Sawako "Sadako" Kuronuma
An exercise in contrast.
Motto: "Do one good deed each day."
A scary-looking, but incredibly kindhearted girl. Her resemblance to Sadako from The Ring
has made her fellow classmates shun her for many years.
- Adorkable: Socially awkward at first but it makes her even more loveable and cute.
- All Loving Heroine: A pure-hearted girl who finds compassion in everyone even if said people try to humiliate her.
- Animals Hate Her: She mentions animals really dislike her when she and Kazehaya first pick up Maru together. She grows on Maru though.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Toward Kazehaya. Her admiration for him is due to him being the few who treat her like everyone else instead of avoiding her like most do.
- Betty and Veronica: Betty (the sweet Girl Next Door-like personality) to Kurumi's Veronica (an icy and (initially) bitchy personality).
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: She does her best to help out in every single way, whether it be volunteering to help out in class (especially if no one else wants to) or picking up the trash while exercising. Her motto is "one good deed a day".
- Comically Missing the Point: Somewhat justified due to her lack of social skills which has made her naiive and unable to pick up clues. To her advantage, it also kept her immune from Kurumi's manipulations.
- The Comically Serious: Will do this when she doesn't quite get things.
- Cry Cute: Often. One of the first examples is when she thinks Kazehaya will stop talking to her in chapter/episode 1.
- Cuteness Proximity: Really adores cute things. Unfortunately, cute hairstyles just don't suit her, and cute animals hate her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her pale skin and black hair, along with The Unsmile, makes her too creepy for people's liking.
- Extreme Doormat: Normally she's quick to apologise for anything she does that she thinks is offensive and rarely stands up for herself. She starts to defy this as part of her Character Development, for example when she refused to help Kurumi get together with Kazehaya, on the basis that she also has feelings for him.
- Face of a Ghost: Her face is found to be creepily-ghostlike by many, especially since she resembles Sadako.
- Flash Step: Can be really fast.
- Friendless Background: Besides her childhood friend Shino-chan, she has no friends prior to the story. Making friends is one of her goals when she's introduced.
- Girlish Pigtails/Odango Hair: During sports activities she usually dons these hairstyles.
- The Heroine
- Hime Cut: Black bangs and all, plus is also a Yamato Nadeshiko.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Her reaction to Kazehaya running out to talk to her in the first chapter.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She actually wishes she could summon ghosts so she wouldn't let down people's expectations.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her situation before the series began.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The author herself has said she feels like Sawako is her granddaughter.
- The Ingenue: Her naivety makes her a target for some bullying or otherwise.
- Love You and Everybody: Does this when she and the girls are in Ryu's room; she tells Ryu she "likes" him, sending Ayane and Chizu into shock while Ryu remains unfazed. Then the girls ask her how she thinks of them, and Sawako promptly replies with, "Love!" When asked about Kazehaya, Sawako (who's not aware of her feelings for him yet) simply stares blankly, turns red and says, "...L-Love I guess?", making the girls wonder if it's the same love for them or not.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Her classmates think she's out to get everyone with her curses, but she's really a simple girl who genuinely wants to help and befriend everyone.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Often and unintentionally. For example whenever she forces a smile out of herself to look cheerful, it just comes out as The Unsmile which freaks people out.
- No Social Skills: Lacks the knowledge of typical social conduct due to her Friendless Background. Examples include her passing a note Kazhaya passed to her to Ryu in class and he marvelling at the how people are promoted to a First Name Basis when they become good friends.
- Oh, Crap: Due to the fact she takes everything as Serious Business, this is quite frequent.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone calls her Sadako except for the main characters and her family.
- The Pollyanna: She's always trying to see the best in people, even in Kurumi, and even after she outright stated she was there to compete for Kazehaya's affections.
- Poor Communication Kills: Not only at the romantic level - her unintentional falling out with Chizu and Ayane would had been avoided if she was just clear with her feelings for them.
- The Protagonist
- Self-Deprecation: She really lacks self-esteem.
- Serious Business: Everything - whether it be seriously going along with playing the part of the ghost when Ayane and Chizu only jokingly suggested it or her reaction to receiving a phone-call from a friend.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Ayane and Chizu make the effort of dolling her up for what would become a birthday/New Year's date with Kazehaya. It does its job - Kazehaya becomes more flustered than usual.
- Shipper on Deck: Supports Chizu/Ryu.
- Shrinking Violet: She's mostly low-key, a bit shy and very gentle.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She admires Kazehaya's popularity.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Sawako is the only girl Kazehaya has ever shown interest in.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kazehaya.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Not that she's a ghost, but her resemblance to Sadako contributes a lot to her difficulties in getting to know others, since she creeps them out.
- Tender Tears: A frequent reaction of hers, for example in a flashback in episode 2 when she's telling Kazehaya how much she respects him.
- Terrible Artist: Chizu cries out of laughter when she first sees Sawako's drawing, and when Sawako demonstrates her skills for Pin he simply comments, "Give up, there's no hope for you [as an artist]."
- Too Innocent to Fool: Kurumi's attempts at manipulating her fall extraordinarily flat because Sawako keeps Comically Missing the Point.
- Twice Shy: With Kazehaya - they're both in love with each other but refuse to outright admit it and don't think the other feels the same. Yes, this drove their friends nuts too.
- The Unsmile: This is how her smiles look when she's trying to force one out of herself. This is even lampshaded at one point in the manga, when Chizu gets scared at Sawako swooning while looking like this. Sawako can only say "...I thought I was smiling..."
- When She Smiles: Very much so, but only when she has a genuine reason to do so, otherwise...
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Sawako is a fine example of this trope. First of all she looks the part with the black hair and Hime Cut. Second she's kind and helpful to the point of Extreme Doormat but not entirely pilable. Third she takes turns cooking for her family and is a good cook to boot.
As nice as he looks... mostly.
Motto: "Be guided by the truth."
Sawako's classmate and the most popular guy in school. On the first day of school, he got lost and was given directions by Sawako. He has since admired her and developed a crush on her, and is apparently the first person to ever stick around Sawako long enough for her to clear up a misunderstanding, and give her a confidence boost necessary to make more new friends.
- Betty and Veronica: Betty (the reliable and popular Nice Guy) to Kento's Veronica (flirty and mischievous).
- Bishounen: Very popular for this good looks, nice face and lean body and all.
- Butt Monkey: Yano (plus occasionally Yoshida) and Pin's favourite guy to pester.
- Chaste Hero: In his middle school days, much to the girls' frustration.
- Chick Magnet: Has a hoard of fangirls, to the point the girls agree with Kurumi to "share Kazehaya with everyone".
- Crazy Jealous Guy: To Sawako, although as a minor and played completely sympathetic trait.
- Deuteragonist: The most vital character after Sawako in the series. It's through him that Ayane and Chizu befriend Sawako, for one.
- Everyone Can See It: His feelings for Sawako are pretty obvious to everyone, save a few Oblivious to Love characters (including Sawako herself, unfortunately for him).
- Good Is Dumb: Or very naive, at least; the author even said she wanted to make a "guy who is so nice that he's dumb".
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: Over Kento Miura, when he comes across Kento badly comforting Sawako and a bunch of other guys also come along find them, which gets Kazehaya to admit that yes he does like Sawako. No one can really take it seriously though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ryu, his childhood friend...and also with Joe whom he also constantly hangs out with, unfortunately for the fandom.
- Keet: A gentle and cute guy.
- Knight in Shining Armor: In training - he's a Nice Guy, well-mannered, chivalrous to girls without misleading them, and does his best to help out his classmates and their woes. It's how both Kurumi and Sawako fell for him - according to both of them, he's "a person who can't leave anyone in trouble alone".
- The Lancer: To Sawako. While she's (intially) friendless and often scares everyone, Kazehaya is the popular guy who draws everyone to him - and he becomes one of Sawako's closest friends.
- Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Sawako when he first met her and as soon as he saw her smile.
- Love Confession: He actually tries to ask Sawako out early on, but since he asks her indirectly she doesn't understand.
- Luminescent Blush: A lot when he's talking with Sawako.
- Nice Guy: Genuinely cares about his classmates.
- Manic Pixie Dream Boy: Downplayed, he's an optimistic and "refreshing" boy who gives some much-needed encouragement to the shy and reluctant Sawako.
- Noodle Incident: Pin owns a whole list of Noodle Incidents of Kazehaya (two of which are revealed in the Valentine's Day episode), ready to blackmail him with them, when he wants to make the boy his servant.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Sawako is the only girl he's ever shown even a hint of attraction towards.
- Twice Shy: With Sawako - they're both in love with each other but refuse to outright admit it and don't think the other feels the same. Yes, this drove their friends nuts too.
The girl behind the curtain.
Arguably Sawako's closest friend along with Yoshida. At face value, Yano seems like a perfect Alpha Bitch
, but is actually deeply concerned for her friends' wellbeing.
Chizuru "Chizu/Chi" Yoshida
Smile. You'll live longer.
Motto: "Eat in moderation."
Ayane's other half
, and the more physical of the duo. Chizu shares most of Ayane's concerns regarding Sawako. She shows great athletic prowess and occasionally suffers lapses in "ladylike"-ness. Chizu also displays romantic interest in Ryu's brother at first, and, seemingly and unbeknownst to herself, in Ryu too
- Affectionate Nickname: Ryu's brother Toru has called her Chi since she was little due to the Like Brother and Sister nature of their relationship. His reason for it? Because one (or at least Toru) can't help but smile when saying it.
- Best Her to Bed Her: From the early in the series when we learn that Ryuu is the only guy she's never defeated, we can guess what's going on. And then, in chapter 51 when she holds an arm-wrestling competition...
- The Big Girl: The taller of the female trio and also the most athletic.
- Book Dumb: Moreso in the manga where her bad grades is a reoccurring topic. To the point that when Sawako is tutoring everyone, their classmates comment that she must be really good if she can get even Chizu to understand the content.
- Childhood Friend Romance:
- She'd had a crush on her childhood friend Tooru Sanada since she was little.
- Is dating Ryuu as of chapter 88.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her way of thinking is strange, especially with food.
- Comically Missing the Point: Normally not at Sawako's level, but still does it frequently. When it comes to Love Interests sheactually is worse than Sawako, as she somehow misses that Kazehaya likes Sawako and concludes that Kurumi likes Ryuu.
- Cry Cute: A few times, such as when she shows how heartbroken she is about Toru or when she begs Ryuu not to leave home.
- The Ditz: Most of the time, although some scenes suggest otherwise.
- Genki Girl: Cheerful and possesses endless amount of energy.
- Girl Next Door: A nice girl and childhood friend to Ryuu.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Now that she's starting to realize that she has feelings for Ryu, she can get rather irritated when the topic turns to other girls having an interest in him.
- Hot-Blooded: Super-enthusiastic and always puts her 110% into everything, especially if sports is involved.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Sawako's dad is pretty intimidated when he first answers the door to her, seeing as how she towers over him. She's fairly leveled with the boys, though.
- Idiot Hair: Only on occasion, and it's more prominent at sometimes than others. It's not always unfitting, either.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Desperately, desperately tries to feel this way after the revelation that Ryu plans on going away to university and fails miserably, to the point where she tries to wish him luck and breaks down crying, begging him not to go.
- Oblivious to Love: Up to Eleven. She doesn't know Kazehaya also likes Sawako despite it being glaringly obvious to everyone else, and she doesn't even suspect that Ryu had feelings for her, either (she had eyes for Toru instead). The latter might not seem so surprising given Ryu's nature, but considering how close the pair are and the fact that they've known each other forever, you'd think she'd have figured it out a bit sooner.
- One of the Boys: Until high school she hung out mostly with Kazehaya and Ryuu and was considered by female classmates as their 'guy friend'.
- Platonic Life Partners: How she feels about Ryu until later on. Like she says, regardless of who they marry and whether they ave kids, she thinks she'll always be together with him "without dating each other".
- Plucky Girl: Optimistic and will never back down.
- She Cleans Up Nicely:
- Shorttank: Feisty and constantly sports a tank-top or shorts. Hilariously lampshaded when she shows off to Tooru her school miniskirt and instead of impressing him he just comments how she's always shown off her legs since childhood due to her shorts.
- Tender Tears: Is very sensitive.
- Tomboy/Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a sporty loud girl who dresses boyishly sportishly. At one point however she's so used to dressing up in boyish clothing her plan to wear a mini-skirt is a big plot point as she hopes to do it to catch Tooru's attention. She also actually wears a dress when attending Tooru's wedding.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy (rough, tough, loud and in boyish clothing) to Yano's Girly Girl (more level-headed, promiscuous and in feminine clothing).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Developed a love for ramen after constantly visiting Ryuu's family ramen shop in her childhood. A background conversation even details her wish to "be a ramen" when she grows up.
- Tsundere: Rough with Ryu but she cares about him enough to worry about his birthday present and how he's feeling.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: As a child she had a big problem with anybody speaking negatively about Ryuu, although of course she wasn't his girlfriend at the time.
- You Go Girl: Her beating up 99 guys in a row in middle school should say enough.
Motto: "A man of action, not words."
Mostly silent, athletic, and non-judgmental classmate of the others. The few things he does say range from hilarious non-sequiturs to insightful meditations on human nature. He's in love with Chizu, and has been for a very long time
- Asleep in Class: In most lessons, especially in early episodes.
- Brutal Honesty: Although any offense caused with it isn't really out of spite. He's just really not any good at telling lies, as Chizu's all too quick to point out.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He's been crushing on Chizu since childhood. They become official as of chapter 88.
- Cuteness Proximity: He really loves dogs.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed, his mother died during his childhood.
- First Name Basis: Only the polite Sawako reminds the audience what Ryu's surname is.
- Gentle Giant: Seems kind of intimidating at first doe to his athletic build and stoic face, but he's actually really nice.
- The Heart: He's the first to defuse intense situations among his friends.
- Heavy Sleeper: Neither Pin's yelling, Kazehaya slapping his desk, nor karaoke seems to disturb the depths of Ryu's sleep.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kazehaya whom he's known since young.
- Malaproper: In regards to names. "...Kuroyama Takako?"
- Only Sane Man: Yes, he's able to play that role in a group whose members aren't insane by any meaning.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Chizuru, who's been very Oblivious to Love since forever.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Presumably towards Chizu; he's never shown interest in anyone else, and when asked to describe his 'type', he basically just describes her. Not that she realises.
- Sleepyhead: If he's not doing anything important in a scene, chances are you'll spot him quietly nodding off in the background.
- The Stoic: He's nearly always straight-faced and nothing more.
- Occasionally Not So Stoic, most notably in a flashback to his childhood, when both he and Chizu break down in tears after the death of his mother.
- The Quiet One: Even when he's not sleeping, he's a guy of few words.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Tall, dark eyes, black hair and a Bishōnen. When he isn't making his blobfaces anyways.
Kazuichi "Pin" Arai
Ruler of his own little world.
Motto: "I'm always right."
Spiky-haired, slightly delinquent-looking
young substitute teacher of Sawako's class. Usually acts loud, cheerful and full of himself
and likes to order around Ryuu and Kazehaya, whom he's known since the latter's childhood. Also has a strong fear of paranormal things and is extremely suspicious of Sawako
(he doesn't know it, but he has fairly high spiritual sensitivity).
- Apathetic Teacher: Most of the time. Sometimes he seems to care about his pupils, but he mostly seems to expect them to get on with it and leave him to do his own thing.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Sees some enjoyment to annoying his students or seeimg them suffer in some way, Played for Laughs. He especially likes bothering Kazehaya and threatening to spill his embarrassing childhood to everyone. He even keeps a photo of himself picking on a kid Kazehaya, who was crying after losing a game.
- Cool Teacher: What he thinks he is, and what he isn't most of the time due to his embarrassing nature. He does start to show genuine shades of this when he actually motivates his students with good advice and encouragement in regards to their careers and futures.
- Dumbass Has a Point: When he acts like an actual adult, he can give great advice from time to time.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When he gets sick (or finished showering), he doesn't bother gelling his hair, which actually makes him look more like an adult (and ''damn'' good looking).
- Hidden Depths:
- Surprisingly, despite being as immature as he is, his advice is very helpful to both Sawako and Kazehaya, though his ego often takes over after he realizes he said something good.
- He even has a Pet the Dog moment with Ayane.
- In spite of constantly flirting with older women — especially the tour guide at their class trip to Okinawa —he reveals to Ayane that he has seriously liked girls in the past.
- A very heartwarming conversation he has with Sawako at the Christmas party reveals that he pays much more attention to his pupils (and, particularly, our main six characters) than anyone realises.
- The reveal that he was a talented baseball player in his last years of high school and was highly sought after by universities and even professionals, but he chose to not pursue a baseball career. Played for Laughs rumours of him arguing about money and whatnot aside, his answer as to why he chose to become teacher? "I wanted to do it again, I wanted to play high school baseball again."
- Hot-Blooded: He's over-enthusiastic about everything, especially the school festivals. Except for teaching itself maybe.
- Hot for Student: Invoked and shot down by Pin himself, since in reality Kurumi never had any intention of confessing to him. On the other hand, a lot of Ship Tease occurs with Ayane.
- Idiot Hero: He considers himself a hero or the good-guy protagonist sometimes, but even if he is he's not really a smart and rational one.
- Jerkass: Most of the time he's quite insensitive... although he DOES have his rare moments of kindness.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a teacher he does have his share of wisdom, particularly when the protagonists become second years/11th graders. Up to Eleven in late chapters when his students go to him for careers/university advice where it's clearly shown he actually really cares about their futures and wants to lead them to the right paths.
- Man Child: A classic Spoiled Brat in his late twenties/early thirties.
- Moment Killer: Oh so much. An example is when Sawako, Ayane and Chizu make up in the girls' bathroom and he comes running in, expecting a fight.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone but Sawako calls him Pin instead of Arai-sensei.
- Pet the Dog: He can be quite the apathetic teacher to his students and will annoy them when he feels like it, but he has his moments:
- In Chapter 45, when Ayane confesses that she doesn't believe she's kind (compared to Sawako and Chizu) because of how cunning she can be in front of Pin, she dreads another obnoxious lecture from a surprisingly quiet Pin, who instead stares at a candy Ayane gave him because he was whining about not getting one after the festival. Then, Pin literally pats Ayane on the head and reassures her that she is kind before walking up the stairs, leaving Ayane (and the readers) speechless that Pin could actually BE a nicer guy than he usually shows.
- Chapter 93 has him giving Ayane, who is visibly distraught post-Kent-fight, a... kind of rain-covering thing to cover them in the heavy rain. This is followed by him giving her a much-needed wake-up call, as he scolds her saying no one lives their life without regret and tells her to "Regret it and learn from this experience!"
- Plucky Comic Relief: In the anime at least, he's normally used to break the mood.
- Sensei-chan: A Rare Male Example, he's pretty much even more immature than his own homeroom majority of the time.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Even literally too; he's a self-proclaimed "wonderful teacher" and "ladies-man", but not even his tiny nickname can hold onto that fake imagery.
- Too Dumb to Fool: Partially: he saw through Kurumi's sweet facade... only to misinterpret it in his own twisted way.
- Trash of the Titans: His own students once find themselves cleaning his apartment when they visit him while he's sick. Since he was asleep and woke up to find everything cleaned up, he thinks they had simply exorcised his apartment (context:he had run into Sawako at a video rental store, and then later got bedridden; he thought she had slighted him, and wanted her to come over and lift the "curse").
Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa
Not as nice as she looks... mostly.
Manipulative girl with a crush on Kazehaya. She prefers the nickname "Kurumi," and uses this level of familiarity to gain Sawako's trust and sympathy. Her plan backfires, and instead leads Sawako to acknowledge her own feelings for Kazehaya. She also starts rumors about Yano and Yoshida, and pins them on Sawako to break up their friendship.
Kento "Kent" Miura
A new classmate of Sawako in her second year, Kent becomes interested in Sawako and tries to help her connect to the class. Sawako's friendship with Kent causes Kazehaya to become jealous.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica (flirty and mischievous) to Kazehaya's Betty (the reliable and popular Nice Guy).
- Beware the Nice Ones: He may be friendly and caring (in his own way) 90% of the time, but when he finds out how Ayane's ex-boyfriend Mogi treated her, he punches him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Not really a pervert, but a flirt for sure.
- Expy: He looks like Tamaki and even shares the same voice.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Kent seems to have reconciled with the fact that Kazehaya and Sawako are a couple, but he is depressed when he sees them having fun together at the beach in Chapter 51.
- Nice Guy: He genuinely means well, as seen when he tries to help Sawako connect to her class more.
- Not What It Looks Like: When Kazehaya stumbles upon Sawako crying and Kent holding her by the arms, he assumes the worst out of a very confused Kent, who was just trying to comfort Sawako.
- Official Couple: With Ayane until Chapter 92 where their issues finally come to surface and leaves question marks to their relationship status.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: For the record, his actual name is Kento. Names of Japanese origin like Kento are written with kanji, and should be fully spelled out when romanized. The name Kent, on the other hand, is vaguely implied to be a nickname. Kent is the name seen most often (whether it be due to amateur translation or something else), so it has stuck with most of the fanbase.
- The Rival: To Kazehaya, though it's really one-sided on Kazehaya's part. Miura doesn't know at first that he's also interested in Sawako.
- Romantic False Lead: He sincerely wants to help Sawako connect more with her classmates, but his implied interest in her and the damage he does to Sawako and Kazehaya's relationship (though unintentional, because when Kazehaya told Kent that he liked someone, Kent told Sawako that she should give up on Kazehaya, unaware that Kazehaya likes Sawako) makes him one.
- Shout-Out: To Kentaro Miura, maybe?
- Sixth Ranger: He joins Sawako and co's homeroom in second year/season 2 and hence their friendship group.
- Spell My Name with an "S": See the Only Known by Their Nickname entry. Most fans are confused as to whether his real name is Kent or Kento.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Perhaps it was the voicework or a desire to give his "rivalry" with Kazehaya more weight, but the anime tended to portray him as more arrogant and insensitive at times compared to how he was written in the manga.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Sawako, who normally calls him Shishou/Master, calls him Miura-kun when he's complaining about how Ayane doesn't like him anymore so she can catch his attention and indicate that what she has to say next is damn important. It works - Miura stops what he's saying and stares at her blankly while muttering, "Mi...ura-kun?"
Soichi "Jo" Jonouchi
Voiced by Masahiro Yamanaka
One of Kazehaya's close friends. Joe idolizes Kazehaya and is often in his company. He is oblivious towards the budding romance between Kazehaya and Sawako.
Eriko "Ekko" Hirano and Tomoko "Tomo" Endo
Tomoko is voiced by Miho Miyagawa
Two classmates who Sawako befriends.
- Chekhov's Gunmen: When they first appeared they're nothing more than girls willing to befriend Sawako. Later these two are actually shown to have witnessed Kurumi's rumor spreading in the manga, which helps Ayane and Chizu to approach Kurumi.
- Nice Girl: Both of them. They're the first people besides the ones in Sawako's friendship group to kindly approach her and befriend her.
- Those Two Guys: Always seen with one another.
Voiced by Yurin
An eccentric girl in Sawako's class who Sawako sits in front of during the third seating change in their first year class.
A boy who hangs around with Kento and Kento's, uh, fanclub. He has a summer job near the beach.
- Bishōnen: Pretty face and lean body, like many other guys in the series.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kento it seems, as he's always seen with him and the only guy friend (before Kazehaya and Ryu) that Kento has.
- Satellite Character: Acts nothing more than Kento's friend who listens to his ramblings and whatnot.
Kitao and Youko Kuronuma
Sawako's sweet, friendly mother and doting, overprotective father.
- Bumbling Dad: Kitao is a bit out of it and quick to jump to conclusions such as when he first meets Chizu and Ayane.
- Doting Parent: Both of them, especially her dad. Justified as Sawako is their only child who was born late and is a good girl who doesn't ask for much.
- Good Parents: Most of the parents in the series seem to be doing a good job, but these two are the ones we see the most of, obviously, seeing how kind-hearted Sawako has turned out.
- Happily Married: They're happy with the way things are with their marriage and family life, so it seems.
- Overprotective Dad: One who gave Kazehaya quite a grilling when they first met, to say the least.
Ryu's older brother and Chizuru's long-time crush. He lives in Sapporo with his fianceť Haruka, who later becomes his wife. He also has a kid later on with her
- Bishōnen: He's basically a bishie, more outgoing version of his younger brother.
- Like Brother and Sister: How he feels about Chizu - he was more than willing to act like her big brother during her childhood (probably moreso than his own brother) and doesn't stop when he returns to visit everyone.
- Nice Guy: Although we don't seem much of him, he seems like a friendly person who genuinely adores and cares about Chizu.
Genji and Tetsuko Sanada
Ryu and Toru's parents.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Tetsu basically looks just like a female version of her oldest son, Toru.
- Good Parents: Basically, seeing how well they raised Toru and Ryu and what good guys the two turned out to be.
- Missing Mom: It's revealed that Tetsuko died when Ryu was a child.
- Snow Means Death: Well, it was the cause of Tetsuko's death, after all, as she died when she crashed her car in a snowstorm.