Characters / Kin-iro Mosaic
Voiced by: Asuka Nishi
Ostensibly the main character of the series, 15-year old Shino is a girl enamored of foreign culture. When she was young she went to England, and befriends Alice Cartalet (as Shino was staying at her home). Shino had to eventually return to Japan, but come high school Alice returns the favor, and for the duration of the series stays at Shino's home.
While Shino herself is enthusiastic about foreign culture, she's sadly not actually good at the learning side of things. Despite this she still wants to become a foreign-language interpreter when she grows up.
- Book Dumb: Impossibly so. Except for one time when she scored 100%; Karasuma-sensei cried.
- The Ditz: She is hardly bright. One of the earliest strips shown her scoring zero in math, and despite her European Foreign Culture Fetish, she doesn't know much English (and tried to read an English paper!) and may or may not even know that England and France are part of Europe at all!
- Flower Motifs: According to her character song, hers is the Poinsettia.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: Towards England and France, despite the only English she can remember is "Hello," and doesn't even know they are both European countries!
- Has a Type: Blondes. She'd even want to be a blonde herself as well.
- Hopeless with Tech: Thinks she can catch a computer virus. She is also one of the rare teen characters in 2000s/2010s to not own a cell phone; this trope is presumably the reason.
- In-Series Nickname: Shino.
- Otaku: An England and France otaku. Even though the only English she can remember is "Hello."
- Punny Name: For ninja.
- Race Fetish: Her interest in blue-eyed blondes.
- Shipper on Deck: Seems to be this for Alice and Karen, if only so she can have both.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: At least this is how Alice sees her.
- Younger Than They Look: Due to her demeanour. This is one of her few Berserk Buttons as well.
main character of the series, Alice Cartalet is a blonde and very petite English girl that Shino befriends during her stay in England. At the start of the series, Alice enrolls into Shino's school as a transfer student, and at the same time also moves into Omiya household.
Although she was initially wary of Shino when she was younger (not helped by the fact that Shino couldn't speak English really well), Alice as a teenager has grown to be, well, possessive
of Shino. While the series treats it as a source of laughs, Alice often gets jealous (and depressed) whenever she thinks Shino doesn't pay as much attention to her as she should.
- A-Cup Angst: Alice is...undeveloped, for someone of her ethnicity and age.
- Anime Accent Absence: Played straight, as Alice talks like native Japanese speaker despite being from overseas.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: For Shino, especially when Karen or Karasuma-sensei or Honoka comes between them.
- Flower Motifs: According to her character song, Alice's is the Camellia japonica (Japanese Camellia).
- Foreign Culture Fetish: Towards Japan.
- Girlish Pigtails: Merited in Alice's case as well, since she actually LOOKS like a little girl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: An adorably sweet girl with blonde hair.
- Height Angst: Is rather sensitive about her small stature.
- Heroic BSOD: In episode 11, she temporarily "forgets" how to speak Japanese because she is afraid Shino no longer likes her due to becoming Japanized.
- Important Hair Accessory: Alice wears the hairsticks Shinobu gave her.
- The Ingenue: She looks like a child in any way possible, physically and mentally. A little point in Episode 8: she still needs Shinobu to take her to the bathroom in midnight!
- Nice Girl: Sweet, kind-hearted, caring, friendly, and compassionate. Heck, she even helps cheer Shino up when she found out that Shino didn't do that well in the math test.
- Older Than She Looks: Alice is roughly around the same age as Shinobu, yet her petite size makes her pass her as a middle school student or even an elementary school student. You're right, Alice, an English girl, is small by Japanese standards.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Blond and blue-eyed.
- Shrinking Violet: Alice was extremely so when Shinobu was living in her house; even now she's still very shy.
- Single-Target Sexuality: As the self-proclaimed president of the Shino-club, she's Shino-sexual.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Carteret or Carterlet? Sentai Filmworks (the company that licensed this show for home video release), refers the last name as "Cartalet."
- Token Mini-Moe: Alice is only 139 cm (about 4'7") tall, and has only grown 3 centimeters since elementary school.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
One of Shino's circle of friends, and often seen together with Yoko, who was the first to befriend her after she transfered in during middle school. Because of this, she's become somewhat attached to Yoko, though she'll vehemently deny it. Nope, she's not attracted to Yoko at all, really!
Rather serious and studious, Aya has a bad habit of forgetting things, and much prefers indoor activities.
One of Shino's childhood friends, and the one who's known her the longest (enough that she's on Isami's "little sister" list), Yoko is cheerful, dependable, and somewhat boyish... Yet oddly enough she acts as the voice of reason for her circle of friends.
This knack for reading the atmosphere also fails her where Aya is concerned, and to date she is blissfully unaware that Aya want to be more than just friends.
- Big Eater: Yoko, who's hungry enough to eat her lunch before school on top of breakfast.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Flower Motifs: According to her character song, Yoko's is the Hydrangea.
- Genki Girl: Has some shades of this.
- Hidden Buxom: The other girls are quick to notice, fully surprised, that Yoko is incredibly good looking in a swim suit.
- Nice Girl: Lampshaded in Karen's pie chart describing her as "50% comedic retorts, 50% kind-hearted."
- Oblivious to Love: And how. When the class is split up for the new school year, she had no idea why Aya would be upset. The anime even lampshades it, outright spelling out "DENSE" onscreen.
- Only Sane Man: The most grounded of the cast.
- Red Oni: To Aya's blue.
- Straight Man: Quite often the tsukkomi to someone's bokke.
- Team Mom: Karen and Shino see Yoko this way.
Half-British and Half-Japanese, Karen is Alice's childhood friend. The daughter of a well-off family, she follows Alice to Japan when she learns about her friend being enrolled at a school there. She very quickly fits into Alice's new circle of friends, though it takes her a while before she could connect to her own classmates.
Karen herself is a hyperactive and irrepressible ball of energy, fond of peppering her Japanese with English phrases regardless of the context.
- Alliterative Name: Karen Kujo.
- Asleep in Class: She became a chronic class-sleeper in the second season.
- Anime Accent Absence: Unlike Alice, Karen has a noticeable (an exaggerated) accent to her Japanese.
- Big Eater: Karen also has some shades of this, in fact, it's even stated she can eat a lot of food without gaining weight.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-British, half-Japanese.
- Daddy's Girl: Alice notes that Karen and her father are close, prompting to Yoko to comment that she's this trope (specifically, she calls her a "Papako")
- Flower Motifs: According to her character song, Karen's is the Anemone.
- Genki Girl: Karen often acts like she's on a permanent sugar-high.
- Multiethnic Name: Hers is an unusual form of this trope, as she lampshaded. The name was deliberately chosen so that it taken as completely different names in different languages. The English use of this name has Armenian roots, while the Japanese use of the same name is a Chinese loanword, meaning "adorable." (Yes, the "Karen" in Zettai Karen Children)
- Neologizer: She frequently speaks in broken Japanese and custom words like "Ohayou goshaimashu" (Good Myowrning). Her class then copied it from her, thinking it was cute.
- Nice Girl: The reason why many of her classmates were giving her snacks.
- Occidental Otaku: At least, learnt Japanese from reading manga.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Blonde from her English half, though unlike Alice she has violet eyes. The anime seems to have trouble deciding between purple and brown a lot though...
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: She says "Jii~" a lot, along with other miscellaneous sounds.
- Shipper on Deck: In regards to Yoko and Aya's relationship. In fact, in episode 5, she even made an "Ayaya Pie Chart" that consisted of 10% intelligent, 10% shy, and 80% Yoko. Aya's reaction was priceless.
- Spoiled Sweet: It's suggested that Karen's personality is the result of this.
- Tsurime Eyes: Karen specifically mentions that her eyes are slanted like that, in contrast with Shino's more gentle and approachable look.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Her Union Jack blazer.
Shino's older sister, Isami works part-time as a model in teen fashion magazines. Unlike Shino, she's not only implied to be really intelligent, she's also very responsible, and stands in for her mother with regards to household chores if the latter is otherwise occupied. Does not secretly have a little sister fetish, nope
During the first season Isami was in her last year of high school, but come Hello
, she's a freshman in college.
- Big Sister Instinct: Isami has a serious case of it. Her animated cell phone background is all pictures of Shinobu, Yoko, and their friends. In episode 5 of the second season, she was an a bit of slump just because she couldn't apply this on Shinobu for a while.
- Cool Big Sis: For Yoko in particular, as Yoko has no older siblings of her own to look up to.
- Fashion Magazine: Isami works for one as a model and is moderately famous.
- The Gadfly: She is more like this in Hello!!, apparently tricking the main cast just for laughs.
- Gender-Blender Name: Kanji-wise her name means "courage," which is hardly feminine. Any femininity comes from the slightly feminine-sounding Alternate Character Reading.
- Lethal Chef: She claimed herself being this, but it's hard to say whether she's speaking the truth.
One of the teachers of the school, Karasuma teaches English class, and is the teacher that Shino and her friends interact with the most. She is known for her quirky personality, and for her trademark green jersey. She is an alumna of the school, and was part of the Theater Club when she was younger.
She is everyone's homeroom teacher for the first season, but come Hello
she becomes the adviser for Alice and Yoko's class instead.
- Big Eater: In the sixth episode of Hello!!, she finished a super-large sundae that Yoko can only finish half of it!
- Character Tic: Karasuma is very sensitive to any reference to her age.
- Christmas Cake: She says she's "praying" on Christmas. This probably means she's praying for a boyfriend.
- Cuteness Proximity: For Alice. She can't resist... putting bunny-ear headbands on her.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She's actually met Kuzehashi before, way back when they were both in high school, but it takes a picture of her when she was younger to finally make Kuzehashi make the connection.
- Meganekko: Wears a round pair.
- Sensei-chan: Lampshaded in Alice's "cast as a family" dream in Episode 11, where Karasuma was Shinobu's sister, while Aya is the mother and Yoko is the grandfather.
- Tareme Eyes: In contrast to Kuzehashi's Tsurime.
Another teacher at the school, she is first introduced in Hello
. She teaches Home Economics, and becomes the homeroom adviser for Karen, Aya, and Shino's class. Much like Karasuma, Kuzehashi is an alumna of the school, and was even part of the track team when she was younger.
She has an imposing and downright intimidating demeanour, but this belies a gentle soul who just wants to be closer to her students. She needs work on her smiles though.
- Cuteness Proximity: Often finds the students' antics thoroughly adorable.
- Early-Bird Cameo: During the final episode of Season 1, prior to her introduction in Hello!!, she can clearly be seen sitting next to Karasuma-sensei◊ during an assembly.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She's totally forgotten that she's met Karasuma-sensei before. It takes a photo of a younger Karasuma for her to realize that the goofy sempai that helped her adjust to high school was the very same co-worker.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a scrunchie over her sidetail at work.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Episode 2 of Hello reveals that she keeps a pet cat at home.
- In-Series Nickname: Yoko calls her "Kusshi-chan".
- Intergenerational Friendship: Though it took some work, Karen was able to become friends with Kuzehashi. It doesn't help her escape homework though.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Worn by her to go with the rest of her attire.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As much as she wishes to be closer and friendlier with her students, she doesn't let that get in the way of her status as a teacher. This is most often seen with Karen, the student she has the best relationship with (as Karen helped to get her to open up), but also the one she is seen disciplining the most because of Karen's various antics.
- Right Behind Me: Kuzehashi-sensei has a startling propensity to show up behind Karen just as the latter is sharing her (incorrect) observations on the former.
- Stern Teacher: Everyone's impression of her. Her near-constant serious look does NOT help matters. Though compared to the laid-back Karasuma she is far more strict.
- Tsurime Eyes: Like Karen, she wonders it makes her look less friendly.
- The Unsmile: Whenever she tries to smile, she tends to unintentionally glare instead.
One of Karen's classmates, in the first season she was the first in the class to reach out and befriend the former, who was feeling increasingly alienated as the semester passed. Predictably, she does this... through feeding Karen.
As of Hello
, she is still in the same class as Karen. Her family runs a cafe in town that serves hand-made sweets, which explains why she always seems to have them on hand.
- Ascended Extra: People would remember her as the girl who first befriends Karen in the first season. She gets more appearances (and voiced lines!) in Hello.
- Has a Type: Blondes, just like Shinobu. They amusingly bond over this.
- Imagine Spot: Frequently imagines Karen and Alice as western princesses, and her self as a lowly servant admiring them.
- Satellite Character: Her characterization before episode 6 of Hello could be summed up as "wanting to be around Karen", and "wanting to feed Karen". Episode 6 expands this considerably.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: She obviously has a crush on Karen.
- Through Her Stomach: Gives Karen candy frequently.
Kouta and Mitsuki Inokuma
Yoko's younger, fraternal twin siblings. At the beginning of Hello!!
, they are studying in the fourth grade. They're smarter for their age considering they noticed Aya love for Yoko as easily as the rest of the cast.
- Ascended Extra: They make a brief appearance is Season 1 before reappearing in Hello!!
- Consummate Liar: Both of them. Yoko says that they often tell lies that can be hard to distinguish from truth. Though it often flip-flops into Bad Liar territory.
- Flat Joy: They express their enthusiasm at going to the pool in a synchronized deadpan.
- Half-Identical Twins: They're practically a single character.
- Speak in Unison: It's not noticably frequent, but when they do do it, their monotone comes off as being less creepy and more adorable