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    Season 1 

"The days of leaving the sea to the devices of humans are over!"

What does it look like? Seriously, though, Gackt (Gakuto in some scanslations, Gackto in the Del Rey print, and Gaito in the anime) is a self-obsessed pretty-boy prince that somehow manages to wear a fur coat and sit in a hot tub underwater. The main antagonist of the first arc, his aim is to trap the seven princesses in People Jars, use their pearls to summon the great Aqua Regina, and destroy the world as revenge for his people, whom she sealed underwater millennia ago to punish their king. At least, that's what he says his motivation is. He may not do much but drink wine, hold roses and order his harem around, but he holds formidable power, and he's out to double it — and Kaito just may be the key to do that.

Birthplace: Panthalassa Kingdom
Age: 8-11 (Penguin), 13-15 (Human form)
Birthday: November 21
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Javier Moreno (Spain)

Tropes associated with Gackto:

Dark Lovers (Izuuru, Eriru, Yuuri and Maria)
"The Dark Lovers will never die until I've captured Gackto-sama's heart!"

These four strange women were Gackto's childhood companions under the seal, a group of sea creatures that he magically transformed into his own personal harem. Think about that for a minute. They're all completely devoted to him, but he plays with their hearts for his own ends, leaving them frustrated, eager to please, and constantly feuding with each other. When they combine their powers, however, they're a devastating force indeed.

Tropes associated with the Dark Lovers:

  • Anti-Villain: Yuuri and Eriru. Izuuru and Maria have the same sad backstory, but their obsessions turned them a little less sympathetic.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Yuuri in episode 10. She and Eriru were lost in a maze cave, she just blasted the wall saying "If it's like this the maze is no problem!"
  • Mad Love: They have it for Gaito.
  • Perky Female Minion: Yuuri. Eriru's friendly personality is an even better fit.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Of the first season.
  • Redemption Earns Life: They are all revived in the last episode. But keep in mind that the canonicity of that is dubious.
  • Write Who You Know: Eriru is based on the author's sister and Izuuru is named after her editors.
  • You Have Failed Me: Gackto rotates through giving the Dark Lovers attention depending on who's failed recently.

Izuuru was originally a shark, and is the oldest and most overdramatic of the Dark Lovers, though the writer describes her as "the only normal one".
Age: 30
Voiced by: Sayori Ishizuka (Japanese), Elena Ruiz de Velasco (Spain)

Eriru, formerly a manta ray, is an idiot who twirls around to switch between her "evil" and "normal" personalities.
Age: 18
Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (Japanese), Miriam Valencia (Spain)
  • The Ditz: Eriru's nice personality.
  • Friendly Enemy: Eriru's nice personality.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Eriru's evil personality has glowing red eyes.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Eriru's first personality is friendly and harmless. Her second, on the other hand...
    • She also has a third personality in the anime, which isn't very frequently seen. This one is distinctive for having more detailed eyes. In it, she's neither as perky or as evil as the other two; she is instead observant and thoughtful and can make some really insightful comments.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A rastafari with cat ears and black feathered wings. That's Eriru.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Evil Eriru.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Eril.

Yuuri, once a fish, is now a precocious, bratty child.
Age: 12
Voiced by: Chieko Honda (Japanese), Raquel Martín (Spain)

Maria, an eel, became a cold and gorgeous ice user.
Age: 25
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Ana Plaza (Spain)

Black Beauty Sisters (Mimi and Sheshe)
"Are you done yet? Now it's time for our own 'live start'."

Not actually sisters. Probably. We hope. The Black Beauty Sisters are a mercenary couple of anglerfish turned into girls, who take the stage as enemies in both arcs. Unlike the Dark Lovers, who are motivated by love, and the Winged Ones, who are motivated by duty, the Black Beauty Sisters only care about what rewards will come out of working for Gackto and Michel. They're strong enough to pose a major threat to anyone they face — except their bosses, that is.

Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Mimi), Miki Tsuchiya (Sheshe), Carmen Podio (Mimi, Spain), Carolina Tak (Sheshe, Spain)

Tropes associated with the Black Beauty Sisters:

  • Hide Your Lesbians: Averted. You never see them kiss, but the way they touch and talk to each other leaves very little doubt as to the nature of their relationship.
  • Image Song: "Kuro no Kyousoukyoku ~concerto~" ("Dark Concerto ~concerto~") and "Yami no Baroque" ("Baroque of Darkness").
  • Kemonomimi: Anglerfish women with fin ears.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Mimi calls herself "Mari" as a human after spotting a pot of marigolds in the window.
  • Meganekko: Mimi, as "Mari".
  • Minionshipping: A canon example.
  • Monster of the Week: They're the only ones to summon them.
  • Redemption Earns Life: They are revived in the last episode (watch out for dubious canon).
  • Redemption Equals Death: Anime only.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: They're not really in school, but Mimi does masquerade as a human teenager in the anime.
  • Seme: Sheshe; taller, more aggressive, and always initiates contact with Mimi.
  • Uke: Mimi; smaller and more fragile looking, as well as quieter.
  • Villain Song: Both their songs, obviously.
  • You Are Worth Hell: They don't care what happens to them so long as they are with each other.

    Season 2 

"Just what am I!?"

Michel, the main villain of the second arc, is a cruel, manipulative angel who attacks the weak and blackmails the mermaids to enlist them in his self-declared war against humans. Still, Michel is sympathetic in his own way. He's being used the entire time, given painful "medication" that only makes him weaker and drives him slowly into insanity. In there somewhere is a good person, but as long as he's absorbing people whom Lucia loves, it's hard to tell.

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Fernando Cabrera (Spain)

Tropes associated with Michel:

  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He not only induces it but has it himself.
  • Life Energy: One of his goals is to steal it from powerful beings to become stronger; this eventually begins to consume him.
  • Light Is Not Good: Not really surprising considering he's an angel, though its possible that the original intention was simply to depict him as villainous, since white has traditional connections with death in Japan.
  • Mission from God: Or so he thinks.
  • Villainous Breakdown: On top of everything that happens to him, the medication is driving him crazy.

Winged Ones (Lady Bat, Lanhua, Alala)
"You made the ones you call trash... so what are you?"

Reanimated from the ancient past, these three join the Black Beauty Sisters as enemies who can use music just like the mermaids. They are Michel's servants and do whatever he asks out of respect and duty, but they know a secret that even he doesn't, which Fuku is trying desperately to keep them from telling.

Tropes associated with the Winged Ones:

  • Death Equals Redemption: Their spirits briefly show up to help the cause of good in the last chapter of the manga.
  • Four Is Death: With the Black Beauty Sisters together taking the fourth slot.

Lady Bat
Lady Bat, a crossdressing vampire, uses hypnotic attacks.
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Elena Ruiz de Velasco (Spain)

  • Bishōnen: Lady Bat. He's so pretty that some viewers think he's female.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Lady Bat, of course. Voiced by Sanae Kobayashi.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Again, Lady Bat.
  • The Dragon: Lady Bat is implied to be this to Michel. Both in the anime and in the manga he's the first Winged One to appear and he seems to be the one most loyal to him. In the manga, Michel sends him and him only to capture the mermaids while he kidnaps Michal. In the anime, Michel sends all 3 Winged Ones instead, but it's Lady Bat ordering Lanhua and Alala around.
  • Image Song: "Ankoku no Tsubasa" ("Wings of Darkness").
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Lady Bat.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Lady Bat's image, even though he's actually a man.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Lady Bat is a woman in Italy and Spain.

Lanhua, a Chinese butterfly-woman, splits into a lot of chibi versions of herself.
Voiced by: Megumi Kojima (Japanese), Pilar Aguado (Spain)

Alala, the last to awaken, is an all-too-perky young fairy.
Voiced by: Masayo Kurata (Japanese), Carmen Cervantes (Spain)

"Listen to me, because my words are Michel-sama's words, and Michel-sama's words are the Great One's words."

Fuku-chan is Michal's realistically drawn pet bird, who lives in a cage by her window. Fuku-chan is also Michel's simply drawn bird sidekick with a chibi human head and a halo. Tiny, arrogant and shrewd, he transforms and slips between these identities with no one the wiser, and tends to get slapped, thrown and snarked at by the Black Beauty Sisters and Winged Ones on the grounds of being a small annoying thing. Fuku-chan isn't as harmless as he seems, though; he talks back to the Great One himself, he administers Michel's medication and keeps secrets from him, and only he knows the truth about Michal.

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Elena Palacios (Spain)

Tropes associated with Fuku:

The Great One

A giant talking flame living ontop of Michel's castle. He is the one creating the Winged Ones.

Voiced by: Hajime Iijima (Japanese), Nacho Aramburu (Spain)

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