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     Yuu Koito 
Voiced by: Yuki Takada (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
The protagonist of the story, Yuu has always expected romance to be an overwhelming sensation of butterflies and fluffy feelings, but finds herself unable to experience such. However, when she sees Touko gracefully turn down someone and also does not experience romantic feelings, she finds herself involved in an ambiguous one-sided relationship with her senpai.
In the School Play, Yuu plays the nurse who takes care of the main character.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Does this to Touko in Chapter 34, knowing that the status quo can't go on. After Touko apologizes, Yuu runs away.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Sayaka says that it was "selfish" for Yuu to want to change the script because of her desire for Touko to change, Yuu asks, "Then... why did you support the new script?" Sayaka is forced to admit that she had the same wish that Yuu did, but was too scared to actually take the lead.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Does this to Touko in Chapter 28, combined with You Are Better Than You Think You Are, to convince Touko that everyone she knows likes her as a person, rather than just an imitation of her sister.
    Touko: What everyone thinks is me is really just me acting like my sister.
    Yuu: But you are the one who's worked so hard to be like her, senpai!
  • Asexuality: Yuu is initially convinced that she's asexual, having never had strong feelings for anyone. However, Yuu does end up reciprocating Touko's feelings, and it's implied that the reason Yuu felt she couldn't develop feelings for anyone is because of her unrealistic romantic expectations.
  • Book Dumb: It's implied that Yuu isn't especially good at school, as she struggles with math and her first choice for a Tanabata wish(though probably not her actual wish) is to get an average grade on the math test.
  • Brutal Honesty: A trait that really appeals to Touko. Yuu often says what is on her mind and isn't afraid of confronting people she has an issue with.
  • The Caretaker: Though she'll deny it, Yuu is actually a doting and caring individual who will help others because she can't bring herself to leave someone in trouble or in distress alone.
    • Interestingly enough, this is also treated as a character flaw. Because Yuu often just goes with whatever needs to be done to make someone feel better, she has a hard time deciding what she wants for herself and usually ends up doing tasks that she's not particularly thrilled to do. For this reason, her old friend Natsuki chose not to ask Yuu to apply to the same high school and play on the softball team together, since while Natsuki had hoped Yuu would join her, she didn't want Yuu to feel as though she had to.
  • Compliment Backfire: Played for Laughs. In an extra chapter, she gets annoyed when Touko points out her height (Touko finds Yuu cute), and when her former kouhai defend her in an unintentionally backhanded manner by saying that she's "cool" even if she's short.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yuu can often be fairly snarky, especially with her sister.
    Rei: I left (my phone charger) at the university.
    Yuu: Yeah, sure. You mean you left it at Hiro-kun's, right?
  • The Ditherer: She's said to be this according to her sister and her old friends, the latter of whom note that she took a long time to decide on a club near the start of the story. She's possibly an Emphatic Fence-Sitter considering her willingness to go along with what other people want.
    Rei: That kid's fine once she puts her mind to something, but when it comes to decisions, she gets so wishy-washy. (thinks) It'd be good if she could find someone to pull her forward.
  • Establishing Character Moment: At the start of the story, it's revealed that Yuu hasn't responded to a boy's Love Confession in two months, since while she doesn't dislike him, she doesn't feel anything special about him. She also has yet to choose a club, having previously played softball because a friend invited her, at which point her teacher suggests that she join the student council. All this establishes Yuu as fairly indecisive, but willing to help her friends, as well as someone who has yet to feel true love.
  • Fatal Flaw: Because she Thinks Like a Romance Novel, she ends up having unrealistic expectations of love, thus causing her to have difficulty recognizing her feelings for Touko. This includes how she feels about Touko's apparent "rejection," as because Yuu didn't break down in tears like Akari did, she wonders if she ever loved Touko.
  • First-Name Basis: Not only does Yuu call her closest friends- Akari, Koyomi and Natsuki- by their first names without honorifics, but she also forgoes Japanese Sibling Terminology on her sister, and calls her "Rei-chan". She also considers taking Touko up on her offer to call her by her first name, but decides against it, although she's perfectly fine with Touko calling her by her first name. After they start going out, Yuu starts calling Touko "Touko-senpai", noting that it's a bit too soon for her to drop the honorific.
  • Foil: To Sayaka. Both are close to Touko, but she appreciates them for different reasons- Sayaka for letting her act "special" despite knowing of her vulnerabilities, and Yuu for letting her drop her façade. Sayaka loves Touko, while Yuu is the subject of Touko's initially unrequited love.
  • Gamer Chick: Yuu is occasionally shown playing video games, such as at the start of summer vacation, and has a video game collection in her room.
  • Gayngst: Downplayed. While Yuu's convinced that she can't fall in love with anyone, she's a bit uncomfortable with her father joking that he'd have to put his foot down if Touko turned out to be her girlfriend, and is worried about Touko's reputation being ruined if people found out she'd kissed Yuu.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Downplayed. Yuu is a caring and kind person, but her Brutal Honesty and practicality sometimes throws people off.
  • Got Volunteered: When Yuu's homeroom teacher overhears that she still hasn't committed to a club, he suggests that she join the student council, more or less taking her asking for a trial run as a "yes." That said, it isn't long before Yuu willingly joins.
  • Height Angst: Yuu is tied with Koyomi as the shortest member of the cast—something that bothers her when pointed out. She's even shorter than two of her old kouhai from middle school. One omake even depicts her drinking milk straight from the carton, presumably hoping to get taller.
  • Irony: There have been several small hints that Yuu has in-fact fallen for Touko, but because she Thinks Like a Romance Novel, she is expecting some sort of large overwhelming emotional response instead of the more subdued feelings she does have of just being happier around Touko.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Nice Girl: Yuu sits somewhere between the two. She can be brutally honest and snarky when she feels like it, but she's also a kind person and a supportive friend.
  • Love Epiphany: She hasn't quite had one, but she comes close in Chapter 22, when she she stops just short of admitting that she's fallen in love with Touko, pondering how disturbed she is that Touko, who hates herself, hates something Yuu loves. Another one occurs after the Student Council play when Yuu realizes that in helping Touko become more open she has removed herself as the "special" person that she only opens up to. Finally, in Chapter 39, Maki helps Yuu realize that she loves Touko
  • Master of the Mixed Message: While she isn't interested in Touko, she doesn't really do anything to dissuade her feelings either. Touko eventually lampshades this.
  • No Sparks: Yuu's problem with romance in general.
  • Odd Name Out: She's the only one of her group of friends who doesn't have an I at the end of her name.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • After she learns that Maki saw her and Touko kissing, Yuu briefly panics and worries that he'll tell everyone, as well as the consequences of what will happen if people learn. Thankfully, though, Maki doesn't hesitate to keep it secret.
    • She considers putting the charm Touko bought her on her cell phone strap or bag, but wonders what people will think if they see Touko doing the same. She isn't too concerned at first, but the idea of Sayaka seeing it and asking her about it makes Yuu immediately reconsider, with a "Yikes!" aside.
  • The Reliable One: Natsuki considers Yuu to be this for their middle school softball team, since Yuu was dedicated but levelheaded.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Subverted. When Touko kisses her on impulse in Chapter 2, Yuu doesn't make a huge fuss out of it, but she does express confusion over it.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Another one of her problems with romance. Yuu expects love to be some kind of overwhelming feeling that will blow her away, which is why she is oblivious to the more subtle hints and cues that she's falling in love with Touko. After assuming that Touko refused her confession, Yuu wonders if the fact that she didn't break down and cry like Akari had means that Yuu didn't truly love Touko.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While most of the cast have relatively realistic hair colors, Yuu has pink hair.

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     Touko Nanami 
Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

The co-protagonist, Touko is the school's Ace and has been confessed to several times since freshman year. Initially, she claims that she does not feel anything romantic towards anyone, but she quickly declares her feelings for Yuu and falls in love with her.

In the School Play, Touko plays the protagonist, an amnesiac girl trying to find which of the three different perspectives on her is the "real" one.
  • Academic Athlete: She's one of the top students in the school, and one of the better athletes, enough so that the Student Council team does almost as well as the basketball team in the club relay race.
  • Berserk Button: A relatively understated one considering that Touko is generally in control of her emotions, but discouraging her from trying to follow in her sister's footsteps is a bit of a sore spot for Touko. When her father tries to suggest that Touko doesn't need to push herself so hard, Touko gets upset, leaves the dinner table and isn't able to concentrate on her homework until a talk with Yuu.
  • Be Yourself: A variation. Touko starts out trying to "become" her sister, but with Yuu's help, gradually learns how to accept herself.
  • Big Sister Worship: She looked up to her older sister Mio when she was young, and desperately wanted to "become" Mio after Mio died. This is part of the reason why she takes it so hard when Ichigaya tells her Mio's less admirable qualities.
  • Blunt "Yes": When Sayaka, having just been rejected by Touko, asks if Touko loves Yuu instead, Touko says yes.
  • Broken Ace: While she's beautiful, top of her class, and a skilled athlete, Yuu discovers early on that she's actually quite shy and insecure behind her facade of confidence. It's also later revealed that she pushes herself to be perfect to honor her late sister and has come to depend on the praise she gets from people by doing that. Part of her attraction to Yuu is that she feels like she can drop the act around her.
  • Broken Pedestal: An old classmate of her sister later tells her that Mio was not like the perfect girl everyone thought she was, including Touko. This causes Touko to have a sort of existential crisis because she spent her whole life trying to be like the sister she thought Mio was.
  • Compliment Backfire: In addition to telling Touko what was mentioned under Broken Pedestal, Ichigaya also says that Touko is a better Student Council President than her sister, since he believes Touko is truly the kind of person Mio pretended to be, and declares they're nothing alike. Not only is Touko disturbed by the idea that her sister is different than she imagined, but she also knows that means both she and Mio are putting on an act.
  • Crush Blush: She can seldom look at Yuu without blushing.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Touko due to Yuu not feeling the same way. Subverted in Chapter 10 when Touko hopes that Yuu won't fall for her since she believes that "love is a shackle".
  • Even the Girls Want Her: It's indicated that Touko has gotten confessions from girls before, and she notes that they tend to take rejection harder than the boys. Sayaka(who's a lesbian) also loves Touko, and Yuu has apparently developed feelings for her.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her graceful rejection of a suitor in the first chapter leaves quite an impression on Yuu, and goes to show the kind of person Touko tries to be.
  • First-Name Basis: Most of Touko's friends call her by her first name, and she does the same for Sayaka. In the early series, she initially alternates between calling Yuu by her first name when she's playful and using "Koito-san" in relatively serious moments, she asks permission to call Yuu by her first name all the time, and Yuu accepts. Shortly afterward, she casually blows Doujima off when Doujima tries to get her to call him by his first name.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • Innocently Insensitive: Touko eventually realizes that, by insisting that Yuu not fall in love with her, she forced Yuu to keep her burgeoning feelings for Touko secret.
  • Instant Expert: Nara-sensei is surprised that Touko did so well in the play without any prior experience.
  • Love Martyr: An interesting variation. Touko definitely has feelings for Yuu, but she tells Yuu not to fall in love with her and is perfectly fine with the ambiguous status of their relationship. This is out of her own self-loathing and self-esteem issues, where Touko believes that she is undeserving of love, but is still more than willing to give it. Yuu eventually realizes just how unfair and unhealthy this is.
  • Master Actor: She's easily the most skilled member of the play's cast, and ends up being scouted for the theater troupe after the play.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Yuu's Anguished Declaration of Love, Touko realizes that her insistence on not being loved has forced Yuu to keep her feelings to herself, and she's ashamed of how much she's hurt Yuu.
  • Nice Girl: For all her issues, Touko is a genuinely good-hearted individual who's pleasant to be around. Yuu's first impression of her is, among other things, a "nice" person for her tactful and polite rejection of her suitor.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: She's a natural when it comes to the School Play, and is probably the best of the amateur actors in the student council, but she's the least experienced member of the theater troupe. She's actually glad to be a relative newbie, since it means people won't put her on a pedestal.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Averted with Sayaka. She admits that she did actually know about Sayaka's feelings for her even before Sayaka confesses, but admits that she chose not to acknowledge them because Sayaka didn't say them out loud. In Chapter 37, Touko tries to pre-emptively reject Sayaka's confession, assuming that she's simply Loving a Shadow, but Sayaka proves otherwise.
    • Played straight with Yuu, since Touko never imagined that Yuu was in love with her until Yuu confessed in Chapter 34. Granted, Yuu herself didn't think that she was in love with Touko.
  • Parents as People: Her parents seem to care for her, but it's indicated that they were among the many adults who unwittingly put pressure on her to emulate her sister. Her father seems ambivalent about Touko's efforts to put on the play, thinking she doesn't need to do it, but ends up hitting a sore spot and causing her to leave the table when he brings it up. After the play ends, they realize that they've "said too little for too long."
  • Poor Communication Kills: Played for Drama. Her apology to Yuu wasn't meant to be a rejection of her crush, but Yuu seems to see it as such. Since Touko can't answer Yuu's feelings, Touko can't bring herself to correct Yuu's misconception, thus preventing the two from getting back onto speaking terms.
  • Shrinking Violet: Touko says that in the past, she was a timid girl who had very few friends.
  • Spirited Competitor: She's very driven to see the student council win the club relay race despite the fact that their rivals include the school's sports teams, much to Yuu and Sayaka's chagrin.
  • Stepford Smiler: She appears outwardly cheerful, hiding severe self-loathing issues. Even after making some progress in that regard, she hasn't told anyone else about Yuu's Anguished Declaration of Love or how painful their avoiding each other has been on her.
  • Survivor Guilt: Heavily implied to be suffering from this. A dream reveals that shortly before her sister died, Touko played rock-paper-scissors with her to determine who would throw out some trash for their mother. Touko won, and her sister never came back from taking out the garbage.
  • Through His Stomach: She asks for Rei's cheesecake recipe, clearly wanting to make it for Yuu.
  • Troll: Subverted. In one interlude, Yuu assumes that Touko chose to come all the way to her family's bookstore to buy a romance novel with an eventual lesbian relationship and explicit sexual content to see her reaction. Touko apologizes and says she only wanted to buy something while Yuu was working the register, and didn't even know about what kind of book it was.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Does this with Yuu in Chapter 13, and apparently did this for her sister in the past.

     Sayaka Saeki 
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Shanae'a Moore (English)

Touko's best friend and the vice president of the student council. Has had a girlfriend before and is in unrequited love with Touko.

In the School Play, Sayaka plays the main character's girlfriend.
  • Academic Athlete: Like Touko, Sayaka excels at school and sports.
  • Alliterative Name: Sayaka Saeki.
  • Always Someone Better: Touko is this to Sayaka, having always been one step ahead of her in most pursuits. Rather than inspire jealousy in Sayaka, this caused her to fall in love with Touko. In Chapter 42, Sayaka manages to surpass Touko in the second semester finals, taking first place while Touko takes second.
  • Brutal Honesty: Zig-zagged. While Sayaka often bottles up her feelings and lets many thoughts go unspoken, she can be quite blunt when she chooses to express what's on her mind.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Sayaka occasionally struggles with this. After Yuu explains her reasons for having Koyomi rewrite the play's ending, Sayaka notes to herself that she also wants Touko to change, but couldn't bring herself to say it.
  • The Confidant: Before Yuu, Sayaka was Touko's go-to person for advice. Currently, this has somewhat dimmed down, but she's still Touko's best friend.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She has a three volume Light Novel series. The first volume covers Sayaka's early life and meeting Touko. The second volume follows the manga but tells the story from Sayaka's point of view. The third volume is a Distant Finale and with Sayaka finding love in College.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: When Sayaka talks with Yuu about Yuu keeping Koyomi's skill as a writer secret from the student council, Sayaka asks Yuu if she honestly thought Sayaka, as Touko's best friend, wouldn't be able to see through the façade Touko puts up.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: She, one of two holdovers from the previous Student Council, is unimpressed with Doujima's attitude toward student council work, and is somewhat jealous of Yuu's closeness with Touko (although they do develop an understanding later). That said, she doesn't seem to have any problems with Maki.
  • Gayngst: Downplayed. Sayaka accepts that she likes girls, but that doesn't stop her from getting frustrated at how it's caused her some problems. For example, when her ex comes over and apologizes for "making her like girls," Sayaka understandably takes offense at her sexuality being taken as something negative.
  • Graceful Loser: She takes being rejected by Touko surprisingly well.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is one of the first people to pick up Yuu and Touko's closeness and suspects that they are in a pseudo-relationship. She doesn't take this well, but otherwise remains civil about it.
  • Hope Spot: While her love for Touko remains unrequited, Touko changing after the play seems to convince Sayaka that she quite possibly has a shot at Touko now. She confesses and is rejected, but takes it fairly well.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When she sees Yuu has Touko's charm on her bag, Sayaka, after a short preamble, simply says, "Be good to her."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sayaka can be fairly snide and irritable, but nevertheless is a good person at heart and a true friend to Touko.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She has cats at her house. One illustration between chapters has Touko trying to get one to play with her.
  • Last-Name Basis: She refers to virtually everyone besides Touko and their friends Midori and Manaka by their last names, with appropriate honorifics.
  • Love at First Sight: She was attracted to Touko almost immediately after meeting her.
  • Love Confession: In Chapter 37, she confesses to Touko.
  • Loving a Shadow: Averted. She says that she was initially in love with "perfect Touko," but found she continued to love Touko even after learning of her weaknesses.
  • The Ojou: Played with. She apparently went to "a school for rich girls," but denies that this is the case, and enjoys things that ordinary girls would, such as fast food and karaoke.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: With her old senpai, who broke up with Sayaka because the older girl thought they were outgrowing the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship phase.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows about Riko and Miyako being in a relationship. Riko's willing to discuss it with Sayaka if they're alone, but doesn't want Miyako to find out that she told anyone.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She knows about Touko's secret vulnerability, but Touko doesn't initially know. After Ichigaya tells Touko about her sister, Sayaka does start openly talking with Touko about her sister, though, and openly admits that she's always known the truth about Touko during her Love Confession.
  • Stealth Insult: After meeting up with her old senpai again, her senpai apologizes for making Sayaka a lesbian, and expresses the hope that Sayaka's gotten over it. Sayaka responds as follows before leaving arm-in-arm with Touko- the subtext that Sayaka's still a lesbian, even if she no longer loves her senpai apparently goes over the older girl's head.
    Sayaka: "No need to worry about me. As of now, I don't know how I ever had feelings for you. Still, I suppose I'm grateful to you- in a way."
  • Tritagonist: The third main focus character apart from Touko and Yuu.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Yuu, unsure of whether reviving the tradition of putting on a play will be good for Touko, initially lies and says she doesn't know anyone who can write a play- in fact, she knows Koyomi's a good writer. When Sayaka finds out, she calls Yuu out, accusing her of not respecting Touko's desires.
    Sayaka: She puts on a strong, confident act... but deep down, she's struggling to bear the pressure. You've seen it, haven't you? But this is what Touko wants. Becoming student council president... the play... she's resolved to do all these things. And yet you would deny her wishes... and try to stop her?

    Koyomi Kanou 
Voiced by: Konomi Kohara (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

A long-time friend of Yuu's, as well as the one who wrote the School Play.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 25 focuses on Koyomi and makes her the POV character, something that usually doesn't happen for anyone besides Yuu, Touko or Sayaka.
  • Alliterative Name: Koyomi Kanou
  • Asleep in Class: She sometimes sleeps in class, albeit rarely, when she's so busy writing that she ends up losing sleep. One time, when the teacher catches her, he tells her that what she slept through will be on the test.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has black hair and is probably the most academically proficient of the first-year characters.
  • Broken Pedestal: Subverted. Despite being shocked to find out that her favorite author is actually female, Koyomi continues to admire said author,
  • Little Miss Snarker: She's just as short as Yuu, and is equally snarky.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She doesn't wear the ribbon with her uniform, since she dislikes "cute" things. It's also indicated that she'd rather not wear the jumper, but doesn't have any choice.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Downplayed. Koyomi wears her school uniform to the training camp, even though she's not required to, and the other participants are wearing casual clothing.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The scanlations and localization of the manga use "Kanou," while the anime subs use "Kano."
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She prefers wearing pants instead of skirts and doesn't like "cute" things, but she also enjoys collecting stuffed animals.

     Akari Hyuga 
Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki (Japanese), Amber Lee Connors (English)

Another friend of Yuu and Koyomi's, and a basketball player.


  • Book Dumb: Her grades are bad enough that she's in danger of being given supplementary lessons.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She's not too put out by her crush saying that he wants to focus on basketball after she confesses to him. She takes it fairly hard when he learns that he'd been dating the team captain for a year, before she'd even confessed, and didn't tell her.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She's the tallest of the main cast, and is apparently still growing.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: While the girls' uniform's bolero jacket is optional during the spring, Yuu notes that Akari is the only person she knows of who doesn't wear it.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She enjoys playing basketball, and is the "jock" of the main trio.
  • Together Umbrella: She does this with Oogaki once, in the same chapter in which Touko does it with Yuu.

    Natsuki Sonomura 
Voiced by: Mariko Higashiuchi (Japanese), Margaret McDonald (English)

Yuu, Akari and Koyomi's mutual friend, who ended up going to another high school.


  • Cannot Spit It Out: During summer vacation, Natsuki admits that she'd wanted Yuu to come to her high school and play with her on the softball team, but didn't ask her to, since Natsuki didn't want Yuu to feel like she had to. Even after admitting this, Natsuki can't bring herself to say that a part of her wishes Yuu could have gotten emotional about softball, rather than Touko.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Like Akari, she's into sports, but Natsuki's sport is softball, not basketball.
  • Shipper on Deck: She teases Yuu a little about her interest in Touko, noting that this is the first time someone's been able to make her get "fed up," something Natsuki considers a positive change.
  • Tomboy: A tall and somewhat boyish girl who has short hair and loves sports.

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    Suguru Doujima 
Voiced by: Sho Nagami (Japanese), Greg Cote (English)

A first-year and a member of the student council.

In the play, he plays the main character's schoolmate.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His flippantly saying that he decided to join the student council because he "sucked" at kendo and thought it would look good on his transcript is proof that he's not exactly mature. That said, the subsequent revelation that the previous president (who tended to slack off and give work to his subordinates) found him useful does suggest that Doujima's reliable in a pinch.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Most of his colleagues find him fairly annoying. That said, he's an example of Necessity, since he came highly recommended by the previous Student Council President, admittedly because Touko's predecessor tended to delegate tasks to subordinates.
  • Hidden Depths: While he doesn't seem like the type who takes anything seriously, he was absolutely furious at how Akari's crush treated her, and even was about to go off and confront him.
  • Megane: He wears glasses.
  • Nice Guy: As mentioned under Hidden Depths, Doujima is a good person at heart.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: As mentioned under Hidden Depths, his reaction to how Akari's crush treated her was highly uncharacteristic of him.
  • Ship Tease: When Yuu and Maki notice that he's hanging out with Akari (whom he comforted after she learned that her senpai had already been taken), they wonder if he and Akari are in love with each other.

    Seiji Maki 
Voiced by: Taichi Ichikawa (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)

Another first-year who works on the student council.

In the play, he plays the main character's younger brother.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Koyomi tells him about finding out that her favorite author is actually a woman, he asks if she's "disappointed," and then if she's "broken-hearted." Koyomi's taken aback by the latter, and sets out to prove that her admiration for the author is more than a childish crush.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: In Chapter 39, he bluntly tells Yuu that she's different from him, since unlike him, she can fall love.
  • Asexuality: He has no interest in romance whatsoever,
  • Audience Surrogate: As a Shipper on Deck who enjoys watching others' romances rather than getting into one himself, he can be seen as one for the viewers who want Touko and Yuu to get together.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After admitting to seeing Yuu and Touko kissing, he readily agrees to keep it secret, simply asking if Touko's love for Yuu is as one-sided as Yuu thinks.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's only ever referred to by his last name. While Doujima casually mentions that his first name is Suguru at one point, Maki's first name is never mentioned in the story.
  • Not So Similar: While he and Yuu bond over not feeling love, he privately disagrees with her claim that they have that in common, and later tells her this in Chapter 39.
    Maki: (thinking) I don't think we're as alike as she thinks. That face she made before... that's not a face that someone who isn't lonely would make.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He has three sisters- two older and one younger- and doesn't seem to have any brothers.
  • Secret Keeper: After witnessing Yuu and Touko kissing, he keeps it secret on Yuu's request.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he doesn't feel any interest in falling in love himself, he takes a great interest in others' relationships, likening it to watching a stage play.
  • Static Character: Maki doesn't change much over the course of the story, since he's content being a spectator when it comes to romance, and nothing happens to challenge that belief.

    Serizawa 
Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro (Japanese), Chaney Moore (English)
Captain of the basketball team.

  • Friendly Rival: To Touko, who's especially driven to defeat Serizawa and her team in the relay race.
  • Secret Relationship: She's going out with Oogaki, but they don't tell anyone in order to avoid any awkwardness among the team. She reluctantly admits it to Akari when asked directly about it (Serizawa had begged to swap shifts with Akari in order to be with Ogaki).

     Riko Hakozaki 
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Patricia Duran (English)

Yuu and the other first-years' literature teacher, as well as advisor for the drama club. She also is in a theater group with Ichigaya.


  • A Day in the Limelight: She and Miyako get some extra chapters focusing on their relationship.
  • Gayngst: She's somewhat worried about what people, including her friends, will think about her relationship with Riko, which is part of the reason why she wants to keep it secret.
  • Hidden Depths: While she initially seems like a highly serious and professional teacher, she's more easily flustered and vulnerable off the job.
  • If It's You, It's Okay/Bi the Way: Despite saying that she doesn't have much of an interest in women, she's in a relationship with Miyako, and previously had a relationship with a guy that ended badly, so it's unclear which of these tropes applies.
  • Mistaken for Romance: The student council assumes that Ichigaya's her boyfriend. Not only is Riko in a relationship with Miyako, but Ichigaya claims to have a girlfriend.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite generally being serious and professional at work, she's a good deal more easily flustered and emotional when off the job.
  • One Degree of Separation: She's Yuu and her friends' literature teacher, advisor for the student council, a member of the theatre troupe and Miyako's girlfriend, meaning that she's directly connected to virtually all the cast except for the Koito and Nanami families.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In Special 6, after a bad breakup and a few drinks.
    "Why! Would my ex! Have to be at that group date!?"
  • Second Love: Miyako, whom Riko met after having a bad breakup with her boyfriend at the time.
  • Secret Relationship: With Miyako. Miyako admits to her relationship when talking to Sayaka, on the condition that Sayaka not tell Riko.
  • Stern Teacher: She's serious and no-nonsense, insists on formal address between teachers and students, and often takes the opportunity to remind students to keep up with their studies.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: She insists on being called Hakozaki-sensei, rather than Riko-sensei.

    Miyako Kodama 
Voiced by: Nanako Mori (Japanese), Samantha Stevens (English)

Manager of a small local café.


  • Above the Influence: During their college days, when Riko sleeps off a night of heavy drinking, Miyako sleeps on the floor while letting Riko have her bed, not trusting herself not to make a move on Riko.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Most people besides her long-time friend and girlfriend Riko call her "Manager," although in Chapter 36, Sayaka calls her "Kodama-san."
  • First-Name Basis: She's one of the few people who calls Riko by her given name. This, along with other gestures of familiarity (such as greeting Riko with "Welcome back") helps Sayaka figure out that Miyako and Riko are going out.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite seeming laidback and carefree, she wants to make her café more successful, so that she can not only support herself, but also Riko, if the latter ever wants to quit teaching.
  • Mentor in Queerness: Being a lesbian herself, Miyako gives advice to Sayaka, who realized her liking girls was not just a phase after meeting with Touko. It's partly thanks to their conversations that Sayaka eventually finds the courage to confess her feelings to Touko.
  • Nice Girl: She's a good listener who's willing to lend an ear to anyone who has something on their mind, as Riko and Sayaka can attest to.
  • Secret Keeper: She's one of the few people Sayaka has told about being in love with Touko, and perhaps the only person who knows about Sayaka's prior relationship with her senpai.
  • Secret Relationship: With Riko. She does readily admit it when Sayaka asks about it, but asks that she keep it secret from Riko.

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     Mio Nanami 

Touko's deceased older sister.


  • The Ace: She had this reputation while she was alive, one that Touko struggles to live up to.
  • Broken Pedestal: She becomes this to her sister, when it's revealed that she wasn't the ideal Student Council President everyone thought she was.
  • Celibate Hero: According to Touko, Mio had no interest in romance, which is why Touko believes that being able to love someone is proof that Touko's being herself.
  • Cool Big Sis: Touko looked up to Mio and was quite close to her while she was alive. When Touko protests that the Mio she knew wasn't at all like the one Ichigaya knew, Ichigaya suggests that Mio was probably trying to look cool in front of her little sister.
  • Feet of Clay: She was apparently a bit of a slacker at heart. Touko apparently never noticed this despite being Mio's sister, but Ichigaya was well aware of this facet of Mio's character.
  • Foil: To Rei Koito. While Yuu finds Rei a bit annoying, even if she loves her, Touko looked up to Mio. Rei has a boyfriend while Mio apparently never showed any interest in romance.
  • Hidden Depths: According to Ichigaya, she wasn't as perfect as she seemed, and was actually a bit lazy. Touko's quite troubled, and wonders what she would learn about Mio if she asked someone else who knew her as well as Ichigaya did.
  • Hidden Eyes: Her face is almost never shown clearly, and she sports these eyes in Touko's dream sequence.
  • Posthumous Character: She died seven years ago, and everything we learn about her comes from others' perspectives on her.
  • The Slacker: Ichigaya claims that she left most of the work to the other student council officers, while taking on only the duties she enjoyed. He also claims that she even made them do her homework for her.
  • Student Council President: Touko's predecessor in this position from seven years ago.
  • Warts and All: Despite knowing that Mio wasn't an ideal Student Council President, Ichigaya still remembers her fondly.

     Rei Koito 
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese), Marissa Lenti (English)

Yuu's older sister, as well as a university student. She has a boyfriend.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The bonus chapter, "Her Sister's Perspective" focuses on Rei during Chapter 9. Chapter 34 also is from Rei's POV.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. She often gets on Yuu's nerves, although there's never anything malicious about it.
  • Cool Big Sis: While she does often get on Yuu's nerves, she's also a caring older sister, and it's clear that the Koito sisters love each other dearly.
  • Friends with Benefits: Rei mentally notes that she and Hiro had sex before they were officially going out, but doesn't want to tell anyone this.
  • Love Confession: While it wasn't shown on-screen, she was the one who confessed to Hiro, hoping "to take the ambiguity out of the relationship."
  • Not a Morning Person: She's not one for waking up early, at least not during the summer. When Yuu's mother chides Yuu for lazing around during summer vacation, Yuu counters that she isn't as bad as Rei.
  • Shipper on Deck: She notices that Yuu and Touko are close, and approves of it. When Touko asks Rei for her cheesecake recipe, Rei sends her it, as well as a photo of Yuu sleeping. After Yuu asks Rei about how her relationship with Hiro started, Rei suspects that Yuu's curious because she has a romantic interest in Touko.

     Tomoyuki Ichigaya 
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)

A fellow member of Riko's theater group who once worked on the student council under Touko's sister.


  • Beleaguered Assistant: He and the other student council members apparently did all the work for Mio, sometimes even doing her summer homework for her. He's a bit annoyed by this, but remembers Mio fondly.
  • Compliment Backfire: He's genuinely impressed with Touko's work ethic and skill at her job, but saying that she's nothing like her sister isn't fully well-received, since it forces Touko to question what kind of person her sister really was, and realize that she and Mio were both putting up an act.
  • In-Series Nickname: His old teacher calls him "Yuki-kun," and apparently, so did Touko's sister. While Touko generally calls him "Ichigaya-san," she briefly refers to him by his nickname after recognizing him as one of the student council members her sister had over.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Doujima and Maki mistake him for Riko's boyfriend. He denies it, saying he has a girlfriend.
  • Wham Line: When he casually mentions that he always thought that the Student Council President mainly delegated work to others, he gives Touko(as well as the readers) the first hint that Mio might not have lived up to her reputation.

    Nara 

An old woman who's director in the theater troupe.


  • Cool Old Lady: One of the oldest members of the cast, with the possible exception of Yuu's grandmother, and a well-respected director in the theater troupe.
  • Stern Teacher: She's fairly strict with Touko, and actually intimidates her enough that Touko refers to her as "a demon."
  • Tough Love: One of Touko's colleagues notes that Nara "is only tough on people she sees potential in."

    Midori Igarashi and Manaka Yoshida 

Touko and Sayaka's friends and yearmates.


  • Genki Girl: Manaka comes off as this, since she's always fairly cheerful and energetic.
  • No Name Given: Despite being recurring characters for much of the story, their names are only revealed in a post-chapter special in Volume 6, and Sayaka only starts calling them by name in Chapter 37.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Manaka's fairly excitable and light-hearted, while Midori is calmer and more reserved
  • Those Two Guys: They're virtually always seen together, and are never far from Touko and Sayaka.
  • Unmoving Plaid: Manaka's top has this pattern while they're doing karaoke.

    The Amnesiac Girl 

The protagonist of the School Play, "I Only Know You," whom Touko plays. She is a high school girl who has lost her memory.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: According to her schoolmate, everyone at school liked her.
  • Academic Athlete: According to her schoolmate, as mentioned under The Ace. She apparently considered the school sports festival to be an important day on par with Christmas and her little brother's birthday.
  • The Ace: According to her schoolmate, she excelled in school and sports, and got along well with everyone. She's quite impressed by this account of herself, albeit a bit unsure whether someone that perfect really exists.
  • Aloof Big Sister: According to her younger brother, who notes that she was rarely home and hardly ever talked with him, her mother or her stepfather. However, it's also suggested that since her younger brother's birthday helped make up her phone's password, she cared about him to some extent, and it's averted when she decides to be a better sister to him after losing her memory.
  • Amnesiac Hero: She lost her memory in the accident, and the play covers her struggle to find an identity.
  • Bandage Babe: Her left arm and right leg are wrapped in bandages, as is her forehead in some early scenes. Her friend from the school jokes that he was worried that she'd "look like a mummy."
  • Be Yourself: In the end, she decides not to become one of the three people she used to be, but instead chooses to be the person she is in this moment. She tells the three people she knew before that she can't be the person they used to know, at which point they accept her.
  • Black Sheep: The term is used to describe her in the family, because while she's not a troublemaker or unsuccessful, she was apparently somewhat aloof from the others. She suggests that she may have deliberately played that role so the rest of the family would be stable.
  • Character Development: Throughout the play, she learns more about herself and the person she used to be. Initially, she tries to adopt one of her three personae as her "real" self, but with the nurse's help, realizes that she shouldn't try to become someone else.
  • Character Tics: She plays with her hair whenever she's troubled by something, something her nurse picks up in a short amount of time.
  • Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: She's apparently well-respected at school and trusts her lover with her vulnerable side, but is aloof and distant from the rest of her family. This trope is part of the reason why she "chose" to be the person her lover saw her as in the original ending- because she and her lover chose to be together.
  • Hidden Depths: Each of the people closest to her sheds light on another aspect of her personality, to the point at which neither she nor the viewer is sure which is real.
  • Invisible Parents: Her mother and stepfather don't visit her in the hospital at any point. Her half-brother suggests that his parents are merely afraid that it's "too late" to bond with his sister.
  • No Name Given: Like everyone else in the play, she's never given a name.
  • Personal Effects Reveal: She checks her cell phone's pictures, and finds more than a few photos of herself with the student council and her girlfriend, but hardly any with her younger brother. It corroborates what she's heard so far, but doesn't get her any closer to understanding herself.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: She was in a relationship with an older girl who worked at the same restaurant.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Played with. She tries three dates important to her- the sports festival (614), her brother's birthday(821) and Christmas Eve (1224)- to unlock her phone, only to finally get it right when she adds them together. In the original version, she only needs her lover's birthday.

    Other Play Characters 

The supporting cast of "I Only Know You." Yuu plays the main character's nurse, who gets to know her as she recovers. Doujima plays her schoolmate. Maki plays her younger half-brother. Sayaka plays her coworker and girlfriend.


  • Ascended Extra: The nurse initially had a small role in the first draft of the play. The revision not only gave her more lines, but also made her the one responsible for the main character's epiphany.
  • Brutal Honesty: The main character's younger brother doesn't hesitate to describe her as an Aloof Big Sister, giving by far the least flattering account of the three. That said, he hopes that things will change.
  • Dope Slap: The nurse karate-chops the main character on the head when she lies and claims to be all right, calling her a liar in the process.
  • Limited Wardrobe: All of the characters wear the same outfit even though the play takes place over several days. While the main character wears her patient clothes, the nurse wears her work uniform, and the schoolmate and younger brother wear school uniforms, the girlfriend wears the same casual outfit each time.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The schoolmate is the Nice, since he comes off as a friendly person with a good relationship with the main character. The younger brother is the Mean, since while he may not necessarily be a jerk, he seems to have some lingering bitterness about his half-sister being distant from their family. The girlfriend is In-Between, since she cares for the protagonist, but doesn't hesitate to tease her a little.
  • No Name Given: None of their names are given.
  • Satellite Character: Each of them is largely defined by their relationship with the lead, with the girlfriend also being a Satellite Love Interest. This is justified, since the play is largely a character study about the lead coming to terms with three facets of herself.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Since we only have their word for what the main character was like, and they have their own biases, it's hard to tell whether what they're saying is true or false. The main character notices some things that corroborate what she heard, such as not having many photos of her family, but doesn't get any conclusive answers.
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