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    Komi Shouko 

Komi Shouko

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So... Would you make me... your first friend?

An overwhelmingly beautiful and quiet girl who is the object of admiration for all of the school body at Itan High School. Though she is put in a pedestal, in reality she's painfully timid and has a severe problem with communicating with others, making her isolated and lonely. She is named class "goddess" by her classmates, an informal position made up by them because they deem the position of class president as too lowly for her, making her a member of the class bureaucracy and thus providing her with interaction with the other members, President Tadano (her very first friend), Vice-President Najimi and Library Committee member Agari. Her dream is to have one hundred friends, a goal that she starts slowly reaching through Tadano and Najimi's help.

Introduction: Chapters 1 thru 7

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Invoked and played with. All people who meet Komi love her and appreciate her, but it's shown that she has a lingering reputation at school based on wrong assumptions that they make about her; as a matter of fact some of her friends have become so when they have realized that those rumors are not true. It's also shown that the people that resent her have a completely wrong preconception about her.
  • Adorkable: In spades. How can her cuteness be described when she goes into her well-known face-mode; her face goes almost blank except for her two big simple round eyes with large black dots in them. Gains twitching cat ears when pumped for something. Is naturally curious about anything. Blushes when her relationship with Tadano is brought up. Appears gracious on the outside but her nature is a little silly sometimes.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She has a bunch:
    • "Shouko-onee-chan" - by her cousin Akira and her mother's friend's daughter Rei;
    • "Scary-nee-chan"/"Shaa-nee-chan" - by Onemine's younger siblings ("Shaa" due to the fact that their older sister tells them that Komi is shy);
    • "Shokotaso" - by Manbagi's friends;
    • "Sile'Kill-Neechan" - by the neighborhood kids who witnessed her snow fight "execution" of Yamai;
    • "Discommunication Komi" - by the first year delinquents at school (though this one is not as affectionate and it's mistakenly used to refer to Katai instead of her);
    • "Chocolate Mama" - by the workers at the cat café she frequents, due to her closeness to the boss lady cat Chocolate.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: How she looks to the general populace. Of course, she's not aloof, just very nervous.
  • Animal Motifs: Komi frequently gets compared to a cat, both because of her long legs and seemingly standoffish personality. Whenever excited, she also has a tendency to sprout cat ears.
  • Attractiveness Isolation: Komi is so profoundly beautiful that people are afraid to approach her. This, in turn, makes her think that they don't approach her because of something bad about herself.
  • Beauty = Goodness: One of the nicest characters in the story. She's also very beautiful.
  • Best Friend: Tadano is in equal parts her best, first and dearest friend. Without him, she'd still be trapped in a bubble that was none of her own making. Due to this, and regardless of any possible romantic development, there is already a precious place in Komi's heart reserved for Tadano alone.
  • Born Lucky: If luck is a factor in any game she plays, she'll probably win it. She also draws a Great Luck fortune during the New Year lottery.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: To the point that nobody has ever even realized it was supposed to be a joke. Tadano even mistook it for some sort of code.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed but Komi has gone through bouts of jealousy towards both Katai and Onemine when she misinterpreted their interactions with Tadano as them having feelings for him.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Her cousin Akira views her as one, and is quite close to her, often imitating how Komi acts (including sprouting cat ears at times)
    • Rei eventually starts to see her as one, to the point where she starts imitating Komi's mannerisms, and even nearly calls her "Shouko-onee-chan" at one point.
    • She becomes this to the neighbor kids after her categorical triumph at the snowfight.
  • Covert Pervert: In Chapter 144 she blushes and looks away when she catches a glimpse of Tadano's briefs, but then immediately looks back in the next panel. The next page has her sneaking another look.
    • When Tadano dresses as a maid for the culture festival, Komi tries to feel his "boobs".
  • Creepy Loner Girl: Played with. Before she met Tadano, Komi's impression of herself amounted to this. She thinks of herself as weird and gloomy, this being the reason why she thinks people keep away from her and murmur while ogling at her, as she doesn't perceive their awe and admiration of her presence.
  • Crush Blush: Whenever the subject of her feelings for Tadano is brought up. She is very tenderly in love with him.
  • The Cutie:
    • Almost everything she does is adorable and full of whimsy. This is, notwithstanding that she's already beautiful, which is like the cherry on top of the cake.
    Tadano: (watching Komi trying to catch goldfish) No matter what Komi-san does, it's so picturesque...
    • During one of her first outings with a bicycle with Tadano and Manbagi, she arrives late because she rides below running speed and even has to get off the bike to make turns. She's like a little kid who has just learned to ride.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's her dad's treasure and his pride and joy, having a particularly close relationship due in part to their shared communicative problems and prevalent use of mutual body language. As a matter of fact, he'd be an Overprotective Dad if he wasn't as bad communicating as his daughter is.
  • Dandere: Komi only regularly opens up to her family, Tadano and few close friends. Her inability to do so otherwise plays a big part in her School Idol reputation, as she comes off as aloof to those who don't know better.
  • Dude Magnet: In droves. Almost every boy she meets falls in love with her, but are usually at odds at how to approach her, as Komi can't provide feedback; as such, there's surprisingly few boys (if any at that) who approach her with romantic intentions that she can recognize. She's just too beautiful for them not to make a mess out of themselves.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The one-shot pilot chapter changed the nature of Komi's Social Anxiety, having her range from being The Voiceless to the Motor Mouth at the drop of a hat depending on her nervousness. The pilot also portrayed her as a slight Cloud Cuckoolander.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: In chapter 149, Katou and Sasaki ask her about confessing to Tadano and going out with him, and she turns bright red because she's too embarrassed to do it.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: She states to Katou and Sasaki that she's glad that Manbagi and Tadano achieved some common ground because, to her impression, they never got along. This implies that she's completely unaware that Manbagi has a crush on Tadano, and her "bickering" with Tadano was due to the fact that their interactions made her flustered and acted like a tsundere towards him.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Everyone admires Komi, guys and girls alike.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: The Komi-drill. During the school festival, she gets so excited about all the things around her, that she starts constantly turning... well, around. The spinning effect gets lampshaded by Tadano.
  • Extreme Doormat: For starters, she befriended Yamai a day after Yamai kidnapped Tadano. And usually, her initial method of solving a conflict between two characters is telling them just to get along.
  • Face of a Thug: Her beauty and aloof behaviour invites people's admiration, but also intimidates them from becoming closer to her. On the inside, she's just a very shy and sweet girl who wants to make friends.
  • Fear of Thunder: A thunderstorm startles her enough to make her knees give out, and her mother (& Tadano by phone) has to comfort her.
  • First Love: Manbagi asks Komi about her first love. While she doesn't reveal his name, Komi admits that Tadano is her first love.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: In chapter 99, during winter break when Tadano gets sick and catches a cold, Komi spends the day nursing him after he accidentally dials her. And then Najimi barges in when she starts holding Tadano's hand as he sleeps.
  • Friendless Background: Komi is clearly unhappy over her inability to speak and make friends, and the story's main plot is Tadano helping Komi make 100 friends.
  • Happy Place: Whenever she is despairing and cringing over things, if she thinks of Tadano, she'll calm down.
  • Height Angst: Dislikes being as tall as she is, to the point of openly panicking at the possiblity of passing 170cm (about 5'7") and is visibly relieved upon being measured at 169cm (roughly half an inch shorter) instead.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Saw the admiration surrounding her as jeers, which contributed to her social anxiety.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She is a sweeter, kinder and more accessible person than how she appears at first glance. One of the results from her social isolation is the fact that she is enthusiastically curious about experiencing new stuff.
    • She's also academically intelligent, getting above 90 in all her tests.
    • Komi is very detail-oriented and meticulous, and has a tremendous memory of conversations she's had. When Yamai kidnapped Tadano, she later wrote their conversation verbatim.
    • She is surprisingly competitive when it comes to games, sports, interpersonal interactions... and cats. Her competitiveness is a trait she inherited from her grandma and shares with her cousin Akira.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Komi's stated dream is to have 100 friends.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Played with. Komi's beauty makes the clothes work and she can rock anything she wears. She'd look gorgeous even dressed as the Michelin Man.
  • Improperly Paranoid: Komi has a tendency to agonize over little things and interaction hiccups that normally should not warrant embarrassment or regret, which she thinks will cause people to alienate her, most of which Tadano helps her overcome. These stem from her initial perception that people's chitchat surrounding her beauty and demure is taken by her as malicious chitchat.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Invoked and played with. Komi hasn't had enough significant interactions in her life to be "marred", so all her actions derive out of earnestness, curiosity and wellness for her newly-found friends. For instance, whenever someone she doesn't know interacts with Tadano, rather than getting jealous, she starts worrying about his well-being. She does have her faults, as her silence lends people space to speculate about her, though not always in a good way; she also has the occasional teenager mood when it comes to her parents and her peers' sociability sometimes brings envy on her. So, no... she's not made of angelic feathers, even when she looks the part. She's just a teenage girl.
  • The Ingenue: Invoked. Komi is considerably more childish than she appears and approaches new aspects of her life with child-like curiosity; being 15-16 years old, she still enjoys stuff like playing in a children's playground. In practical terms, she is emotionally younger than other people her age, an aspect that was brought upon her due to her isolation. For instance, her affection for Tadano is made more profound and poignant due to her innocent and shy approach. This is touched upon by Isagi, who has the impression that Komi expresses herself like an elementary schooler.
  • Irony:
    • For a person who speaks so little, Komi is mentioned to have a beautiful voice in the few instances that she does.
    • Albeit she looks like an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, in reality she's actually a Nervous Wreck. She's an awful lot more of a mess than her appearance suggests.
    • Her best mark on her tests was in English, which she was previously shown as having just as much difficulty communicating in as Japanese.
    • Despite loving cats and having a cat motif, when she visits a cat café, most of them avoid her.
    • For a person that is as beautiful as she is, she holds affections for Tadano, the most plain-faced boy possible. In terms of image, it's a crass discrepancy; in terms of feelings, they're meant for each other.
    • Komi has misinterpreted both Katai and Onemine's interactions with Tadano as them having feelings for him and have gotten jealous. She's completely oblivious to Manbagi's crush on him.
    • In spite of having the goal of reaching 100 friends, only a selected few from the ones she's obtained can be considered close, intimate friends with her. For instance, most of the friends she made in the first year fell to the side due to the lack of focus on them outside a couple of them (like Agari and Yamai).
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She is kind and very fond of cats, especially black ones. Being in a cat café makes her exceedingly happy; she also has a number of cat-related accessories, like plush dolls.
  • Last-Name Basis: With one or two exceptions, only Komi's family members call her Shouko. Her friends and peers all call her "Komi". A chapter is dedicated to Komi's and Tadano's efforts to curb this and, in spite of their intention to call each other by their first names, they are ultimately unable to do so.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She is one mutually with Tadano. Whereas she relies on Tadano more than he does, Tadano does find solace in Komi's presence. Ironically, even when he is glad to be friends with such a beautiful person, he's even more glad at the fact that when all others ignore him, Komi will always pay undivided attention to him.
  • Magnetic Hero:
    • She is dear to an awful lot of people due to the status she's given. If they knew the kind of person she is beneath the surface, she'd be even more magnetic at that. Underneath that astounding beauty lies a boundlessly fun-loving, friendly and sweet girl.
    • Albeit she aims to have one hundred friends, Komi's closest friends (Tadano, Najimi, Katai, Onemine, Otori, Manbagi, Katou and Sasaki) have a place of privilege by her side because they are not selfish when it comes to her and don't treat her like a golden statue. As such, the more people put her in a pedestal, the less they are her friends and are unable to approach her in a significant way. Also, the less showy her friends are, the closer they become.
  • Meaningful Name: Komi's full name refers to her communication problems.
  • Miko: She serves as a temporary shrine maiden at the temple at her grandma's town during the New Year celebrations, sharing duties with Inaka, who unbeknownst to her is a local.
  • Morality Pet: Towards most people that meet her, but mainly towards Yamai, who is forced to behave every time they interact.
  • Nervous Wreck: The reason she doesn't speak. She's almost constantly two steps away from a Heroic BSoD.
  • Nice Girl: Komi is an angel, and nowhere as aloof as people think she is. She is beautiful both physically and emotionally.
  • No Mouth: Her face is drawn without a mouth when it switches to her point of view.
  • No Social Skills: Komi can't talk directly to other people without extreme stuttering. If she's put in an unusual social situation, she freezes up and her mind becomes blank.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Komi is not aware of how attractive she is, thus further worsening her impression of how people see her, which sometimes makes her dwell in Heroic Self-Deprecation; the fact that she doesn't know further pushes the point that she's effortlessly beautiful, and that she is very well put together in a fundamental level.
  • Odd Friendship: With Katai. Unlike most of her new friends, who strive beyond their preconceptions about Komi to be able to befriend her, Komi and Katai's relationship is based on complete mutual misunderstanding of the other's intentions. Komi initially thinks that he's a curiously insistent thug who hangs around Tadano to extort him, though later she starts seeing him as a love rival for Tadano's affections, while Katai thinks that Komi is coaching him to overcome his own communication problems.
  • Peerless Love Interest: To Tadano, who considers her way above his league in terms of beauty and school standing. To the contrary, Komi sincerely sees him as her equal. Still, Tadano's pedestal for Komi is nowhere as unreachable as the pedestal their classmates put her on.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Played with. Because of the erroneous Proud Beauty status placed upon her, and due to the fact that her nervous face conveys "anger", Komi can be perceived as threatening and unbending instead of the contrary.
  • Proper Lady: How most of the school body imagines Komi until getting to know her. In reality, Komi is completely normal, but comes off as this due to her quiet and reserved nature. Although she doesn't quite get to the point of being considered an Ojou, Komi is both demure and collected.
  • Proud Beauty: Both invoked and subverted. Onlookers think that Komi is this way based on her appearance alone. If anything, Komi is largely unaware of how how beautiful she is, further implying that it's almost effortless.
  • Punny Name:
    • "Komi" is short for "Komyu" (communication) and refers to "komyushou" (someone with a communication problem or disorder); her whole family from her paternal grandmother's side follows suit.
    • Possibly unintentional or only apparent in English, but it also sounds somewhat like "Kami", or god. She ends up being elected the class goddess.
  • The Quiet One: At ~200 chapters, Komi has spoken only in about a handful of those. Most of her communication outside of her handy notebook comes from simple gestures and physical language, and even those are scarce. This further drives the point of how important Tadano is to her as an interpreter, as almost everyone else completely misinterprets her thoughts and actions.
  • Security Cling: Does a mild one to an unsuspecting Tadano when they are watching a horror movie with their friends.
  • School Idol: She's practically worshiped and put on a pedestal by everyone at school due to her beauty, and she even has the informal position of "Class Goddess" in her class. Ironically, Komi herself is incredibly shy, but that only makes her more alluring to most people, which only makes her social anxiety even worse.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: Most members of Komi's family are strikingly attractive; all in all, they are a very well put together bunch. As well, excluding those who married into it, most of them have problem with communication, ranging from severe anxiety, to simple shyness, to general disinterest.
  • She's Got Legs: Something of a Running Gag that her legs are typically the first feature characters will list off when describing her beauty.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Mikuni and Katai. She's also one for Shousuke and Hitomi, as she herself and Hitomi hit off very well.
  • Shrinking Violet: Komi is terribly shy. The difference is that her allure draws people towards her, increasing her social anxiety the more people there are. She gets better.
  • Shrouded in Myth: School rumor has it Komi is the secret underlord ruling the school from the shadows. She has no idea about this.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Invoked and played for laughs. Komi and Tadano sometimes appear so close and so in tune with each other that people sometimes think that they should just marry already. It's even worse, especially when said people know that they're not an item.
  • Significant Birth Date: Hers is on December 25th, on Christmas Day.
  • The Silent Bob: Perfectly capable of speaking (and like the Trope Namer, it's usually significant when she does), but for the most part she communicates by writing in her notebook, or Tadano will translate for her.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has eyes for Tadano alone, though very few people are aware of this. It's a good thing, though, as it's pretty much implied that the whole school would kill Tadano if they knew how partial Komi is towards him. Even in a group setting, she tends to gravitate towards Tadano out of a sincere desire to be in his company.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason why Komi is attracted to Tadano. Tadano was the only one who bothered to understand her and recognize her problem. He is patient and persistent with her and although Komi hasn't been able to overcome her disorder, her situation drastically improved thanks to Tadano's efforts. For all these reasons, Tadano is one of the most important people in Komi's life and she wouldn't be able to survive high school without him.
  • Situational Sociability:
    • She is able to hold a short conversation with Tadano when they speak over the phone, but still can't handle face-to-face. At the end of their first year of high school, she's able to overcome this.
    • Played with. Komi's life-long isolation from socialization has left her blissfully unaware of just how weird her classmates are, enabling her to establish friendships with them. In some cases, just about any other person would definitely not be the friend of said people.
    • She is relatively comfortable albeit still awkward when she is alone with Tadano.
  • Sliding Scale of Beauty: Between Level I (Divine) and Level II (World-Class). When it came to the time to choose class representatives, Komi was chosen as the Class Goddess because "class rep" would be too little a title for her. To elaborate, the possible titles were: "Principal - Chairwoman", "She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named", "Her Majesty", "Boss", "CEO, "Shogun", "Role Model", "Pinnacle", "Queen", and "Goddess", the latter taking more than half of the class' votes.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Though Komi attains various friends throughout her high school life, it's for Tadano's company alone that she longs for; this happens to be mutual, and it's shown that they start getting equally needy of each other if they're apart for too long.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Komi is a profoundly beautiful girl who is rarely approached by her admirers because they either don't consider themselves worthy, or they lack the courage to do so. It doesn't help that Komi has a bit of a poker-face whenever someone talks to her, even when she's frozen nervous, making people think that their proximity and attempts at conversation make her uncomfortable.
  • Sprouting Ears: Drawn with cat ears whenever something catches her interest, to illustrate her immense curiosity. Lampshaded in chapter 35, where Komi wonders why she sometimes sprouts cat ears.
    • All the way back in chapter 5, it was taken a step further, with her writing quickly on a chalkboard being shown as her hands turning into paws and her scratching the board
  • Talking with Signs: Komi communicates by writing her responses on her notebook, and it's a Running Gag that she's a very verbose, prolific and cartoonishly fast writer. At ~150 chapters to date, she must have a library's worth full of notebooks.
  • Tareme Eyes: Switches between these and Tsurime Eyes constantly, usually depending on whose perspective we're seeing Komi from. When the reader is seeing Komi through Tadano's and her own perception, her eyes, outside of a few select moments, become round and cartoonishly huge...
  • Tender Tears: When she says goodbye to Rei, who is leaving with her parents to study in the United States.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: She showed great distress at the possibility that Tadano would be hurt because of his proximity to her. Tadano in turn assures her that even so, he would not wish to leave her alone.
  • Tsurime Eyes: When the reader sees Komi outside of Tadano's and her own perception, her eyes are sharp and slender. This adds to the aloof, unapproachable appearance she gives off to others.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Invoked. Because of her perceived aloofness, some people that approach her think that her silence means this, and that they are not worthy of her time. It's actually due to her being a Nervous Wreck with a poker face.
  • Wham Line: In chapter 223, during the school play. It is one of the few times Komi actually speaks.
    Komi (to Tadano): While I'm with you, I feel as if I could speak joyful words for the rest of my life. I think... I love you.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Komi's classmates are at odds with the fact that Tadano is her closest friend, Tadano being among the most unremarkable person one can ever meet. First and foremost, Tadano tried, and Tadano helped, this being way more than anyone had ever done for Komi.
  • When She Smiles: A tiny, shy smile from her can elicit tachycardia.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. She fulfills the trope in both appearance and demeanor, though it's not actually intentional from her, and both came from two very different sources. Her looks came from her mother, while her demeanor came from her paternal grandmother. It's shown that her demure behavior is second-nature to her. However, Komi is more of a mess than what the trope suggests, being considerably less collected than she appears to be.
  • You Are Not Alone: At the eve of the class trip, Komi is not particularly excited at the prospect, as in previous class trips she was left to her own devices. However, Tadano is quick to offer his companionship, even given the possibility that she decides not to go. This gives her courage to go, admitting that since she'd be with him, she's looking forward to it.

    Tadano Hitohito 

Tadano Hitohito

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I'm an ordinary high school student. If you want to know just how ordinary, the kind of ordinary that I'd get excited while crossing the road at a red light when there are no cars coming.

An ostensibly average boy, Tadano is the first person who notices that Komi is not aloof and elusive, giving himself a personal goal to help Komi overcome her communication barrier and attain 100 friends. Tadano is the class president of his and Komi's class, both in their first and second years of high school.

Introduction: Chapters 1 thru 7

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Tadano dresses as a maid during the cultural festival. Apparently, other guys think he doesn't look so bad.
  • Best Friend: As stated on Komi's entry, they are best friends with each other. Komi is dear to him to an equal degree as he is to her because, while everyone takes him for granted, Komi doesn't. Regardless of her beauty or the feelings she produces on him, Tadano treasures her to no end, and seeks her well-being as much as he possibly can.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tadano being so average tends to make him the butt of the joke frequently. Early in the manga, he's also the recipient of both accidental and intended physical punishment from his classmates. In comparison, Tadano's friends in the second year are closer friends to him than anyone during his first year, the main difference being that the new circle is no longer only tangential to Komi, but now they are just as much friends to Tadano. It also helps that the more aggressive, bitter and/or indifferent first-year classmates (i.e. Yamai, Yadano, the Normies) ended up in different classes than Komi and Tadano.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Komi and Manbagi are head over heels in love with Tadano, although he remains in denial.
    • Parodied when at one point, when Tadano forgets his lunch, he is fed by many girls in his class, much to Komi and Manbagi's dismay.
  • Chuunibyou: One during middle school. He considers it his dark history and would like to forget that period of his life.
  • Class Representative: Became the class president in passing after everybody voted Komi for Goddess.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Invoked. His classmates are mad at him being Komi's closest friend, but not because she gave him the "honor" of speaking to him (like they assumed happened), but rather because he is the one that approached her in the first place. They are blissfully unaware of the fact that it's Komi who considers his friendship a true privilege, even more than the other way around.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed; during middle school, he was a Chuunibyou, and once tried to confess to a girl he liked by writing a huge Love sign with stones. He got rejected due to him being too weird for her taste, thus he ended up trying to be average after that.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Increasingly becomes this as time goes on, especially when it comes to Yamai.
  • Extreme Doormat: Tadano ends up being made the Class Rep by the rest of his class, and because of it, he tends to get the short end of the stick with his classmates - and even his teacher - passing off their work onto him. Onemine was even concerned that this was what his dynamic was like with Komi, and Tadano had to explain otherwise.
  • Fatal Flaw: His read the situation ability still has its limits, namely Komi's feelings towards him.
  • First Love: He's Komi's, as stated by her, and he's none the wiser.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Parodied, despite Tadano's pledge to help Komi make 100 friends, he quickly comes to the realization that he's actually friendless as well. Most of his classmates actually resent him for being the closest to Komi and otherwise completely ignore him for being normal. This ultimately gets subverted due to Tadano slowly developing his own clique of friends. It's shown that it's not that his classmates don't like him, but rather, their envy towards him supersedes their capacity of noticing Tadano's virtues. This gets better during his second year of high school, however, as most of his classmates are assigned to different classes.
    • This gets significantly subverted when Tadano's new classmates view him as a good friend.
  • He Was Right There All Along: At the end of Chapter 43, it's revealed that Tadano was inside the mascot costume the entire time.
  • The Heart: One of Tadano's main roles in the story (if not the main one) is to serve as a mediator, resolve conflicts and clear misunderstandings. He is the balance between Komi and the eccentricities of the people they befriend together, which is why Tadano is not a person that Komi can do without.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: His classmates are immediately dismissive of his ability to read the mood, but his ability is closer to outright mind reading.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he doesn't receive a single Valentine's Day chocolate from any girl classmates, he's OK with that, but he is especially hurt by the fact that Komi didn't give him one. He is so distraught that when he arrives home, he collapses on the entrance steps. Komi eventually finds the courage to rendezvous with him later in the night and finally gives him his due chocolates, the best of her batch that she chose especially for Tadano.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Invoked to a Dramatic Irony level. Tadano does not think himself worthy of Komi's affections, if any, and considers his possibilities with the beautiful girl negligible to altogether non-existent. He even reminds himself numerous time not to indulge in dreams of Komi that won't become reality. Thing is, he doesn't know that he has a better chance with Komi than any other character shown in the manga by far.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • While for the most part he is average, he is extremely good at "reading the situation", to the point that he is nearly telepathic at times aside from being unable to detect that Komi and Manbagi have a thing for him. He's also the only person to notice that Komi got her hair cut.
    • As well, he's average at almost everything, meaning that he's a Jack-of-All-Trades: He may not be the best at something, be he's can still do it with a reasonable amount of skill.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: This is the basis of his denial of Komi's attraction to him. He thinks she's way out of his league and wouldn't be interested in someone like him. As shown through Komi herself, this is definitely not true. This also begins to apply towards Manbagi.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a corkscrew that grows on his hair. The colour covers show it as being grey while the rest of his hair is black. Yamai actually lampshades it in Chapter 25, referring to it as his only recognizable feature. His father and mother also have one.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Played for laughs. When he's dressed in drag for the School Festival, he gets bashful like a maiden when Komi tries to touch his "boobs".
  • Insecure Love Interest: Towards Komi. He's typically able to read how she is currently feeling, but is consistently oblivious to the idea that she might be attracted to him, passing it off as wishful thinking on his part. It doesn't help that Komi is not very good at conveying it herself.
  • It's Personal: He states that he's not surprised that he did not get any Valentine's chocolate from his classmates, but he's particularly saddened at the fact that Komi herself didn't give it to him as a token of friendship after she had given one to everyone else. However, Komi eventually gathers enough courage to give it to him at the dawn of day.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Tadano's average-ness extends to him having average skills in activities one would not expect him to know, like obstacle courses or ice skating.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Tadano's efforts to help Komi break from her social anxiety and gain friends has indirectly led to Tadano developing his own group of friends in his own right. Not to mention Komi developing feelings for him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's Komi's main source of support, and unbeknownst to him, the person who is dearest to her. Komi is trying to stop relying on Tadano all the time, although she enjoys his attention when they are together.
  • Love Interest:
    • Towards Komi, though he's unaware of it. One of the aspects of his relationship with Komi is how unwittingly good he is at pushing the right buttons on her, making her increasingly more in love with him. Tadano happens to be the first person Komi fell in love with:
      Komi:(to Manbagi) "...during our entrance ceremony there was someone... I talked with. It was the first time I spoke so much with someone... I was so happy. At the time I thought he was a nice guy. He looks after the people around him, takes care not to hurt them... He is a kind person. He is dependable... he is cool... he also has a cute side... Whenever I'm with him it's always fun... and..."
    • Towards Manbagi, who is particularly susceptible to his kindness and praises towards her.
    • Played for laughs. He's also this towards Katai, who treasures him to no end. It's so poignant that Komi has mixed feelings about his liaison with Tadano.
    • Tadano himself is in love with the "real" Komi, who is silent, awkward and shy, and not with the preternatural and unblemished being his classmates paint her to be. He sees her for who she is and loves her all the same.
  • Meaningful Name: Tadano's full name refers to his status as a Ridiculously Average Guy by translating to "Just another guy".Explanation 
  • The Mentor: Unwittingly, to Komi. She harbors a profound admiration for him, and aims to both emulate him and seeks his approval as much as she can. To Komi, Tadano is the best person she's ever met.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Played for laughs. His parents and his sister think that he might have some BL tendencies. His sister doesn't even trust him to have attained Komi's friendship without him having done something iffy to do it. It doesn't quite help that Katai is more or less in love with him, and even gave him chocolate on Valentine's Day.
  • Nice Guy: Despite Tadano's quirk being his averageness, he's also an insanely kind guy, even towards characters who are constantly antagonistic towards him like Yamai.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Albeit he does consider Komi as the most beautiful person he's ever met, both in appearance and in who she is inside, Tadano opts to not to lose himself in illusions regarding his possibilities with Komi to be able to protect his own feelings, and also, to be able to be fair in his treatment of her. Unlike most of Komi's subsequent friends, for Tadano, Komi is first and foremost his friend, and one that he cherishes to no end. She just happens to be insanely gorgeous, but that comes second for him. The quandary comes from the fact that he's unaware that Komi does like him and wants to be his girlfriend.
  • Not So Above It All: Sometimes he even gets charmed by Komi. And he can be as weird as the other cast members. While keeping it hidden in public, he goes into a Heroic BSoD at home, complete with a Thousand-Yard Stare, when he doesn't even get obligation chocolates on Valentine's Day.
  • Oblivious to Love: He is painfully unaware of how much Komi and Manbagi like him and want to be with him. In Komi's case, it's apparent that he's in denial, as he doesn't consider himself even remotely close to being in her league.
  • Only Sane Man: Tadano is basically the straight man of the entire class (bar Onemine, Mikuni and Sasaki, as shown later).
  • Punny Name: "Tada no hito" means "just a guy".
  • The Reliable One: As Onemine revealed, his teacher found him this by sending them heaps of tasks while she's relaxing from her duties, while Najimi (who's the vice president) usually just threw their part onto Tadano.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Tadano's weirdness is being ridiculously average. His test scores are exactly the class average. The teachers straight up skip his fitness measurement because it would just be the national average anyway. He'd be literally at the dead center of the Gaussian bell.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Tadano's ability to "read the room" ironically falls short when it comes to Komi's, and later Manbagi's, feelings for him. Whenever they acting weird around him, Tadano always ultimately shuts down the obvious answer, because he thinks it's impossible.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Komi, although neither of them sees it that way. They are so in-tune that there are instances when, in each other's absence, they start craving for the company of the other.
  • So Proud of You: Komi happens to be one of the very best people Tadano has ever met, so whenever she successfully accomplishes something significant, Tadano is always the first one to recognize it, thus encouraging Komi to push ever further.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Tadano is the first person who realized that Komi is just a normal girl, who just happens to be gorgeous. His efforts to make people realize this are what brings true friends to Komi. This is nowhere as easy as it sounds, as people's wrong assumptions about Komi are very strong. Simply put, by putting her in a pedestal, they're unwittingly making her unreachable in their minds.
  • Telepathy: His "read the situation" ability borderline becomes this, even going so far as copying Nakanaka's monologue after reading her expression alone, though that can equally be because he used to be a Chuunibyou.
    • When all the friends go to Katai's house for a sleepover, they discover that Katai's father does't speak much. Tadano is able to translate his micro-expressions with pin-point accuracy, causing Katai's father to like him.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Onemine offhandedly suggests that Komi might be looking down on people, Tadano is quick and succinct to retort that such a thing is not true. His blunt reaction, which is very uncharacteristic of him, shows Onemine that she hit a nerve, and that she shouldn't even begin suggesting anything bad about Komi in front of Tadano.
  • Translator Buddy: Tadano acts as this for Komi in certain situations, mostly ones involving her running away from a situation she isn't comfortable with. Najimi realizes this during Tadano's kidnapping and later asks him to join Komi's shopping trip due to this.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Tadano is way too plain to deserve to be even remotely close to Komi, or at least, that's what their classmates like to think. Thing is, if Komi is put on a pedestal, she's made unreachable by the people who put her there... and Tadano is not among those people.

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    Osana Najimi 

Osana Najimi

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Yeah, they're my childhood friends. More, like, every student in this school is my childhood friend.

An androgynous classmate and childhood friend to Tadano, Najimi is a "social expert" with hundreds, if not thousands, of friends. Claiming to have had numerous childhood friends due to their parents' constant moving, Najimi used to be in the same class as Komi during their second year of elementary school, Komi being one of the few people Najimi had been unable to befriend, both spending a considerable effort in becoming friends with each other in high school. Najimi is Tadano's class vice-president, though procrastination is Najimi's norm. Najimi remains a classmate of Tadano and Komi during their second year.

Introduction: Chapters 9 thru 11

  • Achilles' Heel: At the start, they found befriending Komi to be too big of a case to handle, and failing caused them to be sick for days.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • Nobody knows Najimi's real gender. They act like a girl now, but were a guy in middle school. The school uniform Najimi wears has a boy's tie, but a girl's skirt and thigh-highs. Additionally, they described themselves as both during the manga, for convenience and to accommodate to the given situation, it appears.
    • While they wear somewhat feminine short-shorts while swimming, they also spend the entire time at the pool in a hoodie (even while in the water), hiding whether or not they actually have breasts. They also wear a gender-neutral jinbei rather than a yukata to the summer festivalnote .
    • Early in the manga, a delinquent acquaintance asks to date Najimi but is rejected on the basis that Najimi is a dude, depite having told Tadano in the previous chapter that he/she's a girl.
    • Due to the constant flipflopping and the way Najimi acts, even Tadano is unsure if Najimi was really a boy until the start of highschool, or if being a boy in middle school was just a phase (it certainly didn't help that Tadano himself went through a "phase"). However by this point it seems that everyone either doesn't care or has given up trying to get a straight answer out of them.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: States that Komitani's speech bubbles look like they're part of an inner monologue.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Absolutely dreads studying and finds any excuse to get out of it, yet still manages decent grades during exams much to Tadano's suprise.
  • Childhood Friends: Najimi's main trait is that they're childhood friends with the whole school. The justification being their parents transferred a lot until high school.
  • Covert Pervert: Played with. Najimi attempts to enter the women's locker room at the water park in Chapter 39 before Tadano stops them and makes them change in the mixed toilets instead. Najimi makes another attempt during the school trip, and is stopped by Tadano again. Whether Najimi is has bad intentions by doing so, or whether Najimi is a girl and has the right to go otherwise, is up for grabs.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the earlier chapters of the manga, Najimi was shown to be considerably more collected and less bubbly than what is shown in later chapters. Given the way Najimi's attitude started to be increasingly more amplified, Najimi is also a case of Flanderization that does not have the negative connotations of the trope (it did not detract from their characterization). Najimi's first appearance shows them to have a significantly less cartoony vibe than later installments where their constant smiling is now the standard for all appearances. Najimi was also shown to be more of a pervert, making sexual passes at Tadano from time to time:
    Najimi: I think that you're so cool, Tadano-kun... Gosh, it's so wet now.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Played for laughs. The Normies consider that even with the gender confusion thing, Najimi would make an excellent partner in a possible relationship. When the class goes to a water park in the summer, it's shown that Najimi is attractive either way, both as a Bishoujo and a Bishōnen.
  • The Gadfly:
    • Najimi has a habit of convincing Komi into doing embarrassing acts under the guise that it'll help with her Social Anxiety. In truth Najimi mostly does it to be entertained. They also tend to find a lot of amusement in putting Tadano on the spot as well.
    • Their Ambiguous Gender may also be a case of this, as shown in their first appearance where they claim they are a girl and Tadano must be misremembering middle school, only to claim to be a guy later that same day when someone asks them to be their girlfriend.
  • The Gambling Addict: Doesn't necessarily come up too often, but chapter 47 reveals that they love gambling, to the point that Tadano is somewhat worried about their future. Najimi's frequent tendency to prod and test the water is what lands them in trouble with Gorimi senpai whenever the group goes to the school's library, and testing Gorimi's patience has become a sort of game in the group thanks to Najimi. Of course, this gamble in particular never pays off for Najimi in spite of being the instigator.
  • Hair Antennae: Najimi has two hair antennae sticking out from their head, which may be a visual cue for their Ambiguous Gender and general tendency for duplicitious behavior.
  • Hero of Another Story: Well, as much of a "hero" as you can be in a slice of life manga. Najimi spends a lot of time with many many other people but we only see them hanging out with the main group because the story is mostly told from Komi and Tadano's perspective.
  • Hidden Depths: Albeit extremely friendly and enthusiastic, Najimi keeps their friends and acquaintances at arm's length, and not even their closest friends know Najimi in depth enough to warrant serious conversation from them. A true mystery wrapped in an enigma.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Their ambiguous gender comes back to haunt them during the second year physical examination, where they do better than the other girls but aren't allowed any points since nobody knows what gender they should be tested as.
  • Implausible Hair Color: Not readily apparent, but the coloured volume covers reveal that they actually have grey hair.
  • Irony: Loathes studying and aims to procrastinate as much as possible, but Najimi somehow is academically decent.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Najimi has a habit of taking advantage of Komi's kindness, they are still mostly supportive of Komi and are never malicious towards Tadano for his friendship with her. Still, it's shown that Najimi is not above making fun of them.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Invoked. It's implied early in the manga that Najimi is somewhat aware of Tadano's "mind reading" capacity, explaining why they are so good at pushing his buttons, at putting him on the spot when it comes to Komi, and interrupting them at the worst moment possible.
  • Man in a Kilt: Played for laughs. In Chapter 9, when a surprised Tadano asks why Najimi is wearing a skirt (knowing that Najimi dressed as a boy in middle school), Najimi tells him that it's not weird because "she's a girl" and casually mentions "people from Scotland" before being interrupted by Tadano. Ever since then, it's entirely unclear whether Najimi is a boy or a girl.
  • Meaningful Name: Najimi's full name means "Childhood friend", referencing the fact that they are literally everybody's childhood friend.
  • Moment Killer: Najimi does this frequently, more often than not when Komi and Tadano are having one alone together. It's not quite clear whether Najimi does this intentionally, as it happens enough to raise doubts.
  • Mysterious Past: It's not known why Najimi started to dress as a girl in high school, or at what point they started pretending being either a boy at first, or a girl now. Almost nothing is known about their private life or intentions regarding their school life, which is notable for an individual who is considered the third most important character in the manga.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Played with. Albeit Najimi is an admirer of Komi's beauty, Najimi is not nearly as obsessive as other classmates are in that respect, and rarely, if ever, engages in topics like romance and relationships. Najimi doesn't express any need or interest for close relationships or affection, and even turned down a proposal early in the manga.
  • Odd Friendship: With Komi, based on the fact that they don't understand each other and are complete antitheses to one another, but they both have slowly come to know that the other has good intentions. Early in the story it's expressed that Najimi has a great difficulty being alone with Komi, as her scantly recognizable feedback puts Najimi at odds. From there, it's shown that Najimi rarely spends time alone with Komi, making a point of at least having Tadano present. In spite of this ever-present barrier between them, Najimi and Komi have managed to become great friends and almost constant companions throughout their life at school.
  • Plot Allergy: Najimi is allergic to cats, this being one of the reasons Komi ends up being accompanied by Onemine and Otori when she goes to a Cat Cafe, thus further improving Komi's friendship with them.
  • Punny Name: The word for "childhood friend" is osana-najimi; najimu is the Japanese verb "to be acquainted."
  • Running Gag: Najimi becomes "suicidal" every time testing periods approach. Of course, it's always hyperbole, and they always do well on said tests.
  • Secret Keeper: Najimi is the only person at class that knows that Tadano used to be a hardcore Chuuni, which is something that Tadano does not remember fondly. The only other people that know are Hitomi, who goes to a different school, and Komi, who is not about to spread any information any time soon.
  • The Social Expert:
    • Najimi is extremely good at befriending people. They can become good friends with anyone they meet within minutes. Komi was the sole exception at first, because Najimi couldn't get her to answer their attempts to be friendly.
    • They're also good at getting a conversation going, as Komi and friends discover when Najimi's absent on a trip to the sea; without them around, everybody else is left floundering desperately to find conversation starters.
    • Najimi is one of the main reasons Komi met and befriended with most of her classmates in the first year, as Najimi handled almost all of their introductions to Komi.
  • Troll: Najimi is one to stir the waters as much as possible, as they're hyperactive and restless. As such, Tadano knows Najimi to be a complete troublemaker who enjoys playfully toying with people (though not in a malicious way).
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Invoked and played with. In middle school, Najimi dressed as a boy, wearing a gakuran and using a masculine honorific; enter high school and Najimi starts dressing as a girl and asking Tadano to use feminine honorifics in conversation. Throughout the manga it becomes increasingly unclear whether Najimi is a boy or a girl, as Najimi is pretty enough to pass as a girl, but used to "be" a boy.
  • Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Najimi is stated to have five million friends overall. And they just started their first year of high school!
  • Young Entrepreneur: One chapter focused on them developing very effective ideas on how to improve the sales of their class maid cafe. Which worked like a charm, but eventually got stopped by their teacher & even got their class disqualified from winning the best class in the process.

    Agari Himiko 

Agari Himiko

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If I can be Komi-san's DOG... then I... I'll do my best! Ehehe...

A shy and buxom classmate of Tadano and Komi, Agari has crippling stage fright, a very low self-esteem and has issues with her body image. While she becomes Komi's friend, she actually considers herself Komi's "dog". Agari is the library committee member of Komi's class, her position providing most of her interactions with Komi and Tadano. Agari is also secretly a prolific blogger and a prestigious food connoisseur and critic. Agari is assigned to a different class in her second year, though she still accompanies the main cast whenever they go to the library, or go restaurant-hopping.

Introduction: Chapters 2 & 14

  • Animal Motifs: Invoked. By her own admission, and in general, Agari tends to behave like a nervous, but eager puppy.
  • Big Eater: During the Kyoto trip she is shown eating in 5 different panels. She gets really serious whenever the topic of food comes by, and even has her own foodie blog with a serious following.
  • Buxom Is Better: The reason her classmates like her. Agari happens to be very shapely.
  • Characterization Marches On: Agari's servile attitude towards Komi, her masochism and overall shyness eventually toned down as the story progresses due to her sparse appearances after the class shuffle during their second year of high school. Later appearances focus on her restaurant hopping acumen as a food blogger, though her aunt states that she is still shy enough not to be able to man her food stand.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Somewhat of a klutz, especially when people are watching her.
  • Gag Boobs: She has the largest bust out of all the girls. Any joke that doesn't involve her being Too Kinky to Torture or a Nervous Wreck will likely involve her enormous rack.
  • Gainaxing: Is prone to this during sporting events or when excited.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Agari has very low self-esteem, so much that she doesn't consider herself Komi's "friend", but rather her "dog".
  • Hidden Depths: She's a famous online food blogger and critic, and she's amazing at picking out great places to eat when asked. In fact, she drops her normal clumsiness whenever it comes to discussing food.
  • Hot Librarian: While not the librarian herself, she volunteers most of her time there and is the most well-endowed of the group.
  • Meaningful Name: Her surname is a clear indicator of her more easily frightened nature.
  • Meganekko: She is one of the few girls in class who wears glasses, and she is a very dutiful student.
  • Nervous Wreck: Gets frightened easily, and often gets stomach cramps when someone stares at her.
  • Nice Girl: Agari is kind and gentle, and completely lacks malice.
  • Not So Different: She's the classmate who is the most like Komi, but even more self-deprecating and somewhat more capable of communication.
  • Not So Stoic: As the library liaison, she is tasked by Gorimi Senpai to handle paper fan punishment too.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When it comes to food and restaurants, Agari is an utter no-nonsense professional and connoisseur, which greatly contrasts with her everyday demeanor at school.
  • Punny Name: "Agari-shou" means "stage fright."
  • Sempai/Kohai: She's Gorimi's underclassman at the library committee.
  • Sprouting Ears: She sometimes has dog ears and a tail when she's acting particularly dog-like.
  • Through His Stomach: Agari can take all the bad customer service a restaurant can throw at her, but if the food is up to her standards, she'll give a favorable review.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Openly declares herself as Komi's dog after Komi befriends her. And gave a 5 star review to a failing restaurant despite the fact that the customer service towards her was horrible, which she enjoyed (along with the food).

    Yamai Ren 

Yamai Ren

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Oh yea, if you touch Komi-san, I'll bury you.

A girl who is aggressively in love with Komi, who is delusional to the point of being considered both dangerous and intimidating. Much to her ire, Yamai is assigned to a different class than Komi in her second year, sharing classes with Nakanaka.

Introduction: Chapters 7 & 23 thru 26

  • Abhorrent Admirer: She is creepily, indecently, and dangerously attracted to Komi. What makes it ironic is that her love for Komi is true, but it's unhealthy as all hell.
  • Alpha Bitch: Played with. Albeit her main shtick is that she's a Yandere, there are aspects of her that fill this trope, such as her bitchy, bullying attitude towards Nakanaka, and the fact that she comes from an affluent family (as she has the luxury of going to international locales for vacation).
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • After she herself became Komi's friend, never once again has Yamai tried to do what she did to Tadano to another friend of Komi. Even she realized that she took it way too far, and at the risk of losing Komi's friendship, she just reduced it to taunting and threats.
    • Yamai becomes considerably more subdued and sociable once she was assigned to a different classroom than Komi during the class shuffle in their second year of high school.
  • Comical Overreacting: Aside from her Immodest Orgasm bouts when she interacts with Komi, there are also instances where she faints upon seeing Komi, like when wearing a yukata or a maid costume.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: She sometimes attempts to use her more "innocent" side to try to get close to Komi, though these instances mostly fail because she likes to reach a little too far. For example, during the Kyoto class trip, she asks Komi with the most innocent, doe-eyed and unassuming expression she can muster... if she can touch her boobs. This being Komi, of course, she nervously rejects Yamai's advances.
  • Demoted to Extra: After they're assigned to different classes on their second year of high school, Yamai doesn't interact with Komi as much, so she seldom appears in the manga anymore. She is also dropped from their inner circle of friends, which now include Manbagi and Ase instead.
  • The Dreaded: Invoked. After her kidnapping of Tadano, Komi is significantly wary of her. As a matter of fact, Yamai is the main reason Komi is so cautious and protective about unknown people who interact with Tadano, like Katai at first, as they might try to hurt him like Yamai almost did.
  • Driven to Suicide: She apologizes to Komi in Chapter 26 for her actions in the previous two chapters, but misinterprets Komi's response being delivered in writing rather than verbally in such a way that she loses her will to live and tries to kill herself. Thankfully, the others stop her and quickly explain the real reason Komi writes instead of vocalizes her dialogue.
  • Easily Forgiven: Basically got off scot-free after kidnapping Tadano and even managed to join Komi's main group of friends. It's implied that, considering that Yamai is how she is, the alternative would not play out particularly well for anyone involved.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • During Komi's shopping trip that turned into a fashion challenge, she along with Tadano & Najimi decided that Komi couldn't make Himiko's childish ensemble work. Later during the pool park arc, she decided to buy Komi a new swimsuit after finding out she was going to wear her school swimsuit. For the first chapter featuring one of her friends (Onigashima), she actually warned Tadano not to get close to Onigashima when she's angry. She's also shown guarding a frightened Komi from customers wanting to pay her to slap them in the face during their class' maid cafe.
    • Even though she has expressed a mutual dislike for Nakanaka, it doesn't mean that she wants her rival to be friendless. In the second year, when she sees Nakanaka being isolated and lonely, she extends an olive branch and invites her into her group of friends. This implies that, as long as it doesn't concern Komi, she's more thoughtful and considerate.
    • She warns Tadano not to test the waters when it came to Onigashima's anger, showing sincere concern of what would happen to him.
    • It's shown that even with her many faults and overall indecency, Yamai is a surprisingly reliable person. That she is a deranged person doesn't mean that she's disconnected from the world.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: The manga sometimes points out her cute and beautiful looks don't reflect her disgustingly perverse mind.
  • Foil: To Nakanaka, who is basically her antithesis. Though they both put up a front in order to interact with people, Nakanaka does not have sinister intentions like Yamai. Nakanaka is quick to point out Yamai's fake behavior and appearance, and both dislikes and distrusts everything related to her. Even though Yamai is better at making friends, Nakanaka is a better person than she is even with her Friendless Background. This eventually starts causing chinks on Yamai's armor, and it's shown that Yamai tends not to retaliate against Nakanaka past venomous words, eventually becoming empathetic with Nakanaka's friendlessness on the second year and inviting her to meet her own new friends at class.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even after joining Komi's circle of friends, none of them seem to be particularly fond of her (especially Tadano and Nakanaka, although Tadano is more willing to tolerate her), and she often joins their activities uninvited. Komi herself seems to be (justifiably) wary of her. It's further exacerbated by her stalkerish tendencies and aggressive behavior, and after the second year, she's dropped from the circle.
  • Girly Girl: Makes herself as trendy as possible, which ended up clashing with Nakanaka after spending time together.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Her brief appearance at the end of chapter 23 and her Day in the Limelight during chapters 24-25 marks her clearly as a villain, but after Komi firmly rejected her twisted attempts at getting closer to her and being convinced to apologize for her actions in Chapter 26, she loses her villain status altogether. She still remains as much a Psycho Lesbian Yandere as before, though, she's just much less psychotically criminal about it... unless Rule of Funny gives her an excuse to issue the occasional comical death threat.
  • Hidden Depths: As part of Characterization Marches On, as shown by her friends on her second year, Yamai is more than capable of taking light offense with a stride, and only seems to behave unhealthily in Komi's presence, even extending her hand in help for Nakanaka and introducing her to her friends.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Played with. Her mending her relationship with Tadano has little to do with repentance, but rather has more to do with her own realization that hurting Tadano will only lead Komi to stray further away from her. Furthermore, even though she is still scheming and venomous, Yamai does learn that approaching Komi and her close friends with malicious intent is ultimately counterproductive, and has to accept that she can't and shouldn't get rid of Tadano for her own sake. As the second year of high school comes, she's assigned to a different class than Komi and her contact with Komi is substantially reduced, implying that she will not act upon what she cannot see.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Because of her treatment of Tadano and her behavior in general, Yamai ensured that Komi might never accept the relationship she wanted to have with her. She is tolerated, but beyond that? Nuh-uh!
  • If I Can't Have You...: Played straight at first. She kidnapped Tadano under the threat of physical punishment and to get rid of him in order to get closer to Komi, though this blew up on her face. Komi's non-judgmental admonishment made her rethink her approach, making her realize that it's unproductive to harm Tadano. As such, she resorts to keep every other suitor away from Komi by forming the "Komi Brigade" with the Normies. She thus became the reason no one has been able to approach Komi with romantic intent ever since.
  • Immodest Orgasm: Played for laughs. She gets one almost every time she interacts with Komi, or makes physical contact with her, that is, including sweat, tears, drool... the whole damn package. This serves to illustrate that, at least initially, Komi is nothing more to her than a Lust Object, and what Yamai thinks is a significant relationship, is more superficial than she realizes. As a matter of fact, this is one of the main reasons Komi keeps Yamai at arm's length in spite of Yamai's later, more healthy gestures.
  • Irony:
    • Turns out, Yamai sincerely does love Komi and wants to be with her because through their interactions, Komi tends to bring the best of her and is touched by Komi's sincere affection, but Yamai's way of expressing it is still unhealthy and alienating as hell. The more Yamai behaves like herself, the more her distance with Komi increases. That sincere love, however, only started after she had kidnapped Tadano and was brought into the realization that Komi has flaws, somewhat breaking the idealized image she had of Komi.
    • Yamai slandered and insulted Tadano when he casually brought up Komi in talking to her...not realizing that Tadano was trying to offer her a chance to be Komi's friend and her reaction makes him (wisely) decide to withdraw the offer.
    • In spite of all of Yamai's pretensions, Komi only tolerates her and while not being judgmental at it, she doesn't think too highly of Yamai.
    • Yamai behaves like an obsessive nut whenever the subject is Komi; in Komi's absence otherwise, she's actually more decent and collected.
  • Jerkass: She's as caustic as sulfuric acid. Her only grace comes from the shame she feels when Komi makes her realize how badly she behaves, and how better a person she should be to be considered Komi's friend.
    • However, some of her actions(introducing Nakanaka to her friends so she isn't alone, warning Tadano to be careful around Onigashima) imply that she's a significantly nicer when not dealing with anything Komi-related. Still doesn't excuse the kidnapping.
  • Karma Houdini: Yamai is caught red-handed by Komi and Najimi in the act of kidnapping Tadano. Despite this, and her numerous further misdeeds, Yamai receives no punishment whatsoever. Instead, she becomes part of Komi's friend group, and even receives a friend chocolate from Komi on Valentine's Day. It's important to point out that Yamai indeed fails to accomplish her goal, as Komi doesn't allow Yamai to become close friends with her.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Confidently helps Najimi and Tadano with their summer homework, while belittling them for not knowing the answers. All her answers are completely wrong.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name can be read as "lovesick", which translates well into her Yandere nature.
  • Morton's Fork: Played with. At the time Komi befriends her, it's just as dangerous to herself and others to deny Yamai the friendship that she so desperately craves, so Komi reluctantly accepts her as a friend. Fortunately, Yamai's attitude turns for the better henceforth, as she becomes considerably less knife-happy.
  • Mutual Envy: Yamai and Nakanaka both hate that the other is Komi's friend, though Yamai's hate extends to everyone that gets close to Komi.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Yamai openly proclaims her love of Komi, and thinks perverted thoughts of her. Not to mention her main quirk is being a yandere.
  • Punny Name: "Yamai" means "illness," and "ren" is another reading of "koi" (i.e. love).
  • Silk Hiding Steel: At the outset, she appears to be a pretty girl who is a Tsundere at the most. In reality, she's a few steps shy of being a knife-wielding psycho. It's actually surprising to know that she's never actually grievously hurt anyone... at least on what's been shown in the manga.
  • Situational Sociability: Her apearance suggests that she is socially conscious, and tends to behave more decently whenever the subject of the conversation isn't Komi.
  • Stalking Is Love: Her modus operandi when it comes to Komi. It's the fact that Komi is largely unaware of this aspect of her that allows Yamai to be her friend in the first place (not that Komi isn't aware). If Komi knew all of it, or at the least had a point of comparison, that would mean bad news for Yamai.
  • Status Quo Is God: Twice now has Yamai been subjected to some sort of experience that essentially exorcizes all of the "impurity" in her personality. She just reverts to normal by the next time we see her, because Rule of Funny dictates that she continue to fulfill her designated role as a Psycho Lesbian Yandere in "love"/lust with Komi.
  • Tsundere: Her groupies think Yamai is one. Of course Tadano knows her true character better.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end of chapter 25, she rapidly loses her cool as her kidnapping of Tadano is exposed to the object of her lust/affection, and pleads with Komi that she did everything for her sake.
  • Villainous BSoD: When Yamai tries to justify to Komi her kidnapping of Tadano, Komi shuts her down with the simple and brief declaration that she "will decide [her] friends [her]self". Yamai is completely frozen while everyone but Najimi leaves her apartment, and then she slowly falls to her knees the floor while crying over the realization that she screwed things up royally, having now driven her Love Interest / Lust Object into hating her.
  • Yandere: Yamai acts like a friendly popular girl, but underneath that she's very possessive towards Komi. She even kidnapped and threatened Tadano because he's too close to Komi.

    Katai Makoto 

Katai Makoto

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I'm a bit of a late bloomer, and I'm afraid of talking with people. I'm also not too good at taking action by myself but, I'm still just a normal high-school boy.

The son of a family that runs a martial arts dojo, Katai is a classmate who was absent for more than six months due to an accident(!) , Katai strove to make friends with his classmates by dedicating his absent time to exercising and grooming to the point of appearing like a delinquent so that he wouldn't be bullied at school. Though sweet and delightful in his mind, Katai comes off as tremendously intimidating as a result. In time, he becomes close friends with Tadano. In his second year, he remains a classmate of both Komi and Tadano.

Introduction: Chapter 76

  • Affectionate Nickname: Manbagi calls him "Makocchan".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Katou Mikuni, a dainty, girly, bespectacled friend of Komi, likes him very much. He couldn't be any further away from "bad", though.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: His sister Ai treats him as such (in spite of being younger), as she sees him as a wimp and her chew toy, making him exercise under threat of violence, which he takes with a surprising stride. It's implied that he looks the way he looks because of her own delinquent behavior.
  • The Apprentice: Thinks of himself as one to Komi, whom he'd called master after he found himself befriending Tadano (more of it comes from Tadano's empathy).
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason he treasures Tadano so much. His long absence left him friendless and his appearance alienated his classmates until Tadano extended a hand to him.
  • Bi the Way: Played with. Though it's shown that he wants a very, very close friendship with Tadano, it's implied that he's somewhat aware of Katou's attraction to him, though it's unknown whether he reciprocates any feelings towards her.
  • The Big Guy: He's about two to three heads taller than most of his classmates.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: During grip strength test of the second year physical exams, his grip strength is rated as immeasurable, because he ends up gripping the gauge so hard that he breaks it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Like many of the first-years, he was introduced in the first pages of the manga, being embraced by his sister.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: During the second year summer uniform contest, the male judge gives him a perfect ten, the second highest score he gives (which is saying something, since he gave Naruse, the only other male to compete, a 1, and the highest score was Komi, who got 1 million).
  • Face of a Thug: He looks like a delinquent and his attempts to appear friendly often backfire. Like Komi, though, he's just a shy guy who wants friends. Hilariously, he and Komi are scared of each other.
  • Gag Penis: During the Kyoto trip, the reactions of the delinquents in the bath make it pretty clear that he's quite well-built in all areas, including, ahem, downstairs.
  • Gentle Giant: Katai is tall, intimidating and built like a wall. He's a sweetheart, though.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Played with. Albeit he's the son of a dojo master, it's not known whether Makoto has had martial arts instruction from his dad, as he is one of the least aggressive characters in the story. Even his exercise routines are spotted by his sister Ai. However, it's hinted that he might be indeed instructed, as his bulk and body density suggest that he has done more than just exercises.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Pretty much every Katai chapter. He just wants to be closer friends with Tadano, but his thoughts and actions make it look like he has a crush on him instead.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Invoked and subverted. He has both the appearance and the demeanor, yet he's anything but. He is by far one of the nicest guys anyone can come across. However, it's implied that his appearance and build are due to his hard-nosed younger sister, who is an actual delinquent.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His parents are just as intimidating, shy and tongue-tied as he is.
    • Chapter 186 reveals that every man in his family is like this, resulting in a room full of big, burly men in intimidating suits, seated before their family's patriarch... and absolutely every single one of them is terrified and unable to speak.
  • Meaningful Name: His name double puns in the fact he looks like a hard nosed delinquent, when he's actually a nice guy, not unlike Komi.
  • Nice Guy: He is a very sweet young man... who looks like he can chew steel bars for breakfast, and is built like a pillar of the Parthenon.
  • No Social Skills: After getting sick during the first week of school, Katai ended up getting cold feet about starting school late so he wound up skipping the first two semesters of classes. Spending all that time holed up in his home, doing nothing but training to change his image, unfortunately also did a number to his social skills, as he now has a hard time actually interacting with his classmates.
  • Not So Different: From Komi. His appearance alienates people, and even though he can communicate better than her, his nervousness and menacing demeanor make him mangle his words to the point that they sound like threats.
  • Odd Friendship. Based on his appearance alone, it's surprising that he has friends to begin with, yet he is a doting friend to Tadano, Naruse and Komitani. He also considers himself Komi's apprentice in communication, not knowing that she's even worse at talking than he is.
  • Oxymoronic Being: A guy who looks like he can punch through concrete whose every attempt to befriend outside of the main group fails, because he still comes off as intimidating.
  • Punny Name: "Katai" can mean "hard" or "straight-laced."
  • Shrinking Violet: As he is a Nervous Wreck, he can barely string two words together, and he's bashful by nature to top it off. Beyond Tadano, he has barely been able to make any friends
  • Unknown Rival: Oblivious to the fact that Komi views him as a rival for Tadano's affections. Katai actually views her as his Social-Skills master who's trying to help him become better friends with Tadano.
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    Manbagi Rumiko 

Manbagi Rumiko

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TOP: Manbagi in gyaru mode; BOTTOM: Manbagi sans makeup; RIGHT: Manbagi in middle school

The truth is, I don't want to avoid people! I just want to eat lunch... together with someone...

A Gyaru Girl that went into the deep, profound end of the Gyaru spectrum, Manbagi becomes Komi and Tadano's classmate during their second year, becoming isolated due to her unusual appearance. Due to them helping her overcome this obstacle, she becomes a personal friend to both and Komi's closest friend in second year.

Introduction: Chapters 130 thru 134(!) 

  • Affectionate Nickname: Her first-year group of friends call her "Bagiko".
  • Beautiful All Along: Underneath all that makeup lies a gorgeous girl.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • This is the reason she becomes Komi's friend and has remained at her side ever since;
    • This is also the main reason why Tadano starts winning her affections.
  • Broken Tears: She's so painfully lonely when she begins her second year that she stops tasting her lunch. When she's ignored one too many times at class, she breaks into tears, Komi and Tadano have to lead her out and she throws up en-route due to the stress she's going through.
  • Crush Blush: Whenever Tadano unwittingly praises her.
    • Manbagi becomes feverish when Tadano holds her hand and saves her from Najimi's zombies during a test of courage.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Manbagi's schtick is that she puts on an excessive amount of makeup. But because of her outlandish makeup, none of Manbagi's classmates would approach her. Taken to the logical extreme when Tadano mistakes her for a zombie when Manbagi's makeup runs. She later abandons this and switches to a more natural look.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Manbagi has tanned skin and blonde hair. However they aren't natural, e.g. the hair is dyed blonde.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Didn't notice that Komi didn't vocalise her words and instead wrote them in a notebook until the latter wrote the exact same thing to her. Manbagi's reaction is less than graceful.
  • Foil: Towards Komi. Komi finds out that they're Not So Different, both desperately wanting friends. In Manbagi's case, she resorted to an outlandish makeover in hopes of getting attention and is shocked to find herself being ignored in her new class. To add insult to injury, they both like Tadano.
  • Gag Boobs: Chapter 137 reveals that Manbagi is only slightly less busty than Agari, the original resident Gag Boobs character. This is done by having Manbagi and Agari engage in a one-on-one side-hopping match... only they're being judged by the bouncing of their breasts instead by resident breast lover Ohai Shuki. The end result: A tie.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Invoked and subverted. Manbagi is a diehard fan of the horror genre, and her favorite pastime with friends consists of horror movie nights. In particular, she finds delight in both being scared, and seeing her friends being scared too.
    • However she becomes really scared when she herself is put in a horror setting.
  • Gyaru Girl: Starts off as the Manba variety, with tanned skin and excessive makeup.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers a nervous breakdown as she starts to consider the possibility that she'll be alone for the rest of her life, causing her to Stress Vomit.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She still has doubts about her being Komi's friend, as she considers herself below the privilege. According to her friends from first year, she's a complete wallflower and a person who has considerable trouble making friends in spite of her sweetness and her kindness.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Played for laughs. She's so happy at being Komi's friend that she doesn't notice that Komi communicates through her notebook weeks after they become friends.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The best thing that Manbagi can ever do is to lay off the damn mascara. It doesn't do her any favors and it's the source of her problems.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • As shown in chapter 132, Manbagi has a hard time making friends in her new class because her classmates avoid her. To add insult to injury her friends from her previous year also seem to have distanced themselves from her. The chapter ends with her becoming friends with Komi, however.
    • Later chapters show that she at least has a group of friends outside of class who are very grateful to Komi for looking after her.
  • Irony:
    • Played for laughs. For a person that can dress herself in a combination of flora elemental, Masai warrior and high school student, she is considerably shy, and even worse for that matter, she's one of Komi's most "normal" friends. She eventually drops her makeup altogether, though.
    • She loves horror movies and witnessing her friends getting scared at them when they watch them together; however, if she's put in a horror situation herself, she turns into jelly.
  • Lonely Together: Komi appeals to this when she becomes Manbagi's friend, as like her, Komi was wallowing in a sea of loneliness before she met Tadano herself. It's so heartfelt and poignant that Manbagi basically becomes Komi's best friend in second year, and an almost constant companion to her.
  • Love Epiphany: In Chapter 194, Manbagi finally admits to herself that she likes Tadano and might start to actively pursue him. The problem is most of their close friends notice too, as she was a little too giggly with him at the Summer Festival, while also noticing the conspicuously absent Komi from the equation.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name more or less translates to "Beautiful Manba."
  • Nice Girl: She's a sweetheart, turning out to be one of Komi's most grounded friends.
  • The Nicknamer: When she gains confidence with her friends, she starts giving them cutesy nicknames like "Naru" (Naruse), "Shakku" (Komitani), "Shibii" (Ase) and "Makocchan" (Katai). However, out of both affection and respect, she always calls Komi "Komi-san" instead of "Shokotaso", the nickname her friends have for Komi.
  • Not So Different: Much like Komi, Manbagi is considered one of the most beautiful girls in class. They have considerable trouble making friends and communicating, they are both sweet and curious, making fast friends with each other. They even like the same boy.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Much like Komi, she's also unaware of how beautiful she is... that is, without her makeup.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Once she removes the gaudy hair accessories and makeup, Manbagi is shown to be quite the looker and attracts a lot of her classmates, including girls.
  • She's Got Legs: One of the aspects Manbagi shares in common with Komi is that she has a remarkable set of gams too.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's markedly shy, and her friends describe her as a total wallflower. Though it's not as bad as Komi's case, Mabagi doesn't have the courage to reach out on her own.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She loves Tadano because he is so kind and reliable.
  • Straight Man: As she befriended Komi during the second year, she takes on the role in reacting the unusual situation and classmates like a normal person (especially during the Quiet Library Game, where even Tadano is already used to it).
  • Tender Tears: When Komi asks her to be her first friend on their second year.
  • Tsundere: Starting in Chapter 136 towards Tadano. Manbagi expresses anger after getting embarrassed when Tadano compliments her appearance without her over the top makeup. The chapter ends with implying that she is developing a crush on him.
    • She acts tsun tsun towards Tadano when the two of them undergo a test of courage. Becomes dere dere when she starts crying from fear and Tadano helps her escape. At the end of the chapter, Manbagi's face is bright red.
    • In Chapter 194, it's implied that she drops the act altogether, as she admits to herself that she likes Tadano.
  • Unknown Rival: Both her and Komi are unaware that the other likes Tadano as well.
  • You Dont Look Like Yourself: When she dons her Gyaru makeup a second time, Komi doesn't recognize her at all, even though they sit right next to each other.

    Katou Mikuni and Sasaki Ayami 

Katou Mikuni and Sasaki Ayami

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We don't really stand out in class, but there's only one thing we can do on this school trip...! To make this field trip as entertaining as possible for Komi-san...!

Classmates of Komi and Tadano who are assigned to the same group as Komi in the class trip to Kyoto. Unlike the rest of their classmates, Mikuni and Sasaki are ostensibly normal girls who make their aim to provide Komi with a fun trip. They are assigned to a different class on their second year, though they remain close friends and confidants of Komi in spite of not being on her inner circle.

Introduction: Chapters 104 thru 114(!) 

  • The Ace: Sasaki, at yo-yo, where she has competitive ranking in specialized tournaments.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Katou is infatuated with Katai and is actively pursuing him. It gets to the point where she buys a romantic manga series with a character that looks just like him.
  • Best Friend: They become this to each other due to the class trip, and they become Komi's closest friends and most personal confidants.
  • Closet Geek: Sasaki is an avid Yo-Yo player, but she finds it embarrassing due to the fact that it's normally treated as something that appears immature and should be just a flight of fancy.
  • Control Freak: Katou is a stickler for the schedule she draws at Kyoto, so much that she gets in a spat with Sasaki when she gets too overbearing.
  • Did Not See That Coming: They make it their goal to impress Komi during their field trip, though they are surprised how sincerely kind she is. They both admit that she shattered the image they had of her.
  • Has a Type: Katou likes delinquent-types like Katai.
  • Legacy Character: Katou has the life goal of becoming the very first female Shogi professional in Japan, as she is the granddaughter of a famous 4-dan player.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Katou Mikuni's name is based on the real-life famed Shogi player Katou Hifumi, and Komi and Sasaki speculate that she's his granddaughter in-universe, or at least, to the in-universe equivalent. Her grandfather appears in chapter 186, viewed from the back, and he does bear a resemblance to the Katou Hifumi, in terms of size and haircut.
    • Sasaki Ayami's name is an anagram from Asamiya Saki, the protagonist of Sukeban Deka, who happens to use a Yo-Yo as a weapon.
  • Meganekko: Katou.
  • Nice Girl: Both girls proceed from the basic goal of making Komi happy. That says plenty regarding the kind of people they are.
  • Only Sane Man: They are among the least quirky characters in the story and alongside Manbagi, they're Komi's most grounded friends and close confidants.
  • Open Secret:
    • Both Komi and Katou are well aware that Sasaki loves Yo-Yos, in spite of her efforts to hide it.
    • Komi and Sasaki are very aware of how much Katou likes Katai, no matter how much she denies it.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: They both are. Sasaki is one for competitive Yo-Yo, while Katou is one for Shogi, both aiming to become professionals in their competitive fields.
  • Punny Name: Subverted. They are the only two characters in the story whose names are not puns.
  • Running Gag: Katou always goes into Suspiciously Specific Denial and starts girly-punching Sasaki and Komi every time they bring up her infatuation with Katai.
  • Satellite Character: A positive example. They gravitate around Komi because they happened to be the very first friends Komi made without the help of either Tadano or Najimi, but they seldom interact with other friends of Komi. They are also the first friends of Komi that are just mere mutual acquaintances with Tadano.
  • Secret Identity: Sasaki is one for the so-called "Y.Y. Hannya" (Yo-Yo Hannya), the brave tengu-masked, yo-yo wielding paladin who protected Komi from her assailants at the traditional town... except those were actors, it was pretty obvious that it was Sasaki, and on top of that, she spent freakin' ¥4500 on the mask.
  • Shipper on Deck: They are both active supporters of Komi's pursuit of Tadano. Sasaki also tries to get Katou with Katai.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Katou usually behaves like this whenever Katai is brought up.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: They are closer friends to Komi than any others she had made to that point (except Tadano, and later Manbagi), precisely because they made the effort of actually becoming her friends.
  • The Un-Smile: Sasaki has a rather terrible and striking "coy/playful" face, which is sometimes pointed out by Katou.
  • Those Two Guys: They become best friends and are almost always shown together.
  • Yakuza: Played for laughs. When Katou invites Komi and Sasaki to her house, its traditional appearance and affluent atmosphere make them think that Katou's family belongs to the mafia. It's actually that her family is wealthy and traditionalist.

    Naruse Shisuto 

Naruse Shisuto

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My goodness... I'M TOO HANDSOME...!!

A Bishōnen with delusions of grandeur, Naruse is under the impression that the world pays more attention to him than it actually does. Naruse remains a classmate of Komi and Tadano during his second year, becoming part of their inner circle of friends.

Introduction: Chapter 102

  • Affectionate Nickname: Manbagi calls him "Naru".
  • Bishōnen: He is a notably handsome young man with an ego to accompany it... and with a complete lack of self-awareness.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Declares himself to be the (handsome) protagonist of the series in his introduction.
  • Casanova Wannabe: His repeated attempts to act like a charmer always fall flat, as he either gets ignored or weirds others out.
  • The Chewtoy: Naruse's debut chapter sees him become the victim of repeated slapstick, all in his bid to ask Komi out on a date.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Maintaining his ego often involves jumping to some rather outlandish conclusions about why no one is paying attention to him.
  • The Dandy: He concerns himself almost exclusively with the image he projects to others. Just as the trope states, he both avoids, and is awful at, physical activities.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears in the manga's introductory splash page, being the last named character featured there that was formally introduced.
  • Everyone Has Standards: That he's narcissistic doesn't mean that he is selfish or unkind. This is one of the reasons he and Ase start being attracted to each other.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his tenuous grasp on reality, he's actually quite smart, getting marks in the 90s on his tests. He's also a fairly good friend, and actually a nice guy despite his ego.
    • He legitimately comforts Ase during the test of courage, when she refers to herself as gross and sweaty, telling her she deserves to love herself. Even his classmates comment that he was pretty cool.
  • I Meant to Do That: After Komi turns down his request to exchange contact info, Naruse immediately course corrects and asks Tadano for his instead. The chapter ends with the narrator mentioning it was Tadano who made a new friend.
  • Irony:
    • For a person that is as narcissistic as he is, Naruse is for some reason a really fun friend to have around.
    • Naruse's attempts to insert himself into becoming Komi's boyfriend ends up failing...only for him to end up joining Tadano's clique instead.
    • Naruse is indeed handsome enough to warrant self-congratulation, but his obnoxiousness keeps people at bay. He'd have considerably more success if he weren't so self-conscious about his appearance, or if he weren't such a show-off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His ego can be grating to others, but he's generally a nice guy beneath it. It goes to show that he becomes a personal friend of Tadano.
    • He's also quite nice towards his relatives, completely dropping his narcissistic tendencies.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a play of the word "narcissist", which is his entire gimmick.
  • Narcissist: His gimmick, to a delusional degree. Naruse thinks of himself as God's gift to women, but all of his classmates are completely apathetic to his presence.
  • Punny Name: "Naruse Shisuto" is a play on the word "narcissist".
  • Shared Family Quirks: His grandfather is just as much of a narcissist as he is.
  • Ship Tease: With Ase, sharing a budding attraction towards one another ever since the Beach Episode.

    Komitani Chuusaku 

Komitani Chuusaku

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Naruse: Hm. Shy little kittens. But that's fine.
Komitani: ["Kitten" is how he calls everyone other than himself.] —referring to Naruse.

A classmate who serves as Naruse's "narrator". Snarky and irreverent, he accompanies Naruse to bring him down from his high horse. He later becomes Manbagi's "translator" of Gyaru-speak. He, alongside Naruse, remains a classmate of Komi and Tadano, and becomes part of their inner circle of friends.

Introduction: Chapter 102

  • Affectionate Nickname: Manbagi calls him "Shakku".
  • Best Friend: He is Naruse's, in spite of spending about 90% of the time making fun of him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • His speech bubbles are a good example. He also comments that Naruse's position as a "handsome protagonist" is a delusion of Naruse's.
    • He also provides translations for Manbagi's slang, even when it's in her thoughts, and even when she's at home.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder:
    • He's always accompanying Naruse to poke fun at him.
    • He also shows up to translate Manbagi's slang.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Komitani is expressionless and everything that comes from his mouth is snarky.
    Manbagi: (thinking) "Why'm I geting discluded!? Did I, like, screw somethin' up!?"
    Komitani: [Your face.]
  • Hidden Depths: Despite him primarily following Naruse to make fun of him, he does outright tell Tadano that Naruse isn't a bad person, and asks Tadano to give him a chance, showing that he does actually like Naruse to some degree.
  • Meaningful Name: His name shares the "Komi" that Komi herself has, but in this case refers to his status as Naruse's Greek Chorus. It also sounds like an Engrish version of "commentator".
  • Meta Guy: Komitani is made of this trope. He is the narrator for a number of characters for comedic effect, and for some reason, he's sometimes able to exploit the comic medium for his own benefit. There's even a significant possibility that he's the manga's narrator himself, as the narrator shares his Deadpan Snarker sense of humor.
  • Punny Name: Another pun on "Komi". In this case, the nuance is "commentary".
  • Shipper on Deck: He starts nudging Naruse in Ase's direction.
  • When He Smiles: For one, he has a mouth; and when he actually smiles, the entire room can't recognize him because it's that breathtaking.

    Ase Shibuki 
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This totally sucks... A sweaty girl like me will never be popula-R!!! (said as she jumps away from a schoolmate)

Ase is a classmate of Komi and Tadano in their second year of high school who befriends them and Manbagi. Ase suffers from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), which causes her considerable embarrassment and makes her avoid physical contact with her classmates. She then becomes part of Komi and Tadano's inner circle of friends.

Introduction: Chapter 151

  • Affectionate Nickname: Manbagi calls her "Shibii", from her name Shibuki.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Ase sweats so much that she can drench a wool vest... which is a water-resistant fabric. Hyperhidrosis is usually focused either on the armpits and/or on the hands and feet, which at Ase's rate and scope would leave her dehydrated in no time.
  • Hates Being Touched: Subverted. It's not that she hates it per-se, but rather she dreads to be seen as disgusting due to being drenched in sweat.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Invoked. Among all the people that Komi befriends, Ase is the only person who finds herself disgusting.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: She wears thick clothing to hide her excessive sweat... which makes her sweat even more.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A couple of examples:
    • Since she avoids physical contact, jumping while recoiling if someone is going to touch her, this comes off as her being disgusted by other people; in reality, she's disgusted with herself.
    • She douses Najimi with a bottle of antiperspirant when the latter tries to touch her.
    • As she usually douses herself in deodorant/antiperspirant, she doesn't quite notice that Manbagi and Komi think that she's taking too much of the deodorant they lend to her.
  • Nice Girl: As Naruse points out, Ase is selfless and kind.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: While on the beach, she's seen as a rather beautiful girl by some ogling boys, but they don't approach her precisely due to her sweat.
  • Only One Name: She's referred to exclusively as "Ase-san", which is presumably her last name. Her full name is later revealed to be Ase Shibuki.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Albeit Ase is sweaty to begin with, she turns on the waterworks whenever she gets nervous.
  • Punny Name: "Ase" means "sweat" in Japanese.
  • Ship Tease: With Naruse, since the Beach Episode.
  • Tender Tears: When a thankful Isagi hugs her in spite of her germaphobia, finally recognizing each other as best friends.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Naruse tells her that she is a person who deserves to be loved, and has nothing to be embarrassed about.

Assorted Classmates

    Yadano Makeru 

Yadano Makeru

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LEFT: Normal; RIGHT: Competitive

I'm nothing but a humble plebeian, but there is something I'd like to achieve today. That is... I'm going to win against Komi-san

A highly competitive girl, Yadano often puts herself in conflict with Komi in order to surpass her, though Komi is none the wiser about her intentions. Yadano is assigned to a different class during her second year.

Introduction: Chapters 20 & 21

  • Always Second Best: Invoked and subverted. This is what she thinks she is compared to Komi. In reality, she is not even remotely close to Komi in any aspect, athletics, academics, or even biometrics. Still, even when her efforts are not noticed by Komi, they are noticed and admired by other classmates, earning her a fanclub.
  • Butt-Monkey: Yadano being a Sore Loser combined with her one-sided rivalry with Komi results in this.
    • She's not much better when competing against her own family, as seen in chapter 186.
  • Comical Angry Face: You see that left picture on her character images? It's one of the very few times she looks normal. 90% of the time, she'll be depicted with the right picture (and that's a tame one).
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Due to her aggressiveness and competitive nature, Yadano tends to underperform by trying too hard, as she measures her coordination rather poorly. Funnily enough, this aspect of her has earned her admirers.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Unbeknownst to Tadano, she has her own club of admirers.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • While most of her marks on her tests were terriblenote , she actually did well above average in Social Sciences, and significantly above average in Science, the two toughest subjects judging by the fact that they have the lowest averages of the five subjects.
    • While she's comically resentful and idiotically persistent, Yadano never vents out on Komi or cheats in their "competitions"; the virtue in all of this comes from her sheer perseverance, which is an aspect that has earned her a group of admirers. This also implies that even with that resentment, Yadano proceeds more out of self-satisfaction rather than to actually one-up Komi, Komi just being the vehicle to feed her neuroses.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: She always sets herself to lose against Komi because she either doesn't admit her own shortcomings, or doesn't see them in the first place. It's not only that, but she also tends to put herself in ostensibly disadvantageous situations (like helping the stand next to Komi's in the Summer Festival, a stand that can possibly sell nothing or attract customers), first, without any reason whatsoever other than to "antagonize" Komi, and second, without even getting Komi's attention to her efforts.
  • Lethal Chef: In chocolate at least, where compared to Komi, her chocolate was very bitter and gross.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name literally means "Don't want to lose", indicating her nature as a Sore Loser.
  • Pride: Her main and defining fault, overlapping with Driven by Envy. In her introduction, she states that it's her intention to overshadow Komi in the physical exam and that nothing would bring more pride to her, and she later makes other attempts at the sports festival and during their tests, but it's shown that Komi is in a considerably better physical state than she is, and is better academically. In spite of her efforts, Yadano never succeeds at her goals and is barely noticed to begin with.
  • Punny Name: "Yada" translates to "don't want," and "makeru" to "lose."
  • Sore Loser: When your gimmick is "hates losing," this is definitely the case. Occasionally subverted when she accepts defeat gracefully (or, more likely, calmly declares the match a draw despite losing horribly).
  • Unknown Rival: Yadano considers herself as Komi's rival and tries to beat her in anything. Komi doesn't even notice her.

    Nakanaka Omoharu 

Nakanaka Omoharu

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LEFT: Full Chuuni; RIGHT: Sans Chuuni

Wha... What is this? The forbidden power dragon force inside me is reacting? But why? Could it be... Princess Komilia?

A Chuuni girl through-and-through and an acquaintance of Yamai since childhood, Nakanaka is delighted to be Komi's friend due to the fact that the girl considers her Chuuni behavior captivating. Nakanaka is assigned to a different class than Komi on her second year, eventually entering into Yamai's circle of friends.

Introduction: Chapter 31

  • Animals Hate Him: While catching goldfish at the summer festival, all the fish instantly head to the opposite side of the pool from where she's standing.
  • Chocolate of Romance: Played with. On Valentine's Day, she gives one to Sonoda, the sleek-haired guy from the "normies" group, saying in not so many words that she likes him. Of course, he's wishfully imagining it.
  • Chuunibyou: Her main trait. She's also another socially awkward girl, but covers it up by acting like some grandiose character.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her cousins as shown during the Obon chapter, which is a big contrast to her status at school as a loner.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Apparently hid a stye initially, but seems to have become a part of her character act. Several times she's shown without it have the pupil on that eye look strange. It's revealed she sometimes wears coloured contact lenses on that eye.
  • Friendless Background: Had no friends after elementary school, and only befriended Komi when she was in high school. She later gains more friends in the second year, thanks to Yamai.
  • Gamer Chick: Owns quite a lot of gaming consoles. Ironically, even when she spends most of her free time gaming, it's shown that she's not a particularly good gamer. It's later shown that she's at the very least better at gaming than her cousins.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Being a Chuuni doesn't do her any favors, so before Komi, and for a while after, she has had no other friends. This makes her markedly lonely, which in turn amps up the Chuuni in her to cope.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her cousins refer to her as "Haru-nee-chan".
  • Love Interest: To Sonoda from the "Normies", though she's unaware of this.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji in Nakanaka's surname uses kanji that refer to her Chuunibyou nature.
  • Mutual Envy: Nakanaka dislikes the fact that Yamai is Komi's friend, and the feeling is mutual. The main difference is that Nakanaka doesn't mind that Komi has other friends, while Yamai utterly disdains that other people get close to Komi, particularly Nakanaka. Their relationship gets better on the second year, though.
  • Not So Different: Invoked. The girls that Yamai befriends on the second year state that they'd find no problem in befriending Nakanaka, as they are used to Yamai's weirdness; it wouldn't be particularly different for them.
  • Oblivious to Love: Played with. While he doesn't make it apparent to Nakanaka, Sonoda is very much attracted to her and wishes to have a relationship with her.
  • Otaku: Nakanaka is an avid gamer and shut-in, this being one of the reasons she is almost friendless.
  • Punny Name: "Naka" uses the same character as the "chuu" in "Chuunibyou."
  • Situational Sociability: Played with. Nakanaka tends to drop the Chuuni when she's overtly emotional, particularly when she's sad, but immediately puts it up again when she's put on the spot. Sonoda also speculates that Nakanaka is not Chuuni when she's at home (which is not the case, she just dresses normally). It's also painfully obvious to her that some of the stuff she says and does is tremendously embarrassing, so she's not full Chuuni.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: With Yamai, having been childhood acquaintances. Though they are shown to greatly dislike each other, Yamai makes an effort in their second year to include her in her circle of friends.

    Inaka Nokoko 

Inaka Nokoko

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He said 'Sabowey'. That be one'a them stylish city places like Stanbek! [...] Aww shucks! I'd like to go to Sabowey and eatin' a sandwich.

A girl from the countryside, she strives to be like Komi in the way of being an exemplary member of the "City Folk". She is afraid of being bullied due to her roots and tries unsuccessfully to hide them from her classmates. Inaka is assigned to a different class than Komi on her second year.

Inaka hails from the same country village as Komi's grandma, being close acquaintances and contributing parishioners to the local temple, though she hadn't meet grandma Komi's granddaughter until they enrolled in the same high school.

Introduction: Chapter 51

  • Comically Missing the Point: She thinks that Komi is a shining example of a "city girl" due to her seriousness. Komi is usually a nervous wreck with a poker-face, though.
    • For added irony, Komi's stoic demeanour comes from her father's side of the family, which actually comes from the exact same country town as she does. In fact, it specifically seems to come from her grandmother, who Inaka actually knew before she ever met Komi herself.
  • Country Mouse: Her gimmick. She has an extremely thick country accent and tends to view anything her classmates do as amazing "City Folk" activities.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In her introduction, her inner monologue ends on "I am just a country bumpkin!", which she says out loud, in a crowd of schoolmates, while just having thought about how she doesn't want people to know that. However, by not realizing she just did that, she subverts the trope.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She doesn't consider herself worthy of many of the aspects of her life at the city, and many of the friendships she attains. For instance, at the doors of the portentous and historical city of Kyoto, she is almost taken away by the train that brought her because she doesn't think herself worthy of touching its sacred soil.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She thinks that she'll be bullied if her accent is found out. This makes her reluctant to approach people, in spite of her wish to have friends.
  • Meaningful Name: Inaka's attempts to hide she's a Country Mouse would be just that much simpler if her name didn't literally mean "girl from the countryside".
  • Native Guide: She is one for Komi and Akira when they go to their grandmother's countryside village for Obon, showing them the ways to have fun in the middle of nowhere.
  • Nice Girl: She's the salt of the earth, that lass! Nary an ounce of wickedness!
  • Not So Different: She is just as nice, sweet and pure-hearted as Komi... and just as naive. She's also from the same country town as Komi's grandma.
  • Miko: She serves as one at her town's temple during the holidays.
  • One Degree of Separation: She hails from the same town as the Komi family home and has known Grandma Komi for years before everyone realized that Inaka goes to school with her granddaughter Shouko.
  • Open Secret: She's desperate to keep her country roots a secret for fear of being bullied over it, but everyone in the class pretty much figured it out easily. (No, she isn't bullied.)
  • Punny Name: Her name means "girl from the countryside."
  • Tender Tears: When Onemine and Otori excitedly accept her handmade picture frames to commemorate their class trip together, she is so elated at the fact that they are willing to be her friends even when they know that she has an accent that she breaks into tears, showing how much of an issue her accent was to her, and finally realizing how much she was unnecessarily burdening herself by thinking it diminished her on her classmates' eyes.
  • Tomboy: Of the rural kind. As there is little to do at her hometown in terms of entertainment, she makes do with what's available on the countryside: she makes shurikens out of grass blades, improvises fishing rods with bamboo, catches insects and crabs, forages for edible mushrooms, you name it.

    Onemine Nene 

Onemine Nene

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(To Komi) Sorry for getting in the way of you two yesterday. I'll be rooting for you both.

A classmate of Komi and Tadano, Onemine is everyone's Cool Big Sis. A kind and reliable person, Onemine was initially at odds with Komi's shyness, mistaking it for aloofness. She's the oldest in a family of five siblings, having two brothers and two sisters. Onemine is assigned to a different class on her second year.

Introduction: Chapter 58

  • A-Cup Angst: Openly admits that she's jealous of Agari's chest size because she herself is "flat as a board."
  • Beauty Mark: She has two moles, one under her right eye, and the other under the left corner of her mouth.
  • Best Friend: With Otori, her constant companion.
  • Big Brother Instinct: One's Cool Big Sis schtick also tends to leading to her wanting to look out for her younger classmates. This leads to her assuming that Tadano's "relationship" with Komi must be abusive in nature, due to Onemine assuming that Komi is an Ice Queen.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Whenever she's with Otori, Onemine usually ends up as her babysitter since Otori has a tendency to wander off.
  • Cool Big Sis: Overlapping with Team Mom, Onemine's main quirk is acting like a kind, caring big sister to everyone else. It comes naturally for her, as she's the oldest of five siblings at home; this also applies to her extended family's children.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Off-screen. In less than an hour, she takes her rowdy younger siblings and cousins, and has them standing at attention and sounding off to her. All eight of them. Including the baby.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • She unintentionally badmouths Komi out of concern for Tadano, though he is prompt in putting a stop to that.
    • She neglects giving friend chocolates to Tadano on Valentine's Day, but it's shown in earlier chapters that it's not due to her not thinking of him, but because between her, Komi, Otori and her own siblings, they absentmindedly ate most of the chocolates they made for the occasion. As a result, they focused on preparing Komi's chocolates from there.
  • Irony: While she acts as a kind and patient big sister to her classmates, she's somewhat of a hardass towards her actual siblings. Fairly justified since most of them are bratty elementary school kids, so they usually deserve it whenever she yells at or disciplines them.
  • Meaningful Name: Part of Onemine's surname, as well as her given name, refers to her being a big sister, a trait she has both literally and figuratively.
  • Nice Girl: Onemine's introduction saw her volunteering to help Tadano out with his Class Rep work because she thought the other students and faculty were taking advantage of him.
  • No-Sell: One of her brothers tries to play a kancho prank on her. He ends up stubbing his fingers and gets no more than a grunt of annoyance from her.
  • Only Sane Man: She is by far the most normal classmate of Komi and Tadano.
  • Punny Name: The "one" in her name refers to "Onee-san" (big sister). Her given name, Nene, refers to the casual form, Nee-san, or the colloquial Nee-nee.
  • The Reliable One: This is a flag she holds for everyone at class. Her presence alone provides a sense of security for all the people she meets. She'll be there for them even before they get a chance to ask her for a favor.
  • Shipper on Deck: Onemine notices Komi likes Tadano, and supports them.
  • Those Two Girls: Usually seen together with Otori in school.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Onemine starts discussing the possibility that Komi looks down on people, Tadano simply and roundly states that that is not true. This is so uncharacteristic of him that Onemine is taken aback and immediately regrets bringing it up.

    Otori Kaede 

Otori Kaede

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There, there, It'll be alright. Everything is going to be alright!!

A notoriously air-headed and sluggish classmate of Komi and Tadano. She becomes a personal friend of Komi thanks to Onemine, with whom she shares classes on their second year.

Introduction: Chapter 64

  • Best Friend: She becomes Onemine's, and it's implied that she goes to her house rather frequently, judging by Onemine's siblings' familiarity with Otori.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Does everything at an extremely slow pace, and doesn't seem to take anything seriously. She also seems to space out sometimes for weeks.
  • Cool Big Sis: Onemine's younger siblings adore her, as she's not as strict as their older sister.
  • The Ditz: She is both airheaded and drowsy, which is a rather potent combination on her.
  • The Drag-Along: She rarely does anything by her own volition, as her reaction time doesn't give her an opportunity to say or do anything otherwise, and that's assuming that she's following the conversation. Aside from that, she requires constant supervision, which goes to understand why she becomes a friend of The Reliable One Onemine.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Hasn't been shown with them open as of yet.
  • Hidden Depths: During the physical exams, her slow-paced nature makes her absolutely atrocious at most physical activities (she has a 50-meter dash time of 21 seconds, roughly triple the time of some people!), except for the flexibility test, where she scores a full 10 points. Turns out she used to be a ballet student.
  • Idiot Hair: Fitting for her Cloudcuckoolander status.
  • Nice Girl: She is very sweet, and not a single bad thing would come out of her mouth.
  • Meaningful Name: Ottori, with two t's, means easygoing.
  • Sleepyhead: She almost falls asleep while actively walking.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Apparently, her parents are jut as airheaded as her, as shown by the fact that, when she gets lost in the airport during their obon trip, her father needs to go to security, and her mother is searching the second floor, despite the fact that Kaede is standing out in the open, only a few meters from where her father is, calling out for them, with absolutely no one nearby her to block their view.
  • Spanner in the Works: Oh boy! When Komi is about to thank her for bringing her along to shop, Otori somehow absentmindedly finds her way to a chainsaw. Who knows what she would do if left unsupervised...

    Onigashima Akako 

Onigashima Akako

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Yamai: (regarding Onigashima) Well, we've been friends for a long time, and since we've been together since grade school, I know... that I have no idea what that girl's capable of when she's mad. [...] You be careful, Tadano-Kun. Just let sleeping dogs lie.

A sweet girl with a short, short fuse. She's a childhood friend of Yamai and an almost constant companion to her. Onigashima is assigned to a different class than Komi on her second year.

Introduction: Chapter 121

  • Batter Up!: Her way of dealing with stress is to go to a batting center to hit all of them away.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Goes well with both her cheerful demeanor and her personal gimmick.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Having passed almost a year since the beginning of high school, and being a friend of Yamai, Onigashima makes several appearances in the manga before her formal introduction. She first appears conversing with Yamai on Chapter 7.
  • Expressive Hair: Normally lays flat as shown, but as she gets angry, a pair of tufts that resemble demon horns pop up
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Her mood can go sour as fast as lightning, and it's something to behold. Her wrath is such that Yamai, of all people, warns Tadano not to get in her way.
  • Genki Girl: Cheerful and full of energy, to the point where she gets angry if she's unable to RUN to school.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is a reference to the oni of the Momotaro fairy tale, reflecting how monstrous she can become when angered.
  • Nice Girl: Noted to cheerfully greet pretty much everyone, including unpopular people like Tadano. Unless you catch her in a foul mood.
  • Punny Name: Her name means "red girl from oni island," which is from Momotarou (that spawned the Red Oni, Blue Oni trope).
  • Rage Breaking Point: Her gimmick is that she's generally a very nice girl, but becomes a demon when she gets angry enough. Even Yamai, Onigashima's friend and one of the scariest characters in the comic in her own right, is terrified at the idea of being near an enraged Onigashima.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's explicitly referred to as a red oni (the knight girl is quite likely her blue oni).
  • Stating the Simple Solution: The way to defuse her wrath? As Komi shows, it's simple: be kind to her when she's about to break because, believe or not, she needs it.
  • Tender Tears: When her rage is about to hit the boiling point, Komi's simple act of kindness towards her makes her burst out in Tears of Joy, thus ensuring that Komi becomes her friend.
  • Those Two Guys: Generally only appears along with the unnamed knight girl as one of Yamai's friends, though she did get chapter 121 as her own.
  • Tomboy: Going by her way to relieve stress (batting homeruns), it's implied she's one. This also implies that she is the tomboy to Yamai's Girly Girl.

    Satou Amami 

Satou Amami

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Hmmm... Am I being too kind... But helping out people like this doesn't hurt anybody.

A girl whose niceness is actually a fault, Amami is known for her absolute selflessness, to the point that people both over-rely on her and take advantage of her kindness. In the first-year, she seats next to Komi on the opposite side to Tadano. Satou is assigned to a different class than Komi on her second year.

Introduction: Chapter 122

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Gets name-dropped in chapter 56 when a teacher calls on her to read a book passage, but her personality isn't revealed until chapter 122.
  • Extreme Doormat: Pretty much completely incapable of saying No to anyone asking a favor. She's an even bigger doormat than Komi.
  • Foil: To Tadano, who has a similar (but lesser) degree of selflessness. Tadano would be just like her if he didn't give any thought to the stuff people ask of him and completely lacked self-awareness.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name reflects her Nice Girl traits by literally meaning "sweet as sugar".
  • Nice Girl: She genuinely enjoys making people feel happy.
  • Punny Name: Her name translates to "sweet as sugar."
    • Sweet and naive are homophones: amai; Satou Amami is as amai (sweet/naive) as sugar.
  • Super Gullible: May fall into this; one guy asks her to scratch his back (just to get her to touch him) and her friend tries to get her to practice saying No to favors by asking for a 100,000 yen loan (about $1000), both of which she immediately agrees to. Knowing her nice nature though, it's possible she would've agreed even if she didn't believe them.

    Chiarai Shigeo, Sonoda Taisei, and Shinobino Mono 

Chiarai Shigeo, Sonoda Taisei, and Shinobino Mono / The Normies

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L to R: Shinobino, Sonoda, Chiarai

The so-called "Normies" in Tadano's classroom, they are also part of the "Komi Imperial Guard". They tend to fantasize about the girls in class, thinking about possible scenarios on which they have a relationship with them. The Normies are assigned to a different class than Komi and Tadano during their second year.

Introduction: (Shinobino) Chapter 3; Chapter 19 (Sonoda & Chiarai)

  • Attractiveness Isolation: Played for laughs, them being on the other side of the equation. They consider their possibility of romancing Komi so remote that they have to put it in a period drama setting. To them, the mere chance is basically fictional.
  • Bi the Way: They have surprisingly girly tastes, and it's shown that for instance, they would not hesitate to become an item with Najimi, even when they don't know whether Najimi is a boy or a girl. Later, at the Christmas party at Komi's home, during a game of King, Tadano is forced to give a peck on the cheek to Shinobino... who doesn't quite dislike it.
  • Chocolate of Romance: Sonoda receives one from Nakanaka during Valentine's day... though it's revealed that he's imagining it.
  • Demoted to Extra: Invoked. In Chapter 193, they show up at Matsuri's stall with Yamai's friends, and are referred to as "extras" by the narrator. If they weren't important back then, they certainly aren't by now.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Chiarai and Shinobino base their fantasy of Agari based on her plentiful chest. Sonoda immediately protests, as he might not be a boob guy, or was expecting something deeper than that.
  • Driven by Envy: Though they are less antagonizing than, for instance, Yamai, they are definitely not Tadano's friends and have shown scorn and disdain towards him due to his closeness with Komi, even when they're all socializing as a group in outings. It's also important to mention that while they are in Komi's friend list(!) , they did not reach a significant connection with Komi.
  • Has a Type: Apart from their unrequited, and admittedly unreachable attraction to Komi:
    • Shinobino likes competitive girls and country-types, namely Makeru and Inaka.
    • Sonoda is specifically aiming for Nakanaka.
    • Chiarai seems to have a preference for Yamai, or just tsunderes in general, and is also a member of the Makeru Fan Club and likes whenever she gets overtly competitive.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: The three of them. They base their fantasies on superficial knowledge about their girl classmates, and tend to be showy, disloyal to one another, and act hungry for girls. It's precisely due to their shallowness that they don't cover much territory with girls past mere friendship.
  • Imagine Spot: Two chapters are entirely dedicated to them imagining various romantic scenarios with the girls (and Osana), with Tadano silently Imagine Spotting. Humorously, they're unable to come up with one for Komi (though Tadano could).
  • Irony:
    • Their scenarios are surprisingly romantic coming from high school kids, so much that Tadano often gets enthralled by their conversations. In other contexts, they could be more pervy.
    • Though they come up with the romantic scenarios involving their female classmates, they all admit that they'd prefer Komi above all of them. The funny thing is, they consider the possibility so remote, and they know so little of how Komi actually is, that they have to come up with a fictional scenario set as a period drama. At that point, they haven't even engaged Komi in conversation, so that possibility, as remote as they think it is, is more remote still.
    • Even when they're nicknamed "the Normies", they are more deficient at talking with girls than the definition of "normie" suggests.
  • Jerkass: They remain rude and resentful towards Tadano, and consistently thirsty throughout the manga. In a sense of poetic justice, just because they don't get close to Tadano, they don't get close to Komi as a result. It's looking so bad for them that even Yamai is closer to Komi. They deserve it, though.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Shinobi" in Shinobino's name means exactly that, and refers to how he prefers to dress.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite being "the normies", they really aren't that normal (or have girlfriends or interact with girls as much as the "normie" colloquialism suggests), if you couldn't tell by the fact that one of them is apparently a ninja.
  • Punny Name:
    • "Shinobino" dresses like a ninja or shinobi.
    • "Chiarai" is a play on the concept of the Charao, which is the male counterpart of the Gyaru Girl. A Charao is flirty, easygoing, stylish, but has the reputation of being unreliable and unfaithful.
    • "Sonoda" (that!) "Taisei" (target) roughly means "that's it!" or "that's the target". It may refer to his introduction in the manga and his particular choice of girls in said chapter.
  • Running Gag: Together with Yamai, they elbow each other's faces out of the way to get Komi's attention, meaning that they're not loyal even to each other.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: The scenarios the guys imagine look like stuff from a romance manga. As it stands, it's shown that they have more significant relationships in mind than it appears, instead of merely physical ones.
  • Those Two Guys: In this case, three. They're always together, in and out of school.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Yamai is among the girls they have Imagine Spots of... except their vision of her is as a Tsundere and not, well, Yamai.

    Kishi Himeko 

Kishi Himeko

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The third member of Yamai's group of friends, along with Onigashima, and a member of the so-called "Komi Imperial Guard" and a Joke Character. Dresses like a knight (wearing full arm vambraces, greaves, thigh tuilles and carrying a sheathed sword around). Not much is known about her at this point, confined to spotted aspects in Chapter 62, and sporadic appearances throughout the manga. It's not known whether she remains a classmate of Komi during her second year.

Introduction: Introduced by name only in Chapters 162 & 193; first appears in Chapter 7

  • All There in the Manual: Barely averts No Name Given if you're paying attention; her surname is revealed in the volume 3 extras when she writes her name as one of Komi's list of friends along with the other four normies (Onigashima, Chiarai, Sonoda, and Shinobino), leaving the last name as hers by process of elimination, and her full name is shown when Komi is scrolling through her phone contacts in Chapter 162.
  • The Faceless: The reader has yet to even get a good look at her face. Every time she's on-panel, she's either facing away from the reader, has her face obscured by objects or speech bubbles, or her face simply isn't drawn (like in the first image above). Her only face showing happens in chapter 62 - as shown in the character image - and it's not particularly detailed. In her first named appearance (Ch. 193) her face is obscured by the stall's awning.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, during the planning for the Cultural Festival, when Agari suggests a whack-a-mole game where she's the mole to be whacked, Kishi is one of the students included in the "class masochists". It goes to show how she's Yamai's friend... Curiously, it's the only instance where her face is shown, albeit in a cartoony style.
    • In the same chapter, she is shown protesting Shinobino's suggestion of a ninja-themed period drama movie, stating that she'd rather do a western period chronicle movie instead. As such, she's shown to be partial to medieval themes, akin to her character design.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kishi" can mean "knight", and "Himeko" means "princess girl", so her name roughly translates to "Knight Princess".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When it looks like Onigashima is about to explode from anger, Kishi is just as quick to flee as Yamai.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Even taller than Komi (who's noted to be quite tall herself), making her most likely the tallest girl in the class, and given her status as one of the "normies", she's almost certainly attractive.
  • Tap on the Head: Gives the neck chop variety to Yamai when the latter tries to badger Komi for a kiss at the end of the first year.
  • The Voiceless: Subverted. She only speaks once in Chapter 62, as detailed on Hidden Depths.

    Isagi Kyouko 
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I do not need any filthy pity votes.

A classmate of Komi and Tadano from their second year class, Isagi is a tremendously fastidious girl who is a germaphobe. Isolationist and confrontational, Isagi intends to join the student council as president.

Introduction: Chapter 196

  • 0% Approval Rating: She has no friends, no campaign managers and no votes for her student council president campaign.
  • Childhood Friends: Played with:
    • She's been with Ase since elementary school, and Ase considers her a friend, but it's not a mutual feeling. It's then double subverted when it's revealed they used to be mutual friends, but when Isagi started becoming obsessed with cleanliness in middle school, she thought she'd inadvertently caused Ase's sweat issues and couldn't forgive herself for it, no longer considering herself her friend. Thing was, she didn't tell Ase that, so she thought they were still friends. They finally make up at the end of Isagi's introductory arc.
    • She also knows Najimi, just like everybody else, but Isagi doesn't have a good impression of them.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She dislikes hand-me-downs, and rejects having to deal with Najimi and Komi for her campaign because she equals their help to cheating.
  • Foil:
    • To Ase. While Ase keeps people at bay because she thinks she's filthy, Isagi keeps people at bay because she thinks they're filthy.
    • To Rei, at Komi's first impression, who thinks they're Not So Different, deeming that Isagi keeps people away from her in spite of wanting to be their friend.
  • Friendless Background: At the outset he has no friends, and the classmates that know her, she considers acquaintances at best. Subverted when it's revealed she was friends with Ase in the past, but felt she hurt her unforgivably and couldn't consider herself her friend any more.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a considerably kinder and more selfless person than she appears to be at first glance.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Isagi doesn't get close to people because she thinks that they'll grow to hate her eventually, in a self-defeatist attitude. Komi dispels this notion, as she states that she'd never hate a person who is considering her feelings even if it's detrimental to them.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She keeps people at arm's length and behaves rudely, but it's implied that her fastidiousness gets the better of her and she doesn't really want to hurt anybody.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • She carries an old lady who is stuck at a road crossing during a green light, much in spite of her extreme dislike of being touched.
    • She is unapproachable not because of hate towards people, but rather because she is thinking of their feelings and doesn't want to hurt them by being the way she is towards them.
  • Meganekko: Played with. Her initial introduction presents her wearing glasses, but contrary to the trope, she's callous and unapproachable. However, as Komi finds out, she's more caring than she appears.
  • Neat Freak: To a fault. Isagi is so obsessed with cleanliness that she puts it above her dignity and social standing, seriously hurting those.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She blames herself for Ase being so self-conscious about her sweat, as she called her "filthy" in an instance where Ase greeted her by touching her shoulder. This happens to be the reason Isagi doesn't consider Ase a friend, as she knows she hurt her, and the reason Isagi keeps her distance from everyone.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: She's one of the few people Komi meets that doesn't fawn over her.
  • Not So Stoic: She's flattered at the notion that Komi insists to be her friend, not to help her with her campaign if she doesn't want to, but because she wants to cheer her.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She ranges from disinterested to scowling, not showing anything beyond.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Most of the time her eyes are obscured by the reflection of her glasses.
  • Super OCD: She's the type of person who would spend ten minutes sweeping the same spot on the floor.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Ase grills her in her campaign speech to the school body, she takes the podium to correct her... for telling everyone that she's a fan of a certain celebrity, when she actually likes another. Even the audience wonders why she even bothered focusing on that in particular.
  • Terrified of Germs: If someone as much as grazes her, she'll throw the clothing item out the window of the classroom. She's even willing to expose herself when ridding herself from the tainted clothing.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Played with, as it's delivered without malice. Ase delivers one to the whole school body, alphabetizing everything Isagi has done wrong, but at the same time humanizing her and making the audience sympathize with her, a person that otherwise comes off as anal and unapproachable. Her sincere delivery ends up winning Isagi the election. This earns Ase a hug from Isagi, who now recognizes her as her Best Friend.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: A rare example where the character does it to herself. She cannot bring herself to call Ase her friend because she once called Ase "filthy", and feels this was the trigger that led Ase to become self-conscious about her sweat. Ase forgave her, but she cannot forgive herself for doing something so awful to a person that cares about her so much, and resolves never to allow anyone close to her, lest she'd hurt them in the same manner.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Isagi does not consider Ase her friend not because she doesn't want to, but because she thinks that she hurt Ase in a fundamental manner and caused her the neuroses related to her sweating disorder, so she doesn't deem herself worthy of her friendship. Fortunately, the arc ultimately made them put this behind and accept each other as best friends.

Family Members and Related

Note: On this section, and due to their shared family names, Komi, Tadano, Katai and Agari will be referred to with their given names Shouko, Hitohito, Makoto and Himiko respectively in their family members' entries.

    Komi Shuuko (nee Niima) 

Komi Shuuko (nee Niima)

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TOP:Shuuko in her high school year; BOTTOM: Shuuko in her 'forever 17 years old'.

Shouko's mother... who is practically her complete opposite in personality and social skills, despite the two having practically identical appearances.

Introduction: Chapter 22

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Invoked. She was this when she was in high school, but meeting her then-future husband Masayoshi put the brakes on that for good.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Shuuko enjoys acting like a ditzy teenager (even referring to herself as an "eternal 17-year old"), much to her daughter's embarrassment.
  • Former Teen Rebel: She was nothing like how she is now back when she was her daughter's age. Back then, she was highly aloof and apathetic to the point where others felt intimidated.
  • Genki Girl: She is very enthusiastic, welcoming and doting towards her daughter and her friends.
  • The Heart: Implied to be this at home, as her husband and daughter are too shy, and her son is too aloof. Her home would be the Fortress of Solitude if she wasn't there.
  • Mom Looks Like a Sister: She's sufficiently youthful-looking that the Strong Family Resemblance between her daughter and herself keeps leading other characters to mistakenly assume she's Shouko's sister when they first meet her.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She's an object of admiration in her daughter's class, much to her daughter's embarrassment.
  • Nice Girl: She is a tremendously sweet, fun-loving and doting parent and wife, showing that many of her daughter's virtues come from her.
  • Punny Name: The pun in her name comes from her two last names: her maiden name is Niima, which is a play on the word Niimi, which means "new look"; her married name is now Komi, which means "old look", demonstrating the contrast between the delinquent she used to be at age 17, and the housewife she is now.
  • Really 17 Years Old: Her self-introduction includes her saying that she's "an eternal 17-year-old", and even when the narration brings up her age several chapters later, it simply reiterates that she's "forever 17 years old"... even though it's plainly obvious by simple math alonenote  that she has to be aged 34 at the youngest.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Played with. One of the reasons why she refers to herself as "an eternal 17-year-old" is because it's the age where she met her future husband, being in love with him just as much now as she was back then.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Mother and daughter are the spitting images of each other, yet their personalities couldn't be any more different.

    Komi Masayoshi 

Komi Masayoshi

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LEFT: Masayoshi in his usual moment; RIGHT: Masayoshi in his rare talkative moment.

(He's happy because his daughter is picking his clothes for him) [My daughter's the best in the world.]

Shouko's father, who also suffers from the same communication disorder. Handsome by his own right, bystanders are quick to note how well-put together he is.

Introduction: Chapter 42

  • The Ace: Was somehow incredibly skilled at everything as a teenager, and rich enough to own a black credit card(*) . The only thing he has trouble with is talking, something he still has difficulty with to this day.
  • Affectionate Nickname: His classmates at school used to call him "Masa".
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He (despite being similar to Shouko) isn't much better than his wife about his tendency to embarrass his daughter, as when Tadano and his sister Hitomi first meet him at a shopping center, he's in a getup straight from The Godfather (chosen by his daughter) that unnerves Tadano. To be fair, however, he does try to be polite and make a good impression; he's just so socially awkward that it seems Failure Is the Only Option.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: During a beach trip with his future wife when they were 17, he spends most of the time building sand castles and apparently not paying attention to Shuuko. She gets offended and confronts him, only to see his embarrassed face. To him, she looked so cute that he was trying to distract himself to cope.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He is shown as early as Chapter 15, but he wouldn't be introduced until more than 20 chapters later.
  • Expy: Of Toshinari Seki and Sakamoto, back when he was a teenager. From playing with origami monsters during class to building a cat house on the spot; Masayoshi was whimsical, but somehow improbably good at just about everything while pulling absurd implements out of nowhere.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of being The Stoic, Masayoshi is shown to have been a very sweet man throughout his life, this being the reason his wife loves him so much. A great deal of his personality has rubbed off on his son and daughter, Shousuke being as multitasking as him, and Shouko, just as sweet.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Genderflip Shouko, and you more or less have her father. Subverted with his son Shousuke, who only superficially resembles his father in his taciturnness, but diverges drastically in the cause (Shousuke simply doesn't see a point, rather than being driven by anxiety).
  • Morality Pet: His sweetness and love towards Shuuko is what made her stop behaving like a delinquent in high school.
  • No Social Skills: He's pretty much just as socially awkward as Shouko is.
  • Overprotective Dad: He is quick to notice how well Tadano understands his daughter, and he's not quite happy with it. He tries to play the part, but he has two impediments: he's tongue-tied too, so he can't convey it very effectively, and his daughter makes sure that he doesn't.
  • So Proud of You: He is touched to the core by the fact that his daughter would choose clothes for him. He considers her his treasure.
  • The Stoic: We rarely see anything other than a blank, neutral expression on his face.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He wears glasses, and he appears to most people as a completely calm and cool stoic... when the truth is that he's a bundle of nerves who laments his all-too-frequent failure to properly express himself.
  • When He Smiles: His resting face is by no means unattractive or intimidating. His smiles are just that contrasting that his own wife becomes even more lovestruck than ever.

    Komi Shousuke 

Komi Shousuke

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Shouko's hyper-competent younger brother, one year her junior. Like his father and sister, he doesn't talk much, but in his case it's more because he chooses not to, rather than because he can't. Initially a middle schooler, Shousuke enrolls at Kisai High School with the top grades of the new students, and becomes Hitomi and Ai's classmate and friend.

Introduction: Chapter 49

  • The Ace: Much like his father, he's skilled at everything he does (aside from getting Hitomi to stop bothering him). During the high school entrance ceremony, Shousuke is the students' representative, implying that he placed first on the entrance exams.
  • Allergic to Routine: Like his father, Shousuke is very restless, so he spends his free time engaging in a wide variety of pastimes like card house building and writing sutras on rice grains.
  • Ascended Extra: Starting with chapter 133, Shousuke is now a first-year student at Kisai High School.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: None of his activities hold his attention for long, and he soon moves on to something different.
  • Bishounen: Like his elder sister, Komi Shouko, and to the same degree.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Unlike his older sister, Shousuke is quiet by choice. When he does finally communicate, he's actually quite the eloquent speaker.
  • Chick Magnet: When visiting the maid cafe that Shouko's class was throwing for the school festival, all of her female classmates started fawning over Shousuke.
  • Death Glare: He uses one to keep people away from him, which doesn't work on Hitomi.
  • The Drag-Along: He is the very definition. He's usually dragged by both his sister and Hitomi into doing stuff that he doesn't want to do, which is most stuff.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Like Hitomi and his own dad, Shousuke makes sporadic appearances in the manga before being formally introduced. He appears in the manga's introductory splash page.
  • Elective Mute: His basic personality. He rarely if ever has speaking lines but this is by choice and not some disorder; he simply doesn't want to speak.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Shousuke has male admirers as well in his class.
  • Foil: To his older sister. Shosuke, unlike Shouko, does not have a Social Anxiety Disorder, he just hates communicating.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In spite of his calm demeanor, Shousuke is shown to have a restless disposition just like his father before him. As such, when he's bored, he'll build a card castle, write prayers on a grain of rice, exercise, you name it. The only showings of this outside home come from the fact that he is a rather impatient person on the whole.
    • Shousuke also has the grace of always proceeding for the benefit of the people that encounter him, doing his utmost to help them while never expecting to receive thankfulness for his deeds.
    • Shousuke is not very good at refusing kindness, which is why he's unable to rid himself of Hitomi and Ai.
    • Albeit he appears dispassionate and uninterested, Shousuke enjoys doting on his sister and likes to be praised by her. Though he has the usual teenager moods and angst, he denies her nothing.
  • Irony:
    • Shousuke is intentionally what people mistakenly think his sister is, that is, beautiful, aloof and unapproachable. However, Hitomi goes the opposite direction, assuming he has Shouko's problem, and acts accordingly.
    • For a person that avoids communicating as much as possible, Shousuke is apparently quite eloquent when he does speak.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • He and his father are both quiet stoic-faced people who're talented at most anything they turn their hands to. Subverted, however, as unlike his father, Shousuke is quiet by choice, not because he suffers social anxiety.
    • His standoffish nature is similar to his mother's attitude in her high school days, before she fell in love with Masayoshi of course.
  • Meaningful Name: His name shares the same pun as his sister Shouko, though he tends to be more quiet by choice than by inability to speak.
  • Mistaken for Badass: His classmate Ai thinks that he beat a rival gang on her behalf on his own, so she takes an immediate liking to him. In reality, and due to the fact that she had her eyes closed, she didn't realize that it was Hitomi who dispatched all of them easily, though they were defenseless because they were ogling at Shousuke's handsomeness and squeeing like little girls.
  • Not So Stoic: He is very impatient, though it doesn't show on his face.
  • Punny Name: Shares the same pun as "Komi Shouko". The difference is that, in his case, it's more like "doesn't" than "can't."
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much.
  • Silver Tongue: He apparently made a commencement speech at school that almost led the audience to tears. Whenever he chooses to speak, he is both concise and eloquent.
  • The Stoic: He only has one facial expression.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Shousuke is the most handsome boy in the story by far, being aloof and dark-haired to boot.

    Komi Yuiko 

Komi Yuiko / Grandma Komi

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Shouko's paternal grandmother who lives in the countryside. Strict and rigid, but doting and demure, grandma Yuiko is the matriarch of the Komi family. In her village, she's known as Grandma Komi. She is a close acquaintance of Shouko's classmate Inaka, as they are neighbors at their village and fellow contributing parishioners to the local temple.

Introduction: Chapter 45

  • Doting Grandparent: Both her granddaughters Shouko and Akira are her pride and joy.
  • Evil Matriarch: Subverted. She has the appearance and the position in the Komi family, but overall, she's a sweetheart grandma. She's just very serious.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of being stone-faced, she is a very playful and kind grandma.
  • Iron Lady: She dictates the do's and do-not's in her family.
  • The Gambling Addict: Downplayed and subverted. She likes to play games with her grandkids for their Obon/New Year's money, though she does it to be with them rather than out of true intentions to deprive them of their allowance. Though she has a hand over Akira, and Shouko at times, it's shown that it's Shousuke the one who can counter her effectively.
  • Misery Builds Character: Downplayed. Albeit she is strict and apparently unbending, it's the way she shows love towards her family. Whereas Shouko inherited her beauty from her mother, she inherited her demure nature from her grandmother.
  • Not So Stoic: She is not too pleased when she hears that her granddaughter's first friend is named "Tadano Hitohito".
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: She has very little patience for her daughter-in-law Shuuko, especially due to her lack of decorum. Shuuko in turn, is always delighted to spend time with her, unsuccessfully.
  • One Degree of Separation: She's known Inaka for years, but she was entirely unaware that the girl goes to high school with her granddaughter Shouko.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's no smiling cookie, but much like her sons and grandkids, she's just stoic.
  • Silent Treatment: She never responds to Shuuko's jokes or any interaction she wants to have with her. It's implied that it's not because she doesn't care, but rather because she can't handle how bubbly Shuuko is, so she doesn't indulge her.

    Komi Sadayoshi and Ryuuko 
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Shouko's uncle and his wife, who are considerably similar to Shouko's parents.

Introduction: Chapter 45

  • Best Friends-in-Law: Ryuuko and Shuuko are very close friends and are always ecstatic whenever they meet.
  • Cuddle Bug: Ryuuko is very touchy-feely, just like Shuuko.
  • Running Gag: As noted by Shouko, every time she and her family visit her grandma for the holidays, Ryuuko always greets her mom with boundless emotion, always refers to Shouko as having become more beautiful, and always tries to glomp Shousuke.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In demeanor, Sadayoshi and Masayoshi are basically twins.

    Komi Akira 

Komi Akira

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Shouko-nee-chan!!!

Shouko's young cousin. A first-year middle-schooler, Akira is the closest thing Shouko has to a little sister.

Introduction: Chapter 45

  • Animal Motifs: She is the "kitten" to Shouko's "cat". Much like Shouko, Akira also sprouts cat ears when her interest peaks.
  • Cry Cute: She is very prone to crying whenever she's happy; when she's sad though, she goes into Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Cuddle Bug: She's very clingy towards her cousin Shouko. After some time, she begins doing the same towards Shousuke.
  • The Cutie: One of the reasons her cousin Shouko gets along with her so well; Akira is a cute little button.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Akira is always eager to gamble with her grandma, but she always loses categorically. If it weren't for Shouko's tremendous good luck and Shousuke's skills, Akira would always leave the holidays penniless.
  • The Gambling Addict: Akira is a fearless player, always accepting bets from her grandmother, and favoring aggressive, reckless strategies even when a conservative approach would be better. This tends to bite her in the ass, given her grandmother's superior skill in games.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She can go way overboard crying when her grandma tries to hustle her grandkids' Obon/New Years money (though her grandma does it more to play with them rather than for the money itself). "Melting in a puddle of tears" would be too little a describer.
  • Meaningful Name: Albeit it's not a Punny Name like most of the characters in the manga, "Akira" means "bright and clear dawn", which puts her in stark contrast with her notoriously stoic family.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike her cousins who take from their dad, Akira takes more from her mom than from her dad, as she's very vocal and expressive. For a Komi, Akira is the exception to the rule.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is usually very timid whenever Shouko visits, though she resolves this by cuddling her soft.

    Tadano Hitomi 

Tadano Hitomi

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What's your fave color? What middle school you from? What's your blood type? Any clubs? Hobbies? Skills? Where do you live? Anything interesting happen recently? Any actors you like?

Hitohito Tadano's younger sister and initially a third-year middle schooler who becomes a classmate of Shousuke's on their first year at Kisai High School. She makes it her goal to assist Shousuke at communicating better with his classmates, whether he actually wants her help or not.

Introduction: Chapter 50

  • Action Girl: She's a competition-level judoka and she is active and sporty.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Albeit she loves her brother, she's not above making fun of him or doubting his proximity to Komi, as he's too plain to have someone that stunning close to him.
  • Ascended Extra: Starting with chapter 133, Hitomi is now a first-year student at Kisai High School.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Played with. Albeit Komi and her brother Hitohito are not in a relationship, both Shouko and Hitomi manifest that they would be more than eager to become sisters-in-law, and they are markedly fond of each other.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
  • Distaff Counterpart: Like her brother, she is her class' president and serves as a cohesive unit for her classmates, though unlike him, she is far more appreciated for her efforts and there is no resentment from her classmates stemming from her friendship with Shousuke. As such, she's not "average" like her brother is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hitomi makes several sporadic appearances throughout the story before being formally introduced in chapter 50. She appears in the manga's introductory splash page and has her first appearance in Chapter 37.
  • Foil:
    • To her older brother, Hitohito. Unlike him, Hitomi's actually well liked by her classmates but she's actually considerably worse at actually reading the mood. Yet she also realizes Komi does have a thing for her brother while he's still in denial about it, if he's aware of it at all.
    • To Najimi. She starts becoming the factor that leads to Ai and Shousuke gaining friends, and much like them, she has Moment Killer overtones, though she's considerably less of a troll than Najimi. They even have the same choice of drink at Starbecks:
    One no-fat-milk-pistachio-deep-mocha-dip-cream-frappuccino-with-choco-sauce, please.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of her friendly disposition, Hitomi has a strong, imposing and no-nonsense personality and is noted to bend people through kindness. She is not the kind of person that takes "no" for an answer, and as her brother well knows, it's not wise to rile her up.
  • Just Friends: She tells Ai that she doesn't have any sort of romantic relationship with Shousuke, and that they're merely friends.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: An upbeat and friendly girl who literally drags Shousuke into social situations no matter how much he may fight it. And boy does he fight it.
  • The Matchmaker: She's one for Ai in her pursuit of Shousuke, but she's just as interested in Ai being friends with her.
  • Meaningful Name: Shares the same Punny Name root in her name as her brother, only that in her case, it reflects that Hitomi is "not just any girl".
  • Motor Mouth: In her efforts to get to know Shousuke and Ai, Hitomi bombards them with endless questions.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Hitomi is one of the few people who's immune to Shousuke's charms, and her interest in him stems from the notion that he wants to gain friends so she strives to help him. Whether she's interested in him romantically, or whether it's mutual at that, are up to debate.
  • The Pollyanna: Hitomi is immune to insults and rude behavior, and always has a sunny disposition. It's unclear whether she notices people being rude to her and just doesn't respond to it, or knows people to be better than what they show and takes it with a smile.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The highly energetic and talkative foil to the willfully reserved Shousuke.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Downplayed in regards to her brother and Komi. Hitomi tries to give her older brother romantic advice, but she's actually in the dark of the fact that it's Komi that he is crushing on.
    • Fully onboard during their family trip when she complains they didn't do anything when she found them in a cabin alone.
    • Played with. She's one for Ai and Shousuke, but she also has a vested interest in making Ai gain friends too, which has interfered with the other goal.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Sure, she'll help Ai with Shousuke, but the condition is that Ai has to be her friend. Being the kind of person she is (see Hidden Depths), Hitomi doesn't quite give Ai any other option, as she showers Ai with kindness into submission.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She did judo competitively, and it's shown in Chapter 182, where she singlehandedly kicks the asses of a gang of delinquents seeking retribution on her classmate Ai.
  • Stronger Than They Look: She is very athletic, and in spite of her girly build, she can overpower boys and girls who oversize her with relative ease.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Her face is basically an exact match of her brother's, just with slightly larger eyes.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Hitomi is shown to be absolutely livid at the possibility that her brother might be two-timing Komi with another girl, though she calms down once she determines that he's not aware of the situation and that he intends to be fair once presented with the possibility.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She practiced judo and competed in prefectural tournaments, using it on Shousuke whenever he gets too aloof, while being dainty and girly.
  • Translator Buddy: Hitomi takes it upon herself to become this for Shousuke, making up excuses to their classmates why he refused to eat lunch for them. Though unlike her brother and Komi she's just making up her own conversations instead of voicing Shousuke's thoughts.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Hitomi takes it upon herself to try and be Shousuke's mouthpiece and help him make friends, much to his own exasperation.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Tells Komi that it's weird she is interested in her brother because he's so plain. She doesn't mind and supports their relationship though.

    Katou Yakuna 

Katou Yakuna

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Mikuni Katou's mom. A traditionalist housewife and kimono maker, who in spite of her demure and Iron Lady appearance, is doting, if a bit nosy.

Introduction: Chapter 149

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Parodied. She gives off the appearance of a snobby noblewoman who will kick out Komi and Sasaki for being riff-raff. She's anything but.
  • Cuteness Overload: The first thing she does once she meets Komi and Sasaki is to immediately dress them in kimonos just for the sake of the image.
  • Gossipy Hens: She's markedly nosy.
  • Hidden Depths: She looks like a noble snob who discriminates on commoners, but she is kind and doting.
  • Punny Name: Her maiden name, Sewa Yakuna, roughly translates into "meddlesome person".

    Katai Ai 
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LEFT: Full Delinquent; RIGHT: Civilian

All these people just talk and talk... They're nothing but softies!!

Ai is Makoto Katai's little sister, a senior middle schooler when first mentioned, becoming a first-year student at Kisai, and a classmate of Shousuke and Hitomi. She is a delinquent who bullies her brother, though she has a romantic side.

Introduction: Chapters 179 & 180

  • Anger Born of Worry: She worries that her brother can be perceived as "lame" by his classmates, but lets him know through violence and abuse.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Played with. She bullies her brother Makoto, so she deems him the annoying sibling in spite of being younger than him.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted. She's pummeled unconscious during her first day of class by a rival gang.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Played with. Albeit she finds Shousuke gorgeous from the moment she first sees him, she starts liking him due to him beating up a rival girl gang who were threatening her... or at least that's what she thinks happened. In reality, it was Hitomi who took them down while they were ogling Shousuke, all while Ai was unconscious.
    • Eventually, this is the way Hitomi finds her way into her heart and becomes her friend. Anyone would submit if bombarded with relentless kindness like that.
  • Bishie Sparkle: She sees one the first time she lays eyes on Shousuke, all while getting a Crush Blush and wearing a Kawaiiko expression.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She's pummeled unconscious by a rival girl gang as retaliation. She is then saved by Shousuke and Hitomi's intervention.
  • The Dreaded: Both her brother and her classmates are justifiably afraid of her. The only people that have shown her no fear are Hitomi and Shousuke.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She has sparse interactions with her brother several chapters before she is formally introduced. Predictably, she's bullying him in those. She appears in the manga's introductory splash page embracing her brother, but her name is not mentioned then.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: She thinks Shousuke saved her from a rival girl gang and immediately falls head over heels for him, but she didn't know that it was Hitomi who did it because at the time, she was unconscious. What makes it curious is that, even without intervening, it's shown that she was falling for Shousuke to begin with, and the situation led to her falling into Confirmation Bias.
  • Friendless Background: Upon entering high school, she only has enemies and people that annoy her. That is, until Hitomi barges in.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Played with. Ai is usually the spotter for Makoto's exercise routines, but it's unknown if she's involved in the family dojo itself or whether she is instructed in martial arts by their dad. As her brother is considerably non-aggressive, it's suggested that Ai might have some standing in the dojo indeed.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She takes relationships between boys and girls very seriously, and sets her eyes on Shousuke.
    • She is rather stalwart and brave, and has no problem with putting herself on the line so that people don't get hurt on her account.
    • In spite of her desire to suppress it, Ai is shown to be considerably girlier and sweeter than she appears to be.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Played for laughs. Hitomi assumes that this is the case, since she showed up so late in the school year and she doesn't have any friends, so she swears to help her find friends... whether she likes it or not. At the end of the day, and to much of Ai's chagrin, Hitomi becomes her first friend at high school.
  • Japanese Delinquents: A hard-line delinquent, her rivals are even surprised that she goes to school in the first place.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: She's nowhere as nice or tongue-tied as her parents are.
  • Love at First Sight: She is immediately enthralled by Shousuke the second she lays eyes on him, and by the end of the day, she's head over heels for him.
  • No Brows: Subverted. Hers are actually tufty, short and very faint, though this is one of the aspects that makes her seem brutish.
  • Not So Different: Played with. Like her brother, it took her months to show up to school, and she has trouble making friends, but for entirely different reasons. Makoto didn't show up due to shyness, while Ai didn't due to truancy; Makoto looks and is perceived as a delinquent in spite of his sweetness and shyness, while Ai is a delinquent through and through; Makoto started having friends due to Tadano accurately reading into the situation and inching in, while Ai started having friends due to Hitomi completely misreading the situation and barging in with force; lastly, Makoto is afraid of Shouko Komi due to his own misreading of the situation, while Ai falls in love with Shousuke Komi due to her own misreading of the situation.
  • Not So Stoic: Albeit she's commonly stone-faced, when she first lays eyes on Shousuke, she turns into a Smitten Teenage Girl.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Invoked. She actively makes the effort to frown all the time, but she drops it every time she interacts with Shousuke or whenever she's happy.
  • Punny Name: Her name means "stiff love", referring to her unbending attitude.
  • Skipping School: In her introductory chapter, she has thus far skipped a significant part of her first year at Kisai High, explaining why she hasn't met either Hitomi or Shousuke. Like a true delinquent, she's a truant.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's one of the reasons her brother is the way he is; that is, buff like hell and crippingly shy.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Upon meeting Shousuke, she is immediately enthralled by him. It's so poignant that she has to regain her composure twice.
  • When She Smiles: In Chapter 198, it's shown that she's enjoyed her day out with Shousuke and Hitomi so much that she relents a shy and tender smile behind their backs, which is noticed by Shousuke (and from him, that's saying plenty).

    Katai Ken and Misao 
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Ken and Misao are Makoto and Ai's parents, who run a martial arts dojo. While intimidating, they are painfully tongue-tied.

Introduction: Chapters 179 & 181

  • Face of a Thug: They look far more intimidating than they actually are.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Makoto ended up as shy and tongue-tied as he is because of them, but inherited their sweetness and kindness. Like his father, he's built like a door.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Their daughter Ai could not be more different than them. Even though she inherited their menacing look, she has an attitude to match it.
  • Punny Name: Katai Ken means "stiff sword", while Katai Misao means "stiff principles"
  • Shrinking Violet: They are so shy that they can't talk.

    Agari Matsuri 
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Matsuri is Agari Himiko's aunt, who runs a food stall in the summer festival. Unlike her niece, Matsuri gets overexcited under pressure during festivals, alienating her workers and hurting her own business.

Introduction: Chapter 193

  • Animal Motifs: Much like her niece Himiko, who is an overexcited puppy, Matsuri is in turn the overexcited adult dog.
  • Buxom Is Better: She is just as endowed as her niece.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She sports two.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: At first glance, she thinks that Tadano and Manbagi are sweethearts because a drunk client mistakes them for a couple; the drunkard also points out that Tadano and Komi don't suit each other, so arriving to a safe (but mistaken) conclusion, Matsuri sends Tadano and Manbagi alone to watch the fireworks.
  • Foil: To Komi Shuuko. Like Shuuko with her daughter, Matsuri is like a bubbly, grown-up version of her niece with considerably less inhibitions and lacking shyness.
  • Genki Girl: To a fault. She hypes herself so much that she fizzles out like five minutes into opening the stall.
  • Has a Type: It's implied that she likes muscly men, explaining why she is given to touch Katai.
  • The Mentor: Her running a food stall is implied to be the reason her niece Himiko is so partial towards trying new foods and restaurants, but lacking customer service industries, Himiko aimed for the food critic side of the equation.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her actions unwittingly make Manbagi come to terms with her feelings towards Tadano, whom everybody including Komi bore witness to. All she did was to give a little push to open the floodgates.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When the festival starts she gets so hyped that she starts groping Katai and Tadano.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Matsuri's fellow stall neighbors lament the fact that Matsuri once again starts getting hyper, and if it weren't for Tadano's group taking over turns manning the stand, it wouldn't have had any business.
  • Punny Name: "Agari" means "excited"/"flustered" and "Matsuri" means "celebration"/"festival", altogether means "gets excited during festivals".
  • Shared Family Quirks: Like her niece, she gets flustered when put on the spot, but doesn't shut down like Himiko and becomes manic instead.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Manbagi and Tadano, due to their interaction with a drunk client who calls them a "couple".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks just like her niece, but grown up.

    Natsukido Rei 
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A second-grader in elementary school, the daughter of one of Shuuko's school friends, who comes to stay with the Komis for a week while her parents are away. A self-possessed little girl who seems mature beyond her years.

Introduction: Chapters 168 thru 177(!) 

  • Animal Motifs: Cats, like Komi, although she shows it differently, having cat-like pupils, holding herself apart from others, and presenting herself as being independent.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: One delivered by Komi:
    Komi: All those people you met until now... Do you hate them?
    Rei: (wailing) HOW COULD I EVER HATE THEM...!!!
  • Cooldown Hug: She gets one from Komi when she questions her reasons to try to be her friend.
  • The Cutie: She's cute and beautiful, enough to be confused as Komi's little sister.
  • Dramatic Irony: In spite of her efforts otherwise, Rei becomes so close to Komi in a mere seven days that they're almost family by the time she leaves for America.
  • Foil: To Komi; their first meeting is basically what'd happen if a nervous cat met an aloof cat. Both are viewed as being Aloof Dark-Haired Girls, which neither of them truly are. However, where Komi unintentionally comes off as aloof due to her anxiety and lack of social skills, Rei purposefully puts on a façade to keep herself from being hurt.
  • Hates Being Alone: Implied Trope. In spite of her composed demeanor, it's shown that she is not okay with her parents being away for so long, and she misses her mom considerably. She does find some comfort when Komi falls asleep in her room, keeping her company.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She tries her best to be as dispassionate and disengaged as possible, reaching a point where she tries to antagonize Komi by breaking a prized toy of hers and throwing a fit in the street, taking off running in order to dissuade Komi from trying to befriend her. It doesn't work for her.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Due to the fact that her family moves very frequently, Rei has not been able to form lasting friendships with the people that she meets, having experienced nothing but goodbyes. This makes her sad to no end, and she tries to reject Komi because she doesn't want to form anything meaningful just to have it be taken from her. Komi doesn't let her, though, stating that even though she didn't share that much time with the people she's met, she cannot hate them or blame them for her sadness, implying that it's due to her own making. This makes her settle down eventually and accept Komi's offer of friendship.
  • I Want My Mommy!: In the dead of night, Komi catches her silently crying for her mom in spite of her earlier composure. She's still a young girl, all in all.
  • Meaningful Name: "Natsukido" is a phrase that refers to getting closer to someone, and "Rei" means zero. In short, she tries to keep her distance from people emotionally.
  • Nice Girl: In spite of her best efforts to alienate Komi, Rei is a sweetheart.
  • Not So Above It All: Beneath the mature facade Rei likes to project, she really is prone to acting her age.
  • Not So Stoic: She does her best to be proper and formal, but her true emotions eventually start to show through.
  • Overly Long Name: Her teddy bear is named Elisabeth, short for Elisabeth Alexandrine Josephine Jeanne Catherine Christianne, descendant of the Royal House of Alexandrine and the Noble House of Christianne.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Rei is an only child, which further exacerbates her need for lasting friends. Being treated as The Drag-Along by her parents has left her too frequently lonely for comfort. Through their interactions, she starts treating Komi like a sister.
  • Pet the Dog: Komi does not take any offense from Rei's behavior, rather worrying at the possibility that she's offended Rei herself somehow. In spite of being the offended party, Komi tenderly consoles Rei for her outbursts, and asks Shousuke to fix the Sokechu toy that Rei destroyed, which he does no questions asked, implying that he's fond of Rei too.
  • Precocious Crush: Rei gets implied to have developed one on Shousuke after he repaired her broken toy. After that, she spends quite a bit of her remaining summer vacation with the Komi family silently following him around.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Puts on a mature facade, but beneath it she really is a little kid who wants to play around with Komi.
  • Tears of Joy: When blowing bubbles with Komi, Onemine and the latter's little siblings, she's so elated that tears appear on the corners of her eyes.
  • Tender Tears: When she questions Komi as to why she's trying to befriend her in spite of her ostensible rudeness towards her, and later, after she says her goodbyes to Komi.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: How she presents herself to others, due to her parents being away a lot.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That: She tearfully states that she doesn't want to become close with anyone, all while being lovingly hugged and consoled by Komi. So much for that ethos...

Other Itan High School Characters

    Omojiri Miwa 

Omojiri Miwa

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Assistant homeroom teacher for Komi and Tadano's second year class, who presents herself as the very image of a proper teacher at work, but can't be assed to do anything at home.

Introduction: Chapter 158

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She starts engaging her students in a more friendly manner after Komi brings her a bento as an apology for interrupting her grocery shopping. Touched by the gesture, she opens herself more and becomes both an educator and a friend to her students.
  • Brick Joke: In her introductory chapter, she arrives home on a Friday night, and exhausted, she collapses on the entrance until Sunday afternoon; two chapters later, she states that she intends to sleep in her bed throughout the Summer break, implying two things: first, she passes out at the entrance of her apartment a lot, and second, fittingly, that she doesn't get to sleep in her bed that often as a result. So, it's a Brick Joke combined with From Bad to Worse.
  • The Finicky One: At work, she presents herself as someone who does everything properly... even if that means she has to rush to cover everything she wants to in class. Her proper attitude is mostly due to her overcompensating.
  • Lazy Bum: Y'know how you get home from work and there's all these things that need doing and you can't bring yourself to do any of them and just have a nice lie down? That's basically her life. Plus, when we see inside her home, it looks like she still has the boxes from when she moved in and never got round to unpacking.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name means "pretty words, heavy ass" - that is, she may talk a good game, but she's lazy.
  • Punny Name: Miwa translates as "pretty words", while Omojiri translates as "heavy ass", referring to the expression "the heavy ass's ass is heavy", meaning someone's lazy.
  • Sensei-chan: She's a young single woman who, in spite of her stern appearance, is a doting and playful teacher around her students.
  • Stern Teacher: Initially. She behaves like this towards Komi's class because she's nervous around them, but Komi's kind gesture makes her soften the load.

    Gorimi Senpai 
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Agari's upperclassman at the library, Gorimi is a second-year student (later a senior) and the implacable, immovable, towering library chief at Komi's school and a member of the Student Council. She is very strict in enforcing silence at the library, usually slapping offenders with her ever-present paper fan, and kicking them out when they strike out after three warning slaps.

Introduction: Chapter 36

  • The Dragon: During the second year sports festival at school, she becomes one for Isagi when she assumes the presidency of the Student Council, enforcing equal treatment from the judges who were hilariously skewed in favor of Komi the previous year.
  • The Dreaded: Albeit she's intimidating by herself, she is dutiful in her function, so most of the characters understand her punishments. However, she's Najimi's bane because Najimi is very loud and a repeat offender.
  • Huge School Girl: She's built like a door.
  • Irony: Tadano points out that her fan slaps are the loudest thing in the library, in comparison to when the students talk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of how they try her patience, Gorimi senpai is very fond of Komi's group.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: She looks like a bodybuilder wearing pigtails.
  • Loophole Abuse: A victim of it courtesy of Komitani. His inner dialogue can't be perceived by her. As she can't hear him talk, or doesn't perceive him as talking when he does, Komitani is her favorite.
  • New Rules as the Plot Demands: Turns out, it's not only an offense to be loud, Gorimi senpai also doesn't tolerate people being obnoxious.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: She always has one that she uses to enforce silence in the library.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's no smiling cookie!
  • Punny Name: "Gorimi" means "gorilla beauty".
  • Rule of Three: Three slaps of her fan and you're out of the library.
  • Senpai Kohai: She's one year the main characters' senior and Agari's team leader at the library.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Implied Trope. It's hinted that one of the reasons Agari has gained some agency and self-esteem, aside from her friendship with Komi and Tadano, is due to her being an understudy library chief of someone as imponent as Gorimi.
  • Threshold Guardians: A parody of the trope. Trying to study without eliciting Gorimi's wrath becomes an informal game played by Komi's group, as if competing to see who lasts the longest and prodding Gorimi to see what she tolerates and what sets her off.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Najimi protests that Manbagi's talking doesn't constitute an offense. It turns out that, of course, as long as they're studying, talking gets a pass. However, Najimi is so loud in the protest that Gorimi kicks them out.

    Netsuno Chika 

Netsuno Chika

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They care more about her (Komi) than they did about the result... Huh... (crying/covering mouth) Dwo handred degreef...! What good komradef...!

A literally hot-headed girl, Netsuno is a highly competitive senpai that uses heat terms to describe class dynamics, catching Komi with her eye and deeming her "cold" compared to her classmates, as Komi's isolated.

Introduction: Chapters 54 & 55

  • Flaming Hair: Not actual fire, but it's red with a lighter tuft sticking up in the middle, giving it the appearance of a torch.
  • Hot-Blooded: It's literally her name!
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Sheds Manly Tears upon seeing the entirety of Class 1-1 supporting Komi after she fell during their race, as seen in the quote above.
  • Meaningful Name: Nestuno's surname refers to heat, reflecting her Hot-Blooded nature and tendency to measure people in degrees of temperature.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She's a multidisciplinary athlete, and in Chapter 209 she's mentioned to be in every sports club in one way or another.
  • Power Levels: Tends to rank people on their "heat," or how hot-blooded they are, in terms of degrees.
  • Punny Name: "Nestuno" refers to "heat" or "fever."
  • The Rival: To Komi. Netsuno is one of the most popular girls in school, because of both her attractiveness and her physical prowess. Alongside Komi (and mistakenly, if somewhat true due to her popularity), Netsuno is considered one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Itan High School.
  • Senpai Kohai: Is a year ahead of the main characters, so they usually refer to her as Netsuno-senpai.

    Ichou Setoka 

Ichou Setoka

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President Ichou receiving a Paper Fan of Doom from Gorimi

My, my. Whom do we have here... Do you have some business with the Student Council?
—Ichou with swollen lips from a spicy hotpot.

The Student Council president of Itan High School, she is a model president... apparently.

Introduction: Chapter 200

  • Anti-Role Model: She's everything a Student Council president shouldn't be, and then some.
  • Authority in Name Only: It's implied that the council works in spite of her, and that no one that has met her for more than five minutes considers her an "authority".
  • Broken Pedestal: To Isagi, who idolized her from the introduction ceremony for apparently noticing an anemic student in front of her and yanking the mic off of the principal's hands to make the audience take a seat. However, she was just tired herself. On top of that, Isagi finds out that she is currently repeating her third year of high school, and that she's notoriously untidy.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's the Skewed Priorities tropes page personified. She holds a spicy hotpot meal at the council room, she states during a speech that she wants to repeat another year because if she graduates she'd be lonely, she holds bets and splits watermelons at the sports festival, you name it. So far, she's always been shown doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.
  • Genki Girl: Combined with The Pollyanna, she's unwaiveringly bubbly and immune to criticism.
  • Not So Different: She's basically an older Najimi.
  • Punny Name: "Ichou Setoka" is a play on the words "seto kaichou", meaning "student council president".
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: She's repeating the third year, and during the Student Council elections, she manifests to the audience that she would be okay repeating again because she'd be lonely otherwise.
  • Sleazy Politician: A parody. As president of the Student Council, she has held a hotpot in the council room, tried to split a watermelon during the sports festival, and on the same event she tried to take bets alongside Najimi for the relay races. She does whatever the hell she wants, whenever she wants to do it.
  • Student Council President: In her case, it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin until Isagi takes over the presidency.

Other Characters

    Yamada Sanjuurokurou 
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The extremely talkative, touchy and energetic Hitomi-chan. The vulgar, rude, violent, but gave me a handmade bento tsundere Ai-chan. Who should I choose?

- Sanjuurokurou, giving himself too much credit.

Sanjuurokurou is a classmate of Shousuke, Ai and Hitomi at Kisai High School. An Ordinary High-School Student, he is under the (very mistaken) impression that Ai and Hitomi are in love with him.

First Appearance: Ch. 198.

  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • He thinks that both Ai and Hitomi are in love with him, but in reality, his contact with them is due to circumstantial situations involving the very handsome Shousuke.
    • Yamada surmises that because Hitomi's brother remembers his name (unlike everyone else), he's giving his nod of approval for him to date her. In reality, he's just extending him the minimum courtesy.
    • He assumes that Tadano actually getting his name right was his way of giving Yamada his blessing to date his sister.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Parodied by the author himself. His name is a combination of a common family name (Yamada) and the number 36, implying that he's barely past being a stock character.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: None of his group of friends think of him as a friend, but rather, a head to fill up a seat. Out of him, Hitomi and Ai, Shousuke considers him the least annoying.
  • Nice Guy: He's a good kid, notwithstanding his plainness.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He's even more of a fly on the wall than Tadano is. His entire gimmick consists of the fact that he's barely two hairs over being just a background character.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: When Shousuke invites Yamada over to his place for a dinner party, Yamada assumes it's because Shousuke considers him his closest friend from their class. In reality, Shousuke simply considers him the least annoying member of his class instead.
  • Punny Name:
    • Yamada Sanjuurokurou means "Yamada the Thirty Sixth", parodying his plainness and his status as a stock/background character. A Running Gag involves people calling him by a different name/number like Nanajuuro-kurou (seventy sixth), Saburou (three, or third), Nijuunirou (twenty second), Rokujuukykyuurou (sixty ninth), Niijuuhachirou (twenty eighth), Juugorou (fifteenth) and Yonjuuichirou (forty first).
    • His name also implies that he's just the thirty sixth classmate in Shousuke, Hitomi and Ai's classroom.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Parodied, but in a different aspect than Tadano. Whereas Tadano is the trope exemplified, Sanjuurokurou has just an average name (Yamada) attached to a number (36), implying that he's barely past a Nominal Importance in the story.
  • Rose-Tinted Narrative: He is in one concerning his romantic possibilities with Ai and Hitomi.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: He thinks that every action Ai and Hitomi make are attempts for them to court him.
  • Unknown Rival: Hilariously, to Shousuke. He is a foil to Shousuke in status and appearance (as in, having neither), and most of his "successes" in love are due to a residual effect from Shousuke's wake.

    Chocolate 
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Let me say this first. I hate being touched by humans. Those ill-mannered humans would just try to touch us without ever considering our feelings.

The unlikeliest member of Komi's list of friends, Chocolate is the cranky lady boss cat of a Cat Cafe that Komi visits with Onemine and Otori. Chocolate is the only cat in the Cafe who is not afraid of Komi.

Introduction: Chapter 82

  • Caught Monologuing: She's given to sit, seething at the humans that visit the shop. She gets irritated when she's interrupted.
  • Humans Are Bastards: As she dislikes being touched by people, she disdains every person that comes to the shop, except for Komi.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Though she argues that she hates humans, her preference of Komi proves that she craves physical attention too.
  • Not So Stoic: Though she begins making fun of Komi's wasted efforts to approach the other cats, she starts feeling bad for her and approaches Komi by herself.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She sports one mean scowl, high and mighty.
  • This Is My Human: She approaches Komi and Komi alone, whereas no other person can even approach her.

    Recurrent and other Gag Characters 

There are a multitude of single-note characters in the manga which are used once or twice according to the situation. The majority being single gag characters, they are hereby listed with their name and subsequent Punny Name explanation, where available:


First Year Classmates

Amami's friends, a couple of first year classmates of Komi and Tadano who lend advice to Amami:
  • Ushiroda Eiko - "Shadow girl behind you", a recurring character that appears sometimes, but wasn't introduced until later. Her name is a reference to that fact.
  • Maeda "Jukujosukii" Hoshio - His nickname meaning "I love older women", a sleazy boy who has little compunctions admitting that he Likes Older Women.

  • Otaku Yuuji, Seikimatsu Toshio and Samurai ("Seikimatsu Toshio" meaning "end of the century man", a reference to Fist of the North Star, as he looks just like a villain from there) are first-year classmates of Komi and Tadano with very distinctive, stereotypical appearances akin to their names. Samurai in particular is part of the "Komi Imperial Guard".

Second Year Classmates

  • Badou Kaname - "Truly a mother", a second-year classmate of Komi and Tadano who assists Najimi's Test of Courage at Katai's home. Apparently, he mothers his classmates like a naggy mom. He was forced by Najimi to introduce himself imitating Beat Takeshi.
  • Fuwa Masuko - "Girl who gets fluffier", another classmate of Komi at the Test of Courage, who is portly. She was forced by Najimi to introduce herself imitating a robot.
  • Odoka Shizuka - "Did I startle you?", a classmate who is dressed as Sawako from The Ring for the Test Of Courage; she appeared earlier during the Cultural Festival, acting as a ghost in her class' haunted house.
  • Ohai Shuki - "Love Boobs" - A classmate who likes boobs, serving as a judge for a couple of class competitions. She was forced by Najimi to introduce herself by becoming hyper.
  • Fushima Saku - "Rotten work", A classmate otaku who is a Yaoi Fangirl. She was forced by Najimi to introduce herself by rapping.
  • Toutoi Son - "Respect" (ironically) or "Revered Son" - A second-year classmate who resembles Gautama Buddha. Unlike his appearance, he has a raunchy personality. He was forced by Najimi to introduce himself by telling an embarrassing anecdote.
  • Fukushi Natsu - "Likes summer uniforms" - A second-year classmate who serves as a judge for the Summer Uniform competition at class.
  • Sukida Lili - "I like yuri", a classmate who furiously ships girlXgirl couples.

Assorted Itan Students

The First Year's Four Heavenly Kings: A group of four first year delinquents who intend to take over Itan High School, confusing Komi for Katai when they find out Komi's reputation, labeling the individual as "Discommunication Komi":
  • Suteno Gorou - Alias "Left for Dead", the leader of the gang and a roughhouse delinquent who uses coin rolls to punch;
  • Gokudou Hajime - Alias "Heaven's Door", a boy who wears a monocle and wields a telescopic macana;
  • Hamaki Yae - Alias "Scorpion", a girl delinquent who wears a mouth cover and wields a wooden katana;
  • Kusari Makina - Alias "Blood Chain", a towering young man who wields a chain.

Manbagi's friends, a group of Gyaru who are Manbagi's friends from her first year:
  • Muu-tan, a dark-haired Gyaru
  • Yukapuyo, a light-haired Gyaru
  • Gonzales - an uncharacteristically husky-voiced Gyaru.

Other Characters

  • Idou Nakera - "Used to moving", a lady who shares an overnight bus ride with Komi and Shousuke, who are heading to their grandma's town. She considers herself a bus travel expert passenger.
  • Teshigawara Hoshiko - "A girl who really wants tissues", a 26 year old lady who encounters Komi and later Nakanaka, misreading both situations.
  • Party People Golden Skulls (Temp Name) - Five boys that appear during the Beach Episode, who ogle timidly at girls and try approaching Manbagi.
  • Asado Tatsuhito - "Maid expert", a 32 year old connoiseur who frequents maid cafes and gauges their quality.
  • Tenjouin Ryouko is the beleaguered newbie tour guide during Komi and Tadano's class trip at Kyoto, who finds dismay at the fact that no one at the class (except Komi and Tadano) are paying attention at her exposition.
  • Shiota Shouta, Michisato Laura, Saiko Chii and Ooki Itsuya are a group of elementary school kids who live at Komi's neighborhood. They are great admirers of Komi due to her merciless "killing" of the treacherous Yamai during an impromptu snowball fight they had with Komi's friends. Ever since, they have referred to Komi as "The Silent Killer" or "Sile'Kill-Neechan".

Tropes Related

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Ohai Suki and Fushima Saku, Sukida Lily and Maeda Hoshio on account of their perverted preferences. Ohai and Sukida in particular are rather susceptible to Immodest Orgasm.
  • The Ace: Invoked. In Chapter 209, Maeda Hoshio is mentioned to be the school's ace sprinter.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • Subverted. During the tour of historic Kyoto, the tour guide Ryouko tries and fails to engage the kids at Komi's class, but is encouraged when she realizes that both Komi and Tadano have been paying full attention to her.
    • During the Cultural Festival, Asado Katsuhito comes in with airs of an "expert", but immediately turns bashful when he enters the café at Komi's class.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Fukushi Natsu declares his dying admiration for both the girls' uniforms... and Katai's.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The Four Heavenly Kings try to seek quarrel against Katai (who they think is "Komi"), but they're not aware that it's like trying to fight a column of the Parthenon.
  • Big Eater: Fuwa Masuko, who tries to get extra food from Kaname at the Horror House BBQ afterparty.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The Party People Golden Skulls try to be this, but as Tadano notices, they're shy novices in spite of all their efforts.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Ushiroda's role as Amami's friend is to make sure that Amami just doesn't give her everything away.
  • Dirty Old Monk: Played with. Toutoi Son has the appearance of Buddha, but he's a rather raunchy fella.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Shiota Shouta is somewhat afraid of Komi because of her reputation as the neighborhood "Silent Killer". He thinks that he's her next target.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Hajime, Yae and Makina try to console Gorou due to the fact that in spite of making a name for himself, no one in the second year, especially "Komi" (Katai), knows who he is.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Saiko Chii is 1-2 head(s) taller than her friends to the point of looking adult. She'd be huge for a high schooler, though she's only at elementary school.
  • In-Series Nickname: Overlapping with The Nicknamer, upon meeting her, Manbagi's friends refer to Komi as "Shokotaso". They also refer to Manbagi as "Bagiko".
  • Japanese Delinquents: The First Year's Four Heavenly Kings are a group that tries to take over Itan High School. They try to be the real deal, but in reality, they're a bunch of tryhards.
  • Jerkass: Seikimatsu has been nothing but rude on his few appearances. His first appearance is actually when he tramples over Tadano.
  • Muscle Beach Bum: The Party People Golden Skulls hound and try to entice Manbagi at the beach, but Tadano and Katai intervene timely.
  • Nice Girl: Manbagi's friends are about the sweetest group of Kogals in the story.
  • Nightmare Face: Odoka Shizuka looks like Sadako from The Ring, so "ghastly" is an appropriate descriptor.
  • Not a Mask: During the planning of the Test of Courage, it's shown that Odoka is not dressing as a "ghost" for special occasions; that's her everyday garb.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mrs. Idou Nakera becomes so flustered when she sees the beauty of Komi at their bus that her expert routine is derailed.
    • Upon being "shot" by Nakanaka on the street at night, Ms. Tegishawara freezes up and ponders whether she should drop "dead" and play along; she does, frightening Nakanaka herself, who hadn't noticed she "shot" her.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ooki Itsuya is tremendously built for an elementary schooler. Kid's fit, even though he's the shortest among his friends.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Uncharacteristically, Otaku Yuuji has a remarkable singing voice.
  • Team Mom: Badou Kaname, in spite of being a boy. He's very doting and authoritative, like everyone's mama.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Seikimatsu is mentioned to have a cute girlfriend in Chapter 209.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Gonzales apparently sounds like a portly judoka in spite of being a young Girly Girl.

Itan Shopping District "Itandori"

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The Itan Shopping District is a neighboring shopping mall to the Itan High School. It's frequented by the high schoolers, and in particular, Komi and her friends frequent its restaurants mainly due to Agari's recommendations, as she tends to browse and pick due to her food blogging.

    Ramen Darou Shopkeeper 
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A restauranteur and the ramen cook of the prestigous Darou shop, the shopkeeper is an intimidating man at first glance, but like Komi, has a severe communication disorder.

Introduction: Chapter 28

  • Not So Different: He has the same communication disorder as Komi, and is quick to notice it when she visits the shop. To the point he puts more effort into making the ramen he serves to her beautiful.
    "Empathy between two bad at communicating."
  • Pet the Dog: Without any words exchanged, he immediately takes a flyer from Komi to promote the school's Culture Festival.

    Nita Shinji and Nita Musubi 
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A father and daughter that run the Nita Diner gourmet. They are both disrespectful and quarrelsome towards each other.

Introduction: Chapter 61

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They present everyone except Komi with the worst customer service they can, but get away with it because Agari finds that their food is exquisite. As such, with a good review, their restaurant starts thriving.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: They think that Komi is the famous reviewer that makes shops thrive with her visits. In fact, it's Agari who is reviewing them.
  • Karma Houdini: They get an awesome review from Agari in spite of the terrible customer service they presented to her because of the quality of their food.
  • Pet the Dog: They are so thankful towards Komi (though it was Agari who gave them a favorable review), that they cover their shop with Komi's fliers.
  • Punny Name: Their last name can be read as "to be alike". That is, to denote how they both think alike, behave alike, and bicker together like little kids.

    Karisu Masa and Arai Kamiko 
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A veteran beautician and a wash girl at the "Beyough Sheets" beauty parlor, Karisu is Komi's personal beautician and hairdresser, while Arai handles hair washing and shop cleaning.

Introduction: Chapter 34

  • Comical Overreacting: Arai is always aghast at how Karisu is able to understand Komi in spite of little to no utterances from the girl.
  • Enthusiasm vs. Stoicism: Arai is the enthusiastic party, while Karisu is the stoic. In turn, Arai is aiming to be like Karisu.
  • The Mentor: Karisu is one for Arai as a beautician.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Arai is touched by the fact that Komi was appreciative of the service they provided in spite of the fact that Arai herself was somewhat pushy in Komi's presence.
  • Not So Different: Invoked. Arai witnesses a conversation between Karisu, Komi and Tadano, and is flabbergasted at how they can understand Komi without her ever uttering a single word. As such, Arai wonders whether Tadano is as charismatic as Karisu.
  • Punny Name: Karisu Masa is a pun on "charisma", while Arai Kamiko means "wash girl". Even the shop's name is a pun of the word "Beauty"
  • Senpai Kohai: Arai is Karisu's understudy, and she harbors a great admiration towards her, as her goal is to become a charismatic beautician just like her.
  • The Stoic: Karisu is quiet, professional and collected.


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