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Shuchi'in Academy High School Student Council

Original Council

    Kaguya Shinomiya 

Kaguya Shinomiya

Voiced by: Aoi Koga
Played by: Kanna Hashimoto (live-action movie)

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The titular character and vice-president of the Shuchi'in student council. Her family owns one of Japan's largest companies. As befitting her distinguished lineage, she excels in a large variety of subjects and is considered a "true genius." Engaged in a Battle of Wits with Shirogane to make the other confess their love.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Kaguya is Shuchi'in Academy's most popular student, inspiring awe and devotion from her fellow schoolmates.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father is the neglectful kind, he lives separate from her and she states he has never even said 'I love you' to her before. Chapter 141 even states Kaguya is actually partly grateful for the distance which doesn't spell good things about him.
  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Kaguya has enough envy of Fujiwara's large breasts to reconsider going to the beach for vacation.
    • When Ishigami wears her uniform, he notes that it's a bit tight in the chest (due to working out his pectorals), which annoys Kaguya quite a bit.
  • Academic Athlete: She consistently has the second highest grades in her class, has two black belts, and is the star member of the school's archery team.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Kaguya's first real act of kindness towards Ishigami (helping him study) happens much earlier in the anime. Her reason for doing so is also far more altruistic due the events leading her to be in his debt having not taken place.
  • Adorkable: When it comes to her crush on Shirogane. She's really just a sheltered girl, new to this 'love' thing.
  • Always Someone Better: To Shirogane. The reason he goes all out to excel academically over Kaguya is motivated primarily because Kaguya is so good at everything she does, that beating her in exams is the only way he could ever stand with her as her equal.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats, as befitting the Female Feline, Male Mutt dynamic she has with Shirogane. She is cold and looks down on others, but she becomes very affectionate once a person has earned her approval.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Downplayed. Kaguya relationship with Hayasaka is much like that of a younger sister who relies on her older sister for almost everything and causes her no end of stress. Of course, Hayasaka still loves her dearly and admits that she'd do anything for her.
    • Going by her family dynamics, Kaguya's brothers might as well be not aware that she exists at all.
  • Archer Archetype: Kaguya is the star member of the school's archery club and is definitely cold and calculating (initially, anyways). That said, she subverts the "weak at close range" stereotype, as the muscle she built up from constantly using a bow led to her victory during the Student Council's arm wrestling tournament (along with having a black belt in both akido and judo).
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: While she's angry about the possibility that Shirogane might have done something to her while they were in bed together, she's just as angry at the idea that he didn't try something.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • She can be a bit thoughtless to Fujiwara and especially Hayasaka, but she does care for the two a lot. The latter is her sister in all but blood, and the former, while being ranked lower than Ishigami and Shirogane, is still her closest and oldest friend.
    • Albeit she has little patience for her, Kaguya expresses that Fujiwara is indeed a very dear friend to her who has been with her since well before she turned a new leaf.
    • Much as she terrifies Ishigami, she's genuinely worried about him and makes sure to help him as much as she can, including standing up for his reputation, keeping him from failing out and playing matchmaker between him and his third year crush.
  • Batman Gambit: Many of her schemes rely heavily on Kaguya understanding how Shirogane will behave, and will go to insane measures to ensure he will react to situations as she desires.
  • The Beautiful Elite: While being part of one the most affluent families in Japan, to top it off, Kaguya is a gorgeous girl, and bar none other she is hands down the most beautiful student at Shuchi'in Academy.
  • Beneath the Mask: Played with. Kaguya's public appearance is of a perfect, sophisticated young lady, but she is still susceptible to gushing at seeing Shirogane being cute, or becoming extremely frustrated when her plans go awry, though she will never show it. However, if one goes by what Fujiwara and Ishigami say, Kaguya has considerably less of a poker face than she thinks she does.
  • Berserk Button: Apart from whenever her plans with Shirogane get interrupted, she also gets livid whenever someone points out her small breasts.
  • Broken Ace: She excels in everything she does, but when she was younger she could not understand that not everyone is as smart as she is, which alienated everyone around her except Hayasaka and Fujiwara.
  • Broken Bird: Cracked, at least, but thanks to Shirogane she's mostly better. Her excellence and family name kept her from being able to make friends, culminating in one "friend" saying they couldn't stand to be near her anymore and had only gotten close because their mother had told them to. After that, Kaguya began acting extremely coldly and assumed everyone merely viewed their relationships with others in terms of profits and losses. Seeing Shirogane's altruism helped her mellow out and recognize people's good sides, but she's still very insecure and doesn't seem to have any close friends outside the student council.
  • Brutal Honesty: While not her per se. In chapter 53, her cold side/pride is at least willing to admit she's attracted to Shirogane and states, "she has an insatiable craving for his ..." before regular Kaguya cut her off. This seems to also apply to her interactions with anyone other than Shirogane, as unlike her usual self her cold side is incredibly blunt while asking Kashiwagi for advice, outright admitting that she is in love with Shirogane, that she wants to be kissed by him, and that if he wanted to she would probably let him have sex with her. Unfortunately, she is unable to be honest when she is actually faced with him, something she is fully aware of.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She pretends that she refuses to confess, but in truth she's simply incapable of telling Shirogane that she likes him because she has low self esteem.
  • Cargo Envy: During chapter 56, she sulks because Shirogane is paying more attention to the night sky than to her.
  • Catchphrase Insult: "How Cute". Although it's worth pointing out that this only applies to Shirogane's Imagine Spots. Every time she actually says it she's being sincere with the exception of chapter 142.
  • Cerebus Retcon: A lot of her more Adorkable moments (like her interest in fireworks) take on a much darker context once we start to get a picture of what her family life is like.
  • Character Tics: In the later stages of the manga, she develops one specifically for the purpose of calming herself down and staying cool around Shirogane. Whenever she's overwhelmed, she puts her hand on her cheek, instantly dropping her nerves. This backfires on her when her hand is impeded, making her go bananas in her mind.
  • Characterization Marches On: With time, Kaguya learns not to be so bitter about her peers unwittingly foiling her plans with Shirogane, as she understands that they don't proceed with malice. However, she still displays the same level of utter dismay and helplessness she feels every time they foil her.
  • Childhood Friends: With Hayasaka, having known each other since infancy (though they were separated when they were two and didn't see each other for another five years). It's shown that she considers Hayasaka more of a family to herself than her own.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She loathes if any girl tries to get close to Shirogane. It's to the point she freaks out if he even gets friends that are girls. Ironically, when she finally meets someone else who does have a crush on him (Moeha), the two of them get along great as they both gush about what they like about him.
  • Cool Big Sis: She initially wanted to be this for Kei, though in a hilarious case of irony, it's Ishigami that she ends up filling this role for. Moreover, this is mutual with Kei, who wants to be close to Kaguya just as badly.
  • Covert Pervert: When imagining Shirogane joining her club, he was noticeably showing off his chest.
  • Crazy-Prepared: According to chapter 7, Kaguya has at least 42 volumes of manuals to counter what Shirogane will say. To help Shirogane win the election, she coerced one of the candidates into quitting, forced clubs to vote for him and even bribed the election committee! However, it's fair to point out that she loses traction rather easily when things don't go the way she wants them to.
    • On a more serious note, she also had Hayasaka hack into her brother's computer to presumably acquire compromising data in order to blackmail her family if the circumstances ever call for it.
  • Cry Cute: The fireworks arc when her father forbid her from attending and when she failed to get there in time after Hayasaka helped her sneak out.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: In middle school, a classmate admitted that her parents told her to befriend Kaguya but she was sick of Kaguya's Innocently Insensitive nature. Kaguya then grew scared of everyone around her and distrusted them before she met Shirogane.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The flashback she had in chapter 35 when she was sick strongly implies that she was raised without any familial love.
  • Death Glare: When pissed she gives a good one. Usually towards Fujiwara and Ishigami.
  • Death of Personality: In chapter 141 as a result of her mental conflict from the french kiss as shown by a courtroom where Kaguya's ice side argues with her dumb side while her kid side acts as the judge. The ice side takes back total control of Kaguya's personality as shown by the ice side knocking the dumb side out. Downplayed as it's still Kaguya, just now a different aspect of her personality is in control.
  • Debt Detester: Her family is one that doesn't like owing people favors. She uses this excuse in order to tutor Ishigami and help get his grades back up after he's in danger of repeating first year, due to him accidentally helping her out when Shirogane backed her into a corner.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her current state. Extras states being with Shirogane actually defrosted her in two months time. Though Kaguya seems to think there is still more work to be done.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Played for Laughs example in chapter 57 when Shirogane and Fujiwara are married in the game, Kaguya actually cries and is visibly depressed. It's made even worse when Kaguya is overwhelmingly successful in her ventures while remaining single, while Shirogane and Fujiwara keep popping babies out, and adding insult to injury, they divorce late in the game, but Kaguya had been unable to marry either one of them in the game, leaving her to win, crying alone on a pile of money.
  • The Drag-Along: For her family, Kaguya is basically an expensive piece of furniture that they can make use of, a carrier of the family name and nothing more. She's to comply to their every whim so that her existence is justified, but has no say in what she wants for herself.
  • The Dreaded: To Ishigami in the early stages. She acts more like an older sister to him now.
  • Dreams of Flying: The ending for the anime has her dreaming of sprouting wings while the rest of the student council flies alongside her in WWI era planes. It's a fantasy version of chapter 45.
  • Driven by Envy: Kaguya covets a great deal of aspects from Fujiwara in terms of happiness, personability, friendships and carefree attitude, to the point that she sometimes speculates that Fujiwara is the way she is just to personally spite her. Her relationship with Fujiwara starts turning better when she realizes that those speculations are unfounded, as Fujiwara tends to go out of her way to please her, and that the venom she expresses towards Fujiwara only serves to hurt herself. Also, Fujiwara denies her nothing, so Kaguya's only barrier is actually being too proud to ask.
  • Easily Forgiven: Fujiwara states in Chapter 77 that she is aware of Kaguya's coldness towards her, but that she loves her regardless. This implies that Kaguya is nowhere as cunning or deadpan as she thinks she is.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: As revealed in Chapter 98, Maki calls her "auntie" since she's Kaguya's second cousin twice removed.
    • Chapter 117 has the whole student council refer to her as the "Muscle Queen" or "Muscle-Hime" after coming out on top in an arm wrestling contest against Shirogane. She was not happy at all with it despite winning.
  • Empty Eyes: Flashbacks to a year ago always show her with these. She also sports these whenever she starts scheming.
  • Epiphanic Prison: She is in one created by her family, supported by the weight of the family name and the role she's supposed to fulfill for them. She was conditioned to be an accessory to their family plans, and this left Kaguya as an Ice Queen, perfect, immovable and uncaring. It's later that she realizes that her love for Shirogane is a way out of the prison.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Erika admitted she would be happy dating Kaguya.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Occurred pre-series. "Ice" Kaguya's hair is down, present-day Kaguya ties most of it up. Chapter 141 has Kaguya going back to that hairstyle to show that "Ice" Kaguya is back in control.
  • Expressive Hair: Her tied up hair droops down far more than normal during her depressed state in chapter 101.
  • Extreme Doormat: Towards her family. When it comes to her future plans, she has a dead eyed gaze when responding that she'll do whatever her family tells her to do. When confirming her and Shirogane's feelings together, she initially plans to leave the family since they will never accept her being in a relationship with him or going to Stanford. However, when the adrenaline runs out she's scared to go through with it.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Subverted. It seems at first as though Kaguya's ignorance of sexuality means she hasn't caught on to Kashiwagi and Tsubasa clearly having had sex, but it's actually just that she had no reason to talk to her about it. When she calls up Kashiwagi to ask about it to use as a reference and her panicked friend tries to deny it, Kaguya just says "How stupid do you think I am? Now answer the question."
  • Family Theme Naming: Her mother's name is Nayotake. When you put the two in age order, you get the full title of the princess from "Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", Nayotake no Kaguya-hime.
  • Fetish: Shirogane's tired eyes. At first it only seemed like she likes it because of how stern it makes him look and how that adds to his gap moe, but Chapter 64 reveals that the more tired he is, the more excited she gets. Ironically, back when she was still "Ice Kaguya", she used to hate them. It's strongly implied that the reason she's attracted to them is because they are the obvious physical sign of him constantly pushing himself to improve.
  • Freudian Trio: Kaguya has an actual freudian trio inside her head which occasionaly act out her Mood-Swinging in the form of court cases. Ice Kaguya (or "Kuuguya") is the Superego, Dumb Kaguya (or "Bakaguya") is the Id, and her child self is the Ego who serves as the judge. Interestingly, all three of them directly interact with Kaguya herself, and acknowlede that they're simply parts of her as a whole person.
    Loli!Kaguya: We're all you. You're the one who has to make the decision. So, what do "we" want to do?
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Downplayed. A flashback in chapter 37 revealed that one of the few things she actually liked in her pre-defrosting days was shortcake. She's tremendously flattered at the fact that Shirogane remembers, though she makes an effort for him not to notice her Crush Blush.
  • Ghost in the Machine:
    • Played for Laughs example in Chapter 53. When she realizes that the birthday cake she bought for Shirogane is way too big, she mentally contemplates what to do which is represented as her cold side/pride and her dumb side/feelings argue while her kid side is the judge.
    • Returns in chapter 141 as a result of Kaguya's Heroic BSoD due to the french kiss she planted on Shirogane.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: She can't handle horror-related stuff.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • One of Kaguya's plans involved tricking Shirogane into using tips from "Textbook of Love" from a girls magazine so she'd have plausible cause to claim that he read it to get her to fall for him. All three steps end up working on her perfectly (she even ends up having a Heroic BSoD when he gets to the "say you hate them" step) despite the fact that she knew he was faking it.
    • Again when she tries to use cosplay to get Shirogane to admit he's attracted to her. As he's decided to be honest with his feelings for her, he's quite open with the fact that she looks great, making Kaguya far too flustered to go through with asking him if he likes her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Kaguya regards Fujiwara as her best friend. Also as her biggest rival for Shirogane's affection. Chapter 40 shows it goes deeper than that. Kaguya is jealous that Fujiwara has a cheerful personality, a loving family and a chest.
  • Happy Dance: Kaguya knows many formal dances, but the way she dances when she's successful is unashamedly gleeful.
  • Heel Realization: She realizes a few days after committing election fraud that it was wrong.
  • Hehheh You Said X: Exaggerated. The mere mention of the word "wiener" will send her into an uncontrollable laughing fit.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Never blatantly stated (except perhaps to herself), but Kaguya has several times brushed off suggestions that she likes Shirogane, no matter how obvious the fact is.
  • Hellish Pupils: When she gets really mad, she gets these. Having blood-red eyes helps too.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: When Kaguya tries to help Ishigami study so he won't be held back a year, he comes to the conclusion that she's trying to torture him, even when she gives him some leftover cake as a reward for his hard work.
  • Heroic BSoD: suffers one after she finally kisses Shirogane, and later realizes the ramifications of it. Her IQ shrinks to near zero and she turns into a chibi version of herself, albeit only in the eyes of the reader.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite her usual arrogance, she falls into in chapter 32 when Shirogane says he hates her, for a love tactic. She states she knows that she can be cruel and wants to fix that. A more throughout one happens in chapter 146 because Ice Kaguya's cold attitude, Shirogane worried himself into collapsing. She breaks down, seeing this as proof that no one can love her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hayasaka. While their relationship is technically that of a mistress and a servant, Word of God says that they're more like very close sisters, and chapter 75 suggests that Hayasaka is the only person in the world more important to her than Shirogane.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Kaguya's "losses" in her games with Shirogane are due to her own conceit, or by thinking that she has more control of the situation than she actually does. Hell, even the majority of her "wins" have nothing to do with what she had planned.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Chapter 42 shows that she has the very limited knowledge about technology, even thinking that she broke the internet while trying to make a Twitter account. She also starts off the series with a flip phone when everyone else uses smart phones.
  • Hypocrite: Kaguya believes that Shirogane is being ridiculously stubborn when he prevents her from celebrating his birthday, but she is equally quick to shoot down any perceived pity.
  • Hypocritical Humor: It's a Running Gag of hers to mentally accuse someone else (usually Fujiwara or Kashiwagi) of some negative trait, only to reveal just a few seconds later that she's guilty of the same thing. Of course, this all flies over her head.
  • Ice Queen: Used to be extremely cold and pragmatic both as a result of her upbringing and because very few people could accept her for who she was without resenting her and only seeming to get close to her because of her family. Shirogane's genuine altruism helped her see the good side of everyone around her. However, she freezes back up again after kissing Shirogane... partially. She goes back to her cold demeanor, but actually drops a lot of her tsuntsun attitude, leaving Shirogane unable to understand what she's trying to communicate.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Even after resolving to confess to Shirogane, Kaguya still can't bring herself to do so because if he turned her down it would destroy the relationship that they already have.
    If you were to reject my confession, there's no doubt that our friendship would be ruined. That's why I want to be confessed to. Because if I were to confess, I might fail. However, if you were to confess to me, your chance of success is 100%!
  • I Gave My Word: If she swears on her honor as a Shinomiya that Ishigami will pass his remedial exams, then she is going to make sure he passes, whether he wants her help or not.
  • I Hate Past Me: She is deeply ashamed by her past as an Ice Queen, referring to herself as having been "a terrible woman with a twisted, disfigured heart." It also puts her square in Insecure Love Interest territory, as it makes her feel unworthy of being loved by a Nice Guy like Shirogane.
  • I Have This Friend...: Attempts to use this when confiding her love woes to Kashiwagi. Needless to say, she doesn't fall for it at all.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Kaguya was starved of affection her entire life due to her family's Social Darwinist philosophy and emotional neglect from her father, so the things that motivate her the most are a desire for both romantic and familial love. Unfortunately her desire for the former is hampered by her inability to confess to the boy she likes due to conditioning from the environment she grew up in. Chapter 146 implies Ice Kaguya's desire to be kissed by Shirogane is proof that he loves every part of her, even the parts that she dislikes.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Kaguya was raised to be a Social Darwinist because of her family's beliefs and was basically robbed of having a proper childhood due to her father's neglect. As such, she relishes any chance she can get to act like a normal girl. This even extends to her views on romance, as she comments that Kashiwagi and Tsubasa having their first kiss in front of a convenience store must have been wonderful despite her own first kiss with Shirogane having been a thousand times more romantic. In the same chapter, she noted that Kashiwagi refers to her as Kaguya-chan as if she considers Kaguya an ordinary friend. When Kashiwagi apologized and said she won't do it anymore, Kaguya looked a little sad and said she was fine with it, showing that as well as an ordinary love, she also wanted ordinary schoolmates who treat her like one of them.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Before she joined the student council, Kaguya was, for lack of a better description, a hypercompetent empty husk. They gave meaning to her life as more than just the fourth child of a family that doesn't care about her.
  • Ice Queen: In the past she was noticeably cold, as shown by her dead eyes. Chapter 146 reveals she was taught to be this by her family from a young age.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She can easily catch a fly using chopsticks. She's also a top-ranked competitive archer.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Openly proud of her pedigree, but just below the surface she's highly insecure and outright hates her own personality sometimes.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As a child, she would regularly tell her classmates to get serious with good intentions because they weren't as fast as she was, which would regularly hurt their feelings.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Kaguya, for all her riches, intelligence, looks, and popularity feels that her past as an Ice Queen makes her unworthy of being in love with the kindhearted Shirogane.
  • Instant Fan Club: Karen and Erika refer to themselves as the "Kaguya-sama Fan Club", though they admit that it's just something that they like to call themselves. Kaguya is oblivious to their worship and probably doesn't even know who they are beyond being members of the mass media club.
  • Instant Expert: She tends to learn how to do things on her first try, such as immediately becoming a better rapper than Shirogane or Chika or managing to figure out how to become a master archer simply by perfectly imitating a fluke shot she made once.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When Kaguya jokes about making Hayasaka walk home in the rain, Hayasaka threatens her with divine retribution. Kaguya scoffs that she doesn't believe in those superst- cue a gust of wind in her face blowing up her umbrella.
  • Insult Backfire: Miko says that she's just like Shirogane (a cruel bully who will go to any length to get what they want). She takes it as a sign that they're perfect for each other.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Kaguya knows this trope and states that she generally only uses 60 percent of her abilities to avoid this.
  • In Vino Veritas: Effectively, given that minors aren't allowed to drink alcohol. She gets a cold and behaves just like she's drunk, at which point Shirogane learns for the first time that she has crappy self esteem, doesn't know how to handle basic interactions with people and is worried that he hates her.
  • It's All About Me: A habit Kaguya herself acknowledges she has due to her upbringing as a Shinomiya. For example, she tends to factor how likable a person is based on their current value in furthering Kaguya's own goals.
    • For the sake of impressing Shirogane, Kaguya is perfectly willing to exploit a school fundraiser to make herself look good, even if it she has to undermine her fellow council members and render their donation invalid.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Fujiwara got her fortune in chapter 51 that stated she is incredibly kind, Kaguya thought that it was a lie and she was actually pretty selfish. Kaguya's thoughts were proven right when Ishigami revealed he shared Fujiwara's birthday and Fujiwara had a hissy fit about sharing the date.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Underneath all that icy exterior is a girl who genuinely does care and look out for others. One of the first instances of her kindness early on in the series was the time she went out of her way to help a lost little girl find her friend while comforting her with genuinely gentle words to stop her from crying. Though initially annoyed about it, she did go out of her way to help her without asking for anything in return.
  • Last-Name Basis: With the exception of Kei, Kaguya refers to everyone by their last name no matter how close with them she is.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She effectively becomes a protective older sister for Ishigami as the series progresses.
  • Longing Look: Lampshaded in chapter 45, when her internal monologue points out her inability to look away from Shirogane despite the fireworks she so desperately wanted to see being just outside the window of the taxi they were in. Though it would take another 75 chapters before she would admit to herself that she actually had feelings for him.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Despite her haughty demeanor and effectively being at the very top of Shuchi'in's Popularity Food Chain, Kaguya refuses to judge others based on rumors and hearsay. This is best shown with her relationship with Ishigami, whom she develops a close Sempai/Kohai bond with despite him having supposedly stalked a girl back in middle school, and goes so far as to scare off several girls with a Death Glare when they try to dissuade her from associating with him. She'd already investigated the rumors on her own with Shirogane since she found them suspicious.
  • Love Epiphany: She finally admits to herself (and Hayasaka) that she's in love with Shirogane in chapter 120.
  • Love Makes You Dumb:
    • In preparation for Shirogane's birthday, Kaguya buys him a huge birthday cake. Hayasaka recognizes the overkill immediately, and it's only right before she gives it that Kaguya remembers that Fujiwara's birthday cake was much smaller—and much less embarrassing. While she mulls over what to do, Kaguya imagines a dialogue between her "cold side" and her "dumb side," evoking a Good Angel, Bad Angel conflict. Her dumb side advocates fiercely to give Shirogane the cake, being open, honest, and insistent about Kaguya's love for him.
    Hayasaka: "You didn't use to be such a moron..."
    • Played for laughs. When Shirogane tells her to come with him to Stanford, she French-kisses him so hard that they're both left in a state of stupefaction.
  • Love Redeems: Kaguya used to be a borderline empty shell whose only view on others was based on how she could take advantage of them. Falling in love with Shirogane caused her to realize how toxic her worldview was and (slowly) become a nicer person.
  • Loving Details: When Shirogane claims that she probably doesn't even remember his birthday since he only ever told her once, she mentally lists off his birthday, horoscope sign, blood type, and birth weight (with a caption noting that he never told her the last two things).
  • Luminescent Blush: She is prone to these whenever she has romantic thoughts about or intimate interactions with Shirogane.
  • Mandatory Line: Kaguya appears in every single chapter in the main series, though chapters 43 and 65 only have her show up at the very last panel to deliver a single line (highlighting her loneliness in the former, and wondering where everyone is in the latter).
  • Manipulative Bastard: An effective strategy she uses very often on Fujiwara is to redirect her attention or manipulate her emotions to control her either to her advantage, or out of the way if she is interfering.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Kaguya embodies this trope during the post-culture festival arc, with constant contradictory actions every time she interacts with Shirogane. This is exacerbated by the fact that Shirogane is so used to their mind games that he can't see when she's trying to be direct with him, and he's too off-balance to notice her advances.
  • Meaningful Name: She tries to avert it, because the original Kaguya ended her life lonely and heartbroken.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is implied to have died from heart problems when she was in middle school.
  • Mood-Swinger: Lampshaded by Fujiwara of all people in chapter 139. But Kaguya's emotions can change at the drop of the hat going from cold and calculated, happy and love struck, scared and nervous or angry and hate-filled based on her surroundings.
  • Muscle Angst: Being crowned the "Muscle Queen" after accidentally winning the student council arm wrestling tournament didn't sit well with her, especially after Shirogane starts referring to her as such. She packs some muscle due to the fact that she's a competition-level archer.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: Karen mentions that she's skilled at naginata-jutsu, though she's never shown wielding one.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: The reason for Kaguya being an Ice Queen in middle school is because she realized a lot of her classmates approached her due to her family and thus she shut them out because of fear of being hurt.
  • Nice to the Waiter: While Kaguya can occasionally be needy and ungrateful, she values her bond with Hayasaka above all others (even her relationship with Shirogane) and views her as a sister in all but name.
  • Nightmare Face: She's a master of making different varieties of this expression whenever she either schemes, smirks, or is glaring at someone (usually Fujiwara), especially in the earlier chapters. This is so poignant that Ishigami thinks that both him and Fujiwara are in mortal danger every time Kaguya glares at them like that.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Kaguya is looked up to in school, both as a the second highest scoring student and as the daughter of a prestigious family. The only exceptions to this rule are Hayasaka and Maki, the former for being her childhood friend and confidant, and the latter for being her intellectual equal and cousin.
  • Not So Different:
    • Chapter 42 shows that she also has imagine spots of Shirogane saying "How Cute".
    • Kaguya and Shirogane are just as lost about love as the other; the fact that they employ resourcefulness and scheming in order to one-up each other, in spite of the aforementioned ignorance, is what provides most of the humor in the manga.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • She does a Spit Take every time Fujiwara mentions the word "Chinchin" Explanation  during a casual conversation. Once the latter figures out it's making her laugh, she relentlessly continues saying it. Kaguya meanwhile, tries her hardest to get her to stop and foils Fujiwara's repeated attempts to get Shirogane to say it. He later runs out thinking the two girls wanted to do perverted things to him.
    • Chapter 141 is this for her ice side from chapter 59. Despite her dismissive attitude towards Shirogane in that chapter, she's also shown as chibi with blush stickers holding one of the heart balloons as she tries to mock the dumb side. She's angry that her dumb side kissed Shirogane because she wanted him to kiss her. She then snaps when Kaguya and her dumb side yells that she doesn't love Shirogane, exploding that she fell for him first before the dumb side ever existed.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Kaguya gets her flip phone destroyed, she's too depressed to make any banter with Hayasaka, and too focused on it to notice her opportunity to get Shirogane to make a "battle" of him giving his LINE number, outright giving him hers without much of a fuss.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She has attempted to act stupider to appeal to Shirogane.
  • Odd Friendship: Her friendship with Fujiwara is something of an enigma, given that they are almost complete opposites (she's cold and calculating while Fujiwara is cheery and random). Despite this, she considers their friendship to be of equal value to her crush on Shirogane... most of the time anyways.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realized that she's too happy by Shirogane using her gift to scheme properly in chapter 54.
  • Ojou: Her family owns one of Japan's largest companies, and displays mastery over a variety of artistic and intellectual subjects. However, as hard as she tries to behave as one, she often displays lapses in behavior that are unbefitting of a proper one many times.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: According to the official fanbook, she has three older brothers, but they might as well be strangers to her.
  • Palm-on-Cheek Pose: This is actually a plot point in chapter 81, where Kaguya conditions herself -Pavlov style- to calm down whenever she places her right hand on her left cheek. Any time she's seen doing so afterwards is a sign to the reader that she's trying to keep her feelings for Shirogane in check.
  • Parental Neglect: Her powerful family is distant but also controlling, leaving Kaguya with little to no familial love to speak of.
  • Pet the Dog: In chapter 54, she sincerely thanks Ishigami for his inadvertent help in deflecting Shirogane's mental assault. The next chapter has her helping Ishigami studying to pass his exams (and intimidating people who try to bully him).
  • Precious Photo: Not so much a particular photo, but Kaguya cherished all the pictures she had on her cell phone due to them representing the fact that she actually had things that she wanted to remember. She took it pretty hard when the phone was destroyed due to it being an old model that stored everything on it's internal memory, and didn't recover until the rest of the Student Council uploaded similar photos to a shared album after she got a smartphone.
  • Psychological Projection: The undisputed master of this, and often played for laughs.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kaguya's bright red eyes hint at her scheming nature, though this applies less and less as she defrosts.
  • Removing the Rival: During Shirogane's reelection, she gets Hayato to drop out of the race with a Breaking Speech. She tries to do so with Miko as well, but a well timed Insult Backfire on Miko's part causes her momentum to fall apart.
  • Renaissance Man: Is said to excel in music, theater, martial arts, and countless other subjects. As the series goes it, she's shown to be rather physically skilled too.
  • The Resenter: In earlier chapters, she is quick to take offense and ire every time her plans with Shirogane are spoiled by either Fujiwara or Ishigami, so much that there's only venom in her mind; however, she's just as quick to calm down when kindness is dispensed upon her, and as the story progresses, she starts gradually appealing to her better nature, and admitting that such rage is caustic and unhealthy not only to them as people she considers her dear friends, but to herself too.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As stated above, Kaguya's family owns a large company and is the definition of a sheltered princess.
  • Romantic Wingman: She appoints herself to this role after finding out about Ishigami's crush on Tsubame, as she hopes that him winning her affection would be good for his self confidence. Given that this is Kaguya, her help involves forcing him to study more and encouraging Tsubame to turn down any other potential boyfriends as harshly as possible.
  • Running Away to Cry: Kaguya was raised to never express her emotions unless it was so she could manipulate others. As such, she has the tendency of hiding under a staircase whenever she's sad in order to cry away from view. It's implied that her habit of doing this is how Shirogane knew where to find her during the fireworks arc.
  • Schemer: Kaguya is the more proactive of the two when it comes to getting the other to confess. A lot of chapters are kicked off by her using her massive wealth to set up a plan.
  • School Idol: Kaguya is stated to be one of three most popular girls in school, and unlike Tsubame or the unseen Koromo Shiranui, other students (specifically, Karen and Erika) are actually shown to worship her.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The events of the fireworks chapter show Kaguya that Shirogane would definitely accept a confession from her. However, her plotting is motivated both by shyness and a desire to one-up him, so she reignites the "war" anyway.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Her relationship with Ishigami evolves into this as the series progresses, with the two of them developing an almost sibling-like bond by the time the culture festival rolls around.
  • Sensory Overload: Kaguya is very sensitive to strong stimuli, particularly loud noises and foul smells. It's apparently genetic, given than Maki also can't deal with loud noises.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Kaguya has been raised with a very sheltered upbringing. She has no idea how movie theaters work, is unfamiliar with popular fictional figures, and has no idea what the phrase "first time" means. Even after 'extensive' self education, she's only managed to reach an elementary school student's resistance to dirty jokes.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: She started shipping Ishigami with Tsubame after finding out about his crush, since she feels that him winning her affection would improve his self confidence.
  • Shrinking Violet: Deep down, she's just too shy to admit that she likes Shirogane and too scared to admit to tell him herself. She finds this shameful and thus pretends she refuses to confess because of crazy power dynamics, hence the plot.
  • Siblings Wanted: She always wanted a younger sister so she tries to be a Cool Big Sis for Kei. This happens to be mutual, but she and Kei seldom have the opportunity to meet.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has eyes for the president. In fact the only person to come close to getting the same type of affection is Kei because of how much she resembles her brother.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Played for Drama. Kaguya fell in love with Shirogane because he showed her that there is such a thing as a truly altruistic person, and she is an Insecure Love Interest due to feeling that her past as an Ice Queen makes her unworthy of loving somebody as kind as him. It's also the source of the series' premise, as the entire reason she wants him to confess to her rather than the other way around is that she's afraid that all the signs of him liking her are just her misinterpreting his natural kindness towards everyone.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In chapter 12, she mentally mocks Fujiwara for taking her words at face value.
  • Slasher Smile: She has a tendency to give this out a lot when one of her plans are working.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Kaguya usually hides it with her cold attitude but as the series goes on, it's more and more obvious that she's one for Shirogane.
  • Smug Smiler: She is very smug earlier on in the series, especially when she has the upper hand against Shirogane.
  • The Social Darwinist: She mentally judges people as either "superior" and "inferior", and goes to obsessive lengths to establish that she's the former. Later in the series, she laments the fact that she has been conditioned to think of people as tools for her use.
  • So Proud of You: She is proud of Shirogane for loving her, as this allowed her to start loving herself from the low point where she thought that her life was bitter and pointless. This is so prevalent that everything he does fills her with joy.
  • The Southpaw: While she has trained herself to use her right hand for everyday tasks, Kaguya is naturally left-handed. Her left arm is also far stronger than her right due to it being the one she uses to pull the bowstring when she practices archery.
  • Spare to the Throne: In spite of belonging to the Shinomiya family, Kaguya is not particularly held at high regard by them, as they consider her a mere accessory to the family's wishes. This further implies that Kaguya is not among the siblings that would immediately inherit part of the empire, but would have to fulfill the conditions to do so.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Kaguya's curious enthusiasm about the more mundane aspects of life directly collides with her superficial knowledge about them. For instance, while she knows that vending machines take money, she's unaware that these don't accept the highest denomination of Yen bills. Early in the manga, she brings the most ostentatious and succulent bento box she can put together for Shirogane to try, but Shirogane takes this as an insult to his own bento, which was cooked by himself.
  • Stern Teacher: Kaguya tends to be very harsh when she tutors Ishigami (to the point that he initially thought she was trying to torture him), though she does have his best interests at heart and his grades significantly improve under her mentorship.
  • Stepford Smiler: Chapter 44 reveals that she is one. She believes that due to her wealth and ridiculous talents, she has no right to complain about her depressing family life.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite her delicate looking body and possible heart problems, her years of practicing archery have resulted in her having a great deal of arm strength (Ishigami wasn't able to so much as make her budge when they arm wrestled in chapter 117).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Assuming that the girl from Dr. Tanuma's flashback in Chapter 79 was Kaguya's mother, Nayotake, then Kaguya is her spitting image.
  • Stylistic Suck: Invoked example in chapter 62 after Kaguya realizes that she drew her picture of Shirogane too pretty which would reveal her feelings for him, she then makes her picture as ugly as possible while keeping the physical traits that she likes about him to counterbalance it. It backfires on her every time, as even making Shirogane look like he went through a garbage compactor, she still finds him attractive.
  • Super-Deformed: She turns into chibi version of herself whenever she felt extreme happiness and had lack of sleep, which Fujiwara labeled as the rare "Kaguya-chan" which she had seen only three times.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I am not a pervert," she thinks while fantasizing about pulling down Shirogane's pants.
  • Sweet Tooth: For cake especially. It was one of the few things Iceguya was willing to talk about.
  • Tearful Smile:
    • When her cellphone breaks, she's starts smiling since she now has an excuse to upgrade to a smartphone. It's only once the fact that all the photos stored on it were lost (since the phone was old enough that it had neither cloud storage or an SD card) sinks in that she starts crying.
    • This happens again when she's giving a practice confession to Hayasaka regarding all the things she loves about Shirogane, while admitting she could never keep him from going to Stanford.
  • Teasing from Behind the Language Barrier: She say... something to Shirogane in the extended version of chapter 20, leading him into thinking it was in French and smirking as she watches him try and look it up in a French-to-Japanese dictionary. The audience never finds out what she said.
  • Tender Tears: She breaks down when she misses the summer festival that she had planned with the Student Council, but Shirogane finds her and together with the Council members, hurriedly try to get her to another festival so that she doesn't miss out, making Kaguya realize that in spite of her own family's dismissal of her, her friends love her and want her to be happy.
  • Teen Genius: Unlike Shirogane, her intelligence is a result of natural talent, and she excels in a wide variety of fields.
  • That Wasn't a Request: Before tutoring Ishigami, she asks him to follow her to a private place. Ishigami says no. Kaguya does not respond well.
    "No? What do you mean, no?! Come with me!" (bodily drags him off)
  • Token Evil Teammate: Kaguya's icy side comes out when she's protecting herself or her loved ones from threats.
  • Trophy Child: Her father treats her like some fancy doll to be put on display at parties and has never once displayed the slightest hint of parental affection for her.
  • Tsundere: Kaguya displays this trait most prominently. She tries to hide it with her graceful demeanor, but she slips into a maiden-in-love when nobody's looking, and has said the classical "It's not like I like him or something!" tsundere line at some point. She was officially diagnosed as such by one of the best doctors in the world in chapter 79. After the kiss with Shirogane she takes a different, colder tsundere stance and yet being more open at the same time.
  • Uptown Girl: Played with. Kaguya is an affluent and pedigreed girl who is mutually in love with Shirogane, an overachieving lower-class boy. However, the issue of their class difference is seldom touched upon, as they consider each other worthy equals.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Do not even think about insulting Shirogane. As Betsy Beltoise learns the hard way when ordered by the school principal to Break Him By Talking. Guess who ends up being verbally torn apart instead?
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: One-sided example with Fujiwara. While she does consider Fujiwara as her best friend, she regularly mentally insults her intelligence. And Fujiwara knows this all too well, going by Chapter 77.
  • Wanted A Son Instead: Implied Trope. It's hinted that Kaguya has considerably less say in her family matters than her siblings because, simply, she's the only girl. It's further implied that her brothers have more influence in the family and are in line to inherit the whole empire because in terms of her family's dynamics, Men Are Better Than Women. However, it's precisely this isolation that has given Kaguya the courage to seek a better life far from her family, finding friends and people who love her in the way.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Shirogane compares them to moist rubies.
  • With Friends Like These...: She can go from considering Fujiwara to be her best friend to being a blight on society and then back again at the drop of a hat. Made even more hilarious by the fact that it's genetic, as she's displayed the same views towards Fujiwara's father and little sister as well.
  • Wingding Eyes: When Shirogane goes out of his way to help Iino in chapter 68, she has hearts appear on her eyes.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: In a way Kaguya is very attracted to Shirogane's glare and when he loses it, she complains that he looks weak. She also gushes about how proactive and assertive he is.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Shirogane has narrowly beaten her in test scores five times in a row after reforming himself into an ace student in order to impress her. However, at least three of the five times involved had a reasonable excuse that may have lowered her scores: In the first test she was only giving 60% effort and for the fourth and fifth she was helping Ishigami in his studies. Thus, it's actually unclear as to whether he could still beat her if she went 100% and undistracted.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Kaguya seems physically incapable of calling Shirogane anything other than "president", to the point that it's the entire reason she asked him to run for reelection. Which is why it's such a big deal when she refers to him by his full name when she admits to Hayasaka that she's in love with him.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That: In spite of her snooty attitude, inner Machiavellian working and overblown pride, Kaguya is shown to always proceed out of sincerity and kindness regardless of her inner workings, and she expresses considerable dismay if there's even a hint of unbecoming behavior from herself for someone of her stature (or at least, when she notices). She is a better, kinder and more grounded person than she thinks she is.
  • Your Favorite: She cooks food with oysters in them on two separate occasions to give to Shirogane, though circumstances keep him from eating it both times.
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    Miyuki Shirogane 

Miyuki Shirogane

Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
Played by: Sho Hirano (live-action movie)

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The president of the Shuchi'in student council. Despite being of common birth, he is held in high regard as a "genius among geniuses" with unparalleled wisdom and intellect, and holding the top scores throughout the entire country. He is engaged in a long Battle of Wits with Kaguya to make the other confess their love.


  • Above the Influence: Hayasaka tried to tempt him into doing things to Kaguya when he came to visit, pointing out that she wouldn't remember any of it due to her fever, the two of them were going to be left alone for three hours and that the walls were sound-proof. He manages to avoid giving into temptation, though he says that it took every ounce of his willpower. Perhaps more importantly given the nature of their relationship, however, is that he also resisted the temptation to ask how she really felt about him or about any of her weaknesses.
  • The Ace: Considered to be this along with Kaguya. Later chapters make it clear that this isn't actually the case.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • He's able to No-Sell Betsy's attempts to Break Him By Talking due to the simple fact that he doesn't speak French.
    • In chapter 56, he didn't notice any of Kaguya's attempts to squirm due to his excitement over watching the moon and causes her to squirm instead.
  • Adorkable: When it comes to his crush on Kaguya. Other than that, he's an arrogant, yet kind-hearted man who gives 100% in anything he does, which endears him to many people, Kaguya included.
  • Always Someone Better: He's this academically to Kaguya. What makes it even more poignant is that academics is the only subject that Kaguya uses 100% of her abilities on.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Dogs, as befitting the Female Feline, Male Mutt dynamic he has with Kaguya. He has a tireless work ethic and is kind to all those he comes across.
    • His Suckiness Is Painful moments are usually compared to sea cucumbers.
    • He has an affinity for penguins, having a penguin plushie and often visiting the penguin exibit at the local aquarium.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Shirogane boasts that he has the top scores in the entire country, passed very high level tests, is a certified hazardous material engineer...and an appraiser of chickens. Even the illustrations show this, with various professional certificates drawn along a cartoon-style chicken.
  • Batman Gambit: In order to make sure that Fujiwara wouldn't interfere with his plan to confess to Kaguya, he makes up a whole Phantom Thief plot with meaningless clues left behind, knowing that her love of riddles would keep her distracted until she solved it.
  • Beautiful All Along: Played with. Shirogane is already a fairly handsome young man, but most of the students find him intimidating due to his Exhausted Eye Bags giving him a constant Death Glare. When he finally gets a good night's sleep after his term as president is over, the rest of the students suddenly find him a lot easier to approach, but Kaguya ends up less attracted to him due to him no longer conforming to her fetish.
  • Becoming the Mask: Invoked. As he tells Hayasaka in chapter 108, he does pretend to be good at things he's actually bad at, but he's still working hard to make that ideal version of himself a reality.
  • Beneath the Mask: Shirogane likes to put up the front that he's an intelligent, stoic and all around perfect person but as the series has shown that he's actually quite awkward, shy and unskilled beneath it all. Chapter 147 shows that he hides a huge inferiority complex because of his mother's abandonment. Even his current popularity has only furthered his complex as he feels everyone around him only like the ideal version of himself he presents instead of who he really is.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He can't help but get riled up whenever he imagines Kaguya saying "how cute" to him in a condescending way. Ends up becoming a Verbal Weakness when she actually says it for real (in a completely genuine manner).
    • Calling him lazy annoys him as well, which makes sense considering how much of a hard worker he is.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Chapter 83 reveals that he's overprotective about Kei due to their mom leaving.
  • Bigotry Exception: Invoked. Shirogane and Fujiwara state that in spite of his excellence as president and his academic acumen, at the moment elections occur, there's always a portion of the student body at Shuchi'in who resents him for being part of the lower class.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: A series of chapters has Shirogane giving relationship advice to Tsubasa despite him not having any previous experience.
  • Brown Note: His rapping is enough to knock out Fujiwara and Hayasaka.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Or rather, will not. The entire premise revolves around Kaguya and Shirogane forcing the other to be the one to confess.
  • Cerebus Retcon: His obsession with studying becomes a lot more depressing after it's revealed that his mother abandoned him when he didn't excel in his studies.
  • Chick Magnet: Shirogane is very popular with girls. Sadly the girls he attracts are rather unstable.
  • Counting Sheep: Parodied in chapter 143 where the sheeps turned into coffins. note 
  • Covert Pervert: Shirogane shows quite an interest in "nude pictures with visible pubic hairs". One time, he also almost flubbed and revealed to Kaguya that he would like to see her wearing black underwear.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: If he wants to be able to compete in anything with Kaguya, he has to put all his efforts into just one field rather than her well rounded portfolio. Doing that, he manages to score just a hair better than her on tests, but at the costs of being completely hopeless at anything else. Fujiwara helps him hide his shortcomings, which are numerous.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Gender inverted and only for sport. He's so bad at sports that when trying to serve a volleyball he hits himself in the back of the head causing his face to hit the volleyball.
  • Determinator: When he sets his mind to it, he'll stop at nothing to succeed. Case in point; at the start of his freshman year he was at the very bottom of the social food chain and only got in to Shuchi'in because he was on the wait list after nearly failing the entrance exams. Jump forward to the following year's culture festival, he's the two time Student Council President, the number one ranked student in his class, and has one of the most popular girls in the school hopelessly in love with him.
  • Death Glare: Most students in Shuchi'in won't talk back to Shirogane because his face is seemingly permanently fixed like this. The real reason however is that he has Exhausted Eye Bags, and is very aware of them to the point of anxiety. Apparently only Kaguya finds it a point of attraction.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He suspended all student council activities before the second semester exams because being in the same room as Kaguya made it difficult for him to focus on studying.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He hears from Hayasaka that Kaguya is back in Ice Queen Mode because she's trying to be more honest and show him her weaknesses and bad sides on top of her good side in an effort to make their relationship more honest. When it's suggested that he needs to do the same and stop working himself to death, he instead doubles down on his unhealthy lifestyle, brushing off Kaguya's opinion because he feels she doesn't understand what it's like to be a normal person. This is exactly the attitude that alienated Kaguya from her peers years ago.
  • The Dreaded: For Fujiwara every time he wants to learn something in secret. Fujiwara absolutely dreads each instance because of two reasons: first, Shirogane is a grating and needy student who is equally terrible at handing constructive criticism; and second, he is so awfully bad at first that Fujiwara cannot bear not to help him. On top of that, because they do it in secret, she cannot reap the merits she deserves for his accomplishments, and even worse, third parties always think that it's effortless from him, when he received massive heaps of help from Fujiwara.
  • Dreadful Musician: He's aware he's bad at singing, but not of how terrible it is. He think he's only a little tone-deaf, but in actual his singing is enough to make Fujiwara scream for help. But as bad as his singing is, his rapping is even worse.
  • Education Mama: Chapter 147 revealed his mother to be one and based her affection on how well her children did academically. Shirogane states he could feel her interest in him drop as he failed his exams.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Most characters usually refer to him simply as "President". After his term as president ends it's revealed that Ishigami and Fujiwara are both on a First-Name Basis with him, though Kaguya can't bring herself to call him anything other than "President" (in fact, the main reason why she asks him to run for a second term is so she has an excuse to avoid calling him by name). This is averted in the English translation, where everyone is instead on a Last-Name Basis with him.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair is significantly messier in the present compared to flashbacks. It's bedhead that he doesn't have the time to fix in the morning since he gets so little sleep due to his increased work load.
  • Face of a Thug: Downplayed. His Exhausted Eye Bags give him a constant Death Glare and most of the students find him intimidating, but pretty much everyone already knows that he's a Nice Guy.
  • A Father to His Men: Or rather, to his fellow student council members. In chapter 20, the council successfully prepares a banquet meeting with Shuchi'in's sister school in Paris. Afterwards, Shirogane insists to the school principal that they be given more than just three days in advance, so he can avoid placing such a burden on his fellow council members.
  • Frozen Face: He is very good at hiding his emotions behind a stoic face.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Parodied. His fellow students consider him an expert in a variety of subjects, unbeknownst that he's only good at studying. What he is indeed is a tremendously lucky master of winging it with a poker face, so whatever counsel he dispenses sounds as expert opinion. However, he is truly a gentleman, which is one of his many virtues.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Miyuki is normally a girl's name. However, the kanji used is masculine.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Due to his overwhelming pride and narrowmindedness, Shirogane has a considerable difficulty seeing his own faults, and much to Fujiwara's chagrin (who always ends up helping him), correcting them too. However, he is always willing, and always grateful towards her.
  • Grade Skipper: He was accepted into Stanford a year early, which ends up putting significant pressure on both him and Kaguya to finally confess.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tries his best to utilize his presidential powers to prevent Kaguya from going to receive a love confession from another boy, especially when she suggests she might actually accept it.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Admittedly, his blond hair is only the result of artisitic liscence, but it does match his kindhearted nature.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted or subverted, depending on how one looks at it. In Shirogane's own estimation, he has zero natural talent, and the only reason he holds the #1 spot in academia is because of the constant effort put into studying. It's been shown that he's from below average to downright atrocious when it comes to some mundane activities, including ones that any other individual wouldn't have had trouble performing reasonably well at without prior training (aside from, weirdly enough, juggling). It also takes tremendous amount of work, along with a skilled instructor to bring his skills in those areas to about normal level. On the other hand, he is quick-witted and can come up with plans on the spot, holds multiple national certifications in different fields, manages to keep in balance his domestic routine, three part-time jobs and rather demanding studying sessions at the same time, eventually gets accepted into extremely selective Stanford University (at an accelerated rate at that), and most importantly, always succeeds exponentially in self-improvement (becoming average at something may not sound extraordinary, but when you start below figurative "zero", it's a whole other story). All of that suggests he might be very special human being.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He is a very sweet and selfless person in spite of his menacing looks and proud attitude.
    • He loves freestyle rap, but predictably, he's awful at it.
  • I Read It for the Articles: Shirogane's excuse in 83.5 for why he's going through a porno magazine on the street.
  • Imagine Spot: A Running Gag of the series is Shirogane envisioning Kaguya looking down upon him with a sarcastic smile and muttering "How Cute." The one time she did make the face, she was actually being sincere, but was attempting to maintain a stoic expression in place of a wide smile, resulting in the aforementioned sarcastic smile. And the only time she said those exact words, they were entirely genuine and she was delirious from a fever.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: We see that Shirogane's fashion sense is just as bad as everything else when Kei gets a look at his wardrobe outside of his school uniform. Kei directly compares his clothes to a middle school student due to how edgy and ridiculous it looks. Shirogane justifies it that his clothes are from middle school and he hasn't bought clothes since moving to high school to save money.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has a couple of unmanly habits for a Japanese boy, such as constantly looking up his horoscopes and being concerned about his physical appearance. Chapter 62 shows he is quite good at sketching and the narrator even states he's in touch with his emotions.
  • Indy Ploy: Compared to Kaguya being Crazy-Prepared, he is much better when it comes to coming up with plans on the spot.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He works so hard as the Student Council President and the top student in his grade to hide his insecurity over his commoner heritage next to all the richer students.
    Shirogane's Father: So he's the Student Council President... he seems ill-suited to the role. It looks like he's desperately trying to hide the chinks in his armor.
    • Chapter 147 reveals that his mother leaving the family was the start of all this. Shirogane could feel his mother’s interest was slipping with each failure, until she finally left with the one daughter who did well on her exams. To this day, he always hangs on to the hope that if he did well, she would return.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He feels inferior to Kaguya, but wants to stand beside her as an equal. He studies desperately so that he can outdo her in at least one field but is very worried that she'll beat him one day. It's also the very reason he wants to have her confess to him: if he confesses and she ends up rejecting him, he feels that he'll never end up closing the already wide gap between them. His self-esteem was already shot because of his mother abandoning him thus he feels that no one can love him for who he truly is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's arrogant and looks down on pretty much everyone, he cares for the student council and will do anything to help students that come for help. He's also a lot more honest with himself than Kaguya and thus more willing to throw his pride away to do what he knows is the right thing.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Loves cats. Kaguya being cat-like herself may have something to do with it.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Because of being the student council president and carrying aura of manliness, the students all think he's quite the hit with ladies. When Tsubasa asks him for romantic advice, he's forced to bluff his way out of it since he has no romantic experience.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Played for laughs. Albeit he's a master of keeping his composure regarding Kaguya, when he tells her to come with him to Stanford and she French-kisses him, neither him nor Kaguya can think straight out of shock.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: According to a psychological test Fujiwara gave him, he wants to have nine kids.
  • Messy Hair: His fringe isn't a deliberate choice on his part, it's bed head that he never has the chance to straighten out due to having to rush to school in the morning. Notably, flashbacks to before he had an increased workload as Student Council President (and the one chapter where he got a good night's sleep), his hair is much neater.
  • Missing Mom: His mother ran off about seven years before the story began.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Fujiwara is under the impression that he has a crush on Hayasaka's butler disguise.
  • Morality Pet: Kaguya holds him in the highest regard, and she contains most of her ill-intended side so that she doesn't alienate him. By Shirogane's example, Kaguya has learned that she cannot possibly continue treating her peers as inferior if she expects to be at his side, and she is forever thankful towards him for forcing her to bring out the very best of herself where there was only a resentful, unfeeling husk before he showed up.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Due to his heavy workload, he drinks a lot of coffee, even keeping his own coffee beans in the student council office. Just a sip of decaf coffee and he falls asleep instantly.
  • Nice Guy: According to chapter 32, he's physically incapable of needlessly acting cold to people.
  • Noble Bigot: His pride stems from narrow-mindedness, not malice.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked. In spite of Fujiwara's presence in the student council, which elicits considerable resentment on Kaguya due to Fujiwara's personability, good looks and nice figure, it's shown that Shirogane has eyes only for Kaguya.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Chapter 98 when Maki complains about the fool that taught Tsubasa the Kabedon and how she wants to tear him to pieces, all Shirogane can do is keep silent as he shakes in fear.
  • One Head Taller: He's roughly a head taller than Kaguya.
  • Oxymoronic Being: Invoked and played for laughs. As he is extremely popular, yet completely inexperienced in love, Shirogane is described as a combination of both:
    (Narrator): Yes, this man was an aberration, posessing both virginity and bottomless self-confidence! A MONSTER VIRGIN!!
  • Penny Among Diamonds: He's working class and attending a school for the powerful and wealthy.
  • Parental Abandonment: It is revealed in chapter 147 that his mother abandoned him and his family because he was a poor student (not from a lack of trying), taking Kei with her as she did good on her exams.
  • The Perfectionist: He is obsessed with maintaining his perfect student council president image. He takes studying very seriously, and any shortcomings he may have (of which there are a lot) are painstakingly rooted out and overcome. Part of this effort is motivated by his desire to stand as Kaguya's equal and prove that he's good enough for her. The rest is because he was abandoned by his mother as a child when he didn't meet her insanely high standards.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Due to his lack of sleep, nearsightedness and caffeine dependence, Shirogane always sports intimidating Tsurime Eyes. Should he get a good night's sleep, they turn into Tareme Eyes, making him seem considerably more accessible. However, Kaguya likes him better when he has a glare and bags under his eyes.
  • Phrase-Catcher: His failure to do things (like his singing or when he brews coffee) usually gets compared to a sea cucumber.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Shirogane is based off of one of the five suitors who failed to court Princess Kaguya in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Here, he's Kaguya's only love interest, having taken the role from the emperor.
  • Promoted to Parent: Played with. Because of their mother's abandonment and their father's immaturity and job instability, Shirogane had to take a more significant role at home as the person who "mothers" Kei. Just as so, he receives the blunt force of Kei's teenage angst and rebellion all on his own.
  • Raging Stiffie: He gets one when Fujiwara pressed against him in the Doujin spin-off.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When two students ask him for help in raising funds on school grounds, he points out the administrative obstacles required to get through. Yet he still decides to help them as best he can, due to seeing their determination and seriousness about it.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: He initially fell in love with Kaguya after seeing her rescue the Mass Media club president from drowning in beginning of their freshman year.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Shirogane wears his uniform even on his days off. Kaguya has lampshaded this.
  • Secret Keeper: He is the only person outside of the Shinomiya household who is aware of Hayasaka's status as Kaguya's valet.
  • Security Blanket: He sleeps while embracing a penguin plushie, which in turn causes him to have a daily bedhead that he seldom has time to fix. This happens to cause the signature look on his bangs.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Pretends not realize that Kashiwagi and Tsubasa's relationship is obviously sexual in nature.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: The catalyst for Kaguya falling in love with him was realizing that he was exactly as nice and selfless as he presented himself. It's also what kicked off her eventual defrosting.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He only has eyes for Kaguya and no one else. In fact, when he and Ishigami found a porn magazine lying in the street one day, he was disinterested in the contents until Ishigami told him that one of the girls featured there resembled Kaguya.
  • So Proud of You: Beyond his romantic intentions towards her, Shirogane considers Kaguya one of the very best people he's ever met, and derives a significant amount of pride from the mere fact that she's his partner and his friend.
  • Student Council President: At least of their second year at Shuchi'in. He takes the job so seriously that he refused to take his gakuran and aguilette off until the end of his term because he wanted to do his job with pride and respect.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: His singing approaches Brown Note levels and has been compared to having sea cucumber guts shoved in your ears. That's not even getting into his rapping, which caused Fujiwara to collapse and start foaming at the mouth.
  • Super Drowning Skills: It's mentioned in chapter 7 that he's such a bad swimmer that he could drown in his own bathtub.
  • Supreme Chef: Cooking is one of the few skills that Shirogane is good at. Fujiwara had nothing but praise for his cooking after she ate some of his lunch in chapter 5.
  • Teen Genius: Reportedly has the second highest test scores in all of Japan, and is certified in many professional fields. However, his profile in volume 1 notes that calling him a natural genius wouldn't be proper due to his intellect being a result of obsessive studying rather than inherent talent.
  • Terrible Artist: Averted, art is one of the few subjects besides studying that he isn't horrible at. But he is mediocre at it initially.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Invoked. Due to his family's monetary constraints, he shares a room and a bed with his sister that is separated by a curtain.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As the series goes on, we start to see more and more of Shirogane's personality and less of his ego. As such he comes off as much kinder and relatable compared to the start of the series.
  • Triple Shifter: Shirogane rarely has time to sleep due to having to attend school, study hard enough to keep his position as the number 1 student, do all his duties as Student Council President, and work multiple part-time jobs to support his family. As a result, he has permanent Exhausted Eye Bags and relies on a constant supply of coffee to keep himself from passing out.
  • Tsundere: He is this in regards to his feelings towards Kaguya, though he is a bit less blatant about it. He has also said the classical "It's not like I like her or something!" tsundere line at some point.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: While they aren't his pet, it's noted that he looks rather similar to Fujiwara's dog Pes.
  • Unexpected Virgin: The narration refers to him as a "Monster Virgin". He doesn't tell anyone for fear of Virgin-Shaming.
  • The Un-Favourite: His mother was a relentless Education Mama who ended up favoring Kei due to her doing better on exams, even taking her with her when she abandoned their father. He does not appear to have any form of resentment for his sister, though he clearly has a very low opinion of his mother.
  • Villain of Another Story: It's lampshaded in chapter 65 that Shirogane sounds like the condescending, amoral tyrant to Miko's idealistic, determined underdog. In any other setting, that would be true, but unfortunately this one has no need of a rebel like Miko.
  • Virgin-Shaming: Shirogane is scared that he'll lose the respect of the school if they find out he doesn't have any experience.
  • Weirdness Magnet: It was stated that early on that the girls that he attracts are unstable. Considering the three girls that are attracted to him are Kaguya, Karen and Moeha, this is pretty accurate.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The reason that he constantly pushes himself in academics is because he secretly hopes that his mother will come back for him if he becomes the smart child that she always wanted.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Kaguya and Moeha list his piercing gaze as one of his most attractive physical features (the other being his nose). When Shirogane finally gets a good night's rest, the student body finds his proper eyes to be very attractive as well bar Ishigami, who finds it creepy, and Kaguya, for the above reason.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Hayasaka leaves him alone with a feverish Kaguya making it very clear that no one will interrupt them no matter what he does and that Kaguya won't remember any of this tomorrow. He could molest her and get away with it, but of course never really considers it. He could also take advantage of her impaired mental state to 'cheat' in their game of wits by asking her highly personal questions that she would never answer if she was coherent. The only thing he asks is if it's his fault that she's sicknote  and touching her lips with one finger even after she drags him into bed herself and falls asleep.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Shirogane is extremely terrified of insects, enough to prefer going to the beach instead of the mountains (which is significant since he cannot swim). Of course, chapter 15 has him dealing with a cockroach.
  • Workaholic: Kaguya states he actually enjoys work. And the extras show that he spends so much time studying and working that no one knows when he has time to sleep.
  • Worth It: He is physically and mentally exhausted by studying to outdo Kaguya in tests, but he also feels immensely satisfied every time he succeeds. This isn't just his pride: Scoring higher than Kaguya on an exam is what made her notice him for the first time, which was his goal. Keeping ahead of her is how he considers himself to be worthy of her.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: As opposed to Kaguya who can use her affluence to craft intricate plans, Shirogane most often relies on his quick wit to create opportunities to attract Kaguya, and is adept at improvising should his schemes go awry.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: He always has the most success in getting Kaguya to fall for him when he's more focused on something else, best seen during the stargazing chapter.

    Chika Fujiwara 

Chika Fujiwara

Voiced by: Konomi Kohara

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The secretary of the Shuchi'in student council. A nice, upbeat, and cheerful girl from a family of politicians, she is very close friends with Kaguya (though sometimes it is debatable if the feeling is completely mutual) and also highly respects Shirogane. She is supposedly completely oblivious to the "high-stakes war" being waged in the minds between Kaguya and Shirogane.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair has a noticeably pinkish tint in the anime.
  • Adopt the Food: Fujiwara procures a fish in chapter 49 to help Shirogane overcome his fear of touching them so he won't embarrass himself when they make fillets in Home Economics. However, constantly taking care of it leads her to view it as a pet.
    Fujiwara: This is my baby! You can't eat him!
  • Arch-Enemy: Played for laughs. She is one for Ishigami because he is very quick at finding her underhanded tactics and thus making her look bad. Ishigami in turn finds her to be tremendously untrustworthy; still, this doesn't mean that they dislike each other.
  • The Artifact: Fujiwara was quite important when the series started; being the only other character introduced from the beginning aside from Kaguya and Shirogane, she played the crucial role as a Straight Man to their antics, and allowed them to talk to someone else. After the first few volumes however, this is no longer the case, as both of them gained relationships that were considerably more relevant to their characters, and Ishigami and Iino filled the Straight Man role better on top of having their own plotline. The result is that Fujiwara ended up largely fading from the cast, and is mostly only relevant in the one-off gag chapters.
  • Attention Whore: Downplayed. She loves being the center of attention, and defects to Iino's side for that reason, but she doesn't usually (see Jerk with a Heart of Gold) force people to give it to her.
  • Break Them by Talking: She'll stoop down to appeal to their friends' sympathy in order to win something as petty as a game. When she does it to Kaguya, Shirogane is aghast at how merciless she was by doing that to someone she considers a close friend.
  • Broken Pedestal: Later in the series after so many events where Fujiwara went through hell to teach Shirogane how to improve on something he previously sucked at, she outright tells him that her once untainted good opinion of him has fallen quite a bit.
  • Brutal Honesty: She tends to say what's on her mind, even if it can be rather mean.
  • Casual Kink: She likes the idea of being forced "just a little", much to Kaguya's shock.
  • Celibate Hero: Inverted, she does want a boyfriend but her father forbade her from getting one. There's also the fact that the boys that like her and approach her romantically are pretty loopy.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: If there is a competition between the Student Council, she'll usually cheat to win only for someone to find out and then Ishigami scolds her for cheating. Chapter 117 has Ishigami even recording her because he knows she'll cheat. The virtue out of this is that Fujiwara largely cheats out of inconsequential stakes and nothing particularly serious.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She can and will turn on people at the drop of a hat if it would suit her needs. She is from a family of politicians after all.
    Wow, you really are a natural born traitor.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: One of the aspects that adds to her unpredictability. Sometimes she comes with completely off-the-wall non-sequiturs, like sending Kaguya pictures she took of herself while having a sky burial with chickens, or trying to bribe Shirogane for club fund allocation with a soda.
  • The Confidant: She's somewhat intimate with Shirogane's weaker points, and is in fact the only one besides his family who knows about them.
  • Cool Big Sis: For Kei, though Kei doesn't harbor nearly as much admiration towards her as she does for Kaguya.
  • The Cutie: Fujiwara is a cheerful, cute girl who wears a large bow on her hair. Every time she speaks, there are flower effects around her speech bubbles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Develops quite the mean streak as the series progresses once her friction with Ishigami gains more focus and her opinion of Shirogane falls a bit after so much suffering she went through to teach him assorted things, with that Fujiwara drops quite the mean snarky comments on both boys sometimes, and if she is angry enough more targets will be on her line of fire.
  • Demoted to Extra: After Ishigami and Miko's subplot became more prominent, Fujiwara's been pushed more into the side character position, with very few chapters to herself.
  • Ditzy Genius: It becomes clear that she's more flaky than stupid, which isn't helped by her "best friends" sabotaging her test scores by tricking her into not studying. She can speak five languages, design functional games, elaborate scams and still scores slightly better than average on tests in a very difficult school despite almost never studying.
  • The Dreaded: She's Kaguya and Hayasaka's bane because they find her unpredictable and nigh-unstoppable:
    Narrator: An extreme threat to Hayasaka... she... could not be predicted. Her thoughts could not be read. A NATURAL DISASTER who unconsciously threw everything into chaos by simply being present!
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In the first few chapters, her breasts weren't as obviously big as they are now and her signature bow was much smaller.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She's a skilled pianist, to the point that a guidance counselor asked if she was considering attending a conservatory when she graduates. She prefers to view it as a hobby though.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Invoked. She expresses dismay at the very plausible possibility that she sees Shirogane as an individual that fills all her standards for the kind of man she'd like to date if she thinks about it for long enough. Frightened, she shuts it down as soon as it's brought up at the moment when her little sister expresses her own attraction towards Shirogane.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Inverted. She spent so much time speaking foreign languages as a child that her fluency in Japanese actually degraded from disuse.
  • Empty Eyes: When really mad, her eyes go blank as seen in chapters 76 and 84.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • It's implied that she is somewhat aware of Kaguya's occasional resentment and coldness towards her, but she never responds because she loves Kaguya and treasures her beyond all the petty stuff.
    • It's shown that she helps Shirogane every time he wants to learn something because she cannot bear the thought that a person who commands as much respect as he does could be so awful at something, and cannot forgive herself if she doesn't do everything she can to fix the problem.
  • Fear of Thunder: Not only is she afraid of the sound of thunder, but she also believes the legend that the thunder god will steal your bellybutton if you don't cover it. And she can't cover both of her ears and her bellybutton at the same time...
  • Flowery Insults: Her criticisms of Shirogane's weak skills can get quite extravagant. For example, when she hears him sing, she describes his voice as "disgusting like a seacucumber's intestines."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Played with. It's not as if the Council is rude to her, but nobody associates with Fujiwara for her wit, and most of them think she's out of sorts. However, it's not that they don't like her, but they just don't trust her.
  • Friend to Bugs: Has no trouble handling a cockroach in chapter 15, and she was even able to identify the species at a glance.
  • Food as Bribe:
    • One chapter has Kaguya and her reprimanding Shirogane for trying to eat instant ramen in the student council office. She quickly joins his side when he gives her one of the instant ramen.
    • Another chapter has her giving Shirogane a soda as a bribe to increase her club's funding.
  • The Gadfly: She has a tendency of messing with her friends for fun. Chapter 27 has her attempting to get Shirogane to unknowingly say innuendos to get Kaguya to laugh.
  • Gamer Chick: Of the board game version.
  • Genki Girl: Is typically enthusiastic and full of positive energy. Nothing gets her down for long.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Platonic version for Shirogane. Due to her teaching Shirogane for a variety of subjects, she has a maternal instinct for him to the point when Kaguya teaches him instead in chapter 84, she's bitter. Later when her sister expresses her own interest in Shirogane, Fujiwara is dismayed when she realizes that she herself likes a great deal of aspects about Shirogane as a man.
  • Guile Hero: Fujiwara is shown to be very adept at manipulating both Kaguya and Shirogane through mind games and wordplay, as seen when she utterly defeats both of them in the Banned Word Game in chapter 18.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Was forced to excuse herself to the bathroom during her sleepover with Kaguya when she got a nosebleed at the thought of Shirogane being in love with Haysaca's male butler persona.
  • Hair Decorations: Her ever-present "super black" hair ribbon.
  • Has a Type: Played for Laughs. She realizes that Shirogane meets all of her standards and she has to put herself together to dismiss the very notion.
  • Hero of Another Story: The early series joked that she would be the heroine of the story under different circumstances, with Kaguya worrying that the girl would take her spot.
  • Hidden Depths: While she acts like a Kindhearted Simpleton most of the time, she most definitely is not dumb.
    • Her mother used to be a diplomat, so Fujiwara is able to speak several different languages since childhood.
    • She is also able to easily identify a certain type of cockroach in the storage room, and nonchalantly release it out the window. Using her bare hands.
    • There's also chapter 34, where she tries to cheat in a card game. After Shirogane caught her, she cheated again using a different trick.
    • She already knows Kaguya looks down on her, as revealed in Chapter 77, but states that she loves her regardless.
    • As we learn from Miko, she was a very good pianist in the past.
    • She fully intends on following in her grandfather, father, and uncle's footsteps in becoming a politician after high school. Rather, she wants to be prime minister.
    • Fujiwara is for some reason a natural-born Ramen connoisseur with a very minute and detailed method of eating.
    • It's implied that she likes Shirogane as a man a great deal more than she thinks.
    • She's actually quite fit and even bench presses in her routines.
    • Her IQ is over 130.
  • Iconic Item: Her hair ribbon.
  • Improbably Low IQ: In chapter 15, Kaguya has an Imagine Spot where Fujiwara says that her IQ is 3. This isn't her actual IQ (which Word of God says is over 130), Kaguya just has a very low opinion of her best friend.
  • In the Blood: Played for Laughs. She's a member of one of the most prominent families in the history of Japanese politics, and this often expresses itself with her less noble attributes.
    Kaguya: It runs in the family, doesn't it? She has the tainted blood of a politician in her veins.
  • Inappropriate Role Model: Miko looks up to her, much to the bafflement of the rest of the Student Council.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Fujiwara is beautiful enough for Kaguya to consider her a serious barrier between her and Shirogane. However, due to Kaguya's presence, this is rarely brought up. It's later implied that she does get proposed regularly, but dismisses the boys that approach her with pseudo-intellectual diatribes.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In chapter 96 when judging Kaguya and Ishigami's fried rice, she keeps trying to say they used high grade ingredients only for both of them to say it was just normal food.
  • Intoxication Ensues: She ends up getting drunk in chapter 9 of Official Doujinshi when she binges on some alcoholic chocolate.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Criticizes anime for having childlike characters with disproportionately huge breasts and unnaturally high pitched voices. Everyone else in the room recognizes this applies to her, but she doesn't.
  • Irony: Her report card in the fanbook lists Japanese as her worst subject despite her being an Omniglot.
  • It's All About Me: Downplayed example. She's kind and loving but she can be too focused on her desires instead of others. Like trying to stop the others from going to a festival because she can't go with them, even through the reason she can't go is to attend another festival.
  • Kick the Dog: She has a knack for belittling Ishigami, as he's very good at pointing out her bullshit and making her feel bad as a result. As such, there's no lost love between them.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Fujiwara is boisterous about her detective skills and knowledge, but as everyone in the Student Council knows, she is usually talking tall when she tries to impress them.
  • Like a Son to Me: A Played for Laughs example. Because she helped Shirogane with sports and music, she calls him her son. Her stupid, hopelessly annoying son who can't do anything right, destroying her image of him.
  • Love Freak: Despite never being in a relationship, she considers herself an expert in love, and often spouts inspiring speeches of love, passion and determination.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji for her first name translate to "thousand flowers", befitting her bright and sunny personality.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Due to Haysaca's male persona, she thinks Haysaca and Shirogane are gay.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When she learns that Moeha has a crush on Shirogane, she goes out of her way to dissuade Moeha from falling for him thanks to her traumatizing experiences of training him. She even literally pushes him out of the room far, far away from Moeha just before the chapter ends.
  • Nice Girl: Played with. While she can be selfish and sometimes confrontational, her moments of kindness towards Kaguya are markedly poignant, so much that she can overturn Kaguya's low opinion of her at the blink of an eye with a simple gesture. There are bad things about her, but her love for Kaguya is unconditional.
  • Nice Hat: Her Love Detective hat, which she wears whenever she's investigating romance. Ishigami claims that it has a curse that makes it's wearer look like an idiot.
  • Not So Innocent Whistling: She tries to whistle after giving Shirogane an incredibly obvious bribe to increase the funds for the Tabletop Gaming Club in episode 7. Unfortunately, she doesn't know how to whistle and it just makes her even more obvious.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She usually comes across as a somewhat ditzy Cloudcuckoolander (and she's genuinely a Know-Nothing Know-It-All when it comes to her supposed skills as a detective), but there are more than a few instances where it's shown that she's smarter than she lets on.
  • Omniglot: As mentioned in Hidden Depths, she is fluent in five languages due to her mother being a diplomat (the exact languages other than Japanese and French are never specified, though one of them is probably German due to her love of German board games). Ironically, she sucks when it comes to her native Japanese (the official fanbook even lists it as her worst subject) since she spent so much time speaking other languages as a child that her fluency atrophied.
  • Overprotective Dad: Her father bans her from reading shoujo manga because it has romance.
  • Precision F-Strike: When rapping, Fujiwara drops f-bombs.
  • Secret Keeper: A reluctant one for Shirogane concerning his lack of athletic coordination, non-existent dancing skills, and inability to sing. As she knows that Shirogane has an image to uphold, she cannot bring herself not to help him both out of pity and her own self-respect, which always come at a great toll for her because he's an awful, awful learner.
  • Secretly Selfish: Behind all her sweetness and friendliness lies a girl who wants to have the cake and to eat it too:
    • When Kaguya catches a cold, she twice tries to rig a card game with Shirogane and Ishigami in order to be the one who visits Kaguya at home, notwithstanding that she's had the privilege of having visited Kaguya before.
    • During their planning of their summer vacation, the student council throws ideas to the wall that she rejects because she'll not be able to attend because she'll be busy either traveling or studying. When they convene to go to the summer festival, Fujiwara immediately protests because she'll be at La Tomatina when the festival happens, but Ishigami calls her out on this, as she's going to have fun in Spain all while not wanting them to have fun without her.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She becomes Miko's sempai when the latter joins the student council, a relationship that she gleefully takes advantage of. Ishigami even compares it to an abusive romance.
  • Shipping Torpedo: She tries to dissuade Moeha from having a crush on Shirogane due to all her time training him having given her PTSD.
  • Significant Birth Date: She is very proud to have been born in March 3rd (Hinamatsuri / Girls' Day / Doll's Day), but she's not happy at learning that Ishigami has the same birthday.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She and Ishigami are constantly at each other's throats and any semblance of a dignified discussion usually goes out of the window whenever they fight. She intensely dislikes him because he doesn't let her have her way.
  • Sleazy Politician: She's basically what happens when this trope is filtered through a school setting. While she normally acts like The Cutie, she gleefully admits that campaign promises don't mean anything, has given and accepted bribes, and betrays her friends at the drop of a hat if it suits her purposes.
  • So Proud of You: She adores Kaguya with all her heart, and her being Kaguya's friend is a significant source of pride for her.
  • Sore Loser: Apart from the fact that she likes to cheat on games, Fujiwara is not very dignified when she's found out either.
  • Spanner in the Works: Many situations would have been a clear victory for one side, only for Fujiwara to say or do something unexpected, resulting in the tables being turned or forcing a mutual defeat. She did this so many times fans are theorizing she's aware of the situation and secretly manipulating them both. Also, she apparently ruins Hayasaka's missions enough that she's referred to as "Subject F".
  • Static Character: Other than developing PTSD from constantly training Shirogane, she doesn't change in the slightest over the course of the series.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: When chapter 73 has Shirogane prompt Ishigami to consider the student council girls as possible romantic prospects, Ishigami actually quietly considers Fujiwara for a bit and blushes. Then he recoils in horror at the realization that if he lets his guard down, he could easily fall for her.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Fujiwara finds Hayasaka's butler disguise very attractive, gaining a bit of a crush on her while the latter waited on her.
  • Tears of Joy: Whenever she sees Shirogane succeed at something after she helps him. The second time it goes into Inelegant Blubbering territory.
  • Terrible Artist: Chapter 62 reveals that her drawing skill is pretty bad.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Played for laughs. She finds Shirogane's lack of coordination so offensive against common sense that she cannot avoid helping him, because she'd be doing a service to the world by ridding it from something so awful. Also, she deems that his position as president and a model for all students would be marred otherwise.
  • Training from Hell: Her training sessions with Shirogane has her running him and herself ragged, often sporting her iconic "demon" headband while barking instructions.
  • Trauma Button: The memory of all the times she taught Shirogane is apparently so horrible that merely bringing it up causes her to go straight to a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Tsundere: Hilariously enough, she displays the typical traits when Shirogane needs her to teach him something in later chapters.
  • Unknown Rival: Despite being her best friend, Kaguya tends to get really jealous of Fujiwara being able to interact with the President in ways she could never even dream. Heck, when Kaguya thought of a person other than herself getting with the President, she thought of Fujiwara. For her part Fujiwara is aware of Kaguya's tendencies, but she seems to have no idea of Kaguya's inner feelings.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Invoked. Kaguya explains that for a boy to approach Fujiwara with romantic prospects, he'd have to be pretty weird. She came to this conclusion after witnessing Fujiwara rejecting a boy who somehow falls for her dumb counterargument against dating.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She goes into a rather fundamental wrath every time Shirogane tries and fails to do something he thinks he's doing right, but is obviously doing completely wrong. What bothers her the most is how undeservedly proud he is whenever it happens.
  • World Half Full: She is happy even about voters' stupidity, because usually it works in her favor.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pinkish-silver hair in the anime.
  • Your Size May Vary: Word of God states that her ribbon changes size based on the humidity.

    Yu Ishigami 

Yu Ishigami

Voiced by: Ryouta Suzuki
Played by: Hayato Sano (live-action movie)

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A first year student at Shuchi'in and the treasurer of the Student Council. Incredibly unlucky, depressed and cynical, he lives his days scared of Kaguya.


  • Ace of Spades: The anime assigned all the members of the Student Council a Playing Card Motif. Naturally, Ishigami -who spent most of the earlier chapters afraid that Kaguya was trying to kill him- was assigned the Ace of Spades.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • According to his profile, he makes very astute observations on topics that would ordinarily be landmines. The reason he's able to do this is because he doesn't know they're landmines in the first place.
    • He manages to give a perfect confession to Tsubame in chapter 127 due to not knowing the significance of giving someone a heart during the Devoted Heart Festival. Later Comically Missing the Point, he also gives Iino a heart locket to be placed in lost-and-found, and Iino takes this gesture to heart too.
  • Achilles' Heel: As hilarious as it is, he's this to Chika. While she's proven to be a master manipulator, chapters have shown that Ishigami is the only one who can counter her.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He gets several cameos throughout the first 5 episodes, though only the first one actually qualifies due to all the others taking place after his Early-Bird Cameo in the manga.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Chapter 55 shows he is something of a pariah at school due to something that happened in middle school.
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • He states he can understand 5 to 6 percent of people's personalities by their stares. He states that Kaguya wants to kill him and gives murderous stares to Fujiwara a lot. He's proven right by the end of the chapter.
    • Chapter 76 has him correctly understanding Kashiwagi's frustrations with her boyfriend with only some information.
  • Audience Surrogate: As a cynical loner, he fits right in with some of the target audience. The fanservice special has him make all the comments a regular reader would make as well.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: In chapter 38, Shirogane asks him for romantic advice. He lampshades this of course.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Chapter 89 reveals the reason for Ishigami's close friendship with Shirogane is because Shirogane having found out the truth about the Ootomo situation went to his house to congratulate him for protecting Ootomo's smile and say that he wasn't wrong.
    • He developed a crush on Tsubame Koyasu since she was earnestly nice to him during his time in the cheer squad in spite of his dire reputation.
    • He starts admiring Kaguya after she selflessly helps him out loads of times. His determination to ace the exams in the "Kaguya's Impossible Task" arc was even motivated solely because Kaguya continued believing in him when no one else would. When he failed to even enter the top 50 ranking among the first years, he was understandably upset as he felt that he had disappointed her despite her efforts to teach him.
  • Beta Couple: He and Iino function as one to Kaguya and Shirogane. Romantically, he's aiming for Tsubame.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Someone bragging about their relationship. In chapter 48 when Tsubasa asked for advice again, Ishigami tried to kill him when it looked like he was bragging.
    • When a manga uses cheap tactics to hide its fanservice.
    • Insulting Shirogane. When Miko called Shirogane lazy, Ishigami was annoyed. This is interesting as he brushed off when she called him a troublemaker.
    • Mocking others for trying their hardest. He hates this enough that he even wants to help Miko despite not getting along with her.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: His very first dialogue is a complaint about his own character, as he doesn't see the point of a second male character in a romcom.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He is acknowledged as being very intelligent (to the point that Shirogane was willing to beg him not to quit his role as Student Council treasurer), but he was ranked second-to-last among the first year students and on academic probation at the beginning of the series due to his apathy towards school. Kaguya theorizes that this atitude is a result of him having been suspended for several months during his final year of middle school. This is also implied to be the reason why Iino doesn't get along with him, since she fought for him to be allowed to graduate back in middle school on the grounds that he handed in all his homework on time during said months long suspension. Seeing him squander his potential makes her feel like all her efforts were wasted.
  • Bromantic Foil: For Shirogane. Where Shirogane is popular, a hard worker, and thinks before he speaks, Ishigami is a pariah, Brilliant, but Lazy, and has a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of his bigger issues is when he talks, he rarely has a filter on, coming out as insensible and/or creepy. Lampshaded in chapter 51.
  • Butt-Monkey: Very rarely do things go his way.
  • Celibate Hero: Inverted, he wants a girlfriend but he can't get one.
  • Character Focus: Ishigami starts getting focus in the lead up to the sports festival, which delves into his past in middle school. After that point, he gets upgraded to being the tritagonist.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was mentioned multiple times, but he didn't appear in person until chapter 24.
  • Closet Geek: Hilariously Ishigami is revealed to be one in chapter 110. While he's open about reading manga and playing games, he keeps his interest in anime and light novels secret, with only Shirogane being in on the secret.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: He's apparently based off of Sho Hirano, which gets lampshaded in chapter 140.
  • Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship: This pretty much sums up his entire social circle. Given the fact that his reputation was destroyed thanks to an incident back in middle school, all of his friends are vastly higher on the social totem pole. This extends all the way to Kaguya and Tsubame, who are two of the most popular girls in school.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite his calm attitude, he does make a joke about Kaguya and Fujwara's respective breasts sizes. Sadly they were right behind when he made them.
  • The Cynic: He very rarely thinks anything good is going to happen and usually goes to the darkest explanation possible.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Something happened in middle school that made him into a pariah to the point that he started skipping school till High School and he's still treated as a pariah. We learn what happens in Chapter 88; he learns that Kyouko's boyfriend was actually just fooling around with her and didn't love her the way she did him, so he defended her honor by punching him. His doing so led Ishigami to be looked at with disdain by the other students, and Kyouko thought he was ragging on her boyfriend for no reason, due to her being innocent about his personality. He was then suspended till the end of middle school because he couldn't say he was wrong. This lead to his father continually yelling at him night after night, struggling to finish his homework due to not attending classes and his realizing that everyone at school hated him.
  • Deuteragonist: Outside of the central romance of Kaguya and Shirogane, Ishigami's character arc is the most important plotline in the series. He's referred to as the "side hero" in the volume extras.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He joined the cheer team to improve his demeanor, on the grounds that people on the cheer team always seem happy. It was only after he showed up at the first meeting that he realized the flaw in his logic, the only people who join the cheer team are those that are already too happy with their lives. Subverted in that it does give him a more positive outlook, just not in the way he envisioned.
  • Dragged into Drag: The cheer team for the Sports Festival more or less strong-arm him into agreeing with swapping the girls and boys' uniforms. He can fit Kaguya's just fine, apparently.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up on the cover of chapter 11, though he wouldn't get an on-screen appearance until chapter 24.
  • The Eeyore:
    • Very rarely is he happy and nearly every chapter he appears in, he leaves crying. Kei even considers him an emo as a result when she meets him. This is lampshaded in the anime, which assigned him the Playing Card Motif of the Ace of Spades, aka the Death Card.
    • He makes an effort to grow out of it around the time of the Sports Festival, though it still remains a subtle part of his character.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair used to be a lot shorter. He grew it out in order to shut himself off from the world.
  • Good with Numbers: Shirogane picked him to be the treasurer because of this trope. His report card in the fanbook also lists math as the only non-elective course that he has an A in.
  • Got Me Doing It: He briefly started talking like the members of the Cheer Team due to sheer exposure while thanking Kaguya for lending him her uniform. Neither of them have any idea what he said meant.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When trying to set up the budget for clubs, he tried to dock the sports club 50,000 yen per couple. Seeing as he didn't have a girlfriend.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Ishgami can occasionally be see wearing a large pair of headphones that highlight his seperation from the rest of the school.
  • Held Back in School:
    • Ishigami was in danger of getting held back at the beginning of the series due to a complete lack desire to apply himself during exams. Kaguya ends up helping him pass a crucial exam due to owing him a favor and later convinces him to actually take school seriously by telling him that getting good grades could help him win Tsubame's affection.
    • He almost didn't graduate from middle school as a disciplinary punishment for his incident with Ootomo, but was allowed to due to Iino's protests against the Principal.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Ishigami isn't very liked in the school, since he supposedly stalked a girl and then beat up her boyfriend (Ishigami caught the boy cheating and defended the girl's honor). The student council is aware that the rumors are bollocks, and those who got closer to him know he's really a nice guy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Some chapters show that he has a few shades of this with Shirogane.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He's very knowledgeable on all sorts of toys and games being the son of the president of a toy company. He gets to show off when he became very critical of the game the Tabletop Games Club made in chapter 57.
    • Despite being cynical and The Eeyore, he has some rather idealistic ideas on love as shown in chapter 64.
    • He demonstrates a wealth of knowledge when it comes to flowers in regards to their symbology, life cycles, and medicinal uses. This suggests that he gave Iino her flower and note in middle school.
    • He was a talented runner in middle school.
    • He's an excellent treasurer due to his analytical thinking and keen sense of prioritization and visual representation, going as far as casually coaching Kei when she visits the Student Council.
    • He's the most empathic and perceptive of the people in the student council. He's usually the one who notices then other people are being dumb with this relationships or who likes who
  • Hyper-Awareness: He's shown to be the most observant of the student council. With the extras saying that he can easily see other's secrets.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards schoolmates with girlfriends:
    Tsubasa: I... had a fight with my girlfriend.
    Ishigami: Yeah, eat shit normie! Now go get yourself dumped!
  • Love Triangle: Shaping up to be in one between Tsubame and Miko with the ultimate payoff being in three months when Tsubame gives him her answer to confession he didn't know he gave and Miko can claim the heart pendant from the lost and found.
  • Love You and Everybody: Subverted when he offers a giant heart-shaped gift to Tsubame during the Devoted Hearts Festival (which is a sign of eternal love in-universe). Ishigami doesn't know the legend behind it due to having a very small social circle and was just giving it to her as thanks for all the times she's helped him out, but everyone else in the school interprets it as a Love Confession. Of course, Ishigami actually does have a crush on her and had been trying to find a way to confess, but he remains completely oblivious to the fact that he's already done so even after she asks him to set a deadline for her response.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: All of the first year girls hate Ishigami for what he (supposedly) did in prior years, and his constant visits to the Disciplinary Committee for minor charges don't help his case at all. The fact is, while he is still grumpy and a bit of a downer, he's way nicer and hardworking than most people give him credit for.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In chapter 37 he feels this way when him eating one of the two pieces of cake causes Shirogane and Kaguya to fight for he remaining one.
  • Nice Guy: While a bit gloomy, he does treasure his friendships with the Student Council and is happy to help, that includes Kaguya. The full extent is shown in chapter 67 when refuses to let people mock Miko as he respects her work ethic even if they butt heads.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His attempt to let Kyouko know of her boyfriend's true nature ended with Ishigami becoming a pariah.
  • No Social Skills: He tried to appeal to Fujiwara by noticing she changed her shampoo. Unfortunately he worded it so it sounded like he smelled her everyday.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite frequently snarking at or dismissing Fujiwara's antics, many times he ends up participating in them anyway. Chapter 76 had him wearing Fujiwara's "Love Detective" hat after she handed it over to him when he correctly assessed every Innocently Insensitive action Tsubasa did, despite initially saying the hat makes people look stupid just two pages prior.
  • Not So Different: Despite some bickering on their part it is very obvious Ishigami and Iino are very similar to each other in some aspects, most notably on their sense of justice and being aware of people in need; while face to face they have some attrition, back to back they have stood for each other quite a few times without wanting to make the other know they have done so.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His profile states that they represent his fear of others and are a way to block anything he doesn't want to see.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The poor bastard just has to dig himself deeper whenever Kaguya's around...
  • Properly Paranoid: A lot of his fears and thoughts about Kaguya are proven true when we see her point of view.
  • Running Gag: He's quite a few running gags connected to his character
    • His complete fear of Kaguya.
    • Him leaving the student council office crying.
    • Him making Fujiwara run off crying.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: He wants to quit the student council because he's afraid that Kaguya will kill him. Unfortunately, he can't quit for the very same reason.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He noticed early on that Kaguya seemed to be crushing on Shirogane, but after being threatened by her he retreated into a state of willful ignorance where he no longer notices the obvious signs.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The junior of Shirogane, Kaguya, and Fujiwara. Romantic variant goes to Tsubame, a third year he has a crush on.
  • Serious Business: He believes school clubs keep society from collapsing.
  • Ship Tease: Heavy amounts of it with Iino.
  • Significant Birth Date: His is on March 3rd, the day of Hinamatsuri. It's even more significant due to the fact that he shares it with Fujiwara, which is something that she hates.
  • Silent Scapegoat: He allowed the school body to consider him a violent stalker rather than risk Kyouko's boyfriend retaliating against her or even just having her hurt by the knowledge of what he'd done. However, he could not bring himself to give a false apology for something he hadn't done, which unnerved the boyfriend enough that he kept a distance from Kyouko anyway.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Gender Inverted. He has a crush on Tsubame, and actually acknowledges that she is completely out of his league. If it wasn't for Kaguya's encouragement, he never would have even bothered pursuing her.
  • Spanner in the Works: In chapter 54 when he revealed that he also got Shirogane a birthday present, this quickly shifted the conversation from Kaguya keeping Shirogane's birthday secret to Fujiwara being the only member of the Student Council that didn't know his birthday.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He's a social pariah because it's rumored he beat up the boyfriend of a girl he liked. The truth is more complicated: He considered the girl one of his only friends, so when he found out her boyfriend Ogino was cheating on her and being super sleazy about it he attacked him. Ogino was more popular and a good actor, so he managed to spin the situation into being attacked by a stalker but loyally sticking by his girlfriend.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: He feels intense hatred for students and groups perceived as popular, and at one time he tells Shirogane to tax them for being happy and successful. However, it's not that he resents all men with girlfriends but rather men with girlfriends who don't cherish them enough to prioritize them ahead of everything, such as focusing on soccer instead of going on a date.
  • Tears of Joy: He sheds them when Shirogane personally said he wasn't wrong for trying to help Ootomo in chapter 89.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • In chapter 54, Kaguya sincerely thanks him for unknowingly helping her. Of course Ishigami just thinks he pissed her off.
    • Chapter 57, Ishigami spends most of the chapter on the sideline snarking at Shirogane and Fujiwara while Kaguya is too miserable to pay attention to him. He even admits that he had a good time.
    • Ishigami is the only one of the three people Kaguya asks for love advice that actually gives her a satisfactory answer in Chapter 64. Of course some shade is thrown his way, but he straight up ignores it.
    • The entirety of Chapter 90 is one for him. While he didn't win the relay race, no one blamed him for losing and instead cheered him for getting second place. He realizes that the cheer group is made up of good people and finally sees their faces as he enjoys the rest of the sports festival.
  • Tsundere: For all his talk about disliking Iino, he goes through a lot to protect her from humiliation and declares her his Protectorate inwardly. When Shirogane asks if she's a possibility for dating, he even blushes and smiles at the thought, but quickly reiterates that he definitely doesn't like her that way.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Shirogane. Giving someone validation for actions that all but broke them will do that to a guy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He goes out of his way to help Iino and cares a great deal about her happiness and dignity, in spite of their obvious dislike for each other. He has stated that while he dislikes her, he admires her determination.
  • Wrongfully Accused: He was accused of stalking a girl he liked and getting into a fight with her boyfriend, making her transfer schools from all the commotion. However, some of this is on him; he never even tried to clear up the misunderstanding, making everyone accept the rumor as fact, though this is attributed to the threat of Ootomo's boyfriend about hurting her if he let anything leak.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: This is the reason he admires Shirogane, Kaguya and Tsubame so much, as they chose to see the best of him and made him arise from the emotional nadir he sunk into back in middle school.

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    Miko Iino 

Miko Iino

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A freshman girl who joins the student council as auditing officer in Shirogane's second year as president. She's also a member of the public morals committee.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: She deals a severe mental blow to Kaguya without realizing it, merely by comparing her to Shirogane.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She can be briefly seen during the credits sequenece of the anime's finale, which is set 19 chapters before her introduction.
  • Animal Motif: Like Shirogane, she is also associated with dogs for her work ethic, though she is specifically compared to a chihuahua by Ishigami due to her being short and yelling inefectually a lot.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After joining the student council, she realizes that reforming its members' fractured morals will be much harder than she thought.
  • Big Eater: Her hunger for justice is matched only by her hunger for actual food, and she will always take the most portions whenever food is brought into the student council room. Shirogane takes advantage of this by putting her in charge of the food stalls during the culture festival to keep her from interfering with his Grand Romantic Gesture.
  • Black and White Insanity: Downplayed. She seems to classify people by whether they are good or bad, though she'll still fight for someone she thinks is bad if she believes they're being treated unfairly (as shown by her constantly looking out for Ishigami).
  • Brainy Brunette: She's the only brown haired member of the main cast, and she consistently has the highest marks among the freshman class.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is fine with openly telling people they are untrustworthy.
  • Childhood Friends: She's been friends with Osaragi ever since elementary school.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • When it seemed like Kaguya was offering to have a threesome with her and Shirogane (she was actually offering to give her a back massage), she merely said that she was too inexperienced rather than calling her out for her inappropriate behavior like you'd expect.
    • Chapter 95 shows that she listens to "Handsome Men Encourage You" CDs on her off time. Though this may just be because she's looking for any sort of validation for her work.
    • She got interested in reading what is heavily implied to be a BL magazine that Osaragi confiscated from a girl in one of the extra chapters.
    • She also seems to be a closet masochist, becoming flustered when she was tied up and teased by Makki-sen during the school festival and, much like Fujiwara, wanting to be forced and used.
    • Chapter 140 is an entire chapter of it. The cover has her reading a magazine that shows a shirtless boy. And when Tsubame invites Ishigami to her room on Christmas Eve, she's quick to suspect it's sexual in nature. And no matter how much Tsubame tries to explain it away, Iino's thought pattern just gets more and more perverted. At the end when Tsubame tries to explain she's inviting a bunch of people, Iino thinks she's setting up an orgy.
  • Cry Cute: When she gets stage fright.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: While running against Miko in the election, the previous council realize that she isn't a bad person and sort of adopt her into their group. After Shirogane's victory and re-election as president, she is accepted into the student council as the new auditing officer.
  • Determinator: No matter what Kaguya bribes Miko with, she will not bend. In fact, adversity only makes her fiercer. This is how Shirogane encourages her to speak at the election.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: For all of her hard efforts to keep order in the school, she's constantly mocked behind her back and thought of as an annoying try hard. It's heavily implied that she wants some sort of validation for her work, given that she listens to encouragement CDs in her spare time and her most precious middle school memory being the mysterious "thank you" letter.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She mentions during her first appearance that she's played piano ever since childhood, and one of the reasons she looks up to Fujiwara is due to her own skill with the insturment. However, she has never actually been shown playing.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In chapter 70, she walks in at just the right time to see Kaguya accusing Shirogane of promiscuity, but too late to see the flawed thought process that gave rise to it. Chapter 80 just takes it up a notch, with Iino theorizing that all of her less than savory walk-ins with the Student Council are all Kaguya's fault. Not to mention her thinking of the Student Council as a den of lust and sexual exploitation.
  • Extreme Doormat: Osaragi and Ishigami worry that she's going to be walked all over in her desperate need to feel needed and loved. In Doujin Edition, her marriage fantasy sounded like a battered wife trying to justify her abuse, and in the regular series she gets easily coerced into going places if she's complimented enough. Even her friendship with Fujiwara has shades of this that Ishigami has snarked that it's more like an abusive relationship at times with Fujiwara's willingness to embarrass Iino for fun and Iino continued worship of her.
  • Fangirl: While she stated she was a fan of Sho Hirano, 140 shows she's quite the fangirl of him. Even willing to watch a movie that he's starring in, in her own words, ten billion times just for him.
  • Favouritism Flip Flop: She ignores Ishigami when he tells her that her habit of enforcing the rules by ordering everyone around will cause people to stop listening to her in chapter 72, only to immediately agree with Fujiwara's assessemnt when she says the same thing. Naturally, Ishigami lampshades this.
  • Fetish: Crew cuts. It seemed like her desire to make the hairstyle mandatory because it would reflect properly on the students, but Chapter 68 has her admit that she just likes the hairstyle.note 
  • Flowers of Romance: Back in middle school, she received an anonymous letter of encouragement from one of her classmates that had a flower enclosed. It's unknown if the sender meant for it to be romantic, but she clearly views it as such (she had it laminated and keeps it as a good luck charm). It's heavily implied that it was sent by Ishigami.
  • For Great Justice: Miko is all about promoting justice and morality, tends to classify people by whether they are good or bad, and is planning on attending law school when she graduates. According to her character profile in one of the volume extras, it's a habit she developed in order to feel closer to her often absent mother and father (who do humanitarian aid and work as a judge respectively).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She worries that the rest of the Student Council views her this way, as shown when she asks what they think of her during the 10 yen game.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In a reflection of her childish naivete, she wears her hair in the same loose pigtails she had when she was a child.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: She had the exact same hairstyle in childhood that she does in high school. Her Imagine Spot as an adult in chapter 10 of the Doujin spin-off also has this style.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She felt bad in chapter 75 just because she didn't collect as many bellmarks as everyone else.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She's looked up to Fujiwara ever since childhood. Likely because Fujiwara is loved by her peers and Miko, well- isn't.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Oh, she hungry. Iino has extremely off-the-wall ideas about what constitutes "inappropriate behavior". Putting it in decent terms, she tends to err by excess. This largely stems from her lack of contact with the opposite sex and her vivid imagination.
  • Hope Is Scary: She doesn't accept Shirogane's offer (of membership in the council) immediately, because she's never been anywhere close to achieving her goal and she just lost an election. Her life is changing very fast.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Iino sees Shirogane as unjustifiably smug, lazy, and cruel. While the former is true- and his first encounter with her doesn't help his case at all- the two latter points are false. She also thinks that Fujiwara is some sort of genius.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Played for Laughs example in chapter 66 where Kaguya shows herself to be pretty frightening when she wants to be, but by the end of the chapter Kaguya is scared of Iino because she wants Fujiwara to be her vice-president.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Being tempted by Kaguya's offer only makes Miko more defiant, not less.
  • It Was a Gift: Back in Middle School, she received an anonymous letter of encouragement with a flower enclosed. Given that most people didn't recognize her hard work back then, she came to treasure it and had the flower laminated to keep as a good luck charm. It's suggested that Ishigami was the one to send the letter.
  • Love Martyr: Ishigami and Osaragi have both noted that she's at high risk for ending up in an abusive relationship due to her overly trusting nature and idealized views of romance.
  • Moral Guardians: One of the rules if she became president is that boys and girls would not be allowed within 50 cm of each other.
  • Ms. Imagination: She has a very overactive imagination, which ends up causing her to come to some very interesting conclusions when trying to figure out all the circumstances she kept walking in on.
  • Not So Different: She and Ishigami dislike each other. As chapter 67 shows, they were both bullied by other students.
  • Not What It Looks Like: A running gag is she keeps entering the student council room at the worst possible time leading to many, many misunderstandings.
  • Odd Friendship: Onodera, from what little is known of her personality, doesn't seem like the kind of person that'd be friends with Miko, but the two apparently grew rather close when they were on the Culture Festival committee together.
  • Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: Averted. When the topic of future careers comes up in chapter 111, she mentions that law is a very broad subject and that she isn't sure what her focus of study would be.
  • Only Sane Woman: She was forced into the role in chapter 97 when Kashiwagi thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her based on rather weak evidence and Kaguya agrees with her.
  • Performance Anxiety: She suffers from stage fright, which Ishigami cites as the reason why she's never been elected. Sure enough, she ends up with just under half the vote when Shirogane's impromptu debate allows her to properly articulate herself.
  • Principles Zealot: She has been running for the role of Student Council President ever since elementary school, but her refusal to change her draconian policies (along with her crippling stage fright) keep costing her victory.
  • Properly Paranoid: She refuses to drink anything Kaguya offers her because it might be poisoned. As the readers know (but Miko doesn't) Kaguya has indeed tampered with people's drinks before.
  • Protectorate: To Ishigami. Not that she knows, of course, since he's doing it under her nose.
  • Running Gag: She has quite a few connected to her.
    • She horrible sense of timing. She always manages to arrive at worst possible time.
    • She has a tendency of pissing off Kaguya but then unknowingly saying shippy statements about Kaguya and Shirogane that instantly pleases Kaguya.
  • Security Blanket: In addition to using the "Hot Guys Encourage You" CD as relaxation, she also uses it to calm down.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She looks up to Fujiwara as her sempai, though the relationship is very unhealthy. Ishigami directly compares her to an abused lover.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's 147 cm tall (approximately 4' 10''), and she has the highest grades in her class.
  • Significant Birth Date: Her birthday is May 5th, Children's Day, reflecting her childish naivete.
  • Sour Prude: Played with. She has a penchant for getting the wrong impression about the saucy happenings of the Student Council, assuming that they're just pervert horndogs. This implies that she is Not So Above It All and that she's Love Hungry, because in reality the Student Council is nowhere as kinky as she thinks it is.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The fan translations spell her last name as "Iino", while the Viz translation used "Ino".
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She basically takes Ishigami's early role of being on guard against Kaguya and one of the resident Butt Monkeys of the Student Council after joining.
  • Teen Genius: She has the highest grades among the freshman students.
  • Threat Backfire: She tries to use her authority as Auditing Officer to make Shirogane sit properly. This fails because he vastly outranks her, and because using her power for such petty reasons alienates the people she's supposed to work with.
  • Too Clever by Half: She has a good reason for wanting the rules changed, but she doesn't explain it to people and just assumes that they know what she does about Shuchi'in's reputation.
  • Too Much Alike: One reason she and Ishigami don't get along is because both of them are forthright and critical. Without other people around to mediate them, they just get deadlocked in endless arguments.
  • Tsundere: Towards Ishigami. In chapter 96 when judging his fried rice recipe, she flip flopped on giving it a 1 or 10 before deciding on 1. Fujiwara reveals she thought it was delicious but she's too embarrassed to admit it. When he passes her Kaguya's heart pendant during the cultural festival, she's clearly shaken even though she knows he was just handing it off so it could be taken to the lost and found. She's seen visiting it later waiting to be able to take it home in three months, the same time that Tsubame intends to answer his confession.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to help people but doesn't know how, so she tries to shape Shuichi'in into the sort of place that she thinks will make them happy.
  • When She Smiles: Osaragi is shown crying when seeing her smile after the election. The chapter is even titled "I want to make Miko Iino Smile".
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Miko's parents are rarely home due to their jobs (her father is a high ranking judge and her mother does humanitarian work). She doesn't seem to be bothered by it (or at the very least has convinced herself that she isn't) and developed her sense of justice to feel closer to them.
  • The Worf Effect: Because the events of chapter 66 showed Miko Kaguya's ruthlessness, she became terrified of Shirogane after something he did made Kaguya cry in chapter 70. Miko has no idea what that thing was, just that anything that made Kaguya lose composure must be horrifying. It's not.

Shuchi'in Academy Student Body

High School

    Ai Hayasaka 

Ai Hayasaka

Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori

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A second year student at Shuchi'in and valet of the Shinomiya family, specifically for Kaguya. Her family has served the Shinomiyas for generations and gained their trust. Ai was personally assigned to enter Shuchi'in with Kaguya and support her high school life.


  • Adaptational Heroism: She's based on the celestial envoy that took Princess Kaguya away from everybody she knew and loved on Earth. Here, she tries to encourage Kaguya's relationships and wants her to be happy.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Gives one to Fujiwara on chapter 62 after being complimented on her beauty by the latter.
  • Ascended Extra: She has made small appearances as early as chapter 3, but wasn't given a full name, formal introduction, and significant role until chapter 19.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: While not normally the case, in chapter 42 she's this when Kaguya keeps asking her for help as Ai is trying to bathe.
  • Beneath the Mask: Extras states that she has many modes like gal and maid mode, but her real personality is actually similar to Kaguya's and that she gets scared a lot and cries easily. This was shown in chapter 42 when she realizes that she wants to be in love too with the biggest blush on her face. Shown again in chapter 58 when she starts crying out of frustration for failing to seduce Shirogane. The rap battle chapter had Hayasaka (as Hayasaka-kun) rap to Kaguya about how she's frustrated with putting on all of her personas for the latter's sake, and how she wants to find love and act for herself for once, putting all of her previous grievances into the limelight for the first time.
  • Best Friend: Of Kaguya, as they're practically family to each other. While Kaguya does have friends, Hayasaka is the only person who knows Kaguya as a whole, warts and all.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed as she's not that nasty. She acts like a cheerful teenage girl in front of her friends, referred as "Gal mode", but she's actually a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: When she's showing Shirogane into the Shinomiya estate during the sick episode, she stuffs her bra slightly, wears bright blue color contacts and adds a slight accent to her speech so that she'll look and sound like a foreigner.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's a quarter Irish.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kaguya, having known each other since infancy (though they were separated when they were two and didn't see each other again for another five years).
  • Compressed Hair: Her Hayasaka-kun persona wears a black wig that is far too small to hide all her normal hair.
  • The Confidant: Having known Kaguya since they were children, Hayasaka is one of the few people around whom Kaguya's amiability is genuine.
  • Consummate Liar: The narration notes that she lies as easily as she breathes. Given that she has to juggle several alter egos at the same time, this is a very useful skill to have.
  • Cool Big Sis: She's the only person in Kaguya's life who resembles family and takes care of her most personal needs. She even admits to viewing Kaguya as a little sister in chapter 75.
  • Covert Pervert: The first thing she does upon finding out that Kaguya and Shirogane kissed is asking Kaguya what it was like, despite there having been far more important questions at the time.
  • The Cynic: Believes that people cannot be truly loved for who they are. It says a lot about her since she has never shown her real personality around others.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so, especially regarding Kaguya's obvious feelings for Shirogane.
    Hayasaka: "Well, Miss Kaguya, your plans all relied on the assumption that the president would invite you to go with him. And you know what happens when you assume things.
    Kaguya:
    And why exactly are you looking through your boss' notes, Hayasaka?''
    • In an official "Snark Test" included in Volume 4, the highest snark level is called "Hayasaka Level".
  • Disguised in Drag: Whenever Fujiwara comes over to the Shinomiya estate, she disguises herself as a butler.
  • Doppelgänger: Albeit they are different in height, she can impersonate even Kaguya given the circumstance.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Gender inverted. She thinks that Kaguya should've taken advantage of Shirogane's sleep to kiss him.
  • First-Name Basis: Thus far the only character to refer to Shirogane as "Miyuki-kun", since the two become texting buddies later on in the manga. Surprisingly, that reveal is a very understated moment.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: When her class does a cosplay cafe for the culture festival, she just wears her work outfit.
  • The Gadfly: Towards Kaguya at times. In one instance, Shirogane is taking a bath while on the phone with Kaguya. Hayasaka helpfully pointed out that Kaguya is speaking with a naked man. Chapter 111 reveals that she gets it from her mother.
  • Got Me Doing It: She ends up having a Kaguya-esque Imagine Spot when Kaguya says that she wants to get the same phone model as Shirogane.
  • Gyaru Girl: She dresses in kogal fashion while at school.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaguya. While their relationship is technically that of a mistress and a servant, Word of God says that they're more like very close sisters. Hayasaka is proverbially Kaguya's right arm... and the logical part of her brain.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Kaguya. Hayasaka is a master multi-tasker, capable of pulling off miracles for the sake of Kaguya, and without all the neuroticism that her dear friend and employer has.
  • I Can Explain: Insists this after Kaguya sees her using the Shinomiyas' fancy bath. Fortunately, Kaguya doesn't care about that.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: She mentions at several points that she wants to be able to fall in love just like Kaguya has, though she doesn't have anyone that she's interested in.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She really wishes she didn't have to juggle around several identities and have a boyfriend of her own. Too bad babysitting Kaguya is a full time job on its own.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Played with. She's a Shipper on Deck for Shirogane+Kaguya because she witnessed firsthand that Shirogane brought colors back into Kaguya's life when they met, Kaguya being the person who is dearest to her. Ever since then, Hayasaka has done everything in her power, and then some more, for Kaguya to be with Shirogane.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She'll often get a comment remarking how hot she is.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Her "Hayasaka-kun" persona is a Harvard graduate to drive home the fact that he's supposed to be a Teen Genius.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After scaring Kaguya with the rape thing, Hayasaka has to scan the sheets with a microscope.
  • Legacy of Service: Her family has served the Shinomiya family for generations.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Eventually she becomes this to Shirogane after she admits she's actually Kaguya's maid.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She knows to anticipate people's thoughts and use to her advantage during her missions. Fujiwara is the only exception.
  • Master Actor: Hayasaka is able to juggle multiple alter egos with only minor changes to her appearance in an effort to keep her identity as Kaguya's valet a secret from her classmates. It helps that the people she's trying to fool are neither in her class or in her circle of friends.
  • Meido: She wears a maid outfit at home, but her tasks are much more varied then simply taking care of Kaguya.
  • Meta Guy: She usually makes observations about Kaguya's situation that most readers would be saying at that point in the manga.
    "The home visit, the fireworks, the birthday, and the moon-viewing. How do you explain all these events and still not make any progress?"
  • Motif: She has a subtle stellar motif, with her nails, Line ID, and phone case all having a star pattern. It's symbolic of her devotion to Kaguya, since the moon is almost always accompanied by stars.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's an attractive young woman that wears a maid outfit at home. Chapter 42 has her spend most of the chapter in nothing but a bath towel.
  • Ninja Maid: She can- and has needed to- flip over security lasers, maintain multiple alter egos, and find blackmail material.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Hayasaka removed the collar from her school uniform, and cut the skirt short. She notes that it's "more or less within the loopholes in the regulations" when Kaguya points it out (it still ends up getting her in trouble with the public morals commitee despite this... or rather it would if Miko wasn't such a pushover). It's implied that even though she describes her garb methodically describing femininity as a "weapon", Hayasaka is very much enjoying the perks of youth by wearing it, and was just pandering to Kaguya.
  • Not So Different
    • For all the grief she gives Kaguya over her inability to just confess to Shirogane, she has her own unhealthy view on romance.
    If you don't put on an act, you won't be loved.
    • She's also nearly as sheltered as Kaguya when it comes to romance, though less ignorant. Her reaction to hearing Kaguya suddenly kissed Shirogane is a blushing meltdown and being told it was a French kiss has her call it lewd and on par with having sex on campus.
    • She only acts like her normal true self around her mom, at which point she's exactly like Kaguya when she's squeeing over Shirogane.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Even as stoic as she is in her default personality, she sheds tears after reading Sweet Today.
    • She's considerably embarrassed when Kaguya makes her try to seduce Shirogane... and in turn Hayasaka starts falling for his courtesies. She's so mad that Kaguya has to apologize to her, though this makes her see why Kaguya fell for the guy.
    • Even though she goes the extra mile for Kaguya, juggling multiple fake identities and maintaining lifestyles for all of them, it's shown that there's a significant part of her that does those things for the mere fun of it. If it weren't the case, she wouldn't do any of the stuff she does.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She has thus far always placed at exactly 114th place in all of the end of semester exams. Considering that she lives with the best possible study partner in the school (and already has stable employment that would cancel out the need for her to get into a good college), it's clear that she's doing it on purpose. It's also implied that she's lowering the bar intentionally so that this doesn't become an additional burden for her, as she's busy enough as it is.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she witnesses firsthand why Kaguya likes Shirogane so much, she's so bewildered and embarrassed that she admonishes Kaguya for intentionally putting her in a situation that brought her so close to falling for the guy herself.
  • Pastimes Prove Personality: Kaguya states she likes to watch videos of things being crushed in a hydraulic press in her free time.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Subverted. She has the stereotypical blonde hair and blue eyes, but she's actually part Irish (which would normally be depicted as a redhead).
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops one about Kaguya's father for his horrible parenting.
  • Real Name as an Alias: All of her alter egos are named Hayasaka, though some of them use it as a first name.
  • The Reliable One: Shown to be a very competent maid and valet, such as when she obtains required items for the sister school banquet ahead of time for Kaguya and Shirogane due to rain.
  • Sarcasm Failure: She's taken completely off guard when Kaguya finally admits that she's in love with Shirogane and can only utter a Flat "What" before getting embarrassed.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: While she does loyally follow Kaguya's orders, she spends a lot of time snarking at her.
  • Secret Identity: Hayasaka goes the extra mile to pretend she isn't Kaguya's servant. She has a gyaru persona, a "Hayasaka A. Smithee" persona from another school, and a Teen Genius butler persona to keep up illusions.
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only person who knows how antsy Kaguya actually is behind wraps.
  • Secret Test of Character: Her meeting with Shirogane at a karaoke bar served for her to determine what is it that Kaguya saw on him. Much to Hayasaka's own embarrassment, there was plenty to like.
  • Secretly Wealthy: In terms of personal weath, she is the independently wealthiest character among the teenaged cast with over 40 million yen in savings thanks to having served as Kaguya's maid for a decade (!) .
  • Servile Snarker: She is very loyal to Kaguya, but she isn't above making fun of Kaguya's stubbornness. In fact, Kaguya is the only person she snarks at since she often hides her true personality from others.
  • Shipper on Deck: She seems to very much support getting Kaguya and Shirogane together, and often asks Kaguya outright if she likes him.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her real personality, according to the volume extras.
  • Siblings Wanted: Played with. Hayasaka is very much in the same line of thought when it comes to Kaguya as Kaguya herself does for her; that is, Hayasaka considers Kaguya her family and treats her like her little sister.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In spite of having relatively less exposure in the story than the main characters, Hayasaka's positive influence on Kaguya has led the latter to become closer to Shirogane.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Inverted. She actually has the lowest grades among the second-year cast (yes, even below Fujiwara). Though the fact that she's the only one outside of the top ten whose ranking didn't change suggests that she's Obfuscating Stupidity to avoid drawing attention to herself (since she doesn't exactly need to get into a good school when she already has stable employment).
  • The Stoic: Always has the same calm expression and demeanor.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a slightly younger version of her mother.
  • Sue Donym: Uses the alias Haysaca A. Smithee in front of Shirogane.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to the narrator, Hayasaka finished "most of" a multilayered cake Kaguya bought.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: She has a monumental patience for Kaguya's neuroses and whims, which goes to show how much she loves her mistress.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • When Kaguya intends to give a ride to Shirogane during a typhoon, Hayasaka admonishes her because it would mean that she would have to give her car seat to Shirogane and walk home by herself under heavy rain. Kaguya was just joking about making her walk home in the rain, but too late: Karma has already struck in the form of Shirogane accidentally soaking her.
    • Hayasaka berates Kaguya for setting her up with Shirogane on a dare, on which she was dangerously close to succumb to his niceties.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her mother wasn't able to see her often when she was a child and instead left daily messages in a notebook. Chapter 87 reveals that this is still an issue when she doesn't show up at the sports festival.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She has no problems pretending to be "Hayasaka-kun", a ridiculously talented butler persona who she even made a convoluted backstory for.
  • Wrench Wench: Downplayed example. Kaguya reveals that she built her own mini computer and based on the image we saw, she really enjoyed it.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That: In spite of all her moaning and snarkiness, there's little to nothing she wouldn't do for Kaguya.

    Nagisa Kashiwagi 

Nagisa Kashiwagi

Voiced by: Momo Asakura

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A female student in the same year as Kaguya, Shirogane, and Fujiwara. She occasionally interacts with the student council, in which she typically either receives or provides love advice. Is currently going out with Tsubasa.


  • Ambiguously Bi: There have been a few points that suggest that she might have actually have a crush on Maki, like the fact that she constantly imitates her, asked to dance with her during the bonfire, and blushed when thinking about how much Kaguya resembles her. Also, her behavior during binaural recording session.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Most of the time, Kashiwagi is the one that makes advances on Tsubasa.
  • Audience Surrogate: Many of her thoughts and reactions resemble those that readers would have in regards to the student council's antics.
  • Beta Couple: Kashiwagi and her boyfriend are this. While they have their issues and come to the Student Council for help; they are dating and openly communicate with each other, while Kaguya and Shirogane refused to admit their feelings and are stuck in a constant war to make the other confess.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A member of "The Shuuichin VIPs who do heartless actions without giving them a second thought".
  • Birds of a Feather: Even though the two may not acknowledge it, she shares quite a bit in common with Kaguya as far as their intense and possessive tendencies in romance, and the two often seek each other out for advice and counsel.
  • Characterization Marches On: In her introductory chapters, it seemed Kashiwagi was going to be fairly similar to her boyfriend, taking everything the Student Council says and does at face value. However, over time she instead becomes the Only Sane Woman and Audience Surrogate, with bits of The Smart Girl and The Gadfly mixed in.
    • Then in Chapter 97, she seems goes a completely different direction from both her previous characterizations, instead becoming a Clingy Jealous Girl almost bordering on Yandere (though her boyfriend did mention she's pretty possessive in chapter 76).
  • Childhood Friends: She's been best friends with Maki since kindergarten.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A more restrained example, but Chapter 97 reveals her to suspect her boyfriend of cheating for the smallest infractions (such as eating with and being tutored by Maki). She even goes as far as hiring a detective to observe his movements.
  • The Confidant: Kaguya goes to her for advice when it comes to matters of love. And while she has yet to tell Kaguya herself, she's also the only one outside of Hayasaka who definitely knows that Kaguya and Shirogane are head over heels for each other and is fully supportive of their relationship.
  • The Corruptor: By accident. Her getting to first base with Tsubasa in chapter 97 was the first romantic kiss that Kaguya had ever seen, so she ended up replicating it during her First Kiss with Shirogane.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: In Chapter 48, Kashiwagi and her boyfriend see the Student Council for some more love advice, and because of their demeanor around each other and how they talk about their vacation together, it sounds like they've gotten more intimate. By the end of the chapter, neither one of them gives a straight answer, even though they both tricked the Council into thinking they were going to be a couple of Makeout Kids when they got alone time in the Student Council room.
    • Chapter 138 answers pretty plainly they did.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She plays the cello, which she initially picked up because Maki was also taking lessons.
  • The Gadfly: In Chapter 48, she performs several increasingly romantic interactions with her boyfriend while in the student council room to rile up the council members, knowing that they are right outside the room and watching.
    • In Chapter 85, she tells her boyfriend that she'll be alone at home that night. When Iino accuses her of wanting to bring her boyfriend home, she turns it around by claiming she just wanted her boyfriend to call her, and suggesting Iino's accusation (and by extension her) was lewd.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a red hairpin on the left side. The Yonkoma bonus chapter reveals that Maki also used to wear one.
  • I Have This Friend...: She lampshades the trope when Kaguya uses it.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: It's mentioned in the Yonkoma bonus chapter that she has been deliberately imitating Maki ever since they were children due to their friendship. Ironically, the only time it actually bothered Maki was when she unknowingly imitated her by stealing her crush.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Not directly, but her grades did hit a sharp decline once she started dating (dropping from 4th to 27th over the course of two semesters) because she spends most of her precious study time tutoring her boyfriend.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Downplayed on the bitch part since she's typically genuinely nice, but she has been shown to manipulate both the Student Council and even her own boyfriend for her own amusement.
  • Nice Girl: A kind and polite girl, who is president and founder of the volunteering club, no less.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Her family runs a major shipbuilding company and her grandfather is the head of the Japan Business Federation. She's also the president and founder of the school's Volunteering Club, which does charity work.
  • Not So Above It All: Chapter 97 outs her as an untrusting Clingy Jealous Girl bordering on Yandere, a sharp contrast to her otherwise Only Sane Woman and Straight Man roles from previous chapters.
    • She also gets mad at her boyfriend for the most petty of reasons (i.e. she gets upset because he rarely gets upset), showing she has as many innocent and dumb romantic insecurities as the Student Council does.
  • Not So Different: To Kaguya. While Kashiwagi is generally the Only Sane Woman to her, chapter 97 reveals they are just as jealous, murderous and even having the exact similar ideas of what minor activities counts as cheating.
  • Official Couple: With Tsubasa.
  • Only Friend: Implied to be this to Shirogane during meetings between the presidents of all the school clubs.
  • Only Sane Woman: Occasionally takes this role when juxtaposed with the antics of the student council, and sometimes even her own boyfriend.
  • Shadow Archetype: What Maki is to Kaguya, Kashiwagi is to Fujiwara. Friends for a long time and genuinely close, but she ends up dating her best friend's crush without knowing about said crush. And while both are intelligent, Kashiwagi can feign ignorance while Fujiwara is a full blown Genius Ditz.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Kaguya and Shirogane.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: How the student council view her and her boyfriend.
  • Smug Smiler: Very capable of doing these whenever she successfully Trolls or outsmarts the Student Council members.
  • Teen Genius: She is shown to consistently place in the top 10 test scores of her class. Under her tutelage, her boyfriend also managed to remarkably increase his score ranking from 139th to 84th.
  • Unknown Rival: She is completely oblivious to the fact that Maki considers her a rival for Tsubasa's affection.
  • Yandere: Mostly Played for Laughs. She threatens to kill her boyfriend, Tsubasa and Maki if it turns out they are having an affair, and states they would already be dead if the affair was sexual. And when she finds out that both Tsubasa and Maki are friends with Ishigami, she gives him a Death Glare that horrifies him as she states she wants to be his friend.

    Tsubasa 

Tsubasa / Kashiwagi's Boyfriend

Voiced by: Taku Yashiro

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A male student in the same year as Kaguya, Shirogane, and Fujiwara. He constantly asks Shirogane and the Student council for love advice, but more often than not ends up inadvertently messing with them in some way. Despite this, he has a (mostly) healthy relationship with Kashiwagi. Due to his plain looks and personality (and the fact that they don't quite care about him), the student council members don't learn his name until Chapter 109, so they mostly referred to him as "Kashiwagi's Boyfriend".


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Literally. In the manga, he dyes his hair grey after summer break, but in the anime it's dyed brown.
  • Chick Magnet: He has a stable relationship with Kashiwagi and Maki is head over heels for him as well. It's later played for laughs because, as it turns out, Kashiwagi and Maki like each other more than they like him.
  • Connected All Along: Turns out the doctor who examined Kaguya in chapter 79, Shozo Tanuma is his grandfather.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 6 of We Want to Talk About Kaguya is told from his perspective, and tells the events directly leading up to his introduction in the main series. Given the fact that it's set before he and Kashiwagi started dating, the narration simply refers to him as "the boy".
  • The Ditz: A bit air-headed and unwise in his actions and words.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's almost exclusively referred to as "Kashiwagi's Boyfriend", even after his Given Name Reveal. The anime profiles are the only exception, as they refer to him as "Male Student".
  • Foil: Generally, Tsubasa is the result of a person who while insecure about his feelings for the person he likes, ultimately doesn't care about how foolish he looks when showing his affection and throws away his pride to do so. This is very much unlike all of our protagonists, who initially cling to their pride and refuse to really say how they feel.
  • The Generic Guy: This was his primary characteristic early on. He had average grades, average looks, little to no personality to speak of, and wasn't even referred to by name until 103 chapters after his introduction (the student council literally just referred to him as "Kashiwagi's Boyfriend"). Although he did start getting better grades thanks to his girfriend's tutoring, and he started dyeing his hair after summer break.
  • Given Name Reveal: It took 103 chapters from his introduction before his name was revealed. Before that, he was just referred to as "Kashiwagi's boyfriend". This is lampshaded by Shirogane, Ishigami, and the narration.
  • Hidden Depths: He's interested in medicine, and hopes to become the kind of doctor that saves lives in the future.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Constantly does things that inadvertently piss off the Student Council and even Kashiwagi.
  • It Runs in the Family: Chapter 147 reveals that his grandfather and father both got a girl pregnant when they were 17 which is Tsubasa's age and he and Kashiwagi have an active sex life... so...
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Inverted due to dating Kashiwagi, she regularly tutors him and his grades jumped up from 139th position to 34th by two semesters.
  • Love Triangle: Maki threw him at Kashiwagi in the hopes that she rejected him to keep him for herself, but he was so forceful and determined that she didn't. This left Maki outside, looking in.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Subverted, most of the time it's Kashiwagi that makes advances on him and he's been apprehensive about being intimate in more public places like the school festival or a park. The times when he does try to forward their relationship has been mostly chaste like asking the student council why he made her mad or trying to hold her hand.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Subverted. He was not cheating on Kashiwagi with Maki, though Maki was trying to break them up so she could have him for herself.
  • Nice Guy: Despite frequently ticking off the Student Council, he is still this ultimately. Kashiwagi and Maki claim this as one of his positive attributes.
  • Only One Name: His last name is unknown, though it's implied to be Tanuma.
  • Satellite Love Interest:
    • There's a reason he's constantly referred to as "Kashiwagi's Boyfriend". Nearly every appearance he makes centers around her in some fashion. Even when he went to the Student Council, alone, he ends up talking more about Kashiwagi than he does himself.
    • This is made more apparent during the School Festival, where Kashiwagi tells Maki that she likes her more than she likes him.
  • Super Gullible: The guy instantly believes anything Shirogane says, no matter how it's ridiculous it is.
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    Maki Shijo 

Maki Shijo

Voiced by: Kana Ichinose

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Kashiwagi's best friend who has a crush on her boyfriend.


  • 13 Is Unlucky: As befitting her role as the resident Butt-Monkey, she's on the cover of volume 13.
  • Alone Among the Couples: In the wrap up for the culture festival, she finds herself surrounded by various couples dancing around the bonfire.
    Maki: I hope you all catch on fire.
  • Ascended Extra: Appears as early as Chapter 6 alongside Kashiwagi and Tsubasa, but only appears sporadically in backgrounds and omakes until she finally receives a proper role and character introduction in Chapter 98!
  • Butt-Monkey: An even bigger one than Ishigami ever was, considering the fact that even her own friends' attempts to cheer her up or help her cause her to suffer.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a brown-haired girl who is considered to be Kaguya's intellectual equal, scoring only a single point less than her on exams.
  • Childhood Friends: She's been best friends with Kashiwagi since kindergarten.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between her crush on Tsubasa, and her friendship with Kashiwagi. She seems to be leaning towards the former though, albeit on the School Festival, Kashiwagi gets a hold of her heart once again, prioritizing her over Tsubasa.
  • Connected All Along: It turns out Maki is also a descendant of the Shinomiya bloodline, and thus a distant relative of Kaguya (specifically, her second cousin twice removed.)
  • Cute Little Fangs: Shows these during many of her surprised or indignant reactions, to highlight her slightly childish and naive nature despite her intellect.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She used to take cello lessons, though it's unknown if she still plays.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Like her relative Kaguya, she can't handle spooky stuff.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed. Maki is extremely jealous of Kashiwagi for dating Tsubasa, but she always tries to put their friendship before her envy.
  • Hair Decorations: Back when she wore her hair down, she had a hair clip identical to the one that Kashiwagi now wears.
  • Heroic BSoD: She has a major one at the start of chapter 98 when she has to lie about her feelings for Tsubasa after hearing that Kashiwagi was jealous. She even faints on the road till Shirogane and Ishigami find her by accident while they were hanging out.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: All of her heartache and sadness over being stuck between her crush and her best friend's love life could have been avoided if she was more honest with the both of them from the start and didn't deflect.
  • Hopeless Suitor: It has been noted that she doesn't really have any chance getting together with Tsubasa due to how far his relationship with Kashiwagi has developed.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ishigami calls her "Tsundere-sempai".
  • Insistent Terminology: Proudly declares herself a member of the Shinomiya family and looks down on others as commoners, despite being in a very distant branch from the main line and not even sharing the same last name.
  • Irony: Chapter 129 reveals that she is incredibly artistic, able to make a massive balloon sculpture of a whale and other sea creatures by herself. Despite this, Art is the only class that she doesn't get an A in.
  • It Runs in the Family: Being distantly related to Kaguya, Maki is also very intelligent, scoring only a point below Kaguya in exams. She also switches between displaying arrogance and cuteness just as easily (with the exact same facial expressions, no less) and is sensitive to strong stimuli like loud noises. When Shirogane came to her for advice, she was able to understand Kaguya's point of view and sympathized with it immediately. She figured out who Shirogane was talking about just from how alike she and Kaguya are.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She constantly looks down upon people around her like Shirogane and Ishigami, referring to them as imbeciles and "commoners", though she opens up her true feelings to them quite easily.
  • Love Hurts: A Running Gag is that she is always following Kashiwagi and her boyfriend while crying.
  • Made Myself Sad: She has a bad habit of making herself depressed when she talks about her lack of luck when it comes to romance.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Another Maki appears as a jock's girlfriend in chapter 26.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Maki tends to rub off wrongly on people that she meets because she cannot help but express herself contentiously, as if looking for a fight. Kashiwagi knows that her intentions are always more pure than what she shows, but she's not shy in telling Maki to just be sincere and not seek quarrel all the time.
  • No Name Given: Played With. Technically, her name appears as early as Chapter 31 (in the exam results). However, we are not told it is her name, and the fact can only be inferred. She finally introduces herself by name properly in Chapter 98.
  • Not So Different:
    • While she doesn't get along with Kaguya, they're incredibly similar. They are both very proud of being Shinomiyas, very intelligent and very tsundere.
    • Just like Ishigami, she likes hearing about the failing of other people's love lives (because it means that she's not the one that's suffering)
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Karen takes her to a cake shop after Erika's disastrous attempts to cheer her up, and she's shown angrily stuffing her face.
  • Recurring Extra: She can often be seen in the background looking shocked (usually in scenes involving Kashiwagi and her boyfriend being intimate).
    • By Chapter 98, she finally gains a speaking role and name introduction, becoming an Ascended Extra.
  • The Rival:
    • Being only a point below Kaguya herself, she's her academic rival off screen and they are fully aware of each other. Makes even more sense when it is revealed they are actually distant relatives.
    • She thinks herself one for Kashiwagi when it comes for Tsubasa, but cannot bring herself to actually act upon it because she cares about Kashiwagi too much to do anything. As it turns out, Kashiwagi tells her that she loves her more than she loves Tsubasa.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She becomes a borderline Cool Big Sis for Ishigami by the time of the Culture Festival arc, much like his relationship with Kaguya.
  • Sensory Overload: Maki has trouble dealing with loud noises, a trait that she shares with her cousin Kaguya.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's basically what Kaguya would be if Shirogane was dating Fujiwara, right down to the same birthday, reactions, facial expressions, and lines of thought. Even her hair and eye colors are a more muted version of Kaguya's (brown and pink instead of black and red). Fittingly enough, this is partly why the two don't like each other.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She is rather innocent when it comes to things like sexuality, thinking that a first time means a kiss. Though she doesn't take it to the same extreme as Kaguya.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is shown encouraging Ishigami to confess to Tsubame during the Culture Festival arc.
  • Significant Birth Date: As befitting her role as Kaguya's Shadow Archetype, the two of them were both born on January 1st.
  • Spot of Tea: She really likes her tea, demanding some the first time she shows up at the student council room.
  • Springtime for Hitler: She gave Tsubasa the idea of getting a lame heart necklace as an anniversary present in the hopes that it would make the two of them break up. Kashiwagi loved it so much that she started making out with him in the middle of the hallway.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Tsubasa. She's usually following them whenever the two have some free time.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Shirogane and Ishigami notice that Maki and Kaguya share a great deal of mannerisms and attitudes as a result of being brought up in the same way.
  • Sudden Name Change: Her last name was listed as Ichijo in the original release for chapter 31. It was changed to Shijo in the tankobon.
  • Teen Genius: She's ranked third in terms of test scores among the second year students, scoring only a single point less than Kaguya. She also gets straight A's in everything but Art.
  • Third Wheel: As a friend of Kashiwagi, she's constantly hanging out with her and her boyfriend as the hanger-on despite her crush on the latter.
    • To her horror, she accidentally sees Kaguya and Shirogane sharing an intimate moment.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Chapter 98 allows her to finally vent about her crush.
  • Tsundere: Even more than Kaguya, natch. Ishigami even calls her "Tsundere-sempai".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gradually becomes this with Shirogane and particularly Ishigami.
  • With Friends Like These...: Claims to view Kashiwagi as a precious friend, yet openly states her contempt for her for "stealing" the boy she has a crush on. Turns out, Kashiwagi cares more about her than she does about said boyfriend.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Ishigami is baffled by her attraction to Tsubasa. Not so much for his looks, but rather the fact that he's an idiotic Extreme Doormat.

    Karen Kino 

Karen Kino

Voiced by: Madoka Asahina

A member of the mass media club and one of the main characters of We Want to Talk About Kaguya. She is a massive Kaguya/Shirogane shipper.


  • Alliterative Name: Karen Kino.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Certain dialogue suggests that she might be a Japanese Christian, such as comparing Kaguya to Jesus, attributing various Ship Tease moments between Kaguya and Shirogane as being Good Fortune from God, and outright quoting the Gospel of Luke when she sees their First Kiss.
  • Ascended Extra: She's a Recurring Extra who ended up getting her own Spin-Off.
  • Audience Surrogate: She's essentially the embodiment of the entire Kaguya x Shirogane shipping fandom incarnate. Her reaction after luckily spotting Kaguya and Shirogane kissing on the rooftop during the Festival arc is almost exactly how the fans reacted out of universe to the same event.
  • Berserk Button: To her, shipping Shirogane with anyone other than Kaguya is a sin in itself. Funny enough, she's fine with the idea of Shirogane being a harem king so long as Kaguya is his alpha girl.
    Karen (after Erika proposes that Fujiwara is better suited for Shirogane than Kaguya): That's blasphemy Erika...The President is Kaguya-sama's super darling! The only man capable of winning Kaguya-sama's pure, dignified heart is the President!
  • Blood from the Mouth: A comedic example. After she catches a glimpse of Kaguya and Shirogane kissing, she passes out and starts to bleed out of her mouth as she's nearly killed from sheer joy.
  • Childhood Friends: With Erika.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Karen has brown eyes and hair.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 116 focuses on her and Erika as they interview several students about the upcoming culture festival, and doubles as a Poorly Disguised Pilot for We Want to Talk About Kaguya.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's the very first character shown in the very first chapter of the manga, but her name isn't given until Chapter 116.
  • Fangirl: She's a Kaguya fangirl, though not to the same extent as Erika. She's also a Shirogane fangirl, including having a crush on him.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Zigzagged. She doesn't have any problem with horror movies and will happily munch down on popcorn during a movie marathon to help build up Erika's resistance, but she is terrified of haunted houses.
  • Given Name Reveal: She was the very first character introduced in the series, but she didn't have her name revealed until chapter 116.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Not only was she the one responsible for having Kashiwagi ask Tsubasa if he had a girlfriend, she was the one who suggested that Tsubasa go to Shirogane for love advice. All this while trying to hook him up with Maki.
  • Good Fortune from God: Played for Laughs. She claims that things such as seeing Kaguya and Shirogane riding on a bike together or sharing an umbrella are a gift from the heavens.
    Karen: There is a god. He preaches the President x Kaguya-sama gospel...
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She's rather knowledgeable about insects (having read an encyclopedia on them in her father's study) and was able to correctly identify a species of cockroach on sight when it was a good distance away.
    • Due to her family owning a publishing company, she can identify different types of paper just by feeling them.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ishigami is not her friend, he's her editor.
  • Ms. Imagination: Her imagination tends to go wild when it comes to Shirogane and Kaguya. Erika even calls her delusional thanks to this.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: She's named after Ki no Tsurayuki, a Heian era poet.
  • Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when she sees Erika "comforting" Maki about Nagisa and Tsubasa's relationship upgrade.
    Karen: What on God's green earth is that girl doing?! She doesn't know a thing about love!
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She is 100% correct about Kaguya and Shirogane being hopelessly in love with each other, though her reasoning is rooted in fangirlish delusions rather than any real observations of reality.
  • Sequential Artist: She draws Shirogane/Kaguya doujinshi.
  • Shipper on Deck: She ships Shirogane/Kaguya and Maki/Tsubasa.
  • The Straight Man: Often finds herself playing this role for Erika.
  • Super Strength: She was somehow strong enough to stab a spoon hard enough to stick on a table.
  • Squee!: All of her Shirogane/Kaguya fangirlisms were rewarded once she accidentally happened upon their First Kiss, complete with Nosebleed and overemotional fainting.
  • Those Two Guys: She's rarely seen apart from Erika.

    Erika Kose 

Erika Kose

Voiced by: Ayaka Asai

A member of the mass media club and one of the main characters of We Want to Talk About Kaguya. She is a massive Kaguya fangirl.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Erika has admitted to having a crush on Kaguya, but she denies having any romantic or sexual feelings for her (claiming that it's more of a platonic idolization). It's never specified if she's telling the truth or if she's just in the closet.
  • Ascended Extra: She's a Recurring Extra who ended up getting her own Spin-Off.
  • Childhood Friends: With Karen.
  • Composite Character: She embodies the portion of the student body that fawns over Kaguya.
  • Covert Pervert: When Maki mentions that she's already had her first time (thinking that they were talking about kissing), she starts asking for details.
  • Cuteness Overload: Just making eye contact Kaguya can cause Erika to pass out from joy. It ended up causing a rumor among the student body that Kaguya could kill someone by looking at them.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 116 focuses on her and Karen as they interview several students about the upcoming culture festival, and doubles as a Poorly Disguised Pilot for We Want to Talk About Kaguya.
  • Fangirl: She's a massive Kaguya fangirl.
  • Given Name Reveal: She had been present since chapter 1, but her name wasn't revealed until chapter 116.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Just about everything she does can be traced back to her obsession with Kaguya, even with things that a normal girl her age would do like studying for exams or getting a boyfriend.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Her idea of stress management is to grind up miso paste (due to her family owing a miso company).
  • Innocently Insensitive: Due to her complete obliviousness over Maki's crush on Tsubasa, she believes that her depression was caused by her not being able to spend time with Kashiwagi and attempts to cheer her up accordingly. This does far more harm than good, especially when she refers to Tsubasa as Kashiwagi's "destined partner".
  • Named After Somebody Famous: She's named after Kose no Oumi, a Heian era painter.
  • Not Me This Time: Karen suspects that Erika was the one who sent Kaguya a love letter back in chapter 12. She actually has written hundreds of such letters to Kaguya... but she never sent any of them.
  • Oblivious to Love: Erika takes this one step further. She's completely clueless to anything related to love, whether it be a boy flirting with her, Maki's crush on Tsubasa, or Kaguya and Shirogane's mutual attraction.
  • Pastimes Prove Personality: Averted. Most characters are in clubs that reflect their personalities or family businesses. Erika is obsessed with Kaguya and comes from a family that produces miso paste, but she is neither in the Japanese Archery club nor the Home Economics club. In the case of the former she compares it like being too close to the sun, and the latter is because she's bad at sewing.
  • Shipper on Deck: She ships Shirogane/Fujiwara and Kashiwagi/Tsubasa.
  • Those Two Guys: She's rarely seen apart from Karen.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Anything with miso in it, a result of her family being in the miso business.

    "Terako/Gigako/Megako" & Kozue "Makki-sen" Makihara 

"Terako/Gigako/Megako" & Kozue "Makki-sen" Makihara

Fujiwara's classmates in the Tabletop Games club.

  • Adapted Out: The anime cuts out their initial cameo from chapter 29, which was their only appearance in the first part of the series.
  • Book Dumb: Gigako ranks near the very bottom of the senior class on exams, and her constantly decreasing nicknames suggest that she isn't much better at games.
  • The Dreaded: Played for laughs. Together with Fujiwara, they're this to the Mass Media Club duo, who refer to the Tabletop Games Club as a "den of evil".
  • Gamer Chick: They're both members of the Tabletop Games club.
  • Genius Ditz: Makki-sen may be eccentric, but she's actually one of the top 10 students of her year, with her standing even going up by one rank during the 2nd semester's final exams.
  • In-Series Nickname: Both of them are usually referred to by their nicknames (in fact, Gigako's real name is still unknown).
  • Ironic Nickname: Makkii-sen is supposed to be short for Makkii-senpai. She's actually a freshman.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Gigako's real name is currently unknown.
  • Meaningful Rename: Gigako used to be called "Terako", but she got demoted to "Gigako" after losing a game. The Volume 11 extras reveal that she was further demoted to "Megako".
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Makkii-sen has an unhealthy love for horror. Case in point: her idea for the culture festival was a school wide battle royale death match.
  • Otaku: Both of them are "mega otaku" according to Fujiwara.
  • Sadist: Makkii-sen basically subjects Miko to softcore BDSM when they were recording ASMR for their class' haunted house, and was clearly loving every second of it.
  • Those Two Guys: Rarely seen without each other.
  • Young and in Charge: Makkii-sen is the "Dictator for Life" of the Tabletop Games club. She presumably won the title by beating the others in a board game.

    Kobachi Osaragi 

Kobachi Osaragi

Miko Iino's childhood friend who serves with her on Public Morals Committee and acted as an assistant for her presidental campaign. Prefers to watch from the sidelines.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She can be briefly seen during the credits sequenece of the anime's finale, which is set 19 chapters before her introduction.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Miko calls her "Koba-chan".
  • Childhood Friends: She's been friends with Miko ever since elementary school.
  • The Confidant: Acts as this to Miko, who tells her everything that's troubling her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Most of her on-screen interactions with Miko have her reigning in her overactive imagination. She mentions during the end of the culture festival arc that she's going to try to stop doing this as often, as she feels that it's keeping Miko from growing up.
  • Covert Pervert: When Iino complains that (she thinks) Shirogane and Ishigami use the Student Council to take advantage of its female members, Kobachi suggests "joining in on the fun", and describes it as "a pretty hot situation".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 85 features a day in the life of her role as a member of the Public Morals Committee.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically Iino's straight-man, although she has her own quirks.
  • Disappeared Dad: The fanbook lists her mother as her only relative. Given that the fanbook specifically lists the Shirogane siblings' mother as absent, he's presumably dead rather than divorced.
  • Given Name Reveal: Despite being introduced in and a recurring character since chapter 65, her name wasn't revealed until chapter 85.
  • One Thing Led to Another: This is more or less how she started dating Kazeno, though there (probably) wasn't any sex involved.
  • Opaque Lenses: Her eyes have never been seen.
  • Opposites Attract: She's a somewhat quiet girl, not the sort of person you'd expect to be dating the captain of the cheer team.
  • Refusal of the Call: Shirogane asks if Osaragi would like a seat on the Council as well, but she refuses the offer.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Averted. She's actually among the bottom quarter of the freshman class in terms of grades.
  • Theme Naming: She's one of the many people named after Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks. In particular, she takes her name from Ishizdukuri no Miko (Iino's namesake)'s task item, the Begging Bowl of the Buddha (bu no miishi no hachi)note .
  • Unfortunate Names: Her name can also be read as "Daibutsu"note  but she'd very much prefer that it wasn't.
  • The Watcher: She doesn't actively participate in plots, but she does take notice of all the things going on with Iino, and the situation in middle school. Thankfully, this means she can see the good points of those who are shunned, like Iino and Ishigami.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: In one of the extra comics, Osaragi is seen reading a BL manga, and is quite into it.

    Momo Ryuju 

Momo Ryuju

President of the Astronomy club and daughter of the local yakuza boss. Prior to Shirogane's election as president, she had served as the student council treasurer.

  • Dare to Be Badass: She's the one who originally encouraged Shirogane to wear the mask of a confident genius in order to attract Kaguya.
  • Debt Detester: Chapter 136 reveals that she owed Shirogane a favor. It's unknown what he did for her, but whatever it was it was enough for her to stay up all night helping him prepare his Grand Romantic Gesture for Kaguya.
  • Gamer Chick: Her Establishing Character Moment has her hanging out on the roof of the school while playing games on her phone.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She owns a Tiny Headed Pip, which she uses as a pillow.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's angry in pretty much every scene she's ever been in.
  • Irony: She previously served as treasurer for the student council, not the sort of position you'd expect the daughter of a crime boss to be appointed.
  • Nice Hat: She always wears a white hat.
  • Not So Different: To Ishigami, of all people. Both of them are gamers, served as the student council treasurer, and are shown to have a belligerent relationship with a specific authority figure.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There's another Momo listed on the first-year class ranking in chapter 105.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The closest she's gotten to a smile is a look of neutral annoyance.
  • Prophetic Name: She's named after the Jewel from a Dragon's Neck, the gift that Shirogane's namesake was tasked with finding in order to win the hand of Princess Kaguya in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. She's also the one that helped Shirogane set up his Grand Romantic Gesture (which just so happened to be a giant balloon playing the part of a pearl surrounded by a dragon).
  • Shipper with an Agenda: She's the one who initially pushed Shirogane to pursue Kaguya. She didn't have any vested interest in their relationship though, she just found his constant moping over Kaguya ignoring him annoying.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: This appears to be her relationship with the Kendo Team Captain, due to their families being on opposite sides of the law.
  • Theme Naming: She's one of the many people named after Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks. In particular, she takes her name from Ootomo no Miyuki (Shirogane's namesake)'s task item, the Jewel from a Dragon's Neck.
  • Yakuza Princess: Her parents are the head of the Ryujugumi yakuza. Erika and Karen both think that she'd have them offed if they piss her off, and she doesn't exactly do a good job of convincing them otherwise.

    Rei Onodera 

Rei Onodera

One of the few first year students who is neutral towards Ishigami. Later on in the series, she becomes friends with Miko.

  • The Faceless: Averted. She's the only member of the cheer team whose face Ishigami could see prior to the sports festival (presumably because he is already familiar with her as a classmate).
  • Not So Stoic: In contrast to her usual demeanor, she is notably more cheerful when on the cheer team or the culture festival committee. Not to mention the fact that she suggested a meme as the latter's slogan.
    We got dank vibes!! ~Shuuchin is lit af~
  • Ojou Ringlets: Being a Shuuchin student, it's only natural she rock the long haired drill style.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She doesn't smile much and is mostly seen wearing a neutral frown on her face.
  • The Stoic: She doesn't overly emote and is mostly calm in almost any situation.

    Tsubame Koyasu 

Tsubame Koyasu

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A perky upperclassman that led Ishigami's group through sports day. Caring and energetic, she captures Ishigami's heart quickly.


  • Academic Athlete: She's ranked seventh among the senior class and is a member of the school's rythmic gymnastics club.
  • Ascended Extra: After the sports festival arc, she gets more characterization during "Kaguya Shinomiya's Impossible Tasks".
  • Cuddle Bug: She has no reservations about getting in her friends' personal space when being affectionate.
  • Dude Magnet: Kaguya notes that she's very popular, as demonstrated in chapter 115 when Ishigami is competing against three other boys for her attention.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Several girls are shown squeeing alongside Ishigami over her dance performance during the culture festival in the omakes.
  • The Faceless: As with the rest of the cheer team, in the sports festival arc. She only gets her face properly shown after Ishigami "opens his eyes" to the world again.
  • First-Name Basis: She is the only person in the series to consistently refer to Ishigami by his given name.
  • Genki Girl: She's constantly upbeat and loves to try new things. It comes with the territory of being a member of the cheer team.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: This is the reason why she's so hesitant to give Ishigami a definitive answer when he unknowingly confesses to her. She isn't really sure if she's romantically attracted to him (along with other issues like the fact that she's going to be graduating soon), but she knows that turning down such a heartfelt confession would break his heart and destroy their already existing relationship. Her attempts to ask Kaguya for advice don't really help due to a case of One Dialogue, Two Conversations.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She and Kazeno are close friends, though their relationship is completely platonic.
  • Nice Girl: She accepted Ishigami easily despite the rumors surrounding him.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She's apparently a fan of horror stuff, and gets really excited when Ishigami invites her to try out his class' haunted house at the culture festival.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She's a member of the school's rythmic gymnastics club.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Romantic variant. Ishigami has a crush on her.
  • Tender Tears: The other members of the cheer squad note that she's a crybaby, as shown by her getting emotional over Ishigami getting second place in the relay race.
  • Theme Naming: She's one of the many people named after Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks. In particular, she takes her name from Isonokami no Maro (Ishigami's namesake)'s task item, the swallow's cowry (tsubame no un da koyasugai).

    Kazeno 

Kazeno

An upperclassman and captain of the cheer team.

  • Chick Magnet: Quite a few girls were pretty excited to see him crossdress in the sports festival.
  • Ditzy Genius: He gets very good grades (being ranked 4th among the senior class), but he was dumb enough to try and and jump a railing while wearing a long skirt, hurting his leg in the process.
  • The Faceless: As with the rest of the cheer team, in the sports festival arc. He only gets her face properly shown after Ishigami "opens his eyes" to the world again.
  • Keet: He's the captain of the cheer team, it's to be expected.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ishigami assumed that he was in a relationship with Tsubame due to them having been friends for so long, though this is shot down when it's revealed that he's actually dating Osaragi.
  • Nice Guy: Much like Tsubame, he accepted Ishigami easily despite the rumors surrounding him.
  • One Head Taller: His girlfriend Osaragi is a little less than a head shorter than him. Of course, she is roughly two years his junior.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Not usually (as far as we know), but he is the one who came up with the idea for the Cheer team to cross-dress during the sports festival.

Middle School

    Kei Shirogane 

Kei Shirogane

Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro

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Miyuki's younger sister. Treasurer of the Shuchi'in Academy Middle School student council.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She's generally nice and polite, but is fairly rude towards her brother in comparison. Later revealed to be part of her rebel phase, since she feels like she's treated like a child whenever Shirogane interacts with her.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Defied. She deliberately avoids actions that would make her look like a brocon.
  • Big Brother Worship: Double Subverted. Kei greatly admires her older brother, but she deliberately hides it due to a combination of being in her rebel phase and not wanting people to think she has a brother complex. Even then, her pride for him still pours through in a Tsundere manner, enough so that Moeha falls in love with him based solely on her stories.
  • Brutal Honesty: Which is why her brother's unwillingness to just say outright what he feels annoys her.
  • Character Tics: She pretends to be stretching whenever she's secretly listening in on whatever her brother is doing.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Shirogane mentions her in the first chapter and she gets a few other acknowledgements early on, but she doesn't actually make a proper appearance until chapter 39.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Her mother initially took custody of her when she abandoned their father due to her being more successuful in her studies than her brother. Whether she chose to go back to her father and brother or if her mother simply abandoned her too once she could no longer live up to her insane expectations is unknown, but she clearly doesn't have a high opinion of the woman in the present.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: It's mentioned that she is popular even among girls.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The fact that she loves her brother does not mean that she has the patience for most of the stuff he does. However, whenever he is not near, she won't hesitate in talking about him with nothing but praises.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Just like her older brother.
  • Good with Numbers: Implied, given that she is the treasurer for the student council and in charge of her family's finances.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is markedly snappy when it comes to her brother, venting her teenage angst upon him in her mother's absence.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Moeha.
  • It Runs in the Family: She has the same piercing glare as her brother and is just as good at hiding her shyness. The narrative also lampshades that her nervousness around Kaguya is a result of siblings having similar tastes. Chapter 52 reveals that she's just as thrifty as him, just as kind, and enjoys coffee.
  • Just Friends: Invoked when it comes to Fujiwara. Kaguya is jealous of Fujiwara's friendship with Kei, not knowing that she herself has the potential to be Kei's family, which is considerably more poignant than anything Fujiwara has with Kei, and even more, that Kei longs to be Kaguya's family too.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother ran off about seven years before the story began.
  • The Quiet One: Her focus chapter states that she doesn't speak a lot.
  • One Degree of Separation: Is in the same year and friends with Fujiwara's younger sister Moeha. She sleeps over frequently at the Fujiwara household, and as a result is also close friends with Fujiwara herself.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbian: Subverted. Her first appearance made it look like she had a crush on Kaguya but her focus chapter revealed her "crush" was just her admiring Kaguya as her personal idol and seeing her as a potential sister-in-law.
  • Siblings Wanted: She is in sore need of a stable female influence in her life, which her girlfriends don't actually fulfill; cue Kaguya, a person she admires and wants in her life.
  • So Proud of You: Beneath all her bitching and moaning regarding her brother lies a girl that has nothing but pride and love for him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a female version of her brother, right down to the eyes. The resemblance is strong enough that Kaguya instinctively shows attraction to her despite her otherwise Single-Target Sexuality.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's a middle schooler and extremely adorable. Even Kaguya instinctively called her cute as soon as she met her.
  • Too Much Alike: Kei, like her brother, is a prideful tsundere who Cannot Spit It Out. Thus she can't stand him always telling her what to do but she can't bring up the nerve to speak to him normally thus leading to their current frosty relationship.
  • Tsundere: Turns out she's a platonic one for her brother. She's sick of his nagging, leading to her harsh attitude but she still wants to help him but is too embarrassed to ask.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Kaguya comments on the fact that she has the same eyes as her older brother upon meeting her for the first time, and nearly squees in excitement when she realizes the resemblance.

    Moeha Fujiwara 

Moeha Fujiwara

Chika's younger sister and the vice-president of Shuchi'in Academy Middle School. Is close friends with Kei, who as a result frequently sleeps over at the Fujiwara household.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like her older sisters, her hair was changed from silver to pink in the anime.
  • Cute and Psycho: Her introductory chapter has her talking about wanting to torture Kei and eat Kaguya, all with a smile on her face.
  • Foil: For Kaguya. Both of them are vice-president of their respective student councils, the youngest members of their families, and have a crush on Shirogane, but their personalities are opposites. Kaguya is scary on the outside and sweet on the inside, while Moeha is sweet on the outside and scary on the inside.
  • Girlish Pigtails: As beffiting her Cute and Psycho personality
  • Hopeless Suitor: She doesn't really have any chance getting together with Shirogane, given that he is soley focused on Kaguya by the time her crush is revealed.
  • Love Before First Sight: She fell in love with Shirogane based solely on the information that Kei had given her.
  • Not So Different: For all of Kaguya's comments about being unable to deal with her, they do have one major thing in common: their taste in men. They end up having a bonding experience over this commonality.

Other Characters

    Adolphe Pescarolo 

Adolphe Pescarolo

The current principal of Shuchi'in High School and former principal of it's sister school in France.

  • Adaptational Late Appearance: The anime cut out his first scene where he confiscated Karen's magazine, so he isn't introduced until the French party.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": While his name is shown in several places (like Shirogane's letter of recommendation), none of the characters ever refer to him as such.
  • The Gadfly: He definitely seems to enjoy messing with people, as seen with his various interactions with the Student Council
  • Hypocritical Humor: He plays Pokémon GO during school hours, but scolds the Tabletop Gaming club for doing the exact same thing.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: The anime gave him yellow eyes to underline his role as The Gadfly.

    Betsy Beltoise 

Betsu Beltoise

Voiced by: Sally Amaki

The student council vice-president of the French Shuchi'in Academy. She boasts a very sharp tongue and wit, which she puts to use as an acclaimed debater in France, winning two consecutive victories in the French Debate Meet.


  • Break Them by Talking: Her specialty. She uses quick thinking and logic to deny her opponents' basic thinking, leaving them digging their own graves. Ends up being on receiving end of this from Kaguya, after attempting to do this to Shirogane.
  • Disease Bleach: In the anime, her hair is notably gray after being on the receiving end of Kaguya's verbal assault.
  • The Dreaded: Is known as "Betsy the Wound-Licking Dagger." It is said that she will one day kill a man with her tongue.
  • Femme Fatale: Definitely appears like one. Points for actually being French as well.
  • No-Sell: Her verbal assault upon Shirogane ends up being this, due to his inability to actually speak or understand French.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Arguably so, since her verbal assault upon Shirogane was ordered directly by the Japanese Shuchi'in Academy principal, as a Secret Test of Character for him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are blood-red, as befitting her ability to break people with her words alone.

    Kyouko Ootomo 

Kyouko Ootomo

The girl that ruined Ishigami's reputation in middle school.

  • Adapted Out: The anime cut out her cameo during the first study chapter, and all of her later appearances happen long after the section of the manga that it adapted.
  • Book Dumb: Turns out the reason she's not in Shuchi'in Academy High School is because she flunked the entrance exam.
  • The Dreaded: To Ishigami. As soon as she showed up to his first year sports festival, his mood deflated and became filled with fear.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She made a couple of appearances in flashbacks before her proper physical appearance in the sports festival arc.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Due to her boyfriend's influence she thought that Ishigami was harassing her and beat him up in jealousy, so she labeled Ishigami as a creepy pervert with an obsession with her.
  • Given Name Reveal: Finally gets her name in Chapter 88.
  • Good All Along: More of a revelation to the audience. All of her flashback scenes made it look like she randomly accused and led the pack on Ishigami for something he didn't do. In reality she was defending her boyfriend from being punched, who she didn't know was a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: The main point of Ishigami's martyrdom when it came to her. He rescued her from her boyfriend at the cost of his own reputation so that she left the ordeal completely unharmed.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Intentionally so. She's kept ignorant of her boyfriend's true colors even after she leaves school, for the sake of her happiness.
  • Missed Him by That Much: She was just inches away from being retaliated against by Kaguya, who is dissuaded from doing so by Hayasaka because that would be a disservice for Ishigami's efforts to make Ootomo happy. Instead, Kaguya reveals that while she'd keep her hands off Ootomo, she had enacted retribution on Ootomo's boyfriend for what he did the minute she heard it from Ishigami.
  • Nice Girl: She's actually a rather sweet person and went out of her way to be friendly with Ishigami. The only problem is that she trusted her boyfriend more than him when she really shouldn't have. Not helping this is that Ishigami would prefer her hating him to her being hurt by the knowledge her boyfriend was cheating on her.

    Kou Ogino 

Kou Ogino

A former student of Shuchi'in Academy and Ootomo's ex-boyfriend.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He presents himself as the kindhearted and upstanding student, when in reality there is nothing good about him.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: After his attempts to buy Ishigami's silence caused the latter to attack him, he used his skill as a member of the drama club to make it look like Ishigami was a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Hate Sink: He was cheating on Ootomo, and tried to buy Ishigami's silence when he found out (by offering to let him sleep with her). Then he pulled a Deliberate Injury Gambit, making it look like Ishigami was a Stalker with a Crush, and threatened hurt Ootomo (it's implied that he would have released revenge porn) if he revealed the truth.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Chapter 89 made it seem like Ogino was able to get away with turning Ishigami into a pariah 'til chapter 90 revealed that Kaguya told the truth of the situation to the Shuuchiin VIPs that forced Ogino to transfer.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up in 3 chapters (and all those appearances are in flashbacks), but he's single-handedly responsible for turning Ishigami into the person he was at the beginning of the manga.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He was cheating on Ootomo with another girl.

    Papa Shirogane 

Papa Shirogane

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu

The father of Miyuki and Kei. He is currently unemployed.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He is a hilariously awkward man. He loves to call himself Shirogane's Sugar Daddy.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: When he's trolling Kaguya into revealing her feelings for his son, he comments "his parents must have good genes" when she mentions his piercing glare.
  • The Comically Serious: Everything that comes out of his mouth is said with his same dead-serious face. His idea of small talk is asking Kaguya how far she has gotten with his son and offers to pretend to be her father-in-law at a parent-teacher conference without any hesitation.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Several chapters before he's introduced, Kaguya imagines him exactly how he actually looks like. As she doesn't recognize him when she actually meets him, it's implied that she indeed did not know him, in spite of the crazy amount of tabs she keeps on Shirogane.
  • The Gadfly: The first time he met Kaguya, he tricked her into revealing her feelings for Shirogane without revealing that he was his father. After she finds out, he openly admits that he did it just to mess with her.
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: At times he goes Totally Radical and wears Age-Inappropriate Dress, causing great embarrassment on his son and daughter.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: One small flashback with him giving some good advice to a younger Shirogane showed he was quite dashing, looking like a taller version of his son; either the years caught up to him or losing his job and his wife running away took its toll on the man, maybe a combination of the two.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: Most of his interactions with Kaguya start off this way.
  • Love Martyr: Despite his wife leaving him seven years ago, he's refuses to divorce her because he still loves her.
  • Only One Name: His first name is currently unknown.
  • Parental Substitute: For a chapter. Alongside Hayasaka's mom, he stands in for Kaguya's parents during her parent-teacher conference.
  • Pushover Parents: A relationship chart of the Shirogane family in volume 9 states he's afraid of Kei since she entered her rebellious phase and seems incapable of disciplining her, leaving the burden to his son.
  • Shipper on Deck: He outright tells Kaguya that he's fine with her and Shirogane getting married while they're still in high school.
  • Smarter Than You Look: While his appearance and lack of job could fool one into thinking he's an idiot, it's important to remember that his kids' smarts had to come from somewhere. He deduces that Kaguya has a crush on Shirogane and tricks her into admitting it within five minutes of meeting her, and a later chapter reveals that he's a nationally certified career consultant.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like an older version of his son. The resemblance becomes even more noticeable in chapter 91, which has a flashback to before he had wrinkles.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: While he can be wise and reliable when he wants to be, Papa Shirogane has noticeable quirks such as being a picky eater, incapable of holding a job, and frequently embarrassing his son with his awkwardness.

    Shozo Tanuma 

Shozo Tanuma

One of the ten greatest doctors in the world. He is the physisian for the Shinomiya family.
  • The Comically Serious: When he tells Kaguya that she's suffering from love sickness as a diagnosis for her condition, he doesn't so much as crack a smile.
  • Connected All Along: Chapter 147 reveals that he's Tsubasa's paternal grandfather.
  • Generation Xerox: Both he and his son are doctors who had a child at 17. Considering the fact that Tsubasa is his grandson, it looks like that they're gonna go three for three on both accounts.
  • Power of the God Hand: He's referred to as the God Hand due to his skill with performing bypass surgery on children.
  • Shipper on Deck: He tells Kaguya that she should ask Shirogane out during his first appearance.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: As befitting a well respected surgeon.

    Nao Hayasaka 

Nao Hayasaka

The mother of Ai and loyal servant/employee of the Shinomiya family.
  • The Gadfly: Like mother, like daughter.
  • It Amused Me: She has Shirogane's father sit in on Kaguya's parent-teacher conference for this very reason.
  • Parents as People: While she does love her daughter, her job makes it difficult to constantly be there for her.

♪ Love is war! ♪
♪ Love is war! ♪
♪ Love is war! ♪
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