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Takeru Oyama

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Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

The protagonist of Maken-ki!, who's recently enrolled at Tenbi Academy with his childhood friend, Haruko Amaya. Since he's new at the academy, he's struggling to adjust to how things work, such as their duelling system, where his predisposition to protect girls rubs the other students the wrong way, when he interferes. Which might be easier for them to forgive, if he also wasn't a pervert.


  • Above the Influence: It varies, depending on the scene and Takeru's level of willpower.
    • In chapter 39, he tried to strip Aki so he could finish oiling her, despite her protests, which ended due to Celia dragging him off. And during the Himekagura Festival, he was caught lusting after Love Espada, but still turned her down when she came onto him since she was with Kamigari.
    • Takeru had no problems pouncing Aki in the OVA when she said he could do whatever he wanted; not realizing Aki was drunk. Whereas in episode 5 (season 2), he refrained from trying anything with her the entire time they were on the island; including when they were in the bath together.
  • Accidental Pervert: Haruko and Himegami might be willing to buy it, if they didn't know better. Which makes the few times that it really is an accident hard for them to believe.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Colored manga scans show Takeru's hair is dark brown, but the anime changed it to being red.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Takeru enrolled at Tenbi Academy specifically because it used to be an all girl school, that's recently turned Co-Ed. So the student body is predominantly female. Meaning, lots and LOTS of eye candy and fap material.
  • Art Evolution: Over the course of 73 chapters (plus a few bonuses), Takeru went from looking like a wimpy nerd with glasses to a slightly above average dude. You have to see it to believe it.
  • Berserk Button: Due to a tragic childhood incident involving his mother, he's developed a fierce predisposition to protect all women. Therefore, if he perceives anyone as picking on a girl, it's likely to set him off.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: See the Unstoppable Rage entry.
  • Book Dumb: It's mainly to facilitate exposition, since the others will fill him in for the benefit of the readers. But it's still egregious that's he's clueless about matters even a first-year student should know.
    • Himegami had to explain that Tenbinote  is essentially a small autonomous nation. In chapter 15, Haruko and Inaho had to tell him what Amanohara was, despite it being a prominent landmark that's visible from anywhere on campus.
    • He later scored 20 on his mid-terms, prompting a weekend cram session. Usui had to re-educate him about how Element works, which is considered basic at the academy.
  • Butt-Monkey: As a harem protagonist, it comes with the territory, though he brings it on himself most of the time.
  • Buxom Is Better: By his own admission, which is one of the main reasons he's got the hots for Haruko, who's an H-Cup.
  • Chick Magnet: So far, he's got Inaho, Celia, Haruko, and Love Espada all vying for his attention. The only one whose feelings he's unaware of is Haruko, since she keeps insisting that they're just friends. The others aren't shy about their affections for him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Especially in the anime. In episode 5 (season 2), he gets stranded alone on an island with Ms. Aki, yet never tried to take advantage of the situation, while fighting his hormones half the time. In another he never take advantage of an amnesiac Haruko that repeatedly tease him.
  • Childhood Friends: With Haruko and Inaho, at different points during his childhood. He and Haruko studied martial arts together at his family's dojo, and he met Inaho sometime afterward.
  • Condescending Compassion: Takeru’s Wouldn't Hit a Girl comes across as this as it is the result of now wanting to experience the feeling of watching his mother die again. He attends an Academy of Adventure attended by Action Girls who literally bet their souls in the outcome of their duels. Yet no matter how many times they beat him up and tell him how insulted they are by it he continues to jump into their fights.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Takeru spends most of his time perving on the girls and getting his ass kicked because of it. But if the situation calls for it... you get the idea.
    • Made moreso in chapter 98, which reveals Takeru is one of the only known ability users capable of using White Elementnote . This makes him their trump card against Yamato Takeru, since it's the only thing that can hurt him.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Done twice (anime only):
    • The first was in episode 13, after recovering from Celia's attack to find he'd been turned into a girl. So Takeru decided to have fun with her new body.
    • In episode 8 of season 2, while the girls are looking at tadpole-like objects through the microscope, Takeru's seated next to them with a box of tissues. Both his hands are under the desk as he convulses, then brings up another petri-dish for them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Seen at different points in both the manga and the anime. Such as his response to Uruchi, when she bluntly told him how she felt about being assigned to work with him in episode 5.
    Uruchi: (refusing to make eye-contact) "Let's get something straight: I don't like you, and frankly, you probably won't do anything except get in my way."
    Takeru: (thinking) "Geez... tell me how you REALLY feel..."
    • He wasn't as kind to Azuki (chapter 10), for calling him and Usui out on the real reason they were pushing for Co-Ed swim classes; especially since she happened to be sewing at the time.
    Azuki: (snarkily) "Hahaha! In other words: you guys are upset that you won't get to see the girls in their swimsuits. Why are Tenbi guys such idiots."
    Takeru: (watching her sew) "Once again, trying to be a 'girl'."
  • Declaration of Protection: In regards to Haruko and Inaho. In the latter's case, back when they were children, he promised her he'd become strong enough to protect her forever.
  • The Determinator: As a shonen protagonist, heroic resolve is his bread-and-butter. In extreme instances, such as when he fought Tesshin, he can go from being intimidated, to suddenly overwhelming his opponent in the next instant. Takeru even went so far as to break his own back just to avoid Tesshin's punch, in order to create an opening. Then healed himself by biting Tesshin and directly absorbing his Element through the wound.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Just the thought of a girl being taken advantage of is enough to set him off... unless it's a hot girl doing it to another girl. Then he's cool with it.
  • Easy Amnesia: By chapter 59, Takeru finally remembers the promise he made to Inaho and what caused him to forget it. It was the result of giving himself a head injury to match the one Tesshin had given Inaho.
  • First Kiss: Except he missed when it happened, since he was seeing stars thanks to Himegami falling directly on top of him. But she made it official, when she gave him a full one on the lips at the end of episode 4 (chapter 5).
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He and Inaho first met when they were children, but, as far as he can recall, he's never seen her prior to enrolling at Tenbi.
  • Generation Xerox: He's descendant of Yabiko Himegami and not only looks exactly like him, he's also inherited his Blood Pointer technique.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
    • In chapter 29, he talks Usui out of peeping on the girls private party, but regrets it the following morning when they hear what they missed out onnote .
    • But chapter 69 presents an unsettling example, which shows he and Usui have no problem with girls being raped, so long as it's done by another girl. Their only regret was not being there to see it.
  • Good Old Fashioned Fisticuffs: While he possesses overwhelming power, Takeru's preferred method is to take the opponent head-on and beat the ever living shit out of them.
  • Harem Seeker: Publicly admitted in chapter 84, when Takeru Yamato leads an all-out attack on the Academy.
    Takeru: (matter-of-factly, at Yamato) "Right now, I should be doing 'Ufufu' and 'hahah' with my harem. I won't let you ruin the spring of my youth.
    Takaki: (skeptically) I'm sorry... his' "harem"...?
    Chacha: (laughing) Yeah, but it's only Haruko, though.
  • Heroic RRoD: During a flashback in chapter 67, Minori explains that Blood Pointer shortens his lifespan each time he uses it. Adding that he's already lost at least three years.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's overemotional, but often wavers, which is the main reason he's unable to properly channel Element. Tesshin came to the same realization shortly after meeting Takeru, as well. However, during their fight, he also realized that Takeru is able to turn all emotionsnote  into Element, to empower and heal himself.
  • Identical Grandson: To Himegami's deceased brother, Yabiko.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Minori made him train for days, while wearing wrist and ankle bands weighted with 100 kilos of Kudatama to build his Element. Takeru found that once he took them off, his body felt much lighter and that he'd become faster. So he decided to keep them on, eventually becoming so fast that the extra weight was no longer an issue.
  • Nerd Glasses: Subverted, since he doesn't have the book smarts that's supposed to come with 'em. But he eventually stops wearing them, because they kept breaking.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Even if he didn't intend too, by showing Otohime that he can undo her Maken's brainwashing that uses Black Element, she develops a much more effective way of brainwashing that not only is irreversible but also removes the restrictions on those she uses it on. In other words, he gave Otohime the ticket she needed to create her elite bodyguards.
  • Nosebleed: He can't help himself since his mind is almost always in the gutter. It happened in chapter 28, while staring at Haruko in a bikini, and in chapter 69 while staring at Love Espada in a thong.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Ever since meeting Haruko again, now that she's grown into his ideal woman. Problem is, she keeps saying she isn't interested in him that way. But he hopes one day that she will, which is why he turned down Inaho.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: By his own admission, he felt relieved when Ouken died, since he didn't have to do it himself. But his outlook changed once Himegami sacrificed her life to save him from Takeru Yamato. He no longer cared that Gouken was possessed by him, he beat him to death regardless.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: His power varies based on the amount of Element he's able to draw from. By drawing Element from Tesshin and Minori, he became strong enough to face Ouken, then Takeru Yamoto in battle. But with his own power alone, he found he was weaker than a third year student.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Which is one of the main reasons the other guys at Tenbi can't understand what the girls see in him.
  • Smooch of Victory: He gets one full on the lips, from Himegami, for coming to her defense at the end of the fourth episode. Which also counted as his First Kiss.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Deconstructed. The manga shows that overwhelming power and determination alone aren't enough to overcome differences in skill, intellect, and experience. Which is why Takeru's lack of book smarts and his impulsiveness usually cause trouble for himself and those whom he's trying to protect. Haruko and the rest of the student council usually have to come to his rescue, even though he's stronger than they are.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Noted in the Power Creep, Power Seep entry.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: According to Himegami, his "Blood Pointer" ability is proof that he's distantly related to her father and brother.
  • Super Senses: By chapter 43, he's learned how to gauge other's condition through sensing the state of their Element. Which how he knew Minori was reaching her limit versus Ouken.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Takeru is the hero of the story and Takeru Yamato's main opposition, his role is secondary to Himegami's.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: With such regularity that it's hard to blame Haruko for thinking he's doing it on purpose, since half the time he is.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Prior to his battle with Takeru Yamato, he used to refrain from killing. That changed after Himegami died, to protect him from what would've been a fatal attack. At that point, all Takeru saw was red.
  • Those Two Guys: Takeru often hangs with Kengo Usui, who's a fellow pervert. So they're always trying to find ways to peek at the girls.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By chapter 48, he's gone from barely being able to channel his Element, to gaining enough control over it to go toe-to-toe with Ouken Yamato and hand him his ass!]]
    • After losing the first battle of the Himekagura Festival and being trounced by the third years, Takeru visits his father's dojo and inherits the Kamudo from Inaho (which originally belonged to the Oyama Family). With this new upgrade, Takeru has become strong enough to ward off a sniper attack from Serin and even knock out Idaten with one punch.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Though he gradually learns how to channel Element and make use of his Blood Pointer ability, he still lacks the control and discipline of other ability users, because he's overemotional. But he has such overwhelming power that it usually doesn't matter.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Pity anyone he perceives as threatening a girl, 'cuz they're likely to set him off, during which, he can momentarily overpower nearly any opponent. It allowed him to tank a direct hit from Kai, despite his gargantuan size and muscle mass, nullifying the attack altogether. It was taken to it's logical conclusion when he killed Gouken, despite Leo's attempts to pull Takeru off of him.
  • Unwanted Rescue: He means well, but his help usually isn't wanted, or even needed, since the girls at Tenbi are more than capable of defending themselves. A fact which Azuki and Minori pointedly spell out for him on separate occasions. Regardless, Takeru will still intervene anytime he thinks any of them are in danger.
  • Will They or Won't They?: While it's known that he and Haruko have feelings for each other, their official status remains in question in both the anime and the manga, which is still ongoing.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Under absolutely no circumstances can Takeru bring himself to hit a woman, even if his life is threatened. And adamantly believes that girls shouldn't fight, which gets him told off more than once. In Yan-Min's case, hearing him say that pissed her off so much that she nearly killed him for it.
  • You Killed My Father: Or in Takeru's case, "You Killed My Mother." In chapter 44, he finally comes face-to-face with the man he holds responsible for his mother's death: Tesshin Kushiya.
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    Haruko Amaya 
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Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

A second year student at Tenbi Academy and the vice president of the student council (known as Maken-ki). She takes her responsibilities to the school seriously, but still tends to be flighty on occasion. She's also the wielder of Murakumo, one of the original 8 Maken, which are said to be the strongest of them all. Haruko is close friends with Takeru and has harbored feelings for him since childhood. Yet, despite her stubborn refusal to admit it, she gets hella jealous if he starts getting too close to any girl, besides her.


  • Action Heroine: As the female lead character and vice-president of Tenbi Academy's security force, she's naturally the most action oriented girl in the series - complete with three Big Damn Heroes moments. She's been acknowledged by Himegami as the strongest maiden at Tenbi Academy, and was strong enough to soundly defeat Demitra, while sparing her (noted in the Martial Pacifist entry).
  • Bad Liar: If she's gonna try to convince people that she isn't in love with Takeru, it'd help if she stopped calling him, "Take-chan". Or if she didn't try holding his hand where they can see her. OR, if she'd stop outing herself, like:
    *while the girls are discussing the guys they like*
    Minerva: (referring to Inaho and Haruko) "That's... well... I already know it's him."
    Haruko: (blushing in surprise) "N-NO! IT's NOT LIKE THAT WITH TAKE-CHAN!"
    Himegami: (deadpan) "We never said "who" it was."
    *Haruko goes blank, realizing she's done it to herself again*
  • Barely-There Swimwear: At the start of chapter 74, Haruko and Aki find themselves mysteriously transported from the Ooyama's bathhouse, to the middle of the surrounding forest, without any clothes. So Aki whips up a pair of leaf bikinis for them to wear. But when Haruko points out how revealing they are, Aki figured she'd say so and says she made a grass skirt to go with Haruko's. It didn't help.
  • Berserk Button: Any act of perversion by Takeru will set her off, and Heaven help him if she even thinks he's getting too close to any girl besides her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Takeru and her enemies can attest, pissing Haruko off is never a good idea.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She's had three so far:
    • In chapter 5, she arrives in time to save Takeru and Uruchi, from Kumi, thanks to Kimi's "Comic Star" Maken ability. But after defeating Kumi, she learns that Kumi was also a victim, having been mind-controlled by Kamigari.
    • After being saved by Yan-Min (end of chapter 75), Haruko returns the favor stopping Idaten just as he had gained the upperhand on Yan-Min and was about to finish her off (chapter 77).
    • Near the end of episode 12, the students from Venus Academy help her to escape from Otohime Yamato and provide her with the means to return to Tenbi, in order to save it from Takeru, who's awakened "Blood Pointer" ability had taken him over.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She's been in love with Takeru since childhood, yet she'll vehemently deny it if anyone asks. No reason is given for why she won't admit it, especially since Takeru has made it abundantly clear that he reciprocates.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If any other girl shows affection towards Takeru, or if it looks like he's reciprocating, she'll floor him. While they were on Okino Island, she started to tell him she didn't mind if he stared at her, until Aki asked him to oil her back. Takeru promptly forgot about Haruko and jumped at the opportunity. Out came the green eyed monster.
  • Date Peepers: When Himegami ropes Takeru into going clothes shopping with her, Haruko gets Inaho and Kengo to help her spy on them, in case anything happened.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Episode 13 reveals that Haruko gets 'touchy feely' in her sleep. As each of the girls recalls how she molested them, the accompanying flashback shows Takaki waking up to find Haruko beneath her covers, nude from the shoulders up. Implying they may have had sex (seen at 8:50-9:10).
    Takaki: (at Aki-sensei) "She's not the only girl who was feeling energetic, this morning."
    Haruko: ('oh shit' expression) "Oh, please don't..."
    Takaki: (naughty face) "I woke up to an interesting surprise, myself. She did WAY more than just grope."
  • Distress Ball: For all her power, she still needs saving every once in awhile.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She never gets called out on any of the times she beats up on Takeru, even in cases where it's completely unjustified. Instead, it's usually brushed off and forgotten about afterward.
  • Easy Amnesia: Justified, as her memories were stolen from her along with her Maken (episode 2, season 2).
  • Even the Girls Want Her: To the point of Uruchi having a canonical lesbian crush on her
    • She's had several nosebleeds, such as during chapter 4 when Himegami lifted Haruko's bikini top, and in chapter 33 when Chacha groped Haruko right in front of her.
    • The anime often has Uruchi fantasize about her. The sixth episode of season 2 hangs a massive lampshade on the depth of her feelings for Haruko, by having Yuuka make note of it during her report to Tomika. She realized Uruchi was using her desire to be with Haruko as her motivation to overcome each stage of her training.
  • Everyone Can See It: No matter how much Haruko denies it, she's not fooling anyone. The whole damn school knows she's in love with Takeru:
    • Noted in chapter 27, when Usui points out the fact that she didn't hit Takeru for seeing her breasts again, like she usually would've done. Himegami agreed and said the only ones who couldn't see it were Takeru and Haruko, themselves.
    • It was also lampshaded at the end of episode 12, after she regains consciousness and finds herself on top of Takeru. The moment she notices the others are there and sees the smirks on their faces, she tries to play it off:
    Haruko: (frantically) "What?? You're wrong! It isn't just because it's 'Take', I'd do the same for any of you guys!"
    everyone else: (in unison, smirking) "Right."
  • Fighting Your Friend: Done at the climax of episode 12, in order to save the academy from being destroyed by Takeru, who had lost control of his Blood Pointer.
  • First Kiss: It happens just after she saves Takeru and Uruchi from Kumi, at the end of chapter 6. Takeru trips and falls on top of her, inadvertently planting one on her cheek... but she was still happy.
  • Gag Boobs: They've been measured as an H-Cup, though she still feels inadequate compared to Ms. Aki.
  • Girly Bruiser: She may be feminine, but as Takeru can attest, she hits HARD. Be it with armor piercing slaps, or beatdowns from her trusty shinai.
  • Girly Run: Seen whenever she and the others are late for school, or late for class.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Noted in the Clingy Jealous Girl entry.
  • Light 'em Up: "Kusanagi" is one of Murakumo's special attacks. In which, the blade transforms into a massive pillar of light that greatly enhances its reach and striking power.
  • Love Triangle: Haruko felt guilty for being relieved that Takeru rejected Inaho, causing Haruko to become depressed. Inaho had accepted Takeru's decision, but changed her mind to cheer Haruko up. It worked.
  • Lust Object: To Takeru and Uruchi.
    • She grew up as friends with Takeru, but now that she's older and fully developed, he's got a boner with her name on it. Or would, if he ever got the chance. However, Himegami surmised he likely wouldn't know what to do even if the opportunity did present itself.
    • In the anime, Uruchi was disappointed to be the only one Haruko didn't grope in episode 13. And during the catgirl incident, when the girls were in heat, she made a beeline for Haruko and told her she'd be more than happy to bear her children.
  • Martial Pacifist: Haruko will go out of her way to avoid a serious confrontation if it can be helped. Such as when she initially refused to fight Demitra, despite the latter having used her Life Suction ability on her. It took the threat of harm to her friends to finally make her draw Murakumo from its sheath. Even then, at the end of the battle, Haruko still spared her life because she regarded Demitra as a friend.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: She's been in love with Takeru since they were kids, but refuses to admit it. Instead, she'll adamantly deny it if anyone asks and insist that they're only friends. But if she catches him with another girl... you get the idea.
  • Meaningful Name: Murakumo means "gathering clouds".
  • The Modest Orgasm:
    • First seen during the flashback in chapter 69, when she and Takaki recount what Love Espada did to them at the previous Himekagura Festival. Haruko is shown with her back arched, while cupping her hand over her mouth as Espada was fingering her.
    • She has another one in the 111.5 omake chapter, in which Usui dreams of suckling her breasts 'til she goes weak-kneed. Haruko slams her thighs shut just before sinking to the floor, and is seen smilingly dazedly with heart shaped pupils.
  • Oblivious to Love: She utterly fails to notice Uruchi's blatant girl-crush on her, whereas Takaki and Yuuka both noticed it immediately.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: At the drop of a dime, regardless whether Takeru was legitimately at fault, or if she walks in on him.
  • Power Limiter: Murakumo has to be summoned, using her "Heaven's Gate" Maken ability which seals it in a separate dimension. Once brought into the physical plain, Heaven's Gate seals Murakumo, so that it can only be drawn from its sheath when it faces an opponent on par with its own power; which is an extremely rare occurrence. Meaning, she's only able to use a fraction of its true power in most instances — which is already devastating to begin with!
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Subverted. She wears brown nylons with her skirt, but they're semi-transparent, so you can still see her panties. And, in this series, you'll be seeing them a lot.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Her H-Cup melons must have magnets in them for groping, since Takeru can't seem to keep his hands,or his face off them. In some cases, it's deliberate. She also ends up pantless more than once, due to his knack of falling in such a way that her skirt (or her shorts) are always the only thing in reach.
  • School Idol: She's the most popular girl at Tenbi and greatly admired by the first and second-year female students, in addition to being the vice-student council president.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Uruchi is introduced as being Haruko's junior classman, making it Haruko's responsibility to look after her on campus. A duty she takes seriously, as seen when she punished Kumi for attacking her.
  • She's All Grown Up: Haruko may have been an ordinary girl when they were kids, but she's blossomed into a bombshell.
  • Super Speed: During their battle in chapter 19, Demitra gauged Haruko's speed to be equal to Yan-Min'snote . By chapter 74, her speed has improved; enabling her to sprint barefoot across the lake, while carrying Ms. Aki.
  • Teethclenched Teamwork: Played for laughs when she ends up having to team up with Love Espada against Idaten (chapters 97-99). Except Espada spends half her time trying to seduce Takeru right in front of her, 'til Haruko gets fed up and finally tells Takeru to proceed to the summit without them.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Ironically, the series' biggest stalwart against perversion, is a pervert herself - while she's asleep. During which, she has an unexplained knack for somehow ending up in other girls' beds and groping them. And, in keeping with double standards, none of the recipients seem to mind.
  • Tsundere: Type B (default mood dere-dere). For the most part, she's kindhearted and considerate of others, but her jealousy over Takeru brings out her mean side.
  • Will They or Won't They?: It remains to be seen whether she'll ever admit to having feelings for Takeru, or if she'll continue to stubbornly send out mixed signals.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: She and Espada pull one in chapter 98, by voluntering to hold off Idaten so Takeru and Himegami could go onto the summit of Amanohara and save Ms. Aki.

    Inaho Kushiya 
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Voiced by: Iori Nomizu (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)

A strange girl, who claims herself to be Takeru's fiancee, though the latter has no recollection of it. Like him, she's a first year student at the academy, but has a better grasp of the meritocracy than he does. She's also the wielder of Kamudo, which is another of the original 8 Maken. She doesn't see as much action as Haruko and Himegami, but she isn't one to back down from a fight.


  • Abusive Parent: Back when she was a child, her father, Tesshin, started beating her once he found out she had friends, because he was afraid she'd leave him. He was eventually arrested and Kamigari placed Inaho in Atsuma's care. Ouken then arranged for his release and told him where he could find her, in exchange for his loyalty. But Atsuma refused to relinquish custody, which sparked a fight between them. Despite winning the match, Tesshin realized he hadn't changed, so he left Inaho with Atsuma.
  • Animal Motifs: Inaho fashions two small locks of her hair into animal ear-like protrusions on the sides of her head. Which along with her chestnut hair and eye color, and her perpetual Cat Smile, gives her the appearance of a squirrel girl.
  • Art Evolution: Beginning around chapter 23 onwards, Inaho's hair is drawn with triangular animal ear-like wedges, and, whenever she's chibi-fied, it further reinforces her squirrel imagery.
  • Badass Adorable: She may not be able to fight as well as Haruko and the others, but never lets it stop her from trying and has saved Takeru's life on more than one occasion.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Played for laughs during the pool battle in episode 9. Takeru thought she wouldn't fight him back because of her feelings for him. Boy was he wrong!
    Takeru: (reaching for Inaho's headband) "I hate to do this — But sports IS SPORTS!!"
    *Inaho slaps his hand away stunning him*
    Inaho: (grinning) "No... *I* hate to do this! Sorry, but I won't let you take advantage of me, and I hate LOSING!!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: She lept onstage to save Takeru, by blocking Himegami's attack during the duel at the introduction ceremony, when it appeared that she was trying to hurt him.
  • Cat Smile: Damn near constantly, except for when she's deep in thought, or depressed about something.
  • Childhood Friends: She remembers Takeru from the time they spent together, as children
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: The exact details change between the manga and anime versions:
    • In the manga, she didn't actually say she'd marry him. She admits that it was simply an idea she latched onto, since he told her he'd stay with her forever.
    • The anime differs, by explicitly having Inaho promise to marry him when they were older, but he never regains his memory of it. And it's never brought up again.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed example. Inaho doesn't mind sharing Takeru, so long as the other girl is Haruko. Though if it's anyone else, she's more likely to pout, or cry, rather than get angry.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She was actually fooled by the stuffed doll the Twins made, when it should've been blatantly obvious that it wasn't Takeru. It took Haruko to finally make Inaho realize it was a fake.
  • The Cutie: Just look at the Fun Personified and Sweet Tooth entries.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Chestnut hair and eyes.
  • Discard and Draw: She's temporarily left without a Maken after she returns Kamudo to Takeshinote . So Gen costum designs two new Maken for Inaho to use. However, one of them gets destroyed during their battle with Jigoku, leaving her with only the one on her wrist.
  • Fun Personified: Inaho is bursting at the seams with so much cheerful optimism, that hardly anything upsets her. Including the time Haruko was suffering from amnesia and joined Takeru in the bath to wash his back. Instead of getting jealous, Inaho stripped down and joined them.
  • Genki Girl: She's generally energetic and cheerful, much like Chacha.
  • Graceful Loser: Once Takeru finally recalls their promise, Inaho fully confesses her feelings for him. But as his heart was already set on Haruko, he apologizes for breaking his word to her. Inaho replies she knew he'd say so and playfully flings him into the water as "punishment for breaking a maiden's heart". Afterward, she asks Haruko (who'd been eavesdropping) to take care of him, then goes below deck so no one would see her cry.
  • Love Triangle: Subverted. She already knows it's pointless, since Takeru has made his decision. But she didn't like seeing Haruko depressed because of her, so she proposed they compete for him, to cheer Haruko up.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield:
    • Subverted. Takeru's father, Takeshi, is Kamudo's rightful owner. By the end of chapter 68, Inaho decides to return it.
    • Played straight in chapter 112 when Makaru leaves Yuuka and chooses Inaho as its new owner.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She can fight, she's a sweetheart, and she's a fun loving ditz. So her antics are often used to cut dramatic tension, or just for the sake of humor. Period.
  • Plucky Girl: No matter how dire the situation gets, Inaho will always be there for her friends to lend her support.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Kamudo takes its toll on Inaho every time she uses it, usually causing her to faint even after using it in short bursts. Celia surmised that Inaho may be incompatible with it.
  • Sweet Tooth: She absolutely LOVES candy, which the Twins use to their advantage in episode 8, by leaving a trail of bags stuffed with candy to lure her away from Takeru (seen at 12:17-13:26) so Celia could go on a date with him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: As of chapter 100, where all she has left of her father is the sash he once wore around his waist. A token of his sacrifice and his undying love for her.

    Kodama Himegami 
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Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English, Season 1), Elizabeth Maxwell (English, Season 2)

The daughter of Yatsuno and Oousu no Mikoto, in metaphysical human form, though few (such as Martha Minerva) are capable of perceiving her true form. She's accompanied by her three shikigami, who serve as her familiars and are the primary source of her power, given the state of her existence. As a result, she's unable to go beyond the Tenbi area's Element rich environment, unless she has a Magatama. To everyone else, however, she's the flat-chested, twin-tailed goddess of the school.


  • Action Fashionista: Himegami is always changing her look and frequently goes shopping for new dresses and lingerie; making her the only member of the main cast with a wardrobe.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, where she hardly gets to fight at all.
  • A-Cup Angst: It usually doesn't bother her unless anyone is foolish enough to point 'em out. Or, unless the conversations involves comparing cup sizes. Just hearing about Haruko's, Minori's, and Aki's gargantuan breasts was enough to send her and Kimi into state of depression.
  • Attempted Rape: Her own uncle used it as a ploy to humiliate her and to enrage Takeru, by doing it right in front of him. Takeru took the bait and charged straight into Takeru Yamato's attack, but he survived the blast and saved Himegami.
  • Back from the Dead: Technically, she's been dead all along, but it's eventually played straight in chapter 58, when Yuuka uses Makaru to restore Himegami's metaphysical body.
  • Badass Boast: Delivered to her uncle during their confrontation in chapter 102, when she finally reveals the true extent of her power:
    Himegami: "Now... prepare the face the true might of a goddess!!"
  • Berserk Button: She'll put up with a lot of crap, but there's three things she absolutely can't stand:
    • No. 1 would be perverts. If she catches anyone in the act, they'll get stomped for it, as Takeru and Kengo learned for themselves, when each wound up with a footprint on their faces.
    • But above all else, do not call her flat-chested. Even her shikigami aren't exempt if they make THAT mistake:
    Igazuchi: (indignant) "How dare they?! Who do they think they are, calling YOU flatchested??"
    Kagezuchi: (deadpan) "Losers... there's a massive heart inside that tiny chest."
    *chucks both of them out of the pool, then turns on her fanclub*
    Himegami: (face cast in shadow with Slasher Smile) "They may be small, but guess what you losers... YOU'LL NEVER GET TO SEE 'EM!!"
    *emits lightning from her hand and fries all three of them*
    • Do not insult the memory of her family, particularly her older brother with whom Takeru shares more than a passing resemblance to, if you know what's best for you.
  • Blue Blood: As the daughter of Yatsuno and Oousu no Mikoto, who was first prince of the Yamato Court, Himegami is royalty and a demigoddess.
  • Character Focus: In the original manga, she gets an entire arc dedicated to her, which delves into her past, her true nature, and her family connection to Takeru, that spans over 20 chapters.
  • Dead All Along: Himegami died years ago, when her physical body deteriorated while confined within the seal atop Amanohara. The girl they know, is what's left of her Element, which took on a metaphysical form in her likeness and retained her thoughts.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Only towards Takeru and Usui, she gets along well with most of the others.
  • Demoted to Extra: Take a good look at the next entry, 'cuz you're not gonna see any of it in the anime. Instead, she's reduced to simply being a part of Takeru's harem.
  • Deuteragonist: In an inversion of the trope, she's the manga's most plot significant character, despite Takeru being the protagonist. Without her Orochi blood, the seal atop Amanohara cannot be broken, making her crucial to Kamigari's plans. Plus, she's been fated to face her uncle, Takeru Yamato, with Takeru and the others as her support.
  • Dominatrix: While she was part-timing at the Macaroon in chapter 26, she didn't ask what her fanclub wanted to order, she told them what she was going to bring them. And not only chose the most expensive item on the menu, she made them share one plate to make less work for herself. Which they happily accepted!
    Azuki and Takeru: (thinking) "Why does it look more like she's the Master and they're the servants?"
  • Dragon Ancestry: Himegami is the daughter of the Yamata no Orochi of legend and Oosuo no Mikoto, who was the first prince of the Yamato Court. Thus, she's half dragon, though it only becomes apparent when she's angry. During which, her eyes turns amber and her pupils become slitted.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Her royal status and upbringing doesn't spare her from being the butt of many a joke, especially where her breasts are concerned. Plus, her so-called "fanclub" only has three members, who're a group of pettanko obsessed geeks.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Himegami modernizes the concept by forgoing Victorian fashion in favor of present day clothing designs. Everything she wears is dark silk trimmed with ribbons and lace, including her choice of lingerie.
  • Elemental Powers: Kagezuchi (her fire elemental) and Igazuchi (lightning elemental) are the two she most relies on in battle. But, if need be, she can also summon Nozuchi (her earth elemental) who has power over trees, plants, and has the ability to heal her. Himegami is so adept with them that she's rarely ever had to use her Maken.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her usual hairstyle, save for when she's bathing, which is one of the few times she lets down her hair. It makes it easy to identify her as a Tsundere.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Stuffed animals are her one weakness.
    • She was persuaded to forgive Aililu and Lilu for their part in abducting her, with the promise of being allowed to have "Tei-chan".
    • In the anime, the moment she saw Rudolf (a teddy bear) sitting in a department store window, she had to have it and blew 8,000 ¥ for it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Done to save Takeru from what would've been a fatal attack from Takeru Yamato. In her final moments, she understood why her parents and her brother had willing sacrificed themselves for her, and smiled as her metaphysical body dissipated into nothingness.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Despite possessing overwhelming power to begin with, chapter 102 reveals she's actually inhibited. The only way she can unleash the true extent of her power is by fighting atop Amanohara itself, which allows her to summon all EIGHT of her Shikigami at once (including her mother, Yatsuno!) at their full power. She then draws upon the ambient energy of the Ama no Iwato seal to cast a massive barrier large enough to envelope the entire Tenbi regionnote , in an attempt to imprison her uncle, Yamato. Unfortunately, he had already become too powerful even for her.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In the end, she was left with no choice but to kill Ouken, which left her filled with sadness. When Leo tries to congratulate her, she shrugs off his touch and expresses remorse at having to take someone else's life.
  • Lady of Black Magic: As the daughter of Yamamto no Orochi, she's the wielder of Yasakani, a Maken which possesses the power of the original 8 combined, and is an SS rank ability user; making her one of the most powerful characters in the series. With Yasakani active, she's able to summon all her shikigami in their true forms and was able to challenge Martha Minerva directly, while the latter was using Aegis. Even without her Maken, she's still capable of casting high-level spells.
  • Last-Name Basis: She's rarely called by her first name.
  • Lolita Fashion: Himegami specializes in Ero Lolita fashion, as her choice of lingerie usually consists of: corsets, see-through teddies, thongs, garter belts, and nylons. All of it is dark silk trimmed with ribbons and lace, much like you'd see in either Victoria's Secret and Especially Hers.
  • Lust Object: Despite being semi-flatchested, she's still considered to be one of the hottest girls at the school.
    • Her "fanclub" repeatedly tell her how much they love her body; including her "itty-bitty titties". During the pool battle, she surmised that they couldn't see her shikigami, because they were likely too busy ogling her to pay attention to their studies.
    • Yamato is no exception. The moment he got a look at what she was wearing and noticed how well her body had developed, he pinned her on the ground and tried to f**k her (chapter 56).
    • Several chapters prior to the aforementioned incident, Takeru Oyama paused in the middle of a battle with Ouken Yamato to stare at Himegami's ass, when he noticed the back of her skirt was torn. Once she realized what he was staring at, she fried him.
    • And between the 61.5 and 66.5 omake chapters, Usui has two separate wet dreams about her. The first ends with him being punished by her, while the second has him dream of being a hospital director with Himegame as his secretary. Both chapters end with him dry humping his mattress, afterward.
  • Mac Guffin Superperson: She was initially sought by Kamigari on suspicion of attempting to break the Ama no Iwato seal. But it proved to be a false allegation, since Ouken is the actual culprit and needs Himegami's Orochi blood so he can break the seal, himself.
  • Male Gaze: You can play a drinking game based on the number of manga panels that're zoomed in, directly on her silk and lace-pantied covered cooch.
  • Meaningful Name: Himegami literally translates as, "god princess".
  • Ms. Fanservice: For all the jokes about her chest, she's the series' front-runner due to the sheer number of fanservice related tropes that apply to her.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: In the 66.5 omake chapter, where Usui dreams of her being his secretary. She's shown wearing a fetish style nurse's uniform that includes: a silk thong, garter belts, and nylons in lace trim, along with a pair of high-heels.
  • Not So Different: From Azuki, with whom she shares a mutual love for stuffed animals and cute objects.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: You'll be seeing her try on enough new lingerie that she may as well be a Victoria's Secret model. All of it is silk with lace trim, ranging from semi-transparent to see-through; including nighties and side-tied thong panties.
  • Panty Shot:
    • The chapter 5 omake lampshades it, by captioning her as: "Panty Flash Specialist". They're not kidding. Between frequent upskirt shots, scenes of her trying on new lingerie, or getting undressed, you'll be seeing them in nearly all of her scenes.
    • Moreso in the anime. Expect to see her panties, complete with zoom lensed camel toe. It's one of the main reasons she has the top spot as the series' Ms. Fanservice.
  • Peerless Love Interest: To Usui, considering she's not only one of the hottest girls at Tenbi, she's royalty on top of being a demi-goddess. Whereas he's just your 'average joe'. But she subverts it by dope slapping him, then tells him she's not above him.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair's just over half her body length, even when worn in pigtails.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Himegami's been around since ancient times, most of which was spent confined within the barrier atop Amanohara, which was created by her brother, Yabiko Yamato, for her protection. She was finally able to escape, thanks to Minori weakening it, over 2,000 years later.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played straight and for laughs. If her eyes turn amber and become slitted, it's a sure sign that something has alerted her senses and may be a threat. In comical instances, however, her face will usually be cast in shadow along with a Slasher Smile.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: By virtue of her status, as she was the one to ultimately put an end to Ouken and is now tasked with the greater responsibility of finding a way to permanently put an end to her uncle, Takeru Yamato.
  • Sempai/Kohai: In both the manga and the subtitled anime, the others refer to her as "Himegami-sempai".
  • Shana Clone: She's a petite, flat-chested second-year high school student, is a harsh Type A Tsundere, is one of the protagonist's love interests, has very long blonde hair styled into Girlish Pigtails, wears Grade S Zettai Ryouiki and is normally seen wearing Elegant Gothic Lolita dresses.
  • She's Got Legs: Which is why she wears stockings to accentuate their curvature, and the reason she's always trying on new ones: to make sure you see them, so you can see how hot they are.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Done three times between Takeru and Rudolf respectively:
    • She gives her first to Takeru, as a sign of gratitude for coming to her defense, at the end of episode 4 (chapter 5). And gave him a deeper one near the end of chapter 56, for defending her again. Right after sacrificing herself to return the favor.
    • At the end of episode 7 in season 2, Rudolf reverts to being a normal teddy bear, after expending all his enegy to save her from a random thug. Himegami was so moved, that she tearfully admitted that, had he been human, she would have fallen in love with him. In lieu of that, she places Rudolf on her bedroom dresser so he can watch her as she gets dressed for school each morning.
  • Summon Magic: Her ability is to command shikigami: doll-sized spirits who follow her around and call her "ojou-sama", and who possess powers such as picking up people, and shooting fire or lightning.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Takeru and Usui are enough of a headache with their perverted schemes and idiocy, without those other three losers in her fanclub and their cheap come-ons. Even a goddess can only take so much...
  • This Is Something She's Got to Do Herself: Or so she thought, in order to protect her friends. Except Uruchi and the others weren't about to let it happen.
  • Tsundere: Type A (default mood tsun-tsun) towards Takeru and moreso in regard to Usui, for the aforementioned reason. Though she begins to warm up towards them.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She's got twin tails, a short skirt, constantly wears thigh-high stockings, and as noted directly above, she's Tsundere. Making her a Class S example.
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