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Asahigaoka Branch School Students
Voiced by: Rie MurakawaA fifth grader who transferred to Asahigaoka from Tokyo. Tall for her age, she has a crush on short-for-her-age Komari, whom she often makes plushies of.
- City Mouse: She comes from Tokyo, and isn't quite used to the idyllic lifestyle in Asahigaoka.
- Cuteness Proximity: She finds Komari very cute and gets ecstatic at the chance of petting her head.
- Hidden Buxom: It's not just her height that's developed, and she tends to wear loose-fitting shirts.
- Younger Than She Looks: Hotaru often gets mistaken for a college student, or even as her mom on the phone!
Voiced by: Kotori KoiwaiRenge, a first grader, is the youngest of the cast. She is adorably eccentric, can play the recorder and is talented at drawing.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kooky 1st grader...and amazingly talented for her age sketch artist.
- Catch Phrase: "Nyanpasu!"
- Cheerful Child: Despite having a single facial expression, Renge is a very cheerful child who constantly makes up her own songs, gets up to the usual childish mischief, friendly and very approachable, always curious and always ready to play.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Her interests are quite different from the other girls. Hotaru, Komari and Natsumi thinks it's hard to communicate with her.
- Cry Cute: In Episode 4, after hearing of Honoka's departure.
- Meaningful Name: Renge is named after the pink lotus that grows in the hills surrounding the village, although she didn't know it herself.
- Perpetual Expression: Although she's cheerful most of the time, she's never been shown smiling yet.
- Precocious Crush: Episode 12 and the OVA hint she may have a kiddie crush on Suguru.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She's more responsible than her older sister and teacher, Kazuho.
- You Gotta Have Violet Hair
Voiced by: Kana AsumiA second-year middle schooler, Komari is only around 130cm(4'3) tall and is often mistaken for a child. She is easily frightened by scary things.
- A-Cup Angst: Very envious of her well-endowed Hotaru.
- Alliterative Name
- Berserk Button: Any time her height and/or lack of maturity is mentioned.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Despite being the oldest girl in school and trying to act accordingly, she is prone to stumbling around and being a klutz when doing a chore.
- Embarrassing Nick Name: 'Koma-chan' which is derived from Komai (i.e. tiny).
- Height Angst: Doesn't like it when people mentions her height.
- Lethal Chef: Averted in the beginning, but her cooking gets progressively worse as the series continue. First she made onigiri normally. Then she forgot to put water in the rice to cook it. Then she tried to make a bento and burnt everything. Hotaru ate it anyway.
- Oblivious to Love: She totally fails to notice Hotaru's obvious crush on her.
- Older Than She Looks: Komari may be in 2nd year middle school, but she looks like she's 8.
- Why Did It Have To Be Scary Things: She gets scared very easily, and is particularly afraid of ghosts.
Voiced by: Ayane SakuraA first-year middle schooler, Natsumi is rather relaxed and negligent of school work.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Natsumi would go out of her way to annoy her older siblings, particularly Komari, whom she frequently makes fun of because of her height and childish personality.
- Book Dumb: Does very poorly in her studies, and had received her mother's wrath numerous times because of it.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Was very prone to troublemaking even as a child. As her mother puts it:"You were the world's biggest brat back then!!!"
- Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: Said she wants to marry Suguru in a home video when she was much younger. Obviously, she doesn't have this attitude any more and she was mortified when she and her friends saw said video.
- Jerkass: A troublemaker who frequently plays cruel pranks on her siblings, defies her mother, and refuses to take responsibility for her mischief.
- Never My Fault: Natsumi never sees herself to blame for whatever trouble she caused. She tore the paper screen at home? It's the door's fault for ripping so easily. She pulled off a roof tile? It's the tile's fault for coming off so easily. She got bad grades for her classes? It's the exams' fault for being so difficult. She overslept? Her sister's fault for not waking her up...
- The Prankster: Frequently plays pranks on her siblings, such as wearing a creepy clown mask in the dark to scare Komari, or turning Suguru into a scarecrow while trying to avoid working in the fields.
Koshigaya SuguruA third-year middle schooler and Komari and Natsumi's older brother, Suguru is the only named male character. He rarely if ever speaks, but is responsible and good at sculpting with clay. He can also play the guitar.
- The Comically Serious: He shows almost no reaction to some of the things Natsumi puts him through. Then there's his high speed getaway in episode 6.
- Extreme Doormat: He willingly goes along with whatever antics Natsumi has in mind, such as turning him into a scarecrow during the "class field trip", or burying his head in the sand and forgetting about him in the Beach Episode.
- Hidden Depths: Never speaks, has demonstrated the ability to make sales-worthy clay anime figurines and play the guitar.
- Nice Guy: What other way is there to describe a guy who wins a free trip and instantly gives it to his sister?
- The One Guy: He's the only male character introduced so far.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't have any lines and isn't voiced in the anime. The one time he is seen speaking in episode 8, we can't hear his voice because he was playing the guitar.
- The Reliable One: He quietly retrieved his sisters when they 'ran away', and helped Hotaru when she got lost while walking her dog.
Voiced by: Kaori NazukaThe only teacher at Asahigaoka Branch School and Renge and Hikage's older sister. Kazuho can sleep any time, anywhere. She often sleeps in and arrives late to school for this reason. Her family owns a rice field.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Sensei-chan: A strange case with Kazuho, since she's the elder sister of Renge, who is the youngest student in school. Played straight by the Koshigayas' mom, who calls her 'Kazu-chan'.
- Sleepyhead: Kazuho frequently oversleeps and spends most of her time in class sleeping (since classes are mostly self-study due to the students all having different study material).
- Triple Shifter: Never really enforced, but she does manage her family's rice farm in addition to being a teacher. May explain why she's so tired all the time.
Voiced by: Rina SatoKaede runs the local candy store. Due to the shortage of children in town, she is perpetually short on cash and for this reason also rents skis, futons, etc. Kaede acts cool and calm, but is very kind and gets along great with Renge.
- Alliterative Name
- Cool Big Sis: Renge admires her very much and Kaede, in turn, takes a good care of her.
- Cuteness Proximity: The whole town knows she bends to Renge's cuteness without much resistance.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: Everyone calls her Candy Store (Dagashi-ya), even in the flashbacks before she inherited it.
Voiced by: Akiko HiramatsuThe mother of Suguru, Komari, and Natsumi. She's usually strict.
Voiced by: Misato FukuenRenge and Kazuho's sister who attends high school in Tokyo, six hours away by bullet train.
- Cain and Abel and Seth: We didn't know Renge and Kazuho had a middle sister until she showed up in episode 4.
- Shameless Self-Promoter: A very mild example, as the first thing she does upon coming home is to brag about studying in Tokyo and riding the bullet train. Before Hotaru reveals that not only did she grow up in Tokyo, but she took a plane to get to Asahigaoka.
Voiced by: Ryōko ShintaniNatsumi and Komari's friend who lives next door and attends the "local" high school as a third year student.
- Cool Big Sis: Komari and Hotaru consider her one.