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Characters from this series provide examples of...
  • Alternate Character Reading: Happened to several of the guards/supervisors not yet translated. Their kanji were on this page without any pronunciation guide, leading to names as Niemichi Teiga note , Hachimata Orochi note , Kyuubi Kitsune Inosuke note  and Juhaku Tatsuzou note . The eleventh guard hasn't stated its name and is assumed to be named Rianni-Ju-Ichigo and the twelfth guard has conflicting sources on its romanization in regards to its name.
  • Institutional Apparel: The four main characters wear it at least. Jyugo wears the classic striped look, while Rock and Nico wear American orange jumpsuits (Nico has a ball and chain attached).
  • Manchild: Invoked by Seitarou in regards to the inmates of Cell 13 when Hajime tells him how to keep them in check. Downplayed with other inmates, who seem to be more mature than our protagonists.
  • Tattooed Crook: In addition to their prison numbers, a few inmates (most noticeably Uno) have one or more tattoos.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Given the manga's pretty...light tone, most of the characters have brightly coloured hair that matches it.


Age: 16
Height: 169 cm
Origin: Japan
Blood Type: AB
Eye color: Technicolor Eyes

Voiced by: Yuuto Uemura (JP), Daman Mills (EN)

One of the inmates in Cell 13 of Nanba Prison, and the main character. He is an escape master, but knowing that he’ll reach nothing if he escapes, his current desire is to stay with his fellow inmates. The shackles he wears have been applied by a certain person.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Jyugo claims he "likes guys too" in episode 1 when trying to think of ways to attract girls. At first we're lead to believe he's lying, but he never denies it, and at the end of the episode he's the only one of the guys still interested in being visited by Hitoshi after his true gender is revealed.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: After meeting his cellmates and becoming friends with them he noticed his dull, gray world began to have color and he started expressing more interest in "living" than simply going through the daily motions of living.
  • Book Dumb: Since he's never had a formal education, he doesn't know how to read and cannot write kanji very well.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's the one who gets in trouble with Hajime the most, and his inability to do anything except break out of jail is often mocked by other characters. In fact, according to Rock, he is so inept that the one time he managed to escape prison, he fell into a ditch, was forced to buy a weird pot, got mugged by a grade schooler, and was snagged by a weird palm-reader all in one sitting.
  • Chained by Fashion: He has large manacles on his wrists and ankles that won't come off, and wants to find the Man with the Scar in order to find a way to get them off.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: As stated above, he isn't good at anything other than jailbreaking. His cellmates even have to hold him up in the bath so he won't drown and he can't even solve basic math problems.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He's more troubled by the fact that he doesn't have goals or hobbies in comparison to his friends than he lets on initially.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Doesn't wear shoes for reasons unknown.
  • Escape Artist: His forte. He's been trying to break out of jail for as long as he's been alive, and although the rest of the prison is known for escaping numerous times, he's the guy who does it the most.
  • Heroic BSoD: First time, when he's thrown into the underground and Hajime cruelly taunts him about not having "greed" and being empty inside. Hajime did this to finally get Jyugo to admit he now had something to live for- being in Prison 13 with his friends. Second time, once Elf taunts him about having Jyugo's friends experimented on he is downright horrified and goes into a state of shock not knowing what to do.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: As stated in the manga, his eyes change colour "at different angles", so much so that they are each differently coloured from panel to panel. In the anime and stage play, Jyugo has a simpler case of heterochromia, with one eye being purple and the other being green, but his constant color change is referenced in the first OP.
  • Magnetic Hero: Cell 13 was brought together by a mutual friendship and saving by Jyugo. He's the one that helped them with their personal problems and got them to escape with him, to the point where all of them are gathered together in the highest profile prison in the world.
  • Meaningful Name: Is also read as 十 (juu) and 五 (go).
  • When He Smiles: While he's not a Perpetual Frowner per se, at the end of episode 12 in season 1, he smiles to himself, thinking that it is the first time that he has ever looked forward to the next day, and blushes too. And it's adorable.


Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Alejandro Saab (EN)

One of the inmates in Cell 13 of Nanba Prison, and one of Jyugo’s friends. He is a gambler and he is very perceptive as such. He also says that he has a notorious history with women, but such a thing cannot be confirmed nor disproven.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Uno is extremely observant, and can tell what kind of person someone is just by looking at them, which is best shown when he faces Honey and Trois in the New Years' Tournament.
  • Butt-Monkey: While Jyugo is the one most frequently caught by guards, Uno often falls victim to Amusing Injuries and mockery from characters who aren't in Cell 13.
  • Imperturbable Englishman: Inverted. Uno is rather excitable and jumpy in the face of danger, unlike what one would believe of his compatriots.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Probably the most prominent one in the series; his official profile says that he is the kindest of the Cell 13 inmates, despite how rude and violent he can be if he's annoyed. He is also the closest to Jyugo, and spends a lot of his time taking care of him.
    • In an extra manga chapter, it's shown that he despised Rock and Nico upon meeting them when the four Cell 13 inmates ran into each other after they all broke out of jail. Despite the fact that he and Rock kept butting heads and how Nico unintentionally gave Uno one of his weird diseases, Uno quickly warmed up, and gave them a cheesy speech asking them to be his friends. It especially showed through with Nico, who immediately latched on to Uno after finding out that he was good at gambling and gaming; Uno ended up playing card games with Nico for half the night.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The anime adaptation spares no sparkles when he undoes his long, lustrous hair.
  • Meaningful Name: Doesn’t use Goroawase, but he still follows the Theme Naming as Uno is Spanish for ‘One’. It's also the name of a famous card game, which may be the inspiration of his love for card games.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has blond hair with hot pink shades.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Wears his hair in a thick braid that reaches past his ankles; you can barely see anything other than his face when he sleeps with it down. It's even more prominent in the manga, where he pisses Rock and Jyugo off with how he constantly makes them late because of how long it takes to brush and braid it in the morning.
  • Team Mom: He is shown to be very caring towards his cellmates (especially Jyugo and Nico), and this even extends to other prisoners at times. Nico lampshades it at one point, saying that "Uno's starting to sound like a mom."
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He's reported to be a bit of a player before his time in Nanba, and he's greatly disturbed by the lack of women there. However, all of that was off panel, so we'll never know for sure what kind of romantic escapades he got into.


Voiced by: Ire Shiozaki (JP), Jarrod Greene (EN)

  • Big Eater: Loves food and takes as much as he can any time he can get it. It's not Played for Laughs as there is a Freudian Excuse for it: every prison he was bounced into either had terrible tasting food, let him starve, or deliberately starved him. Jyugo busted him out and gave him a real meal, kickstarting his love of food.
  • The Big Guy
  • Byronic Hero: A good person with a dark past and a lot of angst who engages in hedonistic behavior; yep.
  • Delinquent Hair: The only one of his group with it, as he rocks a multicolored mohawk for the whole series.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar across the bridge of his nose.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a huge soft spot for the cat that follows Hajime around, and takes it with him every time he sees it.
  • Meaningful Name: Is also read as 六 (ro) and 九 (ku).

Click here  to see his second personality SPOILERS

Voiced by: Daiki Kobayashi (JP), Justin Briner (EN)

One of the inmates in Cell 13 of Nanba Prison, and one of Jyugo’s friends. A guy who loves manga, anime and video games. He is considered an inmate with a number of ‘incurable diseases’ and takes a lot of medication.

  • Afraid of Needles: To the point that he broke out of his previous prisons just to avoid medical checkups. He has very good reasons for this.
  • Ambiguously Brown: It's never stated what ethnicity Nico is, though he might be Black, given the many that live in America.
  • Badass Adorable: Nico is the youngest and cutest of all the Cell 13 inmates, but as shown during the New Year's tournament arc, he is capable of amazing physical feats when not medicated, though it can potentially endanger his life if he pushes himself too far. He's able to instantly copy Upa's Qiyong moves, which took the other inmate years to master, upon seeing them for the first time, just because he thought that they "looked cool". He's also apparently able to perform moves from different action anime for real.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nico's one of the nicest characters in the series, just as long as he gets his medicine. He can also effortlessly copy attacks.
  • The Cutie: Nico's an extremely cheerful and adorable Otaku who has the innocence and personality of a small child. Even though the cast is largely made up of loud and impulsive jerks, most of them have a soft spot for him due to how sick and frail he is, and are willing to set their pride aside long enough to help him if he's experiencing a medical emergency. He's also the Cell 13 inmate who's the least likely to get yelled at or smacked by the guards for his foolish behavior.
  • Cute Bruiser: Nico is the smallest of the convicts and has a ball and chain attached to his leg (which should slow him down in theory), but that didn't stop him from breaking walls down while escaping from prisons in the past. Apparently, if he doesn't watch himself, his actions put a strain on him.
  • Green and Mean: He has green hair, but he'll only be mean if he doesn't get his medicine.
  • Ill Boy: He needs to take medicine for his various conditions, but is otherwise fine. Or not. If he doesn't get his medications, then the pain will take over and bring out his murderous split-personality. That's thanks to all the torturous experiments prison doctors performed on him in the past; the poor guy doesn't even know about it's exsistance. Also, part of the reason for the constant medication is that all the experiments left him with an insane level of power and ability for impressive physical feats, but his body structure is so weak and unstable that it could kill him if he uses it.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is usually rendered in katakana (ニコ) invoking 二 (ni) and 五 (ko) but can also be rendered as ニ子, literally meaning 'second child'.
  • Otaku: Nico is a big fan of Japanese animation who spends most of his time watching Anime, reading Manga, and obsessing over video games (to the point that, according to Hajime, providing him with the former two will distract him from breaking out of his cell so much). Also counts as an Occidental Otaku, as Nico's American. This becomes more meaningful in season 2, where It's revealed that he was painfully abused in prison hospitals as a child, to the point that he was severely depressed and wished that he could die before he met Jyugo. The other inmate freed him from the lab he was locked in and, when they met again later on after they became cellmates, Jyugo introduced Nico to Japanese culture by giving him a manga magazine to cheer him up.
  • Split Personality: If he's not taking his medicine, the pain will overwhelm poor Nico, and his more violent side pops up.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is naturally lime green.
  • Token Good Teammate: While the Cell-13 inmates aren't technically evil, he is definitely the nicest. He doesn't have angry outbursts like the others, and Hajime even calls him a good kid and says that he is the easiest to deal with. While he does go along with his cellmate's escapades because he finds their break-out attempts fun, he's perfectly content if he has anime, manga, or a game of some sort to occupy him.

Nanba Prison Staff

    Momoko Hyakushiki

Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka (JP), Marissa Lenti (EN)

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Momo" by Mitsuru
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, pretty, has dark blue hair, and a stern, serious attitude.
  • Berserk Button: Mitsuru teasing her regarding her affections for Hajime.
  • The Dreaded: Just mention the title of Warden and everyone shivers at the thought of being called in for questioning by her.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everybody except the guy she's interested in. Poor Momoko.
  • Gaussian Girl: Serves as this to Kenshiro whenever he thinks of her.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's a great warden and cares for the well-being of her guards and inmates but she is still a force to be reckoned with and isn't afraid to prove herself.
  • Hair Antennae: Her whole hair looks like antennas.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Thinks everything Hajime does makes "him look so cool!"
  • Hidden Depths: Likes to cook and make cute dolls.
  • Meaningful Name: 百 means ‘Hundred’ and is read in two different ways. (Momoko is the only one with who this happens, by the way.) ‘Hyaku’ is the normal reading, ‘Momo’ is an older variant.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Poor Momoko can't ctach a break of Hajime catching her in inopptune situations when she's trying to make herself look cuter.
  • She's Got Legs: She's close to 6 feet tall, yeah she's got some legs.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Her uniform has very prominent golden spikes on the shoulder. Considering that people can prick themselves on her hair, the spikes are the least of anyone's concern.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Despite her sternness, she cares a lot about her guards, and compliments them on a job well done.
  • "The Reason You Suck"Speech: Gives this to Mushashi when he claims the guards can't stop him and she makes a point of reminding him of her guards's capabilities.
  • The Unsmile: Whenever she tries to smile at Hajime, it's always depicted as a Slasher Smile that sends him running in terror.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Look at her pic.

     Hitokoe Mitsuru 

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Ricco Fajardo (EN)

The broadcaster.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Called Mitsu or Tsuru by peers and fellow guards. Likes to fashion himself as "the lovely me" when talking to his peers.
  • Attention Whore: Is quite known throughout the prison for his loud mouth and antics.
  • Butt-Monkey: Whenever he's with Momoko since she tends to beat him up.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's this to his friend, Hajime's Only Sane Man
  • Fun Personified: Literally, he just likes to antagonize people for the hell of it and gets along with the inmates. He provides Uno with furniture for his recreational room despite protest from the supervisors.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Appears to enjoy teasing his fellow employees just for this reason.
  • Meaningful Name: Literally ‘one voice, three crane’, because he’s the broadcaster, most of the inmates will mostly associate him with his voice.


     Otogi Okina and Kazari 

Okina voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (JP), Jeremy Schwartz (EN)

Kazari voiced by: Shizuka Okohira (JP), Linda Leonard (EN)

A married couple who handle the infirmary. note 

  • Anger Born Out Of Worry: The behavior of Okina around Nico.
  • Hidden Depths: They may bicker constantly about the slightest of things (like the eggs being cooked wrong) but they care about their 'daughter' Kaguya and don't try to start fights in her presence. It is also implied from Kazari's skillset that she made Kaguya.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: They are, and they behave like this.
  • Volleying Insults: A common conversation between the two.

Building 1 of Industry


     Ichiyou Tomato
The Supervisor of Building 1 is called Ichiyou Tomato.

  • Animal Motifs: A rabbit, with his buckteeth and bunny ears.
  • Hidden Depths: Sure, he looks a bit strange and he has got a completely harmless animal as his motif, but he's a scientist and mechanic whose skills surpass Kazari's. He is also the person who made the traps.
  • Meaningful Name: His name contains the kanji for ‘bunny’ or ‘rabbit’ or ‘hare’ (it’s all the same in Chinese) twice - 兎. As with almost all guards, his name has the Building number in it, ‘one’ in his case (一). Brings to mind the name Ichiyou Higuchi, a famous female writer whose likeness adorned Japanese banknotes at some point, and is one of the three women have done so. This can reflect his superiority in his field of work.

Building 2 of Money


     Spoiler Character 
Click here  to see him. SPOILERS
The Supervisor of Building 2 is called Nakaido Teiga.

  • Animal Motifs: A tiger. His last name sounds like 'tiger' and he definately shows sharp teeth and stripes in the image. He also wears a cape with a white tiger stripe pattern on it. Plus, it's similar to how tigers are 'big' cats and Mao is just a house cat.

     Nimajita Mao
Click here  to see him when he was young. SPOILERS
Nickname: Cat/Tamao
Age: 24
Height: 166 cm
Origin: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown
Eye Color: Blue

Voiced by: Yo Taichi (JP), Morgan Berry (EN)

The Deputy Guard of Building 2 is called Nimajita Mao.

  • Animal Motifs: A cat. He wears a hat with cat ears, had actual cat ears when he was young, his name refers to a cat, and he used to speak with cat puns in it.
  • Break Them by Talking: Poor Samon falls under this by Mao.
  • Cat Girl: The male equivalent of it.
  • Cats Are Mean: He behaves like a jerk to some of his comrades.
  • Jerkass: He acts like this towards Samon after the latter scolded him.
  • Meaningful Name: ‘Mao’ is homophonous with the sound a cat makes (and is also the Chinese pronunciation of the word for 'cat'). It’s also the pronunciation of the word for ‘Cat’ in Chinese - 猫. 下 has a lot of meanings, under which ‘beneath’ ‘under’, ‘out’, ‘after’. 二舞 is ‘two’ and ‘dance’ - may both refer to his two tails and him being the Building 2 guard.

Building 3 of Study


     Mitsuba Kiji

Voiced by: Kimeru (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)

The Supervisor of Building 3 is called Mitsuba Kiji.

  • Agent Peacock: He can still kick your ass without messing up his makeup.
  • Animal Motifs: A pheasant.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him a drag queen unless you want to spend the rest of your day in the infirmary. In the manga and anime he gets incensed whenever he thinks someone calls him an "okama," also. Okama means a gay man.
  • Bullyinga Dragon: People tend to make the mistake of provoking him without realizing that despite his girlish appearance he's quite a fighter.
  • Glowing Eyesof Doom: Gets these whenever someone ticks him off.
  • It'sAllAboutMe: Doesn't like for "handsome men" to steal the spotlight from him.
  • Mama Bear: Perhaps Papa Wolf would fit better if not for the way he dotes on his inmates and discusses techniques for skin-caring and wearing cosmetics with them.
  • Meaningful Name: 三葉 is ‘three leaf’ because he’s the guard of Building 3. ‘Kiji’ is ‘pheasant’, and Kiji has a Pheasant motif because he represents the Pheasant in the story of Momotarou.
  • Team Mom: Fulfills this role for Building 3.
  • Those Two Guys: Get lumped in with Samon Gokuu for being an idiotic duo for shits and giggles by Mitsuru who does it to annoy them.


Cell 6

     Trois and Honey
トロワ and ハニー

Trois voiced by: Yuto Adachi (JP), Elijah Muller (EN)

Honey voiced by: Takao Mitsutomi (JP), Kyle Igneczi (EN)

Inmate number 3 and inmate number 82, usually mentioned in the same breath.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: These two are together the quickest to hit on Kaguya. (although Kaguya doesn't remember meeting Honey for some reason)
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Honey's weapon. They're bullet shells with a needle through it, laced with monofilament wire. The threads are so thin they barely can be seen, and Honey needs a good eye to keep track of them. The needles aren't that strong either, and one thread can't pull a person. Bycoming factor is that Honey has been making these in secret, as he steals the bullets from the shooting range. The reason why he does this? They can bring immense devastation - see Ruka. They can slice pieces of the ground, even.
  • Hidden Depths: Trois is quite proficient with mechanics if given the resources. Honey has a sharp eye, and that certainly comes in handy with his strange weapon.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Trois' is French for 'three' as he is French himself. The kanji used for ‘Honey’ is literally 八 (ha) ‘eight’ and ニ (ni) ‘two’, the ー is there to indicate that the kanji in front of it has an elongated pronunciation.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Trois' hair is green and yellow, but with a friend who has black-purple-red hair, it's nothing out of the ordinary.

Building 4 of Education


     Yozakura Kenshirou
Nickname: Ken/inu (dog)
Age: 30
Height: 183 cm
Origin: Japan
Blood Type: A
Eye Color: 'Sakura-colored'; Pink

Voiced by: Shoma Yamamoto (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

The Supervisor of Building 4 is called Yozakura Kenshirou.

     Hitoshi Sugoroku

Voiced by: Eishin Fudemura (JP), Howard Wang (EN)

A guard in Building 4.


Cell 10


Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN)

Inmate number 634.

  • Adorkable: Since he was ostracised backhome he finds it difficult to socialize with people.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Book Dumb: Averted, he went to college and surprises his supervisor and peers with his intellect.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: See the main page.
  • Eye Scream: Underwent this.
  • Hidden Depths: Back when he was in college he wanted to be an intrepreter and claims to know 42 languages. He usually is found reading books in Braille in his cell.
  • Meaningful Name: Is read as 六 (mu), 三 (sa) and 四 (shi).

Building 5 of Training


     Goku Samon
Click here  to see him when he was young. SPOILERS

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (JP), Brandon McInnis (EN)

The Supervisor of Building 5 is called Samon Goku.

  • Always Second Best: Falls into this category compared to Hajime and Enki.
  • Animal Motifs: A monkey!
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Enki's Cain.
  • Can'tCatchUp: Feels this way in regards to Enki and Hajime.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Heroic B So D: When some guards taunt him regarding his brother and claim he will become just like him-a murderer.
  • Hot-Blooded: This guy will kick your ass and hell try to kick his own ass. He is easily irritated and loves to fight.
  • Meaningful Name: 空 is ‘space’ or ‘void’. 猿 means ‘ape’ or ‘monkey’, and Samon has a Monkey motif because he represents the Monkey in the story of Momotarou. 門 is ‘gate’, may refer to his profession. He’s the odd one out in that his Building number isn’t literally in his name, but the right upper half of 悟 still reads ‘five’ (look closely!)

     Hakkai Inori

Voiced by: Mitsutaka Itakura (JP), Randy E. Aguebor (EN)

The Deputy Guard of Building 5 is called Hakkai Inori.

  • Animal Motif: A swine.
  • Meaningful Name: 八 means ‘eight’. 猪 is ‘pig’ or ‘swine’ (it’s the same character in Chinese). He represents Cho Hakkai/Zhu Bajie/the Pig Monster in the story of Journey To The West. ‘Inori’ is homophonous with the word for ‘prayer’.

     The three Daisens
From left to right, 九力大仙 (Kokuriki),六力大仙 (Rokuriki) and 八力大仙 (Youriki)

Kokuriki voiced by: Shin Nagai (JP)

Rokuriki voiced by: Atsushi Kosaka (JP), Joel McDonald (EN)

Youriki voiced by: Yamato Kinjo (JP)

Three guards with the same last name. Their first names are Youriki, Kokuriki and Rokuriki.

     Houzuki and Noriko Sanzou
三蔵法月 and 三蔵法子

Houzuki voiced by: Fuyuka Ono (JP), Matt Shipman (EN)

Noriko voiced by: Fuyuka Ono (JP), Dawn M. Bennett (EN)

A pair of siblings.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Noriko was ostracized by society because she had the power to draw lifeforce from people, albeit unwillingly. Her body did it out of instinct to strengthen its weak state. After years confined in a building, she was led outside by Enki Goku. She lived in the mountains with him and his brother for some time, until she was taken away and met her brother. Part of her memories were wiped and she was sent back into society again, who was still very afraid of her although she had learned to control her powers a bit while in the mountains. She was locked inside a cave for ten years, only surviving by drawing out the life of all the plants in the surroundings, leaving the area barren. When her brother heard of a 'monster in the mountains', he sought her out and finally freed her.
  • Meaningful Name: Their names refer to Genzou Sanjou/Tan Sanzang/Tripitaka, or rather, the monk or priest that travels with the other three animals in Journey To The West. 三 is ‘three’, as you may have noticed. 法月 is ‘law moon’ and 法子 is ‘law child’, they share the same character (法) with only a different pronunciation.


Cell 8


Voiced by: Yuki Fujiwara (JP), Blake Shepard (EN)

Inmate number 2.


Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN)

Inmate number 58.


Voiced by: Genki Okawa (JP), Gabe Kunda (EN)

Inmate number 71.

Underground Prison

     Enki Goku

Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

Inmate number 5900, in the underground prison. Samon's older brother.

  • Animal Motifs: A monkey, just like Samon.
  • Meaningful Name: Just like Samon, 猿 means ‘ape’ or ‘monkey’, only with a different pronunciation. 空 is ‘space’ or ‘void’. 鬼 means ‘ghost’ or ‘demon’. He represents Son Gokuu/Sun Wukong/the Monkey King in the story of Journey To The West.

     Ruka Gojou
五浄 流河

Voiced by: Naozumi Takahashi (JP), Stephen Fu (EN)

A former correctional officer.

  • Animal Motifs: A water monster.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji for ‘five’ is literally in his name. ‘Ruka’, that can also be rendered as ‘Luka’, is the same kanji that is homophonous with the name of another Luka - 流 is ‘flowing’ or ‘circling around’, and contains partially the kanji for ‘water’; all references to how he represents Sha Wujing/Sa Gojou/the Water Monster in the story of Journey To The West. It’s a running gag to call him a kappa, which is what Sha Wujing is often confused being.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Can also be spelled as Luka.


Voiced by: Koji Takeda (JP), Chris Guerrero (EN)

The head honcho of a Chinese mafia.

  • Fat Bastard: He has played a part in the pasts of Liang, Qi and Upa, and it's not a good part.

Building 6 of Terror


The Supervisor of Building 6 is called Damian.

  • Hidden Depths: From what we've seen, despite his overwhelming and scary appearance, he's the first to worry when the Warden announces she's going to leave Nanba for a while and he shakes when asking who is going to take care of the prison now. Later chapters reveal that his personality is a bit split; altering between a Shrinking Violet to Ax-Crazy.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means 'to tame, to subdue'.
  • Shout-Out: His appearance is one to many horror movies, like Friday the 13th.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Damian or Damien?

Building 7 of Dreams


     Nanairo Nijimasu
The Supervisor of Building 7 is called Nanairo Nijimasu.

Building 8 of Arts


     Spoiler Character 
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The Supervisor of Building 8 is called Yamada Orochi.

Building 9 of Fate


     Spoiler Character 
Click here  to see him. SPOILERS

The Supervisor of Building 9 is called Kyuubi note  Koisuke.

Building 10 of Licence


     Spoiler Character 
The Supervisor of Building 10 is called Tatsumi Jubaco.
  • Animal Motifs: Chinese dragons.
  • Meaningful Name: Like with almost all guards, the character for their Building number is in it - 10, in this case. Unusually, another number is also in it - ‘three’. 'Tatsu' is also homophonous for the word meaning 'Dragon'. The character used is the Earthly Branch kanji that corresponds to the Dragon sign.

Building 11 of Galaxy


     Spoiler Character 
The Supervisor of Building 11 is tentatively called Rianni Ju-ichigo.

Building 12 of Sun


     Spoiler Character 
The Supervisor of Building 12 is tenatively called Scara B Kepri.

Building 13 of ??????


    Hajime Sugoroku

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

The Supervisor of Building 13 is called Hajime Sugoroku.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Hitoshi, but he does care for him.
  • Bald of Awesome: The only bald guy in the setting, and one of the strongest guards in the facility.
  • Big Damn Hero: Whenever he comes to rescue someone, mostly his inmates.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one across his eye. It helps make him look intimidating, but he's firmly on the side of the law.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is spelled with the characters that mean ‘a pair’, ‘six’ and ‘one’. Multiply 6 by two and add 1, which number do you get?
  • My Hero, Zero: As the top guard of Nanba, he's appointed with the No.0 position.
  • Oblivious to Love: Has absolutely no idea that the Warden is in love with him. In fact, he's terrified of her because of her monstrous strength, and the fact that her violent antics with others makes her even more terrifying.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hajime is as manly as one can get with his gruff attitude and his smooth, masculine features. His brother Hitoshi, however, is a different story.
  • Team Dad: For the Building 13 boys. He looks after them like they're his problem children, and seems to be a Parental Substitute for Jyugo.
  • Workaholic: Hajime lives for his work, and when he's suspended for three days on account of his thrashing of Jyugo, he becomes depressed for a while. He finds ways to work even then, doing everyone's paperwork out of boredom and contributing to building projects when he's finished with that.

    Yamato Godai

Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (JP), Marcus D. Stimac (EN)

The Deputy Guard of Building 13 is called Yamato Godai.

    Seitarou Tanabata

Voiced by: Keitou Okuyama (JP), Dallas Reid (EN)

A Guard in Building 13.
  • Bishounen: Has the best face in Nanba Prison, and looks very feminine due to his large eyes and long hair. Uno hates him because of this.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The prettiest one in Nanba, in fact.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is of a very astral origin. ‘Tarou’ at the end is the normal name for the oldest son. 星 means ‘star’, and 七夕 is ‘Evening of the Seventh’. Very quickly spoken, his name sounds like ‘star’. Tanabata is an important Japanese festival prominently featuring stars, held on July 7th (7-7).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. He has cherry-reddish eyes (not visible on the picture), but he's harmless.


Cell 11


Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (JP), Sam Biggs (EN)

Inmate number 99.

  • Meaningful Name: His name isn’t read in Goroawase. It’s literally ‘99’ in Japanese.

Cell 13

See Protagonists.


The Scarred Gang

The current stand-in name for the servants of the Man with the Scar.
     The Man with the Scar

Voiced by: Masanori Ikeda (JP), Phil Parsons (EN)

  • Big Bad: Looks to be this way for the series as a whole, given his experiments on people like Jyugo and Mushashi.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Decidedly on the Evil side. This guy isn't a pleasant man.


Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (JP), Austin Tindle (EN)

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The Warden of Nanba Women's Prison is called Shin Sauzando.

  • Meaningful Name: His last name is a Japanized version of 'thousand'.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Momoko. He is the complete opposite of her in terms of personality, and in assignation - a male Warden in a Women's Prison. Like Momoko, his name refers to a higher number than the rest, but instead of hundred, it's thousand.


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