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Class 2-A

    Kaguya Shinomiya 
For more info about her, see her page.

    Ai Hayasaka 
For more info about her, see her page.

    Mirin Hinokuchi & Subaru Suruga 

Mirin Hinokuchi & Subaru Suruga

Voiced by: Yuka Nukui (Hinokuchi), Yuka Morishima (Suruga)

Debut: Chapter 25 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)

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Hinokuchi (left) & Suruga (right)

Two classmates of Kaguya's and Hayasaka's, who often hang out with the latter in school.


  • Entertainingly Wrong: Due to being Locked Out of the Loop about Hayasaka's true profession and relationship with Kaguya, they consistently draw the wrong conclusion. They believe Hayasaka is pining for Shirogane, seeing how close they seemingly are. Based off of Kaguya's reaction to their assumption, they also believe that a Love Triangle is going on. After Hayasaka goes through an Important Haircut and starts acting more like her usual self (and not like her usual ditzy Genki Girl gyaru persona in school), they assume it's because she had her heart broken at the end of the class trip and that Kaguya won the Love Triangle.
  • Gossipy Hens: Hayasaka initially befriended them because they're both chatty, which made them useful for keeping track of the going-ons of the school.
  • Gyaru Girl: Like Hayasaka, they both dress in kogal fashion.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: While both of them know that Hayasaka has a job that keeps her from hanging out with them after school, neither of them are aware that she's Kaguya's valet. One of them even compliments Hayasaka on her maid "cosplay" during the culture festival.
  • No Name Given: Neither of their names were revealed up until an omake in Volume 18. And even then it never specified who is who until Volume 19.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Mirin's name in kanji can also be read as Misuzu. In Chapter 211, furigana are given that make it clear her name is to be read as Mirin.
  • Those Two Girls: They always appear together, and very little is known about them as individuals other than what their parents' jobs are (Hinokuchi has a parent that's an advertising executive, and Suruga's parent is the president of a famous IT company).
  • True Companions: While Hayasaka doesn't think she's actually friends with them, Kaguya judges them to be this in Chapter 183, when they don't say anything about Hayasaka hugging Shirogane the previous night because "she is [their] friend" and "It's mean to spread rumors behind someone's back."

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Class 2-B

    Miyuki Shirogane 
For more info about him, see his page.

    Chika Fujiwara 
For more info about her, see her page.

    Nagisa Kashiwagi 

Nagisa Kashiwagi

Voiced by: Momo Asakura (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)
Played by: Natsumi Ikema

Debut: Chapter 6 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)

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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.


  • All Women Are Lustful: Most of the time, Kashiwagi is the one that makes advances on 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. She also explicitly tells Hayasaka and Fujiwara that she finds them attractive and wouldn't mind kissing either of them (although it's possible that she just said that to keep them away from the student council room). What's less ambiguous is her having a dreamy look when Iino asks to teach her about kissing (in order to tie a cherry stem). Fujiwara even comments on it.
  • Audience Surrogate: Many of her thoughts and reactions resemble those that readers would have in regards to the student council's antics.
  • Beta Couple: With Tsubasa. 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. That is, until Chapter 160.
  • 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 to go 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. It's implied that it may actually be romantic on her part, though nothing concrete is stated (much like with her sexuality).
  • 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 that they did.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She plays the cello, which she initially picked up because Maki was also taking lessons.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Despite being close friends with Karen and Erika, she almost never interacts with them if Maki isn't also present.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After discovering Kaguya and Shirogane's Secret Relationship, she comments to herself that they really shouldn't be doing this sort of thing in school. This coming from the girl who was caught making out with her boyfriend in a locker during the culture festival.
  • I Have This Friend...: She lampshades the trope when Kaguya uses it.
  • I Just Want to Be You: According to her profile in the Volume 17 extras, she has an unhealthy desire to be Maki, which puts all her imitation of her in a very different perspective.
  • Important Hair Accessory: She wears a red hairpin on the left side. The Yonkoma bonus chapter reveals that she started wearing it because Maki used to have an identical looking one.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Nagisa translates to "beach" or "shore", exactly the sort of name you'd expect from someone whose family runs a shipbuilding company.
  • Must Make Amends: After realizing in Chapter 167 that not teaching Kaguya about the meaning of French kisses properly led to a far too intense First Kiss, Kashiwagi is worried that Kaguya could develop into an extremely perverted woman. To rectify her mistake, she lends Kaguya a porn DVD for women to properly educate her about sex.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Only Sane Woman: Occasionally takes this role when juxtaposed with the antics of the student council, and sometimes even her own boyfriend.
  • Secret Keeper: As one of Shuchi'in High's most influential students, she is aware of Ko Ogino's true character.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She figures out Kaguya and Shirogane's Secret Relationship almost immediately and tries to help them have some private time. Gets upgraded to a proper Secret Keeper in Chapter 167 when Kaguya goes to her for more love advice and admits that they're dating.
  • 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: Like most of the school, she ships Kaguya/Shirogane. She gets really excited when she discovers that they've had a Relationship Upgrade.
  • 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 Tanuma 

Tsubasa Tanuma / Kashiwagi's Boyfriend

Voiced by: Taku Yashiro (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)
Played by: Yūtarō

Debut: Chapter 6 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)

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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.
  • Character Development: Getting together with Kashiwagi boosts his confidence by a lot.
  • 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. Also, one of the four Ramen Emperors may be his great-grandfather (or possibly great-great-grandfather given the family's habit of having children at a young age).
  • 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".
  • Extreme Doormat: Ishigami describes him who lacks any sense of agency and just does whatever his girlfriend tells him to do.
  • 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 the main protagonists, who initially cling to their pride and refuse to really say how they feel.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: His tendency to piss off the student council by obliviously bragging about his relationship makes them reluctant to deal with him.
  • 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. His last name was only confirmed via a tweet by the author almost 4 years after his introduction, and is never actually spoken in-series (though it is used in Kashiwagi's character profile and a caption in Chapter 180).
  • Henpecked Husband: Tsubasa is very passive by nature, so Kashiwagi calls the shots in their relationship. A comment that he makes in Chapter 215 about seeing breasts from below also implies that she's usually on top when they have sex.
  • 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 Tsubasa's age and he and Kashiwagi have an active sex life... so...
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Inverted due to dating Kashiwagi, as she regularly tutors him and his grades jumped up from 139th position to 34th by two semesters.
  • 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. Considering his family history, he might be consciously trying to defy this trope.
  • 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. He's not even upset when he learns that Shirogane lied about having relationship experience, and is instead glad that Shirogane is opening himself up to others.
  • 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 culture festival, where Kashiwagi tells Maki that she likes her more than she likes him.
  • Secret Keeper: Chapter 215 reveals that he knows about Kaguya and Shirogane dating. It's never specified if he was told or if he just figured it out due to how obvious the two are.
  • Super Gullible: The guy instantly believes anything Shirogane says, no matter how ridiculous it is.
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    Maki Shijo 

Maki Shijo

Voiced by: Kana Ichinose (Japanese), Hope Endrenyi (English)

Debut: Chapter 6 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)

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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.
  • A-Cup Angst: Becomes dejected upon learning that Tsubasa likes big boobs.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes are purple in the anime.
  • 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.
  • Big Sister Bully: To her younger twin brother Mikado, who she likes to roughhouse with for the pettiest of grievances.
  • Birds of a Feather: Maki ends up developing an Odd Friendship with Shirogane and Ishigami because she considers them her comrades in unrequited feelings.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: In Chapter 144, Shirogane comes to her for love advice. She points out that she is probably the worst person he could ask, since she is very unlucky in terms of love and she is usually the one who comes to Shirogane or Ishigami for advice. However, since Shirogane would like her opinion on Ice Kaguya's behavior, and because of their similarities, Maki can actually perfectly empathize with Kaguya.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a brown-haired girl who is considered to be Kaguya's equal, scoring only a single point less than her on exams.
  • Broken Ace: Maki is Kaguya's intellectual equal, beautiful, rich, has a circle of close friends and a loving family. The only thing that deeply upsets her is her unlucky love life, where her crush and her best friend are dating, and she can't give up on them.
  • 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. During the Kyoto trip, she visits a shrine that is said to help cleanse someone from bad things like bad relationships and terrible luck.
    • During her trip to India, she finds some solace in the fact that they're likely having the same type of romantic frustrations as she is. Her narration is overlayed with Shirogane and Ishigami progressing with their relationships with Kaguya and Tsubame respectively just fine.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Her mutual distaste with Kaguya when it's revealed it was caused by their families mutual bad blood between each other. Maki originally wanted to become friends with Kaguya when they first met before Maki's father told her to stay away from Kaguya.
  • 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, and during the School Festival, Kashiwagi gets a hold of her heart once again, prioritizing her over Tsubasa.
  • Connected All Along: Maki turns out to be 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.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Discussed. After seeing Ishigami have to wait on Miko hand and foot when he accidentally broke her arm, she seriously considers getting Tsubasa to do the same to her so he'll spend time with her. She never goes through with it, though.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She used to take cello lessons, though it's unknown if she still plays.
  • First-Name Basis: One of the biggest differences between her and Kaguya is that she almost always adresses people she's close to by their given names, something that Kaguya never does. When she does this with Hayasaka, she admits that that she only does this with those who she considers her equals.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She styles her hair this way currently. It's unknown when she started doing so, as flashbacks to the beginning of freshman year shows that she used to let her hair hang loose with a small hairpin (which inspired Kashiwagi's current hairstyle).
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Like her relative Kaguya, she can't handle spooky stuff.
  • 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 Her 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.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Provides a sort of retroactive example in Chapter 225 when she threatens to murder Shirogane on Kaguya's behalf when asking if he tried to force her to do anything during Their First Time.
  • 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.
  • Instant Expert: Just like her cousin Kaguya, Maki tends to pick up on new skills very quickly. This is demonstrated in Chapter 196 when she tries swinging a baseball bat for the first time and gets a home run on her first try.
  • 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 loud noises. When Shirogane comes to her for advice, she is able to understand Kaguya's point of view and sympathizes with it immediately. She figures 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.
  • The Misophonic: She shares Kaguya's sensitivity to loud noises, though it's unknown if this extends to strong stimuli in general.
  • Mood-Swinger: She constantly switches between being smug, depressed and acting hot and cold towards others, just like her relative Kaguya.
  • Never My Fault: Played with. She accuses the person (Shirogane) who taught Tsubasa the Kabe Don as the source of her troubles despite the fact that she wasn't quick enough to confess her feelings beforehand. She acknowledged this as her fault 10 chapters later, while adding that she was too scared of confessing her feelings (with Shirogane and Ishigami quickly sharing her pain).
  • No Badass to His Valet: When around Shirogane and Ishigami, Maki's haughty and prideful behavior quickly drops, which is why they treat her very informally.
  • No Name Given: Played With. Technically, her name appears as early as Chapter 31 (in the exam results). However, it's not made clear that she's the same character as the Unlucky Extra occasionally seen following Kashiwagi until Chapter 61. 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. Maki seems to be fully aware of this, as when Shirogane wants her advice regarding Kaguya, Maki can empathize so well, that she realizes that the girl Shirogane describes must be Kaguya because they might as well be related to each other.
    • 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).
  • Odd Friendship: Maki initially only went to Shirogane and Ishigami to vent to them over her frustrations of her unrequited feelings for Tsubasa, but overtime develop an actual friendship with them and considers them her equals.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Another Maki appears as a jock's girlfriend in Chapter 26.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Maki tends to rub off the wrong way 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 a quarrel all the time.
  • Passed-Over Inheritance: For whatever reason, her brother is stated to be the heir to the family company despite her being the elder twin.
  • 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.
  • The Resenter: Downplayed. Maki is extremely jealous of Kashiwagi for dating Tsubasa, but she always tries to put their friendship before her envy. Appropriately, the manga volume where she appears on the cover is green.
  • 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 likes her more than she likes Tsubasa.
  • Secret Keeper: Being Kaguya's cousin, she's one of the few students in the school who knows about Hayasaka's job.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She already knew about Kaguya's crush on Shirogane as early as autumn of their freshmen year (when Kaguya first fell in love), though she doesn't bring it up until after Kaguya and Shirogane have already started dating.
  • 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. Maki is also Kaguya if she was raised by a loving family, thus Maki doesn't share any of Kaguya's self-hatred or distrust in others.
  • 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.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has her eyes for Tsubasa, even after he started dated Kashiwagi and the latter confessing to Maki that she prefers her best friend a lot more than her boyfriend. When Shirogane suggested that she move on and find someone else in Chapter 193, she flat out declare that she's not content on giving up her crush.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite Ishigami pointing out that Tsubasa is just an Extreme Doormat, Maki is quick to defend her crush, adding that Tsubasa is someone that she's comfortable talking with.
  • 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 him and Kashiwagi whenever the two have some free time.
  • Straight Man: Plays this to Erika and Karen in We Want to Talk About Kaguya.
  • 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 Kashiwagi's best friend, she's constantly hanging out with her and her boyfriend as the hanger-on despite her crush on the latter. The manga shows that a lot of time Kashiwagi forces her to hang out with them, much to her anguish.
    • To her horror, she accidentally sees Kaguya and Shirogane sharing an intimate moment in the omakes of Chapters 38 and 175.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Chapter 98 allows her to finally vent about her crush.
  • Too Much Alike: Part of the reason she and Kaguya can't get along very well. They are both too similar. Even when she wants to thank Kaguya for spending time with her, she makes it seem like she just wants to insult and show off her skills to her "auntie".
  • Tsundere: Even more than Kaguya, natch. Ishigami even calls her "Tsundere-sempai".
  • Unlucky Extra: She can often be seen in the background looking shocked (usually in scenes involving Kashiwagi and her boyfriend being intimate). In Chapter 98, she finally gains a speaking role and name introduction, turning into an Ascended Extra.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gradually becomes this with Shirogane and particularly Ishigami.
  • 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.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Maki is very upset that her friend, Kashiwagi, got together with the boy she was interested in first. However, she also admits that Kashiwagi is the one person she just can't hate, because Kashiwagi views Maki as the person she loves the most.
  • 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.

    Go Kazamatsuri 

Go Kazamatsuri

Voiced by: Yuu Okano (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

Debut: Chapter 61 (Manga), Episode 16 (Anime)

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A classmate and friend of Shirogane's. One of the few known "impures" attending Shuchi'in.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: He appears to have a thing for the Mass Media Club duo. It's just too bad that the girls are Student Council-sexual.
  • All There in the Manual: Pretty much everything known about him comes from the Volume 10 extras.
  • Hero of Another Story: He is an impure who entered Shuchi'in in order to find information about his missing older brother. He's also the assistant to a famous detective and helped solve multiple cases. This is only ever mentioned in the Volume 10 extras.
  • Kid Detective: He's the assistant of the famous detective named Hajime Echizen and the two have apparantly solved many cases together, including the disappearance of his older brother.
  • Scholarship Student: He's the only known impure in the cast other than the Shirogane siblings, though this is only mentioned in his character profile.
  • Those Two Guys: He's rarely seen without Saburo.

    Saburo Toyosaki 

Saburo Toyosaki

Voiced by: Masamu Ono (Japanese), Ricco Fajardo (English)

Debut: Chapter 61 (Manga), Episode 16 (Anime)

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A classmate and friend of Shirogane's.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: He appears to have a thing for the Mass Media Club duo. It's just too bad that the girls are Student Council-sexual.
  • All There in the Manual: Pretty much everything known about him comes from the Volume 10 extras.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: A shot of him in a public bath in Chapter 187 reveals that he is surprisingly muscular.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He apparently only opens his eyes when he shows his true power.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Karen spent months thinking that in love with Shirogane due some out of context remarks by Fujiwara. The misunderstanding wouldn't be cleared up until during winter break.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. One of the four Ramen Emperors is also named Saburo.
  • Reformed Bully: He tried to sabatoge Shirogane's grades in the past, but now he competes with him fairly.
  • Those Two Guys: He's rarely seen without Go.

Class 2-C

    Karen Kino 

Karen Kino

Voiced by: Madoka Asahina (Japanese), Lindsey Seidel (English)

Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)

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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 Bi: Karen almost certainly has a crush on Shirogane, though she also constanly fawns over Kaguya (as well as Fujiwara in the OVA). And that's not even getting into her Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Erika.
  • 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!
    • Do not badmouth Shirogane or insinuate that he's involved in shady dealings. She'll pull a (fake) knife on you.
  • 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. Although it ended up being subverted when We Want to Talk About Kaguya revealed that the blood was actually from her biting her tongue to stay focused.
  • Born Lucky: Karen seems to have almost superhuman luck when it comes to witnessing romantic moments between Kaguya and Shirogane to the point that she happened to be in just the right spot to see both their first two kisses and their Relationship Upgrade by complete coincidence.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Putting aside her constant fangirling, she is a fairly skilled journalist. Which is why she and Erika were named the new heads of the Mass Media Club in their senior year.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • In We Want To Talk About Kaguya Chapter 84 (which is set directly some time after Chapter 96 of the main manga), in spite of always being Right for the Wrong Reasons with regards to Kaguya and Shirogane, Karen actually hits the bullseye this time in correctly identifying Kaguya's reasons for making Oyster Fried Rice in the fried rice contest from that chapter (that it was because oysters were Shirogane's favourite food) and that the one ingredient she and Erika lacked in their version of oyster fried rice was the love Kaguya put into it for Shirogane. Too bad Fujiwara shoots her down immediately both times despite being on-point.
    • When she and Erika request for the umpteenth time to listen to Shizuku's story of how she was rescued by Kaguya, she claims it's the point where Kaguya and Shirogane's stories became intertwined. Chapter 121 of the main series shows that this is a lot more accurate than she could have realized.
  • Childhood Friends: With Erika.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: As someone who ships the red-eyed Kaguya and blue-eyed Shirogane, her eyes are naturally a shade of purple.
  • Covert Pervert: Any sexual innuendos, innocent or not, are usually picked up by her, while Erika is left clueless. To be fair, what else would one think when your friend on the phone tells you that they are "making kids on the bed"?
  • Crying Wolf: Erika never belives her claims of having seen shippy moments between Kaguya and Shirogane because she's always talking about stuff like that even when nothing is happening. The narration even refers to her as "The girl who cried 'ship'."
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Karen (initially) 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.
  • Ditzy Genius: Karen might be a fangirl who has shipping on the brain 90% of the time, but she still regularly scores among the top 30 of her class during the end of semester exams. Even whe she neglected her studies, she still placed 40th.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Karen is a massive Shipper on Deck for Kaguya/Shirogane, but she is not a stalker. When she spots them on Christmas Eve, she opts against sticking around to see if they kiss.
  • 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.
  • Friendship Denial: Karen regularly interacts with Ishigami in We Want to Talk About Kaguya, and looks on happily when he's being comforted by the Cheer Team during the sports festival, but she states that they have a strict business relationship when Erika asks if they're friends (he acts as the editor for her KaguyaXShirogane doujinshi). This denial is probably for continuity purposes since Maki is established in the main series to be the first girl to consider him a friend.
  • 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...
  • Heroic BSoD: Seeing Kaguya and Shirogane's Relationship Upgrade causes her brain to temporarily burn out because she can't reconcile it with every past bit of information she gathered that pointed to the two of them already being a couple.
  • 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.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: The manga initially depicts her with eyes that are the same shade of brown as her hair. They would later be changed to lavender and standardized by the anime.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Shiptrash".
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Played with. From the beginning, she acts amiably with Ishigami and is undeterred by the (false) rumors that led to him becoming a pariah, because she actually has no clue about the rumors, despite ironically being part of the Mass Media Club.
  • Love Is Like Religion: Taken rather literally. She is such a rabid Kaguya/Shirogane shipper that she routinely compares their assumed love for each other to an act of God, even claiming that the idea of one of them going out with somebody else to be blasphemy. She goes so far as to directly quote the bible whenever she sees them engaged in a particularly romantic activity like holding hands during the fireworks festival or their First Kiss.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: She draws her own Kaguya/Shirogane doujinshi and eventually gets Ishigami to act as 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.
  • No-Sell: She's immune to the shojo mentality that most people get from reading Today Will be Sweet because she's already in that mindset 24/7.
  • Oblivious to Love: She's completely unaware that Toyosaki has feelings for her because she thinks he has a thing for Shirogane instead.
  • 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!
    • Her general reaction when the topic of real life doujins comes up out of fear of something finding out her hobby.
  • Properly Paranoid: Karen the only person (aside from Hayasaka, Maki, and Kashiwagi that is) to discover Shirogane and Kaguya sharing their kiss during the end of Culture Festival, but prefers keeping this a secret from both Erika and Fujiwara due to their disapproval of Kaguya dating someone else (as seen back in Chapter 84 of the We Want to Talk About Kaguya). Considering how Fujiwara didn't take the couple's relationship well in Chapter 223 of the main series, Karen made the right call.
  • 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.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She is one of the few students who knows the truth behind the Phantom Thief incident, and the only one who bore witness to both Kaguya and Shirogane's First Kiss and Kaguya's Love Confession.
  • Sequential Artist: She draws Shirogane/Kaguya doujinshi.
  • Shipper on Deck: She ships Shirogane/Kaguya and Maki/Tsubasa. She takes the former very seriously. Makki-senhai has her contact saved under the name "Shiptrash".
  • Squee!: All of her Shirogane/Kaguya fangirlisms were rewarded once she accidentally happened upon their First Kiss, complete with Nosebleed and overemotional fainting.
  • 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.
  • Those Two Guys: She's rarely seen apart from Erika.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: A very mild, Played for Laughs example. Normally she and Erika are completely dismissive or oblivious in regards to Toyosaki and Kazamatsuri's advances, but when the guys decide to spend time with a different duo of girls Karen is immediately pissed off.
  • Write Who You Know: In-Universe. Her idea of paying back Ishigami for acting as her editor is offering to write a manga about him should he ever fall in love.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She thinks that Ishgami's ideal dating partner is Shirogane (presumably with Ishigami in the role of a mistress given how hard she ships Shirogane/Kaguya).

    Erika Kose 

Erika Kose

Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese), Kristen McGuire (English)

Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)

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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.


  • A-Cup Angst: It only ever comes up once, but she briefly expresses jealousy over Fujiwara's chest size.
  • 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. Also, the one time she shows interest in getting a boyfriend it's because she wants Kaguya to come to her for relationship advice.
  • Ascended Extra: She's a Recurring Extra who ended up getting her own Spin-Off.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Putting aside her constant fangirling, she is a fairly skilled journalist. Which is why she and Karen were named the new heads of the Mass Media Club in their senior year.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first chapter depicts her as a Kaguya/Shirogane shipper on par with Karen, unlike the pure Kaguya Fangirl she would eventually become.
  • Childhood Friends: With Karen.
  • 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.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Seing as she is completely oblivious to all forms of romance, she's the only person in the entire student body who picked up on the fact that Shirogane's supposed confession behind the school was actually about him asking Kaguya to help with his reelection campaign.
  • 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.
  • Deliberate Under-Performance: She deliberately tries to get 3rd place on the end of semester exams so her name will be listed right after Kaguya's on the class ranking (she gets 50th instead).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Parodied. She spends the timeframe of "The First Kiss Never Ends" arc with her hair down soley to imitate Kaguya. The second she sees that Kaguya has reverted to her normal hairstyle, she goes right back to normal.
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She shows jealousy over Ishigami's relationship with Kaguya in Chapter 47 of We Want to Talk About Kaguya.
  • 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.
  • Ignored Epiphany: She figures out in Chapter 97 of We Want to Talk About Kaguya that Maki has a crush on Tsubasa, making her realize that she's been Innocently Insensitive towards her for months, only for Maki's denials to cause her to assume it was a misunderstanding.
  • 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".
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Her idea of stress management is to grind up miso paste (due to her family owing a miso company).
  • In-Universe Nickname: Makki-senhai refers to her as "Miso-chan" in Chapter 171.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: She grew her hair out so she could look just like Kaguya. She would have tied it up with a ribbon as well, but she felt that it was a bit much.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship: She's become rather friendly with the Tabletop Gaming club by winter break, even helping them assemble pieces for a game they were planning to sell.
  • One-Note Cook: Everything that she makes involves Miso in some way.
  • 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.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Her first crush was the mascot for her family's miso company.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Relating to the Ambiguously Gay and Idiosyncrazy above, Erika is probably this to Kaguya. Chapter 181 has Karen dragging her out after she passed out in the bath house, implied to be a result of seeing Kaguya's private parts.
  • Shipper on Deck: She ships Shirogane/Fujiwara and Kashiwagi/Tsubasa.
  • Those Two Guys: She's rarely seen apart from Karen.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She's a big fan of anything with miso in it, owing to her family owning the in-universe equivalent of Japan's largest miso producer. This extends beyond simply eating the stuff, as her idea of stress management is to grind miso paste, and her first childhood crush was her company's mascot.

    Momo Ryuju 

Momo Ryuju

Debut: Chapter 39 (Manga), Episode 8 (Anime)

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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.


  • Cry Cute: She gets teary when admitting how much she owes Tsubame for keeping her from dropping out of school. Kaguya expresses a desire to tell Shirogane how adorable she looks.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: Being a perpetually angry Yakuza Princess has already given her a fearsome reputation. She's also one of "The Shuuichin VIPs who do heartless actions without giving them a second thought".
  • Foil: To Ishigami, of all people, as she is basically his female counterpart. Both of them are gamers, served as the student council treasurer, and are shown to have a belligerent relationship with a specific authority figure. Although the two never met, Ryuju is the first person to agree in Tsubame's plan on vindicating Ishigami from his status as a pariah in chapter 201.
  • 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) and has at least one other large teddy bear in her room. Given who she is, she probably isn't worried about the other students making fun of her.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's angry in pretty much every scene she's ever been in.
  • Hero of Another Story: A fair bit is implied about her past with Shirogane and Tsubame, though it never goes into any details. The author mentioned in an interview that if he ever wrote a hypothetical Kaguya-sama Zero, she would be the female lead.
  • Informed Attractiveness: While she isn't drawn ugly, the reader learns in Chapter 166 that she is said to be one of the four "Impossible Girls", the four most beautiful girls in Shuchi'in High School (excluding the student council) who are impossible to approach and date.
  • 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.
  • Never Bareheaded: She always wears a white hat.
  • 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, until the graduation party the 66th council held for the previous Student Council President in Chapter 202.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Most of her appearances have had her playing on her phone.
  • 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).
  • Secret Keeper: As one of Shuchi'in High's most influential students, she is aware of Ko Ogino's true character. She's also one of the only students who knows the full truth of the balloon thief incident.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Downplayed. Momo doesn't dress provocatively, but her lack of manners means that she often sits in a way that would leave her underwear exposed. Of course, it's probaby less a case of "I don't care if anyone sees", and more "I know no one is stupid enough to look".
  • 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 to be annoying.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: This appears to be her relationship with Kojima, due to their families being on opposite sides of the law.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Justified. It's mentioned in the light novel that her role as the Astronomy Club president means that she is the only student with a personal key to get onto the roof.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She doesn't get a lot of screentime, but she's the one who convinced Shirogane to adopt his "Mr. Perfect" persona to win Kaguya over.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Dropout: She mentions during Chapter 201 that she probably would have dropped out of school had it not been for Tsubame. The exact circumstances behind this have never been specified.
  • Yakuza Princess: Her parents are the head of the Ryujugumi. 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.

    Hayato Hongo 

Hayato Hongo

Debut: Chapter 66 (Manga), Episode 17 (Anime)

A second-year student who ran against Shirogane during his reelection.


  • Alliterative Name: Hayato Hongo.
  • Ascended Extra: He only appeared in two pages before Kaguya coerced him into dropping out of the race in the main series. We Want to Talk About Kaguya gave him A Day in the Limelight, giving the reader a better look at his personality.
  • Break Them by Talking: Kaguya leaves him a gibbering mess when getting him to drop out of the race for student council. The fact that he indirectly badmouthed Shirogane within earshot of her probably didn't do any favors in getting her to go easy on him.
  • Butt-Monkey: From what little is shown, nothing goes right for him. He tries to run for student council president which ends with him dropping out after Kaguya scares him shitless, and his attempt to court Shuchi'in High's most beautiful girls earns them the title of being "Impossible Girls".
  • Casanova Wannabe: The "Impossible Girls" (Osaragi, Tsubame, Momo, and Koromo) got their title because all four of them turned him down when he tried to ask them out.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 58 of We Want to Talk About Kaguya focuses on his attempts to increase his chances of getting elected, before Kaguya nips it in the bud in the main series.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He tried to get an impartial journalistic view of Shirogane from Karen and Erika, two characters whose primary character trait is their obsession with the student council.
  • No Poker Face: Even Karen and Erika (who aren't exactly the most observant bunch) could instantly tell what his intentions were.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: He's named after the first two Kamen Riders, Takeshi Hongo and Hayato Ichimonji.
  • Trauma Button: Even mentioning siraitia grosvenorii (a fruit native to China that is about 300 times sweeter than sugar) is enough to make him break into a cold sweat ever since Kaguya served him some while giving him a Breaking Speech.

Class 2-D

    Shindou Watanabe 

Shindou Watanabe

Debut: Chapter 211 (Manga)

The leader of Class D and the ace of the school's soccer team.


  • Big Man on Campus: A very popular student who's a local sports star, and regarded in the same light as Maki, Hayasaka's clique, and the student council.
  • Gonk: He's not very pretty to look at with his overexaggerated lips and bizarre haircut, not that it hurts his popularity.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Mercilessly lampshaded and parodied. Despite being a very popular student in his own right, Kaguya has never heard of him and constantly reacts to people gushing over him by asking mentally "Wait, who is he?"
  • Two First Names: Inverted. Shindou is a common family name, which is why Kaguya initially falsely assumes Shirogane wouldn't be in the same class as her in their third year.


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