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    Shu 

Shuzo “Shu” Matsutani

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The protagonist. Shu was taken from his world to the new one by a mysterious transportation device after meeting Lala-Ru. Despite the hardships he witnesses around him, he maintains an optimistic outlook on life and wishes to help others.


  • All-Loving Hero: Refuses to kill anybody and adhere to the strict dictatorial rules around Hellywood.
  • The Berserker: A less violent example than most but in kendo and practice fights, Shu shows immense strength but little in the way of defense of strategy, preferring to charge blindly at his opponent without any concern for his own safety.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted, every time Shu appears to be broken down or beaten, his optimistic attitude still resurfaces. Even after he watches Hellywood troops rip a village apart, he’s still determined to save everyone that he can, not even stifling over being held in a cell while awaiting execution.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shu refuses to let innocents be punished. He immediately involves himself in keeping Lala-Ru from Hellywood and tries to save a village of people Hamdo had ordered to be pillaged, despite being tortured and threatened with execution time and time again.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: The standard 'hero of another world' story is beaten apart mercilessly with Shu being the means to do so. Despite trying his best to do what he believes is right regardless of the consequences, he barely does much of anything to actually change things for the better. However, he eventually manages to successfully restore Lala Ru's faith in humanity through his Incorruptible Pure Pureness.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Shu hates weapons he could kill someone with and prefers to arm himself with his kendo stick, which he uses to smack people around without causing any permanent harm.
  • The Fettered: Shu strictly adheres to his own moral code without ever budging.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Shu refuses to be broken by Hellywood’s corruptive system and is the only one to always question the ridiculous orders he gets. His way of seeing things eventually leads Nabuca to have a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Nice Guy: Shu is a very friendly person and does everything in his power to keep people from getting hurt. Moments after meeting Lala-Ru, he’s willing to risk his life to keep her safe and when he’s recruited as a soldier, refuses to kill for Hamdo’s insane rule.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: There’s nothing remarkable about Shu, he just happened to be where Lala-Ru was when Abelia transported them back to Hellywood. His present-day, “normal” attitude leads him to question the brutal tyranny Hamdo pushes on his followers.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Deconstructs the idea of having a child sent to another world and changing it for the better. While Shu tries very hard to save everyone he can, his role is much more observational for the audience, while the two sides fighting go through their conflict to the same end as though he was never there.
  • Plucky Girl: Male example. Shu is a spirited and optimistic boy who retains his sense of humor and positive attitude even as he is tortured and beaten down in the harsh world he’s been thrown into.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Lala-Ru’s blue. While she’s collected, Shu is a passionate young boy who exclaims loudly when he gets excited and often finds himself in trouble thanks to his impulsiveness.
  • Technical Pacifist: Shu hates killing and will beat people down if they’re being violent but refuses to do any permanent damage to anyone.
  • This Means War!: You can see it in his eyes. When he witnesses Nabuca's death, he decides to completely undo Hamdo's regime, save Lala Ru, and take Hellywood apart.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Subverted, while Shu appears to hold his own well against Nabuca in a fight after spending time in the harsh living conditions of Hellywood, he's chided for his reckless fighting style that's stated to be completely impractical for real combat and is pretty well helpless to stop any of the atrocities that happen around him. Eventually played straight when Nabuca dies right in front of him.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Shu believes that conflict and violence should always be avoided and maintains a pacifist attitude despite the atrocities commited around him. He tells a fellow soldier that he won’t kill even in self-defense.

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    Lala-Ru 

Lala-Ru

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A strange, silent girl that Shu meets on top of a smoke stack after school. After they’re transported into a strange new world together, we find out that Lala-Ru has the power to bring water to the world and that a war is currently going on to gain possession of her power.


  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Word of God states that Lala-Ru represents nature. This can be seen in the industrialist Hellywood attempting to capture her and take the last of the natural resources she possesses.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Her pendent causes water to flow out but each time it is used, her life span is depleted and it will (and does) eventually kill her.
  • The Cynic: Lala-Ru holds a very bleak outlook on mankind because of the constant wars they’re held over her to squander the precious water her pendent holds.
  • Emotionless Girl: Lala-Ru rarely smiles and never raises her voice. While she appears almost robotic, she’s actually upset with humanity’s treatment of the Earth and hates interacting with them because of their selfishness.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Having regained her faith in humanity through Shu, she floods Hellywood and restores water to the world, managing to save the captive civilians from Sis' village at the cost of her own life.
  • Mysterious Waif: First appears as a silent female, whose presence leads to Shu being dragged into the world where Hamdo was searching for her. Soon after, she’s revealed to have a pendent which the Big Bad seeks for himself.
  • Nerves of Steel: Uncaringly tells Abelia she is of no use to Hamdo and faces the angered woman’s gun without even changing expression.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A quiet, blue-haired girl who shows little emotion and is revealed to have inhuman powers.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: She finds herself inspired by Shu's example and in the finale performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save the civilians from Sis' village.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Not necessarily shy but Lala-Ru is extremely antisocial due to her bitter outlook on humans.
  • The Stoic: Generally uninterested in conversation, Lala-Ru always maintains a level expression and monotone speaking manner.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Lala-Ru tells another character she’s thousands of years older than they are.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Shu’s red. Where he’s passionate and loud, Lala-Ru is somber from depression and lack of faith in humanity. While he has tendency to scream obnoxiously, Lala-Ru never raises her voice.

    Nabuca 

Nabuca

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A young soldier in the Hellywood army. He's a restrained person and much less corrupt than many of the older military members but he is determined to help King Hamdo win his war in the hopes of being returned to his village.


  • Anti-Villain: Nabuca isn’t a cruel person by nature and he’s only bitter because of the absolute hell he’s been made to live through. Whenever he gets the chance, he prefers to deter people from attacking him and isn’t comfortable with killing.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Nabuca is determined to survive the war with Hellywood and return to his home village. To this end he admits to having personally executed his fellow Child Soldiers when they tried escape and is seen assisting with the army’s village raids.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite Nabuca’s cold exterior, he does care for people and shoots Shu in the leg to keep him out of combat when other soldiers would have killed him.

    Sara 

Sara Ringwalt

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A young girl from America who was transported to Hellywood with Shu. As a girl, she is used as a sex slave instead of a child soldier and suffers at least one brutal rape that shatters her.


  • Break the Cutie: And how?
  • Child by Rape: Her rape leads to pregnancy.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Sara tries to abort her child but Sis convinces her otherwise and the show plays it that Sara is taking out the anger towards her rapist on her unborn child and needs to get over this misplaced rage.
  • I Choose to Stay: Chooses to remain in Hellywood to raise the other children in the end.
  • Important Haircut: As she escapes from Hellywood after killing her would be rapist, Sara cuts her hair, symbolizing her transformation from a victim of the vile nation to a fighter.
  • Rape as Drama: Sara’s rape in the second episode is used to set the tone of the series as much darker from the fairly lighthearted first episode.
  • Sex Slave: Used as one, she’s seen being delivered to adult soldiers in Hamdo’s army who force themselves upon her.
  • Will Not Be a Victim: After being raped by at least one soldier, Sara finds herself in the clutches of yet another, who brags about having killed the most enemies during a battle. As he tries to sexually assault her, Sara suddenly attacks him and manages to beat him to death, before escaping Hellywood.

    Boo 

Boo

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The youngest of the main child soldiers. Boo is a kind young boy but Hamdo’s corruption has left him confused about right and wrong. Although he is at first loyal to the king, Shu’s points about their nation’s cruelty resonates with him.


  • Adorably Precocious Child
  • Children Are Innocent: Boo is unaware of the harm Hellywood spreads and just wants to help his friends and return home one day. When Shu points out the cruelty of their nation, Boo is the first to start questioning the orders they’re given.
  • Dies Wide Open: His death.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Dies almost immediately after realizing the wrongness of Hamdo's army's actions.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He notices Soon about to shoot Nabuca and steps between them just as she fires the gun, getting killed instead.
  • Taking the Bullet: Runs into the path of a bullet meant for Nabuca and is thus killed in his stead.

    Tabool 

Tabool

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A bitter young soldier who resents the weak and is extremely loyal to King Hamdo. According to Nabuca, he wasn’t always as cold but he became callous with his time in Hellywood.


  • Always Someone Better: Hates that Nebuca is a better combatant than himself and whines when he feels the latter’s victory in their combat practice was “unfair”.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Many write him off as a plain old Jerkass, yet he spends an awful lot of time trying to pal around with the same people he antagonizes. Closer inspection during and after Zari Bars' first attack also reveals scenes where he is both terrified and depressed by the battle, which does not seem to fit the heartless/militaristic attitude he otherwise displays.
  • Jerkass: Tabool has become a hard-hearted young man and disdainful enough to mock and harm anyone he sees as weaker than himself, regularly trying to abuse Shu.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Begins to enjoy war more and more as the show goes on and eventually tells Nabuca he has no intention of ever leaving Hellywood.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Nabuca claims that Tabool used to be a good kid until he was corrupted by Hellywood’s propaganda.
  • We Can Rule Together: He tries to convince Nabuca that they can rule Hellywood together in the future. It doesn't end well.

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Hellywood

    Hamdo 

King Hamdo

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The insane ruler of Hellywood and the series’ main antagonist. While he preaches of his desire to spread peace across the land, all of his actions show him to be a cruel tyrant who delights in causing pain and only cares about his own gains.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: While it’s clear Hamdo is insane, his exact personality disorder seems to involve childish outbursts and a complete inability to regulate or control his emotions. Additionally, the way Hamdo cringes and speaks sometimes seems to indicate he’s suffering from some kind of pain.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Hamdo is introduced abusing and then fatally strangling his own pet cat, setting his character's tone as a dangerously insane and violent man.
  • Big Bad: The cause of conflict, as he uses Hellywood to instigate war against villages to take resources (both inanimate and human), which puts the world in a desperate state of conflict.
  • The Caligula: Hamdo can be an effective manipulator but he’s just as incompetent as he is cruel. His overly emotional reactions lead to him making very poor decisions and he’s heavily reliant on Abelia to keep his power.
  • Dirty Coward: Hamdo breaks down every time his security is threatened, despite demanding his soldiers put their lives on the line for his cause. At one point he has a missile fired upon his own troops to keep the enemy away from him and his base.
  • Dirty Old Man: He strokes Lala-Ru’s hair while interrogating her about the whereabouts of the pendent and another scene heavily implies he rapes her, as he closes in on her before the scene changes.
  • Domestic Abuse: He treats Abelia like crap all while going on and on about how much he needs her and wants her to always stay with him. Abelia, in a depressing parallel to real life victims of such abuse, stays with him because his abuse has led her to believe this as well.
  • Hate Sink: He has some mildly pitiful moments, but those moments are always undermined by the fact that he's a cowardly, selfish tyrant who commits various atrocities, including killing his pet in a fit of rage, knowingly ordering the deaths of children, implicitly raping a child and abusing his bodyguard who may or may not be in love with him. In a cast of characters who are incredibly tragic, Hamdo is the one character you most likely won't feel any sympathy for, and in the unlikely event that you do, you won't do so for very long.
  • It's All About Me: Hamdo is utterly self-concerned. He wishes to created a world that worships him and freaks out if his security is threatened in anyway, putting no value on anyone’s life but his own.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Hamdo’s only quality is his ability to convince people to follow him. He appeals to Abelia’s love for him when he needs her, uses his vision of world peace to inspire his soldiers and tells the children as soon as they’ve won, they can all go home to their villages.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He’s cowardly and prefers to stay behind the lines when it’s safe but still manages to subvert this by showing himself to be a decent shot when two assassins attack him in his chambers.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hamdo preaches a peace he will create for the whole world and that the mass killings he orders are necessary but he's so power-hungry that it becomes apparent he only cares for his own personal gain.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: A disturbing and slightly pitiful example in his debut, at one point he throws a tantrum and rants about how he thinks everyone's against him, before desperately begging Abelia to never betray him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Throws temper tantrums whenever he doesn’t get his way, which often end violently. When Lala-Ru won’t speak to him, he starts screaming, shouting and touching her inappropriately. Ironic, considering he forces actual children to kill and die for him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Molests Lala-Ru and orders Shu be tortured to find the pendant’s location, not to mention forcefully recruiting children into his army before sending them off to die in combat.

    Abelia 

Abelia

Hamdo’s second-in-command and as he claims, the only one he can trust. She isn’t anywhere near as monstrous as the king but she’s completely devoted to him and will follow his orders without question, even if they are needlessly cruel or tactically inadvisable.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Holds feelings for Hamdo and follows him because of them. At his end, he only ever seems to care about her when he’s scared or needs something. Granted it is somewhat implied that he used to feel something genuine for her, given that early on he emphatically begs her and specifically her to never betray him, but in his insanity he's clearly lost sight of just what he feels for her and why.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A generally dismissive and cold commander who has the intelligence and ability to maintain Hellywood.
  • The Dragon: Hamdo’s most trusted follower and the one to oversee the day-to-day running of his base.
  • Easily Forgiven: She followed Hamdo's most brutal orders without question and yet she is only forgiven for leaving him to die (and it isn't even clear if she did it out of remorse or Pragmatic Villainy).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of the importance Hamdo places upon Lala-Ru and pulls a gun on her, claiming she’ll shoot the girl, out of anger towards her.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Abelia is far more intelligent than Hamdo and actually a reasonable planner. Unfortunately, she doesn’t always get to show this off as Hamdo will often demand she follow his orders which tend to border on Stupid Evil.
  • Karma Houdini: Of so much! She is one of the most evil characters (second-only after King Hamdo) and one of the few to make it to the end.
  • Kick the Dog: Personally orders to find and execute the soldier who ran away during the Hellywood launch.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Follows Hamdo out of her love for him, regardless of the horrible things he makes her do that she clearly disagrees with.
  • The Stoic: In marked contrast to Hamdo, Abelia is at all times calm and composed.
  • The Strategist: Hamdo is far too insane to come up with reasonable plans so Abelia is usually put in charge of giving out orders and creating objectives for soldiers.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Beats Shu under Hamdo’s orders and becomes so angered with him not giving her information that she begins to pistol whip his face until her subordinate has to stop her before she kills him. She also threatens to shoot Lala-Ru at another point.

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    Sis 

Sis

    Elamba 

Elamba

The ruthless leader of a radical faction at Zari-Bars village. He seeks to kill King Hamdo because Hellywood murdered his entire family.

  • Freudian Excuse: His entire family was killed by Hellywood soldiers.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Big time. His crusade to kill the brutal King Hamdo leads him to commit some pretty heinous acts himself, namely shooting Sis and letting her slowly bleed to death. When the village doctor flat out tells him that he's become no better than Hamdo, Elamba shoots him dead.

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