Eldest of the Minami sisters in second-year high school, Haruka serves as the sisters' mother figure. While infinitely reliable, likewise she can also be incredibly lazy when by herself. Her refined, gentle personality also makes people act more decently around her, including the normally snarky Chiaki.
Beware the Nice Ones: While she's usually easygoing, if her sisters do something she doesn't like, such as arguing with each other, she puts on a serious face, which will usually be enough to stop them from fighting.
Please Don't Leave Me: In episode 13 of season 2, after hearing from Maki that Haruka was going overseas to study abroad, Chiaki and Kana both attempt to cook and clean their apartment without their sister's help so that they could send her off with a smile. Although they do a fairly good job at it, Chiaki starts to break down in tears and begs Haruka not to leave, followed shortly by Kana. Much to their surprise, Haruka tells them she's not going.
Promotion to Parent: To her younger sisters; taken to a ridiculous degree, where she's also like a parent to the other Minami family.
Red Baron: Back in middle school she was called "Banchou" ("Boss").
The middle sister and a second-year junior high schoolgirl, Kana is energetic, lively, and prone to acting and/or talking before thinking.
Tropes associated with Kana Minami:
A-Cup Angst: In episode 9 of the first season, the sisters try on each other's school uniforms. Haruka wears Kana's, and notes that it still fits, while Kana angrily tells her to just say that its tight around the chest. A moment later, Chiaki tries on Kana's uniform as well, and notes that skirt is a bit loose, while the area around the chest is a perfect fit. Kana doesn't take those comments too well.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. She thought that Fujioka is a Banchou, who wants to challenge her, and she doesn't like him at first. Kana seems to realize that he's not a Delinquent and considers him more or less a friend. But in Tadaima episode 5, when Fujioka acts like he feels hot because he wants to get an invitation to eat noodles with Kana, she misinterprets his actions as Delinquent-like and becomes afraid of him, especially when it looks like that he's fighting with Akira, but Fujioka is just asking him for advice.
Animal Motif: Whenever she lies under the kotatsu and only a part of her head and her Girlish Pigtails are exposed, people mistake her with a stag beetle.
Comically Missing the Point: Happens to Kana a lot. In one instance, during episode 5 of season 3, she talks about going to a pool other than their school's. She invites Riko and Keiko, while Fujioka overhears it nearby. For whatever reason, neither Riko nor Fujioka seem to want to invite the other outright, so they talk out loud about how they want to go to the pool with others to try and clue Kana in on their intentions. Kana then thinks they were just interested in the school's pool, and decides she'll just go with her sister's friends instead.
Contralto of Danger: Her voice is usually deeper than her sisters', but there are some situations where her voice becomes higher. When she's acting like a Bishoujo character similar to Haruka, she pitches her voice much higher to fit the character.
Cry Cute: Chiaki and Kana in episode 13 of season 2, when they beg Haruka not to go overseas to study abroad. Fortunately for them, she wasn't planning on going despite what Maki told them earlier.
Decision Darts: This is how Kana decides what to do during the summer vacation. She and Chiaki end up fighting over what activities should be in which fields and what size they should have.
Deep-Immersion Gaming: A short one takes place during episode 9 of season 2 with a game Kana is playing. It shows an outer space battle, and a ship captain mentioning launching a mecha before Kana is interrupted.
Driven to Suicide: Chiaki and Haruka thought this of Kana at the end of Okaeri, after she leaves behind what looks like a suicide note. They were wrong, obviously.
Fanservice Pack: Kana becomes better endowed between the first and second season. Possibly justified, as she is still growing. She seems to have developed a nice rear end as of Tadaima.
The Gadfly: 75% of the series' "plot" consists of Kana convincing people around her to do stupid things just for her own amusement.
Genki Girl: If she's not sleeping, she's always hyperactive.
Genre Savvy: She's the only character who bewares of Hayami's "juices".
Girlish Pigtails: Her signature hair style. At one point, she binds her hair lower to mess up with people.
The Glomp: Well, this wasn't Kana's intention, but in episode 11 of season 2, she tells Chiaki she wants to have a final showdown with Fujioka. The latter tells her a secret move to use on him if all else fails. The next day, Kana confronts Fujioka and asks him why he calls her sisters by their first name, but her by last name. She tells him to call her "Kana-chan", but he turns around and says he's too shy to do that. She then utilizes Chiaki's "secret move", which was probably supposed to be a German suplex, but is unable to lift him. And to Fujioka, he completely misinterprets the move as this trope.
Hoist By Her Own Petard: In episode 9, Kana forces Chiaki to stay up all night in an attempt to forcefully wake her up, much like the latter had done in an earlier scene. Chiaki gradually tells her sister why she's such an idiot, and says she'd write a ten thousand word essay, but doesn't have time for it. Both girls end up sleeping well into the afternoon after Kana kept forcing Chiaki to stay awake. A few days later, Chiaki wakes Kana up at night, and plops said essay down, and tells her to read it. When Kana attempts to go back to bed, Chiaki grabs her and drops her pants much in the same way Kana did to her in that earlier scene.
In the Sick Episode of Okawari, she was faking a sickness to get out of the neighborhood cleaning that day, which Chiaki immediately suspects. But then she really gets sick the next day. Which was also the day the sisters were supposed to go shopping for clothes, and later go to an all you can eat rib restaurant. Kana tries various things to get better, but feels even worse by the time Haruka and Chiaki get home from shopping.
In sixth episode of Okaeri, Kana has ruined Chiaki's summer. At the beginning of autumn, Chiaki strikes back and ruins her autumn. Temporal Theme Naming, isn't it?
Love You and Everybody: Kana does this to Fujioka in episode 6 of Okaeri, although not for the usual reasons. She's just covering up an earlier remark of hers, amending "ah" to "I love you" before realizing that's just as bad in a different way.
Middle Child Syndrome: The Butt Monkey of the sisters who gets beaten up by her younger sister on a daily basis, and her older sister gets also sometimes mad at her. Additionally, Chiaki is never punished by Haruka for all the abuses she does to Kana.
A rare one occurs in episode 10 of season 2. Usually Chiaki smacks Kana, or throws her teddy, when the latter does something upsetting to the former. But in this case, Chiaki was preparing to eat some instant noodles that she had bought with her own money. Kana then comes home dripping wet from the rain, having forgotten to bring an umbrella. Chiaki goes to prepare a bath for her, and when she comes back to the living room, Kana is eating her noodles. Instead of getting incredibly angry at her however, Chiaki simply tells Kana to get into the bath after she's done eating, while simultaneously sitting down by the table with a very sad look on her face. Kana then leaves, and brings back some more instant noodles, which she shares with Chiaki, and later Haruka.
In the Valentine's Day Episode of the first season, she gives Fujioka, who really wanted chocolate only from her, some chocolate she just picked up/stole from other students.
In the Valentine's Day Episode of Okaeri, Fujioka tries really hard to get chocolate from her, but his attempts to get sympathy always fails. Seeing how depressed he is, she gives him a chocolate bar, so he can get more energy, but Kana forgets that it's Valentine's Day.
The Plan: In episode 13 of season 4, Kana tries to get people to go flower viewing with her, but is unable to convince anyone to go. Then she sees various characters spill secrets about others, and hatches a plan with it. She tells various characters separately about a secret viewing area, and asks them not to tell anyone else, knowing full well they're going to blurt it out to others. At first it doesn't seem to go well, as she ends up waiting alone for quite a while. But then everyone she told the secret to, and other people they've told, essentially the entire cast minus Hosaka, because Hayami couldn't be bothered to tell him, ends up going there.
The Slacker: She tends to be lazy and puts off studying, which results in her low test scores at school.
Sweet Tooth: She really loves sweets. Her motivation on Valentine's Day is getting chocolate from others only for herself.
The youngest of the sisters, fifth-grader Chiaki is too smart for her own good, tending to over-analyze simple situations. She displays a dismissive behavior towards idiots, such as Kana and Makoto, and while she reveres Haruka, she has no qualms beating up Kana for her latest idiocy.
Tropes associated with Chiaki Minami:
A-Cup Angst: She feels uneasy for her undevelopded bust size (well, she's a fifth-grader) and becomes jealous of Touma's growing bust.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Chiaki has brown hair in the first season, blond hair with dark tips in Okawari and just blond hair since Okaeri. Since Okawari, Chiaki's hair is brighter than Haruka's.
Big Brother Attraction: Towards Fujioka, who technically isn't her brother, but they have a relationship like this.
Genre Savvy: At times. In one example during episode 7 of season 2, after making some chocolates, she has one with her name on it inside the fridge cooling off. Naturally that's the one Kana decides to swipe and eat. She then has a very disgusted look on her face, and Chiaki appears behind her, mockingly asking if she enjoyed that special chocolate, and lifts her nametag up to reveal an "idiot" nametag underneath.
Giver of Lame Names: She is asked by her classmates to give everyone nicknames, since she had done it for the teachers. However, every name she gives them is unimaginative and/or incredibly embarrassing.
Jerkass: Again, not all the time, but sometimes to perhaps even greater levels than Kana, to whom she can be unnecessarily harsh.
Tsundere: Type A. Harsh and abusive Chiaki sometimes is shown as a surprisingly loving sister to Kana, the main (and usually not innocent) subject of said abuse. She also acts in a tsundere-ish way towards Makoto, though definitely most of the "deredere" treatment gets received by his alter ego, Mako-chan.
Unwilling Suspension: Kana dresses Chiaki up as a rain charm and hangs her from the clothesline, threatening to leave her like that until the weather clears up. She does.
The youngest of the four siblings of the other Minami family and the only sister, tomboyish fifth-grader Touma attends the same school as Chiaki, though at a different class (5-1). She was also "adopted" by Chiaki as a "younger brother" due to the Temporal Theme Naming placing her as the "winter" of the family.
Tropes associated with Touma Minami:
Bifauxnen: Especially with her boyish clothes, most people assume she's a boy. She comes with a large share of "swooning confused females" (and possibly some "outright Schoolgirl Lesbians", too), as evident from episode 7 of Okawari. Given that she wears the female school uniform, there is really not much room for doubt. Judging by the dialogue in that scene, it's apparently less that they don't know her gender and more that she is just that manly, making this a weird mish-mash of Even the Guys Want Him and Even the Girls Want Her. And Fujioka thinks, she's a boy.
Tomboy: To the point that she's manlier than Makoto/Mako-chan.
Use Your Head: Twice on Kana in the beginning of Okaeri's episode 4, after Kana ate a bit of Touma's cake. Then in the same episode on Natsuki, but it backfires.
Wholesome Crossdresser: Touma fits the mold, perhaps most obviously when the other girls dress her up in Makoto's male kimono. She tries to act "manly" by posing with it off-shoulder. The others are visibly disturbed, for obvious reasons. Kana even comments on Touma's lack of shame in exposing her chest.
The eldest of the four siblings of the other Minami family of an indeterminate educational standing. While normally cool-headed, he seems to be in a state of denial regarding the effect his younger brothers' lifestyles have on their sister, Touma.
Tropes associated with Haruo Minami:
Aloof Big Brother: To Touma and Akira. Not so much to Natsuki, who is aloof to him, however.
Satellite Character: He has mostly interactions with his siblings only, mostly because he's a university student. His siblings on the other hand interact with their schoolmates and some other characters.
The middle brother of the other Minami family, Natsuki was a delinquent until Hosaka recruited him into the Men's Volleyball team. After an incident where he accidentally hugged/groped Haruka (in the manga and anime, respectively) and got beaten up for it, he started showing signs of embarrassment and/or affection whenever they're in the same location.
Tropes associated with Natsuki Minami:
Accidental Pervert: He accidently touched Haruka's face because Maki pushed him. Haruka knew it wasn't his intention, but she punched him in the face (he accepted it) to prevent from more rumours.
Aloof Big Brother: For Touma and Akira. He's even aloof to his older brother, Haruo. At one point, when Akira agrees with Natsuki, he tells him to shut up.
Big Little Brother: He's taller and stronger than Haruo and, sometime during the series, has apparently started to think of himself as of the head of the family.
Brown Note / Nosebleed: Natsuki tends to collapse headfirst on the nearest surface with blood spewing out of his schnozz whenever he accidentally lets his mind wander to Haruka's cleavage. This is partly due to an incident that started with an overenthusiastic shove from Maki and ended with him getting punched in the face by Haruka for the sake of appearances.
Flanderization: He started at the first season as a rather harsh and insensitive character, evolved by the third season to somewhat of a moronic, violent troglodyte.
The youngest brother of the other Minami family in first-year junior high school, Akira tends to be ignored by his older brothers in a conversation due to their age gap. He also has a thing for long-haired girls, such as Riko.
A third-year and captain of the Men's Volleyball team, famous for fantasizing in the middle of a crowd while unbuttoning his shirt and exposing his well-sculpted figure. He always proposes for Haruka to become the manager of his team.
Tropes associated with Hosaka:
Accidental Pervert: While Maki always thinks he's a pervert, the second episode of Okaeri takes the cake when Hayami tells him to become friends Maki and Atsuko; his attempts look like he's going to grope them and both of them run away. Even Hayami mistakes him for a molester and slaps him in the face.
All Love Is Unrequited: Hosaka gets a "bad luck" fortune 108 times on New Year's and still doesn't take it as a sign to give up on his quest for Haruka.
Breakout Character: Initially Sakuraba didn't seem very fond of him, and it didn't seem that he would use Hosaka for much time, but then the animated adaptation happened and gave him expanded events and humor, and with this the seemingly unimportant character took off. Ever since, Sakuraba has made Hosaka's moments in the manga as proiminent as in the anime, to the point newer seasons don't need to expand anything; just adapt panel by panel and you have enough of Hosaka for all. Also Hosaka is usually seen in newer back-covers from the manga, even if he doesn't appear much in the volume at all.
Can Not Spit It Out: To Haruka. He always develop plans to get closer to her, but they never happen. The fact, that he and Haruka never meet each other, doesn't help.
Cloudcuckoolander: This guy has a strange mind and lives in his own world. He misinterpret most things he learns about Haruka and starts to act weird.
Determinator: Hosaka will not give up on his affection for Haruka, going so far as to master cooking to make her happy. In the final episode of season one he takes to making buckwheat noodles, and at the end he takes a case of his cooking and climbs to the top of a snowy mountain.
Evil Laugh: Hosaka in the last episode of season 1. The whole scene on the cliff reminded this editor of the good ol' shows where the villain is shown madly laughing until the credits roll in a Cliff Hanger-esque ending... Perhaps, an intended mockery. And he goes at it again in the end of the second season. And it returns with the last scene of the first episode of the third season — but then again, his plans for Haruka are kinda creepy... Hosaka's laugh even makes it into his Image Song.
Hot-Blooded: Hosaka can get so hot-blooded, rainwater on him will evaporate!
Imagine Spot: Often, and with everyone watching. They just think he's creepy. Not helped at all by the fact that he tends to spontaneously strip as he fantasizes.
Instant Expert: He is able to become a Supreme Chef shortly after taking up cooking. In season 4, he also takes up knitting, and by merely watching a fellow classmate knit and glancing at the knitting instructions, he is able to deduce the basics of it and starts knitting.
Mistaken for Gay: In the fourth episode of Tadaima, he makes a big bento for Natsuki's family, so Natsuki doesn't need to leave the training earlier. However, giving bento to someone is often an act for love confessions, Natsuki refuses it, since Maki and Atsuko are watching them from behind.
Nice Guy: Easy to overlook, given his general weirdness, but the fact is that he honestly believes Kana & Chiaki are Haruka's children and this does nothing to change how he feels about her.
Phrase Catcher: "Kimochi warui" (most commonly translated as "disgusting").
Public Domain Soundtrack: Whenever Hosaka gets over-dramatic, an arrangement of the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major Op. 48 can be heard in the background.
Rated M for Manly: While Hosaka is an apparent bishie, it's safe to say that his male fans are more outspoken to glorify his usual quirks and fantasies, which to them are the distilled display of fabulous manliness.
Supreme Chef: Is quite a skilled cooker, but feels his skills aren't good enough for Haruka.
Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's very tall, has black hair and looks pretty good (if he's not doing something weird or talks).
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: He often follows Haruka around, doing whatever she's doing, or at least assisting her indirectly, such as cooking at a sports festival, or helping to clean up in a neighborhood cleaning day, even though he apparently doesn't live in the same area as they do.
A third-year and de facto captain of the Women's Volleyball team, who tries to recruit Haruka. Cunning and mischievous, she has a hobby of messing around with Hosaka and Haruka, and at times tries to fool her juniors into drinking alcohol disguised as high-grade "juice".
Shipper on Deck: Tries to hook up Haruka and Hosaka together. But her plans are usually foiled by someone, or something.
Voiced by: Ayaka Saitou
She is a first-year student in the same class as Natsuki. She has an interest in Natsuki and believes she can read him by looking at his eyes. Hitomi was also the second "Banchou" in her middle school. She made her anime debut in Okaeri.
Delinquent Hair: She has a unique hairstyle. Considering her former Banchou title, how she wears her uniform and how she acts, this might be a reason for the votum.
The Ditz: In episode 3 of Okaeri, Hitomi thinks that she loses her expensive ring, but notices to that she's still holding it in her hand. Because her friends are helping her to find it and it would be embarrassing if she tells them the truth, she decides to "lose" it again, leading to Hilarity Ensues with Atsuko, who finds the ring inside her bag.
Kana's popular classmate and a football player. Despite his affections for Kana, the latter instead sees him as a rival (thanks to Chiaki misinterpreting his letters of confession), earning the nickname "Banchou", a name he reluctantly accepts. As time passed he becomes one of the most welcome guests of the sisters, and even becomes a brother-figure for Chiaki.
Tropes associated with Fujioka:
All Love Is Unrequited: He probably should listen to his devil and give up his quest for Kana. Unlike Hosaka, Fujioka always gets some hope.
Bishounen: He's a blond, good looking guy who is popular with the girls because of his good looks (and his character).
Love Confession: He writes several love letters to Kana, and at one time even outright tells her he likes her. However, due to Chiaki's creative misinterpretation of the letters, along with her apparent Oblivious to Love mentality, his feelings go right over her head, and she seems woefully ignorant of his interest in her.
Nice Guy: He's friendly, helpful and gets rarely mad.
Nothing Is the Same Anymore: In Omatase, Fujioka freaks out that Kana doesn't wear her Girlish Pigtails, Keiko wearing contact lenses and Riko wearing a ponytail. He thinks they act weird, but actually it's just their spontaneous mood.
Red Baron: "Banchou" ("Boss"), given to him by Kana. Becomes "officially" the fourth Banchou when Yuu gives her title to him.
Another of Kana's classmates. She has a crush on Fujioka, and only befriended Kana, who she sees as a rival, just so she can have a shot at him. She also has the same erratic, domineering personality as Kana.
Tropes associated with Riko:
Alpha Bitch: Has some shades of this, especially in the beginning. Her method of forcing Keiko to introduce her to the circle and wanting to use Kana to get to Fujioka would qualify.
A third year student, who was voted for the title as the third Banchou, despite she never wanted to candidate. She "officially" gives her title to Fujioka after losing to him on purposenote it was a Rock-Paper-Scissors game.
Chiaki's classmate and the "idiotic child" of Class 5-2. Because Chiaki instantly hated him for helping Haruka, with whom he has a crush on, cook dinner, his only way to safely enter the sisters' home is, at Kana's suggestion, through crossdressing and taking the alias "Mako-chan", who pretends to be a middle school student. So far only Kana, Uchida and Touma know of this.
Tropes associated with Makoto:
Cassandra Truth: In episode 10 of the first season, Mako-chan tells Haruka and Chiaki that he's a male. However, because of the way he blurts it out, they don't believe him, and think he's just acting out like Touma, a genuine girl pretending to be a boy.
The Chew Toy: He's never gonna be able to stop being a trap.
Disguised in Drag: Due to Chiaki's hostility towards him, he can't visit Haruka unless he's dressed up like a girl, hence his alter-ego when going there. For all of Chiaki's perceptions, she is unable to recognize him in drag.
Dude Looks Like a Lady: Even as his male self he still looks quite effeminate. Which makes crossdressing easier for him.
Hair Decorations: Mako-chan has a pink/yellow hairclip and two thinner hairclips on the right side of "her" hair. In Tadaima, she gets a blue spade-shaped hairclip as a replacement for the pink/yellow one.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Mako-chan is actually a very girly girl, but she can be very masculine if the situation calls for it. Ironically, in those situations, Mako-chan is manlier than Makoto.
Wholesome Crossdresser: Mako-chan becomes "trapped" in his role when no-one believes he's a boy, due to a female-to-male Wholesome Crossdresser's earlier Ignored Confession. In the second season, however, there have been hints that Makoto is enjoying this situation. That twisted grin when he found the bondage outfit didn't help matters. Nor does the fact that he carried a purse to a sleepover, or wore a French Maid outfit (complete with knee-high socks and makeup) to his school's cultural festival. By the third season, he doesn't even think twice about dressing up in Haruka's old outfit to help increase his supposedly-nonexistent bust size (it was Chiaki`s idea, though). Come Tadaima, Makoto's crossdressing situation has accumulated so much inertia that Kana's count of his protests to stop has reached more than fifty already.
An older cousin of the Minami sisters who occasionally drops round; also, they call him "Uncle". Has a very unlucky love life.
Tropes associated with Takeru:
Butt Monkey: He has not much luck with his love life, and the girls tend to ignore him.
Cool Uncle: Subverted and averted. First, he's not the Minami sisters' real uncle, but their cousin. Second, they don't find him cool at all. Kana finds him annoying, Chiaki is indifferent to him, but she doesn't want him as a guardian. And Haruka is just Haruka. But if he brings sweets for them, it's a different story.
Drives Like Crazy: During the first episode of season 2, while taking the girls and their friends out on a drive, Haruka apologizes for taking up his time. He says he doesn't mind it, until Kana mentions that he wouldn't have anything better to do anyway. He suddenly starts swerving on the road a lot, causing Kana to apologize for her earlier remark.
Honorary Uncle: He's the Minami sisters' cousin, but he's like an uncle to them. However, only Haruka calls him "Uncle". The other sisters call him just Takeru.
My Sister Is Off Limits: He seems not to be fond of his younger cousins might have "boyfriends" or something like that.
No Sense of Direction: Whenever the girls needs him to drive them to a vacation place, they always need hours to arrive there. To his credit, he's sometimes not the only one who is fault for that.
Psychic Power: Implied in the first episode of Okaeri. He uses a pen to help the sisters finding things they are looking for (Chiaki's "Fujioka", Haruka's popsicle, Kana's potential marriage candidate who turns out to be Fujioka); Takeru says there is no trick, but he's always right.