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    Haruka Kotoura 

Haruka Kotoura

Above: Haruka Kotoura, second scene of the anime.Below: Haruka Kotoura, last scene of the anime.
Voiced by Hisako Kanemoto
The female protagonist and the anime's viewpoint character.

Small, cute and kindhearted, Haruka Kotoura could have lived an simple, uneventful life like the many anime heroines before her.

The catch is, she's born telepathic in an universe that muggles don't believe in psychics. To make it worse, she can't turn it off, nor can she distinguish between speech and thoughts well, in a country with a tradition of hiding one's mind by lying as socially appropriate.

Eventually her classmates ostracize her for blurting out their secrets innocently, even accusing her of being a compulsive liar. She causes her parents to divorce by blurting out they are cheating on each other. Her mother, who had been quite protective of her, decides that Haruka is ruining her life and disowns her. This is enough to put little Haruka past the Despair Event Horizon, as she doesn't even understand why people hate her. Later on, after she discovers she has been mind-reading all along, she becomes broken enough to decide she's actually a Doom Magnet that will bring despair to everything she's close to (having a cat taken to a shelter for euthanasia by an insensitive old lady doesn't help), and decides maintain a Jerkass Fašade so that she can be alone.

So she transfers to a new high school and ends up sitting next to Manabe, a boy who hides nothing—perversion included. With him, she starts to have a more normal life (with romance on the side) while continuing to come to terms with her powers and her past.
    Yoshihisa Manabe 

Yoshihisa Manabe

Manabe—when he's not having sexual fantasies, that is.
Voiced by Jun Fukushima
The main male protagonist, and the manga's viewpoint character. Yoshihisa Manabe (usually only in Last Name Basis) is one air-headed pervert... except he is completely honest and has a heart of gold. He's the person who saw through Haruka's broken Jerkass Fašade and made her start smiling again, and quickly became her closest friend. As a true pervert, he enjoys having sexual fantasies of Haruka, just to make her fluster.
  • Above the Influence: Despite his blatant perversion, Manabe can't take advantage of Haruka even when he has a decent opening. And this is with him quite literally trying to force himself to follow through on his intentions (with Haruka's grandfather's blessing no less); he can't bring himself to act anything less than honorably in Haruka's presence ("honorable" for a horny Manabe, anyway).
  • All Men Are Perverts: A Running Gag of this series is Manabe's imagine spots about different ways to sexualize Haruka, and Haruka's Dirty Mind-Reading that immediately follows.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • His perversion is usually emphasized by having him act like and occasionally turn into a Wolf.
    • For exactly the same trait Enokids drew him as a monkey in the pages after chapters.
  • Badass: He managed to beat four dojo members that Hiyori sent after him. Also, in a different sense, just check the Awesome Moments page, which details Manabe singlehandedly standing up to and overcoming many of the pitfalls that could befall a relationship a Broken Bird could be re-broken by. Cruel classmates, ridicule, all the problems of dating a psychic, abusive parents, extensive issues stemming from trauma; you name it, Manabe refuses to let it get in the way of true love. It's enough to validate retain Haruka's faith, keeping in mind her extreme cynicism and bad experiences. A romantic badass, if you will.
  • Battle Aura:
    • Early in the series, he gets a hilariously outrageous one when he starts thinking dirty thoughts to mess with Haruka.
    • One more time in episode 5 when Haruka said she'd rather hug Hiyori rather than him.
  • Berserk Button: Mock, belittle, or just straight mess with Haruka in general and prepare to have his wrath brought down upon you.
  • Beware The Nice and Silly Ones: Underestimating him is a very terrible idea. See Badass and Let's Get Dangerous.
  • Big Secret: He has one during the second half of Episode 7. It's actually a Surprise Party for Haruka's birthday which is celebrated at the end of the episode. The fact that he managed to keep this away from Haruka that entire time was extremely Badass on his part!
  • Brutal Honesty: His version is Lighter and Softer than Haruka's because he plays it for both laughs and drama.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's kooky as all hell, but he constantly uses his zaniness as a calculated method of reassurance or encouragement for Haruka exactly when she needs it.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He repeatedly teases Haruka by fantasizing about her for the express purpose of winding her up, but as soon as he finds out Haruka's being bullied, he confronts the bully about it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He is pretty much an airhead with a heart of gold.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Manabe is both very strong and an amazing fighter. These qualities come up very rarely and can be mistaken for instances of the Rule of Funny, but he has the occasional feats of strength to back it up.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist; cheerful guy with a passion to protect Haruka and sees many things in a very unusual, yet loving way.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine; a kooky clown with insatiable humor and energy and is a fun-lover with a love of life.
  • Freaky Is Cool: He believes in that, which is basically why Hiyori and Haruka fell for him.
  • Foil: To Haruka. Who better to accompany a mind reader than a guy who says exactly what he thinks?
  • Foreshadowing: In the first episode, he claims Hiyori is only trying to get his attention because his fighting skills would really improve the Moritani dojo. A couple of episodes later, when he manages to seriously injure four members of the dojo that Hiyori sends after him, it's shown that he wasn't idly bragging. This does not work in the manga, though, as Hiyori is the daughter of cult leaders there. In the equivalent line in manga, Manabe claimed Hiyori was only trying to convert him into that cult.
  • Fun Personified: This is his default outlook and personality. He lives in the moment, enjoys himself, seeks to humor and/or fluster others. However, he definitely knows when to be serious.
  • The Gadfly: In episode 8 he realises that Haruka can't read his mind due to her having a cold so he can fantasise all he likes, then realises it's not fun if she doesn't react.
  • Honest Advisor: This is the quality that Haruka appreciates the most about him besides being a Nice Guy.
  • Idiot Hero: A rare one in a Romantic Comedy. This is lampshaded by his senpais in episode 7. Though he's at least smart enough to pass his classes, which can't be said for Hiyori.
  • Last Name Basis: It's the standard in this series, but he's particularly serious that his first name Yoshihisa is nearly unused.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He looks and acts incompetent half the time, but he has scarily good social wits which come in handy very often.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Haruka's grandfather is strikingly similar to him.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He is a raging pervert, but he is mostly excused for his behavior because, in a hypothetical situation, if you put him in a room with, say, a beautiful supermodel and Haruka in it, he'd give the supermodel a token leer for a second or so, and then go on fantasizing about his girlfriend without hesitation, clearly smitten, which is heartwarming in a backhanded sort of way, even if he does tend to add on... upgrades to her figure. For that matter, he doesn't actually mind taking it slow with Haruka.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Gender Inverted Example to Haruka, bringing her out of her shell with his love of life, wacky antics, and copious amounts of perverted Imagine Spots.
  • The McCoy
  • My Girl Is a Slut: When Manabe mistook Haruka and Hiyori's practicing a Love Confession (for Manabe) as a one between the two girls... he still found that a turn-on, not only because Girl on Girl Is Hot, but also because of this trope.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his perversion. Haruka and Hiyori can vouch for that.
  • Oblivious to Love: Despite multiple hints that Hiyori's been attracted to him for years, Manabe never seems to realize that she fell for him. He also doesn't realize that Haruka has fallen for him as well. This was lampshaded in the first chapter of manga, when Haruka, at the time still on a Jerkass Fašade and hence quite snarky, calls him a "flag crusher."
  • One Head Taller: Than Haruka.
  • Only Friend: Towards Haruka very briefly—the off-screen period between Chapter/Episode 1/2.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's the first character to bring joy and fun to Haruka after her Downer Beginning. This aspect of him thankfully never changes and he knows when it's time to drop the act.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Haruka's Blue
  • Sprouting Ears: From Haruka's point of view, at least—Manabe's entire head often goes into werewolf-mode when he's feeling lustful.
  • Static Character: In contrast to everyone else, notably Haruka. He's okay with who he is and how people see him, especially from Haruka's point of view.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: With Zenzou. Their erotic fantasies are identical.
  • Tranquil Fury: He first used this against Hiyori in episode 2 when he confronted her about bullying Haruka during the latter's stint as a Fortune Teller. He also uses this as a shorthand to let Haruka know that he's not falling for her Blatant Lies.
  • What Does He See in Her?: In the beginning of episode 2, other girls in class are puzzled as to why Manabe is in love with the "creepy" New Transfer Student Haruka.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Frankly, Haruka's downward spiral wouldn't be broken without his understanding and protection.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Unlike his girlfriend who is a Bad Liar, he never crosses that line. Justified since she is a Telepath.
  • Yuri Fan: Although he loves her and knows, that Haruka is straight as a laser line, his thoughts tend to wander in that direction whenever Haruka and Yuriko seem to get affectionate at all.
    Hiyori Moritani 

Hiyori Moritani

Voiced by Yurika Kubo
  • Action Girl: Anime-only; this comes with being Heiress To The Dojo.
  • The Atoner: after Haruka forgives her. She becomes overly sensitive about upsetting Haruka.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She initially hates how Haruka seemed to swipe Manabe from her, so she tries to alienate and bully her in episode 2. Once Manabe realizes what's going on, he confronts her about it and calls her out on her bullying.
  • Book Dumb: In episode 6, it has been revealed Hiyori's grades were very poor, despite looking more intelligent than Manabe, resident airhead.
  • The Bully: In the second episode — see Jerkass, below. She had a Heel-Face Turn, though.
  • Butt Monkey: After her Heel-Face Turn, she typically gets the short end of the stick out of any scenario, mostly Played for Laughs. Though given what happened when she finally confessed to Manabe, only mostly.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She had a crush on Manabe for a long time before the story starts, but she didn't confess until episode 11, long after Manabe is already stable with Haruka.
  • The Chew Toy: In episodes 5 and 6.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Because Manabe shows genuine interest in Haruka without the latter trying anything like she did to win his affections.
  • Cry Cute: In episode 3, she does this after Kotoura forgave her. Justified as well, since Moritani sincerly regrets that her scheming had gone too far.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: Cynic; very rough and antagonistic with huge vices for things and people that don't sit well with her, doesn't play by the rules, and is sometimes thuggish.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric; easy to anger and upset, often ignores others' feelings, and gets things done once her mind is set on it.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She does one after episode 4, when she realized she caused a lot of trouble for Manabe and didn't understand how much pain Haruka was trying to hold in.
  • Heiress To The Dojo: Hiyori in the anime, but she dislikes being it. This is why she has a crush with Manabe; he didn't care about her position, similar to how he see Haruka now.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Manabe; Manabe wasn't even interested in dating her at all, even before he fell for Haruka.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • In Episode 4, She planned on bringing Haruka after seeing how unhappy Manabe was.
    • Although she gives him a Love Confession in episode 11, she later tells him that she was pretty happy seeing him and Haruka together.
  • Jerkass: at first. In the second episode, she requested a reading from Haruka and then psychically assaulted her with vile thoughts. Haruka, who has been recovering from a destroyed childhood related to her telepathy, fell into a Heroic BSOD and vomited. Hiyori and classmates then proceeded to bully Haruka for vomiting in school...
  • Lethal Chef:
    • The contrast between her "cooking" with Haruka's (good but not yet Supreme Chef levels, as Dai'chi commented) in episode 5 is clear. Manabe just calls the salisbury steak she cooked poison.
    • In episode 7, she made a meal so bad that it had not only infernally bad taste, but also altered their minds into self-unaware and unknowing Lovable Sex Maniacs: it made Hiyori want to get frisky with Manabe, then with Haruka. Manabe cuddled a vase, thinking it was Haruka.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her mental bullying towards Haruka in episode 2 and asking people to attack Manabe in episode 3 was mainly driven by her realization that she had became the Hopeless Suitor for Manabe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: A darker Red to Haruka's Blue
  • Romantic Runner-Up: She confessed to Manabe in episode 11. He told her he loves Haruka.
    Yuriko Mifune 

Yuriko Mifune

Voiced by Kana Hanazawa
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: She believes in psychics, but she dismisses ghosts as ridiculous delusions, and explains Haruka's ghost sightings in episode 6 as accidental telepathy (sort of like Doing In the Wizard with a different wizard). She's right, but Manabe doesn't hesitate to lampshade how inconsistent this is.
  • Bad Bad Acting: She tries to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but Dai'chi points out plainly that she's just fooling herself in thinking she's that cold-hearted. While she does have a partially hidden agenda regarding Haruka (presumably to make Haruka well-known as a psychic in order to vindicate Yuriko's mother), she still seems to care about her greatly.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In episode 7, Yuriko reveals part of her past to Haruka. Shortly after her mother committed suicide due to accusations of being a fraud, some kids mock and bully her. But then Dai'chi shows up, and tells her that he still believed her mother was a real psychic. She starts to cry after hearing it, and Haruka later turns on the waterworks as well.
  • Berserk Button: Don't take the club activities lightly, or else she's gonna threaten to beat you up with a chair.
  • Big Breast Pride - Mainly demonstrated in the Beach Episode, in which her persistent self-Gainaxing completely fails to impress Dai'chi.
  • Broken Bird: her mother committed suicide due to people's allegations that she was a fraud and trickster who pretended to be clairvoyant. It weighs heavily on her, as Haruka finds out in episode 2.
  • Cassandra Truth: Her mom isn't a fake. Only Dai'chi believes in this.
  • Clear Their Name: This is her motivation, as her mother was Driven to Suicide after being falsely accused to be a fake—and even now the latter was still seen as one.
  • Cool Big Sis: She is literally the first figure of motherly affection in Haruka's life after her own mother disowned her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother's death in infamy caused her lots of problems, to state it lightly.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: Realist; grounded in facts and is unconventional in utilizing them, cares about her goal and eventually learns to care about the people around her, and open to possibilities.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric/Sanguine blend; highly excitable and takes charge of situations in a tactical manner, a people-person who enthusiasticly sets her sights on her goals but sometimes ignores the feelings of her teammates.
  • Genki Girl: The ESP Society seems to run on her energy...
  • Hot-Blooded: ...and her enthusiasm.
  • Huge Girl Tiny Guy: The huge girl to Muroto's tiny guy.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Evolves into this; she claims near the end that she was only using Haruka to show that her mother wasn't a fake, and that psychic powers for real. Nobody buys it.
  • The Kirk
  • Large Ham: She can become very hammy when the issue on hand is ESP or on protecting Haruka.
  • The Leader: The headstrong and charismatic type.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: She always has a Red-Orange Hairband to go along with her blue hair and Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother was Driven to Suicide.
  • Plucky Girl: Nothing seems to stop this fiercely determined young woman in her quest to change society's views against Psychic Powers.
  • Rebel Leader: Not to any person or group, but rather the Tatemae ideal which has encouraged society to ruin the lives of many actual espers and their close relatives.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Dai'chi's Blue.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: A young woman with her looks and temperament probably wouldn't have much trouble finding a date, but Yuriko relentlessly pursues the nebbish but intelligent and kind Dai'chi. His apparent refusal to acknowledge her charms, sexual or otherwise, merely spurs her attempts to make him notice her.
  • Soap Box Sadie: She explains her life's purpose practically every time she and the club meet someone new.
  • The Unfettered: She even admits this herself. She's the goal-devoted and unapprehensive type, and she's not subtle about it either.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
    Dai'chi Muroto 

Dai'chi Muroto

Voiced by Hiro Shimono
The diminutive vice-president of the ESP Research Club, and Yuriko's Childhood Friend. He the voice of reason of the club and acts to counteract Yuriko's Hot Bloodedness, but can sometimes be quite cunning as well. He's the first in the grade and also likes to play video games.
  • Celibate Hero: He isn't a single bit interested in Yuriko's sexual teasing, and so she was actually jealous about Haruka having Manabe.
    Yuriko: Manabe-kun has his issues, but being ignored really hurts a girl...
  • First Name Basis: Unusually for this series, he is this with Yuriko.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: Apathetic; consistently neutral outlook, doesn't show biases, often aloof and on the sidelines, plays along but is more of an observer.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic; unfeeling but highly analytical of everything around him and speaks with precision that often "stings" people.
  • Frozen Face: His weird fish-lips + shiny-glasses combo seems to be a sort of poker-face he guards himself with instinctively. As the series goes on, it becomes clear that he's just naturally reserved like that.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: He ignores Yuriko's self-Gainaxing in episode 6, to Yuriko's chagrin.
  • Location Theme Naming: Word of God mentioned his name comes from Muroto, Kochi.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He is drawn markedly different from the rest of the cast, being shorter, rounded, and with minimal facial features save his lips, usually drawn in a fish-like pursing. When he speaks seriously with Yuriko, he is drawn much more seriously and normally, complete with visible eyes.
  • Older Than They Look: He is excessively short; when Haruka first saw him she thought he was a primary schooler. A flashback in the anime shows him way back in middle school. There is no visual difference; in fact, he looks more mature in the flashback because his nose and eyes are consistently visible.
  • Only Friend: He is this for Yuriko at least for awhile.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Though Yuriko makes several moves on him throughout the series. They're close enough to be practically family, especially since Yuriko lost her mother.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Yuriko's Red
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Inverted and played with a little. His coke-bottle glasses are opaque, which, when combined with his height, give him a rather nebbish look. His eyes are only shown when he speaks seriously, specifically to Yuriko, complete with a marked change in demeanor.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The shortest one in the group and he also plays The Smart Guy.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: He is one. Per the trope he also acts as The Smart Guy to at least Yuriko, if not the massage wand as well.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the most rational and cool-headed member of the club, and he always picks up on what everyone else misses.
  • The Spock
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The tiny guy to Mifune's huge girl.
    Zenzou Kotoura 

Zenzou Kotoura

Haruka's maternal grandfather, who took the parent's role for Haruka's after her parents disowned her, and acts as her safe haven before there was Manabe—but is as perverted as the latter. He is apparently extremely rich.
  • All Men Are Perverts: No less perverted than Manabe.
  • Cool Old Guy: he is among some of the few people willing to stand by Haruka.
  • Dirty Old Man: He is as much of a pervert as Manabe is, as evidenced by him making Haruka sit on his lap, then bragging about it later to her friends in episode 4.
  • Fiction 500: He's on it, if the events of episode 6 are any indication.
  • Nice Guy: Regardless of him being a pervert, he is kind and attentive to Haruka, and is highly supportive of her romance to the point of coaching the boyfriend through it. He also treats her friends to a great vacation and is very friendly with them. Underlying this is his absolute outrage at his daughter's abusiveness, expressing complete intolerance for the casual prejudice most people have towards Haruka.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Not only as the only one who stands by Haruka. When he meets Hiyori, he implies quite clearly that he knows what she did to Haruka and that she isn't off the hook with him.
    • He was also so outraged at his actual daughter's treatment of his granddaughter that he disowned her outright. When he comes across her again, the first thing out of his mouth is a warning that he never wanted to see her again.
  • Pervert Dad: Downplayed and played for laughs, since it's barely serious. He fantasizes about his granddaughter constantly. But between being a genuinely loving and doting grandfather and Haruka being a mind-reader, there doesn't seem to have ever been an actual problem with his behavior (and Haruka isn't shy about berating him about it).
  • Shipper on Deck: He's all for Manabe/Haruka and actually complained, in episode 6, that Manabe didn't kiss Haruka for the entire episode.
    Kumiko Kotoura 

Kumiko Kotoura

Voiced by Kikuko Inoue

Haruka's mother and Zenzou's daughter. She may be quite doting towards Haruka in the beginning, but disowned Haruka later on due to the burden of the latter's telepathy—and the fact that Haruka disclosed that she cheated. They reconcile in the end.
  • The Alcoholic: Started to drown her sorrows because of obvious reasons. When she came over to her daughter's place, she had her buy copious amount of alcohol and drank them.
  • Broken Bird: Broken from the frustrations over Haruka's powers.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: She has evil eyes croseed with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness for the entire season. But near the end of the final episode, when she reconciles with Haruka, her eyes change into normal ones.
  • I Have No Daughter: Disowned Haruka and sequentially disowned by Zenzou. She immediately regrets the decision but by then the damage was done.
  • Humans Are Flawed: But still fundamentally good.
  • Jerkass: Most of the season.
    • She abandons her because she and her husband were cheating on each other.
    • Also, resenting Haruka for being happy, as well as having the audacity to insult Haruka in public after abandoning said daughter as a little girl.
    • She even considered sending Haruka to a mental ward.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Particularly because she is Haruka's greatest failure.
  • Medicate The Medium: Deconstructed in the Downer Beginning. Neither Kumiko nor her daughter Haruka are aware of the latter's inadvertent Telepathy, and the school told Kumiko that Haruka is being "a compulsive liar" even though she's really revealing everyone else's lies. After several hospital visits note , none of the doctors could find anything truly wrong with Haruka enough to take her in because Psychic Powers are not recognized by the setting's mainstream science and Haruka wasn't sick nor delusional in any sense. This failure drives Kumiko into alcoholism, and Kumiko eventually disowns Haruka altogether since Kumiko could not understand Haruka at all.
  • Pet the Dog: The anime spent great lengths to portray Haruka's mom Kumiko as better than how the viewers see her.
    • In episode 8 Haruka has a flashback on how her mother took cared of her when she was ill—before recognizing her telepathic abilities. That's a far cry from how the mother was latter, which is easily summarized as being an Abusive Parent.
    • Haruka's mother is given another moment in episode 9 when Manabe proudly declares that he would never abandon her no matter what happens. Although her mother says something along the lines of "do whatever you want", Manabe immediately starts having perverted thoughts, provoking a momentary Mama Bear moment in her to protect Haruka from his usual attempted advances. It was enough for Haruka to briefly feel her mother's feelings prior to her mental breakdown and abandonment.
    • And finally the last episode, when she comes to Haruka's apartment, has dinner with her, and after that they fight and reconcile. Haruka reads her mind when she falls asleep after that, and we see that after her "I should have never given birth to you!" line, she was actually crying.
  • Spoiled Brat: This is how Zenzou described her in the manga.
  • Tsundere: Deconstructed. She's a Type A towards her daughter, and the reader who get to this far should know how that works to their mutual detriment...
  • Your Cheating Heart: This bit her in the ass during the Downer Beginning. Her workaholic husband could not help her raise Haruka, their daughter; so she sought "pleasure" elsewhere. Since Haruka is telepathic (and doesn't know this herself due to Power Incontinence), she reveals that both parents were doing this to each other. Cue the divorce and Kumiko angrily blaming it on Haruka.

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