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Daikichi Kawachi

  • Identical Grandson: He looks almost near identical to his grandfather in his youth. Their resemblance helps Rin latch onto him.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Daikichi frequently gets mistaken for Rin's father. He usually doesn't mention that he is her nephew.
  • Ma'am Shock: Daikichi, who is only 30, has a negative reaction to being called "oji-san".
  • Manchild: Downplayed. He's not too childish, but being a 30-year old bachelor, he is completely unprepared for parenthood.
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  • Will They or Won't They?: He has this with Yukari, Kouki's mother. The adaptations end on an ambiguous but optimistic note, while the manga ends on a "won't".

Rin Kaga

  • Adaptational Dye Job: Her blonde hair is darkened to black in the live-action film.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Rin's a bit precocious for her age, being somewhat more mature than most six year olds and knowing how to cook a bit already.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. She is driven away from Kouki after he goes through a "bad boy" phase.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her blonde hair and its unusual hair texture implies that her biological father might be at least partially white.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: She calls Daikchi by his name because she doesn't consider him her father and because her biological father is deceased.
  • Childhood Friends: She meets Kouki in day care and they stay close into their teens.
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  • Childhood Friend Romance: As a teen, she develops feelings for Kouki. It doesn't work out between them.
  • Death Is a Sad Thing: Being six, she doesn't have that much of a grasp on death. Her father dying causes her to have an existential crisis due to anxiety that she or Daikichi will die soon.
  • Elective Mute: Rin initially doesn't like to talk around strangers.
  • Embarrassing Damp Sheets: Early in the series, she begins wetting her bed due to stress. Rin insists that it's just sweat.
  • Happily Adopted: Zigzagged. Rin loves Daikichi, but it's made explicit that she doesn't consider him her parent figure. In the manga this is foreshadowing to her eventual attraction towards him.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother isn't in her life and her father died. Her biological father is actually just absentee.
  • Parental Title Characterization: She calls her father "Grandpa" not to be demeaning, but because he was a senior.
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  • Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. Both the animated and live action adaptations ignore any foreshadowing towards Rin being Daikichi's eventual wife and cut off before the Genre Shift Time Skip.

Masako Yoshii

  • Missing Mom: She is Rin's rather young mother who left Rin with her father, or really just a man she worked for. Even after Daikichi finds her, she doesn't want to do with Rin.

Kouki Nitari

  • Disappeared Dad: His parents are divorced. In the film adaptation, his father is dead. His mother lied about the divorce to lessen the trauma on her son, though he already guessed it.
  • Childhood Friends: He meets Rin in day care and they stay close into their teens.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: As a teen, he develops feelings for Rin It doesn't work out between them.

Yukari Nitani

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