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    Yoshifumi Nitta 
Voiced by: Yoshiki Nakajima (JP), Jarrod Greene (EN)

The protagonist of the story. A member of the Ashikawa group of the Oudou faction of yakuza who takes an esper child, Hina, under his care. Enjoys cleaning, being reliable, and collecting rare porcelain vases.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Mika. He left her alone with their mom and seems unable to stand her. Given Mika's personality, his attitude is probably the right one.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He always wears a suit. He is also believed to be a total badass so he ends up giving this impression.
  • Broken Pedestal: Since her father is quite unreliable, Hitomi starts looking up to Nitta as her ideal father figure. At the end of Chapter 74, after Nitta says the only girl he wants for a daughter is Anzu, Hitomi realized that there was no such thing as a perfect parent and vowed to be nicer to her own father.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor poor Nitta, if he isn't suffering physically he will suffer financially.
  • The Corrupter: Nitta tries to corrupt Anzu after she comes to stay with him for a couple days, feeling that she is just too nice for a kid for it to be genuine. In the end not only does he fail, he ends up enjoying his time with Anzu so much that he calls it a Father's Utopia.
  • Delinquent Hair: His hair is naturally black; he dyes it blond to show he's a yakuza.
  • Determinator: Several times he asks Hina to use him for battle even when he is injured or extremely ill. There is also the whole deal about surpassing Hitomi's company as a consultant firm.
  • Disappeared Dad: Nitta's father is dead.
  • Doting Parent: He acts like an overly adoring father when it comes to Anzu, even though she's not even under his care.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Mika's foolish. Nitta is a responsible adult who does his job, takes care of his home and adopted daughter. In sharp contrast, his sister Mika just slacks off and drinks beer all day long.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Gangster: He is a pretty nice guy for a yakuza.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite his reputation as a dreaded, bloodthirsty yakuza, Nitta is possibly the nicest and most harmless man you could ever meet. In fact, once a reporter wanted to do a documentary about him and was so disappointed by the way Nitta really is that he manipulated the footage to portray Nitta as the monster everyone thinks he is.
  • House Husband: He isn't married nor Hina's actual father, but otherwise fits the role perfectly. He does all the housework and takes care of all of Hina's needs. In fact, he was trained since childhood for the role because his father died and both his mother and younger sister left all the house chores to him.
  • Hypocrite: For all of his complaining about Hina not being as responsible as Anzu, Nitta is oblivious to the fact that it is partially because of his own parenting that lead to Hina becoming a Spoiled Brat.
  • Irony:
    • At the start of the series, part of the conflict was Nitta resisting his newfound role as Hina's father because he still wants to enjoy his bachelor lifestyle. Post-time skip, Nitta is now desperately trying to achieve a more domesticated and peaceful lifestyle, but all the outside characters keep dragging him back into craziness.
    • Nitta's obsession with trying to get Anzu to view him as a father-figure. He's oblivious to the fact that Hina and Hitomi both already do, but also that his obsessive doting over Anzu ultimately turns her off, and she ends up respecting Sabu more.
  • Large Ham: Became surprisingly hammy while being affected by the forced fasting.
  • Last-Name Basis: Nitta with most people who know him; his mother's the only one to call him Yoshifumi.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Nitta is an unofficial House Husband and despite being a yakuza, he would never hurt anyone. His sister Mika, on the other hand, is a Lad-ette who drinks and punches people for fun.
  • Mistaken for Badass: All his badass deeds are actually feats from Hina's psychokinesis.
  • Not So Above It All: Sometimes got rather exasperated by how doting Oyabun could be towards Hina to the point of ignoring yakuza duties, ignoring that he's as crazy as him when it comes to Anzu.
  • Number Two: He becomes the Kashira or second-in-command of the Ashikawa-gumi after Oyabun retires.
  • Only Sane Man: He's one of the characters with most common sense. Although that's relatively speaking; he has his own quirks such as his obsession with vases and later, his doting over Anzu.
  • Overprotective Dad: He's very overprotective of Anzu, despite not being her adopted father (he wishes he was, though).
  • Parental Substitute:
    • He's basically Hina's adopted father.
    • Tried to become one to Anzu even though her adopted parents are just as sweet in caring for her. It doesn't work because his attempt at parenting ends up being way too overbearing and Anzu loses all respect for Nitta.
    • Unintentionally becomes a parental mentor for Hitomi.
  • Rank Up: After Oyabun's retirement, Nitta eventually gets promoted to Kashira of his yakuza group.
  • Real Men Can Cook: He's an excellent cook.
  • The Reliable One: He is a very reliable guy, for his family, Hina, and the yakuza.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a small scar on his forehead. It was given to him by Naitou when he forgot to light his cigarette.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Legends of his evil and violent deeds spread in the criminal world. Nitta tends to play along with this.
  • Straight Man: For Hina's antics most of the time, though he is pretty good at just rolling with the situation.
  • Supreme Chef: Everything he cooks is delicious.
  • Tattooed Crook: A member of the yakuza, and has two big yakuza tats on each shoulder (which're omitted in the anime).
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Nitta comes to consider the well-behaved Anzu the perfect daughter, especially when put next to Hina. After the timeskip, Nitta tries to act like Anzu's father every chance he gets, even though she has caring adopted parents of her own.

Voiced by: Takako Tanaka (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

Co-protagonist. An esper little girl of incredible power that comes from the future.

  • The Ace: The strongest esper so far.
  • Artificial Human: She was cloned from an unknown person with the ESP gene.
  • Asleep in Class: It seems she only goes to school to take naps in class.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Notably, she wants to be an actress (or at least wanted before the timeskip) but her deadpan expression made her efforts terrible.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She likes Nitta because he doesn't order her around.
  • Big Eater: Most of Nitta's money goes to just keeping her fed, and woe to anyone who gets in the way of her and a meal.
  • Book Dumb: Not very smart. She tends to get the lowest grades in classes (cause she's always sleeping in class), and her academic level is on par with Anzu, who never attended a school in the first place.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: She's the bluenette of the esper girls, with Anzu as the blonde and Mao as the redhead.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: She's all but officially Nitta's daughter, but she never stops calling him Nitta. This is pointed out by Nitta post-timeskip, when he complains the one time Hina has called him 'Papa' was part of a service at a café.
  • Child Soldier: All espers are implied to be raised with this purpose, although the trip to the past ruined it for the organization.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has blue eyes matching her blue hair.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hina slowly reveals that in her past the only adults she knew used her as a type of tool.
  • Emotionless Girl: Her face is always serene, no matter what happens. It makes her look emotionless.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: When being harshly tutored for days, she starts developing these and her powers go out of control.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: All three esper girls are this, though Hina has it more pronounced.
  • Funny T Shirt: Wears these all the time, normally with something that explains her situation or emotions.
  • Gamer Chick: She likes to stay at home and play videogames all day.
  • Girl in a Box: When she drops into Nitta's apartment, she's inside some sort of metal cocoon.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Both times she beats Haru, she boasts about the number of videogames she'd played. As it turns out, spending most of her life on videogame slacking taught her some techniques and methods that can improve her esper powers in combat.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Especially around Anzu.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Being seen as the daughter of the infamous yakuza Yoshifumi Nitta, her classmates instantly assume she is this and other delinquents circle around her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's selfish, lazy and very inconsiderate to people's feelings. She does care for Nitta and her friends in her own way and can actually try and be helpful from time to time, so she isn't as much of a bad person as she seems at first glance.
  • Junior Counterpart: She's a younger version of Nitta's sister Mika. Both are Lazy Bums frequently leeching off Nitta and they resort to force to get whatever they want. When this is pointed out by Nitta, Hina dreads turning out to be like Mika and actually attempts to follow Nitta's instructions to become more well-educated.
  • Lack of Empathy: She doesn't seem to care much about others. Gradually subverted as she gets some character development during her teenage years.
  • Lazy Bum: There's only three things Hina likes to do: eat, sleep and play videogames all day long.
  • Little Miss Badass: At age eleven, she could already take care of a building full of yakuza thanks to her esper powers.
  • Mind over Matter: Uses telekinesis.
  • Mundane Utility: Hina has enough power to destroy an entire city, but most of the time she just uses her powers to be lazy when she's in Nitta's care. In one extra chapter, she uses her power to sometimes work part time in a cabaret club building champagne towers for customers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Hina for the first time feels shame over her actions in chapter 58 when instead of fasting along with Mao, Anzu, and Nitta, she (and Rei, who actually needed the food in order to keep her child healthy) secretly eats.
  • Naked First Impression: Nitta releases her from the egg-like straitjacket she arrived in and she appears naked in front of him. The first thing she does is to ask him to get her some clothes.
  • Naked on Arrival: She arrives to the present covered by nothing but an egg-like straitjacket. It's clearly a Terminator reference.
  • No Social Skills: For the most part, she has zero concept of money, and she doesn't seem to get that it's insensitive to flaunt large bills and expensive toys in front of Anzu, who's got to make do with much less.
  • People Puppets: She is able to control others (read: Nitta) like this with her powers.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her esper powers are so great that she is this.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When she met aspiring rock group Central Park, her connection with them was good enough that she helped them perform with her telekinesis.
    • Hina showing compassion for a stray dog is what finally convinces Ikaruga that Hina is a different person from the one she knew.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A stoic girl with bobbed blue hair, mysterious powers and a hinted troubled past. Bonus points for being an actual clone like the original Rei. Even better, her English voice actress, Brina Palencia, plays Rei Ayanami in the Rebuild of Evangelion films.
  • Ship Tease: Some of it with Hitoshi, although if she has feelings for him besides friendship is not clear.
  • The Slacker: Tends to do nothing, doesn't study, doesn't do housework, nor any job unless she needs cash for her games.
  • Spoiled Brat: Nitta usually gives Hina anything she wants so she doesn't use her powers to throw a tantrum.
  • The Stoic: Hina rarely changes her facial features.
  • Superpower Meltdown: If she doesn't release power regularly or is under a lot of stress she snaps and creates a gigantic psychic storm.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave:
    • She uses her powers to pretty much threaten Nitta into taking her into his home. Since then, she eats and sleeps all she wants without ever intending to help out in the housework.
    • She was briefly this to Anzu when Nitta temporarily threw her out. Anzu threw her out after just one day because Hina was wasting away too many resources to get by in a homeless life.
  • Tights Under Shorts: She usually wears these in her casual outfits.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Ikaruga is baffled at how socially well-adjusted and even compassionate Hina has become since arriving to the past.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Salmon roe.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It turns out Hina indirectly caused the mess with the Espers to begin with. To whit, she inspired Atsushi to pursue his dream of creating Rock-Sion, which led to the creation of the Superhuman Research Organization... Which turned into the same Organization that created Hina, Anzu, and Mao in the first place.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: When Nitta is trying to discipline her into a responsible person, her change is so severe that it freaks out Nitta.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Notable in that the rest of the cast has natural looking hair colors, but Hina's hair is a dark shade of blue.

    Hitomi Mishima 
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (JP), Tabitha Ray (EN)

One of Hina's classmates, a girl of many skills who can't say no when someone asks her for help.

  • The Ace: She is pretty much great at everything she tries. It is however played for laughs as she clearly isn't happy with her life as her skills and floor-mat personality lead her to being used by countless people or to be dragged to uncomfortable situations all the time.
  • Almighty Janitor: Hitomi's character arc sees her unwittingly developing into this along the way, becoming a bartender whose influence extends into all levels of Japanese society, before upgrading to become a successful CEO.
  • Asleep in Class: After overloading herself with part-time jobs, Hitomi can hardly find any time to sleep other than at class.
  • The Bartender: Overshadows Utako as this and thus she gets attending the bar as her first job. While in middle school.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Hitomi was already prepared when Utako tried to blackmail her. However, Utako remains victorious.
  • Born Lucky: From getting a part-time job as a bartender, she ends having connection with many influential people which leads to her becoming the CEO of a company, when she is still even middle school.
  • Butt-Monkey: Finds herself losing her childhood and personal time due to being so great at the jobs she takes. When she took a short break to go to New York, she found herself in a military training camp in Florida, thanks to her and Ikaruga's travel plans getting switched.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When you learn English in a military training camp, it's natural you can't speak a single sentence without a ridiculous amount of swearing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The number of situations she is unwillingly involved with makes her ready for everything, even carrying pictures with her to blackmail others in case she becomes blackmailed by them.
  • Extreme Doormat: Can't give "no" for an answer, which gets her in a lot of uncomfortable situations.
  • Future Badass: At the age of 30, Hitomi was responsible for the creation of superhumans, resulting in the creation of Hina, Anzu and Mao. She was also hailed as a national hero for ending a civil war in a short period of time.
  • Future Me Scares Me: She freaks out at hearing her future self might be a Manipulative Bitch who engineered the civil war involving the espers for her own benefit.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a little headband with a red ribbon when she's a bartender.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: To Utako in being a bartender, to the point that when she leaves no one attends the bar.
  • Improbable Age: The boss of a prestigious company with contacts in the underworld... is a prepubescent little girl.
  • Innocent Swearing: She learned English in a military training camp (long story). As a result, she now can only speak the language with extremely foul-mouthed vocabulary. However, she doesn't seem to realize what's wrong with what she's saying.
  • Instant Expert: Thanks to her ability to quickly master skills and finish tasks both quickly and highly efficiently she has become a key member of several businesses.
  • Living a Double Life: Student by day, bartender and eventually CEO by night.
  • Manipulative Bitch: One character's impression of her, but to expound a much MUCH older Atsushi, when probed by his interrogators, posited that Hitomi, who was hailed as a national hero for stopping the civil war involving the Espers, in truth was the one who was manipulating things from the very start.
  • Minor Living Alone: Once things get complicated at home, Utako practically forces Hitomi to rent a luxury apartment where she starts living on her own while also taking multiple part-time jobs in order to afford it. Hitomi can kiss her ordinary schoolgirl life goodbye with this. She does go back to live with her parents after the time skip so her father won't find out she's the CEO of the company he's working for.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute:
    • Her classmates mistook her as one when they saw her enter the same bar as their teacher and later, a Yakuza (who is Nitta).
    • After learning Hitomi is somehow making money by staying out at night, her mother assumes she must be using her body for "slutty things". Hitomi tries to explain she's just working as a bartender, but her mother doesn't believe her.
  • Nice Girl: She's always polite and helpful to others. However, she's also so much of a pushover that she cannot bring herself to say anything negative about anyone or let down someone who asks her for a favor.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • While she mostly has a Nice Girl demeanor, she also gets subjected to Oh, Crap! moments as often as Nitta. She also once mentally badmouthed Sabu after he outright yelled her name in front of her teacher in the bar.
    • After discovering that Hina is an esper, she chastises Kengo and Takashi for wanting to try telekinesis. Later when alone, she also tried the same thing.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: In chapter 13/episode 4 when she played tag with Anzu, she became so tired running that she fell asleep standing.
  • Older Than She Looks: As a high school student she still looks like a middle schooler. Seems to run in the blood. As chapter 76 reveals, she'll stay exactly the same despite being well into her 30s. She's horrified to learn this.
  • Only Friend: She's the only person who can be considered Mao's real friend. Hitomi, for her part, doesn't like how clingy Mao can be.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Dons some glasses to try to look like a different person to her father, her employee. Needless to say, he is completely fooled.
  • The Reliable One: Good at everything and very responsible.
  • Secret Keeper: She keeps Hina's powers a secret after Hina reveals herself as an esper during a skiing trip.
  • Springtime for Hitler:
    • In order to win back her youth, she tries to trick her mother to reveal that she's only a middle schooler to the businessmen, only for them to get her mother's approval. Hitomi is clearly not happy about this and completely said goodbye to her normal life.
    • After learning she's fated to provide the Superhuman Self Defense branch with the resources necessary to form the Organization, Hitomi ruins her own career by exposing herself as a high schooler to the media and resigns her position as CEO. She thinks this should be enough to change her future, but then Hitomi accidentally becomes a CEO again, this time of an even bigger company in America.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost identical to her mother.
  • Superior Successor: To Utako in bartending.
  • Token Mini-Moe: After the time skip, only Hitomi looks like she hasn't aged since middle school.
  • Trophy Child: Her mother doesn't try to stop Hitomi from taking multiple jobs because Hitomi's talents give her powerful connections all over Japan.
  • The Unmasking: Anonymously leaks the fact she's an underage CEO to the media in an attempt to avert her future.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She is a CEO by working her way to the top despite not yet being an adult, yet only a few found it odd.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: White-collar worker, construction worker, military contractor, bartender, yakuza, whatever you name, she's done it.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: After the time skip, she has become a highly successful CEO with tons of business experience. It is easy to forget that she is still a high schooler.
  • Workaholic: When she becomes a CEO, she takes far too many projects, unsettling Nitta and Utako.

Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (JP), Amanda Lee (EN)

Another esper girl, sent by the organization to the past to hunt down Hina.

  • Artificial Human: She was cloned from an unknown person with the ESP gene.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her first outfit, stolen from some thugs she defeats.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Not intentionally, but when Hina is about to be killed by kidnappers with a grudge against Nitta, Anzu shows up just in time to cut the tension and help give Hina an aspirin so she can use her powers. Later, after Hina's explosive revitalization destroys the building everyone is in, Anzu is able to make a safe zone and keep everyone safe.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Among the esper girls, she's the blonde to the bluenette Hina and the redheaded Mao.
  • Book Dumb: She lacks proper education, and decided to not go to school after a day attending it as she felt that she wouldn't be learning something useful.
  • Character Development: From a rebellious enemy esper to a sweet and caring ramen shopkeeper.
  • Child Soldier: All espers are implied to be raised with this purpose, although the trip to the past ruined it for the organization.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are yellow.
  • The Cutie: Her interactions with the homeless, her adopted parents and Nitta, where everybody adored her.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Upon being beaten in a game of psychic Rock–Paper–Scissors, she resumes her friendship with Hina.
  • The Dutiful Daughter: Her adopted brother didn't want to continue the Family Business and left the house. Anzu, on the other hand, chooses to keep running the restaurant even though her parents explicitly don't want her to. She then opens her own food cart where she serves her father's ramen.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: At the beginning, though she quickly learns to adapt.
  • Foil: To Hina. She is a sweet and hardworking girl who does her best to please her parents and tries to succeed via effort.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A natural blonde and one of the most pure-hearted and nicest characters around.
  • Happily Adopted: She becomes adopted by a couple and lives as their daughter. Though when she became 16 she decided to be independent from them in order to keep their ramen tradition ongoing.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Especially when she's living with the bums.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For a long time, the only thing she wears is the outfit she stole from a thug. Even after she gets out of the streets, she doesn't have many changes of clothes because they cost money.
  • Mind over Matter: Anzu has psychic powers, but rarely uses them to the point that it's easy to forget she has them.
  • Mundane Luxury: After getting out of her homeless life, just holding a few bills in her hands is a luxury.
  • Naked on Arrival: Much like Hina, Anzu first appeared completely in the nude. She then steals the clothes of some thugs who tried to attack her.
  • Nice Girl: Post-Character Development, Anzu is incredibly sweet and kind, always thinking of how she can help others.
  • Precocious Crush: Chapter 73 implies that she may have developed one on Sabu.
  • Street Urchin: At the beginning of the story, she's forced to live on the streets and has to steal food in order to survive. It gets slightly better when she finds a group of homeless men who help her get by in a more legal way. She's later taken in by a kind old couple, finally giving her a proper home.
  • Terrible Artist: Her drawings look like a kindergartener's scribbles at best. In fact, she once tried to join an art contest and her painting was elected... for the kindergarten section.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In her introduction, she's a very tough girl who answers to any problem she encounters with violence. After meeting Yassan and the other homeless men, Anzu learns about the value of hard work and cooperation. By the time she's adopted, Anzu is considered the sweet child anyone would wish they had.
  • Tsundere: She shows shades of this early in the series, from the Suspiciously Specific Denials to trying to pretend she doesn't care about Hina as much as she really does. She soon grows out of it thanks to Character Development.

Voiced by: Ari Ozawa (JP), Ariel Graham (EN)

A third esper girl, sent by Ikaruga to bring an extra time travel device to bring Hina back to the future. However, the process goes wrong and she is left stranded in an abandoned island in the middle of nowhere.

  • Action Girl: She learned kung fu during her time in China. She can boost her martial arts skills with her esper powers.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She appears in the first scene of the first anime episode. Famously smacking the cellphone out of the dismayed monk's hand. It's a Flash Forward to three years ahead.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She's not actually Chinese, but she does acquire several aspects of the trope post-time skip. She was taken in by a Chinese martial arts temple where she learned kung fu. Even after coming to Japan, she keeps wearing her kung fu uniform all the time.
  • Artificial Human: She was cloned from an unknown woman with the ESP gene, who is implied to be herself from the past.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead of the esper girls to Hina's bluenette and Anzu's blonde.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things tend to not go great for her.
  • Child Soldier: All espers are implied to be raised with this purpose, although the trip to the past ruined it for the organization.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Uses ventriloquism and talks to coconuts and later dolls while alone, pretending they're Hina and Anzu. She even carries on with that habit after returning to civilization and reuniting with Hina and Anzu; this ends after her interaction with Hitomi.
  • Covert Pervert: Her first thoughts upon seeing all the children Ikaruga had is to wonder how much her and her husband shag.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She's a redhead with orange eyes.
  • Dull Surprise: Most of the time, but especially when she meets Ikaruga after all those years traveling around Asia.
  • Flat "What": When meeting Ikaruga and her children for the first time.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Not outright stated, but the other espers are a little colder to her than between themselves. It is implied that their previous childhood friendship was all in Mao's head since the beginning. Later this situation changes as the three esper girls start to bond more with each other.
  • Garden Garment: She makes clothes for herself with plants of the island.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: All the months of solitude on that island clearly took a strain on her mental state.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She always wanted to become friends with Hina and Anzu, even though they don't think much of her. This gets more severe when her years of aloneness leave her desperate for real friends.
  • I Will Find You: She spent two years traveling all over Asia, trying to reach Japan and meet Hina and Anzu again.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: After learning martial arts, she mixes it with her telekinesis to pull off feats that look like Charles Atlas Superpower.
  • Limited Wardrobe: After the time skip, she's almost never seen in anything other than her kung fu uniform. This is justified since Baldy won't let her get different clothes.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: When all alone on the island, she makes dolls of Hina and Anzu and talks to them like they were the real thing. Even after getting out of the island, she likes to spend time with her dolls more than with actual people. She finally grows out of it when she finds a real friend in Hitomi.
  • Mind over Matter: Uses telekinesis, disguised as kung fu.
  • My Own Grampa: Given how cloning works, it's strongly implied that she (along with Hina and Anzu) was cloned from herself, creating a classic ontological paradox as every Mao came from the grown up Mao that lived in the past due to time traveling from the future.
  • Naked on Arrival: Like the other espers, she arrived completely naked to the present. Since she landed on a deserted island, she stayed like that for a while until she made clothes for herself with plants.
  • Nice Girl: She's a bit wacky after her time alone at the island, but Mao is a sweet and friendly girl.
  • Redhead in Green: After the time skip, redheaded Mao's main outfit is a green kung fu uniform.
  • Sanity Slippage: Her time alone on the island left her a bit delusional, to say the least. It has gotten worse after she befriended Hitomi; Hitomi unintentionally copied her obsessive way of texting, and she ended up reading Hitomi's text messages as sage words. Even Hina thought that she should take therapy sessions due to her behavior.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Baldy and Atsushi as members of the Superhuman Self Defense branch.


Ashikawa-gumi (Nitta's yakuza group)

    Yoshihiko Ashikawa 
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN)

The Oyabun or elderly head of the Ashikawa-gumi. After the timeskip, he is retired, but still holds influence over the group.

  • Arranged Marriage: Planned to set up Hina via this method.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has very thick, hairy eyebrows.
  • The Don: Head of the yakuza group Ashikawa-gumi.
  • Doting Grandparent: He acts like an overindulging grandpa to Hina.
  • Overprotective Dad: More like Overprotective Grandpa Figure. Anyone dating Hina must be investigated and executed. Even schoolboy Hitoshi.
  • Retired Badass: Gives up on his position because of his old age, but still holds a lot of power in the group.
  • Skewed Priorities: Anything related to Hina gets treated as deserving attention over any yakuza business.

    Kiyoshi Baba 
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (JP), Tyler Walker (EN)

The Kashira or second-in-command of the Ashikawa-gumi.

    Tatsuhiko Naitou 
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

Nitta's former mentor and the estranged father of Hitoshi. Known to be quick-tempered, demanding, and violent, he gave Nitta the scar above his eye. He spent several years in prison and is released in the months after Nitta starts taking care of Hina.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: For Hitoshi, once he decides to act like one.
  • Blood Knight: Very eager to start a fight with anyone.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He cries when he thinks he is going to be reunited with his son. He also then tries to kill Nitta because it wasn't true. Also, he sometimes dotes on Hina by buying her food.
  • The Brute: One of the big muscles of the Yakuza gang.
  • Disappeared Dad: For Hitoshi, since he was in prison.
  • The Dreaded: For Nitta and several members of his own gang. While he is overall a very decent - if rough - guy, he is also prone to acts of violence.
  • Dumb Muscle: Definitely less than brilliant, but has guts.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Red Baron: "Executioner Naitou."
  • Shipper on Deck: For his son and Hina after he realizes that Hitoshi is his son.

Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (JP), Kyle Phillips (EN)

Nitta's subordinate. Somewhat dense and inept, but Nitta considers it a waste of time to get angry at him.

  • Eyes Always Shut: So far he's never completely opened them.
  • Lame Excuse: When having to battle against some rival gangsters he decides he has some important things to do at home and tries to leave.
  • Lovable Coward
  • Straight Man: Manages to be one even to Nitta.
  • Yes-Man: Almost all of what he says is lip service.

Hina's Schoolmates

    Hitoshi Maeda 
A boy who attends the same middle school as Hina. Hina helps him work up the courage to confront his absentee father, Naitou.

  • Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the anime aside from a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the opening
  • Butt-Monkey: Almost every chapter he appears in ends badly for him, either because Hina is clueless of his affection or because his father unknowingly ignores or embarrasses him.
  • Chick Magnet: Very popular among the girls of his high school. Even Sayo is gradually attracted by his personality and wonders why Hina doesn't seem to find him attractive.
  • Commonality Connection: Similar to him, Hina's father is also a yakuza from the Ashikawa-gumi group. Hitoshi starts becoming interested in her when he gets the wrong impression that she also has a troubled relationship with her own father.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Since Hina doesn't seem to have any interest in romance, Hitoshi tries to take things slow and develop their friendship before asking her to be his girlfriend. It doesn't work for him because Hina still likes to play videogames at home better than hanging out with him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has a huge crush on Hina. Too bad she doesn't seem to regard him in that way, or ever think about love at all.
  • Nice Guy: He's quite the gentleman and attracts female attention for it.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Every chapter centered around him is about his crush on Hina. There's his issues with his Disappeared Dad, but it always takes a backseat to his wish to bond with Hina.

    Mami Shinjou 
Voiced by: Eri Suzuki (JP), Lindsay Seidel (EN)

One of Hina's classmates, and one of the few people who becomes aware of Hina's powers.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs Hina to spare her life when she believes she is going to kill her for knowing her secret.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her mom is very doting of her which in turn embarrasses her from time to time. At one point she just breaks down crying because her mom keeps shouting words of affection to her in front of her classmates.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Tends to jump to weird conclusions and overall acts like a younger kid than she is.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Ends up correctly guessing Hina is an esper raised by an organization just by fantasizing and reading sketchy magazines about the occult.
  • Friendless Background: As a high schooler, Hina bluntly blurts out in front of their middle school classmates that she has no friends in her class.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Even keeps them in highschool.
  • Imagine Spot: Has quite a few, all about wish fulfillment of her having powers or other people interested in the occult.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She is obsessed with the paranormal and as such tends to gravitate towards Hina. She is also a loner in high school.
  • Secret Chaser: For Hina's esper powers.
  • Secret Keeper: After she learns the truth, Hina makes her promise to not tell anyone about her powers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Peaches.

    Sayo Aizawa 
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (JP), Jennifer Alyx (EN)

Hina and Hitomi's classmate who is friends with the latter.

  • Ambiguously Bi: She blushes and seems excited at Hitomi being nervous, commenting on how cute she is. Post time-skip, she seems to be attracted to Hiyoshi, much to her frustration.
  • Bluff the Imposter: How she realizes Hitomi is hiding something from her, by making up a story about extra classes and asking her for more data. Hitomi falls for it.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses.
  • Secret Chaser: She joins Kengo and Takashi in the investigation to discover Hitomi's secret job.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Noticeably smarter than her classmates, and her defining trait is her glasses.
  • The Stoic: Tends to be very serious, although she also plays around for fun.

    Class Rep 

The class representative of Hina's class in middle school.

    Kengo Nakata and Takashi Shimoda 
Voiced by: Taichi Ichikawa (Kengo, JP), Yuuya Chikaki (Takashi, JP), Whitney Rodgers (Kengo, EN), Haileigh Todd (Takashi, EN)

Two boys in Hina and Hitomi's class. They later continue to be Hina's classmates in high school.

  • Date Peepers: Act like this thinking Matsutani is dating Hitomi. In truth he doesn't even know - nor wants to - that Hitomi is the girl with him, and she is just working as a bartender.
  • Imagine Spot: They imagine several situations between Matsutani and Hitomi but can't bring themselves to picture the hot stuff.
  • Secret Chaser: For Hitomi's secret about her working as a bartender at night.
  • Secret Keeper: Hina eventually has to reveal her powers to them when they get lost in a skiing trip. They continue to keep it a secret.
  • Those Two Guys: They're always seen together to provide commentary and participate in minor plots.

    Susumu Adachi and Toujorou Yamanaka 

Hina's high school classmates.

Superhuman Self Defense Branch

    Atsushi Yamamoto 
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro (JP), Justin Cook (EN)

A young man chasing his dream to become a rockstar that uses illusions on set: Rocksion. Hina joins his band after Nitta kicks her out of the house. For a while.

    "Baldy"/Liaojie Wang 
A monk from the kung fu dojo that took Mao in. He joins Mao and Atsushi in their journey to Japan and the three form the Superhuman Self Defense branch.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He appears in the anime Flash Forward scene of the first episode, being distraught after Mao knocks his cellphone out of his hand.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Only opens his eyes when he sees Mao's dolls moving.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mao and Atsushi call him Baldy as his real name, revealed in chapter 80 to be Wang Liaojie, is harder for them to pronounce. Atsushi finally calls him by his real name in the same chapter.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Mao and Atsushi, after the timeskip.

Other Characters

    Utako Sakura 
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (JP), Mallorie Rodak (EN)

The owner and original bartender of the bar Little Song, which Nitta frequented.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Played for awkward comedy. She licks Hitomi's shoes clean to get her to stay at the bar. Everyone else just stays in silence after hearing this.
  • The Alleged Boss: Utako eventually realizes she's become this; Hitomi's so much better at running the bar, she's effectively taken it over, and is fully aware she's done so. On top of that, it's now Hitomi the bar's customers come to see, and they'll leave if she's not there.
  • The Bartender: Leads the bar Nitta and co tend to go to. Until Hitomi takes it over. She eventually manages to start running it again after Hitomi leaves.
  • Beauty Mark: Near her eye.
  • Blackmail: Utako gets Hitomi as her bartender via blackmailing her with a picture of her serving drinks.
  • Cool Big Sis: Has this kind of personality.
  • Gone Horribly Right: She blackmailed Hitomi for her skills as a bartender, and later tries to keep her by making her take several part-time jobs as she is renting a new home. The result? Hitomi becomes so powerful that people go to the bar just for her, and later she becomes a successful CEO that requires her to quit her job while her life has been utterly ruined (not to mention witnessing Hitomi grow to an extent that horrifies everybody's mental well being).
  • Jaded Washout: In later chapters, since her life turned to the gutter, she's spending the last of her savings drinking beer and playing slots, and Nitta has lost attraction towards her. In fact, Hitomi bluntly tells her that her words have no value compared to Nitta.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not completely jerkass but she is a pretty amoral boss. It has to be noted that she also volunteers to help the homeless and is kind to Hina no matter what.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In a way, after the time-skip. Utako blackmails Hitomi into becoming her employee at her bar so it's only fitting that Hitomi would end up stealing all of her customers. Nitta similarly ends up getting fed up with their Belligerent Sexual Tension dynamic and loses interests in her.
  • Mean Boss: Not originally, but as Hitomi becomes a better, more liked bartender, Utako becomes more and more of a NEET and regularly exploits Hitomi.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened to her that made her hate the police.
  • Psychotic Smirk: From time to time but specially after blackmailing Hitomi successfully.

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Adam Gibbs (EN)

Hina's middle school teacher.

  • Believing Their Own Lies: The first time he visited Utako's bar with his school's principal, Matsutani quickly put two-and-two together that Hitomi was moonlighting as the bartender, but realizing a potential promotion for himself would be out of the question if the truth got uncovered, he willfully denies the truth. He manages to successfully convince himself that the bartender isn't Hitomi at all, just a really short adult who happens to look like her.
  • Cool Teacher: For Hina and her classmates during the first part of the series.
  • Double Think: How he gets around seeing his students in the night cabaret.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: That time Kengo and Takashi jumped to the conclusion he was dating Hitomi.
  • Super Gullible: Hitomi actually managed to fool him by pretending to be a young-looking adult who just happens to look identical to his middle school student. Matsutani never realized the truth until Hitomi has her true identity publicly revealed in Chapter 77.

    Mika Nitta 
Voiced by: Mariko Honda (JP), Katelyn Barr (EN)

Nitta's younger sister.

  • Action Girl: She might be the strongest non-esper character.
  • The Alcoholic: Constantly drinks sake, even during the day. During the 2 months she stayed with Nitta, Utako's bar becomes very profitable while Hitomi got injured from shaking too much.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Nitta can't stand her and her lazy personality.
  • Blood Knight: Even in her childhood she was strong enough to defeat boys her age. When she started working as a karate coach in Hina's high school, the trainees got seriously hurt to the point that Nitta and Hina had to intervene.
  • Bully Hunter: Used to hunt down delinquents in the past, for fun.
  • Defeat Means Respect: She finally starts actually listening to Nitta after he wins a match against her (with Hina's help).
  • The Dreaded: Even Hina is afraid of her. After the time skip, all her karate students are terrified of her because she uses them for "stress relief".
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Nitta's responsible. Mika is a borderline NEET who never does anything but drink beer. If left alone with her brother, she lets him do everything around the house while she keeps slacking off.
  • The Lad-ette: She drinks beer like there's no tomorrow, dresses in nothing but a tracksuit, knows karate and likes to use people as punching bags.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Nitta's Feminine Boy. Mika is a violent, slobby Lad-ette while her brother is a neatnik and attentive man who is good at housework.
  • NEET: An entire chapter is about Mika quitting her job to then go drinking and playing video games at Nitta's house. Nitta can't give her a job without her botching it in one way or another. It all ends with Nitta telling her to return home and never come back. When Nitta mentioned that Hina would become like this if she stayed the way she was, Hina immediately started following Nitta's schedule to become a responsible person. Mika does eventually become a karate coach at Hina's high school.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Her smile is considered a bad signal.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: She quits her job at a county office and goes to live with Nitta. She proceeds to become a "parasitic houseguest" who spends her entire day drinking, wasting her brother's money and doing absolutely nothing to help around the house. Nitta eventually gets fed up with her and sends her back to their mother's place.

Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), R. Bruce Elliott (EN)

A homeless man who takes Anzu under his wing.

  • The Atoner: He tries to make up for what he believes to be selling Anzu to the yakuza.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Believes Nitta is looking for Anzu to have her as a sex slave of sorts to the yakuza. He continues believing this even after it's clear it's not the case.
  • Cool Old Guy: The first one to teach Anzu about the past world and ways to get money, instilling in her a behaviour that remains during the whole series.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: This is the reason he leaves Anzu to be adopted by the ramen shop family.
  • Manly Tears: With the other hobos, after saying goodbye to each other.
  • The Mentor: For Anzu during the first chapters. He teaches her how to live by herself and how to win money from the street.
  • Mysterious Past: It's not stated directly, but he explains he had a family at some point. Either losing his job or something else brought him to the life he is living now.
  • Nice Hat: A cap.
  • Parental Substitute: For Anzu, until she is adopted.
  • Perpetual Poverty: With a bit of realism thrown in, as getting out of poverty is rather difficult in his situation.

    Kei Ikaruga 
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (JP), Leah Clark (EN)

The Chief of Security of the esper organization. When Anzu fails to return from her mission to eliminate Hina, Kei is sent to monitor Hina.

  • Apocalyptic Log: Her diary ends up jokingly becoming one as she becomes desperate for food in the past.
  • Badass Longcoat: Was head of security from the Esper Organization and wears a cool trenchcoat. Subverted however in that she might well not be a badass.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: She led the armed forces that betrayed the Master of the first Organization, although she herself was obeying orders.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her whole checking Hina mission. She buys a dog to test if Hina can show compassion - she can - and ends up having to keep it as a pet. Then there is the thing about not being able to go back to the future and not having money to buy elementary stuff, like food.
  • Dirty Coward: Prefers to try avoiding her job or do anything else rather than even approach Hina. In her defense however, Hina was a very powerful and troublesome child in her time. She also lies and eats in secret while doing a fasting along with the esper girls, although she has the excuse of being pregnant.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite the self-serving Dirty Coward she is, she does come to care about her dog and later, her husband and children.
  • Happily Married: She got married during the timeskip and has a lot of children.
  • The Leader: Leads the security division in the organization.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Operates like this, mostly because she doesn't want to risk her own skin. Later in one particular episode this is the reason she gives for eating during the supposed group-fasting which was being done in order to help Azu and Mao get rid of their throat-bombs.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She knocks out Kengo and Takashi when they get in the way of her inspection of Hina.

The first son of the couple that adopted Anzu who didn't want to continue the family business. He's currently working at Hitomi's company.

  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his last name.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He and Anzu had never met each other until he visited her ramen cart. It was quite a surprise for both of them, especially since Hayashi was trying to hit on her.

    Minako Mishima 
Voiced by: Harumi Sakurai (JP)

Hitomi's young-looking mother.

  • A-Cup Angst: She once cries because she's sure her husband likes well-endowed women better than her childlike body.
  • Housewife: She stays taking care of the house while her husband and daughter work. She gets bored easily when they're gone.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She could be easily mistaken for Hitomi's younger sister.
  • Older Than She Looks: She still looks like a preteen girl despite being in her mid-thirties. Her daughter has inherited this trait from her.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Once she discovers Hitomi has indeed been bartending and taking part-time jobs, Minako assumes Hitomi did this intentionally to gain powerful connections all over Japan. Minako decides to let her daughter continue her way to the top.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: She's worried that her husband only married her because of the Arranged Marriage. Once he asserts his genuine love for her, they get in Sickeningly Sweethearts mode.

    Keiichirou Mishima 
Hitomi's father. He was overseas, but returned to Japan after losing his job. Unbeknownst to him, he ends up working for his own daughter.

  • Bumbling Dad: Hitomi gradually loses all respect for him for how undependable and gullible he is. It gets worse as he becomes her boot-licking employee.
  • Claustrophobia: He's claustrophobic, which his wife takes advantage of by placing a pail over his head to get him to behave.
  • Nepotism: His daughter hires him to work at her company after he loses his job. She doesn't let him know she and his boss are the same person, though.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Minako were an Arranged Marriage, but he makes it clear to her that he does really love her. They then start acting like Sickeningly Sweethearts, to Hitomi's annoyance.
  • Super Gullible: His own daughter is able to fool him into thinking she and his boss are different people by just wearing a pair of glasses. His family is baffled at this.

    Kasumi Yokoyama 
Hina's high school teacher.

  • Apathetic Teacher: She believes all her students are irredeemable morons and doesn't even care to try and set them straight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's constantly making dry comments at her students' moronic behaviour.
  • Only Sane Woman: She considers herself the only well-adjusted human being in a class full of idiots and weirdos. To be fair, working in a high school that can be translated to "Rock Bottom Academy" and being apathetic to their plight is rather justifiable.
  • Oral Fixation: She always has what looks like a thermometer in her mouth.

A fourth esper who arrives after the timeskip and aids the ambitions of a rival yakuza gang. A young boy, he claims he was sent to perform Rock-sion.

  • Empty Eyes: Has these, showcasing his sadistic nature.
  • Graceful Loser: He doesn't seem fazed when Hina defeats him on an esper match. Later subverted as he clearly is mad about it, it's just that he has enough dignity to not take it out on Hina.
  • Naked First Impression: Tsuda found him completely naked in his house.
  • Neat Freak: Seems to be obsessed with things being clean and dust-less.
  • Noble Demon: While he clearly has a Lack of Empathy towards others, his reason to come to the past is the most heroic of all, since he just wants to avoid the dark future in which a civil war happened and the espers were created.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Always has an unfazed smile on his face.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Reveals this to be his purpose, as he was sent to the past by the new organization to avoid having the characters repeating the mistakes that led to a city being blown up and a civil war starting.
  • The Sociopath: Subjects his partner to far more pain than Hina ever did with Nitta, all in the name of experimentation. He seems the kind that can only think about himself.

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