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Himeko Kurusugawa
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

The Solar Priestess. Himeko is a very shy, innocent 16-year-old girl. She has known Chikane for many years without knowing Chikane's affections towards her.

Chikane Himemiya
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)

The Lunar Priestess. Chikane is a very commanding girl. She has a very noble and elegant aura, lives in a large mansion with many maids, and is considered to be of the highest standing at their school. However, she has been in love with Himeko since they first met.

  • Academic Athlete: She is said to excel both in academics and sports.
  • Action Girl: Although it did jack shit when facing against the super powered Orochi necks. However, one Face–Heel Turn later, she gets to use those dark Orochi powers combined with her natural prowess, turning her to a dark, yet effective counterpart of the trope.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga, Chikane is with the Orochi from the beginning; in the anime, she joins after seeing Souma kissing Himeko and Chikane recovers her past life memories. In the manga Chikane doesn't reveal herself as the Lunar Priestess and the eighth head of Orochi until halfway through, when Chikane rapes Himeko; in the anime, the priestesses work together throughout until Chikane joins Orochi.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, her hair is dark turquoise and she has brown eyes. In the anime, she still has blue hair, but now her Curtains Match the Window.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, beautiful, graceful, imposing and has long dark blue hair.
  • Attractiveness Isolation: Lampshaded by a character, who says that "simply having the courage to directly ask her out makes one a hero".
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One of the reasons why she fell in love with Himeko was because Himeko was the first person to treat her as an ordinary girl and to befriend her not because of her social position or looks.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt or bully Himeko in front of Chikane.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Souma's Betty for Himeko's Archie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Her whole reason for making an apparent Face–Heel Turn and raping Himeko. Chikane wants to make sure Himeko will hate her and kill her, so she can die in her place.
  • Broken Ace: Beautiful, smart, athletic, and popular, but tormented by her Gayngst and having murdered Himeko in their past lives and the necessity of one of them having to die again.
  • Bury Your Gays: Chikane dies and gets erased from existence. However, in The Stinger epilogue, Chikane appears to have kept her promise of not letting even the gods stop her from returning to Himeko.
  • Chick Magnet: She's extremely popular among both genders and is the frequent target of love confessions.
  • Cry Cute: In the finale.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: She and Himeko gain their powers as priestesses on their 16th birthday, the same day that Yamato no Orochi first manifests and begins its attempt to destroy the world.
  • Death Glare: Chikane will gladly give one of these to anyone who tries to bully Himeko behind her back.
  • Declaration of Protection: She desires to protect Himeko.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Ever since she met Himeko, Chikane has done anything possible to be by her side, even if Himeko feels uncomfortable about it because of Chikane's social status.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Chikane steals Himeko's first kiss while she is unconscious as a "birthday gift".
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She can play the piano, which befits her elegant and noble image.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She has her own fangirl club at school.
  • Expy: Of Azuma Hazuki from Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito.
  • Fake Defector: As it turns out, she only becomes The Eighth Neck of Orochi so she can destroy his support from within.
  • Gayngst: Her love for Himeko brings her great angst, as she thinks those feelings are wrong because they're both girls and Himeko already likes a guy. This is considered a legit despair factor to become a member of Orochi.
  • Godiva Hair
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is jealous of Souma's closeness to Himeko and him being more capable to protect her in battle.
  • Guile Heroine: Pulls a Batman Gambit after recalling having killed Himeko in her past life. She rapes Himeko, steals Soma's Orochi mech while making Miyako thinks that her Mind Rape works, then she kills the other Orochi Heads, and awakens Orochi herself. All this in order to get Himeko to kill her for the world rebirth ritual to be complete and to push her far enough to summon a god by herself since a memory of her old self implanted a hatred for said god in the back of her mind.
  • Hair Decorations: Her headband.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She awakens Orochi herself and manipulates Himeko into killing her, so she can defeat Orochi, die in Himeko's place, and break the reincarnation loop.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation
  • I Am a Monster: Chikane is clearly aware of the depravities she had to go through in order to ensure Himeko's survival and thinks she does not deserve to be loved back. Himeko manages to see through the 'monster' image she cultivated and loved her in return.
  • Indifferent Beauty: For her, being a School Idol that even the girls want is not a big deal.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Himeko's happiness is the most important thing to Chikane.
  • Knife Nut: Uses knives a lot in the second half of the anime.
  • Lady of War
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Himeko's light.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Himeko.
  • Love Makes You Evil: To the point of violating her beloved Himeko. However, this is all so that Himeko will be willing to kill her.
  • Lunacy
  • Matchmaker Crush: Chikane tries to pair Himeko up with Souma because she wants her to be happy.
  • Meaningful Name: Himemiya means "princess temple".
  • Miko
  • Mistaken for Romance: Many students, Himeko included, think Chikane and Souma are dating. In reality, there is nothing going on between them, and they are in fact love rivals for Himeko's affections.
  • Necessarily Evil: All her actions after her apparent Face–Heel Turn are in order to get Himeko to hate her enough to kill her.
  • Official Couple: With Himeko.
  • Ojou: She's the daughter of a rich and extremely influential family and lives in a Big Fancy House with many maids.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She was fond of climbing trees as a child. She also likes horseback riding.
  • Peerless Love Interest: Chikane seems to be the perfect girl; beautiful, talented, the heiress of a prestigious family and the most popular girl at school. Even having the courage to propose to her elevates you above the other students. Himeko is absolutely smitten by her and believes that she's living the dream when (due to one thing and another) she begins living with her. Deconstructed — crazy things happen and in the end, Chikane is revealed to be neither angel nor devil, just a girl the same age as Himeko. There's no such thing as a peerless lover.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She ends up raping Himeko and pulling a Face–Heel Turn, but this is later revealed to be an act to fool the Orochi so she can destroy his support from within and manipulate Himeko into killing her. It's just the 'psycho' part that is an act, her lesbian traits are genuine, much to her distress.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is so long it reaches down to her knees.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has long dark blue hair and pure white skin and everyone sees her as the most beautiful girl in the school.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Souma's Red.
  • Reincarnation
  • Reincarnation Romance: With Himeko.
  • Ret Gone: After defeating Orochi and restoring the world, Chikane was apparently erased from existence. However, in The Stinger, we see her and Himeko reunited at some unspecified time in the future.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: With Himeko.
  • School Idol: She's the most popular girl at school with a considerable fanbase following of both genders.
  • Screw Destiny: Combined with The Power of Love, Chikane manages to free herself and Himeko from the continual reincarnation loop of fighting against the Orochi and having one kill the other.
  • Seme: She's a mysterious dark-haired beauty who pursues and protects the innocent and helpless Himeko. Attention is often drawn to the contrast between Chikane's desires and Himeko's virginal innocence.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Chikane was really prepared to be marked as a traitorous, rapist bitch and an Omnicidal Maniac Psycho Lesbian in the eyes of Himeko and then retconned out of existence in order to make sure Himeko survives.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has eyes for Himeko.
  • Solar and Lunar: She is associated with the moon, Himeko with the sun.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She comes from a very rich family, but Chikane is very kind and modest about her social status.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Himeko, as one of them needs to kill the other. However, they are (probably) finally able to be together after Chikane breaks the reincarnation loop and returns to Himeko.
  • Strike Me Down: Chikane tries hard to manipulate Himeko into killing her because she doesn't want to have to kill Himeko again in order to restore the world.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Chikane's sharp eyes emphasize her imposing and prestigious image and are appropriately countered by Himeko's Tareme Eyes.
  • Uptown Girl: A rich Ojou who has fallen in love with the middle-class girl Himeko.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Don't lay a finger on Himeko. Otherwise, Chikane will kick your sorry ass from here to Orion.
  • Visual Pun: Look carefully at her yellow headband and her dark blue hair. Here's a hint: view it sideways.
  • Yandere: Her feelings for Himeko border upon obsession and eventually Chikane ends up forcing herself on Himeko to keep her from thinking about anything besides her. Subverted since Chikane only did it to force Himeko to hate her and kill her so that Himeko could live on and be happy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue hair, in her case.



Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)

The First Neck, he is considered the leader and the most powerful of the Orochi. His mecha is Take no Yasukunazuchi.

Sister Miyako

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP), Melissa Fahn (EN)

The Second Neck. She is a nun who is the first Orochi to appear and attack, having lost her faith due to living through a terrible war. Her mecha is Yatsu no Onokoshizuchi.


Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

The Third Neck, he is one of the first Orochi to attack the miko. Girochi is said to be Miyako's younger brother. Presumably, the same war that destroyed his sister's church claimed the life of their parents and left Girochi traumatized and disillusioned. His mecha is Hi no Ashinazuchi, nicknamed Gungal.


Voiced by: Kana Ueda (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN)

The Fourth Neck. She is a delusional pop idol whose dismal sales are partly responsible for her becoming one of the Orochi. Her mecha is Ooube no Senazuchi, nicknamed Final Stage.

  • A-Cup Angst: She didn't take it well when her fellow Necks compared that Chikane, fresh after her Face–Heel Turn, had bigger boobs than her.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Broken Bird: It's said Corona was "betrayed by her dreams" and it's all but stated that she suffered sexual abuse and tons of failure in her singing career (she's currently the 69th on the charts), quite possibly rendering her sexual abuse All for Nothing. This is what motivated her to become one of the Orochi and want to destroy the world.
  • Butt-Monkey: Her overall delusion on her job made her an easy picking for fellow Necks to ridicule at, up and up including people mistaking her position at the idol charts, or having her boob size picked on (see A-Cup Angst). She's only second to Girochi in this terms, since at least she's not quite as much as a Dumb Muscle as him.
  • Evil Diva: Without the Mind Control Magic Music part. Corona is a pop idol who is part of a group trying to destroy the world out of bitterness of losing her fame and very severe issues she had before that. However, at the end Corona's life is retconned and she's able to be a successful Idol Singer without going for prostitution, presumably because either she managed to do things in another way, the fans are more appreciative to her, or she didn't meet questionable managers that forced her to do such thing.
  • Femme Fatalons: She's an Evil Diva with long, sharp orange nails.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Idol Singer: She's a pop idol, but her decaying fame has motivated her to join the Orochi.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In personal combat, Corona throws lipsticks at her target. This attack is not as harmless as it might sound, since these lipsticks carry a kinetic charge capable of causing explosions.
  • Rape as Backstory: The flashback showing her Freudian Excuse heavily implies she was forced to prostitute herself to get her first big break in show business. And after her first break, she went down the ranking to the point of the 69th. Thus, her prostitution was rendered All for Nothing.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her twintails reach down to her waist.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears orange thigh-high stockings.

Reiko Ota

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)

The Fifth Neck. She is an antisocial manga artist of few words. Reiko continues her "day job" as a member of the Orochi and has in fact done better on the market since joining, though her manga have taken on very dark themes since then. Her mecha is Ho no Shuraizuchi.

  • Artist Disillusionment: In-Universe example. The reason why she joined Orochi was because the type of stories she originally liked didn't sell much, making her unable to make profit and reach for her dreams in the same time. She has been left extremely bitter that her manga got screwed by Executive Meddling. Her flashback scene refers to "Hurt by success", which implied that there was a time that her dream manga found success, but with the shift of audience tastes, Darker and Edgier manga sold more and her editors forced her to make the type of stories that didn't fit with her heart, but the editors forced her anyway based on her past success.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has auburn hair and eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Anytime she speaks, it's usually snarking at either the current situation of her teammates. Especially Corona, who she always refer as her rank in the idol charts... one number bigger (69th, as opposed to 68th)
  • Hair Decorations: She wears her hair tied in a loose ponytail with a yellow ribbon.
  • Meganekko
  • The Pen Is Mightier: In personal combat, Reiko throws explosive fountain pens at her targets.
  • The Quiet One: She doesn't like to talk, and when she does it's usually very short.
  • Reclusive Artist: In-Universe example. She's a very antisocial and quiet manga artist and she barely interacts with the other Orochi.
  • The Stoic


Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (JP), Sandy Fox (EN)

The Sixth Neck. She is a small Cat Girl who is often seen wearing a nurse's outfit and wielding a giant syringe. It is later revealed that she was the subject and victim of horrible medical experiments, which is most likely what made her an Orochi follower. Her mecha is Izuhara no Tamazuchi, nicknamed Meow Meow (Nya Nya).

  • Blush Sticker: She has a permanent blush on her cheeks. They emphasize her cuteness.
  • Cat Girl: She lacks the ears to complete the image, but she does have the cat's tail, mannerisms and name of the trope.
  • Cute and Psycho: One time, Nekoko went on a rampage which destroyed several Japanese landmarks, acting like a cute little girl having fun.
  • Expy: Possibly one to Taruto, the main character from Kaishaku's previous work, Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto.
  • Genki Girl
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: A cute little Cat Girl in a nurse's outfit who attacks with a giant syringe the size of her body.
  • The Medic: Nekoko's syringe contains some form of medication that can heal injuries and sickness, but the injection causes horrible pain, as noted by Girochi.
  • Playing with Syringes: The flackback to her past shows the terrified cat girl in a laboratory, strapped to a chair and about to be experimented on...
  • Verbal Tic: "~nya!"

Souma Ogami

Voiced by: Junji Majima (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

Himeko's childhood friend who is as popular at school as Chikane, which is why most of their fellow students believe he and Chikane are dating. He's supposed to be Orochi's Seventh Neck, but he was able to resist becoming completely evil and is the first Orochi to be purified. Like Chikane, he is in love with Himeko and is extremely protective of her. His mecha is Take no Yamikazuchi.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Chikane's Veronica for Himeko's Archie.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Tsubasa's Cain.
  • The Champion: To Himeko. He resists Orochi's corruption so he can be Himeko's lone protector.
  • Chick Magnet: He's very popular among the girls of his school.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Himeko.
  • Cool Bike: His motocycle.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His dad was physically abusive. His older brother Tsubasa ended up stabbing him to death to protect Souma.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a Neck of Orochi, sure, but that doesn't mean he isn't one of the good guys.
  • Declaration of Protection: He promises Himeko he will protect her.
  • Dogged Nice Guy
  • Faustian Rebellion: As a member of the Orochi, he is granted powers by the evil god and the use of a Humongous Mecha that is a part of the god's physical form. However, he manages to resist the god's corruption and proceeds to use both against the other Orochi. However, the god is capable of punishing him for this, and does so, inflicting him with a curse that would encase his body in scales and eventually petrify him outright.
  • Happily Adopted: He was adopted by the Ogami family after Tsubasa killed their Abusive Parent.
  • Heroic RRoD: His Orochi-granted powers eventually petrify him, but Tsubasa saves him.
  • Heroic Willpower: Souma was able to resist The Corruption of the Orochi and remain good because his desire to protect the girl he loves from the other bad guys was just that strong.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Idiot Hair
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: At the end, he accepts that Himeko loves Chikane the most and wishes them to be happy.
  • Lady and Knight: Souma is the brave warrior who betrayed Orochi to do the right thing and protect Himeko, the mystical Priestess of the Sun. While Himeko cares deeply about Souma, she eventually chooses Chikane as her lover. Souma, to his credit, respects Himeko's decision and remains her Knight.
  • Meaningful Name: Oogami means "great god".
  • Mistaken for Romance: Himeko and many other students at school are under the wrong impression that he and Chikane are dating. However, we know they are both interested in Himeko instead.
  • Nice Guy
  • Oblivious Adoption
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Tsubasa.
  • The Power of Love: His love for Himeko is what makes him overcome the brainwashing power of the Orochi and prevents him from becoming a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds like the other Orochi.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Chikane's Blue.
  • The Rival: To Chikane.
  • Romantic False Lead: For most of the series, he acts as Himeko's potential love interest and Chikane's romantic rival. Of course, the series genre alone lets you know who Himeko is going to end up with.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: He's a very Nice Guy who truly wishes to protect Himeko and Himeko does show to have feelings for him too several times. Unfortunately for Souma, this is the wrong series to love his girl and Himeko and Chikane are clearly meant to be the Official Couple.
  • School Idol: He's as popular as Chikane at school.
  • Sixth Ranger: While Himeko and Chikane are trying to complete the Ame no Murakumo summoning ritual, Souma assists in the fights against the other Orochi Necks with his mecha.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only good Neck.
  • Twice Shy: With Himeko.


     Other characters 

Ame no Murakumo

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP), Karen Thompson (EN)

The god of swords. When Orochi rises, it is prophesied that only the god of swords will stand against it and be able to undo the damage that Orochi causes. However, Himeko and Chikane are unable to complete the Ame no Murakumo summoning ritual for some reason.

  • BFS
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Jerkass Gods: Ame no Murakumo stands for goodness and mankind's survival, but that didn't stop it from making up the rule to have the Mikos that revived her kill the other one to complete the ritual, uncaring about the anguish of the surviving Miko. No wonder that Chikane's predecessor was so pissed at the God and implanted her memories to the current Chikane to enable her to Screw Destiny.

Yamata no Orochi

Voiced by: Goro Naya (JP)

A god who wants to replace the world of humanity with a place of darkness and nihilism. It acts through its eight followers, the Orochi, each of whom possesses a Humongous Mecha that is an aspect of the god itself.

Kazuki Ogami

Voiced by: Moichi Saito (JP), Lex Lang (EN)

Souma's older brother and legal guardian, as well as priest of the temple of the Solar and Lunar Miko.


Voiced by: Omi Minami (JP), David Keifer (EN)

The temple assistant, his duties are to assist the priest and Miko in readying the weapon that will defeat the Orochi.

Otoha Kisaragi

Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

Chikane's personal maid, who has a Subordinate Excuse-like crush on her.

Makoto Saotome

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)

Himeko's friend and roommate.

Izumi, Misaki and Kyoko

Izumi is voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)
Misaki is voiced by: Kaori Mine (JP), Cristina Valenzuela (EN)
Kyoko is voiced by: Yukiko Minami (JP), Mela Lee (EN)

A group of girls who are Chikane's biggest fans at school. They are very jealous of Himeko and usually bully her as a result.


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