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The Main Characters
Voice Actors: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)The series' main character, the middle child of police detective parents. She refuses to become a police officer and instead spends her days in Shibuya having fun with her best friends Miyu and Aya. Despite this, Ran has a strong sense of justice and will help her friends and others alike if they're in trouble.
- Badass Normal: Can take down a robber just by throwing one of her own boots at the guy.
- Babies Ever After: Confirmed by Word of God to have three kids with Tatsuki.
- Berserk Button: it's really not a good idea to bully girls as long as Ran is around in Shibuya.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Her friends noted that she has a very good memory, and could do well in her academics if she wanted to. Unfortunately, she's so averse to studying that her grades are very low.
- Chaste Hero: Despite the Gals' fame as promiscuous, she's still a virgin and proud of it, and in fact advises people to not even give a single kiss until they're sure of their partner's feelings (one of the people she advised this way was Miyu, whose problem with her boyfriend was that he was waiting for her to get older for that kiss).
- Fiery Redhead
- Fangirl: Is a very passionate fan of Pink Panther X and has occasionally dressed up as the character.
- Genki Girl: She's always very carefree and energetic, and seems to have no angst in her life.
- Happy Dance: A chibi Ran is often seen in the scene segways of the series, happily doing some para-para.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ran can be pushy, rude, and selfish at times, but her heart is typically in the right place and she will help others out even if there's nothing for her to gain.
- Middle Child Syndrome
- Moral Myopia: Ran's quick to point out others' flaws, but never address/correct her own.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Often clashes with Mami Honda, as both are vying for the title of "Japan's No.1 ko-gal".
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's brash, outspoken, reckless and very physically strong; she had, at one point, she complains that Miyu is too girly and tells the latter to snap out of it. However, she almost never leaves her house without make-up and jewelry, is willing to spend hours to do her nails and evidently takes great pains to make herself look good.
- Totally Radical: while everyone in the series speaks like this in the Japanese and English version, Ran is far and beyond the biggest user of dated slang.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Rei and sometimes Miyu.
- You Are What You Hate: For someone who doesn't want to be a police officer, Ran has shown plenty of times of how she has the skills to be one: the strong sense of justice, detective skills, willingness to help out others, etc. Subverted as, in the end, Ran decides to become one to better protect her beloved Shibuya.
Voice Actors: Haruna Ikezawa (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)A friend of Ran's, Miyu is typically (typically) nicer than her friend and almost always smiling. She is in love with Ran's older brother, Yamato.
- Almost Kiss: a running gag in the series is how Miyu and Yamato's kisses are interrupted by various things going on.
- Badass Adorable: Miyu is cute and, like Ran, can kick ass when needed to.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It took a very stressful period and sexual harassment, but the one time Miyu snapped, the harasser was on his knees begging for his life in less than ten seconds. And he was lucky enough that Ran was there to Bright Slap Miyu, or else...
- Broken Bird: Miyu was this in her gang years, a tough trouble maker due to her parent's divorce and her mom's lack of affection to her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents got divorced when she was in 3rd year of her elementary school. She was then raised by her neglectful mother, who clearly thinks of her as a burden. This causes her to become a feared gang leader in her middle school years.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Well, sort of. She started to fix her attitude and becomes a good student after Ran defeated her in a brawl. Though in a possible subversion, it wasn't her defeat to Ran that caused to change, but the kindness that Yamato showed to her in the aftermath of the brawl.
- Genki Girl: She's normally very upbeat and is more eager to join in Ran's wild antics than Aya.
- Kneel Before Zod: Back when she was a gang leader, Miyu wanted to force everyone who pissed her into submission. And the one time she snapped, she actually made the offender kneel and apologize.
- Retired Outlaw: She used to be a violent gang leader, whose behaviour is far worse than Ran's. Now, she's one of the nicest, most modest, and hardworking of the main characters.
- They Do: With Yamoto at the end of the manga.
- Third-Person Person: Refers to herself as "Miyu", to signify her change as the cutesy Nice Girl she is now known as.
Voice Actors: Oma Ichimura (Japanese), Kimberly Pause (English)A studious girl Ran met in the first episode when she catches her doing Compensated Dating. She stops her and tells her to live her own life. Soon after Aya became good friends with Ran and Miyu.
- Animal Motifs: Often associated with moles throughout the series.
- Brainy Brunette: Aya, who has brown hair, is the smartest of the gang, being an honour student, and is trying to get into Tokyo University.
- Dogged Nice Girl: For Otohata. She spends a lot of time pining after him and trying to get him open up to her. Otohata, being the insensitive type, usually regards her affections with indifference or annoyance. He gets especially impatient with her when she cries, which she does often.
- Fragile Flower
- Hates Being Alone
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: gets one when her parents tell her to stop seeing her friends so she could study more.
- Nice Girl
- Not So Above It All: Pink Panther X is a kid's show. Aya is extremely well-informed about its plot.
- Shrinking Violet: Shy and softspoken, she often gets freaked out by her peers' weirder antics.
- The Smart Girl: She's an honours student, and is aiming to go to Tokyo University after graduating Hounan.
- Tender Tears
Voice Actors: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)A student at Meisho Number 1 High School, Rei is also considered the number 1 popular guy due to a magazine article as being the coolest teenage guy in the area. Is good friends with Yuya and often finds himself bumping into Ran more often than either one would like. He's also Aya's boyfriend.
- Chick Magnet: Is voted as No. 1 most desirable guy in his school.
- The Comically Serious
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rei can be very blunt with his words, but he's not a bad guy. He just has a hard time expressing himself.
- Phrase Catcher: "You made her (Aya) cry!"
- The Stoic: He's very impassive, and tends to regard everything that goes on in his surrounding with an indifferent attitude.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Has a younger cousin who looks almost exactly like him. When the girls met the kid, they thought Otohata had shrunk down.
Voice Actors: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)Also a student at Meisho Number 1 High School, Yuya placed 2nd in the same magazine article that said Rei was the coolest and most handsome teenage guy in Shibuya. As such, his nickname is Number Two ("nii" in the Japanese version, the Japanese word for two). He is in love with Ran and will help her out when the need arises.
- Always Second Best: Half of the time, Ran doesn't even remember that Yuuya's name is in fact "Yuuya" and not "Second Place".
- Dogged Nice Guy: Yuya is madly in love with Ran and would do everything he can to please her: e.g. helping her with homework or buying her expensive gifts. Unfortunately, Ran is Oblivious to Love, and thought that he was just being nice. Instead, she almost immediately agreed to date Tatsuki when the latter confessed to her after they went to a few parties together.
- In-Series Nickname: Number Two in the manga, Second Place in the anime.
- Love Epiphany: Inverted. After spending the better part of the series with massive crush on Ran, he finally realizes that he's no longer likes her romantically after seeing her fool around with Tatsuki and did not feel jealous about it.
- Official Couple: He and Mami become a couple in the second season of the anime, as well as the manga.
- Second Love: Yuya fell for Ran at first sight but finally comes to care for Mami.
Tatsuki "Tatsukichi" Kuroi
Voice Actors: Yukimasa Obi (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)Ran's boyfriend who loves para-para, to the point where he calls himself the "para-para king of Machida". He and Ran get along quite well, even though they don't really date, much less anything else romantic.
- Animal Motifs: Monkey, obviously. He is actually able to talk to monkeys, and is often gets mistaken as one.
- Babies Ever After: Confirmed by Word of God to have three kids with Ran.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Ran are very similar, as both are very laidback individuals who cares more about having fun and enjoying life, rather than being bound by authority and academics.
- Book Dumb: He does very poorly in school, despite being very skilled in pretty much everything else.
- Hidden Depths: Although he appears to be just as wild and carefree as Ran, he is very insecure about being "worthy" for her. Especially since Ran hangs out with other guys a lot, and seems to trust Otohata with her feelings more than she does with him.
Voice Actors: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanaese), Paul Locklear (English)Ran's older brother, who's a police officer in Shibuya, and often helps out Ran and her friends. He and Miyu are a couple.
- Big Brother Instinct
- Clark Kent Outfit: His uniform or bagged street clothes hide a lean and muscular body, with the strength to match.
- The Jail Bait Wait: For how much Miyu and him wish to be intimate, they won't do more than the occasional kiss (when they aren't interrupted), and are explicitly waiting for their marriage.
- Like Father, Like Son: like his father, he's a cop.
- Official Couple: him and Miyu, whom he later gets official engaged to later in the series. And, in the final manga chapter, marry
- They Do: With Miyu at the end of the manga.
Voice Actors: Ginzo Matsuo (episodes 1-24), Fumihiko Tachiki (episodes 25-51), John Gremillion (English)Ran's father. He tries to lead Ran into becoming a police officer like the rest of her family, but she refuses.
- Action Dad
- Doting Parent: mainly to Sayo, though sometimes with Ran as well.
- Happily Married: to his wife Kiyoka.
- Large Ham
- The Character Died with Him: averted. Taizo still appeared in the series after his original actor died in 2001, but his appearances were far less frequent.
Kiyoka KotobukiRan's mother. Also a police officer.
Voice Actors: Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese), Christine Auten (English)
- Action Mom
- Happily Married: to her husband Taizo.
- Parental Substitute: acts like this for Miyu, since her mother is very rarely around.
Voice Actors: Aya Ishizu (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)Ran's rival and the "Queen of Ikebukuro". In the manga they later form a truce. This does not happen in the anime.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Yuya. Justified by the long string of cheating boyfriends she had before him and her knowledge he was in love with Ran before they went together (and stayed in love with her for a while after: she mistook his attempt to play peacemaker during one of her fights with Ran as a love declaration, and acted on it). Becomes less jealous when Yuya realizes he has fallen for Mami and declares it in public.
- Last Name Basis: always refers to Ran by her last name.
- Official Couple: with Yuya.
- Rich Bitch: anime only.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: with Ran Kotobuki.
- The Ojou
Voice Actors: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)Ran's energetic little sister. She's a large fan of Odaiba Cop, and solves crimes with her boyfriend Masato. Unlike her older sister, she wants to become a police detective when she grows up.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. Sayo's pretty smart.
- Genki Girl: She makes Ran look sluggish.
- Kiddie Kid: Sayo's 14 in the beginning of the series, but looks/sounds/acts like an elementary school girl.
- Nice Hat
- Official Couple: with Masato.
- Older Than They Look
- Rie Kugimiya
- Verbal Tic: she adds "datchu" at the end of her sentences. The dub changes it to "You bet."
Voice actors: Kazura Murai (Japanese), Allison Keith (English)Miyu's very rarely seen mother, who treats her daughter rather poorly. She only appears in two episodes of the anime.
- Abusive Parent, Parental Abandonment, and Parental Neglect: All of these. She rarely sees Miyu and blames Miyu for her divorce thus refusing to look at Miyu. She was abandoned by her own mother and in the end abandons Miyu. The only thing she does for Miyu is give Miyu enough money to live off of until Miyu gets a job and a place to stay on her own.
- The Faceless: we never see her face. Subverted in the manga, where we do get to see her face the few times she shows up.
- Jerk Ass