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    Sengoku Mei 
The protagonist of the story, an amazingly strong kendoka whose typical behaviour has her referred to as a "warrior" and "samurai." She is also the best kendoka of the series and the captain of the girls’ kendo club.
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    Fuji Shirou 
The story’s male lead, an exceedingly feminine guy and the only son of the Fuji family, who is first seen confessing his love to Sengoku. He's the character somtimes referred to by simply "Fuji."
  • All Men Are Perverts: Much to Ichika’s chagrin, Fuji subverts this with his purity exactly when this would typically be invoked.
  • Always Save the Girl: Fuji actually plays this one straight, although his methods hardly ever do.
  • Amazon Chaser: Fuji, considering Sengoku’s strength.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Fuji's crush on Sengoku began when she took time to help him pick up some beads after the baseball team knocked them all to the ground. There was also the time she helped him after he sprained his ankle.
  • Bishounen: Whenever his excessive femininity doesn’t distract.
  • Book Dumb: Fuji clearly isn’t dumb, but his academics are pathetic.
  • Bridal Carry: Fuji pulls this a few times on Sengoku, with the penalty of long-lasting muscle pains.
  • Camp Straight: Due to being brought up by a mother who treated him like another daughter (to his father's despair) he has girly mannerisms and speech habits as well as feminine hobbies. However, he is firmly in love with Sengoku.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Since Nanao-senpai is actually in his class (and insists that the two are dating), Fuji frequently suffers with this role.
  • Comforting Comforter: When either Sengoku or Fuji notices the other sleeping in a strange place they do this.
  • Damsel in Distress: Fuji-kun does this from time to time, especially during the Kyoto arc.
  • Defiled Forever: Played for Laughs during the Kyoto arc, when Fuji-kun gets kidnapped, the kidnappers confirm his sex and identity by checking his crotch; Fuji’s response is to curl up into a ball, cover his face, and say that he can no longer be a bride.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: While not quite to the point of being a case of Ambiguous Gender, Fuji-kun is certainly getting there.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: As do feminine guys; Fuji-kun apparently always sleeps with a teddy bear.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Fuji makes these with the other members of the home economics club for various reasons. This is also one of the areas where he is most off-kilter.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: As can very feminine guys, to the same end.
  • Fetish: Fuji-kun is sometimes mistaken for having one regarding crossdressing, but he’s actually a Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • It Runs in the Family: With the rest of the Fuji family (minus his dad), see their folder.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Fuji-kun in spades: he has feminine mannerisms, unabashedly adores cute things, sews, cooks, has no problems wearing women's clothing, and would make a perfect House Husband, but nonetheless has manly pride and other masculine elements (without a hint of machismo).
  • Lap Pillow: Fuji-kun provides this for Sengoku in chapter six after the latter falls asleep on his shoulder. Much to his own chagrin, he ends up using Nanao-senpai’s shoulder at the end of chapter twenty-six.
  • Love Confession: Fuji-kun’s first one is on the manga’s first page, and he does not let up.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He’s the feminine boy to Sengoku’s masculine girl.
  • Mistaken for Gay: With all of his femininity and female mannerisms most people assume Fuji-kun is homosexual without actually knowing him, that said, he is Sengoku-Mei-Sexual. It honestly doesn’t help his case that he often saves girls by pretending to be a Depraved Homosexual and has a self-declared boyfriend.
  • Mr. Fanservice / Ms. Fanservice: Fuji-kun gives a lot of Fanservice Played for Laughs by making it... more female Fanservice than male, to despite his sex. He also deliberately does this to help girls out at times.
  • Odd Friendship: He has this with Sengoku to despite pursuing her romantically, He’s also developing this with Nanao.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Fuji is sensitive guy to Nanao’s manly man.
  • Shirtless Scene: In scenes related to bathing Fuji-kun has this and will comically cover himself as if he were female. His shirt also gets shredded a lot.
  • Significant Birth Date: May twenty-third is love-letter day.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like the taller male version of his eldest sister.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Fuj-kun feels this way about his eldest sister, Ichika, and thus is constantly pointing out her age to level the playing field.
  • Supreme Chef: As a result of his femininity.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: One of the ways his femininity is expressed.
  • Through Her Stomach: Fuji-kun does this to Sengoku, both with lunches and with a steady stream of sweets that don’t have too much sugar.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet / Glove Slap: Fuji-kun does this subtly to Sengoku in chapter eleven (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Fuji-kun does this a lot, because he wants to please others and likes how he looks that way. He also does this jokingly.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Sengoku.

    Nanao Family 
The rather large Nanao Family, consisting of a runaway father, a mother, and eight siblings.

Tropes Applying to All of the Siblings

Nanao Manabu

Eldest son, second year of high school (repeating due to a year-long absence). He's also just called "Nanao" at times.
  • Accidental Pervert: He has been known to enter the girls’ locker room by not paying attention, among other things.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Thanks to a kendo club tradition.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: If he sees a wild animal, he’ll leave mid-conversation or bath.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though he did leave them home for a whole year, Nanao-senpai is very protective of his seven younger siblings. This is lampshaded by Nogi-senpai.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Nadeshiko and with Sengoku, to his chagrin.
  • Book Dumb: Manabu takes this Up to Eleven by getting full points on multiple choice questions using instinct alone. He was once hypnotised by Sango into only speaking English, but since he didn't know how he only made smug expressions which were still understood and irritated those around him.
  • Bridal Carry: He does this once to Fuji-kun.
  • Childhood Friends: With Nogi-senpai.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Thanks to being a muscle-brained idiot, he's the worst case in the series. He compares the girl he likes to a bear, runs away from home for a year in order to beat said bear... which he later keeps as a pet (which he named Tsuyoshi).
    • Then there's his dating (?) Fuji-kun because of a bet with Sengoku. No, Fuji-kun never actually agreed.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He does this a fair bit.
  • The Dreaded: To a minor extent: when people realize that they were messing with his siblings, they immediately back off.
  • Easy Amnesia: Nanao-senpai gets a case of Identity Amnesia thanks to this in chapter thirteen, it doesn't last for much the same reason.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Nanao Manabu is the foolish one thanks to being too much of a Nanao, while Sara ends up being the responsible one by contrast.
  • Hidden Depths: He has several of these, first, minus his roaming tendencies, he’s a good elder brother; second, some of his stupidity may be feigned (see Obfuscating Stupidity); and third, he’s apparently left-handed (given his character, he might have others).
  • Hunk: Usually his wildness obscures this, but he was very popular when he had amnesia.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Manabu does this a lot, which is how he ended up "dating" Fuji-kun.
  • Lap Pillow: Nanao-senpai provides Fuji his shoulder at the end of chapter twenty-six.
  • Love Confession: He does this to Sengoku a few times (he drops it after he’s rejected).
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: How else could he survive in the wild for a year with nothing but the clothes on his back? This is referenced when his siblings forage or fish for food.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He insists that Nogi needs to be stronger than Sengoku if he wants to go out with Sara.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: An In-Universe Alternative Character Interpretation, discussed by Himeno and Nogi. It is really difficult to determine the extent to which Manabu is stupid and the extent to which he’s putting it on. His interactions with Himeno make this interpretation more likely. It’s essentially confirmed that he’s doing this to get in the way of Sengoku x Fuji. It’s even possible that Nanao simply doesn’t bother to think rather than actually being dumb. How do you tell in his case?— you don’t.
    • His comments in chapter 42 seal the deal, being fairly insightful. It was quickly followed by a Moment Killer, though.
  • Odd Friendship: He develops one with Fuji-kun.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: His favourite food is meat.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He’s the manly man to Fuji’s sensitive guy.
  • Significant Birth Date: Manabu was born on New Year's Day at dawn, the most auspicious time for the Japanese. This probably relates to his In-Universe "title" (see Weirdness Magnet).
  • The Stoic: Surprisingly. This is mentioned by Nogi as a result of being the eldest of eight.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Manabu is an inversion as "the Cockroach of the Spirit World." He even references it himself!
  • Wild Child: He gets special mention for his abilities to live in the wild, hunt, and get full points on multiple choice sections using instinct alone.
  • Wild Hair: Nanao has this when he first returns to civilization.

Nanao Sara

Eldest daughter, in her third year of junior high.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Nanao Manabu is the foolish one thanks to being too much of a Nanao, while Sara ends up being the responsible one by contrast. Sara really enjoys being spoiled by Manabu, though.
  • Oblivious to Love: Considering his Luminescent Blush, you'd think that she would have noticed Nogi-senpai's feelings...
    • Subverted once she falls for him, and Nogi keeps going a bit too slowly.

Nanao Shizuku

Second son, in his second year of junior high.
  • Comically Serious: During the Beach Episode, he does this with Fuji-kun.
  • Love Confession: During the last few chapters, he falls in Love at First Sight with Nadeshiko and wastes no time, confessing to her before the day is through. Subsequently, he eschews most of his Nanao family traits for her externally (at his core he really is a Nanao).
  • Megane: He subverts this in his Establishing Character Moment by being diligent and then "sensing" his older brother and leaving by scaling up school building’s wall to the third floor.

Nanao Rui

Third son, in fourth grade.
  • Hikikomori: He’s actually something of a shut-in, to despite definitely being a Nanao.

Nanao Ren and Ai

Twins in third grade, they are the fourth son and second daughter.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Both of them never open their eyes, ever.
  • Half-Identical Twins: They fit this to a T.
  • Twin Telepathy: When sleeping in different houses, Ai comments on drying her hair after a bath that Ren and the other Nanao sons have arrived at Fuji's, no cellphones required.

Nanao Mai

Third daughter, in third grade.

Nanao Makoto

Fifth son, an infant born while Manabu was away training.

Tsuyoshi

The Nanao family pet bear, Manabu brought him home from his training.

     Hijiri Himeno 
Sengoku's childhood friend and caretaker whom she often calls "Hime."

    Fuji Family 
The most feminine of households. It consists of Fuji’s Mom, his Dad, three sisters, and their younger brother.

Tropes Applying to All of the Fuji Women

  • Big Sister Bully: Ichika and her sisters constantly force their little brother to do their bidding, be it acting as a maid, model, or running their errands. They all adore him, though, so it is more like teasing... that goes a bit too far sometimes. They also use this to distract him while they try to help him with his crush, Sengoku.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They are all good at their jobs and very quirky, but in different ways (so they all have their own entries).
  • The Gadfly: They all enjoy doing this to people they love.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Fuji’s mom’s reason for raising her son as though he were her fourth daughter is due to this; her daughters agree with her.
  • Shared Family Quirks: All of these tropes apply to all of them, and a few to Fuji Shirou.
  • Shipper on Deck: While the mother may or may not be in on it, the Fuji sisters are this for Fuji x Sengoku.

Fuji's Mom

She enjoys her husband's complex, she also raised all of her children the same way, thus Fuji-kun.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She’s presented as a very good mother, but she raises boys like girls...note 
  • Girly Girl: Along with her eldest and her son, she can be considered a pinnacle of femininity.
  • Older Than They Look: Sengoku thinks of her as a young mother, but looking at Ichika’s age, that really can’t be the case.

Fuji's Dad

Often works far away from home. Thanks to being the shortest of his family members, he is oddly obsessed with masculinity, much to his son's chagrin.

Fuji Ichika

The eldest daughter, she works at a make-up store. She also looks like a female version of her younger brother.

Fuji Futuba

The second daughter, she works as a novelist and has very strange passions.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She’s a successful novelist with a certain quirk. She also has a very strong work ethic, despite elements of escapism.
  • Ethical Slut: Futuba’s quirk is her love stripping (both herself and others) and making others play roles for her novels, sex is never mentioned. The stripping thing couples as a Fetish.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She’s the dark feminine to Ichika’s light feminine.
  • Sexy Spectacles: These are the only thing she never strips. Unless she's fully clothed and trying to mind being out in public less.
  • Shrinking Violet: Surprisingly. She's fine once she knows someone or is meeting them at her house, but in public, she and Sango switch their typical places.

Fuji Sango

The third daughter, she's the least outgoing of the Fuji siblings and works as a chemistry teacher.
  • Adorkable: She has elements of this in her usual mode, enforced by her clumsiness, especially when trying to be a Shipper on Deck for Fuji x Sengoku.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She’s a great teacher, but she’s also a Mad Scientist which a personality switch of a Hand Puppet which she always has on hand.
  • Hand Puppet: She always has Puppe-chan, which Shirou made for her when they were little, on her, she even keeps it in her pocket whilst teaching.
  • Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine: She wears one while working.
  • Love Potion: One of her very clumsy methods of acting as a Shipper on Deck, unfortunately, her brother is the one who drinks it.
  • Mad Scientist: She is a chemistry teacher prone to blowing things up, not to mention her odd inventions and potions.
  • No Social Skills: While she actually has some, she’s not very good at it usually, thus seeming to randomly run away, among other things
  • The Quiet One: Of the Fuji family.
  • Split Personality: Fuji Sango has a toned down version that is probably not so much Dissociative Identity Disorder as it is having two different exterior attitudes.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Sango feels this toward her entire immediate family (with the possible exception of her father), which is why Shirou made Puppe-chan.

Fuji Shirou

The fourth daughter- I mean, only son of the Fuji household, see his folder above.

     Saigou Nadeshiko 
The very strong kendo captain of a girls' school for the rich. She is from a wealthy family, is tall, and looks masculine, but she really loves cute things.
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    Nogi Akira 
Nanao Manabu’s childhood friend and former classmate who took over as captain of the boys’ kendo club after he went missing.
  • Adorkable: His behaviour in front of Nanao Sara.
  • Can't Spit It Out: He not only can’t bring himself to say it, he becomes a complete mess around the object of his affections (outside of emergencies).
  • Childhood Friends: With the Nanao siblings (the older ones, at least, the younger ones are a bit too younger). He’s also one of two people who can read Nanao-senpai in the slightest (the other isn't explained)
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Until Nanao disappeared for a year, he always had to be Nanao’s "attendant." He still does from time to time.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: While his first official appearance is in chapter twenty-two, Nogi-senpai appears in chapters two and five.
  • Hot-Blooded: He shows this for practically everything, including managing Nanao, but when his crush is involved, he becomes a mess outside of emergencies.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He wants a romantic relationship with Sara but she declares that he's like a brother. Ouch.
    • Subverted in the epilogue, and even then he makes her impatient.
  • Only Sane Man: As one of the least quirky characters, he frequently dons this role. This is especially true when he’s around Nanao.

     Other Characters 

Girl Club Members

Two two reappearing members of the Girl Club (the school's Home Economics Club) along side Fuji.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Ichika established the club after all, so they all are paragons of femininity, although less so than Fuji-kun. The same goes for cooking and similar attributes.
  • Those Two Girls: They only appear together and are never given names.

Nakaya

One of Nanao-senpai’s friends and former classmates, he’s also on the kendo club. He’s the tall, amicable one.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are usually shut, but not so much that his opening indicates something.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Happily announces that he's going to have one with his girlfriend, an ex-member of the Girl Club, in the epilogue. (Tatsuta managed to expect it.)
  • Those Two Guys: With Tatsuta.

Tatsuta

One of Nanao-senpai’s friends and former classmates, he’s also on the kendo club. He is the short one with a ponytail.

Kimi-chan

The bodyguard Nadeshiko’s parents hired to protect her (at least during the Kyoto arc).

Kunihiro

Ichika's fiancé (later husband).

Saigou Tsubaki

  • Big Brother Complex: Inverted, he has a very serious sister complex and dotes on her to an absurd extent (quite a few characters find him to be "ill" in this sense).
  • Ill Boy: He is absurdly sickly, and his other illness (his obsession with his sister) aggravates it, much to the dismay of those dealing with him, especially his subordinates.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!!: To a disturbing degree.

Sengoku Souichirou

Sengoku Mei's father, who she typically calls "Instructor."
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In their father-child talks, he refers to Mei as "Angel" and insists that Mei call him "Daddy". He avoids doing so in public at her behest but nearly slips a lot. Considering his tough, samurai exterior, this Gratuitous English and Doting Parent element is unexpected, to say the least.
  • Disappeared Dad / Parental Neglect: His work usually keeps him away from home, and he's a Workaholic. That said, when he began to be away from home more often than no is unclear.
  • Doting Parent: Although he is away most of the time and is very awkward, he dotes on his daughter when he can (mostly verbally).
  • Glamorous Widower: He's a widower who is very much still in love with his late-wife. As a famous kendoka, this purportedly gives him added appeal.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Reiji; it's a cross between a business relationship and friendship.
  • Like Father, Like Son: It is very easy to see that Mei is his daughter, despite the extent she takes after her mother. Aside from some elements of looks, talent, and personality, there are even parallels between his relationship with his wife and Mei's relationship with Fuji-kun.
    Souichirou: I didn't know how to tell you that I was the one who was always saved by her. [...] All that you'll be doing is finding more people to cherish. You're just as awkward as I am in that regard.
  • Master Swordsman: He is a famous kendoka and kendo instructor, so much so that he often teaches around Japan and abroad.
  • Oblivious to Love: Considering how much their personalities are alike, you'd expect Mei's father to be this, but he really isn't. He cues into Mei and Fuji's relationship dynamics in no time, and, surprisingly for a doting father seems to support it within a few days of meeting Fuji-kun (although he is jealous).
  • Samurai Ponytail: He has the male version of Mei's hair-style.
  • The Stoic: Oh so much. He's even completely unfazed by Fuji's femininity (he thinks it isn't bad) and Nanano's antics (to the point that he asks the latter to remind him who he is).
  • Workaholic: His constantly being away from home is a result of this... to the point where he ends up getting sick frequently (although it's all minor).

Hijiri Reiji

Himeno's father, who is usually away at work.
  • Doting Parent: The way he treats Himeno when they are together reveals himself to be this.
  • Happily Married: His wife is a spend-thrift foreigner who is presently living abroad. To despite the resulting money problems, they are still happy together.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Souichirou; it's a cross of a business relationship and friendship.
  • Older Than They Look: Hime got it from him, it seems.
  • Parental Abandonment: He and his wife are usually not in Japan. To give them credit, how long this has been the case is never actually mentioned; given that Himeno is over 20...
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