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    Umetaro Nozaki 
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Anime), Hiroki Yasumoto (Drama CD) (Japanese), Ty Mahany (English)

A high school student who is the object of Sakura's affection and also writes a shoujo manga under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno. Because of Sakura's talent with art, he recruits her as one of his assistants. Despite writing romantic stories, he has no real experience with love, mistaking Sakura's confession for an autograph request.

Nozaki is the author of Let's Fall In Love, providing the plot, the writing and main art. He writes based on his everyday experience with his classmates and assistants, basing characters of the manga on them and their personalities.

  • Accidental Pervert: As he operates almost exclusively in service of his manga, there are times when he's doing research on girly stuff, and as such, he comes off as a huge pervert. He is unaware of this, as he always makes the assumption that the people he talks to are also talking in function of the manga, even if they're completely unaware that he's a mangaka.
  • Adorkable: Nozaki's character being a strange mishmash of stoicism and expressiveness, not to mention having some of the most unpredictable behaviors and quirks, can make him strangely endearing.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": When he tries to act as a stand-in for a role during the drama club's rehearsal, his lines are delivered in monotone and his falling looks completely fake.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Unwittingly develops this reputation among Miyako's classmates, who assume that he's dating her and constantly cheating on her and forcing his fetishes upon her due to misunderstanding their manga discussions.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Nozaki holds Ken close to his heart because he provided him with the professionalism that he seriously craved for in an editor, especially compared to Maeno. Ken happens to be the most stable person he knows, so he has a profound admiration on him.
  • Berserk Button: He absolutely hates Maeno, and will go ballistic at the mere mention of him.
  • Brutal Honesty: Pretty much always shamelessly says what he thinks.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Nozaki is a blunt, dense weirdo who's never been in love in his life, yet still managed to become a wildly successful shoujo manga creator. Bonus points for actually wearing bunny ears as "Umeko" when he and Sakura are trying to help Mikoshiba get ready for a mixer.
  • Cassandra Truth: He doesn't treat his job as a secret, but nobody at school believes he is a professional mangaka. It's even worse with his younger sister, who refuses to believe that he's Sakiko Yumeno, even though he's gone to much length to convince her of that fact — even giving her his autograph (she thinks he's making a good counterfeit) and telling her of his manga's future plot (which she could also predict, because his story is too vanilla). invoked
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Nozaki has an intuitive grasp of shoujo layout and writing, but tends to have problems when he tries to use anything but his gut.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Played with. He derives logical conclusions to situations that are presented to him, only they are often not how other people would proceed given the circumstance. Overall, he always chooses an alternative to a solution, and even if there's none, he makes one up and never, ever, chooses the straight path. For instance, given the possibility of having to pretend to be a couple of boy and girl, he'd always choose to be the girl even when Sakura is at his side. He's Not Quite the Right Thing incarnate.
  • The Comically Serious: He can say and do the oddest things completely stone faced.
  • Doujinshi: Nozaki is so touched by the Ambiguously Gay helper character, who is suspiciously too close to the male protagonist, in Mikoshiba's dating sim that he makes a doujin where he gets a romantic ending of his own... with aforementioned male protagonist.
  • Face of a Thug: He occasionally comes to school looking pissed off and covered in bandages. Everyone thinks he might've been fighting, but that's how Sakura knows that he's been on deadline. The "bandages" are pain patchesnote  and the pissed-off look was just inadequate sleep.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He doesn't remember his first meeting with Sakura, due to being exhausted at the time. At least, not entirely; he still subconsciously based Mamiko's character design on Sakura.
  • Generic Cuteness: Although he's hardly less attractive than fellow guys (and Kashima) in the cast, In-Universe he's described to be dull-looking. His own sister compares him to Mayu but "plainer and taller".
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his 190cm height, Face of a Thug and athletic build, he is completely harmless if only a little bit dense and stoic.
  • Hands in Pockets: In-universe. He mentioned in Chapter 24 that due to his lack of skills at drawing backgrounds and perspective, a lot of his early work (one-shots and contest entries and so on) used as few backgrounds as possible and covered this with close-ups and manga effects. Storylines are also designed to minimize the need to draw backgrounds. He also brags about his various ways of making his characters sit in positions that don't require drawing their shoes, which Miyamae scoffs at.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Sakura's tiny girl, being 190 cm tall (about 6'2'', which is quite tall for men in Japan).
  • Hunk: Unlike the other male characters, who fit the slim bishonen look, Nozaki has a large muscular build which is sometimes discussed or pointed out. How attractive he's meant to be In-Universe, however, seems to vary.
    • Nozaki actually despairs at being heavy-built since shoujo manga readers generally prefer bishonen to this trope, so he can't use himself as a model for drawing. To top this trope off, he is quite athletic (ask Wakamatsu for that), he just left basketball because of work and to avoid a jammed finger.
    • Though the art-style has him look no less attractive than even the likes of Mikoshiba and Kashima, Sakura appears to be one of the few (if not only) people who explicitly finds Nozaki to be good-looking (even admitting his manliness was one of the things that attracted her at first). His official profile notes that girls in his class just see him as "big" and "in the way", while the boys are quite fond of him. One of Yukari's classmates also assumes he's probably not popular, "since he's just a giant". One chapter reveals that in the past Nozaki was somewhat popular with girls during a sports festival, until they actually met him personally and came to the conclusion that they were just into his height and athletic abilities. On the other hand, Chapter 86 shows that the girls in Sakura's art club hold him in regard and are very excited to watch when he offers to model for Sakura in his shorts, much to the latter's jealousy.
    • Stunningly, he can provide some measure of attractiveness when he has the correct posture instead of the strait-laced upright position he's always in. Towa practically forces him to do so, but if Sakura's reaction and the small glimpses of the photos shown are any indication, he pulls it off.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He was once assigned as a judge for rookie mangakas. His comments criticize the entry for the lack of original story and characters, despite the fact that his own work lacks originality or any well-developed characters as well.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: He has moments when he acts quite boyfriend-like with Sakura (much to her delight) without him meaning to be or realizing the effect he has on her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He is guilty of sounding rude without meaning to from time to time due to his blunt-spoken nature.
  • Instant Book Deal: His path to becoming a successful mangaka despite only being in eleventh grade is discussed in-universe. It's revealed he won some awards early on in his career that helped give him the popularity he needed to get his own series. However, his young age and lack of formal art training also makes him terrible at certain things, and he's learning while on the job. For instance, he is so bad at backgrounds that he purposefully drew things at first that didn't need backgrounds. It's also why he needs people like Hori to help him with his work.
  • Just Friends: In spite of her desires otherwise, Nozaki considers Sakura an integral part of his team and a person he can rely on for anything. She is a very important friend to him.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Nozaki's admiration for his editor, "Ken-san", is pretty extreme. Nozaki's usually dull demeanor completely brightens up and he becomes very cheery and animated when he talks about Ken. It's pretty well justified considering how bad Nozaki's experience was with Maeno as an editor.
  • Married to the Job: Everything he says and does is for the sake of his manga. As such, in terms of love and relationships, he's completely off the grid, and he basically has no sense of self. This is one of the reasons Sakura has such a difficult time approaching him in a significant way.
  • Meaningful Name: His pen name (Yumeno Sakiko in the Japanese ordering) is based off of his sister's name (Yumeko Nozaki in the Western ordering), which is a possible tribute to her since she's the one who inspired Nozaki to go into drawing shoujo manga.
  • Minor Living Alone: As shown in Chapter 33, Nozaki managed to convince his parents to let him move out and into his own apartment after his early success as a mangaka earned him enough money to do so without help from them.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Nozaki, much like the creator of this series, is a manga author. He also often writes plays for Hori in exchange of Hori drawing backgrounds for him.
  • Moustache de Plume: Inverted; he uses a female Pen Name ("Sakiko Yumeno") for his manga. Particularly funny since the image his work projects is of a gentle, delicate, emotionally-sensitive woman, when in reality he's a blunt-spoken, somewhat abrasive high-school male who's never been in love in his life.
  • Muscle Angst: As discussed in hunk, above, Nozaki regrets being too muscular since he can't self-model as bishonen.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Averted. Nozaki stands out as the only person in the main cast who wears his school uniform strictly to code.
  • Not So Different: As much as he's uncomfortable around her, Nozaki and Seo share quite a few similarities in terms of being oblivious and Innocently Insensitive. Chapter 55 even shows that when they're both on the same page their personalities reinforce each other's—to the annoyance of those around them.
  • Not So Stoic: When something does break his composure, he can be just as wildly expressive as the rest of the characters.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: On more than one occasion, Nozaki has listened to Sakura describe him as the person she likes, and each time he wonders what she sees in "a guy like that".
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Zigzagged in regards to the people around him. As a Shoujo Genre author he is pretty perceptive when it comes to the other characters. For example, he notes that Hori is biased towards Kashima in certain instances, and quickly recognizes that Seo's behavior towards Wakamatsu isn't out of hostility. Ironically, however, he can't seem to figure out that Sakura is crushing on him hard.
    • As the story progresses, he also seems to be unaware of the implications of how he's starting to hold Sakura in a special regard. He found the prospect of her ignoring him devastating, and in Chapter 71 the gag even outright pointed out that he subliminally started drinking milknote  when Sakura hinted that she liked taller guys (which he, of course, failed to realize specifically meant him).
  • Odd Friendship: With Mikoshiba. Sakura points out the two have very different personalities so it surprises her that they're friends. Nozaki admits he initially only took interest in him for character ideas.
  • One Head Taller: A lot taller than his admirer Sakura, among other characters.
  • Pen Name: He writes under the pseudonym "Sakiko Yumeno".
  • Perpetual Frowner: Due to his stoic nature, he doesn't smile terribly often.
  • Real Men Cook: Despite appearing as a typical macho buff guy, he is a better cook than Sakura, much to her chagrin.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He comes off as a standard masculine character due to his athletic build and Face of a Thug, but he also unashamedly has many feminine attributes. He writes shoujo manga (albeit with a female pseudonym), he has the most "feminine power" of all the males in the cast according to Word of God, and he excels at just about every domestic task. He is also surprisingly driven to dress up in drag or pretend to be a girl, even when there are girls around who can do that for him.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Nozaki uses this trope to call the character inspired by Seo Oze.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Technically Sakura is the protagonist, but he's still a main character (plus his name's in the title) and like her he's in his second year of high school. This allows him to both act like a mentor/big brother to first year Wakamatsu and troublesome but close underclassman to third year Hori.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He is the manly man who gives his advice and support (with, admittedly, mixed results) to the sensitive and naive Wakamatsu, who has been Nozaki's underclassman since middle school.
  • Sequential Artist: Draws shoujo manga under a female pseudonym.
  • Shipper on Deck: He is supporting in a very roundabout way of Wakamatsu/Seo. He's very hostile to the idea of the relationship actually going anywhere due to his distaste for Seo and concern for Wakamatsu's well being, and yet he blatantly uses them as a model for a side couple in his manga. He's also curious and sometimes encouraging of Hori and Kashima (especially once Hori's realized his attraction to her, to which Nozaki responds by trying to get Hori and Kashima to hang out and bond at the pool).
  • Significant Anagram: Sakiko Yumeno when rearranged becomes Yumeko Nozaki, the name of Nozaki's sister and also the person who got him into shoujo manga.
  • Significant Birth Date: 6 June, day of the Asian plum, or ume.
  • Skewed Priorities: Nozaki most of the time prioritizes the wrong things, much to the frustration of his assistants and editor. The best example is when Hori tried to teach him how to draw backgrounds, where he tries to employ the use of boxes as an in-universe explanation for why the characters' heights are inconsistent and the perspective is off.
  • The Stoic: Is completely stone-faced about 80% of the time.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Despite their different personalities and upbringing, he and Kashima's sister Rei are very similar when it comes to predicting which boy-girl pairings are couples and other shoujo characteristics in real life.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Played for laughs. When he fails to get Sakura to model a sailor uniform, he attempts to try it on himself, but it doesn't fit because of his tall, muscular build. Naturally, this is for his manga work.
  • The Workaholic: When Sakura asks him what he does on his days off, he lists mundane things such as cleaning his room and stocking up on his supplies, and realizes he has been "taken into the world of people who have no free time". Then she tries to take him on a "date", but he can only think about his work.
  • Write Who You Know: In-universe, he tends to look to real life for inspiration for his characters. For example, Mamiko's personality is based on Mikoshiba and her design is based on Sakura, while Oze and Waka are Gender Flips of Seo and Wakamatsu.
  • Younger Than They Look: His tall height and muscular build makes it easy to forget he's only in his second year of high school. Kashima's sister is convinced he's an adult, first mistaking him for a teacher and then for the school's groundskeeper. She later tells her sister off for talking impolitely to someone "8 years her senior", which naturally annoys Nozaki to no end.

    Chiyo Sakura 
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa (Anime), Asuka Nishi (Drama CD) (Japanese), Juliet Simmons (English)

Our protagonist, who is in love with Nozaki. She tries confessing to him at the beginning of the manga, only to be mistaken by him as a fan of his shoujo manga. Sakura then starts helping Nozaki as his manga assistant. She is in the art club.

An excellent real-life portraitist on her own right, Sakura is considered Nozaki's main assistant, serving various functions in the manga circle, though mainly concentrating on inking.

  • Ascended Fangirl: Nozaki thinks he's let her become this, since he mistakes her love confession as a fan's request to be his assistant and then immediately has her start helping him. Though she already read Nozaki's manga (and was more of a casual fan of shoujo manga than anything), she initially had no idea he was the one writing it since he uses a female Pen Name.
  • The Beard: Defied. When Mikoshiba tells her he needs a fake girlfriend, Sakura actively avoids continuing the conversation because she knows the standard flow would be to offer to be his fake girlfriend, and she's too into Nozaki to let that happen.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Sakura fell for Nozaki because he helped her over the gate when she was late for her first day of high school.
  • Big Eater: A small running gag is how often she's eating or cares about food, especially sweets and snacks. In the Diet Episode she realizes she's gained weight because she's eaten Nozaki's sweets so often, and Nozaki concludes that he and Sakura became close friends because he's been feeding her. When Sakura attempts to play the bully to Nozaki, she just ends up eating his snacks and then later asks for his hamburger, making Nozaki wonder if this is her way of pestering him. When the two are pretending to be a couple at a cafe, Sakura refuses to take the hint from Mikoshiba to split her cakes and share with Nozaki because she'd rather have them all to herself. When Nozaki loses Sakura and worries about how scared and lonely she is, Mikoshiba snarks that she's snacking on something in all of his imagine spots (and hilariously enough she is in fact eating snacks when they find her).
  • Black Bead Eyes: She sometimes gets them, most often in either her clueless or excited moments.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She probably wouldn't even be Nozaki's assistant at all if she just told him she liked him instead of chickening out and saying she's his fan at the beginning. Nozaki being Nozaki, of course, he takes it the wrong way. She makes the same mistake the second time. Later, she states that she wants to make Nozaki fall for her and confess first because she's afraid that if she confesses again Nozaki will just use it to mine ideas for his manga.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sakura walks into this territory whenever the prospect of anyone else showing interest in Nozaki crops up, to the point she'll deliberately steer Nozaki away from activities she thinks will make him appear attractive to others. In chapter 86, when Nozaki's about to volunteer himself up as a life drawing model for Sakura's art club, Sakura vehemently blocks him from doing so, screaming that no one but her should be able to see his body shirtless.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: On the contrary, Sakura is an excellent and versatile artist... when she's drawing from real life. Sakura can do relatively realistic rendering of people and animals but otherwise is only really good at drawing what she sees. She has difficulties visualizing backgrounds and buildings, and can't draw manga styles from memory either. When Nozaki asks her to try draw two characters from another manga standing next to his own, she draws them exactly as they looked in the reference pictures - in which one of them was sitting down and the other was playing an instrument, making the illustration look hilariously mismatched.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite her usual disdain for such things, sometimes her thoughts about Nozaki veer in a perverted direction, and she's even excited by the thought of someone having dirty imagine spots of her and Nozaki together. She's also quite excited when Nozaki, Mikoshiba, and Wakamatsu lose their trunks at the beach.
  • The Cutie: Played with. She's tiny, adorable and has childish affectations like giant ribbons and a backpacknote , but her inner monologue is often incredibly sarcastic, allowing her to play the straight man as easily as she does the cute innocent girl.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sakura can sometimes slip into making sarcastic remarks while looking unimpressed, though she usually keeps it to herself.
  • Demoted to Extra: To an extent in later chapters. Albeit still important to the overall story in the manga, Sakura's plot of her pursuit of Nozaki took a step aside for plots related to other characters, making Nozaki in particular a more prominent character than her, and thus making her a Deuteragonist of sorts.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Nozaki. Not only does the entire main cast (except for Wakamatsu and Nozaki) figure it out almost instantly, but she's so blatant about it that her classmates have grown tired of hearing about it.
  • Family Theme Naming: Both her name Chiyo and her brother's name Towa follow the same Numerical Theme Naming (chi for thousand, to for ten).
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Refers to her close friend Seo by her first name and vice-versa, and she's the main character referred by their first name the most. Sakura is also giddy by the thought of Nozaki calling her this way, as seen when he says her name in his sleeptalk (because he was thinking of names for a new character) and at the cafe during their For Science! date.
    • In the English dub, everyone (who is otherwise on a last-name basis) refers to her by her first name, possibly due to limited lip movement.
  • Genki Girl: Most of the time she's pretty even-tempered, but she can be quite excitable when it comes to anything related to Nozaki.
  • Girl Friday: She is invaluable to Nozaki as an inker and as a friend. But she'd rather just be going out with him.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wore her hair in pigtails before entering high school.
  • Hair Decorations: She is rarely seen without bows, which she's worn since elementary school. In particular are her red, polka-dotted bows, which she wears the most often. She also wore white ribbon(s) on the back of her head on her first day of high school — two in the manga (one of which she later gave to Nozaki, which became the inspiration for Mamiko's character design), one in the anime (it's hinted but never confirmed that this was the inspiration for Mamiko like in the manga).
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She has no clue why people seem to find Seo so annoying even when she sees her insult people or be the worst teammate ever. And of course, she has a crush on Nozaki. Mikoshiba and Nozaki himself have no clue what she sees in him, though the latter doesn't realize she's talking about him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Nozaki's Huge Guy, being only 145 cm tall (about 4'9'') and the shortest of the cast overall.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Despite being irritated by how Oblivious to Love Nozaki is, she herself completely missed the implications when Nozaki mentions he would be upset if she started acting cold to him until several hours later.
  • Iconic Item: She is identified primarily by her bows, and by extension their polka dot pattern, both in-universe and with the fandom. Sakura is very displeased every time she finds Nozaki thinking about her ribbons.
    • When Wakamatsu and Nozaki assign nicknames to screentone patterns to make them easier to remember, white-on-dark polka dots get dubbed Sakura. She immediately tears off one ribbon.
    • Nozaki almost doesn't recognize her at a festival when she wears different ribbons. She starts shouting about "How do you normally recognize me?"
    • When Nozaki is asked to draw sidebars for tankoban volumes of Let's Fall in Love and writes a column about conversations with his assistants, he draws Sakura first as a floating ribbon, then as a person with a ribbon for a head. She responds with a Big "NO!".
    • When asked to make a non-alcoholic cocktail drink in Sakura's image, Ryousuke makes a glass of orange-tomato juice with strawberries on the edge of the glass which clearly represent her hair and bows. Even after he's told to base the drinks more on the girls' personalities than looks, he cannot think of anything else other than an orange drink with strawberries.
    • Chapter 100 shows the author Tsubaki herself giving Sakura this treatment, indicating Sakura's speaking off-panel by drawing a sweat-dropping polka-dot bow next to her speech bubble.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She inevitably gets really upset when she imagines that Nozaki is thinking about or talking to other girls. Usually subverted in that if Nozaki shows interest in something, it's typically work-related, since he's always looking for ideas or references for his manga. Ironically it seems to frustrate her even more than if he was simply just interested in other girls.
  • Irony: Sakura is aggressive about anything tangentially related to getting close to Nozaki, like spending time together. Getting actually close to him? Not quite. Whenever she tries, Nozaki has already gone into the deep end of a logical offshoot from what she initially intended. As the saying goes, she misses the water even after falling from the boat.
  • Little Big Sister: Is about a head shorter than her younger brother.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: More subtle than most examples in this series. Her blouse bow violates the Color Code for her grade; strictly speaking she should wear a red bow like Seo does.
  • Not So Above It All: She's usually more levelheaded than Nozaki, but as the series goes on it's clear that she's pretty eccentric herself, and her love for Nozaki gets in the way of her rationality whenever their "relationship" is brought into question or seems to be in "jeopardy".
  • Not So Different: Despite her frustration with some of Nozaki's quirks and strange conclusions, some chapters show that she can have similarly warped views of a given situation herself—sometimes even in sync with Nozaki.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Chiyo (Thousand).
  • Odd Friendship: She's close friends with Seo even though they have very opposite personalities. Nozaki assumes it was as a result of an event in which they considered each other a Worthy Opponent after a fierce battle. However, they became friends solely because they sat near each other in previous classes.
  • Older Than They Look: Standing 145cm tall, she is mistaken as an elementary or middle schooler. Nozaki has an Imagine Spot of her getting mistaken by middle school girls as someone from their school.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tends to switch this role around with Mikoshiba, depending on the situation. She's also got the most common sense compared to the other girls in the main cast.
  • Second Year Protagonist: The protagonist, and in her second year of high school. This helps frame her relationships with her underclassman Wakamatsu and upperclassman Hori. As stated in Demoted to Extra, Sakura then becomes a Deuteragonist for the story.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • She's indirectly a supporter of Wakamatsu/Seo due to her shipping their genderswapped counterparts in Nozaki's manga. Once Wakamatsu tells her about his crush on Lorelei, she attempts to further the relationship by telling him that Lorelei is actually Seo, but Nozaki stops her every time.
    • She's also pretty enthusiastic about Hori/Kashima, often taking note of moments between them, and even going so far as having a convoluted Imagine Spot about how they might begin to date.
  • Significant Birth Date: 27 March, the day of cherry blossoms, known in Japanese as "sakura".
  • Single-Target Sexuality: In the official character bios, one section will list a character's "preferred type"; Sakura's only says "Nozaki". She says it herself in Chapter 22:
    Sakura: Chiyo Sakura, age 17! My type is someone who's 190cm with close-cropped black hair and a sharp glare. Someone my age who's a bit of an airhead but very handsome! Anyone else who does not fit that description is frankly of no interest!
  • Stalker with a Crush: She was quite stalkerish to Nozaki before the series began, to the point that she knew practically everything about him she could learn at school, and was collecting things he'd left behind.
  • Straight Man: She's usually this to the other characters, especially Nozaki, but there are moments when her own quirks shine through.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Nozaki may be the titular character, but the series is mainly from her point of view.
  • Tareme Eyes: The only female among the main cast to have them. Fittingly, she's the most feminine out of all the main girls.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest looking character of the series and also the shortest at 145 cm (4'9").
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Seo's tomboy. Seo is sporty, not at all graceful and uses a rough manner of speech, while Sakura has The Cutie look, prefers cute feminine clothes (especially ribbons) and has an appreciation for romance (especially if it's related to Nozaki).
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Nozaki and Mikoshiba bully her for research for Nozaki's manga; she gets overjoyed.
  • Two First Names: Sakura is a common given name, but is exceedingly rare as a surname.note 
  • Unmoving Plaid: Her polka-dot ribbons, at least in the anime.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: Or at least Nozaki's.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She's an avid reader of shoujo manga and often recognizes when cliche situations happen (such as illness or getting stuck in the rain), thinking them opportunities to get closer to Nozaki. What she doesn't realize, however, is that she's in a parody of one.
  • Yandere: Played for Laughs with her becoming incredibly possessive and antsy when she hasn't had contact with Nozaki for a while, and is also seemingly very aggressive towards anyone who flirts with him.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears long socks that reach the middle of her thigh when wearing the school uniform. This is a contrast to the other less girly female main characters Bifauxnen Kashima (who wears long socks below her knees, although those still show off her long legs) and the wild Seo (who avoids socks altogether).

    Mikoto "Mikorin" Mikoshiba 
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Anime), KENN (Drama CD) (Japanese), Scott Gibbs (English)

One of Nozaki's assistants, mainly responsible for drawing effects and details in the backgrounds — and also the person Nozaki used as model for the heroine of his manga. Mikoshiba acts like a playboy but in reality is a shy guy, and is often spouting flirty lines around — only to immediately get embarrassed for having said them.

  • Adorkable: So very much. Underneath his playboy image is a shy and socially awkward guy which makes him more endearing than when he's flirty.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Nozaki started calling him Mikorin in his head thanks to how adorably awkward he is, but never uses it out loud. Sakura starts using it accidentally, annoying him until he eventually gives up correcting her.
  • Alliterative Name: His first and last names both start with "Miko". Doubles as a Repetitive Name.
  • Always Second Best: Mikoshiba's former "rivalry" with Kashima played out exactly like this. When Mikoshiba details their past rivalry, it's shown to be hilariously one-sided in Kashima's favor, with Kashima getting better grades, being better at athletics, and better at wooing their female classmates. Even in the present, when the two's looks are compared side by side, Kashima is always referred to as the more attractive of the two.
  • Attention Whore: Zig-Zagged. Mikoshiba is often looking to have his ego stroked and will become petulant if ignored, but if too much attention is paid to him he becomes overwhelmed and starts desperately looking for a way out.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The character bio says he is the least shy with males younger than him like Wakamatsu and Mayu, because of this trope.
  • Bishōnen: He's definitely very pretty, which lends well to his reputation as The Charmer.
  • Buxom Is Better: He thinks so. In chapter 81, Wakamatsu notes that all the gal games he likes have heroines with large breasts and a lot of his figures are stacked.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Extremely awkward around girls, so the only way he can talk to them is by quoting cheesy lines from Dating Sims...which just makes him even more awkward and embarrassed.
  • The Charmer: To the outside observer he seems popular, confident and charming. Unfortunately, he's just using dating sim quotes to hide his social awkwardness, and it often leads him to charming his way into situations that he'd rather avoid.
  • Chaste Hero: He's not interested in getting a girlfriend and has even attempted to get out of getting one. Mostly likely cause he's too awkward around them.
  • Chick Magnet: He's pretty popular with the girls, but has never been able to talk to them properly. He began playing dating sims, which only made things worse because he starts repeating the cheesy lines the protagonists use, embarrassing himself immensely.
  • Closet Geek: He usually hides his otaku hobbies well, only telling people close to him like Nozaki, Sakura and Mayu. The good thing is Sakura doesn't seem to know the implication of bishoujo figurines...
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Unlike Nozaki's other assistants, he is only good at drawing pretty flowers and Manga Effects in the background. When having a drawing contest with Nozaki and Sakura, it becomes obvious he has no other artistic talents.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has red hair and red eyes.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Mikoshiba just can't say "no" when it comes to girls he's unfamiliar with or when his image is in jeopardy. Too many times he winds up with obligations that he doesn't know how to handle and ends up begging his friends to help get him out of them.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Mikoshiba's male fanbase is almost as large as his female one.
    • In chapter 47, a bunch of guys in the Public Bathhouse Scene get very excited trying to strip him off his Modesty Towel; then, during the camp's free time schedule, they fight over him to get him to spend time with them (although, in this context, they're only trying to use him to lure Chick Magnet Kashima into bringing girls into their rooms).
    • In episode 7 of the anime, even the male members of the art club are delighted when Mikoshiba promises to nude model for them.
    • After failing to get Kashima act as his pretend girlfriend in Chapter 57, a couple of guys offer themselves for the role, even hosting a contest over it (until it is stopped by Hori).
  • The Fashionista: Rare among otaku characters; character bios state he actually follows fashion magazines closely.
  • Fiery Redhead: When he shows his tsun side.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Mikoto" is a unisex name, which befits a guy who was the inspiration for a shoujo heroine.
  • Handsome Lech: Subverted. He acts like a shallow flirt around girls, but then he gets incredibly embarrassed even when they like it. He's too awkward to talk to girls normally most of the time.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: He tends to get incredibly embarrassed after attempting to say something suave to girls.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He acts really proud and egotistical upon first meeting, but if people fail to respond in the way he wants he becomes increasingly clingy and desperate to be noticed. Sakura quickly learns how to humor him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Nozaki calls him "Mikorin" for his feminine traits, though never to his face. The only one who actually addresses him as "Mikorin" is Sakura.
  • Ironic Birthday: He was born on Valentine's Day (Feb 14), so he gets chocolate instead of presents from an awful lot of people. For a shy guy like him, it might not be quite a pleasant day.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He comes off as popular with the girls, and always seems to find the right thing to say to them, but is actually quite shy around them. Consequently he usually finds himself unable to hang out around them for anything longer than a short conversation.
  • Like Brother and Sister: States that this is how he feels towards Sakura, seeing her as a "little sister", enough that he cannot bring himself to ask her to be his pretend girlfriend.
  • Luminescent Blush: Is prone to blushing furiously almost immediately after he says something embarrassing.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Platonically the feminine boy to Kashima's masculine girl, with Kashima being the popular prince charming bifauxnen and Mikoshiba essentially having the personality of a tsundere heroine, as pointed out by Nozaki.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Well, there's the interesting picture of him lying down seductively with his shirt fully unbuttoned in the official Fanbook, as well as the post-break Eye Catch in Episode 7 showing him posing nude (only his back is seen though). He also strips twice in the series; once in the anthology King's Game story (not by choice — he was unfortunate enough to have his number picked for all of the characters' stripping orders), and the other time when he gets jealous of Mayu and offers to model for Miyako.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He forgoes the blazer and tie, and his shirt is always left unbuttoned.
  • Odd Friendship: With Nozaki. Sakura points out that the two have very different personalities so it surprises her that they're friends. Nozaki admits he initially only took interest in Mikoshiba for character ideas.
  • One of the Boys: Gender-inverted. As seen in Chapter 47, when Hori complains that Nozaki looks out of place in a group of girls, but doesn't notice at all that Mikoshiba is in the same group.
  • Only Sane Man: Tends to switch this role around with Sakura, depending on the situation. He's got a level of self-awareness that allows him to at least part of the time recognize when someone's acting ridiculous.
  • Otaku: He is secretly one, mainly on Dating Sims. He also collects bishoujo figurines.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He's best friends with Kashima, and the only reason he was willing to join the drama club's excursion was because she would be there too. Despite how close they are, there is no indication of romance between them.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A literal example. His character profile says he sometimes wears cute or pink clothes, a result of copying fashion magazines.
  • Shipper on Deck: He is aware of Sakura's crush on Nozaki and has more than once tried to incite romantic moments between the two (it never works, much to Sakura's chagrin). He also has shown some interest in Kashima's relationship with Hori.
  • Shrinking Violet: Despite being introduced as a Handsome Lech, he is actually a shy guy who consistently gets embarrassed after delivering his cheesy lines to other girls.
  • Significant Birth Date: 14 February, Valentine's Day. His friends have fun teasing him by giving him chocolates as birthday presents instead of regular presents.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Dating Sim quotes are the only things he can say to females that he's not familiar with.
  • Tsundere: Despite his Shrinking Violet personality, he shows signs of being a tsun/dere (harsh/sweet) combo. He tries to put on a cool face and be a suave ladies' man, but secretly has a desire to feel needed and usually ends up blushing in complete embarrassment whenever he actually flirts with a girl. Mamiko, the main character in Nozaki's manga, was even based on his personality.
  • Unmanly Secret: He enjoys wearing cute pink clothes when no one else is around.
  • Useless Superpowers: Parodied. In one of Nozaki and Sakura's For Science!-dates he's supposed to be her Spirit Advisor ancestor who'll give her advice on how to date. Her role however is a complete Muggle who can't see or hear ghosts, making his role and ability completely useless.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks more along the lines of a main character in a visual novel rather than a supporting character in a shoujo parody, not to mention that he is the inspiration for a traditional shoujo heroine.

    Yuzuki Seo 
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Anime and Drama CD) (Japanese), Joanne Bonasso (English)

Sakura's classmate and friend, who's always being chased by teachers. She also offends people on a regular basis — whether she does it on purpose or not is hard to tell. She is in the choir club and has an incredibly beautiful singing voice, enough to make people refer to her as the "Lorelei" of the choir club.

Both Seo and Wakamatsu have Gender Bender characters based on them on Nozaki's manga.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Seo likes hanging out with Wakamatsu and favors him to some extent, but he finds her incredibly annoying. In a bit of Dramatic Irony, he has compared her unfavorably to the "ideal" Lorelei right to her face in an attempt to shame her, but she only gets happier every time he does so.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Within the manga, it seems like Tsubaki can't decide on a concrete eye color for Seo. Gold appears to be the most common, but her eyes have also been colored green, red, and brown in different illustrations. The anime chose to go with a reddish brown.
  • Anti-Role Model: She is this for the basketball team, in terms of sportsmanship and teamwork; that is, don't be like her, and learn to play in spite of her presence.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Although not an official couple yet, Seo acts like a jerk boyfriend towards Wakamatsu. She harasses him at times, but does care, buys him food, brings him to cinema, and loves being with him. This inspires Nozaki to create a character who's a Gender Flip of her.
  • The Beard: Acts as Mikoshiba's girlfriend so he can turn down a girl who confessed to him and didn't believe he was already committed. It works, though being Seo, of course it doesn't go perfectly.
  • Brutal Honesty: Seo has no filter. At all.
  • Captain Oblivious: Nozaki pretty much calls her this. Seo has zero ability to read situations for what they are, and thus often ends up ruining the mood. She also never seems to understand (or even notice) when people get mad at her when she says things that are Innocently Insensitive.
  • Cassandra Truth: Once she's finally confessed to Wakamatsu that she's Lorelei he doesn't believe it for a second, assuming it's just another one of her pranks and not even worth thinking about.
  • Clark Kenting: Her "competition-ready" look consists of just letting her hair down, and actually wearing socks. It manages to fool some Roman Academy students into thinking she was a new student, which she lampshades. In another bit of irony, the only person who manages to recognize her is Wakamatsu — who still doesn't know that she's Lorelei.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kinda. When her brother teases her over Wakamatsu, she takes it as him wanting to hang out with Wakamatsu. She then takes the time the next day to ask if Wakamatsu likes hanging out with her more than her brother.
  • The Confidant: Oddly enough, she appears to be a good listener, and her classmates often talk to her about their problems.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Because of her violent playstyle, the male basketball club is terrified of her, so much so that when she has the ball, everybody is seen scrambling in fear to get out of her way.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Sakura first tells Nozaki about her friend, she says Seo tends to get chased a lot. He imagines her being chased romantically by guys. But instead he sees her running away from two teachers, then leaping over a large construction pit to evade them. He also learns she's rather rude to people, and wonders if she's doing it on purpose.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her ponytail is lopsidedly tied toward the left so it stays over her left shoulder easier.
  • First-Name Basis: Refers to Sakura by her first name and vice-versa.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Her character profile states that many of her friends find her to be annoying, but still consider her a friend.
  • Gamer Chick: Character bios state that she likes fighting, tactical and action games as hobbies.
  • Hair Decorations: Has her hair in a scrunchie.
  • Hidden Depths: Played with. It's heavily implied that she sincerely likes Wakamatsu and is trying her best to be kind and doting towards him. The main problem, among a whole bunch of others, is that she is who she is, and that helps absolutely no one.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Invoked, played for laughs and subverted. Her attitude should have brought her an awful lot of enemies, but she rarely, if ever, receives justified retribution for her actions because she responds to neither anger nor reason. She's a Karma Houdini that never realizes she belongs to the trope.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She tells Nozaki that she's sensitive to others, and knows how to read a situation. She says that, while doing things that annoy others, such as stepping in front of a camera as it takes a picture, walking on a sign being painted, and walking in-between a guy handing a love letter to a girl, ruining the moment for them.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Her attitude is seen by Nozaki as a result of being mood-blind. Probably the best example of this is when she tells Nozaki that people ask her for help all the time, that she's considerate of others and that she can read situations... all while ruining a group picture, smearing someone's calligraphy and interrupting a love confession, in that order.
    • In other occasions where she is downright rude, it's shown that she does it not to hurt others, but rather because she finds it practical, and it's the quickest solution to whatever comes to obstruct her. The problem is that what she does is not acceptable.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • She's known as the Lorelei of the Choral Club, but only by people who hear her singing over the intercom and don't realize it's actually the annoying girl who tramples on people's dreams for giggles. Well, they soon find out. This makes it an Ironic Nickname because the Germanic legend of the Lorelei precisely consists of a woman that bewitches sailors with her singing into crashing on rocks; thus, "Lorelei" is not a praise.
    • Apparently among choir competitions her nickname becomes "The Little Mermaid", because her club mates forbid her from speaking at them so that her personality doesn't come forth and ruin her image.
  • Jerkass: She is brash, abrasive and rude, but it's hard to tell how much of what she does is malicious and how much is just being dense. On the one hand, she loves laughing at people who come to confess to Lorelei and then find out it's actually her, much to their horror. On the other hand, she's completely confused when people get angry at her for the obnoxious things she says.
  • The Lad-ette: A more G-rated example; she's not very feminine, speaks like a boy, is incredibly blunt and abrasive, and she constantly has teachers running after her for some kind of trouble she caused.
  • Love at First Note: Her beautiful voice steals the heart of many guys.
  • Love at First Sight: Parodied when she first encounters Mikoshiba. He jumps from the tree she's napping under, and the manga panel is filled with Love Bubbles as Seo stares at him in wonder... Then the moment is ruined when Mikoshiba unsuccessfully lands on the ground, and she announces to her teacher she's late for class because "a stud fell from the sky". Averted afterward as she shows no romantic interest in him whatsoever, although she still affectionately calls him Ikemen (Handsome/Mr Hunk).
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Several boys (like Wakamatsu) are infatuated with the mysterious Lorelei of the Choral Club. Seo herself loves to exploit this trope and crush people's dreams after they grow big enough.
  • Loving Bully:
    • Towards Wakamatsu. He blurts out to her that recently she only targets him to throw the ball at his face, stalks him during lunchtime, makes him buy her things and carry her stuff...and later she takes him to a family restaurant to buy him some food and even buys him some presents. Nozaki immediately can tell that she likes him, at the very least as someone to hang out with.
    • On the platonic side of things, Seo has proven to have absolutely no qualms with pulling potentially nasty or humiliating pranks on even her closest friends just to get a kick out of it.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Wakamatsu's feminine boy. Seo is the brash The Lad-ette, while Wakamatsu is very sensitive and takes shoujo manga very seriously.
  • Meaningful Name: Her nickname being "Lorelei" refers to a German folktale about a water spirit whose beautiful singing voice enchants sailors so much that it causes them to crash their ships and drown. Considering Seo's general personality and how she likes to crush people's expectations by revealing herself to be Lorelei, it's even more appropriate.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She only likes horror movies just for the fact that people get brutally killed in them, whether they're hero, villain or innocent bystander. Her conversation with poor Wakamatsu after the movie they watched just involves her describing all the deaths in detail.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Doesn't wear socks.
  • Odd Friendship: Nozaki wonders once how Sakura manages to be friends with such a difficult girl and imagines a Worthy Opponent Defeat Means Friendship type cliche. She's too polite to tell him that they just sat next to each other.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Seo is occasionally weirded out by people's shenanigans or gets hyped up, but she otherwise rarely loses her cool. Her becoming flustered in Chapter 66 when she's teased really emphasises how easily uncomfortable she is with love jokes about herself. In Chapter 102, she panics a lot when confessing to Wakamatsu about her Lorelei identity, something she was hiding from him for a long time; when he flat-out doesn't believe her, her frustration is very evident by her facial expressions.
    • Seo doesn't usually think of other people's wellbeing when doing anything. Wakamatsu is thus uncomfortable and confused when Seo starts showering him with affection and offering him the opportunity to pick a movie to watch.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She teases and annoys Wakamatsu on a regular basis, but also frequently treats him to dinner and gives him souvenirs from the places she visits.
    • She often makes rude remarks about Nozaki and is not above being mischievous towards Sakura, but when it's raining heavily and the two are stuck at school thanks to lacking umbrellas, she tosses them hers and simply sprints home since she lives closer to school than they do. Nozaki refuses to admit she did something nice, though he does use the idea in his manga.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While she's not really an eyesore to begin with, Seo will get dolled up for singing performances and competitions by her fellow choir members, and the end result is her looking not only beautiful but also significantly more mature. Many people can't even recognize that it's her, though oddly enough Wakamatsu can. Unfortunately, the change is entirely cosmetic; her ill-mannered personality remains intact.
  • Shipper on Deck: Is aware of Sakura's crush on Nozaki and occasionally encourages them in subtle ways. This being Seo, said hints aren't all that appreciative, such as the time she chooses Sakura and Nozaki in the King's Game and orders Sakura to rub his butt.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: While Seo is quite aggressive and abrasive, her older brother Ryousuke is a reasonably gentle and Nice Guy who's concerned for his crush Miyako, and he certainly treats her with far more care than Seo does for Wakamatsu.
  • Significant Birth Date: Her birthday is July 7 or Tanabata, which is a holiday celebrating the once-a-year meeting of the deities and lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented in the sky by the stars Vega and Altair). Considering the star-crossed nature of the relationship between Seo and the numerous admirers of her voice, this is appropriate.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: As mentioned, her singing is beautiful enough to make boys fall for Lorelei and differs so dramatically from her normal rough pattern of speech that people not in the know can't tell that it's her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Sakura's girly girl. Seo is sporty, not at all graceful and uses a rough manner of speech, while Sakura has The Cutie look, prefers cute feminine clothes (especially ribbons) and has an appreciation for romance (especially if it's related to Nozaki).
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Brought up and subverted in chapter 66, when Wakamatsu sees Seo running away when her affection towards him is called out. When he tells Nozaki about it, Nozaki suggests it's because she gets embarrassed when she has to deal with love personally. Wakamatsu can't believe it, unable to reconcile this seemingly girly streak with the Seo he knows. Then Nozaki compares it to a young boy getting teased over having a girl like him, and Wakamatsu finds it much easier to understand.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Feeling guilt-ridden after Chapter 102 where Wakamatsu refused to believe her genuine confession about her Lorelei identity, Seo spends most of her appearances in Chapter 103 acting nicer than usual to Wakamatsu. Wakamatsu is suspicious but the plan almost works... until her attempt to sit on his lap (after hearing Sakura did the same thing with Nozaki) makes him wonder if her bullying is just getting sneakier.
  • With Friends Like These...: She seems to consider Wakamatsu a friend at the very least, including buying him dinner, watching movies together and bringing him souvenirs, but she also tramples him on the basketball court, the stress of which gives him insomnia.

    Yuu Kashima 
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Anime), Chie Matsuura (Drama CD) (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

A friend and rival of Mikoshiba's who is referred to as the "Prince" of the school. Despite being a bit of an airhead, Kashima can recite lines as flirty as Mikoshiba's and is very popular with girls, who are often surrounding her. She is also a talented member of the drama club.

Though not entirely based on her, Nozaki sometimes uses Kashima's princely personality to provide plots for the main Love Interest character in his manga, Saburou Suzuki.

  • The Ace: She gets high grades, is good at sports, and very popular with the girls. Too bad she lacks the common sense to not make Hori beat the hell out of her.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is royal blue and her eyes are bright green in the anime, but in colored manga artwork both her eyes and hair are a shade of greenish-blue.
  • Adorkable: Manages to be charming even when she's pulling the stupidest stunts.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Kashima approached Seo about taking singing lessons from her, Seo told Kashima that she'd only agree to do so if Kashima got on her knees and begged. Kashima had no issue with complying (though Seo stopped her and said it was only a joke to try and scare her away).
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Invoked in Chapter 87 when Hori helps to give Kashima a "feminine makeover" fitting her. The makeover ends up being her with a long blue wig and an overall mature and aloof look, something that winds up attracting both her male and female classmates. It's also implied that this is Hori's type as well.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her canon love interest is Hori, whom she's always seeking attention/approval from, and she's casually said she likes him (though it's not clear how much of this is actually romantic). On the other hand, she loves to flirt with the ladies and even goes on group dates with them, but never takes it any further than that. Her profile lists under "ideal type" that she "thinks all girls are cute and unknown for guys", heavily implying that she genuinely likes girls in a dating/romantic sense, and that she also likes guys but doesn't strongly feel anything towards them.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Becomes a victim of Nozaki's hypnosis and forgets who her beloved Hori is as a result, much to the drama club's horror. Amusingly, she still acts casual around him thanks to her friendly personality, calling him "Masayan" and constantly pestering him.
  • Art Evolution: While all the characters have undergone some changes over time due to the gradual evolution of Tsubaki's art style, Kashima looks the most different compared to how she did in her introduction. Specifically, her hair started out fairly clean-cut and flat looking, but it got progressively messier until her wavy bangs achieved an almost spikey appearance.
  • Attention Whore: She's not nasty about it, but in general she likes to be fawned upon and praised, and she can be rather shameless in her pursuit of such.
  • Bifauxnen: To the point that Wakamatsu and Hori both initially mistook her for a boy. She's clearly based on typical otokoyaku actresses in Takarazuka productions, as she always plays male roles in the drama club's productions and has short hair. Her looks also make her incredibly popular with her classmates; her male classmates admire her for her "prince-like" qualities while her female classmates just want her attention. The only clues that she's actually a girl are her high voice and the skirt she wears with her uniform.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Kashima is sometimes drawn with these in her particularly oblivious moments.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Has very short hair, which complements her "prince" look well. She offhandly mentions having long hair before as a child, but the fanbook otherwise states she switched on-and-off between this haircut and a bobcut during middle school.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She is clearly an excellent actor, but can't be bothered to go to drama club practice; this is why Hori needs to come by and drag her to the meetings. Her character bio states she is like this for just about everything, the reason being that because things often come easily to her, working hard is something that she isn't used to.
  • The Charmer: Perhaps her most famous talent, and it's not just her fangirls that she can turn on the charm to; it's worked on Mikoshiba and Wakamatsu as well. When they first met, it even briefly works on Sakura, who's otherwise very strictly Nozakisexual.
  • Chick Magnet: She has hordes of fangirls, although they tend to cause trouble such as damaging the sets for plays.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mildly, and in an ambiguous sense. Specifically, Kashima desperately wants Hori to recognize her as his 'favorite underclassman', and she will get petulant or pouty when others seem to be taking that spot in any way: Hilariously, she consistently sees her most ardent competition in Nozaki.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: She has absolutely no common sense, as well as a strange train of thought that causes her to jump to weird conclusions, which she then takes as fact. Hard to say which one gets her hit by Hori more.
  • Competition Freak: Kashima is prone to getting ridiculously fired up and competitive at some of the most random occasions over some of the smallest things. Thankfully, she often does so in a lighthearted fashion and she's good-natured enough to not take her wins and losses too personally, or for very long, making her cross into Spirited Competitor territory.
  • Corner of Woe: Kashima gets really sulky like this whenever it seems like Hori's favoring someone else over her.
  • Crosscast Role: Always cross-casts as male characters, usually princes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Inverted. Kashima is introduced as a handsome Chick Magnet who is good at everything from sports to academics, and about 70% of her official artwork also has her sporting a suave look on her face that gives the impression of a "bad boy". It takes less than a day of knowing her for Sakura to realize that while Kashima is genuinely the cool-looking genius she's famous for being, she's also genuinely an air-headed moron.
  • Ditzy Genius: She is good at almost everything, but she has an off-kilter thought process and can never seem to figure out when the things she does will get her in trouble.
  • Dreadful Musician: While she's good at playing instruments themselves, singing is the only thing she is completely devoid of talent in. She's so horrible at it that she leaves Nozaki and Sakura collapsed on the floor clutching their heads. Wakamatsu once realizes that Seo is in the choral club like Lorelei and almost starts to follow, but then hears Kashima's awful singing and assumes it's Seo. The misunderstanding lives on. She tries very hard to either improve her singing or hide it for Hori's sake, however he eventually finds out (and finds it very entertaining).
    Seo (after hearing Kashima sing): You can give up now, or you can work hard for a year and then give up.
  • Dude Magnet: She's usually just popular with guys in a One of the Boys kind of way, however Hori putting her in a long haired wig for fun ends up giving her a horde of eager male fans.
  • Easy Amnesia: All it takes is some amateur hypnotising from Nozaki for Kashima to forget Hori. The drama club (and Rei) spend a whole chapter trying to revert her, but in the end the hypnosis is quickly and easily undone by Nozaki and Sakura.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: There actually is a fairly reasonable train of thought leading her to try to give Hori the role of the princess in a play or to try giving him a bridal carry. There's just two problems. One, it doesn't occur to her that everyone around her has shoujo manga as reference material for their work. Two, she never doubts her conclusions, meaning once people realize what bizarre notion she's gotten into her head they can't get it back out.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: To be more precise, it's especially the girls who want her. Her male classmates admire her, but the consensus amongst the school's female population is that she's the hottest guy in her year.
  • Family Theme Naming: Kashima's given name is "Yuu" and her younger sister's name is "Rei". Both are two-syllable, gender-neutral Japanese names.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Remarkably, Kashima's younger sister Rei manages to turn Kashima into the responsible sibling half. Rei being very naive and having a compulsion to publicly and inappropriately ship every boy and girl she sees interact with each other forces Kashima to play damage control and try to keep her sister's behavior in check.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Yuu" is a unisex name in Japan, which is fitting considering her androgynous appearance.
  • Genki Girl: Technically she looks and seems more like a keet, except of course for the fact she's actually female. She's very cheery for the most part, and has all that energy she uses to run both towards and away from Hori-senpai.
  • Handsome Lech: Though she is popular, after Nozaki actually meets Kashima every role he tries to write for her ends up with the Prince Charming character being an obnoxious flirt. She also sometimes forgets the names of the girls she's flirting with and handwaves it by just calling them "princess".
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Kashima is perfectly comfortable stealing Hori's pants after drama club activities are finished (even though they're too short for her). This is mostly so that she can lend him her skirt because she thinks appealing to his apparent girly side will make him happy. Of course, it doesn't.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Her singing is very loud and very off-key.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She is 1.76m tall (about 5'9"), which is about the same height as Mikoshibanote . At one point she says that with her flat chest, height and short hair the only girly part about her is her voice. And then she instantly starts laughing because she likes dressing and acting like a guy.
  • Idiot Hero: While she's smart academically and only really the 'hero' when she's acting in plays, the rest of her Cloudcuckoo Lander personality pegs her as this.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Occasionally shown to be lacking awareness when it comes to revealing her (or others') bodies.
    • During the beach chapter, one of her wild trains of thought convinces her that Hori wants to wear her bikini, and she's basically ready to strip it off while standing in open water without a second thought.
    • In the scene following the former she also absentmindedly starts trying to pull down Hori's swim shorts for no reason other than to see if he's wearing more than one pair of swimming trunks.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Kashima may be a very accomplished actor with a lot of fangirls, but she herself is a huge fangirl for Hori. For all that she teases Hori about how his height makes it difficult for him to land roles, she likes nothing more than to watch him act. In fact once, when faced with the prospect of acting alongside him, she gets so giddy she can't think straight enough to perform properly.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Somewhat. She's a proud Chick Magnet, but in the meantime she's constantly trying to get Hori's attention and worries whenever it seems like her self-proclaimed status as his "beloved kohai" is threatened.
    Kashima: (asking about Suzuki) So I'm supposed to admire this guy like the protagonist? And he's handsome, smart, great at sports, and kind, isn't that right?
    Mikoshiba: Well, yeah...
    Kashima: Then why doesn't Senpai like me?! I don't get it!
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: She's often mistaken for a boy at first glance. After meeting her, Hori and Wakamatsu spent quite a bit of time thinking she was a guy before realizing she wasn't. Sakura's brother Towa even first assumes she's a guy wearing a skirt rather than taking the skirt to mean she's actually a girl. It's worth noting that in a chapter where she briefly dresses up in a frilly dress and long wig, she looks more like a crossdressing Long-Haired Pretty Boy than a girl.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She's one to Mikoshiba, as she's one of the few people he's fully comfortable being around. Mikoshiba often calls her or uses her as a shield if he's panicking because of a situation he doesn't know how to handle. The only reason why Mikoshiba was even willing to go on a summer retreat was because he knew Kashima would be there, and he got distressed when he realized that he wouldn't be staying in the same room as her.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: While it's left ambiguous due to how much Kashima's admiration towards Hori is actually romantic, this is still definitely the case. While Kashima is normally confident and level-headed, her common-sense still gets tossed out the window whenever she's trying to impress Hori. Naturally, the majority of her efforts wind up blowing up in her face.
  • Luminescent Blush: Is very red when she finally has the guts to sing in front of Hori at karaoke. Hori finds it so endearing/entertaining he encourages her to keep singing just so he can watch her act flustered, much to the chagrin of the other characters who are covering their ears on the floor in agony.
  • Made of Iron: Kashima endures Hori physically throwing her across the hall, flinging large objects at her, and kicking her to high heaven, but no matter what Kashima always walks it off with at worst a few cuts and scratches. Sometimes she even laughs about it.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She forms a platonic version of this with Mikoshiba. The latter is the model Nozaki used for his manga's heroine, Mamiko, and while Kashima is not the model for Suzuki, Nozaki occasionally uses her as inspiration for him.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When she's temporarily under Nozaki's hypnosis, her eyes have no light in them. This does not go unnoticed, as Hori (who's unaware of the hypnosis) remarks how dead her eyes look.
  • Modesty Shorts: Kashima's character bio shows that she wears shorts under her skirt which makes it easy for her to change into costume during drama club activities. They're first mentioned in-series in Chapter 65 when she lies about going commando and Hori nonchalantly lifts her skirt up to check if she's wearing her shorts.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Inverted. Her attempts to get Hori to notice her legs all fail because he's so fixated on her face.
  • Nice Girl: She's a sweetheart and she's earnest and playful to a fault, so much that it makes her procrastinate from her duties.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a tie instead of a ribbon like the other girls. Since ties are primarily worn by male students, it makes her look even more masculine, at least from the waist up.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: At least among her close friends, It's not uncommon for her to touch, lift, or going right up in their faces, without any warning.
  • Onee-sama: While Kashima is nicknamed schoolwide as the 'Prince of the School' and plays this part to her fangirls (although some also call her this term), it turns out that her putting on her a long wig ends up attracting fanboys eager to call her Onee-sama instead. She is also referred to this way by her younger Ojou sister Rei.
  • One of the Boys: Sometimes people either forget Kashima is a girl, or they just think she is a boy. She also seems to have more guy friends outside of the main cast, with Hori even once commenting that the raport she's developed with Seo and Sakura is "unusual for her".
  • Oxymoronic Being: The most handsome, charming and talented dude at school, with such attractiveness that he has an army of girls swooning over them and melting over every little things he does... happens to be a girl.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Occasionally, Kashima's prominant fringe of hair is drawn covering up her left eye.
  • Petite Pride: Implied. What she clearly takes pride in is her status as "Prince of the School", and she points out her nearly non-existent chest as one of the things that helps her "boyish" image.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She and Mikorin are best friends with each other.
  • Prince Charming: She often plays the prince in the drama club's plays, and a very cliched one you'd see in fairytales.
  • Red Baron: She's popular for her charms and is widely known at school as The Prince.
  • She's Got Legs: According to official art, which have proven to not be shy about showing off her legs. In-universe, Hori's pretty into her legs, although he doesn't believe they're hers.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Sakura/Nozaki; she often encourages the former to make some progress in their relationship.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The older Kashima sister is a carefree Bifauxnen that gets along with boys well, while the younger sister is a polite Ojou and Bishoujo that's only accustomed with talking to other girls.
  • Significant Birth Date: Her birthday is Halloween, which possibly reflects how she's a drama club actress who's often put into costumes.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She gets a fair amount of slapstick thanks to Hori's Comical Overreacting to the things she does.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Discussed and then explicitly subverted in chapter 42. Mikorin had wondered if Kashima had felt this trope applied to her, since she's lost her voice due to a cold and her voice is one of the few indications that she's a girl. Then he sees her reveling in how masculine she is now by wearing pants, killing Mikorin's suspicions. When brought up, she thinks Hori closer to the trope instead.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: To Wakamatsu. His mistaking of Kashima as a guy leads to a very awkward situation where he follows the girls to a lingerie store and sticks around, which makes Kashima wonder if he's a pervert. Wakamatsu eventually finds out that Kashima is in fact a girl, leaving him completely mortified by his actions.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hori, in an odd sense. Kashima's the exact opposite of vitriolic to Hori, but she has a bad habit of messing with him or inadvertently doing things that from his perspective look like harassment (which makes her the target of his rage in return). In spite of this, they are shown to actually get along quite well in more relaxed situations.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Contrary to her masculine looks, Kashima's natural speaking voice is high and easily recognizable as belonging to a girl, though she often manually lowers it when she's flirting with her fangirls or acting.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She prefers wearing guys' clothes outside of school, and is occasionally mistaken for a guy as well. In one story she comes down with a cold, which causes the pitch of her voice to drop so low that she muses that she's now lost her only feminine trait, seemingly setting up a Tomboy with a Girly Streak revelation. Instead the view pans back to her gleefully wearing the male uniform to commemorate the occasion.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark blue hair.

    Masayuki Hori 
Voiced by: Yuki Ono (Anime), Junji Majima (Drama CD) (Japanese), Adam Noble (English)

A senior student who's also the president of the Drama Club. He helps Nozaki with his backgrounds anonymously in return for getting Nozaki to write scripts for the club's plays. He's a hard-working, good-natured guy, but he has little patience with others goofing off, messing around, or being bone-headed while working.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Once he starts seeing Mamiko in Mikoshiba during rehearsals for a drama club production, he accidentally starts calling him "Mamiko...shiba."
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A minor one, his hair in the anime is a darker brown than in the manga official coloured art.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Many guys in the drama club and his friendship circle call him Hori-chan. Kashima even calls him "Hori-chan-senpai" occasionally.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: It only takes Hori hanging out with Mikoshiba and Seo for a short while before he clues in that they were the basis for Mamiko and Oze, respectively (and his discovery about Oze quickly leads to him figuring out Wakamatsu's Waka character). When he, Mikoshiba and Wakamatsu are spending the night over at Nozaki's apartment, he also quickly realizes that Nozaki's trying to use their conversations as material for the next chapter of Let's Fall in Love.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Probably the most beleaguered of all of the assistants, as Nozaki has no idea how to properly draw backgrounds and, much to Hori's dismay, relies on him completely.
  • Benched Hero: Despite his role as president and having outstanding acting skills, he no longer acts in the drama club's plays due to him being too short for lead roles and being too good for supporting roles. He doesn't mind, however, as he found he enjoys doing backstage work and prefers to help Kashima shine as an actor.
  • Berserk Button: There's a few easy ways to set off the cranky Hori.
    • Kashima running away from drama club activities, amongst her many other quirky hijinks.
    • Boxes (especially if one's standing on them), thanks to Nozaki trying to Hand Wave his poor perspective drawing skills by claiming characters are standing on boxes.
    • Nozaki's poor grasp on perspective and backgrounds, and his odd ways of dealing with these kinds of problems like the aforementioned boxes.
  • Brutal Honesty: Hori is pretty blunt, even if his thoughts may be less than favorable to whoever he's talking to.
  • Buxom Is Better: Averted. Or rather, it just doesn't matter. Hori's Q&A states that he is so strongly a leg man that he has close to no interest in boobs.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Revealed to be the case for him in chapter 78 when he gets completely drunk by accident through eating a loaf of cake made with brandy. The same thing happens when Kashima offers him alcohol chocolate in the Volume 10 omakes, and he ends up drunk-singing with Kashima at karaoke.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Hori often complains about and loses his temper over Kashima and her behavior, but chapter 60 shows that her avoiding him for less than a day will make him noticeably depressed. Soon after this incident he starts to actually go out of his way just so he can walk to school in the morning with her.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: His profile states he's not interested in awards, so rather than focusing on making standout plays he focuses on making shows that he feels everyone can enjoy.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Despite her academic and theater accomplishments, Kashima lacks common sense and can't even be bothered to make it to drama club on-time. Hori always ends up making sure that she gets things done.
  • Comical Overreacting:
    • The way he reacts to Kashima when she does things that exasperate him would be disturbing if it weren't so obviously meant for slapstick purposes. Examples include kicking her, tossing her like a hammer throw, and even launching a whole whiteboard at her.
    • He also tends to be extremely guarded about certain aspects of his life due to his dreaming up wild theories about what might happen if Kashima found out about them. For example, he says he'd never tell Kashima if he got a girlfriend because he thinks Kashima would steal her away from him.
  • Competition Freak: While he's usually the one trying to keep his peers in line, Hori is easily egged on and his competitive spirit will instantaneously flare up. Especially if it involves Kashima somehow.
  • Covert Pervert: According to extra materials, Hori is the biggest closet pervert of the main cast, though he's somewhat oblivious to it and it's mostly due to the fact he's typically a very no-nonsense sort of person. Indeed, he's surprisingly straight-faced when he mentions his leg fetish.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Explicitly averted. Mikoshiba on several occasions has expected Hori to become possessive of Kashima, only to be proven completely wrong. On the contrary, Hori wants nothing better than to proclaim and display Kashima's greatness to the world.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Light brown hair and light brown eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments of straight-faced snarking. It comes with the territory of being the sanest of the main seven.
  • Delayed Reaction: Somehow Hori managed to completely miss that Kashima was a girl until well after recruiting her to the drama club, only realizing it when he saw her go to use the girl's bathroom.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Very minor example. Hori discovers he's useless at applying manga screentone because, due to him always doing the rugged jobs with his club, he can't control how much strength he's putting in and will accidentally cut straight through the paper.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hori will refuse to accept any food offered to him that is homemade, much less eat it, which his bio states is due to the fact he once got ill after eating someone's homemade chocolate. However, he makes exceptions if the person who cooked it is someone he considers to be a close friend.
  • Doting Parent: Everyone thinks he acts like an obsessive proud parent towards Kashima. Despite all the physical violence he directs at her, he is genuinely proud of Kashima and in the right atmosphere will heavily lay the praise on her. He also never misses the chance to promote Kashima's image, at least as an actor.
    Hori: Kashima will always shine brightly, no matter what the circumstances. *proud smile*
  • Dynamic Entry: His very first scene is of him delivering this to Kashima, knocking her out with a great flying kick.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: There's only so many stupid shenanigans Hori can put up with before he's screaming profanities.
  • Generic Cuteness: Very mild case. Kashima's sister Rei doesn't consider him to be a bishonen and is surprised by his short height, wondering what the infamously handsome Kashima sees in him. Due to the art-style, Hori hardly looks less attractive than the other male characters (and Kashima) even with his height.
  • Has a Type: Hori being attracted to "girls with pretty legs" has been mentioned more than once in-series. Chapter 87 seems to have narrowed his type down to "Kashima".
  • Height Angst: He gets very irritated when Kashima teases him about how he stopped growing a few years ago. In an omake in Volume 10 he lampshades that hanging around Kashima, Mikoshiba and Nozaki, who are significantly taller than him, doesn't help his case, which is why he asks Kashima to go shopping as just the two of them.
  • Love Epiphany: The end of chapter 87 shows Hori looking slightly worse for the wear and furiously blushing as he confides in Nozaki that he's realizing now that Kashima's his type.
  • Luminescent Blush: When Hori gets drunk his whole face lights up bright red. And then it happens later while sober when he finally realizes that he's probably attracted to Kashima.
  • The Napoleon: 164 cm tall (about 5'4") and easily blows his fuse if the right buttons are pushed. He's also relatively strong and in charge of building stage props for the drama club.
  • No-Sell: In Chapter 98, when Hori tags along with the group to a Karaoke bar, he's shown to be the one character immune to the effects of Kashima's terrible singing. He's so entranced with watching her perform that her lack of ability doesn't bother him at all.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He doesn't wear the blazer, his shirt is blue, and he usually keeps his tie tucked in the shirt pocket when working.
  • Not So Above It All: He's by far the most sensible of the main cast, but he has a share of small peculiarities that show their face from time to time. The most prominent is perhaps his tendency to completely derail conversations or forget about other things he should be doing when certain ideas (usually about the drama club or boosting Kashima's star profile) pop into his head. And on top of that he either thinks it's normal or doesn't even seem to realize he does it.
  • Oblivious to Love: Zig-Zagged. Hori isn't completely oblivious when it comes to love; He ships Nozaki with Sakura and Wakamatsu with Seo, seems to have a thing for directing cheesy fairytale style plays with romantic princes, and is quite open about his personal fetish for girls with long legs. However, he is extremely dense about his Kashima bias. Despite having known Kashima for over a year and holding an obvious favoritism for her, it wasn't until chapter 87 when a classmate finally mentioned it to his face that Hori even started considering that he might be attracted to Kashima. It apparently took ANOTHER WEEK before he admitted to Nozaki, looking completely flustered about this revelation, that it was probably true.
  • Older Than They Look: Hori has a complex about looking younger than he actually is when his bangs are down (and his short stature probably doesn't help), so he spikes his hair up to look more his age.
  • Only Sane Man: Aside from his Doting Parent tendencies and being prone to violent outbursts when it comes to Kashima, he's got no major quirks and is otherwise a fairly ordinary student. He also seems to be more acutely aware of the craziness surrounding him compared to the others.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's often frowning, especially in official art. A given considering all the crazy shenanigans he has to put up with.
  • Say My Name: Expect a "KAASHIMAAAAAA!" from him every time the person in question pisses him off.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Time and time again we're told Hori's a leg man, but despite Kashima having an impressive set of legs, he never notices anything about Kashima except her face. This is ironic since he's flat out admitted that when checking out girls he only looks at their legs and doesn't look at their faces.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The only third year in the group, thus is referred to as Senpai/Hori-senpai by the rest of the main cast.
  • Shipper on Deck: After realizing that the sort-of pairing of Oze and Waka in Nozaki's manga are based off of Seo and Wakamatsu, he falls into the trap of mixing up reality and shoujo manga and begins shipping their real life counterparts.
  • Significant Birth Date: 28 November, or the so-called Nice Knee-highs Daynote . Serves as an indication for what he looks for in women.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: It's actually "single target aesthetic attraction" in this case, but Hori is extremely biased towards Kashima's face. He thinks Kashima is the handsomest person he knows, and whenever the topic of a "good-looking guy" comes up, he instantly thinks of and/or inevitably compares them to her. He also doesn't seem to like it when she wears anything that covers her face. Chapter 87 finally drives this home: Hori sees Kashima as both his ideal guy and ideal girl.
  • So Proud of You: Regardless of how much white hair she makes him grow with her antics, Kashima is Hori's pride and joy, and his dedication towards her is unequivocal. When all is said and done, she is very dear to him, and he does every effort possible to show her off as both an asset to the Drama Club and as a person.
  • Tareme Eyes: Hori is the only male character in the entire cast thus far with eyes that distinctly droop downwards at the corners. Which is pretty ironic, considering his personality.
  • Throwing Out the Script: When Kashima temporarily loses her voice thanks to a cold, she has other people read her lines for her. She even starts flirting with girls like normal while Hori calmly reads out the lines... only for Kashima to double back and forth between him and the girl because he actually just starts making it up as he goes along.
  • Tsundere: He always beats up Kashima for making more work for everyone and in general just being really annoying, especially when it comes to her fangirls or when she "harasses" him for attention. However, in private he thinks that she's unmatched at acting, and is far more interested in supporting her talent than taking on roles himself, even though he's also very skilled. Additionally, he looks after her so much he's considered to be her "Doting Parent" in universe.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Hori usually has his hair gelled back, but there are a few occasions where he's been shown with his bangs down. Kashima thinks he still looks cool that way, and Nozaki also shows his approval by drawing a girl with her bangs down get complimented by Mamiko.
  • Unmanly Secret: Subverted. Upon finding out that he apparently reads shoujo manga,note  Kashima thinks Hori wants to be treated like the manga's heroine, so she goes out of her way to make sure he gets his supposed wish, such as giving him female clothes and trying to bridal carry him. Of course, this only pisses Hori off more.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kashima, although the vitriol comes exclusively from Hori. In his defense, Kashima tends to do him "favors" that are so out of line with his desires he sometimes wonders if she hates him. However, they've proven to otherwise be very good friends, often chatting and bouncing ideas off each other.
  • When She Smiles: Kashima is in awe and almost bliss when she sees Hori genuinely smiling so much in Chapter 78, but has to keep herself together because he's also drunk on brandy cake.
  • Workaholic: Not even close to being at the same extremes as Nozaki, but Hori is seldom seen doing anything that isn't related to drawing the backgrounds for Nozaki's manga or the drama club (and even the background drawing started for the sake of the drama club). Sometimes Hori's time is so split between the two he becomes sleep deprived.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has zero problems beating Kashima to a pulp.

    Hirotaka Wakamatsu 
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Anime), Daisuke Namikawa (Drama CD) (Japanese), Cameron Bautsch (English)

A tenth-grader in the boys' basketball club, who used to be Nozaki's junior in the basketball club during middle school. He's a sensitive sort, and gets deeply stressed by Seo barging around his life; unfortunately, he's also pretty naive, and has no clue how to deal with her. He has a crush on Lorelei of the choir club... who, unknown to him, is actually Seo.

It was actually thanks to Seo that he eventually became one of Nozaki's assistants; he kept staying at Nozaki's apartment due to Seo-induced insomnia and Nozaki had him doing screentones to make use of the time since his other assistants couldn't do it.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Occasionally, his eyes are colored a shade of green instead of blue in manga illustrations.
  • Adorkable: Out of all the male characters, he is the most naive.
  • Black Bead Eyes: He is sometimes drawn with this and other simplified facial features, to show his naivety and innocence.
  • Buxom Is Better: Not a believer in this. When pressed about hiding behind Seo, who has a pretty large chest, to ward off admirers, Wakamatsu questions why he would find "lumps of fat" exciting.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Distinctly divided between Seo's identities. Wakamatsu feels tormented by Seo whenever she's around him, but he also says that he can't live without "Lorelei"'s singing to help him sleep.
  • Chick Magnet: When Seo is away on a school trip, Wakamatsu can finally relax for once and becomes incredibly popular overnight.
  • Death Glare: He unintentionally gives a frightening glare to Ryousuke when he's approached by him, thinking Ryousuke is going to threaten him. Ryousuke in return is terrified by these "eyes of hatred" and wonders what on earth Seo did to him.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: All of his attempts at getting Seo to stay away from him just give her more reasons to hang out with him.
  • Genius Ditz: Extra materials reveal that for all his naiveté, Wakamatsu is a diligent student and ranks within the top 30 of his class in terms of grades and test results.
  • Gentle Giant: The combination of his build and his sensitive nature makes him this.
  • Has a Type: Supposedly likes younger girls with a "sweet personality" or "beautiful heart". Ironic that he's most shipteased with Seo who is the exact opposite of that.
  • Hero Worship: More like Senpai Worship, but his introductory chapter makes it clear that he has a great deal of respect for Nozaki from back when they played basketball together in middle school. In general he's very enthusiastic and eager-to-please toward all of his upperclassmen.
  • Honor Before Reason: He tends to do what his senpai orders without thinking whether it is appropriate.
  • Hunk: He's got a good face and athletic body, which girls at school appreciate when Seo isn't around to make him stress out constantly.
  • Hypno Fool: When reading a book about hypnosis out loud, he managed to hypnotize himself and started acting like a dog. Although according to Sakura and Nozaki he didn't act much differently than before.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes, which is fitting for his naivete and all.
  • The Insomniac: He suffers from chronic insomnia, and Seo-related stress makes it worse. Ironically, 'Lorelei', her singing voice, can send him off to sleep in seconds... not that he knows it's her.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Seo imposes "Waka" on him.
  • Keet: As the second tallest character in the series he's noticeably larger than the usual example, but still a little too meek to be considered a Boisterous Bruiser. Watamatsu can be very happy-go-lucky and exuberant, especially when among friends. It's even lampshaded by Hori in episode 11 of the anime.
    Hori: You're so energetic.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Circumstances regularly conspire to keep him from finding out that Lorelei is actually Seo.
  • Lovable Jock: He's on the basketball team, but is a gentle Nice Guy.
  • Loving a Shadow: Played hilariously (and tragically) straight with his infatuation with Lorelei. The only reason why nobody has told him the truth about Lorelei is because it'd be too tragic. (Seo herself eventually tried coming clean with him, but fell victim to Cassandra Truth.) In a further bit of irony, the character bios mention that he prefers kind, sweet younger girls—the exact opposite of Seo.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Seo's masculine girl. The trope is played with in that Wakamatsu isn't that feminine, but personality-wise he's a good deal more sensitive and kind than Seo is, and also takes shoujo manga a little too much to heart.
  • Morality Pet: Despite her rough treatment of him in basketball, he is the one person who can bring unexpected kindness or nice moments out of Seo. Notably, when Wakamatsu gets depressednote  to the point where he doesn't even feel like putting up with her actions, she can't get in the mood to sing. There's also this exchange:
    Wakamatsu: At any rate, why are you only picking on me?!
    Seo: Huh, I am?
    Wakamatsu: You are! You always hit me with the ball! Even during my break time! You make me run errands for you! You make me massage your shoulders! You have me carry your stuff! You took me to a family restaurant and bought me dinner! And I'm the only one who gets souvenirs!
  • Naïve Newcomer: He is the youngest and newest member to Nozaki's group of assistants. He also tends to be the most clueless and takes advice from shoujo manga, which Nozaki scolds him for since it never works.
  • Nice Guy: He's too gentle to tell Seo that she's annoying, leading her to think they're the best of friends or possibly even more. His way of trying to express his annoyance is to glare at her, but since he doesn't want to be rude he also greets her at the same time. And he goes out of his way to do this frequently.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Like Sakura, his uniform deviation is very subtle, but Wakamatsu wears button-up sweaters with his uniform, while the ones officially sanctioned by the school don't open at the front.
  • Oblivious to Love: Because of Seo's brusqueness towards him, he is unaware that she is very fond of him and actively seeks his company selflessly. He's also oblivious of Sakura's crush on Nozaki for a very long time, something everyone else figured out instantly.
  • Prone to Tears: He easily starts sobbing if he feels he's being picked on, or when feeling sorry for someone else.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Wakamatsu looks typically masculine, being a huge muscular guy who plays basketball. Since starting to work as Nozaki's assistant, Wakamatsu also has become a fairly avid reader of shoujo manga, and continues to attempt to apply their tactics to real life much to Nozaki's great concern.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Wakamatsu is kohai to everyone else in the main cast and thus uses everyone's name with the "senpai" suffix.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Nozaki's Manly Man. Nozaki even extends sympathies to Wakamatsu regarding Seo because of this trope, noting that he was always more sensitive than anyone else he knew in middle school. Also rather ironic, since Wakamatsu's major hobby is manly, while Nozaki's is anything but.
  • Significant Birth Date: 3 September, referred to by the Japanese as the Sleep Science Day.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Sakura/Nozaki, once he finds out much later than everyone else does. He's such an enthusiastic one that Sakura, who had previously been attempting to interfere in his relationship with Seo, promises to never stick her nose in other people's relationships again.
  • Sixth Ranger: The last to join Nozaki's manga assistant crew, first as the one in charge of erasing before going on to do screentones.
  • Sleepy Head: Ironically, despite Wakamatsu's otherwise chronic insomnia, listening to Seo sing will cause him to fall asleep in seconds without fail, regardless of his surroundings and/or anything else he's doing. During the summer retreat, Seo suddenly singing while bathing caused him to fall asleep face down in the hot spring and he had to be fished out.
  • Split Personality: In one of the stories, putting on an eyepatch somehow causes his personality to completely 180, turning from a nervous but sweet boy to an arrogantly confident "tough-guy", with the body language to match. When he snaps out of it though, he doesn't remember any of it. It turns out the personality had been subconsciously inspired by a shoujo manga character.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Not exactly, but Wakamatsu shows symptoms of being stalkerish in regards to his infatuation with "Lorelei". He sometimes hides near the Choir Club room in hopes of figuring out her identity. He also loves her songs so much that he memorizes them, to the point he can hear a small clip of one and accurately say what song and at what time mark the clip came from. Nozaki finds this creepy and incomprehensible, considering that Wakamatsu always falls asleep within seconds of listening to her sing.
  • Super Gullible: Highly impressionable. Not only does he read shoujo as a how to guide in regards to human interaction, he also fails to get suspicious when people completely change their stories mid discussion so they can push off work onto him. It's this part of him that makes Seo sure that he'll never recognize her when she's all dressed up, but to his surprise he's the only one who does know that it's her.
  • The Tetris Effect: Ever since he started doing screentone work for Nozaki, he's begun seeing the world in terms of screentones.
  • Tsundere: Mikoshiba calls him a "new type of tsundere" because he has an antagonistic relationship with Seo while gushing over "Lorelei."
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He often uses tactics only seen in shoujo manga in order to solve his problems with Seo. Since he's in a manga parodying the genre instead of playing it straight, they tend to backfire.
    Wakamatsu: Senpai...where did I go wrong...?
    Nozaki: ...Probably from the moment you started using shoujo manga.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Wakamatsu's hair has a dull purple tinge to it.

Secondary Characters

    Ken Miyamae 
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Luis Galindo (English)

Nozaki's current supervising editor.

  • Butt-Monkey: Granted, everyone in this series has their fair share of being at the end of jokes, but he is ridiculously miserable due to Nozaki's antics and Maeno's difficult personality.
  • First-Name Basis: Rarely called by his last name in-series, mostly due to the fact Nozaki, and by extension Nozaki's friends, call him Ken-san.
  • Formerly Fit: He gains weight whenever Maeno is around in his life. Considering what Maeno is like, you can't really blame him. In one of the official anthologies, it's shown that Maeno being briefly hospitalized for flu alone made Ken lose half of the weight.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When he hears that Maeno's being transferred, he decides to be a little nicer to him before the time comes. In reality Maeno was being transferred to Ken's office, and a change of editorship causes three of Maeno's mangakas to be transferred to Ken due to "the two of them being so friendly recently". Even worse is the fact that each of the mangakas have been affected by Maeno in a different way: the first one is a newbie who's still too charmed by Maeno's good looks to realize what he's like, the second one is so traumatized by Maeno's shoddy editing in one year that she's distrusting of all editors and the third one is a senior mangaka who's hellbent on getting revenge on Maeno.
  • Only Sane Man: He is the most down to earth character in the entire series and probably the one with the most common sense.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has been sporting a stubble ever since he finished college.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Nearly always looks annoyed since he finds Nozaki, Maeno and other work colleagues tiresome to deal with.
  • The Reliable One: If it weren't for him, Nozaki's manga would have gone into egregiously wild tangents. Funnily enough, Nozaki tried to be as subdued as possible when he was under Maeno due to the editor's unreliablility, but Miyimae in turn has to subdue Nozaki from attempting any silly plot points in the manga.
  • Ronin: He spent two years having to study and retake university entrance exams after high school, so Maeno is now his sempai despite them being high school classmates. Justified as the fanbook stated he caught the cold the second time he went for his exams and his university requires much higher scores than Maeno's.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Wears glasses and does not often emote anything other than slight annoyance.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Sometimes feels this way. It doesn't really help that Maeno isn't the only idiot in the editorial department, as Chapter 58 revealed.
  • Terrible Artist: His drawing skill is so poor that he can only manage stick figures!

    Mitsuya Maeno 
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese), Ned Gayle (English)

Nozaki's previous supervising editor, currently overseeing Miyako.

  • Author Appeal: In-universe, he has a massive obsession with tanuki and always pushes for their inclusion in the manga of the authors under him.
  • Biseinen: A very handsome man in his 20s, to the point that one of the mangaka working under him is too charmed by his good looks to realize his true personality, since she's still rather new to the job.
  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: A pretty audacious example: despite checking mangaka's work and critiquing them being his job, several gags imply he nearly never read Nozaki's scripts!
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe, he's notorious for making his charges do wild and unnecessary edits to their manga, and is the reason why tanuki keep showing up in Miyako's works.
  • Hate Sink: Most, if not all, of the mangaka that have worked for him loathe him with a passion. And that, with good reason.
  • Innocently Insensitive: It doesn't seem like he does most things to be malicious, he's just not aware of the fact that he bothers other people.
  • Jerkass: He is self-centered and, when not forcing invasive changes onto his charges' works, is noted to have a history of shoddy editing jobs and shirking his duties. In a class reunion he makes everyone think that Miyamae is a hapless do-nothing who depends on him to get any work done.
  • Karma Houdini: He never receives retribution for the terrible stuff he does. As a matter of fact, he stresses Miyamae so much that Maeno is the reason he's obese.
  • Meaningful Name: Maeno comes from mae no, or "former", which relates to his former work relationship with Nozaki.
  • Narcissist: A blog that was supposed to be about the manga anthology and the work of the mangaka instead is just a blog about him. Each post features a different photo of him. Nozaki wanted him to take some reference photos of an amusement park, but he just took a bunch of selfies in an amusement park instead. He also seems to believe he is incredibly good at what he does and that his suggestions are good despite just causing a lot of annoyance and extra work.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, he's terrifying to deal with when it comes to work. The idea of being forced to work with him again makes one of his former manga authors cry in chapter 69.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He is more concerned with himself than with his job, and he doesn't seem to realize how much trouble he causes for everyone. Moreover, his incompetence caused several cases of embarrassing misprints, and it was implied that he never actually read Nozaki's manga. With the exception of Miyako, every mangaka supervised by him hated him, though Miyako barely tolerates him herself.
  • Terrible Artist: He is also terrible at drawing, although he can at least draw crude body-shaped figures, unlike Miyamae.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As villainous as a jerkass can be. He's seen as a hardworking, super-reliable editor to his colleagues (except Miyamae, who's known him and has had to put up with his actions since high school), when in reality he is a selfish and narcissistic slacker who is every mangaka's worst nightmare.

    Yukari Miyako 
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Brittany Djie (English)

Another mangaka who lives in Nozaki's apartment building.

  • Can't Hold His Liquor: She doesn't hold her alcohol well and warns her friends in advance that she can't drink too much at their drinking party. The friends misinterpret this as her already drinking too much at her work (which they think is a hostess club) and make it their mission to have her avoid drinking at all costs so they can save her liver. Ryousuke unfortunately goes offtrack in an attempt to get closer to her and accidentally gets her drunk off of cocktails, not realizing that drinking too many low-alcohol drinks will still affect her.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite her sweet and polite demenaour, as Mikoshiba finds out, she has the full set of "The Male Nude" art reference books (compare to her having incomplete sets of other drawing manuals). She's also pretty quick to ask Mayu to be her shirtless model, and later mentions to Nozaki that she likes Mikoshiba's body type.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Tanuki. She does have a Cuteness Proximity towards them, but Maeno's obsession with them also has a role—he makes Miyako put them in all of her manga. Even she has her limits—Miyako puts them as background critters, but Maeno wants them in the foreground.
  • Extreme Doormat: Maeno has pretty much gotten his way with her manga because she's incapable of standing up to him. Maeno even manages to make her apologize for his mistake when she once tries to call him out on it.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a hairband.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: It's hard to understand how she can work with Maeno for several yearsnote  and yet still seem to be friendly with him. Other mangaka that are transferred to Miyamae from him are closer to Broken Birds.
  • Likes Older Men: Inverted in that her college classmate assumes she's dating Nozaki, a high school boy. She is also not above appreciating shirtless middle school and high school boys.
  • Living a Double Life: A normal college student by day, a shoujo manga artist on her free time. Unfortunately, thanks to the way she acts when her other life comes up, her classmates think it's much shadier than it actually is.
  • Nice Girl: Very amicable towards everyone, including Nozaki and his assistants, and her default expression is a cheerful smile. Unfortunately, this works against her when it comes to her job, since she's too nice to stand up to Maeno and his Executive Meddling. invoked
  • Oblivious to Love: Doesn't notice that her classmate Ryousuke is attracted to her. When he does try to tell her, the circumstances make him sound like he's perving on her.
  • Punny Name: Not her, but one of her day in the limelight chapters is titled Genkan Shoujo Miyako-san. Apart from the obvious allusion to the series title, a genkan is a traditional Japanese entryway area for an apartment, through which the other characters frequently visit her.
  • Sequential Artist: Writes shorter series in Monthly Girls' Romance.
  • Shipping Goggles: She does this In-Universe when she goes out for drinks with her college friends and decides to get ideas for her manga. She watches two of her friends squabble and ends up reinterpreting their actions as more romantic gestures. Said friends are creeped out when they notice that she's been looking at them rather warmly.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's genuinely cheerful and has no issues to hide, but her habit of smiling her way out of difficult questions makes other people think she's indeed hiding something very shady or harmful.
  • Two First Names: Yukari Miyako is stated to be her actual name, not just a pen name. Miyako is a feminine given name (as indicated by the "-ko" suffix), so having it as a surname is even more unusual than Sakura. Justified in that the kanji used to spell her last name is "都", which means capital; however, when spelled using "美夜子" it is a first name, and both kanji compounds have the same pronunciation: Miyako.

    Mayu Nozaki

Nozaki's younger brother, currently at middle school.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called Maa-kun by good friend Kobayashi, whom Mayu relies on a lot.
  • Ambiguously Human: Played for Laughs briefly when Mayu collapses on the floor as a reaction to his phone dying from low battery. All his nearby classmates, overhearing he's out of battery, decide to help out by... attempting to "plug" him with their phone chargers. Here, Kobayashi realizes Mayu's status at school probably needs work.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: When he was young he was bullied for being quiet, so Nozaki told him to do his best, but if it was too much work he didn't have to bother. Taking that to heart, he uses the least possible effort for anything in his daily life apart from his love for judo. When his club members use judo as bait, he instantly gets top grades and became very popular, which irritates them enough to stop the plan.
  • Comically Serious: Even with his usual straight-face, he sometimes does really bizarre or random things - like suddenly taking off his shirt for Miyako to "repay her with his body".
  • First-Name Basis: Most characters refer to him by his first name to avoid confusion with his older brother. He also calls older characters such as Mikoshiba and Miyako by their first names - according to the official fanbook, it's because he likes older people.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a child, he was often bullied for being so quiet. Nozaki said that he'd protect Mayu if the latter found it too troublesome to deal with the bullies himself. Instead of being heartwarming, it just encouraged Mayu to use his brother as a personal crutch and encouraged him to go through life trying to expend as little energy as possible.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Mayu is usually a girl's name. This is because he was originally envisioned as a girl.
  • Hunk: Similar to his brother, Mayu has a muscular build thanks to his judo activities and is considered attractive (if Miyako eagerly drawing him topless is anything to go by).
  • Instant Expert: After seeing a few samples of his older brother's work and some of Mikoshiba's figures and manga, he can draw professional-level manga-style characters freehand with little trouble. He also quickly picks up other manga skills the assistants teach him.
  • Last Episode, New Character: None of his stories are adapted in the anime, however he gets to make one appearance with his parents when Wakamatsu runs past him at the festival in the last episode during the credits roll. There's slight emphasis put on him but he otherwise has no lines and there's no indication of who he is.
  • Lazy Bum: He refuses to put effort into anything but the judo club. However, other members do admit that when he puts effort into things like his schoolwork, he tends to excel at them. Also note that, as one can see from The Southpaw example below, his laziness is extremely calculated such that he is willing to expend energy to avoid expending more energy later.
  • Likes Older Women: His friends think so anyways. When they start to wonder what kind of girl he likes, one of the ideal types that come to mind is an older woman that can provide for him.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In contrast, Mikoshiba's friends assume this of him after he gets brought along to a mixer. He ends up hounding girls for their boyfriends' numbersnote  and "protects" shy Mikoshiba from being pulled away by two girls by declaring that "You can't take him. He's mine."note 
  • Not So Stoic: Has one hilarious moment of actually showing emotion, which is when Sakura's bugging him about keeping her crush on Nozaki a secret (or not) so much he finally gives her a look of agony. She quickly apologises.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't like to talk much due to laziness. In his first appearance he only starts engaging in conversation when Sakura suggests writing his replies in a notepad (and even then he only does lazy one-word ones), and in a phone conversation with Nozaki in Chapter 47 he literally says nothing (yet Nozaki is somehow able to understand him perfectly well).
  • The Southpaw: Extra materials state that he's naturally left-handed, but trained himself to be ambidextrous because he found it too troublesome to deal with the fact that most things are made for right-handed people.
  • The Stoic: Even more stoic than his brother. Dull Surprise is his default look.

    Ryousuke Seo

Seo's older brother. He attends the same university as Miyako and works part-time at a cafe. He has a crush on Miyako but is under the assumption that Nozaki is her Bastard Boyfriend thanks to their frequent gatherings to discuss their manga.

  • Accidental Pervert: Thinking Nozaki didn't approve of Miyako as a bunny girl (he was talking about her tanuki characters instead), he attempts to make her feel better by professing that he himself would be "really stoked if [Miyako] wore a bunny girl outfit". Miyako is understandably crept out.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He explains to his fellow part-time workers that he doesn't want Seo to work at the cafe because she'll break the plates and he can't keep watch of her, leading them to think that he's being protective of his apparently clumsy sheltered sister. Of course, he knows that Seo is just too rough for the job.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Is surprised when Kashima points to the guy she likes at the cafe they work and sees that it's the short guy (Hori) instead of the tall guy. Then he starts freaking out when aforementioned tall guy turns out to be Wakamatsu aka his sister's "henchman".
  • Face of a Thug: He's genuinely nice and well-behaved, but his sharp look reminds Hori of delinquents and apparently looks like the type that would bully his sister. This is enough to frighten Wakamatsu after realizing Ryousuke's planning on approaching him, thinking he (along with Seo) is going to pick on him, delinquent-style.
  • First-Name Basis: Mostly referred by his first name in the series, including his college friends and his sister's friends (including Sakura with whom he returns the favour). Thanks to this trope, Nozaki (who only knows him through Miyako) is blissfully unaware of his relation to Seo.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Ryousuke miraculously does this to Miyako while they're trying to figure out how natural love confessions work. She mentions wanting to be like his younger sister in an attempt to invoke a shoujo manga cliche, however it just horrifies Ryousuke as he misinterprets this to be the sweet Miyako becoming more like the rowdy Seo. Afterward whenever Miyako asks for his opinion when shopping, Ryousuke can't help but compare her to his sister, and in the end he earnestly tells her, "I like you just the way you are, Miyako." He just means he wants her to share little resemblance to Seo as possible; however, Miyako mistakes it for a love confession and is sent to a blushing panic.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Has his eye on Miyako and thinks he has to get through Nozaki (and then also Maeno) to have a chance. He doesn't know until well into the series that the two are only work colleagues and not dating.
  • Know When To Fold Them: After "witnessing" one too many of Nozaki's Bastard Boyfriend moments, Ryousuke demands he stand and face him. He takes one look at Nozaki at full height before asking him to sit back down.
  • Messy Hair: Has shaggy messy hair which he occasionally ties up. It contributes to the cool (or cool-wannabe) university student look he has, and probably also complements his Face of a Thug even more.
  • Mistaken for Romance: To a ridiculous degree. He thinks Nozaki is Miyako's boyfriend. When he comes over to her apartment and sees Maeno, he concludes that the three of them are in some kind of triangle, and when Miyamae arrives Ryousuke upgrades it to a love square.
  • Nice Guy: He means well, cares for Miyako's wellbeing and tries to keep a look out for his sister and/or her friends.
  • Piggyback Cute: Is made to piggy-back the drunk Miyako home after accidentally letting have one too many drinks. As one would expect from the series, potential for this to be romantic ends up being subverted when the drunk Ryousuke worries about touching her and decides to let go just as Miyako is thinking the same thing and also lets go. As a result, Miyako is dropped to the floor and their friend is dumbfounded by the idiocy.
  • Secret Keeper: He thinks he's confirmed Miyako's secret job in Chapter 91 and promises her to not tell anyone — the only issue is that he thinks she works at a night club instead of in the manga field. Miyako doesn't realize this and is confused when Ryousuke laments over how embarrassing her work apparently is.
  • Shipper on Deck: He's under the impression that Seo and Wakamatsu have mutual feelings for each other. He sees Wakamatsu as a nice boy despite their skeptical first meeting and jokes to his sister to bring him over to their house one day, much to her confusion. He also shows interest in Kashima's relationship with Hori, although mostly to see Kashima's "girly" side.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: While his sister is quite aggressive and abrasive, Ryousuke is a reasonably gentle and Nice Guy who's concerned for his crush Miyako, and he certainly treats her with far more care than his sister does for Wakamatsu.
  • Straight Man: Is usually the person trying to get the people around him to stop freaking out or being weird, whether it be his work colleagues raving about high school girls or his sister's group being their quirky selves.

    Yumeko Nozaki

Nozaki's younger sister who studies in the same middle school as Mayu. As a shoujo manga fangirl, she's the one who inspired Nozaki into this genre.

  • Ambiguously Bi: When Nozaki shows her a photo of Kashima and Mikoshiba and asks who she thinks is hotter, she picks Kashima. After Nozaki chuckles and informs her that Kashima is a girl, Yumeko still says she's the hotter one of the two, and then tells him that gender doesn't matter when you're appreciating someone's good looks.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Though frequently used for other characters in the series, Yumeko is a special case as she's only ever shown with small black dots for eyes in her special chapter which is drawn primarily in the chibi style.
  • The Cutie: Naive, innocent and a huge lover of shoujo manga.
  • The Ditz: She appears to be a bit less intelligent than her brothers. For example, when Nozaki asks her about her type, she initially answers it as a long chain of tropes. When Nozaki tells her to pick just one, her answer is the least sensible one: New Transfer Student.
  • Fangirl: A huge fan of shoujo demographic works in general, and Nozaki's own Let's Fall in Love in particular. She says she even wants to open Instant Fan Clubs as Japanese School Clubs!
  • Genki Girl: Very cheerful and enthusiastic about her interests.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She sports a pair of twintails and typifies the "little sister" archetype — being Nozaki's idealistic younger sister who loves reading Shojo manga.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's unaware of her older brother's job as a mangaka, and refuses to believe that he is her idolized "Sakiko Yumeno" even though Nozaki himself had repeatedly told her the fact (and the rest of the family is well aware of his job).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: While her brothers are stoics, she is very energetic.
  • Super-Deformed: Unfortunately for Yumeko, her only appearance that doesn't have her face covered up is her special chapter which has everyone drawn in the chibi style. Her chibi form includes the Black Bead Eyes face commonly used for Sakura, Kashima and Wakamatsu, so readers don't have too much of an idea of what she actually looks like.
  • Terrible Artist: Unlike her brothers, she is terrible at drawing. When she submits her fanart to Monthly Shoujo Romance, Nozaki goes as far as to pretend she's three years old just to make the submission more believable.

    Towa Sakura

Sakura's little brother in middle school. He hears a lot about Nozaki from his older sister.

  • Big Little Brother: He's about a head taller than his older sister Chiyo, as shown in his debut chapter's intro page. Though it's not all that hard to be taller than her, especially with her circle of friends.
  • Camera Fiend: After wrangling up Nozaki so he can take photos of him, he suddenly goes into professional mode, taking dozens and dozens of shots and making it a real photo shoot.
  • Family Theme Naming: Both his name and his sister's name Chiyo follow the same Numerical Theme Naming (to for ten, chi for thousand).
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While his logic turns out to be just as skewed as the rest of the cast, Towa still tries to be the more level-headed sibling of the Sakuras especially in regards to Nozaki. His debut chapter starts and ends with Sakura screaming or raving about Nozaki with the studious Towa telling her to be quiet.
  • Mistaken Identity: He mistakes both Mikoshiba and Kashima as Nozaki due to Sakura going on and on about Nozaki as if he were some kind of handsome celebrity. He also mistakes Nozaki for a male model (same as the other two), which is probably the most flattering accusation Nozaki has received from outside opinion.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Is curious to meet the guy Sakura is obsessed over but then tries to warn his sister via text that he's a pervert (thanks to misunderstanding why Nozaki is so interested in his tennis uniform). Sakura's friends mistake it for him being clingy to his sister and jealous of her crush. They reply on her behalf that "your sister is a pervert too", and he immediately backs off.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Towa (Ten).
  • Shared Family Quirks: Like his sister, he becomes easily attached to Nozaki's food, as seen in the Volume 9 omake where he happily runs to Nozaki once he's offered scones.

    Rei Kashima

Kashima's younger sister, in middle school. Has been going to an all-girls' school all her schooling life, which leads to her having... interesting ideas about co-ed schools.

  • Bishoujo: Described by this exact term (a very pretty girl) by other characters. It's enough to make Sakura paranoid when she sees Nozaki talk to her.
  • Covert Pervert: To Nozaki and Mikoshiba's horror, the very polite and proper Rei gets unusually excited just by watching boys and girls make casual contact with each other. Seo patting Mikoshiba's shoulder alone leads to Rei having an Imagine Spot of the two of them and Wakamatsu (whom she saw Seo hang out with just then) naked, terrifying Mikoshiba. Kashima goes as far as to ask male members of the drama club to either avoid going near the female members or to dress up as girls, so they can avoid "being made naked".
  • The Ditz: Thinks any boy-girl pairings so much as speaking to each other are dating, and her impression of co-ed schools is that the students only ever think about romance. Nozaki is baffled by what kind of shoujo manga would give her this idea, only to then find out she got the idea from his manga.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Is surprised when Sakura tells her the person Kashima likes (whom Rei's been very curious about) is Hori, noting he's short and not a bishonen.
  • Fangirl:
    • She loves Let's Fall In Love so much that she remembers details Nozaki completely forgot about, and the manga is the reason why she has very skewed views of how students at co-ed schools interact. She's thrilled when Nozaki reveals he's Sakiko Yumeno.
    • Nozaki and Mikoshiba think she's a Kashima fangirl when she comes to their school and asks to see her before they find out she's her sister (doesn't help she refers to her as Onee-sama, which is exactly what Kashima's fangirls use).
  • Family Theme Naming: Rei and her older sister Yuu both have two-syllable, gender-neutral Japanese given names.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Rei remarkably manages to turn Kashima into the responsible sibling half. Rei's naivety and incessant compulsion to publicly and inappropriately ship every boy and girl she sees interact with each other forces Kashima to play damage control and try to keep her sister's behavior in check.
  • Hime Cut: Has the full straight bangs and side locks framing her face, which suits her Ojou demeanour.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Is very polite but that doesn't stop her from coming off as rude to Nozaki when she 1) uses a towel to shake his hand (because her teacher forbids her from touching guys, but the others snark it looks like she thinks he's dirty), and 2) berates her older sister for not being polite to the "older" Nozaki who she thinks is 8 years older than he actually is.
  • Keigo: The ladylike Rei speaks very formally, including the watakushi pronoun and sama honorific.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Rei has long braided hair and is more feminine than her short-haired Bifauxnen older sister.
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: Somehow manages to be even more airheaded than her older sister Kashima, as Rei seems to be blissfully unaware of exactly how inappropriate it is to automatically interpret any boy and girl who interact with each other as a couple, much less picturing them naked.
  • Ojou: She looks and speaks like a typical well-behaved and wealthy girl who uses the formal keigo register. This is due to the fancy ladies' academy she goes to.
  • One-Gender School: Has been attending the one all-girls' academy, which has both elementary and middle school sections, all her school life. This leads her to have little to do with boys and also mistake all boy-girl interactions at her sister's school for romance.
  • Sailor Fuku: Notably the first character to have one for a uniform; she wears a dark old-fashioned-looking sailor's uniform with the skirt length well below her knees, which is probably appropriate for her strict all-girls' schooling.
  • Same Surname Means Related: It's not until the girl introduces herself (and hence reveals her surname) at the end of her debut chapter that Nozaki, Mikoshiba and Sakura actually realize Kashima literally is her Onee-sama.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Nozaki remarks that he can hardly tell Rei and her sister are related since they don't look nor act alike. He's instantly shown otherwise when both make similarly Innocently Insensitive comments about him. The drama club also can't help but snark, "That's Kashima-kun's sister all right", when they watch Kashima order her sister to sit still and to not get carried away nor wander around.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The older Kashima sister is a carefree Bifauxnen that gets along with boys well, while the younger sister is a polite Ojou and Bishoujo that's only accustomed with talking to other girls.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Despite their different personalities and upbringing, she and Nozaki are very similar when it comes to predicting which boy-girl pairings are couples and other shoujo characteristics in real life.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Since she's never been to a coed school, her only point of reference for boy-girl interactions is shoujo manga, so she sees romance in every interaction and imagines love triangles where there are none. Nozaki questions what kind of dumb book she gets her ideas from — it turns out to have been Let's Fall In Love.

Let's Fall In Love Characters

Voiced by: Marie Miyake (Anime), Yukari Tamura (Drama CD) (Japanese), Melissa Molano (English)

She is the heroine of Nozaki's manga. Her personality is based off Mikoshiba.

  • Damsel in Distress: As expected from a Stock Shoujo Heroine, Let's Love panels and manuscript drafts imply Mamiko is frequently targeted and has to be saved by Suzuki. Miyamae lampshades how forced this can be when Nozaki seems to be giving one of Mamiko's bullies character development in one draft, only for it to be all for nought when Suzuki comes to rescue her and "brings it to a close in three pages".
  • Distaff Counterpart: Invoked, Nozaki based her personality off Mikoshiba. It becomes obvious to Sakura once she starts reading Mamiko's scenes and realizes her tsundere tendencies closely mirror Mikoshiba's actions.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a ribbon on the back of her head. As it turns out, Sakura was the unwitting inspiration for Mamiko's character design, since she was also wearing a ribbon on the back of her head when Nozaki first met her.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Hits most of the points: romantic, insecure about her feelings for Suzuki and too embarrassed to express them, gets pushed around by others, and comes across as innocent and inexperienced.
  • Official Couple: Is the main couple of the "Let's Love" manga with Suzuki aka the most popular guy at school.
  • Only One Name: We still don't know her last name.
  • Parody Sue: Her description on one page is "She's a Normal High School Student, yet she's popular. But her looks are supposed to be average!".
  • The Power of Love: Nozaki, after trying to live as her for a day, concludes that the reason she is able to put effort on the things she does is because of her love for Suzuki.
  • Put on a Bus: Nozaki suggests having Mamiko temporarily leave the story in order to make room for Suzuki's character development. Played for Laughs when it becomes clear he's too used to focusing on Mamiko and pretty much dumps all her typical development obstacles on Suzuki (which includes love troubles with another Suzuki).
  • Seen It All: One of Nozaki's drafts/manuscripts shows Mamiko being somewhat unfazed by the girls bullying her in Chapter 67, "preparing" to tremble and getting bored from having to wait for Suzuki to find her.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: She plays this so straight that it goes into parody; she's clumsy, innocent, and supposedly average-looking, and yet still manages to snag the most attractive guy in school.
  • Tsundere: The dere (sweet) type, which Nozaki based on Mikoshiba's dere tendencies. Or as Nozaki puts it in chapter 20, while providing some guidance for Hori when he's ill:
    Nozaki: Even though she likes Suzuki, she can't be honest with herself and always ends up saying the wrong thing, so on one hand, she feels depressed, and on the other, she's worried about the other girls' actions, thinking, "Can I trust Suzuki?" so she's torn and th-
    Sakura: So how did it go?
    Hori: In any case, I understand that this chick is really annoying.

    Saburou Suzuki
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)

He is the love interest to Mamiko in Nozaki's manga.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In colored official publications his hair is shown as blond like Mamiko's. In the cover of Nozaki's manga in the anime his hair is shown as brown.
  • Bishōnen: A typical pretty-boy. As a Shoujo Genre male protagonist, this is invoked since it's the norm.
  • Butt-Monkey: As a penned character, and the victim of his own author. Since Nozaki dislikes him so much, many ideas that he implements into the manga come at the expense of Suzuki. For instance, when Nozaki is told to draw chibi characters or come up with a mascot, Nozaki plans to insert a salmon mascot on Mamiko's bag... which begins taking over plots that should go to Suzuki.
  • Character Development: After being told Suzuki's been a Static Character, Nozaki attempts to give him development by giving Mamiko a "break" and have Suzuki work hard in her stead. This includes taking part in school events, dealing with rivalries, having family issues, and being in love... with another Suzuki.
  • Chick Magnet: Very popular with girls. Some of Nozaki's chapters play this up for drama.
  • Creator Backlash: In-Universe, since Nozaki seems to dislike Suzuki. At best, he's easy to draw, but otherwise Nozaki makes fun of his name and can't think up anything else about him that he actually likes.
  • Flat Character: Invoked in-universe. In spite of being the main character of the manga, Suzuki has very little character development because Nozaki made him unrealistically perfect... which in turn made him dislike Suzuki and coming up with plots for him.
  • Gary Stu: In-Universe, he is a kind, handsome and popular guy who appears to hold no flaws. Miyamae once complains about this, and wants Nozaki to make up some weak points for him. Nozaki settles on... the inability to fold clothes.
  • Informed Ability: Discussed when Nozaki tries to defend Suzuki's supposed lack of development by saying he actually studies a lot and Miyamae points out he never shows it. Miyamae then orders Nozaki to invoke this for Suzuki's dedicated skincare routine.
  • Narcissist: When Miyamae points out that Suzuki hasn't developed at all compared to Mamiko, Nozaki helpfully points out that he spends huge amounts of time caring for his skin while talking about how pretty he is. This isn't in the manga itself and he's forbidden from ever showing it.
  • Nice Guy: He's chivalrous towards Mamiko and treats her with care.
  • Official Couple: Is the main couple of the Let's Love manga with Mamiko.
  • Only Six Faces: Almost every male character in Let's Love is a palette swap of Suzuki because Nozaki is awful at coming up with male characters. This causes confusion later in the story, as Nozaki's classmates are reading the manga and keep confusing the boys with Suzuki. What makes it even worse is the fact that even when Nozaki is trying to come up with male characters, he inevitably gravitates towards Suzuki's appearance and personality.
  • Princely Young Man: Is quite popular at school and basically a Prince Charming.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Suzuki only has eyes for Mamiko, according to Nozaki.
  • Static Character: He apparently shows little development throughout the manga, unlike Mamiko. Miyamae complains a little about it in Chapter 13.
  • Tsundere: Nozaki tests out Suzuki being a tsundere when he plays Secret Days and ponders about the heroine's crush on a tsundere suitor. He takes it to an extreme, however, by having Suzuki switch between cold and endearing between each panel on the same page, and everyone else remarks that he needs to get help with emotional stability.
  • Verbal Tic: Wakamatsu suggests having Suzuki end his sentences with "gepya" in an attempt to make him less perfect. This leads to ridiculous-sounding sentences like "I'm hungry gepya", "being popular is hard gepya" and "I'll use any means necessary gepya".
  • Weaksauce Weakness: When Miyamae complains Suzuki is too perfect, Nozaki decides that his weakness/flaw is that he can't fold clothes. A subplot of Chapter 25 is dedicated to his assistants thinking of other flaws to give him.
    • Sakura and Mikoshiba think either Afraid of Blood or too aggressive can be better. So Nozaki combines the two with Suzuki beating up strangers on the street, and then fainting when they start to bleed.
    • Wakamatsu, during his shock from "Seo"'s bad singing (it was actually Kashima), creates a whole list of bad points for Suzuki which start off as fairly mundane (having short legs) but quickly get ridiculous (having "gepya" as a Verbal Tic and being willing to kill anyone more attractive than himself). This pisses Nozaki off to no end.


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