermarket in women's clothing to get there on time. It's a Long Story, except not - an overzealous security guard made him strip and sought to Ass Shove him with a D Battery for asking to go to Shaga's room, forcing Satou to flee without his clothes.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Don't let his Nom De Guerre fool you - by the end of the series, he's pretty much become the most respected wolf in the show. And that's just the 12-Episode Anime; he gets even more badass later on.
  • Gag Penis: In episode 7 Ayame thinks he's using his as a rudder. It's actually the arm from the Half-Pricing God's costume.
  • I Let You Win: It's implied that he has been letting Ume slap him around the entire time. When she tries to lay another hand on him, he quickly grabs her hand before she reaches him, leaving her stunned.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He escapes being burned in an incinerator with only a couple of bruises. And again in Episode 8, where he falls off a five-story building and lives. Those bandages were even only for show (a prank that Ayame pulled on him); he's perfectly fine.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When he learned in volume 11 that Sen was in love with Yuu but Yuu rejected her, he challenged him to a bento brawl, where he had to accept Sen's love if he lost. This counts as an example because Yō himself had feelings for Sen, and he still did all that (and beat Yuu) despite said feelings. Fortunately for him, Sen chooses him in the end, having learned from Ume what he had done for her.
  • Male Gaze: Comes with being the viewpoint character.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Initially. He grows out of it.
  • Naked People Are Funny: So far, he's been stripped butt-naked four times (one by Ume, the others were accidents), and was burned naked in the incinerator when trying to save his clothes from getting thrown in.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Doesn't matter if you didn't have a choice; go to the supermarket wearing women's clothing just once, and you'll be forever branded as a freak or pervert. There were also other "incidents" that helped make that brand stick.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He took several quickly.
  • Unwanted Harem: Despite his Nom de Guerre and his behaviour, he does manage to gain the attraction of a few girls in the series (Ayame, the elder Sawagi twin, Asebi and Sen). Volume 12 is actually a series of epilogues where he ends the series with different girls which are Ayame, Sen, Ume, Ran, Marika, and Kyou. So basically he end with readers choice of his harem!

    Sen Yarizui (Ice Witch)
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)
The sole initial member of the Half Priced Food Lovers Club, she serves as Satou's guide through the world of half priced food brawls. Her turf is Hocky Mart on the east side.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In the prequel.
  • No Social Skills: Sen tends to be on the oblivious side. When Satou shows up after having been Dragged into Drag, her first thought is that male fashion has had some kind of paradigm shift.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Sen tends to notice Satou checking her out, then make an extremely naive conclusion.
    "Is there something strange about my stretch routine?"
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A very serious and stoic young girl with short light bluish hair and reddish eyes. Unlike most of Rei's expies, though, she's not shy and repressed due to trauma or anything - she's just incredibly chill about anything other than bargain lunches.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She's a second year student, making her Satou's upperclassman by a year.

    Hana Oshiroi
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese), Felecia Angelle (English)
A friend of Satou who also gets roped into the Half-Priced Food Lovers' Club by Sen along with Satou. A novelist whose specialty seems to be yaoi.
  • Terrified of Germs: She seems to be this for other people - she doesn't want to use chopsticks to eat a bit from a meal that someone else is going to use more thoroughly right after, and she's constantly cleaning off Satou's hands whenever he happens to touch her.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In episode 2, although it was really just a back massage.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Her hobby is writing yaoi erotic novels. She's currently writing one involving Satou. Episode 9 says it has ten-thousand readers for the week she's on.

    Yuu Kaneshiro (Wizard)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)
A third-year veteran bento brawler and Sen's mentor.

Voiced by: Ryoukichi Takahashi (Japanese), Tyson Rinehart (English)
One of those three bento brawlers who keep appearing to fight for the half-priced food.

Voiced by: Tomoyuki Higuchi (Japanese), Scott Freeman (English)
One of those three bento brawlers who keep appearing to fight for the half-priced food.

Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura (Japanese), Mikaela Krantz (English)
One of those three bento brawlers who keep appearing to fight for the half-priced food. Her face is never seen because of Satou's constant Male Gaze.
  • The Faceless
    • Finally, it is in the BD/DVD version of episode 12 that we get to see her face for about a few seconds at around 16:00. In later appearance, she went back to being The Faceless.

West Side Wolves

    Ayame Shaga (Beauty by the Lake)
Voiced by: Emiri Katou (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)
Satou's cousin, known as the "Beauty by the Lake". Her turf is Ralph Store on the west side.
  • Action Girl: One of most notable female fighter in series and the only known female wolf on west side.
  • The Tease: As Shaga and Satou are cousin and know each other since children, she likes to tease Buttmonkey Satou.

    Ren Nikaido Two Dogs (w/ Satou) 
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
A fighter for half-priced food from the east side. He was formerly The Dragon to the Monarch and leader of his pack of goons, the Gabriel Ratchets. Has a thing for Matsuba.
  • Bash Brothers: With Satou, which earns them the Nom De Gurre "Two Dogs".
  • Tsurime Eyes: Out of the cast's eyes, his are the most dramatically triangular by far.

    Kyo & Kyo Sawagi (Orthros)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (long hair) and Yui Horie (short hair) (Japanese), Kara Edwards (long hair) and Anastasia Muñoz (short hair) (English)
A pair of twin sisters with identical-sounding names who are the respective Student Council President and Vice President of Ayame's school.

The elder, long-haired one fell in love with Sen because she defeated Monarch.

  • Blood Knight: It's the reason that their treatment by the Club of Heracles, i.e. simply letting them walk up and take the bento without fighting for it, was as traumatic as it was for them.
  • Break the Cutie: Courtesy of the Club of Heracles.
  • Casting a Shadow: Although they're unquestionably mundane, the anime plays their shopping basket techniques this way.
  • Catchphrase: The long-haired twin tends to say "indeed, like..."
  • Cute and Psycho: The long-haired Kyo begins spouting rather mean-spirited banter whenever she 'gets serious', only to regret it later on and want to apologize. Both sisters become the Tranquil Fury version of this when fighting as Orthros.
  • Expy: Played with - they bear a striking resemblance to Black Lagoon's Hansel and Gretel, another adorable pair of Albino Creepy Twins infamous for their love of battle who can only be differentiated by their hair-length. However, they're not half as Axe-Crazy.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The long-haired elder is the foolish one, while the short-haired younger is the responsible one.
  • Goal in Life: They've wanted to be wolves since they were very, very little. Which is why the Club of Heracles's refusal to let them fight utterly broke them.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their hairstyles are the only way to tell them apart.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: A mild version; the long-haired twin has a crush on Sen for her fighting ability.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Subverted.
  • Malaproper: The elder constantly butchers common idioms, much to the younger's chagrin.
  • Meaningful Name: The younger sister's "Kyo" means "mirror". Their nom de guerre is Orthros, a two-headed dog in Greek mythology that was defeated by Heracles.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Meanwhile, as she points out herself, the elder sister's "Kyo" is also used in the word for "heart attack".
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They're introduced as quirky characters who seem to know a bit about the brawls but are too silly to be credible participants. They then proceed to curb stomp almost every single named wolf in the show during the course of one fight note .
  • Polar Opposite Twins: The older in boisterous and out-spoken, the younger is quieter and more reserved.
  • Creepy Twins: Usually they're just quirky, but then they show up to the fight and decide to speak in unison...
  • Rapunzel Hair: The older has her hair reaches her back.
  • Single-Minded Twins: When fighting as Orthros.
  • Student Council President: The long haired one is the President white the short-haired one is the vice president.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Their names are different kanji, but both are read as Kyo.
  • Twincest: They often slept together and express affection to each other. Generally one-sided from the long-haired twin, though.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Apparently the elder Kyo's fantasy. It's unlikely to come true, since the twins eventually develop feelings for different guys; the elder for Yo and the younger for Ren.

    Asebi Inoue (Reaper)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
A perpetually unlucky kid who studies in Ayame's school, so much so that it spreads to other people. She is completely oblivious of her own bad luck.
  • Animal Motifs: Between her black hair and incredibly contagious bad luck, it's no wonder she likes cats.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She makes a bento for Satou to eat. He finds it doesn't taste bad... but the individual pieces taste like absolutely not what they have any right to (like a piece of broccoli tasting incredibly sweet) and scares the hell out of him.
  • Ill Girl: She's apparently always sick and has runny nose.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: Falls down multiple flights of stairs and emerges unharmed.
  • The Jinx
    • Ayame carries a Protective Charm to...well, protect herself. Ayame initially warns Satou to avoid Asebi's touch, and when Satou asks why she let Asebi touch her Ayame pulls out the charm and it darkens when she puts her hand near it.
    • In episode 11, her playing in a garden and catching a butterfly is quickly accompanied by over 10 caterpillars going down their strands and falling to the ground dead.
  • The Pollyanna: Her first thought after her bed shatters, she almost loses a stuffed cat note , and she falls out the window through several branches?
    Asebi: Ah, it's another beautiful day!
  • Red Baron: Earns the title "Reaper" when she is recognized as a shadowy force of destruction and chaos without actually participating in the battle.

    Tadaaki Endo (Monarch) 
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Chris Rager (English)
A large man who is obsessed with becoming the strongest brawler by inheriting the Monarch Butterfly's position, forcefully or otherwise, and defeating the Wizard's successor.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He's unhappy about Matsuba's defeat by the Wizard, so he seeks to rewrite history by defeating the Wizard's successor, Yarizui.
  • The Worf Effect: As of Episode 10, he's on the wrong end of this courtesy of Orthros.

Retired/Other characters

    Ume Shiraume
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
Ume is the Class Representative of Satou's class and Oshiroi's childhood friend who's a bit too possessive of her. Fond of abusing Satou in retaliation for any perceived slight against Oshiroi, no matter how small.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has a calm and composed demeanor and has dark hair.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Her slapping attacks can easily send Satou flying. Usually. When he blocks and No Sells it for the first time, she's utterly shocked.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A Deconstructed Character Archetype. Even though she's the Class Representative, Ume's fighting skills doesn't measure up to real brawlers.
  • Bastard Girlfriend:
    • In-Universe, one of Satou's classmates thinks she's this... as long as Satou's the one getting abused.
    • Despite it not being true, at the end of the episode, Satou ruminates "There really... might be some appeal to this.".
  • Break the Haughty: She undergoes a big one when she gets easily defeated in a bento brawl in volume 10.
  • Catchphrase: "May I <insert threat>?" (She only says this right after actually beginning to act on the threat.)
  • Character Development: In volume 10, after she gets soundly defeated in a bento brawl while trying to protect Hana, she realizes her powerlessness, and entrusts the protection of Hana during bento brawls to Satou, the guy she frequently abuses. She still smacks him around, but for more legit reasons now.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Although she can be pretty annoying towards Satou and possessive of Oshiroi, she's willing to back off when she gets overpowered by actual bento brawlers in Volume 10.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets irritable at the slightest provocation.
  • Hime Cut: As an Ojou and Class Representative.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens to her when Satou blocks her punch and later when she gets overpowered the bento fight during volume 10.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a jerk to Satou and a Yandere to Oshiroi, she does have a caring side.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: She finally gets defeated in a bento brawl in volume 10 and entrusts Hana's protection to Satou.
  • Large Ham: Ume has an exhuberant and boisterous personality.
  • Leitmotif: When she makes an appearance, Ume is accompanied by Jungle Drums.
  • Ms. Fanservice: There's quite a few scenes of her naked sprinkled throughout the series.
  • Ojou: Comes from a wealthy family.
  • Pet the Dog: Ume backs off the obsessiveness and acknowledges Hana and Yo joining the Half-price bento club.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Despite knowing Hana for so long, she seems to have no idea and can't believe it to be true when she hears her particular "tastes".
  • Stalker with a Crush: She's very obsessed with Hana and can go as far as to knock her unconscious and abduct her to keep her away from other people. Well, until the aftermath of her battle with the bento brawlers in volume 10 at least...
  • The Stoic: Most events don't impact her too much.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It shows a bit after the events in volume 10, and more prominently in volume 11.
  • Tranquil Fury: Every time she appears.

    Kiku Matsuba (Monarch Butterfly) 
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
A veteran wolf who retired after she got married. She is now currently the God of Discounts for Ralph Mart.
  • Gag Boobs: Her recipe the Omelettits. However they changed the name into that without her asking her though
  • The Chessmaster: Despite her policy of not getting involved in the bento battles, she does a lot to actually set them up, Including inviting all of the Wolves to the same waterpark for a bento battle in a pool
  • Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time.

    Club of Heracles 
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)
A wolf from another town responsible for the downfall of Orthros three years ago. Rather than beating the twins in a fight, he reasoned that they were so strong that they were disrupting the balance of the brawls. His solution to this was to simply let them walk up and take the bento they wanted, and then begin fighting after they left.
  • Bystander Syndrome: He uses this to his advantage to drive Orthros away from the brawls.
  • The Coats Are Off: He does so after he realizes his plan won't work a second time. Complete with an "I'll Show You..." statement. Subverted as he was on the very wrong side of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Dirty Coward: His underhanded shaming tactics against Orthros and his swift defeat at the hands of Satou and friends make it clear that, for all his talk of maintaining the purity of the fights, he's little more than a bully who can't handle a little healthy competition.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Each time he sees Orthros, he greets them warmly with a smile on his face before immediately switching to threats of violence.
  • Hero Killer: Subverted. He took down Orthros by refusing to fight them, rather than by defeating them, and can't really hold his own in the brawls.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: He uses a variation on the old "nail that sticks out" line regarding Orthros: "If a nail sticks out too far to be hammered down, you have to rip it out!" Satou retorts that what you should really do is get a bigger hammer, or, in other words, become stronger.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His smug attitude dissolves once Satou inspires the wolves to defy his plan.

    Mikoto Uzu (Wolfsbane) 
Another member of the Half Price club. Only appears in the prequel manga.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses.
  • Meaningful Name: Her wolf moniker is taken from Wolfsbane, a species of poisonous perennial plants thought to keep away werewolves.

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