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Kaibara Municipal High School

The Student Council

    Machi Kuragi 

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (CD dramas), Ai Kakuma (2019 Series) (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

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The student council treasurer during Yuki's presidency. She is Hatsuharu and Momiji's classmate, and Kakeru's half-sister.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Machi's hair is dark brown in the manga and dark gray hair in the 2019 anime.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She makes an Early-Bird Cameo in the first season finale of the 2019 anime when Yuki passes her in the stairs at school.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She initially has no friends aside from her half-brother, has dangerously low self-esteem, and trouble communicating with people in general. She also feels compelled to ruin things whenever they're too "perfect", either methodically or in fits of violence. The way she describes herself as a "void" due to having no real interests or hobbies is also very reminescent of suffering from depression. While this could be due to some kind of disorder, her flashbacks reveal that it's mainly because of all the stress she accumulated from being pushed to be perfect by her parents.
  • Berserk Button: She can't stand anything that seems "perfect". Several times, she goes on a rampage where she scatters things in organized rooms and breaks things to destroy the "perfection".
  • Beta Couple: She and Yuki gradually fall in love after he becomes the Student Council President. Since Machi doesn't know about the Zodiac curse, the relationship between Yuki and Machi develops about as any normal high school romance. This is a sharp contrast to all the drama surrounding the romance of Tohru and Kyo.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yuki. Both were forced to be "perfect children" by their Abusive Parents. They bond and fall in love because they can see past each other's coping mechanisms and understand their suppressed real feelings. In addition, both make a mess out of their rooms and have a hammy older brother.
  • The Bore: Her mother and classmates call her boring and dull because of her reserved personality. Machi sees herself as a void since she knows she has no particular interests or hobbies that make her interesting.
  • Broken Bird: She was forced by her mother into a bitter inheritance rivalry with her illegitimate half-brother, the result being that Machi became quiet, removed from society, and prone to lose control of herself whenever she sees something "perfect".
    Machi: I'm like a doll with missing parts. A broken doll unable to become human. Defective.
  • Bully Magnet: She gets harassed by her classmates who accuse her of being rude for saying Yuki isn't the Princely Young Man they all think he is.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Introduced as a quiet and withdrawn girl, she becomes more expressive and approachable as she and Yuki bond with each other.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Yuki finds it adorable that Machi would run all over the school until she found him just because she wanted to say hi to him.
  • Friendless Background: She doesn't interact much with anyone aside from her half-brother.
  • Heir Club for Men: Machi's mother decided to make her second child the potential heir of the family fortune only because he's a boy and despite Machi being the first-born legitimate child of her parents.
  • Hime Cut: She has straight full bangs, collarbone length sidelocks, and upper back length straight hair. It's mentioned her father is very rich.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: To Yuki.
  • Irony: She was introduced as the girl who had the least interest in Yuki because she feels no attraction to the fake perfect Princely Young Man mask he wears around others. She goes on to fall in love with him for his true self, and becomes the only girl he romantically falls in love with because she saw through his mask rather than the other girls who are only infatuated with his princely image.
  • It Was a Gift: She treasures the autumn leaf Yuki gave her enough to make it into a bookmark.
  • Minor Living Alone: Machi is forced to live in an apartment by herself because her parents threw her out of the house after they mistook her putting a blanket on her baby brother with her trying to smother him.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Machi's classmates think she's a stuck-up girl who says rude things to get attention. Those who know her better, like Kakeru and later Yuki, are aware Machi is a good person, but her difficult family situation has made her antisocial and given her poor communication skills.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Similarly to Hanajima, she wears a knee-length skirt with her uniform rather than the shorter skirt most other female students wear.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: All Machi wanted to do was make sure her baby brother stayed warm while he slept. Her parents came in and assumed she was trying to smother him with a blanket.
  • Not So Stoic: Machi comes off as emotionally distant and unexpressive most of the time. That's until she suddenly loses it and goes into a rampage to destroy a clean room. Or Yuki says something that makes her flustered.
  • The Quiet One: At first, she hardly talks directly to anyone. She becomes more talkative as she grows closer to Yuki.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: She rarely changes out of her school uniform.
  • Shading/Colour Dissonance: Machi has dark brown hair, but its lack of shading in the manga suggests a much lighter hair color.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kakeru, even though they are only half-siblings. She's reserved and avoids social interaction, he's carefree and likes to tease others.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Played With. Machi is paired with the "high school prince" Yuki, but his popularity and princely mask didn't make her attracted to him at all. Instead, it's seeing past his popular image and getting to know him as a real, flawed person, and the fact that he's willing to go out of his way for her, is what makes her love him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Yuki because he's the first to show genuine interest and care for her as a person, such as wanting to know her likes and dislikes.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's standoffish, quiet, and emotionally detached as a result of the strict upbringing she got from her mother. Yuki eventually discovers how tender, considerate and soft she can be as they become closer.
  • Trash of the Titans: Machi has a bad habit of making a mess out of any room she's in. Kakeru teases her for how her apartment has her things scattered all over the floor. This is part of her pathological hatred for anything she views as perfect and organized.
  • Trophy Child: Her mother only wanted to use Machi to inherit the fortune of her husband by forcing her to be a better successor than her illegitimate half-brother. After her mother gave birth to a son, she pretty much forgot about Machi just because a daughter is less likely to be chosen as the family heir.
  • Tsundere: Harsh type. She's antisocial and unapproachable when Yuki first meets her, but as he gets to know her, she falls in love with him. She gets easily irritated and embarrassed around him, but that just makes obvious how hard she's falling for him. For example, when Yuki notices she keeps the leaf he gave her as a bookmark, Machi claims it isn't the same leaf, but it could be. It's also justified because the way her Abusive Mom treated her left Machi with great difficulty at expressing herself honestly.
  • The Un-Favourite: Machi was constantly pressured to be perfect by her mother, who largely viewed her as a Trophy Child who could inherit her husband's fortune, but she was essentially tossed aside once her younger brother was born. Her mother openly tells a friend that Machi is "dull" and that she prefers her new baby boy because a male heir has better chances at getting the fortune.
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    Kakeru Manabe 

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (CD dramas), Takuya Eguchi (2019 Series) (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN)

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Vice president of the student council during Yuki's presidency. He is Machi's older half-brother.


  • Heroic Bastard: He's the son of his father's mistress.
  • Hey, You!: Claims this is one of his nicknames.
  • Hidden Depths: His headstrong approach to his daily life continually wears out Yuki and most everyone around him, but the quiet moments between him and Yuki show that he's capable of being empathetic as a friend to Yuki and brother to Machi. He also feels incredible guilt towards what he said to Tohru at her mother's funeral years ago, and it weighs on his mind until he and Tohru talk about it.
  • Jerkass Realization: He gets hit by this in response to the Kick the Dog moment below, especially after Komaki threatened to dump him in disgust, and it weighs on his mind for years afterwards.
  • Kick the Dog: He had the gall to tell Tohru to her face, right in the middle of her mother's funeral, that she wasn't the only one who lost a parent in the accident and that she was whiny and disgusting for openly grieving. Komaki was so furious with him when she found out that she nearly broke up with him.
  • Large Ham: Enough that Yuki compares him to Ayame among Kakeru's other personality traits.
  • Metaphorically True: In his point of view, Komaki also lost her parent in the same incident that killed Kyoko and he thinks that Tohru is being self-centered when she openly grieved for her mother, unaware that Tohru is essentially orphaned with Kyoko's passing.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Manabe may act like the local joker most of the time, but he also show signs to be much more observant than he lets on.
  • Quit Your Whining: As established under Kick the Dog above, he told Tohru to her face that she wasn't the only one to lose a parent in the accident and she was whiny and disgusting for openly grieving over it.
  • Shipper on Deck: He definitely wants Yuki and Machi to be together, especially since Yuki has been a positive influence for his half-sister.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Machi, his half-sister. He's carefree and likes to tease others, she's reserved and avoids social interaction.
  • Sleepyhead: He likes to take naps instead of doing his job at the student council.

    Kimi Todou 

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (CD dramas), Rumi Ookubo (2019 series) (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)

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One of the student council secretaries during Yuki's presidency.


  • Attention Whore: She loves having all the guys' attention to herself.
  • Brainless Beauty: Admits to it, and is completely unbothered by it.
  • Contralto of Danger: In the 2019 anime, her voice is normally high-pitched and overly cheerful, but it becomes noticeably deeper when she shows her true colors.
  • The Fake Cutie: She intentionally plays up her cuteness to get attention from boys and annoy the Prince Yuki Fanclub.
  • Gold Digger: A rare good-hearted version, as she doesn't use the gifts she gets for her own benefit but for the council's.
  • Insult Backfire: In middle school, some female bullies tried to shame her into humility by calling her a Brainless Beauty who could only get by on her looks. Kimi thought that was a brilliant idea, and Yuki secretly muses that her former bullies are probably still kicking themselves for giving her the idea to this day.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Cute, vain, spoiled, popular with the boys, and intentionally antagonizes the Prince Yuki Fanclub but is otherwise pretty harmless to everyone else.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Her creator Natsuki Takaya states that Kimi was a character specifically created to have absolutely no connection to the dramatic parts of the story. Specifically, the Sohma Family.
  • Third-Person Person: She refers to herself in third person as part of her cutesy persona.

    Naohito Sakuragi 

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (CD dramas), Aoi Ichikawa (2019 series) (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)

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One of the student council secretaries during Yuki's presidency. He considers Yuki his rival, as he crushes on the president of Yuki's fan club, Motoko Minagawa.


  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He was envious of Yuki for being the object of interest of Motoko's heart and isn't pleasant with him as a result.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's generally annoyed by default, so it doesn't take much to get him screaming.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has a crush on Motoko, who similarly has an unrequited crush on Yuki.
  • The Napoleon: He's the most irritable of the student council members, and this is partly because of his insecurity about his short height. It doesn't help that Manabe's nickname for him is "Chibisuke."
  • Only Sane Man: In his eyes, at least.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Has two older sisters.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Never seen smiling.

    Makoto Takei 

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (2001 series), Jun Fukushima (2019 series) (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

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The former Student Council President.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Is head over heels for Yuki, much to the latter's dismay.
  • Hot for Student: In the sequel, Makoto now is a teacher at Kaibara High and he seems to have as big of a crush on the student Mutsuki as he did on Yuki, who happens to be Mutsuki's father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's obnoxious and full of himself, but he's not a bad guy by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Large Ham: It's incredibly rare to see him not bellowing dramatically about something.
  • Love Father, Love Son: In the sequel, it appears his adoration for Yuki ends up extending to Yuki's son.
  • Opaque Lenses: His eyes are never seen through his glasses.
  • Pride: Something Haru calls him out on—he's a bit too obsessed with enforcing the rules and generally has a "my way or the high way" attitude.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses are always like this, to the point that his eyes are almost never visible.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He only has eyes for Yuki.
  • Straight Gay: He's as enamored with Yuki as the female students are, and even gets into a fight with Motoko about it, but he shows no "camp" or stereotypical qualities.
  • Student Council President: And a particularly obnoxious one too, considering how strict and arrogant he is.

Prince Yuki's Fanclub

A group of girls devoted to adoring Yuki Sohma and keeping him single.
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    In General 
  • Characterization Marches On: Minami, Mio, and Mai were interchangeable from one another in the 2001 anime during their early appearances. It was around their A Day in the Limelight episode where they were given names and distinctions between their personalities began to show. Minami and Mio tend to squabble between one another with Minami taking the lead whenever Motoko wasn't around, while Mai was sort of a harmless Cloudcuckoolander who didn't seem to have any genuine ill will towards Tohru other than being jealous of her hanging around Yuki.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If you're a girl and you're anywhere near Yuki, then be ready to be jumped by these girls.
  • Expy: The hair styles, hair color, and similar names of Minami, Mio and Mai in the 2001 anime bring to mind Nanami Kiryuu's lackeys Keiko, Yuuko, and Aiko from Revolutionary Girl Utena. It helps that Minami, the pigtailed brunette, serves as Motoko's Beta Bitch just as Keiko was Nanami's.
  • Girl Posse: Minami, Mio, Mai, and Rika usually follow Motoko around and back her up when she's acting like an Alpha Bitch who tries to intimidate any girl who gets close to Yuki, mainly Tohru. When Motoko isn't around, the others follow Minami instead.
  • Groupie Brigade: Despite Yuki simply being popular at school rather than a celebrity, they essentially function as this. They're a high school club dedicated to worshipping Yuki and making sure no one tries to date him.
  • Harmless Villain: They constantly plot against Tohru, but they're never really able to carry out any of their harassment, since they're terrified of Arisa and Saki. They also try it on Kimi but she just blows them off. Machi has a little more trouble with them until Kakeru and Yuki intervene.
  • Hopeless Suitor: All of them have a big crush on Yuki, who has zero interest in them.
  • Loving a Shadow: They're all smitten with Yuki's image as a Princely Young Man, but none of them have any idea how much of a Broken Ace he really is. They're also shocked whenever Yuki does anything that doesn't fit their image of him, like revealing he likes natto.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: They all want Yuki because he's the most beautiful and charming guy at their high school.
  • Stalker with a Crush: They only seem to live for following Yuki around the school. In one of her spacier moments, Mai is appalled at Rika Aida not properly utilizing her lock picking skills... because they could use them to sneak into Yuki's house.

    Motoko Minagawa 

Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (2001 anime), Mao Ichimichi (2019 anime) (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)

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The president of the Prince Yuki Fan Club and Yuki's senpai.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the 2001 anime, she has reddish brown hair in contrast to the manga and 2019 anime's charcoal.
  • Alpha Bitch: Played with; while she fulfills the role as the leader of a group who hates the kindhearted Tohru and plans to be rid of her and certainly has a fitting personality for the trope, she doesn't seem to be particularly popular at school. She's also not from a wealthy or influential family, since her parents run a produce store.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: For all her jealousy and entitlement, Motoko is too cowardly to tell Yuki how she feels about him. She finally confesses to him on her graduation day, which also allows her to finally let go of her infatuation with him and move on.
  • The Chew Toy: Her attempts at bullying Tohru always fail and Motoko ends up being scared shitless by Hanajima.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets jealous over any girl getting Yuki's attention. She gets better later, though.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: She stutters a lot and talks very fast around Yuki.
  • Entitled to Have You: Motoko and her Girl Posse act as if Tohru has stolen Yuki away from them when they don't even have the courage to approach him and express their feelings for him. Basically, Motoko objectifies Yuki and pretends that he doesn't have the right to favor someone else for no reason other than her having a crush on him. Megumi calls her out on this behavior and tells her that just because she likes Yuki a lot that doesn't mean he owes her to not like someone else by his own choice.
  • Hypocrite: She makes a passionate, jealousy-fueled outburst telling Tohru (who was not even present) to stay away from Yuki. She leaves to clear her head and realizes that the selfish fangirls she despises who want Yuki all to themselves have negative qualities that she sees in herself.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Beneath her haughty attitude, she doesn't view herself as special or interesting and focuses all her energy on Yuki. She tearfully breaks down when she shows Yuki her "ugly" side, mentioning that she hates herself.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She decides to let Yuki go after she confesses to him on her graduation day.
  • Keigo: She speaks in an extremely polite manner, which emphasizes her haughty personality. Yuki even asks her if she does so out of habit.
  • Large Ham: She's very passionate when it comes to her crush on Yuki, and she'll often be loud and overly dramatic about him.
  • Love at First Sight: When she met Yuki, the first thing she did was compliment how beautiful he is and she fell for his smile.
  • Loving a Shadow: Like the rest of Yuki's fangirls, Motoko is smitten with the Prince Charming she imagines Yuki to be. She isn't brave enough to even have an actual conversation with him to find out what he's really like.
  • Properly Paranoid: From the moment Yuki becomes the Student Council President, Motoko is insistent on finding out whether there's a female member in the council out of fear that Yuki might fall in love with her. Indeed, Yuki ends up in a romantic relationship with Machi, the student council treasurer.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches past her back.
  • Satellite Character: All her characterization and role are completely focused on her unrequited crush on Yuki.
  • Shading/Colour Dissonance: Motoko's canon hair color is charcoal, as seen in the second anime. The manga uses a shade that's very similar to the one used for Kyo's hair (which is orange), so the 2001 anime makes her hair reddish brown.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She leads the Prince Yuki fan club, dedicated to worshipping Yuki as the prettiest and most charming guy at their high school.
  • Something About a Rose: Often appear in the background when she's being dramatic.

    Minami Kinoshita 

Voiced by: Hiromi Asai (2001 anime), Shizuka Ishigami (2019 anime) (JP), Libby Smith (2001 anime), Natalie Hoover (2019 anime) (EN)

The vice-president of the Prince Yuki Fan Club and a second-year student.


  • Beta Bitch: She serves as the Vice President of Yuki's fanclub and thus one level below Motoko. Since she's in the same class as Tohru, she actually antagonizes Tohru more often than Motoko does.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has her hair in pigtails, fitting with her immature fixation on Yuki.
  • Jerkass: Unlike Motoko, she doesn't have any sympathetic side to her and she spends most of her screentime being mean to Tohru for getting close to Yuki.

    Mio Yamagishi 

Voiced by: Yuuki Kajita (2001 anime), Anzu Haruno (2019 anime) (JP), Kasey Buckley (2001 anime), Emily Neves (2019 anime) (EN)

The first-year representative for the club.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has greenish-black hair in the 2019 anime, but it was brown in the 2001 anime.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Motoko is about to graduate, Minami is all set to take over leadership of the fanclub next year, while Mio comments that she'll take over after Minami. The author notes in an aside that Mio still hasn't realized that when Minami graduates, Yuki's going to graduate, too.

    Rika Aida 

Voiced by: Miwa Matsumoto (2001 anime), Chika Anzai (2019 anime) (JP), Elise Baughman (2001 anime), Amber Lee Connors (2019 anime) (EN)

A third-year member of the club.


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    Mai Gotou 

Voiced by: Kaoru Suzuki (JP), Meredith McCoy (EN)

A 2001 anime-only member of the Prince Yuki Fan Club.


  • Canon Foreigner: She's an original character of the 2001 anime, although she does stand-in for an unnamed fanclub member that was named Mai Iwata in the 2019 reboot, probably after her.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: When the Club was planning to infiltrate Hana's house to learn her weakness, Mai asks why they don't go to Tohru's instead since she's the one they have a problem with. While Motoko explains they need to get Hana out of the picture before they get rid of Tohru, if the Club had followed Tohru home they would've learned she's living with Yuki.
  • Token Good Teammate: In the 2001 anime, Mai Gotou seemed to become the least offensive of the group while still showing jealousy towards Tohru for hanging around Yuki. She at one point even cheerfully waves goodbye to Tohru's group as Motoko starts screaming at Hana for Megumi possibly cursing on them. Also, Mai was just as obnoxious as Minami and Mio when they first appeared, but in later episodes of the 2001 anime, it seems like she needed to be prompted to remember hating Tohru for getting Yuki's attention.

School Staff

    Mayuko Shiraki 

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP), Anastasia Muñoz (EN)

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Tohru, Arisa, Saki, Yuki, and Kyo's homeroom teacher.


  • A-Cup Angst: When Hatori suggests going to the beach together very late in the manga, she angsts briefly about wearing a swimsuit.
  • Adapted Out: She never appeared in the first anime version where she was replaced by a male classroom teacher.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Mayu" from her friends, students, and eventually, Hatori.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a mole by the corner of her left eye.
  • Christmas Cake: Her exact age is unknown, but her mother pressures her to hurry up and get married. Mayuko herself isn't in much of a rush to do so, but she later starts dating Hatori and eventually marries him.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sometimes she seems more like this to her students than their teacher, having a friendly rapport with the students in her class despite still being strict towards them.
  • Cry Cute: Given how serious and no-nonsense she usually is, it's moving to see her sobbing her heart out because of Hatori's heartbreak over Kana.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the second anime, she appears at the end of episode 4 to tell Tohru about her grandpa's call.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: When she sees Hatori is still in pain because of what happened with Kana, Mayuko can't stand to see him repressing his sadness and cries her eyes out.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She loved Hatori from the beginning, but she also was Kana's closest friend. She was a Shipper on Deck for him and Kana, and was genuinely grief-stricken when it went to hell.
  • Important Haircut: She eventually cuts her hair short after she finally starts going out with Hatori.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She is in love with Hatori, but she never thought she would be good enough for him especially when he already had a wonderful girlfriend like Kana. After Hatori was forced to break up with Kana and erase her memories, Mayuko could never bring herself to pursue him since she doesn't believe she can ever make him as happy as Kana did.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She doesn't know about the Sohma curse or the exact circumstances of why Hatori and Kana broke up, though she does mention that Shigure told her about Kana's memory being wiped in order to improve her mental health.
  • Love at First Sight: Even though Hatori was dating her best friend at the time, Mayuko loved him since their first meeting.
  • One Degree of Separation: Tohru's homeroom teacher is the best friend of Hatori's ex-fiancée.
  • Second Love: She's the second woman Hatori falls in love with and eventually marries her once he gets over his heartbreak over his first girlfriend Kana. In fact, Mayu even felt guilty for "taking Kana's place" in his heart at first.
  • Sensei-chan: After some of her female students address her as "Mayu-chan-sensei", she demands (jokingly) that they call her "Mayuko-daisensei-sama" instead (or in some translations, "Great Teacher Mayuko"). Despite this, she's actually more of a downplayed example of this trope, acting like a usually-stern Cool Big Sis towards her students rather than an immature Womanchild like most examples.
  • Stern Teacher: She acts strict and no-nonsense in front of her students, which makes sense considering their antics. Despite this, her students still seem to be fond of her, and she does show a more caring and supportive side towards them at times (particularly during the parent-teacher conferences).
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's very serious and firm most of the time, but her feelings for Hatori show how caring and sensitive she can be.

Other Characters

    Komaki Nakao 

Kakeru's girlfriend.


  • Genki Girl: She's almost always energetic and cheerful.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She doesn't have much of a role in the story aside from being Kakeru's girlfriend. She's also the reason behind Kakeru's minor drama with Tohru because Komaki's father was the one who caused the car crash that killed both himself and Kyoko.
  • Super Gullible: She always falls for Kakeru's lies.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves meat more than anything. Kakeru calls her his "Meat Angel".
  • Tsundere: Sweet type. She's a very nice girl and a loving girlfriend to Kakeru, but Kakeru's teasing and insensitivity can get on her nerves to the point of hitting him sometimes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Kakeru, who told Tohru during Kyoko's funeral that she wasn't the only one who had lost a parent in the accident and that she was whiny and disgusting for openly grieving. Komaki was very pissed off when she found out and almost broke up with him, forcing him to apologize.

    Mine Kuramae 

Voiced by: Miki Takahashi (JP), Yuka Iguchi (2019 anime) (JP), Amber Cotton (2001 anime), Monica Rial (2019 anime) (EN)

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A clothing designer who works in Ayame's store.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She's introduced in the 2001 anime at an earlier point than in the manga and 2019 anime, before Kazuma visits Shigure's house.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her boyfriend Ayame says that every time she sees a cute girl, she want to dress them in cute clothes, which seams to be true and she also blushes around them.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: She's passionate about making clothes for cosplay, which is why she works as a seamstress at Ayame's store. She even wears cosplay outfits at work just because she likes them.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears in the second opening of the 2019 reboot as the woman standing next to Ayame behind the gothic lolita umbrella.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She loves the style and in the 2019 reboot, she has a gothic lolita styled umbrella.
  • Fashion Designer: She works at Ayame's clothing store as a designer and seamstress.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She keeps her hair in two braids.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses and is quite cute.
  • Meido: One of the many things she wears is a maid uniform. Yuki asks her if the maid outfit is her uniform when working at the shop, but Mine replies that she wears it because she likes it.
  • Nice Girl: She's a very friendly girl.
  • Official Couple: She officially becomes Ayame's girlfriend. Another reveals that they got married and had two children, Hibika and Chizuru.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Very few scenes show her not smiling.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Her only role in the story is being Ayame's perky girlfriend and she doesn't receive any Character Development unlike the other characters in a relationship.
  • Secret Keeper: Implied to have known about the curse, though not explicitly stated. During a somber conversation with Ayame, Yuki asks Ayame if Mine knows about the curse, and Ayame not-so-subtly (Yuki even lampshades it) changes the topic of conversation to something else. Yuki notes that he wouldn't be surprised if Mine did know - because he doesn't think that Ayame would have been capable of keeping it a secret from her for so long.
  • Tears of Joy: She cries when the newly-released Ayame is finally able to hug her near the end of the series.

    Mitsuru 

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (2001 series), Chinatsu Akasaki (2019 series) (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN)

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Shigure's editor.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is brown in the 2001 series, but a light gray in the 2019 reboot.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The 2019 anime gives her a bit more of a presence by adding screentime with Mitsuru bonding with Ritsu before they start dating.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Well, editor, but Shigure still drives the poor woman crazy.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and her boyfriend Ritsu are both overly emotional people with anxiety problems and prone to panic over small things, which causes them to have low self-esteem.
  • Butt-Monkey: She's the biggest victim of Shigure's Trolling. About all her appearances have Shigure driving her crazy by acting flaky, to the point she's on verge of killing herself.
  • Hysterical Woman: She acts like it's the end of the world whenever it looks like Shigure isn't going to have his manuscript ready on time.
  • Prone to Tears: She's so emotional that it doesn't take much for Shigure to make her cry by messing with her a little.
  • Suicide as Comedy: When Tohru meets her, she's on the verge of killing herself with a box cutter because Shigure has run off without meeting his deadlines again. Later, we see her writing a suicide note to her parents for the exact same reason. Shigure thinks it's funny.

    Tohru's paternal grandfather 

Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (2001 anime), Uoken (JP), Brice Armstrong (2001 anime), Doug Jackson (2019 anime) (EN)

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  • Accidental Misnaming: He typically calls Tohru "Kyoko-san" after Kyoko's death. While at first it seems like it's due to being a Scatterbrained Senior, it's actually subverted since he calls Tohru by Kyoko's name because he wants to let Tohru know that there's at least one other person besides her who remembers Kyoko after her death.
  • Anti-Climactic Parent: So many people in the Honda family were against Katsuya and Kyoko's marriage that Kyoko wound up psyching herself up to think that Katsuya's father (who he used to be at odds with) would be the worst of the lot. He winds up being the only family member who happily approves of them, and eventually the only one willing to take in their daughter Tohru once both her parents have died.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's quiet flighty. To say the least. Played With though, as he isn't as flighty as he seems at times.
  • Good Parents: To Katsuya and later Kyoko when she becomes a part of Katsuya's life. He later becomes the best grandparent he can be to Tohru, even if that means letting her live with another family since he knows his own family won't treat her well.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Subverted. He begins habitually calling Tohru "Kyoko-san" after Kyoko passes away, which everyone seems to write off as a result of his age, but Kyo points out that it's a bit insensitive for him to do so. Then Tohru's grandfather admits he's aware he does it, and says that he started doing it because after Kyoko's funeral, it looked like Tohru was going to fall apart if there wasn't some sort of reminder every so often that her mother was once alive and that other people think of her as well.
    • Played straight when he throws his back out and Tohru comes to visit him. He's reminiscing about Katsuya and Kyoko, telling Tohru that it would be nice to see them again, even as ghosts, before he died. What he doesn't know is that the phrase "I want to see them again," triggers a painful memory for Tohru - one where after Katsuya's death, Kyoko left her alone in the house to wander aimlessly without thinking of Tohru.
  • Love Redeems: When his son was alive, their relationship suffered from a strain. When his wife passed away, he changed and became the kind-hearted man Tohru knew.
  • Nice Guy: He was the only person in the Honda family who didn't ostracize Kyoko, and later he remains kind to Tohru even when all of her other relatives treat her like crap.
  • No Name Given: We never get to know what his given name is.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As Katsuya says in a flashback, "He's lost his edge." However, there are infrequent instances in the manga that suggest he's capable of being just as disagreeable as his son was, but doesn't act on it until he feels he needs to.
  • Papa Wolf: Do not make any crude comments about his granddaughter. Even if you're family, he will hit you.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Subverted; his odd behavior makes him seem as though his mind is declining from old age, but it's later made clear that much of this is Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: One of the more sympathetic examples from the manga. He really does love his son, but it's implied he had very little hand in Katsuya's upbringing because the two rarely saw eye-to-eye. In present times in the series, he loves Tohru dearly, but his poor health means that he has to be cared for by Tohru's aunt and uncle. Realizing he can't do much to protect her from their cruelty and not wanting her to feel trapped, the best he can do is urge her to go somewhere else, if there's a place she'd rather be at.
  • Your Favorite: The food which he brings to Kyoko's grave.

    Mr. Uotani 

Voiced by: Masashi Nogawa (JP), Josh Martin (EN)

Arisa's father and a recovering alcoholic.


  • Alcoholic Parent: Until a few years ago, he tried to drink his sorrows away because of his wife running off with another man. Arisa has been helping him with his recovery.
  • Parental Neglect: After his wife left him, he would spend all day drinking and blankly staring at the TV, never once even trying to look after Arisa. This was the cause of Arisa joining a gang to cope with her frustration at being unattended by her father.
  • Recovered Addict: Arisa somehow managed to get him out of his drinking habit, although she still needs to keep an eye on him in case he tries sipping a beer every once in a while.
  • Unnamed Parent: We never get to know his given name.

    Mr. and Mrs. Hanajima 

Saki's father is voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (JP), Christopher Wehkamp (EN)

Saki's mother is voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP), Jenny Ledel (EN)

Saki's parents.


  • Good Parents: They are endlessly loving and supportive of Saki, especially when she was being bullied and ostracized.
  • Open-Minded Parent: They aren't bothered by Saki's Psychic Powers and did everything they could to help her through the problems her lack of control over her powers brought to her when she was growing up. Many of the Sohma parents should learn from them when it comes to raising a child born with a supernatural trait.
  • Shading/Colour Dissonance: Their hair lacks any shading in the manga, which is odd given that both their kids have black hair. According to the 2019 anime, Saki and Megumi get their black hair from their father and their mother has brown hair.
  • Unnamed Parent: Their given names are never revealed.

    Mr. and Mrs. Katsunuma 
Kyoko's parents who were callous and unloving to the point that they disowned Kyoko.
  • Abusive Dad: The father treated Kyoko like dirt because she got herself in delinquent life, cruelly telling her the world doesn't need people like her.
  • The Faceless: Their faces are never drawn clearly in the manga.
  • Hate Sink: They're yet another example of disgustingly bad parents in a series overloaded with those. It was their callous treatment what made Kyoko involve herself with gangs when she was a teenager.
  • I Have No Daughter!: Kyoko's father finally got sick of her after she was put in the hospital in her attempt to abandon her gang. The day Kyoko left the hospital, the father threw her out of the house while cruelly telling her to "never bother him again".
  • Jerkass: They are unbelievably egocentric and heartless adults who care for nothing but their image.
  • Kick the Dog: After they already kicked Kyoko out of the house, the father went out of his way to call her after Katsuya's funeral to tell her not to bother coming back with Tohru.
  • Parental Neglect: They emotionally ignored Kyoko throughout her childhood. Kyoko said that they would never even eat at the table as a family.
  • Never My Fault: Both condemned Kyoko for choosing the life of a delinquent without any consideration of how badly it would make them look. Neither of them wanted to even consider that Kyoko's bad behavior was a direct result of their extremely neglectful treatment of her.
  • Slave to PR: The only reason why they complained about Kyoko joining a gang was that having a delinquent for a daughter was bad for their image in society.
  • Unnamed Parent: Like most parents in the series outside of Tohru's, Kyoko's parents are never named.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: While the father abused and later disowned Kyoko, the mother did nothing but fret and wonder how her daughter turned out so poorly and what would the neighbors think.

    Mrs. Kuragi 

Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP), Brianna Roberts (EN)

Machi's cold mother who kicked her out of the house after accusing Machi of trying to kill her own baby brother.


  • Abusive Mom: She was just as abusive and controlling towards Machi as Yuki's mother was towards her son. Even now, she continues verbally abusing Machi whenever they speak.
  • The Faceless: We don't see her face in Machi's flashbacks.
  • Parental Favoritism: She only cares about her young son while only treating Machi like a bother.
  • Unnamed Parent: Like many parents in the series, we don't know her given name.

    Mr. Nakao 
Komaki's father who died recently.
  • Accidental Murder: He was the driver who killed Kyoko, by accidentally hitting her with his car before crashing and perishing.
  • Disappeared Dad: He died in a car crash a while ago. The same that killed Kyoko, in fact.
  • Posthumous Character: He's already dead during the series.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's a very minor character who doesn't even have a name, but he's the one who caused Kyoko's death by accidentally hitting her with his car, and Kyoko's death is what kickstarts the plot as a whole.
  • Unnamed Parent: His given name is never mentioned.

    The Sohma's Head Maid 

Voiced by: Hitomi Shogawa (JP), Linda Leonard (EN)

An Old Retainer of the Sohma. She has been working with them for more than twenty years.


  • All That Glitters: She gave an empty box to a very young Akito and told her it had her recently deceased father Akira's soul, in an attempt to help her cope.
  • Dismotivation: She's the head of the system that encourages the cult-like traditions and customs of the Sohma clan centered around preserving the "bond" of the Zodiac. As she tells Akito after her Heel–Face Turn, she's much too old now to be able to accept drastic new changes into the strictly traditional Sohma family, even saying how she liked the old Akito better when Akito is finally showing signs of self-improvement by abandoning the A God Am I complex that made her hurt so many people.
  • No Name Given: Her actual name is never mentioned.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She's always seen wearing a kimono, as a sign of her being a member of a very old-fashioned environment.
  • Old Retainer: She has been working in the Sohma household for decades.
  • Parental Substitute: She's the closest thing to a parental figure Akito has because her father died when she was a toddler and her mother never wanted to have anything to do with her. She's also pretty much the only woman Akito gets along with.
  • Pushover Parents: She took over raising Akito after her father died due to Ren wanting nothing to do with her daughter, but because of her misguided beliefs about the roles of the Zodiac, she enabled Akito's increasingly abusive behavior towards everyone around her because "a god can do whatever they please."
  • Shipping Torpedo: She opposed quite a bit to her then fellow maid Ren and the former family head Akira's relationship.
  • Yes-Man: Or Yes-Woman, on accounts of going along with what Akito says and does.

    The Zodiac God (Spoilers) 
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Once upon a time, there was a very lonely man who became friends with thirteen animals who regarded him as a "god". Not wanting to part with his friends, the man cast a spell that would bind him and the animals in an everlasting bond throughout their next lives. This is the origin of the Sohma family curse.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: His tale is told near the end of the manga right after the curse is finally broken. In the 2019 anime, he appears in the very first scene of the first episode when he's casting the spell that linked him to the Zodiac animals.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The animals only called him "God".
  • The Faceless: His face is obscured throughout the origin story of the Sohma curse.
  • Immortality Seeker: He wanted the banquet with his animal friends to never end. To accomplish that, he prepared an elixir of immortality that would make them reincarnate endlessly.
  • Limited Social Circle: Basically, this is the basis of the "curse". Since the "God" only wished to be connected to his animal friends forever, they are not allowed to form proper connections with anyone else but the "God". The answer to breaking the curse is to bond with people outside the Zodiac, which Tohru does by befriending all the cursed Sohma.
  • Mystical White Hair: He had long white hair to represent his importance as the caster of the spell that became the curse.
  • Not Good with People: Because no humans would get close to the man, he chose to make friends with animals instead.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His hair was so long that it reached his feet.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All he wanted was to stay connected to his animal friends for eternity even after death. He never intended for this bond to become the source of generations of angst and abuse in the Sohma linage.
  • Walking Spoiler: As the originator of the Sohma curse, his very existence is a spoiler.
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