Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Kannagi's main protagonist. Jin is an Ordinary High-School Student who has been able to see spirits from a young age. At the beginning of the story, he carves a statue of the local shrine's deity made from the wood of its recently cut down tree. As it turns out, the deity of the town of Kannagi, Nagi herself, manifests itself from Jin's sculpture, and soon he has his hands full dealing with his new house guest.
Tropes associated with Jin:
- Adorably Precocious Child: When he was in junior high. Still shows some traits of it, even though he's trying to get rid of that image and appear "manlier".
- Butt-Monkey: Many of the others' jokes are made at his expense, and more often than not he'll usually get the short end of the stick out of any deal or situation.
- Cannot Spit It Out: His feelings for Nagi. To his defense, Nagi acts very immaturely most of the time, and Jin only decides to aim for a real Relationship Upgrade once she started to show signs of reciprocating.
- Chick Magnet: Has Tsugumi, Hakua and maybe Zange vying for his attention. But he's only interested in Nagi, who doesn't reciprocate right away.
- Covert Pervert: Jin starts having more and more sexual fantasies involving Nagi as the story goes on and he becomes more aware of his feelings towards her. He controls his urges for the most part, but has lots of trouble resisting his dirty thoughts, and occasionally lets them slip out.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Over time it's shown that Jin joined the art club in order to find something he could be good at. It culminates in a chapter where he looks over his many failed endeavors at sports and art and decides to go on a short trip through the city to find himself. He ends up finding Ozuma, who tells him that as long as his interest in the subject is high, he might have to face hardships, but his effort wouldn't be in vain.
- Did I Say That Out Loud: During a chapter when Jin gets sick, Nagi asks what she could do to help him recover. He muses that maybe she could lie down next to him...but he says it out loud, so Nagi instead hits him. Though later she ends up lying next to him while he's asleep anyways.
- The Dulcinea Effect: His reason for rescuing Zange when he first met her, even though she didn't need his help.
- Eye Pop: Jin has a hilarious one when he sees one of the entries on Nagi's fan blog claim that he's gay with Daitetsu.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Daitetsu.
- Former Teen Rebel: He tried really, really hard to be one.
- Hair Antennae: His are treated like two Idiot Hairs, which are pointed out by some other students who go on to call him "Aho Aho Man".
- I See Dead People: He's been able to see spirits from a young age and is pretty freaked out by it. It rarely comes up in-story though.
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Tsugumi says this of Jin after Nagi's been around him for a while.
- Love at First Sight: Implied to be the case with Nagi, from the first time he met her in his childhood. When Takako asks Jin about the first time he became interested in the opposite sex, he immediately thinks of the first time he saw Nagi as a goddess in front of her tree when he was younger.
- Master of None: Jin might be able to be decent at something, but he constantly compares his skill level to those who skills are above his, and subsequently quits whatever hobby he undertakes, whether it's soccer or art, when he decides that he can't reach the level of those with the most talent and ability.
- Mistaken for Gay: With Daitetsu. Their relationship is on a friendship level with one-sided rivalry from Jin, but circumstances and the things they say in public end up making them look like they've got some Ho Yay going on.
- Nice Guy: Though he does have some snarky qualities.
- Only Sane Man
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Porn Stash: Referenced more in the anime, though Nagi still brings it up in the manga.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The savvy guy to Nagi's energetic girl.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Comparitively, Jin is actually the manly to Daitetsu's sensitive.
- Smoking Is Cool: Jin thought so in the manga; he was hoping it would get rid of his "innocent boy" image.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He was a much bigger jerk in the past, but he's mellowed out to be a rather ordinary guy, though if he's very irritated, he won't hesitate to snap back.
- Unknown Rival: To Daitetsu. Jin makes it his goal to beat out Daitetsu at something artistic, and Daitetsu tries to help with whatever advice he can give, but ultimately Daitetsu is just more artistically inclined than Jin is.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Nagi.
- Unwanted Harem: Jin is only truly attracted to Nagi, but that doesn't stop Tsugumi, Hakua, and Zange from trying to make their own advances.
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
A deity who manifested from the wood of the sacred tree, Nagi is unintentionally brought to life by Jin and finds the world very different from the way she remembers it. With her sacred tree cut down, impurities that she once held in check were free to roam the town of Kannagi. Using a magical girl wand with some onusa tied to it, Nagi decides to carry out her duty as a goddess and rid the land of impurities. She isn't very focused on this task though, and instead she's usually seen enjoying living in the present day.
Tropes associated with Nagi:
- A-Cup Angst: Every now and then.
- A Good Way to Die: She presumably is exorcised just as she asked Zange to do. Even Zange is surprised at herself afterward for actually going through with it.
- Adorkable: She's somewhat clumsy, loves puns more than she should, and has a small but growing understanding of the present era, yet she garners a fanclub within her first few days at school because she is just that endearing.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Tsugumi's Betty.
- Blessed with Suck: Nagi is a goddess who has the ability to see and remove impurities from the town. However, the slightest touch of any of the impurities weakens her and spreads corruption to her body. It's stated that Nagi's wavering power is the reason why she, unlike Zange, can't bear to touch them, and that as the number of her worshippers grow, so will her power as a goddess. It doesn't quite work out that way, as by the time she confronts Ozuma, she either doesn't have enough power to resist corruption, or she simply doesn't care what would happen to her body after that point.
- Break the Cutie: Nagi comes off her high horse and stops fooling around when she's forced to confront the fact that she has no idea who she really is, or even if her divine nature is real.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Later in the manga, when Nagi speaks with Ozuma at the theme park while on a date with Jin, she ends up deciding that she no longer cares about being corrupted, as neither she nor Ozuma belong in the present anymore.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: At least when she worked for a short time in the cafe.
- Evil Costume Switch: Along with dangerously loose-fitting, tattered robes, she also gains darker skin and paler hair after absorbing The Corruption.
- Genius Loci
- Genki Girl: Not much seems to get her down. At least, not until the revelation of her true nature, anyways.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Zange, though their war takes a more spiteful turn more often than not.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Nagi needs the worship of her followers in order to wield any sort of power as a goddess.
- God Is Dead: Zange performs a purification ritual on Nagi after she has absorbed The Corruption, and Nagi disappears afterwards.
- FaceHeel Turn: As a goddess of calamity.
- Hair Decorations: Her white headband coupled with her two inner hair ties.
- Heroic BSoD: When she's forced to face the fact that she doesn't remember anything about her past, and when she has to question if she is truly a goddess or not.
- Hime Cut: Averted because, despite her hair style resembling the trope, she is both childish and clumsy.
- Immortal Immaturity: Nagi sure acts childish and mischievous for a goddess.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Nagi is not aware of her past at first, and although she knows she has to cleanse the town of impurities because they'll cause corruption, she still has no idea what the nature of the impurities are, and with her lack of power, she also finds herself questioning if she was ever really a goddess in the first place. This also occurs to her whenever her goddess-personality maniifests.
- Limited Wardrobe: For a while until she points it out to Jin. After that she wears a larger variety of clothing, though since she wears her first outfit a lot around the house, she seems the most comfortable in the clothes that she manifested in.
- Magical Girlfriend: A tree goddess that changes Jin's life when she's unintentionally brought to life by him and she gets him to help her with catching impurities, and, as expected, they end up falling in love with each other.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Somewhat deconstructed. Nagi is full of energy and curiosity towards her new environment, but at the same time she really tends to overdo it, leading her to do more harm than help for Jin. In the end, she's the one who usually has to be corrected and brought down to earth. Moreover, her happy-go-lucky personality is put on to both avoid talking about her disconnected memories and to seal off her other, truly divine nature. Also reconstructed, as Tsugumi states that the time Jin spent with Nagi really has made him more open to try new things.
- Mundane Utility: Her onusa staff gains the power to act as a flashlight.
- Petite Pride: Mentioned in one of her character cards that the hates men who like big breasts.
- Pretty Freeloader
- Pungeon Master:
- Purple Eyes
- Rapunzel Hair: Goes down to her waist.
- Really 700 Years Old: Or possibly even older than that. She is a deity, after all. Though considering the fact that her current body was recently carved by Jin, it might also be a case of Younger than She Looks as well.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she becomes a corrupted goddess.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Jin's savvy guy.
- Split Personality: Nagi makes up a story about having a Split Personality to get out of trouble early on in the manga but later on it turns out she really does have another personality inside of her.
- Split-Personality Takeover: In later chapters, Nagi's goddess persona took over complete control of Nagi and absorbed Ozuma's impurity, resulting in Nagi becoming a goddess of misfortune. There are occasional flashes of her outer personality when Jin tries calling out to her, seemingly to show that she might still be Fighting from the Inside.
- Squishy Wizard: Nagi can't touch the impurities that roam the town, but she can dispell them with her staff.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: Once Nagi has absorbed the impurities into her, she takes on a darker appearance and acts very maliciously, kidnapping people in the town and letting them sink into a bog, apparently planning to absorb them into herself as a goddess of misfortune.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jin.
- Wishful Projection: She wants Jin to act as her traditional loyal vassal, though obviously Jin isn't going to just go along with that, leading to most of the arguments between the two.
- You Are Worth Hell: To her old lover, Ozuma. She decides that the two of them are both artifacts of the past who have no role in the present, and decides to absorb his corruption into her so that Zange may exorcise the both of them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Jin's childhood friend who also has a crush on him. She looks out for his well-being and checks up on him from time to time under the guise of keeping a promise to his father, even though she likes visiting him for herself as well. She is a good cook, but she is limited to only simple dishes that involve vegetables and eggs.
Tropes associated with Tsugumi:
- Accidental Pervert: Funnily enough, it's Tsugumi who ends up walking in on Jin while the latter is naked after letting herself into his house. She hits him because of it as well. She apologizes afterwards, saying it was her reaction out of her own shock.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Nagi's Veronica.
- Butt-Monkey: While she doesn't receive this as much as Jin, she takes a lot of embarrassment from the other characters, and remains the Unlucky Childhood Friend throughout the story.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She has an obvious crush on Jin. It's very present in the original manga, but emphasized in the anime, where Jin (unknowingly) really does turn down anything that looks like it might vaguely be an advance from her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: This side of her usually comes out when Nagi or Zange seem like they're getting too close to Jin, though she does her best to reel her jealous feelings in.
- Covert Pervert: She is at first embarrassed by the rather inappropriate comics that Akiba collects, but her curiosity about the subject leads her to read through them anyways.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Damsel in Distress: Tsugumi is kidnapped by Nagi in order to lure Jin to her.
- Dogged Nice Girl: In spades.
- Fiery Redhead: Subverted. Even though she's Jin's childhood friend and acts like she might be Tsundere, Tsugumi is wholly mild-mannered.
- Girl Next Door
- Hopeless Suitor: For Jin. He cares about her a lot, but Tsugumi is very aware that he has Nagi in his sights.
- One-Note Cook: Her vegetable omelet. Also, she can cook the vegetables and the eggs separately, but she's limited to just that.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Tsugumi yells throughout a crowded hallway about her plan to ask Jin if there was anything romantic between him and Daitetsu after the latter spent the night in Jin's house. Lead to them both being Mistaken for Gay.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest
- Romantic Runner-Up
- Tareme Eyes
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
Nagi's "younger sister", Zange is a deity who emerged when a part of the original sacred tree was taken and planted on the other side of the river that divided the town. As the two trees were worshipped separately, eventually the two goddesses became separate entities altogether, resulting in Zange's existence. Currently she has more power than Nagi, as her sacred tree is intact and she uses Christianity as a vehicle for finding new worshippers. She is intent on defeating Nagi and being the only goddess and idol in the town of Kannagi.
Tropes associated with Zange:
- Alpha Bitch: She's popular and well-known in the school, but she is very manipulative and abusive towards Nagi.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Wears some in her hair.
- Fille Fatale
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Nagi, as they are both competing to be the top idol of Kannagi.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Like Nagi, except that she has a larger following and also uses Christianity to help keep her powers strong, meaning she doesn't need it as badly, though she still wants to become the only goddess in the town.
- Hime Cut
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she is very self-serving, Zange does occasionally show that she cares for Hakua and even Nagi.
- Kill the God: Zange ends up exorcising Nagi after Nagi is fully corrupted from the impurities. However, she is very cruel and ruthless in her purification, and very thoroughly traps Nagi so that even Jin's interference in the middle of their fight works to her advantage. Afterwards, however, she is genuinely surprised at the fact that she even exorcised Nagi in the first place, indicating that she may not have fully been herself during the process.
- Manipulative Bitch: Very calculating in her efforts to become the town's sole goddess culminating in her gathering enough impurities to reform Nagi's old lover, Ozuma.
- Meaningful Name: "Zange" means "confession".
- Naughty Nun: She even cut her skirt in order to broaden her appeal, and she has no problem acting promiscuous when flirting with Jin or manipulating any other person.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She has no intention of respecting Jin's boundaries, as she is very intent on seducing him and getting him to abandon Nagi.
- Nuns Are Mikos: Zange very loosely bases herself on the image of a Catholic nun.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Mostly in her debut, but other chapters like the ones that highlight her resurrection of Ozuma also tend to focus on this side of her.
- Nun Too Holy: She sure breaks character a lot when she's out of the public eye. And even when she's not interacting with Nagi or the rest of the art club, she still doesn't act very pious.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Hakua, who is the blue to Zange's red.
- Showing Off the New Body: Zange does this briefly when she first possesses Hakua and first tries on a nun outfit.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Zange pops up in the middle of other characters' conversations without warning quite often.
- The Tease
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
The young girl who currently acts as a vessel for Zange. Although Hakua herself doesn't mind being a body for Zange to use and she later becomes dependent on the goddess's help, her father thinks otherwise, and wishes for his daughter to be free from Zange's possession.
Tropes associated with Hakua:
- Blessed with Suck: Her ability to see spirits. Unlike Jin, Hakua's ability was due to a curse that she inherited after her mother died and her timid nature left her very open to be possessed by malevolent spirits. And even without the danger of her body being taken over, the ghosts that Hakua saw were mostly suicide and war victims.
- Defecting for Love: Hakua doesn't want Jin to hate her for Hakua's actions, so she forces Zange out of her body after Zange purifies Nagi.
- Demonic Possession: Suffered from this frequently before Zange decided to possess her body.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Has them all the time.
- Extreme Doormat: Tends to give Zange absolute control over her body and its actions, and while Hakua can't stand to be without her help, she will retaliate and fight for control if she disagrees with what Zange is doing.
- Forgotten First Meeting: The reason why Hakua has a crush on Jin in the first place is because she found a kindred spirit in him when they were little, with the revelation that they could both see ghosts.
- Grand Theft Me: Subverted in that Hakua is willingly letting Zange possess her. But Zange still acts much more boldly and risque than Hakua would like. However, if Hakua truly has a problem with what Zange is doing and fights back, she regains temporary control over her body.
- Hereditary Curse: According to Zange, she inherited the curse that claimed her mother's life. Hakua's fainthearted nature made it harder for her to cope with said curse than her mother did.
- Heroic Willpower: Seeing Jin so furious with Zange after her exorcism of Nagi convinces Hakua that even Zange had gone too far with her antics. Thus, Hakua forces Zange out of her body on her own and reclaims it.
- Hime Cut: Shy, quiet Hakua is a far cry from clingy, manipulative Zange.
- I See Dead People: Hakua has the same ability as Jin to see the dead and other spirits. Unfortunately for her, this left her very open to Demonic Possession.
- In-Series Nickname: "Aqua" by Jin, since it sounds so similar to Hakua.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Interrupted Suicide: Tried to hang herself on the church's tree, but was stopped by Zange, who decided to take control of her body.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Only when Zange is in control, otherwise she fittingly has blue eyes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Zange's red, emphasized with their different eye colors.
- Romantic Runner-Up
- Shrinking Violet
- Tareme Eyes
- Willing Channeler: Hakua willingly lets Zange use her body for whatever purpose she deigns. After Zange very ruthlessly exorcises Nagi, Hakua agrees with Jin's stance that Zange was too merciless in her purification. Hakua then expels Zange from her body.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino
Jin's "rival" in the art club and one of his friends. While having a scary-looking face and imposing figure, he is actually very sensitive and kind. Because of outward appearances, most people, Jin included, think of him as a delinquent until they actually get to know him. He is very talented artistically, and is considered one of the best members of the art club.
Tropes associated with Daitetsu:
- The Ace: According to the other members of the art club. Sometimes borders on Informed Ability since everyone talks about his abilities more often than the audience is actually shown them, and when the viewers/readers do get glimpses of Daitetsu's work, it isn't particularly spectacular or genius.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He really is a Gentle Giant, but when Jin was in trouble in junior high, he chased off some delinquents by punching a dent in the wall of a building as a warning.
- Face of a Thug: Daitetsu only looks like a delinquent.
- Friendless Background: Daitetsu was feared by his peers for his fierce looks, which resulted in him having very few friends growing up. Daitetsu even tells Jin that he shouldn't be a delinquent precisely because it's so lonely.
- Gentle Giant: Daitetsu is actually pretty timid and dislikes fighting despite his daunting appearance.
- Japanese Delinquents: Very obviously, Daitetsu is a subversion of this trope, though he can at least act the part for a little bit when he confronts other true delinquents in order to protect Jin.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Male version of this trope.
- Mistaken for Gay: With Jin. Trying to dispell the rumors only worsened the situation.
- Nice Guy
- Perma-Stubble: Adds on to the whole Younger Than They Look thing.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't speak quite often, and when he does, he only tends to say what is necessary to get his thoughts across.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive to Jin's manly, relatively speaking.
- Younger Than He Looks: He's a high school freshman along with Jin. Still looks like he's a lot older though.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Another member of the art club, Akiba is a closet Otaku who insists that he is interested in some of his more unsavory tastes and shows merely for the art. He is critical of other otaku and joined the art club in order to be away from the ones who were a part of the manga club.
Tropes associated with Akiba:
- Butt-Monkey: He is this to Takako. She enjoys making fun of him, though occasionally he'll redirect some of her comments to make her look bad.
- Character Filibuster: When it pertains to his interests, he loves to talk about the quality of the techniques that were used to create them, whether good or bad. Depending on how emotionally invested he is in a topic, he may have anywhere from a short response to a whole verbal thesis prepared on how he feels about the subject.
- Genre Savvy: Akiba is definitely the most Genre Savvy of the cast, and at times will point out how the characters situations would believably fit into a manga.
- I Resemble That Remark!: Hates other otaku, but shows an large amount of insider knowledge on anime and manga.
- Last-Name Basis: No one ever really calls him by his first name, instead calling him Akiba.
- Meaningful Name: Akiba? Sounds a bit like Akihabara, the hot spot in Tokyo for otaku culture...
- Stereotype Reaction Gag: Usually comes from Takako or Jin assuming something, but then it turns out that it's true, whether he'd like to admit it or not.
Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu
The president of the art club and Jin, Daitetsu, and Akiba's senior. She enjoys watching the interactions of the male club members and eventually blossoms into a Yaoi Fangirl. She gets a kick out of teasing the younger members and takes pleasure in seeing the usual yaoi tropes play out in front of her.
Tropes associated with Takako:
- Cuteness Proximity: Takako loves seeing anything that she decides is cute, with girls like Nagi being very high on her list.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Takako is very eager to see cute girls in cute clothing. She doesn't mind any implicit BL between her club members, either.
- Nosebleed: The most prone to them due to her overactive imagination.
- Yaoi Fangirl
- Younger than She Looks: Jin notes that Takako looks like an office lady outside of school, and after watching her saccharine karaoke song performance, the rest of the club also decides that her performance would suit a high school student instead, to which Takako replies that she is a high school student.
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara
Vice president of the art club and Takako's best friend. She is quieter than Takako but enjoys watching the younger members' interactions just as much as the president does. She is especially interested in how Jin handles his own feelings for Nagi.
Tropes associated with Shino:
- Eyes Always Shut: Takako says that if Shino sings, she'd open them.
- Proper Lady: Seems to be built up in this way, being quiet and ladylike.
- The Ojou
- The Quiet One
- Satellite Character: Most of the time she isn't seen unless she's with Takako or one of the other club members. She got a bit more focus in the Beach Episode chapter of the manga, but other than that she tends to be with Takako most of the time.
- Team Mom: Seems to be this for the art club, as she is the most mature member of the group and tends to look on its members and the other girls with the most concern.
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake
Hakua's father and a theology teacher at Jin's school. He is also a Catholic priest. He wishes for his daughter to be free of Zange's possession, and to that end has decided to support Nagi in her efforts to overthrow her sister as an idol to the town.
Tropes associated with Suzushiro:
- Overprotective Dad: Justified, as Hakua had been prone to Demonic Possession from a very young age ever since his wife died, and the malicious spirits that possessed Hakua had made her act sexually forward towards the male students in her old school.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hears Nagi out when he discovers that she's a goddess and lends her his help afterwards.