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Characters: K-On!
Characters from K-On!.

When in doubt, every character on this page possess the following tropes:
  • Adorkable: This series is called a invoked moe series because the Light Music club is full of adorable girls.
  • The Beatles: The first-four members of Hokago Tea Time are widely regarded as expies of the Beatles band by fandom. See the Gender Flipped entry under each character for more details.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The only ones who likely get any consistent practice are Mio, Mugi and Azusa, but they are rarely together, so they tend to be uncoordinated, and much of the time they spend together is on tea and cake, and neither Azusa nor Mio are above it all. But despite these, they're actually really good when they perform.
  • A Spot Of Tea: The solution to all of life's problems... thanks Mugi-chan!!
  • Sweet Tooth: The other solution to all of life's problems... except getting fat in the case of Mio and Mugi.
  • True Companions
  • Womanchild: By the second manga, all founding members of Hokago Teatime are adult women attending college. Emotionally, on the other-hand, they are still quite innocent and adorable children.

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     Band Members 

Band Members

Yui Hirasawa

Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese) and Stephanie Sheh (English)
First character introduced and stays the primary viewpoint character throughout the series. She's the lead guitarist as well as the main vocalist.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She is implied to have a mild form of this ability, picking up guitar and really any other instrument far faster than should be possible.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: taken literally in Episode 8 when she proves immune to nerves after finding a 100 yen coin on the stage.
  • Big Eater: And never gets fat for it, much to the dismay and envy of Mio and Mugi. In the song Ichigo Parfait ga Tomaranai, she likens herself to a black hole when it comes to sweets.
  • Book Dumb: Yui focuses so much on learning how to play her new guitar that she ends up badly flunking her midterm. Later averted when she wises up, studies and passes with full marks. (Sadly, it seems that her brain can't handle multitasking, and she forgets how to play the guitar.)
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Yui is an airhead most of the time, but she can learn things pretty quickly once she puts her mind to it. Even Asuza, who's trained for years, is amazed at how good she is with the guitar, such as being able to tune it without an auto-tuner.
  • The Cast Show Off: Stephanie Sheh's skill with speaking Japanese is employed thoroughly throughout the series, most obviously in the auxiliary verbs song she sings in Episode 8 of Season 2.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's very very easily distracted. Also, each time she focuses on something new, she can literally forget almost everything else: when she was forced to study for a makeup test she temporarily forgot how to play the guitar afterwards.
    • Unexpectedly, she tends to be the one who thinks about practical matters: e.g., how much their training trip will cost (ep 4), or whether they're actually allowed to use the club room as they please (ep 5). She's also the first one to recognize Sawako (ep 5).
  • Companion Cube: Her obsession with "Giita" gets almost creepy at times, if sometimes downright impractical: letting Giita wear clothes and be rolled around in bed at night is going to do a number on its strings' lifespan.
    • It's even lampshaded in-series, with one side character noting that she treats it like a boyfriend.
  • Covert Pervert: She fantasizes about getting slapped with a big wad of cash… but then again who wouldn't?
  • Cuddle Bug: Generally towards Azusa, but also to everyone she's close to.
    Azusa (watching Jun receive her first glomp from Yui): "I see Jun's undergoing her baptism by Yui-Senpai."
    • In university, Yui has found her new victim: Akira.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: That's exactly the first opinion Ritsu gave to Yui.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In season 2 - episode 8, club members try to imagine what job Yui could do later. Her ditziness always ends up messing things up.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Ui's responsible.
  • Gender Flipped: Of John Lennon, sharing his talent, goofy eccentricity, not to mention the kind-heart and quirky optimism of his later years. Thankfully, she does not share his traumatic and dysfunctional childhood, nor the downright nasty and egotistical personality of his younger days.
  • Genius Ditz: Azusa's years of experience with the guitar sets up Yui as this by contrast. For example, when Yui sees Azusa's electronic guitar tuner, the audience learns that Yui doesn't know what a tuner is, but she has perfect pitch, and can tune her guitar perfectly by ear. Of course, she has no idea what perfect pitch is.
    • In her class, she may not do so well, but she can play a guitar just like she's ringing a bell... er, playing the castanets.
      • And when she focuses in the task, she can get excellent grades.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hair Decorations
  • Idiot Hero
  • Idiot Savant: A musical version. Yui is usually air-headed, but can perfectly pitch a guitar just based on its sound. Though being a Genius Ditz, she knows neither what perfect pitch actually is nor what a tuner is for (achieving exactly that, perfect pitch).
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • Kindhearted Simpleton
  • Large Ham: Yui is either 100% happy or 100% sad, there is no middle ground.
  • Lost Food Grievance: She sees taking the strawberry as equivalent to taking its crown, or even its heart or its very soul.
  • Nice Girl
  • The Nicknamer: Her guitar becomes "Giita", Tsumugi becomes "Mugi-chan", Ritsu becomes "Ricchan", Azusa becomes "Azu-nyan", Sawako becomes "Sawa-chan-sensei", and Mio's bass becomes "Elizabeth". Also, in the "extra" episode of the first season, she calls her pair of gloves "Tebukuro-chan".
  • Not Herself: She undergoes a personality about-face due to a fever during the college arc.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: How her bandmates apparently see her. Based on the way the band introduces her in the last cultural festival concert, and what Azusa says in the manga while tearfully begging her seniors to not leave her, the quality about Yui they like best is her ability to boost their morale.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Azusa and Nodoka's blue.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Sweet Tooth: Which gets abused relentlessly to seduce her into joining the club. And even after that Mugi seems to be keeping a lot of sweets handy for whenever the band needs Yui to do something. (Mugi seems to believe that sweets are the solution to all problems.)
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Sawako notes that it's no fun forcing Yui to wear a Sexy Santa Dress because "she has no sense of embarrassment."
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Early on in the manga, before the author switched her over to Proper Tights with a Skirt.

Ritsu Tainaka

Voiced by: Satomi Sato (Japanese) and Cassandra Lee (English)
Club president and drummer who has has problems following her responsibilities.

Mio Akiyama

Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese) and Cristina Valenzuela (English)
The extremely shy bassist and backup vocalist whenever Yui can't sing.
  • Absurd Phobia: Many.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Like Azumanga Daioh's Sakaki, she subverts the usual stereotype.
  • Author Avatar: To a degree. While not much is known about Kakifly, he did publish a photo of his instrument collection in the first manga volume, showing off several left-handed bass guitars.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Sachi in the university.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The Tsukkomi to Ritsu's Boke. She even administers dope slaps when appropriate.
  • Character Tic: Before beginning a performance, she always holds her guitar pick in her mouth and flips her hair back over her shoulder.
  • The Chew Toy: Her fears and anxieties get milked for all they're worth, especially by Ritsu and Sawako. Sometimes she could really use a hug.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ritsu.
  • Comfort Food: She takes to munching on Pocky after Akira made fun of their band name. Ritsu warns about gaining weight from this.
  • Cry Cute: Tries so hard to be mature and serious... fails so adorably.
  • Does Not Like Men: In the manga, she famously shouted "Men are animals!" when she thought Ritsu had a boyfriend.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Face of the Band: Most triumphant in-universe example... much to her dismay.
  • Fainting: With the subtypes Emotional (when she has anxiety attacks) and Monster (when she gets too scared).
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: She'll go through every effort to move on from the Panty Shot incident, but her friends and Sawako won't let her. When she tried to prevent Azusa from seeing it, she was promptly restrained.
  • Gender Flipped: Of Paul McCartney, right down to his obsession with keeping order and penchant for writing sickeningly-sweet love song lyrics. And yes, just like McCartney she is considered the cutest/most-beautiful member of the band, on both sides of the fourth wall in this case.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Freaks out when Ritsu just shows her the cover of a DVD.
  • Going to See the Elephant: Mio is unexpectedly the most excited about going to Summer Fest out of all the members in the club.
  • Gray Eyes
  • Hime Cut
  • Irony: For someone who thinks men are animals, her lyrics sure are heavy on the theme of confessing to a boy or hoping to be noticed by a boy...
  • Lead Bassist: Type A, B and C.
  • Lost Food Grievance: The poor girl breaks down and starts crying once her strawberry is taken. At least Mugi apologized...
  • Moe: In-universe: Yui and Ritsu think she's extremely cute when she wears a Meido outfit and when she cries.
    Yui and Ritsu: "Moe Moe Kyun~!"
    • Also, her lyrics are so sickeningly sweet Ritsu and Sawako can't handle it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: To her horror, this is exploited mercilessly by Sawako (and to a lesser extent, Ritsu) for the sake of the band's publicity; what can she do when she is a beautiful, shy, classically Japanese looking girl with criminally sexy proportions and yet oh so painfully adorable whenever her attempts to try looking cool ends in tears?
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: At first, Mio believes this to be true, since she has anxiety issues and is content with being in the background. Unfortunately for her, this backfires spectacularly (see Ms. Fanservice above) and she becomes the Face of the Band.
  • Not So Above It All: After having been all business while scolding Yui and Ritsu again and again on the Kyoto trip, she finally cracks when they get lost and run into Nodoka's group... and she starts laughing hysterically!
    • This led to some speculation that this marks a turning point in her development, now that the band's voice of reason has been transferred to their adorable kohai Azusa.
  • Only Sane Woman: Before Azusa came and took over that role.
  • Palm-on-Cheek Pose: To be expected for such a shy girl.
  • Panty Shot: How she gained her Instant Fan Club... much to her horror.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Oh yeah!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ritsu's red.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She's been forced into her share of costumes, not to mention tripping over a cord and landing in a panty-exposing position during the band's first performance in front of the whole school.
  • Shrinking Violet: Approaching Fragile Flower levels. Shy around strangers and suffers crippling anxiety over performing in front of crowds. Decided to play bass so that she won't attract much attention, which backfires spectacularly when she becomes the Face of the Band.
    • Grew a Spine: In the college arc, Ayame is able to convince her to both look and feel good wearing nice clothes, which motivates her to start losing weight to fit into more cute outfits instead of from personal shame. Ritsu notes that this is probably a lot healthier for her than Sawako forcibly dressing her up (not that Ayame's intentions were pure either).
  • The Southpaw: Mio writes and plays bass with her left hand, and is keenly interested in other left-handed musicians and instruments.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She tries to be mature and above the childishness of her friends, with the emphasis on "try." But when she fails...
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Anything she writes in universe. Drives Ritsu and Sawako nuts but Yui and Mugi actually like it.
  • Tsurime Eyes: The way her eyes are drawn in the manga makes her look very much like an Expy of Lucky Star's Kagami with her hair down. Her eyes in her anime character design are still tsurime, but different in style.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Of sorts with Ritsu.
  • Weight Woe: Is very sensitive about her weight even though Ritsu implies it all goes to her breasts.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has quite a lot of phobias, but is especially terrified of blood and blisters. Ritsu repeatedly teases her about this.
    • The anime exaggerates on these, and then some more — she also earned a fear of barnacles and even the mere thought of crayfish in the bathtub.
      • The Movie ups-the-ante even further; having her suitcase delayed at the London Airport luggage-carosels gave her a traumatic fear of all things that "turn", be it the conveyer belt sushi stores, turning-lamps and even ferris wheels like the London Eye; the poor woman just dosen't have it easy.

Tsumugi "Mugi" Kotobuki

Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese) and Shelby Lindley (English)
The soft-spoken keyboardist who frequently provides tea and sweets in the middle of band practice.
  • The Ace: Tends to be competent in most of the new things she tries, although this is usually treated as a background event. Case in point: the awesome sand castles she builds in S1's Beach Episode.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: She is implied to have a crush on Sawako in episode 5; when asked about that by Ritsu though, she evades the question and this is never brought up again.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Manga Mugi is this a little.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not that they make her any less charming. They apparently run in her family, as a store attendant was able to tell who her father was just by looking at her eyebrows.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Not explicitly spoken of in either manga or anime, but there are enough hints that point to Mugi being half-European. Fan theory posits her mother as being either Finnish or, thanks to the revelation of Sumire's own origins, Austrian.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Sumire Saitou.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: While not at Yui's level by far, she has her fair share of moments. As some girls can attest, spending time with her one-on-one can be quite a heady experience.
  • Covert Pervert: Mugi is rather less innocent and sweet than she shows. Basically, if she's not lesbian herself, she sure does seem to enjoy the semi-naughty cosplay and picturing her friends in sparkly, blushy embraces a lot.
    • Her longing for more skinship, resulting in requests for hugs and being hit over the head, also makes one wonder.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Her distinctive eyebrows were drawn noticeably thinner in the earliest manga chapters.
  • Fiction 500: So ludicrously rich that her family owns multiple mansions, are first-name-basis friends with The Royal House of Finland, and is so used to taking trips overseas that she happily forfeits a trip to Hawaii she won in a lucky-raffle so she can have a board-game to play with her friends.
  • Gender Flipped: Of the quiet, sensitive and eccentric George Harrison, and is also (initially) the most musically talented member of her band.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Sure, she wanted it to begin with, but this may have more to do the fact that it was Ritsu who won that bear for her.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: At least Mugi seems to think so.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Gentle, innocent, nurturing, kind; truly the "mother" of Hokago Teatime.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Asks Ritsu to hit her.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Despite — or possibly, because of — being incredibly rich, she gets much enjoyment out of doing mundane things, such as eating fast food or having pillow fights.
  • Informed Ability: When the girls discuss having to talk English abroad, she says that her conversational skills are good, but she doesn't show them. Considering how her Gratuitous English sounded, it might be a case of Minako Kotobuki not being as good at English as Mugi's supposed to be.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mugi's proportions are just as astounding as Mio's; though in her case she openly enjoys dressing up in the ridiculously fetishistic costumes that Sawako puts her in.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yui gave her the nickname "Mugi" — one that pretty much stuck amongst the True Companions.
  • Large Ham: Every day is like a Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn romantic musical to this young lady.
  • Nice Girl
  • Ojou: Mugi's initially the only one with any decent musical talent, and the first of her incredibly spacious beach houses that the club visits is mentioned to be her smallest one. (The largest is only visited after Tsumugi has graduated.) Also, visitors to her family home need official appointments. Not too common even by anime standards.
  • Punny Name: Possibly. Her nickname sounds a lot like "Moog", a famous synthesizer brand.
  • The Quiet One
  • Shipper on Deck: Chapter 5 of the Anthology seems to suggest this.
  • Signature Style: Her preference for using the Hammond organ voice on her keyboard (a specialty of the Korg Triton Extreme) is responsible for the retro-'60s sound on many of HTT's songs.
  • Spoiled Sweet
  • Super Strength/Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She is quite strong, as noted here.
    • An even better example.
      • Several fans have pointed out that the Korg Triton Extreme is a hefty piece of equipment. Mugi casually slings it over one shoulder whenever the band travels, which might be normal for thick roadies but certainly not for a petite high school (now college) girl.
  • Tareme Eyes: Even more so than the rest of the cast.
  • Team Mom: While every inch as zany as her fellow club-mates, her comparative emotional maturity (rivalling that of Sawa-chan sensei) allows her to don the mantle of the nurturing mother-figure in the ensemble.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: At least in the manga, Mugi tends to be uncannily perceptive about certain things.
  • Yuri Fan: Mugi art shifts into seeing a little more between Yui and Mio than is probably there. This eventually extends to any close interaction (regardless of context) between any two girls.
    • It is eventually revealed that she turned into this because, in an attempt to learn how "normal" girls interacted, she had Sumire sneak in manga for her. Said manga is heavily implied to be Yuri manga.

Azusa "Azu-nyan" Nakano

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese) and Christine Marie Cabanos (English)
The Light Music Club's first new member after Yui, who joins in her freshman year (with the rest in their second year). She's also the secondary guitarist. After the others graduated, she becomes the president of the club and forms with Ui, Jun, Sumire and Nao the "New Leaf Girls"; she's also the lead guitarist and singer of the band.
  • A-Cup Angst
  • All Just a Dream / Daydream Surprise: All of them in episode 13.
  • Blue Oni: To Yui's red.
  • Breakout Character: She doesn't appear until midway through season one, but come season two, one could make a strong case that she's the primary viewpoint character, with many episodes told from her perspective, especially the story finale (Episode 24).
  • Break the Cutie: Subverted in her first episode as a club member. The fact she can't adjust to the club's friendly-but-overdone prodding mixed with their lax attitude wears away at her spirit to be a member until she's reduced to sobbing over her decision that she can't continue by the end. However she snaps out of it when she realizes that despite that, they can still be a functional band and play together competently because of how well they understand each other and decides to stay with a renewed motivation.
  • Cat Girl: Becomes a running reference when the rest of the club members first put some cat-ears on her. It's where she gets her adorable nickname "Azu-nyan" from.
  • Child Prodigy: She comes from a musical family and played guitar at a young age. She completely floored the music club by demonstrating her professional-level skills. Yui probably wet herself.
    • Unfortunately that doesn't include singing. At least in the manga.
  • Club President: For the new generation of the Light Music Club.
  • Cry Cute: Season 2 Episode 24, full stop — after spending the rest of Graduation Day holding back her feelings, Azusa finally breaks down crying in front of her senior bandmates, begging them to not graduate.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: She has a bad habit of speaking her thoughts without realizing. It's never anything offensive or serious though. More in the anime than in the manga, however; when she names her guitar "Mu-tan", Mugi thinks it's a wonderful name. In the manga, it's an instance of Mugi's "girls' mind radio reception", but in the anime, she said it out loud.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Attempts one upon hitting third-year... but this does not sit well with Ui and Jun.
  • Expy: Azusa is a dead-ringer for Kooh from Pangya.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Grumpy Bear: Her serious and mature outlook towards life ensures that she never quite shakes this trope off.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In the 2011 restart, she discovers — much to her despair — that she's terrible at singing. However, she ends up getting roped into being Wakaba Girls' vocalist anyway, after Sawako offers to give her voice training. (We can only hope that it turns out better than what happened when Sawako tried training Yui's voice.)
  • In-Series Nickname: Azu-nyan. (Literally "Azu-Meow", which was the translation used in the Hong Kong Animax Channel English-Dub of Season 1)
  • Kid Sidekick: Initially she doesn't look too different from other characters, but she's a year behind the rest of the club, is shorter than even her peers Ui and Jun, and her cuteness is frequently mentioned.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • The Leader: After the others graduated, she becomes the band leader of the New Leaf Girls.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Yui is able to tease her by implying she's going to share some of the cake Azusa just sampled.
  • Nosebleed: Suffers one upon watching Mio's Panty Shot in a video of her seniors' first performance.
  • Not So Above It All: In spite of her attempts to be the lone voice of maturity in the club, Azusa is still easily placated into joining the fun with the offering of sweets and the occasional Cool Down Hug, and has taken being called the ridiculously cute nickname "Azu-nyan" in stride.
  • Older Than She Looks: Azusa's tiny and youthful appearance is better fitting of a grade-schooler than a high or even middle schooler, leading to the following hilarious moment at Customs in London Heathrow Airport:
    Yes: I am Seventeen.
  • Only Sane Woman: She feels this way when she sees what makes the light music club tick. It's especially apparent during the bus trip to Summer Fest.
    • Come Season 2, poor Azusa knows her seniors need to use their time to practice for their final performance. And they keep getting distracted... all of them.
  • Passing the Torch: Became the new Club President of the light music club.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Despite being in pigtails, her hair might even be longer than Mio's.
  • Sempai Kouhai: To the first generation.
  • Sprouting Ears: Manga only.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Or "The Fifth Beatle," if you want to keep extending the comparisons.
  • Tan Lines: Happen whenever she gets a bit of sun.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: In the manga.
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Tsundere: In the manga. Much, much less of one in the anime.
  • Verbal Tic: She says "desu" quite often, but doesn't put quite as much emphasis on it as Suiseiseki. She actually tends to use politer Japanese in general than the other girls.
    • In the restarted manga, she begins speaking in a much more casual (less polite) manner than she did before.

     Supporting Characters 

Supporting Characters

Ui Hirasawa

Voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa (Japanese) and Xanthe Huynh (English)
Yui's more responsible younger sister. She joins Azusa and Jun to the Light Music Club after Mio, Yui, Mugi and Ritsu graduates. She is the secondary guitarist.
  • The Ace: Which causes Nao to search for her weak spot.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Even more so than her sister. She learned guitar after only a few days of her sister letting her strum away while practicing at home and hit a home run at a batting center after overhearing some tips from a neighboring player.
  • Big Little Sister
  • The Caretaker: To Yui. It's mostly Played for Laughs, and the Kyoto field trip episodes show that Ui doesn't know what to do with herself when Yui isn't around to look after.
    • Also during her own field trip she is shocked how the food is ready and she didn't do anything.
  • Cuddle Bug: As Nodoka said, she and her sister love cuddling up to people.
  • Ditzy Genius: Has her moments.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Yui's foolish.
  • Gamer Chick: She pwned Ritsu at least twice while the rest were helping Yui study during Season 1.
  • Instant Expert: A minor case; it is revealed in season 1 episode 12 that she taught Yui how to read guitar sheets, which is also how she's able to play Gitah when posing as Yui. And again in season 2 episode 5, where she overhears some tips for hitting a baseball... and hits a home run immediately after. Lampshaded by Jun and Azusa.
  • Meaningful Name: The Kanji/Chinese-character for Ui-chan's name literally (and rather appropriately, too) means "kind-hearted", "talented", "gentle" and/or "considerate."
  • Nice Girl: The one thing she has in common with her big sister.
  • Passing the Torch: She joins the Light Music Club in lieu of her graduating sister.
  • Promotion to Parent: With their parents often away, this ends up falling to Ui... notwithstanding the fact that she is the younger sister.
  • Serious Business: Getting up at seven is considered oversleeping.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ui is mature, sensible, wakes up on time for school (and even has to wake up Yui); aside from also being a Nice Girl, she is the complete opposite of airheaded Yui.
    • Played with in season 1 episode 12 — when Ui stood in for the sick Yui, the band couldn't see through the disguise. It was her slip of the tongue which first raises suspicions. Sawako saw through the disguise due to Ui having a larger bust-size than Yui.
    • In the manga, they're first tipped off by the fact that she keeps timing better than her sister. The slips of the tongue are the clinchers.
  • Tender Tears: In episode 5 of season 2, when she first realizes Yui won't be home with her that night.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: See Sibling Yin-Yang.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's mature, responsible, does the household chores, and is devoted to her family (specifically her big sister). And of course, there's tea.

Sawako Yamanaka

Voiced by: Asami Sanada (Japanese) and Karen Strassman (English)
The Wind Instruments Club advisor, who was eventually blackmailed by Ritsu into also becoming the Light Music Club teacher on threat of exposing her past as a death metal rocker in a previous incarnation of the club.
  • Actor Allusion: In one episode, Sawako Yamanaka let a student of hers ride in her red car towards her home for something. This was done before by Karen Strassman who voiced another character who sent home a main character from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni named Miyo Takano and the same car color too!.
  • Berserk Button: NEVER EVER SAY THAT DEATH DEVIL IS CUTE!
  • Christmas Cake: She was a member of a previous incarnation of the Light Music Club. In the Kyoto trip episode, she shows that she does desperately hope to get married, and suffers from keeping her professional side in control over her fun-loving side.
  • Cool Teacher
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl/Covert Pervert: She loves to dress up the girls of the light music club. Whether they want it or not. Apparently eight episodes of Sawako indulging her fetish even made Mio all too happy to join in.
    • Hugely averted come second season. She did design the costumes for the Romeo and Juliet class play, but they were surprisingly tasteful.
    • It's brought back in the first OVA, where her new costume for the girls gets her thrown out of the room and a Cranial Eruption.
    • At Wakaba Girls' first summer training camp, she tries to get Nao to wear a Seashell Bra. Everybody ignores her.
  • Cry Cute: And you know you have to break out the tissues when even tough ol' Sawa-chan-sensei is tearing up... especially episode 24 of the second season, upon seeing the class chalkboard full of thank-you messages from her students.
  • Death Glare: In the second season episode "Clean-Up!" she unleashes one on Ritsu, and it's so intimidating that it sends the entire band into a state of Color Failure.
  • Fun Personified
  • The Glasses Come Off: ...and she becomes a totally different person.
  • Hot Teacher
  • Large Ham: Has her moments if she tends to chew some scenery.
  • Lost Food Grievance: At one point in the manga, she threatens to stop being the club's adviser if they don't start wearing the costumes she makes. Ritsu points out to her that she won't be able to eat cake and tea if she does this, which makes her apologize immediately (while bowing very lowly).
    • She goes through withdrawals at one point when the girl's finals prevent them from having any tea parties.
  • Meganekko
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: She can identify two girls who look alike by their bust size... which is how she can differentiate Yui from Ui (note that Ui is larger than her elder sister).
  • Nerds Are Sexy
  • Old Shame: In-universe: she is deeply ashamed of her own days in the Light Music Club when Heavy Metal was all the rage.
  • One of the Kids
  • Retired Badass: Come season 2 episode 10, when she finally gets back into action, she pretty much floored everyone! She also sets the bar up high for the Light Music Club.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • Sensei-chan
  • Skinship Grope
  • Stepford Smiler: A humorous example — her sweet personality is a cover for her rocker past.
    • But her sweet personality is actually her original personality. Yeah, she's a complicated gal.
      • Essentially, she treats the club as a place where she can either veg out, dress up cute girls in ridiculous clothing, or eat cake.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her default look.
  • Tsurime Eyes: When she goes into her "wild" personality.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Ghosts?

Nodoka Manabe

Voiced by: Chika Fujitou (Japanese) and Laura Bailey (English)
Yui's friend and classmate before she joined the band.
  • Meganekko
  • Nerds Are Sexy
  • Only Sane Man: The only member of the cast who is consistently level-headed and mature, and does not lose her temper like Azusa and Mio when trying to keep order.
  • Power Hair: With her sexiness cranked all the way Up to Eleven and beyond when wearing a policewoman's hat in Season 1 Episode 6.
  • Put on a Bus: She doesn't attend the same university as Yui. When the restarted manga began, she only appeared in a one-panel dream sequence.
    • The Bus Came Back: She makes a brief return in volume 6 chapter 8 when Yui returns to her hometown for the summer break. However, she's considering going abroad to study, so she might be going on an even longer bus trip.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yui's red.
  • Student Council President
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: In a way. She was Yui's best friend since kindergarten, but by their last year in high school, Yui has become much closer to her bandmates than she'll ever be with Nodoka. Subverted in that she has since become a friend to the rest of the band, and Yui still remembers how important she is in her life enough to ask her to walk home together on their last day of school, knowing that by going to different universities, they probably won't be able to do so again.

Jun Suzuki

Voiced by: Yoriko Nagata (Japanese) and Michelle Ann Dunphy (English)
Azusa and Ui's friend and classmate, as well as a member of the Jazz Club. She joins Azusa and Ui in the Light Music Club after Mio, Yui, Mugi and Ritsu graduate. She is the bassist.
  • Ascended Extra: She was a satellite character in the first season, but come second season she's a part of Ui's Power Trio (together with Azusa) and even appeared in said season's opening. In the 2011 restart she becomes the third senior at the Light Music Club, along with Azusa and Ui.
  • Girlish Pigtails: However, she's embarrassed to wear them around her family, so she lets her hair down at home.
  • Grass Is Greener: Her envy at all the fun things the Light Music Club gets to do becomes a Running Gag.
  • Imagine Spot: She does this a lot, mostly involving the four seniors of the Light Music Club.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Played for Laughs in season 2 episode 5. She buys a dozen donuts in assorted flavors, takes one bite out of each, rolls across the floor and unintentionally headbutts Azusa. She also refuses to join the Light Music Club, but seeing how much fun Azusa is having in the club made her regret her decision, and ultimately decides to join Azusa and Ui in the club in their third year.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: She's a skilled bass player and popular in the jazz club. She is also a huge Mio fangirl.
  • Messy Hair: Whenever she lets it down, especially on humid days. Bemoans this to Ui and Azusa during their sleepover.
    • She even states that she can predict the weather depending on how messy it is.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Unkempt Beauty: Not in the morning, but she looks much better without her pigtails. Assuming it's dry out.

Megumi Sokabe

Voiced by: Asumi Kodama (Japanese) and Amanda C. Miller (English)
The former Student Council Class Representative during Yui, Ritsu, Mio and Mugi's second year and founder of the Mio Fan Club. She eventually becomes their dormmate come their college years.

     2011 New Characters 

Characters Introduced in the 2011 Restart

Sumire Saitou

A blonde freshman who eventually joins Azusa, Ui and Jun's reformed Light Music Club. She's the drummer of the "New Leaf Girls".
  • But Not Too Foreign: Averted. Her family is from Austria, but after they moved to Japan, they changed their names because of the Kotobuki family.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Apparently. In the manga, when Mio once phoned with Mugi, the latter is yelling at a subordinate called Saitou. It's unknown if it's really Sumire, it could also be another Saitou of her family.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her hair color is mentioned several times, and she's one of the nicer club members.
  • In-Series Nickname: Everybody's starting to call her "SuMIIre", as if her name was pronounced the way an English speaker would say it.
  • Meido: She has worked as a maid for the Kotobuki household and tries to hide that by pretending to be a Dojikko instead.
  • Nice Girl
  • Ostentatious Secret: Sumire makes it very obvious that she doesn't want anybody at school to know she's Mugi's maid.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Something We Forgot: As a resident of the Kotobuki household, Sumire was asked by Mugi to retrieve her teasets she left behind upon graduation. Too bad Sawako caught her on her first try and jumped at the chance to try and recruit her and have her dressed up.
    • Subverted, as it was all part of Mugi's plan to get Sumire to join the Light Music Club. Mugi really had no intention of taking back the tea set, until at least Sumire graduates.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Mugi, including her tea-making skills, sans the Big Ol' Eyebrows.
    • She is also a Shrinking Violet like Mio and is Sawa-chan's new favorite victim for cosplays. And she is the next drummer after Ritsu.

Nao Okuda

Another freshman who becomes the fifth member of Azusa's new Light Music Club. After several attempts to get a role in the "New Leaf Girls" band, she becomes the producer and write the songs.
  • Cool Big Sis: She has four younger brothers, and they're quadruplets.
  • Dojikko
  • Epic Fail: Her attempts at joining clubs.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Yes, everybody knows that you can't play a musical instrument.
  • First Name Basis: Strongly averted so far, as she's the only one who's not referred to by her given name. However, Sumire starts to call her by first name when their senpais are on school trip, and late in the series, Nao lampshades this trope and the rest of the band also start to call her by her first name.
  • Giftedly Bad
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: The rest of the band lose all interest in hearing her sing after she mentions that her brothers don't want to take her to karaoke anymore.
  • Meganekko
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • No Name Given: Played for Laughs when the seniors realize they don't know her given name despite being in the club for a while now.
  • Not So Stoic: She's stoic for most of the time and barely changes her facial expressions. However, there are some moments where she shows emotions.
  • The Quiet One
  • Stalker Without A Crush: She spent a chapter following Ui around (and being very conspicuous about it), and she's been quietly observing and taking notes about her bandmates so that she can write customized songs for them.
  • TV Genius: Admits that the only thing she's good at is studying. This may be about to pay off as she takes on her new role as the band's producer.


Akira Wada

Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Mugi and Megumi's dorm-mate, leader of three-girl band "OnNaGumi" with fellow dorm-mates Sachi and Ayame during their High School days, and a new member of the university Light Music Club. Like Yui, she's majoring in education and is the guitarist.
  • Birds of a Feather: The only member of her band who avert this trope because she has troubles to get along with Yui.
  • Brunette: Works as a pretty good example of an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl.
  • Death Glare
  • Face of a Thug: It's mostly an act, and truthfully she's afraid to get a real piercing.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Yui finds out she sleeps next to a stuffed bear.
  • Gray Eyes
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Guilty Pleasures: She grows to like Hokago Tea Time's music, and she's far too ashamed to admit it (and thus sees it as this).
  • Hopeless Suitor: She joined her high school's Light Music Club because she had a crush on a boy named Maeda, who thinks her band only gets by on their looks. Implied to be averted.
  • Important Haircut: Her response to Maeda-sempai's opinion of her was to crop her hair short and promise to become a professional musician.
  • Jerkass Façade: She tries to look as intimidating as possible... with less-than-optimal results in the face of four easygoing girls.
  • Not So Different: When she partners up with Yui as a training exercise, she ends up slacking off just as much as Yui does.
  • Only Sane Man: Effectively Mio and Azusa's successor in this department... and like them, she's not very effective in bringing some seriousness to her new dorm-mates.
  • Right Through the Wall: Complains about how much noise the girls often make. Backfires on her spectacularly when Mio hears her singing the lyrics to Fuwa Fuwa Time for 10 days after the show.
  • Rock Trio: The guitarist.
  • Those Three Girls: With Sachi and Ayame, bandmates in the OnNaGumi.
  • Tomboy: Has forced herself to become one to prove her Love Interest that she's a strong woman.
  • Tsundere: This seems to be the characteristic that Yui finds attractive in both Azusa and Akira. Akira even has Expressive Hair that spikes up when she's tsun-tsun and lays flat when she's dere-dere. It's spiky most of the time, of course.
  • Worthy Opponent: She eventually sees Hokago Tea Time as this.

Sachi Hayashi

A member of the OnNaGumi with Akira and Ayame (and eventually of the university Light Music Club), as well as dorm-mate of Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Mugi and Megumi. She's in the same department as Mio and is like her the bassist.
  • Beauty Mark
  • Birds of a Feather: With Mio. Both are calm, tall, the same cup-size, and share some interests and issues.
  • Character Tics: She tends to start crouching lower whenever her height is brought up as if attempting to stand out less, and Mugi finds this cute.
  • Compliment Backfire: Suffers one from Ritsu after she tries to sympathize with their band "having a weird name" (which, hypocritically, Ritsu once thought would be a good name her own band) under the assumption that Akira thought it up. It was actually Sachi's idea, and hearing this hurt. For what it's worth, Akira made fun of Hokago Tea Time's name, so maybe they deserved some payback.
  • Foil: She's distinctly more confident than Mio, plays the bass without standing out too much, is also quite good-looking and as her own share of (ridiculous) insecurities. Looking at this sort of personality from the outside is partially what helps Mio to find some confidence herself.
  • Height Angst: She frequently shows a sensitivity to her own height, almost to the point of Single-Issue Wonk whenever words like "height," "tall," and "big" are brought up. One of her Character Tics is crouching lower when she starts to get shy.
  • Hime Cut
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Even taller than Mio and it bothers her.
  • Redhead: More of a burgundy/chestnut brown, but still notable in a story set in Japan.
  • Rock Trio: The bassist.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: Any time the words "big" or "tall" are brought up in reference to her, she gets a bit depressed or insinuates it as a negative trait.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In contrast to her self-image, most everyone else thinks she's this.
  • Those Three Girls: With Akira and Ayame.

Ayame Yoshida

The third OnNaGumi member who, along with Akira and Sachi, joins the university Light Music Club. She's also dorm-mates with Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Mugi and Megumi. She's also in the same department as Ritsu and is like her the drummer.
  • A-Cup Angst
  • Birds of a Feather: With Ritsu. Ayame lampshades immediately that they're both similar. Of course, they get along well.
  • Blonde: Serves as the energetic Girly Girl of her group.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She convinces everyone to skip class and just keep chatting. This becomes another new experience that Mugi's always wanted to try.
    "I wanna school this girl in all kinds of wrong things."
  • Cursed with Awesome: In-universe, of sorts: she's unable to understand Mio and Sachi's worries about fitting into nice clothes. They'd both rather dress cutely but don't have the figure for it, and it's bothersome to a girl with A-Cup Angst like hers. She immediately apologizes for making light of their insecurities after Sachi points out how people can be self-conscious about all sorts of things (like being tall...)
  • The Fashionista
  • Gamer Chick: Just like Ritsu.
  • Girly Girl
  • Genki Girl: The main reason she made fast friends with Ritsu.
  • Kick Chick: Has a tendency to kick (or punch, but mostly kick) Akira whenever she says something out of line, which is noted to be way harder than Mio ever hit Ritsu. Ritsu writes it off as just crazy-rocker antics. She also has a moment to wonder who she'll kick now that Akira's disposition has been improving.
    Ritsu: Don't turn that weapon on me.
  • Rock Trio: She's the drummer.
  • Skinship Grope
    Ritsu: She sure makes groping look totally normal.
  • Those Three Girls: With Akira and Sachi.
  • Wardrobe Wound: Suffers a pretty severe one that also serves to drive home her A-Cup Angst.
    "I feel like I've been pounded flat in more ways than one..."

Kana Yoshii

The current club president of the University Light Music Club.
  • Christmas Cake: Not yet confirmed, but by the way she reminisces what the younger ladies can wear, she may as well be one.
  • Club President: Although her concern for trying to get more funding for the club may lead us to believe that the Club lacks a treasurer.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mentioned by name in the flyer the first chapter of Volume 5. Introduced in Chapter 3, but her role wasn't formally confirmed until Chapter 5, and her name until Volume 5, Chapter 11.
  • Hime Cut
  • Retired Badass: Although the band she formed with her partner Chiyo Hirose (pronunciation unconfirmed) was said to be pro-level, they've become too busy with academics to perform publicly, not to mention Chiyo feeling embarrassed about Kana's insistence on playing in their old school uniforms.


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