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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.


  • Accidental Kiss: Unlike the anime, the novel version of the Kizuna Dungeon incident ends with Keita and Aguri about to kiss because in the dark he mistook her for Karen, and vice versa she thought she was going to kiss Tasuku.
  • Almost Kiss: In volume 6, he and Aguri insist that their lips didn't actually meet when they mistook each other for their own significant others during the haunted house in the previous volume's cliffhanger.
  • Angry Collar Grab: What he does to Uehara and later to Kaburagi when they each push his Berserk Button.
  • Berserk Button: At least twice, he snaps into a rage upon hearing someone insult a girl he cherishes.
    • After Uehara's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him at the bridge, Amano takes the personal insults standing but draws the line at Uehara trash talking Karen and the Game Club, prompting him to threaten Uehara's life until he takes back what he said about Karen.
    • In volume 7, Amano takes it lying down when the Jerkass classmates he's grouped with for a school field trip are bullying him, but when Kaburagi tries to mock Uehara for having a whore of a girlfriend, Amano (who voiced his own complaints about Aguri both before and after this) takes offense on Aguri's behalf and lashes out against them.
    • Presumably, this is why he's so offended by Chiaki's dislike of moe characters.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He's usually a meek and reserved loner, but as Uehara can attest to, Amano can be downright scary when you trash talk a girl he values.
  • 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.
  • Compliment Backfire: When trying to find a way to compliment Chiaki, the best he comes up with is calling her moe. From his perspective, this is high praise, but she just feels insulted and disgusted.
  • 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.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Downplayed in that neither of the guys who "want" him are particularly interested romantically, but Uehara and Misumi get strangely competitive over who Keita is most Mistaken for Gay with when they first meet. Plus, there's Kōsei's Big Brother Attraction reason for shipping him with Chiaki.
  • First-Name Basis: Addresses Chiaki by her given name not long after they first meet, which goes to show how familiar the two became.
  • 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.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Although he and Chiaki would rather not acknowledge the “friendly” part, at least at first. Even after their hostilities soften and Chiaki admits she's in love with him, they still maintain that they are rivals to one another.
  • Guilty Pleasure: He fully admits that Nobe's games aren't really that good and his enjoyment of them is irrational, but he's a dedicated fan regardless and can appreciate when Nobe puts out work that is a labor of love even if the final product is of low quality because he can tell that Nobe is Doing It for the Artinvoked.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He spends a portion of the field trip calling Aguri a demon and complaining about her, casually saying it's okay for him to curse her out in front of Uehara. However, when his group mates who had been walking all over him the whole trip try to bully Uehara by insulting Aguri, Keita immediately goes for an Angry Collar Grab/Death Glare combo to defend her honor.
  • Indirect Kiss: In volume 6, he accidentally sips out of Aguri's teacup (ironically while they're meeting to discuss how to explain their Almost Kiss from the previous volume to their significant others), though she assures him that his lips didn't touch the same spot on the cup as hers did.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As Uehara notes, Amano has a real talent for pushing Tendō's buttons and breaking her heart without realizing it. For example, when he believes he's overheard Uehara give a love confession to Chiaki that she needs to turn down, he calls up Tendō because of her experience with rejecting confessions, but words it in a way that makes her think he's about to dump her.
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Tendo. He thinks too little of himself to even consider that she might like him romantically, and even after he starts dating her, he's pretty quick to believe that she might be interested in someone else and only is using him as The Beard.
  • It's All My Fault: In volume 7, he believes himself to be responsible for the growing distance between himself and Karen, even though he's the one making every effort to reach out to her and she's the one who's too afraid to discuss Chiaki's love confession to him.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Chiaki and Amano are constantly bickering. Karen is quick to recognize how much their fighting looks like this trope.
    • He's just as prone to bickering with Aguri, though theirs is usually a much more playful and obviously friendly sort than the barbs he exchanges with Chiaki. Karen, Chiaki, and Tasuku all think it's way too cute to be appropriate for the platonic Odd Friendship that they claim they have.
  • 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.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: In the novels, he slowly starts to realize that his feelings for Chiaki are romantic after her love confession to him.
  • 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 Cheating: Even though he declines Chiaki's Love Confession to him and they agree to remain Just Friends, Karen overhears a few vaguely worded parts of their subsequent conversation that lead her to assume that he'll be entering a relationship with Chiaki while keeping Karen in the dark, and her reluctance to face them about it prevents them from clearing things up to her.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Both Chiaki and Aguri thought he had a thing for Uehara. Additionally, Keita assumed Uehara was asking him out when the latter first offered to play arcade games with him.
  • 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."
  • The Not-Love Interest: He and Aguri are this to such an intense degree that it worries their actual love interests. Eventually, Uehara suspends his relationship with Aguri until he can treasure her as much as Keita does.
  • 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 confuses Uehara because she's literally stalking him at this point. Even worse when he runs into Tendo randomly and she directly orders him to accompany her on a "walk" that's obviously a date, despite her claiming it’s not a date.
    • On the other hand, while he's oblivious to love directed at himself, he's pretty astute about Chiaki's obvious crush on Uehara and even pokes fun at her for it. He becomes oblivious again when she shifts her affections to target him, but by that point she's hiding it behind a tsundere façade that he can't distinguish from the genuine hostility she used to have against him.
  • Odd Friendship: Of all his friends, Aguri is the only one with whom he did not bond over a shared interest in games, yet she's arguably the one who's closest to him. Tasuku gets concerned that their lack of common ground could potentially indicate chemistry between them as an Odd Couple.
  • Online Alias: Tsucchie and Yama-san. The former for playing mobile games, and the latter for posting game reviews on the internet.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Amano more than any other character is most notorious for his obsession with games and taking video gaming as Serious Business, if not in a conventional way every time. However, one call from a distressed Aguri is all it takes for him to drop everything and rush to her side, even though he previously instructed all of them to not interrupt him while he buys the latest installment in his favorite RPG franchise ever. This display of prioritizing Aguri over his beloved games causes their love interests to raise eyebrows in suspicion.
  • 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 off Tendo (and the rest of his friends) to buy a limited edition video game, he's willing to abandon that if Aguri needs him.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: He's exactly middle-of-the-road in almost everything.
  • Secret Keeper: Konoha strong-arms him into keeping quiet about the fact that she's an avid fan of eroge, especially from Chiaki.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Tasuku's manly man.
  • Serious Business: Typically towards anything involving games. Their differences in opinion on moe is why he and Chiaki are so hostile to each other despite having so much in common otherwise, and he gets quite upset when told that the social skills practice he gets from dating sims have no bearing in reality.
  • Shipper on Deck: He supports Uehara and Aguri's relationship, and is hellbent on making sure he doesn't cheat on her. Amano's dedicated efforts to maintaining Uehara and Aguri's relationship is the foundation of his own friendship with 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: Subverted. Gaming is such a core part of his identity that the friends he makes expect him to prioritize getting his favorite game over spending time with them, which he initially seems to do. However, when Aguri seems to be in distress, he rushes to her side without a second thought, surprising everyone else who thought he'd be too preoccupied with his errand to pay them any mind. The light novels follow up on this moment with Aguri pulling a Batman Gambit to prove that Amano would pick any of his friends over games if ever in that situation again.
  • 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.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Two different situations, though in both cases the girl in question is the Accidental Pervert rather than him.
    • When he and Karen run into Chiaki at the pool on their date, the latter hides behind him to do a Boyfriend Bluff and fend off unwanted attention. It takes her a while to realize that she's been hugging his arm in a way that takes his elbow to second base.
    • At the end of volume 5's first chapter, he playfully chases Aguri around the Game Club's room, during which she warns him that if he makes a wrong move he might touch her breast. The fact that they casually joke about this with each other serves to reignite their love interests' insecurities about the intimacy of Keita and Aguri's friendship, right after Aguri quelled those fears by pulling a Batman Gambit to prove that Keita views them all as his True Companions and not just her.
  • 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 sometimes blames Amano for her problems, and both of them have been known to snark at each other, but they're obviously close. In the novels, they've been shown to have playful arguments that often end with them both bursting out in laughter.
  • What Does She See in Him?: The whole school (and Konoha) seems to think this of him and Tendo. After she accepts his confession, the phrase gets said outright. Chiaki says the same thing about him when she thinks he's dating Aguri, though it's because she's biased against him.
  • 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 speaking fondly about 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.
  • 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.
    • In volume 7, she cannot bring herself to face Keita about Chiaki's love confession to him, preventing him from clearing up the misunderstanding.
  • 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: For Keita.
    • 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, even before Chiaki develops feelings for him. Oddly enough, once Chiaki actually does admit to Karen that she confessed to Keita, Karen’s more concerned about how she’s been unintentionally breaking her friend’s heart, which ultimately leads to her breaking up with him because I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
    • She also goes into a funk when Chiaki misinterprets him leaving with Aguri as Aguri being his girlfriend, and when he demonstrates that he cares more about Aguri than video games not long after Karen herself expresses gratitude that she can be as important to Amano as games.
    • 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 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/Chapter 5 of Volume 4 reveals that she undresses Amano with her eyes.
  • Dude Magnet: She gets love letters and turns down confessions on a daily basis. This presumably occurs less often after she falls for Amano and getting a reputation for being heartlessly brutal in her rejections.
  • Erotic Dream: Episode 4 opens up with her having one about Amano.
  • First Girl Wins: Karen is the first girl the audience is introduced to, and she is the one who remains with Amano in the end.
  • Freudian Slip:
    • For Episode 4:
      Tendo: [to herself] What the heck. I can't believe I let [Amano] get into my heart like this. [realization hits] [Luminescent Blush] Head! Into my head like this. That's what I meant to say, I definitely didn't mean heart.
    • In Episode 12 she accidentally blurts out that she often undresses her boyfriend with her eyes when listing activities that should be judged by their entertainment value and not their usefulness.
  • Friendly Rivalry: As of volume 8, she has one with Chiaki, as she is now fully aware that Chiaki has feelings for Keita and Karen decided to break up with him so she and Chiaki could contend for his heart on equal footing.
  • 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 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the novels, realizations brought about by various events lead her to suspend her relationship with Amano, partly because of Kōsei's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her, partly because she thinks Hoshinomori deserves a fair chance at winning his heart and she finds it unbearable to think that she’s hurting her friend and potentially depriving Keita of a relationship with someone more compatible with him.
  • Keigo: As the series progresses, she eventually lapses to a personality where she communicates in formal and polite linguistics at all times.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In volume 8, she and Chiaki share one while discussing Karen’s reasons for breaking up with Keita and she realizes that dumping him is more likely to drive him and Aguri closer together than it is to put Chiaki on an even playing field with Karen.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She has a few realizations of this in volumes 7 and 8, regarding how her relationship with Amano has affected Chiaki.
    • She spends much of volume 7 too afraid to confront Keita about the confession Chiaki gave him, preventing him from letting her know that he and Chiaki agreed to remain no more than friends. During the field trip, after Chiaki admits this to her, Karen is taken aback to realize that she was content to stay in a relationship with Keita because she wanted him even though it was founded on a series of misunderstandings, and that her complacency with this caused major heartache for Chiaki after her Belated Love Epiphany.
    • Furthermore, when she hears Chiaki’s reasoning for admitting all this to her, she realizes that her priority throughout her relationship with Amano has been focused almost entirely on how he makes her feel, without regard to anyone else’s feelings. Compared to her, Chiaki cared about everyone’s feelings, including Karen’s, and the guilt from this is a contributing factor in her decision to break up with Keita and give him a chance to explore a potentially more compatible relationship with Chiaki.
    • Finally, when Chiaki is absent from school on sick leave, Karen is quick to suspect that this might be a cover for her staying home to deal with the heartbreak of witnessing the kiss Karen and Keita shared before she broke up with him. As it turns out, Chiaki really is just sick.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a blue vest under her blazer, which she continues using during the summer months.
  • 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.
  • 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 (or more) with Amano.
  • Oblivious to Love: Not only does she fail to realize that her crush on Amano is mutual, it takes her a while to realize she's absolutely head-over-heels in love with him, 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 (and falls in love with Amano once she discovers his usernames), 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.
  • Rubber Face: She pulls on Chiaki’s cheeks in this manner in volume 7 to make her stop biting her own tongue, which Chiaki decided on as a form of self-inflicted punishment to atone for her confession to Keita.
  • 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 schoolnote .
  • 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-Target Sexuality: Once she falls in love with Amano, she has eyes only for him. When Uehara is Mistaken for Cheating, she affirms that Amano is the only guy for her to clear up Aguri's misunderstanding.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unknown Rival: To Konoha, who was always in her shadow at middle school.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: After her relationship with Amano finds some more stability, she mentions how she's been starting to see life in this light.

    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, though it's initially used by Keita as an insult rather than affectionately.
  • Author Appeal: In-Universe, she seems to have a strange fascination with fish and so the plot twists in her games often involve catching or turning into one.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: By the time Chiaki learns about Keita being Tsucchie and Yama, he’s already in a relationship with Karen, an unfortunate turn that Tasuku lampshades. One of Karen’s I Want My Beloved to Be Happy reasons for breaking up with Keita is that she thinks it’s unfair that Chiaki didn’t have a chance with him until it was too late.
  • 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 falls for it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: After developing feelings for Amano, she refuses to admit her own feelings to herself or tell him that she's Mono and Nobe. She does come around to acknowledging her feelings for him, and in the novels she finally confesses both her love to Keita and her true online identities after the latter becomes impossible to deny to him.
  • Character Tics: Saying things twice for emphasis and fidgeting.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She does not like it when Uehara compliments other girls. After she falls for Amano, she's just as suspicious as his girlfriend is when they see how intimate his friendship with Aguri is.
  • 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, 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 and Keita start calling each other by their given names by the end of the first day they meet, which shows how quickly the two hit it off.
  • Forceful Kiss: At the end of volume 10, she gives one to Keita right in front of Karen after being inspired by Main's words.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • With Keita, though initially both are loathe to acknowledge the “friendly” part even though they obviously get along very well in most regards. The “rivals” part becomes such an identifying aspect of their relationship that they continue to describe each other as such even after Chiaki confesses her love to him.
    • By volume 8, Karen’s put aside her Clingy Jealous Girl possessiveness of Amano to compete with Chiaki fairly for him, making her friendship with Karen into this. Aguri thinks the three of them should drop the rivalries and all just date each other.
  • 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. She also really likes the idea of DLC content dramatically pulling a genre shift, specifically turning the protagonist and his love interest into fish.
  • 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. She's not quite as hopeless in the novels, where his inner narration does show signs of him being attracted to her and eventually has a Love Revelation Epiphany after her confession.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She is very bashful about wearing a bikini to the public pool. 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. And when she tries a Boyfriend Bluff with him to scare off the unwanted attention, she fails to realize that she's hugging his elbow in a way that causes Thanks for the Mammary.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the anime, she decides not to declare her feelings for Amano just yet after seeing how comfortable he is becoming around his love, Tendo.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the novels, Uehara points out that she has no one to blame but herself for missing out on opportunities to win Amano's heart, because Chiaki refuses to come clean to him about her online aliases and sends Konoha in her place for him and MONO/Nobe to hang out IRL.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Chiaki and Amano are constantly bickering, and their friends are quick to see this as a sign of chemistry between them, especially Karen.
  • 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.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In volume 8, she and Karen share one while discussing Karen’s reasons for breaking up with Keita and realizing that Karen dumping him is more likely to drive him and Aguri even closer together than they already are than it is to put Chiaki on an even playing field with Karen.
  • 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.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: When she and Karen both isolate themselves in the same corner of the bath during the field trip, she assumes Karen is there because her beauty attracts unwanted attention, while Chiaki herself is there because she's a natural loner. Hearing this from her makes Karen internally lampshade how unaware Chiaki is of the fact that other girls in the class envy her figure.
  • Rubber Face: In volume 7, her cheeks get pulled like this by Karen to stop her from biting off her own tongue, which she chose as her self-inflicted atonement after admitting to Karen that she confessed to Keita.
  • 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, but even then she largely prefers solitude.
  • 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.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: When she runs into Keita and Karen at the pool on their date, she hides behind the former to do a Boyfriend Bluff and fend off unwanted attention. It takes her a while to realize that she's been hugging his arm in a way that takes his elbow to second base, much to Karen's displeasure.
  • 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.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: What she thinks happened between her and Uehara. The reality is that he was never interested in her romantically and his supposed love confession to her after she's gotten over him was actually a Shipper on Deck declaration to support her feelings for Amano.
  • 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 briefly assumed Amano and Uehara were 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 and former video game geek with a plotting mind. He's dating Aguri.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His skin and hair are noticeably darker in the anime.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He's completely dedicated to Aguri, and the comments he makes about Chiaki and Karen that get Mistaken for Cheating show that he's not blind to other girls' physical attractiveness. That said, the novels have him think Stupid Sexy Flanders in the Kizuna Dungeon when he believes Keita is feeling him up (it's actually Konoha thinking she's molesting Keita), and he latter shows competitiveness to Misumi over who Amano gets Mistaken for Gay with.
  • 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: For Aguri. He does not react well when it looks like Amano and Aguri like each other. And even after the misunderstandings are cleared up, he's still insecure about how much chemistry Amano and Aguri have together.
    • A Played for Laughs Ambiguously Bi instance of this pops up in volume 6, for Amano of all people. Upon meeting Misumi face-to-face, Tasuku expresses that he'd rather not lose the number 1 spot to Misumi in regards to who Amano's Mistaken for Gay BL partner is.
  • 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. Even for the one about clearing up misunderstandings before they go wild, but his attempts to actually clear them up don't go as well as he'd like.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: As of high school, Uehara no longer wears glasses.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Along with the Love Revelation Epiphany mentioned below, he also becomes much more attentive of his feelings for Aguri when he notices that she's been spending less time with him to hang out with Keita.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Vitriolic Best Buds though they may be, he's developed into this with Amano. Heck, it's to the point where Uehara gets competitive with Misumi over his status as Amano's Mistaken for Gay BL partner.
  • 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.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Even though Aguri only has eyes for him, it doesn't take much for him to suspect that she's cheating on him with Keita, reasoning that Keita is very similar to the nerd Uehara used to be when Aguri fell for him. Even after the misunderstandings are cleared up, his insecurities remain and are exacerbated by the discovery that Aguri and Keita have tons of chemistry together even though they say their Odd Friendship is platonic. By the end of volume 7, he decides to suspend his relationship with Aguri until her romantic bond with him can hold a candle to her platonic bond with Keita.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the novels, Niina tends to call him Fake Umehara.
  • 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the novels, he breaks up with Aguri because he feels unworthy to be her boyfriend, noting that he only accepted her confession because he was shallow and that Amano was far more quick to defend her honor when some bullies insulted her. He wants to be a worthwhile boyfriend to Aguri instead of the horndog he was when they started dating.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Uehara fancies himself something of a Social Expert. His schemes to play wing-man for Amano crash and burn 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His attempts to troll Amano, Tendo, and Hoshinomori by setting them up in a love triangle with each other lead directly to the misunderstandings where he's thought to be cheating with them on Aguri.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Although he had already been dating Aguri for six months by the time the story starts, he doesn't really start valuing her feelings for him until after learning that she fell for him not because of his makeover to become popular, but because of the kindness he showed her in middle school before he was a Closet Geek.
  • 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. Aguri is also quick to assume that his new friendship with Amano is something more, although this is eventually overshadowed by her own bond with Keita.
    • Amusingly, he eventually becomes competitive over his reputation for being this with Amano, and goes a bit Crazy Jealous Guy against Misumi when he thinks Misumi is edging in on his spot as Amano's #1 BL partner.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: In the anime, while not quite as bad about it as Keita is to Karen being a Stalker with a Crush, Tasuku never seems to realize that Chiaki is crushing on him and that his compliments on her appearance are only feeding that. Granted, this is because his primary focus with Chiaki is to play Shipper on Deck between her and Keita, but he still never pieces together that her Expository Hairstyle Change was motivated by a crush on him. His internal narrative in the light novels does have him acknowledge that she has an attachment to him, though.
  • Poor Communication Kills: While all the main characters fall into this, Uehara is noteworthy in that he recognizes that the miscommunication is the root of all their drama and actively attempts to defy it, with mixed success. While he does succeed in assembling the group together to talk about the issues at hand, actually addressing those issues seldom happens as much as he'd like.
  • "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).
  • 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 compatible 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. And even after committing to helping Hoshinomori, he still ends up collaborating with Tendo to help her affirm her relationship with Amano because they're both insecure about how close Amano and Aguri have gotten to each other.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: The agenda being It Amused Me in regards to the love triangle he tries to engineer between Amano, Karen, and Chiaki. Later, he becomes a genuine Shipper on Deck for Amano and Chiaki when he gets emotionally invested in seeing the two get together, but remains a shipper with an agenda to Amano and Karen's existing relationship, the new agenda being his concerns about how close Amano has gotten to Aguri.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Zigzagged. When he decides to back Chiaki over Karen for who to matchmake with Keita, he rescinds his support for Karen. However, he cannot bring himself to disapprove of Karen's feelings for Amano and reluctantly acknowledges that she's too sincerely in love for him to feel well about preferring her boyfriend with someone else. Additionally, when they learn how deeply Keita and Aguri have bonded, he helps Karen a plan to affirm her relationship with Amano so neither of them lose the person they love.
  • 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.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the novel version of the Kizuna Dungeon incident, he gets paired up with Konoha in the dark and they are both mislead to believe that they are partnered with Keita. He is subsequently disturbed not only by her feeling him up, but also by the fact that his reaction is to think "Keita" smells nice and has soft skin.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives this attitude to Amano in volume 8, upset at him for not meeting up with Aguri at a restaurant like he usually does when she’s in need of emotional support. Keita naturally turns this around on him and points out that the whole reason Aguri’s in a funk is because Uehara himself broke up with her on the field trip.
  • 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.


  • Accidental Kiss: At the end of volume 5, she misidentifies Keita as Tasuku and moves to kiss him in the dark of the Kizuna Dungeon, just when the lights come on and reveal who was really paired up with whom.
  • Almost Kiss: In volume 6, she and Amano insist that their lips didn't actually meet when they mistook each other for their own significant others during the haunted house in the previous volume's cliffhanger.
  • Ambiguously Related: Volume 10 of the light novels reveals that her surname is Sakurano, which, when taken with the other hints of a Shared Universe with Seitokai no Ichizon, implies a familial connection between her and Kurimu Sakurano, another pink-haired ditz (though Aguri's ditziness is an act and her hair is dyed pink).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brainless Beauty: Aguri tried to invoke this trope in order to get Tasuku's attention, and it worked. Her actual intelligence is more apparent when she talks to Amano, and his influence on her causes her to slowly drop the act in general.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it when anyone regardless of gender takes Uehara's attention away from her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She comes off as one at first, but it's 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After befriending Keita, she’ll often drily snark on his idiosyncrasies, particularly in regards to his geeky hobbies. In turn, his own sarcastic side comes out most when he’s speaking to or about her.
  • 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). Volume 10 reveals her surname is Sakurano, though it is unknown if she's related to Kurimu Sakurano or not.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She'll pick on Keita and call him a nerd for his hobbies, but strongly jumps to his defense when Sarina disrespects him for that.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Aguri used to be a shy wallflower and even six months into her relationship with Tasuku, she senses he's not as invested in it as she is (at first). Ironically, by the time he does start taking her feelings for him more seriously, she's begun suspecting him of cheating on her with other people, such as Keita, Chiaki, and Karen, though that first one gets cleared up once she actually befriends him. She's especially worried about losing Tasuku to Chiaki because the latter's shy personality reminds Aguri of how she used to be when she first fell in love with Tasuku back in middle school.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She and Amano are this so intensely that their real love interests worry about their closeness, even after it’s proven that their friendship is platonic. So much so that Karen and Chiaki panic when they realize that Karen dumping Keita to give Chiaki a fighting chance is only going to drive him to Aguri even more.
  • 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 in regard to the hobby. Uehara notes that she's begun to drop the act ever since she started hanging out with Amano.
  • Odd Friendship: She's the only member of the main cast who isn't particularly interested in games or game culture, but her bond with the notoriously game-obsessed Keita is extremely tight, to the point that she's one of the few people Kōsei acknowledges as a worthy friend to him.
  • Only One Name: Her surname goes unmentioned for the entirety of the anime and most of the novels. 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. So close that Aguri is one of only two people who Kōsei considers to be Keita's true friends.
  • 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 reveal her actual hair color to be black.
  • Shipper on Deck: She intends to help Amano pursue his crush on Tendo as a repayment of his kindness in helping her with Uehara, and continues to support them in part because they're both afraid that Uehara and Tendo might be having an affair with each other.
    • Like Tasuku, she’s also quick to notice the chemistry between Keita and Chiaki and thinks they’d make a cute couple of nerds, especially after she sees it firsthand when Chiaki drops in on them discussing at the restaurant how to explain their Almost Kiss incident at Kizuna Dungeon. By volume 8, she’s thinking that Chiaki and Keita could save themselves and Karen a lot of trouble if they all just date each other, after she sees the three of them nerding out about games to bring to Uehara’s Christmas party.
  • 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.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: At the end of volume 5's first chapter, Keita gets payback on Aguri putting him on a wild goose chase again by playfully chasing her around the Game Club's room, during which she warns him that if he makes a wrong move he might touch her breast. Both express stunningly little concern about the social consequences about this happening, and the fact that they casually joke about this with each other serves to reignite their love interests' insecurities about the intimacy of Keita and Aguri's friendship, right after Aguri quelled those fears by pulling a Batman Gambit to prove that Keita views them all as his True Companions and not just her.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her and Amano are this, with more emphasis on the "best buds" part than his interactions with Chiaki. She'll yell at him when things go wrong and they've been known to snark at each other, but they deeply care for one another and have an extremely close friendship.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair in this case, though she naturally has black hair that she dyes.

    Konoha Hoshinomori 

Konoha Hoshinomori

Voiced by: Yuuki Kuwahara (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)

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Chiaki's little sister and Student Council President of Heikyou 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.


  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She's a huge fan of eroges, and the less we say about how ecstatic she's of being surrounded by nothing but cute girls in Hekiyou's Student Council, the better.
  • Master of None: How she feels about herself. While she has good grades and does well in sports there's always someone better than her in that particular field.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Although she supports Chiaki in pursuing Keita's affections, Konoha comes to fall for Keita herself. She nonetheless continues to assist Chiaki even after she starts hitting on him.
  • Moment Killer:
    • She tries to be one for Keita and Karen during their double date with Aguri and Tasuku, because Konoha wants Chiaki (and/or herself) to make a move on him in the aftermath of the Relationship Sabotage.
    • In the novels, just when Keita is about to improve his opinion of her after finding out that her questions to him earlier were an attempt to scope out a birthday present for Chiaki, Konoha then shoots that goodwill in the foot by sending him an E-mail with sexual innuendo.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Konoha is singled out amongst those in Keita's circle of friends as the only one Kōsei doesn't acknowledge even as a fake friend (Aguri and Chiaki being his true friends and Tasuku and Karen respectively being friend- and girlfriend-shaped trash, according to him).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Her disguise when buying eroge? A coat, a hat, glasses and a really bad fake beard. It only works because other customers are too weirded out by it to approach her.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite having previously attempted Relationship Sabotage on Karen and Keita for the sake of setting him up with Chiaki, when Konoha finally gets her chance to engineer their breakup, she backs down and affirms to Karen that Keita loves her, no matter what might have happened between him and Chiaki.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Tries to do this to Keita and Karen, in the hopes that he'll end up dating her sister Chiaki instead.
    • In volume 7, she finds the perfect opportunity to destroy their relationship and eliminate Karen as Chiaki's competition, or potentially even steal Keita for herself and leave them both in the dust. Then it's subverted when her better nature wins out and she decides to be (relatively) honest with Karen about what Keita feels.
  • School Idol: She presumably has to be this for Heikyō High School, given that they determine the student council's membership via popularity contest and she became president.
  • Shipper on Deck: For her sister and Amano.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She starts to fall for Amano when his statement about helping those that struggle in the dark hits a chord with her.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: She and Kōsei hate each other, in a manner far more genuinely hostile than their older siblings' Vitriolic Best Buds friendship with each other.
  • Spanner in the Works: She ends up doing this to Tasuku and Karen's attempt at a Double Date with Aguri and Keita, after overhearing that they planned to go to a theme park during the next weekend. She coincidentally happens to have two tickets to the same park, and pressures Chiaki into going by claiming she'll invite Keita instead if she refuses to go. She also runs interference for their attempt to exploit the buddy system at Kizuna Dungeon, which in the novel version indirectly contributes to Keita and Aguri pairing up and having an Almost Kiss at the cliffhanger.
  • Student Council President: She's the president of a certain student council's 37th incarnation.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Or rather, thinks like an eroge. Konoha's first-person narration in the novels often has her describing the current state of the plot by comparing it to the paths in an eroge.
  • Too Much Information: In the novels, most of her one-on-one conversations with Keita involve her making innuendos at him and talking about the NSFW parts of the eroge she plays and makes, much to his discomfort.
  • Tsurime Eyes: As opposed to Chiaki's Tareme Eyes.
  • Unknown Rival: To Karen Tendō, whose shadow she's always been in since middle school.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue hair, just like Chiaki.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in her school uniform.
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    Niina Oiso 

Niina Oiso

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

  • Cryptic Background Reference: Karen explains that the reason Niina plays fighting games is to train so she can get her friend back from the dark side. No further elaboration is given for what "the dark side" is or how fighting games relate to it.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first episode sets her up as a major character, only to be Demoted to Extra after Keita rejects the gaming club.
  • Demoted to Extra: The novels give her a bit more presence, including her own dynamic with Uehara, but the two never meet in the anime and her scenes with him are omitted as a result.
  • Hero of Another Story: Karen mentions that she plays fighting games to help pull her friend out of the dark side, whatever that means. 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)


  • Amnesiac Hero: He lost most of his memories of his life.
  • The Chick: Seems to be this of the gaming club. It's downplayed, but he's far more personable than the other members, and even has Tendou beat when it comes to interpersonal communication skills. Aside from that, he is the only one who engages in "girl talk" with Karen.
  • Converted Fanboy: At first, his reason for accepting the invitation to the Game Club is because he believes his skill at puzzle games might be a clue about his Mysterious Past, and he's otherwise a complete newcomer to video gaming as a hobby. Spending time with the club and Amano leads to him getting more into games in general, to the point where he takes Amano's suggestions on what dating sims to buy and deliberately emulates the Ace Attorney games when acting as Amano's "defense lawyer" for the trial about Keita and Aguri's accidental Almost Kiss at Kizuna Dungeon.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The anime dedicates the first two minutes of episode 12 to his life behind the scenes (adapting chapter 4 of volume 2), which turns to be a tongue-in-cheek Cliché Storm crammed to the brim with overused lightnovel and Shōnen tropes such as a Naked on Arrival Amnesiac Hero with Gratuitous Ninja skills, his Tsundere adopted Little Sister Heroine who dresses like an Elegant Gothic Lolita, a Nebulous Evil Organisation connected to his Dark and Troubled Past and a televised Tournament Arc of Serious Business gaming where the semifinals consist in an overly dramatic match of knucklebones.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first episode sets him up as a major character, only to be Demoted to Extra after Keita rejects the gaming club. He's still a fairly recurring extra compared to the other half of the club, particularly in the light novels, but nowhere near the protagonist-level prominent he would have been.
  • Demoted to Extra: The anime plays up the "another story" part of his Hero of Another Story status by making him a minor recurring character outside giving him A Day in the Limelight, but he's fairly prominent in the novels and has more scenes for his individual friendship with Keita outside of being a Shipper on Deck for him and Karen.
  • Hero of Another Story: More so than any other members of the Game Club. He remembers nothing of his life, except that he's really good at block puzzles. It's likely that he would've been a protagonist in another series. The first part of episode 12 lays this on thick, showing that he's caught up in his own high-stakes, conspiracy-filled adventure. In the novels, the other characters refer to him as a protagonist to lampshade how a traditional story would center around him instead of Keita.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Episode 12 starts with him naked for some reason.
  • Nice Guy: He's nothing but kind in all his scenes.
  • Oblivious to Love: He seems completely oblivious to his step-sister's romantic feelings for him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He hangs out with Tendo a lot and ships her and Amano.
  • Rescue Romance: He won the affection of his future step-sister by saving her from a kidnapping.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Turns out he's rich due to being adopted by a rich family for saving their only daughter.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Tendo and Amano, and sometimes gives her advice on how to approach relationships.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: His entire backstory is a parody of one.

    Kōsei Amano 

Kōsei Amano

Keita's taller, smarter, more handsome younger brother who plays video games with him.


  • Adapted Out: He is completely absent in the anime adaptation.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Keita doesn't realize it, but Kōsei adores him, to the point that his main reason for preferring Chiaki over Karen is because Keita and the former are Birds of a Feather, and Kōsei hopes their children will be Generation Xerox.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though he's the little brother in terms of age, he has this for Keita, being quite invested in Keita spending time with worthwhile people who value him, of which only Chiaki and Aguri meet his standards.
  • Big Little Brother: He's the younger of the two, but taller than Keita.
  • Dissonant Serenity: All the harsh words he throws at Konoha, Tasuku, and Karen in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to them are given in a cheerful tone with a pleasant smile on his face.
  • Insult of Endearment: After Konoha decides against preying on Karen's insecurities over Chiaki's love confession to Keita, Kōsei calls her Hentainomori-senpai. While she's annoyed at being nicknamed for her Covert Pervert status, she does notice that the -senpai honorific attached indicates a sort of newfound respect for her that he didn't have before.
  • Ludicrous Precision: He can predict Keita's thoughts and actions down to very minute details, even when they aren't around each other. For example, he gives specific numbers for Keita's body temperature, the angle at which he'll bend down, and likelihood of needing to use the bathroom, all while he and Konoha are in the game shop without Keita.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Or rather, "My Brother's Friends and Konoha." He bares much of his hostility at her when saying she isn't even worthy of pretending to be Keita's friend, while Tasuku and Karen at least have value as false friends.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In volume 6, he gives a massive one to Karen, Tasuku, and especially Konoha, calling them each garbage in the shape of a friend for not being as attentive to Keita's needs as Chiaki and Aguri are.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Keita × Chiaki, as he considers Chiaki to be a more suitable match for his brother.
  • Shipping Torpedo: In his eyes, a relationship between Keita and Chiaki is preferable to his current relationship with Karen, as Kōsei thinks of Karen as a fake girlfriend who's not worthy of Keita's love. And when she asks what Keita's type is, Kōsei is quick to decry Konoha as a slutty bitch who should stay as far away from Keita as possible.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: He and Konoha hate each other, in a manner far more genuinely hostile than their older siblings' Vitriolic Best Buds friendship with each other.
  • Stealth Insult: Between the very blatant insults he hurls at Tasuku and Karen, he slips in a more subtle one when describing them as "soul fertilizer" because thinking they're his friend and girlfriend is comforting to Keita even if Kōsei believes them to be False Friends.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: During his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, he consistently refers to Konoha as a bitch and a slut, and the only one who shouldn't even pretend to be Keita's friend.
  • Wham Line: When asked what types of girls Keita is into, Kōsei's unexpectedly biting answer that kicks off his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Konoha, Tasuku, and Karen is…
    Kōsei: At least, bitches like you will never be his type. Know your place, slut.

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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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