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Biographical Information




Basic Information



Unknown (Appears 15)




135cm (4'4")


36kg (79lbs)

Blood Type


Hair Color


Eye Color




Prison Information


ID Number







Chapter 18


Episode 3 (Cameo)
Episode 5 (Debut)

Voice Actors
Japanese Voice

Yuu Kobayashi

English Voice

Aaron Dismuke

Upa (ウパ Upa) is an inmate in Nanba Prison.


Upa is a short, childish looking man with pale white skin, teal colored hair and nails, and impassive gray eyes. He has red angular spirals on his cheeks, arms and legs as a pattern as well as a large scar across his abdomen[1].

He wears traditional Chinese cap with the yellow card hanging down from the middle and, similar to Liang's, dark blue jumpsuit, but with short sleeves.

Upa character design is strikingly similar to that of a jiangshi (a Chinese vampire). These beings typically have blue-ish white skin and are corpses reanimated using a piece of parchment attached to the being's head. However, Upa's parchment is provided by Nanba Prison as a means to restrict his chi usage. As he is a powerful qigong master, they must be replaced often to remain effective.

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Upa often looks calm and serious and doesn't show much emotions. He is proud to be a gifted master of qigong, and sets his goals above anything else. Upa is self-confident and will not concede to anyone.

However, despite his mostly mature attitude, Upa still has childish side that matches his looks. When he fails to do something (for instance to win a toy from a vending machine), he abruptly becomes flustered and angry and wishes to destroy things, much like a child throwing tantrums. However, when he finally succeed, he blushes with happiness like a child with a toy.

Upa doesn't like lazy and frivolous people. They only irritate him and he doesn't consider them as worthy allies or rivals. Upa is harsh and forthright with them, can frankly insult. For example Qi, despite being his cellmate, is very often gets called "useless", "scum" or "trash".


Upa was kidnapped by Hachiman's mafia and had his organs taken to be sold on the black market. It was revealed that Qi donated some of his organs to Upa.

Upa often goes to Qi for medicine, due to Upa often over-working and placing a lot of stress on his body. He chided Upa for overdoing it, but Upa told him to not bother about his health. Upa was also the one who told Qi about Liang's past. He also mentioned how Hachiman never keeps his promises and how Liang chose to follow the wrong person.

Before being imprisoned in Nanba Prison, Upa was in a prison in China which is where he met Samon Gokuu for the first time. Samon then passed Upa a present he had received from his family, shocking him who had initially presumed that his family were told that he was dead. Samon then told Upa that he was the one who told his family the truth, that it is not wrong to tell someone that Upa was alive, and that he just wanted to clarify things before leaving, telling Upa not to cause any more trouble. Due to this, Upa came to admire him.

Upa calls himself a gifted master of the martial art called, "Qigong". He said that he was searching for decent and talented disciple which he would teach. But because of his imprisonment, he can only wait for the opportunity to meet his future student in jail.


The New Year's Tournament Arc

Building 5 Arc


  • His inmate number is written on the talisman on his forehead.
  • His likes are yogurt, anman, and talent.
  • His dislikes are slovenly people and deep fried foods.
  • His hobbies include morning tai chi and stamp collecting.
  • Upa's name is in reference to the form of yoga called Isha upa yoga. Alternatively his name could be in reference to the Buddhist monk, Upagupta.
  • Upa's name is taken from the Chinese word "Wu", which means "five", like his building number, and "Ba" which means "8", like his cell number.


  1. Nanbaka Anime, Episode 20

Main Jyugo  |  Uno  |  Rock  |  Nico  |  Hajime Sugoroku
Inmates Tsukumo  |  Honey  |  Trois  |  Musashi  |  Liang  |  Upa  |  Qi  |  Fuji-san  |  Kusatsu  |  Enki Gokuu  |  Ruka Gojou  |  Hachiman  |  Ikkaku  |  Zakuro
Guards Seitarou Tanabata  |  Yamato Godai  |  Samon Gokuu  |  Kenshirou Yozakura  |  Kiji Mitsuba  |  Inori Hakkai  |  Damian  |  Mao Nimaijita  |  Nijimasu Nanairo  |  Tomato Ichijou  |  Hitoshi Sugoroku |  Houzuki Sanzou  |  Daisen Rokuriki  |  Daisen Kokoriki  |  Daisen Youriki  |  Genrou Byakuya  |  Ahato  |  Sanohana Hiiragi  |  Inohana Tsubaki  |  Shinohana Sazanka  |  Ninohana Kikiyou
Nanba Staff Momoko Hyakushiki  |  Shin Sauzando  |  Chikako Senryoubako  |  Mitsuru Hitokoe  |  Dread  | Shiro  |  Okina Otogi  |  Kazari Otogi  |  KAGU-8  |  Ringo Shirayuki  |  Komachi
Zodiac Police Jemi Sandra  |  Jenny Sandra  |  Tauro Twisters  |  Taurus Twisters
Antagonists Man with the Scar  |  Elf  |  Fourth  |  Six  |  Mei Yomidou  |  Ido Yomidou  |  Isou  |  Manji  |  Kojiro  |  Kujaku  |  Yakumo  |  Ikkaku
Other Kuu  |  Haku  |  Yamatomaru  |  Hanzou Hattori  |  Noriko Sanzou  |  Hihi Gokuu  |  Rokudo

 |  Nadeshiko Godai  |  Navarin Godai  |  Jun  |  Ban  |  Mikazuki  |  Natsumi