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    Fujisaki Girls Academy Student Council 

Kurahashi Riko

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Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Drama CD) and Manami Numakura (Anime)

  • Book Dumb: How she got into Fujisaki is a bit of a mystery, and lampshaded as such.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: To her crushes. It's the only other reason she wasn't recognized by the boys - she never makes the first move herself. Taken to an extreme when she falls for Nagi and refuses to admit it until she tells her friends in chapter 10 of volume 7.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Nagi seems to have had an one sided crush on her when they were kids, later she gets a crush on him when she meets him again.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Anytime a girl shows interest in Nagi or Nagi complements a girl that isn't her, she freaks out.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Our first treatment started when she aggressively saved two girls from an incoming football kicked by two schoolboys. The result: the girls look up (with heart-shaped eyes, people!) to her like a manly prince.
  • Genki Girl
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Wild One"
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Claims to have extensive experience with guys and dating, but actually doesn't.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Her masculine traits (read: One of the Boys) scares the other boys away from her.
  • One of the Boys: Since she fails at femininity up to the present day, none of the boys recognized her as a girl.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Receives one from Suzune.
  • Ship Tease: From Volume 5 onward, about where the anime ended, she gets a lot of ship tease with Nagi.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She only really fell for Nagi when he covered for her.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Concerning her non-existent love life. When her friends ask if she likes Nagi, she denies it saying she just thinks about him all the time and he sometimes makes her heart beat faster, which they lampshade
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe. After she learns her Embarrassing Nickname, she counters it by acting ridiculously cute and imitating Maki, driving everyone nuts. Sayori finds it especially painful.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Riko tried to correct her first witness of Natsuo's romantic rehearsal early on, which led Natsuo to think that Riko used to have boyfriends in the past. Riko subtly tried to deny such a conlusion, but Natsuo put so much faith in her that she, in fear of disappointing Natsuo, continued lying about her status. Ever since, she became Natsuo's reluctant love life advisor, who then spread the word to people like Suzune, much to Riko's chagrin.

Maki Natsuo

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Voiced by: Yui Horie (Drama CD) and Chinatsu Akasaki (Anime)

  • Academic Athlete: Implied.
  • The Ace: She's a top-notch student at The Fujisaki Girls' Academy who has some incredibly good grades, charismatic people skills with the teachers and efficient human resource managing. Riko mentions that Maki is so impressive that she could do all of this at once at no penalty to her overall performance - in Riko's words, "a super middle schooler".
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her dad runs a lingerie company, and appeared in a commercial extolling various womens' undergarments in song. She's very sensitive about it.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between her and Yan.
  • Big Fancy House
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She pulls some really Insane Troll Logic out of nowhere in what should be ideal circumstances in a romantic encounter. This causes her otherwise normal behavior to turn eccentric, and turns off at least two of the guys at the cram school as a result.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Due to her intelligence, kindness and beauty. She gains the same reaction Riko gets from their fellow schoolmates.
  • First-Name Basis: When a boy uses her first name without honorifics (thinking it was her last name) she completely panics, acting like he stole her Sacred First Kiss, and falls into a Heroic B.S.O.D.. She had, of course, envisioned some insane romantic scenario in which a guy she'd been dating for months would finally use her first name without honorifics.
  • Girly Girl: She makes girly runs, is hopelessly romantic and fits the bill of a graceful young lady (that is, until Insane Troll Logic kicks in...).
  • Girly Run
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Appears to have blue hair, but characters describe it as gorgeously black.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She was this to Yuiko, until Yuiko promptly resigned in disgust.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Prior to meeting Riko, she was largely self-reliant. Then when Riko greets her friend Mika in the hallway, Maki has a sad look on her face at seeing how friendly the two girls are. Later on, after she finds out that Riko lied about being an expert on love, she was more distressed at the fact that Riko wanted to quit the student council and probably not spend any more time with her, than the fact that she lied. At least until the latter gave a heartfelt apology, stated she didn't want to quit, and declared them to be best friends.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Fuji's Princess"
  • Insane Troll Logic: Owing to her Cloud Cuckoo Lander status, Maki's wacky conclusions in supposedly perfect courting situations lead to some very fatal errors, such as exaggerating the melodrama of a young relationship situation between two lovers, dislocating Riko's fingers in a practice of holding hands, simulating Crash-Into Hello at break-neck speed, and improving one's attractiveness by exposing one's nape rather than making an Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Although she doesn't flaunt her riches, her father is a successful, if somewhat embarrassing, businessman, and kept her away from boys her age. This may help explain why Maki has such weird ideas about guys in the first place, particularly after her sister accidentally reads some of her love lab notes and convinces him to loosen his grip on her upbringing a little, lest some smooth talking playboy exploits her naiveness.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: It's a part of her Girly Girl charm.
  • Love Freak: To a fault by way of Insane Troll Logic.
  • Ojou
  • Parody Sue: As a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Ace Student, she's overly competent in all academic issues, but is exaggeratedly terrible at her love life.
  • Sacred First Kiss: A common gag is Yan stealing her "first times" on many occasions, much to her chagrin, since her simulated romantic scenarios are ruined every time. These include the first time she was called by her first name, the first time she was in picture with a boy, the first time she was saved from an accident, etc.
  • Student Council President: In effect, to the extent that most students think she's the president, but technically she's the vice-president.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Riko jokes that it'd be easier to study if a hot guy was encouraging her...so Maki dresses up as one.
  • Terrible Artist: Her body pillow has a crude caricature of a male student on it, in stark contrast to the more conventional Bishounen or Hunk. For the sake of Rule of Funny, her romance fantasies involve meeting a living version of her absurd artwork.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She brings up things like Meet Cute moments, only to screw 'em up with Insane Troll Logic.

Tanahashi Suzune

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Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani (Drama CD) and Minase Inori (Anime)

Enomoto Yuiko

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Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (Drama CD) and Ayane Sakura (Anime)

Mizushima Sayori

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Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Drama CD) and Taichi You (Anime)

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Affectionate Nickname: Gets called "Sayo" by Yuiko.
  • Blind Without 'Em: She actually tripped on her own feet after the girls take her glasses away briefly to change her look for a date.
  • Brutal Honesty: She often says it like she sees it, which doesn't go over well with Riko a lot of times.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : She meets up with her secret boyfriend once, outside of school. A member of the shady newspaper club wanders by and takes a picture, accidentally reveals it to the teachers, and Sayori is nearly kicked out of the student council.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gamer Chick
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Supposedly has a boyfriend, whom she hasn't seen in person since their relationship began. Subverted; he does exist.
  • Greed: In the form of Money Fetish, no less.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much of a Jerk Ass she can be at times, she does have moments where she's nice and does things without an ulterior motive, such as when Maki's love lab notes were accidentally distributed at a student council meeting. Sayo claims that said notes were research for a question given to them anonymously by a student, and they all accept that excuse, since they're unaware of Maki's Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies.
  • Meganekko
  • Money Fetish: She openly admits to Yuiko that it's money she likes, not the accounting work that comes with the treasurer position and worse, obsessed with controlling the fundings of people she can manipulate.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the sense that she's the only one in the student council who doesn't fall for Riko's lie.
  • Riches to Rags: She was transferred out from Fujisaki Academy to a public school when she was in her fourth grade because her parent's business went under.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A large portion of the time.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Discussed by Maki when describing her.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • When She Smiles: Has only two known instances of actual happy laughter, both of them heart-melting; especially to Yuiko.
  • Wingding Eyes: Displays yen symbols in her eyes in at least one scene.

    Minami Middle School’s Student 

Nagino Satoshi

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Riko's childhood friend and former football teammate. He goes to the same cram school as Yan and Mika.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him cute.
  • Bishōnen: He is often thought as cute by the girls.
  • Book Dumb: On par with Riko.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Satoshi and Riko were somewhat close when they were younger, and later on he admits to Maki that he did have a crush on Riko. Whether that was a lie to cover for Riko, or a truth, considering he did run away after hearing Riko rejected him, is uncertain.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He did not like hearing that Riko spent a night with a boy(it was Maki crossdressed but Nagi didn't know)
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In his childhood.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Nagi gets it the most out of the boys with the main cast calling him cute and Mika even saying he was her type.
  • Nice Guy: He usually friendly and has willingly let his social status take a hit to help Riko. Also one of the few boys that treats Maki with respect.
  • Oblivious to Love
  • One of the Boys: Gender Inverted, Riko stated she treated him as a girl due to his appearance when they were young.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Gender Inverted, even Riko couldn't recognize him at first.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Trying to ask Nagi about how or why he confessed to Riko usually sends him into a blind rage.
  • Tsundere: Type B, he's nice and polite to everyone but Riko pushes his buttons.
  • Those Two Guys: For a while he would always appear with Yan, this started to lessen when he and Yan got more screentime.

Ikezawa Masaomi/Yan

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The Vice-President of Minami Middle School's Student Council. He goes to the same cram school as Nagi and Mika.
  • The Ace: Every bit as good as Maki.
  • Anti-Hero: Crude, mean, aggressive but he is one of the few boys that treat Maki as a person and not as a piece of meat and will help her out if needed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like Sayori, he often tells it like he sees it.
  • Defrosting Ice King: In the past he was even more cold and started to calm down when he started tutoring Riko.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Like Maki, he's this to Haru.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Yan"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty mean at times and will mock people as he likes. But he does give credit where credit is due and willingly tutored Riko and Nagi.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Well not love, he doesn't know that Maki is the student council president and has stated on many occasions that he deeply respects Fujisaki's student council president. On the other hand he sees Maki as a weirdo.
  • Megane
  • Mistaken Nationality
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone called him Yan, Riko doesn't even remember his real name at first.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Receives one from Maki, Suzu's handmade.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Incidentally, he was also the one who was forced to tutor Riko so that she could attend Fujisaki, which seems to have high academic requirements. When he tells Maki about it, he seems really resentful about it however.

Toda Haruka

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The Student Council President of Minami Middle School's Student Council.

    Fujisaki Girls Academy Newspaper Association 

Minami Momoka

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Voiced by: Chuna
Member of the newspaper association, used to be classmate with Sayo in public elementary school.

Ichikawa Nana

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Voiced by: Rina Hidaka.
Member and the photographer of the newspaper association.

Kiriyama Mika

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Voiced by: Suwa Ayaka
Riko's friend and classmate, goes to the same cram school as Nagi and Yan. She joined the newspaper association in vol. 7.

    Other Characters 

Sugihara Miyabi

Voiced by: Satomi Arai
Sayo and Eno's homeroom teacher.

Kurahashi Rentarou

Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki
Riko's younger brother.

Kurahashi Yumiko

Voiced by: Kamei Yoshiko
Riko's mother.

Maki Masanobu

Maki's father, he is the president of "True Tree" lingerie company.

Maki Natsuho

Maki's older sister.

Tanahashi Yuuya

Suzu's older brother. He works as an illustrator in Mars Design Company.

Makino (Tanahashi) Hiroka

Voiced By: Saori Hayami
Suzu's older sister.

Yamazaki Yuu

Voiced by: Murase Ayumu
Sayo's classmate in public elementary school.

Eno's Older Brother

Voiced by: Sugita Tomokazu


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