A city boy from Sapporo who enrolled in Yezo after failing to pass the entrance exams for his preferred high school. Though he believed he'd have more time to relax and study more for college, he underestimates the physical effort he has to put into just to get through a day of school.
Accidental Misnaming: Ayame can't seem to remember his name, replacing the "hachi" (Japanese for "8") with various other numbers("roku"/"6", etc).
Animals Hate Him: Zigzagged. Some animals like him, such as Pork Bowl (Butadon), largely due to Hachiken feeding him. Others usually treat him with contempt, such as Chestnut (Maron) the horse.
The B Grade: He achieves the best overall grades in his entire high school - but he isn't the #1 top student in any one class or subject, so he still feels like he hasn't reached his full potential.
Butt Monkey: People love him. Animals, the universe, and cosmic laws of probability… don't.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: While he doesn't get faced with desperate life-or-death situations or anything like that, he becomes known as "the guy who won't refuse you" for his consistent willingness to help anybody who feeds him a sob story.
Heroic Self-Deprecation. He is the best student in the school by a mile; is able to adapt quickly to the hard life of modern day farming and agriculture; is the go-to guy for managing projects and events among his peers; is the Equestrian Club's Vice President even though he has never ridden a horse before coming to the school; voluntarily tutors several school subjects to a few of his friends; and is, by far, the nicest, most compassionate, most selfless guy in school. Yet, from time to time, Hachiken still feels that he is a useless person with no personal ambition, and unworthy of being friends with the other students in the school.
Hit Me, Dammit!: Asks this of Tamako when she gives him some Brutal Honesty. She immediately obliges. He also asks Aki. The horse she's attending to obliges in her place.
Megane: He picked his glasses up late in his middle school career, apparently - every flashback shows him without them, and several of his former classmates barely recognize him when he visits Sapporo at one point. Must have studied so hard he strained and hurt his eyes.
Naïve Newcomer: Starts off this way when he first arrives at Yezo High.
Only Sane Man: Often curses his classmates for what he considers to be unreal stamina and screwed-up points of view. His teachers also regularly comment that his unique perspective as the only non-farmer in the school forces others to discuss and reevaluate things they took for granted.
Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles, and when he does, it's usually because he's going into Oh Crap mode. He gets better as the series progresses though, as chapter 72 demonstrates.
Tempting Fate: At the end of a special flashback chapter, a young Yugo finishes a school presentation with "I know a life of agriculture would be impossible for someone like me." You never know Yugo, you never know.
Thank Your Prey: Has a tendency to do this before butchering an animal or while eating its meat later, as a way of dealing with his qualms on the whole carnivore issue.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: He went to the agricultural school partially to get away from his parents, who have high standards for his education. He prefers to avoid going home as much as possible.
A first year of Yezo and the object of Yugo's affections, she attends Yezo to prepare herself for taking over her family's farm, although her real love is working with horses.
Adorkable: Definitely has traits of this when it comes to her relationship with Yugo.
All Girls Like Ponies: Played with. If you replace "ponies" with "absolutely massive draught horses", you're there. And, she's not the standard kind of girl generally expected to like the ponies, either. See Book Dumb. Funnily enough, the only way to get her to study? Link it to horses somehow. Otherwise, it just doesn't go in.
Book Dumb: To an extent. She's not very good at studying. Apparently, she is only slightly better than Tokiwa. Her grades are actually pretty decent, though. Just somewhere between 60-70% on most subjects. Not terribly bad, but definitely not good enough for her to go to her university of choice.
Heroic BSOD: Played for laughs whenever Yugo is is rumoured to be involved with another girl.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Doesn't consider herself a suitable companion for Hachiken due to the situation with her family's farm. It's made obvious that she thinks he should go for someone with a guaranteed future.
Oblivious to Love: Even after Yugo asks her on a freaking date she still doesn't catch on his feelings. She has the other girls notice for her though. It's also hinted it might be Selective Obliviousness.
In chapter 89, when Hachiken makes an unsubtle suggestion that he'd love chocolates from her on Valentine's; she thinks that he's making a suggestion for farming cacao to set up chocolate production for the school. It only hits her after an annoyed Mika outright points it out.
Tohoku Regional Accent: A rural Hokkaido regional accent, to be specific. She (and perhaps the rest of the gang) tries her best to hide it. Supposedly hers is more pronounced than anyone else, since her family farm was more isolated from others.
Stepford Smiler: She's less-than-enthusiastic about the prospect of taking over the family farm, but covers this by always hiding her problems and misgivings under forced smiles and cheerfulness that most of her friends and acquaintances see through, prompting them to regard her with some skepticism and caution. This was the reason why her seniors gave the Vice Presidency of the Equestrian Club to Hachiken instead of Aki, despite her being the best rider in the club.
Has softened considerably after her she confessed to her parents that she is not interested in taking over the running of the family farm; and has since been noted by many of how her smiles now are more sincere, and that her general disposition has become more optimistic.
Yugo's classmate and a childhood friend of Aki's, as his family owns a dairy farm not far from her home. He's also a skilled baseball player looking to go professional.
Childhood Friend Romance: Hachiken suspects this of him and Aki when they start keeping secrets from him. Heartbreakingly subverted when it's revealed Aki just knew about his family's situation, and even moreso when we learn her family was a co-signer on the farm.
Dumb Jock: True enough with the traditional subjects, though subverted in other ways, since most subjects at Yezo Agricultural are not of the 'traditional' variety.
An outspoken member of the 1st Year Dairy Farming Program, her family owns a large industrial farm that she wishes to take over in the future by herself.
Acrofatic: Tamako's surprisingly agile, as shown in her Table Tennis skills. She is also quite the skilled judo practitioner, seen when she gave Tokiwa an impressive tackle and held him down in an arm-lock.
Beautiful All Along: She was completely unrecognizable after she lost a substantial amount of weight over the summer. Lasted for a couple of chapters only though.
Turns out this is a back and forth thing as she works during the summer and loses weight pretty easily. She comments she doesn't like it however and promptly eats to regain her weight. She also agrees to slim down and act as eye-candy for the cow event at the school festival.
Brutal Honesty: Even though she cares for her friends, Tamako still lays out the facts that Yugo was pressuring Aki to succeed where he didn't.
Fat Girl: One who prefers being such. Every time she slims down she complains about feeling light-headed from not eating enough.
Book Dumb: With Hachiken's help studying, Tokiwa got the best grade on a math test that he'd ever managed in his life — 10%. His midterm results were perfect in Animal Husbandry and decent in Produce — just terrible on everything else.
Butt Monkey: Sometimes he brings it upon himself, though.
Delinquent Hair: He shows up to school after summer break sporting a mohawk. One class period later, he's been slapped with detention and his head's been buzzed almost bald.
Get Rich Quick Scheme: Comes up with various levels of these practically all the time, not always just for himself (he helped mastermind Vice President's food fund, after all). Because of this he's actually pretty spot on about obvious financial solutions.
Ms Red Ink: When he has money, he spends it on the weirdest, most useless things (see Delinquent Hair, which came with a total wardrobe makeover, the works) without a second thought. Almost constantly broke thanks to not managing the dosh.
Yugo's roommate, 1st Year Agriculture Program student. His family owns a potato farm.
Berserk Button: Interrupting him while he is playing his games is a good way to piss him off.
Clear My Name: Was wrongfully accused of viewing porn on the internet, which resulted in having one of the dorm computers being infected with a virus. He ends up getting most people off his back by pointing he plays dating sims loaded off discs, not anything he got from the internet.
Otaku: Though you wouldn't know it just by looking at him.
The Engineer: Aside from being a mech (and anime) otaku, he's also good with the hands-on stuff such as refurbishing the Ban'ei sleds (to his own taste).
Nice Guy: He helps Hachiken out from time to time, such as doing cleaning duty Hachiken was assigned to but forgot about for one reason or another.
Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi
1st Year female Food Science Program student
Cannot Spit It Out: Played with. Everyone, Hachiken included, thought the reason she acted so hesitant when meeting Hachiken was because she wanted to confess her love for him. Turns out she only wanted to buy some of Hachiken's bacon to make pizza.
Twice after that as well. Once, also with Hachiken, when she wanted to chip in some money into the Pork Fund scheme and again, this time with Nishikawa and his hot dogs, at the Pork Fund investors party. By then, both boys were prepared to react accordingly.
Shrinking Violet: She's a very shy, very cute and very small girl. Possibly the shyest girl on campus.
Ascended further after his graduation by becoming Hachiken's partner of sorts in their fledgling business venture with him acting as the "Company President" to Hachiken's "Chairman" role, cementing his role as a major character.
Jerkass: Expresses his envy of Hachiken's relationship with Aki by hampering him. And inciting a nearby horse to kick his phone broken.
Moment Killer: His pastime as of late. Accidentally expanded and invoked this trope into the realm of 2-D by tripping the dorm's circuit breaker, thus ruining Nishikawa's progress in his dating sim game.
Master of None: Part of the reason why he can't find a job is because he's accumulated too many useless skills to put on a resume.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Often subverted in that what doom he brings is not always unwitting. However, nobody wittingly goes into having stuff literally blow up in their face in a way that would be downright deadly if played for drama just to score get-back points, either. When it comes to electrical goods, ovens or anything with a heating element, whatever doom he's caused... is very likely unwitting.
Voice Of Reason: Usually the only one in the club to state the obvious, such as Hachiken being too chicken to ask Aki out, and suggesting that Okawa concentrate on looking for a job instead of lounging around in the club.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He responds to everything with his characteristic smile and a cheerful curiosity about the ultimate outcome, often trying to make even the biggest mishap into a learning opportunity for his students even if it's just about themselves.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Perhaps it's because of his stature and very friendly and laid back nature, he looks like he's constantly clueless, but it has been shown many times he is very much aware what happens in his school and that he cares very much for his students. He is also a very competent and practical person to have around, being able to do many things almost effortlessly like relieving the absent Nakajima-sensei at the equestrian club, assisting in the birth of calves and making home made soba noodles, to name a few.
Heroic Build: Again, he's an Expy of Armstrong from FMA. The man is built... but then he rides in his truck while making the students run a marathon around the school grounds, which Armstrong likely would have run himself.
Muscles Are Meaningful: He was able to singlehandedly defeat a draft horse when racing it. More impressive considering he dragged the sleigh, Tamako, and the other contestants who were supposed to drag the sleigh with him.
The Dorm Manager
The manager of the male dorms at the school, and a frequent obstacle for the boys to overcome.
Plucky Girls: After they were forced to sell-off their cows, the girls are determined to study hard, get into good colleges, graduate and get good jobs without Ichiro's help, so that they could look after both their mom and brother, instead of the other way around.
Yugo's reckless older brother, he was a student at Tokyo University before he decided to drop out to look for his path in life. He meets Yugo after he was sent on a "journey" by his mentor in ramen-making, though in reality he was fired.
Ditzy Genius: He acts rather spacey and selfish a lot of the time, but he was smart enough to get into Tokyo University. He's also shown to be smarter than he lets on around his father, who he seems to detest.
And like Yugo, he's very good at studying and note-taking (even if his handwriting is chicken-scratch), his studying methods noticeably increasing the average grade of Yugo's entire class.
Lethal Chef: His horrible food is the only reason the food stalls at a festival "defeat" the ravenous Yezo High students - because they're all on the ground groaning in pain after eating.
Likes Older Women: Outright stated that his new wife is older than him, though not by how much.
Sibling Rivalry: It's quite clear that this is pretty one-sided. Shingo can be an obnoxious brat, but when he chips are down he cares for his brother.
Tragic Dropout: Subverted. He actually chose to leave Tokyo University willingly just after getting in, effectively as a Take That to his Education Papa father; who had attempted to control and dictate his education when he was younger. Now he's much happier in fact, even if he is living as a NEET most of the time.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: A running gag with him; at times he pops up doing odd jobs at Yezo High, working at the Mikage Farm, or even tutoring people hoping to get to Tokyo University themselves.
Yugo's father, a well-off salary man whose high expectations and strict personality cause both of his sons to detest living under him.
Brutal Honesty: It seems he doesn't really have much consideration for his son's feelings.
Education Papa: To the point where both boys have had strongly allergic reactions. They've both managed to drop out of his attempts at Railroading their educational lives. If in different ways.
Face of a Thug: When he visits the school, the martial arts club greet him in fear because they thought he was a Yakuza. Even the animals refuse to look at him, even Chestnut was internally terrified of him, but couldn't look away in fear of his life. It was the same when Aki had to confront him, and no sooner then he left she nearly collapsed in fear.
Kubrick Stare: His default expression. Egads, but that thing can drill through walls...
Hidden Depths: He really wants what's best for his sons, but is bad at getting that point across in a kind manner. He, in fact supports Hachiken's business endeavour, if in a Stern Teacher sort of way, and it's later implied that he is actually quite proud of how far Hachiken's come along in life, from being a goal-less overworked student, to someone who now has a clear vision of what he wants to do in life.
Jerkass: He belittles Yugo's efforts, despite the fact Yugo had overworked himself so hard that he had to be hospitalized. He cruelly points out that his "so-called" friends didn't visit him during his hospitalization (which happened during a school festival, so they obviously couldn't skip work to visit). And he didn't even try the homemade bacon that Yugo sent to him, as proof of Yugo's hard work.
Jerkass Has a Point: He was giving some valid advice when Yugo didn't have a concrete plan for his business while asking money from his parents. He just says it in blunt harshness. He has another one when he tells Yugo that Yugo has already overworked himself into hospital once, and that he's headed that way again if he insists on trying to study, ride, tutor Aki and work on his start-up at the same time.
The granddaughter of a president of the local agricultural union. She is Aki's childhood friend — and, according to herself, rival.
Attention Whore: Obsessed with having the spotlight on her. She enters riding competitions and has her horse walk them placidly like a show animal, bragging about her and her horse's loveliness, and runs out of time each time.
Book Dumb: Heavily implied, as she was not able to get into Yezo Agricultural High. Especially considering how Tokiwa managed to get in, despite his deficiencies.
With Komaba dropping out of school, she drops by to possibly fill in the vacant slot and become a New Transfer Student.
Delusions Of Local Grandeur: Thinks herself an accomplished star of the local equestrian circuit, despite having been disqualified in every competition she been shown to enter.
Also thinks (and proclaims loudly) that she is superior to everyone, especially the Ezonoo High School students, in every way, even though her many failings and weaknesses are thrown right back at her by her objects of supposed ridicule.
Ojou: Subverted and parodied: she acts like one, but her family just got rich when the government decided to build a freeway on their farm. Seeing as how her family isn't even Nouveau Riche, her parents at least don't let said money particularly affect how they act.
Upper-Class Twit: Her riches and over the top behavior glaringly showcases her lack of brains, although most of the other characters are more amused than annoyed by her ditzy-ness.
Marshmallow Hell: How Yugo and Fukubuchou (Vice President) first met her in person.
Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Implied with the mention that she's part-Cossack and that she found a -20 centigrade winter "a bit warm." When met with the titular silver spoon, she comes to the "obvious" conclusion that it must be a warning about the dangers of assassination and poisoning.
Nice Girl: Yugo's impression of her when they first talked on the phone, and to Misako as well.
Older than They Look: She looks about twenty, thirty at the most, but she makes comments about the economy during the fall of the Soviet Union, her tone implying she witnessed it personally.