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Hoshino Tomoko

Our reincarnation-displaced protagonist and the titular Civilian Pianist. Has to deal with the burden of her past memories while living a new life, essentially caught being Tomoko and Vy as time goes on. Also attempts to fix canon in her own way, playing piano for whoever comes to Nagareboshi Cafe. As of Chapter 53, she's done a pretty good job, even if she doesn't believe it that much.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Almost everyone in-story refers to her as "Tomoko-chan". The only exceptions are Judai, Jim, and Kakashi. Judai occasionally refers to her as "hime", Jim uses "ojou-chan", while Kakashi uses just "Tomoko" hinting at there being a closer relationship than just friendship in the future.
    • In The Sea and Stars, Kei is the one who started calling Tomoko as "Tomo-chan", and after some Tears of Joy on the pianist's part, it became an official nickname. The other ninja in Tomoko's friend group started latching onto it as well.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Tomoko's personality in a nutshell. Extends to her past self, Vy, as well. That's why it hits her hard when the Third Hokage and Inoichi Yamanaka start investigating her memories, because she trusted them so full-heartedly.
  • Always Someone Better: How Tomoko sees herself sometimes. She doubts her abilities so much in those moments to the point of Kakashi having to say something.
  • Bad Liar: Chakra-usage aside, Tomoko is not good at hiding her emotions when something is wrong. More so when a lot of her friends are ninja and notice anyways. Word of God confirmed on the Tumblr sideblog that Tomoko is good at keeping others' secrets (an example being not letting Obito know she was best friends with Kakashi as a result of "customer confidentiality"), but horrible at bottling things up herself. Hisako serves as the mental control booth so that Tomoko can still live everyday life normally.
  • Butt-Monkey: More in The Sea and Stars, with all the ninja catching onto her emotional openness and exploiting it via lots of well-meaning teasing. Her being Easily Embarrassed helps.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: The various clothes Tomoko wears throughout the story have bright colors that show off her cheerful personality. Also on purpose since Hikari designed and made a majority of Tomoko's kimono dresses, so they all have bright color schemes to make her stand out more on stage when playing piano.
  • Cuddle Bug
  • Double Consciousness: Something that Tomoko struggles with. She's still herself, but at moments can be influenced a lot by her past as Vy. The traumatic memories of her past death don't help one bit.
  • The Empath: Makes sense considering how her yin chakra seems to be reacting when she's playing piano... Also subverted since she doesn't MEAN for it to act up this way. She honestly plays piano with earnest dedication, and her chakra just... responds to it.
  • Friendship Song: Oh, there are a bunch of songs out there that Tomoko has played on the piano for her friends. Examples include This Game from No Game No Life for Kakashi, All of Me from the Piano Guys for Obito and Rin, and so on.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a ribbon tied in a bow on her left hair strand (at least from an outsider's point of view - it's really on her right). Depending on what season it is, it's a different color. Green for spring, red for winter, white for autumn/special occasions, and orange for the summer. Concept art has also featured a blue hair ribbon.
  • Hates Being Alone: Tomoko may put on a smile and keep doing her best despite the odds, but when there's no one truly there for her, she can easily break down. The Sea and Stars expands on this from her past self having a...troubled relationship with a friend to where their words still haunt her in the present day, making her wary around Kei. Kei and Obito, thankfully, help snap her out of it.
  • The Heart: How Tomoko is shaping up to be for BOTH Team Minato and Nagareboshi Cafe. To where after the drunk man incident, she had to take a break from the piano. Clientele for Nagareboshi Cafe actually dropped, even with Judai and Hikari's efforts, because people missed her.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Innocent Bystander: Subverted. Even though Tomoko is a civilian, she doesn't want to stand around waiting for canon to happen. Instead, she tries her best to NOT just be a bystander, playing piano and helping whoever comes her way. Even after the 'drunk man incident', we find out that she hates being useless and is currently undergoing some training to learn self-defense.
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost every character Tomoko's age in The Sea and Stars refers to her as "Tomo-chan." Kei switches between this and the shorter "Tomo" as time goes on, and in other side-stories such as the informal Seaside Sibling Train crossover with One Piece, other characters do the same.
  • Must Make Amends: The reader finds out in later chapters specifically Chapter 21 with that past flashback that something happened to Vy which scarred her so much to the point of making Tomoko the way she is today. She works as hard as she can to atone for that day and to make up for the fact that she couldn't even say goodbye to her loved ones before dying as Vy.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Despite her past memories, a lot of the cast, Tomoko's parents, as well as reviewers on Fanfiction, see Tomoko as innocent. This actually serves as a reason as to why Minato was so confused over the Third's orders on keeping surveillance on the girl because she's been nothing but a big help to him and his team.
  • Nice Girl: A lot of the ninja cast were initially surprised with how welcoming she was towards them.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: The Sea and Stars version of her actually has a sore spot in her being short, because when compared to a six-year old Keisuke Gekkō, Tomoko only reaches Kei's nose - much to her chagrin.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: How Tomoko goes about showing her friends and family that she cares aside from hugs. Actually justified since Vy died without being able to say goodbye to her family and loved ones, which Tomoko still regrets. Word of God confirmed in an Author's Note that Tomoko's constant saying "I love you" to Kakashi and others is because of that experience. Tomoko wants them to know that she cares and truly does love them in that platonic way. Hinted at possibly becoming something more between her and Kakashi in the future.
  • Protectorate: To her parents, Hisako, and later the entirety of Team Minato.
  • The Pollyanna: Always has some form of smile on her face, whether it's a big grin or a shy little smile. Which is why when she's depressed, it really shocks her loved ones.
  • Positive Friend Influence: On Team Minato.
  • Songs of Solace: What Tomoko tries to provide via her position as Nagareboshi's main pianist. So far, it's working. To the point of the Third Hokage and possibly Danzo noticing her influence in the war...
  • Stepford Smiler: On occasion when she's really down. Unfortunately, or fortunately for her, everyone is able to see through it to help her out.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Hikari, where Tomoko shares almost all of her looks. The only differences are hair length, bangs, eye shape, and hair ribbon, with Tomoko having shorter hair, bigger eyes, and her hair ribbon sits on the right side of her face in comparison to Hikari's left. Also echoes some of Hikari's personality to the point of Judai and the Third Hokage Lampshading it.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Unfortunately for her. Whenever it's the usual Body Flicker or even Minato's Thunder God/Hiraishin, Tomoko will deal with a stomach ache at least. In the worst case scenario? Add a headache/pounding migraine and shaky feet. Not pretty. Justified considering her civilian position.
  • Trauma Button: Not explicitly said, but any kind of negative yelling, and/or loud insults in her direction can trigger some of Vy's leftover wounds, and the results are difficult to watch.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: What a lot of Tomoko's pep talks boil down to. So far, they've had their desired effect with Kakashi opening up to her more and Sakumo finding the resolve to keep living, even in a world that currently rejects him

Hatake Kakashi

Current Konoha Chunin and Tomoko's third ninja customer after Minato and Kushina. Later goes on to be Tomoko's best friend and confidant, helping her out when she needs help.
  • Broken Ace: Surprisingly averted so far. Tomoko being his first friend says a lot already and with Sakumo alive and well, he's not as broken as his canon self would've been at this time.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Literally. Is the Brooding Boy to Tomoko's Gentle Girl.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT attempt to insult or harm Tomoko in front of him. The Hitoshi father and son duo learned this the hard way.
    • As of Chapter 37, this includes his teammates, Obito and Rin as well. Once again, Satoru learned this the hard way.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Inherited from his mom. One of the first things Tomoko notices when he takes off his mask.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Declaration of Protection: Kakashi to Tomoko after the whole ordeal with her memories being found out by the Third Hokage on top of the Hokage Monument in Chapter 27.
  • Hates Being Touched: Initially. It's noted that in their first interactions, Kakashi blushed when Tomoko held his hand, and when expanded on in his Interlude, he was wondering what the hell was going on since he never met someone like her before. Justified considering Konoha's influences from Japan, and Tomoko being a Cuddle Bug. He later gets used to her.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Played with. Tomoko does mention Kakashi being somewhat standoffish at first, and outright confirmed by his ANBU report written by the real Josh (who is one of the author's betas) and approved by the author herself, but he grows to warm up to her with every interaction to the point of tolerating her hugs and even confiding in her when Sakumo had come back from his failed mission. Tomoko reasons his standoffish behavior as a result of upholding the shinobi code for so long, and works to let him relax. According to Kakashi's ANBU report, it works.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More emphasis on the gold thanks to Tomoko's influence.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: To the point where he shocked Obito and Rin of all people by hugging Tomoko almost constantly after the Bell Test in Chapter 16.
  • The Leader: What Kakashi defaults to when Minato isn't around. Thankfully, unlike in canon, he's close enough to Obito and Rin this time so that they can collaborate almost seamlessly in battle and thought when fighting Satoru.
  • Not So Stoic: Always is this when it comes to Tomoko. Taken to almost heartbreaking levels after the 'drunk man incident' - Kakashi is so distraught at seeing Tomoko in the broken way she is and with her not telling him the full details of what's going on, it results in his yelling at Minato during a training session out of frustration. Thankfully, things were able to get better.
    • Also shown in Chapter 44 when it comes to sacrificing anyone on his team for the mission. He really hates doing it, and even is shown to protest Obito's offering of his Sharingan initially.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: BIG time. Thanks to Tomoko, he doesn't actively antagonize Obito like his canon counterpart does, and even stands up for his team when Satoru is trash talking everybody too much.
  • True Companions: With Tomoko as the story goes on. Their relationship is one of the major highlights of the story. Later extends to Obito and Rin through the 'drunk man' incident; and Guy with Chapter 39.

Uchiha Obito

The black sheep of the Uchiha Clan and one of the two Genin of the newly formed Team Minato. Meets Tomoko soon after her first meeting with Kakashi, providing a bit of Funny Moments throughout the story.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Thankfully, unlike his canon counterpart, he doesn't lose his entire right side for Kakashi to get his Sharingan. Instead, he only loses his left arm, and with Rin not kidnapped, he doesn't die from the blood loss.
  • Blithe Spirit: Literally, considering his dream to be Hokage.
  • Butt-Monkey: Obito isn't as beat up as he is in canon, but this still applies.
  • Happy Dance: Easily gets into this during the Nagareboshi-hosted dance party in Chapter 33. Even brings Rin into it too.
  • Handicapped Badass: Since Chapter 44 - losing an arm didn't stop him from killing Kakko.
  • Playing with Fire: Expected given his clan.
  • The Idealist: So much so that after hearing about Tomoko's nightmares/memories from Kakashi in Chapter 23, he snaps Team Minato out of their funk by declaring his resolve in not dying and continuing to be Hokage. This results in rallying the team together in a way that canon didn't.
  • Men Don't Cry: He tries to indirectly invoke this in Chapter 36, but no one around him (in this case his teammates and the Hoshino Family) buys it.

Nohara Rin

The medic of Team Minato and the other Genin in Team Minato. Noted by Tomoko to look at Kakashi with 'heart-eyes' as she did in canon, worrying the pianist a bit considering her canon fate.
  • Combat Medic: Established already in canon, but with Tomoko recently buying her a set of senbon and matching belt from Jim's shop in Chapter 37, the combat part may be more emphasized as time goes on.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Something that Tomoko worries about, considering Rin's current crush on Kakashi. Hinted at, but not fully expanded on as of Chapter 37.
  • Healing Hands: As expected, considering her status as the medic of Team Minato. Even heals Tomoko's bruises after the 'drunk man incident'.
  • The Medic
  • Nice Girl
  • Shout-Out: Her new senbon belt is likened to that of Kuroko Shirai's main arsenal from A Certain Scientific Railgun.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Much like her canon counterpart, this Rin doesn't stand around. In the group fight with Satoru, Rin actively sets up traps to catch the swordsman, even setting a small tornado to throw him off guard, before finishing him off in a team attack right out of the fourth Ultimate Ninja Storm game with Kakashi and Obito.


A figure that shows up in Tomoko's mindscape when things go wrong. Is actually a Split Personality that materialized in order to help Tomoko with the burden of her memories. Deadpan Snarker and Mama Bear rolled into one. Actually takes the full appearance of Tomoko's past self, Vy, in symbolism of Tomoko being unable to let go of the past.
  • Brutally Honest: Hisako does not hold back in saying whatever she wants in Tomoko's mind. Much to Tomoko's chagrin, especially when Hisako goes on about wanting to beat up people like Minato.
  • Cool Big Sis: How Hisako is to Tomoko most of the time to the point of bordering near-motherly interactions. Justified considering she is a split personality created for the sake of protecting Tomoko and helping her with her past memories.
  • Flat "What": Hisako's personality in a nutshell. Serves as a Foil and contrast to Tomoko's Nice Girl.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Hisako does NOT sit around if it looks like Tomoko is being threatened. Inoichi learned this the hard way.
  • The Matchmaker: In some of the more lighthearted moments of the story, Hisako serves as this for Tomoko and Team Minato.
  • Meta Guy: Just count on Hisako to pull up references and the like, more so than Tomoko does in her own narration.
  • Only Sane Man: When it comes to Tomoko's many ramblings. Hisako does her best to take it all in stride. She's Not So Above It All herself.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to recognize that Kakashi likes Tomoko more than Tomoko herself, and actively supports it.
  • Squee!: Just put her charge with her best friend post Chapter 49 and watch it unfold.
  • Troll

    Adults and Loved Ones 

Hoshino (nee Yuki) Judai

Co-Owner of Nagareboshi Cafe, Tomoko's father and cellist of the business, and the person to approach Tomoko about making her pianist ability into a job. Later revealed to be a retired ninja, having been a war hero in the Second Shinobi World War.
  • Adult Fear: Just one: Tomoko ever getting involved in the dark sides of the ninja world to the point of his not being able to help her. He's done a good job so far keeping her out of it. And then Inoichi Yamanaka had to see the Nine Tails Attack in Tomoko's memories in her first therapy session and go on to report it to the Third Hokage...
  • Affectionate Nickname: In The Sea and Stars, Jim is revealed to call him, "Leader", while some of his old subordinates use "Aniki." Hikari herself calls Judai by "dear", or "Anata" every now and then. Judai is also the one who started the nickname of "Hime" (meaning "princess" in Japanese) for Tomoko.
  • Badass Bystander: When something happens in Nagareboshi, do NOT expect Judai to sit around. He will take out his chakra sword and revert to a ninja mindset without hesitation if it means protecting his loved ones.
  • Berserk Button: Harming ANY of his family, whether that is physically or emotionally. Includes his wife and Tomoko, and as of Chapter 36, Kakashi as well.
    • Another minor one is ruining any Nagareboshi property, an example being that new staff member in Chapter 7 for breaking most of the kitchen piping. Tomoko was so terrified that she ran out of the room before the yelling could escalate.
  • Bi the Way: Chapter 42 shows this, because before Hikari, Judai actually loved a man many Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fans know as Johan Anderson.
  • Composite Character: Father, cellist, business owner, and retired ninja. Also refer to the Expy section.
  • Expy: Of his Yu-Gi-Oh! GX counterpart, with shades of retired ninja and an echo of his Abridged version.
  • Genre Savvy: Expected given his retired ninja status. When there is a ninja-related crisis going on in the Hoshino household, it's usually Judai breaking the tension in a way that relaxes Tomoko, Hikari, and everyone else in the room. At least, when he's not angry...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Judai gets angry, Tomoko describes his eyes turning from brown to a heterochromatic, glowing red-orange and green. Serves as a call-back to his Yu-Gi-Oh! GX counterpart.
  • Good is Not Soft
  • Good Parents: One of the many reasons as to why Tomoko didn't get into as much trouble in the beginning. This goes on to extend to Kakashi and the rest of Team Minato as well.
  • Hidden Depths: Self-explanatory with his status as retired ninja. Even when talking about his past to Tomoko, the little girl at least recognizes that he's not saying everything.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Judai's worst fear when it comes to his daughter getting involved in ninja affairs. It also serves as a justification to his status as the Overprotective Dad, because he doesn't want Tomoko getting hurt.
  • Manchild: Taken from his GX counterpart, Judai can be surprisingly immature when the situation comes to it. Hikari takes it laughing.
  • Not So Stoic: Taken to comedic lengths when he finds out of Tomoko's crush on Kakashi. Also serious when Hikari points out the possibility of his fighting all of Team Minato before Kannabi as a test to see how far they've come in Chapter 42.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Said to have been a war hero in the Second Shinobi World War, powerful enough to even scare Minato for a moment in earlier chapters. A retired ninja. Scared. The. Yellow Flash. That says a lot already.
  • Overprotective Dad: Justified considering his past in the Second War and Tomoko's luck getting involved with Team Minato.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Tomoko.
  • Retired Badass

Hoshino Hikari

The other co-owner of Nagareboshi Cafe, violinist, and Tomoko's mom. Met Judai back when she was 20 years old, and had her own Offscreen Moment of Awesome telling off the Third Hokage on his treatment of Judai during the Second Shinobi World War. Currently acts as the main go-between for the Hoshino Family and much of the Nagareboshi staff.
  • Adult Fear: Actually justified considering Tomoko's luck getting involved with ninjas. The possibility of ninja targeting her own daughter even in their home cafe? Hikari was already tearing up by the end of Chapter 18 just at the IDEA of Tomoko dying. Hinted at in her own interlude.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In Chapters 42 and 46 respectively, Hikari took charge in encouraging her family in some select scenes, with 42 showing some of her relationship with Judai and 46 her relationship with Tomoko, Team Minato, and the Third Hokage all at once.
    • Also shown more often in Recursive Fanfiction The Sea and Stars, with some chapters outright starting in Hikari's point of view and the Drunk Man Incident revolving around the culprit actually falling in love with Hikari and the consequences of the misunderstandings that resulted from the whole relationship.
  • Fashion Designer: Actually stated in-story to design and make all the work uniforms in Nagareboshi Cafe. It's because of Hikari that Tomoko has such a diverse wardrobe of kimono dresses and hair ribbons.
  • The Fashionista: Is this for the Hoshino Family and by extension, the Hatakes, as shown in Chapter 42. Sakumo and Kakashi were left sweating in Hikari's dust.
  • Good Parents
  • Hair Decorations: Has a ribbon bow matching her daughter on her left hair strand in concept art.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: It's heavily hinted that Hikari hates being in this position more than anyone, and understandable considering her civilian position. Unlike her daughter, who has past-memories and so on that makes her stand out, Hikari is a full-on civilian, so she won't see the action as much as Tomoko. This is outright confirmed in Chapter 46, where she nearly goes on a tirade against the Third Hokage for leaving her and Judai out of the loop in Tomoko's vow of silence.
  • Oblivious to Love: Only for her Sea and Stars counterpart towards Hitoshi Mamoru, but justified in that she's already married and raising a daughter, so the idea of someone else falling in love with her went right over her head.
  • Original Character: This Hikari is actually an alternate version of the author's first original character, created for a Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fan fiction to be paired with Judai.
  • Proper Lady: Is built up to be this considering Tomoko describes her as the go-between for the Nagareboshi staff, Hoshino Family, and ninja/civilian clientele. Also somewhat subverted considering Hikari is not against calling people out when things happen. Referencing her Offscreen Moment of Awesome chewing out the Third Hokage for example.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this to both Judai, Tomoko, and even Sakumo and Minato themselves when ninja stuff pops up.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Big time. There's a reason why the Third Hokage let Judai retire, and it's all Hikari's doing. In The Sea and Stars, Kei and the Dreamer Lampshade this.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: One of the things that Tomoko notes in earlier chapters is that Kakashi was able to warm up to being a regular at the cafe because of Hikari making his favorite broiled saury fish a lot better than Sakumo.
  • Team Mom: Expanding a bit of her role as a mother to Team Minato as Tomoko deepens the friendship between them. Even described in Kakashi's ANBU Report to make bentos for Kakashi to bring along for training sessions. Kakashi even goes on to start calling her "Aunt Hikari" by the time the kids are all 10.

Hatake Sakumo

The White Fang and Kakashi's father. Despite Tomoko's influence, his failed mission still happens and Kakashi's ANBU Report hints at the possibility of someone having interfered in the mission to make it fail. Thankfully, it was through the Hoshino Family's efforts to reach out to him that unlike in canon, Sakumo lives. Now currently works as an Academy teacher to atone for his failure.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Sakumo-kun," by Hikari, and "Uncle Sakumo" by Tomoko.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion to Judai's cheerfulness.
  • Famed In-Story: Is still referred to as the former White Fang after the events of Chapter 13. It is one of the reasons why Canon did not turn out so well for him, and why he takes on a more quiet role in the story.
  • Good Parents: To Kakashi and after Chapter 13, a surrogate uncle to Tomoko. She even calls him "Uncle Sakumo", or Sakumo-jichan.
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man: Tries to be this in the face of the Hoshino Family's antics, specifically being this between Judai and Hikari. Lessens as time goes on, because he goes with it.
  • Papa Wolf: Is shown to be this as of Chapter 36.
  • Retired Badass
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Was shown to be this before his eventual saving by the Hoshino Family, and both Civilian Pianist and The Sea and Stars shows him slowly growing out of this through continuous contact with his friends and son.
  • Spared by the Adaptation
  • The Talk: Attempts to do this for Kakashi and Tomoko in the beginning of Chapter 50, just after the two had confirmed a Relationship Upgrade. Needless to say, both teens stopped him from embarrassing himself.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Judai after the concert in Chapter 13.

Namikaze Minato

The future Yellow Flash and one of the most skilled Jounin of Konoha. He was actually Tomoko's first ever customer, and goes on to have a large influence in her life, whether as Team Minato's leader or as the go-between through the Third Hokage and the Hoshino Family after Tomoko's memories are revealed to him.
  • The Ace
  • Good Is Not Soft: Minato knows when business needs to be done, even when he doesn't like it. An example being his handling of Tomoko's memories.
  • Not a Morning Person: Shown to be one in Chapter 11. Looks so sleepy to where he asks Tomoko to play a song just to wake him up in the mornings.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end from Judai most of the time for his initial involvement of Tomoko in Team Minato's training sessions during a time of war. Later justified when Minato seems to be behind most of the drama behind Tomoko's life, even when it's not always his fault. Hisako points out, though, that even if it's not Minato at fault, he seems to be at some front of said events anyways.

Uzumaki Kushina

The current Nine Tails Jinchuriki and the last of the Uzumaki Clan. Current girlfriend of Minato, and Tomoko's second ninja customer.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Tomoko. The civilian is the only one thus far that can call Kushina by the nickname "Kushina-nee".
  • Cuteness Proximity: When around Tomoko. Even in Chapter 40, Hisako tells Tomoko to "brace herself" because Kushina is coming around.
  • Verbal Tic: "Dattebane", or "-ttebane".
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: One of the things Tomoko remembers most about her from Vy's memories. Strangely, despite Tomoko being overly polite and cautious in the beginning, Kushina adored the civilian almost immediately.

The Third Hokage

Hiruzen Sarutobi, current leader of the Sarutobi Clan, father to Asuma Sarutobi, and current Hokage. Originally met Tomoko in Chapter 14, after the whole concert in the previous chapter, asking for a song explaining her worldview. Respects the Hoshino Family greatly, even when forcing Tomoko into a vow of silence about her memories a few months later.
  • Broken Pedestal: Was already hinted at being this for Judai due to his time in the Second Shinobi World War. Made worse when he started getting involved in the investigation of Tomoko's memories and made the vow of silence to NOT include Judai OR Hikari.
  • What Were You Thinking?: On the receiving end from Minato on two occasions thus far. The first was when Minato found out that he ordered an ANBU operative to literally spy on Tomoko when she wasn't even a visible threat. The second was the deployment of Team Minato close to the front lines, even AFTER investigating the exact contents of Tomoko's memories of Naruto canon.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end of this from Hikari, and twice. First during the time that led to Judai's retirement, and again in Chapter 46 over not including her or Judai in Tomoko's vow of silence. He even Lampshades this.

    Others and/or Enemies 


Tomoko's boyfriend in her past life as Vy. Even though he doesn't actually make an appearance, his influence can be felt constantly in the present.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: What Leo did to Vy a lot in Tomoko's past life when she worried too much.
  • Tough Love: What Vy-now-Tomoko remembers most about him. Even though Leo loved her very much, he wasn't against calling her out on her doing something reckless or being just a "lovable asshole".


One of Tomoko's best friends from her previous life, much like Leo, he doesn't make an appearance. However, he is really influential in how Tomoko came to be.
  • Bear Hug: From some of Tomoko's early reflections, it's revealed that Josh was the one responsible for making Vy become the big Cuddle Bug that Tomoko is today. When she was depressed one day, Josh went on to bring her into a big hug and lift her up in the air to the point of making her squeal. Leo went in to join, doing the same feat, and it was stated to have then become an ongoing unsaid competition between the two guys over who could carry Vy the highest - establishing Tomoko's love of hugs and the trio's original friendship in her past life.
  • Gentle Giant
  • Hero of Another Story: In another fan fiction titled Little Wolf of the Wasteland (which is written by the real-life Josh), Josh actually goes on an adventure of his own after Vy's death, going through reincarnation to land in a world that is a crossover between Armored Core and Fallout.


The head of ROOT, he has yet to make an actual appearance in the story, but various side stories and mentions through other characters show that the war hawk still has an influence.

Might Guy

The future Blue/Green Beast of Konoha and Kakashi's self-proclaimed Eternal Rival.
  • Bear Hug: Is infamous for giving hugs that even Tomoko has trouble breathing in.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Crocodile Tears: What happened after passing the Chunin Exams with Team Minato.
  • Hot-Blooded: To the point of freaking Tomoko AND Kakashi out in Chapter 12.
  • The Rival: To Kakashi, something unchanged from canon. Also extends into friendship.
  • True Companions: Is shown to be this for the main characters by the ending of Chapter 47, where Team Minato discovers he has a Wayfinder of his own from Tomoko, dyed in the famous green and orange colors he's known for.

Jim Crocodile Cook

Blacksmith and owner of Cook's Ninja Tools and Crafts. Former teammate of Judai's, he makes contact with Tomoko soon after the 'drunk man incident', helping the girl calm down from her panic at being lost and later giving her a small crocodile figure as a good luck charm.
  • A Friend in Need: How Jim goes about helping Tomoko. In the few times the author has written his point of view, Jim feels really indebted to Judai even after both of their retirements, saying that if not for him, Jim wouldn't have retired himself to open a blacksmith shop. Because of that, he doesn't hesitate to help Judai's daughter, because as Jim puts it, it's the least he can do for his old friend.
  • The Blacksmith
  • Expy: Of his Yu-Gi-Oh! GX counterpart. The only differences being his retired ninja status and the lack of his original counterpart's cowboy hat. His shop even has references to the original Jim's Karen/Shirley with his mascot being the large crocodile. Jim even gives Tomoko a small crocodile figure that he carved himself after their first meeting. Even his making the Wayfinders for Tomoko is a light Shout-Out to his original counterpart, since his Eye of Orichalcum only activated when seeing a specific comet so that he could bring the original Judai back, and he's creating stars to help bring Team Minato home.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: How Jim is built up to be in his shop. Retired ninja? Check. Blacksmith? Check. Artist? Check. Good with kids? Double check.
  • Put on a Bus: Wasn't mentioned that much after his first official appearance in Chapter 21.
    • The Bus Came Back: Does come back in later chapters and his interactions with Tomoko seem to be building up to the possibility of his making something for her. Realized in Chapter 42.
  • The Reliable One: Always someone Tomoko has found herself falling back on in earlier points of drama.
    • Also applies to The Sea and Stars, where he goes on to support a very-much alive Gekkō Wataru in finding a new job away from the front line border patrols that originally killed him in Catch Your Breath.

Yamanaka Inoichi

Ino's future father and current Jounin. Apparently knew Judai back when he was still in service. Went on to become Tomoko's therapist, and the one to discover Hisako AND Tomoko's memories during their first therapy session.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How Inoichi later justifies looking through and investigating Tomoko's memories to Hisako. As expected, Hisako didn't buy it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: On the receiving end from Hisako when diving into Tomoko's mind again in front of the Hokage. She called him out on possibly damaging a little girl's mind for the apparent sake of the "greater good" and went on to completely abandon him in the mental maze of her own creation.
  • The End Justifies The Means: How he goes about explaining his role in Tomoko's memories to Hisako. As expected, she didn't take too kindly to it.

Drunk Man/Hitoshi Mamoru

A customer at Nagareboshi Cafe who went on to nearly strangle Tomoko to death out of his drunken anger at other ninja not doing what is supposed to be done in times of war. Gave Tomoko her first trauma in her new life, and even when threatened by Judai and later arrested by the Uchiha Police Force, his actions haunt Tomoko.
  • Irony: His actual name, Hitoshi Mamoru, is supposed to mean even-tempered protector when written out in Japanese, which is ironic enough considering his only actual appearance in-story.
  • It's All About Me: His Recursive Fanfiction counterpart is full of this, to where he questions what went wrong with his life and even goes after Hikari because he wants her all to himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
  • Love Makes You Evil: What happens to his Recursive Fanfiction counterpart. The aftermath was not pretty.
  • Stalker with a Crush: How his Sea and Stars counterpart turns out to be, where his affections go to Hikari of all people. Made worse when both he and Hikari are already married.
  • What an Idiot!: Somehow when pursuing Hikari's hand in marriage, skipping the dating phase for crying out loud, he didn't realize that 1) she's married to Judai, or 2) she's already a happy mother raising Tomoko. Also when attacking Tomoko in both Civilian Pianist and The Sea and Stars because the girl was surrounded by ninja.
  • Yandere: His Recursive Fanfiction counterpart almost became this towards Hikari before it was snuffed out by Minato.

Hitoshi Satoru

The apparent doppelgänger of Leo, Vy's old boyfriend and the new member of Team Minato for the Chunin Exams. Is actually the son of the drunk man that attacked Tomoko originally, holding a grudge against the pianist for breaking his family apart.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Reviewers were initially intrigued by his character before later chapters had his reception turn mixed at best and negative at its worst. This is why he is the only CP character to not officially reappear in Recursive Fanfiction, instead being written out.
  • Can't Take Criticism
  • Evil Is Petty
  • Freudian Excuse: His Jerkass behavior towards Tomoko, and by extension, Team Minato comes from his family being torn apart from the "Drunk Guy Incident."
  • Hate Sink: So much so that the author recognized this to where there isn't any counterpart for him in The Sea and Stars.
  • Identical Stranger: Which did NOT go well with Tomoko.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Something that Satoru shares with his father.
  • What an Idiot!: WHY would you insult Namikaze Minato AND his team when you want to go in the Chunin Exams with them? His combat style shown in Chapter 32 shows shades of this as well, to where even Obito and Rin couldn't stand him!

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