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     Satou Matsuzaka 
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
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The main heroine. A girl who falls in love with Shio and keeps her in her apartment. She maintains a kind facade in public in order to earn money for her lifestyle, but will resort to anything in order to protect Shio.


  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Satou is a twisted psychopath and an unrepentant murderer and kidnapper, but there are other psychopaths that are far worse than her.
  • Anti-Villain: Satou is a murderer (and possible pedophile) with practically zero morals, but she channels those into protecting Shio, and is rarely the instigator of conflict, with most of the people she targets being far worse then herself.
  • Arch-Enemy: Becomes one to Asahi.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: It's eventually Satou's love that wins over Shio in the end, even after death.
  • Berserk Button: Even knowing about Shio's existence is enough to put you in danger. Trying to hurt her, meanwhile, is practically signing your death warrant.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Her moral compass is entirely centered on love, or better said, what she believes love is. In her mind, anything done for the sake of love is good and anything that betrays love is bad. Thus, murdering someone to protect your life with your loved one is okay; telling someone else that she loves them to protect the exact same thing is unforgivable. She also gets pissed whenever someone uses the word "love" to describe a feeling she doesn't recognize as such.
  • Broken Ace: She is pretty, gets good grades in school, her friendly personality makes everyone like her… and she has a seriously unbalanced mind that can rationalize any crime if it’s for the sake of "love".
  • Crazy-Prepared: How else would you describe a person with enough self-defense weapons to fill an entire bag with?
  • Depraved Bisexual: It's... really hard to discern Satou's true orientation. She's had mindless sex with quite a few boys, but her obession/love for Shio is seemingly very romantic, although not necessarily sexual. Satou is also quite willing to seduce other girls as a mean to an end, as she does to her coworker.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her plan to fake her death and run away with Shio by having Shoko's corpse be mistaken for her own. The police correctly identify Shouko's charred remains, meaning them looking for her was inevitable.
  • Entitled Bitch: Satou forces her aunt into assisting her with her getaway scheme, claiming that she deserved some form of compensation for being "poisoned" by her aunt's views on love.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Regardless of how warped it is, it's made clear that Shio means the world to Satou and is genuinely affectionate towards the young girl as a result. To a lesser extent, Satou also seems to genuinely consider Shouko as a friend she really cares for on a personal level. While this wasn't enough to save Shouko from being murdered by Satou later on, her death by her hands did have an effect on Satou in the aftermath, even if it was for just a little while.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While she herself is no saint, even she was repulsed by how depraved the following people are: her former manager at Princess Imperial, Daichi Kitaumekawa, and her aunt.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Asahi. Much like Satou, Asahi was raised in an abusive household note , and both have an obsession with Shio (the former believing she was in love with her; the latter because they wanted to rekindle their family). What separates them, however, is their methods. Asahi chooses to not use violent tactics to get what he wants, and even reacts disgustedly to the idea of extracting information from Mitsuboshi through torture. Satou, on the other hand, has no issue with having to get her hands dirty.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Her adorable appearance and her bubbly public persona hide a determination to do absolutely anything to protect her life with Shio, up to and including murder.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts polite and bubbly when out in public. In privacy, she transitions into a psychotic, obsessive, and murderous young woman.
  • Foil:
    • To Mitsuboshi. Much like with Mitsuboshi, she is obsessed with Shio, but from the looks of it, her definition of love is maternalistic with there being no blatant hint that she views Shio that way. Mitsuboshi, however, physically wants Shio for himself, and even contemplates "touching her" in return for her petting his head to make his boo boos go away. On the other hand, she is willing to commit any crime for Shio and doesn't think that would be wrong, while Mitsuboshi is emotionally frail due to his trauma and has some self-awareness left to admit he has issues (which is ironically ruined by Satou herself).
    • Also serves as one to Asahi. While Asahi refuses to use violence in his search for Shio, Satou commits violent acts with no reservations. Their development also contrasts heavily in the anime; Asahi grows increasingly unhinged in his quest to find Shio, eventually using torture and blackmail to get what he wants and is hellbent on achieving his goal regardless of Shio's wishes, while Satou ends up having an epiphany when she murders Shouko and is called out by Shio for viewing her more of a prize than an actual person, and starts being more considerate of Shio's feelings.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: While the manga makes it clear that Satou didn't receive the right upbringing, she is instead presented as a hypocritical sociopath who manipulates and discards several people and has no regard for human life other than Shio's. Satou's Aunt even points out that Satou was always too headstrong in getting what she wanted regardless of the consequences.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Satou is usually a masculine name.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In one of the only good things that she had done throughout the series, Satou takes the full blunt of the plummet off the building so that Shio herself wouldn't die.
  • Hypocrite: She tells her boss that she isn't supposed to date underaged kids... even though Satou herself has Shio.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Berates one of her classmates for wanting to kill someone, even though she herself is guilty of this.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one, but despite her murderous tendencies, she's no idiot. Satou can be chillingly intelligent, manipulative and pragmatic when necessary. She shares this physical trait with her aunt.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Satou appears to feel some remorse for killing Shouko as of Chapter 39, but in the end, she mentally crosses her out of her mind, much like with anyone else.
    • This is subverted in the anime: Satou never crosses Shouko out of her mind, and upon looking at her face her lip begins to tremble with sadness before Shio's voice pulls her back to the task at hand. Satou even all but acknowledges that it was something that had to be done.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: After realizing Asahi is connected to Shio, she starts referring to him as "this thing". In her inner monologues, no less, as if her mind couldn’t perceive him as a human being anymore.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Any argument that she’s a Justified Criminal who only kills as a last resort vanishes in the final episode when she tries to burn the upper room of her apartment building down to cover her escape, putting dozens of lives at risk.
  • The Kindnapper: She gives this excuse to Mitsuboshi, claiming that she feels that only she can make Shio happy, as there's no telling if being with her family would actually be good for her. Though it's unknown how much she actually believes this as opposed to her justifying her kidnapping of Shio.
    • Ultimately she is playing this straight, as Shio's mother had abandoned her in the street, and neither her nor Asahi are in any condition to raise her while Satou, for all her faults, is the only one who has been able to give her a happy life.
  • Lack of Empathy: To anyone that isn't Shio. Best exemplified when she plans to burn the upper level of her apartment complex to cover her escape.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Before meeting Shio she was a bit odd, but otherwise a totally harmless girl. Once she met someone she really loved, she became a manipulative, murderous Yandere.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Very much so, as her violent tendencies emerged after encountering Shio and falling in "love" with her.
  • Love Redeems: Averted hard. Satou operates under the impression that as long as it's for her love for Shio, anything that she does is perfectly fine. Including threats, assault, and outright murder. Possibly played straight in the end as its her love for Shio that ultimately causes her to sacrifice herself for her sake.
  • Madness Mantra: "Bitter, Bitter, it's so bitter..." Whenever Satou is stressed out, faced with any obstacles, or experiencing unpleasant memories - expect her to start uttering these words.
  • Mama Bear: Never mess with Shio when Satou's around. Just ask those two assailants who got their eyes gouged out for their trouble and the former owner of her apartment.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Is very good at manipulating others into doing her dirty work.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died when she was young, so she was left in the care of her aunt. Unfortunately, said aunt happens to be really unstable.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite having already killed a person before the events of the series, murder is always Satou's last option when she has to deal with people who may ruin her life with Shio. After all, now she knows how hard it is to safely get rid of bodies and clean bloodstains. It's much more efficient to bribe and manipulate them into doing what she wants.
  • Really Gets Around: Satou used to sleep around with lots of different boys before she met Shio, earning her a reputation for it to the point they say that she changes partners every three days. By her own admission, she even says that she's been with millions of boys before.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In contrast to her bubblegum pink hair, Satou's eyes are an ominous blood red. Hinting at her true, more dangerous nature.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Subverted, as it's only an act. Her real personality is anything but sweet.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: There's never any indication that Satou experiences any sort of sexual feelings for Shio, but she is clearly obsessed with her and believes she is completely in love with Shio and only Shio.
  • The Sociopath: Has most of the traits. She's extremely clever; manipulative; and puts on a facade which hides her true personality. The only thing keeping her from falling fully into this trope is her very genuine love for Shio.
  • Start of Darkness: While meeting Shio turned the previously odd but otherwise harmless Satou into an unrepentant and manipulative sociopath willing to do anything, including murder, to protect the person she loves, it was being raised by an unstable relative clearly unfit to be a parental figure that laid the groundwork for Satou's character and attitude in the present.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her smile in public hides her disdain for the "dirty" world around her and her own unstable nature. Around Shio, however, her smile is always the real deal.
  • Tragic Villain: At the most basic level she is an emotionally damaged girl who is trying to protect her only source of happiness, and slips further into darkness in order to do so until she can no longer turn back.
  • Villainous Legacy: Days after her death, Shio exhibits several of her mannerisms as she vows to keep her "happy sugar life" with Satou in her heart for as long as she lived.
  • Villain Protagonist: And how! She is holding a child captive in her apartment, and is willing to resort to threats, bribery and even murder to keep her there.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Despite being a small teenage girl with no fighting experience or training, she is able to defeat bigger people in physical confrontations: such as pushing adult women to the ground, repelling two thugs in a park at night using her swiftness and weapons, and (at least in the pilot chapter) killing her former boyfriend in his own apartment in a face-to-face encounter and chopping his body to pieces, albeit he first had his lips bitten by her in a kiss and got real scared as a result.
  • What Is This Feeling?: After realizing Asahi knows Shio, she impulsively tries to kill him, stopping in the last second only when it hits her that she won't get away with murdering someone in her own workplace. She is very confused by her own actions, as she is usually more self-controlled and pragmatic. It takes a while for her to realize she was feeling jealousy.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Satou grew up not knowing what love truly is, which wasn't helped by being raised by her aunt and her twisted views on the subject. All her life she's been searching for love, dating and having sex with many guys (and possibly women) but never feeling anything. Shio is the first person to inspire such strong emotions in her, and therefore she seeks to protect her "love" at any cost.
  • Yandere: Kidnapped the person she loves, keeps her far away from any contact she may have with the outside world, and is willing to do all sorts of criminal acts to keep her safe in their Gilded Cage. And in the regular sick sense, she can't even lie about loving another person without wanting to vomit. That's totally normal behaviour for a teenage girl in love.
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     Shio Kobe 
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno
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A young, innocent girl who stays in Satou's apartment. She cares for Satou deeply but often remains unaware of what she is involved in as she is not allowed outside of the apartment.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Displays some potential signs of this. With symptoms ranging from dizzy spells and intense bouts of fear and anxiety that leave her curled up holding her head on the ground, to hallucinations of her mother with her face scribbled out speaking to her. It's uncertain at this point what her actual condition might be, though PTSD and such are potentially on the table.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: After Satou's perfect life starts to crack, Shiou asks if Satou really loves her as a person at all given that she only wants the girl to "smile and wait" for her. Eventually, she does let the subject go once she makes peace with her past and Satou tells her about her murder of Hida.
  • Blind Obedience: Shio displays this time and time again to Satou, believing her entirely with no room for doubt in her mind that she has anything but her best interests at heart. Her age may have a lot to do with it.
  • Break the Cutie: Most likely unintentional on Satou's part, but it is made clear that Shio was emotionally broken by Satou's sacrifice, and she rejects her brother in favor of cherishing her memories with Satou.
  • Child by Rape: She is the result of her mother getting raped by her father, and being conceived in a bathtub.
  • Cute Little Fang: She has one of these, which is a trait she shares with her brother Asahi.
  • Devoted to You: Despite being a young child, she has a positively uncanny ability to cause several people to become intensely devoted to finding, acquiring, or just being near her, doing anything possible to keep her close and make her happy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Towards the climax of Episode 12, even she is off-put by Mitsuboshi's stalker mannerisms.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She's content to die alongside Satou when their getaway plans fail and they're trapped on the roof of their burning tenement.
  • Go Through Me: In Episode 12, she shields Satou with her body as Asahi tries to strike her with his bat, forcing him to stop in his tracks. Later, she even picks up a shard of broken glass to wield as a weapon if Asahi doesn't stand down.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: After Satou's sacrifice. She rejects her biological family in favor of cherishing her memories of Satou and understanding the meaning of her sacrifice, Asahi even briefly sees Shio as Satou when he visits her in the hospital.
  • I Choose to Stay: She decides to stay with Satou even when she learns the truth on her abandonment.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Often how she is portrayed by the manga and viewed by other characters. Eventually becomes subverted.
  • Likes Older Women: She certainly doesn't mind the idea of marrying someone almost twice her age. Though whether she started off liking Satou romantically or Satou believing their love is romantic rubbed off on her is hard to say.
  • Living MacGuffin: The whole plot kicks off due to her kidnapping, and most of the main cast wants her to have some peace of mind (Satou because she's her "beloved", Taiyou because he wants to be made "pure" by her, Asahi because he wants to reunite with his family).
  • Morality Chain: Serves as one for Satou as it's clear that she's the only thing that gives Satou any peace of mind. This is deconstructed by Shio herself as she calls out Satou and accuses her of viewing her more of a treasure than a person.
  • Sailor Fuku: Often seen wearing one.
  • The Shut-In: Shio is often left alone for most of the day because of Satou having to go out of the apartment to attend school and go to work so she can earn money to support them. She is perfectly capable of leaving the apartment, but does not do so due to Satou telling her that the outside world is dangerous. Even to the point where she's asked not to open the balcony door and step outside, likely due to Satou wanting to prevent Shio from being seen by anyone, since she knows someone is looking for Shio. Though Shio later loses the ability to leave the apartment due to Satou installing a lock on the outside of the door to prevent her from leaving under her own power.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Keeps Satou's ribbon around her arm as something to remember her by.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Once her memories return, it becomes abundantly clear that Shio is far more emotionally mature and perceptive of other people's feelings than a child her age has any right to be. The implication is that she had to grow up fast to be able to live in the horrible family situation she was born in.

     Asahi Kobe 
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori
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A vagrant boy in a hood who is searching for the whereabouts of his younger sister, Shio.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the manga, Asahi reacts sickly at the idea of having to use torture to get an answer from Mitsuboshi. Anime-wise? He has no such standards, most likely as a result of desperation.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: There was no love lost when his father died. As soon as Asahi saw the jerk flipped over in a puddle of booze, he ran for the door in high spirits.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is determined to reunite with his missing younger sister, Shio, no matter what gets in his way.
  • Child by Rape: As revealed in a flashback later on. After Yuuna bumped into her future husband and pissed him off, he decided that she "make it up to him" somehow. One visit to his house later, and she was pregnant with Asahi.
  • The Determinator: He will find his sister, no matter the cost.
  • Fingore: His abusive father was willing to tear off his fingernails just to see how long he could endure the pain. He later threatens to do this to Mitsuboshi after Mitsuboshi almost tricks him into leaving the city.
  • Foil: To Satou. Both of them are obsessed with Shio, but they differ in their methods regarding the young girl.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: By the time of his confrontation with Satou, he's used torture, blackmail and even attempts to kill a defenseless Satou out of anger and her murder of Shoko— all things that his Arch-Enemy Satou has done.
  • Hero Antagonist: He is the main threat to Satou's "Happy Sugar Life" with Shio, and also one of the few genuinely good persons in the manga.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Takes this stance in the climax of the anime.
  • Like Father, Like Son: A rather gorey example of this. One of the ways his father abused him was by ripping his fingernails clean off. When he forces Taiyou to look up Satou's address, he threatens to rip off his fingernails in the same fashion his father did.
  • Nice Guy: Wants nothing more than living a happy life with his family, but unlike Satou he doesn’t plan on hurting people to achieve that.
  • No Social Skills: Primarily because of being abused endlessly for years by his father, Asahi lacks savviness when dealing with other people.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: His entire journey to bring Shio home ends in failure. Even after Satou's death, Shio still chooses her over her birth family.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His face greatly resembles his sister's, particularly their eyes and their Cute Little Fang
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Later in the manga he decides that he will have to stop being a Nice Guy to find Shio, so he gets a baseball bat to help him extract info of Taiyou. Subverted when it turns out to be a façade to scare Taiyou into helping him. When he actually does hit him with the bat (because Taiyou provoked him into doing it), he starts feeling sick for hurting people like his father hurt him. He does do some pretty jerkish acts later on though, spitefully leaving Mitsuboshi tied up in the burning apartment and rejecting his pleas for help because he lied about Shio.

     Taiyou Mitsuboshi 
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae
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A boy who works alongside Satou at a family restaurant. After being sexually assaulted by his boss, he finds comfort in Shio's innocence and becomes obsessed with her.


  • Bishōnen: He is noted by his female colleagues to be very good-looking.
  • Bound and Gagged: Poor kid is prone to getting into such a hitch.
    • During his time of captivity, his manager has him locked away in a closet while naked, bound and gagged.
    • When Asahi tries to torture information out of him, he has Taiyou bound with duct tapes.
    • Satou's aunt ties him up in her apartment room and seems intent to keep him there for an indefinite amount of time.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • He was kidnapped and raped for a week by his boss, and the trauma from the incidence turned him into a weirdo who obsess after Shio.
    • Round two of this, at the hands of Satou's aunt, appears to have broken him completely. The credits portray him as sitting alone in his room, a blank look on his face, staring at nothing as he quietly talks nonsense to himself.
  • Comedic Lolicon: Mitsuboshi’s obsession with Shio post-rape - while portrayed dramatically to highlight his shift in personality and actions caused by the trauma - is often frequently exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness through his over-the-top view of and reactions towards Shio. The anime director even considers Mitsuboshi to be the best character for any funny scenes, in his own opinion.
  • Defiled Forever: Rare male example. After being raped by the manager of the Princess Imperial, he starts seeing himself as "dirty". His obsession with Shio comes from a twisted belief that her pureness can "cleanse his soul".
  • Did Not Think This Through: Asahi seems to fall for the trap Satou had laid out for him, but what Mitsuboshi didn't anticipate was Asahi pointing out the inconsistencies in his story, namely he not saying anything about Shio before in spite of them having met each other when he saved him from the two thugs way back in Episode 2.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted in Mitsuboshi's case. He's shown to be incredibly traumatized by this event, Satou herself highlights how much of a criminal act it is, and the fact that it occurred is taken extremely seriously.
  • Foil: To Satou. Much like with her, Mitsuboshi is obsessed with Shio, but in that regard, he wants to physically be with her whereas there is no indication that Satou views Shio with any sexual interest. Conversely, she is willing to do anything for Shio, while Mitsuboshi never shows that kind of resolve.
  • Hates Being Touched: Given his past experience with being kidnapped and raped by his former manager, this is not at all surprising. He is shown to get freaked out if a girl his own age so much as touches him, and that's when he outright states that he considers girls his own age not as scary to him as older women. Though he is perfectly fine, and even desires it, when it's Shio.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He actually does realize how screwed up he has become and vows to go back to being a normal person. Then Satou comes and throws Shio's sock at him, bringing his obsession towards her back for good.
  • Likes Older Women: Inverted strongly. Following being raped by his female manager, Mitsuboshi will not only experience a panic attack if an older woman so much as taps his shoulder; but now leans towards girls of a… much younger persuasion, such as Shio particularly.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Agrees to work with Satou in getting rid of Asahi in return for seeing Shio. While he follows Satou's scheme without issue, he ends up botching it because Asahi points out the inconsistency in his story.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction upon realizing that Satou's aunt lured him into the room to assuredly rape him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Tries to warn Shouko about Satou, but mostly because he's afraid that Shouko might fall in love with Shio.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: Mitsuboshi was a perfectly normal young man, attracted to Satou, and generally good-natured prior to being raped; but afterwards, he temporarily becomes a Hikikomori, suffers from panic attacks if touched by any older women, and most vitally, develops a disturbingly predatory and sexualised obsession with Shio - to the point of him hoarding her missing posters, sniffing anything remotely associated with her, and drooling and moaning uncontrollably from merely her touch (which he believes will help to ‘purify his dirtied self’). Thanks to Satou's aunt raping him, he is left completely broken at the end of the series.
  • Security Blanket: Shio’s missing poster serves as a rather sad and creepy example for Mitsuboshi, to the point that he not only plasters the walls of his bedroom with them - but, in the midst of a relapse at one point, even genuinely considers carrying one in his pocket for the rest of his life growing up.
  • Start of Darkness: Mitsuboshi's kidnapping and subsequent sexual assault when he was working at the Princess Imperial can be counted as this. As it's what started his fear of women and triggered the feelings which would later cause him to become obsessed with Shio.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sure, Mitsuboshi, trust the creepy bandaged lady you just met with opening the door to Satou's apartment room. Surely nothing bad could come from it.
    • However, in the anime, this is averted, as he enters the apartment room himself.

     Shouko Hida 
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki
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Satou's best friend who constantly worries for her, but is unaware of her real nature.


  • Ambiguously Bi: She has been with boys before the start of the series, but she is a little too interested in discovering who Satou's lover is and getting her to go back to chasing boys with her. Coupled with how often she is hugging Satou and clinging to her arm, it's easy to read her as having a case of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?. She gives Satou an ambiguous Love Confession in Chapter 15, but later gives an indirect but totally unambiguous one to Asahi.
  • Audience Surrogate: Thanks to her being the Only Sane Man, she frequently says and thinks the same things the audience does, particularly regarding other characters' twisted sense of love.
  • Character Death: Her death firmly establishes that any of the major characters could die indiscriminately.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She's determined to help out both Asahi and Satou, not knowing that they are in conflict with each other and despite Satou's warnings to not get involved for her own good.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: After continually probing into Satou's affairs, she is killed for her effort.
  • Dies Wide Open: After her death, her eyes remained open for several days until Asahi finds her corpse and closes them. Oddly enough, her body is well preserved and shows zero signs of decomposition.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Shouko cares about Satou with her genuine heart, and really tries to "rescue her from her own immorality" with no hostile intention, and a slit in the throat is what Satou gives her in exchange. Poor girl.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her desire to help people without fully understanding their situation, and despite warnings not to get involved. This ultimately gets her murdered by Satou when she pushes too far.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She manages to send a photo of Satou and Shio to Asahi at the cost of her life.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Decides to keep trusting Satou in spite of all the odd circumstances pertaining to her home life, which inevitably leads to terrible consequences.
  • Imagine Spot: Has a brief one in the anime after Satou asks if she still wants to be her friend even after meeting her aunt, imagining that she confidently brushed off the experience and told her yes... only for the scene to distort and rewind to her being shaken and unable to answer her.
  • Irony: Unlike the other characters, she never finds her own definition of what love is. Yet she performs what perhaps is the most selfless act in the series is by snapping a picture of Shio and Satou and sending it to Asahi.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She would much rather have been born into a happy, normal family than a rich one.
  • Love Confession:
    • Gives one to Satou in Chapter 15 that is just ambiguous enough to be interpreted as either friendly or romantic love.
    • In Chapter 24 she kisses Asahi and indirectly confesses that she would like to have him as a boyfriend.
  • Messianic Archetype: Is very compassionate, refusing to abandon Satou no matter what and taking it upon herself to free her from her own darkness, which results in her death. She also performs an act of true love by sending a picture to Asahi at the cost of her life.
  • Moment of Weakness: In Chapter 17, after Shouko visits Satou's apartment and meets her aunt. When Satou asks her if she still wants to be her friend knowing that she's related to such a person, Shouko can't meet her gaze. At this moment, Satou stops trusting Shouko and breaks off their friendship, which later leads to Satou murdering Shouko when Shouko takes a picture of her and Shio and Satou doesn't trust her not to go to the police.
  • Nice Girl: Actually called such In-Universe by Satou. She expresses doubt over it, but her actions later show that Satou was correct, as Shouko may actually be the most forgiving and compassionate character in the series.
  • Only Friend: Subtle, but you can see that Shouko is the only person Satou really cares for on a personal level. Satou becomes more unhinged after she kills Shouko, and in the spread where she mentally crosses out pictures of her acquaintances, Shouko's face is the only one left unmarked.
  • Only Sane Man: The only character among the main cast to neither show mental instability nor experience prior trauma.
  • She Knows Too Much: She had evidence of Satou holding Shio at her apartment on her phone and unfortunately for her, even after she decided to hand it over Satou still refused to trust her to keep the secret and slashed her throat.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A genuinely kind, friendly, and empathetic girl who reaches out to help Asahi. Her kindness only wavers once, and she ultimately does what she can to make up for it. Unfortunately, Satou isn't the type to forgive even an imagined betrayal...

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Secondary Characters

     Manager 
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A nameless woman who ran a restaurant that Satou decided to work at. She was the one responsible for Mitsuboshi's obsession with Shio.


  • Disproportionate Retribution: Forces Satou to work longer hours as punishment for catching Mitsuboshi's interests.
  • Evil Is Petty: Becomes envious of Satou because of how much attention she was receiving from her employees. Mitsuboshi asking Satou out was the straw that broke the camel's back.
  • Hate Sink: Alongside Asahi's father, the manager is one of the more reprehensible characters of the series.
  • It's All About Me: She ensures that all of her employees pay attention to her, and when Mitsuboshi goes against that intended purpose by asking Satou out on a date, she doesn't take it lightly.
  • Karma Houdini: Aside from getting blackmailed into giving Satou her full pay, the manager is never made to suffer from what she put Mitsuboshi through.
  • Kick the Dog: Made Satou work longer hours and do menial labour with less pay to punish her for her suddenly becoming popular with her employees.
  • No Name Given: She is never referred to as anything other than her position.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Kidnaps and rapes Mitsuboshi for a week. Satou calls her out for this, and she ultimately caused Mitsuboshi to develop a phobia of older women as well as his obsessing over Shio.
  • The Sociopath: She has a very high opinion of herself, so much so, she kidnaps and rapes Mitsuboshi out of envy that he asked Sato out on a date.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because of her actions, she greatly traumatized Mitsuboshi to the point that he obsesses over a young girl, believing that only she could purify him of his wickedness.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes on a huge rant fully admitting to having kidnapped Mitsuboshi, and she breaks down in fear when Satou threatened to expose her to the authorities.

     Daichi Kitaumekawa 
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
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Satou's teacher, whose good looks and popularity among his students hide a twisted personality.


  • Attempted Rape: It's made crystal clear that he was planning on having his way with Satou the moment she confronted him in the alleyway during Episode 2 after she reveals that she knew he was her stalker this whole time. He only stops himself after Satou pulls out a rape alarm she had with her on her bag to avoid being caught.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He is very good at pretending to be a good teacher who is concerned about his students who seem to be facing trouble. Nobody suspects that he is hitting on his own students because he "wants to love as many women as he can".
  • The Bus Came Back: At first he seemed to just be the second Starter Villain of the series, as he disappeared after Satou first dealt with him. He comes back several chapters later playing the rather important role of leading the characters to a big revelation.
  • Foil: To Satou's aunt. While Satou's aunt makes it abundantly clear that she derives pleasure from being beaten and abused, Daichi is at least sane enough to keep his sadomasochistic desires under wrap.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: He is a huge masochist, so Satou threatening to expose his crimes only makes him aroused. With that being said, he still has enough rationality left to try to avoid intentionally ruining his life, so he does what she says. Doesn't stop him from meddling into her business one more time to feel that thrill again, though.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Apparently he tries to hit on his students a lot, despite having a wife and young daughter. Satou uses this fact against him, as she knows that despite his cheating, he doesn't want to lose his family or take the blow to the reputation that would come if he were found out.

     Shio and Asahi's Father 
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The patriarch of the Kobe family, and the biggest Abusive Parent in the series. Died before the story started.


  • Abusive Parents: To say he was a Jerkass would be a huge Understatement. To put it into perspective, he once tore off his son's fingernails just to see how long he could endure the pain. And then made him get liquor afterwards. It's only fortunate that the asshole died of alcohol poisoning later, but it took five years after his sister and his mom left.
  • Death by Irony: Dying of alcohol poisoning is the most fitting death possible for an abusive alcoholic like him. It becomes even more ironic when we later learn that he celebrated his father's death, just like how his son celebrated his own death in turn.
  • The Faceless: Asahi has a more extreme version of Shio's problems with remembering painful memories. In his flashbacks, his father has his entire body scribbled, representing how he sees him as a demon rather than a person. And even in the flashbacks of other people, his face is never shown until much later in the series.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The man can get off by someone accidentally pushing him. He's really no better in his married life.
  • Hate Sink: Even in a series full of psychopaths, he stands out as the single most unlikeable person on the planet. An abusive alcoholic, he spares no love for his wife and children, beating them frequently and using them to fuel his unhealthy habits. A flashback would later reveal that he also raped his future wife because she accidentally pushed him, celebrated the death of his own father because it left him with a large inheritance, left his wife and son, and only came back after spending all his money. He undoubtedly deserves to be called a demon by Asahi.
  • The Hedonist: All he cares about is booze and sex. When he receives an inheritance, it doesn't take very long for him to squander it.
  • Jerkass: Quite frankly, that's the mildest way to describe how monstrous he is.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by alcohol poisoning courtesy of Yuuna.
  • Posthumous Character: He died before the story started, but not without having significant impacted the lives of several characters.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He originally raped his future wife merely for her hesitation in apologizing for bumping into him. Afterwards, there is some crucial evidence that he continued to rape her throughout the duration of their marriage.
  • The Sociopath: A low functioning one, he lacks any empathy towards anyone, even his own family, a primary example being him blowing his inheritance on himself, only returning to his family because he was now broke. He also has that impulsive need to stimulate himself by abusing anyone he came across.
  • Unnamed Parent: Much like with most of the adults in the series, he doesn't go by an official name.

     Sumire Miyazaki 
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An employee at Cure á Cute whose admiration for Satou is revealed to be much deeper than it first appears.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sumire isn't ugly by any means, but Satou is disgusted by Sumire's obsession with her, calling her a "dirty person" in her internal monologue in Episode 9.
  • Perverted Sniffing: Does this to Satou's jacket while in her underwear in The Stinger of Episode 4.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She is not murderous like Satou, but sniffing the clothes of your crush and trying to imitate them to the point of wearing the same underwear as them are not the actions of a mentally healthy person.
  • Put on a Bus: She apparently quits her job at the cosplay cafe after Satou confronts her, and she isn't seen for quite a while after that.
    • The Bus Came Back: She returns in Chapter 35/Episode 11 to give Satou her and her sister's passports to help Satou and Shio escape together on their "honeymoon."
  • Stalker with a Crush: She's so infatuated with Satou that she even knows what brand of underwear she uses. She also begins digging into Satou's home life, which prompts a "Shut Up" Kiss from Satou in order to get her to stop prying.
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     Satou's Aunt 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue
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Satou’s legal guardian since her parents died. Despite being her only relative, none of Satou’s acquaintances or teachers have ever seen her.


  • Abusive Parents: While there's no indication that she has ever harmed Satou physically, she is very clearly not a good role model nor stable enough to be trusted with caring for a child. Satou growing up with her aunt likely damaged her to a far greater extent than losing her parents.
  • Affably Evil: Comes across as genuinely friendly, even with her preferences.
  • Anything That Moves: The series makes a point to show that she is willing to let anyone she meets have their way with her. In her very first scene, she hits on two police officers who went to her house on duty, and then on a friend of her niece.
  • Ax-Crazy: A given. She even happily takes credit for burning the apartment building to the ground in the final episode of the anime.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It is a given. Satou's aunt openly welcomes any and all forms of love there is, stating that she'd consume all of it. Even when she forces herself onto others such as the police officer or Mitsuboshi, she seems to do so not out of malicious intent, but because she felt that she was "curing" their loneliness.
  • The Corrupter: She's the reason Satou has such a warped view of love, not to mention how she's implied to have been successful in seducing the male policeman.
  • Creepy Aunt: She acts unsettingly touchy-feely with Satou when she comes to her apartment during a police investigation, despite Satou's expressions and body language making it clear that she is very uncomfortable being around her aunt for any length of time. That's not even getting into her unashamedly parading her sexual conquests and deviant behaviour in front of her niece, Satou, from when said niece was a child; judging from Satou's earliest memories of her aunt.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: In the anime, her radiant blue eyes only add to her rather discomforting presence.
  • Depraved Bisexual: After forcing herself on the male police officer, she then expresses interest in satiating the female officer's loneliness. She also makes a few passes towards Shouko, but she does wish her the best of luck when it came to finding her prince.
  • Dissonant Serenity: In the anime, she is serenely calm in her first appearance, even when she tries to goad the police officer into hitting her without ever raising the volume of her voice.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Is depicted as not wearing any, namely because bandages would be wrapped around her ankles anyway. She is shown wearing sandals the only time she steps out of the apartment building though.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted, big time. Her rape of Mitsubochi is portrayed as absolutely horrifying.
  • Drives Like Crazy: But it's fine, because she doesn't have any citations.
  • Fan Disservice: Is a pretty-looking woman, but because of her bandages and her casual tone of voice, she ends up repelling people.
  • Foil: To Daichi. While Daichi would try to keep his urges under lock and key for the sake of his reputation, Satou's aunt revels in her sadomasochistic desires, actively looking to get hurt or abused.
  • Forceful Kiss: Delivers one to Mitsuboshi when he comes to her apartment looking for Shio. He does not take it well.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Satou herself is the Villain Protagonist while her aunt is the reason for her sociopathic tendencies.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Her most terrifying feature is how she's able to read another person like a book, manipulating them to give in to their desires and her demands.
  • The Hedonist: Lives for deriving pleasure from being beaten.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one, just like her niece, though she's not so much of an idiot, more so just lacking any common sense or inhibitions.
  • Laughably Evil: She is darkly hilarious in her mannerisms, despite being one of the most disturbing characters in the series.
  • Love Freak: Constantly talks about her rather... unique definition of love with other characters, like Satou and Shouko. She's not shy about showing off this "love" to anyone she meets, in practice, either - whether they want it or not - such as with Mitsuboshi, or a passing policeman.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Definitely averted. She has the hair and is a Parental Substitute to Satou, however, she's anything but motherly.
  • No Name Given: Her first name isn't revealed to the audience.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Any pretense that she's just an incredibly odd and nutty aunt with a dirty apartment and strange views on love gets thrown out the window when she rapes Taiyou, and later starts the fire in Satou's apartment floor.
  • Perpetual Smiler: It is rare to see her without a creepy smile on her face.
  • Pet the Dog: Takes a liking to Shouko, wishing her the best of luck with finding her prince.
    • Also genuinely loves Satou much to her chagrin.
  • Really Gets Around: If she didn't her "garbage room" wouldn't be such a mess.
  • Red Herring: Early in the plot she only seems to be mentioned to remind the viewer that nobody has ever seen her. Satou also clearly gets uncomfortable whenever she has to talk about her aunt. Everything seems to point to her being the person Satou killed before the start of the series. She is actually still alive and has no (direct) connection to Satou’s actions in the series.
  • Slasher Smile: Her default expression.
  • So Proud of You: Is pleased to learn Satou found someone to love even though her niece called her out on her version of love being wrong.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Openly invites a police officer to slap and abuse her without care, because she simply sees such things as part of her twisted version of "love".
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She is directly responsible for Satou becoming who she is in the present, meaning she is indirectly responsible for every crime she commits.
  • Walking Spoiler: Given that the only information on her we are given early in the plot is that nobody knows anything about her, it should be no surprise that she turns out to be this.

     Unnamed Neighbor 

The neighbor who used to own the apartment that Satou and Shio currently reside in. Died before the story officially began.


  • Asshole Victim: Was going to strangle Shio for the incredibly grievous sin of making Satou look happy for the first time.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: His thoughts showed that he preferred Satou being sad and dissatisfied and was going to go as far as murdering Shio to keep her that way.
  • The Faceless: We never see his face, as the entire chapter they star in is from their POV.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: From what little we see of them, they smoke fairly often. They end up snapping and trying to murder Shio, after seeing how much their muse, Satou, has changed upon meeting her.
  • No Name Given: We never learn his name.
  • Posthumous Character: Dead before the story began, as they were the source of the bloodstained room and the bags presumably full of body parts that Satou was trying to get rid of in early chapters.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: With his death, Satou became a mentally unhinged psychopath who wouldn't think twice before murdering someone if she saw fit.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His attempted murder of Shio would spark Satou into becoming viciously protective of her, which makes him posthumously responsible for Satou's actions.
  • Walking Spoiler: This character would be the source of quite a few mysteries early in the story. Such as how Satou got ahold of the apartment and who she killed that caused the bloodstains and body bags in the locked room.
  • Yandere: The first thing they try to do when they meet Shio, after realizing how much Satou cares for her, is attempt to strangle her because Satou holds affection for her and not for him.

     Yuuna Kobe 
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See her uncorrupted form. 

The mother of Shio and Asahi Kobe. Seen only in the flashbacks of her children.


  • All Take and No Give: The "Give" part of the relationship with her husband. Whether an arranged marriage or not, she is unable to leave him and is constantly forced to give him whatever he wants of her as she has no other way out of it.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She was the reason her husband died. She poisoned his alcohol, which resulted in his demise.
  • Domestic Abuse: A former victim of it at the hands of her late husband.
    • She also begins to be abusive towards Shio after they escape from her husband, smacking her when she disobeys and eventually deciding to lock her in the house. She realizes that she's being abusive just like her husband, and her inability to stop herself leads to her mental breakdown.
  • Extreme Doormat: Must comply with every single one of her husband's demands, with no means or confidence to fight or disobey him. He himself constantly refers to her as his "toy" to do as he wishes with. Only eventually ended when she gathered the nerve to run away from him with her daughter.
  • The Faceless: At certain parts, at least. Most times when Shio visualizes her mother, save certain points, she appears with large, black scribbles which obscure the majority of her face.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she strikes Shio for disobeying her and realizes that she's acting just like her hated husband, complete with Big "NO!".
  • Parental Abandonment: She is not seen anywhere near either of her children, if she is even still alive. Shio is currently in the possession of Satou and Asahi is out looking for her, sleeping in the streets. Later we learn that she outright abandoned Shio on the street Satou finds her at, with only a "goodbye" as her condolence.
    • Doubly so depending on how you see it, as she took Shio and fled from her abusive husband, leaving young Asahi behind to bear the brunt of the Kobe patriarch's abuse. She did want to bring Asahi together, but he insisted in staying behind so that his abusive father wouldn't try to find them.
  • Parents as People: She is a mother, but the stress of her abusive married life and her crumbling household circumstances made her unable to be a good parental figure for either of her children, leading to her abandoning Shio.
  • Shotgun Wedding: With a "relationship" like theirs, Yuuna and her husband wouldn't even try to get married. However, since Yuuna was unmistakably pregnant, the boy's father forced them to get married instead, coercing Yuuna's parents to go along with it to avoid shame and for the boy to take responsibility.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She was only 16 when she was raped and impregnated, before giving birth to Asahi.
  • Walking Spoiler: What is in Shio’s lost memories and how her life was before meeting Satou are some of the most important mysteries of the series, and obviously her mother is involved in those events. To give any meaningful information about her person would require spoiling those mysteries.

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