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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.
- A-Cup Angst: While her small breasts are alluded to in episode 4 during Manabe and Zenzou's Ham-to-Ham Combat, this trope doesn't show up until episode 6's beach scene—and, especially, its ending.
- The song of the ending credits of episode 6 is completely about this trope, or, at least, some annoyance on how Manabe sees her breast. Per trope description she did try to remedy this by wearing loose clothing and showing her thighs.
- Even the mangaka plays with this by declaring a "boobie mousepad" of Haruka is just a cutout, meaning she doesn't have any.
- Adorkable: in shy and vulnerable mode; Every Home Should Have One.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: She is a victim of this trope, and so it is played in different ways.
- In the Downer Beginning she was socially shunned because of this trope— it didn't affect her sanity, but she was Innocently Insensitive enough to blurt out whatever she read. As a result she was treated as a freak or even a complusive liar, and she caused her own Parental Abandonment because she blurted her parents were cheating towards each other, so she is very entitled to feel this way; however the people around her were dishonest about their own feelings, too narrow-minded, and/or too weak in character to understand someone as unique as Haruka.
- After she had became a Broken Bird in her teens, she invokes this trope to drive people away, as she thought she's a Doom Magnet.
- The Downer Beginning was ended by the subversion of this trope; as she saw Manabe holds nothing of contempt about her, unlike everyone else. This subversion persists as Manabe is so honest so the invocation above doesn't work at all.
- Discussed later in episode 1, when Manabe admired of her powers...
Haruka: You idiot. There's nothing cool about it, you idiot... You don't know anything! You don't know how it feels to look into other people's minds!note
- In episode 9, when Yuriko asked her to recall the vision that made her collapse in episode 8, she pulled out Dull Eyes of Unhappiness, the first time since the first episode. Later that episode, when talking with Manabe, she said that was the most scary mind reading she ever had.
- All of the above explains why she's the goddess of this trope.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Generally people avoid her, and actually the first scene of the anime showed there's actually a radius around her that people didn't even want to enter lest their minds be read.
- Badass Pacifist: In episode 11, the criminal, Detective Tsukino's Enemy Within, had nearly killed Haruka if Manabe didn't appear right then and there. Haruka "counterattacks" by giving a speech about how You Are Not Alone, all with a Tearful Smile on her face. It works!
- Bad Liar: This poor girl has a very difficult time hiding her Telepathy since speech and thought are essentially the same to her. On the other hand, as an Ingenue, the lies she made to maintain her jerkass facade is usually very blatant—she's not that kind of a person to begin with.
- Beam of Enlightenment: These will show up the moment her Telepathy catches onto something dramatic and/or serious.
- Big Damn Heroes: In episode 1, she saves Manabe and herself from being run over by a careless delievery van driver.
- Blessed with Suck: Notoriously played straight during the first half of the first episode. Haruka's telepathic powers left her friendless, socially stigmatized and severely traumatized.
- Brain Critical Mass: Averted; she's hardly a Teen Genius in any way despite her telepathy, especially when compared with Dai'chi.
- Break the Cutie: The first ten minutes and twelve seconds of the first episode does nothing but systematically destroy the titular heroine's life. After being born with a telepathy ability she can't control, Haruka inadvertently blurts out her friends' and family's personal thoughts and secrets; her schoolmates label her a freak and compulsive liar, her parents divorce; and her mother runs out on her, saying to her face that she wishes she had never been born. A lonely Haruka desperately latches onto a stray cat she finds in a park, caring for it because she can't hear its thoughts and believes it is her only friend, only for it to be taken to a shelter - effectively a death sentence in Japan - by an insensitive old woman. This final abandonment leaves Haruka a bitter, broken shell of her former self who uses her power to drive away others so she doesn't hurt them. Fortunately, after meeting Manabe and other friends who accept her telepathy, she starts getting better.
- She relapsed in episode 11, when she thought she should not exist.
- Broken Bird: she starts at the new school, she has become cynical enough to use her telepathic powers to drive others away so she wouldn't hurt others.
- Brought Down to Normal: This happens to her in episode 8.
- Brutal Honesty: Deconstructed when used with her Telepathy since her words made all the people around her seem like a compulsive liar.
- Butt Monkey: A constant victim of trolling from her fellow club members as well as being incredibly clumsy. Done for Rule of Cute.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Calls out Kumiko on her treatment in Episode 12. After having enough of her insults. She even assaults her with a pillow.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her inability to confess to Manabe, however, does not affect their romance. She does confess at the end.
- The Cassandra: She is accused of being a compulsive liar with her mind reading abilities, particularly when she was younger. In the manga, her mother Kumiko still thinks she has delusional, in an psychiatric way.
- Character Development: The fact that she turns from a jerkass to someone closer to The Ingenue is telling.
- Cheated Angle: The curved cowlick on her head switches sides constantly and often multiple times in a single scene.
- Cheerful Child: Doubly subverted. She was one until people began to realize her ability and became a Broken Bird for ten years. She eventually develops back into this over the course of the story, thanks to Manabe.
- Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: Intentionally averted! The show's Fridge Page explains why. She doesn't know this about herself until the Grand Finale, but it's quite the scene when she realizes it!
- Creepy Child: How other people labeled her after they figured out she's a telepath. She doesn't take this well and it burdens her greatly.
- Cry Cute: Does this at the end of episode 1 when Manabe breaks her Jerkass Fašade.
- Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: It was really crappy during the Downer Beginning. See Break the Cutie and Trauma Conga Line.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: The OP implied this (tripped over her feet twice), but she officially admitted that in episode 5, in which she trips over nothing at all at an important moment.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Became a social outcast without even knowing why and realized how dark this world is for the first 15 years of her life. 'Nuff said.
- Deconstructor Fleet: She could have been a classic Moe protagonist and is one deep down. The problem is that her Telepathy cannot be turned off so she's unable to distinguish between speech and thought. In her backstory, she grew up in a society where Tatemae is a commonplace concept. Added to common moe traits of innocence and shyness, it did not end well for her at all. As a result, many of her major character tropes are either Deconstructed, Played for Drama, or they are simply cynical in nature.
- Despair Event Horizon: The stray cat incident (see Break the Cutie, above) is the most prominent example in the Downer Beginning, when she decided she is such a Doom Magnet monster that would bring doom to every living being that she cares about. From that point on she became a complete Broken Bird and wore a Jerkass Fašade so that nobody would care her and vice versa, until Manabe broke her shell.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: She never says this, but it is clear that the other students are taking advantage of her Extreme Doormat tendencies just because they can and often can get away with it. Manabe quickly realizes this and often gives her "a certain look" whenever she denies this, but he would never hesitate to speak in her defense.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: This is actually the least of her problems, as out of the few people that are willing to stand by her, Manabe and her grandfather Zenzan have sexual fantasies towards her. Provided everyone else she'd ever known was afraid of or hated her for her powers, she's willing to put up with it. This was once exploited by Manabe to check for Haruka's powers.
- Doom Magnet: How she sees herself at the worst of her broken-ness.
- The Drag-Along: She's a literal case since she's often Dragged by the Collar and thankfully always Played for Laughs. She's Justifiably apprehensive about proving that Psychic Powers exist because she knows that society is afraid of her inadvertent Telepathy, and she fears being even more of an outcast.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness:
- She initially has these (of the 'no iris' variety) after far too many Freak Outs to count in her life, which thankfully doesn't last too long in-show. She still shows it when she recalls her past in the second half of episode 1, though.
- She got that again in episode 11 when she was broken due to a heavy Guilt Complex.
- Dynamic Character: Oh yes! She went from Cheerful Child to Broken Bird, and back to an even more Cheerful Child in just twelve episodes. See her profile picture.
- Eating Lunch Alone: How would this trope not be used when she has a serious case of All of the Other Reindeer? The situation actually reminds of the Instant Death Radius, below.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: She can't transmit her own thoughts to people. Until episode 11, that is, when she manages to telepathically call for Manabe's help while the criminal who had been attacking high schoolers is trying to kill her.
- Between the Telepathy, Power Incontinence, the fact she's rejected by her society and Isolating herself from others because A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read, she could be one with Touhou's Satori Komeiji. This point actually causes the frequent crossover between this work and Touhou among viewers, usually by replacing Haruka with Satori.
- On the other hand: short, short-haired, childishly naive, clumsy, Hollywood Tone-Deaf and insecure... Enokids must have taken some hints from Hidamari Sketch's Yuno as well.
- Considering their voice actress, similar shyness, and tendency for Tender Tears, several Pretty Cure fans may call Haruka a broken version of Yayoi Kise/Cure Peace.
- Extreme Doormat: Justified, Deconstructed, and Exploited. She doesn't speak up because she would likely and unintentionally reveal people's inner selves which often infuriates them even more and validates their Abomination Accusation Attack hence why she's the perfect victim from their perspective. Because of this, she doesn't even bother trying to be social which is affecting her mental health despite how much her Jerkass Fašade denies it. Much of the show is devoted to having her growing away from this.
- Fainting Seer: Suprisingly rare for a telepath, but she had it twice, in the stinger of episode 8 and at the end of episode 10, when saw a vision of what looks like a violent crime, got a Heroic BSOD, and faints.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Not on a Supreme Chef level, mind you; but it's certainly above average.
- Forgot About Her Powers: Subverted due to the aversion of Conveniently Coherent Thoughts above. For someone who can read minds, she can be surprisingly unaware of people's intentions at times even though her Telepathy is always on. This is because those intentions are actually a part of the person's Hidden Depths. Thus, Haruka would need to focus on said person to have a chance of seeing it. There are two noteworthy examples of this, both in the Grand Finale: Detective Tsukino's Split Personality and Kumiko's regret for invoking I Have No Son.
- Fortune Teller: She becomes one during the later half of episode 2. It was Yuriko's first idea to prove Psychic Powers exist after recruiting Haruka; however, it backfires. Hiyori and her Girl Posse give her a vicious Poke in the Third Eye and continue to torment Haruka afterwards, leaving Yuriko to bear guilt for pressuring Haruka to do this for her.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Conflicted Up to Eleven; She fits every part of the description almost too well.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic; she's highly insecure, timid to a fault, wants people to understand her and vice-versa, and is a complete sweetheart.
- Fragile Flower: She has no constitution for sudden pressure, and she caves like a house of cards when threatened. It's often played for laughs, at which point it's kind of cute. As the series goes on, she tries to address this and grow some backbone, but it seems a part of it will always be ingrained into her nature. See also Lovable Coward.
- Friendless Background:
- Guilt Complex: Because of her past, even now she still blames herself for everything bad that is related to her (even clearly it's not due to her). Manabe calls her out for that in episode 10.
- Hates Being Alone: She's highly introverted, but even she admits this about herself towards Manabe in Episode 1.
- The Hermit: Deconstructed. It's a part of her Jerkass Fašade and deliberately having nobody else in her life is taking its toll against her. She does live alone in the Present Day, but the difference between solitude and loneliness is made quite clear as the show goes on.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Deconstructed and Justified. She's hated for being an Innocently Insensitive Living Lie Detector in a Crapsaccharine World where Tatemae is the socially dominant belief for acceptance. Everybody assumes that she uses her Telepathy to spy on people's thoughts and feelings on purpose when it's really just Power Incontinence. This kicks off her Trauma Conga Line during the Downer Beginning, and this trope persists in the Present Day too.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Mifune and, after episode 4, Moritani
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: when singing the anime OP in episode 3 and the anime's main ED in episode 12. In the latter case, she sings so badly, that Manabe is shown to age in face motion and Dai'chi's glasses break. Yuriko's smart and protects her ears with headphones.
- Hope Is Scary: She has been seen to be this in the first episodes; Manabe convinced her for the last quarter of episode 1 and this trope also underlies why she vanished temporarily at the end of episode 3.
- Hurting Heroine: That's putting it lightly! See Break the Cutie above. Of course, Manabe makes her realize this when Haruka explains her Freudian Excuse to him in Episode 1.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: You can't blame the girl after all the hell she's gone though because nobody understood her gift and how to cope with it.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: A "Need to Belong" type. This is how she really feels deep down paradoxically to Leave Me Alone below. Deconstructed since she sees herself to be a Doom Magnet and has a major Guilt Complex about it. Ergo, she feels unworthy to have friends in the first place.
- Innocently Insensitive: The combination of this and telepathy is very, very traumatizing.
- Instant Mind Reading Radius: It's the first thing the viewer sees◊.
- Internalized Categorism: By high school age she is enough of a Broken Bird to believe she is actually a "creepy monster."
- Jerkass: She was painted as the arch version of this by those around her. Eventually...
- Jerkass Fašade: she cynically comes to the conclusion that she's a Doom Magnet, and the only way to avoid hurting people in the long run (and by extension, being hurt by abandonment from someone she cares about again) is this. Mind, people already assume she's a horrible person, she just decides to cultivate it so no one will get close to her again. Thankfully Manabe breaks through before it becomes terminal.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: The stray cat incident aside, this trait is more pronounced in the manga.
- Leave Me Alone: She requested this from Manabe at the end of episode 1, as she thought his being close to her would eventually hurt him. Manabe talked her out of it, at least to try to be friends with him. Haruka also provides the page quote.
- Living Lie Detector: Deconstructed and Justified. It's why she's a social outcast. Having Telepathy with a side order of Power Incontinence will do that.
- Location Theme Naming: According to Word of God her surname comes from Kotoura, Tottori.
- Look Both Ways: Averted in Episode 1. She was able to save both Manabe's life and her own simply because her Telepathy allowed her to see an oncomming, careless delivery van driver that's running the red light at full speed.
- Looney Friends Break Your Jerkass Fašade. A glorious Justification. If not for Manabe and the ESP club, she would have been a Broken Bird for who knows how much longer or worse as Detective Tsukino shows us in episodes 9 through 11 as a jealous, child-beating (or even raping and murdering) criminal.
- Lonely Rich Kid: although in her case its due to her mind-reading abilities.
- Loners Are Freaks: Inverted; she's not seen as a freak since she's a loner, but the reverse: after she's broken, she gradually distances herself as much as possible from people. Fortunately, Manabe and the ESP club help her out of this trope gradually.
- Lovable Coward: she is ridiculously timid, and can get scared by her closest friends merely acting tough for laughs. In less serious situations, she usually responds by crying and/or running away.
- Meaningful Name: Haruka means "distant" which can refer to her highly introverted nature. Kotoura can be seen as as combination of "kotoba" (word) and "ura" (back or hidden side). This combination makes a rather appropriate name for a mind reader, someone capable of seeing the hidden sides of people's words without having to be close to them (both physically and metaphorically). A slightly different explanation can be seen in the title of the opening theme Sonna koto Ura no Mata Urabanashi, desho? (This is the Secret of Secrets, right?, emphasis added.)
- Mind Over Manners: She hasn't quite figured out yet that maybe she should be more discrete about talking about her powers. Of course, then there wouldn't be a plot. Later on, though, she invoked this to maintain a Jerkass Fašade so that people doesn't come close to her. The problem is, it doesn't work for Manabe—he doesn't have a secret he doesn't mind sharing, his perversion included.
- Minor Living Alone: Justified due to Parental Abandonment brought fourth by Kumiko's I Have No Daughter and the general consensus that roommates would be bothered by her Telepathy, especially during her Leave Me Alone phase. Zenzou, Haruka's unbelievably wealthy grandfather, pays for the apartment's rent.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: On the surface she may look like rude, freaky jerkass who blurts out other people's secrets, but that's only a Jerkass Fašade she cultivated after passing the Despair Event Horizon far too many times and genuinely thought herself as a freak who would hurt anyone she cares about. Deep down she is more similar to a conventional moe heroine.
- Never Be Hurt Again: Her reason to keep a Jerkass Fašade during her Broken Bird stage.
- New Transfer Student: Twice, to the same school. Once in the first episode, right at the end of the Downer Beginning, when she attempted to change the environment. In episode 3, she ran away after hearing that Manabe was injured, declaring It's All My Fault and her world didn't change at all. In episode 4, she was thinking of where else to transfer when the ESP Club and Hiyori arrived and talked her out of it. She then was transferred back to the same class she has been attending!
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When Yuriko finally comes clean to her about having used and manipulated her, Haruka tells her that she knew about it. She just went along because she was also getting something out of it, namely a place where she could belong.
- Older Than They Look: Haruka herself is short among the girls, and her mother often teased her for looking child-like. Even more telling is after Haruka told Kumiko of her Dirty Mind-Reading of Kumiko's boyfriend Tsuyama, Kumiko accused Tsuyama for being a lolicon.
- Parental Abandonment: With a double whammy of I Have No Son—due to her innocently called out the infidelities of her parents.
- Power Incontinence: She can't shut off her mind reading powers, nor can she differentiate between speech and thoughts. She has some limited control over focusing on individual minds to read in the all the noise, but if she can't see them she may end up reading any nearby mind. Although she has a few friends now, she's still socially shunned by most because of this.
(Yuriko has been forcing Haruka to enter her club due to "rumours.")
Yuriko: *You can read minds, right?*
Yuriko: You're the real thing!
- Protectorate: She is this to the ESP club. It's a part of why the club exists. Eventually, Yuriko changed the club's mission to "play with espers," which pretty much lampshaded this.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: She gets an adorable set of these in episode 7 after Yuriko tells her to believe in Manabe anyway (who's suspiciously avoiding her in this episode). Yuriko is speaking from experience since her thoughts were centered around her own Dark and Troubled Past, and Haruka saw it all hence the reaction.
- Quivering Eyes: They do this every time she is called and/or thought of as "a monster", which is her Trigger. The second episode even combines this with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises, Dull Eyes of Unhappiness, Tears of Fear, and Stress Vomit for a truly horrifying effect.
- Rage Breaking Point: After having enough of her mother's negativity.
- Raised by Grandparents: After her parents left her, she was raised by Zenzou, her maternal grandfather.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Hiyori and Manabe's Red, albiet the former's shade is darker.
- The Scapegoat: A perpetual one during the Downer Beginning; her classmates constantly lie about their own thoughts and feelings to be personally secure among others, so blaming the Honest Advisor who also happens to be a Living Lie Detector was especially cruel and selfish on the other children's part. The kicker is that this behavior is apparently OK with the adults as well! It's no wonder how the setting became a Crapsaccharine World.
- Sick Episode: In episode 8, she gets a fever and a cold, but that isn't the worst part: her Telepathy ceases to function during this time. She becomes healthy enough to walk during the second half, but she still isn't at 100% until The Stinger of said episode when she reads someone's murderous thoughts and collapses.
- Single Power Superheroine: She personally feels like a monster for most of the show, but Character Development spurs her into being one of these. She does so in episode 9 to track the criminal that's been beating, murdering, and/or raping high school students, and she continues being one when she confronts the actual criminal, Detective Tsukino's Enemy Within, via "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight in episode 11.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She loves Manabe not only because he accepts her for who she is, but also he literally speaks his mind, regardless of his sexual fantasies.
- Skyward Scream: She does this during the Downer Beginning in the Gray Rain of Depression when the mean old lady sends the stray cat to an animal shelter (effectively a death sentence in Japan). Made even more poignant since the scene itself becomes silent as the Grief Song swells over.
- Sweet Tooth: This is the only thing she gave to the class when she introduced herself when she transferred in, and that was manga-only. In the anime this trait was only alluded to.
- Tearful Smile: She pulls this off amazingly well in episode 11 just before she opens her arms for the criminal, Detective Tsukino. See You Are Not Alone for context.
- Tears of Fear: In episode 2, she sheds these because Hiyori is exploiting her Telepathy as Haruka is telling Hiyori's fortune. It's quite the horrific scene too...
- Tears of Remorse: She's not actually guilty, but she often cries these anyway because she grew up being blamed for everyone's problems and it became a habit.
- Telepathy: A Deconstruction. This is Haruka's power, to her detriment.
- Tender Tears: Often combined with Ocular Gushers. Again, it's very difficult to blame her.
- Token Mini-Moe: Downplayed in the mini department. She is Two Heads Taller than Dai'chi Muroto, but she is still significantly short when compared to the other ESP Society members who have more realistic heights. However, Haruka is most definitely The Cutie of the group whereas Dai'chi has no Moe traits at all.
- Trauma Conga Line: The start of the first episode is one big one especially for her: Her classmates ostracize her at school because she's different; her parents' unstable marriage is scuttled by her absentee, philandering father and lonely, desperate mother; her mother eventually abandons her, saying Haruka should never have been born to her face; a stray cat she was caring for - her last remaining friend - was taken to the pound by a cranky old woman (effectively a death sentence in Japan); and a broken, cynical Haruka ends up living alone, convinced it's better than being around other people.
- Trigger: Being called a "monster" is a severe trigger that causes her hard-earned sense of self-worth and happiness to crumble, reverting her to her pessimistic and broken persona.
- Troperiffic: Did you notice the scroll bar on the side become about three times longer than its original length just by opening this character profile alone? This is notable because it's rare for a character from a Romantic Comedy to achieve this, especially for a Twelve-Episode Anime. As of time of writing (6/29/2014), her profile's length consumes 57% of the entire page.
- Tsundere: Very tsuntsun whenever Manabe's being a pervert or an idiot, but defaults to deredere.
- Twisted-Knee Collapse: She does this immediately after the Skyward Scream above. Unusually for the trope, this was animated in profile.
- Used To Be More Social: She's definitely a sweetheart and easily likable. However, she became an outcast because people were afraid and offended of her inadvertent Telepathy, even though she never realized it until they lashed out at her for it. Deconstructed, since she wants to be more social, but she's afraid because she lives in a seemingly sweet yet corrupt society of lies that has No Sympathy for her.
- You Are Not Alone: She is on the receiving end of this for most of the show. However, she finally gets to be on the giving end in episode 11 which also invoked "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight for the reciever: Detective Tsukino, a Not So Different "criminal" who has a bad case of Enemy Within. The result was the Good side won and turned herself in only to be Easily Forgiven.
- You Monster!: Deconstructed. This is her Trigger, and it often cues either Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises and/or Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. She's normally a good person; however, her always-on Telepathy often makes her look like an Innocently Insensitive mental invader towards others, hence the accusation.
Manabe—when he's not having sexual fantasies, that is.
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.
- Deuteragonist: as our heroine's Foil, Living Emotional Crutch, and Love Interest
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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: Zenzou occasionally has dirty thoughts about Haruka, particularly focusing on her thighs and butt. And in Episode 7, he fantasizes seeing Haruka completely naked in a hot spring (which is comically the exact same fantasy that Manabe had a few seconds earlier). Oh, and did we mention that he's her grandfather?
- 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.
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.
- Slouch of Villainy: While not evil, or a villain of course, she displays a rather prominent one while lying on Harukas bed in Episode 12.
- 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.