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Characters: Minami-ke
This is the list of characters from Minami-ke.
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    The Minami Sisters 

Haruka Minami

Voiced by: Rina Sato

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.

Tropes associated with Haruka Minami:

  • A-Cup Angst: Despite she has the biggest bust size in the series, there is case in Tadaima. When she realizes that Natsuki saw her unbuttoned shirt and then she meets Hitomi who talks about her own incident with Natsuki, Haruka mistakes Hitomi's incident with hers and she is shocked to learn that Natsuki finds "her" breasts too small (he actually meant the snow in the morning).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has red eyes in Okawari.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: In the final episode of Tadaima, after hearing from Maki that Atsuko's breast have been grown bigger, Haruka directly asks her to grope her breast. Apparently, she does, considering that she states that Atsuko's breasts have really grown bigger.
  • Berserk Button: Don't underestimate candies.
  • 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.
  • Buxom Is Better: What many characters believe. She has also the biggest breast size of the cast.
  • Class Representative: In her middle school time. It's also the reason why everyone starts calling her "Banchou".
  • Contralto of Danger: When she called the other Minami family at the phone, she unintentionally pitched her voice lower and sounded like a kidnapper.
  • Cool Big Sis: So cool she is perhaps the only person Chiaki addresses with due respect.
  • Delinquent: She was believed to be a Banchou in middle school because her classmates call her like that, resulting being Shrouded in Myth.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Maybe. It's implied that her Legendary Banchou reputation is mostly the result of exaggerated rumors. Of course, it's also been implied that at least half of those rumors are true.
  • Friend to All Children: She's very nice to Chiaki and her friends.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is the nicest character in the series.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Chiaki and Kana once get mistaken as Haruka's kids, by someone who hasn't even met them! Hosaka seems to keep this erroneous belief throughout the whole series.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has plenty of Fanservice scenes, but it's not an overused trope. See Reluctant Fanservice Girl below.
  • Never Live It Down: An in-universe example. Almost everyone regards Haruka as a delinquent gang leader. She wasn't.
  • Nice Girl: She's a helpful and kind-hearted girl who is nice to everyone and gets rarely mad.
  • Oblivious Too Love: Subverted. The only reason she does not know about Hosaka's love for her is because she has never actually met him.
  • Onee-sama: To Chiaki.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Unlike Kana and Chiaki, she's not really special.
  • 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 (at least to Touma and to a lesser degree Akira).
  • Red Baron: Back in middle school she was called "Banchou" ("Boss").
  • The Reliable One: She is the only one who constantly does the household.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She's very shy to wear sexy bikinis, and most fanservice scenes of her are unintentional of her part.
  • Shrouded in Myth: "The Legends of Haruka" were exaggerated rumors which are only half true. She was portrayed as a brutal Banchou.
  • The Slacker: Surprisingly enough, she can be this when by herself.
  • Sweet Tooth: Sweets can be her Berserk Button. If you eat her sweets, you make her either mad or depressed.
  • Supreme Chef: The only sister who is able to cook properly.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Her given name contains the kanji for "spring".
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's usually a polite, nice and sweet girl, but she's often angry at Natsuki, for good reasons, mostly. This is mostly apparent in season 3, where he really acts like a jerk.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A kind-hearted, calm polite girl who is very helpful and does the housework.


Kana Minami

Voiced by: Marina Inoue

The middle sister and a second-year middle 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.
  • Airplane Arms: Kana does this in episode 5 of season 2.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: Downplayed and probably more a case of curiosity. She asks to grope Atsuko's breast after hearing that Haruka excitedly asks the same thing.
  • 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.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Chiaki. Big time.
  • Big Eater: She is often stuffing her face with food or snacks at home.
  • Bird Run: In episode 5 of Okawari.
  • Book Dumb: Her grades are not great, but unlike other examples of this trope, Kana's grades are also not terrible.
  • Butt Monkey: Usually towards Chiaki, and occasionally Haruka.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The logic of her actions often doesn't make much sense.
  • 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Chiaki's friends.
  • 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 in Tadaima. 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.
  • The Ditz: She's very bad with noticing hints.
  • 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.
  • Heavy Sleeper: She often oversleeps.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath
  • 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.
  • Iconic Outfit: The "I AM BOSS" T-shirts.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The kid just runs on it.
  • It Amused Me: She tends to make others do humiliating things for her enjoyment, such as forcing Makoto to dress up like a girl every time he visits their apartment.
  • Jerkass: Not always, but her pranks sometimes make her enter this trope.
  • Lethal Chef: Unlike most examples, she is fully aware of how bad her cooking is, and uses it as a threat to get Chiaki to help out.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • 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.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: There are hints she's smarter than her ditzy facade would otherwise imply, given her ability to troll and/or manipulate others and come up with outright outlandish explanations. And her poor grades obviously come from her never-ending slacking, as lampshaded by Keiko, who points out that Kana just won't study. Kana thinks all she needs to get better grades is to simply borrow Keiko's glasses.
  • Oblivious to Love: Poor, poor Fujioka.
  • One of the Kids: Of Chiaki's elementary school.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Whenever everyone else is drunken, Kana is always the one who is not.
    • She is seemingly uneffected by brainwashing in episode 8 of Tadaima.
    • In Tadaima, when Riko comes back from Kyoto and "infects" Keiko and Miyuki with Kansai-ben, only Kana notices it.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Her halloween costume in Omatase.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • 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.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Her name contains the kanji for "summer".


Chiaki Minami

Voiced by: Minori Chihara

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.
  • Big Sister Worship: She adores Haruka, and feels her older sister can do no wrong.
  • Catch Phrase:
    "Bakayarou!" ("You idiot!")
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Instantly disliked Makoto after seeing him help Haruka with her chores (besides his idiotic attitude).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Chiaki has no sense for romantic, leading to her creative misinterpretation of Fujioka's love letter; if it wasn't her, Kana would probably get a boyfriend.
  • 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.
  • Cute Witch: Her halloween costume in Omatase. Mako-chan is also a Cute Witch, but Chiaki's costume looks more like a classical cute witch.
  • The Ditz: Chiaki has her moments too, despite being a Little Miss Snarker.
  • Ear Worm: In-Universe, Chiaki hears Hosaka's song about curry and Chiaki ends up singing it herself a few times.
  • Expressive Hair: Chiaki's Idiot Hair waggles when something bothers her. It also behaves in a quite kinky way when affected by Frothy Mugs of Water.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She is completely unaware that Mako-chan is Makoto in girl's clothing.
  • Gamer Chick: And she's better than Kana or Touma.
  • 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.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: "Fujioka", a stuffed bear named after Kana's classmate, with whom she feels some kinship.
  • 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.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She tends to do this often due to being surrounded by idiots such as Makoto and Kana.
  • Idiot Hair: Ironically, she's not the family weirdo. That role is much more accurately filled by Kana. Also, it's huge.
  • Only Sane Man: Whenever Haruka isn't around.
  • The Nicknamer: In her class.
  • Multicolored Hair: In Okawari for unknown reasons.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Keiko, as well as both of Kana's sisters.
  • Shout-Out: She attends Class 5-2, alluding to the same-named manga from the author of this series.
  • Super Drowning Skills: She's not a good swimmer, unlike most of the other characters in the show.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: If Kana and Makoto are anything to go by.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Her name contains the kanji for "autumn".
  • Token Mini-Moe: Of the sisters.
  • 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 Other Minami Family 

Touma Minami

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

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.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is even deeper than those of the elementary school boys.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both blue.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the Tadaima Eye Catch series Minamike Quest, she is a princess escorted by the Minami sisters, who is then captured by the Demon King Hosaka. She eventually gets free, thanks to Haruka, and she reunites with her prince brothers.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Makoto/Mako-chan. Both more or less crossdress, but Touma, who is the girl, is much manlier than Makoto, while Mako-chan is girliert than Touma.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: In Minamike Quest, she is the princess.
  • Funbag Airbag: In Okaeri, she's pushed away by Kana and lands on Atsuko's breasts... and then falls asleep.
  • Gamer Chick: She is not that good.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Tadaima gives her more feminine traits, but she's still a tomboy.
  • Hidden Depths: She is a very skilled seamstress.
  • I Have Brothers: Three of them, who influenced her to become a tomboy.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Touma gets this a lot from her brothers, but she's fairly apathetic about it.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Platonic example with Makoto.
  • One of the Boys: She lives with three brothers and had only male friends until she met Chiaki, her friends and her family.
  • Ore Onna: "Ore wa onna da!"
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Her halloween costume in Omatase. She later tries other costumes in the Eye Catch.
  • Secret Keeper: One of three girls to know that Makoto is crossdressing (besides Kana and Uchida, who help him doll up).
  • The Slacker: If she's not eating in the Minami sisters' home, she's sleeping there.
  • Sweet Tooth: Gets really mad at Natsuki, who ate her pudding (twice). She's supported by her other brothers and the other Minami family.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Her name contains the kanji for "winter".
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unlike other characters, she still has her blue hair all anime seasons.


Haruo Minami

Voiced by: Shinji Kawada

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:

  • Adult Fear: He panically reacts when it seems that his two youngest siblings might be kidnapped. (Of course, it's a misunderstanding.)
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Touma and Akira. Not so much to Natsuki, who is aloof to him, however.
  • Bishōnen
  • Megane: The only male character who wears glasses.note 
  • Satellite Character: Most of his interactions are 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. In the final episode of Tadaima, he finally interacts with other characters, briefly.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Haruka as being the eldest son and the spring child.
  • The Stoic
  • Stoic Glasses: In contrast to Keiko's shy and cute Meganekko character.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Like Haruka, his name contains the kanji for "spring".


Natsuki Minami

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

The middle brother of the other Minami family and a first-year student in Haruka's high school. 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.
    • In Tadaima, he accidently notices Hitomi's unbuttoned shirt. When she a asks him if he saw anything, he thinks she meant the snow in the morning and he tells her that he saw "everything" and what he thinks about "it", with a lot of unintentional Double Entendre, which drives Hitomi mad. A few minutes later, the same happens with Haruka, she asks him if she saw anything, but she really means the snow and not her exposed breasts because she doesn't notice it. Natsuki runs away and pretends that he didn't see anything. Following with Hitomi and Haruka meeting each other, the moment when Haruka notices that her own shirt is unbuttoned. The former tells the latter what Natsuki "thought" when he saw her breasts, with Haruka believing that Hitomi is talking about her.
  • 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.
  • Bishounen
  • 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.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He tell his little sister that he loves her.
  • 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.
    • He's much less aggressive in the fourth season, though.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: A real man does not yield to the attacks of his littler sister.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: A Running Gag between him and Hitomi, who very often misinterprets his thoughts and words because she doesn't know the context.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: After Touma defeats him in a KoF '95 match, he switches from a gamepad to an arcade stick and spams Kyo Kusanagi's 108 Shiki: Yami Barai like there is no tomorrow and wins without giving her any chance to attack.
  • Love at First Punch: In a way, towards Haruka after she beat him up for an incident of accidental perversion.
  • Perpetual Frowner: An issue that is noted by Akira.
  • Real Men Can Cook: He is the one in the family who usually cooks, that's why he often leaves the volleyball training earlier.
  • Retired Outlaw: He was a Delinquent until Hosaka recruited him into the Men's Volleyball team.
  • Sore Loser: He does not take his lost by the hands of his little sister in a KoF '95 match well. Natsuki immediately switches from a gamepad to an arcade stick and gets his revenge by spamming projectile attacks and grins like a maniac while doing so.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Kana as being the second son and the summer child, and to Haruka as being the high school student.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's the tallest son and has the darkest hair of the family and looks pretty good.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Natsuki is pushed into Haruka. She knows it was accidental and doesn't hold it against him, but still has to sock him one for the sake of appearances.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Like Kana, his name contains the kanji for "summer".
  • The Un-Smile: Natsuki's smile is somewhere between this and slasher smile.


Akira Minami

Voiced by: Tatsuya Hayama

The youngest brother of the other Minami family in first-year middle 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.

Tropes associated with Akira Minami:

  • Aloof Big Brother: ...Yeah. If only for Touma.
  • Bishounen
  • Just a Kid: How his older brothers treat him.
  • Likes Older Women: In the final episode of Tadaima, he seems to be attracted by Dr. Kumada.
  • Only Sane Man: Between his two rather detached Aloof Big Brothers and uninterested younger sister, he seems to have a hold of all the common sense in the family. Ignored by everyone, of course.
  • Shipper on Deck: He supports Fujioka to get the girl he loves, but Akira does not know that it's Kana.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Chiaki as being the third son and the autumn child, and to Kana as being the middle school student.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Like Chiaki, his name contains the kanji for "autumn".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: As "Aki-chan" whenever he's with Fujioka inside the Minami sisters' household.

    High School Students 

Hosaka

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono

A third-year student 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.
  • Big Bad: In the Tadaima Eye Catch series Minamike Quest, he is the Demon King and kidnaps Princess Touma.
  • Bishōnen: When he is not doing anything weird. He even has Bishie Sparkle when he is not imagining.
    • While girls admit that he looks cool and is handsome, his weirdness turns them off.
  • 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 prominent 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.
  • The Comically Serious: He's always serious... with a Large Ham.
  • Cool Big Bro: Seems to be this to Chiaki, whom he doesn't even notice. His monologues are the only thing to convince Chiaki to buy vegetables without forcing her. She also calls Hosaka the "Curry Fairy".
  • 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. And then in the last scene of the fourth 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.
  • Large Ham: So very much. His is the most dramatic character of the series.
  • 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 of love confessions, so Natsuki refuses it, since Maki and Atsuko are watching them from behind.
  • Mr. Fanservice: All of his scenes are Shirtless Scenes.
  • Mr. Imagination: Often has an Imagine Spot regarding Haruka.
  • Narcissist: Mistaken for this by some onlookers.
  • 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.
  • Senpai Kohai: Haruka and her friends' senpai.
  • Shirtless Scene: Rather often during his Imagine Spots. He needs no reason to actually do it. He's gone shirtless in school, as a chef, with a fish... Not that anybody is complaining.
  • Signature Laugh: "Haha-ha! Haha-ha! Haha-haha!"
  • Spontaneous Choreography: Hosaka is prone to these from time to time.
    • In episode 2 of season 2, he bursts into an Imagine Spot song about curry after overhearing Chiaki mention spicy ingredients at the supermarket.
    • In episode 8 of season 4, he does it again, this time about vegetables. Chiaki also joins in on the Imagine Spot, and sings on stage with him.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Hosaka has quite the large fanbase among men as well as women. This video's comments section shows the influence he has over them.
  • Supreme Chef: Is quite a skilled cooker, but feels his skills aren't good enough for Haruka.
    • He's so good that Atsuko is utterly depressed after she tries his made bento because it tastes much better than anything she could cook.
  • 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.


Maki

Voiced by: Reiko Takagi

A second-year student and classmate of Haruka and a member of the Women's Volleyball team, who always tries to protect her from Hosaka.

Tropes associated with Maki:


Atsuko

Voiced by: Ryōko Ono

Another second-year student and one of Haruka's classmates, as well as an unusually shy player for the Women's Volleyball team.

Tropes associated with Atsuko:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has dark purple hair in the first season. Later seasons makes it darker with each installment to make it normal black hair.
  • Butt Monkey: Her shyness and lack of confidence makes her a subject of funny moments.
  • Buxom Is Better: What Touma likes about her. Also, Haruka asks Atsuko to grope her breasts after Maki blurted out that her breasts have been grown bigger.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Touma because of Atsuko's big breast being nice pillows. Unfortunately, Atsuko is not sure about Touma's gender and feels uncomfortable about it.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Despite being a member of the volleyball team, her finger strength is so low that she is even unable to open a can; a very cute trait that makes Maki and Kana jealous of her and call her a witch.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Is noticeably taller than the other girls excluding Hayami.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Maki's red.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's a shy and timid girl and has an issue how to express herself clearly.
  • Those Two Girls: With Maki.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Maki's tomboy.


Hayami

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba

A third-year student 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".

Tropes associated with Hayami:


Hitomi

Voiced by: Ayaka Saitou

She is a first-year student in the same class as Natsuki and is his friend. 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.

Tropes associated with Hitomi:

  • A-Cup Angst: While she is not flat per se, she gets mad at Natsuki when he tells her that "they" could have more volume (he actually talks about the snow in the morning).
  • Ascended Extra: She had only appeared in one to two episodes in Okaeri, but reappears as a Recurring Character in Tadaima.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She constantly mistakes that Natsuki is looking at her with eyes of someone who's in love.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: To Natsuki.
  • 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.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Fujioka. They both are synchronous in almost every situation.
  • The Ditz: In episode 3 of Tadaima, Hitomi thinks that she loses her expensive ring, but she notices 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Fujioka. They don't like each other at first and have various "fights" until they have a draw in the "toilet race" and become something-like-friends.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Natsuki.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She doesn't wear a necktie, and a part of her shirt is unbuttoned.
  • Red Baron: She's the second student in Kana's middle school to wear the "Banchou" title.
  • Windows of the Soul: She's able to read Natsuki's thoughts by looking in his eyes. She's right, but misinterprets the reasons behind them.

    Middle School Students 

Fujioka

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara

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:


Keiko

Voiced by: Saori Goto

An honor student and classmate of Kana, as well as, oddly enough, friend (or at least an outlet of Kana and Riko's insanity).

Tropes associated with Keiko:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Each season seems to change her hair color.
  • Butt Monkey: Tends to get dragged into Kana's escapades.
  • Cuteness Proximity: How she reacts to Miyuki.
  • Frames of Reference: Her round glasses and gentle shyness contrast with the angular lenses and stoic, detached manner of Haruo.
  • Meganekko: See Smart People Wear Glasses below.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kana. Really odd. It's not better with Riko, either.
  • Only Sane Man: She's the only one in Kana's class with common sense.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Kana's red.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • For Kana/Fujioka. Probably at least partially in hope of driving Kana's insanity away from herself.
    • She also sometimes helps Riko, despite knowing that Fujioka has eyes for Kana.
  • Shrinking Violet: Keiko lacks of confidence, and the fact that Kana and Riko Trash Talk about her intelligence does not help.
  • The Smart One: Whatever test comes up, she's guaranteed to get a perfect score. Unfortunately, Kana dishonors her intelligence whenever that happens. And Riko, too.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: One of two charactersnote  to wear glasses, and the only one noted for academic achievement. Kana even believes she becomes smarter when wearing Keiko's glasses.
  • Those Two Girls: Sometimes with Riko.


Riko

Voiced by: Ao Takahashi

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.
  • Beauty Mark: Under the left side of her lips.
  • Big Breast Pride: Averted. She doesn't think that her breasts are special.
  • Buxom Is Better: What the others think.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Is quite jealous of Kana's apparent close relationship to Fujioka, despite the fact that they aren't dating.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Fujioka, even more than he is for Kana.
  • Imagine Spot: But nowhere near as much or as weird as Hosaka.
  • Kansai Regional Dialect: In one episode of Tadaima, Riko comes back from her holidays in Kyoto and speaks in Kansai-ben without noticing it. Not only that, she "infects" Keiko and Miyuki with this dialect, but the three lose it when Fujioka talks to her.
  • Not So Different: Shares Kana's bossy, random behavior.
  • Rapunzel Hair: A reason why Akira likes her.
  • Those Two Girls: Sometimes with Keiko.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Not so purple in Okaeri.


Hiroko

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba

A third-year student and an admirer of the legendary first Banchou, Haruka Minami. She's the friend of the third Banchou, Yuu.

Tropes associated with Hiroko:


Yuu

Voiced by: Momoko Ohara

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 .

Tropes associated with Yuu:


Miyuki

Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

Kana's ditzy classmate who makes her anime debut in Omatase (OVA) and Tadaima (the fourth season). She wants to become taller.

Tropes associated with Miyuki:

  • A-Cup Angst: She's a Pettanko who wants to have bigger cups.
  • Book Dumb: Subverted. If she's motivated enough, she can reach the full score.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: In the last episode of Tadaima, she tells Riko's secret about her knitted scarf for Fujioka in public, since Miyuki doesn't know the meaning of "it's just between us".
  • The Cutie: Miyuki's so adorable that Keiko, who is aloof to Kana, is willing to help her studies.
  • The Ditz: She's probably dumber than Kana. She doesn't even know the meaning of "it's just between us".
  • Girlish Pigtails: A part of her cute appearance.

    Elementary School Students 

Makoto/"Mako-chan"

Voiced by: Rika Morinaga

Click here to see Mako-chan. 

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.
  • Cute Monster Girl: In the Tadaima Eye Catch series Minamike Quest, Mako-chan is a bee monster, who is eventually defeated by the mage Chiaki.
  • Cute Witch: Mako-chan's halloween costume in Omatase. Chiaki also wears a Cute Witch costume, but Mako-chan's pink outfit with the Magic Wand looks more like a Magical Girl costume.
  • 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.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: What he really wanted to become. The other think, he's not manly at all.
  • Idiot Hair: Makoto, but not Mako-chan. Interestingly, regarding Chiaki's idiocy analysis, Mako-chan is 0% an idiot.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: To the point that he's more feminine than Touma.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Platonic example with Touma.
  • No Indoor Voice: He always seem a bit loud and energetic when talking.
  • Ore Onna: As Mako-chan. Lampshaded by Yoshino, although of course Chiaki doesn't seem to notice.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: All he needs are a hairclip, a dress, and a different hairstyle, and Chiaki is still none the wiser.
  • Precocious Crush: On Haruka.
  • Secret Identity: Makoto and Mako-chan are two different identities, which only a few know.
  • Ship Tease: With Chiaki. When he plays Mako-chan, it takes the form of a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
  • Standing in the Hall: Until it's dark and a teacher calls him to go home!
  • 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.


Yuka Uchida

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura

Chiaki's friend from Class 5-2 and Kana's accomplice in dolling up Makoto.

Tropes associated with Yuka Uchida:


Yoshino

Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki

The third member of Chiaki's clique, who's pretty level-headed for a kid of her age. May also be wise to Makoto's cross-dressing nature.

Tropes associated with Yoshino:

  • Art Evolution: Her hair has become notably longer between Okaeri and Tadaima.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Maybe. Not knowing for sure really messes with Mako-chan's head.
  • Catch Phrase: Her "So da ne" ("That is right") can be counted as this.
  • Evil Laugh: Mako-chan interprets her laugh in Betsubara as this, combined with Voice of the Legion and a dark aura.
  • Eyes Always Shut: A mild example, since her eyes are usually open. But Yoshino has the tendency to close her eyes, depending on the situation.
  • Mummy: Her halloween costume in Omatase.
  • Nice Girl: You cannot be a Yamato Nadeshiko without being nice and friendly.
  • Only Sane Man: She's the least quirkiest of the five elementary school students. Best demonstrated in Omatase, when she is the only child who does not use an absurd variant of "Trick or Treat".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Uchida's red.
  • Those Two Girls: With Uchida.
  • Two First Names: Yoshino can be both a given name or a family name. However, it is whether Yoshino's name is her family name or not, considering that Uchida is always referred by her last name. If it's her family name, then it's played straight, but if it's her given name, it might be an aversion since her another name is unknown.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: At ten years old! She is nice, friendly, polite and calm.

Shuuichi

Voiced by: Momoko Ohara

Another classmate of Chiaki, who is a friend of Makoto.

Tropes associated with Shuuichi:

    Others 

Takeru

Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma

An older cousin of the Minami sisters who occasionally drops round; also, they call him "Uncle". Has a very unlucky love life and often mentions the name of his girlfriend Reiko.

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 behind it, but he's always right.


Doctor Kumada

Voiced by: Haruhi Terada

A doctor at Chiaki's school. She makes her anime debut in Okawari and since then she appears once or twice per season.

Tropes associated with Doctor Kumada:

  • Dude Magnet: She apparently has unintentionally attracted Takeru and Akira.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's a young doctor at Chiaki's school who looks very hot.
  • Out of Focus: She is one of the most minor characters in the series and appear not more than one or twice per season.


Masumi Fuyuki

Voiced by: Miho Saiki

A young boy who moves next door to the Minami sisters in Okawari (season 2). He is an anime-only character, having never appeared in the manga.

Tropes associated with Masumi Fuyuki:

  • Canon Foreigner: Only appears in the second season of the anime.
  • Extreme Doormat: He will help anyone who asks, and he won't resist. Chiaki notices this.
  • Last Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his family name.
  • Megane: He is a young boy who wears glasses.
  • Nice Guy: He is extremely helpful to others, and never seems to turn down requests. The latter part annoys Chiaki as she notices that even though he may not want to help, he does it anyway.
  • Put on a Bus: He leaves the show after one season. He also leaves rather unceremoniously, with his dad picking him up in the middle of his and Chiaki's sports day festival.
  • Ship Tease: A slight one with Chiaki, but it never pans out much, largely as Chiaki seems rather cold towards him.


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