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Kurahashi Riko

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Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Drama CD) and Manami Numakura (Anime)

A second-year student at Fujisaki Girls Academy. Her tomboyish and rebellious personality made her one of the most popular students in the school, and her hanging out with boys in elementary school started rumors that she has had a very successful love life. After a chance meeting where she caught Maki kissing a body pillow in the Student Council office, she gets conscripted as the Council President's Assistant, and provides Maki with "expert opinions" for her Love Research. This is all despite the fact that she has never dated a single boy.


  • A Friend in Need: The very reason she has nothing but praises for Yan in spite of his caustic behavior, as he tutored her to enter Fuji at the time her grandfather died, providing her with the means to cope with the loss. For this kindness, Yan is very dear to her whether he likes it or not.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Calling her a boy or manly.
    • Insulting her friends.
  • Best Friend: Maki admits in the anime finale that Riko is the best friend she's ever had.
  • Book Dumb: How she got into Fujisaki is a bit of a mystery, and lampshaded as such. Is later shown that Yan personally tutored her into the school, and that given the appropriate drive, Riko is shown to be a remarkable learner.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To her crushes. It's the only other reason she wasn't recognized by the boys - she never makes the first move herself. Taken to an extreme when she falls for Nagi and refuses to admit it until she tells her friends in chapter 10 of volume 7.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Nagi seems to have had an one sided crush on her when they were kids, later she gets a crush on him when she meets him again.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Anytime a girl shows interest in Nagi or Nagi complements a girl that isn't her, she freaks out.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Our first treatment started when she aggressively saved two girls from an incoming football kicked by two schoolboys. The result: the girls look up (with heart-shaped eyes, people!) to her like a manly prince.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hair Decorations: She always has her hair tied up with these, and is rarely seen wearing the same hair tie two days in a row. She's constantly being told to take them off by the school guidance councilor, only to put them back on the moment she's alone.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes one with Maki.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Wild One". Suzu quite liberally shortens this to "Waki".note . The English subs refer to it as a shortened version of "Wild Kid".
  • Insistent Terminology: She keeps referring to Yan as a good guy, in spite of overwhelming evidence towards the contrary. This is due to the fact that Yan tutored her to be admitted into Fuji during a time of great distress for her, as she was witnessing the convalescence and eventual death of her grandfather.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Claims to have extensive experience with guys and dating, but actually doesn't.
  • My Greatest Failure: Lying to Maki about her popularity and her experience with romance, and letting it balloon beyond her control until it exploded on her.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Her masculine traits (read: One of the Boys) scares the other boys away from her.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: A non-power example: she's able to give the rest of the student council decent relationship advice simply because their views on romance are so weird that it only takes a normal person's common sense to correct them, despite the fact that she hasn't ever been involved with a guy.
  • Not So Different: She has romantic fantasies straight from the pages of a shoujo manga just like the other girls, but hers are much more subdued than Maki's or Eno's.
  • Oblivious to Love: Volume 11 shows that Nagi confessed in their childhood only it to fly right over Riko's head and even say if she was a boy, she would love him. Considering Nagi has a complex about being seen as a girl, this obviously hit hard.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: She is blissfully unaware of how attractive she is to her schoolmates and even to boys in general.
  • Odd Friendship: With Yan, who is almost a complete antithesis to what she is; she is friendly, carefree and given to smile, while Yan is a loner, preoccupied with studies and status, and a natural-born sourpuss. She even considers him one of her best friends.
  • One of the Boys: Since she fails at femininity up to the present day, none of the boys recognized her as a girl.
  • Only Sane Man: She's the one that keeps Maki in line.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Receives one from Suzune.
  • Ship Tease: From Volume 5 onward, about where the anime ended, she gets a lot of ship tease with Nagi.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She only really fell for Nagi when he covered for her.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Concerning her non-existent love life. When her friends ask if she likes Nagi, she denies it saying she just thinks about him all the time and he sometimes makes her heart beat faster, which they lampshade
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe. After she learns her Embarrassing Nickname, she counters it by acting ridiculously cute and imitating Maki, driving everyone nuts. Sayori finds it especially painful.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being pretty masculine she enjoys dressing up and has some very feminine ideals on dating.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Riko tried to correct her first witness of Natsuo's romantic rehearsal early on, which led Natsuo to think that Riko used to have boyfriends in the past. Riko subtly tried to deny such a conlusion, but Natsuo put so much faith in her that she, in fear of disappointing Natsuo, continued lying about her status. Ever since, she became Natsuo's reluctant love life advisor, who then spread the word to people like Suzune, much to Riko's chagrin.

Maki Natsuo

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Voiced by: Yui Horie (Drama CD) and Chinatsu Akasaki (Anime)

A second-year student at Fujisaki Girls Academy, and an unbelievably competent Student Council President, who is capable of taking up all the responsibilities of the entire Student Council by herself. However, her cool, competent demeanor quickly disappears when you realize that she's a huge Cloudcuckoolander that is obsessed with an idealistic understanding of romance. She even has a body pillow with a caricature of her "ideal love interest" on it named "Huggy" (Dakkii in Japanese), which she uses to practice kissing.


  • Academic Athlete: She is second to Riko in athleticism.
  • The Ace: She's a top-notch student at The Fujisaki Girls' Academy who has some incredibly good grades, charismatic people skills with the teachers and efficient human resource managing. Riko mentions that Maki is so impressive that she could do all of this at once at no penalty to her overall performance - in Riko's words, "a super middle schooler".
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her dad runs a lingerie company, and appeared in a commercial extolling various womens' undergarments in song. She's very sensitive about it.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: She can pull off a fairly convincing Bifauxnen, but "Makio" just ends up creeping everyone out more than anything.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between her and Yan.
  • Best Friend: In the anime finale, Riko tearfully admits that Maki is her best friend.
  • Big Fancy House
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She pulls some really Insane Troll Logic out of nowhere in what should be ideal circumstances in a romantic encounter. This causes her otherwise normal behavior to turn eccentric, and turns off at least two of the guys at the cram school as a result.
  • Bishie Sparkle: She's surrounded by it about 70% of the time, which is connected to her characteristic warm smile. It does a remarkable job to hide her inherent weirdness.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Because of her affluent upbringing, Maki is not one to show anger even when she's livid and will engage in Passive Aggressive Combat. This is especially noticeable when she is mad at Riko and Yan on different occasions.
  • Dude Magnet: Nearly every boy has shown attraction to her; Yan himself admits that she'd be more attractive if she weren't so weird.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Due to her intelligence, kindness and beauty. She gains the same reaction Riko gets from their fellow schoolmates.
  • First-Name Basis: When a boy uses her first name without honorifics (thinking it was her last name) she completely panics, acting like he stole her Sacred First Kiss, and falls into a Heroic BSoD. She had, of course, envisioned some insane romantic scenario in which a guy she'd been dating for months would finally use her first name without honorifics.
  • Girly Girl: She makes girly runs, is hopelessly romantic and fits the bill of a graceful young lady (that is, until Insane Troll Logic kicks in...).
  • Girly Run
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Appears to have blue hair, but characters describe it as gorgeously black.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes one with Riko.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She was this to Yuiko, until Yuiko promptly resigned in disgust.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Prior to meeting Riko, she was largely self-reliant. Then when Riko greets her friend Mika in the hallway, Maki has a sad look on her face at seeing how friendly the two girls are. Later on, after she finds out that Riko lied about being an expert on love, she was more distressed at the fact that Riko wanted to quit the student council and probably not spend any more time with her, than the fact that she lied. At least until the latter gave a heartfelt apology, stated she didn't want to quit, and declared them to be best friends.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Fuji's Princess"
  • Insane Troll Logic: Owing to her Cloudcuckoolander status, Maki's wacky conclusions in supposedly perfect courting situations lead to some very fatal errors, such as exaggerating the melodrama of a young relationship situation between two lovers, dislocating Riko's fingers in a practice of holding hands, simulating Crash-Into Hello at break-neck speed, and improving one's attractiveness by exposing one's nape rather than making an Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • It's Personal: Invoked. Maki suspects Riko when the issue of her lies regarding romance come out, especially due to the possibility that Riko was just with her just for shits and giggles, pretending to be her friend and taking advantage of her gullible nature to make fun of her. Riko, with tears in her face, assures her that this is not the case.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Although she doesn't flaunt her riches, her father is a successful, if somewhat embarrassing, businessman, and kept her away from boys her age. This may help explain why Maki has such weird ideas about guys in the first place, particularly after her sister accidentally reads some of her love lab notes and convinces him to loosen his grip on her upbringing a little, lest some smooth talking playboy exploits her naiveness.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: It's a part of her Girly Girl charm.
  • Love Freak: To a fault by way of Insane Troll Logic.
  • Ojou: She comes from a wealthy family.
  • Parody Sue: As a Cloudcuckoolander Ace Student, she's overly competent in all academic issues, but is exaggeratedly terrible at her love life.
  • Sacred First Kiss: A common gag is Yan stealing her "first times" on many occasions, much to her chagrin, since her simulated romantic scenarios are ruined every time. These include the first time she was called by her first name, the first time she was in picture with a boy, the first time she was saved from an accident, etc.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She's only ever attended all-girls' schools, so the first time she's had an extended conversation with a male outside of her family was at cram school with Yan.
  • Stop Copying Me: Riko tries to copy her actions to be more "girly" upon learning her nickname ("The Wild One"), and everyone is either disturbed by her change in character, or completely disgusted. Maki counters by dressing as Makio, something Riko would never willingly do.
  • Student Council President: In effect, to the extent that most students think she's the president, but technically she's the vice-president.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: No, she does not like Yan, OK? How many times does she have to repeat it even when her friends don't ask?
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Riko jokes that it'd be easier to study if a hot guy was encouraging her...so Maki dresses up as one.
  • Terrible Artist: Her body pillow has a crude caricature of a male student on it, in stark contrast to the more conventional Bishounen or Hunk. For the sake of Rule of Funny, her romance fantasies involve meeting a living version of her absurd artwork.
    • She's honestly confused and can't understand why the art teacher gave her a "D" for her drawings (of student council members).
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She brings up things like Meet Cute moments, only to screw 'em up with Insane Troll Logic; she's particularly keen on shojo manga stereotypes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On a couple of occasions:
    • When she learns that Riko was lying about her experience with romance, Maki admonishes her, as it has given her the impression that she was being taken advantage of.
    • When Yan denies being her friend in front of his classmates in order to shut them up, she engages in Passive Aggressive Combat with him until he relents that he might have hurt her with his declaration.

Tanahashi "Suzu" Suzune

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Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani (Drama CD) and Inori Minase (Anime)

A diminutive first year student at Fujisaki Girls Academy, a huge Shrinking Violet, and the Student Council's secretary. She joins in on the Student Council's Love Research after some convincing from Riko, and laughing at Riko and Maki's Straight Man and Wise Guy routine.


Enomoto "Eno" Yuiko

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Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (Drama CD) and Ayane Sakura (Anime)

A wealthy third-year student at Fujisaki Girls Academy, and former Student Council President. She angrily left the student council when her Hypercompetent Vice President, Maki, took all her work from her. After coming to blows with Riko and Maki over the position of President, she re-joins the Student Council as Vice President.


Mizushima "Sayo" Sayori

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Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Drama CD) and Taichi You (Anime)

A bespectacled third-year student at Fujisaki Girls Academy, former Student Council Treasurer, and Yuiko's lifelong friend. She's well-known for being a miser who has a weird fascination with money, and has openly stated that she only became treasurer so she could handle the funds distributed to the various clubs. Before the series started, Maki dismissed her because this behavior creeped her out, but she returns to her original position when Enomoto becomes Vice President. She's also the only member of the student council to be in a relationship with a guy, a fact which they have to keep secret from Fujisaki's staff.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Affectionate Nickname: Gets called "Sayo" by Yuiko.
  • Blind Without 'Em: She actually tripped on her own feet after the girls take her glasses away briefly to change her look for a date.
  • Brutal Honesty: She often says it like she sees it, which doesn't go over well with Riko a lot of times.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': She meets up with her secret boyfriend once, outside of school. A member of the shady newspaper club wanders by and takes a picture, accidentally reveals it to the teachers, and Sayori is nearly kicked out of the student council.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Gadfly: In the early parts of the manga, she would tease Riko about her romantic experience in the hopes of getting her tell the truth. She continues doing it with Riko's obvious crush on Nagi.
  • Gamer Chick
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Supposedly has a boyfriend, whom she hasn't seen in person since their relationship began. Subverted; he does exist.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While it's shown that she deeply cares for her friends, Sayo is not an affectionate person and openly dislikes saccharine displays. She is both imposing and intimidating.
  • Greed: In the form of Money Fetish, no less.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Her snide comment aside, Maki recognizes that Sayo was in the right for not giving the Newspaper association the extra funds they requested.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much of a Jerkass she can be at times, she does have moments where she's nice and does things without an ulterior motive, such as when Maki's love lab notes were accidentally distributed at a student council meeting. Sayo claims that said notes were research for a question given to them anonymously by a student, and they all accept that excuse, since they're unaware of Maki's Cloudcuckoolander tendencies.
  • Meganekko
  • Mistaken for Cheating: When she went to return Haru's uniform for Yuiko who got sick, her boyfriend just happened to see it.
  • Money Fetish: She openly admits to Yuiko that it's money she likes, not the accounting work that comes with the treasurer position and worse, obsessed with controlling the fundings of people she can manipulate.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the sense that she's the only one in the student council who doesn't fall for Riko's lie. She is also the only person in the council with both feet firmly on the ground and a great strength of character.
  • Riches to Rags: She was transferred out from Fujisaki Academy to a public school when she was in her fourth grade because her parent's business went under.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A large portion of the time.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Discussed by Maki when describing her.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Tsundere: An odd variant. She states the reason she doesn't like meeting her boyfriend is because he throws her off. But at the same time, its made clear that she wants to keep him.
  • Voice Changeling: She has so far been able to copy Maki, Suzu and Nagi's voices.
  • When She Smiles: Has only two known instances of actual happy laughter, both of them heart-melting; especially to Yuiko.
  • Wingding Eyes: Displays yen symbols in her eyes in at least one scene.

    Minami Middle School’s Student 

Nagino "Nagi" Satoshi

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Riko's childhood friend and former football teammate. He goes to the same cram school as Yan and Mika. Yan eventually replaces South Middle's treasurer with him after the former tried to take pictures of Fujisaki's student council.
  • Adorkable: A lot of girls think so because of his kind personality and his tendency to get flustered a lot.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Minor example between him and Riko. While they do argue a lot, it's more like good natured ribbing between friends.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him cute.
  • Bishōnen: He is often thought as cute by the girls.
  • Book Dumb: On par with Riko.
  • Chick Magnet: Riko, Mika and two unnamed girls that find him attractive.
    • Though note that there are plenty of girls that find "cute like a girl" like Maki, which does not necessarily translate to physical attraction. In fact, it is BECAUSE Riko find him to be cute like a girl that she didn't even considered him a guy, leading to her completely missing his confession. Riko also states that all the guys that she has had one-sided crushes on were due to the fact that she found their masculine traits attractive.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Satoshi and Riko were somewhat close when they were younger, and later on he admits to Maki that he did have a crush on Riko. Whether that was a lie to cover for Riko, or a truth, considering he did run away after hearing Riko rejected him, is uncertain.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He did not like hearing that Riko spent a night with a boy(it was Maki crossdressed but Nagi didn't know)
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In his childhood, though it's pointed out that some of his feminine demeanor did carry on even as he grew out the appearance.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Due to how much he changed, Riko had no idea who he was when he called out to her without giving his name. She only realized it was Nagi when her mom showed her his picture.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Nagi gets it the most out of the boys with the main cast calling him cute and Mika even saying he was her type.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Due to be rejected by Riko not understanding his confession as kids, he has trouble thinking she could really be interested in him.
  • Just Friends: Though he does acknowledge Maki's attractiveness just like all other boys, he has a firmly rooted respect for her.
  • Luminescent Blush: He gets it a lot when embarrassed.
  • Nice Guy: He usually friendly and has willingly let his social status take a hit to help Riko. Also one of the few boys that treats Maki with respect.
  • Oblivious to Love: Subverted. Nagi does realize the subtext to Riko's attempts to grow closer but due to being rejected as a children, he has trouble believing it.
  • One of the Boys: Gender Inverted, Riko stated she treated him as a girl due to his appearance when they were young. Some flashbacks show that even after growing up he still hasn't fully overcome this.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Gender Inverted, even Riko couldn't recognize him at first.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Trying to ask Nagi about how or why he confessed to Riko usually sends him into a blind rage.
  • Tsundere: Type B, he's nice and polite to everyone but Riko pushes his buttons.
  • Those Two Guys: For a while he would always appear with Yan, this started to lessen when he and Yan got more screentime.
  • Warts and All: What made Riko finally admit that she liked him, was him telling her that he loved her personality.

Ikezawa Masaomi/Yan

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The Vice-President of Minami Middle School's Student Council. He goes to the same cram school as Nagi and Mika.
  • The Ace: Every bit as good as Maki.
  • Anti-Hero: Crude, mean, aggressive but he is one of the few boys that treat Maki as a person and not as a piece of meat and will help her out if needed.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He refuses to admit that he has any interest in Maki either as a person or her work on the student council.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like Sayori, he often tells it like he sees it.
  • Defrosting Ice King: In the past he was even more cold and started to calm down when he started tutoring Riko. As the series goes on, he starts defrosting more due to Maki.
  • Final Boss: The other characters regularly compare him to the final boss of a video game.
  • Friendship Denial: Invoked. During the inter-schools meeting between Minami and Fuji, he purposely denies that he is Maki's friend in order to prevent the girls' homeroom teacher (who is chaperoning them) from hearing the frivolous conversation. Maki overhears this and takes it very personally, and she starts avoiding Yan as a result. It's not until Yan apologizes and President Toda clarifies Yan's intentions with the denial that Maki understands what had happened and how wrong she was regarding Yan.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Like Maki, he's this to Haru.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Yan"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty mean at times and will mock people as he likes. But he does give credit where credit is due and willingly tutored Riko and Nagi.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Well not love, he doesn't know that Maki is the student council president and has stated on many occasions that he deeply respects Fujisaki's student council president. On the other hand he sees Maki as a weirdo. He does not take it well when he finds out they're one in the same
  • Megane
  • Mistaken Nationality: Played with. Because of his nickname "Yan", his classmates speculate that it's derived from "yankee", which is not the case.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He holds his peers to standards that are not easily met, so it takes quite an effort to gain respect from him. Him minding not to insult someone is a sign that he likes that person.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone called him Yan, Riko doesn't even remember his real name at first.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Receives one from Maki, Suzu's handmade.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Incidentally, he was also the one who was forced to tutor Riko so that she could attend Fujisaki, which seems to have high academic requirements. When he tells Maki about it, he seems really resentful about it however.
  • Villain Respect: Even when he and Maki don't look at each other eye-to-eye, and even when she considers him a foil towards her endeavors and what she considers her idealized interactions with a boy, they gain nothing but respect for each other the more they interact.

Toda Haruka

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The Student Council President of Minami Middle School's Student Council.
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Minami Momoka

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Voiced by: Chuna
Member of the newspaper association, used to be classmate with Sayo in public elementary school.

Ichikawa Nana

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Voiced by: Rina Hidaka.
Member and the photographer of the newspaper association.

Kiriyama Mika

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Voiced by: Suwa Ayaka
Riko's friend and classmate, goes to the same cram school as Nagi and Yan. She joined the newspaper association in vol. 7.

    Other Characters 

Sugihara Miyabi

Voiced by: Satomi Arai
Sayo and Eno's homeroom teacher.

Kurahashi Rentarou

Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki
Riko's younger brother.

Kurahashi Yumiko

Voiced by: Kamei Yoshiko
Riko's mother.

Maki Masanobu

Maki's father, he is the president of "True Tree" lingerie company.

Maki Natsuho

Maki's older sister.

Tanahashi Yuuya

Suzu's older brother. He works as an illustrator in Mars Design Company.

Makino (Tanahashi) Hiroka

Voiced By: Saori Hayami
Suzu's older sister.

Yamazaki Yuu

Voiced by: Murase Ayumu
Sayo's classmate in public elementary school.

Eno's Older Brother

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita


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