Character Development: Stops getting into pointless fights and starts to enjoy school more as the manga progresses. It eventually pays off.
After his accidental kiss with Shizuru, he realizes that annoying as they may be to him, the girls still have delicate feelings, so he makes an effort to at least keep that in mind whenever he interacts with them.
The Masochism Tango: Discussed. Fujimura states that he doesn't like being called a "virgin face" because only a masochistic person would like it. Himuro is surprised at this, because as she points out to him, the way he keeps acting like gentleman after Eriko and the others mess with him is the very definition of masochism. Fujimura realizes that he can't really disprove this.
Sometimes he can be just as childish and petty as Shizuru or Himuro. Given the crap he has to put up with, it's understandable.
His actions in the aftermath of his forgotten first meeting with Eriko shows that there is some similarity between the two of them, much to his horror.
Oblivious to Love: Played with. While he does notice his suitor's affections, he's very clueless to aspects of romance, which Himuro lampshades.
When in an obviously tender moment, Eri says that his accidental kiss with Shizuru doesn't change her feelings for him, he angrily says that she has no shame. He is confused to as why Eri starts crying.
He then asks Subaru if it was necessary for Eriko to cry about such a thing such as an accidental kiss. Subaru pretty much has to spell it out to him that no girl would be okay with the person they love kissing someone else.
Abhorrent Admirer: Unlike most examples, none of them are physically ugly — Subaru is the school's idol, Eriko actually ranked #1 in the school's "Bishoujo rankings" due to her quiet and mysterious personality, and even Shizuru is reasonably attractive. However, Subaru often frightens Fujimura with some of her remarks, he openly laments that Eriko would be reasonably attractive if she just kept her mouth shut, and he has little patience for Shizuru's stupidity.
Cloudcuckoolander: All three frequently make baffling, and often times, disturbing leaps in logic. Tellingly, Shizuru seems to be the one that's most grounded in reality.
Foil: Later chapters reveal that Subaru and Eriko are ones to each other. Each girl thinks that the way how the other acts is the ideal example of how a "cute girl" should act — after she reformed, Subaru tried to change her image into that of a cute girl by using Eri as an example. In one chapter when Eri has to pretend to be Fujimura's cute girlfriend, she mimics Subaru to a T.
Marry Them All: Their end goal. They manage to reach it thanks to Himuro.
Polyamory: All of them have no problem with sharing Fujimura, despite his wishes for otherwise.
Unwanted Harem: Fujimura has to deal with brushing off their romantic pursuits. Somehow, even unbeknownst to him, they become not-so-unwanted, complete with a fourth member in tow.
"Fujimura is Eri's Bride."
The main heroine and Fujimura's first girlfriend. While appearing as a stoic, mysterious person to those who don't know her, Eriko is evidently a Lovable Sex Maniac who tries to interpret every situation with Fujimura as a perverted one and also has a disturbing obsession with beans. Eriko is...strange, to say the least, but she has good intentions and manages to convince him to come back to school.
A-Cup Angst: She's hesitant to go into a swimsuit because of this.
While she annoys him to no end, Eriko genuinely does care about Fujimura as a friend. In the first chapter she says that her reason for going so far to convince him to come back to school is because she wants to show him that school can be a fun place. Fujimura even notes that she was the first person to do so.
She really is quite knowledgeable about different types of beans.
If the summer vacation arc is anything to go by, Eriko is a lot less weird and more rational than she originally appears. Her flashback to when she first met Fujimura further cements this.
The arc where she and Fujimura end up at a love hotel shows that despite her perverted tendencies, she can actually be quite shy.
She's also revealed to be scarily good at imitating people.
Nosebleed: Quite a lot when thinking of a perverted situation.
OOC Is Serious Business: A lot of her "elopement" with Fujimura involved her apologizing a lot for her inappropriate behavior, taking care not to disturb others on the train and generally not acting like herself. It was eventually revealed that she had a very high fever.
She all but directly stated that she'd enjoy it when Himuro threatened to tie her up.
When Himuro jokes that her "Test of Courage" will probably make Fujimura and the others piss their pants, she just gets more excited.
Twisting the Words: Will undoubtedly construe anything Fujimura says as something perverted.
"Where am I?"
The student council president and Fujimura's third girlfriend. She's the only admirer of Fujimura's that regularly acknowledges the absurdity of the antics of others, which you'd think would win her major points in Fujimura's book. Unfortunately, since she's a very ditzy girl and often ends up in joining in the shenanigans that the others pull anyways, it doesn't really help that much.
The Chew Toy: Whenever something bad or humiliating happens in the manga, it's usually to her.
No Sense of Direction: Constantly gets lost, whether if it's in understandable situations such as in the mall, or inexplicable ones, such as getting lost on her way home from school. It's to the point that Himuro puts a tracker on her uniform, with her consent.
Later chapters show that it extends further than just losing her way: she once had to work part-time to pay her summer school fees because she lost the money her parents gave her.
Not so Above It All: Probably the funniest thing about Shizuru is that she's aware that Eri and Subaru think of weird, crazy and downright irrational schemes...yet she still joins in on them anyways. In fact it might just make her participation worse than the both of them.
Pointy-Haired Boss: While far more benevolent to the rest of the student council than Himuro, there's still the problem that she's incompetent, childish, and makes more work for her subordinates (ie. Himuro) because she's often very clueless as to what her job entails.
Wrong Genre Savvy: It's like the only time the manga tries to take itself seriously is when Shizuru tries to break the fourth wall.
In Chapter 5 she tells Fujimura of her plan to make everyone see him as a good person. Fujimura points out that her voice was way too loud and now everyone knows that it's staged, making it useless.
In Chapter 23 she starts making an inner monologue about how there's something special between her and Fujimura. Since it's an inner monologue, nobody else hears her and Fujimura wonders why she's gone quiet all of a sudden. She angrily says that Fujimura should be able to hear it since he can hear background character's "inner voice" easily.
The school's idol. Becomes Fujimura's second girlfriend, because according to her, she liked him ever since he rescued her in the past. While she's a sweet girl, she has some anger issues and makes some ominous sayings that there might be some sour in that personality of hers. It's eventually revealed that she was a feared delinquent that once bullied a girl Fujimura saved, meaning that when she said Fujimura rescued her, she really meant that he rescued her from going down a dark path.
Be Yourself: One-half of her character development. Thanks to Fujimura, she learns not to be afraid if your tastes doesn't match with the norm's.
Beware the Nice Ones: It's very rare for her to get upset, but if you're pissing her off she will definitely make you know.
Composite Character: Subaru is pretty much if you combine Shizuru and Eriko and brought them down from a level of exaggeration. This has the effect of highlighting Eri and Shizuru's traits; while she's definitely loony, she's not quite on the level of Eri, but on the other hand while she can be rational, she won't ever step in and play the Straight Man role like Shizuru.
Green-Eyed Monster: She's very envious of how Eri can be a "regular cute girl", while she, as a reformed delinquent, can only try to act like one.
Hidden Depths: If what Aki had heard of her is anything to go by, it was already established that Subaru enjoyed doing school idol activities long before she decided to give up delinquency.
She likes heroic movies over romantic ones, doesn't like wearing dresses and actually finds things such as manners and polite speech to be very bothersome.
On a more serious note, despite her outward confidence, Subaru actually has deep self-image and self-loathing issues.
I Hate Past Me: Deconstructed. While Fujimura's comment inspired her to become a cute girl, Subaru also created her school idol identity to get away from her delinquent past. The problem is that she becomes so obsessed with keeping up her new identity that she's willing to suppress some of her good qualities just because they don't match up with that of a regular "cute girl", making herself miserable in the process.
The Knights Who Say Squee: She's very honored to meet Aki, the original leader of her delinquent gang. So much, that in her fit of fangirlism and reverence, Fujimura has to remind her that she's supposed to be pretending to be a school idol.
Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Played with. Probably the only thing normal about Helmet and Inui is how they act as members of the student councilnote While patrolling the city is abnormal for a student council, the school rules actually encourage them to do so.. However, Himuro clearly operates on her own levels of protocols (and morals).
Fetish: Loves wearing different helmets, the girl that he claims to like is one who wears spiked wristguards and a helmet, admits to Fujimura that he has no interests in porn where the girls aren't wearing helmets...yeah, it's definitely this.
No Name Given: The mangaka even said he couldn't bother thinking up a name for him.
Outdated Outfit: He always wears a spiked shoulder pad and an old horned helmet for unexplained reasons.
Subverted in one chapter when he changes into more normal samurai armor... oh, wait.
And also subverted at the T-800 inn where he changes into a ninja outfit...wait a sec.
Finally subverted for real when he's spotted in casual summer wear in Chapter 65.
The Reveal: A lot of intrigue was built up to as what he looked like without his helmet on ever since he had a censor mosaic over his hair when Fujimura walked in on him at the bath. Then in Chapter 65 he's seen in normal clothes for once, and while he's wearing a baseball cap you can see that his hair is just a regular buzzcut.
Claudia Chiiko Inui
"I daresay! Big breasts are love!"
The female class representative in Fujimura's class. A half-British, half-Japanese girl.
Fauxreigner: Arguably knows even less English than her classmates, despite being born and raised in England. No wonder why her family moved back to Japan.
Gratuitous Japanese/Engrish: Whenever she speaks English it's either used in the wrong context or just doesn't make any sense, and a lot of her Japanese dialogue sounds like if it's cribbed from anime or videogames. In her defense, it is heavily implied that she learned most of her Japanese from Helmet.
Fujimura:OI, WHO THE HELL TAUGHT THIS GIRL JAPANESE!I can't understand her at all!
Helmet: Don't think, just feel.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The nicest character in the series. Outside of school she's always seen "protecting the city" by helping others and playing with the neighborhood kids who look up to her.
Hypocritical Humor: Calls people "yankees" and "gaijins", despite being half-Japanese and living in England for most of her life.
Obfuscating Stupidity: In Chapter 76, it's revealed that she's become the leader of Subaru's old gang. However, it's later subverted; Inui didn't become leader by beating them up, but by convincing them to change their ways.
"President...could you please learn something called competence?"
The student council vice-president. She often acts as Shizuru's caretaker, despite being much younger than the latter. Even so, at times it's implied that she might be possibly crazier than Shizuru, with her often making very ominous threats and her penchant to drop anyone who displeases her in council meetings through a trapdoor below where they sit. And that's not even mentioning the numerous traps she's installed around the entire city.
Armor-Piercing Question: Directly asks Fujimura if he doesn't have any romantic feelings for Shizuru. Fujimura doesn't really have a response.
Enfante Terrible/Kids Are Cruel: By her father's words and her own admission, she's mellowed out from when she was younger. Fujimura and the reader can only shudder at the thought of what she used to be.
Everyone Has Standards: Himuro has no problems with treating Shizuru like a guinea pig, dropping people down trap doors for small offenses and being mean to others with little provocation. However, when Chika asks her for Fujimura's personal information just so she can get Eriko to "break up" with him, she's very reluctant in doing so.
Iron Lady: In the distant finale, it's revealed that she replaced the traditional parliamentary system and became president of Japan.
Karma Houdini: Realizes from very early that Fujimura and pretty much everyone else in the manga fears her, so she milks this for all its worth.
Not so Above It All: Despite being wise beyond her years, Himuro's age shows whenever she sometimes take part in the insanity.
When she asked Shizuru how it felt to kiss somebody, she was writing down notes. It's actually kind of adorable.
Pet the Dog: While Himuro can be a jerk, she's not inhuman.
She may threaten her parents but it's clear that she does love them.
As much as she berates her, she still supports Shizuru in becoming Fujimura's girlfriend and for the most part gives helpful advice to her, even though it doesn't benefit her much. She also agreed to still being friends after Shizuru left the student council.
She takes a lot of pleasure in messing with Fujimura's head, but she took it upon herself to fix Fujimura's bad reputation so that Shizuru can make him the new student council president with no public outcry.
While she understands his situation, she's also a girl and sympathizes with the harem; she points out to Fujimura that he can't keep up this polygamous relationship thing forever and it's only fair to them that he picks one of them soon. Though, the polygamous relationship was Himuro's fault in the first place...
She also considers Himuro as a good mentor to learn from. Even Himuro seems to be startled at this development.
It Runs in the Family: Apparently Eriko isn't the only person who twists people's words into something perverted and doesn't listen to people.
And it's implied that their grandmother is the exact same way.
Kissing Cousins: What she wants. Unfortunaftely for her, Eri has a one track mind.
Shadow Archetype: To Eriko; both of them hear what they want to hear from people, don't listen to when people are telling them otherwise and have an unhealthy devotion to one person. Chika doesn't listen to anyone to the point where even Eri finds her to be a nuisance, and while Eri knows her boundaries, Chika takes her devotion to a level where she does things that even Himuro is uncomfortable with
Stalker with a Crush: She unashamedly admits to the gang that she stalks her own cousin...then they find out that she isn't even aware what the word "stalking" means. She originally thought that the "king" in the word "stalking" actually referred to the royalty position...yes, it's as weird as it sounds.
Cool Big Sis: Where she lacks in sanity, she makes up for it in kindness.
Failed a Spot Check: The first time she meets Shizuru and Himuro, they appear to be trying to break into her family's house. She then gives a character introduction to them, despite them being a case study on how not to make a good first impression to someone
Hidden Depths: If you met her in the street, would the first thought that comes to your head be that she works at a videogame company?
Once, when she was small, big sis tripped over and scraped her knee, and our parents said "Aki, you're the world's strongest child, so don't cry okay?". Then she said "I'm going to find someone stronger than me" and left the house...
When she recalls all the things that she heard about Subaru when she was still a delinquent, she says she wants to test her greatness, saying "Come at me with all you have". She was talking about fighting her in a videogame.
Red Baron/I Have Many Names: "Aki The Harvester", "Aki Saburou the Lone Ranger", "Aki the Evil Spirit", "The Invulnerable Outlaw", "Stunner Aki-chan"...as Fujimura points out, a lot of these aren't very good delinquent nicknames.
The Reveal: The gang that Subaru had controlled in middle school was originally started by Aki. And it had spanned six previous generations of students before Subaru became the leader. Not even Fujimura was aware of this.
Sand in My Eyes: Tries to pass off tears of joy over Fujimura's relationship technically not being impure as "saliva running out of her eyes". Everyone is clearly disgusted.
Shadow Archetype: To Subaru. In the true Jungian tradition, Aki represents both Subaru's flaws (She was an even greater delinquent than Subaru and feared to the point where her name was known across Japan) and her potential to be a better person, as Aki managed to reform her delinquent ways, cares deeply for her friends and family and managed to live her life the way she wanted to — which is everything that Subaru wishes to be.
Tranquil Fury: When she found out about Fujimura's "triple-timing".
Fujimura's best friend from middle school, who comes to visit during summer vacation.
Foil: To Fujimura without a doubt. Tanaka's all for romantic pursuits but it took him three years to get a girlfriend. Meanwhile Fujimura makes absolutely no effort to look for romance, yet has to deal with three people considering themselves his girlfriend. To further drive the point home, his hairstyle is the same as Fujimura's only colored black.
Odd Friendship: He's also good friends with Helmet. Though, the more he spends time with Fujimura and the gang, it's not really all that odd why he'd be friends with him.