of Variable Geo
. She's 17 and a practitioner of Kyokushin Karate, since childhood. She currently works as a combat waitress at Hanna Miller's and enters the VG Tournament, not for the prize money and real estate, but in the spirit of competition
and learning more about herself as a martial artist.
- All Loving Heroine: Yuka is a compassionate young woman, who firmly believes people can form unshakable bonds with their hearts and their fists.
- Best Friend: Satomi has been her bff since childhood. They don't get to see each other often these days, due to Satomi's hectic work schedule, but their bond remains as strong as ever.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Satomi, share a lot in common: they're both tomboys, each has a strong interest in martial arts (see the Friendly Rivalry entry), they both work as combat waitresses, and they each strive to compete in the VG tournament.
- Bokukko: Yuko often refers to herself by using the male pronoun, "boku", in the Japanese subs.
- Boobs of Steel: She has the largest bust of the cast and the fighting ability you'd expect, as per the trope. But not without consequence:
- D-Cup Distress: They're already big to begin with and they're still growing, which she realizes when another of her uniforms becomes too tight in the chest again; much to her dismay.
- Gag Boobs: Manami refers to Yuka's boobs as "airbags" and enjoys groping them, because of their size and how bouncy they are, or simply bouncing the back of her head against them while they're riding with Jun.
- Childhood Friends: With her BFF, Satomi.
- Combined Energy Attack: After freeing Satomi from Miranda's control, they unleash both their ultimate attacks at once to destroy the cyber drive; taking Miranda along with it.
- Curbstomp Battle: Yuka gets utterly thrashed, along with Jun and Manami, when she returns to her dojo and finds all her students beaten to death, by Damian's Superpowered Evil Side. The girls survive thanks to the mysterious old master's timely arrival.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Literally, which Damian lampshades during their second fight. He tells Yuka that she's stronger than she realizes and was determined to see her true power. In the end, he forced her to use Soryu Gekki, which kills him, though it hadn't been her intention.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: Yuka achieves this state near the end of the final episode, when she faces Damian's Superpowered Evil Side again. She lets go with her feelings and enters a zen-like calm, which allows her to instinctively evade his attack and counter with a pirouetting backhand that sends him flying.
- The Empath: Yuka forms a spiritual connection with her opponents by absorbing their ki while taking their attacks, which allows her to sense whatever's troubling them.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Once she establishes that, she cleanses them of those negative emotions, by blastig them with her own ki while also returning theirs; essentially reliveing them of those feelings.
- Fighting Your Friend/"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The series culminates in the eventual showdown between her and Satomi, when she's briefly forced to fight Satomi to free her from Miranda's control.
Satomi whines a lot and she's stingy. She also says I like fighting too much.
But she's a good cook, she has a warm smile, and she loves her little brother. THAT's the Satomi I know... and I'm going to
bring her back! With THIS FIST and my feelings!!
- The Force Is Strong with This One: When she and Jun pass Reimi on the highway, Yuka feels a cold chill, causing her ki to flare up in response to the malignant energy she senses from her. This prompts Yuka to leap from the back of the bike and attack her, but Reimi counters by nullifying it easily.
- Friendly Rivalry: She and Satomi have known each other since childhood and have competed against each other for just as long. They even made a promise to not allow themselves to lose to anyone until they faced each other at the VG tournament.
- The Heroine/The Protagonist: The plot centers around her and her efforts to save Satomi, once she becomes aware that Satomi is being manipulated by The Jahana Group.
- Kame Hame Hadoken: Her signature finisher: "Kikou Dan".
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: She's all for friendly competition, but despises senseless violence and abuse of one's power.
- One-Hit Kill: Her Soryu Gekki kills Damian's alter ego outright (at: 4:28-4:59).
- Power Glows: Seen just before she unleashes her Soryu Gekki, when her body becomes enveloped in a pure white aura.
- Power Limiter: In the final episode, Yuka reveals that her hair ribbon inhibits her power. But, once she removes it...
- Rapunzel Hair: It's long enough that it almost reaches her feet when she unfastens her hair ribbon. Which is why she usually keeps it in a ponytail and, even then, it's still long enough to extend past her buttocks.◊
- Ryu and Ken: She's essentially "Ryu" to Satomi's "Ken". See the Spirited Competitor entry below.
- She's Got Legs: Seen in the anime's cover art and at multiple points throughout the series, along with plenty of Foot Focus thanks to the ankle guards she wears.
- Shoryuken: Yuka's Soryu Gekki (lit "Shooting Star"), which is so powerful that it results in a One-Hit Kill.
- Spirited Competitor: Yuka would make Ryu proud. The tournament's cash prize and recognition mean little to her. Instead, she lives for the fight and the strives to learn more about herself and others through combat.
- Tomboy: Yuka lives and breathes martial arts and loves to compete. In her own words, "it's how she connects with others".
- Wave-Motion Gun: Screw fireballs. Yuka responds to Erina's ultimate attack by unleashing her Kyuukyo Kikou Dan, which is her Kikou Dan on steroids! The blast sends Erina flying, shreds her clothing, and K.O's her.
and Yuka's childhood friend. Satomi grew up studying Kyokushin Karate under Yuka's grandfather, which is how they became sparring partners. But she's fallen on hard times
, since her parents' deaths, leaving her to care for her ill brother, Daisuke, on her own. Once the Jahana Group becomes aware of her hidden power, they manipulate her into entering the VG Tournament.
- Adaptational Badass: While a formidable fighter, Advanced V.G's canon portrayed Satomi's skill level as secondary compared to Yuka's and Reimi's. In the OVA, her fighting capacity is considerably higher, being near equal to Yuka's own and she gains an all new ultimate attack not seen in any of the games.
- Always Second Best: Damian's background check on her reveals that Satomi had been undefeated... until she met Yuka. After her first loss to her, Satomi contiuned to lose to her, each time they competed against each other, with each loss chipping away at her confidence until she finally stopped competing altogether, out of fear that she'd never be able to defeat Yuka.
- Ascended Extra: In the Advanced V.G. series, Satomi was a minor character, having no significance to the plot. The OVA changes this, by exploring her rivalry with Yuka and making her a key figure in The Jahana Group's plans.
- Beauty Mark: Hers is just beneath the corner of her left eye, accentuating her natural beauty.
- Best Friend: Yuka is the best she's ever had and is always there when Satomi needs her.
- Birds of a Feather: See the related entry in Yuka's section.
- Boyish Short Hair: She can't afford to properly care for her hair, so it's always short and mussy.
- Body Horror: After seeing she wasn't powerful enough to defeat Reimi, despite the cyber drive's enhancements, Miranda threatens to kill Satomi from within, unless Yuka surrendered her body to her. Then shows she means business by splitting Satomi's fingernail and making her bleed from the wound.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Satomi curbstomps Chiho and Kaori, at separate times, while she's under the cyber drive's influence.
- Childhood Friends: With her bff, Yuka.
- Combined Energy Attack: As noted in Yuka's section, once Satomi is free of Miranda's control, she combines her ultimate attack with Yuka's to destroy the cyber drive.
- Cool Big Sis: A literal example to her kid brother, Daisuke.
- Deuteragonist: The othef half of the plot covers Satomi's struggles to care for her brother, her inner conflict regarding her past losses to Yuka, and how she's eventually manipulated by The Jahana Group.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears a different skirt as part of her combat uniform. Unlike the one she wears on her job, this one is fashioned into a sarong, with the split seam reaching her left hip.
- Fighting Your Friend/"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: See the related entry in Yuka's section.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Yuka, which is covered in her example section.
- Girl Next Door: She's the 'plainest' looking of all the waitresses, having short hair and boyish features, but has a beauty mark on he left cheek along with a naturally athletic figure.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever she's being influenced by the cyber drive, her eye color changes from grey to day-glow blue.◊
- Healthcare Motivation: Just as Daisuke's condition begins to show signs of improving, The Jahana Group secretly causes it to relapse. Then has Damian offer to cover the costs of the procedure needed to treat it... in exchange for Satomi's cooperation.
- Kill It with Fire: This is what her ultimate attack amounts too, as Yuuki nearly learned firsthand.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Satomi's final attack is essentially her rendition of Kyo Kusanagi's "Ura 121 Shiki Ama no Murakumo" HDM; resulting in giant waves of flame racing along the ground at high speed, incinerating everything in their wake.
- MacGuffin Super Person: She becomes the target of The Jahana Group, once Damian senses the enormity of her spirit power, during Yuka's match with Jun. Which convinced him that she'd make the ideal vessel for Miranda.
- Minor Living Alone: See the Promotion to Parent entry.
- Ore Onna: In the Japanese subtitled version, she refers to herself using the "ore" pronoun, which is partially a nod to the fact that her character draws influence from Kyo Kusanagi.
- Perpetual Poverty: This is the reason she originally wanted to compete in the VG tournament, as the prize money and real estate would easily solve her and her brother's financial problems and give them a better home.
- Playing with Fire: Whereas Yuka's ki manifests as pure energy, Satomi's ki manifests in the form of flames.
- Promotion to Parent/Parental Substitute: At age 16, she's had to look after herself and her kid brother, Daisuke, ever since their parents died in a car accident, years ago.
- The Promise: She and Yuka swore they'd never allow themselves to lose to anyone until they had the chance to face each other in the VG tournament.
- Ryu and Ken: Her friendship with Yuka is portrayed this way, with Satomi filling the "Ken" role, since she has family matters to attend that consume most of her time. Likewise, she's been competing with Yuka since childhood and they made a vow to face each other someday in the VG tournament - complete with a fist bump gesture.◊
- She's Got Legs: Though hers are more athletic in tone. Likewise, she gets plenty of Foot Focus since she's the only one, besides Yuka, who fights barefoot.
- Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: She's left with no choice but to submit herself to Damian's project, which greatly enhances her fighting ability, at the cost of her free will... and her own body.
- Tomboy: Another trait she shares in common with her friend, though Satomi's appearance makes her a straighter example. Plus, her figure is slightly more athletic than Yuka's.
- Unkempt Beauty: Noted in the Girl Next Door entry.
- Unwitting Pawn: To The Jahana Group, who uses her kid brother and her insecurities, regarding her past losses to Yuka, to manipulate her into joining the tournament. Then subjects her to the "Black Goddess" project with the intent to use her as Miranda's new vessel.
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa
(Japanese), Kathryn Feller (English)
A former Olympic wrestler, who was disgraced after being banned from competition
for unnecessarily injuring her opponent, which earned her the nickname:"Bone Crusher".
She's looking to restore her honor and integrity by competiting in the VG ring.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the Advanced V.G. series, Jun is best friends with Erina, Manami, and Yuuki. Whereas the OVA has Jun and Erina meeting for the first time, right before Erina's match with Yuka. And neither she or Manami have any interaction with Yuuki at all.
- Amazonian Beauty: Jun has the type of physique one would expect of an Olympian class athlete, being tall and semi-muscular. At the same time, she's a dark skinned raven-haired beauty with a stunning figure.
- Ambiguously Brown: It's unknown whether her complexion is her natural skin color, or the result of a really deep tan. Yet, no one makes note of her appearance even though she looks like a foreigner; including having green eyes.
- The Big Guy: She's the most athletic member of the cast and has the muscle power and stamina you'd expect from a former Olympic wrestling champion.
- Biker Babe: It's how she gets around and how she helps get Yuka from place-to-place during the series.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Jun uses a combination of pro wrestling and kubojutsu, making her the most physical combatant competing in the tournament and she's Hot-Blooded to boot.
- Boobs of Steel: While not as big as Yuka's, or Erina's, hers are still pretty impressive and she's got the muscle to back 'em.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She's strong enough to leap over 10ft. into the air, while carrying someone across her shoulders, as seen during her "Kubota Buster". And when she fought Chiho outside the Jahana research facility, she sent her flying across the courtyard with her "Kubota Shuttle"; instantly knocking her unconscious!
- Defeat Means Friendship: After her defeat, not only does she buddy up with Yuka, she develops a deep respect for her and acknowledges Yuka as being stronger than herself. From then on, she spends the remainder of the series getting to know her and helping her to save Satomi and Chiho.
- Ground Punch: Jun's Earth Grazer is near identical to Terry Bogard's "POWAH GEEZAH!!" The animation sequence is even similar to the scene where Terry uses it against Wolfgang Krauser.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She enjoys knockin' back brewskies and seems capable of holding her liquor, as she was able to drive perfectly after downing several large mugs of beer.
- Honor Before Reason: According to the rules, Jun didn't have to strip after her loss to Yuka, since the match was only set at level-4. Meaning, it was a preliminary bout. The penalty only applies at level-3 and above. When Yuka tries to point this out, Jun dismisses it as a weak excuse and said there was no place in VG for mediocrity.
- Hot-Blooded: ...and it shows, especially when she's in the ring. Or if anyone's foolish enough to punch her Berserk Button.
- The Lad-ette: She likes booze, prides herself on her bikeriding skills, and loves a good scrap.
- Leave Her To Me: Jun invokes this in the final episode, when she elects to fight Chiho (though Manami stays behind to help her) so Yuka could move on to to try to save Satomi.
- Martial Arts Headband: She wears a red one, as part of her waitress uniform.
- Meteor Move: Her "Kubota Buster" is a high-flying backbreaker, which she uses on Yuka during their match.
- Modesty Shorts: Her waitress uniform includes a black pair of biker shorts under her skirt, so you don't get to see her undies.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted (see the Charles Atlas Superpower entry).
- Statuesque Stunner: She ties with Erina Goldsmith as one of the tallest women competing in the tournament and has the muscle to back it; which compliments her figure.
- Super Toughness: Jun can withstand amazing amounts of punishment and continue to fight, which is how you know she's in trouble when she gets dropped by a single backhand from Damian's Superpowered Evil Side, then curbstomps her along with Yuka and Manami.
- This Cannot Be!: Exclaimed verbatim, upon seeing Yuka's Kikou Dan overpower her Earth Grazer attack, right before it floors her.
Jun (in disbelief)
- Wrestler in All of Us: As a former Olympic wrestling champion, her fighting style encompasses lariats, bearhugs, and flying backbreakers (i.e. her "Kubota Buster").
As the tournament's lone American entrant, she's also the only foreigner competing in VG. She leads a team of bunnies
, who not only look up to her, they even carry her around on a throne. But, despite what her seemingly carefree nature would lead you to believe, she's got a Dark and Troubled Past
and a major chip on her shoulder.
- Adapted Out: Her friendship with Jun, Manami, and Yuuki is nonexistent in the OVA. In the Advanced V.G. series, the four of them are a close-knit group, with Jun being noted as Erina's best friend.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's actually American of Japanese descent, and has spent most of her life in Japan. She was often bullied because of her naturally blonde hair color, when she was younger (see the Dark and Troubled Past entry below).
- Combat Pragmatist: Erina keeps a lighter with her, which she uses as a makeshift flamethrower, and wears a pair of brass knuckles which helps her manipulate her ki, as well as augmenting her striking power.
- Cool Big Sis: To her team of bunnies, who all look up to her and act as her cheering section. They even strip along with her, after Yuka defeats her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mixed heritage and hair color caused her to be bullied◊, when she was younger. Erina eventually became bitter and retaliated by brutally beating her tormentors within an inch of their lives, and went on to become a juvenile deliquent◊. She eventually grew out of it, but still harbored lingering resentment along with anxiety over her grandmother, who'd she had left back in America.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Her loss to Yuka relieved her of her anxiety and anger, for which she expresses her gratitude to Yuka.
- Fantastic Nuke: Her ultimate attack is a massive column of flame that strikes the opponent from directly above, which strikes with explosive power.
- Gag Boobs: She's got a pair of melons that rival Yuka's and always keeps a lighter tucked snuggly in her cleavage... which is more than a little suggestive.
- Gainaxing: With melons like hers, it'd be impossible not to, which is seen throughout her match with Yuka. Especially when she blasts Erina with her Kyuukyo Kikou Dan; causing Erina's boobs to jiggle before it sends her flying across the ring.
- Gorgeous Gaijin: As the lone American entrant, she's tall, blonde, and busty, keeps a lighter tucked between her boobs, and parades around in a Playboy Bunny costume. So does her team.
- Graceful Loser/Fun Personified: She doesn't get upset when she realizes Manami tricked her into fighting Yuka. Instead, she treats it like a good joke. Then she and her team happily shed their costumes en masse.
- No-Sell: Erina was resilient enough to casually deflect Yuka's Kikou Dan, by blocking it with her forearm.
- Phenotype Stereotype: She's American, so naturally she's tall, blonde and busty.
- Playboy Bunny: Obviously, look at what she's wearing.
- Playing with Fire: Which is what the lighter she keeps between her boobs is for. As seen during her match with Yuka]], she can create a flamethrower effect and, once the flame is released, she can separate it into fireballs that she can control at will. Or unleash her power all at once, in a massive pillar of fire from above.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Unlike the other entrants, Erina had no problem with stripping in public. After her loss to Yuka, she and her team happily flung their spandex into the air.
- Statuesque Stunner: At 5'8", she's one of the tallest women competing in the tournament. She's also got a dynamite bod that's accentuated with hints of feminine muscle, a nice rack, and a great pair of legs.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before moving to Japan, that is. But she gets better, thanks to Yuka.
Voiced by: Yuka Imai
(Japanese), Katherine Catmull (English)
An 18 year old computer technician and practicioner of Tae Kwon Do, she's one of the top competitors participating in the VG tournament. She has a personal score to settle with Reimi Jahana, the two-time defending and current champion.
- Awesome by Analysis: Kaori uses her personal computer and analytical skills to guage her opponents, based on their past performances and latent aura readout. Her assessments are usually accurate, with little margin for error.
- The Smart Girl: For the aforementioned reason, which she likely gained from her experience as both a computer technician and a martial artist.
- Curiosity Killed the Cat: Damian tricks her into participating in an unsanctioned match against Satomi by using her interest in gathering data on the other fighters to his advantage. He tells her the match would be strictly off the record for the sake of their mutual interest in sharing information. Kaori had been hoping to gauge Satomi, before their official bout, so she accepts. It was a mistake that nearly gets her killed.
- Diving Save: Kaori pulls one just as Yuka was about to surrender her body to Miranda.
- Glasses Pull/Don't Look Back: After winning her first match, Kaori solemnly removes her glasses and averts her gaze so she wouldn't have to see what was taking place behind her. See the I Warned You entry.
- It's Personal: See the 'Never Live it Down'/'Old Shame' entry on the YMMV page.
- Kick Chick: She's got long legs and practices Tae Kwon Do in skin-tight leggings and a miniskirt. Need we say more?
- Meganekko: As seen here.◊
- Nerds Are Sexy: She's a looker with a body to match.
- One-Hit KO/Single-Stroke Battle: Invoked in her opening match versus her unnamed opponent, during the first episode. After dodging her attack, Kaori responds with a single attack that ends the fight.
- I Warned You: Once it's over, Kaori reminds her opponent that the match was at level-1 and how she tried to warn her about the penalty for losing. She averts her eyes when the other girl tries to flee and gets caught by members of the tournament committee who enforce the penalty by drugging her with an aphrodisiac.
- Proper Lady: In the modern sense, rather than the traditional Victorian manner.
- Kaori's manner of speech is somewhat prim and her style of dress is decidedly feminine, outside of combat. She's one of the few characters to not have any underlying motives, nor does she harbor any ill-intent towards anyone: even where Reimi is concernednote .
- Rapunzel Hair: Hers isn't as long as Yuka's and Reimi's, but it's still past her waist.
- Razor Wind: Delivered with a ki powered kick that shears the apron off of her opponent and sends her flying across the ring.
- She's Got Legs: Check 'em out, 'cuz you'll see plenty of them thanks to her fighting style.
- Stocking Filler: She wears a pair of dark skin-tight leggings and ankle guards, like Yuka and Satomi.
- The Worf Effect: Kaori winds up on the receiving end when she accepts Damian's proposal to participate in an unsanctioned spar against Satominote . Kaori was completely outclassed and lasts little more than a few seconds, before Satomi flattens her with a single spin kick that leaves her in a crumpled heap on the floor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hers is purple, making her the only other character besides Manami (pink) and Reimi (silvery white) to have an unusual hair color.
She ties with Satomi as being the youngest entrant in the tournament, at age 16. Though she looks, acts, and dresses more like she's 12. However, she's well aware that she's outmatched by the competition, which is why she has absolutely no intention of fighting to begin with. Instead, she plans to cheat her way to the top by tricking others into fighting her matches for her.
- A-Cup Angst:
- She's both envious of and impressed by Yuka and Jun's massive endowments, which makes her self-conscious about her own which have hardly begun to develop.
- Made all the more disheartening for her when she first meets Erina and her bunny team, along with their massive, jiggling sweater puppies.
- All There in the Manual: Her character bio in the "Complete Visual Collection" artbook mentions she's an Idol Singer. You'd never know it, since it isn't seen in the OVA.
- Cheerful Child/Genki Girl: Manami's older than she looks, acts, sounds, or dresses, but the trope still applies. She's almost always upbeat and energetic, and rarely loses her smile.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: She's a goofball and a cheat, but she has a moment of brilliance during the fight with Chiho.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She deliberately invokes this, as a diversion tactic, by appearing to charge Chiho head-on, then sheds her dress to avoid being skewered. Jun capitalizes on the opening and clotheslines Chiho, ending the fight.
- Manipulative Runt: She mooches a free dessert off of Jun and weasels out of her match with Erina, by getting them to stop at the site of her designated fight, then allowing Erina to think Yuka was her. See directly below for details.
- Loophole Abuse: Erina knew Manami was supposed to be her next opponent, but hadn't bothered to do an ID check before the match. So when Jun tells her to fight Yuka, Erina accepts under the assumption that Yuka must've been Manami, since she was at the designated place for the fight. Which was exactly what Manami intended, so she could advance on a technicality.note .
- Mega Twin Tails: Picture Sasami Jurai with pink hair and you basically have Manami.
- Rapunzel Hair: Because of her pint-sized stature, her pigtails nearly touch the floor.
- Mythology Gag: True to the game series, when Manami uses her Nekko Punch to take out Erina's bunny team, the line snaps taut, causing it to come back and hit her too.
- Ninja Log: She pretends to charge Chiho, then sheds her dress at the last second to decoy her fire. It works, giving Jun the opening she needs to end the fight.
- Older Than They Look: She's supposed to be 16, but you'd never know it by looking at her. She looks and acts like she's 12-13 instead. Moreso, since her wardrobe consists of a frilly dress and a bow, and a sailor suit style school uniform.
- Only in It for the Money: When Jun calls her out on the mix-up with Erina, Manami shamelessly replies that she has no intentions of fighting in the tournament and plans to cheat her way to the top to get the prize money.
- Rocket Punch: Her rocket-powered gloves in action.
- Rosehaired Girl: Hers is strawberry pink.
- Skinship Grope: She gets a kick out of groping Yuka's boobs and using them as pillows to rest her head on, which usually annoys Yuka. Manami subjects Jun to it too, right before their fight with Chiho, but said hers weren't as nice.
- Sweet Tooth: All you'll ever see her eat are sweets, whether it's octopus pops, poki sticks, or parfaits.
Voiced by: Junko Iwao
(Japanese), Jessica Robertson (English)
of the Masuda Clan, who's acting on orders from her grandfather, by entering the VG tournament to investigate The Jahana Group's activities. She's also friends with Takikage, a fellow ninja who's infiltrated the group, by disguising himself as one of their operatives.
- Adaptational Heroism: As noted in her character summary, whereas in the Advanced V.G. series, Chiho fled the Masuda clan because she wanted to live a normal life.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Due to the serum Siritahi injects her with.
- Empty Eyes: Her eyes are blank the entire time she's under Siritahi's control. They return to normal once Jun snaps her out of it, by knocking her unconscious.
- Curbstomp Battle: This happens to her twice, back-to-back.
- Jane Bondage: By the time she regains consciousness, she finds herself bound and stripped down to her panties, at Siritahi's mercy. She gives Chiho A Taste of the Lash, but doesn't allow her to pass out. Not before giving her an injection to make her their slave.
- Kame Hame Hadoken:
- Ninja: She comes from an unnamed ninja clan that apparently has ties with the Japanese government.
- Flash Step: Seen when she slips past a pair of guards, during her escape attempt. Chiho is shown running down the hall towards them, then vanishes and suddenly reappears in the elevator, directly behind them.
- Flechette Storm: Used during both her fights with Reimi and Satomi respectively.
- Ninja Maid: Make that "ninja waitress". Literally.
- Ninja Run: Also seen during her escape attempt.
- Oh, Crap!: Covered in the next entry directly below.
- She Knows too Much: Damian catches her spying on him and decides to use her field-test the cyber drive's enhancements. After Chiho's defeat, he leaves her to Siritahi, who tortures her before injecting her with mind control serum.
A minor character
, who works as a dancer at the SoTO techno/rave dance club. In the anime, she serves as Satomi's first opponent.
The driving force behind The Jahana Group's actions and the plot, in general.
She's also the mother of Reimi, though she has no love for her daughter and sees her as little more than a diversion to her ambitions. Which is to take over a suitably powerful body and reclaim her rightful place as head
of The Jahana Corporation.
- Abusive Parent: A flashback reveals she used to beat Reimi and subjected her to hellish training and experiments to condition her for use as her new host body. When she failed to meet Miranda's expectations, she considered her trash and lost her only interest in her daughter.
- Arch-Enemy: To Yuka. In the final episode, she senses the "Satomi" in front of her was someone else and asks who they are. Miranda replies that there was no need to answer that, since they'd already met. Yuka recognizes the voice immediately.
- Back from the Dead: Albeit, temporarily, once she gains full control over Satomi's body.
- Big Bad: The VG tournament is the means by which she intends to find the ideal specimen, whose body will become her new vessel, and designed the cyber drive to enhance one's natural fighting ability through neurological augmentation. It also allows her to take possession of them by superimposing her consciousness over theirs.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: If her character summation and the preceding entries don't make it clear enough, keep. Reading.
- Defeat Means Respect: When Yuka asks Miranda why she suddenly wanted her body, Miranda openly acknowledged the fact that Yuka's fighting ability and overall power may even surpass her own, during Miranda's prime. Making her body the ideal specimen for her designs.
- The Disembodied: It's never said how she died. All that's known is she wants another lease on life and is looking for the perfect specimen to use as her new vessel - even it means creating one, herself.
- Entitled Bitch: She planned to take over some unsuspecting girl's body and steal their power, by superimposing her consciousness over theirs, so she could come back to life as the world's strongest and reclaim her position as head of the Jahana Corporation. That's reasonable, isn't it?
- Evil Matriarch: Noted in the Abusive Parent entry.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Ironically, this happens to her twice:
- Her first mistake was pushing Reimi to such insane levels of perfection at an early age, which comes back to bite Miranda in the ass when Reimi's fighting skills prove too much for Satomi to overcome even with the cyber drive's enhancements.
- Miranda's second mistake was using Satomi for the "Black Goddess" project, which naturally lead Yuka to search for her missing friend. Once she frees Satomi from Miranda's control, the very power she coveted gets turned against her when they unleash their combined fury on her and destroy tbe cyber drive.
- It's All About Me: Which is pretty much the entire point of the tournament and the plot. The lady's got entitlement issues.
- Kick the Dog: Miranda loves doing this to Reimi, as seen in the Abusive Parent and Meaningful Name entries.
- Meaningful Name: The name "Jahana" means "evil flower" in Japanese, which explains the white rose motiff she uses. This also become a plot point when she cheats Reimi out of her victory against Satomi, by activating the seed she had implanted in Reimi's body when she was a child. It sprouts into a vine covered in white roses that sap all of Reimi's strength, leaving her unable to fight.
- Monochrome Apparition: The only time her spirit is shown, she appears as a greyish-white apparition.
- Rich Bitch: She's ridiculously wealthy, or was when she was alive, and is an evil, manipulative, contemptible woman with no redeeming qualities to speak of.
- Sadistic Choice: After seeing that Satomi wasn't powerful enough to defeat Reimi, despite the cyber drive's enhancements, she decides to use Yuka's body instead. Miranda threatens to kill Satomi from within unless Yuka agreed to surrender her body to her. Kaori prevents it from happening.
- The Unfought: After all the hell her schemes puts Satomi through, she and Yuka don't actually get to fight her. Instead, her spirit remains trapped in the cyber drive. So they destroy it, presumably taking Miranda along with it.
Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi
(Japanese), Lane West, Lauren Worsham (young) (English)
The heiress of the Jahana Family and the two-time defending champion of the VG tournament. Reimi possesses tremendous power and fighting ability, such that few can hope to stand against her, and enters the competition to prove her dominance once again.
- Action Girlfriend: To her personal assistant (and paramour), Washio.
- Ambiguous Alignment: Reimi straddles the line between being an Anti-Hero and an Anti-Villain, making it difficult to tell what her true alignment is. At first, it appears that she's meant to be an antagonist towards Yuka, but her other actions, such as adamantly refusing to bend the tournament's rules, and directly confronting Damian once she learns about his hidden testing facility, clearly shows she has a strong sense of integrity.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: When Damian tries to get her to bend the rules to allow Satomi to enter the competition after the deadline, she asks whether it was Satomi's decision, or his. When he evades the question, by implying Satomi could possibly be a match for even her, she bitchslaps him and tells him the answer to both, is "no".
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Chick: With her fighting skills and considering she's the two-time defending champion of the VG tournament (primed for a three-peat), it's justified.
- Awesome by Analysis: She can accurately read her opponents and readily exploit any flaws or weaknesses she finds in their technique (see the: Flaw Exploitation and Power Nullifier enteries).
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the CEO of the Jahana Corporation and the two-time defending champion of the VG tournament. Not impressed? Then consider this: Yuka and Satominote each took a stab at her with one of their strongest attacks. She stopped both of them cold without breaking a sweat.
- Badass Armfold: Usually seen whenever she's lecturing someone, though she'll sometimes do so with a hand on her hip to the same effect.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Her standard attire is a black tuxedo with a white vest and bowtie (minus a jacket), along with a pair high-heels. But she's also seen in secretarial garb, which includes a form-fitting miniskirt, when she's alone with her personal aide.
- Cultured Badass: In addition to her style of dress, she rides around in a red Ferrari and is also seen having rooftop trysts (which includes fine wine) with her personal aide in her private rose garden.
- But Not Too Foreign: Reimi is of mixed heritage, with her father being Japanese, while her mother was an American.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The encounter between her and Yuka on the highway, along with the fact she's the two-time defending champion, makes it seem that she'll be the one Yuka has to face in the finals. Except it isn't allowed to happen, due to Miranda cheating Reimi out of her victory over Satomi, which eliminates Reimi from the competition.
- Enemy Within: A flashback to Reimi's childhood reveals she was subjected to hellish experiments by her mother, during which, a seed was implanted in her body. Which comes into play during her match with Satomi when Miranda triggers it to sap Reimi's strength, leaving her unable to fight. Making Satomi the winner by default.
- Flaw Exploitation: This is one of the cornerstones in her counteroffensive arsenal, which she demonstrates during her encounter with Satomi. When Satomi launches into a ki-powered aerial strike, Reimi catches it effortlessly with one hand and cancels it, while giving her a brief lecture on ki manipulationnote .
"You have amazing power. However, power alone is not enough. You must temper power with control, and temper control with technique. Like so."
- Give Geeks a Chance: Judging from the scene between her and Washio in her private rose garden, they've secretly got a thing going on.
- Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Invoked when Washio saves her from the research facility's collapse in the final episode. Since she was naked, he removes his jacket to cover her with it; preserving Reimi's modesty.
- Iron Lady: She's all business and adamantly enforces and adheres to the rules of the VG tournament. She's also the CEO of The Jahana Corporation, which sponsors the tournament, and runs both like well-oiled machines to ensure their profitability.
- Lady of War: The women of VG are collectively referred to as "goddesses", but Reimi exemplifies it because you'd swear she was some sort of nobility. She conducts herself with presence, poise, and authority - even in the midst of battle.
- Lightning Bruiser: Speed, power, defense, precision, technique. There is no discernible flaw in her style. So much so, that Miranda had to cheat to get rid of her.
- The Ojou: She's held in high esteem as both the heiress of the Jahana Family and the CEO of her family's corporation.
- The Perfectionist: This was beaten into her at an early age, by her mother, who relentlessly pushed her to perfect her fighting skills and analytical abilities. As a result, her skills have been honed to a razor's edge to where she can accurately read her opponents and readily exploit any flaws or weaknesses in their attacks.
- Power Nullifier: She has the ability to counter energy based attacks by nullifying her opponent's ki by first offsetting it with her own, then redirecting their own energy back at them to cancel their attack. Seen when she casually counters the same attack from both Yuka and Satomi respectively.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair's actually longer than Yuka's and has greater volume to boot. Not that it slows her down any.
- Secret Relationship: With her personal aide, Washio, whom she's heavily implied to be sleeping with.
- Shock and Awe: Her ki has an electrical effect, as Chiho learns firsthand when Reimi tags her with it.
- Something About a Rose: Just like her mother, though hers are red to distinguish her from Miranda's white ones. She flicks one at Chiho, using the thorns on the stem to strip the mask from her face. And, at the start of her match against Satomi, she shields herself from one of Satomi's attacks by enveloping her body in a giant red rose.
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara
(Japanese), David Frank Jones (English, Damian), David Stokey (English, Katoon)
Miranda's most loyal follower and the one she entrusts to carry out her agenda
, who undermines Reimi's authority to do so. After scouting Satomi and sensing her latent power, Damian becomes convinced that she would make the perfect specimen to serve as Miranda's new vessel and manipulates her to that end.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: See the Screw the Rules entry.
- Death Seeker: See the Redemption Equals Death entry further down.
- The Dragon: To Miranda Jahana.
- Dying as Yourself: As he's dying, Siritahi tearfully calls him by his real name for the first time in years: Katoon. He smiles and thanks her for it before passing away.
- I Know You're There: Chiho eavesdrops on a secret meeting between Damian one of the lab technicians, who tells Damian they'd get better results if they could pit Satomi against live opponents, rather than simulations. Damian smirks, without turning around, and suggests they "start with that girl spying on us in the doorway over there".
- Kick the Dog: Noted in the complete monster entry on the YMMV page.
- Manipulative Bastard: Already covered in the Deal with the Devil entry in Satomi's section and the Curiosity Killed the Cat entry in Kaori's section.
- Only One Name: Damian's last name is never given. In fact, it isn't even his real name, it's an alias. And, even when that's finally revealed, he's still only referred to by one name: Katoon.
- Redemption Equals Death: During the scene where he attacks Yuka, he repeatedly demands that she, "use it"note . Damian deflects it easily which causes him to become further enraged and beats her savagely for it. He finally finds peace in the final episode, when Yuka blasts him with her Soryu Gekki which purges him of all his hostility. Thereby, eliminating his alter-ego for good, which is what he'd been waiting for. It kills him in the process, but he dies without regret.
- Screw the Rules: Damian flagrantly disregards the tournament's rules in order to carry out his plan to resurrect his deceased employer. Including manipulating Satomi into joining the competition past the entry deadline, despite Reimi outright forbidding it. As well as secretly conducting unsanctioned matches to ensure her body would be a suitable and compatible host for Miranda's spirit to inhabit.
- Secret Relationship: It's subtly implied that he and Siritahi were an item.
- Seeks Another's Resurrection: Noted in both his character summary and the Screw the Rules entry.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always seen in a suit and tie. With shades.
- Superpowered Evil Side: He takes two sets of medication to control it: one helps him suppress it, while the other allows him to trigger it.
- Axe-Crazy: In his feral state, Damian will attack friend or foe indiscriminately. In the final episode, he becomes so forgone that he kills the lab technicians when they try to sedate him and even turns on Siritahi. Yuka saves her by striking him with Soryu Gekki, which purges him of all his hostility... but kills him in the process.
- Sunglasses at Night: He rarely takes them off, 'til he reveals that he was the one who killed Yuka's students by triggering his transformation right in front of her, before fighting her one last time.
A scientist, who works at the Jahana Research Facility and is responsible for providing Damian's medication to help suppress his violent impulses.
She's also in charge of dealing with anyone caught poking around the facility.
However, it's subtly implied that her real reason for working there, is to find a cure for Damian's condition so they can be together again
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's first seen in episode 1, disguised as the nurse who steps onto the elevator with Yuka and Satomi. Siritahi keeps her head lowered so the fringes of her hair conceal her face. The elevator doors close, just as the hospital staff becomes aware that Daisuke's condition has suddenly worsened.
- Eerie Paleskinned Brunette: Siritahi's complexion is nearly ivory white◊, which sharply contrasts with her jet black hair.
- Hot Scientist: She's drop-dead gorgeous, though you don't get to see much of her figure because of her labcoat. Still, if her legs are any indication...
- Implied Love Interest: She shows a great deal of concern for Damian's well being both times she has to sedate him to. In addition, it's implied she was working at the Jahana Research Facility in hopes of finding a cure for his condition, so they could be together again. When he eventually subcumbs to it and dies, she loses the will to live, herself, and choses to die with him, during the lab's destruction.
- It's Up to You: She doesn't try to stop Yuka after Damian's death. Instead, she tearfully tells Yuka that Miranda was waiting for he just up ahead and asks Yuka to "finish it".
- Only One Name: It isn't known whether it's her first or last name. It's possible that it may not even be her real name, but an alias instead, like Damian's.
- Secret Relationship: Implied to have been in one with Damian.
- Together in Death: Once she loses Damian, Siritahi loses her will to live. She's last seen cradling his lifeless body as the research facility implodes around her, 'til the ceiling finally crumbles and falls directly on top of them.
- Torture Technician: This is her secondary duty at the facility, which is how they deal with spies and intruders.
- Would Harm A Child: Seen in episode 1, when she disguises herself as a nurse to target Daisuke. The viewer doesn't get to see how she does it, but she's seen exiting Daisuke's room mere seconds before Yuka and Satomi arrive. She escapes on the elevator, just as the hospital staff becomes aware that Daisuke's condition has taken a sudden downturn.
Satomi's kid brother and only living relative. He suffers from an unspecified medical condition which keeps him bedridden and in need of expensive medical care.
- Ill Boy: In the OVA, he's shown to be in frail condition and remains bedridden at a local hospital.
- It's Up to You: Daisuke may be young, but he knows his sister well enough to realize something was off about her last visit before her departure. He relays the message she left for Yuka and asks Yuka to save her.
- Muggle: He doesn't have any martial arts training, nor does he have to ability to use Ki, unlike his sister.
- Soap Opera Disease: It's never said what he's suffering from, but the symptoms include: coughing, shortness of breath, and occasional seizures. The costs of his treatments are also shown to be more than his sister can manage, despite working two jobsnote .
- Strong Family Resemblance: Minus the differences in age and gender, he looks near identical to Satomi. Including the mole beneath his left eye, the same as hers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown whether he recovers, since it hinges on whether or not Satomi wins the prize money to cover the cost of the procedure that can cure him. But the OVA ends without showing the outcome of the final bout.
Reimi's personal aide. Little else is known about him, besides the fact that he's apparently her paramour.
- Badass Bystander: It isn't known how he did it, but he somehow made it past the security at the Jahana research facility without being seen, and saves Reimi before the facility goes up in flames.
- Hollywood Nerd: Suffice to say, he's pretty easy on the eyes, Nerd Glasses and all. Reimi certainly thinks so, since she can't keep her hands off him.
- Megane: He wears a simple pair a wire-rimmed specs.
- Nice Guy: Washio is shown to be studious, mild-mannered, and loyal to Reimi, outside of his personal feelings for her.
- Non-Action Guy: He's an everyman, so he leaves the fighting to Reimi.
- Right-Hand Hottie: As previously noted, he's Reimi's personal aide/boytoy.
- Salaryman: At the Jahana Corporation, where he serves as the Chairwoman's personal assistant and adjutant.
- Secret Relationship: With his boss, Reimi Jahana.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Heavily implied in the scene where Chiho ends up stumbling across Reimi's private rose garden, during her escape attempt, and finds her straddling Washio, while they were making out.
- You Must Be Cold: After saving Reimi from the research facility's collapse, he gives her his jacket to cover herself with, to preserve her modesty.
The Old Master
Voiced by: Takko Ishimori (Japanese), Robert Rudie (English)
An old man, who's accompanied by a young mute girl. They only make occasional appearances, either so the old man can aid Yuka, or simply impart words of wisdom to her. Though their final scene makes it clear that they have their own agenda.
- Badass and Child Duo: He's always accompanied by a young mute girl, who appears to be from India, judging by her hairstyle and her attire. Their final scene reveals she's anything but helpless.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the second episode, he saves Yuka, Jun, and Manami, by briefly fighting Damian's Superpowered Evil Side. It was clear he had the advantage, given Damian was forced to withdraw, after being sedated by Siritahi.
- Dirty Old Man: ...and not ashamed to admit it, while watching Jun strip after her loss to Yuka. When Yuka tries to deck him for it, he casually dodges her punch and responds by nuzzling her chest. Then walks away laughing that she wasn't half bad. Whether he was referring to her punch, or her breasts, is left unclear.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted in the sense that he doesn't die. The next morning, after the attack on her dojo, he tells Yuka that a human hand can nurture life, but just as easily take it (as Damian had done to her students). Then tells her to search within herself and find what her own fists were for.
- No Name Given: We never find out who he is (or the girl), since no one thought to ask him.
- Old Master: He may not look it, but he's not one to trifle with. He was skilled enough to read one of Yuka's punches and casually evaded it in close quarters.
A silent young girl, (presumably) from India, who accompanies the old man. Like him, we never learn her name.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has the complexion and appearance of someone from India, though it's never said were she hails from.
- Badass and Child Duo: Noted in the related entry in The Old Master's section.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Seriously (look at the next entry).
- Breath Weapon: Easily the biggest wtf moment in the series occurs in the final episode, when she kills one of Miranda's henchmen, by plucking her tuning fork and firing what appears to be a laser beam from her mouth!
- Cute Mute/Silent Bob: She never says a word the entire time.
- Friend to All Living Things: She's first seen practicing with her tuning fork, then smiles as she raises her hand to allow a bird to perch on her index finger.
- No Name Given: Same as the Old Master.