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    Shiki Granbell 

Shiki Granbell

Debut: Chapter 1

Homeworld: Granbell, Sakura Cosmos

Ether Gear: Gravity Ether Gear

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The adoptive grandson of Demon King Ziggy, and the sole human inhabitant of Planet Granbell, where he was raised in an abandoned theme park run by robots. He gets swept up on a space-faring adventure with Rebecca and Happy to explore new worlds across the cosmos and make as many friends as he can along the way, but a lifetime without human contact has left his social skills somewhat lacking. To overcome this, he has made it his life's goal to find the legendary goddess Mother, using the Edens Zero—his birthright from his late grandfather—to do it.

Shiki uses Gravity Ether Gear he inherited from Ziggy, which lets him alter gravity for himself or any person or object he touches. This affords him a wide range of skills such as making things lighter or heavier, running across walls, sliding down floors, "falling" up and sideways through the air, hurling compressed gravity bullets, and crashing into his enemies like a comet.
  • Accidental Pervert: He occasionally gets into compromising situations with Rebecca, such as unintentionally looking up her skirt when she's Going Commando nonetheless.
  • Adorkable: He might creep some people out with his friend-making advances, but he's just so earnest in his determination and enthusiasm that it makes him quite endearing.
  • All-Loving Hero: Shiki wants to become friends with everyone and cares for humans and robots alike. He also doesn't bear an ill will against anyone, as seen by how he still loves the robots in Granbell despite their apparent betrayal.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Upon leaving Granbell, almost everyone else he meets besides Rebecca and Happy either thinks he's some kind of friend-obsessed nutjob, or wants to hunt him down to exploit his powers for personal gain.
  • Anti-Hero: He starts out as a mildly Pragmatic Hero, but as he grows more attached to his friends, he begins to straddle the line between that and an Unscrupulous Hero: he will do whatever he can to save as many lives as possible, but when it comes down to a Sadistic Choice between saving his friends or a bunch of strangers, he will pick his friends and not give a damn about what anyone else thinks.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He is introduced with long, messy, greasy hair that has never been cut in his entire life, since none of the robots he grew up with ever saw it as a problem. It bugs Rebecca so much that she cuts it off in his sleep, giving him his standard Shonen Hair look. He later gives this hairstyle to his Digital Avatar on Digitalis as a memento to his old home, but it gets chopped off again by Jamilov's scythe.
  • Berserk Button: As is standard for a Hiro Mashima protagonist, he will never tolerate anyone who harms his friends or makes them cry.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He feels this way about Rebecca, who recruits him as her "bodyguard" on her adventures, despite being a perfectly capable fighter on her own with her Happy Blasters.
  • Chaste Hero: Downplayed. Having never been taught the proper behavior around women prior to meeting Rebecca, Shiki questions the need for them to change and sleep in separate rooms. Despite his naivety, he does expresses perverted thrill when his female crewmates provide Fanservice.
  • Clothing Damage: When using the full extent of his Ether Gear, the gravity around him becomes so intense that it rips his shirt to shreds until he's a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Whenever he's faced with an enemy or obstacle that is immune to his gravity powers, he resorts to changing gravity for himself or something in his environment, such as when he makes the ground heavy enough to make a sink-hole to escape getting pinned down, or busting up his own hand to land a normal punch with extra force to damage an Ether-resistant robot.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: It's heavily implied that Weisz had a hand in Shiki's growing awareness of the opposite sex, since it doesn't start until after Weisz officially sticks around.
  • Country Mouse: Having spent his entire life on an island filled with century-old robots, he has trouble grasping the basics of modern space travel, and is mesmerized by the universe's more up-to-date, futuristic technology.
  • Covert Pervert: While he usually seems innocent concerning sexual attraction towards the opposite sex, Shiki excitedly asks his female crewmates to put on a see-through maid uniform. He also shares the same aroused reactions to the Fanservice around him as Weisz.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: He serves as one for the Stock Shōnen Hero, though it also leads to a Decon-Recon Switch on several accounts:
    • His utter obsession with making new friends makes him come across as more of an annoying and creepy weirdo than an inspiring figure, while his Hot-Blooded nature tends to scare away any potential friend he wants to make. However, it also means he views everyone equally regardless of whether they're human or bot, which, in a universe chock full of mutual prejudices, ultimately earns him a loyal group of True Companions from both sides in the end.
    • His need to put his friends before himself nearly gets him marooned forever on his home planet when all his robot friends are about to shut down permanently, as the robots know he would dedicate his entire life trying to fix them if he knew what would happen.
    • His dedication to protecting his friends causes him to prioritize their safety above anything else, which leads him to outright ignore a villain's threat of harming Innocent Bystanders if Shiki stands in the way of hurting his friends—which he fully admits is something a "hero of justice" would never do.
  • Doomed Hometown: Although he never realizes it, Granbell is already doomed by the time Rebecca and Happy arrive, as the other robots are on the verge of breaking down for good. It's also revealed that their attempt to kill him and Rebecca after seemingly coming down with a virus was actually a covert evacuation operation meant solely for him.
  • Energy Ball: His Gravity Cannon is a ball of concentrated gravity that he hurls at enemies. He's later inspired by Rebecca fighting style to compress these balls into smaller bullets that he fires from his knuckles like a shotgun.
  • The Engineer: Subverted. He thinks the robots on Granbell need him around to make sure they're in working condition, even though his skill amounts to Percussive Maintenance at best, but they reveal later on that they have an automated self-repair function, and led him to believe he was the one fixing them as they didn't have the heart to tell him their batteries were Secretly Dying, and that there was nothing he could do about it.
  • Face of a Thug: Downplayed. Weisz describes him as having the face of a Beetle Maniac, but Shiki is extremely kind and friendly. He's also afraid of bugs, ironically.
  • Famed In-Story: Not from the outset as he starts out as an outcast from human society, but the first chapter indicates that Shiki's name will eventually become known across the universe.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: His "Magimech Attack" style, which is only possible for a Gravity Ether Gear user such as himself.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Exaggerated; he considers himself a friend to any sentient being that wouldn't normally be considered "alive", including robots and digital lifeforms.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The outfit he wears in the Guilst arc comes with a pair of goggles, but they're just there to make him look cool.
  • Gravity Master: His Gravity Ether Gear lets him alter the gravity of himself or any person and object he touches, allowing them to float, run along walls, and "fall" sideways across great distances when in midair. His weight-shifting abilities also create the illusion of Super Strength, making his punches hit with the force of a speeding truck, or making a spaceship about as light as a beach ball. According to Shiki, however, there's a limit to how light he can make things.
  • Happily Adopted: The robots of Granbell looked after him since he was a baby, and he considers them to be his family, despite how they drove him away from the planet.
  • Hurricane Kick: His Gravity Windmill Kick is a justified example, as he lightens his own personal gravity to stay in midair.
  • I Am Who?: Shiki is astonished to learn that his grandfather was not merely a theme park animatronic, but a well-known interstellar traveler who found him on his return journey after failing to find Mother, and left him quite the inheritance of a massive warship and a stewardess who regards him as "the new Demon King".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He desperately longs to make new friends after spending over a decade living among robots who encouraged him to do just that. However, his commitment to the robots holds him back from doing so. Once he overcomes this issue, he officially makes it his Goal in Life to make 100 friends in the universe, with Rebecca and Happy starting as his first.
  • Idiot Hero: He's a bit of a dunce and his most complex strategies boil down to: "Hit it hard. If that doesn't work, use a different move and hit it harder." He also asks to break open a window in space so he can shout back down to Granbell. Most of this can be chalked up to how sheltered he is, having grown up among robots designed to run a fantasy theme park.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Shiki is easily the fastest, hardest-hitting, and toughest member of the team thanks to his Ether Gear. He creates massive craters with his punches, can slide and fly around fast enough to catch up to hoverbikes, and has taken a number of attacks from bounty hunters and criminals.
  • Loser Protagonist: He's a castaway Raised by Robots who starts at the bottom rung of the adventurers guild, where everyone besides his closest friends think he's a total nutcase for claiming to have seen Mother.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "X is/are awesome!"
  • Magnetic Hero: His kindness and willingness to befriend anyone regardless of their race ends up winning over a number of people once they get over his social quirks. Lampshaded by Rebecca, who is perturbed that Shiki managed to make two new friends in the brief time she was kidnapped on Guilst.
  • Meaningful Rename: Since he doesn't know his own last name, if he has one at all, Rebecca decides to register him into Shooting Starlight as "Shiki Granbell", naming him after his home planet. Shiki loves it so much that he keeps it for himself.
  • Megaton Punch: His Gravity Fist strikes his enemy with such strong gravitational force that it completely shatters the ground hundreds of feet around him.
  • Mysterious Past: Much about Shiki's life before he was found by the Demon King and raised on an abandoned robot planet remains a mystery, especially since he is recognized by a being believed to be the goddess of the cosmos.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He reacts to every new person and place he comes across with total awe and wonder, to the degree that he fails to immediately read tense situations or danger.
  • Named After Their Planet: "Shiki" was his only name for his entire life as far as he and anyone else knows, so when Rebecca registers him into Shooting Starlight, she decides to give him the surname "Granbell" after the planet she found him on.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Having never interacted with another human being in his life before meeting Rebecca, his first instinct upon meeting a new person is to squish their face, and boobs if they have them.
  • No Social Skills: Since he grew up living among robots, he has no idea how to interact with real people. The scary and intense faces he makes, not to mention the unwanted touching, nearly drives away the first friend he makes.
  • Not Quite Flight: Whenever he needs to get across long distances in a hurry, he leaps high into the air and changes his own personal gravity to "fly" by falling sideways.
  • Otaku: He's a huge geek when it comes to fantasy role-play, likely cultivated by his home planet's LARP attraction. He also mentions Fantasy Character Classes when thinking about getting a whole party together for the voyage to Mother, and declares he's changed his job to "thief" when stealing Young Weisz's briefcase.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His initial hairstyle is so long that it hides one of his eyes until Rebecca cuts it.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Gets a character-defining one when he faces Garrot, solidifying who he is after Mother wonders whether he'll be a legendary hero or a havoc-wreaking Demon King:
    Shiki: I don't follow your rules. My friend is more important. I'm not some hero fighting for justice. If you hurt my friends...then I'm willing to be the Demon King!!!
  • Raised by Robots: He was raised from childhood by the robotic attractions and employees at the Granbell Kingdom theme park, with the one who first discovered him being his "grandfather", the Demon King. They were friendly with him and gave him a good home, but this meant he never really interacted with real humans until Rebecca came along. Once off planet, he has trouble adjusting to talking and meeting with other people.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Gravity Fist Frenzy becomes this when used against a single opponent, delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in no time flat.
  • Shonen Hair: After Rebecca gives him his first haircut in a decade, Shiki keeps his hair messy and spiky.
  • Slide Attack: He can change his gravity to slide across the floor as if it were down a vertical wall.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Much like his predecessors in Hiro Mashima's series, Shiki is a cheerful and kindhearted teenager with a wide-eyed look on life. He's excitable and is deeply invested in any friendships he makes, but his attempts to make friends are hampered by his poor social skills. In battle, he's a Close-Range Combatant who makes up for his lack of complex strategy with extreme brute force.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: His ability to manipulate gravity comes with a wide variety of applications. He can manipulate gravitational force to emulate Super Strength, slide along the ground at high speeds, fly by falling sideways, Wall Run, and much more.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Shiki's name is Japanese for "four seasons". This is in keeping with Mashima's personal tradition of naming main characters after seasons, following Haru (spring) from Rave Master, Natsu (summer) from Fairy Tail, Aki (autumn) from Monster Soul, and Mafuyu (winter) from the one-shot Fighting Force Mixture. Incidentally, Mashima's Monster Hunter adaptation, Monster Hunter Orage, also stars a protagonist named Shiki.
  • Tender Tears: Shiki is such a pure and sensitive kid that he cries at the thought of never seeing his friends again, or when he feels happy or sorry for them. He also cries when something reminds him of his home and friends on Granbell.
  • Tragic Dream: When he was a kid, he convinced Ziggy to teach him Ether Gear so he could defeat him in a fair fight. That dream came to a crashing halt when Ziggy broke down from old age before he could finish teaching Shiki everything he knew. When Shiki finds out that Ziggy had a Tragic Dream of his own, however, Shiki realizes he has another way to "defeat" him and commits himself to fulfilling that dream.
  • Trauma Button: Though it's mostly Played for Laughs, Shiki breaks down in tears whenever anything reminds him of his old friends on Planet Granbell, whether it's remembering the way they betrayed him and chased him away, or wondering if they all turned back to normal.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: When Homura is about to get punished while she and Shiki are imprisoned in Sun Jewel's labor district, none of the other prisoners are willing to help her under threat of retribution on the whole community. This sits very poorly with Shiki, who decides to stop playing nice and focus on getting Homura back no matter the cost.
  • Wall Run: One of his Gravity Ether Gear powers involves running across walls like they're horizontal floors.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's deathly afraid of bugs, which causes him to completely freeze up whenever he's anywhere near a huge number of them. To get around this, he and his friends try to get him to think of bugs as any other creature, such as octopi, cats, and birds.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Because he's so sheltered, Shiki jumps for joy whenever he learns something new and is constantly in awe of all the things he's encountering with Rebecca.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • He publicly humiliates Labilia for bullying Rebecca by flipping her upside-down in the air with his gravity powers, and likely would've done worse had Rebecca not pulled him away to avoid making any more of a scene.
    • He has no issue targeting the fake Sister, who, despite having no combat ability herself to speak of, sufficiently pissed him off for using one of her own men as a Bulletproof Human Shield.
    • He comes crashing through Madame Kurenai's window to personally pick a fight with her, namely to avenge Valkyrie's death and the devastation it caused Homura.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to think the world works like it does in Fairy Tail, going by the lengths he goes to make friends and expects the Shooting Starlight guild to be like one big family, and he's sorely disappointed when all the people he meets either run away from him, mock him, or generally try not to pay him any attention. He's also under the impression that the adventures they go on are like an Eastern RPG, which he uses to justify stealing when he spontaneously decides to undergo a "class change".

    Ziggy 

Demon King Ziggy

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    Rebecca 

Rebecca

Debut: Chapter 1

Homeworld: Blue Garden, Sakura Cosmos

Ether Gear: Leaper

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An amateur B-Cuber from Planet Blue Garden who strives to hit one million subscribers for her video account, Aoneko Channel, by traveling to different worlds and recording whatever interesting thing she can find. As the first human friend Shiki makes, she ends up saving his life when all his robot friends suddenly turn on him, taking him with her to explore the cosmos. When Shiki decides to search for Mother, Rebecca eagerly goes along with his suggestion to record never-before-seen evidence of her existence, thinking it's her perfect ticket to online fame.

Rebecca is oftentimes just your average, cheery teenage girl, but turns into a vicious gunslinger when armed with her twin Happy Blasters, the weapon form of her trusty cat bot friend, Happy. While already a skilled fighter in her own right, she eventually learns her own form of Ether Gear called Leaper, which enhances her jumping ability and speed, among a few other tricks she has yet to fully grasp...
  • Affectionate Nickname: A few of her fellow B-Cubers have taken to calling her "Becky" in Kodansha's translation as a sign of their growing admiration for her.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: She keeps a pair of fake cat ears around, which she wears for her videos.
  • Badass in Distress: During the Guilst arc, she's captured along with dozens of other B-cubers thanks to being ambushed without warning. While in captivity, she leads the other women in figuring out a way to escape. She does end up needing to be rescued when Illega spots her, thanks to her having no weapons and falling victim to his paralytic toxin, but the next time they cross paths, she's able to swipe Illega's gun at the first opportunity and take him down herself.
  • Badass Normal: While she lacks the Ether Gear powers most of her companions have, being The Gunslinger with Improbable Aiming Skills makes her just as capable of clearing out a room of enemies so long as she has access to an Ether gun. She becomes a temporary Empowered Badass Normal whenever she bathes in the Spa of Eden, which enhances her Ether flow into a rudimentary Ether Gear, eventually leading her to break out of this permanently once she learns Leaper.
  • Bathtub Bonding: She gets a fair bit of this Happy, and joined later by Homura, since they always share the Spa of Eden together.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She might be a friendly teenager, but she's a friendly teenager with a pair of guns, and she knows how to use them.
  • Big Eater: She'll eat anything that looks delicious, no matter how much there is or how much she's already eaten. Just saying the word "delicious" will start her salivating.
  • Boom, Headshot!: She prefers to deal with her opponents by shooting them in the head with her Happy Blasters. Luckily, these Ether bullets aren't lethal, but she gets her points across by putting a gun up to someone's head.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. She's shocked and a bit disappointed to learn that Professor Weisz, her and Happy's beloved Parental Substitute, used to be a thief and overall scumbag when she sees his younger self in person. However, she fully understands that these issues are long behind him, and is pleased whenever she sees Young Weisz act Not So Different from the Professor.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Downplayed. Her head isn't always in the clouds, but she can get lost in them easily when she sees something new or peculiar.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Deliberately wears one typically to entice viewers for her web videos.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Her first attempt at using Ether Gear causes her to carelessly fire a Kamehame Hadoken through the Edens Zero's skylight, nearly getting herself sucked out into the vacuum of space.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She breaks out of being The Team Normal during the Sun Jewel arc, when her constant bathing in the Spa of Eden leads her to awaken her own form of Ether Gear, giving her great jumping skill, enhanced speed, and the apparent ability to rewind time.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She will accept any friendship whether it's with an animal, a robot, or both, owing this mindset to how she was able to continue her friendship with Happy after he was run over by a truck and revived as a machine when she was just a little girl.
  • A Friend in Need: After Shiki saves her life from his rogue robot friends on Granbell, Rebecca proves herself to be a true friend by taking him aboard her ship to escape without any obligation to do so, even though he already offered to stay behind and hold them off.
  • Gamer Chick: She's a self-admitted gamer who spent most of her time playing with Happy over actually adventuring and working. An omake chapter also shows her dealing with the frustration of being mistaken for a G.I.R.L. in an online game.
  • Genki Girl: She can get very excitable at times, especially when she discovers new inspiration for a video, with Happy being there to keep her grounded.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Rebecca is normally a very feminine Genki Girl who loves fashion and cats, but she adopts a much more masculine and crass attitude when shooting people up with her Happy Blasters.
  • Goal in Life: Hers is getting one million subscribers on B-Cube, the in-series version of YouTube. She has a long way to go as she starts out with barely over 100.
  • Going Commando: She spends the better half of the Sun Jewel arc without panties after they get snatched by Paul. Unfortunately for her, she's also wearing a skirt, leading Shiki to accidentally get a peek when they fight together...
  • Guns Akimbo: To accommodate for her twin Happy Blasters.
  • The Gunslinger: She's a deft shot with just about any Ether gun she has her hands on, namely her Happy Blasters, dishing out headshots against at least a dozen thugs in a row, and a storm of bullets when a single shot won't cut it.
  • Hair Decorations: She has a red clip on the left side of her hair.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent:
    • Despite her lofty aspirations to be a famous B-Cuber, she is a complete amateur who relies almost exclusively on recording whatever random thing catches her interest at that moment, which results in videos that are too scattershot and unstructured, making her an easy target of mockery from Labilia. As for what she considers to be "good" content, it ranges from letting Shiki fly her ship with no experience to having him dance in a bunny girl costume, which gives her friends a firm grasp of why her videos are so unpopular.
    • Aoneko Channel sees a boost in popularity after Rebecca gets a shout-out from the B-Cubers she helped rescue from Guilst, yet all the reactions to her videos turn out to be negative. This doesn't faze Rebecca, who is only happy that she's finally getting more attention and vows to make better videos, but does nothing to actually improve her craft. Labilia later calls her out on this, accurately assessing that she didn't become popular because anyone actually cares about her content.
  • Holographic Terminal: Her necklace die contains a B-Cube terminal that lets her record, upload, and watch videos.
  • Honor Before Reason: Her pride as a gamer leads her to strongly resist using cheats against Jamilov in the Digitalis arc, despite Young Weisz's sound argument that Jamilov is using cheats to thrash them himself, though she makes an equally strong counterpoint that they'd risk getting themselves banned from the game before they have a chance to save Hermit.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: It's all but stated that she got her Improbable Aiming Skills from playing First-Person Shooter games for Mother knows how long.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Her ability to perform no fewer than a dozen headshots within a matter of moments is an uncanny skill for a marksman, since a person's head is too small and evasive to serve as a practical target.
  • In a Single Bound: Her Leaper is so named because it focuses all of her Ether into her legs, which allows her to jump great distances.
  • Interspecies Friendship: She is a believer that whether one is human, animal, or machine doesn't matter when it comes to being friends, which stems from her own friendship with Happy, an alien cat who was turned into a machine.
  • Kick Chick: Whenever she isn't armed with an Ether blaster, or when bullets don't work on an enemy, her next option is to kick them. It's partially because of this that she gains a form of Ether Gear that focuses all of her Ether into her legs, making her kicks magically charged and powerful enough to send a grown man flying.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: While she has a mean temper, she's a sweetheart who is dear friends with Happy and melts over anything that remotely looks like a cat.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She often gives the impression of an ordinary teen out of her depth, but the instant she takes hold of her Happy Blasters, she turns into a master-class marksman.
  • Loser Protagonist: Like Shiki, she's at the bottom rung of the Shooting Starlight guild, and she's spent most of her time either making weird online videos or holing herself up playing games.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Still keeping the tradition going of female protagonists in a Mashima series losing their shoes in battle, Rebecca has had this happen to her a few times as well.
  • Mood-Swinger: When the opportunity to fight arises, she turns from a Genki Girl into a Hot-Blooded Lad-ette and back in the bling of an eye.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Shots of Rebecca tend to be set up to emphasize her large breasts, butt, and legs.
  • Mysterious Past: Apart from being an avid B-Cuber who was abandoned as a child and grew up with an android cat, she's kept much about herself a secret from the people she knows.
  • Nice Girl: She becomes quick friends with Shiki after a short bit of friction, is wholly unbiased in his relationship with the Granbell robots—largely due to her own experiences with Happy—and brings him along on their journey across the universe when he wants to make more friends beyond his planet.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: invoked Rebecca gets a huge popularity boost following a shout-out from all the popular B-Cubers she had a hand in rescuing from Guilst. She's not bothered in the slightest that her videos are getting downvoted due to their trashy content, seeing it as the perfect chance to make better videos now that she has the attention.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Rebecca calls her Ether Gear "Leaper" because it enhances her leg power to enhance her jumping and speed. According to Xiaomei, however, that's just the surface of what her Ether Gear can actually do, which is implied to be a Time Rewind Mechanic.
  • Parental Abandonment: She's been living on her own with Happy since she was just a little girl, reasoning that she was abandoned by her parents.
  • Plucky Girl: She's capable of pulling through just about any hardship with a smile on her face in the end. She does, however, come close to getting broken after getting kidnapped and suffering a Trauma Conga Line in the Guilst arc, though she's emotionally resilient enough to remain strong for the other kidnapped B-Cubers until they're all safe.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Downplayed. Rebecca is willing to show some skin to get more views for her channel, but she draws the line at unwanted groping and peeping, and she censors her holographic videos for whenever someone tries getting a look up her skirt. She gets annoyed when her clothes get destroyed or stolen, which happens way more often than she would like.
  • Shameful Strip: Subjected to this by Illega, who disintegrates hers and the other kidnapped B-Cubers' clothes with acid foam as a prelude to turning them into literal furniture.
  • She's Got Legs: Several of her fanservice shots are centered around her legs and buttocks. She herself is aware of this, as she has a shorter skirt for when she wants to attract viewers.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Rebecca fancies herself as an internet celebrity who needs to go Clark Kenting in public, even though she hardly has any views on her channel.
  • Street Urchin: She grew up on the streets of Blue Garden after being separated from her parents, if not abandoned by them, and used to live in a shack on the outskirts of the city, with only Happy to keep her company.
  • The Team Normal: She starts out as the only human member of the core team who doesn't have Ether Gear, but makes up for it by being a Badass Normal Gunslinger who can fight on equal footing with her friends. However, she spends a good portion of the story working to break out of this by learning her own Ether Gear, which ultimately pays off in the Sun Jewel arc.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: Her Ether Gear is all but stated to be the "power of possibility" for this reason, as Rebecca feels time rewinding after she takes a potentially fatal punch from one of Nino's Giant Hands of Doom, allowing her to jump out of the way.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Plays the part out of defiance while she's captured. When being blasted by her bindings from Ganoff in an attempt to break her and curb any rebellion from the other B-Cubers, Rebecca endures it pretty well and starts talking about how she could use this scene for a video and the potential of this being flagged for "inappropriate content."
  • Took a Level in Badass: She turns from a Badass Normal to Empowered Badass Normal when she awakens her "Leaper" Ether Gear during the Sun Jewel arc, which allows her to take down one of the Zaiten Three, Madame Kurenai's most powerful warriors.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She suffers pretty badly in the Guilst arc, where she's enslaved, sexually harassed, stripped of her clothes, paralyzed, and forced to kneel under Illega's foot. While she seems to pull through it all mostly unaffected, she suffers a brief and sudden emotional breakdown from her experiences once she's safe and sound on the Edens Zero.
  • Verbal Tic: When in full Guns Akimbo mode in Japanese, Rebecca ends her sentences with "zeyo", a comically super-masculine particle. Kodansha's translation opts to capture that level of weirdness by having her call people "ducky", which is essentially the British equivalent of "darling" or "honey".
  • Weak, but Skilled: Despite her expert firearm prowess, she still sees fit to recruit Shiki as a bodyguard on account of his superior strength.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She firmly believes Androids Are People, Too, and is brought to tears when she sees people and machines commit terrible acts against each other just because they don't believe friendship is possible between them.

    Happy 

Happy

Debut: Chapter 1

Homeworld: Excede, Sakura Cosmos

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Rebecca's lifelong friend and companion, who also happens to be a talking blue cat bot. Once a regular alien feline from the planet Excede, he was rebuilt as an android—courtesy of Professor Weisz Steiner—after a nearly fatal traffic accident horribly maimed his body. He has long since adjusted to his robotic form, which can be converted into a pair of "Happy Blasters" that Rebecca uses to fire compressed Ether bullets upon her enemies.

Not to be confused with the Fairy Tail version of Happy.
  • Animal Jingoism: Zig-Zagged. He seems perfectly fine with robot dogs as seen on Granbell, but "real" dogs like Nikora (supposedly) freak him out. This is in total contrast with Fairy Tail's Happy, who is freaked out by most dogs but totally fine around Plue/Nikora.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Frequently shares bath scenes with Rebecca in the Spa of Eden.
  • Brain Uploading: Happy's robot body is 100% mechanical, with his mind and memories transferred into it fully intact via Professor Weisz's Machina Maker after his accident.
  • Catchphrase: "Aye!" and "Aye, sir!"
  • Charged Attack: His Ether Bullet Full Burst technique is a powerful charged shot of Ether that leaves him exhausted afterward.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Rebecca met as children living on the streets of Blue Garden, and have been inseparable ever since.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He helps Rebecca keep her feet on the ground whenever she starts acting out.
  • Equippable Ally: As a robot, he can transform his entire body into a pair of Ether blasters for Rebecca to fight with.
  • Expy: He is identical to Happy from Fairy Tail in name and most of his appearance (having a black-tipped tail instead of white-tipped), and the name of his home planet is a play on the original Happy's Cat Folk race, the "Exceed". The major things that set them apart is that Edens Zero's Happy is more of a Straight Man than The Gadfly, lacks the ability to fly, is a robot who can turn into guns, and is the female lead's Non-Human Sidekick instead of the male lead's.
  • Funny Animal: He's a talking, perfectly civilized cat alien.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The full extent of the damage to his original body is mostly obscured, but just enough of his lower body is shown to suggest it was totally ripped off.
  • Heroic RRoD: He's left burned out if Rebecca fires too much Ether, particularly after they perform a Charged Attack.
  • Killer Rabbit: He may look like an ordinary cat, but he's really a robot who can morph into a pair of powerful Ether blasters.
  • Meaningful Name: Just like his home series, Rebecca gave him the name "Happy" because that's how she felt when she met him after being alone for so long.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's an alien cat android who can also turn into a pair of energy guns.
  • Parental Abandonment: He doesn't know what happened to his parents, but he is certain that they abandoned him at an age young enough that he doesn't know if they gave him a name.
  • Ray Gun: His weapon form is a pair of blasters that fire non-lethal yet very painful Ether bullets.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: More along the lines of "Ridiculously Feline Robot"; he has a completely robotic endoskeleton, but his skin makes him look exactly the way he did before the car accident.
  • Robot Buddy: He's been a Non-Human Sidekick for Rebecca for most of their lives, but he doesn't become this until after his accident and rebirth.
  • Satellite Character: His entire role revolves around being both Childhood Friends and an Equippable Ally to Rebecca, with Happy getting little to no focus for himself.
  • Straight Man: Happy always questions Rebecca or rolls his eyes whenever she does something strange.
  • Street Urchin: Like Rebecca, he grew up on the streets of Blue Garden after losing his parents.
  • Swords Set To Stun: He turns into a pair of Happy Blasters that fire Ether bullets. These can inflict injury and knock people out, but they can't kill anyone, allowing Rebecca to fire them at people's heads without worry.
  • Talking Weapon: He can still communicate while in his blaster form.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Happy was reborn in a robotic body after getting run over by a drunk cargo truck driver.

    Weisz Steiner (Young) 

Weisz Steiner (Year X442)

Debut: Chapter 4

Homeworld: Norma, Sakura Cosmos

Ether Gear: Machina Maker

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An alternate version of Professor Weisz's past self who came into the present after a Chronophage ate fifty years of time from his home planet, Norma. Far from the respected scientist his future self would become, Young Weisz is a degenerate thief who prefers to steal, cheat, and smooth-talk his way through life. He doesn't get along especially well with the crew, but tags along with them anyway so he can fully indulge in what the future has to offer.

Weisz's Ether Gear is Machina Maker, which lets him build and remodel any machine he touches to his liking.
  • Ace Pilot: He knows his way around a spaceship, and proves to be a more effective pilot than Rebecca thanks to his ability to upgrade the Aqua Wing to his advantage in mid-flight. Elsie also commends his skill in getting past the wall of spacetime clouds surrounding Norma, though she proceeds to mock him for failing something comparatively simpler like avoiding a Tractor Beam.
  • Adorkable: He has the same childish and excitable reactions as Shiki as he discovers the wonders of the present time.
  • Alternate Self: He's not merely Weisz from the past, but an entirely new person from a planet whose time was stolen, which allows him to co-exist with his "future" self totally free of time paradoxes that would impact the other's life. It also means he won't necessarily become a professor in 50 years, nor is he guaranteed to live that long.
  • Baldness Angst: When Rebecca shows Young Weisz a picture of how he'll look in fifty years, he's shocked and upset by how thin his hair will become.
  • Bromantic Foil: Weisz is Shiki's closest male friend who's an amoral, greedy and lecherous Jerk with a Heart of Gold to contrast Shiki's naïve and heroic character.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He fancies himself a smooth ladies' man who'll do whatever he can to get his way with them. So far, every girl he's met has been thoroughly unimpressed with him.
  • Cross Player: In the virtual world of Digitalis, Weisz decides to have some fun and makes himself a sexy Dark-Skinned Blonde female avatar with Stripperific clothing. He soon regrets his decision when he starts suffering from stiff shoulders on account of heavy breasts, and switches back to his usual appearance.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: He springs into action when he hears a girl is in trouble. As he is a noted Casanova Wannabe, though, it's a given that he does this for less than altruistic reasons.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Although he isn't much better than the rest of his old gang of thieves, seeing how he also shares their idea of using Pino's EMP to make money, he draws the line at their callous mistreatment of her.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Atlas Flame, an assault rifle instantly modified into a flamethrower. Its name is also a Shout-Out to the dragon of the same name from Fairy Tail.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He initially starts off wanting nothing to do with the crew, only helping them escape from Norma so he can go on the lam, and almost selling them out to Elsie for his own safety right afterward. After coming back to introduce Homura to the crew purely for the sake of using her to model outfits in the ship's Dress Factory, he winds up unwittingly earning their trust through small acts of kindness he does along the way, and proves that he has come to care for them in his own way.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Thanks to the Chronophage rewinding his planet's time, he's fifty years behind where he should normally be, and thus amazed and confused by all the advancements and changes he would've yet lived through.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Minus the "former". Young Weisz embodies the less than model citizen Old Weisz was before his maturation, being an ex-organized crime member who struck out alone to conduct his own dirty work.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of his companions are fond of his scumbag and self-serving attitude when he first joins the Edens Zero crew, to the point that Shiki—an All-Loving Hero who practically lives to make friends—refuses to call Weisz one of his buddies. After he helps them rescue the real Sister and proves he has a Hidden Heart of Gold, however, the whole crew accepts him.
  • Gadget Watches: He wears a special bracelet that can transform into his Arsenal Suit.
  • Greed: This is a prime motivator for Young Weisz, who sees it as reason enough to steal from someone. Going by what Old Weisz tells Rebecca about how stealing is wrong, however, he appears to outgrow this later in life.
  • Hidden Depths: Although he does it for perverted reasons, Weisz shows he has an unexpected eye for costume design when he makes a Asian-style Playboy Bunny outfit for Homura, who is pleasantly surprised by how much she likes it after dreading the thought of having to model for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his unrepentant greed and lechery, he treats robots like Happy and Pino very well, and he grows to care for the rest of the crew as they do for each other. He does get embarrassed whenever someone calls him a good person, however.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down:
    • Once Sibir is beaten in the Norma arc, Weisz points his Ether gun at him and pulls the trigger without hesitation, only to find it's been accidentally disabled by Pino's EMP.
    • Played for Laughs during the Mildian arc, where he viciously stomps on an Ether Gear user after rendering him helpless with Pino's EMP.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He ogles at Rebecca's boobs, wants to see Homura in a Playboy Bunny outfit, and makes a female avatar at Digitalis to grope his own breasts and try to get into the bath with Rebecca. However, he's still one of the good guys and his perverted antics are always Played for Laughs.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: He goes for a female Digital Avatar at Digitalis just so he can feel up his own breasts all he wants.
  • More Dakka: His "Million Bullets" technique is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a series of hidden turrets that mercilessly perforate his enemies with a barrage of bullets.
  • Nominal Hero: While he has occasional flashes of decency, he largely looks out for his own skin (or the skin of other women), and often just helps out when he sees how it would benefit himself. This becomes more egregious when he tries passing himself off as Arsenal, a heroic defender of justice.
  • Not So Different: Young Weisz appears to be a total far cry from his more dignified and respectable older self, but once the crew spends more time with him, they're pleased to find he still has the same kind and considerate heart behind all his scumminess.
  • Pet the Dog: He shows he's much kinder than he lets on when he saves Pino from his old gang and restores her torn leg for nothing in return, and giving Happy a slight repair job from getting banged up because he "felt bad seeing him".
  • Pragmatic Hero: He typically resorts to dirty tactics when he has to fight, as demonstrated during the Mildian arc, where he bends the tournament's "no outside help from friends" rule by using Pino's EMP on an Ether Gear user, whom he proceeds to vicously stomp on.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Young Weisz carries an old-fashioned revolver in a world where people carry more futuristic-looking guns. Justified due to coming from an age decades before the present.
  • Shadow Archetype: This Weisz embodies everything Professor Weisz grew beyond. Whereas the professor is charitable, caring, and charming, Young Weisz is greedy, selfish, opportunistic, and shamelessly lecherous. However, Young Weisz proves to be Not So Different from Old Weisz when he shows he cares for humans and machines deep down.
  • Technopath: His Ether Gear lets him interface with machines and rebuild them instantaneously, ranging from physical repairs to upgrading ships and weapons. By his own admission, he's nowhere near the level of his older self, who could build a lifelike android body for Happy that's completely indistinguishable from his organic form.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His Machina Maker makes him a skilled technician, pilot, and weapon-user, but not so much of a physical fighter. Once he completes his Arsenal Suit, however, he becomes a hell of a lot more efficient in combat like Shiki, Homura and, shortly afterward, Rebecca.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: It's implied that some of his perverted views towards women rubs off on Shiki, who gradually becomes more vocal about wanting to see girls in skimpy clothes after Weisz officially joins the crew.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: His ultimate justification for joining the crew. From his perspective, he and his entire planet were irreversably thrust into a new time period. Since going back would mean cutting himself off from the rest of the universe behind a spacetime wall, or at the very least facing up to the police hunting him for being part of Sibir's gang, he realizes he can't go back to his old life and disavows Norma as a "dead" planet.

Arsenal

Weisz's "superhero" identity, which he takes up whenever he wears his Arsenal Suit, an armored exoskeleton he constructed with Hermit's help that draws out the full potential of his Machina Maker.


  • Anti-Magic: His suit is covered in Ether coating, which increases a machine's resistance to all Ether-based attacks, including Ether Gear.
  • Arm Cannon: Using his Machina Maker, he can turn his arm into a machine gun or an energy cannon.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His first usage of his Arsenal Suit has him utterly schooling Baku, but it drains a massive amount of Ether (especially when using its fancier features), and once he's out, the armor leaves him completely exhausted and falls away, leaving him unable to perform basic Ether Gear skills for a short while. Luckily, he's able to put down Baku before he runs out of power.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He gets annoyed when his friends call him Weisz in public; he's called "Arsenal", and don't you forget it. Justified as he's trying to stay in-character, rather than fool them.
  • Expressive Mask: His mask perfectly expresses his mood during comedic scenes, such as Blush Stickers when he suggests Rebecca wear a transparent maid outfit in exchange for his protection. He's also able to shoot a chilling Death Glare when he gets serious.
  • Going Commando: He wears absolutely nothing beneath his Arsenal Suit, since he never assumed the armor would fall off once its effects wore off.
  • Henshin Hero: Invoked. He wears a Kamen Rider-like armor and calls himself a great superhero.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He professes to fight for love and justice, yet he's just as much of a lecherous Nominal Hero as he always is, best demonstrated when he says he'll protect Rebecca if he agrees to model skimpy outfits for him in the Dress Factory.
  • In the Name of the Moon: He tries to make a clichéd pre-asskicking speech when acting like a Sentai Henshin Hero. Reality Ensues when the villain doesn't wait until he's done to start attacking him.
  • Large Ham: Weisz becomes a hell of a lot more theatrical and flamboyant as he takes his "hero" shtick and runs away with it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He becomes this by combining Super Speed with his enhanced strength.
  • The Nicknamer: He randomly gives Baku the tacky supervillain name "Baron von Lion" on the spot when they meet.
  • Open Secret: His "Secret Identity" is no secret at all to Rebecca and Pino, who can tell who he is by the sound of his voice.
  • Power Fist: His ultimate attack, Metallica Explosion, increases the size of his forearm until it's about as huge as he is, and it makes an explosion when it contacts his enemy.
  • Powered Armor: His Arsenal Suit, built with Hermit's help, is a suit of battle armor attuned to his Machina Maker to draw out its full potential. As such, he can modify it with firearms and other weaponry on the fly, and it affords him Super Speed to turn him into a Lightning Bruiser, as well as Anti-Magic coating to protect him from Ether attacks. The downside is that it rapidly burns through his own Ether, making its period of usefulness very short.
  • Secret Identity: Played for Laughs, which he tries (and fails) to maintain in front of everyone. He also tries to remain in-character in front of his friends, who aren't fooled for a moment since they can recognize his voice.
  • Sentai: He fully embodies this with the armored suit and over-dramatic posing.
  • Super Speed: His speed can beat out Baku, another known Super Speed user.
  • Walking Armory: Subverted. He claims his Arsenal Suit is clad in weaponry, but it's actually a Morph Weapon in Powered Armor form that he modifies with his Machina Maker.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He can't believe that his enemy doesn't know that the villains aren't supposed to attack the superhero when he's in the middle of making an introductory speech.

    E.M. Pino 

E.M. Pino

Debut: Chapter 6

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A tiny "anti-bot" android who specializes in using EMP to disable technology and Ether Gear. She was built by Ziggy some time between his retirement and death to serve as the so-called "Light of Edens", but lost all memory of her past after it was cruelly erased by a gang of thugs. After being rescued by Shiki, Pino pledges him as her new master and friend, joining him to discover the true meaning of her existence.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Her left leg is cruelly torn off by Sibir and replaced with a screw when she can't dance for him. Weisz later restores her leg using his Machina Maker.
  • Art Evolution: Her design—namely her head, eyes, and mouth—quickly transitions from blocky and robotic to soft and more distinctly human over the course of the series. Her antennae also immediately jump from angular to ovular between the Digitalis and Mildian arcs.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She can analyze people and their surroundings to determine their advantages and weaknesses. This gets Played for Laughs when her constant analysis of everything end up sucking all of Shiki's fun out of a sightseeing tour.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She betrays Sibir after Shiki speaks about her like a living person who needs to be loved and cared for, not a toy to be played with and disposed of.
  • Become a Real Boy: Following her experiences in a human Digital Avatar on Digitalis, Pino makes it her dream to become a human for real, believing that Mother has the power to grant this wish.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her EMP has many uses that could come in handy in battle against enemies who use Ether Gear and mechanical weaponry, except it also affects her allies nearby, including Shiki and Happy, so she tends to hold her powers back unless she deems it necessary.
  • Broken Bird: She was terribly abused by Sibir, who berated her, ripped off her leg, and forced her to make him her master by erasing her memories of her old one. While she musters the courage to defy Sibir, her amnesia leaves her with an existential crisis once she learns her original master is already dead.
  • Characterization Marches On: Pino acts very serious and matter-of-fact when first introduced in the Norma arc, which is a far cry from subsequent arcs where she becomes more cheerful and inquisitive.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Played for Laughs when she eagerly learns from Captain Connor how to say "Screw you", which she misinterprets as "Screws for you." And that's just the Bowdlerized version by Kodansha; in Japanese, she learns to say something much naughtier:
    Pino: Fax you!
  • The Cutie: Despite suffering her own degree of physical and emotional abuse, Pino is the most innocent and cheerful member of the crew.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After all the abuse she endures as Sibir's toy, she strikes back against him by shutting down his Knight Gear before Sibir's bird can kill Shiki with it, firmly putting the gang behind her.
  • EMP: She can generate relatively harmless electromagnetic pulses that disable all other machinery (electronics, robots, etc.) in an area around her for a few seconds. This can also shut down Ether Gear, including her nearby allies.
  • Fairy Companion: Although actually a Robot Buddy, she evokes this image due to her resemblance to a fairy, and she becomes a trusty Sidekick for Shiki. For bonus points, she also dresses up in a fairy costume during the Mildian arc.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Pino" is a masculine name, yet it's used here for a feminine android.
  • Humanity Ensues: Downplayed. She chooses a Little Bit Beastly humanoid form for her avatar on Digitalis, and takes a moment to admire her reflection when she catches a glimpse of it in a window.
  • Identity Amnesia: Ever since her memory of Ziggy was wiped by Sibir, she has forgotten everything about the purpose of her existence.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sibir has her memory of her former master removed so she'd be loyal to him, though she retains her memory of her own name and functions.
  • Living MacGuffin: Sibir holds her hostage so he can use her EMP abilities to steal military-grade robots and take over the city. Shiki and his friends want to rescue her because she's a friend who doesn't belong in Sibir's era, while Weisz wants her just to get rich off of her.
  • The Needs of the Many: Downplayed. When faced with getting a group of B-Cubers off of Guilst, Pino deems it most "efficient" to abandon The Load who'd fallen behind when going back for her would endanger the group's chances of escape, and struggles to grasp Rebecca's decision to go back for her, even though they barely know each other. Once Rebecca does so, however, Pino assures her that she is happy with the outcome.
  • The Noseless: Zig-Zagged. She is drawn without a nose most of the time, but there is one instance where she has visible nostrils before breaking into Tears of Joy.
  • One Degree of Separation: Before her appearance in the story, she was fixed up by Professor Weisz, Rebecca and Happy's Parental Substitute. When they get in touch with him, the professor says that her original master was the Demon King who raised Shiki.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: While visiting Digitalis, Pino chooses a humanoid Digital Avatar for herself, and takes a moment to admire her own appearance in a mirror. Once she returns to the real world, she is disappointed to go back to being a bot, and shortly thereafter declares her intent to become human for real.
  • Punny Name: "E.M. Pino" is a fitting name for a robotic EMP generator.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: She's an advanced android who can feel joy, fear, and sadness, and is capable of crying on all accounts. Shiki takes this as proof that she, like all other machines, has a heart.
  • Robot Buddy: She becomes Shiki's Non-Human Sidekick, and is the primary Series Mascot of Edens Zero.
  • Robot Girl: She's an android designed to resemble an adorable little fairy girl.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: The "hair" in this case is actually metalic pink plates, but they reflect her overall innocence.
  • Series Mascot: The latest in Mashima's long tradition of mascot characters, with her design clearly demonstrating the Science Fantasy setting of the series.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being conceived as the primary Series Mascot, Pino has no presence in any of the manga's promotional material before her debut.
  • The Smart Girl: She is the most intellectual member of Shiki's field team, and is responsible for analyzing situations, devising strategies, and serving as a relay between them and Mission Control.
  • Tears of Fear: After everything Sibir put her through, she gets these when she thinks about what will happen if she doesn't do as he says.
  • Tears of Joy: She's moved to tears when Shiki fights Sibir for her sake and overlooks his own injuries in favor of her.
  • Trapped in Villainy: In the Norma arc, Sibir forces her to designate him as her master and go along with his crimes after deleting her memories of Ziggy and tearing off her leg. Although she'd rather be with her real master despite forgetting him, she can't bring herself to ignore his orders, both because she's terrified of the further abuse she'd suffer from him, and because he'd take his anger out on other androids. Experiencing Shiki's kindness and concern convinces her to defy Sibir.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Downplayed. She's capable of understanding the concept of friendship, and considers herself a friend of Shiki. However, she doesn't understand the actions friends take for each other when it's "inefficient", such as going back for a lost friend when it decreases the survival rate of the majority.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Despite getting her old memories of Ziggy deleted by Sibir, she still knows that she can't remember him and is deeply troubled by it.
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    Homura Kōgetsu 

Homura Kōgetsu

Debut: Chapter 18

Homeworld: Oedo, Sakura Cosmos

Ether Gear: Soul Blade

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A young samurai in training from Planet Oedo who has the unfortunate habit of blurting out every thought that crosses her mind. She was mentored by the Four Shining Stars' Valkyrie, whose disappearance leads Homura to join the Edens Zero crew in the hope of finding her. She also sees this as an opportunity to test her own mettle by challenging the current Demon King, Shiki, to an honorable duel.

Homura's Ether Gear is Soul Blade, an Ether sword she inherited from Valkyrie that can assume different forms.
  • Adorkable: The moments in which she drops The Stoic demeanor to show off her dorky and goofy side are simply adorable.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She endured just as much gossip and harassment on her homeworld for being raised by a machine as Valkyrie did just for being a machine. This factors largely into Valkyrie's decision to leave in search of Homura's real mother, since Valkyrie felt Homura deserved better.
  • Always Someone Better: Although she comes across as a Master Swordswoman to her friends and enemies, she is still just a student to the significantly more experienced Valkyrie, and is prone to mistakes when faced with someone stronger than her.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She shows signs of social disability often associated with Asperger Syndrome, such as a near total lack of a social filter, only mild changes in facial expressions, a slight struggle with friendly interaction, and a tendency to lose focus on other people around her when talking to one person. She is also extremely sensitive to heat, considering a bath in an ordinary hot spring to be rigorous training.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Her techniques all have some kind of animal mentioned in their name:
    • Leopard: Leopard Stance, Leopard Claw Frenzy
    • Dragon: Dragon Flash
    • Snake: Snake Strike, Snake Bite
  • Antiquated Linguistics: She speaks with a formal tone like someone out of the Edo period in Japanese, which Kodansha translates into slightly medieval English.
  • Badass in Distress: Very briefly during the Sun Jewel arc, where she's temporarily held hostage by Garrot and rendered helpless for insubordination while she and Shiki are sent to work in the labor district. Shiki quickly saves her before Garrot can do anything unsavory.
  • Bathtub Bonding: She bathes frequently in the Spa of Eden with Rebecca and Happy, which quickly leads the two girls to becoming friends.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a small one directly under her left eye.
  • Berserk Button: She despises any slight or insult levied against her master, whether it's someone who calls her less than human for being an android, or a supposed replica designed to mimic every detail of her.note 
  • Bilingual Bonus: In Japanese, she always says "Ether" and "Ether Gear" in hiragana, the written letters for words of Japanese origin, rather than the usual katakana for loanwords.
  • Blade Spam: Her Snake Strike technique is a split-second variety of this attack.
  • Boobs of Steel: She is the strongest female member of Shiki's team by a long shot, and has an equally impressive bust size.
  • Brutal Honesty: Her habit of voicing her innermost thoughts has led to her voicing some unflattering opinions towards people, namely Young Weisz, who is always informed of how uncomfortable he makes her.
  • Character Tics: She usually covers her mouth with her sleeve whenever she's saying something that's supposed to be a secret.
  • The Comically Serious: Despite her perpetually solemn face, her tendency to blurt out her thoughts for no reason lends itself to some humorous and awkward situations.
  • Cry Cute: She can't keep her cool when she discovers that Valkyrie is long dead, and descends into Inelegant Blubbering in front of Valkyrie's battered corpse.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She gets more focus out of anyone in the team during the Mildian and Sun Jewel arcs, which focus primarily on her past and search for Valkyrie.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: While she doesn't always say so, she is wholly aware of her habit to openly say what she means to keep to herself.
  • Doomed Hometown: She comes from a village that was attacked by bandits that apparently claimed her father's life. Valkyrie saved her from a trio of them who were on the verge of kidnapping her and selling her to slavery.
  • Dual Wielding: Her Leopard Stance splits her sword into two short blades.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Invoked. She admits she was going for the image of a "knight" for her swordsmanship, but ended up looking like a samurai, which Shiki thinks is way cooler.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her complete lack of a social filter inevitably becomes problematic when facing against enemies, who end up catching wind of her thought processes and secrets without her meaning to.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Unlike other Ether Gear users, she has two separate style names: "Five Sword Fencing", when she has assumed her Leopard Stance; and "Warrior Maid Single-Sword Attack", when using her sword's default form.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Her true avatar at Digitalis wears a rose on the right side of her hair.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Her desire to battle and defeat Shiki is purely out of a good-natured desire for a Worthy Opponent, since they become quick friends not long after they meet each other.
  • Hair Decorations: She ties up some of her hair with a ribbon.
  • Happily Adopted: She's an orphan Valkyrie picked up in a war-torn planet. While Homura only calls Valkyrie her teacher, their bond is closer to mother and daughter.
  • Heroic BSoD: She's left completely shaken to her core when she discovers that Valkyrie has been Dead All Along by the time she joined the crew, and that her own mother is responsible for it. She spends a portion of the story arc's climax mourning in front of Valkyrie's body while Shiki and the others battle her mother's forces so Homura can have the time and space to properly grieve.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: The reason Homura never knew why Valkyrie vanished in the first place is because a neighborhood cat ran off with the note her teacher left explaining everything.
  • I Will Find You: Her teacher Valkyrie disappeared without saying a word, so Homura joins the Edens Zero crew in hopes she can find her teacher. She eventually succeeds in the Sun Jewel arc...as a lifeless husk who broke down and died three years earlier.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Every time she says something she ought to be keeping to herself, such as her secret agendas or unflattering opinions towards others, she usually caps it off by saying she won't comment on it.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: She first demonstrates her Ether Gear's power by slicing a high-speed missile clean in half with her sword. She's also capable of Parrying Bullets from unlikely distances.
  • It Was a Gift: When she was a child, she always carried with her a stuffed toy her biological mother gave her before leaving her home planet.
  • Keigo: She speaks with a formal register in Japanese, reflected by her Antiquated Linguistics in English.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Her nigh-exclusive outfit is a kimono, which makes her stand out as the most old-fashioned looking character in a predominantly Science Fiction setting.
  • Lady of War: A female samurai who wears a floral kimono and carries herself with a calm, dignified air. Using her Leopard Stance and Soul Blade, she defeats a group of armed soldiers with almost effortless grace.
  • Laser Blade: Her Ether Gear gives her the power to create a katana from her own Ether, allowing it to change shape to suit her fighting style. It also has the power to momentarily transfer Ether into other people.
  • Master Swordswoman: Downplayed. She has Implausible Fencing Powers that the best real-life swordsmen can only dream of having, such as slicing missiles, deflecting bullets, and single-handedly decimating groups of enemies...but she's still a young, growing student who cannot begin to compare to her mentor, and she gradually faces more challenging enemies that showcase just how much experience she still lacks.
  • No Social Skills: She has certain lapses when it comes to talking to others, in part because of her habit of always speaking her innermost thoughts in public. At one point in the Sun Jewel arc, she also instinctively shouts out loud for someone who's seen her mentor in the middle of a crowded building, and continues to do so against Pino's advice until Rebecca finally admonishes Homura.
  • One-Woman Army: She is such a skilled swordswoman that she can wipe out an entire squadron of trained gunmen with ease.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The stuffed animal she received from her mother before she left, which she was told to always hold on to so her mother could recognize her. While it has no purpose or appearance outside of a flashback, the fact that Homura was clutching it at the lowest point in her life is what inspired Valkyrie to leave to find her mother.
  • Parental Abandonment: She has lost both of her parents: her father is implied to have died in the same war where she met Valkyrie, and her mother left before the war started to provide for their family, only to become the Evil Overlord of another planet.
  • Parrying Bullets: She's capable of using her Soul Blade to deflect bullets back at their firers with impeccable precision, and from across great distances.
  • Raised by Robots: Homura was basically adopted by the Robot Girl Valkyrie when she was a kid, though Homura insists Valkyrie is only her teacher when others called Valkyrie her mother. Unfortunately, their parent-child relationship makes them targets of Fantastic Racism in Oedo, which is why Valkyrie left to search for Homura's birth mother.
  • Red Herring Mole: Homura apparently betrays the crew on Digitalis to form an alliance with Jamilov for the sake of finding Drakken Joe, calling her story about finding Valkyrie a lie and threatening to kill her "friends" if they stand in her way. Moments later, the real Homura shows up and ousts the mole as an imposter who took her place to infiltrate the crew.
  • Shrinking Violet: She used to be the exact opposite of the way she is now before she met Valkyrie, being so timid that it was a struggle just to introduce herself.
  • Spirited Competitor: Although she is very modest about it, she openly admits to getting excited whenever she is about to face strong adversaries. It's for this reason why she wants to fight Shiki, because to her, anyone worthy enough to inherit the title of "Demon King" from the one Valkyrie was never able to defeat must be a Worthy Opponent.
  • The Stoic: Her default expression is a distant, contemplative gaze, and while she still shows emotion, it comes across in less extreme changes than other characters, even when she becomes embarrassed or upset. The only time she breaks her emotionless mask is when she becomes enraged towards people insulting her mentor, and when she cries inconsolably upon discovering her death.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Homura is cool and stone-faced most of the time, but she's friendly in general. She especially has great affection for her teacher Valkyrie.
  • Super Speed: Her Leopard Stance drastically increases her speed, allowing her to attack multiple enemies in an instant.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Deconstructed. Her tendency to blurt out things she ought to be keeping secret in front of her enemies is not because she's dumb, but because she has a persistent social disorder. Unfortunately, making such simple, life-threatening mistakes makes her come across as rather dim to other people, which touches a nerve with Shiki.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: She is horrified to discover that her own mother—whom she spent much of her childhood waiting to return—is actually Madame Kurenai, the Evil Overlord of Sun Jewel, and that her actions have indirectly resulted in her beloved mentor's death.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Homura's mother left their planet to earn money for her family, unintentionally leaving Homura alone when war broke out and her father was killed. While Homura doesn't resent her mother for this, Valkyrie decided to bring her mom back by any means necessary when she felt Homura desperately needs a real parent's unconditional love. This is complicated when they find out her mother is Madame Kurenai, the Evil Overlord of Sun Jewel, and doesn't actually care about her daughter.
  • Worthy Opponent: She considers Shiki to be one, not because she's fought him personally, but because she swore to battle the "Demon King" of Edens Zero, and he's been deemed fit for the title by the last Demon King and his followers.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Her Soul Blade can be broken against a hard enough surface, and will remain in a broken state when summoned until Homura has time to reforge it.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high stockings that leave a section of her legs bare.

Four Shining Stars

    In General 
The Demon King's Four Shining Stars are a quartet of androids created by Ziggy to serve aboard the Edens Zero. Each member is connected to one of the ship's core functions, bringing out its full capabilities when all four are together.
  • The Ageless: Because they are androids, they all look exactly the same during their debut appearance as they did when Shiki was a baby.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Upon retiring, Ziggy split them up with one final order for them to each live their own lives as they saw fit until Shiki came of age. Shiki's goal upon getting the Edens Zero is to get them back together, helping them overcome the physical or emotional hurdles keeping them from doing so.
  • Dub Name Change: Their name translates directly from Maō Shikōsei (魔王四煌星).
  • Elite Four: A heroic example, despite what their master's title would indicate; they are state-of-the-art androids with unique functions and capabilities that, when brought together aboard the Edens Zero, turn it into one of the most formidable, spaceworthy ships in the entire cosmos.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: There's the dedicated and loyal Witch, the mannish and laidback Sister, the smart introvert Hermit, and the cool warrior Valkyrie.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Loyal and servile Witch is Phlegmatic, crude and hotheaded Sister is Sanguine, quiet and gloomy Hermit is Melancholic and the brave and action-oriented Valkyrie is Choleric.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Shiki and the gang are required to gather all four androids in order to bring the Edens Zero to full travel capacity and brave Dragonfall, a swarm of dragons that stands between the Sakura Cosmos and Mother.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": The descriptive titles they're called by are their primary ID codes, which are more or less the casual "names" of androids. While Sister and Valkyrie are shown to have names attached to their "titles"—Ivry and Yuna, respectively—they're treated more as surnames than anything.
  • Living MacGuffin: These fully sentient androids are also Plot Coupons required to pave the heroes' way to Mother.
  • Ms. Fanservice: With the exception of Hermit, the Four Shining Stars are all highly attractive, busty Robot Girls who have their share of suggestive scenes, despite having comparatively less screentime than girls like Rebecca and Homura.
  • One Degree of Separation: They were all built by Ziggy on Granbell, the same planet where he retired to raise Shiki.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Their emotional behavior is practically identical to that of any ordinary human, and they have the physical ability to cry and bleed as if they were flesh and blood. Given that their creator believed that all robots are alive in the same way that humans are, these features were likely implemented to take full advantage of that.
  • Robot Girl: All four of them are built to be female, and three of them are physically attractive young women, with the fourth being a cute young girl.
  • Uniqueness Value: Each of the Four Shining Stars is entirely unique and can never be fully replicated by another android. Because of this, Homura becomes downright furious when Xiaomei pits her against a training bot holographically disguised as Valkyrie and passes it off as a replica with the same memories and personality as her, as Homura views the idea of a second Valkyrie to be an insult to the original.

    Witch 

Witch

Debut: Chapter 14

Homeworld: Granbell, Sakura Cosmos

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The "Shield of Edens", tasked with defending and maintaining the Edens Zero. She is completely subservient to her master, the Demon King, and follows his orders without question. Witch is the only Shining Star to remain aboard the ship after Ziggy's retirement, dutifully waiting for Shiki's return and succession as Demon King.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her more traditional Hot Witch costume features nothing but a pair of sashes covering her chest, leaving everything in between and around them completely bare.
  • Berserk Button: She rarely shows any anger, but the one thing guaranteed to set her off is going into an unauthorized part of the Edens Zero.
  • Cleavage Window: Her first outfit features a cut in the upper center that exposes quite a bit of her well-endowed chest.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She remains barefoot at all times.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Witch's face is so beautiful that when she unmasks herself for the first time, Rebecca and Homura are just as captivated as Shiki and Weisz.
  • Flat Character: She's one of the less developed members of the Four Shining Stars, as her personality revolves around her willing subordination to the Demon King.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Downplayed. Only Witch considers herself to be the Demon King's property due to her status as an android, which Ziggy and Shiki heavily discourage. Nevertheless, she is at her most content when following her master's wishes, no matter what her personal feelings may be. It's also indicated by Ziggy's orders for the Four Shining Stars to live their lives as they see fit that her subservience is entirely her own choice.
  • Hot Witch: Her android body is very shapely, and she wears a dress which reveals a lot of leg and cleavage. For extra measure, she switches out her usual outfit with a classic wizard hat and staff during the voyage to Mildian.
  • Magitek: Fittingly for someone called "Witch", she employs some manner of magic energy when purging the Edens Zero of its parasite infestation.
  • One-Way Visor: For her initial outfit, the entire upper half of her head is covered by a helmet with a black visor, with only one of her eyes becoming visible when she expresses dread.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: She follows each and every kind of order Shiki gives her to the letter without question, including his joking order to bark like a dog, much to his disturbance.
  • Spaceship Girl: Unlike the other Shining Stars, Witch is networked directly into the Edens Zero's mainframe at all times, essentially making her a part of the ship and allowing her access to its defense and surveillance systems. As such, despite having no physical connection to the ship at all times, she is unable to leave it.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: A benign example. As she is connected with the Edens Zero, she is capable of hearing every conversation on the ship as she pleases, and provides advice as necessary.
  • Tranquil Fury: On the rare occasions when she gets angry, she remains just as calm as always, but with a terrifying Death Glare.
  • Vapor Wear: Her first outfit's Cleavage Window indicates she has no bra; her second outfit's Absolute Cleavage confirms it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is colored green.

    Sister Ivry 

Sister Ivry

Debut: Chapter 24

Homeworld: Granbell, Sakura Cosmos

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The "Life of Edens", a crude-mouthed nun with the miraculous ability to heal wounds and repair broken machines, including the Edens Zero itself. She wound up having her identity stolen by another android for ten years after getting caught during a mission to the planet Guilst, leading to some confusion until the real Sister is finally rescued.


  • Anger Born of Worry: Sister gets Hermit to take responsibility for nearly getting the ship destroyed while she was acting like Achilles in His Tent, despite knowing that she was still deep in a Heroic BSoD at the time. However, Sister makes it clear soon afterwards that she was concerned the whole time and is just happy to have her back.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She has a picture of Rebecca on her phone, calling her cute while blushing when showing it off.
  • Battle Strip: She takes off all her clothes when activating her healing powers on Illega's petrified victims, revealing a bikini-like body pattern. Lampshaded when a flabbergasted Shiki wonders what the point of it was, while Weisz flat out doesn't care.
  • Berserk Button: Her biggest pet peeve is when someone tries pushing the button on Mosco's belly, especially Mosco himself.
  • Big Sister Bully: She has this sort of dynamic with Hermit, whom she teases often and gives a harsh scolding whenever she causes trouble. That said, Sister has no ill will behind it and genuinely loves Hermit like the others.
  • Chubby Chaser: While not romantic, she keeps Mosco around because she thinks he's adorable, despite verbally putting him down 95% of the time.
  • Damsel in Distress: She spends a whole decade in unconscious captivity on Guilst while another android uses her name and powers for herself until Weisz and Homura set her free.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She's in no mood to listen to excuses when she's freed from her imprisonment in Rogue Out's basement and finds that Rogue Out's leader has been using her powers and name to build her own reputation for ten years, taking the imposter down in a matter of moments.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's extremely unforgiving to her imposter for thinking she can get away with impersonating her for ten years, first threatening to remodel her into one of the Demon King's latrines, and then delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown while promising to break and fix her endlessly until she tires of it. She only spares the imposter once Weisz tells Sister to lay off and focus on escaping the then-doomed planet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's crass and makes fun of everyone in the crew, including her new master, but she's also a dedicated healer and admires Shiki's friendliness.
  • The Lad-ette: She is an Ore Onna who talks like a thug, beats the crap out of anyone who slights her, and gets excited when stuck in the middle of life-threatening peril.
  • The Medic: Her role as the "Life of Edens" amounts to this, as she can magically heal both humans and machines, including the Edens Zero itself. However, her powers can only work on "living" things, and the ship technically isn't "alive" until all Four Shining Stars are present.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her hair is silvery white, and she has mystical healing powers despite being an android.
  • Nun Too Holy: She dresses like a nun, but is otherwise The Lad-ette through and through.
  • Ore Onna: She refers to herself with the almost universally male Japanese pronoun ore, sounding extremely butch.
  • Rescue Introduction: She's first found trapped and unconscious in a cellar where her impostor has locked her up for the past ten years until she gets freed by Weisz and Homura.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She performs a Battle Strip when using her powers, seemingly for no reason at all and not caring what anyone around her things.
  • Unwanted False Faith: She doesn't give a damn when her imposter claims to have always revered her as a god for her healing powers, as she doesn't take kindly to being taken hostage and impersonated for ten years.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just knowing there's a true Sister gives away that the first Sister that shows up in the Guilst arc is an impostor.
  • Walking Techfix: Her healing powers work not just on organic beings, but broken machines as well. However, it only works on a physical level, and only if the machine in question is "alive".
  • White Mage: Her powers revolve around healing and restoration of any living thing, whether they are organic or mechanical. Her powers also work on petrification, as she demonstrates when she revives all of Illega's stone victims.

    Hermit 

Hermit

Debut: Chapter 29

Homeworld: Granbell, Sakura Cosmos

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The "Mind of Edens", an ace programmer and gamer who manages the ship's security systems. She is found in the virtual world of Digitalis following a traumatic incident on Planet Newton that left her with a seething hatred of humans, but Shiki's kindness inspires her to come out of isolation and learn to trust her new human crew.


  • Achilles in His Tent: She resists Shiki's attempts to bring her back to the Edens Zero in favor of remaining on Digitalis, which she owes to her distrust of them. When she finally relents, she just holes herself up in the Dress Factory when the ship comes under attack by Spider, telling everyone to go without her. She only comes around after Shiki and the others help her realize that she wants to trust them, but can't trust herself after humans used her to destroying a planet of androids.
  • Big "NO!": Shrieks out a chilling one during her backstory when she witnesses Planet Hook suffer an Earth-Shattering Kaboom before her very eyes after getting blasted by the Ether Accelerator she helped Newton's scientists build.
  • Break the Cutie: She suffered horrifically at the hands of malicious humans she thought were her friends, leaving her in a fifteen-year Heroic BSoD of neverending anger and self-loathing, simply because she wanted to do something nice for them.
  • Broken Bird: She was once a Cheerful Child who dreamed of being friends with humans, but her love for them was shattered after getting manipulated and abused in the most horrific ways, leaving her bitter, hateful, and distrusting of everyone she meets. Thanks to Shiki, she recovers enough to regain her smile and sense of humor, but still retains something of a cynical streak.
  • Broken Pedestal: She calls Ziggy a liar for his creed that both humans and machines have hearts, as her life experiences have convinced her that the former certainly don't. It becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal after she finally meets humans unwilling to take advantage of her (i.e., Shiki and his friends), which allows her to see the meaning behind Ziggy's words.
  • Broken Tears: As Spider is destroying the Edens Zero, she just curls up in the Dress Factory and cries, too deep in self-doubt and denial over how kind the crew has been to her to do anything. The fact that the crew refuses to leave her despite her telling them to leads to the emotional breakthrough she needs to go back to her old, cheerful self.
  • Cheerful Child: Her pre- and post-Broken Bird personality is a cheery and helpful girl who loves playing games and making costumes in the Dress Factory.
  • Cry Cute: She fails to hold back her tears when her cynical facade crumbles and openly shares her deeply broken heart to the crew for the first time, realizing she wants to be their friend despite everything that happened to her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Light blue eyes to go with her light blue hair.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Ever since she was used as a pawn and guinea pig for humans' horrific experiments for two years, she became deeply disillusioned with the idea of humans having hearts and being friends with robots. Meeting Shiki and his crew, however, has the opposite effect.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her initial distrust of the crew and hatred of humanity is fully understandable once her past is revealed. After leaving the crew fifteen years ago, Hermit was approached by a team of human scientists on Newton who acted like they supported human-machine relations, but were secretly a group of Evil Luddites who tricked her into helping them build a Doomsday Device, which they used to destroy a planet of robots. The only reason they let Hermit live was to serve as a lab rat, resulting in two years of hellish torture until they were finally arrested and/or killed by the military, leaving her dead on the inside.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: She sports these during her Heroic BSoD as an indicator that her heart and mind have been damaged by her horrific past. They light back up when she slowly but surely begins to return to her old self.
  • Facial Markings: She has a pair of red lines shaped like whiskers on her cheeks. They turn pale when she's in the middle of her Heroic BSoD, and go missing entirely in some panels.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She starts out wanting nothing to do with humans or the Edens Zero anymore, but is roused into helping them get rid of Jamilov/Spider, which gradually opens her eyes to the crew's kindness.
  • Gamer Girl: She is a reported fan of the MMORPG Rogue Fantasia, where she has hidden herself away by the time the crew find her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is styled in twintails, fitting her Token Mini-Moe status.
  • Hair Decorations: Her Girlish Pigtails are held up by two ribbons.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: She always wears a headset, reflecting her status as The Hermit.
  • The Hermit: "Hermit" is her actual name, guys. And true to that name, she's first found far away from all society both in the real world and on Digitalis, and typically enjoys activities that involve holing herself away to play games.
  • Heroic BSoD: She spends the bulk of the Digitalis arc—and the past 15 years—in the middle of one, having lost her "heart" after suffering severe psychological trauma at the hands of humans, and completely giving up on life in general. This makes it all the more difficult to get Hermit to rejoin the crew, but they manage after finally getting her to open up and talk about her problems.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Once she's given access to a computer's data, she has complete freedom to manipulate it however she wants with just a few keystrokes.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Although she comes around after meeting Shiki and his friends, she is introduced despising humans and any machines who sympathize with them, believing that humans have no hearts after witnessing and suffering from their cruelty firsthand. Namely, getting manipulated by seemingly kindhearted humans into helping them obliterate a planet full of robots, and subsequently being made into a test subject.
  • Hypocrite: Despite being an android who knows how poorly machines are treated, she doesn't see the point in worrying about the fully sentient video game characters on Digitalis when they're put in danger, since they're "just data". She's immediately taken aback when Shiki argues that they're alive because they can still think and feel like anyone else, which persuades her to help save them.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In the past, she was almost as eager as Shiki to make friends, particularly with humans. After the humans who claimed to be her friends betrayed her in the cruelest way possible, she pretends she wants nothing to do with anyone, but in her heart, she still wants to make friends.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rebecca gives her the nickname "Hermy" (Hami-chan in Japanese), which Sister finds extremely weird.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She's usually a Cheerful Child, but she has something of a sarcastic streak whenever she's in a bad mood.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She was greatly horrified after Planet Hook was destroyed by the weapon she created herself to help some humans she didn't realize were evil until after the fact.
  • My Greatest Failure: Beyond despising humans for their cruelty towards her and other machines, the reason she refuses to help the crew is because she feels responsible for the destruction of Planet Hook, which the human scientists she befriended blew up with the Ether Accelerator cannon she helped them build, rather than save it like the cannon was designed to do.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Hermit's Heroic BSoD all began when she volunteered to help a team of human scientists and their robot partners save a dying bot planet and hopefully become their friend, only to unwittingly help them destroy the planet instead, along with all her bot friends who were sent there, and get used as a lab rat for two years.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Has this mindset during the Digitalis arc, having completely given up on living after the horrible things humans did to her in the past. She thus doesn't react when a horde of monsters attacks her, saying it's better than getting killed by humans, and tells the Edens Zero crew to just abandon her and the ship when it comes under attack by Spider.
  • Older Than They Look: She has the physical appearance of a preteen girl, but she's actually older than Shiki and his friends, on account of being an ageless Robot Girl.
  • Playful Hacker: Regardless of her mood, her manner of hacking always comes with a style of childlike mischief, such as turning Shiki into a Kaiju when he's fighting Jamilov/Spider, or trolling Spider by threatening him with the trigger to the ship's long-range cannons (actually a fireworks switch).
  • Pride: While she's ordinarily a sweet girl, she aso has a very high opinion about herself when it comes to hacking and programming, especially around those who think they're her superior, and deems the Edens Zero's security to be airtight so long as she's on board.
    Hermit: No radar will ever find this ship.
    Weisz: (smirking) You're awfully confident.
    Hermit: (smirking back) Who do you think I am?
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is styled in twintails that reach down past her waist.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She fits the bill nicely. Light blue hair? Check. Pale skin? Check. Robot Girl? Check. Emotionally repressed? Check. Haunted by a Dark and Troubled Past? Check. Starts off as cold to then warm up after the protagonist befriends her? Check.
  • Rescue Introduction: When the crew finds her, she's an Empty Shell whose heart has been damaged. Shiki and the others go to the virtual planet Digitalis to find Hermit's heart, though they find out that Hermit is willingly staying in Digitalis because she wants nothing to do with humans anymore.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Double Subverted. Shiki's kind and selfless acts towards her and the digital people of Digitalis initially push her further into denial about humans, as she struggles to reconcile the idea of a kind-hearted human after being exposed to nothing but the ugly side of humanity. It's only when Shiki and Rebecca help her realize that she still wants to be friends with them deep down that she finally brings herself to trust and love humans again.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She is left very bitter after seeing how evil humans can be made her disillusioned with mankind and destroyed her original purpose of being helpful to them, which left her in a state of severe depression. Becoming friends with the humans of the new crew helps her start healing.
  • The Stoic: She has entirely shut off her emotions after something particularly traumatizing happened to her. The only emotion she ever displays is hatred towards all humans. The moment she becomes able to smile again is the first sign her heart is back.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Because of her past, she tries hard to act coldhearted and jaded towards anyone new she meets, especially if they're humans. After Shiki and his crewmates prove her they're good people, Hermit allows herself to loosen up and smile around them.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She begrudgingly sets her hatred of humans aside to team up with Shiki's crew on Digitalis to get rid of Jamilov, though she has no issue doing anything that would result in anyone in the crew getting banned from the planet, since it means they'd have no choice but to leave her alone. This friction ends when she ultimately becomes their friend.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The other Four Shining Stars look like adult women while Hermit's appearance is that of a little girl. When Rebecca points it out, Happy reminds her Hermit is a robot and therefore she's not really a kid despite looking like it.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: A former Wide-Eyed Idealist towards humans who was exposed to the horrors humanity is capable of would certainly do this. Deep down, however, she knows humans aren't all as horrible as the ones she met, which helps Shiki restore some of her old idealism.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Her default body position during her Heroic BSoD, both in the real world and on Digitalis.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She was one for the scientists of Planet Newton, whom she helped complete an Ether Accelerator designed to provide energy for the dying robot planet Hook. They never told her that they would use said accelerator as a Doomsday Device meant to destroy the planet via Phlebotinum Overload.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She's introduces in an angsty and bitter state due to her Dark and Troubled Past instilling her with a hatred of humans, a far cry from her sweet and chipper personality in flashbacks. After finally opening up to the crew, she goes back to her original sweet personality, though not without a bit of a sarcasic streak.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Downplayed. Although most of the crew doesn't blame Hermit, Sister chews her out for sulking and refusing to help when the ship came under attack by Spider, nearly resulting in their deaths, despite knowing that she'd been through a lot of hardship and had much to process. However, Sister only tells her this because she was worried for her, and Hermit apologizes to the crew for giving them all such a hard time.
  • When She Smiles: Witch comments that she has the most beautiful smile, and is deeply saddened to see it replaced with a sullen and angry frown from her poor experiences with humans. Almost inevitably, she gets her old smile back once Shiki and his friends help restore her faith in humanity.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is sky blue.

    Valkyrie Yuna 

Since this character is a Walking Spoiler, all spoilers are unmarked. You Have Been Warned!

Valkyrie Yuna

Debut: Chapter 39

Homeworld: Granbell, Sakura Cosmos

Ether Gear: Soul Blade

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The "Sword of Edens" and Homura's mentor, whom Homura inherited her Soul Blade from. Valkyrie went missing for five years amidst growing concerns on Oedo over her relationship with her pupil. She is eventually found on Sun Jewel, where she inspired a revolution against the tyrannical Madame Kurenai for reasons that are tied deeply to Valkyrie's departure.


  • All for Nothing: Her journey to reunite Homura with her mother, Kurenai, ends in tragedy when Kurenai betrays Valkyrie's kindness by leaving her to take her own place in debt and seizing the planet for herself. Valkyrie dies fighting the monsters Kurenai unleashes on the labor district, and Homura is left alone and abandoned for five years.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Apart from Homura and an understanding magistrate, the people of Oedo have a generally negative view of Valkyrie for being a machine, let alone one who raises a human girl as if she's the girl's mother, while those who can look past this still see her as an irresponsible caretaker. Valkyrie can put up with it just fine on her own, but it's when the people's prejudice starts to negatively reflect on Homura that she feels troubled by it.
  • Always Someone Better: Despite being the most incredible warrior Homura has ever seen, Valkyrie was allegedly never strong enough to beat Demon King Ziggy in combat.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She has tan skin and reddish hair, but given that she's an android, it likely means nothing about her ethnicity.
  • Broken Ace: She is one of the greatest fighters of Ziggy's crew, and a source of great inspiration to Homura, but she also secretly feels inadequate to be Homura's mentor, largely influenced by prejudice from a society that could never fully accept a robot like her raising a human, let alone someone who isn't her own flesh and blood.
  • Cool Teacher: Homura admires Valkyrie and her teachings very much, despite not seeing her in five years.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: She has a dark skin tone and reddish hair, making her the Shining Star with the most exotic appearance.
  • Dead All Along: By the time the crew finally gets a lead on where Valkyrie is, she's already been dead for three years, having sacrificed herself to save the labor district from a swarm of Stones.
  • Death by Disfigurement: Her body gets very badly torn up during the battle that ultimately claims her life: her left arm is torn off, her synthetic skin is cracked everywhere, her eye socket and much of her internal wiring is exposed, and she is missing the right chunk of her skull.
  • Died Standing Up: Her body is found kneeling in the exact same spot where she died three years ago, holding herself up with her Soul Blade.
  • Dies Wide Open: Her remaining eye remains open and lifeless, an indicator that she has died.
  • Due to the Dead: Rebecca finds it distasteful that Valkyrie's followers would just leave Valkyrie's remains exposed to the elements for three years, but they explain that they meant for her to serve as a beacon of hope for themselves, and they didn't want to lay a hand on her until Homura had a chance to see her one last time.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She goes out protecting the labor district from a swarm of Stones released by Madame Kurenai, showing off her full power as the Sword of Edens the entire time. The battle goes into the night until the break of dawn, where every monster has been slain and she finally expires.
  • Eye Scream: One of her eyes on her dead body has been reduced to an empty, exposed eye socket.
  • Facial Horror: Her untouched corpse has part of her metalic skull exposed (or at least what's left of it), including the area around her left eye, leaving nothing but an empty socket.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: She is the farmer to Kurenai's viper. Upon finding Kurenai having amassed a tremendous debt due to her gambling addiction, Valkyrie willingly takes her place so Kurenai can return to her daughter, Homura, and be a family again. Not only did Kurenai have no intention of returning, she ends up taking over the planet for herself so she can continue to make money, which she does by unleashing a horde of wild Stones on the labor district, ending with Valkyrie giving her life to save everyone.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She dies with a sad yet kind smile as she remembers Homura and how much she wished she could have told her she loved her.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Mainly limited to Oedo, where its citizens are largely an Untrusting Community towards Valkyrie for her rough and violent nature, despite her efforts to settle the war on their planet.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After Kurenai unleashes a wild swarm of Stones onto the labor district, Valkyrie single-handedly wipes them all out to protect the other prisoners, which puts such a strain on her body that she permanently breaks down. Her death ultimately inspires her legion of followers to make her into an Icon of Rebellion.
  • Hope Bringer: Her death gave Sun Jewel's prisoners the motivation to rebel against the unjust system that put them away.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A familial example with Homura. She realizes that continuing to raise Homura would only lead to problems, since society on Oedo frowns upon the idea of robots rearing humans and people rearing non-blood relatives, leading Valkyrie to search for her real mother. Unfortunately, Homura's real mother is also evil as sin, and Valkyrie ends up sacrificing her own freedom for nothing.
  • Icon of Rebellion: Her Heroic Sacrifice inspires the citizens of Sun Jewel's labor district to form La Résistance against Madame Kurenai, fittingly calling themselves "Valkyrie's Army" in her honor.
  • Laser Blade: She uses the same form of Ether Gear as Homura, creating an Ether broadsword rather than a katana.
  • Master Swordswoman: Her mastery of the sword is so great that Homura—a One-Woman Army capable of slicing missiles and parrying bullets—struggles to beat a training robot copying Valkyrie with less skill and power than the real one. Sadly, her skills aren't enough to keep her from breaking down beyond hope of repair when she fights off a horde of monsters on Sun Jewel.
  • The Mentor: She mentored Homura in her Ether Gear, which turned Homura into the budding Master Swordsman she is today.
  • Missing Mom: She's Homura's adoptive mother in all but name, having raised her until she left her to bring Homura's birth mother back. Homura's motive to join the crew is to reunite with Valkyrie. When Homura finally finds her, Valkyrie has been dead for three years.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Her last attempt at communication to Homura is a letter her student never had the chance to find, and she dies regretting that she never told Homura that she loved her.
  • One-Woman Army: Being that Homura is a One-Woman Army herself, Valkyrie proves to be a bigger one, spending an entire day fighting off a swarm of ferocious monsters without letting a single innocent get hurt once she enters the fray. Tragically, this is not enough to save her own life.
  • Parental Substitute: Deconstructed. Although they don't view each other as mother and daughter, Valkyrie is the closest thing Homura has to a parent, since Homura's real mother left and her father was killed. However, the constant reminder that they aren't blood-related—especially on a planet that's largely prejudiced against machines raising humans—causes Valkyrie to feel unfit to care for Homura, leading her to search for her real mother. This ends far more disastrously than intended when she discovers that Homura's mother, Madame Kurenai, is an Evil Matriarch who betrays her the first chance she gets.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Valkyrie left Homura a note that fully explained her reasons for (temporarily) leaving, and was mortified when Xiaomei informed her that the note was snatched by a neighborhood cat before Homura could find it. If Valkyrie didn't vastly underestimate how long she'd be gone for, she could have spared Homura five years of searching and wondering why her beloved master vanished seemingly without a word.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for three years by the time the main story begins. We only see her alive in flashbacks.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail reaches the back of her knees.
  • Redhead In Green: She has reddish pink hair and her armor has green details.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Her lifeless body itself serves as the shrine, which her followers left untouched in the exact same spot and position where she died, forming a wide boundary around it, as a way to always remember her sacrifice for them, and partly because they didn't feel comfortable disturbing her body until Homura had a chance to see it.
  • Storm of Blades: Her ultimate known attack, Odin Strike, unleashes a storm of countless Ether swords that can tear entire armies to shreds.
  • Super Mode: Her Valkyrie Armament System, which lets her summon a Storm of Blades to wipe out seemingly endless hordes of monsters.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: The warrior of the Shining Stars, and also the only one who arranges her hair into a ponytail.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She freed Kurenai from the slums so Homura could have her mother back. Valkyrie didn't expect at all that Kurenai would go and usurp the ruler of Sun Jewel instead of raising her daughter. Just to make it worse, Kurenai released all the monsters from the mines so the prisoners could fill her pockets more quickly. Valkyrie took responsibility for releasing such an evil woman by taking on the swarm by herself, which resulted in her death.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a dull pink color.

Other Crewmates

    Mosco 

Mosco

Debut: Chapter 18

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Sister's overweight android minion who performs various odd jobs around the ship. He was once reprogrammed as a member of the mercenary squad Rogue Out before Sister restored him to his original programming.


  • Ascended Extra: Very quickly goes from a one-shot villain to a tertiary Series Mascot by the end of the arc he's introduced in.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The fake Sister reprogrammed him into joining an infamous mercenary group.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: He has a button on his navel labeled "DON'T PUSH", which he tries pushing on numerous occasions. It's unclear what it would do if pressed, except that Sister gets incredibly peeved whenever he or anyone else makes the attempt.
  • Flight: He has the ability to fly...by rapidly thrusting his arms into the sky. Illega's men question the physics that make this possible.
  • Gonk: He has a box-shaped head and a fatty frame that's wider than two averaged-sized people standing next to each other.
  • Good All Along: He initially appears as a member of the fake Sister's mercenary squad, Rogue Out. After getting shot up by Weisz, he's repaired by the real Sister and goes back to being the friendly robot he always was.
  • Good Costume Switch: After returning to the Edens Zero crew when Sister restores him to his friendly programming, he goes from a Walking Shirtless Scene to wearing a business suit that hardly fits him.
  • Harmless Villain: Apart from kidnapping a similarly Gonk girl for human trafficking, Mosco poses no threat as a Rogue Out member, and gets shot up by Weisz without putting up a fight.
  • Pungeon Master: He's prone to using phrases that allude to his own fatness in the English translation, such as calling Rogue Out "heavyweight knights" and saying the similarly chubby B-Cuber Couchpo is "massively adorable".
  • Running Gag: In almost every scene he's in, he tries to press the button on his belly only for Sister to angrily order him to stop.
  • Series Mascot: Mainly serves as a lesser mascot behind Happy and Pino, the main mascots.
  • Verbal Tic: He says the word "Moscoy" or some variation thereof, usually as a figure of expression, almost to the point of PokémonSpeak. In Japanese, he ends his sentences with "gowasu" whenever he does speak normally.
  • Visual Pun: His belly button is an actual button on his belly.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He goes completely shirtless as a Fan Disservice during his time with Rogue Out.

Others

    Connor 

Captain Connor

Debut: Chapter 49

Homeworld: Aoi Cosmos

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A mysterious space captain from the Aoi Cosmos that the Edens Zero crew bring aboard their ship.


  • Accidental Pervert: He climbs into the Spa of Eden with Rebecca and Homura not because he's a pervert, but because he saw Happy with them and assumed it was a mixed bath. Rebecca kicks him into the air and boots him out for his error.
  • Ace Pilot: Connor shows he has real piloting chops by flying the Edens Zero straight through a hazardous debris field none of the ship's crew would dare to enter, all without a single bump or scratch. The fact that the crew didn't notice his death-defying stunt shows just how much of a cakewalk he made it seem.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: He speaks with a formal and archaic register in Japanese, and uses the antiquated pronoun wagahai.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is a pompous man of many oddities and poor habits who grates the crew's nerves, but he's also a bona fide Ace Pilot when he puts himself behind the helm of the Edens Zero (with or without the crew's permission).
  • The Captain: He was in charge of his own ship before falling overboard and getting picked up by the Edens Zero. By some strange twist of fate, his old ship is known as the Edens One, and he has piloting skills to match Demon King Ziggy, the Edens Zero's original captain.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's middle-aged, balding, overweight, and one of the finest ship captains the Edens Zero crew has ever seen.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He looks and acts like a pompous and self-entitled oaf most of the time, but when he puts himself at the helm of the Edens Zero, he proves to be an Ace Pilot whose skills astound the Demon King's most experienced crewmates.
  • Dirty Old Man: Downplayed. He admires Rebecca and Homura's beauty, and ends up sharing a bath with them because he mistook it for co-ed, but he makes sure they know he isn't hitting on them and always keeps his distance—not that this makes them any more comfortable.
  • Fat Slob: He's an overweight middle-aged man with a huge appetite and bad table manners, which include talking while he's eating.
  • Going Down with the Ship: He certainly tried doing this when he lost his old ship, evidenced by the fact that the Edens Zero crew finds him still clutching his ship's wheel while drifting in space.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He snores like a buzzsaw when he sleeps, which serves to add to the crew's irritation with him.
  • Insistent Terminology: He insists that everyone call him "Captain", including those who aren't part of his crew or who'd otherwise contest his rank.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: By the time the crew has just about had enough of Connor, they find he's already cut their three-day voyage to Sun Jewel down to a matter of minutes, having taken a shortcut through a perilous debris before any of them could notice.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Despite his formal manner of speaking, he isn't afraid to swear like a sailor, such as when he teaches Pino how to say "Screw you"—a Bowdlerization of what they say in Japanese. On a lighter note, he also teaches her how to flap her lips like a horse.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He slips into this when he finds himself starving, telling the crew his stomach is "beset by extreme emptiness".
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Kodansha translates his Antiquated Linguistics in Japanese by making him talk like a sophisticated sailor.
  • There Is Another: Being that he is the captain of a ship called Edens One, he is the first indicator that there are other Edens ships in the universe besides Edens Zero, though he himself is uncertain about what this could mean.

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