Characters / Marmalade Boy

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The Koishikawa/Matsuura household

    Miki Koishikawa 
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The lovable stepsister
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.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Yuu is mostly a cool and collected guy, but sometimes he's prone to quite the bouts of depression. When this happens, Miki attempts to comfort and understand his reasons so she can help him out. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it does't.
  • 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
  • Dude Magnet: Attracts several boys in the series.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: With Yuu, it's the point of the whole series.
  • Genki Girl: She's a lively and cheerful girl.
  • Girl Next Door: Of the stepsister variant, to Yuu.
  • 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.
  • Kawaiiko: She mixes this with some Shorttank traits.
  • 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.
  • Shorttank: While she has a prominent feminine side, she's a bit of a tomboy, a Genki Girl, and quite athletic.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The series constantly proves that Yuu and Miki are unable to look at anyone but each other.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Yuu and Miki started like that.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Has a penchant to do this when startled.
  • 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.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She has it in her high school days.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She may be a Short Tank with Tomboyish Ponytail, but still a huge girly girl at heart.

     Yuu Matsuura 
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The enigmatic stepbrother
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP; debut role), Michael Lindsay (EN), Jorge Araneda (Latin-American Spanish), Iván Jara (Spaniard Spanish)

  • Academic Athlete: Yuu is smart and naturally athletic, being able to excel in almost every sport although he did not join any clubs in order to focus on his studies.
  • 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.
  • Bishounen: He's very pretty-looking.
  • Boy Next Door: Literally, and of the stepbrother variant, To Miki.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Break Her Heart to Save Her, in his case.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Yuu is mostly a cool and collected guy, but sometimes he's prone to quite the bouts of depression. When this happens, Miki attempts to comfort and understand his reasons so she can help him out. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it does't.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • He asks her to sit between his legs on his bed, after she shows off her new uniform with a very short skirt.
    • 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.
    • 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: In the beginning, he teases Miki a lot.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: With 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 B.S.O.D.: 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: 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 Slut: In defense of Miki when Jinny badmouths her in order to get Yuu to cheat on Miki with her.
  • New Transfer Student: In the anime he leaves to attend St. Andrews high school near New York City to study it there.
  • 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.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Yuu and Miki started like that.
  • Stepford Smiler: He's a pretty chill, apparently carefree guy, but deep down he's got issues. Picture a slightly older Hayama that has been brought up by a loving family (in fact, both even look quite a bit alike). Watch the movie, and compare Yuu's treatment of Miki throughout the first third of the series with the fact that, before he ever met her, he spent an entire day following her around town.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Yuu starts as this, hiding his feelings for Miki and his thoughts on the parental deal under his Deadpan Snarker facade. He acknowledges it as well when he confesses this to Miki, openly saying he liked how open she was on her disapprovement while he just couldn't spit it out.
  • 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.

     Jin Koishikawa 
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Andrew Philpot note  (EN), Alejandro Trejo (Latin-American Spanish), Pedro Tena (Spaniard Spanish)

     Rumi Koishikawa/Matsuura 
Voiced by: Yoko Kawanami (JP), Wendee Lee (EN), Carol Knuckey (Latin-American Spanish), Pilar Dominguez (Spaniard Spanish)

     Youji Matsuura 
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (JP), John DeMita note  (EN)

     Chiyako Matsuura/Koishikawa 
Voiced by: Hiroko Emori (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN), Isabel Quinteros (Latin-American Spanish), Isabel Gaudí (Spaniard Spanish)

  • Amicably Divorced: With Youji, after their divorces and remarriages.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: With Jin. Even before they swapped partners, the couples seemed to be fairly happy.
  • Office Lady: She's actually a high-ranked executive in a make-up enterprise.

The Akizuki household

    Meiko Akizuki 
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (JP), Kate Higgins (EN), Keyros Guillén (Latin-American Spanish), Julia Martínez (Spaniard Spanish)

  • Badass Adorable: In a (generally) non-violent fashion. Her gaze of steel has even made Yuu quail. Best exemplified when she tells Ginta to back off when it looks like Miki is developing a crush on Yuu, telling him it's his fault she hasn't let herself fall in love since she wrote him a love letter and he loudly denied any feelings he had for her in front of everyone.
  • Brainy Brunette: Extremely booksmart, member of the literature club and the student council.
  • Broken Bird: Her family life is troubled because her parents are unfaithful to each other and constantly argue.
  • 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.
  • May–December Romance: Lampshaded when she and Namura got together.
    Namura: "And I'm 8 years older than you.... oh boy."
  • Ojou: She fits the basic character type, though not the full stereotype: she has lighter hair and isn't a member of the Student Council (one of her love interests is the council president, though).
  • 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.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Meiko and Namura are among the very rare cases where this situation is portrayed sympathetically.
  • 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.

    Meiko's parents 
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)

Toryo High School (students and teachers)

     Ginta Suoh 
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN), Carlos Carvajal (Latin-American Spanish), Jaime Roca (Spaniard Spanish)

     Shinichi Namura 
Voiced by: Toru Furuya (JP), Skip Stellrecht note  (EN), Pablo Ausensi (Latin-American Spanish)

     Ryouko Momoi 
Voiced by: Megumi Urawa (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)

     Satoshi Miwa 
Voiced by: Shinichiro Ohta (JP), Skip Stellrecht note  (EN), José Alberto Sánchez (Spaniard Spanish)

     Chigusa-chan 
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (JP), Wendee Lee (EN), Giannina Talloni (Latin-American Spanish), Isabel Gaudí (Spaniard Spanish)

     Furutachi-sempai 
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (JP), Skip Stellrecht note  (EN)

Leader of the broadcasting club.

     Kyoto-sensei 

  • 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

     The Principal 
Voiced by: Shinji Nakae (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

Other students

     Arimi Suzuki 
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Carrie Savage (EN), Rosario Zamora (Latin-American Spanish), Pilar Domínguez (Spaniard Spanish)

     Tsutomu Rokutanda 
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (JP), Tom Gibis (EN), Pablo Ausensi (Latin-American Spanish), Alfredo Martínez (Spaniard Spanish)

  • The Chew Toy: Poor guy never had a chance with Arimi.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Arimi.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has always been this to Arimi.
  • Hot-Blooded: Like his cousin, he's the Slice of Life shojo version of this.
  • Large Ham: Loud, Hot-Blooded, and has No Indoor Voice.
  • Shipper on Deck: Once he stops being Arimi's Dogged Nice Guy, openly supports her and Ginta. In the anime, he goes as far as giving a What the Hell, Hero? speech to Miki when Gint and Arimi have a fall-out due to Ginta neglecting his girlfriend to support the very distraught Miki (to be fair, Miki does have pretty good reasons to be depressed, though Tsutomu doesn't know), so it's up to them and Yayoi to fix it.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He has a habit of making challenges to Ginta or Yuu or both of them together. He always loses, and has to shave his head.
  • 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"
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime he has purple hair.

     Kei Tsuchiya 
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Ogie Banks note  (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.
  • Just a Kid: Miki thinks so. He's very unhappy about that.
  • 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.
  • Pair the Spares: Has been dating Suzu by the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Rather possessive of Miki, as she's one of his very few friends, and he does some serious work towards isolating her from Yuu.
  • 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.

     Suzu Sakuma 
Voiced by: Sakura Tange (JP; debut role), Karen Strassman (EN), Giannina Talloni (Latin-American Spanish), Elena Ruiz (Spaniard Spanish)

     Anju Kitahara 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Viviana Navarro (Latin-American Spanish), Milagros Fernández (Spaniard Spanish)

     Yayoi Takase 
Voiced by: Miki Inoue (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

Kijima's Shop

     Takumi Kijima 
Voiced by: Ken Yamaguchi (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

     Rei Kijima (née Mizutani) 
Voiced by: Sanae Takagi (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)

     Akira Mizutani 
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)

Americans

     Michael Grant 
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Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)

     Brian Grant 
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Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Anthony Robert (EN)

     William "Bill" Matheson 
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Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)

     Jinny Golding 
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Voiced by: Yuka Koyama (JP), Tara Platt (EN)

     Doris O'Connor 
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Voiced by: Shiho Niiyama (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)

     Eddie and Chris 

Marmalade Boy Little

     Rikka Matsuura 
Yuu's and Miki's little half-sister. Stepsibling to Saku.
  • Book Dumb: And how! She's at the bottom of her class in middle school, and generally a bit slow on the uptake (as evidenced by her honest belief through elementary school that she has four parents).
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: It wouldn't be Marmalade Boy if they weren't. Complicated by them actually being raised as siblings from birth, even though they are Not Blood Siblings.
  • Generation Xerox: Basically, Miki all over again, right down to the habit of Suddenly SHOUTING! when startled; keeps her hair a bit longer, though.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Averted, HARD. As Saku hits his growth spurt, Rikka is really beginning to notice how good-looking he is ...
  • Oblivious to Love: Saku isn't exactly quiet about how he feels about Rikka, but it takes her through junior high school to finally notice.

     Saku Koishikawa 
Yuu's and Miki's little half-brother. Stepsibling to Rikka.

     Aoi Namura 
Handsome transfer student from Hiroshima.
  • Chick Magnet: Given who his parents are, would you expect any less?
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: His very existence spoils that Meiko and Namura-sensei end up married.

     Rena Sasamiya 
Saku and Rikka's pretty classmate.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Has looks, charm, popularity ... and turns out to be actually really, really nice.
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