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Characters: Ao Haru Ride
This is the Character Sheet for Ao Haru Ride.

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    Futaba's Group 

Futaba Yoshioka

Played by: Maaya Uchida (anime & drama CD), Tsubasa Honda (film)

  • Accidental Pervert: Kou's caught her unconsciously sniffing his neck a couple of times, and her first encounter with Touma resulted in her grabbing his junk.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In middle school, Futaba was ostracized by her female friends for being popular with the boys.
  • Big Eater: Futaba tends to eat a lot in public to downplay her Informed Attractiveness.
  • Big Heroic Run: Kou's fondest memory of Futaba is literally her chasing him (to save him). He even considers her as a heroine.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: In chapter 5, Futaba was supposed to take the train that would take her to the bus for the leaders' training camp. Instead, she accidentally takes the train she normally takes to get to school.
  • Does Not Like Men: In the prologue chapter, Futaba really didn't like boys. Part of why Kou caught her attention was because he hadn't hit puberty at that time and was thus "different."
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the middle school Flash Back, Futaba's hair was shoulder-length and seemed more like a long bob cut.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Futaba's initial struggles was trying to find True Companions.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Futaba is described as being attractive, but it's hard to tell with how the rest of the characters are drawn.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Futaba exploits this trope by intentionally acting "unladylike" so she would come off as unattractive to the boys.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Futaba's hair color leans towards pink, and she largely remains optimistic and caring towards her friends.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Futaba refuses to acknowledge that she still has feelings for Kou after she begins dating Touma.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: In middle school, Futaba was popular with the boys, and that led the girls in the class to cutting her off from their group.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: From her character file, Tarako pasta.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Yeah, Futaba? Telling Yui not to hang out with Kou anymore wasn't a good idea.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Futaba becomes inspired to make the most of her life and seize whatever opportunities she can after she reunites with Kou.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Futaba feels this way about hanging out with Kou while dating Touma.

Kou Mabuchi

Played by: Yuuki Kaji (anime & drama CD), Masahiro Higashide (film)

Kou is Futaba's First Love from middle school until he transferred school without notice. Upon re-entering Futaba's life, he's become jaded.

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Kou is very academically gifted, and actually spent the majority of his middle school years studying. However, after his mother's death, he loses a lot of his motivation. When Futaba first meets him again in high school, he was in the advanced program until he drops back into the mainstream program.
  • Broken Bird: The divorce of his parents and the death of his mother have shaken Kou up rather tremendously, so much that Futaba barely recognizes him when they reunite.
  • The Cameo: Kou makes a cameo appearance in the crossover for Hirunaka No Ryuusei and Heroine Shikkaku, drawn for Margaret's 50th anniversary.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kou's parents get divorced when he is in middle school, and he spends the majority of middle school studying so he could get a good job in the future to support his mother, so much that he wasn't able to spend much time with her himself. Then she dies.
  • Deadpan Snarker Kou tends to be sarcastic around Futaba and Kominato.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Kou doesn't feel comfortable when Futaba calls him "Tanaka-kun" like she did back in middle school, leading her to calling him on a First Name Basis.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He hates celery.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the middle school Flash Back, Kou's hair was shorter.
  • First Love: One of the first things official material loves to point out about Kou is that he plays a big role in Futaba's life as her first love.
  • Grumpy Bear: Out of the group, Kou is the most reluctant to participate in their plans.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: In flashbacks of Kou's middle school years, he generally seemed relaxed and got along with everyone (if not a bit shy). After his mother dies, he loses a lot of motivation in school, family, and even social life.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kou often says things to Futaba that are downright pessimistic, but he really does care about her and tries to see her plans through.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Kou adopts a kitten and he often plays around with him at home.
  • Missing Mom: Kou's mother is dead.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In Ore Ride, the Cross Over with Ore Monogatari, Kou has a "Freaky Friday" Flip with Takeo. Takeo himself is the complete opposite of Kou, and his antics in Kou's body causes Futaba and the others to be very suspicious about him.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kou's parents divorced when he was in middle school, and all he had left was his mother, who later died. Subverted in the fact that when Kou moves in to live with his father and brother, his family really tries to be there for him, but he's still uncomfortable around them.
  • Solomon Divorce: When his parents divorced, he went to live with his mother.
  • Sour Supporter: During the camping trip, he's the least excited about the activities.
  • Stepford Smiler: Kou laughs and jokes around his classmates, but only Futaba and Kominato really see his more unguarded moments.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: From his character file, chicken nanban (fried chicken seasoned with vinegar and tartar sauce).
  • Tsundere: Big time. This is even pointed out by Yuki Kaji and Maaya Uchida. He's a big type A, where he tends to act "pricky" (tsuntsun) and is secretly "deredere", like when he stood up for Futaba in the cafeteria.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kou is nothing like how Futaba remembered him from middle school.
  • When He Smiles: Kou seldom smiles, and when he does manage to laugh from the bottom of his heart, Futaba feels as though she's one step closer to seeing through his heart.

Yuuri Makita

Played by: Ai Kayano (anime & drama CD), Izumi Fujimoto (film)

Yuuri is Futaba's classmate and shares a similar past of being liked by the boys and hated by the girls. However, unlike Futaba, Yuuri doesn't mind her unpopularity with the girls in the class. She later becomes one of Futaba's True Companions in high school.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Yuuri really wants the best for Futaba because she was the only girl in her class who didn't treat her with contempt.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yuuri is very protective of her friends and hates seeing them hurt. She also hasn't forgiven Kominato for taking her cupcake during the leadership training.
  • The Cutie: Yuuri is very popular with the boys for being cute, but is accused by Alpha Bitch Asumi for being The Fake Cutie.
  • Does Not Like Spam: From her character file, raisins.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Futaba calls out Asumi and Chie for treating Yuuri horribly, Yuuri counters them by humiliating them in front of the entire class.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: In the beginning of the story, Yuuri often ate lunch by herself outside in the cold weather.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Yuuri gives up her crush on Kou, but it's really Futaba who she wants to be happy, as she treasures their friendship more than her crush on Kou.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Yuuri was ostracized by the girls in the class for being popular with the boys in the beginning of the story.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Yuuri doesn't get off to a good start with Kominato at first because he takes her cupcake during the leadership camp when she had planned on saving it for later. She's cool with him now, but is still affected by it, since she tells him off for doing it again during the school trip to Nagasaki.
  • Second Love: Becomes a Beta Couple with Uchimiya!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: From her character file, lasagna.

Shuuko Murao

Played by: Mikako Komatsu (anime & drama CD), Yua Shinkawa (film)

Shuuko is a lone wolf who doesn't like socializing with others after her experiences in middle school but is deeply attached to Tanaka. She later befriends Futaba and Yuuri.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Shuuko comes off as very uncaring, especially to those who don't know her that well. Also, she's often colored with darker tones in her hair, like black and purple.
  • Brutal Honesty: Shuuko really doesn't mince her words, and it's this quality of hers that caused her to be ignored by her "friends" in middle school.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She tends to snark around Kou and Kominato.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially the only person Shuuko was outwardly kind to was Tanaka, but she later accepts Futaba and Yuuri as her friends.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: When Futaba tries to talk to her in the beginning of the series, she puts on her earphones, signaling that she doesn't feel like talking to her.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Shuuko had no friends until Futaba and Yuuri befriend her.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In middle school, Shuuko was ostracized by the girls in class for sticking up for one girl who later did a Face-Heel Turn on her. Since then, she's never tried to befriend anyone and starts to hate school. In the beginning of the series, all the girls avoid her because she looks mean.
  • Purple Is The New Black: In manga artwork, Shuuko's hair is sometimes colored purple.
  • Secret Keeper: Shuuko's the only one who knows that Tanaka has a Beauty Mark on his eyelid.
  • The Stoic: Shuuko rarely shows any emotion on her face.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Shuuko develops a crush on Tanaka.

Aya Kominato

Played by: KENN (anime & drama CD), Ryo Yoshizawa (film)

Kominato is Shuuko's cheerful classmate and has a crush on her. He also becomes The Confidant to Kou and routinely gives him advice.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Kominato fell for Shuuko when she told the boys talking behind his back to shut up. Granted she didn't do it for him, but still...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kominato was a crybaby as a kid, but took it upon himself to be a good role model for his Ill Girl little sister, Lisa.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Kominato is 1/4 French.
  • The Confidant: Kominato acts as a confidant to Kou and routinely gives him advice on how to deal with his feelings for Futaba.
  • Covert Pervert: Kominato reportedly has a stash of porno mags.
  • Does Not Like Spam: From his character file, freeze-dried tofu.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Kominato gets really jealous whenever Shuuko is nice to a guy other than himself.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Shuuko.
  • I Warned You: Kominato constantly warns Kou not to pay too much attention to Yui.
  • Large Ham: He can be this sometimes, especially when showing off to Shuuko. He's also able to say rather cheesy things and not be embarrassed.
  • Last Name Basis: Everyone calls Kominato by his last name, and the only time he has ever been called by his first name was from a family friend.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Surprisingly, for someone who's shown to have many friends in class, even Kominato has experienced this. When he was little, he was made fun of for crying a lot, and in high school, he even overheard some students complaining about his optimistic behavior.
  • Messy Hair: Kominato has naturally Quirky Curls. On one instance, Touma called him "Yakisoba head" (though since he was arguing with Kou at the same time it's unclear if he was referring to him, Kou, or both).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Kominato's favorite color is pink.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kominato is one for Kou and Futaba.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: From his character file, yakiniku.

    Touma's Group 

Touma Kikuchi

Played by: to be announced (anime), Yudai Chiba (film)

Touma is a boy from class 5 who crossed paths with Futaba during an Accidental Pervert moment. Seeing how good-hearted she is, he falls in love with her and dislikes Kou for allegedly playing with her feelings. He plays bass and provides backing vocals for his band.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Some of his classmates call him "Kiku" for short.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He doesn't like tomatoes.
  • Nice Guy: Touma is honest and considerate to people's feelings. His first appearance in the manga literally has his friends calling him a "goody-goody" for telling them not to eavesdrop on Futaba and Yuuri's conversation.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Subverted. He's the bassist for his band and is well-liked among his friends and classmates, but Futaba hasn't fallen for him.
  • The Rival: He views Kou as a rival to Futaba's affections.
  • Second Love: He tries to be this to Futaba.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves ginger-fried pork.

Haruki Uchimiya

Uchimiya is one of Touma's friends and often encourages him to go after Futaba. He's very laidback and falls in love with Yuuri. He plays guitar and lead vocals in their band.

Kishun Tachibana

Kishun is one of Touma's friends. He plays drums in their band.

    Other Characters 

Youichi Tanaka

Played by: Daisuke Hirakawa (anime & drama CD), Yuu Koyanagi (film)

Tanaka-sensei is Kou's older brother and a teacher at his school. Unlike Kou, he is very cheerful and friendly.

Yui Narumi

Played by: to be announced (anime), Mitsuki Takahata (film)

Yui is Kou's friend from middle school when he moved to Nagasaki. She was once a Genki Girl and popular at school until her father's death has left her very disillusioned. This event naturally brings her close to Kou, who has gone through the same experience, and threatened by his relationship to Futaba.

  • Accent Tropes: Since Yui grew up in Nagasaki, she speaks in Nagasaki dialect.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Yui dons a pixie haircut in the original manga, but in the live-action film, her actress has long hair.
  • Birds of a Feather: Yui is drawn to Kou because their parents were hospitalized at the same hospital and because he's gone through the same lifestyle changes as her.
  • Broken Bird: Her father's death has changed her from being a cheerful girl.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Yui feels threatened by Kou's closeness with Futaba so much that she tries to make him stick by her at all times.
  • Does Not Like Spam: From her character file, peanuts.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Yui wants someone to be there for her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Futaba gets on Yui's bad side when she basically tells her (in nice terms) that it's her fault that Kou is unhappy. Yui tells her (within reason) that she has no right to decide what she considers "best" for Kou.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She was the one who broke Kou out of his shell when he first transferred into her school.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Yui tries to stop Kou and Futaba from getting closer by guilt-tripping him to stay with her and forcing him to give up on Futaba. Subverted in the fact that Kou had known this the entire time, but still willingly went along with it because he felt sorry for her.
  • Parental Abandonment: Yui's parents are divorced. Dad died; Mom didn't want to take care of her. She now lives with her aunt and uncle.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Yui doesn't want Kou to leave her, because she has no one else she can trust.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: From her character file, fried chicken.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In Kou's flashbacks of when he moved to Nagasaki, Yui was a Genki Girl and was popular with the other students in class. All of that disappeared after her father's death.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Yui uses her weaknesses to get Kou's attention, which he's aware of.

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