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Characters: Lovely Complex
Characters in Aya Nakahara's Lovely Complex!

Risa Koizumi

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura

Risa is 172 cm tall and thin and has light red hair and brown eyes

Risa is seen as impulsive and strong-willed, rarely willing to display her softer side. She is a tsundere. She is also very clumsy and apparently talks a lot, usually in not such a good way.

It is strongly stated by the other characters that she is very funny for a girl and a fun person to hang out with. At the same time, she also implies she is not cute and girly, the type of girls that are very appreciated in Japan, possibly due to her tall stature. Her favorite artist is Umibozu, her admiration for him going to the point of obsession.

Risa is also very fond of video games, always seen in her spare time playing some, especially Virtual Date kinds.

Also she seems to like rabbits a lot, having a lot of bunny shaped things.


  • A-Cup Angst: After meeting Hitaomi, a rather buxom woman who flirts with Atsushi, Risa comments that she has no breasts with a rather dejected look on her face.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: She has a very cute affliction for thinks with shaped things of bunnies.
    • Things like: A red purse, a necklace, a ring, her cellphone, something for the bath, among other things.
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: To Otani, to physically stop him from walking over to talk to his ex-girlfriend.
  • Class Clown: With Otani. They are the comedy pair of class known as "All Hanshin-Kyojin" and usually play the Boke and Tsukkomi Routine
  • Class Representative: With Otani. Averted because they are the Class Clowns.
  • Cry Cute: Usually after being rejected by Otani. These moments makes fans hate the male protagonist, even if he’s not being a total jerk. Or make that feel so much sorry for her.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She falls quite often, like when she’s going at the Umibuzo’s concert. Although she seems to be more serious harmed.
    • At the beginning, she's sleeping… while standing… in the training in row of her school!
    Risa [Suddenly awakens]: DAMN IT! My summon monsters have been annihilated!
  • Hot for Teacher: Becomes a fangirl Maity-sensei.
  • Huge School Girl: Basically, half the premise is based on she being a girl more taller than japanese average. And she is very insecure about it.
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Otani. She thinks very high of Otani's ex-girlfriend, Kanzaki, wondering why would he pick her over his ex-girlfriend.
    • This is partly because his hard and cold behavior around her and his inability to tell what he feel for her that she is don’t always sure he loves her enough or loves her at all.
  • Insult of Endearment: With Otani. She calls him “midget” and “shrimp”, though after the Relationship Upgrade , she still occasionally call him this, though in a considerably softer manner than before.
  • Ironic Name: Her last name is Koizumi and means "little spring" in japanese and she is taller than any other girl.
    "I've tall ever since I was young. When we line up for morning assembly, I'm always at the end. But I happen to be named "Koizumi". Sorry, it's not "Oizumi".
  • Kansai Regional Accent: The entire plot speak this way because takes place in Osaka.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Otani.
    Girl: Ahahaha, They're at it again~
    Guy : It'd be better if you two did a "married couple" comedy duo for the school festival.
    Otani: ARE YOU STUPID! DON'T SAY SUCH STUPID THINGS!
    Risa: How embarrassing~ What 'married couple' it's still to early!
    Otani: *smack* DON'T YOU GET INVOLVED TOO!
    Risa: ACK!
    Nakano-Sensei: ''Aah...'' We don't have any time left so we'll just let the married couple class representatives be the committee.
  • The Matchmaker: When she was trying to hook up Otani with Chiharu. She ends up developing a Matchmaker Crush on Otani.
  • One Head Taller: Than Otani.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Risa likes to hand these out after punching people to get them to calm down and think more rationally. She's done this to Otani and Mimi.
    Risa: [Risa punched Otani.] AHOU! It doesn't matter if you're tall or short! You're a man as long as you have a *beep*!!.
    Otani: Girls shouldn't use such indecent words!
    Risa: Just shut up, WILL YOU!? PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING YOU SHORT FOR ETERNITY ALREADY! WHAT’S SO EMBARRASING ABOUT BEING CALLED SHORT BY A SINGLE GIRL!? If you're going to be bothered by such trivial matters... Beat ... Then you don't even have the right to like anyone! LOSER!

Atsushi Otani

Voiced by: Akira Nagata

Otani is a really short guy, standing only 157 cm by 12th grade. He has a small stature but a bit muscular due to his constant basketball training. He has orangey brown hair and brown eyes.

Otani can be tough and rude on the outside, trying to look more manly.]] At heart, however is kind, silly, naive, oblivious, funny and a good friend. Like Risa, he likes Umibozu, water parks, games and the two tend to do things others wouldn't (like riding a rickshaw). Also, he displays a happy and care-free attitude,much like his girlfriend.

He is quite popular with girls even though he is completely oblivious to Risa's, Seiko's and Mimi's feelings towards him.

By the end of the series he follows his dream to become an elementary school teacher,stating he has always liked kids to the point in having some 10-years old as his basketball friends.


  • Chick Magnet: Kanzaki,Mimi,Risa, Seiko (if she count) and those three girls in the basketball practice.
    Nobuko: Everytime they see Otani, they get really excited.
    Koizumi: Are you serious?
    Girl#1: Ah! Look! Look! Otani got yelled by the teacher again!
    Girl#2: Yeah, You’re right!
    The Three Girls: SO CUTE!!!
  • Class Clown: With Koizumi. They are the comedy pair of class known as "All Hanshin-Kyojin" and usually play the Boke and Tsukkomi Routine.
  • Class Representative: With Koizumi. Averted because they are the Class Clowns.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Otani has never been able to see Risa as anything other than a friend...until she's suddenly swooning over Maity-sensei.
    Otani: You're always saying "Maity this, Maity that"!! That's why I'm so annoyed!!
    Risa: ...Why should you be annoyed?
    Otani: How should I know? Annoying things will, of course, annoy me!! Don't ever mention his name again!!
    • Purposefully invoked by Maity-sensei via his "magic" in order to make Risa happy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He easily gets jealous (such as when Maity offered Risa to take her home) even though, deep down, he knows he doesn't have to worry since Risa is always going to be in love with him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a fuse as short as his height.
  • Has a Type: He likes short,cute and helpless girls and seems to think that girls need to be feminine and a bit shy.
    Risa: [Risa sneezes]
    Otani: Don't sneeze like an old man!
    Risa: Say, what kind of girls do you like, Otani?
    Otani: Me? Well, not the type who sneezes like an old man, at the very last.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Her love interest, Koizumi, is a redhead.
  • Insult of Endearment: With Koizumi. He calls her “amazon” and “totem pole”, though after the Relationship Upgrade , he still occasionally call her this, though in a considerably softer manner than before.
  • It's All About Me: Is often arrogant, having a high opinion of himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has a lot moments like this, usually with emphasis on "Jerk".
    • Though he is more a Tsundere type.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: The entire plot speak this way because takes place in Osaka.
  • Keet: His usual state. Small? Check. Cute? check. Colorful? check. Energetic? check, check and check.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Koizumi.
    Girl: Ahahaha, They're at it again~
    Guy : It'd be better if you two did a "married couple" comedy duo for the school festival.
    Otani: ARE YOU STUPID! DON'T SAY SUCH STUPID THINGS!
    Risa: How embarrassing~ What 'married couple' it's still to early!
    Otani: *smack* DON'T YOU GET INVOLVED TOO!
    Risa: ACK!
    Nakano-Sensei: ''Aah...'' We don't have any time left so we'll just let the married couple class representatives be the committee.

Nobuko Ishihara

Heikichi Nakao

  • Supreme Chef: He reveals that will take care of the Japanese sweet shop of his father.

Chiharu Koyama

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Suzuki fails to get into the same college as (sweet, meek, quiet) Chiharu, and seriously considers breaking up with her because he feels insufficient as a boyfriend. When she finds out, she picks up a desk and throws it, just barely missing him. She remains angry enough for a while to involuntarily tear magazines in half whenever she remembers it, too.

Ryoji Suzuki

  • The Quiet One: He is the most quiet compared to anyone in the anime and manga.

Haruka Fukagawa

  • Lady Killer In Love: Sorta. He's a massive The Casanova but insists he's only "preparing" himself to date Koizumi via dating all of these girls. She obviously ain't pleased.

Mayu Kanzaki

  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With her boyfriend. He's about 6'4'' of tall and is nicknamed "The Junior High Super Giant".

Umibozu

  • Face of a Thug: His wife even says that, despite his angry appearance, he's actually a very kind person.

Kuniumi Maitake

Kiyoji Nakano

Mimi Yoshioka

Seiko Kotobuki

  • Meaningful Rename: Her original name is Seishirou, but she renamed herself Seiko.
  • Transsexual: She's biologically male, yet she identifies as a female and says God put her in the wrong body.
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