(The One Whom Being Sung, The Song of Legends)
Utawarerumono (うたわれるもの, Utawarerumono) is the title of a series about a fictional world in the style of feudal Japan. The series first began as a Japanese adult AVG+SLG(S-RPG) by Leaf which was released on April 26, 2002. A manga version was created in 2005 and was first serialized in Dengeki G’s Magazine. An anime adaptation started airing on April 3, 2006. The American rights to the Utawarerumono anime were initially held by ADV Films, who completed a full DVD release of entire series. In July 2008, Funimation announced that the license to Utawarerumono (and other titles formerly held by ADV) had transferred to them.
Story Plot – The Beginning of legends
Utawarerumono is a story centering around the masked protagonist, Hakuoro, who one day is found by a family of two girls and their grandmother in a nearby forest close to their village .After succumbing to serious injuries, the main character faints in the forest, only to be found and helped later on by a young woman named Eruruu (Whose species has animal-like ears and tails). He has no memories of who he is, and furthermore he has a mask stuck to his face that cannot be removed.
The elder of the village he is taken to gives him clothes, and a name: Hakuoro. He is adopted as one of the villages own members, and is also adopted into Eruruu’s family, which consists of herself, her younger sister Aruruu, and the village elder, their grandmother: Tuskuruu. Hakuoro is soon accepted into their village where he stays and lives with them, but before long Hakuoro finds that life in this village is being oppressed by the greedy emperor who rules over the country their village resides in. Soon after, these negative actions taken towards their village result in him leading a rebellion against the emperor of the country which later lands him to become emperor of a vast new country which is named Tusukuru, after the well-respected woman who helped save his life.
After becoming emperor and things begin to calm down, Hakuoro soon finds out that peace is hard to maintain and finds himself constantly in battle in order to protect the peace of his country and his people. Eventually, he is led into many bloody battles in order to fight for the freedom of all those residing in Tusukuru. Along the way, Hakuoro meets several other strong warriors from several other countries and tribes who are fully accepted into Hakuoro’s growing family. Many moments of hardship and laughter ensue as time continues but with Hakuoro leading the way, all others are confident in his ability to lead.
The story’s genre is at first a fantasy-style story with heavy Ainu influence, though later develops science fiction themes towards the end. Indeed, it first appears to take place in a fantasy world full of magical beings and interesting new species of humans, but it is later revealed that it takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth’s far future.
Backstory, The Truth Of the Legends.
In the present age, an archaeological expedition unearths a mysterious fossil, a fossil of a disfigured beast. Unknown to the archaeologist, the fossil is the embodiment of a forgotten god, known as Witsuarunemitea. A superior scientist stumbles in, and after some confrontation, the mysterious stranger explains that humanity isn’t ready for this Missing Link, the gap in evolution between men and apes. To prevent him from talking, he shoots the archaeologist. As the archaeologist slowly dies, his blood touches the fossil, and the forgotten god awakens.
Witsuarunemitea, a shattered and forgotten deity, sees opportunity in the dying archaeologist. He offers the archaeologist life, in exchange for becoming his vessel, so that Witsuarunemitea can finally find the sleep he so desires. Time passes, and eventually he becomes frozen in ice.
With Witsuarunemitea still bound in sleep as his mask, the archaeologist re-awakens many years into the future. He finds himself in an underground research facility, where he is being studied as an ancient human specimen. The archaeologist learns from the researchers that the world has become an uninhabitable wasteland, and the last of mankind lives there, in the underground shelter.
Mizushima, a researcher, is assigned to the care and study of the archaeologist, who is now referred to as the Iceman. Upon discovering that the ‘Iceman’ is able to breathe the post-apocalyptic air, the researchers look to harness his unique genome to re-populate the surface of the earth. Of the thousands of creations, only a select few prove to be viable, including experiments 3510 and 63. Experiment number 3510, a beautiful young girl, is given the name Mikoto by the Iceman; as is experiment number 63, a girl with black wings, whom is given the name Mutsumi. Mutsumi, acknowledging she has come from the Iceman’s DNA, addresses him as “father”.
The genome project encounters some problems, however, and the researchers in charge decide to re-freeze the Iceman for later study. Mizushima, aware of the human side of the Iceman, urges him to run, and gives him the facility’s master key, a plain-colored ring recognized by the facility’s doors.
The Iceman runs from the facility, taking Mikoto with him, whom he has fallen in love with. After a few years have passed, Mikoto gives birth to a daughter. The researchers, however, put on environmental suits in order to pursue the Iceman and recapture both him and Mikoto. Mikoto is dissected for further research, but while Iceman is being prepared to be frozen, his rage awakens Witsuarunemitea.
Outraged by the treatment of Mikoto, a new side of Witsuarunemitea begins to form. Filled with rage, Witsuarunemitea destroys most of the facility. Appalled by what the humans would do to obtain immortality, Witsuarunemitea grants their plea, transforming them into immortal gelatinous beings. Eventually, the great god accrues so much rage as to split himself into two halves: one which seeks destruction, and another, which seeks only to be destroyed.
Suddenly, Mutsumi appears, and empowered by Witsuarunemitea’s divine blood, she puts both halves of Witsuarunemitea to sleep. Meanwhile, the few successful genetic experiments from the research facility begin to repopulate the Earth’s surface, as the original humanity slowly dies out and is forgotten. The research facility is sealed away forever, and the people are told it is Witsuarunemitea’s holy land.
Years later, a shift in the world awakens the two halves of Witsuarunemitea, who begin to combat each other; the destructive side wanting to help the populace of the world reach new height through wars, and its opposite through peaceful cooperation. The emperor of Kunnekamun (whose people; the Shakukopuro, are being massacred) seeks out the destructive side, and is granted with a power called the Avu-Kamuu, massive bio-mechanical constructs covered in platemail, allowing them to exist in the world of war and hegemony.
Eventually, the fighting of the two halves causes a great earthquake. Arurū, a young girl of Kenashikourupe, is in the process of climbing a tree to recover a beehive when the earthquake strikes, and falls, becoming greatly injured. Erurū, Arurū’s sister, prays to Witsuarunemitea to heal Arurū, and promises, in exchange, her body and soul. Witsuarunemitea obliges.
Both halves of Witsuarunemitea are heavily injured in the battle, and both halves are put to sleep. The destructive half was found by Dii, a scholar of Onkamiyamukai, who fuses with the demigod. The half that wishes to be destroyed retains his body, and is found in the woods by Erurū.
The events of Utawarerumono then take place.
Characters of the story.
In Utawarerumono, there is a wide range of characters from several different countries that appear throughout the story. The main characters are all connected back to the male protagonist, Hakuoro, a man found injured in a forest who wears an irremovable mask and has lost his memories. He is a charismatic man who has the power to rally people under him for a cause when it comes time to fight. After earning much of the respect from the people who served under his command, Hakuoro was appointed emperor of the newly founded country Tusukuru, named after the grandmother of the woman who initially found him – Erurū. Erurū is a physician in training who often helps Hakuoro in much the same way a secretary or even a mother would. She has a forceful, but caring personality which is how she acts most of the time, especially around her younger sister Arurū who she cares for deeply. Arurū is a playful young girl who is shy and quiet, usually only saying a word or two when spoken to. After the god of the forest, Mutikapa is killed, Arurū raises her child as if it were her own, naming it Mukkuru. Since Erurū was the one who initially cared for him, Hakuoro regards her and her family the closest thing to a family of his own.
After Tusukuru is founded, Hakuoro gets many warriors under his command. The first is an impulsive and gung-ho dual-sword wielding former-bandit named Oboro. Dori and Gura are his two twin archer servants. Oboro has a younger sister named Yuzuha who has been sick with an unknown illness since birth, and is usually bedridden because of it. The next man to join Hakuoro is Benawi, a strong warrior who carries with him a calm and logical personality, though often gets irritated when Hakuoro ignores his duties as a ruler. His right hand man is Kurou, whose strength is comparable to Oboro’s. There are several strong women who fight for Hakuoro as well. Urutori of the winged Onkamiyamukai race comes to Tusukuru as a priestess sent to look out for the country’s welfare. She, and her younger sister Kamyu who follows Urutori to Tusukuru, have powerful magic abilities akin to those of their race. Karurauatsūrei, whose name is shortened to Karura for simplicity, is found having slaughtered many soldiers from another country who were holding her prisoner. Hakuoro decides to have her join his cause and she agrees. Karura carries a ridiculously heavy, black personalized blade only she can wield and has an affinity towards sake. Touka of the Evenkuruga tribe initially fought against Hakuoro under a false pretense though later joins him after her previous lord Orikakan is murdered by another emperor, Niwe, a common enemy of Touka and Hakuoro. Touka is very protective of Hakuoro, acting as his bodyguard. She usually has a serious personality though sometimes she is shown to have a tsundere personality.
The Main Characters
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)
Hakuoro wears an irremovable mask over the top part of his head extended down to just under the eyes. He is found badly injured by Erurū, Arurū and their grandmother in a nearby forest and nursed back to health by them. Also, he has lost all his memories and in effect, has no idea who he is and is somewhat confused at the bizarre nature of the world he is now living in. He is given the name Hakuoro (also the name of Erurū and Arurū’s father) due to his being unable to remember his original name. His main weapon of choice is a large metal fan that was given to him by Tusukuru. Hakuoro (白皇) means “White Emperor” in Ainu. In episode 22, it is shown that Hakuoro was once a research scholar who found Witsarunemitea’s fossil being hidden in a laboratory. An unknown scientist who was studying it for research did not want anyone to find out what he was doing, so he shot Hakuoro and Hakuoro’s blood landed on the fossil. Witsarunemitea awakens and restores Hakuoro in exchange for using his body as a vessel so that he will not be disturbed by anyone else. Hakuoro’s mask is in fact the physical representation of Witsarunemitea, and as the two are fused together, it cannot be removed. Mikoto, one of the test subjects falls in love with the resurrected Hakuoro and the two bear a child. However, scientists dissect Mikoto and Hakuoro goes on a rage, thus awakening Witsuarunemitea. Hakuoro’s good self realizes what he is doing and attempts to be sealed by Mutsumi, but the sealing goes wrong and Witsuarunemitea is separated into two: Hakuoro possessing the god’s good side while Dii possesses the god’s evil side. After the fight with Dii, Witsarunemitea’s good and evil halves join together once again. Witsarunemitea decides to seal himself away so that his other side will not cause anymore destruction. Hakuoro bids farewell to his comrades and realizes that Eruru has Mikoto’s spirit. Eruru confesses her love for Hakuoro and the two share a kiss. This did not happen in the game. Hakuoro says that he will return and Eruru says that she will wait for him. The conclusion of the anime strongly hints that Hakuoro returns through the final scene with Eruru, although this is debatable among fans as to if he did or did not. This also happens in the game but it is even more strongly hinted that he in fact does come back but nothing is certain.
The Iceman (IN Hakuoro memories)
The Iceman is Witsarunemitea’s human form on Earth. He was discovered by scientists and experimented on. Artificial beings based on his body were created for further studies and he eventually had a child with one of those, Mikoto. Following Mikoto’s death, he went berserk and reverted to Witsarunemitea, causing a cataclysm. After being sealed by Mutsumi, he reappeared a few centuries or decennia later and became Hakuoro after a battle that left him with complete amnesia.
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
Erurū is the first person Hakuoro meets when he wakes up after being found by her and her family. She nurses Hakuoro back to health until he is strong enough to go walking outside, with much initial assistance provided by Erurū and a walking stick. Later, she falls in love with Hakuoro. She is the reincarnation of Mikoto. Erurū kisses Hakuoro before he is sealed as he tells her that they will meet again and that she will be waiting for him. At the end of the anime, she continues as a healer and is awaiting Hakuoro’s return. In the last scene she turns around and sees someone or something. However it does not show who she saw. It is implied by many to be Hakuoro without Witsarunemitea’s mask. In the game version, this is strongly implied as prior to that scene, Kūya, Kamyu and Arurū are all shown acting as if they saw Hakuoro again. Eruru has a forceful, but caring, personality. She is named after a flower that only exists in the story. In the game and manga, she is often found displeased of her small breast size.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Sasha Paysinger (English)
Arurū is Erurū’s shy, quiet younger sister, and a friend to Yuzuha and Kamyu. Like Erurū, she is also named after a fictional flower. It is said that the Erurū and Arurū flowers grow together. When she first meets Hakuoro, she is shy and recalcitrant, running and hiding from Hakuoro at every opportunity and speaking very little. After Hakuoro eventually wins over Arurū’s affections, she calls Hakuoro otōsan (お父さん, otōsan? meaning “father”). How Hakuoro does so, incidentally, depends on whether one is playing the game or watching the anime. In the game, Arurū warms up to Hakuoro after he is willing to accept honey directly from a beehive from her so that they may eat it together. In the anime, Hakuoro wins over Arurū by sparing the life of a baby white tiger, even though its mother, Mutikapa, a large, white tiger with special traits, had killed many innocent people (and despite the fact that almost all the villagers wanted the baby tiger killed; they were however willing to defer to Hakuoro’s judgment since his plan saved their lives). Regardless, in both the game and the anime, Arurū took in that baby tiger and raised it as if it were her own, naming it Mukkuru. After it grows (in an astoundingly short period of time), she begins to ride him into battle, often in spite of orders or warnings to stay away from danger. It is later revealed that Aruru had been severely injured presumably from an earthquake prior to the meeting Hakuoro. Witsuarunemitea healed her for the exchange of Eruru’s body, and soul. She is also heavily wounded and presumably has died from an attack from Hauenka and is revived by Witsarunemitea.
Tusukuru (country) Side
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)
Oboro was in the beginning an impulsive and somewhat egotistical bandit chief of a village near the one which Hakuoro dwells in. Overpowering these traits, however, is his care for his younger sister, Yuzuha, to whom he would bring Tusukuru to oversee her health. When Hakuoro becomes the leader of the country’s rebellion, Oboro joins forces with Hakuoro and swears eternal allegiance, with revenge for Tusukuru among his reasons, calling Hakuoro his brother. Oboro’s main weapons of choice are two long, light swords, which he uses to execute swift fighting techniques. Oboro has stayed with Hakuoro since the establishment of the nation Tusukuru, aiding in battle and any other way which he can. The name Oboro (朧) means haziness, gloominess, and dreariness in Japanese. In the conclusion to the series, he is entrusted with the title of Emperor but he realises that he is not ready to become a ruler and leaves Tusukuru to train himself.
Dorī & Gurā
(ドリィ & グラァ, Dorī & Gurā)
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski, (Dori) & Nancy Novotny (Gura) (English)
Dori and Gura are twin archers serving under Oboro. There are several ways to tell them apart. For one, Dori has purple eyes while Gura’s are blue. Also, the bottom part of Dori’s clothes is blue while with Gura they are red. They are very androgynous, and as such their gender is difficult to ascertain, even by other characters. It should be noted that in the game, they reveal they are male. When Hakuoro comments on the “twin girls” Oboro is traveling with, his statement confuses Oboro, and Oboro reveals to Hakuoro the twins are boys. Hakuoro is stunned and thinks Oboro is joking, but Oboro says “I don’t joke about things like this.” Dori and Gura both offer to take off their clothes to prove to Hakuoro they are indeed male, but Hakuoro becomes flustered and dismisses their offer, though after they leave he mutters to himself that he “did kinda want to check…”, which results in his being teased by an eavesdropping Eruru. In the anime they are left androgynous. In both the game and anime, Dori and Gura get their lord Oboro drunk, resulting in Oboro waking up with the twins in his arms, and finding that all three of them are naked. In official artwork on the DVD release the twins are shown in an onsen or hot spring bathing amongst all the other male characters from the series. They also refer to themselves in the masculine form of speaking. As do others that speak of them.
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)
Benawi is a mononofu of Kenashikourupe. When Hakuoro’s rebellion overtakes Kenashikourupe, Benawi realizes defeat and kills the emperor, Inkara to spare him from possible torture and humiliation. Benawi then attempts suicide, but Hakuoro stops him, convincing Benawi to join under Hakuoro. Benawi has a strong sense of responsibility to his country. He carries a calm and logical personality, but gets irritated when Hakuoro ignores the duties as a ruler. Benawi’s main weapon of choice is a Halberd, which he uses most effectively whilst riding.
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)
He is the fiercely loyal second-in-command of Benawi’s cavalry men, and the former samurai leader over the country of Kenashikourupe, though neither he nor Benawi seem to care for the emperor so much as they do for the empire. When the emperor falls, he remains loyal to Benawi, and, in turn, to Hakuoro, to whom Benawi swears allegiance. Kurou tends to be a source of comedic relief of the anime. He is usually seen either arguing with Oboro, due to Kurou’s teasing of Oboro, helping to plan military actions, training with his men, or using a thick, long sword with immense skill, cutting down his opponents. Even without his steed or any weapons, he is shown to be capable of defeating a small army with his bare hands, alone.
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
Yuzuha is Oboro’s little sister and friend to Arurū and Kamyu. She has been very sick with an unknown illness all her life, and is blind. Although bedridden most of the time, her senses of smell and hearing have been whetted by her lack of sight, and enabling her to recognize a person by their scent or even the manner of their footsteps. Yuzuha possesses a gentle persona, which she made especially apparent when dealing with her older brother, and in the fact that she refuses to let an animal die in the hope of obtaining her disease’s cure. Sadly in the ending of the last episode (set unknown time after the events of the main series, but with the characters seemingly similar in age and appearance) she is presumed to have passed away. You see her brother Oboro visiting her grave and bringing the bell she likes.
In the game, she bears a healthy child by virtue of Hakuoro’s divine blood.
Voiced by: Kaya Miyake (Japanese), Sofia Mendez (English)
Touka is an Evenkuruga mononofu (warrior) who in the beginning serves under Lord Orikakan. After Orikakan is murdered by Niwe, she swears vengeance, and, seeing the respect which Hakuoro pays to the fallen emperor, pledges fealty to Hakuoro to serve as his bodyguard and, omitted from her mention to him as part of her services, bear him a child. In the game, she pledges fealty because Arruru and Erruru convinced her that Hakuoro is a good person. She obsessively follows this oath, true to her clan’s nature. However, even though it was part of the oath, she failed to have a baby with him because she was tricked by Karura into thinking that she would become pregnant by drinking Hakuoro’s semen. She fights using a slim sword of an unspecified variety which she combines with her astonishing agility to execute swift and deadly attacks.
Touka is a member of the Evenkuruga tribe, a small clan living near the steppes (which steppes they inhabit are never mentioned in the series). The Evenkuruga are blessed with such extraordinary fighting abilities that many have carved their names in history; they are a deeply moralistic people and side with good and fight evil in the name of justice and honor. This is mentioned several times during the anime, such as when Touka declares “In the name of justice and honor, I shall support Kuccha Keecha” or when Benawi speculates that Touka would not defile her sense of justice, even if it meant losing her life. At the end of the series she follows Hakuoro’s request and acts as a protector of the weak and is also working together with Karura as a wandering mercenary.
She is sometimes seen as the comic relief, mostly due to her over-protectiveness of Hakuoro (such as picking through every piece of a fish before letting the new Emperor eat it, searching for poison) and her feminine side, which conflicts with her warrior-like persona. The “bonus” episodes reveal that she is very protective of a small warrior doll that she acquired when young, and when she finds out Oboro has broken it (despite it being actually Hakuoro breaking it and blaming the deed on Oboro), she beats him and he is shown in the credits in a full body cast. Also, later on she places the repaired doll by accident on a cart the drives away. Upon realizing this, she chases after the cart to try to get her doll back. At the end of this chase she jumps off of a cliff to rescue her doll, but at the end of the episode she is shown to be fine, resting in her bed.
Karurauatsuurei- princess (Karura – commonners)
(カルラゥアツゥレイ（カルラ）, Karurauatsurei (Karura))
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Karura was once princess of Nan-Tunku before the Shakukoporu deposed her and placed a puppet leader at the head of the state. She joins Hakuoro after she is found having slaughtered many soldiers from another country who were holding her prisoner. Despite showing concern for her country (which she conceals), she has forsaken her past as royalty and decided to live her life as Karura, a simple woman, and as a sign of this vow continues to wear a large metal collar around her neck placed there in her captivity. She is one of the last two Giriyaginas on Earth, along with Derihourai, her younger brother. She is often seen drinking sake, even on the battle field (She could drink several barrels of sake in one day). Karura wields a massive black blade (personally designed to not break, not dull and not need resharpening), which is so ridiculously large and heavy that no one else can lift it. She uses it in conjunction with her superhuman strength to deal tremendous damage to her enemies. The name Karura (迦楼羅, 迦樓羅, or 迦留羅), also known as Garuda and Garua, comes from the Hindu and Buddhist myth of the man-bird deity. Her name is Karula in the English version. She can upgrade her strength with only 30 bps.
Tusukuru (the elder)
Voiced by: Hisako Kyouda (Japanese), Marcy Bannor (English)
Tusukuru is Erurū’s and Arurū’s grandmother and village elder, the leader of the village. She is a very kind person and is respected by everyone in the village and even some out of it. She is fatally stabbed while protecting Aruru from an attack by one of Nuwangi’s soldiers (although it should be noted that Nuwangi did not actually order the attack, and in fact scolded the soldier afterwards for hurting Tusukuru since Tusukuru nursed Nuwangi as a very small child [Tusukuru had publicly embarrassed Nuwangi earlier by reminding him of that]). After Kenashikourupe falls, Hakuoro renames the country Tusukuru in her honor.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Ishikawa (Japanese), Mike Vance (English)
Teoro is a villager who quickly becomes friends with Hakuoro (who he refers to as ‘An-chan’). His weapon is an axe. His wife is a bossy blonde woman named Sopoku (ソポク), who is always scolding him for skipping out on his work or being drunk. He returns to his home after Kenashikourupe falls, which becomes his downfall when Kuccha Keccha invades. Although fatally wounded, he makes the journey to warn Hakuoro, and while warning Hakuoro of the oncoming invasion, he is so successful in hiding his condition under false cheer that Hakuoro and his court do not even learn that he is injured until they discover his dead body laying against a post.
Voiced by: Tetsuharu Ohta
Cikinaro is a somewhat shady merchant with a habit of mysteriously appearing when called. He makes his first appearance as a spy paid by Benawi to infiltrate the rebellion’s headquarters. He later assists Hakuoro in obtaining the ingredients needed to make the explosives used to repel Shikerpecim’s initial attack. He is also the one responsible for procuring Karura’s unique sword, as well as Aruruu’s pet Gacatar.
Onkamiyamukai (the priest)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English)
Urutori is the first princess of Onkamiyamukai. She decides to become the yomoru (priest sent to look out for a country’s welfare) of Tusukuru. She quickly gains great respect and admiration for Hakuoro, after seeing how kind and wise he is. Near the end of the anime, she is given the title of Head Priestess, and vows to watch over Hakuoro’s resting place.
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Serena Varghese (English)
Kamyu the second princess of Onkamiyamukai, and also the younger sister of Urutori. She befriends Arurū, Yuzuha, and Mukkuru and is often seen playing with them. Back then, she had no friends and everyone in the mediators considered her to be a monster because she was born with black wings.
Mutsumi, other kamyu
Mutsumi is Witsarunemitea’s “daughter”. The one who sealed him and now lives on inside Kamyu like a split personality inherited through blood lines. Her name is derived from the number 63.
Kunnekamun (other country)
(アムルリネウルカ・クーヤ, Amururineuruka Kūya?)
Voiced by: Akira Tomisaka (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
Kūya is the young ruler of Kunnekamun. She befriends Hakuoro after having many secret meetings with him, which were led to by her curiosity of the almost supernatural feats that Hakuoro was able to execute. She pilots a silver Avu-Kamuu, although she is not used to war (which later wreaks havoc on her mind). Kūya cares for the welfare of her people, but doesn’t know what decision to make. This proved to be her downfall, as it ultimately leads to a global war. Later in the series, she suffers a psychotic break after witnessing Genjimaru’s death and Hakuoro’s true form, and reverts to the mentality of a young child.
Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (Japanese), Charles Campbell (English)
Genjimaru is an old mononofu serving under Kuuya. He is also Hien and Sakuya’s grandfather. His main weapon of choice is a long sword. He was instrumental in helping the other nations defeating the Avu-Kamuu, by revealing their weakness. He would later be killed by Dii as “payment” in canceling Kuuya’s contract, however Dii took the young girl’s memories anyways.
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)
Sakuya is one of Kūya’s attendants and Genjimaru’s granddaughter. Kūya offered her once to Hakouro as a concubine, an offer he, embarrassed, declined. Kūya comically told Hakuoro and Eruru that Sakuya was “good in bed”. Both Eruru and Hakuoro took this the wrong way, since Kūya actually meant Sakuya was “good at making beds”.
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)
Hien is Sakuya’s brother, and Genjimaru’s grandson. He pilots a blue Avu-Kamuu armed with a massive blade. He is often the level headed one between him and Hauenkua. He also advocated that the Emperor/Empress should unite the nations through peace. In the game, he advocates starting global war and destroying all enemy villagers just like Hauenkua, except unlike Hauenkua, he believes that he is doing it for a good cause. When Dii reveals himself, Hien willingly joined him. He was killed when Witsuarunemitea punched a hole through the chest (and the cockpit) of the Avu-Kamuu.
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
Hauenkua serves under Kūya Amururineuruka and has roughly the same status as Hien. He pilots a red Avu-Kamuu, with customized claws on each arm. He is entertained by war and suffering and has a somewhat psychopathic personality, however this all drains away when he feels his mortality (such as when Witsuarunemitea destroyed his Avu-Kamuu), leaving him a panic wreck. He was later killed when Witsuarunemitea pounded his Avu-Kamuu into a mess.
Other country leaders
Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
Orikakan is the lord of Kucca Kecca, a small country renowned for the skill and zeal of its cavalry, and is an excellent tactician.
Orikakan is obsessed with gaining revenge against Hakuoro, believing him to be “Rak Shine”, a traitor to Kuccha Keccha, who murdered his wife, children, and hundreds of other people. The murdered wife was Orikakan’s sister, whose death is the primary reason for his zeal in pursuing revenge. He seeks to attain his revenge by attacking Tusukuru. He personally leads the attack on Yamayura, slaying all the inhabitants and prompting Hakuoro to declare war on Kuccha Keccha. While initially Hakuoro believes he might indeed be “Rak Shine” (since Hakuoro lost all of his memories and cannot remember who he was, traitor or not, before Eruruu found him injured in the woods), Orikakan turns out to be mistaken, manipulated by another agency into falsely believing that Hakuoro was “Rak Shine.” He was eventually killed by Niwe when his purpose was fulfilled, before Hakuoro is able to hear all he has to say.
Voiced by: Yousuke Akimoto (Japanese), Christopher Ayres (English)
Niwe is lord of Shikerpecim, a country of vast strength that was three times bigger than Tuskur, and had ten times the military power. Niwe initiates numerous and lengthy attacks against Tuskur in an attempt to draw out Hakuoro’s inner beast. It is later revealed that he was working with Dii, from whom he learned Hakuoro’s true identity. In their final confrontation, Niwe finally succeeds in drawing out the demigod slumbering within Hakuoro. His amazement is cut short however, as the raging beast tears Niwe to pieces, signaling the downfall of Shikerpecim. Niwe, however despite his gruesome death, continues to harass Hakuoro through nightmares later on.
Voiced by: Masayuki Katou (Japanese), Nomed Kaerf (English)
Derihourai is Karura’s younger brother. He later becomes the lord of the newly created country, Karurauatsuurei, which is named after Karura. Derihourai’s main weapon of choice is the tonfa.
Voiced by: Takayuki Kondou (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
Suwonkas is the emperor of Na Tunk. He is somewhat insane and extremely sadistic, with an entire garden of flowers grown on the bodies of live humans. He was apparently infatuated with Karura, who apparently castrated him in the past, an action that, oddly enough, he expresses gratitude for. He is killed by Derihourai during the Karurawaturei’s rebellion.
Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
Kanhordari is the despotic emperor of Noseshecika, one of the three great countries alongside Onkamiyamukai and Kunnekamun. Large and physically dominating, he seems to hold a grudge against Kunnekamun and finally attempts to conquer them, although this attempt backfires horribly when Kunnekamun counterattacks with the Av Kamiw, conquering Noseshecika and killing Kanhordari. His body is eventually reanimated by Dii and destroyed for good by Hakuoro’s forces. He has 600 hp in the game.
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Voiced by: Shūichi Ikeda (Japanese), Nomed Kaerf (English)
Dii was an Onkamiya scholar that wandered inside the cave where Witsuarunemitea’s soul was sealed. Just as Hakuoro possesses the great god’s ‘good’ side, Dii received the darker one and has been possessed by Witsuarunemitea’s negative feelings ever since. He stirs wars everywhere so that Witsuarunemitea’s children (all races were based on Iceman, Witsuarunemitea’s avatar) could reach greater heights out of love for them. Basically he is the half of the Iceman that was split and sealed onto the land. At the conclusion of his final battle with Hakuoro, Dii’s mortal form is destroyed, and the dark half of Witsuarunemitea’s soul that dwelled within him is reunited with the good half inside Hakuoro body.
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
Nuwangi is a white haired youth and childhood friend of Erurū. Nuwangi, now older, is exceedingly arrogant, abusing the power of his higher rank, given by his father. Nuwangi is first seen trying to gain more supplies from the village. Nuwangi personally likes to go to this village so he can meet Erurū, though after his shameful departure, he knocks over an altar, angering the being to which it was dedicated. Nuwangi is rather protective over his nonexistent relationship with Erurū and is quick to jump to conclusions.
Nuwangi exhibits some cowardly traits, fleeing for his life upon seeing Hakuoro invading in retaliation for Tusukuru’s death. After Nuwangi’s father is slain due to this negligence, he flees to his uncle for further protection. In the game it is revealed that his father is associated with the death of his mother, and he kills his own father sadistically. After Nuwangi himself repeatedly fails and his uncle, the emperor, is killed as well, Nuwangi is captured by Hakuoro. To his surprise, he is freed from his bonds from Erurū, effectively allowing him to leave without harm. Nuwangi seems to be devastated by this, in which he vanishes off into the mist, never to be heard of, or seen again.
In the game, he is killed by bandits and beheaded to bring the rebellion forces.
Voiced by: Ryouka Yuzuki (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
Mikoto is an artificial being based on Iceman’s body. She was the only woman he ever loved. She was later butchered by scientists for research with her child. Her name is derived from the number 3510. The word Mikoto can also be written as 命, which can also be pronounced as ‘inochi’, meaning ‘life’. She was eventually reincarnated as Eruru.
Mizushima is a faceless researcher responsible for working with Iceman. Although he maintains a professional relationship with Iceman, upon learning that the research team plans to permanently refreeze Iceman, he betrays his fellow humans and helps Iceman escape to the surface, giving him the master key which would later become Erurū’s hair ornament. It is implied that he was eventually found out by the humans, although his fate is unknown.
Comment from writer:
Nice anime, pretty good and so dramatic with a sad ending. Eventhough there are some said that Hakuoro wake up again at the end of the story, but, of course, it just only the feeling of others… But then, i really recommend it to all of you to watch this anime!!!!