This is a list of characters that appear in Genji Tsuushin Agedama anime series. The tropes got too long for just Main and Supporting characters, so they are now grouped. The order of the folders is based on the most important characters order in the Ending Credit. The in-folder order is as per the Japanese Wiki note .
For an hero anime targeted at primary school kids, Genji Tsuushin Agedama has complex and grey human relationships. The Heikes are allies, and Rei is almost always an antagonist. But Tsuripan (Harada Katsuo) isn't always on Rei's side, and except for his world-conquering plan Raizō is just as likely to talk civilly with Agedama & Ibuki or treat them to something as be hostile, and he could occasionally be more aligned with them than with Rei.
Photos of the groups residences are used as the group photo. Socioeconomic conditions are integral to the characters and influence actions and choices to a greater extent than many other anime.note And the residence is the most visible symbol of their socioeconomic status.
Name Order Confusion warning: We are in 2019, and the Japanese government is implementing surname first for Japanese names in English. This character sheet will do the same.
SPOILER Warning: This character page has substantial spoilers. Since Agedama is a show that relies heavily on execution rather than the newness of its premises and the push for providing context, this page errs on the side of providing detail. Hopefully they are more teasers than spoilers.
Characters from Planet Hero
Retirees sometimes migrate back to Earth to live secluded lives and are perceived as gods or ghosts, while residents with evil hearts are stripped naked, rendered amnesiac and exiled to distant planets.
Since Agedama's house does not represent their socioeconomic profile, here is a picture of what they eat instead.
Voiced by: Sasaki Nozomu
A picture is worth a thousand words: never mind Rei, notice how he is a bit note shorter than Ibuki. He is not, and not meant to be, all powerful, really cool looking or dominate either the scenes or the relationship.
- The Ace: Inverted - see Book Dumb section, and he can be prone to clumsiness even in sports, which is supposed to be his strong suit.
- Big Fancy House: Though he is not rich, he lives in a big house. Justified because it is considered a ghost house by the neighbors (due to Ebiten and Okame moving around).
- Book Dumb: His known test scores are 15 and 30.
- Butt-Monkey: Whether transformed or not, this show is not kind to its protagonist. He would flub, get upstaged by his opponent, trip over etc.
- Every Man Has His Price: He resisted food & 3 stacks of money, but in episode 13 proved willing to grovel to Rei to get some tickets for a race starring a famous racer that Okame likes note
- Hour of Power: The Agedaman transformation apparently uses kiai energy stored when he is not transformed, and doesn't recharge too quickly. In episode 28, having demonstrations and signing two days in a row depleted his entire charge.
- Innocently Insensitive: Agedama can sometimes fall into this. He sometimes can eat with too much gusto. Then in episode 45, in his rush to give what he has before he has to leave, he commits the faux pas of giving Ibuki the food that Rei has just rejected. Fortunately, Ibuki knows him and was only momentarily appalled.
- Instant Expert: Waprō provides him with a wide range of expansion cards with a broad range of capabilities. Agedama never seems to have any problem using them. At least twice he also seems to retain abilities the cards lent him.note
- Kids Driving Cars: When he rides on Waprō's jet or pocket-bike modes.
- Love Interest: As Agedaman, for Heike Ibuki.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His mouth often incites conflict that could have been averted, most spectacularly in episode 34, where his provocation made Rei decide to cheat, everyone was sprayed with ink and forced to run laps. It's not like Rei getting some privileges is anything new (especially when her family is around), and there was no objective reason to believe Rei, the top student, did not know the answer to those questions. Also, if she doesn't know the answer, it is guaranteed she'll cheat. All he had to do was let Ibuki continue to field the questions until class is over.
- Piggyback Cute: In episode 6, Reis limo was late in picking her up, and eventually Uroncha carts her by rickshaw. Rei brags about how many people are willing to be her legs. In a rare case of sensitivity, Agedama offers to be Ibukis legs and piggybacks her, easily overtaking the rickshaw. Initially reluctant to impose, Ibuki ended up really enjoying the trip.
- Power of Trust: Keeps complimenting Ibuki and telling her she can do as well, or better than Rei. It is a factor by in her Growth Arc.
- Static Character: Over one year, he learns how to skate, dance and sumo basics. Beyond that, he does not become less hotheaded, become a stronger or smarter fighter, become less dependent on Waprō or anything that can be considered growth.
- Super-Strong Child: Even untransformed, Agedama has markedly above average strength and speed. Justified because he is a superhero in training.
- He can tie in running with Hikari in 400m. It is worth noting he was dressed in light armor (the Agedaman transformation) while Hikari was in his sprinting uniform.
- He might also have been a strong competitor in long jumping, but he's a Butt-Monkey.
- He caught up to Rei after being delayed to the back of the marathon by a monster in a dust-raising sprint, though it fatigued him enough he had to push himself near the end.
- He can carry Rei on his shoulder and dash with Ibuki on his back.
- He can tie in running with Hikari in 400m. It is worth noting he was dressed in light armor (the Agedaman transformation) while Hikari was in his sprinting uniform.
- The Worf Effect: Became the victim of this in episode 47, getting incapacitated in one hit by E-hub to demonstrate how strong the new villains are.
- You Have Failed Me: Agedama is a rare victim on the protagonist side. By episode 44, he has only about one month left on Earth and was no closer to identifying, much less finishing off Omyomiko or the person(s) behind her. His parents sent him a mouse so he could communicate with his best friend on Earth. What they did not tell him was that the mouse had a transformation capability. So, without the Final Arc events, Agedama will return home to learn that his girlfriend had to go fight in his place.
- With the Final Arc, at least he finds out who Omyomiko is, but chose not to have her arrested or otherwise neutralized. So he will still have to hear about his girlfriend fighting monsters. Ouch.
Voiced by: Watanabe Kumiko
In addition to the form on the right, he can retract his legs into a floating volleyball, become a pocket bike or a jet, a backpack, a mechanical version of a dog and a submersible.
- Friendship Favoritism: In episode 32, he is happy to let Agedama be late for school. Ibuki then shows up, and now its all Oh dont worry, Ill turn into a pocket bike for you. Justified, since certain unhappy events happened last week/episode, and Waprō might have felt that it was important to signal It's Really All Right.
- Guy in Back: Takes the Weapons System Operator role in combat, analyzing data and programming the week's expansion card for Agedama's use.
- Hour of Power: Waprō serves as the power source for Agedaman's levitation (not Agedama's kiai). It drains the battery very rapidly, which explains why he doesn't fly that often.
- Idiot Ball: Waprō never trusted Rei and did not want to work with her, even against the Greater-Scope Villain. He nevertheless agrees to commit all his resources on overdrive to compute π while they are on combat-alert, just on Rei's word she'll shut him off before he overheats. A factory-installed Restraining Bolt that encourages extreme deference to human requests may well be the only explanation.
- Power of Friendship: Breaks free of a brainwashing in time to avoid killing Agedama.
- Restraining Bolt: Literally has a personality-altering one attached to him in episode 34.
- RoboSpeak: He speaks normally and with emotion, but punctuation marks are mandatory.
- Theme Naming: Named for "Word Processor", in this context referring to cheap (compared to an all-purpose PC) computers specialized for word processing tasks that were popular in the 80s and early 90s.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Agedama, Ibuki and Kodama treat him as an equal. Rei sees a purchasable "pet", as does the custodian of Ibuki's apartment building. Mr. Heike saw an "electrical appliance" (to be fair, Waprō wasn't moving at the time).
- To mitigate for Rei, she offered the equivalent of a million US dollars for him, which is likely most/all of her pocket money note .
Voiced by: Anzai Masahiro and Miura Masako, respectively
- Hero of Another Story: Used to be superheroes in their own time. In episodes 49-50, Ebiten lends Agedama his old battle suit.
- Invisibility: They are invisible to everyone except Agedama (though they can appear if they want to).
- Parental Substitute: For Agedama
- Shipper on Deck: Supportive of Agedama and Ibuki getting closer together.
Voiced by: Suzuki Katsumi
- Intrepid Merchant: Spends most of his onscreen time trying to peddle various services and goods.
- Police are Useless: Never assisted in getting Omyomiko, and he and his compatriots were similarly useless against the Greater-Scope Villain. Their only useful contribution was that their ship happened to have personal-use hoverjets.
Voiced by: Shimada Bin and Hayashibara Megumi
- Greater-Scope Villain: All in show agrees that compared to them, the Kukis were only small fry, so all parties should cooperate.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It was probably supposed to be Modam's Kick the Dog moment when he kicked Omyomiko (Rei), who was hurt yet desperately tugging at his leg, away from him. On the other hand, Rei has been a Karma Houdini throughout 49 episodes, suffering little more than her attempts being repulsed or being blasted into the sky in Team Rocket fashion. Furthermore, the Kukis had ignited the entire mess and the only reason she and Agedama (not Agedaman) are having the crap beaten out of them is because she crippled Waprō. The sight of her for once being badly beaten up for her unworthy acts can be very satisfying.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Administered some to the Kukis, especially Rei. They thought they were boss and in control. They were wrong.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Or more accurately, ladies. In episode 50, E-hub agrees to fight Ibuki using RockPaperScissors. Among other things, it simplified their fight into a Beam-O-War and eliminated her own advantages in flexibility and experience. She probably did not expect Ibuki to last, but she stuck with it even when she was slowly being pressed.
- Theme Naming: Modem+Adam and Eve+Internet hubnote
- The Worf Effect: Inverted, with E-hub playing the victim. Three episodes after establishing E-hub's energy attacks as a serious threat, karma comes full circle and she's now forced to tie with Ibuki, bringing her up.
- Would Hit a Girl: Modam was perfectly happy to thrash Rei and use his Prehensile Hair on Ibuki.
The Heike family
To be sure, it is quite well-appointed inside and the rooms are reasonably spacious. But as it turns out, living in an apartment means being subject to the arbitrariness and prejudices of the landlord and her representative (管理人). A family is not completely autonomous, even within the confines of its home...
Voiced by: Mitsuishi Kotono
While she was always willing to stand up for what is right and for others, as the series goes on, she will gain more self-confidence, be less deferential and stand up for herself. Her grades even get a bit better, much to Reis annoyance.
- The Ace: Though downplayed in that she was never portrayed as a genius and does make some small mistakes, throughout the series Ibuki is competent to exceptional in any task she attempts, up to and including modifying hoverjets using alien technology in minutes, all without apparent setbacks or having to put in any more than moderate effort. In previous years, it seems that she avoided problems by Deliberate Under-Performance and being passive (which still left her 2nd in grades), but this year the trope floated above water. Cue attention and conflict from Rei.
- In episode 5, Rei had her lackeys create a computer program to predict who would win the election based on the candidate's qualities. As soon as Ibuki's data was fully entered, the bar predicting her vote count skyrocketed past Rei's into the "Certain Win" area.
- A-Cup Angst: Ibuki is cute and reasonably endowed for a ~10-year-old. Unfortunately, in her class is Rei, who has a figure that could pass for an adult. She gets depressed when Rei calls her Pettanko.
- Though not explicitly discussed, it seems to end as a Reconstruction, with her being quite confident of her body by the beach episode.
- Always Second Best: Ibuki starts off as the 2nd best student in the class (or year - its not clear which), and though her grades climb to match Rei, since Rei is a constant 100% student from the start of the year, mathematically shell never catch up. Inverted in that there is no sign she cares, and it is Rei whos feeling all the angst and insecurity.
- Androids Are People, Too: Instinctively and strongly believes this. Waprō is her "friend" and even PC-rō is a "person". She seemed quite fine with PC-rō being the substitute teacher, too.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ibuki is generally a Nice Girl, but she can snap. She always has cause, but it still jars all when she does:
- See Super-Strong Childs episode 10 (Agedama saw her panties), 36 (Agedama was hit by a baseball from a practicing baseball team) and 48 (Rei gets too close to Agedama).
- In episode 26, we learn she can take a tough side to Kodama.
- In episode 28, she starts by letting Reis insults on Agedaman slide but on continued provocation retaliates with a description of Omyomiko's bodily features & clothing choices and even swears. Ibuki was shocked at herself and Rei looked like she was sunk.
- In episode 30, she snaps at Rei and Agedama for interfering with her relatives omiai.
- Break the Cutie: Rei often tries to do this exploiting her Omyomiko role. Ibuki has been targeted specifically by several monsters, brainwashed, abducted and assaulted. Fortunately for all involved, especially Rei herself, Ibuki is a Plucky Girl who not only does not get traumatized, but can focus on the positive of all this every time Omyomiko and her monsters appear, she gets to meet with Agedaman.
- Buxom Is Better: Inverted from Ibukis perspective, with no one ever expressing any desire for breasts. Agedama picks her and encourages her. The son of the only other rich family in town wants her and cant even remember Rei. Ramen customers idolize her and visit the shop she volunteers in even when the food quality degrades. Omyomikos fan club (whose main selling point would have been the physical attractiveness of its subject) ends up getting only 3 adults and 4 kids for fans, all Rei's lackeys. Said lackeys desired her sexually note , and even Rei makes a Freudian Slip when she (as Omyomiko) admitted shes worthy of being used as fanservice. Somewhere along the way, A-Cup Angst disappeared without a trace.
- Damsel in Distress: For much of the story, until she got superpowers of her own and became "Wonder Ibuki" shortly after she found out about Agedama's secret.
- Damsel out of Distress: Even before her transformation, there are times she contributes, with varying degrees of success. She protects a ballot box (5), shoved away a monster (11), held down another with a broom (14), pelted Hyperomyomiko with a pellet gun (32), helped remove Waprōs brainwashing and freed an imprisoned Agedama (34) and tries to retrieve Reis hard earned wages (39). The basic rule seems to be she'll fight if no one else can, but will defer if there is.
- Deliberately Cute Child: It's easy to dismiss Rei's episode 22 accusations as the rantings of the Alpha Bitch or another manifestation of her Inferiority Superiority Complex, but looking at its grain of truth may be more productive:
- Comparing Ibuki between the first and second halves of the series, she had internalized behavior that's a little more reserved, deferential and uncontroversial than her intrinsic self. This self-control, or subconscious repression is so strong she could hide her Laughter Incontinence, propelled by "infinite" laughing power, until episode 24. Rei might just have noticed because she (consciously) playacts so much herself.
- There are a number of times when Ibuki's cute look of earnest expectation persuades people to do things they otherwise would not. To Rei, however, this earnestness may well look manipulative.
- Or maybe she's just annoyed that Ibuki dresses better than her.
- Deliberate Under-Performance: Certain in episode 2, probable in 6, and one of the possibilities in 22.
- Episode 2: Ibuki claims she is not good at marathon. She forgets this halfway and ends up sixth. For more see the analysis.
- Episode 6: both Rei and Ibuki jump the tobibako (box vaulting). Rei gets an appreciative round of applause. Then Ibuki casually outdoes her, and everyone is shocked before applauding her and Kensaku-sensei praises her strongly. The implication is that Rei put in her usual good performance, but Ibuki usually puts in a more mundane performance.
- Episode 22: Fellow students comment that Ibuki's grades have climbed to being all-100s in the new semester. She hasn't noticeably increased her effort or started going to juku, yet her grades crawl up. It might be the subtle effects of increased self-confidence and improved class atmosphere, but either way to Rei, all it'll look like is Ibuki suddenly deciding to perform and, uh, does.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Ibuki bursts out laughing when thinking that Omyomiko is Rei and Agedaman is Agedama. It probably is a reaction to the mix of a lot of things starting to make sense, kicking herself for not seeing through the Paper-Thin Disguise, and reconciling memories of four entities into two, but in any case neither Rei nor Agedama were amused.
- Dynamic Character: Not that she ever had huge problems, but episode 28 shows Ibuki's growth as a character. While formerly she's a reactive person, this time she proactively takes the initiative to organize a fan club. Also, when Rei declares she'll make an Omyomiko fan club and challenges Ibuki to a popularity contest, instead of trying to "dive under" the confrontation like in episode 7, she non-confrontationally accepts and tells Rei matter-of-factly that an Omyomiko fan club doesn't have much chance. Rei doesn't believe her. Guess who was right.
- After episode 38 did not go so well for Ibuki, the next time she got worried about Rei she changed her tactics, even diverting Agedama to talk to Rei alone. She also let Rei put on her show of superiority and showed genuine appreciation for what Rei was doing. Rei seemed genuinely happy and they had their most civilized conversation yet. If, if only, her granddad hadn't relented on his punishment, it might be the start to Rei's advance towards normalcy.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ibuki in her early episodes really does not want to stand out, both because she scared off a friend for good when she was young and to avoid unnecessarily provoking Rei's wrath. At the end of episode 5, she quietly drops this policy.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Ibuki's everyday wear (listed below) is a downplayed version of this - she seems comfortable and moves well in it. But considering its most formal use is for primary school and she keeps most of it on even at home, it is quite elegantnote . She takes the considerable hassle to put on the full ensemble even when she's late for school.
- It starts with the pink dress shirt with white collar and miniskirt, by themselves a step up in formality from what her classmates are wearing◊.
- Since shes ~10, even a clip-on tie would be quite elegant, but she wears a real tie with fabric running into her collar◊ complete with narrow end◊. And the things on her collar are ... collar clips? These don't come off, even in her room.
- The only options are the red shoes and cardigan, the latter coming off only in the hottest weather (its last appearance was in July of the in-universe year) or indoors (and not always).
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: 1-oku yen (about US$1 million) cannot convince her to sell Waprō. She also nearly quit the Student Council President election because it became so corrupt. (Which made her much more popular, and after finding she had support she changed her mind.)
- Innocently Insensitive: In episode 38, when Rei got a 95 (breaking her all-100 streak) in a test and looked troubled, Ibuki tries to console her. Though Rei isnt really brooding over the bad score, it is a sine qua non of her dilemma and without knowing of Rei's Omyomiko alternate identity its as close as she could reasonably get. However, while Rei's pride would make it hard for her to accept consolation from anyone, Reis Inferiority Superiority Complex (which Ibuki is rather oblivious about) makes her perhaps the worst person to do the consoling.
- Usually in these talks, you use your own failures. Ibuki used Agedama's instead. Rei was likely thinking "Do you mean you dont have any failures of your own, little miss perfect?" and Agedama wasn't impressed either.
- She also got the whole class to come out in support, which is bad in two ways. First, Reis failure had not only leaked but has become the center of the class attention. Second, having the class take her as the center and follow her lead spontaneously and without incentive is one of Reis dreams, and to see Ibuki accomplish it so easily must have really grated.
- The result? Let's just say Omyomiko has sent monsters after her for less before.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Ibuki proves herself this in episode 28. She does have a team for her fanclub, but they are Muggles, girls, and of limited dedication. So she ends up being the artist, buyer, negotiator, architect, construction worker, MC and agent - and actually pulls it all off. The only flea in the ointment is the "star" she is supporting giving out before she did.
- Kid Hero: Becomes this starting episode 49.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ibuki stops Agedaman from using the Monster of the Week's privacy-invading camera to photograph Omyomiko (which would likely have revealed her identity and ended the series) in episode 11 on deontological grounds. Next week, she was brainwashed by the next monster, and that was only the first of many attacks.note
- No-Sell: The world of Agedama basically does not have Resist or Dispel - anyone hit by the latest Mind-Altering Effect of the Monster of the Week is affected, even if it is Agedaman. However, in episode 24 Ibuki does resist one because her "laughing power" is 'infinite' and so cannot be sucked away by the monster.
- Power Incontinence: When playing RockPaperScissors, Ibuki starts to leak energy. It not only seems to ensure her win, but is very intimidating to her opponents, and can even escalate to having a physical effect. This has caused her to stop playing the game. She gains control after the events of episode 4.note
- Starter Equipment: The wireless mouse she received in episode 44. Let's see what it can do: it can communicate (albeit over intergalactic distances), transform and Flash Step. That's it. Compare to Waprō's extensive abilities, which include self-duplication, enlargement/shrinking, analysis, flight and of course the expansion cards. Considering she was being set up by the Genjis to clean up their son's unfinished job, it seems a bit ... cheap.
- Student Council President: The Student Council is not absurdly powerful in Morisoba-East, seeming to run only the school newspaper, but Ibuki tries to fulfill its responsibilities, stopping hallway hooliganism and getting help for Rei when it looked like shes getting bullied. Its not surprising she was quietly re-elected in May.
- Superior Successor: Because the Kukis won't give up, Ibuki will eventually have to resume fighting when the goseimashin (monster-creating alchemy cauldron) gets recreated. Fortunately, at least she's brighter than Agedama, can deal with a reinforced goseijuu, and can use her energy without relying on a card. Maybe it's why the Genjis thought she can subsist on Starter Equipment.
- Super-Strong Child: In advance of her Kid Hero debut, the show was quietly foreshadows her potential by interjecting her portrayal as a normal girl with precursors. Agedama remembers five, but there were more. Some
- are rather blatant but masquerade as one-off gags - excluding those covered in the Power Incontinence and Damsel out of Distress sections, Ibuki:
- Hits Agedama with an uprooted mailbox in episode 10, hurls a baseball hard enough to turn its catcher into a bowling ball that knocked down his team like they are bowling pins in 36, shoves the Monster of the Week off screen in same, and rips out components from a lamppost in 48.
- moves extremely rapidly to support her relative when she fainted in episode 30.
- Who cares about scooping goldfish in episode 32? When she went over the table in front of her, did she jump over it or fly?
- while others are more subtle - excluding those covered in Deliberate Under-Performance, Ibuki:
- easily walks around and even dashes with stacks of wastepaper so tall and heavy even Agedama staggers and struggles to walk with them. This starts a pattern where Ibuki never seems to really strain, whether it is carrying her little brother Kodama (about half her weight) or running with the teachers. See also The Ace.
- was smashed along with Agedama through concrete into a tree in episode 29 and into an electric fence in 43. Both times, she fainted but was not injured. She got onto her feet awfully quickly after being knocked off a speeding Waprō in episode 41, too.
- Episode 12 kind of does both. Under brainwashing, she kicks Agedama so hard he flies several meters, and throws a small kid a similar distancenote . She also knocks down a grown man with a toy hammer. The gag is her smashing the floor with a large mallet.
- are rather blatant but masquerade as one-off gags - excluding those covered in the Power Incontinence and Damsel out of Distress sections, Ibuki:
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Watch how she reacts around Hikari. She blushes around him ... until she realized he can't fight. She defended him, and continued to be friendly, but she never blushed around him again.
- Also, why she finds Agedaman attractive.
- The Worf Effect: The goseijuu in episode 49 and E-hub in 50 were both given to her to quickly establish her credentials as a competent successor.
- Worthy Opponent: At first, Rei barely notices Ibuki. Even in episode 5, she thinks of Agedama as the person to bribenote . After Ibuki becomes President and beats her casually in a sport, the focus shifts to her (watch the flow of Rei's crab fantasy in episode 6), and Agedama becomes more of a prize to be won.
- Watch episode 34 very closely. Rei puts up her hand at the same time as Ibuki - she does not react to Ibuki's voice. If we accept Agedama's suspicion that she doesn't know the answers (and her defensiveness provides a basis for this), she trusts Ibuki so absolutely she can put her hand up blind, knowing hers will never be the only hand in the sky.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gets told this by Agedama from time to time, the last time being episode 22. She probably didnt need it afterwards.
Voiced by: Ootani Ikue (excepting his cameo in episode 6)
TV Tropes seems to have all Sibling Tropes, but not one to describe the perfectly normal and healthy, no games played, relationship between Kodama and Ibuki. So, here's a picture instead.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Ibuki does fob him off onto Agedama in episode 44 when he refuses to let go so she can finish her summer vacation homework.
- "Getting My Own Room" Plot: Wanted his own room in episode 20, so he can read manga without disturbing his studying sister.
- Kid Hero: He wants to be this, disguising himself as Agedaman 2.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Tells Agedama and Hikari this in episode 17. The reason? She likes Agedaman.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: For a 3-year old he is very perceptive. He realizes his sister has feelings for Agedama (not only Agedaman), that Harada's title is merely for show, and when Uroncha is selling a scam. Oh, and he can make and use a map.note
Voiced by: Miura Masako and Sugawara Junichi
- Good Parents: As far as can be told, this pair gets things right. Ibuki and Kodama turned out very nicely, and they seem to get along well their parents. Hotaru also leads the parents protest against the school during the school reform arc (episodes 33-35).
- It seems that the Heikes improved their circumstances over time, having moved up into the present apartment. note
- No-Sell: Ibuki apparently inherited her laugh power from her mother.
- Salaryman: Heike Kanio is this. He may be luckier than the Japanese average though - at least he gets to return home at a decent hour every once in a while.
Voiced by: Shimamoto Sumi
- Age-Gap Romance: Agedama claimed to be worried about this when he hears of the arranged marriage.
- Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage: She was one of a long list of candidates that Mr. Harada brought for Kuki Raizōs consideration.
- Identical Stranger: The reason for Raizōs interest she looks just like Kuki Kiku, his dead wife.
- Likes Older Men: Apparently an aftereffect of her dads early death.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: She seems to have volunteered to be one of the candidates, was perfectly happy to meet, and everything went so well when they finally had a chance to talk. Then Rei ruined everything.
- Wicked Stepmother: Rei thinks shes worried Yamabuki is after her familys assets.note In truth, odds favor her being a Good Stepmother, but she never got the chance, because of Reis Inferiority Superiority Complex.
The Kuki family
To the right, starting from the top left corner is the Kuki residence, then Satou, Tanaka and Suzuki's residences. Not depicted is the train roaring by Suzuki's apartment ... taking care of their staff is clearly not one of the Kuki family's skills.
Voiced by: Tamagawa Sakiko
To the right is Rei's worldview as of the start of the series. It reasonably corresponds to the then classroom situation, but she will soon have to learn to adapt to a different one.
- The Ace: Discussed and subverted. Rei is considered the ace (or "queen") of Morisoba-East. Her money aside, she has the best grades and has a number of accomplishments outside school. The subversion is that Rei isn't really an Ace. She's shown to be a klutz and not all that smart. We can thus infer that any accomplishments she does make without cheating are the gifts of heavy tutoring and serious effort.
- Action Girl: Transforms into Omyomiko to lead the Monster of the Week into action. Also became a Monster of the Week twice. Later, she gains a transformation to become Hyperomyomiko.
- A Day in the Limelight: Rei as a whole hardly needs more screentime, but her hardworking side gets one afternoon of limelight in episode 39.note It's all that side will ever get, so enjoy it while it lasts.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Rei tries this a lot, particularly in episodes 5 and 28.
- Brought Down to Normal: No, not her combat strength, her class status. At the beginning, between her grandparent and grades she was the absolutely dominant Class Queen.note She quickly started to lose status after Ibuki becomes the Student Council President. note By episode 33, she was quite pointedly in the periphery of the class, playing Game Boy with her lackeys as if they are Delinquents.
- Buxom Is Better: Played with for Rei. Ibuki (and presumably other girls) admire her for her body including breasts. However, when it comes to boys, while she gains some admiration for her abilities, her breasts never seemed to give her an advantage. When she tried to press herself close to a young man, he was barely flustered
- Justified, because Rei's overall build best resembles a middle-schooler, which makes her 3-4 years advanced from a 4th-grade girls perspective. From a male perspective however shes in the rut. Shes post-pubescent so she cant attract the lolicons. Shes too tall and stern to win those wanting cute, but shes too young to have truly sharp features, and there are many taller females with bigger breasts (for an in-series example refer to Hitomi-sensei).
- Character Development: Zigzagged - after Ibuki takes over as Student Council President, amidst temper tantrums and resistance Rei incrementally internalizes the new balance of power and her in-classroom behavior becomes less tyrannical. By episode 28 her reactions approach that of an anime-typical Ojou. Just as you think she can at least stabilize there, when Raizō took over the principal's job she took advantage of the balance of power shift to revert to her old ways, proving the changes weren't intrinsic. Also, she never stopped sending monsters after her classmates.
- Crazy-Prepared: Twice.
- In episode 12, when challenged on whether she had brought a piece of cleaning cloth, her servants brought in a cart of them.note
- In episode 46, when lectured on the proper action to take in an earthquake, it turns out her seat was installed with a protective system that surrounds her in the event of a quakenote .
- Custom Uniform: In gym, she wears a specially made all red one-piece.
- Deuteragonist: Ibuki might be the heroine, but Rei is the undisputed holder of this. Not only does she have a huge amount of screentime, she has a backstory, the episodes often have her segments go first and the story definitely won't exist, even in a much-altered form, without her. Heck, without the title and OP, viewers may reasonably conclude she is The Protagonist.
- Easily Forgiven: Thanks to her Freudian Excuse, while her actions are criticized, all is forgiven by the next episode.
- The most egregious being the final arc. In episode 49, she sabotages Waprō despite them being temporarily on the same side. In episode 50, her parents were coming back. Immediately Ebiten and Okame are all sympathetic and telling her she should take comfort in her mother. Poor Waprō is still in self-repair mode, but who cares about him.
- Freudian Excuse: Her parents are constantly flying all over the world and have dumped her with her grandfather. And her grandfather is too eager to buy her favor and let her get her way to be an effective guardian. In essence, she is an Affluenzic of the Ethan Couch type before he was even born.
- Hyperspace Mallet: Has summoned "100t" weights, giant beverage cans and a rocket launcher
- Identity Amnesia: Suffers from this in episode 37.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Rei sometimes expresses a wish that her family was of more normal means, so her dad and mom would be with her.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Rei sometimes expresses a desire for real friends that aren't attracted to her for her money.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Surprisingly inverted for the flashy Rei - while she has fancy wear like her figure-skating outfit, her everyday clothes are a simple & convenient pullover sailor-blouse, kerchief and tight skirt. Compare that with Ibuki's everyday outfit.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Started after Ibuki started showing her talents: she won the Student Council President election despite Rei's heavy use of bribes, demonstrated superiority at some sports, reduced her unipolar influence on the class, and started paralleling Rei's grades. She can even convince the class they want to do conventional schoolwork.
Rei reacts to all this by hurling verbal abuse at Ibuki, challenging her verbally and yet she cheats when the fight does come. When even that does not work, she sends monsters at Ibuki.
- By episode 30 this complex has worsened to the point Rei thinks should Ibuki become even a distant step-something, Raizō and her servants' favor will switch to her.
- While she was still willing to demand Kensaku-sensei to give them a math rematch in episode 22, by 34 when she finally gets the chance through Granddaddy's "education reform initiatives" she escapes by bribing PC-rō.
- In episode 49, the prophecy predicts that a "superman" (chou-jin) would appear. Rei realizes it is Ibuki, but she just couldn't bring herself to use the word 超人 (superman), so she chose a very forced reading (町人) that meant "towns-person" (usually read as chou-nin). She gave up after Ibuki transformed...
- Informed Attribute: Rei is supposedly a hard worker. To keep her top grades, she has been trained in all the dances, goes to swimming lessons, goes to juku, etc., etc. ... offscreen. Onscreen, she mostly tries to get what she wants by bribery, threats and cheating.
- Kawaiiko: Invoked to get her part-time job in episode 39. While that was at least cute and for a good cause, her playacting a good, cute girl to draw concessions from her grandfather is more Burikko.
- Kick the Dog: With the dog being Ibuki. Sure, she fights with Agedama too, but Agedama does provoke a lot of the conflict. For the closest thing to a provocation Ibuki inflicts to Rei, review her Innocently Insensitive section. Plus, shes a cute girl.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Though sabotaging Waprō was one of Rei's many Kick the Dog moments, it also guaranteed the story from ending in a Downer Ending. Without this act, the flow of events that caused Ibuki to transform is likely to be interrupted. In turn, assuming Agedaman can find a way to victory against the Greater-Scope Villain alone, he will be left with either packing the Kukis onto the police ship (and too much screentime was spent making them sympathetic villains for the audience to be fully OK with them being exiled / imprisoned / executed), or the town (and perhaps world) is left with no defense against the goseijuu that the Kukis will eventually resume producing in their quest to Conquer the World.
- In episode 8, her sapping away their tatemae helped Agedama and Ibuki make up.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Episode 39, then most of episodes 50 and 51, which take up perhaps half a day's worth of in-universe time. Though welcome changes, they are placed in hurriedly and without precursors, thus qualifying for this trope more than Character Development:
- Ever since she started to notice Ibuki existed, Rei's attitude to Ibuki has its lower end in verbal venom and its higher end in trying to brainwash her and throwing her into electric fences. Thus, though the circumstances were admittedly favorable, her ability to act civil and cooperative in episode 39 and 51 is quite a jump.
- Rei basically had 2 on-screen reactions to adversity, resorting to despicable means or escaping with a Rei, kaeru! (she then prepares despicable means). Even in episode 39, she only tried work after all the easy options were taken away. Her willingness to confront danger in episode 50 and 51 was thus quite a leap.
- Pet the Dog: Five of them through fifty-one episodes (actually, two of the below are more half-marks, but let's mark really generously).
- Episode 15: For once, she was willing to let Harada into her car.
- Episode 39: She treated The Men in Black to lunch at an expensive restaurantnote .
- Episode 44: She stops the Monster of the Week from sucking the love out of a mother-baby pair.
- Episode 50: Shows some kindness to The Men in Black.
- Episode 51: Consoles Ibuki.
- Psychological Projection: Rei tends to project the darker, more manipulative side of herself on other people. It is impossible to not have pretenses and behind the pretense must be ugly honest thoughts. It is impossible to genuinely care.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The connection in this case, is her Super Gullible grandfather. She abuses it to threaten firings and expulsions when matters don't please her, and people tend to believe her.
Voiced by: Takiguchi Junpei
In his old age, he now lives with his granddaughter, even as his son and daughter in law are constantly on the move worldwide to manage his enterprises. Having too much free time on his hands, he seeks to Conquer the World with monsters created from a goseimashin (synthesis machine - essentially an alchemy cauldron).
- Bad Boss: In episode 20, Raizō pushes his miniature house traps through Harada Fudousan, making them the Fall Guy even though it is completely unnecessary to his plan.note
- Even Evil Has Standards: He was shocked when Rei thanked him for his latest "education reform" initiative (it involves absolutely no reading or writing for classes), believing it was to give her an academic leg up by stopping the rest of her class from studying properly. He doesn't abort his plan or make huge changes in his attitude to Rei, but the first time he completely overrode Rei's wishes, the first time he made her playact a Good Guy role, his attempt to teach her fiscal responsibility and another attempt to give her practice at being a ruler all postdate this event. When the last went south, he (for once) didn't believe Rei's excuses either.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In his old age, he keeps misinterpreting the prophecy book and never realizes he would be much closer to his goal if he just sells his technology. The ditziness does help keep him somewhat sympathetic.
- Kick the Dog: Look, I know you are in monster form because your prophecy book told you it is the best way to reconcile with Rei. You still did not have to punch two little kids through a wall.
- Mad Scientist: One can quibble whether the goseimashin is more science or magic, but he fits the archetype, and there is no denying that his monsters have spectacular abilities, to include Time Travel, Mind Alteration and Miniature Houses. He also creates PC-rō, an Artificial Intelligence on par with Waprō (developed by a spacefaring civilization).
- Parental Substitute: For Rei.
- Pet the Dog: Considering the Kick the Dog and how much trouble he causes Agedama and Ibuki, it's nice to see him treating them to ramen.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite him qualifying for the Screw the Rules trope and being Super Gullible to anything his granddaughter says, to the city and even school, he may be this.
- He does seem to support the city generously. The school the characters go to is his, as is at least one of the city's libraries. When the monsters cause property damage it is repaired extremely quickly (including a completely destroyed ice rink facility). When he says the first 16 monsters cost him the equivalent of US$100 million, he may have included repair fees inflated for rush work.
- If we accept he's too old to understand modern pedagogy or teacher-student relations, he has valid cause to take over the principal's job in episodes 33-35 - Principal was so incompetent he can't even do Potemkin Village properly.
- While his prophecy book encourages him to give up reform, it doesn't direct him to give up his job as Principal, yet he returns it without fanfare by episode 37. He may well have been observing everything, and after cooling down realized that his presence was doing more harm than good.
- In episode 46, we learn that the town's officials are bureaucratic and slothful of responsibility. Raizō may really have acted (and welcomed) as an arbitrator to get things moving.
- In episode 50, he had a point - there was a threat to the town.
- Despite all the threats, exactly zero people were fired or expelled throughout the whole series.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In episode 1, he openly states that no official in Morisoba City can oppose him because of his wealth. Fortunately, beyond the city it seems to have little or no effect because people don't know him.
- To be fair he doesn't really flaunt this power for his own purposes. Even for Rei, he only uses it for trivial things - trying to make her the Student Council President of a Primary School (powerless, really), helping her convince the principal to approve an activity or helping her win a game show. The main influence in show seems to be to stop all official investigation of his monsters and the effects they cause.
- Super Gullible: When Rei whines about the "injustices" she faced at school, he takes it in unquestioningly.
- Tritagonist: Without him, there would be no story. He also gets a substantial amount of scenes and focus.
Voiced by: Shioya Kōzō
Unfortunately for Rei, PC-rō did not turn out to be nearly as cute, as obedient or as multi-functional as she had hoped. He can, however, combine with Rei to form Hyperomyomiko.
- Achilles' Heel: The Hyperomyomiko transformation boosts Rei's strength greatly, to the point she can toss Agedaman like a ball. Unfortunately, if Rei can just about tolerate the brief flash of nudity note during the transformation, its final appearance was too much.
- A God Am I: Develops a superiority complex towards humans in episode 34.
- Computers Are Fast: Exploits this against Kensaku-sensei. PC-rō confuses this with Robots Are Just Better.
- Dirty Old Man: PC-rō has the personality of an obsequious, middle aged man and really enjoys the Hyperomyomiko transformation.
- Ironic Name: A personal computer is supposed to be more flexible than a word processor, but PC-rō is significantly less versatile than Waprō who in addition to the transformation can analyze, can take several forms and has miscellaneous other useful functions. To be fair, he is more devious.
- Just a Machine: Gets accused of this when he cannot understand Omyomiko's Pet the Dog moment in episode 44.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Speaks using this accent.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Defects to the Greater-Scope Villain.
- Past-Life Memories: He has memories of Rei from when he was being carried around as her panda doll. Unfortunately, not all of those memories were flattering to Rei.
- People in Rubber Suits: Became a monster twice, in episodes 39 and 48.
- Robots Think Faster: Averted - other than math PC-rō thinks at roughly a normal human speed.
- "Second Law" My Ass!: He starts disobeying Rei soon after he was activated. Rei soon "fires" him as pet by turning off his power.
- Stern Teacher: Given a chance to be a substitute teacher, he starts off as this. He soon becomes Sadist Teacher.
- Trusted Lieutenant: After the three men in black try to make him their servant, Raizō intervenes and promotes PC-rō to lord over them. His independence also makes him a useful check and balance on Rei.
Voiced by: Morikawa Toshiyuki, Takagi Wataru and Iwanaga Tetsuya respectively
- Big Fancy House: For someone who complains about having to subsist on ramen and suffers from constant pay cuts, Tanaka's house (shown in episode 45) looks quite nice. Justified because he married into a presumably more well-off family.
- Lolicon: The other two claim Suzuki is the only lolicon, but they all "like" Ibuki very much. As monsters, Tanaka salivates at seeing her panties, Suzuki has lowered her socks and Satou really enjoyed scaring her. They probably didn't mind poking her butt in episode 42, either.
- Men in Black: The clothes they wear of course, and the trope is played straight in that their anonymity is maintained. No one seems to realize that the Satou, Tanaka and Suzuki that follow Omyomiko are the same as those who show up in class to serve Rei.
- People in Rubber Suits: They rotate to provide the "driver" for most of the monsters.
- Theme Naming: The most popular surnames in Japan.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite crappy pay and poor treatment, they are willing to stick with the Kukis even when they fall on hard times.
The Harada family
To the right is their combination office/residence for a de facto sole proprietorship with no visible staff outside its family members its quite opulent. But a price has to be paid for living above your means.
The family and company essentially represent the lot of the "junior companies" maintaining and trying to benefit from a semi-autonomous existence within a larger keiretsu. Except in their case, "semi-" autonomy seems more like none.
Voiced by: Shimada Bin
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 20 was dedicated to him and his father.
- The Bully: When hes not serving Rei, he engages in minor hallway hooliganism with the other lackeys. Sometimes gets confronted by Ibuki.
- For a more serious example, there's episode 16, when exploiting Agedama's inability to skate, he and his lackeys fling him around the skating ring until he landed on his face. The damage wasn't completely comedic, with him in a bandaged state by the time he returned home (he healed by next morning, though). It has to be noted that this time, Agedama did not even pick a fight with Rei, making this purely a case of pecking the weak. note
- Kick the Dog: A betting game involving clothes-stripping is just about acceptable between boys. To continue it with a girl exceeds the normal bounds, but the viewer understands Tsuripan is in a difficult position. His thought of looking forward to seeing Ibuki stripped drained all sympathy from the audience.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ibuki is afraid to play RockPaperScissors for fear of losing friends, and given what happens when she does its a justified fear. Fortunately, Tsuripan and Rei had been such bullies the relevant episode no one cared any more that he had been ki-blasted into a wall.
- Non-Indicative Name: Or more specifically his title, being his family companys 専務 (senmu, think Director). In reality, as a kid his duties are limited to answering phones and bringing tea to patrons, and while Ibuki looked impressed at his title, Kodama shot it down for what it is. The subversion comes when he convinces his dad to put his loyalty to the Kukis second and to revisit the site where the Heikes disappeared. Given the flow of events, this Executive Decision may well have saved his company from ruin.note
- Muggle: Though he is the fourth most important kid in the series, he is remarkably ordinary other than his bulk. His grades are a smidgen better than Agedama, his athletics are normal, and he has fewer Super Strength gag scenes (zero) than the female classmate who sits in front of Agedama (one).
- Not with Them for the Money: He claims he is Reis lackey because he really likes her, not just to kiss her butt to gain benefits for his family.note He hangs with her during the hard times, but it seems the rest of the lackeys were Only in It for the Money.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Rei, Agedama and even the credits call him Tsuripan (suspenders). Well, at least Ibuki must have remembered his full real name, because her dad knows it too.
- The Tell: Tsuripan may be Reis man, but the recent change of the classroom to a less Rei-centric environment has made him lower his guard, and he proudly showed off his sumo signatures. The significance did not escape Rei.
- It seems he also cant ignore a cute girl who can actually remember his name, who while not blind to his wrongs will defend him when he is in the right, impute the best interpretation to him, and who likely saved his familys company from ruin. Anyway, when Rei and Ibuki had a spat in episode 30, he steps in-between them to mediate facing Rei. It was subconscious, but Rei, uh, "noticed".
- Truth Serum: Ultimately subverted. Tsuripan had his tatemae (pretense) energy sucked away one episode, after which he expressed that he would never have voluntarily worked for Rei. The subversion comes later when he will be shown to have real loyalty and a genuine crush on Rei - it seems that the spoken honne (real feelings) does not represent the whole person.
Voiced by: Shimaka Yuu
- Fall Guy: He was willing for his company to become this, rather than making trouble for Kuki Consortium.
- Family Man: His loyalties are definitely to his family. For them, he can throw away his pride and kowtow to the Kuki Consortium.
- Undying Loyalty: Unlike some others that work for the Kukis, there is some real loyalty between him and Kuki Raizō. While some, like the Principal, wants to see as little of him as possible, Yoshio actively does him favors.
- Unwitting Pawn: He and his company became an unwitting pawn to the Kukis latest plan in episode 20.
School Faculty & Miscellaneous Characters
For a school owned by the flashy Kukis, and serving their Ojou, it looks more like a no-frills Japanese public primary school, lacking luxuries like uniforms and swimming pools.
Voiced by: Morikawa Toshiyuki
Has a crush for Hitomi-sensei.
- Comedic Spanking: Of the humorous comeuppance for the Alpha Bitch type when he spanks Rei in episode 8.
- Hippie Teacher: When Kuki Raizō made a crash inspection of his class, he seems to have gotten this impression. To be fair, the students do call him by his first name.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's too goofy to qualify for Cool Teacher, but he certainly is this. He knows when to cut a student's occasional mistake some slack and when to take a harder line. He can see where a student might do better with some encouragement and gives it note . He does try to stand up for his students, tries to teach them the right thing to do and even attempts progressive education techniques.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Tells Kuki this before spanking her.
- Villain Respect: Gets this from Rei to some extent - one way or another, she avoids a full-on direct confrontation with him.
Voiced by: Yamazaki Wakana
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Demonstrates this trait after the shy Kensaku-sensei was brainwashed into become a rough badass.
- Straw Feminist: In episode 21, she joins with the brainwashed middle-aged female teachers to force all boys to take only Home Economics. It is never brought up again.
- Love Interest: For Kensaku-sensei. They are only taking baby-steps, but it is mutual.
- Only Sane Teacher: With the principal and head teacher being useless sycophants, and Kensaku-sensei occasionally falling prey to a Hotblood mania, she may be the most level-headed teacher in the school.
- Sensei-chan: Predating the seven shown on the trope page, she is a Hot Teacher, the students (primary school at that) are perhaps too familiar with her, and she displays naïve aspects like not realizing the power of a one-piece paired with her body.
Voiced by: Yamaguchi Kappei
Or is he?
- Achilles' Heel: He is rich, handsome, a sportsman, supposed to have excellent grades and is a gentleman. But he cant fight, dodge, or even take a single punch.
- Arranged Marriage: Kuki Raizō and his father tried to pair him up with Rei. Hikari can't even remember who she is, and refused even when she was the only option.
- Badass Normal: He is supposed to be potential Olympic material, and can long jump 7mnote . He has tied with Agedaman in the 400m sprint and can even out accelerate him on the first stretchnote .
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Turned out he likes manzai, and teamed up with Agedama in episode 24.
- Chick Magnet: Hes not only popular with the girls his age, but also the housewives (who want their kids to be more like Hikari).
- Custom Uniform: Wears a special blue uniform when running.
- In-Series Nickname: Called the "Blue Meteor" for his Custom Uniform and track talent.
- Love Interest: Well, Ibuki was attracted enough to blush when seeing him for about half an episode then it turns out Women Prefer Strong Men.
- People in Rubber Suits: Was abducted to become part of a Monster of the Week once in episode 28.
- Privileged Rival: To Agedama for Ibukis affection. Hes rich, Agedamas plainly a plebian.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: The slob is obviously Agedama. As for the snob, lets just say Hikaris gentlemanly veneer dissolves rapidly when talking with the former.
Voiced by: Sugawara Junichi
It's hard to choose his photo - the other candidates were him on his knees to Rei and him openly telling his students at the marathon they should just let Rei be first. But this one of him having to beg a common student in trying to fulfill the Kuki's wishes best demonstrates the pathos of his position.
It's hard serving a feudal lord when the commoners don't believe in feudalism or play by its rules anymore.