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The Yukawa Family

    Juri Yukawa 

Juri Yukawa

Voiced by: Chika Anzai (Japanese), Amber Lee Connors (English)
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An unemployed young woman who has failed 19 job interviews in a row.
  • Berserk Button: Juri doesn't take too kindly when some thugs call her "busty bitch". It even scares her grandpa.
  • Book Ends: In the first episode Juri is collapsed face down on the floor after another failed interview, with Makoto coming to fetch her. In the final episode the scene repeats only with a reborn Sagawa instead of Makoto and Juri being much happier. Juri even notes how it feels like she's already lived this before.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Juri's reaction when she learns that Sagawa's true plan wouldn't have hurt her, her family, or the world.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Juri realizes she met Majima years ago when they entered the Stalled World.
  • Heroic BSoD: She struggles to stay positive as her family is breaking down.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: It's eventually revealed that Juri had been to Stasis when she was a little kid. One night, her grandfather took her there, because her dog, Andre, was dying and she wanted to spend more time with him. When it was time to leave Stasis and let Andre pass on, Juri tearfully refused, which activated her ability to remove the jellyfish spirits from those who travel in Stasis and make them Stalled. She nearly forces her grandfather to join the Stalled, which knocks him unconscious. When he wakes up, he fears that Juri was in another session. But when he finds her, he decides that it's best that she never remembers her time in Stasis as a child.]]
  • Personality Powers: Juri is a driven, frustrated woman who spends most of her time trying to spark her family into doing something. In Stasis, this manifests as her ability to jolt people...an ability which, because it's being used in Stasis, is fatal.
  • Prophet Eyes: When using her power, Juri's eyes turn milky white. This is characteristic of any person who gains a Spectre power, such as Makoto when controlling his familiar, Majima while ignoring gravity, and Sagawa when partially a Herald.
  • The Reveal: The final episode has a big reveal when Juri meets the true Founder, a woman rendered immortal by Spectres. The man believed to be the Founder was her mortal husband who created the time stopping stones using the eye of a creature native to Stasis.
  • The Power of Love: Juri's special ability to force people roaming Stasis to join the Stalled seems to trigger when she thinks of her family.
  • Survival Mantra / Madness Mantra: “No more depressing thoughts.”
  • Women Are Wiser: Juri seems to be far more down to earth than her father and brother.
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    Grandfather 

Grandfather

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Carl Masterson (English)
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Juri's grandfather who holds the original magic stone that allows himself and anyone nearby to merge with Specters and travel through Stasis.
  • Cool Old Guy: Juri's grandfather is retired, and is one of the few who knows anything about the Stalled World. He's also a pretty upstanding guy, despite his gruff behavior.
  • No Name Given: Is always simply called "grandfather".
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of his family, which is what allows him to introduce Juri and Takafumi to Stasis in the first place.

    Takafumi Yukawa 

Takafumi Yukawa

Voiced by: Kouji Tsujitani (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
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Juri's slovenly father who was recently laid off from his job.
  • Black Sheep: Though the members of the Yukawa family are the main characters and normal people, it's later revealed Takafumi isn't entirely innocent. First, he summons Shouko's Herald family by testing how much bloodlust is needed for a Herald to show up (something which Sako calls him "sick" for). Then, he decides he wants to use the stone to cheat and steal so that his family can have a more prosperous life.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of the series' funnier moments are made at his expense.
  • Distressed Dude: Takafumi is taken hostage by the cult.
  • Fat Slob
  • Papa Wolf: Takafumi may be unemployed, but when his son and grandson are kidnapped, he jumps at the opportunity to save them.
  • Suppressed Rage: His internal dialogue is a long litany of complaints. When it's discovered that Heralds are attracted by the intent to kill a Stalled person, he summons one as soon as he puts his hand on the knife.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Takafumi is slowly shaping up to be this (though it seems to be Played for Laughs so far). He wants to abuse the Stasis Spell's power, but only so he can support his family.

    Tsubasa Yukawa 

Tsubasa Yukawa

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
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Juri's brother and a NEET who wastes his days playing video games at home.
  • Cool Uncle: Tsubasa is treated by his nephew Makoto as an older brother. Juri can also be considered a Cool Aunt.
  • Distressed Dude: Tsubasa and Makoto are kidnapped at the beginning of the story, although they escape thanks to being de-stalled.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: In Stasis, he decides to take care of Makoto so the boy won't follow the same path he did.
  • NEET: Part of being a shut in.
  • The Shut-In: Tsubasa is extremely reluctant to leave the house and is exceedingly timid when he goes to fetch Makoto.

    Makoto Yukawa 

Makoto Yukawa

Voiced by: Ryuto Iwata (Japanese), Kalin Coates (English)
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An innocent young boy and the nephew of Juri and Tsubasa.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Tsubasa calls Makoto "Ma-tan".
  • Cheerful Child: Very little gets the best of him, including being stuck in a world where time stands still, his uncle being attacked, the Heralds in general, feeling his Herald familiar's stomach being eaten by Sagawa and witnessing his grandfather's finger being chopped out. Only being kidnapped seems to have fazed him, but he gets over it quickly. This is lampshaded and Played for Laughs by Tsubasa.
  • Distressed Dude: Tsubasa and Makoto are kidnapped at the beginning of the story, although they escape thanks to being de-stalled.
  • Mind Manipulation: Later revealed to be able to control the Handlers with his mind.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Makoto may be young, but he comes as more mature than his 30 year old uncle and his grandfather.

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The Cult

    Junji Sagawa 

Junji Sagawa

Voiced by: Hozumi Goda (Japanese), Luis Galindo, Howard Wang (teen), Katelyn Barr (child), Kalin Coates (baby) (English)
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The leader of the Genuine Love Society who seeks to learn everything he can about the world of Stasis to use it for his own ends.
  • Affably Evil: Despite trying to kill the Yukawa family, Sagawa addresses everyone in a calm and courteous manner.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Sagawa's goal as he, through the power of the spectres and Stasis, desires to explore the mysteries of the universe beyond time and space while unshackled from the limitations of a mortal shell and lifespan.
  • Broken Pedestal: Sagawa deeply admired his father, a religious leader who seemed to be a pillar of morality. Then he discovered his father and best friend's mother were having an affair, destroying his belief in both father and religion.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sagawa is the main antagonist and has red eyes in the anime.
  • Visionary Villain: Sagawa is far more high-minded than his thug hires, claiming it is the duty of the Society to better the world using Stasis. That's a lie, but the truth is visionary in its own way: He wishes to become an immortal observer of the universe.

    Shiomi 

Shiomi

Voiced by: Yūya Uchida (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)
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Junji's right-hand man.

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Allies

    Shoko Majima 

Shoko Majima

Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Marissa Lenti (English)
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A mysterious woman who has led several members of the Genuine Love Society into Stasis, but secretly harbors her own plans to find her missing family.
  • Abusive Parents: It's implied through a flashback of Shouko's that her father may not have been the best parent. When her older brother, Yousuke, is misbehaving in the car, he hits him and tells him he's walking home.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Shouko's family crossed it when they found themselves trapped in the Yukawa's spell by accident, quickly becoming Heralds and would have happened the same to her had Juri not force her to join the Stalled.
    • In fact, Volume 4 elaborates that for those with weaker wills, their mental state eventually deteriorates to the point where they cross this trope, allowing the Spectres inside of them to take over and transform their human host into a Herald.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Shouko and Sako decide that working for the Genuine Love Society will bring nothing but trouble, so they choose to help the Yukawa.
  • Was Once a Man: Shouko reveals the Herald were once humans who chose to become permanent inhabitants of Stasis. Episode 5 also reveals that weak-willed people become Heralds when they feel trapped or lose the will to endure Stasis.

    Sako 

Sako

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Scott Gibbs (English)
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One of the henchmen for the Genuine Love Society who decides to stick with Shoko.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Shouko and Sako decide that working for the Genuine Love Society will bring nothing but trouble, so they choose to help the Yukawa.
  • Killed Offscreen: A unique variation. In the opening moments of episode 12, everybody is still in Stasis. After the opening, Shimio and Sako have already been expelled, with their frozen poses implying it was the result of a "surprise attack" from Juri.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Unlike the other members of the cult, he is only there to do a job and does not follow Sagawa's beliefs.

Other Characters

    Yosuke Majima 

Yosuke Majima

Voiced by: Savanna Menzel (English)
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Shoko's younger brother, who became a Handler 17 years ago.
  • Sole Survivor: When he and his parents were rescued, he is the only one who survived.
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