Characters / Ai Yori Aoshi

A character sheet for Kaoru, Aoi, and the other inhabitants of the Sakuraba house in Ai Yori Aoshi. (Characters listed are sorted roughly in order of appearance)
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    Kaoru Hanabishi 

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

Kaoru is a college student and exile from the Hanabishi house. Having endured years of physical and emotional abuse from his grandfather, he made the choice to break free and move out on his own.
  • Accidental Pervert: Subverted; while Kaoru often finds himself in these kinds of situations, the girls always give him time to explain and realize it wasn't his fault, at times even realizing as such without an explanation. It's played straight once at the beginning of the series; when Miyabi finds Aoi in Kaoru's house with a naked Kaoru on top of her (Kaoru was trying to stop Aoi from coming into the bathroom while he was bathing), she beats the crap out of him before Aoi calms her down.
  • Achey Scars: The ones he got from his grandpa tend to hurt quite a bit when he's stressed.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Number one recipient of this trope.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Towards the end of the series, he and Miyabi decide to foil his half-brother's plans to marry Aoi.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The sweet Aoi helps to heal his emotional scars from the physical and emotional abuse he suffered from his grandfather.
  • Chick Magnet: Since he's the protagonist of a harem anime, this is basically a given.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Aoi.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After his father's death, the Hanabishi family forced Kaoru's mother to give Kaoru up to them for the sole purpose of raising him to be their next heir. Kaoru suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his paternal grandfather, which culminated in said grandfather burning all of his mother's possessions and photos; when Kaoru tried to stop him, his grandfather savagely beat him with a wooden cane, leaving his back Covered with Scars. Sometime after this incident, Kaoru ran away from the Hanabishis and severed all ties with them for good.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: He has many fond memories of his late mother.
  • Devoted to You: Aoi has been devotedly in love with him since they were children. Even after he left Hanabishis and their engagement was broken, she never stopped loving him and kept working hard to become the perfect wife for him. She ran away from home on her own to go and find him and since he wouldn't go back to the Hanabishi household, she decided she would leave the Sakuraba household to marry him.
  • The Exile: He went into self-imposed exile from the Hanabishis.
  • Heroic Bastard: His parents never married.
  • Nice Guy: His dominant trait.
  • Nom de Mom: In the manga's Distant Finale, he's taken his mother's surname.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both his parents died on different dates, before the start of the story. However, his mother's fate was given more emphasis.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Kaoru and Aoi love each other deeply in addition to being arranged to marry. Unfortunately, the arrangement was broken when Kaoru left the Hanabishi family, which is the primary cause for the drama in the story.
  • Scars Are Forever: Some pretty nasty ones on his back as previously mentioned in Abusive Parents above. By the end of the story, they've finally started to fade.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After enduring enough his grandfather's abuse, he left the Hanabishis behind.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks just like his mother.
  • Unwanted Harem: All of the girls in the house except for Miyabi fall for him at one point, though as time goes on, they all become True Companions.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After severing ties with the Hanabishis, he can't return home.

    Aoi Sakuraba 

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)

Aoi is one of the living heirs to the Sakuraba dry goodsnote  fortune. She had kept a Childhood Marriage Promise to Kaoru, even though her own parents were against the idea after he ran away from the Hanabishis. A chance encounter on a train has reunited them, and she has vowed to uphold her promise to stay with Kaoru for the rest of her life.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Aoi loves everyone, and everyone loves Aoi. Pretty much every female member of the cast aspires to be like Aoi. Ironically, however, Aoi seems a bit oblivious to the depths of the devotion of her own mentor, Miyabi.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: In episode 3, Kaoru remarks that she's cute when she's asleep.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Has some of this dynamic with Kaoru. Kaoru isn't exactly brooding, but he has serious emotional traumas from the abuse he suffered from his grandfather and the death of his mother. Aoi's kind and loving personality helps heal Kaoru's mental and emotional damage.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Once got completely plastered after only three beers.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Her family name is Sakuraba and not only is she associated with cherry blossoms, she's the poster girl for Yamato Nadeshiko and a love interest.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kaoru.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She meets Kaoru again after 18 years when she's on her way to meeting him, but they don't recognize each other. It's only after she realizes the address she had was wrong and that she shows Kaoru a picture of them when they were children that they realize they are childhood friends.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She hardly ever wears anything but a kimono, which contributes to her traditional Yamato Nadeshiko image.
  • Landlady: Part of her and Kaoru's cover is that she's his landlady.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind and polite.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Kaoru and Aoi love each other deeply in addition to being arranged to marry. Unfortunately, the arrangement was broken when Kaoru left the Hanabishi family, which is the primary cause for the drama in the story.
  • Shrinking Violet: Due to her sheltered upbringing, Aoi can shy around strangers.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Aoi has blue hair, and is once again, shy and demure.
  • Significant Birth Date: She was born on the day of Tanabata.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Nice people are not weak. It takes the strength of character to be this faithful, loving and kind. And help Kaoru heal from his mental and emotional damage.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has loved Kaoru since she was a child and she can't think of herself being with any man other than him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She loves Kaoru for his kindness.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Mayu's Femme and Tina's Butch.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: The poster girl for the trope. If the kimono doesn't give it away her gentle-yet-assertive demeanor will.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Towards the end of the series, she flat out decides to leave her home and never return.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair.

    Miyabi Kagurazaki 

Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Lia Sargent (EN)

Miyabi is Aoi's guardian. She is very strict about upholding the Sakuraba house's honor, and makes it a point to tell Kaoru and Aoi to hide their relationship from the public.

    Tina Foster 

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

Tina is an American-born college student who has lived in the Kyushu region for most of her life (so much so, that she's almost completely forgotten how to speak English).

    Taeko Minazuki 

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP), Philece Sampler (EN)

Taeko is a close friend of Tina and belongs to the same photography club where Tina and Kaoru are members. She seems to have a very unlucky streak (mostly involving tripping over things), and has been unable to hold down any kind of permanent job because of this, until pleas from Aoi and friends convince Miyabi to allow her to work as a maid.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Taeko is capable of producing decent meals, but she has a tendency to mix her normal meals with chocolate.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: As the housekeeper, she was so clumsy that Aoi had to convince Miyabi to hire her, as she had a tendency to break a lot of valuable objects, but she tries to do her best.
  • Gag Boobs: Her most prominent features are her very large breasts (that never stop growing) and her clumsiness.
  • Meido: She moves into the Sakuraba summer house as the housekeeper after being relieved of her previous housekeeping job.


A ferret that Tina buys for the house, though he becomes far more attached to Miyabi.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Behaves much like a house cat, brushing up against people's legs, hissing, and often bringing Miyabi dead bugs (much to Miyabi's dismay).
  • Animal Reaction Shot: When Tina reveals the cage she bought for him, which she decorated with gaudy ribbons and baubles, Uzume actually hisses at the sight of it.
  • Team Pet: Serves as one to the Sakuraba household.

    Mayu Miyuki 

Voiced by: Sayaka Narita (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)

Mayu, like Aoi, is the daughter of a prestigious businessman. And also like Aoi, she has been in love with Kaoru ever since she was little. She spends a lot of time bickering with Tina.

    Chika Minazuki 

Voiced by: Haruko Momoi (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)

Taeko's cousin, who lives by the beach.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: as the smallest and youngest, she tends to receive this from time to time. And when she doesn't receive one, she may choose to solicit it.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Tends to inflict this on Kaoru.
  • Children Are Innocent: When she asks the other girls if they love Kaoru, they all freak out because what they mean by love and what Chika means are two different things (maybe).
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: A Running Gag in the story has various accidents and mishaps leave Chika standing completely naked in front of Kaoru. On one particular occasion, she not only drags her friends into it, she finds herself on the ground with her legs spread wide.
  • Tan Lines: Due to coming from the beach.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Both the smallest and youngest of the group.