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The protagonists and their companions. Each of them is looking for the gold for different reasons, but are special in that they are all decent (not good) people. Although they are only a handful of people, Sugimoto and co. are very specialists, be it fighting, survival in the wilderness or sneaking around. Moreover, they can count on the hospitality of the local Ainus.
  • Anti-Hero Team: They all look for the treasure due to selfish reasons or have questionable methods. The sure thing is that none of them qualify as heroes.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Sugimoto Saichi is a Shell-Shocked Veteran of the Russo-Japanese War known for his uncanny survivability, earning him the nickname "The Immortal". Asirpa is a young Ainu huntress and survivalist who helps him look for the legendary gold in Hokkaido to avenge her father. Even though she is capable in her own right, he is very protective of her. Meanwhile, she trusts him completely so much that when told that he dies from a shot in the head, she manages to believe that he's still alive.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Against the 7th Division now having fake skins, Sugimoto's group has no choice but to ally himself with Hijikata's group.
    • After Asirpa is abducted, Sugimoto and co. do not doubt allying themselves with the 7th Division.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Sugimoto is several heads taller than Asirpa.
  • Last-Name Basis: With the exception of Asirpa and Kiroranke, most of them are called by their surnames.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're composed of rather colorful people: two Japanese veterans, two Ainus, and an escaped convict.
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    Sugimoto Saichi: "The Immortal" 

Sugimoto Saichi: "The Immortal"

Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

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The protagonist of the series. An ex-soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army, who fled his home because tuberculosis ostracized his family at the same time separating himself from his love interest Umeko. Sugimoto left his village for one year, but when he came back, he saw Umeko married to another man named Toraji. Both participated in the Russo-Japanese war, during which Toraji died. After the war, Sugimoto hoped to meet with Umeko again, but she went blind during the war and couldn't recognize him anymore. Thus, in order to pay up a surgery that could cure Umeko, Sugimoto went to Hokkaido mining for gold, and he met a man who began blabbering about a treasure. Sugimoto then set for himself to take it.
  • Adorkable: with the Ainu children, Sugimoto loses all seriousness and readily plays with them.
  • Alliterative Name: Sugimoto Saichi.
  • Anime Hair: Unkempt spiky hair, as usual. Averted when he was in the Army and had a standard buzz cut.
  • Anti-Hero: His goal is to seize a treasure, and he has no qualm about killing people.
  • Audience Surrogate: About the Ainu culture as a Japanese who never met them.
  • Badass Boast: When he utters his iconic Catchphrase, ass-kicking is not far behind.
  • Badass in Distress: The 7th Division momentarily captures Sugimoto, but Shiraishi and Asirpa manage to free him.
  • Bayonet Ya: Sugimoto is handy with his type 30 bayonet.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Asirpa in any way, even vocally. Sugimoto was also ostracized because of tuberculosis, so he sympathizes with the Ainus' predicament as sub-citizens of Japan.
  • The Berserker: Sugimoto would make Vikings proud by how ferocious he was during the battle of Hill 203. Whenever he battles multiple foes, Sugimoto goes for the most violent way to finish off his opponent, disregarding the wounds he suffers at the same time.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sugimoto is very protective of Asirpa even though she can handle herself. One insult to her is enough to infuriate him.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He is shot in the head by Ogata in Abashiri prison. He survives.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm the Immortal Sugimoto!"
  • Cool Guns: An Arisaka rifle type 30 he kept from his days in the Army.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Downplayed. Sugimoto's parents died of tuberculosis only when he was a young man.
  • Determinator: He will live, no matter what it takes. He will protect Asirpa, no matter what it takes. He even was willing to commit partial seppuku if that was required to find Asirpa.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Umeko, the love of his life, married Toraji his childhood friend when he was away from the village.
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: A bear digs its claws into Sugimoto's face, and miraculously avoids his eyes.
  • Feed by Example: In a Running Gag, Sugimoto repeatedly tries to demonstrate to his companion Asirpa that the miso he carries is not, in fact, osoma (poop) by eating it. Asirpa responds with either disgust or simply mocking him for eating poop.
  • Feel No Pain: Being stabbed through the cheeks with a skewer doesn't faze him.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Asirpa after they work together to kill a man-eating brown bear.
  • Friend to All Children: Sugimoto goes well with children.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Sugimoto likes animal, even though he hunts them regularly to eat.
  • Going Native: Downplayed. He adopts several Ainu habits such as saying "Hinna hinna" when something is delicious.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: has three scars on the face. Two of them are perpendicular and across his whole visage, while the third deviates from the horizontal one like a tree branch.
  • Healthcare Motivation: He needs money quick because he wants Umeko to have her eyes treated in America before diplomatic relationships between Japan and America go too sour.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Sugimoto Did Not Get the Girl and when he had the occasion of making up for that, Umeko couldn't recognize him with all the Killing Intent he was releasing as a Shell-Shocked Veteran. Especially tragic since Umeko did love Sugimoto.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: After Sugimoto burned his house and revealed his intention of fleeing the village to Umeko, she begged him to take her along, but he refused, suspecting that he too contracted tuberculosis and didn't want her to die. He didn't have tuberculosis after all, and Umeko married to Toraji instead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He goes through a lot for Umeko's sake.
  • Killing Intent: Seems to exude a large one constantly.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone but Umeko calls him by his surname.
  • Loss of Identity: When he came back from the war, the blind Umeko recognized a different man from the one who left the village.
  • Love Triangle: He and his friend Toraji loved a woman named Umeko deeply. Toraji married her and when he died in the war, made Sugimoto promise to take care of her.
  • Made of Iron: He has survived tuberculosis, the worst battles of the Russo-Japanese War, 3 separate bear attacks, falling into a river in a blizzard, skirmishes with the elite 7th Hokkaido division, and getting shot in the head, destroying part of his brain. Not for nothing is called "the Immortal," both for surviving mortal injuries and for recovering from them almost immediately.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Sugimoto has been naked and has exposed his gorgeously sculpted (albeit heavily scarred) body more times than women have been even implied to.
  • Nice Hat: Sugimoto sports a military cap.
  • Not Hyperbole: A man tricked his group into entering a stenka to get a stolen dog back. Sugimoto warns him that, should they win, if he doesn't give them back the dog immediately, he would rip every hair out of his head. They win. The man tries to weasel them into another fight to get the dog back. Sugimoto rips every hair out of his head right there and then, with his bare hands.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He needs the treasure and doesn't hesitate to kill his enemies and skin them for the map.
  • Prospector: Briefly becomes one in Hokkaido after the war and before looking for the treasure.
  • Reality Ensues: Getting punched hard in the head just a few days after miraculously healing from bullet-caused brain damage is NOT a good idea, even for Sugimoto the Inmortal.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: His aftermath for brain damage qualifies: instead of commonly depicted highly visible results (like losing mobility or speech), he's shown without any apparent effect. However, one of the many possible results of brain damage in the area he was shot is mild dyslexia, and an exaggerated emotional answer. And next chapter, he's actually shown consistently taking out the wrong photo, being all teary-eyed at having found Asirpa's track, and acting much easier to anger, even for his usual standards.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He knows Joan of Arc through Shōjo Sekai, the best-selling magazine for girls of his time, as revealed by Satoru Noda himself on Twitter.
  • Red Baron: Nicknamed "The Immortal" due to his uncanny survivability.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Wears a tartan-patterned scarf.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sugimoto has nightmares about his dying friend, Toraji.
  • Silly Reason for War: During the Yamada's show arc, Koito's gift in acrobatics threaten to overshadow Sugimoto's harakiri's trick (the whole reason of them being in the show, to begin with). A subplot develops with Koito refusing to tone down his performance and Sugimoto trying to outdo and eventually ruin Koito's show.
  • The Social Darwinist: Only in a fight situation but he makes it clear that in a matter of life and death, the strong survive and the weak perish.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: He gets shot in the head by Ogata, and for all his Healing Factor, does show the realistic effects of brain damage afterward, though they are pretty mild in his case: slight dyslexia and enhanced emotional response — he becomes significantly more sentimental and easier to anger afterward.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Miso goes well with anything to him.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Sugimoto admits to having almost killed an officer who pissed him off.
  • Weapon of Choice: An Arisaka Type 30 rifle plus a bayonet.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Sugimoto burned down his house to have "a clean slate" and sever his ties to his native village.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Fakes being on the verge of death to convince Tsurumi that he's willing to cooperate as long as they bring him to the hospital, enabling his escape from the 7th Division.
  • Worthy Opponent: To both Hijikata and Ushiyama. Both saw Sugimoto kicking ass and praised him directly, looking forward to the moment Sugimoto would clash with them.

    Asirpa 

Asirpa

Voiced by: Haruka Shiraishi (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

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A young Ainu who meets Sugimoto at the beginning of the series. She quickly befriends him and agrees to help him look for the treasure to get revenge on the man who killed her father. Asirpa is unique among Ainu women in that she is a skilled survivalist and hunter; although she doesn't partake in violence, she ensures that her group can survive while trekking through the wilderness of Hokkaido.
  • Action Girl: Asirpa doesn't kill people, but still participates in the action.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Her menomakiri, a dagger made for women, was crafted by her father.
  • Archer Archetype: She uses a bow with great accuracy to hunt bears. She's usually calm, but sometimes Not So Above It All.
  • Badass Adorable: Very badass and extremely adorable. Except when the author has her make faces.
  • Badass Native: She is an Ainu on the island of Hokkaido.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Asirpa wears an Ainu bandana.
  • Broken Bird: She is noted to have rarely smiled ever since her father died, and only Sugimoto would break that stoicism.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Justified since she's probably never drunk alcohol.
  • Cerebus Retcon: She is surprisingly adept at hunting and survival in the mountains for a little Ainu girl, especially in a culture where women are expected to Stay in the Kitchen. It is mostly presented in a lighthearted way to expose the most interesting parts of Ainu culture, and seemingly give Sugimoto a competent Kid Sidekick. When Sugimoto meets the real Noppera-Bou/Wilk in Abashiri Prison, the disfigured prisoner confesses that he had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext. The Reveal is all the more shocking since Asirpa is a Badass Pacifist and a follower of Thou Shalt Not Kill, yet Wilk planned for her to eventually become a martyr through violence.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Her grandfather was the most important man in her village.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Implied. When Sugimoto tells the group that he wants the gold for the widow of his friend, Ogata asks Sugimoto if she and the woman Sugimoto loved is one and the same. Asirpa suddenly dances with a darkened face and later gets a Luminescent Blush as she answers Sugimoto that she did the Crane Dance because the group ate a crane.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Both her parents died when Asirpa was young. Thus she spent time in the mountains acquiring her hunting skills.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: Asirpa is cradling to Retar, whom she and her dead father raised together.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has dark blue hair and eyes.
  • Daddy's Girl: Asirpa has nothing but fond memories of her late father and praises his ability as a hunter. He's also the one who taught her how to hunt, although Ainu women typically stay at their village. Justified in that her mother died of illness right after giving birth to her.
  • Exact Words: "I won't kill you" (emphasis added). Said during a Mexican Standoff with Ogata, who calls her bluff for her Thou Shalt Not Kill creed. Cue a very angry Sugimoto right behind him.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Sugimoto after they work together to kill a man-eating brown bear.
  • Gender Is No Object: Surprisingly, nobody ever cares about her gender, even though the series takes place in the 1900s and Ainu culture expects women to Stay in the Kitchen.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: She asks why Anehata would kill the animals with whom he's made love if he knew how wrong his actions were.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Downplayed, Asirpa follows her culture but ignores some customs such as being tattooed around the mouth when she is near to age.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: She speaks Japanese fluently but mixes her speech with Ainu words.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: She's portrayed in the manga artwork and the anime as having dark blue highlights in her black hair. Her hair is outright dark blue on the covers for Volumes 2 and 11 of the manga.
  • Hunter Trapper: Asirpa is skilled at hunting and setting traps.
  • Hypocrite: Asirpa has a rule against eating man-killing animals but finds excuses to eat them anyway because she's hungry.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: At one point, Asirpa becomes convinced that miso is poop and refuses to eat it. When she forces herself to try a Japanese dish with miso, she finds it delicious.
  • I Know Your True Name: Hijikata knows the Japanese name she has in the family registry. It's "Asuko Kochoube", the one clue Noppera-Bou gave Hijikata about Asirpa's identity.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Asirpa has blue eyes. It becomes plot-relevant when it's revealed her father came from Russia and the eyes confirm her link to Noppera-Bou.
  • Jabba Table Manners: one omake has Asirpa managing to get a whole boiled otter's head on her cheek while eating.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Invoked. Wilk had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext. Once Sugimoto finds about the truth, the Japanese ex-soldier calls him out for trying to make her some Ainu Joan of Arc because it would mean she has to be a murderer.
  • Little Miss Badass: Asirpa is only 11 or 12 years old, and though she doesn't fight people, she's the most adept survivalist and hunter of her group. In fact, she was hunting bears with her father before that. It turns out Wilk had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Played with. She is the only girl of Sugimoto's group and has the longest hair down to her mid-back. However, she has no skill in typically female occupations, much to her grandmother's worry.
  • Master Poisoner: Asirpa can cook deadly poison able to take down bears.
  • Meaningful Name: Asirpa means "new year" but can also mean "future" in Ainu, reflecting that she calls herself an Ainu woman for a new era because while she respects the Ainu traditions, she doesn't follow all of them blindly. Meanwhile, her Japanese name, Asuko Kochoube, comes from the Japanese word for tomorrow (asu) and a locational surname derived from Kochōbetsu in Tōbuchi, Sakhalin. The first name roughly corresponds to her Ainu name, while the surname foreshadows that her father is a half-Polish half-Sakhalin Ainu settler. As her father wanted her to become a figurehead for an eventual Ainu uprising, her names take on a much darker meaning.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She's very much an Ainu girl, but Hijikata speculates early on that she has European ancestry upon seeing hints of green in her blue pupils. Downplayed, as she's the daughter of a half-Polish half-Sakhalin Ainu settler and his Hokkaido Ainu wife.
  • Ms. Exposition: About the Ainu culture.
  • Obsessed with Food: She is always eager to eat.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: Asirpa wears a fur over her clothes to protect herself from the cold.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She begged Retar to stay with her when the wolf heard the howl of another wolf. Retar still comes back to her from time to time.
  • Reality Ensues: As Makanakkuru mentions, for all her maturity, Asirpa is still a tender young girl dealing with the loneliness of being left behind by her late father and Retar.
  • Shipper on Deck: She thinks that Tanigaki and Inkarmat should marry.
  • Skewed Priorities: Asirpa running out of her favorite seasoning seems more urgent than really making sure if her father is a murderer or not.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of Sugimoto's group.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Asirpa could be alternatively spelled as "Ashirpa", which is used in the official French translations.
  • Thank Your Prey: Asirpa thanks her prey by making use of anything possible from them.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Not kill humans, otherwise hunting animals is fair game. She strictly adheres to this code. When she sees that her own father is a murderer, she weeps out of disappointment. Even when Kiroranke continuously exposes her to the multiple injustices of the Japanese and Russian governments towards the Ainu and their reprehensible exploitation of the natural resources, Asirpa still wonders if the gold is worth finding at all since it will fund a new bloodshed.
  • Training from Hell: She went through harsh training since early childhood by her late father, Wilk, with the secret intent of grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu. Judging from what is shown in the series, it involved telling her to hunt a bear alone when she was seven or younger. As a result, she's the most adept survivalist and hunter of Sugimoto's group.
  • Trap Master: As a hunter, Asirpa is, of course, skilled at setting traps, not only for animals but humans as well.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Wilk had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext. Played with since he has never told her the truth.
  • Weapon of Choice: A wooden bow with a string made of whale's dorsal muscle, and Poisoned Arrows.

    Retar 

Retar

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A white-furred Hokkaido wolf who follows Asirpa and helps her from time to time. Although thought for a while to be the last Hokkaido wolf, he finds a mate and founds his own pack, leaving the party for good.
  • Badass Adorable: Has a sweet personality around Asirpa and Asirpa alone, and is still a wolf.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He acts like a wolf in public, but acts more like a big dog with Asirpa alone.
  • Surprise Litter of Puppies: He is friendly towards Asirpa and used to live with her until he left her to live in the wild. He's later revealed to have left because he found a mate and had several cubs with her.

    Shiraishi Yoshitake "The Escape King" 

Shiraishi Yoshitake "The Escape King"

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (Japanese), Ben Phillips (English)

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One of the Abashiri convicts and a robber, on which a part of the map was imprinted. As his nickname suggests, his specialty is escaping from all sorts of bonds or cells. Impressed by Sugimoto, he decides to gamble on his success and support when he can. Unfortunately, he's also useless whenever "escape" is not part of the plan. He later reveals that he became famous as a prison escape artist when he fell in love with a nun he never met. Breaking multiple times out of prison to try to meet her, Shiraishi ends up at Abashiri where he does meet that nun and is sorely disappointed by how she looks.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Shiraishi is called the "Excrement King" by Asirpa.
  • Amusing Injuries: Various animals bite Shiraishi in the head, to his dismay.
  • Badass Boast:
    • He utters a one-time boast when they ask him if he could break into a certain prison to speak with a convict in there.
      "I've been thrown into every single prison they've got in this country! But there wasn't a single one of them... that I couldn't break out of."
    • He boasts about his legendary skill to frighten prison guard.
      (To an annoying guard, while in prison) "Really, you shouldn't bully me too much... or I'll break out when you're the one on duty."
  • Boys Like Creepy Critters: Shiraishi used to have a pet lizard and a pet rhinoceros beetle. It turns out the beetle is an empty shell in which Shiraishi hides small objects such as the copy of his cell's lock's key.
  • Butt-Monkey: The one character who draws the short end of all the jokes involving him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He keeps many items in his stomach that do come in handy whenever he's bound, like a cartridge full of gunpowder to break locks.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Shiraishi can easily dislocate his joints, enabling him to pass through narrow orifices or escape arm locks.
  • Escape Artist: Shiraishi's specialty. He's not only nimble or knows his way around locks, but exploits the organization of the prisons themselves to his advantage.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Shiraishi is so annoying no one from Sugimoto or Hijikata's groups wish to really take the effort of saving him when he's captured by soldiers from the 7th Division. Only Sugimoto volunteers to save him.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: One of the only sympathetic convict shown so far. It helps that he isn't a murderer.
  • Le Parkour: Shiraishi is a practitioner of this.
  • Lovable Rogue: He is a convict, but is so far portrayed sympathetically and or comically.
  • Master of Disguise: He briefly infiltrated the 7th Division headquarters and slipped away unnoticed, disguised as one of the soldiers.
  • The Millstone: Shiraishi screws up a lot. One notable instance is tripping and dropping a bag of bombs into a fire in a building, not only putting the whole group in danger but forcing them to stop their hunt for the gold to replenish their supplies.
  • The Mole: Shiraishi secretly works for Hijikata's team after being coerced into occasionally feeding them intel or giving copies of Sugimoto's skins.
  • Non-Action Guy: Shiraishi is not a fighter or is he brave, whenever trouble occurs, he flees or hide.
  • No Respect Guy: Nobody respects him, nobody.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Subverted. When he first meets Sugimoto and Asirpa, he asks the veteran if she is his "dog". Sugimoto, outraged, threatens to make him unable to speak before Asirpa says she's used to being called like that because of her Ainu heritage. Sugimoto calls her out because he thinks that no one should be used to such things. Afterward, he stops acting condescending towards Asirpa.
  • Red Baron: "The Escape King"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 91, Shiraishi tries to run away from his companions because he knows Sugimoto will learn of his status as The Mole for Hijikata and thus fears his vengeance. However, Sugimoto later puts it behind him, as he checked the skins Shiraishi gave to Hijakata and saw that they were fakes.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Shiraishi's flashback involves endlessly chasing after a nun because of a lousy portrait, breaking out of various prisons before inevitably getting captured by the police. In the end, said sister turns out to be as ugly as her picture suggested.
  • Stomach of Holding: He keeps some items in his stomach he ties to his teeth for later regurgitation, such as a small razor blade, needle, wires or even cartridges.
  • Sweet Tooth: Shiraishi always has some candy on him. In chapter 92, when he's captured by a platoon of soldiers, the only way Hijitaka has found to catch his attention while the soldiers kept on being distracted was to disguise himself as a sweet merchant.
  • Tunnel King: Shiraishi can dig through snow very easily.

    Kiroranke 

Kiroranke

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Ricco Fajardo (English)

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An Ainu and a friend of Wilk, but a veteran of the 7th Division too. He meets Asirpa, Sugimoto, and Shiraishi and soon cooperates with them. However, Sugimoto still has doubts what his true motives are. It is revealed that he played everyone after the gold in Hokkaido and has managed to take Asirpa with him to Sakhalin, exposing at the same time is motives as revolutionary fighting for the independence of ethnic minorities in East Russia.
  • Ambiguously Evil: A definitely shady character, whose true allegiance is not clear yet. It's implied he is part of a conspiration of Russian Ainus who aim to conquer Hokkaido from Japan. He reveals his true colors and stabs Inkarmat in the stomach with his makiri, and it is confirmed after the Abashiri arc that he is one of the Ainu conspirators and revolutionary aiming to take Hokkaido for their people.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Can predict the outcome of a horserace just by observing the horses, explaining how Inkarmat could predict the results of the race too.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Asirpa, Sugimoto, and Shiraishi first meet him, Kiroranke comes across a genuinely kind and friendly man. As Tsurumi finds out, he was once a ruthless member of the "People's Will" movement in Russia. When manipulating Asirpa in Sakhalin, he looks very malicious as he says that he wants her to tell him where the gold is when she grows up.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Tsurumi discovers that Kiroranke was one during his youth. He was a member of the "People's Will" movement and helped assassinate Tsar Alexander II through a bombing.
  • Born in the Saddle: Kiroroanke has been close to horses since youth. Not only does he know how to analyze their behavior, but he can also outpace experienced jockeys on a heavier than usual horse, with a horrible headstart.
  • Badass Beard: He shaves it temporarily to disguise himself as a jockey in chapter 61, and it grows back into a stubble not one hour afterward.
  • Chubby Chaser: He prefers women fat.
  • Demolitions Expert: Part of his former job as a sapper. Kiroranke has a bag of grenades he carries everywhere.
  • The Engineer: Kiroranke's job in the Army was that of a combat engineer.
  • Instant Soprano: His reaction when Tanigaki grabbed the wrong, uh, extremity when fleeing stark naked in pitch black darkness (they were attacked while at an onsen in the dark of night).
  • Manipulative Bastard: Once he manages to separate Asirpa from Sugimoto, Kiroranke wastes no time in grooming her into sympathizing for the indigenous population of Sakhalin against the Japanese and Russian colonization.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He reveals that he is part Sakhalin Ainu and part Tatar, also having the name "Yulbars".
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    Former Private First Class Tanigaki Genjirou 

Former Private First Class Tanigaki Genjirou

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), David Matranga (English)

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A soldier from the 7th Division which grew more interested in hunting Retar than looking for the gold. He comes from the Matagi tribe, another tribe of hunters living on the north side of Honshu. As of now, he is cooperating with Sugimoto, as he's promised Huci to bring back Asirpa safe and sound to her. In his backstory, we learn that after a fire, Tanigaki discovered the corpse of his sister Fumi beside the knife of his half-brother Kenkichi who supposedly fled to sign into the Army. Thirsting for vengeance, Tanigaki became a soldier as well and participated in the Russo-Japanese War. When he finally finds Kenichi who is dying, Kenkichi reveals to Tanigaki that Fumi was dying of smallpox and that he performed a Mercy Kill on her]] then burned down his house to fulfill her last request before fleeing out of guilt.
  • Butt-Monkey: He injures his foot by playing with a pair of sey-pirakka, gets mistaken for Anehata by the local Ainu, and is kicked down from the sled of Enonoka's grandfather for being too heavy.
  • Clear My Name: Because Anehata stole his rifle and used it to kill a doe the scholar had raped, local Ainus think Tanigaki's the culprit and want to punish him, forcing the soldier to flee.
  • Cold Sniper: He is handy with a rifle, and can out snipe a dedicated sniper team. Moreover, Tanigaki is very analytical whenever he hunts (or is hunted).
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Between his unit, his legacy as a Matagi, and basic human decency. Although he stops cooperating with the 7th Division, Tanigaki still doesn't want to fight them and mostly stays neutral because of the loyalties.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Wants to kill Retar for his ego alone.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tanigaki is an Evil Poacher but involving innocent people in a killing spree is beneath him.
  • Evil Poacher: Tanigaki wants to hunt down the last Hokkaido Wolf.
  • Foil: To all other soldier or former soldier characters. A major theme in the series is how war changes people and not everyone can change back. By contrast, by spending time in Asirpa's loving village, Tanigaki has managed to put his past as a soldier behind him. This is especially the case with Ogata, who has lived an almost lifeless life. Meanwhile, Tanigaki not only has recovered from war, but also got himself a surrogate family with Cikapasi, Inkarmat, and Asirpa's family.
  • Going Native: Downplayed. He starts wearing a customary Hokkaido Ainu clothing after Asirpa's grandmother shelters him.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even if he needs crutches to walk, he will kill you.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He seems to have abandoned his evil ways and cooperates with Sugimoto.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: An arrow designed to take out deers pierces his leg.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: A big chunk of his leg had to be removed to extract the deadly poison Ainus use.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: He is a skilled hunter, on par with Asirpa.
  • Manly Tears: In his flashback, Tanigaki shed some of them as he listens to his half-brother, Kenichi's, true story.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Tanigaki is practically the manga's idol. His muscled physique is the most regularly exposed out of all the characters (even a formal photo session turns into a gag when the photographer asks Tanigaki to pose in his fundoshi). Moreover, the marketing also puts him at the forefront, with one notable panel during Jump Festa 2018.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He comes from the Matagi tribe, which lives similarly to the Ainus.
  • Signature Item Clue: Tanigaki meets Kenichi in the middle of a battlefield. Kenichi is blind and deaf because of a grenade blast, and Tanigaki eases his pain by offering him some of his kane mochis only the two know the recipe of. The taste of walnut allows Kenichi to recognize Tanigaki despite having no eyes or ears.
  • Ship Tease: Has several moments with Inkarmat. The two of them have a Relationship Upgrade when they both have sex.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He doesn't raise his rifle toward Asirpa, but later doesn't hesitate to take her hostage.
  • You Killed My Father: Tanigaki became a soldier because he sought revenge on a friend who killed his younger sister, Fumi. It turns out it was a requested Mercy Kill.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite the beard and rugged appearance, he is no older than Sugimoto who is in his early twenties.

The Abashiri Convicts

    General 
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The man known as Noppera-Bou once stole a great quantity of gold from his fellow Ainu, killed them and was arrested because the authorities also wanted the gold. He was put in Abashiri prison and tortured, but Noppera-Bou remained silent. Crippled, Noppera-Bou selected 24 fellow convicts to carry parts of a cryptic map tattooed on their skins and told them to join mysterious allies in Otaru, but some went on their separate ways, disinterested in the gold while Noppera-Bou remains in prison.
  • Affably Evil: Lots of them are polite and friendly, despite their crimes.
  • Asshole Victims: They began killing each other when they figured that they needed to be skinned to decipher the map.
  • Gold Fever: Zigzagged. While a good chunk of the Abashiri convicts is after the gold, many of the ones featured so far were only interested in escaping prison then resume whatever they were doing before being imprisoned.
  • Human Notepad: On the body is tattooed parts of a map leading to a huge stash of gold.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: They decide to go their separate ways after escaping Abashiri, but promise to go to Hokkaido.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The two first Abashiri convicts Sugimoto meet are incompetent crooks who don't even deserve a name. The third, Shiraishi, is competent in his line of work but is still a Butt-Monkey. Then come Hijikata Toshizou and Ushiyama Tatsuma, respectively a Living Legend and a The Juggernaut, whose fighting ability rivals Sugimoto's easily.

    Noppera-Bou 

Noppera-Bou

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A mysterious man who killed 7 Ainus who gathered a large amount of gold and hid it in a location only known to him. He was captured by the authorities, but because of his treasure, he was crippled, disfigured and imprisoned at Abashiri prison so the local higher-ups could discover his gold. He let 24 men escape from prison with a treasure map he drew on them.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is said to have hacked seven men to pieces. However, Noppera-Bou denies it vehemently, which makes sense since he isn't greedy at all but genuinely fights for the Ainus.
  • Bald of Evil: Not a single strand left on that grotesque dome.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He is killed by Ogata with a shot to the head.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He is still alive because he knows the location of the treasure.
  • Evil Cripple: One warden cut off the tendon of one of his legs, which didn't stop him from committing his nefarious plan.
  • Facial Horror: He has a completely burned head and exposed teeth.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is the instigator of the 24 Abashiri Convicts' search for the gold, but is currently in prison.
  • Gold Fever: He killed seven men over a stash of gold. However, it is revealed that he probably only saw the gold as a way to finance a greater scheme.
  • His Name Is...: He is killed by Ogata with a shot in the head before he can reveal anything about the gold.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is purported by Kiroranke to be Wilk, the father of Asirpa. However, Inkarmat claims that Noppera-Bou is not, but that he killed Wilk. When Sugimoto meets him in Abashiri Prison, he turns out to be really Wilk, confirmed by knowledge of Asirpa's makiri and her blue eyes.
  • Mysterious Past: Little is known about his past beyond the fact that he killed the seven Ainus who gathered the gold.
  • Nightmare Face: A completely burned head and exposed teeth.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Noppera-Bou is a nickname, and it designates a faceless ghost.
  • Progressively Prettier: At the beginning, he is portrayed rather realistically and is truly horrifying. However, in later depictions, he has round eyes and a less horrible appearance to make him bearable to watch.
  • Treacherous Quest Giver: The original thief tattooed his map on the convicts so that they'd need to be skinned to decipher the map. Then promised them a share of the gold if they came to Hokkaido.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He and Wilk are one and the same.

    Hijikata Toshizou 

Hijikata Toshizou

For Hijikata Toshizou, see Hijikata's group.
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    Tatsuma Ushiyama 

Tatsuma Ushiyama

For Tatsuma Ushiyama, see Hijikata's group.

    Shiraishi Yoshitake 

Shiraishi Yoshitake

For Shiraishi Yoshitake, see Sugimoto's group.

    Nihei Tetsuzou 

Nihei Tetsuzou

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka

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A famous bear hunter from Hokkaido who bludgeoned three robbers to death and had part of the map tattooed on himself. However, he didn't have much interest in the gold and is introduced chasing after Retar alongside Tanigaki.
  • A Good Way to Die: Nihei wants to die as prey for an animal meaner than he is, and sure enough he is killed by two Hokkaido Wolves.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Drops several innuendos during his time. He still had 15 children with his wife, though.
    "How about we head to the river and give each other a good scrub?"
  • Anime Hair: Unkempt hair resembling more strips than genuine strands.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Knows how bears think, helping him get ahead on his hunt.
  • Badass Grandpa: Greying hair, and still hunting bears like 20 years ago.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Wants to kill the last Hokkaido Wolf so he can brag about it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He once had an infant daughter of unknown fate.
  • Evil Poacher: An endangered species only means a rare trophy for him.
  • Fingore: Nihei gets several fingers chopped off during a fight but he doesn't mind it a lot. His shooting finger is still in place.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Downplayed. He thinks that all female are particularly vicious, be it humans or bears.
  • Hunter Trapper: An expert in bear-hunting, and wants to try his hand at wolf-hunting.
  • Neck Snap: Performing one of these on someone in front of the police wasn't a good idea.
  • The Nose Knows: Nihei can smell your state of mind.
  • One-Hit Kill: uses a single-shot Murata rifle. That's all he need against bears. See Willfully Weak below.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "You better be ready to end up as animal shit!"
  • Sherlock Scan: Nihei can deduce a bear's gender, age, and if they had any cub from one look.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Kirawus reveals that Nihei's Murata rifle belonged to his only son, who served in the Qing-Japan war and died.
  • Willfully Weak: He only uses a dated single-shot rifle because he wants to always be on guard. When Tanigaki claims that he's just stubbornly refusing progress, Nihei retorts back that thinking that you have several shots in your rifle only makes you complacent against bears, which is far more dangerous than only having one bullet.

    Henmi Kazuo 

Henmi Kazuo

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki

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A Serial Killer who went to Hokkaido to perpetrate other murders. He is particularly violent and sneaky, having no interest in the treasure.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: He gets a boner every time he sees a gruesome death.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. He wants Sugimoto alone to kill him.
  • Primal Scene: Seeing his brother being killed by a wild boar and futilely struggling to stay alive.
  • Rescue Romance: Develops feelings for Sugimoto after he rescues him.
  • Start of Darkness: Watching his brother struggle before eventually being killed and eaten by a wild boar started his obsession with death. Since witnessing the look of despair in his brother's eyes, he's been obsessively trying to recreate that look in other people as he murders them, and wishes for a similar death himself at someone stronger.

    Kano Ienaga 

Kano Ienaga

For Kano Ienaga, see Hijikata's group.

    Kiichirou Wakayama 

Kiichirou Wakayama

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A mature yakuza chief who meets Sugimoto and co. as they try to hold off three Ussuri bears. He also happens to be homosexual.
  • Enemy Mine: Against three Ussuri bears and having no firearms, Kiichirou calls a truce with Sugimoto until the bears are taken care of.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely adores his "princess", despite being a ruthless gang boss.
  • Gatling Good: Kiichirou uses a Maxim gun to kill a bear. He, unfortunately, runs out of ammo before killing the one remaining bear because he's been Firing in the Air a Lot with it beforehand
  • Klingon Promotion: Kiichirou became the head of a powerful gang by offing every enemy and rival who was in his way.
  • Off with His Head!: When one of the horse-racing team couldn't fulfill his order, he had them decapitated.
  • Reverse Grip: Kiichirou holds his katana this way.
  • Tattooed Crook: The difference with the regular Abashiri convicts is that his shoulders are covered in stereotypical yakuza tattoos, but his legs bear the tattooed map of Noppera-Bou.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After he flees a bear and tosses his belt because bears are wary of snakes, his chest is always in full view.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Kiichirou has cheated on his lover with a prostitute.

    Suzukawa Kiyohiro 

Suzukawa Kiyohiro

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An elderly Abashiri convict that Sugimoto's Group meet by accident disguised as an Ainu among other convicts. Suzukawa is a talented Con Man who is able to impersonate other people. Captured, he tries to aid Sugimoto to survive but is shot in the head soon after.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Koito immediately shoots Suzukawa in the head upon realizing the latter is disguised as Prison Warden Inudo, saying that the real Inudo doesn't drink.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Koito demands that Suzukawa disguised as Prison Warden Inudo should converse with him in Koito's native Satsuma dialect, since Inudo spent some time there. Suzukawa, amazingly, answers his questions. Then Koito asks about his drinking habits, and "Inudo" replies that his tolerance has gone down. Koito immediately shoots him in the head, saying that the real Inudo doesn't drink.
  • Con Man: His former activity before being thrown in prison.
  • Cunning Linguist: Suzukawa is able to speak a little Ainu and is fluent in the very rare Satsuma dialect.
  • Identical Stranger: With Nagakura Shinpachi. Both are bald/balding old men who share the same built and beard.
  • Master of Disguise: Suzukawa is able to pull of a very convincing impression of Shirosuke Inudou. Moreover he completely fooled Sugimoto with his Ainu chief persona

    Keiichirou Sakamoto "The Lightning Bandit" 

Keiichirou Sakamoto "The Lightning Bandit"

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A highwayman and robber, Keeichirou Sakamoto committed several robberies and murder, which resulted during a capture of a life sentence. However he escaped prison then met O-Gin, and the two became lovers and partners-in-crime. He always appears suddenly to commit his crimes and disappears just as quickly, hence his nickname "Lightning Bandit".
  • Anime Hair: His hair forms a spiky crest above his head, giving him a recognizable silhouette.
  • Badass Boast: Has one before trying to run away from the 7th Division.
    I'm lightning. I'll run faster than any bullet they try to shoot at me.
  • Bank Robbery: Keiichirou's main activity once he gets together with O-Gin. Although they do commit other crimes, Keiichirou and O-Gin are famous for robbing banks and post offices.
  • Chained Heat: Mixed with Working on the Chain Gang. It is said in a backstory that he escaped Kabato prison with a partner and pushed him under a train to break free.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Keiichirou's running feats are amazing for an ordinary man. He likes to run fast and once run 200 km in one day to simply outpace his pursuers.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He always goes barefoot. It is noted that a lifetime of running without shoes made the sole of his foot to be "thick as an elephant's hide".
  • Last Kiss: When he's gunned down by a machine gun, he kisses O-Gin one last time before dying.
  • Le Parkour: Keiichirou is agile as a monkey. He can jump against walls to reach great heights and scale anything to escape pursuers.

    O-Gin: "The Viper" 

O-Gin: "The Viper"

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A murderer who met Keiichirou Sakamoto and became his lover and partner-in-crime. Although she is not part of the Abashiri convicts, she and Keiichirou are unseparable.
  • Animal Motif: The Mamushi Viper, from which her name is derived. She also has a tattoo of the snake on her body and her habit of stabbing people in the neck also alludes to the viper.
  • Bank Robbery: Her main activity after she gets together with Keiichirou. She is also a serial killer but her bank and post office robberies are more famous.
  • Evil Matriarch: It is revealed O-Gin has had a baby with Keiichirou, and continues to commit robberies and murders with her baby on her back.
  • Improbable Weapon User: O-Gin uses a long awl to stab people in the neck and kill them unexpectedly.
  • In the Back: She presents herself as an ill woman so people would carry her on her back. She then uses her awl to stab the foramen magnum, the one opening of the skull that lets the spine through, and scramble their brains. It's noted to be cleaner than a conventional neck stab and every other vital organ is protected by flesh and bones, so the foramen magnum allows her to easily kill men much more stronger than she is and not have to clean herself.
  • Last Breath Bullet: Her decapitated head somehow bites into Tsurumi's boot as a last act of spite.
  • Last Kiss: She kisses Keiichirou one last time before he dies, and she joins him in death soon after.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: O-Gin wears noticeable amounts of lipstick and eyeshadow.
  • Off with His Head!: O-Gin is decapitated by Koito.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: She begins to use shotguns after she and Keiichirou take up ban robbery.
  • Tattooed Crook: O-Gin possesses a long snake tattoo weaving around her body.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She passes as an ill woman laying on the side of roads to lure men into carrying her on their back, so she can stab them in the neck.

    Shiton Anehata 

Shiton Anehata

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A scholar and expert in Hokkaido's wildlife, also knowledgeable in Ainu culture. He's also a sex maniac who rapes anything he becomes interested in, particularly animals and also trees.

    Toni Anji 

Toni Anji

For Toni Anji, see Hijikata's group.

    Gansoku Maiharu 

Gansoku Maiharu

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One of the Abashiri convicts who's fled to Sakhalin and who participates in the local stenka pit fights. Gansoku's a simple man: he expresses himself and converses through violence, having started innumerable brawls in and out of prison, and being strong enough to have actually beat Ushiyama several times. He meets Sugimoto and his companions when they are forced to participate in the stenka.
  • Badass Mustache: He possesses a thick twirled mustache.
  • Bald of Awesome: His hair is cut very short, revealing the silhouette of his cranium.
  • Bishie Sparkle: He often gets sparkles, although he is more of a Hunk than a Bishōnen.
  • Blood Knight: He seeks and enjoys fistfights because he considers it his own form of expression. He's stated to have fought others since his youth which earned him a trip to Abashiri prison. In here he thrived, continuing to start other prison brawls just for the sake of it, and has crossed fist against Ushiyama of all people several times. Gansoku finally says that everyone time he hears the crowd surrounding his fights, it affirms who he is.
  • Flat Character: His mindset is very simple as was his whole life, which can be synthesized into the simple sentence "Gansoku started brawls". He appears to offer a couple of action scenes and humorous lines and then disappears just as fast.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He is almost always smiling.
  • Specs of Awesome: Despite his round glasses, he's a burly muscled man who's tough enough to be a match for Ushiyama, provided Ushiyama doesn't get a judo hold on him. When he steps in the ring during a stenka session, his first punch throws Sugimoto several paces away, knocking him against the fence.
  • Warrior Therapist: When fighting, he feels Sugimoto is angry and asks him why. When the young ex-soldier answers that he is angry at how useless he is to his loved ones, the runaway convict tells him to forgive himself as he recognizes Sugimoto's efforts.
  • Worthy Opponent: As with Ushiyama, he shakes hands with Sugimoto once and it's enough for him to appreciate the soldier immediately, looking forward to their next fight.

    Youichirou "The Manslayer" 

Youichirou "The Manslayer"

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A former hired assassin who assassinated many people, including important and influential figures during the Bakumatsu Period. He's taken the false name of "Shinzou Doi" 30 years ago and lived in Nemuro among the Ainus, taking a wife. At one point he's been forced to kill a man who had a grudge against him and was sent to Abashiri Prison for it, recently breaking out along the other Convicts to meet his ill wife again. When she died, the elderly Youichirou began working at a fishery. Hijikata decides to go meet him at the fishery.
  • Assassins Are Always Betrayed: He was betrayed by his master to secure a position within the new government and thrown in prison.
  • The Atoner: He threw away his life as a "beast", being an assassin for hire, to live among Ainus as a "human". Ainu means human, but Yoichirou mainly wanted to live a decent lifestyle for the remainder of his life.
  • Badass Boast: He's ordinarily meek and soft-spoken, but when someone comes to really threaten his life, Youichirou shows some impressive bravado.
    Would-be avenger:This is revenge for my father. Pay for killing him with your life.
    Youichirou:Line up to die then. There's plenty of people who want to kill Youichirou the Manslayer.'
  • Battlecry: Youichirou has the habit of screaming "Tenchu!" with every slash of a sword, signifying "Heaven's punishment!".
  • Cool Old Guy: Youichirou is so old he's become senile. But his fighting capacity is still there as shown when he dispatches two bounty hunters with two quick slashes of an ax to their feet.
  • Driven to Suicide: Averted. Even though he served a noble lord, he considers seppuku a horrible way to die and tried to live on after he was betrayed by his master.
  • The Lost Lenore: Youichirou has lost his wife to illness, and he's got nothing to live for now.
  • The Old Convict: Youichirou was older than even Hijikata during their shared time in Abashiri Prison, and he does feel his age.
  • Retired Badass: During his youth, Youichirou was a feared assassin, but nowadays he's just an elderly working at a fishery.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Youichirou is a sad thing to behold, constantly mumbling to himself and sometimes just standing, staring at the horizon. Even when during fighting situations, he has hallucinations and mixes his memories with what's happening before him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Youichirou has kept a broken piece of a tufted puffin's beak to remind himself of Nemuro and his wife.
  • You Killed My Father: Youichirou seems to have been at the receiving end of this line many times, as he was hired to kill specific important people, leaving their families ample opportunity to seek revenge on him.

Hijikata's Group

    General 
A subgroup of the Abashiri Prisoners and some miscellaneous allies formed by Hijikata to seize the treasure. Hijikata's own goal is to found a country in Hokkaido and rekindle the war against the Meiji Government and thus he wants the gold to finance his master plan. Several of the former Abashiri convicts eventually flock to Hijikata's group, attracted by the prospect of not being skinned for their tattoos (he'd rather copy them). Although they are few, all most them are experienced killers and fighters.

    Hijikata Toshizou 

Hijikata Toshizou

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)

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The old vice-commander of The Shinsengumi, rumored to have died in the battle of Hakodate but is, in fact, alive and well. He was imprisoned as a political prisoner accepted to be tattooed with the map and desires to take the gold to recreate an autonomous Hokkaido like the old Republic of Ezo.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi.
  • Badass Boast: Hijikata is a boastful individual, and delivers several one-liners to tell how awesome he is during the story.
    "Listen up, you damn kids. In times like these, any man who makes it to old age is a survivor."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Hijikata wears a three-piece suit to better blend in and looks cool when he kills people.
  • Badass Long Coat: Hijikata sports a long coat over his suit.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a long chin tuft.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Alongside First Lieutenant Tsurumi. Ironically, both have roughly the same goal.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He was considered a model prisoner in Abashiri before brutally murdering his guards and escaping.
  • Blood Knight: He is a Shinsengumi.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Hijikata had once such a fight with Nagakura that the latter left the Shinsengumi out of rage. Nagakura later suspects that Hijikata only wanted to push him away from the Shinsengumi and their doomed war.
  • Cool Old Guy: Still kicks much ass even when his face is covered in wrinkles.
  • Enemy Mine: He allies with Sugimoto against the 7th Division when he learns that they have fake skins to throw him off.
  • Expressive Hair: When he is fired up, Hijikata's hair strangely go up.
  • Feeling Their Age: Completely Averted in Hijikata's case. He is impressively active and energetic for someone in their seventies (he's revealed to be 72), to the point other people have wondered if he ate the flesh of a mermaid (rumored to give eternal life and youth).
  • Firing One-Handed: He uses a Winchester rifle one-handed.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Hijikata was an undisciplined brat who liked to hang out with women more than training at his dojo.
  • A Handful for an Eye: During their fights, Hijikata secretly gathers some blood in his palm and tosses it at Inudou's eye, giving him a crucial opening.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: In an age full of guns, Hijikata is still using a sword.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Hot-Blooded: Hijikata had a wild personality in his youth, earning him the nickname "Baragaki.", a play on the words "Ibara" meaning thorny and "Gaki" meaning kid.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: he wields a katana (and a rifle), as befitting of a member of the Shinsengumi.
  • Lawman Gone Bad: Hijikata was a Shinsengumi, which was an order of peacekeeping warriors. Not accounting for the Shinsengumi's fall from grace, Hijikata is now a prison escapee and little more than a gang leader with a vision.
  • Living Legend: The vice-commander of a famous order of peacekeeping samurai.
  • Old Soldier: A veteran who fights as well as he commands, using military tactics and swordsmanship to prevail in a shootout between two gangs.
  • Patriotic Fervor: In Chapter 153, it is revealed that his idea of recreating a state in Hokkaido is, at least in his mind, a way to help Japan.
  • Named Weapon: His famous Izumi-no-Kami Kanesada.
  • Not Afraid to Die: What matters in battle is how many men are prepared to die for the cause.
  • Off with His Head!: After his duel to the death with Shirosuke Inudo, the loser (Shirosuke) requests, and is granted, to be finished off with a full-on traditional samurai beheading.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Hijikata plans to rebuild the Shinsengumi.
  • Samurai: A warrior from the times of the shogunate.
  • Sword and Gun: He uses a rifle and a sword.
  • Visionary Villain: Hijikata's end game is to found an autonomous country. In chapter 153, it goes even further than that: this autonomous country is envisioned as a haven for all of Japan's undesirables, as well as a buffer state against powerful Russia so that Honshu can focus on development while Hokkaido still defends the country.
  • Weapon Twirling: He reloads his Winchester by twirling it.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Disguises himself as a harmless old man to approach and gauge Sugimoto.

    Ushiyama Tatsuma "The Undefeated" 

Ushiyama Tatsuma "The Undefeated"

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)

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A notorious judoka who killed his master and injured ten of his comrades over a sex scandal with his master's wife. He joins Hijikata on the hunt for the treasure, but more out of greed than any visionary goal. Ushiyama is freakishly tall and strong, and maybe the most fearsome hand-to-hand fighter in anyone's faction.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Checks in at Ienaga's hotel, gets guided to his room. The first thing he wants is sex with her.
  • Badass Mustache: Ushiyama sports a thick handlebar mustache.
  • Badass Boast: "Go on then, and tell the other bears... the legend of Ushiyama the Undefeated."
  • The Casanova: He has an insatiable lust.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Can break limbs easily with his grip alone.
  • The Dragon: Hijikata's most trusted subordinate.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Asirpa calls him Professor Penis. It overlaps with Affectionate Nickname as the two became drinking buddies after both got drunk in a restaurant.
  • Hard Head: Ushiyama has an abnormally thick skull, which can resist the slash of a sword.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Tanigaki and Inkarmat are trapped beneath falling rubbles, and more threaten to fall on them, Ushiyama intervenes and supports a whole building so the couple can escape. Sweating from the effort, Ushiyama even utters some Famous Last Words to them.
    You guys...better live a happy life together, ya hear me?
    • And then the rubbles overwhelms him. Of course, Ushiyama simply tosses everything asides and brushes his dusty suit. Although the moment really invokes this trope, it's not like he was really let some bricks kill him.
  • The Juggernaut: In Chapter 33, Ushiyama pursues Shiraishi across the streets of Otaru. A small group of hostiles looking for a fight are just tossed away by his charge. Shiraishi making a huge pillar of (hard as stone) snow doesn't faze him, and he sweeps a horse on his way.
  • Made of Iron: Ushiyama defies all laws of physics by shrugging off an explosion great enough to destroy a whole building then the subsequent falling debris.
  • Only in It for the Money: While Hijikata has grandiose plans, Ushiyama only wants money to spend.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Proposes a truce between him and Hijikata, saying that there's no need to kill each since they are free to copy the map on their tattoos anyway.
  • Red Baron: "The Undefeated".
  • Strong and Skilled: He is a trained judoka, so he is as skilled at using his strength as he is strong.
  • Training from Hell: 10 hours of daily training at least, for ten years. That explains his freakish strength. Ushiyama begins with 1000 uchikomi every day then carries on to the real training.

    Nagakura Shinpachi 

Nagakura Shinpachi

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo(Japanese), Kent Williams (English)

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The former captain of the 2nd squad of The Shinsengumi and their strongest swordsman, who retired in Hokkaido, but soon responded to Hijikata's call. Unlike with Hijikata, age has taken its toll but Nagakura is still a fearsome samurai.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hijikata calls Nagakura "Gamushin."
  • Badass Boast: has delivered his first as of chapter 58, and it's badass.
    You should know... once the fire starts burning inside me, only blood will put it out.
  • Berserk Button: When the warden Inudou Shirosuke refuses to let him see an imprisoned Hijikata, Nagakura threatens to split his head open.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Chapter 59, Nagakura demonstrates that he hasn't lost his edge by swiftly disposing of five armed men with a saber.
  • Former Teen Rebel: We learn that alongside Hijikata, Nagakura was undisciplined, and fooled around with women. A great contrast to the dignified old man of the story.

    Superior Private Ogata Hyakunosuke 

Superior Private Ogata Hyakunosuke

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Orion Pitts (English)

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The first soldier from the 7th Division Sugimoto encounters, which enables him to learn of the 7th Division's intention. Ogata soon betrays the 7th Division and eventually proposes to join Hijikata, which the old man accepts. It is revealed that he is the bastard son of Lieutnant General Koujirou Hanazawa, the commander of the 7th Division who took his own life, and actually killed Hanazawa. Although competent in close-quarter combat, Ogata shines with a Type 30 rifle in hands. He is a tremendously talented marksman and can shoot a bullet through people's skulls hundreds of meters away from him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Under his Mask of Sanity, Ogata has deep underlying issues. As a child, he poisoned his mother hoping that his absent father would come to the funeral. He also killed his legitimate half-brother in an attempt to win attention, and when that didn't work, he murdered his father himself. Ogata also expressed that his particular upbringing without parents that love each other was responsible for his condition, and considers his half brother normal because he had parents that did.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats, specifically the wildcat.
  • Bastard Bastard: He is revealed to be the child of Lieutenant General Hanazawa and one of his mistresses.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Averted when pursued by Tsurumi's soldiers. He deliberately shoots less important body parts to wound them because the wounded slows down a group and reduces morale. He shoots others in the head when convenient, however.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to his legitimate half-brother. Ogata shot him in the head at 203 Hill.
  • Character Tic: He's regularly trying to fix his Idiot Hair.
  • Cold Sniper: Ogata is a great shot with his Arisaka rifle and is exploiting many sniper techniques such as two-man sniper team before their actual invention. He's also aloof, cold, and no-nonsense when sniping and in general. A shining and really creepy example of this trope is when he snipes Noppera-Bou and shoots Sugimoto in the head. After the shocking panel where a bullet goes through Sugimoto's skull, we see Ogata in the watchtower silently reloading. No Evil Gloating, no Bond One-Liner, not even the slightest expression on his face.
  • Disarm, Disassemble, Destroy: He is proficient enough to be able to disassemble a rifle in the middle of a Gun Struggle.
  • Dying Clue: Downplayed, Ogata merely faints before he can write the entirety of Sugimoto's name and nickname.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is fond of his grandmother. Averted when he was revealed to have killed most of his immediate family.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He breaks out in a sweat with disbelief upon witnessing Shiton raping a bear.
  • Eye Scream: Asirpa shoots an Ainu arrow through his eye. Sugimoto saves him from the poison by carving the eye out with a pocket knife.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Amicable and polite when interacting with others while also being consistently smug, condescending and insincere.
  • Give Me a Reason: He'd rather not kill everyone in the Ainu village if he didn't have to, but would if Tanigaki did something stupid.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A jaw-surgery scars on each cheek.
  • Idiot Hair: Ogata has a wild strand of hair hanging on the side of the head.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Can hit something as small as a binocular 300 meters away with an Arisaka rifle.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his surname.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Downplayed. Ogata is a Cold Sniper with Improbable Aiming Skills, and he's able to (more or less) hold his ground against Sugimoto in their first confrontation; yet close-range combat is not his strongest point, as he is also shown to not be able to stand up to fellow 7th Division soldiers at close quarter combat.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When he gets his arm broken, he flees.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Ogata isn't a native of Hokkaido and has no interest in rebelling.
  • Not So Above It All: Ogata hides it, but during his travel with Asirpa, he is subtly influenced by her happy demeanor. When Asirpa tells him that he can't catch any woodcock with his rifle, he takes it as a challenge and is proud to see he's actually caught more than Asirpa.
  • Not So Stoic: He's usually a Cold Sniper who rarely shows any emotion, but he breaks out in a sweat with disbelief upon witnessing Shiton raping a bear.
  • Perma-Stubble: Ogata gains one after being absent a while.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Ogata, already little nuts in his childhood, poisoned his mother so that his father would come to the funeral out of love for his mistress. He then killed his father, and covered it up as seppuku at Tsurumi's suggestion.
  • The Starscream: He plans to betray Tsurumi, but more out of pragmatism since he never felt loyal to him.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first soldier of the 7th Division seen, and makes the reader realize how dangerous they are.

    Kano Ienaga 

Kano Ienaga

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Terri Doty (English)

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The gentle and pretty owner of the Sapporo World Hotel, who is actually a former Abashiri convict and transwoman. Ienaga is a former doctor who believes that consuming a particular body part can heal or enhance the corresponding area of a body, so she began the habit of murdering her clients to feed on their flesh to appear beautiful and youthful. Appears to be based on H. H. Holmes.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one on the right cheek.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Heavily implied, as one flashback shows her with a tengu mask whose nose looks like a dildo beside a tied victim.
  • Cannibalism Super Power: Ienaga invokes this by claiming that when one's particular body part is ill, they should eat the same body part to heal it.
  • Dark Chick: She becomes this after joining with Hijikata's Group.
  • False Widow: People in the area are skeptical as the previous owners were a childless elderly couple. She then claims her "husband" was an unwanted child, but when he died fighting in the war, and his parents died, Ienaga who was like a daughter to them inherited the place. People actually believe the story despite not having seen her in the area before.
  • Mad Doctor: Ienaga used to be a doctor and transferred her patients' blood into herself, sometimes even eating them. Her surgical skills actually do come in handy offscreen, when she performs a lifesaving brain surgery on Sugimoto, who was shot in the head by Ogata. Even though no doctor in Japan is supposedly able to do it, her torture hobby has given her many occasions to practice.
  • Not Quite Dead: Thought to have perished in the explosion of the Sapporo World Hotel, Ushiyama quickly reveals to Shiraishi that he's saved Ienaga.
  • Older Than They Look: Ienaga is at least 60. Her "medicine", as barbaric as it is, seems to work.

    Toni Anji 

Toni Anji

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An elderly Abashiri escapee who is notably blind but goes around using echolocation to hear his surroundings. He operates near the lake Kussharo at the head of his own little group of blind Abashiri prisoners who don't bear a tattoo. He ambushes Sugimoto's group in an inn. Despite his age and handicap
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Toni's human echolocation skills are a real thing.
  • Badass Grandpa: This elderly man is capable enough to still be a highwayman despite his blindness, is a rather good shot, and almost killed Sugimoto, who was only saved by Hijikata's intervention.
  • Blind Weapon Master: Toni is blind, but is still a very good shot with his pistol.
  • Cool Guns: Carries a "broomhandle" Mauser pistol with detachable holster/shoulder stock. Extra cool points for also carrying the gun's full rig of accessories.
  • Disability Superpower: To alleviate blindness, Toni relies on a very sharp sense of hearing.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Toni Anji may be a robber who even attacks innocent Ainu villages, but he makes a point to avoid killing anyone who wasn't involved with Abashiri and Inudou.
  • Expy: Toni Anji seems to be inspired by Tony Anthony, an American Western actor who notably played a blind cowboy in a movie.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Toni is able to hit a lamp despite his blindness by using echolocation.
  • Handicapped Badass: Toni is blind, but he's still a rather good shot with his automatic pistol and can fight toe to toe against Sugimoto too.
  • Tap on the Head: Toni is knocked out by Inudou when the warden hits him with a metal ball right on the forehead. Subverted, as he almost dies because of it.

The Hokkaido 7th Division

    General 
The elite Hokkaido 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, a renowned unit lauded by the populace for their bravery. However, because they weren't given their due reward after the Russo-Japanese war, a secret part of the 7th Division led by First Lieutenant Tsurumi has gone rogue and is looking for the treasure in order to finance a coup to take over Hokkaido. Because of the 7th Division's resources and superior numbers, as well as the high quality of their soldiers, none of the other factions can hope to directly confront the 7th Division and will sneakily act around them.
  • Anti-Villain: Most of the soldiers aren't evil per se. They plan to betray their government but only after a lot of mistreatment from their superior's part and the lack of reward for their sacrifices. In fact, they are polite toward civilians and can even lend help to them, as seen when a disguised Kiroranke asks them to help him clear rubbles and they accept; moreover they were fooled by Tsurumi into thinking their commander committed seppuku because of the treatment. That doesn't mean that they don't obey orders to kill, and if some poor schmuck is given a gun and is pitted against them, they don't think twice before shooting.
  • Badass Army: Overlaps with Elite Army. They were at the forefront of the Russo-Japanese War and are tasked with protecting the northern territories of Japan
  • Back for the Dead: Inverted; several soldiers who get gruesomely Killed Off for Real in an early episode are featured in a much later flashback.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The 7th Division grew dissatisfied with the lack of gratitude from the Japanese government. The humiliations culminated in their Commander Hanazawa committing seppuku. Tsurumi channeled the resentment and pushed them to secretly revolt against their government.
  • Elite Mook: A foot soldier is an already tough opponent. Although they aren't as famous as Sugimoto, each of the 7th Division soldiers is a hardened veteran who has also survived the war. More than two of them is enough to beat Sugimoto.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Sugimoto's main enemy had to be the most elite military unit of Hokkaido, of course.
  • Empty Eyes: All soldiers from the Division are drawn with big black dots for pupils, making them look creepy.
  • Fan Boy: While not all of them go that far, a distressingly high number of soldiers take their devotion to First Lieutenant Tsurumi a bit too far. A large bit.
  • Last-Name Basis: Every member of the 7th Division are called by their surnames. Tokushirou Tsurumi, Hajime Tsukishima, and Otonoshin Koito don't reveal their first names until much later. Meanwhile, Usami has yet to reveal his first name.
  • Military Coup: Part of the 7th Division wants to secede from Japan and take over Hokkaido.
  • More Dakka: Tsurumi has been buying all kinds of weapons in preparation for his war. Among those used by the 7th Division are several Hotchkiss and Nambu machine guns, and even several destroyers, with full artillery bombardment, to break Abashiri Prison's walls.
  • Nice Hat: They all wear the Imperial Japanese Army cap.
  • Red Baron: Among the populace, the 7th Division is also respectfully referred as the "Hokuchin(北進) Unit", which means "Defenders of the North", in homage to their performance during the Russo-Japanese War.

    First Lieutenant Tokushirou Tsurumi 

First Lieutenant Tokushirou Tsurumi

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese), David Wald (English)

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The instigator of the 7th Division's search for the gold. He leads a secretly rogue unit of the 7th Division and plans to secure the gold and finance a coup d'état with it. A charismatic leader, a competent commander, and a cunning intelligence officer, Tsurumi proves formidable enough to force the two other factions to cooperate against him.
  • The Hard Hat: He has a huge metal plate on the forehead. Cranial fluid still oozes from time to time.
  • Hidden Depths: Tsurumi is introduced as a mad officer, but he can also play the piano.
  • The Lost Lenore: Before the war, he was a deep undercover spy in Russia. He married a Russian woman, was actually in love with his wife and had a child. When his cover was blown because of someone else's failure and the secret police came for him, his wife and child were killed by a stray bullet in the ensuing firefight. This was the start of his deep disenchantment with the Japanese government.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tsurumi is really a smooth-talker. He has manipulated his whole entourage and unit to further his plans, murdering his superior and pinning the responsibility on the government to goad his soldiers to revolt; Ogata notes how Tsurumi has been lying through his teeth about him being a worthy son to his father (said murdered commander); and he has lied to Tsukishima to recruit him.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: When his cover was blown because of someone else's failure and the secret police came for him, his wife and child were killed by a stray bullet in the ensuing firefight.
  • Riches to Rags: His family was wealthy but fell on hard times.
  • Slasher Smile: Tsurumi sports his bloodthirsty grin a lot of the time.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Was once a worthy officer in the Army, receiving a piece of shrapnel in the head and the poor state his unit's been left in made him bitter and violent.
  • Sweet Tooth: Tsurumi is seldom seen without some sugary dangers.
  • Visionary Villain: Tsurumi's end game is to take over Hokkaido and have a haven for the veterans of his Division.
  • We Can Rule Together: Tsurumi proposes Sugimoto to join his military coup, offering sound reasons that should resonate with a veteran like him. But Sugimoto refuses anyway.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wanting his men to receive their just compensation? Admirable. Take over the island he's supposed to protect and kill anyone in his path? Not so admirable anymore.

    Superior Private Ogata Hyakunosuke 

Superior Private Ogata Hyakunosuke

For Ogata Hyakunosuke, see Hijikata's group.

    Privates First Class Nikaidou Kouhei and Youhei 

Privates First Class Nikaidou Kouhei and Youhei

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Both Twins in Japanese), Stephen Fu (Youhei Nikaido, English), Stephen Sanders (Kouhei Nikaido, English)

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Youhei or Kouhei, there's no distinction
Two twins, always seen together until Sugimoto kills Youhei. The remaining brother Kouhei seeks revenge on Sugimoto, becoming crazier and more amputated as time goes by.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Kouhei losing parts of his body has practically become a Running Joke.
    • A bear attacks him from behind and tears off one ear with its paw.
    • Tsurumi cuts off his remaining ear during a short torture session.
    • Hijikata cuts off one of Kouhei's leg during a fight.
    • Sugimoto returns Youhei's leg shotgun against him, and his right hand is blown off.
  • Avenging the Villain: Kouhei wants to avenge his brother Youhei by any means.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: For unknown reasons, Kouhei went crazy enough to keep his cut-off left ear and talk to it as if it was his brother Youhei.
  • Determinator: Kouhei doesn't cooperate with Tsurumi even when threatened with being cut off his nose. It takes an offer to kill Sugimoto get him to reveal who the traitors within the Division are.
  • Ear Ache: A brown bear tears off his left ear, Tsurumi cuts off his remaining ear for insubordination.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The twins love each other. When Youhei is murdered by Sugimoto, Kouhei dedicates his every moment seeking revenge on Sugimoto.
  • Genuine Human Hide: Kouhei has been given a leather hood made of human skin, with his cut off ear stitched near the mouth and acting as a pseudo-speaker, so Kouhei can talk to his ear.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Youhei's fate: Sugimoto cuts open his stomach with a bayonet, killing him in the process, and uses the intestines to fake being mortally injured.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite his heavy injuries, Kouhei can still give Sugimoto a lot of trouble. He almost stabs the latter in the mouth during a fistfight and if not for several reflexes, he would have shot him dead.
  • Leg Cannon: Kouhei is given a brand new prosthetic leg from Lieutenant General Arisaka. As a bonus for short-range battles, it incorporates a shotgun.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: They planned to kill Sugimoto and pass it out as an escape attempt gone wrong.
  • Nice Hat: In addition to his cap, Kouhei has had a special leather hood made by Edogai in which his own ear is attached, and so that he can whisper to it directly.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Always seen and work together until Youhei died.

    Sergeant Hajime Tsukishima 

Sergeant Hajime Tsukishima

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto(Japanese), Quinn Angell (English)

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One of the 7th Division's officers who come into prominence in the story after Ogata defects, and becomes one of Tsurumi's recurring underlings. Tsukishima is highly competent and is unfortunately for him the only sane man around the bunch of crazies that are Tsurumi's retinue. Tsukishima is native of Sado, an island near the western side of Kyushu.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Sergeant side. While not exactly "rough", he is blunt, stoic, and comparatively so when Tsurumi is around. None of the other members of the 7th fawn after him like they do with Tsurumi, either.
  • Chekhov's Skill: A rare case of it being an Invoked Trope, as part of Tsurumi's plan to save his life from death row. Tsurumi (headed to Russia to act as an intelligence oficer) stated (at quite some length) that his trusted subordinate and talented interpreter Tsukishima's high skill and fluency in Russian made him vital for the country, so he was taking Tsukishima out of death row to go with him. Tsukishima knew not a word of Russian, and was told to learn it right away.
    Tsurumi: Tsukishima... you're fluent in Russian, right?
    Tsukishima:[surprised] Huh? No sir... I can't speak Russian at all...
    Tsurumi: [long monologue over multiple panels] Soon there will a war between Japan and Russia. Yet we don't have nearly enough Russian interpreters. A man with your level of ability in Russian will surely be treated with compassion. After all, our country's very existence is on the line. (...) I'll be headed to Russia as an intelligence officer. You're my trusted subordinate and a talented interpreter, so I'll be taking you along.
    Tsukishima: Sir, I can't speak a word of Russian! And I'm on death row!
    Tsurumi: THEN YOU'D BETTER STUDY LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Tsukishima was a friend with a girl, who was the one who called him by his name "Hajime" while everyone would use insults. The friendship eventually became a romance, Tsukishima and her agreeing to marry each other after the Sino-Japanese war.
  • Cunning Linguist: Tsukishima is fluent in Russian, which made him indispensable during the Russo-Japanese war. When he and Sugimoto go after Asirpa, his Russian helps to ease the search for her in Sakhalin.
  • Empty Eyes: Averted, being the only 7th Division member of Tsurumi's circle to not have them, as befitting his Only Sane Man status.
  • Facial Markings: Tsukishima has two lines on his face resembling under eye wrinkles.
  • Genius Bruiser: He was able to learn Russian when in death row to make himself indispensable for the war, and in the unknown but necessarily short time between Tsurumi ordering Tsukishima to learn Russian right away, and Tsurumi's request to free Tsukishima being granted.
  • Hidden Depths: It's shown in Chapter 140 that besides his career as a soldier, Tsukishima is also fluent in Russian. Chapter 149 shows he learned it in a shockingly short time.
  • The Lost Lenore: Tsukishima was in love with an unnamed girl whom he promised to marry after the Sino-Japanese war he went to. However when he returned to his hometown, he discovered that she came to believe that he dies and killed herself (however, he never saw her corpse). Subverted when he met Tsurumi, who discovered it was all a ploy to persuade the girl to move out to Tokyo and said girl even sent him a lock of hair. Then Double Subverted when he discovers that his love was really dead all along and Tsurumi lied to him. Triple subverted when he's told Tsurumi faked the girl's death to help Tsukishima off death row. Zigzagged to we don't even keep track of the number when it's heavily implied that the person who told him was working for Tsurumi, to begin with. Frankly, nobody really knows if she's alive or not.
  • Motivational Lie: Was on the receiving end of this, when Tsurumi told him that the girl he loved was alive, pushing him to learn Russian and avoid the death sentence. He later learns that Tsurumi indeed lied, and confronts him, furious.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Sure, he is aware that Tsurumi is at the very least, unstable. However, he's also a loyal soldier and obeys his every order. Chapter 149 shows that he is aware that Tsurumi is a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Only Sane Man: Among his quirky and downright psychopathic colleagues, Tsukishima stands out by being a model of professionalism and overall normalcy.
  • Patricide: Tsukishima already hated his father, but when the latter spread rumors about him being dead, leading to the suicide of Tsukishima's girlfriend, he beats him to death.
  • The Reliable One: Tsukishima does what he's told, is loyal to Tsurumi and condemns traitors, and is the most competent subordinate in the 7th.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Tsukishima was ostracized and bullied as a child because of his father. Although nothing is specified, Tsukishima was called a murderer's son.
  • Straight Man: His Only Sane Man status overlaps with The Comically Serious whenever he witnesses some of his colleague's hijinks, with a deadpan but clearly annoyed expression on his face. The most annoying out of them all for Tsukishima seems to be Koito.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: Although he was already a soldier, Tsukishima briefly went on death row for murdering his father. However, thanks to/because of Tsurumi lying about Tsukishima being fluent in Russian, and Tsukishima's efforts to actually learn Russian; he became part of Tsurumi's staff during the Russo-Japanese War.

    Second Lieutnant Otonoshin Koito 

Second Lieutnant Otonoshin Koito

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi(Japanese), Daman Mills (English)

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A lieutenant of the 7th Division from the Satsuma Region at the southern tip of Japan. He is devoted to and is a great fan of Tsurumi. Despite being an officer, he is mostly seen performing physical tasks and is a redoubtable practitioner of the Jigen-Ryu sword style.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Koito is noticeably tan for a Japanese, making him stand out among characters.
  • Animal Motifs: Koito is subtly compared to a monkey.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Koito uses the Jigen-Ryu sword style, which is so aggressive is it said that the Shinsengumi commander only advised dodging the first blow of its practitioners. Trying to block it results in the swordsman smashing the sword into his opponent's forehead.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Played for Laughs; The Jigen-ryu style first blow is also famous for his specific and impressive kiai, called Enkyō (monkey's scream), that goes with it. He often uses it as his Catchphrase very often. Not just when he should (when using his first blow), he also uses it whenever he is surprised, excited, confused, or simply in any situation where him "screaming like a monkey" would be funny.
  • Genius Bruiser: Koito is a force to be reckoned with, as he's really fast, agile and is a seasoned sword practitioner with an aggressive style. Upper-Class Twit moments aside, he's quick to formulate simple plans to outsmart enemies, like when he tricks Suzukawa Kiyohiro into giving away his disguise or keeps shooting Keiichirou while pursuing him just to give away his position and trajectory to Tsurumi.
  • The Gift: Parodied during the Circus Arc. He's got an exceptional talent for acrobatics, in a circus in which 90% of the shows are acrobatics. Sugimoto develops a petty rivalry over this and tries to outdo Koito with a magic trick.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Is meant to have black hair as a Japanese but has dark purple hair in the anime and dark blue hair on the cover for Volume 16 of the manga.
  • Japanese Dialects: Koito speaks the Satsuma dialect, a near incomprehensible dialect to most Japanese.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Whenever he loses his calm, and somehow whenever he wants to talk to Tsurumi, Koito slips into his Satsuma dialect.
  • Precious Photo: Has one of his idol First Lieutenant Tsurumi. In fact, he has several of them and has glued his face to anyone who's shared photography with Tsurumi.
  • Silly Reason for War: During the Yamada's show arc, Koito's gift in acrobatics threaten to overshadow Sugimoto's harakiri's trick (the whole reason of them being in the show, to begin with). A subplot develops with Koito refusing to tone down his performance and Sugimoto trying to outdo and eventually ruin Koito's show.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Koito is his First Lieutenant's number one fan. He saved his life after all.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Downplayed. When he's not fighting, Koito proves to be rather out of touch with reality. He expects someone to carry his six large suitcases (one of which was occupied by two stowaways) in Sakhalin, and unlike his wiser companions, underestimates a wolverine which just took down a bear because of its size.
  • Weapon of Choice: Koito prefers to use swords, unlike many of his fellow soldiers.

    Superior Private Usami 

Superior Private Usami

A low-ranked soldier serving under Tsurumi's orders. He was initially infiltrating Abashiri Prison to spy on their staff and equipment and was discovered. Escaping the prison, Usami regroups with Tsurumi and also becomes a recurring underling.
  • Beauty Mark: Usami has two beauty marks on both of the cheeks.
  • Creepy Doll: His (7th division-standard) Empty Eyes plus his BeautyMarks give him the a very creepy and doll-like appearance.
  • Facial Markings: When Tsurumi drew running stick men in his face using his moles as heads, Usami had the drawing tattooed. Kadokura is totally freaked out by this.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: When Usami is found to be a spy and then tricked into going into a prison pigsty unarmed, he shows that even unarmed he can kill two unruly prisoners by stealing their hammers and beating them to death on the spot. Kadokura, who stole his saber and intended that he die at the hands of prisoners, wisely decides not to attempt to kill him.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Just like Koito, Usami is practically in love with Tsurumi.

    Yasaku Edogai 

Yasaku Edogai

Voiced by: Yuuma Uchida (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)

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A taxidermist from Nara but now working in Yubari. He is an expert in taxidermy and particularly skilled at his job, but loves more than most working with Genuine Human Hide. Tsurumi recruits him to make fake skins in order to confuse his enemies during the hunt for the map skins.
  • Abusive Parents: His mother apparently castrated him at one point. His father was not abusive, but he was murdered for it.
  • Adorkable: Awkward, but really endearing in his own way. His morbid quirks don't make him violent, so he's infinitely more sympathetic than the average weirdo in the series.
  • Ax-Crazy: Averted! Yasaku, despite being mad, only uses the skin from already dead people, and doesn't want to participate in fights.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sure he may have an obsession with creating clothes with human skin or outright play with corpses, but he sure knows his business when taxidermy or skin tanning is concerned.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Yasaku takes the courage to talk ack to his mother for everything abuse he received from her.
  • Cool Mask: A creepy but awesome mask made out of several hands and ears (their shape is visible).
  • Cute and Psycho: A good looking fellow, but also a crazy one.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Years of abuse pushed Yasaku to murder his mother (figuratively speaking, he, in fact, murders a voice in his head).
  • Expy: Yasaku takes from many famous serial killers, such as Ed Gein, Leatherface, or Norman Bates.
  • Facial Markings: Two vertical lines going from under his eyes are visible.
  • Genuine Human Hide: Yasaku creates clothes out of corpses' skins.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: His "mother"'s voice pushes him to murder. However, Edogai never acted on these impulses.
  • Hearing Voices: Yasaku can still hear the voice of his parents and many others and has conversations with them. Tsurumi's influence has at least suppressed his mother's voice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When a mineshaft Edogai's in becomes filled with smoke, he tells Tsukishima to flee with the skins, sacrificing himself to Tsurumi's cause.
  • Matricide: Figuratively speaking. Tsurumi pushed him to shoot her corpse, so he doesn't hear her voice anymore.
  • My Beloved Smother: Yasaku's mother was so controlling (and crazy) she killed Yasaku's father for taking his side and castrated Yasaku when he became "too much like his father". All for his good of course. Even after she died, Yasaku kept hearing her domineering voice.
  • Punny Name: His name "Edogai" is a play on "Ed Gein," a famous killer.
  • Villainous Friendship: Yasaku and Tsurumi become excellent friends over a mutual interest in human skin.

The Ainu

    General 
The indigenous people of Hokkaido and Sakhalin. They are a hunter-gatherer culture and practice animism, but the Japanese government is oppressing them and is slowly erasing their culture and identity as well as ruining their island with industrial exploitation. Due to the discrimination against them, seven Ainu men gathered gold to finance a revolt, but a man called Noppera-Bou (No-face) killed them and took the treasure. Despite all that, most Ainu are gentle, pacifist people.
  • Fingore: Sakhalin Ainus punish thieves by chopping a fingertip for each offense and moving down the fingers if need be.
  • Foreign Queasine: The raw brain is a delicacy for them.
  • Green Aesop: Respect nature.
  • Guardian Entity: Ainus believe that a spirit called a turenpe protects each of them and thank them with offerings.
  • Noble Savage: They live off of nature and know to respect her. They are also friendly to Japanese despite being discriminated.
  • Only One Name: Unlike the Japanese, the Ainu have no surname.
  • Oral Tradition: The Ainu don't have a writing system and pass out their stories orally.
  • Our Gods Are Different: Everything is a god, and the gods gifted the Ainu with what they have.
  • Poison Is Evil: Averted, Ainu are Noble Savages and use poisoned arrows to kill their prey rapidly. Each clan has its secret recipe.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: Traditionally, Ainu takes divination seriously and believe dreams can show them the future. These beliefs aren't accepted by more modern Ainu like Asirpa.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Killing someone is taboo, and a man-killing animal is considered to be an evil god, unfit for consumption. However, several Ainu women whose village was overtaken by a group of prison escapee do use lethal force to fight them off.
  • Trap Master: Part of their hunting skill.
  • Tribal Facepaint: Women traditionally tattoo their mouths and cheeks to signify that they are old enough to be married.
  • Unfortunate Name: Subverted, to ward off evil spirits, infants will have disgusting-sounding names until they are six years old.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: The Ainu have hoarded gold for generations without actually making use of it. In fact, it's less than worthless since collecting gold pollutes the rivers in which they fish.

    Wilk 

Wilk

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese), Barry Yandell (English)

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Asirpa's late father. He was supposedly killed by Noppera-Bou. It is revealed that Wilk is a foreigner, specifically a Russian: a Sakhalin Ainu and Polish half-blood who fled to Hokkaido, and that he fought for the independence of his adopted people.
  • Abusive Parents: Zigzagged. He put Asirpa through Training from Hell with the secret intent of grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu. Judging from what is shown in the series, it involved telling her to hunt a bear alone when she was seven or younger. Despite this, he was an otherwise loving and supporting father and it's implied that he did what he did because he trusted her exceptional abilities as a hunter and a survivalist, rather than abusing her for the kicks.
  • Badass Beard: He had a rather thick beard; which smelled according to Asirpa.
  • Badass Native: Asirpa described him as one of the bravest bear hunters of his people, having one day crawled into a bear den to kill it with one poisoned arrow.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He is described and remembered by Asirpa as a loving father, as well as a skilled hunter. He was once a ruthless terrorist in Russia and, after Asirpa was born, had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext.
  • Broken Pedestal: Asirpa is shaken to learn that he is really the Noppera-Bou and cries.
  • Chick Magnet: According to Asirpa, Wilk was popular with the ladies because of his excellent craftsmanship; "Ainu men craft a makiri (short sword) and give it to the woman they like. She looks at the craftsmanship and decides how good of a provider that man is." In addition, not only it's implied that Inkarmat had a Precocious Crush on him as a child, but Sophia, a Russian noblewoman, has unrequited feelings for him.
  • The Faceless: Although he's spoken of a lot, the manga has yet to properly show his face. Only glimpses of it are shown. His full (old) face is then revealed in chapter 137.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Wilk had been taking his daughter alongside him on hunts to teach her how to hunt although Ainu women typically stay at their village. The trope takes on a darker meaning when it's revealed that he did that to eventually turn her into a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Asirpa has nothing but fond memories of her late father and praises his ability as a hunter. Subverted with The Reveal that he is still alive as Noppera-bo and his confession to Sugimoto that he had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext.
  • Going Native: Inkarmat claims that Wilk was Christian because of his Polish descent, but that he embraced the Ainu beliefs and customs wholeheartedly.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: He had blue round eyes. He is described and remembered by Asirpa as a loving father, as well as a skilled hunter. Subverted because he was once a ruthless terrorist in Russia and, after Asirpa was born, had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Wilk had a pretty large scar on his head earned during his fighting against the Russians. It notably resembles Sugimoto's, and Asirpa is unconsciously fond of Sugimoto's current face for that, even trying to avoid further scars on the latter.
  • I Have Many Names: Wilk is his born name, meaning "wolf" in Polish. When visiting Kouichi Hasegawa, he took on the name of Grigori to hide his identity as a Bomb Throwing Anarchist. When he told his wife about how he got his name, she gave him the secret name, Horkew Oskoni, meaning "to catch up to the wolves" in Ainu. When he was thrown in Abashiri Prison and lost his facial skin to torture, he was given the nickname, Noppera-Bou, meaning "faceless yokai" in Japanese.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Wilk was an excellent hunter, and one of the few people to have killed bears alone. Even Sugimoto didn't do that.
  • Meaningful Name: He was named by his father after the Polish word for "wolf" because he carried around a pelt of a dead wolf out of desire to become like the animals he considered pragmatic.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He is the son of a Polish man and his Sakhalin Ainu wife.
  • Posthumous Character: He is deceased by the time Sugimoto and Asirpa meet. Except, he was alive and was Noppera-Bou all along.
  • Pure Is Not Good: When Asirpa asks Sofia what Wilk was like, Sofia answers that he was pure and beautiful, possibly referring to the fact that he helped assassinate Tsar Alexander II out of dedication to his cause.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He used to wear a white shirt and a black jacket before replacing them with a customary Hokkaido Ainu clothing.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: As a child, he wore a tetarape, a type of Ainu clothing made by the Sakhalin Ainu using urtica thunbergiana. As an adult, he used to wear a white shirt and a black jacket before replacing them with a customary Hokkaido Ainu clothing. As Noppera-Bou, he wears a prison uniform.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name sometimes has incorrectly been spelled "Uiluk".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like his daughter, Asirpa, with his black hair and round eyes.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He used to be an adorable and innocent child. However, as an adult, he had become a Well-Intentioned Extremist fighting for the minorities against their oppressors through morally questionable methods.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He and Noppera-Bou are one and the same.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wilk was partisan fighting for his people against the Russians. In Hokkaido, he decided to fight for the Ainus, gathering gold to eventually finance a revolt. His extremism went as far as practically training Asirpa like a Child Soldier so she could one day fight for the Ainus too, which Sugimoto finds unacceptable although he too thinks that the Ainu deserve their independence.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: He had a cross-shaped scar across his forehead and down his left eye to the cheek. Subverted because he was once a ruthless terrorist in Russia and, after Asirpa was born, had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext.

    Asirpa's Grandmother "Huci

Asirpa's Grandmother "Huci"

Voiced by: Miyuki Ichijou (Japanese), Jessica Cavanagh (English)

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Asirpa's elderly grandmother. She is a fairly minor character but regularly welcomes Sugimoto and co. in her house. While she was taking care of Tanigaki, she dreamt that Asirpa would be in great danger and nervously asks Tanigaki to go search for her.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Within a few minutes of meeting Sugimoto, she tells him that Asirpa has never had a friend before, and suggests that he marry her. Fortunately, he can't understand what Huci is saying.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Huci has had a bad dream which predicts that she would never see Asirpa again, causing her great anguish. It prompts Tanigaki to go find Asirpa to make sure she's safe. Asirpa also reveals that Huci has dreamt of her daughter's imminent death, which did happen.
  • Facial Markings: She bears the biggest tattoo around her lips because her husband was the most important man in her village.
  • Language Barrier: Whatever Huci says is entirely in Ainu, and all the Japanese simply can't understand her clearly, although Sugimoto did guess what she meant one time about keeping an eye on Asirpa.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: She's even shorter than Asirpa.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Firmly believes this, and is concerned by Asirpa's lack of skill in typically female occupations such as weaving.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She lost her daughter to illness right after her granddaughter was born.
  • Shipper on Deck: She wants Asirpa to marry Sugimoto, knowing Asirpa cannot be the wife of any Ainu because of her lack of skill in typically female occupations.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband died 6 years before the series begins.

    Asirpa's Mother 

Asirpa's Mother

Asirpa's late mother. Very little is known about her.
  • The Chief's Daughter: She was the daughter of the most important man in her village. She was married to Wilk, a half-Polish half-Sakhalin Ainu man who fled from Russia to Hokkaido.
  • Missing Mom: She died of illness right after giving birth to her daughter.
  • Unknown Character: She was the daughter of the most important man in her village, was married to Wilk, was described and remembered by him as a pirka menoko (beautiful woman) like her daughter, and died of illness right after giving birth to her daughter. That's literally all we know about her.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her name remains unknown.

    Osoma 

Osoma

Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese), Apphia Yu (English)

Asirpa's young cousin. She's not involved with the hunt for the treasure but is a recurring character.
  • Cheerful Child: The only mood we see Osoma in is playfulness.
  • Precocious Crush: Implied. She offers Tanigaki a tepunke, a hand cover that women personally make and offer to the men they like.
  • Unfortunate Name: Her name means "poop".

    Maka-Nakkuru 

Maka-Nakkuru

Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese), Jim Johnson (English)

Asirpa's maternal uncle.
  • Stab the Scorpion: He is introduced shouting at Sugimoto to stay still in an isolated place, only to tell him that there's a deadly trap where he is.

    Inkarmat 

Inkarmat

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Felecia Angelle (English)

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A woman working as a seer, her divinations are usually spot on. At the same time, they are explainable and both Asirpa and Kiroranke think she is a sham. She is eventually revealed to have a connection with Asirpa's father, of unknown nature, however. It is revealed she befriended Wilk when she was a child. Inkarmat eventually begins a relationship with Tanigaki.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Inkarmat's agenda has yet to be revealed, but she doesn't come up as well-intentioned due to how creepy she is. It turns out she's working with Tsurumi as a spy, but it has yet to be revealed if she works for Tsurumi. She claims that Kiroranke will betray Asirpa and that she's followed her to protect her.
  • Animal Motif: The Fox. She resembles her fox pelt scarf and Asirpa calls her cironnup (fox).
  • Bound and Gagged: Aohara tells his men to tie her arms up after his men find out that she has pretended to be Chizuko Mifune. As soon as Tanigaki and Cikapasi appear, they remove the bounds.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Inkarmat has a constant knowing grin on her face.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Her main method of divination is to toss a siratki kamuy, the lower jaw from a white fox's skull, on the ground and look at it to predict the future somehow.
  • Foreseeing My Death: Inkarmat has foreseen that she would die before seeing Wilk's face again. As she drowns in a lake, she is convinced that her time has come but Tanigaki intervenes to save her.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Inkarmat's heavy clothes still let her curves visible to all.
  • Fortune Teller: She works as a seer. The authenticity of her talent at seeing the future which Ainus call Niwok is debatable.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Has magenta highlights in her black hair on the cover of Volume 12 of the manga.
  • Has a Type: Inkarmat says in two separate occasions that she fancies men with scars on their faces.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Inkarmat had one with Wilk, Asirpa's father.
  • Meaningful Name: Inkar translates as "to see" while Mat means "woman". Her name is literally "woman who sees", befitting her job as a seer.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a voluptuous figure, wears a skin-tight dress, and goes through a Bound and Gagged situation. Downplayed as the series features little focus on the Male Gaze.
  • Phony Psychic: She is treated that way by the main group save Shiraishi.
  • Precocious Crush: Implied. She claims that she likes men with scars on their faces. As a child, she had an Intergenerational Friendship with Wilk, who had a cross-shaped scar on his face.
  • Ship Tease: Has several moments with Tanigaki. The two of them have a Relationship Upgrade when they both have sex.
  • Wild Card: Why she involves herself with the treasure is unknown even though she pretends that she tries to protect Asirpa. In the end, she doesn't care about the gold and is happy to let everyone slaughter themselves for it if she and Tanigaki can live in peace together.

    Cikapasi 

Cikapasi

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Howard Wang (English)

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Cikapasi is an Ainu child who lives in the same village as Asirpa. He doesn't play with the other children and is an orphan, but develops a friendship with Tanigaki. When Tanigaki departs to find Sugimoto, Cikapasi tags along.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Tanigaki calls him "Bokki" which means "boner" in Japanese.
  • Accidental Pervert: He walks into Inkarmat and Tanigaki having sex.
  • Dirty Kid: When Inkarmat suggests that she, Tanigaki and Cikapasi pretend to be a family, Cikapasi insists that she plays his older sister from another family who doesn't get angry if he touches her breasts. He spends the rest of his journey being fixated on Inkarmat's body.
  • Friendless Background: Cikapasi doesn't make friend with the other children and spends time alone.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Tanigaki, as both share an interest in hunting, and Tanigaki recognizes himself in Cikapasi.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: He gets his first actual "boner" (his words) not upon first watching Inkarmat having sex, but upon shooting a wolverine straight between the eyes.
  • Parental Abandonment: It is mentioned that his parents and his siblings all died in an undisclosed incident.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Dirty Kid that he is, Cikapasi is traumatized when he peeks at Tanigaki having sex with Inkarmat, and cries.
  • The Pig Pen: Cikapasi is drawn with noticeable dirt covering his face at all time. It may be due to his solitary inclinations that he doesn't bother to wash.
  • Tagalong Kid: To Tanigaki and Inkarmat when the three of them go searching for Asirpa.
  • Tareme Eyes: He has round eyes.
  • Unfortunate Name: Cikapasi means "boner", which reminds Tanigaki of Nihei.

    Enonoka 

Enonoka

A Sakhalin Ainu whom Sugimoto, Tanigaki, Tsukishima, and Koito meet in the forest, thinking she was Asirpa. Fortunately, she has seen Asirpa and gives the group information about her whereabouts.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a winter tassel hat.
  • Tareme Eyes: She has round eyes.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Enonoka means lingonberry, and she was named that way because of a time she ate too much of them and barfed. Sugimoto even asks if there weren't any other names her parents could have thought of.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Downplayed. Although she's a little girl, she's also thorough in taking care of herself and dogs and even secures a good deal with Koito, showing she's also business-savvy.

Barato's Mob

    General 
The small river port town of Barato once knew only one gang under the leadership of a certain Hidoro Tamotsu. When Hidoro planned to give his gambling hall to his son, a Succession Crisis happened, and Hidoro's right-hand man Umakichi split the gang, waging war against Hidoro's son's for the control of Barato.
  • Bandit Clan: The Hidoro gang is led by the Hidoro family.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Umakichi's headquarters is situated in an inn.
  • The Casino: Hidoro's mob possesses a gambling hall over which they fight with Umakichi.
  • Dirty Cop: Both sides bribe the police to get away with their crimes, but while Umakichi bribes the local police chief, Matasuke Ejiri, Hidoro bribes the main branch of the police in Sapporo, ensuring that neither can use the cops against each other.
  • Mob War: Hidoro's and Umakichi's sides have been fighting a war for quite some time.
  • Succession Crisis: When the former boss, Hidoro, announced his son, Shinpei, would inherit the gambling hall, Umakichi was infuriated not to inherit the business instead of the son.
  • Work Off the Debt: Hidoro's gang forcefully hire anyone who cannot pay their loss at the gambling hall into the local herring fishery.

    Umakichi Kusuda  

Umakichi Kusuda

A former subordinate of the former mob boss of Barata, who split up the gang after the boss' son inherited the gambling hall.
  • Gonk: Cauliflower ears, buck teeth, and above all the gigantic Fish Eyes make Umakichi creepy.
  • Dirty Coward: His plan to use a pregnant mistress as a hostage disgusts Hijikata rather hefty price for the time), Umakichi immediately proposes less than half of it.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has rather long eyelashes.

    Tamotsu Hidoro 

Tamotsu Hidoro

The boss of the Hidoro gang.
  • Cuckold: Tamotsu is secretly infertile. His wife cheated on a fisherman, giving birth to Shinpei, who slept with Tamotsu's mistress.
  • Evil Is Sterile: Tamotsu is unbeknownst to himself, sterile. His son, Shinpei, is actually a bastard.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: He assassinates his wife in a fit of anger when she reveals to him that Shinpei is a bastard.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with a young girl, not that she cares.

    The Hidoro Matriarch 

The Hidoro Matriarch

Tamotsu's wife, and the actual brain of the gang.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. While Hijikata says that people like her are at their weakest concerning family members, she refuses to hand down her part of the map for the sake of her unborn grandchild.
  • Evil Matriarch: She shares leadership of the gang with her husband and son, and is regularly noted as evil and ruthless.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: She is assassinated by her husband when in a fit of anger, she reveals that Shinpei was a bastard.
  • Villainous Valour: Evil as she is, she doesn't hesitate to put her life on the line, stepping into a trap willingly where armed men are likely to attack her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with a fisherman and got Shinpei with him.

    Shinpei Hidoro 

Shinpei Hidoro

Tamotsu's son, a loud but cowardly heir to the gang.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Shinpei is all talk, and his bragging hides his fear of violence.
  • Heroic Bastard: Shinpei only wants to get away from his parents' criminal life.

    Chieko 

Chieko

Tamotsu's mistress, but also Shinpei's lover.
  • The Mistress: She is Tamotsu's mistress, not that it does have any impact on the plot.

Others

    Toraji and Umeko 

Toraji and Umeko

Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (Toraji)

Umeko was a fellow villager Sugimoto loved, but who married to Toraji, one of Sugimoto's friend instead when Sugimoto fled the village for years. Toraji and Sugimoto then enlisted in the army, and Toraji died, having made Sugimoto promise to take care of Umeko.


    Kumagishi Chouan 

Kumagishi Chouan

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Kumagishi Chouan is a counterfeiter who was arrested for making counterfeit money, but also made many counterfeit pieces of art. When Hijikata's Group and Sugimoto's Group discover that the 7th Division has had fake skins made by Edogai, the two seek Chouan's expertise in order to distinguish the fake skins from the real one. Although Chouan is supposedly held prisoner at Kabato prison, Sugimoto finds him hidden in an Ainu village among other criminal escapees.
  • Affably Evil: Chouan is a criminal but he only creates counterfeits and is otherwise a down-to-earth man who was preoccupied with feeding himself, hence his crimes.
  • Not Quite Dead: Officially, Chouan died during an escape attempt. However, he's alive and well, disguised and hiding in an Ainu village. Well, at least, until he gets killed soon afterward.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Chouan is a specialist at counterfeiting, an activity requiring skills in art and chemistry. He naturally wears glasses.
  • Terrible Artist: In Shiraishi's flashback, Chouan was asked to draw a picture of someone, but the end result looks like a child's sketch, contrasting his reputation. It turns out the nuns resembles the drawing exactly, to Shiraishi's astonishment.

    Shirosuke Inudou 

Shirosuke Inudou

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The third (and former) warden of Kabato prison, who was the place where Hijikata was previously detained and where Chouan is imprisoned. He has a deep grudge against Hijikata and kept him alive for decades in the hopes of breaking his spirit. He is currently working at Abashiri prison and prepares himself to "welcome" both the Abashiri convicts and the 7th Division.
  • Beard of Evil: Inudou possesses a thick square beard.
  • Best Served Cold: Inudou's brother was killed by the Shinsengumi during the battle of Hakodate. Having his hands on the vice-commander, Hijikata, he spent years trying to break his spirit before he could execute him but Hijikata never broke.
  • Chained Heat: Inudou chains himself to Hijikata, having trained to wield his sword with his other hand tied to get the upper hand during their confrontation.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Despite being an accomplished swordsman and coming from a family of samurai, Inudou uses every trick he has to get the advantage against Hijikata and Anji, separating them and attacking Anji by surprise, then faking the death and burdening Hijikata with a chain.
  • Death Glare: One of his most striking features is the menacing glare of his squinted eyes.
  • Faking the Dead: Does this briefly after almost killing Anji to fake a mutual kill, and take Hijikata by surprise.
  • A Handful for an Eye: During their fights, Hijikata secretly gathers some blood in his palm and tosses it at Inudou's eye, giving him a crucial opening.
  • Off with His Head!: After his duel to the death with Hijikata, the loser (Shirosuke) requests, and is granted, to be finished off with a full-on traditional samurai beheading.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He has this sentiment, given that he is the only experienced commander in his prison and all of his underlings are just some men were given a gun and a uniform to increase the numbers of defenders.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Inudou is nicknamed the Demon Warden, and kept Hijikata locked away for twenty years to crush his spirit. We also learn that he exploits prisoners in a sulfur mine, which has caused many of them to go blind.

    Head Jailer Kadokura 

Head Jailer Kadokura

Inudou's direct subordinate at Abashiri prison. Under his apathetic and cowardly demeanor, Kadokura is one of Hijikata's insiders. Because his father served the shogunate and fought alongside the Shinsengumi, Kadokura has a grudge against the Meiji government and follows Hijikata's ambitions.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kadokura isn't the incompetent, apathetic warden he lets Inudou think he is. Him faking being this pathetic was a ruse to escape Inudou's staff purge after the escape of the Abashiri prisoners.
  • You Killed My Father: Kadokura comes from a former samurai family who fought for the shogunate. His father served in the war and was killed in action, starting Kadokura's grudge against the Meiji government.
  • Unluckily Lucky: His life is a mess because of factors outside of his control. Yet every single time his actual life has been at the mercy of blind chance, he's survived no matter how ludicrously improbable the odds. Blindly taking two different, antagonistic deadly poisons in just the exact dosage to mutually neutralize each other being just one example.

    Yamada 

Yamada

Yamada is the troupe leader of the Yamada Circus troupe, taking his circus overseas to perform. He meets Sugimoto's group in the town of Toyohara, Sakhalin, and agrees to let them perform.
  • Abuse Mistake: When his protégé, Choukichi, steals a bag from Sugimoto's group, Yamada slashes the boy's cheek with a sword as atonement. He quickly explains that it is only a magic trick.
  • Faking the Dead: His greatest magic trick is to fake performing harakiri on himself, only to revive himself because he splashed his body with holy water. The trick is that dried red ink is hidden inside the blunt katana, so when he scrapes the sword against him wet body, it only gives the impression of bleeding.
  • Hidden Depths: Yamada looks like a typical circus troupe leader, but he also was a former soldier in the Japanese Army. He also works as a spy for the Japanese government and is the target of an assassination attempt.
  • Nice Hat: He has a stereotypical circus leader's top hat.

    Sofia Golden Hand 

Sofia Golden Hand

An old friend of Wilk and Kiroranke.
  • Action Girl: As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She confessed her love to Wilk at parting, but he later married Asirpa's mother instead of loving her back.
  • Blue Blood: She was a Russian noblewoman, but she threw all the luxury that came with it away to fight as a revolutionary.
  • Braids of Action: She always wears one long braid in the back since youth. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.
  • Combat Stilettos: Kiroranke's flashback shows that in her youth, she wore high heels while holding a long gun.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: She always wears one long braid in the back since youth.
  • It's All My Fault: When a stray bullet killed Olga, Sofia blamed herself for the death of Hasegawa's baby daughter, deciding that she would rather continue fighting as a revolutionary than pursue her own happiness as a woman.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She's a fat middle-aged woman with wrinkled fair skin who wears one long braid in the back. However, in her youth, she had smooth fair skin, a slender build, a lipstick, and the same but longer braid. Nonetheless, Kiroranke considers her present self a beauty because he's a Chubby Chaser.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Like Sophia Perovskaya, Sofia was a Russian noblewoman who, as a revolutionary, helped orchestrate the successful assassination of Tsar Alexander II. She is also known as "Sofia Golden Hand", a nickname inspired by Sofia Ivanovna Blyuvshtein, better known as Sonya Golden Hand.
  • Red Baron: She is also known as "Sofia Golden Hand", a nickname inspired by Sofia Ivanovna Blyuvshtein, better known as Sonya Golden Hand.

Alternative Title(s): Golden Kamui

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