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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.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After the successful invasion of Gartland, Otaru is considered a hero, not just in Japoness but also the other city-states. His newfound fame starts to go to his head and makes him too busy to return home and spend time with Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry. When they tried to spend time with him, they were prevented from even seeing him. He later realized he was being a complete Jerkass.
  • Anime Hair: Classic 90's style.
  • Badass Normal: Not as powerful or skilled as his Marionettes but he is no pushover in combat.
  • Chaste Hero: Otaru has affection for his three marionettes, but he doesn't seem to have a good grasp on romance and sexuality. He rarely reacts to Cherry's and Bloodberry's most aggressive advances, to the point Otaru's answer to Bloodberry asking him to marry her is asking what marriage is.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has matching brown hair and brown eyes.
  • 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.
  • Fingerless Gloves: He wears gloves that lack fingers.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Very kid, helpful and compassionate.
  • 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

    In General 
  • Balanced Harem: 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, are reborn as human babies and Otaru adopts them.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Lime is cute, simple-minded and childlike, making her the Beauty. Cherry is sensible, polite and analytical, making her the Brains. Bloodberry is tall, strong and bold, making her the Brawn.
  • Become a Real Boy: At the end of J to X, they are reborn as Artificial Humans and are adopted as Otaru's daughters.
  • Clingy Jealous Girls: The three of them act like this towards Otaru to varying degrees.
  • Dub Name Change: Their names are translated into Spanish in the LA dub.
  • Edible Theme Naming: The marionettes are named after different fruits.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: We have the cheerful, childish Lime (Sanguine), the intelligent and refined Cherry (Melancholic), the passionate, brash Bloodberry (Choleric), and the easygoing, kind-hearted Otaru (Phlegmatic).
  • Freudian Trio
    • Lime is the Id, being the energetic and innocent of the three, neither too impulsive nor too smart.
    • Cherry is the Superego, being the most proper and intellectual of the three.
    • Bloodberry is the Ego, being the most passionate and aggressive of the three.
  • 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.
  • Happily Adopted: In the finale of J to X, the three are reborn as humans and raised by Otaru as his daughters.
  • 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.
  • Magical Girlfriends: Three attractive Robot Girls who are accidentally found by the Japoness guy Otaru, fall in love with him and move into his house.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Later in the J to X series, the three begin to yearn for becoming humans. They succeed.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The three were made to be Lorelei's replacement so the Mesopotamia could let her go.
  • 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 look like pretty young women.
  • 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.
    • Lime is youthful in appearance, overly cheerful, and a bit dumb at times, making her the child.
    • Cherry 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.
    • Bloodberry is more shameless than Cherry, and more sexual in her intention. Additionally, she is the only one of the trio with a mature-looking body. She fits the seductress archetype very well.
  • Town Girls: There's the energetic and slightly tomboyish Lime (Neither), the domestic and ladylike Cherry (Femme), and the tough and hot-headed Bloodberry (Butch).

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.

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.

  • Covert Pervert: Her obsessive sex fantasies involving Otaru. Even after her rebirth as an Artificial Human and becoming Otaru's adoptive daughter, these fantasies don't stop.
  • Dub Name Change: Cereza in Latin America.
  • Expy: Of R!Cherry, even in voices, except in Spanish.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: When she became an Artificial Human and Otaru's daughter, she continues to have fantasies about him, implying this.
  • 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The most feminine of Otaru's marionettes is also the one wearing pink clothes.
  • Orphanage of Love: Works in one while suffering ammesia in J to X.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her sidetails are long enough to reach her knees.
  • The Smart Girl: The only of Otaru's marionettes that has analitical and scanning abilities.
  • 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.
  • Tareme Eyes: They fit perfectly with her gentle and feminine Yamato Nadeshiko character.
  • Team Chef: Is an excellent cook.
  • Through His Stomach: She makes food for Otaru.
  • 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.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her clothes don't cover her midriff.
  • 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.
  • Boobs of Steel: The one with the biggest bosom of Otaru's marionettes also happens to be the strongest fighter of the three.
  • 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.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She's the only marionette whose outfit doesn't include sleeves, which is a giveaway that she's the toughest of the three.
  • Super Strength: Stronger than even Lime.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears her hair in a messy ponytail, fitting her role as the most boisterous of Otaru's marionettes.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Fits her more mature, aggressive personality.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cherry. Also with Panther in J Again.


    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), Eduardo Garza (LA, younger self flashbacks)

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

    In General 
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Tiger is the redhead, Luchs has blue hair which sort of makes her count as the brunette and Panther is the blonde.
  • Bodyguard Crush: They all love Faust to a fault.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: Inverted in the manga for a while.
  • Dub Name Change: Same as their counterpats, their names are translated into Spanish in the LA dub.
  • Evil Counterpart: They directly oppose Japoness' marionettes and each one has characteristics that parallel of the other marionettes (Tiger for Lime, Luchs for Cherry, Panther for Bloodberry). Their purpose is to be an antagonistic version of Otaru's marionettes under the service of the Big Bad.
  • Expy: To the Sexadolls, in voice too in Japanese.
  • Heart Drives: The same as Japoness' marionettes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: They decide to reform after realizing Faust's corruption.
  • Love Martyrs: They all are devotedly in love with Faust despite him being so cruel and the fact that he treats them as mere tools.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Each one mirrors their Japoness counterparts' strengths, but start out knowing more advanced combat skills.
  • Robot Girls: They're marionettes that look and act like young women.
  • Shadow Archetype: They serve as this to the three main marionette trio. They're basically what Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry would be if they were in love with a cruel and unloving governor instead of the kind-hearted and caring Otaru. This is very relevant as the reason why the maiden circuits of Faust's marionettes never matured was because Faust didn't show his marionettes the love and compassion needed for them to emotionally develop.
  • Town Girls: Tiger is the Neither; not too feminine yet not too tomboyish. Luchs is the Femme; the most stylish of the three and the only one wearing a skirt. Panther is the Butch; the tougest and most vicious of the three.


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.

  • The Ophelia: Her maiden circuit brokes and her memories got damage until the point she just remembers her time with child Faust.
  • Whip It Good: She uses a whip to fight.

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.

  • Like Father, Unlike Son: An episode of J to X has his father coming to visit, and the two couldn't be any more different from each other: Hanagata is blond, thin, effeminate and a Butt-Monkey, while his dad is dark-haired, muscular, imposing and (from what we know) pretty successful on everything he does.
  • 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), Sarah Souza (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: He 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.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Her anime counterpart is a far cry from her light novel incarnation, who acts as the Barrier Maiden and Apocalypse Maiden for the human race.
  • 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 rebirth of Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry as humans.
  • Living Macguffin: As the last female human, her DNA is needed to repopulate the human females on 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of J, she confesses to Otaru that Ieyasu and her never thought of the pain it would cause to the one that would nurture the Maiden Circuits to maturity only to lose them when they completed their job with the Mesopotamia A.I.... of course, that gets fixed following the show credits.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: She is the key to all of Terra II's problems, and ironically, the cause of them.

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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