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This page is for characters that only appear in the first season of Jewelpet. For the Jewelpets themselves, see here.


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    Main Characters 

Rinko Kougyoku

Voiced by: Eri Kamei

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Rinko Kougyoku is the main heroine of the first series and Ruby's human partner. A 14-year-old junior high school student from Takaragaseki city, Rinko is a normal girl who dreams of a Prince Charming on a horse who will come and take her away. Rinko is a bit timid, has acrophobia, and isn't very good at school, but has a strong sense of justice. She along with Ruby and her friends are chosen by the Four Great Magicians of Jewel Land to gather the lost Jewelpets and return them to Jewel Land before disaster strikes both worlds.

Rinko is the only human who can use magical items: the Jewel Pocketbook, used with Ruby to awaken Jewelpets from their Jewel Charm state, and the Jewel Stick, which she uses to cast magic.

Minami Asaoka

Voiced by: AKINA

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Minami Asaoka is Rinko's childhood friend and Garnet's human partner. 14 years old and Rinko's classmate, Minami is a member of the school's kendo club, whose captain Hisashi Miyamoto she has a crush on. Her family owns an okonomiyaki shop in the city suburbs. She's a tomboy, though she likes typically feminine things as well, which she finds embarrassing and tries to keep a secret. She's the second person tasked with finding the Jewelpets.

Aoi Arisugawa

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

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Aoi Arisugawa is the daughter of the principal of the school Rinko attends and Sapphie's human partner. 14 years old and Rinko's classmate, Aoi is a member of the very rich and influential Arisugawa family. She has a calm and gentle personality, but doesn't have any true friends because of her status. Rinko sees how lonely she is and wants to be friends with her, and succeeds in it after a few misunderstandings and awakening Sapphie; and so Aoi becomes the last chosen human to retrieve Jewelpets. She's taken care of by her trusted butler Genshirou in her mansion when her parents are away. She has a crush on Naoto.

Keigo Tatewaki

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

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Keigo Tatewaki is secretary to the prime minister of Japan. When the migrating Jewelpets get lost on Earth, he is dispatched by Raku Majo to find Ruby, who's in Rinko's hands. He gives Rinko the Jewel Pocketbook and asks her to collect the lost Jewelpets. Given that the Jewelpets are supposed to be a national secret, he feels frustrated that Rinko, Ruby and their friends are so relaxed about their task. His feelings allow him to awaken Flora in episode 11.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Characters getting his name wrong is a Running Gag.
  • Adults Are Useless: Oh yeah, he might a qualified government worker, but that means jack in a show about magical girls and animals.
  • Arranged Marriage: His grandmother almost roped him into one with his childhood friend Chie.
  • Badass Normal
  • Baleful Polymorph: Dian turns him into a fly in episode 49.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his oddball behavior, a by-product of taking his job way too seriously, there's a reason he's one of the highest ranked agents of the Japanese government.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Catchphrase: In the first 11 episodes, expect him to drop the words "state secret" every three lines or so.
    • "I am Keigo Tatewaki, personal secretary to the prime-minister."
  • The Comically Serious
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Herald: His first task is to give the Jewel Pocketbook to whoever finds Ruby and instruct them in what they have to do.
  • Inner Monologue: His focus episodes start with one.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ruby calls him Takki starting from episode 11.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: His grandmother.
  • Out of Focus: After Akira's introduction, he's really only important in the episodes where the gang has to face Diana or Dian head-on.
  • Overt Operative: He tries NOT to be overt, but it's kind of difficult when you're dealing with teenagers and outgoing animals.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: From Chie's point of view; he's the suitor with a cushy job in the government, while the other suitor, Ken, is a simple apple farmer.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tries to come off as this; alas for him, he's the butt monkey.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Thought he wasn't qualified to take care of the Jewelpet problem in episode 11 and tried to leave, which is how he awakens Flora.
  • Twinkle Smile: Presumably to look cool, but considering what kind of show he's in, it ends up accentuating how ridiculous and old-fashioned he is.

Akira Nanase

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida

Akira Nanase is Nephrite's human partner and Rinko's neighbor. First appearing in episode 16, Akira is Rinko's best friend from America, who suddenly migrated back to Japan to live as her neighbor. He's part of a basketball team in New York City, USA. He also knows English, which he sometimes shows off in front of Rinko. His father is a photographer and is often away on work, leaving him in charge of the housework. Even though he brags sometimes, he has a secret crush on Rinko and hates Dian due to his influence on her.

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    Jewelers 

Hisashi Miyamoto

Voiced by: Takuya Desaki

The leader of the kendo club Minami attends and her love interest. He is very dedicated to the sport. His Jewelpet partner is Chite.

Naoto Sakuragi

Voiced by: Masataka Asuma

Naoto is a high-school student working part-time in a sushi restaurant. When he was younger, he had an anger problem and beat up a lot of kids to cope with it. When some kids killed a goldfish that he was protecting, his grandmother conforted him and advised him to use his strength to protect people. Diana's curse in episode 21 made him revert to his violent ways, but he kept his kind heart, which allowed him to protect Aoi from thugs and to awaken Aqua.

The Kougyoku Family

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (Sayuri), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Mitsuo)

Rinko's family consists of her and her parents. This section concerns her parents in specific. Mom's name is Sayuri and dad's is Mitsuo. After nearly going through a divorce, they awaken the Jewelpet Rald, which they consider part of the family, like Ruby.

  • Open-Minded Parent: They don't seem to mind that their daughter's involved with government secrets and an explosive little animal.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: They're still quite passionate about each other, and enjoy reenacting romantic scenes of the movies they watch.
  • Skewed Priorities: When mom turns into a kamaboko, her immediate concern is whether she's past the expiration date.

Genshirou Hattori

Voiced by: Takaoka Binbin

Genshirou Hattori is the head butler of the Arisugawa mansion and King's human partner. An expert in martial arts, he has been serving the Arisugawa family for 70 years and protects Aoi with his life. He has seven scars on his back which originated from an accident in which he protected little Aoi from steaming takoyaki balls. Because of that, he gained super-human strength and abilities.

  • The Ace: He's an hypercompetent butler capable of doing anything his master asks.
  • Silver Fox: With all of those muscles he is pretty hot for a 70-year old.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is very loyal to the Arisugawa family, especially to Aoi.

Kuranosuke Hinata

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto

Kuranosuke is a classmate of Rinko's introduced in episode 27. He's in the basketball team and is good friends with Akira. In episode 28, he competes against Ririka for the position of student council president. He wasn't confident about his abilities, which made him a prime target for Diana's curse, turning him into a rude delinquent type of guy. His feelings awaken Titana, who casts his magic on him, and he wins the election.

Ririka Himeno

Voiced by: Mariya Ise

Ririka attends the same school as Rinko and co.. She's a rich, popular girl who's always surrounded by hordes of people. In episode 31, she's cursed by Diana during the school festival, causing her to develop a streak of bad luck. When Aoi offers her her solidarity, she manages to awaken Sango.

Ryouko Azabu

Voiced by: Izumi Kitta

Ryouko is part of Aoi's Girl Posse. She is highly respectful of Aoi but disdainful of Rinko and Minami, though she warms up to them slightly after they help her solve the problem of her younger sister, Misaki. Her Jewelpet partner is Prase.

Megumi Hiro

Voiced by: Nanako Inoue

Megumi is the other half of Aoi's Girl Posse. She is overall similar to Ryouko in personality. In episode 9, she feels excluded because she's the only one among her circle without a Jewelpet. She eats a lot to cope with this, and Diana curses her into seeing herself as a pig whenever she looks in the mirror. Her sadness awakens Ryl. Megumi initially rejects her because she doesn't think Ryl is cute, but comes around when Ryl is kidnapped.

Misaki Azabu

Voiced by: Erina Nakayama

Ryouko's younger sister. She's cursed by Diana in episode 6, making her incapable of understanding anything she studies, which drives her into child delinquency. She's healed when Prase is unlocked.

Tetsuya and Hiroshi Asaoka

Voiced by: Momoko Ohara

Minami's little twin brothers. They're similar in personality, but tend to have disagreements. They're the ones to awaken Tour, who behaves like their older brother figure.

Raako Menma

Voiced by: Miki Takahara

Raako is a classmate of Rinko and co.. Her father owns a ramen restaurant and she helps him out with it. In episode 4, the restaurant is cursed by Diana. Raako's father's desperation at their ramen suddenly going bad and her resolve to solve the problem cause her to awaken the Jewelpet Rin, who helps them out with her knowledge of economy.

  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Apparently a hobby of hers. She's really bad at it, but Rin finds it hilarious.
  • Determinator: Keeps following the recipe despite the fact that it never comes out right. This perseverance is what allows her to awaken Rin.
  • Family Honor: Raako is reluctant to reveal the ramen recipe to Rinko and co. so they can help her, because it's a recipe her father worked on for years without rest, and believes outsiders shouldn't know it.
  • Meaningful Name: Raako Menma - combine the syllables in bold and you get 'ramen'.
  • Missing Mom: She's dead. Every night, before closing shop, she and her father pray to a family portrait featuring her for good luck.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny

Michiru Okegawa

Voiced by: Takumi Yasuaki

Michiru Okegawa, more known as Micchi, is a popular actor. He is enthusiastic about his job and believes in the power of dreams. In episode 12, Diana cursed him and he lost all of his passion and drive. An impassioned speech by Rinko snaps him out of it, awakening Peridot.

Chie

Voiced by: Mari Yamada

Takki's childhood friend. Chie was a unfeminine and messy child. When Takki's grandmother told him he was arranged to marry her in episode 13, he was horrified until he actually saw her; she had become a beautiful, proper woman. Diana's curse caused her feelings that people didn't care for what she wanted come to light. She awakens Milky. She ends up not marrying Taki and instead goes for another childhood friend of Takki's, Shishido.

  • Arranged Marriage: Takki's grandmother tries to force her on him, but it ends up not going through.
  • Japanese Delinquents: While cursed.
  • She's All Grown Up: From snot-nosed kid to beautiful, ideal Japanese woman.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Deconstructed. As the ideal dictates, she's quiet, submissive and attentive to others' needs; as Mint points out, this has lead to her developing a mask, hiding her true feelings of resentment towards the fact that no one takes into consideration what she wants, which makes her an easy target for Diana's curse.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has it dark blue.

Hanako Kabeno

Voiced by: Satomi Hanamura

Hanako is a homely girl who exchanges letters with a famous model named Harato. She is nervous about seeing him in person as she thinks her appearance will disgust him. She awakens the Jewelpet Luna, who changes her appearance into that of a beautiful, fashionable girl. However, the spell only lasts until midnight, allowing Harato to see what she's actually like. He tells her that he's always liked her because of her personality and doesn't think she's ugly at all.

    Phantom Herb Thieves 
The Phantom Herb Thieves are a homeless, nominally-criminal group that Diana hires to find the lost Jewelpets for her. They are Mint, Sage and Aojisho.

  • Comic Trio: Mint's the leader, Sage's the complainer and Aojisho's the idiot.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The trio had been together for a long time, and they had a hard time getting money. Suddenly, Diana came...
    • Sage shed more light on this in episode 19: one rainy day, he encountered a black kitten who looked just like Diana and took pity on her, using his broken umbrella to shield her from the rain. But when he was about to leave, he again took pity on the kitten and took her back to Mint's place. She forbade taking in cats, but he insisted, and she reluctantly agreed. He took care of the kitten as his little sister until she disappeared. In his desperation, he encountered a Jewel Charm which told him that it was her. It told the thieves that the only way of releasing her was to get exposed to Rinko's awakening magic and they did so, coinciding with the events from the first two episodes of the anime. But it turned out the kitten they awakened wasn't the one they were looking for, but instead, an evil Jewelpet named Diana. Sage was heartbroken that he would never find the kitten, until Mint told him the kitten had gone back to her original owners.
  • Expy: They are a trio of bad guys who steal precious creatures from the heroes, introducing themselves with a motto and they’re blasting off at the end of each episode… Just like Team Rocket from the Pokémon anime series. Mint and Sage are also share traits with Jessie and James.
  • Freudian Trio: Mint's the superego, Sage's the ego and Aojisho's the id.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang
  • Harmless Villain: The thieves are as negligible as flies in their attempts to interfere in the heroes' quest.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the mid season climax, Mint, sick of Diana's BS, turns against her and helps Rinko defeat her. She then leaves with her fellow thieves to go find a new, honest life for themselves.
  • Honor Among Thieves: The thieves consider each other family. They stick together through thick and thin.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: They only started stealing when they met Diana and they fail every time.
  • Put on a Bus: They disappear after episode 26 and aren't heard from until episode 51.
    • However, they appear in Jewelpet disguises in Rinko's dream in episode 40.
  • Stupid Crooks: They're really not cut out for a life of crime, failing to take chances when they're right in front of them.
  • Terrible Trio: Three bad guys; the leader a somewhat normal-looking woman who's way in over her head, her two underlings a lanky man and a pudgy woman, both, if not all, incompetent.
  • Theme Naming: Their names are based on spices.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Between their disappearance and reappearance, they join the army and become healthy and battle-capable.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Lemon-flavored milk.

Mint

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi

The leader, a tough, punk-looking woman. Awakens Kaiya and becomes her partner.

  • Christmas Cake: Mint is 30-something years old and takes offense at being reminded of it.
  • Cool Shades: There are always a pair of sunglasses on her forehead.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Mint has heavy blue shadows on her eyelids.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her punk-ish getup features one opera glove on one arm and the other arm totally uncovered.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears thigh-high, black leather boots.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mint is harsh and unforgiving due to having lived all her life on the street, fending for herself, but she does have a soft spot for her fellow thieves (who also happen to be her childhood friends) and has a certain sense of justice, as she ultimately heeds Rinko and turns against her evil boss Diana.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her unruly hair includes bangs that fall over her eyes, albeit without obscuring them.
  • Shonen Hair: Mint has short, spiky hair that defies gravity.
  • Stocking Filler: Mint has fishnet stockings.

Sage

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi

A sickly, gangly man who loves cats. Accidentaly awakens Diana, technically making them partners, though Diana doesn't care about that.

  • Creepy Cute: In-Universe - Sage refers to himself as such in their motto.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Sage is fond of cats and tried to adopt and care for a kitten despite his downtrodden lifestyle. When Mint sent it off to be adopted by someone who could actually support a cat, Sage accepted it, knowing the cat would be happier.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Sage is truthfully a nice guy and is too weak to do harm, but he has to stick with the thieves and Diana since they're his only hope of getting off the streets.
  • Nice Hat: Has a cool fedora.
  • Non-Action Guy: Mint and Aojisho fight somewhat well, but Sage is too weak to do so.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Has hair covering half of his face, making him creepier-looking.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Certainly, Sage is very lean and tanned, he dresses fashionably and has a dry wit - but the effect is lost by his sickliness and not being handsome at all.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.

Aojisho

Voiced by: Akiko Kobayashi

A stocky, peppy woman. Awakens Kohaku and becomes his partner.

    The Majos 

Voiced by: Nakano Inoue (Raku), Mariko Nagahama (Ki), Yuki Kaida (Ai), Junko Minagawa (Do)

The Majos are the Four Great Magicians and leaders of Jewel Land. They are Raku Majo (the leader), Ki Majo (the plump, jolly one), Ai Majo (the one who cries easily) and Do Majo (the angry one). They are the ones who send Ruby in her quest to the human world.


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