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Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- characters
Thirteen Buddhas | Four Heavenly Kings | Eight Offering Bodhisattvas | Twelve Heavenly Generals | Twelve Devas | Twenty-Eight Legions | Five Great Vidyārājas
The Jūsanbutsu are a grouping exclusive to Japanese Buddhism of Buddhist deities related to the afterlife, judgement of the dead and funeral rituals. They are the only characters of the original Namu Amida Butsu! along with Karuraten and the only Buddhas present in the anime adaptation plus Karuraten and the two dharmapālas. In -UTENA-, the player is allowed to select from them as a starter, all of them are gold (5 stars) and all are the only golds that are not limited event summons.
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     1 – Dainichi Nyorai | Vairocana/Mahāvairocana (大日如来)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Type: Tathāgata (如来)
Element: Void (空)
Illustrated by: Maruko (-UTENA-)
Possibly the biggest Buddha in all of Buddhist cosmology, the primordial creator of the universe and the center of the Five Dhyani Buddhas with a personality about as big and an equally high level of narcissism.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In both designs, but the 2016 era more so than -UTENA-.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Petulant, childish and arrogant to the extreme, but he's still a great and powerful Buddha who can hold himself in battle.
  • Guyliner: Wears red eyeliner.
  • Holy Halo: Has one behind his head, which is a solid object that can be put on and taken off and an Applied Phlebotinum that will leave him completely powerless without it.
  • Identical Stranger: In the anime, he has a lookalike called DJ Hotoke, which inevitably leads to trouble for the Buddhas searching for him.
  • Incoming Ham: "Past, present, future, previous life, this life, next life, the superstar of the great big universe who sees them all! The name is DA~ I~ NI~ CHI~ NYORAI! Nice to see you ☆"
  • Incredibly Inconvenient Deity: One of the most self-important Buddhas, if not the most period, and frequently gives everyone headaches, especially Fudō.
  • Japanese Pronouns: To go with his giant ego, he uses ore-sama.
  • King of All Cosmos: Top position in Buddhist cosmology and an over-the-top personality to go with it.
  • Narcissist: Being the progenitor of the freaking universe, he's proud and arrogant to galactic extremes, constantly calls himself a "superstar" and is extremely petulant and immature.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Again, "DA~ I~ NI~ CHI~ NYORAI!"
  • Royal Brat: The closest thing the Buddha world has to a ruling king – several high positions that include being a primordial deity, head of the Five Dhyani Buddhas and center of two realms – and certainly one of the most petulant and self-important characters.
  • Star-Spangled Spandex: Even his clothing doesn't let people forget he's the universe; a layer of his kimono is galaxy-patterned, while his internal affairs gear includes a galaxy-patterned jacket and a T-shirt with "UNIVERSE" emblazoned across the front.
     3 – Ashuku Nyorai | Akṣobhya (阿閦如来)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Yuusuke Kobayashi
Type: Tathāgata (如来)
Element: Water (水)
Illustrated by: Rihito Mizuki (-UTENA-)
"The unmoving one", ruler of the realm of Abhirati of the East and a member of the Five Dhyani Buddhas who presents as female to better relate to human women.
  • Action Girl
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: She may or may not be a trans woman; official sources and the character herself identify her as a "maiden", but she's voiced by a male actor, has no breasts (suggesting male anatomy) and at one point in her Mandala Board story says she's not a woman.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!/Calling Your Attacks: For spell Kongō Daienkyōchi; the activating command is illuminate (terashidase).
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kaoru, even referred to as "big sis" by him.
  • Gender Flip: Twice: the mythological Akṣobhya is male to begin with, and the anime adaptation's official site bills her as a male crossdresser.
  • Girly Girl: Name any trope commonly associated with youthful femininity and she plays it straight: wears lots of pink and frills, speaks in a feminine register, has interest in fashion, makeup and cute things.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She's close friends with Yakushi on the grounds of both being rulers of the East.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Keep in mind she's voiced by a male actor; most of the time said actor sounds very convincing until default combined attack, in which this pretty, graceful woman lets out a jarringly unfeminine doRYAAAAAA!
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Light feminine to Kaoru's Dark; her femininity leans heavily towards the more innocent and youthful end of the spectrum.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She's overwhelmingly pink, meant to emphasize femininity.
  • Reused Character Design: The nurse outfit she wears in an event in the first game gets reused in -UTENA- as her internal affairs outfit.
  • Ship Tease: Can get this way with Yakushi at times – she can snap him out of "mad" mode and in the first game was depicted giving him rope bondage complete with kiss marks all over him that had him unconscious in a heart-shaped aura.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only sprited, voiced, recurring and playable female character in the game.
     5 – Amida Nyorai | Amitābha (阿弥陀如来)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa
Type: Tathāgata (如来)
Element: Fire (火)
Illustrated by: Yōji Itohara (-UTENA-)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He destroys his serious and respectable image quite quickly with his relentless lame punning, but outside of that, he's still serious, respectable and powerful.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: No matter how serious the situation is, if he can crack a joke, he will.
  • The Comically Serious: Is at once a super cool-headed and respectable Buddha, with a seat among the Five Dhyani Buddhas no less, and a frequent maker of silly puns that few people can laugh at.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He mentors Shaka who mentors Miroku.
  • The Mentor: To Shaka.
  • Pungeon Master: And how; it's seemingly his second nature to serve up (often incredibly lame) wordplays no matter the situation. His puns get so ridiculous that he even makes them out of noises.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: His default/battle clothing includes a red scarf.
     6 – Shaka Nyorai | Siddārtha Gautama/Śākyamuni (釈迦如来)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo
Type: Tathāgata (如来)
Element: Wind (風)
Illustrated by: Yugiri Aika (-UTENA-)
The historical Buddha, savior of the world who defeated Māra before the start of the story, now the de facto head of the temple next to the dōmori. He is the center of the Shaka Trinity.
  • Composite Character: His role in the anime is combined with that of the dōmori; not only is he the de facto manager of the temple, he's also explicitly the commander of the whole kleśa extermination operation, as his permission is required before any purification is allowed to take place.
  • Cool Big Bro: He has a trinity, a successor and a stalker, and all are big fans of him.
  • Deity of Human Origin: He was a human prince who achieved enlightenment and Buddhahood.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Hero of Another Story: Before Bonnō Temple, he had an adventure that would make for an awesome standalone story: being a human prince who achieved enlightenment and ascended to Buddhahood, taking on and defeating a powerful demon and saving the world, causing said demon to become dead-set on vengeance. All that is backstory.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Shakaty" by Dainichi.
  • Lethal Chef: In the anime; this is because being a tathāgata grants Bizarre Taste in Food and thus leads him to become this.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Amida is his mentor, and he mentors Miroku.
  • The Mentor: To Miroku.
  • Mistaken for Dying: When he falls asleep with his head in his palm, all his followers think he's ascending to Nirvana again and fall into distress and panic over the supposed loss of their authority figure. He has to put up a warning sign every time he nods off again after the incident.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's the object of the not entirely noble obsession of Nanda, but he doesn't so much as comment on it, given that they have no special dialogues (except attendant exchanges, but even those never have Shaka address Nanda's affection).
  • Princely Young Man: That he's former Indian royalty is played up in an event, coupled with a set of prince costumes.
  • Series Mascot: Since his real-world counterpart is the series mascot of Buddhism itself, his face is used as the icon for all ports of the game, and he stands on the pre-game loading screen.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the anime, he has a fondness for microwavable taiyaki and will munch on them even when discussing important matters and doesn't take it well when his favorite brand is discontinued.
     7 – Yakushi Nyorai | Bhaiṣajyaguru (薬師如来)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Type: Tathāgata (如来)
Element: Water (水)
Illustrated by: Yū Suioka (-UTENA-)
The Buddha of medicine and health who rules the realm of Vaiḍūryanirbhāsa of the East. He acts as the temple's go-to team doctor, he's the employer of the Twelve Heavenly Generals, and he's the central Buddha of the Yakushi Trinity.
     8 – Monju Bosatsu | Mañjuśrī (文殊菩薩)
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Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Ryuichi Kijima
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Illustrated by:

  • In-Series Nickname: "Megane Man" by Fugen; possibly Bilingual Bonus Stealth Pun considering his Sanskrit name starts with mañ.
  • Keigo: One of the most polite characters in the game.
  • The Rival: He's in direct competition with Fugen for Shaka's trust, though he isn't openly hostile like Fugen and most of his grievances with him is annoyance by his irresponsible and immature attitude.
  • The Smart Guy: Being the Buddha of wisdom, he's highly intelligent and is often in charge of investigation.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is part of the Shaka Trinity as the left servant, so this trope comes with the territory.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He may be in rivalry with Fugen, but still treats him courteously and they do agree on certain occasions.
     9 – Fugen Bosatsu | Samantabhadra (普賢菩薩)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Shun Horie
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Element: Void (空)
Illustrated by: Eda (-UTENA-)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Not that his 2016 version is ugly, but his -UTENA- counterpart certainly is a lot prettier and fixes many art problems of the old version.
  • Brainless Beauty: Dashingly handsome, yet disorganized and irresponsible, and isn't very good at looking after himself.
  • The Bully: His hostility for Monju crosses into this territory at times; for instance, he throws banana peels at Monju, steps on his glasses, gives him a bad nickname and belittles and insults him often.
  • Chick Magnet: He's a Buddha mainly worshipped by women and he's also quite the lady-killer due to his good looks and charismatic mannerism.
  • Covert Pervert: Paomi may be this if his reply to Hana is anything to go by.
    Fugen: Hey you! Don't fucking do that in front of Paomi… wait up, Paomi looks kinda happy…
  • The Rival: To Monju; he belittles him, name-calls him, intentionally riles him up and competes with him for Shaka's trust.
  • Talking to Themself: May be engaging in this with Paomi. Paomi is shown to make its own noises in some instances, but in other instances Fugen's dialogue is written as if he's voicing it. This is brought up and mocked in a one-panel comic.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He's in love with bananas.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is Shaka's trinity servant, so this trope is a given. Not only that, he also actively competes with his fellow servant Monju for the sake of being the better and more relied one.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite his staunch rivalry with Monju, the two can and do interact affably and team up whenever necessary.
     10 – Jizō Bosatsu | Kṣitigarbha (地蔵菩薩)
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Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Illustrated by:

     11 – Miroku Bosatsu | Maitreya (弥勒菩薩)
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Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Element: Water (水)
Illustrated by:

  • By the Power of Grayskull!, Calling Your Attacks: For spell Enraijishi Ryūgesan'e; the activating command is rise (nobore)
  • Height Angst: He's the second shortest character in the game at 152cm, and so one of the biggest Running Gags include his obsession for milk and his constant pestering others for ways to grow taller.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Favorite drink; due to his height problem, he drinks milk a lot and, according to the official one-panel comic, will get very mad if he can't get his hands on some for whatever reason.
     12 – Kannon Bosatsu | Avalokiteśvara (観音菩薩)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Yūma Uchida
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Element: Wind (風)
Illustrated by: Akane Terai (-UTENA-)
Bodhisattva of compassion and salvation with 33 forms, manager of Bonnō Temple's finances and food supply, older brother of Seishi, and left servant of the Amida Trinity.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His kappōgi in the game is orange with a mouse pattern, while in the anime it's changed to plain white, not to mention the latter omits the fact Seishi bought it for him.
  • Adaptation Personality Change/Adaptational Wimp: While he retains his motherly nature in the anime, he is flanderized into a Yes-Man who can't make up his mind about what to serve for lunch because he can't bring himself to refuse anyone's suggestion rather than the kind-but-strict Yamato Nadeshiko he is in the game, who's renowned for his steely discipline and being unafraid to chastise even his superiors and have someone beaten up for being troublesome.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: He covers up noticeably less in -UTENA-.
  • Bare Your Midriff: He wears a black elastic undershirt that doesn't extend below his chest and an outer garment that doesn't exactly cover much, leaving parts of his abdomen and sides bare. Even in his more conservative 2016 era get-up, the undershirt seen in Clothing Damage art was still midriff-baring.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He excessively dotes on Seishi and never has any harsh words to say about him, even as he is strict towards others for their misbehavior. This is out of being unable to save Seishi from dying before him in their previous life, which he considers My Greatest Failure to this day.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!/Calling Your Attacks: For spell Kuse Daijidaihi; the activating command is there is nothing to fear (osoreru koto wa arimasen).
  • Chekhov's Gun: The kappōgi Seishi bought for him in his first Mandala Board chapter. It reappears in the third when Seishi shows it to him and cures him of amnesia instantly.
  • Cool Big Bro: Obviously held in this regard by his actual brother Seishi, plus Kangi is also a big fan of him.
  • Easy Amnesia: In his third Mandala Board chapter, he goes to battle, gets his head bashed in and forgets about everyone close to him, including Seishi. He gets better.
  • Iconic Outfit: His internal affairs kappōgi, not only because Seishi bought it for him but also because it has actual importance in his story.
  • Keigo: He is very polite, even towards his brother.
  • My Greatest Failure: He's still pained over watching Seishi starve to death in front of him, which is why he dotes on him and always serves him heaping portions at meals.
  • Real Men Cook: He enjoys cooking and also manages meal portions.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Despite his soft and relatively feminine personality plus their physical builds, he's Manly Man to Seishi's Sensitive Guy. It even shows in their elements: they're assigned opposite elements, with Kannon's being the stronger one.
  • Team Mom: Gentle and caring, strict when necessary, and manages the temple's money and kitchen.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Amida as his trinity servant.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Gentle, loving, motherly and polite, as befitting of the Buddha of compassion, yet capable in combat and is strictly disciplined in his management of the temple kitchen and finances, to the point where he's considered the scariest Buddha in the entire temple.
  • Yes-Man: In the anime, his multiple forms are translated into a desire to please everyone and an inability to say no to suggestions. He shows no such tendency in the game.
     13 – Seishi Bosatsu | Mahāsthāmaprāpta (勢至菩薩)
In the 2016 game 
Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Kōhei Amasaki
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Element: Earth (地)
Illustrated by: Hachipi Swan (-UTENA-)
One of the most powerful bodhisattvas with the power of wisdom and is strong enough to move the three-thousand worlds, but is a soft and affectionate man with a more than noticeable attachment to his older brother Kannon. He is the right servant of the Amida Trinity.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: He wore a fairly conservative kimono without sleeves in the 2016 game, but his -UTENA- counterpart wears a skintight elastic suit that bares a large swathe of his back.
  • Badass Adorable: Cuddly and sweet as he is, being the enemy of this big and strong guy with divine powers said to shake the entire world with one single stomp isn't a good idea. As his spell card art shows, he's perfectly capable of punching cracks on the ground with his bare fist.
  • Big Brother Worship: He may as well be this trope personified; his love and admiration for Kannon is unparalleled, and he was even straight-up called a brocon for it in the 2016 game.
  • Big Eater: He eats a lot, owing to his towering and massive build and his death by hunger in his previous life.
  • Big Little Brother: He's a whopping 190cm while Kannon is just 176cm.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A bare-fisted strongman with a highly sweet and affectionate personality, and is very considerate of his brother as well as others. For instance, he covers up for Fudō who slips and falls into a river by saying he fell instead, and backs out of a contest early realizing he's nearly winning all the prizes.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!/Calling Your Attacks: For spell Gokudai Zenshōkō; the activating command is surface (ukabiagare).
  • Cute Bruiser: An adorable young man, but also very strong, tough and has a lot of raw physical prowess.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his body, his powers and his strength, he's a very soft and affectionate soul.
  • Ground Punch: His evolved 5-star spell card art shows him doing this, cracking the ground as he does.
  • Hunk: Very tall, very strong, very muscular. He's well aware of this, often volunteering to do hard physical work, and likes to show off and compare his body with other well-built Buddhas.
  • Manchild: He may be an ageless deity of wisdom, no less with the appearance of an adult human, but he has the personality of an overly affectionate little boy who likes to play and be doted on by his older brother whom he has innocent, childish Big Brother Worship for.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Despite his physical appearance and his brother's relative femininity, he's Sensitive Guy to Kannon's Manly Man.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: He goes into battle dressed in this in -UTENA-.
  • Statuesque Stunner: He's the tallest character in the game as a sculpted hunk of impressive 190cm.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Amida as his trinity servant.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has the appearance of a towering adult man, yet a youthfully soft and high-pitched voice.
     14 – Kokūzō Bosatsu | Ākāśagarbha (虚空蔵菩薩)
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Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Kishow Taniyama
Type: Bodhisattva (菩薩)
Illustrated by:

     29 – Fudō Myōō | Acala (不動明王)
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Rarity: Gold (5)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi
Type: Vidyārāja (明王)
Element: Fire (火)
Illustrated by:

  • Beleaguered Assistant: When the one he's subordinate to is Dainichi Nyorai, you can kind of see why.
  • Piss Take Rap: At one point in episode 4 of the anime where he and a group of other Buddhas go find Dainichi. The human on the receiving end isn't amused.

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