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Villain Overview

If I lose my fangs, I'll use my claws. If I lose my claws, I'll use my bones. And if I lose my bones, I'll use my life. That's how a "Bowel Hunter" fights!
~ Elsa's fighting creed.

Elsa Granhiert, known infamously as the Bowel Hunter, was a major antagonist in the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy light novel series Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, as well as its anime television series & manga adaptations of the same name. She was the main antagonist of the first story arc and one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside the Great Rabbit) of the fourth story arc.

She was voiced by Mamiko Noto in the Japanese version of the anime adaptation and Cristina Vee in the English version. Noto's other villainous roles include Yukako Yamagishi in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Enma Ai in Hell Girl, Hecate in Shakugan no Shana, and Sayoko Mishima in Ah! My Goddess. Vee's other villainous roles include Mosquito Girl in One Punch Man, Swan in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, and Pandora in Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas.


Elsa Granhiert was unusually tall for a woman, as she stood around the same height as Subaru Natsuki at the time of his summoning. Her black eyes (purple in the anime adaptation) angled down towards their edges and presented Elsa with a certain level of calmness and gentleness. Below her left eye Elsa had a beauty spot. Her long wavy hair was the same shade of black as Subaru's (a trait that was very rare in her world) and was braided into a long tail on the left side of her head that reached down to her hips. A single purple flower decorated the left side of Elsa's head. Granhiert was a woman of incredible beauty who apparently oozed eroticism with every move she made. Her white skin was unusually pale to the point that it could almost be described as sickening, and Elsa's slim body was well-endowed with large breasts and sultry curves. Her bewitching beauty coupled with her well-endowed body was enough to catch the eye of most people she met.

Elsa's clothing, as if to match the woman herself, was extremely provocative. Her outfit consisted of a pair of black elbow-length gloves with purple trimmings at the top, a pair of black high-heel shoes, and a black dress with purple decorations that was both strapless and backless and featured brown tights. The dress, that clung to Elsa's body fairly tightly, also had thigh-high slits on either side and an exposed front that flaunted her bellybutton and cleavage.


Perhaps Elsa's defining trait was the arousal she garnered from gutting people and toying with their steaming entrails. Upon facing worthy opponents, Elsa would express excitement at the prospect of gutting them, pondering on random variables such as what color her opponents' entrails would be. After disembowelling Subaru Natsuki, she barraged him with a flurry of questions related to the pain he was feeling as he lay dying on the floor of the loothouse, conveying that she received sadistic arousal from the pain others felt due to her actions. Her warped sense of arousal didn't end with her opponents, as Elsa also felt masochistic ecstasy whenever she was wounded by others, such as when Subaru kicked her in the loothouse. She didn't feel any remorse towards those she gutted, even if they were children or the elderly.

Elsa was a battle maniac, not even hesitating to injure herself if she can fight strong opponents, which was helped by her abnormal healing rate. This was also shown through her persistence. Due to her blessing she claimed to be a vampire, though she didn't drink blood, nor did she receive any ill effects when under the sun. Elsa also enjoyed knitting cotton dolls, especially after a good kill, and mentions to have over 10 years of experience.


Having no parents, Elsa grew up as a thief on the streets of Gusteko, the icy kingdom located to the north of Lugunica. One day, Granhiert was caught stealing and was forced to slit her captor's stomach open when he tried to rape her, marking her first kill. After this event, Granhiert grew to enjoy the practice of slitting peoples' stomachs open, garnering fascination and even arousal upon the sight of a person's bowels laid bare. She eventually joined the Gusteko Assassin Organization, a group of mercenaries led by an enigmatic figure known as "Mama" that accepted jobs from clients across the world. Elsa earned notoriety as the "Bowel Hunter," a nickname attributed to her in recognition of her unique style of killing targets.

At the beginning of the story, Elsa was tasked with retrieving the Dragon Priestess Insignia, an emblem owned by the half-elf Emilia that identified her as a candidate to become Lugunica's next ruler. In order to complete the mission, Granhiert travelled to Lugunica's capital city and hired the common street thief Felt to steal the Insignia for her. However, when Elsa went to the chosen rendezvous point, she discovered that Emilia had tracked Felt to the building, prompting Granhiert to decide to butcher everyone present and take the Insignia by force. She fought against the people present in the building - Emilia and her spirit Puck, the criminal Rom, Felt, and the Japanese teenager Subaru Natsuki who had recently been summoned to Elsa's world. Although she initially held the upper hand, Elsa was defeated when the Master Swordsman Reinhard van Astrea arrived on the scene and engaged her in combat. However, before Reinhard could apprehend Elsa, she escaped.


Well, well, that's a spirit, isn't it? Aha How wonderful! I've never had the pleasure of cutting open a spirit's stomach before.
~ Elsa expressing excitement at the prospect of killing Puck.
Black hair, black clothes, and a blade unique to the Northern Provinces. There's no mistaking those characteristics. You are the "Bowel Hunter." [...] It was derived from her unique style of killing those who oppose her. Her name is known far and wide as a menace to society.
~ Reinhard explaining Elsa's reputation to Subaru Natsuki.

List of Appearances

Light Novel

Volume 1

  • Prologue: The Waste Heat of the Beginning (First appearance) (Obscured)
  • Chapter 1: The End of the Beginning (Obscured)
  • Chapter 2: A Struggle Too Late (First full appearance) (First identified as Elsa)
  • Chapter 3: Ending and Beginning (Indirect mention only)
  • Chapter 4: Fourth Time's the Charm
  • Chapter 5: Starting Life in Another World (First identified as Granhiert/Bowel Hunter)
  • Epilogue: The Moon is Watching (Mentioned only)

Volume 10

  • Chapter 5: The First Step Forward

Volume 12

  • Chapter 1: Loveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveme (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 2: I've Already Seen Hell (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 3: A Four-Hundred-Year-Old Cry
Anime Adaptation
  • Episode 1: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End (First appearance)
  • Episode 2: Reunion with the Witch
  • Episode 3: Starting Life From Zero in Another World
  • Episode 11: Rem (Mentioned only)
  • Episode 12: Return to the Capital (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 30: A Step Forward
  • Episode 31: The Maiden's Gospel
  • Episode 32: Friend
  • Episode 33: The Value of Life (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 34: Love Love Love Love Love Love You (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 36: The Taste of Death
  • Episode 37: The Witches' Tea Party (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 38: The Sounds That Make You Want to Cry (Appears in flashback(s))
Manga Adaptation

Chapter 1: A Day in the Capital

  • Chapter 3: The End of the Beginning (First appearance) (Obscured)
  • Chapter 5: A Struggle Far Too Late (First full appearance)
  • Chapter 6: Ending and Beginning (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Chapter 7: The "Master Swordsman"
  • Chapter 8: Negotiations in the Slums
  • Chapter 9: Battle in the Loot Cellar
  • Chapter 10: The Power of the Master Swordsman
  • Chapter 11: Starting Life in Another World

Chapter 2: A Week at the Mansion

  • Chapter 0: A So-called Summoning to Another World
  • Chapter 2: A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid (Appears in flashback(s))

Chapter 3: Truth of Zero

  • Chapter 1: A Gentle, Early Morning (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Chapter 3: Shared Homeland (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Chapter 10: A Decaying Mind (Appears in flashback(s))


  • Elsa's birthday was April 29 and she was 23 years old at the time of her death.
  • Elsa enjoys sewing and knitting, often making cute stuffed dolls in her spare time.

External links


                    ReZero logo.png Villains
Witch Cult
Capella Emerada Lugunica · Louis Arneb · Lye Batenkaitos · Pandora · Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti · Regulus Corneas · Roy Alphard · Sirius · Stride Volakia
Witches of Sin
Carmilla · Daphne · Echidna · Hector · Minerva · Pandora · Satella · Sekhmet · Typhon
Black Serpent · Great Rabbit · White Whale
Gusteko Assassin Organization
Elsa Granhiert · Mama · Meili Portroute
Balleroy Temeglyph · Bean Argyle · Kurgan · Miles · Roswaal Mathers · Sphinx · Ton, Chin, and Kan
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