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     Masamune Makabe 
Voiced By: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)

The eponymous protagonist. Formerly a fat kid, his history of bullying, culminating in being rejected by his childhood friend Aki, who called him a "Pig's Foot", instilled in him a burning desire for vengeance, going so far as to subject himself to intensive training under his martial artist grandfather, emerging after eight years as a handsome, popular high-school boy.


  • Academic Athlete: He's smart enough to get full marks in his transfer exam and seems to also excel in sports.
  • Allergic to Love: In the last stretch of the manga, he suddenly breaks into hives whenever girls directly touch him, and starts showing symptoms of it after he asks Aki out. The only exception to the rule is Yoshino, and he realizes that it's because he enjoys being around her. Neko speculated that the reason for it is purely psychological; his body is negatively reacting to the sudden dropping of his series-long goal.
  • Alliterative Name: Masamune Makabe.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was bullied as a child for being fat.
  • Beneath the Mask: Sure he may be attractive now, but he's still the same immature guy in the inside, and has massive social anxiety.
  • Best Served Cold: His entire plan is to find Aki, charm her into falling in love with him, and then cruelly reject her when she confesses, all for the bullying done from her comment eight years ago. Sounds devilish on paper, but when he actually has opportunities, he never goes through with it because he doesn't want to hurt her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Veronica's Aki and Neko's Betty. Later to Yoshino's Betty.
  • Bishōnen: Post-makeover, he's considered to be a natural ladykiller with his looks.
  • Bridal Carry: Attempts this with Yoshino after the latter sprains her ankle. This causes her to react and she sends him flying a few feet with a punch from her brass knuckled hand.
  • Broken Ace: On one hand Masamune is smart, handsome, and athletic, and he knows it. On the other hand, he still has several self-esteem issues due to being bullied in the past.
  • Casual Kink: Has a relationship with Yoshino in which he calls her Master, while she calls him Piggy. Were it not for the fact that Piggy was an insult from his past and Master being his nickname for Yoshino because he's learning from her, one could construe that they are in an S&M relationship.
  • Chick Magnet: Aki, Neko and Tae develop feelings for him at different points of the story. Yoshino falls for him midway through the manga but it's not revealed until the penultimate chapter.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He wants to date his childhood crush, Aki. Initially, it's all a scheme to get back at her for rejecting him when they were kids. Then it becomes a Double Subversion when they do fall for each other in the present. The reveal that their whole past fallout was a scheme of Yoshino helps. The manga ends with Masamune confessing his love for Aki and asking her to be his girlfriend, for real this time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly makes sarcastic remarks to people around him, whether it be Aki being a thick headed moron, Neko's tendencies to act like she came out of a romance manga, or Yoshino's tendency to switch between her personas of being a meek servant and a scary chessmaster.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Subverted. He acts like towards Aki, but he's actually planning to make her fall for him to then turn her down.
  • Dreadful Musician: Masamune's singing is so bad that it could be used as a Brown Note.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Pig's Foot".
  • Formerly Fat: As a child, he was pudgy. After a harsh experience with Aki, he swore to get himself a makeover, going so far as to subject himself to a strict diet plan (which would involve rejecting the sweets his mother and younger sister often eat).
  • Freudian Excuse: His goal to get revenge is obviously as a result of Aki rejecting him many years ago. Not to mention he was already bullied beforehand.
  • I Hate Past Me: Despite Aki's subtle urging to return to being the past version of himself, Masamune just doesn't want since he's worked too hard to get to where he is now to throw it away.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Underneath his confidant exterior, Masamune is still the awkward shy kid he was mixed in with years of spite to the people that made fun of him.
  • Informed Attractiveness: He may be miles from where he used to be as a child, but besides the muscles we see from time to time, he doesn't really look any better or worse than most other male anime romcom protagonists out there.
  • Insult of Endearment: Gets called Piggy by Yoshino, despite him hating the name. He slowly does shrug it off and the name is basically Yoshino's nickname for him. Also serves as foreshadowing to the fact that Yoshino was the one to come up with the name instead of Aki as Aki doesn't remember the name, but Yoshino does and constantly uses it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His own conscience is what prevents him from going through with his revenge.
  • Love Martyr: In his relationship with Aki. He pretty much gives up all his ambitions just to be with her, which is putting a strain on him mentally, given that she keeps unwittingly imprinting her images of the old Makabe onto him, but he keeps going ahead with it because he empathizes with her for trying so hard in their relationship.
  • Loving a Shadow: Hinted at this with Aki. Neko confronts him and theorizes that he's fallen out of love with her, and while he still holds a heavy burden with his old revenge plan while still dating Aki, he's more concerned about if his love stems from his obsession with her from their childhood. It only gets worse after Valentine's Day, when he starts eating sweets to appease her out of guilt for his failed revenge scheme.
  • Misplaced Retribution: His whole revenge plot against Aki is this. Aki wasn't the girl who called him "Pig's Foot", it was Yoshino disguised as Aki.
  • Narcissist: What his younger sister Chinatsu thinks of his habit of checking out his post-makeover body.
  • The Nicknamer: He's more subtle about it than Aki is, usually only using the nicknames for people in his head, but he thinks of his classmates bu their nicknames if they have them, and he's come up with a few himself, like calling his mom "loli-hag." Aki is even entered in his phone as "Cruel Princess."
  • Nom de Mom: His original family name is Hayase; Makabe is his maternal grandfather's last name. In this case, he changed it so no one who knew him when he was fat recognizes him.
  • Otaku: Accidentally becomes one for shojo manga while researching pick up lines to use on Aki. Ironically, he becomes scared of Otakus after being traumatized by Muriel and her brother.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After Aki's rejection, Masamune went to live with his grandfather who put him through arduous training to become fit. He went back to live at his parents' house recently.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: He avoids eating sugary and fatty foods, attributing his former fatness to his mother's cooking (where she throws in a lot of fatty and sugary stuff in them).
  • Rescue Romance: He developed a crush on Aki after she helped defend him from his bullies, but she rejected him. Years later, Masamune invokes this by defending Aki from one of the guys she rejected.
  • Secret Keeper: Upon discovering Aki is a Big Eater, Masamune promises to not tell anyone about it. He took it into account in case he needs blackmail material, though.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Kojuurou's Sensitive Guy.
  • Troll: Though not to the level of Yoshino, Masamune enjoys messing with Aki by catching her off guard with his advances.
  • Unwanted Harem: He's the object of affection for Aki, Tae, Neko and Yoshino.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Aki.
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     Aki Adagaki 
Voiced by: Ayaka Ohashi (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)

A rich girl who used to be friends with Makabe when they were children, but suddenly told him to go away and called him "Pig's Foot". Haughty and a bit stuck up, and has a sour opinion of men.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, she has black hair. Her hair color is changed to blue in the anime.
  • Alliterative Name: Aki Adagaki.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Neko's Betty.
  • Big Eater: She loves to eat, consuming at least several bentos for lunch, but it goes right through her.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She was Masamune's childhood crush who rejected him for being fat or so he thinks. Masamune tries to make her fall for him so he can reject her in the same humiliating way. Despite Masamune's initial intentions and Aki's Tsundere personality, they slowly develop feelings for each other again. After they have cleared their past misunderstandings, they become a real couple in the final chapter.
  • Chubby Chaser: Implied to be this. She likes the chubby Masamune and after she begins going out with Makabe, she wonders when he's going to get chubby again. It's probably a case of familiarity and Single-Target Sexuality, since her fondest memories were with little, chubby Makabe.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She takes it very badly when she sees Neko getting close to Masamune.
  • Cower Power: She does this to Makabe during their first date after an otaku attempts to take a picture of her in cosplay.
  • Cry Cute: As part of her Tsundere nature, she looks cute whenever she cries.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: While she remains fairly haughty, she does soften somewhat towards Masamune.
  • Does Not Like Men: In school, she has a notorious reputation for rejecting her many suitors in the most humiliating ways.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": In the finale, she asks Yoshino to drop the "-sama" when the latter refers to her. It shows that she's formally inviting Yoshino to be her friend instead of just her servant.
  • Dude Magnet: Implied to be this as despite constantly mocking the guys that confess to her, more keep coming every week.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: She eats lunch all by herself at the P.E. storage. Unusually, Aki is actually very popular at her school. She eats alone because she doesn't want anyone to know she's a Big Eater.
  • First Girl Wins: She's the girl Masamune has set his eyes on from the very start. Despite all the twists and turns with other girls like Neko and Yoshino, Masamune chooses Aki as his girlfriend in the final chapter.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's eventually revealed that Aki was actually in love with Masamune when they were kids, since he helped her deal with the trauma of her parents' crumbling marriage, and the one who rejected him and gave him the nickname "Pig's Foot" was actually Yoshino in disguise. When Masamune moved away to get in shape and plot his revenge, Aki was left heartbroken, thinking that he had just abandoned her, and thus she began humiliating any guy who confessed their feelings to her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in two long twintails. It makes all the more obvious that she's a Tsundere.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: She reacts this way after being tricked by Yoshino into watching a horror movie on her first date with Makabe.
  • Growling Gut: The reason she is such a Big Eater is to prevent this from happening to her in public.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a pair of blue bows with stripes to tie her twintails.
  • Important Haircut: In the final chapter, she cuts her hair short to symbolize her efforts to give up on Masamune.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Brutal Princess".
  • Instant Fan Club: She has a fan club among the female students.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ultimately, she tries to give up her love because she wanted Yoshino and Masamune to be happy together. It doesn't work not only because she can't let go of her feelings, but Masamune ends up choosing her over Yoshino.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: After she defrosts a good deal, she sheds the twintails and wears her hair down. It makes her look less uptight and more gentle.
  • Love Martyr: When she starts dating, she realizes that her relationship with Makabe was based on a lie, but she doesn't want to let her feelings go.
  • Loving a Shadow: Her love for Makabe centers around who the boy used to be, not what he is now. This includes her obsession with Makabe being fat, since she couldn't recognize him otherwise without it and wouldn't have been tricked so easily by Kanetsugu if she wasn't so insistent on the fat being there. Even when she and the real Masamune start dating, she's always getting him to eat to regain his old weight. Ultimately subverted, as Aki comes to realize that she loves every part of Masamune, past and present.
  • The Nicknamer: She is this to people that she humiliates, giving them derogatory or demeaning nicknames.
  • Ojou: She's the daughter of a wealthy family and has her own personal maid.
  • Pet the Dog: Aki is usually flippant of Yoshino as anything other than her maid, but she does personally patch up her twisted ankle out of genuine concern in Chapter 44. She also shows some genuine concern for her as a child while Yoshino is sick.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black pantyhose as part of her school uniform. This highlights her status as an Ojou.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her twintails are long enough to reach down her hips.
  • Rich Bitch: She comes from a wealthy family and is exceptionally haughty.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She thinks going on a date while wearing a Magical Girl cosplay and renting an entire movie theater is normal.
  • She's Got Legs: What she lacks in breasts and hips, she more than makes up for in her long, luxurious legs. They're even her focal point, as seen in the main page picture.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She feels attracted Masamune because of his Dogged Nice Guy act, not knowing he's secretly planning to reject her.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Though she is cruel, she acts the way she does in order to keep others at a distance and protect herself from being hurt. Aki's true personality is a crybaby who keeps up a tough front to prevent people from taking advantage of her as well a coping mechanism to deal with her belief that Masamune abandoned her as a kid.
  • Super Drowning Skills: She is incapable of swimming.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Her relationship with Kanetsugu turns out to be this.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's much less cruel in the later stages of the manga, especially when concerning Makabe.
  • Tsundere: A particularly harsh one, but she does show her softer side on occasion.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She has the eye shape expected of a mean Tsundere like her.
  • Uptown Girl: She comes from a family of much higher social class than Masamune's.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Masamune.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark blue hair in the anime.

    Yoshino Koiwai 
Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

Aki's personal servant, part of a family that has served the Adagaki family line for years. She secretly agrees to help Makabe with his revenge plan.


  • Absurd Phobia: Has a fear of fireworks to the point it causes a Heroic BSoD upon even hearing one. Justified as Aki once tied up Yoshino to a firework in an experiment to see how many fireworks were needed to get someone to the moon.
  • The Atoner: She was the one who called Masamune "Pig's Foot" while disguised as Aki out of jealousy over their friendship. She comes to deeply regret it years later after it broke Aki, and as tries to pair them together to restore their relationship.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: In the penultimate chapter, with Masamune.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The first impression Masamune gets from her is that of a Shrinking Violet victim of Aki's cruel attitude, going so far as to compare her to Cinderella. He soon finds out that beneath that shy demeanor, she can be a cruel Manipulative Bitch.
  • Book Dumb: Despite being one of the smartest characters in the series, Yoshino has been seen requiring outside assistance in order to pass her exams.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has a habit of telling Masamune off for acting like an idiot in a ridiculously blunt fashion.
  • Casual Kink: Has a relationship with Masamune in which he calls her Master, while she calls him Piggy. Were it not for the fact that Piggy was an insult from Masamune's past and Master being his nickname for Yoshino because he's learning from her, one could construe that they are in an S&M relationship.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: As a child she resented the closeness between Masamune and Aki. Out of spite she disguised herself as the latter and told off Masamune by calling him "Pig's Foot".
  • Consummate Liar: Manages to get Aki to go on a date in cosplay by telling her it was appropriate attire for a date. She pulls it off because Aki would never believe that Yoshino would lie to her because of their master servant relationship.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Has everything from rope traps, knives, chainsaws, brass knuckles, to air guns at her disposal.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She has a tendency to fall over herself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like Masamune, she has a tendency to make snarky remarks about the people around her.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Despite all of her Manipulative Bitch tendencies, Yoshino was caught off guard by Gasou figuring out her relationship with Masamune and being almost neutralized as a threat.
  • Disapproving Look: Tends to flash these at Masamune when he's doing something stupid or gets in to trouble.
  • Empty Eyes: Sports these when she's getting serious about anything, usually when plotting or dealing with someone else's plan.
  • Expressive Accessory: Her hair clips change position from being on separate sides of her head to being right next to each other when she's plotting a new scheme.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Masamume frequently compares her to Cinderella.
  • Grew a Spine: In the series conclusion, Yoshino is able to be much more honest with Aki, even criticizing her and openly giving her tough love as seen in anime OVA.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: Dresses up like this to mess with to mess with Aki's supervisor/secretary during the Island arc.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She has little idea how much she flashes her panties, especially towards Masamune.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Master" by Makabe while they were collaborating on the revenge plot, but still refers to her as such when it's over. Also referred to as a black hearted Cinderella.
  • Irony: Yoshino, while posing as Aki, tells Masamune that there was no way she would've fallen for him. 8 years later, Yoshino does fall for him while helping him get the heart of the girl he wanted to dump.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She loved Masamune way back since the Yasaka Festival, but she was holding back for Aki's sake. In the finale, she does confess to Makabe only to be rejected by him. She then gives him and Aki her blessing.
  • Legacy of Service: Her family has served under the Adagakis for generations.
  • Love Hurts: Despite loving Masamune, she herself admits that her feelings are irrelevant despite being notably hurt by her belief that Masamune can't be with her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Yoshino is the most manipulative character in the cast, constantly one upping everyone else's plans either by using her cutsy persona to get people where she needs them to be or her more dangerous side to intimidate other people.
  • Matchmaker Crush: She's in on his plan to make Aki fall for him, and does so because she wants to atone for her role in breaking them apart as children. It turns out that along the way, she fell in love with him too.
  • Meido: She serves as Aki's personal maid.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be dim, while in all actuality is the most competent character in the show to get what she wants. It works to her advantage as it allows her to go without notice.
  • The Reliable One: For both Aki and Masamune as both of them depend on Yoshino to get the ball rolling for their plots. Masamune even Lampshades it by calling her the only he can ever count on.
  • The Reveal: She tells Makabe herself that she was the one who originally called him "Pig's Foot".
  • Romantic False Lead: In the final chapters, she becomes Aki's main rival for Masamune's love. Aki decides to pull an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and encourages Yoshino to confess her love. In the final chapter, however, Masamune reveals he rejected Yoshino and asks Aki to be his girlfriend.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • She immediately figures out who Masamune is, but doesn't tell anyone including Aki about his past as a bullied fat kid and tries to help him hook up with Aki despite knowing of his intentions to reject her.
    • She's the only person outside Masamune who knows Aki is a Big Eater.
  • Servile Snarker: Despite being Aki's maid, Yoshino casually make fun of her master for making stupid mistakes.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on multiple characters when she's setting up one of her plans.
  • The Stoic: Barely ever changes her facial expression in response to the events around her.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her droopy eyes complement her harmless, shy appearance. But don't let her fool you.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: She develops feelings for Masamune midway through the story, becoming his third potential love interest. She also displays qualities of both Betty and Veronica, being both a Cute Clumsy Girl willing to help out Masamune and a sly Manipulative Bitch.
  • Troll: Even though she takes some abuse from Aki, she does get back at her in various ways without her knowing; for example, tricking her into wearing Pretty Cure cosplay on a date as well as the time she told Aki to preform an embarrassing chant to "complete" donuts as revenge for waking her up so late in the night.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While she genuinely resented Masamune and Aki's relationship, ruining the former's childhood was completely unintentional, and she has since deeply regretted it.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She's almost always seen wearing thigh-high stockings.

    Tae Futaba 
Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)

Student head of Class 2-B, where Masamune and Kojuurou also study.


  • Class Representative: Of Masamune and Kojuurou's homeroom.
  • Hopeless Suitor: At one point she tries to court Masamune. The latter declines, clearly refusing to be distracted from his plans for grand revenge.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She imagines one erotic scenario between Masamune and Kojuurou.

    Neko Fujinomiya 
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese), Megan Shipman (English)

Another transfer student who seems to be interested in Masamune.


  • Beauty Mark: She has one under her left eye.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her story of why she fell in love with Masamune. She claims that he gave her his jacket when she was shivering in the cold while collecting donations. However, Masamune was still fat and living with his grandfather at the time. She refuses to tell Masamune why she lied or the real reason she likes him, claiming that it would be too embarrassing.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Aki's Veronica.
  • Birds of a Feather: She is interested in Masamune because she, like Masamune himself, also used to be Formerly Fat.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It's revealed she also grew up with Masamune, and has been in love with him since then.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Unlike with Aki and Yoshino, Masamune can't recall anything about Neko even though she claims to have met him elsewhere before. She was another childhood friend of his, but he doesn't recognize her because she was fat back then, just like him.
  • Formerly Fat: Like Masamune, she was chubby when she was a child.
  • Going Commando: Masamune and Aki discover that she doesn't wear panties, courtesy of a Marilyn Maneuver.
  • Ill Girl: Turns out those pills she's taking aren't nutritional supplements, but her medication. She's very sick, and needs an operation which has a 30% chance of killing her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even after getting soundly rejected, Neko wants to see Makabe happy in a relationship he deserves, which leads her to observing his and Aki's new courtship and looking at all the cracks in it for their own good.
  • New Transfer Student: Transfers into Masamune's class after meeting him again the week before.
  • Nice Girl: A sweet, kind, and friendly girl at heart. She's also one of the few characters to befriend Masamune quickly and relate to him relatively easily since she, like Masamune, was used to be fat.
  • Not So Different: Neko points out that both she and Masamune both use false proclamations of love to achieve their own objectives, revenge for Masamune and the experience of love for Neko.
  • Ojou: Like Aki, she also comes from a wealthy family.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to go past her hips.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Suffers from one of these leading her to collapse quite a few times in the series. She does get an operation to get it cured, but is still somewhat recovering.
  • Spoiled Sweet: In contrast to Aki, Neko is a friendly and modest girl despite being rich.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: You have to give it to the girl— she fought hard for Makabe's happiness, but she directed the resolution towards the completely wrong person. When she sees Masamune and Aki having problems after dating, and that Masamune got a rash from stress, she assumed they were dancing around their real feelings (which was right) and that Masamune wasn't actually in love with Aki but with Yoshino. Then the finale chapter comes around, showing he really did love Aki after all and rejected Yoshino's confession, making all of Neko's grandstanding worthless.

    Kojuurou Shuri 
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Justin Briner (English)

Masamune's ridiculously effeminate best friend.


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    Kanetsugu Gasou 
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Ryan Reynolds (English)

A boy claiming to be Makabe and resembles a chubby version of him in order to get into Aki's good graces. Plans on getting engaged to her for certain reasons.


  • Big Beautiful Woman: More noticeable after she stops using her Masamune disguise. Her features are chubby and plump, but she's still quite cute. By After School however, she appears to have gotten slim.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The purpose of his trying to marry Aki was to help his sick sister.
  • Gold Digger: His real plan involves marrying into the Adagaki family for their money, so he'll be able to pay for his sister's medical expenses.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks like a grown up version of the fat Masamune.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: She is actually a woman in disguise and was only trying to get engaged to a rich girl in a desperate attempt to get the money to treat her sick sister.

Alternative Title(s): Masamune Kun No Revenge

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