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The Prodigies (And Lyrule)

    Tsukasa Mikogami 

Tsukasa Mikogami

Voiced by: Yuusuke Kobayashi (Japanese), Chris Hackney (English)

"There is nothing we can't do."

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The Youngest Prime Minister

The youngest, most popular, and most effective Prime Minister of Japan and unofficial leader of the Prodigies. He is a talented leader and politician.


  • Action Politician: He can take down armed soldiers and knights with martial arts and a stun baton. Justified because, as a politician, he has to defend himself against assassins.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime and light novel, Tsukasa had to unload his entire magazine to break the crystal powering Gustav's One-Winged Angel form. In the manga, he needed only one shot.
  • All-Loving Hero: Tsukasa goes above and beyond to help others even at the cost of himself. This has been to his detriment as, for the greater good, he exposed his father as a Corrupt Politician and got him executed which caused his mother to abandon him. Keine often says he works himself to negative states of health. This is deconstructed in that while he's a rare selfless politician, he inevitably has to consider The Needs of the Many and can't save everyone, leading to him considering sacrificing Lyrule to avoid further attacks from Marquis Findolph, which causes him a lot of guilt even after he saves Lyrule. Both his mother and Masato consider his extreme utilitarianism abnormal and unhealthy.
  • Berserk Button: Touch Lyrule and you will incur Tsukasa's wrath.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tsukasa admired his politician father, and was likely inspired by his father to become a politician himself. But then he later learned that his father was a Corrupt Politician who used his power and authority over the people he was meant to serve. He, along with Shinobu and Masato, worked to have his father's crimes exposed. In the end, Tsukasa's father was put to death.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He made a strategy for Gustav's Fire Fall long before he expected the latter to attack, which allows him to minimize damage to Findolph when Gustav launches Fire Fall earlier than expected.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When he makes one-sided demands during his negotiation with Grandmaster Neuro, he expects the latter to make his own demands so they can meet in the middle. He's caught off guard when Neuro agrees to all of his demands and offers to send the prodigies back to their home world, since this is means the prodigies aren't the only otherworlders.
  • Everyone Can See It: His Ship Tease with Lyrule, the two had an instant connection and many are very supportive of the relationship.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's willing to use a fake religion to manipulate his people into accepting democracy, but he's disgusted at Princess Mayoi using mind control magic to get her people to peacefully accept Freyjagard's rule.
  • Foil: To Keine in terms of being unscrupulous heroes. Tsukasa gives off the impression of a ruthless and confident politician, but is secretly conflicted about some of his more extreme actions and acknowledges that he's limited in how he can save people. Keine initially appears to be a kindhearted doctor, but is capable of lobotomizing people without guilt and secretly has a god complex in wanting to make everyone perfectly healthy.
  • Freudian Excuse: Even when he was young, he knew of his father's political corruption, but turned a blind eye because he didn't want to betray his family. This lasted until his father had an entire airliner sabotaged and destroyed just to kill his former secretary, uncaring of all the unrelated victims. In response, Tsukasa exposed his father and was abandoned by his mother, leading to him fully committing to his utilitarian ideals.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He sees himself as the impostor among the prodigies, since he believes his actions as a politician are nothing more than him trying to fulfill his obligations and that his egalitarian goals won't save everyone.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: He's correct that Freyjagard is going to collapse on itself if the corrupt government isn't overthrown, but he comes off as hypocritical for having the prodigies pose as divine beings in order to convince people of democracy, making him no different from corrupt politicians who use falsehoods to guide public opinion.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Tsukasa has a surprising number of talents, including cooking, martial arts, leading, and nation building. Impressive for anyone, let alone a high schooler.
  • Kiss of Life: Lyrule gives him a few to feed him after he’s too weak to eat.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He has no illusions about his own righteousness in sacrificing others for the country, amassing nukes, and going to war with the empire. He also inwardly acknowledges that his egalitarianism is impossible, but feels compelled to implement a democracy in this world anyways, since he sees that revolution against the empire is inevitable no matter what he does.
  • The Leader: The Prime Minister of Japan and Leader of the Badass Crew of Prodigies. Despite Akatsuki being the nominal god of the Luminaries, Gustav is able to tell from Tsukasa's demeanor who's really in charge.
  • Living Lie Detector: He can spot subtle body language in others to tell if they're lying, such as when Marquis Conrad claims Gustav's emperor statue went missing when he was really trying to sell it and keep the profits for himself.
  • Mundane Utility: Tsukasa can see any mundane item around him and find a way for him or one of his friends to utilize for something great like bringing modern tools to a poor village or use them for something silly like making a bathhouse to boost morale.
  • The Needs of the Many:
    • He suggests abandoning Lyrule in order to avoid a war with Marquis Findolph that could result in casualties for the village, but goes along with the villagers in fighting the marquis because defeating the empire would be more beneficial to the people of the region in the long run. That said, he does feel guilt over this mindset, as shown when he blames himself for using Lyrule for his goals.
    • As a deconstruction, many of the issues that Tsukasa faces aren't easy to answer even with his utilitarian mindset, since there are unpredictable long-term consequences. Examples include both the issue of saving Lyrule and the issue of helping Yamato. In the latter case, abandoning Yamato might help Elm in the short run, but helping Yamato could help more people internationally in the long run. As a result, he is constantly facing sadistic choices.
  • The Nicknamer: He always refers to his friends by their traits rather than their name, such as referring Masato as Merchant and Ringo as Inventor.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Tsukasa exposed his father for the corrupt politician he was and got him sentenced to death for his crimes. Because of this, his mother abandoned him, and Tsukasa became very self-reliant.
  • Non-Answer: When Juno questions Tsukasa about his plans regarding Princess Kaguya, he avoids making any clear or detailed statements about what he plans to do. When Juno calls him out for this, Tsukasa states he wouldn't be a politician unless he was good at dodging questions.
  • Only Sane Man: Downplayed. Tsukasa lacks the eccentric personalities of his fellow Prodigies, which is probably why they follow his lead without question. However, Masato points out that his devotion to the needs of the masses over the few can be problematic in its own way.
  • Pragmatic Hero:
    • He acknowledges that building nukes is morally questionable and feels guilt over it, but believes this firepower is Necessarily Evil to act as a deterrent to the empire's Fire Fall, thus allowing the Republic of Elm to survive against rival powers.
    • Despite hating the empire for their injustices, Tsukasa knows that thanks to Mutually Assured Destruction, he has to make some concessions to them to avoid casualties.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: His hair was normal back when he was younger, but his father's scandals, his mother abandoning him, and the stress of his job made his hair turn silver.
  • Shadow Dictator: Downplayed. While he and the other Luminaries do most of the decision making for Republic of Elm and use a shady scam religion to drive public opinion, he does want the citizens to eventually be able to act without his input. When the republic faces the issue of whether or not to help the remnants of Yamato, Tsukasa tells the citizens to vote on the issue despite privately stating that the pro-Yamato side is the lesser of the two evils.
  • Ship Tease: Lots with Lyrule who appears to reciprocate to some degree.
    • Ringo is also someone Tsukasa gets some tease with but he doesn’t seem particularly interested outside of a close platonic friendship.
  • Shirtless Scene: Tsukasa has one of these, albeit a brief one, during the Pool Scene.
  • Shown Their Work: Tsukasa likes to let everyone know who worked on a project so they and others can be proud of their work or so the collective group can see what they can accomplish together.
  • So Proud of You: He's pleased when the people of Elm are willing to debate and vote over an issue rather than simply rely on his and the other Luminaries' input.
  • Stepford Smiler: No matter what personal misgivings he has with his political actions, he'll always appear as a calm and collected politician in front of everyone.
  • Storming the Castle: Leads a rebellion to save Lyrule from a corrupt Noble.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: It seems to be his skill as he is able to easily guess what the people around him will probably do. After Shinobu reported to him that Masato didn't sell the wares to the merchant due to the terrible pricing, Tsukasa assumed he is already thinking about making his own trading company called the "Elm Trading Company". Sure enough he was doing just that. This was also used later to get the other Lords to surrender, as they were shocked to see he was able to predict everything they planned to do during the battle and how to counter it.
  • Thicker Than Water: Deconstructed. He used to tolerate his father's corruption on the basis that family should stick together, but when his father had an entire airliner destroyed just to kill someone who might know too much about him, Tsukasa decides that his family ties aren't worth it if it means allowing his father to get away with his crimes.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Tsukasa is worried, he yells. When he gets really mad, he doesn't. He just becomes extremely quiet, very calm, and threatens to kill people.
  • Unwanted Harem: Most prominently, Lyrule certainly has feelings for him and Ringo is vying for his affections. Aoi and Keine also seem to be rather close but their level of affection is unknown.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's a decent fighter, but he's not on par with the empire's more trained swordsmen like Inzaghi. However, he knows how to use his surroundings to his advantage, as shown when he tricks Inzaghi into getting his sword stuck to the top of a door frame.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Deconstructed. He states that politicians are granted more power than the ordinary person, which means they must throw away all selfish desires for the sake of their people. However, this means his ideal of a politician is one who is willing to cast aside their loved ones for The Needs of the Many.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Tsukasa struggled against Inzaghi due to his hands being injured from working on the hot springs. He still manages to win by using the length of Inzaghi's sword against him.

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    Lyrule 

Lyrule

Voiced by: Yuki Kuwahara (Japanese), Cassandra Lee Morris (English)

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A young elf girl with great magic proficiency from Elm Village that aids the Prodigies, and the deuteragonist of the story. Tsukasa suspects her to be the reason the Prodigies arrived on Freyjagard.


  • All-Loving Hero: She doesn’t have a bad bone in her body and Lyrule will stand up to even Tsukasa if she thinks he’s punishing himself.
  • Clothing Damage: Inflicted by Marquis Findolph as punishment.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her Ship Tease with Tsukasa; the two had an instant connection and many are very supportive of the relationship.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed: Lyrule is confident in her ability to court Tsukasa but this doesn’t stop her from getting into a silly catfight with Ringo over Tsukasa.
  • Happily Adopted: Winona is her adoptive mother and they clearly love each other.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Lyrule is very curvy and beautiful, yet she is often subject to not realizing some of her actions are causing other to stare at her.
  • Kiss of Life: Gives this to the weakened Tsukasa so he can eat.
  • Light 'em Up: She realizes she can tap into powers of light among other abilities.
  • MacGuffin Super-Person: The entity that summoned the “Seven Lights” to their world seems to have gifted her with magic to aid them and sometimes uses her to communicate to them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lyrule is very beautiful and most of the fanservice is attributed to her.
  • Our Elves Are Different: She ticks off all the usual traits of the High Elf girl motif.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In the anime, Lyrule seems quite worried when she finds herself in an extremely revealing dress, though this could be more due to being captured in the castle of a known pervert away from her family and friends than due to the dress's nature.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She is EXTREMELY beautiful and everyone in her village makes sure to protect her from Lords who want to abduct her for it.
  • Split Personality: The Entity that summoned the Prodigies uses her as a medium to communicate with Tsukasa on rare occasions.
  • Virgin Power: The Divine Spirit pretty much is protecting her body from those who would do her harm in many ways.

    Masato Sanada 

Masato Sanada

Voiced by: Junji Majima (Japanese), Nicolas Roye (English)

"A life spent going along with the flow and letting yourself be used is worthless."

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World’s Best Businessman

One of the best businessmen in the world, Masato uses his knowledge and expertise to aid in rebuilding the economy of the Parallel World to be fairer for the peasant class.


  • All-Loving Hero: Subverted. While he is outwardly pleasant and many of his schemes are beneficial to the people of Elm, his motivations aren't as altruistic as Tsukasa's and the benevolent aspects of his practices are also pragmatic for maintaining his business interests.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Masato is quick to compliment the girls on their looks but is in more control of himself than other examples.
  • Ambiguously Evil: In the manga and light novel, he states that he and Tsukasa may eventually have to go their separate ways due to their differing philosophies. After the Goss currency exchange, he considers siding with Shenmei Li over Elm.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Unlike Tsukasa, Masato's motivation is more motivated out of self-interest than altruism. Even his more "heroic" methods such as reworking the Parallel World's economy to be less oppressive is more based on how he can benefit from it while his morality is less about right and wrong and more a preference for long term benefit over short term gains. Regardless, he is protective of his employees and despises crooked business tactics.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Man wounded before him, Masato takes the time to eye-bang Winona in a skimpy Leaf-Bikini instead. To his credit, he tries to focus on the emergency at hand.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He sides with Neuro in order to get home, even if it means agreeing to kill the other prodigies.
  • Freudian Excuse: Masato's father committed suicide because he was cornered by his business rivals. This explains Masato's ambition in becoming a powerful businessman and his vengeful streak whenever rival companies try to screw with him and his allies.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: After it looks like Elm might side with the remnants of Yamato, Masato leaves the group because their currents plans could pit them against Neuro, making it impossible to get home. He points out that he still has a responsibility to look after his employees on Earth and that the Luminaries are spending too much time managing Elm. Tsukasa admits Masato has a point and allows the latter to strike off on his own.
  • Likes Older Women: Happily admits this is his preference, going as far as to seriously flirt with Elch’s mom Winona.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Elm struggles to produce coins for the trade agreement due to Duke Heinrich von Rosenlink's schemes, Masato instead has the nation produce banknotes as their currency, since the trade contracts don't forbid it.
  • Pet the Dog: Although Masato defects from the Luminaries, he still values Roo as an employee. He takes Roo with him so that they can look for her parents and free them.
  • Power of Trust: He points out that trust is more important than money when it comes to doing business. Despite having fewer resources than the Neutzeland company, he takes down their monopoly because he takes their disgruntled clients' needs into consideration, making the clients prefer making deals with him than with the untrustworthy company.
  • Pragmatic Hero: After defeating Neutzeland, he strikes a deal with them to make them clean up their act and treat the villages better, despite earlier declaring his intent to destroy them. This is because Dormundt's economy cannot be supported by Elm Village alone.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Rosenlink kills several of his employees and injures Roo by hiring bandits, Masato swears revenge, which he makes good on by humiliating Rosenlink at the trade conference and convincing Neuro to execute him.
  • Ship Tease: A lot with Winona, never mind his in his late teens and she’s at least in her early Thirties.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: After the Republic of Elm is formed, he only gives minimal advice to Elch and Roo about managing the economy and surviving against the other countries' economic schemes. He knows exactly what kind of traps the other countries are setting, but wants his proteges to figure out how to win without his help. He only steps in when the other trading figures hire bandits to kill them, since it's clear they're in over their heads.
  • The Social Expert: Not only is he good at figuring out what people want, he can keep track of thirty conversations at once.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Played with. While his methods aren't as extreme as Keine's, he's the least altruistic of the prodigies and is willing to side with Neuro to get home.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By forming the Elm Trading Company, he caused Marquis Findolph to take notice of the village and attack it. While Masato only used legal methods, Findolph doesn't care because he hates the idea of commoners standing out.

    Ringo Ōhoshi 

Ringo Ōhoshi

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)
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World’s Greatest Inventor

A genius nuclear physicist and top notch technical inventor, but she is a bit of a shy recluse.


  • A-Cup Angst: Admits to the other girls that she's envious of their more developed figures.
  • Abusive Parents: Using genetic splicing, her mother created her as a natural genius simply for the glory of it. Then, after Ringo's own accomplishments began to overshadow her own, her mother's jealousy grew until she called her a monster and and abandoned her.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Ringo’s feelings for Tsukasa are clear, but he appears to either be too busy to think about love, or he just sees her as a little sister.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Ringo has romantic feelings for Tsukasa because after her mother abused her, he was the one person who not only was kind to her, but also made her love working on her engineering again.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Ringo has strong feelings for Tsukasa, but she cannot even bear to look at him without blushing.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was created as a Designer Baby by her creator/mother. However, her inventions eventually overshadowed her mother's, causing the latter to become jealous and abusive. This caused Ringo to become despondent until Tsukasa reignited her love of tinkering.
    • It's so bad she outright states she "doesn't remember" the two years of her life when she was being abused, having blocked them out.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's the world's greatest inventor, so this comes with the territory.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She can see the massive chemistry between Tsukasa and Lyrule and she’s not happy about it.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Ringo’s affections for Tsukasa appear to be going nowhere, due to both her inability to speak up to him and him not seeing her as anything more than a friend.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother left her to live on her own because Ringo had overshadowed her completely.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Ringo is extremely embarrassed whenever she has to appear in a revealing outfit. Particularly shown during the Pool Scene, where, despite coming of her own volition, Ringo can barely say one line during the whole scene.
  • Ship Tease: With Tsukasa.
  • Stranded with Edison: With enough raw materials, she's able to build pretty much anything from scratch. From a small nuclear reactor to a bath house, to guided missile launchers, drones, railguns, and even a nuclear-tipped ICBM!

    Aoi Ichijō 

Aoi Ichijō

Voiced by: Sayaka Kaneko (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)

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World’s Strongest Swordswoman

Aoi Ichijō is a master fencer and a member of the Seven Prodigies.


  • Battle Aura: Aoi bleeds this when she’s ready for a fight…this is actually bad when she tried to help in hunting and caused the entire forest to run in terror.
  • The Big Guy: She's physically the strongest of the prodigies and is the go-to muscle. Crosses into Deconstructed Character Archetype territory since Aoi feels useless for not having any skill in diplomacy and support while the others do.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She can run side by side with a speeding missile...and keep up.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She admits she can't do much other than wielding a sword, but she's far from Dumb Muscle. In order to avoid being flanked by enemy reinforcements in the Yamato region, she carved up the wooden floor ahead of time so that the reinforcements would fall through it into a basement room.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: She is the world’s greatest swordswoman, and that's all she's good for. She also can't use her full physical strength without a supernatural sword, since normal ones can't withstand her powerful swings. She's aware of this and even calls herself out for being useless.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Of the Prodigies, Aoi is the only one to start the story with supernatural powers, since she wields a sword empowered by the hatred of its smith. This causes problems for her, since she's so naturally powerful that she can't wield a regular sword without breaking it with her full strength.
  • Godiva Hair: Her hair acts as this during the bathing scene with Akatsuki and Roo.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Aoi sees Tsukasa as being as close as a brother to her, so she doesn’t see a problem with being naked in front of him.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Swears by this trope.
  • Made of Iron: She could slam her bare feet into stone without any wounds.
  • Master Swordsman: As she is... the strongest swordswoman in the world.
  • Mundane Utility: Because Aoi suffers from Crippling Overspecialization, she was reduced to using her swordsmanship for cutting wood…lots and lots of wood. She also is forced to use her skills for a “Saw the Magician in Half” trick during Prince’s shows.
  • One of the Guys: Aoi is strong and skilled, so she was better suited to aid the men of the village than the women.
  • The Power of Hate: Volume 4 reveals that her original sword, Hoozukimaru, was empowered by the vengeful hatred of its smith, whose family was killed by robbers. Unfortunately, this means Ringo cannot create a replica to match its power, even with the best materials available.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her kimono is purple and as already pointed out, the strongest swordswoman in the world.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Her sword is broken during the prodigies' battle with Gustav, forcing her to use a weaker replica.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Averted; Aoi looks like this and would like to be this, but she’s aware she doesn’t have the skills to be this.

    Keine Kanzaki 

Keine Kanzaki

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)

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World's Most Skilled Doctor

  • Affably Evil: She's one of the most morally gray members of the group, since she's willing to lobotomize corrupt doctors and break commonly accepted ethics. However, she's genuinely pleased when she's able to save people with her medical skills.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She gives advice on love and other such topics to Ringo and Lyrule who are far less mature than her.
  • Combat Medic: She takes out all of Count Celenteus's guards by throwing tranq darts at them.
  • Cute But Psycho:
    • Keine is beautiful, gorgeous even, but her looks hide a psychotic mind. She despises how easily the human body succumbs to sickness and curses God for creating weak beings while declaring her desire to kill God.
    • At one-point Keine advises Ringo to drug Tsukasa so she can date rape him.
    • She lobotomizes Count Celenteus, with a saw, in order to reform him into an honest doctor.
  • Evil Laugh: Sports these when lobotomizing Count Celentus.
  • Foil: To Tsukasa in terms of being unscrupulous heroes. Tsukasa gives off the impression of a ruthless and confident politician, but is secretly conflicted about some of his more extreme actions and acknowledges that he's limited in how he can save people. Keine initially appears to be a kindhearted doctor, but is capable of lobotomizing people without guilt and secretly has a god complex in wanting to make everyone perfectly healthy.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She might be an excellent doctor willing to help almost anyone, but some of her methods are downright scary.
  • Hospital Hottie: A voluptuous young doctor.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Sees no issues being nearly naked in front of Tsukasa and Akatsuki, but Keine has reservations with other men.
  • Knight Templar: She believes everyone should live healthy and upright lives, but she can be very ruthless in achieving this ideal, as shown when she lobotomizes Count Celenteus without hesitation. This is in contrast to Tsukasa, who also performs morally questionable actions but is sometimes conflicted about his choices.
    Keine: "I can save far more lives than ethics ever will."
  • Nay-Theist: She outright admits to hating God due to having created humans with such weak bodies.
  • Organ Theft: She's willing to take organs from dead soldiers in order to save living ones who are in critical condition.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Forcibly lobotomizes Count Celentus, changing his personality. Of course, it's hard to feel TOO sorry for Celentus seeing as how he was an opium dealer on the side and was willing to poison sick people just to smear the name of the Seven Lights Faith.
  • Token Evil Teammate: As the other tropes under her name point out, she's the most morally grey out of the seven prodigies. Played with, since while she uses more ruthless methods than Masato, she's driven by an altruistic goal, which is likely why she stays aligned with Tsukasa despite Neuro's offer to help the prodigies return home.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: She may be one of the Heroes, but her methods and actions were quite questionable to say the least. From giving Ringo a drug to put Tsukasa to sleep and attempting to rape him to even lobotomizing a doctor.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Has purple eyes, which represent her uniqueness.

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    Shinobu Sarutobi 

Shinobu Sarutobi

Voiced by: Natsumi Hioka (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

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World's Best Journalist. And a Ninja.

  • Boobs of Steel: She’s more endowed than Aoi and is the most skilled fighter after her being trained in ninjutsu but comes up short when compared to Keine.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Shinobu gets easily drunk, but sobers up rather quickly.
  • Cheery Pink: Has pink hair and is spunky and friendly.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She thought Gustav would take more time to properly mobilize his troops and wait for winter to pass before attacking Findolph. She didn't realize he was crazy enough to attack them under suboptimal conditions.
  • Genre Savvy: When Jeanne wonders if they got Gustav, Shinobu immediately replies with "oh don't say that".
  • Idiot Hair: Shinobu has a cowlick. This isn't used much in the manga, but in the anime, it flips around wildly whenever Shinobu feels playful, which is the subject of many camera shots.
  • Modesty Shorts: She wears black biker shorts underneath her uniform.
  • Number Two: Shinobu pretty much serves as Tsukasa’s “Go To” girl.
  • Punny Name: Shinobu translates to stealth and is sometimes used in place of ninja.
  • Save the Villain: In the light novel and the manga adaptation, but not the anime, she attempts to evacuate as many of the Blue Brigade soldiers as she can when Gustav resurfaces and attacks them.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Shinobu is hot and knows it, and she’s not above using her looks to infiltrate, coerce, and manipulate others.
  • Ship Tease: Elch appears to have a crush on her, and being The Tease, she playfully reciprocates.
  • Show Some Leg: Shinobu wears a sexy waitress outfit during an infiltration mission to get a guard to reveal the local state of affairs.
  • The Tease: As stated above, Shinobu is well aware that she is hot and isn’t afraid to use those for her benefit.
  • Training from Hell: As a child, she had to survive deadly traps at home as part of her ninja training.
  • Verbal Tic: She will often say "nin nin".

    Prince Akatsuki 

Prince Akatsuki

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)

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World's Greatest Magician

Prince Akatsuki, a talented stage magician and prestidigitator, if not the most talented, in the world.


  • Butt-Monkey:
    • His TV director has a habit of engineering high-budget pranks to scare him.
    • Since he's forced to be the leader of the group on paper, he has to always stay close to Aoi, the main fighter of the group, for his own protection. This means he's forced to bathe with her and the rest of the girls, among other ecchi situations, which he isn't mentally prepared for.
  • Cowardly Lion: Of the group, he's the most frightened about their situation, but always comes through for them when they need his stage magic. He also finds the courage to continue Elm's elections despite how panicked everyone is over the assassination of Tetra.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Prince is constantly mistaken for a young girl; even Lyrule, who had to bathe his unconscious body, didn’t notice he was a boy. According to the light novel, Tsukasa is the only one who got his gender right on the first try.
  • Drama Queen: Prince is constantly freaking out or playing up the moment during one of his shows, makes sense as Prince is a showman by career.
  • God Guise: He pretends to be a god using his stage magic, all as a gambit to get the masses to listen to the Prodigies. Due to his anxiety, he's not too happy with this role.
  • Height Angst: He has a complex over being short and scrawny for his age.
  • Irony: You’d think the world's greatest magician being summoned to a parallel world of sorcery and fantasy would be having the time of his life, but you’d be wrong. Prince refuses to believe for a long time what has happened to him and thinks he's being pranked.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: His tricks are basically indistinguishable from real magic. He can do things like fly, detach his head, and make entire buildings disappear.
  • Mundane Utility: Averted; given he’s a magician and can create illusions that actual sorcerers cannot explain, Prince is forced to use his tricks to make the oppressed populace believe he is a God incarnate much to his displeasure.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being a Puppet King, he can make tough decisions when Tsukasa isn't around. This is shown during the Elm election, which got thrown into turmoil because of political assassination. Akatsuki technically has the authority to suspend the election, but instead chooses to let the election continue and try to calm the public unrest. He admits the situation is dire now, but he also doesn't want to set a precedent that could allow future rulers to cancel elections that are inconvenient to them.
  • This Cannot Be!: Unlike the other Prodigies, at first he has a hard time accepting they've been transported to another world, stubbornly insisting it's some kind of elaborate prank or show.

Republic of Elm

The village that rescues the Prodigies and becomes the base of their operations for making their world better. After they conquer several territories from Freyjagard, they become their own country under a republican form of government.

    Winona 

Winona

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Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Tara Sands (English)

One of Elm Village’s leaders and rescuers of the Prodigies.


  • Boobs of Steel: Aoi claims Winona is close to her equal in blade skill and she rivals Lyrule in the cup-size.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Winona is a Buman (Beast Human), in the form of a Wolf-Woman.
  • Mom Looks Like a Sister: She’s immediately noted for looking very young despite being the mother of an older teen and hinted to be in her early to mid-thirties.
    • Justified, as in eras like her world, woman married much younger so Winona could be as young as her late-twenties.
  • Mama Bear: When Lyrule is kidnapped by Marquis Findolf, Winona leads the charge when the prodigies and Elm Village launch an assault on his castle despite knowing the consequences of doing so, killing several of the castle guards in close combat.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Winona is a shapely woman and is not afraid to be seen by others.
  • Ship Tease: As a widow, believe it or not, Winona is more than okay with the shiptease with Masato.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wields a pair of hand sickles as her primary weapon.
  • The Tease: Winona looks ridiculously youthful for a mother of a teen and is okay with flirting with a young man similar in age to her son.

    Elch 

Elch

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Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Billy Kametz (English)

Winona's son and Elm Village’s Chief Financial Leader.


  • Forgiveness: He forgives the villagers of Coconono for trying to eat him and Shinobu, since they were forced into poverty and starvation by Gustav.
  • Friendly Sniper: He's the best archer in the village and makes good use of the high quality bows and arrows made by Ringo.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: After arresting Einzgarm, he discusses this trope, stating that as someone on the election steering committee, he wields a lot of authority. He fears that this authority could go to his head and that he could become corrupt, though Archride tells him that as long as he remembers this fear, he won't become like Einzgarm.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Elch is a Buman (Beast Human), in the form of a Wolf-Man
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is not happy with the Prodigies at first and is slightly hostile to them. However, Winona reveals it’s because he’s worried what extra mouths and a party will do to the very limited finances of the village, and he becomes more accepting of the Prodigies after they help the village. Despite being one of those extra mouths, Masato compliments Elch on his pragmatic mindset, which is why he wants to train Elch into becoming the republic's Vice Minister of Finance.
  • Ship Tease: With Shinobu, being The Tease, she gladly reciprocates.

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    Roo 

Roo

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Voiced by: Chinami Hashimoto

A young cat Buman that Masato finds and adopts as his disciple. Due to almost becoming a slave, she’s obsessed with money so she can never be vulnerable again.


  • The Baby of the Bunch: She’s much younger than the rest of the cast being below 10 years old.
  • Cat Girl: Being a cat Buman, she looks mostly human but with cat ears and a tail.
  • Good with Numbers: Zigzagged. She has difficulty wrapping her head around multiplication tables until she starts thinking of multiplication in terms of money. Once she starts thinking this way, she can instantly perform long multiplication in her head. This causes her difficulty with division because the operation results in less money.
  • Happily Adopted: Masato has all but adopted Roo and she’s a dutiful daughter/student to him.
  • Money Fetish: Masato admits that she loves money more than he does.
  • Out-Gambitted: When the nation struggle to produce their own coins due to Freyjagard, Azure Kingdom, and Lakan Archipelago buying up all the gold, she proposes a plan to trick the Azure Kingdom into believing that Freyjagard is planning on selling the gold early, all in the hopes that the Azure Kingdom will sell first. This fails because Freyjagard's imperial mint director, Rosenlink, already anticipated this scenario. When Elm purchases gold from Azure, Rosenlink hires pirates to attack the ship carrying the contract.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mayonnaise. She can be seen gorging herself on the stuff and openly states its her second favorite thing next to money.

    Jeanne du Leblanc 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)
The Imperial Silver Knight, captain of the Count Blumheart's forces and secretly a member of the Blue Brigade. She joins the Republic of Elm after she learns of the Blue Brigade's corruption.
  • Defector from Decadence: She leaves the Blue Brigade with Shinobu after she learns that they are no better than the empire she's fighting against.
  • Double Agent: She serves the empire that is responsible for the oppression going on in the country, but is also a member of a rebellion group that seeks to undo said oppression.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: So far she's the first major Empire commander to join the Prodigies.
  • I Owe You My Life: She was once a commoner whose parents were killed by a marquis, who proceeded to attempt to rape her. Fortunately, Blumheart saved her, causing her to become loyal to him and support his ideals.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Beautiful, knightly, hell she's named after the Trope Namer herself. Too bad the army she's leading are filled with sadistic hedonists who have no problems with whipping a child to death.
  • Likes Older Men: She has a crush on Captain Bernard, who is old enough to be her father.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: She receives this speech after the higher ups order for her death, as they plan to return to the Empire and don't actually believe in freedom for all.
  • Whip It Good: Her favored weapon, though she also carries a sword.

    Juno 
An accountant who becomes the leader of the Reform Party.
  • Did Not See That Coming:
    • She didn't expect that the public would be gullible enough to fall for Duke Glaux's appealing but meaningless slogans. She didn't realize that in an election, the ability to stoke the crowd's passions can be more effective than logical arguments. Her party only regains momentum when a little girl, Sara, recounts the horrors of war in front of the crowd to draw their passions back to the anti-war side.
    • She also failed to realize that the Freyjagard Empire has no intention of honoring the peace treaty from the start, and only wised up to this after learning that the Bluebloods secretly supported Einzgarm in order to start a war.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: Played with. She wants to avoid any actions that could restart hostilities between Elm and Freyjagard, since that could lead to mass civilian casualties. Tsukasa notes that her views are short-sighted, since abandoning those oppressed by the empire means normalizing the empire's oppressive ideology rather than their democratic ideology in the international stage. However, she does bring up good points about the costs of war and reparations to the people they're supposed to be liberating.

    Tetra 
A former vigilante who becomes the leader of the Principles Party.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite being more militant in her political position and rhetoric, she doesn't approve of assassinating political opponents.
  • Freudian Excuse: She suffered under Duke Gustav's tyranny, which explains her desire to use military force to depose all tyrants.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: She starts to doubt her position after Sara reminds her of the consequences of war. When she discovers that Glaux wants to assassinate Juno and objects to his plan, he shoots her dead. Subverted when it turns out Keine saved her, allowing her to testify against Glaux.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Glaux shoots her in the chest, his butler stabs her in the back of her neck, and her body isn't discovered by anyone for nearly 48 hours. Keine still resuscitates her enough that she can testify against Glaux and continue her political career. She wasn't hit in the heart, making her survival slightly more believable, but not by much.
  • Principles Zealot: She believes that in order to be ideologically consistent, the Republic of Elm must go to any lengths to intervene in international affairs to turn other nations democratic. Juno points out that this plan is self-defeating because not only would there be massive civilian casualties, Elm's coffers would be too depleted by the war to provide for the people they're supposed to save.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Her pro-war agenda against the Freyjagard Empire is being exploited by Glaux and other members of her party, who want to exploit her charisma to gain power and trick the people into supporting their own selfish projects.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to have Elm spread democracy around the world by force.

    Duke Glaux Einzgarm 
A former Freyjagard noble who backs Tetra's Principles Party.
  • Evil Versus Evil: He once lost a political power struggle against Archduke Weltenbruger and is still bitter about it, though that doesn't stop him from collaborating with a theatre troupe associated with his rival.
  • Failed a Spot Check: While he's normally good at covering his tracks and manipulating others, he neglects to be more thorough in making sure Tetra is dead, allowing Keine to save the latter. He would have evaded arrest otherwise, since all other pieces of evidence except for Tetra's testimony are circumstantial.
  • Loan Shark: He has one of the Reform Party candidates, Pommel, in his debt and plans to use that to force Pommel to assassinate Juno. After he kills Tetra, he instead forces Pommel to take the fall so that the Reform Party will lose face.
  • Loophole Abuse: In order to get around campaign finance laws, he has his supporters in the Freyjagard Bluebloods simply buy up his outstanding credits from his Loan Shark business.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His political experience means he's aware that people will not be swayed by logic alone. He appeals to the citizens' anger over Freyjagard's atrocities to get them onboard with Tetra's pro-war policies. When the Reform party is framed for being behind the assassination of Tetra, Einzgram feigns sympathy towards their situation and offers to let Juno join the party, all to turn her into a pawn too.
  • The Mole: In the event that the Principles party holds a supermajority of seats, he plans on starting a war with Freyjagard and selling out Elm's strategy, all so he can reclaim his place in Freyjagard's aristocracy. He already made deals with Freyjagard aristocrats in order to advance this plan.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He supports Tetra's pro-war stance not because he cares about helping Freyjagard's victims, but because he wants to gain political power and fatten his own pockets.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He gloats about his plans to cut off the orphanages' funding and sell the children to slavery in other countries. He also used his Loan Shark business to kidnap Pommel's wife and kids in order to force him to take the fall for Tetra's assassination.

Freyjagard Empire

     Marquis Edwart von Findolph 
Voiced by: Chafurin
The former leader of Findolph before the main characters lead a revolution to his downfall.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Marquis Findolph is perpetually depicted barefoot due to his small usual wardrobe.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the anime, Findolph frequently exhibits behaviors intended to invoke various other behaviors, such as wiggling his fingers when sexually excited.
  • Evil Is Petty: He orders his soldiers to burn Elm Village after the villagers were able to get rich thanks to the Prodigies. Later after he gets hit by a Power Incontinence from Lyrule when he tries to have his way with her, he orders to have her suffer.
  • Fan Disservice: He wears only an open coat and a pair of trousers, displaying most of his body, which is fairly ugly.
  • Fat Bastard: He's overweight and a disgusting pervert who lusts after young women.
  • Gold Tooth: He has a mouth full of them.
  • Gonk: A prime example of this. The anime zooms in on his face and other parts frequently to emphasize this.
  • Licking the Blade: Findolph does this before inflicting Clothing Damage on an unconscious Lyrule, though he only licks the sides of the knife and not the blade to avoid damaging himself.
  • The Hedonist: Regularly takes any women off the streets of his city for his sexual pleasure.
  • Starter Villain: Was the first villain the Prodigies took down.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When he believes he is about to be killed, he offers Tsukasa anything he wants to spare him.
  • You're Insane!: What he says to Tsukasa when Tsukasa states they will destroy the Empire.

    Duke Oslo El Gustav 
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Voiced by: Joji Nakata
A powerful mage and devoted follower to the the Emperor.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Fire Fall can be seen as this. It is a powerful Lance that can cause a lot of damage. However it takes a very long time to make even one of these lances so he can't just constantly throw them out. Also if he takes direct control any damage to Fire Fall will reflect right back at him. Lastly the fire can be put out immediately if the Lance is destroyed.
  • Ax-Crazy: He becomes violent and delirious at any perceived affront to the emperor. When he learns that his troops are waiting for a more strategic opportunity before attacking Findolph, Gustav freaks out, bashes his head against the emperor's statue several times, and immediately uses his Fire Fall to burn Findolph to the ground despite his army not being mobilized. He's so insane that he's willing to ignore sound strategy in order to satisfy his violent impulses, which is why the Seven Lights were nearly caught off guard by his sudden and reckless attack.
  • Bad Boss: He threatens to kill his nobles when they protest his orders to attack the rebels now despite being Winter time and the army lacks winter gear.
  • The Caligula: He was clearly made a lord because of his magical power over any leadership skills. He forced his citizens to "always be clean" which meant they could no longer work in the farmland which was their main source of income. They had to hand over so much money that they had to resort to cannibalism to fend off starvation so he could make one giant golden statue then immediately ordered to get even more funds to make four more, when told many of his people could die he just proclaims it is fine as the "Lowborns prove loyalty to their majesty by dying for him." Lastly before waiting till the end of winter to send his troops to reclaim Findolph, he sends them out immediately despite the harsh weather and repeatedly slams his head into a statue to beg for forgiveness to the Emperor for allowing them to "trample over his name for over a month". If not for his Fire Fall attack, a rebellion would have removed him long ago. And they do once he no longer has Fire Fall.
  • Came Back Strong: After somehow surviving and getting some jewel into his chest, he became powerful enough to engulf an entire castle in fire and create several Fire Falls in an instant.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Subverted. Despite Gustav being the only mage known to be able to create Fire Fall, the leader of the Blue Brigade didn't realize he was the masked figure that also could make them.
  • Evil Former Friend: He used to support Count Blumheart, but eventually rejected his friend's egalitarianism in favor of the empire's darwinism. In response, Blumheart organized the Blue Brigade to oppose Gustav.
  • Fallen Hero: In the manga and light novel, he used to believe in the same ideals as Blumheart, but became cynical because he couldn't save all his people and eventually subscribed to the emperor's darwinism.
    Jeanne: "A nation's foundation is its people. Without them, it's nothing. Any noble who dares tyrannize them is the true traitor. As I understand, Duke Gustav, you yourself once said those very words."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It appears that even the other lords really did not like Gustav. He once had a friend, Count Blumheart, but he banished the latter for criticizing his disregard for the commoners' well-beings, leading to Blumheart organizing the Blue Brigade to overthrow him. One of the commanders comments how he has no leadership skills and General Neuro stated that he has no hard feelings to the Blue Brigade for overthrowing him despite how loyal he was to the Emperor. Though the last one could have been a trick as Neuro then has a masked mage help out the Blue Brigade, only for said mage to turn out to be Gustav himself.
  • General Failure: Despite being a powerful warrior, he's also a terrible general. He orders his army to attack the Seven-Light Faith now during winter against the advice of his nobles who wanted to attack during Spring. This forced his army to attack the rebels without winter gear which the well armed and prepared Seven-Light forces were able to defeat the Invaders.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: In Gustav's territory, all townsfolk must smile in the presence of their Imperial overlords at all times, even mothers watching their children be beaten and whipped for not being clean enough.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He fully believes mankind are weak and selfish creatures that can only exist by serving the strong.
  • Hypocrite: His loyalty to the Emperor is superficial in that he cares more about building statues and making his territory look good on the outside than managing the territory in a sustainable way to benefit the empire.
  • Irony: The Empire is Atheistic, but he seems to act as if the Emperor is God.
  • Kill It with Fire: He is a powerful fire mage and created a Lance called Fire Fall which Tsukasa equates to an Incinerate Bomb, which he can directly control.
  • Kill the Poor: He views that the only way for peasants to prove their loyalty to the Emperor is by dying for him in various ways, and due to his cleanliness laws which prevents the people from actually doing any farming, Gustav claims that it's acceptable to have the residents of the towns and villages he rules over to slowly succumb to cannibalism in order to survive.
  • Knight Templar: He sees Emperor Lindworm as a strongman who is necessary to subjugate the wicked and unworthy masses, and believes anything he does to support the Emperor is just.
  • Magic Knight: During his battle with Shinobu and Jeanne, he proves to be skilled with both swordplay and magic, managing to parry and counter Jeanne easily while being blinded.
  • Never Found the Body: After Shinobu and Jeanne defeat him, he burns down the entire tower they're in. Shinobu believes he's still alive both because of this trope and because he never gave off the impression of someone accepting his death.
  • The Peter Principle: Several characters note he was one of the Empire's best warriors, thanks to his magical ability and zeal, and he was given a kingdom to rule because of it. However, he's a completely incompetent lord whose people can barely feed themselves thanks to his unfair policies (not that he gives a damn about their welfare).
  • Psycho Supporter: To the Emperor, where he will starve his people or cause genocide if he believes it will satisfy him.
  • Rasputinian Death: It takes a lot to kill this guy. He survives having his arms cut off, his tower falling in on him, a direct hit from a goddamn nuke, attacked by both Shinobu and Aoi, and shot at. It takes breaking the crystal in his chest to finally take him down, and even then he still had enough life in him to try a Break Them by Talking on Tsukasa before crumbling away. Tsukasa even states no human should be that durable.
  • Serious Business: He takes any slight against the empire, real or perceived, no matter how small, as crime punishable by death as he sees it as an a front to the Emperor.
  • Slave Mooks: His flame magic can forcibly convert people into flaming zombies that serve his will, all while keeping them aware of their pain.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Some translations include an "e" in his last name while others, such as Yen Press's translation, don't.
  • Stupid Evil: His beautification and cleanliness laws not only cost the citizens heavily, they also cause any farmwork to be banned because such work will sully the citizens' clothes. Despite that, he doesn't seem to care that these policies will destroy his region's economy.
  • Super OCD: From how much Gustav wants everything to be perfect, completely ignoring any harm it my cause, suggests he suffers from this.
  • Super Senses: During his fight with Shinobu and Jeanne, he can sense their positions with heat, allowing him to No-Sell a flash grenade.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Post-resurrection, he tells Count Conrad that he can understand the Azure Brigade's betrayal and usurping his kingdom. But destroying his golden statue of the Emperor so they can smelt it down and sell it? Oh, they'll burn for that!
  • Villain Has a Point: Upon meeting Tsukasa, he can tell that the latter isn't really as confident in his political ideology as he appears and notes that his goals will eventually backfire.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Where Findolph was just a fat pervert, Gustav shows the Prodigies what they are really up against if they face The Empire in a war. His Fire Fall spell means he can wipe a city off the map, meaning the Prodigies need similar firepower to act as a deterrent.
  • You Remind Me of X: In the manga and light novel, he states that Tsukasa is similar to his past self and Count Blumheart in trying to save all people despite being powerless to do so.

    Emperor Lindworm 
The emperor of Freyjagard.
  • The Coup: Although he's of the imperial family, he wasn't the first in line for the throne. He actually overthrew the previous emperor with the help of the Grandmasters.
  • The Faceless: He has yet to make a physical appearance. Even the statue Gustav made of him we never see a view of his face.
  • Meaningful Name: His name sounds draconic and the legend of the Seven Heroes features an evil dragon as their nemesis. He's the evil emperor who is the main antagonist to the seven prodigies. This seems to run in the family, since one of his ancestors is named Fafnir.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He has yet to be seen in the main series, appearing to allow his subordinates take care of the Prodigies.
  • Puppet King: Of the two factions, he favors the Grandmasters and lets them enact their own agenda without question.
  • Red Herring: Neuro states that his true master is actually a godlike being rather than Emperor Lindworm, implying the evil dragon from the prophecy of the Seven Heroes is someone else.
  • The Social Darwinist: His philosophy is that higher-ranking people in society dominate those who are lower, and can take their lives as they please.

    Grandmaster Neuro ul Levias 
One of the highest ranking nobles in the empire.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Neuro states the Grandmasters only pretend to serve Emperor Lindworm and are using him to revive their true master.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Grandmasters are apparently competing with other imperial factions for political power.
  • Fantastic Racism: Neuro looks down on the civilizations of this fantasy world for being primitive compared to his own and goes as far as to call everyone apes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts understanding towards the Blue Brigade's betrayal of Gustav and seems to accept an alliance with them, only to trick them into accepting a revived Gustav into their ranks, which is basically a death sentence. He maintains this politeness in order to tempt the Seven Luminaries into returning to their world.
  • Foreshadowing: He agrees to all of Tsukasa's demands at their negotiation, despite how one-sided these demands are. This surprises Tsukasa, who expected Neuro to argue for a more moderate treaty. This is a hint that he's not truly loyal to Freyjagard.
  • The Hedonist: He claims his only goal is to live comfortably as a noble and sees the Seven Luminaries as obstacles to that goal.
  • Mask of Sanity: In contrast to Gustav, who wears his murderous insanity on his sleeve, Neuro is capable of acting calm and polite despite having murderous intent. When he first meets the prodigies, he asks if they can bleed with a sinister smile on his face. His mask only slips when he rants about his true godlike master with an insane smile on his face, right before having Rosenlink and his allies eaten by shadow beasts.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He requests Akatsuki to perform a magic trick and acts surprised when the latter makes the coin disappear, but this is actually a ruse to confirm that the Prodigies don't come from a magic-focused world.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He has no choice but to negotiate with the Republic of Elm and make concessions, due to both sides having enough destructive power for Mutually Assured Destruction. He states that if they continued the war, the empire would face war costs of over 10 million gold. He also agrees to Masato's request to execute Duke Heinrich von Rosenlink, mainly because Rosenlink was a thorn in his side to begin with.
  • Trapped in Another World: Averted. While he claims to be from another world, he apparently has the power to visit other worlds as he pleases and offers to send the Seven Luminaries back to their world.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Subverted. At first, he's rattled when Tsukasa refuses to play along his guilt-tripping over the casualties of Elm's revolution. Then he suddenly agrees to all of Tsukasa's conditions, mentions that he knows about nuclear weaponry and the other worlds, and tries to tempt the Prodigies into returning to their homeworld. Despite Tsukasa refusing his offer, Neuro doesn't seem disturbed at all.

    The Bluebloods 
An alliance of nobles that opposes the Grandmaster faction. They're led by Archduke Lucius von Weltenbruger.
  • Anti-Magic: They use a group of mages to prevent Neuro from using any spirit magic, allowing them to simply rush Neuro with their army. This fails when Masato brings in a group of armed gunmen to shoot all of their soldiers.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: They are very proud of their noble blood, to the point where they believe negotiating with commoners or rebels is beneath them and believe all their acts of malice against commoners are justified. Rosenlink in particular enjoys forcing his maid to humiliate herself for his own amusement.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Duke Heinrich von Rosenlink made a secret agreement with the Azure Kingdom and the Lakan Archipelago to buy up all the gold, preventing Elm from buy the gold to mint their coins. He also kept tabs on Azure because he knew that they were the most likely to break this agreement and sell gold to Elm, allowing him to have Elm's ship with the contract destroyed. He's only caught off guard by Masato's plan to use fabric bills instead, which circumvents the gold shortage.
  • Evil Versus Evil: They despise the Grandmasters for threatening their influence in the empire. They're willing to work with Einzgarm to start a war between Elm and Freyjagard, and then blame the Grandmasters for letting it happen.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: They have a point that Neuro gave the Luminaries too much ground in their negotiations, since even Tsukasa thought there was room for more compromise in favor of the empire.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Although they engage in Stupid Evil actions against the Luminaries and the Grandmasters, they didn't support the war with Yamato back then because that land didn't have much resources and it would be difficult to deal with resistance groups.
  • The Starscream: They want to depose the current emperor so that Archduke Lucius von Weltenbruger, who is related to the imperial family, can take the throne instead.
  • Stupid Evil: Not to the same extent as Gustav, but they're too caught up in their classist views to compromise with Elm, despite the latter country's nukes. They'll even go as far as to assassinate the Seven Luminaries in plain view, after Grandmaster Neuro already signed a peace treaty with them. When Rosenlink is unable to prevent Elm from issuing their new currency, he decides to opt out of the Goss trade out of pride, not realizing that doing so is foolish because the other countries already recognized the validity of the new currency.

    Nio Harvey 
An imperial exchange student who visits Elm as part of the two countries' truce.
  • Ambiguously Evil: On one hand, he seems genuinely interested in learning Tsukasa's political philosophy, is well-mannered throughout his visit, and claims that even if he fell into poverty, he wouldn't resort to thievery. On the other hand, he claims to support the status quo in Freyjagard. He also reported a lot of critical information to Neuro, such as the falling out between Tsukasa and Masato, but that wasn't intentional, since he was hexed by Neuro so that the latter can tap into his senses at any time.

    Jade von Saint-Germain 
The administrator of the Yamato Dominion.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In the manga, Shishi manages to retrieve him and Mayoi from the burning castle. However, it's unknown if he's carrying their living or dead bodies.
  • Bad Boss: When the Yamato troops fail to capture the Luminaries, he blames Mayoi and beats her up. He then cuts off her ear so he can frame the Republic of Elm for attempted assassination.
  • Bastard Bastard: He's the child of a noble and a commoner mistress, and grew up abused by the rest of his family for it. As a result, he'll commit any atrocity to get on top, including manipulating and abusing Mayoi to help him take over Yamato.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He acts like a caring boyfriend and a reasonable diplomat, but once Mayoi reveals the truth behind the brainwashed citizens of Yamato and ruins negotiations, Jade reveals his true sadistic and ambitious nature. After the Luminaries escape, he beats up Mayoi for failing him and cuts off her ear as part of his plan to jump ship to the Bluebloods faction.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Downplayed. He doesn't regret acting on his evil ambitions, but he chooses to die alongside Mayoi after realizing that she is likely the only person to care about him and he even seems to regret his abuse of her. He also knows that even if he escaped, he'd be a dead man walking for failing Freyjagard, so he might as well die on his own terms.
  • General Failure: While most leaders fail miserably to overcome Tsukasa's tactics, Jade makes blunders that could have been avoided if he listened to Shishi. On the other hand, he believes that he'd be at a disadvantage even if he listened to Shishi, simply because Tsukasa plans for all possibilities. One of his worst blunders is that he fell for the Luminaries' fake nuke and sent his soldiers to attack it, despite how the Luminaries wouldn't be able to fire that nuke without causing Mutually Assured Destruction between Elm and Freyjagard.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Jade states that he despised Mayoi for reminding him of his weak past self, due to both being mistreated by their family.

Yamato Empire

    Princess Kaguya 
A princess from the ruined country of Yamato.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite Mayoi being antagonistic towards her, Kaguya shows a brief moment of sadness when she realizes that Tsukasa will inevitably go to war with her sister. This is subverted when it turns out she framed Mayoi for murder, meaning she's the reason the latter turned evil in the first place.
  • Broken Pedestal: Shura is devastated to learn that Kaguya framed Mayoi for murder just to uphold Yamato's traditions.
  • Create Your Own Villain: She appears to be the more benevolent sibling, but it turns out she had a hand in Mayoi becoming a villain. She went along with the tradition that the younger royal sibling must die to prevent future power struggles, but this made Mayoi easy prey for Jade's manipulations.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: While she acknowledges that her adherence to tradition caused Mayoi to defect to Freyjagard, she still believes that she and Mayoi are merely tools of the state to maintain order, no matter what personal sacrifices they have to make. That said, she did plan on confessing her misdeeds to Shura and states that she'd be okay with her people killing her once they find out, implying that she at least feels enough guilt to want to be punished for it.
  • Karmic Nod: Although she's a Karma Houdini for framing Mayoi for murder and driving her to evil, Kaguya acknowledges that it's possible that her people will turn on her for these actions and that she'll accept her fate if this happens.
  • Never My Fault: Subverted. Although she continues to blame Mayoi for defying tradition and insists that the sacrifice of the younger royal sibling is correct, when Tsukasa leaves the room, she fails to hold back a sob, showing that she secretly feels guilty in her part in driving Mayoi to villainy, but believes that it's necessary.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: She warns Tsukasa that he's just like her in wanting to serve The Needs of the Many regardless of any sacrifice he has to make, and that he'll end up alone and isolated from all his friends because of his ideals. Tsukasa acknowledges her warning, since he already caused his own father's execution, just like how Kaguya slated Mayoi for death.
  • Redemption Rejection: Played with when it comes to her country's draconian traditions. Tsukasa suggests that she ends the tradition of killing the youngest royal sibling, but she refuses because she doesn't want to risk the short-term stability of her nation by defying tradition. She states that the only way for this tradition to end is if the people of Yamato themselves strike her down for it.
  • Sadistic Choice: Kaguya creates such a choice for the Seven Luminaries. She uses a public broadcast to petition the Republic of Elm into helping her take back Yamato from the Freyjagard Empire. While doing so will risk restarting the war with the empire, refusing her request would appear hypocritical to the nation's founding ideals of egalitarianism. This causes public opinion to be split between turning Kaguya in to the empire and helping her fight the empire. Tsukasa himself admits that both choices have their pros and cons, but believes helping Kaguya is better because it will shift the international Overton window towards egalitarianism while abandoning Kaguya doesn't guarantee the empire will keep their promises.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She riles up the people of Elm to help liberate Yamato from the Freyjagard Empire and risks ruining the truce between the two countries, but she believes doing so is the only way to help Yamato's citizens. When Tsukasa tells her that Elm may have to hand her over to the empire to protect her people, she states she would accept that outcome. Unfortunately, she's also willing to frame her sister for murder, since defying tradition and allowing her to live could destabilize Yamato.

    Princess Mayoi 
Kaguya's younger sister, who sold out to Freyjagard.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In the manga, Shishi manages to retrieve her and Jade from the burning castle. However, it's unknown if he's carrying their living or dead bodies.
  • Cain and Abel: She opposes Kaguya's anti-Freyjagard stance and is the one who sold out Yamato. Played with in that Kaguya framed her for murder and drove her to evil in the first place.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She harbors a deep grudge against all of Yamato because of how poorly the country treats the Spare to the Throne. She was forced to imitate her sister in all ways, including any wounds the latter received, resulting in an empty and painful life. As per tradition, she was required to kill herself to prevent potential conflict over the throne, but when she refused, she got framed for murder and sentenced to execution anyways. This made her vulnerable to Jade's temptation to betray her homeland to Freyjagard, but she became so dependent on Jade that she submitted to his constant physical and emotional abuse.
  • Extreme Doormat: She's aware that Jade is only using and abusing her. Despite that, she continues to submit to him because she prefers his false affection to the treatment she received from her own country.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: At first, she claims that brainwashing her people to submit Freyjagard is for their own safety, but seconds later, she admits that she hates her own citizens and that she just wants to stay on Jade's good side.
  • The Quisling: She brainwashed her people into become compliant with Freyjagard in order to curry favor with Administrator Jade. She states she would have killed her own citizens if Jade didn't need them.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: When one of her samurais, Gamou, tries to protect her from Jade's physical abuse, she orders the samurai to commit suicide and doesn't bat an eye when he beheads himself.

    Shishi 
Princess Mayoi's bodyguard.
  • Affably Evil: He has genuine praise for Aoi's skills and the narration notes that his politeness is sincere. Unfortunately, he's loyal to a Villainous Princess and the Freyjagard Empire by proxy, since he's motivated by guilt over brushing her off in her time of need.
  • The Atoner: Despite being an honorable warrior, he's loyal to someone as cruel as Mayoi because he regrets refusing to help her when she was framed for murder.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: At first, he tells himself that following Mayoi is the only way to get Freyjagard to spare the Yamato citizens, but Aoi points out that they aren't truly safe if Mayoi can just order them to kill themselves at any time. This cognitive dissonance causes him to falter and lose in his second duel with Aoi. He eventually admits to himself that he's really fighting for Mayoi because he sees her as a victim of the royal family's mandated seppuku for younger siblings, and he wants to atone for rejecting her pleas for help.
  • Determinator: Even after Aoi fatally wounds him, he uses sheer willpower to ride the wolf Shiro in order to return to Mayoi's side. Later, Tsukasa finds the tip of his sword in the burned remains of the castle, showing that he made it to the castle. The manga shows that he retrieved Mayoi and Jade's bodies, and it's unknown if he'll actually die from his wounds.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast enough to keep up with Aoi's swordplay, strong enough to cut a bus in half, and resilient enough to shrug off Tsukasa's electric baton.
  • Master Swordsman: He can cut a speeding bus clean in half, despite that bus being made of bulletproof material. He's also able to keep up with Aoi and defeats her, though this is because her current sword is lower quality. When his daughter, Shura, attacks him, he blocks her attacks with the bare minimum movements.
  • Not Brainwashed: All people with ancestry in Yamato are vulnerable to Mayoi's mind control, but Shishi can resist this mind control with sheer willpower. He still fights on Mayoi's behalf out of a misguided desire to make up for abandoning her, though he's able to refuse orders at his own discretion.

    Shura 
Princess Kaguya's bodyguard.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: She and her father, Shishi, serve opposing princesses. She holds him in disdain for siding with a traitorous princess and serving their country's conqueror.
  • The Beastmaster: She has a wolf companion, Shiro, who assists her in combat.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She saves the Luminaries from Shishi, allowing them to retreat from Freyjagard.
  • Servile Snarker: She's Princess Kaguya's bodyguard, but she's not afraid to make jabs at the latter for her favorite type of rice.
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