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- All of the Other Reindeer: In the original novel, Kouichi was a target of bullying at his previous school in Tokyo due to sharing the same last name as a middle school murderer.
- Always Save the Girl: He will do anything to protect Mei, even turn against the entire class when they try to kill her because they think she's the extra student.
- Bad Dreams: He has a couple.
- Berserk Button:
- Do not even think about hurting or blaming Mei Misaki, even if it's for the curse. If you do, he will do all he can to protect her. Even if you come at him with a knife.
- One of the students set him off by hitting Miss Mikami, as it's his Aunt Reiko as well as his teacher that was hit.
- Bishōnen: More so in the anime.
- Bloodsplattered Innocents: In Episodes 7 and 11. Poor Kouichi.
- Break the Cutie: Whenever he watches someone die, which is often since most of the deaths happen in front of him.
- Brutal Honesty: Even though Izumi is dying in front of him and asks if he remembers their first meeting, instead of lying and letting her die happy, Kouichi just says 'no'. Izumi even lampshades this trope before she dies.
- Declaration of Protection: He promises to protect Mei.
- Determinator: He takes a lot of damage in Episodes 11 and 12, but it doesn't stop him from trying to find and protect Mei.
- The Hero
- Ill Boy: Damn collapsed lung, keeping him in the hospital! And making him miss his first day at his new school, which means missing the tips about the "other student"! The first episode suggests that it's hereditary and he got it from his father.
- Irony: He reads horror stories in his spare time, such as works by H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. Now he's in one.
- Kill the Ones You Love: He's forced to kill his dear aunt and mother figure after Mei reveals Ms. Mikami is the dead person of the class.
- Missing Mom: His mother died after she gave birth to him.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His last name "Sakakibara" is the same as a real life middle school murderer from Kobe. He was bullied because of this in the original novel.
- New Transfer Student
- Nice Guy
- Only Friend: To Mei. Since her classmates have to pretend she doesn't exist, Kouichi is the only one who gets close to her and befriends her. This eventually makes him a "sacrifice" as well, but he doesn't mind since he can still hang out with Mei.
- Ordinary Middle School Student: He's a completely normal student who ends up in the cursed class 3-3 and gets caught in the devasting effects of the Calamity.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Mei's Blue.
- Secret Keeper: To Reiko and Miss Mikami being the same person. Made obvious early on in the manga and original novel, but only revealed in the last episode of the anime.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Episode 11, he protects Mei Misaki from his entire Ax-Crazy class, alone. And took a direct knee hit to the crotch before disarming the perpetrator.
- Unlucky Everydude
- Un-Person: His classmates decide to pretend that he doesn't exist just like they do with Mei once people begin to die. It doesn't stop the curse.
- Would Hit a Girl: If it means protecting Mei from being killed then he'll do it.
- You Leave Him Alone!: Kouichi says something similar to this to Izumi in Episode 10, when she tried to place the blame on Mei. He does it again in Episode 11.
- Alliterative Name: Mei Misaki.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: She was hit pretty hard by the death of her twin sister.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Seems to be the only reason why she's become so close to Kouichi.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards her cousin/twin sister Misaki. Once she saw the color of death on Misaki, Mei became very protective of her. Misaki even noted how Mei acted like her big sister, even though they're the same age.
- Broken Bird: Before the death of her sister Misaki she was a cute and happy girl, even dressing in bright colors.
- Conveniently Seated: Mei is seated in the back row by the window so she can daydream and easily exit if she so feels. It also helps her classmates ignore her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She warms up to Kouichi over the course of the story.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Emotionless Girl
- Eyepatch of Power: Covers her Doll's eye. She lost her real left eye to cancer when she was four.
- Eye Scream: In the manga she's stabbed in her fake eye by Akazawa.
- Freakiness Shame: The second time she shows Kouichi what is under her eyepatch he remarks that her Doll's eye is oddly beautiful, and that she should go without the eyepatch more often. Her cousin Misaki thought the same.
- The Gadfly: Mei's a Nice Girl, but she has her moments. During Kouichi's first meeting with her, she inadvertently makes him think she was a talking doll. When Teshigawara accuses her of being the extra student, she decides to mess with him and say that he could be the extra. When they look for the tape and talk about The Seven Mysteries, she jokingly confirms one.
- Girl of My Dreams: In the live action movie, Kouichi first sees her in a dream.
- Human All Along: At first, we're lead to believe Mei is some sort of ghost that only Kouichi can see. Turns out she's a living human girl and the truth of the situation is a bit more complex than it seemed.
- Implied Love Interest: She and Kouichi have a lot of Ship Tease.
- Incest Subtext: At least in the anime with her cousin/twin sister Misaki. Intertwined Fingers, feeding each other, wrestling in the bed they share, wearing matching outfits, bathing together, groping each other while bathing together...
- I See Dead People: Thanks to her Doll's eye that she usually keeps covered, she can see dead people.
- Magical Eye: Her Doll's eye can see the "color of death" on dead people or people that is about to die.
- Male Gaze: Minor, but many shots with her and Kouichi show in his POV staring at her legs and skirt area.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Her Doll's eye is green, in contrast to her red right eye. Said Doll's eye can see the color of death.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name is pronounced "May." Similar to the month Kouichi started school in class 3-3.
- Mistaken for Murderer: When Takako dies trying to kill Mei, Mei takes the knife out of her hands, just as Izumi walks in. Izumi seeing the knife in Mei's hand and Takako's corpse instantly believes that not only is Mei the extra, but also thinks she stabbed and hung Takako.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In-universe, just hearing her name freaks people out. Partly because of the "charm", partly because she shares the same name as the original dead student.
- Nephewism: She was adopted by her aunt Yukiyo's family due to the Fujioka family experiencing financial problems.
- Nice Girl: She may be creepy at times, but she's actually really nice. Just ask Kouichi.
- Oracular Urchin: She knows about pretty much everything that's going on, yet she only gives very vague hints that don't really help to understand the situation.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Misaki.
- Power Limiter: Wears an eyepatch because her Doll's eye can see "things that should remain unseen", even if Mei doesn't want it to.
- The Quiet One
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; she seems to be sinister at first but she's actually quite nice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kouichi's and her cousin/twin sister Misaki's Red.
- Red Right Hand: Sugiura doesn't remember Mei having an eyepatch in elementary school and comes to believe that Mei is the extra student who was resurrected incomplete.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: She's basically Rei with pitch black hair and an eye-patch resembling Rei's usual bandages, while sharing her red eye(s), deeply stoic demeanor and the overall feeling of creepy cuteness/cute creepiness exhaled.
- The Stoic: Nothing much fazes her.
- Not So Stoic: A comical example when she gets attacked by a small octopus in episode 8.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She comes off as emotionless, distant and somewhat creepy, but she's actually a nice girl.
- Un-Person: Her classmates pretend that she doesn't exist in hopes that it will prevent the Calamity from happening. It fails not only because Kouichi acknowledges her, but because the Calamity had already started with the death of her sister.
- When She Smiles: She seems to smile a lot when she gets closer to Kouichi.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Has Grade B in the 7th Episode.
Voiced by: Takurou Kitagawa (Japanese), Chris Ayres (English)Kouichi's father, a professor currently abroad in India due to research-related work. Kouichi's transfer to Yomiyama was prompted partly because this fact. He periodically keeps in touch with his son via calls to Kouichi's cellphone.
- Catch Phrase: "Hey son! You'll never believe how hot India is right now!"
- Disappeared Dad: Not really, but as mentioned he was overseas when the events of the story occur.
- Invisible Parents: He never appeared in the anime.
- The Unseen: In the anime, he never makes a physical appearance.
- Foreshadowing: His talks with Kouichi over the course of the series indirectly provides hints related to the events surrounding class 3-3's situation, particularly concerning the supposed irregularities related to the "Phenomenon".
- Voiced By: Naoko Sakakibara (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)
- Badass Teacher: She was willing to protect Mei from an angry mob, when they thought she was the extra. It comes back to bite her when Mei finds out that Reiko is the real extra and planned on killing her so Kouichi wouldn't have to. Though Kouichi ended up doing the deed anyway.
- Beautiful All Along: She's rather plain-looking normally. As Ms. Mikami, she takes off her glasses, takes down her hair and gets a makeup, practically making her look like a completely different person and way more attractive.
- Dead All Along: She is the dead person in Class 3, rather than any of the students.
- Drives Like Crazy: A mild example in episode 8.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: In the anime, she takes off her glasses when she's working as a teacher. In the manga, this is inverted and she only wears her glasses when she's a teacher instead.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Hot Teacher: She works as the assistant homeroom teacher of class 3-3. It's made clear early in the original novel and the manga, but the anime hides they are the same character until the final episode.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Played straight in the manga where she only wears her hair at the loose outside of her job. Inverted in the anime.
- Made of Iron: She was struck in the head by a wooden broom till it bled and was found crushed underneath heavy rubble. Yet she still can move and talk. Though it seems it doesn't work against a pick axe courtesy of her own nephew.
- Parental Substitute: Both the novel and the manga mention that Reiko wants to be like this to Kouichi. Not so in the anime, however.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Not even she was aware that she's actually the dead person of the class.
- Adults Are Useless
- Berserk Button: While never shown onscreen, she does not like Mei spending time with her cousin/twin sister Misaki or her aunt/biological mother in fear of Mei one day running away to her biological family.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her doll making abilities allowed her to create a replacement eye for Mei. The Doll's Eye became crucial to identifying the Extra Student.
- Convenient Miscarriage: She had a stillbirth twelve years previously. Because of this and the Fujioka family's financial problems, Mei was adopted by Yukiyo's family.
- Parental Neglect: She doesn't know or care about anything Mei does. Nor does she interfere in her life except for certain things.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her right eye.
- Pen Name: Uses the pseudonym Kirika for her job as a doll maker.
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (Japanese)Mei's deceased cousin.
- Death by Origin Story
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: She's actually Mei's twin sister. Shortly after their birth, Mei was adopted by their aunt after the latter's stillbirth.
- The Gadfly: She tells a guy who was trying to hit on her the story about how meeting someone's doppelgänger (look-alike) brings bad luck, knowing her identical cousin/twin sister Mei will arrive soon. She laughs as he freaks out and runs away when Mei appears. The moment also serves as foreshadowing for the rest of the OVA, especially because Misaki dies by the end of it.
- Genki Girl
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Suffers from leukemia and eventually dies because of it.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She finds things that any other person would normally find weird and ugly "cute".
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Mei. She is more outgoing and cheerful than her sister. And even used Mei's condition to playfully scare a boy that approached her.
- Posthumous Character: She died a month before the start of the series.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Mei's blue.
Voiced by: Sayuri Sadaoka (Japanese), Vicki Barosh (English)Mei's grandaunt, who works at the Misaki doll shop as a receptionist.
Class 3- 3
- Bishōnen: In the manga. The anime gives him a more masculine design.
- Childhood Friends: With Kazami
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Akazawa.
- Dumb Jock: He's said to like sports, and that his school grades aren't very good.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kazami, and Mochizuki in the anime.
- In-Series Nickname: Teshi
- Lovable Jock
- My God, What Have I Done?: Reacts this way after he thinks he's killed Kazami.
- Nice Guy: He's a little hotheaded at times, but his heart's in the right place.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- In Episode 9, he broke the tape that was supposed to help them stop the curse. Subverted since they were able to fix it later and hear it in full.
- Happens again when he thought that Kazami was the extra and pushed him off the balcony, believing he killed him and causing Kazami to snap.
- Nonuniform Uniform
- Plucky Comic Relief: As much as one can be in a horror story, and even then it wears off as the body count rises.
- Shipper on Deck: For Kouichi and Mei.
- Those Two Guys: With Kazami and later Mochizuki.
- Ax-Crazy: While most of the class went batshit insane in episode 11, this guy takes it Up to Eleven in episode 12.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the anime; he's introduced early on, then doesn't show up again until Episode 10 due to being Demoted to Extra.
- Childhood Friends: With Teshigawara.
- Class Representative
- Death by Adaptation: First thought to be killed after Teshigawara pushes him off a balcony (a cliff in the manga), but survives. Actually happens in the finale of the anime.
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime. Despite being one of Kouchi's friends and a member of the mystery-solving gang in the manga, he's pretty much sent off-screen right after the beginning of the anime.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teshigawara.
- Not Quite Dead: After falling from a two story balcony and being assumed dead he's able to get up and start walking around again with little problem. In the manga at least he suffers a head wound and has to be carried by Teshigawara.
- Sanity Slippage: In the anime, he starts killing off other students in a desperate attempt to find the extra.
- Ship Tease: Episode 12 hints that he might have had affections for Yukari Sakuragi.
- Those Two Guys: With Teshigawara until his death.
- Tranquil Fury: He acts completely stoic when killing the other students to determine who the extra is. However upon meeting Kouichi during his massacre he flies off the handle. It turns out the reason why, is he holds Kouichi responsible for Yukari's death.
Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teshigawara in the anime.
- Hot for Teacher: Apparently has a crush on Ms. Mikami.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He was the one responsible for letting the countermeasures group listen to Matsunaga's confession, unintentionally leading to the whole school becoming an angry mob against Mei.
- Nightmare Fetishist: A mild version. He likes Edvard Munch's "The Scream" because he feels uneasy when he looks at it.
- Tareme Eyes: As a rather shy and more mild-mannered student, he has these.
- Those Two Guys: With Teshigawara near the end.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 6, he took the entire art club with him for the sole purpose of keeping them away from Mei and Koucihi who was earlier the second Un-Person. Since said club members acknowledged Mei, it was obvious they weren't part of class 3-3.
Voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa (Japanese), Jessica Boone (English)
- Ascended Extra: She's a very minor character in the original novel, but is given a larger role in the manga and anime.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: It was a lightning strike that caused the glass to skewer her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She tends to shoot a Death Glare at Mei whenever the other girl is around Kouichi. This isn't helped by the fact that she doesn't like Mei to begin with.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Since the beginning, she has had the feeling that she has met Kouichi somewhere before, but she can't remember where or when. Turns out she did meet him a few years prior to the story. The forgetfulness is justified since Kouichi was only in Yomiyama for the funeral of his aunt, a time erased from everyone's memories due to the events of the curse.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair Decorations: Her blue ribbons.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the anime.
- Irrational Hatred: She really does not like Mei.
- Meet Cute: With Kouichi as Episode 10 reveals.
- Morality Chain: To Takako, to some extent. She does not want to kill Kouichi because it would upset Izumi.
- Sanity Slippage: In the manga and anime she eventually snaps and tries to kill Mei.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga.
- Tsundere: For Kouichi and Teshigawara. You can really spot it by her twintails, Zettai Ryouiki and facial expression alone.
- Tsurime Eyes: As a Tsundere, she's bound to have these.
- Yandere: In the manga, she tells Kouichi "I will never let you go." and has shown hints at trying to get Kouichi's attention.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S.
- Class Representative
- Hair Decorations: Wears a small bow to tie part of her hair back.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: In episode 3, she trips down some stairs and lands neck-first on the metal tip of her umbrella.
- Mauve Shirt
- Nice Girl
- OOC Is Serious Business: Throughout the 3 episodes, she's been nothing but a nice girl, with a lot of questions to ask Kouichi. The only time she ever raised her voice in anger, was in episode 3 scolding Kouichi for mentioning Misaki's name. This was one of the first clues that tipped Kouichi off that Class 3-3 isn't what it seemed.
- Parasol of Pain: Her own umbrella causes her death.
- Staircase Tumble: Cruel subversion: Yukari didn't die when she slipped and fell down the school stairs... but when she got impaled through the neck with the metal tip of her umbrella.
- Tareme Eyes: She's a very sweet girl, and as such, she has these.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: She and Kouichi.
Voiced by: Shou Takano (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
- Chekhov's Gun: His death is revealed to be why the innkeeper (who is his grandmother) went insane and tried to kill the students.
- Ill Boy: Has a weak heart.
- Mauve Shirt
- Ascended Extra: She is existent in both the novel and the manga, just as a completely minor character whose only role is getting killed. In the anime she's not exactly a prominent character either, but at least she gets some action.
- Exact Words: She said she wouldn't kill Kouichi, but it doesn't stop her from beating and cutting him.
- Pet the Dog: You have to give it to her, she decided not to kill Kouichi when given a chance, because she thought he wasn't the dead one and Izumi would be sad if he died.
- Sanity Slippage
- The Stoic
- Stoic Spectacles
- Yandere: Episode 11 shows us she's got an... interesting view of her relationship with Izumi.
Voiced by: Kengo Kasai (Japanese), Houston Hayes (English)
- Mauve Shirt
- Time-Delayed Death: Died as a result of an aneurysm from an accident he had before the beach trip - he was already dead before the boat came along.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Was throwing up alot in episode 8. It later turned out it was the result of an Aneurysm.
- Ax-Crazy: Her brother's death affected her pretty badly. She even gets a Slasher Smile when hunting Mei in Episode 11.
- Canon Immigrant: She doesn't appear in the manga, and the hikikomori brother is Akazawa's brother instead.
- Groin Attack: A blink and you miss moment. She slips trying to stab Mei, only to have her land crotch first on the window sill before falling to her death.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Episode 11, when she goes Ax-Crazy and tries to kill Mei, believing her to be the extra student who caused her brother's death.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When Izumi blamed Mei for the calamity, Ogura nodded in agreement.
Voiced by: Kozo Mito (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
- Driven to Suicide: He commits suicide by violently stabbing himself repeatedly in the neck right in front of the class.
- Madness Mantra: "I'm sure you'll understand."
- The Atoner
- Badass Teacher: Don't mess with his students, even if you're a student yourself. The few times he does act he's easily able to disarm and knock down his opponents.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Teshigawara and Mochizuki from the insane landlady in Episode 12.
- Cool Old Guy
- Death by Adaptation: In the live action movie, he's killed when he gets in contact with Reiko and falls down in the flames. He returns in 2012 as the "Other," now class 3-3's teacher.
- Heroic Bystander: In the beginning he took the position of being the librarian for the sole reason of this trope. Before then he used to teach class 3-3 and was the reason why the calamity was triggered to begin with. He now takes the position as Librarian so that he wouldn't be affected by the curse, while at the same time, also provide info on it to those that needed it. He didn't actively help until the class trip.
- Messy Hair: In the anime.
- Put on a Bus: Conveniently Put On A Car during the summer trip's massacre.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He was the one that started the "Misaki's not dead." act, which triggered the Calamity.
Misaki YomiyamaThe popular honors student whose death resulted in the class 3-3 curse.
- The Ace: Charming, intelligent, sporty and popular.
- Gender-Blender Name: Misaki is rather feminine name, but boys have this name, too. This is the main reason people mistake him for a girl.
- Nice Guy
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death was what triggered the Calamity.
- Posthumous Character
Voiced by: Seiko Yoshida (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English)
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- Elevator Failure
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Her close relationship to Kouichi seems to have some undertones of this.
- Hospital Hottie
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (Japanese), Illich Guardiola (English)
- Accidental Murder: Of the dead student in his youth.
- The Alcoholic
- Ascended Extra: His role in the anime is expanded to an actual appearance outside of a flashback and a few more scenes.
- Heroic BSOD: After seeing Nakao die.
- Hero of Another Story: It's stated that he stopped the Calamity in his mid-year. By killing the extra student.
- Madness Mantra: Usually relating to how he saved his class and about the object he hid.
Voiced by: Mahiro Inoue (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
- The Confidant: To Matsunaga, as he confessed his role in stopping the Calamity.