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The Koishikawa/Matsuura household
Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN), Laura Orlazábal (Latin-American Spanish), Amalica Cantadero (Spaniard Spanish)
- Adorkable: She's a total dork, and we love her for that.
- Bad Liar: Generally is so, and she fails at hiding the fact that she was awake when Yuu kissed her.
- Boyish Short Hair: She had this when she was in middle school, and even then she was an avid tennis player. When Meiko suggests she cut her hair after Ginta rejects her, she jokes she wouldn't have any left.
- Butt Monkey: Specially to Yuu.
- Cool Down Hug: Gives this to Yuu after he begins to walk away while evidently upset at her avoiding him.
- Cry Cute
- Genki Girl
- Heroic Self-Deprecation
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Cries for the distraught Yuu at the beach while holding him to her chest.
- I Will Wait for You: To Yuu.
- Love Confessor: Regarding Yuu, until he confesses to her a second time.
- Love Martyr: To a degree, towards Yuu.
- Oblivious to Love: She completely misreads Kei's intentions, leading a jealous Yuu to fight with her. Not to mention how she fails to even register Michael's Stalker with a Crush feelings towards her. Also, despite being in love with him, she was even oblivious to Yuu's feelings towards her until he spelled it out for her.
- Passionate Sports Girl: To a small degree. She's very athletic and a member of the school's tennis team, not to mention she's a rather decent player in her own.
- Plucky Girl: Ditzy as she is, she can also be pretty stubborn. I.e., in the anime she's the one who convinces Meiko to go to Hiroshima and confront Namura.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Yuu's Savvy Guy.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Although initially regarded as plain and not beautiful enough, true to shoujo manga tropes, Miki is still evidently very pretty, judging by her popularity that was enough to make Ginta afraid of telling other guys that he liked her, not to mention that the mangaka Yoshizumi Wataru based her looks off a magazine it girl.
- Noted here and there in the manga, like when Yuu says she looks cute in the dress she buys from his workplace. Is noted by Arimi as well when she sees Miki with her hair down for once, and definitely by Kei (and Michael, in the anime) who fall head over heels for her at first sight.
- Over a decade later, Miki is drawn as pretty and cute even into her thirties, inside of the 2013 sequel series, Marmalade boy Little.
- Also, despite how simply Miki dresses in the manga, the mangaka frequently draws her looking cute in pretty clothes◊, and with a pretty face◊.
- Stepsister Next Door: To Yuu.
- Sunny Sunflower Disposition: And◊ how◊.
- In the scene near the end where Yuu yells at her asking her not to love him anymore, she changes the subject and goes off happily to look at a garden of sunflowers by someone's house. Yuu quickly sees that she was trying not to let him see she was about to cry.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She could be seen as the tomboy to Meiko, Arimi and Anju's girly girls, although she does not feel one way or another about the subject.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP; debut role), Michael Lindsay (EN), Jorge Araneda (Latin-American Spanish), Iván Jara (Spaniard Spanish)
- Anguished Declaration of Love: The second time he confesses to Miki, unable to take his act of pushing her away anymore because he was under the impression that they shared a biological father.
- Break Her Heart to Save Her
- Brother-Sister Incest: He loved Miki so much he had been willing to commit this by the end, felled under the false impression that they were siblings related by blood.
- Boy Next Door: Literally, and of the stepbrother variant, To Miki.
- Celibate Hero: He refused to date with any girl who ever confessed to him. Arimi was the exception as she convinced him to give her a chance, but he still rejected her after a few months containing unbelievably chaste dates. He proudly admits to Miki that his first kiss was with none other than her.
- Chick Magnet: The Anime plays this Up to Eleven in the most annoying ways possible. In the manga, he certainly is one, but more tastefully so.
- Covert Pervert: With Miki, like when he asks her to sit between his legs on his bed, after she shows off her new uniform with a very short skirt.
- Also shown by how eager he is for their trip together. Sure, he appears to be mildly looking forward to it, but for Chaste Hero Yuu who mostly hides his true feelings, that sort of behavior holds much more meaning than it normally would.
- Not to mention that upon finding Miki in the infirmary bed a second time, he proceeded to literally climb over her on the bed and tried to kiss her, all while the poor girl is hiding her mouth under the covers.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker
- Flirty Stepsibling: To Miki
- Good Is Not Soft: Although overly indulgent with Jinny's clingy behavior towards him, possibly due to his own confidence in his Single-Target Sexuality towards Miki, as well as the Anime's struggles with proper characterization (As Yuu is an entirely different character in the manga) he firmly tells her to back off or else when she insults Miki.
- Heroic BSOD: Actually cries when he comes under the belief that Miki is his biological sister
- Hikikomori: Was this close to cross the Despair Event Horizon and become this after he finds a letter insinuating that he's an illegitimate child
- Ignored Confession: His confession to Miki, at first.
- It's Not You, It's Me / Shoo the Dog: When he breaks up with Miki, despite still loving her and wanting her badly, because he (mistakenly) thought he found out that they were siblings.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A unique kind. Yuu is by all means polite and sweet, but like Miki says he actually has some quite bitter points. He especially liked to bump into Miki and trip her up, before he admitted he loved her and couldn't very well treat his girlfriend like that anymore. Though he still teased her relentlessly. Underneath it all however, he is a good boy who has almost an unhealthy martyr complex.
- Martyr Without a Cause
- My Girl is Not a Cheater: In defense of Miki when Jinny badmouths her in order to get Yuu to cheat on Miki with her.
- Not Blood Siblings: Confirmed finally to his immense relief, although by the end he had been willing to be with and marry Miki even while believing she was his half sibling.
- Poor Communication Kills: His Fatal Flaw. He also falls in the trap many, MANY times.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Miki's Energetic Girl.
- Secret Keeper: For Meiko and Namura, after he caught them kissing in the library.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Regarding Miki.
- Stepford Smiler
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Stalker with a Crush: To Miki, shown in the movie.
- Tranquil Fury: Doesn't get angry often, but when he does, it's this.
- Miki is visibly scared of him when he corners her in the aftermath of her avoiding him, Yuu being visibly upset and then unsettled at her changing her sweet and lovable attitude in his presence.
- To Jinny, when she implies that he should break up with Miki and choose her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Meiko invokes this towards him when he misses too many calls from Miki, and hears that he also supposedly slept with Jinny.
- He later invokes this to his and Miki's parents, under the belief that they hid the fact that Yuu and Miki were biological siblings, leaving the step siblings to fall in love too deeply to separate anymore.
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Will Barret (EN), Alejandro Trejo (Latin-American Spanish), Pedro Tena (Spaniard Spanish)
Voiced by: Yoko Kawanami (JP), Wendee Lee (EN), Carol Knuckey (Latin-American Spanish), Pilar Dominguez (Spaniard Spanish)
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Had borderline Rapunzel Hair when Miki was a little girl
- Lethal Chef
- Office Lady
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (JP), Conner Holly (EN)
Voiced by: Hiroko Emori (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN), Isabel Quinteros (Latin-American Spanish), Isabel Gaudí (Spaniard Spanish)
- Convenient Miscarriage: Was pregnant with Jin's baby before marrying Youji, but it was a stillborn. Her mother wrote a rather confusing letter about it to her... Yuu found it and mistakenly thought it referred to him.
- Cool Big Sis: To Miki, since she doesn't want to be pushy to her.
- Office Lady: She's actually a high-ranked executive in a make-up enterprise.
The Akizuki household
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (JP), Kate Higgins (EN), Keyros Guillén (Latin-American Spanish), Julia Martínez (Spaniard Spanish)
- Brainy Brunette: Extremely booksmart, member of the literature club and the student council.
- Broken Bird
- Honest Advisor: To Miki. She's very level-headed, and outright laughs at her when Miki asks her about her supposed date with Yuu. Meiko is usually the one pointing out that Miki's soap opera problems aren't as bad as they could be. She's the voice of reason whenever Miki gets a little caught up in her own drama.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Her and Namura. Until almost the end.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's sugar to Miki and Namura and her friends, but she can flip the ice switch pretty quickly. Even with Miki, she's very reserved and prefers to focus on Miki's issues rather than her own.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While not a bad person in any way, Meiko is much more pushier and snarkier (sometimes being pretty mean) in the anime.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Miki's tomboy.
- Tsundere: For Satoshi, in the anime.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Meiko's dad, JP), Michiko Abe (Meiko's mom, JP), Richard Epcar (Meiko's dad, EN), Alex Lowell (Meiko's mom, EN)
- Lady Drunk: Meiko's mother is seen once drowning her sorrows while verbally fighting with her much-hated husband.
- Parental Marriage Veto: In the anime, when Meiko and Namura get together again, they refuse to let them meet up.
- Parental Neglect: They don't beat up Meiko, but are almost criminally neglectful of her. If not for their maid, Meiko would be all alone at home.
- Your Cheating Heart: Both of them. The only reason they're not already divorced is that the Akizuki's wealth would be lost.
The Akizuki Maid
Voiced by: Yuka Ohno (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
Toryu High School (students and teachers)
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN), Carlos Carvajal (Latin-American Spanish), Jaime Roca (Spaniard Spanish)
- Childhood Friend Romance: He has been in love with Miki since junior high.
- Forceful Kiss: On Miki, once. She slapped him away.
- Operation Jealousy: With Arimi. And then, they fall for real.
Voiced by: Toru Furuya (JP), Jack Aubree (EN), Pablo Ausensi (Latin-American Spanish)
- Big Brother Mentor
- Cool Teacher
- In-Series Nickname: "Natchan"
- Jerk Ass Facade and It's Not You, It's Me: Would rather act cold to Meiko and tell her he and Ryoko are dating, than have the poor girl face all kind of problems because of him. Too bad the rabid Satoshi/Meiko fans refuse to see it.
- Older Than They Look: Meiko thought he was a student at first.
- May-December Romance: Lampshaded when he and Meiko got together.Namura: "And I'm 8 years older than you.... oh boy."
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Him and Meiko. Until almost the end.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
Voiced by: Megumi Urawa (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
- Canon Immigrant: Specially written for the anime.
- Hot Teacher
- Trying Not to Cry: Does anyway when alone.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: For Namura.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden Until almost the end, too.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Ohta (JP), Jack Aubree (EN), José Alberto Sánchez (Spaniard Spanish)
- Ascended Extra: Got far more screentime in the anime.
- Hopeless Suitor: Come on, Miwa. Why are you after one of the few girls who doesn't like you that way?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Loves pranking and snarking at people, but is a loyal friend when his "victims" need it.
- Student Council President
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- What the Hell, Hero?: On Namura, about his Jerk Ass Facade. Namura takes it without retaliation... but too bad that Meiko got caught in the crossfire.
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (JP), Wendee Lee (EN), Giannina Talloni (Latin-American Spanish), Isabel Gaudí (Spaniard Spanish)
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (JP), Jack Aubree (EN)Leader of the broadcasting club.
- Nice Guy: When not in "journalist" action
- Nerd Glasses
- School Newspaper News Hound: Which brings Miki and Yuu quite the trouble when he takes pics of Miki and Yuu's recently re-married parents, revealing them as swingers. To his credit, Furutachi immediately regrets the mess he inadvertedly caused and alerts the parents when Miki and Yuu were harassed by a Sadist Teacher.
- Moral Guardians: Threw quite a fit when she found out about the Matsuuras and the Koishikawas being swingers
- No Name Given: "Kyoto-sensei" is her title and position in the school itself. (She is the vice-principal)
- Sadist Teacher
Voiced by: Shinji Nakae (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Carrie Savage (EN), Rosario Zamora (Latin-American Spanish), Pilar Domínguez (Spaniard Spanish)
- The Cutie
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Operation Jealousy: With Ginta. And then, they fall for real.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Member of her school's track team.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Yuu.
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (JP), Tom Gibis (EN), Pablo Ausensi (Latin-American Spanish), Alfredo Martínez (Spaniard Spanish)
- The Chew Toy
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Arimi
- Large Ham
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In the anime, he not only is more sympathetic and comes to support Ginta and Arimi, but he gets a girlfriend too.
- Lampshaded by the author in the last volume omake: when talking about her characters, she said that she felt sad some of them weren't able to achieve happiness and she accompanied this with a drawing of Satoshi looking dejected and Rokutanda saying "At least I've got a girlfriend in the Anime"
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Arimi, in the end.
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Henry Banks (EN)
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has a little with Suzu, in the anime.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Maybe the worst among Miki's suitors in regards to this.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Plays the piano beautifully.
- Kick the Dog: Hiding Miki's medallion (or bracelet, in the manga), then giving it to Yuu and saying that she threw it away because she doesn't like him anymore. Yuu isn't fooled, but it still brings a huge rift between them.
- Just a Kid: Miki thinks so. He's very unhappy about that.
- Peerless Love Interest: Sees Miki as this.
- Stage Mom: Both of his parents were this. He ran away from home because of their pressure on him. They get better.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the anime, when he re-appears long after his arc is over, he's much more mature and kinder.
Voiced by: Sakura Tange (JP; debut role), Karen Strassman (EN), Giannina Talloni (Latin-American Spanish), Elena Ruiz (Spaniard Spanish)
- Book Dumb: Horrible in math. Her cousin Satoshi gets Yuu to tutor her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In the anime.
- Forceful Kiss: On Yuu, in the anime.
- Idol Singer: Sorta, she's a very famous child actress and model.
- Mistaken for Cheating: She sees Kei hugging Miki and believes she's cheating on Yuu with him.
- Shipper on Deck: For Meiko and Yuu in the manga, mistakenly believing the first is in Unrequited Love with the latter.
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Viviana Navarro (Latin-American Spanish), Milagros Fernández (Spaniard Spanish)
- Canon Immigrant: Was merely mentioned in the manga once, then got a mini-arc in the anime.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Excellent violinist.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Used to have Girlish Pigtails, now has very short hair.
- Genre Savvy: Is very aware of her Unlucky Childhood Friend status and tries to make the best out of it. i.e. she never clings to Yuu and immediately tells Miki that she doesn't intend to break them up.
- Ill Girl: Has a serious heart illness that almost kills her.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Twice.
- Just Friends: With Bill.
- Meaningful Name: Yuu calls her An-chan, in an allusion to Anne of Green Gables.
- Plucky Girl
- Shy Purple-Haired Girl
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Yuu.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Averted, mostly. She knows she has almost zero chance, and never really expects Yuu to fall in love with her.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: With the voice to prove it.
Voiced by: Miki Inoue (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)
Voiced by: Ken Yamaguchi (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Rei Mizutani.
- Ascended Extra: Another chara that only was mentioned in the manga but got a more important role in the anime.
- Benevolent Boss and Big Brother Mentor: For Yuu.
- Happily Married: To Rei.
Rei Kijima (née Mizutani)
Voiced by: Sanae Takagi (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)
- Canon Foreigner: Unlike her hubby, she was expresely created for the series.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Takumi.
- Cool Big Sis
- Happily Married: To Takumi.
- Crazy Jealous Guy
- Chick Magnet: Played for Laughs
- Forceful Kiss: On Miki, when she tells him "You're Just a Kid!"
- Foreign Exchange Student: Hosted at Miki and Yuu's house.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Anthony Robert (EN)
- Basketball Team Captain
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Butt Monkey: Slightly, as he comes off as more oblivious and childish than his other friends.
- Chick Magnet: Like his little brother, he's got all the attention of every girl that knows him except for Jinny.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Though not as bad as Michael, and he gets over it quickly
- The Driver: Is pretty good behind a car's steering wheel, and he would be the default person to drive everyone around.
- Fiery Redhead
- Fun T-Shirt: A hoodie with "FORCE," a jacket with "Star," and a tee with "CON."
- Drama King
- Drunk on Juice: Tends to do it all the time, even Bill lampshades this.
- Jerk Jock: Pre Character Development
- Lovable Jock: Afterwards
- Oblivious to Love: Poor Doris...
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: On the appearance, he's the manly man to Bill's sensitive man. But don't let that fool you, they are inverts. note
William "Bill" Matheson
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP)
- Badass Driver: More pro than Brian, and he would gladly level up to Drives Like Crazy when needed.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Yuu, Jinny, and most likely the childish Grant Brothers.
- Curtains Match the Window: And in Lavender!
- Shoulder-Length Haired Pretty Boy: Compared to the majority of the male cast, he's very pretty, top it with one ear pierced to wear an earring.
- Camp Straight
- Dandere: He has a quiet, observant, and frail-like persona but with a very athletic, masculine, and hotblooded inner core.
- Death Glare: Gave Jinny a loooong one to take warning, and yet she's stupid enough to despise it.
- Doing Research: Whenever he's free for the night, he would usually stay in his dorm attic to study the stars using his telescope.
- Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: What people around him rumored his relationship with Brian was. But this was only the tip of the iceberg of him being actually a—
- Guile Hero: Where his core motive of befriending Brian was to get close and befriend Jinny.
- Genre Savvy: Like Anju, while his ultimate goal is to have Jinny become his girl, he's aware of Brian trying very hard to pursue her, while Jinny's trying to court Yuu, and that he himself might be a Hopeless Suitor to her. But he just opts to lay back and continue to observe the situation in hopes to have a chance, while at the same time actively dates Anju to have a Birds of a Feather friend to talk with.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Did he just slip in the idea of getting "beer ?!"
- Good Is Not Soft / Tranquil Fury: Never ever take somebody else's feelings for granted in front of him. Did you hear it, Jinny?
- Just Friends: With Anju.
- Love Martyr: To Jinny
- Mistaken for Gay: But being the Guile Hero that he is, he just went with the flow and semi-acted the part. Until Jinny suspected him dating Anju.
- Mr. Fanservice: Constant eye winks that flashes Bishie Sparkle? Check. A smooth-talker? Double check. A scene of him showing his chest and buttoning up his shirt? Triple . Check!
- Nice Guy: But that doesn't mean he would allow you to take advantage of him nor allow you to bully his friends however you want.
- No Social Skills: As to what he thinks of himself to be. But the only thing that was actually blocking him was his lack of confidence.
- Only Sane Man
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The savvy guy to Jinny's energetic girl, and it's shown that he's much more in control of Jinny than what people around him expected.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: On the appearance, he's the sensitive man to Brian's manly man. But as you get to know them further, you'll realize it's the total opposite.
- The Smart Guy: It was implied that Jinny would constantly ask him for school notes, and he already has been prepping himself to major in astronomy for college.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Although the English dub version went with "Bill" note for William's short name, but his official preference in the original Japanese version was actually "Will" note , which is completely legit amongst western culture.
- What the Hell, Hero?: On Jinny, when he learns about her terrible prank on Miki. He's so pissed off that not only he calls her an horrible person, but he slaps her.
- You Gotta Have Lavender Hair
Voiced by: Yuka Koyama (JP), Tara Platt (EN)
- Alpha Bitch
- Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Attempted with Yuu and failed.
- Also used this reasoning to blame Miki for it when she lied about Yuu sleeping with her.
- Book Dumb
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Dumb Blonde: More like "selfish and childish blonde" than truly dumb.
- Informed Attractiveness: This being anime, she objectively looks no prettier than Miki◊ note , and while she clearly isn't drawn with the same care as Meiko or Arimi are drawn with, the viewer is left to believe the narration's insistence that she is Hotterand Sexier than other girls.
- This could be mostly blamed on the Anime's wonky character design.
- Kick the Dog: Telling Miki that she was Yuu's "other woman", out of jealousy. This makes the already distressed Miki break up with Yuu in the airport, as she's too emotionally exhausted to handle a Long Distance Relationship.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine. Dark to Doris' Light.
- Love at First Sight: Towards Yuu, she probably had a thing for nerdy East Asians.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: Towards Bill, upon noticing him not being gay and enjoying his alone time with Anju, where she started to panic over her attraction to Bill, and took the step forward in confronting him, which eventually led to Bill becoming her boyfriend.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Bill and Doris express their anger at her for her treatment of Miki.
- Brainy Brunette: Has light brown hair and is very perceptive and smart
- Cool Big Sis: Specially to Jinny, whom she treats like a little sister. She isn't thrilled, however, as men only see her as a friend and not as a prospect girlfriend.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine. Light to Jinny's Dark.
- Only Sane Woman
- Silk Hiding Steel: An American and modern version of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype.
- Youthful Freckles