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Characters: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Maria, Harumi, Kaere, Chiri, Kafuka, Nozomu, Matoi (behind him), Kiri (crouching), Abiru, Meru and Nami.

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is a twisted, funny, anime about a class full of weird students with a matching teacher, the titular Mr. Despair. Interestingly, every single character has a Punny Name refering to the character's personalities. And there are a lot of characters.
Note: Due to the episodic nature of the series, spoilers are unnecessary for the following tropes. Though the last few Manga chapters contain some serious spoilers so best not to read spoilers until you've read the Manga to the end.

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    The Itoshiki Family 
The Itoshiki family is a powerful clan dominating over their native Kuraizawa, Shinshuu Prefecture (a No Communities Were Harmed version of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture), whose name (糸色) can be compressed to read as 絶 — "zetsu" ("beyond") — which often serves to undo the specific meaning of each member's names... thus one can re-interpret "Itoshiki Household" (糸色家) as 絶家 — "zekke" ("extinct family").

Itoshiki Nozomu (糸色 望)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya

Main male character of the series, fourth (and youngest male) of the five Itoshiki siblings, and the manic-depressive, suicidal homeroom teacher of Class 2-He.
  • Apathetic Teacher: The only time he's not apathetic to his students is when he rants at length about his latest excuses to commit suicide.
  • Attention Whore: Apparently the motivation for every outrageous action he does.
  • Bishōnen
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Nonfatal comedic version. Although he often attempts to commit suicide very often, the times he actually gets closer to death is when someone else gets involved, mainly Kafuka, to stop his attempt and thus the second catchphrase makes sense with this in mind.
  • Catch Phrase: Most common is...
    "I'm in despair! (Subject of Nozomu's rant) has left me in despair!!!"
    "What if I had died?!"
  • Chewing the Scenery: Nozomu's rants. Most tend to ignore it.
    Nozomu: I'm going to hang myself.
    Chiri: Go ahead, see if I care.
    *Chiri sees Matoi also about to hang herself*
    Chiri: You need not do as he does.
  • Chick Magnet
  • Death Seeker: Averted - for all his suicidal ravings, he's not that serious about his suicide threats, especially if someone else (mostly Kafuka) almost gets him Killed Off for Real.
  • Driven to Suicide Once an Episode: In fact, the poster boy for the former.
  • The Eeyore
  • Emo
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Flat "What.": His standard reaction to Kafuka's improbable explanations.
  • Hot-Blooded: Of the negative variant.
  • Hot Teacher: Which may explain the legion of female (and some male) students falling for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A snarky, apathetic teacher he may be, who is also prone to breakdowns and occasionally dying (and coming back to life), but nevertheless he shows genuine concern for his students — well, some of them, anyways.
  • Large Ham
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always wears a kimono and hakama, otherwise anything retro and Japanese. Sometimes subverted, however — as his students found out, he wears casual western clothing in his native Kuraizawa.
  • Lolicon: A parody. Because of Kafuka's hive mind, he ended up marrying and having children with Meru Otonashi, who is the butt of many pedophilia jokes. Subverted in that he is actually married to Kafuka, who simply survives in the girls' bodies.
  • Made of Iron
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: His name, written horizontally and compressed, can be read as 絶望 — "zetsubou" ("despair"), befitting his nature.
  • Megane
  • Motive Rant: Ruthlessly parodied, as he rants every episode about his latest reason to commit suicide.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A parody. He's a Reluctant Fanservice Guy, and apparently, every character attracted to him (there are a few) sees him as a different stereotype or archetype, mostly because the class's ideas of what they find attractive are cobbled together from shoujo anime and badly written manga.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Survived every threat on his life, self-inflicted or otherwise — he was hanged, stabbed, bludgeoned, exposed to carbon-monoxide poisoning, got ran over by a runaway streetcar, attempted to drown himself (or drink himself to death) in a bowl of Dom Perignon, overdosed on OTC medications, and even had his name written on the Death Note. Even when he does die, it doesn't ever stick, much to his consternation. Incidentally, popping out of his coffin at his own funeral to tell everybody to stop blaming themselves for his death inadvertently spared him (and Matoi) the inconvenience of having to survive cremation.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: In one chapter of the manga, Nami does a very deliberate Panty Shot in order to get his attention. He doesn't care.
  • Only Sane Man: At the end of the day, and in stark contrast to most of his students, Nozomu is actually a sane, rational man whose pessimistic streak stems mostly from his high school days as an accidental member of the "Negative Club".
  • Plague of Good Fortune: His legion of admirers from both sexes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kafuka's red.
  • Sexy Butt Monkey
  • Stockholm Syndrome: How he got his negative streak, by accidentally signing up for the "Negative Club" back in his high school days.
  • Straw Nihilist
  • Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Snarky
  • Tsurime Eyes

Itoshiki Rin (糸色 倫)

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima

Youngest of the five Itoshiki siblings (and the only female), an ikebana master with a major complex towards the Alternate Character Reading of her own name. She eventually becomes a student in 2-He, under the tutelage of her immediate older brother Nozomu.
  • Berserk Button: Spell out "zetsurin" and she will scream for a katana in no time.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Hime Cut: With a slightly wavy hair from below the shoulders onward.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: She badly wants to get married in order to lose her maiden surname and consequentially her sexually-suggestive nickname. Unfortunately there's a Japanese custom that if the bride is of a wealthy clan (the Itoshiki family is one such clan) the groom can opt to adopt his wife's surname instead, and one of her suitors, Nozomu's "old friend" Ikkyu, is all too happy to be part of the centuries-old clan.
    Nozomu: You'd better give up, Rin. Father will find this far too entertaining. He won't wanna put a stop to it.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her name, written horizontally and compressed, can be read as 絶倫 — "zetsurin" ("peerless"), which at first glance refers to her expertise at many skills (which involves her getting random odd jobs out of nowhere), but is also (much to her ire) a slang for sexual prowess.
  • The Ojou: She fits both the traditional (style of dress, an ikebana master) and snobby (enters Nozomu's school just to feel what it's like being a commoner, buys off all surrounding property and evicting their residents) variants.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: One segment has her buying the entire neighborhood she lives in, so she can move around without fear of Chiri checking on her every hour.
  • Spoiled Sweet/Rich Bitch: Kind of an odd combination. Rin will often do generous things for the purpose of laughing at people, such as giving golden tickets to virgin nerds with no girlfriends to give them them chocolate.

Itoshiki Majiru (糸色 交)

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima

Only son of Enishi, (missing) eldest brother of the Itoshiki siblings, who lives with his youngest uncle, Nozomu.

Itoshiki Mikoto(糸色 命)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya

Third of the Itoshiki siblings, Nozomu's immediate older brother, and a doctor running his own private clinic.

Itoshiki Kei (糸色 景)

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu

Second of the Itoshiki siblings (older brother to Mikoto, Nozomu and Rin) and a surrealist artist.

Itoshiki Enishi(糸色 縁)

The unseen older brother of Kei, Mikoto, Nozomu and Rin, as well as Majiru's father.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • The Ghost: He's mentioned several times, and actually left a note in one chapter, which read "I searched everywhere, and couldn't find you guys." He finally appears and meets up with his family in the last volume.
    Majiru: Dad was here?!
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Yet, he appears in the final volume.
  • Irony: He was previously a divorce lawyer, but is now a marriage councelor... albeit for posthumous couples.
  • Meaningful Name: His name, written horizontally and compressed, becomes 絶縁 — "zetsuen" ("disinherited") — which may hint at his whereabouts.
  • Noodle Incident: His name means "Disinherited" after all and we never got to see what was that about. Even after he appears in the final volume.
  • Papa Wolf: He once beaten up every other contestant to be Santa Claus of the year, so he can deliver a gift to Majiru.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: It's stated that he resembles Nozomu. His appearance in the last volume finally lets us see this.

Tokita (時田)

Voiced by: Youji Ueda

The Itoshikis' family butler, although he is mostly seen in Rin's presence.

Itoshiki Hiroshi (糸色 大)

The Itoshiki siblings' father and a member of the Diet, the Japanese Congress.

Itoshiki Tae (糸色 妙)

The Itoshiki siblings' mother and a cookbook author.

    Class 2-He 
Nozomu's high school homeroom class. The "He" (へ in Hiragana) signifies that it is the sixth second-year section based on the iroha order (in modern nomenclatures this would be called Class 2-6 or 2-F). The class is said to have 32 students, though so far only 23 have been named.

All students in this folder are in Nozomu's class unless otherwise noted. Nozomu's younger sister Rin is also a student in this class.

Fuura Kafuka (風浦 可符香) [Pen Name] An Akagi

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka

The creepily optimistic main female lead, who often gives an extremely implausible positive side to anything Nozomu is currently ranting on.
  • A God Am I: Subtle, but exist. Her goal in life is to be a God (her other goal is to be an alien). There's also an instance where she practically psychologically tortures and brainwashesnote  Nozomu, Nami (who turns out has a quite large ego herself), and several others into thinking that she's a Goddess. In the end of the manga, she's succeed. In a way...
  • Ambiguously Evil
  • Axe Crazy
  • Bare Your Midriff: While all of the girls (and a few male characters) get this because of the costume designs, this happens to Kafuka a lot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    *Meru stares through Kafuka's eyes*
    Meru (monologue): This girl's scary!
  • Body Surf: Her spirit has been alternately possessing different girls from the class since the beginning of the series. Only the recipients of Kafuka's organs or blood can see her; the rest will only see her host acting out of character.
  • Catch Phrase:
    "How could (subject of Nozomu's rant) be possible? It's just (highly implausible theory)!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Believes that, one day, the Pororocoaians will descent upon the Earth, among many other things.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: When she and Itoshiki are trying to lure Komori Kiri out of her home, Kafuka remarks that she must be a ghost that lives in buildings and brings it and its inhabitants good luck. When she is eventually coaxed out of the house, it's later revealed that it collapsed and killed her father in the process. Later, the very same thing happened to the school after Komori left it.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: As the series went on, her psychotic tendencies and violent outbursts became more frequent and extreme.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Dead All Along: In the second to last chapter it's revealed that she died long ago and donated her organs which made their way to all the other girls in the class. This means that she was able to possess each girl and every time we saw her it was just one of the other girls and the other girls saw her as Kafuka. In the episode that introduces Meru it was Abiru hence why she had a bandage on her arm. Yes, it's been foreshadowed from the beginning—including the anime OPs.
  • Deadly Euphemism/Insistent Terminology/Unusual Euphemism: Champion of it.
    You're not trying to hang yourself — you're just trying to grow taller!
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • First Girl Wins: Well, sort of. She's the ONLY one that Nozomu loves after all. In his perspective, he's always been married to her.
  • Foil: To Nozomu, who is outwardly suicidal and depressed about everything, but is actually pretty normal underneath it all. Meanwhile, Kafuka is all smiles all the time, when actually...
  • Foreshadowing: To her death. Rewatching the series with the fact that Kafuka has been dead for a long time makes it very evident that Kumeta was planning the ending for a long time.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Her schizophrenic father once tried to commit suicide several times before and/or kill her, and her mother was once possessed by an evil spirit. Whom she had to kill by beating her with a cross. Among other horrible things, she has a fiance - and it's implied it was a forced marriage arranged by her one dead parent and other schizofrenic parent.
    • It's implied that her father took out a huge insurance on her, and then threw her infront of a car.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Played with; it's implied she's doing it intentionally, just because she can, or to get Nozomu's attention.
  • Insane Troll Logic: All the time. It's both pants-wettingly disturbing and freakin adorable. Like how if she fed herself to a lion, she'd become God, even though Buddhism has no God, and Shintoism has multiple Gods, meaning there is no "God". Or how one day, when all is beautiful and peaceful on a summer's day, the Pororocoians shall descent upon the Earth.
  • Ironic Nickname: Played straight and subverted. Her pen name, "Kafuka Fuura", comes from Franz Kafka, the author of Metamorphosis, her favorite story. One monring, when Kafuka Fuura woke up, she had become...
  • Karma Houdini: Her father, who took out a life insurance on her and threw her in front of a car. He is no where to be found, and is implied to have fled the country.
  • Kill the Cutie: She's actually been dead for a very long time. The problem is that nobody's noticed.
  • Meaningful Rename: There's a reason for Kafuka's pen name. The girls who received her organs, and thus were possessed by her because of this, only knew that their donor was "a teen from the Tokyo area". This is why their collective consciousness, being unable to accept the impersonality of this, gave her a name after the author of Kafuka's favorite story: The Metamorphosis.
    One morning, when Kafuka Fuura woke up, she had become...
  • Miko: Is one when volunteering at her local Shintoist shrine. She herself is a syncretic Buddhist/Shintoist, like many Japanese people.
  • Ms. Fanservice: An energetic, adorable young woman in a skirt that's only mostly magic? You don't say.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her (pen) name sounds similar to Franz Kafka. Also, speculation has it that her real name, based on several hints throughout the series, is "An Akagi", referring to Anne of Green Gables, whose Japanese name is "Akage no An".
  • The Nicknamer: Once called Nozomu "Momoiro Kakaricho" ("Pink Superintendent"), after she caught him trying to hang himself on a sakura tree.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Once drew a very detailed picture of a very detailed car accident, often says highly disturbing things - usually accidentally - that frightens her classmates.
  • Nice Guy: Despite the madness that happens around her, a world that has lost its mind, and her one true love offing himself every other weekend, she is still optimistic, and is good at gathering people for a cause. After she died and being to possess her classmates, she activated some sort of genetic code in her organ she left, stopping them from killing themselves. As Chie puts it, "She's like a mother to the entire class."
  • Paper Talisman: Is also a syncretic Buddhist/Shintoist, and believes that if she feeds herself to a lion, she'll become Buddha. Or that's the mental disturbance talking.
    • Kafuka overdoes it when she doesn't want Kiri to leave her house.
    • She also uses the tags during the Magical Girl spoof as a shoutout to Rei.
  • The Pollyanna: Taken Up to Eleven. She's still cheerful and optimistic even after death.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Nozomu's blue.
  • She's Got Legs: Does she ever.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kafuka actually ships virtually the entire female half of the class (or at least the 12 main girls) with Nozomu, even though she also wants him too. Makes sense considering all of them are actually her host bodies as revealed in the final three chapters.
  • Stepford Smiler: This becomes especially obvious around Episode 4, and gets ramped up until about halfway through the manga, before being ramped up again. By the end, she's basically a walking smile hiding an all-consuming void of agony, and it's hilarious.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ridiculously so. She even provides the page image.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Every song she sings has random and nonsensical lyrics. Her image song is not an exception, although it's probably meant to reflect her personality.

Kitsu Chiri (木津 千里)

Voiced by: Marina Inoue

The utterly obsessive-compulsive (acting) Class Representative of Class 2-He, who believes in doing things properly, to the point of murder.

Kobushi Abiru (小節 あびる)

Voiced by: Yuko Goto

A student who's frequently wrapped in bandages. Contrary to in-series popular belief, she is not a victim of domestic violence; rather, her injuries are caused by irate animals victimized by her tail fetish.
  • Abusive Dad: Subverted - contrary to the wildest imaginings of both her teacher, classmates and schoolmates, her father turns out to be one of the most mild-mannered, nicest characters in the series.
  • Animals Hate Her/Friend to All Living Things: Because of the Rule of Funny, she tends to switch between being hated by all animals and is constantly being beaten up by them, or is loved by the animals she cares for at the zoo.
  • Attention Whore: Once admitted to wearing her bandages even when not injured, just for the sake of attention.
  • Bandage Babe: Lampshaded by Meru in her introduction, the latter saying that "bandage girls are no longer popular".
  • The Big Girl: She often has to restrain Chiri during her violent outbursts, has Boobs of Steel, and is much taller than most of her classmates.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Being the back-up fanservice character, often.
  • Collector of the Strange: Her collection of mounted animal tails.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Subverted — she's frequently thought to be a victim of domestic violence; in reality, her injuries are caused by animals whose tails she pulls.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so. She always has a bored, nondescript experssion on her face, and although she drops in and out of focus - as is expected with a cast this large, even if she usually is in focus - she has many a good snark. Her first - and establishing - is when Kotonon says she's never been called fat before in her life, Abiru's only response is, "Really, never?".
  • Duality Motif: Her green left eye (a result of a corneal transplant), which is frequently covered by an eye patch; the other is brown. In one chapter in Volume 8, she indicates that it was transplanted from a victim of a car accident, and even claims she can see the last thing the donor saw — the license plate of the killer car. The eye happens to be from one An Akagi who is better known as Fuura Kafuka. She also sees the other girls as Kafuka through her transplanted eye, foreshadowing the reveal that Kafuka is possessing the girls in Nozomu's class.
  • Emotionless Girl: Except whenever talking about animal tails or alone with Nozomu.
  • Fetish: Animal tails. She even has a part-time job at the zoo just to indulge her obsession, and frequently gets injured by irate animals whose tails she loves to pull. She even has walls full of mounted animal tails.
    • She'll also occasionally use her bandages in bondage-y scenarios, often with Nozomu on the receiving end.
  • Inscrutable Oriental
  • The Klutz: Somehow. She's poor at athletics.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her name is derived from 拳[を]浴びる — "kobushi (wo) abiru" ("to bathe in fists"), referring to her injuries.
  • Ms. Fanservice: This overlaps with her Bandage Babe status. Out of the entire cast, she is usually the most "shown off". She also shows a very minor example of Hartman Hips. Her bandages do not help.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Downplayed. In a deliberate Shout-Out, she has the same bandages Rei does in the first episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, is an Emotionless Girl, and is supposedly abused by a father figure, but doesn't show the more existential aspects.
  • The Stoic: She doesn't have much of an emotional range to her voice, and is more than happy to blend into the background..
  • When She Smiles

Komori Kiri (小森 霧)

Voiced by: Asuka Tanii

A hikikomori accidentally scared out of her home by Nozomu and Kafuka; she has since become a resident at school and eventually a caretaker figure for Nozomu and Majiru.
  • Bi the Way: Has a rather suggestive relationship with her teacher, Chie. She raises no objections, even if the focus of her affections are then moved to Majiru, it's heavily implied that her and Chie's exploits are still happening.
  • Blinding Bangs/Peek-a-Bangs
  • The Caretaker: For Nozomu and Majiru.
  • Catch Phrase: "Don't open it."
  • Cool Big Sis: To Majiru.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Due to being inside 99% of the time, she's always barefoot.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Hikikomori: It seems her avertion to the outside world is a conscious choice; when she got cornered by Nozomu and Kafuka to attend school and when she sleepwalks, she can go outside. Though she wants to go to many places, including the sea and the meadow, she can't never go outside as long as she has a say for that.
  • Hot for Teacher: Once to Chie, always to Nozomu.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Call her a shut-in, call her a house fairy, and she only notes it for a moment before dismisses it. But call her a NEET, and she will protest. After all, she has a job as a freelance computer programmer; never mistake a shut-in to a NEET just because she never goes out.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a TV.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her name in Japanese order can be read as 籠もりきり — "komorikiri" ("recluse") and, in Western order, even sounds like "hikikomori".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Sometimes seen semi-clad. The manga volumes even have pictures of her in varying states of undress.
  • The Rival: Since she and Matoi spend the most time around Nozomu, the two have the biggest rivalry for his affections.
  • Running Gag: She frequently appears in the least expected of places.
  • Security Blanket: She's rarely seen without one.
  • Shotacon: Implied to be one for Majiru.

Tsunetsuki Matoi (常月 まとい)

Voiced by: Asami Sanada

A notorious stalker who fell in love with Nozomu and has since been following him and even emulating his dress code.

Hito Nami (日塔 奈美)

Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani

The only normal girl. Her original "gimmick" was her truancy, but then she showed up to school and lost her only trait that could be considered unique. Ever since she has been playing the Straight Man, whether she likes it or not.
  • Butt Monkey: Due to being the "normal" girl in the group. Treated as this mostly by Chiri or Abiru.
  • Catch Phrase:
    "Don't say 'normal'!"
    "Sensei, you've said too much again!" (Whenever Nozomu's rants portend disastrous consequences, such as Chiri going Ax-Crazy again.)
  • Everyone Owns A Mac: She's a patron of Apple products; as they are very rare in Japan, this is Nami's (ultimately futile) attempt at looking special.
  • The Generic Girl: Much to her distress. So generic that in Bangaichi even real-life movie subtitle writer Todana Tsuko, (in)famous for her absurdly liberal translations of foreign films, had nothing special at all to say about Nami.
    Tsuko: 'Normal' is good enough for normal!
    Nami: Don't say 'normal'!
  • Hollywood Pudgy: In-universe, as the result of Characterization Marches On. A bit glutton (especially if it's ramen) and having a complex over her weight with those diet plans and pills she often mention. Of course, she's one of the show's main girls, she ends up as skinny as the other girls. This being Zetsubou Sensei, this trait is properly mocked and lampshaded.
  • I Just Want to Be Special
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her name (in Japanese order) can be read as 人並み — "hitonami" ("run-of-the-mill").
  • Not so Above It All: Is shown to cut herself, has many weight issues, and much like her teacher, repeatedly tries to off herself to gain attention. She's definetely a mentally disturbed person, it just so happens she's in a class of even more mentally disturbed people.
  • Obsessed with Food: Her later characterisation renders everything she says and does into a joke about how she's fat, and all of it has to do with fatty foods, like donuts, cakes, and sweat bread.
  • Only Sane Man: And does not want to be one.
  • Phrase Catcher: Nozomu always replies "How normal" whenever Nami explains her behavior and/or preferences.
  • Straight Man: According to Kafuka, she is "more normal than most people". Of course, this is subverted and Played for Laughs during her proper introduction at the first episode of Zoku, where she claimed to have various problems no normal person would have just to garner attention and sympathy, only to be outdone by her classmates, so she threatens suicide. Of course that is the moment Itoshiki makes his appearance by attempting to hang himself from the school roof. Only Nami reacts to it though.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves ramen.

Fujiyoshi Harumi (藤吉 晴美)

Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
The resident doujin artist and yaoi fangirl with a taste for slash pairings (usually involving famous anime characters, her own teacher and some of her male classmates, but especially "Pine x Napple"), as well as a hidden athletic talent.
  • The Ace: Not to the extend of Chiri, but still she's a star student and athletic genius without peer. Only thing that holds her back is her love for her doujins.
  • Badass Bookworm: Sort of — she's a manga-loving nerd with incredible athletic prowess.
  • Boobs of Steel: Harumi appears to be amongst the bustiest (though not the very most) in a class full of some very curvy women (the fact that the animation seems to regularly focus on her breasts helps quite a bit), and is also phenomenally strong.
  • Childhood Friends: With Chiri. She knows many things about Chiri's past (such as the circumstance of her sister's extreme hygienic problem) while Chiri trusts her to do many things perfectly when Chiri herself can't do it, which she does just that.
  • Fetish: Cat ears
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her given name is an Alternate Character Reading of Harumi district (晴海) in Chuo, Tokyo, previous site of the Comiket before it went big and moved to the larger Tokyo Big Sight; her surname is a corruption of 腐女子 — "fujoshi", a derogatory term for Yaoi Fangirls like herself.
  • Meganekko
  • Power Limiter: Her glasses are said to be one. She has incredible athletic talent, but doesn't want to use it for fear of being scouted to a sports club and thus chip away at her time drawing her yaoi doujins. Said glasses are also quite heavy.
  • Sequential Artist
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Often doubles as a Shout-Out, given some of the pairings she likes to read about.
    • Bonus for points for being a homophobic fetishist, effectively turning her into a Deconstruction of the hypocrisies of yaoi fangirls.

Taro Maria Sekiutsu (関内・マリア・太郎)

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

A brown-skinned illegal immigrant who bought her name and identity from a male bum.

Otonashi Meru (音無 芽留)

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Zoku Episode 6)
A silent girl who only communicates with text messages — most of which are intensely scathing.

Kimura Kaere/Kaede (木村 カエレ)

Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi

A foreign transfer student recently returning to Japan as a student of Class 2-He with a personality split between Kaere, a lawsuit-happy Jerkass and the in-series Ur Example of the "obnoxious foreigner" stereotype, and Kaede, a Shrinking Violet.
  • Attention Whore: It's pretty clear that she seeks attention by flaunting herself and then loudly threatening to sue onlookers.
  • But Not Too Foreign/Fauxreigner: She's half-Caucasian (of indeterminate nationality). A map of Britain appears when Nozomu is discussing her return, but she comes off like a Jerkass American... until she starts bringing up animal sacrifices and other pleasantries. She probably just represents the outside world that is blonde and not Japan. Eventually, it's revealed that the "country" she returned from is the island that Nozomu and the others move to at the end of the manga.
  • Catch Phrase
    "I'll sue!"
    • Also, this little exchange between her and Nozomu.
      Kaere: The (custom in question) in this country [i.e., Japan] is/are weird! In the country where I came from we (perform an extremely bizarre custom).
      Nozomu: I gotta ask... which country did you come from, anyway?
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: Wears a more westernized school uniform with a plaid skirt, jacket, and long socks.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For hundreds of chapters at a time, she can get no dialougue. After Chapter 170, when Itoshiki became less constant, Kafuka became more constant, and the art gradually began to shift to its old style, she still appears once every 30 or so chapters. After a certain chapter early in the manga's run, she didn't even appear in the background to moon unlucky pedestrians. And this is just Kaere in general—references to Kaede turn up only a handful of times out of those few appearances.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: As Kaere. The manga volumes even include transcripts of lawsuit documents filed against anyone who offends her throughout the span of said volume.
  • Hair Colors: Justified; she's a blonde half-Caucasian in a class full of typically black-haired Japanese students.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Her Running Gag. Ironically, her voice actress is a singer with a good vocal range.
  • Jerkass: As Kaere.
  • Magic Skirt: Averted, in comparison to most of her classmates. In fact, they even have a tendency to fly upwards at the slightest provocation.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: "Kaere" ("帰れ") is an imperative form of 帰る — "kaeru" ("go away") — which is also her Split Personality Trigger Phrase; she is also named after idol Kaela Kimura.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Designated, even.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform
  • Panty Shot: Undisputed champion of it within the series.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: She's half-Japanese, half-Caucasian (of indeterminate nationality).
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Keade, who the universe seems to have it in for.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Keare, who flashes everyone, deliberately goes without a bra, and generally makes everyone miserable.
  • Split Personality: Kaere, the insufferable, and Kaede, the shy, although the former is apparently the more dominant side.
    • One chapter has her splitting into even more personalities from different countries. And then they hold a conference.
  • Trigger Phrase: The word "kaeru" ("go away"). When used at Kaere, it turns her into Kaede; used at Kaede, it turns her into Kaere.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Kaede is a parody of the 'demure and polite japanese lady'.

Kaga Ai (加賀 愛)

Voiced by: Saori Goto

An incredibly shy girl with a severe case of guilt complex and the tendency to apologize for even the most trivial of things.

Okusa Manami (大草 麻菜実)

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

The only married student in Nozomu's class who frequently complains in class about her unhappy marriage.
  • Cool Big Sis: Mature, motherly, and always has hugs for everyone. Other than her extremely morbid realistic view of the world and multiple part-time jobs that she often brings to the class, she's one of the sanest characters of the show. Marriage does have its own quirk, in a way.
  • Housewife: And with an unhappy marriage, at that.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Love Hurts/Love Martyr
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her name can be read as 奥様な身 — "okusama-nami" ("she is a housewife").
  • Shout-Out: Kikuko Inoue herself appears in one segment of Zoku, complete with her trademark "I'm eternally 17!" Catch Phrase.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Her husband frequently cheats on her, but also has the gall to mooch off her.

Mitama Mayo (三珠 真夜)

Voiced by: Asuka Tanii

An intimidating girl who frequently does malicious things.

Ohra Kanako (大浦 可奈子)

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

A frequently spaced-out girl who wears dresses too big for her, leaves the zipper on the side of her skirt open, and always with a vacant smile.

Maruichi Shouko (丸内 翔子)

Voiced by: Yui Horie

One of the two girls performing business scams.

Nezu Miko (根津 美子)

Voiced by: Michiko Neya

One of the two girls performing business scams.

Kotonon (ことのん)

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

An internet idol who, in reality, is an obese girl who heavily edits her pictures.

Marui (丸井)

Voiced by: Saori Goto

A minor student with an unrequited crush on Kuniya.

Kagero Usui (臼井 影郎)

Voiced by: Youji Ueda

The actual Class Representative of Class 2-He. He's one of the few known males in the class, who suffers from invisibility, and so has to frequently be replaced by the obsessive-compulsive Chiri.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Class Representative: The real one. He just never gets to call the shots thanks to his invisibility.
  • Covert Pervert: Hinted to be one — that, and his invisibility.
    • Becomes less covert as time goes on, to the point that he's just proclaimed "Boobs" without context a few times. At one point, Nami remarks how certain things sound a lot dirtier when Usui says them.
  • Invisibility: And he's not happy about it.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: His name is a pun on 影が薄い — "kage ga usui" ("overshadowed"), while his surname also means "balding".
  • Megane
  • Out of Focus: Played with. While he is Nozomu's most recurring male student, he is often ignored whenever he attempts to tell his personal experiences and/or examples related to Nozomu's rant of the moment, meant to be even worse than previous examples presented.
    (Random character): Did you hear someone?
  • Power Perversion Potential: Despite frequently complaining about his situation, however, Usui has, every now and then, used his invisibility for... less than worthy causes.
  • Prematurely Bald: To add insult to injury, he only becomes visible whenever his balding head gets exposed.
    *Kagero looks at an overembellished avatar Kiri made of him that is still balding*
    Kagero: Um, isn't there a part that could use some more embellishment?
    Kiri: It's already over-embellished as it is.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Whenever aroused, some of Usui's remaining hair flies off.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A minor case, towards Abiru.

Kudou Jun(久藤 准)

A master storyteller and one of Nozomu's few known male students. His ability is to tell stories that drives any listener to tears.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Towards his teacher. Very obvious by the end.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: After several changes happened in the manga (especially around chapter 170) he started to appear much more, coincidentally ramping up the Ho Yay between him and Itoshiki. He even started appearing more than some of the girls. Played for laughs, of course, until the ending...
  • Bishōnen
  • Hot for Teacher: Itoshiki's only male student to be this towards him; the rest are grossed out by the idea. Also got a blood transfusion from Kafuka, meaning that he's also in the harem.
  • Japanese Christian: To be precise, he was from a family of Christians of an undisclosed sect (although signs point to Jehovahs Witness).
  • Legally Dead/I Have No Son: He was disowned by his very traditional family because he had a blood transfusion (and presumably tried to commit suicide as the cause) and his name is written as 'deceased', effectively cleaning their hands on him. On a side note, that blood transfusion is hinted to be... let's just say 'from a friend'.
    • The fact that he seems to be attracted to his teacher, which is outright confirmed in the ending, makes this a lot more of a tearjerker.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Junkudo-Shoten (ジュンク堂書店), one of the largest bookstores in Kyoto.
  • Nice Guy: The only person in Itoshiki's class who doesn't or hasn't killed someone, stabbed a stranger in the street, convinced others that they're God, done anything sexually immoral... in fact, he's the only real nice person in Itoshiki's class, the exception being Kafuka. Sort of.
  • The Smart Guy: Compared to his classmates, he's level-headed and intelligent. Not that there's much competition, though, but he still manages to appear more competent than many adults.
  • The Storyteller: His stories, which me makes up on the spot, are apparently so great and heartrending that he's able to make a living off of them.
  • Tear Jerker: In-Universe — any story he tells can make his listeners cry, including the cynical Nozomu.

Kuniya Kino (木野 国也)

Voiced by: Takuma Terashima

One of Nozomu's few known male students and Jin's self-proclaimed rival in storytelling. This is largely an Informed Ability — as the series went on his main gimmick became his awful, awful fashion sense.
  • Bishōnen
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Books Kinokuniya (紀伊國屋書店), Japan's largest bookstore chain, with 56 domestic and 28 overseas branches.
  • Triang Relations: Type 5. Marui likes him, he likes Kaga, while Kaga is either too shy or too oblivious with the affection even though there are several times Kino actively shows it.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Outside school, much to Marui's neverending despair. Mostly played for laugh, but there's Freudian Excuse for it. Kino's mother was a fallen-from-grace stylist whose fashion sense deteriorated with her depression. Kino keeps wearing clothes that his mother prepared to make her happy until he starts to like those weird clothes himself.
  • The Storyteller
  • Those Three Guys: With Aoyama and Haga.
  • Unknown Rival: He has a one-sided rivalry with Jun, and it all began when he became the target of one of Jun's tear-inducing stories.

Aoyama (青山)

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita

A friend of Kino and Haga, as well as one of Nozomu's few known male students.

Haga (芳賀)

A friend of Kino and Aoyama, as well as one of Nozomu's few known male students.

    Other Teachers 

Arai Chie (新井 智惠)

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima

The school counselor.

Jinroku (甚六)

Voiced by: Youji Ueda

A quiet, friendly male teacher.

    Other Characters 

Ikkyu (一旧)

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita

Nozomu's "old friend" with a fascination for the antiquated.
  • Childhood Friends: With Nozomu... or at least for one day during their grade-school days.
  • Drop-In Character
  • Fan of the Past
  • Fascinating Eyebrow
  • Hypocritical Humor: His introduction has him ranting about how much he loves old things. Later chapters have him owning a then-current DS Lite or surfing the internet for porn.
  • Large Ham: To some extent.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Just like his "old friend", he frequently wears a kimono and hakama.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name/Named After Somebody Famous: Not exactly his name, but his relationship to Nozomu. Turns out that they're more like one-day friends ("1日友") than old-time friends ("旧友"), with the author making a word play on the visual similarities between the two words. He's also named after a Buddhist sage, or specifically, his incarnation in the manga Ikkyu-san. All three Ikkyus are characterized by a quirky personality and scholarly interests.
  • Visual Pun: "One-day friends" ("1日友") and "old-time friends" ("旧友").

Kitsu Tane (木津 多祢)

Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi

Chiri's older (and extremely messy) sister.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrificed her sense of hygiene in order to keep Chiri's pathological obsession with cleanliness in check.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her name can be read as きったねー — "kittane" ("dirty").
  • Morality Chain: Volunterily enforced this trope in order to ensure the safety of her and Chiri's pet goldfish (and possibly all of civilization).
  • Morality Pet: Had anyone but Chiri's sister attempted to stall her by creating mess after mess, they would've most likely been dealt with in the most inhumane way possible. But despite Chiri's frustrations concerning her sister's uncleanliness, Tane is still alive and is, to all appearances, unharmed.
    • That being said, there are hints that her sister does very harmful things to her, albeit unintentionally.
  • The Pig Pen: She manages to either create a huge mess of clutter all around her wherever she goes, or attract garbage, literal (e.g. trash) or metaphorical (e.g. drug addicts, hippies, and others at the dregs of society).
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: On the other hand, if she wanted to and had the time, she can groom herself up as perfectly as her sister, such as that time when she dated Nozomu. So far she's the only girl whose affection to Nozomu was reciprocated, upon the latter learning of her predicament.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Chiri.
  • Trash of the Titans
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: Inverted. She's the good sister, while neat and clean Chiri is the evil one (sort of).
  • When It All Began: When they were children, Chiri wanted to clean their pet goldfish by pouring shampoo onto the aquarium. Tane jumped into a pool of mud to distract Chiri and spare the goldfish (and perhaps the rest of humanity) from her murderous obsession with cleanliness.

Koji Kumeta (久米田康治)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya

The disheveled, unshaven in-series caricature of the series author.

Maeda-kun (前田君)

Voiced by: Maeda-kun

An in-series caricature of Kumeta's assistant.

Hata-kun (畑君)

Voiced by: Kenjirou Hata
An in-series caricature of Kumeta's former assistant and author of Hayate the Combat Butler.

Abiru's Father

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura

  • Abusive Dad: Subverted. Turns out he's actually a Nice Guy.
  • Good Parents: Beneath all those allegations of abuse against his daughter, he turns out to be a mild-mannered, loving father who once even bought her a cake for her birthday her classmates and even teacher forgot.
  • Nice Guy
  • Sarcastic Confession: Easily confesses to Abiru that he and his wife had just divorced a month ago.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Thanks to a colossal series of misunderstandings (in part caused by Abiru's frequent injuries), he gained notoriety for (allegedly) abusing his daughter.
    • And for being a member of a legendary special ops unit that can wipe out an entire platoon with a single tankobon.
      • This one is heavily hinted at to be actually true.

Meru's Father

Voiced by: Mugihito

  • Knight Templar Parent: He even gives Nozomu a mean hook for (unintentionally) making her cry when he notes how she doesn't have a voice actress.
  • Overprotective Dad: Frequently attacks Nozomu over any perceived slights towards Meru, and talking about how people who harassed Meru over the years were "dealt with".
  • Your Cheating Heart: Meru's mother once introduced her to his mistress, for God's sake.

Niang-Niang (娘々)

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima

A spy from "a certain nation".

Hatsune Miku (初音ミク)

Voiced by: Saki Fujita

The famous Vocaloid's first (and so far only) actual appearance in an anime series.
  • Cameo: She appears during an audition to choose Meru's voice actress.
  • Casting Gag: Rather than use the Vocaloid program itself, the anime uses Saki Fujita, whose voice serves as the basis for Miku's synthesized voiced.

KAITO (KAITO)

One of the first gen Vocaloids made an appearance.
  • Cameo: Just like Hatsune Miku

Kagamine Rin and Len (鏡音りん&レン)

The Vocaloid twins auditioned to voice Meru Otonashi.
  • Cameo: Same as Hatsune Miku and KAITO.

MEIKO (MEIKO)

KAITO's fellow first gen Vocaloid.
  • Cameo: Like her fellow Vocaloids listed here, she made a cameo as well.

Commodore Matthew Perry

  • Historical-Domain Character: Famous for (ahem) convincing Japan to reopen its ports to the world, he returns with an insatiable desire to (literally) open everything closed that he comes across—lockers, books, gas valves, etc., about 150 years after his death.
    • It turns out he's actually a badly-behaved foreigner who happens to look like Perry, opened an unsuccessful shop, and befriended Kafuka. The irony of "Perry" having to close something at the end is not lost on the cast.


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