A reference sheet for notable characters in the manga/anime series Narutaru. Expect SPOILERS for the whole thing. Also be warned that this sheet is written with the assumption that readers have at least a small amount of familiarity with the series, meaning that some early and/or minor spoilers may be unmarked.
Abusive Parents: Her mother treats her very coldly, tending to chastise her for her poor grades. She also apparently tried to strangle her to death in the past, blaming her for the death of Shiina's older sister Mishou. Yeah, Shiina has mommy issues.
Celibate Heroine: Despite her young age, she's already adamant that she'll never get married or have kids. Eventually subverted in the manga; she gradually develops feelings for Takeo and even has sex with him near the end, with their daughter going on to be the new Eve of the "cleansed" Earth.
Despair Event Horizon: By the final chapters, her father's dead, her mother gets shot to death right in front of her, her best friend falls out of a window in what's either a murder or suicide, her boyfriend (and father of her unborn daughter) is dead and has failed to become an Otohime, and people want her dead. Is it any wonder that she wipes out the human race after that?
Embarrassing First Name: She makes a point of writing her first name in katakana because she hates the kanji character used for it, which means "empty husk" or "seed that shall never sprout". (It was given to her by her mother, which doesn't exactly help with her mommy issues.) It becomes a critical plot point near the end of the manga, where it turns out that the name has a positive meaning after all; Misono simply didn't want Shiina to "leave" her like Mishou did. Once Shiina comes to accept her name, she's finally able to link with her real shadow dragon... Sheol, the Earth itself.
Genki Girl: To begin with, at least. Then shit starts hitting the fan, and her genki ways start to steadily break down...
Heroic BSOD: Given the nature of the series, she gets a few of these...
I Just Want to Be Special: Even though she's unable to "link" with Hoshimaru, she desperately wants to be able to control him in the same way as the other bearers. Then it turns out he isn't even hers, and she doesn't respond well. Then it turns out she's special in an entirely different way...
Na´ve Everygirl: She starts as one of these. Needless to say, she doesn't stay that way...
No Periods, Period: Averted, she gets her first period right after being brought back to life.
Scars Are Forever: After getting stabbed through her left hand during the whole mess with Oni, she has a fairly conspicuous little scar there for the rest of the manga. Even when she dies and comes back to life, it's still there.
Scholarship Student: In the second half of the manga. Other characters comment that she's the first girl in over fourteen years to get a scholarship into Banda.
Stuffed into the Fridge: Subverted. Shiina gets killed off very suddenly and very gruesomely after it's revealed that Hoshimaru isn't actually her shadow dragon, almost as if she's outlived her usefulness to the story; however, she's brought back to life a couple of chapters later, and very much remains the heroine.
Beware the Nice Ones: While she's usually characterised as hating the idea of hurting others, her manner of Calling the Old Man Out makes her qualify. Also, early on, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it implication that she might have tried to kill Ain-Soph before; note how she already knows that Shiina won't be able to do much of anything to Push Dagger.
Break the Cutie: She was broken before we even meet her in-series, and she breaks further as the story progresses.
Dojikko: Akira is shown to be on the clumsy side when she's helping out at her parents' restaurant. It isn't played for laughs.
Driven to Suicide: She makes at least two attempts on her own life in the series, but either can't bring herself to go through with it or is stopped by other characters. Whether or not her death in the final chapter is a suicide is up for debate, as it's left ambiguous as to whether she threw herself out or was pushed out by an unknown assailant.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Lt. Watanabe, a minor character and soldier of the Japanese Special Defence Force, pulls this on her when she grabs his gun and tries to kill herself with it. In the final volume, Akira herself pulls it on a BSOD-ing Shiina, reminding her that she still has family and urging her to patch things up with her mother.
I Just Want to Be Normal: In direct contrast with Shiina. Akira hates her connection with Ain-Soph because it's given her recurring nightmares in which she's falling - plus when she first "linked" with it, the feeling of flying made her sick.
Important Haircut: Akira chops off her own hair soon after Komori tells her it's beautiful (while creeping her out in general), which makes this case almost border on Traumatic Haircut.
Scars Are Forever: Akira has scars on her left wrist from past suicide attempts, which are seen several times in the manga. In the anime, the scars are never shown on-screen, but they're implied to be there.
Beware the Nice Ones: Apparently, he was known to his neighbourhood and school as a friendly and polite (albeit sickly) boy who was popular with girls and wanted to become a doctor. None of them knew of his true intentions, of course.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. Not too long after his death, it's revealed that he had an invalid mother he was taking care of; however, the reader already knows by then that the weak and sickly were among the sorts of people he wanted to kill off.
Fate Worse Than Death: In the manga. It's eventually revealed that after he died, he was found by government agents just when Push Dagger was beginning to absorb his body in order to transform him into an Otohime. When Sudo takes Akira to see what's become of him, Komori's half-transformed body is hooked up to machines that slow down the process of becoming an Otohime, effectively keeping him from either fully dying or being reborn. It ain't pretty.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the anime, as a result of a few things being switched around. Rather than being run through with a broken plane strut, Hoshimaru replicates Komori's own Push Dagger and spears him with it.
We Can Rule Together: Komori tries this on Akira, saying that he'll be the king and she'll be the queen of his ideal world; it doesn't actually work, but it does leave a very strong impression on her that influences some of her later actions.
Abusive Parents: Her father berates her for getting anything less than 100% on tests and disapproves of her friendship with Shiina, saying that the other girl is a "bad influence" on her. While her mother isn't shown abusing her in the same way, she doesn't seem to be very supportive of her either.
Despair Event Horizon: As if being raped by Aki Honda and the other bullies didn't break her enough, she goes irreversably over the edge when her father tries to cut off all ties between her and Shiina. Naturally, he ends up being her first kill.
Self-Made Orphan: When she goes mad and begins to use Oni, her parents are the very first people she kills. When Shiina arrives to her home, she finds Hiro-chan hugging her father's lifeless body which sits on his favorite couch.
Suicide by Cop: Maybe. It's possible that she actually wanted to die by Shiina's hands, and was holding Shunji hostage in order to ensure that. Note how she does nothing to stop Shiina or Hoshimaru from strangling her to death. And it's later revealed by Shunji that he never felt like Oni truly wanted him dead and was really taking it easy.
Yandere: As a side effect of Break the Cutie. Besides killing everyone who ever abused her, Hiro-chan also tries to eliminate anything and anyone she believes to be an obstacle to her and Shiina's friendship... even if that means trying to kill Shiina's father.
Adaptation Dye-Job: She's got green hair in the anime, as opposed to the black hair she has in the manga.
Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivers one of these to Shiina as soon as they meet. She also does this to Bungo at least once.
Berserk Button: She won't stand to have her pride bruised. Dare to insinuate that she's weak, and she will try to prove otherwise; sadly for her, she won't necessarily succeed...
Break the Haughty: Eventually, in the manga, after one too many failures. Her defeat at the hands of the Otohime (Mishou) leaves her so shattered that she pretty much gives up on fighting, instead choosing to stay by Bungo's side. If the manga had a bigger fandom, she'd probably be accused of Chickification... even though her inability to be a strong as she'd like is one of the biggest themes surrounding her character.
Badass Normal: Even without a shadow dragon, he's not afraid of heading onto the field in dangerous situations. Subverted when it's revealed he's been in control of a dragon - namely, Hoshimaru - since at least the start of the manga.
The Casanova: A somewhat twisted case in that to him, it's all about reproduction; as a result of that, he's gotten more than a few girls pregnant and already has about five kids. It takes a loooong time for him to learn that there's a difference between love and procreation...
Death by Sex: He and Shiina have sex in the penultimate chapter. Guess what happens to him after that.
Jerk Ass: He can be quite a douchebag, especially towards his "girlfriends" and one girl (Kaori) he rescues as part of a job. He eventually gets better in the manga, though only after losing both the people he cared most about, and being caught in a nuclear explosion and suffering the effects of radiation poisioning.
Made of Iron: In the manga, he can apparently take a point-blank shotgun wound to the chest and barely even flinch.
Manipulative Bastard: He has a tendency to withhold important information from Shiina, which usually forces her to find it out the hard way. He also chooses the worst possible time to reveal to her that Hoshimaru is actually his shadow dragon. She doesn't take it well at all.
Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets one of the nastiest deaths in the whole manga. To elaborate, he gets crippled by having a tendon sliced in his leg, raped, eviscerated, possibly castrated as well... and when he's about to die from all that, he's drugged up and effectively brought back to "life" for a few more painful moments. All of this is done by a gang of monstrous city thugs who had no reason other than the fact that Norio was there and Takeo wasn't.
Creepy Doll: Norio's hobby is creating (and creating replicas of) shadow dragons. Needless to say they're all kind of creepy.
Determinator: He'll go to any length to protect Takeo, no matter what the cost...
Dude Looks Like a Lady: Nearly every character who interacts with him in the manga mistakes him for a girl at first.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Though not necessarily for Norio, Vagina Dentata's last act is to 'transform' into a winged variant of itself and sprouting a human fetus and wings... which also destroys the final bomber attacking Tarrasque.
Go Out with a Smile: Played with. His dying smile is ironic because he's regretting that he could never tell Takeo his real feelings (though one could also see it as a neat "fuck you, you couldn't break me" to his killers). Also, he's definitely not smiling when Takeo comes home to find his severed head.
Heroic Sacrifice: He dies a very gruesome death in aiding Tsurumaru, Shiina and Jane Franklin, managing to disable all of the bombers that are targeting Tarrasque... but subverted when Robert Franklin ends up dying anyway and Shiina gets offed only a few strips later...
Hope Spot: Now, if Norio can just deal with the bombers quickly and send Vagina Dentata back to deal with these thugs, he can make it...!
In-Series Nickname: He's called "Nori-rin" by one of Takeo's ex-girlfriends. (Fun fact: One of Kitoh's latest manga, currently running in Kodansha's Evening magazine, is called Noririn. It's a cycling manga that takes its title from its own two protagonists, so the name is probably a coincidence.)
Incompatible Orientation: It sure sucks to be in love with a straight guy who isn't interested in anything he can't make babies with.
Mr. Seahorse: No, no, he doesn't actually get pregnant! It's just that his deepest, most secret wish is to bear Takeo's child. When he's about to die, his wish is symbolised by Vagina Dentata "evolving" into a form that resembles a winged, toothy womb with a human foetus inside.
Off with His Head!: As if his actual murder wasn't horrible enough already, his killers cut his head off his corpse and mount it onto one of his own dolls for Takeo to come home to.
The Runaway: It's hinted that he had issues with his family that led to him running away from home, but nothing is explained in detail.
Stuffed into the Fridge: His horrendous death seems to serve little purpose other than to break Takeo further than other events of volume 10 already have (and maybe to stack the odds against Shiina even more by eliminating one of her strongest allies). On the other hand, the amount of focus on him as a character during his death scene means that at least he isn't totally reduced to a plot device like many Fridge victims.
Stun Gun: Norio, disguised as a Banda student ends up taser-ing Satomi when Vagina Dentata fails to subdue Amapola.
Tsundere: A male example of Type A, with heavy emphasis on "tsun".
Wholesome Crossdresser: His taste in clothes tends to be rather feminine. Funnily enough, when he has to actually disguise himself as a girl for a mission, he complains like hell.
Creepy Child: In a series full of kooky kids, her otherworldly stoicism stands out. She's also weirdly knowledgable about other people, which creeps Bungo out.
Demoted to Extra: Barely appears in the anime and doesn't even get to be in the ED animation, despite being critically important in the manga.
Does Not Like Shoes: Footwear seems to be her second least favourite type in clothing aside from panties, given that she only wears shoes in all of two appearances.
Emotionless Girl: Apathy and cynicism are about the extent of her emotional range.
Full-Frontal Assault: When she finally gains control of her shadow dragon Sheol, she goes on her first killing spree while half-naked. Her targets in this case? The thugs who'd just raped her.
Going Commando: Mamiko never wears panties, and has no qualms about proving this fact to Bungo when he first sees her wearing clothes at all.
Innocent Fanservice Girl, though "innocent" and "fanservice" aren't really the right words to use for her. In any case, she prefers to go around naked if she can, and even when she does wear clothing, it's usually just a flimsy dress.
Little Miss Badass: It's best to not mess with her, otherwise she will take care of you calmly and efficiently - and turn you into a gory mess while she's at it.
Naked on Arrival: Much to the shock of Bungo and Satomi (to say nothing of unsuspecting readers).
For the Evulz: Why does she treat Hiroko so horribly? Because she can, pretty much.
Driven by Envy: The other reason? She's envious of Hiroko's brilliant grades.
Girl Posse: Consisting of Mihaya Ozaki, Hiroka Takamura, and Miyoko Shitou. Out of all of them, Miyoko is the only one who ever shows reluctance and remorse for their actions against Hiroko. She's also the only one who doesn't get killed by Hiroko's Mon, albeit only thanks to Shiina's intervention.
Half The Girl She Used To Be: Her final fate in the manga. The page showing this, which includes some downright disturbing Fan Disservice, was completely cut out of Dark Horse's release of the English translation.
Jerk Ass: Mihaya and Hiroka, who simply can't rival Aki's over-the-top cruelty.
Karmic Death: Dealed to them by Oni. Mihaya is almost as bad as Aki? She gets splattered in a dark alley, her remains almost unrecognizable. Hiroka is a mere thug? Oni throws her off a window in front of the whole class. Miyoko is the only one who repents? Shiina manages to save her life, but Oni still breaks her arm and rips a leg off her.
Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Miyoko. She's not a super bad person, but bullies Hiroko because she's shit scared of the other girls. Heck, they beat her up when she's late for the test tube incident.
Despair Event Horizon: What made Misono so abusive to Shiina was how her birth and Mishou's death basically overlapped together. Since Misono went off the deep end when Mishou died, guess what happened.