Dyed-blond hair, trendy clothing, and an unusual knack for speaking up for herself, Miharu is an outgoing high school student who enjoys eating and hanging out with friends. She comes home one day to discover she’s an unwilling candidate for an arranged marriage to Kazuo Fujiwara. The only problem is she realizes that she actually LIKES Kazuo. Unfortunately, the two eventually break up. Miharu is left to rediscover herself now that she is alone.
Reika has been Miharu’s friend since childhood and they’ve attended the same schools since elementary school. Though she is shy with others, she and Miharu are always very honest with one another and is very attached to her friend. She eventually befriends the anti-social guy in her class, Eiji Hayashihara. After a disastrous time dating her old crush, Hiroshi, Reika and Eiji become closer and she starts to realize her feelings for him are more than just friendship.
Fuuko has been friends with Reika and Miharu since the beginning of their first year of high school. Fuuko loves to watch the school’s volleyball team and has great admiration for the team’s captain, Maya Chiaki. That admiration turns into something more and Fuuko finds herself in an uncomfortable situation at school. She ends up having to uproot her life again when her family moves to Tokyo. At her new school, she joins the Film Club and meets Hanae Niijima.
Kazuo is the only son of the Fujiwara family and was engaged to Miharu. His career, wife, and lifestyle have been all planned out for him. While he feels trapped in his situation, he has learned to accept his fate even at the cost of his dreams and his happiness.
Eiji does not get along well with Miharu or Reika at first. He has been called the worst wolf of them all and as a loner and generally grumpy guy he seems to fit the description. However, there is much more than what is on the surface and proves to be a strong and steadfast friend to the girls. He develops strong feelings for Reika and pursues her even though at first she has a crush on his friend, Hiroshi.
Makoto is from Tokyo and is confidant and flirtatious, but also has a sincere side. He just popped up one day claiming to be Miharu’s fiance and that he would take over the Ogawa-ya restaurant as the Ogawa’s son-in-law. It turned out there was a miscommunication between their parents and was supposed to be engaged to Miharu’s cousin, Karen. With no chemistry between the two, they dissolved their relationship. This freed them to pursue the people they were truly interested in being with.
Karen is Miharu’s older cousin. They attended the same high school until Karen graduated and their parents run the Ogawa-ya family restaurant together. Karen works at Ogawa-ya with her parents and is somewhat unfriendly. She is unhappy with the idea of working in the family business.
Hanae is a friendly, bubbly girl who befriends Fuuko when she transfers to a new school in Tokyo. She soon reveals her interest in Fuuko is more than platonic and explains that she is not afraid of what people think of her. She wants to work in television as a stylist for hair and make-up. She has an elder sister who gives her flower hair-clips for her birthdays.
Tomi is a strange girl Miharu meets at Harusono High. She is bullied by other girls, but doesn’t care to be rescued. She also is very candid about her goal of snagging a rich husband and later reveals it’s because her family is poor. She is the eldest of five sisters; Rie, Sakae, Maruko, and Madoka. Tomi dolls herself up in an attempt to emulate her beautiful classmates, but as with her seduction skills, they’re just not quite on the mark. She has a bad experience at school that finally opens her eyes and she then decides to get a job. With Miharu’s good reference, she gets a job at Ogawa-ya.
Kikuko is Miharu’s beautiful classmate at Harusono High School and childhood friend of Kazuo. She is admired by her fellow students and seems to be followed by sparkles and flowers. She gives off the impression that she is sweet and innocent, but there is something ruthless hiding underneath.
Hiroshi is a classmate and secret love interest of Reika Matsuo. He and Eiji Hayashihara hang out together sometimes, but normally not outside of school. Hiroshi is a ladies man, flirting constantly and dating many girls. When Eiji starts to inadvertently steal some of his spotlight, Hiroshi gets very jealous and starts dating Reika to spite his friend.
Sayuri is the envy of all the girls in school and the desire of all the guys. She’s a top-notch student as well as a royal pain in the rump for Miharu and her friends. She likes to gossip and has a following of admiring lackies. Later, she gets herself in trouble and the queen falls from her high status.
Maya attends Fuyuzono High School and is the “master strategist player of the school’s volleyball team.” She is the school’s athletic idol and is friends with Karen and Fuuko. Reika worships her as a sports fan. She also likes karaoke. Later on, a rumor gets out that she and Fuuko are more than just friends and it ruins her popularity status. Her reputation is restored by Yuuki Kiyoe who claims she is his girlfriend.
Arata is a teacher at Fuyuzono High School. He is unfriendly, strict, and seems to dislike anyone who steps out of line. A lot of students find him creepy and uncomfortable to be around. He gave Miharu trouble after she defended her friend, Fuuko. He has now set his sights on bullying Eiji.
Norio is the new, young homeroom teacher at Fuyuzono High School. He seems warm and friendly to his students. The girls in his homeroom class find him very attractive and speculate that this is his first teaching job. One of his students, Sayuri Morita, develops a crush on him due to his kindness toward her.
Kazuo’s father is a very strict and serious man. He wants Kazuo to join the family business and one day take over, as is expected of him as Kenta’s eldest son. This expectation has created a rift in the Fujiwara family.
He is a kind and artistic classmate of Karen Ogawa. He has a crush on her and attempted multiple times to date her, but circumstances prevent them from being together.
Yuuki is the captain of the baseball team at Fuyuzono High School. He shows kindness to Maya after her fans turned on her and eventually ends up dating her for real.
Seiko is the Astronomy Club’s president. She is a cheerful and friendly girl with a passion for the stars…. and good advice to share.
Miharu’s father and eldest son of the Ogawa family. He is the owner of the Ogawa-ya family restaurant and one of the chefs. He is very close with his family. He and his younger brother Jiro share an amazing resemblance to one another even though they are not twins.
Miharu’s mother and head hostess at the Ogawa-ya family restaurant. She is a bad cook, but cheerful and enthusiastic about life. She knew Emi Fujiwara when they were still in school.
Karen’s father and second son of the Ogawa family. He helps is older brother run the Ogawa-ya family restaurant and is one of the chefs. He and his older brother Ryou share an amazing resemblance to one another even though they are not twins. Jirou is the one with an earring and Ryou is the one who wears glasses.
She is Miharu’s aunt and Karen’s mother. She is married to Jirou Ogawa and is a waitress at the Ogawa-ya family restaurant. She is friendly and can be just as energetic as Kazuko and is good friends with her sister-in-law.
Emi is mother to Kazuo, Mika, and Yumi. She is a very kind person and has been friends with Kazuko Ogawa since their school days. She can be just as enthusiastic as Kazuko and Akina, but her marriage and family life are not nearly as cheerful.
Eldest daughter of the Fujiwara family and sister to Kazuo. She thinks of Miharu as a delinquent because of her dyed hair and calls her “tough sis” but she has grown fond of Miharu. She tends to speaks from her heart.
Second daughter of the Fujiwara family and sister to Kazuo. She is a sweet girl and easy to please. She likes to have her big brother take her to the park and is very friendly.
Saburou is Eiji’s younger brother and a first rate brat. He seems to know exactly what buttons to push with his older brother, but that’s what little brothers do. He also seems to show favoritism toward his eldest brother, Ken’ichi.
Ken’ichi is the eldest son of the Hayashihara family, though his personality and demeanor hardly reflect that responsibility. He does not live with his parents and seems to only visit for short amounts of time.
Aiko is the bubbly, scantily dressed girlfriend of Ken’ichi Hayashihara. She shows up with him when he’s come home to ask for money from his parents. Ken’ichi casually announces to his folks that Aiko is pregnant.
Ayumi Kawazoe (Ayu-chan)
Ayumi is the childhood friend of Makoto Yosue. Despite her teasing, she shows a lot of concern for Makoto’s well-being and is always there for him when he needs her. She is a very friendly and enthusiastic person. She is into cool fashion styles and leans toward dark colored clothing.
Genki is one of Kazuo’s friends from Harusono University and an employee of Cafe Charm. He is a generally cheerful fellow and plans to move back to his hometown of Mie to work at his father’s gas station after college.
Minao is Maya’s older brother. He is half-Japanese and is a fashion designer. He and his sister grew up traveling between Japan and America, so their behavior is a little different from the norm.
Mizuho is the president of the Film Club in the Tokyo school where Fuuko attends (after chapter 15). She is tall, thin, and confident. She bickers a lot with her fellow club member, Hisako. She dreams of becoming a television actress when she graduates high school.
Kouya is a member of the Film Club in the Tokyo school where Fuuko attends (after chapter 15). He wants to work in television with camera work or putting together soundtracks.
Hisako is a member of the Film Club in the Tokyo school where Fuuko attends (after chapter 15). She is short, busty, and artistic. She constantly teases her fellow club member, Mizuho. She wants to work in television with set designs.
Yoshihiro is a member of the Film Club in the Tokyo school where Fuuko attends (after chapter 15). He is constantly attached to his fellow club member, Mayuka. He wants to work in television as a writer.
Mayuka is a member of the Film Club in the Tokyo school where Fuuko attends (after chapter 15). She is constantly attached to her fellow club member, Yoshihiro. She wants to work in television as a writer.