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The Super Peace Busters

    Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi 
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Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (child) and Miyu Irino (teenager) (Japanese), Tara Sands (child) and Griffin Burns (teenager) (English)

De facto leader of the "Super Peace Busters", a six-person gang of True Companions that tragically dissolved after Menma's death. Once an energetic boy, he has since withdrawn into himself after Menma's and his mother's deaths.


  • Always Someone Better: Is this in Yukiatsu's opinion.
  • Anger Born of Worry: In Episode 4, Anaru slips near the place where Menma drowned. Jintan catches her arm and holds her from behind only to tighten his grip on her arms and berate her for almost repeating the incident.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Menma's "Veronica" (Cute Ghost Girl First Love) and Anaru's "Betty" (Girl Next Door Hopeless Suitor). Jintan and Menma were each other's First Love, more so for Jintan since Menma died when they were kids, while Anaru had feelings for Jintan but he didn't reciprocate. By the end, Jintan and Menma manage to confess his feelings for each other before she disappears for good. And the epilogue implies that Anaru and Jintan may get together one day.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Jintan is pretty smart and can pick up new information pretty quickly, but he's so apathetic and lazy he'd rather shut himself in than deal with school.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: Jintan is the only one of his friends, or anybody, who can see and hear Menma.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: When he was a kid, he refused to admit he liked Menma. Even now, he doesn't want to admit it, until Episode 10.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Anaru. The epilogue implies he may be developing a romance with her.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Starts out as one while he's a recluse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments of showing his dry wit.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Happens as he starts spending more time with his old friends. It is for this very purpose that Menma returned in the first place.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Because said girl died. There's still potential for him to end up with another love interest, though.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine — Arguably the most balanced of the group, by merit of being The Hero.
  • Guilt Complex: Not quite as evident as Anaru or Yukiatsu, but it's still there.
  • The Hero: The main character of the series.
  • Hikikomori: Zigzagged. Jintan has a reputation as one with his classmates because he withdrew from society, but once he shakes the rust he's actually pretty sociable and takes to getting work rather easily.
  • Hot-Blooded: It's repressed, but it's still there. He was this way mostly as a child, but whenever he gets worked up he tends to yell and raise his voice and speak pretty passionately.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Menma's death has haunted him for years.
  • I See Dead People: He is the only one who can see Menma's ghost.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Definitely the most jaded out of the whole cast at the beginning, save for maybe Yukiatsu. Ends up going through Character Development in the series to be more of a Knight In Sour Armor.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Jintan is surly, sarcastic, and prefers to be left alone, it's later shown that he has a heroic and sweet side.
  • Keet: As a child, he was energetic and lively.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Becomes this by the end of the series.
  • The Leader: Of the Super Peace Busters.
  • Loners Are Freaks: According to Anaru's friends, he's just a weird shut-in that she shouldn't bother dealing with.
  • Magnetic Hero: Yukiatsu even grudgingly admits that even now he still has the charm he possessed as a child.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Defended Anaru from her classmates' slander, even though the two were not even a couple. Though, touching as it was, he didn't pass up the chance to berate her, revealing in the process some of her more embarrassing hobbies.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He always regretted not being able to apologize to Menma for calling her ugly and confess his feelings for her.
  • No Social Skills: As a teen, he is very awkward when dealing with people and often can't speak properly with anyone outside his old social circle.
  • Not What It Looks Like: On more than one occasion with Anaru.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Wears one when he goes out in public.
  • Parting Words Regret: He deeply regrets that he called Menma ugly during their last moment together when she was alive.
  • Puppy Love: His feelings for Menma were mutual. They still like each other despite her being a ghost, but her death means that they can't be together.
  • Stopped Caring: Gave up on life after the death of Menma.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Jintan is rather handsome when he's not depressed over Menma's death.
  • Tsundere: Towards Menma and Anaru. He acts quite harsh and seemingly uncaring to their problems, but later proves to by his actions how much he deeply cares for them.
  • Unable to Cry: For both Menma and his mother. In Episode 8 he, with Menma's help, was finally able to mourn his mother, and in Episode 11 he finally sheds tears for Menma as he and the rest of the True Companions bid their final farewells to her.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Menma and Anaru. With Menma it was due to her death, while with Anaru, it was because he just saw her as a friend. By the epilogue, he and Menma convey their feelings for each other; and with Anaru, there's possibility that they may get together.
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    Meiko "Menma" Honma 
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Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

A girl who died in an accident five years ago, only to reappear as a ghost only Jintan can see. She says she has a wish she wants everyone to fulfill so she can move on to the afterlife, but she can't remember what it was. Despite aging in real-time, she retains her cheerful, childlike disposition, and wears the same white one-piece sundress she wore the day she drowned.


  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the anime, Menma has blonde hair and blue eyes due to being half Russian. In the live action drama, her actress has dark hair and dark eyes.
  • All-Loving Heroine: The reason why she wants to reunite the "Super Peace Busters." She loves her friends very dearly.
  • Always Someone Better: Anaru and Tsuruko feel like they cannot match up to the extremely high standards set by the perfect Menma since her death and feel that the guys who they like won't ever love them the way they had loved Menma.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Menma had light blue eyes, pale skin, white hair, and wore a white dress... all before she died.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Veronica" (Cute Ghost Girl First Love) to Anaru's "Betty" (Girl Next Door Hopeless Suitor) for Jintan's "Archie". By the end, Jintan and Anaru manage to confess his feelings for each other before she disappears for good. And the epilogue implies that Anaru and Jintan may get together one day.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde (or at least platinum-blonde) to redhead Anaru and brunette Tsuruko.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She is half-Russian, from her mother Irene's side. Her mixed ancestry is discussed in the movie. Menma had no friends before meeting the rest of the Super Peace Busters, and she believed that it was because other people didn't think of her as a Japanese.
  • Cheerful Child: She has a cheerful and sunny disposition.
  • The Chick: Served as the person who kept the Super Peace Busters together and is in the middle of a Love Triangle between Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Appears very scatterbrained and almost in her own world at times, but it has to be considered that though her ghost form might appear aged, her mind is still that of the child that died many years ago, so when set against her friends who've all grown up she ends up seeming more naive and child-like in comparison.
  • Cool Big Sis: Was this towards her younger brother Satoshi.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: A spirit of the same adorable, friendly girl that Jintan fell for.
  • The Cutie: She's adorable, friendly, loving, and cares for her friends.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Early episodes show a brief clip of a single sandal drifting in the water whenever Menma's death was mentioned.
  • Dead to Begin With: Her death happens long before the main story, she spends the story proper as a Cute Ghost Girl.
  • Devoted to You: Even though she has been dead for years, Jintan and Yukiatsu can't forget about her and are still very affected by her death. They also ignore their other potential love interests as to them, they can't replace Menma.
  • Dissonant Serenity: At the end of Episode 8, the rest of the gang call bullshit on Jintan's claims of being able to see Menma, and Yukiatsu is ready to beat him up when Menma calmly enters, walks over to the table, writes in her diary, and softly drops it once she's done — all the while wearing a smile.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Almost always barefoot. It has a dark connotation. It's all but confirmed her sandals washed away when she drowned, and now summoned in an older form, she is dressed in her final attire she wore among the living, leaving her barefoot as a ghost.
  • Dude Magnet: Even after her death, Jintan and Yukiatsu are still in love with her.
  • First Love: To Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Supine, as the friendly, non-confrontational chick who's very prone to tears.
  • Friendly Ghost: Even as a ghost, she's still the same sweet and cheerful girl she was when alive.
  • Gamer Chick: Is a die-hard fan of the "Nokemon" game series and is frequently seen playing the one that Jintan buys for her. She also took interest in what game Jintan was playing in the series' first scene and made a reference to Mario and Luigi when a second Menma was thought to exist, even saying it'd be funny if the "Menmaluigi" had "Player Two colors."
  • Genki Girl: Very cheerful and upbeat.
  • Ghostly Goals: She says she has a wish she wants Jintan to fulfill, but she can't remember what it was. Her wish is actually to help Jintan to cry and show emotions again, which she had promised to Jintan's now-also-dead mother when both were still alive, but it ends up extending to the rest of her friends in the Super Peace Busters, who never properly came to terms with her death.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Seems demure and feminine but seems to share a lot of interests with her male friends. Mirrors Anaru's Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Go Out with a Smile: More accurately, moves on to the afterlife with a smile all the way.
    Jintan: In the end, Menma wore a smile after all.
  • The Heart: Served as this for the Super Peace Busters, which is why they drifted apart after her death.
  • Heroic Albino: She has whitish skin color and is nothing but sweet and caring.
  • The Ingenue: A sweet, innocent, and kind girl at heart.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Fits into her Nice Girl personality.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She doesn't understand what's the problem with Jintan seeing her in nothing but a Modesty Towel.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Menma's appearance doesn't display signs of her death, but she's wearing the same outfit she drowned in (although it's larger, since her ghost looks older and is taller than she was at death) and wears no shoes (which were washed away by the river).
  • The Lost Lenore: To Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Love You and Everybody: Subverted. She loves everyone in the Super Peace Busters, but she is well-aware that the love she feels for Jintan is something beyond mere friendship.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Years after her death, Menma's ghost appears before the hikikomori Jintan and asks him to fulfill a wish she can't remember and helps him to get back on his feet and bond with their old friends.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Her cheerfulness has led Jintan out of his solitude and made him reconnect with his old gang.
  • Mystical White Hair: A cute white-haired ghost girl.
  • Nice Girl: Menma is a sweet, kind girl who always think of her friends above herself and will always cry for them in sad moments. Jintan would agree with this trope.
  • Oblivious to Love: Was oblivious to Yukiatsu's feelings until he confessed to her when they were children.
  • The One That Got Away: She was this to both Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Poltergeist: Not only that, she can only communicate to the rest of the Super Peace Busters in their clubhouse via her diary.
  • Posthumous Character: Zigzagged. She is technically dead, but her spirit is alive throughout most of the series.
  • Puppy Love: Her feelings for Jintan were mutual. They still like each other despite her being a ghost, but her death means that they can't be together.
  • Purity Sue: A deliberate in-universe deconstruction. She is selfless, innocent and loves everyone unconditionally. However, her pureness unintentionally puts a very big pressure on her friends.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Menma's hair is the longest out of all the main characters.
  • Reincarnation: Menma's eventual goal, though both she and Jintan zigzag about the urgency of granting her wish. The gang succeed in sending her off happily in the end.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: Tries this when Anaru and Tsuruko start fighting in Episode 2. It doesn't work since they can't see her, but it never escalates beyond catty remarks and yelling anyways.
  • Tareme Eyes: Menma has the classic rounded innocent eye design, and is a very gentle-natured and optimistic person.
  • Tearful Smile: At different times, but most heart-breakingly when she finally passes on in the last episode.
  • Tender Tears: She does this a lot, mainly because she cries for others when they are sad or hurt.
  • Third-Person Person: Usually refers to herself by her nickname, indicating her childlike mindset
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Died in a very young age from an accident.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her mother states that curry was her favorite meal, though she also appears quite fond of ramen noodles and steamed bread.
  • Tsundere: Type B towards Jintan.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Played With. She suffers a tragic death right after hearing Jintan deny having a crush on her. In reality, he returned her feelings while she was alive, and still liked her even when she was a ghost.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jintan, as she died before he could properly tell her feelings. Before she disappears for good, they both manage to convey their love for one another.
  • Woman in White: Wears a white dress.

    Naruko "Anaru" Anjou 
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Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English)

A girl who idolized Menma, but at the same time was also jealous of her relationship with Jintan, with whom she kept in touch long after Menma's death. Both even attend the same high school, with Anaru often bringing homework to him whenever he's too lazy to go out.


  • Aborted Declaration of Love: By the movie, she hasn't yet told Jintan that she is still in love with him (he's only aware that she liked him when they were kids). She makes a couple of stabs at it, but ultimately decides that she's not ready to tell him, since he still carries a torch for Menma.
  • Adorkable: Slowly becomes more obvious over the course of the series. She likes video games and manga, loves stuffed animals, and gets embarrassed easily. It's all but stated that she's been trying to shed this image from childhood, but is still very much the same girl from five years ago.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Sort of, towards Jintan in Episode 8. Specifically, she tells him that she's tormented by guilt over her jealousy towards Menma when they were kids. She starts to tell him that she still likes him, but he walks off before she finishes.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" (Girl Next Door Hopeless Suitor) to Menma's "Veronica" (Cute Ghost Girl First Love) for Jintan's "Archie". Jintan and Menma were each other's First Love, more so for Jintan since Menma died when they were kids, while Anaru had feelings for Jintan but he didn't reciprocate. By the end, Jintan and Anaru manage to confess his feelings for each other before she disappears for good. And the epilogue implies that Anaru and Jintan may get together one day.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yukiatsu — They both blame themselves for Menma's death, have inferiority issues (Anaru, in regards to Menma; Yukiatsu, in regards to Jintan), and are "kindred spirits" in unrequited love. This is why she is seen as Yukiatsu's "backup" for Menma by both Yukiatsu and Tsuruko.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to blonde Menma and brunette Tsuruko.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Jintan. The epilogue implies she may be developing a romance with him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has brown hair and brown eyes. As a teen, she dyed her hair orange.
  • Date Rape Averted: In Episode 5 a older guy on an Enjo Kosai date nearly forces her to go with him to a love hotel. She is saved by the timely arrival of Yukiatsu.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: To Jintan, as she pines for him while he is still in love with Menma.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Anaru. In a language where there's no difference between "l" and "r"...note 
  • The Fashionista
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted. Anaru dyed her hair orange and her natural hair color is brown. She still has the temperamental personality.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic — Easily influenced by others and insecure, but overall a nice girl.
  • Gamer Chick: She's been fond of video games since she was young, and she even works part-time at a game store.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Comes close to having Mega Twintails, though her curls are only seen on the tips of her hair.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Insists that she can't sleep without one of her stuffed animals when she moves to the clubhouse.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Anaru stopped wearing her glasses after the loss of Menma when she dyed her hair because she wanted to be more bold and thought the glasses made her look less attractive.
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Guilt Complex: Menma's death constantly torments Anaru.
  • Gyaru Girl: She paints her nails, styles her hair and dyes it red, wears false eyelashes, and probably uses her earnings from her part-time job to buy outfits.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Played With — played straight by Yukiatsu, who sees her as his Replacement Love Interest for Menma; inverted in that she's the one with feelings for Jintan; subverted in that while they're currently in a state of Unresolved Sexual Tension, Jintan left her in the cold after she made an Anguished Declaration of Love to him, only to confess right in front of her later that he's still in love with Menma; and finally double subverted in that the ending hints that they eventually will get together.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Blames herself for Menma's death, is easily influenced by others, and has quite the inferiority issues.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Jintan. From their childhood to current age, she has been in love with him while he is still carries a torch for Menma.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her own white one piece dress, along with Letting Her Hair Down.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: She hated her curly hair and glasses when she was younger because she thought they made her unattractive. Even now she avoids wearing her glasses whenever as possible. It's heavily suggested that her fixation on fashion is due to her insecurity about her own looks.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Envied Menma's looks and closer relationship with Jintan and wanted to take her place. Tsuruko even comments on how Anaru chooses to wear a white dress just like Menma's in order to appeal to Jintan
  • Joshikousei
  • Kick Chick: Her response to Yukiatsu's teasing about how she handles boys is a kick to the side in Episode 9.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Several times throughout the series.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Anaru is actually a rather prude virgin, but because of her appearance and a near-rape encounter at a love hotel, she earns a reputation among her classmates as an easy slut.
  • Meganekko: As a child, Anaru wore big glasses and looked adorable doing so.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Quite out of place within her Girl Posse.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wore these as a child.
  • Not So Different: With Yukiatsu. Both blame themselves for Menma's death, have inferiority issues, and are "kindred spirits" in unrequited love.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Is quite the video game nerd and even works part-time at a video game store.
  • Pair the Spares: Ultimately subverted. Anaru was Yukiatsu's "backup" for Menma, but the ending hints that she will eventually end up with Jintan, with whom she bore with for many years, instead.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsuruko's blue.
  • Replacement Love Interest: She wanted to be this to Jintan, but it turns out she's one for Yukiatsu.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: For Yukiatsu, as he considers their shared pain over an unrequited love to be an ideal reason for why they should be a couple.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Anaru isn't unattractive at all, she definitely put more effort than usual into looking nice in Episode 3, letting her hair down and wearing a white dress similar to Menma's.
  • She Is All Grown Up: According to Yukiatsu.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Anaru insists that Jintan is irreplaceable to her when Tsuruko suggests that Yukiatsu is planning on hooking up with Anaru once Menma is sent to Heaven.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Anaru likes Jintan because of how kind he can be.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Seems more on the tomboyish side both as a child and as a teenager, but definitely has a more feminine side that she indulges mainly due to her insecurity. Mirrors Menma's Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak.
  • Tsundere: Towards Jintan who actually acts quite Tsundere right back. She acts cold to him but deeply worries for his wellbeing.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: While all members of the Super Peace Busters sans Menma use this trope, special mention goes to Anaru, who has the most outfits and hairstyles. Also, slightly played with in that she'll mix and match pieces like shirts or boots to create different ensembles.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jintan, as he only saw her as a friend while she is in love with him. By the epilogue, there's the implication that they will possibly develop a romance, but it has yet to happen.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Gains one of these after she's taken to a love hotel and nearly raped.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Yukiatsu asks her what good she still finds in Jintan, pointing out that he's not the same kid they knew.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Anaru actually feels guilty about being jealous of Menma, since Menma was always very nice to her and a really good friend. She later admits she feels horrible about having felt relieved when Jintan called Menma ugly.

    Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki 
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Voiced by: Asami Seto (child) and Takahiro Sakurai (teenager) (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (child) and Ray Chase (teenager) (English)

A handsome, popular student in a prestigious school with Tsuruko. He used to have a crush on Menma, and is resentful of her relationship with Jintan, especially the fact that only he can see her ghost.


  • Always Second Best: Feels this way towards Jintan.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Towards Menma in a flashback in Episode 5.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Downplayed. He's a handsome Chick Magnet, but also starts off as a jerkass to Jintan because of his jealousy of his relationship with Menma.
  • Birds of a Feather: As said above, with Anaru. This is why Yukiatsu and Tsuruko see Anaru as his "backup" for Menma.
  • Bishōnen
  • Break the Haughty: Getting caught crossdressing as Menma by his childhood friends was the start of his ego being taken down a peg.
  • Broken Ace: On one hand he's handsome, extremely book-smart, very popular with girls, seen as very cool. On the other he blames himself for Menma's death, resents Jintan and his closeness to her, is unable to interact well with Tsuruko, the only person from the True Companions still close to him, and considered Anaru as his "backup" love interest.
  • Chick Magnet: Besides Tsuruko, there are a number of girls who are attracted to him.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Tsuruko. He also considers to have this with Anaru. In the end, he doesn't officially get with either one, but there are a few hints that he and Tsuruko may become an item in the future.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The reason he hates Jintan so much is because he knows Jintan was the one Menma liked. He even starts strangling Jintan out of jealousy at one point.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Crossdresses as Menma to relieve his obsession of her.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — model student on the outside, self-deprecating, resentful teen and obsessive Creepy Crossdresser on the inside.
  • Guilt Complex
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Menma, as while he had a crush on her she had a mutual crush on Jintan.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Hypocrite: Accuses Jintan of being obsessed over Menma when he himself is just as obsessed with her but handles it much worse. Arguably lampshaded by Tsuruko who says he's likely projecting himself to Jintan.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He deeply blames himself for Menma's death and says that her ghost should be haunting him.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Very prone to acknowledge how handsome, smart, and athletic he is, but constantly feels like he's Always Second Best to Jintan.
  • Insult Backfire: You can try pissing him off about his crossdressing, but all you'll really get out of him is a smirk and snide acknowledgement.
  • Jerkass: He's arrogant, selfish and manipulative, he treats Jintan with disdain out of resentment, and he only sees his female friends as potential backup love interests. The only person he seems to care about is Menma, but his feelings are far from healthy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His haughtiness gets broken in Episode 5 after everyone finds out that he's crossdressing as Menma and he breaks down, blaming himself for Menma's death. In the same episode, he later rescues Anaru when she gets sexually harassed by a guy intending to take her to a love hotel.
  • The Lancer: To Jintan. While the former is a lazy, shut-in who Menma fell in love with, Yukiatsu is a hardworking, outgoing student who has unrequited feelings for Menma.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Downplayed. Yukiatsu isn't insane, but he has not been handling Menma's death in a healthy manner.
  • Mad Love: To put it subtly. He has spent nearly his entire life obsessing over a dead girl who liked his rival better in the first place. To deal with this, he does some creepy things such as crossdressing as her.
  • Manly Tears: While everyone else has their fair share of tearful moments, special mention goes to the otherwise snarky Yukiatsu, after confessing to his selfish reasons for fulfilling Menma's wish and hearing Poppo's own confession.
  • Nice Hat: As a child, he wore a yellow and blue hat that had a blue fish on the front.
  • Not So Different: With Anaru. They both blame themselves for Menma's death, have inferiority issues, and are "kindred spirits" in unrequited love.
  • Oblivious to Love: Seems pretty unaware of Tsuruko's feelings for him.
  • Pair the Spares: Ultimately subverted. Anaru was Yukiatsu's "backup" for Menma, but the ending hints that he may eventually end up with Tsuruko instead.
  • Rescue Romance: Plays with a thought of invoking this trope with Anaru, when he saves her from a prospect rapist.
  • The Rival: To Jintan, in regards to Yukiatsu being resentful to him for being Menma's love.
  • The Snark Knight
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's 5'11" with brown hair and is a Chick Magnet.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Following from the above info, he also has a sharp tongue.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tsuruko states that his favorite food are Yatsuhashi cookies.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: Though, thankfully, it's hinted that he may move on in the end with Tsuruko.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Tsuruko.
  • Unwanted Harem: It is indicated that he is fairly popular with his female classmates, though he doesn't so much as bat an eye at them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tsuruko. From his point of view, anyway.

    Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi 
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Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)

A bespectacled, quiet girl who remained close with Yukiatsu long after the gang dissolved, both attending the same prestigious high school. She has had a crush on him for a long time, and is resentful of his fixation on Menma.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's pretty, tall, dark-haired, and aloof.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Episodes 10 and 11 to Yukiatsu.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to blonde Menma and redhead Anaru.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Yukiatsu.
  • Cry Cute: She always shows herself as the most aloof and level-headed member of the group, but she finally breaks down in tears as she confesses to her selfish reasons for fulfilling Menma's wish.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Never fails to mercilessly sum up others' (usually Yukiatsu's) foolish behavior in a few words.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She always hangs out with Yukiatsu and puts up with him because she has a crush on him, even though she knows she doesn't have a chance with him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic — A smart girl who is critical of her friends but also comfortable on her own.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A mild case. However, she later reveals she isn't jealous of Menma, but of Anaru for being Yukiatsu's Replacement Love Interest and being able to understand him better.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Towards Yukiatsu when a shopkeeper assumes that she is his girlfriend, and later when two girls confront her twice about her relationship to him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She has liked Yukiatsu since they were children, but she knows he will never be really interested in her. However, while they are not together by the movie, their relationship has vastly improved, and she tells Anaru that she plans on making a move on Yukiatsu soon.
  • Important Haircut: She cuts her hair short in Episode 10 following her coming to terms with her unrequited feelings.
  • Love Martyr: Is well-aware of Yukiatsu's deep-rooted issues but sticks by him in spite of it.
  • Meganekko
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Looks down on the more immature behavior of her friends, especially Yukiatsu's treatment of Jintan due to his jealousy over Menma. However, she tends to act just as cold and critical towards Anaru, out of her own jealousy.
    • Also, despite her promise not to spread it round, she reveals Yukiatsu's penchant for crossdressing to a few of his would-be suitors out of jealousy, after having seen him ask Anaru out a couple of times.
  • Only Sane Woman: Looks at things practically when it comes to the gang's antics (a trait that goes back since childhood) and is a definite one in Episode 10 when she is the only one (other than Jintan) who is bothered and openly protests when everyone else puts Jintan on the spotlight and goads him to confess his feelings for Menma.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Very patient, considering she recognized herself as the last in line for Yukiatsu's feelings after Menma and Anaru.
  • The Quiet One: The least talkative of her friends.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Anaru's red.
  • Sarcastic Confession: "His (Yukiatsu's) hobby is crossdressing."
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Yukiatsu. Despite making sarcastic quips at his actions, she always follows him.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Near the end she confessed that she was hoping that Jintan and Anaru would get together once Menma passed on to Heaven. This is because she wanted to be Ship Mates with Yukiatsu.
  • The Smart Girl
  • The Stoic: She's the least emotive among the group.
  • Stoic Spectacles: The only one of her friends to wear glasses and is also The Stoic among them.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's serious, aloof and snarky, but she still cares about her old friends in her own way, especially Yukiatsu.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Third-Option Love Interest: To Yukiatsu. She is at best an 'option c' from his perspective, and Tsuruko is painfully aware of it.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Yukiatsu.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yukiatsu. She later also becomes sort of this with Anaru.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair.

    Tetsudou "Poppo" Hisakawa 
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Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (child) and Takayuki Kondo (teenager) (Japanese), Abby Trott (child) and Kaiji Tang (teenager) (English)

An awkward child who idolized Jintan for his "coolness" and joined the Super Peace Busters. After Menma's death he began traveling the world, funding it with his part-time jobs, and stays in their old hut when not abroad.


  • Adorkable: Mostly as a kid; now he's more Big Fun.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Poppo has the darkest skin tone of his friends, but given how his skin was light as a child and the fact he traveled the world, his darkened skin tone may be a result from said travels.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Poppo admits he always grateful to the Super Peace Club because even though he was an awkward child they befriended him.
  • Big Beautiful Man: He's a huge, buff young man and also quite the hunk.
  • Big Fun: He's the most muscular of his friends and is also the most fun-loving.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Poppo has the thickest eyebrows of his friends.
  • Blush Sticker: Had one when he was a child.
  • Brain Bleach: Definitely not played for laughs, as his frequent world travels stem from his deep-seated urge to forget memories of witnessing Menma's death.
  • Celibate Hero: While his friends are primarily preoccupied with their problem love lives, Poppo is the only one who has not mentioned such things.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "All kinds of man juices", indeed.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine — The most fun-loving out of all the Super Peace Busters.
  • Guilt Complex: Which is why he participates in Anaru's and Yukiatsu's reenactment of the day Menma died.
  • The Heart: He's often the first to try to defuse a tense situation between his old friends.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Even when he was befriended by Jintan and the others, all he could do was "nothing but watch".
  • Hidden Depths: Admits to Jintan that he used to act stupid in class just to get noticed.
  • Hunk: A muscular, Big Beautiful Man.
  • I Got Bigger: Jintan even lampshades how Poppo, who was the runt back in their time as kids, became the tallest of them now.
  • Keet: Even as a young adult, Poppo is quite lively.
  • Manchild: Despite being the same age as his friends, he tends to do and say the most childish things.
  • Minor Living Alone: There is hardly any mention of his parents, he's a teenager like his friends, and he lives in their old secret base.
  • My Greatest Failure: He saw Menma drowning, but could do nothing but watch her soon-to-be lifeless body slip away. This factors very much into his desire to see Menma's wish fulfilled, or else he thought Menma may not forgive him.
  • Nice Guy: He's the sweetest and most thoughtful of his friends.
  • Odd Name Out: Unlike his friends, his nickname doesn't come from a combination of his first and last name.
  • Sad Clown: Tends to act as the comic relief, but it quickly becomes apparent that he's putting up a front.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Walking the Earth: Spends his part-time job money by traveling. Turns out this was his way of forgetting bitter memories of seeing Menma drown and being unable to save her.
  • Where It All Began: When not abroad, he resides in the gang's old hut.
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    Atsushi Yadomi 
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Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Jintan's father, who is very understanding of what his son sets out to do.


    Touko Yadomi 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Laura Post (English)

Jintan's deceased mother, who appears to have a great connection to the story in the present time.


    Manabu Honma 
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Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English)

Menma's father and a businessman.


  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he first comes off as a harsh and scary person, Manabu is only trying to help his traumatized wife move on from Menma's death and promises that she, him, and Satoshi can grieve together as a family.
  • Megane: Of the serious type.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter, Menma, died when she was a child.
  • Pet the Dog: He allows Menma's friends to create the rocket in honor of his daughter.

    Irene Honma 
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Voiced by: Fuyuka Oura (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

Menma's mother, a lady who is actually from Russia.


  • Adaptational Dye Job: She has blonde hair in the anime and dark hair in the live action drama.
  • Excessive Mourning: It's implied that Irene, in her grief for the loss of Meiko, somewhat neglected Satoshi afterwards. It's implied that Irene's pain creates a block on Menma's ghostly capacity to directly leave messages to her family.
  • Hikikomori: According to Satoshi, Irene refuses to leave the house or see other people.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Justified. She married a Japanese man and took his last name.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her daughter, Meiko, died when she was a child.
  • Stepford Smiler: While she is genuinely friendly, Irene resents the rest of the Super Peace Busters for being able to grow up and leave Meiko behind. The movie shows that she got better, and no longer resents the Super Peace Busters. She even suggests Satoshi to invite them to visit their home.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: An adult Menma would almost surely look a lot like Irene. Plus even when Satoshi resembles Manabu a bit more, he still has Irene's hair and eye colors.
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    Satoshi Honma 
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Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Japanese), Marianne Miller (English)

Menma's little brother.


    Mama Anjou 
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Voiced by: Kimiko Saito (Japanese)

Anaru's mother, who enjoys teasing her in front of her friends, but can be quite a harsh disciplinarian, according to Anaru.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is genuinely caring towards Jintan and Poppo when they visit her house, and implies that she missed seeing them when she remarked that it had been a long time since they last visited. However, she apparently chews Anaru out so much over the false rumors that Anaru decides to run away to the secret base.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Brown hair and eyes.
  • Good Parents: Although she treats her daughter pretty calmly and won't let herself get impressed by her attitude, she shares a close relationship with Naruko. Nevertheless there sure is nothing Naruko is more afraid of than to attract the anger of her mother, because despite the freedom she allows herself to take, her mother knows, unlike Jinta's father, strict limits of what her child is allowed to do and what not.

    Aki and Haruna 
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Haruna (left) and Aki (right).
Voiced by: Yui Makino (Aki) and Kaoru Mizuhara (Haruna) (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (Aki) and Cherami Leigh (Haruna) (English)

Anaru's so-called "friends," who could... be better people on the whole.


  • Alpha Bitches: Seem to be turning to lovable ones by the end, though.
  • The Cameo: They make a brief cameo in The Anthem of the Heart.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Haruna has brown hair and eyes.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • They don't act malicious or nasty to Anaru when rumors start to spread about her.
    • In the last episode, they try to protect her from Jintan when they think he is being a pervert towards her.
  • Poisonous Friend: Both of them.
  • Those Two Girls: They are always seen around Anaru.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Aki and Haruna belittle Jintan before Anaru and threaten her with ending their friendship to keep her in check, and once got her into serious trouble during trip to a karaoke bar with a couple of older men. Though the ending seems to suggest they're getting better, protectively guarding Anaru from Jintan. It looks like they really are looking out for her best interests.

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