Characters from Kuragehime.
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The Amars/The Nuns
The inhabitants of "Nunnery" who are Otaku in some way or another. Their apartment is owned by Chieko's mother, who has gone abroad to follow her fangirl crush. Although Chieko is the manager, Mejiro-sensei the resident Mangaka enforces a strict "No Men" rule and employs the other inhabitants as assistants.Tropes applying to all of the "Nuns" are:
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In the presence of their respective obsessions they can't focus on anything else.
- Beautiful All Along: They all eventually get makeovers.
- Christmas Cake: Most of them are over thirty, with the exception of Tsukimi.
- Deer in the Headlights/Taken for Granite: Parodied; they turn to stone when confronted by men and/or stylish people.
- Does Not Like Men: More like scared stiff by men.
- Food as Bribe: Kuranosuke has made use of this in the past, such as when he takes Banba and some of the others for meat.
- Gonk: None of them are conventionally attractive. This is a rare example where the gonks are the main characters (though Tsukimi, the protagonist, is more plain than gonkish).
- Limited Wardrobe: They are always seen wearing the same outfits in contrast to Kuranosuke's Unlimited Wardrobe.
- Lovable Nerd: They are portrayed sympathetically, though the narration doesn't completely gloss over the fact, that they are childish freeloaders.
- NEET: Though referring to them as as such is a major Berserk Button.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Strongly implied. It's the number one thing that shouldn't be mentioned in the Nunnery.
- Nerd Glasses: Tsukimi, Chieko, and Jiji wear glasses.
- No Social Skills: They can't move in the proximity of anyone "stylish".
- Otaku: Each of them have something they're obsessed with in a rather nerdy way.
- Serious Business: They all take their hobbies very seriously.
- Starving Artist: As Mejiro-sensei's unofficial assistants by inking the pages of her manga.
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Kuranosuke's Veronica and Shu's Betty and the Betty to Inari's Veronica for Shu's Archie.
- Blind Without 'Em: Without her glasses she can barely see a few feet in front of her, and everything past that gets blurry.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Passes out after a single glass of "sweet sake," which has little to no alcohol.
- Clark Kenting: Towards Shu, who doesn't realize she's the same person, in combination with Beautiful All Along.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: When exposed to the outside world, she often just can't function.
- Ditzy Genius: She's a walking jellyfish encyclopedia; not so much with other stuff.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her default hairstyle, compatibile with her youth and naiveté.
- Heroic BSOD: Happens to her on a regular basis, with its triggers including, but not limited to: finding out that Kuranosuke is a boy, hearing him tell her that he wanted to see her again, being hugged by Shu in the aquarium, and having Kuranosuke walk in on her when she pretends to dress up in a lacy jellyfish dress.
- A more memorable example is after seeing Shu walking with Inori. She walks back home in the rain and locks herself in her room and cries. Another happens after seeing the photo of Inori and Shu after their "night" together. She struggles to get to sleep without thinking about the picture and results to drinking sake to forget it.
- Kimono Fanservice: Her attempts to get out of one go embarrassingly wrong.
- Let's Get Dangerous: She manages to push her social phobias aside long enough to demand that a single jellyfish be moved to a safer tank. Don't get in her way when she's making a jellyfish dress, either.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji for Tsukimi (月海) reversed can be read as "kurage" (海月), or "jellyfish".
- Meganekko: She wears glasses and is very introverted.
- Messy Hair: Her hair looks messy most of the time.
- Missing Mom: One of the few tropes she has in common with Kuranosuke.
- Nosebleed: Her reaction to being hugged by a man.
- Not Good with People: She tends to prefer the company of jellyfish.
- Oblivious to Love: Tsukimi is beyond oblivious: she's so convinced that no one could ever be attracted to her that she goes out of her way to misinterpret even the most straightforward indications of love such as Shuu saying "I like you" or President Kai's kiss.
- Secret Keeper: She's the only Nun who knows Kuranosuke is really male. Naturally, things get awkward.
- Starving Artist: She wants to be an illustrator and has quite a lot of talent. Kuranosuke helps her out by selling her creations.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Flashbacks show that Tsukimi looks like her mom.
- Talking to the Dead: Narrates through voiceovers with her late mother.
- Write Who You Know: Tsukimi is almost exactly how the author was as a young girl, jellyfish obsession and all, but aged up for extra pathos.
- Youthful Freckles: Though she is 18 years old, she's probably the youngest of the entire main cast.
Voiced by: Kimiko Saito (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN)
The daughter of the owner of the Nunnery. She is obsessed with traditional Japanese dolls and kimono.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT threaten to sell her dolls, or mess with the settings on her sewing machine. Even if, in both cases, it's part of a plot by Kuranosuke to keep the Nuns from getting evicted.
- Fat Girl: She's not a girl anymore, so it's less glaring, but she once mentions herself being chubby and it's implied it's a complex of her and one possible cause of her reclusion.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Only ever wears kimono. She comments at length on how much easier kimono is to sew compared to Western clothing, since it only uses straight lines in sewing and is not form-fitting.
- Landlady: It's actually her mother who's the landlady, but since she left to follow her fangirl crush to Korea, Chieko fills this role while she's away.
- Only Sane Woman: Of the Nuns, she seems to have the most real-world sense.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Averted, and the only member of the group Kuranosuke doesn't apply this to. It's explained that she doesn't need to, as the other members of the group looking fancier in turn makes her look fancier since she already wears kimono constantly.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She has an uncanny resemblance to her mother, Chiyoko. Kuranosuke and Tsukimi even mistake them for twins.
- Team Mom: She is the acting landlady, has the most social skills of the Amars and generally is the person most often being the adult of the house.
Mayaya's obsession is Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: In this case, "Big Girl, Little Girl" and she is this with Banba, as Mayaya is very tall, and Banba is comically small.
- Blinding Bangs: It turns out that she has her bangs like this on purpose, since they hide her sinister-looking eyes, which she's self-conscious of.
- Evil Eyebrows: Shows one such looking pair after her face is shown. Totally non-indicative, though.
- Character Tics: Spasmodic karate-ing, as well as exclaiming "Nuwoo!" when excited.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Her response to a Moe version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms: "DIE A THOUSAND DEATHS!!"
- Genki Girl: Mayaya is very enthusiastic whenever she speaks.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: She's not evil, bu her having narrow, sinister-looking eyes was — among other things — why she was called 'Contract Killer' in school. Until she started combing her hair in front of them, which was when she was nicknamed 'Bamboo Broom'.
- Hot-Blooded: Complete with No Indoor Voice and very over-the-top dialogue.
- Huge Schoolgirl: She was tall for her age back in school.
- Large Ham: Reacts to the smallest crises in the Nuns' house with loud cries of "EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY!"
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She can pass as a model when she is dressed up (though she still has to be silent and refrain from her usual manner of moving to do so).
- Statuesque Stunner: In "After" mode. So much that she gets to be a model in the manga, and even Hanamori, who's usually more obsessed with cars than girls, offers her his services at a first glance.
- Those Two Girls: With Banba, with whom she spends most of the time.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Her default hairstyle, and the only thing visually indicating that she is a woman.
- Woman Child: She is one of the most childish residents of Amamizukan, complaining she has to work and often acting as The Load.
Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (JP), Mariela Ortiz (EN)
A train Otaku with a large afro.
- Berserk Button: It's better not to add noodles to the meat in Banba's presence.
- Big Girl, Little Girl: With Mayaya, who is very tall, while Banba is exceptionally small.
- Blinding Bangs: Her hair covers her face.
- Compressed Hair: In "After" mode. "Afro . . . SEALED!"
- Emotionless Girl: She has a very stoic demeanor.
- Felony Misdemeanor: "Don't put shiratake noodles next to the meat! Unless you want it to be hard as a rock!"
- Funny Afro: Kuranosuke eventually gives up on trying to style it and hides its massive weight under a short blonde wig. However, it's surprisingly popular with the Stylish (they ask to touch it) and it's what ultimately inspires a model in Yokohama to accept the girls' jellyfish dresses at a fashion show.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Much of her face is covered, so it's difficult to tell what her gender is.
- Leap Day: Her birthday is February 29th.
- Little Miss Snarker: Subverted due to her age, but she certainly looks the part. And technically speaking, she is both little and a miss.
- Older Than She Looks: She claims to be 8 since she was born on a leap year. She is also the smallest in the group.
- Ore Onna: She uses the masculine, informal pronoun "ore".
- Rail Enthusiast: She has an extensive set of model trains, has subway posters on her wall and draws trains in doodles even when irrelevant to the subject at hand.(when going with Mayaya to Yokohama) The Minatomirai Line will be MINE!
- Stat-O-Vision: Parodied with her "Meat Scope", an ability to scope out high-quality meat.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She really likes meat, to the point that she calls Kuranosuke "Meat" and pesters him for meat whenever she sees him.
- Woman Child: Along with Mayaya, she is one of the most childish residents of Amamizukan, complaining she has to work and often acting as The Load.
Jiji is one of the Amars who is obsessed with mature, old men.
- Brainy Brunette: She is one of the few nuns exhibiting useful work skills.
- The Chick: She starts out as this, mostly hiding in the shadows, but becomes more of The Smart Girl later on by taking on the role of Product Manager.
- Comically Missing the Point: When the neighbors of the Nuns' house are evicted, instead of worrying how soon the same fate may come to them, she bemoans the fact that she no longer has an attractive old man, who had been "maturing so beautifully" in her neighborhood.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has pale skin and dark hair, and comes across as a bit creepier than the others due to her quiet voice and fixation on much older men.
- The Quiet One: She barely talks.
- Shrinking Violet: She is the most shy member of the Amars, even without the presence of the "stylish" people.
Juon MejiroThe rarely seen mangaka of Yaoi who advises and regulates the other residents.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Tsukimi writes her a letter asking what the punishment would be for bringing a man into the house, she covers up Tsukimi's message with a single, giant message: "DEATH."
- Hikikomori: She hardly ever leaves her room, to the point that she's never seen onscreen and communicates with the others by passing written messages under her door.
- The Ghost: Never once comes out of her room during the entire anime series, communicating only in writing through the crack below her door.
- Reclusive Artist: An In-Universe example, to the point that we never actually see her. Perhaps it is this reclusiveness that allows her to, having not argued about it at length, design the final logo for the jellyfish dresses.
- Yaoi Fangirl: She draws Boys Love manga for a living, so naturally she'd be this.
- Agent Peacock: Kuranosuke is a slightly more realistic than usual version. He saves the jellyfish for Tsukimi and other awesome stuff.
- Alliterative Name: Kuranosuke Koibuchi
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To his older brother Shu, always stirring some problems and refusing to be The Dutiful Son.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Other women comments on how attractive Kuranosuke is, not realizing that he's a man.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Shu's Betty for Tsukimi's Archie. He is the flashy, eccentric and outgoing one.
- Bishōnen: Logically, to pass as a pretty girl, one must be a pretty boy first.
- Black Sheep: He's the only person in his family who has no desire to go into politics. Instead, he wants a career in fashion.
- Blithe Spirit: He certainly brings life both in his serious household and to reclused lives of the Amars.
- Camp Straight: Cross-dresses, dreams of entering the fashion world, all his friends are girls...and yet, he really is straight!
- Chick Magnet: Discusses the fact that he has no difficulty attracting the hottest and most popular girls so he's surprised to find himself falling for Tsukimi.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He briefly turns into one when he sees Shu hugging Tsukimi.
- Determinator: He's not one to give up, even when everyone else is.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Enough that, when the Nunz discover his breasts are fake, they instead jump to the conclusion that he's a very flat-chested girl wearing inserts out of insecurity.
- Expy: a flamboyant blonde kid who is the illegitimate son of an extremely rich and powerful individual in Japan and was ripped away from his European mother at a young age. He marvels the poor and nerdy main character with his sense of money, benevolently manipulates her for his own purposes, and eventually falls in love with her. Why does this sound familiar?
- Fake Boobs: When Kuranosuke passes out in the lobby of their apartment building, Mayaya attempts to help by applying Vicks Vapo-Rub to "her" chest, and in the process discovers that Kuranosuke's breasts are fake. Mayaya and the other members of the Sisterhood present completely miss the obvious and instead accuse Kuranosuke of padding "her" bra to hide her A-Cup Angst.
- The Fashionista: He is always seen wearing stylish clothing.
- Gender Vocabulary Slip: Slips into the ore pronoun, but since he's so good at cross-dressing, he still passes as a bokukko (with a bit of help from Tsukimi).
- Heroic Bastard: He is the son of Mr. Koibuchi and his lover.
- Hidden Depths: One of the reasons Kuranosuke cross-dresses, revealed late in the series, is a desire to connect with his absent mother, who often gave him pretty things and showed off her dresses to him; not to mention a half-subconscious belief that, if he had been born a girl instead of a potential heir, his mother might not have left/been separated from him. The series leaves the exact nature of her departure unexplained.
- Innocently Insensitive: Has an unfortunate habit of touching off the Nuns' Berserk Buttons, such as asking if they're virgins or employed.
- Ladykiller in Love: After dating many conventionally hot girls, he falls for Tsukimi, though he's in denial and she's rather clueless.
- Larynx Dissonance: Voiced by a woman in the Japanese version, albeit one famed for being able to sound entirely male. Averted in the dub for the most part, though played straight when he's younger.
- Like Mother, Like Son: He dresses like his mother in order to feel closer to her.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Kuranosuke may be a fashion obsessed cross-dresser, but he makes clear that he's popular among the ladies and has had a lot of girlfriends in the past. Also, not being a virgin is one of the things which separate him from the "freaks" of the society like Amars.
- Matchmaker Crush: Kuranosuke does his best to get Shu and Tsukimi together, only to realize a bit too late that he's falling for Tsukimi.
- Sibling Triangle: Both he and Shu like Tsukimi.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With the serious and responsible Shu.
- Sixth Ranger: As an honorary member of the Amars.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Gender aside, he looks like his mother.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: A lot of male fans state-side have really taken a shine to Kuranosuke's "Kurako" persona as of late. Not to mention the fact that both the Koibuchi family's house staff and Prime Minister/Uncle Negeishi's aides have noted that he is quite the looker, and very attractive. Even Inari's assistant/co-worker agrees, much to her vehement chagrin.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: He has a large variety of different outfits.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He enjoys cross-dressing and is pretty good at it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink wigs. Or purple, or whatever he decides to wear.
- Adorkable: Especially when he's crushing on Tsukimi. He's a successful businessman and respected member of the society, but he has no idea of how to function in dating and relationship world.
- The Dutiful Son: Unlike Kuranosuke, Shuu wants to follow in his father's footsteps and be a politician.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Falls for Tsukimi's "After" mode. Doesn't recognize her and ignores her in "Before" mode. In the manga he eventually figures out they're the same person, and decides he still likes her anyway.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. He's the closest thing this cast has to a responsible, stable, well-functioning in the society adult man and he's revealed to be a virgin at the age of 30.
- Not So Stoic: He's not as expressive as Kuranosuke, but he's not devoid of any emotion either.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only one trying to reason with his younger brother. Too bad Kuranosuke doesn't listen to him.
- Primal Scene: G-rated version. His phobia of women comes from catching his father cheating with Kuranosuke's mother at a young age.
- Secret Keeper: Kuranosuke's mom calls Shū to ask him to get Tsukimi's original jellyfish dress after seeing her son on TV. Naturally, Shū can't tell Kuranosuke.
- Shrinking Violet: He's fine with talking with business-people and his own family, but he gets very shy around Tsukimi.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Shu is reserved, tactical, and responsible. His brother is loud and flamboyant, very tactless, and irresponsible.
- Would Hit a Girl: Shu proved that if you push him too far, he will retaliate. Though, admittedly, the victim completely deserved it. He later apologizes, which throws Inari and ruins her blackmail scheme speech.
Voiced by: Mugihito (JP), Charles Campbell (EN)
Shū and Kuranosuke's father, whose delivery is nearly always deadpan.
- Heir Club for Men: The reason why he took Kuranosuke from his mom is because he was born a boy. In the chapter 63 it's revealed that Lina did plan to raise Kuranosuke on her own but realized that she's too young and that task's too big for her, and thus she gave up her son to his father. Kuranosuke still thinks that the reason was that he's a boy.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Toward Kuranosuke. He isn't happy that the second "heir" he brought into the house is a happy-go-lucky cross-dresser instead of the serious, PR-savvy son he wanted.
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Jerry Russell (EN)The Prime Minister of Japan and Kuranosuke's uncle.
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)The Koibuchi family's chauffeur. He really likes Benzes.
- The Casanova: He is a real lady killer , but either his quirks make his girlfriends walk away in frustration or he just doesn't want to commit. Or both.
- Childhood Friends: With Shū. Even with that in mind, Hanamori is willing to sell out Shu if it means protecting his precious car.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Aside from being a Benz enthusiast and his uncomfortable lack of consideration to social situations, Hanamori thinks that he should follow Banba's orders over Shū's because he naturally can't defy orders from people with afros.
- He also loves taking part in protests regardless of who or what is being protested and even if the protests are against his own employers!
- Comedic Sociopathy: He has absolutely no morals when you use the Benz argument for manipulation and his tendency to put cars above people is entirely Played for Laughs.
- The Comically Serious: He wears a serious expression while saying/doing something hilarious.
- The Driver: He is Koibuchi family's chauffeur and is really into his work, as it means he gets to spend more time in a Benz.
- Not So Different: He is just as a hardcore Otaku as the Amars. They notice quickly, call him "Benz otaku" and let him into their house, despite Hanamori being handsome, "stylish" and male.
- Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: Breaks out in hives from eating manila clams, which he knew would happen anyway when he attempted to save Shu from Inari's advances.
- Too Much Information: When Hanamori is surrounded by the "24 Ophelias" he blurts out that he's so obsessed with cars that his girlfriend left him because he loves cars more than her. Later, he lets it slip that if he's bribed with cars he'll reveal anything to anyone and at the fashion show goes into great detail that Kuranosuke is just a cross-dresser, not transsexual.
- Watch the Paint Job: He really pampers those Benzes. Lucky for him, none of them have been wrecked... yet.
- He's mentioned that he broke up with his own girlfriend because he preferred to spend more time with his Benzes than her.
Voiced by: Junko Kitanishi (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
The person in charge of renovating the Nunnery's district. Not a very nice person.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Tsukimi's Betty for Shu's Archie, as the sexy, worldly woman opposed to a clumsy virgin. Unfortunately for her, Shu is also a clumsy virgin and therefore is put off by Inari.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She can be sweet and polite as can be when it benefits her, but is nasty and ruthless underneath.
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted. She pretended to be upset by Shu's rejection and decided to "end it". It turns out to be a very cruel joke and she just shrugs it off. Shu doesn't respond well to this.
- Femme Fatale: Uses her good looks to make men bend to her will. It doesn't work on Shu, though.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple/Purple Is Powerful: Wears purple outfits with matching lipstick and nail polish, and is an elegant (well, in terms of presence) "career woman".
- The Love Slap of Epiphany: Falls for Shu after he slaps her for jokingly faking having an overdose and this makes her realize that her methods of blackmail have gone too far.
- Manipulative Bitch: She makes it look like she and Shu spent the night together and threatens to expose the pictures if he refuses her.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji for Inari's name is shared with a Shinto deity who is closely associated with Kitsune. What do the Nuns call her? "The Vixen."
- Sleeping Their Way To The Top: She admits to having slept her way to the top which makes her "relationship" with Shu such an issue when it doesn't work out in her favor.
- Smug Snake: She is over-the-top villainous and is much less effective than she would like to think.
- Totally Radical: At one point her assistant points out that her slang makes her sound like she's from The80s. She politely tells him to shut up.
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (JP), Cris George (EN)A private investigator and childhood friend of Hanamori. He's hired to spy on Shu and Inari.
Voiced by: Kaoru Katakai (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN)The owner of Amamizukan and Chieko's mom. A groupie of South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon.
NomuA Blythe doll maniac and Chieko's friend. She views as her dolls as her daughters and real people as "worthless little worms." Becomes a pattern maker for the Amars.
- Girlish Pigtails: The hairstyle she usually sports is two pigtails with ringlets and her interests and fashion taste are quite feminine.
- Lonely Doll Girl: She considers her dolls a better company than humans and prior to joining the Amars in their fashion friends she doesn't appear to be a part of any social group.
- Not Good with People: She's as socially inept as the Amars and also appears to be a bit on the rude side.
- Verbal Tic: "Doffu!", the noise she occasionally makes when she talks.
NishaAn Indian woman who works with her brother in a sewing workshop. She agrees to help Kuranosuke and Tsukimi, though she is constantly telling them they're idiots for going into a industry they know nothing about.
- Brutal Honesty: She has no problem with sharing her opinions with others, and they're not of the kindest sort.
- But Not Too Foreign: Nisha is Indian but speaks fluent Japanese since her ex-husband was Japanese.
- Catch Phrase: "Are you stupid?!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's prone to snarking at everybody around but she does help the main characters.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Her ex-husband was a picture framer in Kishiwada.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: He daughter's flashbacks depict her as an angelic figure. Also, Tsukimi appears to talk to her mom in her mind a lot more than to her dad in reality.
- Ill Girl: She was of a fragile health and died young due to an unspecified illness.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for years, but she is still present in Tsukimi's thoughts.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She was quite beautiful, a quality that her daughter has not inherited (at least in the latter's own opinion).
- Glamorous Single Mother: Kuranosuke's father didn't divorce his wife and Lina never married him.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: She wanted Kuranosuke to be a girl so he wouldn't have to be taken away from her by the Koibuchi family. It's implied this is one of the reasons why he cross-dresses.
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (JP), Lara Woodhull (EN)
The jellyfish that Tsukimi rescued in the first episode.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes she'll pop up and address the audience in order to explain some detail about the Amars.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Her cutesy way of talking in the Japanese version.
- Eye Catch: She's featured in them.
- Punny Name: Clara's transliterated spelling (Kurara) is one character off from Kurage (Jellyfish, but you should know that by now).
- Spell My Name with an "S": Clara/Klara/Kurara.