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    Jubei Kibagami 

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Dave Rasner (EN), Paco Gázquez (SP)

  • Adaptational Badass: This version of Jubei is The Ace instead of the Action Survivor he was in the movie. Here he mows down his way through the Kimon and Hiruko clans.
  • Flanderization: Compared to the series, he is much more sardonic, jolly and cool, as well as skilled; traits he already had in the movie, but not to this extent.
  • Friend to All Children: He befriends the Child, even although she is an enemy kunoichi.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His trusted katana.
  • Nice Hat: His signature kasa hat.
  • The Slacker: He is first seen sleeping under a tree, and the first thing he does when he meddles in the nearby battle is blaming the ninjas for waking him up.
  • Sword Beam: Can emit "a gale of slicing wind" from his sword, according to Rohga.
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    Dakuan 

Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto

  • Adaptational Heroism: While he was a heartless bastard in the movie, he is now a much more decent guy.
  • Adaptational Wimp: This version of him lacks his camouflage/elasticity powers.
  • Badass Normal: Has no supernatural skills in this series, or at least never uses them, unlike Jubei, who has his own skills amped up.
  • Ceiling Cling: This version of Dakuan has the interesting habit of hanging upside down of things like a bat in order to think or sleep, all without losing his hat.
  • Demolitions Expert: His main asset on the battlefield is his ability to set explosives without his enemies noticing.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He barely reaches Jubei's waist.
  • Ninja Log: Used endlessly to catch enemies off guard. He often rigs the logs with explosives.
  • Non-Action Guy: Played with. He is not a hand-to-hand fighter and have no more offensive weapons than his extensible staff, but he is agile and tricky enough (and carries enough gunpowder) to overcome this weakness.

    Shigure 

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Daisy Torme (EN), Nuria Trifol (SP)

    Tsubute 

Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Scott Menville (EN), Albert Trifol Segarra (SP)

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Kimon Clan

    Yamidoro 

Voiced by: Seizo Kato (JP), Jack Fletcher (EN)

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Kimon clan and a very powerful individual.
  • Bald of Evil: A shaved head.
  • Big Bad: Takes this mantle, even though he technically serves the Shogun of Darkness.
  • Cyborg
  • Fat Bastard: His design evokes a creepy Buddha.
  • Make Them Rot: Has a special device installed on his palms which emits a field capable to make things rot.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "dark mud," quite appropriate for the leader of a clan which serves the darkness.

    Magai 

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP)

  • Bondage Is Bad: He wears what seems to be an anachronistically modern sadomasochist leather costume.
  • Depraved Dwarf: A quite evil midget.
  • Fragile Speedster: He is very agile, not to mention capable to fly around in his parasoll, but cannot take many hits.
  • The Hyena: Laughs and grins like a madman while peddling in his flying thing.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: He either wears eye shadow or his character design evokes it.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "evil shell," possibly referring to his helmet and wickedness.
  • Parasol of Pain: His main tool and weapon is a large parasol which also acts as a peddle-powered helicopter.

    Ubume 

Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (JP)

  • Beauty Mark: Has a pair of them in the left side of her face.
  • Body Horror: Her own son, Yadorigi, is fused with Ubume's body and can navigate through her flesh.
  • Dark Action Girl: A powerful kunoichi from the Kimon clan.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Doesn't wear shoes, neither before nor after her disrobing.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Fights nude after throwing aside her kimono, wearing only the gauntlet she stores her whip in and a plate mail which seems grafted onto her groin and stomach.
  • Fusion Dance: Her spawned creatures can fuse together and form a much bigger one.
  • Giving Them the Strip: She wears initially an ornated robe, but discards it to block an attack from Mozuku.
  • Godiva Hair: Her hair covers her nipples when naked.
  • Lady in Red: Initially wears a fancy red kimono with the Kimon's insign on her obi.
  • Lamprey Mouth: Her creatures have it.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "parturient," referring to her ability to spawn creatures.
  • One-Man Army: Aside from being literally a one-woman critter pack, she gets to kill both Mozuku and Rohga by herself.
  • Playing with Fire: She is shown to have some control over fire.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes.
  • Smug Snake: Likes to watch with a smile while her rodents rip someone apart. Her son, Yadorigi, is more overt.
  • Weaponized Offspring: She can generate rodent-like creatures out of her flesh.
  • Whip It Good: Wields a metal whip which can turn flaming.
  • The Worf Effect: She gets to eliminate alone the first two rival ninjas in singles battles and make them both look easy, but is cut down by Jubei in her duel to show how strong he is.

    Gouten 

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP)

  • Cyclops: Has a single red eye on his visor.
  • Giant Mook: His body is made to resemble a giant man in an armor suit.
  • Mecha-Mook: He is basically an armed mecha over wheels piloted by a old guy.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly over its wheels and incredibly tough in his armor.
  • Schizo Tech: The technology used by him is clearly very futuristic.
  • Silent Antagonist: He never talks, aside grunting and screaming.

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    Jyashi 

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP)

  • Arm Cannon: His artificial arm contains a crossbow.
  • Artificial Limbs: His left arm is mechanical.
  • Cyborg: Has a mechanical limb and an artificial eye, and the latter shows that part of his skull is empty.
  • Eye Remember: Can insert a dead enemy's eyeball into his own artificial socket in order to watch the dead's last moments, which also destroys the eyeball in the process.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Inverted. He is a villain, but uses a katana, and is almost as good at it as Jubei.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: His artificial eye can enthrall enemies in an illusion world in order to confuse them while Jyashi attacks them.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "wicked vision," referring to her eye abilities.

    Rengoku 

Voiced by: Mari Yokoo (JP)

    Kitsunebi 

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP)

    Tobizaru 

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP)

    Aizen 

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP)

    Kawahori 

Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP)

    Utsushiei 

Hiruko Clan

  • Animal Motif: Almost all its members have a natural/animal theme. Rohga is the wolf, Mozuku is the spider, Nekome is the cat, Azami is the plant, Dakatsu is the scorpion, Hakurou is the lizard, Rokai is the worm, and Zoufu could be an intestinal parasite, no kidding.
  • Anti-Villain: The clan's goal is using the treasure to build a new nation in order to get out of the darkness. That said, although there are many honorable and sane people among its members, others are still vicious killers.

    Mufu 

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Dwight Schultz (EN)

    Rohga 

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP)

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: His fingernails, once extended, can slice logs in a single hit.
  • Clothing Damage: Averted. Uncharacteristically for a werewolf, he is heavily clothed and doesn’t get his outfit damaged upon transforming, except for his mask.
  • Cool Mask: Wears an iron mask. He never takes off – it breaks when he uses his full transformation.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means “wolf’s fang”, referring to his werewolf abilities.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different
  • Super Strength: His strength increases after transforming.
  • Wolf Man: At the first stage of his transformation, his fingernails grow, his teeth become fangs and some of his skin turns into fur. At the second stage, his head enlarges and becomes a complete wolf man.

    Mozuku 

Voiced by: Isamu Tanonaka (JP)

  • All Webbed Up: His specialty, which he accomplished by excreting web from a implant/organ in his forehead.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Justified, as his feet are more similar to those of a rodent or a bat.
  • Femme Fatalons: Has long clawed nails, which he tries to stab Ubume with.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Barely looks human.
  • Informed Ability: Mufu can't believe somebody managed to defeat Mozuku, which clearly doesn't go with him being quite obviously one of the weakest characters in the series.
  • Spider People: Only symbolically, as he seems to be a disfigured humanoid with an implant capable to generate webs in his face.

    Nekome 

Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP)

  • Action Girl: A kunoichi from the Hiruko clan.
  • Cat Girl: She has cat like physical traits.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As her feet are catlike.
  • Expy: You would get forgiven for thinking Pumyra has found her way into an anime series.
  • Fragile Speedster: She is extremely fast and nimble, but not so tough.
  • Kick Chick: Utilizes a lot of kicks. Her fighting style almost resembles Capoeira.
  • The Leader: She leads a squad of unnamed inhuman ninja, including a chamaeleon-like infiltrator and a demonic centipede in an armor suit.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "cat's eye".
  • She-Fu: Does plenty of backflips and high jumps.

    Nubatama 

Voiced by: Mami Koyama (JP)

  • Boobs of Steel: A tough, determined fighter, and also the most endowed of the Hiruko girls.
  • Made of Iron: She inexplicably survives to a blade impaled through her body, and later requires two of them and a snapped neck to die.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "one thousand bullets," referring probably to her hair being used as a weapon.
  • Not Quite Dead: Returns after being apparently killed by Rengoku, albeit only to be defeated by her again and this time killed for good.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her character design is pretty distinctive, as she is curvaceous yet vaguely grotesque.
  • Prehensile Hair: Her specialty is using her long hair as Combat Tentacles.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has very long dark hair, which serves her well to fight.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's not revealed how she survived to thefatally-looking blade through the breast she received.

    Azami 

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP)

  • Does Not Like Shoes: She is barefoot, as she uses both her hands and feet to connect herself to plants in order to control them.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Loses all her clothes in her mission, though she still has some wood-like substance covering her nipples and groin.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has this hairdo.
  • Giving Them the Strip: She tosses away her robe in order to escape from Kitsunebi, ending up completely naked after he rips away her nightgown in order to attempt to rape her.
  • Green Thumb: Can control plants by fusing with them.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "thistle", referring to her plant nature.

    Dakatsu 

Voiced by: Toshihiko Nakajima (JP)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He claims that people often run away from him due to his looks, and it's not difficult to believe once you look at him.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: His main and possibly only weapon is a fleshy tail with an incredibly poisonous stinger.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He wants Rengoku's limbs stitched to his body instead of his because he believes they will make him more beautiful. Naturally, it goes to not mention that they don't from any human perspective. It, along his general idiocy (see Too Dumb to Live below), possibly implies that the guy is insane or mentally disturbed for real.
  • Body Horror: The shape of his body, head and face is incredibly bizarre, making him look like a disfigured doll.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes with no footwear under his robe.
  • Evil Laugh: Has a pretty impressive one.
  • Evil Hand: Dies when Rengoku telepathically controls her limbs on his body after stitching them to it and force him to drown in a river.
  • The Grotesque: He is not much uglier than other characters, actually, but he sees himself in this light.
  • Man in White: Wears an ample white robe.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "detestable", referring to his feeling of loneliness, but also can mean "scorpion".
  • Too Dumb to Live: He makes a pact with Rengoku without any caution or information about her skills beyond her talent for surgery, which gets him killed when she takes advantage of it and forces his new body to die. Worse yet: even if he didn't know she could do that, he also traded his only weapon, his tail, which Rengoku could have killed him with in a second if she didn't want to use the other way.

    Hakurou 

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP)

    Nenmu 

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nagashima (JP)

    Zoufu 

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP)

  • Affably Evil: He is very polite and soft-spoken. It turns out that he is not evil after all.
  • BFS: Carries a Western longsword.
  • Body Horror: Has a demonic worm parasite living inside of his abdomen, and actually has a triskelion-shaped scar on his stomach which opens to free the thing.
  • Challenge Seeker: He has respect for the goals of the Hiruko clan, but his personal motivation is finding a fighter strong enough to help him rid of his parasite, and it's implied that he joined them only for that reason.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Is possessed by a parasite which in turn defends him fiercely. Zoufu doesn't see it as an advantage, however, and is horrified by it.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played somewhat straight: he wields a sword and is more honorable than other Hiruko ninjas.
  • Looks Like Cesare: With extra long hair.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "entrails."
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His hair and face design, along with his longsword, make thing that he is a Western man and not a Japanese, although his flasbacks show him wearing kimonos and living in Japanese houses.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: He gets to kill the parasite which has haunted for most of his life, albeit only to discover that he was alive only thanks to said parasite.
  • Sword Beam: Has a version of Jubei's ability.
  • The Symbiote: A mutualistic example. The parasite lives inside Zoufu's stomach, probably feeding on what he eats, and in exchange it goes out to protect them every time it senses Zoufu's live is threatened. Not only that: at the end, it turns out that the parasite was keeping Zoufu alive.

    Rokai 

Voiced by: Kobuhei Hayashiya (JP)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He is fat and ugly, lacks teeth and has some unpleasant manners, and also a Priestess of Light fanboy.
  • Berserk Button: Harming Shigure.
  • Balloon Belly: His special technique enables him to expand massively his frame, turning into something resembling a slug, as well as fusing his flesh together to form a wheel.
  • Big Eater: Almost to Horror Hunger levels. He eats any thing edible and many things which are not, like rotten rice, which utterly disgusts Shigure. It seems, in his first encounter with Jubei, that he cannot work his techniques without having his stomach very filled up, but he later uses them anyways.
  • Big Fun: He is quite jolly.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Possibly due to Barefoot Poverty or because he was imprisoned on the Hiruko headquarters until that point.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rather dim-witted, but very strong and with surprising physical abilities.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It's never revealed why was he imprisoned in the Hiruko cave, but it gets quite implied that it was for being an annoying simpleton.
  • Gonk: His character design is pretty... original.
  • The Heart: He is actually very good natured, and desperately wants Shigure to know that not all the Hiruko ninjas are vicious fiends. His focus episode is even named "The Heart of Hiruko."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gives his life to shield Jubei from Yamidoro’s attacks.
  • Kevlard: When in wheel form, kunais rebound harmlessly against his skin. He later takes an impressive effort by Yamidoro to be finally felled.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he gets angry, he turns scary.
  • Lightning Bruiser: After turning his body into a wheel, he becomes a unstoppable force.
  • Loony Fan: Towards Shigure.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Though fat, he is very short, being outheighted even by Shigure; and yet, he casually picks her up in military press and runs away to save her from the Kimon mooks.
  • Super Senses: Has an incredibly sense of smell.
  • Rolling Attack: Turns into a human wheel to reach Shigure's captors and rescue her. Subverted in which he doesn't use it offensively, but only for defense and mobility purposes.

    The Child 

Voiced by: Yuko Sasamoto (JP)

  • Cheerful Child: At least until her transformation...
  • Cuteness Proximity: Exploited. She is introduced being chased by a man, presumably for having discovered her ill intentions, and seeks cover behind Jubei. He, being the Friend to All Children he is, doesn't even question what is going before scaring the guy away. Then it turns the girl was a Hiruko ninja.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears some leaves in her hair.
  • No Name Given: Her name is never given, not even in promotional materials, which give out the names of several characters which are not mentioned on screen.
  • Razor Floss: Fights using a portion of her clothing as a cutting weapon.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After she gives up her Hiruko ways and befriends Jubei, she dies.
  • Split Personality: It is possible, though not stated explicitly, that her second face has a personality of its own which takes over in order to fulfill her mission.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is accidentally killed by Renya when she tries to break up his fight with Jubei.
  • Two-Faced: When her evil mode takes over, a monstruous second face grows in the back of her head.

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