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    Otaru Mamiya
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Brad Swaile (EN, J Series), Mona Marshall (EN, J Again OVA), Jonathan Love (EN, J to X Series), Irwin Daayán (LA)

The Protagonist of the story, a Japoness inhabitant who awakens the titular Saber Marionettes, each one in the first, third and fifth episode.

  • Dub Name Change: Otaru's last name was changed to Namiya in the Mexican Spanish dub due to an unfortunate innuendo involving the character's name.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Hanagata loves him, as does Bloodberry, Cherry, and Lime.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Or in his case, it's a jitte - a weapon commonly used by security and law enforcement.
  • Idiot Hero: Shows shades of this when he agrees to invade Gartlant with his marionettes for fame and candy with prizes of his likeness.
    Otaru: I'm a sucker for candy with prizes!
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Otaru learns multiple skills from the many odd jobs he does every episode , including how to repair his marionettes when they start to break down after the Sabbelberg incident.
  • Kiss of Distraction: In J, Otaru does this to Luchs to stop her from rebooting Gartlant's main CPU.
  • Multicolored Hair: Blond bangs and brown hair.
  • Papa Wolf: In the last episode of J to X, you better don't mess with his daughters.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Despite his Marionettes' willingness to do anything for him, he never seeks to live it up

    Japoness' marionettes 
  • Girl of My Dreams: Otaru's dreams (implied to be memories from Ieyasu I) with girls that mostly resemble the three marionettes imply that Ieyasu made them at the image of three girls he met in high school.
  • Heart Drives: The maiden circuits. They give the girls the ability to feel emotion and have thought patterns much like human beings. Without them, they're just ordinary marionettes, as Otaru finds out the hard way with Lime.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: TWICE, in the J and J to X series. one more lethal than the other.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: All three have the unique ability of autonomy, something that most other marionettes lack, but their maiden circuits have to reach full maturity to truly understand human emotions.
  • Robot Girls: They are robots who serve as Otaru's closest allies.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The three were made to be Lorelei's replacement so the Mesopotamia could let her go.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Later in the J to X series. They succeed.
  • Themed Harem: Robot Girls named after fruit.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Considering they each contain a third of Lorelei's (Eve's) image and personality, this comes to no surprise. See below for how.
  • Unwanted Harem: In a way. They all pursue Otaru's affections but Otaru equally cares for the three. Deconstructed in J to X, after Otaru sees how happy they are without him in Xi'an after their minds were forcibly reset. He then proceeds to slowly drive them away from his life, unable to choose one of them as a bride and believing that he denied their freedom. Then they die and are reborn.

Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Maggie Blue O'Hara (EN, J Series), Julie Maddalena (EN, J Again OVA), Mariette Sluyter (EN, J to X Series), Cristina Hernández (LA)

The first marionette awakened by Otaru, Lime's childlike naïveté sets her apart from other marionettes, most of whom can't think for themselves. She, along with Cherry and Bloodberry, loves Otaru, but is far more innocent in her intentions than the other two, which is saying something.

  • Innocent Inaccurate: Lime has a very simple way to see the things around her and normally she's Literal-Minded when people talk to her or she can't understand difficult concepts like life and death.
  • The Kirk: To Cherry's Spock and Bloodberry's McCoy.
  • Large Ham: Yells a lot and is very open about her emotions.
  • Lethal Chef: Her food still moves.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She can beat enemies faster than one could blink.
  • Nature Lover: Often spends her time in the forest with woodland critters and she's the first of Otaru's marionettes that cares for another living creature besides Otaru.
  • Nice Hat: Actually, it's a bandanna.
  • Series Mascot: Is basically the mascot of the series.
  • Super Speed: Her main combat attribute. She's able to easily outrun futuristic cars.
  • Super Strength: Not quite as strong as Bloodberry, but in her first appearance she was able to toss half a skyscraper several hundred yards.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: She is youthful in appearance, overly cheerful, and a bit dumb at times, making her the child.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Cherry's Femme and Bloodberry's Butch.

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, Ep. 1-13 of J Series), Nicole Oliver (EN, Ep. 14-25 of J Series), Bridget Hoffman a.k.a Melora Harte (EN, J Again OVA), Kendra Masonchuck (EN, J to X Series), Rossy Aguirre (LA)

Technically the second marionette Otaru awakens (In the manga, she and Bloodberry are awakened simultaneously), Cherry fits the role of a Yamato Nadeshiko quite nicely, right down to her impressive cooking. Often fantasizes about her Master Otaru whenever he's around her, mostly sexually.

  • A-Cup Angst
    Lime: (getting undressed; It's a Long Story) What's a baby's body, Cherry?
    Cherry: (furious; Luchs had used that insult on her seconds before) I DON'T KNOW!!!
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The only of Otaru's marionettes that has analitical and scanning abilities.
  • Hair Decorations: Aside the orbs, her gigantic bow.
  • Imagine Spot: She has a lot of these, each one more perverse than the last.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Subverted since she's innocent but not naïve.
  • Keigo: She has a polite manner of speaking.
  • Parents for a Day: In an episode of J to X, Cherry finds a lost baby clone and decides to keep him for a while until being able to return him. Her maternal instincts start to blossom and she decides to keep the baby, but has to return him to the authorities in order to protect his life.
  • The Spock: To Lime's Kirk and Bloodberry's McCoy.
  • Squee!: The weird thing is that this isn't a fan's Squee, it's one of the characters imagining herself shipped with the male lead.
  • Team Chef: Is an excellent cook.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: She is extremely domestic and focused on being proper which causes her to appear more even-tempered and less impulsive than Lime or Bloodberry. Often when the other two are running rough-shod over the show's protagonist she is the one to stop and consider his feelings. She fits the wife archetype in addition to really wanting to be the protagonist's wife.
  • Through His Stomach: She makes food for Otaru.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Lime's Neither and Bloodberry's Butch.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bloodberry.
  • Weak, but Skilled: By far the weakest of the three marionettes, but she makes up for this with precision and skill.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: The most feminine and domestic of the three, she speaks with keigo and does the cooking. One could say she is domestically aggressive.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.

Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Saffron Henderson (EN, J Series), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn a.k.a Mellissa Willamson (EN, J Again OVA), Unknown (EN, J to X Series) Love Santini (LA),

The last (and certainly the most powerful) marionette Otaru awakens, Bloodberry openly makes advances to Otaru and uses her charm to win him over. She's physically the oldest of Otaru's marionettes, filling in the role of a parental figure to Lime and Cherry. Unlike Cherry, she openly comes on to Otaru.

  • Big Breast Pride: She's the bustiest of Otaru's trio of robot girls, likes to use her assets to flirt with him constantly and teases Cherry for her lack of endowment.
  • Brutal Honesty: She says her mind without considering things like tact or timing.
  • Running Gag: Has a habit of drinking sake while eating, usually angering Cherry.

    Gerhard Von Faust
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Paul Dobson (EN, J Series), Jamieson Price a.k.a James Lyon (EN, J Again Series), Alejandro Villeli (LA)

Kaiser (later Führer) of Gartland who seeks to dominate the other 6 city-states of Terra II. He's the fourteenth descendant of the original Faust, one of the six original survivors of the colony ship Mesopotamia.

    Gartland's marionettes 


Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Venus Terzo (EN, J Series), Dian Andrews (EN, J Again OVA), Elizabeth Stepkowski (EN, J to X Series), Gabriela Michel (LA)

One of Faust's Saber Dolls, Tiger takes the role of leadership among the three Dolls, but not always. Just like how Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry love Otaru, she deeply cares for Faust and does everything she can to please him, disregarding his abusive tendencies.

  • Parental Substitute: She took care of the young Faust much like a real mother would, while his "father" was much more cruel and unloving to his "son".
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Luchs' Femme and Panther's Butch.
  • The Ophelia: Her maiden circuit brokes and her memories got damage until the point she just remembers her time with child Faust.

Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, eps 1-13 of J Series), Colleen Wheeler (EN, eps 14-26 of J Series), Wendee Lee (EN, J Again Series), Melanie Risdon (EN, J to X Series), Rebeca Patiño (LA)

Sharing power with Tiger over leadership of the Saber Dolls, Luchs has intelligence that rivals Cherry's own tactical skills. Shows some degree of airheadedness once Faust gives the Saber Dolls permission to leave him post-J, but keeps her serious side dominant at all times.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Samantha Ferris (EN, J Series), Carol Stanzione (EN, J Again OVA), Michelle Armeneau (EN, J to X Series), Belinda Martínez (LA)

The most powerful of Faust's Saber Dolls, Panther uses her innate physical strength to pummel anyone who dares to defy Faust's reign. She's not the smartest or most patient of the three Dolls, but shows competency in what she does. She sees Bloodberry as a Worthy Opponent.


Mitsurugi Hanagata
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Samuel Vincent (EN, J Series), Robert Martin Klein (EN, J Again OVA), Bryce Kulak (EN, J to X Series), Ricardo Tejedo (LA)

The Butt-Monkey of the series, he's the son of a wealthy man, but decides to move next door to Otaru. At first, he's a Jerkass to Otaru and berates his hardworking lifestyle, but later becomes obsessed with him. He also helps Otaru and the Marionettes several times with his vast knowledge about Terra II, its history and cultures.

  • Meaningful Name: His last name, Hanagata sounds a lot like onnagata, a type of Kabuki actor who normally plays female roles. Given Hanagata's personality, it really fits well.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: At the end of the series, he goes on to become a famous author.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Subverted in that he's not poor; he's the son of one of the richest men on the planet, but he chooses to live next to Otaru.
  • Rich Bastard: Before some much needed Character Development.
  • Something About a Rose: Loves looking poetic with a rose, unfortunately for him is he a bad poet.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Otaru, which is why the treatment of him isn't seen as homophobic.
  • Too Dumb to Live: You'd think he'd learn not to insult marionettes who are capable of breaking him in two (and have).
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Given the above entries, this happens to him on a semi-regular basis.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lime saved his little brother from a fire in the second episode, yet he didn't even say thanks.

Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa

Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (JP), Don Brown (EN), Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (LA)

The fourteenth Shogun of Japoness. A direct clone of one of the original survivors of the colony ship Mesopotamia.

Baikou and Tamasaburou
Baikou (right) and Tamasaburou (left)
Baikou voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Nicole Oliver (EN, J Series), Anne Sherman (EN, J Again Series), Rebeca Rambal (LA)
Tamasaburou voiced by: Maria Kawamura (JP), Ellen Kennedy (EN, J Series), Jane Sanford (EN, J Again Series), Alejandra de la Rosa (LA)

The guardians of the Japoness castle. They don't have Maiden Circuits, but seem to be more intelligent than most normal Marionettes.




Souemon Obiichi
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Richard Newman (EN, J Series), Jesse Conde (LA)

Otaru's sensei and parental figure. Sometimes he shows up to help Otaru with advice.

  • Expy: Yang Ming has a similar motive and appearence.
    • He also has quite a resemblance to Marron from Sorcerer Hunters, another series Satoru Akahori created.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He keeps his eyes shut at all times.
  • Karma Houdini: Somewhat. After stealing Lime's maiden circuit and being Faust's mole, the guy gets away with just a happy exile alongside Koyuki.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Is a pretty handsome swordsman.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He stole Lime's maiden circuit during her moment of weakness to reset it and install it into his own marionette Koyuki, so Koyuki could love him and smile to him just like Lime does with Otaru.
  • The Mole: He is working for Faust as Gartland's spy, Rubens.
  • Parental Substitute: For Otaru. He helped the young Otaru hone his combat skills after he was forced to leave school.
  • Robosexual: Secretly in love with his marionette Koyuki. Because of his feelings, he can relate and give advice to Otaru about his own feelings towards his three marionettes.

Yumeji Hanagata
Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Cynthia Chong (LA)
Hanagata's younger brother.

Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP), Ellen Kennedy (EN, J Series), Emilie Brown (EN, J Again Series), Isabel Martiñón (LA), Elsa Covián (LA, J Again OVA)
A woman only known through a painting of her in the Japoness pioneers museum. Her painting serves as a reminder of "The human female", a gender which does not exist on Terra II.

The seventh survivor of the Mesopotamia incident, Lorelei was locked inside the orbiting ship for roughly 300 years because the A.I. program she invented fell in love with her. Once she's saved from her suspended animation, she resides in Japoness to serve as the city-state's new ruler. Her wisdom allows her to fill the vacant spot of Shogun Ieyasu quite nicely, but she longs to go out and explore Terra II in spite of the Imperial Guards' protection of her.

  • Crystal Prison: The Mesopotamia kept her in a cold slumber while encaged in crystal.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Mesopotamia kept her in suspended animation for centuries because it fell in love with her.
  • Gilded Cage: After her rescue, she's kept under heavy security, not just as the last female of Terra II but also as Japoness' new ruler; she would prefer to go outside the castle and explore Terra II than stay in the castle.
  • Hero's Muse: Otaru sees her painting multiple times and is always intrigued by the concept of a human woman.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Otaru got a crush on her image, and both Ieyasu, Faust and even the Mesopotamia itself love her.
  • Hot Scientist: One, if not the only, of the female scientists aboard the Mesopotamia ship. She also created the prototype of what would become the maiden circuits.
    • J to X shows that she wasn't really the only one but the others went back to earth to bring more people. But they crashed with Saturn's rings, and they all died. Cherry somehow has this knowledge installed.
  • Last of Her Kind: The last female human in all Terra II. Until the reborn of Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry as humans.
  • Living Macguffin: As the last female human, her DNA is needed to repopulate the human female into Terra II.
  • Meganekko: She uses glasses when working on her gadgets, implying she's far-sighted.
  • Motherly Scientist: Lorelei takes a motherly stance towards Lime - not to mention the fact, that she's both the creator of the Marionettes, and that they were created on her image.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She was the original creator and designer of an A.I. that would become the predecessor to the maiden circuits, but said A.I. became evil because it fell in love with her and wanted to have her for itself, setting the plot of J in motion.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As new ruler of Japoness after Shogun Ieyasu's death.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Has to mantain a strong and sunny face towards Japoness despite her being quite sad inside.


Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (JP), Lia Sargent (EN), Laura Ayala (LA)


Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (JP), Paul Dobson (EN, J Series), Rolando de Castro (LA)

  • Really 700 Years Old: It's eventually revealed that he was the ONLY survivor of an earlier expedition to Terra II, keeping himself alive through stasis and machines. The events of J and J Again were orchestrated by him so that he could finally return home to Earth. He failed.


  • Canon Foreigner: Was to appear in the anime but was dropped, probably for being hard to write in. Appears in the game Battle Sabers instead, and might have been replaced by Marine.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Blue hair and blue eyes.

Gennai Shiraga

Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (JP), French Tickner (EN, J Series), Doug Stone (EN, J Again OVA), Byron Close (EN, J to X Series), Ernesto Casillas (LA)


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