List of Kerberos Saga characters

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This is a character guide to the radio drama, film, manga and anime works Kerberos saga (ケルベロス・サーガ, keruberosu saga). Characters are sorted by organizations or groups according to the original works. The English adaptation equivalents are mentioned when available.

Metropolitan Security Police Organization "M.P." (首都圏治安警察機構 ~首都警~)[edit]

Shutoken chian keisatsu kikoh: often shortened to Shutokei (首都警) is the third Japanese armed forces together with the Self-Defense Force and the Self-Police. "Metropolitan Police" and its initials "M.P." are used as official translation in the English-language written synopsis available in all Kerberos Panzer Cop Japanese editions - as well as in the licensed versions published in Asia in the 2000s. The original version of Jin-Roh, released in Europe one year prior to Japan, translates the synopsis term as "POSEM" (contraction of "POlice de SÉcurité Métropolitaine"), French for "Metropolitan Security Police". However the English language anime version kept the manga's 1994 English adaptation - Hellhounds - with "CAPO" (for "CApital POlice") rather than "Metropolitan Security Police". Also Hauptstadtpolizei (shortened to Polizei), the German term for "Capital Police", is used as an additional emblem on the M.P.'s (首都警) aerial reconnaissance helicopter Fa-330, while it was not featured in the manga version.

Metropolitan Police Defense Division (首都警・警備部)[edit]

Main article: Shutokei

The Metropolitan Police Defense Division (首都警・警備部, shutokei keibibu) directed by Isao Aniya is the main branch of the M.P. This division is famous for its Special Armed Garrison nicknamed "Kerberos".

Special Armed Garrison "Kerberos" (首都警・特機隊 ~ケルベロス~)[edit]

The Special Armed Garrison (首都警・特機隊 ~ケルベロス~, shutokei tokki-tai ~keruberosu~) is the core unit of the M.P.. This garrison is in charge of Tokyo's public peace and order. Notable members include Koichi Todome, Soichiro Toribe, Midori Washio, Inui and Kazuki Fuze.

Jin-Roh (人狼)[edit]

Further information: Shutokei, Jin-Roh, and Kazuki Fuse

"Jin-Roh the Wolf Brigade" (人狼, jinroh) is a self-preservation secret unit formed among the Special Armed Garrison to maintain its own existence against the Public Security Division, Self-Police, National Safety Commissioners joint conspiracy. The conspirators main motivations is to create a single chain of command in the Tokyo police, and to avoid direct confrontation between the rival anti-riot units of the Self-Police and the Metropolitan Police. Hajime Handa is the head of the Jin-Roh group, his adjutant is instructor Hachiroh Tohbe.

Metropolitan Police Public Security Division (首都警・公安部)[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Shutokei.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (陸上自衛隊)[edit]

1st Airborne Brigade (第1空挺団)[edit]

Panzer Jäger Unit (ギア部隊) a.k.a. Armored Soldier (機甲隊員), the military counterpart of the M.P.'s Tokki-tai except it is equipped with antitank rifles.

Tetsurō Kai
Original name: Kai Tetsurou (甲斐哲朗)
Aliases: -
Age: -
Cast: -
Appearances: Kerberos Panzer Cop - Part II (Act 5 and Act 8).

Tetsurō Kai is the JGSDF's 1st Airborne Brigade leader. In Kerberos Panzer Cop Act 5 he appears as a trainee of the Metropolitan Police Special Armed Garrison's Academy Training School "Zucht Schanze". Tetsurō Kai is impressed by his instructor Midori Washio, so after completing his session, the young man sends her an invite to the JGSDF public exhibition held in the Mount Fuji from December 17 to 20 of 19XX. Curious she goes to the parade with her fellow instructor Hachiro Tohbe and met there Tetsurō Kai wearing the Panzer Jäger full-body armor Type 61 (Protect Gear). In Act 8, Tetsurō Kai orders for the final battle against Tatsumi Shiro's Tokki-tai (Special Armed Garrison) during the "Kerberos Uprising" event.

Antigovernment urban guerrilla organizations (反政府組織 都市ゲリラ)[edit]

Hanseifu soshiki toshi gerira: Antigovernment groups appeared during the Economic High-Growth era. With the end of the occupation period, the country had entered internationalization under a forced economic re-organization of the whole society. Re-organization caused massive unemployment and floods of poverty appeared in the capital slums. Vicious organized crime and black market corruption increased rapidly as did opposition parties ranks. A part of the population refused the new society and started to protest in the capital. In order to protect the institutions, the government answered by police repression and authoritarian policy which worsened the situation turning public protest movements into underground guerrilla groups using sabotage and terrorism eventually leading to an armed conflict within the capital's urban area.

Revolutionary Communist students[edit]

Revolutionary Communist student groups.

Kei Amemiya
Original name: Amemiya Kei (雨宮圭)
Aliases: Langhaar (Long Hairs)
Age: 17~18[1]
Cast: Sumi Mutoh (武藤寿美)
Appearances: Jin-Roh
Reiko
Original name: Reiko (レイコ)
Aliases: -
Age: -
Cast: -
Appearances: Kerberos Saga Rainy Dogs (Act 3)

Sect (セクト)[edit]

The Sect (セクト, sekuto) emerged from forbidden anti-government leftist party cells and became an organized terrorist group fighting with the Police. The Sect uses the Tokyo sewers to transport and store firearms and explosives. Teenage girls nicknamed Little Red Riding Hoods are used as bomb carriers. The Special Armed Garrison was created by the government to get rid of the Sect activities.

Nanami Agawa
Original name: Agawa Nanami (阿川七生)
Aliases: Kurzhaar (Short Hairs)
Age: -
Cast: Eri Sendai (仙台エリ)
Appearances: Jin-Roh

An adolescent girl used by the Sect's Division Jacobson (ヤコブソン機関) to transport satchel charges without being suspected, nor checked, by the police patrols. While discovered in the sewers by the Kerberos brigadier Kazuki Fuze, she ducked her bomb and committed suicide in front of him causing heavy damages in Tokyo, heavy criticism against the Special Armed Garrison and an investigation about Kazuki Fuse.

Foxy Croquette O-Gin
Aliases: Foxy Croquette O-Gin, Young Lady
Original name: Ketsune Korokke Ogin
Age: -
Cast: Mako Hyodo
Appearances: The Red Spectacles, Kerberos & Tachiguishi

While she was a teenager, Foxy Croquette used to be a Little Red Riding Hood courrier for the Sect when she was busted by a platoon of Kerberos. Brought to the Public Security Division headquarters she was used as a mole by Bunmei Muroto.

Kusaba
Original name: Kusaba (草場)
Aliases: -
Age: -
Cast: -
Appearances: Kerberos Panzer Cop Act.2

Kusaba is a saboteur who infiltrates the Transport Company's Aeronautical Experiments Platoon (航空実験小隊) to sabotage the Jagdhund assault helicopter newly delivered to the Special Armed Garrison. Even though he gets into Hachiro Kishu he eventually betrays him by ruining the latter's dream.

Four Seasons League (四季協会)[edit]

The Four Seasons League (四季協会, shiki kyokai) is an ultra-leftist terrorist group with members originating from the Sect. Its background and modus operandi remembers those of the real-life Japanese Red Army.

Kazuya Fujiwara
Original name: Fujiwara Kazuya (藤原 和也)
Aliases: -
Age: 28
Cast: -
Appearances: Kerberos Panzer Cop Part I

Fujiwara is the leader of the Lufthansa flight 666 hijacking group. Surviving the aircraft crash on Showa Island landfill no.8 he refused to surrender to the Self-Police and was shot dead by Midori Washio.

Middle-East guerrillas[edit]

AK Ginko
Aliases: Foxy Croquette O-Gin, Young Lady
Original name: AK no Ginko (AKの銀子)
Age: -
Cast: Mako Hyodo
Appearances: Tachiguishi-Retsuden, Onna-Tachiguishi Retsuden

After the National Diet Building incident, Foxy Croquette O-Gin disappeared from the streets of Tokyo and reappeared later in Palestina as a guerrilla known as AK Ginko.

ANPO Hantai[edit]

Sabu
Aliases: Sabuchan
Original name: Sabu (サブちゃん)
Age: -
Cast:
Appearances: Kerberos & Tachiguishi

Sabuchan is a boy fascinated by ANPO Hantai protests and supports them even though he is still a child.

Little Red Riding Hoods (赤ずきん)[edit]

Akazukin: young female characters dressed in red, like in the Little Red Riding Hood tale. There is an explicit reference to the Grimm brothers version in Jin-Roh as a German written Rotkäppchen book. However the tale version narrated in the anime is a composite version based on pre-Grimm oral versions, notably on Charles Perrault's Le Petit Chaperon Rouge. In Jin-Roh, Akazukin is the nickname used by Bunmei Muroto to designate female bomb carriers of the Sect. Little Red Riding Hoods are active within the Sect's supplying division called "Division Jacobson".

Young Lady
Original name: Shōjo / Shoujo (少女)
Aliases: Foxy Croquette O-Gin, AK Ginko, Young Lady of Fate (運命の少女, Unmei no Shoujo)
Age: -
Cast: Mako Hyodo

The young Lady is first appearing as a mysterious mute character who leads Koichi Todome through Tokyo in The Red Spectacles. The original theatrical trailer introduces her as an allegory for fate (運命,unmei) in the meaning of fatum. In Kerberos & Tachiguishi the character's backstory is eventually revealed, as a teenager she was caught by a Kerberos patrol while she was delivering bombs as a Sect Little Red Riding Hood. As a Division Jacobson terrorist she was brought to the Metropolitan Police Public Security Division's headquarters and was selected by Bunmei Muroto to become a mole.

Fast Food Grifters (立喰師)[edit]

(Tachiguishi)

Moongaze Ginji
Original name: Tsukimi no Ginji (月見の銀二)
Aliases: Moon-viewing Ginji
Era: 1902~1945
Cast: Hideyo Amamoto, Kaito Kisshoji

A famous Fast Food Grifter and an old friend of Koichi Todome.

Foxy Croquette O-Gin
Original name: Ketsune Korokke no Ogin (ケツネコロッケのお銀)
Aliases: Oginsan (お銀さん), Young Lady, AK Ginko
Era: 1946~1960
Cast: Mako Hyodo


Crying Inumaru
Original name: Naki no Inumaru (哭きの犬丸)
Aliases: -
Era: 1961~1964
Cast: Mitsuhisa Ishikawa


Cold Badger Masa
Original name: Hiyashi Tanuki no Masa (冷しタヌキの政)
Aliases: -
Era: 1965~1970
Cast: Toshio Suzuki


Beefbowl Ushigoro
Original name: Gyudon no Ushi-Goro (牛丼の牛五郎)
Aliases: -
Era: 1965~1970
Cast: Shinji Higuchi


Hamburger Tetsu
Original name: Hanbāgā no Tetsu (ハンバーガーの哲)
Aliases: -
Era: 1971~1980
Cast: Kenji Kawai


Frankfurter Tatsu
Original name: Furankufuruto no Tatsu (フランクフルトの辰)
Aliases: -
Era: 1977~1983
Cast: Katsuya Terada


Medium Hot Sabu
Original name: Chu-Kara no Sabu (中辛のサブ)
Aliases: -
Era: 1984~2006
Cast: Shoji Kawamori


Baked Bean Pastry Amataro
Original name: -
Aliases: -
Cast: -
Era: -


Crepe Mami
Original name: Kurepu no mami (クレープのマミ)
Aliases: -
Era: -
Cast -

Self-Police (自治警)[edit]

Jichi kei: the Japanese local police in charge of security, peace and public security. Due to the increasing violence of paramilitary anti-government groups, the "Self-Police" soon became unable to maintain public order, hence the creation of a specialized anti-riot force, a military police called Shutokei (Metropolitan Police).

Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁)[edit]

Symbol of the Japanese police (警察) used by Jin-Roh's Self-Police (自治警) and Kerberos Panzer Cop's M.P.D. (警視庁).

Keishicho: Metropolitan Police Department.

  • MPD Guard Division (警視庁警備部)
    • 2nd Riot Battalion (警視庁・機動隊)
      • Communications Support Team
    • 5th Riot Battalion
      • 1st Company
      • 2nd Company
    • 6th Riot Battalion (第六機動隊)
    • Medical Platoon
  • MPD Public Security Division (警視庁公安部)

German Army (Wehrmacht)[edit]

Nazi Germany's armed forces are the main antagonists in the Kerberos Panzer Jäger radio drama series.

808th Propagandakompanie (第808宣伝中隊)[edit]

(Dai 808 Senden Chutai)

Cpt. Maki Stauffenberg
Aliases: -
Original name: Maki Shutaufenberuku Taii (マキ・シュタウフェンヴェルク大尉)
Cast: Yoshiko Sakakibara
Appearances: Kerberos Panzer Jäger

In September 1942, the Captain Maki of the 808th German Propaganda Company (808th Propagandakompanie, 第808宣伝中隊) leaves the Warsaw station to deliver Protect-Gear parts to the 101st Panzer Company fighting the Soviet Army at the Battle of Stalingrad.

Other characters[edit]

Manager Kamiyama
Original name: -
Cast: Kenji Kamiyama
Appearances: Tachiguishi-Retsuden
Tang Mie
Original name: Tan Mi (唐密, タンミー)
Cast: Sue Eaching
Appearances: StrayDog

Tang Mie is a Taiwanese girl that used to live with Koichi Todome when the latter flew to Taipei during his post-Kerberos Riot three-years-long exile. When paroled Inui left Tokyo to find the track of his former leader/master Koichi Todome instead he bumps into Tang Mie and befriend with her. Shortly the pair leaves the condo and travel Taiwan after Koichi Todome. When they eventually find him at Tainan, the former elite Kerberos panzer cop has become a peaceful peasant inviting them to start their life anew living in a ménage à trois. Later Inui leaves the home to meet Hayashi and his own lethal destiny, thereafter Koichi, who also left the home ("the roost"), turns back to Tokyo leaving behind Tang Mie and eventually facing his death (see The Red Spectacles). Tang Mie enjoys a Platonic love relationship with both Koichi and Inui; Koichi reveals to Inui that "she was her who picked up both of [them]".

Tokumitsu Shinada
Original name: -
Cast: Fuyuki Shinada
Appearances: Tachiguishi-Retsuden
Papa's Waitress
Original name: Papa no wueitoresu (パパスのウェイトレス)
Aliases: Neechan (ネエちゃん)
Cast: -
Appearances: Kerberos Saga: Rainy Dogs (The Killers)

Papa's Lunch Room Waitress is a main character in The Killers short story published in Kerberos Saga: Rainy Dogs. She talks to the two killers searching for Koichi Todome.

Cameo characters[edit]

Detective Takahiro Matsui
Original name: Matsui Takahiro (松井 孝弘)
Cast: -
Appearances: Kerberos Panzer Cop Act.6
Original work: Patlabor: The Movie

Detective Matsui from Patlabor is hired to solve the "Fast Food Grifter Clubbed to Death Case" (マッハ軒立食師撲殺事件異聞) involving Fast Food Grifter (or "Tachiguishi") Cold Badger Masa and the Special Armed Garrison's Chuichi Koshiramaru (2nd Company, 7th Platoon). A part of the Kerberos saga staff, called Headgear, worked on the Patlabor TV series and feature films, including its creator, Mamoru Oshii, who directed two feature films respectively in 1989 and 1993.

Golgo 13
Original name: Togo 13 (東郷十三)
Cast: -
Appearances: The Killers (from Kerberos Saga Rainy Dogs)
Original work: Golgo 13

Golgo 13 a.k.a. Duke Togo (デューク東郷), which is a mysterious identity professional assassin, appears among the killers in the bar restaurant called Papa's Lunch Room. While he's waiting at a table, a boy enters the bar delivering a large packet and asking to the crowd "Mister Togo 13, please?" ("東郷十三さん......いますか?", p. 362), "that's over here" ("掩だ", p. 362) he answers. Then he pays the boy, gets the present that comes with a happy birthday card and heads to the toilet with the packet. He later reappears smoking a cigarette, wearing mittens and holding his famous M16 rifle. A firing ensues between the five killers, Golgo 13 headshots the man in black with the two automatic pistols while the latter shoot him dead with multiple gunshots in the chest. The Killers is a short story that was published prior to the release of the Kerberos Saga Rainy Dogs manga series in Ace Tokunoh comic magazine in 2003. This short story by Mamoru Oshii and illustrator Mamoru Sugiura was added as an epilogue in the tankōbon (compilation volume) of Kerberos Saga Rainy Dogs published in 2005.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jin-Roh Maniaxx (人狼マニアックス) , Interview Hiroyuki Okiura, page 73, Kadokawa Shoten, October 1, 2000

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