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    Kaoru Tsunashi (nee Samura) 
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Voiced by: Yukari Tamura

A hardworking Office Lady, married to Hajime. She is also a secondary character in Metsuko ni Yoroshiku.


  • Adaptational Curves: She has bigger breasts in the anime than in the yonkoma.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Subverted. Kaoru doesn't get drunk easily. But when she gets drunk, she gets DRUNK.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Doesn't know how to cook despite her father being a professional chef.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Daddy's Girl: She is her dad's pride and joy, this being one of the reasons he's not fond of Hajime for snatching his little girl.
  • Deconfirmed Bachelorette: She always told her friends that she'd never get married. Then she met Hajime.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: It's implied Kaoru was a heavy drinker during her time as a lonely wage slave stuck in a dead-end job she hated.
  • Dye Hard: invoked She's a natural purple, but she's been dyeing it blonde ever since she got married.
    • Explained in the yonkoma: she once flipped her hair over her face to imitate Sadako, and Hajime was surprisingly overcome with moe, to Kaoru's distress. So she dyed her hair just because Hajime's "Sadako moe" thing freaked her out so bad.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Invoked. Kaoru feels bad that she can't cook a good meal for Hajime, so she goes to her father (who is a professional chef) for lessons.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Downplayed. She hung out with Akiko and Yuzu, but she never actually took part in any of their activities.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Variation. It wasn't Hajime being in a relationship, but rather the fact that he was rejected by one of their co-workers and seeing his dejected state of sadness that caused her to realize that she was in love with him. As she put it, she was strangely angry and kept wondering if it was their co-worker that he truly liked, hence the epiphany.
  • Hair Decorations: A simple red clip.
  • Happily Married: To Hajime.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a fan of Enka.
  • Important Haircut: She dyed her hair blonde after she got married to Hajime, probably to distance herself from the time she spent alone and miserable before meeting him. It also has the bonus effect of making her look like her mother.
  • Lethal Chef: Despite the fact that her father is a chef himself. In the manga, Haijme theorizes that it's one of the reasons why she married him.
    Hajime (commenting on Kaoru's fried rice): These huge blocks of carrot and onions... the slight char, the ineffective seasoning, and this barely-fried rice... It's a yes!
  • Office Lady: Her job and she likes to do it.
  • Only Sane Man: She was this for Akiko and Yuzu back during her high school years.
  • Opposites Attract: With Hajime.
  • Parenting the Husband: Averted. Despite Hajime's Otaku tendencies, he's shown doing just as much housework as Kaoru.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: It's right there in the title.
  • Sentimental Drunk: She gets a lot more affectionate with Hajime when she's drunk.
    I love you! I'm drunk so I'll keep saying it! I love you! I love you lots!
  • Straight Man: To Hajime.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kaoru looks just like her late mother, the only difference being that Kaoru's natural hair color is purple.
  • Survival Mantra: Would constantly have to tell herself "It'll be ok." back when she lived alone and was working a dead-end job. Not so much anymore.
  • Tears of Joy: Several times, most notably when she sees that she got a positive on her pregnancy test.
  • Western Zodiac: Cancer. She notices that this doesn't make her very compatible with Hajime, a Sagittarius.
  • Workaholic: She doesn't seem to have a problem with her unstable, and occasionally long working hours. One of the things that bother her about going on maternity leave is that she'll be getting the perks without doing any work.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her natural hair color is purple, though she's been dyeing it blonde ever since she got married.
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    Hajime Tsunashi 
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Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura

Kaoru's Otaku husband. A freelance programmer by trade, he has problems having stable employment, much to his family's chagrin.


  • Cassandra Truth: He can never persuade his mother to believe he's actually working, and earns more than Kaoru.
  • Cat Smile: Male Example.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's never called Hajime; it's always "husband", "darling", "anija", or (for some reason) "Takashi".
  • Fetish: He's a lolicon, plus he likes large breasts and sweat. He might also have attraction to crossdressers since he said that Hime-chan was his waifu.
  • Geek Physiques: Defied. It's explicitly noted in the manga that he does exercises to keep himself fit, particularly the abdominal region.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: The basic premise of the series.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: In the manga, Kaoru tried to make him more presentable when he met Rino and Tanaka for the first time by taking off his glasses and tidying his hair. She didn't even recognize the result.
  • Happily Married: To Kaoru.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: After Kaoru's collapse, he goes to his father-in-law to apologize. Kaoru's father gets angry and nearly punches Hajime, but refuses Hajime's request to do so, saying his daughter wouldn't want that and asking Hajime to just be there for her.
  • House Husband: He works from home and is a much better chef than Kaoru.
  • Loving a Shadow: Variation in the past. When looking back on when he fell for Kaoru, he noted that if he loved Kaoru and their co-worker, he clarified that it was more like he idolized them, comparing the experience to falling for fictional characters. He also noted that while they wouldn't return it, he wouldn't get rejected. When the co-worker rejected him, it reminded him that this was something different, and he self-admonished himself for it during his depression. He also suspects it was when his love for Kaoru become something more solid, substantial and real.
  • Moment Killer: Ends up ruining his own Friendship Moment with Nozomu by wondering when he set off an Event Flag.
  • NEET: With the exception of episode 4 (and even then, it was Played for Laughs before he went to look for job), he subverted this, despite his lifestyle. Before that point he runs a blog that he heavily monetized (the manga stated he receives affiliate income in six-figure yen), while after that point he works as a web designer.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Kaoru collapses from overworking herself, Hajime becomes far less obnoxious and more doting. He even calls up Miki and asks him for more work.
  • Opaque Lenses: The artist's style has Hajime's glasses changing opacity with his emotions. They vary from clear Smart People Wear Glasses through Opaque Nerd Glasses with an occasional full-on Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Opposites Attract: With Kaoru. There's a chapter dedicated to this, as Kaoru herself finds them to be almost completely incompatible when checking love sites and esoteric means for relationship advice. When she tells Hajime, he tells her that he'd already did the footwork himself with all the love advice mumbo-jumbo, but understood that their mutual love trumped all that crap.
  • Otaku: Part of what makes the Odd Couple angle with his Workaholic wife.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Often declares anime girls to be his waifu. Of course, this is a stereotypical otaku trait.
  • Real Men Cook: Hajime does most of the cooking in the household. But, as he points out, it's not a talent they ask about in interviews.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Played for Laughs in episode 7 when he randomly decides to take off his shirt after trying some of Kaoru's improved cooking, showing off his surprisingly toned abs.
    • A similar scene occurs in the manga (complete with Bishie Sparkles), though with the justification of it being really hot out. Turns out that Kaoru had no idea he was that good looking since he always keeps the lights off when they have sex.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: The title of the series is in reference to the fact that Kaoru never picks up on any of his references.
  • Spider-Sense: Hajime has a moe-sense (e.g. when he was watching Nanoha StrikerS and Kaoru imitated Nanoha's face behind his back, he noticed it).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He's basically his father with glasses, without a mustache, and a slightly different haircut.
  • Western Zodiac: Sagittarius.

    Youta "Mayotama" Tsunashi 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Horino

Hajime's crossdressing mangaka younger brother. He idolizes his brother and has a crush on Miki.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Miki. A good example is that in S2E03 Miki and Mayotama won a free trip to the hot springs, and Miki decides to pay for all his friends to the trip in S2E05 to avoid having to "date" Mayotama. In fact, Miki goes Blue with Shock whenever Mayotama looks lovestruck.
  • Big Brother Attraction: And how! He sells Yaoi that he draws of the two of them for god's sake!
  • Bleached Underpants: In-Universe example - He started off drawing Yaoi, but later switched over to Shōnen.
  • Blunt "Yes": In S2E09, after Hajime gets a lecture from their mother for still not having a job.
    Hajime: Then are you telling me to work until I die?
    Mayotama: Yes. That is the proper way for an adult to live.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He is both dainty and feminine to an attractive extent, making even Miki question himself whenever they interact. The guy just plays an excellent dame.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Though he acts kinky and coy most of the time, it's shown that his attraction to Miki is indeed sincere, so his efforts are less perverted when Miki comes to mind.
  • Expressive Hair: His ponytail wags like a dog's tail when he's excited or nervous.
  • Gilligan Cut: Whenever he starts getting too perverted or touchy with Hajime, the action cuts immediately to him morosely returning home through train after either Hajime or Kaoru kicked him out.
  • G.I.R.L.: As Hajime points out during Destiny Fucker's meetup, Mayotama is an OkamaTranslation ...uhh...I mean NekamaTranslation .
  • Moustache de Plume: Gender-inverted. Mayotama uses a female persona to publish yaoi doujinshi, as the genre is dominated by females.
  • Older Than They Look: Mayotama says that people often think he's in junior high when he's actually a college student. Of course, he's 1.55m tall, some 19cm shorter than the average Japanese male (but around the female average).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The only person who refers to him by his real name is his mother.
  • Otaku: Not as bad as Hajime though.
  • Reality Ensues: No matter how good a doujinshi artist is, they're still doing amateur-work. Unlike Miki, who primarily works as a detective, Mayotama can't earn a living off of selling doujinshi; his switch to Shounen is Truth in Television, as amateur artists will go pro since that's where the money's at.
  • Sequential Artist: He's a popular author of Yaoi doujinshi, though he later switches over to Shōnen and tries to get stuff professionally published.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He has a very feminine build, enough for Kaoru and Miki to confuse him for Hajime's younger sister rather than his brother. He also holds his arms as if he was a woman covering her breasts when he's in a hot spring.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: A Rare Male Example.

    Miki "Destiny Fucker" 
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Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu

Hajime's friend and on-and-off employer who runs a detective agency.


  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Miki's username is probably the best username of all time, "Destiny Fucker." A later strip provided the expalanation: his circle, "Fate Deniers," specializes in Fix Fics that turn series with Bad Endings into good ones; Saikano was specifically mentioned as one of the canons they used.
  • Cool Shades: He's always wearing sunglasses. He also happens to be the only person who's able to defeat Akiko in Metsuko ni Yoroshiku (likely because he's her cousin.)
  • Fix Fic: His Doujinshi Circle specializes in this, turning bad endings into good ones.
  • God Was My Copilot: He appears in Mononoke Sharing as one of the creators of the current world alongside Lucoa and few others. And it is implied throughout the series that he is in fact the same Miki from the Peach Boy Riverside.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: While his is most consistently seen as a detective, he has shown up in other Cool-kyou Shinsha works as the owner of a Maid Cafe (in Metsuko ni Yoroshiku) and crepe stand (in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid).
  • Otaku
  • Screw Destiny: His guiding philosophy though life, best seen by his username and his attitude.
    • A Season 2 episode delves into this. It's here that we actually see he is part of a circle called "Fate Deniers." They specialize in doujins of series that have bad endings and making them into good endings.
    • Later in the episode, during a conversation with Hajime, he points out that he will not accept the idea of good events happening because of past bad events and vice versa, believing if one is happy, they should strive to be happy forever. This practice extends to his friends, as he mentions he will not allow a bad fate to befall Hajime.
  • Sequential Artist: He's a member of a doujin circle.
  • Sunglasses at Night: See Cool Shades above.

    Rino Juse 
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Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya

A mask maker who is one of Kaoru's old friends. She is one of the main characters of My Girlfriend Without Wasabi.


  • The Ace: Rino is a master mask maker, with such a level of artistry that some of her masks have sold in the tens of million of yens. She is considered a Japanese national treasure.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Her main complaint to Kaoru is that Nozomu treats her more like a daughter than like his wife. She's particularly pissed at the sheer amount of sex she's missing as a result.
  • Child Prodigy: Played with. At first, it's played for laughs because Nozomu thinks that she's an elementary-school-aged kid at college, but she turns out to be his senior, out of all things. However, she's a prodigy in a whole different way: as a mask maker.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Gamer Chick: Apparently, the only reason she went to college was to play games.
  • High-School Sweethearts: She met and started dating Nozomu in college.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The focus of My Girlfriend Without Wasabi deals with the exploration of Rino and Nozomu's relationship, and how their insecurities about her body image come into the fold. In particular, it focuses on their efforts to become closer, especially from Rino.
  • Legacy Character: She is the sole heiress of the Juse mask makers, a line of artists that has a thousand-year tradition. As a matter of fact, she was adopted by the family for that end.
  • Love at First Sight: While not strictly "first sight" (she spent the first few hours angry at him due to his comments about her appearance), she had fallen in love with Nozomu by the time she got home on the day that they met.
  • The Ojou: She's the adopted heiress to the Juse family, who are noted to be the equals of the Jigokumeguri and Gotouchi families.
  • Older Than They Look: She's quite short; in the spin-off My Girlfriend without Wasabi, her husband Nozomu at first thought she was a Child Prodigy. They were at college at the time. It's not helped by the fact that she often acts like a child.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her biological parents abandoned her at a garbage dump when she was three years old. She ended up in an orphanage after that and was adopted by the Juse family when they discovered her skill at mask making.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches past her waist.
  • Tender Tears: She gets some when Nozomu first confesses to her.
  • Tsundere: Rie Kugimiya playing a short tsundere? Who would have guessed? Although it only applies to when she was in college. She's a lot nicer in the present day.
  • Reincarnation: She is the Reincarnation of the Mask Oni Juse Rino from Peach Boy Riverside.
  • Womanchild: She whines and flails her arms like a little kid when complaining about things she doesn't like, Nozomu views her more as his child than his wife, and she likes omelette-rice (often viewed as a kids meal).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rino has blue hair.

    Nozomu Juse (nee Kimura) 
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Voiced by: Toshifumi Sakai

Rino's husband. He works at a convenience store and is a boxer. He is one of the main characters of My Girlfriend Without Wasabi.


  • High-School Sweethearts: He and Rino met and started dating in college.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: He took Rino's last name when they got married. Of course, you wouldn't know this unless you read My Girlfriend Without Wasabi or you were really paying attention during the episode that adapted it.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: This was his biggest fear when he started dating Rino due to how young she looks.
  • Nice Guy: He is a mature and caring man. He seem quite friendly towards Hajime, despite unable to understand him completely.
  • Oblivious to Love: He was oblivious to Rino's feelings when they were in college, to the point that he somehow didn't realize that she was his girlfriend. Kiyu pegged him as being incredibly dense.
  • Parenting the Husband: Gender Inverted. Nozomu says the reason why he hasn't thought about having kids is because he's basically Rino's mother already.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The only time he's seen boxing is a reference to Hajime no Ippo during an eyecatch.
  • Reincarnation: He is the Reincarnation of Hawson from Peach Boy Riverside, who was also the lover of the Mask Oni Juse Rino
  • Straight Man: To Rino and Hajime.
  • Training from Hell: Aoyama (Rino's personal bodyguard) put him through one in Sabinuki Kanojo so he can protect Rino when necessary.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Nozomu has blue hair.
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    Tanaka 
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Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani

A doctor who is one of Kaoru's old friends.


    Kyouko Tsunashi 
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi

Hajime and Mayotama's mother.


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