Characters / Kimagure Orange Road

The characters from Kimagure Orange Road!

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Main Characters

     Kyousuke Kasuga
Voiced by: Yuu Mizushima (pilot), Toru Furuya (anime), Ryo Horikawa (CD dramas)

  • Adorkable: He's rather shy and awkward, especially around girls.
  • Alliterative Name: Kyousuke Kasuga
  • Author Avatar: Izumi Matsumoto has admitted that Kyosuke is based on himself.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Hikaru's Betty and Madoka's Veronica.
  • Butt-Monkey: There is no episode where something hilariously bad doesn't happen to this kid.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Kyōsuke wouldn't have had to keep up the charade with Hikaru for as long as he did if he had just told her about his true feelings upfront. Then again, he is the Poster Boy for Indecisiveness. (It doesn't help his situation that Madoka, due to her feelings of loyalty for Hikaru, keeps pushing Kyōsuke and Hikaru together despite having feelings for Kyōsuke herself.)
  • Clueless Chick Magnet
  • Covert Pervert: When he thinks about Madoka.
  • The Ditherer: Indecision is his middle name. He's the poster boy for indecisiveness among '80s anime fans.
  • Dub Name Change: Johnny in the Italian and Spanish dub, Max (short for "Maxime") in the French Dub.
  • Image Song: "Bayside Dancer".
  • Insecure Love Interest: Kyosuke is in love with Madoka, but he sincerely thinks he isn't and will never be good enough for her. He thinks that she's beautiful, intelligent, mature... and compared to her, he looks like a kid.
  • Intrepid Reporter: In the second movie, Kyōsuke grows into one of these (as a wartime photographer in the former Yugoslavia).
  • Nice Guy: Though not exactly flawless, he does have a kind heart underneath the indecision and the laziness.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: With Madoka. He's the puppy.
  • Psychic Powers: He's a rather powerful telekinetic, teleporter, can potentially Time Travel and hypnotize... himself.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Hikaru's Energetic Girl.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Subverted, but he would be a straight example without his Psychic Powers.

     Madoka Ayukawa
Voiced by: Saeko Shimazu (pilot), Hiromi Tsuru (anime), Tomo Sakurai (CD dramas)

  • Academic Athlete: Gets some of the top marks at school and is very good at sports.
  • Action Girl: In the first episode she takes on and defeats five male delinquents.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's a beautiful brunette, who is also cool, composed and aloof.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Always gets into fights but always remains pretty. Contrast this with Kyosuke and Yusaku, who get badly injured after their ridiculous stunts.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Hikaru's Betty for Kyosuke's Archie.
  • Bokukko: When she was a little girl, she spoke and looked like a boy.
  • Broken Ace: She's extremely beautiful, smart, and talented at just about everything. But she's not that good at expressing how she really feels, being actually a troubled girl with a tough past. Before meeting Kyosuke, Hikaru was Madoka's only real friend because many people were afraid of her.
  • Broken Bird: This is especially evident in both the next-to-last manga chapter and the first movie, but arrived at in significantly different ways.
  • Buxom Is Better: Her "adult figure" is often used for Fanservice and adds to her mature allure.
  • The Charmer: Gives a boy she had just met a kiss on the lips so he will perform a favor for her.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards the younger kids.
  • Dub Name Change: She's called "Sabrina" in the Italian, French, and Spanish dub.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Two girl are attracted to her; Kyōsuke's psychic cousin Akane and one-episode character Shiori from the anime.
  • Expy: Of Akina Nakamori's stage persona and Phoebe Cates's characters. She is most similar to Linda from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
  • First Girl Wins: in whichever timeline you look at it.
  • Girly Bruiser: While looking feminine and beautiful, she's still a tough girl who can get into fights. Justified because her tomboyishness as a child, along with her past as a sukeban (delinquent schoolgirl) has made her a fighter.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: She's a good person, but her past as a delinquent has totally tainted her rep at school (save for Hikaru and Yuusaku). It's only after the Kasugas approach her that she starts to be seen in another light.
  • Image Song: "Whispering Misty Night", "Kaze no manazashi" (used in one of the OAV's when she covers for Yukari in a contest)
  • Japanese Delinquents: She is an ex-sukeban, and she's still feared and hated due to the bad fame she acquired.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Hikaru's Light.
  • Male Gaze: Her body is constantly shown from the perspective of Kyosuke with focus on her legs, breasts, hips, etc.
  • Meaningful Name: Madoka's name references the night and darkness.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is the main source of fanservice in the series and could fill out a whole page of sexy tropes.
  • Mysterious Past: She had some kind of tough past as a sukeban but it's never elaborated on.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: She never has a boyfriend before meeting Kyosuke. Despite her troublemaking, partying, drugs, flirtatiousness, and mature experiences - she is still a virgin because she is "not that type of girl" as though having sex is somehow worse than the fact that she has committed numerous illegal activities with other gangsters.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hikaru.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: She's the pitbull.
  • Renaissance Man: Gets the top marks in the school, she knows martial arts, is able to play 20 different musical instruments, she can dance, dress so well she gives others fashion advice, can surf a 30 foot wave, rides a skateboard down an under-construction building in a snowstorm, etc.
  • Sexophone: Her first theme song, Madoka no Teema and she's a great Sax player herself.
  • She's Got Legs: The camera often shows off her nicely shaped legs and she sometimes combines it with Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She shows both her sides (aloof or friendly) alternately.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She was the tomboy to Hikaru's girly girl in their youth. Now they are Light Feminine and Dark Feminine but both with some tomboy tendencies.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first movie, she tells Kyosuke to break it off with Hikaru as soon as he can and has no regards for hurting Hikaru's feelings if if it means she can be with Kyosuke.
  • Troubled, but Cute: A female example.
  • Tsundere: One of the first well known ones. Her complex personality is favourably compared to more modern ones: yesh, she's moody, but she does more than screaming and beating up her love interest.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: The Chaste Flirt variation. Kyosuke always discovers the guys she is "dating" turn out to be relatives or just friends.
  • Used to Be a Tomboy: As a little girl she was a tomboy with Boyish Short Hair. Now she's a gorgeous, long-haired Hello, Nurse! who embodies the Dark Feminine of the Light Feminine and Dark Feminine trope.
  • What Does She See in Him?: People wonder why she would be interested in Kyousuke. Probably because he approached her in spite of his fears.

     Hikaru Hiyama
Voiced by: Yoko Ogai (pilot), Eriko Hara (anime), Yuka Imai (CD dramas)

Kasuga Family

     Kurumi Kasuga
Voiced by: Chieko Honda (anime), Yuko Miyamura (CD dramas)

     Manami Kasuga
Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (anime), Emi Motoi (CD dramas)

     Takashi Kasuga 
Voiced by: Kei Tomiyama

  • Good Parents: Is shown as a gentle guy who really loves his three children and tries to raise them as well as he can.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Married into the Kasuga family since his wife Akemi was the only daughter.
  • Muggles: The only non-empowered Kasuga

     Akemi Kasuga 
Voiced by: Yumi Takada

Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (OVA)

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (anime)

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Actually, an annoying younger cousin. Then again, he's just five.
  • Body Surf: His other power: he can exchange bodies.
  • Child Prodigy: For a five year old, Kazuya actually has a surprisingly good control over his abilities.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He makes fun of Kyosuke to be indecisive. Turn out that he is in the same situation with two little girls.
  • Mouthy Kid: Sometimes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Basically, Kazuya looks like a tiny Kyousuke. This is lampshaded by Komatsu and Hatta.
  • Telepathy: One of the powers he has, aside for (very strong) teleportation and telekinesis.
  • Use Your Head: How the Body Surf power is activated by him... Or whoever got exchanged (usually Kyosuke) and wants his body back.

     The Kasuga grandparents 
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Granpa), Reiko Suzuki (Grandma)

Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata

Other characters

     Yusaku Hino 
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (anime)

  • The Chew Toy: Among the few who are more unlucky than Kyosuke.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Hikaru makes it clear that she doesn't want to date him, yet he keeps going on no matter what she says and often acts like she's his personal property.
  • Funny Afro: See his hair?
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Hikaru.
  • Yandere: Towards Hikaru, though his self-inflicted bad luck interfers with this.

     Seiji Komatsu and Kazuya Hatta 
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Komatsu) and Naoki Tatsuta (Hatta)

     Madoka's parents 
Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara (Madoka's mom), Hideyuki Umezu (Madoka's dad)

     Madoka's older sister 
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (anime)

Voiced by: Eiko Yamada (speaking voice), Kanako Wada (singing voice)

Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara