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    Cocona Kokomine 
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi, Luci Christian (English)
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Ordinary Middle School Girl, Cocona
Click here  to see Cocona's henshin form, Pure Blade
Click here  to see Cocona's final henshin form

An ordinary middle-school student who is intelligent and rational, but is unsure about her future and has a hard time making decisions. Her parents were killed in an accident when she was a child, and so she has been raised by her grandmother. Her life takes a drastic turn when she encounters Papika and finds herself dragged into her adventures in the world of Pure Illusion and eventually begins to enjoy both Papika's adventures and her company.


  • Ambiguously Gay: The series has made it clear that she is not heterosexual. Episode 7 seems to indicate that she could be either bisexual or a lesbian. Alternatively, she could simply be Papika-sexual, though she is occasionally shown to blush and react to Yayaka as well, when the latter forgets about the concept of personal space.
  • Badass Gay: Later confesses her love for Papika in Episode 13 and fights her own mother in order for them to stay together.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: For a majority of Episode 3.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Not so much clingy, but the mere mention of Mimi from Papika upsets her.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She is introduced as this in the first episode.
  • Demonic Possession: At the end of Episode 10, Cocona is about to be captured by the enemy organization which causes her mother, Mimi, to possess her body. Dark Mimi remains in possession of Cocona's body throughout Episode 11 as well. Cocona finally breaks free of it towards the later part of Episode 12.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hates carrots. To the point where her vision of Hell has her being forced to eat carrots. In fact, in Episode 9 where Papika began to confuse Cocona with Mimi, she offered her Onigiri which contained, among other ingredients, carrots, with this incident being one of the breaking points between their relationship.
  • Heroic Bastard: Cocona's parents, Mimi and Salt, were not married.
  • Heroic BSoD: In Episode 10, feeling betrayed by just about everyone she knew, Cocona thought she would seek solace at home with her grandmother... only to discover that she is in fact, a robot, and an Asclepius agent. And then she got possessed by her mother.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Develops this dynamic after coming an Official Couple with Papika. At the end of Episode 13, she tells Papika if she leaves her alone like that again she'll get an earful.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Has no idea why Papika shows up in her life, and then constantly drags her off on wacky adventures to claim some weird MacGuffin artifacts. When she tries to demand some answers, nobody seems to want to give her a straight answer until late in the show. Unfortunately she does start suffering a Heroic BSoD once her normal life starts falling apart as Asclepius starts making its moves to try and control Pure Illusion.
  • Love Confession: She declares she loves Papika after breaking free from Dark Mimi's control.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Has a birthmark on her upper left thigh. It contains an Amorphous fragment, which lets her access Pure Illusion.
  • Meganekko: Cocona appears to need reading glasses to some extent. They are broken at the end of the first episode, but are either repaired or replaced by the second episode where the glasses are seen sitting on a table. She never wears them again on screen after the first episode, however.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes that some of her adventures bleed out and affect the regular world as well.
  • Not Quite Human: It is revealed her mother is Mimi, the original person capable of going into Pure Illusion. While her implied father, Salt, is human, it is unknown how human her mother is.
  • Only Friend: Turns out she was Yayaka's only real friend.
  • Official Couple: With Papika at the end of the series.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents are dead. In Episode 10, we find out that is not quite the case.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Gets a pimped out wedding dress as part of her final henshin.
  • Pink Heroine: The protagonist of the series, and gets the very pink transformstion of Pure Blade.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her short hair grows to be as long as Papika's and is dyed in a similar color as well.
  • Power of Love: It is the love the True Mimi has for her along with her love for Papika that enables Cocona to finally break free from her mother's trance on her.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She has been living with her grandmother since she was a child. Episode 10 reveals that this grandmother is actually a robot working for the enemy organization.
  • Repetitive Name: Cocona Kokomine.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She fears that Papika views her as this to Mimi. She isn't.
  • Resigned to the Call: While she seemed to have enjoyed the first adventure she went on with Papika, she was reluctant to want to go on another one due to how Papika nearly got killed in the end. She reluctantly agrees to go on more with Papika. The finale suggests that Cocona's ability to choose was constantly being repressed by Dark Mimi visiting her in her dreams.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Papika, especially prominent in Episodes 5 and 7, but still strongly enough present in all the other episodes. It would actually be easier to name which episodes didn't have as heavy undertones, but still, YMMV. As much as Papika enthusiastically tells Cocona she loves her, the latter has yet to voice out her own feelings (lampshaded in Episode 7), though it is obvious that she has grown very attached to Papika as well. Later tension between them revolves around Cocona suspecting Papika's love and friendship to be insincere, and behaving coldly towards her from feeling hurt. It feels like a lovers' quarrel. She and Papika later move out of this and take their relationship to the next level by the series finale.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Her main initial conflict stems from choosing a high school after graduating.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Short-sighted and wears thick, square-framed glasses. Like her father and grandfather. She stops wearing them after the first episode though.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Very introverted and indecisive. Papika helps her break out of her shell over the course of the series.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks very much like her mother Mimi, though she has her father's eyes.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Cocona gets hit with this hard in Episode 10. She is doubtful that Papika really cares about her and suspects that she is just a substitute for someone else. After hearing Papika's story about Mimi, Cocina believes that Papika simply considers her a replacement for Mimi and declares her hatred for Papika, Yayaka, and the Flip Flap organization. Later on, she finds out that the grandmother that raised her is not the person she thought she was, and her grandmother openly states it was all a lie.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Natch. Her henshin mode has her hair color flipped to Magenta.
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    Papika/Papikana 
Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi, Brittney Karbowski (English)
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Manic Dream Pixie Girl, Papika
Click here  to see Papika's henshin form, Pure Barrier
Click here  to see Papikana
Click here  to see Papika's final henshin form

The mysterious girl who forever changes Cocona's life. She's bright, full of boundless energy and seems to have absolutely zero sense of danger. Although she can only enter Pure Illusion together with Cocona, it's abudantly clear that Papika's affection for Cocona runs a lot deeper than that. She happily drags Cocona into her adventures in the world of Pure Illusion at the behest of FlipFlap.


  • Animal Motifs: Dogs or puppies. Has a strong sense of smell, often uses sniffing to locate others and hates the scent of nail polish. Lampshaded in Episode 3 by one of the Marauders.
  • Baby Talk: Shows signs of this as she struggles to even pronounce simple words such as "Flip Flapping!" or "Eat Up!". Papika also prefers to use simple sentences and simple words when talking to others. She drops this as her memories come back to her.
  • Badass Adorable: She is a feisty girl ready to fight and go on an adventure.
  • Badass Gay: Her love for Cocona is constantly expressed throughout the series, as well as taking into consideration that Papika also frequently saves and fights for Cocona.
  • Big Eater: Loves eating. In fact, she is able to finish eating an oversized Onigiri the size of her head in a few bites.
  • Chained by Fashion: Wears a golden anklet storing an Amorphous Shard on her left leg. Papika is unable to get it off despite her efforts. Asclepius originally attached it to her to prevent her from escaping the facility again. Magnetic in nature, a chain pattern illuminates whenever it's activated. Papika loses it at the finale, symbolizing her newfound freedom with Cocona.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Papika is barefoot, only wearing a golden anklet. Combined with her usual personality, she could count as a Barefoot Loon.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She no longer goes by "Papikana". Salt still refers to her as "Papikana" though, even after she corrected him.
  • First Girl Afterall: It is revealed that when Papikana tried to stop Dark Mimi from taking over the Mimi she knew, Mimi gave Papikana Cocona. Afterwards, Papikana de-aged and became friends with Cocona. However, neither of them could remember it.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Both she and Cocona forgot they met each other as children in Pure Illusion.
  • Fountain of Youth: Originally grew up with Salt and Mimi, but the incident that seperated them banished her to a specific world in Pure Illusion, which aged and de-aged her until she ended up the same age as Cocona.
  • Genki Girl: So very much.
  • Hair Antennae: More than one.
  • Heroic BSoD: Courtesy of CocoMimi going "Dai Kirai" in Episode 11. She gets better after a Rousing Speech from Yayaka.
  • Hidden Depths: You wouldn't expect a feral child such as her to be so adept at cooking, would you? She can even make a delicious stew out of ingredients she doesn't recognise.
  • Idiot Hair: She's not really an idiot though.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Early on, despite Cocona's protests, Papika still insists on them travelling to Pure Illusion, not realizing the inherent dangers (which are primarily Cocona's concern) from exploring Pure Illusion. She later comes to understand Cocona's perspective on the matter by the time Episode 2 is over though.
    • Papika is this in regards to Mimi. Due to certain things she says, she causes Cocona to believe that Papika only views her as a Replacement Goldfish to Mimi.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Forced to engaged in this fight with Cocona after she is mind-controlled in Episode 3. In Episode 11 and 12, she tries to reach out to Cocona after she is possessed by Dark Mimi.
  • Jumped at the Call: A stark contrast to Cocona.
  • Kiddie Kid: Papika appears to be around the same age as Cocona, but her whole attitude seems like the kind of way a very young child would act, only learning from mistakes through trial and error rather than genuine foreknowledge. It's implied that her mental age, due to various things that happened when she was imprisoned in the limbo between Pure Illusions, is only a few years old.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Seems to have developed this dynamic with Cocona at the end of the series.
  • Love Confession: Papika has declared her love for Cocona on several occasions, and Episode 12 makes it clear she was very serious. Episode 13 she and Cocona share a mutual love confession. Afterwards, they become a couple and decide to continue going on adventures.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: To Cocona's behest, Papika can often give her too much physical affection.
  • The Nose Knows: Has a remarkable sense of smell. She's even able to track Cocona with it from miles away. Another reference to her dog-like behaviour.
  • Official Couple: With Cocona at the end of the series.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Not Papika, but one of her Episode 7 counterparts, Papino has them.
  • Older Than They Look: Papikana was Mimi's partner 14 years ago, at which point she was 19 years old, but after chasing Mimi into an unknown part of Pure Illusion she was trapped and de-aged into a baby, where she grew up alongside Cocona. This means that she's technically 33 years old but is still physically 14..
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wears a frilly magical girl-esque dress to school in Episode 2.
    • Gets a pimped out wedding dress as part of her final henshin
  • Poor Communication Kills: Due to not explaining about Mimi earlier, partly due to Papika's own feelings about what happened to Mimi, it causes Cocona to sever their friendship and enter a Heroic BSoD which ends in her becoming possessed by Dark Mimi.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Cocona, especially in Episode 5 and 7, and to varying extent in almost every other episode. However she may mean it, Papika often stated that she loves Cocona, and it very clearly reflects in how she treats and cares for her. She and Cocona later move out of this and take their relationship to the next level by the series finale.
  • Tohoku Regional Accent: Papino speaks in this and uses Fukushima slang such as "Sasukene" (Meaning "all right", translated as "Welks").
  • Verbal Tic: Goes "kun kun" whenever sniffing.
    • She also lets out an adorable "Mu fu~" whenever she's happy.
  • Wild Child: Occasionally shows shades of this, what with her consistently scavenging for food, mistaking clearly non-edible items such as cables for food, her generally simplistic speech patterns, difficulty pronouncing complex words and not understanding certain social norms such as not changing clothes in front of others.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Orange. Her henshin mode has her hair color flipped to Cyan.

    Yayaka 
Voiced by: Ayaka Ohashi, Patricia Duran (English)
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Cocona's best friend, Yayaka
Click here  to see Yayaka in her combat gear
Click here  to see Yayaka's henshin form

Cocona's classmate and long-time best friend. Unlike the straight-laced Cocona, she's a bit of a troublemaker and doesn't take her studies too seriously. She's secretly an agent of Asclepius who has been tasked with retreiving the Amorphous from Pure Illusion along with the twins Toto and Yuyu, which puts her at odds with Cocona and Papika.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Her interest in Cocona seems far greater than mere friendship.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Performs this during her Rousing Speech to Papika at the end of Episode 11.
  • Badass Gay: Episode 12 makes it clear she loves Cocona, and she is plenty badass to boot.
  • Becoming the Mask: She was originally tasked to keep an eye on Cocona, but she truly became Cocona's friend.
  • Childhood Friends: She is this with Cocona.
  • Child Soldier: She was recruited by the organization when she was a child, and they have had her do their bidding ever since.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She is not pleased to see how close Papika has become with Cocona.
  • Declaration of Protection: She makes it clear to Papika that she will save Cocona with or without her help.
  • Driven by Envy: Her motivation for fighting Cocona in Episode 9.
  • Eye Scream: Her eye is hurt during Episode 9 after protecting Cocona. Thankfully, it is not permanent as seen in Episode 12.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Gains one after the raid on Flip Flap. Signifies her Heel–Face Turn and return to badassery. Loses it after her henshin.
  • False Friend: Zig-zagged. Cocona finds out in Episode 3 that Yayaka is in an opposing organization, but she still considers Yayaka a friend. In Episode 10, Cocona considers her this after finding out Yayaka became her friend to keep an eye on her.
    • Also subverted. By that time, as mentioned below, Yayaka had already chosen her real friendship with Cocona over her mission.
  • Heel–Face Turn: From the end of Episode 9 onwards, she finally decides to protect Cocona against her organization.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Almost became this as she blocked an oncoming barrage of missiles from Cocona. She got better.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her smile at the end of Episode 13 is an indicator she wishes Cocona and Papika the best.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may come off as rather brash at times, but deep down she really cares for Cocona.
  • Magical Girl: After declaring that Cocona is what she treasures most, she unlocks the ability to Flip Flap.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Her aforementioned hension form only lasts for half an episode before Mimi depowers her.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Transforming for the first time in Episode 12 causes this to happen just like it does for Cocona.
  • Power of Love: Her declaration of love for Cocona enables to her to transform for the first time in Episode 12.
  • Rousing Speech: Ends up giving one to Papika at the end of Episode 11 to snap her back to her senses
  • Sole Survivor: She was the only survivor of the selection group she was part of.
  • Super Speed: She's ridiculously fast while zipping around with her explosive wires. When she Flip Flaps she amps this Up to Eleven.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is the tomboy to Cocona's girly girl. Speaks in a rougher, ruder tone compared to the others. Even Mimi took note of this.
    Mimi : My, even when you've transformed into such a cute little thing, I see your mouth is still filthy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cream boxes. Almost always seen with one outside Pure Illusion.
  • Tsundere: She shows both a Tsun and Dere side to Cocona while everyone else just gets her Tsun side.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blonde with pink highlights. Her hair becomes green upon henshin.

Flip Flap

    Dr. Salt 
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda, David Wald (English)
Child Salt voiced by: Kouhei Amasaki
Young Salt voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
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The mysterious leader of Flip Flap, Dr. Salt
Click here  to see Salt as a child
Click here  to see Young Salt

The enigmatic and aloof leader of Flip Flap, who collects amorphous for an unknown purpose. An interview with the director revealed that he became a university professor in order to secure funding and hide his identity while on the run from Asclepius.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs Yayaka on his hands and knees to save Cocona in Episode 11.
  • The Atoner: For the final episodes, he puts himself into the ELPIS machine to help and atone for not helping protect Cocona.
  • Childhood Friends: With Mimi and Papikana.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Implied to have engaged in romance with Mimi. In Episode 13, it is confirmed they were together.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's this to Cocona.
  • Expy: According to his character designer, he is supposed to resemble a handsomer version of Osamu Daizai.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes that Mimi had been pregnant with his child and he had refused to run away with them.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not originally helping Mimi escape which ultimately leads to Mimi's Split-Personality Takeover. He also shows regrets for not protecting Cocona.
  • Not So Stoic: He is not very stoic in Episode 11.
  • Pose of Supplication: Takes this pose to beg Yayaka to save Cocona and Papika for him.
  • Teen Genius: Implied to be one. Since young he was groomed by his father to be a researcher for Asclepius.
  • The Leader: Of the Flip Flap Organization.
  • The Quiet One: For most of the series, he rarely says more than a handful of lines, but that changes in the later episodes of the series.
  • The Reveal: He was childhood friends with Mimi and Papika along with the fact he is Cocona's father.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Averted. He's given the chance to switch places with his younger self to prevent everything that happened, but he immediately rejects it and is prepared to live with the guilt and consequences of his actions. He refuses to fall victim to Pure Illusion the way that Mimi and his father did.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Wears thick, square-framed glasses like his father and daughter.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Defied at the end. When given a choice to switch with his former self for a chance to change the past, he proceeds to shoot his former self in the head, resolving to never forget the mistakes he made, avoiding the same fate that had befell his father and Mimi.
  • The Stoic: He does not show that much emotion during the earlier acts of the series.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a young trainee he's a bit dorky and shy, especially around Mimi. Of course, after the failed escape attempt as well as Mimi trapping Cocona, Papika and herself in Pure Illusion before exploding into Amorphous shards, it's not hard to see why Salt, in Papika's words, became "meaner" over the years.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to describe much about him without describing his spoiler filled past.
  • When He Smiles: Lets off a suspicious grin when Cocona's introduced to him for the first time. It foreshadows he is Cocona's father.
    • Has a genuine smile at the end of the series as Papika rescues Cocona from Pure Illusion and as both of them come back to the real world.

    Hidaka 
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima, David Matranga (English)
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The resident Mad Scientist of Flip Flap, Dr. Hidaka

Flip Flap's eccentric scientist and inventor who is researching the amorphous fragments. An interview with the director revealed that Hidaka met Salt when Salt was a university professor, and joined Flip Flap due to the respect and admiration he had for Salt's work.


  • The Glasses Gotta Go: As revealed in his character sheet and in Episode 12, he actually looks very handsome without his coke-bottle glasses.
  • Large Ham: Very animated and excitable, especially when he's talking about his work, complete with extravagant poses and backgrounds. It's a stark contrast to Dr. Salt.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Meaningful Name: Likely named after behavioural scientist Toshitaka Hidaka, who wrote about Umwelt, behavioural sciences and analytical psycology, all major themes in the show.
  • Mr. Exposition: Serves as the one who explains a lot of the technical details of Pure Illusion. Sayuri sometimes has to simplify what he says, though.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses
  • Technobabble: At times, his explanations are very long-winded. Lampshaded by Cocona.
    Cocona: "Yeah, that was still over my head."
    Cocona: "So you don't know either?"
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    Sayuri 
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa, Chelsea Mccurdy (English)
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Flip Flap's Mission Control, Sayuri

One of the scientists of Flip Flap. She's an operator who is always worried about inventions, unlike Hidaka. An interview with the director reveals that she used to be Salt's student in university.


    TT- 392 a.k.a. Bu-chan 
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu, Jay Hickman (English)
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Pervy robot buddy, TT-392, better known as Bu-chan.

A robot that follows Papika everywhere, nicknamed "Bu-chan".


Asclepius

    Organization 

A cult / organization that works to collect Amorphous for the purpose of world domination.


  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Their leader is Salt's father, who went mad and became obsessed with Pure Illusion and bringing it into the 'real world', after Mimi and Papika entered his Pure Illusion and inadvertently changed him.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Their efforts to bring Mimi back in the past end up cost most of them their lives because of their attempt at kidnapping Cocona.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: They are the ones who are truly responsible for the existence of the Big Bad Dark Mimi.
  • Kill ’Em All: Mimi kills almost if not all of them in the flashback in Episode 11. In the present, she also destroys their current organization, killing two of their top members, wiping out their army of armed robots and leaving their headquarters in ruins.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Obviously. Even in their earlier days, they have no qualms experimenting on children.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Yayaka fails to take Cocona's fragment from her thigh, they have no issue discarding her.

    Toto 
Voiced by: Sayaka Inoue, Philip Hays (English)
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Emotionless Amorphous Child, Toto

A mysterious elementary schooler and Yuyu's older twin brother. He works with Yayaka to collect amorphous.


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    Yuyu 
Voiced by: Airi Toshinou, Carli Mosier (English)
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Emotionless Amorphous Child, Yuyu

A mysterious elementary schooler and Toto's younger twin sister. One of the twins who work with Yayaka to collect amorphous.


  • Action Girl
  • Artificial Human: The Amorphous Children were created from the amorphous fragments.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed, but towards the end, it's made very clear how much she loves Toto.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Works with Toto on missions.
  • Cutting the Knot: While Toto is trying to calculate the shortest route they can take to get through Flip Flap's headquarters, Yuyu punches down the wall and states that this is the shortest route.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Toto.
  • Emotionless Girl: Like Toto, Yuyu show very little outward emotion.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Occasionally.
    Yuyu: The one with the weak mindset...
    Toto: ...is Yayaka!
  • Manipulative Bitch: Manipulates Cocona into distrusting Papika and later, Yayaka. It almost worked in the former case, but in the latter, Cocona's too emotionally struck by the turn of events to trust Yayaka any more.
  • Not So Stoic: Starts becoming more and more openly worried after Toto sustains a head injury, going as far as to refuse to treat her superior's wounds so she can focus on her brother instead.
    • Even before that, Yuyu is noticeably more emotional than her brother. In a blink-or-miss-it scene at the end of Episode 8, where Pops took the Amorphous fragment from them, Yuyu can be seen angry and frustrated while her brother remains emotionless.
  • Onee-sama: To Nyunyu. She requests to be called "onee-chan" instead.
  • Power Fist: Wields one as her weapon.
  • Stripperiffic: Yuyu and Nyunyu's outfits show off lots and lots of skin, in contrast to Toto's.
  • Verbal Tic: Like Mordin or Abathur, uses minimal words.

    Nyunyu 
Voiced by: Marika Kouno, Emily Neves (English)
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Third Amorphous Child, Nyunyu

The third Amorphous child, created to replace Yayaka.


  • Artificial Human: The Amorphous Children were created from the amorphous fragments.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The newest, youngest, most childish Amorphous child. She especially seems to basically take on this role at the end, when her older sister saves her and asks her to call her "onee-chan".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Can be seen in the OP way before her first actual appearance in the anime.
  • Genki Girl: Very lively and energetic, in contrast to the other two Amorphous Children.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Nyunyu turns over to Flip Flap's side though by that point most of the leaders of Asclepius were already dead.
  • Stripperiffic: Yuyu and Nyunyu's outfits show off lots and lots of skin, in contrast to Toto's.
  • Tagalong Kid: Hangs around the Flip Flap crew after Asclepius is destroyed.
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Verbal Tic: Peppers her speech with "Nyu"s fairly often.

Others

    Uexküll 
Voiced by: Michiyo Murase, Mark X. Laskowski (English)
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Cocona's pet bunny, Uexkull

Cocona's pet rabbit. He likes small spaces.


  • Beast Man: Appears as one on two occasions.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Swoops in to save Cocona in Episode 2 and Yayaka in Episode 13 as Mimi is trying to turn everything into oblivion.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": He's a furry, little green blob whose arms and legs are often hidden and who can grow and shrink and show various expressions, but he has long rabbit ears and teeth, and him being a rabbit never questioned.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after Jakob von Uexkull, who's known for contributing to the notion of Umwelt.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Somehow, nobody seems to comment about the fact that he's green, blob-like, and shows signs of sentience. It's implied he's one of Asclepius's experiments brought back from Pure Illusion, hence the equally strange name U.X.K.L.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Cocona as seen in Episode 2. By the finale, it's transferred to Yayaka, who is his new owner.

    Iroha Irodori 
Voiced by: Saori Onishi, Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
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Cocona's and Papika's sempai, Iroha

Cocona's upperclassman at school. She's a loner in the art club whose surrealist paintings catch Cocona's attention.


  • Abusive Parents: Not necessarily towards her, but her parents are constantly fighting and yelling at each other, which makes Iroha often reluctant to go back home.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: As a child, her closest friend was a sweet old woman.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: An interesting example. She starts off as a loner and grows closer to Cocona, but she joins a group of friends at her school and starts being more social with others after Cocona and Papika enter her Pure Illusion.
  • My Greatest Failure: She broke a promise to reintroduce herself to the old woman she befriend as a child if the old woman forgot her, which still weighs heavily on her until Cocona and Papika go back and fix it.
  • Repetitive Name: Iroha Irodori.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Cocona and Papika, as Iro-chan in her Pure Illusion, tell the old woman Iroha's name as Iroha had failed to do in her childhood.

    Cocona's grandmother 
Voiced by: Tamie Kubota, Tiffany Grant (English)
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Cocona's loving grandmother

Cocona's grandmother, who has been her guardian ever since she was young, since her parents are not around.


    Welwitschia 
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
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Welwitschia, sitting atop Bu-chan

The invasive Pure Illusion Defense Mechanism from the desert world in Episode 3. Somewhat resembles Yayaka. Her true form is a giant spider-like monster. Like the other PI Defense Mechanisms, she yields an Amorphous shard upon defeat. Makes a cameo appearance in Episode 12 where she fights Yayaka and Papika as payback.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Her upper half is black while her lower half is grey. Her blood is blue and her tongue is green.
  • Bondage Is Bad: She is first seen in with a harem of girls in bondage gear.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in Episode 12.
  • Combat Tentacles: Utilizes this in combat. They seem to stem from her legs.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Enjoys hitting and being hit a bit too much. Some of her battle grunts are somewhat suggestive in nature.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Even the desert marauders who steal the villagers' supplies consider her to be evil. Some of them even try to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment, only for Welwitschia to shake off their attacks.
  • Fridge Horror: All her harem are expies of either Cocona or Papika reflecting Dark Mimi's desires to control and suppress the actions of both girls...
  • A Glass of Chianti: Holds a cocktail glass with alcohol while taunting Cocona.
  • It Amused Me: Made Cocona fight Papika because she was bored.
  • Master of Disguise: Disguises herself as a desert villager in order to earn Papika's trust. Notably the village elder isn't surprised when the village girl turns out to be her.
  • The Napoleon: She's shorter than the main heroines.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Chortles heartily when she thinks she has Yayaka and Papika on the ropes in episode 12.
  • No-Sell: Impervious to crossbow bolts.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Cocona and Papika gave it their all, both of them celebrate their victory of Welwitschia...only for her to come back up. It takes Yayaka, Toto and Yuyu to finish her off.
    • She then returns AGAIN summoned by Mimi, in order to subdue Yayaka and Papika.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a hideous monster as part of her true form.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Cocona, taunting her and saying that she was empty inside and deep down really wanted to punch and hurt Papika.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A sign that the village girl is not all she seems...
  • Revenge: Her motive in Episode 12 is payback for what Yayaka and Papika did to her.
  • Stripperific: The lower half part of her outfit covering her crotch resembles pubic hair to some degree.
  • Villain Teleportation: Uses this quite often. In one such scenario she even caused Cocona and Papika to punch each other.

    OO-303/Pops 
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OO-303, better known as Pops, with his glasses off

Inhabitant of the futuristic city Pure Illusion in Episode 8. An eccentric inventor, he was responsible for creating the city and the various mechas piloted by the protagonists.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridges variant. Performs this a lot.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has red skin and white hair.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Of course. The entire city and all of its creations were all made by him.
  • Ironic Nickname: Is called "Pops" despite being the same age as the girls.
  • Large Ham: Quite possibly the hammiest in the series.
  • Mad Scientist: Of sorts. Certainly nicer than the resident Mad Scientist of the series, though.
  • Mismatched Eyes: His left eye is yellow while his right eye is blue.
  • Mission Control: Acts as this for the girls in Episode 8.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is only known in the credits. Everyone just calls him "Pops".
  • Punny Name: Punny Nickname. The name Papika chose for him is "Occhan" in Japanese, which is similar to his real name.
  • Robot Master: All of the mechas were invented by him.
  • Ship Sinking: Deliberately invoked by the director, who, in an interview revealed that he made Pops really short so Cocona and him will not be on the same eye level.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is really tiny but his ego more than makes up for it. He even introduced himself as "The Great White Creator" and wanted the heroines to call him the "Almighty Ruler of-" before Papika cut him off by calling him "Pops".
  • Teen Genius: An interview with the director reveals that he's the same age as Cocona and Papika.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Very short. Roughly half the height of the girls. Papika in particular is surprised at how tiny he is.

    Mimi (Unmarked Spoilers) 
Voiced by: Ai Kayano, Shelley Calene-Black (English)
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Mimi, as she appears to Cocona
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A mysterious girl from Papika's past. She was Papikana's original partner and the first person ever able to enter Pure Illusion. She is also Cocona's mother and has been appearing before her in her dreams. Her actions kick off the final arc of the story.


  • A God Am I: Mimi. The Amorphous is fragments of her power, after she was banished somehow. When she returns, she shows she can nonchalantly overwrite the entire of reality with Pure Illusion.
  • Big Bad: Not entirely by her own choosing due to Asclepius' experiments causing her to have a split personality and then the subsequent split personality takeover. However, her darker side is shaping up to be the main antagonist of this series.
  • Childhood Friends: With Salt and Papika.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It is all but stated that Mimi and Salt became romantically involved since he is Cocona's father.
  • Combat Tentacles: Uses this in combat. The Pure Illusion Defense Mechanisms, which are invasive elements originating from the shards of Mimi, also share this trait as well.
  • Demonic Possession: At the end of Episode 10 she takes over Cocona's body when she about to be abducted by Asclepius. She remains in control of Cocona's body in Episode 11, but Cocona and Mimi are separate in Pure Illusion. However, she is grooming Cocona to be happy with the world she is trying to create.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it during the botched escape attempt as Asclepius caught up to them and Salt's dad took her daughter away.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears as early as the first few minutes of Episode 1, however her identity isn't even revealed until Episode 7 (unless you dug out the raw subtitle data and find out the mysterious boat lady is indeed Mimi) and she isn't properly introduced until Episode 10.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Has little dots in the middle of her pupils, unlike every other character in the series.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Mimi's literal stance over Cocona, even killing off members of Asclepius who attempt to claim her.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • While she started off protecting Cocona when possessing her daughter's body, she does not appear to have any intention of letting Cocona regain use of her body willingly.
    • When Papika confronts Mimi, she uses Cocona's voice to remind Papika of Cocona's declaration of hate.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Mimi kills a majority of Asclepius in Episode 11, but they did have it coming for everything they did.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The plot noticeably becomes more serious once Mimi is properly introduced.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Being capable of making clovers sprout and bloom everywhere? Cute. Killing people by turning their bodies into bundles of clovers? Absolutely terrifying!
  • Literal Split Personality: In the final half of Episode 12, the "old" Mimi suddenly shows up separate from the "new" Mimi to reveal that (prior to letting Dark Mimi take over to get Cocona away from Asclepius), she wanted Cocona to live her life with total freedom, something she never had while trapped by Asclepius. The "old" Mimi is physically there (well, as "there" as she can be in Pure Illusion), and proves it by staying with Salt while Papika and Cocona launch their final attack against Dark Mimi, and survives after Dark Mimi is destroyed by Papika and Cocona's final attack against her.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It literally happened when they were trying to take the infant Cocona away from her. You try to stop her having her way with Cocona, she'll do everything in her power to stop you.
  • Mama Bear: She will do anything for Cocona as seen in the flashbacks and when she possess Cocona's body. A particularly villainous version of the trope as Mimi will stand at nothing coming in between her and her daughter.
  • Nightmare Face: Displays this in Episode 13 showcasing her spiraling into insanity.
  • One-Winged Angel: Since the power of henshin comes from her in the first place, it should stand no surprise that she is able to transform as well.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Has one in Episode 12 in the desert PI.
  • Prehensile Hair: Uses it to restrain Papika in Episode 12.
  • Punny Name: She is also known as test subject 33. 33 can be pronounced as "Mimi" in Japanese.
  • Reality Warper: Is capable of doing so. Episode 12 and 13 has her pretty much rewriting reality itself as Pure Illusion merges with the real world.
  • Split Personality: It is shown in Episode 11 that she developed a split personality after spending most of her life as a test subject.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: She allows her darker personality to takeover her body when infant Cocona was being taken away.
    • This is ultimately zig-zagged. Both Salt and Papika point out that after what happened to her, Mimi has become more ruthless, single minded, who wants only to protect Cocona. However, Dark Mimi has pointed out that the original Mimi wished to protect Cocona as well and the other personality is still a part of her.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: After getting her ass kicked, Mimi says "fuck it" and decides she'd rather kill everyone with a black hole than keep trying to protect someone that reacts to her with punches to the face. By this point it's clear she's too angry to care about her daughter or think about what she's doing.
  • Unreliable Narrator: When someone remembers a time when Mimi is being kind and gentle, and open-minded about Cocona's future, she twists, sometimes literally, the events to suggest something completely different and sympathetic to her ideals.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before everything went wrong.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Prone to this especially when others interfere on her plans. Her normally calm demeanor breaks as she lashes out at others.
    Mimi (to Papika) : I hate you! I hate hate HATE you!
  • Walking Spoiler: Even her existence is hinted at in Episode 7, and her name suddenly gets mentioned in the Episode 8 stinger. Shortly thereafter it's revealed she is the only person who could (originally) go to Pure Illusion and that she's Cocona's mother.
  • Woman Scorned: She hates Salt for not being there for her in dire times and failing to look after Cocona.
  • Yandere: Very obsessive and protective over her daughter. And when Cocona fought back at her, she completely loses it and goes berserk.
  • You Are What You Hate: She hated being completely sheltered and boxed in by Asclepius, yet her twisted side tries to do the same to Cocona on a grander scale.
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