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Inuzuka Clan

    Koushi Inuzuka 

Koushi Inuzuka

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese)
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Koushi is a handsome, intelligent, yet physically weak seventeen-year-old high school student who is the son of Unken Inuzuka, a martial arts master and member of one of the twelve zodiac Master families of Japan.



  • Accidental Kiss: While chasing after Momoko trying to get her to stop her from screaming obscenities he accidently ran into Shintarou where this happens.
  • Arranged Marriage: The plot is kicked off by Unken and Sendayuu putting Koushi and Momoko into one. Sanae's grandmother also tries to set her up with one.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The main way Koushi ever defeats anyone. Until he finally Takes A Level In Badass, that is.
  • Batman Gambit: Also a huge part of how Koushi ever defeats anyone - one example is early on, when he tricks some bullies into pressing Momoko's Berserk Button.
  • Bears Are Bad News: As bears are used in-story as the yardstick for how effective a martial artist is, it's bad news when Koushi is brought before one to show just how strong he is... or is not. Also, when Iroha causes a mass escape at a zoo to assassinate Koushi and Momoko, guess what is the most dangerous of the escaped animals?
  • Celibate Hero: Koushi doesn't have time for romance, as he is studying to become a lawyer. Possibly not celibate so much as just having the sense to want nothing to do with Momoko's 'seductions'. He certainly seems approving enough of Sanae in general. He continues this even into the finale, which is after a Time Skip where he has gotten together with Momoko. He refuses to consummate the relationship until he has permission to marry from Momoko's father. Momoko makes it clear that she is a bit depressed about this condition.
  • Determinator: Later in the manga, where he refuses to die in a martial arts duel so that he can fulfill his dream of becoming a prosecutor. His father, shocked that Koushi even had it in him, breaks down in Manly Tears.
  • Forgot About His Powers: All the time Momoko spent as his housewife caused Koushi to completely forget how to take care of himself (cooking, cleaning, ect) when she went back to her father to recuperate. To the point where when the lights went out he just crawled into bed and went to sleep
  • Heel Realization: Koushi has had a few of this given his treatment of Momoko but what really took the cake was the Rant-Inducing Slight he gave her after Yuusuke’s "The Reason You Suck" Speech. This finally cause him to start taking his training seriously.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Koushi wants to be a lawyer, not a martial-artist.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Koushi tells Sanae he hates martial artist and thinks they’re all freaks without knowing that she is one of the zodiac clans.
  • Jerkass Façade: After finding out that he was going to die in a week Koushi did this to Momoko hoping that she would move on with her life. Luckily she saw right past this.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Koushi never wanted an Arranged Marriage or to be surrounded by lunatic martial artists bent on killing/loving him. But after Momoko finally admits she knows he doesn't love her, Koushi acknowledges that his experiences have broken him out of his fear of confronting other people (even if he's still a physical coward).
  • Non-Action Guy: Until he finally Takes A Level In Badass.
  • Only Sane Man: Koushi constantly remarks on the insanity of an underground martial arts war, and quotes the various laws being broken. He later decides to just go with the flow.
  • Parental Abandonment: Koushi's father is fine with regularly going off and leaving Koushi and Momoko to their own devices. Momoko's father drops her off with Koushi's father.
  • The Reveal: Koushi is really the strongest martial artist but he doesn't know it and it's not revealed until the last five minutes of the final episode.
  • Sleep Learning: Koushi uses them to further his studies... until Momoko hits upon this as a perfect way in which to make him love her. Makes things very awkward for Iroha when she attempts a nighttime assassination.
  • Something We Forgot: Poor Koushi was subject to this inadvertently by Momoko and Iroha. The sea snakes were surprisingly gentle, given that he actually lived.
  • Training from Hell: Unfortunately for Koushi when he does decide to buckle down, this is the only training method his father seems to know. Koushi's later training under Tenga Koganei is even worse.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Koushi has become a full-fledged martial artist while still continuing his studies towards being a prosecutor. While still engaged to Momoko, he must defeat her father before he'll allow the marriage to occur. He's tried 128 times unsuccessfully and prepares for his 129th attempt. He barely wins.
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    Unken Inuzuka 

Unken Inuzuka

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese)
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Unken is a martial arts master and the father of Kōshi. He wants his son to follow in his footsteps, but is unable to persuade him to train in the martial arts.



  • Eye Beams: The specialty of the Inuzuka clan.
  • Heroic Build: Many of the older male martial artists, such as Momoko and Koushi's fathers, are build like this.
  • The Spartan Way: This is why Koushi’s father let him fight the Koganei alone. He quickly realized that it was a stupid thing to do.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A minor example — Koushi first wishes that his father would stop bothering him about the martial arts and just accept his dreams of being a prosecutor. It later becomes apparent that his father Unken does approve of Koushi's ambitions, only bothers Koushi to train in the martial arts because he's the target of assassins, and actually feels really guilty that Koushi has to go through all of this due to his parentage. Unken is just really bad at saying all of this.

Kuzuryuu Clan

    Momoko Kuzuryuu 

Momoko Kuzuryuu

Voiced by: Yui Kano (Japanese)
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Momoko is a strange and hyperactive, barefoot young girl who is also a martial artist in a special form of martial arts that only members of the twelve zodiac Masters of Japan can learn. She is associated with the Dragon of the Chinese zodiac.



  • Absurd Phobia: Her unusually specific fear of hard-boiled eggs with faces drawn on them.
  • Action Girl
  • A-Cup Angst: When she discovers that Koushi prefers a more developed woman.
  • Against the Setting Sun: Parodied - Momoko and an adversary have a moment of newfound acceptance and friendship after a fight as the sun sets... and promptly forget to save Koushi from man-eating sea snakes in the background.
  • Ahoge: Momoko has a self-made ahoge. Perhaps she subconsciously realized her personality required one. She briefly tries changing her hairstyle to attract Koushi's attention — by adding more ahoge!
  • Arranged Marriage: The plot is kicked off by Unken and Sendayuu putting Koushi and Momoko into one. Sanae's grandmother also tries to set her up with one.
  • Battle Aura: All the top martial artists have one, but Momoko is actually able to use hers as a force field.
  • Bedtime Brainwashing: Momoko tries this twice on Koushi. The first time, she accidentally wakes him and really weirds him out. The second involved recordings of Momoko saying things she wanted Koushi to say, and the results of which are mentioned below under Sleep Learning.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Momoko is quite a big one when facing adversaries that could mean a threat to her loved.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Highlighting her life-long martial artist training, Momoko very rarely wears shoes, even during school. Later inverted when she finally does get a pair of shoes from Koushi, the first gift he gives her. She wears them any time she isn't fighting, despite the fact that they're several sizes too big. When Koushi throws them out due to being worn out, she throws out a Death Glare potent enough to make both of their fathers, two of the strongest martial artists alive, scared.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Due to being force-fed tons of eggs in her youth, Momoko really dislikes them in general, with a particular dread of ones with faces drawn on them.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In order to show just how much she loved Koushi, Momoko took the same poison that was killing him so that they would either live or die together. Forgetting that the poison would make her too weak to fight for the antidote.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Apparently Momoko is supposed to be a good cook.
  • Gambit Roulette: Tired of Koushi’s blanket refusals Momoko devised a new more forceful method. She tricked him into signing a sex contract knowing that a man who wished to become a prosecutor wouldn’t attempt to break a sacred contract.
  • Genki Girl: Most of the time.
  • Heir to the Dojo
  • Idiot Hero
  • Little Miss Badass: Momoko might have the build of a pre-adolescent girl, but she's able to go toe-to-toe with the best martial artists around.
  • Mundane Utility: In the Bonus Hot Springs Episode, Momoko uses a ki attack to rocket a van up a steep road.
  • New Transfer Student
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Koushi had actually started taking a shine to Momoko; while he still wasn’t willing to marry her, she had given him his confidence back so he would no longer run away from confrontation, which he was grateful for. However after her battle with Iroha, Momoka left with her, forgetting that Koushi was still stuck in a deadly trap. After that, he wanted nothing to do with her again.
  • Nosebleed: Any time Momoko thinks Koushi is open to marriage. Yes, what comes after the ceremony as well, but even the idea of him being open to the wedding results in epitasis.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: During their one month anniversary Momoko had gotten it into her head that Koushi had waited for that day to copulate their relationship. He on the other hand was waiting for a sale for a modeling set. The whole day he was talking about what he would do when he got the set and how much fun it would be while she though he was talking about sex. Her imagination went into overdrive when he asked her to go to the toy store with him.
  • Rain Aura: In episode 13.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie
  • Say My Name: Momoko does this consantly. "Koushi-dono!"
  • Selective Obliviousness: Momoko has not once realized that Koushi doesn’t know martial arts.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Her fight with Iroha.
  • Speed Echoes: Momoko is able to side step so fast she can create one of these.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: The ultimate aim of Koushi and Momoko's betrothal.
  • Super-Deformed: Momoko seemingly spends half the series two feet tall and without hands or feet.
  • Theme Naming: There's also the Edible Theme Naming for Momoko, whose head resembles a peach: "Momoko" literally translates to "peach child."
  • The Power of Hate: Momoko took Koushi’s "death" really hard where before Tenga was able to completely No-Sell all of her techniques afterwards she completely dominated the battle.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Momoko is still in love with Koushi and is elated that he now loves her back, eagerly awaiting the day they can finally be married. Despite her constant attempts to get him to have sex with her, when he finally consents she's too embarrassed and knocks him out with an energy dragon.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Though it takes the whole series to go from stalker to devoted companion, willing to follow her man even into the next world.

    Sendayuu Kuzuryuu 

Sendayuu Kuzuryuu

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (Japanese)
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Sendayuu is a martial arts master and the father of Momoko. He told Momoko to find the strongest warrior and marry him, eventually bearing the strongest child since Momoko cannot master her family's techniques as she is female.



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Miyamoto Clan

    Iroha Miyamoto 

Iroha Miyamoto

Voiced by: Ui Miyazaki (Japanese)
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Iroha is a young girl of fifteen and a member of the family of zodiac Masters associated with the Snake. The Miyamoto group was once a feared yakuza gang, but its power, repute and membership dwindled under Iroha's father; his kind nature did not inspire hardened criminals to remain loyal.



    Hanzou 

Hanzou

Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (Japanese)
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Hanzou is seventeen and Iroha's subordinate in the plot to kill Koushi. Since Iroha saved his life one day, he has followed her orders closely. The two of them share a relationship like Koushi and Momoko in that it could be likened to a Dog and its master, although Iroha appreciates Hanzou from the start.



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Nakajima Clan

    Sanae Nakajima 

Sanae Nakajima

Voiced by: Aya Hirano (Japanese)
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Sanae is a female high school student who is also one of Koushi's friends. She is also his class' representative. Unknown to everyone, however, she changes into a heroine known as Tenchū Senshi Uma Kamen, literally meaning "Divine Punishment Warrior Horse Mask", the identity she uses to fight as a superhero.



    Kimie Nakajima 

Kimie Nakajima

Voiced by: Kazue Komiya (Japanese)
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Iroha and Hanzou's landlady. Also Sanae's grandmother.



  • I Was Quite a Looker: She looked much like her granddaughter Sanae when younger.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She felt her granddaughter relied to heavily on the Shingo Willpower Pegasus Raiment so she tweaked it to start ripping apart when attacked without telling her so that she could learn to harness the great potential within her.

    Hikaru Nakajima 

Hikaru Nakajima

Voiced by: Youji Ueda (Japanese)
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Koganei Clan

    Tenka Koganei 

Tenka Koganei

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese)
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Tenka is from the Tiger family of the twelve zodiac Masters and initially comes to assassinate Koushi. As he is from the Tiger family, he carries a lot of traits with his personality that are akin to that of a feline such as being aquaphobic, and liking to play with round objects.



  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Can carve trenches in stone.
  • Cat Boy: Err... well... close. Tenka is from the Tiger family and thus takes on catlike qualities, such as playing with a ball he is convinced talks to him called Becky. At one point he is defeated by being distracted by cat toys and his fear of clear water bottles or "nekoyoke".
  • Companion Cube: Tenka has his soccer ball, Becky.
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Fight Unscene: Only "martial artist vision" can see the intense battle when Tenka Koganei fights his roughly ten-year-old brother. And maybe that's best.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After getting defeated by Momoko and Koushi.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
  • Knight of Cerebus: The appearance of the remaining four Koganei siblings following Tenka's return to the story is when things start to ramp up in the seriousness department. Tenga in particular is the first no-nonsense enemy the group faces and kickstarts the subplot about the powers of the ancient martial artists.
  • New Transfer Student
  • Pair the Spares: With Sanae.
  • Secret Keeper: Tenka figures out who Uma Kamen is pretty much immediately and agrees to keep her identity from both Koushi and Momoko.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Tenka is undergoing fierce training to reclaim his birthright as the Koganei heir in order to ease the burden on his younger brother.

    Tenten Koganei 

Tenten Koganei

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese)
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The eldest daughter of the five Koganei children. She is the fostered daughter of Souten Koganei and the foster sister of Tenga Koganei, Tenrei Koganei, Tenka Koganei and Tenchi Koganei.



  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tenten Koganei in an anything goes death match where any and all weapons are allowed she chooses her henchmen as weapon to slowly wear Iroha down.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dragon Their Feet: Subversion. Tenten is the one who attempts to attack the heroes after the Final Battle is all but won, but she's more the Evil Genius / Dark Chick of her group.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Tenten can’t understand why Hanzou would risk his life for Iroha when she doesn’t love him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Tenten referring to Hanzo and Iroha’s friendly banter as shameless flirting hit a Berserk Button for Iroha who as a member of an assassins clan felt that she and Hanzo’s relationship was Like Brother and Sister. This hit Hanzo hard as he really does have feelings for Iroha.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Tenten’s poison only affected the seal placed on Koushi’s martial arts abilities now that that seal is gone the myriad seal is at his disposal.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: This is the reason why Tenten hates Iroha out of all the Miyamoto clan. Hanzou was the only one who saw through her façade that in combination with him being a nice guy made her see him more then just a puppet. However he was completely fascinated with Iroha.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Tenga and Tenten are unable to use techniques after having their ki sealed by Koushi. They withdraw from the clan with Tenrei in tow and go on a journey of training (much to Tenten's chagrin).

    Tenga Koganei 

Tenga Koganei

Voiced by: Keijin Okuda (Japanese)
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The second son of Souten Koganei. He is the fostered brother of Tenrei Koganei, Tenten Koganei, Tenka Koganei and Tenchi Koganei. He served as the head of the Koganei Clan for a short while before Tenchi took over.



  • Blood Knight
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Tenga states that he can't forgive himself for being this. It's highly implied that he feels this way because the strongest martial artists, that developed martial arts by themselves, lived in the past.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After his defeat, he agrees to train Koushi.
  • Fair-Play Villain: Tenga could've killed both Koushi and Momoko, as weakened as they were by the effects of the poison, yet he wanted to have a fair fight.
  • Feed It with Fire: Tenga's main ability is based on this. Attacking him only will result in him becoming stronger each time. Of course this ability has a limit as well.
  • Near-Villain Victory: In the Koganei village arc, Tenga would have won had he not allowed Koushi to give Momoko the antidote to the poison afflicting both of them.
  • Noble Demon: He disdains his sister Tenten's devious ways and her use of poison - in fact, rather than hold onto the portion of the antidote for Tenten's poison until he is defeated, he gives it to Koushi and Momoko so that he can have a proper fight afterwards.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Tenga Koganei agreed to train Koushi but refused to deviate from the Koganei ways, which involve a LOT of Training from Hell.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Tenga and Tenten are unable to use techniques after having their ki sealed by Koushi. They withdraw from the clan with Tenrei in tow and go on a journey of training (much to Tenten's chagrin).
  • World's Strongest Man: Tenga declares to be this himself.
  • Worthy Opponent: Tenga seeking one is what leads him to be antagonistic to begin with. He acknowledges Momoko to be one during his final battle with her.

    Tenrei Koganei 

Tenrei Koganei

Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese)
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The fourth son of the five Koganei children. He is the fostered son of Souten Koganei, and the foster brother of Tenga Koganei, Tenten Koganei, Tenka Koganei, and Tenchi Koganei.



    Tenchi Koganei 

Tenchi Koganei

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa (Japanese)
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The youngest son of Souten Koganei. He is the brother to Tenka Koganei, and the foster brother of Tenga Koganei, Tenrei Koganei and Tenten Koganei.



    Souten Koganei 

Souten Koganei

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Tthe former head of the Koganei clan. He is the father of Tenka Koganei and Tenchi Koganei.



  • Dirty Coward: When attacked by assassins, he abandoned the clan and fled month’s later he returns stating that he had been granted ultimate power and now wishes to overthrow the Kuzuryuu and Inuzuka clans. He even went so far as to beat his sons half to death when they refused to help him.

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    Saigo Katsuyuki 

Saigo Katsuyuki

Voiced by: Taketoshi Kawano (Japanese)
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Saigo is a large, muscular young man who attends the same school as Koushi and the rest of the main cast. He has a very threatening demeanor, communicating mostly in grunts and gestures and continuously wears sunglasses.



  • Gratuitous English: His "Good Ruck".
  • Oh, Crap!: After seeing Momoko perform the Black Dragon Morning Destroyer.
  • The Voiceless: With Momoko able to translate because "People in love are connected by heart."
  • The Worf Effect: Poor, poor Saigo — until he finally gets his own episode.

    Shintarou Inoue 

Shintarou Inoue

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The heir to the Inoue clan. She is the "son" of Moutatsu Inoue.



  • Abusive Parents: Moutatsu Inoue raised his daughter as a boy going so far as to regularly beat her anytime she showed attraction to men and even regularly buying prostitutes for her. All of this as some sort of Misplaced Retribution against Unken Inuzaka who was stronger and more popular then him hoping that Shintarou would defeat Koushi and take over his title as head of the eastern army. It's so bad that Shintarou doesn’t even realize that she is a girl, because Moutatsu has led her to believe that her feminine body is a sign that she is unskilled and undisciplined.
  • Accidental Pervert: After watching a commercial Shintarou spent all day drinking coffee thinking it would cause her to become manlier. Naturally this made her incredibly hyperactive preventing Sanae from studying. When she called her out, Shintarou force fed her coffee preventing her from sleeping. The next day Senae yelled at Shintarou about never letting her into her bed or bath again Shintarou replied that she was sorry she forced herself on Sanae and that she just wanted to be more of a man. Needless to say her classmates saw her as more of a man than ever.
  • Bifauxnen
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: While Shintarou's father does love his son, he's either somehow completely ignorant or in denial about the fact that he has a daughter instead. This results in him smacking his daughter around for being attracted to men, trying to convince Shintarou to participate in orgies because having multiple women is a sign of manliness, and Shintarou continuing to masquerade as a male because she worries that her father wouldn't love a daughter as much.
  • New Transfer Student
  • Parental Abandonment: Shintarou is all but forgotten by the head of the Inoue clan when the latter gets shocked at what happened with Kimie Nakajima.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Tragic due to the fact that, due to how they were raised, they didn't even know their biological sex until someone outside of their family told them.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Lampshaded in-story, when Iroha points out how ludicrous the concept of a girl being raised as a boy and involved in a Harem is after Hanzou has about an Eroge featuring said plot. Of course, meanwhile, Wholesome Crossdresser Shintarou has just accidentally kissed Harem magnet Koushi and fallen for him.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Subverted in Shintarou's case, as she didn't actually know she was a girl, due to her father raising her as a boy and insisting that she was one, until the Nakajimas told her that she was a girl.
  • Wher Are They Now Epilogue: Shintarou comes to grips with her gender and attempts to reveal the truth to Tenka and Hanzou. It takes a LOT of convincing to get them to believe it.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Shintarou continues to present herself as a boy even after she's told that she's female.
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