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Takaba Akihito

Voiced by: Akira Sasanuma (1st Drama CD), Tetsuya Kakihara (2nd Drama CD, OVA)

An intrepid reporter who is thrown into the Mafia world after running into Asami.


  • Action Survivor: Either he's lucky or quick enough to make it out alive of situations where he could easily have gotten himself killed.
  • Adorkable: His plucky and energetic personality naturally causes him to be this.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Some of his friends call him "Aki-chan".
  • Badass Adorable: Has his moments despite being outmatched, never gives up, and is very cute.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's the most kind-hearted character in the manga, which isn't hard to be in a story involving the criminal underworld. But the Naked Truth arc shows that if pushed too far, he's willing to get violent.
  • Big Eater: Seems to take in a significant amount of food for his size.
  • Bishōnen: He's Quite pretty, and it's even acknowledged In-Universe... sadly for him. See So Beautiful, It's a Curse.
  • Break the Cutie: It happens to him a few times, though it does not fully work or last.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: And how!
  • Corrupt the Cutie: His moral compass is slipping somewhat.
  • Does Not Like Spam:
    • After a certain Noodle Incident, he grew to hate tomatoes to the point that he doesn't even want to see one again.
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    • Official material also states that he doesn't like onions.
  • Heroic BSoD: He briefly goes through one after the events of the Naked Truth arc. While he tries to act fine, he occasionally suffers from nightmares and shuts himself in a room for a few days after suffering a PTSD-esque episode that had him nearly drown.
  • The Ingenue: At first.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In the Animix.
  • Intrepid Reporter: He is trying to make it.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He gets along well with cats.
  • Living MacGuffin: He attracts a lot of people, be it in a positive or negative way, which becomes a driving force in most of the story arcs.
  • Love Hurts
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "bright" in Japanese, which fits his perky personality.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Downplayed, but he squeals in joy over how scary a movie is.
  • Older Than They Look: Takaba is 23 years old, but he looks 18. This is lampshaded by the fact that he's barred from nightclubs because of his perceived age and Asami usually has to order drinks for him.
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  • Only a Flesh Wound: Played straight. He gets shot near the end of the Naked Truth arc, but it's revealed that the bullet only grazed his shoulder.
  • The Pollyanna: His default mood seems to be cheerful.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: His looks have played a role in his misfortunes, but he never complains about it. He does not even seem to realize his appeal.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: There are shades of this trope in his relationship with Asami, and he even acknowledges this in one chapter.
    Akihito: Why, of all people, does it have to be you? You're the sort of person who does things I can never forgive.
  • Supreme Chef
  • Sweet Tooth: Something that Asami teases him mercilessly for.
  • Technical Pacifist: He won't hesitate to fight back if needed, but he always falters when faced with the possibility of actually killing someone.
  • Too Dumb to Live: More often than not, he does some pretty stupid things and pays heavily for those even if he does not actually die.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sweets, especially ice cream.
  • Tsundere: Dere-dere, but Asami brings out his tsun side.
  • Uke: Well, duh.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Never lose their shine.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Neither Sudoh Shu or Kuroda Shinji have any idea what Asami sees in him.
  • When He Smiles

Ryuuchi Asami

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (1st Drama CD), Takaya Kuroda (2nd Drama CD, OVA)

A crime boss that takes a liking to Takaba.


Fei Long

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (1st Drama CD), Nobuo Tobita (2nd Drama CD, OVA)

Someone Asami toyed with a few years before the start of the series and now he is back for revenge.


Mikhail Arbatov

A Russian mobster that seems interested in Feilong and gets involved in the casino debacle.
  • The Alcoholic: Implied, he seems to drink a bit more than he ought to.
  • Bi the Way: Seems to give off this vibe considering in one scene he's lounging at poolside with scantily-clad women, but openly admits to having fantasies about Feilong and molests Takaba in front of his own men, if for nothing else than to taunt his deeply-closeted cohort Yuri. Considering the Russian mafia is rather open about homophobia, Mikhail's behavior is surprisingly bold.
  • Covered with Scars: Has some pretty vicious scars on his back, and nonchalantly hints that he received them as a result of horrendous abuse.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dissonant Serenity: Has very little reaction to witnessing Feilong getting his casino deed back or his cohort Yuri getting repeatedly shot over the side of the boat, other than to muse at how "boring" it turned out to be. Even though he'd just lost out on a lucrative business investment and one of his own men may or may not have been murdered.
  • For the Evulz
  • Has a Type: People with pretty hair.
  • Jerkass: He feels up and mistreats Akihito just because he can.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: In his introduction.
  • Light Is Not Good: He has blonde hair and blue eyes, and wears white suits or bright colors but is still an utter bastard.
  • Man in White: When he visits a sick Feilong he is wearing a white suit.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he walks in on Yuri verbally and physically abusing Takaba, he drops his sadistically carefree attitude and coldly admonishes his cohort for abusing their hostage.
  • Sad Clown: Has a very carefree and fun loving exterior but seems to be a mask. He even calls himself, Asami and Feilong 'warped men.'
  • Sensual Slavs: Russian and very flirtatious and horny.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: Is shown as a heavy drinker, but is not specified if Vodka is his drink of choice.

Kirishima Kei

Asami's devoted and very capable secretary.


Suoh Kazumi

Asami's bodyguard.


  • The Big Guy
  • Embarrassing First Name: Who would have expected a big, tough guy like him to have a cute name like Kazumi?
  • Gentle Giant: He is shown tending to Kirishima's injuries and he is a bit clumsy. And his early interactions with Akihito seem indulgent.
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