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Voiced by: Satoshi Haga(Japanese), Justin Gross(English).

The main protagonist of the series. An 18 year old former prize fighter who, after getting his arm and leg chopped off by his former promoter, is selected by Doc to be the subject of her greatest experiment.

  • The Aloner: Ichise is almost constantly alone. Though, as the series progresses, he becomes more willing to engage with other characters.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses them in the first episode to Organo thugs sent to punish him for injuring a Mafia Princess.
  • Animal Motifs: Often referred to as a "stray dog" by other characters, reflecting his lifestyle as a street urchin who often has to steal to survive.
  • Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero: Ichise doesn't actively want to hurt people but, he has few qualms about punching people's faces in without hesitation and only helps people if they've helped him or he likes them.
  • Artificial Limbs: Ichise's right arm and left leg are replaced with mechanical ones by the 4th episode.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Effortlessly takes out a gang of hitmen while almost completely unarmed in Episode 14.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In the later episodes, he wears a very nice black suit as part of the Organo.
  • The Berserker: When he gets really angry, he's almost unstoppable, especially after becoming texhnolyzed. In the first episode, he continues charging at his opponents even after getting his arm cut off.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Onishi from being killed by Yoshii in episode 10.
  • Boxing Battler: Ichise's primary fighting style is simple boxing jabs.
  • Chick Magnet: Almost every woman he comes across seems to want a piece of him. It's more disturbing than anything, especially considering his reactions to them.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ichise comes from a lifetime of poverty and extreme hardship. So, it's only natural for him to be a very morose individual.
  • Determinator: Ichise proves immovably determined to stay alive time and time again. Even Doc and Onishi remark on this, the first with amusement, the second with irritation because Ichise refuses to die in the first couple of episodes when he really should have.
  • Dying Alone: Ichise inadvertently fulfills Ran's prophecy of him. However, as the power of his texhnolyzed limbs almost dissipates completely, his arm projects an image of a flower onto the ground. Also notable in that he's very probably the last human alive at that point. When he dies, humanity is officially extinct.
  • Extreme Doormat: Ichise seems to have this attitude a lot of the time, though he does lash out every so often.
  • Eye Scream: In the first episode, during sex, Ichise has his eye stabbed by a woman's fingernail.
  • Expy: He looks an awful lot like Killy, minus the scars.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: On the man who sold out his father to die. Also on the Organo thug who cut his arm off.
  • Go Out with a Smile: One of the few times he does smile is as he lies dying in the final episode.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic: Genereally calm and chill when not being bothered, and rarely engages in socialization. Shows a lot of the weakness typical of the temperament, being something of an aimless, indifferent doormat.
  • Hates Being Touched: Even during sex, he just lies there.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Ichise, mainly because he's a prize fighter. He does get a sword later on.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: While he doesn't show it, Ichise does care for a few specific individuals.
  • Megaton Punch: He does this a few times, and it's almost always a One-Hit Kill. Yoshii and Kano learn this the hard way.
  • Mercy Kill: What he does to Ran at the end of the series.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ichise does this to... a lot of people.
  • Oedipus Complex: Ichise, who never really knew his father, adopts Doc as his "second mother" by Word of God. However, he lets her have sex with him whenever she repairs his texhnolyzed limbs.
  • One-Hit Kill: He does this three times over the course of the series.
  • Pinball Protagonist: He survives largely to keep on surviving, and for the most part, acts as a soldier on the Organo's behalf after joining Onishi. It's not until he meets their leader that he starts considering his own needs and desires.
  • The Quiet One: Ichise doesn't even speak until the 3rd episode. After that he typically has only a couple lines of dialogue per episode.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Ichise to the man who sold his father out and had him killed. It gets him in trouble.
    • What Ichise does to the crazed people of Lux after they kill Onishi at the Obelisk.
    • Also counts when Ichise punches off Kano's head for what he's done to Ran.
  • Screw Destiny: Ichise's approach to Ran's prophecy. It doesn't work.
  • Shirtless Scene: The anime begins with a naked Ichise staring at himself in the mirror. Keeping up with the spirit of the series, it is not used as Fanservice.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ichise sharply disagrees with Kano's nihilism. This is expressed by punching Kano's head clean off.
  • The Sociopath: Ultimately subverted. Despite his apathy, and generally lack of sympathy for his peers, Ichise does care about a few select people, and shows real genuine emotions, albeit of rage most of the time. It's just that he hides this under his perpetual stoicism.
  • Sociopathic Hero: There are few, if any, heroic traits to Ichise, as he lacks very little empathy for the people around him, and never really shows much remorse for the people he hurts.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Ichise is a sort of diamond-in-the-rough version, until he puts a suit on that is.
  • That Man Is Dead: Ichise says this when talking about his missing limbs.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The first 3 episodes, in which he gets dismembered and almost dies before Doc takes him in for experimentation. Things improve a tiny bit for him after that.


Eriko "Doc" Kaneda
Voiced by: Shizumi Niki(Japanese), Victoria Harwood (English)

A scientist and the one who gave Ichise his texhnolyzed limbs. Considered an authority on texhnolyzation and the one whom Onishi trusts outside the Organo, she was a member of the Class before a disagreement with Kano led to her exile to Lux.


    Keigo Onishi 

Keigo Onishi

Voiced by Hiroshi Tsuchinada (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)

The current chairman of the yakuza-like Organo group that controls a significant part of Lux's economy. While young and mistrusted, Onishi is likely the most moral character in the show. He is often referred to as "the man who hears the voice of the city".

  • Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Hero: Onishi is willing to tolerate and commit morally questionable actions to ensure that the Organo remains. However, he's also acting in the best interests on Lux and is always willing to pursue a non-violent option.
  • Artificial Limbs: Both of Onishi's legs are texhnolyzed. The story is that as a teenager, he gave his legs to Kano.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Does this to some Union street thugs early in the show while never losing his composure.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep, authoritative voice.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Sharply dressed and very fond of it.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Eventually, to Ichise.
  • Big Good: As leader of the Organo, he's probably the most powerful force for good in the series, and serves as a benefactor for Ichise after Doc rescues him.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Downplayed. While he's not a morally pure person, he's still the best chance Lux has to survive.
  • Determinator: While not to Ichise's extent, when all of Lux falls to Kano's madness, he remains strong and working for the best.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Onishi tries to negotiate this with the Racan and the Salvation Union in the beginning of the series when he suspects that somebody's attempting to break the incredibly fragile peace in Lux.
    • Onishi and the Organo assist Kimata and the Union when they attempt to rally against the Shapes. It doesn't end very well for the Union and Onishi's forced to retreat.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric: Fairly comfortable taking charge and being the leader, and shows a sense of purpose and drive the other characters lack. While he can be fairly unempathic to other people's situations, he is the most frequently willing to call them out on their bullshit and stupidity.
  • Good Is Not Nice: A fairly grumpy and frigid Yakuza-esque mob boss, who nevertheless is dedicated to keeping Lux stable. Aside from Ran, he's probably the closest thing the series has to an Ideal Hero.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Just before he's gunned down by the crazed Luxites, Onishi gives a brief smile.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's despised as being "soft" by many of his own underlings, who are more concerned with enriching themselves than maintaining the city.
  • Hidden Depths: While at first Onishi is cold, stoic and not particularly kind to anyone, as the series progresses, he's revealed to be the most rational individual and caring for his underlings.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A heroic variation.
  • Master Swordsman: He's very skilled with his katana.
  • Mercy Kill: He kills his secretary after she begs for death.
  • Nerves of Steel: Very little fazes him, including assassination attempts.
  • Not So Stoic: Has a few moments of this during the series' most dire moments, including when his wife is killed.
  • Only Sane Man: He's essentially the only character actively trying to keep the city alive.
  • Prevent the War: His primary motivation in the first half of the series is to stop the impending war being incited by Yoshii. Unfortunately, his efforts are frustrated both by his enemies and by people in his own organization.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Onishi tries his best to make sure that Lux remains functional and is willing to listen to alternative ideas.
  • The Stoic: Not a particularly emotive guy.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Is sleeping with his secretary Michiko, but it's shown that his wife Mana is a nearly catatonic Empty Shell and thus unable to provide either physical or emotional intimacy. It's also shown that he really does love her, as one of his few Not So Stoic moments is when Yoshii holds her hostage and kills her.
  • There Are No Good Executives: A rare subversion in Onishi, who is distrusted as the head of the ominous mafia-like business, Organo, that maintains enough control over Lux to prevent it from falling apart; despite this, he is one of the show's few sympathetically heroic characters.
  • Tranquil Fury: Whenever he gets genuinely angry, it's usually like this.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Implied to be sleeping with his secretary, and in a Sexless Marriage with his wife. But he loves her enough that he has one of his few Not So Stoic moments after her death.


Voiced by: Shizuka Itou (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)
The young seer of Gabe. Ran is able to see the future and is revered by many people in the city, including Onishi. However, as the series progresses, she grows increasingly uncomfortable with her role after meeting Ichise.
  • Alone with the Psycho: When Kano forces her to be his oracle.
  • And I Must Scream: Her fate, at the end of the series.
  • Animal Motifs: She's associated with dragonflies.
  • Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero: Ran is almost completely apathetic to the fates of many of the people in Lux and allows many unfortunate things to happen. However, she is still quite young and overwhelmed by her lot in life.
  • Blessed with Suck: While most would consider seeing the future as a generally positive power, Ran ultimately comes to hate her ability.
  • Cool Mask: Her hand-painted fox mask. Could also be a White Mask of Doom, considering that it makes her look very ominous.
  • Damsel in Distress: Subverted. When Kano gets his hands on her, it's already much too late.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Kano does this in a slightly less traditional way with Ran, and she's still alive.
  • Defiant to the End: To Kano, at the end.
  • Fainting Seer: Seeing Ichise's future causes her to scream in horror and faint. Considering how quiet and composed she is all the time, it's pretty jarring.
  • The Fatalist: Doesn't have much hope of stopping her own visions from coming to pass.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Kano beheads her but keeps her alive to serve as his personal oracle.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic: Quiet, dignified, and always somber and depressive. While she is fairly self-sacrificing and dedicated to her role as a seer, she is also the most fatalistic of the cast, albeit for good reason.
  • Free-Range Children: Seemingly wanders the city at her own discretion, often following other main characters from the shadows.
  • Girlish Pigtails: It emphasizes her youth and naiveté.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Ran plays with the trope in various ways, though she really isn't all that innocent.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name can translate to "chaos" or "rebellion". Overlaps with Names To Run Away From Very Fast.
  • Messianic Archetype: The closest thing to one in the setting.
  • Morality Pet: Seemingly to both Ichise and, of all people, Yoshii.
  • Mysterious Waif: Especially before becoming a main character.
  • Oracular Urchin: She's not particularly happy about it.
  • The Quiet One: She seemingly only talks when she needs to.
  • Red Is Heroic: She's redhead and one of the more heroic characters in the series.
  • Seer: As mentioned, she can see into the future, and it's subtly implied that she already knows everything that's going to happen at the beginning of the series.
  • The Stoic: Barely ever shows emotion. When she's in danger of doing so, she dons her fox mask to hide her face.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Making her more ethereal and unique in the series, which favours realistic hair and eye colours.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Her general attitude. Ran prophesies that Ichise will kill countless people before dying alone and unloved. He swears to fight this fate. He doesn't succeed.

    Kazuho Yoshii 

Kazuho Yoshii

Voiced by: Takashi Inoue(Japanese), Sam Riegel(English)

A resident from the surface world who journeys to Lux for an assignment. Intrigued by life in the city and the potential that the people of Lux appear to have, Yoshii decides to start a war among the factions in Lux to stir the passions of the residents.

  • Affably Evil: Yoshii may be a manipulative sociopath who tried to cause chaos on a grand scale, by he's very polite and soft-spoken throughout the show.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite everything he has done and has proven to be, Yoshii's death is treated in an incredibly somber manner, to the point that any potential Catharsis is drained out of the scene..
  • Artificial Limbs: Roughly half of his body has become texhnolyzed.
  • Badass Moustache: A very thick one, too
  • Big Bad: Yoshii serves as the main antagonist for the first half of the series.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Part of his prosthetic arm, unfortunately for Onishi. Also retractable.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: In spite of Yoshii's capable planning and manipulative skill, his tendency to blab about his plans tends to screw him over.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yoshii appears to be naive and completely out of his depth. However, underestimate him at your own peril.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Yoshii was driven to insanity and despair over the state that the surface world has become, resulting in his actions throughout the series.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ultimately, what he becomes when Kano enters the picture.
  • Disney Villain Death: Ichise punches him off a balcony to the street below, mortally injuring him.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Yoshii comes across as a mildly camp call centre employee when he threatens Onishii and tortures a Mook for information.
  • For the Evulz: This is what makes Yoshii's reign of terror all the more horrifying: his utter lack of a motive for it. It's made even worse by his placid and rational demeanour throughout the whole event and gets down right chilling when we see through Sakimura that he was once just an innocent, optimistic office drone.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Yoshii arrives in Lux halfway through his transition and its only through flashbacks that we learn just how much of a nobody he was before he damn near destroyed the city.
  • I Have Your Wife: Threatens Onishi's wife to draw him out to fight and kills her.
  • Karma Houdini: Arguably, to the extent someone can be in this show. While he does get killed, his death is a lot less gruesome and painful than those which befall pretty much every other character.
  • Likes Older Women: Yoshii is only interested in prostitutes with "experience."
  • Manipulative Bastard: A very effective one, being able to turn Lux in on its head within roughly a week's time.
  • Mercy Kill: Sakimura puts a bullet in his head after Ichise mortally wounds him.
  • Mob War: This is the focus of the first half of the series, instigated by Yoshii.
  • Mugging the Monster: Two Racan thugs try to mug Yoshii.
  • Platonic Prostitution: Yoshii rents a room with a prostitute who turns out to be severely mutilated, but only to get information about the city. Later he does sleep with her and finally kills her and her pimp.
  • The Sociopath: Yoshii not only kickstarts a civil war in Lux, but murders a prostitute he had seemingly bonded and sympathized with the night before for no conceivable reason.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The fact that Yoshii's voice never seems to alter its gentle tone makes his actions all the more monstrous.
  • The Übermensch: Yoshii's discussion with Tatsuya of the "human's primitive energy" seems pretty evocative of Nietzsche's Will to Power, and his Motive Rant to Shinji implies that he is possibly trying to create an Ubermensch to save Lux.
  • The Unfettered: Nothing will get in Yoshii's path when he sets his mind to it.



Voiced by: Kaijiro Tanaka (Japanese), Freddy Douglas (English)

The current leader of the Class society that controls Lux. Born from generations of selective inbreeding, Kano despises the other members of the class for their stagnant attitudes. After Yoshii's rampage, Kano descends onto the city with his army of full-bodied cyborgs called Shapes to reshape Lux according to his own ideology.

  • Artificial Limbs: Both of Kano's legs are texhnolyzed, just like Onishi. Kano's subjects, the shapes, are these taken to the utter extreme.
  • Asshole Victim: Played With. Normally, his decapitation would be a cause for celebration, but the fact that it happens after the damage has been done makes it a hollow victory at best.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In spite of the fact that he dies, Kano ultimately accomplishes his mission.
  • Bad Boss: He essentially views his army as lab rats at best or disposable soldiers at worst.
  • Badass Longrobe: Kano wears two over the course of the series, which adds to his regal nature.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist for the final half of the story.
  • Body Horror: How the shapes are created and how Ran ends up.
  • The Caligula: While very intelligent, charismatic and eloquent, he's a deranged solipsist who believes that he's the only real person in a world that exists inside his mind. A possible explanation for this may be the fact that he's the result of generations of selective inbreeding, designed to create the perfect ruler.
  • The Chessmaster: Kano prefers to stay in the shadows and manipulate everyone to fulfil his objectives and, he does this very well.
  • Creepy Monotone: His voice always stays calm and quiet, adding only to his creepy nature.
  • Decapitation Presentation: He does this in a slightly less traditional way with Ran, and she's still alive.
  • Driven to Madness: In perhaps the most ambitious example of this trope, Kano drives the entire city of Lux to madness, reflecting the inner state of his mind.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Onishii and Doc. Like Onishii, he's a texhnolyzed human being who has risen to the top of the hierarchy of the society he lives in, and like Doc, he's trying to expand the limits of texhnolyzation, but whereas Onishii acts as a stabilising influence on the Organo, Kano drives the already fairly twisted Class to insane extremes, and unlike Doc, who seems to see texhnolyzation as a support for men, Kano's looking to use the process to replace men with machines as much as possible.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When conversing with Onishi or Kohakura, Kano is very formal and polite. But unlike Yoshii, it's not genuine, as he makes it clear by the end that he views anyone who isn't him as a figment of his imagination, barely worth respecting in any way.
  • Foil: Yoshii and he are both villainous manipulators, but whereas Yoshii was an office drone who put himself directly into the action to bring his goals to fruition, Kano relies more heavily on his status as royalty, and his command of the Shapes to see his vision brought into being.
  • Hero Killer: Of pretty much everyone by the end of the show, most directly Ran.
  • Humanity Is Insane: Kano seems to believe this. Within the context of the show, he is arguably right.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Kano is a delusional solipsist with severe homicidal tendencies who won't entertain the idea that human beings are anything other than playthings produced by his mind.
  • Incest Is Relative: How he came into existence. Kano's more than a little resentful of that, however.
  • It's All About Me: In one of the most horrifying examples of this trope. He believes that Lux itself is a reflection of his mind, and that humans are puppets or homunculi eroding it. He would qualify for A God Am I, except that he doesn't believe that he's God, he believes that he is reality itself.
  • Kick the Dog: When Kano confronts Onishi, he essentially gloats about how he threw away Onishi's legs after he sacrificed them for Kano's sake.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His treatment of Kohakura was hardly unjustified.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His entrance into the series turns it from grim but hopeful, to a metaphorical march through the wastes of Tartarus.
  • Mad Scientist/Hot Scientist: Kano is essentially a male version of Doc, with her curiosity taken to a nihilistic extreme.
  • Mask of Sanity: Any time he speaks, his words are ever cool and quiet, but it's made emphatically clear that saying Kano is fucked in the head is akin to saying Lux isn't a holiday resort.
  • Mukokuseki: Subverted. His blue hair and golden eyes make him one of the few characters that aesthetically come across as someone from a regular anime, but being such amongst a cast of fairly realistic looking people, it not only acts to distinguish him from them, but serves gives him an unnatural wrongness to his character.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Kano has a more petulant version of this in his backstory, just to show off what an irredeemable monster he is: Onishi sold his legs to the Class in exchange for what amounted to starter money to work his way in to the Organo (hence why he has texhnolyze legs). Kano received the legs as a gift and either got bored of them or found some other reason to be rid of them, effectively squandering Onishi's sacrifice. And of course, he gloats to Onishi about it when they meet face to face.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Unlike Yoshii, Kano doesn't have any fighting abilities.
  • Outside-Context Problem: He has absolutely no relation to Ichise until the end of tale, has met Doc and Onishii perhaps once before it started, and no one knows of him, his goals, or his involvement with Lux until he wants them to know. As such, only a few people in Lux are even marginally prepared to deal with him, and as a consequence, he wins.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Ultimately, Kano sees the whole world as a giant playground for him to play in, to the exclusion of everyone else.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Kano, as a high ranking member of the Darwinistic nihilistic Class, fits this to a T.
  • Sissy Villain: Kano is effeminate and physically unimpressive.
  • The Sociopath: Kano takes this trope and ramps it Up To Eleven, revealing in the final episode that not only does he have no problem forcefully turning a little girl into a cyborg, but that he doesn't even believe that anyone in Lux actually exists, let alone count as actual people.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In a similar manner to Yoshii.
  • The Stoic: Kano tends to be rather stone faced, making his actions all the more horrific.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Subverted, as he's crazy but human.
  • The Übermensch: Kano rejects the beliefs of the Class, and the despair of Lux in order to impose his own vision and beliefs upon the world. He could potentially be viewed as a Deconstruction of this idea, however, as the traits that make him one also cause him to become a solipsistic madman who willingly destroys what's left of humanity in the name of his vision.
  • The Unfettered: Kano will stop at nothing to impose his own vision on Lux, regardless of the human cost.
  • Visionary Villain: Though it's a vision of basically nothingness.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone else in the series has realistic hair and eye colors except for Kano, who has blue hair and yellow eyes.

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