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Protagonists

    Marika Aoki (Yuuta Aoki) 
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her longest standing crush for most of the series was on Tamura, a self-destructive boy who lives a dark and sexually active lifestyle.
  • Break the Cutie: Arguably has the worse case in the series. It's hard seeing her optimism change so quickly, but while she does emerge from the series happier and more fulfilled she also becomes more cynical.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Gender-inverted. She didn't end up with either Tamura or Ryousuke.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Stock Shoujo Heroine. She has all the traits, but she isn't in a shoujo manga and no one knows she's a girl for most of the manga. As a result, Marika has a difficult time and ends up developing out of the trope as she matures.
  • Dude Magnet: While Marika was somewhat popular with girls when she presented male, she still had the attention of Ryou and Satoshi as regular love interests. Even Shirakawa, who is disgusted by Marika's identity, can't stop talking about her regardless.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: When she stops wearing glasses in her second year she becomes a Chick Magnet.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Originally has a bob haircut then cuts it. She begins growing it out after coming out to her mom.
  • Expy: Of Nitori from Wandering Son, though attracted to boys and played more darkly.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She's a part of a baking club at school, and often called the "angel" of the club.
  • Girly Girl: She's presented as one of the most feminine characters in the series.
  • Grew a Spine: While she's not quite successful, she finally stands up to Shirakawa when he takes his insults and displeasure with her too far.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is a light blonde and a sweetheart.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She decides to give up on Parou and move on once she realizes that he is happier with his crush Ryou.
  • LGBT Awakening: Marika always felt uncomfortable being a boy but didn't know what to do about it until she saw a trans woman on TV. Afterwards she began to dress up as a princess at home and eventually that expanded to going outside as a girl.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: She originally grew it to bob length to better make herself look more feminine, but cuts it in middle school. She grows out her hair when she properly transitions to better reflect her femininity.
  • Meganekko: Averted. She rarely wears her glasses because she doesn't think they're cute.
  • Prone to Tears: She was described as a crybaby when he was younger, which still persists in middle school. Often it comes out in highly emotional moments.
  • Protectorate: Ryou, Satoshi, and Akane are constantly on the lookout for her, especially against people taking advantage of her naivety and submissive nature.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Over time, the manga was less about the struggles of three people and more about Marika's journey of self discovery, with her getting the most focus of the original trio.
  • Sailor Fuku: Being a trans girl, Marika has to wear a gakuran at school and really hates it because she feels like she's going to a funeral. When she's finally able to live her life as a girl, she begins wearing a seifuku.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: Deconstructed. Marika fits the mold, being a sensitive, feminine, attractive, passive, and central figure to the narrative. However, she is in the wrong type of manga.
  • Transparent Closet: She barely hid being trans growing up, however people thought it was just a phase.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She imagines herself as a princess out of an old shojo manga, with Parou as her prince.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is the "girly girl" to Akane's tomboy.
  • Transgender: Male-designated-at-birth but female identified.
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    Osamu "Parou" Tamura 
  • Beauty Mark: Has one on his left cheek.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Played with. Tamura is cold, well-dressed, abusive, but alluring to Marika and Akane. At the same time, his character is not at all romanticized, and is more of a critique of this character type than anything else. He comes off instead as either pitiful or a creepy Jerkass.
    • He's also the victim of one, in the strictest sense of "boyfriend = lover". His upperclassman Shibuya does not care for him outside of cosplay sex, he constantly demeans Tamura, and he's completely self absorbed. However, this is also subverted as the relationship isn't played for anything other than toxicity.
  • Bondage Is Bad: He's the only person of the main cast with a kink for masochism and SM play, but the acts are usually portrayed in a dark light. Osamu's need to be treated roughly during sex is implied to be another way of punishing himself rather than a genuine enjoyment of SM.
  • Crossdresser: He began crossdressing due to liking a straight boy, however kept crossdressing after they grew apart. He seems to enjoy crossdressing casually and is noted to be in his element when in girls clothes. The Distant Finale shows he became an actor and his first play has him in a female role.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Thanks to his Dark and Troubled Past he becomes this over the series. He's sympathetic nevertheless.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend. Osamu has all the traits but they are brought on by trauma and are not endearing. He drives away his friends and is miserable.
  • First Love: Of both Marika and Akane.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His darker personality than the others is represented in his sharp blue eyes.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Shu", "Parou" (when dressed up), and "Tamurin".
  • Incompatible Orientation: His want to be with a straight boy drives him to crossdress for him.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He becomes quite reserved after his falling out with Marika due to molesting her.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: His wig gives off this impression.
  • Megane: He wears glasses.
  • Mentor in Queerness: Subverted. He has some elements towards Marika, but he's too destructive and predatory.
  • Promiscuity After Rape: He was sexually abused as a little kid by a neighbor, and repressed the memories until middle school. Afterwards, he starts becoming promiscuous beyond the normal Hormone-Addled Teenager level.
  • Rape as Backstory: He was molested by an older boy when he was younger. He repressed the memories but remembered when he saw an old home-video.
  • Repressed Memories: He believes that he can remember being a nymphomaniac woman in a previous life, but the memories really come from being raped by an older neighborhood boy as a child, which he doesn't realize until he sees him in an old home movie.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: Almost all of his issues, as well as his tendency to crossdress, can be traced back to getting molested while dressed in girl's clothing.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The official spelling gives his alias as "Pallow" or "Pallou", rather than "Parou" as it's phonetically spelled.
  • Straight Gay: Crossdressing aside, he isn't particularly effeminate.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Tamura's sexual behavior and overall attitude is unsettling for his age. Truth in Television as this is actually a common type of behavior in children who were sexually abused at an early age.
  • Troubled Abuser: His negative behavior stems from his past sexual abuse by a college aged neighbor.
  • Tsundere: In two ways:
    • Very much so with Ryousuke. Tamura often acts cold to him and tells him to leave despite his attraction, but they also share tender moments.
    • More generally, he is an odd variation where his dere side is exposed only when crossdressing, and is generally cold when presenting as male.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though it's apparently stylized black.

    Ryousuke "Yui" Kijima 
  • Audience Surrogate: A heterosexual boy who is only forced to dressed like a girl and personifies an "ordinary" person among the main characters. He is also the only one whose story line is based on the usual anime tropes.
  • Bishōnen: He's quite pretty, which helps him pass as a girl.
  • Crossdresser: He dresses not because he likes it, but to please his mother after his sibling's death. He stops crossdressing after his mother gets psychiatric help.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: He has red hair and similarly colored eyes.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In elementary school he was even stated to look much like a short haired girl.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Cut his hair short after entering high school, due to no longer needing to crossdress. The Distant Finale shows his hair is long enough to be in a ponytail as an adult.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and is portrayed as the most aggressive and assertive main character.
  • Girlish Pigtails: When crossdressing he wears his hair the same way his sister wore it.
  • Half-Identical Twins: We are never hear directly about this, but this is clearly implied in the third chapter, when we see that he and the real Yui have an identical appearance up to the height, color of the hair and even the structure of the chin.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: He insults Marika and Parou when he learns that they like to dress up as girls and even beats the latter after he finds them in an ambiguous position. He becomes more tolerant further on in the story.
  • In-Series Nickname: Goes by his sister's name, "Yui", when dressed as her. Gets called "Ryou-chin" by his school friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first he comes off as snappy and a jerk but he softens up as he befriends Parou and Marika.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Until high school that is.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: His reason for crossdressing.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks nearly identical to his older sister. This helps him pass as her after she dies.
  • The Unfavorite: His mother payed more attention to Yui.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Despite his transphobia at the beginning of the manga and a strong alienation, he is still portrayed as an unhappy and poor guy.

Friends and Associates

    Akane Goto 
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Early chapters show that she had issues with growing up and possibly had gender dysphoria. This gets dropped rather quickly and never explored thoroughly.
  • Best Friend: Plays this role for Marika. She's a pretty typical girl friend, protective and supportive of Marika even if she doesn't fully understand her predicament, and will always lend her advice or an ear if need be.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair has been in a bob since toddlerhood.
  • Celibate Hero: Early in her arc she is unnerved because she isn't interested in romance like her classmates. This changes after she gets her first crush on Tamura.
  • Childhood Friends: With Marika.
  • First Period Panic: She gets her first period at one point. She doesn't like it.
  • Genki Girl: Later on in the series.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's outspoken and has tomboyish qualities (such as her willingness to fight on Marika's behalf), but she also has stereotypically feminine attributes such as liking dresses and baking.
  • Hates Wearing Dresses: As a preschooler she refused to wear skirts and dresses, much to her mother's disappointment. She eventually outgrew this.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Akane gains a crush on Tamura, but he is gay.
  • No Indoor Voice: For example, when Tomochi finds her spying on him as she loudly gossips about his romantic life.
  • Not Love Interest: She's Marika's best friend since preschool, but hates being mistaken for her girlfriend. They're strictly platonic.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Although both are pretty girly, Akane's more tomboyish than her best friend Marika.

    Yui Kijima 
  • Boyish Short Hair: She used to be a huge tomboy until she became a model. Her hair was short growing up.
  • Fashion Model: She was an up-and-coming teenage model, who was very well known even in her school.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Had this hairstyle according to flashbacks. She died when she was under thirteen.
  • Half Identical Twin: We are never hear directly about this, but this is clearly implied in the third chapter, when we see that she and Ryo have an identical appearance up to the height, color of the hair and even the structure of the chin.
  • Posthumous Character: She died for unknown reasons prior to the series.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between her and her brother to the point where Ryousuke can easily pass as her, and she looked like him when she had short hair.
  • Used to Be a Tomboy: Played for drama. Until late elementary, she was a spunky tomboy. She pretty much stopped when her mother started controlling her life.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: A lot of what she ended up doing, she never seemed to like—it was all pushed onto her by her mother. However, she legitimately liked dancing, one of the hobbies her mother forced her to learn.
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    Satoshi Natsume 
  • Beauty Mark: Has one on his cheek.
  • Bishōnen: He cuts his hair once he hits puberty, but he's still considered girlishly beautiful and produces Bishie Sparkles. Even when he grows out of his sisters' clothes he can still look very androgynous when crossdressing.
  • Crossdresser: Used to dress in the female uniform as a first year, to the point where some classmates didn't even know he was a boy. Stopped after his growth spurts hit and he couldn't fit into his sister's clothes.
  • Chick Magnet: The Distant Finale shows several girls fawning at him during his high school graduation.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Originally had long hair but cut it due to quitting crossdressing. Over the course of the series he grows it out to ponytail length.
  • Height Angst: He tries to resist crossdressing because his body is becoming more masculine and he feels he's too tall to pass off as a girl. Osamu persuades him otherwise.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Satoshi hits puberty the hardest— turning from a short, girly looking boy to a tall Bishōnen within a few volumes. The other characters don't miss this growth.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Tomochi".
  • Mentor in Queerness: He's the most out and flamboyant character as a bisexual guy. He also acts as both this and a love interest to Marika.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He's the only boy out of three older and younger sisters, which also explains why he's so familiar with women's clothing and style.

    Miki Hachiya 
  • Boyish Short Hair: In elementary when she was more tomboyish. The Distant Finale subverts the trope by showing her with short hair; however, she seems as feminine as she was in middle school.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Knew Ryousuke since elementary school. They break it off some time later, and only meet up again by chance when they're in college. The series never reveals if they get back together or not.
  • D-Cup Distress: Hit puberty earlier than her classmates and it changed the way others interacted with her. Her male friends stopped playing with her since they can't go all out with a girl, she gets groped by handsy men and is ogled over for them by some of her male classmates, and her female acquaintances only see her boobs as a positive.
  • First Girl Wins: Possibly. Hacchi was Ryousuke's middle school girlfriend but Ryousuke fell for Marika and they had a falling out. The Distant Finale has an open ending that suggests they might end up together as adults.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Due to being One of the Boys she still has many boyish traits.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Besides small pangs of jealousy around other girls, she's rather insecure about Ryou hiding things from her and shouldering all of his burdens himself.
  • In-Series Nickname: Hacchi.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's the only person intentionally kept out of Ryou's family issues for a long time. Ryou not opening up to her is part of the reason why she breaks up with him.
  • One of the Boys: Was this until puberty hit. She didn't have any female friends or enjoy hanging around girls.
  • Used to Be a Tomboy: Due to having only brothers she grew up boyish and didn't fit in with girls. When she hit puberty early her male friends didn't want to play with her anymore so she began becoming more feminine, though she still kept a lot of her tomboyish elements.

     Shibuya 
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Subverted. Despite having sex with Tamura, he's really not gay or bisexual. He only had sex with Tamura when he could pass as a girl. Shibuya is otherwise disgusted by him.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Deconstructed. Tamura would like him to be his boyfriend, but Shibuya's not interested. He routinely mocks and berates Tamura because he holds no affection for Tamura and only uses him for sex. Tamura ends up leaving Shibuya after coming to terms with how repulsive he is.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: He's a Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend who is nothing but outright abusive. It isn't cute or romantisized. Osamu ends up leaving him as a result.
  • Domestic Abuse: He was in a sexual, but not a romantic, relationship with Tamura. He is repulsed by Tamura's homosexuality and makes it known often.
  • Hikikomori: After failing to get into high school he turns into this.
  • Messy Hair: His hair turns long and messy after he becomes a shut-in.
  • Sempai/Kohai: With Tamura.

    Mai Asakawa 
  • Does Not Like Men: She's developed a dislike of males in general due to disliking the fact her mother is marrying a new man.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: She still likes Marika after she begins living as a girl.

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