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    Keita Amano 

Keita Amano

Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)

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A friendless second-year high school student who has nothing but his games.


  • Adorkable: When he starts going on a massive fangasm about gaming when talking to Uehara, it's oddly charming in a dorky way.
  • Birds of a Feather: To an unbelievable degree with Chiaki. They have the same belief on games, same taste in games and even same playing styles. They also have the same belief over internet friends, same tendencies for the nicknames they use online and he's even a huge fan of her games. That said, they refuse to agree to disagree when it comes to their stances of Moe. Despite the fact that they have almost everything else in common, that one thing causes them to outwardly claim to hate each other.
  • Chick Magnet: Tendo, and, eventually, Chiaki and Konoha Hoshinomori, end up falling for him over the course of the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • If sufficiently comfortable with the person in front of him.
      Aguri: It took me a lot of work to get to where I am now, from when I was a total wallflower.
      Amano: Here, where you boyfriend cheats on you left and right. Got it.
      Aguri: [pulls his cheek]
      Amano: Ow, ow, ow!
    • When Aguri wondered aloud if all gamers are in fact masochists like Challenge Gamer Tendo, Amano helpfully points out with a completely straight face that nobody's as masochistic as her. His girlfriend wasn't amused.
      Tendo: [Luminescent Blush] Amano-kun! It really doesn't sound like a joke when your boyfriend says you're super masochistic!
  • Embarrassing Cover-Up: By proxy. When Konoha said to Amano and Chiaki that she would use a "I don't have time for a relationship" explanation to turn down an unwanted suitor, he unthinkingly comments that hentai games probably do eat a lot of her time. Realizing his mistake, Amano is forced to twist his own words to divert Chiaki's attention from her sister and convince her that he's the avid eroge gamer instead. From the disgusted glower Chiaki gave him, it's safe to say his fast-talking was a complete success.
  • First-Name Basis: Addresses Chiaki by her given name not long after they first meet, which goes to show how compatible the two are.
  • Friendless Background: Amano admits he has no friends at the school in the first episode. Although it doesn't seem to negatively affect his life, he does want to make more friends if possible. Ironically, rejecting the ready-made friend group in the gaming club resulted in him making lots of friends and getting a girlfriend.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Chiaki and Amano are constantly bickering.
  • Love Confession: Uehara sets up a public gathering for Amano to ask Tendo to be his friend, but instead he recites a video game line and asks her out. Naturally, it stuns the bejeepers out of everyone listening.
  • Has a Type: As shown by his love of a Visual Novel that prominently features them, and his crush on Tendo, he has a thing for blondes.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Amano fully realizes how average he is, thus has trouble believing that any girl could like him and he doesn't see himself as a person worthy of being by Karen's side.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Vitriolic Best Buds though they may be, he's developed into this with Uehara. Heck, it's to the point where the two of them were Mistaken for Gay.
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Tendo. Even after dating her, he still doesn't believe he's worthy of her but he's willing to try.
  • Master of None: Ironically, while he primarily identifies himself via gaming, it's pointed out several times he's not actually good at any of the ones we see him playing. This is because he likes to try almost every game, but doesn't stick with any of them long enough to get truly good at them. Fittingly enough, the show's opening sequence shows him failing in the mish-mash of Shout Outs to games of varying genres except for the RPG one.
  • Meaningful Name: Appropriate for the protagonist of a gaming-centric series to have the same name as the protagonist of a video game. Specifically, his is the Japanese name of Nate Adams from Yo Kai Watch, only differing with the kanji for "ama".
  • Mistaken for Gay: Both Chiaki and Aguri thought he had a thing for Uehara.
  • Nice Guy: He's always kind and humble ... except when talking to Chiaki, who he will take any opportunity to insult.
  • No Social Skills: Becomes flustered when Tendo approaches him in a gaming store, and additionally lampshades that his behavior makes him pass off as a creepy otaku. He also tends to say things that Tendo will misunderstand, even when their relationship has gotten to the point where he should know better than to ask her about "how to reject someone."
  • Oblivious to Love: He doesn't realize Tendo has a massive crush on him. After he defends the game club and causes Tendo to fall in love with him, Uehara asks him in the next episode about his progress with her. He replies that he hasn't seen her around, which causes confuses Uehara because she's literally stalking him at this point. Even worse when he runs into Tendo randomly and she legitimately orders him to accompany her on a "walk" that's obviously a date.
  • Online Alias: Tsucchie and Yama-san. The former for playing mobile games, and the latter for posting game reviews on the internet.
  • Otaku: When it comes to games, it's hard to get him to stop harping on about them.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Aguri. Due to their support with each other's love lives, they've become pretty close to the point that even though he's willing to blow Tendo (and the rest of his friends) off to buy a limited edition video game, he's willing to abandon that if Aguri asks him to do it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Tasuku's manly man.
  • Serious Business: Typically towards anything involving games. And in episode 10, after Aguri texts him when she sees Tasuku with his hands on Karen and Chiaki's shoulders, he rushes towards the arcade she's at, prompting the others to wonder what happened to that new game he was going to get. He then says Aguri's feelings mattered more, as he thought she had broken up with Tasuku and was extremely depressed, until she tells him it was just a misunderstanding.
  • Shipper on Deck: He ships Uehara and Aguri.
  • Silent Snarker: Especially in the English dub:
    Amano: One plus one equals… love?
    Aguri: Damn right!
    Amano: [thinking] I know what stats she Min Max.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Subverted. While Amano has an unremarkable appearance, and the Unwanted Harem, he lacks the other characteristics. He has no talent in anything (even the games he loves), and even his moral character isn't anything write home about. The show parodies this by demonstrating that Misumi is really the person who fits this trope, thus freeing Amano's story to go into a completely unpredictable direction.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: A subversion in that he doesn't join the game club because the purpose of the club is being ultra-competitive. However, to Tendo's confusion he can also be competitive, because he doesn't think games are fun if you literally don't try. He's just not so single-minded as them to focus on a single game and would rather play a variety of games even if it means he never gets particularly good at them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Uehara and especially with Hoshinomori. Uehara and him get along but Uehara has a tendency of playfully mocking him. He and Hoshinomori are very similar, but feud over their stances on Moe. To some extent his relationship with Aguri can move into this when either one of them gets frustrated; Aguri often blames Amano for all of the problems in her life even though they're obviously close.
  • What Does She See in Him?: The whole school seems to think this of him and Tendo. After she accepts his confession, the phrase gets said outright. Hoshinomori says the same thing about him when she thinks he's dating Aguri.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The thing that turned Tendo's growing interest in him into an outright crush was his vehement defense of her and her club during an argument with Uehara in Episode 2. Neither guy knew Tendo was around at the time and they weren't at school, so the fact Amano stood up for her when he had nothing to gain from it really made an impression on her.
    • Similarly, Chiaki's attraction to him grew when he starts complimenting his online friend "Mono" and his favorite indie developer "Nobe" in front of her at the end of episode 8 - not realizing that both of those handles belonged to Chiaki herself.
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    Karen Tendou 

Karen Tendou

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

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The prettiest girl in Keita's school, and president of the gaming club.


  • The Ace: Was considered to be one, and episode four shows off what her daily routine consisted of before meeting Keita, and then turning into a Broken Ace after meeting and falling in love with him.
  • Adorkable: Pretty much everything she does after meeting Amano and we only get a short glimpse in Episode 4 of her perfectly ordered life before meeting him. After meeting Amano, she's literally tripping on banana peels.
  • Brutal Honesty: Although she hides her crush on Amano and her love for gaming, she has a policy of rejecting her many, many suitors face-to-face. While she's always polite yet honest, after she falls in love with Amano, the polite part wears off and her rejections become quite brutal. At one point she starts to tear down one poor sap so badly Misumi (who watched from a window) has to pull her aside to tell her she was taking it too far (and that losing her grip wasn't helping her land Amano, either).
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Averted in that she never seems to realize that she's in love with Amano and not just thinking about him constantly for some platonic reason. When he asks her out, her affirmative response takes all of half of a second.
  • Challenge Gamer: A through and through example, which was a factor in Amano's decision to not join the Game Club. Later on, her passionate spiel about enjoying being tortured by cruelly difficult games sounded to Aguri — the non-gamer of the group — like Tendou was opening up to them about being an actual masochist, which Aguri of course lampshades.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Anytime Amano shows any interest in a girl that's not her, she becomes depressed or angry.
    • Karen is particularly wary of Chiaki hanging around with Amano because of the obvious chemistry between them.
    • Karen is also preemptively jealous, as in she tries to keep Amano from getting into situations that will make her jealous before they can happen. For example, when Chiaki asked their help to look for her little sister in the Beach Episode because she was worried that a girl as cute as her would get hit on by pushy guys if left alone, Karen half-excused, half-scared Keita away from helping because Chiaki's description of her sister alone was enough of a reason for Karen to not want her and Amano to meet.
  • Closet Geek: She hides her interest in video games unless she finds someone she wants to invite to the club.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Episode 4 showed that she had an Erotic Dream with Amano, in contrast with her Ms. Perfect act at school.
    • The same episode has her showing obvious disappointment when Amano considered not buying a Dating Sim whose main selling points were a full cast of blonde Love Interests — including one who looked almost exactly like Tendo herself — and lots of Wardrobe Malfunction and Jiggle Physics.
    • The almost creepy way she giggled to herself when Uehara advised her to create an "indisputable fact" of her romantic relationship with Amano sure didn't sound she was considering something on the level of simply holding hands with the guy. The latter being exactly the progress she actually got — and was quite happy with — in the anime version of their Double Date with Uehara and Aguri.
    • Episode 12 reveals that she undresses Amano with her eyes.
  • Erotic Dream: Episode 4 opens up with her having one about Amano.
  • Freudian Slip:
  • Gamer Chick: She restarted the game club, after all.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The English dub's approach for her too-polite-for-her-age speech patterns in the original Japanese.
  • Hair Decs: She's always seen wearing a black butterfly ribbon in her hair when she has it tied up semi-elegantly.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blond and is incredibly kind.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She was the one who proposed the Gamers' Meet-Up retreat, and created the rule that no flirting is allowed for its duration. And yet, the moment Amano pays her the tiniest compliment, she's swooning all over him. Also, during the sleepover, she nonchalantly parks her futon right next to Amano's, only get dragged away, and then admonishes Aguri and Uehara for doing the same thing.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She ironically has little self-confidence in herself regarding her relationship with Amano, despite being a Proud Beauty and confident in every other aspect of her life. This is because Amano is so strange and eccentric compared to her usual suitors that it's hard for her to understand him or predict what he's going to do next. She adores him, but they have trouble bonding in a meaningful manner besides their mutual love for games, making her afraid that he'll reject her at any time. This is exacerbated by the fact that Tendo can't help but notice how Amano has a much easier time being just himself with Chiaki and Aguri than around her.
  • Keigo: As the series progresses, she eventually lapses to a personality where she communicates in formal and polite linguistics at all times.
  • Mentor Ship: Tendou briefly discusses the possibility in Episode 4 when murmuring to herself about possible scenarios to get closer to Amano. She blushingly states that if Amano just happened to come by the Game Club, she could take him under her wing and show him how he can work on his game skills and enjoy his time there. She doesn't get her wish, but she and he do manage to get closer.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She has tons of practice rejecting men who confess their feelings to her, and as the most popular girl in school, she has never really encountered someone who's told her no to anything. When Amano thus turns down her invitation to join the Game Club, her confident demeanor is irrevocably shattered, and she follows him around in hopes of convincing him to change his mind. After her crush on Amano is solidified, she freaks out on any occasion where she thinks he's going to reject her feelings, even pointing out to herself how ironic it is that someone who's turned down hundreds of Love Confessions in the past is so afraid of the same happening to her.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a blue vest under her blazer, which she continues using during the summer months.
  • Not So Above It All: Tendo is the School Idol who receives confessions from boys almost every day, and is considered to be nigh unapproachable and perfect. However, once she falls in love with Amano, she's reduced to a jibbering mess who can't get her homework done, does peculiar things at school, and lies awake at night thinking up scenarios in which she can interact with Amano.
  • Oblivious to Love: It takes her a while to realize she's absolutely head-over-heels in love with Amano to the point it starts to seriously affect her life as she spends practically all day, every day talking about and thinking about Amano to the detriment of her ordered life. However, she chalks it up to his words about "playing games for fun" messing with her head and convinces herself that if she beats him in a game, it will fix her preoccupation with him. That said, while she might be oblivious, it also takes her maybe half of a second to accept Amano's confession.
  • The Ojou: She has a reputation as one, but her breakdown undermines this. She's otherwise considered the most beautiful, unapproachable girl in the school.
  • Parody Sue: She's a blond, athletic, and smart girl that heads a gaming club. She would be every guy's dream which the show lampshades when we get a glimpse of her daily life in episode 4. One rejection by Keita Amano though, and she's a Broken Ace trying to maintain her image, since she really did not see such a dismissal ever coming for a character like her.
  • Properly Paranoid: Karen is so much of a Clingy Jealous Girl that she's wary of people her crush hasn't even met yet. That said, her woman's intuition tends to be right on the money so often that she should bet on horses or something. For specific examples:
    • She doesn't like the Like an Old Married Couple thing that Amano and Chiaki have going on no matter how vocally they express their dislike for the other. Later on Chiaki ends up actually falling for Amano when she figures out he's two of her best online friends.
    • Karen doesn't want Amano to meet Chiaki's sister, if only because how cute the younger girl is. Later on, a panicking Chiaki makes Amano think that her sister is actually Nobe and Mono, forcing Konoha to play along. This and Amano becoming the latter's Secret Keeper after accidentally discovering her love for adult games turned him into someone whom the outwardly well-behaved girl could and would vent her frustrations at, a freedom to act that would evolve into something more serious after a while.
    • She's also rather leery of Amano's fondness of his mobage pal Mono, despite the fact he or she could be anything from a little kid to a senior citizen. Given that Mono is actually Chiaki, Karen's jealousy seems to be almost clairvoyant in hindsight.
  • Punny Name: Karen Tendo. This also refers to the fact that she's a Gamer Chick. Even more obvious in the dub where the naming order is reversed.
  • Serious Business: Treats games in this fashion, and plays very competitively against other players. This caused Amano to turn down her invitation to join the Gamers Club, but at the same time he tells her he likes this aspect of her as well.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She goes from interested in Amano to hopelessly in love with him after she overhears him defend her and the game club when Uehara says the club is stupid.
  • School Idol: For Amano's school but the first episode reveals she's going to lose this status soon. Apparently, she was also this at previous schools since Konoha was told that she'd never have gotten chosen as the Student Council President if Tendo had gone to the same school.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Ever since her encounter with Amano, she can't get by a single hour without thinking about him. After a while, that includes sleeping hours as well.
  • Sour Prudes: Subverted. She stresses that "things have to be done in order in a relationship" to Amano right after they start dating. This is less about a staunch belief in propriety, and a lot more about how little she trusts herself to behave were Amano to be more assertive.
  • Stalker with a Crush: After Amano turned down her invitation to join the gaming club, she spied on him after school, ostensibly to somehow convince him to change his mind and to agree to join the club. After she falls in love with him she stops trying to get him to join the club, but continues stalking him at school and making all sorts of excuses for why she's randomly passing by Class 2-F. Most of the time Amano doesn't notice she's following him around but Uehara can see it plain as day.

    Chiaki Hoshinomori 

Chiaki Hoshinomori

Voiced by: Manaka Iwami (Japanese), Marissa Lenti (English)

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A wallflower gamer who opens up when she gains friends. She's actually a freeware game designer under the handle "Nobe".


  • Affectionate Nickname: "Kelp-head", because of how curly and wavy her hair is.
  • Berserk Button: Don't badmouth Yama-san in front of her. As protective of her little sister as she is, Chiaki didn't hesitate for a second to bop her on the head because of this in episode 9, nevermind Konoha was just nodding along what Chiaki just said.
  • Birds of a Feather: To an unbelievable degree with Amano. They have the same belief on games, same taste in games and even same playing styles. They also have the same belief over internet friends, same tendencies for the nicknames they use online and he's even a huge fan of her games. That said, they refuse to agree to disagree when it comes to their stances of Moe.
  • Blatant Lies: Claims that her little sister is Nobe and MONO's real identity. Amano easily falls for it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: After getting feelings for Amano, she refuses to admit her own feelings to herself or tell him that she's Mono and Nobe.
  • Character Tics: Saying things twice for emphasis and fidgeting.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She does not like it when Uehara compliments other girls, later switched to Amano when she falls for him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Chiaki has some atypical ideas of what delights her. Her games usually include some weird twists to them, and in Episode 12 she describes her favorite DLC as an epilogue where the heroine turns into a fish for no reason at all.
  • Comical Overreacting: When she and Amano don't see eye to eye for the first time on what is important in making a game great, we get a visual of them being frozen solid in blocks of ice.
  • Creepy Loner Girl: When she's introduced, Chiaki is an asocial Gamer Girl with disheveled "seaweed" hair who most of her classmates consider rather awkward and creepy. That is, until Amano challenges himself to befriend her. After he does, the two of them become very close friends and she demonstrates a very cute and friendly personality in his presence. She also cuts her hair later on, making her look much cuter.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Other than her stance on Moe, as Uehara puts it in the English dub, she's basically Amano in a skirt.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Downplayed; she's a domestic barefooter. In school or public, she uses shoes and socks, but at home and in her most casual clothes, she's always barefoot. It's noticeable because in Episode 9, she only puts on a pair of slip-on sandals while going outside in her at-home clothes (sweats), and when she invites Amano over, he wears guest slippers and she just pads around barefooted. She also likes wiggling her headphone cord between her bare toes, so it's pretty clear she prefers her tootsies to be free.
  • Dude Magnet: After She Cleans Up Nicely, she becomes very popular with dudes. Unlike Karen, she isn't used to the attention and freezes up if a guy gets too pushy when asking her out. This is the reason why she went for an impromptu Boyfriend Bluff in the Beach Episode by clinging to Amano's arm despite hating his guts the rest of the time.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She is first seen all hunched over in her chair playing an RPG, wiggling her earphone cord between her toes.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Chiaki is encouraged to trim her unruly hair, she bobs it down to a much less homely style that shows off more of her face. From that moment on, she becomes a little less introverted
  • First-Name Basis: She calls Keita by his first name, which shows how quickly the two hit it off.
  • Gamer Girl: Chiaki is a fairly typical gamer girl.
  • Genre Savvy: She recognizes that her situation with Amano/Yama-san is just like a female protagonist in a story falling for the guy she hates after getting a glimpse of his Hidden Heart of Gold. She calls it a cheap storytelling trick even as she realizes how helpless she is when life pulls the same fast one on her.
  • Genre Shift: An In-Universe example. A lot of her video games involve this which is the reason not a lot of people like them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers through one at the theme park in episode 11. Forced to go by her sister Konoha, Chiaki doesn't seem very happy seeing Keita and Karen together, even though the two barely seem to be enjoying it themselves. Konoha later forces her sister and Keita to leave a haunted dungeon, tries to give them some time alone and let Chiaki sort out her feelings.
  • Hikikomori: Downplayed. It's implied Chiaki doesn't get out much aside from attending school by the way she's let her appearance get scruffy, her unfamiliarity around other people, and her hobby of spending many hours online developing her own games and viewing critiques.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Falls in love with Keita after he's already dating Karen. Tasuku can't help but to do a facepalm as he realizes she'll be stuck in this category.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Zigzagged. She is very bashful about wearing a bikini to the public pool but is obviously trying to woo Amano. When she first emerges onto the poolside showing a lot more skin than she's comfortable with, she's shaking like a leaf. It's when she ends up attracting some unwanted Male Gaze that she gets really flustered.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The jerk part is reserved for Amano but despite their differences, she was still worried that he might be conned by Aguri and Uehara.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Chiaki and Amano are constantly bickering.
  • Love Hurts: When she genuinely falls in love with Keita, she becomes depressed in her room, knowing that he's already dating Karen. And during episode 10, when Karen, unaware of Chiaki's feelings, talks to her and Tasuku about how in love she is with Keita, the look on Chiaki's face tells that she realizes she's a Hopeless Suitor, and she tries to encourage Karen to continue her relationship with him.
  • Messy Hair: She starts out with an unkempt "seaweed" hairstyle. After Tasuku comments that she would look better with short hair, she soon cuts it to give it a much more neat look.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Although she becomes one of the cutest girls in her school after changing her look, she's still the same nerd who programs her own video games and doesn't get out much.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: As a result of cutting her hair short so it won't cover her face, wearing a shorter skirt and probably wearing a better fitting bra (if the Male Gaze she's got afterwards is any indication), Chiaki grabs the attention of nearly every boy in school who thought she was an attractive transfer student that appeared out of nowhere. The makeover was so effective that only Keita recognized her at a glance, and that's including her parents and sister who went all "Who are you?" on her at the sight.
  • Shrinking Violet: She has a few shades of one, but her shyness stems from a lack of social interactions. She starts coming out of her shell after people take notice of her.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She eventually starts developing feelings for Amano, the resident full-on Nice Guy.
  • Tareme Eyes: Has Moe-looking eyes, despite her distaste of Moe in video games.
  • Tsundere: More of situational example than a character trait. After realizing that her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis is two of her best online friends, the only thing Chiaki knows for sure is that she's got no idea what to feel about him anymore. She tries to hold onto her usual hostility around the guy, but the more she starts to recognize "Yama-san" in Amano, the harder it is for her to keep the act up.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, she has a tendency to repeat the first word she says. Best exemplified by ''this'' Youtube video.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Amano. The two agree on almost everything about games, but when they do disagree, they argue about it forever.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Due to them being Mistaken for Gay, she assumed Amano and Uehara are a thing.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue, to be exact.

    Tasuku Uehara 

Tasuku Uehara

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

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A smooth-operating faux tough guy with a plotting mind. He's dating Aguri.
  • Adorkable: He's at a loss for words when Aguri reveals that she was the girl he gave that plushie to long ago.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His skin and hair are noticeably darker in the anime.
  • Beautiful All Along: Although he was a glasses-wearing nerd in middle school, he gave himself a makeover before showing up to high school and became a popular hot guy.
  • Butt-Monkey: He tends to drive the plot by constantly scheming to mess with his friends' lives, often for his own benefit. Unfortunately for him, most of his schemes either backfire on him, or deepen the existing misunderstanding.
  • Closet Geek: He used to be a gamer himself, but put that behind him as part of his Significant Wardrobe Shift. Amano reignites his interest in games later on, though.
  • Covert Pervert: When the topic of favorite DLC comes up in episode 12. He seriously and openly states he likes DLC that have swimsuits for his favorite female characters.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He does not react well when it looks like Amano and Aguri like each other.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily defeats Keita in a match of Persona 4: Arena Ultimax.
  • Genre Savvy: He generally understands and lampshades the tropes, situations, and settings that surround their group. Except for the one about clearing up misunderstandings before they go wild.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: As of high school, Uehara no longer wears glasses.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Vitriolic Best Buds though they may be, he's developed into this with Amano. Heck, it's to the point where the two of them were Mistaken for Gay.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Thanks in large part to his shenanigans and some words that were interpreted wrong, his attempt to screw with Keita's love life ends up causing trouble in his own relationship with Aguri. As a result, Aguri and Keita often assume he's cheating on her, such as when he's seen with Chiaki a few times. The girls finally call him out on it in episode 10, though at least the misunderstanding he caused is mostly resolved.
  • It Amused Me: Wants to put Keita in a Love Triangle with Karen and Chiaki because he wants to see some entertaining drama out of it. Unfortunately for him, this sets off a Love Dodecahedron (which is largely due to everyone's individual misunderstandings) which includes both Aguri and himself.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Uehara fancies himself something of a Social Expert. His schemes to play wing-man for Amano crashes and burns both due to how much he underestimates how socially inept the rest of the main cast are, and because of his own habit of sending the wrong signals.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Due to many misunderstandings, Aguri thinks he's cheating on her with Chiaki and Tendo. At the same time, he thinks Aguri is cheating on him with Amano.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Chiaki thought he and Amano were a couple when she saw them holding hands, he quickly corrects on it.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: At his core, Uehara's heart is in the right place, but his constant attempts to play Shipper on Deck for Amano with Tendou and/or Chiaki frequently blows up in his face and causes Aguri to misinterpret his actions as cheating on her.
  • Not So Above It All: He clearly considers himself the Straight Man, but it's pretty obvious he's equally as zany as the other four main characters and lots of the misunderstandings that pop up are his fault. The Love Dodecahedron starts because of his scheme to create a Love Triangle with Amano, Tendo and Hoshinomori, and Aguri and Amano believe he's a womanizer because he gets repeatedly overheard complimenting Tendo and Hoshinomori's looks.
  • Schemer: A benevolent variant but most of the plot of the first half of the anime is due to his absurd schemes to get Amano together with Tendo and later his (again, absurd) attempts to figure out Amano's relationship with Aguri. Later on, he changes the scheme to help Hoshinomori reveal her feelings to Amano, which works about as well as all of his other schemes.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Keita's sensitive guy.
  • Shipper on Deck: He said that Tendo and Amano would make a cute couple, he also admits he wants to ship Amano and Hoshinomori when he realizes how similar they are. He later decides to ship Amano and Hoshinomori completely when he sees her fall in love with Amano, although he's probably too late at this point.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Had the stereotypical appearance of a geek back in his middle school days before he underwent a change in overall physical appearance by high school.
  • Slasher Smile: While conspiring about Amano and Tendo's meet. He's pretty much the master of making weird faces while coming up with the kind of scheme that will inevitably backfire.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one of these to Amano because Amano's current-persona reminds him of the way Uehara was in middle school and because he feels like Amano is dismissive of the work it took to go from nerd to jock. It doesn't have the intended effect, as Amano's fiery response gains Uehara's respect and causes them to become good friends, and also causes Tendo to fall in love with Amano (neither of the guys knew she was there or listening).
  • The Unfair Sex: Gets hit with this to a degree. Even after much of the misunderstandings get cleared up, Uehara ends up taking the blunt of the blame for the misunderstanding happening to begin with due to his unsolicited constantly trying to be a wingman for Amano. To push it further, everyone continues to view him as a two-timer even though it was proven otherwise.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Amano. While Amano is pretty affable to him, Uehara likes to jokingly mock him from time to time.
  • What Does She See in Him?: He was initially taken aback when he found out Tendo has it bad for Amano.
  • You Remind Me of X: He sees his middle school self in Amano, which initially rubs him the wrong way, but quickly becomes the basis of their friendship.

    Aguri 

Aguri

Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)

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Uehara's girlfriend.


  • Audience Surrogate: Episode 12 has her voice a lot of complaints about the video game industry. Like the high prices for games, pay-to-win games, DLC and boring grinding.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She fell in love with "pre-cool" Tasuku because he gave her a plushie that he had won at the arcade. She later tells him that she changed her looks because she saw him change his image and tried to emulate it. When she first tells him this, he runs away because he's too embarrassed and shocked at the fact that she fell in love with him before he changed his public image, and suddenly sees her in a different light than before.
  • Beautiful All Along: When she shows up to high school and sees that Uehara got a makeover, she gives herself her own makeover which makes Uehara consider her extremely cute.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it when anyone takes Uehara's attention away from her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She comes off as one at first, but its revealed she acts this way largely because she had been told that Uehara liked "ditzy" girls. She's still a little odd, but her interaction with Amano shows she isn't significantly weirder or dumber than any of the other main characters.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair was originally black and tied up, but she lets it down and dyes it pink in order to catch Tasuku's eye.
  • First-Name Basis: Aguri always calls Uehara by his given name "Tasuku," and nobody else does. Everyone calls her "Aguri" (including Uehara and Aguri herself) but it's unknown whether this is a given or family name. Volume 10 reveals her last name is Sakurano, though it is unknown if she's related to Kurimu Sakurano or not.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Claims that one plus one in the real world equals love instead of two.
  • Insult Backfire: When she goes to meet up with a middle school friend in episode 10, her friend is seen hanging out with two guys, and they constantly berate Aguri and the others she's been hanging out with, as well as her cheating on her boyfriend. Disgusted, Aguri decides to leave, and when her friend calls her a wallflower, Aguri tells her that said insult makes her happy. Her friend gets mad, then throws a Death Glare at the two guys in the restaurant, which creeps them out a little.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Aguri states she sees Amano as a little brother in episode 8.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Due to many misunderstandings, Uehara thinks she's cheating on him with Amano. Due to many misunderstandings, Aguri thinks Uehara is cheating on her with both Tendo and Hoshinomori. A lot of this is due to the fact that she and Amano have a tendency to eavesdrop during the exact wrong part of a conversation, and also Uehara's inability to not say things that make it sound like he has the hots for Tendo and Hoshinomari.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a yellow cardigan under her blazer, which she ties around her waist during summer.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Initially Aguri acts ditzy, but it turns out it's mostly for Uehara's benefit. To everyone else's surprise she's just as intelligent as the other characters and often puts them to the sword about their love for games and the nonsense they put up with with regard to the hobby.
  • Only One Name: Her surname is unknown. Pretty much everyone calls her Aguri, even people who never use anyone else's given name. Her surname is Sakurano which is revealed in volume 10.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Amano. Due to their support with each other's love lives, they've become pretty close.
  • Precision F-Strike: Enthusiastically concludes that "games are real shit".
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Dyes her hair pink to make herself look cuter for Tasuku and as part of her Love Confession towards him. Flashbacks in Episode 2 reveal her actual hair color to be black.
  • Shipper on Deck: She plans on helping Amano with his crush on Tendo as a result of his kindness in helping her with Uehara.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She fell for Uehara after he got her a plushie, and she sees him as the nicest guy she's met.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version, she refers to herself in third-person.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Her boyfriend's cap, which she wears backwards on her head.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair in this case, though she naturally has black hair.

    Konoha Hoshinomori 

Konoha Hoshinomori

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Chiaki's little sister and Student Council President of Hekiyou High School; she often works along with her big sister as her assistant freeware game developer, under the handle "Nobe". Also an avid Eroge gamer.


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    Niina Oiso 

Niina Oiso

Voiced by: Yuna Yoshino (Japanese), Dawn M. Bennett (English)

  • Decoy Protagonist: The first episode sets her up as a major character, only to be Demoted to Extra after Keita rejects the gaming club.
  • Hero of Another Story: Karen mentions that she plays fighting games to help pull her friend out of the dark side. Perhaps in another series, she would've had some focus.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely speaks, and when she does it's a few words at most.
  • Serious Business: Fighting Games. Like Kase, she's parlayed her skill into enough tournament wins to help buy the gear in the game club.


    Gakuto Kase 

Gakuto Kase

Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese), Alejandro Saab (English)

  • Decoy Protagonist: The first episode sets him up as a major character, only to be Demoted to Extra after Keita rejects the gaming club.
  • Hero of Another Story: He got his FPS skills from his mercenary father. He would've made for a good sidekick in another series.
  • Serious Business: First Person Shooters. He's serious enough to win tournaments, from which he uses the winnings to buy the club's equipment.

    Eiichi Misumi 

Eiichi Misumi

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Howard Wang (English)


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  • Freudian Excuse: Her insistence on "owning" people is due to her philosophy of "take what you want by force", which she got when she saw her mother selflessly sacrifice her happiness in the best interests of her husband and her daughters.
  • Oedipus Complex: Since her father was always working and never made time for his family, Main and Mii grew up resenting him and loving their mother instead.

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